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Dr. Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company, has won the ‘CEO of the Year Award’. This was at the second edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards, jointly organize by Globe Productions, the Transport Ministry, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Graphic Communications Group, in Accra. Mr. McDonald Vasnanie, CEO of Conship, was adjudged the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ with the ‘Promising Entrepreneur’ award going to Isaac Amoako-Mensah. Mrs. Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group took the prize for the ‘Reporter of the Year’. Over 40 shipping companies including Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Sea and Shore services Ghana Limited, Transglobal Logistics Limited, Benmarine Services Limited and Swissport Ghana Limited received prizes. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, applauded the initiative to recognize excellence in the shipping industry. The awards would serve as motivation to everybody – to up their game and improve the quality of client service. He underlined the government’s unswerving determination to create the right conditions and support local and private enterprises to succeed. This was vital to its drive towards job and wealth creation to put the nation beyond aid. Mr. Asiamah said the paperless system at the ports was meant to bring about efficiency and facilitate business operations at the ports. He encouraged the companies to continue to stick with best practices to expand and lead the nation’s socio-economic growth. Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of GSA, said the award was to recognize individuals and companies that played significant roles in the growth and development of the industry. It was also to acknowledge the key functions within the industry which promoted growth and sustainability. She announced that there was an 18 percent increase in demurrage payment in the first quarter of the year. That came to US$15.4 million dollars. Source: The New Crusading Guide

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The Education Minister, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang has questioned why she should not endorse President John Dramani Mahama to be retained as President of the Republic of Ghana. She was speaking with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM. Her answer was premised on a question that, since she is not an active politician and was appointed based on her competence and for the purpose of an all inclusive governance, was she going to endorse President Mahama. The first female Vice Chancellor for the University of Cape Coast when asked if she will endorse President Mahama had this to say. ''What a question! Why wouldn't i endorse him? What kind of question is that? Why wouldn't i endorse him?'' Professor Opoku-Agyemang taught and worked at the University of Cape Coast, starting in 1986. She has held various academic positions including Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Warden of Adehye Hall, Valco Trust Fund Post-Graduate Hostel, and Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research. From 1997, she has held the position of Academic Director of the School for International Training in the History and Cultures of the African Diaspora. From 2008-2012 she was the University's Vice Chancellor. In March, 2007, she was one of five scholars selected to deliver presentations during the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.   In October 2009, she was elected Ghana's representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).   Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang and Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah moderated the 2012 Presidential debates organized by the IEA. She was then a Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast. She was appointed Education Minister after President Mahama won the 2012 General Elections.  
A doctor stationed at Wa CHIPS compound was  beaten up by family members of a  patient (name not given) who died at the facility following a health complication. It was reported that the doctor was beaten by children and relatives of the deceased who were at the hospital when the deceased died. Eyewitnesses say that the family attempted assaulting a nurse on duty last night due to her negligence which they alleged caused their relative's death. One of the family member alleged that, the nurse was browsing with her phone and refused to attend to them when they got to the facility. The nurse from reports told the family members to hold on and that she will attend to them. After waiting for some minutes, they went to call her but, their relative was dead before the nurse came to attend to him. Senior nursing officer is said to have calmed the angry relatives down. Meanwhile the deceased has since been buried in accordaance with Islamic traditions
Commissioner for the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei has stated that she will not vote in the upcoming general elections. The first female Commissioner who  was speaking in an interview on Metro TV's Good Evening, said, “I will not be voting on the election day like you because I don’t want to. It is not compulsory, it is a special privilege.” She further admonished Ghanaians to vote based on issues in the December general elections. “Who to vote for is entirely up to you but I would say that vote based on issues and where you want to see this country go and who you think can take this country there,”  President John Dramani  Mahama appointed the first Female Commissioner in June 2015. The President’s appointment is in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution. She took over from Dr. Afari Gyan who during his tenure abstained from voting. The EC boss on reason she will not vote said, it will aford the commissioners to be neutral without taking sides. Among measures adopted to make this year's election one of the best, the EC boss said, "We are looking at changing the orientation of the ballot paper to help reduce the incidence of rejected ballots".  Mrs. Osei, a lawyer with considerable experience in public service management, institutional reform also has expertise in corporate law, banking, insurance, project financing and public-private partnerships. The new EC Chairperson holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. She obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana in 1992.  
Chairperson for the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), Mrs. Charlotte Osei says she cannot rig the elections for President Mahama as alleged by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). Speaking in an interview with Paul Adom Otchery on Good Evening om Metro TV, the first female Commissioner said the claim her position affords her the ability to rig elections for President John Mahama is unfounded. According to her, the electoral reforms and process adopted for the upcoming general elections makes it impossible for her to rig the elections. “It is just not possible under the system,” she said on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, Thursday. “For Charlotte Osei to [rig elections], she has to get the support and active involvement of her six co-commissioners, her 10 regional directors, the 200-plus District Electoral Officers, the 275 Returning Officers and their two assistants. “Then when you get to the polling stations, for this year’s elections, Charlotte Osei, has to let all these people decide to tow one line. You are likely to have over 500,000 Agents for candidates per party and two Counting Agents per party at the Collation Centres. All these people must actively be working and changing the documents for Charlotte Osei to rig the elections. “So I need to convince 500,000-plus people to skew the system in favour of one person. I haven’t figured out how to do that yet and it is not even a part of my value system that I will do that. Basically, it is impossible,” she told show host Paul Adom Otchere. On the barrage of attacks on her, she said, she is not perturbed although some scalding allegations have been unsettling to her family. “We have a high level of mistrust and we tend to focus on persons,” she stated. “Criticisms by themselves are not bad. All of us we need criticisms to improve upon whatever we are doing. The problems are unfounded allegations, comments that are without basis,” she pointed out. It is important that critics focus on the process not the person, she admonished. “I believe we should have a process that is so strong that regardless of how malevolent Charlotte Osei wants to be, she should not be able to rig the elections,” she advised.
Presidential candidate of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Lartey says he is willing to offer his manifesto to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for free. The agronomist speaking in an interview with Kwabena Agyapong host of Eboboba on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM said the party will soon launch their manifesto. When asked if he was afraid his manifesto would be stolen by a political party as some parties are alleging, he said, ''the manifesto is ready and we will launch it soon..no one can steal my manifesto. It's either you do it or you can't, we'll give it to you free of charge. I give advice all the time; free of charge, but if you don't know how, you can't do it.'' Answering on whether if he's willing to offer his manifesto to the NDC, he said, ''Absolutely, NDC is doing some of the domestication and an example is the Komenda Sugar Factory. They are also reviving the Ayensu Starch Factory which the NPP collapsed. We don't mind giving our manifesto to the NDC, because when it is good, it is good for all of us. I will not knock a government down and hope to be in power, because when when you knock them, you are all going down. Is it good to go down? No, i will rather encourage them to do well, because i know when i come there, i will do 20-30 percent better than them.'' Dr. Henry Lartey believes agriculture is the cornerstone within the Ghanaian economy, and strategic placement of agricultural exports has always been a major source of domestic revenue.  According to him, if Ghanaians are helped to move into spring irrigation, farmers will no longer depend on rain agriculture and with that, the economy would be transformed. ''To be able to get the revenue you want, you need to get the market access. The market access means you need to get a global certification, because without that, you cannot export anywhere in Europe or America.. So once you get the Global Gap Certification, and you want to get premium on it you go organic...We'll make so much money and invest in infrastructure.'' In energy, Dr. Lartey said, ''we are going to invest in solar...We'll put in a minimum of 1 million Euros...Morocco is now exporting solar to Spain bu not on a large scale. We can do that and supply to Germany; we'll make trillions of dollars out of it. On top of that, the new age wants to manufacture electrical cars and America and other countries are producing it. We need to create an enabling environment to also do it, we spoke with Nissan some four years ago and they are willing to do it, and so when we create an enabling environment for them, they will come with their technology transfer, help our boys to know how to produce electrical cars, then we'll sell it and make money. We'll bring in Safo Kantanka to join with some of these companies to help Ghanaian businesses, once you do that, you help the Ghanaian businesses to become strong and take over.'' He added, give me two years and i will do it. The two years he stressed is not questionable but feasible. He also debunked suggestions by parties that they will in their first hundred days, transform the country. In his view, it is impossible. Since 1987, Henry has been the chief executive officer at Lartey Associates Ghana Ltd, which is a leading exporter of fruits to European markets. Under Henry’s leadership, Lartey Associates has received innumerable awards of recognition, and has helped place Ghana as a top provider of fruits to Europe.   
A founding member of Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (FONKAR), Joseph Bediako  has described the presidential candidate of National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings as ungrateful. According to him, the former First Lady has been ungrateful to him and because of that, he is no longer a member of the NDP. Speaking on Eboboba, a political show on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, Joseph Bediako said, he regrets working for the presidential candidate. He noted that, he has formed a new political group, Movement for Truth and Accountability, which will be supporting the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), although he will not be a card bearing member. ''I'm no longer a member of the NDP. I ceased being a member two weeks ago. I no longer speak for the party. I wasted my time working for Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings. She has not been fair to me. She has been  ungrateful to me. He added, ''the former First Lady has disgraced me...I will soon launch my new movement and support the NPP.'' Joseph Bediako explained that he feels disappointed that the NDP leader used Owusu Bempah to embarrass him, over a car. ''I don't have any regret leaving the former First Lady's office because she has disgraced me to the highest.'' He described Sammy Awuku, Mike Ocquaye and other members of the NPP as good materials he would want to support. ''I will not join any other party again. I'm a free agent and i don't want to be a political prostitute. After launching my movement, i will go around the regions and ensure that all the FONKAR members join the movement. I will expose the lies of the NDC. I will be using their green book to to expose them...I will campaign for Nana Addo to win the elections.''
No serious government can build transform Ghana in 100 days Presidential candidate of the Great Consolidate Popular Party (GCPP) Dr, Henry Lartey has challenged the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to come out with full cost of his 1 factory per district policy.   Dr. Lartey questioned if Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has done his  feasibility studies before promising Ghanaians the 1 factory per 1 district.   Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Ebobaba on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, Dr. Lartey said, although the policy is feasible, the NPP should tell Ghanaians how they intend implementing the policy.   The 2016 presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as part of plans to industrialize and transform the Ghanaian economy, has indicated that his government plans to help establish a factory in each of the 216 districts across the country, if he wins the 2016 elections.   According to him, the setting up of these factories across the country will, not only, ensure the rapid industrialization of Ghana’s economy, but also, result in the creation of thousands of jobs, needed by the masses of unemployed Ghanaian youth.    “The only way to free ourselves from the shackles of poverty is by fixing our monetary system. If we are to do this, our monetary system must be stable and strong. This is the only way we can empower Ghanaians. We want to help the private sector to flourish, and we will help establish factories in every district to help create jobs for the people,” he said, much to the delight to the gathering, who were predominantly youth.    He assured that this policy of setting up one factory per district is doable, and urged Ghanaians not to be hoodwinked by the usual propaganda of “they can’t do it” and “it is not possible.”    But commenting on the policy, Dr. Lartey said, ''It is possible, but has he done any feasibility studies to know what he is going to produce in each district? What are you going to tell us; what is the cost for each factory; what are you going to grow and where is the market for these factories?''  
A youth group calling itself Young Cadres and associated with the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), are alleging that some top officials of the opposition New Patriotic (NPP),  are planning on mobilizing some groups in the Central Region to demonstrate against the President and the NDC and to cause some disturbances during the party’s programmes this weekend.  General Secretary of the group, Bright Botchway in an interview with Kwabena Agyapong, host of Eboboba on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM said, they've gathered intelligence on their allegation. They have therefore called on the security agency to be alert and ensure that, they prevent any violence in the upcoming official campaign launch of President John Dramani Mahama at the Cape Coast Stadium. The group in a statement released earlier said, ''Some notable groups allegedly being mobilized by the NPP include some fisher folks and market women who will engage in hooting at the President and demonstrating against the NDC, similar to what they did during the funeral of the late Batamahene in Kumasi and again during the “Accounting to the People Tour” in Ejisu under the guidance of the so-called Chairman Wontumi. '' He added that, the achievement of the NDC has intoxicated the opposition NPP and due to that, they are planning to demonstrate against the NDC and its presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama. The campaign launch of the NDC is under the theme, ''Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana''. The NDC believes that, President Mahama is their best candidate and come December 7, 2016, he will maintain his seat as President of the Republic of Ghana. President Mahama they maintained, will clinch victory by 57 percent in the first round. According to the NDC, the achievements of President Mahama is unprecedented and remarkable.   Below is the statement       Towards NDC Campaign Launch, Security Services Must be Vigilant – Young Cadres   Young Cadres, a youth activist group within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling on the security agencies in the country to be extra vigilant towards the launching of the NDC’s campaign in Cape Coast coming Sunday. The call stems from intelligence reports picked up by the group which suggest that some elements within the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) are planning on mobilizing some groups in the Central Region to demonstrate against the President and the NDC and to cause some disturbances during the party’s programmes this weekend.    Although it is unclear as to why the opposition will instigate and support such a move by its raucous elements, there are indications that the said plans have the full blessings of some national executives of the party. Some notable groups allegedly being mobilized by the NPP include some fisher folks and market women who will engage in hooting at the President and demonstrating against the NDC, similar to what they did during the funeral of the late Batamahene in Kumasi and again during the “Accounting to the People Tour” in Ejisu under the guidance of the so-called Chairman Wontumi.           Whilst the people of Central Region have so much to celebrate and be thankful for, the NPP has realized that if it fails to incite the people of the region against the President and his government, they will stand no chance of obtaining even 20% of votes from the region in the upcoming polls. Their plan is thus to cause an artificial discontent among the people of the region in order to paint a picture of hardship and a lack of attention from the government.     It is however instructive to note that, for a gathering of this magnitude among NDC folks, not all members could be contained and restrained when faced with demonstrations. We, the leadership of Young Cadres Association will thus entreat the security agencies to be alert and be proactive to nip any threat that the NPP elements pose to the success of the campaign launch in the bud.    Whilst entreating the security agencies to be watchful, we also take this opportunity to call on Nana Akufo Addo to call his party supporters to order. It is not the fault of President Mahama or the NDC that Nana Akufo Addo and his NPP have no campaign message going into the December polls and thus resorting to needless demonstrations and intimidations against their opponents. If the NPP believes in the game of fair play they should get to the grounds and work instead of lurking in the dark and fomenting trouble.   Signed: Bright Botchway General Secretary (Young Cadres Association) 0249-999145   Mubarak Watara PRO (Young Cadres Association) 0244-753143   Copied: Inspector General of Police National Security Coordinator All Media Houses Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
Officers of the  Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have poured out their frustration at the commissioning of the new Naval Headquarters here in Accra. The officers during an open forum with the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Ghana, President Mahama among other things, appealed to the president to re-look into their end of service benefits and pension. They charged the President to also take steps to improve upon their risk allowances. President Mahama who was at the event to commission the Naval Headquarters assured the soldiers of prompt payment of allowances which has been a source of concern in the army. President John Mahama touched on a number of infrastructural and logistical developments in the Armed Forces including 3 new troop transport carriers for the Air Force. He assured the officers that government would do all it could to address all the concerns raised.  
The Chief Justice of Ghana, Georgina Theodora Wood, has sworn-in 19 new judges and magistrates. The new judges and magistrates were elevated to the bench with a call on them to handle the administration of justice decently and responsibly. The Chief Justice, Theodora Wood administering the oath of allegiance, the judicial oath and the oath of secrecy, cautioned the newly appointed judges against giving the Judicial Council the unpleasant duty of applying the ultimate sanction. According to her, the appointment of the judges was not a gift, but that their recruitment had been transparent, competitive and fairly done, for which reason they must be motivated to achieve the highest level of excellence in their careers. Among the list are 12 Circuit Court Judges and seven Magistrates.   Also speaking at the event was the Attorney General (A-G), Marrietta Brew Oppong said, judges must accord court users the necessary respect due them.  “You must thus demonstrate the due courtesy and civility due lawyers, litigants, court officials, witnesses, the general public, Police, law students, journalists, as well as other court users. You thus must be firm but fair, stern but not harsh and kind but not doting to the affections of bewildered users of the court who are sometimes lost in the labyrinth of legal rules jargons, processes and procedures in which a few lawyers and judges get lost themselves.”   
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