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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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President John Mahama has reaffirmed his commitment in ensuring that the nation ‘’overcomes’’ the 4 year long dumsor. According to him, his administration is working very hard to ensure that the nation enjoys stable power. Addressing the media at the Flagstaff House today, President Mahama said “...We need to forecast our demand and plan generation to be in tune with our growth...one of the major sectors that take my time and attention is the power sector... we have made a great effort and as close as we are at solving dumsor, we still have a gab. “...In a short while, we will be able to overcome dumsor, ..I have learnt to leave (timelines) to the technical people to talk about ...but we now, as a result of the work that we did, have sufficient generation; the problem now is the fuel... we are fortifying the power sector to make it more robust and lasting,” he noted. The Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor resigned from his post as sector minister following an alleged notice from the Presidency following his statement and counter statement from GRIDco announcing an end to dumsor.   The committee in charged of the load shedding exercise at GRIDco in a statement last year indicated that the exercise was not over although some significant gains were made. Come January 14, GRIDco will shut down their power plants for routine mantaince work but Ghanaians have being assured of stable power even if GRIDco shuts down.
In the wake on the ongoing debate by the clergy and some civil society organizations for the Government of Ghana to return the two former detainees Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby of the Guantanamo Bay Prisons back to the US, President Mahama says ‘’Ghana is not the only country that is an ally of the United States and has accepted these detainees. Addressing the press at the Flagstaff House today, President admonished Ghanaians not to be scared of the decision of government to resettle the detainees. According to him, the Guantanamo Bay Prisons has over the year’s abuse the rights of inmates and unlawfully kept prisoners at the bay without fair trial. President Mahama noted the world were concern over the violation of the rights of inmates at the prisons and with the pledge of Obama to shut that camp, Ghana was called upon to accept these detainees. ‘’ And so Ghana is not the only country that is an ally of the United States and has accepted these detainees. Indeed Guantanamo has being a blot on the human rights record of the world…People are taken and kept for so long, they are not trailed, and yet they were detained for as long as fourteen (14) years. ‘’…And so when America asked, we decided that we will do an assessment. We did that assessment, America itself did assessment and gave us their risk category which was the lowest. ‘’It was also established that they [detainees] had played no operational roles in Afghanistan. ‘’Our own National Security visited the camp several times and conducted extensive assessment and interviews of these detainees…,’’ and therefore Ghana’s decision to accept them should not be seen as threat to our safety and security. President Mahama stressed Ghana and the United States still remains strong allies and  based on the non-surrender treaty signed in 2003 which enjoins Ghana not to hand over Americans found guilty of genocide to the International Courts, the two countries have that relationship to still collaborate on many issues. He assured Ghanaians that as the Commanding Officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, he will not take any decision to jeopardise the security and safety of citizens because ‘’it is his duty to ensure that Ghana is safe’’. We don’t have to fear President Mahama indicated Ghana accepting to collaborate with the US on this initiative makes ‘’us even safer because we [Ghana] can get advanced information about who is coming into your country and who we should be watchful of. And already that has worked. We have gotten vital information from the United States of America for which we have some names that if they were coming into this country, we would to stop and question them.’’ He explained the relation between Ghana on this initiative is beneficial that the threat suggested by experts. The two ex-detainees of the Guantanamo Bay Prisons, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who arrived in Ghana on Thursday January 7, 2016 for a two-year stay as part of a deal reached between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana.   President Mahama emphasised Ghana remains not the only country to accept these detainees but Uganda, Denmark, United Kingdom among other countries therefore instead of  seeing  this as a threat, we should see it as an opportunity show compassion to people who are willing to pick back their lives.
At least 10 people including both foreigners and Turks have been killed in an explosion in a tourist area of Istanbul, Turkish officials said. Turkey's President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack in the Sultanahmet district had been carried out by a Syrian suicide bomber. The blast took place near the Blue Mosque. Fifteen people were also wounded in the blast, the Istanbul Governor's Office said in a statement on its website. The authorities are investigating the type of explosive used, the governor's office said. "It was a suicide bomb. I went there and saw it and came back to the hotel. There was chaos. Everybody was running somewhere," eyewitness Murat Manaz told the BBC. "Policemen did not see this coming. They were distressed but at the same time they were trying to evacuate the area because they said there was a possibility that a second bomb could go off." Norway's foreign ministry said a Norwegian man was receiving treatment in hospital, while Germany's foreign ministry said it was investigating the reports. The ministry has on its website (in German) urged German tourists in the city to avoid large crowds and tourist attractions and warned that further violent clashes and "terrorist attacks" are expected across Turkey. The BBC's Mark Lowen in Istanbul says in recent months there have been sporadic attacks by a far-left group in Istanbul, while violence has soared between Turkish forces and PKK Kurdish militants, mainly in southeast Turkey, after a ceasefire broke down. Turkey has also been hit by bomb attacks blamed by prosecutors on the so-called Islamic State group. Two suicide blasts in the capital Ankara in October killed more than 100 people and more than 30 people were killed in an attack near the border with Syria in July.    Source: BBC
President Mahama has denied any monetary gains on the part of government in agreeing with the US government to resettle the two former detainees in the Guantanamo Bay Prisons. The two ex-detainees of the Guantanamo Bay Prisons, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who arrived in Ghana on Thursday January 7, 2016 for a two-year stay as part of a deal reached between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana. Government has being accused of benefiting financially from the US government for resettling the two detainees. But the President answering a question posed to him by journalists at a press conference at the Flagstaff House today denied the allegations and stressed Government of Ghana has not benefited financially. ‘’….There is no monetary consideration…And the US itself would have  disclosed if there was any monetary consideration, and so what you are seeing on social media that I collected $ 300, 000 to accept these detainees is absolutely untrue,’’ President Mahama stressed. ‘’…The request was a direct one from the US Government to Ghana Government…And so when we received a request like this, we [Government of Ghana] said we will appraise it and based… on an extensive consultation held both internally and externally,’’ with risk assessment done by the US… the two detainees are only being given a chance to restart their lives.   ‘’…And so there is no consideration received for accepting to receive these detainees and as the Commander In Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, I have accessed the risk…and I believe our security is not endangered,’’ he concluded.
A defeated National Chairman aspirant in the recently held National Delegates Congress of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr. David Apasara and some two members of the party has a filed a suit at the Accra High Court seeking the imprisonment of some national leaders of the PNC for breaching the [party’s] constitution in organising the congress. He argues the decision of the party to go ahead with the congress while a case was pending in court was a clear disregard for the law and as punishment, the former National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan and current Chairman, Bernard Mornah  imprisoned. Mr. David Apasara in 2015 went to court in the bid to stop the current National Chairman, Bernard Mornah from contesting. He also called for an interlocutory injunction on the National Delegates Congress. But the party went ahead in organizing the congress. He currently in court seeking the following reliefs: . That the first respondent, being a serious political party in Ghana, its conduct herein complained of has gained a lot of public interest and the public itself is interested in whether or not such willful and wanton lawlessness will be seriously addressed by the court in order to restore confidence to the judiciary at this time of the history of the judiciary   . That the persons of the respondents of in this case, particularly the second and third respondents, must be committed to prison for their contempt of court in addition to a further order setting aside the National Delegates Congress held between 11th to 13th December 2015 as null and void.
The Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference has joined the Christian Council and other civil society groups to describe the resettlement of the two former Guantanamo Bay Prisoners as ‘’dangerous and wrong’’. They have therefore in a press statement called on government to return the detainees. Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, were detained at the prisons for 14 years for allegedly partaking in terrorist attacks linked to Al-Qaeda. Government in an agreement with the United States of America agreed to resettle the two former detainees for two years. But the Catholic Bishops Conference in their statement said ‘’our Government should not take the citizens of this country for a ride by acting in ways that can have serious consequences on the nation’s safety and security. Ghana has been open to receiving refugees in the past but these two men are not in this category. We think that they are not refugees but time-bombs and so Government should do all it can to send them back as soon as practicable.’’ The statement is also demanding answers to the following questions: 1. What is their mission here in Ghana? Does their presence not constitute or pose a clear danger to us? 2. If indeed these two persons are harmless and  if they have been “cleared” of any terrorist act by the US Government, as our Government and the US Government and some others want us to believe, why were they not sent back to Yemen or Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan where they come from or taken to the USA which found them harmless? 3. Did our representatives in Parliament discuss the merits and demerits of their resettlement here in Ghana? We need urgent answers to these and other questions because we think that their presence clearly poses a threat to Ghana. The Catholic Bishops Conference also believes that ‘’this year is an election year and we expect our Government to focus a lot of attention on helping to secure peace and security in the country by dealing with the above-mentioned and related challenges and not to risk the security of our land by hosting two former terrorists.’’ ‘’We call on Parliament, Religious Leaders, chiefs, opinion leaders and civil society organisations interested in the security of Ghana to speak against this unilateral decision of the Government to accept these ex-prisoners to Ghana and to advise the Government to do all it can to send these men back to wherever they came from. We expect our Government to heed our humble call, if it is indeed a listening Government,’’ THE STATEMENT CONCLUDED.   Below is the statement of the Bishop’s Conference PRESS STATEMENT BY GHANA CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE ACCEPTING FORMER GUANTANAMO BAY PRISONERS IN GHANA: WRONG AND DANGEROUS Preamble We, the members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, have received news of the transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners, namely, Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef (36 years) and Khalid Shayk Mohammed (34 years) to Ghana with great distress and sadness and wish to call on our Government to act responsibly and in the interest of the nation by sending these men back to wherever they came from. Having learnt that of these two former prisoners, Mahmoud Bin Atef fought for the late Osama Bin Laden at one time, while Khalid Shayk Mohammed is known to have trained with the terrorist group, Al Qaeda, we wish to pose these questions, among others, for our Government’s response: What is their mission here in Ghana? Does their presence not constitute or pose a clear danger to us? If indeed these two persons are harmless and  if they have been “cleared” of any terrorist act by the US Government, as our Government and the US Government and some others want us to believe, why were they not sent back to Yemen or Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan where they come from or taken to the USA which found them harmless? Did our representatives in Parliament discuss the merits and demerits of their resettlement here in Ghana? We need urgent answers to these and other questions because we think that their presence clearly poses a threat to Ghana. Our Government should not take the citizens of this country for a ride by acting in ways that can have serious consequences on the nation’s safety and security. Ghana has been open to receiving refugees in the past but these two men are not in this category. We think that they are not refugees but time-bombs and so Government should do all it can to send them back as soon as practicable.     Upsurge of Terrorist Activities in the World Over the past years, we have witnessed the upsurge of many terrorist groups wreaking havoc on innocent people in many places of the world. Today, the problems caused by such groups as those in the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroun, Al- Shabab in Somalia and Kenya, Houthi rebels in Yemen, to mention but a few, are evident for all to see. The recent terrorist attacks in France, Mali and other countries cannot escape our attention. We have reports of the movement of Boko Haram fighters across parts of West Africa, looking for places to pitch camp. This and other reports should make Ghana reflect soberly on how to tighten our nation’s borders and security to ensure that we do not fall victim to the attacks of these terrorist groups in the near future. The acceptance of two former prisoners of Guantanamo Bay Camp is surely not a good move in the effort to secure the security of the nation. Ghana’s Security in Election Year In the lead up to elections this year, the security of our nation is going to be put to a severe test once again. We must understand that Ghana is not immune to the attacks of potential external terrorist forces. Yet, internal issues can make our country susceptible to such attacks. The Honourable Minister of Interior, Mr. Mark Woyongo, has mentioned that Brong Ahafo, for example, is a hotspot due to the challenges the people are facing in the aftermath of the closure of some financial institutions there. We still have security challenges in places like Bimbilla, Yendi, Alavanyo-Nkonya, and other places because of land and chieftaincy disputes. We have witnessed and continue to witness inter-party and intra-party violence and chaos. This year is an election year and we expect our Government to focus a lot of attention on helping to secure peace and security in the country by dealing with the above-mentioned and related challenges and not to risk the security of our land by hosting two former terrorists. This is why we think sincerely and honestly that to have two ex-prisoners of very dangerous backgrounds walking freely on our land is a wrong move and wish to call on Government to repatriate them as soon as practicable. Conclusion We call on Parliament, Religious Leaders, chiefs, opinion leaders and civil society organisations interested in the security of Ghana to speak against this unilateral decision of the Government to accept these ex-prisoners to Ghana and to advise the Government to do all it can to send these men back to wherever they came from. We expect our Government to heed our humble call, if it is indeed a listening Government. SIGNED BY MOST REV. JOSEPH OSEI-BONSU BISHOP OF KONONGO-MAMPONG & PRESIDENT, GHANA CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE   JANUARY 11, 2016
The New Patriotic Party has in a statement demanded from government to disclose the full details of the agreement between it and the USA government in resettling the two former detainees of the Guantanamo Bay Prisons. The two ex-detainees of the Guantanamo Bay Prisons, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, who arrived in Ghana on Thursday January 7, 2016 for a two-year stay as part of a deal reached between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana. However the statement signed by the Acting National Secretary of the elephant family, John Boadu noted they shared in the ‘’fear and anxiety’’ of Ghanaians over the decision of government to resettle these detainees. ‘’We are concerned that the decision was made without any consultation whatsoever with Parliament, political parties and other stakeholders. The conduct of the Government raises a number of important questions and we join the Ghanaian people in demanding answers to the following pertinent questions in the spirit of full disclosure,’’ the statement said. Meanwhile government has called on Ghanaians to remain calm since both countries analysed the security threats and were convinced that we will not be under threats to settle the detainees. But the NPP believes the decision of government is in clear violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act (Act 762) ‘’which clearly frowns on the admission of suspected terrorists into Ghana? Section 35(1) of Act 762 states as follows: “The director of immigration or an officer authorised by the director shall not grant an endorsement or authority to permit a person to enter this country if there is reasonable ground to suspect that the person IS, WILL OR HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE COMMISSION OF A TERRORIST ACT!” The clergy have also raised concerns of over the issue calling on government to return the detainees back to the United States of America.   Below is the full statement of the NPP   NPP DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY FROM GOVERNMENT OVER GUANTANAMO DETAINEES The New Patriotic Party (NPP) shares the deep anxiety and fears of the Ghanaian people over the resettlement of the two former Guantanamo terrorist detainees – Mahmud Umar Muhammed Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammed Salih Al-Dhuby-in Ghana. We are concerned that the decision was made without any consultation whatsoever with Parliament, political parties and other stakeholders. The conduct of the Government raises a number of important questions and we join the Ghanaian people in demanding answers to the following pertinent questions in the spirit of full disclosure. What foreign policy considerations went into the decision to resettle the detainees? Why was the agreement to resettle the detainees in Ghana shrouded in secrecy? Why was Parliament not informed, especially since the issue touches on and concerns terrorism and national security? Why has Government chosen to ignore the relevant provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act (Act 762) which clearly frowns on the admission of suspected terrorists into Ghana? Section 35(1) of Act 762 states as follows: “The director of immigration or an officer authorised by the director shall not grant an endorsement or authority to permit a person to enter this country if there is reasonable ground to suspect that the person IS, WILL OR HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE COMMISSION OF A TERRORIST ACT!” Why has the Government not disclosed the terms of agreement, nature and full extent of the consideration received in exchange for resettling the detainees? Why is the Government hiding the true violent and dangerous profiles of the two detainees, as disclosed in official US Government information portals, from the Ghanaian people? Why is Government straining to paint a picture of the two detainees as harmless misunderstood and wrongly detained persons? Why did Government smuggle the detainees into Ghana only to give the impression that they were yet to arrive? It cannot be in the interest of good governance that such critical matters should be agreed to by Government on the blind side of the people in whose midst these former terrorist detainees are supposed to live. The proverbial Ghanaian hospitality should not be put at such risk. Signed: John Boadu, GENERAL SECRETARY (AG)
There has been an explosion in a district of Istanbul popular with tourists, reports say, with several people said to have been injured. Turkey's Dogan news agency said the explosion occurred in the city's historic Sultanahmet district, close to the Blue Mosque.   Ambulances rushed to the scene of the blast and police have sealed off the area.
A private legal practitioner based in the United Kingdom has condemned the decision of President Mahama to reward the taxi driver who rammed into the motorbike of two suspected robbers who attempted robbing a staff of Koala Supermarket over the weekend. Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare noted the action by the Presidency, is a recipe for disaster although it’s laudable. He argues that, running a cab into someone is a crime even if the person is a suspected criminal. The taxi driver rammed his car into the motorbike of two robbers - Abaliku Sannie, 35, and Oko Quaicoo, 30 - who shot at a sales girl of the Koala Supermarket on her way to deposit sales at the bank. “But the State should be more careful. Driving your car into someone is a crime, even if the person is a suspected criminal. As tempting as it is to be seen to be endorsing what the Driver did, I strongly believe it is error for the President to reward it,’’ the legal scholar noted. He added “Let us not forget that the Koala driver saw something and acted. Someone may have only seen the driver running into the suspects. Will that someone, seeing the driver running into what the driver thought were suspects but whom the someone thinks are regular motor bikers, be justified in pouncing on the driver and pouring acid on him,’’ he quizzed. The Ghana Police Service has pledged to repair his damaged taxi while Koala Supermarket have also promised to buy him a new cab.     Below is the lawyer’s full post:   “Does the President's state funded reward to the Koala Taxi Driver endorse vigilantism as part of the criminal justice system?   “PS: For the avoidance of doubt, I do not have any difficulties with the Koala Driver. I like what he did and would easily give him a reward.   “But the State should be more careful. Driving your car into someone is a crime, even if the person is a suspected criminal. As tempting as it is to be seen to be endorsing what the Driver did, I strongly believe it is error for the President to reward it.   “Let us not forget that the Koala driver saw something and acted. Someone may have only seen the driver running into the suspects. Will that someone, seeing the driver running into what the driver thought were suspects but whom the someone thinks are regular motor bikers, be justified in pouncing on the driver and pouring acid on him?   “State supported Vigilantism will put all of us on a slippery slope to chaos.   “Da Yie!”    
President John Mahama will today host journalist at the Flagstaff House today. The press conference scheduled for 11am will afford participating journalist the opportunity to interact with the president on many issues bothering across all the sectors of the economy. One major question which many Ghanaians are demanding answers to the decision of government to accept the two former detainees of the Guantanamo Bay who were held for the past fourteen (14) years for alleged terrorist attacks. The two ex-detainees: Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, arrived in Ghana on Thursday January 7, 2016 for a two-year stay as part of a deal reached between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana. Security experts and many civil society groups have raised concerns over the security implication and threat to the peace and stability of this country. However government insist they have done enough security assessment before accepting to give refuge to the former detainees.   Rainbow Radio will bring will up to date report and happenings at the Flagstaff House.
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