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NEWS HEADLINES -THURSDAY 23-4-2015

USA:
Former CIA Director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine after admitting to showing classified information to his biographer, acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland said in a statement. “I want to take this opportunity to apologize for the pain my actions have caused,” Gen. Petraeus said before being sentenced. Petraeus resigned in November 2012 as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after a romantic relationship with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, became public. Petraeus previously oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and at one time was touted as a potential presidential candidate.

More than five months after her nomination, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote as the first African-American woman to be attorney general.President Barack Obama in November nominated the two-time U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. Republicans leading the Senate refused to bring her nomination up for a vote until Democrats cut a deal on abortion language in an unrelated bill. Lynch waited more than twice as long as the combined time for the seven most recent U.S. attorneys general.

President Obama apologized Thursday for the accidental deaths of two hostages during a U.S. counterterrorism strike targeting an al Qaeda compound in January.Multiple U.S. officials told CNN the hostages were killed by a U.S. military drone that targeted the compound. American Warren Weinstein, an American USAID contractor held by al Qaeda since 2011, was killed in the strike, as was Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, held since 2012.”As president and as commander-in-chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni,” Obama said.

South Africa
XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS, SETBACKTO AFRICA’S INTEGRATION – ECOWAS CHAIRMAN

Chairman of ECOWAS, President John Dramani Mahama, has condemned the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, saying it is a hindrance to the much needed African integration.

MASSIVE FRAUD EXPOSED: BOST OFFICIALS, BDCS CITED

A comprehensive audit report on the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company from 2006 has revealed massive corruption involving past and present officials of the company.

UPSA’S CENTRE FORPUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY TRAINS SENIOR POLICE OFFICER

The Centre for Public Accountability (CPA) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has held a day’s training programme for 49 senior police officers at the Ghana Police Command and Staff College in Winneba.

KKD DISCHARGED

The State yesterday dropped charges against ace broadcaster, Kwesi Kyei Darkwah, who was accused of raping a 19-year-old student in a hotel in Accra.

RUING ON GHANA, COTE D’IVOIRE DISPUTE SATURDAY

The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Laws of the Sea (ITLOS) will on Saturday, April 25, 2015, deliver its ruling in the disputed maritime boundary.

NORTHERN SHSS DEFY GES ORDER

Headmasters of public Senior High Schools (SHS) in the three northern regions have defiled the directives of the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service to them to reopen schools because feeding grants for students have been released into the accounts of the various schools.

GHANA’S CASE IN BOUNDARY DISPUTE WITH IVORY COAST STRONG

The Minister of Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, has reaffirmed that Ghana has a strong case to settle its boundary dispute with neighbouring La Cote d’Ivoire to pave the way for a peaceful business environment.

FIREMEN ACCUSED OF EXTORTION IN CAPE COAST

Some personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFA), are alleged to be extorting money from individuals and businesses and issuing them with Safety Certification.

9 ARRESTED OVER BUNKPURUGU CLASHES

Nine persons, including a 24-year-old final year student of the Bunkpu­rugu Senior High School (SHS), have been arrested in connection with clashes that broke out in Bunkpu­rugu/Yunyo last week.

WOMAN DIESAS AMBULANCE DRIVER DESERTS POST AT 37 HOSPITAL

A 38-year-old woman died at the 37 Military Hospital after an ambulance driver abandoned post to go and party.

LATE THEODOSIA OKOH’S FAMILY TO MEET GOVT

The family of the late designer of Ghana’s flag is expected to meet government next week to put together arrangements for the final funeral rites of the stateswoman.

NIGERIA’S EC CHAIRMAN URGES GHANA’S EC TO EMPLOY QUALIFIED PERSONS

Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC), Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega says Electoral Commissions in West Africa can organize free and fair elections if they employ qualified persons.

OTUMFUO RECEIVES ROUSING WELCOME AT SEYCHELLES ISLANDS

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was accorded a rousing welcome at the Seychelles International Airport on Wednesday.

SEVEN GIRLS PREGNANT AT ONE JHS IN ONE TERM

Seven girls dropped out of school due to pregnancy in one Junior High School (JHS) in the Keta Municipal Area.

WORKERS PETITION CJ OVER BIASED JUDGE

Eleven Workers’ Unions battling the government over the management of their Second Tier Pension Funds in court have asked the Chief Justice (CJ) to remove the judge handling the case because they claim he is “biased.”

TERTIARY STUDENTS TO PAY UTILITY BILLS AS GOVERNMENT SHARES COSTS

Government says students in public tertiary institutions will now have to pay their own utility bills as one of the ‘innovative, alternative means’ to tackle increasing utility debts in public universities.

SA MUST COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF ‘UNGODLY’ XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS – CHRISTIAN COUNCIL

The Christian Council of Ghana has called on the South African government to compensate victims of the recent xenophobic attacks that has claimed at least ten lives.

WE CAN RESOLVEOUR OWN ELECTION DISPUTE – UG tells BNI

The University of Ghana has said the investigation by the Bureau of National Investigations into its controversial SRC was without recourse to the University.

NIGERIAN NATIONAL ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO TRANSPORT 65 PARCELS OF WEE

A 27-year-old Nigerian is in the custody of the Tema Regional Police Command for allegedly possessing 65 parcels of compressed dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp (wee).

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BOG TO ISSUEANOTHER DOMESTIC BOND

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) will on today 23rd April,2014 auction a GH¢400 million 3 year fixed rate bond.

OIL AND GAS WORKERS BEST PAID

Ghanaian employees in the energy sector and well as the oil and gas industry are the highest paid in the country, according to the Ghana Living Standard Surveys Round 6 by the Ghana Statistical Service.

DEBT – IMF WORLD BANK WARN GHANA

Ghana’s rising debt profile is increasingly drawing the attention of the world’s major international finance institutions as they have warned that the country risks losing its credit worthiness as well as its ability to repay the mounting debts.

JAPAN SUPPORTS GHANA WITH $2.5M AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY

The Embassy of Japan has handed over agricultural machinery under Japan’s Grant Assistance for underprivileged farmers in the country.

INCREASE HFC SHARE PRICE

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of HFC Bank (Ghana) Limited comes off today Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Accra with the mandatory takeover offer price of Republic Bank to shareholders expected to feature prominently.

GPHA TO INTRODUCE NEW VESSEL BOOKING SYSTEM

Citi Business News has gathered the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority (GPHA) is planning to introduce an online vessel booking and allocation system at the ports by July, 2015.

FISH IMPORTS GAP WIDENS

Domestic fish consumption has soared by about 10 percent within a year to further widen the gap between local fish production and consumption.

XPD8 WINS £375K CONTRACT WITH TULLOW OIL IN GHANA

Asset integrity management specialist, XPD8 Solutions, has secured a £375,000 contract for work in West Africa with Tullow Oil.

POWER MINISTRY SEEKS LOCAL INVESTMENT

Dr. Kwabena Donkor, the Power Minister, says current power challenges facing the country are opportunities for local investors to shift their focus from trading to investing in the lucrative business of power generation.

GOV’T ISSUESBOND TO SETTLE DEBT TO SSNIT BUT DETAILS SKETCHY

The government said it has issued a five-year risk-free bond to cover its indebtedness to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

BUSINESS ENTITIES MUST CONTRIBUTE TO ECONOMIC GROWTH – NANA NKETSIA

Nana Kobina Nketsia, Omanhene of Essikado, in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, has lauded business entities who inject some of their profit into the nation building to promote economic growth.

NEWMONT GHANA SET TO RECALL INTERDICTED WORKERS

Management of Newmont Ghana would be close of today recall two mine workers interdicted last week for breaching company rules.

GHANA DOESN’T HAVE OIL INDUSTRY; ONLY OIL FIELDS – PIAC VICE CHAIR

Ghana is yet to reap the benefits of an oil industry because authorities were hasty in planning the structure of the multi-billion dollar industry, Vice Chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee has said.

MORE CIVIL SERVANTS TO LOSE JOBS IN 2017 – IMF CONFIRMS

Government is set to embark on a program to rationalize the size of the public sector workers by 2017, a new IMF staff report on Ghana has announced.

NEW TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY SET TO IMPROVE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

Ghana’s manufacturing sector will soon receive a major boost as GRATIS Foundation finalizes discussions with major stakeholders to set up a purely technical University in the country.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

EU CONSIDERS MILITARY ACTION ON MIGRANTS AT SUMMIT

EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya, in a bold effort to halt the deadly flow of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea.

ELIGIBILITY LAWSUITS AGAINST NIGERIA’S PRESIDENT-ELECT WITHDRAWN

A Nigerian court Wednesday struck out two suits that disputed the eligibility of president-elect Muhammadu Buhari to stand for election, after the plaintiffs withdrew their cases.

MALI REBELS CONFIRM REFUSAL TO SIGN PEACE DEAL

Mali’s Tuareg-led rebellion reaffirmed in a statement Wednesday its refusal to sign a peace deal agreed by other armed groups and the government and due to be rubber stamped on May 15.

ZIMBABWEANS FLEEING S.AFRICA ATTACKS FACE BLEAK FUTURE

Zimbabwean migrants who fled a wave of anti-foreigner violence in neighbouring South Africa arrived home Wednesday to the same bleak economic prospects that sent them abroad in the first place.

SIERRA LEONE HUNTS EBOLA QUARANTINE ESCAPEES

Police in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown are hunting seven people who fled a slum that was placed under quarantine when a member of their family died of Ebola, the government said Wednesday.

SAUDI-LED COALITION BOMBS YEMEN DESPITE CALLING OFF AIR CAMPAIGN

Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemen on Wednesday despite an announcement by Riyadh that it was ending its campaign of air strikes, while renewed fighting erupted on the ground between rebels and forces loyal to the exiled president.

EU LEADERS TO RESTORE RESCUE OPERATIONS AFTER MIGRANT BOAT DISASTER

European Union leaders who decided last year to halt the rescue of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean will reverse their decision on Thursday at a summit hastily convened after nearly 2,000 people died at sea.

CHINA WARNS ON RISING NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR CAPABILITY – WSJ

Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

U.S. SAYS RUSSIA AIR DEFENCE SYSTEMS INSIDE UKRAINE

The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of building up air defence systems inside eastern Ukraine and of involvement in training exercises of pro-Russian rebels in breach of a European-brokered truce.

PROPOSED U.S., UK, FRENCHYVISIT TO DARFUR WAS ‘ODD’

Sudan’s U.N. mission on Wednesday criticized a proposed visit to its conflict-torn Darfur region earlier this year by senior U.S., British and French diplomats, describing the plan that Khartoum never approved as “odd.”

SPORTS HEADLINES

HERBERT MENSAH WARNS KK SAPRONG TO DROP LEGAL ACTION AGAINST KOTOKO OR FACE ‘BAD LUCK’

Former Kotoko chairman Herbert Mensah has warned Dr. KK Sarpong to drop his legal action against the Kumasi-based giants and apologise to the Asantehene or face ‘bad luck’ in his life, if he presses ahead with the court action over monies owed him

KWARASEY REFUSES TO REVEAL HIS FUTURE WITH GHANA, HINTS TALKS WITH AVRAM GRANT COULD CONTINUE

Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey is refusing to reveal his future with the Black Stars after meeting Black Stars coach Avram Grant insisting his encounter with the former Chelsea manager ‘wasn’t anything special’.

GHANA STRIKER KWESI APPIAH RETURNS TO ACTION FOR READING IN DEFEAT AGAINST BIRMINGHAM CITY

Ghana striker Kwesi Appiah came off the bench to play for Reading FC in their 1-0 narrow loss against Birmingham City in the English Championship on Wednesday night.

GHANA PLAYER’S BEHAVE LIKE TAXI DRIVERS – ALBERT COMMEY

Astute football administrator Albert Commey has said Ghanaian footballers are fiscally indiscipline, comparing their financial habits to taxi drivers.

CONFIRMED: KOTOKO TO PLAY ROMANIAN SIDE PETROLUL IN SEPTEMBER IN KUMASI

Ghana’s defending Premier League champions, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, play Romanian giants,FC Petrolul Ploiesti, in an international friendly at the Baba Yara Stadium on September 4.

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