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Headline News -September 19 2015

MAHAMA PRESENTS GH¢12.2m FOR ‘PROGRESSIVELY’ FREE SHS

President John Dramani Mahama has launched the “Progressively Free SHS Education” Project and has also commissioned the first school – Prof Evans Atta Mills SHS at Otuam in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region.

MAHAMA TO JUDGES: DO NOT ENTERTAIN LAWSUITS THAT DELAY PROJECTS

President John Mahama has admonished judges to sit-up and endeavor not to entertain law suits that only seek to delay national projects.
Citing the legal hurdles that frustrated the beginning of the Atuabo Free Port project, President Mahama believes the delays of the project went through were needless since parliament had already approved it

LMVCA VOWS TO STAGE ANOTHER DEMO SEPT. 22

Pro-opposition pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance has vowed to hit the streets again on Tuesday September 22, to demand the creation of a new voters’ register.

ANYINASO YOUTH TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ABORTION

Some irate youth of Anyinaso District in the Eastern Region are threatening to embark on a demonstration over the increasing rate of abortions in the area.

PREZ MAHAMA SCRAPS EXAMINATION FEES, SRC DUES ET ALL AT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

President John Dramani Mahama has announced the scrapping of some auxiliary fees from the country’s senior high education system to encourage parents to enroll their wards into Senior High Schools (SHS).

PROBE “SHAMEFUL” POLICE BRUTALITY – AKUFO-ADDO

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has condemned the police brutality on the unarmed protestors near the Electoral Commission on Wednesday.

LITERACY KEY TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has underscored the importance of literacy to the sustainable development of the society.

WAEC WITHHOLDS RESULTS OF MORE THAN 6,000 BECE RESULTS FOR 2015

The West African Examination Council has withheld the results of 6,812 candidates who sat for this year’s BECE for alleged examination malpractices.
A statement from the examinations body says the results will be released “as soon as the council concludes its investigations”.

POLICE INVESTIGATE CLASH WITH LET MY VOTE COUNT DEMONSTRATORS

The Ghana Police Service has announced that investigations have been initiated into the bloody clash between its officers and members of some pressure groups on Wednesday.

LET MY VOTE COUNT DEMO NEEDLESS – KWESI PRATT

Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has described as ‘needless’, the demonstration organized by pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) to press for a new voter register.

NDC BEGINS VETTING OF ASPIRANTS TUESDAY

All is set for the vetting of Parliamentary and Presidential aspirants of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the exercise commences on Tuesday 22nd September.
The party has introduced a novelty where the National Executives of the party will this time around join the regional executives to constitute the vetting panel.

MAHAMA’S SECURITY INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT

A convoy which was carrying a section of the security of President John Mahama to the commissioning of the first of his promised 200 new secondary schools at Ekumfi Otuam in the Central region was reportedly involved in an accident.

My COMMENT ON CORRUPT JUDGES WAS PERSONAL

National Secretary of the Association of State Attorneys, Charles Ofori, who has been stripped of his position for making comments deemed derogatory in connection with the recent judiciary corruption scandal, has defended his comments.

GIRL COMMITS SUICIDE OVER CLASS REPETITION

A 17-year-old girl has committed suicide at Somanya in the Manya Krobo District of the Eastern region.
Eunice Lartey, a former student of the Manya Krobo Senior High School (SHS) took her own life Thursday night.

GHANA CONDEMNS BURKINA FASO COUP

The Government of Ghana has condemned the coup in neighbouring Burkina Faso.
Presidential guard officers in Burkina Faso on Thursday seized power in a coup, with reports of more than 10 deaths amid protests in the capital, Ouagadougou the BBC reported.

DON’T SHOW ANAS’ VIDEO – EGBERT FAIBILLE

Lawyer for four members of the Judicial Staff Association who have been implicated in the latest corruption expose’ in Ghana’s judiciary Egbert Faibille has said showing the video of the alleged malfeasance will affect the sensibilities of children who were captured in it.

JUDICIAL SCANDAL: MEDIA HOUSES MUST TREAD CAUTIOUSLY – LAWYER

A private legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini, has warned media houses to be circumspect in discussing the judicial corruption scandal by ace Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

PRESS CORPS SNUBBED AT NUAMAH’S FUNERAL

Members of the Presidential Press Corps are angry and agitated after they were denied the opportunity to read their prepared tribute at the funeral of their departed colleague Samuel Nuamah, StarrFMonline.com has gathered.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ATUABO GAS WILL REDUCE PRESSURE ON FOREX RESERVES – MAHAMA

President Mahama has stated that the Atuabo Gas project will be a game changer in ensuring macroeconomic stability in the country.
The Gas project, he said will help to reduce the pressure on the country’s foreign exchange reserve, adding that it will save the country about half a billion dollars per annum by way of purchase of light crude.

GHANA TO REFOCUS ON CASSAVA TO TRANSFORM ECONOMY

The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mr Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey, has said government’s agenda to transform the economy through agriculture, would focus on placing great importance on the cassava value chain.

KETA BASIN OIL EXPLORATION UNATTRACTIVE

Oil exploration in the Keta Basin has become unattractive under existing inflexible conditions governing the business in Ghana, an industry expert has said.

US BUSINESSES VISIT GHANA TO EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES

Eight U.S. companies visited Ghana September 13-14 to explore business partnership opportunities as part of the largest-ever U.S. government-led trade mission to Africa.

MODERN AUTO SERVICES UNVEILS 1.6 LITER SSANGYONG TIVOLI SUV

The new 1.6 liter SsangYong Tivoli SUV
Modern Auto Services has introduced its 1.6 liter petrol engine design SsangYong Tivoli SUV to the Ghanaian market.
The car is the first four wheel drive to be produced by the South Korean automobile giant, SsangYong Motors.

GRA CLOSES DOWN GEORGIA HOTEL FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAX

The Special Revenue mobilisation Task Force of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has sealed off the premises of Georgia Hotel in Kumasi for non-payment of tax to the state.

FML SHARES PERFORM WELL DESPITE ODDS

The price of Fan Milk Ghana Limited (FML) shares continues to respond to the impressive 2015 half-year financials which registered 200% increase in Profit-after-Tax (PAT) year-on-year on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

AVIATION EXPERTS ASKED TO MAINTAIN SAFETY STANDARDS

The 5th International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association (IFATSEA) Africa Regional Conference has opened in Accra with a call on captains of aviation in Africa to endeavour to maintain the highest safety standards in the industry.

GHANA TARGETS $5 BILLION IN NON-TRADITIONAL EXPORTS

The General Manager of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Mr. Stephen Normeshie said the country must take advantage of the openings in the international market to achieve its $5 billion target from non-traditional exports by the year 2019.

GOV’T REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING KIA

Government has re-affirmed its commitment to ensuring that the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) becomes an aviation hub within the sub-region.

GHANA COCOA BOARD SIGNS US$1.8 BILLION LOAN

The Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) has signed a $1. 8 billion -dollar syndicated loan with international banks to finance purchases for the 2015/16 season.

MOTORISTS ENJOYING DEREGULATION SURPLUSES

Ghanaian motorists continue to enjoy an unprecedented petroleum prices surpluses since the government through the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) started the partial deregulation regime on June 16.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SOLDIERS CRUSH PROTESTS AS MILITARY SEIZES POWER IN BURKINA FASO

Heavily armed troops crushed protests in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou after a former spy chief seized power in a military coup on Thursday, derailing a democratic transition that had inspired many in Africa.

1.4 MILLION CHILDREN DISPLACED BY BOKO HARAM

The number of children forced to flee Boko Haram’s insurgency in Nigeria and neighbouring countries has reached 1.4 million, the U.N. children agency UNICEF said on Friday.

SEVERAL DEAD AS SEVERE FLOODS HIT SIERRA LEONE CAPITAL

Seven people were killed and hundreds made homeless in severe floods Thursday as Sierra Leone was buffeted by torrential rain, with authorities warning of more potentially deadly storms on the horizon.

SYRIAN ARMY STARTS USING NEW WEAPONS FROM RUSSIA: MILITARY SOURCE

The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support for Damascus that is alarming the United States.

WHITE HOUSE PREPARING NEW RULES TO WEAKEN CUBA EMBARGO – SOURCES

The White House is drafting sweeping regulations to further weaken the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba that would ease restrictions on U.S. companies and make it safer for Americans to travel there, U.S. government sources said on Thursday.

LOSING CONTROL OF MIGRANTS, CROATIA CLOSES SERBIA BORDER CROSSINGS

Croatia has closed seven of eight road border crossings with Serbia after complaining of being overwhelmed by an influx of more than 11,000 migrants who evaded police, trekked through fields and tried to sneak into Slovenia by train in a march westwards that is dividing Europe.

EIGHT GUNMEN KILLED AS TALIBAN ATTACK PAKISTAN AIR FORCE BASE

Taliban gunmen stormed a Pakistani Air Force base in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar early on Friday, a military spokesman said, the first major attack on a military installation in several weeks.

CHILEANS PICK THROUGH DEBRIS AFTER POWERFUL QUAKE; 11 DEAD

Residents sifted through rubble on Thursday and saved what they could from homes destroyed by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake in central Chile that killed 11 people, forced 1 million from their homes and sent giant waves crashing into coastal areas.

CAMERON RULES OUT SECOND SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE VOTE

Scotland must move on from its failed bid for independence, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday, using the first anniversary of an historic referendum to rule out holding another vote on the issue.

CORBYN DOES NOT BACK LEAVING NATO – FINANCE SPOKESMAN

The opposition finance spokesman, John McDonnell, said on Thursday the newly elected leader of the Labour party was not advocating leaving the NATO military alliance.

SPORTS HEADLINES

BECHEM UNITED TO TOUR UAE FOR PRE-SEASON

Bechem United have announced plans to travel to the United Arab Emirates as part of preparations ahead of the new season. The Ghana Premier League side will spend eleven days in the Gulf region and will play several exhibition matches to adequately prepare for the new campaign after narrowly escaping relegation in the just-ended season.

ACTIVA INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE PARTNERS MTN FOR 40TH SWAG AWARDS

Activa International Insurance Company, has become the second biggest sponsor of the 40th Edition MTN-SWAG Awards Night, slated for Banquet Hall, State House, Accra on October 3.

GHANA BEACH SOCCER WILL RISE ‘

Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah, President of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association, is bullish about the sport’s prospects in Ghana.
Ampofo-Ankrah says by 2017 beach soccer will be the number two sport in Ghana after football, while the national men’s beach soccer team – Black Sharks – can be Africa’s number one beach soccer side.

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