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Headline News-August 14 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

PRESIDENT INAUGURATES GWIRAMAN COMMUNITY SHS

President John Dramani Mahama, last Monday inaugurated the Gwiraman Community School at Bamianko in the Nzema east District in the Western Region, saying the government’s quest to improve access to education was on course.

AMA TO SELL OSEI KUFFUOR’S BUILDING: FAILED TO PAY RENT

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has issued an ultimatum to a former Black Stars player, Samuel Osei Kuffuor, to pay the property rate in respect of a house he owns on the Ring Road in Accra or risk having the property sold to defray the debt.

N-GAS, VRA, POWER MINISTRY IN TALKS OVER DEBT

A high-powered meeting was held yesterday among the Ministry of Power, the Volta River Authority (VRA) and Nigeria Gas (N-Gas) to discuss how best the debt crisis the has rocked the national power generator could be resolved.

LAWYERS FIGHT ANAS OVER MASK

Lawyers for some of the high profile judges caught in the alleged bribery and corruption scandal that has rocked Ghana’s judiciary say the process leading to possible impeachment of the judges are being

AFOKO GANG STORMS COURT

A group of persons numbering over 15, Tuesday, besieged the Kaneshie Magistrate Court in Accra in readiness to attack members of the family of the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Adams Mahama.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS FAVOUR NEW REGISTER

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ conference says the Electoral Commission (EC) should take urgent steps to investigate the allegation that about 76,000 persons from neighbouring Togo have their names in Ghana’s biometric voter register.

GOVERNMENT DRAGGED TO COURT OVER ALLEGED PLAGIARISM

Renowned Ghanaian political geographer, Prof. Raymond Bagulo Bening has used Ghana government for infringing on his intellectual property rights.

GJA FLAYS STAN DOGBE OVER ACCIDENT COMMENT

Journalists in the Western region are angry with Presidential Staffer Stan Dogbe over his comments on the accident that occurred in Takoradi Monday evening.

ANAS PREDICTS ‘BLEAK’ FUTURE

Ghana’s ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been predicting the future of his undercover exploits.

WE DON’T BELIEVE PURC; PUBLISH FINDINGS TO SUPPORT 75% CLAIM – CPA

The Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) has challenged the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to substantiate its claims that about 75% Ghanaians want to pay more for power.

AKUA DONKOR IN COCOA FARM BRAWL

A 70-year-old retired teacher has accused the founder of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) of defrauding him to the tune of GHC25, 000 under the pretext of selling a cocoa farm to him.

PROF. ADEI MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE NOW – KWESI PRATT

Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. is calling on former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Prof. Stephen Adei to provide evidence to support his claim that parliamentarians take bribe to approve policies and projects.

MP QUESTIONS PROF. ADEI’S ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

A Member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, George Loh wants Ghanaian legislators to disregard Professor Stephen Adei’s allegations of corruption leveled against them.

EIGHT GREATER ACCRA NDC ASPIRANTS DISQUALIFIED

Eight parliamentary aspirants of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Greater Accra and Volta regions could not make it to the parliamentary primaries slated for November 7 due to their disqualification at the just-ended vetting.

GOD DIDN’T CHOOSE RAWLINGS choose, HITLER– NDUOM REPLIES MAHAMA

Entrepreneur and politician Dr Papa Kwesi Ndomu has said God is too kind to unleash certain leaders on humans, especially Africans.

LET MY VOTE COUNT MAKES ANOTHER DEMAND FROM EC

Pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) has expressed alarm at the intention, it alleges, of the Electoral Commission of Ghana to bar polling agents from voting ahead of the 2016 elections.

DEAF STUDENTS GRAPPLING WITH POOR FACILITIES

Students of the Mampong Senior High Technical School for the Deaf are reeling under poor and inadequate facilities for teaching and learning.

My MOTHER STILL HAS ISSUES WITH NDC – ZANETOR

“If my mother should come-back to the National Democratic Congress again, then the core issues that caused her exit must be addressed rightly and with the people who were involved,” Daughter of Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, has said.

ECG TO FIX PREPAID METERS AT MILITARY CAMPS

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) says it will soon begin metering Military camps across the country with new prepaid meters.
The ECG is awaiting approval from government to begin the exercise as the Ministries of Finance, Interior and Defence are currently engaging over the issue.

MAHAMA HAS NEGLECTED NORTHERNERS – NAABU

Daniel Bugre Naabu, Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, has accused the President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, for neglecting the people in the region since he assumed the administration of the country, saying “we have been neglected by our own brother.”

NDPC IS NOT AN EXTENSION OF NDC – COMMISSION MEMBER

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) is not an extension of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a Commission member emphasised on Monday.

SUBSTANCE FOUND ON EKOW MICAH IS “WEE” FORENSIC TEST CONFIRMS

Suspected narcotic substance found on hi life musician Ekow Micah turned positive when it was subjected to a forensic test.
The substance weighed 127 grams.

MFWA DEPLORES LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY CULTURE IN GHANA

Ghana is gradually becoming notorious for the lack of accountability of its leaders, head of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

VRA OWES BANKS $1.3B

The Volta River Authority (VRA) owes banks over $1.3 billion and, therefore cannot pay its debts to Nigeria for gas supplied.

BOST TO FUEL BURKINABE MARKET…MALI, OTHERS TO FOLLOW LATER

The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with its counterpart in Burkina Faso – Sonahby – to commence supply of petroleum products into the landlocked country.

SECOND-HAND FRIDGES BEAR ENERGY RATING LABELS Checks by the BFT indicate that retailers of used refrigerator sets are conspicuously labelling the banned household electronic items and selling them to unsuspecting consumers. –

BOST REOPENS BOLGA DEPOT TO SERVE SAHELIAN COUNTRIES

The Bolgatanga Depot of the Bulk Oil and Storage Transport (BOST), which has been redundant for the past nine years was on Monday re-commissioned after undergoing a series of refurbishment.

UE COMMUNITIES BOOST FISH FARMING

Over 1000 farmers in the Upper East Region have benefitted from aquaculture production under the Sustainable Livelihood Transformation (RESULT), making a total of GHC72,211.00 from Tilapia farming.

ACADEMIA, PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP CRITICAL – GIPC

The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Promotions Centre (GIPC), Mawuena Trebarh, has stated that the centre will continue to push through partnerships with academia to ensure the country benefits from very knowledgeable professionals in the services sector.

GOLD FIELDS GHANA $7MILLION DIVIDEND TO GOV’T

Gold Fields Ghana Limited has presented a cheque for $7 million as interim dividend to government on its 2015 accounts.
The amount is in respect of government’s 10 percent shares in Gold Fields’ Tarkwa and Damang Mines.

MAKE POULTRY FARMING ATTRACTIVE – GOV’T TOLD

The Chief Executive Officer of Boris B’s Farms and Veterinary Supplies Ghana Limited, Mr Boris Baidoo, has called on government to help make the poultry sector attractive to appeal to all segments of society, including fresh tertiary graduates.

GHANA TO HELP BRIDGE GLOBAL COCOA DEFICIT

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is confident measures put in place to raise national cocoa production figures will soon translate into increased output to bridge the global cocoa deficit.

GRA EXCEEDS HALF YEAR TAX REVENUE TARGET

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) exceeded its half year tax revenue collection target of GH?10,320,027,000.00, raking in GH?10,503,027,000.00 during the period.

MOBILE PHONES BOOST INSURANCE SALES

More people are signing up for insurance products using their mobile operator, thereby deepening the penetration rate for micro-insurance in the country over the past three years.

TOR STAFF FOREGO SALARIES TO SAVE COMPANY

Staff of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) has agreed to forgo their November salaries to help revamp the fortunes of the company which has been saddled inactivity for some time now.

USE PPP TO DRIVE TOURISM – ADRIAN LANDRY

More public sector institutions should partner private investors to harness the enormous potential in the tourism sector in the country, Adrian Landry — the out-going General Manager of Labadi Beach Hotel, has said.

REVISED MODEL FOR GHANA’S SMALL-SCALE MINING UNDERWAY

Ghana’s Minerals Commission has proposed a revised model for small-scale mining to improve the management of the sub-sector and reduce illegal mining.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CAMEROON TO HOST LOGISTICS BASE OF AU STANDBY FORCE

An African Union Standby Force (ASF) that would intervene to restore peace and security in member states will soon go operational.

SEVEN KILLED IN SHOOTINGS, GRENADE ATTACK IN BURUNDI CAPITAL

At least seven people were killed in shootings and a grenade attack on Tuesday in Burundi’s capital, police and residents said, in a further spate of violence following the election of President Pierre Nkurunziza to a third term.

BLASTS IN NORTHEAST NIGERIA’S MAIDUGURI KILL AT LEAST SEVEN- RED CROSS

Blasts detonated by three suicide bombers in the northeastern Nigeria city of Maiduguri killed at least seven people on Tuesday, the Red Cross and a vigilante group member said.

CLINTON WINS RIVAL’S BACKING OVER EMAIL SCANDAL IN DEMOCRATIC DEBATE

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won unexpected support from chief rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for her use of a private email server as U.S. secretary of state, helping to defuse an issue that has overshadowed her campaign.

ROUSSEFF ACCUSES BRAZIL OPPOSITION OF ‘COUP-MONGERING’

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday her opponents are trying to overthrow a democratically elected government by seeking to oust her without any material facts while spreading hatred and intolerance across Latin America’s largest country.

BRITISH BANKER ACCUSED OF HK DOUBLE MURDER TO STAND TRIAL IN OCTOBER 2016

The trial of a British banker accused of murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong last year will start in October next year, the man’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

RUSSIAN-MADE MISSILE SHOT DOWN MH17 – DUTCH REPORT

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded on Tuesday in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch.

SYRIA’S ARMY, ALLIES PLAN OFFENSIVE AGAINST INSURGENTS IN ALEPPO

Syria’s army along with Iranian and Hezbollah allies will soon launch a ground attack supported by Russian air strikes against insurgents in the Aleppo area, two senior regional officials told Reuters on Tuesday.Control of Aleppo city and the surrounding province in the area near the Turkish border is divided among the Syrian government, insurgent groups fighting Assad and the Islamic State group that controls some rural areas near the city.

IRAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES NUCLEAR DEAL BILL IN VICTORY FOR ROUHANI

Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament passed a bill on Tuesday approving its nuclear deal with world powers, signalling victory for the government over hardline opponents who worry the accord opens a door to wider rapprochement with the West.

KERRY TO VISIT MIDEAST IN BID TO CALM PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI TENSIONS

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he plans to travel to the Middle East to try to calm violence between Palestinians and Israelis and move the situation “away from this precipice.”

SPORTS HEADLINES

ADOMAH SAVES GHANA BLUSHES IN WASHINGTON

Ghana and Canada settled for a 1-1 stalemate in an international friendly match played on Tuesday night.
Albert Adomah levelled for the Black Stars after Marcel De Jong long-range effort had given the Canucks the lead at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC, USA.

GHANA TO FACE COMOROS ISLAND

Ghana will play the Comoros Island in the first round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers next month after the tiny country secured a shock victory over highly-fancied Lesotho on Tuesday.

MIDDENDORP IN LINE FOR HEARTS RETURN

Former Hearts of Oak Ernst Middendorp is on the verge of a return to Ghana football after he was named in a three-man shortlist for the club’s vacant coaching job.

GHANAIAN CHANCES OF AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR SLIM

Ghana football will be hoping to end a 23-year wait for an African footballer of the year but the chances of a Ghanaian winning this year are very slim after the Confederation of African Football released its initial shortlist.
For many years, the African Player of The Year title has become the holy grail for individual African footballers.

GFA SURPRISED AT SPORTS MINISTRY CLAIM

The Ghana Football Association has expressed shock at claims by the Youth and Sports Ministry that the FA did not inform them of a potential friendly match against Canada on October 13.

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