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Headline News – MONDAY 16-3-2015

UN COMMENDS PRESIDENT MAHAMA

The United Nations (UN) have commended President John Dramani Mahama for his leadership, foresight, courage and inspirational role to host the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Accra.

MAMPRUSI ANNOUNCE THEIR RETURN TO IEPC DIALOGUE

The Mamprusi faction in the Bawku crisis which broke away from the Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee (IEPC) dialogue, has announced its return to the peace negotiation table.

ANLO PARAMOUNT CHIEF LAUDS PRESIDENT MAHAMA FOR SEGBEFIA’S MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENT

The Awormefia of Anlo, Torgbui Sri III has expressed his profound gratitude to President John Mahama for appointing Alex Segbefia as the new Health Minister.

BLACKOUT HITS KIA FLIGHTS SUSPENDED FOR 3 HRS, CABLE FAULT BLAMED

Passengers travelling through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) last Friday evening had to endure hours of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of a blackout that affected parts of the airport.

‘BE PATIENT WITH MAHAMA ’

Regional ministers in the country have appealed to Ghanaians to exercise patience with President John Dramani Mahama as he finds a lasting solution to the current energy crisis.

DENU JAIL BREAK : MCE ALLAY FEARS

The Municipal Chief Executive of Ketu South , Pascal Lamptey has assured residents of Denu South of maximum security while police search for escapees in their custody.

REV . MARTEY NEEDS TO BE ADVISED – OMANE BOAMAH

Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah has called on the leadership of the Presby Church to advise their Moderator to be civil in his criticisms of the government.

SEGBEFIA ELEVATED, ANARFI-MENSAH NOMINATED FOR ASHANTI AND AYARIGA CHANGED

President John Dramani Mahama has carried out his second ministerial reshuffle in a month, giving meaning to an earlier statement he made that more changes should be expected in his government “over the next few days”.

A-G APPEALS AGAINST WOYOME’S ACQUITTAL

The Attorney General’s Department has filed a notice of appeal to overturn the High Court’s exoneration of businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

STATE PROSECUTORS ANGRY

Lawyers at the Attorney General’s department have expressed concerns about verbal attacks on them in the wake of the acquittal and discharge of businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

MAHAMA CHANGES MINISTERS

Some Ministers in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) woke up early Saturday morning to the shocking news of yet another major reshuffle to hit the government, with the surprise nomination of the headmaster of Tepa Senior High School, Peter Anarfi-Mensah, as Ashanti Regional Minister.

ODIKE FORMS NEW PARTY

Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike , has given up the fight for the ownership and control of the United Front Party.

SACK “INCOMPETENT ” A-G – PPP

Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called on President John Dramani Mahama to, as matter of urgency, relieve the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, from his post.

FDA EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER POROUS BORDERS

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has expressed concern over the porous nature of the country’s borders.

ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE LEAKED WOYOME DOCUMENTS

Interesting details are merging in the aftermath of the Alfred Agbesi Woyome trial involving a whopping amount of Ȼ51.2 million judgement debt, which culminated in the acquittal and discharge of the self-styled financier of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

SAVE OUR JOBS – REDUCE FUEL PRICES, MR PREZ

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) has appealed to government to, as a matter of urgency direct the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to reduce the prices of petroleum products drastically to avert redundancies that are directly caused by the power crisis.

MP, NSS TANGO OVER Ȼ40 FEE

The National Service Scheme (NSS) and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Obuasi West, Kweku Kwarteng, are in a tango over Ȼ40 that service personnel have been asked to pay for registration and posting.

WHO IN A-G’S OFFICE LEAKED VITAL LETTER TO WOYOME?

It has emerged that somebody within the Attorney-General’s office leaked a key document which would later form part of the basis for the acquittal and discharge of the NDC financier.

SAHEL-SAHARA BANK TO FINANCE AIRTEL GHANA PROJECTS

Sahel-Sahara Bank Ghana Limited also known as BSIC Ghana has secured the rights to lead and arrange financial packages for all Airtel Ghana’s businesses.

ANGRY NPP YOUTH TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST MAHAMA ON MARCH 26

Some angry youth of the opposition New Patriotic Party have vowed to organize a “series of demonstrations across the country to highlight the problems” of the Northern region and what they describe as President John Mahama’s neglect of their plight.

AG’S OFFICE AIDED WOYOME – LAWYER REVEALS

Private Legal Practitioner, Ace Ankomah has revealed that somebody within the Attorney General’s office leaked a key document to Alfred Woyome, a document which will later form part of the basis for the acquittal and discharge of the NDC financier.

MAHAMA’S GARU HOSPITAL LIES EXPOSED

The Upper East Regional Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party has revealed that President John Dramani Mahama was not truthful to the people of Ghana when he stated that a 120-bed district hospital in Garu was nearing completion.

7.5 GHANAIANS LIVE ON Ȼ3 DAILY

The ugly trend of poverty is forcing some families in Ghana to cut the amount and quality of food they eat each day. Meat, a source of protein, is no more an option in the menu of many families.

POLITICIANS HIJACK OIL BLOCKS

The Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Dr Mohammed Amin Adams has revealed that “political connections” plaguing the acquisition of oil blocks in Ghana is making the oil fields ‘unattractive’ to big players.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOIL RECEIVES ISO CERTIFICATION

Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) has been presented with ISO/7900:2008 certification for its best practices in the industry.

GOV’T BEGINS PREPARATION FOR 2016 BUDGET

Government has begun preparing the 2016 Budget to guide the country’s finances in the election year.

TWO TELCOS DRAG NCA BEFORE INDUSTRY TRIBUNAL

Two telecom companies, Vodafone and tiGO, have dragged the National Communications Authority (NCA) to the Electronic Communications Tribunal.

SEND-GHANA EMPOWERS CIVIL SOCIETY FOR BUDGET TRANSPARENCY

Social Enterprise Development Foundation (SEND Ghana) has called attention to the capacity of civil society organizations to enhance good governance, transparency and fiscal responsibility in the management of public revenue.

CONSULTATIONS ONGOING TO IMPLEMENT G-CAP

A Senior standards officer at the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Mr Charles Kuranchie, has said that consultations were ongoing with stakeholders in the trade industry to reach a consensus on the implementation of the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP).

GOV’T CUTS GNPC TRANSFERS

Finance Minister, Seth Terkper says transfers to Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) has been reduced to Ghc468.9million following decline in oil revenue expectations.

TRANSPORT MINISTRY AND SHIPPERS AUTHORITY TO DEEPEN EDUCATION ON ASHI

The Ministry of Transport and the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) is undertaking stakeholders’ education to deepen understanding of the Advanced Shipment Information System (ASHI), which implementation begins in April.

CABINET APPROVES CONSUMER PROTECTION POLICY

Mrs Irene Aborchie-Nyahe, Consultant on Consumer Protection, Ministry of Trade and Industry, on Wednesday said Cabinet had approved the Consumer Protection Policy which was presented before it.

GIHOC DISTILLERIES NOT FOR SALE – DEPUTY MINISTER

State-owned enterprise, GIHOC Distilleries, which is the only surviving unit under the erstwhile Ghana Industrial Holding Company (GIHOC) is not for sale, a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, has stated.

GHANA, NORWAY TO EXTEND ‘OIL FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME’

Ghana and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) have agreed to extend the “Oil for Development Programme” for another five years.

STARTIMES DRAGS GOVERNMENT TO ARBITRATION OVER CONTRACT ABROGATION

Star Communications Network Technology (StarTimes) has notified government of its intention to pursue justice at an international arbitration court in London for the termination of a contract to implement Ghana’s digital terrestrial television migration project.

STABILISATION FUND TO BE DEPLETED

As market watchers had expected, government says it will draw È»487.2 million from the Ghana Stabilisation Fund to support the 2015 budget after a fall in crude oil prices forced it to slash oil revenue forecasts by 64.4 percent – about È»2.7 billion.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ALGERIA OIL CORRUPTION TRIAL OPENS, IS ADJOURNED

A high-profile corruption trial of former executives at Algeria’s state energy giant Sonatrach and involving foreign firms opened on Sunday but was quickly adjourned after witnesses failed to show up.

BOKO HARAM BURNS NIGERIAN TOWN AS TROOPS ADVANCE: RESIDENTS

Boko Haram Islamists have set fire to homes in Nigeria’s northeast town of Bama that are under their control, forcing residents to flee as troops advance to recapture it, witnesses said Sunday.

IS AND FAJR LIBYA IN SECOND DAY OF SIRTE CLASHES

Islamic State group jihadists again clashed with fighters from the powerful Fajr Libya militia alliance in the central city of Sirte on Sunday, a local official said.

CAMEROON – PALMERAIE TOWARDS THE WITHDRAWAL OF HERAKLES FARMS PROJECT FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

The denunciations of national and international NGOs on the environmental threat that would be the palm mining project in the South West Region of Cameroon, by the American firm Herakles Farms, may have definitely been right about this project.

ARAB ALLIANCE RISES AS FORCE IN ISRAELI EELECTION

Israeli Arabs have experienced a political awakening as politicians have formed potent alliances that hold the potential of preventing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from cobbling together a ruling coalition.

LEADING ROLE FOR FRANCE AS AFRICA BATTLES BACK

France has joined an increasingly violent campaign to combat Al Qaeda’s affiliate and other Islamist extremists, and more recently to thwart Boko Haram.

PUTIN SAYS HE WEIGHED NUCLEAR ALERT OVER CRIMEA

President Vladimir V. Putin says in a documentary that he weighed putting Russia’s nuclear arsenal on alert because of his concerns about anarchy and Western intervention over Crimea.

SRILANKA’S TAMIL MINORITY GROWS IMPATIENT WITH JUST PROMISES

Wounds of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war that ended in 2009 are still widely apparent, and the Tamil minority is growing impatient with a recently elected government that vowed to hasten the postwar reconciliation process.

IN NATIONWIDE PROTESTS, ANGRYBRAZILIANS CALL FOR OUSTER OF PPRESIDENT Brazilians

Protests throughout the country are calling for Dilma Rousseff to resign after an embarrassing bribery scandal at the national oil company that will not go away.

IRAQI OFFENSIVE ON TIKRIT STALLS, KURDSSAY ISLAMISTS USED CCHLORINE

BAGHDAD – Islamic State fighters traded sniper fire and mortar rounds with Iraqi troops and allied Shi’ite militia forces on Sunday in the city of Tikrit amid further reports the militants had obtained chlorine for possible use as a chemical weapon.

SPORTS HEADLINES

2015 AYC U-20: GHANA LOSE FINAL GROUP B MATCH TO MALI

Ghana surrendered top spot in Group B at the African Youth Championship after losing 1-0 to new leaders Mali on Sunday in Mbour in the final group phase match.

GHANAIAN PLAYERS ABROAD: RECAP OF THE WEEKEND’S FOOTBALL GAMES

Schlupp’s Leicester City side drew 0-0 at home with visitors Hull City who had Tom Huddlestone sent off for a second bookable offence.

Albert Adomah grabbed a goal for his Middlesbrough side in the English Championship in the game against Ipswich Town.

The Ghana international scored the second of four goals for Middlesbrough who eventually won the game by four goals to one.

Adomah received a yellow card booking 12 minutes to the end of regular time.

Eibar’s Derek Boateng made a 77 minute appearance in the Spanish La Liga as his side entertained Barcelona at home.

The Ghanaian and his Augsburg side lost the home game to Mainz 05 by two goals to nil. Abdul Rahman played in the entire duration of the game for his Augsburg side.

Kevin-Prince Boateng also featured for his Schalke 04 side in the Bundesliga, making a substitute appearance in the 2-2 draw away at Hertha Berlin.

In the French Ligue 1 on Saturday, Jordan Ayew scored the winner for his Lorient side in their home game against Caen.

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