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News Headlines December 11 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

GOV’T CRACKS THE WHIP ON CORRUPT PUBLIC OFFICIALS

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday reaffirmed government’s commitment to deal with corruption as investigations into financial scandals in the National Service Scheme were almost completed.

PNC CONGRESS FOR WA TOMORROW?

The seventh National Delegates Congress of the People’s National Convention (PNC) will come off as scheduled in the Upper West Regional capital, Wa, tomorrow, December 12, barring any last-minute hitches.

NO MORE ‘DUMSOR’ FROM NEXT WEEK – POWER MINISTER

Ghanaians will from next week enjoy a breather from the over three years of intermittent electricity supply that has caused many lives, crippled many businesses and brought the country’s economy on its knees.

FERTILITY RATE DECLINES

The average number of children that would be born to a Ghanaian woman over her lifetime, measured as the country’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR), has been on a steady decline over the past few years.

NPP FIRES KWABENA AGYEMPONG AND SAMMY CRABBE

Two New Patriotic Party (NPP) national officers, Kwabena Agyepong and Sammy Crabbe, were yesterday handed an indefinite suspension in a unanimous decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC).

EC BUDGETS GHC1.2BN FOR 2016 POLLS

Daily Guide reports its information is that EC is expected to present a budget of about GHC1.2 billion for the conduct of the 2016 general elections, even though the government had made provision for GHC826,772 for conduct for the elections.

SARAH SENT NAKE PHOTOS TO GYAN – WOMAN TELLS COURT

The extortion trial involving Sarah Kwablah, a supposed one-time sex partner of Asamoah Gyan, captain of the Ghana national team and three others took a dramatic twist yesterday when an interested party popped up during the trial.

SACK THIS MINISTER [KWABENA DONKOR]

2012 flag-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has challenged President John Dramani Mahama to sack the Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, over the protracted power crisis to show he is in charge.

TAXI DRIVER JAILED 15 YEARS FOR ROBBERY AND STABBING MILITARY OFFICER

A Circuit Court in Accra has sentenced Stanley Appiah a taxi driver to 15 years imprisonment for robbing a lady, and five years’ imprisonment for stabbing a military officer.

RING LEADER OF TAMALE YOUTH RAMPAGE BEHIND BARS

The destruction of property has generated tension in the area, especially at Tishigu, a suburb in the constituency where Alhaji Fuseini lives in Tamale.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL MAPPING SYSTEM WILL BOOST EDUCATION – MINISTER

The project is part of government’s community day senior high project to increase access with equity and quality as well as improve management, research and monitoring and evaluation of school activities.

NPP CALLS FOR TRUCE IN KORLE KLOTTEY

Parties in the suit filed against the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the Korle Klottey parliamentary primary by Philip Addison, lead counsel for the NPP in the 2013 presidential election petition, have agreed on an out-of-court settlement.

HASSAN AYARIGA HAS THREATENED TO KILL ME – PNC CHAIRMAN

Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) says the party’s 2012 flagbearer, Dr Hassan Ayariga, has threatened to kill him.

STATE HAS NO INTEREST IN PROSECUTING AFOKO – LAWYER

A lawyer defending Gregory Afoko says the state has no interest in prosecuting his client, hence, Afoko should be admitted to bail.

NUNGUA SHS LACKS CLASSROOMS

The inadequate number of classrooms at the Nungua Senior High School (SHS) in Accra is said to be affecting teaching and learning in the school.
The 1,750 students are crowded in the few classrooms available, which creates a lot of discomfort for the students.

MTTD RECEIVES GADGETS TO ENSURE SAFETY ON ROADS

Ghana’s fight against road accidents was given another boost with the presentation of road safety gadgets worth GH¢200,000 to the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service.

AHANTA WEST NDC BOILS

Members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ahanta West constituency of the Western Region have vowed to ensure the defeat of President John Mahama in the area during next year’s election, if the re-instatement of a sacked DCE is not revoked.

8 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN ANTOA SHRINE ROBBERY

The Police in Kenyasi have arrested a total of 8 people in connection with the robbery that rocked the ‘strong room’ of the Antoa shrine in the Ashanti region.

SUSPENDING K. AGYEPONG, CRABBE LESSER OF TWO EVILS – AMOAKO BAAH

A political scientist Dr. Amoako Baah has defused concerns that the suspension of Kwabena Agyepong and Sammy Crabbe, General Secretary and First Vice Chairman respectively of NPP, could affect the party’s presidential fortunes next year.

JOHN BOADU APPOINTED ACTING NPP GENERAL SECRETARY

The New Patriotic Party National Organiser John Boadu has been given additional responsibility as the acting General Secretary following the suspension of Kwabena Agyepong.

OVER 30 SHOPS GUTTED BY FIRE AT AMASAMAN

Over 30 shops have been gutted by fire at Spot M, an area in Amasaman in the Greater Accra region Thursday.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that a baby has been killed in the fire.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GHANA AND KOREA SIGN BILATERAL AGREEMENTS

Ghana and the Republic of Korea have signed two bilateral documents geared at facilitating and enhancing cooperation between the two countries.
The two documents are the Framework Agreement on Grant Aid and the Framework Arrangement of the Concessional Loans from Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF).

IRISH INVESTORS LOOK TO GHANA

Investors from Ireland have visited Ghana to explore investment opportunities and build lasting partnerships with Ghanaian companies.

GOV’T TO PROTECT ALL IN KPEDZAKOPE AND ADINA SALT ENCLAVE

Government will protect all stakes in the salt industry in the Kpedzakope and Adina enclave South of the Volta region where violence would not be tolerated as a bargaining chip.

RUBBER OUTGROWER PLANTATION RECEIVE €17.7M SUPPORT

The Agence Francaise de Development (afd) and the Agricultural Development Bank (adb) have signed a €17.7 million financial agreement for the implementation of the phase five of the rubber outgrower plantation project.

GERMANY DEEPENS PRESENCE IN GHANA : WITH 155 FIRMS

Economic cooperation between Ghana and Germany is deepening by the day, with the number of German companies directly operating in the country growing significantly to 155, from below 100, a couple of years ago.

GOVT ASKED TO BRIDGE HOUSING DEFICIT

Government must provide the right policies for the real estate industry to address the country’s growing housing deficit, Anita Arkutu – the Executive Director of Vera Causa Realty Limited, has said.

REVENUE ADMINISTRATION BILL SUBMITTED TO CABINET

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs Mona Quartey, has said the proposed Revenue Administration Bill is in its final draft and will be submitted to Cabinet for onward transmission to Parliament for passage.

COPEC RELEASES NEW FUEL PRICES

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana has release the latest prices of petroleum products sold on the market by the various OMCs.

NO HOPE FOR US IN THE ECONOMY – SMES

Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) have lamented about the economy’s state, saying it economy has done little to offer them hope for the coming year.

MOBILE MONEY HITS TRANSACTION PEAK – MTN

Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) says it now performs about 25 million transactions worth GH?3 billion aggregated value per month, putting the service at a peak of financial transactions in the country.

EXHIBITORS LAUD FUTURE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Exhibitors at the just-ended 3rd International Trade Fair agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa say Ghana and West Africa is a fast developing market offering great future business opportunities.

PARLIAMENT APPROVES 2016 BUDGET

Parliament on Wednesday approved the proposed 2016 budget and financial statement of government, with emphasis to establish more Exim Banks to support the nation’s export drive.

GHANA’S CONSUMER INFLATION SEES 0.2 PERCENTAGE POINTS RISE IN NOV

Consumer inflation for the month of November rose, 0.2 percentage points to 17.6 percent in Ghana, relative to the 17.4 percent recorded in October, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) said Wednesday.

METROLOGICAL AGENCY CLEARS DOMESTIC AIRLINES TO RESUME OPERATIONS

Some of the country’s domestic airlines are set to resume scheduled flights from Friday following clearance by the Ghana Metrological Agency.
Most of the airlines have had to ground their aircrafts since last week Friday because of Harmattan winds that limited visibility beyond acceptable levels.

MINERALS CAN TRANSFORM GHANA – OSAH MILLS

If appropriate strategies are put in place, Ghana’s natural resources have the potential to contribute significantly, not only to the progressive socio-economic and political development of the country, but to the transformation of the economy, Minister of lands and natural resources, Nii Osah Mills has said.

GHANA’S ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE BELOW AVERAGE IN FIRST HALF OF 2015

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.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

KEY RWANDA GENOCIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED

One of the last suspects wanted for alleged involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been arrested in DR Congo, the UN says.

ISLAMIC STATE MENACE RISING IN AFRICA, EXPERTS WARN

Two African extremist movements affiliated with the Islamic State group could become a major threat on the continent if they come together and boost cooperation, US experts warn.

ISLAMIC STATE OIL IS GOING TO ASSAD, SOME TO TURKEY, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS

Islamic State militants have made more than $500 million (£330 million) trading oil with significant volumes sold to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some finding its way to Turkey, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Thursday.

TRUMP POSTPONES ISRAEL TRIP AMID CONTROVERSY OVER MUSLIM PROPOSAL

U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday postponed his trip to Israel amid a controversy over his proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States.

DIVERS SEARCH LAKE FOR EVIDENCE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MASSACRE

A week-old investigation into the shooting rampage that left 14 people dead at a holiday party in Southern California turned on Thursday to a small lake near the scene of the massacre, where divers searched the water’s depths for new evidence in the case.

ARGENTINA’S MACRI SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT, OUSTING PERONISTS

Mauricio Macri took office as Argentina’s first non-Peronist president in more than a decade on Thursday, promising to end policies of leftist populism and revive the South American country’s ailing economy.

FIRST PLANELOAD OF SYRIAN REFUGEES HEADED TO CANADA

After months of promises and weeks of preparation, the first planeload of Syrian refugees was headed to Canada on Thursday, aboard a military plane to be met at Toronto’s airport by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

ERDOGAN SAYS TURKISH TROOPS NOT LEAVING IRAQ YET

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said it was “out of the question for the moment” that Turkish troops would withdraw from Iraq, after Baghdad accused Ankara of sending them in without permission.

CHINA TO PROSECUTE FORMER ENVIRONMENT OFFICIAL FOR GRAFT

Chinese authorities will prosecute a former environment official for corruption after an investigation found he took bribes and accepted invites from company executives to play golf, the Environment Ministry said on Friday.

NORTH, SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS MEET IN FRESH BID TO IMPROVE TIES

Senior officials from North and South Korea met for talks on Friday to discuss improving ties and resuming cooperation projects, like cross-border tours, stalled amid tensions that have remained high for nearly six years.

PANAMA ELECTORAL COURT STRIPS EX-PRESIDENT OF IMMUNITY

Panama’s electoral court on Thursday revoked former President Ricardo Martinelli’s immunity from prosecution to face charges of insider trading while he was in office.

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