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News Headlines-May 16 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

MAHAMA INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE TO HELP MAKE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE EASIER

President John Dramani Mahama has said that he has not made Ghana a paradise despite the massive investment made in infrastructure, especially in the health sector. According to him, he is currently building on what his predecessors had done, and cannot fix every challenge confronting the nation in four years. However, government has put in the measures to ensure that Ghana is able to attain a middle-income status by 2025.

TAP WATER CONTAINS TOXINS – CSIR REPORT

A research conducted by the Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has established that Ghana’s water treatment systems are incapable of removing algae toxins.

GHANA’S BONDS RALLY – ATO FORSON

The international markets have reacted positively to the news that Ghana has passed the third review of its extended credit facility (ECF) programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF.

GHANA IS MOVING IN RIGHT DIRECTION – PREZ

President John Dramani Mahama has stated that the country is moving in the right direction and that the government will stay focused to achieve what is best for the people.

ALARM BLOWS…GHC73,900 MISSING, FROM NPP’S FUNDRAISING ACCT

Investigations conducted by Today have uncovered that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Fundraising Account at the Suame Branch of Stanbic Bank has seriously been compromised.

GLO DRAGGED TO COURT

Nigerian telecom, Glo Ghana, has been dragged to court by one of its distributors, Chafal Communications Ventures, over an alleged pilfering of stocks of sim cards, rechargeable cards and modems, to the tune of GHC1.7million.

GOV’T MADE BAD CHOICE…IDLE $250M COULD HAVE REPLACED OUTRAGEOUS AMERI DEAL

Finance Minister Seth Terkper’s description of the $250m Eurobond cash allocated to Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF), which has been lodged at United Bank for Africa (UBA) as idle funds, contradicts government’s position that lack of cash necessitated the outrageous Africa and Middle East Resources Investment (AMERI) power plant deal.

MENTION CORRUPT MINISTERS IN MY GOV’T – MAHAMA DARES GHANAIANS

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the glaring cases of naked, barefaced and blatant corruption that have characterised President John Dramani Mahama’s government have left many Ghanaians in deep shock.

MAHAMA’S GOV’T IS THE MOST TOLERANT OF RAMPANT CORRUPTION – NPP

President John Mahama has dared Ghanaians to be bold and mention names of Ministers they claim are corrupt in his government and stop the wholesale branding of his appointees as corrupt.

NINGO CHIEFS REJECT SAM GEORGE SHEEP

The troubles of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Ningo-Prampram Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Samuel George Nartey, over his ‘unsavoury comment’ against the Acting President of the Ningo Traditional Council, Nene Karnor Atiapah III, are not yet over.

BNI CHASES NANA’S BOYS

Some heavyweights close to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), have been put under the radar, allegedly being trailed by officials from the National Security and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), sources within the security outfit have hinted DAILY GUIDE.

RETAIN MAHAMA IF THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR YOU – AKUFO-ADDO

The Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged Ghanaians to be mindful of their decision at the November 2016 polls.

TAMALE: SAGNARIGU RESIDENTS FLEE OVER ‘KILLER’ BRIDGE

Scores of dwellers of GboloKpalsi in the Sagnarigu district of the Northern region are fleeing the community following perennial flood that inundated the whole area as a result of a road construction project being executed by the assembly.

MORE THAN 6,000 PREGNANT WOMEN, MOTHERS RECEIVE LEAP ALLOWANCES

The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection says it has began giving pregnant women and children under two years, stipends under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty program.

SHUT UP IF YOU CAN’T PROVE PREZ MAHAMA IS CORRUPT…

A member of the National Democratic Congress legal team, Abraham Amaliba is asking all those criticizing President John Mahama’s claims that he has never taken a bribe to provide evidence to the contrary or “shut up.”

TWO SHS STUDENTS REPRESENT GHANA AT ROBOFEST 2016 IN US

Two Ghanaian senior high school students are representing Ghana at this year’s ROBOFEST, an annual international robotics competition, at the Lawrence Technological University, Michigan in the United States of America.

MENSTRUATION SAVES GIRL FROM BEING KILLED FOR RITUALS

The menstruation of a 15 –year- old girl saved her from being kidnapped for ritual purpose by unknown assailants in the Wassa Amenfi East District of the Western Region.

NDC, NPP HAVE DISABLED MANY GHANAIANS – GREENSTREET ASSERTS

The flag-bearer of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet has stated that the inability to access basic social amenities and services has rendered many able Ghanaians disabled.

YOU NEED WELL-FUNCTIONING GOVT TO SUCCEED – KONADU TELLS WOMEN

Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has charged women to demand reduction in corruption as well as a well-functioning government for doors of opportunity to open to them.

NANA ADDO PRAYS FOR A UNITED GHANA

The 2016 presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has admonished Ghanaians to remain united ahead of the 2016 general elections.

RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL MISCALCULATED ENTITLEMENTS – CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Samson Oje has challenged what he says is the miscalculation of entitlements by some aggrieved retired military personnel who have sued both the Ghana Armed Forces and government over their gratuities.

EC: ONLY 37 LEGON STUDENTS MISSED LIMITED REGISTRATION

The Electoral Commission (EC) says only 37 students from the University of Ghana, Legon, missed the opportunity to have their names captured on the voter’s register at the end of the recent 10-day limited voters registration exercise.

WONTUMI FAULTLESS FOR SLAPPING ME, I LOVE HIM – MP

Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia North says Regional Chairman, Antwi Boasiako popularly called Chairman Wontumi was not to blame for slapping him and assaulting his constituency secretary.

GHANA WILL COLLAPSE UNDER MAHAMA IF… – REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO

Wife of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has accused the Mahama-led government of misusing oil revenue.

ARROGANCE DISPLAYED BY JEAN MENSAH APPALLING – KWAKYE FOSU

Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has added his voice to the current debate going on in the media as to if the ruling National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) should participate in the IEA organized debate or not by saying when he is given the opportunity to vote for or against NDC’s participation, he is going to vote against based on the behavior of Jean Mensah.

GHANA IS HARD,NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT -PASTOR MENSA OTABIL

Pastor Mensa Otabil has said things are tough in Ghana. According to him, Ghanaians are going through very hard times. “There are moments in our lives when we need a word of encouragement from the word of God and as a pastor, I sense those moments because I believe that we are living in tough times in Ghana,” the founder of the International Central Gospel Church told his congregation on Sunday May 15.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

IMF ENDORSES GHANA’S 5TH EUROBOND

As Ghana prepares to hit the international bonds market to raise about one billion dollars, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given its blessing to the move for the country to issue its 5th Eurobond. Prior to the approval, some financial experts have warned that the IMF may not endorse the move due to Ghana’s debt but the Fund during its review of the country’s Extended Credit Facility programme announced its approval of the bond.

INTEREST RATES SPIKE CAUSES RISE IN BAD LOANS

Interest rates offered by commercial banks in the country have risen significantly since beginning of the year, reflecting an increase in the stock of non-performing loans on banks’ books, central bank data have shown.

FORMALISING THE INFORMAL ECONOMY

Although what constitutes formalisation of the informal economy is yet to be generally agreed in the country, the Ghana Employers Association and the Trades Union Congress have taken on the onerous challenge of leading the way.

TAKORADI PORT SAVOURS RISING VESSEL NUMBERS

For the third time since the oil discovery in Ghana, Takoradi Port has recorded more vessel calls than Tema Port, providing a rationale for the ongoing $357million expansion project there.

NATIONAL SINGLE WINDOW YIELDS POSITIVE RESULTS

The National Single Window system has begun yielding positive results, as the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority exceeded its revenue target for last year, following significant improvement in the processes at the port.

BOOST FOR B/A TRADERS: GOV’T GIVES THEM GHC284,000

Government has disbursed GHC284,000 to 290 traders and market women in the Brong Ahafo Region for the expansion of their businesses.

GOV’T TOOK $40M FOR 200 MMT BUSES, NOT 116 – AGYARKO

The New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko has charged government to disclose the whereabouts of 84 buses which was supposed to be part of the buses that were rebranded for the Metro Mass Transit Company.

BUSINESSES CONFIDENT IN ECONOMY – AGI REPORT

A 2016 first quarter Business Barometer report released by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), has shown that business confidence among business operators shot up in the first quarter of this year.

OIL INDUSTRY TO OFFER PLACEMENT FOR NVTI STUDENTS

Assistant Manager at the Charlotte Dolphin National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) at Sanzule, in the Western Region, Mr Nathaniel Aboroborah has appealed to the ENi Ghana Limited, a gas processing company, to absorb students from the Institute to do their practical internship. The move, he noted, would endow the students with skills which would complement the knowledge acquired to feed the oil and gas industry.

BANKS RELUCTANT TO OFFER LOANS TO POULTRY FARMERS

The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) has disclosed that some banks in the country are reluctant to offer loans to players in the poultry industry. The Association explained that the banks’ refusal to support the poultry industry is due to the lack of clear-cut documented policy regulating the poultry industry.

THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF CASSAVA – MINISTRY

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has denied reports of a shortage of cassava on the market. According to the Ministry the rise in the prices of the commodity is because of the seasonal nature of the crop and the delay of the onset of rains this year.

SWEET PEPPER GLUT CAUSE PRICE FALL IN KUMASI

Sweet pepper glut in Kumasi – the nation’s second largest city, has forced a significant reduction in price of the commodity. A market survey conducted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) Business Desk, showed that a bag of sweet pepper, which sold at GHC500.00 in March, is now selling at GHC300.00.

MTN CEO INTENSIFIES MOVES TO GET OTT CALLS REGULATED

Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Twum Asante, has reiterated the need to regulate Over -The-Top (OTT) calls and not ban it.

GOV’T LIQUIDATES WAMCO OVER HUGE DEBTS

Government has commenced processes to liquidate the assets of the West African Mills Company Limited (WAMCO) and turn around the fortunes of the company which is currently reeling under huge debts.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BOKO HARAM ‘REMAINS A THREAT’

Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram remains a threat, French President Francois Hollande has warned ahead of a summit in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GABON EXPELLING CENTRAL AFRICAN MIGRANTS

Several hundred people from Central African nations are stranded in southern Cameroon after being expelled from neighboring Equatorial Guinea and Gabon this month.

DONALD TRUMP SAYS UNLIKELY TO HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH CAMERON

Donald Trump said that if he wins power in the U.S. presidential election he is unlikely to have a good relationship with David Cameron because of the British prime minister’s criticism of him.

ISLAMIC STATE ON THE DEFENSIVE, TERRITORY SHRINKING IN SYRIA AND IRAQ – U.S. OFFICIAL

Islamic State has not gained significant ground since it took the Iraqi city of Ramadi a year ago, which it then lost in December, as the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has been helped by better intelligence and better equipped local forces, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.

TRUMP AIDE DISMISSES AUDIO TAPE AS DEMOCRATS RAISE CHARACTER ISSUE

A top aide to Donald Trump said on Sunday he did not believe the Republican presidential front-runner posed as his own spokesman to brag about his personal life, a controversy that came as Democrats sharpen their attacks on the billionaire’s character.

BOMB BLAST IN ISTANBUL WOUNDS FOUR PEOPLE – MEDIA

A bomb blast in the Istanbul district of Maltepe wounded four people overnight, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Monday.

TURKISH, COALITION FORCES HIT ISLAMIC STATE TARGETS IN SYRIA, KILL 27 – MEDIA

Turkish and U.S.-led coalition forces struck Islamic State targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing 27 militants, broadcaster CNN Turk and other media reported on Monday.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC’S MEDINA CRUISING TO SECOND TERM: PARTIAL RESULTS

Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina appeared to have easily won re-election, with partial results late on Sunday showing his record of a surging economy and social projects swayed voters in the Caribbean nation despite graft accusations.

COLOMBIAN FARC REBELS AGREE TO LET MINORS UNDER 15 LEAVE RANKS

Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels on Sunday agreed to a roadmap for children under 15 to leave guerrilla encampments and re-integrate into civil society, as part of negotiations aimed at ending Latin America’s longest war.

KABUL LOCKED DOWN AS AFGHAN AUTHORITIES FACE POWER LINE PROTEST

Stacked-up shipping containers blocked the streets leading to Kabul’s government and diplomatic area on Monday as Afghan authorities prepared for a rally by thousands of members of the Hazara minority over a multi-million dollar power line project.

COLOMBIAN POLICE SEIZE 8 TONNES OF COCAINE NEAR PANAMA BORDER

Colombian national police confiscated 8 metric tons of cocaine along the border with Panama, the government said on Sunday, in what may be one of the largest seizures in the country in recent years.

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