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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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President John Dramani Mahama, will pay a State Visit to Iran from Sunday, February 14. His visit will follow that of other world leaders who have been to Tehran in the immediate post-sanctions era. President Mahama, who is visiting Tehran at the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani, will hold bilateral discussions and address a joint press conference on Sunday. The two leaders will also preside over the signing of Memoranda of Understanding and attend an Official Luncheon in honour of President John Mahama. President Mahama will also meet the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and hold discussions with the Speaker of Majlis (Parliament), Dr. Ali Larijani. Ghana and Iran have a long standing relationship as members of the Non-Aligned Movement. In 2014, during a visit to Ghana by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the two countries established a Permanent Joint Commission.     With seven (7) Iranian companies investing over $8.6 million in the Ghanaian economy, President Mahama will at a Business Forum in Tehran push for more Ghana- Iran Business Collaboration, with Ghanaian entities exploring export markets in Iran. Ghana will be seeking partnerships in rice farming and processing, agro-processing and mining, to expand production and export to Iran. Iranian investments in Ghana have so far been in the manufacturing sector, with two new Iranian companies setting up in 2015, an aftermath of the visit of the former Iranian President. President Mahama will also visit a power plant and meet with Ghanaians in Iran before leaving for Accra. – By: Flagstaff House    
The Ghana Muslim Mission has called on residents in Old Tafo to put the past behind them and embrace peace. In a statement signed by the National Chairman of the mission, they have admonished people in Tafo and its environs to remain calm. ''We urge all parties to remain calm in order to ensure that peace prevails in the area. Peace in itself is a very important asset in the development of every nation. In the absence of peace there is chaos, anarchy, killing, poverty and backwardness. ''Hence we can ensure peace when we have patience, which is also one of Allah's attributes. We should learn to forgive each other in order to earn Allah's blessings than each other and earn his curses,'' the statement said. Meanwhile the Ghana Mission also warned the public to desist from describing the incident as a religious war, rather a challenge facing the community. t further admonished the media to be circumspect in their reportage. ''Most importantly, the disruption of peace in Tafo should not be seen as a religious war. It is a community that is facing challenges which we must all help resolve. We urge the media to be circumspect in their reportage on such issues in order not to inflame passions.'' The statement added, Islam and its teachings does teach followers to pay evil with evil hence the need for both parties to bury the past and unite. It also called for prayers for the community to ensure peace and unity among the residents. ''Let us all continue to pray for peace in this world. More importantly we pray for peace for people in Tafo and its environs, all other places witnessing some form of violence. We pray for Allah's protection and guidance for the Omanhene of Tafo, his people including the Royals, the Ashanti's and Tafo Zongo community.'' According Dr. Amin Bonsu, the Tafo Zongo community have and will continue to live in peace because history has it that, they have had inter marriages with royals of Tafo making them one people. Therefore whatever the situation, we pray to Allah to guide authorities and the parties involved to find lasting amicable solution to the land issue. We are all one people from one descendant Adam. Jesus and Muhammad are also brothers in Islam and share the shame great grandfather Abraham ''Also We are people of one nation. A tale from history tells us that there has been inter marriages between the royals of and the people of Tafo Zongo. One remarkable marriage is when a lady from the royal faily was given to Chipsa from the Zongo for marriage. As the family grew larger, they were given that parcel of land to bury their dead. ''Moreover, Ashanti's and Zongo's have always lived in peace. For instance, just across the Manhyia Palace is the Zongo. Also Alabar a suburb of Kumasi known for its commercial activities was also given to the Muslim community by King of Ashanti. ''It is noteworthy that the Zongo's have contributed immensely towards the development of the region for a long time now. This shows clearly that the people of Ashanti and the Zongo have respect and love for each other  
The Police Administration has cautioned the general public to desist from peddling lies and engaging in half truth that the suspect arrested in connection to the death of the late Joseph Boakye Danquah mentioned the name of Presidential Staffer, Stan Dogbe's name during interrogation. According to the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, the suspect who was arrested at Agbogbloshie had not mentioned the name of Stan Dogbe or a politician. “The attention of the Police has been drawn to stories circulating in the Public domain that the name of Mr. Stan Dogbe and other political personalities have been mentioned in connection with the murder of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North. “The police can state on authority that the suspect has never mentioned Mr Stan Dogbe’s name or any politician's name as of now,” a portion of a statement signed by Cephas Arthur stated. Speaking in interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the PRO of the Police Service, Supt. Cephas Arthur said, the police wish to cautioned the public from engaging in lies or statements that may jeopadise the ongoing investigations. ''We hereby wish to cautioned the public to desist from dangerous lies and half truths, since they have joepardizing the investigation process.'' Supt. Cephas Arthur warned that, the police will not hesitate to punish anyone whose act borders on criminality ''as anyone arrested would be made to face the full rigorous of the law.'' He also noted, the police disassociate itself from any story that has so far being published in the media relating to the suspect arrested last Thursday at Agbogbloshie. Background The late Abuakwa North Member of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah was stabbed at his private residence, Shiashie last Tuesday dawn. He suffered multiple stabbed wounds which l;ed to his untimely death, a preliminary investigation by the police revealed. The Police have arrested one suspect, Daniel Asiedu who is alleged to have confessed committing the crime.    
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has said that radio can be used as a tool to rebuilding in times of crisis and emergencies. As part of his message on the World Radio Day, the Secretary General noted, radio as a tool can inform educate, and entertain but most importantly, can serve as a platform for shattered societies seeking for relief or information to solve challenges. Radio he noted, is a powerful  before, during and after an emergency or a disaster, and also provide dignity to survivors and vulnerable people i refugee camps. Ban Ki Moon in his address said ''In times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline. For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news, radio brings lifesaving information. Radio can help in emergency response operations – and it can assist with rebuilding. Through community radio, local people can raise their voices and be heard. This year, as we start carrying out the Sustainable Development Goals, let us resolve to use radio for human progress. In the lead-up to the World Humanitarian Summit this May, let us find ways for radio to do even more to help people in emergencies. On this World Radio Day, let us resolve to prove that radio saves lives.''   What is Woprld Radio Day UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February. UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain. Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today. A wide consultation process started in June 2011, carried out by UNESCO. It included all stakeholders, i.e. broadcasting associations; public, state, private, community and international broadcasters; UN agencies; funds and programmes; topic-related NGOs; academia; foundations and bilateral development agencies; as well as UNESCO Permanent Delegations and National Commissions. Among the answers, 91% were in favour of the project. The leader of the project, the Academia Española de la Radio, received over 46 letters of support from diverse stakeholders, including the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), the Organización de Telecomunicaciones Ibeoramericanas (OTI), BBC, URTI, Vatican Radio, etc. The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters. The consulted stakeholders also proposed ideas for the programme of celebration: extensive use of social media, annual themes, a dedicated website enabling virtual participation, special radio programmes, radio programmes exchange, a festival involving key partners, and so forth. On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of  World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.  
The opposition New Patriotic Party has scheduled the re-run for the Klottey Korly constituency elections for Febuary 27. This follows a court ruling which two of the defeated contenders in the last election, lawyer Philip Addison and Nii Adjei Tawiah contested the results citing irregularities. The two who lost the race to Nii Noi Nortey during the August 2015 race noted, the majority of their supporters were dis enfranchised  making the process illegal. A statement signed by the Acting National Secretary John Boadu has scheduled the re-run of the race for February 27. Meanwhile the party has also scheduled the primary for the Nkwanta South constituency for March 5, 2016. The election for that constituency was not organised during the nationwide  prim aries held by the NPP due to some technicalities.      Below is the schedule:   NKWANTA SOUTH   The National Executive Committee has directed that the process of conducting the Parliamentary primary in the Nkwanta South Constituency must commence.   The schedule is as follows:   OPENING OF NOMINATIONS: FEBRUARY 15, 2016 NOMINATION CLOSES: FEBRUARY 17, 2016 VETTING OF ASPIRANTS: FEBRUARY 19, 2016 NOTICE OF POLLS: FEBRUARY 24, 2016 DAY OF ELECTION: MARCH 5, 2016   All rules and regulations governing the conduct of the 2015 Parliamentary Primaries still holds. Stakeholders are entreated to ensure a smooth process.   However, decision on outstanding constituency primaries would be concluded soon.   ...Signed... JOHN BOADU GENERAL SECRETARY (AG)
The Chief of Nsawam Adoaggyiri in the Eastern region, Nana Okoanadwo Afutu-Dompre II has appealed to President John Mahama to release to  them lands which were taken from them years to enable them invest the lands to create employment in the town. Speaking in an exclusive interview with our roving reporter, Nhyiraba Kwabena Essilfie at his palace during their annual Odwira festival, the chief said, the town is faced with challenges including high unemployment rate and access to quality education. He noted, if the lands are released to them, they will be able to woe investors to invest in the land by building factories and other businesses to create jobs for the youth in the town. Nana Okoanadwo Afutu-Dompre said the only job available in the town bread baking mostly done by women which he noted, is currently on the decline due to the relocation of the main stretch of the road were the women usually ply their trade. We lack behind when it comes to education Nana Okoanadwo Afutu-Dompre took the opportunity to appeal to government to ensure that it provides the needed infrastructure to improve upon the current state of education in the town. He noted, education remains the key to national development, and although it is a right of every Ghanaian child, it must be accessible and of good quality  ''Education must be available and accessible but also acceptable and of high quality...But that is not the situation here. We have observe that education here lacks access and not of the good quality demanded...Quality education he explained requires resources, human capital that should be available at all times...That is something we have observed we lack, and as part of efforts to change the trend, we doing all we can as traditional leaders to adopt measures to address the situation. However government must ensure it provide measures to argument our efforts. ''There should be enough facilities to fast track teaching and learning...Students must be provided with the needed facilities...Discipline on the part of students is also paramount and we have enforced strict measures as traditional leaders to help in that regard because we want quality materials and human resource from this community to fill the various positions of state and the corporate world...We can also have Ministers of State. MMDCE and other professionals but that can be achieved through quality and accessible education.''
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he intends to retake "the whole country" from rebel forces. In a rare interview, he told AFP news agency that defeating the groups ranged against him could take some time due to the involvement of regional powers. World powers have agreed to push for a cessation of hostilities in a week's time. The UN says it hopes to start delivering aid to some besieged areas in Syria within the next 24 hours. Mr Assad expressed support for peace talks but said negotiations did not mean "we stop fighting terrorism". More than 250,000 people have been killed and some 11 million displaced in almost five years of fighting in Syria. Some Syrian cities have been cut off from humanitarian aid for over a year because of fighting. About 13.5 million people are in need of aid, the UN says. Mr Assad was speaking in Damascus on Thursday, ahead of the deal on the cessation of hostilities that was agreed in Munich late on Thursday night. In a wide-ranging interview, President Assad spoke about: The government offensive on Aleppo: He said it was to sever the rebels' supply route from Turkey UN accusations of war crimes: He said recent claims against his government were "politicised" Syrians seeking asylum in Europe: Mr Assad blamed Europe's support for "terrorists" for the crisis He said government forces would try to retake all of Syria "without any hesitation", but that the involvement of regional powers meant that "the solution will take a long time and will incur a heavy price". Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, have almost encircled rebels in parts of the northern city of Aleppo and cut off their main supply route from the Turkish border. Mr Assad told AFP that if all rebel supply routes from Turkey, Jordan and Iraq were cut, the country's "problem" could be solved in less than a year. Mr Assad rejected recent accusations by the UN that his government was guilty of war crimes. Earlier this month, UN human rights investigators said the Syrian government had carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees. Displaced Syrians fleeing areas in northern Aleppo, at Bab al-Salama camp on Syria's northern border with Turkey. 12 February 2016 In a report for the UN Human Rights Council, they accused the Syrian government of crimes against humanity. The report also said government and rebel forces had committed possible war crimes. But Mr Assad called the accusations "politicised" and said the investigators had provided no evidence. Tentative peace talks were held in Geneva earlier this month and have been "paused" until 25 February. Mr Assad said he "fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis." "However, if we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism. The two tracks are inevitable in Syria," he said. He also told AFP he believed there was a risk that Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which both back Syrian rebel forces, would intervene militarily in Syria. Tens of thousands of people have fled the fighting around Aleppo, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis. Many have headed to the Turkish border but have not been allowed to cross. Instead, Turkey says it will support the refugees on the Syrian side of the border. Both Turkey and the European Union fear those displaced could add to the hundreds of thousands making the often perilous journey to Europe to seek asylum. Mr Assad said European governments had caused the migration crisis "by giving cover to terrorists in the beginning and through sanctions imposed on Syria". "I would like to ask every person who left Syria to come back," he said. "They would ask 'why should I come back? Has terrorism stopped?'." Meanwhile, a new UN task force set up to co-ordinate aid distributions is expected to convene in Geneva later on Friday. "The UN system has been geared to deliver this aid all along, especially to besieged areas, and that's precisely what's going to be discussed today: how to start, and when to start," UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said. "We hope to start as early as tomorrow, immediately after the meeting, decisions will be taken to roll the aid in, especially to besieged areas that need it", he added. Map Riad Hijab, co-ordinator of Syria's main opposition bloc, told the BBC's Newsnight programme that to announce a cessation of hostilities before making progress in the political process "is not realistic, objective or logical". "It only satisfies the Russian demand to preserve gains by Russian and Iranian forces through their scorched-earth policy against rebels in territories under their control," he said. Source: BBC
International judges in the case of Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto have barred the use of recanted testimony. The decision means prior recorded witness statements cannot be used by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in this case. Key witnesses in the case changed their statements, which prosecutors said was due to intimidation and bribery. Mr Ruto, who is being tried over unrest that followed 2007 elections, denies charges of crimes against humanity. About 1,200 people were killed in the violence. The latest ruling overturns a previous decision by judges to allow five of the witnesses' original statements to be included because they were convinced the witnesses had been interfered with. This use of prior testimony falls under Rule 68 of the Rome Statute, which set up the ICC. But William Ruto's defence team argued this was unfair because changes to the rule were brought in after the case against him and his fellow defendant, the journalist Joshua arap Sang, had started. "The prior-recorded testimony was delivered without an opportunity for the accused to cross-examine the witnesses," said presiding judge Piotr Hofmanski. Journalist Joshua arap Sang reacted to the ICC decision on social media Mr Sang, who is accused of using his radio show to organise attacks in the election aftermath, said the decision was "one step to our freedom". Mr Ruto is one of the most senior government officials to be tried by The Hague-based court since its formation more than a decade ago. In 2014, the ICC dropped similar charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, alleging that witnesses had been intimidated to make them change their testimony. Mr Ruto and Mr Kenyatta were on opposite sides of the 2007 election, but formed an alliance that won the 2013 election. A man demonstrates beside a burning tyre during a demonstration in Eldoret 16 January 2008 in western Kenya.Image copyrightAFP The names of key suspects involved in the violence were handed over to the ICC by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who brokered a power-sharing deal in Kenya in 2008. Mr Annan's move came after Kenyan politicians failed to set up a tribunal for those accused of instigating the attacks. In January 2015, a key witness for Mr Ruto was found dead in Kenya after reportedly being abducted a few days earlier. The ICC said Meshack Yebei had been offered protection in a safe location but had returned home. Some 600,000 people fled their homes in the 2007 conflict - the worst in Kenya since independence. Source: BBC
A trailer with registration number, GE 263-12 loaded with crates of Coca Cola beverages has crashed into a store house around Achimota. The trailer according to an eyewitness said, lost control leading to the accident. It is unclear whether any casualty was recorded. The trailer is believed to be on its way to the Coca Cola Bottling Company Limited from the Accra-Achimota road. However we are told, escaped unhurt. More soon...
The curfew imposed on Tafo following the bloody clash between Muslims and non-Muslims last Wednesday have been reviewed until further notice.   This was announced by the Regional Security Council after peace talk at the Tafo palace earlier today.   The National Peace Council and National Chief Imam, Shiek Osman Nuhu Shaributu mediated the peace talk.   RESEC on Wednesday following the bloody clash issued a stament imposing a dawn to dusk curfew on Tafo starting from 6pm-6am.   Two persons were reported dead while 27 others sustained very serious injuries.   Background   The clash which erupted between the Muslims and non-Muslims was over the construction of a fence wall at a portion of the Tafo cemetary which the Muslims claimed bought from an elder of the Traditional Council.   However they failed to provide the needed documents to prove otherwise. The chief ordered the demolition of the wall which led to the riot.   A Mosque, Church, restaurant among other property were destroyed.   Meanwhile all Basic Schools in Tafo have shut down until further notice.  
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