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BY MR LARRY®
WE ARE BRINGING MEANINGFUL CHANGE TO LIVES Of GHANAIANS – VEEP .

The Vice President, Mr K. B. Amissah–‐Arthur, says government will continue to pursue policies and projects that bring meaningful change to the lives of Ghanaians. Mr Amissah–‐Arthur made the point on Tuesday when he opened the Horsey Park Lorry Terminal in Obuasi.

BRING BACK AFOKO NOW: SOME NPP SUPPORTERS CRY OUT

Bus loads of New Patriotic Party supporters and sympathizers on Thursday besieged the party’s headquarters in Accra to demand the immediate reinstatement of the constitutionally elected Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko.

POWER MINISTER WANTS STUDENTS TO PAY BILLS

The Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor has wadded into the controversy surrounding the payment of bills by students in public tertiary institutions.

IMF SATISFIED WITH GHANA’S PERFORMANCE

The International Monetary Fund has expressed satisfaction with Ghana’s performance on its programme with the fund, saying “implementation of the programme has so far been satisfactory, with all end-August 2015 performance criteria met”.

AFOKO BOYS ON RAMPAGE

A new wave of insurrection spearheaded by elements close to the suspended New Patriotic Party National Chairman, Paul Afoko and General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong was mounted on Thursday, with the insurrection insisting that Afoko is still the chairman.

COURT STOPS NDC ELECTION

Three branch executives of the National Democratic Congress at the Fanteakwa South constituency of the Eastern Region – Nana Tiefo II, Victor Kwaku Boye and Elizabeth Sarkodie – have placed a court injunction on the upcoming parliamentary primaries in the constituency slated for November 21.

UN OKS AUDIT OF GHANA’S VOTER REGISTER

The ongoing debate on whether the Electoral Commission should compile a new voter register for the 2016 election or clean the existing register has taken a new dimension as the United Nations has endorsed the decision of majority of political parties and civil society organizations for the register to be audited.

MAHAMA CREATES CRISIS – NANA

Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party says considering the economic hardships, rampant and widespread corruption, rising cost of living and the high levels of unemployment, it comes as no surprise to him that Ghanaian youth are angry, hungry and have given up any hope of the country offering them a bright future.

WOMEN BEWARE: ABUSE OF EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES DANGEROUS

The worries of many women getting pregnant after an unprotected sex were addressed with the introduction of a wide range of birth control measures, including emergency contraceptives.

UNION TO PETITION MAHAMA OVER CHINA UNIFORMS

The General Secretary of the Federation of Labout, Abraham Koomson, says he would he the end of the week petition the President, John Dramani Mahama, over the sidelining of local companies in the production for the free school uniform project.

INSANITY IN NPP

Party ‘Terrorists’ use Agyapong’s wife as a bait for his removal as Akufo Addo’s hawks targets General Secretary

AFOKO’S SUPPORTERS INVADE NPP HEADQUARTERS

A large number of the New Patriotic Party supporters on Thursday besieged the headquarters of the party demanding the reversal of the decision of the National Executive Committee of the party which suspended the party chairman.

POWER BADGE WILL ARRIVE DESPITE THE HOLD UPS- POWER MINISTER

The Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor has allayed the fears of Ghanaians over the arrival of the power badge.

AFRICAN UNION APPLAUDS GHANA’S INCLUSIVE APPROACH TO LONG-TERM PLANNING

A delegation from the African Union (AU) currently visiting Ghana has applauded the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) for its inclusive approach to preparing a long-term national development for Ghana.

IMPROVE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR TEACHERS – OKYENHENE

The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has strongly advocated for better conditions of service for teachers to enhance tuition for a reliable future.

COMPLY WITH WITH ADMISSION LISTS OR LOSE POSITIONS

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has said it has dispatched school placement lists to all senior high schools (SHSs) and warned that no student on the lists should be denied admission.

JUSAG CALLS OFF STRIKE

Workers of the Judicial Service of Ghana (JUSAG) have called off their industrial action following the release of funds by government to pay their outstanding allowances.

EDUCATION MINISTRY INVESTIGATES CSSPS INFILTRATION

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched investigations into reports that some students who were placed at various institutions such as the Wesley Girls High School (WGHS) have been denied admission because of lack of accommodation facilities.

EDWARD MAHAMA RETURNS TO PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Former Peoples National Convention (PNC) presidential candidate, Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama has picked up nomination forms to contest the party’s flagbearership position.

SHS STUDENTS WITHOUT NHIS CARDS SACKED

Some Senior High Schools in the Upper East Region are turning away qualified students because they do not have National Health Insurance cards.
Some of the schools include Saint John’s Integrated, Zemsi and Navrongo Senior High School.

GOV’T TO PAY JUDICIAL STAFF TODAY

Government is to fully pay the outstanding allowances detailing leave, fuel, overtime, and other allowance due the members of the Judicial Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) by close of Friday, November 6.

NPP SUPPORTERS WAITING TO BEAT UP PRO-AFOKO CHAIRMAN

Passionate NPP supporters in the Asawase constituency in the Ashanti region are scheming to beat up their chairman Isaac Brenya after he called on the 2016 flagbearer to step down.

BUSINESS HEADLINES
GOVERNMENT COULD PAY $21BN IN 5 YEARS

There’s growing uncertainty surrounding the country’s increasing total public stock, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says government will have to raise as much as $21.2 billion in the next five years to settle its domestic and external debts.

SADA TARGETS $100M DEVELOPMENT BANK

The Chief Executive Officer of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Charles Abugre say the authority is considering establishing a development bank with at least $100 million starting capital to fiancé the development needs of the savannah area.

ILLEGAL MINERS RISK CONFISCATION OF ASSETS

Parliament has passed a Mining and Minerals Bill to give policy makers backing to confiscate equipment used by illegal miners in their operations.

‘Y3NTUA!’ … INDUSTRY AND LABOUR SAY TO TARIFF HIKES

Imminent hikes in utility tariffs have provoked a salvo of reactions from a cross-section of employers and their workforces, with both sides asking for improvements in service delivery before they pay more.

WESTERN DIAMOND CEMENT OPENS IN WESTERN REGION

Western Diamond Cement Limited (WDCL) has launched its product in Takoradi under the brand name ‘Diamond Cement’ to meet requirements of the construction industry.

MARKET WOMEN RAISE CONCERNS ON MAKOLA RECONSTRUCTION

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly would embark on the reconstruction of the Makola Market and the Rawlings Park in the Greater Accra Region to give it twice its present capacity in the first quarter of 2016.

SADA TO HOST 2016 GHANA INT’L TRADE FAIR IN TAMALE

The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has concluded an arrangement with the Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited to host the 20th edition of Ghana International Trade Fair in Tamale.

MAIDEN INT’L PETROLEUM CONFAB OPENS TODAY

The Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) will today (Friday, November 6, 2015) organise the maiden edition of the Ghana International Petroleum Conference (GhIPCON) to create a platform for industry education, policy construction, review, modification and momentum for growth and development in the petroleum industry.

GRA ADVOCATES COMPREHENSIVE WAREHOUSING MANUAL

Ms Christiana Akoto-Bamfo, Sector Commander, Accra Collection, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Customs Division has called for the development of a comprehensive warehouse manual to be used by both officers and operators in the sector.

TOTAL LAUNCHES CONTEST TO PUSH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Total Petroleum Ghana Limited has launched an entrepreneurship programme dubbed “Startupper of the Year” to solicit innovative ideas from budding entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the country.

ACCRA TO HOST AGRIC INVESTMENT SUMMIT

Accra will, from November 17 –18, 2015, play host to the Agrique Africa Investment Summit, which will bring together over 300 of Africa’s leading Agricultural sector players and a host of seasoned speakers, to dialogue on the urgent need for investment in the sector.

POULTRY FARMERS GET GHC1M COMPENSATION

Twenty-five poultry farmers have been paid GHC1 million as compensation for the birds they lost during the bird flu outbreak in July 2015.

STC ADJUDGED BEST PUBLIC TTRANSPORT IN GREATER ACCRA

The InterCity State Transport Corporation (STC) has been adjudged the Best Public Transport in Greater Accra by the Greater Accra Regional office of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) for its sterling performance in terms of road safety for 2015.

NPRA TRANSFER FUNDS TO REGISTERED SCHEMES

National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) has transferred funds from the Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) at the Bank of Ghana to the first batch of employers in the private sector.

200,000 UNITS REQUIRED TO FIX GHANA’S HOUSING DEFICIT

The Chief Executive Officer of Danywise Estate and Construction, Mr Frank Aboagye Danyansah has called for active private sector participation in the affordable housing project to help bridge the widening housing deficits facing the country.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
NIGER AIR FORCE BOMBS BOKO HARAM BASE, ARRESTS 20 MILITANTS

Niger’s air force bombed a Boko Haram base in the country’s southeast and arrested more than 20 militants, security sources said on Thursday, in its biggest counter-attack in eight months.

ETHIOPIA TO BUILD AFRICA’S LARGEST AIRPORT

Ethiopia’s infrastructure binge shows no signs of slowing down, with plans being made to build a $4 billion second international airport in the Addis Ababa area, one that could serve as many as 120 million passengers per year when it opens in about a decade’s time.

$5m HIV THERAPY FUND FOR GAYS IN AFRICA – ELTON JOHN

Sir Elton John has disclosed that his charitable foundation will donate $5m (£3.2m) to improve access to HIV therapies for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa.

CAMERON SAYS BOMB LIKELY CAUSED RUSSIAN AIRLINER CRASH

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday it was increasingly likely a bomb brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt with the loss of 224 lives, and U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington was taking that possibility “very seriously”.

CHEMICAL WEAPONS USED BY REBELS IN SYRIA – SOURCES

Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used in a Syrian town where Islamic State insurgents were battling another rebel group, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters.

CLASH OF CULTURES AS DEMOCRATIC TAIWAN MEETS AUTOCRATIC

As Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was being peppered with reporters’ questions ahead of his historic meeting with China’s leader, Chinese state television was showing a dreary press conference on industrial reform.

GREECE APPROVES REFORM BILL, EYES BAILOUT TRANCHE

Greece’s parliament approved early Friday a bill with reforms prescribed by the country’s international lenders, ahead of a euro zone finance ministers meeting in three days which will decide if Athens qualifies for fresh bailout funds.

DAM BURST AT VALE, BHP MINE DEVASTATES BRAZILIAN TOWN

A dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine in Brazil that is owned by Vale and BHP Billiton burst on Thursday, devastating a nearby town with mudslides and leaving officials in the remote region scrambling to assess casualties.

TWO FRENCH PILOTS JAILED OVER COCAINE SCANDAL

Pascal Fauret, 55, one of the two pilots involved in the Dominican Republic drug scandal, was jailed in the early hours of Thursday after 15 hours of preliminary hearing.
SPORTS HEADLINES
KOTOKO SIGN TWO NEW PLAYERS, MORE SET TO FOLLOW

Kotoko have bolstered their squad with the signing of duo Theophilus Nyame and Edwin Tuffour Frimpong.

BABA MENSAH EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH INTER ALLIES

Inter Allies have extended the contract of the Ghana Premier League defender of the 2014-15 season on Thursday.
However, they have failed to state the duration of his new deal.

AFRIYIE DEFENDS $15,000 EX-GRATIA PAYMENT TO EXCO MEMBERS

George Afriyie has defended the $15,000 ex-gratia paid to executive committee members.
The 22 members of the outgoing Executive Committee of the GFA have been paid the amount as their current mandate comes to an end. This has generated debate with some questioning why the executive committee members should be paid that amount.

PRINCESSES POISED TO BEAT ETHIOPIA: FOR 2016 WORLD CUP TICKET

The Black Princesses, Ghana’s Under-20 female football team are confident they will be beat Ethiopia when they meet in Kumasi on Sunday to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

AFRICANS LOSE GROUND IN FIFA RANKINGS

Africa’s top-ranked teams in the FIFA-Coca Cola Rankings have lost ground as the latest rankings were released by football’s world governing body yesterday.
Cote d’Ivoire (22nd), Algeria (26th) and Ghana (30th), the top three in Africa all dropped to either a step or two steps down their previous rankings, while giants such as Cameroun have also slipped from the top 50 in the world.

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