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News Headlines- December 6 2016

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WEDNESDAY 6TH JAN 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

70 MICROFINANCE FIRMS CLOSED DOWN

The gavel of the Bank of Ghana has fallen on 70 Microfinance institutions operating in the country with the revocation of their operating licences.

SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR SNATCHING TAXI

A 25-year-old Lance Corporal of the Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces and his civilian accomplice have been arrested for allegedly using a toy gun to snatch a taxi cab from its owner.

GIBA TO SUE NMC

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has described the Content Standards Regulation 2015, the new Legislative Instrument (LI 2224) passed by Parliament on December 9, 2015 to sanitise the airways, as a needless attempt to reintroduce the Criminal Libel Law through the backdoor.

MAHAMA GIRL GOES WILD

Some persons in the entertainment industry who campaigned for President John Mahama ahead of the 2012 elections are now waking up to reality.

600,000 DEAD IN EC REGISTER

The report of the Justice VCRAC Crabbe panel which the Electoral Commission (EC) appointed to deal with the issue of the register of voters estimates that nearly 600,000 names of dead people would be on the current register, if left unchanged. “This is too wide a margin to entertain,” the report warns.

ISLAMIC MILITANTS CAGED

The seven suspected Islamic militants arrested in the Northern Region have appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

KOKU ANYIDOHO FEARS FOR NDC

The Deputy General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, is apprehensive about the chances of the party winning the general elections scheduled for November 7, this year.

7 COPS PERISH IN LINE OF DUTY

Seven police personnel lost their lives in the line of duty last year. Two of the deceased were gunned down by suspected armed robbers while the rest lost their lives through accidents.

BROADCASTERS HEAD TO SUPREME COURT TO KICK AGAINST ‘BACK-DOOR CRIMINAL LIBEL LAW’

Independent broadcasters say government is seeking to control private media by introducing a criminal libel law through the back-door, packaged in a new legislative Instrument (LI 2224)

REVERSE FUEL PRICE HIKES – LABOUR

Organized labour has called on government to reverse increases in the prices of petroleum products, which took effect on Monday.

FAMILY STOPS DEMOLITION ORDER AT ABOSSEY OKAI

The Quayenor family through their lawyers, Afadzato Chambers, have filed a notice of claim at the High Court claiming ownership over all parcels of land in extent of 0.28 acres or 0.11 hectares at Abossey Okai in the Greater Accra Region, thereby halting a demolition exercise which fraudulently was acquired by one Fred Adjei Browne.

NPP SEEKS SPIRITUAL INTERVENTION AHEAD OF 2016 GENERAL ELECTIONS

Fearful of losing the November 7, 2016 general elections after suffering seemingly internal wrangling, Today can report that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has resorted to mystical powers for salvation and intervention.

WE’LL STRIKE UNTIL WE ARE PAID – RAILWAY WORKERS

Striking railway workers have reiterated that they will not call off their industrial action until all their demands are addressed by government.

14 BASIC SCHOOLS STILL UNDER TREES IN KASSENA NANKANA WEST DISTRICT

The Assistant Director of education in-charge of quality and access in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, Justina Chaluru Addi, has expressed the worry about the number of schools still under trees in the district.

VOTERS REGISTER: NDC WANT BAWUMIA ARRESTED FOR DECEPTION

Deputy Communications Director of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, Fred Agbenyo has urged the Police to immediately arrest the running mate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr Mahamdu Bawumiah for deception.

DUMSOR WILL WORSEN WITHOUT TAXES TO PAY GHC4.5B DEBT – HARUNA IDDRISU

Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, says any attempt to reverse the increased utility tariffs and new taxes will negatively affect government’s ability to fix the energy crisis.

SAKARA QUITS CPP, GOES SOLO

Dr Abu Sakara Foster has resigned from the Convention People’s Party and intends contesting the 2016 presidential election as an independent candidate, ClassFMonline.com has learnt.

WOYOME IN TROUBLE

Five concerned Ghanaians have jointly petitioned the Attorney General seeking to know what the government’s lawyer has done so far to retrieve the GH¢51.2 million fraudulently paid to NDC financier Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the infamous judgement debt scandal.

EXPOSED: 70% OF FUEL COST IN GHANA JUST TAXES

It has emerged that Ghanaians are not enjoying the drastic fall in fuel prices because taxes alone constitute about 70% of the cost of fuel in Ghana today.

FUEL PRICE HIKES: ‘NPA PERPETRATING FRAUD ON GHANAIANS’

A Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee in Parliament is accusing the National Petroleum Authority of perpetrating fraud on the people of Ghana.

TESHIE RESIDENTS INVADE ECG OFFICE OVER ‘VANISHING’ CREDITS

Scores of residents in Teshie in Accra on Tuesday, thronged the offices of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in the area to express their anger, as according to them, the credits they buy literally “vanish” after just a few days.

REJECT VOTE BUYING – CHRISTIAN COUNCIL

The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has urged Ghanaians to reject any acts of inducement and vote buying by politicians in the 2016 general elections.

NDC GOV’T HAS LOST ITS WAY – AKOMFRAH

General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Nii Armah Akomfrah says the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has lost its way in the management of the country.

NATIONAL SERVICE DEFAULTERS MUST PERSONALLY SUBMIT APPLICATION TO HQ – NSS

The Management of the National Service Scheme has served notice that it will no longer accept applications at its regional offices from eligible Ghanaians who have missed the opportunity to do their national service in previous years and now wish to enroll to do the service.

CPP DEMANDS REMOVAL OF MINORS, FOREIGNERS FROM ELECTORAL ROLL

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has called on the Electoral Commission to remove names of minors and foreigners from the voters’ register despite the commission’s rejection of proposals for a replacement of the document.

NANA CAUSE OF NPP WOES’ – NPP GROUP

A group within the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) calling itself Save NPP Now has accused the flagbearer and some leading members of being the cause of the Danquah-Busia-Domba tradition’s woes.

E/R: COCOA FARMERS BOYCOTT PBC

Some cocoa farmers at Bepong-Kwahu in the Eastern region have resolved to stop the sale of their cocoa beans to the Produce Buying Company (PBC).The farmers, belonging to the Hyewohoden Cocoa Farmers Association, accuse the PBC’s Purchasing Clerk (PC) in the town of manipulating the measuring scale for cocoa beans, thus cheating them in quantum weight.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ELECTION YEAR DISCIPLINE SHOWS CRACKS

Government’s determination to avoid the perennial election year fiscal discipline appears to be showing visible cracks after portions from a raft of new tax measures meant to shore-up revenue were withdrawn following strong public disapproval.

GHANA RACE TO CERTIFY AIRPORTS BY 2017

Aviation regulators are fervently working to certify all aerodromes in the country by 2017 in conformity with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirements.

INCREASED TARIFFS, TAXES WILL HELP RESCUE ENERGY SECTOR FROM COLLAPSE – GOV’T

Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu says government’s decision to introduce fresh taxes in petroleum products is necessary to rescue the energy sector from collapse.

INFLATION SQUEEZES PENSION PAY

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has increased the monthly pension by 20 percent for this year.

KOTOKA AIRPORT CUSTOMS DIVISION EXCEEDS TARGET

For the first time in seven years, the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has not only met its revenue target, but exceeded it by GH¢7,699,241.

PARLIAMENT HAS NOT RECEIVED PROPOSAL TO REVERSE TAX – MP

A Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah has described as untrue, claims by the Finance Ministry on a proposal for a reversal of the tax on interest earnings.

GHANA IS “NAKED” – MARTEY

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Professor Emmanuel Martey has said Ghana needs a rescue from people he described as nation wreckers.According to him the nation is naked and exposed to many rots.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TOUR KASAPREKO

A team from Harvard University in the United States on Monday visited Kasapreko Company Limited, a Ghanaian-owned total beverage maker, as part of a field tour in Ghana.

DEFINE CAPACITY BUILDING IN OIL SECTOR: PIAC, ACEP URGE GOV’T

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has criticised the government over its inability to clearly define its capacity building priority area in the oil sector, for which funds are allocated from oil revenues.

GHANAIANS MUST BE INVESTMENT CONSCIOUS’

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank, Mr Daniel Asiedu has urged Ghanaians to tune their lifestyles to suit their income levels.

FIND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO INCREASE SHARE CAPITAL

The Director and Head of Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department, Bank of Ghana (BOG), Mr. Raymond Amanfu, has urged rural and community banks (RCBs) to find innovative ways to mobilize more shares.

AGONA RURAL BANK DISBURSES LOAN TO WOMEN GROUPS

The Agona Rural Bank has granted over seven million cedis to more than 2,100 women groups engage in small and medium enterprises.

BRENT CRUDE OIL GIVES UP EARLIER GAINS, LOITERS NEAR 11-YEAR LOWS

Brent crude oil prices gave back earlier gains on Wednesday, retreating close to 11-year lows as concerns over growing supply and rising stock levels outweighed tensions between key Middle East producers.

APPLE EXPECTED TO CUT IPHONE 6S, 6S PLUS PRODUCTION – NIKKEI

Apple Inc is expected to cut production of its latest iPhone models by about 30 percent in the January-March quarter due to mounting inventories, the Nikkei reported, rattling the nerves of investors in the U.S. giant’s Asian suppliers.

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS TO EXPAND MOBILE PAYMENTS TO NEW COUNTRIES, SMARTWATCHES

South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it will launch its mobile payments service in three additional countries, as well as introducing the system on its Gear S2 smartwatches.

HSBC SAYS ACCESS TO ONLINE BANKING SERVICE RESUMING STEADILY AFTER OUTAGE

HSBC said on Tuesday online banking was returning steadily to service after a blackout affected its customers in Britain.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BURUNDI GOVERNMENT SAYS WILL NOT JOIN PEACE TALKS

Burundi’s government will not take part in peace talks with the opposition scheduled for Wednesday, a senior official said, casting fresh doubt on efforts to end months of violence.

GAMBIA BANS WOMEN FROM EXPOSING THEIR HAIR AT WORK

Recently registered Islamic nation, Gambia, has prohibited its female workers from leaving their hair uncovered while at work.Women should use a “head tie and neatly wrap their hair”, a memo from authorities said, without giving reasons for the ban.

DR CONGO REGISTERS 7,000 REFUGEES ARRIVING FROM SOUTH SUDAN

Some 7,000 refugees arriving from war-torn South Sudan were registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, a local official said.

NIGERIA EX-PRESIDENT’S CAMPAIGN CHIEF CHARGED WITH GRAFT

The acting head of Nigeria’s main opposition party who led Goodluck Jonathan’s failed presidential re-election bid last year has been charged with corruption, the country’s anti-graft body said Tuesday.

NORTH KOREA SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTS NUCLEAR TEST

North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning, marking a significant advance in the isolated state’s strike capabilities and raising alarm bells in Japan and South Korea.

AS COLD WAR WITH SAUDI SHARPENS, IRAN’S GUARDS DELIVER WARNING

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was quick to condemn the execution of Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, stating: “Without a doubt, the hated Saudi regime will pay a price for this shameful act.”

GERMANS SHAKEN BY NEW YEAR ATTACKS ON WOMEN IN COLOGNE

About 90 women have reported being robbed, threatened or sexually molested at New Year celebrations outside Cologne’s cathedral by young, mostly drunk, men, police said on Tuesday, in events they have described as ‘a new dimension in crime’.

U.N. COUNCIL URGES YEMEN’S WARRING PARTIES TO RESUME CEASEFIRE

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday urged the warring parties in Yemen to resume a “meaningful, sustainable” ceasefire after a Saudi-led coalition ended a more than two-week-old truce amid accusations it had been repeatedly violated by both sides.

OBAMA, WIPING TEARS, MAKES NEW PUSH TO TIGHTEN GUN RULES

Wiping back tears as he remembered children killed in a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered stricter gun rules that he can impose without Congress and urged American voters to reject pro-gun candidates.

SAUDIS SIGNAL BACKING FOR SYRIA TALKS DESPITE ROW WITH IRAN

Saudi Arabia signalled on Tuesday that the breach in its relations with Iran would not affect talks on Syria, another round of which is scheduled in Geneva this month.

CAMERON SAYS WILL LET MINISTERS CAMPAIGN FOR EU EXIT

Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday bowed to pressure to allow government ministers to campaign to leave the European Union in an upcoming referendum, heading off the prospect of multiple resignations from his top team.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES RESUMES CHECKED BAGGAGE ON EUROPE ROUTES

Malaysia Airlines resumed normal check-in baggage allowances on all its flights on Wednesday after banning it temporarily due to strong head winds on the longer routes it was taking for safety reasons.

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