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NEWS HEADLINES ———WEDNESDAY 10-6-2015

By MR LARRY

GOV’T WILL FIX DRAINAGE PROBLEM IN ACCRA – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has given an assurance that the government will fix the drainage problem in Accra to prevent future flooding of the city.

ANNUAL FLOODS IN ACCRA AN ENGINEERING FAILURE

An environmental economist has said that any effort to curtail the perennial flooding in Accra will yield very little results if the deficiency in the construction of the Odaw drains is left unresolved.

MAHAMA DONATES TO NIMA FLOOD VICTIMS

President John Mahama has made donations to flood victims at Nima here in Accra with a call on the people to actively partake in cleaning exercises in their area. Dozens were displaced and properties destroyed in the Accra suburb after last Wednesday’s downpour.

TWINS ARRESTED AT WESLEY GIRLS FOR FAKE BECE RESULTS

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Court will today hear a case in which two sisters allegedly forged the recent Basis Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results slips and placement forms to gain admission into Wesley Girls’ Senior High School.

TALENSI MP STEPS DOWN, BY-ELECTION SOON

The Speaker of Parliament has declared the Talensi seat vacant following the stepping down of the Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Robert Nachinab Doameng Mosore .

FRESH CHARGES FOR AFOKO OVER NPP CHAIRMAN’S MURDER

State prosecutors in the trial of Gregory Afoko , the younger brother of the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Paul Afoko , who is standing trial for allegedly killing the Upper East regional chairman of the party, Adams Mahama, yesterday preferred fresh charged against the suspect

UN OFFICIALS VISIT FLOOD, FIRE VICTIMS

Representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday visited victims of the flood and fire disaster who are on admission at the 37 Military Hospital.

GOIL GIVES GHC560,000 TO NATIONAL DISASTER FUND

Goil Company Limited has donated GHC560,000 towards the National Disaster Fund.

2 PREGNANT WOMEN KILLED IN CRASH

Eight persons, including two pregnant women and two babies, on Monday met their untimely death through a fatal road accident on the Atebubu-Ejura highway in the Brong Ahafo Region.

DIABETICS CHASE MISSING $40M LIFELINE

The National Diabetes Association (NDA) Ghana is frantically chasing $40 million lifeline from the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) which appears to have disappeared in a black hole.

LAWYER DRAGS AG, CJ TO SUPREME COURT

A private legal practitioner has dragged the Attorney General and the Chief Justice (CJ) to the Supreme Court over the increment of Court fees which he describes as “astronomical” in the country.

RAID ON GBC LANDS: HEAD OFFICE FRONTAGE FOR REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Plans by the management and governing board of the State broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), to sell the lands at the frontage of the GBC head office in Accra to a private real estate company is brewing tension among workers.

ACTION CHAPEL, PARTNERS TODONATE OVER GHC100,000 INTO RELIEF FUND

The Action Chapel International, the Whitaker Group and the National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches (NACCC) have set up the Compassion for Disaster Relief Fund (CDR Fund) with an initial amount of over GHC100,000.

INSURERS, DRIVERS ON COLLISION COURSE

The Ghana Insurers Association (GIA), the trade association of insurance companies, has defended the upward review of the minimum premium for third-party motor insurance, explaining that the motor insurance department risks collapsing if the adjustments are not made.

GHANA STILL IN SHOCK

Today marks exactly week since the nation experienced one of its catastrophic moments described by many as darkest day in history with over 150 people reported dead following the combined forces of torrential rain and fire.

7 JAILED 140 YEARS FOR ROBBERY

An Accra Circuit Court on Monday handed a 20-year jail term each to seven persons for conspiring and robbing one Ebenezer Kofi Odei Bediako, a teacher, and his family.

EXTEND PRESIDENTIAL TENURE TO FIVE YEARS – PROF. OKINE

Renowned Poet, Professor Atukwei Okine, has said the four-year presidential tenure is insufficient and must be extended to five to give the president time to solve Ghana’s problems.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVT’S PRIORITY IS TO ADDRESS ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has stated that government’s priority is to focus on addressing the persistent economic difficulties created by the expansionary fiscal stance.

GOV’T ALONE CAN’T PROVIDE GHANA’S INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS’

Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur says government can no longer be relied on to provide for the country’s total infrastructure needs.

COAL ENERGY POLICY HEADS TO PARLIAMENT

Government is to present a policy on the use of clean coal for power generation to Parliamnet, as it strategises to address the decade-old power challenges facing the country.

BRIGHT PROSPECT FOR LOCAL POULTRY INDUSTRY

Food and Agriculture Minister Fiifi Kwetey has applauded the current increase in local poultry production vis-à-vis the significant reduction in imports as a positive step for the country’s poultry industry, and has called for a firm commitment from sector actors to support the Ghana Broiler Revitalisation Project.

ASOGLI POWER ASSURES OF 180MW OF POWER DAILY

Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Limited has assured that it would continue to operate as long as it received the requisite gas supply from the West African Gas Pipeline.

SADA, ALPHA ENERGY SIGNS MoU

The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Alpha Energy and Electric Incorporated has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of various energy potential in the savannah zone.

BUI DAM RESERVOIR BOOSTS LOCAL FISHING INDUSTRY

The Bui dam reservoir constructed, by the Bui Power Authority, managers of the 400 megawatts Bui Dam in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo region has boosted economic activities for the local fisher folks in the area.

INDUSTRY CAPTAINS CONVERGE AT GEF

Captains of industry and policymakers will today converge in Accra to deliberate on to how to achieve a fully-functional economy on the back of strong local businesses.

MORE FLIGHTS TO BE CANCELLED AS HEAVY RAINS BEGIN

Businessmen who consistently use domestic flights for their transactions may have to consider alternative means of transport this month and perhaps even the next.

AGI TOURS FLOOD-HIT BUSINESSES

Executives of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) have toured some industries that were hard hit by last Wednesday’s floods.

IMF DEAL: DRASTIC CUT-BACK IN WAGES IMPOSSIBLE – ECONOMIST

A senior economist at the West Africa Monetary Institute (WAMI), Dr. Christian Ahortor, has said that a drastic cut-back in wages as part of the fiscal tightening dose prescribed by the IMF to put the economy back in the recovery lane is impossible.

BANKS ARE TOO COMFORTABLE

Ghana’s Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has chided banks for being too comfortable with fixed income securities and just turning in huge profits for shareholders without stretching the limits of banking in the country.

FALL IN COCOA WILL NOT AFFECT REVENUE – COCOBOD

COCOBOD has downplayed suggestions that Ghana’s projected fall in Cocoa output could negatively affect revenue.

INSURERS SUSPENDS 800% INSURANCE HIKES

The Insurance Commission has suspended the implementation of the 800% increment in motor insurance at least for the time being

MANAGEMENT PLOTTED UNICOF BREAKAWAY STATEMENT – ADB Staff

The tension between workers and management of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) appears to have been turned a notch higher as StarrFMonline.com investigation has revealed that the statement that announced the breakaway of the bank’s staff from UNICOF was engineered by the management.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

U.S., G7 READY TO IMPOSE MORE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA OVER UKRAINE – TREASURY

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Ukrainian leaders on Tuesday that the United States and its G7 allies stood ready to impose more sanctions on Moscow if needed, a Treasury official said.

SOUTH KOREA’S PARK POSTPONES U.S. TRIP AS MERS CASES RISE

South Korean President Park Geun-hye postponed a U.S. visit on Wednesday to supervise the handling of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as two more people died and 13 new cases were reported, lifting the total number of patients to 108.

ISRAELI TROOPS KILL PALESTINIAN IN WEST BANK – MEDICS

Israeli paramilitary policemen killed a Palestinian during a raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, witnesses and medics said.

CHINA PUSHES AGAIN FOR YEMEN CEASEFIRE , DIALOGUE

China is seriously concerned about the worsening situation in Yemen and all sides need to stop fighting and resolve the dispute through talks, China’s ambassador to the country was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

PAKISTAN HANGS MAN WHO WAS 15 WHEN CONVICTED

Pakistan on Wednesday executed a man who was 15 when he was sentenced to death for murder and whose lawyers say was tortured into confessing, in a case that has prompted concern among rights groups and the United Nations.

ERDOGAN LOOMS LARGE AS TURKEY’S AK PARTY MULLS COALITION OPTIONS

Whether it teams up with the nationalist or secularist opposition, Turkey’s ruling AK Party must navigate the same obstacle in its search for a junior coalition partner: the ambition of President Tayyip Erdogan.

SINAI PROVINCE FIRES ROCKETS TOWARDS AIRPORT USED BY MULTINATIONAL PEACEKEEPERS

Sinai Province, Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate, fired rockets on Tuesday at the direction of an airport in Sinai used by multinational peacekeeping forces, security sources said, adding that there were no casualties reported.

SAUDI-LED AIR STRIKES KILL 19 IN YEMEN

Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 19 people across Yemen on Tuesday, Yemeni sources said, a day after Saudi Arabia said shells fired from Yemen had killed two of its soldiers.

MPs BACK CAMERON’S EU REFERENDUM PLANS BUT DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS RISKS

Members of Parliament on Tuesday backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership, but a heated debate highlighted passions that could split his Conservative Party and re-open Scotland’s bid for independence.

OBAMA WEIGHS SENDING SEVERAL HUNDRED MORE U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ-OFFICIALS

Obama administration is considering setting up a new military base in Iraq’s Anbar province and is closing in on a decision to send several hundred more trainers and advisers to help Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State militants there, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

CLASSY MALI END GHANA’S TITLE HOPES

Ghana are out of the FIFA U20 World Cup after crashing to a deserved 3-0 defeat to a dominant Mali side on Wednesday in the last 16 stage.

AYEW UNDERGOES SWANSEA MEDICAL

Swansea City are close to completing a deal for Marseille forward Andre Ayew, though they face a fight to close a deal despite the Ghana international undergoing a medical.

SPORTS MINISTRY TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN APPIAH’S TESTIMONIAL

Sports Minister Dr Mustapha Ahmed has agreed to partner Ex Black Stars Captain Stephen Appiah during his Testimonial match to sign off his 17-year football Career at Accra sports stadium on June 27.

KINGSON CONTENT WITH OLY DRAW

Experienced goalkeeper Richard Kingson emerged the hero as his penalty save earned Great Olympics a point in Obuasi.

HEARTS OF OAK READY FOR MINERS ‘ CHALLENGE

Hearts of Oak were sent packing from continental football over the weekend and now face another big task when they turn to domestic action on Wednesday.

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