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News Headlines-December 10 2015

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THURSDAY 10th DEC 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

WE REJECT 2ND MOST CORRUPT TAG – PRESIDENT

President John Dramani Mahama has dismissed the interpretation put on the recent Transparency International (TI) report that Ghana is the second most corrupt country in Africa.

NDC YOUTH IN TAMALE CENTRAL ON RAMPAGE

Tension is heightening in the Northern regional capital of Tamale as supporters of a defeated National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate in Tamale Central set billboards ablaze.

ORGANISED LABOUR CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF TARIFFS

The Trades Union Congress, (TUC) has asked the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to reduce and suspend the recently announced utility tariff increment until service providers achieve some stability particularly in power supply.

KORLE BU SENIOR STAFF DEMAND RESIGNATION OF CEO

Members of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Senior Staff Association have advised the Hospital’s CEO , Dr. Gilbert Buckle to resign from his position with immediate effect.

GOV’T CASH FOR MAHAMA BOYS AS PRESIDENT CRIES OVER CORRUPTION

As President John Mahama laments accusation of deep-seated corruption in his administration, a youth group canvassing support for his re-election n the 2016 polls has been authorized to receive state cash for its programmes.

BLOWS IN PARLIAMENT

The climax of the debate on the 2016 budget statement was characterized by chaotic scenes, verbal abuses, name calling, wild gesticulations and almost fistcuffs when the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, referred to some members of the Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) as ‘hotheads’.

KT HAMMOND SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO DIVERT ATTENTION – TSATSU

Former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tsatsu Tsikata, says allegations being leveled against him by KT Hammond are simply diversionary.

BOST WORKERS TO BE SACKED AS REDUNDANCY EXERCISE BEGINS

Documents available to Today indicate that the Bulk Oil Storage Transportation Company Limited (BOST) is set to embark on a massive redundancy exercise despite making a supposed 21 million US dollar profit over the past two years.

GM FUND NET ASSET VALUE HITS OVER GH¢5M

Gold Money Market Fund’s (GMF) Net Assets Value (NAV) has hit GH¢5,820,712 from GH¢3,919,147 in 2014.
This was disclosed by the Fund’s Manager, Nana Yaw Asiedu, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Fund in Accra yesterday.

CHARLES MENSAH NOT CHIEF OF NGLESHIE AMANFRO’

Ngleshie Amanfrom Okyeame, Nii Okyeame Odartey has called on the general public to disregard the purported enstoolment of one Charles Mensah as the Chief of Ngleshie Amanfro.

WE DON’T NEED ANY ‘MUGABE’ – HASSAN AYARIGA

The 2012 Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) says his party is tired of always presenting one candidate who, according to him, has no vision for PNC.

NDUOM DARES MAHAMA TO SACK POWER MINISTER

Founder of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) has urged President John Dramani Mahama to immediately sack the Minister of Power, Kwabena Donkor.
“The President should sack him to show that he is in charge,” he said.

IMPEACH MAHAMA IF HE HAS DONE WRONG – ADE COKER CHARGES NPP

In the wake of the erratic power and water supply to communities across the nation, it may be obvious that many Ghanaians have already started counting the days of the Mahama administration.

CDD: GOVT MUST LEAD ANTI-GRAFT WAR

The Government of Ghana must lead the fight against corruption, think tank Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has said.

CHAMBER OF BULK OIL DISTRIBUTORS NOT PART OF 2015 GOGA AWARDS

The Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), has served notice it is not part of this year’s Ghana Oil and Gas Awards (GOGA) which comes off Friday, December 11, 2015.

CATHOLIC CHURCH NOT AGAINST BIRTH CONTROL – CARDINAL TURKSON

A Cardinal of the Catholic Church, Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, has said the church is not against birth control.
According to him, it is the belief of the Pope that spacing of children could help address issues of hunger and deprivation that the church is passionate about.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION SUBMITS INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT POLICY TO GOVERNMENT

The Ghana Employers Association has submitted an Industrial Attachment Policy proposal to government as part of moves to help bridge the skills gap between academia and industry.

BUSINESSES BARE TEETH AT GOVERNMENT OVER TARIFF HIKES

Businesses in Ghana are expected to bear the brunt of rising cost of their operations following the increases in utility tariffs with will take effect from Monday December 14.

BANKS’ PROFITS DIP BY 48%

Profits of universal banks deteriorated by 48.5 percent in the first nine months of this year, to grow only by 3.8 percent, according to the latest Financial Stability Report by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) released last month.

STEALING AT ANUM RURAL BANK; GH¢300,000 GO MISSING

There is uneasy calm at the Anum Rural Bank following claims that an amount of Three Hundred Thousand Ghana cedis (GHC300,000) belonging to shareholders of the bank, has gone missing, Today has gathered.

GHANA’S ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE WAS BELOW AVERAGE

Ghana’s economic performance in the first half of 2015 was below average mainly due to energy constraints and high cost of input for production, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs’s (IEA’s) Economic Review Report for the first half of 2015.

ADHERE STRICTLY TO FISCAL CONSOLIDATION – IEA

Dr. John Kwakye, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), says Ghana’s economy performed below expectation in the first half of 2015, and called for strong adherence to fiscal consolidation to bring about macroeconomic stability.

COST OF GOVT’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO GO DOWN

The deputy minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Sampson Ahi, has hinted that the indicative prices being bandied around for the affordable housing project could be slashed to ensure that many Ghanaians are able to own one.

NEW INCOME TAX LAW FROM JANUARY 2016

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) will implement a new income tax law to replace the repealed Internal Revenue Act, (Act 592) with effect from January 2016.
The new tax, Act 896, 2015, which was made known yesterday, is to remove the narrow and distorted tax base of the old Act.

GHANA MOUNTS EXHIBITION STAND AT COP21

Ghana has mounted an exhibition at the ongoing Climate Change conference in Paris, France to showcase some of the projects and programmes the country has been involved in.

SHIPPERS AUTHORITY DISCUSSES E-PLATFORM WITH STAKEHOLDERS

Dr Kofi Mbiah, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), has called on stakeholders in the shipping sector to embrace and support the e-platform concept.
This, he, said, would help tackle issues of road governance along the major corridors of the country.

ADB WINS AWARD FOR QUALITY AND BUSINESS PRESTIGE

Agricultural Development Bank Limited (adb) has been awarded ‘The Golden Award for Quality and Business Prestige’ by the OtherWays Management and Consulting Club (OMAC) based in Paris , France.

EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION SUBMITS ATTACHMENT POLICY TO GOV’T

The Ghana Employers Association has submitted an Industrial Attachment Policy proposal to government as part of moves to help bridge the skills gap between academia and industry.

ECONOMIC MGT: GHANA NEEDS TO LEARN FROM IVORY COAST – IEA

A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs says Ghana has a lot to learn from Ivory Coast in terms of how to manage an economy.

NOVEMBER INFLATION SHOOTS UP TO 17.6 PERCENT

Inflation for the month of November shot up to 17.6 percent from 17.4 in October.

The drivers for last month’s rise were the non-food inflation rate which include electricity, water, transport and education.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES IN INFORMAL SECTOR’

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has called on young women to take advantage of opportunities that abound and strategically position themselves in the informal sector to create a brighter future.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES REFUND MONEY TO PASSENGERS

Domestic airlines in the country are refunding money paid for tickets bought by prospective travellers because they are unable to fly due to the hazy harmattan weather.

BONGO FARMERS ENJOY FERTILIZER SUBSIDIES

About 1,000 farmers in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region benefited from fertilizer subsidy in the just-ended farming season.

PORT DRIVERS’ UNION WANT BURKINABE COUNTERPARTS OUT

Some Ghanaian haulage drivers who ply the Ghana – Burkina Faso route are accusing their Burkinabe counterparts in the haulage business of physically assaulting them on regular basis.

BANK LAUNCHES AGGRESSIVE SAVINGS MOBILIZATION

Access Bank has scaled up its efforts at helping to promote strong savings culture among people in the Ashanti Region with the launch of a programme dubbed ‘Market storm’.

STANBIC ADVANCES CASHLESS REVOLUTION WITH SLYDEPAY

Across Africa, there has been the conscious effort to move away from the brick and mortar way of banking to digital banking.
This has been through the use of customer friendly applications that allow transactions with minimum fuss.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

TANZANIA PRESIDENT CLEANS CITY STREETS

Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli joins hundreds of residents in the main city Dar es Salaam to take part in a public clean-up operation.

UN SEEKS $166 MN IN LIBYA HUMANITARIAN AID

The United Nations called on the international community Wednesday to provide $165.6 million in aid to Libya, where nearly half the population has been affected by violence and needs protection.

US SEEKS TRANSPARENCY ON ALLEGED RAPES BY UN PEACEKEEPERS

The United States on Wednesday called for greater transparency into alleged sexual assaults by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, demanding to know the nationalities of the accused.

GABON SEIZES MORE THAN 200 KG OF IVORY, SMUGGLERS HELD

Two Gabonese ivory traffickers have been arrested in the capital Libreville with 206 kilograms (454 pounds) of ivory taken from 21 slaughtered elephants, a wildlife protection group said Wednesday, describing it as a “record seizure”.

MUSLIM PROPOSAL PROMPTS CALLS TO BAN TRUMP FROM UK, ISRAEL

Israeli politicians and more than 370,000 Britons urged their governments on Wednesday to bar Donald Trump from their countries after the Republican presidential front-runner said Muslims should be denied entry into the United States.

MACRI’S CHALLENGE – RESTORE ARGENTINA’S LONG-LOST ECONOMIC POWER
Mauricio Macri takes over as president of Argentina on Thursday, promising to harness its vast natural resources and jettison populist policies to revive an economy that has for decades fallen short of its potential.

CALIFORNIA SHOOTERS DISCUSSED MARTYRDOM BEFORE MEETING – FBI

The couple who massacred 14 people at a California holiday party were discussing jihad and martyrdom online a year before they met in person, but there is no evidence Islamic militants arranged their marriage to facilitate an attack, FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday.

ANOTHER PARIS ATTACKER NAMED, HAD BEEN IN SYRIA

The third man who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13 has been identified as a 23-year-old French national who went to Syria two years ago, according to officials involved in the inquiry into the multiple attacks on the French capital.

GERMAN CHANCELLOR MERKEL NAMED TIME’S ‘PERSON OF THE YEAR’

Time magazine named German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 “Person of the Year” on Wednesday, noting her resilience and leadership when faced with the refugee crisis and turmoil in the European Union over its currency this year.

TWO CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ‘TERRORISM’ IN AUSTRALIA AFTER POLICE RAIDS

Australian police said they had charged a 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy with conspiracy to conduct an act of terrorism after they were arrested during early-morning raids in Sydney on Thursday.

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