MTN Foundation supports International Day of Older Persons

Accra, The MTN Foundation on Monday partnered the Ark Foundation to provide free health screening for older persons as part of its contribution towards the commemoration of International Aged Day.

The health screening was part of the activities planned for the aged at the University of Ghana (UG) Centre for Ageing Studies as part of the day’s celebrated worldwide on the theme: Celebrating Older Human Rights champions.

Madam Cynthia Mills, the Economic Empowerment Advisor for the MTN Foundation, said MTN sponsored the health screening exercise because there was the need to provide support for the aged.

They were those who cared for us when we were younger, she said.

She noted that, the Foundation does a lot to support the aged in the community and that MTN Foundation regularly organised special programmes for the aged.

Madam Mills said: This year, for lots of the festivals in the country that we’ve celebrated, we organise health screening specifically for the aged.

We also commenced an awareness creation campaign on the need to assist our elderly because they need us, she added.

Speaking in interview with the Ghana News Agency, Professor Charles Mate-Kole, the Director of the Centre for Ageing Studies of the College of Humanities at the UG, said the centre, which was two years needed infrastructure support to aid its operations.

He urged Pastors who were fond of tagging the elderly as witches to desist from such action as it leads to the early demise of the elderly out of loneliness and challenged the young people to the initiative of visiting their elderly at least weekly or monthly.

Prof Mate-Kole said the Centre needed a lot of funds to continually organise research conferences, colloquiums, and workshops among others to help create more awareness among the Ghanaian populace on how to understand older persons as well as relate well with them.

He said there was the need to fight for older people’s right adding, older people who never worked in the public sector do not get any form of pension benefits to support themselves and if their children also forgot to give them some form of help, they are helpless.

Rev Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, a member of the Centre urged government to pay special attention to provide adequate assistance with older person because all persons were entitled to benefit from the national cake.

He said there was the need to share the national cake to reach the older persons through the establishment of facilities that would help in caring for the elderly and giving them free access to public facilities.

Resolution 45/106, passed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14 1990, declared October 1st to be the International Day of Older Persons.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to visit Ghana

Accra, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, will visit Ghana from November 2-6, 2018.

A statement issued by the British High Commission in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said this would highlight the United Kingdom’s warm and enduring relationship with Ghana and the breadth of their dynamic contemporary partnership as well as their shared values.

It said on arrival in Accra, their Royal Highnesses would be welcomed at Jubilee House by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

The statement said they would attend a State Banquet organised by the Presidency in their honour celebrating the ties between the UK and Ghana, attended by senior dignitaries, a number of British Ghanaians as well as prominent figures from business, arts, culture and media.

It said the Prince would also attend a meeting with Ghanaian and International business leaders to discuss sustainable practice in Ghana’s cocoa industry and key environmental issues.

It noted that His Royal Highness would visit the Christiansborg Castle, once a Danish, and then British, slave fort, which was until a few years ago, the seat of Ghana’s Government after independence, to discuss the future restoration and reuse of the area, as part of a major redevelopment of Accra’s waterfront, conceived by the Ghanaian Government with the Architect Sir David Adjaye.

The statement said their Royal Highnesses would visit Kumasi to meet Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Ashantehene at the Manhyia Palace.

It said the Prince and The Duchess would attend a traditional Durbar or procession at the Palace with the Ashantehene and local chiefs.

It noted that the Duchess who was President of the Women of the World Festival would also attend an event for a range of Ghanaian women in leadership positions.

It said the Women of the World festival (WOW) was a global festival movement founded by Jude Kelly CBE in London in 2010 celebrating women and girls, and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

It said the WOW event in Ghana would include a round table discussion with influential Ghanaian women.

Their Royal Highnesses would also take part in a commemorative event to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Ghanaian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars and in more recent times during international peacekeeping missions.

It noted that this was the second visit to Ghana for The Prince of Wales and the first for The Duchess of Cornwall.

It said His Royal Highness first visited Ghana in March 1977 to attend the Golden Jubilee of Achimota School, formerly ‘The Prince of Wales College’, and a Durbar in his honour in Kumasi by Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II.

Ahead of this visit President Akufo-Addo said: “I welcome The Prince of Wales very warmly back to Ghana, a country he knows well. He is an old friend of our country, and we look forward to receiving him, as his visit will renew and strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United Kingdom and Ghana.

Mr Iain Walker, British High Commissioner to Ghana said: Their Royal Highnesses visit to Ghana comes at an opportune moment. The UK and Ghana’s shared history and common values form the basis of our enduring friendship. But it’s the many and varied links between our people’s which make our ties so unique. This visit allows us to celebrate all that is good about our ties. And � importantly � to focus on shaping the common future we each want to create.”

“This is a once in a generation visit by the heir to the throne; one that I am confident, will endure in the hearts and minds of us all.

This is The Prince of Wales’s first visit to Commonwealth Nations after the Commonwealth Heads of Government unanimously decided in April this year that he should succeed Her Majesty The Queen as the Head of the Commonwealth.

The Prince of Wales has visited 44 out of 53 Commonwealth nations. The Duchess has visited 18 Commonwealth nations with The Prince of Wales.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to visit Ghana

Accra, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, will visit Ghana from November 2-6, 2018.

A statement issued by the British High Commission in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said this would highlight the United Kingdom’s warm and enduring relationship with Ghana and the breadth of their dynamic contemporary partnership as well as their shared values.

It said on arrival in Accra, their Royal Highnesses would be welcomed at Jubilee House by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

The statement said they would attend a State Banquet organised by the Presidency in their honour celebrating the ties between the UK and Ghana, attended by senior dignitaries, a number of British Ghanaians as well as prominent figures from business, arts, culture and media.

It said the Prince would also attend a meeting with Ghanaian and International business leaders to discuss sustainable practice in Ghana’s cocoa industry and key environmental issues.

It noted that His Royal Highness would visit the Christiansborg Castle, once a Danish, and then British, slave fort, which was until a few years ago, the seat of Ghana’s Government after independence, to discuss the future restoration and reuse of the area, as part of a major redevelopment of Accra’s waterfront, conceived by the Ghanaian Government with the Architect Sir David Adjaye.

The statement said their Royal Highnesses would visit Kumasi to meet Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Ashantehene at the Manhyia Palace.

It said the Prince and The Duchess would attend a traditional Durbar or procession at the Palace with the Ashantehene and local chiefs.

It noted that the Duchess who was President of the Women of the World Festival would also attend an event for a range of Ghanaian women in leadership positions.

It said the Women of the World festival (WOW) was a global festival movement founded by Jude Kelly CBE in London in 2010 celebrating women and girls, and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

It said the WOW event in Ghana would include a round table discussion with influential Ghanaian women.

Their Royal Highnesses would also take part in a commemorative event to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Ghanaian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars and in more recent times during international peacekeeping missions.

It noted that this was the second visit to Ghana for The Prince of Wales and the first for The Duchess of Cornwall.

It said His Royal Highness first visited Ghana in March 1977 to attend the Golden Jubilee of Achimota School, formerly ‘The Prince of Wales College’, and a Durbar in his honour in Kumasi by Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II.

Ahead of this visit President Akufo-Addo said: “I welcome The Prince of Wales very warmly back to Ghana, a country he knows well. He is an old friend of our country, and we look forward to receiving him, as his visit will renew and strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United Kingdom and Ghana.

Mr Iain Walker, British High Commissioner to Ghana said: Their Royal Highnesses visit to Ghana comes at an opportune moment. The UK and Ghana’s shared history and common values form the basis of our enduring friendship. But it’s the many and varied links between our people’s which make our ties so unique. This visit allows us to celebrate all that is good about our ties. And � importantly � to focus on shaping the common future we each want to create.”

“This is a once in a generation visit by the heir to the throne; one that I am confident, will endure in the hearts and minds of us all.

This is The Prince of Wales’s first visit to Commonwealth Nations after the Commonwealth Heads of Government unanimously decided in April this year that he should succeed Her Majesty The Queen as the Head of the Commonwealth.

The Prince of Wales has visited 44 out of 53 Commonwealth nations. The Duchess has visited 18 Commonwealth nations with The Prince of Wales.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Melania Trump Forges Ahead as First Lady With Africa Trip

First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent.

Departing on Monday, she opens her first-ever visit to Africa on Tuesday in Ghana in the West, followed by stops in Malawi in the South, Kenya in the East and Egypt in the Northeast.

Her first extended turn on the world stage outside the shadow of President Donald Trump could still be complicated by her husband, who has spoken of the continent in impolite and even vulgar terms.

That leaves the first lady with some fence-mending duties.

She’s got some heavy lifting to do on this trip and it’s a little bit unfair because that’s not what a first lady’s trip should be about, said Judd Devermont, the Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. First ladies usually practice a softer form of diplomacy, showing interest in a host nation’s schools, hospitals and arts programs, and avoiding thornier issues.

Joshua Meservey, a senior Africa policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, countered by noting the positive engagements the president has had with some African heads of state, including President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, who met with Trump at the White House in late August. Trump also met last week in New York with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt.

Meservey also noted that the U.S. spends considerable amounts on public health and development initiatives in Malawi, which is among the world’s least-developed countries.

I think the U.S.-Africa relationship is much bigger than the president’s comments, and it’s been going on for decades and decades, he said. Frankly, I suspect the vast majority of average Africans have not heard of any of those dust-ups. It’s very much an elite preoccupation.

Africans are, generally speaking, very gracious hosts who will roll out the red carpet and do their absolute best to be hospitable, Meservey said.

Days before the first lady was to board a U.S. government airplane for the flight across the Atlantic, Trump declared at the United Nations that he and his wife love Africa.

Mrs. Trump’s five days on the continent will feature a mix of visits to hospitals, schools and shelters as she focuses on the well-being of children.

Child welfare is a top issue for Mrs. Trump, the mother of a 12-year-old son. She focuses on the issue in the United States through an initiative she launched this year named Be Best. This week’s trip will mark her first extended period promoting the program and its goals abroad, separate from an event she held during a stop in London with the president in July.

A former fashion model born in Slovenia and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, the 48-year-old Mrs. Trump has traveled extensively with the president, including to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, Brussels, France, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. She was in Finland for the president’s July summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin but did not go to Singapore for Trump’s June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Her only other international foray was brief: a September 2017 day trip to Toronto to join Britain’s Prince Harry at a military athletic competition.

Often seen as a reluctant first lady � she did not fully move into the White House until nearly six months after Trump took office, due to her son’s schooling in New York � Mrs. Trump has kept a low profile in comparison to her immediate predecessors. She was sidelined for several weeks following kidney surgery in May.

Immediate predecessors Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama all made multiple trips abroad without their spouses during their administration’s two terms. Such travel has become expected of first ladies, and a similar excursion was viewed as a next step in Mrs. Trump’s evolution in one of the world’s most scrutinized roles.

Former first ladies Clinton, Bush and Obama also made repeat solo trips to Africa.

The first lady, when she travels to a foreign country, can carry the flag and there’s a great deal she could do to engender good feeling about the United States and I hope she can do that, Myra Gutin, who studies first ladies at Rider University in New Jersey, said of Mrs. Trump.

President Trump raised ire across Africa earlier this year after his private complaint about the continent’s s—hole countries was leaked to journalists.

He later offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his remarks, The Associated Press reported in January. He also didn’t deny the comment when he was asked about it while hosting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in April.

The president further roiled South Africa when he recently claimed on Twitter that the country is seizing farms and that high numbers of farmers are being killed. He pushed send on the tweet after watching a Fox News segment about land issues in South Africa. While killings of farmers have been taking place for more than 20 years and are widely seen as part of South Africa’s high crime rate, experts say white farmers have not been the target. Nor are there signs of widespread killings, they said.

Source: Voice of America

Melania Trump Forges Ahead as First Lady With Africa Trip

First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent.

Departing on Monday, she opens her first-ever visit to Africa on Tuesday in Ghana in the West, followed by stops in Malawi in the South, Kenya in the East and Egypt in the Northeast.

Her first extended turn on the world stage outside the shadow of President Donald Trump could still be complicated by her husband, who has spoken of the continent in impolite and even vulgar terms.

That leaves the first lady with some fence-mending duties.

She’s got some heavy lifting to do on this trip and it’s a little bit unfair because that’s not what a first lady’s trip should be about, said Judd Devermont, the Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. First ladies usually practice a softer form of diplomacy, showing interest in a host nation’s schools, hospitals and arts programs, and avoiding thornier issues.

Joshua Meservey, a senior Africa policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, countered by noting the positive engagements the president has had with some African heads of state, including President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, who met with Trump at the White House in late August. Trump also met last week in New York with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt.

Meservey also noted that the U.S. spends considerable amounts on public health and development initiatives in Malawi, which is among the world’s least-developed countries.

I think the U.S.-Africa relationship is much bigger than the president’s comments, and it’s been going on for decades and decades, he said. Frankly, I suspect the vast majority of average Africans have not heard of any of those dust-ups. It’s very much an elite preoccupation.

Africans are, generally speaking, very gracious hosts who will roll out the red carpet and do their absolute best to be hospitable, Meservey said.

Days before the first lady was to board a U.S. government airplane for the flight across the Atlantic, Trump declared at the United Nations that he and his wife love Africa.

Mrs. Trump’s five days on the continent will feature a mix of visits to hospitals, schools and shelters as she focuses on the well-being of children.

Child welfare is a top issue for Mrs. Trump, the mother of a 12-year-old son. She focuses on the issue in the United States through an initiative she launched this year named Be Best. This week’s trip will mark her first extended period promoting the program and its goals abroad, separate from an event she held during a stop in London with the president in July.

A former fashion model born in Slovenia and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, the 48-year-old Mrs. Trump has traveled extensively with the president, including to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, Brussels, France, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. She was in Finland for the president’s July summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin but did not go to Singapore for Trump’s June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Her only other international foray was brief: a September 2017 day trip to Toronto to join Britain’s Prince Harry at a military athletic competition.

Often seen as a reluctant first lady � she did not fully move into the White House until nearly six months after Trump took office, due to her son’s schooling in New York � Mrs. Trump has kept a low profile in comparison to her immediate predecessors. She was sidelined for several weeks following kidney surgery in May.

Immediate predecessors Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama all made multiple trips abroad without their spouses during their administration’s two terms. Such travel has become expected of first ladies, and a similar excursion was viewed as a next step in Mrs. Trump’s evolution in one of the world’s most scrutinized roles.

Former first ladies Clinton, Bush and Obama also made repeat solo trips to Africa.

The first lady, when she travels to a foreign country, can carry the flag and there’s a great deal she could do to engender good feeling about the United States and I hope she can do that, Myra Gutin, who studies first ladies at Rider University in New Jersey, said of Mrs. Trump.

President Trump raised ire across Africa earlier this year after his private complaint about the continent’s s—hole countries was leaked to journalists.

He later offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his remarks, The Associated Press reported in January. He also didn’t deny the comment when he was asked about it while hosting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in April.

The president further roiled South Africa when he recently claimed on Twitter that the country is seizing farms and that high numbers of farmers are being killed. He pushed send on the tweet after watching a Fox News segment about land issues in South Africa. While killings of farmers have been taking place for more than 20 years and are widely seen as part of South Africa’s high crime rate, experts say white farmers have not been the target. Nor are there signs of widespread killings, they said.

Source: Voice of America