Former Ebusua Dwarfs player Painstil dead

Accra- Mr. Charles Ato Painstil, former player of Ghana Premier League giants, Ebusua Dwarfs, is reported dead in his base in Dallas, USA.

Painstil, who also played for Sekondi Hassacas, was a very talented footballer and was once a member of the senior national team, Black Stars.

Painstil played for the mysterious Dwarfs when he was student St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast. This was after he was spotted the Physical Education Master of the School who doubled as the coach of Dwarfs.

After school, Painstil joined Akotex and was later on signed by Sekondi Hassacas, where he became a hero for the club.

He later moved to the USA, where till his demise in Dallas, Texas on Monday, October 1.

He would be interred in Dallas Texas on Saturday 20th October.

Source: Ghana News Agency

ERFA to organize special tournament to entertain football fans

Koforidua, The Eastern Regional Football Association (RFA) as part of efforts to rejuvenate football in the region, will organize a special competition to entertain football enthusiasts in the region.

The special competition would see 74 clubs across the region participate in a 16 zoned competition.

This was disclosed by Mr. Linford Asamoah, the Vice Chairman of the Eastern Region Football Association (ERFA), at a stakeholder’s consultative meeting held at Koforidua.

The competition, he said would afford clubs the opportunity to introduce five guest players into their teams, as part of efforts to enhance the level of the tournament.

Mr Asamoah said, plans were still underway to fix a date for the competition, in all the venues across the region.

Mr Asamoah urged all clubs that cannot participate in the competition to notify the secretariat of the RFA before October 27.

Winners of the 16 zones would then qualify to play in the Eastern Cup, where the winners would then battle for the ultimate trophy at stake and a cash prize of Gh800.00,with the second placed team taking home Gh400.00.

The best player, goal king and best goalkeeper of the competition would receive a trophy and a cash prize of G00.00 each.

Source: Ghana News Agency

StarTimes launches first ever obstacle course competition in Ghana

Accra- Africa’s leading Pay-TV service operator StarTimes, on Thursday, launched Ghana’s first ever obstacle course challenge competition.

The launch was part of the 30th Anniversary of StarTimes and the company reaffirmed its commitment to providing subscribers with the best of compelling contents.

The competition, dubbed Ghana Challenge is a sports and entertainment competition, which would be held at the Bojo Beach Resort, Accra.

It would feature hundreds of competitors, who would attempt to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty for cash prizes of up to $5,000.

Each competitor is expected to overcome various physical obstacles in the form of hurdles, rope climbing, digging, sack racing and a lot more within the shortest possible time to automatically qualify into the finals.

According to the television company, the programme would seek to unite Ghanaian celebrities with their fans as they all participate on a common ground for the ultimate prize.

The Ghana Challenge 2018 launch was graced by some Ghanaian celebrities, who dared their colleagues and fans to take up the challenge and compete against them at the Bojo Beach for the bragging right and cash prizes.

Miss Akorfa Djankui, Head of Marketing, StarTimes Ghana, called on all exuberant Ghanaian celebrities and the general public to register for the Ghana challenge and exhibit what is hidden under their sleeves.

The competition would be premiered on the StarTimes Adepa TV channel 247″ in December, as one of the key entertainment contents for the yutetide.

To participate in the competition, one must download the StarTimes Mobile App (Startimes ON), click on the Ghana Challenge 2018 banner post and follow the prompt before Tuesday, October 23 2018.VVV

Source: Ghana News Agency

Goosie Tanoh calls for united front to recapture power

Accra� Mr Augustus Goosie Tanoh, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer aspirant, has called on the Party to restore its capacity as a mobilising force to empower the grassroots and recapture power in the 2020 elections.

He said the empowerment of the grassroots would ensure that they held the leadership to task to adhere to probity and accountability, which were the bedrock of the NDC.

Mr Tanoh said this on Wednesday after he met the Greater Accra Regional Executive of the Party prior to his campaign tour of the Region to canvas for votes ahead of the December 7 NDC presidential primaries.

He announced that the first phase of the Regional tour would take his team to Ada, Sege, Shai Osudoku, and Ningo Prampram.

Earlier, his campaign tour took him to the Anlo, Keta, Ketu South, Akan, Hohoe, and Buem constituencies in the Volta Region.

He said his campaign message, throughout the tour, was the need to recapture and invest in the grassroots to make them strong forces in community mobilisation and development.

Mr Tanoh said he believed that the message would resonate very well with the grassroots to help transform the NDC and give it a strong footing for victory in 2020.

We are fully committed to seeing this process through, he said.

Mr Ade Coker, the NDC Greater Accra Regional Chairman, said the meeting was a directive from the Regional Office to all aspirants to meet the Executive before embarking on their campaign tour and expressed gratitude for the turnout.

He said it provided an opportunity for the Executive to know the vision of the various aspirants.

So far 12 people, including former President John Dramani Mahama, have written to the Party declaring their intention to contest the NDC flag bearer position for the forthcoming primaries.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ambassador Diana Acconcia presents Letters of Credence to President Akufo-Addo

Accra- Mrs Diana Acconcia, the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, on Tuesday presented Letters of Credence to President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra.

Your Excellency, it is an honour to present the letters by which the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Junckerhave, accredited me as Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Ghana.

These were in a press release signed by MrsEsi Asante, Press Communication and Information Officer of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Ghana, and copied the Ghana News Agency.

It said the European Union had a long standing partnership with Ghana under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement and that over the last 40 years, there had been an active and friendly cooperation and dialogue between the two.

We value highly our close partnership with Ghana and we share a broad common agenda to promote peace and security, regional integration, democracy, rule of law and human rights as well as to tackle global challenges such as climate change, it said.

The EU had also been a major provider of development aid to Ghana and to the African Continent in general, and had supported Ghana’s development priorities with substantial financial assistance over the years, the release said.

It described the President of Ghana as a strong promoter of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid � adding; I could not agree more with you. The EU is changing the focus of its relations with Africa from a donor-receiver relationship to a partnership based on common interests and values.

President Juncker has called it an Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs.

The EU wanted to bring more private investment to Africa and would mobilise traditional and innovative financial instruments to work directly with the private sector to provide the infrastructure Africa needed to create jobs for her young people, the release said.

I have no doubt, Your Excellency, that Ghana will be a key partner to implement this ambitious plan. Ghana has recently experienced strong growth and developed its economy, becoming a lower middle income country and improving the well-being and prosperity of its people, it said.

The release said Ghana had great assets to become a privileged destination for private investment as it was politically stable due to the commitment to democracy and rule of law by successive governments, saying, it had natural resources and fertile land, young and dynamic population as well as government with a focus on development and on creating a conducive environment for business.

And let us not forget that Ghana also benefits from the Economic Partnership Agreement that allows Ghanaian companies to export to the EU free from duties and quotas and this can be a further incentive for investors to choose Ghana as a hub for their manufacturing activities in the Region.

It noted that Ghana could become a driving force and a leader for the development of the African Continent, adding that the EU was looking forward to working with Ghana to make this happen and support her in her efforts to consolidate the middle income status.

The partnership between Ghana and the EU is not only about promoting economic growth but also sustainable economic development, it said.

We are both committed to fighting against Climate Change and implementing the Paris Agreement. We are both determined to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals � with your personal involvement as co-chair of the group of SDG Advocates � and the EU will support Ghana by integrating the Government’s SDG objectives in our budget support programme.

The EU, it said, was working with Ghana to issue licences to make sure that timber exported to the EU only came from sustainable sources as well as fight against illegal fishing and depletion of ocean resources.

To maximise the benefits from economic growth, good governance is paramount. I would like to commend the Government’s engagement to improve public finance management and tackle the problem of corruption, the release said.

It commended Ghana for the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor and the presentation of the Right to Information Bill before Parliament, saying they were promising developments and the EU was following their progress closely.

Touching on education, the release said no sustainable development was possible without building on education and skills for young people to access qualified jobs adding that the Government’s effort to boost secondary education showed its long term vision for Ghana.

It prayed for continuous working relationship between EU and Ghana to strengthen the multilateral institutions.

MrsAcconcia pledged her commitment to ensuring the realisation of the partnership objectives and projects in which Ghana and the European Union were working.

Source: Ghana News Agency