Stephen Curry: Golden State Warriors star makes game-winning score on the buzzer

Stephen Curry hit the first buzzer-beating game-winner of his NBA career to help the Golden State Warriors to a dramatic win over the Houston Rockets.

The sides were tied at 103-apiece as the 33-year-old drove into the lane, created space and made the winning shot to seal a 105-103 victory.

“About time!” he told an on-court TV interviewer. “That’s my first one!”

Curry, who finished with 22 points, had earlier missed two three-pointers as the game reached its climax.

Earlier this season, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player broke the league’s all-time record for three-pointers.

After losing in overtime to the Indiana Pacers last time out, the Warriors made a slow start with Curry himself missing nine of his 10 attempts from the field in the first half and he let his frustration show when he kicked a courtside chair.

The Warriors trailed 54-43 at halftime, but scored 33 points in the third quarter to go into the final quarter with the score level at 76-76.

With 11.5 seconds remaining after Houston’s Garrison Matthews missed a three-pointer, Golden State got the rebound and on the inbounds after a timeout got the ball to Curry who worked his magic.

“This whole game was crazy,” he added. “Back to back, we were kind of stuck in the mud and trying to find our way through it.”

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from their embarrassing loss to the Indiana Pacers with a 116-105 victory at the Orlando Magic.

LeBron James scored 29 points while Carmelo Anthony added 23 points off the bench, 19 of them in the second half and Russell Westbrook had 18 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

The Brooklyn Nets regained the lead in the Eastern Conference with a 117-102 victory over the Spurs in San Antonio as the Chicago Bulls lost top spot following a 94-90 loss at the Milwaukee Bucks

 

Source: Modern Ghana

FIFA U-20 WWC Qualifiers: Black Princesses cruise over Uganda with 2-1 win

The Black Princesses of Ghana have defeated Uganda 2-1 in the first leg of the 2022 U-20 World Cup Qualifiers at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kampala on Saturday afternoon.

Salamatu Abdulai opened the scoring for the Princesses in the 20th minute before Grace Anima scored a free-kick in the 48th minute to give them a two-goal lead.

However, Uganda Captain, Fauzia Najjemba pulled one back for her side from the spot in the 83rd minute.

The second leg will be played in Ghana at the Cape Coast Stadium in February.

Ben Fokuo’s side reached the third round of qualifiers after eliminating Zambia, following a 1-0 aggregate win.

The Black Princesses have qualified for the last five FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup and will be hoping to make it to the 2022 edition.

The 2022 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place in Costa Rica from August 10 to August 28.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana face Nigeria in tough playoff contest to qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

The Ghana male senior national team is set to face Nigeria in the playoff of the qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nicknamed the Black Stars, the national team of the West African country last year finished top of Group C after beating South Africa in Cape Coast in the final game.

Courtesy of that win, Ghana earned the right to play in the playoffs of the African qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament scheduled to be hosted on Qatar.

Today in Douala, Cameroon, the official draw for the playoff round for the qualifiers has been held.

At the end of it all, the 10 national teams that qualified from the group stage have been drawn against each other to fight for qualification via a two-legged encounter.

Ghana at the end of the draw, is set to face off with rivals Nigeria. The first encounter will be played in Ghana before the Black Stars travel to Lagos to take on the Super Eagles.

Check out the draw in full below:
Nigeria v Ghana
Algeria v Cameroon
Tunisia v Mali
Morocco v D.R Congo
Senegal v Egypt

Source: Modern Ghana

Obuasi East District Assembly commissions KG blocks at Domeabra and Bossman

School children in Domeabra and Bossman can now heave a sigh of relief since they will not make long journeys to nearby communities to access Kindergarten education.

This was after the Assembly led by the DCE of Obuasi East Honorable Faustina Amissah and the Member of Parliament for the area Dr. Patrick Boakye Yiadom handed over a KG block each to both communities.

At separate ceremonies to commission the projects, the DCE said access to education has become the priority of the Assembly and she will work assiduously to elevate the standard of teaching and learning in the district.

She assured that the Assembly is committed to building more school structures to deal with the shift system in selected schools within the District. She said, ” Though the Assembly has built more schools in the District, we will continue to commit more resources into building school structures in areas with no schools and also deal with congestion in some schools here”.

Whiles appealing to parents to cooperate and support teachers, the DCE also advised teachers to be committed and devoted to their work.

Funded through DPAT, the new building provides relief and serene atmosphere for teaching and learning for over 300 pupils who prior to the Assembly’s intervention did not have access to kindergarten in their communities.

E- LEVY TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT’ S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

The Member of Parliament for Obuasi East Dr. Patrick Boakye Yiadom seized the opportunity to educate the people on Electronic Transaction Levy (commonly known as Electronic Levy or E-levy).

He said the E- levy which was proposed by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta on 17 November 2021, will help government to finance the plethora of developmental projects it is currently undertaking and those it has lined up to do.

Kwabena Owusu Nketia, the District Education Director expressed his delight and lauded the Assembly for the two projects. He said though the government through the Assembly is doing its bit to support education in the district, he called on individuals and Civil society organisations to complement the efforts of government by supporting education in the district.

The Assemblymember for the Bossman- Low-cost Electoralarea, Daniel Obeng revealed that he was excited about the pace of response by the Assembly in providing them with the KG block, which according to him will go a long way to support children in the area to have Kindergarten Education before advancing to the primary level.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Obuasi East District Assembly disburses money, items to PWDs

The Obuasi East District Assembly through the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, has presented items and disbursed money to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the district.

 

The items which included gas oven, gas cylinder, cosmetics, provisions, deep freezers, sewing machines, and many more were procured with the three per cent allocation of the Assembly’s common fund for PWDs to enhance livelihoods.

 

All the items were procured based on request after which a needs assessment was conducted by the Department.

 

All 24 beneficiaries benefited from GHC44,770.00 which was subjected to vetting process.

 

Two (2) people received cash to foot their medical bills whiles one person was given educational support.

 

Mr Godwin Bansah Director, Department of Social Welfare Unit, said the gesture was part of measures put in place by the Assembly and Government to prevent Persons with Disabilities from begging on the streets.

 

The intervention, he stated, was meant to make PWDs self-sufficient and to empower them to contribute meaningfully to societal and national development.

 

Hon Faustina Amissah, District Chief Executive, called on the beneficiaries to properly utilise the items to ensure the objectives of disbursement are fully achieved.

 

He said the government, through the Assembly, was committed to empowering Ghanaians irrespective of their circumstances in life and would continue to initiate pro-poor policies to reach out to all.

 

The DCE assured that the Assembly would continue to adopt intensive monitoring exercise to ensure that the items and the cash received were used judiciously.

 

Kwaku Ankrah, the Leader of the group in the District lauded the Government and the Assembly for the donation. He pledged their commitment to putting the items and cash to good use to serve the intended purpose.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Work hard to turn your fortunes round — Dr Archibald Yao Letsa urges Keta Municipal Assembly members

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister has urged members of the Keta Municipal Assembly to work hard to turn their fortunes around.

 

He said the performance of the assembly in the 2020 district and municipal assemblies rating in the country was nothing to write home about.

 

He continued that, the abysmal performance of the municipality resulted in it placing 248th among the total of 260 districts in the country.

 

Dr. Yao Letsa challenged them to work harder for a better position in the upcoming ranking since they are now going to work under a new administration led by Mr Emmanuel Gemegah the current Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).

 

He praised Anloga District for doing well in the rankings since they were one of the new districts that placed 5th and 100th positions in the regional and national rankings respectively.

 

He continued that the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) has been adjudged the best in the country for 2020.

 

“Am very sure and l believed that we are going to retain our number one position among all the Coordinating Councils in the country through our hardworks,” he stated.

 

Dr Archibald said this at Keta municipal assembly hall on Friday January 21,2022 during his tour to all 18 Municipal and District Assemblies within the region.

 

He said the tour will continue next week, especially to other Municipal and District Assemblies yet to be visited.

 

Assembly members of Keta municipal assembly also pledged to put up their best. for better future of the assembly.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Reversal of semester system for basic schools good decision – Africa Education Watch

Education think tank, Africa Education Watch, has asked the Ghana Education Service (GES) to channel its energies towards addressing challenges in the sector rather than introducing policies such as the semester system at the Basic to Senior High School level.

The calls come on the back of the service’s decision to revert to the trimester system for basic schools after some opposition to the new system.

In an interview with Citi News, however, the Executive Director of the think tank, Kofi Asare described the decision as welcoming but hurriedly indicated that there is no need for a change in the status quo following the lack of consultation.

“The decision to revert to the trimester system is a good one. There was no need to move to a semester system because there was no flaw in the trimester system which was not surmountable. So, going back to where it came from, obviously, is the best thing to do. I believe that the lesson from this in developing this policy will have to be building consensus among the parties involved”.

The government went back on its earlier directive for basic schools to run a semester-based academic calendar.

It made the announcement in a statement on Friday, January 21, 2022.

The directive for basic schools, including Kindergarten, and Junior High School to change the trimester-based calendar to a semester-based one last week, was received with controversy with many teacher unions kicking against it.

Many of them were not enthused that the government had not engaged them on such a major switch, although the government insisted that it had held extensive consultations with them.

Some of the education workers vowed to resist the directive and called for its withdrawal.

After hesitating initially, the government has now decided to reverse the decision.

The Ministry of Education in the statement indicated that the decision was taken after engagements with various education stakeholders and the conclusion was to reinstate the trimester system.

Consequently, the first term starts on January 18 to 14th April 2022.

The second term commences 10th May and ends on 18th August 2022, while the third term will span 13th September to 22nd December 2022.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Bogoso explosion: Minerals Commission finally shuts down Maxam Company in Tarkwa

The Minerals Commission has officially shut down Maxam Company Limited in Tarkwa following a directive by government ordering a suspension of the company’s license concerning the explosion at Bogoso-Appiate on Thursday, January 20.

The explosion occurred after a motorcycle went under a truck carrying explosives owned by Maxam Limited.

The explosives were being transported to the Chirano gold mine, run by Toronto-based Kinross (K.TO).

 

 

Source: Modern Ghana