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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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An EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean did not swerve and change direction before disappearing, an Egyptian official says. The Airbus A320 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard when it vanished from radar early on Thursday. Greece's defence minister said the plane turned 90 degrees left and then did a 360-degree turn towards the right before plummeting. But a senior Egyptian aviation official said there was no unusual movement. Ehab Azmy, the head of Egypt's state-run provider of air navigation services, told the Associated Press that the plane had been flying at its normal height of 37,000ft (11,280m) before dropping off the radar. Some debris has since been found. "That fact degrades what the Greeks are saying about the aircraft suddenly losing altitude before it vanished from radar," he said. EgyptAir has not yet officially commented on the plane's final movements, and the reason for the discrepancy between the Greek and Egyptian official's accounts of the plane crash is not clear. Greece's defence minister Panos Kammenos had said the radar showed the Airbus A320 making two sharp turns and dropping more than 25,000ft (7,620m) before plunging into the sea. Mr Azmy added that there were no problems with the plane as it entered Egyptian airspace, where it was tracked for "nearly a minute or two before it disappeared". Greek aviation officials had said air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot when he entered Greek airspace and everything appeared normal. They tried to contact him again at 02:27 Cairo time, as the plane was set to enter Egyptian airspace, but "despite repeated calls, the aircraft did not respond". Last week, the Aviation Herald reported that smoke detectors went off in the plane's toilet and the aircraft's electrics three minutes before it disappeared. In a statement to Egypt's al-Ahram newspaper, Mr Azmy also denied a report there had been contact between the pilot of the plane and Egyptian air traffic control. Mr Azmy did not elaborate on his denial to al-Ahram in further interviews with AP and Reuters. On Sunday, Egypt deployed a robot submarine to search for the flight data recorders of the missing EgyptAir plane. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said there was "no particular theory we can affirm right now" for what caused flight MS804 to crash. Egypt's civil aviation minister has said the possibility of a terror attack was stronger than technical failure, but Mr Sisi said establishing the cause could take a long time, adding "all scenarios are possible". The Egyptian military released images on Saturday of life vests, personal items and debris showing the EgyptAir logo which were found during the search in the Mediterranean Sea. The search has also reportedly found body parts and luggage. The main body of the plane and the two "black boxes" which record flight data and cockpit transmissions have not yet been located. Air accident investigator Hani Galal told Reuters that, when found, the flight recorders would be analysed in Egypt, unless they were badly damaged. They are believed to be in waters between 2,500m and 3,000m deep. Source: BBC
The Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSAG) has been asked by the Judicial Council to call off its indefinite strike forthwith, and return to work while efforts were underway to address their grievances. This was contained in a statement issued by the Council on Monday, May 23, 2016 after a meeting and acknowledged that the meeting has disrupted activities at the courts. JUSSAG declared an indefinite strike last week over delays in the implementation of the consolidated salaries and emoluments of their members. According to JUSAG, the withdrawal of services of members will continue until all their demands are met. The Judicial Council says although the process has delayed, efforts are underway to address their concerns. “The Council wishes to assure JUSAG that during the said meeting the Council met with the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and impressed upon him the need to expedite the resolution of the matter”, it said, adding that “In accordance with the Labour Act, 2003, Act 651 the Council earnestly requests JUSAG that while the negotiations are ongoing they should call off, forthwith, the strike which is disrupting the work of the Courts throughout the Country.” “The Judicial Council would like to assure the General Public that it is doing everything possible to get the Government to play its part to resolve the problem and bring closure to the matter.” Meanwhile the National Labour Commission (NLC) is filing a writ in court to compel members of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) to end what it described as “a lawless” strike. According to NLC, both parties (JUSAG and government) have not exhausted the process of negotiation. The NLC has given both parties up to June 8 to return to the negotiation table.  
One person was reportedly shot dead and three others injured in renewed chieftaincy clashes at Kato, a town near Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Akwasi Donyina said clashes ensued after the queenmother of the area, Nana Afia Ababio Nhyira III defied the advice of the Regional Security Council to install one Nana Owusu Ansah as a sub chief in the area.  According to him, a chief had already being installed as chief hence it was untraditional for her to have installed the new chief. ''Nana Afia Ababio  wanted to install a chief  although there was an installed chief. She went against the advice of the Municipal Council and while she was in the process of doing that, the opposing side, mostly young people wielding guns, and other offensive weapons started shooting and later attacked the palace,'' he reported. Three people namely Edmund Opoku Appiah; 34 years, Hamza Mohammed; 39 years and Yaw Dennis Kyere; 18 years, all sustained gunshots and were rushed to Berekum Family hospital, where Edmund Opoku Appiah died on arrival.  Hamza Mohammed has also been referred to Komfo Anokye Hospital due to the seriousness of the injury. Dennis Yaw Okyere is on admission at the Holy Family hospital. Speaking in interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the Supt. Asare Bediako says calm has returned in trhe area with heavvy police presence. Meanwhile, no one has been arrested in connection with the attack.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) have kicked against a decision by government to employ the services of an independent body to set end of term examination questions for some selected districts nationwide. The District Education Office with assistance from the Ghana Education Service (GES), have planned of employing the services of an external body to set questions for teachers to administer and mark them terminally, for some selected district basic schools nationwide. But GNAT is registering their displeasure on the new directive saying that, they are not happy and have called on GES to explain to them the input of the directive. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Public Relations Officer (PRO), of GNAT, Mr. Petter Tetteh Koda  said the association are not in support of the decision and will resist it until explanations are given. According to him, this cast doubt on their competence as professionals and has called on government to engage in a consultative forum so they both look at the merits and demerits of the new directive. Mr. Korda revealed that, the directive will mean that examination fees collected from the selected districts will be used to constitute the independent body to set the questions for the schools. However, GNAT says, they have raised red flags over the new arrangements and will be grateful if explanations are given.
A leading member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Amoako Tufour has said that only inexperienced politicians will go independent after losing a race in a party's primaries. According to him, a politician who may go independent after losing in a party's race can only be described as an inexperienced and lack of political knowledge. Speaking in interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Dr. Amoako Tufour  said one must assume one thing when they go into an election, either to win or lose hence whatever the results, you must accept it in good faith. He explained, aspirants who fail to analyse their chances before going independent are bound to be losers which he opined may also  threaten the chances of the mother party that candidate may come from. It is the right of every member to go independent, but that person must access his or her chances. Dr. Tufour added, any member of the NPP that goes independent and expresses interest in coming back to the party may have to petition the National Executive Committee (NEC) before that individual is accepted. Any member of the party who goes independent he stressed should be able to win an election since losing will only make him an 'enemy' of the party as members may despise him or her. 'You are finished and destroyed when you go as an independent candidate after losing in a party primaries. No body will trust you again for that. If you want to go as an independent candidate, then you must access yourself and find out if you will win. If it turns out that you can win, then that is a good gamble. But if you access yourself and find out that you can lose and still persist, then you are a bad gambler.'' Dr. Tufour concluded that , a party member officially resigns from the party after losing an election which he contested in as an independent candidate.
Long hours of rain over the weekend left parts of Accra flooded exposing the city's unpreparedness to deal with floods after the June, 3 disaster. Areas such susch as Tesano, Ofankor, Kaneshie and Kwame Nkrumah Circle experienced flooding after the rains. It is almost a year since over hundred and fifty (150) people died at GOIL filling station at Kwame Nkrumah Circle during floods, which was blamed on the poor state of drainage system. Nyankonton Mu Nsem went round to access the situation and got some people expressing their worries at the floods which has destroyed their household appliances and other valuable property. Daniel Asuku was at Nima, one of the most affected areas and reported that a number of homes were flooded with property destroyed. Rashid Obodai Provencal was at Odawna where residents accuse the Assemblyman of the area, Hon. Henry Kana of collecting money from a Nigerian and other persons to put up a cold store structure after a task force from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) demolished similar structures near the Odawna drainage to pave way for dredging of the Odaw river. The entire Odawna area was flooded with several valuables destroyed. Efforts to reach Hon,.Kana to comment on the accusations proved futile. Meanwhile, Mr. Charles Kweku York says we are in the peak of the reason with expected heavily rains coupled with gusty storms between now and July, 2016. According to him, the rains will  cause more floods hence the general public should take measures to stay safe. In brief comments on rainfall patterns over the past months,  Mr York said there had been a slight reduction in the amount of rainfall but heavy falls are to be expected with continuous storms. He said isolated cases of rain were recorded during the early part of the season, but between now and July, thunderstorms will be experienced.  
A series of car and suicide bombings has hit two government strongholds on Syria's Mediterranean coast. State media said at least 78 people were killed, while a monitoring group put the death toll at more than 120. Four bombings targeted bus stations in the port city of Tartous and in Jableh, a town to the north, which have until now escaped the worse of the civil war. A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said the jihadist group was behind the attacks. Amaq cited an IS source as saying militants had targeted "gatherings of Alawites", a reference to the heterodox Shia sect to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs. Russia - a key backer of Mr Assad - has a naval base in Tartous and an airbase near Jableh, from where it has conducted air strikes on IS targets across Syria. The state news agency, Sana, cited a police source as saying that 45 people were killed and many others, most of them women and children, were injured in Jableh. It reported that two bombs exploded at the main entrance of the town's bus station. A suicide bomber also blew himself up at the entrance of the emergency department at Jableh National Hospital, it added. The fourth blast reportedly occurred near the offices of Jableh's electricity directorate, on the outskirts of the Amara residential district. In Tartous, more than 33 people were killed and 47 injured, Sana said. A car bomb was detonated at the main gate to the city's bus station, while a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest inside the facility, it added. Another bomber blew himself up in a residential area in the west of the city, according to Sana. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group which relies on a network of sources on the ground, reported that 73 people were killed in Jableh and another 48 in Tartous. It also said the two bombings at the bus station in Jableh were suicide attacks. Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said terrorist groups were resorting to bomb attacks against civilians because they were unable to fight the Syrian army. "We will not be deterred," he told al-Ikhbariya TV. "We will use everything we have to fight the terrorists." Russia expressed concern at the blasts and said they underscored the need to continue peace talks between the government and opposition. "Of course a rise in tension and terrorist activity cannot but heighten concern. It is further proof of how fragile the situation is in Syria and demonstrates the necessity to continue active steps towards resuming talks," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow. Asked whether Russia would consider its decision in March to withdraw most of its forces from Syria, Mr Peskov pointed to a statement by President Vladimir Putin, noting that the country's infrastructure allowed for a "very flexible approach". IS, which is fighting both government and rebel forces trying to topple Mr Assad, has killed scores of people in suicide bombings in Damascus and Homs this year. Source: BBC
The Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament incurred the wrath of the Speaker. Rt. Hon. Doe Adjaho for failing to exercise adequate oversight over the construction of the Achimota-Ofankor Highway. The lack of the requisite oversight over the project resulted in the over bloating of the contract sum by GH¢88 million. The original sum was GH¢40.4 million, but the budget overrun brought the final figure to GH¢128 million. The overrun the Speaker said was unfortunate and chided the Committee for failing both Parliament and the nation. There was an unrelated expenditure purchase of a BMW saloon car at a cost of $160,305 for the then sector Minister, Mr Joe Gidisu, to use to inspect the project. The car had comprehensive insurance cover of $6,672. Again, as part of unrelated expenditure by the ministry, GH¢34,764 was paid as allowances to 13 staff members  of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA); there was renovation of the GHA’s  archive basement into offices, as well as the deputy CEO’s office, at a cost of GH¢33,225; the training of four members of staff of the GHA at GIMPA at a cost GH¢11,264 and the participation of four others in a course in urban transportation at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Commenting on the issue on Frontline on Rainbow Radio, Hon. Kwabena Otchere Darko Mensah, Member of Parliament for Tarkoradi and a Deputy Ranking Member of the Roads and Transport Committee said, they have not disappointed Ghanaians regarding the issue. He explained, no one had spent or misuse the money since the original project estimated for GH¢40.4 million was expanded, increasing the original figure. The original budget he posited covered on five (5) lanes but due to the expansion, the figure increased to cover the cost. ''Parliamentarians have not failed Ghanaians...The original project was GHC40.4million,  but was  for only meant for five lanes, but due to the additional expansion  of the project, the lanes were increased to 19...Nobody has embezzled any amount of money, rather the work was expanded and that is where the problem is.'' He opined that, the Committee did due intelligence and was 'shocked' that the Speaker had to make such comments and was sure that if the Speaker had not forgotten about their reports presented before the house, the comment would not have come. He however bemoaned the failure of government to present before the House on the commercial agreement on projects undertaken by the state which sometimes create the unrelated expenditures on projects. He also chided government for failing to spend within approved budget and has called for such things to be checked. The legislator stressed further that, there was value for money so far as the Achimota-Ofankor Highway despite the expansion which increased the original cost by 217 percent.  
A draft bill seeking to amend the 1992 Constitution to move the constitutionally mandated December 7 date for presidential and parliamentary elections to the first Monday in November of every election year has been gazetted. There are concerns that this year’s polls may not take place on November 7, as proposed, because of time constraints. In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, said an amendment to the 1992 Constitution was required before Ghanaians could cast their ballots on November 7, 2016. She said to amend a non-entrenched provision of the 1992 Constitution, there must be two publications. Accordingly, she noted, the first Gazette notification announcing the publication of the bill was published on March 9, 2016. The second publication would be done on June 9, 2016 – three months after the first publication. Mrs Appiah-Opong explained that 10 days after the second publication, the Speaker of Parliament was expected to refer the bill to the Council of State, which in turn has within 30 days to refer the bill back to Parliament. “The Council of State has within 30 days and can, therefore, refer the bill back to Parliament in less than 30 days,” she explained. She stated that based on the timelines, the Electoral Commission (EC) could go ahead with plans for the November 7, 2016 polls Memorandum The memorandum accompanying the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2016, states that “the bill amends Article 112 (4) of the Constitution to make provision for parliamentary elections to be held well ahead of the expiration of the tenure of Parliament to ensure an effective and smooth transition”. The memorandum, signed by Mrs Appiah-Opong, noted that currently the date set aside in respect of the conduct of both presidential and parliamentary elections in the country was December 7, while the swearing-in of the President would take place on January 7 of the ensuing year. “However, the one-month period for the transition of one government to the other has, over the years, proved insufficient for a smooth transition, particularly in instances when there is a run-off election, as was the case in 2000 and 2008. “In the light of the apparent weaknesses in our electoral system and following the election petition in 2013, the Electoral Reform Committee was established on January 23, 2015 to propose reforms to our electoral system,” it indicated. It said one of the recommendations made by the committee was a change in the date for the conduct of the general election from December to November. “Thus, to ensure that parliamentary elections are held earlier than the 7th day of December, the bill amends Article 112 (4) of the Constitution to provide for parliamentary elections to be held on the first Monday of November in every election year,” the memorandum added. The 1992 Constitution Article 291 (1) of the 1992 Constitution states that a bill to amend a provision of the Constitution which is not an entrenched provision shall not be introduced into Parliament unless – “(a) It has been published twice in a Gazette, with the second publication being made at least three months after the first; and “(b) at least ten days have passed after the second publication.” Article 291 (2) also notes that “the Speaker shall, after the first reading of the bill in Parliament; refer it to the Council of State for consideration and advice and the Council of State shall render advice on the bill within 30 days after receiving it”. According to Article 291 (3), “Where Parliament approves the bill, it may only be presented to the President for his assent if it was approved at the second and third readings of it in Parliament by the votes of at least two thirds of all members of Parliament. “(4) Where the bill has been passed in accordance with this article, the President shall assent to it.” On the issue of certificate of compliance with the 1992 Constitution, Article 292 (1) (a) states that a bill for the amendment of the Constitution which had been passed in accordance with the Constitution shall be assented to by the President only if it was accompanied by a certificate from the Speaker that the provision of the Constitution had been complied with in relation to it. November polls Both the Majority and the Minority in Parliament have doubts over the intention of the EC to hold this year’s elections on November 7, 2016 because of time constraints in amending the provision on the election date, but the EC has allayed their fears and assured them that all was on course.   Source: Graphic Online    
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has thanked the Chiefs and people of the Volta Region for the exceptional welcome he has received from them since he began his 4-day tour of the region.   Worshipping with congregants at the S.S Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Aflao on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the end of his tour of the region, Nana Akufo-Addo expressed his appreciation to the region for taking to him throughout the entire duration of the tour.   With huge numbers turning out to meet him in each of the constituencies he has visited, amidst the chanting of popular NPP slogans, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that “I am very grateful to all the people I have met for the wonderful welcome that they have given me and my delegation. May God bless you all.”   The tour which saw him visit Anloga, Keta, Adidome, Ave-Dakpa, Akatsi, Klikor, Agbozume and Aflao to interact with the Chiefs and people, he told the congregation that his presence in the region was meant to “repair the relationship and close the gap between the Volta Region and the NPP”.   Afforded the opportunity to address the congregation by Rev. Fr. Johnson Edzi, the NPP flagbearer, as he has done throughout the tour, urged the congregation to ignore the vile propaganda making the rounds in the region about him and the NPP.   “They say I am old man with one foot in the grave. But, here I am. I am ok. As for death it’s up to the Almighty. We all don’t know when we will be called. What you see before you is a small man with a big heart for Ghana,” he said.   Describing 2016 as a critical year for the country, the NPP flagbearer explained that he is offering himself for the leadership of the country “because I believe I have something to contribute to making Ghana a much stronger and prosperous country, where there are jobs for our young people. That is why I am contesting for the leadership. I cannot succeed without your support. And, that is why I am here, to plead for the support of the Volta Region.”   With Pope Francis decreeing 2016 as “The Year of Mercy”, “we pray that the Almighty will show His Mercy to Ghana, and we pray for the peace and stability of our country. That he should show Mercy to the Electoral Commission, so they can conduct a free, fair and transparent election. If it is free and fair, the results can easily be accepted by everybody, so that there will be peace in our country.”   He also urged the congregation to remember the NPP in their prayers, and “pray for victory for the NPP this year. And please don’t forget your man-servant, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in your prayers. Pray that the Almighty give me strength, wisdom, courage and a compassionate heart to be a good leader.”   Chairman of NPP Volta Region, John Peter Amewu, on behalf of the party, donated 10 packets of roofing sheets to the church.   At the Global Evangelical Church – Victory Centre, Aflao, Nana Akufo-Addo, also given the opportunity to speak by Rev. Awumi, Head Pastor of the Church, encouraged members of the church not to despair and lose hope, in the face of mounting and severe economic difficulties confronting the nation, under the leadership of President Mahama.   “We, in the NPP, have the men and women to give this nation a first class government that will turn the fortunes of the country around and give Ghanaians a decent standard of living, because we are going to work honestly to solve the problems of our people,” he indicated.   The NPP flagbearer, at the church, donated an unspecified amount of money towards the Church’s building project.   Nana Akufo-Addo also worshipped at the Church of Pentecost, Aflao Assembly, where he urged the congregation to continue to repose their faith in God. He appealed to the congregation to vote for him and the NPP, in this year’s elections, stating that “trust me and try me, and I will not disappoint you.”   The NPP flagbearer was accompanied by John Peter Amewu, Volta Regional NPP Chairman; Tommy Amematekpor, former Advisor to former President Kufuor; Mrs Agnes Okudzeto, former NPP 3rd National Vice Chairperson; Dr. Archibald Letsa, Volta Regional NPP 1st Vice Chairman; Joe Denteh, NPP Volta Regional Treasurer; Joseph Hoemenyah, NPP Volta Regional Secretary; Maxwell Lugudor, NPP parliamentary candidate for Ketu South; Kenwuud Nuworsu, former Volta Regional NPP Chairman; Joseph Nayan, former Volta Region Deputy Minister and former NPP MP for Nkwanta North; Johnson Avulate, former Volta Regional NPP Organiser; Campaign Aides, Pius Enam Hadzide, Iddrisu Musah ‘Superior’ and Fatimatu Abubakar, amongst others. Source: NPP Communications Team
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