Paris 2024 organizers pledge ‘new model’ for Olympics

Berlin, – As the Tokyo Olympics bade farewell Sunday a year later than planned, organizers of the 2024 Paris Games looked forward to welcoming the world to France in three years.

Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet, a three-time gold medallist in canoe slalom, praised everyone involved with the Tokyo Games for managing to hold the event amid a global pandemic.

As the Olympic flag was passed from Tokyo to Paris on Sunday, though, Estanguet talked up his team’s plans to host their first Summer Games since 1924.

“We waited an extra year for this moment, but we are already waiting 100 years to bring the Olympic flag back to Paris, so the excitement is very strong in our team and back home in France,” Estanguet said.

The Paris bid, awarded in 2017, features venues familiar to any tourist, with competitions to be held at the Place de la Concorde, Champs de Mars, Les Invalides and the Palace of Versailles, among other high-profile spots.

“Every host city must bring something new and contribute to the evolution of the Games,” Estanguet said.

“With Paris 2024, our ambition is to offer a new model to open the Games to more people. This starts with offering the Games to the city.

“Our plan is based on taking sport out of its traditional spaces and putting competitions at the heart of the city, in front of the most famous Parisian landmarks; the Eiffel Tower for beach volleyball, wrestling and judo, and equestrian at the Chateau de Versailles.

“The ambition is simple: invite the world, including the hundreds of millions of viewers, into the very heart of Paris.”

Thanks to that one-year delay, the welcome will occur relatively quickly. On July 26, 2024, Paris will take centre stage.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UAG strike: UMaT SRC President calls for amicable resolution

Accra, – Mr John Baguri, President, Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has appealed to government and the University Teachers Association of Ghana(UTAG) to compromise and resolve their issues amicably.

Mr Baguri said the timely resolution of the issues, would ensure the continuation of smooth and effective academic work in the affected Universities.

Members of UTAG and the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana on Monday August 2, 2021 started an indefinite strike from Monday, August 2, 2021, for poor conditions of service.

UTAG leadership in a communiqué on July 30,2021, directed all its members to comply with the strike, calling on its members to withdraw from teaching and other activities like examinations, invigilation, marking of examination scripts, and the processing of examination results.

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations meeting with the UTAG on Tuesday August 2, to resolve the issue, ended inconclusively.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Baguri said the strike had affected academic activities and called on the parties to reconsider the interest of the students and address the situation in the shortest possible time.

The SRC President said the University was expected to start the second semester examination on August 2, but was suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing strike.

The outbreak of COVID-19, he said, had distorted the country’s educational calendar, stressing that if the situation was not addressed quickly, it would further affect academic activities in the Universities, including national service.

“We have communicated with the students to remain calm and prepare adequately for the exams, in case the strike is called off,” he said.

Ms Priscilla Khadi Vawurah, SRC President, Simon Deidong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, established in 2019, appealed to government to be considerate with the demands of the Union bodies and address their concerns for academic work to continue.

She said even though the University was on vacation, the strike would affect them because the lecturers could mark their examination scripts.

“We finished our second semester exams before the strike because we are running a three semester calendar. We were to resume on August 24, while others report on September, 2021, but without amicable resolution of the issues, academic work will be affected,” she said.

Earlier, the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students, had appealed to the two union bodies to reconsider their strike in the interest of the students, saying although their demands were legitimate.

UTAG has been asking the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon with the government since 2012.

The 2012 conditions of service pegged the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.

UTAG has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic premiums to $997.84.

The Universities’ Senior Staff on the other hand has been asking for the award of market premiums and non-basic allowances, as well as the finalisation of negotiations of their conditions of service.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Barcelona: Sergio Aguero to sit out for 10 weeks due to calf injury

Sergio Aguero will have to wait to make his Barcelona debut after it was confirmed a calf injury has ruled the striker out for 10 weeks.

Barca are set to begin their first La Liga campaign since 2003-04 without Lionel Messi, who said an emotional farewell on Sunday after the club were unable to keep the Argentine.

As the club prepare for life without the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, their forward plans have taken another blow by news of Aguero’s injury just six days before their league opener against Real Sociedad.

Aguero joined as a free agent in the summer after his 10-year spell at Manchester City came to an end, and the 10-week absence means he may not make his first Barca appearance until late October at the earliest.

“Tests carried out on first-team player Kun Aguero have confirmed a right calf injury. He will be out around ten weeks,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Source: Modern Ghana

Buying a home? Down payment is optional

Acquiring a home is one of the long-term investments people make in life. Though one of the basic necessities of life, many people are unable to acquire a home either because of their income levels.

Applying for a home loan, and paying back over time, has therefore become a preferred route for many to acquire their dream property.

According to the Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye, about 60% of Ghanaians will require some form of support to access housing.

Executive Head, Home Loans Business at First National Bank, Kojo Addo-Kufuor said “Banks generally lend up to about 80% of the price of the property and require the borrower to contribute the remaining 20%. However, raising the initial deposit can often be a challenge for prospective buyers.”

“At First National Bank, however, we are able to offer eligible applicants 100% of the amount required to buy their dream home. If you are a resident Ghanaian looking to buy your first home, but cannot raise the minimum deposit, you can apply for a 100% home loan from First National Bank to purchase that property. This loan covers the entire selling price of the property.”

Mr. Addo-Kufuor added, “the advantage of taking a 100% home loan is that it eliminates the months or years the applicant would otherwise require to save towards the deposit.”

“Obviously, there are some terms and conditions to this exciting product, which can easily be explained and addressed upon inquiry,” said Kojo Addo-Kufuor.

“Take the challenge of owning a home in 2021 by visiting any First National Bank branch and speaking to any of our experienced Home Loans Advisors. Check your eligibility and range of homes within your budget and preference and you should be a homeowner by end of 2021.” Mr. Addo-Kufuor concluded.

Source: Ghana Web

Prempeh College’s 1997 Year-Group cut sod for teacher’s bungalow

Kumasi, – The 1997 Year Group of Prempeh College has cut the sod for work to start on the construction of a four-unit two-bedroom teacher’s bungalow for the school.

The project, estimated at GH¢1.000,000.00, will be funded through contributions from members of the Group as well as donations from benevolent corporate institutions and individuals.

Mr Victor Addai-Owusu, the General Secretary of the Group, said the move was in cognisance of the school’s tradition for old students to give back to their alma mater.

He recounted the immeasurable contributions of the old boys to the growth of the school and said he was excited about his Year-Group’s decision to add to the gains of the school by helping to check students who broke bounds.

Mr Addai-Owusu called on all his mates to show commitment to the project and appealed to corporate institutions to support the Group to complete the project.

Mr Timothy Adjetey, one of the architects in the Group, explained that the building was designed to blend into the beautiful architecture of the school.

He said though the task was an arduous one, he believed that if all members were committed to the project, it would become a reality.

Mr Aaron Attuah Gyau, the Headmaster of Prempeh College, said the project would help staff check students who broke bounds and assured of management’s support to see it to fruition.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Harts win 11th FA Cup trophy after beating AshantiGold on penalties

Accra, Aug. 8, GNA – Accra Hearts of Oak have won their 11th FA Cup trophy after beating AshantiGold 8-7 on penalties in the finals of this year’s competition on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Richard Attah scored the decisive penalty kick for the Phobians as they won the double for the first time time after21 years.

The game started in blistering fashion with Hearts applying the early pressure on the AshantiGold defence who stood resolute and curtailed the early threat from Hearts attackers.

Benjamin Afutu came close in opening the scoring for the Phobians but his header from close range, struck the cross bar with Amos Kofi Nkrumah clearing his lines.

The game was fairly balanced half way through the first half but it was AshantiGold who had a larger share of the possession.

Despite their dominance, AshantiGold were unable to create any clear cut opportunities with their clearest chance falling for Eric Esso who skied his 25-yard free-kick.

There was little to choose between the two sides as the first half ended scoreless.

Hearts started the second half the more determined side as they searched for the opener with the home fans getting impatient.

Amos Addai was handed a glorious opportunity to put AshantiGold ahead but his effort on goal in the 56th minute was safely gathered by goalkeeper Richard Attah.

Raddy Ovouka came close in giving Hearts the lead in the 63rd minute after goalkeeper Kofi Mensah nearly made a mess of a well- struck shot from the defender.

A defensive miscalculation from Hearts defender Robert Addo Sowah gifted Amos Addai clear sight at goal but he shockingly missed from close range.

AshantiGold marshalled the midfield department of the game in the late stage of the second half but couldn’t create any clear cut chances.

Afriyie Barnieh who was quiet in the game nearly struck Hearts infront right at the end of second half but his effort skewed wide as the game went into extra-time.

Yaw Annor at the start of first half extra time should have given the Miners the lead but his effort on goal narrowly missed the target.

Substitute Victor Aidoo had a chance to put Hearts in the lead but his header went wide as the first half extra-time ended with no breakthrough.

Both sides were very careful not to conceed in second half extra-time as they game went to penalties.

Fatawu Mohammed, Emmanuel Nettey, Robert Addo Sowah, Mohammed Alhassan, Victor Aidoo, Raddy Ovouka, Ibrahim Salifu and Richard Attah all scored for Hearts while Caleb Amankwah, Afriyie Barnieh, Benjamin Afutu missed their kicks

Scorers for AshantiGold include Ampem Dacosta, Stephen Owusu Banahene, Frank Akoto, Yaw Annor, Isaac Opoku Agyemang, Amos Kofi Nkrumah and Richard Agyemang but Amos Addai, David Abagna, Seth Osei, Kofi Mensah missed for the Miners as they missed out on their second FA Cup.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MN/SWAG Digital Training: Patrons commend Multimedia Journalism

Accra,- Sports Journalists and patrons at the MTN sponsored Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Digital Training in Accra have commended both institutions for the partnership in putting together the digital and multimedia training for sports journalists across the country.

The training formed part of activities to mark the 25th Anniversary of MTN and the 53rd Anniversary of SWAG.

The purpose was to equip participants with modern and requisite skills needed to enhance their work in order to remain relevant in the ever-changing trends in the practice of Journalism in the digital age.

It was also targeted at the use of digital channels to enhance their profession.

Participants who were elated with the knowledge and skill acquired were particularly taken through Digi SWAG, the importance of Digital and Multimedia Journalism, Channel creation, Channel security, Channel optimization, Mobile coverage, Mobile editing suite, Publishing, Scheduled publishing, Organic growth, increased post activities etc.

The SWAG President, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah indicated that his leadership would not only be remembered for the ritual SWAG Awards but also to build the capacity of sports journalist across Ghana.

He eulogized MTN for the longstanding relationship with SWAG collaborating in many events especially the SWAG Awards.

Mr. Nash Odoi from MTN Corporate reiterated on the longstanding mutual and beneficial relationship between MTN and SWAG.

“As MTN goes fully digital in 2025, the company would want to grow into the exciting future with SWAG and Journalists as a whole hence happy to be part of the capacity building program on how SWAG members can utilize digital tools.”

SWAG, the mother body of Sports Journalists in Ghana has had a long-standing relationship with MTN, headline sponsor of the SWAG Awards.

MTN has over the years demonstrated its commitment to investing in the development of Journalists in Ghana.

This is evident in the company’s partnerships with media associations such as Ghana Journalists Association, PRINPAG, and other institutions including SWAG.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Asante Kotoko, other clubs congratulate Hearts of Oak for winning double this season

Ghanaian giants, Asante Kotoko have congratulated their bitterest rivals, Hearts of Oak for winning the double at the end of the 2020/2021 football season.

Nicknamed the Phobians, the club on Sunday night defeated Ashanti Gold SC in the finals of the MTN FA Cup title via the penalty shootout in a game played at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Courtesy of that cup triumph, Hearts of Oak have finished the season with a delightful double.

Taking to the club’s Twitter page, Asante Kotoko have congratulated their rivals for achieving the feat.

“Congratulations Hearts of Oak on winning the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup titles. See you next season,” a Tweet on the page of Asante Kotoko reads.

Meanwhile, several similar messages have been Tweeted by other clubs including Medeama SC, Legon Cities FC, as well as Elmina Sharks.

Source: Modern Ghana