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News Headlines-February 10 2016

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WEDNESDAY 10TH FEB 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

MAHAMA MOURNS HIS ‘FRIEND’ JB DANQUAH

President John Dramani Mahama has said he was shocked by the death of his friend and Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu. President Mahama in a tweet said he “received news of my friend Hon. J.B. Danquah-Adu’s murder with shock. My heart goes out to his siblings, Frank etc, his wife & children.”

NATION EXPRESSES SHOCK AT DEATH OF JB DANQUAH-ADU

The Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, was murdered in cold blood in the wee hours of Tuesday, after he had been attacked by unidentified assailants at his residence at Shiahsie, near Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra.

AGI WORRIED OVER MULTIPLICITY OF TAXES

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has decried the multiplicity of taxes in the country and said the situation is creating an unfavorable climate for businesses.

AFRIWAVE DEAL STINKS – IMANI

Policy analyst think tank, IMANI Ghana has revealed that the processes leading to the award of a monopoly licence to Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited to operate the controversial interconnect clearing house for telecom companies is riddled with fraud.

MP’S MURDER BREEDS PANIC: GHANAIANS WORRIED OVER GENERAL INSECURITY

The brutal killing of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, yesterday dawn has heightened the general sense of insecurity in the country following the rising spate of such killings in recent times.

NPP SUSPECTS FOUL PLAY IN MURDER OF ABUAKWA NORTH MPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party is suspecting foul play in the killing of the party’s Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region.

TERKPER SWERVES CURRENTS DEBT FIGURE

Government is still silent on Ghana’s debt level, except to say that the debt (including Eurobond for refinancing) stands at ₵93 billion, representing 72.6% of GDP (November 2015).

GLO MOBILE GHANA IN TROUBLE: NCA GIVES 30-DAY ULTIMATUM TO PAY ALL DEBTS

Credible information available to The General Telegraph indicates that Glo Mobile Ghana Limited, a telecommunication company is in hot waters as the National Communications Authority (NCA) chases it to settle its debts.

5 GRABBED OVER MPS MURDER

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, at his residence at Shiashie, East Legon in Accra, Tuesday.

NURSING NOT BEAUTY CONTEST – UW MINISTER TELLS TRAINEES

Upper West Regional Minister, Amin Amidu Sulemani, has given his support to principals and tutors of the various nursing training institutions in the region to discipline deviant nurse trainees who fail to comply with the rules and regulations of the training.

GHANA’S NIA ISSUES 75,000 IMMIGRANTS WITH ID CARDS

About 75,000 foreigners from 149 countries living in Ghana have been issued with Identification cards but they are not using the cards due to lack of enforcement.

PROSPER BANI FACES PARLIAMENT TODAY OVER NEW APPOINTMENT

He is expected to answer questions on the readiness of the police to ensure impartial discharge of their duties before, during and after the elections as well as other key security questions.

GHANA’S NITA ADVOCATES FOR THREE ACCEPTABLE ID CARDS

The Director in charge of IT Applications at the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Mrs. Veronica Boateng is advocating for three acceptable identification cards in the country, instead of having about seven different identification cards.

GHANA DEATHS AND BIRTHS BEGINS NEWBORNS REGISTRATION

The Deaths and Births Registry (BDR), the agency mandated to register Ghanaians at birth and at death has started registering new born babies immediately after birth.

MP’S MURDER: POLICE ARREST 5, NPP CALLS FOR PROBE

Five persons comprising three women and two men have been arrested by the police for interrogation in connection with the killing of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu.

RESPECT PARTY STRUCTURES — PPP ADVISES MEMBERS

Leadership of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has denied media reports of neglecting its members at the national level.

JB DANQUAH’S KILLING: GOV’T WANTS NATIONAL DEBATE ON MPS’ SECURITY

The Interior Ministry is proposing a national debate on calls for MPs to be provided with security following the stabbing to death of Abuakwa North MP, J.B. Danquah-Adu.

PAST ATTEMPTS WERE MADE ON JB’S LIFE – MP

The Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Suame constituency, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has indicated that there had been previous attempts to kill Abuakwa North MP Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu.

SACKED LOUDMOUTHS FROM NATIONAL SECURITY – KWESI ANING

A Security Expert at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre, (KAIPC) Dr. Kwesi Aning has said loudmouth National Security Operatives should be sacked from the sacked from the National Security Service.

RETURN GHANA SOLDIERS ON UN MISSIONS – ANGLICAN PRIEST

The Metropolitan Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa Most Reverend Dr. Daniel Yinkah-Sarfo is asking government to repatriate Ghanaian soldiers deployed on UN peace keeping missions abroad.

MP’S DEATH: EDWARD MAHAMA BACKS BETTER SECURITY FOR MPS

The Presidential Candidate of the People`s National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Mahama, has joined calls for improved security for Members of Parliament following the tragic death of the MP for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu.

NO OVERSPENDING FOR ELECTIONS – TERKPER

Finance Minister Seth Terkper has guaranteed his commitment to ensuring that government’s expenditure does not exceed budget limits this election year. According to him, even though some of the measures adopted are tough, the prospects for the country’s future are bright.

IGNORE TERRORIST TAG AGAINST ME’ – ISLAMIC SCHOLAR

The renowned international Islamic preacher, Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips has urged Muslims around the world to ignore all negative media propaganda geared towards tarnishing the image of Islam and his hard earned reputation.

ABONGO NOT FIT TO BE MINISTER’- HR EXPERT

A Former Human Resource Director of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and a Management Consultant, Mr. Tahir Mahmud says he will be surprised if Mr. Albert Abongo is cleared and declared fit for his new ministerial portfolio.
BUSINESS HEADLINES
VEEP URGES FRENCH BUSINESSES TO INVEST IN GHANA

The Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on French businessmen to take advantage of Ghana’s conducive environment to invest in the nation. He said the government was actively encouraging joint venture businesses between Ghanaians and their foreign counterparts as well as promoting Public Private Partnership.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY ON COURSE; NO TIME FOR COMPLACENCY – TERKPER

Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Seth Terkper says government will not be complacent over the gains it has made, as it bids to complete its turnaround of the country’s economic situation which has been dire straits – particularly in the past three or so years.

HIGH COST OF POWER TOPS INDUSTRY WOES

The majority or 53% of the over 500 CEOs surveyed in the AGI business barometer for quarter-four of 2015 cited high cost of power as their number one challenge, followed closely by inadequate supply of the same utility.

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA INAUGURATES MLE UNIT

Researchers across the country can now carry out their work faster through the newly launched Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) unit at the University of Ghana.

GOV’T TO RAISE GHS6.03BN THROUGH SECURITIES

A total of GH¢6.03 billion will be raised by the Government of Ghana through the Bank of Ghana in securities, alone, in February 2016. This will include GHS3 billion in 91-day Treasury bill, GHS2.1 billion in 182-day Treasury bill and a GHS120 million 1-year note. The rest are GHS300 million 2-year note and GHS500m from a 5-year fixed rated bond.

ACCRA COMPOST LEADS CAMPAIGN FOR ORGANIC FERTILIZER SUBSIDY

Managing Director of the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) is leading a campaign to get government to subsidise organic fertilizer production in Ghana.

TEN, SANKOFA FIELDS’LL SPARK ‘SIGNIFICANT’ GROWTH – TERKPER

Ghana’s growth is expected to improve significantly in the medium-term, as the country remains on track to doubling its hydrocarbons production in the next two years, Finance Minister Seth Terkper has said.

HUAWEI HOLDS CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT WITH ROTARY CLUB

The Marketing Manager of Huawei Ghana, David Anku has advised Corporate Ghana to harness the immense benefits of technology but however cautioned against over reliance on it.

NCA DEBUNKS IMANI’S ALLEGATIONS AGAINST AFRIWAVE

The National Communications Authority (NCA) says it has noted with dismay misleading information making the rounds in the media regarding a contract awarded to Afriwave Telecom for the provision of ICT services (including monitoring of international traffic and revenue assurance).

GOVT SAVES GHS111.2M BY DELETING 6K GHOST NAMES

The deletion of close to 6,000 ghost names from the public payroll in the first three quarters of last year, saved the dissipation of GHS111.2, Finance Minister Seth Terkper has said. Mr Terkper said from January to September 2015, alone, 5,861 people were deleted, with a cumulative savings for the nine months of about GH₵111,256,375.44.

STAKEHOLDERS TO SUPPORT COMMODITY EXCHANGE

Potential actors within the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) platform have finally affirmed their full support for the project.

KIA CEPS EXCEEDS REVENUE TARGET FOR YEAR 2015

The Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Collection of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) exceeded its revenue target for the year 2015.

GH?248M TO GROW SMES’ IN ATWIMA-MPONUA

Ninety-eight (98) small and medium enterprises (SMEs’) in the Atwima-Mponua District are to receive credit support totaling GH?248 million to expand their operations.

RURAL BANKS MUST SUPPORT SMES – MINISTER

Management of rural banks have been urged to widen their support for Small and Micro-enterprises especially in the area of agriculture.

GOLD PRICE SLIPS BELOW $1,200

After a four-day rally that sent gold above $1,200 an ounce for the first time since June, the momentum started to fizzle on Tuesday as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicted the gains won’t last.

COCA-COLA REVENUE SLUMPS 4%

The Coca-Cola Company has reported that its full-year net revenue declined by 4% while organic revenue grew 4%. Reported net revenue and organic revenue declined 8% and 1%, respectively, in the quarter, primarily due to the impact of six fewer days in our reporting calendar.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
LIBYA MUST LEAD ANTI-ISLAMIC STATE EFFORT, EGYPT’S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS

Libya needs to form a unified government before the United States and European allies opt for any military intervention against thousands of Islamic State fighters in the chaotic North African country, Egypt’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

SUDAN’S BASHIR REPLACES MILITARY CHIEF OF STAFF

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir replaced the head of his joint chiefs of staff on Tuesday with a loyal general who has played a leading role in negotiations with anti-government rebels.

TRUMP, SANDERS RIDE U.S. ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT TIDE TO NEW HAMPSHIRE WIN

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders coasted to victory on a wave of voter anger in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, thrashing traditional U.S. politicians in a display of anti-establishment power.

NORTH KOREA SATELLITE IN STABLE ORBIT BUT NOT SEEN TRANSMITTING – U.S. SOURCES

North Korea’s recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but is not believed to have transmitted data back to Earth, U.S. sources said of a launch that has so far failed to convince experts that Pyongyang has significantly advanced its rocket technology.

U.N. FEARS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IF SYRIA TROOPS ENCIRCLE ALEPPO

Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a new exodus of refugees fleeing a Russian-backed assault.

TEN DEAD, MORE THAN 80 INJURED IN BAVARIA TRAIN CRASH

Ten people were killed and at least 81 injured on Tuesday when two passenger trains collided head-on at high speed in remote countryside in southern Germany.

EXCLUSIVE – U.S., INDIA CONSIDER JOINT PATROLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA: U.S. OFFICIAL

The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

EU EXECUTIVE TO PUSH GREECE, ITALY MORE ON MIGRATION

The EU executive will push Greece and Italy on Wednesday to do more to control migrants arriving across the Mediterranean, as time runs out for Athens to fix frontier chaos or be suspended from Europe’s free travel zone.

FORENSIC TEAM FINDS REMAINS IN MEXICO DUMP, BUT NO SIGN OF 43 STUDENTS

Argentine forensics experts said on Tuesday they had found the remains of 19 people in a dump in southwestern Mexico where the government claimed 43 missing students were incinerated in 2014, but no sign of the students.

DAMASCUS VOWS TO RECAPTURE ALEPPO FROM REBELS

Damascus aims to secure Syria’s border with Turkey and recapture the city of Aleppo with its latest military offensive, a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday
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