Peace Hyde graces the cover of UK Magnify Collective Magazine

The leading UK faith-based platform with a focus on fashion and feminism, Magnify, just uncovered its 9th edition and it profiles British/Ghanaian media maven and social activist, Peace Hyde as the Cover Star.

Peace Hyde whose year has notched several wins including being the first-ever creative to secure Africa’s first original reality tv series from Netflix for Young, Famous, and African, as well as, winning the second runner up for the Prestigious Sanlam Excellence in Financial Journalism, has always been a strong advocate of God and Faith making her a perfect cover star for the platform which has profiled the likes of Letitia Wright, Anthony Joshua, Jo Malone on its previous covers.

This is what the Publication had to say about Peace’s remarkable journey from a classroom teacher to one of Africa’s most successful media exports to the world:
“This Edition is dedicated to the theme of vulnerability. Often, we are told that we must choose between being strong or vulnerable.

This can lead to us hiding our vulnerable side in fear of being seen as less than by those around us. This is why we wanted Edition 9 to tell the stories of women who are proving that cultivating ambition and vulnerability is both necessary and possible. On our cover, we are honored to feature Peace Hyde, a media entrepreneur.

Peace’s story is one that shows great intention which has led to incredible achievements, including being the Head of Digital Media & Partnerships for Forbes Africa and the creator of the first African reality show on Netflix, Young, Famous & African.

In her interview, she shares the moments of uncertainty which have required her to be honest with herself, and how her faith has directed each step in her career.”

For the full article follow the link: https://www.magnifycollective.com/edition-9

Source: Ghana Web

Bagbin erred, budget hasn’t been rejected; it will ‘self-correct’ itself – Pius Hadzide

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Pius Enam Hadzide, has waded into the arguments following Parliament’s rejection of the government’s 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

He is convinced that, contrary to the controversy surrounding the decision, fiscal policy has not been disapproved and that it will “self-correct” in no time.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the former deputy Information Minister stated that, the Speaker of Parliament’s ruling to reject the budget using the Minority’s voice vote was wrong in law, hence null and void.

“I think that honestly, my understanding and reading of relevant laws and articles of the constitution that relate to how Parliament takes decisions; I am not too sure that, the budget was rejected. I think that Speaker erred, this matter will self-correct.”

“You needed 138 members to put a question, we did not have that, so I am not going to have that conversation”, he emphasised.

The Majority in Parliament has accused Speaker of the House, Alban Bagbin of unconstitutionally making room for the rejection of government’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the year 2022.

It follows the contentious rejection of the budget in Parliament last Friday, November 26, 2021, after the Majority boycotted the Chamber, paving the way for the Minority to have the fiscal policy of government dismissed through a voice vote.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the supposed rejection of the budget has no binding effect.

The Minority on the other side, believes the Majority is to blame for its own woes.

It has thus suggested to the Majority side to accept defeat and acknowledge the budget rejection.

Parliament will, however, reconvene later today for a heated debate on the matter.

But it is the view of Mr. Hadzide that cool heads will prevail at today’s sitting to ensure that the budget is approved for a realisation of the government’s initiatives on employment.

“We pray that the caucus in Parliament seizes the opportunity that the Finance Minister has offered, and they should engage him without delay to address any matters that may be at issue”, he appealed.

Source: Modern Ghana

Vestergaard-Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research celebrate 10 years of partnership in the fight against malaria

Vestergaard and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) on 30 November celebrated the 10th anniversary of their highly respected Vestergaard-NMIMR Vector Labs (VNVL), also known as the Vestergaard-Noguchi Vector Labs (VNVL), in Accra, Ghana.

Through research collaborations, VNVL has become vital to insecticide monitoring activities in Ghana and, as the battle against malaria intensifies across sub-Saharan Africa, they are playing a key role in developing complex vector control tools to push the disease towards elimination.

Over its decade in existence, the labs have produced three publications, reared 4,068,208 mosquitoes, and conducted more than 800,000 tests. These include stringent quality control tests of Vestergaard’s groundbreaking PermaNet® long-lasting insecticidal nets, the monitoring of insectary colonies and wild mosquitoes for susceptibility, and studies on how different mosquitoes react to insecticides.

Dr. Eleanore Sternberg at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), who oversees VNVL’s day-to-day operations, said, “It’s an exciting time in vector control. Everyone cares about getting rid of malaria and this partnership gives us a diverse group of people with different perspectives on how to do that”.

Dr. Irene Ayi, Head of Parasitology at NMIMR said, “The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research sees its partnership with Vestergaard as complementary and innovative as it has strengthened and built the capacities of both institutions in the area of vector research and control towards the elimination of malaria and contributed immensely to science in general.”

Research collaboration and mentoring African scientists are key to this partnership. Collaboration with external partners is central to research and innovation and provides VNVL with a bird’s-eye view of both current and future vector control projects in Ghana.

For the last seven years, the VNVL has supported the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP Ghana) to generate data for the development of insecticide resistance maps. And since 2016, it has supported the Ghanaian National Insecticide Resistance Monitoring Partnership (NIRMOP) in its annual resistance monitoring activities by offering testing materials and the lab as a training venue for field staff.

“We believe that data generated in Africa should be for the benefit of the continent. It is our responsibility to ensure this locally-generated data serves as a guide for evidence-based decision making – both to optimize the quality of tools we innovate and for the interventions, endemic countries should consider,” said Vestergaard Chief Executive Officer, Michael Joos.

The VNVL has also trained 14 scientists, including 6 women and 15 university graduates, through the Ghana National Service Scheme. Most of the staff employed are graduates of Ghanaian universities, which demonstrates the success of the partnership with the VNVL in developing young scientists.

Source: Ghana Web

CAF CC: Hearts of Oak plyamaker Ibrahim Salifu to miss JS Saoura trip – Reports

Hearts of Oak midfielder, Ibrahim Salifu is set to miss their trip to Algeria for their second leg tie against JS Saoura due to injury.

The Rainbow side recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Saoura in the first leg of the playoff round of the CAF Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The 21-year-old had a fantastic game against the Eagles last Sunday having netted the first goal and was undoubtedly the creative figure and also the best player in the first half.

Salifu however sustained an injury in the opening minutes of the second half which had him substituted from the game with his place taken by Isaac Agyenim Boateng who subsequently came in to get their second goal of the day to seal the win.

According to multiple reports in the media, the ex- Eleven Wonders player is still on scan to determine the extent of his injuries but it has been confirmed he is likely to miss the journey to Béchar for the return encounter.

Hearts of Oak with a two-goal advantage will be coming up against Saoura in the second leg this Sunday at the Stade 20 Août 1955.

Source: Modern Ghana

’Players sabotaged me’ – Odartey Lamptey speaks on why he has parted ways with Elmina Sharks

Nii Odartey Lamptey has revealed that he left Elmina Sharks due to sabotage by some players in the ongoing 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season.

The former Ghana international left his role after just five matches into the new season.

Sharks were hammered 3-1 in the matchday five games against Eleven Wonders on Sunday.

Speaking for the first time after his exit as the head coach of the club, Odartey revealed that he was sabotaged by some senior players in the team due to lack of playing time, hence the decision to resign.

“Some of the old players decided to sabotage me because they were not getting playing time,” he told Elmina based Ahomka FM.

The ex-Black Stars player rescued Elmina Sharks from relegation last season after taking over from Yaw Acheampong halfway last season.

Sharks sit 17th on the league with just 4 points.

Source: Modern Ghana

Budget debate: Bagbin erred in asking Finance Minister to leave Parliament – Richard Sky

A private legal practitioner and broadcaster, Richard Dela Sky, has said the Speaker of Parliament showed bad faith by ordering the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to vacate the chamber during the final debate on the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy in the House last Friday.

Mr. Sky said the Speaker’s order was wrong since the constitution allows for the Finance Minister to be present in Parliament during discussions on the budget.

“I had difficulty with the ordering of the Minister [of Finance] to leave because the Minister is entitled constitutionally to be in Parliament,” Sky said on Eyewitness News on Monday, November 29, 2021.

A disagreement over a directive by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, for non-MPs to vacate the Chamber following a request for a division after a voice vote in the House saw members on the majority side of Parliament staging a walkout during processes to approve the 2022 budget.

Parliament had through a voice vote rejected a request by the Minister of Finance to meet the leadership of the House before the approval of the 2022 budget.

Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, challenged the Speaker’s interpretation of the voice vote and called for a division.

Mr. Bagbin thus directed that, per orders of the House, non-MPs had to vacate the Chamber during the division process.

While vacating the Chamber, the Majority MPs demanded that the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, who was sitting in the public gallery at the time, must also exit the House. He ignored this request.

This infuriated the Majority MPs who walked out of the Chamber, leaving only members on the Minority side.

Mr. Sky said the request for Asiedu Nketiah to leave the Chamber was also problematic.

“The Finance Minister was told by the Speaker to leave the Chamber with all other persons who were not qualified to be in the chamber, and that provoked the majority side. They asked that Johnson Asiedu Nketiah should leave. That is far-fetched. I found that completely unacceptable. He was in the public gallery. He was an observer. Unless you want to say, everybody in the public gallery should leave,” Mr. Sky said.

Source: Modern Ghana

Gladson Awako has four to five years to retire —Totti Laryea

Popular Ghanaian physical trainer, Totti Laryea has revealed that Hearts of Oak’s Midfielder Gladson Awako has four to five years to retire from football.

Gladson Awako has been labelled by a section of the Ghanaian media and some connoisseurs of the game with the ‘old’ tag.

According to them, the 30-year-old who is close to retiring from football doesn’t have the requisite fitness to play for a team like Hearts Of Oak.

But speaking in an exclusive interview with ‘CTV, Totti Laryea who is Gladson Awako’s personal physical trainer has quashed that perception.

According to the CEO of Train Like A Pro GH , Gladson Awako can play active football for the next four to five years.

He explained that, ”Gladson Awako has about four to five years left to actively play football… He is very fit…I have trained him so well ..the energy I have helped him gain isn’t a fluke…That is what Train Like A Pro stands for”.

He added, “Awako has really psyched himself… fans should expect him to carry this year’s league on his shoulders like he did while playing for Great Olympics.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Calbank, Xornam Foundation Ghana commission a 3-unit JHS block for Hodzo Ve Basic School

For years, students of the Hodze Ve Basic School in the Ho Municipality had to endure the vagaries of the weather as they battled flies and other insects in the makeshift contraption they called classroom.

The school was an old pavilion constructed during the regime of the late President, Jerry John Rawlings. For decades they studied in a bamboo structure with palm fronds serving as roofing.

But the students can now heave a sigh of relief after philanthropic organization, Xornam Foundation in collaboration with CalBank built a modern 3-unit classroom block to replace the dilapidated structure.

That’s not all. The new building comes equipped with an ICT laboratory to enable students to join their peers elsewhere who have the benefit of experiencing the digital revolution through education.

The decision to build the school was the brainchild of the founder of Xornam Foundation, Miss Praise Anani, who said she had noticed the needs of the institution after donating some learning materials earlier.

At the handing over ceremony of the building on Thursday, Miss Anani said she began the process of providing the school with a new classroom block in 2018 after discussing the matter with school authorities.

“We encountered very young children studying under a nearly collapsed bamboo structure and the Headmaster asked if my organization, Xornam Foundation could help and the first thing I said was ‘can we’ but today, after several attempts to get sponsorship for the project, CalBank came to our aid and helped us with an amount of ¢104,200.50 for the project” she recounted.

She was optimistic the construction of the modern classroom would boost the confidence of parents in the municipality to send their children to school and positively shape the perception of education there.

“We have taken a major step forward in providing this beautiful and high-quality education facility at Hodzo Ve which was funded by CalBank PLC. We are positive this new Junior High School block will not only shape Hodzo Ve JHS’s learning environment but would also form a new phase of education by changing the perception of the community towards education,” Miss Anani added.

Managing Director of CalBank, Mr. Philip Owiredu said the construction of the school fell in line with the company’s objectives of social investments in communities. He commended the Xornam Foundation for its commitment to improving the education of children in the community.

Mr. Philip Owiredu revealed that sometime in March this year, his outfit received an appeal for support from the Foundation to support the school put up this edifice to improve academic work.

“I engaged my management team, and a decision was made to support the school with the total amount requested. The CalBank team worked closely with the Xornam Foundation and the community, and I am delighted with the output.
“Our SDG 7 focuses on supporting affordable and reliable energy and promoting innovation through building resilient infrastructure and promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization. These strategies detail the Bank’s community investment activities. Thus, we saw a clear alignment of the request from Xornam to the Bank’s social investment objective of supporting education especially in the less deprived communities,” Mr. Owiredu noted.

He explained that it was critical to support Ghanaian children to equip themselves with the required ICT skills to enable them to be competitive with their global peers, hence the decision to include an ICT laboratory with the edifice.

“Today’s key educational focus is Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths popular known as STEM. It is our belief that this support will improve the fortune of students from this community. CalBank will continue to deliver on our CSI objectives by supporting education in our communities” he added

Mr. Phillip Owiredu also announced plans by the bank to set up a branch in Ho.

“It is our expectation that by the end of the first quarter of 2022, the CalBank Ho Branch will have been completed. Once we launch our presence, the people of Ho will have access to all CalBank’s superior banking solutions.”

Students and school authorities who are in awe of the transformation of their classrooms expressed gratitude for the gesture. Headmaster of Hodzo Ve Basic School, Mr. Fred Avakame said the school since its establishment in 1981 has seen little renovation until the support from Xornam Foundation and CalBank.

Students at Hodze Ve Basic School in the Ho Municipality can now study in a decent classroom after decades of studying under old dilapidated structures.
This is because Xornam Foundation in collaboration with CalBank has built a modern 3-unit classroom block equipped with an ICT laboratory for the basic school.

Founder of Xornam Foundation, Miss Praise Anani, speaking at the handing over ceremony on Thursday said she had noticed the needs of the institution after donating some learning materials earlier.

According to her, she took up the challenge to provide the school with a new classroom block in 2018 after an interaction with the school authorities

“We encountered very young children studying under a nearly collapsed bamboo structure and the Headmaster asked if my organization, Xornam Foundation could help and the first thing I said was ‘can we’ but today, after several attempts to get sponsorship for the project, CalBank came to our aid and helped us with an amount of ¢104,200.50 for the project” she recounted

She further submitted that public education must be viewed from the lens of providing each child with the learning environment that best meets his or her needs no matter their geographical location.

“We have taken a major step forward in providing this beautiful and high-quality education facility at Hodzo Ve which was funded by CalBank PLC. We are positive this new Junior High School block will not only shape Hodzo Ve JHS’s learning environment but would also form a new phase of education by changing the perception of the community towards education,” Miss Anani added.

Managing Director of CalBank, Mr. Philip Owiredu expressed gratitude to the Foundation for its commitment to improving the education of children in the community.

He revealed that sometime in March this year, his outfit received an appeal for support from the Xornam foundation to support the school put up this edifice to improve academic work.

“I engaged my management team, and a decision was made to support the school with the total amount requested. The CalBank team worked closely with the Xornam foundation and the community, and I am delighted with the output.

“Our SDG 7 focuses on supporting affordable and reliable energy and promoting innovation through building resilient infrastructure and promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization. These strategies detail the Bank’s community investment activities. Thus, we saw a clear alignment of the request from Xornam to the Bank’s social investment objective of supporting education especially in the less deprived communities,” Mr. Owiredu noted.

He explained that the world has gone digital, hence the need to support Ghanaian children to equip themselves with the required ICT skills to enable them to be competitive.

“Today’s key educational focus is Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths popular known as STEM. It is our belief that this support will improve the fortune of students from this community. CalBank will continue to deliver on our CSI objectives by supporting education in our communities” he added

Mr. Phillip Owiredu also announced that the bank will soon expand its territory and set up a branch in Ho.

“It is our expectation that by the end of the first quarter of 2022, the CalBank Ho Branch will have been completed. Once we launch our presence, the people of Ho will have access to all CalBank’s superior banking solutions.”

On his part, Headmaster of Hodzo Ve Basic School, Mr. Avakame Fred said the school since its establishment in 1981 has seen little renovation until the support from Xornam Foundation and CalBank.

The school he said had to make use of an old pavilion constructed by former President, Jerry John Rawlings of blessed memory.

He, therefore, thanked the Xornam foundation and CalBank for supporting a good cause and urged other organizations to emulate their kind gesture.

Source: Ghana Web