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News Headlines December 9 2015

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WEDNESDAY 9TH DEC 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

FIGHT AGAINST MATERNAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY TO INCREASE

The Government is to adopt an integrated approach to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity (R3M) through a collaborative effort.

DON-CHEBE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AUB

The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Major Albert Don-Chebe (retd), has been elected President of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB).

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA ORDERED TO PAY EX-GRATIA TO 194 RETIREES

An Industrial and Labour Court has ordered the University of Ghana to pay ex-gratia based on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) to its 194 retired workers.
According to the court the retirees are entitled to the SSSS except those who have worked for less than 10 years.

MAHAMA-AMISSAH-ARTHUR PARTNERSHIP IS VERY SOLID – ALLOTEY JACOBS

Central Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs has described the partnership between President Mahama and his Vice, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as an alpha and omega team which will help the NDC to retain power in the 2016 elections.

KOFORIDUA ZONGO YOUTH CLASH WITH MILITARY OVER ERECTION OF MAST

The Koforidua Zongo Tuesday morning witnessed a clash between some irate youth and some military personnel over the mounting of a communication mast.

UNILEVER PRESENTS WASH STATIONS TO TWO SCHOOLS

The Unilever Foundation has commissioned two wash station facilities at the cost of GH¢56,000 for two schools in the Tema metropolis.

DISMISSED LOWER COURT JUDGES COULD BE PROSECUTED – EMILE SHORT

Former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Emile Short has advised the Attorney General (AG) to consider prosecuting the 20 dismissed lower court judges indicted in the exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

ASIEDU NKETIAH IN GERMANY FOR SPD CONFERENCE

General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has left Accra for Berlin, Germany, to attend a conference of the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

I DID NOT MISMANAGE GNPC – TSATSU TSIKATA

The former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Tsatsu Tsikata has dismissed claims that the corporation was poorly managed under his leadership.

ANAS BRIBE SCANDAL: JUDGE SACKED OVER GHC700 WEE CASH

An apparently disgraced circuit court judge in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI investigative piece was said to have collected GHC700 to grant bail to a young man who was standing trial over narcotic drug offence.

ROT IN FRUIT JUICE IMPORTS – GOVT TO LOSE OVER $30M ANNUALLY

The Finder newspaper is reporting that its investigations have revealed that massive corrupt deals and malfeasance still persist a that Tema Port in the application of duties on some brands of imported fruit juice.

VOTERS’ REGISTER PANEL SUBMISSION OT READY – EC

The Electoral Commission yesterday affirmed that the Professor V.C.R.A.C Crabbe’s five-man panel which held public hearing on the controversy surrounding the voters’ register is yet to complete its work.

CORRUPT JUDGES DON’T DESERVE BENEFITS – GII

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has questioned the rationale behind the Chief Justice’s decision to give some of the dismissed corrupt judges their end of service benefits.

AKUFO-ADDO BEHIND NPP ‘WAR’

A founder-member of Ghana’s biggest opposition party, Joshua Attoh Quarshie, has accused the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, of being behind the internal wars within the Danquah-Busia-Dombo family.

I’LL TAKE GNPC EX-GRATIA – TSIKATA

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Tsatsu Tsikata has stated that he is duly entitled to an ex-gratia payment from the state agency.

NPP’LL LOSE 2016 WITH NANA’

A founder-member of Ghana’s biggest opposition party, Joshua Attoh Quarshie, is charging the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo to step down for a more capable person to lead the party into the 2016 elections.

REVERSE TARIFF INCREMENT OR FACE DEMO – NPP TO GOV’T

Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea has vowed that the opposition NPP would fiercely protest against the increase in tariff which is to take effect from the 14th December 2015 if the government fails to reverse it.

I’LL SLEEP IN DARKNESS THAN PAY NEW TARIFF- KT HAMMOND

The Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, Kobena Tahir Hammond has vowed not to pay the new electricity tariff should it take effect on December 14.

OVER 700 SANDEMA SHS FINAL YEAR STUDENTS SUSPENDED

About 715 final year students of Sandema Senior High School (SHS) in the Builsa North district in the Upper East Region have been suspended indefinitely.
The decision follows students protesting the suspension of their colleagues for bullying a first year student which caused him to collapse.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

FIRST LADY CALLS FOR PATRONAGE OF LOCAL HAIR PRODUCTS

The First Lady, Lordina Mahama, on Tuesday appealed to members of the Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians (GHABA) to patronize locally made hair products and cosmetics for their work.

JAPANESE GOVT SUPPORTS POWER, FISHERIES SECTORS

The Japanese government is to provide a $38.3 million grant to Ghana to help improve power supply and promote fisheries in the country.

BoG URGED TO MOTIVATE BANKS INTO AGRIC

President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB), Clifford Duke Mettle has called on the central bank to initiate schemes that will motivate commercial banks to help the agricultural sector boom. INSPECTION DELAY CAUSED FLIG

PRICE OF RICE INCREASES BY 10 PER CENT

Price of imported rice has increased by 10 per cent. Currently, a 5kg bag of rice is being sold for GH¢28.
As at the last week of November, the price of the same quantity of (imported-Uncle Sam) rice was sold at GH¢25.

MAIDEN GHANA MINERALS AND MINING INDABA OPENS ON THURSDAY

The Minerals Commission in collaboration with the Corporate Ghana Foundation to hold the first ever Ghana Minerals and Mining Indaba to discuss challenges and opportunities within the country’s mining industry.

HARMATTAN THREATENS GHANA’S COCOA

The Harmattan could dry up cocoa seedlings, a situation that portends poor production for the world’s two largest cocoa producers, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

ITALIAN EXPORTS TO GHANA UP 30%

Italian exports to Ghana increased by 30 percent in the first eight months of 2015, compared to the same period last year, Italy’s Vice Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda has said.

GOV’T TO INVEST GH¢10M INTO TRAINING DRESSMAKERS, OTHERS

Government plans to invest up to GH¢10million to train young walkabouts in dressmaking, masonry and carpentry.

FISH PRODUCTION JUMPS BY 20%

Aquaculture production of the country has increased from 38,547metric tonnes in 2014 to 46,250 metric tonnes in 2015, an increase of 20 percent.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN CANCELLED – CIVIL AVIATION

Domestic airline operators in the country are being forced to cancel scheduled flights as a result of bad weather.
Ghana’s harmattan season, which comes with cold and dryness particularly in the mornings, started becoming visible on Tuesday, December 1.

GHANA HAS CAPACITY TO INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION – AGRIC EXPERT

Ghana has the potential to increase the amount of food the country produces by up to five folds through the introduction of irrigation facilities on farms. That’s according to Israeli Agric expert Galy Shai.

UTILITY HIKES: PRICES OF GOODS AND SERVICES TO SHOOT UP

Shoppers should be prepared to pay more for items they purchase during the festive season.
This is the indication coming in from businesses following the increase in utility tariffs.

CEREAL PRODUCTION SUFFERS SETBACK

The production of major cereal crops like maize and rice in the Brong Ahafo region- the food basket of the country has suffered a massive setback as a result of effects of climate change, accounting for drastic shortfall of those commodities.

REVEALED! GNPC TO SPEND WHOPPING $70 M ON NEW OFFICE COMPLEX

“Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) with all the issues surrounding it, is bent on spending a whopping $ 70 million of the tax payers hard earned money to build an imposing edifice as its new office complex in Accra” former Deputy Minister of Energy K.T Hammond has revealed.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

RWANDA TO HOLD REFERENDUM ON KAGAME THIRD TERM ON DECEMBER 17-18: GOVT

Rwanda will hold a referendum next week on a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third consecutive term in 2017, and potentially remain in power for the next two decades, the government said late Tuesday.

NEW UNREST IN C.AFRICA AFTER EX-PRESIDENT BARRED FROM VOTE

Gunfire erupted on Tuesday in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, where protesters erected barricades after an announcement that ex-president Francois Bozize was barred from running for election.

IVORY COAST SUMMONS FRENCH ENVOY OVER MOVE TO QUESTION SPEAKER

Ivory Coast summoned the French ambassador Tuesday in a diplomatic row over moves by a Paris judge to interrogate the country’s parliamentary speaker, former rebel chief Guillaume Soro.

PISTORIUS BAILED OVER MURDER CONVICTION

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he awaits sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

BRITISH PARLIAMENT VOTES AGAINST LOWERING VOTING AGE FOR EU REFERENDUM

Britain’s lower house of parliament voted on Tuesday against reducing the voting age for a referendum on EU membership, blocking a move that might have boosted the campaign to stay in the 28-member bloc.

THIRD PARIS SUICIDE BOMBER WAS IN SYRIA IN 2013 – JUDICIAL SOURCE

The third and as-yet unnamed suicide bomber who attacked the Stade de France Football stadium on Nov. 13 went to Syria with a group of other young people at the end of 2013, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

RUSSIA CASTS DOUBT ON POSSIBLE DECEMBER 18 SYRIA MEETING IN NEW YORK

Russia’s U.N. envoy cast doubt on Tuesday on U.S. plans to hold a third meeting of world powers on Syria next week, saying the process to try to end the four-year civil war would be devalued if certain requirements were not met first.

TRUMP DEFENDS PROPOSED MUSLIM BAN FROM U.S. AS OUTRAGE MOUNTS

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War Two detainment of Japanese-Americans and others in dismissing growing outrage from around the world.

PEOPLE EXIT REBEL-HELD AREA IN SYRIAN PEACE DEAL – MONITOR

Dozens of people left the last insurgent-held area in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday under a local peace deal between the government and insurgents, a group monitoring the war said.

BRAZIL’S CONGRESS NAMES IMPEACHMENT PANEL STACKED AGAINST ROUSSEFF

The lower house of Brazil’s Congress voted on Tuesday to appoint a committee stacked with opponents of President Dilma Rousseff to study whether to impeach her for breaking budget rules, in a blow to the leftist leader battling for political survival.

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