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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 Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djabah has been reassigned. She has been appointed as Ambassador to Italy and the former Ambassador, Paulina Tangoba Abayage has been appointed as Upper East regional minister designate. The changes, which take immediate effect, had the Information Minister, Dr Mustapha Hamid removed from the ministry to head the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry. John Peter Amewu who was appointed in acting capacity as Energy Minister has been given the role substantively. He moves from the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh who was previously the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister would now occupy the position. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah is now the substantive Minister for information. He was formerly a deputy information minister. Mr Kofi Adda is now going to head the Aviation Ministry whereas, the former Aviation Minister, Madam Cecilia Dapaah will move to the Sanitation Ministry. Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, is now Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection Designate. Mr Evans Opoku Bobie, the Member of Parliament for Auna North constituency, and former deputy Brong Ahafo regional minister, is now Brong Ahafo regional minister designate. Mr Martin Otin Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North constituency is now Deputy Minister for the Brong Ahafo Region. Former Zongo Development Minister, Boniface Abubakar Saddique has been appointed Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President. Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President. Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Youth and Sports Minister, is now Deputy Minister of Information. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy information Minister is now Deputy Minister, Youth and Sports. The statement which was signed by Eugene Arhin, Communications Director at the presidency said, ‘’President Akufo-Addo is hopeful Parliament will expedite the vetting of the Ministers-designate for Information, and Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Regional Ministers-designate for Upper East and Brong Ahafo, so they can assume their respective offices as quickly as possible.’’
A section of the Ghanaian public have appealed to Presidnt Akufo-Addo to maintain Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh at the sector due to his splendid performance. The individuals who spoke to Nyankonton Mu Nsem noted that, the minister has displayed competence and shown that he is capable. They also made reference to the implementation of the free senior high school as one major policy that has helped parents across the country. Another minister who they prayed to be maintained and not reshuffled, is the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu. According to them, the minister’s commitment to the fight against illegal mining popular called galamsey has yielded positive results. Alan Kyeremanten was also mentioned as another minister who should be maintained at the Trades and Industry Ministry. Meanwhile, they want the Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba sacked and another person appointed. Others were indifferent and were not bothered as to who is fired or appointed.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his Government to decongesting the prisons across the country. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Officer Cadet Course Intake 25 of the Ghana Prisons Service, at the Prisons Officers Training School, on Thursday, 9th August, 2018, President Akufo-Addo noted that the country’s prisons, built to accommodate some 9,875 inmates, has been exceeded by some 48%. “Nsawam prisons, for example, was built to house eight hundred and fifty (850) persons. Its current occupancy stands at three thousand, four hundred and fifty (3,450) persons, of which two hundred and twenty-three (223) are remand prisoners. Originally, there was no provision for remand prisoners at Nsawam,” he said. To this end, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that “we need to do something about these figures, and my Government is determined to so.” Following the successes chalked under the Justice for All Programme, the President indicated that the programme is expanding steadily to cover prison facilities such as the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, and to prisons in Tarkwa, Sekondi, Akuse, Obuasi and Winneba. He indicated that, under the Programme, two projects, namely the construction of a two thousand (2,000) capacity remand prison at Nsawam, and the expansion of residential accommodation for staff at Ankaful Maximum Security Prison, have been started, and will be completed and operationalized soon. With agriculture continuing to remain the anchor of the country’s economy, President Akufo-Addo was happy with the new focus of the Prisons Service. “Already, the Service has taken delivery of five tractors, four mechanical planters, and a number of other agricultural equipment to increase the production of cash crops and staples. Also, construction work on a new prison camp in Ejura, in the Ashanti Region, is progressing steadily, and, hopefully, will be handed over to the Prison Administration by the end of this year,” he added. This, the President said, will help the Prisons Service take advantage of the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”, and will also serve the dual purpose of training inmates in modern practices of agricultural production, and also help generate income to supplement government subvention to the Service. President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the number of medical personnel assigned to the Service has also been increased, and, shortly, all prison infirmaries across the country will be upgraded and adequately resourced. In addition to providing logistical and infrastructural support to the Service, government, he added, has also given clearance for the recruitment of 1,000 young men and women to augment the staff strength of the Service. The President assured the Director General of the Prisons Service of his support to help change and sanitise the reformation and rehabilitation effort of the country’s prisons. He explained that the media landscape is replete with many examples of persons who become hardened in prison, and are unable to successfully integrate themselves into the society upon their release, and, thus, end up perpetrating criminal acts, which bring them back to prison. “It is important that we give them the assurance of a better life after prison, by upholding their dignity and human rights. Officers of the Service must, at all times, exhibit high levels of discipline and professionalism in the discharge of their duties,” he added. President Akufo-Addo urged the country’s security services to guard jealously the peace, security and stability of the nation. Crime, he said. is becoming more sophisticated and multi-dimensional, and the country cannot win the war against it if the security agencies engage in needless tussles for supremacy. “Each one of you has a unique mandate towards the maintenance of peace and security of our country. I can assure you also that, under my watch as President of the Republic, the laws of this land will be applied to the letter, and without recourse to the ethnic, religious or political affiliations of the person involved,” he said. The President continued, “And, to those who are sending chiefs and men of God to the Special Prosecutor to intervene on their behalf, to try to dissuade Mr. Martin Amidu from conducting his investigations, from the little I know of the man, they are engaged in a fruitless venture.” President Akufo-Addo, in concluding, acknowledged the two officer cadets who excelled and distinguished themselves in the course, i.e. the best-all-round officer cadet, Senior-Under-Officer Stephen Kumah, and the best in academic performance, Junior-Under-Officer Mabel Asomaning. “Their achievements make them the proud and worthy recipients of the Sword of Honour, and the Academic Cane Awards, respectively. On behalf of Government and the people of Ghana, I say a big ayekoo to them,” he added.
The Finance Committee in Parliament has resolved to look into circumstances that led to the collapse of some local banks in the country. Ranking Member on the Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, has revealed that modalities for the probe is currently being considered. The former deputy finance minister under former president John Mahama, said, the issues of the collapse of the seven banks is a matter that should be probed and he has since communicated with the chair to have the matter investigated. He said, because parliament is on recess, members on the committee would have to be informed so they can all agree on a timetable for the probe which is expected to be made public. He also indicated plans to engage with leaders on both sides of the House to have the matter probed. The Bank of Ghana (BoG) last week Wednesday announced that it has revoked the licenses of five banks and put them together as Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited. The Banks are uniBank Ghana Limited, The Royal Bank Limited, Beige Bank Limited, Sovereign Bank Limited, and Construction Bank Limited and has appointed Mr. Nii Amanor Dodoo of KPMG as the Receiver for the five banks. According to the governor, Dr Ernest Addison, the Bank of Ghana is mandated by law to promote the safety, soundness, and stability of the financial system and to protect the interests of depositors. In this context, the Bank has over the last year rolled out measures to strengthen the financial system to protect the interests of depositors however, a number of legacy problems have plagued the banking sector including macroeconomic factors, poor corporate governance and risk management practices, related party transactions that were not above board, regulatory non-compliance, and poor supervision, (questionable licensing processes and weak enforcement) leading to a significant build-up of vulnerabilities in the sector.
The Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is demanding with immediate effect, the transfer of all their funds being kept on their behalf by the National Pension Regulatory Authority (NPRA) to the Ghana Education Service Scheme. President of NAGRAT, Mr Angel Karbonu at a press conference Thursday said, the association will embark on an industrial strike action if their demands are not met immediately. He described the holding of their funds by the NPRA as illegal. He also called on the Ministry of Finance to remove all impediments in the way of the NPRA and the board of trustees in this endeavour. The position of the law and the out of court settlement he added should form the basis of decisions in the management of the scheme. He stressed on the need for the board of trustees of the Ghana Education Service Pension Scheme to be sufficiently allowed to hand, manage and invest monies for teachers. He admonished government to hands off ‘’its influence on our funds.’’ ‘’If the monies are not transferred immediately, NAGRAT as an association, do not have a choice of engaging itself or embarking on series of industrial actions to ensure that what is lawful is done. He also warned the government no to impose fund managers i.e Data Bank, Prudential Bank and GLICO on them. The current administration he lamented is repeating the mistakes of the previous administration by politically imposing fund managers on them.
The Christian Council of Ghana is demanding the arrest and prosecution of individuals involved in the collapse of some seven banks in over the past few months. The Council is stressing the need for the directors of these affected banks and officials of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) found culpable in the scandal to be prosecuted. The General Secretary of the Council, Rev. Dr. Cyril Fayorsey said this at the opening of the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra. He commended the governor of the Central Bank for taking the initiative to sanitize the banking sector. The Bank of Ghana (BoG) last week Wednesday announced that it has revoked the licenses of five banks and put them together as Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited. The Banks are uniBank Ghana Limited, The Royal Bank Limited, Beige Bank Limited, Sovereign Bank Limited, and Construction Bank Limited and has appointed Mr. Nii Amanor Dodoo of KPMG as the Receiver for the five banks. According to the governor, Dr Ernest Addison, the Bank of Ghana is mandated by law to promote the safety, soundness, and stability of the financial system and to protect the interests of depositors. In this context, the Bank has over the last year rolled out measures to strengthen the financial system to protect the interests of depositors however, a number of legacy problems have plagued the banking sector including macroeconomic factors, poor corporate governance and risk management practices, related party transactions that were not above board, regulatory non-compliance, and poor supervision, (questionable licensing processes and weak enforcement) leading to a significant build-up of vulnerabilities in the sector.
The Accra Circuit Court has granted bail to Lance Corporal Frederick Amanor in the sum of Gh¢60,000 with two sureties for allegedly assaulting Patience Osafo, a customer of Midland Savings and Loans Limited. According to the court presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye, the sureties must be gainfully employed and must not earn less than Gh¢500 a monthAmanor, aka Skalla, has been charged with assault for allegedly mercilessly beating Patience, who had gone to the bank to withdraw her money. Alleged accomplices Apart from the policeman, three officials of Midland were also charged with abetment of assault and accordingly granted bail on the same conditions as Skalla. The bank officials are Jocelyn Kukwaa-Fakah, Operations Manager of Midland; Shirley Portia Anaman, Customer Service officer and Prince Ayensu; driver. The four accused persons were granted bail after they pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them and their lawyers prayed for bail. Lawyers for the four argued that their clients would not abscond when granted bail, but would always appear before the court to defend themselves. Per the facts as presented by the prosecutor, DSP George Amegah, Patience was a customer of the bank, but was always given an excuse whenever she went for her bank. On July 19, 2018, she went to bank to withdraw money but the bank officials told her that there was a network problem. She, therefore, approached Jocelyn and Shirley to help her withdraw her money, but instead of helping her, the bank officials told Skalla to sack her from the banking hall. Skalla in an attempt to sack her assaulted her by beating her. According to the prosecutor, the two bank officials did not stop Skalla from assaulting Patience. Shirley as the customer service officer rather took a video of the incident, while Ayensu assisted Skalla in driving Patience out of the banking hall The video, DSP Amegah said, went viral leading to the arrest of the four persons. Source: GraphicOnline
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has strongly enforced that he will never legalize same sex marriage. The president, who was speaking at a Christian event by the Synod of the Evangelical Church today [Thursday], said, he will not initiate any legal processes that will see to the review of Ghana’s law on homosexuality neither will he initiate new ones to endorse the act. He said, ‘’let me assure that, this government has no plans to change the law on same sex marriage. We have no authority and we will not seek any authority to do so.’’ The president who described himself as a Christian in politics stressed that he cannot endorse homosexuality, adding, ‘’I am a Christian in politics and will continue to be so. A politician who is deeply influenced by Christian values.’’ For him, it will be in our interest to pull our resources together, to build a happy and prosperous nation. I know the church can be influential in making a dramatic difference in education, health and sanitation.’’ The president challenged the Christian community to help develop the country through the same enthusiasm they use in winning souls for the kingdom of God. He added, ‘’let us join hands together to build a happy and prosperous Ghana we all want.’’
A political science lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, Dr Isaac Brako, has questioned the assessments and factors considered by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu before suggesting for only 65 ministers to be appointed through a legal instrument. The legislator made the proposal when he addressed the launch of the National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS 2018-2013) in Accra on Wednesday. “Mr President, I cannot assume my seat without provoking at least one little political controversy, and that is the size of government. We need, as a country, to take a collective, conscientious position on the size of government in Ghana and it should be by legislation, supported by two-thirds of Parliament, so that at no point again in the country’s history will we accept ministers exceeding 65, and it should run for all governments and all Presidents,” Mr Iddrisu said. In explaining his proposal he said: “if you take the decentralised provisions of the Constitution, regional ministers and deputy ministers multiplied by two give you 20”. “Cabinet ministers, under articles 78 and 79, not exceeding 21, with your good self and the Vice-President also give you 42, making a total of 62 ministers of state, with the President having the opportunity to appoint three other ministers in line with his policy objective.” But reacting to the call by Haruna Iddrisu, the lecturer who was speaking to Kwame Tutu in an interview said, the MP should justify his suggestion with further explanation. ‘’If you just suggest 65 without any justification then it would be like a dreamer who is fond of giving out lotto numbers.'' The laws of Ghana he said allows the president to appoint people he feels will help him achieve his goals and vision. ‘’Before you complain, we have to look at the system we practice and what the laws have to say…We are Ghanaians and entitled to lament but we have elected a leader who is ruling in accordance with the law and so, he doing as the law requires.’’ On reshuffling, the lecturer said it is a globally accepted practice that allows presidents to change appointees based on their performance, and competence.
Argentina's senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat means lawmakers must wait until next year to resubmit legislation. Currently abortion is allowed in Argentina only in cases of rape, or if the mother's health is in danger. Demonstrators on both sides of the debate rallied outside parliament as voting took place. Anti-abortion activists have been jubilant. "What this vote showed is that Argentina is still a country that represents family values," one told the Reuters news agency. Pro-choice campaigners say they are not giving up. Some started fires and lobbed missiles at police after the voteFor the bill's advocates, legalising abortion is an urgent public health matter. Tens of thousands of women in Argentina are taken to hospital every year after illegal abortions. In 2016, 43 women died. Those that can afford it use drugs to terminate their pregnancies while poorer women turn to far cruder methods. Uruguay and Cuba are the only Latin American nations to have decriminalised abortion. It is largely prohibited across the region except in restricted cases. The Supreme Court in Latin America's most populous country Brazil has begun hearing from both sides on whether abortion should be legalised up to 12 weeks. In May, another largely Catholic country, the Republic of Ireland, voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to overturn a ban on abortion. Source: BBC
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