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New Headlines – January 14 2016

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THURSDAY 14TH JAN 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

225 EX-SOLDIERS SUE CDS OVER UNDER-PAYMENT OF GRATUITIES

Two hundred and twenty-five retired military officers have sued the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) over what they describe as under-payment of their gratuities, contrary to what the government approved.

LOAD MANAGEMENT NOT OFFICIALLY OVER – JINAPOR

The Ministry of Power has stated that although the power situation has improved, leading to the suspension f load management in the last one month, it cannot declare that load management is officially over.

PREZ MAHAMA WAS UNCONVINCING – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described the issues raised by the President John Mahama in his interaction with journalists last Tuesday as a rehash of old issues as well as unconvincing new ones.

MINISTER RAPS CHEF IMAM OVER AL QAEDA FOOT SOLDIERS

The National Democratic Congress administration appears to have come under pressure following the housing of two suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in Ghana, which has created apprehension among the populace

NPP REPLIES MAHAMA

Just when officials of the ruling National Democratic Congress started showering praises on President Mahama for what they considered an excellent delivery during his meeting that journalists on Tuesday, the New Patriotic Party has waded in, punching holes in his answers to questions.

SUBAH ENGAGES WITH MP

Management of Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited, a wholly Ghanaian owned ICT and telecom solutions provider, yesterday interacted with Members of Parliament Select Committee on Communications to give an overview of the operations of the company over the years.

PPP TAKES SWIPE AT MAHAMA

The Progressive People’s Party has said taxes are not the only avenues for government to finance its activities, indicating its disapproval for the recent taxes imposed on petroleum products.

LABOUR HOLDS CRUNCH MEETING TODAY

Organized labour has scheduled a crucial meeting today to discuss a plan of action against what it described as “killer taxes and hikes in utility prices” by government.

OMANE BOAMAH CHIDES HEAD OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Minister of Communications, Dr. Omane Boamah has chided the President of Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Most Rev Joseph Osei Bonsu for questioning President Mahama’s decision to welcome suspected terrorists into Ghana.

GNAT EXECUTIVES DENY ‘POCKETING’ $400,000 INSURANCE CASH

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is denying corruption allegations against it by one of its Deputy General Secretaries. The national executives have been accused of releasing about $400,000 to Unique Insurance Company.

ACEP: KARPOWER DEAL WORSE THAN AMERI DEAL

Energy think tank Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has said the power purchase deal between KARPOWER and the Government of Ghana is worse than the controversial $510 million separate power purchase deal between AMERI Energy and the Government of Ghana.

NCCE ACTIVATES CAMPAIGN TO WHIP UP PUBLIC INTEREST IN 2016 POLLS

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has rolled out quarterly strategies aimed at engaging electorates and political parties ahead of general elections in November.Key among the strategies is a Focus Group Discussion to identify matters of concern to voters.

2016 POLLS: ASHANTI REGION POLICE TO CLAMPDOWN ON INCITING MEDIA COMMENTS

Police say the center will help deal with persons who make politically inciting comments ahead of general elections in November.

PNEUMOCOCCAL MENINGITIS : 11 DEAD IN TWO WEEKS

At least one person has died of a new case of Pneumococcal Meningitis in the Ashanti region.This brings to eleven the total number of people who have died of the dangerous disease over the last two weeks. Nine out of the 11 cases were recorded in the Brong Ahafo region.

CPP BEGINS VETTING OF PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS

The Convention Peoples Party has started vetting its presidential aspirants ahead of the party’s presidential primary.

CHRISTIAN COUNCIL IS ‘XENOPHOBIC’ – CHIEF IMAM’S SPOKESPERSON

A spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu has lambasted the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) for their stiff position against the housing of two Guantanamo ex-detainees in Ghana.

NCCE IS NOT BROKE – DEP. C’SSNER

Officials of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) have dismissed public perceptions that the commission is broke.The NCCE has over the years been thought to be inadequately resourced by successive governments.

MAHAMA WAS ON TOP OF ISSUES – KWAKYE OFOSU

Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has applauded President Mahama for his comprehensive respond to all the 26 questions posed to him by media personnel in the three-hour uninterrupted interaction to address concerns of Ghanaians.

EX-GITMO DETAINEES: EPHSON HAILS AKUFO-ADDO’S QUIETNESS

Pollster Ben Ephson has hailed the New Patriotic Party’s Flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for restraining himself of any comment on the raging debate surrounding the two cleared terrorist suspects of Yemeni origin in Ghana.

NO LOAD SHEDDING SO FAR IN 2016 – COMMITTEE

The Load Shedding Committee has announced that the country has not witnessed any load shedding in the last one month and is enjoying power supply in excess of about 6%.

KUAGBENU THREATENS TO PETITION MAHAMA OVER “LYING” MINISTER

Sacked Youth Employment Agency CEO has hit back at Labour Minister Haruna Iddrisu, describing him as a “liar.” Vincent Kuagbenu is angered by comments by the minister that he, as boss of the beleaguered YEA, terminated appointments of some 14 physically challenged persons.

ACEP COMMENDS GOV’T OVER AMERI DEAL PROBE

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) said it welcomes the request by John Mahama to PWC to undertake a value for money analysis of the AMERI Deal through financial modeling aimed at providing a guide for ensuring value for money in future negotiations on procurement of power.

MAHAMA BREACHED ANTITERRORISM LAW – MUSTAPHA HAMID

Mustapha Hamid, a lecturer at the Department of Religion and Human Values of the University of Cape Coast has accused President John Mahama of violating the nation’s laws on anti-terrorism, for hosting two former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

UNCOVERED: IPMC NOT YET PAID FOR YEA PAYROLL SOFTWARE JOB

It has emerged that no money has yet been paid by the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in connection with a contract signed with IPMC to install a state of the art payroll software for the Youth Employment Agency.

IMF WORRIED OVER GHANA’S ECONOMIC OUTLOOK BUT BROADLY SATISFIED

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced it is broadly satisfied with the bailout programme with Ghana but said “the economic outlook remains difficult with risks tilted to the downside.”

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BOG IN BIG DILEMMA: STRUGGLES TO ACHIEVE STABILITY

Ghana’s central bank faces an uphill task to achieve stability as prices of goods and services are set to rise further on the back of increments in fuel prices and utility tariffs.

EXPORT REVENUES TO DROP FURTHER

Mangers of Ghana’s economy would have to brace themselves for yet another challenging year in the country’s exports sector, as Ghana is set to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in export revenues due to falling commodity prices on the international market.

US$114M FOR BOG AFTER 3RD IMF REVIEW

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is reviewing Ghana’s performance under the three-year economic programme signed between the West African country and the Bretton Wood Institution.

CIAG HOLDS 1ST NATIONAL CASHEW DIALOGUE

The Cashew Industry Association of Ghana is organising the first ever National Cashew Dialogue under the theme; Revitalising the Cashew Sector: An Opportunity Neglected by the Nation.

GENERAL MOTORS SHARES JUMP AFTER IT RAISES PROFIT OUTLOOK

General Motors (GM) shares have jumped after the firm said it would be more profitable and return more money to shareholders.Shares in the biggest US car maker rose more than 2% after it raised its 2016 earnings forecast by 25 cents to between $5.25 and $5.75 per share.

TAKORADI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO IMPROVE BUSINESSES

Newly-elected Chairman of the Sekondi-Takoradi Branch of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce (GNCC), Mr. Stephane Miezan, has reaffirmed the readiness and commitment of his outfit to leave no stone unturned to improve businesses, especially that of its members in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of the Western region.

TULLOW BACK TO WINNING WAYS AS 2015 INTERIM PROFITS, REVENUE PICKUP

Tullow Oil has seen its revenue and profits for last year pick up marginally despite declining prices of crude oil.This is coming after it recorded some severe losses for 2014.

FUEL SMUGGLING DRAINING GHANA’

Security Analyst, Emmanuel Sowatey, has said decisive action must be taken to address the smuggling of fuel from Ghana to neighbouring countries.

SUBAH GOES INTERNATIONAL Information and Telecommunications Company, Subah Infosolutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies has taken their business beyond the shores of Ghana having signed a contract with the government of Guinea to start operations by the end of January.

INFLATION NOW AT 17.7 PERCENT

Inflation rate saw a marginal increase of 0.1 percent to 17.7 percent in December compared with the 17.6 percent recorded in the previous month.

FIRE DESTROYS OVER 20,000 HECTARES OF FOOD CROP FARMS

More than 20,000 hectares of cash and food crop farms in the Asante-Akim Central Municipality had been completely ravaged by wildfire, raising fears of imminent famine in the area.

TEMA PORT EXPANSION TO START END OF MARCH

The $1.5 billion expansion work to open up the Tema Port to accommodate larger container vessels, increase container handling capacity and boost general productivity will start within the first half of this year Richard Anamoo, Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), has indicated.

GOV’T COMMITTED TO PROMOTING LOCAL BUSINESS’

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to boost the Ghanaian economy through local brands and patronage.

AWAKE WATER PLANS GHC100, 000 ANNUAL SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL CARDIO CENTRE

Awake Purified Drinking Water produced by Ghanaian beverage firm Kasapreko has donated an amount of GHc20,000 to the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

LIBERIA TO BE DECLARED EBOLA-FREE, ENDING WORLD OUTBREAK

The “end of active transmission” will be declared, after 42 days without a new case in Liberia.It joins Guinea and Sierra Leone, which earned the status last year.

UN CRITICISES ‘SUDDEN’ CLOSURE OF CAMP FOR DISPLACED PEOPLE IN DR CONGO

The United Nations on Wednesday said it deplored the sudden dismantling of a camp for internally displaced persons in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, accusing authorities of driving out thousands of vulnerable people.

UN WINDING DOWN IVORY COAST MISSION

The United Nations is winding down its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast after peaceful elections were held in the West African country, a UN envoy said Wednesday.

BLASTS IN INDONESIAN CAPITAL, AT LEAST SIX DEAD

Militants launched a gun and bomb assault killing at least six people in the centre of the Indonesian capital on Thursday, police said, in an attack that followed a threat by Islamic State fighters to put the country in their “spotlight”.

IRAN FREES U.S. SAILORS WITH START OF NUCLEAR DEAL IN SIGHT

Iran freed 10 U.S. sailors on Wednesday, a day after detaining them aboard two U.S. Navy patrol boats in the Gulf, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves just before the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord.

CAR BOMB ATTACK IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY KILLS 5, WOUNDS 39 – GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

Kurdish militants launched a car bomb attack on a police complex in southeast Turkey’s Diyarbakir province overnight, killing five people and wounding 39, the provincial governor’s office said on Thursday.

SOUTH KOREA PREPARES BIG MESSAGE BOARDS IN MIND GAMES WITH NORTH

South Korea is preparing to escalate its psychological warfare against North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test with giant electronic message boards along the border.

SEVERE WEATHER IN SYDNEY KILLS ONE, DISRUPTS FLIGHTS

Severe thunderstorms in Sydney on Thursday killed at least one person and injured another, police said, with winds of 122 kmph (76 mph) lashing Australia’s busiest airport, besides ripping down power lines and closing roads.

FRENCH ALPS AVALANCHE HITS SCHOOL GROUP, THREE DEAD

An avalanche killed at least three people and seriously injured others when it swept into skiers, including a group of schoolchildren, on a closed slope in the French Alps on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

AL QAEDA HEAD CALLS FOR ATTACKS OVER SAUDI EXECUTIONS

Al Qaeda’s leader in an audio recording on Tuesday called for attacks against Saudi Arabia and its Western allies in retaliation for its execution of 43 convicted members of the organisation, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on Thursday.

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