Kojo Barnni wins 4th edition of Gold Fields PGA Championship

Damang, Tarkwa based golfer Kojo Barnni has won the 4th edition of the just ended Gold Fields Professional Golfers Association (PGA) championship held at the Damang golf course.

Barnni beat 2017 West African champion Vincent Torgah to a sudden death from hole 18, after the two had tied off at a total play of 282 of intense four days of play.

The championship, which attracted international golfers from other African countries, also saw Samba Niang of Senegal placing third with a total play of 286 as against 287 and 294 from Emos korblah of Achimota golf club and Nigerian golfer Olapade Sunday respectively.

In an interview with the GNA sports after his impressive showing, Barnni congratulated his competitors for a good game and noted of his intentions to carry the flag of Ghana high in golf.

The competition wasn’t an easy one at all because, they are all international players and they really gave me a tough run of games, especially in controlling pressure and my swing was tough.

I have played against Olapade and Vincent in Nigeria, so I had to play the game with much experience since Olapade was leading after the first day of play.

Sharing his experience on the final day, Barnni said I was leading by a stroke and Vincent played five under and Samba had played three under for us to tie, but it never dawned on me that all was lost.

I knew I had a lot of strategies to help me reach my goal he said.

According to the GH?25,000.00 winner, Caddies should never be taken for granted in golf games saying I always had to consult my Cadi for assistance. He calms me down when I look nervous and it really helps.

The special guest for the day and also titled sponsor for the championship Mr. Nick Holland, CEO for Gold Fields congratulated the PGA and all the golfers for putting up a great show to help Golf Fields achieve one of its sustainability projects, which is looking at employees and the communities in which they operate.

The key part of our sustainability project is sports development and it help us to create discipline and character, which also provides enjoyment outside working hours.

We want to promote the people who are active in golf, so we are really keen in developing young golfers in Ghana.

And it is our hope that one day, we would see them compete on the world stage and we must start from Ghana and Damang has a lovely golf course built over the years to help us achieve that, he concluded.

The competition, which saw almost all golf clubs from the country taking part, had the top three winners taking home GH?25,000.00, GH?15,000.00 and GH?12,500.00 respectively, with sponsorship from Gold Fields, Total Ghana, Zen Petroleum, ATS, Engineers and Planners, Stellar Logistics and other corporate sponsors.

Meanwhile Barnni and Torgah noted of their preparedness for the next tournaments, which is the Accra open and the Road to Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea, and looking ahead for other European championships.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mazola FC wins ‘President Cup’ trophy

Accra, Mazola FC has won the second edition of the Honourables Club Presidents Cup by beating First Banc FC in a penalty shoot out by 5-4.

The Honourables Club is an Accra based community and social networking club, aimed at promoting good health, community and social networking as well as foster cordial relations among the residents around the East Legon enclave.

The one-day event, which took place at the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Park at East Legon in Accra, had Paper House FC, Yaw B FC, First Banc FC and Mazola FC as the participating teams.

This year’s event was preceded with a sod cutting ceremony to commence the development of a sports complex for the society.

The Honourables Club ‘President’s Cup’ is a family out day event designed to encourage young families in the East Legon enclave to engage in physical exercise to promote healthy lifestyle.

Key features of the event included Clean-up Exercise, Donation (Any Charity Organisation of the club’s choice) and bouncy castle, Trampoline for Children.

Mr David Boafo, President of the Club, noted that the objectives of the club, was to portray to the world the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

He said the club as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities has adopted the Dzorwulu Special School to party with every year and also donate to the school, adding, this year and the coming years, the club would do a number of donations to some charitable organizations.

Mr Boafo said this act of benevolence and humanitarian works has helped in encouraging others and companies to also donate and show love to the less privilege in the society and named the Jonathan Mensah Foundation and Innova Trust Holdings as some of the donors.

He said members of the club believe in giving back to society especially the vulnerable and that other humanitarian services embarked by the club were, a donation to students at the Ghana Blind Union and a one-year school fees payment of one of the blind students of the Union.

Mr Albert Biga, Vice President of the Club said the ‘President Cup’ was a sign of showing leadership by example and signifies the importance and mentorship that older members of club imbibe in the younger generation within the club.

We have also supported some young footballers in the Club to the international level with some of them playing in the Arab league and in the lower divisions in Europe and a scholarship scheme programme for two brilliant but needy students within the vicinity the club resides.

He congratulated the winning team and members of club for ensuring an incident free event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Newmount, MTN Ghana top 16th edition of club 100 awards

Accra, Newmont Golden Ridge Limited has emerged the best company in the sixteenth edition of the Ghana Club 100 awards organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) in Accra.

MTN Ghana was the second in the rankings followed by Ghana Oil Company Limited, Goldfield Ghana Limited and Vivo Energy.

UniBank retained the sixth position in the rankings, whiles Multi Pro Ghana Limited came seventh, followed by Nordea Capital as eighth position, Justmoh Limited came ninth, while Total Petroleum Ghana clinched the 10th position.

Other companies followed to the hundredth position including Ecobank Bank, Barclays Bank, Fan Milk GHANA Limited and Fidelity Bank.

This year’s event was on the theme: ”Industrialisation: A tool for job Creation and Accelerated Economic Development.

Mr Yaw Osarfo Margo, the Senior Minister President speaking at the GIPC Ghana Club 100 awards commended the companies for excelling in their respective disciplines.

The Ghana Club 100 (GC 100) is an annual compilation of the top 100 companies in Ghana to give due recognition to successful enterprise building.

The GC 100 is about corporate excellence, companies making it into the GC 100 are to serve as role models for the private sector and provide a forum for corporate Ghana to interact with the government at a high level.

He said government was committed to dialogue with captains of industry in the business arena to grow the sector.

He said industrialisation was a good measure for developed countries and as a tool for improving on the economic growth and government had tried to bring to bear four thematic areas of development including; microeconomic stability, infrastructural development, accelerated industrial development and agricultural transformation.

He said the top 100 companies in the country have a responsibility to help government to develop the economy by generating employment and move Ghana from low middle income country to middle income proper and finally to a developed country.

“Once you are in this top 100, you cannot do business as usual, each of you must try and bring improvement in your respective business operations,” he added.

Mr Yoofi Grant, the Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, said the event was in line with the president’s vision of moving the economy towards production.

He said GIPC believed that channelling investments into the sector would support economic expansion and employ a lot of the youth along the manufacturing value chain.

“The theme’s objective is in line with government’s vision to use manufacturing through the one district, one factory initiative as an economic development and job creation tool,” he said.

The event this year witnessed Special Awards for outstanding business performers in selected categories, including Corporate Social Responsibility and the Highest Tax Paying Company.

The special awards were; Child friendly company-MTN Ghana, Highest Tax payer-MTN Ghana, Largest companies (MTN Ghana, Goldfield Ghana Limited and GOIL), Best new entrance company-wide Nordea Capital and Most Profitable Company (Multi Pro Ghana Limited, Vivo Energy Ghana Limited and Newmont Ghana Limited).

The rest are; the GC Best companies in CSR; UniBank and Newmont Akyem Mines, Best listed companies-Fan Milk Ghana Limited, GOIL and Starwin, Fastest Growing Companies (Nordea Capital and Glico Gel healthcare).

Source: Ghana News Agency

PGA keen on developing young golfers

Accra, The President of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Mr. Anthony Mintah, has said his association is keen on developing young golfers in the country to raise international golfers in the near future.

Mr. Mintah made this known at the just ended 4th edition of the Gold Fields PGA championship at the Damang golf course in the Western Region, when Engel Adamah, daughter of vice captain Tarkwa golf club Mr. Roger Adamah teed-off on the third day.

In an interview with the GNA Sports, Mr. mintah noted that Ghana abounds in golf talents and it’s the vision and hope of the association to nurture them into professionals especially females.

The Ghana PGA believes in youth development because the future of golf is our youth today.

We want to grow youth golf especially females, to see ladies become professionals golfers, but not to remain only at amateur levels, this is the time to get all hands on deck to make this a reality for our young female golfers.

Golf is a game of discipline, honesty and hard work and is our mandate to help the young ones cultivate such traits from their early stages of life to propel them for future laurels.

The four day tournament, which saw Tarkwa based golfer Kojo Barnni beating 2017 west African champion Vincent Torgah to take him the trophy and a cash price of GH?25,000.00 was sponsored by Gold Fields, Total Ghana, Zen Petroleum, ATS, Stellar Logistics and a host of corporate bodies had over 54 professional, amateur, senior and female golfers from Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal and Cote d’ Ivoire.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Universal implementation of sustainable soil management critical to soil conservation, as world marks Soil Day December 5

Accra,Within the framework of the “Global Soil Partnership”, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has continued to advocate for the recognition of the importance of soils for achieving food and nutrition security.

Soils have the vital importance across the world, being the basis for almost 95% of world’s food productivity and the filter of water, without which life on earth is not possible.

This natural resource is also a major storehouse for carbon and the regulator of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which is fundamental for regulating climate.

However, their level of degradation is alarming, in a world with continuous growing population and population pressure on scarce resources.

Accordingly, the conservation and responsible management of soils is thus central to the mandate of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Nurturing and unlocking the full potentials of soils requires universal implementation of sustainable soil management to contribute to increased food production, nutrient content, adapting and mitigating climate change.

Indeed, the Sustainable Development Goals identify the need to restore degraded soils and improve soil health, remarked Jose Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General.

In a comment ahead of the celebration of the 2017 World Soil Day, which falls on 5th December, the FAO Director-General, said: Soils are the foundation of food production and many essential ecosystem services.

Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground

This year’s theme for the World Soil Day is: “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”.

It has been proven sufficiently that sustainable soil management contributes to increasing food production, enhancing the nutrient content of food, and adapting to and mitigating climate change.

The conservation and responsible management of soils is thus central to FAO’s mandate to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

The UN is making a greater recognition of the essential contributions of soils to agriculture and food production, as well as their crucial ecosystem services, further pledging to implement plans, and act to make the world’s our soils the bedrock of agricultural production, food and nutrition security.

Each year, since 2012, 5th December is recognized by FAO Conference and the United Nations General Assembly as World Soil Day.

Recognizing the importance of soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, made a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day.

This day is aimed to celebrate the importance of soils as a pivot and critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human life and wellbeing through their contribution to ensure food, water and energy security and their role in preserving biodiversity loss and mitigating climate change.

In this regard, FAO, with full support of its country members, as expressed during the 144th FAO Council, 11-15 June 2012, made a request to the United Nations General Assembly to recognize 5th December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance.

FAO at the forefront of promoting sustainable soil management

In view of its importance and supported by the Global Soil Partnership, FAO decided to celebrate for the first time the World Soil Day on 5th December 2012, under the theme Securing healthy soils for a food secure world, to help place soils at the top of the agenda for Sustainable Agriculture development and Food and Nutrition Security worldwide.

The Official approval by the FAO Council and UNGA to celebrate the World Soil Day was made in 2014. FAO is at the forefront in the development and implementation of sound programmes toward sustainable soil and fertility management.

At Regional level, under regional initiative two, efforts are made to promote sustainable soil and fertility management in Sub-Saharan Africa and to gain strong recognition of the importance of healthy soils by the African Leaders.

We must seize the opportunity to very widely look into all aspects of the soils including their conservation, management and fertilization using simple, cheaper and innovative approaches which the soil scientists as well as other soil users can adapt at different levels in Africa and the coming years, we are ready to implement what he said and plan and act to make our soils the bedrock of agricultural production, food and nutrition security Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director�General and Regional Representative for Africa, said in a message to African soil professionals and practitioners.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and FAO established this awareness mechanism, the World Soil Day, to awaken and unleash the conscience of the world population that soils are the support of life on earth and the mean of survival of humanity and alert on the their continuous degradation leading to the loss of their vital functions. For the same reasons, the year 2015 was declared the international year of soils.

The theme of this year is well aligned with the willing and wish to protect and preserve this invaluable resource. Some figures in hand are alarming: On a global scale, it is observed an annual loss of 75 billion tons of soil from arable land which is estimated to cost about USD 400 billion each year in lost agricultural production.

This loss also significantly reduces the soil’s ability to store and cycle carbon, nutrients, and water. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of Soils are currently degraded through erosion, salinization, acidification, compaction, nutrition depletion, chemical pollution and inappropriate fertilization and 12 million of hectares are affected by desertification.

Land degradation in Africa adversely impacts soil nutrients in farmlands thus affecting food security and as a result leads to loss of 3% GDP annually, with a loss equivalent to 9 billion USD.

In a broader context, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted a number of related targets in 2015, aimed at restoring degraded soil and to achieve a land degradation-neutral world and implementing resilient agricultural practices that progressively improve soil.

By Eugene Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The opinion expressed in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the FAO.

Source: Ghana News Agency