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News Headlines -April 19 2016

📰NEWS HEADLINES📰
TUESDAY 19TH APRIL 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

LOGO DEBATE NEEDLESS: ALLOW EC TO WORK – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has waded into the brouhaha over the Electoral Commission’s (EC) yet to be unveiled logo, saying the heated debate is only putting needless pressure on the Commission ahead of the November 7 elections.

OVER 13,000 TEACHERS CLEARED TO RECEIVE SALARY ARREARS

A total of 13,268 teachers across the country have been cleared to receive their outstanding salaries that have delayed for the last two years.

FREE PRIMARY HEALTHCARE FOR ALL – NHIS REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS

The technical committee set up by President John Mahama last year to review the National Health Insurance Scheme has tabled a proposal that the scheme be restricted to compulsory primary healthcare, as well as maternal and child healthcare provision.

MP BLOWS ALARM OVER JB’s KILLERS

It appears there are attempts to conceal the actual faces behind the gruesome murder of the ebullient NPP MP for Abuakwa North in the Easter Region, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu.

TB JOSHUA LIFTS CURSE OVER TERROR ATTACK

A week after popular Nigerian tele-evangelist Prophet TB Joshua released what he said was a vision about impending terror attacks on Ghana or Nigeria, he has stated in a fresh revelation that the attacks of the ‘evil doer’ have been aborted.

KONADU CRIES FOR CHANGE

Former First Lady and founder of the NDP party, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has asked Ghanaians to vote the ruling NDC out of political power in November this year.

BBnZ GOES GLOBAL

The legendary eight Grammy Awards winner, Lauryn Hill and Jay Z’s Tidal X on Wednesday, April 13 announced the maiden edition of a new music and art series, ‘Diaspora Calling’ at a ceremony which brought the entertainment world to a standstill.

ADB PRESENTS HOUSE TO 2014 NATIONAL BEST FARMER

The Agricultural Development Bank has pledged its commitment towards the National Farmers’Day programme by donating the grand prize of a three-bedroom fully furnished house to the 2014 National Best Farmer.

CDS CALLS ON GHANAIANS TO BE VIGILANT

Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has urged Ghanaians to be vigilant and provide timely information on suspicious activities to the security agencies for immediate action to be taken.

NO MORE ATTACK ON GHANA – TB JOSHUA

Popular Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua, has prophesised again that there will be no terror attack on Ghana following the country’s preparation since his last prophesy.

DAYS OF PARTY STRONGHOLD OVER – PPP TELLS NDC, NPP

The PPP has sent a strong message to the ruling NDC and the opposition NPP that ‘the days of party strongholds are indeed over’.

THREE SOLDIERS INJURED IN A GUNPOWDER EXPLOSION

Two soldiers from the Yendi Military Unit in the Northern Region are in critical condition after a seized gunpowder exploded in transit to their military base, injuring three of them.

MEDIA REPORTAGE OVER NEW LOGO UNFAIR – EC

A Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) in-charge of Operations, Amadu Sulley, has accused the media of unfair reportage over the commission’s yet to be unveiled new logo.

ABUSE OF INCUMBENCY CLAIMS AGAINST MAHAMA BASELESS – ANYIDOHO

The governing National Democratic Congress has dismissed claims the president is abusing incumbency with his accounting to the people tour.

EC’S ATTITUDE ON PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS WORRYING – CODEO

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has expressed misgivings about the Electoral Commission’s seeming unpreparedness towards the crucial November polls.

3,500 BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION KITS DISPATCHED TO DISTRICTS

The Electoral Commission has dispatched 3,500 biometric voters’ registration kits and back-ups throughout the country in readiness for its nationwide limited voters’ registration exercise scheduled for April 28.

RESOURCE OUR SECURITY FORCES INSTEAD OF BUYING V8 – KOFI WAYO

In the wake of terror alert from the National Security, the founder and leader of United Renaissance Party (URP) Charles Kofi Wayo has chided the government accusing it of not doing enough to resource the security forces.

BUREAU OF PUBLIC SAFETY DEMANDS REPORT ON KASOA SHOOTING

The Bureau of Public Safety, an NGO, has asked the Ghana Armed Forces to make public details of an inquiry that recently cleared 23 military officers in a fatal shooting incident last year.

CHINA BEEFS UP SECURITY IN GHANA’S PARLIAMENT

The Republic of China has beefed up the safety of Ghana’s Parliament by donating advanced security equipment valued at $300,000 to the Legislature.

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA TO HOST AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES SUMMIT

The University of Ghana, Legon, is set to host other African Universities on “Globalization and Policy Direction for African Higher Education”.

MAURITIUS LIKELY TO SCRAP $250M GHANA TECHNOLOGY PARK PROJECT

A technology park expected to be built in Tema, a joint project of the Ghana and Mauritius government would likely not happen.

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF TO PROMOTE IMPROVED COOKSTOVES IN GHANA

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves have launched a new campaign to help change the way people cook.

‘AFARI GYAN IS ALIVE, NOT DEAD’ – FAMILY REFUTES DEATH CLAIMS

Rumors on social media that former Chairman of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan is dead, happens not to be true.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MAHAMA DIRECTS SECURITY SERVICES TO BUY GHANA-MADE BOOTS

President John Mahama on Monday chided some security agencies for procuring security boots from other countries, while abandoning those produced by the Kumasi Shoe Factory.

BARCLAYS PLANS INSURANCE ENTRY

Barclays Ghana is planning to set up an insurance company that will help facilitate sale of the bank’s bancassurance products to its customers, ending years of having to rely on insurance partners, Barclays Africa Group Deputy CEO & Group Financial Director David Hodnett has disclosed.

SIX TOP WOMEN CEOs SET TO INSPIRE

Six top women corporate executives have joined forces to launch the Executive Women Network (EWN), a non-profit organisation of women in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs of well established businesses in Ghana.

US-GHANA BILATERAL TRADE TO HIT $2.4 BILLION END OF 2019

The United States of America is hopeful of doubling its bilateral trade with the country from the current $1.2 billion within the next three years as it seeks to push job-creation as well as unearth global trade potentials.

IMF DESCRIBES GHANA’S FOURTH EUROBOND AS STRATEGIC

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has described Ghana’s fourth Eurobond issued last year at a coupon rate 0f 10.75 percent as strategic and consistent with the government’s debt strategy management.

CONSUMERS TO RECEIVE REFUND FOR OVERBILLED ECG CHARGES

Government is putting measures in place to ensure electricity consumers who were overbilled by providers are refunded, Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor has assured.

PRIVATE COMPANIES MEET MIDA OVER PARTICIPATION IN ECG

Companies, which have expressed interest in the Private Sector Participation (PSP) of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), have met with the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), the ECG and the government.

GCX ASSURES AGGREGATORS OF BUSINESS STABILITY

The Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) Project has assured members of aggregator groups in the country that no group would lose its business in the commodity value chain when the Exchange fully becomes operational.

ILLEGAL MINING SCARES INVESTORS

The Ghana Chamber of Mines is warning of imminent drawback of investment in the mining sector if the frequent incursions into mining concessions by illegal mining operators are not curtailed.

GCX ASSURES AGGREGATORS OF BUSINESS STABILITY

The Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) Project has assured members of aggregator groups in the country that no group would lose its business in the commodity value chain when the Exchange fully becomes operational.

PURC FINES ECG FOR ‘OVERBILLING’ CUSTOMERS

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PIRC), has fined the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for making scores of customers pay more for power due to faulty meters.

BANKING AWARDS METHODOLOGY REVIEWED

Corporate Initiative Ghana (CIG), organisers of the Ghana Banking Awards, in collaboration with the universal banks and the award’s event statisticians, has reviewed the methodology for the survey of banks for this year’s awards.

SSNIT MOVES TO SPEED UP PROCESSING OF BENEFITS

The acting Corporate Affairs Manager of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Mrs Victoria Gifty Abaidoo, has stated that the company has rolled up an automation system that would speed up the processing of benefits of contributors.

EASTERN CORRIDOR ROAD PARTNERS INTRODUCE NEW TECHNOLOGY

Joint Venture Partners for the Eastern Corridor Road Project, Odebrecht Engineering and Construction International and Andrade Gutierrez, both multinational Brazilian companies, have introduced a number new technologies in construction and engineering in Ghana.

SUE ECOBANK FOR THE ‘ILLEGAL’ GHC82,595 PLUS INTEREST – ATTA AKYEA

Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South Constituency, Samuel Atta Akyea has urged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to sue Ecobank over an amount of GHC82,595 which was “illegally” paid as salaries to cashiers of the bank in 2011.

DR. KWAKWA WILL EXCEL AT WORLD BANK – NANA ADDO

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo is optimistic Ghana’s Dr Victoria Kwakwa will “excel” as the new Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific of the World Bank.

GOV’T ASSURES ECG WORKERS OF JOB SECURITY

Deputy Minister of Power John Abdulai Jinapor has served notice to the concessionaire to be selected under the Power Compact 2 project that staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana, (ECG) should not be laid-off.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

8 ARRESTED OVER ENUGU SLAVE WAR

Enugu State Police Command, yesterday, arrested about eight persons over the ongoing violence at Alor Uno in Nsukka Local Government Area of the state, following supremacy battle over alleged slavery.

MIGRANT CRISIS: HUNDREDS DEAD AFTER CAPSIZE, SAY SURVIVORS

Hundreds of migrants drowned when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, survivors have told the BBC – although there is no official confirmation.

BRAZIL PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF HAS ‘CLEAR CONSCIENCE’ OVER IMPEACHMENT

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff says she is “outraged” at attempts to impeach her and has a clear conscience.

BLAST ROCKS AFGHAN CAPITAL, CLOSE TO STATE BUILDINGS, U.S. EMBASSY

A Taliban suicide car bomber attacked an office of Afghanistan’s main national security agency in Kabul on Tuesday, killing or wounding several people, the first assault in the capital since the group declared their new spring offensive a week ago.

US TO SEND 200 MORE TROOPS, APACHE HELICOPTERS TO IRAQ

The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday.

SYRIAN NEGOTIATOR SAYS ASSAD’S FUTURE NOT UP FOR DISCUSSION AT PEACE TALKS

The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said his team was pushing for an expanded government led by President Bashar al-Assad at U.N.-led peace talks, and Assad’s own future was not up for negotiation.

THREE DAYS AFTER ECUADOR QUAKE, HOPES FOR SURVIVORS DWINDLE

Earthquake-stricken Ecuador faced the grim reality of recovering more bodies than survivors as rescue efforts moved into a third day on Tuesday and the death toll climbed over 400 in the poor South American country.

JAPAN QUAKE SURVIVORS STRUGGLE WITH SHORTAGES, SEARCH FOR MISSING GOES ON

Survivors of a series of Japanese quakes measuring up to 7.3 struggled on Tuesday with shortages of food and water as the death toll rose to 44 and rescuers dug through mud and rubble for the missing, but hopes dimmed of finding them alive.

THAI MILITARY GOVERNMENT SAYS NO CAMPAIGNING AHEAD OF CHARTER VOTE

Campaigns will not be allowed in Thailand in the run-up to an August referendum on a new constitution that the military hopes will usher in stable politics but which critics say will stifle democracy, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

AUSTRALIA’S TURNBULL BETS HIS POLITICAL FUTURE ON A DIFFICULT BUDGET

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday gambled his political fate on a budget that he hopes will shore up his dwindling appeal with voters without blowing out the country’s budget deficit.

U.S. FEELS ‘OVERWHELMING FRUSTRATION’ WITH ISRAELI GOVERNMENT – BIDEN

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday acknowledged “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous “one-state reality” and in the wrong direction.

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