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Headline News ….July 18 2015
Posted by admin on 18th June 2015

NEWS HEADLINES
THURSDAY 18-6-2015

By MR LARRY

PRESIDENT SAYS SORRY OVER KYEBI GALAMSEY

President John Mahama has apologised to the Okyeman Council, headed Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, for tagging Kyebi as the headquarters of galamsey ; and asked to be forgiven for making such derogatory statement.

GOV’T DEVELOPING COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO TACKLE FLOODS

Government is developing a comprehensive response to tackle the perennial floods in Accra, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur said on Wednesday.

BNI PROBES WAEC; QUESTIONS OLLENNU

The Bureau Of National Investigations (BNI) has taken over the leak of five subject papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

MAHAMA FIRES TOP CEOS

President John Mahama appears to be stamping his authority as his administration approaches homestretch, with the reshuffle of some public sector chief executives and outright dismissal of others.

SETH TERKPER IS STILL AT POST – CHIEF OF STAFF

Finance Minister Seth Terkper is still at post, contrary to media reports that he has been relieved of his position by President John Mahama, StarrFMonline.com can confirm.

DEATH TOLL IN JUNE 3 DISASTER NOW 159

Seven more bodies have been recovered after the June 3 disaster which had earlier claimed 152 lives in Accra, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has indicated.

KWAME NKRUMAH INTERCHANGE DOES NOT CAUSE FLOODS

The Chief Resident Engineer on the three-tier Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra, Mr Kweku Diafo, has debunked suggestions that the construction of the interchange is a major cause of floods in the area.

WAEC CANCELS BECE PAPERS

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has cancelled five papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which begun on Monday.

POLICE UNIFORMS FOR SALE

Credible information reaching Today point to a worrying activity of some Batik and Tie-Dye producers at Tafo -Pakrono in the Ashanti Region.

KROBO YOUTH HAIL THE PASSAGE OF EASTERN UNIVERSITY BILL

The youth of Krobo have hailed the passage of the bill which gives legal backing for the establishment of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development at Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region.

LET’S FIND PERMANENT MEDICAL SOLUTION TO EBOLA – SEGBEFIA

Minister for Health (MOH), Mr Alexander Segbefia, has stated that it will be prudent for all to do their part to find permanent medical solution to overcome Ebola and to minimise its adverse effects.

KWAHU AFRAM PLAINS NORTH DISTRICT CHAMPIONING DEVELOPMENT

The Kwahu Afram Plains North District Assembly has embarked on developmental projects to fulfill the social contract it has with the people of Afram Plains.

ECG PROSECUTES 30 INDEBTED CUSTOMERS

About 30 residential and commercial customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in the Central Region have been hauled before the Twifo Praso Magistrate court following their indebtedness to the company.

VOLTA LAKE TRANSPORT COMPANY DEVELOPES ADAWSO AND EKYI AMANFROM FERRY STATION

The Volta Lake Transport Company (VLTC) is on the verge of developing the ferry station at Adawso and Ekyi Amanfrom in the Kwahu Afram Plains South District in the Eastern Region.

AMANKWA-TORNU, GOVERNMENT PROVIDES AMBULANCE BOAT FOR GHANA HEALTH SERVICE

Residents of Kwahu Afram Plains North District in the Eastern Region who live within Islands, find it difficult to access health facilities because most of them live along the Volta lake, pregnant women during labour board a wooden boat owned by the Ghana Health Service which is in bad shape and poses threat to the lives of residents and health officials.

NATIONAL SECURITY TO INVESTIGATE LEAKAGE OF BECE PAPERS

The National Security has been tasked to conduct thorough investigations into the leakage of the 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination question papers.

ECG ORDERS PASTOR TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL CONNECTION

The head pastor of Miraculous Jesus Ministry in Koforidua, Prophet Nyame Akwadaa, who was found to have illegally connected power to his church premises, has been given seven days to pay his bill or face prosecution.

MINISTERIAL POST TIED TO MOST PARLIAMENTARY ASPIRATIONS – ALLOTEY

Bernard Allotey Jacobs, Central Regional chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has posited that ministerial appointment was a key factor that motivated most people to aspire to enter parliament.

POLICE HOSPITAL CHARGES FLOOD/FIRE VICTIMS FOR DRUGS

Adom News is reporting that officials of Police Hospital are charging victims of the flood- fire disaster that occurred on June 3, 2015.

I BEG FOR MONEY EACH MONTH TO SURVIVE – URSULA OWUSU

Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Ursula Owusu Ekuful is worried about the seeming monetization of elections in the party.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T TO RE-ENGAGE 400,000 ‘GALAMSEY’ OPERATORS

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday announced that government would engage a total of 400,000 youth under the alternative livelihood programme to dissuade them from engaging in illegal mining.

GDP SOARS BY 4.1 PER CENT IN FIRST QUARTER

Ghana’s economy grew 4.1 per cent for the first three months of 2015 compared to a negative 3.8 per cent during the same period last year.

US$1.2 BILLION LOST TO TAX INCENTIVES

A research by the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) and ActionAid Ghana has revealed that tax incentives granted in the 2013-14 government budget cost the nation about US$1.2billion — or between 2-3 percent of GDP.

CEDI LOSES VALUE AGAINST MAJOR CURRENCIES

The government’s fiscal monetary policies have come under attack as stakeholders, businesses and currency analysts question their potency to revive the ailing economy and stabilize the fast depreciating cedi against the major foreign currencies.

SAA, AWA LEAD AVIATION LOCAL CONTENT DRIVE

Government’s local content drive, which is active in the oil and gas sector, has transcended the petroleum industry and is now being witnessed in the aviation sector, following the formalisation of a partnership between South Africa (SAA) Airways and indigenous carrier Africa World Airlines (AWA).

GNPC MUST TAKE OVER TOR – CLETUS AVOKA

A member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament has expressed optimism that the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) is likely to bounce back if proposals to allow the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to run it are adhered to.

MINERS WORRY OVER GH¢250M VAT REFUND

The Chamber of Mines has expressed worry about the perennial delay in Value Added Tax (VAT) refund due the mining industry — valued at GH¢250million as at the end of June 2014.

US TO ASSIST GHANA’S AVIATION SECTOR

Mr Anthony Foxx, the US Secretary of Transportation, has pledged the readiness of the United States Department of Transportation to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to the Ghana Aviation Training Academy (GATA).

GCB PROGRESSES UNDER CHALLENGING CONDITIONS

The Managing Director of GCB Bank Limited, Mr. Simon Dornoo, has reiterated the bank’s resolve to firmly position itself as a top performing bank and lay a firm foundation for sustainable growth and profitability.

IEA CALLS FOR LAWS TO ENSURE FISCAL DISCIPLINE

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called for the enactment of laws that will ensure fiscal discipline and transparency in Ghana’s economy.

AGI MEMBERS COUNT FLOOD LOSSES

A number of companies, including sixteen so far recorded by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) from amongst its membership, are still counting their losses from the June 3rd floods which entered their business premises and destroyed property and equipment worth millions of cedis.

PRODUCER PRICE INFLATION FALLS TO 19% IN MAY

The Producer Price Inflation (PPI) rate for May 2015 slowed to 19 per cent from a revised 19.5 per cent in April, Dr Philomena Nyarko, the Government Statistician announced on Wednesday.

SADA’s IMAGE DAMAGED, SAYS CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Charles Akelyira Abugre, has lamented the seemingly damaged reputation of the Authority.

FIRST PHASE OF DIGITAL MIGRATION PROCESS TO END IN OCTOBER

Barring any hitches the first of three phases of the digital migration process will be completed by October 2015, deputy Minister of Communication Ato Sarpong has said.

DEADLOCK OVER SUBSIDIES AFTER NPA, BULK OIL DISTRIBUTORS MEETING

A meeting between the National Petroleum Authority and Bulk Oil Distribution Companies over fuel subsidies has ended in a deadlock.

ADB RAILROADED TO ACCRA FINANCIAL CENTRE

The real intention for the relocation of the headquarters of the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) to the new Accra Financial Centre (AFC) building was the final and very crucial step in preparing the Ghanaian bank for the ultimate swallow-up by the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) of South Africa.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CHAD BANS FULL VEIL AFTER DEADLY BOKO HARAM ATTACKS

Chad has banned the full-face Muslim veil and instructed security forces to burn burqas seized in the markets after 33 people were killed in twin suicide bombings blamed on Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram this week.

UN URGES LIBYAN FACTIONS TO REACH AGREEMENT

The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Libyan factions to quickly reach a government agreement aimed at ending months of chaos and accept the latest proposals of mediator Bernardino Leon.

US WEIGHS NEAR-TERM ASSAD MILITARY RETRENCHMENT IN SYRIA

The United States and its allies are weighing the possibility that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, under growing military pressure, may soon narrow his focus on defence of more limited areas of the country, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

SHOOTING REPORTED AT CHURCH IN CHARLESTON , SOUTH CAROLINA

A gunman opened fire on Wednesday evening at a historic African-American church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and was still at large, a police official said, following a media report that as many as eight people may have been shot.

ISLAMIC STATE SAYS SHOT DOWN IRAQI FIGHTER PLANE

Islamic State said on Thursday it had shot down an Iraqi fighter plane north of the city of Ramadi in Anbar Province.

FAMILY HEARS FROM BRITISH SISTERS AND NINE CHILDREN FEARED SYRIA-BOUND

One of three British sisters, thought to have headed with their nine children to join Islamic State militants, has made contact with her family in Britain and given an indication the group may be in Syria, British police said on Wednesday.

SOUTH KOREA PARLIAMENT APPROVES PARK’S approves Park’s PICK FOR PM AFTER SCANDAL

South Korea’s parliament approved President Park Geun-hye’s choice for prime minister on Thursday after the incumbent stepped down following an allegation he accepted illegal campaign funds from a businessman.

HONG KONG DEMOCRATS STICK TO THEIR GUNS AS REFORM VOTE LOOMS

Hundreds of Beijing supporters converged outside government buildings in Hong Kong on Thursday as city legislators resumed debate on a Beijing-backed electoral package that will define the Chinese-controlled city’s democratic future.

AMERICAN SOLDIER FOUND DEAD AT U.S. ARMY BASE IN SOUTH KOREA

A U.S. soldier attached to an intelligence battalion in Japan has died during training exercises in South Korea, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday.

MOODY’S SAYS MERS POSES RISK TO SOUTH KOREA ECONOMY, SIGNS OUTBREAK SLOWING

South Korea’s health ministry reported on Thursday three more deaths in the country’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, bringing the total fatality to 23.

RUSSIA, GERMANY TRADE COLD WAR ACCUSATIONS

Russia accused NATO on Wednesday of reviving the ghost of the Cold War by encroaching close to its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, as Germany denounced Moscow’s nuclear weapons build-up as a Soviet-style reflex.

SPORTS HEADLINES

BERNARD OFORI WINS PLAYER OF THE MONTH Ofori

The Premier League Board Judging Panel has named New Edubiase United’s Bernard Ofori as First Capital Plus Bank Player of the Month for April.

GFA PAYS TRIBUTE TO GEORGE ARTHUR

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has paid tribute to late Black Stars striker, George Arthur who died on Sunday 14th June, 2015.

Kotoko silence Olympics, Hearts beaten

Asante Kotoko coach David Duncan finally recorded his first win in the second round of the Ghana Premier League after leading his side to post a 3-2 victory over Accra Great Olympics.

GHANA PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS

Aduana Stars – Medeama 2:0
All Stars – Hearts Of Oak 2:0
Brong Ahafo – WAFA 1:1
Heart Of Lions – Bechem United 1:1
Inter Allies – Ashanti Gold 1:1
New Edubiase – Liberty 0:0
Sekondi Hasaacas – Berekum Chelsea
2:0
Great Olympics – Asante Kotoko 2:3

RAMADAN MUBARAK