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Headline News- September 1 2015

BY MR LARRY

3 UTILITY COMPANIES PROPOSE 100% TARIFFS REVIEW FOR 2015
Three utility companies have called for a major tariff review, proposing more than a 100 percent increment in tariffs for 2015.

HIGH COURT QUASHES CHARLES ANTWI CONVICTION

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court yesterday quashed the sentence of Charles Antwi, the man who was jailed 10 years after he had confessed that he had intended to kill President John Mahama at a church at Osu in Accra.

BRANCH YOUTH ORGANIZER TO CHALLENGE PRESIDENT MAHAMA

President John Mahama, who had all long been expected to go unopposed in the National Democratic Congress’s presidential primaries on November 7 now has a challenger.

GHANAIANS ELECT NEW ASSEMBLY MEMBERS TODAY

Voting for the district level elections will take place today across the country with the exception of the Dichemso Electoral Area in the Ashanti Region, where a Kumasi High Court has placed an injunction on the elections.

KONADU BOY CHALLENGES MAHAMA

Forty-five-year-old George Boateng has ignored the advice of National Democratic Congress (NDC) chieftaincy, braving the odds to contest President John Mahama for the flagbearership position of the ruling party.

CHARLES ANTWI FREED

An Accra Human rights Court has quashed the entire proceedings leading to the 10-year jail term slapped on Charles Antwi, the man at the centre of alleged assassination attempt on President John Mahama.

KYEIWAA’S HUSBAND SLEPT WITH ME

Evidence continuous to unfold that Daniel Osei aka Akwasi Bronya, the man who recently married Kumawood actress rose Mensah, known in showbiz as Akua Ataa Kyeiwaa, is married to another woman.

BLOWS OVER CONTRACTS; 2 TOP POLITICIANS AT CENTRE OF DRAMA

Angry contractors in the Northern Region have launched a scathing attack on some construction firms in the area, alleging that such firms have been awarded all contracts in the region.

NDC’S PRIMARIES SPARK FEARS

The upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries are likely to be the most competitive yet in the party’s two-and-decade-old history.

NO RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM, SAYS TIJJANIYYA LEADER

Leader of the Tijjaniyya Muslim Mission Council in Ghana, Sheikh Abdul Faidi Abdulai Ahmed Maikano Jallo has called for religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence among all religious groups in the country.

ABD RECOMMENCES IPO

The Agricultural Development Bank has finally announced the opening of its initial public offer (IPO) after two failed attempts by the Union of Commerce, Industry and Finance (UNICOF) to stop it in court.

MAHAMA’S FAILURE PROMPTED ME TO CONTEST HIM– George Boateng

The 45-year old member of the National Democratic Congress who is set to challenge President John Dramani Mahama in the party’s primaries says his decision was borne out of Mahama’s difficulty in running the country.

WE’VE BEEN BUSY OPENING BRANCHES IN TOGO – MOSQUITO

General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress Johnson Asiedu Nketia has pooh-poohed the opposition New Patriotic Party’s claim that the current voters register is bloated with foreigners and should be replaced.

NATIONAL SECURITY DEALS WITH ISIS RECRUITMENT

The National Security is collaborating with international security agencies to deal effectively with the issue of Ghanaian youth joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS.)

ELECTRICITY, WATER TARIFFS TO GO UP OVER 100% IF…

The Electricity Company of Ghana and the Ghana Water Company have outlined a comprehensive proposal to justify major utility price increases across board.

HEALTH ALERT: UNREGISTERED ANTIBIOTIC ON THE MARKET

Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is alerting the general public particularly Hospitals Clinics and Pharmacies to desist from stocking and dispensing an unregistered antibiotic, Ciprobiotic 250.

KWAME DZOKOTO PICKS UP FORMS TO CONTEST PRIMARIES

Popular Ghanaian TV and radio personality, Seth Kwame Dzokoto, has picked forms to contest in the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Parliamentary Primaries in the Tarkwa Nsuayem constituency in the Western region.

APOSTOLIC CHURCH TO SUSPEND ELDER OVER RAPE

The Apostolic Church in the Eastern region has begun processes to suspend one of its elders for allegedly defiling a 15-year-old girl.

GJA PRESIDENT AFFAIL MONNEY APOLOGISES

The embattled President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Affail Monney has buckled under pressure and apologised for his controversial comments.

MINORITY WISHES CANDIDATES WELL; BUT RAISES CONCERNS

The Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) has wished contestants in the nation’s local level elections well, but raised concerns on a number of issues, including the state of the voters’ register.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

TIMBER EXPORTERS RISK LOSING US$30M NIGERIAN MARKET

Ghanaian timber exporters fear they could lose about $30 million in exporter revenue following a recent decision by Nigerian authorities to prevent timber importers from accessing official Nigerian forex markets.

GHANA TO INTRODUCE NEW COCOA VARIETY ON WORLD MARKET

Ghana is about to introduce onto the international market a new fine-flavoured cocoa bean variety after five-years of extensive trial to ensure crop viability and disease resistance.

BLEAK FUTURE FOR MINING SECTOR

The country’s earnings from mining is set to drop significantly in the last seven years from a high of $1.7 million in 2013 to about $1.01 billion by 2012- mainly on account of the distressing low price of gold on the world market, a report by the International Council on Mining and Metals has revealed.

GHANA,NIGERIA STEP UP NATIONAL CARRIER PROCESS

West African neighbours Ghana and Nigeria are both stepping up efforts to establish new national carriers to serve their respective countries.

GHANA LOSES GRIP ON PINEAPPLE EXPORTS

The low productivity in the pineapple sector has cost Ghana to drop in export market share on the international market from 10 per cent in 2004 to three per cent in 2014.

GHANAIAN MINE WORKERS CRY OVER HUGE WAGE INEQUALITY

A study carried out in 2014 by the Ghana Mine Workers has revealed that 90 per cent of mine workers share of wage income is less than 10 per cent of the highest paid person.

ECOBANK RELEASES HALF YEAR RESULTS

Ecobank Ghana has buttressed its position as a trailblazer in the market place with its cumulative half year results show leadership in almost all key indicators of financial performance.

GHANA RISKS LOSING MINING PROFESSIONALS

Ghana risks losing its skilled mining professionals to competition in other economies unless, pay disparities in the local mining industry are addressed.

GHANA TO EXPLORE TURKISH TECHNOLOGY

Mr Gideon Quarcoo, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), says Ghana’s participation in the ongoing 84th Izmir International Fair was an opportunity to explore Turkish technology.

GEPA, EXHIBITORS WOO POTENTIAL BUSINESS PARTNERS

Ghana is actively exploring opportunities to woo investors and partners to develop and advance made in Ghana products.

OVER 25,000 PEOPLE TRAINED IN BEST TOURISM PRACTICES

The Ghana Tourism Federation has trained over 25,000 operators in the excellent customer service and food safety management in a pilot project to ensure the maintenance of the needed standards in the tourism sector.

GHANAIAN SMEs RECEIVE $4 MILLION TRAINING BOOST

Invest in Africa, a private sector initiative that brings together leading companies across sectors to work with local enterprises, has launched a $ 4 million training programme for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

GOV’T RECEIVES GHc44.3m FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT FUND

The government has so far received GHc44.3 million from the waste management fund between 2011 and 2014.

COURT DISMISSES SUIT AGAINST WEST BLUE

A court has once again dismissed a suit citing government for breaching procurement law when it handpicked West Blue Consulting as the sole company to help mobilize substantial revenues at the ports.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SOUTH SUDAN REBELS SAY PEACE DEAL AT RISK FROM CEASEFIRE BREACHES

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar accused government forces on Monday of repeatedly breaking a ceasefire and putting at risk a peace deal just days after it was reached.

CAR BOMB DAMAGES ITALY’S ENI JOINT VENTURE OFFICE IN LIBYAN CAPITAL

A car bomb went off in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Monday in front of the headquarters of Mellitah, an oil and gas joint venture between Italy’s ENI and Libyan state oil firm NOC, witnesses said.

MIGRANT TRAINS REACH GERMANY AS EU ASYLUM SYSTEM CREAKS

Trainloads of migrants arrived in Austria and Germany from Hungary on Monday as European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave of migration unprecedented in the EU.

GREECE’S ‘INVISIBLE NEGOTIATOR’ MAY ASSUAGE BAILOUT FEARS IN ELECTION RUN-UP

The appointment of Greek bailout negotiator George Chouliarakis to be finance minister in a caretaker government may help assuage some fears that Greece’s bailout programme could go off track while it prepares for elections.

UKRAINE GUARDSMAN KILLED IN NATIONALIST PROTEST OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

A Ukrainian national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others wounded by grenades hurled from a crowd of nationalist protesters on Monday as they were guarding parliament where lawmakers backed giving more autonomy to rebel-held areas.

OBAMA SAYS WORLD MUST REACH CLIMATE DEAL IN PARIS

President Barack Obama said on Monday that world leaders must agree to cut carbon emissions at a U.N. summit in December because the climate is changing faster than efforts to curb global warming.

OAS WILL NOT HOLD MEETING ON VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA BORDER CRISIS

The Organization of American States (OAS) will not hold a meeting to discuss a crisis on the Colombia-Venezuela border, after Colombia failed to garner enough votes in favour of its proposal, the Colombian government said on Monday.

INSIGHT – ANTI-MUSLIM BUDDHIST GROUP MOVES TOWARD MYANMAR’S MAINSTREAM

Swathed in crimson robes, 77-year-old Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa shuffles through a crowded conference room with the help of an aide, his supporters standing in respect as he takes a seat at the head of a table under a portrait of his own image.

FRANCE TO BUILD CALAIS CAMP FOR 1,500 MIGRANTS

France plans to build a camp this winter for as many as 1,500 migrants in the northern port city of Calais where twice that many are living in tents and hoping to make the sea-crossing to Britain.

MERKEL SAYS WOULD WELCOME CONSTRUCTIVE IRANIAN ROLE IN ANY SYRIA TALKS

Germany would welcome Iran’s participation in any negotiations aimed at ending the civil war in Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

KOTOKO-PETROLUL FRIENDLY GAME POSTPONED

Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s friendly international match against Romanian club, Petrolul has been moved from Friday, September 4 to Sunday, October 11, 2015.

I’M NOT SURPRISED AT MEDEAMA’S FA CUP WIN – HELEGBE

Former Asante Kotoko and Medeama winger, Michael Helegbe has stated that he was not surprised to see Medeama beat the Porcupine Warriors to lift the 2015 FA Cup trophy.

POOR DEFENDING COST US; DAVID DUNCAN

David Duncan has voiced out his dissatisfaction with how his team defended in the FA Cup final defeat to Medeama, adding that Mpong’s equalizer should have stood.

LAS PALMAS COMPLETE WAKASO DEAL

Newly promoted La Liga side Las Palmas have completed the signing of Mubarak Wakaso on loan from Rubin Kazan with an option to buy.

AAG: NO ACCOMODATION FOR ‘TEAM GHANA’

Ghana’s 350-member contingent are facing problems with their accommodation in Congo ahead of the start of this year’s All Africa Games.
Team Ghana departed Accra for Brazzaville, capital of Congo, on Sunday with the aim of bettering their previous performances which start on Friday.

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