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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 election directorate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has revealed at a press conference today (Tuesday) that, the party did not have in existence an electronic system of collating results. The party the directorate explained relied on manual form of collation as done in the past. However, an electronic system used by private individuals (referring to the presidency) failed the party and could not be relied on in 2016. Acting director of elections, Bede A. Ziedeng, addressing the press indicated that, the infrastructure of the collation of results directly from the polling station in nation elections does not exist in the NDC, and so could not have been deployed in the collation of results of the 2016 elections. ‘’What happened, however was that during the 2016 elections, there was an attempt to establish a new infrastructure for the collation of results from the polling stations. But this was completely outside the directorate and the elections directorate was not involved in its management. Unfortunately, it was this infrastructure which crashed soon after it was deployed and therefore failed to provide any results for the party.’’ This he added was alluded to in the Kwesi Botchway report. The party had to fall back on the election directorate to collate the results manually. He was however quick to add that, ‘’if the system put in place outside the national election directorate of the NDC had survived, it would also have been the first time in history of election collation that, such a system would have been used.’’ The ruling NPP he said used the same system and in their case, it worked for them. He further clarified that, the election directorate had started the collation of results at the party headquarters right from December 7th, 2016 through to December 9th, 2016 when former President conceded defeat. At the time Mr Mahama conceded, the NDC had collated results from 235 constituencies, he disclosed. He shockingly disclosed to the press the prepared budget for the directorate was not approved. ’’We hope the question will not be asked, why did not have the electronic transmission system that would have enabled us collate directly from the polling stations to the national database. We prepared a budget for the directorate but we did not receive the necessary funding. We therefore were left with no other alternative but to work with the tools we had at our disposal.’’ He used the opportunity to slam individuals who have attacked Mr Ofosu Ampofo, the Director Elections for failing to collate results for the party. He described the allegations as palpable falsehood and untruthful statements. ‘’The attention of the elections directorate of the NDC has been drawn to some untruthful statements in some untruthful statements in some sections of the media to the effect that the elections directorate of the NDC headed by Mr Ofosu Ampofo, failed to collate the results of 2016 presidential elections. This view is palpably incorrect, and the directorate states categorically that the results were duly collated and compiled by members of the directorate and are available for verification at the party headquarters for those who care to know.’’
The High Court sitting in Accra has declined an application by Kennedy Agyapong seeking to dismiss the 25 million defamation suit against him by Anas Aremeyaw Anas. The Court also held that the writ filed by Anas does not in any way violate the constitutional rights of Mr Agyapong as no relevant legal points have been raised to substantiate that claim. Mr Agyapong claimed that the wearing of a. mask and the concealment of his identity breached his constitutional rights under article 33 of the Constitution. The Court directed Anas to furnish Mr Agyapong with a more detailed address in 10 days as the current address provided is not sufficient. The Court noted that Anas uses North Labone Crescent while Kweku Baako, who also lives there, describes it as North Labone Estates in a writ he filed in the Supreme Court. The Court further directed Mr Agyapong to file his statement of defence within 14 days. Mr Agyapong had filed an application seeking to dismiss Anas’ law suit on the bases that the writ was incompetent, that it did not disclose Anas' address, that even the address provided by Anas was not his address and he did not live there and finally that the writ breached his constitutional right as a person.
The leadership of a civil society group called the Citizens Forum Ghana have, as a matter of urgency called on the Nana Addo led government to adopt a way of prioritizing the sanitation problem in Ghana rather than making it a fashion show as ministers and agencies in charge of sanitation are paid for being idle. The no action attitude of those in charge of sanitation have rendered various MMDA’s confused on where to get a final disposing site due to the scarcity of land, the group posited. In a press release signed by Paa Clement and Sieh Francis, the secretary and executive director respectively, they expressed worry over the fact that, Ghanaians can’t manage their waste which has been a canker in the Brong Ahafo region especially Sunyani, Techiman and Ghana as a whole. In an interview, with Sieh Francis, the executive director, he grieved over the fact that, the sanitation issue if not tackled will send all investors away from the country since they wouldn’t want anything to do with malaria. He again cautioned the people of Ghana to do their best and also be citizens and not mere spectators. He urged the government to put in place appropriate measures to punish culprits who violate the saniation by laws. By: Doreen Oppong (Intern Rainbow Radio)
The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-west Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees. Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category four storm with 155mph (250km/h) winds in the state's Panhandle region. Two people, including a child, were killed by falling trees, officials say. Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm as it weakened over Georgia on its way to the Carolinas. Storm-surge warnings are in place between Panama City Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida, and between Ocracoke Inlet and Duck in North Carolina, the US National Hurricane Center says. There are fears for people who ignored evacuation warnings in some of the areas now flooded. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were left without electricity in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Florida officials said a man was killed when he was crushed by a tree in Gadsden County while a child died when a tree fell on a home in Seminole County, Georgia, CBS news reports. Michael earlier reportedly killed at least 13 people as it passed through Central America: six in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador. How powerful was Michael when it hit? Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, at around 14:00 (18:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Only the unnamed Labor Day hurricane, which hit Florida in 1935, and Hurricane Camille, which struck Mississippi in 1969, made landfall with greater intensity. The Labor Day storm's barometric pressure (the lower the number, the stronger the storm) was 892 millibars and Camille's was 900, while Michael blew in with 919Michael was so powerful as it swept into Florida that it remained a hurricane as it moved further inland. Its rapid intensification caught many by surprise, although the storm later weakened. Unusually warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico turbo-charged the storm from a tropical depression on Sunday. Only on Tuesday it was a category two hurricane but by Wednesday morning it had reached borderline category five, the highest level. How badly was Florida hit? More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate but officials believe many ignored the warning. The coastal city of Apalachicola reported a storm surge of nearly 8ft (2.5m). "There are so many downed power lines and trees that it's almost impossible to get through the city," local mayor Van Johnson was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. Images from Mexico Beach show many homes submerged in water, and there was severe damage to buildings in the state's Panama City area. "We are catching some hell," Timothy Thomas, who rode out the storm with his wife in their home in Panama City, told the Associated Press news agency. Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long said at the White House that he was especially concerned about buildings constructed before 2001, and not able to withstand such high winds. "We just hope those structures can hold up," President Donald Trump responded. "And if not, that they're not in those structures." States of emergency have been declared in all or parts of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. Schools and state offices in the area are to remain shut this week and Florida has activated 3,500 National Guard troops. What happens next? As of early Thursday morning local time, the storm winds had dropped to 60mph, the NHC said. It warned that communities in north-west Florida and North Carolina faced the threat of life-threatening flooding as rising water moved inland from the coast. The Carolinas are still recovering from the floods of Hurricane Florence. Source: BBC
The Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu, has said he would have accosted Vice President Dr. Bawumia and demanded for refund off the money used by his delegation at the UN Geneva conference. He was reacting to the delegation that accompanied Dr. Bawumia to UN conference in Geneva. He believes the vice president despite being an economist lacks the expertise and skills to manage his office and messing up on daily basis. Ghana seems to have chalked a rather negative record feat at the United Nations Assembly after presenting a twenty two-man delegation led by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to the world body’s Trade and Development Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. While other member countries presented an average of five participants, representatives of Ghana lined up delegates including Protocol, Official Cameraman, Official Photographer, Valet and Chief Security Officer as well as several officials at the Office of the Vice President. Reacting to the story, the aspiring National Organizer in the upcoming national delegates conference of NDC described the second gentleman of the land as wicked, insensitive, incompetent and a blockhead. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, the vice president is lucky I have not been elected as national organizer. I would met him at the airport upon arriving from the Geneva conference and demanded for the money he wasted on the 22-man delegation to Geneva. Mr Akamba when cautioned be circumspect in his comments stressed, ‘’he is lucky I have not been elected as national organizer, I would have met him at the airport, held him tight and ask him to refund the money he wasted at the conference. I would have held him and until I am shot dead , I will not leave him.’’ According to him, the vice president and his delegation are wasting our resources whereas students at the Tempane Senior School are being bitten by bed bugs. He has promised to match the ruling government boot for boot and give it sleepless nights should he be elected as national organizer. According to him, what he did at Tempane Senior School was less. He said, ‘’I fear nothing. I have seen worse things in life except the grave. I don’t know how life in the grave looks like but I fear nothing and until I go into my grave, I will fear nothing. What I did at Tempane was less.’’ ‘’I swear by God, he is lucky I am not the national organizer, I would have held him and asked him to count the money and give back to Ghana. I would have done the same thing to the president,’’ he said. ‘’You don’t have an idea of what people are going through in this country,’’ he noted.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, has entreated parliament to approve the revised school fees for public universities. Speaking at the 2018 University Of Ghana Alumni Lecture, the Vice Chancellor said the university was facing challenges with regards to funding due to the inability of parliament to pass the approved revised school fees for tertiary institutions. “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Parliament to do something about the fees. This is important for us. We have to ask how we are managing our tertiary institutions. As we speak University of Ghana has a budget deficit of GHc30 million. So we will appeal to you, Mr. Speaker, to use your good offices to speed up the approval of fees for tertiary institutions,” Prof. Oduro Owusu appealed. The Fees and Charges Act 2009 (Act 793), which was amended by a legislative instrument (LI2228), 2016 seeks to safeguard the public against arbitrary and haphazard charges and levying of students by universities. In 2017, the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) called on all students of public tertiary institutions not to pay their recently increased fees for the 2017/2018 academic year until Parliament approves the increase. President of USAG Emmanuel Kwarteng Frimpong said, “Until Parliament goes through the fees, gives the breakdown and approves for students, we should withhold payment, just in fulfillment of the constitutional provisions (Fees and Charges Act 793).’’
Former President John Mahama has expressed strong optimism of victory 2020 for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). The former president and aspiring presidential candidate indicated that the performance of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been abysmal. In his view, the failure of the NPP to deliver on their major campaign promises and the economic challenges Ghanaians are going through would make the challenges of the NDC brighter. “We have a good chance to win 2020 elections because of the method in which the NPP came into power. They used a lot of sweet words, they promised heaven and I don’t think they thought through the promises because some of the promises were weird and absurd”. Addressing delegates of the NDC in the Boga East Constituency in the Upper East Region as part of his nationwide campaign tour he said, “When we were in power, small and medium industries were setup in the districts, but One District One Factory sounds nice to the ear, but not only that, One Village One Dam and we say what kind of dam?, the reality comes, they dig dugouts. Under GSOP we dug dugouts across most districts of the country.” “The worst one is $1m per each constituency and Bolga East was expecting $2m but for 2017 and 2018 no constituency has received such monies. My worry is that, it shakes the fate of Ghanaians in our democracy, it makes Ghanaians believe that politicians are just lairs and will not fulfill their promises”.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has supported Craftsmen Ghana, a group of medical students at the University of Ghana Medical School with 25 colour coded waste bins to advance an initiative to practice waste segregation in the school. The presentation was made at a short ceremony at the University of Ghana Medical School at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital last Friday, and was graced by the Provost of the College of Health Sciences at UG, Reverend Professor Patrick Ferdinand K. Ayeh-Kumi, The Head of Sanitation Directorate at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource, Mr. Anthony Mensah, Sustainability Advisor of AMA, Mr. Desmond Appiah and students of UG Medical School. According to the leader of Craftsmen Ghana, Theodore Amegashie, the idea to segregate waste from source was to divert waste from landfill sites into recycling, adding that, the initiative would be piloted in ‘Block D’, one of the school’s hostels and later scaled up to other parts of the hospital with support from AMA. Segregating waste from source, he said, was an environmentally safe alternative for land filling with the tendency to protect the environment from dangerous fumes from compaction, and degradation of structural integrity of lands used as landfill sites. Mr. Desmond Appiah, the Sustainability Advisor of AMA, who presented the bins on behalf of the Assembly, commended the students for their step to practice waste segregation and promised them of AMA’s unending support to ensure its successful implementation. He indicated that over the years, the AMA has taken steps to reduce the quantum of waste that goes to land fill sites, stressing that “the Assembly recognises attitudinal change as a means to ensure a clean Accra so any initiative that will support the agenda of reducing the quantum of waste going to landfill sites and that can encourage people to recycle, will be supported by the Assembly because waste is money.” Mr. Appiah recalled that the AMA has distributed over 1,000 colour coded waste bins under the Waste Segregation Program for Basic and Senior High Schools rolled out last year, to create a culture of waste management by separating plastic waste from organic waste in order to make waste a resource and subsequently reduce the amount of waste for landfill sites. The Head of Sanitation Directorate at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource, Mr. Anthony Mensah in a remark said the Ministry was working towards shifting from land filling to waste recycling and commended AMA for initiating waste segregation, which the university of Ghana medical school has adopted.
Gold trading company, Menzgold has been dragged to court by one of its customers. The customer, Reverend Joseph Appiah Odei, a resident of Tabora ibn Accra dragged the company and its Managing Director, Nana Appiah Mensah to court in relation to his GHc24, 000 investment. The man of God is claiming general damages for breach of contract and misrepresentation. He is also claiming interest on the total sum of Gh₡24,000, which he deposited, with Menzgold on April 20, 2018. His suit was filed on October 5, 2018 at the Accra High Court and in his writ he states that on April 20, 2018, he deposited 12 pounds of gold estimated at Gh₡24,000 for a period of 12 months and paid a non-refundable commission of Gh₡1200 to Menzgold. Meanwhile, a statement issued by the company says customers who wish to terminate their investment transaction will receive the full amount of their investment in 90 days if the ongoing misunderstanding with statutory institutions is resolved. “Should Menzgold succeed in reaching an amicable resolution with the authorities, customers wishing to continue trading with Menzgold are free to exercise the option of continuing to trade with us. Similarly customers wishing to terminate their business with Menzgold are free to do so and should be rest assured of their full payment in 90-days as stipulated…” a statement released by Menzgold, Monday said.
The Objective Media Forum, a non-political group has issued a statement to slam persons agitating against the extension of the Deputy Inspector General of Police’s contract. The forum in its statement said, the president extended the contract of Mr James Oppong-Boanuh in accordance with Article 119 Clause 4 of the 1992 constitution, which provides that: “Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, a public officer, who has retired from the public service after attaining the age of 60 years, may, where the exigencies of the service require, be engaged for a limited period of not more than two years at a time but not exceeding five years in all and upon such other terms and conditions as the appointing authority shall determine.” The forum has therefore cautioned Ghanaians to desist from the partisan approach in discussing the matter and allow the appointed Deputy IGP to work. The statement described the Deputy IGP as a competent person who has gone through the ranks and garnered the needed experience for the job. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the contract of Deputy Inspector General of Police, COP James Oppong Boanuh by one year, MyNewsgh.com can exclusively report. The former Director-General in charge of Police Administration attained the mandatory retirement age on October 8, 2018 but was asked to stay on by virtue of the fact that his services were still needed by the police administration and the country. A letter dated October 4, 2018 and signed by the Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary to the President on the contract extension read in part “With reference to your letter dated 17th September 2018, and a Memo dated October, 2018, from the Minister for the Interior on the subject matter above, I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has granted you a one-year contract of service as Deputy Director-General of Police, effective 8th October 2018, to 7th October 2019. I take this opportunity to congratulate you once again. Kindly indicate your acceptance or otherwise of this appointment, within 14 days of receipt of this letter. Please accept the President’s best wishes” Read Below the full statement The Objective Media Forum has followed with keen interest the unfortunate attacks on the president following the extension of the contract of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh. The reactions following his appointment and extension of contract by a year is not only reckless but a deliberate attempt to create unnecessary tension in the police administration. President Akufo-Addo is mandated by law to extend the contract of security officials and has not erred by this action he took. Per Article 199 Clause 4 of the 1992 Constitution as amended by Section 6 of the 1992 Constitution Act 527, 1996 (Amendment), the President has the prerogative to extend the service of a public officer on reaching the retirement age of 60 years. Clause 4 of the amended Act provides that: “Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, a public officer, who has retired from the public service after attaining the age of 60 years, may, where the exigencies of the service require, be engaged for a limited period of not more than two years at a time but not exceeding five years in all and upon such other terms and conditions as the appointing authority shall determine.” We have to commend the appointment of the Deputy IGP because for years, we have not had any person appointed for the position. The Deputy IGP position, which is part of the Police Service Regulations under Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) 76, has been vacant for many years. Mr James Oppong-Boanuh is not qualified for the job but experienced. He has held over 134 positions out the 18 available in the police administration. He has enormous experience from police management and filed command, He has also worked with the United Nations/Peacekeeping Mission, Investigations and prosecutions. It was under his watch that the police headquarters saw reorganization by introducing the decentralization and giving each schedule officer a secretariat with its own staff including a staff officer. As Deputy Police Commissioner for AMIS in Darfur, he led the Advance Team to set up the police component of the mission from scratch and his team also drafted the CONOPS for the police component. These are but few of his achievements we wish highlight. His Masters in Human Rights, from the University of Winneba, B-Ghana School of Law, Bachelor of Arts among others makes a perfect candidate for the job. We wish to conclude that the Deputy IGP should be allowed to work without any hindrance.
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