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Headline News- July 31 2015

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150 DEPRIVED SCHOOLS RECEIVE SOLAR POWER, LAPTOPS

The government has provided solar electricity and 3,000 portable laptops to 150 basic schools in remote off-grid communities in the country.

ECG TO CLAMP DOWN ON ILLEGAL CONSUMERS AUGUST 1

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will, from Saturday, August 1, 2015, commence a special national exercise aimed at clamping down on people who have connected power illegally.

WORKERS CAN’T HOLD PUBLIC TO RANSOM WHILE NEGOTIATING SALARIES

Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), Mr George Smith-Graham, says workers are bound by the law not to hold the public to ransom once negotiations on their conditions of service have not stalled or failed.

CHIEF DONATES VEHICLE TO POLICE

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Nathaniel Kofi Boakye (right ) receiving the keys to a Toyota Hilux and two motor bikes (inset) from the Chief of Atwima, Nana Antwi Agyei II.

NO JUSTIFICATION FOR A NEW REGISTER — KOFI ADAMS

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kofi Adams, has stated that the demand by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for a new voters’ registration for the 2016 election has no reasonable justification.

MAN FINED GH¢180 FOR STEALING

A 19-year-old man has been fined GH¢180 for stealing Emmanuel Koduah pleaded guilty for unlawful entry and two counts of stealing when he appeared before the Amasaman District Court B.

TAXI DRIVER ASSAULTS STATION CHAIRMAN

A 30-year-old taxi driver has been fined GH¢1,200 for hitting his station chairman’s face with a stone.

KOMFO ANOKYE HOSPITAL MANAGERS MEET OVER DOCTORS ‘ STRIKE

Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) are locked up in an emergency meeting to strategize to cater for the repercussions of the decision of medical doctors not to cater for outpatient department cases.

ARE WE TAKING THE ACID ATTACKS SERIOUS?

ONE thing that we at Today know for sure about the country Ghana is that anytime an issue of national interest crops up you will have people offer all manner of suggestions, solutions and recommendations, but very little or nothing at all is done about it.

DON’T BLAME WAGP/WAPCo FOR ‘DUMSOR’

General Manager of West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), Madam Harriet Wereko Brobbey, has stated that the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), operator of the gas pipeline that transports gas from Nigeria to Ghana, has no hand in the country’s current power challenges.

T.I AHMADIYYA SHS SHUT DOWN OVER STUDENTS, POLICE CLASHES

The TI Ahmadiyya Senior High School in the Salaga Township in East Gonja of the Northern region of Ghana has been shut down following violent clashes between students and school officials.

MCE THREATENS TO SUE TAX DEFAULTERS

Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga South Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra region, Mr. Jerry Kwei Thompson, has hinted that his outfit will soon wage war on all individuals, companies, businesses and institutions that refuse to pay their business operating permits, daily tolls and property rates.

4 CHIEFS JAILED

Four destooled chiefs of Kumawu were this week jailed by a Kumasi High Court for contempt of the honourable court.

DELLE CALLS FOR UNITY AMONGST NKRUMAISTS

Former National Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Professor Edmund N. Delle, has appealed to all splinter groups in the CPP to bury their differences and come together as one family so as to wrestle power from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2016.

KEN ATTAFUAH ATTACKS JUDGE

One of the nation’s criminologists, Prof Ken Attafuah , has condemned the swift judgement of Charles Antwi, who attempted to kill President John Mahama last Sunday at the Ringway Assemblies of God Church.

SUPREME COURT SWERVES PPP

The Supreme Court of Ghana
The expectation of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) was dashed on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 as the Supreme Court of Ghana failed to give reasons for quashing the suit the former brought against government over the implementation of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE).

JOURNALIST IN COURT FOR DEFRAUDING MILITARY

A self-styled journalist, Benjamin Fiifi Donkor has been arraigned before an Accra court for defrauding a military officer, WO.11 Ofori Benjamin.

ACCRA PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL NURSES TO STRIKE AUG 3

Nurses at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital have served notice they will be going on strike “effective 3rd August, 2015 over the Ministry of Health’s refusal to settle our unpaid salary arrears.”

INDISCIPLINE” SOLOMON NKASAH MUST BE PUNISH – EDMUND KYEI

Asokwa Constituency Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Edmund Kyei has taken Solomon Nkansah to the cleaners describing him as “political nuisance”.

GHANA WILL LEGALISE GAY MARRIAGE SOON – ODIKE

Founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addae Odike has stated that Ghana’s continuous borrowing from foreign countries may lure the country to legalise same sex marriage.

GHANA RECORDS DECLINE IN ARMED ROBBERY DRUG TRAFFICKING

Mr James Agalga, Deputy Minister of the Interior, on Wednesday said despite the fact that the Ministry met challenges this year; some significant gains have been made towards improving the security situation in the country.

EXPIRED MUSCATELLA DRINKS FLOOD ACCRA

A sample of the expired product
Some shops in Bubiashie, a suburb of Accra are selling bottles of expired Muscatella drink, manufactured by Accra Brewery Limited, Starrfmonline.com investigations have revealed.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

SUBAH LINKS UP WITH 170 COUNTRIES TO COMBAT SIMBOX FRAUD

Managing Director of Subah Infosolutions Ghana, Biren Sasmal, has revealed that the IT solutions company is teaming up with authorities in over 170 countries to fight the operations of SIMbox fraudsters.

A BOOST FOR ENERGY SECTOR; WORLD BANK APPROVES LARGEST EVER GUARANTEE FOR SANKOFA

The World Bank has approved a $700 million guarantee component of the Sankofa Gas Project, as government steps up effort to increase gas supplied from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) enclave for power generation.

GCAA GETS NEW BOSS

Government has appointed Mr. Simon Allotey as the new Director-General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) B&FT sources have said.

LOCAL OIL PALM GROWERS CRY FOR PROTECTION

With 50% low yield and high cost of infrastructure, maintenance and electricity, it will be very difficult for local farmers to compete with Crude Palm Oil (CPO) imported from the Far East without the duty protection, smallholder oil palm growers have said.

GCAA TO INSPECT GOLDSTAR AIRLINES AIRCRAFT AFTER IMPASSE

Following a resolution of the impasse between Goldstar Airlines and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) over the inspection of the airline’s aircraft, Mrs Dzifa Attivor, Minister for Transport has requested the Authority to go and inspect the aircraft with the Ghana business registration.

BoG COMMITTED TO STABILISING THE CEDI – Dr ASIAMAH

Dr Johnson Asiamah, Assistant Director at the Governors Department, Bank of Ghana, (BoG) on Wednesday said the Central Bank was committed to stabilizing the cedi against other major foreign currencies.

GHANA’S ANNUAL COFFEE EXPORT RECORDS DEFICIT – CRIG

Dr George Opoku, the Deputy Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), has said that the country is recording huge annual deficits in the export of coffee.

PURC ORDERS GRIDCo TO DEFER MAINTENANCE EXERCISE

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has requested the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) to defer its planned maintenance exercise on the transmission network until contingency measures are put in place to mitigate the impact.

FINANCIAL SECTOR NEEDS MORE INDIGENOUS IT COMPANIES

Mr Archie Hesse, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), has called on indigenous players in the Information Technology (IT) industry to develop appropriate solutions needs for financial services sector.

20% OF CONSUMERS ENGAGE IN POWER THEFT – ECG

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has launched a nationwide operation to halt illegal connections by customers.

AVOID SHORT CUTS, GEPA URGES EXPORTERS

Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), has called on exporters to avoid taking short-cut in meeting their exports orders and work to improve standard and quality of products.

DCE CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR SMEs

Alhaji Seidu Abubakari, Tolon District Chief Executive has said access to capital and resource remained one of the major challenges facing small scale businesses especially women groups who undergo training in entrepreneurial skills.

GUINNESS GHANA COMMISSIONS GHC 350,000 WATER HEALTH PROJECT AT AKOMADE

Guinness Ghana has commissioned a GHC 350,000 Water Health Centre for the people of Akomade, a community in the Atebubu-Amantin district of the Brong Ahafo Region.

INFORMATION PORTAL WILL BOOST TRADE IN AFRICA- SPIO-GARBRAH

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has advocated for the setting up of an African Trade Information Sharing Platform to boost the trade and Investment ties between African Countries.

WCO TRAINS CEPS OFFICIALS TO TAKEOVER DIC’S ROLE AT THE PORTS

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has organized a four-day training programme in Accra for officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to take over the core functions of Destination Inspection Companies (DIC’s) at the country’s ports.

GOIL HINTS OF FURTHER REDUCTION IN PRICES OF FUEL

Managing Director of Ghana Oil Company (GOIL), Patrick Akorlie, has indicated that prices of petroleum products will go down marginally from July 31.

CHANGE APPROACH TO STABILZE CEDI – IEA to BoG

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is challenging the Bank of Ghana to change its approach in stabilizing the cedi.

COURT RULES ON UNICOF, ADB CASE AUGUST 6

The Labour Court has set August 6 to rule on the application filed by the Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance, UNICOF, to stop ADB from resuming the sale of shares in its Initial Public Offering.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ZIMBABWE BANS SECOND-HAND CLOTHING IMPORTS

Zimbabwe on Thursday announced a ban on imported second-hand clothing, citing health risks and a negative impact on local industries.

MULLAH OMAR: TALIBAN CHOOSE DEPUTY MANSOUR AS SUCCESSOR

The Taliban have appointed a successor to Mullah Omar, who led the movement for some 20 years.

INDIA STATE FUNERAL FOR FORMER PRESIDENT APJ ABDUL KALAM

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral of former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

PLANE DEBRIS ON REMOTE ISLAND POINTS TO BREAKTHROUGH IN MH370 MYSTERY

Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370.

GREECE’S TSIPRAS ASSERTS CONTROL OVER PARTY WITH CONGRESS VOTE

Greece’s ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks.

RELIGIOUS ASSAILANT ATTACKS JERUSALEM GAY PARADE, WOUNDING SIX

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed and wounded six participants, two of them seriously, in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, with police saying the suspect was jailed for a similar attack 10 years ago.

CALAIS MIGRANTS UNDAUNTED BY EXTRA FRENCH RIOT POLICE

Migrants massed around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel said on Thursday they would keep trying to sneak across to Britain, undaunted by the arrival of 120 extra riot police on the French side.

OBAMA URGES SUPPORTERS TO LOBBY FOR IRAN DEAL

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday told groups that support the Iran nuclear deal to make their voices heard to Congress to counter the millions of dollars in lobbying by those who want to derail the agreement.

CHINA SAYS FORMER SENIOR POLICE CHIEF SUSPECTED OF MURDER

China’s anti-graft watchdog accused the former police chief of the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia of suspected murder on Friday, saying he would be prosecuted for crimes that include bribery and illegal possession of firearms.

MEXICO APPROVES U.S. EXTRADITION WARRANT FOR FUGITIVE KINGPIN GUZMAN

The Mexican Attorney General’s office said on Thursday a judge had approved an order to extradite to the United States drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from prison through a tunnel earlier this month.

SPORTS HEADLINES

KOTOKO FACE MEDEAMA, AUGUST 30 IN FA CUP FINAL

Kumasi Asante Kotoko face Medeama FC in the final of this year’s MTN/FA Cup final at the Sekondi Sports Stadium on August 30.

ATSU EXPECTED TO MAKE INJURY RETURN TODAY

Ghana winger Christian Atsu is expected to be fit for Bournemouth’s friendly against Coventry City FC today after recovering from a back injury.

ESSUMAN WINS MTN CEO GOLF

The Takoradi Sports Club produced yet another surprise in the seventh edition of the MTN CEO Invitational Golf tournament when Samuel Essuman recorded a net score of 42 to win the competition.

HARRISON AFFUL JOINS COLUMBUS CREW

Ghana defender Harrison Afful has caused massive shock by signing for American top-flight side Columbus Crew after ending his stay with Tunisian giants Esperance, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

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