Yaa Jackson drops visuals for hit single ‘Baby Mama’

Ghanaian Afrobeats diva Maame Yaa Konadu Jackson, known by her stage name as Yaa Jackson, has dropped the visuals for her hit single titled ‘Baby Mama’. The music video, directed by Abdul Shaibu Jackson, captures thrilling imagery that runs through the music video as well as some beautiful cinematography in a perfectly synchronised masterpiece. Yaa Jackson, on this new jam produced by Deelawbeat, drops some powerful verses about her lifestyle and relationship after giving birth to a new baby boy. Since its release, the video has entered the charts and is among the top 10 most streamed songs on YouTube. The audio version of the song is readily available on all digital streaming platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, Audiomack, and Deezer, among others. The Kumasi-based artiste has over the years released hit songs including ‘Tear Rubber,’ ‘Ehwe Papa,’ and many more.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Philanthropist donates food to children affected by Arts Centre fire

Mr. Kobina Boni, the Artistic Director of Abajo Band, has donated over 300 packs of food to children affected by a recent fire outbreak at the Arts Centre. The donation was made in collaboration with the management of Street Academy. ‘I hope that this gesture goes a long way to improve the livelihoods of the beneficiaries,’ he said and appealed to other philanthropists to support the vulnerable children. The CEO of Street Academy, Mr. Ataa Lartey, commended Mr. Boni for his generosity and emphasised that the welfare of children was the responsibility of all. ‘The generous donation made by Mr. Kobina Boni is an inspiring example of the impact that individuals can have on their communities, and it is hoped that his call for others to join in will be answered,’ he said. Some beneficiaries who spoke to the Ghana News Agency expressed gratitude for the gesture. Street Academy offers inclusive refuge to under-resourced and underprivileged children, providing an alternative school curriculum rooted in informal academic teachings, sports, music, and arts. The three-year bridge programme prepares students for mainstream education, the public school system, and vocational training.

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GPL Wk 21 Aduana Stars extends lead at the top; Hearts back in top four

Aduana Stars extended their lead at the top of the betPawa Ghana Premier League after beating Medeama SC 1-0 at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park on Sunday. Kelvin Obeng’s first-half strike was enough for the ‘Ogyaa’ Boys, who remained unbeaten at home this season, having won seven out of 11, with the other four matches being draws. Aduana Stars, after their latest win, have a five-point buffer over Accra Lions, who have accumulated 35 points and will play their week 21 encounter against Dreams FC on Monday. Isaac Mensah’s second half for the Accra Hearts of Oak proved crucial as they secured a point against Bibiani Gold Stars. Evans Owusu’s early goal for Gold Stars looked to be a potential match winner, but with virtually the last kick of the game, Mensah’s ferocious header ensured the Phobians took a point to move back into fourth on the league table with 32 points. The Tamale derby once again ended in a stalemate with both sides sharing the spoils. It was the third time Real Tamale United and Tamale United met in all competitions, and interestingly, all three matches ended in draws. RTU, after the draw, are midtable, while Tamale United are still in the drop zone and are three points off safety. Bottom-placed Kotoku Royals recorded their fifth win of the season after beating Bechem United 3-1 at the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu. Andy Kumi, Kofi Cudjoe, and Richard Dzikoe were on the scoresheet for the Royals, who are seven points off safety as they languish at the bottom of the league log. Kofi Agbesimah’s penalty strike for the Hunters could only serve as a consolation. Legon Cities’ five-match winless streak continued after they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park. Flavien Kongoza’s first-half strike delivered maximum points for Berekum Chelsea, who climbed to eighth position on the league table, keeping Legon Cities in the relegation zone. Asante Kotoko’s match against King Faisal has been postponed due to the unavailability of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium and is now scheduled to take place on March 29, 2023. Results from week 21 Aduana Stars 1-0 Medeama Berekum Chelsea 1-0 Legon Cities Great Olympics 0-0 Sarmatex Karela United 1-0 Nsoatreman Kotoku Royals 3-1 Bechem United RTU 0-0 Tamale United Gold Stars 1-1 Hearts of Oak Accra Lions vs. Dreams (Monday) Kotoko vs. King Faisal (Postponed)

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COCOBOD Deputy Executive Chief Director visits cocoa farmers

Mr. Samuel Asare Ankamah, the Deputy Executive Director of Cocoa Health, and Extension Division (CHED) in charge of Agronomy of COCOBOD, has assured cocoa farmers of their readiness to assist them to revive the industry under the Cocoa Enhancement Programme. According to him, the government through COCOBOD had put in place prudent measures to boost cocoa production to better a lot of cocoa farmers and grow the economy. Mr Ankamah who is the immediate past Manager for the Western-South Cocoa Region gave the assurance when he met cocoa farmers at Anomawobidi and Ayiem near Mpohor as part of a three-day working tour of the Western-South Cocoa Region. He was accompanied by the Director in charge of Operations, Cocoa Health, and Extension Division (CHED), Mr Samuel Essuman, the Manager, Western-South Region, Mr Samuel Osei and his Deputy, Mr Emmanuel Adjei among other officers in the Region. Addressing cocoa farmers of the two communities at separate meetings, Mr Asare Ankamah said though COCOBOD had decided to pay farmers who engaged in weeding, many were unable to meet the target because such labour was scarce due to the Galamsey activities. Mr Ankamah said as part of farm maintenance, COCOBOD had outsourced the weeding component now to Afranick and Kumad Global Companies to engage labourers to weed farms of cocoa farmers who refused to weed under the programme. Mr Asare Ankamah reminded farmers to weed their farms five times in a year and asked farmers who wanted to cut trees and weed their farms to formalize their request for COCOBOD to pay them. He said COCOBOD would do all to streamline the cocoa business to increase productivity and contribute more to Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Manager of the Western-South Region, Mr Samuel Osei advised farmers to undertake constant pruning of their cocoa farms for maximum yield. He advised farmers to avoid applying unapproved chemicals on their farms.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Enforcement of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling Regulations 2022 effective Nov. 2023

The Energy Commission will, effective November, 2023 commence the enforcement of the Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling Regulations 2022. The Regulations are to promote the effective use and conservation of energy in the country and mitigate related climate change issues. It will provide the enforcement of Standards and Labelling of appliances, products information sheets for the appliances and registration of the models in the appliances energy efficiency register. Mr Kofi Agyarko, the Director of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency at the Commission, explained that the enforcement would begin this year because the regulations provided a one-year transitional period to enable the market to adjust. Mr Agyarko made this known at a stakeholders awareness event to highlight the provisions of the new Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling Regulations 2022 in Accra. Appliances covered by the new Regulations include Microwaves, Rice Cooker, television sets, electric kettles, solar panels, Air condition­ers, comput­ers, set-top boxes (television decoders). Other appliances are ventilating fans, storage water heaters, industrial fans, renewable energy batteries, public lighting, electric motors, distribution transformers, comfort fans and invertors. He said the Commission started the Regulations on Standards and Labelling of appliances since 2005 with only three appliances, but had added 17 more appliances, making it 20. ‘This makes Ghana stand tall in the area of Standards on the African Continent,’ he added. He said the regulations would protect the environment and safe­guard the health of citizens from air pollution caused by increased power generation. Mr Agyarko said enforcement of the LIs would protect the consumer from purchasing unsuitable appliances and the payment of unnecessarily high electricity bills. The Director said since the introduction of the Regulations, the Commission had never stopped consumer education of the public on better ways of using electrical appliances. ‘We have done that effectively with the support of the media and also organised so many Town Hall Meetings,’ he said. He said Ghanaians had understood the concepts of energy efficiency through the Star rating regime, indicating that the more Star rated on the appliance, the higher energy efficient. He said with the introduction of the new Regulations, importers would be discouraged from ordering appliances with the previous standards as criteria. Mr Agyarko said the transitional period would also allow them the opportunity to dispose of whatever stock they had in their showrooms and warehouses. Mr Edwin Tamakloe, a Senior Offficer at the Regulations Unit of the Commission, said the new regulations re­quired that manufacturers and importers of the appliances sought authorisation from the Commission, had instructions written in English and meeting energy efficiency standards. He said to ensure effective imple­mentation of the regulations, the provisions provided a transitional period of one year for the market to adjust. He said per the new regulations, importers and manufacturers needed to register their appli­ances with the Commission. Mr Hubert Zan, the Assistant Manager, Energy Efficiency Regulations at the Commission, said Regulations for the three existing appliances had also been revised. He said importers needed to be protected from manufacturer’s of sub- standard appliances and consumers from importers of sub-standard appliances. ‘The performance test report should be provided to show that the products meet the standard requirement,’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency