Le Musée national de la soie de Chine organise le forum de la Journée internationale des musées autour d’une nouvelle vision du développement

HANGZHOU, Chine, 18 juin 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Le Musée national de la soie de Chine (National Silk Museum, NSM) a annoncé la réussite du forum de la Journée internationale des musées 2022, qui s’est tenu le 17 mai pour marquer le 30e anniversaire du musée sur le thème « Le pouvoir des musées : recherche, collaborations et communauté ».

Dr. Zhao Feng hosts the International Museum Day Forum

Yucai Gu, directeur adjoint de l’Administration nationale du patrimoine culturel chinois, Laishun An, vice-président du conseil international des musées (International Council of Museums, ICOM), Xudong Wang, directeur du musée du palais impérial, Heather Brown, directrice adjointe du Cleveland Museum of Art, Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon, président du département d’art asiatique du Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sally Yerkovich, présidente du comité permanent de l’ICOM sur l’éthique, et de nombreux autres universitaires ont participé et sont intervenus.

Au terme de l’événement, Zhao Feng, directeur du NSM, a tenu un discours soulignant les progrès et les réalisations du musée au cours des 30 dernières années. Il a également présenté les trois principaux aspects du musée, à savoir la recherche et la numérisation, la collaboration internationale et l’intégration de la communauté, qui correspondent aux valeurs fondamentales du musée (« plus récent, plus vaste et plus complet »), et qui lui permettront de devenir l’un des plus importants musées de Chine.

La recherche et la numérisation dynamisent le NSM

Le NSM a élaboré et perfectionné sa plateforme muséale numérique « Silk Road Online Museum » (musée en ligne de la route de la soie) en collaboration avec plus de 40 musées dans le monde. Cette plateforme permet au grand public de participer à des expériences virtuelles comprenant des collections numériques, des expositions numériques, des connaissances numériques et la conservation en ligne.

Les collaborations internationales dynamisent le NSM

Le NSM a également participé à plusieurs collaborations transfrontalières, dans le but d’encourager les nouvelles idées qui suscitent l’innovation et aident le musée à sortir des sentiers battus. En 2020, le musée a collaboré avec des chercheurs et des universités à l’étranger pour créer une carte mondiale de la soie (« World Map of Silk »).

L’intégration de la communauté dynamise le NSM

Depuis plusieurs années, le NSM s’engage également auprès des communautés pour promouvoir et préserver l’artisanat traditionnel chinois. Le musée s’est associé à des passionnés de hanfu (un vêtement traditionnel porté par les Hans) pour organiser le festival du hanfu chaque année en avril.

Le forum était également une occasion unique pour les directeurs de musées du monde entier de se réunir pour échanger leurs idées et leur expertise sur le thème de la Journée internationale des musées de cette année, « Le pouvoir des musées », afin d’apporter des changements positifs au milieu des musées.

Pour visionner intégralement les vidéos du forum, veuillez consulter la chaîne Youtube du musée : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjF4USuhmJs&list=PLGVlY9SCbAsNj_M4_KouZf6oDc8Ifbzy5

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Newly promoted GPL side Kotoku Royals present jersey to?Osafo-Maafo

Newly promoted Ghana Premier League (GPL) Kotoku Royals on Friday called on Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior Presidential?Advisor, after securing qualification to Ghana’s elite division.

The Akim Oda-based side clinched qualification for the first time in their club’s history after topping Zone three of the 2021/22 Division One League.

Mr. Linford Asamoah Boadu, Chief Executive Officer of Kotoku Royals, during?the presentation of the team’s jersey to the Mr. Osafo-Maafo in his office in Accra, thanked him for his contribution to the qualification of the team and expressed gratitude?to the Akyem Kotokuman Parliamentary Caucus for their support.

“The journey?to qualification to the Premier League was very tough, having started from Division Three, and I want to thank all who contributed towards achieving?this target.

“Now, the task is to sustain our Premier League status for a long period of time, and I would urge all parliamentarians within the Akyem area and the Senior Presidential Advisor to support our preparation for the next season’s league,” Mr Asamoah Boadu said.

Mr. Osafo-Maafo, who is a former Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, congratulated the team for making history by becoming the first team from Akyem Kotokuman to play in the Premier League.

“You have brought honour to the people of Akyem Kotukuman and I congratulate you on the milestone. I urge you to be very disciplined and work hard to move to greater heights.

“The Premier League offers you a good platform to market yourselves, and we woud always be available to support the team,” he told?players and the technical team.?

The Senior Presidential?Advisor further stated that they would fast-track efforts to put the Oda Stadium in a good state to be able to meet the requirements of the Club Licensing Board of the Ghana Football Association.

Mr. Osafo-Maafo, who is also a former Sports Minister, urged the team to maintain their status in the Premier League for a very long period so the people of Akyem can enjoy some good football displays from the team.?

Other dignitaries?present at the meeting include Mr. Alexander Akwasi Acquah, Member of Parliament for the Akim Oda Constituency; Mr?Kofi Ahenkorah Marfo, Member of Parliament for Achiase Constituency; Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi Constituency and; and Mr Frederick Obeng Adom, Member of Parliament for Upper West Constituency.

Formed in 2003, Kotoku Royals became the 100th club to play in Ghana’s elite division, having started their journey?from Division Three (2007)? Division Two (2009), and Division One (2014-2021).

Source: Ghana News Agency

ECG gives a month ultimatum to power theft consumers in Western Region

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has given a one-month ultimatum to all its customers to rectify all anomalies with their meters ahead of an impending audit of all meters leading to the prosecution of culprits.

According to ECG, the move would help to reduce commercial losses once and for all, clean the system of any electrical illegalities as well as help improve upon the revenue of the company.

The ECG, therefore, called on customers who have not been receiving bills, prepaid customers who do not purchase electricity credit, customers with faulty meters, those who have tempered their meters, and all those engaged in any form of illegality to willingly own up within the one-month moratorium instituted by the company.

According to the power distribution company, any customer caught engaged in illegality after the one-month moratorium would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Addressing the media in Takoradi, Mr Daniel Anokye Abebrese, the Director of Customer Service of the company, indicated that over the years, the biggest bane of the company has been its losses which militate against the viability of the company.

He contended that generally, losses were inherent in every electricity business all over the world.

“It’s however, the quantum of our losses which is unacceptable. Hence, our efforts to reduce the quantum of commercial losses once and for all by getting rid of all electrical illegalities to improve upon the revenue mobilization,” he added.

He explained that losses in the electricity business were in two components which included technical and commercial losses.

He pointed out that it was the commercial losses that the company had control over and mentioned some of the commercial losses as uncaptured metres.

“This is where customers use metres which are not captured in our system and for that matter, they don’t pay for the electricity they use,” he explained.

He indicated that faulty metres and customers who tampered with metres so that they do not record the true power consumption or pay for the full usage of electricity, also accounted for commercial losses.

Mr Abebrese, therefore, indicated that the ECG was encouraging customers with such anomalies on their meters to come out willingly to sort out the issues with their metres from June 7 to July 6, 2022.

Source: Ghana News Agency

National Cathedral is a national monument, not a private project-Secretariat?

The Secretariat of the National Cathedral of Ghana says the Cathedral is a National Monument and Asset to the State and not a private project.

The Secretariat said it was, however, being developed in partnership between the State and the Church.

A statement issued in Accra by Dr Paul Opoku-Mensah, the Executive Director of the National Cathedral of Ghana, said the President in his first official announcement?on the project on March 6, 2017, underscored the nature of the project as a national cathedral for interdenominational worship services for the nation.?

Subsequent elaborations, led to three main reasons as the rationale for the project, namely, gesture of thanksgiving, symbol of the Christian presence and contributions to the nation, and a personal pledge to God.

The statement said of these three reasons, the personal pledge came to be associated with the Cathedral as a private project that needed to be developed without state support.?

It said for “the avoidance of doubt, the National Cathedral is a National Monument, and thus a public, not private, project.”

Legally, the National Cathedral of Ghana is a state-owned company limited by guarantee, and was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1963 (Act 179) on July 18, 2019.? ?

The Secretariat expressed the hope that that brought to a closure the seemingly vexatious issue of whether the National Cathedral was a private or public initiative.?

On disbursements from the State, it said the President, in introducing the National Cathedral indicated that although it was a National Monument, he was determined that its building would not put undue financial burdens on the State.?

Thus, the President proposed a partnership between the State and the Ghanaian Christian community, at home and in the Diaspora, to develop it.?

It said within the partnership, the role of the State was specified.

The statement said the State’s role in the partnership was to appoint the Architect and the design team, provision of the land and its preparation, while setting up and equipping?the Secretariat, and seed money.

It said the release of the seed money, as the finance minister indicated in his talking point discussion on June 13, 2022, was thus a practical response to the commitment made by the State to the project, which the Minister for Finance informed Parliament, and the Nation, in his Budget presentation in November 2018.??

The statement said given the need for the public to understand this partnership, in particular the role of the State, all publications from the Secretariat, including the National Cathedral Update, sent individually to Members of Parliament, included the structure and the role of the state.?

It said seed money for the National Cathedral, as part of the role of the State in the project, should therefore be public knowledge.?

It said following a procurement process?approved by the Public Procurement Authority, and with the?input of the Attorney-General, a contract was developed and signed between the Office of the President and Sir David Adjaye and Associates in August 2019 for full Architectural and Engineering Services for the project.?

The contract encompassed the payments to the consultants, Adjaye Associates, was therefore based on this contract signed in August 2019 between Adjaye Associates and the Office of the President.?

These payments represented the fulfilment of the State’s commitment in the appointment of the Architect and Design team and was separate from the Seed Money for the construction of the edifice.? ??

?It said following the signing of?a Letter of Intent between the Board of the National Cathedral and the contractors, negotiations for the release of part of the seed money promised by the State was concluded and the first tranche of the money,?the cedi equivalent of $25million, representing?10 per cent of the total cost of the project?at the time, was released on November 25, 2020.??

Incidentally, Mr Ebenezer Kojo Kum, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, informed?Parliament about the $25million seed money from the Government to the project during his vetting in February 2021.?

“And this was reported extensively by the media (https://www.gna.org.gh/1.19938118),” he added.

?It said the first tranche of seed money was used for the mobilization of the contractors to the site, site excavation, builders work, equipment and materials, the design of the integration of a Bible Museum and Biblical Gardens to the project, and operational issues related to the domestic and international?fundraising activities of the National Cathedral.?

The statement said the second tranche of? the seed money of GHS25million was released in May 2022 to pay the contractors for work described in section IV.??

“All the disbursements from the State to the National Cathedral, therefore, have been based on the framework for the State’s participation in the project,” it said.

The Secretariat said the procurement of services using these funds had all been within legal procurement practices.? ?

Similarly, the establishment of?positions at the Presidency for the National Cathedral of Ghana is a practical response to the state’s commitment to set up and equip the Secretariat of the National Cathedral.

It said the positions were used to coordinate and mobilize for the project.?

The statement said these positions notwithstanding, the Secretariat worked to keep costs down, by operating?with a very thin staff, and using volunteers, including national service personnel, and seconded personnel from the churches, whose remuneration were covered by the sponsoring Church.?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Portions of Akyem Abuakwa Stool lands would be cleared for development

The Okyeman Taskforce has announced plans to embark on an exercise to level and clear portions of the Akyem Abuakwa Stool lands for development to take place.

The exercise, which is expected to take off from Thursday, June 23, would start from Suhum Municipality through to Ayensuano District and the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality.

Nana Bafour Akwansrahene Kwabena Baah of Kyebi Apapam made this known at a news conference at Nsawam in the Eastern Region, where he warned encroachers and unlawful developers who are using fake land titles to claim portions of the Okyeman’s lands to desist from the act.

Nana Bafour Baah, who is also the second in command of the Okyeman Taskforce said the exercise would help bring about peace to the chiefs in the area, prevent land guards activities and create conducive atmosphere for development.

“We need investors in this area who would establish factories and enterprises to offer job opportunities, especially to the youth to prevent them from migrating to the cities, who eventually become frustrated as they could not meet their expectations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPA cautions public against buying diesel and petrol from table top outlets

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has advised the public against patronizing fuel being sold on tabletop outlets in the country.

According to Mr Kwadwo Appiah, the Bono Regional Manager of the NPA, the quality of petrol and diesel being sold at those outlets could be adulterated, be of compromised quality and thereby cracked vehicle engines.

Describing such illegal and dangerous, the Regional Manager said the NPA was collaborating with the Police to soon clamp down on and prosecute the dealers.

Mr Appiah gave the advice when he responded to a question on the activities of the tabletop petroleum dealers, which is gaining prominence in the region at a media engagement on petroleum pricing formula post deregulation on fuel quality, organized by the Authority for selected media practitioners in Sunyani.

Activities of the table top dealers are common mostly in local communities in the Wenchi Municipality of the Bono Region, as well as the Atebubu-Amantin Municipality, Pru East, Pru West, Sene East and Sene West Districts of the Bono East Region.

Most often, because their activities are illegal, the dealers move from community to community along major highways to outwit the Police, and to sell their products to particularly motorbike and tricycle riders as well as chainsaw operators.

Mr Appiah explained that the NPA wass currently under-studying the situation and building a database on the activities of the dealers to be able to fish them out and called on the media to help create awareness about the dangers of buying such products.

Mr Ubeidalah Saeed Kutia, the Head, Quality Assurance, NPA explained the Authority had developed electronic tracking devise that monitored the movement of petroleum products from depots to locations in order to ensure that petrol and diesel were not diluted or adulterated.

He said high quality petrol and diesel remained the hallmark of the authority at all the 4,000 retail outlets across the country, saying, “we are always monitoring to ensure that the various retail outlets meet specifications and standards.”

“In fact, fuel adulteration compromise quality and could crack vehicle engines,” he said, saying Ghana’s petroleum products remained among the best quality in the West-African sub-region.

Mr Abass Ibrahim Tasunti, the Head of Economic Regulation at the NPA, said the rising prices of fuel in the world market has direct impact on pricing in the country, and attributed the rising prices of petroleum products partly to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

That notwithstanding, he added Ghana’s petroleum products were among the cheapest in the world, and indicated the price of diesel was shooting up, outpacing that of petrol because of the prohibitive cost of diesel importation.

“Prices of petroleum are also going up because the country currently pays full cost without government subsidy,” Mr Tasunti stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Group rehabilitates portion of Komla Dumor Road

Tipper Truck Owners and Drivers Association, Ketu South, is rehabilitating the poorest portion of the over four-kilometre Komla Dumor-Agblekpui-Anoenu Road at Aflao.

The stretch, which leads to the Agblekpui residence of Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area, is being fixed to make the road more motorable as a host of dignitaries are expected to throng Torgbui’s residency Saturday, June 18 for his 25th anniversary celebration as Paramount Chief of Aflao.

The day will also see the launch of the Godigbeza, an annual festival of the Aflao Traditional Area which will be celebrated later in the year.

When the Ghana News Agency’s (GNA) visited to the stretch of road on Saturday morning, it found an excavator on the road and potholes being filled.

Mr Epiphany Klutsey, Chairman of the Association, speaking to the GNA said they started the “emergency” work on the road to give it a facelift considering the fact that a lot of people would be using the road, “which is in an awfully bad state” to Torgbui Fiti’s residency for his anniversary.

“We cleared all the waste from the road because as you’re aware, residents dump refuse on the road as their way of filling the potholes.

“We also cleared the mud from the road and filled the stretch with sand.

“We used about 10 trips of sand yesterday. This morning we used four, but we’ll still be using more because we have to fill the potholes on the road at least to Torgbui’s residency. We’ve also realised that the road requires laterite but we’re unable to get that this morning but we’re working towards it,” Mr Klutsey said.

Mr Parlous Quarshie, a member of the association, said they had to organise themselves and start work on the road immediately after visiting the road (following calls on them for support) and realising its poor state, which did not speak well of Aflao.

He called on other Ketu South citizens to support development projects in the Municipality in their own small way saying, “one must not necessarily be rich to be able to give back to his/her society” as waiting on government to solve their development needs would also not help.

Mr Quarshie appealed to motorcyclists and other users of the road to be careful to avoid carnage on the road during Torgbui Fiti’s 25th Anniversary celebration.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stakeholders meet to strengthen and improve coordination for road reservation

Stakeholders in the utilities and infrastructure sector have met to strengthen coordination to improve their operations within the context of road reservation.

The meeting, held in Koforidua, was attended by officials from the National Engineering Coordinating Team (NECT), utility companies, the telcos, departments of the Roads Ministry and engineers from the various district Assemblies.

Mr Kofi Nti Appiagyei, Eastern Regional Director of the Department of Urban Roads said the meeting was among others to discuss ways to reduce encroachment on road reservation, which had become a huge source of cost in road construction.

He explained that 70 percent of all road reservations were for road construction purposes and 30 percent for utilities such as water, electricity, and telecommunications network.

However, there are infractions on this rule leading to excavations by the utility companies as well as fibre cuts and in the process damaging roads resulting in huge repair cost.

In some situations, “roads reservation are encroached to the extent that encroachers have to be relocated or compensated at huge cost to the government” adding that, with strong coordination, this would not happen.

Even though there has been some level of engagement between the stakeholders, “we are faced with this challenge day in day out, hence, the need to strengthen the coordination to ensure the right thing is done,” he noted.

Mr Alex Asamoah, National Secretary for NECT, said lack of strong coordination between the infrastructure sector and the utilities was costing the state a lot of money in terms of road contract sums due to payments for compensations and other variations.

He stressed the need for the District Assemblies in charge of development at the local level to do due diligence in granting permits for any form of construction, to avoid encroachment on the road reservation.

Mr Ken Ashigbey, head of the Chamber of Telecommunications and President of the NECT, observed that the crust of the matter laid with the Assemblies who had the mandate to issue permits and called on the technical officers at the Assemblies to step up their roles.

He indicated that going forward issues with permit would be forwarded to the regional NECT so that considerations would be made at that level for strict compliance.

He disclosed that some of the Assemblies were part of the problem “some Assemblies have granted permits for construction in the road reservations whiles some have put up facilities within same enclave.”

Source: Ghana News Agency