Ghana to Participate in World Disability Billiard and Snooker Championship

Accra, The Ghana Wheelchair Basketball Federation (GWBF), has received an official invitation, from the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) to participate in three different snooker championships of the WDBS in the first quarter of 2018.

The tournaments which will take place in UK and Belgium respectively from the 2nd – 4th February 2018, which is the Snooker tour would be held at the Elite Snooker Club Preston, England for the physically disable.

The GWBF has register two players together with two officials to represent Ghana.

The players and the officials would stay at the Premier Inn Hotel, Preston (South Lostock lane Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6 BA – the official hotel for the tournament.

The second tournament which is for the visually and deaf players would take place at Barrats Snooker Club in Northampton and would be held from the 16-18 February 2018.

The GWBF has registered two dear players together with one sign language interpreter and a coach to take part in the tournament.

The third tournament which would take place in Belgium would be the first time the tournament would be held outside UK after the formation of the WDBS in September 2015, with the aim of giving opportunity to persons with disability to play cue sports.

The WDBS invitation to Ghana has come as a results of the on going talks between the two bodies in working together in promoting the game.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘GHANA WILL APPOINT NEW COMMUNICATORS TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION’

ACCRA, Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the Minister of Information, has said the government would expand its communication frontiers so that the media can reach government officials for information in a timely manner.

To this end, he said, the government had decided to appoint spokespersons for each of the five Cabinet Sub-committees including the Legal and Governance, Economy and Finance and Infrastructure, as well as Security and Social Services.

The Information Minister said this at a media encounter in Accra, which was to enable the Ministry officials to interact with the media in a friendly atmosphere and appreciate the media for keeping the government on its toes.

Mr Abdul-Hamid said there would be weekly media briefings, which would enable government officials to offer better explanations on pressing national issues and ensure free flow of information on government policies, programmes and activities.

He said the new arrangement was agreed upon based on the feedback, suggestions and criticisms government gathered from the public while assessing its first year in office so as to improve the governance process and ensure transparency and accountability.

Government intends to replicate the media encounter in the other nine regions to afford media practitioners across the country the opportunity to interact and share their thoughts on the governance process.

The Minister of Information noted that the media were significant partners that enabled government to execute its mandate hence it was prudent to engage them at the beginning of the year to share some thoughts that would enhance good governance.

He said a tentative date had been set for next week to enable the President to hold a media conference to mark the one-year in office and also update the public on the governance process.

Mr Abdul-Hamid said every government experienced tough times, especially in the first year in office and that the media provided the baptism of fire through captivating and probing questions, which kept the government alert to deliver on its mandate.

We have realised that sometimes when an issue crops up or happens even as government spokespersons it takes a few days for us to gather all the facts around the issue.

So it will be important for us to have the platform every week to bring the issues together in a coherent narrative and give better illumination on them.

We accept all the criticisms, we’re humans and so we’re not perfect, therefore we’re going to work to address your concerns in order to make communication better and strengthen the governance process, he said.

The Minister reminded the gathering about a popular liberation aphorism, which states that; The difference between an authoritarian society and free societies is the presence of a free media.

He, therefore, gave the assurance that the Government would provide all the necessary information to the media at all times considering the critical role it played in sustaining every democratic society.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

69 coaches certified by GBA

Accra, The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) in collaboration with the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF), organized a four-day national course for 69 boxing coaches at the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium.

The programme which included practicals and a test attracted coaches from all the ten regions.

It was the brainchild of former GBA President Mr. Moses Foe Amoaning.

He said organizing refresher courses in any profession was necessary and important.

All the coaches expressed satisfaction with the programme and thanked the main lecturer, Association of International Boxing Authority (AIBA) licensed trainer of trainers, coach Ofori Asare, who took them through the rules and regulations of AIBA and as well as the new techniques in the game.

According to Mr. Moses Foe Amoaning, the coaches who excelled would get the opportunity to undertake AIBA Star 1 course.

He added that British boxing instructor Terry Edwrads would arrive in Ghana in a fortnight to continue from where Ofori Asare left off.

Mr. Robert Safo Mensah Director-General promised that the training would be an annual programme to help promote the sport.

The President of the GBA Mr. Peter Zwennes, advised the the coaches to be of good behaviour and also take full advantage of the importance of the course.

The coaches were awarded certificates of participation after the four day programme.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Ads on alcoholic beverages must be aired from 2000 hours’

Accra The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has reminded the media, advertisers, manufacturers and importers of alcoholic beverages that advertisements on alcoholic beverages are supposed to be aired from 2000 hours to 0600 hours only.

A statement signed by Mr James Lartey, the Head of Communications and Public Education, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said this was supposed to take effect from January 1, 2018.

The FDA’s Guidelines for the Advertisements on Foods (Section 3.2.6) and specifically the requirements for advertisements of alcoholic beverages, states that; “Radio and Television advertisements shall not be aired between the hours of 0600 am and 2000”.

The statement said this information had already been communicated to the general public through the media.

Additionally, kindly be informed that all advertisements of FDA regulated products that would be approved by the FDA from January 1, 2018 are supposed to include the phrase – This advert has been vetted and approved by the FDA”.

Meanwhile, the general public is encouraged to provide information on any activities that are likely to endanger public health and safety with respect to FDA’s mandate through the following numbers.

Hotlines – 0299802932, 0299802933, Toll Free Number – 0800151000 (free only on Airtel and Vodafone) and SMS Short code – 4015.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CDD-Ghana congratulates Ghanaians on Silver Jubilee celebration

Accra, The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has congratulated Ghanaians on the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the Fourth Republican Constitution.

We applaud successive administrations and political actors, including the various political parties, and indeed, the entire Ghanaian citizenry for keeping faith with the 1992 Constitution, which ushered in the Fourth Republic and has undergirded our democratic governance system and practices in the last quarter of a century, it said.

The CDD-Ghana lauded Ghanaians in a statement and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Sunday when it joined the people to mark the historic milestone of the 25th Anniversary of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

It noted with great pride and overall satisfaction the successful conclusion of seven multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections, producing three electoral turnovers in this Republic.

The statement said: We are also happy with the prevalence of peace and unity in the country as well as the growing levels of economic and social development, broadly speaking.

However, it said the Centre continued to note with dismay that governmental accountability and responsiveness had remained highly insufficient.

Despite delivery of considerable voice to the citizenry under the Fourth Republic; public corruption remained pervasive; progress of the constitutionally-mandated political, administrative and fiscal decentralisation has stalled; and the economy remained characterised by joblessness, it said.

The statement said: Income and spatial inequality are on the rise in spite of poverty reduction; and the nation’s two main political parties, which have alternated in power in the Fourth Republic, have increasingly taken on the features of rival cults (whose primary purpose seemingly is to win elections, achieve ‘state capture’ and practice ‘winner-takes-all politics).

We are particularly concerned about the failure on the part of successive governments and majority parties to address the well-known gaps and deficiencies in the 1992 Constitution such as overconcentration of legal and constitutional power in the hands of the executive branch in general, (especially the presidency), and indirectly, the governing political party, it said.

The statement said while the CDD-Ghana deservingly celebrate the country’s longest running constitutional order since independence, we must also pause to reflect on the things we must do to consolidate and deepen the gains made possible by the Fourth Republican Constitution.

The list is long, but we can start by passing the 17-year old Right to Information Bill and reforming the public office-holder asset disclosure regime to promote governmental transparency and accountability as well as curb corruption in the public sector.

In the medium to long term, we must amend the law and Constitution to strengthen Parliament’s ability to oversight the executive (in order to promote effective checks and balances); inject meritocratic selection and fiduciary accountability into the governance of the state corporate sector; and allow for popular election of district mayors to promote local government decentralisation and effectiveness,” the statement said.

It said those types of reforms were some of the changes needed for the country to achieve the Government’s grand goal of a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid.’

Source: Ghana News Agency