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Headline News-August 4 2015

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WEDNESDAY 5-8-2015

BY MR LARRY

DEV’T PLAN MUST DEVISE STRATEGY TO BOOST GROWTH– MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has charged framers of the nation’s development plan to help devise strategies that will help boost Ghana’s economy.

PROJECT TO PROCESS CASSAVA FOR INDUSTRIAL USE IN THE OFFING

Food researchers have proposed the setting up of a centre to add value and enhance the commercialisation of cassava in the country.

BLAME LABOUR UNRESTS ON GOV’T INCOMPETENCE – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the blame for the current spate of industrial strikes lies squarely with the government, having “proven to be very insensitive to the plight of workers” and also for showing “bad faith in negotiating with workers.”

MAHAMA BOYS SACKED CEPS BOSS

The removal of the Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Mr. Wallace Akondor, is being described as a booby trap set up at the presidency to ensnare President John Dramani Mahama, with the aim of embarrassing him.

SACKED OWASS HEADMASTER TO COUGH GHC2,649,000

Two concerned old students of Opoku Ware School (OWASS), have moved to ensure that the Ghana Education Service (GES) compels the ousted headmaster of the school to refund over GHC2,649,000 that he (headmaster) fraudulently extorted from two year groups for supply of customised school suits, vests, blazers and track-suits.

ARCHITECTS COUNCIL HOLDS WORKSHOP ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Architects and Built Environment Professionals have attended a two-day workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) organised by the Architects Registration Council (ARC).

NO CONDITION OF SERVICE, NO WORK’

Nothing short of a signed document detailing our conditions of service will make us return to work,” striking doctors in the country have stated.

TWO ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

The police have arrested two men after their attempt to break into the room of a 42-year old woman was foiled at Meremano, near Drobo in the Jaman South District in the Brong Ahafo Region.

EC CONSIDERS NEW REGISTER OPTION

The Electoral Commission (EC) is looking at a better option out of the calls and counter calls by political parties and other groups for a new voters’ register to be compiled ahead of the 2016 general elections.

NETWORK OPPOSES INTRODUCTION OF PRE-PAID WATER METERS

The Water Citizens Network of Ghana (WCNG) has expressed strong opposition to the introduction of pre-paid meters for water by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWC).

PRIVATE HOSPITALS REJECT NHIS CARDS

The directive by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) that card holders should visit private and faith-based hospitals in the wake of the GMA’s strike has been met with stiff opposition as some private health facilities are demanding cash for their services.

UCC INTRODUCES COURSE FOR POLITICAL COMMUNICATORS

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has introduced a new course in the Communication Department to train political communicators to help political institutions and actors in the country to better convey their messages.

NO CASH FOR STRIKING DOCTORS

The chaos in the public health sector may not be ending anytime soon because there is no money to meet the demands of the workers, especially those of the striking doctors who are in day seven of the strike.

NURSES AT ACCRA PSYCHIATRIC CALL OFF STRIKE

Nurses at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital have called off their day-old strike.
It follows a meeting with officials of Ministry of Health as well as the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Haruna Iddrisu on Tuesday.

GAS EXPLOSION KILLS 2

A gas explosion at Ngleshie Amanfrom , near Kasoa in the Central Region, has killed two people, with others sustaining serious injuries.

MUSICIAN ARRESTED OVER BABY JET SEX TAPE

Popular Reggae musician and President of the Music Council of Ghana, Lester Ekwo Micah, was arrested Tuesday evening over what has become known as the ‘Asamoah Gyan sex video saga’.

POLICE HOSPITAL RECALLS STAFF ON LEAVE

The Police Hospital in Accra has suspended leave for all its staff, the Acting Public Relations Officer of the Hospital, Corporal Faustina Nunekpeku has told the General Telegraph

POLICE ISSUES PUBLIC FRAUD ALERT
The Police administration has uncovered the latest operandi being used by scammers to swindle innocent citizens of their hard earned monies.

TWO FLYOVERS AT KWAME NKRUAMH CIRCLE READY

President John Mahama is expected to open traffic at two completed flyovers at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange this week.

40-YEAR DEV’T PLAN BOUND TO FAIL IF … – Dr GYAMPO

A political scientist with the University of Ghana Dr Ransford Gyampo says any national development plan that is not binding on all political parties is an exercise in futility.

NPP IS FIGHTING TO BE PART OF HISTORY – ADJEI MENSAH KORSAH

New Patriotic Party’s Director of Elections Adjei Mensah Korsah has downplayed suggestions the recent chaos that has characterized the party’s parliamentary primaries will lead to its downfall.

FRESH SUIT AGAINST GOV’T OVER WEST BLUE TAKEOVER

Government is being accused of misleading the High Court in a case challenging its decision to award West Blue Company Limited the contract to undertake destination inspection duties at the ports.

WE DIDN’T LEAK DOCTORS’ CONDITIONS OF SERVICE – GOV’T

Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, has rejected claims that government leaked conditions of service document which was tabled before them by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).

NDC COLLAPSING SINGLE SPINE SALARY SYSTEM – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has descended heavily on the John Dramani Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the face of numerous strikes within the health sector.

ONE MILLION VOTES FOR NDC PLUS 10 PARLIAMENTARY SEATS IN ASHANTI IS A MUST-NDC YOUTH WING

The NDC youth wing in the Ashanti region is now more resolved than ever in its quest to attain a million votes and ten parliamentary seats within the Ashanti region.

TRADERS FIGHT GOV’T OVER BIRD FLU

Some traders who deal in poultry products have expressed concern about the government’s lackadaisical approach in containing the recent outbreak of Bird Flu which is adversely affecting their business.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN MUST WORK – MAHAMA

President John Mahama has tasked the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) to ensure that the national development plan for Ghana does not fail like previous developmental initiatives.

54 TRANSBORDER CHECKPOINTS SPUR COMPLAINTS

Ghana’s security agencies have come under severe criticism from transborder operators for mourning scores of permanent and temporary checkpoints that contravene the ECOWAS convention on transit goods.

NATION COULD LOSE BOND HOLDERS – AKOTO OSEI

The Member of Parliament for Old Tafo and ranking member on Finance, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei has stated that the country risks losing its foreign investors, especially holders of the country’s bonds, if instability in the economy continues.

FARMERS REJECT PROPOSED BAN ON CASHEW EXPORT

Cashew farmers have vehemently kicked against a proposed ban on the export of raw cashew nuts (RCN) by players in the cashew processing industry, describing the processors’ stance as an attempt to suppress farmers’ income-growth.

STC STILL SICK DESPITE EFFORTS TO REVAMP IT

It seems all is not well with the state owned Transport Company, intercity STC even after the company underwent a great deal of revamping.

ECG BATTLES GH¢444m SYSTEM LOSSES

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), haunted by huge revenue losses lost to power theft, non-payment of bills on the part of its consumers, has vowed to cut down on such losses which last year were more than GH¢444m.

DEMAND RECEIPTS AFTER TRANSACTIONS — GRA

Consumers have been urged to be more diligent and insist on tax invoices when they undertake any business transaction which attracts taxes.

THREE BODIES FIGHT SALARY DRAWING ‘GHOSTS’

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) is confident that new initiatives from the department, the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Ministry of Finance will help expunge the names of non-working people from the public payroll and bring to an end the existence of ‘ghosts,’ which is costing the nation about GH¢100 million every month.

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.

POWER CHALLENGES SCARE INVESTORS AWAY’

The Ghana Chamber of Mines has called for affordable and regular power supply to the business community in order to attract investments and grow the economy.

PAYROLL CLEANING CHALKS SOME POSITIVES – IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says it has taken cognisance of the various successes chalked up by the government through past and ongoing policy interventions aimed at ridding the payroll of ‘ghost’ names.

CONSTRUCTION OF US$139m GARDEN CITY MALL BEGINS

It will cost US$130 million and when completed in December 2016, it will provide permanent jobs for over 1,000 Ghanaians.

GNPC COMMITTED TO WORK WITH COMMUNITIES – MOULD

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), says it would continue to partner with communities as it seeks to harness the country’s petroleum resources for national development.

OUR OIL MONEY ONLINE’ PLATFORM LAUNCHED

Africa Centre for Energy Policy, in collaboration with other governmental institutions has launched a platform to enhance the citizen’s ability to keep track of how the country’s oil and gas resources are managed.

WORKSHOP ON BANKNOTE AND CURRENCY MANAGEMENT BEGINS

Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, Governor, Bank of Ghana has called on West African Central Banks to adopt appropriate policies to safeguard the value of their currencies.

NEW JUABEN TO CONSTRUCT ULTRA MODERN TRANSPORT TERMINAL

The New Juaben Municipal Assembly has began the construction of a new transport terminal at the cost of 600,000 dollars.

MTN INVESTS $103 MILLION IN NETWORK IMPROVEMENT

MTN, Ghana’s leading mobile telecommunication company, is investing 103 million dollars into network improvement with focus on providing a distinct customer experience to its clients across Ghana.

COASTAL DWELLERS DEFACING GHANA CEDI NOTE – BoG

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has indicted residents of coastal areas especially fisher folks as the worst handlers of the nation’s currency.

AGI BAROMETER: BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INCHES UP

Business confidence for the second quarter of 2015 inched up marginally by 2.9 bases point in the latest Business Barometer report by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI).

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA NAMES NEW HEAD OF STATE-RUN OIL COMPANY

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new head of the country’s corruption-hit state oil company, weeks after after sacking the entire board, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

EX-MINISTER NAMED HEAD OF MALI RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE

A former minister and member of the opposition was named head of Mali’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission as the west African country looks to strengthen a peace accord, a statement said.

INDIA FLOODS DERAIL TWO TRAINS, KILLING AT LEAST 20; HUNDREDS RESCUED

Two express trains derailed into a river in central India overnight after flood water weakened the tracks, killing at least 20 people and injuring 100, the government said on Wednesday.

AUSTRALIA SAYS INITIAL MH370 DEBRIS DRIFT MODELS GAVE WRONG CLUES

Initial models of where potential debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet might first wash up had incorrectly identified Indonesia as the most likely location, the Australian body leading the search said on Wednesday.

JAPAN’S ABE ASKS BIDEN FOR INVESTIGATION OF POSSIBLE U.S U.S. SPYING

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday for an investigation into possible spying on high-level Japanese government and corporate officials following WikiLeaks’ release last week of a list of spying targets, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES RISE AS AFGHAN WAR INTENSIFIES IN 2015

Armed clashes were the leading cause of almost 5,000 civilian casualties recorded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2015, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as fighting intensified following the withdrawal of most foreign troops last year.

FBI LOOKING INTO SECURITY OF CLINTON PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNT – WASHINGTON POST

The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing two government officials.

TAIPEI MAYOR TO ATTEND CHINA FORUM AFTER ROW FIZZLES

A forum between the mayors of the Taiwan capital of Taipei and the Chinese city of Shanghai will take place after all, Taipei said on Wednesday, suggesting a dispute over the Taipei mayor’s refusal to endorse Beijing’s “one China” policy has fizzled out.

CHINA APPEALS FOR U.S. HELP TO FIGHT XINJIANG MILITANTS

China has appealed for U.S. support in fighting Islamist militants in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, saying they are also a threat to the United States.

FEWER GERMANS GOING TO SYRIA, IRAQ TO FIGHT FOR ISLAMIC STATE – SPY CHIEF

Fewer Germans have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State in the past few months than during last year’s surge following the militants’ declaration of an Islamic caliphate, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence said.

SPORTS HEADLINES

HEARTS BATTLE LIBERTY FOR SURVIVAL

Accra Hearts of Oak will battle Liberty Professionals in a must-win encounter to begin their journey of surviving the drop in a mid-week duel of First Capital Plus Premier League at the Carl Reindorf Park.

METEORS READY FOR ALL AFRICA GAMES

Head coach of the national U-23 team, Malik Jabir, is confident his team will emulate the feat of their predecessors who won gold in soccer at the last All Africa Games (AAG) in 2011 in Maputo, Mozambique.

WOMEN’S LEAGUE RESUMES THIS WEEKEND

After almost a month break, the National Women’s League resumes this weekend with Match?Day 8 fixtures.
The break was to allow for two national teams, the Black Princesses and Queens complete their 2016 Under-20 Women’s World Cup and Olympic qualifiers respectively.

SPECIAL OLYMPIC TEAM RETURN FULL OF HOPE

The national Special Olympics team returned home from Los Angeles yesterday without the expected fanfare despite an impressive performance that saw the four-menber team winning three medals at the just-ended Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

FCPPL WEEK 26 FIXTURES

Olympics Vrs B Chelsea
Medeama Vrs WAFA
Bechem U Vrs AshGold
Liberty Vrs Hearts
Kotoko Vrs Wa All Stars
Edubiase Vrs Inter-Allies
Lions Vrs BA Utd
Aduana Vrs Hasaacas

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