BY MR LARRY
HOLLANDE LAUDS MAHAMA FOR SHOWING LEADERSHIP IN WEST AFRICA
French President, Francios Hollande Monday lauded President John Mahama for helping to bring stability to the West African sub-region during his tenure as the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
7 HIGH COURT JUDGES SUSPENDED
Seven out of 12 Justices of the High Court cited in the Anas exposé have been suspended by the Vice-President, acting as president of the country, on the advice of the Judicial Council.
52 TEACHERS HONOURED AT THIS YEAR’S TEACHERS AWARDS CEREMONY
This year’s National Beast Teacher Awards ceremony saw a complete departure from the status quo in which an individual was adjudged the overall national best teacher for the year.
APPEAL AGAINST WOYOME’S ACQUITTAL SLATED FOR OCTOBER 13
The State’s appeal contesting the acquittal and discharge of businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome over 51.2 million judgement debt is to be heard on October 13, 2015.
CJ SACKS 7 JUDGES OVER ANAS BRIBE
Seven out of the 12 High Court judges implicated in the smelliest scandal to hit the judiciary yet have been sent packing.
FRANCE GIVES GHANA €37.50m FOR ROAD, DRAINAGE PROJECTS
The French government has provided an amount of €37.50 million to finance the second phase of the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project.
The project also involves the construction of the Lake road/ Oforikrom bypass and the Aboabo drainage works.
WORLD BANK OKAYS ZOOMLION
The ban placed on Zoomlion Ghana Limited not to do any business with the World Bank has been lifted and so the company can now undertake transactions with the Bretton Wood Institution.
NDC CONGRESS IN DANGER
Leadership of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is likely to change the date for its national delegates’ congress to elect its presidential candidates as well as parliamentary candidates for the 2016 elections – originally schedules for Saturday, November 7, 2015.
KUMASI COUPLE ON REMAND MOLESTED 4-YEAR-OLD BOY
It is emerging that a couple currently on remand in prison custody in the Ashanti Region for burning the fingers of a two-year-old boy actually molested a four-year-old boy several years ago.
MAHAMA PETITIONED OVER STAN DOGBE’S BRUTAL ASSAULT
Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), a media rights organization, has petitioned President John Mahama to take action against presidential staffer, Stanislav Xoese Dogbe, for assaulting Yahyah Kwamoah, a journalist with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).
STRIKING NURSES AND MIDWIVES TO GET PAID NEXT WEEK
Unpaid nurses and midwives who embarked on an indefinite strike starting Monday, October 5, 2015, are likely to be paid by next week, the Health Ministry has assured.
OTUMFUO CALLS ON DOCTORS TO SUPPORT GOV’T
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has urged doctors to help government hospitals to acquire essential equipment instead of directing their support to private facilities for personal gains.
NDC PARLIAMENTARY ASPIRANT QUESTIONS CREDIBILITY OF PARTY’S BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION
An aspirant to the Sekyere Afram Plains NDC parliamentary primaries who was disqualified for quoting the voter ID numbers of his branch endorsements says the vetting committee’s position is unconstitutional.
8 GHANAIANS BUSTED FOR ATTEMPTED STOWAWAY AT TEMA PORT
Eight Ghanaians who attempted to stowaway in a France-bound container at the Tema Port have been arrested by port security.
GHANA WILL WORK AGAIN UNDER NPP – AKUFO-ADDO
Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo is promising to restore hope in the economy if elected in 2016.
INCREASE IN SEXUAL VIOLENCE CASES WORRYING – DOVVSU
The acting National Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mrs Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, has expressed worry about the increase in sexual violence in the country.
PRISONS SERVICE NEEDS GHC25m TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS
Ghana needs GHC25 million annually for the next 10 years to be able to transform the conditions in the 43 prisons in the country.
BANKS FRET OVER LIQUIDITY SCARE
Banks have stepped up their borrowing from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) in an attempt to replenish dry reserves triggered by the ongoing fiscal consolidation.
LEAVE CEDI TO FLOAT – FORMER ETI BOSS
The former Managing Director of Ecobank Transactional Incorporated, Albert Essien, has called for a stable exchange rate regime in the country , where the cedi would be allowed to freely float within a band against the major foreign currencies particularly the US dollar.
ECONOMY EDGY ON EUROBOND FLOP
Government’s inability to secure its third Eurobond in as many years is expected to pile more pressure on the volatile local currency, which was predicted to rebound with proceeds from the 1.5 billion facility.
GRA STARTS 5% HOME TAX COLLECTION
Prospective home owners will now have to pay more for decent accommodation following authorization by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for real estate developers to start charging a flat rate of 5 percent Value Added Tax on all housing units sold from October 01, 2015.
‘DUMSOR’ IS KEY STRUCTURAL BARRIER TO GROWTH
Electricity shortage emerged as “key impediments to growth” in several African countries in 2015, including Ghana, the World bank has said in its twice-yearly analysis of economic trends on the continent titles ‘Africa’s Pulse’.
BOG, BDCS IN TANGO OVER DOLLARS
Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) are livid that he Bank of Ghana (BoG) no longer provides them dollaers for the import of petroleum products into the country.
GHANA’S INTEREST RATE, HIGHEST IN THE WORLD
The Bank of Ghana’s increase in the prime lending rate from 25% makes the country the highest in terms of interest rate in the world.
WORLD BANK CAUTIONS GHANA, OTHERS OVER FISCAL OVERRUN
The World Bank Group has asked government to take bold steps to enhance efficiency in its public expenditure and improve revenue mobilization.
OTUMFUO URGES MORE SUPPORT FOR PRIVATE SECTOR
THE Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has called for more emphasis and support for the private sector since they hold the key to employment creation and economic growth.
WESTERN OVERTAKES ASHANTI IN INVESTMENTS
Statistics from the Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC) indicate that the number of registered investment projects in the Western Region have increased in recent years, overtaking the Ashanti Region as the second-most populous investments’ growing area in the country after the Greater Accra Region.
GHANAIAN COMPANIES URGED TO BUILD STRONG BRANDS
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Enak Consult, producers of the Hard Truth, a television programme on Viasat 1, Ms Nana Akosua Konadu, has advised Ghanaian indigenous firms to build strong corporate brands.
GHANA TO HELP BRIDGE GLOBAL COCOA DEFICIT
The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is confident measures put in place to raise national cocoa production figures will soon translate into increased output to bridge the global cocoa deficit.
DKM STAFF ESCAPES ACID ATTACK BY AGGRIEVED CUSTOMERS
Staff of DKM Diamond Microfinance escaped a near acid attack by some aggrieved customers over the weekend.
It took the timely intervention of security personnel of the firm to foil the attack
LABOUR DATA TO TACKLE JOB-DROUGHT
The Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) has partnered with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) to develop a comprehensive talent mobility programme that will facilitate the free movement of excess skills in ECOWAS member-countries.
STARBOW HOPEFUL LAURELS WILL TRANSLATE INTO THE REVENUES
Domestic carrier, Starbow, is hopeful its double achievements in September this year will help enhance its corporate image and subsequently lead to increased patronage for its services by the travelling public.
THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR ECONOMY DEPENDS ON AGRICULTURE’
Any nation that does not give priority to agriculture, food security and youth employment will remain in abject poverty.
OLAM EXPANDS OPERATIONS
Olam Ghana Ltd has taken over operations of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Ghana Ltd, a cocoa paste manufacturing company in Kumasi.
PRUDENTIAL INTENSIFIES EDUCATION ON CREDIT MANAGEMENT
Prudential Bank Limited (PBL) has held the second in a series of seminars aimed at sensitising customers to the judicious management of credit facilities. This follows the first seminar held for 180 customers in Kumasi recently.
GHANA INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS TO PARTNER GOV’T
The Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA) says it will partner government and other stakeholders to reduce the greenhouse gas emission in the country.
AUDITORS CALL FOR BETTER CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The Association of Internal Auditors in the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) has called for better conditions of service to be able to manage government resources at the assemblies effectively.
PROJECT TO RAISE PERSONAL INCOMES THROUGH FARMING
Attempts to raise personal incomes of Ghanaians through significant raises in production levels of smallholder farmers is underway in six midsection districts of the Volta Region.
DFID PROVIDES BUSINESS NETWORK PLATFORMS FOR ENTREPRENEURS
The Department for International Development (DFID) through the Enhancing Growth in New Enterprises (ENGINE) is providing platforms for businesses in the Northern, Upper East, Upper West and parts of Brong Ahafo regions to share knowledge and ideas to improve their businesses.
IVORY COAST MUST END ARRESTS, ABUSE AHEAD OF POLLS – AMNESTY
Authorities in Ivory Coast must put an end to what Amnesty International claims is a wave of arbitrary arrests and abuse targeting opposition supporters in the run-up to a presidential election later this month, the rights campaigner said on Monday.
MUGABE’S ALLIES PROTECT HIM FOR FEAR OF BEING SIDELINED
President Robert Mugabe’s oldest allies favour letting the 91-year-old remain in office indefinitely rather than trying to oust him even as Zimbabwe’s economy collapses, members of the decision-making body of the ruling party said.
UK SEIZES $40,000 IN CASH FROM NIGERIA EX-OIL MINISTER
Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) obtained court permission on Monday to temporarily seize 27,000 pounds ($40,000) from a former Nigerian oil minister embroiled in a financial scandal, a court official in London said.
GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER CALLS FOR LIMIT TO NUMBER OF REFUGEES
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called on Monday for the government to restrict the number of refugees coming to Germany, adding pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel who has refused to support an upper limit.
TSIPRAS PLEADS FOR DEBT RELIEF WITH AUSTERE BUDGET
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras issued a resounding call for debt relief on Monday as his government unveiled an austere 2016 budget sticking strictly to international bailout targets in a new spirit of cooperation with European and IMF creditors.
NATO DENOUNCES RUSSIAN INCURSION INTO TURKISH AIRSPACE
The United States and NATO denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish airspace and Ankara threatened to respond, reporting two incursions in two days and raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.
VENEZUELA HITS BACK AT U.S. FOR QUESTIONING ITS DEMOCRACY
Venezuela’s foreign minister on Monday blasted her U.S. counterpart John Kerry for questioning the country’s democratic credentials ahead of legislative elections the ruling socialists are forecast to lose.
ADEN HOTEL USED BY YEMEN GOVERNMENT HIT BY MISSILE, CASUALTIES FEARED
Unidentified assailants fired a missile at a hotel in Aden used by senior Yemeni government officials on Tuesday, causing a number of casualties, residents said.
STAR PHILIPPINE BOXER PACQUIAO DECLARES HE’LL FIGHT FOR SENATE SEAT
Philippine boxing world champion and congressman Manny Pacquiao has announced he will take up a new challenge by running for a Senate seat in national elections next year.
IN GUATEMALA MUDSLIDE , SEARCHERS FIND DEAD FAMILIES HUDDLED TOGETHER
Beneath the mud and rock that engulfed the small Guatemalan town of Santa Catarina Pinula last week, search crews have found entire families who died huddled together after they were buried alive.
ASHANTI, EASTERN, B/A FA ELECTIONS TODAY
Delegates will today cast their votes to choose Regional Football Association (RFA) chairmen in the Ashanti, Eastern and Brong Ahafo Regions as the elections to the Ghana Football?Association (GFA) Executive Committee continue today.
WE FAILED KOTOKO – ADU GYAMFI
Asante Kotoko board chairman Paul Adu Gyamfi admits his administration failed to live up to the task handed it by club owner Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
OTUMFUO TO OUTDOOR KUFFOUR FRIDAY
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, will officially thank the outgoing management and board of Kumasi Asante Kotoko at convocation at the Manhyia Palace on Friday.
PRINCESSES HOST Eq. GUINEA IN KUMASI
Ghana’s Under-20 female football team, the Black Princesses, will host Equatorial Guinea in the second leg of the second round qualifier of the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC).
INTER ALLIES BEGIN JUSTIFY-YOUR-INCLUSION
Inter Allies began their justify-your-inclusion exercise on Monday at the Tema Sports Stadium.
The exercise will continue till 16 October, 2015 between 12noon-3 pm.