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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 Italian workshop supervisor has provoked anger at a company in a Free Zone Enclave in the Western Region after chaining one of his subordinates to a container in the hot sun as punishment for failing to complete a task assigned  him. The alleged culprit, identified as Manilo Maggiorotto, did the unthinkable with the reason that whenever he assigned work to the victim, he abandoned his and found ways of helping others to do their work. Therefore, the best way to prevent a recurrence was to chain him. Seething with anger, employees of the multinational logistics company,Gateway Logistics Limited, operating as a Free Zone Company, have appealed to the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) to ensure that justice was done the victim. Alleged culprit  They described what Maggiorotto did as a re-enactment of the days of slavery – a dehumanising act which, they said, sent shivers down their spine. “He must be apprehended to face the laws of Ghana,” they said. “This is a Free Zone Company.  He is in Ghana as workshop supervisor, an expertise that could easily be procured in Ghana but they brought him here and he constantly looks down on us and treats us as if we are nothing,” they said. When they were contacted the company, its management acknowledged the incident but declined to comment further as they were dealing with the issue. How it happened Describing the incident to the Daily Graphic, one of the workers said their supervisor, on the day of the incident, assigned two of the company’s workers to carry out a task and later reassigned one of them to a different task.To work as a team, the victim, whose name was given as Ibrahim Sanou, decided to help another employee so they could finish on time. The source said when the Italian supervisor entered the yard, he realised that Sanou was not doing what he had asked him to do.“He, therefore, called him, verbally assaulted him and asked him to go and bring the chain from the container. When Sanou returned, Maggiorotto put it around Sanou’s neck and locked it with a huge padlock. After that he dragged Sanou more than 100 metres to where he originally assigned him.” “The sad part is that he hooked the end of the chain to a container in the sun and went back to his air-conditioned office, ” the source said. The source said after Sanou had finished the work, the Italian asked one of the workers to go and unlock the chain so that the victim would  go and carry out other tasks. Workers According to the workers, morale was currently down in the company and the victim, once jovial and energetic, was constantly depressed. The workers were seeking justice and urged management of the company to ensure Maggiorotto left the workshop for his own safety. That aside, he should apologise to the victim and appropriately compensate him. When the Daily Graphic visited the company, the workers expressed the view that management was trying to influence the victim financially to say he was not interested in the case. Dehumanising At the office of the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU) of the TUC, the Regional Industrial Relations Officer, Mr  Hanson Richard, said the issue had been reported to the union. “We are aware management is talking to the victim to withdraw the case, but this is a national issue and it is wrong to dehumanise a national to that extent,” he said. Mr. Richard said  the union had explained the implications of any inducement to suppress the case and that the national union would take over the case. “I will pursue the case to ensure that Sanou received justice after which they would demand the repatriation of Maggiorotto to serve as deterrent to others,” he said. He said several meetings with the management of the company indicated that they were also taking up the issue and the GTPCWU would ensure the law was duly applied. He recalled a recent case in Accra where a supervisor was reported to have slapped a worker with hot pizza and the locking of workers out without prior notice at various yards in Takoradi. He urged expatriate workers to learn how to relate to their colleagues. Company’s reaction After several attempts to elicit the reaction of the company, the Managing Director, Mr William Moss, agreed to grant an interview March 23, 2016. However, about 2:30 p.m, Mr Moss called to say he could no longer grant the interview without consulting the local union. He expressed wonder as to what interest the newspaper had in the matter and ended the call. Memo to workers However, the Daily Graphic later intercepted a March 21 memo from the Managing Director  notifying the employees that Mr Maggiorotto had relinquished his post and returned to Italy with his wife. “I would like to thank Manlio for all his efforts over the past years in the face of considerable difficulties. He brought new levels of engineering experience and competence to the maintenance function and it was through his dynamism that the workshop at Bokro was created,” it said, adding that “He will be greatly missed”. – Source: Graphic Online    
The National Youth Organiser of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) Divine Nkrumah says the ruling government NDC is the ''useless government Ghanaians have experienced in the fourth republic. According to him, the increasing rate of unemployment, widespread corruption, introduction of killer taxes collapsing businesses are all examples of the incompetence of the Mahama led administration. He said the NDC is the only government with vast amount of resources yet they have failed to utilise these resources. Divine Nkrumah continued, the Mahama led administration is the only government to have over-borrowed yet without anything to show for it. The outspoken politician noted, the NDC cannot tout its performance and claim to have transformed the lives of Ghanaians when in actual fact their 'Transforming Lives' campaign tag has rather affected us negatively. Divine Nkrumah opined that, Ghana should be like paradise today  if the revenue generated by the Mahama led administration was manged well. He chided the NDC administration for over taxing Ghanaians yet failing to account for the income collected. When asked if the NDC cannot be credited for any key project since they assumed office, Divine Nkrumah answered in the affirmative. He indicated Ghanaians are still buying fuel at a very high rate although the price is considerably low at the world market all because of President Mahama's incompetence. ''The incompetence coupled with the mismanagement of the Mahama led administration is everywhere...Dollar rates are still high all due to inflation...''  
A flyover under construction in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) has collapsed, killing at least 18 people and injuring others. Many people are feared trapped under the concrete and steel bridge, which fell on a busy road. Images show residents using their bare hands to help the rescue effort. Safety issues such as lack of inspections and the use of substandard materials have plagued construction projects in the country. The accident took place in an area near Girish Park, one of Kolkata's most densely populated neighbourhoods, with narrow lanes, and shops and houses built close together. The 2km-long (1.2 mile) flyover has been under construction since 2009 and missed several deadlines for completion. The causes of the disaster were not immediately clear but the company in charge of the construction, IVRCL, said it would cooperate with investigators. CCTV footage posted on social media appears to show the moment the structure collapses, hitting passers-by, auto rickshaws and nearby buildings. Witnesses say other cars, buses and lorries have also been hit. People are said to have been living in makeshift homes under the flyover. The army and national disaster agency in India have joined the rescue operation, which has been hampered by difficulties in getting ambulances and other vehicles close to the site. At least 70 injured have been taken to hospitals, officials say. Emergency teams have been sent with sniffer dogs, concrete cutters, drilling machines and sensors to detect life, a rescue official told AFP news agency. Ramesh Kejriwal, an eyewitness, told Reuters: "There was a loud sound which scared us. The concrete had been laid last night at this part of the bridge." Chaotic scenes: Rahul Tandon, BBC News, in Kolkata These are chaotic scenes, as officials are desperately trying to clear the area, worried that the rest of the flyover may collapse. They are trying to bring in equipment to clear the rubble and rescue those who may be under it. But the proximity of the buildings may limit the access for heavy lifting equipment to the area. It is a race against time and the death toll may rise. A rescue official said there were buses trapped. Locals have been digging through the huge slabs of rubble with pick axes while police hold back relatives desperate for news of the missing. As the operation continues, angry relatives arrive looking for their loved ones. At the same time, more bodies are being taken away. Another eyewitness, Ravindra Kumar Gupta, told the news agency that two buses carrying more than 100 passengers had been trapped. "Every night, hundreds of labourers would build the flyover and they would cook and sleep near the site by day," said Mr Gupta, who together with friends pulled out six bodies. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Washington in an official visit, tweeted that he was "shocked and saddened" by the collapse. "My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Kolkata. May the injured recover at the earliest," he added. A recurring tragedy Collapsed building in Chennai in June 2014Image copyrightAP August 2015: At least 11 people die after a building collapses near India's western city of Mumbai July 2015: Five killed after a four-storey building collapses in Delhi April 2013: 74 people die after a high-rise residential building in Mumbai collapses June 2014: At least 10 people killed when a three-storey building in Delhi collapses June 2014: At least 60 people killed when a building collapses in a Chennai suburb November 2010: 69 killed and more than 80 injured in a collapse in Delhi September 2009: Chimney of a power plant in Chhattisgarh caves in, killing 40 people Source: BBC
The United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Porter Jackson, has pledged to deepen the cooperation and support towards the achievement of Ghana’s educational goals. He said they were already assisting the Education Ministry and the Ghana Education (GES) in their effort to promote reading and literacy among primary school pupils. Added to this, is the “Let Girls Learn” programme, under which the US is helping to expand access to education for adolescent girls. Ambassador Porter Jackson was addressing students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) during a visit to Kumasi to interact and explain to sections of the population, his country’s policy towards Ghana in the areas of education, health, good governance, peace and security. He indicated that education was the main catalyst for socio-economic development – a vital tool to fight poverty and said it was on the account of this that they would continue to provide the needed resources to complement the nation’s efforts. He used the occasion to throw more light on the US’ educational policies and opportunities for the African student, exchange programmes and technology transfer initiatives. Mr. Porter Jackson highlighted the strong partnership between Ghana and the US, which had made the West African nation a popular destination for many American students. It is estimated that about 2,300 American students come to Ghana yearly to pursue various academic programmes, while more than 3, 100 of their Ghanaian counterparts are also studying in the US. He said they had firm conviction that the power of education and technology would bring about a better world. Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice-Chancellor, thanked the US for being supportive of research activities at the university.   Source: GNA    
The Eastern Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Bismark Tawiah Boateng has thrown salvos at the Akyem Abuakwa State and the Secretary at the Traditional Council for banning him from entering the 'Opanyin Fie' because he has shown gross disrespect to His Majesty Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin. Bismark Tawiah Boateng  described as unnecessary and ill-motivated pronouncements made by the Akyem Overlord when he appealed to President Mahama to appoint Akyem's because they did not anyone in government who speaks for them.    Assistant State Secretary to the Akyem State D.M Ofori Atta in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem said they have served notice to the Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong who is said to pay a courtesy call on the Overload of the Akyem State not to come along with Bismark Tawiah who has been banned from entering the palace. But in a sharp response to the directive, Bismark Tawiah Boateng said he is moved by the ban because he is not a member of the traditional council to be perturbed about his ban. ''I don't work for the traditional council. I discharge my duties as a regional chair with the office of the NDC. Aside that, i have my own business and that i run in my house and not the administrative office of the Akyem State so why should i be perturbed,'' he quizzed. ''The Assistant Secretary is neither my head of  family, uncle nor my relative so why should i be bothered with what he says...I can choose to accompany the Minister or not.'' Although the Assistant State Secretary said they have issued the directive, Bismark Tawiah Boateng revealed he is yet to be informed. He explained the notice served the Minister is much I do about noting since she [Mavis Ama Frimpong] is subject to the constitution of the NDC.  
Workers of the judicial service have  declared an indefinite strike over their unpaid salaries. The workers embarked on a protest over their unpaid consolidated salaries Thursday morning at the court premises. They accused government showing no concern about  their demands for the payment of their consolidated salaries. President of the judicial service Alex Nartey announcing their strike action to the media said that they have served notice to government as far back as June 2015  the non-payment of their consolidated salaries, however, they are yet to see any concrete measures being put in place to ensure that their salaries are paid. He posited, government has not been fair to the judicial service workers  hence the decision to withdraw all services with immediate effect. “We thought that if government, was minded of listening to us, if government really had the third arm of government at heart, it would not have stayed for nine good months …we don’t think that government needed nine good months to get back to us and say I am forming a committee. We think that government has not been very fair to us. Thus the National Executive Council (NEC) of JUSSAG hereby directs the immediate withdrawal of services by all staff of the judicial service from 1st April, 2016.”  JUSAG embarked on a similar action last year over unpaid allowances but called off the strike action after reaching an agreement with government.
The highest court in South Africa has ruled that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home. It gave the treasury 60 days to determine how much he should repay. The ruling is a victory for the opposition, who said they would push for Mr Zuma's impeachment. They accuse him of using "ill-gotten wealth" to upgrade his home with a swimming pool and amphitheatre. Mr Zuma has denied any wrongdoing. A government statement said he would "reflect" on the judgement and take "appropriate action". An anti-corruption body, known as the public protector, ruled in 2014 that $23m (£15m) had been spent on his rural home in Nkandla in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. Mr Zuma had "unduly benefited" from the renovations and should repay a portion of the money, the public protector said. In a unanimous judgement on behalf of the Constitutional Court's 11 judges, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the public protector was a "Biblical David" fighting against the Goliath of corruption. Mr Zuma's failure to repay the money was "inconsistent" with the constitution, he added. "The president failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution," he declared. Mr Mogoeng added that public officials ignored the constitution at their peril, and should remember that the rule of law was the "sharp and mighty sword that stands ready to chop the ugly head of impunity from its stiffened neck". What Mr Zuma must pay for Swimming pool Amphitheatre Visitor centre Cattle enclosure Chicken run The case was brought by two opposition parties, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA). The EFF called on Mr Zuma to step down while the DA said it would table a motion in parliament to demand his impeachment. Mr Zuma's term in government has been marred by allegations of corruption and cronyism. Analysis: Milton Nkosi, BBC Africa, Johannesburg It is very difficult to see how the ANC can continue to have President Zuma at the helm, following the stinging rebuke he received from the Constitutional Court. Opposition parties now plan to strike against the 73-year-old leader, and hope that ANC MPs will vote with them to impeach him. Another option is for the ANC to recall Mr Zuma, as it did with his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, in 2008. A third option would be to say "better the devil you know" and to stick with Mr Zuma, at least until after this year's crucial local government elections. As for South Africans, they are celebrating the independence of the Constitutional Court. It has shown that it will protect the public from the abuse of power and will not be a political crony of the government. This is likely to embolden South Africans to continue fighting corruption and demanding accountability from the government. Mr Zuma was first elected in 2009 and is due to step down in 2019. The governing African National Congress has said it respects the ruling. It has so far rejected growing pressure to force Mr Zuma out of office. Source: BBC
Former New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Kwaadaso Madam Josephine Hilda Addo, says she still respect Paul Afoko as the duly elected National Chairman of the elephant family despite his suspension. ''In my respectful and humble opinion, i still see Paul Afoko as the duly elected Chairman at the National level of the New Patriotic Party. I respect him as such, '' she revealed in an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline Paul Afoko was suspended indefinitely by the the National Executive Committee (NEC) in October, 2015 after the Disciplinary Committee wrote to it in September same year. His suspension was upheld by the National Council after a crucial meeting at the party headquarters in November, 2015. Out of 77 people present at that meeting, 70 voted for the suspension to be upheld, six abstained from voting, while one voted for him to be reinstated.  The embattled chair went to court to seek redress because his suspension was ''unconstitutional''. “Our constitution is under attack, our constitution is being breached,” Paul Afoko had said before going to court. Paul Afoko was recently accused of using the media to prosecute his case against the NPP, which is already in court. Lawyer for the NPP. Godfred Dame on March 24, 2016, sought to convince the judge hearing the case between the Party and Afoko to give an order to stop Paul Afoko from running media commentaries on the matter. The request was however, not granted. Responding to that, Hilda Addo said, in all fairness, Paul Afoko has not prosecuted his case in the media as alleged by the NPP, rather he is explaining his reasons for going to court which the party failed to give him an opportunity to do. The former legislator posited, Paul Afoko cannot be gagged in granting media interviews because he has the constitutional right as entrenched in Article 21 of the party's constitution which in her view, he has not violated. Hilda Addo explained the action taken by Paul Afoko who she still respects as the National Chairman of the party until a competent of jurisdiction rule otherwise, is a good one because it will uphold the constitution of the party which is currently under attack. She was however quick to add that, if the court rules in favour of the NPP, it will be be upheld by every member but till that is established, both parties should be allowed to play on a level playing field. Article 17 Quoting Article 17 of the constitution of the NPP, Madam Hilda Addo posited, the Acting National Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay by the provisions of the constitution, has no vested authority to sanction a National Executive Meeting without the knowledge of National Chairman. According to Hilda Addo, if she may not be misquoted or her comments misconstrued, she is of the opinion that, Freddie Blay violated the provisions of the constitution of the NPP and that was what Paul Afoko fought against and got suspended. She stressed, the party is engaging in selective justice against some members of the party who are perceived to be working against the interest of the party. “The illegally constituted NC failed to look at the merits and demerits of the petition by Paul Afoko, brushed it aside and as the constitution of the party speak against discrimination, he [Paul Afoko] went to court to seek interpretation and that is a very good initiative because this will  ensure that the constitutional principles of the party are upheld and the sanctity of the party maintained for its current and future growth. Paul is not a selfish individual, he is fighting for the party and that is what i like about his court case,'' Hilda Addo stated. Paul Afoko not responsible for our woes Hilda Addo debunked claims that Paul Afoko is responsible for the woes of the party and that his actions could have defeated the victory of the elephant family come November, 7. She quizzed if the embattled chairman was responsible for the previous defeat of the party in the last election. The accusation is baseless and only meant to discredit Paul Afoko so if he is explaining through the media the merits of his reason going to court, why should the party be worried and claim he is working against them,'' she asked. She added ''If the NPP believes that Paul Afoko is dragging the NPP through the mud then they should do the right thing. They should ensure that the uphold the constitution of the party. Hilda Addo however cautioned Paul Afoko not to prosecute the case in any of his media engagements but he should be bold and continue to express himself regardless of the attacks from some factions of the party. Hilda Addo concluded that, the NPP risk loosing the 2016 elections if the perceived faction is not checked and resolved because if the frontier of the party is divided and until they bury their differences they will be the third time unlucky at the polls.    
King of Akyem-Abuakwa, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has bared the Eastern Regional party Chairman of the ruling NDC, Bismark Tawiah Boateng, from entering the premises of the palace of the Overlord. Public Relations Officer of the Paramount Chief of the Akyem-Abuakwa Traditional Area, D.M Ofori Attah said the directive is premise on the fact that, he [Bismark Tawiah Boateng] has dragged the name of the traditional ruler through the mud. Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin was alleged to have expressed his displeasure over the neglect of Akyem's in President Mahama's appointees. “We don't have anybody who speaks for us in this government today. We don't. [Professor Kwaku Danso Boafo, former Ghana ambassador to the UK] is a pure NDC member but as he sits here he is unemployed. If he had been given appointment I could have gone to him and asked for development but even he is unemployed. “The prominent Akyem member today, he is without a job. Let's look at this critically. A person of Kwaku's calibre, why must he be sidelined by the president in his appointment?” the Okyehene had said. This Bismark Tawiah Boateng  described as an unnecessary pronouncements  and ill-motivated. But D.M Ofori Atta says this was disrespectful, insulting and  misrepresentation of what the Overlord said. Following this, Tawiah Boateng has been banned from entering the King's Palace together with one other Appau Wiredu Haruna. The newly appointed Eastern Regionaal Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong is said to pay a courtesy call on the Overlord of the Abuakwa Traditional Council but Bismark Tawiah Boateng who is expected to accompany her has been banned from entering the palace. ''The Council wishes to indicate their displeasure at the the disrespectful conduct of the two gentlemen against the person of His Majesty Okyehene over the past the three years and thus will be unable to tolerate their presence at the Ofori Panyin Fie,'' a letter signed by the PRO of said. It added ''I am directed by the Kyebi Executive Council to infrom your outfit with regards to your schuduled visit to the Ofori Panyin Fie on Friday April 1, 2016, that Mr. Bismark Tawiah Boateng and Appau Wiredu Haruna, Eastern Reginal Chairman and Youth Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) respectively, are not welocmed to the Ofori Panyin Fie.'' However, speaking in an response to the said directive by the Traditional Council, Bismark Tawiah Boateng has called the bluff of the Overlord and the Traditional Council. He told Kwame Tutu that he is not perturbed about the directive nor will be affected in anywhere whatsoever. He quizzed if the PRO of the Overlord is his father or relative to warrant such a directive. He posited that, if indeed the Traditional want to ex-communicate him from the land them they have go through due process and stop engaging in triviality.
National Youth Organiser of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Divine Nkrumah says he is currently struggling to pay his bills although he is gainfully employed. The outspoken leader of the awake family speaking in an interview on frontline said the current economic situation in the country in unbearable for the gainfully employed how much more the unemployed, he added. Divine Nkrumah said it will be unfortunate and an act of hypocrisy for anyone to claim that, Ghana's economy is a good state because it is down on its knees. He posited, things are hard because Ghanaians are not feeling the so-called Better Ghana Agenda promised by the ruling NDC. President Mahama himself has alluded to the fact that, things are extremely hard, he noted. A charged Divine Nkrumah using himself as an example said his tenants are currently up in arms against him for what they [tenants] describes as astronomical utility bills. He explained, the tenants in the past paid a total of GHC 120 cedis for the utility but the price has shot up to GHC 500 cedis. ''Although am gainfully employed, i must confess that am struggling to pay my bills because things are hard, Ghanaians are suffering,'' he stressed.
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