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NEWS HEADLINES—– FRIDAY 27-3-2015

LANDS BELONGING TO MILITARY WILL BE PROTECTED – MAHAMA ASSURES

President Mahama has assured the military that government will ensure lands belonging to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) are not encroached upon or sold to individuals and private investors.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA ON TWO-DAY WESTERN VISIT

President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday arrived in Sekondi-Takoradi to undertake a two-day working visit in the Western Region.

GOVERNMENT ISSUES Ȼ440M BOND TO REDUCE RISING DEBTS

The government has issued a Ȼ440 million five-year domestic bond in a fresh bid to use longer term maturities to restructure its rising debt and finance some infrastructure projects.

NHIA PAYS GH¢90 MILLION A MONTH ON CLAIMS – NHIS BOSS LAMENTS

The National Health Insurance Authority has said it spends over GH¢90 million every month to pay claims of health service providers.

BAWUMIA’S VIEW ON STATISTICS MISLEADING

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has stated that it was misleading for the running mate of the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for election 2016 to use the comparison of food prices and inflation rates quoted by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the GSS in 2012 to dent the credibility of the service.

LAWYER PHILLIP ADDISON I’M THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR KORLEY KLOTTEY

Even before nominations open on Monday, March 30 for New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries, renowned lawyer Phillip Addison has spued a sting not at his opponents but at National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey Constituency, Nii Armah Ashietey.

GBA MEETS SPEAKER OVER ASTRONOMICAL LEGAL FEES

The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho is said to have apologised for the decision by the Rules of Court Committee to increase legal fees without due consultation of stakeholders

NPP WOMEN CAUCUS IN PARLIAMENT THROWS ITS WEIGHT BEHIND NEC’S “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION” CLAUSE

The New Patriotic Party Women Caucus of the in Parliament has thrown its weight behind the National Executive Committee’s decision to reserve seats for women.

WOMAN, 31, ARRESTED FOR DUPING BANKS

A 31-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding some banking institutions and car rental companies across the country of thousands of Ghana cedis.

ELECTRICITY, WATER TARIFFS UP

Electricity and water tariffs will go up by 2.63 percent and 1.06 percent, respectively, with effect from April 1, 2015, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has announced.

BAWUMIA LEADS DEMO

New Patriotic Party vice presidential candidate for 2016 election, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, led a massive five-hour demonstration in the Upper East Regional capital, Bolgatanga, yesterday, attracting thousands of demonstrators.

AFDB MEMO CONFIRMS GHANA SUSPENSION

An internal memo from the African Development Bank (AfDB) has confirmed revelations by the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, to the effect that Ghana was indeed sanctioned by the bank.

CHURCH ELDER KILLS WIFE

The Kasoa District Police Commander in the Central Region is on the heels of a 40-year-old Elder of the Christian Assembly Church, Maxwell Opoku, for allegedly killing his wife, who was six months pregnant.

CONFUSION OVER $29M KUMASI AIRPORT PROJECT

There was a real tug of war between the minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the majority National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament yesterday over the breakdown of $29 million, being the amount purportedly spent on the rehabilitation of the Kumasi Airport by the NDC government.

CHRISTIANITY UNDER THREAT?

Christianity around the world has faced one threat of the other to its existence. These threats have either come from external forces or those from within.

PORTIA, FIRST FEMALE SRC PRESIDENT OF ACCRA POLY

Determined to be an inspiration to her fellow ladies and students at Accra Polytechnic, Portia Kwarteng defied all odds and has made history as the first female Student Representative Council (SRC) President of the school.

CHOLERA RESURGENCE IMMINENT

It will not be long before the city of Accra is hit with a resurgence of the cholera epidemic if nothing is done urgently about the filth that has engulfed major markets in the capital.

ILLEGAL MIGRATION RACKET: 6 GHANAIANS ARRESTED IN FRANKFURT, ACCRA

Six Ghanaians including a retired military officer and a contract member of staff of the National Security have been arrested in Accra and Frankfurt, Germany, for their alleged involvement in the procurement of Ghanaian passports.

50 NEW SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS TO BE READY BY SEPTEMBER

At least a significant part of the first 50 senior high schools (SHS) promised by President John Dramani Mahama will be ready for use by September this year.

MASSIVE DEMO ROCKS MAHAMA IN UPPER EAST

Thousands of Ghanaians poured out onto the streets of Bolgatanga to protest against the worsening economic conditions imposed on them under the six-year rule of the National Democratic Congress government led by President John Mahama.

RULING ON FCUBE CASE: SUPREME COURT SETS MAY 14

The Supreme Court of Ghana has set Thursday, May 14, 2015 for the final determination of the case on the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) involving the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), the plaintiff, and the Attorney General (A-G), the defendant.

AYIKOI OTOO ANGRY OVER MISSING DOCKET

An argument ensued between lawyer Ayikoi Otoo and a court clerk at the High Cocoa Affairs Court Room 20 on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 over a missing docket sent to the Registrar Department (filing section) of the High Court in Accra for notice of motion for an order for Judicial Review by way of certiorari, today can report.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

VEEP URGES STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION FOR SUSTAINED GROWTH

Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has urged stakeholders in the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority’s (SADA) economic zone, to create the conditions for attracting investment and business development to make the SADA programme a viable growth initiative.

INVESTORS TO SNOB GHANA’S 5 YEAR BOND OVER BAWUMIA’S ANALYSIS

Government fears investors may shy away from the 5 year domestic bond it intends to issue today March, 26, 2015.

GHANA’S GH¢440M 5-YR BOND OVERSUBSCRIBED, YIELD AT 21%

Government accepted 201.8 million cedis ($53.24 million) worth of bids and paid a yield of 21 percent in an oversubscribed five-year bond sale on Thursday, the central bank said.

TOR NEEDS US$67 MILLION TO ENHANCE OPERATIONS

Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah has said that more than US$67 million would be needed for the Tema Oil Refinery’s (TOR) plant stabilization and profitability enhancement project.

$940 MILLION IMF LOAN TO SUPPORT REFORM PLAN

…Ghana’s economic growth, additional measures adopted to watchdog (budget) oil revenue shortfall, priority is to restore debt sustainability by sustained fiscal consolidation etc.

GHANA’S $100m DEBT TO NIGERIA GAS NOT UNUSUAL – MONA QUARTEY

Deputy finance Minister Mona Quartey has told Morning Starr’s Kafui Dey on Starr 103.5FM that the alleged $100-million debt owed Nigeria Gas by Ghana, if true, is neither “strange” nor “unusual.”

NCA DEBUNKS VODAFONE’S CLAIM OF ICH COST TO TELCOS

Vodafone Ghana has been claiming that telcos would spend money on systems upgrade or downgrade in order to be able to connect to the interconnect clearinghouse (ICH) but an official of the National Communications Authority said that is untrue.

IMANI REPORT: ASHI WILL HELP GHANA BUT…

Advanced Shipping Information (ASHI) is a system that will allow relevant shipment information to be captured at the port of origin, and that data received in Ghana far in advance of vessel/cargo arrival in Ghana.

GOV’T ISSUES GH¢440m BOND TO RESTRUCTURE RISING DEBTS

The government has issued a GH¢ 440 million five-year domestic bond in a fresh bid to use longer term maturities to restructure its rising debt and finance some infrastructural projects.

GOV’T SUSPENDS ASHI PROGRAMME

The Government of Ghana has suspended the imposition of Advance Shipment and Information Systems (ASHI) programme.

GROUP FIVE STRUCTURED INGENUITY TO BUILD 1000 HOUSING UNITS IN N/R

An international construction and engineering company called Group Five Structured Ingenuity is promising to build 1,000 affordable housing units in the Northern Region.

SANLAM GROUP HAILS INSURANCE PENETRATION IN GHANA

One of the largest financial services groups in South Africa, Sanlam Group has lauded the rate at which life insurance is patronized in Ghana.

EXPOSED ANTI-GALAMSEY TASK FORCE ENRICHING ITSELF

Members of the Small Scale Miners Association of Ghana have expressed disgust at what they call extortionist tactics by members of the anti-galamsey task force – who storm mining sites only to line their pockets and not fight illegal mining.

FUNDING POOL DRYING UP – FINANCE MINISTRY

The Ministry of Finance has noted that the funding pool for government’s projects is drying up and will need private sector funds to make up the gap.

SIC PAYS IVORY FINANCE Ȼ19.3M

SIC Insurance Company Limited is understood to have paid a little over È»19.3 million to Ivory Finance Company to fulfill an order of an Accra High Court – paving the way for a hearing and determination of an alleged fraud suit filed by SIC against Ivory Finance, ITAL Construct, Doris Awo Nkani – the former managing director of SIC, and Kwesi Baidoo and James Kwegyir Agrrey, two directors of ITAL Construct.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BUHARI SAYS DOES NOT EXPECT ‘TAMPERING’ IN NIGERIA VOTE

Nigeria’s opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari told AFP Thursday that he does not expect “tampering” in general elections this weekend but warned of “consequences” if there is foul play.

US DIPLOMAT FOR AFRICA WILL OBSERVE NIGERIA ELECTIONS

The top US diplomat for Africa will travel to Nigeria to observe presidential elections, the State Department said Thursday, an unusual move for Washington that is closely monitoring the country’s Islamist crisis.

UN CREATES WATCHDOG FOR ALBINO RIGHTS AFTER SURGE IN ATTACKS

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday decided to appoint an expert to investigate abuses suffered by albinos, who have faced a surge of attacks in east Africa.

MOROCCO JOINS SAUDI COALITION IN YEMEN: MINISTRY

Morocco has joined the Saudi-led military coalition that has intervened to support Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in his fight against Iran-backed Shiite rebels, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

NIGERIA WRAPS UP PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Campaigning wound to a close in Nigeria’s presidential elections on Thursday, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote.

SOUTHKOREA DEMANDS RELEASE OF TWO MEN ACCUSED BY NORTH KOREA OF ESPIONAGE

South Korea demanded on Friday the immediate release of two of its citizens that North Korea said it had arrested, accusing them of spying for the South.

AUSTRALIA’S NSW STATE ELECTION SET TO GREENWICH BLOCKBUSTER ENERGY SELL-OFF

The Australian state of New South Wales is expected to re-elect its conservative government on Saturday, endorsing the country’s largest ever privatization, the partial sale of a state-owned electricity network worth around A$17 billion ($13 billion).

THAILAND KEEPS SUSPECTED UIGHURS IN CUSTODY AMID TURKEY-CHINA TUG-OF-WAR

A family of 17 suspected Uighur Muslims at the center of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Turkey and China will remain in custody after a Thai court on Friday rejected their argument that their prolonged detention was illegal.

BRITAIN’S CAMERON WINS FIRST TV ENCOUNTER OFCLOSE ELECTION

Prime Minister David Cameron won the first TV encounter of a close national election in Britain, an opinion poll showed, but opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband leveraged a rare opportunity to promote himself on a national stage.

IRAN’S ROUHANI INTERVENES AS DEADLINEFOR NUCLEAR DEAL APPROACHES

Iran’s president spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia on Thursday in an apparent effort to break an impasse to a nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers.

SPORTS HEADLINES

AFRICAN TOP 30 clubs: NO GHANAIAN CLUB MAKES THE CUT

In the last few days, Welbeck Abra-Appiah has been openly supporting Kwesi Nyantakyi to be the next FA president due to what he says has been stellar achievements.

CAN HEARTS BREAK INTER ALLIES RECORD?

Accra Hearts of Oak’s unparalleled dominance over the years continue to wane and as they struggle to gasp for breath with just four matches to end the first round of the league, a clash with Inter Allies on Sunday might just seems ordinary.

GHANA FA PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT OFEIBEA RAMATU MAKES CASH AND PRODUCTS DONATION TO BLACK QUEENS

Ghana FA Presidential aspirant Ofeibea Ramatu donated GHS 10,000 (about $2,631) and other items to the Black Queens ahead of their return leg All Africa Games qualifier against Zimbabwe.

20 PLAYERS REPORT TO BLACK STARS CAMP AHEAD OF SENEGAL, MALI FRIENDLIES

Twenty (20) players have arrived in the Black Stars camp in France ahead of the friendlies against Senegal and Mali on 28th and 31st March respectively.

BECHEM UNITED MIDFIELDER NOAH MARTEY NAMED AS PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

The PLB Judging Panel has named Bechem United midfielder Noah Martey
as Player of the Month for February in the First Capital Plus Bank Premier League.

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