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NEWS HEADLINES -MONDAY 4-5-2015

BY MR LARRY

DUMSOR’ WILL SOON BE “BAD NIGHTMARE” OF THE PAST—MAHAMA

President John Mahama has given the strongest indication once again that the worsening power crisis bedeviling Ghana will be over in no time.

BOST CLEARS BDCs OF FRAUD
The Managing Director of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST), Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko, has denied allegations of fraud against the Buik Oil Distributing Companies (BDCs).

PRESIDENTIAL STAFFER INSULTS STARS, CALLS THEM PROSTITUTES

Alhaji Halidu Haruna, a presidential staffer in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, has taken a swipe at some of the country’s celebrities for daring to criticise Government, in the wake of the current energy crisis.

3 MPs STEP DOWN

Three incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Eastern Region, namely, Ofosu Asamoa, David Oppong Kusi and Peter Wiafe Peprah of Kade, Ofoase Ayirebi and Abetifi constituencies respectively, have declared their inteins not to contest again.

ECG TO UNDERGO 2-YEAR PRIVATE CARE

Government has finally settled on a concession arrangement that will see a private firm operate and manage the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for a possible 20 to 25 year peroid.

AFFORDABLEHOUSING PROJECT FOR SECURITY FORCES TO BE COMPLETED 2016

The Minister for water Resource works and Housing, Dr.Kwaku Agyeman Mensah has assured Ghanaians that by October 2016 the on-going construction of affordable housing units for security forces at kpone would be completed.

GNFS CAUTIONS PUBLIC AGAINST FALSE FIRE ALARMS

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has expressed worry over the high number of false alarms it receives on daily basis.

INJUNCTION ON GMOS: FSG GOES TO COURT AGAIN!

The case in which Food Sovereignty Ghana is suing for an interim injunction on the commercial release of Bt cowpea and GM rice is set to be heard at the Human Rights Division of the Accra Fast Track Court on Monday, 4th May.

NPP VETTING FOR MP ASPIRANTS BEGIN TODAY

The New Patriotic Party will begin the vetting process for its parliamentary aspirants on Monday May 4, 2015 as the party gears up for the crucial elections next year.

POLICE DECRY INTERFERENCE IN ENFORCEMENT OF TRAFFIC LAWS

The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has decried consistent political and social interference by influential persons in the society when enforcing the road traffic regulations.

GHANAIANS CAUTION AGAINST UNORTHODOX TREATMENT OF BURNS

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Burns Intensive Care Unit, has advised Ghanaians to avoid unorthodox treatment for burns victims.

COLLEGES PARTNER KNUST TO RAISE ACADEMIC STANDARDS

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two institutions in Kumasi, to spearhead the nation’s development in the area of technology transfer.

2 JAILED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SELL MAN FOR ¢12,000

Two persons who attempted to sell a 40-year-old man, Evans Kumah, for ¢12,000 have been sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment each by the Donkokrom Magistrate Court presided over b Mr Anthony Abebrese.

MAHAMA MOVES TO RESOLVE DISPUTE AT ADB

In the wake of agitation among workers of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) against the proposed sale of the headquarters of the bank, President John Dramani Mahama has instructed the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, to take steps to resolve the worker-management dispute over the proposed sale.

TACKLING THE PREOBLEM OF ‘DUMSOR’: HAS MAHAMA BEEN SMART?

The NPP has challenged President John Mahama to come out boldly to tell Ghanaians if he has been smart in tackling the current difficulties confronting the nation, especially the ongoing energy crisis that is crippling many businesses and causing them to lay-off workers.

AKUFO-ADDO CHARGES PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS WORKERS’ CONCERNS WITH DEEDS

The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the NPP has charged President Mahama to cut the lip service, set his priorities right and respond to the growing concerns of Ghanaian workers.

KWESI PRATT EXPOSED!

Mr Ekow Duncan, Chairman of the Political Committee of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has dismissed the claim of Mr Kwesi Pratt, Editor -in -Chief of the Insight newspaper that he- Pratt- was not only a common member of the CPP but also a founding member of the Party.

LANDLORDS OF HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT TOILET FACILITIES SHOULD BE PUNISHED

The Head of the Disease Epidemic Department of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Ms Ruth Arthur has called on metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to sanction landlords who do not have toilets in their houses.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ECONOMY NOW WORTH GH¢112BN; 2014 GROWTH FALLS SHORT OF EXPECTATION

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has released the final GDP figures for 2014, which show the country’s pace of economic expansion grew by 4%, down from a previous estimate of 4.2% and making it the lowest economic growth recorded in the last six years.

GHANA NOWHERE NEAR HIPC – STANCHART BOSS

Ghana is not close to becoming a highly indebted poor country, a top official of Standard Chartered Bank has said.

KARPOWERSHIP COMMITS TO DELIVERY OF POWERSHIPS TO GHANA

Karpowership, Turkish floating Powership Maker, says it would go all the way to ensure that Ghana overcomes the current electricity power challenges by building the infrastructure for its medium to long-term electricity supply needs.

BoG REPORT ON ATM CHARGES IS BOGUS – BANKS DECLARE

ATM users and some stakeholders in the banking industry are surprised at a recent publication released by the Bank of Ghana (BoG)on ATM charges in the country, describing it as an incomplete research.

ATUABO GAS BACK ON STREAM AFTER MAINTENANCE

The Atuabo Gas Processing Plant is operating on full capacity now after shutting down for maintenance, owner Ghana National Gas Company announced.

WOMEN GROUPS IN UPPER EAST BENEFIT FROM MASLOC

Twenty women groups in the Upper East Region have benefited from a disbursement of 261,800 Ghana cedis from the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).

ECONOMY TIMES
DECISION ON ECG SALE IMMINENT
Ghana is considering the sale of a stake in its national power distributor as part of an aid program to fund the ailing grid, according to a U.S. government official.

GHANA’S GROWTH AT SLOWEST PACE IN 20 YEARS
Ghana’s economic growth slid to slowest pace in two decades last year as oil prices plunged and a domestic energy crisis cut the electricity supply nationwide.

POWER BARGES FROM TURKEY 70 PERCENT COMPLETE

The first of two powerships the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) contracted Karpowership of Turkey to supply as part of the long-term measures to address the current power generation deficit is 70 per cent completed.

COMMITTEE TO TACKLE GOV’T, LABOUR PENSION IMPASSE

President John Dramani Mahama has established a Committee to resolve the impasse between government and labour over the tier two pension scheme.

GOIL SHAREHOLDERS CALL FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Shareholders of the Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), has called for injection of affirmative action policies and procedure in the appointment of Board of Directors of the oil marketing company.

CSOS COMMITTED TO MONITOR SADA PROGRAMMES

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Northern Savanna Ecological Zone, have committed to carry out participatory monitoring and evaluation of Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) programmes to ensure greater transparency and accountability.

BOST UNION CHAIRMAN REINSTATED

The Board and Management of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has reinstated Mr Albert Mantey, Chairman of the Professional and Managerial Staff Union (PMSU).

INTERNET ‘GATE’ TO PROMOTE AFRICA ECONOMIC INTEGRATION

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is creating an internet ‘gate’ to facilitate trade and promote economic integration of African States.

SOLIDARIDAD ORGANISES OUTREACH PROGRAMME FOR FARMERS

Solidaridad, a non-profit organisation that supports the sustainable development of farmers and production systems in West Africa, has organised an outreach programme for its farmers at Kade in the Eastern Region.

STANLIB’S TAKEOVER OF SIMS GHANA TO CREATE WEALTH – MD

Investors in Ghana have been offered bigger prospects with the acquisition of Stanbic Investment Management Services (SIMS) Ghana by the largest fund managers in Africa STANLIB.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA MOVES 275 BOKO HARAM HOSTAGES TO RELIEF CAMP

Nigeria’s military authorities on Sunday moved 275 women and children to a relief camp, days after rescuing them from Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest, the state-run emergency agency said.

BURUNDI ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF PLEDGE LOYALTY TO EMBATTLED AUTHORITIES

The chief of staff of Burundi’s army pledged the military’s loyalty to the country’s authorities on Sunday after the defence minister had declared the army’s neutrality following a week of violent political protests.

POLICE USE STUN GRENADES AGAINST ISRAELI ETHIOPIAN DEMO

Police fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse Ethiopian Israelis demonstrating in central Tel Aviv Sunday against alleged police brutality and institutionalised discrimination, an AFP correspondent said.

THREE RESCUED EIGHT DAYS AFTER NEPAL QUAKE AS U.S MARINES ARRIVE

Three people were pulled alive from the rubble of their home eight days after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, as a supply logjam threatened to hamper disaster relief efforts bolstered by the arrival of U.S. aircraft and troops.

ITALY SAYS 10 MIGRANTS DIE, 5,800 RESCUED IN ONGOING MISSION

Nearly 5,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya and 10 bodies were recovered in less than 48 hours, Italy’s coast guard said, in one of the biggest rescue operations this year.

IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS OPEN A TANGLED PATH TO ENDING SYRIA’S WAR

World leaders are linking the nuclear talks with Iran to the possibility for peace in Syria, but Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy who is pursuing a resolution, has a loud chorus of critics.

LOCAL AL QAEDA CLAIMS FEBRUARY MURDER OF U.S. CITIZEN IN BANGLADESH – SITE

The leader of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the murder of a U.S. citizen hacked to death in Bangladesh in February and the deaths of other “blasphemers” in the region, SITE Intelligence Group reported on Sunday.

TWO MEN ARRESTED BY NORTH KOREA SAY THEY SPIED FOR SOUTH – CNN

Two men arrested by North Korea in March said in interviews with CNN that they spied for South Korea’s intelligence agency, the cable television news network reported on Sunday.

AIRLINER DIVERTED TO UAE AIRBASE AFTER BLAST WARNING

An Air Arabia airliner flying from Kuwait to the United Arab Emirates was diverted to a UAE military airbase on Sunday after a passenger warned the plane was about to explode, the UAE state news agency WAM reported.

EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR PAPUA NEW GUINEA – USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 struck in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the latest in a series of tremors in the area.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GHANA U20 TO OPEN CAMPAIGN IN FIVE-NATION TOURNAMENT AGAINST QATAR ON MONDAY

Ghana U20 will face Qatar in its opening game of the five-nation friendly tournament being staged in New Zealand ahead of the World Cup.

HEARTS QUALIFY DESPITE LOSS TO DJOLIBA

Hearts of Oak sealed a qualification into the next stage of the Caf confederation cup with a 2-2 aggregate despite losing 0-1 at home to AC Djoliba from Mali on Sunday at the Accra sports stadium.

GHANA 7-1 LIBERIA: METEORS BLITZ OPPOSITION TO BOOK DATE WITH CONGO

Ghana’s Olympic team, the Black Meteors have advanced to the second round of the Caf U-23 Championship qualifiers on a 7-1 aggregate over Liberia.

#DumsorShallEndSoon

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