Breastfeeding does not cause sagging – Dr Benin

Sagging of the breast is physiological and breastfeeding is not one of the known causes, Dr Amma Benin, the Head of Paediatric Department, International Maritime Hospital, has said.

“The sagging of the breast is physiological, so there are women who have never breastfed, yet they have their breast sagging. The most common cause is simply the passage of time,” she said.

Dr Benin explained that there are some women who even have their breast sagging before the initiate breastfeeding, so breastfeeding was not going to facilitate the sagging of the breast.

Speaking on the topic: “Addressing the Health Needs of Children, Adolescents, and Women, a Sure Way to Building a Healthy Society,” she disputed the perception that the breast milk alone did not satisfy babies.

“Breastfed babies grow beautifully, gain weight, urinate and pass stool regularly, an indication that the baby is getting enough milk.”

Dr Benin said this at the 16th Stakeholder Engagement of the Ghana News Agency’s Tema Regional Office to provide the platform for state and non-state actors to address topical issues.

She said the size of the breast did not affect breastfeeding, neither did it affect the production of milk, therefore, mothers with breastfeeding issues should report to the hospital for the needed examination.

Mothers who, for any reason, had to stop breastfeeding for some days, could avoid engorgement by expressing the milk and storing it in a fridge for four days or in a freezer for a year, Dr Benin said.

Answering a question on whether women with breast transplants could breastfeed, she explained that breastmilk was gotten from the ducts in the breast tissue, hence if there were implants obstructing the ducts then that mother would not be able to breastfeed.

She added that depending on the type of breast implant, the ducts could be blocked from producing milk.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NORPRA commends government for action against Cassius Mining Limited

The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), a civil society organisation has commended government for refusing approval to some directors of Cassius Mining Limited for various crimes.

It also lauded the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources for their directive to the Registrar-General’s Department to take action against the directors.

This was in a statement signed by the Executive Director of NORPRA, Mr Bismark Adongo Ayorogo and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Saturday.

It said a letter from the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to the Registrar-General and copied to NORPRA following its petition for the State to investigate the mining company, requested that action be taken against Cassius Mining Limited.

The letter partly stated that; “in view of the conviction of Anthony Upul Samantha and Radwin Elhassan they are barred from being directors in Cassius Mining Company by virtue of Section 177 of Act 992,” the statement said.

It stated that the petition was equally presented to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and the Minister of the Interior and that NORPRA was glad to see a letter from the Minerals Commission under the instruction of the Minister responsible for Mines addressed to Cassius Mining Limited to refuse their request.

The letter stated: “…we regret to inform you that the Hon. Minister responsible for Mines has considered your request but is unable to approve it because of following reason(s);

“1) You concealed and or suppressed the fact that Messrs Anthony Upul Samantha and Radwin Elhassan, Listed as directors and shareholders of Cassius Mining Limited, (the “Company”) in the company’s incorporation documents submitted in support of the application for PL have been convicted for various offences in Australia and thus not qualified to have been named directors of the company under the companies legislation of Ghana at the time of applying for the PL.

“2) The company would not have been legally established with the above officers being part of its promoters and subsequently part of its directors if they had fully disclosed their criminal past prior to applying for the PL.

“3) The suppression of the foregoing vitiating material facts, clearly known to the Company, at the time of applying for the PL, meant the Company’s application for the PL and for extension of same, contained a statement which was misleading or false in relation to the legal capacity of the said directors and same is a breach of Regulation 107 (1) (b) of the Minerals and Mining (Licensing) Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2176.)

The statement said NORPRA therefore considered it heart-warming and appropriate to recognize, appreciate and commend the ministries for their high level of responsiveness.

It stated that the NORPRA had conducted a study on Beneficial Ownership Disclosure and Integrity Screening of Mining Companies in Ghana and found that, Ghana, having signed onto the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) in 2014 needed to strengthen its Beneficial Ownership Disclosure regime and Due Diligence system to be able to effectively identify and keep high-risk companies out of the country and ensuring that only honest and responsible mining companies with a strong business integrity track-record were granted mineral rights.

NORPRA is a civil society organisation with a vision of a “Society without poverty, inequalities, injustice and insecurity” and is into research, public policy advocacy in the areas of natural resource governance, agriculture, water and sanitation and empowerment of young people, women and persons with disability for poverty eradication and sustainable equitable development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Water Resources Commission decry farming activities along buffer zones

The Water Resources Commission (WRC) says farmers who still cultivate within the buffer zones of water sources posed a major challenge to ensuring safety of communities along the White Volta.

The continuous farming activities within the buffer zones adversely affect the current trend of flooding, especially when the Bagre Dam is spilled.

Mr Andrew Asaviansa, the Assistant Basin Officer of the WRC, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, said over the years, efforts to curb farming within the buffer zones, especially 90 meters away from the banks of the water bodies, had not been successful.

Responding to the possible effects on communities by Burkina Faso’s Bagre Dam spillage, he said farming was still being carried out upstream the White Volta, making the area vulnerable to flooding and silting.

The WRC was dredging the main White Volta at Sapeliga and its environs in the Bawku West District and had educated the farmers to move away from the banks and cultivate at safe distances, he said.

Mr Asaviansa said though some farmers were able to harvest their crops before the spillage, any farmer who had not yet harvested would find it difficult since the area was flooded.

The plains were not able to accommodate all the excess water, hence the flooding, but its fertility and availability of water continued to attract farmers.

He explained that the White Volta tributaries in the Bawku West, Bawku Municipal, Talensi, Binduri and Nabdam districts in the Upper East Region were areas likely to be most affected by spillage.

Communities along the White Volta, however, had a respite from the usual flooding because the Dam was not spilled.

Mr Paul Woomah, the Upper East Regional Manager of the Red Cross Society of Ghana, said the sensitisation had prepared the people for the outcome of the spillage and farmers advised to harvest their crops on time to avoid losing them in case of any eventuality.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ex-Hearts of Oak striker Kofi Kordzi completes move to join Legon Cities FC

Former Hearts of Oak forward, Kofi Kordzi has officially signed a deal to become a new player of Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities FC.

The striker was released by Hearts of Oak at the end of the 2021/22 Ghanaian football season.

During that campaign, Kofi Kordzi had a fairly good start but lost his place in the team especially when he had a falling out with the technical team of the Phobians.

Ahead of the start of the new football season, the striker has been signed by Legon Cities.

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Kofi Kordzi has been signed by Legon Cities FC to augment the squad of the Royals for the 2022/23 football season.

This weekend, Kofi Kordzi will have the chance to debut for his new club when the team takes on Medeama SC on matchday one of the Premier League.

Source: Modern Ghana

Adidas reveals its line-up of federation kits for the Fifa World Cup 2022

Adidas has revealed the Home and Away federation kits created for the national teams of Argentina, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Spain which will be worn on the world’s biggest sporting stage: the Fifa World Cup 2022.

Adidas saw each federation kit as a canvas for creativity, and an opportunity to capture and express the spirit of each nation with design features influenced by key cultural touchpoints ranging from the ancient civilisations and Mixtec art of Mexico celebrated in the nation’s away jersey to the origami crow inspiring Japan’s home kit. Dynamic color spectrums represent each unique national identity, with progressive graphics inspired by the future.

‘When we design national team kits for tournaments as big as the Fifa World Cup, we always keep in mind that these designs will become a part of legendary footballing history. For us it’s crucial first and foremost to create kits that equip the world’s greatest footballing athletes with performance-led apparel that helps them unlock their highest level of play, while at the same time always featuring unique and unforgettably iconic designs that are bold, eye-catching and create a true sense of excitement among fans all across the globe.’ said Jürgen Rank, Senior Design Director Football at adidas.

With performance and sustainability the top priority, a consistent design approach has been taken across the kits that showcases both creativity and iconic simplicity, enabling players to be the best versions of themselves on the pitch, with each jersey coming in a slim fit.

All our kits are made using 100 per cent recycled polyester, continuing adidas’ ongoing commitment to help end plastic waste. The Authentic breathable kits for Argentina, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Spain contain 50 per cent Parley Ocean Plastic. Parley Ocean Plastic is intercepted on remote islands, beaches, coastal communities, and shorelines preventing it from polluting our oceans.

Each shirt features the latest in adidas fabric innovations, including lightweight, heat-applied details. The kits for Argentina, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Spain are constructed using materials and textures to help keep players feeling cool with HEAT.RDY technology, optimized to keep players feeling comfortable.

• Argentina

Argentina’s away jersey is inspired by the pride of the nation and its quest for a more equitable world. Its vibrant purple hues, representing gender equality, combine with fiery graphics in reference to the national flag’s iconic Sun of May.

• Germany

Placed over the heart and detailed in gold, a heat-applied team badge takes centre stage on Germany’s home jersey, while a bold vertical stripe inspired by the very first Germany shirt, elevates the classic clean aesthetic to new levels. Detailing on the collar and shirt bindings display the iconic colors of the nation’s flag. The away jersey captures the spirit of the team, using the colors of the national flag and blurring the ‘D’ of ‘Deutschland’ to reflect the dynamic football played by the squad.

• Japan

Representing self-expression, Japan’s home jersey features a bold origami three-legged-crow-inspired design, while its away jersey is crafted to reflect the flowing style of Japan’s play: the blurred graphics are also inspired by origami, brought to life through a design that illustrates speed.

• Mexico

Paying homage to its ancient civilisations, adidas infuses Mexico’s away jersey with Mixtec art to summon the fighting spirit of the nation. Amidst the eye-catching all-over design, a sign off on the inside collar displays Quetzalcoat’s serpent body – a representation of humankind’s physical abilities.

• Spain

Constructed from its unique footballing DNA, Spain’s home jersey makes a timeless statement as it’s dominated by the team’s famous deep red color, with color references to the flag across the collar and shirt bindings. The away jersey features an undulating graphic taking dynamic inspiration from the country’s 1982 logo, when Spain last hosted the world’s biggest football tournament.

All the kits are available to purchase exclusively via adidas.com federation kits and in adidas retail stores as of August 29th until September 12th.

Source: Modern Ghana

Hearts of Oak: Samuel Boadu releases 25-man squad for 2022/23 GPL opener against Aduana Stars

Samuel Boadu has announced a 25-man Hearts of Oak squad for their opener of the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League against Aduana Stars.

The 2022 MTN FA Cup champions will be hosted at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park on Sunday.

Hearts of Oak will be hoping to secure a win against the two-time Ghana Premier League champions.

However, the team will be without the services of Ibrahim Salifu, Abdul Mamane Lawali, and new signing Linda Mtange.

New signings Eric Esso, Junior Kaaba, Zakaria Yakubu, and Yassan Ouatching will relish the opportunity to start in the season opener

The game has been scheduled to kick off at 15:00GMT.

Below is the 25-man Hearts of Oak squad

GOALKEEPERS

• Richard Attah

• Richmond Ayi

• Eric Ofori Antwi

DEFENDERS

• Caleb Amankwah

• Samuel Inkoom

• Dennis Korsah

• Rashid Okine

• Zakaria Yakubu

• Robert Addo Sowah

• Mohammed Alhassan

• Konadu Yiadom

• Fatawu Mohammed

MIDFIELDERS

• Daniel Kodie

• Suraj Seidu

• Gladson Awako

• Amankwah Baafi

• Eric Esso

ATTACKERS

• Daniel Afriyie Barnieh

• Junior Kaaba

• Enoch Asubonteng

• Yassan Ouatching

• Gideon Asante

• Kwadwo Obeng Junior

• Isaac Mensah

• Benjamin Yorke

Source: Modern Ghana

CONFIRMED: Yaw Perko replaces Annor Walker as new Great Olympics head coach

Accra Great Olympics have confirmed the appointment of Yaw Preko as the new head coach of the side.

Preko replaces Annor Walker who has left the two-time Ghana Premier League champion to join FC Samartex on a two-year deal.

The former Ghana international will lead the side as they seek to improve their performance having finished 5th last season.

Preko worked with the club two seasons ago as an interim coach before joining Medeama SC.

The enterprising gaffer left the Yellow and Mauve after an unimpressive spell.

With the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League scheduled to kick off this weekend, Preko has been unveiled as the new head coach on a two-year deal.

Meanwhile, Great Olympics will host Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium in the first game of the season with kick-off scheduled at 15:00GMT with Yaw Preko expected to be in the dugout as he hopes to secure his first win of the season.

Preko led the side to win the 2022 GHALCA G6 tournament.

Source: Modern Ghana

GFA boss Kurt Okraku lauds Mara, Black Stars partnership deal

President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku has expressed joy over the lucrative sponsorship deal with the Pan-African digital finance ecosystem – Mara.

The GFA on Friday announced Mara as an official partner of the Black Stars in a one-year sponsorship deal worth one million dollars.

“Digital assets being digital means of exchange have come to stay all over the world and we are delighted that the pairing of Mara and GFA with this commercial relationship has been realized’’ President Simeon-Okraku said.

‘’These kinds of partnerships have become increasingly common in sports worldwide.”

“This partnership, the first of its kind, will bring to fans various opportunities offered by digital assets in our football community. The second reason for a partnership such as this is that it provides crucial revenue to the industry.

‘’The next few months will witness an explosion of Ghana Football on digital platforms,” he added.

The Black Stars will be making their fourth appearance at the World Cup and are paired with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea in Group H.

• About Mara:

Mara is Africa’s ultimate digital finance ecosystem, empowering Africans’ dreams by leveraging blockchain to transform the social and economic future of African communities, countries, and the continent. With digital finance, Web3, and blockchain education as its focal point, Mara is set to train one million people and impact one billion lives in five years.

Mara’s executive team includes former executives from Amazon, PayPal, Uber, Apple, Multichoice, NBC Universal, Viacom, NVIDIA, Founders Bank, Rappi, and more. The company raised a total of $23M from Coinbase Ventures, Alameda Research (FTX), Distributed Global, TQ Ventures, Day One Ventures, DIGITAL, Nexo, KuCoin Ventures, Huobi Ventures, and nearly 100 other investors and angels.

The Mara executive team is led by Chi Nnadi, Lucas Llinás Múnera, Dearg OBartuin, Kate Kallot, and Susan Younis.

Source: Modern Ghana