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THURSDAY 26TH MAY 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

AFRICA WANTS PARTNERSHIP NOT SYMPATHY – MAHAMA

JOHN PAINTSIL IN TROUBLE

Former Black Stars defender, John Paintsil has been charged with stealing, offensive conduct and assault of a police officer.

I WILL REDUCE KILLER LIGHT BILLS – NANA

PNew Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has promised to reduce the killer electricity tariffs (light bills) if Ghanaians give him the mandate to become president in the November polls.

NKRUMAHISTS ARE CRIMINALS SAYS RAWLINGS

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has described some of the politicians claiming to pursue the ideals of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, as criminals.

FIRE KILLS 3 CHILDREN IN NKWANTA SOUTH

A fire outbreak in the house of a premix fuel salesman has claimed the lives of three children in the Nkwanta South District of the Volta Region.

KATH DESIGNATED AS REGIONAL CENTRE FOR ANAESTHESIA TRAINING

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest referral facility, has been designated by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) as its African Regional Centre for modern anaesthesia training.

NCCE BEGINS ENGAGEMENT WITH POLITICAL PARTIES

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has started engaging the political parties towards ensuring that Election 2016 is conducted on a free, fair, and transparent grounds to sustain the national peace and facilitate socio-economic progress.

FOREIGN MINISTER HAILS GHANA PEACEKEEPING FORCES

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Ms Hannah Tetteh has hailed members of the Ghanaian Peacekeeping force for their impressive performance in maintaining global peace and security.

MPS DEMAND ACTION ON INFLATED ELECTRICITY BILLING

The Majority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, has complained about the high electricity bills arising from tariff adjustment made by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), calling for immediate steps to correct the anomaly.

ONLY 57% OF BIRTHS IN GHANA ARE REGISTERED – AKOSA

Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a Commissioner, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), says one per cent of young girls in their adolescent age accounts for the majority of abortions in the country.

GBA URGES JUSAG TO CALL OFF STRIKE

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA), has urged members of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) to call-off their industrial action, while the government should expedite action in addressing their demands.

NANA ADDO DOES NOT TAKE VOLTARIANS SERIOUS – KOFI ADAMS

Following the fresh bond between the Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the people of the Volta Region during his 4 day tour to assure them of his commitment to develop the region, Kofi Adams, National Organizer of the ruling NDC believes the bond is a mirage.

POLITICAL PARTIES MUST SIGN PEACE PACT NOW – IDEG

The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) is challenging the Electoral Commission (EC) to join political parties to sign the peace pact ahead of the upcoming general elections.

PUNISH OFFICIALS WHO EMBEZZLED CASH – PAC TO AG

The Public Accounts Committee wants the Attorney General to go beyond the rhetoric and prosecute government officials who are found to have embezzled funds.

I WILL SCRAP AU HOLIDAY IF… –NDUOM

The Founder of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has opined that Ghana does not need a holiday to commemorate the African Union Day.

GHANAIAN DELEGATION EXPLORES INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN MEXICO

A 14-member high profile Ghanaian-delegation is in Mexico on an investment promotion mission, organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana.

LEAD CAMPAIGN FOR CHANGE – AWUKU TO YOUTH

National Youth Organiser of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku has urged the youth to champion the campaign for change in a bid to triumph over the governing National Democratic Congress in the November polls.

CONSTITUTION CAUSING LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN GHANA – DR. ARMAH VIAM

Executive Director of VIAM, a Civil Society Organisation, Prince Armah Viam has opined that Ghana is currently suffering from leadership crisis as a result of too much power assigned to our leaders by the Constitution of the Republic.

TIME HAS COME TO THINK ABOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY – PRATT

Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr., has advised government to consider nuclear energy as an alternative to the erratic electricity supply in the nation.

ECG : WE ARE NOT SABOTAGING GOVT

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is not working to damage the image of the President John Dramani Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration contrary to allegations by some government officials, the PRO of the Accra West Branch of ECG, Eric Asante has said.

USAG JUMPS TO THE DEFENSE OF PRIVATELY-TRAINED NURSES

Leadership of the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) has lamented as “discriminatory, selective and intimidating” a decision by government not to absorb nurses trained at private colleges.

GHANA TO PROMOTE NURSING TRAINING THROUGH E-LEARNING

The Ministry of Health (MoH) with the support of its development partners, are exploring innovations that are technologically friendly to aid teaching and learning in health training institutions in the country.

GNAT BUILDS GH¢ 150,000.00 OFFICE IN TEPA

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has started the construction of a GH¢ 150,000.00 permanent district office at Tepa, the capital of Ahafo-Ano North.

RAINSTORM CAUSES HAVOC IN JOMORO

A severe windstorm that hit the Jomoro District has destroyed property running into hundreds of Ghana cedis. The rainstorm destroyed the roofs of the Junior High School building at Mangyea, the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) at Half Assini and the Department of Cooperative offices.

ECG IS OVER BILLING EVEN ME – NDC MP CRIES

The Chairman of Energy and Mines Committee in Parliament Alhaji Amadu Sorogho has disclosed that he is also a victim of overbilling by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) following the implementation of its new billing software.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

SKILLS DEV’T BUDGET EXPECTED TO RISE TO GHc700M

Government could end up spending as much as GHC700 million annually on skills development in the coming years to tackle youth employment, Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu has indicated.

PALM OIL AN ABANDONED WEALTH

Research has revealed that palm oil is the world’s most produced and consumed oil, and the most productive oil crop in the world. It accounts for more than half of the global import and export trade of all vegetable oils.

GN ELECTRONICS READY TO DRIVE MADE IN GHANA AGENDA

The Groupe Nduom brand has launched its new subsidiary, GN Electronics, which aims to assemble quality electrical gadgets in the country.

GOV’T ISSUES GH¢500M BOND AGAIN

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has issued a 500 million Ghana cedi bond today to help government raise funds to restructure its debt and maturity settlement.

CONSIDER INSURANCE AS NEW WAY TO SECURE FUTURE’

Ghanaians have been urged to consider insurance as a new way of securing their future. They have also been advised to disabuse their minds of the negative notion that insurance is for vehicles, the rich or those who are approaching their death.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES PURC ORDER TO ECG

The order given by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to suspend the implementation of its new billing software until further notice is a step in the right direction, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Mark Badu Aboagye, has said.

BDCS SATISFIED WITH CASH INFLOWS

Bulk Oil Distributing Companies (BDCs) have expressed satisfaction with the cash inflows from the sale of petroleum products especially, at the retail pumps.

U.S COMMITS $11,000 TO SUPPORT PALM OIL PRODUCTION

The Government of the United States of America has committed $11,000.00 oil extraction machinery to support the production of palm oil in Ghana.

VOLTA REGION NOW HAS ADEQUATE TRANSFORMERS – GRIDCO

The Volta Region now has the full complement of its transformer needs, including backups, for power transmission across the Region.

MAKE AGRIC LIFE-TIME VOCATION – MINISTER URGES YOUTH

Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, has urged the youth to see Agriculture as a life-long occupation, just as lawyers take up their professions for life.

DELEGATION EXPLORES INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN MEXICO

A 14-member high profile Ghanaian-delegation are in Mexico on an investment promotion mission, organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana.

SUSPENDING BILLING IN RIGHT DIRECTION – ENERGY COMMITTEE

Hon. Mutawakilu Adam, MP for Damango constituency, in the Northern region and Vice-Chairman for the Mines and Energy Committee in Parliament, has said that the decision by the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC), ordering the Electricity of Ghana (ECG) to suspend the implementation of their new billing software until further notice.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

I’M NOT IN EXILE – EX PREZ JONATHAN SAYS

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his decision to step down after losing the 2015 presidential election has earned him accolades on the continent, but not in Nigeria.

UK, AUSTRALIA DEPORT 40 NIGERIANS

More Nigerians were deported from London, United Kingdom and Australia for alleged immigration related offences on Wednesday. The new deportees numbering 40 arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Wednesday morning, it was learnt.

MILITANTS ‘KILLED’ IN SOMALIA

Kenya’s military says it has killed 21 fighters of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in Somalia.

NIGERIA: SENATE UNCOVERS N447BN SCAM IN IMPORT DUTY WAIVERS

The Federal Government lost N447.4bn to import duty waivers, concessions and grants fraud from 2011 to 2015, a report of the Senate ad-hoc committee revealed yesterday.

TRUMP FIRES BACK AT CRITICS AND PROTESTORS IN CHAOTIC RALLY

Trump found himself on the defensive over his personal and political career as the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump railed at critics and a mass of protestors at an unruly rally Tuesday evening.

JAPAN’S ABE TAKES G7 LEADERS TO SHRINE AS ECONOMY TOPS SUMMIT AGENDA

Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe escorted Group of Seven (G7) leaders to the Shinto religion’s holiest site on Thursday before a summit covering topics from risks to the global economy to refugees and China’s maritime assertiveness.

CHINA SAYS EU MEMBERSHIP UK’S CHOICE, BUT HOPES FOR STRONG EUROPE

Britain must decide for itself whether it stays in the European Union, but China hopes to see a strong Europe that contributes to the global economy, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday ahead of Britain’s June 23 EU membership referendum.

EIGHT PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT TRUMP RALLY IN CALIFORNIA

Some 100 people staged a boisterous but largely peaceful demonstration outside a Southern California rally by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at times taunting his supporters before police moved in and arrested eight people.

EU’S TUSK URGES GLOBAL SOLIDARITY ON REFUGEE CRISIS

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday he would like the global community to show solidarity regarding the refugee crisis and recognise it is a global problem.

BIDEN HOLDS CALLS WITH CYPRIOT PRESIDENT, TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADER

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden held separate phone calls on Wednesday with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and urged them to keep moving forward on settlement negotiations, the White House said.

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