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WEDNESDAY 11TH MAY 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

LIMITED VOTERS REGISTRATION…EC RULES OUT EXTENSION

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will not extend the limited voters registration exercise as requested by some students and representatives of political parties. Rather, it said it would give eligible voters who could not register in the just-ended exercise the opportunity to do so in a continuous registration process.

FAMILY OF 3, ANOTHER DROWN IN VOLTA LAKE

Four persons lost their lives when a boat carrying at least 17 people capsized on the Volta Lake on Monday.

SACK TERKPER BAWUMIA BARKS OVER DIVERTED $250M CASH

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) vice presidential candidate for the November general election is calling on the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, to resign following his illegal diversion of $250 million into a private bank in flagrant breach of the law.

SECOND JB KILLER GRABBED

The police have arrested a certain Vincent Bosso as a second person suspected to have played a role in the murder of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North Constituency in the Eastern Region.

IEA HOLDS PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN SEPT

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has hinted that it will hold its presidential debate ahead of the November 7 polls in the middle of September this year.

SIM BOX FRAUD REVENUE EXAGGERATED

SIM box fraud which is a menace depriving the state and mobile network operators of revenues has been ongoing for some time.

NDUOM INSPIRES YOUTH…IN WA

Celebrated Ghanaian entrepreneur, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has urged the youth in the country not to give up hope in whatever they are doing in spite of the numerous economic challenges facing the country.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS? UNEMPLOYMENT REACHES UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS

In a country where the underemployment rate is 33% and 69% of the working population are in vulnerable employment, in addition to a situation where the chances of a major economic turnaround is faint, the prospects of a decent job for the fast growing youth population look bleak.

TEACHERS SUSPEND DECISION TO PICKET AT FINANCE MINISTRY

The over three thousand teachers who served notice, they would picket at the Finance Ministry today [Wednesday], over unpaid salaries have suspended their action.

NPP STUDENTS’ ANGRY AFTER BEING ‘TRICKED’ TO ENDORSE MAHAMA

Some members of the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), have condemned what they describe as a diabolic strategy used by some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to trick them into endorsing the candidature of President John Mahama for the November polls in a video advertisement.

MAHAMA LIKELY TO ‘BATTLE’ NANA ADDO IN IEA DEBATE

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has said it is considering organizing a presidential debate for the flagbearers of the two main political parties, President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

EXTEND VOTERS’ REGISTRATION EXERCISE BY 2 WEEKS – IEA

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to extend the limited voters’ registration exercise by at least two more weeks.

GHANA COULD BE PLUNGED INTO VIOLENCE DURING ELECTIONS – EXPERTS WARN

Ghana risks being plunged into violence in the November 7 general polls if the country sleeps on security, governance experts have warned.

OVER 18,000 PEOPLE CHALLENGED IN THE LIMITED VOTER’S REGISTRATION – EC

A total of 18,986 people who registered in the just ended limited voter’s registration exercise had their eligibility challenged nationwide on various grounds, the Electoral Commission has revealed.

LIMITED REGISTRATION: WE HAVE ACHIEVED OUR ESTIMATED TARGET – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) says the number of persons captured onto the biometric data in the limited registration exercise represents the registerable population.

NDC CONNIVED WITH EC TO DISENFRACHISE TERTIARY STUDENTS

Member of Parliament for the Assin Central constituency, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong is accusing the governing National Democratic Congress and the Electoral Commission (EC) of deliberately disenfranchising tertiary students from registering in the just ended limited registration exercise.

EC SHOULD HAVE REGISTERED 5,000 STUDENTS AT UG – AGYARKO

Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko, has asserted that the Electoral Commission (EC) should have registered 5,000 students instead of the 1,565 they recorded at the University of Ghana (UG) in the just ended limited voters’ registration exercise.

HUNGARY OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP TO GHANAIAN STUDENTS

Mr Zoltan Balog, Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities, who is leading a government delegation to Ghana, on Monday announced a scholarship agreement that would enable 50 Ghanaian students to study in various disciplines in his country. The students would be offered slots in agriculture, the oil industry, IT, arts and music.

WE CHASED OUT TOGOLESE VOTERS – KETU SOUTH NPP

The Communication Director of the Ketu South branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peterson Midadze, has said his outfit was on high alert for the ritual trans-border voter registration, adding that party members chased Togolese voters out during the just ended limited registration exercise.

FISHERIES UNIT RECEIVE VEHICLES TO ENHANCE MONITORING

The Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) has donated has donated four vehicles valued at about 140,000 dollars to the Fisheries Enforcement Unit (FEU) under the Fisheries Commission (FC), to help in the enforcement and compliance of the laws.

INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO ADDRESS EXTREME POVERTY – PROF AKOSA

Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, has called for an intensification of efforts to address extreme poverty, promote socio-economic development and safeguard the interest of future generations.

IGP MUST INVESTIGATE ALLEGED POLICE DISRUPTION OF EXERCISE

he New Patriotic Party in the Volta Region has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to speedily investigate the alleged Police disruption of the Limited Voters’ Registration Exercise at Metrikasa, in the Akatsi North District.

TEN MISSING AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES ON VOLTA LAKE

Reports reaching Ghanapoliticsonline. Come from Yeji is that , ten people are confirmed missing when a boat on the Volta Lake from Yeji to Makango capsized Tuesday afternoon.

WE ALL REGISTER MINORS’ – KENNEDY AGYAPONG AGREES WITH MOSQUITO

Outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central constituency, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has said that he finds no problem with comments made by General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, that all political parties must accept responsibility for a bloated voters’ register.

LIMITED REGISTRATION: ASHANTI, GREATER ACCRA, NORTHERN REGIONS REGISTERED MORE PEOPLE

Three regions namely the Ashanti, Greater Accra, and the Northern regions recorded the highest number of registrants at the just ended Electoral Commission (EC)’s Limited voter registration exercise.

NPP HUNTS FOR SCANDALS -TO NAIL NDC IN NOV.

A SEnior member of the opposition New Patriotic Party has inadvertently revealed the party is banking hope on corruption and other scandals involving officials of the John Mahama government and leaders of the National Democratic Congress to unseat the governing party in the impending November polls.

TOR WORKER WITH GUN WAITING FOR MAHAMA ARRESTED BY BNI

Credible information reaching tv3network.com indicates that a worker of the Tema Oil Refinery, Senanu Asbeit Akpade is currently in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations -BNI for possessing a gun ‘in wait for President Mahama’.

ELECTRICITY IS EXPENSIVE THAN RENT AND SO WHAT? – AMETOR

Consultant to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Eric Ametor Quarmyne has launched a blistering attack on the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for making ‘ugly noises’ instead of providing alternatives to problems he [Nana] claims are bedeviling the citizenry.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

VEEP COURTS TRINIDADIAN INVESTORS

Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur says government will continue to ensure investor-friendly policies to attract investments from Trinidad and Tobago in the oil and gas sector.

INDUSTRY LAUDS ‘SEEMING STABILITY’…BUT CRIES OVER HIGH TARIFFS AND TAXES

The ‘seeming stability’ in the macro economic environment, the improvement in power supply and relative stability of the cedi are “commendable”, the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has said, asking government to nonetheless do something about the high cost of utilities and multiplicity of taxes.

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IMPROVES RICE PRODUCTION

The Vice President of the Ghana Rice inter professional bodies, Nana Ayeh says since government’s policy intervention in the rice sector, rice production has seen improvement.

TERKPER, BAWUMIA AT ‘WAR’ OVER $250 EUROBOND DEAL

The impropriety or otherwise of a $250 million Eurobond cash that the Government of Ghana has lodged in a Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) account at the United Bank of Africa (UBA) has become a source of raging debate between Finance Minister Seth Terkper and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate for the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate.

HFC BANK GHANA HOSTS PRIME MINISTER OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

HFC Bank, a member of Republic Bank Holdings Limited (RBHL) of Trinidad and Tobago, on Monday evening hosted the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency, Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley, to a cocktail as part of his 4 day official visit to the country.

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IN GHANA TO IMPROVE – AGI

The Association of Ghana Industries is optimistic that business confidence in the country will improve as the economy experiences some stability.

IT IS LEGAL TO INVEST IDLE FUNDS – FINANCE MINISTER

Government on Monday said it has the backing of the law to invest ideal funds in any securities, excluding government ones, to earn interest.

ECG WORKERS UNCONVINCED ABOUT KEEPING THEIR JOBS

Some staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) remain unconvinced that their jobs remain secure as the process to choose a concessionaire moves on.

GACL COMPLAINS ABOUT LAND ENCROACHMENT

Mr Charles Asare, Managing Director, Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), says the company is losing its lands to encroachers. Due to its inability to secure the land title registration from the Lands Commission.

IT EXPERTS KICKS AGAINST NCA PLANS TO BAN INTERNET CALLS

One of the pioneers of internet development in Africa, Professor Nii Narku Quaynor is kicking against proposals to ban calls over the internet with applications like WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook and Viber.

GRIDCO TO UPGRADE TRANSMISSION LINE

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDco) would in the coming months change its transmission lines from Tema, Ghana’s largest energy hub, to Accra, the biggest power consuming enclave.

GOVT MUST INSTITUTE POLICIES TO ADDRESS THE EXTRACTIVE SECTOR – ACEP

Civil Society Groups in the extractive industry are charging government to as a matter of immediacy put in place stringent policies to address governance gaps in the extractive sector.

GROSS WRITTEN PREMIUMS TO DECLINE IN 2016’ – HOLLARD GHANA CEO

Ghana’s insurance industry is likely to suffer a setback in gross written premiums in 2016. This is according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hollard Insurance Ghana, Lynda Odro.

GUINNESS GHANA LAUNCHES UNDERAGE DRINKING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Ghana’s leading total beverage business has launched a pilot underage drinking awareness campaign for senior high school students dubbed “hit the books, not the booze”, aimed at educating 1,000 teenage students against alcohol consumption through drama and focus group discussions.

GOVT MUST INSTITUTE POLICIES TO ADDRESS GOVERNANCE GAPS IN THE EXTRACTIVE SECTOR – ACEP

Civil Society Groups in the extractive industry are charging government to as a matter of immediacy put in place stringent policies to address governance gaps in the extractive sector.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

KENYANS PROTEST AGAINST ELECTORAL BODY

Kenyan police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who had gathered to demand the resignation of a body supervising next year’s presidential elections.

CLINTON LOSES TO SANDERS IN COAL STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in West Virginia’s primary, winning over voters deeply sceptical about the economy and signalling the difficulty Clinton may have in industrial states in the general election.

BRAZIL SENATE SET TO VOTE ON ROUSSEFF IMPEACHMENT

Brazil’s Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget rules, amid expectations she will become the country’s first leader in more than two decades to be removed from office.

DAVID CAMERON CALLS NIGERIA AND AFGHANISTAN ‘FANTASTICALLY CORRUPT’

David Cameron has described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen. The PM was talking about this week’s anti-corruption summit in London.

THAILAND FACES ‘MOMENT OF SHAME’ AT U.N. RIGHTS COUNCIL REVIEW

Thailand faces a “moment of shame” when the U.N. Human Rights Council reviews its rights record on Wednesday, a rights group said, amid fresh arrests of online critics accused of criticising the junta.

AHEAD OF INAUGURATION, CHINA SAYS TAIWAN TO BLAME FOR ANY CRISIS

Taiwan’s new government will be to blame for any crisis with China that erupts once it assumes office, Beijing said on Wednesday, heaping on the pressure ahead of the inauguration of a new president from a pro-independence party.

AUSTRALIA HOLDS FIVE SUSPECTED OF PLOTTING SAILING TRIP TO JOIN ISLAMIC STATE

Australian police have detained five men suspected of planning to sail a small boat from the far north to Indonesia and the Philippines en route to joining Islamic State in Syria, officials said on Wednesday.

CANADIAN OIL PRODUCTION TRICKLES BACK AS WILDFIRE THREAT EASES

Oil sands companies around the Canadian energy centre of Fort McMurray began to restart operations on Tuesday after an out-of-control wildfire forced a week-long shutdown.

U.S. WILL NOT SEEK DEATH PENALTY AGAINST BENGHAZI ATTACK SUSPECT

Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the case against Abu Khatallah, the man charged in the 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

ACTING AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR DECLINES TO RULE OUT SNAP ELECTION

Austria’s acting Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner did not rule out a snap parliamentary election after Werner Faymann quit as head of the government, but said on Tuesday he expected to reach agreement in coalition talks with the Social Democrats.

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