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News Headlines- February 23 2016

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TUESDAY 23RD FEB 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

VOTERS REGISTER UNDER SCRUTINY; NPP REGIONAL YOUTH ORGANISER HEADS FOR SUPREME COURT

A legal practitioner, Mr Kwame Baffoe, has challenged the credibility of the voters register at the Supreme Court.

NATIONAL ELECTION STEERING OMMITTEE PLATFORM FOR INFORMATION SHARING – EC

The EC has explained that the recently inaugurated National Election Steering Committee is merely a platform for information sharing and not for electoral operational purposes.

GOV’T, ORGANISED LABOUR TO NEGOTIATE BASE PAY IN APRIL

The government and organized labour will begin negotiations on the public sector base pay and the minimum wage for 2017 in April this year.

EC SUED OVER BLOATED REGISTER
The Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Baffoe, has sued the EC and the Attorney General at the Sunyani High Court over the EC’s plan to go ahead and use the current voter register, “which is known to be bloated by all standards”, for the 2016 general election.

GEORGE BOATENG ARRESTED

George Boateng, the man who attempted to contest President John Mahama in the NDC presidential primary last year, has been arrested.

ZANETOR RAWLINGS THROWN OUT

An Accra high court has thrown out a motion filed by lawyers of Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, daughter of former President Jerry John Rawlings and Klottey Korley Constituency parliamentary candidate for the ruling NDC.

TELL US PORJECT COST – BAWUMIA TELLS MAHAMA

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, vice presidential candidate of the NPP, says the Mahama-led NDC government is hiding the real costs of the projects it is embarking on from the public.

NHIS TARIFFS TO GO UP BY 27%

Service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme are to enjoy an upward price review of between 24% and 27.5% in tariffs effective March 1, 2016.

BAWUMIA SHREDS NDC’S PROJECTS CLAIMS

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, NPP running mate, has outlined six reasons why Ghanaians must reject the NDC’s attempt to hoodwink the public on claims of massive investment in projects as the reality points to the contrary.

NO CONCRETE POLICY FOR CEREBRAL PALSY CHILDREN IN GHANA

Ghana has no concrete policy for children with Cerebral Palsy, Mrs Hanah Awadzi, Initiator of the Special Mothers Project, has said.

KATH CUTS SLICE OF MEDICAL HISTORY OVER ICD IMPLANTATION

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital the nation’s second largest referral facility, cut a slice of medical history for itself after it successfully put Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) inside four patients suffering from severe heart conditions.

OVER 400 FAKE TEACHERS UNDER BNI GRILL

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) have begun investigations into allegations of some 400 teachers who have been identified by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to be teaching with fake certificates to teach.

NPC, CHRAJ AND OTHERS MUST WITHDRAW FROM EC COMMITTEE – AMIDU

Former Attorney General and citizen vigilante, Martin Amidu, has questioned the constitutional aptness of having representatives of independent constitutional and statutory bodies serve on the Electoral Commission’s Steering Committee.

YOUTH ANGRY WITH MP OVER WASA AKROPONG FIRE OUTBREAK

The Youth For Progressive Change (YPC) have passionately share the pain & losses of properties and valuable items of business women & men worth 100.000 Ghana cedis destroyed by yesterday’s fire outbreak around the Wasa Akropong post office in the Amenfi east district.

POLITICIANS URGED TO STOP BEATING WAR DRUMS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

It is highly emphasized that a country without improper management is easily to conceive calamities and bring forth wars and more.

PENPLUSBYTES BEGINS GOVERNMENT PROJECT IN ADA DISTRICT

On Tuesday 23rd February 2016 team Penplusbytes will be hosting the finalists of the Global Innovation Competition (GIC) by Making All Voices Count (MAVC) on a project learning trip to Ada to understand the contextual realities of tech-enabled citizen-government engagement at the local level in Ghana.

BAWKU: 4 INJURED, 5 ARRESTED IN MOSQUE RENOVATION BRAWL

The Bawku Divisional Police Command in the Upper East Region has arrested five suspects involved in the sporadic shooting on Sunday night, that left four persons injured and currently on admission at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital.

GHANA NEEDS TELECOMMUNICATION MESSAGE LAW – GBEVLO-LARTEY

The Former National Security Coordinator, Colonel Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (retired) has suggested that Ghana urgently needs telecommunication message bill to fight terrorism and money laundering.

UPROAR AGAINST ELECTION C’TTEE PREMATURE – GEN. MOSQUITO

General Secretary of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says it is unfair to accuse the Electoral Commission (EC) of bias, following the setting up of the Election Steering Committee.

KINTAMPO ACCIDENT: MASS BURIAL FOR UNCLAIMED/UNIDENTIFIED BODIES

In total, ten bodies were buried in the mass grave, Sunday. The Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr. Owusu Fosu told Adom FM reporter Wiafe Akenteng the bodies were going bad.
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VIGILANCE KEY FOR PEACEFUL ELECTION 2016 – RAWLINGS

Former president Jerry John Rawlings has called on all stakeholders to maintain the “highest level of vigilance” to ensure a peaceful election 2016 in Ghana.

NPP MUST WIN ELECTION 2016 TO SAVE GHANA – WONTUMI

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, has said Ghanaians are no more interested in the Mahama-led NDC government to rule them.

KINTAMPO DISASTER: HEADS MUST ROLL – TETTEH-CHAIE

Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Road and Transport, Theophilus Tetteh-Chaie, says some people must be punished for the accident that claimed 63 passengers and injured 25 passengers on Kintampo-Tamale road.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

EU SIGNS €31.6M EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME AGREEMENT WITH GHANA

The Government of Ghana and the European Union (EU), on Monday signed a financial agreement of Euro 31.6 million for the new Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) Programme in Accra.

TRANSPORT MINISTRY TO RE-ENGAGE TERKPER OVER VAT

The Transport Ministry is to re-engage the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, over the imposition of a 17.5 percent VAT on domestic airfares.

INFLATION TARGETING POLICY NOT CREDIBLE – PROF KUSI

Executive Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Prof Newman Kusi, has described as ‘ineffective’ the central bank’s approach to beating the pace of surging inflation and and interest rates in the country.

PARLIAMENT EXPRESSES CONCERN AS DONOR SUPPORT DOMINATES COTVET BUDGET

Parliament has expressed concern about the fact that the majority of funding to the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) comes from donors.

COCOBOD TO RELEASE 60M SEEDLINGS TO FARMERS

Management of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) would distribute 60 million cocoa seedlings free of charge to cocoa farmers across the country for planting this season.

GHANA CHAIRS UNION OF AFRICAN SHIPPERS COUNCIL

Dr Kofi Mbiah, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers Authority, has been elected Chairman of the Union of African Shippers Councils (UASC) for the next two years.

UNICREDIT TO INCREASE SME FINANCING

uniCredit Ghana Limited has taken a bold step to ensure that Ghanaian SMEs are free to focus on their businesses instead of worrying about sourcing funding for their growth and expansion.

DECENTRALIZE PROCESSES IN PERMIT ACQUISITION – GOV’T TOLD

The Private Enterprises Federation (PEF) has urged government to decentralize the application process in acquiring licenses and permits through the use of an electronic platform with complementary bank accounts to reduce delays and save time.

SET UP SPECIAL FUND FOR LOCAL INDUSTRIES – JOY INDUSTRIES CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of Joy Industries Ltd, Dr Manfred Takyi, has appealed to the government to provide tax holidays to indigenous Ghanaian companies to assist them to grow.

SMES URGED TO BRACE FOR LONG-TERM FUNDS

A team leader of Frontier Market Advisor, a business solution firm, Mr Dode Seidu, has advised small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in the country to properly position themselves to attract the needed funds to boost their businesses.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BUHARI APPOINTS BLIND MAN AS HIS SPECIAL ASSISTANT

President Buhari has appointed a visually impaired man, Dr. Samuel Inalegwu Ode Ankeli as his Senior Special Assistant on matters concerning disabled people?. Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, announced this in a statement released today Feb. 22nd.?

SAUDI ARABIA: 32 SHI’TES ON TRIAL FOR SPYING FOR IRAN

Saudi Arabia has put 32 people on trial, including 30 members of its own Shi’ite Muslim minority, accused of spying for Iran, news reports say on Monday.

PENTAGON TO SUBMIT PLAN TO CONGRESS FOR CLOSING GUANTANAMO PRISON

The Pentagon is expected to submit to Congress on Tuesday President Barack Obama’s long-awaited plan for closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, setting up a battle with lawmakers who oppose his efforts.

GREEK POLICE START REMOVING MIGRANTS FROM MACEDONIAN BORDER

Greek police started removing migrants from the Greek-Macedonian border on Tuesday after additional passage restrictions imposed by Macedonian authorities left hundreds of them stranded, sources said.

U.S. GOVERNMENT, APPLE TAKE ENCRYPTION CASE TO COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

Apple Inc on Monday urged the creation of a government panel on encryption, the latest salvo in a standoff over a locked iPhone linked to the San Bernardino shooting that has escalated into a public relations battle between the revered technology company and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

ITALY AGREES TO LET ANTI-ISLAMIC STATE DRONES DEPART FROM SICILY

Italy has agreed to let armed drones take off from its soil to defend U.S.-led forces against Islamic State in North Africa, an Italian defence ministry official said on Monday.

PERU PIPELINE LEAKS IN AMAZON; TWO RIVERS POLLUTED, AGENCY SAYS

Ruptures in Peru’s main oil pipeline have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude in an Amazonian region, operator Petroperu said Monday, and the oil has polluted two rivers native villages rely on for water, according to government officials.

U.N. AGENCY BANS LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES ON PASSENGER AIRCRAFT

The U.N. aviation agency on Monday prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk.

SPANISH POLITICAL PARTIES STEP UP TALKS IN RACE TO FORM GOVERNMENT

Spain’s left-wing political parties intensified negotiations on Monday to end weeks of wrangling after an inconclusive election, though leaders had yet to make any breakthrough on forming a coalition to avoid another ballot.

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