ATL wins another international award

Cape Coast, – ATL FM of the University of Cape Coast Campus Broadcasting Service (CBS) Centre has received the prestigous “International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality” Award for the year 2017 from The European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) for upholding the values of a democratic society

The event which took place in Vienna-Austria on the 9th December, 2017 also recognised ATL’s role of executing an important public service mission in educating and training future media professionals as well as its dedication to the core concepts of integrity,

The award recognized fifty seven (57) institutions from fifty four (54) countries globally in relation to their outstanding results in quality management and commitment.

This brings to two, the number of international awards received by the station.

In 2016, it was awarded Business Initiative Directions (BID)’s Gold Category of the World Quality Commitment Award in Paris.

Mr Kwabena Antwi Konadu, the General Manager of CBS, expressed his appreciation to the ESQR for the recognition and expressed the station’s commitment to maintain quality, excellence and pledged to uphold professional journalistic standards.

He also extended the nation’s appreciation to its listeners all over the world for their continuous support adding that notwithstanding the difficult task of ensuring quality, it will strive to sustain it.

ATL FM (CBS) was established in 1989 when some Atlantic Hall students of the UCC set up a small transmitter and began operations initially serving only the immediate campus environment until the University administration took over its management and expanded its scope.

The Campus Broadcasting Services can now boast of an ultra-modern edifice and hope to start a television station soon. It already has an online portal and is also on facebook.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Catholic Archdiocese of Accra holds carnival and cultural display at El Wak

Accra The Catholic Archdiocese of Accra at the weekend held a Carnival and Cultural Display at the El Wak Sports Stadium in Accra to celebrate its cultural diversity and unity in Christ Jesus.

The Carnival and Cultural Display, which forms part of activities marking its 125th Anniversary, saw spectacular performances from the various ethnic groups in the 10 regions of the country and from the St. Francis Nigerian Community in Ghana.

Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Accra Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the carnival and cultural display was to demonstrate that the members were one people in spite of cultural diversity and called on the members to emphasise unity in diversity.

He said: ”very often people turn to want to play upon ethnic differences, ethnic differences should enrich us and not to divide us, they should bring us to put everything together and be culturally cosmopolitan.

”Accra is cosmopolitan; you cannot be in Accra in the Catholic Church without being cosmopolitan open to all other tribes and cultures.

”When you go to Kumasi, the whole liturgy is in Twi, When you go to Cape Coast, the whole liturgy is in Fante, When you go to Ho, the whole liturgy is in Ewe but in Accra there are all tribes and cultures which makes Accra unique”, he said.

Most Reverend Palmer-Buckle called on catholic faithful to renew their commitment to the evangelisation and the spirit of fellowship and communion.

The event also witnessed acrobatic and masquerade performances amidst brass band music to the admiration of the church members.

The church members engaged in football and volley ball competition, tug of peace whiles children also participated in horseback riding, bouncing castles, face painting and song ministration.

The year-long celebration which started from Saturday December 2, 2017 to Sunday November 25 2018 is under the theme: ”125 Years of Catholic Mission in Accra: Renewing Our Commitment to Evangelism”.

The slogan for the anniversary is: ”Arise Catholic Faithful, Rejoice and Renew”.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle highlighted some activities lined-up for the celebration, which include; his Episcopal Silver Jubilee on January 6, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Candle light procession.

Other activities are: children’s week, health awareness, blood donation and public lectures.

He said the year-long celebration would be climaxed with a Holy Mass at the Black Star Square on Sunday November 25, 2018.

The Catholic Church in Accra began with the first Holy Mass on January 31, 1893, by Reverend Fathers Otto Hilberer and Eugene Raes, two priests of the Society of African Missions who were sent from the Elmina Mission that had started in 1880.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chiefs urged to institute punitive measures against unhealthy environmental practices

Lambussie (U/W), Chiefs in the Upper West Region have been called to intensify the fight against climate change by instituting punitive measures to curtail unhealthy practices that are having a negative impact on the environment.

The chiefs have also been charged to reconsider socio-cultural practices that hastened the pace of climate change effects on the environment and take note of positive cultural values and traditions that promote development and endeavour to revitalize them to meet contemporary requirements.

Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, Upper West Regional Minister, made the call in a speech read on his behalf by Alhaji Abdulai Abubakar, the Regional Coordinating Director, during the celebration of the Mifele Gbero (New Millet Festival) of the chiefs and people of Lambussie Traditional Area.

Alhaji Alhassan said the region was close to the desert and the threat of desertification was staring them on the face.

He said the situation is further exacerbated by global warming hence the need for them to tackle these twin problems head on by adopting sound environmental management practices.

I say this because this region has a lot of degraded lands and with a very fragile ecology. This is caused by negative acts such as indiscriminate bush burning and felling of trees for charcoal and fire wood among other negative practices, he said.

It is a known fact that this district is one of the largest producers of charcoal in the country. While leadership would not want to deprive you of your livelihood, you can engage in your trade in a more environmentally friendly manner by using dead trees or sun dried wood for the charcoal, he said.

While charging Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to make bye-laws against indiscriminate cutting of wood, the Regional Minister also encouraged communities to have woodlots that could be harvested for charcoal and firewood.

Alhaji Alhassan said all the laudable pro-poor agricultural interventions being pursued by government would lead to nothing if they as a people did not address the issues of climate change.

Kuoro Issaka Zeng’eh Kazie Tendzie II, Paramount Chief of Lambussie Traditional Area, said in this era there was no other concern more disastrous than climate change, hence the appropriateness of the theme: Climate Change and the Effects on Agriculture, Food Security and Human Survival.

He said agriculture was the mainstay of the people in the traditional Area and appealed to all to be committed to doing something about climate change.

Kuoro Tendzie II used the occasion to remind government that the district was the only sector in the region without an inch of tarred road and appealed to the Regional Minister to assist in getting the contractor to move to site to work on the Lambussie town roads.

The Paramount Chief also appealed to the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to adopt the Lambussie Community Day Senior High School as one of the model schools that the government seeks to institute in the country.

Mr Iddrisu Braimah Wikana, Lambussie District Chief Executive (DCE), thanked the Traditional Council for complementing efforts by the District Assembly in ensuring that the district maintained its enviable record of being one of the most peaceful districts in the country.

He assured the people that the district assembly would continue to work hard to complement the efforts of central government in improving education, health, agriculture and water and sanitation infrastructure to make life better and meaningful for the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GNPC wins two awards

Accra, The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has won two awards, confirming its leadership role in Ghana’s Petroleum Sector and beyond.

A statement issued by the GNPC and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the Majestic Falcon Award for Quality and Excellence and The Ghana Industry Leadership Award � Petroleum awards, were conferred on GNPC at two separate events in Dubai and Accra last month.

It said GNPC received its first award, an international one: The Majestic Falcon Award for Quality and Excellence, on 27 November, 2017 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

The statement said that the award was in recognition of GNPC’s leadership in ensuring the timely completion of three key projects (Jubilee, TEN and Sankofa fields) on schedule and on budget.

It said the event was organized and conferred by OtherWays Management and Consulting International Limited.

The statement noted that on Thursday, November 30th, GNPC received The Industry Leadership Award � Petroleum, at the first Ghana Energy Awards, held in Accra, under the theme: Energy for National Development: 60years and beyond.

It said the Ghana Energy Awards aims to recognise the efforts, innovation and excellence of stalwarts within the energy sector and to celebrate the successes of the players competing under various categories of the awards.

The statement said the Ghana Energy Awards was organised by the Energy Media Group (EMG), a full-service media company based in Accra and GP Business Associates (member of the CH Global Network), a business consultancy company.

It said the Ghana Energy Awards was endorsed by the Ministry of Energy, Energy Commission, Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors and the Association of Oil Marketing Companies.

GNPC was established in 1983 under the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Law 1983, PNDC Law 64 and started operations in 1985.

GNPC is the anchor partner in upstream petroleum operations in Ghana, and is currently in 17 joint venture partnerships with international players over 17 oil blocks.

GNPC is the national gas aggregator.

GNPC’s strategy is to become an operator in the medium term and is currently pioneering exploration works in the onshore Voltaian Basin, the largest sedimentary basin of Ghana, covering 103,600 kilometres (approximately 40 per cent of the country’s landmass).

The current phase of GNPC’s corporate social investments (CSI) is focused in three areas: Education and Training, Economic Empowerment, Environment and Social Amenities.

The GNPC Foundation with the slogan ‘impacting lives’ is driving GNPC’s corporate social investment strategy.

Under the Education and Training pillar, the GNPC Foundation has started awarding scholarships to over 700 students entering the country’s universities to study courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Foundation is also in discussions with some universities to drive positive reforms in our educational system (STEM) to meet the growing needs of industry, provide our citizens with livelihoods and upgrade our educational standards to that of developed countries.

The Foundation is also working on setting up industry specific chairs in some selected public universities worth One million Ghana Cedis annually per university.

A school of petroleum studies is being constructed at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT).

The Foundation is also working assiduously to complete a Science Application Laboratory at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Death in the frying pan

Tamale, In the 21st century one would have expected more improvement in the appreciation of health our needs. Unfortunately a wide gulf of ignorance still surrounds humanity leading to untimely deaths.

And when this is placed besides the poverty situation of African countries and other developing countries the world over, the danger is exacerbated.

One area of concern is the habit of food preparation and consumption, an area of human life that directly affects the health of millions of people due to poverty and ignorance and sometimes the combination of the two.

Careful studies of frying of food and its related dangers can serve to eliminate large amounts of diseases and health risks that still afflict the greater number of the population.

Studies conducted by doctors in India on reuse oil for frying showed that India’s heart disease epidemic increased due to such dietary patterns and urged the public to avoid reusing any oil for frying food products as it increases the proportion of trans fats, a major source of heart diseases.

According to the doctors and the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) fats in food items are of four types namely saturated, unsaturated, mono and trans, with the last most dangerous and their presence in any oil going up if it is cooked for a very long time or as soon as it emits smoke.

Sometimes over reliance of fried food constitutes one of the areas where many people run into health disasters; indeed, it constitutes in what can be described as death in the frying pan.

A careful scrutiny of the situation in Ghana is not different since the country cannot do without oil and the tendency to reuse over and over again.

Many including the Member of Parliament (MP), the business person and even the street hawker have once queued in one way or the other for fried food.

They queue in restaurants, hotels or even at local joints where the cooking oil is reheated when you need a snack or is heated throughout the day for all the snacks. It’s likely no one had ever imagined the type of oil used or how safe is the reheated cooking oil before paying for the food.

All of us patronize and consume fried food products from big restaurants and hotels without knowing how many times the oil was reused. Maybe both consumers and those who reuse oil don’t even know there are health hazards or they ignore all danger signs for profit making.

Dr Sundeep Mishra, a Professor of Cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi, who conducted several studies on reuse oils, said boiling oil for hours and reuse of refined oil leads to the increase of trans fats.

He said food habits in humans are such that heart disease becomes common and that the coconut oil being used in southern India for cooking was making them acute heart patients.

The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) also quoted doctors as saying that interesting studies showed that only 13 per cent of educated individuals pay any attention to what they consume while the number of heart surgeries among the youth in India has also increased due to the consumption of reuse oil fried products.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the major cause of global mortality, which are caused by disorders of the heart and blood vessels, which includes coronary heart disease (heart attacks), stroke and hypertension amongst others.

Mr Eliasu Yakubu, a senior Nutrition Officer at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), described reuse oil as deadly and advised the public to avoid reusing oil more than once.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said oil must not boil beyond or above maximum capacity saying, There are toxic substances referred to as 4-Hydroxy-2-trans-nomenal, which is associated with stroke, Atherosclerosis or High blood pressure and cause cancer. The Parkinson disease and liver damage can all be associated with how oil is consumed.

Mr Yakubu said clostribium-botulenum, which causes a condition called botulism, is a potential for food poisoning.

He said food particles that remained in the oil after frying if not properly filtered could attract bacteria for poisoning.

Mr Yakubu said not all oil is meant for deep frying and recommended vegetable oils for deep frying though they all have side effects.

He said no oil is to be reused more than once and advised against mixing fresh oil into already used oil adding that there must be proper filtering.

The WORLD Health Organization during the celebration of World Heart Day 2017 reported that CVD take the lives of 17.7 million people every year, 31 per cent of all global deaths.

Triggering these diseases, which manifest primarily as heart attacks and strokes, are tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol.

These in turn show up in people as raised blood pressure, elevated blood glucose and overweight and obesity, risks detrimental to good heart health.

Through the Global Hearts Initiative, WHO is supporting governments around the world to scale-up efforts on CVD prevention and control through three technical packages: MPOWER for tobacco control, SHAKE for salt reduction and HEARTS for the strengthening of CVD management in primary health care.

Launched in September 2016, the Global Hearts Initiative has since been rolled out in a number of countries. In those settings, health workers are being trained to better deliver tested and affordable measures to protect people from CVDs and help them to recover following a heart attack or stroke.

Though WHO is putting measures in place for the strengthening of CVDs it’s not out of place for one to suggest for authorities in Ghana to carry out a broad stakeholder consultation on reuse oil and the health hazards.

One would also suggest that the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) should make it mandatory for cooking oil producers to label the oils in simple language with specifications as to which ones are meant for deep frying or otherwise.

There is the need for mass education for the general public especially petty traders and restaurant operators who reuse oil more than once to halt the practice so as to save lives while regular and unannounced visits to hotels and restaurants to check their frying culture or environment is also necessary.

Needless deaths in the frying pan can be avoided but it would demand a collaborative effort.

Source: Ghana News Agency