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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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Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and his family paid a surprise visit to the General Hospital as part of efforts to spend Christmas with children at the Hospital. The second family first visited the children’s ward were they presented assorted consumer items including milo, fruits, drinks and biscuits to the children and staff of the facility. The second lady Mrs Matilda Ammissah-Arthur, said Christmas is a season to show love hence the reason for them to present the items to the children, nursing mothers and the staff in general. She stressed that children are special gifts from God therefore they deserve to be given maximum attention. Mrs Amissah-Arthur commended the staff of the facility for their dedication to the welfare of the patients at the children’s ward. On his part, the Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei expressed his gratitude to the second family for their kind gesture. He said the facility will put the items to good use. The Vice President was later taken on a tour at a project site were a maternity ward was still under construction.   The Medical Director, Dr Opoku-Adusei appealed to government to ensure that the project is completed as scheduled. 
The clergy has admonished Ghanaians to use the festive season to unite and forge ahead in unity especially as we enter in 2016 electioneering year. Speaking in separate interviews with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the area head of the Christ Apostolic Church, Ashaiman Rev. Samuel Mensah said the season of the birth of Christ should afford Ghanaians the opportunity to unite, share, love through giving to those who do not have. He explained that because 2016 is an electioneering year, we should be able to live as one irrespective of who we are, have, colour or ethnicity. He also took the opportunity to wish Ghanaians a prosperous 2016. On his part, Very Rev. Mathias Forson, the head pastor of the Methodist Church Ghana, Tiafa circuit, Very Rev. Dr. Mathias Forson said although Ghana faced challenges this year, we have to give glory to God and pray hard to ask God to grant us love and grace ahead of 2016. He indicated that the year 2016 will be a year that Ghanaians will be glad and joyful but he admonished citizens to live in peace with everyone and further unite towards a peaceful election. The head pastor at the Reverend Ernest Bruce Memorial Church Adabraka, Very Rev. Dr. Nana K. Bart Plange admonished Ghanaians to be tolerant, love one another and desist from any act of violence and mayhem. According to him, because 2016 will be an election year, politicians will try to call on us to fight for them but ‘’we shouldn’t allow anyone to engage us to fight for them in 2016.'' He said the birth of Christ should renew us and guide us to do the right thing all the time. The head pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Adabraka, Rev. Dr. K. Dogbe said Christians should take this season for granted since it is an opportunity to reflect the birth of Christ and the reason for his birth in uniting God with men hence the need to also live in unity especially in 2016.    
The Independent Presidential Candidate for the 2012 election, Jacob Osei Yeboah says government performance the year under review is abysmal and poor. Speaking with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on what he can say about the performance of the Mahama led administration for the year 2015, JOY as he popularly called noted for the failure of government to resolve the energy crisis scores him zero. According to him energy is the bedrock of every thriving economy in any country hence the need to make it available to ensure that businesses thrive. He chided the Mahama led administration for failing woefully in delivering on its own promises because they have failed in ending the energy crisis like the promised to. Mr. Yeboah opined that Ghana’s energy crisis is due to our failure of preserving energy. He explained that Ghana can go for solar instead of depending on barges or generators. The former presidential hopeful said politicians have failed to tell Ghanaians the truth on the issue of energy because Ghana only needs not more than 2, 500 megawatts of power and to ensure that we achieve that we have to preserve energy, he stressed. Citing the 2014 world cup and an initiative he proposed, Ghana served closed o over 500 megawatts of power. He indicated to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, that he has on several occasions through presentation of proposals but government has failed to implement them. Mr. Jacob Osei Yeboah said although he believed in tariff increment, it will be prudent for authorities to rectify the inefficiencies of the service provider and further address he waste in our system since without ha we will not achieve our goal. However he also alleged that some of the service providers benefit demerit directly from the illegal connection in our system. He warned that 2016 will be worse because government do have the resources to manage our energy crisis.    
The Chairman of the Pentecost Church Ghana, Apostle Dr. Onyina has admonished Ghanaians especially politicians to desist from insulting and speaking evil against each other. In a statement signed by the Chairman of the Pentecost Mission, as a christmas message to Ghanaians noted that Ghana is preparing to go into an election next hence the need for our leaders and Ghanaians alike to guard themselves and desist from using dirty language especially when they have the opportunity to speak on the radio or television. ‘’Next year is an election year and we are urging those who appear on radio and TV stations, especially, the politicians, social commentator and serial callers to desist from insults and speak well of people and the nation for God says he opposes the arrogant because he himself was born in a manger and he wants everyone to be humble,’’ the statement noted.   Below is Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyina’s Christmas message. 1st Samuel 2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows and by him deeds are weighed”. Sometimes some arrogant people speak evil things on people. When you listen to the radio stations and the social media, it is sad how people speak ill of people, especially our leaders. I recently listened to one insult on the sitting President on a radio station and I was shocked and surprised so I had to turn off the radio. I listened to another also on a former President and I asked myself, are these people afraid of God? And I was surprised that the host of that station did not cut the person off because some stations will cut you off when you start insulting and saying unpleasant things on air. How can you talk to a sitting and a former President like that? God says we should not do that to even children. We must respect each other. We must respect our friends, brothers and sisters, the poor and the needy as well. If someone does something wrong to you, leave it to God. It is not good to stand in public and speak evil of that person. People do it in our marriages. Some households are full of insults and it does not depict there is God in that house. Next year is an election year and we are urging those who appear on radio and TV stations, especially, the politicians, social commentator and serial callers to desist from insults and speak well of people and the nation for God says he opposes the arrogant because he himself was born in a manger and he wants everyone to be humble. I wish all Ghanaians Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. God Bless Ghana …signed… Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyina Chairman   Church of Pentecost
Pope Francis has appealed for peace and reconciliation in conflict zones around the world, in a wide-ranging traditional Christmas Day message. The pontiff said he prayed for the success of recent UN resolutions for peace in Syria and Libya. The Pope also spoke of "brutal acts of terrorism" in France, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Mali, which he condemned. Thousands of pilgrims turned out to see the address, known as "Urbi et Orbi" - to the city and the world. Heavy security was in place around the Vatican as crowds lined the streets, as it has been since the 13 November Paris attacks carried out by Islamist militants. 'Martyrs of today' Pope Francis began by noting that "precisely where the incarnate son of God came into the world, tensions and violence persist". He went on to urge Israelis and Palestinians to resume direct talks, and called for international efforts to end "atrocities" in Libya and Syria. Speaking from the balcony of St Peter's Basilica, he described those being persecuted for their faith as "martyrs of today". On the migrant crisis, the Pope said "may God repay all those, both individuals and states, who generously work to provide assistance and welcome to the numerous migrants and refugees".   Celebrating Mass on Christmas Eve, Pope Francis called on Roman Catholics not to be "intoxicated" by possessions. Sources: BBC
The Director of Public Relations at the Ghana Armed Forces says the action taken by the recruits at the Shai Hills Training Grounds is a serious thing that cannot be entertained. Speaking with rainbowradioonline.com, Colonel E Aggrey Quarshie said the unauthorized demonstration is an act of indiscipline. Asked the seriousness of the action by the recruits, he said ‘’…Yes is a very serious thing because if you are under training and you decide to do things on your own,’’ then that’s a very serious thing because even those of us working cannot just get up and do things on our own. He maintained that those working as military men including himself cannot just get up and go anyway just like that because anywhere he goes, he needs to ask permission even with this my rank he indicated Colonel Aggrey Quarshie posited that what makes their action more serious is that they [recruits] are under training. He quizzed what the recruits could do if they start working as military men after exhibiting his kind of indiscipline. According to him the Ghana Armed Forces is reviewing their action and will come up with their final decision soon but as to whether the recruits will be called back, Colonel Quarshie said that he cannot yes or no until the GAF is done with their review. He reiterated that the training has ceased hence the decision to send the recruits back home. Some five hundred (500) recruits were sent home by the GFA after they staged an ‘’unauthorized’’ demonstration on the school square and later marched to the instructor’s accommodation demanding to be sent home for what they described as a ‘’strenuous training’’ and maltreatment at the training school. A statement signed by the PRO of GFA released to the media read: Cessation of training of Army recruits. The Ghana armed forces wishes to inform the General Public and relatives of recruits undergoing training at the Army Recruits training School, Shai Hills, that there is cessation of training of the recruits. The cessation has become necessary following an incident which took place at the Training School on 3 December 2015. At about 0200 hours on that day, the recruits without due authorisation dressed up in their outing attire (black trousers and whites shirt) staged an unauthorised assembly on the school square and later marched to the instructor’s accommodation demanding to be sent home because the training was strenuous, a situation the recruits considered as maltreatment. This was followed by other insubordinate behaviors by recruits that same day. The implications if the recruits’ behavior are far reaching and inimical to the security of the state. The Ghana Armed Forces rake this opportunity to wish all Ghanaians a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.   Signed: Colonel E Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of public relations    
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has wished Ghanaians the best of the season. In a post on his official facebook wall, President Mahama said he is grateful to God for the protection, health and favour upon the nation and Ghanaians. He said Ghana is ‘’an oasis of tranquility’’ and we will always wither the storms of life. President said ‘’Christmas is a season of love and sharing and the more we share, the more we have.’’   Below is his facebook post: Joy to the world. Xmas is here. It's a season of love and sharing. "The more we share, the more we have". I thank God for the gift of life, health and the opportunity to share the love of the season with the children of Bole/Bamboi. We thank God for his continuous blessing and favour on our nation. May we continue to be an oasis of tranquility in all life's storms. Merry Christmas to all Ghanaians. May the season portend even greater success for ourselves and our country.   ---JM
  The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has wished Ghanaians a prosperous celebration on behalf of himself and his family. The three times flagbearer of the NPP said although 2015 has been a challenging one for Ghanaians, there is still ahead of us. According to Nana Addo, he still a firm and passionate believer in Ghana and that we can overcome our challenges if we as Ghanaians work hard. ‘’I continue to be a passionate believer in Ghana’s potential, and I remain confident that, despite our present economic difficulties, we have it within us to rise up and revive the fortunes of our country, the statement said. Below is the full statement from Nana Addo My wife, Rebecca, daughters, grandchildren and I extend our warmest wishes to all Ghanaians and friends of Ghana for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Undoubtedly, 2015 has been a very difficult year for Ghanaians, amidst the numerous problems which face us. However, the story of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, must give us hope of a brighter tomorrow. I continue to be a passionate believer in Ghana’s potential, and I remain confident that, despite our present economic difficulties, we have it within us to rise up and revive the fortunes of our country. We must work towards creating a free and prosperous society of opportunities, where every Ghanaian child, no matter the circumstances of their birth, has a fair chance to strive for a happy and dignified life, and where we can unleash the enterprise of our people so that we can build a progressive, prosperous Ghana whose citizens live in harmony and security. As Christmas fills our hearts with gratitude, let us not forget our responsibility towards one another. Let us all celebrate the season safely and responsibly, and remember to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.” God bless you all. God bless Ghana. God bless Mother Africa. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. ……signed...... Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo 2016 NPP Presidential Candidate      
A huge blast at a gas plant in south-eastern Nigeria has left an unknown number of people dead and injured. A truck is reported to have exploded as it was off-loading butane cooking gas in the town of Nnewi in Anambra State. Locals are said have been there gathering gas for meals on Christmas. Reports of fatalities vary from low numbers to more than 100, including factory workers. A fire raged for more than five hours after the blast, witnesses said. The dead and injured were taken to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, which has a predominantly Christian community. Staff inside the plant are reported to have been trapped. "The fire burned beyond recognition all the workers who were inside that depot at that time and also all the customers inside that depot," Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu, who went to the scene, told the BBC. 'Huge inferno' The ferocity of the blast also damaged houses in the surrounding area. Police spokesman Ali Okechukwu said there had been a "huge inferno". Reports of the scale of fatalities vary. Mr Okechukwutold AFP news agency at least two people had died, while a reporter for Associated Press said they counted the remains of 100 bodies. A witness told the Vanguard newspaper that the blast was triggered when a truck began discharging cooking gas without waiting for the mandatory cooling time. Passers-by were also caught up in the explosion, the newspaper reported.   Witnesses described a huge fire with acrid black smoke hanging over the scene of the disaster. Source: BBC
The Ghana Armed Forces has ceased the training of recruits at their Shai Hills training school following an ‘’unauthorized’’ demonstration undertaken by the recruits over what the [recruits] described as ‘’strenuous training’’. The recruits were said to have stage the demonstration on the 3rd of December, 2015 on the square of their training school and later marched to their instructor’s accommodation demanding to be sent home because they felt they were being maltreated. But a statement which was signed by Colonel E Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of public relations at the Ghana Armed Forces said the action taken by the recruits is inimical to the security of the nation. The statement also added the recruits misbehaved themselves on the day of demonstration and by their conduct their training has ceased and the GAF have asked to go home. Below is the full statement from the Ghana Armed Forces.  Cessation of training of Army recruits. The Ghana armed forces wishes to inform the General Public and relatives of recruits undergoing training at the Army Recruits training School, Shai Hills, that there is cessation of training of the recruits. The cessation has become necessary following an incident which took place at the Training School on 3 December 2015. At about 0200 hours on that day, the recruits without due authorisation dressed up in their outing attire (black trousers and whites shirt) staged an unauthorised assembly on the school square and later marched to the instructor’s accommodation demanding to be sent home because the training was strenuous, a situation the recruits considered as maltreatment. This was followed by other insubordinate behaviors by recruits that same day. The implications if the recruits’ behavior are far reaching and inimical to the security of the state. The Ghana Armed Forces rake this opportunity to wish all Ghanaians a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.   Signed: Colonel E Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of public relations
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