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Headlines :WEDNESDAY 11-3-2015

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BOTCHED ASSEMBLY POLLS COST GHÈ»317M – EC ASKS FOR GHÈ»90M MORE

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan has requested an additional GHȻ90 million for the conduct of the district level elections, after spending GHȻ317 million on the elections that should have been held on March 3, 2015.

JUDGEMENT DAY FOR WOYOME TOMORROW

He is now a household name as he is known by even children in Ghana. His name elicits controversy and debate in all circles – politics, academics, offices, social media and homes. A song has even been composed in his name.

KMA ASSURES KEJETIA TRADERS

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has provided documentary evidence to convince traders and other occupants of the Kejetia Bus Terminal that the place forms part of the first phase of the construction of the $298 million Kumasi Central Market.

GHANA IS MOVING FORWARD – PRESIDENT MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama last Monday has stated that Ghana is moving forward, in spite of the economic challenges it is currently experiencing.

ECG CUTS POWER SUPPLY TO MINISTRY BLOCKIN CAPE COAST

Electricity supply to 10 government departments and agencies at the Ministry Block in Cape Coast has been cut.

RAINSTORM RENDERS HUNDREDS HOMELESS AT ADANKRONO, KADE ZONGO

Hundreds of people at Adankrono and Kade Zongo in the Kwaebibirim District of the Eastern Region have been rendered homeless after a heavy rainstorm that hit the communities.

BAN ON MOTOR BIKES IN BAWKU LIFTED

Government has reviewed a ban on the use of motorbikes in Bawku in the Upper East Region.

TRANSPARENCY, GOOD POLICY NEEDED IN OIL SECTOR – EXPERTS

Four heads of civil society organizations (CSOs) with expertise in oil and gas have underscored the need for transparency in Ghana’s oil and gas sector.

KPONE DEMO : HOUSE OF CHIEFS BACK YOUTH DEMAND

The demands by some youths for quicker pace of development in Kpone Katamanso in the Greater Accra Region have received the backing of the Regional House of Chiefs.

TAMALE WEE GIRLS SHAVED

A number of girls who were captured in leaked videos openly smoking Indian Hemp have been given new looks by some opinion leaders who are mad at them for their conduct.

NPP YOUTH STORM PARTY HEADQUARTERS

A group of young men of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) calling themselves Concerned NPP Members yesterday stormed the party’s Asylum Down headquarters to protest against what they termed “certain happenings” in the party.

KINGPIN GRABBED

The man alleged to be the kingpin behind the police recruitment scandal has been arrested by the police.

ANGRY KPONE RESIDENTS DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY

Over 2000 indigenes of Kpone yesterday embarked on a mammoth demonstration against their traditional council for illegally selling their lands.

MINORITY CALLS FOR NEW VOTERS’ REGISTER

After commending the Minority in Parliament for democratically responding to the issues addressed in the President’s State of the Nation Address, government has, however, questioned why they failed to give “constructive alternatives.”

BUSINESS HEADLINES

US$3.6 BILLION LOST TO OIL COMPANIES – GIGS

Government accrued about US$2.7billion in total revenue from the oil sector after four years of production activities under the current Modern Concession System — when the figure could have reached US$6.4billion if the country had adopted Production Sharing Agreements, the Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS) has said.

FARMERS URGED TOIGNORE CLAIMS AGAINST GMOs

The Former Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prof. Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaian farmers to ignore claims against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) by a section of the public.

STOP PREDICTING DOOM FOR ECONOMY – REV WENGAM

The head pastor of Cedar Mountain Chapel, an affiliate of Assemblies of God Church Ghana, Rev, Stephen Wengam , has asked Ghanaians to stop predicting doom for the nation’s economy.

WAGES SWALLOW TERTIARY BUDGET

About 98.53 percent of the total government subvention of GHȻ973 million to public tertiary institutions for 2014 went into the payment of salaries and wages, leaving under two percent for acquisition of assets, goods and services to train students, data from the National Council for Tertiary Education has shown.

TERPKER CUT 2015 BUDGET, FORECAST TOMORROW

The Finance Minister, Seth Terpker, is expected to cut and implement a slew of IMF-inspired rationalization measures for 2015 when he presents a revised budget to parliament on Thursday to account for the plunge on crude oil prices.

AGRICULTURISTS MEET ON YAM DEVELOPMENT

Agricultural scientists from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have met to develop high-yielding yam seeds that are disease-resistant. The effort is targeted at enhancing yam production for both the local and international markets.

TUC BACKTRACKS OPPOSITION TO IMF BAILOUT

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has stepped down its opposition to Government’s negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a program to stabilize Ghana’s troubled economy.

US$4M USAID MAIZE PROJECT TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a $4 million maize project aimed at improving productivity of small-holder maize farmers in Ghana.

COCA-COLA TO LAY OFF 250 STAFF

Coca-Cola Bottling Company is laying off over 250 employees as part of efforts to enable it stay in business.

TUC BACKTRACKS OPPOSITION TO IMF BAILOUT

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has stepped down its opposition to Government’s negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a program to stabilize Ghana’s troubled economy.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BOTSWANA WARNS OVER ELEPHANT DEATHS AHEAD OF ANTI-POACHING SUMMIT

Botswana warned Tuesday that elephants were being killed at an “unsustainably high” rate as it prepared to host conferences on poaching of the animals later this month.

PARDON POSSIBLE FOR I.COAST’S ‘IRON LADY’ GBAGBO

Ivory Coast may pardon former first lady Simone Gbagbo in a gesture of national reconciliation after she was sentenced to 20 years behind bars Tuesday over deadly post-election violence.

GUNMEN SEIZE NINE FOREIGNERS AT LIBYAN OIL FIELD

Gunmen abducted nine foreigners at an oil field in Libya last week, officials said Monday.

THREE EGYPTIAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN SINAI EXPLOSION

Three Egyptian soldiers died Monday when their armoured car hit a landmine placed on a key highway in the Sinai Peninsula, a security official said.

CONGOLESE ARMY CAPTURES KEY REBEL BASE

The Congolese army on Monday took a main rebel base in the east of the country, killing 62 and capturing 118 insurgents in the fighting, an army spokesman said.

BOKO HARAM HITS MAIDUGURI AGAIN AS NIGERIA DISMISSES IS LINK

The Nigerian city of Maiduguri came under attack again on Tuesday, just days after Boko Haram bombings killed 58 people, as the government dismissed the militants’ link to the Islamic State group.

COLOMBIA SUSPENDS BOMBING OF FARC

Colombia’s President Santos suspends bombing raids against Farc rebels for a month to support continuing peace talks between the two sides.

IS POSTS ISRAELI ARAB’DEATH VIDEO’

Islamic State militants post a video online purportedly showing a young boy killing an Israeli Arab man accused of being a spy.

OBAMA SAID TO RESIST GROWING PRESSURE FROM ALL SIDES TO ARM UKRAINE

Democrats joined Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday in unanimously pressing the administration to send weapons to Kiev.

IRAQI AND SHIITE FORCES SEIZE LARGE PARTS OF TIKRIT FROM ISLAMIC STATE

The progress came after more than a week of heavy fighting by Shiite militias and Iraqi government troops to oust ISIS forces from the strategic city.

BBC SUSPENDS JEREMY CLARKSON,

Host of ‘Top Gear,’ After String of Warnings
Mr. Clarkson, host of the hugely popular car program who relishes the politically incorrect, was suspended after an unexplained “fracas” with a producer.

SPORTS HEADLINES

SELLAS TETTEH EXPECTS STIFF ZAMBIA CHALLENGE

Black Satellites coach Sellas Tetteh is expecting a resistance from Zambia in Ghana’s next match on Thursday in the CAF Under 20 Championship.

OLYMPICS HEAD COACH KASSI OCANSEY, TWO OTHERS CLEARED OF MISCONDUCT CHARGES

The GFA Disciplinary Committee has dismissed charges against Accra Great Olympics’ head coach Mr. Kassi M. Ocansey, Daniel Appiah (player) and goalkeepers coach Cudjoe A. Agyaben who were all charged in respect of their First Capital Plus Premier League match against WAFA at the Sogakope Park on 25th January, 2015.

BA UNITED SACK MOHAMMED GARGO

Management members of Ghanaian Premier League side BA United have reportedly agreed to dismiss head coach Mohammed Gargo less than a week after his appointment.

KOTOKO NAME 19-MAN SQUAD FOR ALGERIAN ADVENTURE

Ghana champions Asante Kotoko has named a 19-man squad for the club’s CAF Champions League second preliminary round first leg match against Algerian outfit Mouloudia Club d’El Eulma this weekend.

STARS CHEROKEE READY FRIDAY

Twenty three Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles are ready to be released by automobile dealers, Tanink Ghana Limited, to players of the Black Stars by close of the week.

GHANA TO PURSUE WILLIAMS

The Ghana Football Association (GFA), has said it plans to pursue Athletic Bilbao’s youngster, Inaki Williams to play the Black Stars.

SWAG OPEN NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTIONS

The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has opened nominations for its impending elections fixed for Saturday, April 18.

One of the two University of Oklahoma students expelled for their role in leading a racist chant reportedly has issued an apology.

“I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless. I made a horrible mistake by joining into the singing and encouraging others to do the same,” Parker Rice said in a statement printed in The Dallas Morning News.

Rice and another student were expelled Tuesday over their alleged “leadership role” in a racist chant by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members. University President David Boren said the decision to expel the students speaks to his school’s “zero tolerance” policy for such “threatening racist behavior.”

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