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News Headlines-February 2 2016

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TUESDAY 2ND FEB 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

FIRST LADY LORDINA DRAGS “THE NEW STATESMAN” TO COURT

The First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama says she has taken a serious view of attempts by ‘The New Statesman’ newspaper, its Editor and Publishers to defame her in their publication of Wednesday, 27th January 2016 and has therefore written to the National Media Commission (NMC) seeking them to right the wrong that has been done to her.

BOOM FOR PRINTING FIRMS AS GOVERNMENT DIRECTS PRINTING OF ALL TEXTBOOKS LOCALLY

All textbooks for both basic and senior high schools are to be printed locally beginning this year. Dictionaries and technical/vocational textbooks will, however, be imported because no Ghanaian publisher has the right to print them locally.

TRANSPORT OPERATORS NPA FIGHT OVER NEW LORRY FARES

While controversy rages on between transport operators and the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) over increase in lorry fares, passengers are dissatisfied with the upward review in fares.

4 CHARGED OVER ₵61M FINANCIAL LOSS

Four persons including a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy, are before the Economic and Financial Court in Accra for allegedly causing financial loss to the state to the tune of ₵61 million.

STOP NEW REGISTRATION – EC TOLD

The Dauquah Institute has called on the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, to postpone the limited voter registration exercise the Commission intends embarking on from March 21 to April 4.

SEKOU BLASTS SAMIA

Sekou Nkrumah, last son of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, has described his sister Samia’s debut in local politics as a self-seeking venture and one underpinned by a doe of immaturity.

RED FLAG OVER KIA SECURITY

Indigenous Ghanaian companies providing security services for airlines are worried that security at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) stands compromised as a foreign company is providing security services for airlines at the airport with the support of national Security.

OCCUPYGHANA THREATENS LAWSUIT

OccupyGhana is demanding answers from the Attorney General and Minister of Justice on 14 questions that probe further into circumstances that led to controversial rebranding of Metro Mass Transit buses at the cost of ₵3.6 million.

5 CHINESE, 3 GHANAIANS ARRESTED FOR GALAMSEY

Eight suspected illegal galamsey operators including five Chinese nationals, have been arrested by the Bekwai District Police Station for illegally mining on the Kobro portion of the Apraprana Forest in the Ashanti region.

ECG OFFICES UNDER SIEGE BY CUSTOMERS EXPECTING REFUND

The scramble to take advantage of the reduced tariff on electricity consumption has led to major queues in many of the vending centres.

DRIVERS CHARGE NEW FARES DESPITE FUEL PRICE CUT

Drivers have started charging the new fares announced by the Ghana Road Transport Co-orporating Council on Sunday.

BUNKPRUGU RESIDENTS FLEE FROM TOWN

Many residents of Bunkprugu in the Bunpkrugu/Yunyoo District of the Northern Region have fled the town following the renewed conflict between the Jamong and Jafok Gates in the area.

JUSTICE TORKONOO BARES TEETH AT JOURNALISTS

Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, the Appeals Court judge who was appointed by the Chief Justice to seat on all cases relating to the judicial corruption scandal today warned journalists reporting on the matter to desist from inaccurate reportage of the episode.

GHANA’S ENVOY TO FRANCE GIVES 3 CARS TO NDC

Ghana’s ambassador to France Mrs Johanna Svanikier has donated three vehicles to the National Democratic Congress for their 2016 election campaign.

GHANA NOT READY FOR NOVEMBER POLLS – IEA

The Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Jean Mensa, has stated that Ghana is not fully prepared for the November polls. She said much was yet to be done in ensuring a successful election.

I’LL SUPPORT GREENSTREET; I’VE NO OPTION’ – BRIGHT AKWETEY

After joining in the unproven allegations that the newly elected Flagbearer of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) Ivor Greenstreet, induced delegates to emerge victorious at Saturday’s Congress, a third-term defeated aspirant, Bright Akwetey, has declared his intention to support Mr. Greenstreet, going into the general elections in November this year.

GOV’T ‘SUPPRESSING’ INFO ON BUS BRANDING SCANDAL – OCCUPY GHANA

Pressure Group Occupy Ghana, has accused government of deliberately suppressing vital information on the bus branding scandal.

KENNEDY AGYAPONG SET TO DROP BOMBSHELL ON OPUNI

Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Dr Stephen Opuni may spend the rest of his otherwise promising political life behind bars if New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong carries through his threat to release explosive dossier on him.

DANGER: FAULTY PONTOONS PUTTING LIVES AT RISK ON VOLTA LAKE

Information reaching Citi News indicates that travelers who use the Volta Lake risk losing their lives making their journey on overcrowded boats following as a result of a broken down pontoon.

ELECTION DATE YET TO GET LEGAL BACKING

The vice chairman of the Constitutional and Legal Committee of Parliament, George Loh, has disclosed that the constitutional instrument that will legitimise the proposed general elections date is yet to be brought before Parliament.

IVOR’S DREAM OF WINNING PRESIDENCY ‘UNREALISTIC’ – SEKOU

The youngest son of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Nkrumah has called on the newly elected flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, to forget about winning the 2016 General Elections.

CHIEF INVOKES CURSE ON ENEMIES OF AKUFO-ADDO

As the various Presidential candidates for the upcoming 2016 elections ready themselves for a vigorous campaign, a lot of heavy activism and fan support is coming their way, some of which are unsolicited.

ABANDONED SENCHI FERRIES ROT AWAY

The two ferries that have been docked at Senchi in the Asuogyaman district of the Eastern Region risk permanent deformation unless plans to transfer them to Buipe and Yeji are hastened.

RESURRECTED NKRUMAH CAN’T LEAD CPP TO ELECTION VICTORY

Senior Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana Dr. Ransford Gyampoh has downplayed the chances of newly elected flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, in the 2016 elections.

LET’S ACCEPT AND SHOW COMPASSION TO MIGRANTS – ANYANI-BOADUM

Presiding Bishop of Jesus Generation Ministries and also an Executive Member of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Rt. Rev. Dr Anyani-Boadum has admonished Ghanaians to accept migrants into the country.

IVOR TO FISH BACK SAKARA

New CPP flagbearer Ivor Greenstreet has said he intends engaging his predecessor towards getting him back into the party’s folds.

NSS WORKER IN COURT FOR THREATENING TO KILL US AMBASSADOR

A graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Jones Kyei Nyarko, who was said to have threatened to shoot on sight the newly posted United States Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson has been arraigned.

FIRE RAZES DOWN 10-BEDROOM HOUSE AT SUNYANI

Fire has gutted a 10-bedroom house at Berlin top, a suburb of Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region. The Monday evening fire has reportedly burnt down the entire apartment.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BANKS’ PROFIT FALLS AS BAD LOANS, POWER TAKE TOLL ON OPERATIONS

For three years the banking sector withstood economic challenges, but now the sector appears to have caught an economic cold. The sector is showing signs of economic stress with key performance matrix decelerating for 2015 in sharp contrast to last the three years of buoyant earnings and profitability.

SANKOFA-GYE NYAME TO DELIVER FIRST OIL NEXT YEAR

Ghana’s third oil and gas field – Sankofa-Gye Nyame – is on course to deliver its first oil in August next year and subsequently its first gas in 2018, says Alex Mould, acting CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

WAEC LOOKS TO IGF TO FUND OPERATIONS

The West Africa Examination Council is expected to raise 60 percent of its budgetary allocation for 2016 through its internally generated funds, a report of the Parliamentary Committee on Education has revealed.

AGBEVE BUILDS MANUFACTURING HERBAL UNIT

Giant of Ghanaian traditional medicine, Agbeve Herbal Hospital, has built an ultra-modern pharmaceutical manufacturing herbal unit complex at Sowutuom in the Ga Central Municipality of the Greater Accra region to cater for the numerous medical needs of its patients.

NDUOM CALLS FOR ROBUST REGULATIONS TO DEAL WITH MUSHROOM MICROFINANCE COMPANIES

Business mogul and President of Groupe Nduom (GN), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has called for heightened scrutiny on the various players in the financial sector to ensure people’s investments are safe.

NHIA OWES KUMASI HOSPITALS GH¢726,067.97 -HEALTH DIRECTOR

The introduction of the Capitation Grant by National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in the Ashanti Region has worsened health care delivery in regional capital, Kumasi, the Metropolitan Health Director, Dr. Kwasi Awudzi-Yeboah, has bemoaned.

VODAFONE INTRODUCES NEW PACKAGE

Mobile telecommunication network, Vodafone Ghana, has moved to ensure that businesses can now focus on their core activities rather than worry about the hustles of securing an effective internet solution delivery.

FOCUSECONOMICS FORETELLS A GOOD FUTURE FOR GHANA’S ECONOMY

Global economic research group, FocusEconomics is predicting economic growth for Ghana in the medium term if the current energy situation is sustained and improved to supply reliable power to the private sector.

ALL MONIES WERE PAID TO BOG – ECOBANK

The management of Ecobank Ghana Limited says all monies collected by the bank on behalf of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) were paid to the Bank of Ghana (BoG).

CHAMBER OF MINES ISSUES ALERT OVER GOLD FRAUDSTERS

The Ghana Chamber of Mines has issued a strong warning against scammers claiming to be working with the Chamber and defrauding prospective gold buyers abroad.

TRADE POSITION DETERIORATES AS DEFICIT RISES 138%

Ghana’s trade deficit has risen to the highest level in three years as exports declined while imports made significant gains, reflecting weaker export sales worsened by the fall in commodity prices on the world market, official data released last week have shown.

AFRICAN CASSAVA AGRONOMY INITIATIVE TO CHANGE FORTUNES OF FARMERS

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project kicks-off today with plans to improve the livelihoods and incomes of cassava farmers in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, and DR Congo by researching, and tapping into and implementing best-bet agronomic practices.

HIGH IMPORT TARIFFS LIKELY TO IMPEDE CET IMPLEMENTATION

The Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana has hinted of possible cases of smuggling of imports into the country due to what it refers to as high tariffs at Ghana’s ports.

TRAIN PEOPLE TO FIT JOB MARKET – GOV’T TASKED

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of General Electric Ghana (GE), Mr Leslie Nelson, has underscored the need for the country to train people who will fit into the job market.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF GHANA GAS RETIRE

The Board of the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has, by a resolution, announced the retirement of the non-executive directors of the company, effective February 4, 2016.

GOV’T TO MEET TRANSPORT OPERATORS OVER NEW FARES

Government has said it would meet with private transport operators to negotiate a reduction in transport fares.

CHINESE FIRM MAKES PROGRESS ON GHANA’S THIRD FPSO

Ghana’s third Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) being converted by Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD) shipyard in China, is more than 50 percent complete, state oil company, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has disclosed.

ANNUAL BUDGET IS NOT POLITICAL TOOL – PROF DORDONOO

Economic and public policy analyst Professor Cletus Dordonoo has charged government to use annual budget statements for development management, and not as a party political tool.

UGANDA’S KIIRA MOTORS UNVEILS ‘AFRICA’S FIRST SOLAR BUS’

A solar-powered bus described by its Ugandan makers as the first in Africa has been driven in public.Kiira Motors’ Kayoola prototype electric bus was shown off at a stadium in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE: AUTHORITIES MUST RELEASE DETAINED LEADER – AMNESTY INT.

Authorities in Congo-Brazzaville must immediately and unconditionally release an opposition leader arrested and detained for over two months simply for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today.

FIVE TANZANIANS ARRESTED AFTER BRITISH PILOT KILLED: PRESIDENT

Tanzanian president John Magufuli has condemned the killing of a British conservationist after his helicopter was shot down while he chased suspected poachers, saying five people have been arrested.

WHO DECLARES ZIKA VIRUS GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an “extraordinary event” that merits being declared an international emergency.

REPUBLICAN CRUZ BESTS TRUMP IN IOWA RACE, CLINTON AND SANDERS TIE

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz soundly defeated billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa’s Republican nominating contest on Monday, upending the party’s presidential race and creating a three-way competition with establishment candidate Senator Marco Rubio.

U.N. ANNOUNCES START OF SYRIA PEACE TALKS AS GOVERNMENT TROOPS ADVANCE

The United Nations announced the formal start of peace talks for Syria on Monday and urged world powers to push for a ceasefire even as government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, launched their biggest offensive north of Aleppo in a year.

PUTIN IS FANNING SYRIAN CIVIL WAR, HAMMOND SAYS

Russian President Vladimir Putin is undermining international efforts to end the Syrian civil war by bombing opponents of Islamic State in an attempt to bolster Bashar al-Assad, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday.

GERMANY’S MERKEL UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE TO REDUCE REFUGEE NUMBERS – ALLY

Chancellor Angela Merkel is under increasing pressure to reduce the numbers of migrants reaching Germany and voters are increasingly doubtful that the state can tackle the refugee crisis, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday.

ITALY DROPS OBJECTIONS TO EU MIGRATION FUND TO TURKEY

Italy will contribute to a 3 billion euro European Union fund to help Turkey tackle the European migration crisis, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday, dropping objections blocking implementation of the plan.

NATIONS GATHER IN ROME TO DISCUSS ANTI-ISLAMIC STATE PUSH, LIBYA

Nearly two dozen nations gather on Tuesday to plot their fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq and how to choke off its rise in Libya.

U.S. ARRESTS HEZBOLLAH MEMBERS ON CHARGES OF SENDING DRUG MONEY TO SYRIA

Members of the Hezbollah militant group were arrested on charges they used millions of dollars from the sale of cocaine in the United States and Europe to purchase weapons in Syria, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said on Monday.

SAUDI ARABIA SAYS 375 CIVILIANS KILLED ON ITS BORDER IN YEMEN WAR

Mortars and rockets fired at Saudi Arabian towns and villages have killed 375 civilians, including 63 children, since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen in late March, Riyadh said on Monday.

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