THURSDAY 31st Dec 2015
BY MR LARRY ®
PRESIDENT MAHAMA ANNOUNCES LOGISTICS PACKAGE FOR FIRE SERVICE
President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday announced a logistics package for the staff and management of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to enhance fire fighting performance in the coming years.
KUFUOR CALLS FOR PEACEFUL ELECTIONS
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has called for peaceful elections in 2016.A statement signed by Mr Frank Agyekum, the Spokesperson/Special Aide to the former President and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday said “Fellow Ghanaians, it gives me great pleasure to greet you on this New Year’s Eve.
WHO COMMENDS GHANAIAN FOR SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP IN TACKLING INFLUENZA
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Professor William Kwabena Ampofo, whose term as Chairman of the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Advisory Group (PIP is coming to an end.
MAHAMA SACKS 7 MMDCES, APPOINTS 8 OTHERS
President John Dramani Mahama has in accordance with Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 20(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, Act 462 made the following new nominations as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
BREMAN ASIKUMA RECORDS LOW CRIMES IN 2015 – DSP ASSUMENG
The District Police Commander for the Breman Asikuma Distric Police Command, in the Central Region DSP David Assumeng has hinted that his outfit recorded low crime rate during year 2015.
EX-MILITARY OFFICER ARRESTED IN TAMALE IN RECRUITMENT SCAM
One John Dramani Sulemana, a 34-year-old ex-military person, has been arrested by the Northern Regional Police Command for allegedly defrauding five persons with the pretext of recruiting them into the police and military services.
ARMS SEIZURE NOT LINKED TO ELECTION 2016 – SECURITY EXPERT
The Director in Charge of the Small and Light Weapons programme at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre, KAIPKC, John M. Pokoo has cautioned against the rush in some people linking the seizure of arms in recent times to attempts to destabilize Ghana in the upcoming 2016 elections.
HO POLY BEGINS GRADUATE PROGRAMMES
The Ho Polytechnic will from next year begin graduate programmes under its recently established School of Graduate Studies.The Polytechnic also inaugurated the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences.
LANTE VANDERPUIJE DECLARES PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION
Odododiodoo legislator Nii Lante Vanderpuije has revealed he is eyeing the presidency.
KATH DENIES HIRING NEW STAFF
Management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has been alarmed over reports that some unscrupulous persons were extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public under the pretext of getting them employed at the hospital.
GMA TO GOV’T: ‘WE DON’T WANT ANY SURPRISES IN 2016’
The Ghana Medical Association is warning government to honor its promise of implementing conditions of service agreed in October after four months of painstaking negotiations.
KORLE BU SENIOR STAFF PROTEST; INSIST CEO MUST GO
Some members of the Korle Bu Senior Staff Association have embarked on a demonstration to protest what they claim to be attempts by the Board and management of the hospital to intimidate the leadership.
PROF. SAWYERR: GOV’T MUST LISTEN TO CITIZENRY MORE
A former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Akilakpa Sawyerr, has charged government to pay heed to the needs of Ghanaians in order to give meaning to the nation’s democracy.
ADJENA-AKWAMU INSTALLS NEW CHIEF
Adjena-Akwamu community in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern region on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 out-doored a new chief with the stool name Osabarima Nana Appiah Boadu l, to end the long-standing chieftaincy dispute in the area.
WOYOME WHERE IS OUR MONEY?
Against what President John Dramani Mahama might have thought was the deficiency of Ghanaians of having short memories, his assertion however, has been proved wrong, as majority of Ghanaians are asking the whereabouts of the tax payers money which was wrongfully paid to the business man, Alfred Abgesi Woyome.
I WILL TURN GHANA AROUND – EDWARD MAHAMA
Presidential hopeful Dr Edward Mahama has said he is embarking on a crusade to turn Ghana around.
NO ‘POLITICAL PROSTITUTE’ WILL BE CPP CANDIDATE IN 2016 – SAMIA
Immediate past Chairperson of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Samia Nkrumah says the party will not field any candidate deemed as a mole in the party.
ANNOUNCING END TO LOAD SHEDDING NEEDLESS – ACEP
The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has described as “unnecessary and premature” government announcement of an end to load shedding.
NPP WOMEN’S ORGANIZER STABBED TO DEATH
The Women’s Organizer of the Bibiani Ahwiaso-Bekwai branch of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been stabbed to death.
KUMASI SLEEPS IN DARKNESS OVER PLANT EXPLOSIONS
The entire Kumasi Metropolis has been without light since last night following a series of explosions that occurred at some substations of the electricity company of Ghana.
POWER MINISTRY DECLARES END TO LOAD SHEDDING
The Ministry of Power has declared an end to the load shedding exercise that Ghana has been experiencing for the past four years.
DAGBON STUDENTS BACK PROPOSAL TO HOLD FUNERALS FOR LATE KINGS
The Dagbon Students Association (DASA) has encouraged the Otumfuo-led committee of three eminent chiefs mediating the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute, to fast track the implementation of the roadmap to peace in Dagbon.
STAY WITHIN BUDGET; TERKPER ADVISES MDAS, CONTRACTORS
The Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terkper, has warned that contractors, suppliers and other state agencies that spend outside the budgetary allocations for 2016 will not benefit from any government intervention.
BOG TO INTENSIFY SUPERVISORY ROLE
The Second Deputy Governor of the bank of Ghana, Mr Nashiru Issahaku, has said the Bank of Ghana will intensify its supervisory role in the banking and non-banking sector to improve the viability of the financial sector.
STANBIC BANK TO MAKE CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS EASIER
The world of payment is ever evolving with mobile technology currently spurring the payment revolution.Consumption of goods in Africa rose to more than $1 trillion in 2012, from $364 million in 2000, an annual rate of growth of 10.7 percent, according to a McKinsey report.
NEW PUBLIC INVESTMENT POLICY UNVEILED
A new policy to guide the management of public investments with the aim of improving the quality and delivery of public projects has been launched by the Ministry of Finance.
FISHERMEN CALL FOR DEREGULATION OF PREMIX FUEL
Fishermen in communities around some landing beaches in the country want government to deregulate sale of premix fuel.
LADMA GIVES SOFT LOANS TO TRADERS
The La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) has presented soft loans to 100 petty traders within the municipality.Twenty-five traders were drawn from four associations each, namely: United Ladies, Peace and Love, Anointed Ladies and Unique Association.
ADB REFUTES REPORTS OF MD’S EXIT
The Board of Directors of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has not asked Managing Director Stephen Kpordzih to resign, a statement from the bank has said.
SCRAP 17.5% TAX ON PHONE ACCESSORIES – MPADA
The Mobile Phone and Accessories Dealers Association (MPADA), umbrella-body of mobile phones and accessories dealers in the country, is asking government to reconsider plans to increase tax on phone accessories from the current 3 percent to 17.5 percent.
GUTA DOUBTFUL ABOUT ANNOUNCED END TO LOAD SHEDDING
President of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Mr George Ofori, has said he remains doubtful about the announced end to load shedding until the country really experiences continued power supply in 2016.
ANALYSTS SEE 2016 OIL PRICE RISE, WHILE TRADERS BET ON FALL
A year ago, after oil prices had halved in six months, analysts were forecasting a price recovery in 2015 while many traders were busy shorting the market.
CHINA FUNDS INCREASE EQUITY ALLOCATIONS AS CONFIDENCE SLOWLY MENDS
Chinese fund managers raised suggested equity exposure for the next three months to the highest level in half a year, citing ample market liquidity, according to a monthly Reuters poll, as investor sentiment continues to slower recover after a summer crash.
ECB’S CONSTANCIO SAYS PREFERS NO POLICY CHANGE IN FORESEEABLE FUTURE
The vice president of the European Central Bank has said that he would prefer its policy to stay unchanged for the foreseeable future, in comments that suggest any extension of quantitative easing is unlikely for now.
1MDB IN $1.7 BILLION PROPERTY PROJECT STAKE SALE TO MALAYSIA-CHINA GROUP
Malaysia’s troubled state fund 1MDB said on Thursday it had agreed to a $1.7 billion (1.15 billion pounds) property deal with a Malaysian-Chinese group, wrapping up major asset sales to cut debt.
NIGERIA READY TO NEGOTIATE RELEASE OF CHIBOK GIRLS WITH BOKO HARAM, BUHARI SAYS
Nigeria’s government is prepared to negotiate with Islamist militant group Boko Haram to secure the release of around 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year, if credible leaders are identified, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday.
CONGO TO HOLD EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 20
The Republic of Congo will hold early presidential elections in March, authorities said, after a new constitution removed barriers to President Denis Sassou Nguesso extending his rule.
BURUNDI THREATENS AU PEACEKEEPERS
Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza threatens to fight African Union peacekeepers if they are deployed to the country.
RWANDA GENOCIDE: JEAN UWINKINDI SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
Rwanda’s High Court has sentenced a pastor to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide.Jean Uwinkindi organised and participated in attacks on the minority Tutsi ethnic group, the court ruled.
S.AFRICAN KING TO BE JAILED FOR KIDNAPPING, ASSAULT
A South Africa traditional king of Nelson Mandela’s Thembu ethnic group was Wednesday due to start serving a 12 year prison sentence for arson, kidnapping and assault of his subjects.
EL NINO WEATHER: WORRIES GROW OVER HUMANITARIAN IMPACT
El Nino has contributed to making 2015 the warmest year on record and will continue to influence temperatures in 2016The strongest El Nino weather cycle on record is likely to increase the threat of hunger and disease for millions of people in 2016, aid agencies say.
U.S. PREPARING SANCTIONS ON IRAN OVER BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAMME – SOURCES
U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is preparing new sanctions on international companies and individuals over Iran’s ballistic missile programme, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.
IRAQI PM SAYS TURKEY NOT RESPECTING AGREEMENT TO WITHDRAW TROOPS
Iraq’s prime minister accused Turkey on Wednesday of failing to respect an agreement to withdraw its troops from the country’s north and its foreign minister said if forced, Iraq could resort to military action to defend its sovereignty.
BRUSSELS NEW YEAR FIREWORKS CANCELLED OVER ATTACK FEARS
Authorities in the Belgian capital Brussels on Wednesday called off the city’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks display, citing fears of a militant attack.
AT ISSUE IN U.N. SYRIA CEASEFIRE PLAN – WHO IS A TERRORIST?
A U.N. plan to suspend Syria’s nearly five-year-old civil war calls for listing which militant groups may be fought despite an eventual ceasefire, one of the toughest issues vexing diplomats trying to end the conflict.
AUSTRALIA EVACUATES THREE COASTAL REGIONS AS FIRE RISK GROWS
Hundreds of residents and holidaymakers along southern Australia’s popular Great Ocean Road were evacuated on Thursday as hot, windy weather threatened to recharge bushfires that destroyed more than 100 homes on Christmas Day.
PARIS AIMS FOR SUBDUED NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS AFTER NOVEMBER ATTACKS
Authorities in Paris, with an eye to security following the November attacks by armed militants, are shortening a New Year video light show at the Arc de Triomphe at midnight on Thursday and cancelling a firework display to keep down crowds.
To God Almighty = I say Thank You.
To my true friends = I appreciate you all.
To those who showed me love = I’m grateful.
To those who hurt me = I forgive and forget.
To those I really hurt = I’m so sorry, please forgive me.
To those who challenged me = lets do it again.
To those I showed love to = I still love you and will continue to love you.
To those who helped me= I am so grateful and will reciprocate in due season.