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TUESDAY 12TH JAN 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

HOUSE FOR HEROIC TAXI DRIVER

For his heroism and sheer bravado that foiled an attempted robbery of a saleswoman of Koala Supermarkets at Cantonments in Accra last Saturday, a taxi driver from the government as a reward.

DKM MICROFINANCE BOSS, 3 OTHERS ARRESTED

The Director of DKM Microfinance Company, Martin K. Delle, is in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigation for allegedly misappropriating funds of his clients.

NURSES, TEACHERS PICKET AT FLAGSTAFF HOUSE, EDUCATION MINISTRY

Fifteen nurses and 14 teachers have been arrested for picketing at the Flagstaff House and embarking on a demonstration at the Ministry of Education, respectively, to press home their demand for employment.

BNI ARREST 4 MICROFINANCE OPERATORS

The Bureau of National Investigations is holding four operators of a microfinance company in the Brong Ahafo Region where customers’ monies have been locked up for months.

MINISTER IN Ȼ1M HOT WATERS

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, has been put on the spotlight over an unusual amount of Ȼ1 million he used to fund a conference in Switzerland.

CORRUPTION GALORE IN GNAT: EXECUTIVES FEED FAT ON POOR TEACHERS’ CONTRIBUTIONS

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), an institution which is expected to protect the interest of the country, appears to be feeding fat on the contributions of the poor teachers whose interest they profess to be protecting.

15 NURSES ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL PICKETING

Fifteen unemployed nurses are in the grips of the police for not following due process in an attempt to find out why a promise made to them by Vice President, Kwesi Amissah Arthur has not been fulfilled.

WE WILL DELIVER CREDIBLE ELECTIONS IN GHANA – EC

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, has given the assurance that the Commission would be delivering credible elections in this year’s presidential and parliamentary polls.

COCOA INDUSTRY PLAYERS ADVISE JOHN MAHAMA ON OPUNI

Some senior and ordinary members of the governing National Democratic Congress and cocoa industry players are forecasting dire electoral consequences for President John Dramani Mahama’s second term bid in this year’s general elections if Dr Stephen Opuni remains Chief Executive of COCOBOD.

HISPAG THREATENS SUSPENSION OF SERVICES OVER NON-PAYMENT OF CLAIMS

The Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG) has served notice it will suspend services to patients across the country if the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) fails to pay their claims which is in arrears.

BRITISH FUGITIVE FOR COURT TODAY

Hearing of the extradition of Arthur Simpson-Kent, a British citizen accused of murdering his girlfriend and two children in London, did not come off at the Kaneshie Magistrate Court on Monday.

MAHAMA EXPOSING CORRUPTION, KUFUOR SHIELDED IT – MORNAH

National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah has described President John Dramani Mahama as courageous in exposing corrupt practices in his three (3) years in government.

GITMO DUO: ‘NO NEED TO PANIC’ – HANNA TETTEH

Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh, has said Ghanaians must not panic about the relocation of two Guantanamo Bay ex-convicts to Ghana, since, according to her, they posed no threat to the security of the country.

AKUFO-ADDO, BAWUMIA MUST APOLOGIZE TO GHANAIANS

Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has called on the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate and his running mate, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo- Addo and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia respectively, to apologize to Ghanaians for hiring somebody to act as a spokesperson for the opposition Togolese party leader, who claimed what the party has in custody as an authentic copy of the Electoral Commission (EC) copy was used for their elections.

I WILL ACCEPT GITMO DETAINEES IN MY CONSTITUENCY – MP

Member of Parliament for Amenfi Central in the Western region is offering to accommodate the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees as refugees in his constituency.

GOVERNMENT CAUTIONED TO PREPARE FOR 2016 FLOODING IN ACCRA

A Mamobi resident, Alhaji Mohamed Iddi is warning government to take steps to avoid a repeat of the June 3, 2015 twin disaster that claimed many lives and destroyed several properties.

SECURITY ANALYST REFUTES CLAIMS GITMO DETAINEES ARE INNOCENT

Dr Kwesi Aning wants claims by the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees that they are not a part or against any terrorist group to be taken with a pinch of salt.

EPA BOSS SHOT DEAD IN TEMA

The Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Tema, Ebenezer Fiagbe has been shot dead by suspected robbers.

SAMIA GETS 3 CHALLENGERS FOR CPP PRESIDENTIAL SLOT

Three other persons have so far filed their nomination forms to contest Samia Yaaba Nkrumah for the president slot of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) ahead of the November general elections.

WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR REVENGE – GITMO DETAINEES SPEAK

The two Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees in Ghana have spoken for the first time in an attempt to allay the fears of apprehensive Ghanaians, who say they are security threats to the country.

BORROWING OVER GHC1 MILLION FROM YEA FOR TRAVELS ‘NORMAL’ – MINISTER

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu has confirmed that the ministry borrowed over GHc1 million Cedis from the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), but did not blow it all on just travel expenses for international conferences.

WOMAN, 36, ARRESTED FOR BURYING BROTHER UNDER A KIOSK

Police in Accra have launched a manhunt for a 17-year-old boy who assisted his mother to bury his uncle under a kiosk.The suspects buried the 39-year-old man under the kiosk at Okpoi Gonno, near the Hydrophone Estate in Accra.

KEEPING OUR ENVIRONS CLEAN IS A MUST!

WE on Today recount in the 80s and 90s when we had Tankase/Samasama (to wit Sanitary Inspectors) all over the country. But more specifically these sanitary inspectors were regularly deployed to the regional capitals. And their task was to ensure that we as citizens continued to keep our environs clean

EC’S STL SACKS 8 STAFF OVER TIES WITH NPP

Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) – an Israeli company – handling the biometric data of the Electoral Commission of Ghana has sacked eight of its staff.

‘IT’S AN ERROR FOR MAHAMA TO REWARD KOALA DRIVER’

A legal scholar, Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, has condemned President John Mahama over his decision to reward the taxi driver who foiled a robbery operation with a house.

BUSINESSHEADLINES

OUT OF $23B FROM GOLD, GHANA GETS 7%

The country earned $1.7 billion, roughly 7 percent, in taxes and royalties out of a total $23 billion, which is the value of gold produced in the study by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy has shown.

ECOWAS RENEWS SINGLE CURRENCY PROMISE

The Deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana, Millison Narh says the West African Monetary Agency (WAMA) must double its efforts to achieve a single currency for the sub-region, after a ban on its international conference in the wake of Ebola crippled operations of the Monetary Agency.

TERKPER UNDER FIRE OVER NEW TAX LAW

The Chartered Institute of Taxation Ghana (CITG) has backed calls for the suspension of the new Income Tax Act, 2015 (Act 896), describing portions of the law as a mockery of the international guidelines on taxation.

SPECIAL ACCOUNTS FOR NEW PETROLEUM LEVIES

The government has set up a special account into which all new levies on petroleum products will be saved to enable it to defray the huge debt in the energy sector.

ENGEN GHANA MAKES GIANT STRIDES IN GHANA

Engen Ghana Limited, an affiliate of Engen Petroleum South Africa, has affirmed its brand of products and professional operations in the Ghanaian downstream oil marketing companies in fulfillment of the company’s commitment to becoming the Oil Company of Choice in Ghana.

DUMSOR ENDS WITH A HEAVY BLOW ON FUEL DEALERS

With an end in sight to the almost three years agonizing and debilitating power crisis and a welcome good news to many Ghanaians and business owners, information available to The aL-hAJJ reveals the opposite for the Bulk Oil Distributors and Fuel Dealers who have since been moaning due to sharp slump in sales.

FUNDING REMAINS KEY CHALLENGE FOR RAILWAY TRANSPORT

Government says funding remains the key challenge for railway transport infrastructure provision in the country.

GOV’T CLEARS GHC3.8 BILLION STATUTORY DEBTS

The government has settled about GHc3.8 billion statutory payments as of the end of the fiscal year December 31, last year.The payments, the first time in many years, are in line with the Government Public Expenditure Management and Arrears Clearance programme as indicated in the 2015 Budget and Economic Policy of the government.

JUAPONG TEXTILES PROTEST OVER UNPAID SALARIES

Workers of Volta Star Textiles Limited (VSTL) yesterday staged a massive demonstration at Juapong in the Volta region over their unpaid salary arrears.The angry workers alleged they have not been paid for a year now.

GOLDEN STAR EXCEEDS 2015 TARGET

Golden Star Resources – which holds a 90% interest in the Wassa and Prestea gold mines in Ghana – announced, on Monday January 11, its fourth quarter results for 2015, in which it exceeded its production target.

ADB: IPO ON COURSE DESPITE MD’S EXIT

The Agricultural Development Bank Limited (ADB) has officially announced the resignation of its Managing Director Stephen Kpordzih, adding that its IPO continues as planned irrespective of the development.

SALARY WORKERS CAN NEVER BE RICH – TORKORNU

Menson Torkornu, a former Managing Director of Amal Bank now Bank of Africa, has stoked controversy by claiming that workers who earn a monthly salary can never be rich.

BOG DECLARES MORE PROBE OF MFIS

The central bank has vowed to be even more stringent in its probing of Micro Finance Institutions’ operations, even as the controversy surrounding its withdrawal of “approval in principle” for 70 of them rages on.

ECG INSTALLS METERS AT VOLTA REGION TELCO CELL SITES

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is installing new Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) devices at all telecommunication cell sites in the Volta Region.

SALARIES GUZZLE TOURISM BUDGET

Compensation for employees of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts constitute 68.4 percent of its 2016 budget allocation, leaving little for other tourism-related programmes.

ASCERTAIN VARIETY OF CROPS BEFORE PLANTING; FARMERS TOLD

The Country Coordinator of the Support for Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa (SARD-SC) Programme, Dr Kwadwo Obeng-Antwi, has advised farmers to ascertain the variety of crops before planting them, to avoid sowing industrial crops for human consumption.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SIX DEAD IN SUDAN’S WEST DARFUR AFTER PROTEST CRACKDOWN

At least six people have been killed in unrest in Sudan’s West Darfur, sources said Monday, the day after security forces dispersed protesters outside government buildings in the state capital Geneina.

7.5 MILLION NEED HUMANITARIAN AID IN DR CONGO: UN

Decades of successive crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo have left 7.5 million people — nine percent of the population — in need of humanitarian aid including food, the United Nations said Monday.

NIGER COURT REJECTS BAIL FOR PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL JAILED IN BABY SCANDAL

A Niger court on Monday denied bail to Hama Amadou, a leading opposition figure and contender in next month’s presidential election who has been jailed for his alleged role in a baby trafficking scandal.

AID CONVOY REACHES STARVING SYRIAN TOWN OF MADAYA

An aid convoy entered a besieged Syrian town on Monday where thousands have been trapped without supplies for months and people are reported to have died of starvation.

MEXICO SAYS SEAN PENN MEETING WAS ‘ESSENTIAL’ TO FINDING KINGPIN CHAPO

A secret meeting Hollywood star Sean Penn held with the world’s most-wanted drug boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to discuss a magazine article was essential to finding the fugitive, Mexico’s attorney general said on Monday.

CAMERON SETS OUT TERMS FOR MINISTERS TO CAMPAIGN FOR EU EXIT

Prime Minister David Cameron told his ministers on Monday they must not undermine his renegotiation with the European Union for better terms for Britain and can campaign to leave the bloc only after those talks have finished.

NORTH KOREA FAKED SUB-LAUNCHED MISSILE TEST FOOTAGE – ANALYSIS

Footage of a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test released by Pyongyang two days after it announced it had conducted the country’s fourth nuclear test last week was faked, according to an analysis by a California-based think tank.

SYRIA NEEDS NEW CONSTITUTION, SAYS RUSSIA’S PUTIN

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult.

U.S. MAY SEND STRATEGIC ASSETS, BUT NOT WARHEADS, TO SOUTH KOREA

The United States and South Korea are discussing deploying more U.S. “strategic assets” to the region after North Korea’s atomic test last week but not restoring U.S. nuclear arms to the South, a U.S. official said on Monday.

MERKEL UNDER PRESSURE AS COLOGNE POLICE DETAIL ASSAULTS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced growing pressure to harden her line on refugees on Monday as the first extensive police report on New Year’s Eve violence in Cologne documented rampant sexual assaults on women by gangs of young migrant men.

IRAN FILLS HEAVY WATER NUCLEAR REACTOR CORE WITH CEMENT – FARS

Iran has removed the core of its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor and filled it with cement as required under a nuclear deal signed with world powers last year, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Monday, citing an informed Iranian source.

PLEASENOTE

His Excellency the President John Dramani Mahama will today Tuesday, 12th January 2016, hold a PRESS CONFERENCE at the Flagstaff House @ 11am. Please tune in to GTV And GBC radio across the country

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