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News Headlines -December 21 2015

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MONDAY 21st Dec 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

PREZ RE-OPENS ADOMI BRIDGE

Ghana’s bridge – the Adomi Bridge – was re-opened to traffic last Saturday after 12 months of rehabilitation works.

FIRST LADY DONATES TO ORPHANS

First Lady H.E. Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama has presented a quantity of food and non-food items to two orphanages in the Greater Accra Region in fulfilment of her annual christmas donation to the less privileged in society.

I CAN WORK WITH EVERYBODY – AKUFFO-ADDO DECLARES, UNVEILS CAMPAIGN TEAM

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that he can work with everybody in the party who shares its vision to recapture power during the 2016 general elections.

KARPOWERSHIP ADDS 215.22MW TO NATIONAL GRID

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has transmitted 215.22 megawatts of power from the Karpower ship, Karadeniz Aysegul Sultran onto the national grid, thereby boosting power supplies nationwide.

KUFUOR PREDICTS 56% FOR NANA

Former President, John Agyekum Kufuor has stated that the grounds are fertile for Nana Akufo-Addo to win 56 percent of the valid votes in the 2016 elections to restore hope to the country.

ABLAKWA FLOORS FORMER MP TO WIN NORTH TONGU PRIMARY

Incumbent Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has won the party’s primaries convincingly to lead the constituency in the 2016 election.

NMC APPOINTS ASHANTI REGIONAL MEDIA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The National Media Commission has appointed a seven-member member Media Advisory Committee for the Ashanti Region:

TUC DECLARES DEMO, STRIKE TO ENFORCE REDUCTION IN UTILITY TARIFFS

The General Council of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) has unanimously voted to embark on demonstrations and ultimately declare a strike to press home their demands for a reduction in recently announced water and electricity tariffs.

AMBASSADORS TOLD TO TELL THE GHANAIAN STORY

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna Tetteh, has tasked diplomats to take responsibility and tell the Ghanaian story to the world in order to promote the country.

GRIDCO CONFIRMS MORE POWER DURING CHRISTMAS

Electricity supply in the country is expected to increase to cut down the current load shedding exercise, the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has stated.

COUP AGAINST MAHAMA BOY BACKFIRES

Today can report that a plot to scuttle the parliamentary ambition of Presidential Staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak, by some elements within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has been exposed.

HOW GOV’T AGREED TO PAY AMERI

Government, through the Volta River Authority (VRA), is expected within five (5) years to pay in full the US$510 million, being the contract sum for the power deal it signed with Africa Middle East Resources Investment (AMERI) Energy, a payment plan on the controversial contract has revealed.

AKUFO-ADDO PEDDLING LIES ABOUT GOV’T PROJECTS’ – OMANE BOAMAH

Government has in a strongly worded statement signed by Communications Minister Dr. Omane Boamah, advised the 2016 Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) “to stop embarrassing himself” from repeatedly churning out false information about government’s infrastructure projects.

FOUR ILLEGAL ELECTRICITY CONNECTORS FINED GHȻ12,000

Four customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) who did self-reconnection after they have been disconnected for non-payment of bill have been convicted by a Kumasi Circuit Court.

DUMSOR: THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE – GOVT. TO GHANAIANS

The Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, at the weekend commended Ghanaians for being patient with government as it fixes the energy crises popularly referred to as ‘dumsor’.

FULANI HERDSMEN DESTROY FARMS AT EJURA SEKYEDUMASI

The scourge of the activities of Fulani herdsmen and their cattle has reared its ugly head again in the Ashanti region.
This time, it is maize farmers in the Ejura Sekyedumase district who are suffering the brunt of their activities.

TDC TO OPERATE A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

Cabinet has approved the conversion of the status of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) to a limited liability company.

COURT HEARS CPA’S SUIT AGAINST UTILITY TARIFF HIKES TODAY

An Accra High Court will today [Monday] hear a suit filed by the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) seeking the Court to set aside the 59.2% increase in electricity tariff announced by the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC).

AKUFO-ADDO REFUTES CLAIMS HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO UNITE NPP

The Flagbearer of the Opposition New Patriotic Party has vehemently rejected criticism that he has failed to unite the NPP.

OVER 300 GHANAIANS TO BE SENTENCED IN LIBYA TODAY?

Over 300 Ghanaians will be sentenced to death in Libya on Monday, December 21, 2015, if the Ghana Embassy does not intervene.

MP REPLIES BANDA: LEAVE AKUFO-ADDO, NPP ALONE

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East in the Central Region has launched a scathing attack on a former member of the Council of State, Alhaji Asuma Banda, for claiming that the party’s candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo can never be Ghana president.

AMERI SUE VG $150 MILLION OVER GHANA POWER DEAL

The Africa Middle East Resources Investment (AMERI) Group has sued the Norwegian newspaper Verdans Gang AS for $150 million over reports of alleged fraud that the company engaged in relative to the supply of 10 gas turbines to the Government of Ghana (GoG)

I DON’T FEAR LOSING TO LOSE BUT… – NANA ADDO

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has sent signals to his political opponents that he does not fear to lose in the game.

ADDITIONAL 935 MW OF POWER TO BE READY FOR GHANA – DONKOR

Ghana expects to add a total of 935 Mega Watts (MW) of thermal power to its generation capacity by the end of this year, Minister for Power Kwabena Donkor said.

KUFUOR: NPP MUST NOT FAIL GHANA; LET’S CLOSE OUR RANKS

Former President, John Agyekum Kufuor has advised members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to cease the internal wrangling within the party and unite to win political power for Ghanaians.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MOBILE MONEY USERS DOUBLE IN 12 MONTHS – REPORT

A new World Bank report on financial inclusion has found out that the number of Ghanaian adults with active mobile money accounts has doubled in the past year, and now stands at 17 percent of the adult population.

2016 ELECTIONS TO COST Ȼ1.2B

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has indicated that the 2016 presidential and parliamentary general elections could cost the country about Ȼ1.2 billion, which will make it most expensive elections in the history of the country.

TASTY TOM LAUNCHES IMPROVED FORTIFIED TOMATO PASTE

Tasty Tom Tomato Mix, a product used in many homes across Ghana for making traditional recipes such as Jollof rice, light soup and gravy, has been redeveloped following an extensive market research.

SET UP SEPARATE BODY TO REGULATE MICROFINANCE COMPANIES – BOG URGED

A retired educationist, Mrs. Patience Ayele Ayesu, has called on the Bank of Ghana to set up a separate body to regulate the activities of microfinance companies in the country.

ECONOMY’S PROSPECTS HANG ON OIL PRICE FALL

The economy’s bright prospects, largely anchored in the expectation of an expansion in the oil sector, appears to be in jeopardy as crude oil prices continue their downward trend, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

ECONOMISTS URGE PRUDENT EXPENDITURE AS OIL PRICE DIPS

Analysts have impressed on government to be prudent in its expenditure in order to benefit from the global declining crude oil prices.

AIR NAMIBIA CONTINUES GHANA OPERATIONS

Air Namibia can continue its operations in Ghana as well as Botswana, Angola, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Germany, after passing its safety auditing.

BROLL GHANA TO MANAGE ACHIMOTA MALL AND OTHER PROPERTIES

Broll Ghana, the country’s premier formalised property management company, has added the newly opened Achimota Mall to its expanding portfolio.

$12.5M FOR WOMEN-OWNED SMES IN GHANA, OTHER COUNTRIES

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) owned by women in Ghana and other African countries will enjoy some support from the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), a statement from the bank has said.

BANK LOANS AND ADVANCES DECLINE

Loans and advances by banks grew by a paltry 2.9 percent on year-on-year terms at the end of September 2015, compared with 26.3 percent growth recorded during the same period in 2014.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

FAKE BOMB FORCES AIR FRANCE FLIGHT TO MAKE KENYA EMERGENCY LANDING

An Air France passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a fake bomb was found in a toilet, the airline says.

SEYCHELLES LEADER SWORN IN DESPITE CONTESTED WIN

Seychelles President James Michel was sworn back in for a third term on Sunday, despite calls from the opposition for a recount after he won a second-round vote by the slimmest of margins.

NIGER SAYS NINE MILITARY OFFICERS ARRESTED OVER ‘COUP PLOT’

Niger’s interior minister on Saturday said nine military officers had been arrested on suspicion of planning a coup and would face a military tribunal, after the opposition challenged the government to provide proof of the plot.

AU SAYS TO SEND MORE PEACEKEEPERS TO MALI

The African Union (AU) is set to deploy another peacekeeping force in the troubled Northern Mali territory to fight against terrorism and organized crime, a senior AU official said on Sunday.

UN WORKS TO ENSURE LIBYA UNITY GOV’T SECURITY IN TRIPOLI

UN envoy Martin Kobler said on Sunday his team is in contact with security officials in Tripoli to ensure that Libya’s new unity government can operate safely from the capital.

TRUMP CALLS CLINTON ‘LIAR’ FOR IS RECRUITING CLAIM

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday that Democrat Hillary Clinton was a “liar” for claiming that his proposal to ban entry of all foreign Muslims into the United States has aided Islamic State’s propaganda efforts.

GERMAN LEGAL EXPERTS SAY REFUGEE CAP WOULD BE ‘PROBLEMATIC’ – REPORT

Legal experts at Germany’s lower house of parliament have serious doubts about the legality of introducing a cap on refugee numbers, according to a document obtained by German broadcaster ARD.

LANDSLIDE DEVASTATES CHINESE INDUSTRIAL PARK, 91 MISSING

At least 91 people were missing after a huge mound of mud and construction waste collapsed at a business park in southern China and buried 33 buildings in the country’s latest industrial disaster.

SPLINTERED SPANISH VOTE HERALDS ARDUOUS COALITION TALKS

A historically fragmented vote in Spanish elections on Sunday heralded weeks of talks to form a coalition government, with neither Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservatives nor left-wing parties winning a clear mandate to govern.

SUSPECTED RUSSIAN WARPLANES KILL SCORES IN SYRIAN CITY – RESCUE WORKERS

Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed scores of people in the centre of the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria on Sunday, rescue workers and residents said.

U.N. SEES PROGRESS IN YEMEN TALKS BUT URGENT NEED FOR FULL CEASEFIRE

Yemen’s warring parties have agreed on a broad framework for ending their war at talks in Switzerland but they first have to agree a permanent ceasefire, after a week-long truce was widely violated, the United Nations said on Sunday.

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