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NEWS HEADLINES -WEDNESDAY 13-5-2015

By MR LARRY
Gunmen attacked a bus in Karachi on Wednesday, killing more than 40 people, Pakistani authorities said. The bus was carrying men, women and children from the Ismaili Muslim community, said Ahmed Chinoy, chairman of the Citizen Police Liaison Committee in Karachi. Members of Ismailism, a Shiite sect, often face apostasy and blasphemy charges, and are often the victims of persecution. Karachi, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, is the country’s largest and most populous city.

At least 136 people were hospitalized after an Amtrak train derailed north of Philadelphia, according to figures from several local hospitals.

MAHAMA CONGRATULATES LIBERIA OVER END OF EBOLA

President John Dramani Mahama has congratulated Liberia after it was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

RADIO PRESENTER TO FACE COURT FOR DECEIT OF PUBLIC

The YFM presenter, Adaeze Onyinyechie Ayoka, who recently hit local headlines with what the police later described as a cooked kidnapping and sexual assault encounter is to be charged with deceit of the public.

TOGBE AFEDE DECLINES OFFER TO SERVE ON NDC COMMITTEE

THE Agbogbomefia of Asogli, Togbe Afede XIV has declined an invitation to serve on the newly formed National Democratic Congress (NDC) economic committee.

HEAD OF MURDERED WOMAN FOUND

The severed head of the 26-year-old woman who was murdered in cold blood at Nsuaem Number Two in the Bosome Freho District in the Ashanti Region last Saturday has been found by the police.

KEEA ASSEMBLY COMMON FUND FROZEN

The Komenda-Edina- Eguafo – Abrem (KEEA) Municipal Assembly is currently faced with serious liquidity problems as a result of an embargo placed on its share of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) by the Accra Human Rights Court.

MAHAMA NOMINATES APAU, PWAMANG FOR SUPREME COURT

The President John Mahama, has nominated Mr Justice Yaw Apau, a justice of the Court of Appeal and Mr Gabriel Scott Pwamang, a private legal practitioner, to the Supreme Court.

AFRIYIE ANKRAH: MAHAMA WAS ‘ALARMED ’ BY GYEEDA REPORT

President John Dramani Mahama was very alarmed with the content of the investigative report on the erstwhile Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), a former Youth and Sports Minister has said.

CPP’s KABILA SUESBETTY MOULD OVER GH¢51m JUDGMENT DEBT

The former Youth National Organizer of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfeh also called Kabila has sued former Attorney General, Betty Mould Iddrisu over the payment of the controversial GH¢51 million judgment debt to business Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

BACK PROMISE TO END ‘DUMSOR’ WITH ACTION – LABOUR

The Maritime and Dockworkers uNion (MDU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on government to support the incessant promises to tackle the erratic power situation with extensive investment in the energy sector.

I WON’T CAMPAIGNFOR AKUFO-ADDO AGAIN – ABU RAMADAN

The National Youth Organiser of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Abu Ramadan has said he will no longer mount campaign platforms to solicit for votes for Nana Akufo-Addo.

COCAINE CASE INVESTIGATION STILL ON

Four years after some parcels of cocaine turned into baking soda at the Police Headquarters, the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) has indicated that it is still investigating the case.

PANIC GRIPS TOP GHANAIAN POLITICIANS AS DUBAI BANK FREEZE ACCOUNTS OF NIGERIAN POLITICIANS

Information reaching the New Statesman indicates that panic has gripped some top politicians in Ghana who have allegedly stashed tens of millions of dollars in accounts at banks in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

PIRACY TRIAL: STATE DROPS CHARGES AGAINST TWO GHANAIANS

The State has dropped all charges brought against the two Ghanaians implicated in the ongoing piracy trial involving some eight Nigerians.

PPP: MAHAMA’S GOVERNMENT WORST IN GHANA’S HISTORY

The Progressive People’s Party has taken a serious swipe at President John Mahama, describing his National Democratic Congress government as the worst in the country’s history.

MAHAMA MUST LEARN TO TOLERATE DIVERGENT VIEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has advised the Presidency to tolerate all the divergent views it receives from Ghanaians on its social media platforms.

KEEP KYEI-MENSAH-BONSU; HE’S A MESSI – Fmr NDC MP

A member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) George Kuntu Blankson says replacing the current Member of Parliament for the Suame constituency, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu will not favour the people of the constituency.

ECG IN MASS DISCONNECTION EXERCISE IN KUMASI

Hundreds of homes in Kumasi in the Ashanti region have been taken off the national grid by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

KILLERS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS CHARGED FOR MURDER

Six people including, three Americans have been charged for the murder of two African Americans at Akwamu in the Eastern region.

PARLIAMENT FEARS DISTRACTION AS NPP PARLIAMENTARY PRIMARIES HEATS UP

Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Edward Joe Adjaho has urged MPs to take their duties seriously as parliament reconvenes for 10 straight weeks of legislative work.

PATIENTS TREATED ON BENCHES AT AFLAO GOV’T HOSPITAL

Some patients who patronise the Ketu South Municipal hospital in Aflao in the Volta region are treated on benches due to congestion at the facility.

KMA REGISTRATION IS A SCAM—TRANSPORT UNIONS/PETTY TRADERS AND KEJETIA TRADERS ASSOCIATION

Three traders Associations,: transport unions, petty traders and kejetia traders Association in the Kumasi metropolis have described an ongoing registration exercise at the Kejetia market by the KMA as “scam and scamp” due to the flagrant disregard of the mutually agreed laid down processes to peaceful resolution by the Mayor, Kojo Bonsu.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BOG TIGHTENS REGULATIONS

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has served notice to financial institutions of planned activities to cleanse the sector of errant firms that have failed to abide by regulations in the banking sector, in a clear sigh=n the authorities have adopted a hands-on approach.

CONTAMINATED VEGETABLES FLOOD MARKETS

A large chunk of vegetables on the open markets is reported to be highly chemical-contaminated due to the misapplication of agrochemicals during production, B&FT has been told.

ELECTRICITY TARIFF TO BE ADJUSTED DESPITE ‘DUMSOR’ – POWER MINISTER

The Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor has said the electricity tariff will soon be adjusted, despite the erratic power supply (dumsor) that is crippling many businesses in the country.

ILLEGAL MINING POSES THREAT TO BUI DAM

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has expressed concern that the continuous activities of illegal mining within its acquired land area poses a significant threat to the operations of the Bui Hydroelectric dam, which could affect power generation.

UMB LAUNCHES ‘YOU FIRST’ BRAND CAMPAIGN

The Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) on Tuesday launched its new brand communication campaign to build on the success of its year-long rebranding project.

SPECIAL PETROLEUM TAX CHOKES OMCs

The Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC) says government’s approach to collecting the 17.5 percent tax on petroleum products is threatening to push some of its members out of business.

BoG GIVEN 45 DAYS TO REPORT ON ADB SAGA

The Bank of Ghana has up to 45 days to come out with findings about allegations of conflict of interest in the sale of ADB Bank properties and bad governance issues within the bank.

GEPA PUSHES FOR INVESTMENTS IN GROUNDNUTS VALUE CHAIN

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) is encouraging investments in groundnuts as a sustainable way to address the rising need for both food and foreign exchange in the country.

GHANA CONSIDERS JOINING ASIAN BANK – SPIO-GARBRAH

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Ekow Spio – Garbrah has told Citi Business News that Ghana may consider joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) set up by the Chinese government.

SAMBA FOODS LISTS ON GHANA ALTERNATIVE MARKET

Samba Foods Limited, an indigenous food processing and preservation business, became the first local company to list and trade its shares on the Ghana Alternative Market (GAX).

MPC TO HOLD POLICY RATE AT 21%

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana is expected to vote to keep its policy rate, for the second time this year, at the present 21 percent — in line with government’s objective to tame inflation which continues to drift farther away from targets.

GHANA’S MARITIME TRADE SLOWS BY 14%

Ghana recorded over 15.1 million tonnes of maritime trade at its two seaports of Tema and Takoradi from January to December 2014, with imported frozen meat/food, rice, sugar, grains/flour being among the highest volumes of imported items.

MICROSOFT MANAGER FOCUSES ON YOUTH EMPLOYABILITY

The newly appointed Country Manager of Microsoft in Ghana, Mr Derek Appiah, says the company will focus on developing employable skills among the youth in the country in light of high unemployment levels.

POLITICIANS AND ECONOMISTS HAVE NO INTEREST IN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES – WACAM

Mrs Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, Associate Executive Director, Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM), has observed that politicians and economists have no interest in environmental issues.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

TWO SWEDES, SOMALI PLEAD GUILTY IN NY OVER SHEBAB CONSPIRACY

Two Swedes and a Somali, handed to the FBI more than two years ago in Africa, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to aid the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab group in Somalia, US prosecutors said.

LIBYA WARNS AGAINST SENDING SHIPS TO ITS WATERS

Libya’s internationally recognised government warned countries on Tuesday against sending vessels into its territorial waters without authorisation, after it attacked a Turkish-owned ship and killed a seaman at the weekend.

DEMONSTRATORS IN C.AFRICA REJECT CALL FOR ELECTION DELAY

Several hundred people, some in military uniforms, demonstrated Tuesday in the capital of the restive Central African Republic over a peace forum’s recommendation that upcoming general and presidential elections be delayed.

NIGER PASSES TOUGH ANTI-HUMAN SMUGGLING LAW

Lawmakers in Niger have adopted a law calling for prison sentences of up to 30 years for smugglers of illegal immigrants in a bid to stem the flow of migrants across Africa and into Europe.

TROOPS SEARCH RUGGED AREA FOR MISSING U.S HELICOPTER AFTER NEW NEPAL QUAKE

Nepali and U.S. troops were scouring the area worst hit by a second large earthquake for a missing U.S. Marine helicopter on Wednesday, a zone described by frightened residents as a “graveyard” because the quake flattened so many houses.

MOTORCYCLE GUNMEN KILL 41 IN BUS ATTACK IN PAKISTAN’S KARACHI- POLICE

Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least 41 people in an attack on a bus in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, police said, in the latest violence directed against religious minorities this year.

AMTRAK TRAIN DERAILS IN PHILADELPHIA, KILLING AT LEAST FIVE

An Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least five people and injuring scores of others, several of them critically, authorities said.

OBAMA BETS THAT U.S.-GULF ALLIANCE CAN SURVIVE TENSIONS OVER IRAN

U.S. President Barack Obama may fail to pacify Gulf Arab fears over his Iran nuclear diplomacy at a summit this week, following a pointed Saudi snub of the event. But a bigger question looms for Washington: how much does it matter?

YEMEN TRUCE STARTS AFTER SHELLING IRAN SENDS CARGO SHIP

Saudi-led air strikes hit the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa hours before a five-day humanitarian truce took effect on Tuesday, and Washington cautioned against “provocative actions” after Iran dispatched a cargo ship to Yemen.

SOUTH KOREA SOLDIER’S SHOOTING SPREE KILLS TWO, INJURES THREE – MILITARY

A soldier in South Korea’s reserves went on a shooting spree on Wednesday, killing a fellow soldier and injuring three comrades before shooting himself dead, a military official said.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GHANA FA PREPARING DELEGATION TO OFFICIALLY INFORM GOVERNMENT OF DEATH OF LEGENDARY JONES ATTUQUAYEFIO

The Ghana FA is preparing a highly powered delegation to officially inform government of the passing of legendary coach Jones Attuquayefio.

STEPHEN APPIAH: IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO BE A FOOTBALL PLAYER

Former captain of the Ghana Black Stars Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah has cautioned local players to be disciplined and count themselves privilege to be footballers.

PFAG: SIR CECIL JONES ATTUQUAFIO PASSING, A GREAT LOSS TO FOOTBALL

The Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has sent a message of condolence to the family and well wishers of ex Black Stars defender and coach, Sir Cecil Jones Attuquafio whose death was announced on Tuesday.

NYANTAKYI: FA READY TO GIVE EX PLAYERS FULL REPRESENTATION

President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has hinted the FA’s desire to give ex players a full representation at congress in other to push their agenda especially on player’s welfare.

GHANA FA ELITE CUP GROUP STAGE MATCHES START THIS WEEKEND

The sixteen clubs who have made it into this stage of the competition shall be drawn into four groups made up of four teams each with teams playing against each other on a home and away basis.

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