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Headline News- September 9 2015

 

BY MR LARRY

BRIBERY SCANDAL ROCKS JUDICIARY, AS 34 JUDGES, OTHERS CITED

It may go down in history as the single most massive bribery scandal to hit Ghana’s Judiciary, as 180 officials of the Judicial Service have been caught on camera taking bribes and extorting money from litigants.
KONADU FLAYS MAHAMA OVER OVER TAXES

Former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has observed that the lives of Ghanaians are being ruined through over-taxing by a government that continues to mismanage the economy.

IMF MUST CUT FUNDS TO GHANA – MINORITY

The Minority in Parliament is urging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to in the interim suspend further disbursement of its credit facility to Ghana, until further contractual agreement about the bailout programme receives parliamentary approval.

WE DON’T WANT ANY LUNATIC AS FLAGBEARER – ANYIDOHO

A deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, has unequivocally stated that George Boateng would not be allowed to contest President John Mahama for the party’s flagbearership.

ADDISON BERATES POLICE OVER NPP BANK ACCOUNT

Popular lawyer Phillip Addison says the Ghana Police Service has no ‘business’ interfering in matters concerning the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the basis of hearsay.

IDEG JOINS VOTERS REGISTER DEBATE

The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) and the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI), have joined the ongoing debate for the Electoral Commission (EC) to assess the accuracy of the existing biometric voters’ register.

CONNECTING CITIZENS TO PARLIAMENT FORUM TO BE HELD IN TAMALE

In order to have structured engagement mechanism between citizens and parliament, Penplusbytes with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is organizing a one-day forum on Wednesday, 9th September 2015 at the conference hall of the University of Development Studies (UDS) in the Northern regional capital of Tamale.

NPP WINNING 70% VOTES IN EASTERN REGION A FANTASY – E/R NDC CHAIR

The Eastern Regional Branch of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s hope of securing seventy percent (70%) of votes in the Eastern Region during the upcoming 2016 elections is a mirage.

IF YOU FEEL MORE POWERFUL THAN AKUFO-ADDO more Akufo-Addo LEAVE NPP – APPIAH MENKA

An Elder of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is demanding respect for the party elders and 2016 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo who has called for a ceasefire as the party gets embroiled in internal wranglings played out in the media.

NPP BEHAVING LIKE SCARECROWS – KOFI ADAMS

National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Kofi Adams has stated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is behaving like ‘scarecrows’ over the call for a new voters register in the country.

FORUM ON NEW VOTERS’ REGISTER TO BE HELD TODAY

A public forum has been scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 9 at La Paz, Accra to drum home the need for a new voters’ register championed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

I HAVE NO REGRET REPORTING CRIME IN NPP TO POLICE – ACHAMFOUR

The man who reported alleged diversion of funds within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the police, Baah Achamfour, insists his critics should deal with the substance of his allegations rather than resorting to name-calling.

FEAR & PANIC GRIPS JUDICIARY AS EXPOSÉ UNCOVERS MASSIVE CORRUPTION

There is uneasy calm in Ghana’s Judiciary as thirty-four judges are to be sacked following an exposé that established their complicity in a massive corruption scandal.

NPP RIGGED 2004 ELECTIONS – SUHUYINI

A parliamentary aspirant in the upcoming National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) primaries, Alhassan Suhuyini has said he is convinced that the election held in the year 2004 was won by the NDC.

OYE LITHUR PICKS UP NDC PARLIAMENTARY FORMS IN SHAMA

The Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, has picked up nomination forms to contest in the governing National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary primaries at Shama in the Western Region, Citifmonline has reported.

KEJETIA TRADERS REFUSE RELOCATION TO RACE COURSE

Traders at the Kejetia market are still adamant on relocating to race course despite a decision by Local Authorities in the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to get them to move their trading activities temporarily, following a redevelopment of the facility into a modern structure.

WE SHALL DEFY THE POLICE TO DEMONSTRATE AT EC – LET MY VOTE Count

The Convener of Let My Vote Count Alliance and allied groups, David Asante, is insisting his group will go ahead with their planned picketing exercise at the premises of the Electoral Commission (EC) and Parliament to demand for a new voters register despite the Police refusing to grant their request.

FIRE GUTS KUMASI CENTRAL

A section of the Kumasi Central Market has been gutted by fire with about seventeen stalls totally raised down.
According to Kasapa FM’s Ashanti regional correspondent Isaac Bediako, the timely intervention by the personnel of the Fire Service and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at the scene, averted the fire from consuming other stalls.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

TRANSIT TRADE STILL ON THE LOW
The declining trend in transit trade through the country’s corridors over the last few years has continued into the first quarter of 2015, when it recorded a further reduction in trade volumes compared to the previous year’s figures.

BoG TAKES STEPS TO CLEANSE FINANCIAL SECTOR

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has taken steps to cleanse the banking and non-banking financial sector of errant financial institutions, Mr. Michael Anyamesem, the Ashanti Regional Manager, has announced.

GOV’TS SWEATS OVER EXTERNAL ARREARS DEFAULT

Government incurred the displeasure of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) when it defaulted in its obligation to an unnamed Spanish creditor, contrary to the Fund’s condition of non-accumulation of external arrears.

NWABIAGYA RURAL BANK SEES A DIP IN PROFIT

Nwabiagya Rural Bank saw a dip in profit last year, as returns on its operations dropped to GHC2,296,367.00 from the year 2013 figure of GH¢2,415,570.00.

GHANA GARDEN AND FLOWER SHOW OPENS ON THURSDAY

Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, would on Thursday open a four day Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS) in Accra.

CITIZENS RURAL BANK LIMITED INCREASES PROFIT

The Citizens Rural Bank Limited at Nsawam has held its 6th Annual General Meeting and declared a profit before tax of GHc198,008 as compared to GHc111,625 in 2013.

WORKERS TO SWITCH TO E-SALARY PAYMENT VOUCHER IN OCTOBER

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) will from October introduce the Electronic Salary Payment Voucher (E-SPV) for workers who receive salaries from the department.

INCREASED FOREX SUPPLY STRENGTHENS CEDI

The Cedi has been in consolidation mode against all the other major trading currencies last week, following the Bank of Ghana’s increased forex supply on the currency market.

SEEK LONG-LASTING PARTNERSHIPS, GEPA BOSS URGES EXPORTERS

Mr Gideon Quarcoo, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), has called on exhibitors at the 19th China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT) to seek long-lasting partnerships instead of focusing on sales.

COCOA ECO PROJECT TARGETS CARBON SEQUESTRATION FROM FARMS IN GHANA

Ghana’s Cocoa Eco-Project has a major outcome of increasing carbon sequestration by minimizing the emission of harmful gases on cocoa farms into the atmosphere.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA ARMY SEIZES VEHICLE WITH BOKO HARAM ‘FUEL, DRUGS’

Nigeria’s military said on Tuesday it had made a number of arrests after intercepting a vehicle allegedly carrying fuel and drugs for Boko Haram Islamists waging a six-year-old insurgency in the northeast.

BURUNDI OPPOSITION OFFICIAL SHOT DEAD IN THE CAPITAL

Gunmen have shot dead an opposition official in Burundi, witnesses said on Tuesday, the latest in a spate of killings after the disputed re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

UK SAYS MORE DEADLY DRONE STRIKES POSSIBLE, DESPITE CRITICISM

Britain will not hesitate to carry out more deadly drone strikes against militants in Syria planning attacks on the United Kingdom, defence secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, as he defended the killing of a British Islamic State fighter.

U.N. SAYS 850,000 TO CROSS SEA TO EUROPE THIS YEAR AND NEXT

At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next, the United Nations said on Tuesday, giving estimates that already look conservative.

UKRAINE STILL FACES THREAT OF RUSSIAN MILITARY OFFENSIVE – POROSHENKO

Ukraine still faces the threat of a full-scale Russian military attack despite several days of relative calm on the front-lines of the east where government forces confront Russian-backed separatists, President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday.

OBAMA MUSTERS MORE SENATE VOTES FOR IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact.

ARGENTINA’S SCIOLI VOWS TO KEEP OIL INCENTIVES IF ELECTED PRESIDENT

Argentina’s ruling party presidential candidate, Daniel Scioli, on Tuesday promised to maintain financial incentives designed to bolster oil and gas production and help end the country’s reliance on energy imports if he wins October’s election.

BOMBS KILL 15 TURKISH POLICE OFFICERS AS JETS STRIKE PKK IN IRAQ

Kurdish militants killed 15 police officers in two bomb attacks in eastern Turkish provinces on Tuesday, a government official said, widening a conflict with the Turkish state.

MYANMAR PRESIDENT THEIN SEIN MEETS ARMED REBELS FOR PEACE TALKS

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Wednesday made his first public appearance since the start of a campaign for Nov. 8 general elections, meeting leaders of ethnic minority guerrilla groups for ceasefire talks in the capital Naypyitaw.

GUATEMALA JUDGE JAILS EX-PRESIDENT PEREZ PENDING GRAFT TRIAL

A Guatemalan judge on Tuesday ordered fallen President Otto Perez to remain in jail while awaiting trial over a graft scandal that stoked a political crisis, charging him with criminal association, taking bribes and customs fraud.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GOV’T FLIES $200K CASH TO KIGALI TO PAY BONUSES

The Ministry of Sports is reported to have carried a sum of $200,000 in cash on a plane to Rwanda to pay the Black Stars for beating the Amavubi in the Afcon 2017 qualifier at the weekend.

OBSERVATION: KOTOKO IS SUFFERING FROM INEXPERIENCED ADMINISTRATION – BAAH NUAKO

Kwame Baah Nuako has stated that the current management committee of Asante Kotoko can’t boast of experienced club administrators and that has heavily affected the club especially at the highest level.

TAMALE ALL STARS FINED GH¢5000 FOR MISCONDUCTS AGAINST BEREKUM ARSENALS

The GFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a GH¢5000.00 on Tamale All Stars in respect of their GN Bank Division One League match against Berekum Arsenals played in Tamale.

OWUSU REFUTES BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS

Berekum Chelsea striker Kofi Owusu has expressed disappointment over rumours that his two goals against Hearts of Oak on Sunday were fixed.

REFEREES/ ASSISTANTS FOR FIFA/MA ELITE COURSE IN PRAMPRAM

The Ghana Football Association has released the approved list of Referees/Assistanty Referees and Referee Assessors for the FIFA/MA Elite Course which will be held at the Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence(GSCE), Prampram.

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