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NEWS HEADLINES FRIDAY 12-6-2015

By MR LARRY

MAHAMA CANCELS FOREIGN TRAVELS

President John Dramani Mahama has cancelled scheduled foreign travels in order to deal with issues arising from the June 3rd flood and fire disasters and other pressing national issues.

INVESTIGATE NYANTAKYI, GFA – GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER ON BRAZIL PROBE

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) and its President are to face a forensic audit for their alleged financial deals in matches played by the Black Stars towards Ghana’s participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

US COURT THROWS OUT CASE AGAINST GHANA

The Court of Appeal of the United States of America has thrown out an appeal brought by a US company against the Government of Ghana which challenged the dismissal of a $425-million suit against the state.

MINORITY LEADER’S BID UNDER THREAT

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is in a battle of his life to retain the Suame seat in the Ashanti Region as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) goes to the primaries tomorrow.

SALARIES OF GOV’T WORKERS WITHOUT SSNIT NUMBERS FROZEN

Salaries of government employees who do not have social security numbers have been suspended from the June, 2015 payroll.

29 MPS STRANDED AS NPP VOTES

The New Patriotic Party has precluded 29 constituencies from participating in tomorrow’s primaries across the country to elect candidates for the 2016 parliamentary poll.

40 POULTRY FARM WORKERS SCREENED

More than 40 poultry farm workers in the Greater Accra Region who have come into close contact with birds infected with Avian flu have been screened to avoid the spread of the disease among humans.

RITUAL MURDER HITS TARKWA

Non-indigenous residents of Kenyanko also known as Top, a small town in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality in the Western region, have been gripped with fear, Today can report.

2015 BECE BEGINS JUNE 15

This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for final year junior high school (JHS) students will begin on Monday, June 15, with a total of 438,030 candidates participating.

WE’LL WIN IN 2016

Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has urged Ghanaians to have trust in him and vote for him in 2016 because he is confident of winning hands down.

WHERE IS $600 CONTI CASH

The controversy surrounding the Conti loan that would have financed the implementation of what the government calls ‘an elaborate drainage system’ in the Accra Metropolis refuses to decline.

MP DRAWS ATTENTION TO ILLEGALITY REGARDING VOTE TRANSFER

Member of Parliament for Effutu, Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, yesterday drew the attention of Parliament to the unconstitutionality of the transfer of votes by the Electoral Commission (EC).

5 MPS PULL OUT OF TOMORROW’S NPP PRIMARIES

As the New Patriotic Party (NPP) goes to the polls tomorrow, to elect its parliamentary candidates ahead of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) who are seeking re-election are under intense pressure to prove their worth as a number of aspirants seek to take over their seats.

AYARIGA TAKES FIGHT AGAINST FUEL STATIONS TO KUMASI

The fight against the setting up of unauthorised fuel stations embarked upon by the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Mahama Ayariga, was extended to Kumasi yesterday where he ordered the closure of three fuel stations in the metropolis.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MEASURES TO END ENERGY CRISIS ON COURSE – MINISTER

The Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, has stated that measures to end the current energy crisis are on course. He has therefore given an assurance that the crisis would come to an end by the end of 2015.

MOVE INSPECTION AGENCIES FROM OUR PORTS – GSA

The Head of Public Relations of the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), Mr Fred Asiedu-Dartey, has said the time has come for stakeholders in the maritime industry to come together to find a lasting solution to the issue of congestion at the country’s ports.

GOVERNMENT TO MAKE ECG ATTRACTIVE TO INVESTORS IN POWER SECTOR

The Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor, has stated that the government is vigorously seeking to financially strengthen the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to make it attractive to independent power producers (IPPs) and investors who are eager to invest in the power sector but have been unable to do so due to uncertainties with ECG’s finances.

POWER TOO RISKY FOR INVESTORS

Panelists at the fourth edition of the Ghana economic Forum (GEF) 2015 say the power sector, as it stands now, is too risky to attract significant private capital to bridge the current generational shortfall of some 700 megawatts and meet future demand.

ANTRAK SUSPENDS OPERATIONS

Antrak Air, a wholly owned indigenous domestic operator, has suspended its operations for the next three months following challenges with its wet-lease arrangement with Swift Air, a Spanish airliner, for the use of the latter’s two ATR 72-500 turbo-prop aircraft, BFT has gathered.

VOICE MARKET GROWTH MOMENTUM SLOWS

Industry performance data released by the National Communication’s Authority (NCA) has revealed that the rate of growth of mobile telephony voice subscription has slowed down, despite telecom companies accounting for over 31 million voice subscribers as at March this year.

JOYCE ABABIO GOES DIGITAL

It is generally perceived that fashion designing and sewing could only be learnt formal institutions or on the job. However, in today’s digital age, you can sit in the comfort of your home or office in that little corner of the globe to get all the training you need to become a professional fashion designer.

GHANA MUST BE CAUTIOUS WITH NUCLEAR ENERGY’

The CEO of the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) Nana Osei Bonsu has urged Ghana to proceed with caution with regard to exploring nuclear as an alternative way of generating energy.

LENDERS FAVOUR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS OVER MALES

Credit constraint to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is a well-known challenge in Ghana but a new study has revealed that small firms owned by female entrepreneurs are less affected by this development compared to their male counterparts.

WASTE CAN GENERATE 30% OF ENERGY – EPA BOSS

Daniel Amlalo, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has stated that waste- organic and biomass- generated by industries and humans could provide 30 percent of the nation’s energy if harnessed effectively.

POULTRY FARMERS ALLAY FEARS OF BIRD FLU

The Poultry Farmers Association of Ghana has assured consumers of chicken not to panic over news that the deadly Avian Flu is in the country.

EU, GHANA TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS ACCREDITATION BODY

The European Union (EU) is to support Ghana in the establishment of a National Accreditation Body to provide standards to laboratories.

BULLISH EBG PROMISES HIGH RETURNS FOR INVESTORS

A weekly analysis of stock performance on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) by investment research firm, GN Research, has showed that the shares of Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG) will be in hot demand this week, following a strong appreciation in the equity’s share price.

ESTABLISH DEV’T BANKS FOR DIRECT INVESTMENTS’

Stakeholders at the end of a day-long forum have called for the establishment of development banks to direct investment towards strategic sectors of the economy.

TRANSPORT UNION UNVEILS NEW BUSES

The Diplomates Royal Transport, operating at the Elubo border in the Western Region over the weekend Unveiled Five New Buses to enhance its operations.

ADRA TRAINS 400 EXTENSION VOLUNTEERS

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Ghana has trained 27 new Volunteer Extension Workers (VEWs) in the Northern Region to assist farmers with new agricultural technologies as part of efforts to ensure improved yields and food security.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

DESPITE IMF WALKOUT, GREECE HOPES FOR DEAL ON JUNE 18

Greece hopes to clinch a deal with its lenders at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on June 18, the state minister said on Friday, as time runs short for the country to stave off default at the end of the month.

SOUTH KOREA SEALS OFF TWO MERS HOSPITALS; WORST MAY BE OVER

South Korea has sealed off two hospitals that treated people with a deadly respiratory disease, officials said on Friday, even as the outbreak that has been spreading through health facilities could have peaked.

PAKISTAN ORDERS AID AGENCY SAVE THE CHILDREN TO LEAVE

Pakistani authorities have given Save the Children 15 days to leave the country, officials said on Friday, accusing the aid agency of spying.

PENTAGON REPEATS CALL FOR CHINA TO END ISLAND BUILDING, SEEKS MORE MILITARY CONTACT

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met a top Chinese general on Thursday and repeated a U.S. call for a halt to land reclamation in the South China Sea while stressing that the Pentagon remained committed to expanding military contacts with China.

ISRAEL CLOSES PROBE INTO KILLING OF FOUR BOYS ON GAZA BEACH

Israel’s killing of four Palestinian boys in an air strike on a Gaza beach during the 2014 war was a case of mistaken identity that does not warrant criminal charges, the military says.

STRAUSS-KAHN AWAITS FRIDAY VICE TRIAL VERDICT

A French court rules on Friday whether former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of sex crimes and if the man once tipped to become president of his country goes to prison.

THAI STUDENTS DETAINED IN PAKISTAN HAVE NO ISLAMIC STATE LINKS – GOVERNMENT

Five Thai students detained in Pakistan for trying to board a plane with a pistol and ammunition have no links to the Islamic State militant group or any criminal organisation, a Thai government spokesman said on Friday.

RUSSIA SAYS U.S. COERCES KIEV AND VIOLATES ARMS TREATIES

Russia accused the United States on Thursday of coercing Kiev into pressing on with the conflict in east Ukraine and urged Washington to fully implement a treaty on eliminating intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.

CHINA DETAINS NINE FOR SPREADING RUMOURS ABOUT MILITARY

Chinese authorities have detained nine people for spreading rumours on the Internet that several military officers were involved in protests and for damaging the military’s image, the military’s official newspaper said on Friday.

U.S. CONSIDERING MORE MILITARY BASES IN IRAQ – TOP GENERAL

The United States is considering building more U.S. military bases in Iraq to drive back Islamic State militants in a move that may require a further increase in American forces, the top U.S. general said on Thursday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

BLACK STARS DONATEGHC50, 000 TO FLOOD VICTIMS

Players of the Black Stars have donated 50,000 cedis to the Accra flood and inferno victims who perished in the twin disaster last week.

INKOOM SIGNS FOR BOAVISTA

Ghana’s defender, Samuel Inkoom has inked a three-year deal with Portuguese top flight side, Boavista.

DZAMEFE REPORT: NYANTAKYI , GFA TO BE PROBED

The Ghana Football Association and its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, face a forensic audit for financial dealings in matches played by the Black Stars in the lead up to Ghana’s participation in the 2014 FIFA tournament in Brazil.

MILLENNIUM MARATHON GETS BIG BOAST IN REGIONS

The much awaited first International Marathon to take place in Accra Ghana has been given a big boast by the National
Organising Committee of the event.

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