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News Headlines-March 14 2016

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MONDAY 14TH MARCH 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

PRESIDENT MAHAMA CONDEMNS THE TERRORISTS’ ATTACKS ON COTE D’IVOIRE AND TURKEY

President John Dramani Mahama has described as despicable and unconscionable the terrorists’ attacks on Cote d’Ivoire and Turkey in Grand Bassam beach resort and the Kizilay district respectively on Sunday, 13th March, 2016.

AU LAUDS GHANA OVER VISA-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed Ghana’s decision to introduce a visa-on-arrival policy for citizens of African Union Member States.

PURC TO REVIEW PRICES

TENANTS TO PAY ONE MONTH ADVANCE

£70M COCAINE BARON MARRIES WAMPAH’S DAUGHTER

Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, is not having it easy weaning himself from any blame and responsibility in the arrest of his son-in-law, David McDermott, regarding the latter’s alleged dealings in the narcotics trade.

LEAVE OUT MY WIFE – SAY STAN DOGBE

Embattled Presidential Staffer Stan Xoese Dogbe Suspects there are some people in the NDC administration who are craving for his downfall by linking his wife to the error-laden Independence Day brochure.

BOB OKALA IS DEAD

Ace Comedian Bishop Bob Okala was on Sunday morning confirmed dead by authorities of the Koforidua Government Hospital.

GHANA BAR ASSOCIATION SHREDS ‘SPY’BILL

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has called for complete deletion of clause 4(3) and (4) from the Interception of Postal Packets & Telecommunications Bill, which empowers the National Security Coordinator to orally authorize interceptions for 48 hours without any court order or warrant.

I’M SHOCKED MY IN-LAW IS A FUGITIVE – DR WAMPAH

Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Henry Kofi Wampah has stated that until the arrest of Mr David McDermott, the husband of his stepdaughter, Ramona Wampah, he had no knowledge that Mr McDermott was a fugitive of the British government.

NDUOM SPEAKS FROM US ON FINANCIAL INCLUSION ACTIVISM

Celebrated Ghanaian Entrepreneur, Dr Papa Kwasi Nduom, is billed to speak tomorrow Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from New York in the United States at an event dubbed Economic Advancement Programme.

PUPILS SIT ON WALLS DURING CLASS HOURS AT NWOWASU PRIMARY

The lack of school furniture has compelled scores of pupils at Nwowasu Presby Primary and Junior High School in the Sunyani municipality to resort to sitting on top of classroom ralls to partake in class work.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS TO STRIKE TODAY OVER ‘HIGH’ INSURANCE PREMIUM

Some commercial drivers within Accra who belong to the Ghana Committed Drivers Association, are set to embark on a strike beginning this morning, to protest against increases in insurance premium.

MAHAMA’S GHC10M YOUTH FUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL – AFENYO MARKINS

President John Mahama’s GHC10 million initiative to fund youth entrepreneurs has been described as unconstitutional and lacking Parliamentary approval.

GJA CRITICISES PUBLICATION OF OKALA MORTUARY PHOTOS

The Eastern Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the circulation of photos of comedian Bob Okala’s remains in the media.

FOREIGN MINISTER ON 3-DAY TRIP TO ISRAEL

Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Hanna Tetteh is on a three-day trip to Israel. According to a statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Edward Omane Boamah, Madam Tetteh left for the Middle Eastern nation from Accra on Sunday.

EXTRADITION PROCESS FOR BRITISH ‘DRUG LORD’ BEGINS TODAY

Extradition processes for David McDermott, the British fugitive who was arrested on Saturday will begin today.

POLICE MUST INVESTIGATE DEATH THREATS ISSUED BY PASTORS – CLERGY

The Christian Council of Ghana has called on the police and other professional bodies to investigate death threats issued by some men of God on their colleague pastors.

GPRTU WARNS MEMBERS NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN STRIKE

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), has warned its members against participating in the strike action by the Committed Drivers Association slated for Monday, March 14, 2016 in protest of the increase of insurance premium.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BANKS TOO EXPOSED TO BDCs

The Managing Director of CAL Bak, Frank Adu Jnr has said that banks will continue to face difficult times for at least the next couple of years as a result of their exposure to the Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs).

TULLOW SUSPENDS CRUDE OIL LIFTING; PRODUCTION DROPS TO 40,000 BARRELS PER DAY

The deterioration in the condition of the turret bearing on the Floating Storage and Offlaoding vessel (FPSO) Kwame Nkrumah has forced Tullow Oil to defer two liftings totaling over 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.

JOB SCARE HOLKS BACK RETURNEES

Hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians that have fled the country for pastures new are now desperate to return home but are scared of poor economic and job prospects, a report commissioned by the Frederick Ebert-Stiftung Foundation and the Trade Union Congress of Ghana has revealed.

GLOBAL SHEA ALLIANCE CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS FOOD SECURITY

The Global Shea Alliance is to hold its annual conference and General Assembly to examine the shea industry’s key role in improving food security and climate friendly agriculture.

CDD TO RELEASE FINDINGS ON GHANA’S GROWTH DYNAMICS

The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD – Ghana) has announced that four leading research institutions are set to release their findings touching on Ghana’s growth domains and mooting ways of attaining economic transformation.

CANCEL PROSPECTING OF GOLD IN COCOA GROWING AREAS

Alhaji Idris Hassan, Chairman of the Supreme Consultative Council of the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) has called for the cancellation of all licenses given for the prospection of gold in cocoa growing areas.

ITALIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY SET TO LAUNCH ASSOCIATION ON WEDNESDAY

The Italian Business Association Community in Ghana is set to launch its Chapter in Accra on Wednesday 16th March, 2016 at the La Villa Boutique Hotel in Osu, Accra.

LET’S BE AGGRESSIVE IN PROMOTING EXPORTS – ECONOMIST

The promotion of Ghana’s exports sector should not be left solely on the Ministry of Trade and Industry, since any genuine effort to increase exports should be multi-sectoral, Economist and Senior Lecturer at the University of CapeCoast (UCC), Dr John Gatsi has stated.

SHIPPERS AUTHORITY SCHOOLS EXPORTERS ON SAFETY AT SEA

Hundreds of importers and exporters in the Upper East Region, have been trained by the Ghana Shippers’ Authority about the implementation of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention amendment, which requires all shippers to have their containers or cargo weighed and verified before shipment.

MAERSK GROUP TO BOOST INVESTMENTS IN GHANA

Maersk Group, a worldwide conglomerate that operates in some 130 countries, involved in a wide range of activities in the shipping, logistics, and the oil and gas industries, says it is committed to a long-term partnership with Ghana, and will thus boost its investments in the country.

NGO TO SECURE LEGAL LUMBER SUPPLY TO DOMESTIC MARKET IN GHANA

Tropenbos International (TBI) Ghana, a Non Governmental Organisation, has implemented an European Union funded project to support the integration of legal and legitimate domestic lumber markets into the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).

ALWYN PRETORIUS HEADS NEWMONT’S AFRICA BUSINESS

Newmont Mining Corporation has appointed Alwyn Pretorius to lead the Company’s Africa business effective March 28, 2016, ClassFMonline.com has gathered.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

AL QAEDA GUNMEN KILL 16 IN IVORY COAST BEACH ATTACK

Gunmen from al Qaeda’s North African branch killed 16 people, including four Europeans, at a beach resort town in Ivory Coast on Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks that have confirmed the Islamists’ growing reach in West Africa.

EGYPTIAN JUSTICE MINISTER KICKED OUT OF OFFICE AFTER OFFENSIVE COMMENTS ON PROPHET

During a TV interview on Friday, Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind said he would jail anyone who defamed him or his family “even if it was a prophet,” referring to Islam’s Prophet Mohammed who is highly revered by each and every Muslim.

BURUNDI PARADES ALLEGED RWANDAN SPY

Security forces in Burundi have paraded a man accused of being a Rwandan spy before journalists, as tensions between the two countries simmer amid a ten-month-long political crisis.

SECOND CAR BOMB IN A MONTH KILLS 34 IN TURKISH CAPITAL, ANKARA

A car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125 in the second such attack in the administrative heart of the city in under a month.

GERMAN VOTERS BATTER MERKEL OVER MIGRANT POLICY

Voters punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in three German regional elections on Sunday, giving a thumbs-down to her open-door refugee policy and turning in droves to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD).

SYRIA PEACE TALKS SET TO STRUGGLE DESPITE FOREIGN PRESSURE

Syria peace talks due to begin in Geneva this week look set to struggle, with the sides showing no sign of compromise over the issue at the heart of the five-year-long conflict: the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

VIETNAM PROTESTERS DENOUNCE CHINA ON ANNIVERSARY OF NAVY BATTLE

Demonstrators marched in Vietnam’s capital on Monday to mark the 28th anniversary of a bloody naval battle with China and to denounce Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea.

EIGHT KILLED IN CHEMICAL ACCIDENT AT SIAM COMMERCIAL BANK HQ – STATEMENT

An accident at the headquarters of Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank, possibly caused by a fire retardant chemical, has killed eight people, the bank said on Monday.

TRUMP SAYS ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR CAMPAIGN PROTESTERS

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump refused to take responsibility on Sunday for clashes at his campaign events and criticized protesters who have dogged his rallies and forced him to cancel one in Chicago last week.

OBAMA TELLS CUBAN DISSIDENTS HE WILL DISCUSS RIGHTS WITH CASTRO

U.S. President Barack Obama promised one of Cuba’s most prominent dissident groups he would raise the issues of freedom of speech and assembly with Cuban President Raul Castro during his March 20-22 visit to the Caribbean island.

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