Thursday, December 31, 2015

Covenant Family Ministry of Royalhouse Chapel International donates to the Buruli Ward of the Amasaman Hospital

         Mama Dela presenting medical supplies to the senior nurse of the Buruli Ward

As a yearly gesture the Covenant Family Ministries of the Royal House Chapel International donated assorted drinks, food stuff, medical supplies like bandages, disinfectants, gloves, etc. to the Buruli ward at the Amasaman Hospital of the Boxing day holiday.

 This was to exemplify the vision of the Church to bring comfort, relief and show love to the needy in society. The presentation was marked by great joy by the patients and management of the ward who were happy about the gesture as the items were received by the senior nurse of the ward.

Members of covenant voices and Covenant family Ministry with Buruli ward in group picture. 

The patients, nurses and the ward management had the opportunity to hear the Word of God, were encouraged and prayed with.

The visiting group was made up of Covenant Family Ministry members and members from the Covenant Voices choir.

The leaders of the Team Senior Lady Deacon Dela Amanor, Pastor Alex Siaw and Pastor Philip Awadey brought messages of Hope on behalf of the Apostle General of Royalhouse Chapel and presented the items assuring them of their endless support.

See video below:

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan wants to follow in the footsteps of 'role model' Floyd Mayweather Jr

Ghana's Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has revealed famous American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr is his role model.
The undefeated World champion in five-divisions is regarded as one of the wealthiest sportsmen on the globe.
The 'money-man' chalked massive success in the ring, making fortunes during an illustrious 19-year career.
Gyan, who currently plays for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG is rated one of Africa's richest footballers.
And the Ghana international wants to be as a success as the iconic American boxer.
"It is straight away [Floyd] Mayweather," Gyan told Viasat1.
"He is my role model. He is not a failure, very rich, he always wants to win and that has made him successful.
"That is how I am. I never like defeat and always want to successful in life."

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

'Gov’t dares Minority over propriety of $98m deal'

Communication Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, has dared Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, to prove with facts that a $98 million rural electrification contract allegedly being fronted by Mrs Selassie Ibrahim, for a Chinese firm, is fraught with malfeasance by mere dint of Mrs Ibrahim’s affiliation to the deal, for which reason the Minority in Parliament wants the contract halted.

“I will strongly suggest that if the honourable Member of Parliament has strong evidence of any impropriety, I will urge him to put it out,” Dr Omane Boamah dared in an interview on Joy FM’s special edition of the Super Morning Show, which was hosted by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Monday December 29, 2015.

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu had told Accra 100.5fm in an interview on Thursday December 24 that any company or firm associated with Mrs Ibrahim, the embattled CEO of Smarttys Management Limited – the private firm that is currently embroiled in a GHS3.6 million bus branding scandal – must not be considered for the rural electrification contract, as well as any other contract, until she has been investigated for the GHS3.6 million bus branding scandal.

Debating the matter between the two of them on the show, Dr Boamah said: “…I’m very happy that he has indicated that the value-for-money audit has been done …the practice has been that they are approved and value-for- money audit done subsequently.”

Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, ordered Smarttys, to refund GHS1.9 million to the state, in connection with the branding scandal.

The refund directive followed a review of the contract by the Attorney General, on the orders of Mr Debrah, after the Minority in Parliament, led by Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, raised red flags about the cost for the embossment of the portraits of three former presidents of the fourth republic, as well as that of the current President, on 116 intra-city Metro Mass Transit buses which are meant for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) purposes.

Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor, voluntarily resigned over the scandal.

Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu believes it will be inappropriate for the state to ink the $98 million contract with the Chinese firm because of Mrs Ibrahim's involvement. The Suame MP also wants a freeze on all contracts existing between the Government of Ghana and Smarttys until investigations into the bus branding scandal are over and done with.

"Why let out sheep to pasture when the earlier flock has still not returned from grazing?" he asked.

The MP also wondered whether the order to Smarttys to refund the GHS 1.9 million would be the end of the matter.

"So, as she has been asked to refund the money, would Selassie be prosecuted, or she walks free once she settles that amount?" wondered the Minority Leader.

"We must ensure that she is prosecuted because she obtained the payment by wrongful means.

"Also, we are told that the money paid to Smarttys came from our oil revenue. So, who withdrew money from the national coffers for Selassie? That person must also face the music," Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu added.

Gyan revels in career achievements

The Black Stars captain, who is also involved in boxing promotion and music, claims his accomplishments are exemplary
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says he’s “living his dream” while encouraging his fans to pursue 
their ambitions.
The 30-year-old striker added to his list of accomplishments over the weekend by winning the Sports Personality of the Year accolade at the 2015 Ghana Sports Fans Award.
“I wanted to achieve a lot in football. That’s why I say I am living my dream. I’m a happy man right now,” Gyan said at the gala.
“Whenever my old friends see me, they still remember me talking about achieving a lot, and [I’m glad] I’ve lived up to it.
“I’m therefore motivating all the guys who are looking up to me and the other Black Stars players that, it’s possible they can achieve their dreams despite [the struggles].
“In my career, I have seen ups and downs, a lot of criticisms and stuffs but I am here today.”
Gyan is currently the all-time top scorer of the Black Stars with 48 goals and also stands as Africa’s top scorer at the Fifa World Cup with six goals over three tournaments. He’s also the historic scorer of Ghana’s first ever World Cup goal at Germany 2006.
Currently on the books of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, Gyan previously represented local side Liberty Professionals, Italian teams Udinese and Modena, French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, English club Sunderland as well as Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier in 2010, he was adjudged the BBC African Footballer of the Year, and his current £227,000-a-week contract in China makes him the highest paid African footballer and the sixth in the world according to UK-based news outlet Mirror

Kasapreko targets global market with ‘Sobolo, Asaana, Hausa beer’

Officials of Kasapreko say by February next year, they will begin to bottle, package and export what they describe as ‘low hanging foods’ comprising Sobolo,hausa beer, to the international market.

These local juices remain popular and also has good health benefits among the rank and file of the Ghanaian populace. It is with this rationale that the Group chairman of Kasapreko, Dr Kwabena Adjei says they intend to leverage on.

“This is our niche.This is what we did with Alomo bitters. We used the herbs from the forest and extracted the authentic flavours to introduce into our bitters and is now selling worldwide. We want to use the same system into the soft drinks industry. With our new blending machine we can now do our favourite Sobolo,Asaana,Hausa beer, we may even go into Piito but that will be long term” Dr Kwabena Adjei told B&FT.

According to him, Kasapreko plans to “pioneer the local drinks industry since the multinationals are not there yet, if they appreciate what we do, they can come and join it later” he added.

Africa is still lagging behind as far as taking advantage of its natural resources given its crops and arable land,whilst in other parts of the world, they go to great lengths in search of organic products as a shift from artificial and lab-generated food products.

However, Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL), a hitherto alcohol distillery, say they now intend to convert some of the country’s herbal resources into healthy beverages for nourishment.

The Group Chairman of KCL, Dr Kwabena Adjei, told members of the parliamentary press corps on familiarization tour of the new beverage bottling line that the company would soon start the commercial production of local non-alcoholic drinks such as “asana, sobolo and hausa beer.”

He said that would form part of the non-alcoholic beverages that the company had started producing.

Hausa beer is a home-made non-alcoholic beer which is common in Africa, while sobolo and asaana are also local drinks which are produced from roselle leaf and fermented maize, respectively.

The new plant, which was commissioned by President John Dramani Mahama on December 15, has the capacity to produce 70,000 bottles of alcoholic and 40,000 non-alcoholic beverages per hour.

It comprises a large warehouse with a loading bay, material storage areas and state-of–the-art production and packaging lines.

Dr Adjei said the company invested US$70 million into the project in order to scale up its production capacity of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Dr Adjei also stated that the company was currently looking at ways in which it could produce drinks from cassava. The company recently acquired 40 per cent shares in Caltech Ventures Company Limited, an agro-based institution with expertise in cassava production and processing.

The group chairman said the company would also eventually obtain 50 per cent of its ethanol locally from the Caltech Cassava Company Limited.

According to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana produces about 16 million tonnes of cassava, of which about 11 million tonnes is available for non-industrial (human) consumption. However, only four million tonnes of the crop which is available for human consumption is actually utilised, leaving more than seven million tonnes as surplus.

The decision of KCL to produce drinks from cassava will, therefore, help enhance the commercial use and value of the crop.

Ghana currently imports 60 million litres of ethanol annually, with KCL alone importing 25 million litres of ethanol from Brazil, Pakistan, USA and France.

The Managing Director of the company, Mr Richard Adjei, said the investment would enable the company to compete favourably on the global market.

He said KCL would continue to grow its business not only in Ghana but internationally.

Kasapreko exports about 50 per cent of its products to Nigeria, South Africa, Cote d’Iviore, Benin, UK and USA.

Once Upon a time a deadly attacking force for the Black Stars

Once upon a time, there was a golden generation in the history of the Black Stars, which many thought should have won the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations and fulfilled Ghana’s long cherished dream of playing in the FIFA World Cup.

This generation, however, failed to realise the nations long-cherished the dream of winning the AFCON and participating in the World Cup.

The maestro Abedi Pele Ayew was the captain of that generation with Ali Ibrahim and Prince Opoku Polley – “the Prince of Goals” as regular members of that generation.

For many, this was a generation that could have conquered the continent easily, but fate denied them that opportunity.

From Ghana to Greenwich:Meet the budding Emmanuel Twumasi

In 2008, Old Greenwich resident Rob Kirkpatrick and his family hosted a young Muslim AFS exchange student named Simge from Turkey.

The teen spent a year living with the Kirkpatricks and attending Greenwich High School. Since then, the school district discontinued the exchange program with AFS, but the Kirkpatricks found another way to open their home to an exchange student.

“My parents met each other going to Europe through AFS in 1955,” said Rob Kirkpatrick. “We were disappointed we couldn’t continue with AFS.”

Fortunately, the Kirkpatricks learned about Right to Dream (RtD), an organization that provides talented children from all over West Africa with the opportunity to fulfill their potential through soccer, education and character development.

The Kirkpatricks connected with Steve and Beje Hirsch, neighbors who were host parents to two of the first boys from Right to Dream on the east coast, Oscar and Bernard, who were attending Kent School.

In 2012, the Kirkpatricks were asked by Right to Dream USA to host Emmanuel Twumasi, who had already made his way from Ghana to Connecticut, where he had secured a scholarship to Kent School.

On his end, Emmanuel, who goes by “Ema,” explained that the journey to Greenwich was long in the making.

“I grew up with my mom by my side and always wanted to be a professional soccer player,” he said. “But my mom wanted me to take my studies seriously.” Ema said that in his hometown in Ghana, teens often lose interest in school and go into farming.

By the time he was eight, people would approach Ema’s mother and comment about what a good player he was. At the age of 11 he learned that the Right to Dream Foundation was offering soccer tryouts. If he made the cut, he’d be able to attend the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana.

He recalled how hundreds of kids turned out for the tryouts. “We didn’t know how many people they would take,” Ema said of the process. “They kept making cuts until 12 people were left. Then it got tougher. They cut again, and there were just seven kids. After another cut, there were three boys left. They signed all three of us.”

Ema, an only child, said he knew his mother would miss him. Recalling the bittersweet phone call he made to his mother to share his good news, he said deep down she was happy.

At the Right to Dream Academy, nine hours away from his hometown by bus, Ema, who speaks his native language, Twi, set about learning English. He said the academy ran year-round and there was no summer vacation, though there were occasional breaks when he would return home to visit his mother.

“They try to find you connections to prep schools in the US, colleges (high schools) in the UK, or to professional soccer teams in the US,” Ema said. “I was fortunate enough to come to Kent School.”

“The last time I saw my mom was 2012,” said Ema, now 18, who explained that he’s never had a chance to be homesick despite leaving home at 11.

Though Right to Dream did bring Ema to Manchester, England; the Netherlands and to Norway, he hadn’t been to the United States until he secured the spot at Kent School.

When his plane landed in America, Ema went to Rye to the home of John Powers, chairman of the board of RtD USA. “Mr. Powers drove me to Kent for the pre-season and I already had a friend there,” Ema said, adding that by the time school started in the fall, he had become friends with his teammates.

He may not have been homesick or lonely, but he did admit that American food delivered a culture shock to the palate. “In Ghana we eat mostly yams, rice that is spicy – and beans. I tried a hamburger here,” he said, making a funny face. “It just tasted so different.”

Emmanuel’s eyes light up when he is asked to list his favorite foods after four years in America. “Garden Catering,” he said without hesitation. “Fries, not cones,” he said of how he likes his “high school special.”

With the prospect of a few weeks to relax with the Kirkpatricks over the holidays, Ema said he plans to whip up meatloaf, french toast, lasagna and pumpkin pie – the four dishes he has learned to cook in America. In fact, he can recite every pumpkin pie he’s made. He also enjoys video gaming and watching basketball, and had even had a chance to have lunch with Phaethon Bolton who works for the NBA and hails from Greenwich.

This week, in Greenwich, host dad, Mr. Kirkpatrick said the whole family, which includes Liam and Chase boys (12 and 14) were happy to have Ema at home for the holiday.

Ema was hot off a victory in the Soccer All-American game where he scored the winning goal for the East Team with five minutes to spare in the game. “My team won 2-1,” Ema recalled, adding that he’d played alongside fellow RtD player Daniel Amo and Nick Bartels, now a senior at Greenwich High School.

With the holidays on their minds, Kirkpatrick had fun teasing Ema about his ability to put away vast quantities of food and guessing how many pumpkin pies the teen would consume.

While back in Ghana, Ema said his mother gets about on foot or by bus, here in Greenwich where a driver’s license is a teen right of passage, Ema cast a hopeful look in Kirkpatrick’s direction when asked if he had learned to drive.

While his driver’s license may elude him, Ema is thrilled to have his college plans finalized.

“I can’t wait,” Ema said of his full scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he will play soccer, having committed to the Division I school at Thanksgiving.

“They’re ranked number one, and have won the NCAA tourney 14 of the last 16 years,” Ema continued, adding that during his sophomore year, his teammate’s father Doug Kastilahn, who attended and videotaped all the soccer games, had mentioned the school in North Carolina. “I Googled Wake Forest and it sounded great. Mr. Kastilahn made a video tape of me playing and sent it to Wake Forest. Then I called them and started a conversation.”

Ema visited Wake Forest twice. “They came to see me play for Kent in my junior year,” he said.

Departing Kent School with its enrollment of 570 for the Division I school with about 8,000 students, Ema is undaunted. He will be housed in a dorm with the general student population, but will be paired with a roommate from the soccer team. “We’ll both have to get up early for soccer practice,” he explained, adding that soccer is a nice way to wake up in the early morning.

Vehicle carrying 1million bullets into Ghana arrested

Custom officers in Aflao of the Volta region have impounded a vehicle with over one million packs of short cartridges or bullets together with sealed packs of dried leaves believed to be Indian hemp.

According to officials, the same vehicle has made about six entries into Ghana per the records, and it is feared the same items were being cart into the country from either Nigeria or Togo.

The Custom officials revealed to Accra-based Citi FM the items were concealed in a compartment on the floor of the vehicle.

They said two officers stopped the vehicle with registration number KTU 444 SB at the barrier and upon interrogation pressed for further checks on the vehicle.

Following the inspection, it came out that the occupants have concealed the ammunition in the compartment.

The three occupants in the vehicle including the driver are on the run.

Officials of custom are yet to brief the media with more details.

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