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News Headlines-February 19 2016

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FRIDAY 19TH FEB 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

BLACK WEDNESDAY AT KINTAMPO; ACCIDENT CLAIMS 61 LIVES

A Metro Mass Transit bus and a cargo truck collided on the Kintampo-Tamale road last Wednesday night, leaving 61 passengers dead and 25 others seriously injured.

DRAMA AT MP’S ONE-WEEK RITES

Weeping dominated the one-week rites for the late MP for Abuakwa North in Accra yesterday, but the event was not without

GBC STAFF GIVE DIRECTOR-GENERAL ULTIMATUM TO EXIT

Reports reaching The General Telegraph indicate that there is tension at the GBC over alleged attempts by the Board of the state broadcaster to extend the contract of the Director-General of the GBC, Major Albert Don Chebe.

FOUR REMANDED IN CUSTODY FOR POSSESSING DEADLY WEAPONS

An Accra Circuit Court has remanded four persons for alleged possession of explosives, firearms and ammunition without lawful excuse.

GHANA SIGNS DEAL WITH US TO IMPROVE CYBER SECURITY, BORDER MANAGEMENT

Ghana and the United States government have signed a deal to improve Ghana’s cyber security, border management and other key security infrastructure in the country.

HORROR! 71 PERISH IN GORY CRASH

At least 71 people, including a three-year-old kid, died in a gory accident when a Metro Mass Transit bus with registration number AS 7131 Y collided with a truck laden with crates of tomato.

HUNDREDS MOURN SLAIN JB

It was all tears at the one-week celebration of the demise of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu , NPP MP for Abuakwa North in Eastern Region.

NDC IS EC’S SWEET HEART – SAYS AFAG

It seems the Chairperson of the EC, Charlotte Osei, is suffering some credibility crisis in the face of growing concerns over having packed a supposed elections steering committee with known members of the ruling NDC.

ANOTHER DISASTER LOOMS IN ACCRA; RESIDENTS RAISE CONCER OVER UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION

The ongoing excavation works within the central business district of Accra for the construction of what is suspected to a basement construction is creating discomfort among traders and passerby if authorities do not stop, Today can report.

DISASTER WEDNESDAYS! COINCIDENCE OR A PATTERN?

Close analysis has drawn the attention of Today to the fact that certain key national disasters have all happened on Wednesdays, thus compelling the paper to ask if these are the results of sheer coincidences or whether they point to a particular pattern.

NPP WILL INCREASE COCOA PRODUCTION AGAIN – AKUFO-ADDO

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured cocoa farmers in Ghana of a massive overhaul of the sector if he wins powers.

OWASS DE-BOARDINISES 30 FINAL YEAR STUDENTS

Thirty final year students of the Opoku Ware Senior High School in Kumasi in the Ashanti region have been de-boardinised by the school authorities. The students are being punished for failing to attend mandatory evening learning sessions popularly known as Prep.

WAR DRUMS BEAT IN DOBLO OVER LAND DISPUTE

War drums are beating at Doblo, a fast growing community in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra region following a land dispute in which three families are claiming ownership, Today can report.

IPAC MEETS TODAY OVER ELECTION COMMITTEE ROW

The Electoral Commission will today [Friday] hold an emergency Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) Meeting at its headquarters. The meeting will principally discuss matters arising out of the composition of the National Election steering committee put together for the November polls.

OCCUPY GHANA GOES TO COURT OVER BUS BRANDING SCANDAL

Pressure group, Occupy Ghana, has filed a suit at the High Court demanding that government furnishes it will all documents covering the transaction with Smartty’s Management and Production Limited, over the re-branding of some 116 Metro Mass Buses. According to the group, it intends to use the information to evaluate whether Ghanaians were shortchanged in the process.

KINTAMPO CRASH: BUS DRIVER WAS OVERTAKING IN SHARP CURVE – POLICE

Initial investigations into the Wednesday night accident on the Kintampo-Tamale road that killed 61 people, have revealed that the driver of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) bus, caused the accident by overtaking wrongly in a sharp curve.

J.B DANQUAH IS A RARE GEM – ALAN K

Former Trades and Industry Minister, John Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten has described slain New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu as someone who had the development of Ghana at heart.

N/R: GUNMEN OPEN FIRE ON POLICE

Unknown assailants have attacked the Northern Regional Police Command by opening fire on a barracks there on Thursday night. The attack took place simultaneously while officers were out trying to trace the source of sporadic gunshots in Tamale.

GHANA IS A HUB FOR SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS – ASANTE TWUM

A senior programs officer at the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms, Johnson Asante Twum believes Ghana is now a transit point for the smuggling and sale of not only small weapons, but sophisticated weapons used in frontline combat.

GOV’T WILL NOT BE STAMPEDED; HARUNA TELLS NAGRAT

Labour Minister Haruna Iddrisu has served notice government will not be stampeded by labour into taking decisions that will adversely affect the public purse. He told Joy News Editor Dzifa Bampoh government is ready to dialogue with aggrieved teachers but will not succumb to pressure from them.

OTABIL PREACHES DOOM WHEN NDC IS IN POWER – FIFI KWETEY

Minister of Transport, Fifi Kwetey, has accused the Head Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church, Dr Mensah Otabil, of bias towards the NPP.

REV. BEMPAH WARNS OF BLOOD THIRSTY ‘SATANIC HUMAN SPIRITS’

The founder and leader of the Glorious Word Ministry International, Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah has warned drivers to be very vigilant on the road, because some ‘satanic human spirits’ are depending on them for human blood to accomplish their mission this year.

ESTABLISH A SELF REGULATORY BODY FOR CHURCHES’

A renowned preacher, Reverend Dr. Nana Anyani Boadum has called on government to give the legal backing for the establishment of a self-regulatory body that will control activities and the propagation of churches in Ghana.

NDC DEFENDS: EC MUST BE ALLOWED TO DO ITS WORK

The governing NDC has defended the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to set up a Steering Committee insisting the law grants the Commission an independent status.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

CHECKPOINTS, BRIBES BLOCK TRADE FLOW – REPORT

Trade flow between Burkina Faso to Accra is impeded by at least 54 police and Customs checkpoints, as well as unofficial impediments which combine to hamper the smooth flow of trade between the country and landlocked Burkina Faso, a new study has shown.

‘EXPEDITE ACTION ON PASSING RACHING LAW’

Peasant farmers say government must expedite action on passing a ranching law to regulate the activities of alien cattle-herdsmen to help solve the issue of food security and promote mutual co-existence between animal farmers and locals.

AIRPORT CAPOS MEET OVER STRIKE THREAT’

Management of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the airports operator Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) are meeting to resolve the current operational impasse between them two entities.

VEHICLES: PRICES GO UP BY 25% WITHIN JUST A YEAR

PRICES of home-used vehicles in Ghana have within a year gone up by over 25 percent,Business Finder can confirm. The development is due to unfavourable exchange rate regime and increases in taxes among other factors at the country’s ports.

TULLOW CHANGES OPERATING PROCEDURES ON FPSO NKRUMAH

Tullow Oil plc says it has informed the Government of Ghana and its Partners of a change to operating procedures at the Jubilee field FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.

TERKPER TO REVIEW MID-YEAR ESTIMATES IN BUDGET TO PARLIAMENT IN JULY

Finance Minister, Seth Terkper is expected to present a mid- year review of estimates announced in the 2016 budget to parliament in July. The disclosure was contained in Guidelines for the preparation of the 2017-2019 budgets.

CUT BUDGETARY SUPPORT TO TOR, GNPC, BOST’

Some energy experts and political parties have asked government to cut budgetary support to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Limited (BOST).

MINEWORKERS RENEW CALLS AGAINST UNFAIR WAGES

The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union (GMWU) has renewed its call for an end to unfair wages being paid by the multinational mining companies operating in the country.

ILLEGAL LOGGERS INVADE KALAKPA RESOURCE RESERVE

The Kalakpa Resource Reserve in the Volta Region risks losing most of its trees to illegal logging if steps are not taken immediately to reverse the situation. The Daily Graphic has gathered that for the past three months there has been massive felling of trees in the reserve at areas such as Fosime, Adaklu Torkpetoe and Dokpo.

TAKORADI PORT EXPANSION PROGRAMME ON-GOING

The Takoradi Port is undergoing transforming as part of an expansion programme to meet modern requirements of services to become the preferred destination port in the West African sub-region.

UPPER DENKYIRA DISTRICTS GET COCOA TASKFORCE

A ten-member cocoa taskforce was on Wednesday inaugurated at Dunkwa-On-Offin with a call on the members to ensure that cocoa fertilizers and chemicals were not diverted.

TWO UNIONS FIGHT TO REPRESENT 4,000 WORKERS

Two unions in Tema are contesting each other’s right to represent more than 4,000 workers in the sector. The Maritime and Dock Workers Union (MDU), which currently holds the collective bargaining certificate (CBA) for workers in the sector, is being challenged by the National Union of Harbour Employees (NUHEM) for the mandate to represent the workers.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ARREST AND FRAUD CLAIMS OVERSHADOW UGANDA VOTE

Uganda’s opposition leader has been released after being arrested by police, with the country wrapping up voting for a presidential election alleged by the opposition to have been rigged in favour of the incumbent Yoweri Museveni.

HUNDREDS PROTEST IN CAIRO OVER POLICE SHOOTING

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Cairo security directorate on Thursday night after a policeman shot dead a man in the street, in the latest outburst of anger over alleged police brutality in Egypt.

BUHARI’S TRAVELS ARE TO FIX JONATHAN’S MESS – MINISTER

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the many foreign trips President Buhari, has embarked upon since he came into office in May 2015, is to correct Nigeria’s “Pariah status”under Former President Jonathan’s administration.

RUSSIA WARNS ASSAD NOT TO SNUB SYRIA CEASEFIRE PLAN

President Bashar al-Assad was out of step with the views of his main ally, Russia, when he said he planned to fight on until he re-established control over all of Syria, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations was quoted as saying on Thursday.

MERKEL SAYS EU-TURKEY PLAN IS OUR PRIORITY ON MIGRATION

European Union member states threw their weight behind a joint EU-Turkey plan to limit the flow of refugees to Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early on Friday after several hours of talks with EU leaders.

POPE SAYS TRUMP ‘NOT CHRISTIAN’ IN A SIGN OF GLOBAL CONCERN

Pope Francis forcefully injected himself into the U.S. presidential campaign on Thursday, assailing Republican candidate Donald Trump’s views on U.S. immigration as “not Christian” in a sign of growing international concern at the billionaire businessman’s election prospects.

OBAMA TO MEET RAUL CASTRO, DISSIDENTS ON HISTORIC TRIP TO CUBA

President Barack Obama will meet dissidents and President Raul Castro in Cuba next month, the White House said on Thursday, announcing a historic trip that will be another major step toward ending decades of animosity between former Cold War foes.

NO REFUGEES, NO MONEY – ITALY’S RENZI THREATENS EU’S EAST

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned Eastern European leaders on Thursday that they may get less European Union development money if they do not help with the refugee crisis, participants at an EU summit in Brussels said.

TURKEY BLAMES KURDISH MILITANTS FOR ANKARA BOMB; VOWS REPRISALS

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed a Syrian Kurdish militia fighter working with Kurdish militants inside Turkey for a suicide car bombing that killed 28 people in the capital Ankara, and he vowed retaliation in both Syria and Iraq.

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