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FRIDAY 7-8-2015

BY MR LARRY

VEEP HOLDS TALKS WITH NIGER AND TOGO PRESIDENT’S

Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on Thursday held separate meetings in Cairo, Egypt with President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo.

OUR DEMANDS ARE FOR 2016: GMA EXPLAINS AND SAYS PRESIDENT MUST BE PROPERLY BRIEFED

The Ghana Medical Association has indicated that its demand for improved conditions of service is meant to be factored into the 2016 budget and not to take immediate effect.

DR DAANA ADVISES GA CHIEFTAINCY FACTIONS

Disputing factions in the Ga chieftaincy row have been asked to exercise patience as the case, which is pending before the court is heard.

COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF ADB TO FLOAT SHARES

The Industrial and Labour Division of the High Court yesterday gave the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) permission to proceed with its plans to float shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE).

147.7KM FUFULSO-SAWLA ROAD INAUGURATED

The government fulfilled a major promise to the people of the Northern Region yesterday, when President John Mahama inaugurated the reconstructed Fufulso-Sawla road.

KOFI BOAKYE STRIKES IN KUMASI: WEE TANKER BUSTED 100 ROBBERS NABBED

The police in Kumasi have made a major breakthrough on the fight against narcotics in the Ashanti Region. A major swoop at some locations in the city which lasted less than 24-hours, has resulted in the arrest of about 100 suspected robbers who are terrorizing innocent people in the municipality.

3 IN TROUBLE OVER ASAMOAH GYAN SEX TAPE

Reggae musician and President of the Music Council of Ghana, Ekow Micah, has been charged with conspiracy to extort money from Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.

AFOKO’S FATE HANGS

The much anticipated motion for bail filed by lawyers for Gregory Afoko, one of the two persons standing trial over the murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama, could not be moved yesterday (Thursday August 06, 2015).

MAHAMA GUNMAN TO BE FREED: LAWYER SET TO FILE CERTIORARI TO QUASH CONVICTION

Information gathered by Weekend Finder indicates that plans are far advanced to quash the decision of the Circuit Court that sentenced Charles Antwi, 36, the man at the centre of the President’s assassination attempt.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA INAUGURATES $50M PLANT FOR POMO AND GINO TOMATO

President John Mahama has congratulated the management of Conserveria Africana Ghana Limited, producers of Pomo and Gino brands of tomato paste for making huge investments into the setting up an ultramodern tomato factory in the country.

4 ARMED ROBBERS ARRESTED 1 KILLED

One was shot dead while four suspected armed robbers were arrested by the Eastern Regional Police Command at Nsawam yesterday (Thursday).

AMA, OSU RESIDENTS AT WAR

Residents and shop owners at Osu in Accra are in a state of uncertainty over their properties as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) served notice Monday on some structures to be cleared in the area.

BALANCE THE ECONOMY NOT BUDGET

Macro Finance analyst, Kwame Ofori Asomaning, has advised government to concentrate on balancing the economy rather than balancing its budget.

GO TO HIGH COURT – SUPREME COURT TELLS PPP

The Supreme Court has asked the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) to go to the High Court to seek the enforcement of the Free, Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

TEWU MEMBERS NOT ON STRIKE – UNION SECRETARY

The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) of the Trades Union Congress, has not declared any industrial action as being peddled, Mr Ralph Apaaya, General Secretary of the union said in Accra on Thursday.

MMDAs TO SUFFER POWER CUTS WHEN THEY DEFAULT IN PAYING BILLS

Minister for Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, has directed the National Power Agencies to disconnect metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) which default in the payment of electricity bills.

NPP MANIPULATING DOCTORS – ANITA

Immediate-past national women organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Anita De Soso, has claimed it is the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that is ‘pushing’ the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to make ‘outrageous demands’ from the government.

NO PRESSURE ON US – 37 MILITARY HOSPITAL

Authorities at the 37 Military Hospital have debunked reports that there has been pressure on their facilities as a result of the strike by public sector doctors across the nation.

GRASAG BEGINS PROCESS TO ELECT NEW LEADERS

Graduate students from all over the country have converged at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa with the ultimate purpose of electing new leaders
to champion the course of graduate students.

AFOKO’S BAIL APPLICATION BEFORE NEW JUDGE

The case of Gregory Afoko, one of the suspects that poured acid on the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Adams Mahama, has been put before a new Judge.

MAHAMA FAULTED OVER CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM REMARKS

Former Director of the Danquah Institute, a liberal policy and advocacy think-tank, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has faulted the reaction of President John Dramani Mahama-led ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to the protest march organized by aggrieved members of the Muslim Community in Sekondi-Takoradi earlier this year.

OWNER OF EXPLODED CYLINDERS TURNS SELF IN

The owner of the metallic cylinders containing pressurised oxygen which exploded at a welding shop at Amanfrom, near Kasoa, last Tuesday has been charged with negligently causing harm by the Amanfro Police.

GHANA’S SOLUTION IS NOT IMF – CPP

The National Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Samia Yaba Nkrumah has observed that the solution for addressing the economic woes of Ghana is not the support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

BUSINESS HEADLINES

STOCK MARKET GAINS TUMBLE

Stocks pries on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) last year suffered their biggest loss in more than a decade, wiping out millions of cedis in gains as investors weighed the impact of an unending energy crisis and strong dollar on the economy.

WE ARE ON COURSE FOR FASTER REBOUND – TERPKER

Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Seth Terkper is hopeful that with donors beginning to release previously locked-up funds, the economy is sure to rebound at a mish faster pace.

DEVELOP LOCAL MORTGAGES

Home financing firms including banks have been urged to develop products suitable for the local markets instead of stipulating the mortgage modules from developed economies.

TOURISM IS AFRICAS MOST PROMISING SECTOR – MINISTER

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said on Thursday that Africa has a major opportunity to harness the potential of tourism.

DO NOT MEDDLE IN LABOUR ISSUES – ICU TO GOV’T

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), says it is wrong for government to meddle in labour issues by responding directly to workers demands.

WE NEED HOLISTIC LOOK AT TAX ON PALM OIL – OPDAG PRESIDENT

Mr Samuel Awonnea Avaala, the President of the Oil Palm Development Association of Ghana (OPDAG), has called on stakeholders in the Palm Oil sector, to come together for a boarder consultation.

GOV’T URGED TO OFFLOAD SHARES IN LISTED COMPANIES

Council of Ghana Stock Exchange is asking the government to reduce its holdings in some listed companies.

GHANA, GERMANY SIGN TWO FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS

Ghana and Germany have signed two financial co-operation agreements, to support the implementation of the national budget, and provide long-term finance for agricultural activities.

LET OIL CONTRACTS BIDDING PROCESS BE TRANSPARENT

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, the Executive Director, African Centre for Energy Policy, ACEP, has called for a clear and open bidding process for oil contracts.

NGO TO REVIVE COCOA CULTIVATION ON WETO RANGE

The Development Institute (DI), a natural resource conservation non-governmental organization, is spearheading the revival of cocoa cultivation in some communities along the Weto range in the Volta Region.

FARMERS TO BENEFIT FROM YARA, USAID PARTNERSHIP

About 13,000 smallholder farmers in the three regions of northern Ghana are to get technical assistance from a partnership project between Yara Ghana and USAID’s Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) to boost productivity.

GOLDEN PRIDE SAVINGS AND LOANS OPENS NEW BRANCH

Golden Pride Savings and Loans Limited (GPSLL) has opened a new branch at the Tema Fishing Harbour to offer services to customers in and within the enclave.

BUSINESSES URGED TO urged to COMMUNICATE WITH TAX OFFICIALS

Businesses have been urged to maintain a good line of communication with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) officials to ensure that they do not fall foul of the tax laws.

MANUFACTURERS FEAR CEDI DEPRECIATION

Manufacturing firms in the country are worried the depreciation of the local currency could cause the collapse of their businesses.

ASCUM URGES GOV’T TO SUPPORT SMALL-HOLDER FARMERS

(ASCUM), has urged government to support small-holder farmers, in order to help reduce poverty in the rural areas.

ECONOMISTS PRESCRIBE ANTIDOTE TO CEDI’S WOES

Some economists are impressing upon government, the need to do more in addressing the fundamental weaknesses in the economy – such as increasing production in agriculture and industry among others.

GHANA LIKELY TO ACCESS MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE COMPACT II

The country is now likely to start receiving funds from the Millennium Challenge Compact from January 2016.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

MALAYSIA SEEKS HELP, FRANCE WIDENS SEARCH FOR MISSING PLANE

Kuala Lumpur has asked for more help in the search for a Malaysia Airlines plane missing for more than a year, with France to send planes, boats and helicopters to scour the coast of a remote Indian Ocean island where debris washed up.

HOLLANDE AND TSIPRAS WANT GREEK BAILOUT AGREED IN LATE AUGUST

A new bailout for Athens should be agreed by late August, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

CHINA ACCUSES MANILA, TOKYO OF JOINING FORCES OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA

Japan and the Philippines teamed up at a regional security forum this week to attack China over the disputed South China Sea, China’s Foreign Ministry said, as details emerged of sometimes testy exchanges during the talks in Malaysia.

TRUCK BOMB IN KABUL KILLS EIGH, WOUNDS HUNDREDS

A truck bomb exploded near an army compound in the centre of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding hundreds, police and health ministry officials said.

NEW DIPLOMATIC PUSH FOR SYRIA SEEN, BUT SOLUTION ELUSIVE

The first visit of a top Syrian official to a Gulf Arab state in more than four years is the strongest sign yet of a new diplomatic push to end the Syrian war, but there are still huge hurdles to face before any peace process can begin.

MORE THAN 200 FEARED DEAD IN SINKING MIGRANT BOAT IN MEDITERRANEAN

Hopes faded of finding more survivors on Thursday from a shipwreck in which 200 migrants are feared drowned, as rescue ships were called to the aid of more migrant boats in the same area of the Mediterranean.

FRENCH HOSTAGE FREED IN YEMEN, PRESIDENT’S OFFICE SAYS

A French woman who was abducted in Yemen in February has been freed, the French president’s office said in a statement early on Friday, adding that she would come back to France in the coming hours.

TURNING BACK THE CLOCK – NORTH KOREA CREATES PYONGYANG STANDARD TIME

North Korea is creating its own time zone, moving its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule, the official KCNA news agency said on Friday.

CHINA REMOVES CROSS FROM CHURCH AFTER MONTH-LONG PROTEST ENDS

Chinese authorities removed a cross from a church on Friday after Christian protesters ended a month-long sit-in on the building’s roof in a bid to protect the cross from what they said was its unfair removal, witnesses said.

SPORTS HEADLINES

HEARTS COACH VANLI SAYS CONTRACT IS FOR FIVE GAMES

Newly appointed Hearts of Oak coach Can Vanli has revealed his contract with the Phobians is only for five games and will decide if he will extend his stay at the end of the season.

WAFA TO PLAY inY 2015 NEXTGEN SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

Ghanaian Premier League side have confirmed their U16 side will participate in the 2015 edition of the lucrative youth tournament NextGen Series.

JOSEPH LAMPTEY TO HANDLE EL MERRIEKH – ES SETIF CLASH

Ghanaian referees headed by Joseph Lamptey will be in-charge of Sunday’s CAF Champions League between El Merriekh and ES Setif in Khartoum.

KP BOATENG LEFT CLUBLESS AFTER SPORTING DEAL

Kevin-Prince Boateng won’t be signing for Sporting Lisbon after the two parties failed to strike a compromise regarding his image rights.

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