BY MR LARRY
GHANA GRID COMPANY TO REPLACE OLD EQUIPMENT
The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) is currently replacing all over-aged equipment at its major substations across the country to enhance the substations’ capacity and operational reliability for the benefit of power consumers.
MINISTER PRESENTS SANITATION MATERIALS TO CENTRAL REGION
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, yesterday presented 10,000 litter bins to the Central Regional Coordinating Council (CRCC) to be distributed to all the districts in the region.
PASTOR SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT
A 36-year-old pastor at Kpalsi, a suburb of Tamale, has been sentenced to 60 days in prison with hard labour for physically assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
ELECTRICITY PLANT FOR SOKOBAN WOOD ENCLAVE
A private energy company, Kwamokau Energy Ghana Ltd, is to construct a six-megawatt plant at the Sokoban Wood Enclave in Kumasi to help ease the power challenges confronting the people of Kumasi.
MP DECRIES ACCIDENTS ON NSAWAM BYPASS
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, has decried the high rate of accidents on the Nsawam bypass, resulting in fatalities, and serious and minor injuries to pedestrians, especially schoolchildren who use the road.
AFRICAN GOVTS PLEDGE TO STOP OPEN DEFECATION BY 2030; ENDORSE NGOR DECLARATION
African governments have made a 10-point commitment to ensure improvement in sanitation and hygiene on the continent and also endorsed a declaration to follow them through.
30 TEACHERS IN AGONA WEST ATTEND WORKSHOP ON SOLAR ENERGY
Thirty teachers drawn from selected basic and senior high schools in the Agona West Municipality have attended a three-day workshop on solar energy.
PASTORS MUST BE NEUTRAL – ASIEDU NKETIA
General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia has stressed the need for the clergy to avoid soiling themselves in partisan politics.
MP SUPPORTS THROAT CANCER VICTIM
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea-Huni Valley, Mr Francis Koffie Adu-Blay, has presented a cheque for GH¢2, 000 to Mr John Kwame Blaychie, a 47-year-old unemployed man suffering from throat cancer, to enable him to undergo a second surgery at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in the Central Region.
JUABEN CONSTITUENCY PRIMARY TURNS TO FOOD FAIR FOR DELEGATES
Even though the Juaben Constituency New Patriotic Party (NPP) primary was a contest, it turned out to be of more fun and entertainment than expected as the delegates had a lot to eat and drink.
SHOP OWNER LOSES MILLIONS IN ABOSSEY OKAI FIRE
The shop owner at Abossey Okai, whose wares were destroyed by fire last Monday, is counting his loss.
GUNMAN’S TRIAL FLAWED– NDEBUGRI
The trial and the imprisonment of the gunman who claims he went to the president’s church last Sunday to assassinate him has been described as flawed, according to private legal practitioner, John Ndebugri.
COURT TO RULE ON WEST BLUE CASE ON FRIDAY
The Human Rights Division of the High Court will, on Friday, July 31, 2015, decide whether or not to entertain a suit challenging the government’s engagement of West Blue Ghana Limited for the implementation of the Single Window and Risk Management System project at the country’s ports.
GPHA BOSS AGAIN ; SCUTTLES LOCALl UNION ELECTIONS
The Richard Anamoo-led management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) is bent on imposing its preferred candidates to serve on the executive body of the workers union against wise counsel, Today’s investigations have established.
BAN ALL DORMANT, ‘MEAT-PIE EATING’ PARTIES – PPP
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is asking the Electoral Commission (EC) to revoke the licenses of some political parties in the country.
PRESIDENT MAHAMA’S WOULD-BE ASSASSIN JAILED 10 YEARS
A 36-year old unemployed who was arrested at the Ringway Assemblies of God church in the Greater Accra Region with a loaded hand gun, was Tuesday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, after he confessed that he had wanted to kill President John Mahama and replace him as president of Ghana.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ISNO PROBLEM – ASHIE MOORE
Member of Parliament for Adentan Constituency, Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore says he is not worried about mistakes made at the Privileges Committee meeting of Parliament.
COURT ADJOURNS AFOKO’S CASE
A Magistrate Court in Accra on Tuesday adjourned to August 11 the case of Gregory Afoko and Musah Issah who are allegedly linked to the murder of Alhaji Adam Mahama.
KEJETIA TRADERS APPEAL COURT’S DISMISSAL OF INJUNCTION
The Kejetia Traders Association in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region has appealed against the dismissal of an application for an injunction against the demolition of the market by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) by a Human Rights Court.
MY SON IS MENTALLY UNSTABLE – MOTHER OF JAILED GUNMAN
The mother of a man arrested and jailed for ten years for illegal possession of arms says her son is mentally unstable.
Okonam M/A School: Pupils learn with snakes in untidy classrooms
OKONAM M/A SCHOOL IN DEPLORABLE STATE
Teachers and pupils of Okonam Municipal Assembly school in the Suhum Municipality of the Eastern Region are being haunted by snakes in their crumbling classrooms.
MPs TO PROBE MAHAMA’S ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
Parliament will be probing President Mahama’s assassination plot and demand an overhaul of the president’s security detail following the conviction of a man who went to the President’s church with a weapon.
5 LEADING BANKS IN TROUBLE
Credible information available to The General Telegraph indicates that the Bank of Ghana has sanctioned five banks for engaging in practices that have denied the nation substantial amounts of revenue.
WORLD BANK WITHDRAWS CASH FOR NEW AIRLINE
The World Bank has withdrawn its financial support for government’s initiative to establish a new national airline. This follows a review of the pre-feasibility report submitted by the supervising ministry to the Bank for perusal.
FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GROW
The Bank of Ghana has issues a report that show foreign currency deposits grew briskly in the first five months of the year; at a time the cedi experienced a sharp decline in value against the major trading currencies.
TIGHT FISCAL REGIME STRANGLES MINING SECTOR’
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Suleman Koney, has raised concerns over the declining nature of exploration activities in the country’s mining sector, explaining that the trend, if not checked, could translate into a decline in annual gold output.
GOIL MUST HELP BEAT DOWN PRICES – ACEP BOSS
Goil must use its privileged position as both a Bulk Oil Distribution Company (BDC) and an Oil Marketing Company (OMC) to help beat down prices of petroleum products, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director of the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), has said.
MINERS URGED TO INITIATE 25-YEAR POWER AGENDA
Mining industry players have been asked to proactively initiate a 25-year power agenda with regulators and power providers to lock-in and secure the power requirement necessary for smooth performance of the industry.
BANKS INCREASE LOANS TO “TROTRO” DRIVERS
Financial institutions in the country have increased loans advanced to commercial drivers, as they seek to divert their portfolio and maximise returns.
TELECOMS CHAMBER WELCOMES BOG GUIDELINES ON MOBILE MONEY
The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has welcomed the Bank of Ghana’s new E-Money Issuers Guidelines and Agent Guidelines saying “they are comprehensive, conform to international best practices and reflect the inputs of all key stakeholders”.
GIVE SMEs CHANCE TO COMPETE – ACCESS BANK MD
The Managing Director of the Access Bank Ghana, Mr Dolapo Ogundimu, has said small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) should be given the needed attention to enable them to compete effectively on the global market.
SAINT PAUL’S CREDIT UNION MAKES 112% PROFIT
The Saint Paul’s Cooperative Credit Union in Kumasi has posted a profit of Gh¢101,568.64 in the 2014 financial year.
This is 112 per cent more than the Gh¢47,872.41 the union recorded in the previous year.
MAHAMA MUST DOWNSIZE GOV’T TO SAVE THE ECONOMY
An Economist and Head of Finance at the University of Ghana Business School, Dr. Godfred Bokpin is calling on President Mahama to downsize his government to help save the country’s economy.
JUBILEE PARTNERS COMPLETE WORK ON FPSO COMPRESSOR
Oil companies operating on the Jubilee Field have given the assurance that supply of gas from the FPSO will resume by the middle of August.
GOV’T TO INTRODUCE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SHIPPING SECTOR
Government is to set up modalities to compel shipping companies to introduce a training regime which ensures that their local staff gain professional qualifications in shipping.
MINERALS COMMISSION INAUGURATES MINING COMMITTEES
Dr Toni Aubynn, Chief Executive Officer of Minerals Commission, has inaugurated two small-scale mining committees in the Upper Denkyira East Municipal and Upper Denkyira West District Assemblies.
KOFORIDUA MARKET WOMEN CRY FOR HELP
Market women in the Koforidua Township have disclosed that, bad roads, the power crisis and unstable economy are affecting their businesses.
3 COMPANIES RECEIVE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Three companies have been rewarded by the Helaba Business Excellence awards for good corporate management, governance and high level of business confidence.
GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION OF PALM OIL DEVELOPED
A set of guidelines to control the production of palm oil in some West Africa countries has been developed by participants at a workshop in Accra.
SOUTH AFRICA HIGH COMMISSIONER ASSURES COUNTRY IS SAFE FOR TOURISTS
South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Lulama Xingwana, has dispelled fears of a recurrence of xenophobic attacks on African tourists and migrants.
NIGERIAN ARMY FREES DOZENS OF WOMEN, CHILDREN FROM BOKO HARAM
Nigeria’s army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country’s northeast.
GUNMEN IN EGYPT KILL GUARD OUTSIDE NIGER EMBASSY
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a security guard outside the embassy of Niger in Cairo early on Wednesday morning, the Egyptian interior ministry said in a statement.
S.AFRICA’S DESMOND TUTU READMITTED TO HOSPITAL
South African Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu was hospitalised Tuesday with a persistent infection just a week after being discharged following treatment for the same ailment, his foundation said.
PAKISTAN POLICE SAY KILL LEADER OF BANNED SECTARIAN GROUP
Pakistani police killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, his two sons and 11 others on Wednesday in a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy and freed him as he was being moved, police said.
BAHRAIN IDENTIFIES SUSPECTS IN TUESDAY’S BOMBINGS – REPORT
Several suspects in a bombing in Bahrain that killed two policeman have been identified and some have been arrested, the state news agency BNA said on Wednesday quoting the ministry of interior.
AMARI SAYS JAPAN, U.S. NEED MORE BILATERAL TRADE TALKS
Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Tuesday that Japan and the United States have not yet reached an agreement in bilateral trade talks and that the two nations need more discussion.
MORE THAN 2,000 MIGRANTS TRIED TO ENTER CHANNEL TUNNEL IN FRANCE
More than 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to reach Britain from France, French authorities said on Tuesday.
MALAYSIAN PROBE INTO FUND SCANDAL STALLS AFTER PM SACKS DEPUTY
A Malaysian parliamentary investigation into a graft scandal at a state investment fund embroiling Prime Minister Najib Razak has been put on hold as cracks in the long-ruling party appeared to widen on Wednesday.
MAGNITUDE 6.3 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES SOUTH-CENTRAL ALASKA
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled a wide area of south-central Alaska, including Anchorage, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.
EU’s MOGHERINI IN IRAN TO DISCUSS NUCLEAR DEAL, REGION – TV
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran’s state TV reported.
WE’LL SINK HEARTS ON SUNDAY – TOURE
Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League cliffhanger, Kumasi Asante Kotko’s striker is already relishing the occasion and hoping to shock Accra Hearts of Oak at their own backyard.
GHANA TROPHY DROUGHT NOT SPIRITUAL – MUNTARI
Ghana international Sulley Muntari says the Black Stars’ inability to win trophies is not spiritual, insisting that the team is technically good enough to dominate the continent.
HEARTS NEED TECHNICAL BACK-UP – AKWETEY
A former board member of Accra Hearts of Oak, Stephen Akwetey, insists the club requires a technical reinforcement as they battle for survival in the Premier League.
EXCLUSIVE: SULLEY MUNTARI AMONG WORLD’S HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALLERS AFTER £6.4m SAUDI ARABIA MOVE
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has joined his compatriot Asamoah Gyan in the league of highest paid footballers in the world after sealing the bumper move to Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
GYIMAH TO COMPLETE PIRATES MOVE THIS WEEK
Ghana defender Edwin Gyimah is expected complete his move to Orlando Pirates later this week.