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Headline News-August 4 2015

BY Mr Larry

WAPCO INCREASES GAS SUPPLY TO ABOADZE THERMAL PLANT

The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) has increased its volume of gas supplies to the Aboadze Thermal Plant.

2 ARRESTED WITH AK47 RIFLES

Two persons have been arrested by the Dodowa police following the shooting of a 22-year-old man at Louom .

NII ADAMA LATSE IS THE ONLY GA MANTSE

The purported installation of Dr Kelvin Nii tackie Abia tackie as Ga Mantse has taken a dramatic turn, with the office of the Ga Paramount Stool discovering him.

STRIKE GALORE PHARMACIES, MENTAL, NURSES, DOCTORS AND STATE ATTORNEYS SQUEEZE GOVERNMENT

There appears to be no end in sight to the chaos in the public health sector, as more worker groups continue to lay down their tools in protest over unpaid salaries and allowances.

68 DRIVERS CONVICTED FOR USING FAKE DOCUMENTS

About 68 drivers among 99 arrested for allegedly using fake road worthiness certificates have been convicted by an Accra motor court.

FEAR GRIPS NDC ASPIRANTS OVER BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION

Some delegates and would-be aspirants for the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) have expressed misgivings over the second phase of biometric voters registration which begun yesterday, Monday, August 3, 2015 across the country.

YOUTH CHASE AYORKOR BOTCHWAY

A group calling itself, Concerned Citizens of Ga Central Municipality, in the Greater Accra region is up in arms against the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, for what the group describes as “total neglect” of the people in the area by the MP.

DOCTOR’S’ STRIKE: POLICE HOSPITAL TO CREATE TEMPORARY WARDS

Authorities at the Police Hospital in Accra are to create a temporary ward to cater for the huge number of patients trooping to the facility for health care.

COMPLYING WITH THE BUILDING LAWS OF GHANA

The debris of the Building that collapsed at Cantoments recently
This short article focuses on the legal framework regarding unauthorised buildings in Ghana. The laws that we will consider in our discussion include the Towns Act, 1892 (Cap 86), Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462) and National Building Regulations, 1996 (LI 1630).

NDC ACCUSED IN BIMBILLA CRISIS

Butchers in Bimbilla in the Northern Region are seething with rage, questioning the authority of the regent of the area and have accused the government of taking sides in the crisis.

ASAMOAH GYAN’S ‘BLACKMAILER’ FREED

Broadcast journalist and deputy editor of Razz Entertainment Newspaper, Osafo Anthony, who was arrested by the Airport Police when he was said to be extorting an amount of 25,000 cedis from Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan, has been granted police enquiry bail.

GOV’T THIEVES TO VOMIT MILLIONS

The Auditor-General (A-G) is bracing himself to crack the whip on heads of ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) who do not use state resources for the intended and stated purposes.

WE CAN’T NEGOTIATE UNDER DURESS – GOV’T TO DOCTORS

Government has described as unlawful a strike action declared by health workers, particularly doctors and has appealed to them to return to work.

ECG’s NEW SUB-STATION TO BOOST POWER SUPPLY IN E/R

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has commissioned a new Sub-station at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region to improve upon the supply of power in the region.

PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN ACCRA DECLARE SIT-DOWN STRIKE

The psychiatric nurses in the capital city, Accra, have declared a sit-down strike, over the failure of government to pay their salary arrears.

KLOTTEY KORLE ELECTION WAS NOT RUSHED – KWABENA AGYEPONG

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Agyepong has dismissed claims that he rushed party’s parliamentary primaries in the Klottey Korle constituency.

SECURITY EXPERT COUNSELS COOL HEADS IN MAHAMA’S SECURITY BREACH

A security expert, Mr Emmanuel Sowatey, has called for calm as the country’s security machinery investigates a security breach at President John Dramani Mahama’s church where a gun man entered the church initially undetected.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MASSIVE REDUNDANCY CLAIMS HANG OVER DICS

The Maritime and Dockworkers Union of the TUC is demanding a redundancy package for the over 540 workers who will be forced out of work when the five Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) in the country go out of business by the end of this month.

REMOVE TAX EXEMPTIONS

Ghana’s tax exemptions are causing more harm to the economy than good, Group Chief Executive Officer of Ideal Financial Holdings Dr Nii Kotei Dzni has said.

GOV’T EXCEEDS H1 BORROWING TARGET

Government exceeded its borrowing target for the first six months of this year by more than GH¢763million, further deepening concerns about the country’s debt position.

CEDI PLUNGE CONFIRMS DOUBTS

The local currency has in the past two weeks failed to withstand the might of the US dollar, losing 6.31 percent in value on the interbank forex market.

FERTILISER COST SWALLOWS FARMERS INCOME

The high cost of fertiliser coupled with the lack of access to credit by smallholder farmers in the country is eroding the earnings on their investments thereby cutting yields from the agricultural sector and putting food security at risk, Dr. Kofi Debrah, Chief of Party, USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program, has disclosed to the B&FT.

GIFEC PILOTS FISH FINDERS WITH JAMESTOWN FISHERMEN

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) over the weekend, distributed 10 fish finders with accessories intended for pilot use, to fisher folk at the Jamestown fishing harbor in Accra.

MARKET SHOULD LEAD CONSOLIDATION – BANKER

Consolidation of the growing number of the universal banks in the country must be driven by market forces rather than engineered by the central bank, Francois Marchal, Deputy Managing Director of Societe Generale Ghana, has said.

EB-ACCION NOW PAN-AFRICAN SAVINGS AND LOANS

EB-ACCION has now rebranded as Pan-African Savings and Loans Company Ltd.
The re-branding is part of measures to strategically position the company to become a market leader in Africa.

GRA INAUGURATES SPECIAL TASKFORCE

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has inaugurated a 40-member special revenue mobilisation taskforce, to enforce compliance with tax laws and to get defaulting and potential taxpayers to honour their tax obligations.

MOODY’S VALIDATES ACCESS BANK’S CREDIT RATINGS

Access Bank Plc, the parent company of Access Bank Ghana, with operations across major cities and commercial centres in Sub-Saharan Africa, the UK and China, has been assigned a first-time credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service.

MORE DRIVERS PURCHASE FUEL BASED ON PRICES

Most drivers in the New Juaben Municipality purchase fuel based on the price and the good services rendered by the fuel attendants at a particular filling station.

BIG DATA, BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR GHANA – IBM BOSS

Ghana is in a unique position to establish itself as a regional hub for big data and analytics management due to its emerging business technology markets and fast-growing culture for innovation, says IBM Ghana.

GOIL SETS PETROLEUM DEREGULATION PRICE BENCHMARK

Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), the only indigenous downstream oil marketing company in the country has set a petroleum deregulation benchmark of constantly quoting the lowest price since the exercise started on June 16.

SIC’s PREMIUM IN 2014 GROWS BY 17.85%

SIC Insurance Company Limited increased its premium income to GHS115.7million in 2014 against GHS 98.2million in the year before, representing a 17.85% growth.

CLIMATE CHANGE CAN GRIND GHANA’S ECONOMY TO A HALT’

Ghana’s economy could soon grind to a halt unless government takes urgent steps to ensure that all economic activities take into consideration the impact on the environment.

PUSH NATIONAL SERVICE PERSONNEL TO SMEs

President of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana (EFG), Sam Ato-Gaisie, says the National Service Secretariat (NSS) must consider pushing service personnel to small and medium enterprises.

WANJO FOODS WINS US$25,000 INVESTMENT PRIZE

Wanjo Foods, agro-processing company has won a US$25,000 investment prize at a pitch competition hosted by the Case Foundation in Accra.

WESTERN UNION TIGHTENS SCREWS ON MONEY LAUNDERING

Western Union says it will further tighten its control systems in its fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

SURVEYORS GET SERVICE CENTRE IN ACCRA

PDSA Company Limited, authorised service partner for Leica Geosystems, has opened a service centre in Accra.

AIRTEL BUSINESS TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESSES

Businesses in Ghana are set to provide better products, improved services and attract more customers as their telecommunication and technology needs can be met by Airtel Ghana, one of the promising Telcos in the country.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

OVER 550 MIGRANTS RESCUED OFF ITALY, FIVE FOUND DEAD: MSF

More than 550 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which also carried the bodies of five people who died at sea.

ICC MUST INVESTIGATE IVORIAN PRESIDENT’S CAMP FOR WARTIME ABUSES : HRW

The International Criminal Court must broaden its investigation into the violence that ripped Ivory Coast apart in 2010 and 2011 to include violations committed by loyalists of President Alassane Ouattara, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

EGYPT SEEKS CASH, PRESTIGE BOOST WITH’ NEW SUEZ CANAL

Egypt is set to inaugurate a “new Suez Canal” waterway touted as an achievement rivalling the digging of the original, as it seeks to boost both its economy and international standing.

OBAMA ISSUES CHALLENGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE WITH POWER PLANT RULE

President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration’s controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.

BLAST IN KOREAN DMZ WOUNDS TWO SOUTH KOREAN SOLDIERS – MILITARY

Two South Korean soldiers were wounded by an explosion on Tuesday, possibly caused by a landmine, in the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea, military officials said.

PAKISTAN HANGS MAN LAWYERS SAY WAS A CHILD WHEN CHARGED WITH MURDER

Pakistan on Tuesday hanged a man whose case triggered an international outcry after his lawyers said he was arrested as a juvenile and tortured into confessing to a murder.

JAPAN A-BOMB SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER, DECRY ABE’S VIEW OF WAR

When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo – criticising the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION A DOMINANT THEME AT REPUBLICAN FORUM EVEN WITHOUT TRUMP

There was no Donald Trump but his top issue, illegal immigration, was a dominant theme on Monday for 14 Republican presidential candidates who tested their messages at a New Hampshire forum to start a pivotal week on the campaign trail.

CHINA’S FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT EBOLA-AFFECTED COUNTRIES

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi leaves this week on a visit to three of the African nations hardest hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FACES CRITICISM OVER HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT

Several U.S. politicians sharply criticised the Obama administration on Monday over an annual global report on human trafficking in response to a Reuters article chronicling how senior U.S. diplomats had watered down rankings of more than a dozen strategically important countries.

KOSOVO VOTES FOR NEW WAR CRIMES COURT

Kosovo’s parliament voted to change the constitution on Monday and create a war crimes court, which the West wants to try ethnic Albanian former guerrillas for alleged war crimes including organ harvesting.

SPORTS HEADLINES

WAKASO COMPLETES MEDICAL AT AL ITTIHAD

Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has completed his medicals with Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad.

SWAG WILL CONTINUE TO INFLUENCE GHANA SPORTS

President of Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), Kwabena Yeboah, has challenged members of the association and sports journalists in general to adopt a more professional approach to their work and ensure that accuracy and factual reporting become the cornerstone of their practice.

HEARTS FACE LIBERTY TOMORROW

Troubled Accra Hearts of Oak take on Liberty Professionals at the Carl Reindorf Park at Dansoman in a mid-week cracker as the First Capital Plus Premier League enters its 26th week.

JUDO: GHANA EXCELS AT WEST AFRICAN CHAMPS

Ghana’s Judo team last Saturday won two gold and a bronze medals at the West African Judo Open Championship held in Abidjan.

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