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HEADLINES FEBRUARY 13 2015

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Friday 13-2-2015

MOH INVESTIGATE OXYGEN SHORTAGE AT KATH

Ministry of Health has begun investigations into why the second largest teaching hospital in the country, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has inadequate oxygen for treatment of patients.

EX-CONVICT JAILED FOR STEALING CHARCOAL

The Amasaman District Court B has sentenced a 39-year-old labourer to three months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing eight bags of charcoal.

ACCRA POLYTECHNIC PARTNER GERMAN SOLAR COMPANY TO OFFER STUDENTS FREE OIL, GAS TUTION

The Management of the Accra Polytechnic yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a German-based solar giant,

KUMASI MARKET RECONSTRUCTION TO COST $298M

A staggering US$298 million will be expended in the reconstruction of the Kumasi Central Market into a modern edifice.

TAMALE POLICE ARREST COUPLE FOR ASSAULTING 3 STUDENTS

The Police in Tamale have arrested a couple for subjecting three female students of the Nuriyya Central Islamic School to severe beatings for allegedly stealing GH ¢3,100 from their shop at the Kaladan Park in Tamale.

FIVE FINED GH¢1,800 OVER THEFT OF DOG

The Nyinahin Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr. Sam Nibi, has ordered five persons convicted of dog theft, to pay a total fine of GH¢1,800.

KDD IS SICK NEEDS PSYCHO HELP

The Kaneshie District Magistrate Court in Accra for the second time yesterday could not continue with the committal trial of embattled showbiz icon, Kwesi Kyei Darkwah aka KKD.

AYARIGA BLASTS JOURNALISTS: STOP ASKING USELESS QUESTIONS

The Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga, descended on journalists yesterday when he said they “ask useless question[s]” on a live radio programme.

SODOMY AT AKOSOMBO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Sodomy has reared its ugly head at the famous Akosombo International School (AIS) in the Eastern Region, involving two minors.

45-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO ABSCONDED WITH FAMILY LOAN BEGS TO RETURN HOME

Eric Danso Kissiedu, a 45-year-old man who left Ghana 15 years ago says he wants his family back home to forgive him for a breach of their trust and for taking them through emotional torture.

GHANAIAN DOCTOR PERFORMS IN US

A 36-year-old Ghanaian orthopedic surgeon, Dr Douglas Dickens is performing wonders in Texas in the United States of America.

GHANA’S ECONOMY HEADING FOR A CRASH – MORE DIFFICULT TIMES AHEAD

A financial expert has predicted a more difficult times in the country in the months ahead, explaining that data released by the Bank of Ghana shows the nation is not only broke but also heading for a crash.

VOLTARIANS FAST, PRAY FOR DEVELOPMENT

The chiefs and citizens of Asogli State Monday began a week’s fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention for the socio-economic development the Volta region, especially Ho, the regional capital.

NANA WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT BUT HE’LL LIVE TO 107 – PROPHET

Although Ghanaians have had an earful of grim prophesies this year such that further gloomy tidings coming from the likes of General Overseer of Glorious Word Ministries International Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah, would easily be discarded as unimportant.

GHANA’S OIL BENEFITS ONLY MAHAMA AND HIS BOYS –AGYAPONG

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party Kwabena Agyapong has accused the ruling National Democratic Congress of being the worst government in the history of the nation, thereby causing economic hardship in the lives of people.

ARTS WILL TOP VARSITY ENROLMENT – CRITICAL MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT UNDER THREAT

Arts progrmame otherwise known as humanitarians, still dominate as the preferred programmes for students pursuing higher education in the country’s major universities – putting the development of skilled workforce in danger, official data has shown.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

WESTERN REGION IS INDUSTRIAL POWERHOUSE OF GHANA -TRADE MINISTER

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah, has appealed to entrepreneurs in the Western Region to take advantage of many resources available coupled with industrial free zones to expand their businesses.

GHANA GOV’T SUED OVER GM FOODS

Civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has sued the National Biosafety Committee set up by the Ghana government and the Ministry of Agriculture in a bid to prevent them from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.

PROJECT LAUNCHED TO BENEFIT BENEFIT RURAL FARMERS

Tree Investment Policy (TIP), an income-generation project designed to improve the living conditions of farmers and the rural folk, has been launched at Fumesua in the Ashanti Region.

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES BEG GOV’T TO WITHDRAW VAT

The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Ghana (PMAG) is calling on government to speed up its move to remove the new Value Added Tax (VAT) rate of 17.5% on pharmaceutical raw materials imported.

HFC SHAREHOLDER THREATENS TO STOP EGM AGAIN

A shareholder of HFC Bank has threatened to go to court again to put on hold the organization of the bank’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) scheduled for Tuesday February 17, 2015.

ITI BANK , INT’L ENERGY AGENCY PREDICT FURTHER CRUDE PRICE DECLINE

The continuous decline in crude oil prices might not be over soon — that’s according to the International Energy Agency and Citi Bank.

‘DUMSOR’ DEEPENS ECG’s CASH WOES

The worsening power crisis has deepened the financial paralysis of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), as customers who owe and are being disconnected are not bothered about settling their bills.

2015 BUDGET LACKS BITE – IFS

An Economic policy think-tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), has described government’s 2015 budget statement and economic policy as being christened “transformational Agenda: Securing the Bright Medium Term Prospects of the Economy”, but the policy think-tank in his review said the budget details of the transformation process’ too “sketchy and short of transformational ambition.

HUGE INTEREST RATE HIKES EXPECTED

Dalex Finance and Leasing Company CEO, Kenneth Kwamina Thompson, has predicted that interest rates on government securities, especially Treasury bills, could hit 37 percent this year.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

FRANCE STRUGGLES TO ASSIST BOKO HARAM FIGHT FROM AFAR

France has found itself the best positioned Western nation to assist in the regional fight against Boko Haram — but also the most vulnerable to being sucked into an open-ended war, experts say.

US MEDIA FACE MUSLIM CRITICISM OVER STUDENT MURDER COVERAGE

The murder of three Muslim students in the United States has sparked accusations in the Arab world of double standards by American media in their coverage of the attack.

BABY GIRL IN CHINA ‘BORN PREGNANT WITH TWINS’

A baby girl in China was born carrying two fetuses in her abdomen the Hong Kong Medical Journal has reported.

‘Glimmer of hope’ for Ukraine after new ceasefire deal

Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed to a deal offering a “glimmer of hope” for an end to conflict in eastern Ukraine, but the United States and NATO said further intense fighting on Thursday ran counter to the spirit of the accord.

Greece agrees to talk to creditors in EU debt progress

Greece agreed on Thursday to talk to its creditors about the way out of its hated international bailout in a political climbdown that could prevent its new leftist-led government running out of money as early as next month.

Zero inflation for over a year would be risk – Bank of England’s Carney

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Britain’s economy might need more stimulus if inflation stayed around zero for more than a year but the BoE expects to raise interest rates next, not cut them, a newspaper quoted him as saying.

Labour’s lost Green voters could tip UK election to Conservatives

Britain’s resurgent Greens are threatening the Labour Party’s hopes for election victory in May even though the leftist environmentalists will probably capture no new parliamentary seats and could even lose the only one they hold.

Islamic State says it’s holding ‘Israeli spy’ in Syria

Islamic State said on Thursday it was holding an Israeli Arab who had posed as a foreign fighter in order to spy for Mossad, an account denied by Israel and by the man’s family, who said he had been kidnapped.

Egypt frees two Al Jazeera journalists on bail

Two remaining Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt on charges of aiding a “terrorist organisation” were freed on bail on Thursday after more than 400 days, but the court said the case against them was still pending.

Jordan’s air force resumes raids against Islamic State

Jordanian air force jets bombed the hideouts of Islamic State militants in Syria on Thursday, state television said, resuming the intensified raids that it first launched last week in retaliation for the killing of a pilot.

Al Qaeda fighters seize Yemen army base, U.N. warns of civil war

Al Qaeda-linked fighters seized a large army base in a dawn attack in southern Yemen on Thursday, militants and residents said, hours after the United Nations warned that the country was on the brink of civil war.

China offers to mediate in stalled Afghan Taliban peace talks

China offered on Thursday to mediate in stalled efforts to engage the Afghan Taliban in peace negotiations, reflecting its desire to play a more active role in a region it sees as part of its sphere of influence.

EU leaders urge stricter border checks in counter-terror drive

European Union leaders called on Thursday for stricter checks on travellers entering the passport-free Schengen area and greater information-sharing as part of a revamped counter-terrorism strategy following last month’s Paris attacks.

SPORTS HEADLINES

OFF THE MARK: JOHN ANTWI OPENS AL SHABAB ACCOUNT

John Antwi is off the mark in Saudi Arabia after the former Hearts of Oak striker struck on his debut start for new club, Al Shabab in the Saudi Professional league on Thursday.

Coach David Duncan linked with a SHOCK move to Kotoko

Ex-Hearts of Oak coach David Duncan has been lined up to replace Mas-Ud Dramani as new Asante Kotoko coach, Oman FM has reported

Coach Dramani handed three-match ultimatum – report

Under-fire Kotoko coach Mas-ud Dramani has been given a fresh three-match ultimatum to save his job, media reports in Ghana have claimed.

Ghanaians talk too much -Yaw Boateng Gyan

Former National Organiser of the ruling NDC Party and an executive member of the Ghana Football Association, Yaw Boateng Gyan, has called on all to rally behind the Black Stars.

AL KHARTOUM COACH KWESI APPIAH SAYS HIS PLAYERS WON’T UNDERRATE POWER DYNAMOS IN CONFEDERATION CUP CLASH

BLAME HEARTS SUPPORTERS FOR CLUB WOES – POLO

Ex-Hearts coach Mohammed Polo claims the club’s supporters must shoulder the blame for the side’s downward spiral in the Ghanaian top-flight this season.

HEARTS HOST AS POLICE ; IN CONFEDERATION CUP

Accra Hearts of Oak begin another desperate search for their second CAF Confederation Cup silverware at home against AS Police of Benin in a preliminary round first leg battle at the Accra Stadium on Sunday.

 

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