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MONDAY 7th DEC 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

TEST BEFORE YOU TRUST’ PRESIDENT MAHAMA URGES GHANAIANS

President John Mahama has called for unity in the country ahead of the 2016 general elections, urging Ghanaians to go to the polls with diligence.
The President says it is important for the country to unite with one focus if progress is to be achieved.

TSIKATA DRAGS K.T. HAMMOND TO COURT OVER LIBELOUS REMARKS

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tsatsu Tsikata has filed a writ at the High Court against the Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, Mr K.T. Hammond for defamation.

PARLIAMENT AND EC HOLD CLOSE DOOR MEETING OVER ELECTION 2016

The Electoral Commission will meet Parliament next week, Thursday December, 10.
The closed door meeting is scheduled to discuss preparations being made by the EC ahead of the 2016 general elections.

NGLESHIE AMANFRO INSTALLS NEW MANTSE

Mr. Charles Akramah Mensah, who has unanimously been nominated and endorsed by the Heads and Elders of the Seven Accredited Houses of Ngleshie Amanfro under the James Town Paramountcy as Chief of the area, has pledged to save his subjects from what he describes as their long years of bondage under an illegitimate chief.

2016 WILL BE “DANGEROUS” YEAR FOR GHANA – ANING

Ghanaians must brace up for difficult times in 2016 if political parties maintain their posturing towards the general elections, a security expert at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPC) Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning has predicted.

E/R: GOV’T SHS OPERATES IN RENTED APARTMENT

The Headmaster of the W.B.M Zion Senior High School at Akyem Old Tafo in the Eastern region is pleading with government to provide a permanent school building for them.
This is because the school which was established in 1979 has been operating in a rented apartment for the past 36 years.

POWER BARGE CONNECTED TO NATIONAL GRID – GRIDCO

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) has connected the power barge to the national grid.
The connection, Citi News understands was completed a couple of days ago.

CHINA AFRICA COOPERATION SUMMIT ENDS IN JOHANNESBURG

The Second Summit of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation has ended in Johannesburg, South Africa with the adoption of a 30-point declaration to promote cooperation on wide range of sectors between China and Africa.

22 ARRESTED, FINED FOR NOT TAKING PART IN SANITATION DAY EXERCISE

The La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA) Sanitation Task Force on Saturday arrested 22 persons and instantly fined them for not taking part in the 14th National Sanitation Day within its jurisdiction.
The arrested persons include 10 shop keepers and 12 petty traders, who were briskly displaying and selling their wares during the exercise.

HARMATTAN TO GROUND DOMESTIC AIRLINES FOR 2 MORE WEEKS

Domestic Airlines are to be grounded for about two more weeks as a result of bad weather caused by the harmattan.
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in a “Notice to Air Men [NOTAM],” on Saturday December 5, warned that the weather may only be safe for flights after December 15, 2015.

COP 21: GHANA WRITES TO JOIN GREAT GREEN WALL

Ghana has written to join the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative to help halt land degradation in the three regions of the north.

NPP MUST STOP SLAUGHTERING THEIR SUPPORTERS – YAMIN

A Former Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Yamin, has suggested to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to desist from slaughtering their supporters as if they are animals.

ECONOMY: ‘BAWUMIA PLAYING POLITICS’

Financial analyst, Toma Imihere, has played down promises by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to turn the country’s economic fortunes around if voted into office, indicating that it cannot be done instantly.
“NPP is totally exaggerating their ability to fix the problem as if when they enter they will just fix the problem, they can’t. If Dr Bawumia is saying that [then] that is the politician in him.

MAHAMA BOYS CHASE ADE COKER

A group calling itself Concerned Youth for John Mahama, has issued a stern warning to National Democratic Congress (NDC) Greater Accra Regional Chairman, Kobina Ade Coker, to desist from interfering in the workings of the party or face its wrath.

VRA TAKES IT SUPPLY OF GAS FROM ABOADZE

The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has begun the supply for an average 109 million standard cubic feet of gas (mmscf) a day to the Aboadze Thermal enclave of the Volta River Authority (VRA) for power generation.

BUSINESS LEADERS URGED TO TAKE HR SERIOUSLY

The Managing Director of New Times Corporation, Ms. Carol Annang has said that without any serious Human Resources (HR) department in any organization, it cannot do anything meaningful to the development of that entity.

CRABBE CAN BE SANCTIONED IN HIS ABSENCE – AKOMEA

Director of Communications of the opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP), Nana Akomea says the party’s 2nd Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe’s disregard for the party will do him in.

DEMONISING EC AFTER DEFEAT BAD’

Trampling the Electoral Commission (EC) after every defeat at the polls is a threat to Ghana’s democracy, security analyst Dr Kwesi Aning has warned.

NPP DARES BAGBIN TO PROVE IT SABOTAGED POWER BARGE DEAL

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has challenged the Majority Leader in Parliament, Alban Bagbin to substantiate his allegation that the party was responsible for the late arrival of the Karpower barge into the country.

GOV’T SCRAPS TEACHER MOTIVATION ALLOWANCE

Government says it has scrapped the ‘teacher motivation allowance’ paid to members of the profession every term.
The allowance was levied on students at the senior high school level, but that will no longer be charged from the next academic term.

WE CANNOT ALLOW EMPTY-HEADED TEACHERS TO TEACH – MOE

The Minster of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman has cautioned that the ministry will not accept half -witted teacher trainees into the various classrooms in the country.

GOMOA AMANFUL CRIES FOR POTABLE DRINKING WATER

The chiefs and people of Gomoa Amanful in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region have made passionate appeal to Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing and the Rural Water Supply Department in particular to come to the aid of the people in terms of potable drinking water to reduce the rather high rates of water borne related diseases.

PROMOTE NATIONAL PEACE, WANGARA CHIEF URGES

Nana Yusif Fanyinama III, President of the Council of Wangara Chiefs in Ghana has appealed to traditional authorities and tribal leaders to promote peace among their people.

GRA TASK FORCE TAKES ON DISOBEDIENT COMPANIES

“We want to issue a note of caution to all tax payers. It doesn’t mean it is only tax payers who operate in the night.- Theophilus Gaskine

SAM GEORGE SUPPORTERS ACCUSE E.T MENSAH FOR HIS SUSPENSION

Supporters of the embattled National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary candidate for Ningo-Prampram Sam George are furious over his suspension.

BERNARD MORNAH GETS THE GREEN LIGHT TO CONTEST PNC CHAIRMANSHIP

The General Secretary of the People’s National Convention, Bernard Mornah has dismissed claims by leadership of the party that his ambition of becoming the party’s next National Chairman is in limbo.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOV’T RECOGNIZES IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE SECTOR – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has stated that this year, Government spent GH¢120 million in supporting the rice, cashew and agro-processing sectors, as well as the importation of tractors for farmers.

AYARIGA WARNS MINING COMPANIES

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, says all mining companies that fail to use best technologies in dealing with tailings early next year will have their EPA permits withdrawn.

MORE PRIVATE INVESTORS NEEDED IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR – MINISTER

Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye, the Greater Accra Deputy Regional Minister, has called on private investors to partner government to help develop the agriculture value chain.

NATIONAL CONSENSUS ON MINING IS CRITICAL – ANKRAH

The Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU) has called for a national conversation on mining among stakeholders to clearly identify what the nation needs and how to actualize them.

GROUP CALLS FOR CREDIT FACILITIES FOR SALT INDUSTRY

The Okor Songhor Women’s Association, an advocacy group in Sege, has called on government to provide credit to Small Scale Salt Miners in the communities to help check the activities of illegal salt mining.

FISHERIES INDUSTRY READY TO EXPAND – MINISTER

Ms. Hanny Sherry Ayittey, Minister in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture on Friday said a major breakthrough had been made in the fisheries industry to expand production and combat illegal, unprotected and unregulated fishing in the country.

POLICE TO BOOST SECURITY AT SHOPPING MALLS FOR XMAS

As the city’s top shopping malls prepare for the Christmas and New Year season, the Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the Ghana Police Service has moved to beef up security as part of a national operational campaign to ensure law and order at major public installations during the period.

B/A PURCHASING CLERKS ALLEGEDLY CHEATING COCOA FARMERS

In spite of efforts by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) to eliminate illicit adjustment of weighing scales by purchasing clerks, unhappy cocoa farmers in the Asutifi North and South Districts of the Brong Ahafo Region say, they are still being cheated by these clerks working with the various Licensed Cocoa Buying Companies (LBCs).

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

POLITICAL RIVALS TO REPLACE GADDAFI WITHIN 2 YEARS

Libya’s bitter political rivals have signed an agreement aimed at resolving the country’s deep political crisis with elections to be held within two years.

THOMAS SANKARA’S MURDER, COUP GENERAL CHARGED

Authorities in Burkina Faso have charged a general who led a failed coup in September with complicity in the 1987 assassination of President Thomas Sankara, senior security sources told Reuters.

THREE SOLDIERS DIE AS ARMY ATTACKS BOKO HARAM STRONGHOLD

The Nigerian military has confirmed that three soldiers died whiles fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the stronghold in the Sambisa Forest.

ASSAD SAYS BRITISH BOMBING IN SYRIA WILL FAIL, RIDICULES PM CAMERON

British air strikes on Islamic State will fail to defeat the militant group, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, mocking Prime Minister David Cameron’s strategy in the region.

CLASHES ERUPT IN ATHENS ON ANNIVERSARY OF STUDENT’S KILLING BY POLICE

Black-clad protesters and riot police fought pitched battles in Athens on Sunday on the seventh anniversary of a teenager’s killing by police.

ITALY RULES OUT JOINING SYRIA AIRSTRIKES, SAYS ANOTHER STRATEGY NEEDED

Italy has no intention of joining a U.S.-led coalition that is attacking Islamic State targets in Syria, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Sunday, warning that the air campaign would only add to chaos in the region.

AFTER CALIFORNIA MASSACRE, OBAMA TO PLEDGE POWERFUL ATTACK ON ISLAMIC STATE

President Barack Obama will tell Americans on Sunday what the government is doing to keep them safe following the mass killing by a couple in California last week that is being investigated as an “act of terror,” but no major shift in strategy was expected.

FRENCH FAR-RIGHT MAKES MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH TO TOP REGIONAL ELECTIONS

France’s far-right National Front pulled off a historic win on Sunday, topping the vote in the first round of regional elections, in a breakthrough that shakes up the country’s political landscape before 2017 presidential elections.

VENEZUELA SOCIALISTS AT RISK IN HIGH-STAKES LEGISLATIVE VOTE

Venezuelans voted for a new legislature on Sunday in an election that may punish the ruling Socialists for a brutal economic crisis and give the opposition a long-sought platform to challenge President Nicolas Maduro.

SAUDI ARABIA SAYS IT WILL HOST SYRIA OPPOSITION MEET ON TUESDAY

Saudi Arabia will host a meeting of Syrian opposition groups in Riyadh from Dec. 8-10 aimed at choosing representatives for future international talks on Syria, the official Saudi Press Agency said on Sunday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

BEREKUM CHELSEA SIGN SADDICK ADAMS

Ghana youth international Saddick Adams has joined Berekum Chelsea on a two year deal .
The striker was signs on a free transfer having mutually terminated his contract with Saudi Arabia side Al Feiha FC.

HEARTS TO LEAVE FOR LIBYA FOR CLUB FRIENDLY

Ailing Accra Hearts of Oak are set to leave the shores of Accra on 12th December, 2015 for Libya to battle Ittihad Tripoli in a two-club international friendly

GRANT DOESN’T RESPECT GHANAIANS – POLO

Former Ghana forward Mohammed Polo is the latest to lash out at Black Stars coach Avram Grant for the latter’s continuous insistence on monitoring players abroad at the expense of the local topflight.

TOM STRAND CALLS FOR IMPROVED MEDIA COVERAGE OF LEAGUE

Medeama SC coach, Tom Strand has taken to facebook to call on the organizers of the league to improve its standard.
According to the 34-year old, there must be a complete media coverage of the league which will ensure more matches are shown on television.

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