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Headline News-July 13 2015

NEWS HEADLINES
MONDAY 13-7-2015

By Mr Larry

MAHAMA THREATENS TO BAN PLASTIC PRODUCTS

President John Dramani Mahama at the weekend cautioned plastic producers that government would be compelled to ban their products if an efficient means is not found to plastic waste management.

AFRICAN MINISTERS , LEGISLATORS DIALOGUE ON STI

Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, says Ghana has made significant progress in the provision of social services but there is still much to be done.

GAY MARRIAGE UNBIBLICAL AND UNAFRICAN – CHRISTIAN COUNCIL

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has described same sex marriage as ‘unbiblical’, unChristian and unAfrican.

ELMINA CLIMAXES BAKATUE WITH DURBAR

The chiefs and people of Elmina held a grand durbar last Saturday to climax the celebration of this year’s Bakatue Festival, with a call on them to encourage the youth to acquire formal education without doing away with their traditional values.

GHANA DEVELOPS CHILD AND FAMILY WELFARE POLICY

Children in Ghana often live in closely connected families where members of both the nuclear and extended families contribute to their upbringing.

TEXTILES COMPANY MOVES TO COMBAT COUNTERFEITING

The Managing Director of the Premium African Textiles (PAT), Mr Kofi Boateng, has said that his establishment is consciously coming out with innovative ways to overcome the challenges of counterfeiting and smuggling of the company’s registered designs.

MINISTER TELLS YOUNG LADIES TO DREAM HIGH

Dr Hanna Louisa Bissiw, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, has admonished young ladies to draw inspiration from ladies in the helm of affairs and aspire to higher heights.

MAHAMA ESCAPES DEATH IN KUMASI

President John Mahama and the First Lady, Lordina Mahama escaped death by a whisker when a strong storm hit the military helicopter in which they were travelling on Friday, forcing the helicopter into an emergency landing.

KOFI PORTUPHY RECEIVES ACHIEVERS’ AWARD

The Intra-West African Communications Limited an Accra-based Publishing Company, has conferred on Mr Ebenezer Kofi Portuphy, National Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress with the life time achievers awards.

GREEN GHANA PROJECT LAUNCHED

The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has launched an ambitious tree planting project that will see 30 million trees being planted annually.

PROVISION OF WATER FOR DZEMENI REDUCES DIARRHOEAL DISEASES

Two water systems provided for the people of Tongor-Dzemeni in the South-Dayi District and its environs within the past six years has slashed the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases there by half.

STAKEHOLDERS IN CENTRAL REGION CONFER ON PELAGIC FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

Stakeholders in the fishing sector in the Central Region, converged in Cape Coast to discuss positive action options to secure and rebuilt, healthy Small Pelagic Fisheries in the country.

BUILD CAPACITY TO AVOID UNFAIR COMPETITION – ACEP TO NPA

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), has called on the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to build its capacity to detect, monitor and ensure prosecution of companies involved in cartelisation and unfair competition.

SEND GHANA TRAINS COMMUNITY MATERNAL HEALTH CHAMPIONS

SEND Ghana, a policy research and advocacy organisation has organised a two-day intensive maternal health training for 27 community maternal health champions.

MORE BODIES FOUND; BIMBILLA DEATH TOLL NOW AT 19

More bodies are being discovered on farms as police intensify the search for ringleaders of last Thursday’s gunfight in Bimbilla in the Nanumba North District of the Northern Region.

NKORANZA MCE HAILS GOV’T FOR SEIP PROJECT

Madam Stella Amoatemaa, Nkoranza South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has commended the government for the provision of a number of educational infrastructure, to promote quality education in the country.

MORE TROUBLE FOR NAYELE: UK
CUSTOMS CONFISCATES HER MONEY

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of the United Kingdom (UK) has confiscated cash belonging to Nayele Ametefe, the Ghanaian-Austrian woman who was jailed eight years and eight months for transporting 12 kilogrammes of cocaine into that country.

UPPER WEST CHIEFS WANT ROADS REHABILITATED

Traditional rulers from Tumu and Gwollu in the Upper West Region, have appealed to government to work on the roads in the two Sissala districts to facilitate the easy movement of people, goods and services.

3 MINISTERS SUED OVER WEST BLUE DEAL

A clearing agent in Tema Michael Kweku Gyan has filed a writ at the High Court challenging the legality of the controversial decision by government to pick West Blue Ltd to implement the multi-million dollar National Single Window and Risk Management System at the ports.

I’LL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN – BARTON ODRO

Mr Ebo Barton Odro, Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast North and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, has made public, his decision not to seek re-election in 2016.

VARSITIES MUST NARROW GAP WITH BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Bastiat Ghana, a liberal economy think tank says the present high unemployment rate in Ghana could be attributed to the gap between the universities and the business community.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE REQUIRES COMMITMENT – SCIENTIST

An Assistant Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, says sustainable agriculture requires a commitment to changing public policies, economic institutions, and social values.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

THERE MUST BE DISCIPLINE IN ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT

The President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG), Professor Kwame Boasiako Omane-Antwi, has called for discipline in the management of the economy to prevent it from plunging into another crisis after the expiry of the three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.

ACCRA ZOO FACES COLLAPSE

The Accra mini zoo, which has seen various relocations since 2006 is on the verge of collapse due to inadequate financing and low patronage of the facility.

CEDI GAINS MUST CAUSE PRICE STABILITY – INVESTORS TELL BOG

As the cedi begins to gain some strength against the dollar, some investors have called for its sustainability if it will have real impact on price stability in the economy.

CASHEW NUTS CAN FETCH GHANA US$56m ANNUALLY

Ghana’s annual revenue from exporting raw cashew nuts is estimated at 56 million dollars, Mr Joseph Yeung, Managing Director of the Mim Cashew Processing Company, has revealed.

TECHIMAN COCOA FARMERS PETITION GOV’T

The Cocoa Farmers Association of Techiman, has petitioned government to intervene in order for Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) to rescind its decision to relocate the Techiman Cocoa District Office to the western side of Brong-Ahafo Region.

VOLTA REGION TO INCREASE RICE PRODUCTION BY 2020

Small Actions For Enterprise (SAFE Ghana), a Ho-based non-governmental organization is empowering farmers in the Volta Region to increase rice production in the region to 60,000 hectares by 2020.

EXPORTERS MUST BE CONVERSANT WITH INDUSTRY TRENDS

A Delegate of the German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK), Mr Patrick Martens, has advised Ghanaian exporters and prospective ones to familiarise themselves with trends in the international export market to be able to meet the standards required of them by their partners.

MAERSK WELCOMES NEW VESSEL

Maersk Line has welcomed its new vessel, MV Maersk Tema, on its maiden voyage to the Tema Port.

SPIO –GARBRAH TASK GHANAIAN BUSINESSES TO FORM MERGERS

Dr Ekwow Spio – Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, at the weekend reiterated the need for businesses, especially poultry farmers in Dormaa – Ahenkro to register their entities to qualify for assistance from government and financial institutions.

MINERALS C’MSSION DENIES REPORTS OF FOREIGN GOLD BUYING

The Minerals Commission has denied reports that foreign gold buyers are taking over the business of local buyers and exporting the commodity to the nation’s detriment.

DALEX VISION FUND LAUNCHED

Dalex Capital Management Limited, a member of the Dalex Africa Group, has launched an initial public offer to raise GH? 150,000.00 for its Dalex Vision Fund.

COCOBOD COUNCIL DENIES LOSS OF US$600m COCOA MONEY

The highest decision-making body of unionised workers in the cocoa sector, the Supreme Consultative Council, has denied media reports that the actions of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and its staff have cost the country about US$600 million in cocoa money this year.

TOTAL, PARADISE FILLING STATIONS SHUT DOWN IN E/R

Three filling stations have been shut down in the Eastern region.
The affected stations, two different branches of Total Ghana in Koforidua and a branch of Paradise oil in Akyem Osino were closed down over safety concerns by the Environment ministry.

MMT LEADS COMMERCIAL ROAD TRANSPORT OPERATORS

The Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL), is the leading road transport operator in the country, Mr Emmanuel Kusi, acting Sunyani Regional Depot Manager has stated.

STARBOW BEGINS ACCRA-SUNYANI FLIGHTS

Domestic airline Starbow has begun operating Accra-Sunyani flights in order to reach travelers in the Brong Ahafo region.

GHANA PARLIAMENT PASSES PETROLEUM REVENUE MANAGEMENT LAW

Parliament has passed the Petroleum Revenue Management (Amendment) Bill, 2015 into law.
The Bill seeks to address irregularities and operational challenges in the management of revenue from the oil and gas sector.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

UN, EU WELCOME LIBYA DEAL, DESPITE OPPOSITION BOYCOTT

The United Nations and European states on Sunday welcomed a UN peace deal initialled by some Libyan factions but not by the opposition as a step towards restoring stability there.

NIGER SOLDIER AMONG FOUR KILLED IN BOKO HARAM PRISON ATTACK

A soldier and three Boko Haram members died early Sunday when the Islamists raided a prison in southeastern Niger in a likely bid to free detained colleagues, humanitarian and government sources said.

EURO ZONE ARGUES INTO THE NIGHT WITH GREECE ON BAILOUT TERMS

Euro zone leaders argued late into the night with near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit, demanding that Athens enact key reforms this week to restore trust before they will open talks on a financial rescue to keep it in the European currency area.

CAMERON TO FOCUS DEFENCE SPENDING MORE ON MILITANT RISK

Britain should spend more of its defence budget on spy planes, drones and special forces to counter militants and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron will say on Monday.

IRAN , POWERS NEARING NUCLEAR DEAL, NO AGREEMENT SEEN BEFORE MONDAY

Iran and six world powers were close to nailing down a historic nuclear deal that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic programme, but the Iranian foreign minister said no agreement would be announced on Sunday.

ISLAMIC STATE SAYS AFGHANISTAN LEADER STILL ALIVE

Islamic State on Monday released an audio tape it said was of the movement’s leader for Afghanistan, contradicting reports that he was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

U.S. CONSIDERING DRONES IN NORTH AFRICA TO MONITOR ISLAMIC STATE – WSJ

The United States is holding discussions with countries in North Africa about locating drones at a base there to heighten monitoring of Islamic State in Libya, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a senior administration official.

MEXICO KINGPIN ‘CHAPO’ GUZMAN STAGES BRAZEN JAILBREAK IN BLOW TO PRESIDENT

Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, broke out of a high-security prison on Saturday night for the second time, escaping in a tunnel built right under his cell, and heaping embarrassment on President Enrique Pena Nieto.

POPE CLOSES SOUTH AMERICA TRIP URGING YOUTHS TO ‘MAKE MESS’

Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to “make a mess”.

CHINA TARGETS RIGHTS LAWYERS AS CRACKDOWN ON ACTIVISTS WIDENS

Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say.

SPORTS HEADLINES

ATLETICO MADRID INVITED TO PLAY LUCRATIVE GHANA FRIENDLY

Atletico Madrid have been invited to play in Ghana next month, officials of the Spanish top-flight club have confirmed.
Accroding to Marca, the biggest sports newspaper in Spain, Atlético have received an offer to play a friendly game in Ghana on 8th August.

ISAAC VORSAH BACK IN TRAINING WITH RED BULL

Ghana defender Isaac Vorsah has returned to full training with club side Red Bull Salzburg after a two-year injury nightmare.

MEDEAMA BEAT HEARTS TO SET FA CUP FINAL WITH KOTOKO

Medeama will face Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the final of this year’s MTN FA Cup after beating Hearts of Oak 2-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday.

ASAMOAH GYAN WILL BE A MAN OF GOD – PROPHET

Founder of the Glorious Wave International Church Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi says Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan cannot escape the calling of God.

TRUSTEES WIN SUPER CUP IN STYLE

Trustees of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) last Saturday affirmed their status as the most dominant hockey club in the country with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Sapholda Hockey Club in the final of the inaugural Sapholda Ventures Super Cup final.

RAMADAN MUBARAK

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