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Headline News-December 1 2015

 

BY MR LARRY ®
NIGERIAN STUDENT SPRAYED WITH ACID FOR REFUSING TO ENGAGE IN DRUG TRADE

A Nigerian nursing student in Ghana is fighting for her life at the 37 Military Hospital after a friend she was living with allegedly poured acid on her at Auntie Aku, near Santa Maria in Accra.

FRESH VIOLENCE IN BUNKRUGU CLAIMS 3 LIVES

Three persons have been killed at Bunpurugu in the Northern Region following renewed clashes that erupted in the town over the weekend.

DON’T GAG GHANAIANS OVER PRESIDENT’S COMPETENCY – NANA KONADU

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Party, Nana Konadu-Agyemang Rawlings, has indicated that every Ghanaian has the right to assess the competence level of the presidency.

GNPC BLOWS Ȼ5M ON TSATSU, OTHERS

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation has confirmed dolling out huge sums of money as ex-gratia to former management staff, some of whose appointments were terminated 15 years ago.

MAHAMA GOVERNMENT TOO CORRUPT – KONADU

Former first lady and founder of the National Democratic Party, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, has once again lambasted the National Democratic Congress government, describing it as corrupt.

NANA OUTDOORS CAMPAIGN TEAM IN SUNYANI

The 2016 presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his campaign team for the 2016 general elections on December 19, 2015 at the party’s Annual Delegates’ Conference schedules to take place in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo regional capital

RELEASE ELECTION TIMETABLE – CODEO TELLS ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has charged the Electoral Commission to make its timelines for preparation before, during and after the 2016 elections public as soon as possible.

LIFT BAN ON RECRUITMENT – UTAG

The University Teachers’ Association (UTAG) is calling on government to immediately lift the ban on recruitment and replacement of academic staff in the universities.

KWESI PRATT NOW GOVT REPRESENTATIVE ON NMC BOARD

The Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has been nominated to represent the presidency on the reconstituted National Media Commission board.

GHC1 MILLION PAYMENT TO TSIKATA ‘APPALLING’ – SIR JOHN

Former General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has described as appalling the amount of money paid former CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Tsatsu Tsikata as ex-gratia.

HO POLY STUDENT KILLED BY UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS

A First year HND Fashion student of the Ho Polytechnic has been shot dead by unknown assailants.

NANA ADDO’S LEADERSHIP HAS BROUGHT NIGHTMARES TO NPP – BATURE

It is almost becoming a dogmatic routine for the New Patriotic Party to deal with fresh troubles at the start of every new dawn.

POLITICAL PARTIES URGED TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY

Dr K.Y. Amoah, Founder and President of the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), says Ghana’s democracy would be strengthened if the various political parties become more policy and development oriented rather than election oriented.

I’M GOING BACK TO MY LAW FIRM’ – ALFRED AGBESI

Defeated Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, Alfred Kwame Agbesi says he is returning to his chambers to practice law full time when he leaves the House in 2017.

MINISTER ACCUSED OF RECEIVING GH?400,000 BRIBE

Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda has been accused of receiving bribe to influence the nomination of Kweku Afrifa Yamoah Ponko as Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu Juaben.

ASHANTI GJA BOILS

The ongoing fracas between the Ashanti regional executives of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) led by its Secretary, Kingsley Hope, and the Regional Chairman, Listowell Yesu Bukarson, over the latter’s eligibility seems not have an end in sight, Today can report.

I AM ONE ADMIRER OF PRESIDENT MAHAMA – KENNEDY AGYAPONG

Acerbic tongue New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong says he has soft spot for affable and genteel Northern-born-President John Dramani Mahama, hence his decision never to attack his person.

STAND ASIDE AND LET NANA ADDO DO HIS OWN THING

Onetime flag bearer aspirant of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Kobina Arthur Kennedy, has charged senior members of the opposition party to assume their rightful position as elders of the party and stop the hero-worship of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

PAY YOUR DUES AND SECURE YOUR VOTE – NKETIAH

As part of measures to check if persons who registered and voted in the just ended nationwide presidential and parliamentary primaries of the National Democratic Congress are genuine party activists, the governing NDC says members who fail to be in good standing will be stripped off certain privileges, including the right to vote.
BUSINESS HEADLINES
INVESTORS EDGY ECONOMY’S PROSPECTS

Investors are caution about the prospects of the economy as yields on short-term Treasury bills continue to plummet whereas those on the recent five-year bond issued last week rose from 21 to 24 percent as compared with a similar issue in March.

POWER SHIP TO GUZZLE 35,000 TONNES OF FUEL MONTHLY

The 225 megawatts Karpowership will consume an estimated 30,000 tonnes of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) per month, which translates into close to $9 million per October HFO (Rotterdam) price of $254 per tonne

PARLIAMENT TO SCRUTINIZE GOVERNMENT SPENDING

The chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, James Avedzie, says the legislature will leave nothing to chance in ensuring that government does not spend outside the approved budget allocations for next year.

24 HR DUMSOR ‘KILLING’ SMES

Small and medium business owners who use electricity for their operations are beginning to feel the impact of the intensified 24-hour load shedding that commenced last week.

FOOD SHORTAGE LOOMS AS GOVERNMENT CUTS AGRIC BUDGET

The Agricultural sector is set to face a major decline in productivity that may result in low output due to a massive cut in funds to stakeholders in the sector.

ECOWAS POWER MARKET ENDORSED

. ECOWAS power market endorsed The ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) has endorsed the first phase of the proposed West African regional electricity market plan, proposed by a ministerial directive in 2013.

SMART’ METERS TO FIGHT POWER FRAUD

The Intelligent Marketing & Energy Solution (IMES) has launched a new smart metering system in a bid to tackle power bypasses and meter-tampering by users.

GCNET PRESENTS GH¢12M AS INTERIM DIVIDEND TO GOV’T

Dr. Nortey Omaboe, Executive Chairman of the Ghana Community Network Systems (GcNet), has presented a cheque for GH¢12million to government as interim dividend for 2015.

NPRA ASSURES CORPORATE TRUSTEES ON TPFA TRANSFERS

There are indications that funds lodged into the temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) at the Bank of Ghana for the 2nd-Tier Funds are now being transferred into the custody accounts of Corporate Trustees and the Employer-sponsored scheme.

SACKED ADB WORKERS IN COURT OVER DISMISSAL

Two management staff of Agricultural Development Bank (adb) who were recently sacked, have dragged the bank to court over their dismissal.

PWDS TO BE CATERED FOR ON LOCAL AIRLINES – GCAA

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has put together a document that will mandate all Ghanaian registered airlines to ensure that persons with disability (PWDs) are provided with the basic facilities to enhance their safety.

ACEP: BARGE DEAL POOR

The Executive Director of energy think tank Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), Dr Mohammed Amin Adam the government of Ghana should have analysed the risk of non-performance before signing a contract with a Turkish company for a Karpower barge.

DECENTRALISATION POLICY TAKES EFFECT NEXT YEAR

Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, a Local Government expert to the Local Government Ministry, has said the ministry will from next year decentralise public institutions in the country to accelerate development and enhance the economy.

BOG TO FACE PARLIAMENT OVER SINKING FUND ROW

Ranking Member of Parliament’s Committee on Finance, Anthony Akoto Osei has hinted of plans by the legislature to take on the Bank of Ghana (BoG) for what it describes as mismanagement of Ghana’s sinking fund.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
KABORE WINS BURKINA FASO PRESIDENTIAL VOTE

Roch Marc Kabore was proclaimed the winner of the presidential election in Burkina Faso and will become the country’s first new leader in decades, the Independent National Electoral Commission said on Tuesday.

U.N. SAYS NO NEED FOR PEACEKEEPERS IN BURUNDI YET

Burundi is on the brink of a war that could have “potentially disastrous effects in an already fragile region” but there is no immediate need to deploy United Nations peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday.

CHANCE TO STOP EXPANDING BOKO HARAM IS NOW – U.N. OFFICIAL

West Africa’s Boko Haram Islamist militant group is expanding and there is only a small window of opportunity to stop it, the top U.N. aid official in Cameroon said on Monday.

BRITAIN TO VOTE ON SYRIA STRIKES THIS WEEK, PM CONFIDENT OF SUPPORT

The parliament will vote on bombing Syria on Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron said, confident he can secure its approval after the opposition Labour Party allowed its members to vote freely on the issue.

AT NATO, TURKEY REMAINS DEFIANT OVER RUSSIAN JET

Turkey’s prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologise for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after winning strong NATO support for the right to defend itself.

INSIGHT – IN UNEXPECTED TWIST, ASSAD ALLY MAY BE LEBANON’S NEXT PRESIDENT

Lebanon’s political crisis has taken a dramatic turn with the possibility that a friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could become president in a power-sharing deal aimed at breathing life back into the paralysed state.

DOCTORS IN ENGLAND SUSPEND MASS WALKOUT UNTIL JANUARY AFTER TALKS

Doctors in Britain’s state-funded health service announced on the eve of a planned mass walkout they would suspend it until January after “conciliatory talks” with the government over new pay and conditions.

IMF GIVES CHINA’S CURRENCY PRIZED RESERVE ASSET STATUS

The International Monetary Fund admitted China’s yuan into its benchmark currency basket on Monday, in a victory for Beijing’s campaign for recognition as a global economic power.

SYRIA’S ASSAD SAYS TERRORISTS AMONG SYRIAN REFUGEES – CZECH TELEVISION

There are terrorists among the Syrian refugees making their way to Europe, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Czech Television in an interview, excerpts of which were broadcast on Monday.

SPAIN’S RAJOY STAYS AWAY AS CANDIDATES HOLD ELECTION DEBATE

Three of the candidates vying to become Spain’s next prime minister clashed over the economy, corruption and Catalan independence in an election debate on Monday but a fourth, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, stayed away.

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