NPP Primaries: Kennedy Agyapong’s team making the race competitive – Obiri Boahen

Former Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, has commendeded Kennedy Agyapong’s team for injecting a competitive spirit into the upcoming NPP primaries.

Obiri Boahen, whiles acknowledging the competitiveness, emphasized that Mahamadu Bawumia would ultimately emerge as the winner of the primaries.

Speaking in an interview on Okay FM on September 18, 2023, he attributed the heightened competition in the primaries to the recent withdrawal of former Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, from the race.

He explained that as a result of Kyerematen’s exit, both sides of the contest have received support from various segments of his former supporters, creating a tightly contested race.

“They (Kennedy Agyapong and his team) have done well, they are making things competitive and interesting; it is good. If nobody can challenge a candidate in the election, then it becomes one single person. But they are doing well, I have monitored his speeches,” Obiri Boahen remarked.

He continued, “Let me congratulate them for their job; they are making the race keenly competitive. But I am promising that the candidate that I am bringing will lead on November 4th and in the general elections, so he will win, and nobody is scared.”

Bawumia will contest for the flagbearership slot along with three other contenders including Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Addiah Nimoh.

Source: Ghana Web

Sign language education for all, Silanem Academy shows the way

There is a communication gap between the deaf community and those who can hear in the society which makes communication between these two parties difficult.

Because the deaf cannot hear what people say and vice versa, there is that kind of confusion because both parties do not understand each other.

Can you imagine a deaf person who goes to the hospital with an ailment to meet a doctor or a nurse who do not understand the sign language? How about a student in the classroom with a teacher and other students who do not understand sign language? How would they express themselves to each other?

Your guess is as good as mine.

This has led to calls by lots of people to include sign language in the educational curricula, so that children can start learning the sign language from their infancy at the basic schools to bridge the communication gap between the deaf and those who can hear.

International Sign Language Day

Sign language was first introduced in France in 1755 and in Ghana in 1957 by Dr. Andrew Foster, a deaf American.

The United Nations in its 2017 General Assembly proclaimed 23rd September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign languages.

The day recognizes and promotes sign languages as an essential step towards ensuring inclusivity and eliminating discrimination. The day serves as an occasion to educate people about the importance of sign language, breaking myths and misconceptions.

Even before the Educational Sector of Ghana decides on inculcating sign language in the curriculum, a young man in Tarkwa, Richmond Baidoo has begun Sign Language school with the vision of training children in sign language.

As the world celebrates international Sign Language Day today Saturday Sept 23, Ghanaweb’s Western Regional Correspondent Thomas Tetteh decided to delve into the vision of a young man Richmond Baidoo for establishing a sign language school called Silanem Academy.

The motive behind Silanem

Speaking to Ghanaweb in an interview, the Executive Director of Silanem Academy, Richmond Baidoo noted that, he felt the need to bridge the communication gap between the deaf and those who can hear, hence the establishment of the sign language school; Silanem to train people.

He noted “being a sign language interpreter myself, when I look at the percentage of people who are deaf and the percentage of hearing people who understand sign language, it was huge. So I decided to start something in my own small way to help people to learn the sign language”

He added that, “The initial drive was to have more Sign Language trainees from the Police Service, Court, Health Services, Tertiary students, etc which was though achieved, but not to the fullest. This was due to the responsibilities and workload on these adult trainees. This limited the expected impacts of the Sign Language training”.

He explained that “Since I was not able to get my targeted adult groups, I was motivated to introduce Sign Language into basic schools in the year 2019 by forming my own academy where I can catch the children young”.

According to him, “so far, we have been able to train more than 450 children who are doing so well in using the sign language to communicate”.

He said “We have also been able to introduce the sign language to some private schools who have bought into the idea and inculcated it into their curriculum to help the children”.

Apart from teaching sign language in the private schools, “I run special sign language class for children and adults on weekends and evenings on weekdays”.

Sign Language Quiz Competition

Richmond Baidoo explained that, “as we teach the sign language in the schools, we try to let the public know what the children have been learning so far through quizzes. So as part of our campaign towards the International Day of Sign Language, SILANEM started organizing Sign Language Quiz Competition, called “SLA-DRILL” for schools that learn sign language. The aim is to bring to the attention of the general public that the use of sign language in our daily activities is possible, hence the need to embrace it”.

The first edition was held the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa last year.

He said “this year’s Preliminary contest will take place at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) on 7th October, 2023 and the Grand Finale at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on 21st October, 2023, so we need the support of everyone”

Challenges

Richmond noted that “the challenge we face here is that some schools still don’t see the need to enroll their learners on the Sign Language training, hence, find it difficult to kickstart. But the few private schools that allow us, we try our best to use them because we believe we can start with small and get bigger few years to come”.

“Another challenge we face is lack of facilitators. Due to the sensitive nature of Sign Language and to ensure its legibility, we only permit facilitators we have trained. Currently we have only two facilities who help in teaching the children, so we intend to enroll more deaf facilitators so that the work can move on smoothly”, he added.

Mr Baidoo stated that “Currently, we are only into private schools in Tarkwa. However, we intend reaching out to at least 3 schools in every region of the country each year and in the next 5 years, we intend spearheading the teaching and learning of Sign Language across the country, which requires some financial muscles to do that”.

Improving Sign language in Ghana

To improve the study of sign language in Ghana, Richmond Baidoo pleaded with the government to assist in extending the teaching and Learning of Sign Language to all basic schools across Ghana.

He said “the intervention of the government will go a long way in stabilizing this condition. We side with the NCCE to say, “Catch them young”. We believe that the only solution to ensuring an inclusive society is by nurturing the next generation; Our children”.

“Misconceptions regarding issues of the Deaf as well as they being embraced could be made possible only by instilling in our children, about the Deaf culture”, he added.

He however commended the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) and the government for their immense support towards Sign Language advocacy.

“Through the intervention of GNAD, we currently have Nursing/Midwifery Training Colleges, Some Universities and other organizations in full support of Sign Language. However, more education is needed by the general public”, he stated.

Source: Ghana Web

Our priority is the CAF Champions League not Aduana Stars – Medeama Goalkeeper Felix Kyei

Medeama SC goalkeeper Felix Kyei has said the club prioritise the CAF Champions League over their Ghana Premier League game against Aduana Stars on Sunday.

The Ghana champions are close to securing a group stage spot in the CAF Champions League following a 3-1 first leg win over Guinean side Horoya AC in the second preliminary round.

The second leg of the tie is scheduled for next Saturday in Guinea, and the shot stopper insists the club priorities that match over their league game.

Medeama travel to Dormaa Ahenkro to take on Aduana Stars in matchday two of the Ghanaian championship.

“It’s been a long while since a Ghanaian team reached the group stage of the CAF Champions League.

“That really is where the focus is for us players. We have prioritise that over Aduana Stars match,” he said

However, Kyei highlighted the team’s seriousness about Sunday’s league match.

“That does not mean we are not taking the match seriously, but we want to reach the group stage in Africa.

“Dormaa is always a tough place to win, but we’ll do our best. But like I said, we are focused on the Champions League.”

The Mauve and Yellow travel to Dormaa Ahenkro to battle Aduana Stars FC in an epic Ghana Premier League match on Sunday with a depleted squad following injuries to several key players.

The champions are without at least four starters for the crucial away match at the Nana Agyemang Badu I Stadium.

Top striker Jonathan Sowah has been ruled out of the match after he scored in the 2-2 draw at home to Accra Lions on Wednesday. The Black Stars striker picked up the setback and did not make the trip to Dormaa.

Wingers Derrick Fordjour and Theophilus Anobah are also out of reckoning with varied degrees of injury.

Coach Evans Augustine Adotey will need to strategise without his in-form midfielder Manuel Mantey, who also picked up an injury during the stalemate against the capital-based side.

However, Zimbabwe international Kudakwashie Mahachi and experienced defender Kwadwo Amoako are back in the squad for the long trip to Dorma Ahenkro.

Mahachi, 27, is now line to make his competitive bow for the Ghana champions since he arrived in Tarkwa after his debut was delayed due to paperwork.

Medeama have never won at Aduana Stars FC with their only positive result a draw in 2019 during the normalisation committee special competition.

Aduana Stars are the overwhelming favourites to clinch maximum points with record and history favouring the home side.

New coach Yaw Acheampong will be eager to put his former club in the cooler and will be desperate for his first win after losing the opener at Samartex.

The Fire Boys welcome back attacker Bright Adjei on loan from Tanzanian club Singida Fountain Gate.

Source: Ghana Web

Winners and losers from Saudi Pro-League as Ronaldo, Mane excel

We may only be seven rounds into the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League season, but this is already shaping up to be a thrilling campaign in the Middle East. The top six teams are now separated by just three points after a thoroughly entertaining set of fixtures that returned 36 goals.

Perhaps the most entertainment came in the biggest game of them the past week, as Al-Nassr re-established themselves as title contenders with a 4-3 win over Al-Ahli in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to maintain his fine form in front of goal.

Nassr are now within touching distance of the summit, in part because of leaders Al-Hilal dropping points in their 1-1 draw with Damac. Jorge Jesus’ side have now been surpassed at the top by defending champions Al-Ittihad who saw off Al-Fateh with a 2-1 win.

Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq are also well in the title race after a 4-3 win of their own over Al-Ta’ee, but who had a week to remember, and who would rather forget their latest performance?

GOAL breaks down the winners and losers from the latest round of Saudi Pro League action…

WINNER: Cristiano Ronaldo and Anderson Talisca

Ever since Ronaldo arrived at Al-Nassr in January, there have been doubts over whether he can play together with Brazilian forward Anderson Talisca. That concern only grew in the early weeks of the current campaign when the club suffered some poor results when they were paired together, before results picked up following an injury to Talisca.

There was, then, understandable worries among Nassr fans when the duo were both named in the line up for Friday’s crucial clash with high-flying Al-Ahli. As it turned out, though, they need not have been worried.

The pair both scored twice in the 4-3 win, with Ronaldo taking his season’s tally to nine goals in just six appearances. The three points moved Nassr up to fifth and to within striking distance of the top of the table, and there is now clear evidence that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner can dovetail with Talisca going forward.

LOSER: Neymar

It’s not been a good week for Neymar, either on or off the pitch, in what has been a crash course for Al-Hilal in what it means to have a (sometimes troubled) global superstar within their ranks.

Ahead of his side’s clash with Damac on Thursday, a video published by a Brazilian journalist seemed to show Neymar spending the night with two women in an incident that allegedly took place three months ago in Barcelona.

Neymar’s pregnant girlfriend, Bruna Biancardi, responded by posting an angry Instagram story, and there are now reports that the pair could separate following the footballer’s apparent infidelity.

Certainly, something seemed to be on Neymar’s mind as he put in a disappointing showing and missed a number of relatively easy chances for Hilal as they were held to a 1-1 draw, the dropped points meaning they would give up their place at the top of the table.

WINNER: Nuno Santo

Al-Ittihad had won the Saudi league title since 2009 when Nuno Espirito Santo took over as manager last season, and so he is already revered as a hero in Jeddah after guiding the club to both the Pro League title and the Saudi Super Cup in his first campaign in charge.

And after Friday’s 2-1 win over Al-Fateh, he has his side on course for a successful defence of their title, with the win moving them back to the top of the table after they had slipped behind Al-Hilal following their dramatic Clasico defeat before the international break.

That he pulled off the win without the likes of Karim Benzema, top scorer Abderrazak Hamdallah and key playmaker Igor Coronado is testament to Nuno’s coaching ability, and a good sign that he will be tasting success again come the end of the campaign.

LOSER: Jorge Jesus

Saudi fans are not known for their patience with managers, and Jorge Jesus is the latest to be facing the wrath of his supporters as calls for him to be sacked by Al-Hilal grow by the day. That might seem harsh for a coach whose team were top of the table until this past week and recently beat their biggest rivals, Al-Ittihad, but performance levels have not always been high despite positive results.

Things took a turn this week as Jesus’ side could only draw 1-1 with Uzbeki side Navbahor in the AFC Champions League on Monday, before following that up with the same result against a struggling Damac side who are yet to win a game this season in the Pro League.

Questions have been asked of Jesus’ selection choices and his in-game substitutions, while his utilisation of star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has also come under the microscope after he was seen telling the Serbia international to stay back and not join the attack late on on Thursday, despite Hilal needing a win to retain top spot.

Due to a series of injury problems, it feels like it has been some time since fans got to see N’Golo Kante perform at his best, at least on a consistent basis, but on Thursday he put in what was his most complete performance since arriving at Al-Ittihad.

The ex-Chelsea star scored a superb opener against Al-Fateh before providing the assist for the eventual winner as Ittihad moved back to the top of the Pro League table.

Defensively, Kante was everywhere on the pitch and played a key role in retaining possession as the visitors went in search of an equaliser. If Kante can stay fit and keep performing like this, then he could prove to be an X-factor for Nuno’s team.

LOSER: Ahmed Sharahili

Despite their win and returning to the Pro League summit, Al-Ittihad did suffer a major blow on Thursday as star defender Ahmed Sharahili suffered an injury that is likely to keep him out long-term.

The Saudi Arabia international suffered a cruciate ligament tear which only adds to Nuno’s defensive headache, given he is already without club captain Ahmed Hegazi due to a similar injury.

Given Ittihad are competing on four fronts, with the Pro League title race, the King’s Cup, the AFC Champions League and the upcoming Club World Cup on home soil all on their schedule, they could do without two such massive absences from their backline.

WINNER: Georginio Wijnaldum

In only his second Saudi Pro League appearance, Georgino Wijnaldum endeared himself perfectly to Al-Ettifaq supporters with a match-winning display against Al-Ta’ee. The Netherlands international scored twice in his side’s 4-3 win, moving them up to fourth in the table and just points off the top.

After a forgettable two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, Wijnaldum promises to be a major addition to Steven Gerrard’s squad, and should help remove some of the goalscoring burden from star striker Moussa Dembele.

LOSER: Edouard Mendy

Regarded as one of the most disappointing summer signings of the season so far, Edouard Mendy’s performance for Al-Ahli against Al-Nassr has led to some calling for him to be sold once the January transfer window opens.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper should have done better for three of Nassr’s four goals, with this not the first time that he has been culpable in his new side conceding already this season.

The Senegal international will need to improve quickly or Al-Ahli risk falling out of the title race, with matches against Al-Ettifaq and leaders Al-Ittihad coming up in the next two matchdays. Further defeats could spell the end of Mendy’s time in the Middle East.

Source: Ghana Web

Watch Inaki Williams’ 3rd goal in La Liga this season

Ghana striker, Inaki Williams scored his third goal of the 2023/24 Spanish La Liga season on Friday night when the team defeated Deportivo Alaves 2-0 away from home.

Despite his troubles with the Black Stars where he is struggling to score goals, the forward is having a good start to the new football season in Spain.

In a Round 6 encounter of the 2023/24 Spanish top-flight league campaign, Inaki Williams started for the visitors.

Operating from the flanks, the highly-rated player at Atheltic Bilbao did not disappoint as he put up a fantastic performance.

He scored with a fine strike in the 18th minute to give the away team the deserved lead.

That goal separated the two teams at the break before Inaki Williams assisted Oihan Sancet in the 78th minute to double the lead for Athletic Bilbao.

The stellar performance of the Black Stars attacker proved crucial at the end of the 90 minutes as his team bagged all three points at full time.

With his goal on Friday night, Inaki Williams has now scored three goals in the Spanish La Liga this season and has two assists to his name as well.

Source: Ghana Web

Wrongly arrested basketball player formally joins #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests

The young basketball player, who was mistakenly arrested illegally by the police thinking he was part of the #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstration, has joined the protest movement.

Kelvin Boakye, on September 21, was returning from his usual training session when he was apprehended alongside other protesters.

According to the mother of the young boy, she received a distress call informing her of her son’s arrest.

Speaking to GhanaWeb, the mother of the basketball player, who wished to remain anonymous, said her son was mistaken for a protester because he was wearing a red T-shirt.

In an update on his situation, journalist Bridget Otoo shared a photo and video with Kelvin in front of a police barricade at the 37 Military Hospital on Day 2 of the protest.

She captioned the tweet: “Ladies and gentlemen I have met Kelvin Boakye. @6xkelv His mum inspired me to speak up. They picked him up on his way to play basket ball. His arrest yesterday fueled his decision to join the #OccupyJulorbiHouse today!”

Many protesters were illegally arrested by the Ghana Police Service for participating in the #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstration.

The arrested protestors have been taken to the Greater Accra Region Police Headquarters near Tudu, subsequently split to over eight police stations before being granted bail late into the evening.

Ladies and gentlemen I have met Kelvin Boakye. @6xkelv His mum inspired me to speak up. They picked him up on his way to play basket ball. His arrest yesterday fueled his decision to join the #OccupyJulorbiHouse today! pic.twitter.com/tpTyZyUnLT

Source: Ghana Web

‘His team let him down’ – Ameenu Shardow on George Afriyie’s disqualification

Dreams FC administrative manager, Ameenu Shardow, has voiced his opinion on the disqualification of George Afriyie, a presidential aspirant in the 2023 Ghana Football Association (GFA) elections.

Shardow believes that Afriyie’s disqualification stems from a failure within the process of handling his candidature.

Speaking on Citi FM, Shardow highlighted Afriyie’s intent to pursue legal avenues to challenge the GFA Elections Committee’s decision.

George Afriyie, a former Vice President of the GFA, was disqualified due to an ineligible stakeholder endorsing his application form. The Appeals Committee of the 2023 GFA Elections subsequently upheld this disqualification.

Shardow emphasized that Afriyie provided all the required documents, leaving no omissions.

He expressed concern that George Afriyie appears to have been let down by those overseeing the procedure.

“The regulations are very clear. For you to be called to come and rectify your documentation, it is when you’ve not been able to submit a complete list of documents that are being required of him. In this case, is the case that he left out a certain document? The answer is no.

“He produced all the documents that they are looking for. The problem is that George Afriyie unfortunately in my opinion and per the rulings has been let down by the people manning this procedure for him. I suspect this level of due diligence was not done because if it was done I don’t understand how come somebody per the ruling who is not a director of a club signed as a director of a club.”

The elections have been rescheduled to October 5 while Afriyie has indicated he will head to CAS for redress.

Source: Ghana Web

Online Shopping: Ghanaian woman laments getting a toy blender after she ordered a GHC44 blender online

Online shopping has its advantages and disadvantages. Although it’s convenient, helps buyers compare prices, and also takes advantage of resales and discounts, when a buyer is unlucky, he or she ends up getting a different item.

A post shared by GH Kwaku on his Instagram page captured who was lamenting on getting a toy blender, instead of a real blender she ordered online.

According to her, she ordered a blender for GHC44.00 but she ended up getting a toy blender.

The Ghanaian then shared some advice to online shoppers as she advised Ghanaians who shop online to be careful when purchasing items as such online.

She added that, before one purchases an item from an online shop, one should check the measurements of the item before purchasing the item.

“Online blender oo, online blender. This is what they delivered to me. So, those buying online, be careful. Toy blender and there’s no blender too. See the brand. So please be careful when you are ordering things online. You have to read carefully to ensure that you don’t buy a toy blender. Look at it, you can even toss it”, she said.

Due to this, some social media users who chanced on the video shared varied opinions.

Most of them were of the view that it is hard to get a blender for GHC44 in this era hence she deserved what she got.

The following are reactions from some netizens:

“Always check the dimensions before ordering. They write it. Na you, 44ghs does it buy a blender?”

“But wait oooh hour can they sell blinder for 44gh. Eeeeiii people like cheap things ooh”

“Is she ok how can you buy a blender 40gh y kenkey and fish plus sardine saf be how much”?

Source: Ghana Web