MONDAY 9TH MAY 2016
BY MR LARRY ®
GHC282M SAVED FROM SWAPPING TEACHER TRAINEE ALLOWANCE – MAHAMA
President John Dramani Mahama has described as false, reports that government has scrapped allowances meant for teacher trainees in the country. According to him, what his government did was to “swap” and not “scrap” the policy as teacher trainees could access funds from the Students Loan Trust to finance their education just like students in any tertiary institution.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO PM IN GHANA TO STRENGTHEN TIES
The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, H.E Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley arrives in Ghana yesterday for a four-day visit at the invitation of His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama. The visit is aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.
EC TO PRESENT CLEAN REGISTER…FOR NOV 7 ELECTIONS
The Electoral Commission (EC) has assured Ghanaians of a clean register for the 2016 polls. It said even before the Supreme Court ruling, it had discussed the road map fo cleaning the register with the political parties.
BRONG AHAFO POLICE INVESTIGATE ESCAPE OF SUSPECTED ROBBER
The Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command is trying to unravel the circumstance under which a 21-year-old suspected armed robber, Kwaku Yeboah, who was under 24-hour guard at the Sunyani Regional Hospital managed to escape.
DVLA TO ISSU LICENSE WITHIN 2 WEEKS STARTING JULY
With effect from July this year, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will be issuing licenses to applicants in a space of two weeks, the Chief Executive of DVLA, Ing. Noble John Appiah has assured.
CELEBRATE ‘MOTHER’S DAY’ EVERYDAY – FIRST LADY URGES
First Lady Lordina Mahama has charged all and sundry to celebrate Mother’s Day everyday considering the enormous role mothers play in our lives and in the country.
WE REGISTER MINORS – ASIEDU NKETIA
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) ha admitted registering minors and foreigners to enable them to vote in elections in Ghana.
COPS BEAT VOLTA NPP CHAIRMAN
Tension is mounting at Metsrikas in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region as a result of a misunderstanding over the just-ended limited registration exercise organized by the Electoral Commission (EC).
ELECTRICITY EXPENSIVE THAN RENT – NANA
New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has observed that the mismanagement of the economy has reached a point where rent is even less expensive than electricity tariffs.
LIMITED REGISTRATION EXERCISE…LONG QUEUES AT CENTERS ON LAST DAYS
Ashas become the habit of most Ghanaians, we tend to leave the participation in national events till the last day. That is when we see people coming out in their numbers to join queues. The ten-day limited voter registration exercise, which ended yesterday, confirmed this “last minute” attitude of ours.
NDUOM ENSKINED AS YENGE BON NAA
President and Chairman of Groupe Nduom (GN), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has been given a chieftaincy title by the chiefs and people of Loggu in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
UNFPA SUPPORTS FISTULA CENTERS IN NORTHERN REGION
The Tamale Fistula Center and the Yendi Fistula Center, both in the Northern Region, have taken delivery of two fistula kits each to help in treating the disease in the region. The fistula kits were donated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of its initiative to amongst others promote maternal health in the region.
COTE D’LVOIRE’S ECONOMY NOW BETTER THAN OURS – NANA ADDO
The Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has said Ghana’s economy under President John Dramani Mahama has worsened to the point that Cote D’Ivoire, which only recently came out of a civil war, is now doing much better with cocoa and a few other resources.
GOV’T DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PRIVATE NURSES – COALITION
Following government’s claim that they are under no obligation to employ nurses from private institutions, the coalition of Unemployed Private Nurses has asked the authorities involved in issuing accreditation to private nursing schools to withdraw their licenses.
AG RELEASES BUS BRANDING DOCUMENTS TO OCCUPY GHANA
Pressure group, Occupy Ghana has said it has received the investigative report covering the controversial GHc3.5 million bus rebranding deal executed by Smartty’s Management and Production Limited. The group, after several efforts to retrieve the report failed, dragged the Attorney General to court to have their demands met.
OVER 3,000 TEACHERS TO PICKET AT FINANCE MINISTRY OVER SALARY ARREARS
Over three thousand teachers are expected to picket at the Ministry of Finance this week over the non- payment of their salary arrears. According to the teachers, government has refused to pay them despite several agitation
I’M NOT TOO OLD TO BE PRESIDENT – AKUFO-ADDO
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated age is not a factor when it comes to the presidency, but competence and ability to deliver count.
OVER 1000 PEOPLE DISPLACED, HOUSES DESTROYED IN RAINSTORM
About 100 houses were destroyed in a rain storm in three communities on Saturday, May 7 in Savelugu Municipality in Northern Region. About 1000 people were rendered homeless and now staying with relatives and friends. Seven people sustained various degrees of injury including two people who had fractures on their legs with another victim having a fracture on the arms.
LAW PROF. SLAMS SC OVER CONFUSED EC RULING
A Ghanaian Professor of law based in the United States of America has accused the Supreme Court of poisoning the minds of the public with what he terms increasingly confused, inconsistent and misleading statements about generally accepted matters of law.
CHAIRMAN WONTUMI’ RECONCILES WITH MANHYIA NORTH MP
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako popular known as Chairman Wontumi has reconciled with the Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, sources close to Myjoyonline has disclosed.
PENTECOST PASTOR SACKED FOR FONDLING WOMEN
The district pastor of the Pentecost church at Bereku in the Central region has been sacked from the church for having an amorous affair with the women in the church.
SECURITY BEEFED UP AT KPANSEC FOLLOWING ATTACK
Security has been beefed up at Kpando Senior High School (KPANSEC) following an alleged attack by some male students of Kpando Technical Institute (KPANTECH) on Saturday.
PART OF OKUAPEMAN BOYS’ DORMITORY GUTTED BY FIRE, ONE INJURED
A student of the Okuapeman Senior High School sustained injuries after fire gutted a boys’ dormitory of the Akuffo house on Sunday, May 8.
SMALL SCALE MINING TO BE RESTRUCTURED TO CREATE JOBS – MAHAMA
Small scale mining activities would be restructured and modified to serve as a decent source of employment for the youth, President John Dramani Mahama has said.
BANKERS SHOW FAITH IN ECONOMY
Bankers have expressed renewed optimism for the economy’s prospects despite the continuous fall in commodity prices, slow growth in the economy, and an upcoming general election.
POLICY INITIATIVES BOLSTER PETROLEUM SECTOR
The past year has seen the petroleum downstream sector go through a major revolution, lead stanchly a successful price deregulation, Mr. Moses Asaga the CEO of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has said.
THE AGONY OF ‘KAYAYEI GIRLS’…FORCED TO CARRY HEAVY GOODS TO EARN A LIVING
Each year, many women and girls in Ghana join the millions across Africa who are migrating from rural to urban centers in search of economic opportunities in some of the country’s southern commercial centers.
GOV’T DIVERTS $250M LOAN TO PRIVATE BANK…AND BANK LENDS IT BACK TO GOV’T WITH INTEREST
In what will come a a shocking revelation to Ghanaians, Vice Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, has disclosed that the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government has transferred $250million of the latest Eurobond proceeds to a private bank and turned around to borrow the money back through treasury bills, thus paying interest again on the same money to the bank.
PAY $100M DEBT IN 2 WEEKS…OR FACE SHUT DOWN OF GAS SUPPLY, N-GAS WARNS VRA
N-Gas, the main supplier of lean gas to Ghana’s Volta River Authority (VRA) through the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), has given Ghana a two-week ultimatum to clear its outstanding debt of over $100 million or gas supply will be shut down.
REDUCE TAX ON NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION – EDITORS FORUM
Ms Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, the Chairperson of the Editors Forum, Ghana has called for tax reduction on newspaper production inputs, so that newspapers can be affordable again, to boost their circulation and help sustain the papers.
GUINNESS GHANA OPENS RENOUNCEABLE RIGHTS ISSUE
Guinness Ghana has launched a GHS 180 million renounceable rights issue to retire part of its debt to optimise its capital structure and to improve its financial and operational flexibility.
OUTLOOK OF OILFIELD, DRILLING INDUSTRY STILL NEGATIVE – MOODY’S
Credit rating agency, Moody’s says the global outlook for the oilfield services (OFS) and drilling industry continues to be negative as the sector experiences a severe downturn from low oil prices and reduced spending by exploration and production companies.
STANCHART GHANA RECORDS IMPRESSIVE FIRST QUARTER PERFORMANCE
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana says it recorded underlying operating income of GH¢150.6 million in the first quarter of 2016 up by 17 per cent from GH¢128.1million in 2015.
GRATIS TO BE A TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY – CEO
The Chief Executive Officer of GRATIS Foundation, Mr. Emmanuel Asiedu has stated that the foundation is set to transform into a technical university to fulfill its mandate of creating jobs through industrialization.
TULLOW WEIGHS THREE OPTIONS TO FIX FPSO NKRUMAH
Tullow is considering three options on the table to fix the broken turret bearing of jubilee floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel – FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, before resuming full operation, a company official has said.
CREATIVE INDUSTRY NEEDS SUPPORT – MINISTER
Ghana’s economy would expand if the creative industry is given the needed support to develop, the Minister of Tourism , Culture and Creative Arts, Ms Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, has said.
GHANA’S GROWTH RECORD HAILED AMIDST WIDENING INEQUALITY
Ghana has seen consistent positive economic growth and substantial social transformation over 30 years, says Professor Andy Mckay, Economics Department of University of Sussex, UK, but raised concerns over growing inequality.
ISIS STRIKES IN CAIRO: 8 POLICEMEN KILLED
Eight Egyptian policemen were killed on Sunday, whilst conducting security checks. According to reports confirmed by the country’s interior minister, four gun-wielding men shot at police officers dressed in plain clothes in the district of Helwan, south of Cairo.
LOUD BLAST HEARD AT TRAFFIC POLICE HEAD OFFICE IN SOMALIA
A loud explosion was heard at the traffic police headquarters in the Somali capital Mogadishu early on Monday, police and residents said.
SADIQ KHAN SWORN IN AS NEW LONDON MAYOR
Newly-elected London mayor Sadiq Khan has been formally signed in to the role at a Southwark Cathedral ceremony. Mr Khan said: “I’m determined to lead the most transparent, engaged and accessible administration… and to represent every single community, and every single part of our city, as mayor for all Londoners.”
GREEK LAWMAKERS PASS PAINFUL REFORMS TO ATTAIN FISCAL TARGETS
Greece’s parliament on early Monday passed a package of unpopular pension and tax reforms that the country’s leftist-led government hopes will persuade official creditors to unlock bailout cash.
PANAMA TO FLY CUBAN MIGRANTS TO MEXICO
Panama has agreed to transfer 3,800 Cubans hoping to reach the United States to a town in northern Mexico. The Cubans have been stranded in Panama for months, hoping to reach the US under a decades-old law which gives them privileged entry and a fast-track to residency.
CANADA GETTING HANDLE ON ALBERTA WILDFIRE, NO RESTART YET FOR OIL OPERATIONS
Canadian officials showed some optimism on Sunday they were beginning to get on top of the country’s most destructive wildfire in recent memory, as favourable weather helped firefighters and winds took the flames southeast, away from oil sands boomtown Fort McMurray.
NEARLY HALF OF EUROPEANS IN POLL WANT OWN VOTES ON EU, LIKE UK
Nearly half of voters in eight big European Union countries want to be able to vote on whether to remain members of the bloc, just as Britons will in a referendum next month, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.
AUSTRALIA SAYS TALKS ON FATE OF PNG ASYLUM SEEKERS COULD TAKE MONTHS
The fate of nearly 900 men held in an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea is unlikely to be determined for several months, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Monday.
TRUMP CHANGES TUNE ON TAX HIKES FOR WEALTHY AMERICANS
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday he was open to raising taxes on the rich, backing off his prior proposal to reduce taxes on all Americans and breaking with one of his party’s core policies dating back to the 1990s.
BOLIVIA’S MORALES ACCUSES CHILE OF SETTING UP MILITARY BASE NEAR BORDER
Bolivian President Evo Morales accused Chile on Sunday of threatening the landlocked Andean nation by establishing a military base near their shared border, an accusation that Chile’s government said was false.