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THURSDAY 13-8-2015

BY MR LARRY

RETURN TO WORK AND CONTINUE NEGOTIATING – PRESIDENT URGES STRIKING DOCTORS

President John Mahama has called on public sector doctors to call off their strike and return to the negotiating table and promised that the government will negotiate in good faith.

6 KILLED IN TUOBODOM GUN BATTLE

Fighting erupted in Tuobodom, near Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region Wednesday leaving six persons dead.

GOVERNMENT GIVES CREDIT TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

One hundred and seven young people were ushered into the world of entrepreneurship yesterday when they received monetary support totaling about 2.7 million cedis under the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) initiative.

I’M A LIVING GOAT – MAHAMA SPEAKS

President John Mahama Wednesday said he has resurrected from the land of the dead. as he is no longer a ‘dead goat’ but a living one.

NANA APPEALS TO DOCTORS

The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, has appealed to striking doctors to return to the negotiating table and resolve their deadlock with the government.

7 SHOT DEAD IN TUOBODOM

A protracted chieftaincy dispute at Tuobodom in the Techiman Municipality of the Brong-Ahafo Region has claimed seven lives after gunmen had attacked the palace of Nana Baffuor Asare, chief of Tuobodom, in broad daylight.

6 DIE IN TUOBODOM GUNFIRE

At least six people are feared dead and as many as eight injured, following sporadic gunshots at Tuobodom in the Brong Ahafo Region between two feuding factions, the Techiman Police Command revealed on Wednesday.

GNPC APPOINTS MITSUI & CO AS KEY PARTNER FOR GAS PRODUCTION

Mitsui will assess how best to construct a second plant
The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has appointed Mitsui & Co Limited to help develop infrastructure for its natural gas PRODUCTION

GHANA TO SUPPLY WATER TO TOGO’S COMMUNITIES

Ghana is to supply water to eight towns and villages in Lome, Togo in 2017.

CLEARING AGENT SHOT DEAD

A 47-year-old clearing agent, George Kwesi Agbenu, was shot dead in the head at his residence at Jericho, a suburb of Ashaiman at dawn on Tuesday by three unknown men who fled after the attack.

STOP POLITICISING DOCTORS’ STRIKE’

The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) has called on Ghanaians to stop the politicisation of the strike by doctors in the public sector and look for a more sustainable way of resolving the issue

NPP CHAIRMAN DEMOLISHES CHURCH; FIGHTS CHIEF OVER ACRES OF LAND

A violent clash could soon erupt at Ayikai Doblo near Amasaman in Ga West, over a dispute on a parcel of land which both the Chief of the village, Nii Ayikain Kojo III, and the Central regional Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Mr. Joseph Donkor, are laying claim to.

FDA DISCOVERS ADULTERATED PRODUCTS ON MARKET

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it has discovered a plot under which some service providers present genuine products for registration but later adulterate those products for criminal intent.

POOL RESOURCES TO RESOLVE YOUTH CHALLENGES – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has tasked Ghanaians to pool resources to complement the government’s efforts in resolving challenges facing the youth.
“We are of the view that more efforts should be made to sustain the awareness of youth civic engagements in the country,” the NDC said in a statement to mark International Youth Day.

COMPENSATION FOR FREE ZONE ENCLAVE LAND: WESTERN REGION COMMUNITY DEMANDS CASH FROM CHIEFS

Tension is mounting at Sofokrom in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, as three families have accused the Chief of Sofokrom, Nana Kwesi Badi II, of allegedly diverting 2.5 million cedis meant for them.

IGNORE NPP’s RED FLAGS ON VOTERS ID CARDS – KOFI ADAMS

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has downplayed assertions by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) suggesting that some groups of persons are attempting to disenfranchise some Ghanaians in the 2016 general election.

KOMBIAN KILLED THE POLICEMEN – PROSECUTION

Prosecution in the case of Johnson Kombian says it has made a solid case to establish that it was Kombian who killed the two police officers at Nankpanduri in the Northern Region on October 17, 2010.

MFWA PETITIONS GOV’T OVER ISD GUIDELINES ON FILMING BY FOREIGN MEDIA

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has petitioned the Ministry of Communications over guidelines by the Information Services Department (ISD) that MFWA considers an affront on free expression.
The said guidelines, posted on the notice board of the ISD, require correspondents of foreign media on filming assignments in Ghana:

COURT HEARS SUIT AGAINST DOCTORS TODAY

An Accra Fast Track High Court is expected to hear a writ praying the court to declare the ongoing doctors strike illegal.

TEACHER UNION HINTS OF STRIKE ACTION

The Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-G) has warned of embarking on a strike action if government does not take immediate steps to pay members their transfer grants and incremental credits.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT UNDER NDC A MIRAGE – AWUKU

The National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Samuel Awuku, has lashed out at the youth policies of the John Dramani Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC), saying the potential beneficiaries have been left “in a rather sorry state”.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BOG EXTENDS MORATORIUM TO DKM FOR ADDITIONAL 30 DAYS

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has extended the 60-day moratorium it gave DKM Diamond Microfinance Company Limited by an additional 30 days to expire on September 11, 2015.

YES INITIATIVE WON’T DISCRIMINATE – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama, on Wednesday gave the assurance that the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) initiative would not discriminate against Ghanaian entrepreneurs on grounds of social and educational background.

DUBAI CONFIDENT OF TRANSFORMING GHANA’S COCOA SECTOR

Director of International Offices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Omar Khan expressed Dubai’s readiness to play a pivotal role in Ghana’s cocoa sector, using its comparative advantage as a trade hub for Asia and beyond.

COCOBOD VOWS TO RETRIEVE US$131M DEBT FROM PROCESSING FIRMS

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is worried over a US$131million debt owed by local cocoa processing firms, and has vowed to retrieve all monies to help boost crop production.

MOBILE MONEY GENERATING MORE EMPLOYMENT

Information from the Bank of Ghana indicates that the mobile money sector was gradually generating new employment opportunities and creating a platform on which other businesses are growing.

DELAX TO RULE FINANCIAL SECTOR; SET TO LAUNCH NEW PRODUCT TODAY

Dalex Finance and Leasing Company Limited, a non-banking financial institution is poised to launch a new convenience, innovative, savings and investment scheme today.

MFIs CAN SALVAGE HOUSING DEFICIT

Head of HFC Bank’s Mortgage and Technology Charles Bonsu has tasked microfinance institutions to help provide affordable housing to the masses or the informal sector in the country.

$175m PALM OIL IMPORTED IN 2014

Ghana last year imported 250,000 metric tonnes of palm oil from South East Asia at a cost of over $175m.
Last year, the country produced 135,000 metric tonnes of palm oil, out of the 370,000 metric tonnes of palm oil demand.

TOO MANY CHECKPOINTS HINDER INT’L TRADE – GSA BOSS

Transit volumes through the ports of Ghana has since 2009 reduced by 40 per cent from more than 850,000 tonnes in 2006 to 520, 000 tonnes in 2014.
This is due to many checkpoints mounted by the Police and Customs at Ghana’s transit corridors to neighbouring countries.

UMB TO ESTABLISH CHINESE DESK

The Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) is to establish a desk centre for the Chinese business community in Ghana to provide effective and efficient services to meet their needs.

FINANCIAL INCLUSION NEEDS FLEXIBLE REGULATION TO SUCCEED

There is the need for clear, pragmatic and flexible regulations to encourage a healthy environment for financial inclusion to succeed, Mrs Elly Ohene-Adu, the Head of Banking Operations, Bank of Ghana has said.

HANDICRAFT SECTOR SEES 41% GROWTH

Export earnings from handicraft products last year saw an increase of 41 percent over the previous year, to reach US$3.47million in 2014 as against US$2.46million in 2013, representing a growth of 41.06 percent. It also contributed 0.14 percent of total non-traditional exports in 2014.

COCOA FARMERS RECEIVE SEEDLINGS, FERTILISERS

About Five Hundred cocoa farmers from the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality in the Eastern Region, have taken delivery of 100,000 seedlings and quantities of fertilisers for this year’s planting season.

REVENUE OFFICERS SHOULD CHECK TAX STATUS – GRA

Revenue Officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) are obliged to verify from construction sites about the tax compliant status of workmen on the job.

NEDCo LOSES REVENUE TO ILLEGAL ELECTRICITY CONNECTION

Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo), a subsidiary of Volta River Authority (VRA), is losing huge revenue as a result of increasing illegal electricity connection and power theft.

FIDELITY LAUNCHES “SAVE FOR GOLD” PROMOTION

The Fidelity Bank has launched a “Save for Gold” Promotion to reward its loyal and committed customers with opportunities to win gold bars and coins.

GOV’T MAKING PROGRESS TO REDUCE SPENDING, IMPROVE ECONOMY

Government is on track to cut its fiscal deficit below the projected 7.5 of gross domestic product, President John Mahama has revealed.

BoG ANNOUNCES NEW MONETARY POLICY MEASURES

The Bank of Ghana has announced some new measures that will go a long way to better manage the amount of cedis in circulation.

GHANAVEG, MOFA TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF VEGETABLE PRODUCTION

The GhanaVeg Program under the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) is offering technical and infrastructural support to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to increase vegetable exports to European markets.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SOUTH SUDAN REBEL GENERAL REJECTS INTERIM GOVERNMENT WITH KIIR, MACHAR

A South Sudan rebel general has split with former Vice President Riek Machar and rejected his plans to join President Salva Kiir in a transitional government, raising prospects of fresh conflict in the country.

ANGOLA TO DESTROY 11 MILLION ILLEGALLY IMPORTED EGGS

Angola will destroy some 11 million chicken eggs that were illegally imported, the commerce ministry has announced.
In bid to lessen dependence on imports and boost domestic production, the government in February imposed restrictions on imports of 27 food and drink items.

DR CONGO: MEASLES KILLS 315, 20,000 AFFECTED – UN

A measles outbreak in the copper-mining Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 315 people and infected at least 20,000, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

HUGE EXPLOSIONS IN CHINA’S TIANJIN PORT AREA KILL 17, HURT 400

Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring as many as 400, official Chinese media reported.

TALIBAN INFILTRATE BASE, KILL UP TO 15 AFGHAN POLICE

Taliban fighters disguised in police uniforms infiltrated a security forces compound in the southern Afghan province of Helmand and killed as many as 15 police, officials said on Wednesday.

FORMER HEAD OF CHINA FAW GROUP CORP EXPELLED FROM COMMUNIST PARTY

Chinese authorities have expelled the former chairman of state-owned China FAW Group Corp. from the ruling Communist Party, an anti-graft agency said on Thursday.

U.S. BEGINS AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE FROM TURKISH BASE

The United States launched its first manned air strikes against Islamic State targets from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

MYANMAR SECURITY FORCES SURROUND RULING PARTY HEADQUARTERS – SOURCES

Myanmar security forces have surrounded the headquarters of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in the capital, Naypyitaw, and prevented party members in the compound from leaving, party sources in the building said on Thursday.

IRAQ PM SACKS CABINET OFFICIALS, SAYS REFORM DRIVE UNDER THREAT

Iraq’s prime minister dismissed his cabinet secretary on Wednesday as part of an ambitious reform drive he said was under threat from corrupt politicians and Shi’ite militia leaders who use their armed followers for political ends.

CHELSEA MANNING COULD FACE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AT MILITARY PRISON

Chelsea Manning, a soldier imprisoned for leaking classified U.S. information to pro-transparency site WikiLeaks, could face solitary confinement on charges she violated prison rules by having prohibited reading material, her attorney said on Wednesday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

BASHIR HAYFORD BLASTS REFEREES

Ashantigold coach Bashir Hayford has lashed out at referees for ‘killing’ coaches prematurely in his latest salvo targeted at the men in black.

DOLB POSTPONES ZONE ONE MATCH DAY 27 MATCHES

The Division One League Board (DOLB) has decided to postpone the Match day 27 matches in Zone One of the GN Bank Division One League to allow the Ethics Committee to complete its investigations into the alleged bribery case between Wa African United and Techiman City FC.

ANGE IF CONFIRM DONG BORTEY CAPTURE

Swedish second-tier side Ange IF have announced the capture of former Hearts of Oak winger Bernard Dong Bortey.

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