BY MR LARRY
MAHAMA PICKS FORMS TO CONTEST NDC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES TODAY
President John Mahama will Today pick forms to contest presidential slot of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Despite being President of the country, the move by Mr Mahama is in line with the party’s constitution.
OLD WOUNDS OPEN IN NPP OVER PARTY FUNDS
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is investigating the First-Vice Chair of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, and the treasurer, Abankwa Yeboah over the alleged diversion of party funds.
ROBBERY ATTACK NOTICES A HOAX – KASOA POLICE
The Kasoa District Police Command in the Central region has warned that it will deal radically with any individual or group which uses the spate of robberies in the area to create needless and unnecessary fear and panic among the residents.
AMA BOSS PICKS FORMS TO CONTEST ABLEKUMA SOUTH SLOT
It was a complete carnival at Chorkor in Accra Wednesday, when the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Accra metropolitan Authority, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije picked his nomination forms to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primary for the Ablekuma South seat
REVELLERS KILLED WHILE CELEBRATING ASSEMBLY MAN’S VICTORY
Three persons, including a woman, died at Assin Kyenkyenwere around 6.45pm yesterday when a taxi run into jubilant supporters of an assembly member-elect who were celebrating their candidate’s victory in the district level elections.
POLICE HUNT KORLE BU MATRON
The Odorkor Police Command in the Greater Accra region is on the heels of the Senior Matron of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Ayisha Hajia for defrauding a female student of thousands of Ghana cedis under the pretext of enrolling her in the Pantang Nursing training College in Accra.
I HAVEN’T DIVERTED PARTY FUNDS – NPP TREASURER
The National Treasurer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Abankwah Yeboah has denied diverting party’s funds without following due process.
ECG CUTS POWER TO NATIONAL THEATER OVER GH¢600,000 DEBT
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has cut power to the National Theatre due to its inability to settle its 600,000 cedis debt for 2014 alone.
The National Theater has been forced to rely on a power plant whenever it is booked for a programme.
PATRICK AWUAH: I CONSIDERED CLOSING DOWN ASHESI UNIVERSITY
The founder and President of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah has revealed that he considered closing down the university due to some financial crisis he encountered a few years after he started the school.
DKM MICROFINANCE SAGA: THREE DIE IN NKORANZA
Frustrated customers of financial companies with frozen accounts have vowed to make Nkoranza a living hell for government employees if monies lodged with the microfinance companies are not released to them.
DVLA’s IGF NOT GOING INTO CONSOLIDATED FUND – TERKPER
Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper has dismissed claims by some workers of the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority that government is plotting to deprive them of their internally generated funds.
POLITICIZING D/A ELECTION WILL DECREASE VOTER APATHY – EXPERT
Local Government expert, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, has added his voice to suggestions that politicization of District Level Elections (DLEs) will increase voter turnout.
FORMALIZE PARTY’S INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL ELECTIONS – AGYARKO
Tuesday’s district level elections like previous ones failed to attract a larger participation from the public. Although the exact turnout is yet to be determined, reports indicate patronage was extremely low.
NAKED DEMO TO HIT FLAGSTAFF HOUSE OVER COCOA INPUTS
Some senior citizens in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi are threatening to stage naked march to Accra if government fails to streamline the distribution of cocoa inputs to farmers within one month.
MILITARY RESTRICTS ENTRY INTO BURMA CAMP
The Ghana Armed Forces has begun restricting entry into its headquarters, the Burma Camp in Accra.
Anyone who intends to enter the camp would have to show a valid proof of identity at the entrance.
TRADE WITH CHINA: GHANA OUT OF TOP 10
Ghana is missing among the top ten sub-SaharanAfrican exporter to China, a study has revealed
PROTECT OUR INVESTMENTS
Majority of bank customers (83 percent) are concerned about the security of their funds and demand that adequate steps be taken to protect their deposits and investments.
IMF ENDORSES GOVT’S STANCE ON govt’s JOBS FREEZE
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has encouraged government to continue its firm stance on containing the wage bill within the budget constraints amidst a worsening employment regime and renewed pressure from labour unions.
GOV’T LIKELY TO BEGIN $1.5 BILLION EUROBOND ROADSHOW IN SEP.
Joy Business sources say Government is likely to begin its roadshow for the country’s fourth Eurobond from September 12.
SMEs TO BENEFIT FROM THREE-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAMME
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are set to benefit from a three year programme that offers essential business skills and governance training.
REGULATION NEEDED TO CURTAIL PROFIT REPATRIATION
Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani, Group Chief Executive Officer of Ideal Financial Holdings, has called for the introduction of policies and regulations to curtail the repatriation of profits by multinational firms operating in the country.
SEC MUST SPEED UP REGULATION REVIEW – DEVELOPERS
Fund managers and real estate developers have called for the speedy review of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) limitation on how much fund managers can invest in the housing sector.
GHANA TO OPEN UP ITS TOURISM SECTOR TO TURKEY
Ghana plans to open up its tourism industry to visitors from alternative markets such as Turkey in a bid to meet the country’s 15-year tourism target of eight million tourists.
Ghana has a 15-year tourism plan, which aims to increase the annual number of tourists to Ghana from current the one million to eight million per annum by 2027.
OBUASI SEEKS ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION; ANGLOGOLD SHIFTS POSITION
The Obuasi Municipal Assembly has initiated raft of actions to enlarge business activities to address the shortfall in revenue, after AngloGold Ashanti’s relocation to a new site impacted heavily on the Assembly’s finances.
AFARIWAA ESTATES LAUNCHES NEW HOUSING FACILITY PROJECT
Afariwaa Royal Homes, by Afariwaa Estates Ltd in Community 22, Tema is pleased to announce that plans are underway to begin the construction of an improved plan and more spacious facility for new 2 bedroom semi-detached executive houses.
GHANA CAN LEARN FROM DUBAI IN TOURISM DEV’T – UNWTO
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has advised the country consider adopting the models that the City of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates used to development its tourism industry.
SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM GUNMEN ATTACK BORNO, 24 DEAD
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed at least 24 people in two separate attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria, military and vigilante sources said on Wednesday.
HEAVY GUNFIRE ROCK BURUNDI CAPITAL
Heavy gunfire fire and shelling have rocked Burundi’s capital Bujumbura two weeks after the surprise swearing in of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
MORE THAN 100,000 ASYLUM SEEKERS ENTER GERMANY IN AUGUST
A record 104,460 asylum seekers arrived in Germany last month, a Bavarian official said on Wednesday, part of an unprecedented wave of refugees and migrants straining the resources of German towns and villages.
UN: MIDDLE EAST WARS DEPRIVE 13M CHILDREN OF SCHOOL
More than 13 million children are being denied an education due to Middle East conflicts, the UN said, warning “the hopes of a generation” would be dashed if they cannot return to classrooms.
FRANCE DROPS ARAFAT POISONING INVESTIGATION
French judges investigating claims that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered have closed the case without bringing any charges, a prosecutor said.
CHINA TO CUT TROOP LEVELS BY 300,000
President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders.
SIXTY-ONE INFANTS DIE AT INDIAN HOSPITAL IN JUST TWO WEEKS
The deaths highlight the challenges faced in India’s underfunded public health system
Sixty-one infants have died at an Indian children’s hospital in just two weeks, sparking protests and forcing the state government to launch an investigation.
GOV’T IS COMMITTED TO ENDING STRIKES IN HEALTH SECTOR
President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja declared his administration’s commitment to boosting national productivity, by among other things, taking all necessary actions to end incessant strikes by workers in vital sectors of the Nigerian economy.
KOTOKO TO SUE GFA OVER POINTS DEDUCTION
Following Tuesday’s ruling by the disciplinary committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), which declared Accra hearts of Oak winners of a protest filed against Kumasi Asante Kotoko, for fielding an ineligible player in their week 25 First Capital Plus Premier League encounter, the Kumasi-based side have threatened to drag the GFA to court.
HEARTS TO HIT KOTOKO WITH ANOTHER CHARGE
The continental club masters are seeking proof of supposed conspiracy between themselves and head of the disciplinary ruling body
NISSAN AUTO PARTS TO SPONSOR ADA SAILING RACE
Nissan Auto Parts has signed on as one of the sponsors for the biggest sailing events in the country- the Ada Sailing Race.
AVOID COMPLACENCE DESPITE WINNING PROTEST AGAINST KOTOKO
Hearts of Oak Managing Director, Gerald Ankrah has cautioned his side ahead of the final two games of the First Capital Plus Bank Premier League despite winning a protest against Kotoko.