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News Headlines -February 15 2016

 

BY MR LARRY ®

MAHAMA MEETS AYATOLLAH ALI IN TEHRAN

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has called on African nations to cooperate to fight terrorism on the continent.

JUDICIAL CORRUPTION SCANDAL: JUDGES SET TO SUE CJ

While pressure is mounting on the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to commence criminal prosecution of judges dismissed in the judicial corruption scandal, some lower court judges are preparing to sue the Chief Justice for refusing their request for a copy of the report of the committee that investigated the matter and recommended their removal from office.

TEACHERS THREATEN TO LAY DOWN TOOLS OVER ARREARS

Teachers across the country have served notice they will withdraw their services by February ending id outstanding allowances due them remain unpaid.

GOV’T TO ISSUE GHC500M 5-YEAR DOMESTIC BOND

Ghana will issue a new five-year domestic bond to raise 500 million cedis on February 25 to finance government programmes in the 2016 budget.

4 POLITICAL PARTIES OPPOSE USE OF HERITAGE FUND

The four political parties with representation in Parliament, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Peoples National Convention (PNC) have unanimously kicked against any suggestions to use the heritage fund.

CONSULTANT CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF IMANI OVER ALLEGED FAKE AFRIWAVE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS

An international business consultant, Prince Kassim Alubankudi, wants IMANI Ghana dragged to court if documents it produced on the Afriwave deal are faked.

ARMED ROBBER RESURRECTS IN BEKWAI HOSPITAL MORTURARY

A young man whose body had been deposited at a morgue after being pronounced dead by doctors returned to life last Friday February 12, 2016.

NHIA IN GHC420M ARREARS

Public and private health facilities across the country are struggling to provide basic care for patients who are card-bearing subscribers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) due to unpaid claims by the National Health Insurance Authrority (NHIA) totaling GHC420 million.

NPP GIRL ATTACKED WITH KNIFE

Some few days after the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, at his residence another barbaric incident nearly happened on Saturday when the parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast North, Barbara Asher Aysisi, was also attacked at her residence at Pedu Estate in Cape Coast.

GHANA RECEIVES SUPPORTS FROM IRAN TO FIGHT TERRORISM

President John Dramani Mahama and his Iranian Counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, have agreed to closely collaborate in the fight against extremism and terrorism. The two reached the agreement after holding discussions on the matter behind closed doors.

NANA STORMS 5 CHURCHES IN TAKORADI

The 2016 presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has emphasised his readiness to bring a positive change in the life of every Ghanaian when voted president.

MINISTER EXPOSED OVER AFRIWAVE DEAL

The controversy over the award of a monopoly licence to Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited by the National Communication Authority (NCA) to operate interconnect clearing house (ICH) for telecom companies in the country has taken a new twist, with a revelation that the NDA purported evaluation report was unsigned.

TAFO UNREST: ‘OFFICIALS HAD PRIOR INTELLIGENCE’

A former military officer Captain Ebenezer Budu Koomson (rtd) has said that security officials had prior intelligence about the Tafo clashes before the skirmishes broke out.

GUNNING DOWN 2 BROTHERS: ‘COPS MUST PAY FOR ACTION’

2007 batch of students of the Health Training School in Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region have urged acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, to arrest the police officers who mistakenly shot a tutor of Asante Mampong Midwifery Training School and his younger brother

CONFUSION HITS NDC IN TROBU-AMASAMAN

There is growing tension in Trobu-Amasaman constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ga West Municipality over what seems to be the persistent resistance by the youth to block the wanton sale of lands by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga West Municipal Assembly, Mr. Sam Attuakwei Quaye, to companies and individual land developers, Today can report.

POLICE SEEK AG ADVICE IN NPP INVINCIBLE FORCES CASE

The Accra Regional Police Command says it has written to the Attorney General Department for direction on how to proceed with a case involving two members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

DENSU DRIES UP; NSAWAM RESIDENTS EXPOSED TO CHOLERA, OTHERS

Residents of Nsawam and its surrounding areas stand the risk of contracting Cholera and other communicable diseases because of lack of access to potable drinking water.

JB’S INVESTIGATIONS NOT A FOOTBALL COMMENTARY’ – POLICE

Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Cephas Arthur has said the police administration cannot run the ongoing investigation in connection with the murder of the late Abuakwa North MP, Hon. Joseph Boakye Dankwa, like a football commentary.

POLICE GRAB NDC ACTIVIST OVER MURDER PLOT

The Upper East Regional Police Command is interrogating an activist of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for an alleged plot to have the party’s parliamentary candidate for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, assassinated.

EC VOWS TO PROSECUTE VOTE BUYERS

The Electoral Commission has promised to put before court person engaged in vote buying during the November elections when credible evidence is made available.

BUSTED: ANAS GOES UNDERGROUND AGAIN; CHASES CHILD ABUSERS

Any individual or underground institutions involved in any form of child abuse in Africa and in the West, should be quaking in their boots, because undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas is after them.

IVOR GREENSTREET BEGINS ‘THANK YOU’ TOUR

The Convention Peoples Party’s (CPP) Presidential candidate for the November general elections, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, has commenced a nationwide “Thank you” tour, to show gratitude to the party’s delegates who elected him at the Congress.

BLOOD SHORTAGE CAUSE OF DEATH OF MANY ACCIDENT VICTIMS IN U/E

Majority of accident victims in the Upper East Region die because of unavailability of blood at hospitals and other health facilities in the region.

ARREST OF SUSPECTED JB KILLER HAS GIVEN MPS SOME RELIEF – NITIWUL

Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul says the arrest of the suspected killer of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, JB Danquah-Adu, has given Members of the August House some relief.
BUSINESS HEADLINES
TELCOS SEE LIMITED GROWTH AS CONSUMERS CUT BACK ON SPENDING

Telecom network operators in the country’s mobile telephony space are increasingly disturbed that the current macroeconomic uncertainties and high cost of living could limit consumer spending on telecom services and also affect the sustainability of their business.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES GET INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

The two operational domestic airlines in the country, Starbow and Africa World Airlines (AWA), have received the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate – a measure of the sound safety, management and quality control systems of the two operators.

WASTEFUL SPENDING ‘CHOKES’ ECONOMY

A member of parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah, has urged government to adhere strictly to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prescription of curtailing spending and cutting down on expenditure if the economy is to rebound

ECG, NEDCo IMPLEMENT REDUCED TARIFF REGIME

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) have begun the implementation of the reduced tariff regime which was agreed during negotiation between government and organized labour after initial hikes in prices of power.

ECONOMIC FIGURES: WHO’S TELLING THE TRUTH?

Each year, President John Mahama assures Ghanaians to look forward to better days ahead with a promise to turn the economy around before the next year begins but for many, these promises are yet to materialize.

GHANA COCOA IN DAGER

Ghana could lose as much as 25% of its projected cocoa output this season as harsh winds and a lack of rain confound efforts to boost yields in the world’s second-largest producer, a government source has said.

PERU INVESTORS TO ESTABLISH BUSINESSES IN GHANA

Mr Ghassan Antoine Yared, the new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Peru in Ghana has promised to woo the business community in Peru to establish strategic businesses here in Ghana and vice versa.

INTRAVENOUS INFUSIONS APPEAL FOR TRADE BARRIER REMOVAL

Mr Richard Okrah, the Managing Director of Intravenous Infusions Limited, has appealed to government to help remove the trade barrier placed on Ghanaian products by the Nigerian Government.

VILLA MONTICELLO NAMED FOR BOUTIQUE HOTEL AWARD

Villa Monticello has been nominated for 4 prestigious awards in the upcoming 23rd Annual World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards recognises and rewards excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry worldwide.

AFRAA DISCUSSES STRUGGLES FOR AFRICAN CARRIERS

The African Airlines’ Association (AFRAA) has said that the continent’s airlines are struggling with high taxes and charges, particularly levies on fuel, the Star has reported.

GTA NAMED FOR WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

The Ghana Tourism Authority has been named for Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2016 award in World Travel Awards.

CROP PRODUCTION TO SUFFER UNLESS RAINS COME”

The Ministry of Agriculture is expecting crop production to be severely affected this year following the dry weather being witnessed across the country with no rainfall expected in the next few months.

HYBRID GHANA LIMITED LAUNCHED IN ACCRA

A health, safety and environment group called Hybrid Ghana Limited (HGL), which aims at providing a hazard free environment as well as reducing occupational accidents in the country, has been launched in Accra.

OIL PRICES RISE AMID CUT IN OPEC PRODUCTION

Oil prices surged as much as 12% on Friday after new suggestions that Opec nations were set to cut oil production. The United Arab Emirates’ energy minister said that Opec members were ready to reduce output, the Wall Street Journal reported.

LOW OIL PRICES HAVE NO INFLUENCE ON GHANA

Obuasi West Member of Parliament, Kweku Kwarteng, has said assertions that Ghana’s economy is negatively affected by dips in world oil prices are insincere.

GHANA HAS LOW-COST UTILITY TARIFFS – PURC

Ghana has one of the cheapest electricity tariffs in the West African sub region, the Director of Public Relations and External Affairs of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has said.

EXPERTS KICK AGAINST GHANA CEDI DEVALUATION

Earlier this year, Managing Director of Dalex Finance, Kenneth Thompson backed the recent call by the Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur to deliberately devalue currencies in the sub region, including the cedi, to help introduce the regional currency (Eco).

VODAFONE MAKES 2 NEW APPOINTMENTS

Vodafone Ghana has announced two key senior management appointments as it continues to chart a leadership course in innovation and creativity across the telecommunications landscape.

GN BANK REWARDS CUSTOMERS IN NORTHERN ZONE

Seventeen (17) loyal customers of GN Bank have been rewarded in a promotion draw christened; “GN Bank People’s Gift Promotion” in the northern parts of the country.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BURUNDI REFUGEES FEARFUL AFTER RWANDA EXPULSION THREAT

“In Rwanda we’re safe. I don’t see anywhere else to go,” says Audrey, one of thousands of Burundian refugees now living in Rwanda — but fearful after Kigali unexpectedly announced plans to relocate them to other countries.

DRC OPPOSITION LEADER ARRESTED AHEAD OF ANTI-KABILA STRIKE

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested a prominent opposition leader on Sunday, the United Nations said, two days before a planned general strike that will call for President Joseph Kabila to step down from office this year.

WE HAVE LOST INTEREST IN THE ICC – MUSEVENI

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has ruled in favor of the withdrawal of his country from the International Criminal Court (ICC). “We have lost interest,” he said in a televised debate on Saturday night.

OBAMA URGES RUSSIA TO STOP BOMBING ‘MODERATE’ SYRIA REBELS

U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia on Sunday to stop bombing “moderate” rebels in Syria in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, a campaign seen in the West as a major obstacle to latest efforts to end the war.

REPUBLICANS GEAR UP FOR U.S. SUPREME COURT BATTLE AFTER SCALIA’S DEATH

Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates hardened their positions on Sunday on blocking a move by President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court seat left by the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, a lifetime appointment that would help decide some of the most divisive issues facing Americans.

AUSTRALIAN PM TURNBULL LOSING SHINE AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s honeymoon period may be ending, with economists and political analysts blaming a lack of new policies for a drop in poll numbers that has reignited speculation of an early election.

GLOBAL AVIATION HAD FEWER FATAL ACCIDENTS IN ‘EXTRAORDINARILY SAFE’ 2015 – IATA

The number of air accidents and resulting fatalities dropped in 2015 from the previous year, and was well below the five-year average, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday, making 2015 “an extraordinarily safe year”.

FOLLOW THE LEADER? GERMANY STRUGGLES AS SYRIA, REFUGEE CRISES RAGE

Germany, Europe’s reluctant hegemon, is trying its best to lead in the face of multiple overlapping crises, but no one is following.

 

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