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Headline News-November 19 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

NDC WON’T REPEAT PAST MISTAKES – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama said the expansion of the National Democratic Congress electoral college is to purge the party of the past mistakes that dwindled their votes.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO FACE MUSIC FOR PAYMENT OF JUDGEMENT DEBTS – WHITE PAPER

Government officials will, henceforth be held accountable for their actions and inaction that lead to the payment of judgement debts.

NPP RISKS STAYING IN OPPOSITION IF IT FAILS TO ABIDE BY PARTY CONSTITUTION – AFOKO

The suspended National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Paul Afoko, has said the NPP risks staying in opposition if it fails to abide by the party’s constitution.

DIALOGUE ON WASTE MANAGEMENT HELD IN ACCRA

Stakeholders in the sanitation sector have pushed for more involvement of private companies in the decision-making process in the sector, saying that a partnership among the private sector, the government and the partners is the best way to ensure progress in the sector.

NPP JABS MAHAMA

The opposition New Patriotic Party says it does not intend to cease pointing out John Mahama’s incompetence in spite of the President’s objection to the tag.

EOCO PROBES KT HAMMOND OVER DRILLSHIP SAGA

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) is to investigate former Deputy Energy Minister, K.T. Hammond, for his role in the sale of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation’s drillship to pay off a judgement debt.

AJET IN TOWN – SAYS AMIDU

Former Attorney General, Martin Amidu has made another sensational claim that popular investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas ‘lied’ about the whereabouts of embattled high court judge, Justice John Ajet-Nasam.

GOV’T REJECTS PROPOSAL TO SANCTION NANA ADDO OVER $4.9m JUDGMENT DEBT

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, NPP flagbearer
The Government has rejected a proposal from the Judgment Debt Commission to sanction the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party over the payment of a 4.9 million dollar judgment debt.

POWER BARGE WON’T FIX DUMSOR – NDUOM

The 2012 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party, Papa Kwesi Nduom has made it clear that the power barges procured by the Mahama administration will not fix the current power cut otherwise known as dumsor in Ghanaian local parlance.

I ALMOST BECAME IMPOTENT – ANAS

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the fearsome investigative journalist has revealed that he nearly lost his manhood during one of his undercover works at the Accra psychiatric hospital.

POLICE DEPLOY 7,000 PERSONNEL FOR NDC PRIMARIES

The Ghana Police Service has given the assurance that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure maximum security during Saturday’s parliamentary and presidential primaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

KT HAMMOND ACCUSES GOV’T OF WITCH-HUNTING

Government has directed the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to investigate former deputy Energy Minister for his role in the sale of a drill ship to pay off a judgment debt.

NPP MUST PREVENT AFOKO FROM GOING TO COURT – DR GYAMPO

Senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Dr. Ransford Gyampo has called on the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to prevent suspended Chairman, Paul Afoko from going to court.

I WAS CALLED “INVISIBLE” IN SCHOOL – ANAS

Undercover investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who has been described as a “spirit” by an indicted judge in his judicial corruption scandal, has revealed his school mates used to call him the “Invisible” for no apparent reasons.

NDC PRIMARIES : POLICE IDENTIFIES 69 FLASHPOINTS

Police say a total of 69 flash points have been identified and will concentrate in providing a maximum security during Saturday’s parliamentary primaries of the ruling NDC.

GOV’T OKAYS ‘POLITICAL CAMPAIGN FUNDING BILL’

Government has accepted a recommendation of the Judgement Debt Commission to let Parliament pass a bill to regulate the funding of political party campaigns in the country.

INVEST IN GIRL-CHILD EDUCATION – LADY JULIA

Lady Julia Osei-Tutu, wife of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has underscored the need for parents to invest in the education of their girl-children to help bridge the gender gap in socio-economic development.

DIRECTIVE WILL SAVE ASSEMBLIES — NALAG PRESIDENT

The President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Alhaji Mohammed Kwaku Doku, has welcomed the directive of the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to assemblies to appoint one of its members to preside over their meetings in the absence of elected presiding members (PMs).

VISIBLE PROJECTS WILL ENSURE MY VICTORY

The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ayawaso East Constituency, Alhaji Naser Mahama Toure, has said the visible development projects that he has undertaken in the constituency during his term of office will ensure victory for him in the parliamentary primaries.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T CONSIDERS CLEAN COAL

The Minister of Power Dr. Kwabena Donkor has said the country is focused on diversifying is sources of power generation in the face of dwindling hydro’s contribution in the energy generation mix, as government is vigorously perusing the introduction of clean coal into the energy mix.

WA AIRPORT READY IN 2016 –TERKPER

The Wa Airport is to be completed for commercial passenger operations next year, said Finance Minister Seth Terkper at his presentation of the 2016 Budget and Economic Policy of government delivered to Parliament last week.

BANKS CUT CREDIT LINES AS BAD LOANS RISE

Commercial banks in the country have begun to cut loans and advances to businesses and consumers in what is seen as a pre-emptive measure to contain losses as the quantum of Non Performing Loans (NPL) have suddenly taken a steady northerly turn in Ghana’s banking industry.

GLO CLOSES MAJOR SALES POINTS AS WORKERS PANIC

It has emerged that the Ghana branch of Nigeria’ telecommunication giant, Globacom, in a rather weird motive has resolved to close some key sales points of their Glo World across the country.

USDA TO INVEST $56M IN LOCAL POULTRY INDUSTRY

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to invest more than $56million in the Ghanaian poultry industry to help revive the struggling sector.

20MEGAWATT SOLAR FARM TO BOOST POWER GRID

A 20megawatt solar PV power generating plant, considered to be West Africa’s largest, has been completed at Onyadze in the Gomoa East district of the Central Region, and is ready to feed into the national grid.

BIG DEAL FOR COTTON, TEXTILE INDUSTRY

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has introduced new pest-resistant cotton varieties within the savannah ecological zones to improve production of the cash crop to feed the textile industry.

RICE FARMERS RECEIVES BOOST WITH CARI PROJECT

The demand for rice in the country has followed an upward trend for over a decade, but local supply has been trailing far behind — often based on concerns about the quality of locally produced rice, with traders and consumers relying on imports to address the challenge.

POOR FUNDING BANE OF SANITATION CHALLENGES – ZOOMLION BOSS

Discussants at a breakfast meeting jointly organized by Zoomlion, UNICEF, Graphic Communications Group and Fidelity Bank, have called for the review of budgetary allocation to MMDAs to address existing sanitation challenges.

AGRO PROCESSING FORUM TO ADDRESS CRITICAL ISSUES

A two-day Agro Processing Comoliance forum to be held in Accra next Tuesday will seek to address challenges facing the industry including access to new packaging of products,finance and value addition.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INVESTMNENT OPPORTUNITIES’

The Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Ghana, Dr Adu Antwi, has advised the youth to take advantage of the investment opportunities at their disposal and desist from wasting their money.

MAHAMA COMMENDS GACL FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday commended the Board and Management team of the Ghana Airports Company Limited for the great strides they had made in the aviation sector in the past years.

FIRST ATLANTIC BANK ROLLS OUT NEW PRODUCTS

The Chief Executive of First Atlantic Bank Gabriel Edgal has urged the investing public to do business with the bank.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL THREE IN NIGERIAN CITY OF KANO – POLICE

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a mobile phone market in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding eight others, police said.

CONGOLESE TROOPS RAPED 14 WOMEN IN 3 DAYS, U.N. OFFICE

Government soldiers raped 14 women over a three-day period in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the human rights office of the U.N. mission in Congo said in a report on Wednesday.

CHAD EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY

Chad’s national assembly extended a state of emergency in the western Lake Chad region by four months on Wednesday following a double attack by Boko Haram militants that killed some 12 people.

AROUND 20 AFRICAN MIGRANTS LOST AT SEA AFTER BOAT SINKS

Around 20 African migrants are missing at sea after their boat sunk in the Atlantic Ocean around 20 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, Spanish sea rescue services said on Wednesday.

AT LEAST TWO DIE IN POLICE RAID ON GROUP PLANNING NEW PARIS ATTACK

A suicide bomber blew herself up in a police raid on Wednesday that sources said had foiled a jihadi plan to hit Paris’s business district, days after a wave of attacks killed 129 across the French capital.

RUSSIA, FRANCE SET FOR SHOWDOWN AT U.N. OVER ISLAMIC STATE FIGHT

Russia revived on Wednesday a push for United Nations approval of international military campaigns combating Islamic State, setting up a showdown with France over its rival bid for a U.N. Security Council resolution on the issue.

ISLAMIC STATE SAYS ‘SCHWEPPES BOMB’ USED TO BRING DOWN RUSSIAN PLANE

Islamic State’s official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes soft drink can it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.

ARMY MAP SUGGESTS PRESENCE OF RUSSIAN ARTILLERY UNIT IN CENTRAL SYRIA

Military chiefs briefing Vladimir Putin on operations in Syria showed him a map with a reference to a unit in the centre of the country that matches a Russian army artillery unit, suggesting the Kremlin’s involvement may be deeper than previously thought.

ISLAMIC STATE SAYS IT HAS it has EXECUTED TWO CAPTIVES FROM NORWAY AND CHINA

Islamic State said it had killed a Norwegian and a Chinese captive, showing what appeared to be pictures of the dead men under a banner reading “Executed” in the latest edition of its English language magazine.

VENEZUELA’S MADURO ORDERS INVESTIGATION AFTER U.S. SPYING REPORT

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he had ordered an investigation into allegations that the U.S. government had spied on state oil company workers for a decade.

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