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Headline News- July 23 2015

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GHANA TO OVERHAUL AGRIC WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY – MAHAMA

Plans are underway to overhaul agriculture through the application of digital technology, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

800 BOXES OF AMMO SEIZED; OWNER ARRESTED

A driver of an O.A Travel and Tour bus, a private transport company, and his conductor have been arrested after the police discovered 800 packages of live shotgun cartridges in the luggage compartment of the bus on the Accra-Nsawam road.

SUPPORT CANCER PREVENTION, CONTROL IN AFRICA – FIRST LADY

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has called on fellow first ladies in Africa to lead a planned and sustained campaign and work with related organisations and agencies to support cancer prevention and control in Africa.

WE CANNOT STABILIZE CEDI

A writ invoking the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to order the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to put in measures to provide a stable currency has been dismissed.

PARLIAMENT TO PROCURE NEW GENERATORS

Parliament is expected to take delivery of new generators to support their operations during blackouts.

CLAUSE TO LIMIT NUMBER OF FREQUENCIES SPARKS CONTROVERSY

A clause in the draft broadcasting bill limiting ownership of broadcasting frequencies to not more than three, yesterday generated a heated debate at a stakeholders’ forum to discuss the bill.

ADEISO CHIEF PRAISES MAHAMA OVER ROAD CONSTRUCTION

Chief of Adeiso, Osabarima Asare Oduro, has expressed gratitude to the Mahama-led administration for the numerous developmental projects being carried out in the Upper West Akim District in recent times.

ECG WORKERS KICK AGAINST CONCESSIONAL ARRANGEMENT

Workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have kicked against the government’s decision to give the company to a private entity under a concessional arrangement.

LAWYER ANGRY WITH GOV’T OVER STRIKES

A deputy state attorney of the Upper West Region, Saeed Abdul-Shakquurr has criticized government for over relying on strikes to address the concerns of public sector workers in the country.

KUFUOR SPEAKS ON NPP ‘SECRET MEETING’

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has initiated moves to restore peace and unity in the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

I DID NOT MAKE THOSE ALLUSIONS – DAN BOTWE

Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere Constituency in the Eastern Region, Dan Kwaku Botwe, has denied reports that he asked delegates in the Tema West Constituency to vote for the incumbent MP, Ms Irene Naa Torshie Addo, because she is a major feature in the plans of the party’s flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.

DUMSOR HITS PARLIAMENT

A major power outage rocked Parliament yesterday at a time the MPs were considering another loan agreement, disrupting proceedings for well over one hour.

MMDAs EQUIPMENT RELEASED TO MAHAMA’S BROTHER’S FIRM E&P

Starr News has learnt that some heavy equipment purchased for the various Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were last month released to president John Mahama’s brother’s construction firm Engineers and Planners (E&P).

REGSEC MAINTAINS CURFEW HOURS IN BIMBILLA

The Northern Regional Security Council has decided to maintain curfew hours in Bimbilla following REGSEC meeting held Wednesday.

N/R DEV. CASH SPENT ON CONFLICT PREVENTION

Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna has revealed that a chunk of the region’s budgetary allocation is used for conflict prevention and peace management.

OMANE BOAMAH’S BODYGUARD DEFILES GIRL, 12

The official bodyguard of Ghana’s Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has allegedly impregnated a 12-year-old girl, StarrFMonline.com has gathered.

WIFE OF MISSING NPP MAN CALLS ON POLICE TO INTENSIFY SEARCH

Wife of the missing aide to former Attorney General, Nii Ayikoi Otoo is calling on the Ghana Police Service to expedite their investigations into the whereabouts of her husband.

I’M WILLING TO SERVE IN GOV’T – AKORFA EDJEANI

Veteran actress Akorfa Edjeani Asiedu has revealed to Bola Ray that she is willing to serve in government, if given the opportunity.

CHALK’ HEADMISTRESS STILL AT POST – GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has dismissed media reports of machinations within the service to transfer the headmistress of the Presby primary school in Kukurantumi following her chalk request that sparked controversy across the country.

ZOOMLION, CAPE COAST ASSEMBLY TRADE BLAME OVER FILTHY CITY

Waste Management Company, Zoomlion, has discounted claims by the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly that the company is responsible for the mountains of garbage that have piled up on street of Cape Coast.

JUDGEMENT DAY: PROF DODOO, BLAKK RASTA MEET MPS TODAY

Parliament will today decide on a report by the Privileges Committee on investigations into contempt against Professor Alex Dodoo and broadcaster, Abubakar Ahmed, popularly known as Blakk Rasta.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

SURGING IMPORT TAX EXEMPTIONS WORRY GOV’T

Dr. Edward Larbi-Siaw, a tax policy advisor at the Ministry of Finance (MoF), has expressed concern about the raise in exemptions from various import duties as it is affecting national revenue mobilisation.

MORE HARDSHIP FOR GHANAIANS

Following a revision of end-year inflation from 11.5 percent to 13.7 percent in the mid-year review of the 2015 budget, Ghanaians should expect a further increase in their cost of living and interest rates at least for the rest of the year, a senior economist who decided t remain anonymous told Business Finder.

FUEL PRICING: DEREGULATION RUNS INTO PROBLEMS

Mixed reactions to the 15 percent reduction in the prices of fuel products has deepened concerns about the manner in which the deregulation of the Ghana’s petroleum sector is being carried

GAS SUPPLY FACES FURTHER DELAY AS OIL OUTPUT FALLS

Gas from the Jubilee Field off-shore Cape Three Points to the Ghana Gas Processing Plant at Atuabo is to be delayed for a further three weeks, Tullow Oil has said.
Challenges with gas compression systems on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah have been identified as the main problem.

ESTATE DEVELOPER CHIDES GOV’T OVER HOUSING SHORTAGE

Prince Sarpong, Chief Executive Officer of ASN Financial Services — a home financier, has described government as a ‘bystander’ as it is ‘not doing enough’ in the provision of affordable homes for Ghanaians.

GHANA-RE PRESENTS TWO CHEQUES TO GOV’T

The Ghana Reinsurance Company has presented a cheque for GH¢5.6 million to be paid as dividend to the state.

THE ADHOC ECONOMIC MEASURES NEED TO BE DEBATED’

Dr Tweneboah Senzu, Research Professor of Market Economics Studies at TUA University and Senior fellow of Bastiat Ghana Institute, on Wednesday disagreed with the Finance Minister about his views about the depreciation of the cedi.

STANDARD CHARTERED Chartered ANNOUNCES NEW REGIONAL AND BUSINESS STRUCTURE

Standard Chartered PLC ‘the Group’, has announced a simplification of its organisational structure to improve accountability, speed up decision making, and reduce bureaucracy.

SASSO WINS FASTEST GROWING COMPANY AWARD

Samara Company Limited, producers of Sasso Insecticide Spray and Coil, has won the ‘Fastest Growing Company’ award at the 2015 edition of the Head of State Awards Scheme (HOSA).

HOUSING PROJECT TAKES OFF AT APPOLONIA

The City of Light Appolonia, a Real Estate Developer in Ghana, says it would release about 500 housing units by December 2015, to help resolve accommodation problems in the country.

USE BANKS AS BRIDGE-FINANCIERS – SEC BOSS

Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Adu Anane Antwi, has advised businesses to prioritise the capital market in raising long-term finance for their business instead of relying on banks for such ventures.

ENGEN GHANA REDUCES PRICES OF FUEL PRODUCTS AGAIN

Engen Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of PETRONAS in Malaysia, has reduced prices of fuel products by 18 per cent point cumulatively between July 16 and July 22.

ADEHYEMAN SAVINGS ADDS TWO NEW BRANCHES

Adehyeman Savings and Loans Company, one of the country’s leading savings and loans companies, has opened two new branches in its quest to bring banking services to the doorstep of clients.

GHANA’S 2015 MID-YEAR ECONOMIC GROWTH TO DECLINE

Ghana is to expect a decline in economic growth from an estimated 3.9 percent to 3.5 percent over the next six months, Finance Minister Seth Terkper announced in Parliament on Tuesday.

MOVES TO REDUCE PRESSURE ON CEDI AND BOOST EXPORTS

The government has outlined a number of measures to help reduce the pressure on the value of the cedi,while reducing excessive preference for imports.

DISTRICTS HAVE NO BYE-LAWS TO PROTECT SHEA TREES

A study by the Shea Network Ghana has discovered that most districts in northern Ghana where shea trees grow, do not have bye-laws to protect and conserve that resource.

ICU DISAGREES WITH TERKPER’S 0.9% GROWTH FIGURE

General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), Mr Solomon Kotei, says the 0.9 percent industry growth announced by Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, could not have been true.

SOUTH AFRICAN WINE TO HIT GHANAIAN MARKET

The organizers of Wines of South Africa Grand event are to introduce variety of wine onto the Ghanaian market in the next few months.

AFB GHANA’S LISTING ON GSE OVERSUBSCRIBED BY 30%

The shares of afb Ghana, consumer finance company, was oversubscribed by about 30 percent after it was officially listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

CROP SCIENTISTS IN GHANA GROW “SEEDYAMS IN THE AIR”

Local farmers in Ghana and elsewhere in Africa are denied the benefits of their harvests as a quarter of what they produced is put back into the soil for reproduction.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NO CHANGES TO OBAMA SCHEDULE IN KENYA AFTER LEAK : WHITE HOUSE

US President Barack Obama does not need to reshuffle his visit to east Africa after a posting of some details of the trip were made public in Kenya, a White House spokesman said.

CAMPAIGN GROUP ACCUSES LIBERIA PALM OIL FIRM OF EXPLOITING EBOLA CRISIS

Anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness on Thursday accused palm oil company Golden Veroleum of taking advantage of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to double the size of its plantation.

AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE KILLED IN NILE FERRY CRASH

At least 15 people including two children were killed after a cargo boat collided with a ferry on the Nile, hospital, security and political sources said.

GREEK PM KEEPS LID ON PARTY REBELLION TO PASS BAILOUT VOTE

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras contained a rebellion in his left-wing Syriza party to win parliamentary approval on Thursday for a second package of reforms required to start talks on a financial rescue deal.

CHINA SAYS JAPAN’S EAST CHINA Sea PICTURES PROVOKE CONFRONTATION

Japan’s release of pictures of Chinese construction activity in the East China Sea will only provoke confrontation between the two countries and do nothing for efforts to promote dialogue, China’s Foreign Ministry said.

ROUHANI DEFENDS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AS ‘NEW PAGE IN HISTORY’

President Hassan Rouhani, stepping up his defence of a nuclear deal under attack by Iran’s conservatives, said on Thursday the historic agreement with world powers was “more valuable” than a domestic debate about its fine details.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TAKES IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL FIGHT PUBLIC

U.S. lawmakers sceptical about the nuclear deal with Iran promised to press senior Obama administration officials to make more information about it public at a Senate hearing on Thursday as Congress begins its two-month review of the agreement.

CAR BOMB KILLS 20 IN BAGHDAD SHI’ITE DISTRICT

A car bomb exploded in a crowded marketplace in a mainly Shi’ite Muslim district of the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, police and medical sources said.

MYANMAR SENTENCES CHINESE NATIONALS TO LIFE FOR ILLEGAL LOGGING

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Myanmar after a court in the southeast Asian nation sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging.

OBAMA, TURKEY’S ERDOGAN AGREE TO STEM FLOW OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS -WHITE HOUSE

U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan agreed in a telephone call on Wednesday to work together to “stem the flow of foreign fighters and secure Turkey’s border with Syria,” the White House said in a statement.

SPORTS HEADLINES

HEARTS PROBLEMS WILL SOON BE OVER’

Minutes before kickoff on Wednesday, an astonishing sight greeted Hearts fans in Cape Coast.
The Phobians had looked extremely fired up for this crucial matchday 23 game against Lions. And perhaps it was not shocking since former board members such as Harry Zakkour, Nii Ayi-Bonte II, Stephen Akwettey, Frank Onero and Isaac Tetteh made an appearance.

I’M NOT DESPERATE FOR GOAL KING AWARD – ASAMOAH

He has not scored since June 21.
But somehow, no one has been able to overtake Nathaniel Asamoah, the leading scorer in the First Capital Plus Premier League.

FORMER GHANA COACH KWESI APPIAH SEEKS TO UPSTAGE KENYAN GIANTS GOR MAHIA

Ex-Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is keen on upstaging Kenyan giants Gor Mahia when his Sudanese side Al Khartoum clash with the Kenyan giants in their CECAFA Cup group match on Thursday.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
H.E Prof J. E. A. MILLS

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