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Headline News-July 3 2015

NEWS HEADLINES
FRIDAY 3-7-2015

By MR LARRY

WE’RE MAKING GAINS – FINANCE MINISTER

The Finance Minister, Seth Terpker, has asked Ghanaians to focus on the positive developments ongoing in the country, instead of harping on the challenges.

RESOLVE DTT DISPUTE OR… – STARTIMES

Star Communication Network Technology Company Limited of China, also known as StarTimes, has threatened to initiate arbitration proceedings at London Court of Arbitration if Ghana does not take steps to resolve a dispute over the award of a contract for the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT).

MP’s REQUEST TO SPEAK FANTE STIRS CONTROVERSY IN PARLIAMENT

Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin Thursday stirred controversy in Parliament with an application to be allowed to make a submission in the local Fante language.

CSIR THREATENS STRIKE OVER ITS AMASAMAN LAND

The National Council of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has warned that both workers and the council will be forced to lay down their tools if displaced residents of Sodom and Gomorrah are settled on the Institute’s land.

CANOPY WALKWAY ACCIDENT AT BUNSO ; 21 INJURED

The Arboretum Canopy Walkway, a major tourist attraction at Bunso in the East Akyem municipality in the Eastern Region has been closed down, following the collapse of part of the walkway last Wednesday.

GOV’T WILL FIGHT CYBERCRIME – OMANE BOAMAH

Minister of Communication, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, says the government is determined to fight the menace of cyber crime to ensure that Ghana’s cyberspace is safe.

SINGLE SPINE ARREARS SAP Gh¢3 BILLION IN 5YRS

The government has finally washed its hands off the payment of arrears arising from the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP).

DR NDUOM TO STORM TALENSI

The 2012 Presidential Candidate and a founder member of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, will storm Talensi in the Upper East Region to add his political weight to canvas for votes for the party’s parliamentary candidate for the Talensi by-election scheduled for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

MAN-WOMAN’ PROSTITUTE ARRESTED BY POLICE IN ACCRA

A thirty-eight year old man has been arrested by the police at Sowutuom in Accra for posing as a lady prostitute.

DON’T BEHAVE LIKE ‘WE’ POLITICIANS-KENNEDY AGYAPONG

Member of Parliament for Assin Central constituency, Hon. Kennedy Agyepong popularly referred to as Akompreko has advised Ghanaian youth to live by the truth.

NPP AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AT OLD FADAMA

The National Women’s Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, has called for fairness and transparency in the distribution of relief items to residents of Sodom and Gomorrah, a community within Old Fadama.

NDC ASHAIMAN MACHO MEN PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO NPP

Some National Democratic Congress (NDC) youth and macho men in Ashaiman have crossed carpet to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) citing the ruling government’s failure to attend to their needs.

NDC SHARES GOODIES FOR VOTES IN TALENSI BY-ELECTION

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) seems to be doing whatever it takes to annex the Talensi parliamentary seat following the resignation of Robert Mosore , the former Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, who has been enskined paramount chief.

GOV’T DENIES BREACH OF GCNet CONTRACT

The government has stated that it has not breached any contract with Ghana Community Service Network (GCNet) when it signed an agreement with West Blue Ghana Limited.

JUDGE FIGHTS APAU REPORT

It has emerged that Justice LO. Tanko Amadu, the trial judge who caused the payment of a whopping Ȼ51.2 million judgment debt to National Democratic Congress (NDC) bankroller, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, did not order payment of the entire amount.

BAGBIN CALLS FOR EVALUATION OF GOV’T POLICIES

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, has observed that the absence of an evaluation policy is denying the citizenry the opportunity to know the impact of government’s policies, programmes and projects.

MASSIVE OVERHAUL OF PRISONS UNDERWAY

A programme of reforms designed to transform the country’s prisons through an administration in the efficiency of prison administrators, the welfare of inmates and the general state of the prisons is underway. The reform programme is expected to give impetus to the original mandate of the Ghana Prisons Service and promote the reformation of the prisoners.

SHIPLOAD OF OIL STOLEN FROM GHANA INTERCEPTED IN GERMANY

The International Police in Germany has intercepted an oil tanker, MT Cello Di Milano that was carrying stolen crude from the Saltpond Offshore Producing Company Limited (SOPCL)

MINISTERS FIGHT OVER WEST BLUE CONTRACT

Tempers flared up during a meeting at the Flagstaff House recently to discuss the modalities for the enforcement of President Mahama’s order to ensure that West Blue Consulting, an IT-consulting firm, is awarded a multi-million dollar Single Window contract to take over the functions of the Destination Inspection Companies (DICs).

BARTON ODRO FINGERED IN “OUTRAGEOUS” PAYMENT

The Judgment Debt Commission is raising questions about the actions of former Deputy Attorney-General Ebo Barton Odro in the payment of a four million cedis judgment debt to African Automobile Company Limited.

CODEO CHARGES NEW EC CHAIR TO BE ‘NEUTRAL’

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has congratulated Mrs. Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei on her appointment to head Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) but was quick to remind her to execute her “responsibility with utmost professionalism, teamwork and neutrality at all times.”

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ZERO DEFICIT FINANCING UNREALISTIC

Economic policy think-tank Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has reiterated that government’s performance in the three-year IMF programme could face serious challenges over the medium-term, particularly as it pursues front-loaded fiscal consolidation on the back of zero central bank financing for government.

DOMESTIC AIRFARES UP BY 17.5%

Airfare from Accra on the four main domestic destinations – Takoradi, Kumasi, Sunyani and Tamale – has gone up by some 17.5 percent, following the imposition if Value Added Tax (VAT) on all domestic air travels.

TERKPER ASSURES OF STABLE CURRENCY IN COMING MONTHS

The Finance Minister, Mr Seth Terkper, has given the strongest assurance yet that the falling cedi will appreciate against the major foreign trading currencies before the close of the year.

GHANA GAS BEGINS ANOTHER COMPENSATION PAY-OUT

The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) will on Monday, July 6, 2015 pay out another compensation package to 168 project-affected persons along the company’s Right of Way (ROW) natural gas pipeline.

NIC DELAYS START OF NEW MOTOR PREMIUMS

The National Insurance Commission (NIC) — the insurance regulator — has asked insurance companies to hold on with implementation of the new motor insurance premiums to enable the Finance Ministry inform the presidency about the agreed decision of insurers.

FERTILIZER SUBSIDY IS MIRAGE – FARMERS

The promise by government to make available to farmers as much as 180,000 metric tonnes of subsidised fertilizer for the 2015 farming season has been a ‘mirage’ so far, members of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) have said, asking government to make good its promise.

EPA HALTS MINING ACTIVITIES OF AQ GHANA GOLD

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has halted the mining-related activities of African Queen Ghana Gold Company (AQ Ghana Gold) in Apragya in the Ashanti Region for lack of a mining lease.

GOIL STILL SUBSIDISES FUEL DESPITE MARGINAL INCREMENT

Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), the only indigenous downstream oil marketing company in the country still maintained marginal subsidy on petroleum product despite another 15 per cent increment by all Oil Marketing Companies.

NEW PETROL PRICES TAKE EFFECT

Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) exhibited new prices at their filling stations after the 15 per­cent increase in the prices of petroleum products took effect yesterday.

EDAIF’s OPERATIONS UNFRIENDLY TO SMALL SCALE FARMERS

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) says the operations of the Export Trade, Agriculture and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF), is inimical to small scale farmers.

COMPANIES LAMENT CONTINUOUS IMPORTATION OF ANTI-RETROVIRAL DRUGS

Some pharmaceutical companies are lamenting the continuous importation of anti-retroviral drugs into the country inspite of improved capacity to manufacture them locally.

ECOWAS PREPARES FOR HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE

Côte d’Ivoire would in September, host a high-level conference on financing development programmes (CDP) in the West African sub- region.

GHANA TO HOLD RISK MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

Mr Millison Kwadwo Narh, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana (BoG) would on Wednesday, July 8 open INTL FCStone Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of INTL FCStone Inc,’s Commodity Trading and Risk Management seminar in Accra.

PDSA COMPANY LAUNCHES GEOSYSTEMS SERVICE CENTRE

PDSA Company Limited, the authorized Leica Geosystems Distributor in Ghana, has launched an ultramodern Service Centre in Accra to provide repair and callibration services for all Leica-Geosystems Total stations.

WE HAVE ENOUGH DOLLARS TO SUPPORT THE – BoG

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has assured it has enough foreign exchange to pump into the economy to stabilize the cedi against major foreign currencies.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

UN OBSERVERS SAY BURUNDI ELECTIONS NOT FREE OR CREDIBLE

UN observers have ruled that elections in Burundi that were wracked by violence and boycotted by the opposition were not free or credible, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

EGYPTIAN ARMY KILLS 35 MILITANTS IN NORTH SINAI – SOURCES

Egypt’s military killed 35 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Thursday, security sources said, a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years.

EIGHT DEAD IN NEW SAUDI-LED STRIKES ON YEMEN’S SANAA- AGENCY

Saudi-led air strikes killed eight people on Thursday in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, residents and a news agency reported, the first such attacks after a lull of several days.

IMF WARNS OF HUGE FINANCIAL HOLD AS GREEK VOTE LOOMS

The International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning on Thursday of the huge financial hole facing Greece as angry and uncertain voters prepare for a referendum that could decide their country’s future in Europe.

TURKEY REINFORCES SYRIA BORDER, DAVUTOGLU SAYS NO INCURSION PLANNED

Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were no immediate plans for any incursion.

DEATH TOLL FROM CAPSIZED PHILIPPINE FERRY RISES TO 41, DIVERS HALT SEARCH

The death toll after a ferry capsized in the central Philippines rose to 41 on Friday when rescuers recovered three more bodies, but bad weather was hampering the search for another 12 people still missing, the coast guard and police said.

COLOMBIA CAPITAL ON EDGE AFTER TWO SMALL EXPLOSIONS

Two small bombs exploded in Bogota, Colombia’s capital, on Thursday afternoon, injuring seven, according to the defence minister, who said he would deploy greater numbers of military and police onto the streets in response to the “terrorist doings.”

NO BREAKTHROUGH AT IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS , MINISTERS PUSH FOR DEAL SOON

Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks on Thursday as foreign ministers flew in to help push for a swift deal and resolve disputes over how sanctions could be lifted and how Iran’s compliance would be monitored.

FORCED LABOUR SHOWS BACK-BREAKING LACK OF REFORM IN MYANMAR MILITARY

In the fertile river valleys near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh, stateless Rohingya Muslims say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labour, despite the government launching a campaign three years ago to end the practice.

MALAYSIA FUND SLAMS REPORT $700 MILLION WENT TO PM’S PERSONAL ACCOUNT

Malaysia’s 1MDB said on Friday it never provided any funds to Prime Minister Najib Razak, responding to a report that close to $700 million (448.55 million pounds) was wired into Najib’s personal account from banks, government agencies and companies linked to the state fund.

THREE DEAD AS 6.4 EARTHQUAKE HITS CHINA’S XINJIANG

At least three people were killed and more than 20 injured when a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit a rural part of China’s far western Xinjiang region on Friday, Chinese officials said.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GIDEON BAAH PUZZLED BY KOTOKO’S PERSISTENT WOES

Former Asante Kotoko defender Gideon Baah says he is amazed by his former sides struggles in the league this season.

FIAMENYO : I AM NOT FAT

Hearts of Oak top scorer Gilbert Fiamenyo has hit out at critics for calling him fat.
For him, his lack of goals should not be attributed to his physical structure as he considers it normal.

BANNED BA UNITED TO PLAY INTER ALLIES IN ACCRA

GHANASoccernet.com understands, BA United have been directed to play their home match against Inter Allies at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

HARRISON AFFUL LEAVES ESPERANCE

Ghana international Harrison Afful has severed ties with Tunisian club Esperance after a six-year romance following the expiration of his contract with the Blood and Gold on June 30.

GBA SUPPORTS MAIMED BOXING ENTHUSIAST

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) yesterday donated GHC1,000 to Mr Teddy Lamptey, a boxing enthusiast, who had his right limb amputated last year due to an infection.

UDINESE STAR AGYEMANG-BADU DONATES TO GHANA MUSLIM LEADER FOR RAMADAN PERIOD

Udinese star Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu visited the Ghanaian Chief Imam on Wednesday afternoon to donate assorted drinks as demonstration of his support for the Ghanaian Muslim community during the Ramadan period.

RAMADAN MUBARAK