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NEWS HEADLINES -TUESDAY 26-5-2015

BY MR LARRY
Nyankpala Traditional Council Chief Visits Chicago…….

The Chief of Nyankpala Traditional Council,Naa Abdullai Yakubu is on a one week visit to Chicago to seek the assistance of businesses in the development of the Nyankpala Traditional area of Northern Ghana and also meet with Nyankpala Citizens living in the Chicago and the Midwest.

THERE’LL BE JUSTICE FOR NPP REGIONAL CHAIRMAN – PRESIDENT

President John Mahama says justice will be served for the murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Adams Mahama.

GARU-TEMPANE DISTRICT RECORDS NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

The Garu-Tempane District in the Upper East Region has over the past two years recorded several infrastructural developments.

CRACKS DEEPEN IN NPP OVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE AFOKO, AGYEPONG

Moves by the regional executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to marshall support for the removal of the party’s National Chairman, Paul Afoko and the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, appear to have suffered a setback.

NPA FREEZES OPENING OF NEW FUEL STATIONS

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has suspended the issuance of permits for the construction of new retail outlets for petroleum across the country.

IMPEACHMENT OF AFOKO AND KWABENA AGYEPONG FLAWED!!!

After strenous efforts by unseen hands to impeach Mr. Paul AFoko and Mr. Kwabena Adjei Adjepong, the National Chairman and the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, these are the results.

E-READING DEVICE LAUNCHED IN AWUTU-SENYA EAST MUNICIPALITY

Dr Nuhu Adams, Awutu-Senya Municipal East Chief Executive (MCE), has called on the youth to cultivate the habit of reading in order to improve their education standards.

DEFEND PARTY’S ACHIEVEMENTS – MINISTER TELLS NDC YOUTH

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere has urged the youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to defend the success chalked out by the government.

GWC URGED TO DO MORE TO PROTECT BAREKESE HEADWORK

Ghana Water Company (GWC), has been tasked to institute drastic measures to check illegal chain saw and other negative activities within the catchment area of the Barekese Headwork, threatening its survival.

STOP VIOLENCE IN NORTH – NDF APPEALS

The Northern Development Forum (NDF) has made a passionate appeal to all residents in the three northern regions to put an end to all forms of violence.

TSUNAMI IN NPP – AFOKO, AGYEPONG HOT

Two national officers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko , National Chairman and Kwabena Agyepong, General Secretary, face a possible vote of no confidence from the rank and file of the party over the handling of affairs in the main opposition party.

TWO ARRESTED FOR RAID AT WEST HILLS MALL

Two suspected armed robbers have been arrested for raiding the West Hills Mall in Accra Sunday afternoon. The attack happened at the Silver Bird Cinema hall of the Mall.

UDS DISPATCHES 4,975 STUDENTS FOR FIELD PROGRAMME

The University for Development Studies (UDS), has dispatched 4,975 first year students to 414 communities in 17 districts in Northern and Upper East Regions.

POLICE HUNT ADAMS’ KILLER

The police in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional capital, are still looking for one of the two persons allegedly mentioned as those who poured a gallon of acid on the region’s Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama, leading to his untimely death.

ATTA MILLS’ FAMILY BANS RAWLINGS

The family of the late President John Evans Atta Mills appears to be on collision course with former president Jerry John Rawlings over the latter’s persistent uncomplimentary remarks he makes about his (Rawlings’) former vice president.

Akufo-Addo: I’M NOT BEHIND PLANS TO OUST AFOKO, AGYEPONG

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has denied sanctioning the nationwide regional executive committee meetings aimed at passing a vote of no confidence in Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong.

WATERAID URGES AFRICAN LEADERS TO PRIORITISE SANITATION

African leaders must prioritise sanitation from the highest decision making levels and support the proposed UN Sustainable Development Goal to ensure water and sanitation for all by 2030, says the international development agency WaterAid.

MURDER OF MAHAMA IS POLITICS GONE WRONG – NDUOM

The Presidential Candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has described the heinous murder of Alhaji Adams Mahama as “politics gone wrong”.

‘PALACE COUP’ IN NPP

An attempted ‘palace coup’ to oust General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong and National Chairman Paul Afoko of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) from office appears to face serious constitutional challenges.

BLACK VOLTA BEING DESTROYED BY ILLEGAL MINERS

The uncontrolled use of toxic mercury and explosives by illegal miners is causing an irreparable damage to the Black Volta and its surrounding environment.

IF YOU CANNOT UNITE YOUR OWN PARTY, HOW CAN YOU UNITE AND HOLD THE NATION TOGETHER? NPP ELDER ASKS NANA AKUFO ADDO

Mr. Yaw Osei Owusu, an elder of the party in the Kwabre East Constituency in the Ashanti Region has lashed out at the Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo for deepening factionalism in the party by introducing ‘they’ and ‘them’ through his henchmen within the party.

AFOKO, AGYEPONG NOT FIT TO LEAD NPP – AMOAKO BUAH

Political Science lecturer is incensed about the continuous stay in office by the National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

AMISSAH-ARTHUR OFF TO IVORY COAST FOR AFDB 50th ANNIVERSARY

Ghana’s vice president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur leaves Accra today for Abidjan, Ivory Coast to participate in the 2015 Annual Meeting and Golden Jubilee celebrations of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

SUSPEND ALL NEW TAXES, GOVERNMENT TOLD

The business community has appealed to government to suspend all new taxes planned for implementation in the wake of a worsening economic situation.

ACCRA TO HOST WORLD SUMMIT OF MAYORS

A total of 300 mayors of their representatives are expected to attend the forth World Summit of Mayors and Leaders of Africa and of African Descent scheduled for June 1 to 3 in Ghana.

TOUGH TIMES FOR MICROFINANCE COMPANIES

Information gathered by Business Day indicates that the Central Bank has increased the minimum capital requirements for microfinance institutions from Ȼ500,000 to Ȼ2,000,000.

“HFC TO TAKE BANKING INDUSTRY BY STORM

The Managing Director of HFC Bank, Robert Le Hunte, has hinted of plans by the bank’s management to make HFC bank one of the top three banks in Ghana in the next three years.

CAP LENDING RATES – AGI

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has taken its fight against exorbitant bank charges in the country to a new level, by requesting that the Bank of Ghana (BoG) direct commercial banks not to lend to businesses above a stipulates threshold.

HOW THE BANKS FARED IN 2014

The banking industry has once again braced through the challenging business environment and emerged with above-average performance that has become the envy of most businesses in other sectors of the economy.

OIL PALM FARMERS LAUD SOLIDARIDAD’S SUPPORT

Oil Palm farmers in Tarkwa and surrounding areas have hailed the contributions of Solidaridad to the boosting of their yields and for the renewed interest in the cultivation of the crop.

KNUST UNION OIL FILLING STATION INAUGURATED

A joint business venture between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the on-campus filling station of the Union Oil Company Limited, has been inaugurated in Kumasi.

ECOBANK GROUP NAMED AFRICAN RETAIL BANK OF THE YEAR

The Ecobank Group has been named the African Retail Bank of the Year at the Global Retail Banking Awards ceremony in London, a statement from the bank said.

GCB BANK MAINTAINS IMPRESSIVE PROFITABILITY AS ASSETS RISE 25%

The management of the country’s most widely spread bank, GCB Bank, has expressed optimism in the long-term prospects of the bank based on enlarged quality assets, diversification of the loan book and a long-term strategy to deliver a sustainable and profitable business intelligence in the future.

NIGERIA STRIKE: ASOGLI THERMAL PLANT SHUTS DOWN

The Asogli Thermal Plant at Kpone near Tema has shut down completely following a cut in gas supply from Nigeria.

MINING COMPANIES URGED TO COOPERATE WITH MINING COMMUNITIES

Mr. Edwin Allotey Acquaye, the Cooperate Affairs Manager Perseus Mining Ghana Limited (PMGL) has urged mining companies in the country to cooperate and work hand-in- hand with communities within which they operate.

PRICE OF SACHET WATER TO HIT 30P IN JUNE

A price of sachet water is expected to shoot up to 30 pesewas by June following the 9% increase in petroleum prices, the association in charge of sachet water production has served notice.

DIRECTOR CALLS FOR POSTPONEMENT OF TAX STAMP

Mr John Awuni, member of the Food and Beverage Association of Ghana, has appealed to the Government to postpone the proposed implementation of the excise tax stamp scheduled to begin on June 2.

MAKE DECISIONS THAT PROMOTE DEV’T – TONY ELUMELU

African businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has called on business leaders to make decisions that will increase economic and social wealth, and promote development in the communities and nations in which they operate.

MTN WINS TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR

MTN, the leading telecommunications company in Ghana has won four substantial awards at the 2015 Ghana Telecom Awards held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel last night including the coveted Mobile Operator of the year.

TIGO SHINES AGAIN; GRABS 3 AT GHANA TELECOM AWARDS

Tigo Ghana at the 5th Ghana Telecom Awards held over the weekend picked up 3 awards: Innovative product of the Year for Tigo Music, CSR Company of the Year, and the CEO, Roshi Motman, was acknowledged as one of the female trail blazers in the telecom industry.

KNUST LAUDED FOR DEEPENING PPP CONCEPT

Union Oil, an oil marketing company, has commended the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Science and Technology (KNUST) for its resolve to deepen collaboration with the private sector.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

THE AFRICAN UNION STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE ACTS OF VIOLENCE IN BURUNDI

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has learned with dismay of the assassination of Mr. Zedi Feruzi, leader of the Union for Peace and Development (UPD) Zigamibanga, and his bodyguard, in Bujumbura, on 23 May 2015.

PETROL, DIESEL SELLERS AGREE TO END CRIPPLING NIGERIA FUEL STRIKE

The major companies and unions that distribute petroleum products across Nigeria agreed on Monday to end a devastating fuel strike that has largely shut down Africa’s biggest economy.

TANZANIA PICKS OCTOBER DATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL VOTE

Tanzanians will go to the polls on October 25 to elect a new president, the government said Monday, ending speculation of a possible postponement of elections.

TRIAL OF IRANIAN-U.S JOURNALIST IN TEHRAN TO BE CLOSED – FAMILY

The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday, his brother said on Monday.

ISLAMIC STATE FACES BATTLE IN IRAQ, U.S. REASSURES ABADI

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official’s sharp criticism of Iraqi forces.

GREECE SAYS WANTS TO MAKE DEBT PAYMENTS BUT NEEDS AID URGENTLY

Greece intends to make good on its debt obligations but needs aid urgently to be able to do so, the government said on Monday, after several senior officials insisted Athens had no money to pay a loan instalment falling due next week.

OBAMA HERALDS FIRST U.S. MEMORIAL DAY WITHOUT GROUND WAR IN 14 YEARS

President Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces.

TAIWAN OFFERS SOUTH CHINA SEA PEACE PLAN TO AVERT ‘MAJOR CONFLICT ‘

Taiwan proposed a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that its says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbours and the United States.

MALAYSIAN TRAFFICKING CAMPS “ABANDONED AFTER CRACKDOWN”

Malaysian police believe at least two of the jungle camps where they have found nearly 140 graves of suspected human trafficking victims were abandoned in the last two to three weeks, around the time that Thailand launched a crackdown on people smugglers.

FIRE AT CHINA NURSING HOME KILLS 38 – STATE MEDIA

Thirty-eight people were killed in a fire at a home for senior citizens in China’s central Henan province, state media said, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety.

SPORTS HEADLINES

TAMALE RESIDENT WINS NORTHERN REGIONAL MARATHON

Malik Yakubu, a resident of Tamale has emerged winner in the Northern Regional Marathon held in Tamale on Monday after beating off competition from about 1,500 other athletes who participated in the exercise.

GHANA 1-2 MADAGASCAR: MADAGASCAR ELIMINATE LOCAL BLACK STARS FROM COSAFA CUP

The local Black Stars of Ghana were handed a defeat in their COSAFA Cup game against Madagascar on Monday.

UAE FITNESS SPECIALIST TO WORK WITH GHANA U20

UAE-based fitness specialist Omar Al Duri has been recalled to work once again with the Ghana U20 team at the FIFA World Cup.

GHANA CHEATED IN OLYMPICS QUALIFIER – LE ROY

Congo Brazzaville coach Claude le Roy accused Ghana of fielding over-age footballers this weekend in a 1-0 Rio Olympic Games qualifying victory.

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