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Headline News – July 15 2015

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WEDNESDAY 15-7-2015

BY MR LARRY

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President Obama defended the deal that aims to rein in Iran’s nuclear program, telling reporters on Wednesday, “this deal is our best means of ensuring Iran does not get a nuclear weapon.””My hope is that building on this deal, we could continue to have conversations with Iran that incentivize them to behave differently in the region,” Obama said during a White House press conference. Obama spoke directly to the press, but his real audience will be skeptical Democrats on Capitol Hill, who could join with Republicans to scuttle the deal.

CITE PRESIDENT FOR CONTEMPT – AFENYO MARKIN APPEALS TO SUPREME COURT

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Efuttu in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has made known his intention to institute contempt proceedings against President John Mahama for appointing a new Chairperson for the Electoral Commission (EC), in spite of the pendency of a legal suit on the same subject matter.

PROF. DODOO APOLOGISES TO PARLIAMENT

A lecturer at the school of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Ghana, Professor Alexander Dodoo, yesterday apologised to the Privileges Committee of Parliament for describing Members of Parliament as “ignorant” and asking them to “shut up”.

VEEP URGES MEDIA TO FOCUS ON CRITICAL SOCIAL ISSUES

Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has appealed to the media to dedicate ten percent of their space to social issues particularly that which affects the well-being of children.

NDC ZONGO CAUCUS ON BEHALF OF PREZ DONATES GH₵1,000 TOWARDS EDIR FITR

The Zongo Caucus of the ruling National Democratic Congress on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama has donated cash and food items to imam and Muslims at the mosque of Malam Abdul- Musa Kadiri in Nima a suburb of Accra.

MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL TO REVOKE ALI-GABASS’S LICENCE

The Ghana Medical and Dental Council (GMDC) is to withdraw Sulley Ali-Gabass’s professional licence from its register by the end of this month, in line with the Health Professional Regulatory Bodies Act, Act 857.

YAMOAH PONKOH IS A THIEF – NDC CHAIRMAN

The troubles of sacked MCE for Ejisu/Juaben in the Ashanti Region, Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh seem far from over.

TALENSI BY-ELECTION: WE LOST BECAUSE THE NPP WAS INTIMIDATED —MINORITY LEADER

Minority leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu says the NPP’s defeat in the Talensi by-election is due to intimidation of her members during the elections.

CAB DRIVER ACCUSES POLICE OF TORTURE

A taxi driver, Wisdom Denu mistakenly picked up by the police in a swoop on drug dealers at Ho-Anlokodzi, in February, this year and released after spending three months behind bars, has been given a horrifying account of his ordeal at the hands of the police.

PROF DODOO APOLOGISES

Lecturer at the school of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Ghana, Alex Dodoo pleaded for mercy when he was invited by the Privileges Committee of Parliament yesterday to defend his unsavory remarks against the House.

4 BUTCHERS JAILED

Four butchers were yesterday convicted by the Adjabeng District Magistrates’ Court 2 in Accra, presided over by Madam Gloria Naa Bortor Laryea, for slaughtering animals at unauthorised places.

10,000 YOUTH TO BE EMPLOYED UNDER CIP

More than 10,000 youth will be recruited under the Community Improvement Programme (CIP), a flagship initiative of the government to ameliorate the growing unemployment problem in the country.

PARLIAMENT ANGRILY SUMMONS TWO DEPUTY MINISTERS

Two deputy ministers at the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry have been summoned to appear before Parliament on Wednesday July 15.

Ȼ4.1 MILLION FRAUD CASE GOES TO APPEALS COURT

The accused person standing trial in the GYEEDA case, Phillip Akpeena Assibit, has filed an application for stay of execution at the Appeals Court against the ruling asking him to open his defence.

RLG TO TRAIN IVORIAN SENEGALESE YOUTH IN ICT

The Ivorian government has contracted the Rlg Group to undertake a comprehensive training on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for selected youth in the West African nation.

CERVICAL CANCER KILLS 2000 GHANAIAN WOMEN ANNUALLY

Deputy Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr Joseph Oduro has expressed deep worry over the alarming rate at which Ghanaian women are dying through the cervical cancer disease and said this should not be allowed to continue.

AKUA DONKOR SACKS TALENSI MP ASPIRANT FROM PARTY

Founder and Leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor has revealed that she has fired the candidate who contested the Talensi by-election on the ticket of the party.

FIRE GUTS ABUJA SLUM IN ACCRA

Over 200 structures have been gutted by fire in Abuja, a slum in Accra.
Personnel from the Fire Service arrived at the scene located around the Cocoa Marketing Board at the Central Business District of Accra and succeeded in bringing the inferno under control.

WE WILL DEAL WITH RECALCITRANT MINISTERS – MPs

Members of Parliament on Tuesday expressed resentment at the “blatant” disregard of the authority of the House by some Ministers, insisting that Parliament needs to “bite” to show its independence of the Executive.

AKUFO-ADDO TO SHARE HIS VISION WITH GHANAIANS IN MANCHESTER

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo will on Saturday, July 18 interact with the Ghanaian community in Manchester in UK and surrounding cities.

WE NEED DIVINE INTERVENTION TO SOLVE “DUMSOR” – NAPO

Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, is skeptical about government’s ability to end the power crisis by the end of the year.

RESIDENTS ANGRY OVER SUSPENSION OF ATTA MILLS LIBRARY

Residents of Cape Coast in the Central Region have expressed their utmost disappointment over the suspension of the Atta Mills Research Library.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

INVESTORS TARGET US$1BN WESTERN RAIL PROJECT

Investors have expressed interest in funding the development of a viable Western Corridor railway network to support large scale economic activities in the zone. The 330 kilometer rail project is expected to cost in excess of US$1 billion to execute.

MODEC REFUSES TO REINSTATE WORKERS

The impasse between MODEC and 15 of the 19 workers it sacked last November is becoming more protracted, since the company is said to have refused to reinstate the workers as directed by the arbiter in the matter, the Labour Commission.

ACCRA’S STREETLIGHTS GOBBLE UP Ȼ190M

Even though they are often not on when and where they are most indeed, streetlights in the Accra district alone are said to consume some Ȼ192 million per year of electricity.

SACKING OF FPSO WORKERS CAUSING GAS PROBLEMS

Gas supply challenges being encountered on the FPSO Kwame Nkumah are due to the sacking of MODEC workers, says Francis Sallah, General Secretary of the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union.

PETROLEUM PRICES MUST DROP FURTHER – AGI INSISTS

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has strongly advocated a further reduction of petroleum prices even as prices drop by 15 per cent with effect from Monday.

INCOME TAX REGIME TO OVERHAULED

Government is seeking to broaden the tax base and reorganise the various income tax law provisions to simplify them and make them more user-friendly.

4TH AGI AWARDS LAUNCHED IN ACCRA

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has tasked the private sector to exploit more innovative ways of expanding the country’s industrial and manufacturing base to create jobs.

CABINET TO REVIEW VAT ON AIRFARES

The Ministry of Transport is to petition Cabinet to review the imposition of a 17.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on domestic airfares, as passenger numbers dwindle and operators struggle to cover their cost of operation.

BoG ISSUES NEW MOBILE MONEY GUIDELINES

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has given another impetus for mobile money services in the country to boom following its approval and announcement of two new regulatory guidelines.

MORE TROUBLE FOR BUSINESSES AS BANKS SET TO REDUCE CREDITS

The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr Edward Effah, has predicted a decline in credit to businesses this year as a result of the current harsh economic conditions.

T’DI TRADERS COMPLAIN ABOUT INCREASED COST OF LIVING

Traders at the Takoradi Central Market in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, have expressed concern about the high cost of living, and frequent hikes in petroleum products and transportation fares which was affecting their businesses.

WOMEN IN SMEs TO BENEFIT FROM ACCESS BANK/IFC TRAINING

Access Bank is partnering the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to hold a 2-day financial strengthening workshop for women in SMEs.

NPA WANTS EX-PUMP PRICES FROM OMCs

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), has directed Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) and LPG Marketing Companies (LPGMCs) to submit their indicative ex-pump prices to NPA two days before every pricing window.

CEDI WILL CONTINUETO GAIN VALUE IN COMING WEEKS – ANALYSTS

Currency analysts are projecting that the cedi will gain more value in the third and fourth quarter of this year as government awaits more dollars to inject into the economy.

GOIL DENIES GOVERNMENT’S INTERFERENCE IN PRICING OF ITS PRODUCTS

Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) has denied claims that government is interfering in the pricing of its products.
The company in recent times has priced its products below market rate.

INTERNET SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES $15M EXPANSION PROJECT

A leading pan- African telecommunication service provider, Internet solutions, has launched a “metro- fibre Ethernet network infrastructure expansion project” in Accra.

MINISTRY TEMPORARY BANS STREET VENDING OF LIVE BIRDS

The Ministry of Agriculture has placed a temporary ban on the sale and movement of live birds within the Accra metropolis with immediate effect.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SCARRED BY ISLAMIST ATTACKS, KENYA SET TO RE-OPEN WESTGATE MALL

Kenya’s trendy Westgate shopping mall will reopen on Saturday, nearly two years after gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab massacred at least 67 people inside and held out for four days as security forces laid siege to the complex.

PLUTO MISSION : NASA’s NEW HORIZONS ‘PHONES HOME AFTER BLACKOUT

NASA has re-established contact with its New Horizons spacecraft after a planned communications blackout as the probe completes humankind’s first flyby of Pluto.

BRITAIN FACES TIGHTEST WINTER POWER SUPPLIES IN DECADE – NATIONAL GRID

Britain is facing the tightest winter power supplies in a decade mostly due to power plant closures, although measures have been taken to ensure electricity meets demand, National Grid said on Wednesday.

DEAL REACHED ON IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM; LIMITS ON FUEL WOULD LESSEN WITH TIME

Six world powers agreed to limit Iran’s nuclear ability in return for lifting sanctions, but they left open areas sure to raise objections in Congress, such as the nation’s ability to produce as much fuel as it wishes after year 15.

IMF CALLS FOR GREECE DEBT RELIEF AHEAD OF BAILOUT VOTE

An International Monetary Fund study published on Tuesday showed that Greece needs far more debt relief than European governments have been willing to contemplate so far, as fractious parties in Athens prepared to vote on a sweeping austerity package demanded by their lenders.

SAUDI-BACKED FORCES SEIZE ADEN AIRPORT IN SUDDEN ADVANCE

Yemeni forces recaptured Aden’s international airport and some city districts from Houthi militia fighters on Tuesday, in a sudden advance after months of stalemate, the exiled government said.

HUNGARIANS RALLY AGAINST FENCE TO KEEP OUT MIGRANTS

A thousand people demonstrated in downtown Budapest on Tuesday against a fence Hungary is building along its border with Serbia to keep out an accelerating flow of migrants entering from the south.

PAKISTAN HELPED SECURE TALIBAN TALKS, BUT AFGHAN MISTRUST LINGERS

Pakistan’s military, long accused of harbouring insurgents who fight its cause in Afghanistan and beyond, says its role in brokering landmark Taliban peace talks last week proves it is serious about tackling Islamist militancy in the region.

JAPAN’S ABE SET TO PUSH THROUGH SECURITY BILLS IN SUMMER OF DISCONTENT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces his toughest challenge since taking office in 2012 as his ruling bloc prepares to force unpopular security bills through the lower house despite voter doubts about the legislation and a slew of other policies.

MEXICO SHOWS SECURITY FOOTAGE OF GUZMAN MOMENTS BEFORE HE DISAPPEARED INTO TUNNEL

Mexico’s government on Tuesday broadcast security camera footage of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the final moments before he escaped from a maximum security prison through a tunnel in his cell on Saturday night.

SPORTS HEADLINES

HERBERT ADDO SACKED

Accra Hearts of Oak and coach Herbert Addo have agreed to mutually part ways after a crucial meeting between the two parties on Tuesday.

ADISADEL WINS UNITY GOLF

Adisadel College Old Students Association defeated Mfantsipim School Old Students Association, eight and-a-half points to three and-a-half, to win this year’s Adisadel-Mfantsipim Unity Golf championship played at the Achimota Golf Course in Accra.

HEARTS BANNED FROM USING ACCRA STADIUM

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has temporarily banned Accra Hearts of Oak from using the Accra Stadium as its home venue with immediate effect.

DIDI HAILS BLACK PRINCESSES AFTER BIG WIN

Black Princesses coach Mas-Ud Didi Draman has praised his team for their outstanding performance in the 6-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday.

BECHEM UNITED TO FOCUS ON YOUTH DEVELOPMENT – PRESIDENT

Kinglsey Owusu Achau, President of Premier League side, Bechem United Football Club has said his outfit is now shifting focus to youth development despite their participation in the top flight league.

RAMADAN MUBARAK