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THURSDAY 30-7-2015

BY MR LARRY

USE MOBILE PHONES TO FOSTER PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE – VEEP

The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has urged Ghanaians to harness the power of the mobile phone to promote peaceful coexistence.

NDC MAKING PROGRESS ON INFRASTRUCTURAL DEV — IMANI

Even though the government has made satisfactory progress in executing its 2012 manifesto, it is still behind schedule in advancing its Better Ghana Agenda, IMANI Ghana has said.

KANTAMANTO BOUNCES BACK 2 YEARS AFTER FIRE; TRADERS BACK TO OLD WAYS

Brisk trading activities have resumed in earnest at the Kantamanto Market, Accra’s biggest second-hand clothing hub, two years after a ferocious fire swept through the market and destroyed traders’ wares.

DON’T PLUNGE GHANA INTO MORE DEBTS – MINORITY

The Minority in Parliament has cautioned the government against plunging the country further into debt.

OTUMFUO EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER LIFELINE TO CEDI

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has added his voice to the view being expressed by some Ghanaians that the pumping of $20 million daily into the economy to stabilize the cedi may not be sustainable.

WE ARE IN DEEP HOLE – MINORITY

The Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) in parliament yesterday painted a gloomy picture Ghana’s economy, pointing out the with over 90 million cedis national debt, representing 67% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the economy could not be worse than this.

RAWLINGS IS NOT A “MONSTER ” – ATTA AKYEA

Atta Akyea
New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Akyem Abuakwa South has said former President John Rawlings is not a monster as he is perceived to be.

HACKMAN SUES 3 OVER NPP ‘SECRET’ MEETING

Former Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing in the erstwhile New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang has sued three individuals, including a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) newspaper editor, for libel in connection with the recent purported leaked tape of a meeting held at former President Kufuor’s residence.

DANFA RESIDENTS CRY FOR HELP

Residents of Danfa, in the Greater Accra region have appealed to the Ghana Police Service to help ensure security in their area and its environs.

NDC GETS NEW OFFICE IN GOMOA EAST

An aspiring National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Gomoa East Constituency, Mr Theophilus Ampah, has secured a new office for the party.

UCC LAUNCHES RESEARCH FUND

University of Cape Coast (UCC) has launched the Samuel and Emelia Brew-Butler UCC-GRASAG Research Fund in Accra.

ACID FOUND ON AFOKO

It has emerged that the dress of Gregory Afoko , one of the two persons standing trial over the murder of Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama which was retrieved by the police contained acid.

MAN GRABBED FOR POURING ACID ON WIFE

A 37-year-old driver who allegedly poured acid on his estranged wife after she had walked out of their marriage of 14 years has been arrested.

AL-HASSAN LIGBI HEADS MMT

Mr Al-Hassan Ligbi, a transport and logistics expert, has been appointed as the new managing director of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT).

PEAK MILK ORGANISES HEALTH TALK FOR KAYAYEI

A number of female porters, popularly known as kayayei, have benefited from a health talk at the Children’s Park in Accra, in line with efforts to promote good nutrition among Ghanaians.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES ARE DEATH THREATENING’

Country Director of Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company in Nigeria and East Africa regions, Carl Engleman, has revealed that cardiovascular diseases are among the top ten (10) causes of death in Africa.

WORKSHOP ON SUBSTANDARD MALARIA DRUGS HELD IN ACCRA

The Food and Drugs Authority has expressed concern about the increase in falsified and substandard malaria drugs in the country.

NPP TO MAKE AFRAM PLAINS ‘TRUE’ BREADBASKET— BAWUMIA

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is considering a significant investment in the Afram Plains to make it a true breadbasket as part of the overall strategy to transform agriculture in the country.

NPP BEHIND MAHAMA’S ASSASSINATION PLOT – NDC CHAIRMAN

National Democratic Congress (NDC) chairman for Lower Manya Krobo, has accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of masterminding the attempted assassination of President Mahama.

D-DAY FOR KORLE KLOTTEY NPP

An Accra High Court will today hear the motion for injunction brought against the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to halt the parliamentary primary at the Korle Klottey constituency.

FAKE DOCTOR ARRESTED AT KORLE BU

A middle aged man who has been posing as a medical doctor attending to patients at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra has been nabbed.

WE CAN’T FLY STOWAWAYS – GOV’T

Ghana’s Ambassador to Angola, Moses Bukari Mabenga, has disclosed that the consulate has no budgetary allocation for the repatriation of illegal migrants (especially stowaways) to the country.

ATUABO FREEPORT PROJECT APPEAL STILL ON; 5 MPs ANGRY

The five Minority Members of Parliament challenging the establishment of the Atuabo Free Port have dismissed media reports the case has been thrown out on appeal.

EACH GHANAIAN OWES GHC3,600 – MINORITY

Every Ghanaian now has a debt of ¢3,600 to pay if the public debt of GHC90 billion contracted by government is anything to go by, the Minority in Parliament has said.

MINISTER PRAISED GHANAIAN DIASPORA FOR PROMOTING GHANA ABROAD

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has commended the Ghanaian Diaspora for their initiative of promoting Ghana’s Tourism and Culture potential abroad.

GHANA DOCTORS DECLARE INDEFINITE STRIKE

Doctors in Ghana have declared an indefinite strike.
The move follows the inability of government to resolve their grievances over their working conditions.

NPP CRISIS: AFOKO, AGYEPONG PROBLEMS WILL CONSUME THEM – ATTA AKYEA

NPP MP for Abuakwa South Samuel Atta Akyea has stated that the party’s national chairman Paul Afoko and General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong have “created a problem that can consume them”, if they are not careful.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BORROWING: IMF TO IMPOSE LIMITS

Ghana’s rising public debt which has hit 90 million cedis has become a source of worry, prompting fears that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could set limits on further government borrowing.

‘DUMSOR’: MANUFACTURING, CONSTRUCTION, OTHERS WORSE HIT

Construction, manufacturing, transport and storage, Electricity as well as Hospitality industries are the hardest hit sectors in the Ghanaian economy in 2015 according to a report authored by investment firm, Investcorp.

GOV’T RAISES TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Government is optimistic Parliament’s approval for an increase in the excise duty on tobacco products, from 150 percent to 175 percent of the ex-factory price, will further discourage consumption of the products.

PRODUCER PRICE INFLATION FOR JUNE STANDS AT 23.1%

The Producer Price Inflation (PPI) rate for June 2015 increased to 23.1 percent indicating that from June 2014- June 2015, the PPI increased by 23.1 per cent.

PBC VENTURES INTO HOTEL INDUSTRY

The Produce Buying Company (PBC) has ventured fully into the hospitality industry with the setting up of the Golden Bean Hostel in Kumasi.

NOMINATIONS FOR ‘MADE IN GHANA AWARDS’ OPEN

Nominations for the ‘Made in Ghana Awards’ which aim at inducting the most outstanding products and services in Ghana into a hall of fame, have opened in Accra.

MAHAMA SCORES ZERO IN ENERGY

The John Mahama-led Government scored zero per cent in energy and performed below average on the economy, according to an IMANI Ghana assessment report, released yesterday.

MINORITY WARNS OF ECONOMIC RECESSION

The Minority in Parliament on Wednesday warned that Ghana stands the risk of slipping into the worst-ever economic recession if government does not rein in the country’s spiralling national debt and inexcusable budget deficits.

GOV’T GROSSES $79m AS REVENUE FROM CRUDE EXPORTS

New revenue figures from the petroleum sector, shows that earnings from crude oil exports which came in the form of taxes and royalties have gone down marginally.

AfDB AND PARTNER OFFER STRATEGIC ANALYSIS ON HEALTH FINANCING

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would partner and design a practical way to support successful public-private interactions.

BANKS ASKED TO EXPOSE FRAUDULENT STAFF MEMBERS

A certified fraud examiner, Mr Maxwell Nortey-Newman, has urged banks not to shield employees who engage in fraud.

GRA EDUCATES PUBLIC ON BENEFITS OF VOLUNTARY TAX PAYMENT

Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), has organised an educational forum in Accra to sensitise the public on the benefits of voluntary tax payment.

JICA SUPPORTS ECG WITH TRAINING EQUIPMENT

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over equipment worth US$137,500 to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) under the Technical Cooperation Project for Electrical Engineers Training for African countries.

GROUNDNUTS HAVE HUGE EXPORT POTENTIAL FOR GHANA – GEPA

Mr Stephen Normeshie, the General Manger of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), has said that groundnut has been identified as one of the major cash crops with huge export potentials for Ghana.

SUBAH PROMISES TO SOLVE GHANA’S ICT DEFICIENCY

Subah Infosolutions, Ghana’s leading IT and telecommunications solution provider says it is putting in place practical measures to address the dire shortage of ICT skills in the country.

GHANAIAN FOOD COMPANY WINS US INVESTMENT PRIZE

Wanjo Foods, an indigenous food company based in Accra has been announced the winner of a $ 25,000 investment prize at a pitch competition hosted by an American based organisation, Case Foundation.

CRUDE OIL PRICES HIT RECORD LOW

The price of crude oil in the international market has dropped to a record low, a development that could influence price review locally by this weekend.

SOCIETE-GENERALE LAUNCHES ‘SPREAD THE WORD’ PROMO

Societe-Generale (SG) Ghana has launched a referral campaign dubbed: “Spread the Word Promotion’ to encourage existing customers to share their good experiences at the bank with others.”

GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION OF PALM OIL

A new set of policies expected to guide the production of palm oil is to be implemented in Ghana and other West Africa countries soon.

CEDI RECOVERY : BOG CHEATING BUSINESSES – ECONOMIST

Senior Economist with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Professor Edward Gartey, has said the approach by the Bank of Ghana to address the depreciating Cedi amounts to “cheating” businesses.

WE EXECUTED OUR MANDATE IN NIGERIA WITH DISTINCTION – WEST BLUE

The company selected to operate the Single Window at Ghana’s ports, West Blue Consulting insists that it executed its mandate in Nigeria with distinction and subsequently received commendation from the World Customs Organization.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGER TO HOLD PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON FEBRUARY 21

The first round of Niger’s presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, the country’s election commission said, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term.

FULL VEIL BANNED IN KEY NIGER REGION OVER BOKO HARAM FEARS

Authorities in Niger’s Diffa area, on the border with Nigeria, have banned the full Islamic veil following suicide attacks in countries in the region by women wearing the religious garment, an official said Wednesday.

ZIMBABWEAN PAIR DUE IN COURT OVER CECIL THE LION KILLING

Two men are due to appear in court in Zimbabwe later over the killing of Cecil, the country’s most famous lion.

TALIBAN LEADER MULLAH OMAR ‘IS DEAD’

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim.

MALIK ISHAQ : PAKISTAN SUNNI MILITANT CHIEF KILLED BY POLICE

Pakistani police say they have shot dead Malik Ishaq, the leader of banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

RUSSIA VETOES BID TO SET UP TRIBUNAL FOR DOWNED FLIGHT MH17

Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution on Wednesday that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine.

PRESSED BY LEFT, GREECE’S TSIPRAS VOWS ‘THUS FAR AND NO FURTHER’

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not implement reform measures beyond those agreed with lenders at a euro zone summit this month.

TALIBAN CAPTURE DISTRICT IN AFGHANISTAN’S HELMAND PROVINCE

Afghanistan’s Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own.

JAILED CHINESE LOGGERSAMONG THOUSANDS FREED IN MYANMAR AMNESTY – OFFICIALS

Myanmar released 6,996 prisoners in an amnesty on Thursday that included 155 Chinese citizens jailed last week for illegal logging, government and prison sources said.

INDIA HANGS MAN CONVICTED OF 1993 MUMBAI BOMB BLASTS

India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country’s deadliest bombings, which killed at least 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court rejected a desperate overnight plea to delay his execution.

NEPAL LANDSLIDE KILLS 15 PEOPLE, DEATH TOLL MAY RISE : MINISTRY

A landslide triggered by torrential rain killed 15 people in western Nepal and the death toll could rise, the home ministry said on Thursday.

CAMPUS OFFICER CHARGED IN DEATH OF UNARMED MAN

Samuel Dubose, who was black, was shot in the head by white officer Raymond Tensing during a traffic stop in Cincinnati. Body-camera footage contradicted the initial police report that Tensing was dragged by the car and nearly run over.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GFA MOTION AGAINST ELECTION COURT CASE ADJOURNED

The Ghana Football Association’s motion to throw out the case preventing it from holding its presidential election has been adjourned.

COACH KILA CLEARED OF MISCONDUCT

The GFA Disciplinary Committee has cleared West African Football Academy (WAFA) coach, John Kila, of misconduct after considering the charge sheet, evidence of the coach, the match report and the video of the said incident.

STADE RENNAIS OPEN TALKS WITH MAJEED WARIS

Ghana striker Majeed Waris and his representatives have opened talks with French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais, according to L’Equipe.

BERNARD DONG-BORTEY JOINS SWEDISH CLUB ANGE IF

Former Hearts of Oak winger Bernard Dong Bortey claims he has signed a contract to join Swedish fourth tier club Ange IF.

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