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COVID-19 could be over by end of year – UN Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, is optimistic the world can be COVID-19-free in the next three months.

He is of the view that this is possible if countries implement stricter measures to control the spread of the virus.

Several countries are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

In Ghana, the government has been forced to seek support from the International Monetary Fund partly attributed to the effects of the pandemic.

Speaking at a high-level event on ending COVID-19, António Guterres said equitable access to vaccines would ensure that countries end Coronavirus by end of 2022.

“Countries are increasingly integrating COVID-19 measures into routine services and programs. The lessons from these successes are clear. The virus is treatable; we can save lives and bring the virus under control even among high-risk populations. If we can combine these tools with great ambitions as world leaders, we could end the pandemic this year.

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there is an end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, says the pandemic is gradually fading out following the reduction in the number of death globally.

Addressing a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus however added that more needs to be done to eradicate COVID-19 permanently.

“We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic. We are not there yet. But the end is in sight”, he mentioned.

He urged countries to keep up their efforts against the virus that has killed over six million people.

“Last week, the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 was the lowest since March 2020″, said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Globally, 10,935 Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the week of September 5 to 11, according to WHO’s latest report.

That’s a decrease of more than 20 percent compared to the week before.

In that same period, the WHO reported 407 new deaths in Australia.

As of September 11, more than 6.4 million Covid-19 deaths had been reported globally since the pandemic began.

Australia has recorded 14,421 Covid-19 deaths, according to the last federal government update from September 9.

source:citinews

Why destroy Atewa Forest for $2bn when eco-tourism can give Ghana $1.1 bn annually? – Environmentalist

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he programmes manager for Tropenbos Ghana, Daniel Kofi Abu has questioned why the government is giving away the Atiwa forest to foreigners to mine bauxite in that important forest reserve for just $ 2billion dollars when ecotourism can give Ghana $1.1 billion dollars annually.

He bemoaned the destruction of rivers and water bodies in Ghana through illegal mining activities and warned that if drastic measures are not instituted, water would be imported into the country in some few years to come.

“Trust me, Atiwa forest is not even spared and we all know the recent development with the bauxite. We have done extensive studies to suggest that government could make $1.1 billion dollars annually from developing eco-tourism in the Atewa forest instead of giving it out to foreigners for paltry $2billion dollars to mine bauxite and destroy the forest” he mentioned.

Kofi Abu told Alfred Ocansey on 3FM Sunrise Morning Show that the government has not used the right approach for the galamsey fight. That is, the main perpetrators of the illegal mining are not arrested and prosecuted but rather the mere labourers.

“It is unfortunate that in this country we celebrate mediocrity. It is the people we have entrusted with power to take care of our resources that are engaging in the crimes. We have failed to go for the heads; the big fishes that are sponsoring the galamsey” Abu noted.

He called for a collaborative effort of all stakeholders to protect our water bodies and environment as the world marks World Rivers Day.

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Black Stars arrive in Spain for Nicaragua friendly

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Black Stars arrived in Spain for their second International friendly against Nicaragua on Tuesday.

The team departed Deauville – France Sunday afternoon and arrived in Lorca in the evening amidst cheers, drumming and dancing from Ghanaian football fans at the team hotel.

Ghana will play the Central American country at Estadio Francisco Artés Carrasco in Lorca on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. The game forms part of Ghana’s preparation for the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar.

The Black Stars are aiming to record a resounding victory on Tuesday to put smiles on the face of Ghanaians following Friday night’s disappointing showing against Brazil in Le Harve.

Here are some photos from our team in Spain.

Ghana Does Not Lack The Men Or Women Of Substance, The real Handicap is Committed Leadership – Koku Anyidoho

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On Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, September 21, 2022, Founder and CEO of the Atta-Mills Institute, Samuel Koku Anyidoho, joined the likes of, Dr. Ishmael Yamson, Rev. Dr. Gordon Kisseh & Rev. Dr. Shadrach Ofosu-Ware, to speak at an Intergenerational Leadership Dialogue @ the Ghana Academy Of Arts And Sciences: it was for Youth Groups being mentored vis-a-vis, Mindset Transformation for nation-building.

The Programme was under the auspices of PALI Ghana, an Independent Christian oriented Charity Organization that is focused on building solid values in the Youth.

Koku Anyidoho was very emphatic that, Ghana does not lack the men/women of substance who have the capacity to vision out real and achievable growth trajectories, but the real handicap, is, committed Leadership which spins around, Integrity.

“God is not a wicked God, so He certainly did not create only one Kwame Nkrumah: He created us and imbued us with lots of talent and gifts except that we have refused to discover what we are made of”.

Koku Anyidoho stated further that, Ghana needs a new generation of positive thinkers who are prepared to find HOPE in themselves and not in others.

“I have proven to myself over time that I don’t need to depend on the mindset of others to think: I believe in my abilities and God- given gifts so I pray and pursue what I have to pursue. If I can do it; who says you too cannot do it?

The Youth Groups were drawn from some academic Institutions of higher learning in Accra, Eastern Region and Central Region.

The Atta-Mills Institute (AMI), is a Public Policy Advocacy Think-Thank that is anchored to a vision of Mindset Transformation for build Ghana and other nations.

Interestingly, the AMI had its maiden Inaugural Event at the same Ghana Academy Of Arts And Sciences in July 2019.

For the record, the new structures that house the Academy, were built by President John Evans Atta-Mills.

MASLOC Disburses Group Loans To Beneficiaries In Ashanti Region

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Thirty-four (34) trader groups received group loans totaling GHS1.7million from the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) today to help sustain their small business.

The disbursement, which took place in Kumasi’s Jubilee Park, benefited a total of 1,425 beneficiaries made up of (34) groups, each with 25 members.

Speaking at the occasion, Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah, CEO of MASLOC, promised the gathering that she would keep up the region’s tradition of empowering women while also noting the current state of the economy and changing the repayment period from six to twelve months at a rate of 12 percent annually to help the beneficiaries repay their loans effectively.

Further encouraging the beneficiaries in the area, MASLOC CEO Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah said that if they are able to complete their scheduled repayment as required, she will also take into consideration increasing each beneficiary’s amount from 2000 Ghana cedis this year to 5000 Ghana cedis.

Hajia Zeinab Sallaw, Ashanti Regional Manager at MASLOC also added that the decision to boost disbursement this year was motivated by former beneficiaries’ ability to repay the loans that were granted to them in the past.

According to MASLOC’s regional Manager, who was impressed with the traders in the region entreated all beneficiary to be committed to repaying these loans.

Hajia Zeinab explained that, the disbursed amounts have been reviewed from a 1000 Ghana cedis to 2000 thousand Ghana cedis this year to further help impact and improve their businesses.

In attendance was Bernard Antwi Boasiako, NPP Ashanti regional chairman, Nana Ama Ampomah NPP Ashanti regional women organizer along with other government functionaries in the region.

MASLOC has provided Microcredit and Small Loans to start-ups and small businesses with fast, easy and accessibility Microcredit and Small loans to grow and expand their businesses.

With over 182, 328 clients nationwide, MASLOC, which has offices in all the 16 regions and can be accessible in all the 228 districts, disbursed a total of over GH₵228million loans, as its key achievements

Watch highlights of Asante Kotoko’s 1-1 draw with Hearts of Oak

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Hearts of Oak scored a late goal to deny Asante Kotoko their first three points in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium

The Porcupine Warriors were wasteful in both halves as they got many chances but failed to convert them.

Kotoko had some penalty calls in the first half which was overlooked by referee Selorm Yao Bless in the game.

After the break, Yussif Mubarik scored the opener for Kotoko from a rebound after a scramble for the ball in Hearts of Oak’s box.

Kotoko pleaded for another penalty in the second half after their player was brought down in the box by Dennis Korsah but again the referee allowed play to continue.

In the 88th minute when Kotoko thought they had sealed the win, Caleb Amankwah nick in a header to get the equalizer in the match for Hearts of Oak.

Watch highlights of the match below

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Five changes Ghanaians would love to see in Ghana’s game against Nicaragua

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Against a less-fancied opponent in Nicaragua, coach Otto Addo has a perfect chance to convince Ghanaians of how his team could look at the World Cup.

If Brazil were too big a team for him to implement his plans to perfection, a Nicaraguan side that lie 139th on the World Ranking should give him no such headache.

Following the disastrous display against Brazil, there have been calls for changes, and GhanaWeb highlights five things Otto Addo must do in Tuesday’s game.

Change the system

Ghana found some stability in the second half against Brazil when Otto Addo switched to the three-back system.

Many believed that the players in camp are more suited to the three-back system with wings backs and three forwards.

It is the expectation of many that Otto Addo will go for a 3:4:3 formation.

Change the goalkeeper

Though he cannot be solely blamed for the goals conceded against Brazil, there is a feeling that Jojo Wollacott is not really up to scratch.

He appears to lack the confidence and presence to command the goal areas. With the game being a test match, Otto Addo should try Richard Ofori and Manaf in the post.

Protect Ayews and Baba Rahman from further abuse

Baba Rahman and the Ayew brothers were the most vilified in the aftermath of Ghana’s drubbing at the hands of Brazil.

Many believe that the three players do not deserve to be in the starting team as they have consistently failed to perform in Ghana jersey.

Whiles some disagree, it will be right that Otto Addo protects from the public attack by not playing or starting them.

Learn to defend and score from set-pieces

Two of the goals that Ghana conceded against Brazil were from set-pieces. The mistakes were elementary as on both occasions, the Brazil attacks had a free run to attack the ball.

Otto Addo must show that it has taken notice of that by working on it in training and showing the result during matches.

Additionally, the team must also learn to create chances from set pieces they get. Set-pieces have now become an important avenue for goals.

Give Elisha Owusu, and Afriyie Barnieh a chance

In his brief cameo against Nigeria in March, Elisha Owusu gave an indication of what he could bring to the team.

He has however not had enough time to fully convince Ghanaians that he merits his call-up.

Afriyie Barnieh also deserves his chance to show that he was not just called up to make the numbers but as a potential candidate for the World Cup.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Newly-wedded couple go viral on social media over ‘aggressive’ kiss

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On the day of most holy matrimonies, sharing a kiss has become a rather symbolic activity which is conducted after the wedding vows have been read.

While every tradition displays affection in their own varied ways, the wedding kiss in the Ghanaian culture has persisted and serves as a representation of love and devotion between the couple which often leaves wedding guests with beaming smiles and cheers.

On Saturday September 24, a viral video emerged on social media platform, Twitter showing a newly-wedded couple kissing passionately at their ceremony.

The post which was shared by @__theSeyram captured the pair dancing to R2Bees and Wande Coal’s ‘Kiss Your Hand’ hit song and suddenly lean for a passionate kiss which got a section of the guests cheering on while others watched on in shock.

The salivating kiss which could be described as a lengthy one has gotten varied social media reactions and memes to that effect.

Checks indicate that the bride is a social media influencer who goes by the name AkosuaMay.

She is said to have tied the knot to a gentleman named Andy at a ceremony held in Accra.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Hooting at Global Citizen Festival: A Plus pokes Akufo-Addo

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Social commentator, Kwame A Plus, has blamed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the embarrassment the latter faced at the Global Citizens Concert held at the Black Star Square in Accra.

President Akufo-Addo in a quest to deliver a speech at the event held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, was booed by the teaming crowd and A Plus believes that he caused his own predicament.

According to the musician cum political activist, had the president paid heed to the cry of citizens or perhaps accepted criticisms relating to the country’s seemingly poor governance and dwindling economy, things wouldn’t have escalated to the point of being booed on stage.

Sharing excerpts of the hooting video on his Instagram page, the popular political activist threw a jab at the president while speaking in parables. He indicated that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia would have experienced worse.

“The king who doesn’t listen takes his dirty cloth to a durbar. Akufo-Addo mpo nie na Bawumia.”

How the president was heckled

The president who commenced his speech was met with loud clapping and chanting of “Away, Away” by the large crowd who was uninterested in his presentation.

Social media churned similar reactions as excerpts of the video went viral.

The Global Citizen Concert

Meanwhile, the 2022 Global Citizen Festival has received massive reviews from patrons, who were physically present and those who joined online from their homes.

It has been touted as by far, the most well-organized public concert in Ghana.

The event saw the likes of Stormzy, Sarkodie, Usher, Gyakie, Stonebwoy and others who left massive footprints on Ghana’s memory with groundbreaking stage performances.

 

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Agya Koo in trouble

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Some social media users have descended on Agya Koo after the Kumawood actor made a claim that no government has performed better than Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration, not even Kwame Nkrumah.

“Akufo-Addo’s administration is the only one that has worked hard and kept its promises. Kufour took action. He made us value the concept of majority rule. I travel extensively throughout this country and have witnessed the enormous improvement in the person, thus I wonder why communicators are failing to project.

“Although Ghanaians sometimes offend me, no government has performed as well as the one led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. If you know history, you’ll realize Kwame Nkrumah didn’t accomplish anything,” he said speaking with Kwaku Manu.

This utterance by the actor has angered some Ghanaians who have taken it to bird app, Twitter, to share their thoughts.

According to some social media users, it is evident the actor can only pass as a comedian and nothing more than that. They have argued that Akufo-Addo’s performance is abysmal and comes nowhere close to Nkrumah’s.

In a post shared by a user, said, “Mr prez @NAkufoAddo it’s very painful not to allow this idiot called Agya Koo not to benefit the free education some. See mumu comparing a failed prez like Nana Addo to Dr Kwame Nkrumah!! Ah!!.”

Another user said, “No wonder Lil win and Kweku Manu are clear, I knew Agya Koo’s fooling for the camera was real and it wasn’t acting naaa. I blame Kuffour too tsw.”

“I never commented on Agya Koo’s interview because I thought, it was one of his comedies. You will lose your credibility and mind when you follow this useless government,” another added.

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