TUESDAY 8TH DEC 2015
BY MR LARRY ®
I HAD NO DIFFICULTIES SETTLING ON HARDWORKING AMISSAH ARTHUR AS RUNNING MATE – MAHAMA
“I must go into the 2016 elections with a Running Mate. I have had no difficulties settling on my hardworking Vice President as my Running Mate for the Second Term.
MAHAMA CHOSE ME BECAUSE OF MY ‘HONESTY’ – VEEP
Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has expressed gratitude to President John Mahama for choosing him as his running mate for the 2016 general elections, saying it did not come as a surprise to him.
AMA CALLS FOR CONCERTED EFFORT TO KEEP BEACHES CLEAN
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has called for a joint effort by the public and waste management companies to ensure cleanliness along the beaches in the metropolis at all times.
CAMPAIGN TO EXEMPT KAYAYEI FROM PAYING TOLLS INITIATED
The Pamela Bridgewater Project has started a campaign aimed at compelling metropolitan, municipal and district assembly (MMDAs) authorities to exempt head porters, popularly refered to as ‘Kayayei, from paying tax.
JUDICIAL SCANDAL: 21 JUDGES SACKED
Twenty-one of the Magistrate and Circuit Court judges implicated in the judicial corruption scandal exposed by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas have been sacked.
UTILITY TARIFF INCREMENT IS A “WICKED” X’MAS GIFT TO GHANAIANS – NPP
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said it would take any legitimate action to stop Ghanaians from paying any increment in utility tariffs as announced by the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC).
HO-WEST WILL GARNER 45,000 VOTES FOR NDC – BEDZRA
Mr Emmanuel Bedzra, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for the Ho-West Constituency on Sunday said the Constituency was targeting 45,000 votes for the Party in the 2016 general election.
NPP DC RECOMMENDS SUSPENSION OF AGYEPONG,CRABBE
The Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the New Patriotic Party has recommended a 15-month suspension for embattled General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong, Myjoyonline.com has learnt. It has also recommended an indefinite suspension for its second vice chairman, Sammy Crabbe.
MAN, 40 COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER BEING DUMPED
A man has committed suicide after his wife dumped him at Bondie near Prestea in the Western Region.
The deceased, Doe Kpemeda, a 40-year-old farmer hanged himself in his room after his girlfriend left his house.
AFOKO SUES NPP
The suspended National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Paul Afoko has filed a suit against the party at an Accra High Court Monday over what he describes as his illegal suspension.
TARIFFS HIKE: ICU FURIOUS, PREDICTS MASSIVE LAY-OFFS
IN 2016 The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) has described the tariff hikes announced by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) yesterday as a well-calculated attempt to get more employers out of business.
KUFUOR’S PROPHECY: FALLOUT OF 2007 CONGRESS HAUNTING NPP
Today can confirm that whatever is currently happening to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is the results of the party’s 2007 congress at Legon and its subsequent secret meetings held by some people believed to be loyalists of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ‘deal’ with former President John Agyekum Kufuor after the latter’s exit.
TODAY VINDICATED AS MAHAMA SWERVES HANNA TETTEH & CO
President John Dramani Mahama yesterday dribbled vice presidential hopefuls in his party to settle on Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 presidential elections, vindicating Today’searlier report that the president had chosen the former boss of the central bank.
13 WEE PEDDLERS ARRESTED IN TAMALE
The Northern Regional Police Command has embarked on an exercise dubbed ‘Operation Father Christmas’ to curb crime during the Christmas season.
MINISTRIES ARE CORRUPT’- LAWYER ADOFO
A Kumasi-based private Legal Practitioner, Lawyer Kwame Adofo has lashed out at the various ministries in the country for being corrupt.
PARLIAMENT: CONTRACTOR WORKING ON BROKEN DOWN FACILITIES
Managers of the State Tower Block, popularly known as Job 600, are working to ensure that all broken down facilities are restored, Kate Addo, Acting Director of Public Affairs, Office of Parliament has said.
SAM GEORGE’S SUSPENSION NULLIFIED
The National Executive Committee of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has quashed a directive suspending the party’s parliamentary candidate for the Ningo-Prampram constituency, StarrFMonline.com has learnt.
NAMOALE BEGS FOR FORGIVENESS FROM NDC
Member of Parliament for Dade-Kotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale has written to the leadership of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to offer his unqualified apology for the unruly behavior he exhibited to the regional executives of the party after the November 21 polls.
2015 BEST FARMER HAS NO FORMAL EDUCATION
Mr Ibrahim Musah, a 48-year-old farmer from Dormaa in the Brong Ahafo Region, is the 2015 National Best Farmer.
For his prize, he received a three-bedroom house from the Agricultural Development Bank (adb), GH¢3,000 from Kasapreko Distilleries, a desktop computer with printer, a laptop and a certificate.
Brong Ahafo Regional Trade And Tourism Fair Launched
The Brong Ahafo Regional Trade and Tourism Fair, dubbed, “ BA Dwakese, 2016,” has been launched in Sunyani, with a call on Ghanaian’s, especially those in the business community, to take advantage of the numerous opportunities in the regions and hardness them, for the growth and development of the region and Ghana as a whole.
INDIAN DELEGATION TO EXPLORE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A 20-member Indian business delegation, which is in the country to explore investment opportunities, yesterday conferred with the Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
TARIFFS GO UP – AS ELECTRICITY UP 59.2%, WATER UP 67.2%
The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) on Monday announced hikes in both and electricity tariffs as a combined rate of 126%, which has been criticized as counter-productive to business growth and sustainability.
AIRLINES LOSE GHC 6M TO HARMATTAN SHUTDOWN
Domestic airline will lose an estimated GHC6 million per week if the Harmattan, which is associated with poor visibility, continues to cause flight suspensions.
STAKEHOLDERS’ DISCUSSION ON $7BN GAS-PROJECT
Mr Umberto Carrara ENI’s Executive Vice President for sub-Sahara African Region, has paid a courtesy call on the Petroleum Minister, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, to further discuss progress of work on Offshore Cape Three Points Sankofa Gas Project.
MONEY SWINE! GNPC TO BLOW $43.24 MILLOION ON NEW OFFICE COMPLEX
Ghana National Petroleum Corporation’s (GNPC’s) proposed new head office complex is estimated to cost forty-three million, and twenty-four thousand United States Dollars ($43,024,000.00) and not sixteen million dollars ($16,000,000.00) as stated in the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy’s Report.
BOG TO IMPLEMENT BASEL II/III IN 2017
The central bank is to start implementation of the Basel II in mid-2017 as it seeks to enhance risk management and financial stability in the banking sector, after successful implementation of the Basel I, Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Kofi Wampah has said.
IRELAND SEEKS LASTING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP WITH GHANA
Ireland is seeking to build lasting business partnership with Ghanaian companies so as to be part of the country’s future growth, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Simon Coveney has said.
YIKINE COMMUNITY GETS IRRIGATION FACILITY
The Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) has built an irrigation facility for farmers at Yikine in the Upper East Region to enable them to farm all year round and ensure food security.
GOVT’S PROJECTED REVENUE TO SUFFER AS OIL, GOLD PRICES SET TO DECLINE
It appears the current challenges facing the economy in terms of government not getting the required revenue from commodity exports might not be over soon.
OIL PRICES REMAIN NEAR SEVEN-YEAR LOWS AS OPEC GLUT BITES
Crude prices remained near 7-year lows on Tuesday as OPEC continues to pump near record oil to defend market share, compounding a glut that has seen hundreds of thousands of barrels produced every day in excess of demand.
RAILWAY WORKERS TO WITHDRAW SERVICES NEXT WEEK
The Ghana Railway Workers Union has served notice that it will from next week withdraw its passenger services from Accra to Tema and Accra to Nsawam.
This, the union said, is as a result of the failure on the part of government to pay their two months salaries.
BUSINESSES SHOCKED AT UTILITY PRICE HIKES
The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has described as shocking, the decision by the PURC to increase utility tariffs.
OIL PRICE FALL: $7BN OCTP GAS PROJECT ON COURSE – ENI
ENI has given the government of Ghana the assurance of its commitment to the development of the West African oil producer’s oil and gas industry despite the continuously falling price of crude oil on the world market.
BANKERS CRY FOR START-UPS OVER CEDI INSTABILITY
Entrepreneurs in the country are faced with a daunting task in seeking any meaningful planning due to the flaky exchange rate atmosphere, Clifford Duke Mettle, President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB), Ghana, has noted.
GRA RETRIEVES GHC107M FROM “DELINQUENT” TAX PAYERS
The Ghana Revenue Authority’s Special Taskforce has revealed that it would intensify its night operation to clamp down on tax evaders.
PISTORIUS DUE IN COURT ON BAIL PLEA
South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is to appear in court to apply for bail after judges changed his manslaughter conviction to murder.
US CONFIRMS DEATH OF LIBYAN IS HEAD ABU NABIL
A US air strike killed a senior leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya, the Pentagon has confirmed.
US AL-SHABAB MILITANT HELD IN SOMALIA
Al-Shabab has so far avoided large-scale defections of its members to IS
An American member of Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab has been arrested in Somalia, an official has told the BBC.
NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AGREES 6.0 TRILLION NAIRA BUDGET FOR 2016
Nigeria’s government has agreed a 6.0 trillion naira ($29.8 billion) budget for the coming year, budget and national planning minister Udoma Udo Udoma said on Monday.
RUSSIA ASKS FOR U.N. COUNCIL TALKS ON TURKEY ACTION IN SYRIA, IRAQ
Russia has asked the United Nations Security Council to hold closed-door discussions on Turkish military action in Syria and Iraq, diplomats said on Monday, in the latest sign of increasing tensions between Moscow and Ankara.
YEMEN PRESIDENT CONFIRMS PROPOSED SEVEN-DAY CEASEFIRE FOR PEACE TALKS
Yemen’s president told the United Nations on Monday that he has asked the Saudi-led coalition to begin a 7-day ceasefire on Dec. 15 to coincide with U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending months of fighting that has killed nearly 6,000 people.
FBI SAYS CALIFORNIA SHOOTERS WERE RADICALIZED FOR ‘SOME TIME’
Investigators believe the married couple who massacred 14 people in California last week – the U.S.-born husband and his Pakistani wife – had been radicalized “for quite some time,” but no clues pointing to an international plot have yet emerged, the FBI said on Monday.
KEY ALLY OF BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT DIVIDED OVER HER IMPEACHMENT
Impeachment proceedings against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff were delayed on Monday by a fight between supporters and opponents trying to stack a lower house committee that will report on whether she committed an impeachable offence.
U.S. AGREES SPY PLANE DEPLOYMENT IN SINGAPORE AMID CHINA TENSIONS
The United States has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the U.S. P8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to China over its pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea.
DONALD TRUMP URGES BAN ON MUSLIMS ENTERING UNITED STATES
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week’s shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalised.
ASHGOLD SET MONEY ZONE TARGET FOR COACH BASH
Ashanti Gold has set a Money Zone target for their head coach, Bashir Hayford, aka Coach Bash, in their Africa Champions League campaign next year.
HEARTS MOVE TRAINING BASE TO LEGON
Accra Hearts has moved their training base from the Tesano Police Deport Park to the Legon Ajax Park.
KOTOKO’S TECHNICAL TEAM DID NOT APPROVE TOMMY MULLER FOR COACH
GHANAsoccernet.com gather that Asante Kotoko sought-after Danish trainer Tommy Muller Nielsen was rejected by New Edubiase United before being spotted by the dethroned league champions.
EVERY PLAYER INCLUDING KWARASEY IS WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL TEAM – NASANU
Ghana and Hearts of Oak goalkeeper’s trainer Nasamu Yakubu has opened the door to Adam Kwarasey’s to return to the Black Stars after admitting the national team is open to every Ghanaian player with the desire.
IS GHANA NO MORE INTERESTED IN U17 FOOTBALL?
The Sports Ministry and the GFA seem to be toying with the nation’s participation in next year’s U17 qualifiers.
This development is due to their reluctance to send the confirmation letter of Ghana’s participation in the U17 qualifiers.
NPC TO OPEN FOURTH AGITOS FOUNDATION WORKSHOP ON WEDNESDAY
The National Paralympic Committee (NCP), Ghana, will on Wednesday, December 9, open the fourth Agitos Foundation Workshop for stakeholders in the paralympic movement.
HER EXCELLENCY LORDINA MAHAMA WILL BE MEETING THE HAIRDRESS’S ASSOCIATION OF GHANA @ THE ACCRA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER TODAY @ 9AM…THANK YOU
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