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News Headlines- January 18 2016

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MONDAY 18TH JAN 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

PREZ MAHAMA LAUNCHES STREETS OF ACCRA PROJECT: 75 KILOMETRES OF ROADS TO BE ASPHALTED

President John Dramani Mahama last Saturday cut the sod for the Streets of Accra Project, which will ensure that there is an asphalt overlay on 76 kilometres of roads in the national capital.

SMARTTYS PROMISES TO REFUND EXCESS PAYMENT FOR REBRANDING END OF MARCH

A payment schedule submitted by lawyers for Smarttys confirmed that the payments will be made in three installments with the first installment being paid by the end of January.

EC ADJUDICATION REVIEW COMMITTEE APPROVES DEDUPLICATION

The Electoral Commission (EC) has explained that the deduplication of 69236 names from the Voters Register was based on reports of the legally mandated Adjudication Review Committee (ARC).

C’TEE TO DETERMINE SALARIES OF ARTICLE 71 OFFICE HOLDERS

President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution, and acting on the advice of the Council of State, appointed a five-member Presidential Committee to determine the salaries of Article 71 Office Holders.

ROBBERS AMBUSH TRADERS AT BONSU NKWANTA

A group of armed robbers last Saturday evening ambushed passengers, including traders, who were travelling between Bonsu Nkwanta and Sefwi Adaekrom in the Western Region and robbed them at gunpoint.

PREZ MAHAMA PROMISES MORE ASPHALT ROADS

President John Dramani Mahama at the weekend gave the assurance that government would asphalt more urban roads in all the regional and district capitals.He said this would spare government the agony of carrying out routine maintenance.

MAHAMA SIDELINING AKYEMS IN GOV’T– OKYEHENE

The Overlord of the Akyem Abuakwa State, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has accused President John Mahama of sidelining Akyems in his government.According to the Okyehene, the development is hindering the progress of the Akyem kingdom.

GAF WARNS OF RECRUITMENT SCAM

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has warned the public against a recruitment scam being done through social media, on its behalf.

IGP TO INAUGURATE ELECTIONS SECURITY TASKFORCE

Mr John Kudalor, Acting Inspector General of Police would inaugurate Elections 2016 National Security Taskforce on January 20.The mandate of the Taskforce is to ensure that the November 7 Presidential and Parliamentary polls are conducted in an atmosphere of peace.

GNFS TO SET UP FIRE POST AT KUMASI CENTRAL MARKET, OTHERS

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has announced plans to set up a Fire Post at the Kumasi Central Market and other major markets across the metropolis to promptly respond to fire emergencies at these places.

WOYONGO CALLS ON MEDIA TO PROMOTE NATIONAL UNITY

Mr Mark Owen Woyongo, Minister of the Interior says although the 1992 Constitution guarantees media freedom, the independence should end where matters of citizens safety, security and survival begins.

WATER SHORTAGE HITS KASOA

Today can report that an acute water shortage has hit Kasoa and its environs in the Central region for the past five days.The situation, the paper gathered, has now worsened as residents walk several miles in search of potable water.

NDC MEMBERS IN COURT OVER PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE

Some disgruntled National Democratic Congress (NDC) members in the Akontombra constituency in the Western Region have sued the party’s parliamentary candidate, Mr. Kenneth Yeboah, at Sefwi-Wiawso High court.

APPRECIATE MAHAMA’S APPOINTMENT OF AKYEMS IN GOV’T – E/R NDC REPLIES OKYEHENE

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has hit back at the King of Akyem-Abuakwa, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin for saying President John Mahama has sidelined people from his region in government.The Eastern Region NDC has described Okyehene’s pronouncements as unnecessary and ill-motivated.

GIS WAGES WAR ON SMUGGLING OF OFFENSIVE WEAPONS

Acting Director of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Mr. Felix Yaw Sarpong, has called for a closer collaboration between the media and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in the area of information sharing so as to ensure that the borders of the country are safe from illegal entry of humans and offensive weapons before and after the 2016 general elections.

TEWU BEGINS STRIKE; PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES TO SUFFER

Members of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) will from today Monday, embark on a nation-wide strike following what they called, unfair treatment by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.

FIRST LADY NOT LINKED TO DKM – BANK OF GHANA

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has denied claims that the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has shares in the DKM Microfinance Company.

GOV’T CONDEMNS TERROR ATTACKS ON BURKINA FASO

The Government has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso over the weekend, which claimed nearly thirty lives.

BANKROLLERS DITCH NPP AT K’SI FUNDRAISING; ‘KAYAYEI’ NOW FINANCE PARTY

Events at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the Ashanti Region, where the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) held its mammoth fund raising event over the weekend fuelled speculations that the party is in dire need, as its financiers are reportedly pulling their resources one after the other from the party.

I’LL SCRAP MAHAMA’S ‘CRIPPLING’ TAX REGIME – NANA ADDO

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured Ghanaians that he will scrap what he terms as “high taxes” introduced by the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) when he is voted into power.

GJA TASKS MEDIA TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS SUCCESSFUL ELECTIONS

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has cautioned the media to exhibit a high sense of professionalism in their work to foster successful General Election this year.

THREE IN POLICE GRIP FOR SIPHONING FUEL AT ACCIDENT SCENE

The Oforikrom Police have arrested three persons for allegedly siphoning diesel from a fuel tanker that was involved in an accident at Anloga Junction in Kumasi in the early hours of yesterday.

MILITARY DISPATCH RIDER DIES IN GHASTLY ACCIDENT

A Navy dispatch rider who was involved in a head-on collision with a colleague rider at Burma Camp in Accra has been confirmed dead.

WA WEST PM GETS ELECTED TO NALAG

Mr Basiera Sankaara, Presiding Member (PM) of the Wa West District Assembly has been elected the Upper West Regional representative of the National Association of Local Authorities Ghana (NALAG).

MAHAMA BOY CAUSES CONFUSION AT INFORMATION SERVICE DEPT.

Decision by some top officials at the Flagstaff House to by-pass the appointment authority of the Public Service Commission to appoint a Presidential Staffer, Mr. Francis Kwateng Arthur, as the Director of Information Services Department (ISD) under the Ministry of Communications, has stoked fire at the department, Today has gathered.

BURKINA FASO ATTACK: I’M IN SHOCK – AKUFO-ADDO

Ghana’s main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo said the terror attack in Burkina Faso over the weekend has left him in “utter shock and horror.”

IMF BACKS ‘KILLER’TAXES; URGES GOV’T TO CONTINUE WITH HARSH POLICIES DESPITE PUBLIC OUTCRY

With Ghanaians yearning for a change in their circumstances after being plagued by economic hardships, especially recent imposition of numerous taxes and tariffs hikes, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging government to continue in that direction.

CARLOS DONATES TO FLOOD VICTIMS

Parliamentary candidate for the Tema West Constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Greater Accra region, Carlos Ahenkorah, has donated items worth 6,000 dollars to victims of last year’s rain disaster that occurred in June 2015.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ECOWAS SINGLE CURRENCY: LET’S DEVALUE CURRENCIES – VEEP

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur says it is about time central banks in the ECOWAS sub-region considered a deliberate policy to devalue their currencies if they are to make any headway in meeting the key criteria for adopting a single currency by 2020.

TRANSPORT SECTOR LEFT TO DONORS

GHC 111M DEBT HANDS OVER YEA

INVESTORS PANIC OVER MIN CAPITAL FOR JOINT VENTURES

TUC SHOWS GOVT RED FLAG

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has announced it will hit the streets on Wednesday to protest against the increasing cost of living in the country.

VEEP URGES MONETARY ZONE TO TACKLE ECONOMIES

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on member states of the West African Monetary Zone to urgently tackle the economic challenges facing their respective countries.

ZOETIC GLOBAL, ECG INK 100MW POWER DEAL

Zoetic Global, a US-based project developer, has executed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for 100 Megawatts of additive power generation at the nation’s Akosombo Dam on Lake Volta.

SCOTTISH OIL & GAS TEAM TO VISITS GHANA

A Scottish Oil & Gas delegation will be visiting Ghana on 21st and 22nd of January 2016, a statement from the British High Commission has said.

GOV’T CAN’T SACRIFICE INDUSTRIES FOR REVENUE – TUC

The Trades Union Congress says it will not sit down for government to continue raking in more revenue in taxes at the expense of a collapsing industrial sector.

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 100 MOST OUTSTANDING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

In recognition of the growing awareness of women entrepreneurs in Ghana, their impact and influence, we are excited to share that WomanRising has opened nominations for the 100 Most Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs (100MOWE).

WALMART SHUTS 269 STORES WORLDWIDE

On Friday, Walmart announced it will close 269 stores globally as it struggles to compete with online retailers like Amazon.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BURKINA FASO AND MALI TO COORDINATE FORCES AFTER DEADLY ATTACKS

Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to work together to counter the growing threat of Islamic militants in West Africa by sharing intelligence and conducting joint security patrols following two deadly and well-coordinated attacks in the region.

PEACEKEEPERS CONCERNED OVER NEW FIGHTING IN SUDAN’S DARFUR

The UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur said Sunday it is “deeply concerned” about an surge in fighting between government forces and rebels in the conflict-hit western region.

RUSSIA’S LUKOIL EXITS COTE D’IVOIRE

Russian news agencies have reported on Friday that Lukoil, Russia’s largest private oil company in the world, exited projects in Cote d’Ivoire, where it led exploration in the deep offshore. The company confirmed the information about leaving the projects to TASS News Agency.

U.S. PRISONERS LEAVE IRAN, ARRIVE IN GERMANY, AS OBAMA HAILS WIN FOR DIPLOMACY

Three Iranian-Americans arrived in Germany after leaving Tehran on Sunday in a prisoner swap following the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal U.S. President Barack Obama said had cut off Tehran’s path to a nuclear bomb.

THREE AMERICANS KIDNAPPED IN BAGHDAD – AL ARABIYA TV, CITING OWN SOURCES

Three Americans have been kidnapped by “militias” in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya reported on Sunday, citing its own sources.

INSIGHT – IRAN MOVES FROM PARIAH STATE TO REGIONAL POWER

Iran’s release from sanctions testifies to its new relationship with the United States as it moves from pariah state to regional power, a status that could come at the cost of Saudi Arabia, Washington’s chief Arab ally.

TAIWAN ELECTS ITS FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT; CHINA WARNS OF ‘GRAVE CHALLENGES’

Taiwan has elected its first female president in a landmark election that could unsettle relations with Beijing.Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won the presidency with 56.1% of the vote, the official Central News Agency said, after eight years under the government of the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) or Nationalist Party.

MALDIVES PUTS CONDITIONS ON JAILED EX-LEADER FOR UK TRAVEL – LAWYERS

The Maldives on Sunday backtracked on an unconditional agreement to allow jailed former leader Mohamed Nasheed to travel to Britain for surgery, his lawyers said.

CLINTON GOES ON OFFENSE AGAINST SANDERS AT DEMOCRATIC DEBATE

U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton accused top challenger Bernie Sanders on Sunday of being inconsistent on how to rein in Wall Street and unrealistic in his proposed healthcare overhaul, in a broad offensive aimed at stemming his rise in opinion polls.

HAITI ELECTION PANEL SAYS BOYCOTT WILL NOT STOP PRESIDENTIAL VOTE

Haiti’s runoff presidential election will take place on Jan. 24, even though the opposition candidate insists he will boycott the vote because of his lack of faith in the process, the president of the Caribbean nation’s electoral council said on Sunday.

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