Baidoo, Frema win Table Tennis Series One Competition

Augustine Baidoo and Frema Cecelia have emerged winners of the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Series 1 Competition played at the Accra Sports Stadium in the Hathiramani Hall on Saturday. In the men’s division, Baidoo defeated David Ashong for the first place, whilst Ofori Richard placed third. In the women’s division, Frema Cecilia emerged victorious followed by Augustina Baidoo, while Adom Amankwaah Eva and Agbotta Hilda placed third. Speaking to the media, Baidoo said the competition was difficult, but he managed to beat his opponents for the first position. He said, ‘It wasn’t easy winning the competition, but as a player the only thing I was having in mind was to win so I gave my all. This is my first time of winning a major tournament and I would not relax, I would continue to train so that I would achieve more in future tournaments’. Frema, who was a former footballer said she lost a similar competition last year but was well prepared for this one. She said, ‘last year I lost a competition in Tamale, but I came into this one with the mindset of winning’. She added that, ‘when I was in Junior High School and Senior High School, I used to play both table tennis and football at the same time but I had a chance in football so I left table tennis, but I am back to it’. ‘At a point, I gave birth so after that, I said to myself that I want to play table tennis again so I return to table tennis,’ she noted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Social media users shower honourees at National Honours, Awards with praises

Some Ghanaians have taken to social media to congratulate honourees at the National Honours and Awards 2023, held on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, for their hard work and the sacrifices they made for the country. Users of Facebook and Twitter, in particular, flooded the respective platforms with congratulatory messages and accolades. Mr Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, Minister for Information, Mr Henry Quartey, Regional Minister for Greater Accra, and Dr Aboagye Da Costa, Director of Health Communication at the Ghana Health Service, were among the few on whom the Order of Star of the Volta (Companion), the highest honour was conferred. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo conferred State honours on more than 1000 individuals and institutions for their contributions and excellence in the fight against Covid-19 in Ghana and for the country’s victory in the maritime boundary dispute with Côte d’Ivoire. Some of the social media posts are shown below:

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Beneficiaries of Innovations for African Universities project urged to be change ambassadors

The beneficiaries of the Innovations for African Universities (IAU), a project that seeks to promote entrepreneurship skills among university students, have been encouraged to leverage expertise and resources made available to them to create solutions and better the lives of Ghanaians. The IAU, which started about two years ago at the University of Ghana, aims at building the capacity of students to enable them to develop successful businesses. The project, implemented by the Office of Research, Innovation and Development of the University of Ghana, in partnership with Impact Hub Accra, and Imperial College London, is supported by the British Council. Speaking at the close out of Phase Two of the project and the opening of the Third Phase in Accra, Professor Felix Ankomah Asante, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development, University of Ghana, lauded the impact of the project on participants and society. He said, over the past few months, there had been significant progress in the entrepreneurship landscape, adding that, the gap between universities and industry had been bridged, research and development promoted and a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship also created. ‘Through the Innovations for African Universities Programme, we have been able to build a community of innovators and entrepreneurs who are transforming the African education landscape,’ he said. The Phase Two of the project, which ended in July 2022, saw some twenty-eight teams, comprising almost 100 students, participate. They were, among others, mentored on how to sustain their businesses. Prof Asante said there had been remarkable success stories from participants, who had leveraged the knowledge and resources gained from the programme to create sustainable solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing challenges. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to urge all of our participants to continue to be ambassadors of innovation and change in their respective communities. Let us continue to leverage on our expertise and resources to create solutions that will transform Ghana and Africa and improve lives f millions worldwide,’ he said. Professor Asante said, as part of efforts to foster collaboration between universities, industry and government to drive innovation and create sustainable solutions to Africa’s most pressing challenges, the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), had been accepted to participate in the Third Phase of the project. He urged participants to remain committed to the cause by continuously leveraging the knowledge and resources gained from the programme to drive innovation, create new business models and promote research and development. Dr Keren Naa Abeka Arthur, Director, Design Thinking and Innovation Hub, UCC, said the decision to bring on board implementing partners from other institutions was a step in the right direction because it created an opportunity to share the lessons learnt from the tested model for impact. ‘We, at the University of Cape Coast, through our Design Thinking and Innovation Hub, have also experimented with various models for unlocking student creativity, incubating innovative ideas, providing career development opportunities and harnessing inventions and creative research outcomes for commercialisation. ‘Therefore, we see this partnership as an opportunity for us to co-create entrepreneurship support systems that take into account the unique characteristics of public universities and the Ghanaian society,’ she said in a speech read on her behalf by Mr Mark Akoto-Senaman, Business Development Officer, Design Thinking and Innovation Hub, UCC. Mr Kelechi Ofoegbu, Co-founder, Impact Hub Accra, said the ability to scale up the project in the Third Phase by including other institutions was a step in the right direction. ‘The idea to scale up beyond our learnings today is something that we will continue to do. From the impact of Accra perspective, we are always on standby to be part of the ongoing process,’ he added. Madam Akorfa Dawson, Higher Education Project Manager, British Council, commended implementers of the project for expanding to other universities while assuring them of a continuous support from the Council to ensure that businesses that emerged from the project were sustained.

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Youth Department of the SDA church organises free health screening for Osu Kinkawe, environs

The Youth Department of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church Osu District, as part of its activities to commemorate the church’s Global Youth Day (GYD) 2023, has organised a free medical care screening for residents in Osu Kinkawe and its environs. The youth department was more concerned about the health and wellbeing of residents who lived around the Church. The over 100 people were screened for blood pressure, sugar level, body mass index , dental, and eye services. The youth department aside the free screening, went out to the community and share dental equipments for oral care. The philanthropic exercise organised on the theme, ‘Love is a Verb,’ was to encourage the youth to demonstrate their love and care for communities in practical and tangible ways. Mr Kweku Acheampong Aning, the SDA Youth leader of Osu District of the church said this initiative was to reach out to the community and help improve the lives of people in the community. He said this initiative which began in 2018 was to go out and demonstrate what has been learned in the church to the world, and since then, the activity is executed every year to impact lives. ‘Our other churches across the world are also reaching out to their communities to also spread the sermon, as we are doing various social intervention programmes for the wellness of our communities,’ he added. Mr Aning said each year varied with what the church did to help people living in the community, saying, ‘We look out for what is really required in the community and reach out to help.’ He urged residents to live a healthy lifestyle, and continue to learn and preach the gospel. The screening witnessed several youth members of the church contributing their quota to ensuring that residents of Osu Kinkawe and it environs got a memorable experience. Mr James Mckeown Amoah, Leader of the medical team for the screening said, the team recorded a high number of residents with High Blood Pressure, eye problems, high sugar levels, malaria, and dental issues. He said this could be due to lack of not having frequent check-ups, hence, it was a good to have such free health screening fequently. ‘We are giving out free medicines and prescribing medications whcih we do not have for them to get from outside. We also refer them to visit other medical facilities for further treatment where if we cannot provide’he added. He, therefore, emphasised the need to develop programmes that would target educating, counseling, and sensitising residents. Global Youth Day is a worldwide initiative by the SDA youth church, to challenge young people to reach out to their communities and live out the sermon they preach.

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GPL: Amankwah’s header secures win for Hearts over Kotoku Royals

Caleb Amankwah’s header in the second-half added time proved crucial for Hearts as they edged Kotoku Royals in a week 22 encounter of the betPawa Premier League. Amankwah, who delivered the late-gasp strike for the Phobians, was sent off thereafter after receiving a second yellow card for his celebration, but that didn’t affect the outcome of the match. Hearts, with the three points, moved into fourth position on the league log with 35 points and are unbeaten in their last three matches after David Ocloo took interim charge of the team. With an improved number of spectators at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Phobians had a tough start to the match , finding it difficult to break the Kotoku Royals defence. Hearts had few attempts at goal, but Kotoku Royals goalkeeper Frank Boateng ensured the game was scoreless at halftime after pulling some good saves. The second half was a balanced affair, with both sides looking to break the deadlock. Hearts looked the more likely side to get the opener, and they did so later in the game after Salifu Ibrahim’s brilliant free-kick found Amanwah in the penalty box, who headed home from close range. The Phobians held on to their solitary strike to secure maximum points, as they were within four points of leaders Aduana Stars, who have one game in hand.

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NSA congratulates Charles Amofa on his appointment as MOYS Spokesperson

The Management of the National Sports Authority (NSA) has congratulated Mr. Charles Amofa on his appointment as Spokesperson of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS). Mr. Amofa had been the Spokesperson of the NSA since 2018 after the exit of Fredrica Davies Mensah. In a statement sighted by the GNA Sports, the NSA announced that Ms Rita Odel has been appointed as the Ag. Head of the Public Relations Unit of NSA. The statement signed by the NSA Director General, Professor Peter Twumasi wished the two officers well in their new positions. ‘Accept Management’s congratulations,’ the statement added.

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