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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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A former presidential aspirant in the NPP Mr. Alan Kyeremanten says after every competition, it would be important to cooperate with those who won. He stated that although he has gone through a competition with Nana Addo in the past, this is the time to support Nana Addo to become the president of the Republic of Ghana because the days when they competed are fast gone.  ‘’Nana and myself have gone through our internal competitive process and after every competition we’ve work together, because we believe in one thing. I have said this before but I need to re-affirm it, in our party we believe in competition because its competition brings out the best in every organisation but after competition we cooperate, and that has been the strength of our party,’’ he said. He added that, ‘’seeing me going round with Nana is part of our tradition, we work together and that’s why you see me around to and that’s why am here to support Nana to become the president of the Republic of Ghana.’’ Alan Kyeremanten has for the past few weeks been part of Nana Addo’s ‘Rise and Build Tour’ across the regions of Ghana, currently Nana Addo is climaxing his tour in the Greater Accra region. Among the keys issues Nana raised on his tour were the need for Ghanaians to trust him as their president because he is incorruptible, courageous and a leader who would in the interest of all Ghanaians but not a selected few. He has also on his tour accused the Mahama led administration of mismanagement, incompetent and corrupt.
Members of parliament have charged former rector of GIMPA Prof. Stephen Adei to provide evidence over the allegation of parliamentarians taking bribe for their girlfriends. The former rector of GIMPA Prof. Adei accused parliamentary select committee in parliament of taking bribes before approving a program or policies and even to extent of taking some for their girlfriends.      Speaking in an interview with Member of Parliament for Nkwanta South Hon Gershon Gbediame told Nyankonton Mu Nsem, if Prof. Adei has any evidence he should back them with his claims.                                                                     He explained that, there are allowances giving them in terms of workshops, so if that is what Prof. Adei is accusing them of, then he should come out and explain to them well. He said, if that is the case then the ‘’Giver and Taker’’ are all guilty therefore Prof. Adei should provide evidence to back his comment since he has not seen any committee taking bribe for their girlfriends. Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour has also denied the allegations stating that, they are not jokers that Prof. Adei will accuse them of bribery, he has therefore charged him to provide evidence to support his allegations. ‘’Are we joking, we are not jokers in Ghana, ‘’ where did he Prof. Adei saw that an MP is taking bribe for his girlfriend, he should provide evidence, he fumed. He critised Prof. Adei for making such outrageous allegations.    
The deputy general secretary of the National Democratic Congress has described the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo -Addo as the fundamental problem behind the internal wrangling within the party. Koku Anyidoho said, ‘’the fundamental problem of the party is the leader, Nana Akufo-Addo. He is a bad choice, a wrong choice, a very divisive, disorganised, petty, vindictive person and he cannot lead the NPP’’. According to him this was something that S.K Boafoh a founding father of the party, wanted to put across but declined just to save the party from public ridicule. In an interview with the host of rainbow radio’s morning show Kwame Tutu, the deputy general secretary opined that the statement by the former Ashanti Regional minister S.K Boafoh, should not be swept under the carpet because he has confirmed that Nana Addo is a bad leader. Koku Anyidoho advised Nana Addo and the NPP to sort out their issues of disunity and misunderstanding before Ghanaians will give them the attention they are craving for. ‘’Rise and Beans Tour’’ creating more confusion than unity The deputy general secretary labelled the ‘’Rise and Build Tour’’ as ‘’Rice and Beans,’’ unnecessary and uncalled for because it is creating more confusion in the NPP than unity. Koku Anyidoho stated that the so-called ‘’Rice and Beans Tour’’ is an activity which they (NPP) are using to solve the deep cracks within the party. According to him Nana Addo is wasting his time with the tour, a tour which has failed to pull some of the elders in the in party including former president John Kuffuor and Kwadwo Mpianim. One thing that Koku described as a shocker was the failure on the part of Nana Addo to pay homage to the Paramount Chief of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfour Osei Tutu II. He said ‘’you are showing disrespect to the King of Asante, you are pursuing your own agenda, very myopic agenda, and you claim you are rising and building, what are you arising and building?’’ Koku Anyidoho mocked the NPP saying, ‘’there are bad roads in the NPP, the NPP is depreciating and the ’dumsor’ in the NPP is worse than the ’dumsor’ in Ghana.’’ He accused Nana Addo and the NPP of been desperate for power and therefore using unauthorized means to achieve their aim, He also called on Nana Addo to stop giving the impression that he is the solution that Ghana needs to solve its problems.  
Flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has said that the importance of this year’s election is for Ghanaians to make sure that we do not allow one party to have 12 straight years in government because it is dangerous, unprecedented in our democratic process. Speaking on citifm, Nana stated that Ghanaians must come together and make sure the NDC is not given the opportunity to rule the nation for 12 straight years, considering the level of incompetence, mismanagement, corruption and poor conditions of the ordinary Ghanaian. ‘’The importance of this election is that, we have a party that has been in power for what  7 years, 8 years, seeking 12 straight years in office. It is unprecedented in the life of the fourth republic, that one party would go for 12 straight years. I believe that the circumstances of Ghana today, attest that all well -meaning Ghanaians should come together to defeat that purpose, to make sure that it doesn’t happen.’’ Nana Addo admonished Ghanaians to vote out the NDC come 2016, because the Mahama led administration has shot Ghana into an ‘’unprecedented expansion of our national debt’’ a situation he said is dangerous for our economy. The presidential candidate was disappointed at the systematic decline that has taken place in our economy after former president Kuffour left office. ‘’We are looking at a picture that is extremely dangerous for the future of our nation, and therefore it is incumbent on all of us’’ to make the right decision come 2016. ‘’We have chosen (NPP) and have promoted the idea of democratic accountability, we going to have an opportunity next year for Ghana to express themselves,’’ he added.
The presidential candidate for opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo- Addo has called on the Electoral Commissioner to hasten the process on voter register because the issue is a very important one. The flagbearer indicated that he was impressed with the road set up by the EC but he admonished her to hasten up the process. He added that the EC has been described by many as an open minded person but he (Nana Addo would be happy that she (Electoral Commissioner) is indeed open minded. ‘’I am hoping that what I have heard that she has an open mind on the issues that are before her table are true and that at the end of the day she is going to make up her mind based on the evidence that has been assembled to her about the register and other reforms in the system,’’ he said. Nana Addo continued, ‘’I will like to encourage her to maintain that open mind and at the same time find a way of hastening the process of making her decision, because if you decide that you are going to have a new register, it carries with it several, several steps before you get a new register, and the sooner that decision is made so that the country can be properly prepared for the 2016 elections, the better.’’ The presidential candidate also admonished Ghanaians to give the EC boss the opportunity to lead us down the right path because we all know how important the issues she has to deal with are. ‘’She’s set out a road map, I will hope is possible that road map can be quickened but for the time been I think it is right for all of us to give the opportunity to lead us hopefully the right path, because we all know how important the issues she has to deal with are, and for myself am prepared to give her the benefit.’’    
The Northern Regional Director of the Legal Aid Scheme has warned that they would lay down their tools if their condition of service is not reviewed by the end of October. According to Issah Mahmoud the regional director, government has for the past three years ignored their petitions over their conditions of service. He said they have on several occasions called for the rationalization of their salaries to be at par with their colleagues in other departments, but all efforts seems to fall on the rocks. According to him they have not benefited from the introduction of the single spine pay policy and prior to the introduction he was paid GHC 1,500 but he currently receives only GHC 1,200 a situation he described as unfair. Mr. Issah Mahmoud stated that they would not serve any notice of their intention to lay off their tools, if their concerns are not addressed. He insisted that they have been patient for well over three years and therefore if they take this action Ghanaians should not blame them.  
Presidential candidate for opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has admonished Ghanaians to ensure a peaceful election come 2016. According to Nana Addo, Ghanaians must avoid any form of attitude or character that would lead to tension, violence and bloodshed in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Addressing a congregation at the Resurrection Power New Generation Ministries here in Accra, Nana Addo said that the campaign leading to the 2016 general elections, must be devoid of insults and personal attacks.  He said, candidates must debate on issues and explain their policies to the electorate to make their decision. The presidential candidate opined that, posterity would not forgive us if the 2016 election is characterized by violence. Nana Addo charged the congregants to remain united no matter their political beliefs, because to him politics should not divide us as a nation, Ghanaians must unite, work hard and above all believe that we can rise again. There is hope for Ghana, all is not lost, we can work again to make Ghana better no matter the challenges we are confronted with, Nana stated. He explained that what the electorate are looking for is some with better policies, programmes that would strengthen the economy and create the enabling environment for industries to thrive. Nana Addo said that with prayers and trust in God, Ghana would be able to overcome its current economic woes. He called on the congregants to intercede for the NPP to overcome their internal troubles and also remember him (Nana Addo) in their prayers. He also appealed to them  to trust him and give him the nod as the president of Ghana, because he is incorruptible, courageous and committed to working for every Ghanaian and not a selected few. Nana Addo was accompanied by former communications minister under former president Kuffour, Hon Sherry Ayorkor Botwe, Madam Tina Mensah a parliamentary candidate for Gbawe constituency, Madam Vivian Nartey and Hon. Alhaji Abudul Saddick and othe rparty big-wigs. Nana Addo was on a three day tour in the Ashanti Region were he admonished party supporters, to work hard to see a massive victory for the party with a whooping 80% of the popular vote. He is expected to begin his 'Rise and Build' tour in Accra this week.  
The General Secretary of opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that, the continuous mismanagement and reckless borrowing by the Mahama led administration cannot sustain our economy and therefore the only way to rescue the country’s economy, from the incompetent NDC government is for Ghanaians to vote out the NDC come 2016. Kwabena Agyapong critised the Mahama led administration and the NDC for the huge debt it has accrued compelling Ghanaians to live under very harsh economic conditions. Speaking on UK based radio station, Amansan FM, the Chief Scribe said “this sad mismanagement of our finances and reckless borrowing cannot be sustained and that only a change of government will rescue the country’’. Mr. Agyapong could not understand why a country like Poland would raise an amount of 1.7 billion dollars at 0.94% at international market and Ghana will go to the same market and borrow at 10.75%, he described it as ridiculous and unrealistic. He indicated that the current situation has positioned Ghana as an hig risk country which no investor would want to invest, ‘’we are a high risk country and a no go area for investors.” The General Secretary criticized the way the country was being run and said every Ghanaian now owes GHC3, 500 as compared to GHC400 when NPP left office in 2009. He has therefore admonished party supporters to close ranks and work very hard to get the whole country behind the flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo and  all  NPP parliamentary candidates to win massively in 2016. Mr. Agyapong said, ‘’every member must be prepared for victory. We must go everywhere in Ghana whether stronghold or not; to every room, house, street corner, kiosk, school, salon, taxi rank, trotro station, shop, factory, village  , palace, church and mosques for the votes” Mr. Agyepong  was in the UK to represent the party and the flagbearer Nana Akufo- Addo at the Conservative Party Conference held in Manchester,  
The Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, has said the Judicial Service will soon focus more on the moral and ethical values in the appointment of judges.   She said the service would review the selection criteria and the focus “will reflect the desire to improve on the behavioral aspects of judges”.   The CJ said this would ensure that a judge’s behaviour remains consistent with his or her calling and the relationship with his or community of workers and clients.   She was speaking at the inauguration of a 42 new courtroom complex in Accra.   The court complex is made up of 10 land courts, 10 commercial courts, six criminal courts, six general jurisdiction court, three divorce and matrimonial courts, two financial and economic courts, two human rights courts, two labour courts and a Probate and Administration court.   The court complex has banking facilities cafeteria, 300 seater auditorium, library, a business centre, media briefing room, executive office for the Attorney General and Police Prosecutor and a data centre among others.   Late President John Evans Atta Mills four years ago cut the sod for the construction of the complex to replace the dilapidated courts known as the cocoa affairs Court.   The construction is the first, since 1940 for the judiciary.   Mrs Wood said she has also decided to restore faith in the country’s judicial system stressing that “our commitment is not simply a verbal commitment but one, backed by action.”   She said the judicial council is also determined to prevail over the challenges confronting the judiciary,  addding that the judiciary had acknowledged where they went wrong and are committed to restore their independence and integrity.   She further tasked Ghanaians to take a lesson from the recent developments in the judiciary in the past weeks and join hands with them in restoring and rebuilding the judiciary.   “When you find yourself as an adversary in court, resist the temptation to find someone who knows the judge in order that you may obtain favour,” she admonished.   According to her “the judiciary is poised to stand, thrive and overcome the present scourge imposed on us by the vents of the past”.   “We cannot allow the selfish desires of the minority in our midst to undo our efforts and expectations”.   –   Source: GNA  
The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described President John Dramani Mahama’s government as the most incompetent of the governments under Ghana’s Fourth Republic.   Addressing party faithfuls on the 2nd day of his “Rise and Build Tour” in the Ashanti Region, the NPP flagbearer said : “the most incompetent government in the history of the 4th Republic is the government of John Dramani Mahama. We have a responsibility in the NPP to work hard and remove this government.”   According to him, every sector of the Ghanaian economy has been in decline ever since the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government assumed the helm of affairs some 7 years ago.   He indicated that worsening living standards of Ghanaians, widespread and rampant corruption, rising levels of unemployment, declining agriculture, and enterprise failures, are all evidence of the incompetence of the Mahama-led administration.   These developments, Akufo-Addo said, requires the NPP to work hard to effect the change that Ghanaians desire, stressing that “an NPP victory in 2016 is the only way the nation can return onto the path of progress and prosperity.”   Speaking on the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme by President Kufuor, Nana Akufo-Addo lamented that Ghana, under President Mahama, is now back to the “cash and carry” system.   This, he said, is because funds for the NHIS, like all statutory payments, are in arrears.   According to him, hospitals are no longer willing to provide healthcare to NHIS card holders, compelling Ghanaians to pay for healthcare services.   Akufo-Addo further noted the NPP will begin the process of rebuilding Ghana again when voted into power.   Source: Office of Nana Addo   He also reaffirmed his target of achieving 80% margin of victory for the NPP in the 2016 election.      
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