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NEWS HEADLINES MONDAY 11-5-2015

BY MR LARRY

PRESIDENT MAHAMA CONGRATULATES DAVID CAMERON

President John Dramani Mahama has congratulated Mr David Cameron on his reelection as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

VEEP CONFERS WITH SIERRA LEONEAN PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA AT KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has stated the Chairman of Ecowas, President Mahama and the people of Ghana are committed in the continuing process of putting their resources together to help all countries that are in distress, especially our brothers and sisters who are in the Ebolastricken countries in the sub region, so that they become Ebola free.

GOV’T WILL CONTINUE TO EMPOWER WOMEN – OYE LITHUR

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur has congratulated all mothers in Ghana, especially those who are singlehandedly taking care of their children.

SALARY STRUCTURE FOR PRESIDENT TO CHANGE

President John Mahama has called on Organized Labour to support government’s decision to abolish emoluments for Article 71 office holders.

I DID NOT CAMPAIGN AGAINST MAHAMA – RAWLINGS

Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings says an impression that he at a recent meeting confessed to not campaigning for President John Mahama in 2012 was twisted.

BOY, 13, KILLS 2 PLAYMATES WITH FATHER’S SINGLE BARRELED GUN

A 13-year-old boy last Friday allegedly shot two of his playmates with his father’s gun at Ajumako in the Central Region, an incident which threw the town into a state of shock and mourning.

OTUMFUO ADMONISHES NEWLY INSTALLED CHIEF OF BOLGA

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has admonished the newly installed Paramount Chief of the Bolgatanga Traditional Area, Naba Raymond Alafia Abilba, to serve his subjects with humility and respect.

7 BURNT TO DEATH IN ACCIDENT

Seven persons, including a child, were burnt to death when a taxi cab on which they were travelling from Kimbungu to Tamale collided head-on with another taxi cab from Tamale at Nabaane last Saturday.

RAWLINGS NANA WALK HAND-IN-HAND

There is a clandestine attempt by some elements in the government, together with some ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) leading members, to stop the vigil to be spearheaded by some celebrities to protest the current worsening power crisis (known as dumsor ).

STARS DEMO IN LIMBO

All eyes were on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and former President Jerry John Rawlings on Saturday when they attended the funeral of M.N. Sonny Mitchell in Tema.

NO MORE THIRD TERM

Tired of presidents in West Africa changing their constitutions to run for third term in office and creating instability, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is planning to enact a new clause that will prohibit presidents from member countries from staying beyond two terms.

FIRE DESTROYS 5-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN KUMASI

Fire destroyed a five-bedroom house at Fankyenebra in the Ashanti Region capital of Kumasi, displacing all the 13 occupants.

SOCIAL PARTNERS CALL FOR SANCTIONS FOR PAYROLL OFFENCES

Social Partners have agreed to commence determination of the National Daily Minimum Wage and Public sector wage negotiation for 2016 on June 23 and conclude by September this year, according to a 41-point communiqué issued at the end of the 2nd National Forum on the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) in Takoradi.

TEMA PORT EXPANSION TO START IN 3RD QUARTER

The Tema Port expansion project is expected to take off in the third quarter of this year.

6 NEW WASTE PROCESSING PLANTS FOR ACCRA

The government is to enter into an agreement with Armech Africa Limited to build six ultra-modern waste processing plants in the Greater Accra Region under an integrated waste management project for the national capital, according to reliable information available to The General Telegraph.

EXCESSIVE SUBSIDIES COULD THROW GOVERNMENT BUDGETS OUT OF GEAR – FINANCE MINISTER

The Minister of Finance, Seth Terpker, has cautioned that subsidies on utilities could cripple the government budget if allowed to exceed unreasonable limits.

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON BOG TO PROTECT CUSTOMERS

Financial analysts and some bank customers in the country are preparing to press in the Bank of Ghana (BoG) for a better financial mediator to help aggrieved bank customers get their challenges resolved.

‘DUMSOR’ WILL END BY 2016 – POWER MINISTER

Minister of Power, Kwabena Donkor has vowed to resign his position if the current power crisis does not end by January 1, 2016.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

UW/R BENEFITS FROM MASLOC MOTOR BICYCLES PROJECT

The Micro Finance and Small Loan Centre (MASLOC) has purchased 15 TVS Motor Kings for distribution to young people in the Upper West Region for transport (trotro) business.

NEGOTIATIONS FOR WAGE INCREASES START JUNE 23

Social partners have agreed to commence determination of the National Daily Minimum Wage and Public Sector wage negotiation for 2016 on June 23 and conclude by September this year, a 41-point communiqué issued at the end of the second National Forum on the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) at Takoradi has said.

GHANA TO SCIENTIFICALLY DETERMINE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations would soon roll out a Labour Market Information System to facilitate scientific studies into labour market issues, including the determination of unemployment rate in Ghana.

BoG MPC MEETS FROM TODAY

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana is scheduled to hold its 64th regular meeting from Monday, May 11.

FOREIGN INVESTORS REDUCED THEIR HOLDINGS IN GHANAIAN SECURITIES

Foreign investors cut holdings in local securities by È»362 million within the first three months of this year – making it the second consecutive time in six months that non-resident investors have cut their investments in the money market, figures from the Central Securities Depository have shown.

LOCAL AIRLINES PREPARE FOR PARTNERSHIPS

Indigenous airlines are readying themselves to take advantage of opportunities to partner large foreign airline arrangements as they submit to an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

CSOs PLEDGE OPTIMUM SUPPORT FORSADA

Over 80 Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) have pledged their unflinching support for the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) relative to its mandate.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEV’T KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH ’

Mr Rockson Dogbegah, the Chairman of Berock Ventures Limited, has emphasized the need for sustainable infrastructure development, saying it is the nexus between urbanisation and economic growth.

SAVACEM TO MINELIMESTONE IN CENTRAL GONJA

The Savanna Cement Company Limited (SAVACEM) has applied to the country’s authorities to be granted a 49.98 kilometres squared concession in the Yakombo Forest Reserve in the Central Gonja District to mine limestone deposits in the area to produce cement.

MOVES TO STOP INFLUX OF IMPORTED CEMENT EXCITES PRODUCERS

Local cement producers (LCPs) have commended government for taking a giant step to address the influx of imported bagged cement in the country by giving a directive to the Tariff advisory board to investigate the matter.

FAILING COCOA HARVESTDRIVES GLOBAL PRICES HIGHER

A poor cocoa harvest in Ghana has left the world’s number-two producer struggling to fulfil sales contracts and is driving up the price of the commodity on global markets.

WE’LL ADDRESS HIGH COST OF LENDING— BoG

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) will look into issues raised by experts concerning the regulation of the banking industry and take appropriate action, Franklin Belnye, Head of Banking Supervision at BoG has assured.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

LIBYA ‘CRUELTY’ DRIVES DANGEROUS CROSSINGS: AMNESTY

Migrants in Libya face “cruelty” and abuse, driving many people to risk their lives in dangerous Mediterranean crossings aimed at reaching sanctuary in Europe, Amnesty International said on Monday.

AFTER SURVIVING BOKO HARAM, RETURNEES FACE HUNGER IN NIGERIAN TOWNS

Since Nigeria’s army began clearing large areas of the country’s northeast from Boko Haram, some of the 1.5 million internally displaced people have started returning home. But thousands could now face severe food shortages as reconstruction lags behind.

EU MINISTERS URGE INTELLIGENCE SHARING ON MIGRANT CRISIS

EU defence ministers on Sunday discussed the sharing of intelligence to stop human traffickers behind the flow of migrants from North Africa, but said a UN mandate was necessary to do more.

Insight – AFGHAN CLERICS UNEASY AS CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT GAINS MOMENTUM

Powerful religious leaders in Afghanistan are growing uneasy about the challenge to their authority posed by rare civil rights protests in Kabul and widespread anger over the lynching of a young woman wrongly accused of burning a Koran.

PUTIN SAYS UKRAINE PEACE ‘MOVING FORWARD’ DESPITE PROBLEMS

Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday that the peace process in eastern Ukraine was progressing despite difficulties.

STRONG TYPHOON LASHES NORTHEAST PHILIPPINES, TWO DEAD

Heavy rains and strong winds flattened houses on coastal areas as typhoon Noul crashed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines, killing two people and prompting more than 3,000 residents to move to shelters.

HOUTHIS ACCEPT FIVE-DAY TRUCE IN YEMEN PROPOSED BY SAUDI ARABIA

Yemen’s dominant Houthi group accepted a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by its adversary Saudi Arabia on Sunday but said it would respond to any violations of the pause.

SOUTH KOREA EXPRESSESCONCERN OVER NORTH’S SUBMARINE MISSILE TEST

North Korea’s recent test-firing of a ballistic missile from a submarine was “very serious and concerning”, South Korea said on Monday, with one defence official suggesting Pyongyang could have a fully operational platform in two or three years.

CHINA INVITES RUSSIAN TROOPS TO MARCH IN WAR PARADE

China has invited Russian troops to march in a parade in Beijing in September to commemorate the end of World War Two, the Defence Ministry said on Monday, a move likely to further put off Western leaders from attending.

HUNDREDS, MAINLY ROHINGYAS, RESCUED OFF INDONESIAN WATERS

Nearly 600 migrants thought to be Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis were rescued from at least two wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Aceh province, authorities said on Sunday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

MTN ASANTEHENE GOLD CUP COMES OFF AT ROYAL GOLF CLUB

The 58th Asantehene Open Golf Championship, recently referred to as the MTN Asantehene Gold Cup will be played at the Royal Golf Club, Kumasi from Thursday 14th May 2015 to 17th May 2015.

JOSHUA “THE GRAND MASTER” CLOTEY RECORDS 39TH WIN

Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) scored a clear cut ten round unanimous decision over Mexican Jorge Silva (20-9-2, 16 KOs) in a jr middleweight clash on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

SELLAS TETTEH HAPPY WITH U20 PROGRESS IN NEW ZEALAND

The Black Satellites coach has lauded his players for their hard work and commitment in camp ahead of the Fifa U20 World Cup in New Zealand

RESULTS OF NATIONAL WOMEN’S LEAGUE MATCH DAY FOUR

SOUTHERN ZONE:
Robert Mensah Stadium: Ladystrikers 2-2 Immigration Ladies

Police Park: Police Ladies 1-1 Hasaacas Ladies
Advance Park, Winneba: Soccer Intellectuals 1-1 Blessed Ladies

NORTHERN ZONE
Sunyani Stadium: Prisons Ladies. 1-0 Fabulous Ladies

Tamasco Park: Lepo Ladies 1-1 Dreamz Ladies
Prempeh College SHS Park: Ashtown Ladies 1-0 Ampem Darkoa Ladies

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