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Two men tried to ram the main gate at the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland today, according to a federal law enforcement official. An NSA police officer shot one of the men dead and seriously injured the second.The incident took place near one of the gates to the complex, far from the main buildings. In addition to the headquarters of the NSA, Fort Meade is home to 95 units from all branches of the armed forces and offices that report to several Defense Department agencies, according to the U.S. Army, which operates the base.About 11,000 military employees and 29,000 civilians work there, according to the Army….A church van crash in Glades County, Florida, killed eight adults and injured 10 other people, the Florida Highway Patrol said today .An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the crash, said Lt. Greg Bueno, a Highway Patrol spokesman.
The van traveled across all four lanes of U.S. 27, crossed a concrete median and stopped in a ditch partially filled with water.The large conversion van is affiliated with a church out of the Fort Pierce, Florida, area, Bueno said. The group was returning from a trip to Fort Myers.Of the passengers, all were adults except for a 4-year-old child who is now in stable condition at a local hospital. ……SOURCE.. CNN

WATERVILLE DRAGS GHANA TO ICC OVER €25M JUDGEMENT DEBT

Waterville Holdings Limited (WVI) has filed arbitration processes at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) challenging an order directed at it to refund 25 million euros to Ghana.

GHANA, COTE D’IVOIRE BEGIN LEGAL BATTLE OVER MARITIME BOUNDARY

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire are legally battling it out at the Tribunal for the International Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany, over their boundary dispute.

DCE APPEALS TO CHIEFS TO RELEASE LANDS FOR PROJECTS

Mr. Francis Korankye Sakyi, the District Chief Executive of Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira Assembly, has appealed to chiefs and land owners in his District to release lands for developmental projects.

COMMUNITY SHS WILL HAVE BOARDING FACILITIES’ – PREZ MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has indicated that the Community Day Senior (SHS) his administration is constructing would be provided with boarding facilities in future.

HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS TO ACCEPT NHIS CARDS-GHS DIRECTIVE

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has directed the service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to continue accepting patients with NHIS cards as it continued the process of finding ways of reimbursing them.

NPP TAKES ANOTHER LOOK AT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WEDNESDAY

The National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Paul Afoko, has summoned a higher authority of the party, the National Council, to an emergency meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, to take a second look at the whole proposal put forward by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party for the conduct of the party’s parliamentary primaries.

POSTPONEMENT OF THE DISTRICT ASSEMBLY LEVEL ELECTIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR WOMEN”

ABANTU for Development, a women’s rights and policy advocacy non-governmental organization wishes to express its disappointment about the failure to conduct the district level elections in 2014, the subsequent postponement to March 3, 2015 and now the indefinite cancellation following a court ruling that the planned elections was unconstitutional.

SANCTIONS LETTER TO GHANA IS AN ERROR – AFDB INSISTS

The African Development Bank (AfDB) insists that the letter it sent to Ghana about sanctions resulting from the non-payment of the country’s debt is an error.

GHANA OPENS DEFENCE AGAINST IVORY COAST IN OIL EXPLORATION DISPUTE

Ghana’s legal team has opened its defence at the International Tribunal of the Sea saying if the court upholds Ivory Coast’s claim it would cause “incalculable” and “irreparable” damage to the Nation.

NIGERIA AWAITS RESULTS OF CLOSE CONTEST

Eager Nigerians are highly anticipating results of Saturday’s polls that were extended to yesterday in the most fiercely contested election in the country’s post-independence history that seems likely to wind down a tense conclusion.

DOCTORS ANGRY OVER CONVERSION DIFFERENCE UNDER SINGLE SPINE

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has given government a May 30, 2015 ultimatum to pay accumulated arrears of conversion difference because their base pay was reduced when they were because (SSSS) or face their wrath.

GHANA GAS COMMENCES PAYMENT OF Ȼ7.8M COMPENSATION TODAY

Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) will today commerce the payment of compensation totaling Ȼ7.8 million to about 800 project-affected farmers in 23 communities along the Essiama-Prestea Lateral Line in the Western Region.

BIOMETRIC ‘WAHALA’ IN NIGERIA ELECTION

Just like Ghana’s 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections, technical problems have plagued a new system deployed in Nigeria’s election for reading voting cards with biometric card-reading machines.

ENCROACHERS POLLUTING WEIJA DAM TO BE EVICTED

The Ga West (Weija) Municipal Assembly has set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Jerry Akwei Thompson, to deliberate on security concerns that are plaguing the area, especially around the Weija Dam.

IN THE AFTERMATH OF PROTESTS FROM PARTY MEMBERS NPP SUMMONS EMERGENCY MEETING

Following the uproar that has greeted the recent proposal by the National Executive Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Chairman, Mr Paul Afoko, has summoned an emergency meeting scheduled to take place today to review the proposal.

AFDB, NDC GOVERNMENT LIES EXPOSED

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government have been exposed for their attempts to hide the truth concerning the issuing of sanctions imposed on Ghana recently.

73-YEAR-OLD BUHARI SET FOR VICTORY AS NIGEIRANS VOTE FOR CHANGE

Preliminary results from the two-day general election in Nigeria shows that 73-year-old leader of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is heading for a massive victory which will bring to an end the 16-year-old rule of the People’s Democratic Party, and the 4-year Presidency of Goodluck Jonathan.

PERSONS CHASTISING BAWUMIA ARE A “FUNNY LOT”

President of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe has stated that the government officials who are accusing Dr Mahamudu Bawumia of putting out wrong figures on the economy are a “funny lot”.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ROAD EXPANSION PROJECTS IN REGIONAL CAPITALS ON COURSE- MAHAMA

President John Mahama has said the Government’s Regional Road Upgrading Programme is progressing to facilitate socio-economic activities in all 10 regions.

SOUTH KOREA TO INVEST $1.5 MILLION TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION

The Government of South Korea is providing a $1.5 million grant towards improving the transportation system in the Greater Accra Region.

GHANA GAS STARTS PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TODAY

The Ghana Gas Company (Ghana Gas) will, from today, begin the payment of compensation to affected crop farmers in 23 communities along the Esiama-Prestea Lateral line in the Western Region.

INDEPENDENT CERTIFICATION KEY TO ACCESSING MARKETS – GSA

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) is calling on manufacturers, especially export-oriented agro- and food processing firms, to voluntarily avail their operations to independent certification and standardisation of processes and systems to give them a competitive edge in the global market.

GWCL ON THE OFFENSIVE AGAINST ILLEGAL WATER CONNECTION

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has vowed to wage war on people engaged in illegal water connection to get them punished.

OIL IMPORTERS COULD SET THEIR OWN PETROLEUM PRICE BY DECEMBER -GOV’T

Importers and marketers of petroleum products could be allowed to fix their own prices by the end of the year, Government has said.

WORKS AND HOUSING POLICY LUNCHED

The Out-going Minister of Water Resources works and housing , Alhaji Collins Dauda has launched a policy entitle “Works and Housing Policy, with a goal of providing adequate, decent and affordable housing that is accessible and meet the needs of all the people living in Ghana.

‘CHOP CHOP’ KILLING ECG

There are so many competing interests in the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), as members of staff from private companies at will and award contracts to such companies, thereby diverting funds, the committee that investigated the fire outbreak at the ECG warehouse in Kumasi has found.

PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BANK’S INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

Managing Director of GT Bank Ghana, Lekan Sanusi, has urged the public to take advantage of innovative products and services in the banking sector to save time and the hustle of everyday life.

INSURERS MUST RELY ON TECHNOLOGY TO BOOST PENETRATION

Executive Director of Enterprise Life, C. C. Bruce Jnr, says the insurance industry has to leverage on technology as well as widespread social media to boost life insurance penetration currently hovering below two percent.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA AWAITS TENSE POLL RESULTS, UN CHIEF CALLS FOR CALM

Nigerians on Monday awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for calm after deadly riots followed 2011 polls.

FIFTH KENYAN MINISTER TEMPORARILY QUITS OVER GRAFT PROBE

A fifth Kenyan minister has temporarily stepped down over a probe by the country’s anti-corruption commission, leaving the cabinet without more than a quarter of its members, the presidency announced Sunday.

MOZAMBIQUE’S EX-PRESIDENT GUEBUZA RESIGNS AS HEAD OF RULING PARTY

Mozambique’s ex-president Armando Guebuza on Sunday stepped down as head of the ruling Frelimo party, two years before his term expired, a party official said, allaying fears he wanted to cling to power behind the scenes.

REPUBLICANS SEE OBAMA AS MORE IMMINENT THREAT THAN PUTIN

A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

IRAN, POWERS EXPLORE NUCLEAR COMPROMISES, ISRAEL ALARMED

Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary deal by a deadline in two days could yet fall apart.

BRITISH AIRWAYS SAYS SOME FREQUENT FLYER ACCOUNTS HACKED

British Airways said on Sunday tens of thousands of its frequent flyer accounts had been hacked and that it had frozen those affected to sort the problem out.

UK POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH THREAT AGAINST BBC CHIEF OVER CLARKSON SACKING

Police in Britain said on Sunday they were investigating a death threat against Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC, made on the day he dropped celebrity TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson from the “Top Gear” motoring show.

SYRIA’S ASSAD SAYS ISLAMIC STATE HAS EXPANDED SINCE START OF U.S. AIR STRIKES

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.

SARKOZY WINS FRENCH LOCAL ELECTIONS FAR RIGHT MAKES LIMITED GAINS

The far-right National Front made only limited gains in French local elections won by a wide margin on Sunday by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservatives and their centrist allies.

GERMANWINGS CRASH CO-PILOT MAY HAVE HAD DETACHED RETINA – NEWSPAPER

The co-pilot suspected of crashing a passenger jet in the Alps may have been suffering from a detached retina but investigators are unsure whether his vision problems had physical or psychological causes, a German newspaper said on Sunday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

APPIAH TESTIMONIAL SET FOR JUNE 13 IN ACCRA

A befitting testimonial match is being put together for ex-Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah for June 13 in Accra.

ERIC OPOKU TO CONTEST NYANTAKYI FOR GHANA FA PRESIDENCY

The fight to topple Kwesi Nyantakyi as Ghana Football Association president took another shocking twist yesterday after a relatively unknown Eric Opoku announced he was standing for the post.

FCPP League Full Time results below….

Olympics 1-0 Wa All Stars.

Asante Kotoko SC 1-0 Liberty.

Hasaacas 3-1 Sogakope WAFA

Brong Ahafo United 1-0 AshGold

Aduana 2-1 Berekum Chelsea

New Edubaise 2-0 Bechem United

Heart Of Lions SC 1-0 Medeama

Inter Allies FC 2-1 Hearts Of Oak.

……………… MR LARRY…………

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