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News Headlines-December 29 2015

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TUESDAY 29th Dec 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

TRUCK WITH THOUSANDS OF BULLETS IMPOUNDED AT AFLAO

Ghana’s Custom officers at Aflao in the Volta Region have impounded a truck carrying thousands of short cartridges (bullets) together with sealed packs of dried leaves believed to be Indian hemp.

MAHAMA’S ‘DEAD GOAT’ COMMENT MAKES 2015 AFRICA BEST QUOTES

President John Mahama’s ‘dead goat’ comment in March, 2015 has made it into BBC’s Africa’s best quotes of 2015.

$250K SCHOOL BLOCK NOT MY BIRTHDAY GIFT’ – HANNA TETTEH FUMES

Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, Hanna Tetteh, has denied media reports that the Chinese government constructed and furnished a six-classroom block as a birthday gift to her.

CANCELLING TEACHER TRAINEE ALLOWANCE BEST FOR NATION – ABLAKWA

The Deputy Minister for Education in-charge of Tertiary Education, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said the removal of allowances of Teacher Trainees is in the best interest of teacher trainees and the nation.

FOOD SHORTAGE LOOMS IN NZEMA

Residents of Ankasa in Jomoro District of the Western region have warned about a looming food shortage in the area if immediate steps are not taken to halt the activities of illegal miners which they say have destroyed vast fertile farmlands and water bodies as well as forest reserves.

‘I WEPT ON CHRISTMAS’- KONADU

Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, has described this year’s Christmas as the ‘saddest and difficult one’ ever in her life.According to her, this was the first time in her life that she celebrated Christmas without her mother, something she will never forget.

GIS BOSS CHARGES OFFICERS TO BE DISCIPLINED

Newly-appointed Director of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS,) Mr. Felix Yaw Sarpong, has charged immigration officers in command positions across the country to be disciplined in their service to the nation.

GIS SEIZES 500 COCOA BEANS IN 2015

A total of five hundred (500) bags of cocoa beans were seized from smugglers by the immigration officers of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in command positions across the country in 2015, Head of Public Affairs of GIS, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACOI,) Mr. Francis Palmdeti, has disclosed to Today.

VIAM AFRICA BACKS GHANA GOV’T POLICY TO SCRAP TEACHER TRAINEE ALLOWANCES

An International NGO VIAM Africa Centre for Education and Social Policy is backing the Ghana government policy to scrap allowances for teacher trainees.

SMARTTYS INVOLVED IN A $98M DOLLAR DEAL WITH GOVT – MINORITY LEADER

Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensa-Bonsu is alleging the embattled CEO of Smartty’s Management Limited, Selassie Ibrahim, is fronting for a Chinese firm in an electrification deal with the state.

PNC ISSUES WARNING TO MEMBERS AGAINST ENDORSING AYARIGA

The People’s National Convention (PNC) is warning of stiff sanctions to its members and executives who endorse or assist its former flagbearer Hassan Ayariga in creating a breakaway party.

QUARRY DISASTER: QUARRY OWNER SHIFTS BLAME

The owner of the quarry site in Peabo in the Nsawam Adoagyiri municipality of the Eastern region is denying responsibility for the explosion which killed one person and injured 10 others.

ANAS WILL GET CORRUPT PASTORS IN THE CHURCH – PASTOR HINTS

General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church Dr Paul Frimpong Manso has hinted that Anas Aremeyaw will get hold of corrupt pastors in the church if he is to investigate them.

DISMISSED SOLDIERS AREN’T READY TO DEFEND THE STATE – COL. KOTIA SUGGESTS

The about 500 military recruits dismissed en bloc for alleged mutiny, exhibited signs of soldiers who were not ready to defend Ghana, Colonel Dr Emmanuel Kotia has indicated.

EC/IPAC REJECTS ‘NO VERIFICATION, NO VOTE’

The Electoral Commission (EC) has reached an agreement with the political parties through the platform of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) to introduce manual verification of voters alongside biometric verification for Elections 2016.

31ST NIGHT IS MARKET DAY FOR PASTORS – REV. ANSAH

The President of Nasem University on Adom FM, Rev. Gabriel Ansah aka ‘Wotee’ has described the annual 31st December night church service as a “market day” for pastors.

CHECK LOSES FROM THE ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS

From where I stand, I can say that almost all people in the cities and rural Ghana are happy with the current state of electricity supply. There has not been Dum Sor for most parts of Ghana in the past few days with the hope that load shedding and Dum Sor might be getting done with forever.

BAD ROADS IN MY CONSTITUENCY KILLING PEOPLE – KEN AGYAPONG

Road accidents have become one of the leading causes of deaths in Ghana.Government always tried to reduce road accidents through road safety awareness and education.

PUBLIC WARNED OF ROBBERIES ON ACCRA-KUMASI HIGHWAY

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Angwunbotoge Awuni, Eastern Regional Police Commander, has cautioned the public to be security conscious on the Nkawkaw stretch of the Accra-Kumasi highway to prevent robbery attacks when travelling.

WE’LL JAIL ‘KAYAYEI’ TRAFFICKERS – GOV’T

Government is set to track down traffickers who lure female porters, popularly known as ‘kayayei’, to the Arabian Gulf, for prostitution.

POLITICIANS MUST BE DECOROUS IN THEIR LANGUAGE’

Founder of the Kristo Asafo Mission of Ghana, Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo, has urged politicians and activists of the various political parties to be moderate and decorous in their language to avoid any chaos that may befall the country before, during and after the 2016 general elections.

SAMIA HOPES TO LEAD GHANA IN 2016

Flagbearer aspirant of the Convention People’s Party, Samia Nkrumah is counting on her record in the CPP for victory in the party’s January 29 and 30 presidential primaries.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T COMPLETES INVESTMENT DEAL WITH NEWMONT

Government is hopeful that its new partnership with Newmont will not only transform and improve mining in the country but will help introduce best practices in the country.

GOV’T WILL SUPPORT KANTANKA AUTOMOBILE – VEEP ASSURES

Modern KOSA Automobile, manufacturer of Kantanka range of vehicles has received government endorsement as Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur reiterates the state’s pledge to support the company.

GHANA 72ND ON GOLD HOLDINGS RANKING

Ghana is 72nd on the World Official Gold Holdings table compiled using latest data from the International Financial Statistics (IFS) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for December 2015.

UNIDO INSTALLS BIOGAS PLANT AT KUMASI ABATTOIR TO IMPROVE SANITATION

Environmental sanitation challenges at the Kumasi Abattoir are expected to improve with the construction of a biogas plant at the facility.The project will also enhance Ghana’s potentials in the production of energy from industrial waste to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES TO SUSPEND FLIGHTS AGAIN

The Meteorological Service Department has advised Domestic airline operators in the country to ground their flights as the harmattan season intensifies. According to the Service, the harmattan has reduced visibility to just a few hundred meters making it difficult for airplanes to land or take off and that the situation is risky to use all airports in Ghana except the Kotoka Kotoka International Airport.

VOLTA WELCOMES GN BANK AS IT OPENS BRANCH IN AFLAO

Chiefs and people in Aflao Traditional Area, the border town in the Ketu South District of the Volta region, have indicated their commitment and preparedness to patronise and promote the products of GN Bank.

OFFINSO RURAL BANK MAKES HUGE RETURNS ON OPERATIONS

The Offinso Rural Bank saw improvement in its operation returns, last year, despite the difficult economic environment – posting profit after tax of GH¢94,640.48.

MICROFINANCE SAGA: MPS PREDICT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN BRONG AHAFO

There are growing fears of an economic downturn in the Brong Ahafo region following the financial troubles of some microfinance companies.

GOOD CLIENT SERVICE MUST BE MADE TOPMOST PRIORITY

People into the fashion design industry have been advised to make good client service a topmost priority and work to meet deadlines.

KASAPREKO TARGETS GLOBAL MARKET WITH ‘SOBOLO, ASAANA, HAUSA BEER’

Officials of Kasapreko say by February next year, they will begin to bottle, package and export what they describe as ‘low hanging foods’ comprising Sobolo,hausa beer, to the international market.

PARLIAMENT DEMANDS RELEASE OF FULL EC BUDGET

Members of Parliament have asked government to release the full GHc1.2billion being demanded by the Electoral Commission for conducting the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.

GWOLLU TRAD. COUNCIL WANTS ROSEWOOD LOGGING ABOLISHED

The Gwollu Traditional Council in the Upper West Region has appealed to government to act as a matter of urgency to stop the logging rosewood by illegal companies operating in the Region.

VOLKSWAGEN’S AUDI TEMPERS SPENDING PLANS FOR 2016

Volkswagen’s flagship Audi division reined in its spending plans for 2016 and delayed the construction of a new wind tunnel on Monday, after the German carmaking group was hit by a scandal over rigged emissions tests.

SAUDI PLANS SPENDING CUTS, REFORMS TO SHRINK BUDGET DEFICIT

Saudi Arabia, its finances hit by low oil prices, announced plans to shrink a record state budget deficit with spending cuts, reforms to energy subsidies and a drive to raise revenues from taxes and privatisation.

JAPANESE SHARES END FIVE-DAY LOSING STREAK

It was a mixed picture for Asian shares at the start of a week shortened by holidays, amid quiet trade as Japanese shares ended a five-day losing streak.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed up 0.6% to 18,873.35 despite economic data painting a gloomier picture of the world’s third-largest economy.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

GUINEA TO BE DECLARED FREE OF EBOLA VIRUS

Guinea is to be declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO), two years after the epidemic began there.
Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks.

BOKO HARAM KILLS OVER 50 PEOPLE IN TWO DAYS OF ATTACKS

Over 50 people were killed in a 48-hour wave of attacks blamed on Boko Haram jihadists in northeastern Nigeria, sources said Monday, days ahead of the government’s deadline to stamp out the group.

EGYPT ARRESTS 4 LEADERS OF ANTI-MUBARAK MOVEMENT

Egyptian authorities Monday arrested four leaders of a youth movement that spearheaded the 2011 revolt against former president Hosni Mubarak, judicial officials said.

BURKINA TROOPS ARRESTED ‘OVER PLOT TO FREE COUP CHIEF’

Around 20 soldiers in an elite Burkina unit have been arrested in a plot to free comrades detained after trying to grab power in September, including coup leader General Gilbert Diendere, a security source said Monday.

IRAQ PM VOWS TO DEFEAT IS IN 2016 AFTER ARMY’S FIRST MAJOR VICTORY

A triumphant Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on Monday that the coming year would see his forces defeat Islamic State, after his military achieved its first major victory since collapsing in the face of the fighters 18 months ago.

SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN AGREE TO IRREVERSIBLY END ‘COMFORT WOMEN’ ROW

South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement on Monday to resolve the issue of “comfort women”, as those who were forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels were euphemistically known, an issue that has long plagued ties between the neighbours.

SHIP WITH LOW-ENRICHED URANIUM LEAVES IRAN FOR RUSSIA – U.S.

A ship carrying more than 25,000 pounds (11,000 kg) of low-enriched uranium materials left Iran for Russia on Monday in an Iranian step toward honouring a July 14 nuclear deal with major powers, the United States said.

GERMAN STATES TO SPEND AROUND 17 BILLION EUROS ON REFUGEES IN 2016

Germany’s federal states are planning to spend around 17 billion euros (13 billion pounds) on dealing with the refugee crisis in 2016, newspaper Die Welt said on Tuesday, citing a survey it conducted among their finance ministries.

CHINA TELLS STATE-OWNED FIRMS TO ABSORB LAID-OFF SOLDIERS

The Chinese government has told state-owned companies they must help absorb soldiers laid off due to military reforms, as part of their contribution to the army’s modernisation and social stability.

HUNDREDS OF FIGHTERS AND CIVILIANS ESCAPE BESIEGED SYRIAN AREAS UNDER U.N. DEAL

Around 450 Syrian fighters and their families were evacuated from two besieged areas on Monday under the kind of operation that the United Nations hopes can be a stepping stone toward a wider peace accord in the country’s civil war.

DEAL REACHED TO ALLOW STRANDED CUBAN MIGRANTS OUT OF COSTA RICA

Central American countries have agreed to a pilot programme to start allowing thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica to continue onward to the United States from next month, governments in the region said on Monday.

PLEASE KINDLY TAKE NOTE

HON DR EDWARD OMANE BOAMAH, WILL BE ON TV3 @ 8:30AM TODAY-29/12/2015 AS THEY DISCUSS SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS IN THE COUNTRY.

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