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HEADLINE NEWS FEBRUARY 9 2015

Monday 9-2-2015

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MAHAMA CONDEMNS INSULTS DURING PUBLIC DISCOURSE

President John Dramani Mahama has spoken out against the insults that have taken over a better part of public discourse in the country and urged religious organisations to devote time to fight them.

MAHAMA CONSOLES BLACK STARS OVER IVORY COAST DEFEAT

President John Mahama has commended the Black Stars for a “gallant performance” in spite of their loss to the Elephants of Ivory Coast at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

NEW GOVERNING BOARD FOR PPA

A new nine-member board of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has been inaugurated.
The board is chaired by Alhaji Sumani Abubakari.

USE NDC STRUCTURES TO SEEK REDRESS  – Portuphy

The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kofi Portuphy, has directed all party members in the Ashanti Region who are dissatisfied with leadership in the region to seek redress through appropriate structures of the party.

MINISTER LOCKS OUT WIFE

The relationship between Ebenzer Okletey Telabi, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Memebr of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region and his wife, Monica aka Yaa Baby, is getting murkier by the day.

OVER 500 KORLE-BU WORKERS TO DEMOSSTRATE ON FEB. 16

Over 500 workers of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, who call themselves the Concerned Staff of the hospital, are set to demonstrate against the management of the hospital on February 16th.

MURDER AT NUNGUA

A 17-year-old nursing mother has allegedly stabbed her rival to death at Nungua.

ENGINEERS HOLD ANNUAL ‘ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP’ LECTURE ON THURSDAY

The inaugural evening lecture of the Annual “Ethics and Leadership” lecture series instituted by the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015.

AISHA NELSON AND EDZORDZI AGBOZO WIN 2015 HARMATTAN POETRY CONTEST

Aisha Nelson and Edzordzi Agbozo have won the first and second positions respectively in the maiden Harmattan Poetry Contest.

AGRIC STUDENTS APPEAL TO GOVT FOR EMPLOYMENT

Students of Agricultural Colleges in the country have appealed to the government to directly offer them employment after completing their education.

WESTERN REGION PRISONS SERVICE PERSONNEL BOYCOTT SANITATION EXERCISE

Prisons Service personnel who were sent to help clean the Kojo market in the Western Region boycotted the Sanitation exercise midway over lack of cooperation by market women.

COUNCIL OF STATE MEMBER LAID TO REST

Former Member of Council of State Dr. Bernard Kwasi Glover has been buried on Saturday at Akutukorfe in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.

GHANAIANS CROSS TO TOGO AND BURKINA FASO FOR FGM

It has emerged that most Ghanaians parents cross the borders to Togo and Burkina Faso to perform Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for their children and bring them back to Ghana.

KOICA DONATES EQUIPMENT TO IMPROVE MATERNAL, CHILD HEALTH CARE

The Korea International Cooperation Agency has presented a number of equipment including motor tricycles to three districts in the Volta Region.

APOLOGISE TO AKUFO-ADDO – NMC ORDERS NDC “RENTED” PRESS

The National Media Commission has ordered 5 pro-National Democratic Congress newspapers to retract several “offensive and derogatory” publications they made against Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, within the period of 9th June to 11th June 2014.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MAHAMA GOVERNMENT CHOPS $100M CONTRACTS CASH

The New Statesman can confirm that the John Dramani Mahama government has so far refused to release $100 million to over 6,000 contractors as payment for work done on ‘cocoa roads’, despite COCOBOD having released the funds to the Finance Ministry.

HOUSING PROJECT BEHIND SIC TROUBLES

The credit guarantee bond issue by SIC Insurance Company Limited, which has put the financial stress, was intended for a government housing project for the public servants BFT inquiries have revealed.

GHANA HOME LOANS TO ISSUE MORTGAGE BONDS

Major mortgage provider Ghana Home Loans has said it intends to issue medium term mortgage-backed bonds by the third quarter of the year to raise more money , as it see bright prospects ahead

GREENLIGHT PLANET ANNOUNCES $10M FINANCING TO LIGHT UP 100M OFF-GRID HOMES

Greenlight Planet, a leading US-based company in partnership with Fidelity Growth Partners India, has led the distribution of solar energy products worth $10 million for off-grid homes in developing countries.

STEP UP REVENUE COLLECTION PERFORMANCE -TERKPER

Mr. Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, has urged the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to step up its revenue collection performance by working hard to achieve set targets.

PIRATED TEXTILE SMUGGLERS TO FACE PROSECUTION

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Murtala Mohammed, says government will soon start prosecuting smugglers of pirated textiles into the country.

MINING COMPANIES CONSIDER SELLING GOLD MINES

Mining companies in Ghana are considering selling some gold mines because of an erratic power supply and a drop in the price of bullion, the chamber of mines said.

CHANCELLOR STATUTORY FUNDS THROUGH RURAL BANKS – AUBYNN

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Amenfiman Rural Bank Limited at Wassa Akropong, who is also the CEO of Ghana Minerals Commission, Dr Tonni Aubynn, has appealed to the government to consider channelling government statutory funds such as the District Assemblies Common Fund through rural banks in the country.

GRA GRABS THREE COMPANIES OVER NON-ISSUANCE OF VAT INVOICES

Three companies which deal in building materials have fallen foul of the law for failing to issue Value Added Tax invoices to clients, resulting in the loss of tax revenue to the state.

BoG, 2 OTHERBODIES TO ENHANCE COLLATERAL RREGISTRY

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) is to collaborate closely with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to enhance the output of the collateral registry to keep it in tandem with international best practices.

PROVIDE SUBSIDIES TO DOMESTIC INDUSTRIES – GUTA PRESIDENT

Mr George Kweku-Ofori, President of the Ghana Union of Traders’ Association (GUTA) has stated that President Mahama’s drive towards the patronage of Made in Ghana goods cannot be achieved without the provision of tax incentives to the domestic industries.

DON’T MISS GHC22B TARGET FOR 2015 TERKPER ENJOINS GRA

Finance Minister Seth Terkper has asked the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to do everything possible to meet its revenue target of Ghc22 billion for 2015.

GHANA EXPORT TRAIN HANDICRAFT PRODUCERS

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has organized a two day training programme for selected handicraft producer groups drawn from the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA UNDER FIRE OVER VOTE DELAY

Nigerian authorities came under fire on Sunday over the decision to postpone national elections in the face of relentless Boko Haram violence, with the opposition branding the move a “major setback for democracy”.

BODIES OF FOUR NEWBORN BABIES FOUND IN FREEZERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

South African police said Sunday they have discovered the frozen corpses of four newborn babies in freezers at a house in the southern city of Mthatha

DEFIANT GREEK PM SETS UP EU CLASH WITH BAILOUT REJECTION,AUSTERITYROLLBACK

Leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras laid out plans on Sunday to dismantle Greece’s “cruel” austerity programme, ruling out any extension of its international bailout and setting himself on a collision course with his European partners.

LEADERSSCRAMBLE TO AVERT ‘DRAMATIC SPIRAL ‘ IN UKRAINE

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin.

BRUISED AUSTRALIAN PM ABBOTT SURVIVES LEADERSHIP CHALLENGED

Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a challenge to his leadership on Monday after his ruling Liberal Party voted down an attempt to unseat him after weeks of infighting that had threatened to derail his government.

JORDAN SAYS CONDUCTED 56 AIR RAIDS IN THREE DAYS AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

Jordan’s air force chief said on Sunday his country’s jet fighters had conducted 56 bombing raids in three days against Islamic State militants in northeast Syria, targeting key bases and arms depots.

U.S. DELIVERS ARMS TO LEBANON,SAYS FIGHTING ‘SAME ENEMY’

The United States delivered more than $25 million worth of military aid including heavy artillery to the Lebanese army on Sunday to help it fight jihadist groups which have repeatedly battled with security forces near the Syrian border.

FRANCES HOLDS SIX SUSPECTED TERRORISM RING –  INTERIOR MINISTER

Six individuals suspected of belonging to a terrorist network were arrested in southern France on Sunday, the French interior minister said.

IRAN’S KHAMENEI SAYS COULD ACCEPT FAIR NUCLEAR COMPROMISE

Iran’s supreme leader said on Sunday he could accept a compromise in nuclear talks and gave his strongest defence yet of President Hassan Rouhani’s decision to negotiate with the West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.

FRENCH SOCIALISTS CLING ON TO PARLIAMENT SEAT AHEAD OF LE PEN PARTY PRESIDENT

President Francois Hollande’s ruling Socialists won a hotly-contested parliamentary by-election in eastern France on Sunday, narrowly beating a National Front rival after the conservative UMP candidate was eliminated in a first round.

THREE SUDANESE AID WORKERS KILLED  -GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL

Three Sudanese aid workers with the Sudanese Red Crescent were killed in the war-torn Blue Nile state on Sunday, an official at a government humanitarian body said.

SPORTS HEADLINES

DRAMATIC DEFEAT: BLACK STARS DENIED ANOTHER TROPHY BY COTE D’IVOIRE

The Black Stars of Ghana missed another opportunity to lift the African Cup of Nations trophy on Sunday when they lost on penalty shootout to Cote D’Ivoire 9-8.

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: ATSU CROWNED BEST PLAYER OF AFCON 2015

Ghana winger Christian Atsu was named the best player for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana’s Andre Ayew claimed the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer honours with three goals.

LIVE BY YOUR WORD: KUFFOUR’S HAIR SHAVED ON LIVE TV

Former Ghana defender, Sammy Kuffour has had his hair shaven on live television following the Black Stars heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to the Ivory Coast in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final.

HARRISON AFFUL RESTORED IN ESPERANCE’S ‘CAF’  CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SQUAD

Ghana defender Harrison Afful has been restored to Esperance’s CAF Champions League squad having been left out in their provisional roster.

TWENTY-TWO PEOPLE KILLED AT CAIRO FOOTBALL STADIUM STAMPEDE

Twenty-two people were killed outside an Egyptian football match on Sunday when security forces barred fans from entering the stadium, the public prosecutor’s office said.

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