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News Headlines-December 22 2015

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TUESDAY 22nd Dec 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

MAN LOSES FINGERS IN FACTORY ACCIDENT: COMPANY TO PAY HIM Ȼ4M COMPENSATION

The fast track High Court in Accra has ordered an Indian to pay Ȼ4, 417, 600 to a 21 year-old man for negligently causing him to lose his 10 fingers in an accident while in the employment of the company.

KORLE BU MANAGEMENT DENIES ALLEGATIONS

The Board and Management of the Korle BU teaching Hospital have dismissed all allegations made by the Senior Staff Association against the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr Gilbert Buckle.

POULTRY FARMERS ASSURE CLIENTS OF ENOUGH BIRDS FOR CHRISTMAS

The Ghana Poultry Farmers Association says its members have enough birds in the country for the Christmas festivities and after.

KUFUOR, JJ UNDER PRESSURE TO REJECT Ȼ3.6M BUS BRANDING

A group of Ghanaians have petitioned former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor over the posting of their pictures on the newly acquired Metro Mass Transit Buses which branding has caused a major stir in the country. They have asked them to cause the removal of their pictures from the 116 vehicles.

NO SECRET ACCOUNT IN NPP

A five-member committee set up by the New Patriotic Party has said no executive member of the party operated a secret bank account as earlier claimed.

MINISTERS BANNED FROM FOREIGN TRIPS

The Presidency has issued a directive cutting down on ‘unwarranted foreign trips’ by ministers and government officials.

LABOUR COMMISSION STOPS UNICOF DEMO AGAINST ADB MANAGEMENT

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has directed the Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance Workers (UNICOF) of the Trades Union Congress to suspend all on-going or intended strike action against the management of Agricultural Development Bank (adb).

EC’S ELECTION BUDGET HIT BY Ȼ400M CUT

Parliament has approved Ȼ826.8 million for the Electoral Commission for the conduct of presidential and parliamentary elections next year.

EASTERN CORRIDOR ROADS TO BE FINISHED IN 2016’

Construction works on the Eastern corridors will be completed by next year, Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has said.

AMERI POWER DEAL: GOV’T MISLED PARLIAMENT – NITIWUL

The Deputy Minority leader in Parliament Dominic Nitiwul has sought to insulate Parliament from public criticism over the controversial $510 million AMERI power deal.

GOV’T RAISES $10 MILLION TO SETTLE UNHAPPY CONTRACTORS

Government says it is raising ten million dollars, to offset part of the one hundred and five million cedi debt it owes some road contractors, by the end of December.

KUFUOR SPOKE AGAINST MAHAMA TO ESCAPE SUSPENSION’

General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has stated that remarks made by former President John Agyekum Kufuor regarding President John Dramani Mahama’s administration and leadership at the NPP’s Extraordinary Conference were a means of escaping suspension by the opposition party.

WAEC RELEASES 2015 NOV/DEC RESULTS; WITHHOLDS 970

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released provisional results for the November/December 2015 West African Senior School Certification Examination (WASSCE).

A DISUNITED NPP CAN BREAK CAMPAIGN TEAM – EPHSON

Pollster Ben Ephson has said the newly out-doored New Patriotic Party (NPP) campaign team could only be efficient in its role ahead of the 2016 elections if the party is able to surmount the disunity persisting in the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.

A UNITED NPP CAN’T WIN 2016 – KOFI ADAMS

NDC’s Kofi Adams has insisted that – ‘unity’ which the NPP is struggling to inculcate in the party in recent times cannot win them power in 2016.

BILL OF INDICTMENT ON AFOKO NEXT YEAR

The Attorney General’s Department says the bill of indictment on Gregory Afoko, who allegedly poured acid on the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Adams Mahama would be ready in January.

ABLAKWA WINS NORTH TONGU NDC PRIMARIES

The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of tertiary, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has won the nod for the second time at the parliamentary primary to contest the for the seat in North Tongu constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

CRABBE: NPP CONFERENCE ILLEGAL

Suspended 2nd Vice Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Sammy Crabbe, has said the party’s Extraordinary Delegates’ Conference held over the weekend was an illegality.

ASUMA BANDA NOT GOD; AKUFO-ADDO WILL BE PRESIDENT – MAC MANU

The newly appointed 2016 Campaign Manager for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Peter Mac Manu has launched a riposte at the former member of the Council of State, Alhaji Asoma Banda over his damning political assessment of the party’s Flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

CHEAP AIRFARES FOR 2016

Airfares are expected to reduce next year as a consequence of the Cape Town Convention ratification by

PARLIAMENT EARLY THIS MONTH. WE BRING FUEL DIVERSITY – KARPOWER BOSS

Country manager for Karpowership Ghana Limited, Robert Larry Kremer has said a significant aspect of their project in Ghana is the addition of a “new and cheaper” fuel source – Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) – which should result in lower electricity prices.

ECONOMY TO WORSEN: US INTEREST RATE HIKE TO STOKE FURTHER DEPRECIATION OF THE CEDI

A hike in United States of America interest rate last Thursday is expected to have far-reaching consequences on Ghana, which will further worsen an already bad economy, hike cost of living and push many more Ghanaians beyond the poverty line.

RANGOLD DUMPS GHANA AS IT PULLS OUT OF MINING DEAL

International mining firm, Randgold Resources Limited, has pulled out of a joint venture deal with AngloGold Ashanti to redevelop the Obuasi Mine.

TRADERS EXPRESS MIXED FEELINGS OVER CHRISTMAS SALES

It is three days to Christmas and not all traders around Tudu are happy with their sales a Ghana News Agency (GNA) Christmas market monitoring survey, has revealed.

INDUSTRIES URGED TO PROMOTE VOLUNTARY PRINCIPLES

The oil and mining industries, as well as other large scale businesses although offer enormous benefits including economic development and jobs to their catchment communities, continue to face rivalry in their operating areas.

40-YEAR DEV’T PLAN NOT OVERLY AMBITIOUS – NII MOI THOMPSON

“A 40-year National Development Plan for a country like Ghana is not overly ambitious as people may think, it’s made up of ten medium term plans and if we want to be a great nation then we need to think big, you cannot think small and still want to be a great and powerful nation”, the Director-General of National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Dr. Nii Moi Thompson has said.

EMPLOYERS RECEIVE FUNDS

The National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) has transferred GH? 95,136,386.99 from the Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) at the Bank of Ghana to 767 establishments or employers in the private sector.

SHAMA COOPERATIVE UNION DECLARES PROFIT

The Shama Cooperative Credit Union Limited (SHACCU) over the weekend held its annual general meeting (AGM) and declared a surplus of GHC246,467.18 for 2015 financial year as against GHC150,777.37 in 2014 representing a increase of about 63 percent.

TRANSPORT BUDGET “WOEFULLY” INADEQUATE – MINISTER

Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor has bemoaned the slashing of her ministry’s budget, maintaining that it could stifle ongoing efforts to restructure and streamline the transport sector.

15-YR DEV’T PLAN TO DRIVE TOURISM GROWTH

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Art, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has revealed that her ministry is rolling-out a 15-year development plan to transform the sector into a major source of revenue.

RCBS ASSETS SHOOT UP TO GH¢2.4 BILLION

Total assets of the country’s 139 rural and communities banks (RCBs) shot up to GH?2.4 billion in October, this year, representing a 17.8 per cent growth over the previous year’s figure of GH?1.98 billion.

GOV’T EXTENDS LEAP PAYMENT TO 185 DISTRICTS

Beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme (LEAP) in 185 districts of the country will now receive their monies electronically on their e-zwich cards. This follows a two-year agreement signed between the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS).

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BOKO HARAM KEEPS A MILLION CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL: UNICEF

The Boko Haram insurgency has kept more than one million children out of school, the UN children’s agency reported on Tuesday, highlighting fears that a lack of education will fuel further radicalism in and around Nigeria.

BURUNDI ACCUSED OF VIOLENT REPRESSION

The security forces in Burundi systematically killed dozens of people during violent repression in Bujumbura on 11 December, Amnesty International says.

KENYAN MUSLIMS SHIELD CHRISTIANS IN MANDERA BUS ATTACK

A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.

MALI GOV’T DECLARES 10-DAY STATE OF EMERGENCY

Mali’s government on Monday declared a ten-day state of emergency from midnight after what security sources say follows a series of threats from unnamed jihadist groups.

MOTORBIKE SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS SIX U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

Six American troops were killed in Afghanistan on Monday when a suicide bomber on a motorbike struck their patrol near Bagram air base, officials said, the deadliest attack on U.S. forces this year.

PANAMA COURT ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR EX-PRESIDENT

Panama’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the arrest of former president Ricardo Martinelli who is alleged to have used public money to spy on more than 150 people illegally.

PEOPLE WHO REJECT SYRIAN REFUGEES ARE ALLIES OF EXTREMISTS – U.N.

People who reject Syrian refugees are the “best allies” of Islamic State militants and other extremists, the United Nations refugee chief said on Monday after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed an entry ban on foreign Muslims.

HAITI’S ELECTORAL COUNCIL POSTPONES SUNDAY’S PRESIDENTIAL VOTE

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council on Monday postponed until January this Sunday’s scheduled presidential run-off election amid accusations by the opposition candidate of fraud and irregularities.

SPAIN’S RAJOY REACHES OUT TO RIVALS IN TOUGH BID TO GOVERN

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday his centre-right People’s Party (PP) would talk to like-minded rivals in a bid to form a government after an inconclusive election, but his chances look slim without support from left-wing parties.

PROMINENT CHINA RIGHTS LAWYER CONVICTED BUT AVOIDS JAIL

A court convicted one of China’s most prominent rights lawyers on Tuesday of “inciting ethnic hatred” and trouble-making with posts criticising the government, handing down a suspended sentence that means he avoids jail but will not practise law again.

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