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News Headlines -June 1 2016

 

BY MR LARRY ®
GHANA TO INSTITUTE NATIONAL SUGAR POLICY – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has announced that the Ministry of and Trade and Industry would institute a national sugar policy to enhance the production and export of sugar.
ALLOWANCES MUST BE TAXED

The Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terkper has said allowances and pensions are being taxed under the new income tax law, Act 896, 2015, because they are all forms of income no matter how they are earned.
ALLOW THREE ‘PREGNANT’ NURSES TO WRITE LICENSESURE EXAMS
AUTOMATIC ABSORPTION OF TEACHERS NOT ABOLISHED – MINISTER

The government has denied that it has abolished the automatic employment of new teachers into the public education system. Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Deputy Minister in charge of tertiary education, said no such decision had been taken as was being rumored.
FORMER DVLA BOSS EXONERATED

Former Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority boss, Dr. Justice Amegashie, whose public image suffered huge blot following the mysterious jump in the contract sum between the Authority and Foto-X; from $3.6m to $9.8m in what skeptics say is the biggest scandal at the Authority can now heave a sigh of relief.
ALLOTEY JACOBS DRAGGED TO FBI OVER USA TRIP

The United States government’s Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) may soon be on the heels of Central Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs, if the signals being picked by Daily Guide are anything to go by.

A-G GRABS WOYOME HOUSE

The woes of embattled businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome over the controversial GHc51.2 million judgement debt paid to him by the state seem to be deepening.

MAYHEM AT KOFROM OVER BOY’S DEATH

Krofrom, Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region yesterday morning blocked roads and burnt car tyres to express their extreme anger at the result of an autopsy which stated that Richmond Osei aka Tawiah, a shoe seller in the area, died of “congestive heart failure.”
ATTORNEY GENERAL IN A ‘BOOBY TRAP’ OVER WOYOME’S CASE

Businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome has described as unlawful, the steps being taken by the State to sell his residential properties to defray a GH¢51.2 million judgement debt wrongfully paid to him.

‘VOTE MASSIVELY FOR PPP’

When Wing of Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has held its first National Women Conference with a call on the electorate to vote massively for the PPP in November 7 polls in order to change the fortunes of Ghana.

YOUTH ON WARPATH – CLASH WITH POLICE OVER AUTOPSY REPORT

Hundreds of irate youth in Krofrom, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, yesterday clashed with police after an autopsy report of a 22-year-old man, Richard Yaw Tawiah, exonerated three police officers from any wrong doing.

NDC FIRES NPP OVER WIN 30% VOTES IN VOLTA

Volta Regional Director of Communications of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Kafui Agbleze, has described as “unrealistic and an overambitious target” by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to garner 30 percent of votes in the in the region.
GHANA BUYS 180MW FROM IVORY COAST TO TACKLE DUMSOR

Despite sinking millions of dollars into acquiring new generation capacity, especially expensive emergency power plants, to fix the power crisis which has hiked electricity tariffs, Ghana is still importing 180 megawatts of electricity from Ivory Coast to close deficits.

GOVT SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRY POOR – NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has chided the Mahama-led ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for investing too little to support industry in spite of the huge revenue inflows it received from oil proceeds and the billions it has borrowed since the party took over the reins of government.
HEALTH MINISTRY WAGES WAR ON INCREASING USE OF SHISHA

The Ministry of health is raising awareness on the dangers of Shisha an emerging tobacco product patronized in some public entertainment joints across the country.. The Ministry’s focal person on tobacco control, Dr. Kyei Faried warns that one puff of the vaporized product is equivalent to smoking one whole stick of cigarette.
MINISTER CONDEMNS INCREASING SHIFT TOWARDS MATERIALISM

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr John Alexander Ackon, has criticized what he said was the increasing drift of the church towards materialism. He said he found it deeply disturbing the situation, where some pastors openly and unashamedly resorted to all sorts of tricks to take money from the congregation.
MAHAMA CAN’T CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS – MINORITY LEADER

Minority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has stated that President John Dramani Mahama’s promise to create millions of jobs if reelected is just a “political talk”.
SHUTDOWN SOCIAL MEDIA IF NECESSARY – GROUP

If blocking social media for less than 24 hours will guarantee peace in Ghana on the day of election and beyond, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor, must not hesitate to carry out the action, Amass Ghana has suggested.
KORLE LAGOON DREDGING 30% COMPLETE – ZOOMLION

Only 30 per cent of work has been done dredging the Odaw drain and Korle Lagoon, one year after the twin fire and flood disaster claimed over 150 lives.
NPP, NDC FAIL TO SUBMIT AUDITED ACCOUNTS

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were among 19 political parties in the country who failed to meet the deadline of the Electoral Commission (EC) for the submission of audited financial recordsI.
NPP CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON UK HIGH COMMISSIONER

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned attacks on the UK High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin over his statement suggesting the alleged arrest of the Central Regional Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the London Heathrow Airport was false.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GHANA, RUSSIA SET TO PROMOTE COOPERATION

The Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted on Thursday the Russia-Ghana business forum which attracted representatives from Russian industrial and commercial sectors. The forum was also attended by a Ghanaian delegation.
ADB IPO TO BE RE-LAUNCHED

The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) is to relaunch its Initial Public Offer (IPO) as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has directed the transaction advisor to return all monies received from applicants who purchased the offer at GHc2 per share.
GOV’T PROCURES 600 FARM MACHINERY TO BOOST AGRIC

Government as part of its agenda to modernize agriculture has procured about 600 farm machinery for distribution to deserving farmers and smallholder farmer groups.
GHANA TO ISSUE FIFTH EUROBOND BY OCTOBER

Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has hinted to Citi Business News Ghana will issue its 5th Eurobond by October 2016. Parliament in December, 2015 gave government the green light to go ahead and issue the Eurobond.
HO WEST BEGINS COMMERCIAL CASSAVA FARMING

The Ho-West District Assembly has acquired 6,000 hectares of farmland for commercial cassava farming. The project, being implemented under a block farming scheme, is in partnership with some technical partners from Agritop Company Limited, an Israeli firm.
GOV’T TO INTRODUCE CROP INSURANCE SCHEME

The Bank of Ghana (BoG), is to introduce a crop insurance scheme, for farmers whose crops fail due to natural causes to benefit. The scheme, which would become operational from this year’s farming season, would be supported by the BoG with an initial fund of 100,000 million Ghana Cedis.
CSIR-SARI LAUNCHES MAIZE HYBRIDS PROJECT

The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-SARI) has launched a project to enhance farmers’ access to quality maize hybrid seed.
PETROLEUM CHAMBER PREDICTS FUEL PRICE HIKES IN JUNE

The prices of petroleum products are likely to go up by 3 percent in the first pricing window in June, according to the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers. The increment follows a rebound in the global oil market price of crude oil which is now trading around US$50 per barrel.
63 ASSEMBLIES MISAPPROPRIATE GH¢6.1 MILLION

A report from Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has revealed that 63 assemblies misappropriated a total of GH¢ 6.1 million between 2010-2012.
FUTURE OF KOMENDA SUGAR FACTORY ‘VERY BRIGHT’ – OMANE BOAMAH

Communications minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah says the economic prospects of the Komenda Sugar Factory are very bright in spite of fears that the revamped factory faces an uncertain future.
MINORITY THREATENS TO REJECT GNPC’S 2016 BUDGET

The approval of the 2016 budget for the operations of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has been suspended.
GHANA SEEKS TO CREATE JOBS IN WOOD AND FURNITURE INDUSTRY

A senior Ghanaian official said on Tuesday that the government was looking forward to playing a greater role in job creation in the wood and furniture industry. Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, a Minister of State at the Presidency, said Ghana had begun moves to review measures aimed at supporting the local wood and furniture industry to provide jobs for Ghanaians.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

UN ENVOY CALLS FOR MORE UNITY IN DEFEATING ISLAMIC STATE IN LIBYA

Two months after its installation in Tripoli, the Libyan unity government has been finding difficulties stabilising the country due to frequent attacks from the Islamic State.
NIGERIA, DRC AMONG COUNTRIES WITH ‘HIGHEST ENSLAVED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD’

Nigeria leads in Africa and ranks eighth in the world with an estimated 875,500 modern slaves followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which ranks ninth in the world with an estimated 873,100 enslaved people.
ITALIAN POLICE ARREST SUSPECTED FACILITATORS OF MIGRANT TRIPS

Italian police have arrested 16 people suspected of being the organisers of the frequent illegal trips to Italy through Libya by sea.
NIGER DELTA AVENGERS THREATEN ‘BLOODY’ ATTACKS

A militant group in the Niger Delta has issued a renewed threat to international oil companies as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly plans a visit to the troubled region.
NORTH KOREA SAYS TRUMP ISN’T SCREWY AT ALL, A WISE CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT

North Korea has backed presumptive U.S. Republican nominee Donald Trump, with a propaganda website praising him as “a prescient presidential candidate” who can liberate Americans living under daily fear of nuclear attack by the North.
FEAR FOR CIVILIANS AS IS HALTS IRAQI ARMY AT GATES OF FALLUJA

Islamic State fighters halted an Iraqi army assault on the city of Falluja with a counter-attack at its southern gates on Tuesday, while the United Nations warned of peril for civilians trapped in the city and used by militants as human shields.

AS BEIJING FLEXES MUSCLES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA, MALAYSIA EYES HARDER RESPONSE

Spotting a large vessel off the coast of Sarawak state in March, officers on a Malaysian patrol boat were shocked when it steamed towards them at high speed, blaring its horn before veering off to reveal “Chinese Coast Guard” emblazoned on its side.
U.S.-BACKED SYRIA FORCES LAUNCH OFFENSIVE FOR MANBIJ POCKET – U.S. OFFICIALS

Thousands of U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are launching an offensive to capture from Islamic State a crucial swathe of northern Syria known as the Manbij pocket following weeks of quiet preparations, U.S. officials disclosed to Reuters.
NORTH KOREA’S MISSILE AND NUCLEAR PROJECTS UNACCEPTABLE, JAPAN ENVOY SAYS

North Korea’s intention to carry on with its nuclear and missile programmes cannot be tolerated, Japan’s chief envoy to stalled six-party talks for denuclearising North Korea said on Wednesday after talks with U.S. and South Korean counterparts.
JAPAN PM’S MOVE TO DELAY SALES TAX RISE WILL FAN DEBT CONCERNS

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce on Wednesday that the government has decided to delay a scheduled sales tax hike by two-and-a-half years, putting his plans for fiscal reforms on the back burner amid more weakness in the economy.
THAILAND JAILS COUNTRY SINGER FOR SEVEN YEARS IN ROYAL INSULT CASE

Thailand on Wednesday jailed a country singer and political activist for 7-1/2 years, on grounds of insulting the monarchy in a public speech made three years ago.
TREPIDATION LINGERS AS CANADA WILDFIRE EVACUEES BEGIN TO RETURN

Thousands of evacuees who fled a massive wildfire in the Canadian oil hub of Fort McMurray are set to return home on Wednesday, though concerns ranging from contaminated drinking water to insurance claims linger as the city seeks to rebuild

 

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