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US Ambassador to Ghana - Robert P. Jackson

The government of the United States of America (USA) has withdrawn diplomatic courtesies to Ghana's former Presidents and Members of Parliament (MPs).

With the decision, the affected persons would have to be at the US Embassy in person to acquire their visas when on private trips or alternatively schedule private arrangement with the embassy for their visas.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert Jackson, made this known in Accra Thursday when he met Parliament's select Committee on Foreign Affairs.

A former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings turns 70-year-old today, Thursday June 22, 2017.

Popularly known as JJ, the former military dictator was born in Accra on this day to Victoria Agbotui and James Ramsey John, a chemist from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Rawlings, who attended Achimota School is married to Nana Konadu Agyeman and has three daughters – Zanetor, Yaa Asantewaa, Amina – and a son, Kimathi.

Mrs Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development addressing participants

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has resorted to the use of drones to monitor and clamp down on illegal fishing in the country’s waters.

The technology, which will be part of a robust surveillance system, will also help to track foreign vessels that are operating illegally in Ghanaian waters.

The sector Minister, Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, disclosed this at a national stakeholders’ forum held in Accra yesterday.

President Nana Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has tasked members of the Judiciary to execute their work flawlessly to command the respect of the people.

“It is critical for the growth of our nation that we have a Judiciary that commands the respect of the people by the nature of its delivery of justice, as well as by the comportment of its judges. It is vitally important that we have judges who are honest, possess integrity and a sound knowledge of the law.”

These were the words of the President Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when he swore into office the new Chief Justice of the Republic, Justice Sophia Akuffo, on Monday, 19th June, 2017, at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

Vice President - Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is in China for a four-day official visit. This is the first visit by a high level government official to China since the New Patriotic Party took office in January this year.

Ghana was among the first group of Sub-Saharan African countries that established diplomatic relations with China, and the two countries have enjoyed decades of strong ties. This high level visit is expected to further strengthen the friendly relations and boost economic and political ties.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged Parliament to exercise full authority over public finances.

“I belong to the group that feels strongly that our Parliament should be able to exercise full authority over our public finances,” he stated.

The President, who threw the challenge at a forum organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in Berlin, Germany, yesterday, bemoaned Parliament’s inability to exercise effective oversight over the Executive arm of government.

United Nations Coordinator in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, has commended the Government’s efforts to improve the regulation of small-scale mining and end galamsey.

The move is to protect legitimate livelihoods in the mining sector and to bring to justice to those who abuse the environment.

In a statement to mark World Environment Day, Madam Evans-Knocked, therefore, urged civil society, religious representatives, school authorities and traditional rulers to play their important roles in advocacy, action and accountability to towards achieving sustainable results.