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News Headlines -April 28 2016

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THURSDAY 28TH APRIL 2016

BY MR LARRY

PRESIDENT MAHAMA INAUGURATES COMMUNITY SHS FOR ABEASE

President John Dramani Mahama has inaugurated the seventh Community Day Senior High School at Abease in the Brong Ahafo Region on the second day of his “Accounting to the People Tour”.

VOTER REGISTERATION BEGINS TODAY

The Electoral Commission’s limited voter registration exercise begins today throughout the country.

RAWLINGS BLASTS DZIFA ATTIVOR

Founder of the ruling NDC JJ Rawlings has condemned the inciting tribal comments made by former Transport Minister Dziffa Attivor against the NPP.

EASTERN REGION RECORDS OVER 25,000 TEENAGE PREGNANCIES IN TWO YEARS

Available data at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) shows that a total of 25,285 teenage girls got pregnant in the Eastern Region over the past two years. Six hundred and sixty-nine (669) of these teenage mothers were aged between 10 and 14 years.

NAYELE’S MOTHER ‘FIGHTS’ NACOB OVER SEIZURE OF ASSETS

The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) is probing ownership claims by the mother of convicted drug trafficker Nayele Ametefe on houses confiscated by the state.

GOV’T SPIES ON DAILY GUIDE

The security details of Western Publications Limited, publishers of Daily Guide, were yesterday stunned by the appearance of a strange vehicle which came close to the main gate of the premises spotting a satellite-like looking gadget mounted on its roof.

NPP MUST SIT UP BECAUSE MAHAMA IS WORKING –NYAHO-TAMAKLOE ASSESSES

Suspended founding member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe says President Mahama has provided ample evidence of working for the people of Ghana.

YOU HAVE THREE WEEKS TO GIVE US JOB: UNEMPLOYED NURSES TO GOVT

The Coalition for Unemployed Registered Nurses, Midwives and Psychiatric Nurses (CURNMPN) has issued a three-week ultimatum to government to post members of the group. The Coalition, a group of unemployed nurses and midwives in the country, has therefore called on the government to create the necessary means to aid their posting.

POLICE URGE CHURCHES, MOSQUES TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Commander, has called for the churches and mosques to take steps to strengthen their internal security arrangements amid the growing terror threats.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA STRESSES NEED FOR LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY TO ENSURE GOOD GOVERNANCE

President John Mahama, says it is only prudent for leaders to account for their stewardship during their term of office. According to him, it’s a period that allows the people to make critical assessment.

POLICE WARN VIGILANTE GROUPS

Director-General of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, Dr Benjamin Agordzo, has issued a stern warning to any vigilante group in a country that will defy its orders before, during and after the November 7 polls.

NDC WILL WIN 2016 ELECTIONS – NANA AKOMEA CONFESSES IN SECRET

It is a matter of fact that Akuffo-Addo has destroyed the NPP that John Agyekum Kufuor bequeathed to him; and some close aides of the NPP Flagbearer are confessing in secret that the 2016 battle is a lost battle. The Informer/GhanaPoliticsOnline.Com has it on authority that NPP’s Director of Communications, Nana Akomea, has been confessing to party supporters in secret that the NDC is going to win the 2016 elections because of the divisive attitude of Akuffo-Addo.

CJ SETS UP TASKFORCE TO TRAIN JUDGES ON ELECTORAL LAWS

The Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, has set up a taskforce to strengthen the capacities of judges on electoral laws ahead of the general elections in November.

POLITICAL PARTIES BRIBE PROSPECTIVE VOTERS TO REGISTER

Officials of some political parties in Ghana are reportedly bribing some prospective voters to participate in the limited registration exercise which kicks off today.

E/R: OVER 2000 COCOA FARMERS TO PROTEST SALE OF COCOBOD ASSETS

Over 2000 Cocoa farmers in the Eastern region are planning to stage a massive demonstration in Koforidua against the sale of COCOBOD’s assets to Antartic Construction Company Limited, a private developer in the region for the construction of a shopping mall.

ADB BRIBERY SAGA: I WAS BEING BLACKMAILED – AFENYO-MARKIN

Legal practitioner and NPP Member of Parliament for the Efutu constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has stated that bribery allegations made against him was the work of blackmailers who were orchestrating his downfall.

THREE CENTRAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CRASHED TO DEATH

A tipper truck Tuesday evening crashed three students of the Central University College at Miotso to death. According to reports, the three are first year students of the Law Faculty of the private university. They have been identified as Sedem Hodo, Nana Kofi Asare Boamah and Boison Kobby Junior.

STOP ATTACKING ATTIVOR FOR SPEAKING THE ‘TRUTH’- ASIEDU NKETIAH

The former Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor has been criticized publicly following a ‘tribalistic’ ‘problematic’ and ‘divisive’ statement calling on Voltarians to vote for the NDC to prevent her from being put into jail by the NPP.

FILES VANISH UNDER STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES AT COURTS REGISTRY

Less than a year after ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ exposé of massive corruption in Ghana’s Judiciary involving some high profile judges and judicial personnel; another trend of sleaze is fast gaining roots in the Judiciary Service.

GHIPSS, EDAPT SIGN NEW DEAL

Gabriel Ruhan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EDAPT, has said UK-based Ghanaians can now receive remittances abroad directly on their e-Zwich cards following a deal between Unity Link and the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System.

MAHAMA WILL WIN AND KEEP ME AS SPORTS MINISTER – NII LANTE

Nii Lante Vanderpuye says he is very optimistic of a John Mahama victory in the presidential elections so he can continue his work as Sports Minister for as long as 2020.

EC BOSS CREATING ROOM FOR REJECTION OF RESULTS – ADOM OTCHERE

The perceived misguided actions of the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, are leaving Ghanaians doubtful and worried ahead of the November polls according to seasoned Ghanaian broadcaster, Paul Adom Otchere.

DON’T BE SURPRISED IF YOUR FAVOURITE PASTOR DOESN’T GO TO HEAVEN – TWUM BOAFO

The Executive Secretary of the Ghana Free Zones Board, Kwadwo Twum Boafo is pointing at what he says is deep-seated hypocrisy among sections of the clergy in Ghana.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVERNMENT TO DRAW UP COMPENSATION MECHANISM FOR NON- TRADITIONAL EU EXPORT COMPANIES

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekwo Spio Gabrah, says government will by the end of August this year draw up a compensation mechanism for companies, especially those that export non traditional products to the EU market.

TRADE MINISTRY MOVES TO PROTECT CONSUMERS

A policy aimed at ensuring that consumers are adequately protected from activities of firms which usually engage in individual pricing is being prepared.

BANK CHARGES UP BY 100%

Banks in the country have began charging almost 100% increase in tariffs for maintenance of personal and corporate current accounts as well as other charges, Business Finder understands.

HIGH TAXES THREATEN AVIATION INDUTRY

The international Air Transport Association has bemoaned the high taxes imposed on the domestic aviation sector in Ghana, saying the phenomenon militates against the growth of the industry.

RENT STRETCHES WORKERS’ INCOME

The recently-stoked debate about how to address the high home-rental charges in some major cities in the country, following an initiative by the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing to amend the rent control law to allow home-seekers pay just a month rent advance, has brought to the fore the challenge of enforcing any such laws.

COTTON: AN ABANDONED ‘WHITE GOLD’

The fortunes of the country’s cotton industry continue to dwindle over the years as production areas in 2014/2015 was about 2,500 hectors.

3RD USAID-FINGAP AGRIC-BUSINESS SUMMIT ENDS IN ACCRA

The 3rd USAID – FINGAP Agric-business Summit has ended in Accra with a challenge to farmers, processors and all involved in the Agric-business value chain to be more innovative.

POLICIES NOT FRIENDLY FOR IMPACT INVESTMENT – VENTURE CAPITAL CEO

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Venture Capital Trust Fund, Mr Osman Sulemana, has observed that current regulations in the country do not favour impact investments, a special form of investment that seeks to benefit society rather than make profit.

GOVERNMENT DRIVING OIL, GAS AND POWER INDUSTRY FORWARD – BUAH

Minister of Petroleum Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah has given the assurance that bold steps have been taken to drive the oil, gas and power industry forward and emphasised Ghana was on its way to prosperity with its oil wealth. Mr Buah made the comment when he opened the 2016 Ghana Summit – Oil, Gas & Power event recently held in Accra.

2015 ECONOMIC GROWTH SLOWS MARGINALLY TO 3.9%

Ghana’s economic growth for 2015 went down marginally compared to 2014, with figures from the Ghana Statistical Service Wednesday showing growth, including oil, reducing marginally to 3.9 percent from 4 percent in 2014.

HUGE DEBTS SUFFOCATE VRA

Ghana’s gas sector continues to face mounting debts resulting from the inability of the country’s power producing company, the Volta River Authority (VRA), to pay for gas supplied it from both indigenous and foreign sources.

MIATOWO, THE GLOBAL SHAPERS HO ENTREPRENEURSHIP DRIVE COMPLETES PHASE II

Women make up 40 percent of the world’s workforce. Many of the sectors that are critical for economic growth in some developing countries rely heavily on women. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with female ownership represent 30% to 37% of all SMEs in emerging markets.

FARMERS URGED TO ADOPT MODERN TECHNOLOGY

The National Farmers and Fishers Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWA) has encouraged Nucleus farmers in the savannah ecological zones to adapt modern farming technology to improve their agribusiness.

PORTUGUESE BUSINESS DELEGATION IN GHANA

A Portuguese business delegation arrived in Ghana, on Wednesday for a three-day visit to explore partnership and business opportunities in the local market.

SMES REQUIRE STATE SUPPORT – PROF. BRIMAH

The Provost of Humanities and Social Science of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Imoro Brimah, has urged the government to focus more attention on small businesses to turn around the fortunes of the country’s economy.

GHANA’S ECONOMY IS ON TRACK – TERKPER

The Finance Minister, Mr. Seth Terkper, has given an upbeat assessment of the health of the economy, stating that it is on track.

BANK OF GHANA REVIEWING UNIFORM BASE RATE MODEL – GOVERNOR

The new Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, says the central bank is reviewing the uniform base rate model.

AGRIC SECTOR CONTINUES TO GROW STEADILY – TERKPER

The Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper said the agriculture sector would continue to grow at an average of six per cent annually, coupled with resource allocation of about 10 per cent in line with its Medium Term Strategic Plan.

KUMASI CITY MALL PROJECT CHALKS ONE MILLION ACCIDENT FREE HOURS

WBHO, the main Contractor working on the Kumasi City Mall project has celebrated one million man hours of work without any lost time injury – a feat considered in the construction industry as rare, especially in projects of its stature and magnitude.

FDA TO CERTIFY PALM OIL DEALERS IN VOLTA REGION

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is working towards certifying traders in palm oil in the Volta Region.The certification is to help bring some regulation into the industry and ensure that the public consumed quality palm oil.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ECOWAS AFFIRMS COMMITMENT AGAINST ORGANISED CRIME

ECOWAS member states at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) have affirmed their commitment to the implementation of the ECOWAS Political Declaration and Regional Action Plan.

TANZANIA PRESIDENT SUSPENDS HEAD OF TELECOMS REGULATOR OVER REVENUE LOSS

Tanzanian President John Magufuli suspended the head of the telecoms regulator on Tuesday, saying the watchdog failed to monitor the industry, resulting in the loss of potential tax revenues of 400 billion shillings ($182.15 million) a year since 2013.

EX-US HOUSE SPEAKER SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN JAIL

A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison, calling the former House Speaker “a serial child molester” who tried to cover up his abuse with hush money.

TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH OFFERS FEW DETAILS BUT CLEAR MESSAGE – AMERICA FIRST

Rolling out an “America first” foreign policy, Republican front-runner Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday that if he were elected president, U.S. allies in Europe and Asia would have to fend for themselves if they did not pay more for the U.S. defence umbrella.

U.N. ENVOY URGES OBAMA, PUTIN TO SAVE SYRIA TRUCE, PEACE PROCESS

The United Nations mediator on Thursday called on the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation to salvage the “barely alive” two-month-old ceasefire in Syria and revitalise the damaged peace process.

CAR BOMB OUTSIDE SECURITY CHIEF’S HOME IN YEMEN’S ADEN – SOURCES

A suicide car bomb exploded outside the home of the security chief of Yemen’s Aden, Shelal Ali Shayyeh, on Thursday, residents said, wounding at least two people.

AUSTRALIAN PM TURNBULL PINS ELECTION HOPES ON BUDGET

Facing a protracted two-month election campaign and rapidly declining popularity, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure to set an economic course that will go the distance with voters.

CHINA WON’T ALLOW CHAOS OR WAR ON KOREAN PENINSULA – XI

China will not allow chaos and war to break out on the Korean peninsula, which would be to no one’s advantage, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a group of Asian foreign ministers on Thursday.

AUSTRIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES PACKAGE ON TOUGHER ASYLUM RULES

Austria’s parliament on Wednesday passed tough new asylum measures, including a process under which migrants could be turned away at the border within an hour, which could be activated if lawmakers decree public order is threatened.

REPUBLICAN CRUZ, HOPING TO REVIVE STRUGGLING CAMPAIGN, TAPS FIORINA AS NO. 2

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, in a last-ditch bid to slow front-runner Donald Trump’s momentum, named former business executive Carly Fiorina on Wednesday as his vice presidential running mate should he win the nomination.

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