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News Headlines-July 25 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

MY GOVERNMENT HAS DELIVERED -JOHN MAHAMA

President John Mahama has said his government has delivered on its promises to Ghanaians, and will continue to execute ongoing projects as captured in the NDC manifesto. Mahama has therefore dared his critics to juxtapose promises made in the party’s manifesto to what is actually on the ground to make an informed conclusion.

I CAN’T BE BRIBED; POSTERITY WILL BE MY JUDGE – JJ

Former President John Rawlings opens up about allegations he received bribe from late Nigerian President Sanni Abacha.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA TO INAUGURATE “JOHN EVANS ATTA MILLS MEMORIAL LIBRARY” TODAY

President John Dramani Mahama will today Monday July 25, 2016, inaugurate “The John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Library” at the Chapel Square, Cape Coast at 9:00am, in memory of the late president.

TERKPER TO PRESENT SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET TODAY

Finance Minister, Seth Terkper will today present a mid- year budget review and a supplementary budget to parliament.

BAWUMIA EXPOSES GOV’T OVER IMF DEAL

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, believes there is more to what the government has been telling Ghanaians regarding the finances of the country and its dealings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

COP KILLED IN NIGERIAN KING CONVOY IN CAPE COAST

A 40-year-old police dispatch rider, General Corporal Miichael Essel, met his untimely death in an accident in Cape Coast in the Central Region.

HORROR AT CEMETERY: 8 CRUSHED TO DEATH

Eight persons died when the brakes of one of two tipper trucks, which tried to overtake four other vehicles in a convoy, failed and the truck ran over the victims who were near a cemetery.

GHANA MUST LEARN FROM WAR-TORN NATIONS – POLICE

Ghanaians have been urged to learn useful lessons from countries devastated by political conflicts and wars to avoid any pitfalls as the nation readied to go to polls.

ATTA MILLS WAS MY COMRADE, MENTOR AND FRIEND – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama on Sunday, July 24, 2016 described Late President John Atta Mills as “my comrade, my mentor, my friend” in a tweet to remember the past leader.

1-DISTRICT-1-FACTORY POLICY: OVER 300 PROJECTS IDENTIFIED – AKUFO-ADDO

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the NPP has identified over 300 projects across the 216 districts of the country to bring into fruition the ‘1-District-1-Factory’ policy, when, God-willing, the party wins the December 7 elections.

NDC IS A GOOD PARTY; THEY WON’T POUR ACID ON YOU – DUMELO

Actor John Dumelo, who has never concealed his affiliation to the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), has taken his allegiance to the party a notch higher, saying he is proud to be a member of the party because unlike the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), the NDC is not violent and does not bathe members with acid.

AKATSI NORTH DCE DENIES HOARDING STREETLIGHTS

The Akatsi North District Chief Executive (DCE), James Gunu has dismissed claims that he’s hoarding streetlights to fix them few weeks to the December general elections.

GOVERNMENT CLEARS UNIVERSITIES TO RECRUIT NEW LECTURERS

The Ministry of Finance has granted financial clearance to public universities in the country to recruit new academic staff to augment their faculties to ensure quality education at the tertiary level.

NPP CONFUSED ABOUT CHANGE MESSAGE – SOLOMON NKANSAH

Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Solomon Nkansah has criticized the opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) of moving in circus with their Change mantra, insisting that the Dankwa-Busia-Dombo tradition is confused about what message to present to Ghanaians ahead of the December polls.

FLOODS KILL ONE, DISPLACES HUNDREDS IN TAMALE

A woman is reported dead at Kulnyevila following a seven hour downpour on Sunday which flooded some communities in the Tamale Metropolitan area and Sagnarigu district.

ASHAIMAN: RESIDENTS ANGRY OVER DETERIORATING 2-MONTH OLD ROAD

The Presiding Member for the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly, BB Abdulai, has questioned the way road contracts are awarded in the municipality. According to him, it is sad that newly constructed roads deteriorate very fast in Ashaiman unlike other areas.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

$30 ‘SAFETY CHARGE’ TO HIT AIRLINES

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is seeking to charge $10 per passenger and $20 per tonne of cargo as ‘safety charge’ on every international air-ticket and cargo in the country starting August 1, 2016.

AGI ‘NOT AMUSED’ WITH STATIC POLICY RATE

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has expressed disappointment in the Bank of Ghana’s decision to maintain its policy rate at 26 percent for the fourth consecutive time, arguing ti will not provide any respite for businesses.

10 MICROFINANCE COMPANIES BLACKLISTED

The Bank of Ghana has blacklisted 10 illegal microfinance companies in the country, warning the general public to desist from transacting business with them.

DANGOTE CEMENT CREATS 5,000 JOBS

Dangote Cement Ghana limited has taken delivery of 1,000 trucks into the country resulting in the creating of 5,000 direct and indirect jobs as drivers and other technical staff have been engaged.

IMF BAILOUT IN JEOPARDY AS MPs KICK AGAINST BoG’s ZERO FINANCING OF GOV’T

Government’s refusal to submit the agreement covering the three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout programme to Parliament for approval before signing onto it in April last year is now threatening to derail the programme and deny Ghana access to disbursement of the next tranche of balance of payment support.

2.5% FUEL PRICE REDUCTION PREDICTED IN NEXT PRICING WINDOW

The Institute for Energy Security (IES) has projected a further drop in prices of fuel between 2.5% on petrol and 1.8% on Diesel in the second pricing-window for the month of July 2016.

GOV’T ACCEPTS GH ¢967.5M IN 5-YEAR DOMESTIC BONDS

Government accepted GH¢967.5 million worth of bids for a five-year domestic bond issue on Thursday and will pay a fixed yield of 24.75%, transaction arrangers said.

GOVERNMENT URGED TO INCLUDE SADA IN SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET

Government has been urged to prioritize the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) in its yet-to-be-presented supplementary budget.

GOVERNMENT TO EMPLOY OVER 1,000 TEACHERS, OTHERS INTO PUBLIC SERVICE

Government has given financial clearance to employ qualified people, including more than 1,000 teachers, into the public sector.

GHANAIAN BUSINESSES TO DISCUSS BREXIT IMPACT

The World Trade Centre (WTC) Accra in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ghana is spearheading a high-level executive business and networking meeting to discuss the implication of BREXIT on Ghana’s international trade.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

THOBEKA ZUMA ‘LEADS’ CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA) has pledged to engage all stakeholders in their determination to end child marriage on the continent.

SOUTH SUDAN VICE PRESIDENT MACHAR SACKS MINISTER AFTER ‘DEFECTION’

South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar has fired a minister who he said had defected to his long-time rival President Salva Kiir’s party.

ZIMBABWE THREATENS “TRAITOROUS” WAR VETERANS AFTER MUGABE ATTACK

Zimbabwe’s government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial.

DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY ON EVE OF CONVENTION TO NOMINATE CLINTON

The head of the Democratic Party resigned on Sunday amid a furore over embarrassing leaked emails, hoping to head off a growing rebellion by Bernie Sanders supporters on the eve of the convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for the White House.

SYRIAN MAN CARRYING BOMB DIES IN GERMANY; 12 INJURED

A 27-year-old Syrian man denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when he set off a bomb outside a crowded music festival in Bavaria, the fourth violent attack in Germany in less than a week, a senior Bavarian state official said.

RUSSIA ESCAPES IOC BLANKET BAN FOR RIO OLYMPICS

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected clarion calls for Russia to be banned from next month’s Rio Olympics over the nation’s doping record, offering athletes a lifeline by ruling that decisions on individual competitors will be left to the international sports federations

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