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Headline News – November 5 2015

 

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MORE GAS TO FLOW FROM NIGERIA

Cabinet approved a request by the Ministry of Power to sign a Nigerian company for the supply of additional gas to complement gas supply from Nigeria Gas (N-Gas) and Ghana Gas to generate electrical power.

5 CPP MEMBERS SUE GOVERNMENT OVER ECG’S PRIVATISATION

Five members of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) are legally challenging the moves by the government to partially privatise the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)

PARENTS BESIEGE WESLEY GIRLS

Scores of students who have been offered placement at the Wesley Girls’ High School (WGHS) in Cape Coast by the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) have been denied admission because of lack of accommodation facilities.

AFOKO THROWN OUT IN NPP CASE

An Accra High Court presided over by Justice Arkraah Boafo, on Wednesday dismissed a case brought by Oppong Kyekyeku, a member of the New Patriotic Party challenging the legality of the processes leading to the suspension of the party’s embattled National Chairman, Paul Afoko.

CHRAJ BOSS FIRED

The Chairperson of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, has been sacked following a report indicting her.

UNDP INDICTS STL OVER VOTERS REGISTER

A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-funded report has indicted the Electoral Commission (EC) and Superlock Technology Ltd (STL) over the handling of the biometric voter register (BVR).

NDUOM REAFFIRMS CASE FOR MMDCES TO BE ELECTED

The 2012 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa KWesi Nduom has dispelled the notion that holding onto the local government brings political advantage to the incumbent government.

COURT STOPS NDC PRIMARIES IN NORTH TONGU

An Accra High Court has granted an interlocutory injunction on the North Tongu Constituency of the National Democratic Congress in the Volta Region, restraining the party from holding its parliamentary primaries in the constituency slated for Saturday November 21, 2015.

KPONE THERMAL PLANT READY: TO START POWER SUPPLY IN 2 WEEKS

Engineers at the Kpone Thermal Plant Project are carrying out functionality tests on the combine turbine to get ready to be fired within the next two weeks.

NIGERIAN POSES AS COP TO DEFRAUD

A Nigerian who allegedly posed as a police officer and defrauded a scrap dealer in Accra, has been arrested by the police.

GOVERNMENT COMPENSATES FARMERS FOR BIRD FLU

Government has paid a Ȼ1.1 million compensation to 25 poultry farmers whose farms were affected by an outbreak of bird flu this year.

POWER BARGE: GOV’T WILL KEEP TO 3-WEEK SCHEDULE – DONKOR

The Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, has insisted government will deliver the first power barge within the 21-day schedule promised a week ago.

DON’T CRIMINALISE CIVIL CASES – JUSTICE ADJEI

A new Circuit Court building has been inaugurated at the premises of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) with a caution to police officers to desist from criminalising civil cases.

GROUP PETITIONS AG FOR UPDATE ON WOYOME CASE

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice has been petitioned for an update on steps it is taking to retrieve a 51 million cedis from businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome after he was ordered by the state to refund the monies.

PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES ACCRA – NSAWAM-RAILWAY LINE

The deplorable state of the Nsawam-Accra railway line engaged the attention of Parliament, once again, on Wednesday, with members, mostly on the Minority side urging the Government to move beyond “seeming rhetoric” to revamp the line.

MINISTER ASSURE STUDENTS, PARENTS OF SMOOTH ADMISSIONS INTO SHS

A deputy minister of education, has assured parents that the Ministry have put in place proper measures for the smooth placement of 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in senior high schools and technical institutes before the commencement of the 2015/2016 academic year.

HOW DO WE SEEK CONSENSUS ON UTILITY TARIFFS?

Over the past few years, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has become synonymous with the increase in utility tariffs. This is because whenever the regulatory commission has been in the news it has been to ask for an upward adjustment in utility tariffs.

NPP KEEPS ITS PROMISES – AKUFO-ADDO

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the youth of Ghana not to lose hope because “change is on its way” come the 2016 elections.

2 STUDENTS BANNED 3YRS OVER WASSCE IMPERSONATION

The Tamale District Court ‘2’ in the Northern region has banned two students involved in impersonation during the 2015 West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), for three years.

NDUOM TO LEAD OPERATION VOTE-OUT NDC, NPP in 2016

Founder of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom is set to launch an operation vote-out the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 general elections.

38 BENEFIT FROM MATHEMATICS SKILLS DEV’T TRAINING

A total of 38 teachers have benefited from a two day mathematics teacher skills development training to help improve their professional competence in the teaching of mathematics in the Upper Manya Krobo District.

GOV’T TO SHUT DOWN GUSHEGU WITCH CAMP

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is working towards the possible closure of the Gushegu Witch Camp in the North.

NPP LEADERSHIP PETITIONED TO SHOW K. AGYEPONG THE EXIT

Some card bearing members of the New Patriotic Party are piling pressure on the leadership of the party to begin processes to oust Kwabena Agyepong as its General Secretary.

MY HUSBAND WILL MAKE AN EXCELLENT PRESIDENT – REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO

Wife of the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has assured the people of Ghana that her husband will make an excellent president of Ghana, explaining that “if you listened to our opponents, you would not recognize the man I know and love and am married to.”

BUSINESS HEADLINES
BANKS REEL UNDER ECONOMIC MESS

Banks are feeling the pinch of the challenges in the Ghanaian economy and recording mixed results, according to their third quarter unaudited financial statements.

CORRUPTION WORSENS COST FOR NEW BUSINESSES

The increasing cost of starting a business in Ghana remains a headache for many entrepreneurs and is compelling such businesses to look elsewhere in the sub-region for a friendlier operating environment.

GERMANY GIVES €22.8m FOR POWER PROJECT

The German government, through its Renewable Energy Programme, is supporting the construction of a 12 megawatt solar plant in the Upper West Region to contribute to the national grid as the country intensifies the search for more sources to generate power to support the growing demand.

GHANA TAKES INDIGENOUS ORGANIC PRODUCTS TO MIDDLE EAST

Ghana has made its maiden appearance at the Middle East Natural and Organic Products Expo (MENOPE), which opened last Monday and ends today in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

SADA TO CREATE A BANK IN 2016

The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) is set to establish a Bank by end of next year.

INADEQUATE GAS SUPPLY BANE OF POWER PRODUCTION

The country’s power authorities are puzzled over the inability of Nigeria to rectify the challenge that has led to the reduction in gas supply to Ghana.

MICROFIN RURAL BANK RECORDS IMPRESSIVE DEPOSIT GROWTH

Microfin Rural Bank grew its deposits from GH¢900,710 in 2013 to GH¢2,259,798 in the 2014 operational year, representing an impressive 151 percent growth.

AFGRI GHANA, JOHN DEERE INTRODUCE NEW AGRIC MACHINES

AFGRI Ghana and John Deere, leading dealers in farming machinery in Africa, have introduced new agricultural machines onto the Ghanaian market.

AIR-FARES TO FALL AS ROYAL FLY GH STARTS OPERATIONS

The commencement of passenger operations by Royal Fly GH airline is expected to drive down air-fares, as passengers complain about rising ticket prices.

PARLIAMENT TO TIGHTEN SCREWS ON PUBLIC FINANCES

The Finance Ministry is confident that by end of year, it will submit to cabinet a draft of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Bill, which among other things is expected to punish fiscal indiscipline arising from public sector managers.

GHANA HOLDS BUSINESS FORUM IN DUBAI

Ghana is to deepen its trade relations with countries in the Middle East to expand the frontiers of Ghana exports, especially the non-traditional exports, in the region.

RICE FARMERS IN DIRE NEED OF DESTONER

Rice farmers at Ohiamadwen and surrounding villages within the Shama District of the Western Region, are in dire need of destoner and other agricultural inputs to enable them produce quality rice.

CAGD TRAINS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ON E-SPV

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), has organised a two-day training programme on the Electronic Salary Pay (E-SPV) for government employees in the Eastern Region.

VRA TO ADD 110MW TO GRID BY END OF YEAR

State power producer Volta River Authority (VRA) has said it will add 110 megawatts of power to the national grid before the year ends.

GHANA PUSHES UPSTREAM PROSPECTS

Ghana has pushed upstream prospects in oil production, Mr Theo Ahwireng, Acting Chief Executive of the Petroleum Commission has said.

EPA MOVES CLOSER TO AUTONOMY

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed a financial viability and strategic plan that will enable it to operate as an autonomous body come January 2016.

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE LEVEL IN ECONOMY UP — AGI REPORT

The third quarter business barometer report of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) indicates that confidence level of businesses in the country’s economy has increased slightly.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
WE PREFER MUGABE EVEN IN A WHEEL CHAIR – WAR VETERANS

Zimbabwe’s liberation war veterans have declared that they want President Robert Mugabe to continue ruling the country even if he were to be confined to a wheelchair, arguing he does not “need to be an athlete to govern”, as the race to nominate the veteran leader for the 2018 polls begins.

ZAMBIA PRESIDENT WILL NOT ALLOW GLENCORE UNIT TO LAY OFF WORKERS

Zambia’s president has said he will not allow Glencore’s Mopani unit to lay off workers as the mining and trading company deepens cuts in copper output to support flagging prices.

PLANE CRASHES IN SOUTH SUDAN, WITNESSESs SAY DOZENS KILLED

A Russian-built cargo plane with passengers on board crashed on Wednesday after taking off from the airport in South Sudan’s capital, killing dozens of people, witnesses said.

AFTER TOPPLING GADDAFI, UK AND NATO MUST FIX LIBYA – AL-SISI

Britain and other NATO members involved in toppling Muammar Gaddafi must do more to help prevent the spread of Islamist extremism in Libya, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the Daily Telegraph newspaper ahead of a visit to London.

CARNEY TO SIGNAL IF EARLY 2016 RATE RISE IS STILL ON CARDS

The prospect of an interest rate hike by the Bank of England early next year could be revived on Thursday when Governor Mark Carney presents the British central bank’s latest economic forecasts.

TAIWAN PRESIDENT – MEETING WITH CHINA’S XI UNRELATED TO ELECTIONS

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Thursday his upcoming meeting with President Xi Jinping was about further normalising ties with China and had nothing to do with trying to revive his party’s fortunes ahead of the island’s elections in January.

IRAN TO MEET ROUHANI TIMETABLE ON ENDING SANCTIONS – NUCLEAR CHIEF

Iran will fulfil its commitments under the July nuclear agreement with major powers in time to have sanctions, that have crippled its economy, lifted by the end of the year, its atomic energy chief said on Thursday.

CANADA PM TRUDEAU SWORN IN, REVEALS DIVERSE GENDER – EQUAL CABINET

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau named a young, ethnically diverse and gender-equal Cabinet on Wednesday as he was sworn into office as Canada’s 23rd prime minister, marking the end of nearly a decade of Conservative rule.

GERMANY TO RETEST VW CARS AS SCANDAL PUSHES BERLIN TO ACT

Germany is to retest all Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> car models to gauge their genuine emissions levels after new revelations from the carmaker six weeks into its biggest-ever corporate scandal pushed the government to act.

ISRAEL WANTS UP TO $5 BILLION IN ANNUAL MILITARY AID – U.S. OFFICIALS

Israel has made an initial request for its annual U.S. defence aid to increase to as much as $5 billion (£3.25 billion) when its current aid package, worth an average $3 billion a year, expires in 2017, U.S. congressional sources said on Wednesday.

SPORTS HEADLINES
BANKU, POWERS READY TO RUMBLE FRIDAY

Popular cruiserweight fighters, Michael “Ayittey Powers” Okine and Braimah Kamoko, aka Bukom Banku, have declared their battle readiness ahead of their respective fights at the Aborigines Beach Resort at Keta this Friday.

SABAN, NASSAMU PART-TIME WORKERS FOR BLACK STARS

Sanni Daara, the communications director for the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has stated that Saban Quaye and Nassamu Yakkubu, the team manager and the goalkeeper’s trainer, respectively of the Black Stars are part-time workers for the senior male national football team of Ghana.

GFA WILL CONSIDER IDEA OF GRANT FOR CHAN TEAM’

Executive Committee member of the Ghana Football Association George Afriyie says suggestions for Avram Grant should to take charge of the local Black Stars are not misplaced.

WE’RE READY FOR ETHIOPIA — PRINCESSES COACH

Masa-Ud Didi Dramani, the coach of Ghana’s Under-20 female football team, say they are determined to claim victory over Ethiopia as they host them in the return and final leg of their Women’s World Cup (WWC) qualifier in Kumasi on Sunday.

DIWALI CUP RESUMES SUNDAY

The semi-finals of the ongoing Diwali Cup T20 cricket tournament has been rescheduled for Sunday after it was rained off last weekend.
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