📰NEWS HEADLINES📰 MONDAY 30TH MAY 2016

ADD VALUE TO YOURSELVES – MAHAMA TO GRADUATES

President John Mahama has charged graduates in the country to add value to their certificates by thinking outside the box. He said they can become entrepreneurs instead of waiting to be absorbed into the public sector.

HORROR NEAR SALAGA… 2 KILLED BY UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS WHILE WATCHING REAL MADRID, ATLETICO MATCH

Two people have been shot and killed in what is suspected to be a chieftaincy dispute between the people of Kafaba and Kalampor in the Gonja East District in the Northern region.  A man believed to be in his forties and only identified as Fuseini was shot Sunday afternoon after exchange of gunfire between the people of Kafaba and Kalampor.

SPEAKER DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN AVENOR CHIEFTAINCY MATTER

The Speaker of Parliament has bunked allegations linking him to a chieftaincy row in the Avenor Traditional Area in the Volta Region.

FAKE DOCTOR ARRESTED… FOR PRACTISING WITHOUT CERTIFICATE FOR 2 DECADES

GOVT TO ISSUE BONDS TO SETTLE INDEBTEDNESS TO BDCS – ASAGA

6 KIDS DROWN AT YEJI

Families and residents of Nankyie Akura and Yeji, communities along the Volta Lake, have been thrown into a state of mourning and despair after their relations were reported drowned as the boat they were travelling on capsized.

MAHAMA UNDER PRESSURE OVER KILLER LIGHTS BILL

It is emerging that the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) governments is under pressure to reduce killer electricity tariffs (light bills) that have collapsed many industries and wreaked havoc on many homes.

DRAMA OVER ALLOTEY JACOBS

Social media was awash with the alleged arrest and subsequent detention of the Central Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs, at the Heathrow Airport, London, in the United Kingdom (UK) yesterday.

AWOMEFIA CLEARS SPEAKER OVER CHIEFTAINCY

Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho has expressed displeasure about his name being linked to chieftaincy issues by authorities of the Avenor Traditional Area in the Avenor-Ave Constituency of the Volta Region.

MUSICAL CHAIRS OVER CREDIBLE REGISTER

With exactly 161 days left for Ghanaians to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) is yet to settle on the appropriate and acceptable means of producing a credible register, which is a vital tool for any successful election.

GHC500 3-YEAR BOND UNDERSUBSCRIBED

Ghana accepted GHC303m worth of bids for a three-year domestic bond and will pay a fixed yield of 24.5 per cent.

INTERIOR MINISTER ASSURES UN OF PEACEFUL ELECTIONS

Mr Prosper Bani, the Minister of the Interior, has assured United Nations (UN) representatives in Ghana and all Ghanaians of peaceful elections come November 7, 2016.

GHANA TO SERVE AS CENTRE FOR PEACE IN AFRICA – PROF AGBOZO

Reverend Professor Enock Immanuel Agbozo, the Leader of Ghana Evangelical Society, said Ghana had been elevated to serve as a centre for divine light, peace and glory for Africa.

NPP INSTIGATED ABU RAMADAN’S COURT CASE – NDC ACTIVIST

The chairman of the Research and Advocacy platform who doubles as a member of the governing National Democratic Congress, Abdul Razak is accusing the opposition New Patriotic Party of instigating Abu Ramadan to drag the Electoral Commission to court over the voters register.

EXTEND RIGHTS TRAINING TO HEALTH INSTITUTIONS – CHRAJ URGED

Mr Robert Adatsi, the Deputy Director of Health, Clinical Services, Volta Region, has suggested that the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) extended its basic human rights training to the nursing training schools.

BAWUMIA CALLS ON MUSLIMS TO PRAY FOR PEACEFUL ELECTION

The vice-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has asked Muslims to pray for the country and work towards unity and peace before, during and after this year’s general election.

AMA REVIEWS CLOSURE OF MAKOLA SHOPPING MALL PROJECT

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has reviewed its closure measures imposed on the Makola Shopping Mall upgrading and expansion phase two project.

ABU RAMADAN TO RETURN TO COURT OVER VOTERS’ REGISTER JUDGEMENT

Former National Youth organizer of the Peoples National Convention, (PNC) Abu Ramadan is set to return to the Supreme Court to seek clarity on its May 5 ruling on the deletion of names of persons who used National Health Insurance Cards as proof of identity in the voters’ register.

MAHAMA CAN’T HELP GHANA – AKUFO-ADDO

The New Patriotic Party flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, has said President John Mahama has no vision for the forward movement of Ghana, and, as such, cannot be trusted to turn around Ghana’s dwindling fortunes.

GOV’T TO SHIFT GROUND IN ANOTHER JUSSAG MEETING

The government is expected to soften its position as it meets the leadership of the Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSSAG), Joy News has gathered. The meeting which takes place on May 30 is expected to end in favour of the Association.

AKUFO-ADDO IS LOST – ADAMS

Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo is lost as far as the level of development in the country is concerned, hence, his recent comments that Ghana is going backwards under President John Dramani Mahama, National Organiser of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has said.

DON’T RECRUIT CRIMINALS – AMBASSADOR TO SECURITY AGENCIES

A former Minister of Defense, Lt Gen Henry Smith has called on security services in the country to ensure only applicants with no criminal records are enlisted into the service.

POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH THREAT ON MP IN KADJEBI

The police in the Kadjebi district have commenced investigation into an alleged death threats on the life of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Akan Constituency.

IMMINENT FLOODING IN TEMA C’5 TO DISPLACE OVER 7,000 PEOPLE – NADMO

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has warned of dire consequences on residents and properties if there is flooding in the Tema Community 5. Estimating the extent of damage, the national disaster organization said at least over seven thousand lives would be at stake in the event of a flood.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

RESUSCITATED US$36M KOMENDA SUGAR FACTORY BEGINS OPERATION

The President, John Dramani Mahama, is to officially inaugurate the new US$36 million Komenda Sugar Factory today.

IMF PROGRAMME YIELDING GOOD RESULTS – FINANCIAL ANALYST

The Global Head of Financial Markets at the Standard Chartered bank, Jonathan Paul, has said that Ghana’s extended facility programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has started setting the economy on the path to recovery.

GNPC IN TROUBLE – AS PARLIAMENT REJECTS ITS GHC2.6BN BUDGET

The Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) has suffered a severe setback following the failure of Parliament to approve its 2016 budget amounting to over Ghc2.6bn.

ACEP FLAYS UTILITIES REGULATOR

The Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) has lashed out at the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) following the regulator’s directive to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to suspend its billing software.

MINISTER DEMANDS $160, 000 BMW CAR BEFORE INSPECTING PROJECT

A former minister has been accused of demanding a BMW 7 series vehicle to allow him to inspect a 5.7 kilometre road that was under construction, as costs of the project ballooned from 40.4 million cedi to 88 million cedi.

GHANA’S ECONOMY BEST IN 2006 TO 2008, 2011 – ISSER

Analyzing the Ghanaian economy over the last 20 years (1996 till date), the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 are arguably the periods that the economy performed very well, according to selected performance economic indicators compiled by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).

AFDB REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR AFRICAN YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

With almost 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24, the African continent boasts the youngest population in the world. By 2045, that figure is expected to double.

AYNAT ENCOURAGES YOUTH TO VENTURE INTO AGRIC

The African Youth Network for Agricultural Transformation (AYNAT) has held a youth policy dialogue aimed at encouraging the youth to see agriculture as a life-long occupation.

US$11,000 OIL PALM EXTRACTION PROJECT INAUGURATED

The United States government has inaugurated a US$11,000 oil palm extraction project at Asekesu, a farming community, and its neighbours in the New Juaben Municipality.

17M TONNES OF CASSAVA PRODUCED LAST YEAR

A Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, has said the country produced about 17 million tonnes of cassava last year, which was enough to meet local demand for this year. Ghana needs approximately 10 million metric tonnes of cassava to meet local demand.

ALPHA INDUSTRIES INTRODUCES NEW CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS

Beverages and confectioneries manufacturer, Alpha Industries Ltd., has introduced two new products, Top Choco Bread Spread and Top Choco 3-in-1 Chocolate Drink onto the Ghanaian market with plans to expand its product mix to include chocolate-based confectioneries the coming years.

ILLEGAL MINING TO CAUSE FUTURE WATER SHORTAGE

Deputy-Chief of Staff, Johnny Osei Kofi, says if the illegal mining activities in the country’s forest reserves continue indiscriminately as is currently being witnessed, the country will be at risk of importing water from its neighbours.

ECG NEEDS MANAGERIAL REFORMS TO WIN PUBLIC TRUST – IDDRISU

A Tema based businessman has advised the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to step aside for the needed managerial and technical reforms to roll.

GCB BANK PAYS DIVIDEND TO SHAREHOLDERS DESPITE DIP IN EARNINGS

The GCB Bank has paid a dividend of 33 pesewas per share to its shareholders despite a dip in its earnings at the end of the 2015 financial year.

GOV’T URGED TO HALT IMPORTATION OF FAKE CABLES

Chief Executive Officer of Reroy Cables Limited, Kate Quartey-Papafio has urged government to initiate steps to end the huge importation of fake electrical cables into the country.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BETWEEN 700-900 MIGRANTS MAY HAVE DIED AT SEA THIS WEEK – NGOS

At least 700 migrants may have died at sea this past week in the busiest week of migrant crossings from Libya towards Italy this year, Medecins San Frontieres and the UN Refugee agency said on Sunday.

UNITED NATION PEACEKEEPERS KILLED IN ATTACK

Five United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and another was seriously injured in an attack in central Mali.  The soldiers – who were from Togo – were travelling in the Mopti region when their vehicle came under fire before hitting a landmine.

EGYPT GIVES AMERICA A SLAP IN THE FACE,…

This month, the United States delivered the first batch of 762 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to Egypt free of charge. That’s on top of the $1.3 billion in military aid the Obama administration has allocated to the regime of Abdel Fatah al-Sissi this year. The White House refuses to condition these gifts on an improvement in Egypt’s horrendous human rights record. So herewith a more modest proposal: Obama should ask Sissi to publicly explain how the MRAPs fit into the “fourth-generation war.”

SYRIAN OPPOSITION NEGOTIATOR QUITS AFTER PEACE TALKS’ FAILURE

The chief peace negotiator of Syria’s mainstream opposition said on Sunday he was resigning over the failure of the U.N.- backed Geneva peace talks to bring a political settlement and to ease the plight of Syrians living in besieged rebel-held areas.

NINETEEN PEOPLE RESCUED FROM ENGLISH CHANNEL – COASTGUARD

Nineteen people have been rescued from the English Channel after an inflatable boat they were in started taking on water, the British coastguard said on Sunday.

U.S.-LED COALITION TROOPS SEEN NEAR FRONT LINE IN NEW IRAQ OFFENSIVE

Servicemen from the U.S.-led coalition were seen near the front line of a new offensive in northern Iraq launched on Sunday by Kurdish peshmerga forces that aims to retake a handful of villages from Islamic State east of their Mosul stronghold.

IRAQI ARMY STARTS OPERATION TO STORM IS-HELD CITY OF FALLUJA

The Iraqi army began an operation on Monday to storm Falluja, the Islamic State group’s stronghold near Baghdad, a military officer told a Reuters TV crew near the front line.

RIO DE JANEIRO POLICE SEARCH SLUMS FOR SUSPECTS IN GANG-RAPE CASE

Rio de Janeiro police swarmed two slums on Sunday searching for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old Brazilian girl who said more than 30 men assaulted her, a case that shocked the nation set to host the Olympics in August.

RUBIO WARMS TO TRUMP, BUT WON’T BE HIS VICE PRESIDENT

Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Sunday ruled out becoming Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, but said he’d be “honoured” to play some kind of a role in helping him win the White House.

MERKEL, HOLLANDE TOGETHER MARK 100 YEARS SINCE VERDUN BATTLE

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande marked the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun side-by-side on Sunday, laying a wreath at a cemetery in northeastern France for the 300,000 soldiers killed.

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