Nationwide ‘dumsor’: Energy Ministry delegation visits Ghana Gas Company

A Ministry of Energy delegation has paid a working visit to the Ghana Gas Company at Atuabo on the Nzemaland in the Western Region as part of preparatory steps on the proposed nationwide load shedding exercise.

The Gas Company, the major supplier of gas to power Ghana would undergo a maintenance routine for two weeks hence the need to ration power among the populace.

Mr Robert Kofi Lartey, the Operations of Operations, Ghana Gas Company told the team from the Ministry of Energy that the shutdown was necessary to overhaul and improve upon the efficiency of the technical set up in line with operational principles and safety protocols.

As a business, we are always mindful of the safety of this huge national asset and work place safety and that is why Management is putting in enough resources to make sure that we undertake the maintenance programme within the schedule time that has been approved by the Ministry of Energy and other stakeholders.

The company hope to restore regular power by April 7, 2023.

Mr Lartey announced that the company had procured additional compressor to increase production.

Mr Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, Head of Communications at the Ministry of Energy said learning at first hand was ideal in every situation for informed decision and offered the necessary assistance in the process.

” It is good we came, and we are enthused by the great work at site …it has also informed us that the company is on top of the game to meet the deadline set for the country,” he added.

The Ministry, he noted was committed in ensuring that the interruptions would also be done in a coordinated manner devoid of any mishaps for the wellbeing of businesses and Ghanaians in general.

Source: Ghana web

Man City vs. Liverpool: Watch Akrobeto ‘butcher’ lineups

Akwasi Boadi, alias Akrobeto was in his usual element on UTV, Friday night of March 31, 2023 during his comedy show, The Real News.

As has become a tradition, he delivered a rundown on major leagues across Europe with the international break having ended.

He specifically delivered a lineup of players for the Manchester City versus Liverpool clash which will take place at the Etihad Stadium on April 1.

The fixture pitting second place Man City and sixth place Liverpool is a topliner for the week considering the impact it could have on the league title.

Arsenal are currently leading City with five points with ten games to the end of the season.

Source: Ghana web

9 sovereigns including Ghana defaulted on debts since 2020 – Fitch

Amidst rising global debts, there have been 14 separate default events since 2020, across nine different sovereigns, a marked increase compared with 19 defaults across 13 different countries between 2000 and 2019, says Fitch Ratings in a new report.

In a report, a record five Fitch-rated sovereigns are in default, including Belarus, Lebanon, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Zambia following economic pressures that followed COVID-19 pandemic.

Moreover, Fitch said it rates eight sovereigns at ‘CCC+’ or below, and a further nine at ‘B-’, signifying a weak credit profile. Some of these countries are African with moderate growth economic outlook.

The average cumulative five-year default rate between 1995 and 2021 for sovereigns rated ‘C’ to ‘CCC+’ by Fitch was 40.6%, it said.

The rating agency said the median general government debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of Fitch-rated sovereigns rose steadily from 31% in 2008 to 48%.

The driving force has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which facilitated more borrowing by frontier markets’ easier access to the Eurobond market and borrowing from China.

Against this backdrop, Fitch said frontier markets with limited buffers were poorly placed to cope with the severe shocks from the pandemic.

This also includes the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food and energy prices, global inflation and the subsequent abrupt tightening in monetary policy.

On average, it said sovereign defaults in 2020-2022 are taking longer to resolve, albeit they constitute a limited sample size.

The median duration of defaults for Fitch-rated sovereigns since 2020 is 107 days (and five are uncured) compared with 35 days for all defaults since 2000.

According to Fitch, slow restructurings do not serve the interests of either debtors or creditors and add to the cost of financing.

The rating agency noted that the Common Framework was intended to facilitate creditor coordination but, so far, is not proving effective in resolving crises quickly.

Widespread reports indicate that a key reason for delays is weak coordination among Chinese stakeholders and China’s demands that multilateral debt is included in debt restructuring and that there are no haircuts, just maturity re-profiling.

Ukraine has defaulted following distortion in economic activities amidst the ongoing war with Russia.

Source: Ghana web

‘Apapransa to wear Ghana jersey?’

Don’t get too close to a Husband and Wife who are in good terms o. Konkonsa? Gossip? They would gossip and say all kinds of things about you both positive and negative. They don’t see it as gossiping o but they see it as singing of love songs to each other. Please who can tell me the Ayigbe name for ‘thermometer’?

In my wife’s language, it is called ‘shhhhhhhh’. Is it true? Anyway whether true or false, you don’t have the power to doubt what you don’t know so to the best of my knowledge, it is neither here nor there! It’s just like being visually challenged and given jollof rice as fried rice to eat.

Do you have a choice that’s why I don’t joke with my eyes apart from using them to look at girls! Hahahaha! It is weekend again and next week, Jesus will be betrayed and crucified again but He will resurrect to continue to save me and you, our lives. Amen!

It’s been one month of Ghana Month and JOY did justice to the month when it came to knowing more about Ghana with a lot of flagship discussions. The one that intrigued me the most was the one concerning the Ghanaian dish / meal that can be identified and promoted internationally.

I was a bit surprised that a resource person settled on apapransa following some research bi that they had done. Apapransa to wear Ghana jersey? Do we even need a research into this exercise? According to her, the research indicated that it is eaten everywhere.

I have a variant opinion. Trust Winston and his Team; I was glad they subtly requested the possibility of doing another research again. I personally don’t remember the last time I ate apapransa. Yes, it comprises most of the ingredients that go into its preparation. But apapransa can easily get you full in no time and the desire to have it again may not occur immediately. You eat a little and you are already ‘fed up’.

Lexis took it up in the afternoon and my personal favourite virtually won! Kris Brown (konkonte) is the big deal. It is the only meal my mum told us when we were kids that it is good for the treatment of stomach ulcer though I know that was poverty talk (disclaimer: not scientifically proven). I was surprised fufu was not really coming close to konkonte even though I personally eat fufu at least four times in a week.

I just love fufu and when foreigners come to Ghana, they eat fufu with a lot of delight, sometimes with fork and knife and they go back with fond memories!

Then a caller phoned in and said the food that should wear Ghana jersey to the food world cup is ‘fetri toto’. ‘Fetri what’? Lexis queried after he got dazed a bit by the mention of ‘toto’. I knew what he was thinking but it is what it is. Hahahaha! ‘Fetri detsi’ or okro soup is very popular across Ghana.

However, what it goes with determines who the torch-bearer is. If it is akple and fetri detsi, we all know where to drive towards. But ‘fetri toto’? Ha! Don’t say this before my neighbor, Ataa Nikoi o! The difference is simple: whereas fetri detsi is typically characterized by the chopping / slicing of the okro into pieces with a knife before being cooked, ‘fetri toto’ is simply ‘grated okro’! It comes in different forms.

Sometimes ‘fetri toto’ can be fresh okro put on fire and ground and prepared into soup and it can be really nice. In some other parts of the country, ‘fetri toto’ has different means by which it is prepared. The dried okro is ground close to being in a powdery form and prepared into soup.

Having lived with my Kasena neighbours in Kisseman growing up, they called it ‘kuka’. It is so nice and can go with tuo zaafi and anything prepared from grains! In my opinion, I think if there is any food that should be marketed internationally, fufu has the upper hand because it has already been marketed to some extent and leveraging on that will make it a big deal. Ghana fufui is great. I don’t know of any part of the country where fufu is not eaten, generally!

So now you know. It is not the kind of ‘toto’ as we know in Greek as ‘in tou-tou’ which means ‘in details’. If you are thinking something else, Jesus is coming next week.

But you know the desire for a particular meal is subjective. I may enjoy what another person may condemn. Some too, we would be allergic to. Personally, I don’t take pineapples because it gives me reactions of severe migraine for many days. For a friend, it cures her migraine! That is food for you!

Ei! They say some people went to vote in a particular way and so they have violated something something. Some people have probably not heard of my friend who went to stand on the ticket of MPT in the Vorta Region and voted against himself! The reality only dawned on him after he was done casting his vote. My area? It is beyond the physical o.

You vote in a certain way before you know you have ‘made a mistake’ by which time it would be too late. Vorta and you want to be MPT NP? Ayooo! Hmmm! Good luck! Those who are calling for investigations into the distin are just wasting everybody’s time. Just line all the ‘suspects’ up and tell them ‘we are matching to Nogokpo to go and prove our innocence’.

Hehehehe! It is then nothing in the constitution, the Bible or the Quran would make any meaning. As for the Bible and Koran di333, we don’t fear them kraaa o! Anyway, as for me and my people eat their eworkple and fetri detsi but I will vote for fufu and any type of soup any day. Try Sokod3 fufu or fufu prepared in Bolga.

Food di333, don’t go there. I once used my pet goat for light soup and it was not be a bad idea at all but…. Heyheyhey! Eeeeei! I invited only a few guys to chop my bachelors night on the eve of my wedding. I was not expecting more than 15 friends. Before I could say jack more than 150 cars were parked around.

One goat, 150 cars with their ‘contents’? How! Each car had an average of at least 2 human beings. Almost 300 adults with good appetite and only one goat! Alex, my paddy advised me to get the caterers to add more pepper, at least half a sack of chilli pepper (akwele waabi) pounded pepper into the soup and make available a lot of pure water. In fact the good news was that the taps in my house were flowing that evening. T

his was to be a rendition of the miracle story Jesus feeding 5,000 people with two tilapia and aboolo. You won’t believe that everybody was served ‘satisfactorily’ that night and we still had the head of the goat remaining. If you don’t use your head your body will suffer! Kai! Each person was served a piece of goat meat and some soup around it as a special 4G soup.

Believe me, most people couldn’t finish this one piece of meat after tasting and drinking the soup. The next thing was to ask for water. Some drunk almost two buckets of tap water just to ‘cool’ the effects of the pepper.

The pepper was really hot and probably only good for some type of smokers! Only 2 notorious friends of mine managed to finish their meat and soup and were still fine even though one could see that their eyes turned red. I don’t know what they smoke but I suspected them paaa! The rest drank water saaaaaaaaaa till their bladders were ready to explode. hmmmm!

My small goat and you people had plans and brought your girlfriends along to come and eat and go. Don’t you think fufu and this type of soup wont be a bad idea to be identified as Ghana food? Anaa? As for gob3, I won’t recommend it for the international market unless of course the country in which it should be marketed is in dire need of biogas!

This my goat was so stubborn I often would go crazy anytime I see it trying to cough especially after having eaten beans the previous day. Not really about the coughing it coughs but the atuabo gas that it emits from behind anytime it does in an attempt to compete with me.

It is perhaps the only animal that passes gas conspicuously as humans do. It coughs and then you can hear. It sneezes, you can hear and walk shamelessly ahead of you, unconcerned.

So this week, when the American Vice-President visited Ghana, what did she eat? Shhhh! Don’t tell anybody yet. This is where a research is actually required. Trust me, that would be her endorsement of the Ghana food to the world and people will come on tour to Ghana to eat that kind of food.

American Ablavi, God bless you for your visit o and remember to greet my Uncle, President Biden for me! Ajeeeei!

Source: Ghana web

Afena-Gyan’s mother allegedly sends message to radio station over son’s Black Stars snub

Felix Afena-Gyan’s mother, Juliet Adubea has reportedly spoken about his son’s current standing in the Ghana national team after rejecting the Black Meteors call-up for the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Felix Afena-Gyan has been trending in the last couple of days after turning down an invitation from Black Meteors coach, Ibrahim Tanko for the double header qualifiers against Algeria.

The decision of the Cremonese striker has divided opinions in the Ghanaian football space as some believe that he made the right decision because the country didn’t treat him well by dropping him from the World Cup squad.

However, others believe that he was not in the right form for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and have criticized his decision to reject the U-23 call-up.

While the subject was being discussed on Kumasi-based Sompa FM, Juliet Adubea sent a message to the host urging the public to appreciate what her son had done for the country.

“A message has come and I’m very surprised. This is coming from Juliet Afena-Gyan, the mother of Felix Afena Gyan, and its reads ‘let’s try at least to be grateful for what the boy did for Ghana,” the host read in the video sighted by GhanaWeb Sports.

Felix Afena-Gyan since making his debut against Nigeria in the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff first leg in Kumasi has scored a goal in 7 games for the Black Stars.

Source: Ghana web

‘They don’t understand Africa’ – Derek Boateng advises GFA not to focus on diaspora players

Former Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng has advised the Football Association against focusing on chasing players abroad to switch nationality and play for the Black Stars.

Boateng in an interview explained that players that switch nationality to play for the Black Stars do struggle to make an impact because they do not understand the African terrain.

Recently the Ghana FA announced five players before Ghana’s World Cup participation in Qatar.

Inaki Williams, Tariq Lamptey, Ransford Yeboah and Stephan Ambrosius switched nationality to play for the Black Stars ahead of the World Cup.

Inaki Williams who has had a regular feature for the Black Stars has failed to make an impact since joining the national team.

In an interview, Derek Boateng was of the opinion Inaki Williams will need time to settle in the Black Stars and has advised against depending on diaspora players.

“I think Inaki Williams and other players who switched nationality don’t really understand Africa, they don’t know what is going on here, our style and others. So, I think Inaki needs time but ask yourself if we can be patient with him.

“To me, we shouldn’t depend of those kind of players because they don’t understand our style” he said.

Source: Ghana web

50 persons receive training in basic fitness course

The National Sports College (NSC), Winneba has trained 50 instructors in Basic Fitness to help accelerate physical well-being and fitness among communities.

The weeklong Basic Fitness Course in collaboration with National Sports for All Association (NASFAG) was held under the theme Get Fit.

Participants were drawn from keep fit clubs, gym instructors, national federations, and individuals.

Closing the program, Dr Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, commended the participants for signing up to the course.

He appealed to them to make good use of the knowledge acquired to train the community, members of their gym and help spread healthy living to reduce risks of illness.

He took participants through the concepts of wellness, Health and Physical fitness, meaning of different components of physical fitness (health related), measuring the health-related components of physical fitness (theory and practical), principles of Exercise prescription and Planning a Fitness programme.

Acting Director for the NSC, Mr. Noah Bukari expressed his appreciation to the MOYS for their continuous support to the NSC’s programs.

He gave an assurance that the NSC would continue to walk the path of training to ensure the sector is equipped with competent human resources.

He encouraged participants to go out with the knowledge acquired to make the required change in the Sports sector.

Mr George Owusu Ansah, President of NASFAG, assured that his outfit would continue to collaborate with the NSA to train more individuals and also come up with advanced courses for existing instructors.

Source: Ghana web