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Headline News – October 16 2015

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FRIDAY 16-10-2015

BY MR LARRY ®

ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!!!

HIS EXCELLENCY OSAGYEFO JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA and the President of the World Bank will address Chiefs and People of Accra and jointly launch a World Bank report on Poverty Today Fri 16th Oct 12noon @ Mantse Agbonaa

POWER PLANTS TO ARRIVE AT TAKORADI PORT Oct.24

The government’s strategy to put an end to the country’s energy crisis is set to receive a boost as the 250 Megawatts (MW) plants from Africa and Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI) based in Dubai is scheduled to arrive at the Takoradi Port on October 24.

N-GAS DEFERS DECISION TO CUT GAS SUPPLY TO GHANA

The decision to cut gas supply to Ghana from Nigeria as a result of a mounting unpaid debt has been deferred.

GHANA, NIGERIA REACH AGREEMENT OVER GAS SUPPLY

Ghana and Nigeria were locked up in a critical meeting last night over the decision by Nigeria Gas (N-Gas), operators of the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), to cut gas supply to Ghana by midnight Thursday.

GHANA WON’T BE IN DARKNESS– GOV’T ASSURES

The Ministry of Power says adequate measures have been put in place to avoid a shutdown of electricity generating plants in the country should Nigeria go ahead to cut gas supply to Ghana.

MINISTER HOT OVER RECKLESS COMMENT

Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor’s tantrums appear to have landed him in hot waters. He was reported in the media this week as saying “if President Mahama says dumsor will be over very soon, why you don’t ask him? Am I his spokesman?”

GIFTY ANTI WEDS

The much awaited Ghana’s royal wedding between two popular television personalities – Gifty Anti of GTV’s ‘Standpoint’ programme and Nana Ansah Kwao IV, host of ‘PM Express’ on Joy News – has finally taken place.

KUFUOR OKAYS NEW REGISTER

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has said that the Electoral Commission (EC) is not a power unto itself and should therefore listen to the demands of Ghanaians for a new voter register.

EXPOSE CORRUPTION – NDUOM URGES

Presidnet of Groupe Nduom (GN), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has called on Ghanaians, especially the young generation to expose corruption in the system; without fear or favour.

SCHOOL FEEDING IN DANGER

Information reaching Today indicates that the School Feeding Programme which was introduced by the Kufuor administration is likely to suffer a major setback anytime soon.

KILLER DRIVERS TAKE OVER AWOSHIE ROAD

Reports reaching Today indicates that scores of drivers (of both commercial and private vehicles) who ply the Baah-Yard to Ablekuma dual carriageway in the Greater Accra Region regularly flout traffic regulations.

PARDON ‘FRUSTRATED’ KWABENA DONKOR

Member of Parliament for Assin Central is pleading on Ghanaians to have mercy on Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor over his recent gaffe on the energy crisis in the country popularly known as dumsor.

GHANA CALLS FOR RENEWED COMMITMENT TO UN

On the occasion of the United Nations 70th Anniversary, Ghana has urged the international community to renew their shared commitment to the UN, which remains the most viable forum for the pursuit of global peace.

NPP CANNOT PAY ME – ACE ANKOMAH

A former Senior Law Lecturer at the Ghana Law School, Ace Kojo Ankomah has refuted claims that he is fronting for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), adding that he cannot be paid by the party.

DEFENCE MINISTRY ET AL OWE ECG Gh¢18m

Ten departments and agencies of ministries in the Western region owe the debt-riddled Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) a whopping Gh¢18,001,922.65.

GHANA LAW SCHOOL SUED

Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare a Ghanaian law professor based in Florida in the United States has taken the General Legal Council (GLC) to the Supreme Court over the way and manner the Ghana School Of Law conducts its entrance exams and interview for students who want admission into the school.

NDC GOV’T BLOWS SSNIT CASH

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government’s inability to pay statutory funds has been extended to public workers pension funds as the Mahama administration could not pay Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions running into almost GH¢1 billion for 2014.

LMVA TO ENGAGE MORE STAKEHOLDERS

Pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance has dismissed assertions it is stampeding the Electoral Commission to, at all cost, compile a new voters’ register.

EC NOT A POWER UNTO ITSELF – KUFUOR

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says the Electoral Commission (EC) is answerable to the people of Ghana and should heed the demand for a new voters’ register.

ANOTHER FIRE OUTBREAK AT KUMASI CENTRAL MARKET

The Kumasi Central Market, which has become synonymous with fire outbreaks, has been hit by another blaze.

NDC BACKS RAWLINGS’ CALL FOR CREDIBLE REGISTER

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it identifies with former President Rawlings’ call for a credible voters’ register ahead of the 2016 elections.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

TMA, BUSINESSES HAGGLE OVER PROPERTY RATES

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly and businesses in the country’s largest industrial enclave are in a stalemate over new property rates the businesses consider to be too high

CONSUMERS TO PAY GAS DEBT

The largest power producer, the Volta River Authority (VRA) is waiting on the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to conclude consultations and subsequently approve a major tariff increase that will enable them to generate revenue for meeting their financial obligation to NGas.

SMES, ENTREPRENEURS FIND NEW HAVEN

The Country Director of the Department for International Development (DFID-UK), Jim McAlpine, has noted that while Ghana has achieved good growth over the last decade, this growth has been skewed toward extractives and related services.

GOLD FIELDS URGES SPEEDY RESOLUTION OF ECONOMIC SLUM

Gold Fields Ghana Limited (GFGL), a lead gold miner, has made a passionate appeal to the government to urgently solve the challenges facing the country for business confidence to rebound.

INVEST FINANCIAL SUPPORT RECEIVED FROM MASLOC’

The Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Mrs Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, has advised market women to judiciously invest financial support provided them by the centre to build up capital to expand their businesses.

EFFICIENT MOBILE FINANCIAL SERVICES WILL REDUCE BANKING COST

Bank customers could benefit from heavily reduced transaction costs if integration of mobile financial services such as MTN Mobile Money achieve greater efficiency.

GHANA UNATTRACTIVE FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT – AMB. BRUGGER

The Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gerhard Brugger, has said the high cost of doing business in Ghana continues to make Ghana an unattractive spot for foreign investors.

VIP TO SUE FAKE VIP COMPANIES

VIP JEOUN Transport Limited, operators of VIP fleet of buses, has said it will sue transport operators who use the VIP trade mark without permission.

GOV’T ADVOCATES TRADE PORTAL FOR AFRICA

Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, the Minister of Trade and Industry, has advocated the establishment of a trade portal for the African continent.

AIRTEL GHANA ASSURES OF BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana and CIMG Marketing Woman of the year, Mrs Lucy Quist, has attributed the Telecom brand of the year’s sterling growth in its subscriber base, to deep consumer insights and the company’s singular focus on providing differentiated and superior products and services to customers.

GOV’T SUPPORTS REALISTIC TARIFF

Dr Kwabena Donkor Minister of Power has reiterated government’s position to encourage the setting of a realistic and attractive tariff to stem the under-investment in the generation, transmission and distribution of utility services.

AFB GHANA PLC UNVEILS FIRST PAPERLESS SALARY LOAN

AFB Ghana, one of the leading financial services companies with presence in over 23 locations in all ten regions across the country, has introduced a new channel that seeks to revolutionize how loans can be applied.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CHAD ARRESTS 62 WOMEN FOR WEARING VEILS AFTER BOMBINGS

Chad police have arrested 62 women for wearing full veils in public as the country steps up security against following a multiple suicide bombing attack, a police spokesman said.

CONDE LIKELY TO WIN GUINEAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN FIRST ROUND

Guinean President Alpha Conde is likely to win another term in office after the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election, results from the National Electoral Commission showed on Thursday.

CITING ‘VERY FRAGILE’ SECURITY IN AFGHANISTAN, OBAMA SLOWS PACE OF U.S. TROOP WITHDRAWAL

Reversing policy on Afghanistan, President Barack Obama announced on Thursday he will prolong the 14-year-old U.S. military engagement there, effectively handing off the task of pulling out troops to his successor.

SYRIAN ARMY AND RUSSIAN JETS TARGET REBEL TOWNS NORTH OF HOMS

Syrian troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, attacked rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs on Thursday, targeting a long-held and strategic enclave of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

MIGRANTS FALL THROUGHTHE CRACKS IN AUSTRIA’S ASYLUM SYSTEM

After fleeing civil war, surviving a perilous sea crossing and trudging through several countries, Syrian refugees think they will receive basic food, shelter and fair treatment when they reach Austria. Most are right, but some tell a different tale.

CHINA DEFENCE MINISTER SAYS WANTS GOOD TIES WITH SOUTHEAST ASIA

China’s defence minister struck a conciliatory tone with Southeast Asia defence chiefs on Friday, saying that all needed to work hard to maintain peace and stability against threats, including instigation by foreign forces using social media.

HUNGARY TO DECIDE ON CROATIAN BORDER SEAL-OFF ON FRIDAY – PM ORBAN

Hungary will make a decision on Friday on a possible closure of its border with Croatia to stem the flow of migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Brussels, public television M1 reported.

AFGHAN MIGRANT SHOT DEAD TRYING TO ENTER BULGARIA – INTERIOR MINISTRY

A man travelling with a large group of refugees from Afghanistan was shot by a border police officer near the southeastern Bulgarian town of Sredets late on Thursday and died on his way to the hospital, a senior interior ministry official said.

TURKEY’S ERDOGAN AND OBAMA DISCUSS COOPERATION ON SYRIA

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed on the phone strengthening cooperation against Islamic State militants and what could be done about Russian military activities in Syria, Erdogan’s office said on Friday.

WEEKEND CRISIS LOOMS FOR LEADER OF TAIWAN’S FLOUNDERING RULING PARTY

Taiwan’s panicked ruling Nationalists party will likely ditch its candidate for January’s presidential election this weekend in a desperate move to avoid a trouncing by an opposition it fears could derail warming ties with China.

SPORTS HEADLINES

KOTOKO SIGN ERNEST SOWAH

Former Berekum Chelsea goalkeeper Ernest Sowah has signed a three-year deal with Asante Kotoko on Thursday as a free agent.

BE PATIENT WITH US …HEARTS TELL FANS

Communications Director of Accra Hearts of Oak, Kwame Opare Addo, has appealed to fans of the club to be patient with Management.

KOFI OWUSU VIES FOR PLB PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Ghana Premier League goal king Kofi Owusu is in contention for the 2014/2015 Premier League Board Footballer of the Season.

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