Vision Impact Institute Applauds UN Resolution on Vision

Resolution highlights impact of good vision to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

DALLAS, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Vision Impact Institute applauds the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Vision for Everyone: accelerating action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals resolution. A major step forward for vision correction, this resolution commits the international community to improving vision for 1.1 billion people living with preventable vision loss by 2030.

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This topic is timely as societies cope with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of:

  • Children’s Education – The connection between vision and learning is crucial, as eighty percent of learning is visual. Yet, with increased digital learning, children are experiencing vision changes such as myopia and eye strain from more screen time and less time outdoors.
  • Road Safety – With up to 90% of the information needed for safety on the road coming through the eyes, good vision is a critical factor for safer mobility. This becomes more important as workers return to office buildings and businesses.
  • Gender Equity – Research suggests that 55% of people with vision loss are women and girls. Women can also face stigmas when it comes to wearing glasses. This burden, compounded with the burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately placed on women, highlights the need for their good vision care.

“This resolution is a much-needed step to ensure that good vision is accessible to all,” says Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director, Vision Impact Institute. “As vision advocates, we have worked for years in partnership with others to ensure that vision is pivotal in the global development conversation. This unanimous decision is a testimony to the power of partnerships and coalitions that believe good vision is key to unlocking human potential.”

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About the Vision Impact Institute (VII)
The VII’s mission is to raise awareness of the importance of vision correction and protection to make good vision a global priority. Its Advisory Board is comprised of four independent international experts: Pr. Clare Gilbert (United Kingdom), Mr. Allyala Nandakumar (United States),   Dr. Serge Resnikoff (Switzerland), and Dr. Wang Wei (China).

The Vision Impact Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which receives support from the Vision for Life Fund from Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic optics. The Vision Impact Institute hosts a unique database of research at  visionimpactinstitute.org .

Contact:
Andrea Kirsten-Coleman
Global Communications Manager
andrea.kirsten@visionimpactinstitute.org

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Hasaacas Ladies FC qualifies to maiden CAF Women’s Champions League

Accra,- Two goals from Hasaacas Ladies FC were enough to beat Burkinabe Club, USFA to qualify to the maiden Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Women’s Champions League.

Hasaacas Ladies, guided by Coach Yussif Basigi beat USFA 2-0, courtesy goals from Veronica Appiah and Doris Boaduwaa in the TOTALEnergies CAF Women’s League WAFU B qualifiers played on Monday, August 2, at the Stade Robert Champroux in Ivory Coast.

The win makes the Ghanaian team the first side to secure qualification to the final Women’s Champions League in Egypt, this year.

It was Appiah who gave Ghana the lead at the stroke of halftime before Boaduwaa added her name on the scoresheet in the 58th minute to give Ghana a convincing lead.

Hasaacas Ladies FC will wait for the winner between Rivers FC and Amis Du Monde for the finals on Thursday, August 5.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I want to be remembered as the one who encouraged others to be selfless – President Kufuor

Former president, John Kufuor, has opened up on how he would want to be remembered by future generations.

The chairman of the John A. Kufuor Foundation who served as president of Ghana from 2001 to 2009, responding to a question, said he wants to be remembered as that individual who lived his life for others.

“I want to be remembered as the person who tried to encourage people to live not only for themselves but for others,” the 82-year-old former president said.

He wants to be remembered as the one who “did well for himself and did well for everybody; and not go in cheating or bullying or taking undue advantage. But rather sacrificing, and giving to help in whatever way possible for human development,” he said.

The former president was speaking when some Kufuor Scholars and interns from the James Madison University – USA paid a courtesy call on him.

Members of the Kufuor Scholars Program class of 2023 and the interns visited the former president as part of their mini-camp.

The Kufuor Scholars Program is an initiative of the John A. Kufuor Foundation which offers mentoring and coaching opportunities for tertiary students recruited through vigorous competitive processes over a three-year period.

The program has the overarching objective of mentoring a critical mass of future change agents; leaders imbued with a strong sense of patriotism; leaders who are innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers, and knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields of endeavor.

Margaret Nsiah, a novel health science pre-med graduate, and Suwaibatu Mohammed, a third-year health science student are the two Ghanaian diaspora students from the USA who had opted to spend their summer vacation in Ghana as interns at the John A. Kufuor Foundation.

The introductory meeting with the former president was the first engagement for the interns at the beginning of their internship. The interns and the scholars had the opportunity to exchange ideas and to learn from one another, as well as gain mentorship and guidance from the former president.

Participants in the minicamp had discussions on topics such as “Fear, Corruption and Public Service Ethics” with astute personalities like Dr. Koranteng-Pipim, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, and Prof. Justice N. Bawole speaking to them. Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah, the C.E.O. of the John A. Kufuor Foundation rounded up the event with a call on the scholars and interns to go out and be transformational change agents in their societies.

Source: Ghana Web

Abeiku Biney joins Sankofa Radio 98.9

Sankofa Radio 98.9 has acquired the services of popular Takoradi-based radio presenter Abeiku Biney.

Abeiku Biney officially joins the newly established Chapel Hill-based station as the host of its drive time show.

He will host “Sankofa Drive” on the channel weekdays between the hours of 3:15 pm and 6 pm. With his pedigree in radio work, Abeiku Biney is one versatile presenter poised to captivate listeners both within the Takoradi and outside Ghana with relevant information and good music.

The outstanding on-air talent who has a unique voice pleasant to the ears, an excellent sense of humour and is very fluent in handling the Akan language is slated to host his maiden show on Monday, 2nd August 2021

The seasoned Abeiku Biney previously worked with a number of reputable media houses including Radio Biyac (Akim Oda), Goodnews FM (Takoradi), Spice FM (Takoradi) Fox FM(Kumasi), Hot FM (Accra), Pure FM (Tarkwa), Best FM(Bogoso) before joining Maximum FM also in Takoradi.

The show will also be relayed on Sankofa Radio 98.9’s sister station Sankofa Radio in the United States and online via www.sankofaradio.com to appeal to Ghanaians in the diaspora.

Congratulations to Abeiku Biney on the new job at Sankofa Radio 98.9

Source: Ghana Web

Te Emy Africa Awards 6th edition

The EMY Africa Awards is held annually to honor personalities who have demonstrated good values, distinguished themselves in their diverse fields of endeavor, and are committed to societal progress.

The last five editions have been very successful in bringing together some great and distinguished men and women in Ghana and beyond. This 6th edition, scheduled for October 2021, will be no different.

This year’s award activities kicked off with the “Treat Her Right” campaign on Mother’s Day. The Treat Her Right project is a gender intervention initiative that calls society, particularly men, to order in matters concerning the welfare and security of women.

The Prudential Life Greatness Walk will be the next activity after the launch of the awards and it is scheduled for Saturday, 7th August 2021 at the Aviation Social Center. Here, people can join EMY Africa Awards winners, nominees, sponsors and stakeholders, and their favorite celebrities for a walk and fun activities. Register to participate for free via – prudential.com.gh. The walk starts at 6 am.

Also lined up is The Journey of the EMY Spaceman project, the Inspiring Moments Series, and the Inspiring Greatness Series.

The nominees of the competitive categories for the 6th EMY Africa Awards 2021 were announced at the official launch event on Saturday. The EMY Awards Faculty President in his speech encouraged people to vote for their favorite nominees as the voting lines have been officially opened. He furthered stated that the winners of the honorary award categories would be announced on the main awards night.

The EMY Awards Faculty also announced the introduction of new awards categories this year. What was hitherto, the Man of the Year – Entertainment Award has been broken down into the following:

• Man of the Year – Music

• Actor of the Year

• Creative and Support Arts Award

The nominees for this year’s competitive award categories are as follows:

1. PAV Ansah Communicator Award

• GIOVANI CALEB
• DAN KWEKU YEBOAH
• BERNARD AVLE
• NATHANIEL ATTOH
• FRANCIS ABBAN

2. Music Man of the year Award

• STONEBWOY
• KIDI
• KUAMI EUGENE
• MR DREW
• KOFI KINATA
• KING PROMISE

3. Creative and Support arts Award

• PRINCE KOJO HILTON
• GILBERT ASANTE
• DANCEGOD LLYOD
• TONY TOMETY
• FRANCIS BROWN
• KELVIN VINCENT
• NANA ASAASE (PHILIP BOAKYE DUA OYINKA)

4. Discovery of the Year

• WODE MAYA
• YAW TOGG
• KWABENA OFFEI-KWADEY NKRUMAH
• STEVE FRENCH
• THEODORE OHENE-BOTCHWAY

5. Man of the Year – Sports

• JONATHAN MENSAH
• BENJAMIN AZAMATI
• JOSEPH PAUL AMOAH
• VICTOR KOFI AMPOFO

6. Brand of the Year

• LAWEN TAYLOR
• ATTO TETTEH
• CAVEMAN WATCHES
• SKIN GOURMET
• BÖHTEN

7. Actor of the Year

• ADJETEY ANNAG
• MAWULI GAVOR
• AKROBETO AKWASI BOADI
• KOFI ADJORLOLO
• PRINCE DAVID OSEI

8. Designer of the Year

• MICHAEL AKOTUA ADDO (QUOPHI AKOTUAH)
• NANA ADU BOATENG (BLACK AND PHAMOUS)
• PRINCE SACKEY TAWIAH (TOE TALK)
• KOFI OKYERE DARKO (NINETEEN 57)
• OMONIYI MAKUN (YOMI CASUAL)

The following is how you can vote for your favorite nominee:

Visit www.emyafrica.com/vote, like the nominee’s post on the EMY Africa Instagram page, or text EMY plus the name of the preferred nominee and category to shortcode 1393.

Scoring will be 40 percent for public and 60 percent technical made up of expert and faculty votes. This process will be managed and supervised by our event statisticians – EY Ghana.

EMY Africa Awards has also partnered with Fan Milk to present the “Business for Good Award”, an honorary award presented to an individual who operates a small business (micro & SME) and uses the business to make a positive impact in the community.
This year’s Awards is sponsored and supported by:

Samsung – partnering the Man of the Year – Technology Award
A Rocha Ghana – partnering the Green Corporate Star Award
Lucozade – partnering the Man of the Year – Health
FanMilk – partnering the Business for Good Award
UNFPA – partnering the Woman of the Year Award

Letshego
Prudential Life Insurance
Silver Star Auto Limited
TV3
EY Ghana
DSTV (Akwaaba Magic)
MPedigree
Luuk Now
Rhythms Africa
Asuovo Security
Asaase Radio
Ghana Web
Pulse Ghana
Yen.com
EMY Africa Magazine
And other partner blogs

We are looking forward to a beautiful night of celebration and honor at the main awards night of the 6th EMY Africa Awards 2021 in October.

Source: Ghana Web

Bolt raises €600M from investors including Sequoia to continue building the first European super-app

Bolt, the leading ride-hailing platform in Ghana, closed a €600M funding round, increasing the company’s valuation to more than €4B. Bolt will use the funds to accelerate the expansion of its existing mobility and delivery products and boost its new 15-minute grocery delivery service, Bolt Market in Europe.

The funds were raised from new investors including Sequoia, Tekne, and Ghisallo, as well as Bolt’s existing investors G Squared, D1 Capital, and Naya.

Markus Villig, CEO at Bolt, said: “Bolt’s mission is to make urban travel affordable and sustainable. We are building a future where people are not forced to buy cars that cause traffic and pollution, but use on-demand transport when they actually need it.

After seven years of relentless execution, Bolt’s mobility and delivery products offer a better alternative to almost every use case a car serves. I’m thrilled to bring these products to millions of customers around Europe and Africa, taking the emphasis off cars and giving cities back to the people.”

Andrew Reed, the partner at Sequoia, said: “Bolt is redefining urban transportation in much of the world. Markus is a driven founder who has built an operationally excellent business spanning Europe and Africa and a mission-driven culture that forms the foundation of an enduring company. Bolt helps customers, cities, and the environment. We’re delighted to partner with them.”

David Kotei Nikoi, Country Manager at Bolt Ghana, said: “We are proud to have sizable and strategically important institutions backing us and recognizing the immense value Bolt is providing to emerging economies. This investment will go a long way to accelerate our operations in the country. Now more than ever, we can provide more convenient and affordable services to our customers.”

Bolt has experienced hyper-growth in the past year the company has grown to 75 million customers globally. The company will launch Bolt Market in 10 European countries over the next few months. Upcoming markets include the Baltics and Central Europe, Sweden, Portugal, Croatia, and Romania. Bolt will use its existing technology and courier network from Bolt Food, as well as its experience in food delivery operations, to launch the new service.

Bolt Food, which enables customers to order meals from local restaurants, was launched in Ghana in 2020, and while Ghana is not among the 10 countries included in the launch of its new 15-minute grocer delivery service, Bolt Market, the local market will continue to benefit from the investment.

About Bolt

Bolt is the European super-app with the mission to make urban mobility more affordable, safe and sustainable.

Bolt has 75 million customers in 45 countries across Europe and Africa. The company offers a range of mobility services including ride-hailing, shared cars and scooters, and food and grocery delivery.

For more information please contact Sadat Laminu, Sadat.Laminu@Ogilvy.Africa (+233 267771762) or Nana Adwoa Baafi at Nanaadwoa.Baafi@ogilvy.africa (+233 245433795)

Source: Ghana Web

Ouasi SHTS wins maiden Sci-Tech Innovation Challenge

Obuasi SHTS’s Automated Sanitizing Station won ahead of Aggrey Memorial SHS and Prempeh College, who placed second and third respectively in the maiden edition of Sci-Tech Innovation Challenge.

On Saturday 31st July 2021, Primetime Limited successfully concluded the maiden edition of the Sci-Tech Innovation Challenge, a new program designed to showcase and challenge Senior High School students to apply the practical aspects of their STEM education. The competition featured ten schools from across the country on the theme “Fighting COVID-19 with Innovative Tech Solutions”.

After two days of competition, where the schools had to build their projects from scratch, Obuasi SHTS impressed the panel of judges with their Automated Sanitizing Station to be declared winners. Their winning innovation was a complex system that utilized an ultrasonic sensor, an immersion water pump, an electromagnetic switch, and an Arduino to ensure minimal physical contact during sanitizing.

The winners, Obuasi SHTS, accrued 307 points and walked away with a whopping GH₵20,000 for the team (students and teacher) and GH₵10,000 worth of science equipment to the school.

For placing second with 293 points, Aggrey Memorial SHS earned GH₵17,000 for the team and GHC8,000 worth of science equipment. Aggrey Memorial SHS’s innovation was a Health Assistant Robot designed to help deliver drugs and food to COVID-19 patients.

Prempeh College, the second runners-up with 290 points, was also awarded GH₵15,000 for the team and GH₵5,000 worth of science equipment. COVSAM: Covid-19 Safety Protocols Station was the innovation that earned them their slot.

With a berth of innovative ideas, the remaining seven schools each received a consolation prize of GH₵5,000 each, with GH₵4,000 going to the team and the school receiving GHC1,000 worth of science equipment.

Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) placed 4th with 289 points for their Smart Sanitizing Station, using ultrasonic sensors and robotics to automate handwashing and sanitizing. In 5th place, Sunyani-based Don Bosco Technical Institute accrued 267 points for their Hand Washing Machine that utilized audio prompts to ensure that COVID protocols were properly ensured.

The only all-girls school to participate, Archbishop Porter Girls’ SHS, placed 6th with 262 points for “Archumidifier”, a steam humidifier designed to introduce moisture into the atmosphere, preventing the thickening of the mucus and helps the cilia to trap the COVID-19 virus. The Wa-based Louis Rutten SHS team designed the COVID Protocols Assistant (CPA), another automated comprehensive sanitizing station, to earn 255 points and place 7th.

Mfantsipim School placed 8th with 251 points for their e-learning platform named COVINFO. Coming in 9th, Sekyedumase SHS managed to accrue 240 points for their Temperature Sensor / Automated Door. In 10th place, with 231 points, St. Thomas Aquinas SHS designed ‘Cashbot’, an automated money exchange system to reduce physical contact during transactions.

Speaking on behalf of the organizers, Mrs Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, the Managing Director of Primetime Limited thanked the sponsors, schools, and teachers for helping to make the program such a success. In her speech, she stated that the organizers hoped that “more institutions will come on board to support the Sci-Tech Fair in the coming years”.

The Sci-Tech Innovation Challenge was introduced after three editions of the Sci-Tech Fair had been held annually as mainly an exhibition platform for scientific and technological innovations from across the country.

The Challenge was designed to introduce a competitive element and increase the practical impact of the Sci-Tech Fair. This year, the Sci-Tech Fair was decoupled from the National Science & Maths Quiz and merged with the Mentorship Sessions to birth the maiden edition of the STEM Festival, a month-long celebration of innovation and science.

The STEM Festival 2021 is proudly sponsored by Absa Bank Ghana Limited, with support from Academic City University College, Junior Camp Ghana, Joy News, Joy Learning, and YFM.

Source: Ghana Web

221 Census: 99 percent households counted, exercise ends August 8

Accra,- The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) says 99 percent of households have been enumerated in 15 regions as at July 31, in the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC).

Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician, in an update on the ongoing Census, said Greater Accra had a completion rate of 93 percent and that enumeration had concluded in all districts except for eight districts in Accra, which recorded 95 percent completion rate.

The districts are: Ga West, Kpone Katamanso, Ga North, Adentan Municipal, La Nkwatanang-Madina Municipal, Ga East, Tema West and Ledzokuku.

The Government Statistician announced that the Census exercise was extended for the third and final time from August 1, to August 8, saying “the Service will withdraw from the field on August 8, 2021.”

The first extension started from Monday July 12 to 18, while the second one started from Monday July 19 to July 31.

He stated that, the reasons for the final mop-up included refusals to participate in the exercise, and difficulty in reaching people in restricted areas.

Prof Annim said Census officials for the mop up would be branded and given letters of introduction because the ID cards for the main exercise expired on July 31, 2021 and that persons in doubt should call the toll free number 0800426426.

He said the coverage was assessed at three levels- community, households and persons, stressing that household validation and correction of errors was currently ongoing.

“Between now and August 8, we appeal to all persons who have not yet been counted to use the official channel for reporting”.

“The toll free numbers are 0800426426, 0591476895, 0206850157, 0591476893, 0591476884, 0206850157, and 0551625567,” he said.

The 2021 PHC will provide important information to support evidence-based implementation of the national development agenda and support the tracking of achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 of the African Union, among others.

It is seeking to gather information on key issues, including travel history of household members who have migrated abroad, Socio-demographic characteristics, literacy and education, economic activity.

The rest of the indicators are difficulties in performing daily living activities, ownership and usage of Information Communication Technology devices, children born to women, 12 years or over, deaths of household members within the past 12 months, housing conditions, sanitation and source of water, lighting and cooking fuel.

The 2021 PHC officially commenced on Sunday, June 27 with the listing of structures starting on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Source: Ghana News Agency