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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.
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.’’
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
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
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.’’
Former President John Dramani Mahama, is the best candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), former Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Horace Ankrah, has posited. The diplomat told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the rank and file of the umbrella family is yearning for the return of Mr Mahama. Mr Mahama he said is more than qualified, competent and skilled to win the 2020 polls for the NDC. ‘’The NDC needs former President John Dramani Mahama as candidate. He will win the 2020 polls for NDC.’’ In his view, you don’t stop serving and when you are capable of serving people, you don’t have to reject that opportunity because you don’t stop serving.’’ He also disclosed on the show he declined to contest the presidential race because he did not want to betray the man who appointed him and boosted his political career. To him, contesting Mahama will be an act of betrayal and ungratefulness. According to him, his presidential ambition has not been abandoned but will at the appointed time, declare his intension to run for president. He has also accepted to partner Mr Mahama as vice presidential candidate if given the opportunity. ‘’Former President Mahama was the one who gave me the opportunity. I believe in something and that is, if you have to be great, then you have to be grateful. I will not contest Mr Mahama as a sign of my gratitude to him for the opportunity he gave me to serve under his administration.’’
A former appointee of former President John Dramani Mahama, Horace Ankrah, has disclosed on Rainbow Radio 875.5Fm that, his decision not to contest as flagbearer was a sign of gratitude to his former boss. He made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline today (Thursday). He attributed his successful political career to Mr Mahama who has declared his intention to contest. According to him, from his upbringing, you don't bite the hands that fed you and so, in showing gratitude to his boss, he declined to contest the race which he had plans of doing. The former Ambassador to China said, the National Democratic Congress, as a party, needs Mr Mahama as candidate to make them wrestle power from the incompetent NPP administration. He also disclosed that he has not abandoned his presidential ambition and will pursue it at the appointed time. When asked if he would accept the role as vice presidential candidate for the NDC, he answered in the affirmative and promised to put the Ghanaian at the core of his message to make Mr Mahama the best option for voters. "I have a reason for not contesting. From where I was brought up, and my understanding of betrayal, I cannot contest him. Assessing my political career and success, I will confess that, former President Mahama played a key role in making me who I am today. And if he is qualified to contest, I do not see myself lining up against him. "
Former Ghana's Ambassador to China, Horace Ankrah, has described the free senior high school policy being implemented by the current New Patriotic Party administration as a brilliant and good policy but badly implemented. He told Kwame Tutu in an exclusive interview on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm that, the government administration failed with planning and that has affected the brilliant policy and this he added, Will affect quality. We did not plan the free SHS well. We failed to consult with the various communities, he said. The former NDC UK and Ireland chairman of respect NDC said, the boarding aspect of the policy is having serious economic challenges on government and would be best if it was scrapped. The free SHS policy implemented across the globe does not comprise free boarding because parents who are yearning to have their wards attend boarding school are made to pay for the boarding. He admonished government to focus on community based free SHS policy in order to allow beneficiaries move from their homes to school. "The boarding aspect of the policy is costing government too much. If we dwell on the community based schools. Students will travel for short a distance to school, it will reduce the cost and allow government to spend less on the policy" He also touched on infrastructure and urged government to invest that needed infrastructure because education is extremely expensive. He suggested a decentralised form of education managed by the Ghana Education Service. He stressed, the policy is brilliant but was ill planned.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he is not the only citizen who wants to see the nation developed. The president says he is committed to policies that will help the nation develop in order to transform the living condition of Ghanaians. Delivering a speech at the graduation ceremony of Nation Builders Corps (NABcO) beneficiaries on Wednesday, the president said, I know I am not alone in aspiring to see a transformed Ghana, which has joined the ranks of developed nations, and moved to a situation beyond aid, i.e. a Ghana Beyond Aid.’’ He admonished the beneficiaries to help build the nation. ‘’As you return to your respective destinations to commence work, your marching orders are clear – help build a nation you will be proud of. Live by the core values of knowledge, punctuality and integrity. Live as nation builders. Let us, together, fulfil the dreams of progress and prosperity that animated the great patriots whose toil and sacrifice brought us our freedom and independence.’’ According to the president, ‘’NABCO trainees must bear in mind that Government is investing some GH¢3 billion of taxpayer’s money into this programme. Your monthly stipend of 700 Ghana cedis is not free money, and you must earn every pesewa of it through hard work and dedication, which I am confident you will do. To the Ghanaian people, you will feel the presence and contribution of these one hundred thousand (100,000) NABCO trainees in your towns and villages, your constituencies and districts, and in critical sectors of the economy. Work with them, and believe that, together, we can build a progressive and prosperous nation, the equal of any on the face of the planet.’’ He said, ‘’ The one hundred thousand (100,000) NABCO trainees will be deployed in seven critical aspects of our economy, i.e. education, revenue mobilization, agriculture, health, governance, digitisation and the private sector. They are going to assist in the realisation of Government’s vision of an educated population, an industrialised, robust and well-manged economy, the delivery of good governance, and, for the sustenance of all these, a reliable, skilled and efficient workforce. Additionally, the NABCO trainees will be engaged in a structured work and learning programme environment. For every four weeks of work, one week will be dedicated to acquiring soft, future employability, and work readiness skills. Within three years, NABCO trainees would have obtained 36 weeks of solid training and value addition to enable them transition smoothly into the world of permanent work. By this, we would have also addressed the very issue that keeps our graduates out of the labour market, in spite of their educational qualifications. The managers of the programme have struck up a partnership with the Council for Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (COTVET), and some universities, both domestic and foreign, for the validation of the content of the learning programmes, so that the trainees receive appropriate certification of their skills and training for their deployment to the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, Information Services Department, Local Government Service, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry,’’ he concluded.
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