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Headline News -September 28 2015

BY MR LARRY

PRESIDENT MAHAMA HOSTS HEALTH CRISIS EVEN IN NEW YORK

President John Mahama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the weekend hosted in New York, a major event aimed at preparing the world to better manage any health crisis that arises.

MAHAMA to AFRICAN LEADERS: ‘FLASHY SHOPPING MALLS NOT REAL SIGNS OF DEV’T’

President John Mahama has challenged his fellow African leaders not to use the emergence of flashy shopping malls as a measure of development.

ANAS PETITIONS IGP, A-G

Ace undercover investigator, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has forwarded the names of the 12 state attorneys and policemen who took bribes to subvert justice.

NPP PRESENTS FRESH EVIDENCE FOR REPLACEMENT OF VOTERS REGISTER

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it has submitted samples of 2,096 separate cases of double and multiple registration from all the 10 regions to the Electoral Commission (EC).

GIVE FAIR COVERAGE TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES – NMC DIRECTS STATE-OWNED MEDIA

The National Media Commission (NMC) has reminded the state-owned media to give fair and balanced coverage to all political parties during the 2016 elections.

ANAS VIDEO CRIPPLES COURT

Undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas whose exposé about massive bribery and corruption in the judiciary has shaken the nation, appears to be grounding activities at some courts in Tema and other parts of the country.

NPP EXPOSES MORE EC SKELETON

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has officially submitted its case to the Electoral Commission (EC) to press home its demand for an entirely new voter register.

NDC TAKES OVER DANSOMAN POLICE

The Dansoman divisional Police Command is in a fix as to whether or not to remove posters displayed on its walls by an aspiring parliamentary candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

UHAS TO START MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH NEXT YEAR

The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) will next year begin a Masters in Public Health Programme at the School of Public Health at its Hohoe Campus.

ARREST JUDGES, OTHERS – US-BASED LAW PROFESSOR TELLS POLICE

A US-based Ghanaian law professor, Stephen Kwaku Asare has called on the police to immediately arrest all persons, including judges, captured on the video by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas for allegedly taking bribes and extorting monies.

GIVE FAIR COVERAGE TO ALL PARTIES, NMC DIRECTS STATE-OWNED-MEDIA

THE National Media Commission (NMC) has reminded the state-owned media to give fair and balanced coverage to all political parties during the 2016 election campaigns.

GIRLS’ ENROLMENT UP IN UPPER EAST, THANKS TO WORLD VISION

The enrolment of pupils into schools has increased significantly, especially among girls, in the Upper East Region, thanks to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities provided by World Vision Ghana, a humanitarian non-governmental organization.

GO AFTER OBED ASAMOAH & CO — JJ CHARGES NINGO FAMILY

Ex-President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has urged the Tei Narteh Boso Buahene family of Ningo in the Greater Accra region to pursue in court former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Yao Obed Asamoah, to claim back huge tracts of lands belonging to the family which was divested under very questionable circumstances to a private firm, Today has learnt.

ASHANTI REGION LEGAL AID SCHEME RECORDS 1,639 CASES IN 6 MONTHS

The Legal Aid Scheme (LAS) in the Ashanti Region recorded 1,639 cases in the first half of 2015.

54 TEMA STUDENTS TEST HIV POSITIVE

Fifty-four students between 14 and 19 years tested positive for HIV in the Tema metropolis between January and September this year.

OWNERS OF DRUGS SEIZED BY NACOB DISAPPEAR

Owners of quantities of assorted narcotic drugs intercepted by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) cannot be traced.

YOU’LL BE PRESIDENT IN 2017 – PREACHER TELLS AKUFO-ADDO

A religious leader believes Ghana will have a new president after the 2016 elections in the person of Nana Akufo-Addo, but that can only be achieved if he instils discipline in the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

ECG TO INSTALL PREPAID METERS IN GOV’T INSTITUTIONS IN K’SI

The Ashanti Regional office of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has begun a pre-installation survey of all government institutions and agencies to assess the viability of rolling them onto prepaid meters to enable them to become more responsible to reduce the government’s indebtedness to the company.

KNUST INTRODUCES PILOT E-LEARNING PROJECT

THE Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has rolled out a pilot project in three of its colleges as it introduces a shift from the traditional system of teaching to electronic learning.

ESCHEW ACTS OF CORRUPTION; AKUFO-ADDO URGES LAW STUDENTS

The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged law students at the university of Cape Coast to eschew acts of corruption when they begin to practice law.

LET US, FORGE CLOSER RELATIONSHIPS – JOHN BENJAMIN

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr John Benjamin, has stressed the need for greater collaboration and relationships between Ghana and United Kingdom to speed up the socio-economic development and promote the wellbeing of their citizens.

SUPERMOON’ COINCIDES WITH LUNAR ECLIPSE

People around the world are watching the skies to observe a rare celestial event, as a lunar eclipse coincides with a so-called “supermoon”.
A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVERNMENT TO MISS GROWTH TARGET
Global economic research team, Focus Economics is predicting Ghana’s economy to grow at 3.4 percent by close of year 2015.

ALUWORKS MAKES LOSS OF GH¢4.4 MILLION

Aluworks Ghana Limited made a loss of GH¢4.4 million after tax in 2014.
In 2013, the company recorded a loss of GH¢1.5 million, and the increase in the losses has been attributed to financing costs, which overwhelmed the relatively good margins that had been achieved.

EVERY GHANAIAN OWES OVER Ȼ3,387

Latest figures from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) on Ghana’s total debt stock suggest that every Ghanaian, including new born babies, now owe three thousand three hundred and eighty seven cedis.

MINISTER VISITS GN ELECTRONICS FOR POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIP

A delegation of the ministry of communications at the weekend visited GN Electronics, a subsidiary of Groupe Nduom (GN), to understand the company’s capability in relation to the supply of Set Top Boxes for the country.

NEW SECURE ECOWAS BROWN CARD UNVEILED

A NEW secured ECOWAS Brown Card to check the use of fake brown cards in the system has been unveiled.
The new card, which is an improved certificate, is a single leaflet format with security features and a hologram.

GHANA OIL AND GAS AWARDS OPENS NOMINATIONS

Nominations for this year’s Ghana Oil and Gas Awards (GOGA 2015) have opened to reward the achievements of local and international companies involved in the Ghana oil and gas sector.

COCOA FARMERS APPEAL FOR MORE SPRAYING MACHINES

Cocoa farmers in the Nsawam – Adoagyiri Municipality of the Eastern Region, at the weekend appealed to the Health and Extension Unit of the Cocoa Services Department to increase the number of spraying machine in the area.

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS URGED TO PAY WORKERS WITH E-ZWICH

Construction firms are being encouraged to explore the option of using e-zwich to pay their workers. This is to reduce the time and cost incurred in paying them, particularly when they are located at different project sites.

CEPS/ IMMIGRATION OFFICERS SCHOOLED ON COUNTERFEITING

Sixty officers from the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Ghana Immigration Services have undergone a day’s training at Ho, the Volta Regional capital.

GLICO PICKS GOLD AWARD

GLICO LIFE) and GLICO General Insurance Company (GLICO GENERAL), subsidiaries of GLICO Group, have been presented with the prestigious Gold Award at the Ashanti Financial Services Excellence awards ceremony.

US$2.62b LOAN SHOWS CONFIDENCE IN COCOBOD LEADERSHIP

A consortium of 23 foreign banks has demonstrated its confidence in the leadership of Ghana COCOBOD by raising a whopping US$2.62 billion loan for the next season but COCOBOD only settled for US$1.8 billion and got it at a mouth-watering rate of 1.1905%.

US$70m BOOST FOR TELECOM, RENEWABLE SECTORS

Fountain Technologies Limited, a local subsidiary of the multinational investments firm FEP Holdings Ltd. based in Kenya, has announced plans to invest in the country’s telecoms and renewable energy sectors as it begins operations.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

TENS OF THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST CONGO PRESIDENT’S THIRD TERM

Tens of thousands gathered in Republic of Congo’s capital on Sunday to voice their opposition to possible constitutional changes that would allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his decades-long rule in elections next year.

10 DEAD’ IN BENGHAZI CLASHES BETWEEN LIBYA ARMY, JIHADISTS

Seven jihadists of the Islamic State group and three soldiers of Libya’s recognised government died in weekend clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi, military and medical sources said Sunday.

NINE DEAD IN SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM ATTACK IN NE NIGERIA: POLICE

Gunmen thought to be Boko Haram fighters on Sunday killed at least nine people in northeast Nigeria, in a trademark raid that also left 10 people injured, police said.

RUSSIA SEIZES INITIATIVE IN SYRIA CRISIS; FRANCE BOMBS ISLAMIC STATE

Russia appeared to seize the initiative in international efforts to end the conflict in Syria on Sunday as Washington scrambled to devise a new strategy for the war-ravaged country and France sent warplanes to bomb Islamic State targets.

GERMAN PRESIDENT WARNS OF LIMITS TO NUMBER OF REFUGEES

Germany’s president has warned that there are limits to how many refugees his country can absorb as it prepares for as many as 800,000 arrivals this year.

PUTIN TO MEET ROUHANI, CASTRO ON MONDAY – KREMLIN

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Kremlin said.

IRAN’S ROUHANI – ASSAD GOVERNMENT IN SYRIA ‘CAN’T BE WEAKENED

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday fighting radical militants like Islamic State in Syria is the top priority and if they are to be defeated then President Bashar al-Assad’s government “can’t be weakened.”

MALDIVES PRESIDENT UNHURT IN SPEEDBOAT BLAST, WIFE, AIDES INJURED – OFFICIAL

The president of the Maldives was unhurt but his wife and two aides were injured in an explosion on board their speedboat as it approached Male, capital of the Indian Ocean archipelago, a senior aide told Reuters.

VICTORIOUS CATALAN SEPARATISTS CLAIM MANDATE TO BREAK WITH SPAIN

Separatists on Sunday won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia’s parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with Spain’s central government over independence.

JAPAN TO OFFER 533 MILLION POUNDS TO SUPPORT REFUGEES FLEEING SYRIA, IRAQ – NHK

Japan, which accepted just 11 asylum seekers out of 5,000 applications last year, will provide about $810 million (533 million pounds) in aid in response to refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq, public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

EXCO ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON TODAY & TUESDAY

The GFA elections of representatives to the National Executive Committee will begin on Monday September 28 at 9:00 am at the GFA Secretariat.

SOCCABET OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN GHANA

Chief Executive Officer of Soccabet, Gungoran Arslan, one of the fastest growing online sports betting companies in Ghana has promised to create more job opportunities.

TOM STRAND NOT GOING FOR HEARTS JOB

Medeama coach Tom Strand has rubbished reports linking him to the vacant Hearts of Oak coaching job.

ANDRE EARNS PRAISE DESPITE SWANSEA POOR SHOW

Swansea City suffered their second away defeat in a week after going down 3-1 at St Mary’s in an indifferent display by Gary Monk’s side but Andre Ayew was again the star of the show for his side even in defeat.

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