President of Kenya visits GCA Headquarters to mobilize action ahead of Africa Climate Action Summit

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — His Excellency William S. Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, visited the floating headquarters of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) in Rotterdam today to participate in a Strategic Dialogue on the Africa Climate Action Summit.

The Africa Climate Action Summit is being co-hosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission on 4th to 6th September 2023, and is co-convened by the African Development Bank and GCA. The visit follows a meeting between Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of GCA and President Ruto in Nairobi in February 2023 where they discussed driving the implementation and financing of climate adaptation through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).

GCA, as the only international organisation focused exclusively on climate adaptation, is working closely with the Government of Kenya to mobilize financial commitments for adaptation during the Africa Climate Action Summit. The Strategic Dialogue discussed developing Adaptation Country Investment Compacts and other mechanisms to determine the adaptation investment needs and financing opportunities for each country. The Summit will coalesce partners, including international financial institutions and the private sector, around accelerating adaptation financing and climate action leading into the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit and COP28.

The President, who is the Chair of the African Union’s Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change, was welcomed to the city of Rotterdam and the GCA Headquarters by GCA CEO Professor Verkooijen; the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb; Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-2010) and GCA Executive Board Member and Feike Sijbesma, Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum, GCA Co-Chair.

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and GCA Co-Chair; Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment and Dr. Kevin Kariuki, Vice-President of the African Development Bank joined the Strategic Dialogue virtually to discuss the Africa Climate Action Summit. The discussion highlighted the importance of rich nations coming forward with commitments to honor the pledges made at COP26 in Glasgow to double adaptation financing by 2025 and how the Summit can help deliver the priorities of African governments to advance the “Green Agenda for Africa” including opportunities in green industrialisation.

Speaking during the dialogue, His Excellency William S. Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, said: “The world is now edging close and closer towards the brink of a climate disaster whose warning signs so far are the most catastrophic environmental and atmospheric phenomena humankind has ever encountered. The GCA exists to remind us of these fundamental truths, and to mobilise and empower effective responses in ways that are both reassuring and inspiring.”

Professor Patrick Verkooijen highlighted the importance of the Africa Climate Action Summit to mobilize climate finance for adaptation: “African countries are at ground zero of our climate emergency – they are already losing up to 15% of GDP growth due to climate change even though they are responsible for only 3% of global emissions. They must be given the chance to survive and thrive even as they suffer the impacts of a crisis they did not cause. Africa has the solutions but it needs climate finance and investment. I commend President Ruto for his leadership in hosting the Africa Climate Action Summit and look forward to the real and tangible commitments it will deliver.”

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About the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP)
An Africa-owned and Africa-led program, the AAAP, is a joint initiative between the African Development Bank (AfDB) and GCA with the goal of mobilizing $25 billion for adaptation in Africa by 2025 through four pillars: food security, resilient infrastructure, youth entrepreneurship and job creation, and innovative climate adaptation finance. The African Union endorsed AAAP’s two financing mechanisms. The first mechanism is the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility hosted by GCA, which has already influenced over $5.2bn in investment for adaptation in Africa since its inception in 2021. The AfDB administers the second financing mechanism through the climate set aside under the ADF-16 replenishment, which builds on the AfDB’s commitment to finance $12.5 billion of adaptation programs – half of the AAAP investment target.

About the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sectors. Founded in 2018, GCA operates from its headquarters in the largest floating office in the world, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Beijing, China.

About the Africa Climate Action Summit
The Africa Climate Action Summit in Nairobi will be held from September 4th to September 6th. This summit is expected to bring together leaders, experts, and policymakers from across the world to discuss the pressing issue of climate change and its impact on Africa. The Africa Climate Action Summit will focus on a number of key areas, including adaptation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and climate finance. Participants will share their experiences, best practices, and strategies for addressing climate change, and will work to develop a roadmap for African countries to achieve their climate goals.

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Watch Fatawu Issahaku’s fantastic goal for Sporting Lisbon against Real SC

Ghana’s Fatawu Issahaku secured victory for Sporting Lisbon with a rocket strike against Real SC in the Portuguese Liga 3 on Saturday.

Sporting Lisbon got the game going quickly and well by playing more on the right. They came extremely close to scoring first.

Rodrigo Ribeiro attempted a direct shot in the first ten minutes, then Chico Lamba immediately after with a header, but both shots were blocked over the goal line.

Real SC, in the first opportunity they created in the first half, went ahead and scored through Dino Dino Semedo just moments before half-time.

Right at the start of the second half, in just four minutes, Sporting CP found a breakthrough. The Young Lions got a penalty and Tiago Ferreira stepped up to score to restore parity.

Sporting Lisbon was not done scoring in the encounter. Black Meteors star attacker Fatawu Issahaku unleashed his trademark shot to win the game for his side.

This game was Sporting Lisbon’s final fixture in the Portuguese Liga 3. The Young Lions ended the second phase in the lead with a total of 16 points.

Source: Ghana Web

TUC to protest against Sunon Asogli on May 9

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and other trade unions have declared their intention of a nationwide protest on May 9, 2023.

The reason for the protest is to demand the reinstating of local union executives of the Ghana Mine Workers Union of TUC by Sunon Asogli Ghana Limited.

The protest will take place at Kpone precisely around where Sunon Asogli Ghana Limited operates.

Reports have noted that the reason for the termination of the union executives, who happen to be workers of Sunon Asogli was that they joined the Ghana Mine Workers Union which is under the Trades Union Congress.

However, Sunon Asogli in a statement issued on Thursday, May 4 refuted such claims.

The General Secretary of the Union, Abdul-Moomin Gbana, intimated that Sunon Asogli’s reaction was absurd.

“TUC and all its 23 affiliates will be converging at Kpone precisely around where the company operates to demonstrate to the company and the entire world, the rights of workers must be respected. They are non-negotiable. After 9th May obviously, there will be a series of actions but we are hopeful that before the due date, something drastic will happen that result in the reinstatement of the workers if not we will stick to the plan,” he was quoted by citinewsroom.com.

He added that “We have also indicated that by close of Monday, May 8, 2023, if we do not hear anything substantial…the TUC’s structures have made a decision for us to act accordingly.”

Source: Ghana Web

Mason to serve 24 years for defiling his 12-year-old daughter twice

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a 56-year-old mason to 24 years imprisonment for having sex with his 12 year old daughter twice.

Joseph Amon Neequaye is said to have had sex with his daughter after assisting her to do her homework.

Accused in open court denied having sex with his daughter on five occasions.

According to him, he had sex with his daughter twice, adding, on the first occasion, the victim came and slept by him and he ended up defiling her.

On the occasion, Neequaye said it was the victim who put her breast in his mouth and he ended up defilng her.

Neequaye, charged with defilement and incest pleaded guilty and he convicted on his plea.

Neequaye pleaded with the court to forgive him and have mercy on him.

The court presided over by Christina Cann held that cases of defilement are on the ascendancy, and the accused ought to be given a deterrent sentence although he did not waste the court’s time.

Prosecution led by Superintendent of Police, Agnes Boafo said the complainant was a trader residing at Dansoman, Accra together with the victim.

Prosecution said the victim’s mother had passed on and she was therefore residing with her grandmother.

It said accused, now convict was the victim’s biological father. The convict also reside at Mpoase in Dansoman, Accra.

Prosecution said the victim had been going to her father to collect money for school.

It said from January 2023 to April 2023, Neequaye took advantage of the victim by defiling her on five occasions in his room at Mpoase.

Prosecution said about three weeks ago, the complainant had information to the effect that Neequaye has been having sex with the victim.

It said based on that information, the complainant quizzed the victim and she confirmed the sexual encounters she had had with her father.

Prosecution said the complainant and other witnesses confronted the convict and he admitted that offence and pleaded with them.

On April 25, 2023, a report was made to the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Dansoman and a medical form was issued to the complainant to seek medical care for the victim.

Prosecution said on May 2, 2023, Neequaye was picked up and in his investigation caution statement, he admitted having sex with the victim twice.

Source: Ghana Web

You cannot know the Bible than I do – Nigel Gaisie and A Plus clash on TV

Pastor Nigel Gaisie engaged in an exchange with media personality Kwame A Plus over knowledge of the Bible.

The two met on the United Showbiz programme on UTV on Saturday evening (May 6, 2023) whiles discussing a wide range of issues.

In a video clip shared by UTV, Gaisie is seen explaining why he stands tall compared to A Plus in terms of knowledge about the Bible.

A Plus hits back stating reasons why the preacher cannot be entirely right with his claim.

Find their exchange on the show hosted by MzGee below:

Nigel Gaisie: I am a historian, I studied history at the University of Ghana, we have the universal truth that is the Bible

Source: Ghana Web

You cannot know the Bible more than I do – Nigel Gaisie and A Plus clash on TV

Pastor Nigel Gaisie engaged in an exchange with media personality Kwame A Plus over knowledge of the Bible.

The two met on the United Showbiz programme on UTV on Saturday evening (May 6, 2023) whiles discussing a wide range of issues.

In a video clip shared by UTV, Gaisie is seen explaining why he stands tall compared to A Plus in terms of knowledge about the Bible.

A Plus hits back stating reasons why the preacher cannot be entirely right with his claim.

Find their exchange below:

Nigel Gaisie: I am a historian, I studied history at the University of Ghana, we have the universal truth that is the Bible

A Plus: Nigel, by whose standard (is the Bible a universal truth?)

Nigel Gaisie: … I respect the different religions and orientations when it comes to spirituality, I hope you understand. But when it comes to spirituality, it will be a very big mistake for my brother Kwame to thin that he knows the Bible than me.

Source: Ghana Web

WN/R: Police chief who shot constable to death was drunk – Report

A senior police officer who reportedly shot and killed a constable in the Western North Region was drunk at the time of the incident.

This is according to reports by news portal mynewsgh.com, which account is contrary to initial reports that the two had been engaged in an argument at the time the incident took place.

The Ghana Police Service’s May 6 statement on the incident confirmed the death and the fact that the accused had been placed in custody while the Inspector-General of Police has dispatched teams to the region.

The mynewsgh.com report also disclosed the name of the accused officer as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Frank Nsiah, head of the Western North Regional Police Intelligence Unit (PIU).

He is alleged to have killed his junior, Constable David Gbati in the Bibiani-Anwhiaso-Bekwai Municipality of the Western North Region on Friday night.

According to multiple reliable sources, ASP Nsiah was not involved in any altercation with his junior officer but discharged the arm mistakenly as a result of being drunk, the report added.

After the shooting, Constable Gbati was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

“The Constable met his untimely death when he was allegedly shot by one of his senior colleagues of the Western North Regional Police Command when they were returning from an operation last night… Immediately after the incident, the Inspector General of Police dispatched a team which left Accra last night and arrived in the region in the early hours of today to access the situation and interact with personnel…,” the press release by the service said.

Source: Ghana Web

Use of Asanteman flag on coronation flyer draws Twitter chatter

The use of the Gold, Black, Green flag of Asanteman on a flyer involving the Otumfuo’s attendance of the May 6 coronation of King Charles III has cooked up a Twitter storm.

The flyer, an unofficial one, posted by a Twitter handle called Royal World Thailand, captures a number of royals who attended the event.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Lady Julia are the first on the flyer but whereas the others had their national flags beneath their portraits, they had the Asanteman flag not the Ghana flag.

The Asanteman flag is always present especially on official cars of the Otumfuo wherever he travels to in the country.

So what is the disagreement about?

At the heart of the back and forth that has since ensued is why the Ghana flag was not used with those demanding so, insisting that Asanteman is within Ghana and the Otumfuo is Ghanaian.

Those against the move are of the view that the Asantehene was invited in his capacity as leader of the Ashanti Kingdom which has strong relations with the British monarchy.

What you need to know: The Asanteman flag

The Asantes (Asante Region/Asante Kingdom) are the only people in Ghana with an official national flag, a symbol of authority which they call the Asanteman Flag.

The flag of the Ashanti Region was adopted by the Ashanti kingdom’s Emperor Asantehene Prempeh II in 1935.

It is based on the Ashanti absolute monarchy throne, the Golden Stool, which has been Ashanti’s symbol of unity and soul since 1701, the early-eighteenth century AD, upon the foundation of the Ashanti Empire.

Yellow, black, and green are the colours that signify the Ashanti flag.

All the elements in the Flag have a meaning, and they have been explained below:

1. The yellow part of the flag represents the riches/wealth of Asanteman.

2. The Black part of the flag represents the symbolic image of the Blackman concerning the Asante Nation and the courage of the Asante Nation in facing the challenges of warfare.

3. The Green colour, represents the refreshingly greener vegetation cover in the forest areas of Asanteman.

4. The symbol in the Black at the centre of the flag is called “Gyemirekutu KY?” (Hat) which is made up of animal parts coated with gold-coloured paintings: Elephant Tail, ?wam ti (Hornbill Head), The Skin Covering the Elephant Kneebone, The Feathers of the Hornbill, Adwera (PortulacaOleracea Leafs).

Source: Ghana Web