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Goldstar Air has issued a statement disputing claims by the aviation regulator that it is misleading travelers. The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in a statement some few days ago warned the public against transacting business with Gold Star Airline and Global Ghana Airlines to misleading destinations. The statement from GCAA signed by its Director-General, Simon Allotey, on Friday said, “Goldstar Airline has advertised flight operations from Accra, Ghana to destinations within Africa and other parts of the world. “The above-mentioned advertisements are misleading and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority takes a very serious view of this," the statement further explained. However, Goldstar Air has refuted the claims and issued a statement on same. According to the company, an attempt is being made to tarnish its image. In a statement signed by the CEO, Eric Bannerman Saturday, Goldstar said it will not engage in any deceptive plan to win customers because it is legally licensed to operate fairly. Mr Bannerman said the wholly-owned Ghanaian company has been “granted Air Carrier License by the GCAA and therefore is duly certified. “Goldstar Air is in a process of acquiring five Boeing aircraft, which we have a guaranteed letter from a reputable bank to support the purchasing agreement,” he added.
Controversial entertainment critic and CEO of Oxy FM, Alfred Kwame Larbi, aka DJ Oxygen has made a startling revelation on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that he was contracted by some elements within former President Kufour’s camp in 2008 to publish a scandalous story against President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Speaking on GH Entertainment hosted by Agyemang Prempeh, the maverick radio personality alleged that, he was made to publish the story against Nana Addo when some 18 individuals competed for the presidential slot in 2008 within the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He was commenting on the feud between musician Mzbel and journalist Halifax Ansah Addo on what she [Mzbel] described as false representation of an interview she granted Agyemang Prempeh on her perceived relationship with former UT boss Kofi Amoabeng. Mzbel in her latest or fresh attack on the journalist said the editor of the Publisher Newspaper is a “lazy grown man” who feeds on negative news to sustain his business. Mzbel who has been on record for her public pronouncement that he has slept with the chairman of the UT group of companies, Kofi Amoabeng for many times, this week made a surprised U-turn, claiming she lied about the entire matter. Responding to the attacks on Halifax, DJ Oxy admonished Mzbel to apologize to the journalist considering his influence in the industry. In his view, Halifaax is so influential that he could go ahead and influence other colleague journalists to attack Mzbel and that may affect her brand as a musician. It was at this point where he [DJ Oxy] revealed that, he published a story about the current president at the influence of a cabal within former President Kufour's camp who were against the choice of Nana Addo as presidential candidate in the year 2008. He used the revelation as an example of how journalists could be influenced to attack people through publications. He indicated that, he could not provide any evidence at the time to support his publication that the current president cheated the wife with other women. He also revealed that due to the said publication, cousin of the president Gabby Otchere Darko hated him till date. ‘’Let me remind you of a story in the past. I once sat and created a story. Do you remember when some 17 aspiring candidates contested the NPP presidential slot? I created a story after I heard rumours that President Nana Akufo-Addo was a womanizer. Someone told me and after that, I created a story about a pregnancy. You can ask Gabby Otchere Darko. After that Halifax and Anas got hold of me and that story went viral but I was unable to provide any evidence but the story was from Kufour’s camp. They were those that contracted me and yet I was not paid for that job. I am speaking the truth,’’ he said.
The 3rd edition of Rainbow Radio’s annual blood donation exercise came off successfully today [Saturday] at the forecourt of the Sethi Plaza building. The exercise saw over 200 voluntary donors storming the venue to donate following an extensive appeal from Rainbow Radio. The exercise was in collaboration with the 37 Military Hospital and third year in a roll. Deputy Head of the Blood bank at the 37 Military Hospital, Captain Nana Yaa Snyper in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, was extremely happy because the pints of blood voluntarily donated were an improvement of the first and second edition respectively. According to her, at the end of the exercise, about 130 pints of blood had been screened and ready for use with over 30 still under screening. She congratulated the donors and appealed to them to regularly donate to help save lives. She also revealed that there some voluntary donors who were unable to donate because they were on medication and would be due for donation in some few days and so we directed them to visit the 37 Military Hospital where can donate any day except Wednesdays. The 3rd edition was sponsored by the following companies: The Hunger Project-Ghana, Everbond Financial Services, Mama Doris Kitchen, Horse Limited, Heaven City Estate, Spinal Clinic, Coca Cola, Cephanz Co. Ltd, Feroclear Blood Tonic
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ruled that Ghana did not violate the right of Ivory Coast by drilling oil around the maritime area shared by both countries. According to the ruling by the court, “Ghana did not violate the provisional measures prescribed by the Special Chamber in its Order of 25 April 2015.” The judgment which was read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber also said “there is no tacit agreement between the Parties to delimit their territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf both within and beyond 200 nm, and rejects Ghana’s claim that Côte d’Ivoire is estopped from objecting to the “customary equidistance boundary”. Below is the full ruling by ITLOS INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA TRIBUNAL INTERNATIONAL DU DROIT DE LA MER Press Release DISPUTE CONCERNING DELIMITATION OF THE MARITIME BOUNDARY BETWEEN GHANA AND COTE D’IVOIRE SPECIAL CHAMBER DELIVERS ITS JUDGMENT ON 23 SEPTEMBER 2017 At a public sitting held today, the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, constituted to deal with the Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and COte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghana/COte d’Ivoire), delivered its Judgment. The Judgment was read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber. Procedure The dispute was submitted to a special chamber formed in application of article 15, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Tribunal by way of a special agreement concluded between the two States concerned on 3 December 2014. On 25 April 2015, the Special Chamber delivered its Order on a request for the prescription of provisionalmeasures filed by COte d’Ivoire. Further to the closure of the written proceedings, hearings on the merits of the case took place from 6 to 16 February 2017. Final submissions of the Parties In its final submissions, Ghana requests “the Special Chamber to adjudge and declare that: • Ghana and COte d’Ivoire have mutually recognised, agreed, and applied an equidistance-based maritime boundary in the territorial sea, EEZ and continental shelf within 200 M. • The maritime boundary in the continental shelf beyond 200 M follows an extended equidistance boundary along the same azimuth as the boundary within 200 M, to the limit of national jurisdiction. • In accordance with international law, by reason of its representations and upon which Ghana has placed reliance, COte d’Ivoire is estopped from objecting to the agreed maritime boundary. 2 • The land boundary terminus and starting point for the agreed maritime boundary is at Boundary pillar 55 (BP 55). • As per the Parties’ agreement in December 2013, the geographic coordinates of BP 55 are 05° 05′ 28.4″ N and 03° 06′ 21.8″ W (in WGS 1984 datum). • Consequently, the maritime boundary between Ghana and COte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean starts at BP 55, connects to the customary equidistance boundary mutually agreed by the Parties at the outer limit of the territorial sea, and then follows the agreed boundary to a distance of 200 M. Beyond 200 M, the boundary continues along the same azimuth to the limit of national jurisdiction. The boundary line connects the following points, using loxodromes (the geographic coordinates are in WGS 1984 datum): Point Latitude Longitude CEB-1 (LBT) 05° 05′ 28.4″ N 03° 06′ 21.8″ W CEB-2 04° 53′ 39″ N 03°09′ 18″ W CEB-3 04°47′ 35″ N 03° 10′ 35″ W CEB-4 04° 25′ 54″ N 03° 14′ 53″ W! CEB-5 04° 04′ 59″ N 03° 19′ 02″ W CEB-6 03° 40′ 13″ N 03° 23′ 51″ W CEB-7 (200 M) 01°48′ 30″ N 03° 47′ 18″ W CEB-8 (Limit of National Jurisdiction) 01° 04′ 43″ N 03° 56′ 29″ W • C6te d’Ivoire’s claim alleging violation of the Special Chamber’s Order of 25 April 2015 is rejected. • COte d’Ivoire’s claim alleging violation of Article 83 of UNCLOS and C6te d’Ivoire’s sovereign rights is rejected.” In its final submissions, COte d’Ivoire requests “the Special Chamber to reject all Ghana’s requests and claims, and: (1) to declare and adjudge that the sole maritime boundary between Ghana and COte d’Ivoire follows the 168.7° azimuth line, which starts at boundary post 55 and extends to the outer limit of the Ivorian continental shelf; 3 (2) to declare and adjudge that the activities undertaken unilaterally by Ghana in the Ivorian maritime area constitute a violation of: • the exclusive sovereign rights of COte d’Ivoire over its continental shelf, as delimited by this Chamber; • the obligation to negotiate in good faith, pursuant to article 83, paragraph 1, of UNCLOS and customary law; • the obligation not to jeopardize or hamper the conclusion of an agreement, as provided for by article 83, paragraph 3, of UNCLOS; and (3) to declare and adjudge that Ghana has violated the provisional measures prescribed by this Chamber by its Order of 25 April 2015; (4) and consequently: • to invite the Parties to carry out negotiations in order to reach agreement on the terms of the reparation due to C6te d’Ivoire, and • to state that, if they fail to reach an agreement within a period of 6 months as from the date of the Judgment to be delivered by the Special Chamber, said Chamber will determine those terms of reparation on the basis of additional written documents dealing with this subject alone.” Judgment In its Judgment of 23 September2017, the Special Chamber decided as follows: “THE SPECIAL CHAMBER • Unanimously, Finds that it has jurisdiction to delimit the maritime boundary between the Parties in the territorial sea, in the exclusive economic zone and on the continental shelf, both within and beyond 200 nm. • Unanimously, Finds that there is no tacit agreement between the Parties to delimit their territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf both within and beyond 200 nm, and rejects Ghana’s claim that COte d’Ivoire is estopped from objecting to the “customary equidistance boundary”. • Unanimously, Decides that the single maritime boundary for the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf within and beyond 200 nm starts at BP 55+ with the coordinates 05° 05′ 23.2″ N, 03° 06′ 21.2″ W in WGS 84 as a geodetic datum 4 and is defined by turning points A, B, C, D, E, F with the following coordinates and connected by geodetic lines: A: 05° 01′ 03.7″ N 03° 07′ 18.3″ W B: 04° 57′ 58.9″ N 03° 08′ 01.4″ W C: 04° 26′ 41.6″ N 03° 14′ 56.9″ W D: 03° 12′ 13.4″N 03° 29′ 54.3″ W E 02° 59′ 04.8″ N 03° 32′ 40.2″ W F: 02° 40′ 36.4″ N 03° 36′ 36.4″ W From turning point F, the single maritime boundary continues as a geodetic line starting at an azimuth of 191° 38′ 06.7″ until it reaches the outer limits of the continental shelf. • Unanimously, Finds that it has jurisdiction to decide on the claim of COte d’Ivoire against Ghana on the alleged international responsibility of Ghana. • Unanimously, Finds that Ghana did not violate the sovereign rights of COte d’Ivoire. • Unanimously, Finds that Ghana did not violate article 83, paragraphs 1 and 3, of the Convention. • Unanimously, Finds that Ghana did not violate the provisional measures prescribed by the Special Chamber in its Order of 25 April 2015.” *** Judge Paik and Judge ad hoc Mensah appended separate opinions to the Judgment. *** The single maritime boundary is illustrated in the sketch map below, which is taken from the Judgment. 5 • , 3° _ – 5°555,1N … I COTE D’IVOIRE la, gA .4 …‘f GHANA —‘—–—-1.___ _ BP 5•+ `4.,. A “ ,…….. B rr C F 1 D ri E 4° – 4° . 2° n Fu ‘ c.0\ . 1° . Sketch-map No. 7: o° . o° . . Delimitation Line ❑ellmitaticm Line BP 55+ 05° 05′ 23.2″N 03° 06′ 21.2′1W Mercator Projection (V N) A 05° or 03.7″N 03° 07′ 18.3′1W WGS 84 B 04° 57′ 58.9N 03° 08′ 01.4’W C 04° 26′ 41.6″N 03° 14′ 55,9W This sketch-map, on which the coasts ❑ 03° 12′ 13.4″N 03° 29′ 54.3′1W g. are presented in simplified form, has been E 02° 59′ 04.8″N 03° 32′ 40.2′1W — prepared for illustrative purposes only ,, k ,.. F 02° 40′ 36.4″N 03° 36′ 36.4′1W 1 . I 1°06’31 ‘.4.5 ———————————————————————————————————————- . 4° The text of the Judgment and opinions as well as a recorded webcast of the reading are available on the websiteof the Tribunal. Note: The press releases of the Tribunal do not constitute official documents and are issued for information purposes only. The press releases of the Tribunal, documents and other information are available on the Tribunal’s websites (http://www.itlos.org and http://www.tidm.org) and from the Registry of the Tribunal. Please contact Ms Julia Ritter at: Am Internationalen Seegerichtshof 1, 22609 Hamburg, Germany, Tel.: +49 (40) 35607-227; Fax: +49 (40) 35607-245; E-mail: pressitlos.orq
Mr Roberto Quiroz II, the Public Affairs Officer of the United States Embassy, in Accra, has said Ghana should become a model state for anti-corruption with all Ghanaians working towards making the law blind in dealing with offenders. To achieve this, he said, there should be more national engagements that would identify what constituted corruption in everyday life, and not only in officialdom; as well as how to deal effectively with offenders without fear or favour. Mr Quiroz was speaking to the Ghana News Agency, in an interview, on the sidelines of a reception, organised to welcome him to his new job, in Accra. The interview was a follow-up on his pledge to work with the US Ambassador and his team to support in its bid to Ghana to build a prosperous, democratically stronger and corrupt-free society, with a maximum adherence to the rule of law. “All of us citizens, in America, as much as in Ghana, have the responsibility, to set the example for fighting corruption,” he stated. “We must lead by example in whatever we do, as citizens, and nobody should be excused or considered above the law when they breach the law.” Commenting on the practice where influential people would put pressure on the authorities to free some offenders because of their standing in society or some affiliation, Mr Quiroz said that attitude did not augur well for building a healthy society. He explained that the America, in the 1920s, also faced high levels of corruption, bootlegging and organised crime but it had been able to effectively fight them with strong institutions such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and ensuring that all persons, irrespective of class or position, were punished for corruption or crimes. “People were punished for corruption; people were jailed for committing crimes,” he stated. “The law becomes very blind in these matters; it doesn’t matter if you are a citizen or the President of the United States; you will be held accountable to the law,” he said. “President Nixon had to resign from the White House because no one is above the law.” Ghana, Mr Quiroz said, had to wake up to the fact that its young people had awakened to that reality about using democratic procedures in talking about corruption and fighting it. He said Africa must, however, not settle for using the West as its model in the fight against corruption because that model could be made in Africa. He commended Ghana for the efforts made in fighting corruption over the years, but said these efforts should be intensified to achieve maximum results for the sake of its young people. Source: GNA
Chairman for the Public Accounts Committee James Klutse Averdzi has called for the prosecution of RLG Communications Limited should they fail to refund the GHc6.3 million laptop cash. According to the chairman, retrieving the GHc6.3 million debt RLG Communications Limited owes Ghana is not as daunting as some have suggested. Speaking to the media after sitting yesterday, he said, the government can easily retrieve the money from the company if it engages them on the matter, but should take legal action against the company if the effort proves futile. The company was awarded a contract to from government to procure 103,181 laptops for the state, and was paid GHc51, 257,500 to that effect. However, the Auditor General’s Department in a report suggested that only 90,448 laptops were provided by the company. Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee, Prof. Frimpong Boateng said the company has agreed to refund the money although the agreement was not captured on paper. The Minister at the sitting said, “We want [an] outright payment… ideally, this amount should be paid with interest, but then there were going to pay the original amount without interest over a period of months or over a year, and we were not sure whether they will keep to their promise because they failed the Ministry many times in the past.” “The way forward as I had said, suggested that we write to them about the specifications, that should be a good start and we will communicate the response to the committee,” he told the Public Accounts Committee when asked the way forward in retrieving the money. According to the Auditor General’s Report, when the company was asked why it did not produce and distribute the remaining laptops, officials said there was no request by the Ministry to produce and distribute same, hence the outstanding number. Meanwhile, Rlg has challenged claims by the Environment, Science and Technology Minister that it owes government over ¢6 million for breaching a contract to supply a remaining 12,000 laptops to government. According to letters written by the company, some of which were cited by members of the Parliament Accounts Committee, Rlg insists it has honoured its obligation by supplying 3,000 higher spec laptops to make up for the 12,000 lower spec laptops it failed to supply under the free laptop distribution policy contract it signed with government in 2010.
Environment, Science and Technology Minister, Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has said, an agreement has been reached with RLG Limited to refund an amount of GHc6.3 million after the company failed to produce 12,733 laptops for the state. The company was awarded a contract to from government to procure 103,181 laptops for the state, and was paid GHc51, 257,500 to that effect. However, the Auditor General’s Department in a report suggested that only 90,448 laptops were provided by the company. Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee, Prof. Frimpong Boateng said the company has agreed to refund the money although the agreement was not captured on paper. The Minister at the sitting said, “We want [an] outright payment… ideally, this amount should be paid with interest, but then there were going to pay the original amount without interest over a period of months or over a year, and we were not sure whether they will keep to their promise because they failed the Ministry many times in the past.” “The way forward as I had said, suggested that we write to them about the specifications, that should be a good start and we will communicate the response to the committee,” he told the Public Accounts Committee when asked the way forward in retrieving the money. According to the Auditor General’s Report, when the company was asked why it did not produce and distribute the remaining laptops, officials said there was no request by the Ministry to produce and distribute same, hence the outstanding number. Meanwhile, Rlg has challenged claims by the Environment, Science and Technology Minister that it owes government over ¢6 million for breaching a contract to supply a remaining 12,000 laptops to government. According to letters written by the company, some of which were cited by members of the Parliament Accounts Committee, Rlg insists it has honoured its obligation by supplying 3,000 higher spec laptops to make up for the 12,000 lower spec laptops it failed to supply under the free laptop distribution policy contract it signed with government in 2010.
The Zabzugu District Assembly has promised to immediately build a classroom block and a dining hall complex for the Zabzugu Senior High School to support the NPP government's educational flagship program, the “Free SHS” This was made known by the DCE for Zabzugu, Hon. Ahmed Iddrisu Abubakar during the maiden Zabzugu District Assembly General meeting held in Zabzugu in the Northern Region yesterday, September 20, 2017. According to the DCE, the project is to help absorb the rising number of students who are enrolling in the only Senior High School in the Zabzugu district, (Zabsec) since the initiation of the free SHS policy by the government. “In view of the current inception of the free Senior High School, the Zabzugu District Assembly led by the DCE, in collaboration with the Presiding Member has taken it upon us to provide a classroom block to house the increased enrollment that we least anticipated”. He explained. Mr. Adakwa as he is affectionately called, still on education, noted that there is the need to provide more basic schools in the rural areas to improve access to education by children of school going age in those areas. He was quick to add that in order to ensure quality education, accommodation and teaching materials must be provided for teachers teaching in the rural communities and as well motivate them(Teachers). These, he said, are part of his plans to provide accessible and quality education in his district. Meanwhile, the Hon. DCE has revealed that the District Assembly is partnering with some Non-governmental Organizations to provide furniture and some medical equipment to the Zabzugu District Hospital and to also provide CHIPS compounds in communities that cannot have quick access to the hospital. Hon. Abubakar further stated that an office space will be provided in the district to train youth with little or no skills in entrepreneurship. He also pledged to help procure motorbikes for Assembly Members in the district. He however entreated all assembly members to lend him their full cooperation and to also engage their community members to actively participate in carrying out these activities. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
President for the African Union of the Blind, Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah who doubles as the President for Ghana Federation of the Disabled has disclosed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, he had the opportunity to read law at the University of Ghana but settled on Education at the University of Cape Coast. He told Nat Sanfofa Tete Arthur in an interview that, growing up he conceptualized the idea of studying law but he gained admission into both universities but because of how bleak it was in the past for visually impaired persons to be employed, he had to settle on education. He said, ‘’I had the intention to practice law…However I qualified and had admission to read law and also had admission to read education at Cape Coast and so I had to take a decision, in those days, prospects for the blind to get a job was bleak and dim. And so I decided to settle on teaching because the prospects were brighter,’’ he added. He stressed that I decided to go into teaching because the prospects in those days were high but I must confess that I have not regretted going into teaching. Mr. Debrah recounted the difficulty visually impaired persons had to go through in accessing higher learning due to the unavailability of facilities. According to him, in his era, there had to sacrifice their sleep to type all lecture notes in braille before they could study. He said, Ghanaians must give visually impaired persons who complete university education, a tap in the back due to the challenges and difficulties they encounter during their education. The success of a visually impaired person should be the individual. You should be determined as a person with visual impairment to succeed no matter the challenges. He encouraged visually impaired persons and other persons with physically impairment not to be discouraged but be determined. He indicated that persons with severe impairment are from very deprived homes and are faced with serious challenges and has underscored the need for such individuals to be encouraged and supported. He called on philanthropists, individuals, companies and other corporate organizations to assist the Federation in Ghana so they are able to extend their activities across the country.
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