Osafo-Maafo, Auditor-General back to court July 8 over Kroll and Associates saga

Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Auditor General, Daniel Yaw DomelevoClick to read all about coronavirus →All is set for an Accra High Court to commence the hearing of an appeal filed by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo and four other officials from the Ministry of Finance against the Auditor-General’s US$1 million disallowance and surcharge in respect of the contract to Kroll and Associates.On Wednesday, the parties in the case will report back to the Supreme Court on their decision to return to the High Court to continue the case.A document filed by Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo’s lawyer at the Supreme Court dated July 3, 2020 has urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the case so that the parties can go back to the High Court to commence the hearing of the appeal.This confirms a letter Mr Osafo-Maafo’s office received on July 3, 2020 from the office of the Auditor-General stating, among other things, that they were satisfied with the inspection carried out on documents covering the work done by Kroll and Associates.The appellants are seeking to set the Surcharge by the Auditor-General aside and clear their names in relation to what is said to be breaches of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) that resulted in their payment of US$1 million to a private firm, Kroll and Associates.The Auditor-General, Mr Domelevo concluded that Kroll and Associates was paid for no work done following what he said was the persistent failure of the Senior Minister to provide proof of actual work done.The Auditor-General, consequently, disallowed the payment of the US$1 million to Kroll and Associates, which the government, through the Ministry of Finance, paid.Mr Domelevo then surcharged the Senior Minister, Mr Osafo-Maafo, and the four other officials from the Ministry of Finance. Mr Osafo-Maafo’s appeal before the High Court to set aside the decision of the Auditor-General which surcharged him and four other public servants was called by the High Court recently.The appeal was consolidated with that of Kroll and Associates, who did the work for which the government paid them about US$1m.The High Court ordered that the parties appear before the Supreme Court to determine an application filed by Kroll & Associates on whether the disclosure of the documents evidencing work done by Kroll would be injurious to the security of the country.On June 24, 2020, the parties appeared before the Supreme Court.Lawyer for Mr Osafo-Maafo and the four others informed the Supreme Court that per a letter dated October 8, 2019, which the Auditor-General had placed before the High Court, Mr Osafo-Maafo had offered the opportunity to the Auditor-General to avail themselves for purposes of inspection and study of the documents as the law entitles him to do.However, the Auditor-General refused to accede to the request of Mr Osafo-Maafo.A few days later, the Auditor-General took the decision to surcharge Mr Osafo-Maafo and the four others.The Supreme Court, therefore, urged lawyers for the parties to endeavour to sort out the matter amicably, failing which the parties were to file their submissions 10 days from June 24, 2020.On the evening of June 29, 2020, Mr Osafo-Maafo’s office received a letter dated June 25, 2020 and signed by Daniel Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor-General, informing Mr Osafo-Maafo that he would be available to meet Mr Osarfo-Maafo’s team of at least three persons with the documents evidencing work done by Kroll and Associates at 9am on Monday, June 29 or Tuesday, June 30.On July 2, 2020, a team of auditors from the Office of the Auditor-General, led by one of the deputy auditors, availed themselves at the office of Mr Osafo-Maafo.The Deputy Auditor General who came to the office of the Senior Minister to inspect the documents was Mr George Swanzy Winful, together with Mr Nii Lamptey, the same two people who were sent by Mr Domelevo to conduct the audit in the first instance.All relevant documents evidencing work done by Kroll and Associates and for which US$1m was paid to them were inspected by the team.The team, therefore, informed Mr Osafo-Maafo’s, among other things, that they were satisfied with the process of inspection, so their lawyers may inform the Supreme Court to enable the parties to return to the High Court to continue with the case.

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‘WE HAVE NO VOICE’: Paris tour guides protest outside Louvre

Visitors hold reproductions of the Mona Lisa outside the Louvre museum as it reopens its doors following its 16 week closure due to lockdown measures caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, at the Louvre on July 6, 2020 in Paris. Pascal Le Segretain / Getty ImagesPARIS — Several dozen Paris tour guides wearing masks and holding Mona Lisa portraits protested outside the Louvre museum on Monday for more support from the government to help them ride out the coronavirus crisis and a dearth of tourists.They gathered at the foot of the Louvre’s glass pyramid as the museum reopened to visitors for the first time in four months after going into lockdown.In May, France announced measures worth 18 billion euros (US$19 billion) to support its tourism sector from the damage wrought upon it by the global pandemic.But protester Margot Schmitz said these funds were not reaching tour guides like her, most of whom were on short-term contracts and were facing imminent financial hardship.“The government is turning a deaf ear,” Schmitz told Reuters ahead of the protest. “We have no voice.”It may be months before foreigner flock back to Paris in pre-crisis numbers.The Louvre said it was expecting 7,000 visitors on Monday but after an initial flurry managers anticipate that numbers will only be a fifth of pre-outbreak levels – likely making for a more serene experience than usual.CommentsShare your thoughtscoronavirus

Indian army launchs revengeful operation: Heavy artillery bangs front position returns evil person to bring a lawsuit against first suddenly

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Indian army installs the M777 howitzer of equipment

On July 6, according to ” round-the-world net ” report, indian army violates cease-fire agreement with Pakistan for, start revengeful operation suddenly to Pakistan army, indian army employs heavy-duty howitzer to be opposite of Kashmir front cling to phalanx ground starts stonk, cause 2 Pakistan army to be killed in battle, additionally 3 soldiers get hurt. India brings a lawsuit against first in evil person of add of get victory succeed, captain of Devender Anand of Indian government spokesman claims: “Pakistan soldier violated cease-fire agreement first, to Peng Qi county Barak specially area launched assault, pakistan army uses small arms and position of India of trench mortar fire, indian gunfire strikes back completely reasonable. Indian gunfire strikes back completely reasonable..

Indian army installs the K9 howitzer of equipment

Indian army is in Kashmir border deploy a large number of heavy fire, include M777 howitzer and howitzer of K9 proper motion. M777 is one kind exceeds light-duty 155 millimeter howitzer, the battle does not exceed 4.2 tons again completely, can realize quick disposition by helicopter, and can spread out quickly, quick shot, suit to have abrupt assault very much. India ordered M982 technically for M777 howitzer ” divine sword ” artillery shell of control and guide, hit the target to the target outside 40 kilometers the error does not exceed 10 meters, the front position of Pakistan of OK and complete suppress. And the howitzer of K9 proper motion that Indian army equips has very strong maneuverability, turn to need time 1 minute only to project condition from travel, ultimate firing rate was achieved minutely 8 hair, use rocket adds Cheng to bomb the target that can atttack 42 fair inside and outside.

Indian army equips ” Shiwadi ” radar of artillerist fixed position

In addition India still is in Kashmir deploy ” Shiwadi ” radar of artillerist fixed position, the artillerist position position that this kind of India can raid the orbit computation of artillery shell to give opponent according to coming from grinding artillerist radar, will shoot Zhu Yuanfa quickly to send one’s own side artillerist, it is the edge tool of suppress Pakistan artillerist. From the point of equipment circumstance, indian artillerist has absolutely advantage in Kashmir, make a surprise attack this to the gunfire of Pakistan position more resembling is to premeditate long already, retaliating a gender to strike back is play truant nevertheless say demit stops.

Indian soldier

What there is a report to call India a 14 people before this is picked fight maniple approachs Nepalese border, suffer Nepalese armed personnel as a result ambush, this picked fight maniple is completely annihilated. By actual strength far weak at oneself Nepalese after beating, indian army is eager to seeking an outer part, er of berth of rushed Xiang Ni starts aggression to may cause the condemnation of international public opinion, because this can choose move to Pakistan only, use artillerist advantage to started abrupt assault to become optimal program to Pakistan position.

A100 bazooka

Do not cross what Pakistan artillerist also has him to make an instrument instead, pakistan had equiped A100 bazooka, this kind of bazooka can fire the heavy-duty rocket of 300 millimeter caliber, rocket still has technology of simple and easy control and guide, precision approachs short range ballistic missile. If Pakistan army dispatchs A100 bazooka, artillerist of complete suppress India, indian artillerist even if has radar of artillerist fixed position, because shoot path difference,also can be apart from only and passivity takes a beating. At present Pakistan army has not dispatched A100 bazooka, if India continues the bombard of unbridled, may force Pakistan to employ this ace weapon.

Mosquito craft capsize sends 2 dead stage army: Depth of water only 1.5 meters but water of soldier instant choke

Stage ” Marine Corps ” (associated newspaper data pursues)

Abroad net on July 6 broadcasting station army ” Han Guang ” during maneuver rehearse, produce accident of mosquito craft capsize at 3 days, cause 7 soldiers to fall into water, 2 officers and soldiers die. Stage navy releases preliminary findings to say 6 days afternoon, preliminary exclude factitious element and mechanical factor, mosquito craft capsizes maritime space depth of water only 150 centimeters (1.5 meters) , but relevant personnel instant by choke water, cannot save oneself in time.

According to ” sign up for jointly ” report, stage navy holds a press conference 6 days afternoon, demonstrative stage ” Marine Corps ” on July 3 ” land jointly fight ” the foot at the beginning of drill accident checks a result. Media inquiry capsizes at that time maritime space depth of water how many, stage ” land points to a ministry ” deputy commander Ma Qunchao expresses is 1.5 meters. Media is oppugned, relevant personnel why cannot cannot stand or save oneself? Stage army explanation says, the boat is at that time break up forth from buttock, personnel instant just cannot be saved oneself in time by water of ocean wave choke; Relevant personnel wears life jacket, add Shanghai billow to wait for an element, meeting cannot stand. Stage ” naval headquarters politics battle director ” Sun Changde alleges, sha An is below relevant personnel foot, different time concerns because of current, the deepness of every position is not quite same, as to correct figure ” even cross-check one ” .

Occupy additionally ” central company ” report, sun Changde still expresses, accident account is initial exclude factitious element and mechanical factor, integrated judgement sea-ox increases, the environmental element with exorbitant ground swell, because of,be this main cause.

Stage ” Marine Corps ” in Kaohsiung 3 days open waters of garden of left battalion peach produces rubber a light boat to capsize accident, cause 7 officers and soldiers to fall the sea, 4 people send medical service, among them two people already proclaimed do not treat die.

The basis before this ” Dong Senxin hears the cloud ” message, stage ” Han Guang ” maneuver has been held 36 times up to now, had produced grave accident 12 times. Martial expert Song Zhongping ever expressed, “Han Guang ” maneuver is told to Cai English just make beautiful. (abroad net Yang Jia)

Beautiful intermediary says tank of ” of robot of Russian army ” does not rely on chart to grooming let its understand person word

According to the United States the website reported Forbes on June 30, russia is testing robot tank, the key is to want to be able to understand human language.

Russia scientist is in ” groom ” tank of a robot, in order to understand the oral command of human commander.

The Kremlin is advanced study foundation (ARF, american national defence is advanced the Russia that considers to plan bureau DARPA travels together) already began to test artificial intelligence, this technology can make ” Marker ” experimental sex ground makes battle car send the command of human soldier to make response to the commander.

[The car of Marker unmanned ground of Russia]

“Be ongoing! Stop! Firing! Backtrack! Backtrack!!

According to original design, “Marker ” the statement that follows computer of flat of operation personnel kiss to give out. ARF manager Aoliege Madiyanuofu (Oleg Martyanov) tell TASS: “Next, when commanding to subordinate and robot make known to lower levels when the commander, we tried speech to control a technology. We are developing it now. We are developing it now..

The course is long protracted, russia is being developed eventually advanced, the air that has fighting capacity counteracted ground robot respect to obtain progress. The Hunter-B concealed body of Russia air force flew first in August 2019 without man-machine. Russia army is in in May 2018 to Syria deploy armed robot of an Uran-9 ground undertakes fighting experimenting.

[Car of Russia Uran-9 unmanned ground had had a test on Syrian battlefield]

But Uran-9 expects the result without what achieve an architect. After the battle that experienced a month merely, the Kremlin admits this nobody drive ground car has not prepare groovy front to use. Senior researcher installs Delie Aniximofu (Andrei Anisimov) the Kuciniezunfu in Sanket is naval conferences of the institute: “Contemporary Russia nobody drive ground car cannot with fighting classically means executes distributive mission. ” the analytic personnel of BAE Systems of company of British national defence plants 12 tons to weigh to this, equiped the description of the UGV of quick-firer and rocket is ” fluky ” .

[” Marker ” should compare Uran-9 a lot of smaller, its barbette can be demolished]

Say according to BAE, besides mishandle ” task of the distributive in classic battle type ” besides, of radio pilot Uran-9 ” heat also cannot discover 1.25 miles of enemies beyond like appearance and sensor of light produced by electricity ” . Complement of this England company says: “Because lack stability, when Uran-9 acts, sensor and the weapon that its guide cannot be used, ” ” when issueing an order, can have very big delay. ” Uran-9 is disturbed easily still by radio, this may be brought about ” communication / control is missing ” .

Say according to BAE, uran-9 is had only ” finite own function ” . This unmanned scout car that hefts 12 tons ” fall in the circumstance that did not intervene artificially, discovery, the ability that identify and attacks enemy is limited. The ability that identify and attacks enemy is limited..

ARF may conduce to in the job on Marker raise front UGV (for example Uran-9) dependability and own performance. The Marker of tank size used the chassis of existing panzer holding a person it seems that, because this is likely the Uran-9 that compares custom-built design is smaller, simpler, solidder.

[After Russia Uran-9 checks through actual combat, be considered as fluky]

The near future target of Russia is make a robot compensatory and not be the soldier that replaces ground armed forces. The analyst that American navy analyses center and safe center of new United States Saimiaoer Bentete (Samuel Bendett) express, “Nobody fight plane ” will ” in all functions that need at present play assists action, include an action, surveillant, logistics, carriage personnel or other action. Carriage personnel or other action..

ARF does not indicate the development level of Russia robot technology certainly to experiment of jussive of man-machine interaction speech. The Kremlin may hope its battle robot has enough autonomy, so that need human guidance scarcely. Bendite says: “Marker ” the experiment is Russia anything but the final payoff that at present automation fights.

Telangpu is about to enlarge G7 Russia square: Doing not have this Chinese idea is a mistake

May, american president Telangpu is appetent give 7 countries the group (G7) head peak is met ” enlarge is allowed ” , invite the country such as Russia, Korea to join meeting, caused a series of disturbance however. Yesterday (4 days) , russia deputy minister of foreign affairs expresses to Russian tower company, “Enlarge is allowed ” G7 peak can be a mistake, because do not have China, discuss all issues of contemporary world impossibly.

“Peak of so called G7 meets the idea of enlarged meeting is a mistake, how can because Russia still just is not clear about,the organizer of the conference consider Chinese factor. China is not participated in, cannot discuss all issues of contemporary world, ” the Yabukefu in · of lid of Xie Er of Russia deputy minister of foreign affairs (Sergey Ryabkov) emphasize.

Russia deputy minister of foreign affairs thanks Er to build the Yabukefu in · (graph source: Russian tower company)

In addition, liyabukefu is returned to bring up again of Russian tower company Russia is chaired hold U.N. Security Council the apiration of conference of member of 5 old permanent members. “This is a completely different form, ” Liyabukefu expresses, “Work below this frame, discuss current world’s most pressing topic for discussion, it is optimum. It is optimum..

G7 peak is met former on June the bottom is held, because new coronal is pneumonic,the element such as epidemic situation is deferred to come September. On May 30, american president Telangpu criticizes G7 is ” extraordinary past the appointed time ” national organization, the plan is in original 7 countries (the United States, England, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Italy) on the foundation, invite Russia, Korea, Australia, India and Brazil to attend to meet the G7 summit that will hold September.

Korea and Australia are very fast with respect to jump at.

Russia is very chill. Be in early on June 2, zahaluowa of spokesman of Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs says with respect to the response, 7 countries the idea of group enlarged meeting is correct on the whole, but it can not ensure true general representative. “Apparent, without Chinese participation, any serious whole world proposals are carried out very hard. Any serious whole world proposals are carried out very hard..

Zahaluowa of spokesman of Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (satellitic news service)

On June 27, japanese government informs the United States of the government, object its inviting Korea to enter 7 countries group (G7) head peak is met.

In addition, england, European Union and Canada also object peak of Russia regain G7 meeting early or late, restore G8 group.

 

Businesses want borders open to boost economy – Research

File photo File photoClick to read all about coronavirus →Businesses in the country, especially those in the retail sector, are calling for the borders to open as the gradual return to normal is being impeded by their closure, an IHS Markit Ghana survey has shown.Government ordered the closure of borders in March this year, as an action to contain rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic. However, that well-intentioned action has come at a great disadvantage to businesses as it has reduced economic activity in the country, thereby leading to supply chain disruptions.The border closures, according to the survey, have restricted companies’ ability import goods; thereby resulting in shortage of raw materials and leading to a hike of their prices – pushing companies to also increase the prices of their products. It is against these issues that businesses say reopening the borders is essential to increasing economic activity.Further commenting on the latest survey results, Andrew Harker-Economics Director at IHS Markit, said even though loosening the restrictions has increased business activities in the country, job-cuts continue to be a problem due to the general economic slowdown.“The gradual return to normality continued in Ghana during June, helping firms to secure a renewed expansion of new orders. The economy looks to be getting back on its feet, raising hopes that the third quarter will see a recovery in private sector activity.“That said, the severity of the COVID-19 downturn has been such that it will take a sustained period of solid growth to recover fully. Spare capacity is still evident for now, leading to more bad news on the jobs front as workforce numbers were reduced for a fourth month running.”The World Bank, in April, cautioned African governments to keep their trade borders open as their continuous closure would raise prices and limit the supply of COVID-19-related goods and food to critically-affected areas or hotspots.“Experience from previous crises shows that imposing export restrictions on medical and food products limits their access – particularly to the poorest, who will be adversely affected the most. Export restrictions adopted by African and other countries during the crisis affect not only the cost and availability of COVID-related medical supplies, but also necessities – mainly food.African countries depend heavily on imports of medical supplies, with 94 percent of pharmaceuticals in the region imported from outside the region. Export bans within the region prevent the continental supply from being allocated to where it is needed the most. Within the region, export bans on food lower domestic prices, which reduces the incentive to grow food crops in the next season,” the World Bank said in its Africa’s Pulse report.According to the Bretton Woods institution, as of the end of March this year, 31 countries in the region had closed their borders. Meanwhile, small-scale cross-border trade contributes to the livelihood of about 43 percent of the region’s population, predominantly the poor and women; and such trading activities are also dominated by agricultural and livestock products – essential to maintaining food security.Hence, its advice to governments on the continent to keep borders open despite border closure is gaining international approval: “Borders need to be kept open as much as possible for trade while being consistent with a strategy of containment, and in line with the multilateral provisions of transit. Although it is deemed necessary to contain spread of the virus, closed borders make it difficult for medical supplies and other necessities of life to reach people,” the World Bank said in its Africa’s Pulse report (April 2020).

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GH¢3.5 billion spent on Office of Government Machinery

Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Dr. Mark Assibey-YeboahClick to read all about coronavirus →The Office of Government Machinery last year spent a total of GH¢3.5 billion on the implementation of its various programmes and activities. Employee Compensation took GH¢140.8 million; Goods and Services – GH¢3.3 billion, while GH¢55.49 million was spent on assets.Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, Chairman of the Finance Committee, announced this when he presented the Committee’s Report for the adoption of the Budget Performance Report of the Office of Government Machinery for the 2019 January to December Financial Year.The presentation is in accordance with the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 2016 (Act 921) and the Standing Orders of the House.The Office of Government Machinery comprises the Office of the President, Scholarship Secretariat, Ghana AIDS Commission, Commissions and Councils, State Protocol Department, National Population Council and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre.The rest are Internal Audit Agency, Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Office of the Administrator-General, Millennium Development Authority, State Interests and Governance Authority and the Office of the Senior Minister.Dr Assibey-Yeboah stated that the purpose of the report was to comply with section 27 of Act 921, which provided that each Principal Account Holder shall, “within the first quarter of the ensuing year, after the Minister has submitted the Annual Budget to Parliament, submit to Parliament, a performance report on Budget Implementation for the proceeding financial year”.He said the Government Machinery embraced the constitutional view of the Office of the President as the seat of Government, those organisations whose operations fell outside traditional areas of sectoral responsibilities for which the Office of the President (core Government Machinery) existed to provide administrative, managerial and technical services.Mr Ras Mubarak, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu, in his contribution, called for new funding sources for the Ghana AIDS Commission, explaining that the traditional funding sources from donor agencies were drying up.The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, however, stated that the NABCO was at present, not a creature of law, adding he wondered if there was any justification for the State in funding its operations or not.Mr Iddrisu complained that there were delays in the payment of allowances for employees under the NABCO Scheme, thus making it difficult for workers the under the Scheme to discharge the financial obligations to their dependents.“They have also suffered the usual delays in salaries and even some of them arrears,” he said.“Mr Speaker, when you work for the month, there’s a reason why you are paid at the end of the month; so that you can pay for water bills, electricity bills, and children’s breakfast, so that, you can, at your level, start something with it.“But when salaries are deferred for four months, five months, or income, it’s not the best way to go in terms of wanting to support the person in terms of sustenance. I’ve repeatedly said that employment is the best means of sustenance”.The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, urged the MASLOC officials to up their game by increasing the rate of loan recoveries, which he said, went to 64 per cent in 2017 and fell to 55 percent in 2019.He, therefore, urged the institution to up its performance to enable others in the cue to benefit.“If you are not able to retrieve the loans advanced, the people in the cue cannot benefit,” he added.

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MMDAs ordered to buy locally-assembled vehicles

Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-OpareClick to read all about coronavirus →In a bid to further the implementation of the domestic automotive development policy, government and government-related institutions have been ordered to prioritise locally-assembled vehicles as their first option when procuring new vehicles for their operations. The directive, which takes effect from this month, was given in a letter from the presidency signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare. The order affects Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MMDAs), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as well as state-owned enterprises. “This policy/decision will not only help industrialise the economy, but also boost employment, encourage investment and help government preserve foreign exchange,” said the letter dated July 3. Following the government’s introduction of the Ghana Automotive Development Policy, which provides incentives to promote automobile manufacturing in Ghana, a number of global vehicle manufacturers have signed agreements with the state to establish vehicle assembly plants in the country. The companies include VW, Nissan, Toyota, and Sinotruck. VW has already begun production of five Volkswagen models—Tiguan, Amarok Pickup, Passat, Polo, and Teramont—at its Accra plant. Nissan and Toyota are expected to open their own plants this year. To support demand for locally-assembled vehicles and save hard-earned foreign exchange, the government is seeking to reduce the country’s car imports. Ghana’s top five imports by value are vehicles, industrial machinery, electronic machinery, cereals, and plastics. Of the vehicles imported, used and salvaged automobiles constitute a significant proportion and are quite popular since most people cannot afford new vehicles. The stark statistics of imported used cars made VW, Nissan, Toyota and Sinotruck request for action to be taken as a pre-requisite to their entry in order to ensure there is a market for their products. Currently, importers of used cars which are at least 10 years old are made to pay a fine in addition to the applicable import duties. However, a new Customs Bill passed in March banned the importation of certain specified used vehicles that are older than 10 years.

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