BY MR LARRY
FDA BANS 6 APHRODISIACS
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has revoked marketing authorization permits for the sale and distribution of six vitality herbal medicines for men.
FIRE KILLS 2 CHILDREN AT TEMA NEW TOWN
Two children, aged four and 14, were at dawn yesterday burnt to death when fire gutted their makeshift residence at Abonkor at Tema New Town.
NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD REGISTRY PROJECT LAUNCHED
The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has launched the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) project.
PREPARATORY SCHOOL PUPIL COMMITS SUICIDE
A pupil at the Bethel Preparatory School in Somanya in the Yilo Krobo District in the Eastern Region, Master Kenneth Olesu, hanged himself on the school premises on Sunday.
AKUA DONKOR BACK FROM ITALY
She is back! Akua Donkor is back from her tour with the President to the European country of Italy.
DEATH TRAP! PUPILS STUDY IN CRACKED BUILDINGS
The lives of children of the Akpafu-Odomi Evangelical Presbyterian (E/P) Primary School in the Hohoe North District of the Volta region are in grave danger, following the current state of their school building which is near collapse.
OMCS REDUCE FUEL PRICES BY 2 PERCENT
A number of oil marketing companies (OMCs) have begun a further reduction in the prices of petroleum products, in line with the full price deregulation of the sector.
NIMA YOUTH DEFY POLICE DIRECTIVE AGAINST WILD MERRYMAKING
Some Muslim youth in Accra have defied police directive which prohibits the reckless riding of motorbikes and other forms of wild celebrations as Ghanaians mark the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.
LATE MILLS WAS NEVER RUSHED IN A CAR BOOT TO 37 HOSPITAL – KOKU ANYIDOHO
Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has denied reports that the late President, John Evans Atta Mills was rushed in a car boot to the maternity ward of the 37 Military Hospital.
DEALING WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
WE at Today have observed that despite attempts by government and non-governmental organisations to eradicate domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women, the problem still persists in most Ghanaian societies.
GOVERNMENT BAGS Ȼ3.2B FROM TAXES
Government bagged Ȼ3.2 billion form taxes imposed on petroleum products for the past four-and-a-half years.
CUSTOMS READY TO TAKEOVER WORK OF DICS – DEP. COMMISSIONER
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has expressed its readiness to take over the functions of the Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) in September this year.
HO WEST DISTRICT DEBUNKSMEDIA REPORTAGE ON MISAPPROPRIATION OF DACF
The Ho West District Assembly in the Volta region has responded to publications in section of the media on an alleged misappropriation of the assembly’s allocation of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF).
UN NGO TO SUE GHANA HIGHWAY AUTHORITY
The founder and President of the United Nations NGO, Voices of African Mothers, (VAM), and the founder of John William Montessori School in Kumasi, Mrs. Nana Fosu Randall has disclosed her intentions to sue the Ghana Highway Authorities if they fail to repair the damages the company has caused her school.
AMA PRESENTS Ȼ10,000 EACH TO 8 FLOOD, FIRE VICTIMS
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has made cash donations to eight families of the June 3 flood and fire disaster.
LABOUR COMMISSION HAS NO LOCUS – STATE ATTORNEYS
They insist the National Labour Commission (NLC) has no locus under the present circumstance to direct them to end the strike because the NLC has failed to adhere to rules set out in the Labour Act of 2003.
DUMSOR” IS A MAJOR HEADACHE OF NDC – KOKU ANYIDOHO
Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has revealed that one of the major headaches of executives of his party in the run-up to the 2016 electioneering campaign is the issue of ‘Dumsor’.
HOSTILE VOLTA REGION BECOMING FRIENDLIER TO NPP – AKUFO-ADDO
Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has suggested that the party’s fortunes in the Volta Region in elections may improve in 2016.
I NEVER BULLIED PRESIDENT MAHAMA – KOKU ANYIDOHO
A Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has denied that he was ‘the bull’ around late President John Evans Atta Mills who was preventing everyone, including then Vice President John Dramani Mahama from getting in touch with the President.
SECOND LADY’S APOLOGY NOT ENOUGH – NPP
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Eastern Region has said the Second Lady‘s apology for her infamous “chalk” comment, though welcomed, is still not enough.
MAHAMA ADDRESSES BUSINESS FORUM IN ITALY
President John Mahama addressed a Ghana-Italy Business Forum at the ongoing Milan Expo 2015 last Friday.
The Forum was part of activities for the Ghana Day Celebration at the Expo.
TERPKER RIDES FISCAL STORM
Finance and Economic Minister, Seth Terkper is set to tell parliament today that the economy had responded well to the treatment prescribed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and administration under his careful watch.
IVORY FINANCE READY FOR NEGOTIATIONS
Ivory Finance Company Limited has offered to extend an olive branch to SIC Insurance Company Limited if the court decides to rule against the partly state-owned insurance company in its application of suspension aimed at preventing the finance company from disposing off its assets.
GHANA’S DEBTS TO HIT Ȼ93B
As the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper prepares to present government’s mid-year budget review and supplementary report to parliament today, there are growing concerns over Ghana’s public debt stock which has hit 89 billion cedis from 88 billion in just three months (March – May 2015)
GOVERNMENT TO CONSTRUCT MORE RAILWAY LINES
Despite Ghana’s adoption of a narrow gauge system in its railway line construction, government has maintained that it will strategically increase the base to standard gauge to enable the country fit into the West African sub-region’s requirement in the future.
BUSINESSES MUST SUPPORT THE LESS PRIVILEGED – VEEP
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on individuals and corporate organisations to extend a hand of support to the less privileged people in their communities.
VRA HOPEFUL OF SOLVING ERRATIC POWER SUPPLY
The Volta River Authority (VRA) is hopeful that government’s pledge of ensuring constant power supply by the end of this year is attainable but attributed the recent worsening power supply to the challenges with gas flow from the Atuabo gas plant.
CEDI REBOUND WILL HELP BANKING SECTOR
The Executive Director of uniBank Ghana Limited, Mr Owusu Ansah, is optimistic that growth in the banking sector will soon pick up following the successful rebound of the cedi which rose from GH¢4.4 a dollar in late June this year to GH¢ 3.3 on July 14, 2015.
GRA UNHAPPY WITH ABUSE OF PERMITS
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has expressed dismay over the continuous abuse of the temporary importation permit granted to citizens in the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) countries.
KWAEBIBIREM RURAL BANK RETURNS TO PROFITABILITY
The Kwaebibirem Rural Bank Limited at Akyem Asuom in the Eastern Region posted a profit of GH¢86,155 in 2014 after making a loss of GH¢406,654 in 2013.
NESTLE GHANA PROMOTES ICT AMONG FARMERS
Nestle Ghana Limited has kick-started an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training programme for cocoa farmers and school children in communities it sources raw materials for the manufacture of its products in the country.
OMCs DROPS PRICES OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
Some Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have begun a further reduction in the prices of petroleum products in line with full price deregulation of the sector.
SOUTH AKIM RURAL BANK DECLARES DIVIDEND
The South Akim Rural Bank Limited in the Eastern Region is to pay a total,amount of GH¢417,150 as dividend to shareholders of the bank for the financial year of 2014. The proposed dividend is GH¢ 0.0070 per share.
AIRTEL MONEY REGISTERS 2M CUSTOMERS
Airtel Ghana, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Ghana, has registered 2 million customers on its mobile money payment platform.
FIDELITY BANK UNDERTAKES CSR ACTIVITY
Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited has opened a 12-seater “biofil” lavatory facility at the St. Maurice R/C JHS in La, Accra.
TOMATO SELLERS GO WILD ON ‘GORO BOYS’
Tomato sellers at the CMB and Railway Line markets in the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra are up in arms against middlemen [Goro Boys] whose activities they say, are not only inimical to their trade, but also deprive the state of revenue.
INTENSIFY PUBLIC EDUCATION ON INSURANCE
The Managing Director of Equity Assurance, Mr Prince Adeyemi Adetuwo, has called for intensive public education on the need for people to sign on to insurance policies.
CEDI APPRECIATION NOT GOOD FOR ECONOMY – ECONOMIST
An economist and senior lecturer at the Economics Department at the University of Ghana says the recent appreciation of the country’s currency against other major currencies is not good for the country’s economy.
ABII NATIONAL ADDS TWO NEW BRANCHES
ABII National, a savings and loans company, has opened two new branches in Ashaiman and Aflao as part of efforts to extend its services to clients in the Greater Accra and Volta regions.
FAO CALLS FOR $20M TO PREVENT AVIAN FLU IN WEST AFRICA
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is calling for $ 20 million to prevent the spread of avian flu across West Africa.
LEAP PAYMENT STARTS FROM JULY 21
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection on Monday said the 37th manual and 11th electronic-payment cycle of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, comes off on Tuesday, July 21 to Friday, July 24.
DALEX REWARDS ITS PUBLIC WORKER LOAN CLIENTS WITH FREE CASH
Dalex Finance and Leasing Company Limited (DALEX), a wholly Ghanaian non-bank financial institution, has launched this year’s ‘Cash Dash’ promotion during which it would offer free money to its Public Sector Loan clients.
BURUNDI VOTES WITHPRESIDENT SEEKING CONTROVERSIAL THIRD TERM
Burundi goes to the polls Tuesday with President Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence.
JAPAN DEMANDS CHINA HALT OIL EXPLORATION IN PART OF EAST CHINA SEA
Japan called on China on Tuesday to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations, concerned that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japanese territory.
NORTH KOREA SAYS NOT INTERESTED IN IRAN-LIKE NUCLEAR TALKS WITH U.S.
North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
U.N. COUNCIL BACKS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL BUT TEHRAN HARDLINERS OBJECT
The U.N. Security Council on Monday backed Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers but the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards attacked the resolution, underlining powerful opposition to the deal.
GREECE REOPENS BANKS, STARTS REPAYING SOME DEBTS
Greece reopened its banks and ordered billions of euros owed to international creditors to be repaid on Monday in the first signs of a return to normal after last week’s deal to agree a tough new package of bailout reforms.
EXPLOSION IN EASTERN CHINA KILLS TWO, SUSPECTED ATTACKER ALSO DEAD – XINHUA
An explosion in a park in China’s eastern Shandong province has killed two people as well as the suspected attacker, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.
RUSSIA MAKES RIVAL U.N. MOVE ON MH17 PROBE AFTER DISMISSING TRIBUNAL BID
Russia is pushing for a greater U.N. role in an investigation into what caused the downing of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine after dismissing a proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine for a U.N.-backed tribunal.
CUBA OPENS WASHINGTON EMBASSY, URGES END TO EMBARGO
The Cuban flag was raised over Havana’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time in 54 years as the United States and Cuba formally restored relations, opening a new chapter of engagement between the former Cold War foes.
U.S., ALLIES TARGET ISLAMIC STATE WITH 23 strike IN SYRIA AND IRAQ
The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants with nine air strikes in Syria and 14 in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said.
TENNESSEE RAMPAGE SUSPECT WENT TO QATAR IN 2014 – SOURCES
The man suspected of killing five members of the U.S. military in Tennessee last week was in Qatar at least once during a 2014 trip to the Middle East, according to two U.S. government sources who said reasons for the stopover were still unknown.
TURKISH POLICE FIRE TEARGAS AT DEMO AGAINST SYRIA BORDER ATTACK
Police in Istanbul fired teargas and water cannon when a demonstration by protesters blaming the government for a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing turned violent, a Reuters witness said.
HEARTS WILL NEVER BE RELEGATED – EDDIE ANSAH
Caretaker coach of Hearts of Oak, Eddie Ansah is optimistic his side will not be relegated at the end of the ongoing season.
WAFA COACH KILLA DENIES SPITTING CLAIMS
Ghana Premier League WAFA have brushed aside media reports that head coach John Killa spat at a match official in their 2-0 defeat at Obuasi on Sunday against New Edubiase.
DUNCAN ADMITS KOTOKO NEED TO WORK ON MENTALITY
Asante Kotoko coach David Duncan has suggested that his team is short of a fight-back spirit.
ESSIEN COULD BE OUT FOR SIX WEEKS AFTER SURGERY
Ghana and Panathanaikos midfielder Michael Essien could be out of action for six weeks as he is set to undergo a groin operation on his troublesome knee.
I’M NOT AFRAID OF BEING FIRED , SAYS DUNCAN
Asante Kotoko coach David Duncan has hinted that he is ready to leave the club if the management decides to fire him. However, he claims that there is more to the club’s woes than how people see it.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF H.E J. E. A. M