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NEWS HEADLINES -WEDNESDAY 8-4-2015

MOTHER BOILS SON’S HANDS OVER ….GHC 1

A little over a month after a mother had been jailed for six years for torturing her biological son, another woman has allegedly boiled the two hands of her nine-year-old son at Mosuko , Kwabenya , near Accra.

‘GORO’ BOYS BESIEGE PASSPORT OFFICE

Authorities at the Passport Office are to wage a relentless war against ‘goro’ boys who parade themselves as ‘passport contractors’ on the premises of the office.

NDC GEARS UP FOR 2016 ELECTIONS – KOFI ADAMS

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is in the process of identifying all former organisers of the party, from the national to the constituency levels, to create a common platform to discuss strategies towards the 2016 elections.

2 SUSPECTED CRIMINALS ESCAPE FROM TEPA POLICE CELLS

Two remand persons escaped from lawful custody at the Tepa District Police Station in the Ahafo Ano North District in the Ashanti Region early last Monday morning.

EPA TO REMOVE GAS STATIONS FROM RESIDENTIAL AREAS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will, by the end of next year, remove all Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in residential areas that fail to meet the guidelines for the establishment of such business.

MYSTERY DEATH IN HOTEL: PASTOR CAGED

The police are still holding a 28-year old Ghanaian pastor for the murder of his British wife, Charmaine Speirs.

2 MEN POUR ACID ON LOVERS

Residents of Bawdie , a farming community in the Amenfi East District of the Western Region, were gripped with utter fear and panic on Easter Monday as a result of a reported act of cruelty by a 22-year-old unemployed man in the area.

C/R NDC CO-OPTS FORMER ASHANTI REGIONAL MINISTER

The Central Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has co-opted a former Ashanti Regional Minister to be part of its strategic committee to help the party win massively in the region in the 2016 elections.

SCRAMBLE FOR NPP SEATS

The upcoming parliamentary primaries of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has gathered a lot of interest among the rank and file of the party, with many party members picking up nomination forms to contest for various seats.

RIGOROUS MANHUNT BEGINS FOR 2 CELL BREAKERS AT TEPA

Police in the Ashanti Region have commenced a rigorous manhunt for two suspected criminals who escaped from the Tepa police cells in the Ahafo Ano North District of the Ashanti Region.

TENSION IN GRC OVER MOVES TO SACK WORKERS

Tension is brewing in the Ghana Railway Company (GRC) over management’s decision to lay off a total of about one thousand (1,000) railway workers across the country, Today has learnt.

ORGANISED LABOUR FAILED US

Unionized workers have expressed their dissatisfaction at their leaders’ failure to save them job losses.

GAWU HAILS GOVERNMENT OVER FERTILIZER SUBSIDIES

The General Agriculture Workers’ Union (GAWU) has commended government for restoring fertilizer and certified seeds subsidies after a two-year break.

ANGRY NSS PERSONNEL TO HIT STREET

National service personnel who have been posted to various public institutions and companies within the Accra Metro District of the Greater region for 2014/2015 are gearing up for a massive demonstration in the coming days, Today has learnt.

AMBASSADOR TO SAUDI ARABIA INTERACTS WITH THE GHANAIAN COMMUNITY

The ambassador of Ghana to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), His Excellency Alhaji Said Sinare on Saturday met with the leadership of the Ghanaian community in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

CHILDREN OF LATE YAA-NAA CALL FOR JUSTICE

The children of the late overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Andani Yakubu, have made a passionate appeal to the government to double its efforts in finding the killers of their father.

TULLOW TO LAY OFF 70 WORKERS

Tulle Oil Ghana has penciled down about 70 workers to be sacked by the middle of this month.

SPIO-GARBRAH GOES HUNTING FOR INVESTORS IN DUBAI

Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has asked foreign investors to explore the country’s sable political market and natural resources to take advantage of the huge trade and investment opportunities.

AMISSAH-ARTHUR RUBBISHES MEDIA REPORTS LINKING HIM TO SUHYEN CLASHES

The vice-president Mr K.B. Amissah-Arthur, has expressed shock and dismay over publications that his visit to the Eastern Region last Saturday led to chieftaincy clashes resulting in eight people being injured.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T COMMITTED TO SPEEDING UP WORK ON PAYROLL REFORMS – HARUNA IDDRISU

The government says it is determined to fast track payroll reforms it has started, following recent favourable comments by the European Union.

PARLIAMENT APPROVES US$43MILLIONFOR ECG PROJECTS

In spite of the numerous challenges facing the energy sector and the slide in crude oil, which has affected effective power distribution, the country’s main power distributor, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will benefit from a US$42.90million loan facility from government to support the electricity distribution system, reinforcement and extension project.

GHANA TO HOST ‘SMART CITY’ CONFERENCE

Accra will be the first city in Africa to host the world’s largest business conference dubbed “Smart City Conference” in 2016, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Alfred Oko Vanderpuye, has said.

ENERGY COMMISSION TO SUPPORT ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES

Dr. Nii Darko Asante, the Director of Technical Regulation, Energy Commission, says the Commission would promote proven and effective energy efficiency measures to help businesses cut cost during the current power crisis.

NO LOCALLY PRODUCED GM FOOD ON THE MARKET ANYTIME SOON – NATIONAL BIOSAFETY AUTHORITY

The National Biosafety Authority is allaying fears it is planning to introduce locally produced Genetically Modified Foods (GM Foods) in the country soon for consumption, without the necessary regulatory checks.

DEVELOP LAKE BOSOMTWE INTO MODERN RESORT

Some revellers who visited the Abono section of Lake Bosomtwe on Easter Monday have called for a public/private partnership to develop the lake into a modern tourist attraction.

MANTRAC GHANA TO LAUNCH POWER SYSTEM CAMPAIGN

Mantrac Ghana, the caterpillar authorized dealer in collaboration with Stanbic bank would launch a three- month power system campaign offer on their flagship product CAT Power Generator (CPG).

AIR TRANSPORT SLOWS FOR FEB

Airlines operating on the continent recorded the weakest international revenue-passenger-kilometres (RPK), latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) according to data released last week.

INDEXATION OF PENSIONS SAFEGUARDS PURCHASING POWER

Indexation of pensions would safeguard a fall in purchasing power in old age, Madam Evelyn Ampoful, Actuarial Manager of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has said.

ECONOMY GROW SLOWEST IN 10 YEARS

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected that non-oil GDPP for the country will expand by 2.3 percent, the lowest in more than a decade.

ENERGY CRISIS: THE SOLUTIONS IGNORED

The country’s main power producer, Volta River Authority (VRA), strongly advised government to shut down VALCO about two years ago as the mainstay of a cocktail of solutions to prevent the country from plunging into deep energy crisis – an advice the Energy Ministry ignored, leading to the current power crisis that threatens economic growth and national security, BFT has gathered.

BLAME TERKPER FOR US$700M OIL REVENUE LOSS – IFS

An economic policy think-tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), has blamed the loss of US$700 million following the slump in crude oil prices solely on the Finance Minister’s reluctance to hedge the country’s oil exports – even at a time analysts

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

WARNINGS ON LIBYA GOVERNMENT MOVE TO DIVERT OIL REVENUES

Libya’s internationally recognised government has moved to divert revenues from the long-established state oil company and Central Bank to its own coffers — in an effort experts warn is “risky” and likely to fail.

BURKINABE JUDGE TO TRY CHAD’S HABRE FOR ATROCITIES

A judge from Burkina Faso has been appointed head of the Senegalese court due to try former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the African Union said on Tuesday.

SURVIVOR OF MOROCCO CAVING TRAGEDY RETURNS TO SPAIN

A Spanish caver trapped for days in a ravine in Morocco, along with two companions who died there, flew home Tuesday as Spain’s government faced calls to explain why the climbers were not rescued sooner.

KENYAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS MARCH TO DEMANDSECURITY AFTER GARISSA

Kenyan university students marched in the capital on Tuesday to demand more security from the government after gunmen killed 148 people at a campus in the eastern town of Garissa last week.

AHEAD OF ELECTION , DOCTORS CRITICISE CAMERON OVER HEALTHCARE

Over 100 senior British medical professionals criticised Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition government on Tuesday for their handling of the National Health Service (NHS), a major issue in the upcoming national election.

IRAN’S LEADERS FALL INTO LINE BEHIND NUCLEAR ACCORD

For perhaps the first time, conservatives opposed to a nuclear deal with the West seem to have become disconnected from the power structure in Iran.

WITH DETAILS OF IRAN DEAL STILL IN FLUX, WHITE HOUSE OPENS SALES EFFORT

Some of the unexplained elements of the preliminary accord have already been seized upon by critics, from Israel to Saudi Arabia to the halls of Congress.

SOUTH CAROLINA OFFICER IS CHARGED WITH MURDER IN BLACK MAN’S DEATH

The North Charleston officer had said that the man took his stun gun, but a video shows the officer firing eight times as the man, who was apparently unarmed, fled.

RAND PAUL LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN : ‘WE HAVE COME TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK ’

Katie Zezima and Robert Costa
The senator joined the presidential race with a bid to woo conservatives angry with both parties.

SPORTS HEADLINES

RASHID SUMAILA WINS MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD AS AL QADSIA STORM INTO EMIR CUP FINALS

Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila was adjudged the Man of The Match after impressing to help Al Qadsia to the finals of Kuwait’s Emir Cup on Tuesday evening.

MUNTARI THE HOT MLS CAKE; BOATENG’S FAREWELL TOUR ON THE BENCH

Sulley Muntari has a mutual agreement with Italian club AC Milan not to play for them again until the end of the season, his agent has disclosed. According to the Ghanaian, he is not in Milan’s plan for the next season and his decision to not play for the club will save everybody’s time and efforts.

BLACK STARS COACH AVRAM GRANT HAS A DATE TO MONITOR GHANAIAN PLAYERS IN THE MLS

Chairman of the Black Stars management committee George Afriyie says Coach Avram Grant will be in the U.S to visit some Ghanaian players and also monitor their performance in the ongoing MLS season.

GHANA FOOTBALL HAS RETROGRESSED – ODARTEY LAMPTEY

Former Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey says Kotoko’s elimination at the hands of Algerian side MC EL Eulma is a glaring indication that all is not well with the structure of football in the country.

DJOLIBA WILL BE A MUCH TOUGHER OPPONENT

Hearts of Oak coach Herbert Addo expects a much difficult challenge when his side faces Malian club Djoliba in the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

……………MR LARRY…………

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