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Headline News – October 20 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

PREZ MAHAMA, ASANTEHENE CUT SOD FOR CONSTRUCTION OF KEJETIA TERMINAL

After months of agitation, protestation and litigation, the way was cleared Monday for construction work to begin on the Kejetia Terminal Complex in Kumasi.

UNEMPLOYED NURSES TAKE CASE TO PRESIDENCY

The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has directed the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Ministry of Finance, to ensure that all unposted nurses receive their clearance letters to start work, before October 23 this year.

BE READY TO PAY MORE FOR POWER – PRESIDENT

President John Mahama has asked Ghanaians to be prepared to pay a little more for electricity if they reliable power supply.

AHAFO ANO NORTH NDC TREASURER STABS CHAIRMAN

There is fear among some members of the Ahafo Ano North branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) following the stabbing of the constituency chairman by the treasurer.

FAKE DOCTOR SWINDLES STUDENTS

A 45-year-old self-styled doctor has been arrested by the Swedru Police for allegedly falsifying the West African Senior School Certificate Examination results of a number of senior high school graduates.

NDC CHAIRMAN STABBED OVER CAR

An open fight over a National Democratic Congress party vehicle at Ahafo-Ano North constituency in the Ashanti Region turned bloody when the party’s treasurer stabbed the chairman twice last Sunday evening.

SACK POWER MINISTER – DR NYAHO-TAMAKLOE

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has called on the Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, to resign his position.

KEJETIA MARKET TAKES OFF

President John Mahama on Monday cut the sod for the reconstruction of phase one of the Kumasi Kejetia Central Market to officially commence.

TARIFFS HIKE: PART OF IMF BAILOUT

President John Mahama is backing calls for an increase in utility tariffs can be seen in the light if strategies aimed at scrapping subsidies.

2016 ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 7

The Electoral Commission has given approval for the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections to be held on November 7 as part of proposals for electoral reforms.

JUDICIARY MUST SANITISE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE – CJ

The Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood has tasked the judiciary service to do what is right and noble in order to avoid creating an environment in which misconduct could thrive in the administration of justice.

HIV/AIDS INFECTION INCREASES IN CAPE COAST

A total of 329 persons in the Cape Coast Metropolis got infected with HIV/AIDS in 2014 as against 301 in 2012, representing an increase of 4.3 percent over the past two years.

PRIVATE COMPANY USED THE PRESIDENCY TO RAISE MONEY TO PRINT DIARIES – KWAKYE OFOSU

Deputy Communications Minister has said government gave approval for a private company to use the name of the presidency to raise sponsorship to fund the printing of presidential diaries.

STOP OUTRAGEOUS CAMPAIGN PROMISES – BARTON-ODRO

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr. Ebo Barton Odro has cautioned Members of Parliament (MP) seeking to retain their seats as well as new aspirants to desist from making outrageous promises during their campaigns.

NDC SNUBS IEA DEBATE ON VOTERS’ REGISTER

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has decided to stay away from a debate being organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on Ghana’ voters’ register.

FLAGSTAFF HOUSE MUST ALSO PAY UTILITY BILLS ’

Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Protection Agency, Kofi Kapito, is asking the presidency to pay utility bills for Flagstaff House.

NDC CHAIR APOLOGISES OVER ‘MILLS WAS A MISTAKE’ COMMENT

The Eastern regional chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress Tawiah Boateng has apologised over his comments that the NDC erred in electing the late Professor John Mills to lead them in the 2000 and 2008 elections.

ASANTEHENE TO ADDRESS to CHATHAM HOUSE IN UK

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, will address a high-level audience at Chatham House in the United Kingdom on the escalating threats to global peace and security on October 30, 2015.

FOREIGN MINISTER URGES DIASPORANS TO ENGAGE MISSIONS ABROAD

Ms. Hannah Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has underscored the importance of the diaspora engagement in the country’s accelerated development.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T INJECTS GHC50M INTO PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

President John Dramani Mahama has revealed that GHC50 million in assistance has been pumped into various pharmaceutical companies in the country.
This is to boost the growing local pharmaceutical industry, he said.

WORLD BANK LAUDS GOV’T EFFORTS TO STABILIZE ECONOMY

World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim is confident measures being implemented by government to forestall the precipitous fall of the economy will yield success.

AFDB FUNDS SMES TO LIST ON GAX

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to support the listing of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) on the Ghana Alternative Exchange (GAX) with an interest-free funding of $600,000 over a two-year period.

UNIVERSITY IN-TAKE DROPS

From 2009 to 2014, compensation expenditure has accounted for over 70 percent of spending on education – leaving little for infrastructural development and assets to improve equality delivery of education in the country.

AfDB TO RELEASE $100m TO BOOST AGRIC SECTOR

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is working to advance some additional funds to support on-going infrastructure projects and the agricultural sector in the coming months.

DOMESTIC TOURISM SURGES IN ASHANTI

Domestic tourism has surged in the Ashanti Region, with the Kumasi Zoological Gardens alone generating revenue in excess of GH?137,000.00, last two years.

UK OIL AND GAS TRADE DELEGATION VISITS GHANA

A delegation from the oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom is in Ghana to explore the investment opportunities for British businesses in the country.

SPRINGBOARD TO EMPOWER YOUTH IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INVESTMENT

Springboard Road Show Foundation, organisers of the annual nationwide career and personal development tour will scale up its impact to reach a million emerging leaders by 2020.

ADOPT MULTI-SECTORAL APPROACH TO FOREST PLANTATIONS – STAKEHOLDERS

Stakeholders at the consultative workshop on the draft Ghana Forest Plantation Strategy for 2015-2040 in the Southern Sector of the country, have called for the adaptation of multi-sectoral approach in the strategy for the development of forest plantations in the country.

FISH PROCESSORS URGED TO UNITE TO ATTRACT SUPPORT

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ms Sherry Ayittey, has urged fish processors and traders to come together to present a unified voice to influence policy decisions.

PMMC IS BROKE; UNABLE TO PAY SALARIES

Reports say Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) Limited, operating under the companies’ code, with government of Ghana as the sole shareholder, is broke and unable to pay workers’ salaries.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

IVORY COAST’S OUATTARA TO PUSH FOR NEW CONSTITUTION IF RE-ELECTED

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Monday he would push for constitutional reform if he wins re-election this week to scrap a nationality clause that helped drag his West African nation into a decade-long crisis.

DOZENS ARRESTED AS NIGER STUDENTS CLASH WITH POLICE

Violent clashes in Niger between police and students protesting for better study conditions left at least seven injured and led to 79 arrests, the governor of the capital Niamey said.

PISTORIUS FREED ON PAROLE AFTER YEAR BEHIND BARS FOR KILLING GIRLFRIEND

Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s “Blade Runner”, was released on parole on Monday, just short of a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

CANADA’S TRUDEAU TOPPLES PM HARPER IN STUNNING ELECTION WIN

Canada’s Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rode a late campaign surge to a stunning election victory on Monday, toppling Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives with a promise of change and returning a touch of glamour, youth and charisma to Ottawa.

SOUTH KOREANS CROSS ARMED BORDER TO MEET FAMILIES IN NORTH TORN BY WAR

Nearly 400 South Koreans crossed the heavily armed border into North Korea on Tuesday full of joyful anticipation at reuniting with family members separated for more than six decades since the 1950-53 Korean War.

U.N. ENVOY URGES YEMEN PARTIES TO MAKE PEACE TALKS IN GENEVA A SUCCESS

Talks to end months of fighting in Yemen will convene in Geneva at the end of October under the sponsorship of the United Nations, the U.N. special envoy for the issue has announced, urging the parties to try to make the negotiations a success.

SYRIAN REBELS SAY THEY RECEIVE MORE WEAPONS FOR ALEPPO BATTLE

Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies near Aleppo said on Monday they had received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states opposed to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of a major government offensive last week.

CHINA’S XI TO BE FETED ON BRITISH TRIP DESPITE CRITICISM

President Xi Jinping will be feted by the royal family and leading politicians during a trip this week which Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will cement Britain’s lucrative place as China’s closest friend in the West.

BEHIND THE STRIFE, HOLLANDE GRINDS OUT FRENCH REFORMS

Behind the headlines and images portraying a government unable to reconcile warring bosses and trade unions, economic reforms are slowly taking hold in France.

PENTAGON SAYS U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL RAMMED GATE OF MSF HOSPITAL

U.S. military personnel rammed into the gate of a medical aid group’s hospital in Afghanistan last week to enter the grounds of the building hit in a U.S. air strike earlier this month, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

OFORI ANTWI CONFIRMS ADUANA TALKS

Kotoko goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi has confirmed he’s held talks with Aduana Stars over a potential move.

KOTOKO TO SIGN AGREEMENT WITH AL Al AHLY

Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko will sign partnership agreement with Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
Officials of the North African side will arrive in Ghana next week to hold talks with the Porcupine Warriors over the proposed partnership deal.

HERBERT ADDO COULD RETURN TO INTER ALLIES

Herbert Addo is in talks to return to Inter Allies as the head coach after the club announced parting ways with, GHANASoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

I DON’T THINK MY ABSENCE AFFECTED THE TEAM’

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu insists his absence from the home-based Black Stars team’s camp for about a week had no effect on the result secured in Sunday’s 2016 CHAN qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire.

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