Karate Combat 46 en passe de renforcer la position de Dubaï comme destination de choix du tourisme sportif

KC46 se tiendra le samedi 20 avril
La première ligue sportive professionnelle gamifiée par un token d’accès blockchain

DUBAÏ, Émirats arabes unis, 24 févr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Karate Combat, la première ligue de frappe professionnelle full contact au monde, s’est associée au ministère de l’Économie et du Tourisme de Dubaï (Department of Economy and Tourism, DET) et au Conseil des sports de Dubaï (Dubai Sports Council, DSC) pour organiser Karate Combat 46 (KC46) aux Émirats ce printemps.

Considéré comme le plus grand événement de la ligue à ce jour, KC46 collabore avec TOKEN2049 pour un événement organisé le samedi 20 avril. Dans le cadre de cette collaboration, KC46 fera partie du programme officiel de la TOKEN2049 Week à Dubaï. À cette occasion, les participants à la conférence pourront assister à l’une des ligues sportives les plus innovantes au monde grâce à des billets spéciaux et auront l’occasion de rencontrer les ambassadeurs de l’événement. KC46 sera annoncé par les membres de l’UFC Hall of Fame Georges St-Pierre (GSP) et Bas Rutten, aux côtés de Mike Majlak, auteur et co-animateur du podcast Impaulsive.

Karate Combat est la première ligue sportive professionnelle régie et gamifiée par un token, le token $KARATE. KC46 se tiendra pendant la TOKEN2049 Week, le plus grand rassemblement Web3 aux Émirats, qui rassemblera plus de 15 000 membres de la communauté internationale des cryptomonnaies. Tous les fans peuvent prendre part à la ligue en téléchargeant les applications de Karate Combat sur iOS et Android.

Au cours de la semaine précédant KC46, la ligue prévoit d’organiser des événements spéciaux dans les monuments les plus emblématiques de la ville, notamment une conférence de presse avec les combattants au Musée du futur, et des face-à-face devant le Dubai Frame. L’arrière-plan VFX 3D emblématique de Karate Combat mettra également en valeur la ligne d’horizon emblématique de Dubaï avec une superbe touche futuriste.

Asim Zaidi, président de la ligue de Karate Combat, a déclaré : « Notre objectif est vraiment de créer une onde de choc dans le monde des sports de combat avec chaque événement que nous organisons. Et je dois bien dire que l’événement que nous avons prévu à Dubaï va faire un énorme buzz Internet ! Nous sommes les rois du divertissement, et avec le soutien du DET et du DSC, nous allons bouleverser l’univers des sports de combat. Ce sera un événement à ne pas rater ! »

Ahmed Al Khaja, PDG de la fondation pour les festivals et la vente au détail de Dubaï sous le ministère de l’Économie et du Tourisme de Dubaï, a déclaré : « KC46 est un formidable ajout au calendrier annuel d’événements commerciaux, de loisirs et sportifs à Dubaï. En tant qu’hôte de nombreux championnats et tournois majeurs, Dubaï est devenue une destination de tourisme sportif de premier plan, et le KC46 contribue à consolider encore davantage le statut de la ville comme plaque tournante pour les événements internationaux. Conformément au D33, le programme économique de Dubaï visant à consolider davantage la position de la ville comme l’une des trois premières villes internationales pour les affaires et les loisirs, les événements et les festivals organisés à Dubaï attirent les plus grandes stars internationales du divertissement et du sport ainsi que les influenceurs les plus connus. Les installations modernes et les lieux spécialement conçus pour ces événements, ainsi que les expériences animées qu’offrent la ville et la facilité d’accès aux marchés de proximité, font de Dubaï un lieu très attractif pour accueillir des événements. Les combattants et les fans auront également le plaisir de découvrir notre ville passionnante ».

Son Excellence Saeed Hareb, Secrétaire général du Conseil des sports de Dubaï, a déclaré : « Nous sommes ravis que le tournoi ait rejoint la liste des nombreux événements de renom très médiatisés organisés à Dubaï. Cette compétition confirme également la position de Dubaï en tant que ville qui soutient le sport et constitue un superbe environnement pour l’émergence et la croissance de divers événements sportifs. Nous souhaitons que cette ligue prestigieuse soit couronnée de succès et que cela marque le début d’événements plus récurrents et encore plus réussis ».

Et de conclure : « Depuis le début de cette année, Dubaï a accueilli de nombreux tournois internationaux dans divers sports, et il apparait clairement que les fans de karaté et d’arts martiaux en général méritent d’avoir un événement international car cela leur donne l’occasion de voir les stars de ce sport tout en encourageant encore plus de personnes dans le pays à le pratiquer. Les Émirats arabes unis accueillent des communautés où plus de 200 nationalités du monde entier sont représentées. Parmi ces communautés, chacune a un sport de prédilection qu’elle souhaite pouvoir suivre, mais aussi en rencontrer les stars. »

Pour plus d’informations à propos de Karate Combat, veuillez consulter : www.karate.com/

À propos du ministère de l’Économie et du Tourisme de Dubaï (DET)
Avec pour objectif ultime de faire de Dubaï le premier centre commercial et d’investissement et la première destination touristique du monde, le ministère de l’Économie et du Tourisme (DET) de Dubaï a été mandaté pour aider le gouvernement à positionner les Émirats en tant que plaque tournante majeure de l’économie et du tourisme internationaux, et à renforcer les indicateurs de compétitivité économique et touristique de la ville, conformément aux objectifs du D33, l’agenda économique de Dubaï, qui a pour objectif de faire doubler l’économie des Émirats et de consolider sa position dans le top trois des villes dans le monde au cours de la prochaine décennie. Dans le cadre de cette mission, le DET mène à bien des missions visant à renforcer davantage l’économie de services diversifiée et innovante offerte à Dubaï afin d’attirer les meilleurs talents internationaux, de créer un environnement commercial de classe mondiale et d’accélérer la croissance de la productivité. De plus, le DET soutient l’objectif que Dubaï devienne la meilleure ville au monde pour le tourisme, pour vivre et pour travailler, en promouvant de manière globale son offre de destinations diversifiées, son style de vie unique et sa qualité de vie exceptionnelle.

Le DET est la principale autorité chargée de la planification, de la supervision, du développement et de la commercialisation des secteurs des affaires et du tourisme de Dubaï. Il est également responsable d’octroyer des licences et de classifier tous les types d’entreprises, notamment les hôtels, les tour operators et les agents de voyages. Le portefeuille DET comprend la Société de développement économique de Dubaï (DEDC), la Société de licences commerciales de Dubaï (DBLC), la Société de protection des consommateurs et du commerce équitable de Dubaï (DCCPFT), la Dubai SME, la Société du marketing touristique et commercial de Dubaï (DCTCM), la Fondation pour les festivals et la vente au détail du Dubaï (DFRE) et le Dubai College of Tourism (DCT).

À propos du Conseil des sports de Dubaï (DSC)
Fondé le 30 novembre 2005 suite à un décret de Son Altesse Cheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-président et Premier ministre des Émirats arabes unis et souverain de Dubaï, le Conseil des sports de Dubaï est l’organisme officiel responsable du développement du secteur sportif aux Émirats. Aujourd’hui, sous la direction de son président, Son Altesse Cheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, le DSC organise et soutient plus de 400 événements par an, non seulement des événements sportifs somptueux de premier ordre, mais également des remises de prix et des conférences qui promeuvent l’excellence, la créativité et l’innovation dans le monde du sport. Le Conseil supervise le travail des sept clubs sportifs locaux à Dubaï et cherche activement à encourager la pratique sportive au sein de la société, en particulier auprès des femmes et des enfants, grâce à des programmes et activités conçus pour sensibiliser les gens quant à l’importance du sport et de l’activité physique, et pour en faire un mode de vie pour la communauté.

Néanmoins, le mandat du DSC ne consiste pas seulement à promouvoir le sport, à sensibiliser et à encourager l’émergence de talents, mais également à soutenir la créativité et à récompenser l’excellence, tant parmi les individus qu’au sein des organisations, et à permettre à Dubaï à devenir un lieu où la santé, le bonheur et la vitalité sont les mots d’ordre. Il a organisé de nombreuses conférences et symposiums internationaux depuis 2006, notamment la Conférence internationale des sports de Dubaï qui se tient tous les ans dans l’objectif d’améliorer les connaissances et la culture du professionnalisme, et qui a réuni certains des plus grands noms du monde du sport venus pour partager leur vision et leurs réflexions. Le Conseil cherche également à développer le secteur du sport aux Émirats arabes unis et dans le monde à travers des initiatives telles que le prix Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, et organise de nombreux championnats sportifs internationaux majeurs en coopération avec plusieurs organismes sportifs.

À propos de Karate Combat (KC)
Karate Combat est la première ligue de frappe full contact au monde, mêlant l’excitation du karaté full contact en direct avec des environnements en images de synthèses immersifs alimentés par le moteur de jeu et de production virtuelle Epic Games Unreal. Les médaillés olympiques et les champions nationaux du monde entier ne sont que quelques exemples de ceintures noires d’élite invitées à concourir dans huit divisions de poids différentes dans le cadre d’un championnat du monde de Karate Combat. La ligue, qui est diffusée en streaming dans plus de 100 pays à travers le monde, appartient à la Sensei Foundation, une fondation des îles Caïmans, et à ses filiales.

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Karate Combat 46 coloca em foco a posição de Dubai como um dos principais destinos de turismo esportivo

O KC46 será realizado no sábado, 20 de abril
Primeira liga esportiva profissional gamificada por um token de acesso blockchain

DUBAI, Emirados Árabes Unidos, Feb. 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Karate Combat, a principal liga profissional de esporte de combate de contato total do mundo, fez uma parceria com o Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) e o Dubai Sports Council (DSC) para levar o Karate Combat 46 (KC46) ao emirado nesta primavera.

Previsto a ser o maior evento da liga até o momento, o KC46 está fazendo um evento conjunto com a TOKEN2049 no sábado, 20 de abril. Como parte da colaboração, o KC46 fará parte do programa oficial da TOKEN2049 Week Dubai, proporcionando aos participantes da conferência a oportunidade de apreciar uma das ligas esportivas mais inovadoras do mundo, com ingressos especiais e a oportunidade de conhecer os embaixadores do evento na conferência. O KC46 será anunciado pelos membros do Hall da Fama do UFC Georges St-Pierre (GSP) e Bas Rutten, juntamente com Mike Majlak, autor e coapresentador do podcast Impaulsive.

Karate Combat é a primeira liga esportiva profissional governada e gamificada por um token, o $KARATE token. O KC46 será realizado durante a TOKEN2049 Week, o maior encontro da Web3 no emirado, que reunirá mais de 15.000 membros da comunidade global de criptomoedas. Todos os fãs podem participar da liga baixando os aplicativos iOS e Android do Karate Combat.

Na semana que antecede o KC46, a liga pretende realizar eventos especiais nos marcos mais emblemáticos da cidade, incluindo uma conferência de imprensa com os lutadores no Museum of the Future e confrontos em frente ao Dubai Frame. O fundo VFX 3D do Karate Combat também terá o horizonte de Dubai com um toque futurista emocionante.

Asim Zaidi, Presidente da Liga Karate Combat, disse: “Queremos chocar o mundo dos esportes de combate com cada evento. E o evento que estamos planejando para Dubai vai derrubar a internet! Somos os reis do entretenimento, e com o apoio da DET e da DSC, estamos prontos para causar no mundo dos esportes de combate. Fiquem ligados!”

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO da Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment – Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, disse: “O KC46 é um complemento empolgante do calendário de eventos empresariais, de lazer e esportivos de Dubai durante todo o ano. Como anfitrião de muitos grandes campeonatos e torneios, Dubai tornou-se um dos principais destinos de turismo esportivo, com o KC46 servindo para consolidar ainda mais o status da cidade como um centro de eventos internacionais. De acordo com a Agenda Econômica de Dubai, a D33, para consolidar ainda mais a posição de Dubai como uma das três principais cidades do mundo para negócios e lazer, os eventos e festivais de Dubai atraem as principais estrelas do entretenimento, estilo de vida e esportes do mundo. As modernas instalações e os locais especialmente construídos em Dubai para estes eventos, juntamente com as nossas experiências vibrantes em toda a cidade e o fácil acesso aos mercados próximos, tornam Dubai um local altamente atraente para receber eventos, além dos lutadores e fãs que também podem explorar a nossa empolgante cidade.”

Sua Excelência Saeed Hareb, Secretário Geral do Conselho de Esportes de Dubai, disse: “Estamos muito felizes com o torneio ter sido incluído na lista dos muitos eventos únicos de alto nível realizados em Dubai. Esta competição também confirma a posição de Dubai como uma cidade que apoia esportes e de ser um ambiente maravilhoso para o surgimento e crescimento de vários eventos esportivos. Estamos preparados para que esta liga tão prestigiada seja bem-sucedida e para que este seja o início de muito sucesso para o evento.”

Saeed Hareb disse também: “Desde o início deste ano, Dubai já sediou muitos torneios internacionais de vários esportes, e não há dúvida de que os fãs do karatê e das artes marciais em geral merecem ter um evento global, com a presença das estrelas deste esporte sendo uma motivação para todos os praticantes deste esporte no país. Os Emirados Árabes Unidos abrigam comunidades variadas de mais de 200 nacionalidades de todo o mundo, e cada uma delas tem seus próprios esportes e estrelas favoritos que desejam seguir e ver”, acrescentou Saeed Hareb.

Para mais informações sobre o Karate Combat, visite www.karate.com/

Sobre o Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)
Com o objetivo de tornar Dubai o principal centro comercial, de investimento e de destino turístico do mundo, o Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (Departamento de Economia e Turismo do Dubai – DET) está incumbido de apoiar o Governo a posicionar o emirado como um importante centro para a economia e o turismo globais, e impulsionar os indicadores de competitividade econômica e turística da cidade, de acordo com os objetivos da Agenda Econômica de Dubai, a D33, que visa dobrar o tamanho da economia do emirado e consolidar a sua posição entre as três principais cidades do mundo na próxima década. Com isso, o DET está impulsionando esforços para aprimorar ainda mais a economia diversificada e inovadora baseada em serviços de Dubai para atrair os melhores talentos globais, oferecer um ambiente de negócios de classe mundial e acelerar o crescimento da produtividade. Além disso, o DET está apoiando a visão de Dubai de se tornar a melhor cidade do mundo para visitar, viver e trabalhar, promovendo sua proposta diversificada de destinos, estilo de vida único e excelente qualidade de vida em geral.

A DET é a principal autoridade incumbida de planejar, supervisionar, desenvolver e comercializar os setores de negócios e turismo de Dubai. Ela também é responsável por licenciar e classificar todos os tipos de empresas, incluindo hotéis, operadores turísticos e agentes de viagens. O portfólio da DET inclui Dubai Economic Development Corporation (DEDC), Dubai Business Licence Corporation (DBLC), Dubai Corporation for Consumer Protection and Fair Trade (DCCPFT), Dubai SME, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) e Dubai College of Tourism (DCT).

Sobre o Dubai Sports Council (DSC)
Fundado em 30 de novembro de 2005, após um decreto de Sua Alteza o Xeique Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Presidente e Primeiro-Ministro dos Emirados Árabes Unidos e Governante de Dubai, o Dubai Sports Council (Conselho Desportivo de Dubai) é o órgão oficial responsável pelo desenvolvimento do setor desportivo no Emirado. Hoje, sob a orientação do seu Presidente, Sua Alteza Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, o DSC organiza e apoia mais de 400 eventos anualmente – não apenas extravagâncias esportivas de alto nível, mas também prêmios e conferências que promovem excelência, criatividade e inovação no mundo dos esportes. O Conselho supervisiona o trabalho dos sete clubes esportivos locais de Dubai e tem interesse ativo em incentivar a prática de atividade física na sociedade, especialmente de mulheres e crianças, por meio de programas e atividades destinados a disseminar a importância do esporte e da atividade física e torná-los um modo de vida para a comunidade.

Além de promover os esportes, criar conscientização e cultivar talentos, o DSC também apoia a criatividade e recompensa a excelência de indivíduos e organizações, e ajuda Dubai a se tornar uma terra saudável, feliz e cheia de vitalidade. Ele tem organizado muitas conferências e simpósios internacionais desde 2006, incluindo a Conferência Internacional de Esportes de Dubai, para aprimorar o conhecimento e a cultura do profissionalismo, e tem trazido alguns dos maiores nomes do mundo dos esportes para compartilhar sua visão e pensamento. O Conselho também busca desenvolver a indústria esportiva nos Emirados Árabes Unidos e no mundo por meio de iniciativas como o Prêmio de Esportes Criativos Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, e organiza muitos dos principais campeonatos esportivos internacionais, bem como em cooperação com vários órgãos esportivos.

Sobre o Karate Combat (KC)
O Karate Combat é a principal liga de combate de contato total do mundo, combinando a emoção do Karatê de contato total e ação ao vivo com ambientes CGI imersivos alimentados pelo mecanismo de produção virtual e jogos Epic Games Unreal. Os medalhistas olímpicos e campeões nacionais de todo o mundo são apenas alguns dos faixas-pretas de elite convidados a competir em oito divisões de peso diferentes em um Karate Combat World Championship. A liga, transmitida para mais de 100 países em todo o mundo, é de propriedade da Sensei Foundation, uma empresa da Cayman Islands Foundation e suas afiliadas.

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‘Tun Tum’ movie successfully premieres with audience ecstatic 


Renowned Ghanaian filmmaker Socrates Safo, together with animator Michael Tettey Narh, have successfully premiered ‘Tun Tum’ to a select audience at the Silverbird Cinemas in Accra.

The movie, which premiered in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), has received massive commendation for its uniqueness, with a few others also criticising the concept of the movie.

The movie ‘Tun Tum’ is a 34-minute animated movie that illustrates the story of the creation of man from an African perspective.?

Some notable faces in the Ghanaian creative industry have praised the latest work of Ghanaian filmmaker Socrate Safo and his partner Michael Tettey Narh.?

Among them was popular actor Fiifi Coleman, who was at the premiere on Friday to witness the movie.

‘I have zero reservations about this film. It’s an artistic work. Somebody dreamt about this and put it together to tell a story. And they told their story how they wanted to tell it,’ he said.?

Another film industry stalwart, George Bossompem, also ga
ve positive comments and showered praise for the ‘Tun Tum’ movie, as did Ghanaian Pan-African Poet Nana Asaase.

Nana Asaase said,’I think it does us (Ghanaians) justice. Doesn’t it point to places like Tema, ‘Centre of the World’, Visit Ghana And, that’s a good thing to sell Ghana.?

‘I think it is a beautiful representation of Africa, our diasporas, what we are, the call for renaissance, the call for us to come back home, and really our story. It is a beautiful story that has been created by one of us. And this story should be told to young children who will come after us and be shown wherever.

‘We want to tell our version of the story. This is one step in the right direction of telling our story. That’s ‘Tun Tum’ for me.’

Some personalities who graced the premiere, including fashion designer Gifty Mawuena Sossavi and Ghanaian – American fashion designer Kwab Asamoah, all praised the concept of the movie.

The movie is yet to be released commercially.

Source: Ghana News Agency

All Nations University unveils inaugural Annual Research Day, GITFiC-AfCFTA tertiary club


All Nations University has launched its inaugural Research Day and also inaugurated the university’s chapter of the Ghana International Trade and Finance Conference (GITFIC) of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Tertiary Students Club.

These significant events aim to promote academic excellence, and research collaboration, and create awareness of the African Continental Free Trade Area among tertiary students and faculty members, fostering innovation and regional integration.

All Nations University School of Business launched the maiden Annual Research Day while GITFiC inaugurated the tertiary students club at the university’s city campus in the Eastern Regional Capital, Koforidua, to showcase the ANU’s academic prowess and foster an environment of intellectual growth.

The ANU School of Business continues to play a significant role in promoting research and innovation within the academic community, and the annual Research Day is a testament to its commitment to excellence.

Professor Collins M
arfo Agyeman, Dean of ANU Business School, and Professor Carlene Kyeremeh, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at ANU, jointly performed the launching ceremony for the Annual Research Day to be commemorated every November, starting this year 2024.

Every year, this event will bring together scholars, researchers, faculty members, and students across various academic fields to share their research findings and participate in insightful discussions.

It will also serve as a networking opportunity for potential collaborations and idea exchange among researchers and students.

In his speech, Professor Agyeman said research work was fundamental to university and academic life and that, the quality of research work defined the quality of every university.

He explained that the launch of the annual event would provide the students and faculty members with an opportunity to showcase the world-class research done at the School of Business, All Nations University to their colleagues, the broader university
community, academia, and industry.

‘Of course, it will also present an opportunity for us to learn about cutting-edge research,’ he emphasized. ‘This is because there will be keynote addresses by world-renowned researchers in the field of business management.’

Professor Agyeman stated that the School of Business was seeking to establish solid partnerships with an array of industry players and organisations from both the public and private sectors to host Research Day every year successfully.

‘This, we believe, will help bridge the gap between academic education and industry requirements, potentially leading to interdisciplinary collaborations that can yield innovative solutions to complex challenges,’ he said.

Addressing the inauguration of the GITFiC-AfCFTA Tertiary Students Club, Mr. Selasi Koffi Ackom, Chief Executive of GITFiC, stated that the club aimed to foster a deeper understanding of the AfCFTA among students.

He was speaking on the theme: ‘Impacting knowledge, changing the mindset, and creatin
g Africa’s generational entrepreneurs for Africa’s common market.’

‘We believe that knowledge is power, and by equipping our members with insights into the intricacies of this historic agreement, we empower them to become informed advocates and ambassadors for economic integration and trade facilitation,’ he said.

He added that it was part of the efforts made to foster a culture of collaboration and networking among students with various academic backgrounds, offering numerous opportunities for collaboration across borders, industries, and disciplines.

He also said the formation of the club aimed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation among students through mentorship, encouraging them to unleash their creativity and entrepreneurial drive to make a positive impact in their communities.

Likewise, the club aims to encourage active participation in conversations and projects concerning trade, development, and sustainable progress.

Professor Samuel Donkor, President and Founder of All Nations University,
stated the commitment of authorities to cultivate innovative and globally conscious graduates, striving to broaden students’ perspectives and encourage active participation in Africa’s economic integration.

‘The inauguration of this club signifies our commitment to train future leaders to champion the principles of free trade and economic cooperation across the African continent,’ he said.

‘We are to learn, collaborate and drive positive change in our communities and beyond,’ he added, noting that through the GITFiC of the AfCFTA ‘we aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development that will benefit generations of Africa.’

He urged students to explore new frontiers and conventional wisdom and contribute to Africa’s economic research, saying, ‘Our efforts today will shape the prosperity of tomorrow.’

Ms. Peace Ahedor, President GITFiC-AfCFTA Tertiary Students Club-All Nations University Chapter, noted that the inauguration of the club signified their commitment, as future leaders, to
champion the principles of free trade and economic cooperation across the African continent.

‘We are eager to learn, collaborate, and drive positive change in our communities and beyond,’ she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Reverend Fiadjoe supports less privileged to mark 60th birthday


The Reverend Lewis Fiadjoe, the Northern Regional Overseer, International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), has marked his 60th Birthday with support to the less privileged in society and some prisoners in the Northern Region.

He feted children at the Nazereth Home for God’s Children at Sang in the Mion District, donated clothes and other assorted items to about 110 widows in the Savelugu Municipality, provided food and facilitated a medical screening exercise for inmates of the Tamale Central Prison.

Rev. Fiadjoe, during the event at the Tamale Central Prison on Saturday, said the gesture was to demonstrate God’s love to the less privileged and appreciate the unmerited grace of God over his life.

It was also part of his personal devotion and commitment to touching the lives of the poor and the marginalised in society as stipulated in the Bible.

‘Reading the Gospel of Matthew 25:35, I have come to the understanding that one of the things, which is precious to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, is to show lov
e to the vulnerable in society,’ he said.

‘So, God laid it strongly in my heart that on my 60th birthday anniversary, I should replicate the love of God to the less endowed.’

Rev. Fiadjoe said he had benefitted from the love of God so much so that the best way he could appreciate Him was to extend a helping hand to the needy and vulnerable in society.

He expressed gratitude to his family and loved ones for their prayers and support, and urged individuals and benevolent organisations to demonstrate similar gestures to the needy as anyone could become vulnerable at one point in time or another.

Superintendent David Kwame Afatsawu, the Northern Regional Public Relations Officer, Ghana Prisons Service, commended Rev. Fiadjoe for supporting the inmates and said the gesture would help minimise some of the challenges confronting the prison.

He mentioned inadequate learning materials, health needs, acute water shortage due to the breakdown of the water pumping machine, clothes and feeding as some of their challe
nges and appealed to philanthropists to help address those challenges.

Rev Fiadjoe, who is also ex military officer, has been in the forefront of the Missions and Evangelism Ministry of the ICGC, especially to minority groups.

Prior to his appointment as the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, North East and the Savannah Regional Overseer of the Church, he served as the Director of Missions at the Head Office.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Poultry Intensification Scheme: FSRP brainstorms with lead Ghanaian poultry industrialists ahead of takeoff


The West Africa Food System Resilience Programme (FSRP) has engaged some lead Ghanaian poultry industry anchor farmers and production groups ahead of the FSRP Poultry Intensification Scheme takeoff.

The scheme targets the production of at least two million broiler birds by the end of this year to contribute to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s strategy to revive the broiler industry and increase the rate of adoption of modern and improved climate-resilient poultry production, processing and marketing techniques.

In line with FSRP strategic sub-regional arrangements, Ghana is to focus on Rice, Maize, Soyabeans and broiler Poultry under a $150m World Bank funding, of which $12.5m has been assigned to the first phase of the FSRP Poultry Intensification Scheme to support poultry farmers with inputs.

Each phase of the scheme will run for three years.

At the end of each production year, the anchor farmer would pay-back 70 per cent of the inputs costs and retain 30 per cent of the amount for re-investment i
nto the general operations of the business.

Deliberations centred around critical value chain issues, including feed quality and supply, vaccinations, strict compliance with bio-security requirements, monitoring of the weight and general healthcare of the birds, the quantities to be supplied per cycle, processing and packaging, the timeliness of delivery, the pricing and marketing of frozen processed Ghanaian broilers.

Present at the brainstorming session were lead poultry industrialists, including, Mr. Victor Oppong Agyei, President of the Poultry Farmers Association; Ms. Edith Wheatland, Winner of the 2023 National Best Female Farmer Award and Proprietor of Rockland Farms and Dr Boris Baidoo, Chief Executive Officer of Boris B Chicken, along with the proprietors of Darko Farms, Aglow Farms, and Asamoah and Yamoah Farms, among other heavy-weight Ghanaian poultry industrialists.

The President of the Poultry Farmers Association expressed gratitude to Government and the World Bank for instituting the FSRP Po
ultry Intensification Scheme and pledged members’ compliance with the modalities of the scheme for the ultimate advancement of the Ghanaian poultry industry.

Senior officials of the Animal Production Department and the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) reminded the industrialists that the quality of their birds, packaging, strict professionalism and perfection in the conduct of poultry business was key to guaranteed ready markets and mass patronage.

Mr Osei Owusu Agyeman, Project Coordinator of FSRP, highlighted the three key guiding principles of FSRP, being Sustainability, Ownership and Public-private partnership and challenged beneficiaries to strive to ensure that the Ghanaian poultry industry thrived and expanded beyond the scheme.

The FSRP Poultry Intensification Scheme has so far completed the first round of selection, during which 29 applicants were shortlisted from 35 applications received.

A total of 22 of the shortlisted are qualified for participati
on; 16 have been cleared to commence immediately, whiles the remaining six have been put on hold, pending their delivery on final requirements.

Among other quality control and consistency requirements, the criteria for participation demands that applicants must have been in poultry (broiler) production, processing and marketing within the last five years and must be registered with the Registrar General or other statutory body.

They must have linkages with small holder farmers, must be in the databases of the District Directorate of Agric of their operational areas and must include at least 10 per cent women and 10 per cent youth in both upstream and downstream of the value chain.

Each Anchor Farmer on the scheme is to have the capacity to produce, process and market between 80,000 and 160,000 broilers over four cycles, whiles each Producer Group is to do same for between 40,000 and 60,000 broilers over four cycles.

Presentations at the brainstorming session were made by Mr Philip Laryea, FSRP Operations
Manager, Dr Abdul Razak Okine, Mr Franklin Yeboah and Mr Ricky Aboagye Poku of the Animal Production Department (MoFA); Dr Theophilus Odoom, Veterinary Services Directorate of MoFA; Mr Ben Johnson, FSRP Financial Management Specialist and Mr Geoff Annoh, FSRP Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dr Bawumia lauds Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission for contributions to Ghana’s development


Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, has commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ghana for their contributions to the development of the country over the past 100 years.

Speaking at the Centenary Anniversary of the Mission at Pomadze in the Central Region, Dr Bawumia acknowledged the Ahmadiyya Community’s efforts to Ghana’s development.

‘From its establishement in the Gold Goast a century ago, the Ahmadiyya Mission, undoubtedly, has contributed significantly to the state of Islam in Ghana today,’ Dr. Bawumia said.

‘The story of Islam in contemporary Ghana, especially the story of the continuous quest to propagate the true tenets of the religion, such as peace, equality, compassion, pursuit of knowledge and respect for all, cannot be fully told without the remarkable contributions of the Ahmadiyya Community.’

‘One hundred years after setting out a noble revival mission, the revival that the Ahmadiyya Mission Ghana aimed, has manifestations in the spheres of education,
health, enhancement of social relations for the promotion of national peace, fostering co-existence in our multi-cultural and multi-religious country, as well as engendering good governance.’

The Vice President reserved special praise to the Ahmadiyya Community for its efforts in the health sector and education, which, he said, was in line with his personal belief of transforming the youth through education and making education freely accessible to all.

‘Two areas the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has made significant contributions, in its 100 years revival mission, which deserve much commendation, are education and the health sector, where the Community has built seven (7) hospitals.’

‘As a staunch advocate for the development of the youth through education, I am highly impressed by the remarkable contributions and impact the Community has made in the education sector, throughout the country.’

‘To have built a total of 315 schools at the primary, junior and senior high school levels, as well as one college
of education, is truly impressive and commendable.’

Many Ghanaians, regardless of religious affiliations, had benefited from that intervention in education, in line with the government’s vision to invest in education and make it freely accessible to all Ghanaians at the secondary level, Dr Bawumia said.

He commended the Ahmadiyya Community for its contributions to religious harmony, peace-building and promotion of good governance, in collaboration with notable Civi Society Organisations.

‘Through our Free SHS, policy, which also reflects the tenets of your reawakening mission, secondary education, since 2017, has been freely available to every Ghanaian throughout the country,’ the Vice President said.

‘This has resulted in a record enrollment; from a total of 800,000 students in 2016, to the current 1.4m students; a 75% increase in just seven years.’

‘Thanks to the policy, we have also achieved gender balance in senior high school enrollment, a marked improvement on the hitherto, higher male enrollment,
as many families who could not afford school fees chose the easy but sad option of truncating the education of their female wards.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Farmers count benefits of grasscutter farming in their lives


Some farmers in the Upper West Region say Grasscutter farming is one of the impactful alternative livelihood activities for people irrespective of occupation due to its economic potential.

‘Everybody likes grasscutter meat so if I send it to the market now, I can sell it to cater for the needs of my children like health, education and feeding, it is very helpful to me,’ Mr Jevase Maaleyel, a farmer from Nandom, said.

He said this in Wa during the Ghana Grasscutter Project training workshop on the theme: ‘Six years of Ajinomoto Foundation Support: progress and the way forward.’

He said it served as a source of protein for his family while the droppings served as manure for crop production.

Mr Naadao Aziz, another farmer from Wa, indicated that keeping the grasscutter was not difficult and encouraged other people to venture into grasscutter farming.

Currently, there are about 40 grasscutter farmers in the Upper West Region being supported by the Grasscutter Initiative for Rural Transformation (GIFT) under
the Ghana Grasscutter Project.

The project was introduced in the Upper West Region in 2014 through the collaboration of the University of Ghana and Kyoto University, Japan, to support farmers in the region to rear grasscutter to augment family income, improve protein intake and promote environmental and wildlife conservation.

Professor Miho Murayama, a Director of the GIFT, said keeping livestock such as cattle in northern Ghana was gradually becoming difficult due to the harsh weather conditions hence the decision to promote grasscutter farming, which could survive in such weather conditions.

‘During the dry season farmers are less busy so it is an alternative source of livelihood for the farmers, and it can be a sustainable source of income for the farmer because it is in high demand in the market,’ she said.

She added that due to its enormous benefits, GIFT would continue to support grasscutter farmers in the region.

Prof. Murayama, also a professor at Kyoto University, added that hunting was the main
source of grasscutter meat, which was also inimical to the environment since some hunters resorted to bush burning.

She thus encouraged more farmers to venture into grasscutter farming as it was a lively, productive, and easy venture to embrace.

Dr. Boniface B. Kayang, also a Director of GIFT, said grasscutter farming prevented people from interacting with animals in the forest and reduced the risk of zoonotic infections from animals to humans and vice versa.

He indicated that the economic value of a grasscutter was high saying, ‘Grasscutter is good, a lot of people like it and the market is there.’

Dr. Kayang said a grasscutter could produce offspring up to 15 at ago with a gestation period similar to that of a goat and appealed to the government to support the project with a pelleting machine to produce feed for the animals.

The Ajinomoto Foundation (TAF) is currently funding the project to scale up grasscutter farming in the region and to support the processing of grasscutter meat to attract the inter
national market.

Mr Kenji Shinkai, the Manager of TAF, said they decided to support the project because of its potential to improve the nutrition situation in the region.

Mr Titus S. S. Dery, a staff of GIFT in charge of Information and Education, observed that people including hunters sold grasscutter meat in its raw form along the highways and in local markets.

He said they would soon commence processing grasscutter meat into cans for both local and international markets.

Dr. Christopher Adenyo, the Project Coordinator, emphasised the economic potential of grasscutter farming including the availability of a market as it was a delicacy for many people and said they were researching to produce improved glasscutters.

Grasscutter farmers across the region, who participated in the workshop, were taken through a series of presentations on grasscutter farming and were presented with certificates of participation.

Source: Ghana News Agency