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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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Former presidential aspirant and leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Arthur Kennedy has described the suspension of the National Chairman as a ‘’bizzare’’ decision which would affect the party ahead of the 2016 elections. He said: ‘’the NPP has taken another giant step forward in its bizarre, “Gbesie inspired” quest to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in the 2016 election by suspending indefinitely, its first-ever elected Chairman to hail from the north.’’ According to Dr. Arthur Kennedy the suspension of the national chairman was carefully orchestrated by those who planned to impeach him. ‘’It is obvious that those who had tried unsuccessfully to impeach Mr. Afoko and found the bar to impeachment to high carefully planned and executed this despicable coup. Nobody is fooled by the fact that in the end, they found two northern tokens to sign complaints to the Disciplinary Committee. Mr. Afoko’s purported removal was wrong both legally and politically. He has been targeted from removal from the moment the votes were counted making him Chairman and that is wrong.’’ He further explained that the Elephant party is currently run by some CPP elite like the 1st Vice-Chair, Mr. Freddy Blay, besides that he said the decision will also confirm the notion Ghanaians have about the NPP that it is an Akan party. To him if the party took the decision to suspend the national chair, then it made no sense in retaining a losing candidate for the presidential election.  ‘’If we can remove a man from office for incompetence, how can we retain a losing candidate as flag-bearer not once but twice?’’     Below is the full statement from Arthur Kennedy:   The NPP has taken another giant step forward in its bizarre, “Gbesie inspired” quest to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in the 2016 election by suspending indefinitely, its first-ever elected Chairman to hail from the north.   Regardless of who stands where in the internal wrangling tearing the NPP apart, there were no winners in Friday’s thinly-disguised coup d’état against Mr. Afoko. Those NPP members who are celebrating remind me of the mad man chewing his tongue happily in the believe that he is chewing meat!   It seems the takeover of the NPP by CPP elements is now complete— with Mr. Blay as Chair and Abdul Malik Kweku Baako leading the Public Relations case for the coup! It is sad how far we have fallen from our lofty heights. We used to mock the NDC for being ruled by men instead of laws.   Hon. Kennedy Agyapong was wrong that we are all fools in the NPP but we have certainly done some stupid things— like electing the CPP’s Freddy Blay as First Vice-Chairman ahead of people like F. F. Antoh and Rita Asobayire. We are reaping the fruits of that stupidity.   It is obvious that those who had tried unsuccessfully to impeach Mr. Afoko and found the bar to impeachment to high carefully planned and executed this despicable coup. Nobody is fooled by the fact that in the end, they found two northern tokens to sign complaints to the Disciplinary Committee. Mr. Afoko’s purported removal was wrong both legally and politically. He has been targeted from removal from the moment the votes were counted making him Chairman and that is wrong.   From the abandonment of the party’s clear procedure on impeachment to the improper referral of bogus complaints to the Disciplinary Committee to the faulty convening of the National Executive Committee by a man who stood to benefit from the action, there are enough errors to reverse Mr. Afoko’s removal ten times over in court.   If we can remove a man from office for incompetence, how can we retain a losing candidate as flag-bearer not once but twice?   If we can sanction a man because of his brother’s potential involvement in a murder, shall we remove others from office/candidacies because their relatives have been implicated in drugs?   Politically, this unfortunate coup not only all but concedes the 2016 election because of our proclivity to chaos and resulting unattractiveness to floating voters– it changes who we are and has the unintended effect of reinforcing the unfortunate impression that our party is inhospitable to non-Akans.   It undermines our 2016 campaign because it gives the impression that we are more concerned about our petty quarrels and factions than the plight of Ghanaians. If we force Ghanaians to choose between our chaos and the NDC’s incompetence in 2016, they will choose incompetence.   Despite all these grave consequences, the biggest reason why Mr. Afoko’s removal must be fought is because, it changes who we are as the New Patriotic Party. It substitutes the rule of men for the rule of law— It grants to extremists and autocrats the right to trample on our sacred rules and procedures.   In 2005, there was an election for NPP National officers. The President and leader of our party, the then President, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor’s preferred candidate did not win. Instead, Mr. McManu was elected. As a democrat and true member of our tradition, Mr. Kufuor accepted the verdict of the party. He accepted Mr. McManu and worked with him. Just as Mandela had bowed to the ANC’s wishes in choosing a Vice-President, JAK accepted the NPP’s choice. That is as it should be-in a democratic organization.   Every true NPP man or woman must stand against the wrong removal of Mr. Afoko, not because he made no mistakes, but because that is not how the followers of Danquah, Busia, and Dombo behave.   The manner of Mr. Afoko’s removal may be consistent with the CPP way, dictated by a Supreme leader in the name of the Supreme party but we are NOT the CPP. We are the NPP.   If some in the NPP want to remove Mr. Afoko rather than fight the 2016 election, let them follow the procedure laid down for impeachment. A unity fostered by intimidation and fear will never lead to victory.   Today, I urge all true leaders of our Tradition too stand and confront this outrage.   Let him proceed to court, not for his own sake but for the sake of our party and its principles.   Let us move forward-together.   Arthur Kobina Kennedy.
Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on party supporters to respect the decision by the National Executive Committee of the party following the suspension of the National Chairman of the Elephant Party. In a statement released by Nana Addo, he said: ‘’ I profoundly regret that matters have come to this. Such a development has been rather rare in the history of our party. I had hoped that internal discussions and a spirit of cooperation would have enabled the Party to avoid such an eventuality.’’ The National Executive Committee suspended Mr. Paul Afoko was suspended indefinitely after he failed to appear before to defend himself over allegations of working against the interest of the party. The embattled chairman prior to the meeting described the action as unconstitutional, he has however vowed to seek redress at the law court to overturn the decision of the party. Meanwhile Nana Addo has called for unity among party supporters. ‘’The NPP requires a united and committed front for the task ahead. We need to stay focused and organise ourselves to prosecute a successful campaign in 2016 to relieve the Ghanaian people from their sufferings and hardships. Ghanaians are looking up to us,’’ he stated.   Read full statement below…   Last Friday in Accra, the National Executive Committee of the New Patriotic Party unanimously adopted the recommendation of the National Disciplinary Committee for the indefinite suspension of the National Chairman of the Party.   According to a release by the Party, “by the decision of the NEC, Mr. Paul Afoko is suspended indefinitely from the position of National Chairman of the NPP.”   I profoundly regret that matters have come to this. Such a development has been rather rare in the history of our party. I had hoped that internal discussions and a spirit of cooperation would have enabled the Party to avoid such an eventuality.   However, the appropriate organs of the Party have acted. I am, therefore, calling on all loyal members of the Party to respect the decision of NEC and the Constitution of the Party, which provides channels for redressing grievances. We need to conduct ourselves in a disciplined manner that will protect and promote the integrity and unity of the Party.   The NPP requires a united and committed front for the task ahead. We need to stay focused and organise ourselves to prosecute a successful campaign in 2016 to relieve the Ghanaian people from their sufferings and hardships. Ghanaians are looking up to us.   God bless the NPP God bless Mother Ghana.   ……Signed…… Nana Akufo-Addo NPP Presidential Candidate
President John Mahama today joined former first lady Mrs. Theresa Kuffour and her family to celebrate her 80th birthday at their official residence here in Accra. The simple, but colourful ceremony was also attended by former government appointees under the Kufuor administration and New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwarts such as Dr Addo Kufuor and J.H Mensah. The Kufuors married in 1962 and have five children. They were the first family of Ghana between 2000 and 2008. Mrs Theresa Aba Kufuor, a devout Roman Catholic, is a mother of five and a grandmother of eight.  She is a retired nurse and midwife with expertise in Nursing Management/Administration Even though she no longer practices the profession, she still follows the fortunes of the profession. She started her education at the Catholic Convent, OLA, at Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana. She later went to London where she was educated as a Registered General Nurse, in the Southern Hospital Group of Nursing. Edinburgh, Scotland. She became a State Certified Midwife with a Certificate in Premature Nursing from the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Paddington General, London. She also was a Manager/Administrator at the Royal College of Nursing in London . It was in London that she met and married Mr J. A. Kufuor. Her greatest passion is children. She is a great believer of the importance of early learning opportunities for children because according to her, the early beginnings of a child determine what he or she becomes in future. She is presently the founder and chief patron of the Mother and Child Community Development Foundation. The foundation is a charitable non-profit-making organisation, which has been established with a view to advancing a programme of assistance and development in deprived areas. Mrs. Theresa Kufuor is a devoted catholic who enjoys singing.  
As the title of this article states, I believe the political parties that are calling for a new register are left with no other option but to boycott this week’s EC public forum ostensibly to openly discuss the merits or otherwise of the case for a new electoral roll; what I described just two weeks ago as a “farcical circus”.   Mrs Osei has not acted in a way that chimes with the sincere intentions of an independent, impartial umpire on the controversy over the voters list. In my previous article, ‘Charlotte is Playing Games’, I wrote: “I have come to the conclusion that Charlotte Osei and her Commission have no intention to compile a new voters’ register. This conclusion is drawn from the conduct of the Commission before and during Charlotte, and her own conduct since.” In that article I focused more on the pace and actions taken since the NPP presented its ‘bombshell’ evidence On Tuesday, August 18, 2015.   This week she is putting up a big public show, which in my view merely sets the stage for discrediting the case of all thoseimportant voices calling for a new register, including six political parties. The EC is exhibiting the kind of blatant bias which if pursued could lead to disastrous consequences for our democracy.   There are five main political parties in Ghana: NDC, NPP, CPP, PNC and PPP. These are the five parties recognised by the UNDP, for instance, which is heavily involved with the organisations of our democracy. Three out of the five, NPP, CPP and PPP have all submitted proposals calling for a new register. The EC believes it has found a clever way to destroy their case:organise a public forum but constitute the panel of ‘experts’ in such a way that those who want anew register would end up with egg on their faces.   My prediction is that the panel will seek to discredit the evidence that non-nationals have been proven to be on Ghana’s register and also the EC database has been compromised. It will then proceed to conclude by recommending an “audit” of the register with the view of a clean-up exercise, if necessary. It would make the details of this audit so vague that it would make the task of seeing the head or tail of John Mahama’s economic policy seem as clear as water (perhaps, the iced kind he is so proud of) in a glass.   Accordingly, theEC on Friday named five people to sit on the adjudicating panel that will hear arguments for and against the EC compiling a new voters’’ register for 2016. The hearings will take place on Thursday and Friday, (29th-30th October). Ironically this takes place at the Alisa Hotel. The same venue where the NPP, on August 18, presented its evidence of database tampering, non-nationals registering and other evidence suggesting the current register not to be fit for purpose.   After calling for and receiving some 30 other submissions on this matter, the Commission’s press release makes a bold boast: “In order to assure a transparent and accountable process for examining and determining the petitions, the EC has assembled a Panel of Eminent Ghanaians to hold a two-day public hearing on the issue.”   It brags further:“The panel of five will conduct the hearings in a free, transparent, fair and objective manner.The hearings will also be broadcast live on radio, television and on the internet for the benefit of Ghanaians who cannot attend but wish to follow the proceedings.”   Most importantly, the EC tells us,“The findings and recommendations of the Panel will be presented to the EC for final decision and communication to the public.” What this means is that the EC has shifted the task of objective and technical assessment of the evidence to this ‘independent’ panel to determine for the direction of the EC. The panel includes a statistician, who was responsible for compiling the 2010 national census, which captured among others, 2 million non-nationals. Also on the panel is a veteran in election management, who headed the largest election observer mission in 2012. Also on the panel is an internationally respected IT expert. Formidable.   So who are the actual members of the panel? His Lordship Professor V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, Co-Chair of the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers, (CODEO), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, former Professor of Law, and former Electoral Commissioner of Ghana;Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana and Chairman of the National Peace Council; Dr Grace Bediako, a former Government Statistician and former member of the National Development Planning Commission; Dr Nii Narku Quaynor, a renowned computer scientist, Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Board of Directors, and President of the Internet Society of Ghana; and Maulvi Bin Salih, Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Mission of Ghana.   An eminent list indeed. But, wait a minute. Even before the panel sits, we know the views of two of its eminent members. Two of them are known to not support the case of the opposition parties calling for a new register. It does not make them less eminent members of society. But, it makes their presence on this panel most questionable. In fact, in my view, their presence on the panel has incurably destroyed the expected fundamental objective of the entire public forum.   What is Dr Quaynor doing on a panel that is set up to conduct hearings “in a free, transparent, fair and objective manner?” Is he going to be transparent and disclose the fact that he is the godfather of IT for the ruling NDC? Will he disclose the fact that he has already given his expert opinion to the NDC on the evidence presented to the EC by the NPP?   On December 8, 2012, angry NPP supporters, led by Sammi Awuku stormed the vicinity of STL office in Dzorwulu over allegations that results were changing in transmission via the help of STL. The political parties were eventually asked to send their IT experts to STL to look into this matter. The NPP was represented by Joe Anokye, a renowned contractor for NASA in Maryland, and the NDC was represented by Dr Nii Quaynor, a renowned IT guru. What the two IT experts of international repute had in common was that they were (and still are) both loyal to the parties they represented. Anokye is a leading member of the NPP US branch and Quaynor is an NDC kingpin, full stop.   I have seen a police video of the technical meeting which took place at the STL office, with STL personnel taking the IT representatives, including Messrs Anokye and Quaynor, through the work which they claimed they were assigned by the EC to do: transmitting results. STL stated categorically on camera that the EC contracted them to transmit results and on the video you can see them showing how the work was being done in defence of the integrity of the process. The exchanges of disagreement between Anokye and Quaynor were all captured on the police video.   Oddly, moments later, the EC issued a press release to say that it had no business to do with STL on the transmission of electoral results. The EC said STL won the contract to give it technical support services as far as the biometric voter registration was concerned and not for results transmission. So who lied to Ghanaians on December 8?   But, let me get back to my main point. Charlotte Osei may be right. Considering the considerable international reputation that Dr Quaynor has, his inclusion is probably anticipated to give ostensible international‘credibility’ to the panel’s findings and recommendations on the technical issues concerning the register.   But, in reality, asking Dr Quaynor to be an adjudicator on this voter registration issue is like asking Arsene Wenger to referee a championship-deciding match between Arsenal and Chelsea.   The other obvious inclusion of contention is Justice Crabbe. He has a larger than life reputation on integrity. He is respected by all. In fact one of his biggest admirers is Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP standard bearer. But, no, he cannot be a member of this panel and for a very good reason.   The NPP held its ‘bombshell’ press conference on Tuesday, August 18. The following Friday (August 21), Justice Crabbe was on air completely disagreeing with the NPP on the case for a new register. To him there was no need for a new register even if the current register was bloated. Not even the evidence of cross-border registration fazed him.   “Is it possible for somebody to be in Ivory Coast and also a citizen of Ghana? The answer is yes. Then there is a possibility that his name will be in the register in Ivory Coast and the register in Ghana,” he told Citi FM. He recommended cleaning up as the only option worth considering. - See more at: http://citifmonline.com/2015/08/21/new-voters-register-vcrac-crabbe-disagrees-with-npp/   Surely, the EC cannot feign oblivion to the views of Justice Crabbe and affiliations of Dr Quaynor when it comes to this voters’ register issue. Justice Crabbe is against a new register and for a clean-up. The NDC is against a new register and a for a clean-up. Dr Quaynor is NDC. These are two of three experts on the panel. Their presence therefore makes the entire exercise a sham.   So what stopped the EC from discussing at IPAC with all the political parties the matter of the composition of the panel? The consequence of the absence of consultation is seen clearly in the composition, which has fatally wounded the integrity of the public forum.   The only way the EC can seek to resurrect it is to reconsider a more credible way of implementing the suggestion from the Institute of Democratic Governance and the Civic Forum Initiative for an independent inquiry into claims that the register is bloated. They wanted experts such as IT professionals to be part of a committee to investigate complaints over the register. The EC listened but opted for an IT expert who is also an NDC guru.   Dr. Kwesi Jonah of IDEG said last month, “a lot of parties are complaining. There is actually the need for impartial committee.” We may have to look further beyond the shores of Accra for credible experts and organisations with international reputation on this kind of exercise to assist us.   Unfortunately, the EC appears to be harking back without apology to the very culture of election organisation which Africans are working hard to move away from. The way Charlotte Osei is handling this voter register controversy poses a sincere threat to the future of democracy in Ghana. She has careened from one bad move to the next, diligently transcending her last flap with a new one, as she pretends to be showing genuine concern over this new register controversy.   “The EC, in the discharge of its constitutional mandate to run free, fair and credible elections, assures the people of Ghana of its commitment to undertake its solemn duty dispassionately,” so read the EC release last Friday.   So far, Madam, you have not acted with the apparent sincerity that commands public confidence.If your tenure is to be a success, you must quickly figure out how to respond to genuine concerns over the electoral process sensibly, creatively, honestly, honourably, and impartially. You ignore the huge drop in public confidence over the work of the EC at the peril of our democracy.   By Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko | The author is the founder of the public policy research centre, Danquah Institute. This email address is being protected from spambots. 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President Mahama has expressed his gratitude to the opposition New Patriotic Party for the kind gesture in handing him a massive victory come 2016. His comments follows the decision by the National Executivre Committee of the NPP to suspend their national chairman indefinitely. Addressing party faithful at a rally on Friday the president was grateful that he has received the most charitable political gift in his life.  “The NPP has been unbelievably charitable this campaign season. They have contributed to the success of my re-election in unimaginable ways. I’m not sure what would have happened without their internal and timely contributions to the outcome of this race. We can only remain grateful,” President Mahama said. It would be recalled that, the NPP on Friday suspended Mr. Paul Afoko indefinitely until the 2016 elections are over, he was accused of working against the interest of the party. However he has vowed to seek redress at the law courts because he believes the action is illegal and unconstitutional. Whiles some political analyst have described the situations as a positive one, others also believes it is coming at the wrong time since that will lead the party to a total defeat come 2016. President Mahama is thankful to the NPP for their noble gift and has expressed his gratitude. “This is the biggest gift I’ve ever received in my entire life. I will never forget what Hon. Afoko and the NPP have done for me, my family and my party.’’ President Mahama nearly shed tears for the what he described as an amazing opportunity to retain his seat as President of the Republic of Ghana.
According to the founder and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Papa Kwei Ndoum, ‘’Ghana needs a strong opposition. Every country, every democracy benefits from a strong opposition.’’ The entrepreneur and former presidential candidate of the awake family said if he criticizes he provides alternative solutions and therefore it will be unfortunate for followers of President Mahama to attack him for criticizing the president. Dr. Ndoum in a statement indicated that, he does not trust the government to manage the affairs of this country, aside that he also described the management team of Mahama as aggressive, who lacks the attitude to manage this country. ‘’It is that so far, after observing our results as a nation for more than two years, I do not trust his government to do the right things for Ghana. Again, it is not personal. I like him as a person. He is affable. I just do not like his government's management of the affairs of our dear country. I don't like the negative posture and overly aggressive attitude of some of his appointees,’’ the statement said.   Below is his full unedited post:   A STRONG, POSITIVE OPPOSITION IS GOOD FOR GHANA! A critical mind with a positive objective is good. When I am critical of President John Dramani Mahama, I am being a good citizen. When I criticize, I offer alternatives, solutions to better the situation. It is the ones who know something is not right, or is going wrong but look on unconcerned or decide they do not care, or do not want to face a backlash or want to see the President and the nation fail who we should be worried about.   So the President and his supporters must not be defensive about criticism as that is different from throwing mud at people or insulting them. This is not personal. Ghana needs a strong opposition. Every country, every democracy benefits from a strong opposition. Speaking out when I disagree with him does not mean I hate or don't like President Mahama.   It is that so far, after observing our results as a nation for more than two years, I do not trust his government to do the right things for Ghana. Again, it is not personal. I like him as a person. He is affable. I just do not like his government's management of the affairs of our dear country. I don't like the negative posture and overly aggressive attitude of some of his appointees.   Their approach to doing things has done damage to the country. The things I hold dear - education, health, the economy, energy - that is what I am talking about. It is not about Mahama.   I wish to encourage good people to stand up and define the argument.   And yes, I can find a way to do business with him where we agree. For now, however those areas are limited because of the huge differences between the actions of his administration and what I would do.   I am in politics to make Ghana a better place. It will be a better place if the voice of opposition is heard. There is a strong need for change and progressive politics.
Executive Director for Hope4Life tour, Mr. Emmanuel Bonney says graduates that comes out of various universities are only trained to be job seekers and not initiators or entrepreneurs. He said, ‘’a lot of the people who come out of school have been groomed to be job seekers and not job creators, they’ve been groomed to only identify problems not to solve it.’’ He explained that a lot of opportunities are available for young people and graduates if only they are to identify the teaming challenges confronting society and provide solutions for them. ‘’In society if you make yourself useful and you are able to think enough and identify problems and come up with solutions, we you become useful, create jobs and opportunities for others because there are a lot of problems around us and if all of us are playing our roles very well, that would create more jobs for others top benefit,’’ he said. Mr. Emmanuel Bonney in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem after a tour of some selected schools with the Hope4Life tour indicated that, although there may be challenges as some may claim, the opportunities for young people are enormous if we are determined. ‘’What we are saying is that, those who have created jobs after school made a decision to start from somewhere and so if one makes up the mind to start something he will be able to do although it is will be difficult to do.’’.   What is Hope4Life The Hope4Life tour is an initiative to spread the message of hope, youth responsibility and development. The project focuses on mentoring, grooming and creating networking platforms to empower young people. The project is sponsored by the World Bank and implemented by BEKOFI a non-profit making organisation. The project is looking forward to tour all the regions of Ghana to harness the potential of young people to help create opportunities, and train them. The tour main focus is to impact knowledge, motivate and inspire young people who are school through presentations by successful entrepreneurs, business executives, media personalities, lawyers and other personalities from the academia. So far Ghana's number one satirist and host of the  KSM Show, Kweku Sintim- Misa, renowned broadcaster  and entrepreneur Abeiku Aggrey Santana, ace broadcaster and host of the standpoint, Madam Gifty Antifounder and leader of League of Extraordinary women, Nana Yaa Serwaa  Sarpong have toured on the project sharing their life experiences and how they have gotten to they are now.        
The United Nations marks its 70th year on October 24 with U.N. Day, highlighting past achievements and focusing on the future.   In keeping with tradition, this year’s commemoration will center on a theme — Strong U.N., Better World — and highlights three key areas:   Development Nearly 40 percent of the developing world’s population lived in poverty only two decades ago. Since then, the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals have helped guide successful efforts to halve extreme poverty. The U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to end poverty and hunger, empower women and girls, and take “urgent action” to combat climate change, among other goals.   Peace and security Over a million people have served as U.N. peacekeepers since 1948. Today, there are 16 peacekeeping operations deployed, staffed by personnel from nearly every country in the world. U.N. peacekeepers also support diplomacy and mediation, help organize elections, and work to counter violent extremism.   Human rights In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights highlighted the importance of human rights in international law. Today, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights investigates human rights violations, issues reports, and supports rights components of peacekeeping missions. This is just one of the many ways the U.N. promotes and protects human rights around the world.   President Obama said at the 2015 United Nations General Assembly that the U.N. has helped to create an international order that advances liberty and prosperity.   “This progress is real. It can be documented in lives saved, and agreements forged, and diseases conquered, and in mouths fed,” Obama said.   On 24 October, more than 200iconic monuments, buildings, museums,bridges and other landmarks in nearly 60 countries around the world will be lit up blue the official color of the United Nations, as part of a global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. World famous landmarks from Australia’s Sydney Opera House to the Great  Pyramids  of Giza in Egypt, from the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro to the Empire State Building  in  New  York,  will  be  lit  blue.  Other  participants  include the  Great  Wall  of  China, Russia’s Hermitage Museum, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in  Italy,  Edinburgh  Castle  and Central  Hall Westminster in the United Kingdom, Japan’s SkyTree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others.  “I am grateful our Member States are showing such strong enthusiasm in marking 70 years of UN support for peace, development and human rights,” said UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon. “By turning the world UN Blue for a day, we can light the way to a better tomorrow,” he added. The  global  celebration  will kick  off  in  New  Zealand  and  then  Australia  with  the  lighting  of the  Sydney  Opera  House  at  dusk,  and  from  there  a  wave  of  UN  Blue  will  move  across countries and continents as monuments around the world take part in the international event.       
The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) will begin its public hearing come Thurdsay 29th October, 2015. The hearing will allow the Commission to receive petition from parities, individuals and various stakeholders on the call for the compilation of a new voters' register. The hearing will be done by a five member committee set up by the EC. The purpose for setting up the committee according to the Electoral Commission is to ensure transparency, accountability and a fair hearing for all stakeholders. The New Patriotic Party and the Let My Vote Count Alliance have called on the EC to compile a new voters register because they believe the current one is not credible to conduct the 2016 general elections. The two former presidents, JJ Rawlings and J.A Kuffuor have all called for a credible register ahead of the 2016 general elections. Meanwhile others have also called for an auditing of the current register including the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The hearings will take place on Thursday and Friday, the 29th and 30th of October, 2015 at Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra from 10:00hrs to 13:00hrs and 14:00hrs to 17:00hrs daily. The hearing will be conducted in a free, fair, transparent and an objective manner and will be broadcast live on radio, television and on the internet to allow Ghanaians who will not be able to attend the hearing to follow the proceedings. The five  member Panel will present their findings and recommendations to the EC after the process for final decision and communication to the general public.   The Panel is made up of:   a. His Lordship Professor V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, Co-Chair of the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers, (CODEO), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, former Professor of Law, and former Electoral Commissioner of Ghana; b. Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana and Chairman of the National Peace Council; c. Dr. Grace Bediako, a former Government Statistician and former member of the National Development Planning Commission; d. Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor, a renowned computer scientist, Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Board of Directors, and President of the Internet Society of Ghana; and e. Maulvi Bin Salih, Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Mission of Ghana.   Any person or institution interested in attending the Forum should please contact the undersigned for an invitation. The schedule for presentations at the Forum will be circulated prior to the Forum to all who made submissions to the EC and are scheduled to make presentations.   The EC, in the discharge of its constitutional mandate to run free, fair and credible elections, assures the people of Ghana of its commitment to undertake its solemn duty dispassionately.  
Embattled National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Mr. Paul Afoko says he still remains the chair of the Elephant party and the ‘’illegal’’ NEC meeting held to suspend him was unconstitutional and a breach of the party’s constitution. In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Nana Yaw Osei, the suspended chair of the NPP has shot down the claims insisting that he is still at post as the party’s chairman. ‘’We want to state in unequivocal terms that the improperly constituted National Disciplinary Committee cannot recommend any indefinite suspension of Mr. Paul Afoko to the National Executive Committee (NEC) whose chairman did not call the meeting that purportedly endorsed the so-called decision of the national disciplinary committee,’’ the stamen read.   Here’s the full statement from Paul Afoko:   ILLEGAL NEC MEETING CAN’T SUSPEND PAUL AFOKO AS NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF NPP   The attention of Mr. Paul A. Afoko, the national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been drawn to a statement allegedly authored by Nana Akomea, the party’s Director of Communication to the effect that the national chairman has been suspended indefinitely from his position.   In his stead, Mr. Freddie Blay, the First Vice National Chairman would act.   We want to state in unequivocal terms that the improperly constituted National Disciplinary Committee cannot recommend any indefinite suspension of Mr. Paul Afoko to the National Executive Committee (NEC) whose chairman did not call the meeting that purportedly endorsed the so-called decision of the national disciplinary committee.   We insist that an improperly called meeting of the NEC cannot legally deliberate on any matter for it to have the proper effect of binding on Mr. Paul Afoko as the national chairman.   The general public is entreated to treat the statement from Nana Akomea with the contempt it deserves and disregard same.   Thank you.   Nana Yaw Osei Spokesperson for National Chairman, NPP
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