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News Headlines- March 16 2016

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THURSDAY 17TH MARCH 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

BE ALERT: DON’T IGNORE MINOR BREACHES, OWNERS OF PUBLIC PLACES ENGAGED

Security chiefs have started a series of engagements with memebrs of the public, particularly owners of public places, as part of efforts to raise the consciousness of Ghanaians of potential terror attacks.

PASSPORT APPLICANTS SEEK ANSWERS TO SHORTAGE OF FORMS

Confusion is reigning at the Passport Office in Accra following the halting of the sale of passport forms at commercial banks.

JUSTICE DENNIS ADJEI EXONERATED

A petition for the removal of Mr Justice Dominic Dennis Adjei as an Appeal Court judge for corruption has been dismissed.

DOE ADJAHO IS PRESIDENT; MAHAMA, AMISSAH-ARTHUR OUT

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, was yesterday sworn in the Chief Justice, Georgina Wood, as acting President of the country in the absence of President John Mahama and his vice, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.

EXECUTE MURDERERS TO QUELL SPATE OF KILLINGS – RAWLINGS

Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, has called for the strict application of the capital punishment law to stem the spate of callous killings in the country. He said Ghana should not be witnessing the spate of killings with impunity, when the constitution exacts the severest punishment possible.

BUKOM BANKU VICTIMS SPEAK OUT

The three ladies who suffered brutalities at the hands of Bukom Banku, currently on police bail, have narrated a story of sheer brutish conduct on the part of the pugilist.

SADA BLOWS GH¢5M ON BLOCK MACHINES

The Savanah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) is in the news again following the expenditure of close to GH¢5 million on block making machines

UG ADVANCES TO FINALS OF $1M HULT PRIZE COMPETITION

A team from the University of Ghana has emerged the winner of the Dubai regional finals of this year’s Hult Prize Competition. This feat has qualified the team to the 7th annual finals of the competition.

PARLIAMENT SUMMONS SECURITY CAPOS OVER TERROR THREATS

Parliament has summoned heads of the various security agencies to an emergency meeting following recent terror attacks in neighbouring West African countries.

GHANA REINFORCES SECURITY PLANS AFTER IVORY COAST ATTACKS

Ghana has reviewed its security measures after terror attacks hit surrounding countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.

SMARTTYS PAYS SECOND INSTALMENT OF REFUND

Smarttys Management and Production Limited says it has paid the second instalment of the refunds in connection with the rebranding of 116 Metro Mass Transit (MMT) buses by the Ministry of Transport.

MISMANAGEMENT OF FUNDS NO LONGER SHOCKING – KT HAMMOND

Following the revelation that the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), has been indicted in the Auditor General’s report for blowing nearly Ghc100,000 on Christmas hampers, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, K.T. Hammond, says like many Ghanaians, he is no longer shocked by the mismanagement of the country’s resources.

NDC DIDN’T SPONSOR ME – IVOR TO SAMIA

The flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Greenstreet, has denied allegations that he was sponsored by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Nkruamhist party’s recent presidential primary, which he won.

SHUT UP OR FACE OUR WRATH – U/E NPP TO ANDREW AWUNI

The Upper East Regional executives of the opposition New patriotic Party (NPP), have warned former spokesperson to ex-President John Kufour, Andrew Awuni, to refrain from making negative comments about the presidential candidate of the party, Nana Akuffo Addo.

ICC THREAT TO PEACE IN AFRICA — PAN AFRICANIST GROUP

Coalition of Pan Africanists (CPA) has taken a swipe at the International Criminal Court (ICC) stating that world international body is a threat to peace in Africa.

ISSER SLAMS MAHAMA FOR DEFENDING DEBT FIGURES

Director of the Institute of Statistical Social & Economic Research (ISSER), Professor Felix Ankomah Asante, has advised President John Dramani Mahama to stop the public defence against Ghana’s current debt stock.

MCDERMOTT SAGA: SPARE WAMPAH FLAK – ANING

Security analyst Dr Kwesi Aning has said Ghanaians should direct their queries on the McDermott saga to heads of the relevant institutions who failed to conduct the necessary checks on the alleged British drug suspect, who relocated to Ghana and got married to the West African country’s central bank governor.

ADOAGYIRI CHIEFS FIGHT KONADU OVER 770-ACRE LAND

The chiefs of Adoagyiri, a town near Nsawam, in the Eastern Region have renewed calls on President John Dramani Mahama to revoke an executive instrument, which committed all lands in the area to state ownership, and were subsequently leased to former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.

BE CALM, VIGILANT – SECURITY CHIEFS TELL GHANAIANS

Ghana’s Defence and Interior Ministers are asking Ghanaians to be vigilante and security conscious in the face of potential terror attacks in Ghana. National security on Wednesday issued a terror alert warning to Ghanaians to be wary of a “credible” threat of attacks in Ghana.

WE’VE NOT RECEIVED SALARIES FOR 4 YEARS – TEACHERS CRY TO GOV’T

About 500 pupil teachers in the Kadjebi District of the Volta Region employed by the government have not received salaries for four years of service; a situation that has left them agitated.

NPP DETERMINED TO RESTORE TEACHER TRAINEE ALLOWANCES – BAWUMIA

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, 2016 Vice-Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), says the party sees the need to restore allowances to trainee teachers and nurses as non-negotiable, explaining that teacher education, in particular, is critical to developing the quality human resource Ghana needs to succeed in the competitive global community.

GROUP OFFERS TO ORGANIZE MAHAMA-AKUFO-ADDO DEBATE

A group calling itself People’s Forum-Ghana is offering to organize the much anticipated debate between President John Mahama and New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GNPC WASTES OIL MONEY; UNABLE TO RECOVER $122M

Five years after oil production, the misuse of Ghana’s oil revenues and the lack of transparency and accountability in the award of oil blocks among others are denying Ghanaians the full benefits of the oil resource.

BAD LOANS HIT GH¢4.2 BILLION

Banks assests quality in 2015 deteriorated as non-performing loans increased from GH¢2.72 billion in December 2014 to GH¢4.52 billion in December 2015.

PETROLEUM COMMISSION SAVES US$600M FOR GHANA

Petroleum Minister, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah has disclosed that the state would have lost close to US$600million if the Petroleum Commission was not in existence.

GOVT SECURES $124 MILLION TO RETOOL TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS

The government has secured a $124-million facility from the African Development Bank (ADB) for the retooling of technical institutions under the Development for Skills Industry Project to make technical education more attractive.

BDCS INCREASE FUEL PRICES BY 5%

Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana has announced an increment in fuel prices at the pumps, starting Thursday March 17. The chamber says the hikes are in response to a rise in crude oil prices on the international market.

BOG REPORT HIGHLIGHTS MAJOR CUTS IN LOANS BY BANKS

A new Bank of Ghana report has revealed significant reduction in loans granted by commercial banks to businesses and individuals. The Bank of Ghana’s Financial Stability Report attributes the situation to difficult economic environment which has affected credit extension.

80% OF TIMBER ON THE MARKET ILLEGALLY SAWED – OSAH MILLS

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Nii Osah Mills says 80% of timber used in the country is derived from illegal sources. Expressing disappointment in the activities of illegal chainsaw operators, he said this was injuring the growth and development of the sector.

AZUMAH NELSON UNVEILED AS NEW GOIL AMBASSADOR

Former WBC Super featherweight Champion, ‘Barimah’ Azumah Nelson has been unveiled as the Brand Ambassador of GOIL at a ceremony in Accra.

GOV’T WILL PUSH FOR DOMESTIC ROAMING SERVICE – OMANE BOAMAH

Minister for Communication, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, has revealed that government is in talks with different telecommunication companies to sign on to domestic roaming service that will enable the mobile user to switch from one network to the other in case of bad network.

NEW BOARD OF TWIFO OIL PALM PLANTATION INAUGURATED

Government has inaugurated the reconstituted Board of Twifo Oil Palm Plantation Limited (TOPP) which it is the highest shareholder, with its proportion standing at 80.46% of the total company shares

GHANA INCREASING ITS STANDING IN WORLD BANK

Parliament has approved Ghana’s subscription of an additional 677 shares to the Capital Stock of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), of the World Bank Group (WBG).

GHANA´S DEBT STOCK: ‘FREEZE SOME DEV´T PROJECTS’ – ECONOMIST

The government must prioritise and put a freeze on some of the development projects which are currently sprouting across the country, a senior economist and research fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Legon, Dr Robert Darko has suggested.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BUHARI BATTLES TO CLEAN UP NIGERIA’S OIL INDUSTRY

The revelation by Nigeria’s auditor general that $16bn (£11bn) of oil revenue went missing in 2014 has emphasized the scale of the task facing President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to clean up the oil sector.

I’LL MAKE SURE MUGABE LOSES 2018 ELECTION – WAR VETERAN THREATENS

Former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda yesterday vowed he will make sure President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF lose the 2018 election.

KENYAN TEACHER CHARGED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 10 MINORS

A teacher in Meru County, Kenya, was on Tuesday charged for sexually assaulting 10 pupils.
Forty-five-year-old Julius Mwiti was said to have used his fingers to penetrate the private parts of the girls, aged between 8 and 11, between November last year and March 7 this year.

WE WERE PREPARED FOR AL-QAEDA ATTACK – OUATTARA

The Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, on Tuesday said at a joint news conference with his counterparts from Togo and Benin, Presidents Faure Gnassingbe and Yayi Boni respectively, that his government was prepared for Sunday’s attack on Grand Bassam, a beach town, about 41 kilometres from Abidjan, the capital city.

NORTH KOREA SENTENCES U.S. STUDENT TO HARD LABOUR; WASHINGTON CONDEMNS PUNISHMENT

North Korea’s supreme court sentenced American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested while visiting the country, to 15 years of hard labour on Wednesday for crimes against the state, a punishment Washington condemned as politically motivated.

EU LEADERS MEET TO OFFER MIGRANT DEAL TO TURKEY

Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday to agree on a deal to offer Turkey the following day that would secure Ankara’s commitment to a scheme intended to halt migrant flows to the Greek islands.

BRAZILIANS PROTEST AFTER LULA NAMED CHIEF OF STAFF, GAINS IMMUNITY

Protests erupted in several Brazilian cities on Wednesday after President Dilma Rousseff named her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva chief of staff and a taped conversation fed opposition claims the move was meant to shield Lula from prosecution.

BORDER BETWEEN IRAQI KURDISTAN AND SYRIAN KURDISH REGION CLOSED

The border between Iraqi Kurdistan and Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria was closed on Wednesday, a Syrian Kurdish official told Reuters.

EARLY ELECTION LOOMS AS AUSTRALIAN PM SEEKS TO REFORM HOSTILE SENATE

Australia’s parliament began an acrimonious final sitting day before a May budget on Thursday, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull considering dissolving both houses of parliament and calling an early election to end a hostile Senate.

ITALY RESCUES 2,400 BOAT MIGRANTS, FINDS THREE CORPSES

More than 2,400 migrants have been rescued from boats in the Strait of Sicily in the last two days and emergency services recovered three corpses, Italy’s coast guard said on Wednesday.

GERMANY’S TOP NAZI HUNTER TO KEEP UP CHASE FOR ANOTHER DECADE

Undeterred by dwindling numbers of living suspects, Germany’s top Nazi hunter is determined to keep tracking down criminals involved in Hitler’s murder machine for another decade.

AUSTRALIAN SUBMARINES SHOULD BE BUILT ENTIRELY AT HOME – GERMANY’S TKMS

Australia’s new A$50 billion (27 billion pounds) submarine fleet should be built entirely within Australia, ThyssenKrupp AG’s shipbuilding unit said on Thursday, making the German firm the first bidder to publicly endorse domestic construction as the best option.

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DID YOU KNOW?

New irrigation projects at Nobeko, Kaniago, Aponapon, Mosease, Adiembra, Kokroko, Dodoekorpe and Akurobi have been undertaken. Rehabilitation has also been carried out on schemes at Okyereko, Tanoso, Sandema Koori, Dawhenya and Akumadan. As a result the total area of irrigated land has increased from 27,879 hectares in 2010 to 29,507.71 hectares in 2014.

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