GHANA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES ATTENDS FUNERAL OF BARBARA TOMMEY

On Friday, September 25, 2020, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adje-Barwuah, paid a private visit to the parents and family of Babara Tommey, the young Ghanaian woman who was gunned down by her husband on September 8, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. During the visit, the Ambassador expressed his deepest sympathies to the family on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo and the entire nation.The following day, the Ambassador attended both the memorial and burial services of Barbara Tommey. Speaking at the memorial service, the Ambassador said that although it was unusual for the country and the President to be represented at every citizen’s funeral, it was the gruesome and tragic nature of Barbara’s death that pressed heavily on the country to show up and support the Tommey family. “Even with the brightness of the day, I feel rather cornered that in this room, I can only wish you a very cold morning because of what we are here for. Coming here is a little abnormal because it is not usual for the country and the president to be represented at every citizen’s funeral. However, it is the demonstrably un-Ghanaian way of Barbara’s exit that has made it necessary for me to be here today to register the condolences of the President and the 30 million citizens of Ghana,” the Ambassador sadly expressed. The Ambassador encouraged friends, family and sympathizers present at the funeral to support the family as the days ahead would be extremely difficult, and also pledged his support to the family. “I appeal to all present here today to lend your support to the family in these difficult times so they don’t fall apart. And on my part as the nation’s representative, should it become necessary for any kind of support, I am only a phone call away,” he said.Later in the day, the Ambassador also met with the Ghanaian Association of Orlando, Florida and charged them to build a resilient and resourceful community that is economically viable, socially cohesive and politically relevant.The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Kofi Tonto, Head of Information and Public Affairs at the Embassy.

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ONE DISTRICT ONE FACTORY: A COMMENDABLE FAILURE

By: Amos Nuamah Duodu

Nkrumah’s Vision
The productivity of any country cannot reach a competitive level unless there is much investment in industrialisation. Kwame Nkrumah thought it wise to promote industrialisation, to provide enough employment, boost the economy, and increase our chances of being self-reliant. As such, Nkrumah established over 300 factories in Ghana within 10 years. Unfortunately, successive governments abandoned (GIHOC Fibre Products Company, Glass Manufacturing Corporation at Abosso etc) , sold shares (Ghacem cement, Nsawam cannery etc), and sold full assets of these fatories to private individuals (GIHOC bottling, Ghana Oil Palm Development Company etc).

The Rebirth of Nkrumah’s Vision
Prior to election 2016, Nana Akuffo Addo promised to establish a factory in every constituency. This was given the slogan, one district one factory (1D1F). Ghanaians were expecting 275 factories since we had 275 constituencies. The people have not seen the 275 factories, as such, a lot of people say the promise to undertake 1D1F is a failure. This assertion is true in principle, but if the quest to deliver 275 factories has resulted in the construction of 28 new factories, revival of 48 existing factories, and 31 factories under construction (1d1f.gov.gh), then it is a commendable failure.

The Mediocre Argument
The issue of Nana Addo reviving existing factories and taking credit for it always come up. This notion is absurd, unpatriotic, and laughable at best. If successive governments were committed to reviving existing factories, and taking credit for it, the over 300 factories Nkrumah established would still be alive and working by now.

Continuity
1D1F is beyond a manifesto promise. It should be a long-term vision of the country and any subsequent government should be committed to promoting industrialisation. It will be okay to change the slogan from 1D1F to whatever will be suitable if need be, but dropping of this fruitful long-term vision by any subsequent government will be perturbing.

The 5 challenge
With the exception of Kwame Nkrumah (who built over 300 factories in 10 years) and Nana Addo (who built 28 new factories in 3yrs), can you think of any head of state or president in the history of Ghana who built more than even five new factories?

By
Amos Nuamah Duodu
(amosduodu71@gmail.com)
(0576056965)

PIWC KHARKIV WON THE GOLDEN CUP AT THE ICMA SPORTS DAY

ICMA thus International Christian Medical Association organized a fanatic football match between churches which can be considered as spellbinding.
This pulled out the masses from all centres including some beautiful ladies inside Kharkiv.
The teams that qualified for this event were ICMA (the hosting team), Glory Invasion, Dunamis, FTI, New Generation and PIWC.
ICMA played the first game with Glory Invasion and they lost by a single goal.
The games went on between the other churches and surprisingly it was PIWC Kharkiv and New Generation who made their way to the final.
With Just a single goal difference PIWC Kharkiv took the cup.
The lovely ladies from New Generation cheered their guys but no goal came from them. All teams played their heart out but Kudos to PIWC.

“ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EVENT (DR GABRIEL) AND THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE ICMA, I WANT TO SAY A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO PIWC-KHARKOV FOR WINNING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK FTI, DUNAMIS, GLORY INVASION AND NEW GENERATION FOR HONOURING OUR INVITATION. GOD BLESS US ALL”

Who wins 2021?

Breaking News: Military Airplane Crashes in Kharkiv,Ukraine.

A military plane crashed on the night of Sept. 25 in Kharkiv Oblast in eastern Ukraine, near the town of Chuguyev some 450 kilometers east of Kiev.

Twenty-two people were killed, said by the police

Two passengers were rescued. They suffered serious injuries and were taken to a hospital. The search continues for four more people.

An Antonov An-26 transport aircraft carried students of the Kharkiv Aviation University of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

There were 28 people on the board, 21 of whom were military cadets, according to early reports from the Interior Ministry.

The plane crashed during landing around 9 p.m. and took fire. As of 10 p.m., the fire was put down.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said he will go to the site of the disaster on the following day, Sept. 26.

“A horrible tragedy,” Zelensky wrote on Facebook. “We are immediately starting a government commission to investigate what caused it.”

Chuguev has a military airfield, the 203 Training Aviation Brigade, where young pilots and technicians are deployed to for training. All military pilots in Ukraine are trained at the Kharkiv Aviation Institute, which is located less than 40 kilometers from the crash site.

The Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop military transporter (NATO reporting name Curl) was designed and built in the late 1960s at Kyiv-based Antonov manufacture. It entered service in Soviet Air Forces in 1973, and over 1,400 aircraft of the type were produced.

It is often considered one of Antonov’s most successful designs in the class of military transport aircraft due to its well-proven framework and low operational failure record.

Despite its age, the type is still exploited by numerous militaries around the world, mostly by post-Soviet nations

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Dr Ayisha Baffoe-Ashun: KNUST’s First Female PhD Holder in Architecture

Dr Ayisha Ida Baffoe-Ashun
Dr Ayisha Ida Baffoe-Ashun

It’s a big congratulations from us to Dr Ayisha Ida Baffoe-Ashun formerly known as Ayisha Ida Haruna.

She made history by becoming the first woman to receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The newly minted Doctor is currently an assistant lecturer at KNUST and we believe a promotion is on its way now that she has her doctorate.

Her research interest is in eco-aesthetics and how it is useful in urban green infrastructure development and building resilient cities.

One person who is particularly proud of Dr Ayisha’s achievement is her supervisor and mentor, Prof Rexford Assasie Oppong.

“Dr. Mrs. Baffoe-Ashun you have made history and indeed a HUGE ONE. I am extremely proud of what you have achieved for yourself, family, architecture and Ghana,” Prof Oppong wrote in a Facebook post.

“I am gladly proud that I was part (of) this journey as your Supervisor and now by the University officially as a Mentor for you,” he added.

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Help John Kofi Mensah With 7,500 Ghc For Surgical Removal of an Eye Tumor

Mr. John Kofi Mensah is a young energetic Ghanaian who is currently battling with an eye tumor.

Mr. John has been admitted at Korle-Bu teaching hospital for an urgent surgery which requires an amount of seven thousand five hundred cedis (7,500ghc). Therefore family is calling on the general public to assist them financially with any amount to save his life.

Kindly contact Ms Gilbertha Semanu Baku on the contact below to donate and help save a life.

+233 245980207 // +233 201604895

ASANTE AKIM NORTH, PLANTAIN, TOMATOES and ONIONS FARMERS ASSOCIATION VOW TO PAY THE FILLING FEES FOR HON. ANDY APPIAH-KUBI.

In the round up to the December general election , the Farmers and Traders Union constituents of the Asante Akim North in the Asante Region have pledged to pay the filling fees for the incumbent Member of Parliament for the constituency and who double as the Deputy Minister for Railways Development.

As mentioned earlier , an amount of Gh¢10,000 (100 million old cedis) is to be paid in exchange for the filling forms ahead of the upcoming Parliamentary elections in December.

On Thursday September 17th, 2020 , a group of constituents consisting mainly of farmers and traders union declare their support for the MP for the Constituency, citing various reasons . Keen among these reasons were ;

That HON. ANDY APPIAH-KUBI has remedied the security challenge in the Asante Akim North Constituency which is the influx of the Nomadic Herdsmen with their cattle’s , and such associated crimes such as Rape, Body Harm, Destruction of Farms, Destruction of Villages and Murder. Now, the farmers are able to go to their farms without any fear or panic.

That HON. ANDY APPIAH-KUBI has put a stop to the long battle between Farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the constituency which has brought various forms of relief to farmers such as peace and all year round farming.

That HON. ANDY APPIAH-KUBI has helped in bridging the gap between the settlor famers and the indigenes with the Afram Plains enclave for which he’s credited with the current peace in the area and for his good effort in conflict resolution.

Again, the Farmers expressed joy over ongoing developmental projects in the railway sector under the leadership of President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo which falls in line with the 4MORE TO DO MORE campaign .

The farmers and traders challenged the NDC in the opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) to mention key developmental projects in the Asante Akim North constituency for which reason their Parliamentary candidate should have another FOUR MORE YEARS to continue with the good works he has started,planting for food and jobs which has impacted them very well.

The Legislator expressed his appreciation to his constituents, urged them to give massive support to President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and pledged to further support the constituency for more development .

Coronavirus: Oxford University to resume vaccine trial after pause

Scientist at the Oxford Vaccine Group's facility in Oxford on 24 June 2020

Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University will resume after being paused due to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.

On Tuesday, AstraZeneca said the studies were being paused while it investigated whether the adverse reaction was linked with the vaccine.

But on Saturday, the university said it had been deemed safe to continue.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the news that the trials would resume.

“This pause shows we will always put safety first. We will back our scientists to deliver an effective vaccine as soon as safely possible,” he added.

The university said in a statement that it was “expected” that “some participants will become unwell” in large trials such as this one.

It added that the studies could now resume following the recommendations of an independent safety review committee and the UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

It would not disclose information about the patient’s illness for confidentiality reasons, but the New York Times reported that a volunteer in the UK trial had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and can be caused by viral infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says nearly 180 vaccine candidates are being tested around the world but none has yet completed clinical trials.

Hopes have been high that the vaccine might be one of the first to come on the market, following successful phase 1 and 2 testing.

Its move to Phase 3 testing in recent weeks has involved some 30,000 participants in the US as well as in the UK, Brazil and South Africa. Phase 3 trials in vaccines often involve thousands of participants and can last several years.

The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, told the Downing Street press conference on Wednesday what had happened in the Oxford trial was not unusual.

Risk of ‘losing control’

The news comes after Prof Sir Mark Walport, a member of the government’s scientific advisory group Sage, warned the UK was “on the edge of losing control of the virus”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “You’ve only got to look across the Channel to see what is happening in France and what’s happening in Spain.”

Official figures released on Saturday showed a further 3,497 people have tested positive with the virus in the UK. It is the second day in a row that number of daily reported cases has exceeded 3,000.

It brings the overall number of confirmed cases so far to 365,174. Meanwhile, the government figures revealed that a further nine people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bring the UK death toll to 41,623.

Chart showing confirmed cases in the UK are rising steeply
Chart showing daily UK deaths remain low

Official figures indicate the UK’s coronavirus epidemic is growing again, after the R number – the reproduction rate of the virus – was raised to between 1 and 1.2 for the first time since March.

Meanwhile, daily coronavirus cases in Scotland have reached a four-month high, according to the Scottish government’s latest data.

A total of 221 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since 8 May, when there were 225 positive tests.

Rules and guidance meeting up - 11 Sept

New “rule of six” restrictions intended to halt the rises are due come into force on Monday.

In England indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than six people will be banned, except in certain circumstances such as for work or school. Those breaking the rules could be fined.

In Scotland, socialising will be limited to a maximum of six people inside and outside – but unlike England they must be from two households, and children under 12 are exempt.

In Wales, also from Monday, it will be illegal for more than six people from an extended household to meet indoors – but up to 30 can still meet outdoors.

Localised restrictions for parts of Northern Ireland, including Belfast and Ballymena, are to come into force on Monday, aimed at reducing contacts between people in homes in the affected areas.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove agreed fines might be necessary to ensure people self-isolate when required.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t want to see fines being levied, but even more I do not want to see people behaving in a way that puts the most vulnerable at risk.”

Meet The 29-Year-Old First Nigerian Scientist To Work For NASA

Fadji Maina has become the first scientist from Niger to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

The 29-year-old hydrologist earned her PhD in 2016, and joined the world-famous space agency in the US at the end of last month.

She told the BBC‘s Focus on Africa programme she will use her new job to give back to her country and the continent:

“I will say to them to not give up to keep going because everyone would think people from Niger, or a young girl from Niger, would not be able to do this. But just believe in yourself and find an environment that will support you,” she said.

Ms Maina said she is the only African in Nasa.

“You get used to it also I think we need to have more people coming from different backgrounds to be able to solve the problems that we are looking at – because different people will have different perspectives.”

Source: BBC

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Harvard graduate who studied with lanterns in rural Africa launches company to give back

A young man, Mac Sarbah who graduated from Harvard, Columbia and Cambridge Universities, despite having studied with kerosene lanterns in rural Ghana, walking several miles to school every day, and faced many odds, has a launched a company to give back and to provide a support system to help young people, especially those in Africa, realize their potential: in education, in entrepreneurship and in their careers.

Speaking about what motivated him to launch the company, Mac Sarbah said, “I am one of many kids from rural Ghana and Africa, who studied with kerosene lanterns, walked miles and faced many odds, but because of the support I received from God, teachers and professors, class and school mates, coworkers and managers, family and friends, I found myself at Legon, Columbia, Cambridge, and Harvard. Many other kids, from similar backgrounds, have been successful, because of effective support systems.”

“My journey has taken me to about 24 countries on 4 continents. Along the journey, I have met many young people who have gone wayward. Many bemoaned the support system they lacked. This is why I set up https://edacme.org,” he concluded.

There are fears of violence, and exacerbated mass migrations across the Mediterranean and the West for greener pastures.