You are just like other Ghanaian players – Richard Kingston warns Inaki, Lamptey and co after Ghana switch

Black Stars goalkeepers trainer, Richard Kingson, has cautioned players who recently switched nationality to Ghana to be measured in their expectations.

Kofi Ambrosius, Patric Pfeiffer, and Ransford Yeboah joined from Germany, Tariq Lamptey from England whiles Inaki Williams has also completed his switch to play for the country.

Southampton defender, Mohammed Salisu has also joined the list of players who will play for the country.

However, Kingston, who played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup has cautioned the players against lofty expectations as they are not guaranteed roles in the Black Stars.

He explained that selection into the Black Stars will be based purely on merit and that only those who prove to be worthy of spots in the team will be guaranteed.

“You are just like any other Ghanaian player. You have to earn a call-up by merit just as local players or any Ghanaian player anywhere,” the former Blackpool goalkeeper said.

The Black Stars are paired in the same group with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea in the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars will play Brazil in an international friendly ahead of the global showpiece.

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana has developed a maritime policy. Here is what it means

Ghana has an abundance of marine resources. They include fisheries, hydrocarbon reserves, inland waterways and ports that are located along important international shipping lanes. These present the country with a wide range of opportunities for ensuring food security, bridging income inequalities, attracting foreign direct investment, increasing domestic productivity, and enhancing trading conditions.

This underscores the imperative to harness and safeguard them wisely.

About 7.5 million people in Ghana live in coastal areas and double that number live about 50km away from the coast. Like many other coastal African countries, Ghana significantly relies on its blue economy for income, employment and food. The oil and gas sector has generated over $4 billion.) in revenue since commercial operations began in 2010. And about 10% of Ghana’s workforce is employed in the fishing sector, which also accounts for 4.5% of the country’s GDP.

In addition, 70% of Ghana’s trade is carried by sea through its ports in Tema and Takoradi. The Port of Tema is the largest container port in West Africa and Ghana.

But Ghana’s coastal areas also faces significant challenges in the form of what are referred to as “blue crimes”. These include ocean dumping, piracy, stowing away, drug and human trafficking, smuggling of arms, blue cyber threats and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Piracy has taken the centre-stage in Ghana and other Gulf of Guinea countries. But the other crimes also have a significant impact on the trade, government revenue and the potential developments that can accrue from the blue economy.

Certainly, Ghana cannot afford the consequences of ignoring its maritime domain. That’s why it’s developed a comprehensive National Integrated Maritime Strategy .

In a recently published paper we analyse the strategy. One thing is certainly clear: it is destined for failure without adequate political will from the highest echelons of government and without the necessary resources (financial, human resource, equipment and technology) to support strategies and actions plans.

A policy is born

The vision of the strategy is to ensure that by 2040, Ghana’s maritime space will be safe and secure with a thriving blue economy that benefits every Ghanaian. It presents an integrated approach towards achieving this vision.

The document outlines six strategic objectives that focus on safety, security, marine environmental protection, blue economy development, capacity building and cooperation. It also provides a framework for implementation and sustainability. This includes calls for the allocation of resources funded from the national budget.

The origins of the strategy can be traced to the work of the Security Governance Initiative. This is an international security initiative signed in 2016 between the US and five partner African countries. They are Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia. Its objective is to facilitate the development of expertise on national security issues to assist with key reforms in some sectors.

There was an initial focus on maritime security threats and transnational blue crimes spanning maritime, border and cyber. However, this changed after the settlement of Ghana’s maritime border dispute with Cote d’Ivoire by the International Tribunal of the law of the Sea in 2017. The settlement allowed Ghana to retain ownership of its lucrative offshore oil fields.

With Ghana’s maritime space now exceeding its landscape, there was a need to replace the existing policy with a more expansive framework. Thus the National Integrated Maritime Strategy was born.

Two drivers

The initial drivers of the strategy were both maritime security and blue economy development. Yet at the implementation workshop, some stakeholders were of the view that it seemed to be a maritime security strategy that attempted to integrate other sectors of the blue economy.

When the initial draft was being reviewed by stakeholders, this resulted in heated debates by breakout teams about prioritisation of activities. At the heart of this is the extent to which development-related stakeholders were initially involved. Stakeholder representation is crucial, particularly when there is unavailability or little use of national maritime data.

In Ghana, some stakeholders also argue that the driver for the maritime strategy must be economic in nature and not security focused. This is because safety and security play a cross-sectional role in the marine space. They further argue that economic issues including oil and gas activities, fishing, tourism, port expansion, coastal erosion and flooding due to climate change directly affect livelihoods. Therefore, the stakeholders assert that development should have been the focus and driver of the strategy from the onset. Security strategies could then be developed from threat assessments linked to the economic issues.

Important new tool

Ghana is a relatively young maritime nation. Traditionally, the ocean has been used for fishing but there is now increased multiple use of the marine space. Hence the integrated strategy is crucial to the development, safety and security of the blue economy.

In the regional context, it is an essential linchpin for the Yaounde Code of Conduct Architecture. This was signed in 2013 by 25 countries in the West and Central African region with the aim of assisting the regions in addressing an array of maritime crimes affecting the region.

The progress of Ghana with this policy will be a learning platform for other African countries. For example, South Africa is in the process of addressing its own maritime security interests. Of particular importance is how the process Ghana followed serves as a catalyst to advance and direct the South African endeavour.

As both the process, as well as the eventual strategy each holds its own intrinsic values for success, it is the consultative process Ghana followed and situating the integrated strategy at high political office that serve as good guidance for South Africa.

Source: The Conversation

Ghana to play Brazil in a pre-2022 World Cup friendly in September

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has confirmed that the Black Stars of Ghana will play a friendly game against Brazil in September.

This form part of Black Stars preparation ahead of the 2022 World Cup scheduled to be hosted in Qatar later this year.

According to a statement released by the GFA on Friday, the friendly game will take place on September 23, 2022, at a venue which will be communicated later.

This, according to the FA “will give Coach Otto Addo the platform to continue the assessment of his players in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 finals in Doha.”

Ghana was initially scheduled to play Angola in a double-header in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but following the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone matches, Ghana needed to find another game to prepare ahead of the global show-piece in Qatar.

Ghana, who are housed in Group H will open their campaign against Portugal on November 24 at Stadium 974 in Doha.

Four days later, the Black Stars return to action with a clash with South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Ghana will wrap up their group stage adventure with their much-anticipated encounter with Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

The Black Stars having missed out in the last edition hosted in Russia in 2018 will be hoping to improve their performance in Qatar after exiting at the group phase during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Source: Modern Ghana

A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty to assault charges

Rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to assault charges stemming from a 2021 shooting incident in California.

In a Los Angeles courtroom, the artiste, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, appeared before Judge Victoria Wilson to answer to two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Rocky appeared in court wearing a navy blue suit, punctuated with a dark tie and black face mask,” according to a CNN report.

“I do your honour,” Rocky answered when asked if he understood the charges and court process.

Prosecutors allege that during a heated discussion with a former friend last November, Rocky supposedly pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the victim. In a subsequent confrontation, Rocky allegedly fired the gun twice in the direction of the victim.

A criminal protective order was implemented by the court, directing Rocky not to have any contact with the accuser and he must turn over any firearms within 24 hours.

Any travel must be cleared through the court ahead of time.

Rocky remains free on $550,000 bail and is expected back in court on November 2.

“Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offence that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood,” George Gascón, LA County District Attorney, said in a statement to CNN on Monday.

“My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Black Stars to face Brazil on September 23 in a pre-World Cup friendly

The Black Stars of Ghana will face Brazil in a pre-World Cup friendly in September ahead of the Mundial, Sports desk can report.

The much-anticipated game has been scheduled for September 23rd, 2022.

The Ghana Football Association [GFA] is bent on ensuring that the Black Stars are in the best shape for the tournament in Qatar in November.

Meanwhile, the venue and kickoff time for the all-important international friendly will be announced in the coming days.

However, it is understood that the match is likely to be played in Europe with most of the players of both teams plying their trade with top sides in Europe.

Ghana secured qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup after eliminating their arch-rivals Nigeria in the final playoff games.

The Black Stars of Ghana have been housed in Group H of the 2022 FIFA World Cup alongside Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.

Ghana has engaged Brazil in four games without a win. The last time both nations met was in September 2011 where Ghana lost 1-0 to Seleção of Brazil in a friendly at Craven Cottage in London.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars have secured a game against Switzerland.

Source: Modern Ghana

Tinny didn’t try for insulting Stonebwoy, what Stonebwoy did was very intelligent – Bulldog

Artiste Manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson aka Bulldog has said rapper Tinny did not do well in his recent comments insulting fellow musician Stonebwoy and that he is a “fool.”

Earlier this week, Tinny, went berserk while revisiting a report that Stonebwoy settled his GHS2,000 debt to retrieve his confiscated car.

This was after, an upcoming artiste and event promoter, Yaw Menkasa called out Tinny for refusing to refund GHS2,000 paid to him for a Valentine’s Day show at Worawora Afariwa Loungeon, which he failed to show up.

The promoter, in an interview on Hitz FM, remarked that “Tinny told me he can’t pay the money so he has decided to use his car as collateral. I couldn’t drive the car to my house, so, I suggested we go to the Taifa Police Station for them to seize the car until I get my money and he agreed.”

Stonebwoy, when he heard of this during the same interview, voluntarily offered to pay his senior colleague’s supposed debt.

When Tinny was interviewed on Okay FM on Monday he registered his displeasure with the Incident indicating it is a huge disrespect to him.

According to him, he is not happy about Stonebwoy’s willingness to pay the money without reaching out to him to verify.

He, therefore, went on to tag Stonebwoy, Prince Tsega aka Da Don and Merqury Quaye, the presenters of Hitz FM who were discussing the alleged money Issue before Stonebwoy came into the studio as “fools.”

Several Ghanaian have criticised him for the comments.

Speaking on Hitz FM On Thursday Bulldog said Tinny could have handled the issue differently.

He suggested his response to Stonebwoy, in particular, was unfortunate.

“I don’t think Tinny has a relationship with Da Don and Merqury. However, calling them fools was just over the top. That was uncalled for. Stonebwoy wasn’t part of the fools. He was just trying to quench the fire,” he said.

“Tinny didn’t try. He should not have…what Stonebwoy did was very intelligent. He walks into a conversation; he feels that who is this…so he wanted to cut the matter short. Oh, he will pay. I think Tinny should have just viewed the issue from that angle. I will never support Tinny for insulting Stonebwoy. He didn’t do well,” he added.

Source: Modern Ghana

Jansen and Nortje star as South Africa lead England by 161 on first innings

Marco Jansen fell just short of a maiden Test fifty before Anrich Nortje added a useful 28 not out as South Africa were dismissed for 326 in reply to England’s first innings 165 — a lead of 161 runs — on the third day of the first Test at Lord’s on Friday.

Only one side has won a Test at Lord’s after conceding a bigger first innings deficit, with England coming from 171 runs behind to defeat South Africa by 71 runs back in 1955.

Stuart Broad and England captain Ben Stokes both took 3-71 but not before the Proteas tail had added a further 37 runs after resuming on 289-7.

South Africa led by 124 runs overnight after a rapid stand of 72 in just 75 balls between Jansen (41 not out) and Keshav Maharaj (41) had followed a painstaking 73 by opener Sarel Erwee.

But they lost Kagiso Rabada without adding to their total off Friday’s third ball of the day when his pull off Matthew Potts was brilliantly caught one-handed by a leaping Broad at mid-on.

Stokes, who had rocked South Africa with a burst of two wickets for five runs in seven balls on Thursday, took up the attack alongside Durham team-mate Potts.

The new-ball was taken as soon as possible, with South Africa 291-8 off 80 overs but Stokes did not immediately bring senior pacemen James Anderson and Broad — England’s all-time leading Test wicket-takers — into the attack.

Broad heeded a spectator’s pleading shout of “pitch it up!” after coming on six overs into the new ball when he had Jansen edging a drive to Zak Crawley in the slips, the towering fast bowler out for a 48 that included four fours and a six.

Nortje struck two fours off successive Stokes balls before last man Lungi Ngidi was out for a duck, caught at the second attempt by Jonny Bairstow in the slips off Broad.

England, however, will have to bat considerably better than they managed in their first innings if they are to retain a realistic chance of going 1-0 up in this three-match series.

They have won all four of their Tests under a new leadership duo of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, but each of those wins have come as a result of batting aggressively in the fourth innings rather than having to set a total for their opponents to chase.

Source: Modern Ghana

Make me President – Berla Mundi

Ghanaian broadcaster, Berlinda Addardey also known as Berla Mundi wants to taste the powers of a president.

Sarcastically, the veteran journalist has declared her intention to run for the country’s presidency.

Berla Mundi said in a tweet on Thursday, August 18 said she will share free Gob3 and Kenkey in the face of the country’s current economic situation.

“Make me President and you will get Kenkey and Gob3 for free,” she appeals.

This comes after Ghanaians on Twitter bemoaned the overwhelming rise in food prices, particularly that of the famous gari and beans mixture (Gob3) which used to be sold as low as GHS2 but now been sold above GHS10 in some places of Accra.

Source: Modern Ghana