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News Headlines-April 25 2016

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MONDAY 25TH APRIL 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

I’LL WORK HARD TO SUSTAIN THE PEACE OF THIS NATION – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has restated his commitment in ensuring a peaceful election which will consolidate Ghana’s credentials as the most stable democratic country in Africa.

DANGER IN SIGHT: THERMAL PLANTS SHUTDOWN; HYDRO DAMS BEING OVERDRAFTED

The Tema Thermal Power Plant (TT1), with capacity of 110 Megawatts (MW), has been shut down due to inadequate Light Crude Oil in the Tema power enclave.

PASTOR, ELDER SHOT DEAD AT ATEBUBU

A pastor and an elder of the Kajaji branch of the Apostolic Church – Ghana in the Sene East District of the Brong Ahafo Region have been shot dead by highway armed robbers.

LESS THAN GH¢200, 000 IN WOYOME’S 7 ACCOUNTS

Seven bank accounts of embattled businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome in two banks hold less than GH¢200,000.

LAWYER SUSPENDED 2 YEARS

The General Legal Council has suspended Lawyer James Abiakuka, a priave legal practitioner, for two years for falsely representing to his clients that he was James Agalga, Deputy Interior Minister.

MINISTER SPRAYS CASH

Appointees of the Mahama-led NDC government continue to wantonly display opulence in the face of harsh economic conditions in the country.

GOVT SUED OVER VOLTA FLOODED LANDS COMPENSATION

Some claimants listed to be paid compensation in the Volta Basin Flooded Area have jointly filed a suit against the government demanding a release of the rest of the package.

MAHAMA ICT LEGACY COLLAPSING 1 YEAR AFTER COMMISSIONING

Today can report that barely a year after the commissioning of a two-ultra modern Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) centre in some parts of North Tongu constituency in the Volta Region, the projects have become a white elephant.

NDUOM JABS FRAMERS OF 1992 CONSTITUTION

Presidential hopeful of the PPP, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has taken a swipe at the framers of the 1992 Constitution for giving too many powers to the executive arm of government.

CHIEFS SHOULD NOT MEDDLE IN PARTISAN POLITICS – ASANTEHENE

Otumfuo Osei Tutu the second is asking chiefs to desist from openly declaring their support for political parties

GOVERNMENT URGED TO MAKE BURULI ULCER TREATMENT FREE

Dr Jarvis Abilla, the Medical Superintendent of Ga West Municipal Hospital, has urged the Government to cover Buruli Ulcer under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to relieve patients of the high cost of treatment.

PRIORITISE INVESTMENT IN CHILDREN’S EDUCATION – MINISTER

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembelle, Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has advised parents that the best legacy they can bequeath to their children is the investment in their education.

SOME JOBLESS GRADUATES IN GHANA INTEND TO MIGRATE – STUDY

The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has warned that 14 per cent of Ghana’s energetic unemployed school leavers have decided to travel abroad for greener pastures should their situations remain the same in six in months.

GHANA POLICE URGED TO GIVE EQUAL PROTECTION TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES

The Director-General of the Community Policing Unit, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong has urged police officers to provide a level playing field for the political parties during their campaigns to promote peace and unity.

AUDIO: ACTING KWAHU CHIEF ‘EXORCISED’ FOR ENDORSING MAHAMA

Some chiefs in Kwahu in the Eastern region have performed a ritual to pacify the gods of the land following the endorsement of President John Mahama by the acting Kwahumanhene.

WASSCE CANDIDATE STABBED IN FIGHT

A student of the Tweneboah Kodua Senior High School in the Ashanti region is in critical condition after he was stabbed by his mate in a dormitory fight Saturday.

13,000 TEACHERS CLEARED TO RECEIVE SALARY ARREARS

Over 13,000 teachers have been cleared for payment in the ongoing validation process for their salaries and allowances which have been in arrears.

WHO SAYS YOU ARE THE GUARANTOR OF PEACE IN GHANA – PRATT ASKS NPP

“Who says you are the guarantor of peace in this country? People have no idea what violence can do to all of us, including them (NPP). The people who are publicly and happily preaching violence, they don’t know what they are doing. I don’t want any violence in this country” says the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt.

ONLY CPP CAN BRING THE REAL DIFFERENCE – GREENSTREET

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says it is the only alternative to the status quo and it is pragmatically different from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

TIDAL WAVES DISPLACES HUNDREDS IN KETA

Residents of Fuveme and Atiteti communities in the Keta municipality of the Volta region have suffered yet another destruction of their properties as a result of the recurrence of tidal waves attack in the area.

EC TO LAUNCH FIVE-YEAR DEV’T PLAN TUESDAY

The Electoral Commission will on Tuesday, April 26, launch a five-year strategic plan which is aimed at enhancing the operations of the Commission.

DOCTORS RESCIND DECISION TO RESIGN OVER CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

Medical doctors in the public sector have abandoned their intended mass resignation over the lack of proper conditions of service following a final agreement with government.

ICAG URGES WOMEN TO TAKE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

The Institute of Chartered Accountants-Ghana (ICAG) has challenged women in accountancy to rise from obscurity and take up the mantle of leadership.

NPP’S ABUSE OF INCUMBENCY CLAIMS AGAINST MAHAMA FLAWED – TARZAN

Suspended member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby, has lambasted critics of President John Mahama’s ‘Accounting to the People tour’ saying allegations of abuse of incumbency against the government are misplaced.

LAWYER TO PETITION CHRAJ OVER ASSAULT ON 16-YEAR-OLD BOY

Lawyer for the 16-year old boy who was allegedly brutalized by some five soldiers, Francis Xavier Sosu, has served notice that a formal complaint would be made to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the matter.

BROTHER OF ‘SAKAWA’ BOY SETS RITUALIST’S HOUSE ABLAZE

The senior brother of Yaw Asamoah, the 22-year-old boy who reportedly went mad after refusing to sleep with a mad woman as part of rituals supposed to make him wealthy has allegedly set ablaze the house of the ritualist who promised to make his brother rich the easiest way.

NINGO PRAMPRAM CHIEFS TO BOYCOTT SAM GEORGE

National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Ningo Prampram has incurred the wrath of the chiefs in the town after subjecting one of them to public ridicule.

NANA ADDO BEGS ELIGIBLE GHANAIANS TO REGISTER

Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is calling on eligible Ghanaians to participate in the upcoming limited voters registration exercise.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PROMISES MONEY IN POCKETS

Presidential Candidate of the Independent People’s Party (IPP) Kofi Akpaloo has promised to put money in the pockets of underprivileged Ghanaians if he wins the 2016 elections.

COMMUNITY SET ON FIRE, ONE SHOT DEAD, RESIDENTS FLEE

Scores of people have fled the Sayeegu community with several others rendered homeless after the entire community was set ablaze by sympathizers of Chief of Tamong, Batikpolo Single and Chief of Baok, Pakabiuk Loaka.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GHANA TAKING ‘CORRECT PAIN’

Austere measures ongoing in Ghana under the IMF programme are going to take a few years to pain, but they are necessary to bring the economy back to “the usual growth”, Celeste Fauconnier, Rand Merchant Bank’s Africa Macro Strategist for Global Markets, has said.

TAKORADI PORT’S ‘OIL AND GAS SERVICES AGENDAY’ PICKS UP STEAM

The quest to position Takoradi Port as the oil and gas services hub in the West Africa sub-region has been boosted by General Electricals Oil and Gas – a sub-contractor of Tullow Oil – as the company steadily constructs its fabrication yard in the port.

ECONOMY DYING AMID HIGH INTERESTS RATES; GHANA RANKS 2ND AMONG HIGHEST INTEREST RATES COUNTRIES

Rising interest rates in Ghana is stoking cost of borrowing and forcing businesses to go bankrupt, research conducted by an international organisation has stated.

OUR ECONOMISTS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH

President John Mahama has taken a swipe at some economists over the state of Ghana’s economy, saying they don’t really understand the dynamics.

MAKE PUBLIC SECTOR ATTRACTIVE TO ATTRACT PROFESSIONALS – MINISTER

Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrissu, has charged the Fair Wages and Salaries commission to institute a regime that will make the public sector attractive to professionals with specialized knowledge and critical skills.

GHANA MISSING IN FIRST 10 FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES IN AFRICA

Despite a rosy picture being painted about the Ghanaian economy by government and its cohorts, it seems such is not the case; that is, if the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) latest World Economic Outlook is anything to go by.

GHANA-ISRAEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN THE OFFING

Ghana and Israel are in the process of establishing a chamber of commerce to boost trade and business between the two countries.

ICAG URGES WOMEN TO TAKE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

The Institute of Chartered Accountants-Ghana (ICAG) has challenged women in accountancy to rise from obscurity and take up the mantle of leadership.

MINISTRY TO ADDRESS CASHEW PROCESSORS’ LIQUIDITY PROBLEMS

The ministry of Trade and Industry is working to address liquidity challenges facing local cashew processing companies to ensure prompt payment to cashew farmers.

SCRAP TAXES ON SOLAR UNITS – USADF

Government is being urged to further reduce taxes on solar panels to enhance the growth of off-grid energy sources to address challenges confronting the energy sector.

OPEN CENTRE AFRICA JOINS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

The Open Centre Africa has officially been accepted as a member organization into the Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth (SDSN Youth).

NCA’S REPORT VALIDATES VODAFONE’S #MOVE CAMPAIGN

The National Communication Authority’s (NCA’s) Quality of Service report for February 2016 has affirmed Vodafone’s leadership in Voice Quality.

GOV’T FAILS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS OVER GOLD FIELDS DEAL –TWN

The Third Word Network Africa (TWN-Africa) has described as unsatisfactory the responses of government officials on the new ‘development agreements’ between Government of Ghana and Gold Fields Limited.

PRIVATE SECTOR DECRIES HIGH COST OF CREDIT IN GHANA

Players within the private sector have bemoaned the high cost of doing business in Ghana due to the difficulty in accessing funds. According to them, local businesses continue to post losses due to high interest rate which is now hovering around 35% to 40%.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BURUNDI MINISTER TARGETED IN GRENADE ATTACK

Burundi’s Human Rights Minister Martin Nivyabandi and his wife were lightly injured Sunday in a grenade attack as they were leaving a church in the capital Bujumbura, the city’s mayor told AFP.

SUDAN REFERENDUM: 97% VOTE TO REMAIN AS FIVE STATES

Sudan’s western region of Darfur has voted to retain its current multi-state administrative status, the electoral commission says. more than 97% of voters in a referendum chose to remain as five states rather than form a single region, it said.

U.S. VOLUNTEERS SEEK ADVENTURE FIGHTING ISLAMIC STATE ALONGSIDE KURDS

Towering over his Kurdish partner at a checkpoint in northern Iraq, U.S. volunteer John Cole cuts an unusual figure on the road to the newest front in the war against Islamic State.

OBAMA, MERKEL PUSH FOR TRADE DEAL AS FOREIGN CRISES WEIGH

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday he would do whatever he could to advance a controversial trade deal with the European Union in his last eight months in office, but warned that time was running short.

INDONESIA TO SET UP ‘CRISIS CENTRE’ AFTER PHILIPPINE KIDNAPPINGS – MINISTER

Indonesia will set up a crisis centre, headed by President Joko Widodo, to handle security situations involving its citizens overseas, a senior minister said on Monday, following recent abductions of Indonesian sailors in Philippine waters.

OBAMA PLANS 250 MORE U.S. TROOPS FOR SYRIA, BOOSTING FORCE TO 300

President Barack Obama will announce on Monday he plans to send as many as 250 additional U.S. troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the American presence working with local Syrian forces fighting Islamic State militants, U.S. officials said.

DEATH TOLL RISES TO 32 AT PETROCHEMICAL PLANT EXPLOSION

Four more people have been found dead after last week’s explosion at a petrochemical plant in southeastern Mexico, raising the death toll to 32, state oil giant Pemex and Mexican plastic pipe maker Mexichem said in a joint statement on Sunday.

REPUBLICANS CRUZ, KASICH REACH ‘STOP-TRUMP’ DEAL

Republican White House rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced a deal on Sunday to stay out of each other’s way in some upcoming state primaries in hopes of blocking front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party’s presidential nomination.

MEXICO HAMPERED PROBE INTO APPARENT STUDENT MASSACRE, PANEL SAYS

A panel of international experts on Sunday accused Mexico’s government of undermining their probe into the fate of 43 trainee teachers apparently massacred in 2014, the most notorious human rights case in Mexico in recent years.

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