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Headline News-October 23 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

MAHAMA PLEDGES SOLIDARITY FOR TERRORISM-HIT NATIONS

President John Dramani Mahama has pledged Ghana’s support for countries struggling to deal with terrorism.
He charged Ghana’s security agencies, therefore, to revive the spirit of patriotism in order to fight such new forms of security threat.

NO END TO DUMSOR AS TEMA POWER UNITS GO DOWN: ECG SHEDS 600MW

The country’s power situation which saw a significant improvement in recent times is beginning to make a negative U-turn as the Mine Reserve Plant and other thermal units in Tema are down as a result of low gas pressure in the pipeline from Nigeria.

FORMER PRESBY MODERATOR RESIGNS

The decision of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) to recall its immediate past Moderator, the Very Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso as part of measures to cut ties with the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PCUSA) over same-sex marriage tool another twist yesterday with the former Moderator resigning from the church.

AJET-NASAM DRIBBLES DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE AGAIN

One of the implicated judges in judicial bribery scandal, Justice John Ajet-Nasam, yesterday, for the third time, failed to show up before the Disciplinary Committee set up to investigative the matter.

ACCRA MALL SUED

Starmark Limited, a tenant of Accra Mall Limited, Ghana’s foremost shopping destination, has filed a suit at the high court over attempts to compel it to file and declare its monthly turnovers.

STREET MENTAL PATIENTS TO RISE

The number of mentally challenged patients roaming the streets in the country could increase in the fees at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.

POOR LIVING CONDITIONS CAN SPELL DOOM

Director of the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) of the University of Ghana, Dr Delali M. Badasu has warned that the current living conditions of locals in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis could lead to social agitations if government did not take immediate corrective action.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA GOES ON MARATHON TOUR

President John Dramani Mahama who is crisscrossing the country to seek the mandate of the party members ahead of the November 7 presidential and parliamentary elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has touted the democratic credentials of his party.

15 PRESIDENTIAL STAFFERS INJURED IN NEAR-FATAL ACCIDENT

Fifteen presidential staffers heading to the State House were involved in a near-fatal accident at the Ako Adjei interchange in Accra, Thursday.

WE NEED MONEY TO FIX DUMSOR – NDUOM

2012 standard-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has said the country needs huge sums of money to be able to fix its rolling energy problems once and for all.

AKOMEA JABS ABLAKWA

Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party (NPP,) Nana Akomea, has expressed misgivings about what he says are dubious tactics adopted by the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta region, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa together with some constituency executives to derail Mr. Christopher Kofi Eleblu’s parliamentary aspiration.

MAN ARRESTED IN ATTEMPT TO KILL 4-YR OLD FOR ‘SIKA DURO’

An 18-year-old private security personnel, Daniel Kyei Baffour, has been arrested by the Amasaman District Police for attempted murder and abduction.
The suspect allegedly sent his four-year-old nephew to a Mallam to be sacrificed for money rituals.

NPP’s EDMUND KYEI TAKES ON ASIEDU NKETIA

Asokwa constituency communication director of the NPP is infuriated by comments made by Johnson Asiedu Nketia aka ‘General Mosquito’ that sought to ridicule the just ended campaign tour of Nana Akufo-Addo, which was dubbed “The Rise And Build Tour”.

IEA CALLS FOR for VOTER’S’ REGISTER WITH ACCEPTABLE MARGIN OF ERROR

The Institute of Economic Affairs is calling for credible Voters’ Register “with an acceptable margin of error.”

BE CIRCUMSPECT IN YOUR REPORTAGE OF 2016 ELECTIONS’

Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council (NPC), Mr Francis Azumah, has appealed to the media to be fair and circumspect in their reportage before, during and after the 2016 general election.

GHANA WATER COMPANY JUSTIFIES DEMAND FOR INCREASED TARIFF

Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has justified its demand for 124 per cent increment in water tariff.
According to the company, higher tariffs were needed to enhance its ability to provide potable water to more people.

EDUCATION IS MY PRIORITY – URSULA

Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has encouraged students in her constituency to make education a priority as that is the only way to success.

I HAVE NOT FAILED TEMA EAST– TITUS GLOVER

Member of Parliament for Tema East, Titus Glover, has discounted claims by NDC parliamentary aspirant, Michael Nii Abbey that he has failed his constituents.
Michael Abbey on Point Blank on Eyewitness News accused Titus Glover for reneging on his promises to the people of Tema East.

159 POLICE OFFICERS SO FAR SANCTIONED IN 2015

A total of 106 police officers were dismissed in 2013 while 135 received sanctions in 2014 for various offences.
One hundred and fifty-nine personnel were also sanctioned between January and October this year.

SHS PLACEMENT 99% COMPLETE

“About 99 percent of candidates who qualify to be placed in senior high schools have been placed”. That is the assurance from the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

MILITARY REFUSES TO BE STAMPEDED OVER KASOA INCIDENT

Ghana Armed Forces says it will not allow itself to be stampeded over its investigations into the shooting incident that led to one death at Millennium City, Kasoa.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MAHAMA BANS IMPORTED ELECTRICAL CABLES

President John Dramani Mahama has ordered the immediate ban on the importation of electrical cables and transformers due to quality concerns.

WILL 40-YEAR BLUEPRINT SURVIVE NDC?

While Dr Nii Moi Thompson and his charges at the NDPC believe they are trying to put an end to decades of reactive planning in Ghana, the opposition NPP has made no secret its lack of admiration for the effort – bringing into question whether the plan will survive the NDC in government.

FUEL PRICES REDUCED

Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) have reduced the retail prices of petroleum products at the mid-October review period pegging Super between GH¢2.859 and GH¢2.820 whilst the prices of diesel was fixed between GH¢2.769 and GH¢2.720.

PPP LAW TO ADDRESS INFRASTRUCTURE GAP

The draft Public Private Partnership (PPP) law currently will make room for accountability and transparency so as to ensure projects are executed by leveraging public and private sector resources in order to close the infrastructure gap and deliver efficient public infrastructure and

GOV’T SPENDING EXCEEDS REVENUE FOR SEVEN MONTHS

Government ended the first seven months of this year spending slightly more than revenue mobilized.
Latest figures covering fiscal operation from January to August shows that it missed out slightly on the expenditure target.

CORPORATE GHANA NEEDS DISTINCTIVE HR PRACTICES

Mrs Irene Stella Agyenim-Boateng, Human Resource (HR) Practitioner of the Year at the just ended HR Focus Awards, has called on fellow practitioners in corporate Ghana to align with international best practices.

TULLOW, RAMEL, TOP 2014 GHANA CLUB 100 RANKINGS

Oil and gas explorations giant, Tullow Ghana Ltd ranked number one at the fourteenth Ghana Club 100 awards held Thursday.

NIB APPEALS AGAINST $60M Judgement

The National Investment Bank (NIB) has moved to the Supreme Court to appeal a $60-million judgement entered against it by the Court of Appeal.

ANGLOGOLD URGES ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR MINING

AngloGold Ashanti Chairman, SiphoPityana has called on all stakeholders in Africa’s mining industry to help create an enabling environment for the continent’s mining industry to flourish, to assist in economic development and upliftment.

GOV’T URGED TO ENHANCE CONTRACT TRANSPARENCY

Professor John Asafu Adjaye, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA) a policy think-thank, on Wednesday called on government to enhance contract transparency in the petroleum industry.

LAMUDI RELEASES REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT

Online property portal Lamudi Ghana has released Ghana’s first ever comprehensive real estate market report.

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN MUST BE RELEVANT AT ALL TIMES’

Dr Nii Moi Thompson, the Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has observed that the proposed 40-year development plan envisaged by the Commission should at all times be intrinsically relevant to the nation.

TERKPER FIGHTS IMF OVER HIGH DEBT

Finance Minister Seth Terpker says government is effectively managing the country’s debt situation despite the fact that the country has hit the 70 percent debt-to-GDP level forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

INTERNAL AUDIT MUST HELP FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

Mr. Jonny Osei Kofi, the Deputy Chief of Staff, has stated that government would ensure that the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) is well positioned to effectively help in the fight against corruption in the public service.

FREE EXHIBITION AT 2015 NATIONAL STARTUP FESTIVAL

Organizers of the maiden edition of the National Startup Festival have announced plans to provide free exhibition opportunities for start-up entrepreneurs in the country.

GOV’T STRENGTHENS PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

A Director at the Public Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance has stated that Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) could help close the development gap of the country in view of the huge pressure on the national budget.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ISLAMIST MILITANTS KILL EIGHT VILLAGERS IN CAMEROON : GOVERNMENT

Eight villagers in Cameroon’s Far North region were killed and nine injured in a raid by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram that was followed by a gun battle between militants and security forces, a government official said on Thursday.

EU CALLS BURUNDI TO TALKS IN BRUSSELS OVER CRISIS

Burundi’s government will be invited to talks in Brussels to seek a solution to a political crisis in the Central African country that has killed more than 120 people, EU diplomats say, warning of a suspension of aid if talks fail.

TANZANIAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL ACCUSES STATE POWER FIRM WORKERS OF SABOTAGE

Tanzania’s ruling party presidential candidate, running on an anti-corruption ticket, said state power company employees were draining dams at night to cut electricity supply so they could benefit from fuel import deals for emergency power.

GUINEA SECURITY FORCES KILLED IN ELECTION RUN-UP: AMNESTY

Security forces in Guinea shot two unarmed people in the back and beat another person to death in the lead up to elections this month, human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday.

STUDENT PROTESTS PUT ADDED PRESSURE ON SOUTH AFRICAN BUDGET

The line between government finance and the politics of the street in South Africa has seldom been as thin as this week when the next budget was unveiled in parliament and students clashed with police outside.

AFTER ASSAD AUDIENCE, RUSSIA EYES SEIZING DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVE ON SYRIA

The Kremlin believes it has taught Washington an object lesson in how to take on Islamist militants in Syria. Basking in the afterglow of Bashar al-Assad’s surprise visit to Moscow this week, it now believes it could lead the way diplomatically too.

AFTER NETANYAHU TALKS, KERRY SAYS ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN STRIFE MAY EASE

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday voiced cautious hope there may be a way to defuse Israeli-Palestinian violence that has killed nearly 60 people this month.

U.S COMMANDO KILLED IN RAID TO FREE HOSTAGES OF ISIS IN IRAQ

One member of a U.S. special operations force was killed during an overnight mission to rescue hostages held by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the first American to die in ground combat with the militant group, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

CHINA SAYS NAVAL TIES WITH UNITED STATES ‘BEST IN HISTORY’

Relations between the Chinese and U.S. navies are their “best in history” and exchanges between the two will become more systematic in the future, China’s military on Friday cited the country’s naval chief as telling visiting U.S. officers.

CLINTON DEFLECTS REPUBLICAN CRITICISM IN MARATHON BENGHAZI HEARING

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton passed a tough political test on Thursday, calmly deflecting harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, during a testy 11-hour hearing in Congress.

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