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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 Madrid court has let off a former doctor over stealing newborn babies from their mothers and supplying them to infertile couples. The court found gynaecologist Eduardo Vela, 85, had committed the crimes but the charges were overruled because too much time had elapsed. He is the first person to go on trial for illegal adoptions that took place during and after the fascist dictatorship of General Franco. Thousands more cases are suspected. The Vela case focused on Inés Madrigal, allegedly abducted in 1969. After Franco's triumph in Spain's 1936-1939 civil war, many children were removed from families identified by the fascist regime as Republicans and given to families considered more deserving. The most serious abduction charge was brought against Vela by Ms Madrigal in April 2012. But because she failed to bring the case for 25 years after she first became an adult - in 1987 - the case fell foul of the statute of limitations, which is 10 years. She was in court for the verdict, but Vela was absent. Ms Madrigal and her lawyer say she will appeal to the Supreme Court so the doctor's crimes do not remain unpunished. Prosecutors had sought an 11-year jail term for Vela. The Madrid provincial court found he had committed three crimes - abduction, fraud over pregnancy and forgery of documents. Spain's stolen babies scandal went on for decades - from Franco's early years in power to the 1990s. It took a long time to surface because the Catholic Church and medical profession are highly respected, and Spanish law did not require the biological mother's name on the birth certificate. The scandal is closely linked to the Church, which under Franco assumed a prominent role in Spain's social services including hospitals, schools and children's homes. Nuns and priests compiled waiting lists of would-be adoptive parents, while doctors were said to have lied to mothers about the fate of their children. An amnesty law, aimed at smoothing the transition to democracy, contributed to the cover-up, as courts and politicians refused to investigate baby-trafficking.
Founder and leader of the Hezekiah Prayer Ministries, Pastor Kwabena Owusu Adjei is claiming that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will only win the 2020 elections if they are able to ‘sacrifice fresh complicated blood’. The man of God told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm that, there is a possibility for former President John Dramani Mahama, to be elected as president but would come at a price. ‘’This is the word of God. It is not only history but a plan by God,’’ he noted. He explained that certain covenants are at play and a repetition of certain covenants may repeat itself typologically. The 2016 election was won by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), based on a covenant, which repeated itself, and the late JB Danquah Adu paid that price. ‘’I believe certain covenants were at play. The 2016 election was won by a blood covenant and the late JB Danquah Adu paid that price,’’ he added. The NDC he emphasised would only be able to win the 2020 polls should pay the price involved. ‘’If the NDC led by John Dramani Mahama can reverse this covenant, they need a superior blood. A more complicated blood to reverse what took place. In 2016’ When asked if the NDC should kill a human being to make them win the 2020 polls, he said, ‘’I have not asked them to kill anybody. I know what they should do but they don’t really need to kill anybody. I know what they should do and if they do it, we will restore the covenant back, then John Mahama will come back and write the book of revelation and that will bring the John’s mystery to a perfect conclusion.’’ When he was refereed to his prophecy in 2016 that there would be no John at the seat of government because there was hardship under Mahama, he said, Mahama must come in the presence of God and restore the covenant he broke in 2016 so it would be easier for him to win the 2020 race. The recent meeting between Otumfour Osei Tutu and Amotia Ofori Panyin he added cleared the bad blood between Akyems and Asantes and that has also given the NPP greater opportunities. By his analysis he said, ''if you have Otumfour on your side, you will win the elections and referred to the apology NPP officials gave to Otumfour Osei Tutu II after he expressed displeasure at the attitude of some appointees of government who were inciting his subjects’ against Akyems. He quizzed the laid down plans by the NDC towards the celebration of the June 4 in 2019 and said, ‘’do they have any plan for June 4 ? No! They are just sitting there, talking plenty. However, you cannot buy a horse with plenty talk.’’
The Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo has announced that the city of Accra will undergo a massive change which will help reduce the congestion. The minister also indicated that the change will improve the landscape of the nation’s capital. The minister said government of Ghana is currently undertaking a process to remodel the capital to improve the quality of life and general economic growth. The decision he has explained became necessary because government intends to review the structure of Accra considering changes in population, economic activities as well as the impact of globalisation. To help discharge this, government has contracted the services of Dr. Liu Thai-Ker- a master planner and architect of modern Singapore. The minister justified the deal stressing it will inure to our benefit as a country. “The agreement will not be different from what we will do normally with any architect. This one is architectural designs he has to provide. First of all, he cannot even practice architecture here not until he belongs to the Institute of Architecture; it is by regulation.” “So it will have to take time to regularize some of these things, partner a Ghanaian architecture firm and operate with them. But it is going to be a lot more of assessing the professional services of a professional.” Dr. Liu Thai-Ker speaking to the media after a presentation to some architects said: “My job is to plan Ghana’s capital city, Accra. In the past few days after listening to the Senior minister and others, I totally am persuaded by them that we should just not build Accra but join the immediate surrounding township in order to slow down the rural-urban migration.” “Because if you plan only Accra and make it so attractive and not improving the conditions in the surrounding township, the there will be a bigger rush to come to Accra. This will not be good for everybody. So the likelihood is that I may be planning Accra and its immediate township,” he added.
National Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, says the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by President Akufo-Addo is laying a foundation that will destroy our education sector. The unplanned introduction of the ‘’wholesale’’ free senior high school policy will have serious implications for the sector in the next five years, he said. The policy he told Kwame Tutu was not properly planned and executed. The introduction of the double track system he stated forms part of the challenges confronting the implementation of the policy due to the failure on the part of government to properly implement the policy. He attributed the performance of the Akufo-Addo’s government to incompetence and lack of insight. ‘’The NPP campaigned against the NDC and described us as incompetent. They promised Ghanaians free SHS, restoration of nursing allowance among others but even what they are fulfilling is rather destroying what we already have. We are going to see the implications of the double-track system in five years.’’ He said, some officials of the NPP including Dr. Addo Kufour cautioned the party against the implementation of the free SHS. He was reacting to a statement by Kamal Deen Abdulai, the Deputy Communications Director of the NPP that, NDC members are liars and reckless people. Kamal Deen had also slammed Mr Mahama for describing members of the NPP as liars. But Adams who disagreed with his opponent quizzed the whereabouts of the one-district-one-factory, the promise of job creation, one-village-one-dam and the rest. The president to him has failed in his quest to fight corruption considering the number of scandals that has hit his administration without proper sanctions been enforced. He admonished Ghanaians to massively vote against the NPP in 2020 to serve as deterrent to politicians who take voters for granted.
Deputy Communications Director for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kamal Deen Abdulai, has described members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as irresponsible people. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the politician posited that, responsible people would never join the NDC because they are reckless politicians. He further threw salvos at Joshua Hamidu Akamba, the Deputy National Organizer and aspiring National Organizer of the NDC for reportedly inciting students at the Tempane Senior School against President Akufo-Addo. ‘’Members of the NDC are irresponsible and reckless. If the members were not reckless and irresponsible, Akamba would not have gone to the school to do what he did. The NDC members are babies with shard teeth whereas members of the NPP are babies with sharp brains.’’ Commenting on former President John Dramani Mahama’s claim that only NPP members are politicians who lie, he rubbished it and slammed Mr Mahama for deceiving Ghanaians. Mr Mahama he noted afflicted Ghanaians with dumsor, pain and economic hardship. ‘’Mahama afflicted Ghanaians with pain and economic hardship. He was incompetent and an irresponsible. He did not care about Ghanaians. The dumsor collapsed businesses and yet Mahama promised to end dumsor. But he failed and lied to Ghanaians on 14 occasions. How can such a person accused the NPP of being liars.’’ ‘’He was shown the red card by Ghanaians and now he is back telling us the NPP are lairs. He should desist from his cheap politics and allow us to think.’’ Meanwhile, he has indicated that the failures and mistakes of NDC should not prevent them from performing but rather give them the opportunity to serve Ghanaians better.’’ ‘’Between Nana Addo and President Mahama, who is a liar? Someone who has fulfilled his major campaign promises and someone who has deceived and performed poorly, who is a lair? Mahama should give us a break.’’ Reacting to the claims by Kamal Deen, Kofi Adams, the National Organiser of the NDC slammed the NPP for exhibiting incompetence. He said, the NPP lied to Ghanaians in order to win power. He made reference to the one-district-factory, restoration of the nursing training allowance, reduction in fuel prices and said, these promises have not been fulfilled. On the free SHS policy, he suggested the NPP is destroying the education system due to the failure to properly plan. The current administration he also claimed is bedevilled with one-day-one scandal without any commitment from government to resolve them.
Three lecturers of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) have been dismissed for allegedly soliciting for sex from some female students. The dismissed lecturers have, however, challenged the decision of the university to dismiss them. The authorities of the university say soliciting for sex from students “is a conduct that is likely to put the name of the university into disrepute”. Abortion Information pieced together by Graphic Online indicates that two of the lecturers had multiple sexual relationships with one of the students, resulting in her getting pregnant on two occasions. Sources close to the university said the student, who was assisted by one of the lecturers to terminate the first pregnancy, is said to have “nearly died after a medical officer friend of the lecturer prescribed medication for them to buy and subsequently assisted in inserting the medicine in her” vagina in the lecturer’s apartment. Information available indicates that when the student got back to her hostel, she bled and nearly died, for which reason she decided not to report her second pregnancy to the said lecturer but went ahead to terminate it herself. The student has since graduated from the university. Sex for marks The third lecturer, who solicited for sex from another lady, was unsuccessful and threatened to fail the said student if she insisted on not giving in to him. The lecturer is said to have invited the lady to his house, where he showed her her examination paper and threatened to fail her if she continued to turn down his proposals. All the three lecturers are from the Finance and Accounting Department of the university. Investigations On receipt of the complaints, the university authorities are said to have set up an investigative committee to look into them. The committee, sources at the university said, “recommended that the three lecturers face the disciplinary procedures of the university, after which they were sacked”. Dismissal as deterrent The sources indicated that the decision by the management of the university was to serve as a deterrent to other lecturers who might have involved themselves in such acts and those who might be nursing the intention to engage in them. The Daily Graphic learnt that soliciting for sex in the university is considered a serious disciplinary issue as a way of maintaining the sanctity of the university. Position of management When Graphic Online contacted management of the UPSA to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the information, the paper was referred to the legal officer of the university. The Legal Officer, Mr Fortunate Fio, confirmed that “something of that sort actually happened” but declined to comment further. He explained that the issue was still receiving judicial attention, as the dismissed lecturers were challenging the decision. He was, therefore, unable to comment further. Source: GraphicOnline
President Nana Akufo-Addo has said Ghana cannot allow illegal logging and galamsey continue. He has therefore charged the security agencies on our roads, along our borders, and in our ports should not look unconcerned by allowing people to illegally log and mine. ‘’Security agencies on our roads, in our ports and along our borders should not sit up unconcerned and allow illegal tender products to pass without confiscation or with corrupt purpose.’’ He reiterated the need for illegal miners and loggers to be punished severally to serve as a deterrent to others. ‘’Let us ensure that the fights and punishments pronounced on perpetrators of environmental degradation activities are deterrent enough and quickly effected.’’ Ghana he said is focused on industrializing the economy hence the need to protect our environment and leave behind a more peace and stable world for our generation to come. President Akufo Addo few days ago expressed disappointment in what he believes are lenient sentences handed to persons found to be involved in illegal mining. Speaking at the swearing-in of some 4 new Supreme Court Judges, at Jubilee House in Accra on Wednesday, the president said suspects caught in the act of vigilantism must also be severely punished. “It continues to be a source of worry, that persons caught in the act of destroying our environment and polluting our water bodies, the inheritance of our future generations because of the phenomenon of illegal mining, popularly referred to as galamsey, get away with lenient sentences. As it is at certain places, the discretion must be exercised for the upper end, for the maximum. The concept of deterrence must be an important art of sentencing policy, especially in areas of great social concern such as the fight against galamsey and vigilantism,” the president said. “Government has done a lot but we will need more. The kind of sentences and fines that come out of the arrest are not helpful. We know that the onus is on the prosecution to prove somebody guilty, but if you know what we go through and after everything the sentencing and the fines are not so deterrent…. If you fine somebody who is involved in small-scale illegal mining and you fine him GH¢1,000 or GH¢2,000, I think that it will not be deterrent enough. He will not see why he should not go back to the land. These are worrying issues that I hope that in due course, they are tackled by the appropriate authority,” he said.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Old Tafo constituency has disputed an alleged attack on the Member of Parliament for area, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei by members of pro- part Delta Force vigilante group. Some persons associated with Delta on Sunday disrupted a meeting organised by the party in the constituency. The MP is said to have escaped an attack from the aggrieved members of Delta Force over failed campaign promises. The Delta Force members were worried their MP failed to give them the jobs he promised after winning political power. They have also promised to beat him up should he come to the constituency to campaign for the 2020 polls. But the party has issued a statement denying the attack. Read Below the full statement *Re: MP for Tafo Pankrono escapes attack, death plot.* The attention of the Constituency executives of Old Tafo has been drawn to a video circulating on social media which suggests members of delta force in the constituency chasing delegates out of a constituency meeting. I want to state that indeed some faceless people came to cause mayhem and disturbed our meeting with our MP Hon. Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei but the target was not on our Honorable Member of Parliament but some of our Constituency executive members. We wish to condemn in no certain terms the unwarranted and reckless acts by these people. We therefore call all our executives of the constituency and the entire NPP fraternity in the country to remain calm as the executives are meeting to bring a lasting solution to it Long live Npp and long live Ghana. Thank you all. .............SIGN.............. AMOAH GREGORY (AMAALE) COMMUNICATION OFFICER, NPP TAFO PANKRONO. 0244516286
Members of pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group, Delta Force in the Old Tafo constituency, have threatened to beat up their Member of Parliament, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei. The aggrieved members of the vigilante group are accusing the MP and member of the economic management of neglect. They threatened to beat him should he attempt to run for the office of MP in 2020 or campaign in the constituency. According to them, he used them for party activities during the 2016 elections but has failed to deliver on his promise to get them jobs. ‘’He does not pick our calls. He has refused to give us the jobs he promised us. Although he gave us support in 2016 as a vigilante group, he has neglected us after the party won power,’’ a member of the group by name Sariki said. Saraki who was infuriated described the MP as a s***** man. ‘’He is very s*****. Tell him Saraki says he is s*****,’’ he angrily said. Another member of the group said, we have been neglected by the party despite being promised jobs. He reminded the party and government to fulfil their promise or face the consequences in 2020. The members further accused the MP who is also the Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation of working against President Akufo-Addo. According to them, the MP is working to make Nana Addo unpopular because he hates the president and does want him to succeed. ‘’He does not want Nana Addo to succeed. We were once told he does not want the president to succeed and his attitude has confirmed the assertion. We would want the president to know what his appointee is doing.’’ ‘’My wife has left me because the work I did for the NPP. I don’t know the whereabouts of my wife all because I worked for the NPP,’’ another member said. ‘’The youth in Tafo constituency are not happy. We are disappointed. We are demanding for the jobs they promised us. We have suffered and struggled in making the party win power. The jobs they promised us should come. We are loyal to the party but if we don’t get the jobs, we will advice ourselves. If the jobs come, we will follow the party and serve it even if it should take us thousand years.’’ Dr Anthony Akoto Osei escaped an attack after members of Delta forces stormed and interrupted a meeting in the process to register their displeasure at the constituency party office today [Sunday].
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has inaugurated the 225 kilovolts Bolgatanga to Ouagadougou Power Interconnection Project, which will see up to 100 megawatts of power supplied directly to Burkina Faso from Ghana. At the inauguration ceremony on Friday, 5th October, 2018, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, President Akufo-Addo stated that the successful completion of this project is credit to the strong bonds of friendship and co-operation that exist between our two countries, and long may they continue. The implementation of the project, one of the priority projects of the West African Power Pool, has also achieved the objective of strengthening regional integration under the ECOWAS protocols and the realization of a Regional Electricity Market. The Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu, who was present at the ceremony, told the gathering, which included the President of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Roach Marc Christian Kabore, considering the huge financial outlay for electricity infrastructure, particularly for power generation infrastructure, it is only appropriate that such facilities are shared within the Region. “Implementation of regional projects, like this 225kv Bolgatanga-Ouagadougou Interconnection one, would allow for the export of power from Ghana to Burkina Faso to serve the purpose of the creation of the West African Power Pool,” the Energy Minister said. He was hopeful that upon full completion of the 330kv Aboadze-Prestea-Kumasi-Bolgatanga transmission backbone project, the target of 100 megawatts of power to Burkina Faso will be achieved. “Ghana currently has adequate capacity for cross border transmission to neighbouring countries. Let us, therefore, continue to engage one another to make the necessary investments in order to put up the infrastructure that would enable us utilize the resources within the region to push the industrial agenda of our countries,” John Peter Amewu added. In conclusion, the Minister encouraged power utility companies in West Africa to intensify their collaboration in the development of projects under the West Africa Power Pool, urging “countries within the region to create the necessary atmosphere in order to attract investments in pursuit of common projects.”
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