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Headline News- August 31 2015

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MONDAY 31-8-2015

BY MR LARRY

DISTRICT-LEVEL ELECTIONS TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Ghanaians will go to the to elect assembly members for the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.

WE WANT TO PRINT MAJORITY OF TEXTBOOKS – LOCAL PRINTERS APPEAL TO GOVERNMENT

Local printers have challenged the government to give practical meaning to its promise of building the capacity of local industries by offering them the job to locally print textbooks and exercise books.

INADEQUATE BUDGETARY SUPPORT HAMPERS WORK OF CHRAJ

Employees of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) have had to contribute to help the commission operate for the most part of the year.

2 COPS KILLED IN GORY CRASH

Two police officers, of them a woman and the other the driver, lost their lives in a vehicular accident on the Winneba – Accra road on Saturday.

KNUST ISIS RECRUIT IS BOMB MAKER

It has emerged that one of the Muslim youth that allegedly joined the swelling ranks of the dreaded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is capable of manufacturing bombs.

NPP WILL BE TOUGH WITH ACTS OF CORRUPTION – PAUL AFOKO

The National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Paul Awentami Afoko, has given the strongest indication that the party’s leadership will deal with any acts of corruption and other financial malfeasances that come up at all levels of the party.

CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH ELDER DEFILES GIRL, 15

A 15-year-old class six pupil is battling for her life after she was continuously defiled by an Elder of the Christ Apostolic Church in Akwaduuso, a farming community in the Atiwa District of the Eastern Region.

INADEQUATE BUDGETARY SUPPORT HAMPERS WORK OF CHRAJ

Employees of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) have had to contribute to help the commission operate for the most part of the year.

NDC REJECTS EZENATOR

Executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Klottey Korle constituency in Accra have said they are not sure of the commitment of parliamentary aspirant, Dr Ezenator Rawlings, daughter of the party’s founder, Jerry John Rawlings.

SCRAP 1% LEVY – BUSINESSES DEMAND AS CUSTOMS TAKE OVER FROM DICS

As the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) resumes classification and valuation of imports tomorrow, the Joint Private Sector Businesses Consultative Forum has called on government to scrap the 1percent levy of Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of Destination Inspection Companies (DICs)

METRO MASS STAFF PRAISE EX-MD

Both the junior and senior workers union of Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL) has commended Noble John Appiah, the immediate-past Managing Director of the company, for the concrete measures he instituted to transform the company and position it on the path of profit-making.

DON’T LINK ACTIONS OF FORMER STUDENT TO KNUST – PROF ELLIS

The Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor William Otoo-Ellis, has appealed to media practitioners to separate the personal decision of a former student to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the university.

MAKE LAND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL — COLLINS DAUDA

City and town authorities have been urged to make land affordable and accessible to all as they make efforts to raise revenue from its sale.

POLICE IN A/R TO SECURE POLLING STATIONS AHEAD OF ASSEMBLY POLLS

Police in the Ashanti Region will pay equal attention to all polling stations in the quest to ensure incident- free process in Tuesday’s local government elections.

AYARIGA CALLS FOR PRIVATE PARTICIPATION IN WASTE MANAGEMENT

Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, has advocated increased private participation in Waste Management in Ghana.

CAPE COAST LEADSCHILD PROSTITUTION – SURVEY

Cape Coast, the Central Regional Capital has been identified as leading in Child prostitution in Ghana in a current survey, the Regional Minister, Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah has disclosed.

IGNORE CANDIDATES WHO CAMPAIGN ON PARTY LINES – NCCE

Ghanaians have been urged to ignore aspiring assembly members who try to buy their votes and campaigning on party lines, since the DLE was strictly non-partisan and must be treated as such.

DON’T DEAL WITH UNSCRUPULOUS PERSONS – GNFS

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has advised the public against dealing with any person claiming to be recruiting on behalf of the Service.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ZIOPE EARMARKED FOR VEGETABLE CULTIVATION – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has announced the government’s decision to designate Ziope in the Volta Region as a special project area for the cultivation of vegetables for the local and foreign markets.

8,700 JOBS LOST IN GOLD PRICE FALL

More than 8,700 workers in the local mining industry lost their jobs last year as volatility of gold price on the world market took a toll on the gold sector, data from the Chamber of Mines has revealed.

TRADE MINISTRY WORKS ON CONSUMER PROTECTION POLICY

The Deputy Minister of Trade, Mr Murtala Mohammed, has announced that the ministry is working on a consumer protection policy document aimed at protecting the interest of consumers.

BANKS MUST LEARN TO UNDERSTAND SMES

Chief Executive Officer of UT Bank, Prince Kofi Amoabeng believes the surest way for banks to attract and retain investments from the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the private sector is by moving away from their sedentary office approach and touching base with them.

EDAIF-ARIBRO PROJECT TO MEET 20M POULTRY PRODUCTION TARGET

An EDAIF-ARIBRO project aimed at significantly reducing the reliance on imported day-old chicks for the poultry industry in Ghana, is contributing heavily to achieving President John Dramani Mahama’s 20 million broiler production target by the end of 2016.

STAFF OF DICS PETITION GOVERNMENT OVER JOBS

Workers of the five Destination Inspection Companies whose jobs are on the line, following Ghana Revenue Authority’s (Customs Division) readiness to take over the classification and valuation process at the country’s ports, have petitioned government to absorb them into the new revenue generation stream.

US INVESTORS STORM GHANA IN SEPTEMBER

The United States Government would in September this year lead the largest ever business trade mission to Ghana and seven other sub-Saharan African countries to look for investment opportunities.

ILLEGAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN TROUBLE

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) is set to introduce a new Deposit Protection Scheme to enhance its regulatory powers in dealing with illegal and unlawful deposit taking institutions.

WA SEED GROWERS BENEFIT FROM EDAIF SUPPORT

Operations of the Seed Growers Association of Ghana (SEEDPAG) in the Upper West Regional capital, Wa have significantly improved following interventions made by the Export Trade, Agricultural & Industrial Development Fund – EDAIF.

ENTRY TO UNIVERSAL BANKING STILL OPEN

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) says that it has not closed the door to new banks wishing to enter the Ghanaian market, except that each application will be processed on its merit and the value proposition it promises the economy.

IDEAL FINANCE BOSS URGES COLLEAGUES TO UPHOLD INTEGRITY

The Group CEO of Ideal Finance, Dr Nii Kotei Dzani, has advised financial institutions in the country to uphold high integrity as they look at ways to transform the economy.

RESEARCH INTO SHELF LIFE OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS – BUAH

The Petroleum Minister, Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah has proposed to the Ghana Chemical Society (GCS), to conduct a research aimed at extending the shelf life of petroleum products as a way of improving the effectiveness of strategic stock for the country.

CHANGE PERCEPTION ABOUT USE OF INTERNET’

The Director General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ms Dorothy Gordon, is calling for a change in the perception people have about the use of the Internet, stressing that Africa is the next frontier in the Internet revolution.

FARMERS DEMAND TRANSPARENCY IN DIVIDEND PAYMENTS

Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Union (KKFU), a Ghanaian farmers’ cooperative, with majority shares in the United Kingdom (UK)-based chocolate manufacturing company, Divine Chocolate Limited, has complained about the lack of financial transparency in the operations of the company.

GOLD MINING DISRUPTS WATER COURSE – LIAISON OFFICER

Non Governmental Organizations and Donor Agencies in the country have been urged to put pressure on illegal mining operations (galamsey) to curb their activities.

DEFORESTATION ON THE RISE IN NORTHERN REGIONS

Deforestation is assuming high proportions in the Northern Regions, especially the Upper East region as some unscrupulous persons have resorted to cutting down young trees to sell as fuel wood and charcoal.

FISHER FOLK INVOLVED IN PAIR TRAWLING TO BE ARRESTED

President John Mahama says the Marine police and the Ghana Navy will begin arresting fisher folks who engage in pair trawling and other illegal fishing practices along the coast. The president was speaking at a ceremony to begin distribution of outboard motors to fishermen at James Town here in Accra.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

FOUR LIBYAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN NEW BATTLE WITH ISLAMIST FIGHTERS IN BENGHAZI – MEDICS

Four Libyan soldiers were killed and six wounded in fresh fighting with Islamist groups in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, medics and military officials said.

C . AFRICA TO LIMIT PRESIDENT TO TWO TERMS UNDER NEW CHARTER

Central African Republic’s transitional government on Sunday adopted a new constitution that would limit future presidents to two terms in office as the country seeks to end more than a year of sectarian violence.

INSIGHT – CLAN WARFARE TRUMPS DIPLOMACY IN MALI’S FRAGILE NORTH

The United Nations has deployed 10,000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1 billion (£650 million) into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the reemergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

DELAYED EGYPT ELECTIONS TO START ON OCTOBER 17

Egypt’s much delayed legislative elections, the first since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted his Islamist predecessor and cracked down on the opposition, will be contested between October and December.

UNPRECEDENTED MIGRANT CRISIS FORCES EU TO SEEK ANSWER’S

European Union ministers were summoned on Sunday to meet in two weeks’ time to seek urgent solutions to a migration crisis unprecedented in the bloc’s history, as the mounting death toll on land and sea forced governments to respond.

FORMER THAI PM APPEARS AT SUPREME COURT OVER DOOMED RICE SUBSIDY SCHEME

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra appeared before the Supreme Court on Monday to review evidence in a case involving rice subsidies that haemorrhaged billions of dollars and could see her jailed for up to 10 years for negligence.

REFUGEE CRISIS SUDDENLY MERKEL’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE

Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe’s refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015.

SAUDI-LED COALITION AIR STRIKE KILLS 36 YEMENI CIVILIANS – RESIDENTS

An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said.

ISLAMIC STATE DESTROYS PART OF SYRIA’S TEMPLE OF BEL – MONITORS

The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday.

CAMBODIA SAYS NO PLAN TO TAKE MORE REFUGEES FROM AUSTRALIAN DETENTION CAMP

Cambodia said on Monday it did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific detention centre under an agreement with Australia, dealing a blow to the controversial resettlement scheme criticised by rights groups.

SPORTS HEADLINES

MEDEAMA DEFEAT KOTOKO TO LIFT MTN FA CUP

Medeama SC have once again beaten Asante Kotoko to lift the 2014/15 MTN FA Cup competition.
The Mauves emerged as 2-1 victors in the grand finale which was played at the Sekondi Stadium on Sunday.

NESTLÉ LAUNCHES ACCRA MILO MARATHON; Gh¢200k CASH PRIZES AT STAKE

The winner of the adult race will take home a whopping GH¢15,000.
The 28th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon has been launched with a lot of mouthwatering prizes at stake.
According to Nestle Ghana Limited, a leading beverage manufacturing company in Ghana and the sponsor of the marathon, a total amount of Gh¢ 200,000 worth in cash and product prizes will be given out this year.

2017 AFCON QUALIFIER: GHANA LOSE AGYEMANG-BADU

Ghana have suffered another injury blow after Udinese star Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is ruled out of the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Rwanda on Friday, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.

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