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NEWS HEADLINES -THURSDAY 30-4-2015-Updated

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The task force in charge of investigating the death of Freddie Gray has given its report to prosecutors, Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.

“This does not mean that the investigation is over. If new evidence is found,” investigators will follow it, Batts said.

The police van carrying Gray on April 12 made an additional, previously undisclosed stop, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

Nigerian troops rescued an additional 160 women and children from Boko Haram days after finding hundreds of other hostages, the military said Thursday.

NO NEW SECURITY COMPANIES AS MINISTRY STREAMLINES ACTIVITIES

The Ministry of Interior has suspended the issuance of new licences to private security companies with immediate effect until work is completed on the building of a comprehensive database of existing ones.

MINISTRY BANS POULTRY IMPORTS FROM BURKINA FASO

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) has banned the importation of poultry and poultry products from Burkina Faso, following the outbreak of Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu, in that country.

TOGO, BENIN RESCIND DECISION TO LEAVE FLIGHT INFORMATION GROUP

The timely intervention of President John Mahama has prevented Togo and Benin from the Accra-based common flight information region (FIR).

UPPER EAST REGION GEARS UP FOR NATIONAL SANITATION DAY

All is set for the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council to host the forthcoming National Sanitation exercise, which would take place on Saturday May 2.

RCC HANDS OVER SECRETARIAT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINSITRY

The Upper East Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) on Wednesday handed over a secretariat to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to enhance its work in the region.

STRICT MEASURES ROLLED OUT TO CHECK UNDERPERFORMING PUBLIC WORKERS

The Finance Ministry has rolled out a number of strict measures targeted at uprooting public sector workers who fail to perform at their posts.

DUMSOR NOT OVER

Ghanaians have to endure at least four more months of dumsor before the power expected from the Turkish company, Karpowership, can reach their homes.

FEMALE MINISTERS PAY TRIBUTE TO THEODOSIA OKOH

Some female Ministers of States have paid tribute to the late Mrs Theodosia Salome Okoh, the designer of the National Flag who died on April 19, for championing the role of women as pace-setters.

4TH NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF GIRLS IN ICT HELD IN HO

The minister for communication, Dr Edward K Omane Boamah has announced government’s plans to pursue a vigorous national broadband infrastructure development programme to reach all parts of the country to provide enough bandwidth capacity for ICT deployment.

WEE SMUGGLER JAILED 10 YEARS

A 26-year-old Nigerian who attempted to export 26 parcels of wee stashed in 15 pillows to Nigeria has been jailed for 10 years by an Accra Circuit Court.

INVESTOR CONFIDENCE TO SOAR AFTER ITLOS RULING

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) says investor confidence particularly in the oil and gas sector will soar following the favourable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea that Ghana can go ahead with ongoing exploration and exploitation.

50 PERCENT OF WORKERS TO LOSE JOBS

Ghana risks a major social upheaval if the energy (power) crisis persists and the difficult economic environment does not improve.

KWAW KESE: WHY I PLEADED GUILTY

Rapper, Kwaw Kese, who did a day’s jail time last week for a narcotics-related offence, has explained why he changed his initial plea of “not guilty” to ‘guilty’.

VICTORIA ROCKS THE RUNWAY

What is about modeling that tall pretty model Victoria cannot do without? Is it the money, fame or just a hobby? “All that I thought about since childhood was to become a great model in Ghana and beyond sharing the stage with top class models”, the near six foot lady told Showbiz last Monday.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T FINANCES $80M ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT

The Tain District in the Brong-Ahafo Region is benefiting from Peri-Urban Rural Electrification Project funded by the Government through the Energy Ministry.

MAHAMA URGES ADVERTISERS TO SELL THE COUNTRY

President John Dramani Mahama has said the digital world provides players in the branding, advertising and marketing communications industry with breathtaking opportunities for packaging and selling Africa’s countries and the continent in general.

CHAMBEROF COMMERCE COUNTS ONEXIM BANK FOR SME REVIVAL

The First Vice President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Dr. Prosper Adabla, has disclosed the Export-Import Bank that government plans to set up could just be the solution the private sector has been longing for, given the current economic situation.

SSNIT DIGITISES 2.9 million MEMBERSHIP RECORDS

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is expected to migrate over 2.9million membership records onto the OBS platform by the end of this year as part of its Operational Business Suite project (OBS).

TRACKING DEVICES TO BRING SANITY IN PETROLEUM SECTOR

The National Tanker Owners Association has welcomed moves by the National Petroleum Authority to install about 1,500 trackers on fuel tankers for the second phase of its tracker installation.

GHANA AGRIBUSINESS INVESTMENT SUMMIT OPENS

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is holding an investment summit for agribusinesses to facilitate education and unlock investment potentials in agriculture in Ghana.

100,000 RURAL HOMES TO GET SOLAR POWER

A project has been launched in Accra, to provide affordable, pay-as-you-go solar power to 100,000 off-grid homes in the next two years.

ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL LIMITS NUMBER OF MDA ACCOUNTS

The Controller and Accountant-General’s Department has initiated moves to limit the number of bank accounts each ministry, department and agency can operate.

TROUBLE AT ADB

Tension is brewing at the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) between employees and management of the financial institution.

BOST BOILS

There is calm at Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) following the alleged sacking of the company’s chairman of the Professional and Managerial Staff Union (PMSU).

ECG TO TAKE DELIVERY OF 120MW POWER SHIP AUGUST

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is expected to receive a 120 megawatts power-generating vessel from Karpower Ship of Turkey in August.

SUB-SAHARA AFRICA RECORDS GROWTH IN MACROECONOMIC PERFORMANCE

Ms Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) African Department, says sub-Sahara Africa has experienced rapid growth and better macro-economic performance.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

UN AWAITS RESPONSE TO LIBYA POWER-SHARING DRAFT DEAL

The UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, has given warring parties until Sunday to respond to his latest proposals for a power-sharing deal that could pull the country out of chaos.

MUGABE CRITICISES MIGRANT WORKERS AT SOUTHERN AFRICAN SUMMIT

Attacks on immigrants living in South Africa dominated a regional summit in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, with President Robert Mugabe criticising workers who seek new lives in Johannesburg and other South African cities.

NIGERIA EXPRESSES ‘DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT’ AT INDONESIA EXECUTIONS

Nigeria on Wednesday expressed “deep disappointment” at the execution by firing squad of four of its citizens for drugs offences in Indonesia and offered its condolences to the men’s families.

FRANCE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED CHILD SEX ABUSE BY ITS TROOPS IN C.AFRICA

Authorities in France are investigating claims that French peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic, the government said Wednesday, with reports claiming victims as young as nine were raped in exchange for food and money.

TIRED OF  WAITING FOR AID, ANGRY NEPALIS BLOCK  ROADS

Nepali villagers blocked trucks carrying supplies for earthquake victims on Wednesday, demanding the government do more to help after last week’s disaster left more than 5,200 people dead and tens of thousands homeless and short of food and water.

CAMERON PLEDGES NEW LAW TO PREVENT TAX HIKES , ELECTION RIVALS SEE GIMMICK

British Prime Minister David Cameron courted voters on Wednesday by promising a new law to prevent tax increases for five years if he is re-elected on May 7, a move instantly dismissed as a gimmick by other political parties.

SAUDI KING RESETS SUCCESSION TO COPE WITH TURBULENT TIMES

Saudi King Salman appointed a nephew as new heir and made his young son second in line to rule on Wednesday, a major shift in power towards two princes who have overseen a more assertive stance at a time of almost unprecedented regional turmoil.

HEAVY FIGHTING IN YEMEN, SAUDIARABIA TRAINS TTRIBAL FIGHTERS

Saudi-led air strikes hit five Yemeni provinces as fighting raged in the southern city of Aden on Wednesday, and sources in the region said the kingdom was training armed tribesmen to fight the Iran-allied Houthi group.

GREECEPREPARES REFORM BILL, LENDERS SEEK seek CONCESSIONS

Euro zone officials sought to wring policy concessions from Greece on Wednesday to unlock urgently needed aid after Athens said it would present a list of reforms for legislation to show it is serious about implementing its promises.

SPORTS HEADLINES

ASANTE KOTOKO WIN BIG AGAINST HEART OF LIONS TO END FIRST ROUND OF PREMIER LEAGUE

Asante Kotoko have ended the first round of the 2014/2015 season on a strong note as they brushed aside Heart of Lions with an emphatic 4-0 in their match played at the Baba Yara Stadium on Wednesday.

PROMOTED ACADEMY SIDE WAFA SHOCK WITH SECOND-PLACE FINISH AFTER ALL STARS DRAW

WAFA have exceeded their first round expectations in the Ghana Premier League after placing second on the table.

REFEREE KAKABO MENSAH CHARGED FOR FAILING TO COMPLETE REFEREE’S REPORT

Referee Kakabo Mensah has been b charged after match between Okwawu United FC and Sporting Mirren FC played at Nkawkaw on 12th April, 2015.

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