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NEWS HEADLINES…. TUESDAY 23-6-2015

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Update: CNN.COM …The outcome of this key procedural vote had been in doubt as a group of 14 pro-trade Democrats weighed whether to continue their support of the bill out of concern that a related workers’ assistance package might not pass both chambers. But after repeated assurances by GOP congressional leaders that the workers’ assistance measure will be adopted, 13 out of 14 backed the bill. The vote was 60 to 37, the minimum needed to pass.A final Senate vote on fast-track could come later today, and it will then head to the President’s desk for his signature.Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

PRESIDENT LAUNCHES FREE SCHOOL SANDALS PROGRAMME

President John Mahama yesterday launched the free school sandals programme with the presentation of 10,000 pairs of made-in-Ghana sandals to the Ghana Education Service (GES) deprived communication.

GIVE BECE CANDIDATES MORE TIME TO PREPARE – GNAT

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has called on the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to give Basic Education (BECE) candidates ample time to overcome the psychological trauma occasioned by the cancellation of five papers before the rescheduled examination for June 29 and 30.

OLD FADAMA RESIDENTS RUN RIOT

Angry victims of last Saturday’s demolition exercise at Sodom and Gomorah, a slum at Old Fadama in Accra, yesterday staged a five-hour chaotic demonstration at the State House and Agbogbloshie.

…AMA WILL CONTINUE WITH DEMOLITION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH

The Special Task Force set up by the government to clear illegal structures along watercourses in Accra say it will continue the demolition exercise, in spite of the protests by the displaced residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.

PNC GROUP WANTS DR MAHAMA TO BE FLAG BEARER

A group of current and past party executives of the People’s National Convention (PNC) drawn from the 10 regions of the country have appealed to Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama, a former flag bearer of the party, to consider leading the party again to the 2016 elections.

PPP NAMES CANDIDATE FOR TALENSI BY-ELECTION

Ghana’s second largest opposition party, Progressive People’s Party (PPP), on Monday, June 22 selected Joseph Toatoba as its parliamentary candidate for the July 7 by-election in the Talensi Constituency.

NIMA RESIDENTS SENSITISE ON HYGIENE

The Hope For Future Generation (HFFG), a non-governmental organisation, has sensitised residents and students of Hijrah Islamic School at Nima on the observance of basic hygiene and environmental sanitation.

ABURA TO GET A POLICE STATION

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast North, Mr Ebo Barton-Oduro has cut the sod for the construction of a Police Station at Abura, a suburb in Cape Coast.

TO ERR IS HUMAN,TO LEAK IS …WAEC

This year’s conduct of the BECE by WAEC has not disappointed many who expected it to be rife with many a dramatic occurrence. Let’s touch on just a few of these occurrences.

SODOM & GOMORRAH DEMO WAS INSTIGATED BY NPP- NII LANTE

Deputy Local Government minister is accusing the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) of being behind the violent demonstration by displaced residents of Sodom and Gomorrah, Monday.

BLOODY CLASH AT SODOM AND GOMORRAH

A bloody riot erupted yesterday morning at Sodom and Gomorrah, Accra’s largest slum, when thousands of residents hit the streets to protest against the destruction of their structures by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly last Saturday.

SPIO HOT OVER $175M DEAL

Trade and Industry Minister Ekwow Spio-Gerbrah is mounting a spirited defence over a letter he wrote asking Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) to contribute a total of $175 million judgement debt to Bankswitch, a private IT firm, in exchange for contracts.

CPP, PNC EAGER TO BRING CLOSURE TO UNITY TALKS – SAMIA

The Ashanti Regional branch of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has elected executive members to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years with the General Secretaries of the party and the People’s National Convention (PNC) pledging their readiness for a merger to win the 2016 elections.

591 CHOLERA CASES, FIVE DEATHS RECORDED IN 5 MONTHS – WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) Situational Report on Cholera Outbreak in Ghana indicates the country has recorded some 591 confirmed cholera cases with five deaths between January and May this year.

ACID ATTACK: AFOKO BEING TRIED IN WRONG COURT – LAWYER

A former editor of the Daily Graphic newspaper Yaw Boadu Ayeboafoh has stated that the main suspect in the murder of the Upper East regional chairman of the NPP, Greggory Afoko, is being tried in a wrong court.

CANCELLATION OF BANKSWITCH CONTRACT KILLED MILLS – AKOTO OSEI

Former Minister Dr. Akoto Osei is claiming that the actions of some government officials in cancelling a contract awarded to an I.T solutions provider, Bankswitch, eventually caused the death of President John Mills.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T TO INVESTIGATIVE DIVERSION OF COCOA INPUTS

Government is to set up an effective team to investigative the diversion of cocoa inputs, and anybody found guilty will be punished, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

GCNET ALERTS GOVERNMENT OF BREACH OF CONTRACT

Even before the controversy surrounding the settlement of the Bandswitch judgment debt can be resolved, the Ghana Community Network Service contract if it goes ahead to sign a new Single Window (SW) agreement with West Blue Ghana Limited.

CIVIL AVIATION ACT HEADS TO PARLIAMENT

Government is seeking to amend the existing civil aviation law to bring it up to speed with international standards, the Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor has said.

10,383 TERTIARY STUDENTS ARE FOREIGNERS

Ghana currently plays host to about 10,383 foreign students, representing 3.2 percent of the total student population of 315,000 in the country’s tertiary education system.

PETROLEUM BILL SET FOR MAJOR OVERHAUL

The new Petroleum Exploration and Production (E&P) bill is set to see major changes after the Parliamentary Select Committee on Energy ended its study tour of selected countries to learn international best practices last week – success stories and pitiful that need to be avoided in Ghana’s petroleum sector.

GHANA’S INVESTMENT ACT QUESTIONED

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act, (Act 865) which requires foreign investors to invest between US$200,000 and US$1,000,000 in the form of equity before undertaking specific ventures in Ghana, has been questioned.

CHEQUE FRAUD ON THE RISE Latest figures from the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) show fraudsters attempted to cash more than GHȻ923,883.86 using 26 cloned cheques at various banks last year.

POUND, EURO HIT 7& 5 CEDIS RESPECTIVELY

The British Pound and Euro hit seven and five cedis respectively last week at some forex bureaus across the country.

FUND MANAGERS BITTER OVER TIER -2 SNUB

Pension fund managers have threatened to lay-off workers and close shop altogether over government’s refusal to pay workers contributions to the Tier-2 of the three-tier pension scheme.

GALAXY S6 BUYERS TO ENJOY OVER 10,000 GIVEAWAYS

Leading smartphone brand, Samsung Electronics West Africa (SEWA), is giving buyers of their latest flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the opportunity to win over 10,000 giveaways.

GHANA ON COURSE WITH WOOD TRACKING SYSTEM

Ghana’s plan to implement a wood tracking system to ensure that only legally acquired timber is exported is far advanced.

PRICES OF FOODSTUFFS STABILIZE IN MAJOR MARKETS

A market survey of the wholesale and retail prices of various food commodities from various market centres in Accra had revealed that the prices gradually stabilized in the third week of June.

GHANA’S MOBILE PENETRATION NOW AT 116%

Ghana’s mobile voice penetration rate has now hit 115.64 per cent as at the end of March this year.

ENTERPRISE GROUP SUPPORTS JUNE 3 DISASTER VICTIMS AT KORLE BU

Enterprise Group (Insurance company) has donated GH¢85,000 to the Plastic and Burns Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to cater for the treatment of the June 3 disaster victims.

COMMUTERS SERVE NKRUMAH CIRCLE; BUSINESSES SUFFER

Owners of small businesses at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra are down in the dumps over low patronage of their products after the June 3rd floods.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA TREASURY ‘VIRTUALLY EMPTY’ SAYS ANGRY BUHARI

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday slammed the state of the country’s finances, claiming his predecessor had left Africa’s biggest economy deep in debt and the treasury “virtually empty”.

UN PANEL TO REVIEW C. AFRICA CHILD SEX ABUSE CLAIMS

A former Supreme Court justice of Canada will lead a review of how the United Nations handled allegations that French and African troops sexually abused children in the Central African Republic, the UN announced Monday.

EBOLA RETURNS TO SIERRA LEONE CAPITAL AFTER 3-WEEK GAP

Sierra Leone has recorded two new cases of Ebola in Freetown in the past few days, disproving the assumption that the capital city had already defeated the deadly virus, officials said on Monday.

BRITISH POLICE ARREST RWANDAN SPY CHIEF

British police arrested Rwandan intelligence chief Karenzi Karake at the request of Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes.

TALIBAN ATTACK AFGHANISTAN’S PARLIAMENT, SEIZE SECOND DISTRICT IN NORTH

A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday as lawmakers met to consider a new defence minister, and another district in the volatile north fell to the militants as they intensified a summer offensive.

GREECE OFFERS NEW PROPOSALS TO AVERT DEFAULT, CREDITORS SEE HOPE

Greece took a step back from the abyss on Monday with the presentation of new budget proposals that euro zone leaders welcomed as a basis for a possible agreement in the coming days to unlock frozen aid and avert a looming default.

U.S. AND CHINA OPEN ANNUAL DIALOGUE WITH ‘CANDID, TO-THE-POINT’ TALKS

The United States and China held “candid and to-the-point” talks at the start of three days of cabinet-level meetings aimed at managing the highly complex relationship between the world’s two biggest economies, a senior U.S. official said.

IRAN SEES GOOD CHANCE OF NUCLEAR DEAL GIVEN POLITICAL WILL

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday he saw a good chance of reaching a final agreement with six world powers on Iran’s nuclear programme by a June 30 deadline or a few days later, provided there was political will.

SAMSUNG GROUP SCION BOWS IN APOLOGY FOR MERS OUTBREAK

The heir-apparent of South Korea’s massive Samsung Group apologised in a nationally televised address on Tuesday for failing to stop the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at a Seoul hospital run by a group foundation.

ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS MAY HAVE COMMITTED WAR CRIMES IN GAZA – U.N. REPORT

U.N. investigators said on Monday that Israel and Palestinian militant groups committed grave abuses of international humanitarian law during the 2014 Gaza conflict that may amount to war crimes.

SYRIAN KURDS, ON OFFENSIVE, SEIZE MILITARY BASE FROM ISLAMIC STATE

Kurdish-led forces said on Monday that they had captured a military base from Islamic State in Syria’s Raqqa province, advancing deeper into territory held by the group and showing new momentum after they seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GYAN, ADEBAYOR CLEAN-UP KUMASI

Captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan and his Togolese counterpart, Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor collaborated with Zoomlion Ghana Limited to undertake a massive clean-up exercise at Pampaso in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.

DUNCAN IS BLAMELESS – ANTWI

Asante Kotoko’s goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi has jumped into the defence of Coach David Duncan following the champions’ poor shape in the First Capital Plus Premier League.

APPIAH RULED OUT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR

Crystal Palace forward Kwesi Appiah is to be out of action for the rest of the year due to injury.

COCA-COLA MEDALGOLF ON JUNE 27

The Celebrity Coca-Cola Monthly Medal Open Golf Championship tee-off at the Celebrity Golf Course at Sakumono, near Tema on Saturday, June 27.

10 SCHOOLS QUALIFY FOR FINALS OF MILO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The last game of the Zonal qualifiers of the MILO Champions League (MCL) was played last Friday at the Koforidua Sec. Tech field with Benpong Methodist primary from the Eastern region white washing Kpone Bawaleshie Primary from the Greater Accra region 5-0 to win the Zone and book their ticket to the National finals of the MILO Champions League in Kumasi.

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