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NEWS HEADLINES —-TUESDAY 31-3-2015

M AHAMA PROMISES TO IMPLEMENT DZAMEFE RECOMMENDATIONS

President John Dramani Mahama has given a firm assurance that the recommendations contained in the report of the Dzamefe Commission of Inquiry will be implemented.

ASSEMBLY BUILDS GH¢209,169.00 CHPS COMPOUND AT AMANFROM

The Asante-Akim South District Assembly is building a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound at Amanfrom at the cost of GH¢209,169.00 to provide the people with access to quality healthcare.

150 GHOST NAMES DELETED FROM AGONA EAST GES PAYROLL

A total of 150 Ghost names have been deleted from the Agona East Ghana Education Service (GES) payroll, the District Director of the Service, Dr Alhaji Abdulai Salam Adam has said.

JASIKAN ASSEMBLY, OTHERS ASSIST FIRE VICTIMS

The Jasikan District Assembly, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Office of the Member of Parliament for Buem, Mr Daniel Kwasi Asiamah have jointly donated relief items to victims of fire disaster at Kute, in the Jasikan district of the Volta region.

DUMSOR: VRA FAILS AGAIN

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has failed to deliver on its promise to utilise the 120 million standards cubic feet of gas from the Ghana National Gas Company to improve electricity supply and ease the suffering of Ghanaians.

FIRE SERVICE RECORDS 1, 539 FIRE OUTBREAKS

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has recorded 1, 539 fire outbreaks in the first quarter of the year.

LEGON TEWU EXECUTIVES SWORN IN

A Five-member executive of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) University of Ghana, Legon branch, were on Friday, sworn into office by the National Chairman of TEWU Mr. Peter K. Lumor for a period of four years, at the University of Ghana, Legon.

COMMISSIONING OF COOKSTOVE TESTING AND EXPERTISE LAB

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Energy Commission of Ghana will commission a Cookstove Testing and Expertise Lab at the University Council Chamber on Tuesday, 31st March, 2015 at 10.00am.

NPP HAS NO EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP – OMANEBOAMAH

Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has said the uproar that greeted the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) directives on the party’s parliamentary primaries shows it lacks effective leadership.

7,649 GHANAIANS SEEK ASYLUM IN EUROPE

A total of 7,649 Ghanaians sought asylum in various countries around the world in two years.

NO FUNDS TO REHABILITATE ROADS – DEP MINISTER

The Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Isaac Adjei Mensah, has disclosed that the lack adequate and sustainable funding mechanism has contributed immensely to the challenges currently facing road sector.

18M GHANAIANS DON’T TRUST BANKS

With the upsurge of banks in the country, some financial analysts have advised bankers to tap into the 70 percent unbanked population in Ghana to increase their cash deposit base in order to create more credit facilities for businesses.

NO MONEY, NO GAS – NIGERIA CAUTIONS GHANA

Nigeria is considering cutting gas supply to the Volta River Authority (VRA) following the power procedure’s failure to pay an estimated $120 million for six months’ supply of gas, information gathered by Business Day has revealed.

ENERGY CRISIS: NOT A PRETTY SIGHT

A budding swimmer is swimming against the tide, literally, and is a difficult feat to achieve. But all of a sudden, a typhoon arises. What happens to such a swimmer? Only a miracle can save him or her.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP LOCAL CONTENT POLICY

Dr Ekow Spio Gabrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, said government would be developing a local content policy to make it compulsory for foreign investors to partner with local business men.

TOP GHANAIAN ENTREPRENEURS TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

30 outstanding entrepreneurs in Ghana will be inducted into a hall of fame in April in recognition of their contributions toward the development of the private sector.

GUINNESS GHANA COMMISSIONS GH¢ 360,000 ALOGBOSHIE WATER HEALTH CENTER

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has commissioned a GH¢360, 000 Water Health Centre for the people of Alogboshie – a suburb of Achimota as part of its Water of Life programme.

LOCAL ATM CARD HOLDERS TO ENJOY NEW SERVICES VIA HYBRID (POS)

Local ATM card holders can now perform a lot more transactions on the gh-link hybrid Point of Sales (POS), following the addition of new features to the POSes.

PREMIX FUEL C’TEE DISSOLVED TO CORRECTCORRUPT YPRACTICES c – FISHERIES MINISTRY

The Ministry of fisheries and aquaculture development has explained that the recent dissolution of the national premix fuel committee is meant to correct a few corrupt activities including the “proliferation of Premix Fuel sale Points owned by individuals rather than fishermen who should be the actual beneficiaries of the fuel intended for their trade.”

GRA TASKED TO RETRIEVE ‚Μ6.6M FROM PRESTEA SANKOFA GOLD

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been tasked to retrieve an estimated ₵ 6.6million in outstanding mineral royalties from Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited, a gold mining firm in the Western Region.

VIVO ENERGY GHANA TO SELL PROPORTION OF SHARES TO GHANAIAN ENTITY

CH Group Ghana Limited has agreed to purchase 8% of the shares in Vivo Energy Ghana Limited from Vivo Energy Ghana Holdings BV for an undisclosed amount.

MOBILE INTERNET ADOPTION SURGES

Mobile Internet adoption rose strongest in January this year, with an additional 1.4 million subscriptions – making the biggest growth in eight months.

OIL BROKERS BRACE TO BEAR OWN RISK

Bulk oil importers are having to brace up to shoulder their own risk following a decision by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to halt its guarantee of the supply of forex (FX) for the importers.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CLOSE RACE BETWEEN JONATHAN AND BUHARI IN TENSE NIGERIAN ELECTIONS

Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari had a slender lead over President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s knife-edge general election on Monday with just over half of all states declared.

MUJAO JIHADISTS CLAIM DEADLY RED CROSS ATTACK IN MALI

The MUJAO jihadist group on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on a Red Cross aid truck in northern Mali that left one international staff member dead and wounded a local colleague.

TOP UGANDAN PROSECUTOR IN SHEBAB BOMBING TRIAL SHOT DEAD

Gunmen on Monday shot dead a top Ugandan state prosecutor whose cases include the trial of 13 men accused of involvement in Al-Shebab bomb attacks that killed 76 people in 2010, police said.

AS U.S. AND IRAN SEEK NUCLEAR DEAL, SAUDI ARABIA MAKES ITS OWN MOVES

The talks themselves are already changing the dynamics of regional politics as Saudi Arabia, Iran’s chief regional rival, acts against Iranian-backed groups in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

OBAMA, LAST ELECTION BEHIND HIM, PLANS TO VISIT AS PRESIDENT TO KENYA

President Obama will travel to Kenya in July to co-host a forum on entrepreneurship as part of an effort to support economic development in Africa.

UK CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HITS12-YEAR HIGH IN MARCH- GfK

British consumer morale rose to its highest level in more than 12 years this month, continuing an upward trend which economic polling company GfK said could boost Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of re-election in May 7’s election.

THREE WEEKS INTO ECB QUANTITATIVE EASIN, MARKETS BEGIN TAPER TALK

Just three weeks into the European Central Bank’s 19-month bond-buying programme, analysts are already speculating that it may throttle back the pace of purchases early, possibly even this year.

AIR STRIKE KILLS AT LEAST 40 AT YEMEN CAMP FOR DISPLACED

An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

GREEK PM SAYS WANTS ‘HONEST COMPROMISE’ BUT NOT AT ANY COST

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday appealed for an “honest compromise” with lenders but warned Greece would not agree to an “unconditional” one, after its biggest creditor demanded it do more to show commitment to reform.

CAMERON MEETS QUEEN, STARTS KNIFE-EDGE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Campaigning in Britain’s closest election in decades began on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron met Queen Elizabeth to tell her parliament had been dissolved, teeing up a fraught battle to govern a $2.8 trillion (1.88 trillion pounds) economy.

INSIGHT-IRAN SEEKS NUCLEAR DEAL BUT NOT NORMAL TIES WITH ‘GreatY SATAN’

Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme, officials and analysts said.

SPORTS HEADLINES

AVRAM GRANT WILL RUN AWAY IF GIVEN BLACK QUEENS JOB – YUSSIF BASIGI

Ghana national women’s coach Yussif Basigi claims Avram Grant will take to his heels within one week of being put in charge of the Black Queens.

BLACK STARS HOLD FINAL TRAINING SESSION AHEAD OF MALI FRIENDLY ON TUESDAY

Black Stars Coach Avram Grant took his team through their final training session on Monday evening ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against Mali in Paris.

SELLAS TETTEH NAMES SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP

Black Satellites’ coach, Sellas Tetteh has finalized his provisional squad for the World Youth Championship (WYC), scheduled for New Zealand in May.

KOTOKO’S OPPONENT MC El EEULMA ARRIVE ON WEDNESDAY

Kotoko’s CAF Champions League opponents MC El Eulma arrive in Ghana on Wednesday ahead of their reverse fixture against Kotoko.

OWU: FATAU DAUDA WILL DO A GOOD JOB AGAINST MALI

Ex-Ghana international George Owu is tipping Fatau Dauda to respond positively when given the opportunity to man post against Mali.

…………….MR LARRY…………..

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