Lordina Foundation takes breast and cervical cancer screening to the church

Accra,- The Lordina Foundation has organized a breast and cervical cancer screening exercise for female members of the Ringway Estates Assemblies of God Church in Accra.

The beneficiaries were given a health talk by Dr. Julia Padiki Derban of Total House Clinic who facilitated the screening exercise.

They were also examined for breast cancer and underwent a pap smear test, which is the procedure used to test for cervical cancer in women and involves the collection of cells from the cervix. According to Dr. Derban, an early detection of both breast and cervical cancer guaranteed a greater chance of cure.

The HPV Information Centre said in an October 2021 report that about 4.3 per cent of Ghanaian women were estimated to harbour cervical HPV- 16/18 infections at a given time. “55.6 pe cent of invasive cervical cancers were attributed to HPVs 16 or 18”, the report added.

Former First Lady Lordina Dramani Mahama who is the President of the Lordina Foundation has been undertaking screening exercises for breast and cervical cancer, HIV education and prevention activities from her days as First Lady.

According to Priscilla Santuo-Ocrah, Board Secretary of the Lordina Foundation, the organization would ensure that anyone identified with any symptons would be supported to undergo treatment.

She said cervical cancer was the second most frequent cancer among women in Ghana, after breast cancer, and was prevalent in women between the ages of 15 and 44 years.

Various studies had also shown that breast cancer was becoming common, and at advanced stages, in younger women in Ghana than previously thought.

According to a study into the risk factors and screening practices among future professionals in Ghana, published in June 2021, the reason for the detection of the cancer in its advanced stage in younger women is because of a “delay in seeking healthcare as a result of a lack of awareness of the disease at its early stage”.

The wife of the resident pastor in charge of the Ringway Estate Assemblies of God Church, Mrs. Grace Adjei, thanked Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama and her Foundation for the screening exercise and the health talk.

Source: Ghana News Agency

1,063 Postgraduate Students matriculated for the 2021/2022 academic year

A total of 1,063 fresh postgraduate students of the School of Graduate Studies have been matriculated to mark their formal admission into the University of Professional Studies, Accra.

By going through the rites of Matriculation, which included affirming the Matriculation Oath and signing the matricula, the fresh students were officially welcomed into the University community as they attain full membership status.

Addressing the matriculants on Friday, November 19, the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Professor Abednego F. O. Amartey congratulated the fresh students on their successful admission and welcomed them into the university.

He noted that the choice of UPSA by these students was a firm endorsement of the University’s reputation as one of the most progressive universities on the continent and a trailblazer in the delivery of top-notch pedagogy in both professional and academic higher education.

“Your enrolment at UPSA is the clearest attestation that you believe in the value of a degree from UPSA and the quality of teaching and learning being offered here,” he said.

“You made the right choice for your graduate studies, as UPSA is highly reputed globally, representing the ultimate in scholarship, professionalism, excellence, credibility and high quality, all leading to inevitable success.

“I congratulate you all on your successful admission into this great institution. We are most grateful for your confidence in us.”

Admission Statistics
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University received a total of 1,561 postgraduate applications for the 2021/2022 academic year, out of which 1,445 applicants were offered admission.

From this number, a total of 1,063 students enrolled and registered for the academic year, representing about 20 percent increase over the previous year’s intake.

The fresh students comprised 16 PhD students, 28 MPhil students, 659 MBA students, 321 Master of Art/Master of Science students and 39 MBA-Distance Learning students.

The new students are made up of 581 males and 482 females, bringing the male to female ratio of this year’s cohort of postgraduate fresh students to 55:45.

Charge to students

The Vice-Chancellor charged the students to be committed to their studies and be disciplined throughout their period of education while acting as good ambassadors of the University.

He urged them to particularly pay attention to the content of the UPSA Students’ Handbook which spells out the rules and regulations that govern the conduct of students.

He stressed that every aspect of the rules and regulations in the Handbook applied to all students of the University and they were binding on all, adding that as a listening Management team, they will ensure that the views and opinions of students were always incorporated into shaping decision-making and improving institutional effectiveness and efficiency as well as learners’ experiences.

Professor Amartey therefore advised the students to make maximum use of the resources and facilities placed at their disposal, reiterating that the university will equip them with an education that will challenge them to break new grounds when they are out of school.

On his part, the Chairman of the governing council of the University, Dr Kofi Ohene-Konadu urged the students to be focused in their pursuit of academic excellence, stressing that the road to academic success especially at the postgraduate level can be demanding.

“Your participation in this important event should ignite your preparedness to engage in the academic rigour that UPSA offers,” Dr Ohene-Konadu said. “I therefore urge you to pursue excellence in your academic work. You can achieve this by striking the right balance between academic work and other social and extra-curricular activities.

“In short, do not lose sight of your main purpose of coming to UPSA. Management of this University will, on its part, do what it can to make your studies here a very memorable experience by providing the resources and facilities necessary for your academic work,” he concluded.

Among those who matriculated on the day were the first batch of students for the newly introduced Master of Science in Procurement Management programme.

Source: University of Professional Studies

Students of St Paul R/C JHS construct classroom blocks, appeal for support

Tokuroano (O/R)- Students of St Paul Roman Catholic Junior High School (JHS) at Tokuroano in the Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region, have begun the construction of a four-unit classroom block to enhance teaching and learning.

The construction of the mud structure is self-initiated by the pupils and staff of the School after failed requests to get a new classroom block.

Teaching and learning take place under trees, which create discomfort when the sun shines or the rain sets in.

A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) saw the students using sun-baked bricks of mud to construct the structure.

Mr Humphrey Agah, Headteacher of the School, told the GNA that the new classroom block would not only provide comfort when completed but also provide a conducive atmosphere for effective teaching and learning.

He said education was key to the development of any society, contributing to the building of individual capacity physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Mr Agah appealed to non-governmental organisations, corporate entities, philanthropists home and abroad to go to their aid to ensure the future of the little children.

Madam Cynthia Adzoda, a teacher, said it had always been difficult to meet learning objectives for an academic year because classes were frequently interrupted by rainfall.

She pleaded with the government for the provision of a befitting ICT laboratory, bungalows, office and toilet facilities for the current generation of pupils and those yet unborn in the community.

Some of the students described the situation as worrying since classes often come to a close due to unfavourable weather conditions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NHIS Week Celebration climaxed in Takoradi with thanksgiving

Takoradi,- The Western Regional Directorate of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has climaxed its week-long celebration with a Thanksgiving Service at the Bethel Methodist Church in Takoradi to show appreciation to God for a successful week celebration.

The Western Regional Directorate took part in the National NHIS week-long activities from Tuesday, November 16 to Sunday, November 21, 2021, with an aggressive registration drive in the communities within the various Districts.

The staff of the Scheme used the Thanksgiving Service to sensitize the church members on steps to link the NHIS Card to the Ghana Card as well as membership renewal, using the mobile platform by dialling the shortcode *929# and following the prompts.

They also sensitized the church members on a waiver that has been put on the one month waiting period and called on the members to go and renew and register for new instant cards.

Mr Charles Osei Amoako Enti, Takoradi Branch Manager of NHIA, told the GNA on the sidelines of the service, said officials of the NHIS were in the various communities and churches to register new members and renew membership of those whose cards expired.

He announced that non-members of the Scheme, including some traditional rulers, took advantage of the special registration exercise and enrolled on the Scheme during the week.

He expressed the hope that the celebration would hype awareness creation, enrollment of new members, membership renewals, monitoring and support visits.

Ha said the Scheme’s Regional and District management teams would continue to step up their efforts in registering staff of corporate institutions, community residents and religious bodies, among others.

Mr Enti assured members of the Scheme, who have fallen victims to co-payment, that efforts were underway to retrieve their money and bring the perpetrators to book.

He said top executives of the Authority would continue to support the District and Regional management teams’ determination to increase membership of the Scheme.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Sista Afia admits crying while writing ‘Asuoden’ lyrics

Accra,- Ghanaian songstress Sista Afia says she was full of emotions, and shed tears while writing the lyrics of her newly released single ” Asuoden” featuring multiple award-winning artiste, Kuami Eugene.

The new song produced by Ivan Beatz has been topping music charts just a few days of its release and continues to rack up impressive streaming numbers.

The award-winning female vocalist in an interview revealed that writing the lyrics of ‘Asuoden’ single got her emotional and at a point she cried but she wants to use the song to motivate all persons working hard to achieve something good in life.

The lyrical review to the song reveals the struggles in life people go through but have to exhibit some toughness as the quest to come out successful amid difficulties.

Sista Afia said: “Coming up wasn’t easy but we still maintained our focus and we were able to sail through it. I shed tears while writing the lyrics because I was emotionally attached to the song.

“I want the song to serve as a big inspiration for the youth and they should push harder and stay focused so as to achieve their dreams.”

She announced that visuals of her new single would be released on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Sista Afia has in recent times been churning out back-to-back bangers with her ‘Sika’ Remix featuring Sarkodie and Kweku Flick being one of the best 2021 Ghanaian hip-pop songs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dominion University and University of Kigali sign MoU for mutual benefits

Accra,- Professor Nicolas Nsowah-Nuamah, the President of Dominion University College, has pledged commitment to collaborate effectively with the University of Kigali in Rwanda to build better Africa universities innovation ecosystems on the continent.

Prof Nsowah-Nuamah said Universities played an important role in innovation ecosystems, stressing that effective collaboration with the University was key to improving the higher education system on the African continent.

Prof Nsowah-Nuamah gave the assurance during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Kigali in Rwanda in Accra.

He stated that Dominion University decided to partner with the University of Kigali after they had carefully read about them and realised that the University of Kigali was a credible institution, considering that Rwanda was now a centre of excellence of higher education.

“Every University in Africa has its challenges because they have few members and that if you want to sit in your campus and think of developing, it is not going to help.

“We need to collaborate with either the private or public universities to determine the strength of each other for mutual benefits,” he stated.

He was hopeful that the partnership would enrich the personal curriculum vitae of faculty members since a number of the lecturers would be assigned to go and teach at the University of Kigali in Rwanda.

He said the College was producing students that were relevant to the emerging markets by equipping them with the right skills and attitude for national development.

“The College has revamped the Centre for skills development, which has prepared students with employable skills through zero-credit courses delivered by industry and practising professionals,” he said.

The Professor stated that the College had worked assiduously to improve institutional governance, strengthen the academic quality assurance unit to promote efficient staff self-assessment and regular students’ assessment of lecturers and effective peer review.

He pledged to review and diversify the College’s existing programmes to meet modern trends and increase school enrolment.

“Aside from signing this MoU with this credible University, we shall continue to develop strong partnerships with local industry to ensure demand-driven programmes that are relevant and address the needs of industry and society,” he assured.

Prof Robert E. Hinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Kigali, said both Universities were desirous of establishing certain cooperative programmes, including the promotion and development of joint studies, research and training programmes as well as other educational programmes of mutual interest.

“Generally, we are trying to build a better African university eco-system in empowering the continent’s educational growth”.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tax Court commence hearing of cases

Accra,– A Tax Court, a Division of the High Court established by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, has commenced the hearing of tax and its related offences in Accra.

The Court is presently located within the Supreme Court building and uses the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) to conduct proceedings on Fridays.

The Court is presided over by Justice Margaret Welbourne, a Court of Appeal Judge, sitting with additional responsibility as an additional High Court Judge.

The Tax Court commenced hearing on October 29, 2021, and the cases are being prosecuted by legal officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

More than 10 Companies have been charged with various offences, including failure to pay tax contrary to section 80 of the Revenue Administration Act, 2016 (Act 915) and making a false or misleading statement to the GRA.

These Companies, which evaded tax in various sums, totalling GH?553,036,269.47, had their representatives appear before the court and were granted bail in various sums.

The sanctions for these offences include attachment of assets and sale of the assets, imprisonment and personal liability on the respective Directors and Officers involved.

The Companies are Orient Energy, Sky Petroleum, Maiga H.H.M Company Limited, M.M Energy & ANOR, Warren Oil, Union Oil, Titan Petroleum Company Limited and Hossana Oil Company Limited.

The rest are Sawiz Petroleum, Karela Oil Company limited, Humano Energy Company Limited, Q8 Oil Company Limited, Sephem Oil Company Limited, Mansell Ghana Limited and Monex Mining.

The cases were adjourned until December 17, 2021.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards 2021 nominations now open

It’s time to apply and meet the best of the best!

The Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards or SDTA Awards (Pronounced as
STAR AWARDS for the initials) is a prestigious awards scheme presented in an annual award show, hosted and powered by Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy to Celebrate and honor the supremacy and dynamism of both African and international creatives and talents in the creative arts industry, whose works have projected the Arts and entertainment sector supremely.

The ADTA awards motto is; Celebrating the global supremacy of talent & creativity.

While the 2021 theme is; Straight out of Africa to the world!

A formal call to enter the nomination stage of the world’s most uniting and more prestigious awards for the creative arts and entertainment industry professionals and rookies has been launched & it’s time to apply at the awards website; www.entry.sd-ta.com .

People are therefore advised to nominate their favorites who have exemplified supremacy in their respective fields and deserve to be celebrated and recognized, nominations must be done before or by the deadline & not afterward.

The deadline to submit entries is November 29th at exactly 11:59 PM GMT 2021.

The 2021 SDTA Awards nominees will be virtually announced on Black Beauty Africa TV on the 6th December 2021, while the 2021 SDTA Awards recipients/ winners will be announced and celebrated on the 18th of December 2021, at the 2021 SDTA Awards Gala & Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy‘s class of 2021 graduation ceremony at the luxurious 4 star La-palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

Check out the categories below and consider making a nomination today!
Making a nomination is quick and easy.

Just click this link; www.entry.sd-ta.com to nominate your favorite and provide your justification for why that person/organization deserves an SDTA award trophy.

Anyone can make a nomination (s) you do not need to be an SDTA Awards Academy member to do so.

This first edition of the SDTA AWARDS will give Awards in the following Categories.

CATEGORY A – FOR SUPREME DYNAMIC TALENT ACADEMY, GRADUATING STUDENTS.

(1) Supreme Punctual Student of the Year (no vote)
(2) Supreme influential Student Model of the Year
(3) Supreme Influential Student Actor of the Year
(4) Supreme Polite Student Of the Year
(5) Supreme Trivia Quiz Academic Star of the Year (no vote)
(6) Supreme Student Leader Of the Year (no vote)
(7) The Sharon D. Memorial Valedictorian of the Year

CATEGORY B – FOR SUPREME DYNAMIC TALENT ACADEMY, TEAM. (Salut to Loyalty)

(8) Supreme Engagement Champion of the Year
(9) Supreme Team player of the Year

CATEGORY C IS THE GENERAL AWARDS CATEGORIES :
( ELIGIBILITY; OPEN TO ALL WITHIN THE CREATIVE/ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FROM AROUND THE WORLD )

(10) Supreme African Female Model of the Year
(11) Supreme African Male Model of the Year
(12) Supreme International Female Model of the Year
(13) Supreme International Male Model of the Year
(14) Supreme Rookie Model of the year
(15) Supreme African Model Catwalk Coach
(16) Supreme African Movie Of the year
(17) Supreme African Actress of the Year
(18) Supreme African Supporting Actress of the Year
(19) Supreme African Actor of the Year
(20) Supreme African Supporting Actor of the Year
(21) Supreme film Director Of the Year
(22) Supreme African Female Artist of the Year
(23) Supreme Female Rookie Artist of the Year
(24) Supreme African Male Artist of the Year
(25) Supreme Male Rookie Artist of the Year
(26) Supreme African DJ of the Year
(27) Supreme Rookie DJ Of the Year
(28) Supreme Dance Group Of the Year
(29) Supreme Dancer Of the Year
(30) Supreme African Dance Coach
(31) Supreme African Makeup Artist Of the Year
(32) Supreme Tv Presenter Of the Year
(33) Supreme Blogger Of the Year
(34) Supreme Event host Of the Year
(35) Supreme African TV Reality Show Star
(36) Supreme International TV Reality Show Star
(37) Supreme Social Media Breakout Star Of the year
(38) Supreme African Comedian of the Year
(39) Supreme Photographer Of the Year
(40) Supreme Female Designer of the year
(41) Supreme Male Designer Of the Year
(42)Supreme Entertainment Personality of the year
(43) Supreme CSR Company Of the Year
(44) Lifetime Achievement Award – No vote (45) Diplomat of the Year – no vote
(46) Philanthropist of the Year

Thanks in advance for taking the time to recognize supremacy in the Supreme Dynamic Talent Academy Awards!

Speaking at the press launch: The young chairperson, Hon. Zino Lexili Ogazi said ;
“It’s not just an awards scheme, we are bridging the gap and bringing the world together, for what we choose to build today will contribute to a better world tomorrow, It’s about unity, diversity, and inclusion, we are one world and we are proud to mention Ghana as the host country for this maiden edition, SDTA Awards is straight from Africa to the world.

This successful press launch is a proud moment for me and I’m looking forward to the success of the awards gala, to celebrate talent and creative supremacy worldwide!

We Truly hope that you will make it to the nominations, we can’t wait to meet you in person at the Awards Gala, Good luck!

Also, don’t forget to keep pace with us on all our social media handles to stay updated! “

You can get all your FQAS answered by asking your questions in the comments section of @SUPREME_DYNAMIC_TALENT_ACADEMY Instagram or sending an email awards@sd-ta.com

You can also watch the SDTA AWARDS GALA, live on the YouTube channel of Black Beauty Africa TV, from any part of the world!

Lastly, make sure to follow and turn on the notification bell to catch the buzz for all the SDTA AWARDS Communique, you won’t find anywhere else!

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Source: Ghana Web