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Headline news- July 24 2015

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FRIDAY 24-7-2014

BY MR LARRY

PANIC: FILMMAKERS SCARE SPINTEX ROAD USERS

A movie crew of 11 was arrested yesterday for allegedly causing fear and panic during the shooting of a television series on the Spintex Road in Accra.

KORLE BU CEO BOARD CHAIR APOLOGISES TO COURT

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Korle BU Teaching Hospital and two others have purged themselves of contempt charges by withdrawing a letter terminating the appointment of the hospital’s head of accounting.

PARLIAMENT APPROVES REQUEST FOR $1.5M EUROBOND

Parliament has approved a request by the government to raise $1.5 billion from the European Bond Market to support the 2015 budget and refinance domestic and external debts.

80 RICHEST GHANAIANS NAMED

A list supposedly naming the 80 richest people in Ghana is out sending shockwaves and igniting a fresh debate about the net worth of some popular Ghanaians.

I WILL “THRASH” MY OPPONENT – NII LANTEY

Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodio Constituency, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has stated that he will win massively against the newly elected candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nii Lantey Bannerman.

RUBY COCAINE PAL FLOORS BNI

An Accra circuit court has ordered the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to release a vehicle in its custody to Sadalia Nuhu, one of the six persons freed in connection with the exportation of 12.5kg of cocaine to the United Kingdom by convicted Nayele Ametefeh aka Ruby Adu Gyamfi.

POLICE ACCUSED OF COVER UP IN CASE OF COP DEFILING GIRL, 12

Lawyers and family members of a 12-year-old girl have accused the Ghana Police Service of covering up a case in which a Police Lance Corporal, Emmanuel Kwamena Bartels, is alleged to have defiled the girl.

MPS OKAY $1.5 EUROBOND

Parliament approved the newly introduced $1.5 billion Eurobond yesterday as it prepares to rise for recess, shooting up Ghana’s debt pegged at Ȼ90 billion as at May, 2015. Part of the money is to be used to service the country’s rising debts.

NHIA BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION TO BEGIN IN NORTHERN REGION

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has announced its readiness to begin the biometric registration exercise in the Northern Region, scheduled to commence on Monday, July 27.

ABORTIONS HIGH IN VOLTA REGION

Spontaneous abortion due to stress, infections and poor nutrition is on the increase in Volta Region, Ms Joan Eleeza, a public health nurse at the Regional Directorate of health said in Ho on Wednesday.

BLOWS AT NDC MEETING; DCE ATTACKED, OTHER COLLAPSES

A meeting aimed at addressing grievances against some Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Eastern region by constituency executives of the National Democratic Congress was marred by violence as angry party executives attacked the DCE of Kwahu South Joseph Omari.

NPP MUST PROBE LEAKED SECRET MEETING AUDIO – ANALYST

Security analyst and lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kingsley Agyei, has advised the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to investigate and find the culprit behind the leaked audio off a meeting held at former president Kufour’s residence.

TOP BANKERS JAILED FOR STEALING

An Accra Circuit Court presided over by his Lordship, Justice Francis Obiri, on Wednesday sentenced Samuel Otomfuo, a former head of Operations at Access Bank to a year’s imprisonment for stealing Ȼ809,611.24 belonging to the bank.

GHANA WATER IDENTIFIES CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICALS IN PRA RIVER

Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) says it has identified cancer-causing chemicals in the Pra River which serves as a source of drinking water for residents of some communities in the Western Region.

MP QUESTIONS FISHERIES MINISTRY OVER $53.8M WORLD BANK MONEY

In the early hours of Thursday, a fight reportedly broke out between some fishermen and the personnel of the Ghana Navy on the high seas.

VOTER REGISTER CREDIBLE – EC INSISTS

The Electoral Commission (EC) has insisted the voter’s register is credible, and has therefore, rejected calls for a new register for the 2016 general elections.

AYARIGA SELLS IN NEW YORK

Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga has urged Ghanaians aboard to vigorously promote the beauty and elegance of their traditional wears to become the preferred brands internationally.

PPP HINTS OF MERGER AHEAD OF 2016 ELECTIONS

Next year may just see the other political parties – apart from the two major ones – merging to become a force to reckon with in the general elections.

BABY DIES AFTER PARENTS REFUSE BLOOD TRANSFUSION

A one-year-old baby lost her life at the Old Tarkwa Government Hospital in the Western region after her parents refused blood transfusion for her.

ECG APOLOGIES TO CUSTOMERS FOR DUMSOR

Officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in the Tarkwa District have apologized to residents of the town and its environs, for the intermittent power fluctuation.

PPP YOUTH BLAMES EC FOR AKUA DONKOR’S TANTRUMS

National Youth Co-ordinator of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP,) Divine Nkrumah, has stated that Ghanaians should blame the Electoral Commission (EC) for what he describes as the continuous “unguided public remarks” by the flag-bearer of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP,) Madam Akua Donkor.

I DIDN’T ATTEND NPP ‘SECRET’ MEETING – REV. EMMANUEL ASANTE

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante is considering legal action against the Herald newspaper for defamation after the paper linked him to an NPP meeting.

NLC DIRECTS MODEC TO PAY OFF DISMISSED WORKERS

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has directed oil company, MODEC, to pay off the 27 Ghanaian staff it dismissed some months ago.

KUFUOR CONFIRMS OTABIL, MARTEY, PALMER-BUCKLE NPP MEDIATION MEETING

The office of former President John Kufuor has confirmed reports of a high powered meeting between the former President and some highly placed religious leaders in the country in an attempt to resolve the confusion within the opposition New Patriotic Party.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

EU LIFTS BAN ON LOCAL AIRLINES

The European Union Commission in charge of air safety has lifted a nine-year ban imposed on Ghanaian registered carriers from operating flights within the union, following a petition by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

POWER MINISTER WARNS TAMALE YOUTH AGAINST VANDALISM

The Minister of Power, Kwabena Donkor has expressed disgust at the behaviour of some youth in Tamale for vandalizing some equipment and premises of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDco) and the Grid Company (GRIDco).

AKOSOMBO TO OPERATE ON ONLY TWO TURBINES

Authorities at the Volta River Authority (VRA) are planning to shut down two more turbines of the country’s biggest power-generating plant, the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam.

PRICES OF IMPORTED GOODS WOULD FALL NATURALLY

The Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana has appealed to Ghanaians to bear with importers as prices of imported goods would naturally fall as government put in the much anticipated measures to strengthen the cedi.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES TO SLASH FARES

Domestic Airline operators have hinted to Citi Business News prices of domestic airfares will soon be reduced following the performance of the cedi against major foreign currencies.

CAGD BRIEFS DEPARTMENT HEADS ON E-PAYMENT SYSTEM

A two-day workshop on the new electronic salary payment vouchers (ESPV) has ended in the Western Region with a call on heads of department to ensure proper validation before salaries were paid.

WORLD BANK RAISES CONCERNS OVER NEW NATIONAL AIRLINE

Citi Business News has gathered that the World Bank has raised concerns over the proposed arrangements for the setting up of new national airline.

POWER SITUATION TO IMPROVE WITH COMPLETION OF JUBILEE COMPRESSOR REPAIRS

The power crises could improve slightly by next month after repair works on the Jubilee compressor is completed.

STOP FOREIGNERS FROM IMPORTING NOT LOCALS – GUTA

The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has taken a swipe at the Finance Minister Seth Tekper over his request for an increase in exports.

COURT ADJOURNS RULING ON SALE OF SIC ASSETS

Insurance giant SIC would have to wait until October 19 to know whether its assets would be sold or not.

PLASTIC MANUFACTURES REJECT PLASTIC BAN

Plastic manufactures and recycling companies have rejected moves by government to temporary ban plastics in the country.

PEAK MILK LAUNCHES ‘SHINE WITH PEAK’ CAMPAIGN

Peak Milk has launched a consumer–oriented promotion geared towards mitigating the impact of the erratic power supply in Ghana.

HORDS COCOA AND INTRAVENOUS TO LIST ON GAX

Barring any hitches the Ghana Alternate Exchange (GAX) will see two additional listings this year.
Indigenous manufacturing company, Hords Cocoa is expected to list on the GAX following its IPO opening.

NLC DIRECTS STANCHART TO HALT LAYOFFS

Citi Business News has gathered that the National Labour Commission (NLC) has ordered Standard Chartered Bank to halt moves to lay off some workers of the bank.

CAL BANK OPENS NEW BRANCH AT DANSOMAN

CAL Bank Limited has opened its 24th branch at Dansoman near the roundabout.

AFB GHANA PLC LISTS ON GHANA ALTERNATIVE MARKET

AFB Ghana Plc, has officially listed its bonds on the Ghana Alternative Market (GAX), becoming the second after IZWE Loans to list bonds on the GAX; a move which the Deputy Finance Minister describes as a landmark development in Ghana’s corporate bond development.

‘1,800MW EMERGENCY PLANT WASTEFUL; ELECTRICITY COST TO GO UP’

The Executive Director of the African Center for Energy Policy, (ACEP) has described as “wasteful” emergency power plants being procured by government to solve the current power crisis.

VLISCO TRAINS YOUNG FASHION DESIGNERS

Fifteen young talented designers have been enrolled into the 2015 Vlisco Tailoring Master Class Programme.

BUSINESSES URGED TO FOCUS ON ENRICHING LIVES, COMMUNITIES

The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Mrs Lucy Quist, has urged businesses to make the enrichment of lives and communities the focus of their products and services.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

OBAMA LEAVES US FOR AFRICA TRIP TO KENYA, ETHIOPIA

President Barack Obama left the US for Kenya on Thursday in a trip that will also include a stop in the Ethiopian capital and a visit to the home of the African Union.

MOROCCO ‘HOMOSEXUAL ASSAULT’ TRIAL ADJOURNED UNTIL AUGUST

The trial in Morocco of two men accused of beating up a man they allegedly thought was homosexual because of his effeminate appearance was adjourned Thursday until next month, an NGO said.

GUNMAN KILLS TWO, INJURES SEVEN IN LOUISIANA

A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said.

TURKISH JETS HIT ISLAMIC STATE POSITIONS IN SYRIA – PM’s OFFICE

Turkish fighter jets pounded Islamic State targets in Syria early on Friday, the prime minister’s office said, after Turkey said it would take any “necessary measures” to protect itself from Islamist and Kurdish militant attacks.

U.S. JUSTICE DEPT ASKED TO PROBE HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAIL USE – NYT

The U.S. Justice Department is weighing a request by two government inspectors general to open a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account for her work as secretary of state, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

AUSTRALIAN NURSE WHO AIDED ISIS HEADING HOME, COULD FACE ARREST

An Australian nurse alleged to have given medical assistance to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria could face arrest for violating tough new security laws when he lands in Sydney on Friday, police and officials said.

CHINESE DISSIDENT SETS SIGHTS ON SEAT IN TAIWAN PARLIAMENT

Twenty-six years after Wu’er Kaixi stood alongside young comrades to stare down People’s Liberation Army tanks in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese democracy activist has his sights set on winning a seat in Taiwan’s parliament.

THAILAND INDICTS 72 HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUSPECTS AHEAD OF U.S. REPORT

Thailand on Friday indicted 72 people suspected of involvement in human trafficking, just days before the United States issues its latest assessment of the country’s anti-trafficking efforts next week.

REPUBLICAN DEBATE PREP : HOW TO HANDLE THE DONALD

In one corner: Donald Trump, the mud-slinging mogul with a complicated hairdo and a flair for the dramatic. In the other: Nine other U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls who wish Trump wasn’t standing among them.

OBAMA URGES BRITAIN TO STAY IN EU IN BBC INTERVIEW

U.S. President Barack Obama told the BBC in an interview excerpt that aired on Thursday that Britain must remain in the European Union to maintain its global influence.

ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET

A planet believed to be remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star, bolstering hopes of finding life elsewhere in the universe, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

BLACK STARLETS TO PLAY AT 2015 WAFU U17 TOURNAMENT IN BURKINA FASO

The Black Starlets will play at this year’s WAFU B U17 tournament in Burkina Faso, the Ghana Football Association has confirmed.

HEARTS EYE PROF . MINTAH

Accra Hearts Oak, still haunted by a lingering coaching problem, have intensified their search for a new tactician with the searchlight said to be gradually narrowing down to Professor Joseph Kwame Mintah.

ODURO SARFO: HEARTS, KOTOKO AREN’T RELEVANT NOW

Oduro Sarfo insists that both Kotoko and Hearts have lost their relevance in Ghana football due to their declining standards in recent years.

TWO GHANAIAN REFEREES CECIL FLEISCHER AND BADIU IBRAHIM SELECTED FOR WAFU B U17 TOURNAMENT

Two Ghanaian referees Cecil Amatey Fleischer and assistant Badiu Ibrahim Adams have been selected to officiate at this year’s WAFU B U17 tournament.

JONES ATTUQUAYEFIO GOES HOME TODAY

Some of Ghana’s eminent football stars (retired and active), coaches, administrators, government officials and supporters of the two traditional clubs of Accra, Hearts of Oak and Great Olympic, are expected to pay their last respects to the late Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, whose mortal remains will lie in state at the forecourt to the state House this morning before internment later in the day at the Awudome cemetery.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF H.E PROF. J. E. A. MILLS

Please Note! A minute Silence is to be observed At Exactly 2:15 PM THANK YOU.

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