Ghana National Gas Company gives to two institutions

Accra� The Ghana Gas Company has donated a cheque totalling GH100,000.00 to the Childhood Cancer Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital to help with their administration.

The Childhood Cancer Unit received GH60,000.00 to support children on dialysis and other cancer related operations while the Accra Psychiatric Hospital received GH40,000.00 to assist in its rehabilitation.

Professor Ebenezer Badoe, the Head of the Child Health Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, received the cheque on behalf of the Unit, while Dr Pinaman Appau, the Director of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, received on its behalf.

Dr Ben Asante, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Gas Company, said the Company was moved by the peculiar challenges facing the two institutions, hence their decision to support them to take part of their burden off.

He said the donation was a seed that they sowed to establish relationship with the two facilities.

This is our modest contribution but we do hope it will continue to be part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, Dr Asante said.

This is also to tell them how we appreciate their sacrifices in giving care to their patients.

Prof. Badoe expressed gratitude for the gesture, which, he said, would facilitate treatment as well as relief to the parents of the children.

Dr Appau, on her part, said Authorities of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital had been trying hard to renovate the facility, which had not seen any major rehabilitation since 1906, when the Hospital was established, and commended the National Gas Company for the assistance.

She said the facility had infrastructure challenges, especially the wards, sewerage system as well as medication and appealed to corporate institutions to go to their aid to provide quality healthcare to the public.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Body builders in Brong-Ahafo to compete in maiden weight lifting gala

Sunyani� The Muscle King (TMK), a Sunyani-based power lifting event organiser is to organise the maiden weight lifting competition for body builders in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The competition would cover heavy and super weights, dead lift, squat, bench press and tyre flip, and more than 50 body builders in Brong-Ahafo are expected to participate in the event scheduled for November 3, this year in the regional capital.

Mr. Gordon Kyeremeh, a co-founder of the TMK told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) sports that the competition sought to instil a sense of discipline into the body builders and motivate them to participate in national and international competitions.

He indicated that weight lifting was a lucrative sport, hence the need to scout and help unearth and nurture the hidden talents of body builders.

Mr Kyeremeh who is the Manager of Good-life Fitness and Gymnastic Centre, in Sunyani said body builders from Kintampo, Techiman, Drobo, Sampa and Sunyani would participate.

Prizes ranging from undisclosed sums of money, certificates, citations and gymnastic kits would be presented to deserving competitors.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Double Track will overcome its teething challenges soon’

Accra, The Executive Director of the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute, Mr Benjamin Anyagre, has endorsed the Double Track educational system currently being implemented, saying it will enlighten a critical mass of the people towards national development.

He said the Double Track was a better way to educating and enlightening citizens who would, in turn, help with the growth of the country.

The more you have more people going to school the better for the country. An enlightened community is a productive community, Mr Anyagre said in an interview with the GNA on Wednesday.

I wish we could do Double Track for the universities for students who qualify to read medicine. You would have seen that within the next two years, we will have so many doctors in the country.”

Let’s see the Double Track as a national policy, let’s delink politics from it, let’s learn the best practices from other countries and improve upon it and look at it as a national project,” he said.

He expressed the hope that the programme would take a better shape within the next five years as government was working to overcome the teething challenges.

He said the Government needed to learn from better examples in countries like Cuba that had an excellent education and health sectors.

Speaking on the side-lines of a news conference organised by the Embassy of Cuba in Accra, Mr Anyagre advised the Government to send officials to Cuba to understudy its educational system and use that knowledge to improve on Ghana’s.

The news conference was held by the Embassy to reiterate Cuba’s call on the United States of America to cease the economic, commercial and financial blockade it imposed on Cuba in 1962.

Mr Anyagre, who is a Cuban trained Ghanaian, was full of praise for the country and the role it had played in helping to train many African citizens in various disciplines.

He said the world needed to intensify its support for Cuba and against the 56-year-old blockade by the United States of America (USA).

Cuba’s Ambassador, Pedro Luis Despaigne Gonzalez, asked the African Union, the United Nations and the world in general to impress on the USA to lift the blockade, saying it was causing a lot of financial and economic impact on its citizenry, describing the blockade as a violation of International law.

Source: Ghana News Agency

“Ignore Kevin Prince Boateng and build a formidable team” – Pobi

Sunyani- Mr. Jonathan Abbey Pobi, Chief Executive Officer of Neoplan Stars, a Kumasi-based Division One side, has called on James KwesiAppiah, head coach of the Black Stars, to ignore Kevin Prince Boateng and concentrate on building a formidable team for the future.

He said the Black Stars had lost their glory and must be resuscitated as soon as possible, hence there was no need to focus on the past, but the future.

In an interview with the GNA Sports, Mr. Pobi said, Boateng’s apology is not the duty of Coach KwasiAppiah and I expect him to know better.

His job is to prepare the boys and focus on how best to manage and revive the national team and not engaging in unnecessary talks, he said.

According to Mr. Pobi, the nation expected much from the head coach and he must ensure that he delivers on the mandate given to him.

He urged coach Appiah to collaborate effectively with the technical team, scouts and develop talents of young players to revive the national team, instead of focusing on the return of Kelvin-Prince Boateng.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, slapped an indefinite ban on Boateng, a former AC Milan midfielder now playing for Sassuolo, also another Italian SeriaA side.

Coach Appiah said at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi last week said he would consider a recall of Boateng, if he (Boateng) writes officially to apologise.

Source: Ghana News Agency

E and J Promotions apologizes for crowd violence

Accra- The Management of E and J Promotions, have rendered an unqualified apology to all stakeholders in the boxing fraternity, after a crowd violence marred the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Super Bantamweight title fight between Isaac Sackey and Wasiru Mohammed last Saturday.

A statement released by the Management of E and J Promotions, said they were embarrassed by the incident, which resulted in casualties and damage to properties.

”Management of E and J Promotions, registers its unqualified apology to the management of the Bukom Boxing Arena, fans, sponsors and dignitaries who patronized the Bukom Boxing Arena to witness the ”Ultimate Expose 2” bout, between WBO Super Batam Weight Africa Champion Isaac Sackey and National Champion Mohammed Wasirua.k.a ”Gyata Bi for the unfortunate post bout incident,” it added.

The management of E and J Promotions in the statement added that, the said incident would be addressed at a press conference on Thursday, October 18, at the Alisa Hotel.

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has also commenced investigations into the cause of crowd violence that caused the abrupt end of last Saturday’s bout, as they would take proactive measures to punish culprit parties.

Source: Ghana News Agency