By MR LARRY
JUNE 3 DISASTER: GHANA MOURNS – PREZ CALLS FOE END TO BLAME GAME
United in grief, Ghanaians yesterday turned up in their numbers at the forecourt of the State House for an emotional national memorial service for the victims of the June 3 Accra twin disasters.
LEAP TO ROLL IN MORE BENEFICIARIES
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has toured a number of communicates in the Western and Central regions to access the progress of work on the implementation of the Targeting and Mapping of new households to cater for people under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) project.
TEARS GALORE: 152 PERISH IN ACCRA TRAGEDY
Some Ghanaians who lost their loved ones in last Wednesday’s flood and fire disaster as the GOIL filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra following a heavy downpour yesterday wept uncontrollably during the national memorial service held in honour of all the 152 victims.
NANA BROKERS PEACE IN UPPER EAST
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made a move to reconcile constituency and regional executives as well as several youth groups sympathetic to the party.
PNC NEEDS DEDICATED LEADERS – WILSON
Emmanuel Wilson, a general secretary aspirant of the People’s National Convention (PNC), has said the PNC needs true and dedicated leaders to make significant progress in its electoral fortunes. He has, therefore, entreated delegates of the party to elect individuals who see the interest of the party as paramount.
FLOODS : WE’VE ALL FAILED – JOYCE ARYEE
Everyone in Ghana has failed when it comes to proper planning to save the country from devastating natural disasters, a former local government minister has pointed out.
CHINA DONATES EQUIPMENT TO JUSTICE MINISTRY
The Chinese Embassy on Tuesday donated office equipment to the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General to facilitate operations at the Ministry.
AMBOLLEY: I WILL CONTEST OBOUR
Despite his failed attempt at the last election, celebrated Ghanaians musician, Gyedu Blay Ambolley says he will again contest the presidency of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) as he can offer better and effective leadership.
I’M READY FOR EBOLA VACCINE TRIAL – NDC MP
Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo, Ebenezer Teye Larbi is offering himself voluntarily for the Ebola vaccine trial.
FRAUDSTERS AT PLAY AFTER FLOOD DISASTER
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has alerted the public to beware of a syndicate which has taken advantage of the flood and fire disasters in Accra to swindle unsuspecting members of the public.
ALL AFRICAN MAYORS ARE INCOMPETENT –KOFI AKPALOO
Founder and Leader of Independent People’s Party, Kofi Percival Akpaloo said all Mayors in Africa are incompetent.
PASTORS NOT MY IDEAL PARTNER
Whether it is by design or not, most of the popular female gospel artistes in Ghana are married or have been married to men of God but this trend will not be followed by Patience Nyarko.
MAKE LAND PROCESSING LESS CUMBERSOME – ASANTEHENE
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has charged land administrators to endeavour to eliminate all impediments encountered in processes of acquiring and developing land across the country.
LET’S EXHIBIT SENSE OF MATURITY AT PRIMARIES – AKUFO-ADDO
The 2016 Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appealed to all delegates, aspirants and party executives to exhibit a sense of maturity and unity of purpose in the run-up to the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the party.
FLOODS TURN BEACHES INTO DUMPSITES
Last Wednesday’s flood that swept through Accra and other parts of the country has reduced many beaches, especially those in the capital, to dumpsites.
SPEAKER ORDERS CESSATION OF EBOLA TRIALS IN GHANA
Minister of Health has courted the anger of Parliament for daring to begin clinical trials for the deadly ebola disease without notifying the people’s representatives.
FLOODS : RAWLINGS, KUFUOR URGE SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS
Former Presidents John Rawlings and John Kufuor have called for a well-coordinated effort to support the victims of the flood and fire disaster.
OKYEAME KWAME BACK TO SCHOOL
When hiplife artiste, Okyeame Kwame, made known his intention to become a doctor in academia sometime ago, many were those who doubted the ambition of the Woso rapper.
BANKS ARE TOO COMFORTABLE WITH T-BILLS – VEEP
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.
ECONOMY SHOWS SYMPTOMS OF MIDDLE-INCOME CURSE
Ghana’s economic growth story has been stunted by aid cuts and dwindling loan sources due to the country’s rise to the lower middle-income level that has compounded economic challenges.
FARMERS DEMAND HIGH-YIELDING CROPS
Vegetable farmers and processors in the Northern Region have appealed to the various crop research institutes in the country to develop quality and high yielding vegetable seed varieties to enable them produce to meet the taste of the world market.
GOV’T MOVES TO CHECK EXCESSIVE BORROWING
A comprehensive debt management strategy to check against government’s excessive borrowing on the domestic capital market has been given a seal of approval by cabinet, Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey has disclosed.
BELGIUM TO EXPAND ITS INVESTMENT FRONTIERS
Mr. Peter Huyghebaert, Belgium’s Ambassador to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia, has said Belgium offers opportunity to Ghanaians to reach 200 consumers in a radius of 500 kilometres, thanks to its central position and quality logistics infrastructures.
TRANSPORT OWNERS USING VIP TRADEMARK ILLEGALLY
Management of VIP JEOU Transport Limited, the official patent owner of the VIP trademark, has warned transport owners to desist from using their trademark illegally to transact their businesses.
ACCESS BANK MAKES A CASE FOR MADE-IN-GHANA GOODS
The Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana, Mr. Dolapo Ogundimu has backed calls for the patronage of locally produced goods and services.
REVENUE TARGET FOR COCOA WILL BE met – COCOBOD
Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has told Citi Business News its revenue target for cocoa exports for the 2014/15 crop season will be met.
GUINNESS GHANA EMPLOYEES DONATE BLOOD TO SUPPORT FLOOD-FIRE VICTIMS
Management and employees of Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd (GGBL) on Tuesday June 9, 2015 turned up in their numbers to donate blood in support of victims of last Wednesday’s flood and fire disaster.
TASTE FOR IMPORTED PRODUCTS MUST CHANGE ’
The Head of the Royal House Chapel, Maryland Mission, United States of America (USA), Reverend Emmanuel Agormeda, has called for a paradigm shift in the taste for imported goods for what he called ‘home grown’ products.
REPUBLIC BANK TO INVEST US$100 MILLION IN HFC
The new parent company of HFC Bank, the Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, plans to invest between US$100 and US$120 million in the local bank to move its performance and value among the top three banks in the country.
MANYA KROBO RURAL BANK POSTS STRONG RESULTS
The Manya Krobo Rural Bank Limited in the Eastern Region made a profit after tax of GH¢1.08 million during the 2014 financial year.
The figure represents an increase of 55.17 per cent over that of 2013 which stood at GH¢698,391.
UCC BENEFITS FROM $ 5.5 MILLION FISHERIES PROJECT
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed 5.5 million dollars to the implementation of a five-year capacity building programme for fisheries and coastal management project in Ghana.
GHANA LOSES $70 MILLION ANNUALLY ON DEMURRAGE
Statistics indicate that Ghanaian importers as a result of delayed clearance of goods at the countries seaports, pay in excess of 70 million dollars annually in demurrage charges, and another GH¢ 30 million in rent charges.
EBOLA SPIKES AGAIN IN GUINEA , SIERRA LEONE : WHO
The number of Ebola cases has risen in Guinea and Sierra Leone for the second consecutive week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
ISLAMIC STATE CLASHES WITH RIVALS IN EASTERN LIBYA, 20 DEAD
At least 20 fighters were killed in clashes in eastern Libya between Islamic State and another Islamist force that later declared jihad against its hardline rival, residents and medical sources said on Wednesday.
HQs OF REGIONAL FORCE AGAINST BOKO HARAM TO COST $30mn
The base of a multi-national military offensive against Boko Haram will cost some $30 million over the next year, the head of a regional security grouping said Wednesday in Nigeria, appealing for help.
NEXT ROUND OF IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS ‘PRETTY TOUGH ‘ -U.S. OFFICIAL
The next round of Iran nuclear negotiations will be “pretty tough,” a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday ahead of new talks including top diplomats from the seven countries involved.
AMERICAN KILLED IN SYRIA, STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS
An American man has been killed in Syria, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday, declining to provide details.
UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS COMMONLY PAY FOR SEX – U.N. STUDY
United Nations peacekeepers commonly pay for sex with cash, dreses, jewellery, perfume, cell phones and other items, despite a ban on such relationships with people the world body is trying to help, a draft U.N. report concluded.
GREECE, EU POWERS AGREE TO STEP UP DEBT TALKS AS CRUNCH LOOMS
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a new round of late-night talks with the leaders of Germany and France and agreed to intensify negotiations with Athens’ creditors ahead of a looming default at the end of the month.
CHINA URGES END TO ‘MICROPHONE DIPLOMACY ‘ OVER U.S. DIFFERENCES
Differences between the United States and China over the South China Sea and cybersecurity should not be addressed by “microphone diplomacy” but in “a proper way” to allow for a successful U.S. visit by President Xi Jinping this year, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday.
BACKED INTO CORNER , TURKEY’S ERDOGAN SHOWS HINTS OF COMPROMISE
Straying from his vast new $500 million (£322.39 million) palace, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted a senior opposition lawmaker at his more modest Ankara residence on Wednesday and appeared, so the lawmaker said, to be in a mood for compromise.
OBAMA ORDERS MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ TO GUIDE FIGHTBACK AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE
President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered the deployment of 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq’s Sunni heartland to advise and assist fragile Iraqi forces being built up to try to retake territory lost to Islamic State.
HEARTS OF OAK SPOT ON AT THE DEATH TO DENY ASHANTIGOLD
Hearts of Oak needed a stoppage time penalty to have a share of the spoils in their 2-2 draw with leaders AshantiGold in their delayed second round opener at the Accra S ports Stadium.
GHANA STAR ANDRE AYEW REVEALS WHY HE TURNED DOWN BIG CLUBS FOR SWANSEA MOVE
Ghana star Andre Ayew believes Swansea will help him grow as a player after rejecting a lot of offers from stellar European sides.
The 25-year-old was available on a free transfer after leaving French side Olympique Marseille at the end of the season.
VAN DER-PLUYM’S PROTEST AGAINST CHELSEA DISMISSED
The GFA Disciplinary Committee has dismissed coach Hans Van der-Pluym’s protest for an enforcement of a decision of the Player Status Committee on outstanding contractual claims made against Berekum Chelsea.
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