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News Headlines -December 23 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

GRIDLOCK CHOKES ACCRA AS SHOPPERS DESCEND ON CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

Forty-eight hours to the celebration of Christmas, Accra, the capital city, is reeling under heavy traffic jams, making it difficult for last-minute shoppers to gain access to the Central Business District.

SOLDIER, POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY

A soldier, a policeman and their two accomplices have been arrested for their alleged involvement in robbery.

7 TO GO TO COURT OVER REBRANDED BUSES

The controversy surrounding the rebranding of 116 Bus Rapid Transit buses at the cost of 3.6 million cedis has been escalated to the Human Rights Court.

EC AMENDS NO VERIFICATION NO VOTE

The Inter-Party Advisory Committee has agreed to allow voting without biometric verification during the 2016 parliamentary and presidential elections.

BLOWS OVER $1B EUROBOND LOAN

History was made yesterday when the Minority in Parliament won a vote to stop government from taking another $1 billion Eurobond.

ROW OVER POWER BARGE FUEL COST: EXPERTS SAY IT’S ON THE HIGH SIDE

Energy experts and layers in the petroleum sector are questioning the amount put out as the cost of fueling the Karpower barge, describing it as being on the high side.

TARIFF HIKES: GOVERNMENT, LABOUR IN CRISIS MEETING TUESDAY

Information reaching The Finder indicates that government is considering accepting demands by Organised Labour for the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to reduce the new utility tariffs.

DEATH TRAP! 781 POTHOLES ON TEMA-AFLAO HIGHWAY

Motorists plying the Tema-Aflao highway which was constructed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are fuming with anger over what they say is government’s negligence resulting in dangerous potholes along the road, Today has gathered.

RIP-OFF! LEKMA TASKFORCE ON EXTORTION SPREE

Today’s investigations have revealed that some members of a taskforce formed by the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) to ensure that drivers do not load or offload passengers at unauthorised bus stops in the area rather resort to engaging in extortion.

FAKE ECG OFFICER IMPRISONED 24 MONTHS WITH HARD LABOUR

The Asamankese Magistrate Court in the West Akyem Municipality has sentenced one Ofosu Agyei to 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for posing as an officer of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

PUT PRICE TAGS ON ALL PROJECTS TO SHOW VALUE FOR MONEY – BAWUMIA TO GOVT

The running mate to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer for the 2016 election, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has challenged government to put price tags on all the projects it had undertaken from 2009 till date which has incurred a debt of over $37 billion within the same period.

EC TO REGISTER ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN 2016

The Electoral Commission (EC) has projected to register 1,000,000 more eligible voters to the current voter population of the country, come 2016.
Should the projection materialize, the country’s voter population will then hit a record high of about 15,700,000.

DOCTORS AT KORLE BU THREATEN STRIKE OVER THREATS, ABUSE FROM BIOMEDICAL SCIENTISTS

Doctors at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have served notice to government of their intention to withdraw all services to protest what they call threats and abuse at the hands of biomedical scientists at the facility.

EXPOSED: KUMASI RATTRAY PARK COSTS KMA $4.4M

It has emerged the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly spent a whopping 4.4 million Dollars to construct the city’s modern amusement center, the Rattray Park.

AKOMEA TELLS AGGRIEVED AGYEPONG: APPEAL TO COUNCIL

Communication Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea has told the party’s aggrieved and embattled General Secretary to appeal to the NPP’s National Council for redress if he feels he has been given a raw deal as far as his indefinite suspension is concerned.

VOLTARIANS MOUNT PRESSURE ON VEEP

Intense pressure is being brought to bear on Vice-President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, to immediately render an unqualified apology to the people of Volta region; else Voltarians would declare him “persona non grata in the region.”

PPP HAS NO OFFICE IN N/REGION; EXECUTIVES MEET IN HOTELS

The Electoral Commission’s (EC) resolve to bar political parties without offices nationwide from participating in elections, could affect the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), which has no office in the Northern Region.

MAKE A SPECIAL CASE FOR NORTHERN SCHOOLS – EDUCATIONIST

A retired educationist and Proprietor of Tisa morning Star Mr. Justin B. Dakora has called on government to leave out the Northern Region in a ban on teacher recruitment.
He said the Northern Region should be made a special case because of the lack of trained teachers in the area.

SUSPENDING AFOKO, AGYEPONG NOT CAPRICIOUS – NANA ADDO

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has said although suspending the party’s national chairman and general secretary Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong respectively was “regrettable”, it is about time the Elephant family moved on.

MAN, 85, CAUGHT WITH 193 PARCELS OF WEED

An 85-year-old man has been arrested in Kumasi in the Ashanti region with 193 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis.

INMATE POISONED TO DEATH AT K’SI CENTRAL PRISONS

Police in the Ashanti region are investigating the alleged poisoning of an inmate at the Kumasi Central prisons.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

SMES URGED TO BARE-UP OR COLLAPSE

Small and medium-scale business managers will have to go beyond their comfort zones in order to survive the challenging times that the coming year will bring to their business, Enoch B. Donkor – acting CEO of Global Access Savings and Loans, has advised.

BUSH-MEAT MARKET VALUED AT $140M

The sight of bush-meat intrigues many international visitors to the market. The meat is seen as a flattened and blackened lump of unknown carcass. To the indigenes, however, bush-meat whether cooked, smoked or dried is more than nutritious victuals for the old – it is an income generating commodity for thousands of families across the country.

PARLIAMENT APPROVES GHC300M BUDGET FOR WATER

Parliament has approved budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing for the 2016 fiscal year.

MALAYSIAN INVESTORS EYE ‘SMART’ PARTNERSHIPS

Salifuddin Khalid, Trade Commissioner, Malaysian Trade Office, has said that investors from Malaysia are in search of partnership deals with local businesses in what they call ‘smart’ partnerships, which will allow the Malaysian companies to enter the Ghanaian market without concern for competition from local enterprises.

BANKING INDUSTRY SHOWS STRONG GROWTH

The banking industry continues to show strong growth with total assets soaring to GH?70.39 billion, representing an increase of 22.3 per cent over that of year 2014.

AIRTEL BUSINESS HEADLINES 67TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR SCHOOL

Airtel Business, the enterprise solutions sub-brand of Airtel Ghana is headline sponsor for the 67th Annual Year School scheduled for 10th – 14th January 2016.

GHIPSS COMMENDS BANKS ON ELECTRONIC PAYMENT AGENDA

Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) has commended banks and other institutions promoting the patronage of electronic payment systems.

TRADERS HAIL HIGH SALE TOWARDS CHRISTMAS

Purchases shoot up as Christmas Day fast approaches with lots of new products, while human and vehicular traffic fill the roads.

IT’S SAFE TO CONSUME LOCAL POULTRY – AGRIC MINISTRY ASSURES

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture is assuring the public it is safe to consume locally produced during the festive season.

TRADERS AT NUNGUA MARKET REJOICE OVER CHRISTMAS SALES

Traders at the Nungua market have expressed their joy over the good sales they were making this Christmas season.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIAN ARMY CLEAR BOKO HARAM IN MAIDUGURI

Determined to ensure that all remaining camps belonging to Boko Haram terrorists group are cleared by end of December this year, troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade, following a tip off have flushed out camps located along the Sabon Gari and Damboa axis in Borno State.

ZAMBIA POWER CUTS LEAVE MOST OF THE COUNTRY IN DARKNESS

Much of Zambia has been plunged into darkness by a power cut, the country’s Energy Minister Dora Siliya has said.

DOMINICA SUSPENDS TIES WITH EX NIGERIAN OIL MINISTER

A Caribbean country, Dominica, has suspended all relations with Nigeria’s immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, following investigations into her finances in the United Kingdom in October, in connection with alleged money laundering.

RWANDA GENOCIDE: UK JUDGE REJECTS EXTRADITION BID

A judge in London has ruled that five Rwandan men accused of taking part in the country’s 1994 genocide should not be extradited to face trial.

ONE MAN PULLED ALIVE FROM LANDSLIDE IN CHINA’S SHENZHEN

A man was pulled alive from rubble in a southern Chinese city on Wednesday, more than 60 hours after a waste heap collapsed and buried dozens of buildings in mud and construction debris, state media said.

TWO WOUNDED IN BLAST AT ISTANBUL AIRPORT, CAUSE UNKNOWN – AIRLINE

An explosion at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport wounded two cleaning staff on a plane, but the cause of the blast was not clear, Pegasus airline said on Wednesday.

GREECE ALLOWS CIVIL PARTNERSHIP FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

Greece late on Tuesday enacted a human-rights’ bill which allows civil partnership agreements between same-sex couples despite protests and opposition from political parties and the powerful Orthodox Church.

EU GETS 1 MILLION MIGRANTS IN 2015, SMUGGLERS SEEN MAKING $1 BILLION

More than 1 million refugees and migrants came to the European Union this year, while almost 3,700 died or went missing in perilous journeys which reaped huge profit for smugglers, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

VENEZUELA OPPOSITION SAYS SOCIALISTS SEEK TO CHALLENGE 22 NEW LAWMAKERS

Venezuela’s opposition on Tuesday accused the ruling Socialist Party of seeking to block 22 lawmakers from taking office in January in what it described as an effort to undermine the opposition’s commanding victory in this month’s legislative election.

TEN MIGRANTS DROWN OFF GREEK ISLAND, COASTGUARD RESCUES 13

Five children, one woman and four men drowned when their boat sank off the small Greek island of Farmakonisi, Greek coastguard officials said early on Wednesday.