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Headline News-November 2 2015

BY MR LARRY®

JAIL FREDDIE BLAY FOR HOLDING STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING : 3 ASHANTI NPP MEMBERS ASK COURT

An application for contempt has been filed against six executive members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

PPP WILL DECOUPLE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE FROM JUSTICE MINISTRY

The Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has stated categorically that a PPP-led government will ensure the separation of the Attorney-General’s office from that of the Minister of Justice.

NO MORE EC STRONG ROOM

The Electoral Commission’s ‘strong room’ which serves as collation centre before election results are announced, may no longer be in existence for the next general elections.

LA DADEKOTOPON SCHOOLCHILDREN RECEIVE FREE UNIFORMS

The La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly has begun the distribution of free school uniforms to schoolchildren at selected schools within the municipality.

3 KILLED IN ROBBERY ATTACK

Three people, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed on Friday evening and Saturday morning in a terrifying robbery attack on a section of the Kofiase-Krobo road in the Ashanti Region.

TAXI DRIVER SETS LOVER AND RIVAL ABLAZE

The Police in Obuasi have arrested one Yaw Acheampong, a taxi driver, for allegedly setting his ex-lover and rival ablaze while they slept.

SALARIES OF 3,794 GOV’T EMPLOYEES SUSPENDED

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has suspended the payment of salaries of a total of 3,794 government employees without social security numbers on the mechanised payroll.

NPP RESURRECTS DEAD PARTIES RESURRECT

The New Patriotic Party’s petition to the Electoral Commission on the voter register leading to the holding of stakeholders’ meeting last week, suddenly led to the resurrection of comatose political parties.

ID CRISIS, THREAT TO PEACE

There are fears that the identity crisis facing the country due to the lack of a credible register of all Ghanaians to serve as the singular reference source is a recipe for chaos, especially election-related violence.

102 TEACHERS IN BRONG AHAFO CAUGHT USING FAKE CERTIFICATES

Out of a total of 144 fake teachers caught by the Ghana Education Service (GES) either using someone’s certificate or a forged certificate, 102 of them work in the Brong Ahafo Region.

EC DENIES IT USED 2 REGISTERS IN 2012

The Electoral Commission has dismissed assertions by the New Patriotic Party that there were two registers used in the 2012 general elections.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TO GET TOUGH WITH SCHOOLS CHARGING UNAUTHORISED FEES

A Deputy Minister of Education, Alex Kyeremeh, has warned educational institutions that the ministry would not accept additional levying of students outside the standardised fees.

WE’LL DEFEND GHANA FROM ANY TERRORIST ATTACK – GAF ASSURES

Brigadier General Sampson Adeti, General Officer Commander of the Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), says the army is concerned about the possible spillover from the Nigerian terrorist group- Boko Haram.

CANCER SCARE HITS GHANAIANS AS FDA WARNS OF POISONOUS PALM OIL

The recent revelation by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) that some palm oil products contain Sudan IV dye has affected both wholesalers and retailers of the product.

2 DIE, 8 INJURED IN ROBBERY ATTACK

Police at Mampong in the Ashanti region have arrested three suspects in a robbery incident which left two dead and eight others injured.

NEW VOTERS REGISTER IS RECIPE FOR CHAOS – EC

Mrs Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) on Friday said compiling a new voters’ register across the 30,000 polling stations could be recipe for chaos.

TWO NIGERIANS ARRESTED WITH INDIAN HEMP

Two Nigerians have been arrested in two different locations in Accra for allegedly attempting to transport parcels of compressed dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp to Cote d’Ivoire and an unknown location.

MILE 7 POLICE GETS FEMALE CELLS

A construction firm, WBHO Ghana, builders of the Achimota Retail Mall, has rehabilitated the Achimota Mile 7 Police Station and provided a separate female cell for it.

CHASS NOT TASKED TO ANALYSE SHS RESULTS – MOE

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has denied tasking the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) to conduct a three-year analysis of the results of senior high schools (SHSs) across the country.

BAWUMIA SPEAKS AT FINANCIAL TIMES SUMMIT IN LONDON

The 2016 running mate to the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has suggested a change in the tax policies of the country.

PPP READY FOR CONVENTION

Leading members of the Progressive People’s Party (NPP) are in the twin-city of Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region to oversee the smooth arrangements for the party’s national convention which is taking place at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Hall.

PNC ELECTS ASHANTI REGIONAL EXECUTIVE

An official of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Abraham Hirohito Kabah, has been elected the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC).

SOLAR WATER SYSTEM FOR KASULIYILI

The people of Kasuliyili, a farming community in the Tolon District in the Northern Region, have been provided with a solar-powered mechanised water system to supply them with clean and safe water from an existing dam in the community.

VARSITY COUNCIL MEMBERS NOT OWNERS OF INSTITUTIONS’

A former executive secretary of the Nation Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Dr Paul Effah, has reminded council members of universities that their roles as council members do not make them owners of such institutions. Rather, they are to help oversee the affairs of their respective institutions.

MOTHER ATTEMPTS TO DROWN BABY TO MARRY EX-LOVER

A three month old baby girl has survived a five-hour death scare in a water-logged septic tank in alleged drowning attempt by her own mother at Abirem in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region.

STOP ACCUSING GOV’T FOR LACK OF DEV’T – CHIEF

Nii Odumkplala I, the Chief of Odumkpla in the Ga South of the Greater Accra Region, has called on the chiefs in the area to stop putting blame on governments for lack of development.

DVLA BEGINS DISTRIBUTION OF DRIVERS’ LICENCES

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has begun the distribution of licences to prospective drivers.
So far about 40,000 licences have been dispatched to regional offices nationwide for distribution.

ASHANTI POLICE STEP UP PATROL ACTIVITIES ON HIGHWAYS

The Ashanti Region Police is stepping up its patrols and securing all highway and auxiliary routes into the region following multiple robbery attacks on the Kofiase-Mampong road.

SPEAK UP ON POLITICAL ISSUES – CATHOLIC BISHOP TO CHRISTIANS

The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference has challenged Christians, particularly the members of the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, to speak out occasionally on political issues that can undermine the country.

ANAS EXPOSÉ IS GOOD FOR JUDICIARY – REV AGUDOGO

The newly inducted Accra Presbytery Chairman of the Global Evangelical Church, Rev. Mawuli Dzidula Agudogo, has called on the Judiciary to see the exposé by Anas Aremeyaw Anas on the institution as an opportunity for reform, rather than a dent on its image as they ensure justice in the country.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

DAWA INDUSTRIAL PARK BEGINS WITH $80M POWER PROJECT

To give industrialists a reason to invest in the upcoming Dawa Industrial Park near Ada in the Greater Accra Region, LMI Holdings – the company that owns the project – has held a ground breaking ceremony to begin construction of what will become Ghana’s largest power sub-station near the site.

SINOPEC READY TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR SECOND PHASE OF GAS PROJECT

Chinese oil giant Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation has made an offer for government to allow it to begin the next phase of the Ghana Western Corridor Gas Infrastructure Development Project, as it is confident it has the capacity to pre-finance and ensure early completion of the project.

BUSINESS COMMUNITY MUST HELP AGRIC SECTOR – KOFI ANNAN

Former United Nations Secretary of General, Kofi Annan has urged the private sector to show interest in the agricultural sector by supporting it with the appropriate and needed technology.

TOURISM DEV’T FUND RAISES GH¢14m FROM LEVIES

The Tourism Development Fund (TDF) has raked in GH¢14 million from a levy imposed on the hospitality and tourism industry in Ghana.
Revenue from the fund is expected to hit the GH¢20 million target by the first quarter of 2016, the administrator of the fund, Mr Abraham Tetteh, has revealed.

MINISTER JUSTIFIES TARIFF INCREASE

The Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor has justified the need to increase electricity tariffs.

PRODUCER INFLATION DROPS TO 3.7% IN SEPTEMBER

Annual Producer Price Inflation (PPI) for the month of September was 3.7 per cent, showing a decrease of 0.2 percentage points over the revised 3.9 per cent recorded in August this year.

GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS BAN ON LIGHT PLASTICS

Government has suspended an intended ban on light plastics which was expected to take effect from Yesterday November 1, 2015.
Light plastics used in packaging gari and other food products were expected to be off the market but this might not happen.

ASSEMBLY MAKES PROGRESS IN REVENUE GENERATION

The Ayensuano District Assembly has managed to collect GH¢ 251,933.00 representing 81 per cent expected revenue of Internally Generated Fund (IGF) from January to September.
The Assembly had budgeted for the collection of GH¢ 309,290.00 for the year.

GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON PPP ENDS IN TAKORADI

The World Bank funded global conference on Public Private Partnership (PPP) has ended in the Western Region.
The confab meant to harness local opportunities, international expertise and resources to accelerate Ghana’s PPP Agenda, was organised by C- NERGY and the Ministry of Finance.

STALLION GROUP DOMINATES AUTO AWARDS

One of Ghana’s automobile distribution giants, Stallion Group Limited, dominated the maiden Ghana Auto Awards (GAA) held last Friday at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

CONSTRUCTION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO RESUME IN KUMASI

Construction works on the Ayigya affordable housing project in the Ashanti regional capital is set to resume before the end of the year.
This follows the acquisition of a 30 million dollar facility by the State Housing Corporation for the project.

WOMEN FISH PROCESSORS TRAIN IN MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

A total of 174 small-scale women fish processors have been trained in small-business management practices in “Competency-based Economics Formation of Enterprises (CEFE)” method.

CHANNEL COMMON FUND THROUGH RURAL BANKS – GOV’T TOLD

Togbe Binah Lawluvi VI, Paramount Chief of Ziope and President of Association of Rural Banks, Volta Chapter has appealed to government to channel the District Assemblies Common Funds through rural banks.

MASLOC HOLDS FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING FOR WOMEN

Two hundred members of the Nakom Women Association in the Pusiga District of the Upper East Region have completed a two-day training on basic financial literacy with a call on them to cultivate the habit of documenting all their business transactions to keep track of their income and expenditure records.

MELCOM LAUNCHES THIRD MADE IN GHANA FESTIVAL

The Melcom Group of Companies has launched the third edition of its Made in Ghana campaign christened “Melcom Made in Ghana Festival”.

GALAMSEY OPERATORS IN TROUBLE

A proposed amendment to mete out stiffer punishment to illegal miners in the new Minerals and Mining Amendment Bill which is at the consideration stage generated heated debate in Parliament.

WAIVE DUTIES ON IMPORTED GENERATORS FOR INDUSTRIES’

The Managing Director of Sofaamy Company Limited, a leading indigenous glass and aluminum profiles company, Mr Kofi Somuah, has called on the government to waive import duties on the importation of heavy duty generators by industrial institutions in the country.

TROPICAL CABLE RECEIVES KNUST AWARD

The College of Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has honoured Tropical Cable and Conductor Ltd (TCCL) for supporting the college to train the “next generation of top quality engineers.”

BEWARE OF CHARLATAN MICROFINANCE COMPANIES – CUA WARNS

The National Chairman of Credit Unions Association (CUA) Ghana, Mr Charles Yaw Assua-Yeboah, has cautioned members of the association to beware of the proliferation of financial institutions in the country, especially charlatan mircofinance companies.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

FIRST BODIES DELIVERED TO RUSSIA AFTER EGYPT PLANE CRASH

The first bodies from a plane crash in Egypt in which all 224 passengers, most of them Russians, died over the weekend arrived in St Petersburg early on Monday morning aboard a Russian government plane.

TRIAL OF GADDAFI SON ADJOURNED TO DECEMBER

The son of deposed Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi appeared in a Tripoli court on Sunday to face charges of murdering a football player and other crimes before the 2011 revolution that ended his father’s rule.

THOUSANDS PROTEST UTILITY PRICES IN THE TANGIER

Thousands took to the streets in Morocco’s northern city of Tangier late on Saturday to protest over high prices for water and electricity, in the nation’s largest protest since pro-democracy marches in 2011 demanding political reforms.

LIBYA ACCUSES ITALIAN NAVY OF VIOLATING WATERS

Libya’s elected government has accused the Italian navy of violating the country’s territorial waters after authorities said they spotted three Italian warships off the eastern coast, but Italy’s government on Sunday dimissed the claim.

TWO SOLDIERS, 11 SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS KILLED IN CHAD ATTACKS

At least two soldiers and 11 militants were killed on Sunday in suspected Boko Haram attacks on two remote military posts in the Lake Chad area, Chad’s government and military sources said.

TURKEY’S AK PARTY WINS BACK MAJORITY IN SNAP ELECTION

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is set to lead Turkey alone once again after a five-month break, easily regaining its parliamentary majority in what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called a victory for democracy.

US COMPLETES TEST OF LAYERED MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM

The U.S. military on Sunday hailed the success of a complex $230 million (£149 million) test of the U.S. missile defence system that it said showed the ability of the Aegis and THAAD weapons systems to identify and destroy ballistic and cruise missiles at once.

OSBORNE VISITS GERMANY TO SELL EU-REFORM PUSH

Chancellor George Osborne travels to Germany on Monday to call for a strong EU working for the “benefit of all 28 member states”, part of the government’s push to change the terms of its relationship with the bloc.

U.S., SOUTH KOREA DEFENCE CHIEFS VOW NO TOLERANCE FOR NORTH KOREA PROVOCATION

The U.S. and South Korean defence chiefs urged North Korea on Monday to immediately cease all activities related to its nuclear programme and said they will have no tolerance for any military provocation by Pyongyang.

‘KIRCHNERISMO’ CLEAVES ARGENTINA AHEAD OF FIERCE RUN-OFF VOTE

Twelve years ago, laboratory owner Luis Azpeitia placed his faith in a little known centre-left provincial governor, Nestor Kirchner, to lead Argentina out of a devastating economic collapse. Now, as the late Kirchner’s wife Cristina Fernandez leaves power, Azpeitia finds himself reluctantly embracing a conservative presidential challenger.

SPORTS HEADLINES

FELIX ANNAN WILL ONLY STAY AT KOTOKO IF HE ASSURED OF PLAYING TIME

Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan has disclosed that he will only stay at the club if he is assured of a regular playing time.

END BONUS ROWS WITH ATHLETES- DORMAAHENE

The Paramount Chief of the Dormaa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Oseadeayo Agyeman-Badu II, has tasked the Ministry of Youth and Sports to address the remuneration of athletes and sporting officials with dispatch to end the rampant bonus rows in recent times.

CHRISTIAN ATSU RETURNS TO CHELSEA FOR INJURY TREATMENT

Ghana international Christian Atsu has returned to his parent club Chelsea from loan club AFC Bournemouth for treatment on a sustained injury.

GPL BEST PLAYER ERIC OPOKU BREAKS INTO TEARS

Eric Opoku shared tears after receiving the most prestigious accolade in the 2014-15 PLB/GFA First Capital Plus Premier League awards gala at La Palm Beach Hotel on Friday.

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