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Headline News-July 27 2015

NEWS HEADLINES
MONDAY 27-7-2015

BY MR LARRY

MAHAMA ON A SEVEN-DAY LEAVE

President John Mahama has taken a seven-day leave, a statement from the seat of government – Flagstaff House – said.
Mahama resumes work August 3, 2015

DON’T ABUSE TECHNOLOGY – OTUMFUO

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has called on tertiary students to look beyond using their mobile phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets for making and receiving calls, and to explore the world through the various search engines to bring its benefits to bear on humanity.

NIB SUPPORTS ASHAIMAN ZENU JHS

The National Investment Bank (NIB) has presented reading books worth GH¢5,000 to the Ashaiman Zenu Junior High School (JHS).

BE INSPIRED BY THE SIKKENS EXAMPLE – DR CHAMBAS TELLS YOUTH

A Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has challenged Ghanaian youth to take a cue from the inspiring entrepreneurial story of the Chairman of the Bamson Group of Companies, Mr Kwame Ofosu Bamfo.

3,514 STUDENTS GRADUATE AT 4 UG CEREMONIES

The University of Ghana held four congregation ceremonies at the weekend that saw the passing out of 3,514 students from different disciplines.
The four ceremonies were held for the Colleges of Health Sciences, Basic and Applied Sciences, Humanities and Education.

RECONSTITUTED YEA BOARD INAUGURATED

An eight member reconstituted board of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has been inaugurated at the Ministry in Accra.

DON’T LITIGATE WITH UMaT OVER LAND FOR EXPANSION – MINISTER

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Nii Osah Mills, has appealed to traditional authorities in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality in the Western Region to reconsider their decision to litigate with the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa over land meant for the university’s expansion programmme.

TEWU GIVES GOV’T ONE-MONTH ULTIMATUM

The Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU), has given the government a one-month ultimatum, to conclude negotiations on salaries and other conditions of service of members, or face their anger.

WAEC TOLD TO CURB EXAMINATION LEAKS

The Headmaster of the Crown Prince Academy, Mr Joseph Appiah Addo, has warned that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) stands to lose its credibility if it does not put in place the necessary measures to curb examination leaks.

TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY TV LICENCE FEES? DEBATE COMES OFF AT GRAPHIC TODAY

The Daily Graphic, the flagship of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), will host a media session on the TV licence fees at its corporate headquarters on the Graphic Road at 11 a.m.today.

NSAWAM NDC MEMBERS JUBILATE OVER MCE’s REMOVAL

Some supporters of the ruling NDC in the Nsawam – Adoagyiri Constituency of the Eastern region are excited over the removal of their Municipal Chief Executive, Mark Amoaku-Dompreh.

MAN WITH FULLY LOADED GUN ARRESTED IN MAHAMA’S CHURCH

An armed man has been arrested at President Mahama’s church, Ringway Gospel Assemblies of God on Sunday after he was spotted with a fully loaded pistol during service.

TWO INCUMBENT MPS RETAIN SEATS IN NPP PRIMARIES

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) held primaries in six constituencies across the country on Saturday to elect parliamentary candidates for the 2016 election.

91 UNPAID DOCTORS PICKET AT CAGD

The 91 junior doctors who have not been paid for several months are this morning picketing at the premises of the Controller and Accountant General’s department (CAGD).

3 KILLED IN COLLAPSED BUILDING

Three persons lost their lives after a four-storey building under construction collapsed on them near the President’s residence and the Free Zones Board offices at Cantonments in Accra on Saturday.

PARLIAMENT APPROVES IMMIGRATION SERVICE ACT

Parliament has given approval for the passage of the Immigration Service Act which seeks to strategically position the service to deliver on its mandate and contribute to the maintenance of law and order in the country by ensuring that only legitimate persons are allowed entry, residence and employment for national and international security.

NAA TORSHIE FLOORED IN NPP POLLS

Member of Parliament for Tema West constituency, Irene Naa Torshie Addo, has lost her bid to once again represent the New Patriotic Party (NPP) a its parliamentary candidate in the constituency for the 2016 elections.

TEMA WEST NPP PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE PROMISES TO RETAIN SEAT

The New Patriotic Party’s newly elected parliamentary candidate for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah, has assured party supporters he’ll work hard to retain the seat in the upcoming 2016 elections.

VOTERS REGISTER RECIPE FOR CHAOS – NPP’s EDMUND KYEI

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has once again questioned the authenticity of the voters register insisting that appropriate steps must be taken to cleanse the data.

GOV’T ALONE CANNOT SOLVE UNEMPLOYMENT CHALLENGES ’

Mr Kwame Annoh, of the Specific Vocational Preparation Business Development of the Royal Bank, says government alone cannot solve the challenges of unemployment.

HOMOSEXUALITY IS ANTI-HUMAN – PALMER-BUCKLE

Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, has described homosexuality as anti-human and anti- social which affects the marriage institution.

FAMILY FIGHT DOVVSU OVER AGE OF DEFILED GIRL

Credible information available to Today from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) headquarters in Accra indicates that the family members of the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly defiled by Lance Corporal Emmanuel Kwamena Bartels are in big fight with personnel of DOVVSU of the Ghana Police Service over the actual age of the victim.

I’LL RESIST ATTEMPTS TO FORCE ME OUT – NII NOI NorteyY

A parliamentary aspirant for the Korley Klottey constituency, Nii Noi Nortey has warned he will resist any attempt to compel him to step down from contesting in the party’s upcoming parliamentary primaries in the area.

TWO FISHERMEN IMPRISONED FOR STEALING

Two fishermen who stole assorted items from a supply vessel at the Takoradi Port, have been sentenced to a total of six years imprisonment in hard labour by a Takoradi Circuit court.

KORLE BU FIRES DOVVSU

Principal Nursing Officer at the Child Health Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) is upset at investigators working on an alleged defilement case involving a 12-year-old girl and Lance Corporal Emmanuel Kwamena Bartels.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

THERMAL POWER TO THE RESCUE

The country’s power products have had to ramp up thermal power production to bridge the shortfall in hydro power generation as a result of poor rains and shortage of natural gas.

FUEL TAXES KILLING CONSUMERS

Petroleum products dealers can take part of the blame for not allowing consumers to enjoy the full benefits when prices go down on the world market, but the real ‘killer’ for the consumer, critics say, are the countless taxes and levies government slaps on the products.

TERKPER HAILS GOVERNMENT’S ‘SMART BORROWING’; SAYS IT WILL FREE TAX PAYER

As government’s debt hits 90 billion cedis 67.53 percent of GDP, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Seth Terkper has maintained that government’s decision to “smart borrow” on the international capital market will yield positive results in the medium to long-term.

POULTRY BUSINESS BOOMS DESPITE BIRD FLU

Following a recent ban on the importation and hawking of poultry in the country by government, Business Day checks have shown mixed reactions from traders who deal in poultry.

GNPC EXPANDS THE SEARCH FOR MORE OIL FIELDS

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has stepped up the search for more oilfields as it begins work on the Voltaian Basin Project.

PARTNERSHIP NEEDED TO EQUIP YOUTH FOR JOB MARKET

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BIEGE Capital, Mr Mike Nyinaku, has emphasised the need for stakeholders in the education sector to partner their counterparts in business to equip the youth with employable skills.

FUNDING KEY TO DEVELOP YOUTH, WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS – SURVEY

A survey by GeoPoll, a mobile survey platform, has identified funding as the resource most needed to help develop the youth and women entrepreneurs in Africa.

AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS URGED TO BUILD TRADE NETWORKS

The Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has urged entrepreneurs in Africa to leverage on networks they build to develop pan African investments and trade networks in the region.

SAFTECH TO BRAND METRO BUSES

Saftech Limited, a local distributor of G’FIVE mobile phones and products, has begun a process of branding the buses of the Metro Mass Transit to make them more attractive.

FRESHPAK BEGINS EXPORT OF TRAYS, ‘TAKEAWAY PACKS’

The food packaging subsidiary of Groupe Nduom, FreshPak Products Company Limited, has started exporting trays, ‘takeaway’ packs and ancillary products to neighbouring countries, barely a year after it was established at Elmina in the Central Region.

ECOWAS BANK TO FOCUS ON ECONOMIC GROWTH

The ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) says it would continue to focus efforts on providing support to private and public sector initiatives to grow the economies and create jobs in the sub-region.

GRA SCHOOLS SMALL TAX PAYERS IN TARKWA NSUEAM

As part of measures to enhance the understanding of tax payers, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has organised a day’s training programme for small tax payers in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality.

OIL PALM FARMERS SUPPORT 10 PER CENT IMPORT TAX

The Oil Palm Smallholders and Outgrowers’ Association, has urged government to go ahead with the imposition of a 10 per cent adjustment tax on crude palm oil (CPO) imports into the country.

HEADS OF DEPARTMENT INTRODUCED TO NEW EPAYMENT SYSTEM

A two-day workshop on the new electronic salary payment vouchers (ESPV), has ended in the Western Region with a call on heads of department to ensure proper validation before salaries are paid.

MiDA DENIES SPEARHEADING ECG PRIVATISATION

The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has rubbished media reports it is leading a campaign to privatise the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

257 MEGAWATTS TO BE ADDED TO GHANA’S GRID

A total of 257 megawatts of power is expected to be added to the national grid between October and November this year.

GHANA’S CEDI IS WORLD’S BEST PERFORMING CURRENCY – ECONOMIST

Last year Ghana’s currency, the cedi, was the world’s worst-performing currency. Now, in a remarkable turn-around, it’s the world’s best-performing currency.

PALM OIL CAN BE GHANA’S NEXT ‘GOLD

The Head of Corporate Affairs at Unilever Ghana, Gabriel Opoku-Asare, has described the palm oil sub-sector as the next “gold”

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

OBAMA IN ETHIOPIA, FOCUS ON SOUTH SUDAN PEACE BID

Barack Obama on Monday officially begins a two-day visit to Ethiopia, the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa’s second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union.

SHEBAB KILL AT LEAST SIX IN MOGADISHU HOTEL CAR BOMBING

Somalia’s Shebab insurgents killed at least six people in a huge car bomb attack on a heavily guarded hotel in the capital Mogadishu that is also home to several diplomatic missions, officials and witnesses said.

OBAMA ENDS KENYA VISIT WITH TOUGH MESSAGE ON RIGHTS, CORRUPTION

US President Barack Obama on Sunday ended a landmark visit to Kenya, urging the east African nation and birthplace of his father to renounce corruption, tribalism and inequality.

14 KILLED IN SUICIDE BOMBING IN NORTHEAST NIGERIA

A “mentally handicapped” female suicide bomber killed at least 14 people at a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Damaturu on Sunday, witnesses and a hospital source said.

TURKISH JETS HIT PKK TARGETS IN IRAQ AFTER SOLDIERS KILLED – SOURCES

Turkey attacked Kurdish insurgent camps in Iraq for a second night on Sunday, security sources said, in a campaign that could end its peace process with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

INDIA TIGHTENS SECURITY ON PAKISTAN BORDER AFTER PUNJAB ATTACK

India tightened security on the border with Pakistan on Monday after heavily armed men stormed a police station in the northern frontier state of Punjab, killing six people and wounding several others.

CHINA SAYS SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF FOREIGN NGOs

China’s Minister of Public Security has assured foreign non-government organisations operating in the country that China supports their activities amid fears that a controversial new law governing NGOs could hamper the development of civil society.

CAMERON IN SOUTHEAST ASIA VISIT TO TALK TRADE, ISLAMIST EXTREMISM

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he wanted to use a four-day trade mission to southeast Asia to spur lucrative business deals and to forge new political alliances to counter Islamist extremism.

EARTHQUAKE OF 6.9 MAGNITUDE STRIKES ALASKA’S ALEUTIANS – USGS

An earthquake measuring magnitude 6.9 struck the Aleutian Islands in the U.S. state of Alaska late on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

ACCUSED RUSSIAN TALIBAN’S U.S. TRIAL POSTPONED BY ONE DAY

The start of the trial of a former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter has been postponed by a day until Tuesday, court records showed late on Sunday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GRANT CONFIDENT OF 2018 WC QUALIFICATION

Ghana coach Avram Grant believes the group stages of the qualifiers to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be difficult.

POLY GAMES OPEN IN ACCRA

The 2015 West Africa Polytechnic Games opened last Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium with a call on participating institutions to use the competition as an avenue to strengthen the bond that exists between West Africa countries.

MUNTARI REACHES AGREEMENT WITH AL-ITTIHAD

Reports indicate the Ghanaian midfielder has agreed to terms with Saudi Arabia side, Al-Ittihad on a two year deal for €14 million

BEACH SOCCER LEAGUE KICKS OFF: WUO GBEE HAMMER WINNEBA GIANTS

Sixteen beach soccer teams across the country last Saturday began a journey of supremacy in the national beach soccer league.
Beach soccer is generally considered as the fastest growing sport in the West African sub region.

FIRST CAPITAL PLUS LEAGUE WEEK 24 RESULTS

BECHEM 2-1 B CHELSEA
EDUBIASE 2-1 HEARTS
LIONS 2-0 WA ALL S
KOTOKO 1-0 ASHGOLD
OLYMPICS 2-1 MEDEAMA
ADUANA 1-0 INTER A
LIBERTY 1-0 WAFA
HASAACAS 2-0 B. A UTD

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