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Oct 19, 2018
The Fisheries Commission at Asutsuare in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra has destroyed about eighteen (18) kilograms of unwholesome tilapia. The shoals of fish that were on Fujian Farm, a Chinese-owned fish farming company at Asutsuare, were allegedly imported into the country from China. According to details available, the strain is genetically modified tilapia. Meanwhile, Ghanaians have been asked not to panic over the incident. President of the Aquaculture Association, Jennifer Sodji in an interview said, “…We realized that the fishes were dying and then we alerted the fisheries commission. EPA also moved in there to investigate the fish at the farm. The general public is not supposed to be worried about it because as we speak part of that farm has been closed down,” she added.
Oct 19, 2018
The Electoral Commission has planned to set up a committee to come up with a roadmap for the implementation of the Representation of the People's Amendment Act (ROPAA), 2006 (Act 699). Registered political parties, and representatives of civil society groups are expected to submit their names latest by Monday October 22, 2018 for the formation of the committee. The decision was reached at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC0 meeting on Thursday. ROPAA gives Ghanaians in the Diaspora the right to vote from abroad. The EC would be represented by three persons, the active political parties with at least two representatives in parliament will have one representative each, all the other active political parties with no representation in Parliament will also nominate one person and the civil society groups will also have one representation. The committee will then look into the modalities of the whole implementation, whether it would be feasible for Election 2020 or it should start from Election 2024. In December 2017, an Accra High Court, presided over by His Lordship Justice Anthony K. Yeboah, ordered the Electoral Commission to implement within 12 months, the Representation of the People Amendment Act also known as the ROPAA law, 2006 [Act 699]. Justice Anthony Yeboah said the EC had for the last ten years breached the rights of Ghanaians living abroad by failing to give them an opportunity to vote.
Oct 19, 2018
Local governance expert, Dr. Oduro Osae, has underscored the need for the Statistical Service to be well resourced so they could work efficiently. He is also calling on government to make the service an authority. This he noted will make them function properly. The service after being an authority status should also he aligned to the Ministry of Local Government through the decentralisation framework, he opined. The move he explained will make the collection of data at the district level effective, efficient and help the state to have valuable data to work with. Statistics he decried is not prioritized despite its importance in the distribution of the common fund and other resources. Dr. Osae was also of the view that, the Ghana Beyond Aid will not be achieved if we fail to pay critical attention to statistics. The double track system and other policies being implemented by government will succeed if we pay attention to statistics, he suggested. He was speaking at an event organized by the Statistical Service this week in Accra. ‘’We need to make the Statistical Service an authority to give them its independence. We need to resource them so they work efficiently,’’ he added. In 1985, the Statistical Service Law (PNDC Law 135) established the Statistical Service, which instrument had the effect of raising the status of the Central Bureau of Statistics from a Government Department under a Ministry to that of an autonomous, independent public service. The Law also established the Statistical Service Board as the governing body that reports to the presidency. The Law specifically: • Provides for a Board to be the overall governing body to determine the form and nature of statistics to be collected and reported on, promote the effective use of statistics, stimulate research activities in all fields of statistics and advise the government on all matters relating to statistics; • Vests in the Government Statistician the responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the GSS, the conduct of national surveys including censuses, and organization of a coordinated scheme of economic and social statistics relating to the country; • Vests in the GSS the responsibility for the collection, compilation, analysis, publication and dissemination of official statistics in Ghana for general and administrative purposes; • Prescribes for the GSS the role of coordination of all developments in statistics outside the GSS.
Oct 19, 2018
The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has on the advice of the Brong Ahafo Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument imposed a curfew on Drobo, Japekrom, Babianiha, Kwasibourkrom, Mpuasu, Basekrom, Kojokesekrom and Katakyiekrom in the Jaman South Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region from 6:00 p.m to 6:00 a.m effective, Thursday, 18th October, 2018. This contained in a statement signed by the Minister. The statement said: "Government calls on the Chiefs, Elders, Opinion Leaders, Youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them as well as to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace." Meanwhile, there is a total ban on all persons in the afore-mentioned communities and their environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted,the statement concluded.
Oct 19, 2018
President of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Dr. Joseph Obeng, has rubbished claims of the association being divided along partisan lines over the implementation of Cargo Tracking Note policy. Answering a question posed to him by rainbowradionline.com at a press conference today [Thursday], over the implantation of CTN and maters arising, the GUTA president said, GUTA is not divided as perceived. According to him, although some GUTA members have expressed their personal opinions on the matter, it does not affect the position of GUTA as a collective body. GUTA he said has never toed a political line since it was formed and will continue to work in the interest of its members. Dr. Obeng said, GUTA has never been divided and will never be divided.’’ GUTA has commended government for reaching a resolution to give a quota that ‘’may eventually take these groups of traders from partaking in the CTN, hence his giving a quota of 36 20ft containers or 18 40ft containers per annum, which has been broken down to 3 20ft container or 1 ½ 40ft container a month or per shipment at a time,’’ he stated. He however said, ''despite the quota, GUTA raised issues of ‘’inadequacy of the quota itself and the confusion that may arise therefrom ie transitional arrangements, registration for codes and exemptions, petition for upliftment of quotas, commencement and methodology of counting etc.’’ He thanked members of the Joint Business Consultative Forum (JBGF) for the wonderful co-operation and immense contribution for not only opposing, but also subjecting the entire policy to thorough scrutiny.’’ He served notice GUTA will fiercely resist any attempt by policy implementers to cunningly rope into the CTN scheme in the future. In July this year, GUTA kicked against the implantation of CTN. GUTA at time said, the system which has been re-introduced by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) was not properly communicated to the stakeholders involved. President of GUTA Joseph Obeng described the system as one being forced down the throat of shippers. ‘‘More confusing is the vice that the vice president in his wisdom suspended the implementation of the CTN on 28th May 2018 only for same to be publicized by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) of its implementation effective from 1st July 2018 without regard for the concerns of relevant stakeholders.’’ He said Mr Obeng added, ‘‘It should be well noted that the fact that methods and systems keep changing and being experimented on without on without seeming success means that, our policymakers do not take the trouble to dissect and understand the viability of the system’’ But addressing the press on Thursday he said, the Ghana Revenue Authority has agreed to allow two months transitional arrangements that will not hinder any shipment for that period of implementation.’’
Oct 19, 2018
China is to launch a fake "moon" into space that it hopes will illuminate one of the country's biggest cities. Officials in Chengdu, a city of 14 million people in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, announced plans to place a satellite in orbit by 2020 capable of reflecting sunlight onto its streets at night, claiming it will be bright enough to entirely replace street lights. The satellite would use a reflective coating to direct light to illuminate an area on earth of up to 50 square miles, according to Wu Chunfeng, chairman of the city’s Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute. The launch follows a similar project in 1999 when Russian researchers planned to use orbiting mirrors to light up cities in Siberia, hoping it would be a cheaper alternative to electric lighting. The scheme developed by Russia used a device called Znamya 2. It was equipped with a 25-metre mirror to illuminate a three-mile wide patch of land. During its first orbit the craft was destroyed following a collision in space. The scheme was abandoned. In remarks first reported by CIFNews, Mr Chunfeng told a science event in Chengdu that the artificial moon, which has been undergoing testing for several years, will produce at least eight times more light than the real moon. He did not say how much the project would cost. Scientists have warned the device could disturb wildlife and disrupt systems that observe the earth’s atmosphere. However, Kang Weimin, a director at the School of Aerospace at the Harbin Institute of Technology, told CIFNews that the satellite will produce a dusk-like glow, meaning it will not affect animals. Source:telegraph.co.uk
Oct 19, 2018
Jean Claude Galea has been appointed Malta’s first resident ambassador to Ghana, which is also the first diplomatic representation of its kind for Malta in a sub-Saharan country. Galea, who has operated a business advisory firm in Ghana since 2009, had served as honorary consul in the west African country since 2016. His appointment was approved by Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee, along with that of Vanni Xuereb and Ray Bondin as ambassadors for Spain and Bulgaria, respectively. Xuereb, who heads MEUSAC, a committee that screens EU laws, will be resident in Spain, while Bondin will be a non-resident ambassador. The appointments will be formalised in the coming weeks. In February, Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela had announced that Malta will be opening a high commission in Ghana. Apart from seeking deeper business and commercial ties with Ghana, Malta also considers sub-Saharan Africa among its priority regions for the disbursement of overseas development aid, Abela had said. “In this regard, the opening of a new high commission in Ghana will offer added value through the establishment of new contacts through which Malta can further the distribution of its ODA,” the minister said back then. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to open a diplomatic mission in Malta in 2014. Establishing diplomatic relations with countries in sub-Saharan Africa is considered to be an important cog within the wider picture of migration. The repatriation of migrants, who are not eligible for protection, depends on the cooperation of the home country. By forging stronger diplomatic ties with Ghana, Malta will be getting a foothold in the region. Credit:www.maltatoday.com.mt
Oct 19, 2018
The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), says it has persisted and raised issues of inadequacy of the quota given businesses with regards to the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Note policy (CTN). GUTA breaking its silence on the implementation said, leadership-raised issues about the impact t5he implementation would have on businesses and seen a positive reaction from the presidency. Leader of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng, at a press conference on Thursday revealed that the president of the republic H.E Nana Akufo-Addo out of his clear understanding and appreciation of the issues raised, gave a quota that ‘’may eventually take these groups of traders from partaking in the CTN, hence his giving a quota of 36 20ft containers or 18 40ft containers per annum, which has been broken down to 3 20ft container or 1 ½ 40ft container a month or per shipment at a time,’’ he stated. He however said, ''despite the quota, GUTA raised issues of ‘’inadequacy of the quota itself and the confusion that may arise therefrom ie transitional arrangements, registration for codes and exemptions, petition for upliftment of quotas, commencement and methodology of counting etc.’’ These challenges when said when not addressed may lead to unnecessary bureaucracy, time wasting, lobbying and cost that possible avenues for frustration and corruption.’’ The Vice President Dr. Mahamaudu Bawumia he announced directed the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to as a matter of urgency, withdraw the earlier letter to ship owners warning that, they will not be able to clear their goods on arrival without CTN. The Commissioner General Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti he said has agreed to allow two months transitional arrangements that will not hinder any shipment for that period of implementation. ‘’We hereby entreat all small and medium scale importers who have been duly exempted from CTN, to continue with their import processes without any fear and immediately report to us any obstruction that may come their way, for the necessary assistance.’’ Meanwhile, GUTA called on government to be reminded on the assurance given on the reduction of import duty rates and benchmark values, upliftment of quota and others.’’ He expressed gratitude to the vi8ce president, finance minister and trade minister, Alan Kyeremanten for the engagement. The move he said will go a long way to build a stronger relationship between government and GUTA on other matters. He concluded by warning they will resist any attempt authorities to rope GUTA into the CTN scheme. ‘’We want to be emphatic herein that our opposition to the CTN is infinite and, therefore, any attempt by policy implementers to cunningly rope us into the CTN scheme in the future will be fiercely resisted.’’
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