By MR LARRY
MAHAMA VISITS INJURED PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CORPS
President John Mahama late Thursday night was at the 37 Military Hospital to check on the presidential press corps which was involved in a fatal accident on its way from the Volta region.
ADDRESS HEALTH SECTOR PROBLEMS IMMEDIATELY — MINORITY
The Minority in Parliament has urged the government to take immediate steps to address the problems in the health sector, particularly the strike by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).
GRADUATES ASKED To MANAGE EXPECTATIONS
A lecturer at the Department of Classics and Philosophy of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Mr Richard Ansah, has advised graduate entrepreneurs to manage their expectations as they establish their own businesses.
CHURCHES HAVE MORE WORK TO DO – MAHAMA
President John Mahama Thursday reminded the Christian and Muslim faiths in Ghana that they have more work to do in producing and mentoring God fearing people.
POLICE ADMINISTRATION SEEKS FUNDS TO REHABILITATE MILITIA HOUSE
The Police Administration is seeking GHc5.2 million to rehabilitate the dilapidated Militia House in Tema to make it more habitable for police personnel.
PRESS CORPS ACCIDENT: GBC’s NAPOLEON ATO KITTOE, 3 OTHERS IN CRITICAL CONDITION
Four top Ghanaian journalists are battling for their lives after the van of the presidential press corps was involved in a fatal accident Thursday.
The quartet include Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s Pascaline Adadevoh and Napoleon Ato Kittoe of GTV, Patrick Bida of the Enquirer and William Gyentu of Peace FM.
I DON’T SUPPORT KILLING KILLING OF KOMBIAN – KWASI JONAH
Mr Kwasi Jonah, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) on Thursday said the state should offer Johnson Kombian, farmer and businessman sentenced to death for killing two police officers, an opportunity to reform and amend his ways.
NDC FOOT SOLDIERS APPEAL TO DOCTORS TO CALL OFF STRIKE
The National Foot Soldiers Association (NAFSAG) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC ) has appealed to the striking doctors to resume work to save lives while they negotiate with the government for better conditions of service.
‘SOME OF GMA’s DEMANDS NON-NEGOTIABLE’ – MINISTER
The Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu has stated emphatically that some of the doctors’ demands in their conditions of service can simply not be met.
He cited doctors’ proposal to retire on their salaries as constitutionally provided for the President and other article 71-office holders.
EVICTIONS MUST CONFORM TO INTERNATIONAL LAW – AMNESTY
Amnesty International Ghana (AIG), is advocating clear guidelines for evictions to conform to international law in the country.
NDC PAID GHC500,000 TO RECRUIT FOREIGNERS – NPP MP
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has alleged that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) paid an amount of GHC500,000 to persons to help recruit foreigners to register in Ghana as voters.
GEN. MOSQUITO DARES NPP TO GO TO COURT
The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, known in politics as General Mosquito, has dared the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to again go to Court if they believe in the claim that there are Togolese nationals on Ghana’s voter register.
EC MUST LISTEN TO GHANAIANS ’
Pressure group, Citizens Awake Forum (CAF), has appealed to the Electoral Commission (EC) to listen to Ghanaians over the alleged bloating of the voters register, for the sake of peace.
AMANFROM: GIRL, 15, STABBED AND ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
A 15-year-old girl has been stabbed and robbed at gunpoint Friday dawn at Amanfrom near Kasoa on her way to the market.
MUSLIM COUNCILS JOIN CALLS FOR END GMA STRIKE
The Federation of Muslim Councils (FMC) has expressed grave concern over the increasing spate of strikes by worker unions in the country, especially ongoing strike by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA).
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS ON MMT REVEALS PROCUREMENT LAPSES
An investigative report into the procurement activities of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) Limited has revealed that GHC7.5 million released for the purchase of tyres, batteries and spare parts was not approved by the board or the tender committee of the company.
RESIDENTS ANGRY WITH CHIEF
Residents of Ekuasi, a suburb of Sekondi in the Western region, have kicked against the enstoolment of Nana Bompeh Aziz as the new Chief of the area.
GHANA DOESN’T WANT ‘ECOWAS VOTERS ’ REGISTER’ – AKUFO-ADDO
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, has said the spectre of having non-Ghanaians on the voters’ register, who eventually have a say as to who Ghana’s president should be, must no longer be countenanced by all well-meaning Ghanaians.
COPYRIGHT LAWS NOT FUNCTIONING – BETTY MOULD
A former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, has stated that the country’s copyright laws are not functioning effectively.
KOMBIAN TO APPEAL AGAINST DEATH VERDICT
Johnson Kombian, farmer and businessman, who is to be hanged for killing two police officers says he is dissatisfied with the verdict of the seven- member jury and would therefore launch an appeal.
WATER SHORTAGE HITS JOMORO
Water shortage has hit Elena, a farming community in Tikobo No 1 in the Jomoro District in the Western region.
According to the residents of the community they have never tasted pipe-bone water in their lives and that the only source of water was the Aboto River which they intimated was not suitable for human consumption.
WELL-BEING OF 6 MILLION PEOPLE IMPROVES – REPORT
The well-being of more than six million people living in rural and remote communities in the 10 regions of Ghana has improved, a report by World Vision Ghana (WVG), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has said.
POOR SPENDING ON RESEARCH HURTS – PROF YANKAH
The President of Central University College, Professor Kwesi Yankah has blamed the gaps in national policy formulation and national planning on the shortfalls in the spending on research and data gathering; demanding that research budgets and spending in institutions be pumped up.
DUMSOR’ SETS SHOPS ABLAZE
Shop owners at Kaneshie Market in Accra are still counting their loss, as fire on Monday, August 17, 2015 gutted their wares beyond recognition.
Three shops were consequently razed down.
GHANAIANS MUST SHUN NPP’s ETHNOCENTRIC POLITICS – FIIFI KWETEY
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu South has described as “shallow and hypocritical” the opposition New Patriotic Party’s claim that Ghana has a bloated electoral register.
NPP, NDC ARE ELECTORAL THIEVES – JOY
An Independent Presidential Candidate in the 2012 election Jacob Osei Yeboah has tagged both the ruling National Democratic Congress [NDC] and opposition New Patriotic Party [NPP] as electoral thieves.
LAWYER BLASTS AG OVER GUNMAN APPEAL
Francis Xavier Sosu, the legal practitioner who appealed the sentencing of the gunman who went to president Mahama’s church with a gun has said the writ filed by the Attorney General is needless.
ACEP COMMENDS GOV’T FOR PUTTING GHANA GAS UNDER GNPC
A policy analyst with the Africa Centre For Energy Policy (ACEP), Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, has commended the government for putting the Ghana National Gas Company under the control of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).
SNV SUPPORTS COCOA FARMERS TO ENSURE BEST PRACTICES
SNV Ghana, a Dutch farmer support group, is assisting a cocoa farmers group, Kuapa Kooko, with GH¢621,321 to help address issues of child labour and also ensure best practices in the sector during the 2015 farming year.
CALL FOR LOCAL CONTENT LAW FOR CONSTRUCTION SECTOR
The Executive Director of Trust Consult, Mr Charles Mensah, has called on the government to pass a local content law that will compel all foreign civil construction companies in the country to partner local construction companies.
BEIGE CAPITAL REVIEWS MID-YEAR PERFORMANCE
The Management of BEIGE Capital has met to review the bank’s mid-year performance. The mid-year review, which was held at the BEIGE Academy in Accra, took stock of the bank’s current performance with reference to the Strategic Operational Plan for 2015.
GREEN ECONOMY BENEFICIARIES GET START-UP EQUIPMENT
The beneficiaries of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) funded Green Economy in Biosphere Reserve (GEBR) have been presented with start-up equipment after their specialised training.
GGBL LAUDS RAW MATERIAL TAX CONCESSION POLICY
The Corporate Relations Director for Africa Regional Markets for Diageo Ltd. — the parent company of Guinness Ghana Brewery Ltd (GGBL)– Damon Ansell, has gratified the Local Raw Material (LRM) tax policy introduced by the government in May 2013, as a good policy that has immensely helped the beverage industry since its inception.
TRADE MINISTER WORRIED OVER LOW INTRA-AFRICA TRADE FIGURES
The deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mohammed Murtala has expressed worry at the export volumes within the African sub-region. Intra-Africa trade amongst Ghana and other African countries stands at a low 12 percent, which according to the minister calls for a concerted action to improve exports to other African countries.
COMMUNITIES SUPPORTED TO BOOST SOYABEAN PRODUCTION
SEND-Ghana, a non-governmental organization, has embarked on a strategic mission to retool and project the production of soya bean in 130 communities in the Northern and Volta Regions.
COMMODITY PRICES DECLINE
Most commodities this week experienced losses in prices. The commodity with the highest lost was tomatoes losing 20 per cent to close the week at GH¢7.00 per “medium size tomato tin”. Some of the remaining commodities also experienced no change in price.
GhIPSS LAUNCHES INSTANT BANK TRANSFERS
The financial services sector has today achieved a great milestone with the introduction of a funds transfer service that will enable cash to move from a bank account in a bank to an account in another bank which the recipient can access instantly just like a mobile money transfer.
MOBILE MONEY TRANSACTION NEEDS TO AUDIT– EXPERT
Mr Samuel Thompson Essel, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Intelligence Centre on Thursday called for a comprehensive audit of mobile money platforms in the country.
GIPC LAUNCHES 2013/14 GHANA CLUB 100 AWARDS
Mrs Mawuena Trebah, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) on Thursday launched the 2013/2014 version of the Ghana Club (GC) 100 awards in Accra.
GHANA MINEWORKERS’ UNION TO HOLD DELEGATES CONFAB
The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union of the Trade Union Congress will hold its 11th quadrennial delegates conference in the Western Region town of Tarkwa from August 24 to 28, 2015.
STOCK BROKERS SENSITISED ON WEST AFRICAN CAPITAL MARKETS
The first direct trade between Ghana and Nigeria under the phase one of the West African Capital Markets Integration Council (WACMIC) has successfully been completed.
SENEGAL: SON OF EX PRESIDENT HAS JAIL TERM UPHELD
Senegal’s highest court rejected on Thursday an appeal by the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade against a six-year prison term for corruption, a setback to his hopes of contesting the next presidential election.
GUINEA BISSAU: EMBATTLED PRESIDENT NAMES NEW PM
Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz named a new prime minister on Thursday in a bid to end a power vacuum after he dismissed the previous premier Domingos Simoes Pereira last week, according to a decree read on state radio.
BUHARI TO OKAY FEMALE INEC CHAIR, AMINA ZAKARI
Despite the current opposition to her candidature especially from the Peoples Democratic Party, President Muhammadu Buhari may soon confirm the appointment of the acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Zakari, The PUNCH has learnt.
NORTH KOREA GETS WAR READY
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing after Pyongyang issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action.
TSIPRAS RESIGNS, PAVING WAY FOR SNAP GREEK ELECTION
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.
BRITAIN TO REOPEN EMBASSY IN TEHRAN THIS WEEKEND
Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the British flag.
CHINA EXPELS BROTHER OF FORMER SENIOR OFFICIAL FROM COMMUNIST PARTY OVER GRAFT
The brother of a former top Chinese presidential aide has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and public office, the government said on Friday, paving the way for his prosecution for violations such as accepting bribes.
DOZENS OF CLINTON EMAILS WERE CLASSIFIED FROM THE START, U.S. RULES SUGGEST
For months, the U.S. State Department has stood behind its former boss Hillary Clinton as she has repeatedly said she did not send or receive classified information on her unsecured, private email account, a practice the government forbids.
AUSTRALIA CONSIDERING U.S. REQUEST TO JOIN AIR STRIKES IN SYRIA
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that he was considering a formal request from the United States for Australia to join air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State militant group.
OBAMA LAYS OUT CASE FOR IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL IN LETTER TO CONGRESS
U.S. President Barack Obama laid out his case for lawmakers to back the nuclear deal with Iran in a letter released by the White House, the latest step by the administration to gain support for a deal critical to the president’s legacy.
ALL AFRICA GAMES TRIALS TODAY
The best local athletes will today vie for inclusion into the Ghana Athletics Association’s 25-man squad for the All Africa Games (AAG) when the National Lottery Authority/National Investment Bank Last Chance Qualifier gets underway at 10:00 a.m. at the El-Wak Stadium.
STEPHEN ADAMS PONDERS ADUANA EXIT
Ghana and Aduana Stars goalkeeper Stephen Adams says this season will be his last in the First Capital Plus Premier League as he eyes a move abroad.
DON’T RUSH BABA INTO CHELSEA XI’
Ghana assistant coach Maxwell Konadu has opined that new signing Baba Rahman should not be rushed into the Chelsea starting line-up.
OPOKU NTI TO CONTEST FA EXECUTIVE POSITION
Asante Kotoko General Manager, Samuel Opoku Nti popularly known as “Lord Zico” has decided to contest the Ghana Football Association Executive Committee slot after the presidential elections in Tamale.
BEIN SPORTS TO TELECAST RWANDA – GHANA CLASH
Rwanda’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Kigali on 05 September will be telecast live on beIN Sports France.