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WEDNESDAY 20TH APRIL 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

GIVE ME 4 MORE YEARS IN OFFICE – MAHAMA TO VOLTARIANS

President John Dramani Mahama has admonished residents at Hohoe in the Volta Region to give him four more years because he has executed his mandate as President satisfactorily.

EC MUST STATE POSITION ON VOTERS REGISTER RECOMMENDATIONS – NPP

The opposition NPP has challenged the EC of Ghana to make its position clear on the recommendations by the five-member committee report which indicates a validation as a “middle way” of cleaning the voters’ register ahead of the upcoming general election.

INVESTIGATIONS INTO MP’s MURDER ALMOST COMPLETE – NPP

The police say they have almost completed investigations into the matter involving Daniel Asiedu, the alleged killer of Mr Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, MP for Abuakwa North.

BNI DETAINS AKUFO-ADDO’S PHOTOGRAPHER, BODYGUARD

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), has reportedly detained the photographer and private bodyguard of the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo.

JB KILLER ‘ESCAPES’ FROM BNI CELLS

Daniel Asiedu, the 19-year-old boy standing trial over the murder of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, NPP MP for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region, yesterday left the custody of the BNI.

ADAMS FAMILY FIGHTS JUDGE OVER AFOKO TRIAL

The brothers of Adams Mahama, the murdered Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP have petitioned the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, for a new judge in the trial of Gregory Afoko

FIX OUR ROADS OR…’

Residents of Tetegu, a fishing community in Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra region, have called on the Mahama administration for fix their roads.

PPP JABS EC OVER LIMITED BVR EXERCISE

PPP has downplayed the importance of the upcoming limited Biometric Voters’ Registration Exercise, describing it as “garbage in, garbage out”.

JUDICIARY JOINS IN PRAYERS FOR GHANA AT RIDGE CHURCH

The leadership of the Judiciary will today join in the weekly prayer session for Ghana.

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO INTRODUCE ONLINE PASSPORT APPLICATION

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to introduce an online portal system for to ease congestion at passport offices nationwide.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH $41,540 FRAUD

An Accra Circuit Court on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of ¢200,000.00 to one Nana Oye, unemployed charged with conspiracy, defrauding by false pretense and issuing a dud cheque.

NINE PERISH IN A GORY ACCIDENT

Nine persons have lost their lives with two others seriously injured after a tricycle with registration M-AS-69-16 and a tipper truck with registration number AS-5124-15 collided at Esutifi South in the Brong Ahafo region.

DECRIMINALIZE ‘WEE’- RASTAFARI COUNCIL OF GHANA

The Rastafari Council of Ghana is calling for the decriminalization of marijuana as the world marks International Day of Marijuana on today.

NPP RAISES CONCERN OVER EC’S REJECTION OF VALIDATION

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed worry over the raging controversy on the way forward regarding getting an authentic voters’ register for the 2016 elections.

WHO IS PAYING FOR PROSECUTION OF KILLERS OF ADAMS MAHAMA?

It is uncertain who is paying for the prosecution of the suspected killers of the late Upper East Chair of the New Patriotic Party Adams Mahama.

COMPLETION OF EASTERN CORRIDOR ROAD WILL SILENCE CRITICS – MAHAMA

President Mahama says his government’s timely completion of the Eastern Corridor road considered as a north-south trade corridor will silence his critics.

WE’II PUNISH FOREIGN FIRMS ABUSING GHANAIAN WORKERS – GOV’T

The Minister of Labour and Employment Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, has said government will not hesitate to revoke the free zones license given to companies that are found to be maltreating Ghanaian workers.

BOY, 15, ARRESTED, DETAINED FOR DEFACING MAHAMA’S POSTERS

Father of a 15-year-old boy is questioning the circumstances under which his son was arrested and detained in a police cell for a day for allegedly defacing the posters of President John Mahama.

COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE PROBLEMS IN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NURSING TRAINEES INAUGURATED

The Ministry of Health has set up a Technical Committee to examine problems and genuine concerns being raised about different course content, entry requirements as well as discrimination in employment opportunities for both public and private nursing trainees.

COALITION PRAISES COURT RULING ON SMARTTY’S CONTRACT

The Coalition on the Right to Information (RTI) has welcomed the Human Rights Court’s directive to the Attorney General and the Ministry of Transport to provide appropriate information on the rebranding of the 116 buses saga.

TRADE MINISTRY INTRODUCES FOOD PROCESSING MODULES

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has introduced food processing modules under the Rural Enterprise Programme (REP) to create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.

KOFI ANNAN ADVICES AFRICAN LEADERS

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged African leaders to leave when their mandated time is up and to avoid excluding opposing voices if elections are to cease contributing to conflicts on the continent.

MP RENEWS CALLS FOR BAWUMIA’S ARREST OVER ‘BLOATED’ REGISTER

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Juaboso Constituency in the Western Region, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has reignited calls for the arrest of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) running mate, for allegedly fabricating falsehood about Ghana’s voters’ register.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MCA FUNDS TO TRICKLE IIN NEXT 60 DAYS – US AMBASSADOR

Funds from the much-awaited Millennium Challenge Compact II should start coming in the next two months, United States Ambassador to Ghana Robert Jackson has said – stressing that reliable electricity, which the fund is meant to support, “is absolutely essential for Ghana’s industrial growth.”

ADB LANDS ON STOCK MARKET; OFFICIAL LISTING SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY

Barring any last minute hitch, the ADB will list on the Ghana Stock Exchange on Monday, April 25, 2016.

E-ZWICH ROPES-IN REMITTANCES

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems has in partnership with the EDAPT User Group, launched a new product that will make it possible for international remittances to be transferred directly onto E-Zwich cards.

BOG MOVES TO BOOST BUSINESS GROWTH

An economist, Dr John Gatsi, has lauded the Governor of the Bank of Ghana for his plans to pursue new policies that will boost the growth of local businesses and create employment.

PETROLEUM WORKERS TO PROTEST ABUSES BY EXPATRIATE BOSSES

The General Transport and Petroleum Workers Union of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), are set to embark on a protest march in the Western Region, against the maltreatment of Ghanaian workers by expatriate employers.

BRAND NEW VEHICLE SALES UP 31%

Last year, sales of brand new vehicles went up by 31.3 per cent to 8,201 units, according to data from the Ghana Automobile Dealers Association (GADA). Although the figure is an improvement on last year’s numbers, which were 6,248 units, it is still below the 13,123 units sold in 2012.

CHINA GOV´T DELEGATION VISITS JOSPONG INDUSTRIAL PARK

The Chinese government has pledged support towards efforts by Jospong and Zoomlion Group of companies to rid the country of insanitary conditions.

VODAFONE BEMOANS LOSS OF GHS1.5M IN CABLE THEFT

Vodafone Ghana has bemoaned an increase in cable theft on its operations, which has caused the company to lose 1.5 million cedis in 2015.

CLIENTS OF JORBIES MICROFINANCE GET THEIR REFUNDS

Jorbies Microfinance Company Limited at Agona Swedru has finally refunded a total of 18,000 Ghana cedis to 58 customers at Agona Swedru after disappearing over the last two years. The refund was necessitated after the arrest of Mr Jordan Larbi, the Managing Director of Jorbies Microfinance Company Limited.

CREATE INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS FOR INFORMAL SECTOR – PROF. OMANE-ANTWI

The President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG), Professor K.B. Omane-Antwi, has charged local banks to move out of their comfort zones and create innovative products for the informal sector to prevent dubious microfinance institutions from misapplying funds of unsuspecting customers.

SME FINANCING FAIR SLATED FOR APRIL 26/27

The government of Ghana and other stakeholders will organise an SME Financing Fair at the Accra International Conference Centre on April 26 and 27, 2016.

NCA RATES VODAFONE AS BEST IN QUALITY OF SERVICE

The first telecom Quality of Service (QoS) report this year from National Communications Authority (NCA) indicates that Vodafone Ghana is the only operator which did not record any failures.

GOV´T URGED TO FOCUS ON SMALL BUSINESSES

The Provost of Humanities and Social Science of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Prof. Imoro Brimah, has urged the government to initiate a deliberate policy with prime focus on small businesses to turn the fortunes of the country’s economy around.

WORKERS HOLD CEO, MANAGEMENT HOSTAGE OVER UNPAID SALARIES

About 500 workers of the Ayum Timber Company in the Asunafo North of Brong Ahafo are holding their management and the Chief Executive of the firm hostage over a six-month unpaid salaries.

ATTAINING GROWTH TARGETS: GIPC FOCUSES ON MANUFACTURING SECTOR

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) says a robust manufacturing sector will be key to Ghana’s 2016 economic growth.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

XENOPHOBIC RIOTS ERUPT IN ZAMBIA OVER RITUAL KILLINGS

Residents of the Zambian capital Lusaka on Monday looted shops belonging to foreigners, accusing them of involvement in ritual killings, police said.

SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS GO TOPLESS TO PROTEST AGAINST RAPE

In unbelievable scenes at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday‚ students have taken to protesting topless as they blocked off one of the roads leading to the campus.

AFTER BIG NEW YORK WINS, TRUMP AND CLINTON CAST THEMSELVES AS INEVITABLE

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored sweeping victories in nominating contests in their home state of New York, and immediately cited them in arguing they are all but unstoppable as their respective parties’ presidential nominees.

AFTERSHOCKS BRING MISERY FOR JAPAN QUAKE SURVIVORS; DEATH TOLL TO 47

Aftershocks rattled survivors of deadly Japanese earthquakes, nearly a week after the first one struck, as the area braced for heavy rain later on Wednesday and the possibility of more landslides.

SYRIAN TALKS APPEAR DOOMED AS AIR STRIKE KILLS DOZENS IN MARKET

Syrian peace talks appeared all but doomed on Tuesday after air strikes killed about 40 people in a crowded vegetable market in rebel territory, with the opposition saying a truce was finished and it would keep out of negotiations indefinitely.

BRAZIL’S ROUSSEFF SLAMS IMPEACHMENT DRIVE AS ‘SEXIST’

Brazil’s left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday she had been singled out for impeachment by a male dominated Congress partly because she is a woman and warned that the campaign to oust her was fuelling hatred and intolerance.

HOPES OF FINDING ECUADOR QUAKE SURVIVORS FADE AS DEATH TOLL NEARS 500

Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope on Tuesday of finding more survivors from an earthquake that killed nearly 500 people and dealt a shattering blow to the South American OPEC country’s already fragile economy.

YEMEN DELEGATIONS PLEDGE TO LEAVE FOR PEACE TALKS IN KUWAIT

Members of warring Yemeni factions who had stayed in the capital Sanaa two days past the start date of United Nations-backed peace talks announced they would travel to the negotiations in Kuwait on Wednesday, saving the process from impending collapse.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE VOWS NOT TO APOLOGIZE FOR RAPE ‘JOKE’

A Philippines presidential candidate under fire for his comments on gang rape has disowned an apology issued by his party and vowed he would “never really apologize” for the remarks, CNN Philippines reports.

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