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News Headlines – December 30 2015

BY MR LARRY

PASSPORT APPLICATION GOES HI-TECH

From next year a new era will dawn at the Passport Office, as applications for Ghanaian passports will be done online.

GIVE EC FREE HAND TO PREPARE FOR 2016 POLLS’

Former deputy chairman of the Electoral Commission, David Kanga, has advised Ghanaians to give the electoral body a free hand to prepare for next year’s general elections.

REPORT BAD COPS – KUDALOR URGES

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has called on Ghanaians to report any Police personnel who act in disregard of the Service’s code of ethics.

LOAD SHEDDING EASES AS POWER SUPPLY MEETS DEMAND – GRIDCO

Bulk power distributor Ghana Grid Company has indicated that the current load shedding has been suspended because power producers are now generating enough power to meet the nation’s demand.

FOUR REMANDED OVER FAKE VISAS AND PASSPORTS

The case of four men from Yemen who allegedly entered Ghana with fake Emergency Entry Visas and French passports was on Tuesday adjourned to January 13.

TEACHER ARRESTED FOR DEFILING NINE PUPILS

Police in the Northern region have arrested a teacher for defiling nine pupils.The suspect, David Ananga was reportedly transferred from the Lamashegu EP Primary School to another school after attempting to abort the pregnancy of one of his victims.

PNC TARGETS 20 SEATS

People’s National Convention (PNC) is targeting 20 out of the 275 parliamentary seats in the 2016 General Elections as it prepares to select candidates.

POLICE INVESTIGATES T’DI FIRE

The police in Takoradi have commenced investigations to ascertain how three children were burnt to death at Bidifuom, a suburb of the Takoradi Market Circle in the Western region.

MAHAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS PERFORMED CREDITABLY’

The Upper East Regional branch of the United Cadres Front (UCF) has praised the Mahama Administration for performing creditably.

GOV’T SETS JAN. 5 MEETING WITH LABOUR OVER UTILITY TARIFF INCREASES

President John Mahama has authorized a meeting with Organised Labour after hikes in utility tariffs sent ripples of discontent among public sector workers.

RETRIEVE SMARTY’S CASH — AFAG CHARGES GOV’T

Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), has charged the central government to take immediate steps to retrieve what it describes as “bad cash” paid to Smarty, the company that did the rebranding of the Metro Mass Transport buses.

TWO JAILED 40 YEARS FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

Two persons, who attempted to rob a medical doctor at Adjiriganor at gun point, were on Tuesday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each by an Accra Circuit Court

POWER MINISTER MUST RESIGN – ACEP

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has called for the resignation of Power Minister Kwabena Donkor because he has failed to address the country’s energy crisis.

GHC8M TO RECONSTRUCT CENTRAL MEDICAL STORE

NMS Infrastructure Limited, a British-owned construction firm, has been awarded the contract to reconstruct the Central Medical Store (CMS) located at Akasanoma in the Heavy Industrial Area in Tema, almost a year after it was ravaged by fire.

SACKED RECRUITS NOT A SECURITY THREAT – GAF

The Military High Command has downplayed claims that the 500 sacked recruits from the Army Recruits Training School at Shai Hills in the Greater Accra Region could pose a security threat to the country.

FIFI KWETEY WINS KETU SOUTH NDC PRIMARIES

Provisional results indicate incumbent Member of Parliament for Ketu South Fifi Kwetey has won the National Democratic Congress Parliamentary primary held Yesterday.

SUPPORT NVTIS’

Executive Director of the National Vocation Training Institute (NVTI), Mr. Stephen Bismark Amponsah, has criticised government’s decision to build 200 Community Day Senior High Schools when vocational institutions are struggling to survive.

NDC MEMBERS WANT UPPER WEST AKIM MP OUT OVER ‘DUAL CITIZENSHIP’

Some Twenty-Three (23) members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West Akim constituency of the Eastern Region, have petitioned the party over allegations that the party’s incumbent MP, Joseph Sam Amankwanor, holds a dual citizenship.

SAVE US FROM COLLAPSE – LOCAL CEMENT MANUFACTURERS CRY OUT

The Association of Cement Manufacturers in Ghana is calling for an urgent intervention from government to save the industry from collapse.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

IMF SET JANUARY 13 FOR GHANA REVIEW; $116 MILLION INJECTION LIKELY

The IMF has finally settled on January 13 as the new date to review Ghana’s performance under the Fund’s austerity program.According to an IMF calendar, the second review was expected to have taken place on December 18.

GOV’T OWES OVER GHC100M IN MINING ROYALTIES

The government of Ghana is indebted to mining communities in royalty arrears to the tone of over 100 million Ghana Cedis. The money is an accumulation of 10% share of receipts by central government on behalf of beneficiary communities since 2012.

TARIFF HIKES: ECG TO REFUND ‘STOLEN’ CREDIT

The Electricity Company of Ghana has announced that it would refund monies to customers as a result of imbalances in calculating the recent hike in utility tariff.

$1.5 BILLION TEMA PORT EXPANSION PROJECT STARTS 2016

Expansion works on the Tema Port will start next year. The first phase of the $1.5 billion project is expected to be done in about three years.

ASUTIFI RURAL BANK GRANTS GH¢2.2M LOANS

The Asutifi Rural Bank in the Asutifi South District in the Brong Ahafo Region granted loans totalling GH¢2,243,391 to its customers in 2014 compared with GH¢1,950,369 granted in the previous year.

MINISTRY PRESENTS GAS CYLINDERS TO ASSEMBLIES

The Ministry of Petroleum has presented 8,000 gas cylinders, cooking stoves and their accessories to four assemblies in the Upper East Region.

10,000 COCOA FARMERS PAID THROUGH MOBILE BANKING

One of the world’s leading chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, has succeeded in subscribing 10,000 cocoa farmers on its mobile banking programme, it has announced in a statement.

FREE DIPLOMA FOR PEOPLE WORKING IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Soultravels Limited, the only African travel portal is offering free hospitality diploma for all persons working in the hospitality industry. If you work with hotel, travel and tours, car rentals, attractions, yacht, boat sports, parks, you can gain high value diploma for free.

CRUDE OIL PRICES DROP MORE THAN 1 PERCENT AS WEAK OUTLOOK PREVAILS

Crude oil futures fell around half a dollar early on Wednesday as the market remained under pressure from slowing demand and high supplies, while forecasts that a cold snap in Europe and the United States would be short-lived also hurt prices.

BARCLAYS IN $13.75 MILLION U.S. SETTLEMENT OVER MUTUAL FUNDS

Barclays Plc will pay more than $13.75 million (9.3 million pounds) to settle U.S. regulatory charges that it let retail brokerage customers make unsuitable mutual fund transactions, including more than 6,100 fund switches, over a five-year period.

ASIAN STOCK ERASE GAINS AS CRUDE OIL REBOUND FIZZLES

Asian shares unwound early gains on Wednesday, as investors turned cautious following renewed selling in recently battered crude oil futures.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

GUINEA DECLARED FREE OF EBOLA VIRUS THAT KILLED OVER 2,500

Guinea was declared free of Ebola transmission on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only country still counting down the days until the end of the epidemic.

CAR TO VOTE IN ELECTION TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY

Central African Republic votes in a presidential election on Wednesday aimed at restoring democratic rule in a divided country gripped by years of violence in which thousands have died.

DJIBOUTI GOVERNMENT UPS THE STAKES FOR OPPOSITION

The government of President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti made its intentions clear for 2016 by ending 2015 with an attack on opponents that has left at least 19 dead, according to the Opposition.

BURKINA FASO SWEARS IN NEW PRESIDENT, CAPPING TRANSITION

Roch Marc Christian Kabore was sworn in as Burkina Faso’s president on Tuesday, completing a transition from the 2014 overthrow of longtime ruler Blaise Compaore in the troubled west African country.

ISLAMIC STATE SUFFERS DOUBLE BLOW AS RAMADI FALLS, LEADERS KILLED

U.S.-led forces have killed 10 Islamic State leaders in air strikes, including individuals linked to the Paris attacks, a U.S. spokesman said, dealing a double blow to the militant group after Iraqi forces ousted it from the city of Ramadi.

FRANCE CALLS FOR EU CRACKDOWN ON FAKE SYRIAN PASSPORTS

France has asked the European Union to improve the detection of fake Syrian passports used by people trying to get into Europe after two of the suicide bombers in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks were found carrying such passports.

BAHRAIN COURT SENTENCES 29 PEOPLE TO 5-25 YEARS JAIL FOR 2014 EXPLOSION – BNA

Bahrain’s High Criminal Court has sentenced 29 people to jail terms ranging from five to 25 years for detonating an explosive device intended to kill policemen in 2014, state news agency Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported on Wednesday.

IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS FIRED ROCKETS NEAR U.S. WARSHIPS IN GULF – U.S.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near the U.S. aircraft-carrier Harry S. Truman and other warships as they were entering the Gulf on Saturday, giving only brief notice in a “highly provocative” act, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday.

TOP AIDE TO NORTH KOREA LEADER KIM JONG UN DIES IN CAR CRASH – KCNA

A senior North Korean ruling party official and a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un has died in a car accident, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest dramatic demise in the close circle of deputies to the country’s leader.

CLINTON – ISLAMIC STATE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS, YAZIDIS, A GENOCIDE

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said that Islamic State violence against Christians, Iraqi Yazidis and other religious minorities in the Middle East was genocide.

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