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Headline News- October 1 2015

BY MR LARRY

PRESIDENT RENEWS PLEDGE TO ENHANCE DEMOCRACY

President John Maham has told world leaders that Ghana has begun a process to review its rules of engagement in order to strike a balance between the maintenance of law and order and the basic rights of the people to free speech and free expression.

ANAS GRILLED FOR 6 HOURS

Three hooded members of the Tiger Eye PI were yesterday subjected to intensive six-hour cross-examination by counsel for some of the 14 lower court judges.

EC TO ENGAGE IT EXPERTS FOR GUIDANCE ON VOTERS REGISTER

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Charlotte Osei has stated that the commission will engage information technology (IT) experts for guidance in its efforts to resolve issues concerning the voters register.

REPORT ON CONDUCT OF CHRAJ BOSS PRESENTED TO CJ

The five member committee set up to investigate the petition against the Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, Wednesday submitted its report to the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood.

WHO IS ANAS – DAZED JUDGES ASK

The five-member committee tasked to investigate the alleged bribery scandal involving some judges resumed sitting Wednesday on a dramatic note. Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas was expected before the judicial investigative committee but three hooded men, dressed the same way, arrived at the premises of the court, leaving onlookers with no clue about which one of them was the real Anas.

EC HIRES IT FIRM OVER REGISTRATION

Information gathered by daily Guide indicates that the Electoral Commission (EC) has contracted a foreign firm to investigate claims that the current voter register is bloated.

QUEEN MOTHER ARRESTED OVER BLOODY DEMO

The Queen Mother of Ayem-Akooko, Nana Afia Korantemaah and five other people have been arrested by the Eastern Regional police in connection with the violence that erupted in the area on Tuesday.

I DIDN’T SAY MAHAMA IS A FAILURE – PAPA KWESI NDUOM

The 2012 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Papa Kwesi Nduom has denied reportage in sections of the media which suggested that he labeled President John Mahama as a “complete failure” at Gomoa in the Central Region last week.

3,500 MEGAWATTS COMING TO END POWER CRISIS – MAHAMA

President John Mahama has stated that 3,500 megawatts of electricity would soon be added to the national grid to end the power crisis, popularly known as ‘dumsor’.

PROBE SHADY LAND DEALS – GA DANGME YOUTH CHARGE GOVERNMENT

Ga-Dangme Youth Association (GDYA) has called on government to honour its 2012 campaign promise to probe all questionable public land dealings and sanction persons behind those acts to serve as deterrent to others.

DUMSOR’ HAS SLOWED GROWTH IN GHANA – MAHAMA TELLS UNGA

President John Mahama has admitted that the erratic power supply that has bedeviled the country over the last couple of years has affected growth and development in several aspects of the economy.

SHUT UP! – EC TELLS LMVCA

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, has said it would not entertain any acts of noisemaking from pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) in their bid to picket at the EC and make a case for a new voters register ahead of the 2016 General Elections.

POPE’S TINY FIAT A“POWERFUL LESSON” TO ALL – MAHAMA

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has told the world it can learn a “powerful lesson” from Pope Francis’ simplicity when he opted to ride in a “tiny Fiat 500” on the streets of New York on his visit to the US.

ECG RECOUP GHC3.2 M FROM ILLEGAL POWER CONSUMERS

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has recovered a total of GHC3.2 million from consumers who had illegally connected power, following the revenue protection exercise it embarked upon about two months ago.

LMVCA CAN PICKET A PARK, NOT THE EC – CHARLOTTE OSEI

Anti-government pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) is free to picket any park, but not the Electoral Commission (EC), which is a “security installation,” Chair of the Commission, Charlotte Osei has said.

PARENTS BURN FINDERS OF BOY,

2 A two-year old boy has had his left finders burnt by his foster parents in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Today can report.

NPP WILL FIX GHANA’S ECONOMY – DR APRAKU

Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), said the party had the capacity to fix the deteriorated economy if voted into power.

AGBAGOME AND ITS ENVIRONS PLEAD FOR DRINKING WATER

Residents of Agbagorme, a farming community in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region, have no access to potable water, a situation that is very common at other communities in the area.

CABINET TO GIVE NOD TO CYBERSECURITY POLICY THIS MONTH

Cabinet is expected to approve Ghana’s cybersecurity policy and strategy document to regulate the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the country by the end of this month.

CDD WANTS APPOINTMENT OF IGP BASED ON MERIT

The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is calling for the restructuring of the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to be based on merit and not political affiliation to ensure professionalism.

HEAVY RAINS IN EASTERN REGION DISPLACE MANY, SUBMERGE HOMES

Torrential rains that lasted several hours have submerged homes and displaced many in the Eastern Region capital, Koforidua.

AKOOKO CLASHES: POLICE FIRED AT PROTESTERS IN SELF-DEFENCE – POLICE COMMANDER

Deputy Eastern Regional Police commander, ACP James Azumah Abass, has admitted his men fired live ammunition to disperse demonstrators at Akyem Akooko, but said they did so in self-defence.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ADA SONGHOR SALT PROJECT TO BE TURNED INTO LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

President John Dramani Mahama has announced major moves to transform the salt industry in the country as efforts were being made to turn the Ada Songor Salt project in the Greater Accra Region into a limited liability company.

INVESTORS ON ALERT

Ghana’s credit worthiness undergoes a litmus test as government woos investors to patronize its fourth Eurobond issue on the international securities market, amidst uncertainty about government’s fiscal discipline in the run-up to election 2016.

WORKERS’ FRUSTRATION BUILD

UP The frustration and pent-up feelings of workers and their employers over the deteriorating economic conditions in Ghana are growing and the earlier the challenges are surmounted, the better, the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) is cautioning.

HO AIRPORT TO BOOST TOURISM

The contruction of a regional airport at Ho, capital of the Volta Region, is expected to boost tourism in a region endowed with so many tourists attraction. The potential of the region to attract a large number of in-country and foreign tourists is not in doubt.

900 ELECTRICIANS TRAINED ON SOLAR INSTALLATION

Nine hundred electricians selected from the 10 regions have been trained on solar panel system installation and maintenance.

VRA LOOKS TO BANKS TO PAY OFF GAS DEBT

The Volta River Authority (VRA) says it is putting together a consortium of banks in the country to help it to settle its indebtedness of about US$182million to Nigerian gas suppliers – N-Gas and the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo).

GHANA, GAMBIA TO UNDERTAKE TOURISM PROMOTION

Ghana and The Gambia will, by the end of this year, begin a joint tourism promotion and marketing programme. The two countries will also embark on a knowledge exchange programme by which staff of the Ghanaian and Gambian tourism facilities will undertake industrial attachments for on-the-job skills upgrade.

42 YES BENEFICIARIES RECEIVE GH¢1.2 MILLION

Forty-two out of 79 beneficiaries of the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) programme have received disbursements totalling GH¢1.2 million.
The remaining 37 beneficiaries have failed to provide the necessary data and documentation to enable them to access the support required for their set-up as young entrepreneurs.

COCOBOD SUPPLIES 5,548,058 SEEDLINGS TO ASHANTI FARMERS

The Cocobod has distributed a total of 5,548,052 improved cocoa seedlings to farmers in the Ashanti Region as part of steps it is taking to boost crop production.

ESCAPING HIGH INTEREST RATES; SMEs LOOK TO ISLAMIC BANKING

Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the country are seemingly excited at reforms by the Bank of Ghana that will see the imminent introduction of Islamic banking in Ghana, with some seeing it as a reprieve to business financing.

CONSIDER SIZE OF PLANTS BEFORE ISSUING GUARANTEES’

Chief Executive Officer of Cenpower, Nana Sam Brew Butler has urged government to take into account the size of a power plant or amount of energy project that an independent power producer (IPPs) is bringing on board before it issues guarantees for them.

AGRA EMPOWERS 30,000 SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has supported about 30,000 smallholder farmers in three districts in the Volta Region to boost productivity and income under the first phase of its Integrated Soil Fertility Management Project.

GSE STILL IN FEVER MOOD

A monthly analysis of activities in the economy and on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in particular showed that the market is still in its descent after opening the year on a low key.

MARITIME PIRACY COST WEST AFRICA TWO US$2 BILLION YEARLY

Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, the Chief of Naval Staff, says maritime piracy and armed robbery cost West Africa two billion dollars every year.

OIL PALM INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS DISCUSS SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION

A meeting of oil palm industry stakeholders agreed that with the appropriate support and investment the Africa continent could revive the dwindling fortunes of its palm oil industry.

EXPORTERS OF HARMFUL VEGETABLES ARE ECONOMIC SABOTEURS- GEPA

Mr Gideon Boye Quarcoo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), has described exporters of harmful and pest infested vegetables without compliance to the required exports standards as economic saboteurs of the sector.

AFRICAN INDUSTRIALISTS URGED TO ADD VALUE TO THEIR PRODUCE

Mrs Kate Quartey-Papafio, Chairperson, Reroy Group has called on African industrialists to add value to their produce to earn international recognition and high foreign exchange.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

TALKS START FOR SURRENDER OF BURKINA COUP LEADER – GOV’T

Burkina Faso’s government said on Wednesday it had started negotiations to persuade the leader of a short-lived coup to surrender, a day after he took refuge in the Vatican’s compound in the capital.

NIGERIA SENATE ORDERS PROBE INTO HAJJ STAMPEDE

The Nigerian Senate has constituted a committee to investigate the cause of the Hajj Stampede, which left some 60 Nigerians pilgrims in Saudi Arabia dead. Scores of pilgrims are also injured whiles several others are reportedly unaccounted for.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF C.AFRICA BLOODSHED?

With UN and French peacekeepers deployed in the Central African Republic for two years, Thierry Vircoulon of the International Crisis Group blames the country’s latest bloodshed on “an accumulation of errors by the international community”.

RUSSIA BEGINS SYRIA AIR STRIKES IN ITS BIGGEST MIDEAST INTERVENTION IN DECADES

Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, plunging the four-year-old civil war into a volatile new phase as President Vladimir Putin moved forcefully to stake out influence in the unstable region.

CAMERON SAYS NO REPARATIONS FOR SLAVE TRADE – BBC

Prime Minister David Cameron said his administration would not make reparations for the country’s role in the Caribbean slave trade, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

CALIFORNIANS SAY UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS SHOULD GET TO STAY

A strong majority of Californians say immigrants benefit their state and that those who came to the United States illegally should be allowed to remain to live and work, a poll published on Wednesday shows.

AUSTRALIA DETAINS U.S. ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST

Australia said it has detained an U.S. anti-abortion activist after he attempted to enter the country without a valid visa on Thursday, just days after permission for him to travel to Australia for a series of talks was revoked.

COLOMBIA PRESIDENT SANTOS – SOME JUSTICE SACRIFICED FOR PEACE DEAL

Colombia cannot punish Marxist guerrillas for war crimes as severely as some would like if the country wants a peace deal to end a 50-year conflict that has killed nearly a quarter million people, President Juan Manuel Santos told Reuters on Wednesday.

ROMANIANS POWERFUL MAYORS TUMBLE IN CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN

Former presidential candidate and two-term mayor of Bucharest Sorin Oprescu took to the airwaves in September to right a few wrongs about how local officials are perceived in Romania.

SPORTS HEADLINES

KONADU DROPS 5 AHEAD OF CHAN QUALIFYING FIXTURE

CHAN Black Stars Coach Maxwell Konadu has dropped five home–based professionals who started camping on September 20 in Obuasi ahead of a 4th African Nations Championship (CHAN) final qualifying fixture against Ivory Coast next month.

QUEEN’S HOTEL SIEGE COSTS $37,000

The Ministry of Youth and Sports is to pay about $37,000 as cost for the nine-day stay of the Black Queens at the M-Plaza Hotel since their return from Brazzaville where they won gold at the All Africa Games.

TRANSFER WINDOW OPENS TODAY

The Ghana Football Association has announced that the first window of the Fifa ITMS has been opened today, October 1.
Clubs who are willing to register professional players from other countries will be able to do so from Thursday till the system closes December 23.

GNPC SUPPORTS ATHLETICS DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Jonathan Ato Kobbie, Senior Officer in-charge of External Affairs, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has re-echoed the organization’s commitment to provide the enabling environment in developing athletics at the grassroots to appreciable standard.

GFA PARTNERS SUNCITY RADIO, MTN FOR SOCCER CLINIC

Suncity Radio and MTN, in collaboration with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), have organized a one-day soccer clinic for footballers in the Sunyani Municipality.

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