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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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Kweku Adoboli, former UBS trader convicted of fraud, has lost his appeal against being deported from the UK. His unauthorised trading lost the Swiss bank £1.4bn ($2.2bn) and in 2012 he was sentenced to seven years jail on two counts of fraud. Mr Adoboli was released in 2015, but foreign nationals sentenced to more than four years are automatically considered for deportation. He is Ghanaian but has lived in the UK since the age of 12. The decision by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber pointed out that “while he was socially and culturally integrated into the United Kingdom, his family was in Ghana” and that Mr Adoboli “had not established that there would be very significant obstacles in his reintegration into life in Ghana”. The son of a UN diplomat, who was educated at a Yorkshire boarding school, Mr Adoboli said he would continue fighting the deportation. A crowdfunding page has been set up to help him raise £75,000 for legal costs. More than £10,000 has been pledged in just two days. During his trial, Mr Adoboli said that UBS staff had been encouraged to take risks until they got “a slap on the back of the wrist” by senior managers. The Financial Conduct Authority banned Adoboli from working in the City for life. UBS was fined £29.7m for systems and control failures related to the unauthorised trading losses.   Source: BBC    
The fourth anniversary commemorative lecture of the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills is scheduled for July 25, 2016. The lecture is under the auspices of Government of Ghana working in tandem  the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the John Atta Mills Centre for Law and Governance (GIMPA).  The memorial lectures will take place at the main auditorium of UCC on Monday July 25, 2016 at 3pm prompt.  H.E Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi will anchor the lecture which is on the theme ''Atta Mills; Servant Leader''. Prior to the commemorative lecture, in the morning of the same day, there will be the commissioning of the John Evans Atta Mills Presidential Library, by H.E President John Dramani Mahama at the Cape Coast Chapel Square,'' a statement from the planning committee said. Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was born on July 21st, 1944, at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana and hails from Ekumfi Otuam in the Mfantsiman East Constituency of the Central Region. He won the Presidency on the third attempt in the 2008 general elections. (December 7th & 28th 2008 and January 2nd 2009 -28th December,2008 and January 2nd 2009 elections were Presidential run-offs)  January 3rd 2009-Professor Mills declared President-Elect in the 2008 elections. He had 4,521,032 votes representing 50.32 percent beating his rival Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who had 4,480,446 votes representing 49.77 percent   January 7th, 2009 Professor Mills sworn in as the Third President of the Republic of Ghana.   He was married to Ernestina Naadu Mills, an educationist, and had a son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills. Mills died on 24 July 2012 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, three days after his 68th birthday.    
The Youth Wing of the Convention People's Party (CPP) will today present their further and better particulars to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) as requested over President Mahama's Ford Expedition  saga. The Commission a week today requested the group to provide more details following its request for a probe into President John Mahama’s conduct in the matter of a Ford Expedition present gifted him by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe According to the Commission’s response in a letter dated July 13, 2016, which was signed by Ayamdoo Charles, Director for Anti-Corruption, on behalf of the CHRAJ boss, the CPP youth are supposed to “clarify the capacity in which the complaint was brought to the commission”. The petitioners were given up to July 20, to provide the requests for any further action by the Commission. Following the deadline given, the Youth Wing are currently at the premises of the Commission to present their further and better particulars. They have also asked the president to provide reasons for his decision to accept a $100,000 Ford vehicle gift in accordance with CI 67, which requires his response within 10 days.  
The Presiding Bishop of the Jesus Generation Ministries, Rt. Rev. Dr. Anyani Boadum, has said current activities at the Electoral Commission (EC), is allaying fears of its stakeholders of that the EC may not organise a credible polls. However, ''we need more because we need a listening national leadership to ensure credibility, transparency and accountability.'' He commended the EC for engaging its various stakeholders in the discharge of the mandate. The Executive member of the Ghana Pentecostal Council said the EC must be congratulated for engaging with the public and not just political party leaders, since it has helped the public to trust in the activities of the Commission. Rt. Rev. Dr. Anyani Boadum said the promise of ensuring credible polls, is a collective responsibility. He expressed his discontent at the constant attacks on the first female commissioner of the EC when in actual fact, she is not the only person who works at the Commission. According to him, our electoral processes makes it extremely difficult for an election to be rig however, stakeholders involved must be vigilant. Persons who accuse the EC of rigging elections, he opined are sometimes insincere and only make those comments just to 'deceive' Ghanaians. ''I'm not sure the EC can rig an election as some are claiming. I will like to know if there are special ways the Commission can rig an election. I sometimes ask myself how an election is rig. Our electoral processes makes it extremely difficult for anyone to rig an election. Elections he noted are 'impression management' and the public normally believe any information churn out by their political leaders; hence the need for politicians to be circumspect.  
France's defence ministry says three of its soldiers have died in Libya, reportedly after their helicopter was shot down. A short statement said the soldiers died "while on mission" in the north African country. Earlier on Wednesday, ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed French special forces were in Libya. On Tuesday, Associated Press quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter. The attack on Sunday happened near the city of Benghazi, and left no survivors, AP reported. Mr Le Foll, in an interview with France Info radio on Wednesday, said French special forces were in Libya to "ensure that France is present everywhere in the fight against terrorism". While France had previously said its warplanes were carrying out reconnaissance flights over Libya, this is the first formal confirmation that France has special forces inside the country. Their presence was first reported by Le Monde newspaper in February (in French) but later denied by Libyan officials. Le Monde also said that French intelligence officials were also stationed inside Libya to help the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS). Benghazi was the birthplace of the 2011 uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi, but has since seen heavy violence between rival Islamist militias. Source: BBC
Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho is 'running after' the vice-presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to produce his ''fake Togolese Register'' he alleged to have in his possession. According to him, if this country has burnt all because of the ''fake Togolese register'' Dr. Bawumia claims to have, then where would we have been? The issue of Dr. Bawumia and the ''90 percent fake register'' he claims to have is a very serious issue and, '' i don't think we should ignore the claims from someone who wants to be a vice-president.'' Koku Anyidoho said for the sake of power, Dr. Bawumia came out to deceive Ghanaians because they wanted to win power at all cost. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in August 2015 called for a new voters' register because the current register he said at the time was terminally faulty, and cannot be relied on for the 2016 elections. “The current voters' register is incurably flawed, and cannot be relied on for the 2016 elections, and as a matter of urgency, we have submitted a petition to the Electoral Commission (EC), to register our displeasure,” he said. Dr Bawumia revealed that a team commissioned by the party to go into Ghana’s voters' register, had identified 76,286 persons with the same data in both Ghana and Togo’s voters' register. Dr Bawumia noted that the identification of such persons, represented less than 10 per cent of the party’s inquiry into the country’s voters' register, and that the party would reveal more anomalies emanating from the register. But the NPP's vice-presidential candidate is yet to provide the further and better particulars as promised Ghanaians. Following this, Koku Anyidoho has called on the candidate to with immediate effect provide the evidence or apologise to Ghanaians for wasting our time and inciting the public against Ghana's Electoral Commission. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, Koku Anyidoho said, we felt more scandalised after the presidential candidate, Nana Akufo Addo ''went abroad and told audiences' in London that the NPP will not allow an ECOWAS register to used in conducting the elections. He told them that the register contains over 1 million foreign names. This is a serious allegation.'' '' So between Nana Akufo Addo and Dr. Bawumia; they lied to the people of Ghana? This is a matter we must look at seriously. Civil societies, religious leaders must come in. And the media must take it on seriously.'' Koku Anyidoho says he feels sad that, Ghanaians have forgotten so soon that, Dr. Bawumia who was the chief protagonist in the call for a new register, deceived us, and yet has not provided the evidence. ''Go fish out Bawumia top provide us with his evidence. We must not allow him to go scot-free. We need that evidence. We will not accept his deception. He must pull him to the centre of these whole debate and ask him the questions. He must bring the 90 percent or he must forget it.''  
The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), has disclosed that proceeds from the Ghana's petroleum revenue which were used for the re-branding 116 Metro Mass Transport Buses in 2015, have been refunded in full to the public coffers. Chairman of the committee, Professor Paul Kingsley Buah-Bassuah, said an amount of GHC3.65 million, approximately 9 percent of transport sector allocation from the petroleum revenue, have been refunded. Smartty's was awarded the GHC 3.65 million re-branding contract for the 116 Metro Mass Transit Buses.  The contract led to the resignation of the Transport Minister, Madam Dzifa Attivor after a public outcry in December last year. The Attorney-General following an order from the Chief of Staff investigated the the matter after which the company was ordered to refund the excess payments made.
The African Centre for Energy Policy has launched their citizens Energy Manifesto after their visit to the ten regions in Ghana, interacting with citizens on issues related to energy. The objective in drafting the "Citizens Agenda for Energy Sector Development" which is also called the "Citizens’ Energy Manifesto" provides platform for using democratic elections as an instrument for generating policy reforms, building political consensus of policies and holding elected officials accountable for their promises,'' the centre noted. ''The Manifesto also ushers in an era in which elections become platforms for generating policy reforms, building political consensus on policies and creating an effective mechanism forholding elected officials accountable.'' According to Dr. Ishmael Ackah, Head of Policy ACEP, Ghana's petroleum money should be invested in the education, health and agricultural sector. He further called for transparency in the management of the oil proceeds. This he stressed, will also guide the judicious use of resources as well as put to check mismanagement.        
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) is back in the news over his decision to ban social media on election day, if the need be. Mr. John Kudalor came under severe criticism for stating that the police administration was considering shutting down social media as part measures to ensure sanity on election day. The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) and other civil society groups chided the police service for such a decision. The United Nations Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas at a media briefing recently stated that the UN would not support the social media ban on election day reportedly being considered by the Inspector General of Police. “I should say without hesitation from UN point of view that we would be obviously averse to any steps that would amount to restricting the democratic space, particularly any steps that would be taken to restrict the freedom of expression; and today social media for good or for bad is one of the modes of expression for free speech in democratic societies. It has its negative sides, obviously a lot of good sides to it too, but a total ban would not obviously be something the UN would encourage,'' he underscored. Public Relations Officer for the service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur in an interview with Rainbow Radio Radio 87.5FM said the message from his boss was misconstrued. “Let us not be alarmed. The IGP is not about to block social media on election day and we are going to have our social media,” Cephas Arthur said. But the IGP has reiterated earlier consideration for social media to be banned during the November polls. According to him, “Social media is used to churn out untruths and half-baked truths and finally lies...we as the Police will not sit down for this to happen, we shall recommend that the Social Media is banned for the seven or eight hours that the election will take place after all it is nothing but Ghana first and I still stand by that.'' John Kudalor was interacting Police personnel during a tour of the Eastern region Tuesday, the IGP said he still stands by his earlier intentions to ban the platform.  
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in partnership with UNICEF Ghana has today hold a conference on dissemination of the human trafficking prohibition (protection and reintegration of trafficked persons) regulation, 2015 L.I 2219. The conference was part of activities to to commemorate the UN Day against Human Trafficking- Blue Day.   The activity is to  assist stakeholders intensify information campaign to reach potential victims of trafficking as well as reduce, punish and prosecute offences of human trafficking. Acting Executive Secretary Victoria Nato in her speech said the passage of the Human Trafficking Prohibition Regulations 2015 (LI 2219) by Parliament in November, 2015 was to help Ghana improve in all areas of prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership to combat human trafficking in a decisive manner.  The LI is also to standardize the implementation of the Human Trafficking Act of 2005, Act 694 by various stakeholders to address various gaps in the fight against Human trafficking, she added. She charged authorities to be on the high alert and ensure that persons who engage in such activities should be dealt with within the full remits of the law.  
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