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Headline News-July 2 2015

By MR LARRY

MAHAMA CONDEMNS POLITICISATION OF NATIONAL ISSUES

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday expressed disaffection at the over politicisation of national issues that is eating deep into the human fabric.

AFARI-GYAN HONOURED; 42 HEALTH WORKERS ALSO RECOGNIZED

The former Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has been honoured by the state for his exemplary leadership during his terms of office.

VEEP CAMPAIGNS FOR B.T. BABA AT TALENSI

The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has entreated residents of the Talensi area of the Upper East Region to vote massively for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr B T Baba, on July 7, 2015.

GBA SUES A-G JUDICIAL COUNCIL

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and three others have instituted legal action to bring an end to what they term “persistent” failure of Presidents in the Fourth Republic to seek the advice of the Judicial Council before appointing judges to the Supreme Court.

NATION FETES SENIOR CITIZENS TO MARK REPUBLIC DAY

President John Mahama has stated that he is determined to end what he describes as the boom and bust that comes with every election cycle, no matter the political cost.

CLOSE MALLAM MARKET DUMP SITE NOW – ESPA

Member of the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) want the illegal refuse dump at the Mallam Market in Accra closed immediately in order to avert another national disaster, considering that the rains in Accra were yet to intensify.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA DIRECTS RECONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGE TO END ABOABO FLOODING

President John Dramani Mahama has announced steps to improve the drainage system at Aboabo in the Asokore Mampong Municipality.

FUEL PRICES GO UP

Prices of petroleum have shot up again by close to 15 percent, checks by the Daily Graphic in Accra have revealed.

WE’LL RESIST UNREASONABLE INCREASES IN UTILITY, FUEL PRICES – TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has served notice that organised labour will resist unreasonable increases in utility tariffs and fuel prices and other such policies and measures that undermine improvement in the living standards of the working people of Ghana and their families.

NANA REJECTS APAU DRILL SHIP REPORT

Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has debunked portions of a leaked judgment debt commission report that accused him and the Kufuor administration of causing financial loss to the state in the matter of the GNPC drill ship scandal.

NORTHERN STAR SCHOOL TO INTRODUCE VOCATIONAL SKILLS

Northern Star School Complex, a leading basic school in Tamale, would introduce vocational education and life skills training to equip the youth with employable skills to earn a living.

IT WAS EMOTIONALLY DIFFICULT TO DEMOLISH OLD FADAMA – MAYOR

The Mayor of Accra, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije has conceded that it was an emotionally difficult decision for him when he authorized city officials to move in with bulldozers and flatten houses at the Old Fadama.

DEMO HITS MAHAMA IN KUMASI

Scores of people held placards, some of which had unpleasant inscriptions on them, to welcome President John Mahama who visited Aboabo Number One, a densely populated Muslim area in Kumasi, on Tuesday.

MEN CANNOT BE BRIDES AND CARRY FLOWERS – REV. STEVE MENSAH

General Overseer of the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministries, Reverend Steve Mensah has charged the country to take a stance against homosexuality.

AUDIT REPORT INDICTS LEGON-GRASAG

An audit on the Financial Statements of Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG-Legon) has exposed a case of cover up, understatement and massive financial malfeasance by the executives of the association.

CASTRO IS NOT DEAD – FATHER

The family of Theophilus Tagoe, aka Castro, is still convinced the Hiplife star is not dead but will return home alive in spite of suspicions about the manner of his disappearance during a cruise on a Jet Ski at a resort at Ada on July 6, last year.

NDC BRIBING RESIDENTS WITH GHC1,000 IN TALENSI – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) of vote buying ahead of the Talensi by-elections on July 7.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVT PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR TEMA OIL REFINERY

The government has injected $22 million into the operations of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to cater for critical maintenance works, a senior official of the refinery, has said.

STARTIMES TO SUE GOVERNMENT FOR $200M

Management of a Chinese company with offices in Ghana, StarTimes, is battling the government of Ghana over alleged wrongful termination of contract claiming a whopping $200 million for breach of contract.

NUCLEAR ENERGY GETS LEGAL BACKING

Parliament has approved the Nuclear Regulatory bill, 2015, with law-makers optimistic it will help with the management of radioactive waste resulting from civilian application in the country.

GCAA TO FORESTALL AVIATION EPIDEMICS AT KIA

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has moved to strengthen its epidemic response system in view of the increasing incidence of communicable diseases that pose a threat to air transport.

BULK OIL DISTRIBUTORS SEND CAUTION

The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, (CBOD), Senyo Hosi has cautioned Ghanaians not to expect a reduction in fuel price anytime soon looking at the rate of depreciation of the cedi.

EFFORTS TO BOOST COCOA INDUSTRY IN W/A UNDERWAY

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) have repositioned themselves to boost business opportunities in Africa’s cocoa sector, including youth employment and empowering women participation.

OIL AND GAS DEALS INIMICAL TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

Parliament has been called to reject the Petroleum Exploration and Production Bill 2014 and adopt a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA).

WAIVE TAX ON TIMBER IMPORTATION

The Domestic Lumber Trade Association of Ghana (DOLTA) has appealed to the government to waive tax on the importation of timber into the country.

RUSSIA, GHANA TO COOPERATE IN ENERGY PRODUCTION

Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah and Mr Alexander Novak, Russia’s Energy Minister, have pledged to continue facilitating the cooperation between Ghanaian and Russian companies in the area of energy and petroleum.

PROFIT OF CFAO GHANA DIPS

CFAO Ghana Limited recorded a net profit of GH? 5,059,927 .00 in 2014, as against GH? 3,002,189 in 2013, an increase of 68.5 per cent.

BUCOBANK MAKES PROGRESS

Shareholders of Builsa Community Bank, (BUCOBANK) who could not receive dividends on their shares in 2013 because of their decision to increase the Bank’s capital share have course to smile.

WE DIDN’T STEAL OIL FROM SALTPOND OFFSHORE – GSTS

The General Shipping and Trading Services (GSTS) has denied stealing oil from Saltpond Offshore oil field and insisted that claims that its vessel has been arrested in Germany are also “false.”

CEDI VOLATILITY DAMPENS HOPES OF BUSINESSES

Business entities say they are less optimistic about the prospects of the economy primarily because of the unpredictability of the value of the cedi against the other major trading currencies, the Bank of Ghana has noted.

GOVT TO TERMINATE BoG MANAGEMENT FEES

The deputy Minister of Finance, Cassiel Ato Baah Forson has disclosed that government intends to stop the payment of management fees to Bank of Ghana (BoG) for the management of the Ghana Petroleum Funds.

US$1.7 TRILLION LOST TO COUNTERFEITING GLOBALLY – AGI

The President of the Association of Ghana Industries [AGI], James Asare-Adjei, has asked for concerted efforts to combat the influx of counterfeit products into Ghana,as illicit trade in these products are estimated to have exceededUS$1.7trillion globally.

GPHA SUSPENDS JULY 1 PORT TARIFF HIKES

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has pushed to October 1,2015 a proposed upward review of some tariffs at the country’s ports.

MAINONE INVESTS OVER $300m in INFRASTRUCTURE IN WEST AFRICA

MainOne, a leading telecommunications and data services company in West Africa, has celebrated five years of leadership in transforming the region’s Internet landscape.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

EGYPT CABINET PASSES ANTI-TERROR LAW, REQUESTS FASTER TRIALS

Egypt’s government adopted a controversial anti-terror law and requested a faster court appeals process on Wednesday, after the president pledged tougher laws following the assassination of the top prosecutor.

UN IMPOSES FIRST SANCTIONS ON SIX SOUTH SUDAN COMMANDERS

The UN Security Council on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six commanders from South Sudan, the first to be blacklisted in the war-torn country, diplomats said.

MORE THAN 100 DEAD AS MILITANTS, EGYPTIAN ARMY CLASH IN NORTH SINAI

Egypt’s army said on Wednesday more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed after simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai, in the deadliest fighting in years in the restive province.

GREECE’S TSIPRAS DIGS IN AGAINST BAILOUT

A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with European Union partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece’s future in Europe.

IAEA CHIEF HEADS TO IRAN AS NUCLEAR TALKS REACH LAST STRETCH

The global nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday its boss would fly to Tehran to discuss one of the biggest sticking points that need to be resolved so that Iran and world powers can reach a breakthrough final nuclear deal by a new deadline of next week.

IMAGES SHOW CHINESE AIRSTRIP ON MAN-MADE SPRATLY ISLAND NEARLY FINISHED

China has almost finished building a 3,000-metre-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show.

STRIKING FERRY WORKERS TO EASE BLOCKADE OF CALAIS PORT

Striking ferry workers blocking access to Calais port in northern France agreed on Wednesday to let some boats through, partly lifting a blockade in its third day.

EXCLUSIVE – U.S., VENEZUELA LAUNCH QUIET DIPLOMACY TO EASE ACRIMONY

The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

U.S. NSA ALSO SPIED ON SEVERAL GERMAN MINISTERS, MEDIA REPORTS SAY

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has spied not only on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but also on numerous high-ranking government members such as the economy and finance ministers, German media reported on Wednesday.

BRITAIN, RUSSIA AT ODDS OVER U.N. SREBRENICA GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION

A draft United Nations Security Council resolution commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre does “not seek to bring up painful divisions nor point the finger of blame,” Britain said on Wednesday as Russia pushes a rival text it considers balanced.

SPORTS HEADLINES

HEARTS RETAIN PRESIDENT’S CUP

Ghana’s two biggest clubs Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko renewed feud in the 2015 President’s Cup played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

GHANA NEEDS $4m FOR ALL AFRICA GAMES

The government is expected to cough up about $4 million (GH¢2.5m and $3.5m) as the total budget to cover cost of expenses for the about 350 athletes scheduled to compete in this year’s All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.

NATIONAL CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIPS AT EL WAK STADIUM ON SATURDAY

The Third Leg of the Ghana Athletics Association Interplast-Sea & Shore National Circuit Championships will be held at the El Wak Stadium on Saturday, 4th July.

JAMES AYAMGA WINS ASHANTI REGIONAL MILLENNIUM MARATHON

James Ayamga, a former student of Ghana National Academy in Kumasi run a very fast time of 28 minutes to come first in the Ashanti Regional Millennium Marathon held in the Garden City on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

EGYPT WANTED TO BRIBE NYANTAKYI TO FIX WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

A member of the Ghana Football Association, Kofi Manu, has alledged that the Ghana FA President refused a $1million inducement from fixers to throw the last match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in favour of the Pharaoh’s.

RAMADAN MUBARAK

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