BY MR LARRY
President Barack Obama called for a nationwide “soul-searching” and condemned the outbreak of violence in Baltimore that followed the funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died after being arrested more than two weeks ago.
Those responsible for the violence “need to be treated as criminals,” he said, adding that they “distracted from the fact that you had seen multiple days of peaceful protests that were focused on entirely legitimate concerns.”As Obama spoke at the White House, police and crowds were gathering again on the streets of Baltimore.
Nearly 200 people have been arrested as a result of a period of unrest in Baltimore that began Monday, Howard Libit, Baltimore’s director of strategic planning and policy, said today.There were 144 vehicle fires and 15 structure fires, he said.
MAHAMA ON FIGHTING CORRUPTION: “I CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE ”
President John Dramani Mahama has observed that the fight against corruption is not the responsibility of only the President, but a shared duty that all Ghanaians must endeavor to contribute towards its realization.
UPPER DENKYIRA LAUDS MAHAMA
Residents of Upper Denkyira East have expressed profound gratitude to President John Dramani Mahama for the massive development going on in the area.
NURSES TRAINING ADMISSION SCAM: IT SPECIALISTS ARRESTED
An Information Technology (IT) expert who is suspected to be behind a syndicate that hacks into the online nurses training school admission system of the Ministry of Health has been arrested by the police.
TWO KIDS DIE IN TANKER EXPLOSION IN KUMASI
Fire from a fuel tanker last Sunday night burnt two young siblings beyond recognition and destroyed 10 container stores at Anloga Agric Kokode , near Kwadaso in Kumasi.
DESIST FROM INDISCRIMINATE USE OF SIRENS
The Interior Minister, Mr Mark Woyongo, has warned persons who use sirens indiscriminately to desist from such act since it hampers the speed with which emergency services respond to crisis situations.
BRAND AFRICAN COUNTRIES: PRESIDENT ADVISES ADVERTISERS
President John Mahama has charged African countries to intensify the use f the digital technology to brand their respective countries and market their cultures, tourist sites and business climates.
APAAH KYIDOMHENE DONATES THREE CLASSROOM BLOCK TO PRESBYTERIAN JHS
Nana Opoku Agyemang, Kyidomhene of Apaah traditional area in Ashanti region has donated three classroom block, office and store to the Presbyterian Junior High School(JHS) at a ceremony held at Apaah in the Sekyere South District in Ashanti region.
NII ADAMA LATSE EJECTED FROM GA MANTSE PALACE
An Asafo group from the Ga Mashie in the Ga state has forcefully ejected Nii Tackie Adama Latse II and his kinsmen from the Ga Mantse Palace at North Kaneshie in the Greater Accra region, Today has learnt.
BDCS CALL FOR PRESIDENTIAL ENQUIRY INTO BRIBERY ALLEGATION
The Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) has called for a presidential enquiry into allegation of bribery and issues of reconciliation pertaining to the Bulk Distribution Companies (BDCs) and the Bulk Oil Storage and transportation (BOST) Company Limited.
GHANA’S DECISION TO TAKE MARITIME DISPUTE TO ITLOS COMMENDABLE -LAWYER
A lecturer and an expert on oil and gas, Emmanuel Ntiful, has lauded the decision by Ghana to take the maritime dispute with neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
AGE NOT A FACTOR – BUHARI TELLS NANA
Nigeria’s President-elect Muhamadu Buhari, 72, has told flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo that with his election as head of state of Africa’s largest economy, age is no longer a factor in presidential elections.
NO POLICE ESCORT FOR JJ
The office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has dismissed reports that the former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings uses police escort.
AMA PANICS OVER ‘BORLA TAXI’ OPERATIONS
The upsurge of private tricycle waste collectors in Accra has created a stiff competition between these uncertified individuals and certified waste collectors endorsed by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to collect waste on behalf of the city managers.
FIRE RAVAGED KUMASI FUEL STATION HAD NO PERMIT – EPA
It has emerged that the fuel station at Agric Kokode in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi which caught fire and resulted in the fiery deaths of two children on Sunday had no permit to operate.
GOVERNMENT CAN’T MEET IMF TARGETS – IFS
The government cannot achieve the targets outlined under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme with the country because of the design of the programme, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), a think tank, has observed.
WOMEN EARN 24% LESS THAN MEN ON AVERAGE – UN REPORT
Women are still earning significantly less money than men, despite working longer hours when paid and unpaid work is taken into account, a new United Nations report reveals.
The Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (BDCs) has called on the president to constitute an investigative committee to look into the allegations of bribery between top officials of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) and the Chamber.
DUMSOR COSTS OMCS È»33M
Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in Ghana spend as much as È»33 million on the average every month on fuel to power generators at various fuel dispensing (filling) stations across the country due to the rolling power cuts, popularly called dumsor .
INVESTORS KEEN ON GHANA’S BONDS
A number of road shows to signal Ghana’s fourth foray into the international bond market for US$1 received a major boost, with global investors showing keen interest in purchasing the country’s bond, the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has said.
GOVERNMENT GAMBLED HOME GROWN POLICIES
Government’s decision to pursue its home grown economic policies, rather than seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) , contributed to worsening the country’s macroeconomic situation, Jeff Gable, Head of Non-Equity Research, Barclays Africa Group, has said.
BOG INSTITUTES MEASURES TO ENHANCE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN BANKS
The Bank of Ghana (BOG) in a bid to strength the country’s financial institutions, has instituted measures to enhance good corporate governance, Mr Raymond Amanfu, Director and Head of Other Financial Institutions Department of the BOG, has announced at Shama in the Western Region.
OIL TO FLOW TEN FIELDS IN 2ND QUARTER OF 2016 – KOSMOS
Partners of Tweneboah, Enyera and Ntomme 9TEN) project are expected to commence production of crude oil from the fields in the second half of 2016.
25 SEASONED ENTREPRENEURS INDUCTEDINTO HALL OF FAME
Trade and Industry Minister, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has reaffirmed government’s resolve to promote entrepreneurship and provide the requisite support for up and coming entrepreneurs in the country as it is a critical to the national quest for sustainable socio-economic development.
LABOUR RAISES ALARM OVER ‘TRADING’ OF SECURITY ZONE
The Maritime and Dockworkers’ Union (MDU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has condemned government’s decision to allow the construction of a free port in the country, as it will facilitate the influx of foreign companies to scramble for the national coastline.
MULTIPLE SALARY PAYMENT STILL LEAKAGE ON NATIONAL PURSE
A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sitting in Parliament, which began on Monday and would run through Thursday, has observed that multiple payments of salaries is still having toll on the national purse.
VEGETABLE PROCESSINGPLANT INAUGURATED IN B/A
A vegetable processing plant “Asutifi Processing and Services Centre (APSC)” — meant for the production of mainly chilli pepper and ginger — has been inaugurated at Kenyasi No.1 in the Asutifi North district of Brong Ahafo Region.
GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE LEVERAGE TO IGNITE RICE AND CASSAVA CHAIN
Mr Fifi Kwetey, Minister of Agriculture, has given the assurance that government would provide the leverage to ignite and link up the value-chain in the production of rice and cassava.
GHANAIANS TO SMILE SOON – FINANCE MINISTER ASSURES
Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Seth Terkper, has assured Ghanaians that the nation would soon experience an economic boom following the prudent home-grown policies being put in place by the government.
MOBILE MONEY MARKET VALUED AT È»11.2BN
The patronage of mobile money continues to gain momentum, as for the third year running the value of transactions has seen an astronomical jump – from È»2.4 billion as at 2013 to about È» 11.6 billion in 2014, according to Bank of Ghana data seen by the BFT.
STC PASSENGERS GET È»2,000 INSURANCE COVER
SIC Life Trust Finance Limited (SICLifeTFL) and Intercity STC have entered into a partnership deal that will see each passenger on STC buses enjoy an insurance cover to the tune of V2, 000.
THE TOUTON GROUP ARRIVES IN GHANA… FRENCH TRADING COMPANY INVESTS IN CHOCOLATE PROCESSING IN GHANA
Touton, one of the world’s largest cocoa trading companies, has made its gallant entry into the West African country of Ghana, in what can be marked as a historic move and the first of its kind for the French company and for Ghana.
BANKS PLEDGE SUPPORT TO SMEs
A financial dialogue has been held in Accra by TechnoServe Ghana between investors and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), whereby banks and financial institutions have offered to support the SMEs sector with financial, technical and advisory support services at very flexible terms.
DISSOLVE ADB BOARD AND SACK MD – Angry workers
The workers of the Agricultural Development Bank (adb) are calling for the immediate dissolution of the board of directors of the bank and the dismissal of the Managing Director, Stephen Kpordzih to save the financial institution from imminent collapse.
SUDANESE PRESIDENT BASHIR WINS 94.5 PCT OF VOTE IN ELECTION – ELECTION COMMITTEE
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir won 94.5 percent of the vote in the country’s election, which was held earlier this month, the election committee announced on Monday.
SUDAN DENIED UN REQUEST TO EVACUATE DARFUR PEACEKEEPER
Sudan denied a UN request for the emergency evacuation of a wounded Ethiopian peacekeeper who later died of his injuries in Darfur, the UN chief said Monday.
ZUMA HITS BACK AT OTHER AFRICAN STATES OVER ANTI-IMMIGRANT VIOLENCE
President Jacob Zuma on Monday hit out at other African countries after South Africa faced a backlash over the wave of anti-foreigner attacks in the country.
BOKO HARAM A BOGUS RELIGIOUS GROUP, SAYS INCOMING NIGERIAN PRESIDENT
Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Monday denounced Boko Haram’s claim to be a religious group, slamming its attacks on civilians and vowing a hard line against the Islamist militants.
RUSSIA AND AU SEEK NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE, INVESTMENT COOPERATION
The African Union Commission Chairperson H.E (Dr), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, are set to hold formal diplomatic talks focusing on Russia’s interest in strengthening its multifaceted ties with Africa.
JAPAN AND U.S. SET NEW RULES FOR MILITARY COOPERATION
The new guidelines, which envision an expanded role for Japanese forces, were announced a day before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan was to visit the White House.
SUPREME COURT RULING ON GAY MARRIAGE COULD HAVE EXPLOSIVE EFFECT Court
Advocates say a decision against gay couples’ constitutional right to marry would create a legal “mess.”
ANGRY NEPALISDIG IN RUBBLE THEMSELVES AS QUAKE TOLL PASSES 4,000
Hundreds of Nepalis, angered and frustrated by the government’s slow response, were digging through rubble themselves on Tuesday to find remains of their loved ones after a devastating earthquake three days ago killed more than 4,000 people.
CONSERVATIVES TAKE ONE POINT LEAD AHEAD OF ELECTION – YOUGOV POLL
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives took a one percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to a YouGov opinion poll for the Sun newspaper published on Monday.
UK GROWTH SLOWDOWN TO PUT ECONOMY BACK IN ELECTION SPOTLIGHT
Britain’s economy slowed in the first three months of this year, data is likely to show on Tuesday, potentially dealing a setback to Prime Minister David Cameron who has staked his re-election bid on the strength of the recovery.
HEARTS OF OAK COACH REVEALS HE IS FORCED TO RING CHANGES IN HIS SQUAD TO KEEP TEAM COMPETITIVE ON ALL FRONTS
Hearts of Oak coach Herbert Addo says he is forced to ring changes in his team in order to keep the side fresh and competitive on all fronts.
FORMER FA CHIEF JAWULA CONVINCED VETERANS ATTRAM, OLELE AND QUAYE ADDED SPICE TO ACCRA DERBY
Former GFA boss Alhaji Jawula has hailed the impact Godwin Attram, Richrad Kingson and Dan Quaye have had on the local game and says they added needed bite to the Accra derby.
MICHAEL ESSIEN’S £75,000 RANGE ROVER VOGUE STOLEN FROM UK HOME
Michael Essien’s £75,000 Range Rover Vogue has been stolen from the driveway of his home in the UK.
ADAM KWARASEY’S EXPENSIVE HOWLER COSTS PORTLAND TIMBERS HEAVILY IN MLS
Ghana international goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey had perhaps one of his worst moments in his short MLS career when he conceded an easy goal that cost Portland Timbers in their loss against Seattle Sounders in the biggest derby in the MLS on Sunday.
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