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NEWS HEADLINES —— MONDAY 1-6-2015

BY MR LARRY
USA
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Pennsylvania man who posted several threatening messages on Facebook and was convicted under a federal threat statute.The court held that the standard used to convict him was too low. The ruling marks the first time the high court addressed the implications of free speech on social media.In a separate case, justices ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch failed to accommodate a Muslim job applicant’s religious needs when she was not hired on the basis that her hijab violated company dress policy.
Ghana
AWOAMEFIA COMMENDS GOVT ON INFRASTRUCTURAL DEV’T

Awoamefia of Anlo traditional area, Togbe Sri III, has commended Government for its effort in raising the standard of living of people in the area.

TERKPER PROVES US ALL WRONG; JUSTIFIES MAHAMA’S CONFIDENCE

Finance Minister, Emmanuel Seth Terkper has justified the confidence reposed in him by President John Dramani Mahama, despite groundswell calls within the governing National Democratic Congress for his dismissal.

CPP, PNC TO PRESENT COMMON CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIONS IN 2016

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the People’s National Convention (PNC) have resolved to regroup and constitute one formidable and invincible Nkrumaist party to prosecute the agenda to win the 2016 general election.

NANA ADDO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY – TWUM BOAFO

The Executive Secretary of the Ghana Free Zones Board, Kwadwo Twum Boafo, has doubts whether the present day New Patriotic Party (NPP), reduced to a terrorist organization, is the same party J.A. Kufuor led to power from 2001 to 2008.

POULTRY FARMERS DEMAND COMPENSATION FOR BIRDS INFECTED WITH BIRD FLU

The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers has called on the government to compensate farmers whose birds have been destroyed, as part of measures to contain the Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) scare.

AFOKO, AGYEPONG WELCOME PEACE OVERTURES BY KUFUOR, AKUFO-ADDO

The National Chairman of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Paul Afoko, has welcomed peace overtures by former President J. A Kufuor and Nana Akufo-Addo, the party’s Election 2016 flag bearer, to bring an end to the feud in the party.

NDC TO RIDE ON MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Solomon Nkansah, has stated that the ruling party will ride on the wings of the massive infrastructure development undertaken by the government across the country to retain power in 2016 general election.

AYARIGA ATTACKS NANA – SAYS HE’S CORRUPT

The 2012 presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Hassan Ayariga, has launched an unprovoked attack on the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, describing him as corrupt.

TAXI DRIVERS IN GHANA BOYCOTT WORK TODAY

Thousands of taxi drivers in Ghana will today, June 1, 2015 boycott work to register their protest over what they term “unfair treatment” by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

AGYEPONG BREAKS SILENCE ON ADAMS’ DEATH

Beleaguered New Patriotic Party (NPP) General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong, has broken his silence on a recent trip that he and Paul Afoko , party chairman, made to Bolgatanga which ended up creating confusion between them and the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the party, Adams Mahama.

‘INVINCIBLE FORCES ’ TO PAY FOR HOUNDING AFOKO , AGYEPONG

The National Executive Committee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is likely to sanction the party’s internal security apparatus called “Invincible Forces” for denying Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong access to the party’s head office.

GIBA BARES TEETH ON DIGITAL MIGRATION

Information reaching Daily Guide indicates that television broadcasting members of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters’ Association (GIBA) are planning a series of action aimed at forcing government to clear the path for the smooth transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

POLICE SAVE‘PHONE THIEF’ FROM MOB JUSTICE

A middle-aged man Sunday afternoon escaped what could have been the latest addition to cases of instant justice in Accra, after an angry mob held him for an alleged phone theft.

PUBLIC SECTOR PAYMENT STRUCTURE NOT SUSTAINABLE

Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Founding Dean of the University of Cape Coast’s Faculty of Law, has expressed the need for reforms in the public sector payment structure.

Ȼ20M NHIS CASH FOR MPS

At a time when service providers to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have suspended services to subscribers due to huge indebtedness, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has allocated Ȼ19.87 million to Members of Parliament (MPs) for 2015.

ICPS SET TO ISSUE NATIONAL ID CARDS

Intelligent Card Production Systems (ICPS), an ISO certified full service card manufacturing facility from card fabrication to fulfillment, has taken a giant step in readiness to issue instant National Identification (ID) cards to Ghanaians.

NPP MUST DIALOGUE TO RESOLVE CRISIS – EXPERT

An expert in Political Marketing, and a Lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School, Dr. Kobby Mensah, says though the press conference by Nana Akufo Addo calling for cool heads to prevail in the party is a good one, it is not enough to address the current crisis in the party.

DOCTORS THREATEN INDEFINITE STRIKE IN JULY

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is threatening an industrial action in July if the conditions of service of its members are not negotiated and signed by June ending.

DON’T AID OPPONENT INTO VICTORY – AKUFO-ADDO WARNS

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo, has warned party members to desist from acts that would provide fertile grounds for a National Democratic Congress (NDC) victory in election 2016.

SECOND DUMSOR VIGIL COMES OFF IN KUMASI

Hundreds of celebrities last Thursday defied a downpour and attended the second ‘dumsor’ vigil which took place in Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti Region.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

NIGERIA’S AGRIC MINISTER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AfDB

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, was on Thursday elected as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) during the bank Group’s 50th Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, where AfDB is based.

DKM MICROFINANCE CUSTOMERS APPEAL TO BoG

Customers of DKM Diamond Microfinance Company Limited have appealed to the Central Bank to lift the 90-day moratorium imposed on the company.

BANKERS RESIST LENDING RATES CAP

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) cannot place a cap on lending rates as the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) is demanding, Managing Director of CAL Bank Frank Adu has said — asking for better economic management instead.

TULLOW SPENDS $500 MILLION TO HEDGE OIL PRICE

Tullow Oil has invested half a billion dollars in its medium-term hedging programme, which for 2015 secures up to 55 per cent of the company’s oil production price for 2015.

MTN LAUNCHES PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT TEACHERS

The MTN Ghana Foundation has launched a Teachers’ Improvement Award Programme (TIAP) which is aimed at supporting 100 teachers over a 10-year period.

GHANA COMMITTED TO OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP

Mr Pethuel Danyo, the Deputy Director, Public Service Reform Secretariat, has noted that Ghana is gradually and steadily fulfilling its commitment towards achieving the tenets of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan.

GOVERNMENT IN Ȼ1.3 BILLION PENSION DEBT

Government has defaulted in the payment of workers contribution to the Tier 2 pension scheme, to the tune of È»1 billion – plunging the state into a nonpayment crisis, the Employment and Labour Minister Haruna Iddrisu has said.

INSURANCE INDUSTRY TO SEE CONSOLIDATIONS

Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, A. J. Kruger has said the number of insurance companies and health insurance schemes in the country will reduce to the new capital requirement and regulations set by respective regulators.

FIFA BRIBERY SCANDAL: GFA NEEDS HOUSE CLEANING

As pressure mounts on FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down due to the massive corruption charges leveled against some executives of the association, some Ghanaians have seized the opportunity to call for a house cleaning exercise in the Ghana Football Association (GFA), which is perceived to be corrupt but hide under FIFA’s protection anytime an attempt is made to purge it.

DUMSOR: 12,000 JOBS LOST SO FAR

Over 12,000 jobs have been cut so far with more to go if the current power crisis is not solved, the Ghana Employers Association has warned.

RICE FARMERS CALL FOR SUPPORT TO BOOST PRODUCTION

Rice farming is gradually becoming such a lucrative business in Ghana as demand increases. Many farmers are now reporting impressive yields as patronage of the delicacy increases across the country. Last year the farmers enjoyed a bumper harvest and are expecting same this year.

SMEs ADVISED TO INVEST IN BOOK-KEEPINGFOR GROWTH

Small and Medium Enterprises have been advised to invest in book-keeping if they want to see their businesses grow steadily.

DEMURRAGE, CUSTOMS INSPECTIONS COST BURDENS IMPORTERS

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs Joyce Bawah-Mogtari, has bemoaned the rising cost of demurrage and rent charges as well as customs inspections and movement of containers at the country’s twin seaports.

GHANA NEEDS REVOLUTIONARY ENTERPRENEURS — CEO BEIGE CAPITAL

Ghana needs revolutionary entrepreneurs and “crazy” leaders to turn the country’s economic fortunes round.

HFC FUTURE PLAN TRUST AND EQUITY TRUST FUNDS HOLD AGM

The Fund Manager of the HFC Future Plan Trust and Equity Trust says concrete strategies have been put in place to take advantage of any volatility in the capital and money markets to ensure growth.

ECOBANK GROUP CEO WINS TOP AWARD

Mr Albert Essien, Ecobank Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), has been adjudged the African Banker of the Year at the 9th edition of the African Banker Awards in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

AQIM ISLAMIST CLAIM TWOATTACKS AGAINST UN IN MALI: MAURITANIAN AGENCY

Al-Qaeda’s North Africa arm has claimed responsibility for two attacks against the United Nation’s MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali this week, the Mauritian Al-Akhbar news agency reported Sunday.

BURUNDI GOVT SAYS OPEN TO DELAYING ELECTIONS AS MORE PROTESTS LOOM

The Burundian government said it was open to a request by East African leaders Sunday to delay upcoming elections in the face of violent protests sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.

TRIPOLI GOVT CALLS FOR ‘MOBILISATION’ AGAINST IS

Libya’s disputed government called Sunday for a general mobilisation against the Islamic State group after it declared “war” on the militia alliance that controls Tripoli and killed five of its fighters in a suicide bombing.

ARAB WAR PLANES BOMB YEMEN ; EXILES REPORT U.S.-HOUTHI TALKS

Aircraft from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Yemen’s Houthi outposts throughout the country on Sunday, residents said, while Yemen’s government in exile said the militia was in talks with the United States in Oman.

EGYPT DEPLOYS SCHOLARS TO TEACH MODERATE ISLAM, BUT SCEPTICISM ABOUNDS

In his battle against militant Islam, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is relying not just on bomber planes and soldiers but on white-turbaned clerics from Al-Azhar, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old centre for Islamic learning. He wants clerics to counter radicalism in the classroom.

ISLAMIC STATE DRIVES BACK SYRIA INSURGENTS NEAR TURKEY

Islamic State fighters advanced against rival insurgents in northern Syria on Sunday, capturing areas close to a border crossing with Turkey and threatening their supply route to Aleppo city, fighters and a group monitoring the war said.

AUSTRALIAN OPPOSITION INTRODUCES BILL TO LEGALISE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

The leader of Australia’s opposition Labor Party introduced a bill to legalise same-sex marriage on Monday, adding the backing of a major party to growing public support for the issue after last month’s landmark ‘yes’ vote in Ireland.

FRENCH FAR-RIGHT LEADER SAYS EGYPT VISIT FAILED TO CHANGE IMMIGRATION VIEW

The leader of France’s far right National Front party said on Sunday that a visit to Egypt to meet with the country’s religious and political leaders had no effect on her views on Arab and Muslim immigration to France.

U.S. SENATE LETS NSA SPY PROGRAM LAPSE, AT LEAST FOR NOW

The legal authority for U.S. spy agencies’ collection of Americans’ phone records and other data expired at midnight on Sunday after the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation extending the powers.

VATICAN COMMISSIONER ACCUSES AUSTRALIAN CARDINAL OF ‘DISREGARD’ FOR ABUSED CHILDREN

The Catholic Church’s commissioner for the protection of children has described the Vatican’s finance chief as having an almost sociopathic disregard for abused children, accusations the Australian cardinal rejected as wrong and misleading.

SPORTS HEADLINES

JOSEPH AGBEKO MAKES COMEBACK IN 4TH WITH TKO OVER RUBILLAR

Joseph ‘KingKong’Abgeko, former Bantamweight world champion on Saturday May 30, 2015 announced his return to winning ways when he stopped his Filipino contender Juanito Rubillar in their super bantamweight contest in El Paso, Texas in the USA.

OLYMPIC GAMES QUALIFIER: BLACK QUEENS THUMP EGYPT 3-0

Ghana Black Queens have neared qualifying for next year’s Olympic games in Rio after beating Egypt 3-0 at the Accra Sports stadium on Sunday.

SELLAS TETTEH EYEING GHANA IMPROVEMENT AT WC

The Black Satellites coach despite their sloppy start at this year’s Fifa U20 World Cup says they will make amends in their next two group games against Argentina and Panama

HEARTS THRASH UTRECHT 3-0 TO SEAL A SEMI FINAL

Hearts of Oak have booked their place in the semi final stage of the MTN FA Cup competition after thrashing second –tier side Tamale Utrecht 3-0 at the Tema sports stadium on Sunday.

Gov?’t must have courage to probe GFA now – Herbert Mensah

International businessman and well respected former football administrator globally, Herbert Amponsah Mensah, believes the ruling Mahama-led NDC government must take a cue from what the United States of America [USA’s] Justice Department is doing to Fédération Internationale de Football Association [FIFA] officials alleged to have dabbled in acts of corruption.

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