NEWS HEADLINES (10/05/16)

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📰NEWS HEADLINES📰
TUESDAY 10TH MAY 2016

BY MR LARRY

GHANA, TRINIDAD TO DEPEEN CO-CO-OPERATION

Ghana and Trinidad and Tobago have signed two agreements in the areas of General cooperation and Oil and Gas. The first agreement was signed by the two countries and the second by the GNPC and the National Oil Company of Trinidad and Tobago at a ceremony at Flagstaff house.

CLARIFY YOUR RULING ON VOTERS REGISTER- WEREKO-BROBBY APPEALS TO SUPREME COURT

LIMITED REGISTRATION BLUES… EC TO STUDY REPORT

.But mixed reactions from political parties

THIEVES RAID EC OFFICE…  REGISTRATION MACHINES STOLEN

Suspected robbers have ransacked the Electoral Commission’s (EC) office in Savelugu in the Northern Region, just a day after the limited voters’ registration exercise ended. According to the District Officer, John Mensah, the robbers made away with some computers and other gadgets.

ACUTE WATER CRISIS HITS KPALINE DUGA, OTHERS

An acute water shortage has hit residents of Kpalime Duga and other adjoining communities in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region.

VICTOR SMITH EYES JB’S SEAT WITH GHȼ1M CASH

Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Emmanuel Victor Smith, is lacing his boots to battle for the Abuakwa North parliamentary seat in the Eastern Region on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the upcoming polls, information reaching DAILY GRAPHIC indicates.

DZIFA ATTIVOR EXPOSED OVER GHȼ3.6M

It is turning out that the Metro Mass Transport buses were branded by Smarttys Management and Productions Ltd – owned by actress Selassie Ibrahim – at a ridiculous cost of GHȼ3.6 million even before the Ministry of Transport secured approval for the whole transaction.

TEMA SHIPYARD BOILS…OVER DISMISSAL OF TWO SENIOR STAFF…AS MANAGEMENT REACTS

Members of Senior Staff Association (SSA) of the PSC Tema Shipyard Limited and PSCT MDU Local Union of Ghana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) are fuming with anger over what they have described as “unlawful” dismissal of the Chairman and General Secretary of the Association, Mr. Michael Ofori Frimpong and Mr. Samuel Ayensu, respectively, Today can confirm.

NDUOM BLAMES GHANA’S WOES ON CORRUPT POLITICIANS

Presidential hopeful of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has blamed the country’s economic woes on corrupt politicians and public servants.

AFOKO GIVES EVIDENCE AGAINST NPP

Mr Paul Afoko, the suspended New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, on Monday gave his evidence in chief in the suit he filed challenging his suspension by the party, at an Accra Human Rights Court.

CURRENT BOXERS LACK DISCIPLINE – AZUMAH NELSON

WBC Hall of fame Professor Azumah Nelson has stated that the current crop of boxers lack discipline to become world class boxers and champions.

WE’II PURSUE AG FOR MORE ON BUS BRANDING SCANDAL – OCCUPY GHANA

Pressure Group Occupy Ghana, has said it will continue to put pressure on the Attorney General (AG ) until she releases all reports on the controversial Smartty’s bus branding scandal. The AG submitted the investigative report on the scandal to the group on Monday following a court order.

PUNISH’ PARTY LEADERS FOR SUPPORTERS’ HOOLIGANISM – NDUOM

2012 Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, says political party leadership must be held accountable for any acts of violence by their supporters.

GOV’T DOUSES BAWUMIA’S EUROBOND CLAIM SAYS IT IS “TECHNICALLY DEFICIENT”
   
The government has discredited comment made by the Vice Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia that it has transferred 250 million dollars from proceeds of the Eurobond into the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF).

FEDERATION QUIZZES YEA FOR NOT PROMOTING BLIND OFFICIAL

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) has questioned the Board of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) for not promoting its Deputy Chief Executive Officer due to his visual impairment.

UG SUED FOR WITHHOLDING SALARIES OF DIRECTOR

The University of Ghana has been sued for re-assigning and withholding the salaries of its Deputy Director of Physical Development and Municipal Services Directorate for over 19 months.

POLICE BEGIN CLAMPDOWN ON CIVILIANS DEALING IN MILITARY WEAPONS

Police in the Ashanti Region have announced a major clampdown on civilians selling military and other self-defense weapons in the region.

GHANA IS FAST BECOMING INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING COUNTRY- ZITA OKAIKOI

Ghana under the able leadership of H.E President John Dramani Mahama is fast moving from a raw material production country to an industrialized and manufacturing country by adding value to its natural resources.

U/E: TWO PHARMACISTS ARRESTED OVER STOLEN ANTI-SNAKEBITES

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has commenced investigations into the alleged stealing of anti-snakebites in the Upper East region. Two pharmacists have been arrested for conniving with some health workers to steal and sell the vaccines at exorbitant prices.

SHOP OWNER ARRESTED FOR STOCKING PEPPER SPRAY, SHOCKERS

The Ashanti Regional Police Command over the weekend arrested 49-year old Kojo Afrifa, whose electrical shop was stocked with offensive weapons. The Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, ACP Ampofo Duku, said they visited the shop located opposite the Mampong Anglican Church upon a tip off  May 6.

ROBBERY AT EC OFFICE WAS NOT TARGETED – OFFICER

The Director of the Electoral Commission in the Savelugu Constituency of the Northern Region, John Mensah, has indicated that the robbery that took place  at their office immediately after the limited voters’ registration exercise, may not have been targeted at the Commission.

PANAMA PAPERS: AFOKO LISTED AS SHAREHOLDER IN WEST AFRICAN PETROLEUM CO.

Paul Afoko, the suspended Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is listed in the leaked Panama Papers.

TITUS GLOVER SHOCKED OVER BISHOP’S DECISION TO STOP HIS CAMPAIGN

The Member of Parliament for Tema East constituency, Titus Glover has expressed shock at the Methodist Diocesan Bishop of Tema, the Right Reverend Thomas Brown Forson for stopping him and one other leading politician in the NDC from using the diocesan conference to campaign.

WE’RE USING GUERRILLA TACTICS TO MARKET MAHAMA – #I CHOOSEJM TEAM

The #IchooseJM campaign team says its campaign strategy adopted at the VGMAs has made a phenomenal impact on the brand John Mahama than expected.

APC THREATENS TO SUE EC IF …

The founder and leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, has threatened to go to court if the Electoral Commission (EC) does not sanction political parties that fail to meet all requirements by the May 31, 2016 deadline.

NPP GLORIFIES CRIMINALITY – ADAMS

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a party that condones and supports criminality, the National Organiser of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has suggested.

WE ARE DISAPPOINTED IN UNPAID TEACHERS – GNAT

The General Secretary of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) David Ofori Acheampong has expressed disappointment in the Unpaid Teachers Association (a group made up of about 3500 trained teachers) for suggesting that GNAT has done little to help them to get their 3 years salaries.

NKRUMAH WILL BE HORRIFIED TO SEE AIRPORT NAMED AFTER KOTOKA – ONZY

Son of the first President Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Dr Onzy Nathan Kwame Nkrumah has revealed candidly that his late dad will be horrified to see the Airport named after Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka.

EC DELAYED BIOMETRIC MACHINES TO LIMIT REGISTRANTS – WONTUMI

Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Bosiako, popularly known as ‘Chairman Wontumi’ says the EC’s just ended limited registration exercise was not well organised and not in order.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

TOR IS NOT FOR SALE – MAHAMA

President Mahama on Monday gave the assurance that government would do everything under its purview to help the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) regain its position in the refinery industry.

WITHOUT STRONG SMEs, THE FUTURE WON’T LOOK ENCOURAGING – JON BENJAMIN

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, has joined the numerous voices that keep calling on government to initiate deliberate policies to grow SMEs, saying they are the future of the country.

WOMEN HAIL ACCESS BANK’S MATERNAL HEALTH SUPPORT SCHEME

Women leaders, advocates and representatives of various groups that focus on women empowerment, converged last Saturday in Kumasi to support the launch of Access Bank’s industry first Maternal Health Support Scheme (MHSS).

ANGRY BANKS CHASE TOR…AS NO BOND HAS BEEN ISSUED TO PAY DEBT

It has emerged that stories of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) making $800, 000 profit as well as converting its debt into a 10-year bond as told by its acting Managing Director, Mr Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko, does not represent the full story.

GHANAIAN GLOBAL SHAPERS ATTENDING WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON AFRICA

The World Economic Forum on Africa meeting has become an event for top political, business, community leaders to congregate around the African development agenda. It is normally hosted in Cape Town in the second quarter of the year.

CIB WELCOMES BOG’S REFORMS OVER COMMODITY PROCEEDS

The Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB) has welcomed moves by the Bank of Ghana to surrender portions of proceeds from cocoa and gold directly to banks.

GHANA’S E&P BILL RIDDLED WITH CONTENTIOUS CLAUSES

Ghana’s Petroleum Exploration and Production Bill(E&P Bill), a legislation to regulate the upstream oil and gas sector is riddled with several contentious clauses that require revision before passage, the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy has observed.

SACK PSC CEO – WORKERS

Workers of the PSC Tema Shipyard Limited have petitioned President John Dramani Mahama to, as a matter of urgency, sack their Chief Executive Officer (CEO), H.R.T Ali Tunde for his incompetence.

CIB WELCOMES BOG’S REFORMS OVER COMMODITY PROCEEDS

The Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB) has welcomed moves by the Bank of Ghana to surrender portions of proceeds from cocoa and gold directly to banks.

ECONOMIST DEMAND REDUCTION IN POLICY RATE

An economist at the University of Ghana, Dr. Ebo Turckson has called for a reduction in the monetary policy rate citing the adverse impact a continuous increase in the rate has had on the country’s private sector.

CORRUPTION MENACE IMPEDING SME GROWTH IN GHANA – JON BENJAMIN

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, is urging Small and Medium Enterprises in the country to demand government’s commitment to eliminate corruption and foster growth of the sector.

ANGLOGOLD DRAGS GOV’T TO DISPUTE SETTLEMENT CENTER

AngloGold Ashanti has dragged the government of Ghana before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes over inadequate security at its Obuasi mines.

ACCESS BANK EARMARKS GH5M ON MATERNAL HEALTH SCHEME

Access Bank is introducing a scheme that will provide women and their families the opportunity to benefit from a financial package to be spent on their health needs.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SOUTH AFRICA’S PUBLIC PROTECTOR THREATENED WITH DEATH

South Africa’s top anti-corruption official says she fears for her life after learning from an informant that hitmen have been contracted to kill her.

LONDON’S MAYOR AN EXCEPTION TO PROPOSED BAN ON MUSLIMS: TRUMP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, suggested on Monday he would make an exception for London’s newly elected Muslim mayor, the New York Times reported.

BRAZIL SENATE PRESSES ON WITH IMPEACHMENT, DEFYING HOUSE SPEAKER

Brazil’s Senate forged ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff on Monday, rejecting a surprise decision by the acting speaker of the lower house, who tried to annul a key vote just days before the president could be suspended from office.

U.S. CONDUCTS FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION OPERATION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

U.S. navy warship carried out a freedom of navigation operation near a disputed reef in the South China Seas on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

JAPAN SET TO ADOPT EXTRA $7.15 BILLION QUAKE RECONSTRUCTION BUDGET: SOURCES

The Japanese government is set this week to compile an extra budget worth around 778 billion yen ($7.15 billion) for reconstruction in the areas of southern Japan hit by deadly earthquakes last month, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

JUDGE OKS U.S. EXTRADITION OF MEXICAN DRUG BOSS ‘EL CHAPO’ GUZMAN

A Mexican judge has ruled that drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman can be extradited to face charges in the United States, the country’s federal court authority said on Monday, days after he was moved to a prison near the U.S. border.

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U.N. TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST XENOPHOBIA, RACISM IN DEALING WITH REFUGEES

The United Nations on Monday proposed that its member countries create and agree upon a system to share responsibility more fairly for the hundreds of millions of refugees and migrants around the world.