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Dr. Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company, has won the ‘CEO of the Year Award’. This was at the second edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards, jointly organize by Globe Productions, the Transport Ministry, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Graphic Communications Group, in Accra. Mr. McDonald Vasnanie, CEO of Conship, was adjudged the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ with the ‘Promising Entrepreneur’ award going to Isaac Amoako-Mensah. Mrs. Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group took the prize for the ‘Reporter of the Year’. Over 40 shipping companies including Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Sea and Shore services Ghana Limited, Transglobal Logistics Limited, Benmarine Services Limited and Swissport Ghana Limited received prizes. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, applauded the initiative to recognize excellence in the shipping industry. The awards would serve as motivation to everybody – to up their game and improve the quality of client service. He underlined the government’s unswerving determination to create the right conditions and support local and private enterprises to succeed. This was vital to its drive towards job and wealth creation to put the nation beyond aid. Mr. Asiamah said the paperless system at the ports was meant to bring about efficiency and facilitate business operations at the ports. He encouraged the companies to continue to stick with best practices to expand and lead the nation’s socio-economic growth. Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of GSA, said the award was to recognize individuals and companies that played significant roles in the growth and development of the industry. It was also to acknowledge the key functions within the industry which promoted growth and sustainability. She announced that there was an 18 percent increase in demurrage payment in the first quarter of the year. That came to US$15.4 million dollars. Source: The New Crusading Guide

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Friday, 5th October, 2018, to attend the 5th Edition of the Financial Times Africa Summit taking place in London, United Kingdom from 7th to 9th October. The Summit, being held on the theme “Africa Means Business”, is featuring “high profile speakers in business, politics and economics, as well as Heads of State committed to making business central to their development goals.” President Akufo-Addo will also hold meetings with CEOs of some important global enterprises, whilst in London. On Wednesday, 10th October, 2018, the President will fly to Yerevan, Armenia, to lead the Ghanaian delegation to the 17th Summit of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, which will take place from 11th to 12th October. Ghana, which has been an Associate Member of La Francophonie since 2006, will be admitted at the Summit as a Full Member. Ghana will then be only one of a handful of countries that enjoy full membership of both the Commonwealth and La Francophonie. The President will, after the Summit, fly to Paris, France, for a series of meetings with some potential investors on Saturday, 13th October, 2018. He will return to Ghana on Sunday, 14th October, 2018, and, in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead. President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway MP, and officials of the Presidency and the Foreign Ministry.
. The Rebranding Africa Forum has presented the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with the 2018 Governance Leadership Award, in recognition of his commitment towards enhancing the living standards of the Ghanaian people, and governing Ghana in accordance with the rule of law. Receiving the award on Friday, 5th October, 2018, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, President Akufo-Addo expressed his gratitude to the Organising Committee of the Rebranding Africa Forum for the decision to honour him with the Award. “We are duly humbled, and I thank you most sincerely for deeming my leadership of Ghana, over the last 21 months, worthy enough to merit this award,” he said. Delivering his remarks on the theme of the Forum, “Challenges and Opportunities of the Green Economy in Africa”, the President acknowledged that education, skills training and the provision of jobs are essential elements of “human well-being and ensuring social equity”, which are important components of the making of a ‘Green Economy’. “Whilst we tread along the path of industrialisation and seek to shed the cloak of being described as ‘Third World’ countries, we also have a responsibility to take care of our environment,” the President added. He explained that “this generation of Africans must understand that the degradation of the environment poses a threat to our very existence”, adding that “what we make of our natural resources would be what determines our existence.” The President, therefore, urged all Africans to rise up to the occasion, and not allow illegal logging and illegal mining to continue. “Security agencies on our roads, in our ports and along our borders should not look on unconcerned and allow illegal timber products just to pass without confiscation or with corrupt purpose. Let us ensure that the fines and punishments that are pronounced on perpetrators of environmental degradation activities are deterrent enough, and quickly delivered and effected,” he said. President Akufo-Addo continued, “Yes, we must develop, and yes, we must industrialise. However, we are also obliged to leave our youth and our children with an enduring legacy of a richer, more stable, more secure and more peaceful world.” Touching on the scourge and threats of terrorism to the peace and security of the Region, the President stated that “West Africa expresses its appreciation for the sacrifices of the Burkinabe people, who are in the frontline of the fight against terrorism, and are helping to guarantee the peace and security not just of their own country, but the region as a whole.” Collective efforts, he noted, must be made to address the factors that fuel the activities of terrorists on the continent, such as underdevelopment, poverty, corruption, inequitable access to resources, youth unemployment, poor governance, human rights abuse, climate change, weak law enforcement and governance institutions, and the lack of free and fair elections. “The time has come for Africa to hold its rightful place on the world stage. The time has come for us to build an Africa that is able to look after her peoples through intelligent management of the resources with which she has been richly endowed, and embark on a new path. This path offers a new Africa,” President Akufo-Addo indicated.
Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege is known as "Doctor Miracle" for his ability to repair through reconstructive surgery the horrific damage inflicted on women who have been raped. The 63-year-old Congolese gynaecologist set up the Panzi hospital in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Bukavu nearly 20 years ago - shortly after he had his first experience of treating a woman who had been raped and mutilated by armed men. Dr Mukwege recounted the horrific injury the patient had suffered in a BBC interview, saying the woman had not only been raped but bullets had been fired into her genitals and thighs. He, along with his colleagues, have since treated tens of thousands of victims. Panzi hospital now cares for more than 3,500 women a year. Sometimes Dr Mukwege performs as many as 10 operations a day. 'Rape capital of the world' "I... started a hospital made from tents. I built a maternity ward with an operating theatre. In 1998, everything was destroyed again. So, I started all over again in 1999," he told the BBC in 2013. Panzi hopsital has since grown to become a major health facility in eastern DR Congo. Its website says it has 370 doctors, nurses and support staff. It serves a population of 400,000 and also treats patients from neighbouring countries. Eastern DR Congo has been wracked by more than two decades of conflict, with numerous armed groups battling for control of the region's rich deposits of gold and other precious minerals. Many different militias have been accused of carrying out the indiscriminate rape of the region's women. "The conflict in DR Congo is not between groups of religious fanatics. Nor is it a conflict between states. This is a conflict caused by economic interests - and it is being waged by destroying Congolese women," Dr Mukwege told the BBC. In 2010, a top UN official labelled the country "the rape capital of the world". Women raised funds for his return In September 2012, in a speech at the UN, Dr Mukwege criticised President Joseph Kabila's government and other countries for not doing enough to stop what he called "an unjust war that has used violence against women and rape as a strategy of war". The following month he was targeted by gunmen who broke into his home and briefly held his daughters hostage. According to his organisation's website, his trusted friend and security guard was killed during the attack. He later fled with his family to Sweden, then to Belgium. He returned home in 2013 following a campaign by local women who raised funds to pay for his return ticket. "After that gesture, I couldn't really say no. And also, I am myself determined to help fight these atrocities, this violence." "My life has had to change, since returning. I now live at the hospital and I take a number of security precautions, so I have lost some of my freedom," he told the BBC's Outlook programme in 2013. Dr Mukwege currently lives under the permanent protection of UN peacekeepers at his hospital. 'I was operating when I heard the news' He told the Nobel committee in a brief interview that he was in the operating theatre when the news of the prize came through. "It was when I was operating and I heard people start to cry and it was so, so surprising," he said. "I can see in the face of many women how they are happy to be recognised and this is really so touching," he added. A picture of Dr Mukwege and the staff of Panzi hospital celebrating the Nobel win has been shared on Twitter: Crowds gathered at the hospital cheered and ululated to celebrate the prize which Dr Mukwege said was dedicated to the many women who were victims of sexual violence. Although he has fallen out with DR Congo's government, its spokesman Lambert Mende congratulated Dr Mukwege. "We have had differences with [him] every time that he tried to politicise his work, which however is important from a humanitarian standpoint. But now, we are satisfied with the Nobel Academy's recognition of the work of a compatriot," Mr Mende told AFP news agency. Dr Mukwege was born in 1955 in Bukavu. He went to medical school across the border in Burundi and later studied gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Angers in France. He was inspired to become a doctor after numerous visits to see the sick with his preacher father. He has received many other international awards, including the 2008 UN Human Rights Prize. He was named African of the Year in 2009. Source: BBC
The viral video on social media that captured deputy national organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba inciting senior high school students against President Akufo-Addo has incurred the wrath of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP). The youth wing of the party has slammed the NDC official and described his action as reckless and irresponsible. Mr Akamba who is seeking to take over the national organizer position on a campaign tour of the Upper East region visited a secondary school in the Tempane constituency where he admonished students to reject President Akufo-Addo in 2020 because he is the cause of the changes they are faced with. Mr Joshua Akamba made the children show their bedbugs bite scars to the cameras, promising them their headache will be over by 2020. Asking them if they will vote for Akufo-Addo again after the bedbug bites, they all screamed “Nooooo!” The statement, which was signed by Nana Boakye, the Youth Organizer, called for the head of Mr Akamba. ‘’This irresponsible, repulsive, reckless and unpatriotic act clearly flies in the face of the Ghana Education Service regulations that forbid active partisan politics on the campuses of Pre-Tertiary Education Schools. The NPP National Youth Wing, therefore, unreservedly condemns the unfortunate conduct of Messrs Mahama and Akamba and call on all well meaning Ghanaians to also speak against the vicious ploy by the NDC and its assigns to scuttle the Free SHS Policy,’’ the statement said. Read the full statement below NPP NATIONAL YOUTH WING: JOHN MAHAMA AND JOSHUA AKAMBA'S CONDUCT IN TEMPANE SHS RECKLESS AND SHAMEFUL. GES MUST CRACK THE WHIP The National Youth Wing of the NPP has noted with great concern, some videos circulating on social media which show Former President John Mahama and Deputy National Organizer of the NDC, Mr. Joshua Akamba inciting students in various Senior High Schools against Government’s Free SHS Policy. In yet another clear indication of the NDC's vicious intentions for the free SHS Program, Former President John Mahama and Joshua Akamba are seen in these viral videos making highly partisan political statements which seek to ridicule the Free SHS program and court disaffection for government. This irresponsible, repulsive, reckless and unpatriotic act clearly flies in the face of the Ghana Education Service regulations that forbid active partisan politics on the campuses of Pre-Tertiary Education Schools. The NPP National Youth Wing, therefore, unreservedly condemns the unfortunate conduct of Messrs Mahama and Akamba and call on all well meaning Ghanaians to also speak against the vicious ploy by the NDC and its assigns to scuttle the Free SHS Policy. The Ghana Education Service must as a matter of urgency launch a full scaleinvestigation into this matter and give the appropriate sanctions to the authorities of the school who allowed this unfortunate incident to take place. The Free SHS Policy is undoubtedly the boldest policy initiative in the governanace history of our Country and we must collectively guard against any actions which will seek to destroy this all important program. *Signed* *Henry Nana Boakye* *National Youth Organizer (NPP)*
A viral video on social media has captured deputy national organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Hamidu Akamba inciting senior high school students against President Akufo-Addo. The man who is seeking to take over the national organizer position on a campaign tour of the Upper East region visited a secondary school in the Tempane constituency where he admonished students to reject President Akufo-Addo in 2020 because he is the cause of the changes they are faced with. Mr Joshua Akamba made the children show their bedbugs bite scars to the cameras, promising them their headache will be over by 2020. Asking them if they will vote for Akufo-Addo again after the bedbug bites, they all screamed “Nooooo!” He went to ask the students what they will do in 2020 when they get the opportunity to vote and urge them to vote massively against the NPP because the party has failed woefully. This website cannot authenticate whether the students were voters or have attained the required age for voting.
The 2018 Most Outstanding Teacher Award has been won by Forsey Nicholas of Bishop Herman Senior High School. For his prize, he takes away a three bedroom house worth Ghs180,000 and other assorted items. Second Runner up Owusu Antipem of Nsutaman Senior High School received a Saloon car and a cheque for Ghs 50,000, while First Runner up Augusta Lartey of Presbyterian Boys Senior High School received a 4*4 Pick Up vehicle worth Ghs130,000. Delivering an address at the event, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has lauded the enormous contribution of teachers to Ghana’s socio-economic development. Describing teachers as “unsung heroes”, Vice President Bawumia extolled the dedication and selflessness exhibited by practitioners of the teaching profession over the years, and pledged the Nana Akufo-Addo government’s commitment to recognizing the contributions of hardworking and selfless teachers towards improvement of education in the country through a wide range of incentives and reforms. “These dedicated men and women are our unsung heroes, often working in less than ideal conditions and toiling hard not only to impart knowledge in us but to shape our moral code and prepare us to be responsible citizens” Vice President Bawumia declared in Accra on Friday 5th October, 2018 in Accra. The Vice President, who was speaking at the maiden edition of the ‘Ghana Teacher Prize awards’, formerly ‘National Best Teacher awards’, held at the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (Presec), Legon commended teachers for their very significant role in shaping every sphere of national life. “Teachers play a pivotal role in the development of our human resource and remain key in the achievement of the overall development of the country. To teach is to inspire, to challenge, to mold, to develop thinking, to sow seeds for the future. Let me therefore, on this momentous occasion, on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, use this opportunity to salute our gallant teachers for their commitment to duty.” The success of the innovative double track system, which has provided access into Senior High Schools this year for an additional 180,000 JHS graduates, would largely depend on teachers, Vice President Bawumia underscored, and urged teachers to re-dedicate themselves to the cause while Government works to address their concerns. “Government is aware that no matter its best intention, the double track system will not be successfully executed and produce desired results without the teacher. We have had meaningful engagements with the various teacher unions on the double track system, and in all these engagements, the interests of the teacher have been primary.” We are fully open to engagements with the profession on making improvements to your welfare, because we believe in the importance of the work you do
The Former President John Dramani Mahama has slammed the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for worsening the plights of Ghanaians despite their promise to provide better economic opportunities. The aspiring presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) wondered why the NPP has failed in delivering on their major campaign promises. His administration he said told Ghanaians the economy was facing challenges and promised to provide Ghanaians better leadership. However, the government has failed woefully and struggling to deliver on their promises. John Mahama made the comments while addressing delegates of the NDC) at Tatale in the Northern Region as part of his nationwide campaign tour to lead the NDC into the next presidential elections. “You can do all the propaganda you like to win political power, when you come to government; the reality of the people’s life will expose you,” he said. “Where are the factories, where are the dams, where is the $1 million per constituency. It is easier to make electoral promises than to fulfill them. Making promises is easy, fulfilling them is a problem. That is what NPP has taught us. It is easier to give political lectures on the economy than to manage the economy,” he added. He further took his swipe at Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and said, one could deliver a lecture on economy but will not make them competent enough to manage the economy. “Any economics lecturer can give lectures on the economy, but not every lecturer can manage the economy,” he said.
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said government has cleared the arrears of 70, 000 teachers. Addressing the 2018 Outstanding Teacher Awards held to commemorate the world Teachers day on the theme, The Right to Education Means Right to Qualified Teachers’, the second gentleman of the land said, “As we speak we have reduced that through the validation process to just 30,000 teachers so we are on course and should eliminate that soon. Dr Bawumia noted that the NPP government’s policy on teachers has increasingly sought to address the welfare of teachers and upgrade the standard of their training. He stated that he has no doubt that the newly introduced teachers’ licensure exams “will raise the standard of the profession to be at par with others”. “The aim of the licensure exams is to enable candidates acquire a professional license and prepare to meet the demands of the national teaching standard as well as the global standards of possessing the minimum knowledge, skills, values and attitude necessary to deliver effectively in schools,” he stated. “No country can ensure quality education and ignore teachers,” he added. The vice president indicated that government was committed to increasing the training standards of teachers which is why the government is upgrading the Colleges of Education to University Colleges. He said, ‘’that game-changing move will make a Bachelor’s Degree the minimum requirement to teach at the basic level in Ghana. Dr Bawumia added that the celebration of the ‘Teachers’ Day’ is to motivate the teachers to give off their best. At the event, Mr Nicholas Gborse won the Most Outstanding Teacher Prize at this year's National Best Teacher Award scheme which has been renamed and rebranded as the Ghana Teacher Prize. Mr Gborse, is a teacher of the Bishop Herman College located at Kpando in the Volta Region. He is expected to receive a three-bedroom house and a GH¢5,000 endowment fund as part of his prize.
Deputy Amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana, Alhaji Suleman Anderson, has said current activities in some countries could trigger third world war if efforts are not employed to promote peace. He was speaking ahead of a planned Symposium to be organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission UK for the first time in Africa and Ghana. He said, Ghanaians appreciate the peace and stability we have enjoyed for years but there are countries experiencing some challenges and violations of human rights, civil wars, and so as Ghanaians, we cannot allow our peace to be threatened. We have to protect the fundamental human rights of citizens, equal rights and justice because without these things, we will not enjoy peace and stability.’’ ‘’Peace is important because activities going on across the globe could trigger the third world war. We are concerned as a mission hence our decision to hold the symposium. The effects would be dire. As a mission, we have decided to promote peace in order to maintain stability, freedom of worship and economic growth.’’ The Symposium is slated for October 10th, 2018 and opened to the general public, members of other religious bodies, Muslims among others. ‘’We are aware the members of the mission are few and so we are entreating Ghanaians to participate in the activity. We are calling on churches, security heads, politicians’ among other persons to come on the day so we share ideas on the need for peace.’’ The symposium is under the auspices of World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
Former President John Dramani Mahama is demanding answers to the whereabouts of the factories and dams promised by President Nana Akufo-Addo. ‘’Where are the factories? Where are the dams? Where the warehouses? Where is the one million dollars per constituency? Addressing delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Tatale constituency, ahead of the party’s flagbearership race, Mr Mahama after crisscrossing the constituencies and districts of the Northern Region for three days as part of his five-day tour of the region to interact with NDC delegates, he has yet to see a single factory from the One District One factory NPP manifesto promise. The former President says the lesson in the unfulfilled promises is that it is easier for promises to be made but not kept. “It is easier to give political lectures on the economy than to mange the economy”, he said. Mr Mahama further said, “any Economics lecturer can give lectures on the economy. But not every lecturer can manage the economy”. President Nana Akufo-Addo in July visited the construction site of the 1-village-1-dam project in Bongo, as part of his 2-day tour of the Upper West Region. With a total of 570 dams to be constructed in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions, the President indicated that 10 of these dams will be sited in the Bongo constituency, which will ensure all-year-round agriculture in the district. Addressing a durbar of chiefs at Bongo, as part of his tour, he noted that the performance of his administration, over the last 18 months, is an indication that the promises in the run-up to the 2016 elections, were not meant to hoodwink them. Then Presidential Candidate Akufo-Addo boldly declared at a mini-rally in Ejumako on June 18, 2016 he will embark on an industrialization agenda if he won the election.
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