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News Headlines-April 22 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

I’VE FOUGHT CORRUPTION MORE THAN ANY LEADER – MAHAMA

NMC RESTRAINED FROM IMPLEMENTING CONTENT STANDARD REGULATION LI2224

The Content Authorization law being championed by the National Media Commission (NMC) has been stampeded by the Supreme Court, Thursday.

POLICE SEIZE LARGE QUANTITY OF STOLEN TREATED NETS

The Police in Kumasi have seized large quantity of suspected stolen insecticide treated nets (ITN) belonging to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and detained one man – a Burkinabe.

I CAN’T PUT CAS IN POCKETS – SAYS MAHAMA

President John Mahama has told Ghanaians that they cannot feel the positive effect of what he called the growing economy in their pockets many of them lack the skills to harness the opportunities the economy is creating.

MALLAM ISSA STOLE $46, 000 BLACK STARS CASH – KOJO BONSU

Former Youth and Sports Minister, Mallam Ali Yusif Issah, who was jailed for stealing during the Kufuor administration, is up in arms against the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Kojo Bonsu, for claiming that he (Issah) stole $46,000 belonging to the state.

SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON VOTERS REGISTER, MAY 5

The Supreme Court will on May 5, deliver its verdict in the case in which the Electoral Commission (EC) is being challenged over the validity of the current Voters’ Register.

SHE CAME PREPARED FOR SEX’ – REV FATHER FIGHTS TO SAVE HIS SKIN

Even before he was dragged formally to court to face charges of neglecting responsibility towards a six-month-old child he allegedly fathered, Rev Father Yves-Lucien Evaga Njana appears to be frantically doing everything possible to free himself from the grips of the law.

WOMEN CEOS PUSH FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Ms Esther Cobbah, CEO of Stratcomm, has indicated that Ghanaian women have what it takes to be successful on the international state, as well as the local level if they are given the right opportunities.

REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT OVERPAID AIR-CONDITION SPECIALIST BY 10,000%

The Judicial Service overpaid an air-condition specialist by at least 10,000%, a copy of audited accounts seen by Joy News has revealed.

MAHAMA APPOINTS 2ND DEPUTY BOG GOVERNOR

President John Mahama has appointed Dr. Johnson P. Asiama as the second deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana.

PAC SHUTS DOOR TO JOURNALISTS OVER AUDIT REPORT

The Public Accounts Committee [PAC] on Thursday prevented journalists from covering its proceedings relating to Judicial Services which was summoned to answer queries raised against it by the Auditor General.

INTERIOR MINISTRY RELAXES BUNKPRUGU CURFEW

The Interior Ministry has reviewed curfew hours on conflict hotspot, Bunkprugu the Northern Region, from 8pm to 4am. The new curfew hours starts from Tuesday April 26, 2016, a statement from the Ministry said.

SUPREME COURT SETS MAY 5 FOR VERDICT ON ELECTORAL REGISTER SUIT

The Supreme Court will on May 5, deliver its verdict in the case in which the Electoral Commission (EC) is being challenged over the validity of the current Voters’ Register.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA INAUGURATES NCHUMURUMAN COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL IN VOLTA REGION

More than 1,400 students have moved into the new Nchumuruman Community Day Senior High school at Chinderi in the Volta Region.

NDC HAS NO TIME TO ‘ASSASSINATE’ NANA KONADU – KOFI ADAMS

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has rubbished an allegation by the National Democratic Party (NDP) that government wants to assassinate former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.

T.B JOSHUA SCARES OFF IMF DELEGATION, 600 FOREIGN VISITORS TO GHANA

Six hundred (600) foreign visitors cancelled their impending trips into the country following the prophecy by Nigerian Prophet, Temitope Balogun Joshua of an impending terrorist attack on the country.

OVER 70 YOUNG PROSTITUTES IN BEREKUM TEST POSITIVE TO HIV

Over seventy sex workers in Berekum, Drobo and Sampa in the Brong Ahafo region have tested positive to HIV, a voluntary counselling and testing results have proven.

MAHAMA NEEDS FOUR MORE YEARS – NSAWAM SEKYIROMHENE

The chief of Nsawam Sekyikrom has predicted victory for President John Mahama ahead of the November 7 presidential polls.

MAHAMA SHOULD BE BEGGING GHANAIANS – OBUASI MP

Following President John Mahama’s charge to Ghanaians to take advantage of economic opportunities created for them, the Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng, has said the President should rather be pleading with Ghanaians for the hardship inflicted on them by the economy.

WE WON’T RENEGE ON OUR RESPONSIBILITIES – EC ASSURES

Deputy Chairperson, Finance and Administration of the Electoral Commission (EC), Miss Georgina Opoku Amankwa, has said the Commission would not fail its responsibility to serve as an independent referee in the electoral affairs of the nation during polls this year and beyond.

OFFICIAL: MAHAMA STARTS CAMPAIGN JUNE

President John Mahama and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) will kick off their political campaign ahead of the November 7 polls at the end of June, Communications Minister Dr Edward Omane Boamah has disclosed.

LANDS MINISTRY TO GET TOUGH ON ILLEGAL MINERS

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has promised to deal with illegal miners who continue to occupy AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuase mine.

WE’RE NOT IN COURT TO EMBARRASS NMC – GIBA

The President of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Akwasi Agyeman, has said dragging the National Media Commission (NMC) to the Supreme Court over the new media, law was not an attempt to embarrass the commission.

YOUR VOTE WILL EITHER GIVE YOU JOB OR JOBLESSNESS – NDUOM

The 2012 flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has urged the youth to think carefully about their future when they head for the polls come November 7, 2016, to cast their votes.

SOLDIERS IN KASOA MILLENIUM CITY BRUTALITIES NOT CLEARED – GAF

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) says it has not issued any report clearing 23 soldiers of any wrongdoing in an incident at Kasoa Millennium City that resulted in the death of one person and left two others with injuries.

ASHANTI REGSEC LIFTS OLD-TAFO CURFEW

The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has lifted the curfew placed on Old Tafo – a town in the region.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

CREATE WEALTH FROM BOOMING ECONOMY – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has challenged Ghanaians to take advantage of the country’s economic growth to create wealth for themselves.

FAST TRACK END TO SUBVENTION – CSOs URGE GOV’T

Government should fastrack the process to wean-off subvented agencies that are able to generate enough internally generated funds to sustain their operations, the Civil Society Forum on Ghana’s IMF Programmed has said.

DR ASIAMA MADE BoG SECOND DEPUTY GOVERNOR

Government has named monetary policy specialist Johnson Asiama as second deputy governor of central bank – the regulator’s third highest ranking official, a source at the presidency told Reuters on Thursday.

BRITISH BUSINESSES SEEK LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

The United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, Adam Afriyie, has said the special relationship that exists between Ghana and the UK provides a unique platform that can be taken advantage of by businesses in the two countries.

GHANA IS GREAT FOR INVESTMENTS IN POWER – MOULD

Ghana offers a stable and predictable environment for private power investments to expand its generation capacity, Mr Alexander Kofi-Mensah Mould, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has said.

RELEASE LANDS FOR COCOA FARMING – MAHAMA TO VOLTA CHIEFS

One of the major hindrances to getting young people into cocoa farming in the Volta region is the lack of lands, President John Mahama has said.

SOLARKIOSK LAUNCHES 7KW SOLAR SYSTEM IN ACCRA

A seven kilowatts solar system, called SolarKiosk Ghana Limited, a fully solar powered and off-grid company, licensed to undertake home and office solar installations in Ghana has been launched in Accra.

GOIL CUTS EX-PUMP PRICES AS RIVALRY AMONG OMCS DEEPENS

GOIL has cut down ex-pump prices of petrol and diesel as fierce competition among oil marketing companies (OMCs) deepen; triggered by introduction of fuel prices chart that updates consumers.

GOV’T DISTRIBUTES OUTBOARD MOTORS TO JAMESTOWN FISHERMEN

Following Citi News’ reports on challenges confronting fishermen along the coast particularly in the Jamestown area in Accra, government has presented eight outstanding outboard motors to some fishermen at Jamestown.

GOV’T WARNED OVER 4% PROJECTED GROWTH RATE

Rand Merchant Bank’s Africa Macro Strategist for Global Markets Madam Celeste Faauconnier has warned that, Ghana may not attain the projected 4 percent growth rate.

IRATE DKM CUSTOMERS BESIEGE PWD OFFICES TO MEET LIQUIDATOR

Scores of aggrieved customers of shutdown microfinance company DKM today, Thursday April 21, thronged the offices of the public works department at Wa in the Upper West region to show proof of their engagements with the company to a liquidator engaged to sell its properties.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

GOODLUCK JONATHAN BACKS EFFORT TO END MODERN SLAVERY

In his effort to promote liberty in Africa and all over the world, former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday met with Mr. Andrew Forrest, founder of The Walk Free Foundation, the world’s preeminent anti Modern slavery body, which also publishes the annual Global Slavery Index.

U.S. SPLIT DEEPENS OVER PUTIN’S INTENTIONS IN SYRIA CIVIL WAR

Russia’s latest military moves in Syria have sharpened divisions within the U.S. administration over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin genuinely backs a U.N.-led initiative to end the civil war or is using the negotiations to mask renewed military support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

STRONG QUAKE HITS DISASTER-STRICKEN ECUADOR

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude struck off Ecuador’s disaster-stricken coast on Thursday, as survivors of an earlier deadly quake that killed 587 people clamoured for food, water and medicine in parts of the disaster zone.

CHINA COULD BUILD NUCLEAR PLANTS FOR SOUTH CHINA SEA, PAPER SAYS

China is getting closer to building maritime nuclear power platforms that could one day to used to support Chinese projects in the disputed South China Sea, a widely-read state-run newspaper said on Friday.

TRUMP HAS BEEN PLAYING A PART, WILL BECOME MORE PRESIDENTIAL – ADVISER

Top advisers to Donald Trump assured Republican Party leaders on Thursday that the New York billionaire would adopt a more presidential demeanor soon, to temper the image projected during his campaign so far.

RECORD DAY ONE SIGNATURES EXPECTED FOR PARIS CLIMATE DEAL – U.N.

A Paris deal to slow climate change is set to be signed by more than 165 countries at the United Nations on Friday, the most states to endorse an international agreement on day one, a record backers hope will inspire swift implementation.

JAILED BUSINESSMAN NADIR MOVED TO TURKISH PRISON – MEDIA

Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir, who was jailed in Britain for stealing millions from his business empire, has been transferred to a prison in Turkey, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Friday.

U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA TO VISIT HIROSHIMA IN LATE MAY – NIKKEI

President Barack Obama is set to visit Hiroshima after a Group of Seven summit next month, the Nikkei newspaper said, in what would be the first visit by an incumbent U.S. president to the Japanese city devastated by a U.S. nuclear attack 71 years ago.

MEXICO’S PEMEX PUTS BLAST DEATH TOLL AT 24, BLAMES LEAK

Twenty-four people died after a leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast, and the death toll could still rise, Mexican oil giant Pemex said on Thursday, the latest in a series of fatal accidents to batter the company.

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