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Date Leading To Humanitarian Awards Global 2022 Announced.

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The prestigious Humanitarian Awards Global (HAG) will come off at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Saturday, 27th August 2022.

The highly anticipated annual awards ceremony is expected to host representatives from eleven different countries on the prestigious global stage as change makers are celebrated.

The ceremony to be held under the theme ‘Celebrating change makers’, is organised annually to recognize, honor and celebrate change makers, volunteer leaders, NGOs, philanthropists, corporations and professionals with the sole aim of advancing the importance of their incredible contributions to society. The project also provides a platform for honorees to tell their stories, share their impact and network with others in the field.

Organisers of the event are eager and anticipate the gathering of humanitarians globally. A host of dignitaries from Ghana and abroad are expected to attend this event as they join to honor our everyday heroes.

There will be live band performances from some celebrated artists and other exciting activities to crown the celebration.
The 3rd edition of the Humanitarian Awards Global is supported by The Labadi Beach Hotel, Verna Mineral Water, Wigal, Encore Event & Mega Ushering and Grooming Agency, Aaliyah Juice, Osabim, myticketgh, Motions Security, park view cafe & media partners.

Labadi Beach Hotel To Host Humanitarian Awards Global 2022.

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The plush Labadi Beach Hotel is set to host the 3rd edition of the Humanitarian Awards Global (HAG) on Saturday, 27th August 2022.

The highly anticipated annual awards ceremony is expected to host representatives from eleven different countries on the prestigious global stage as change makers are celebrated.

The ceremony to be held under the theme ‘Celebrating change makers’, is organised annually to recognize, honor and celebrate change makers, volunteer leaders, NGOs, philanthropists, corporations and professionals with the sole aim of advancing the importance of their incredible contributions to society. The project also provides a platform for honorees to tell their stories, share their impact and network with others in the field.

Organisers of the event are eager and anticipate the gathering of humanitarians globally. A host of dignitaries from Ghana and abroad are expected to attend this event as they join to honor our everyday heroes.

There will be live band performances from some celebrated artists and other exciting activities to crown the celebration.
The 3rd edition of the Humanitarian Awards Global is supported by The Labadi Beach Hotel, Verna Mineral Water, Wigal, Encore Event & Mega Ushering and Grooming Agency, Aaliyah Juice, Osabim, myticketgh, Motions Security, park view cafe & media partners.

Appiatse project is non- Partisan, dismiss all propaganda — -Abu Jinapor

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Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Samuel A. Jinapor, has reiterated the government’s commitment to rebuilding the model Appiatse Community within the allotted time frame of one year.

According to him, the Masterplan for the reconstruction of the Appiatse rural model community is completed, and in a few weeks, the Vice President, H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, will cut sod to start construction of the core community, which will include 124 housing units, on behalf of the President of the Republic.

The visit by the Hon. Minister was to among others access the conditions and well-being of the residents after their relocation from the tents into the temporary structures in May.

“By the Grace of God within one year we will deliver these houses while indicating that all components of the model Appiatse housing units comprising of 1-7 bedrooms are fit for purpose,” he stated.

He also used the occasion to debunk some assertion from the public that Funds meant for the rebuilding of the community is being used for the construction of the National cathedral.

He maintained that “The Appiatse project is non- Partisan, without colourisation and called on the inhabitants in Appiatse and environs to dismiss such propaganda and untrue statements.

He also employed the opportunity to call on Ghanaians to support the Appiatse Reconstruction project by donating to the support fund, stressing that the funds will be disbursed transparently and usefully.

The Hon. Minister as part of his visit also symbolically decommissioned the tents which previously housed the residents to end the era of living in tents.

Hon. Jinapor highly commended the Chairman, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio,  members of the Appiatse Reconstruction Implementation Team, and the Municipal Chief Executives for a great work done.

“I am very impressed with the work of the ARIT team headed by my Deputy Minister in charge of Lands and Forestry. They have done very well and have shown that they are a true example of the Ghanaian tradition of public service”

Addressing the residents  Hon. Jinapor called on them to come together and support the government to deliver the houses, adding that their collective effort is needed during this critical time for the houses be delivered to them.

The Lands Minister also donated assorted food items including bags of rice, sugar and gallons of oil to the residents estimated at GHC 10,000.

Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Chairman of the Reconstruction Implementation Team said plans are far advanced to ensure that electricity, water, and other basic amenities are made available to the community.

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He added that designs, survey works, and plotting of the sites are all being completed to enable the actual reconstruction works to begin next month.

On behalf of the Nana Kojo Bremibi Chief of Appiatse, Kyiame Kwame Ofori expressed gratitude to the Hon. Minister and the reconstruction team, saying that the efforts of the Hon. Minister demonstrates true leadership and wished him and his team well as they embark on the rebuilding journey.

 

Source: Matilda Ansah/capitalnewsonline.com/ISD 

At least try and own your house  before retirement—Workers advised

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According to Thomas Tanko Musah, General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the general income status of all workers in the country should be examined.

He indicated that most workers earn a low basic salary which eventually affects the quantum of the pension benefits they are given when in retirement.

Speaking at the GNAT Investment Forum held at the University of Ghana on Wednesday, June 29, he said “It has become very necessary that the issues of income in this country should be looked at. We cannot run away from it with the issue of the basic salary.

“That is why we are organizing this forum to look at, what can be done to ensure that when workers are retiring they go better.

“There is one thing that we have been asking over the years; at least, if for nothing at all, when the worker is retiring he should be able to afros a two-bedroom house.”

Speaking at the same event, the Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang said the scheme is the best pension scheme workers can get anywhere.

He explained that the management of SSNIT has been carrying out indexation to meet the rising rate of inflation.

This, he said, is part of the reasons the scheme is best for workers.

“SSNIT undertakes indexation every year and the indexation matches inflation. SSNIT is aware of that and so we compensate for inflation,” he said.

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“I will urge people not to throw the baby out with the bad water. The narrative is that SSNIT is not good, people connived with their employers not to pay their SSNIT, and the SSNIT scheme is the best that you can ever get anywhere else as far as pensions are concerned, if you don’t join to contribute you are harming yourself,” he added.

He further indicated that the management is going to roll out a programme to educate the people on the need to join SSNIT.

“We are going to roll out programme to get people to come and join SSNIT because it is the best thing they can do for themselves,” he said.

Economic Hardship: GNAT demands COLA by 30th June

President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, (GNAT), Rev. Isaac Owusu has disclosed that the association is going by its June 30 deadline for Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) to be paid to workers.

He said this while speaking at the GNAT Investment Forum held at the University of Ghana on Wednesday, June 29.

“Lovely citizens of our country, we are still standing by our demand that the deadline that we have given, June 30 ending, today is 29, we cannot fail our members,” he said.

The General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah, for his part said the general income situation of all workers in the country should be looked at.

He indicated that most workers earn a low basic salary which eventually affects the quantum of the pension benefits they are given when in retirement.

Mr. Musah said “It has become very necessary that the issues of income in this country should be looked at. We cannot run away from it with the issue of the basic salary.

“That is why we are organizing this forum to look at, what can be done to ensure that when workers are retiring they go better.

“There is one thing that we have been asking over the years; at least, if for nothing at all, when the worker is retiring he should be able to afros a two-bedroom house.”

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Speaking at the same event, the Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang said the scheme is the best pension scheme workers can get anywhere.

He explained that the management of SSNIT has been carrying out indexation to meet the rising rate of inflation. This, he said, is part of the reasons the scheme is best for workers.

“SSNIT undertakes indexation every year and the indexation matches inflation. SSNIT is aware of that and so we compensate for inflation,” he said.

“I will urge people not to throw the baby out with the bad water. The narrative is that SSNIT is not good, people connived with their employers not to pay their SSNIT, and the SSNIT scheme is the best that you can ever get anywhere else as far as pensions are concerned, if you don’t join to contribute you are harming yourself,” he added.

He further indicated that the management is going to roll out a programme to educate the people on the need to join SSNIT.

“We are going to roll out programme to get people to come and join SSNIT because it is the best thing they can do for themselves,” he said.

Grassroots Recruitment Of Amputee Footballers Begins Soon

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The Ghana Amputee League Clubs Association (GHALCA), has unveiled its plans to begin recruiting and training Amputee Football Players at the grassroots level in the coming days.

Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a gala to mark Ghana’s National Day for the Rights of Persons with Disability (PWDs) which falls on June 23 every year, Mr. Bawa Sambian, Chairman of GHALCA, disclosed that, the Association would soon begin a national tour to locate, recruit and train potential amputee football players.

“The plan is to ensure those with the potential are identified and recruited so they can also develop their talents to become great footballers in the sport, whilst helping with the development of the country,” he said.

He said, the rate at which the amputee football is rising, calls for immediate plans to develop the sport further to keep Ghana’s name higher in the comity of amputee football nations.

“We are pioneers in amputee football in Ghana and we hold several records that must be jealously protected and improved upon. We can’t sit down for others to overtake us. We are moving fast to get more players into our fold to make the game better,” Mr. Sambian disclosed.

He revealed that several training programmes have been lined up, including courses for technical persons like coaches, referees, and masseurs, among others, to develop their capacity to handle the players.

Mr. Sambian appealed to the government and sponsors to come to their aid to actualize their plans that would inure to the national agenda.

Principal Sports Development Officer of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr. Hubert Leo-Mensah, who represented the Director-General of the Authority, congratulated those who made the day possible in spite of challenges on the amputee football front, promising the support of NSA towards such events.

The Disability Day was marked across the nation with different programmes and GHALCA took the opportunity to organize a gala for six clubs, Gye Nyame, Ayawaso, Asanteman, , Amugisco and Kumapem and All Stars Amputee Football clubs. All Stars was a combined team of other clubs.

Gye Nyame beat Asanteman 3-2 in a pulsating final match to lift the 2022 National Disability Day Cup, after topping their group to zoom into the finals.

The gala was sponsored by African Origin Travels and Sports Tourism with support from Talent Hour Disability Show, Blue Skies, MC-BBPhylls Consult, and Ernestay Disability and Sports Foundation.

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The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GHALCA, Madam Christiana Nkrumah, thanked the sponsors, especially Mr. Samson Deen, President of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), who is also President of the African Paralympic Committee (APC), for their tremendous support.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of GHALCA leaders visited Parliament House to highlight the importance of the day and to court the Law Makers’ support to change the narrative about disability in Ghana.

Though they couldn’t meet the Members of Parliament in the Chamber, they channeled their message through their leadership, praying for them to support their cause.

Court Orders Substituted Service On Taricone & Morris For Committal Of Contempt

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Adenta High Court has ordered that a substituted service for Committal of Contempt be served upon Messrs Ernesto Taricone and Ian Morris for their display or show of disregard to Court.

Going by an Ex-Parte motion in the Application for Committal of Contempt of Court against the above-mentioned persons, the Applicant here-in(Top Kings Ent. Ltd) through its lawyers pleaded with the court for an order to serve the two by substitution which was granted.

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The Presiding Judge of the High Court, Justice Fred Kwasi Awuah in his ruling stated that upon reading and hearing from the lawyers of the applicant(Top Kings Ent. Ltd.) he was left with no other decision than to order that Messrs Taricone and Morris be served with the Motion on Notice For Committal For Contempt.

The court has directed that the order be posted in the following manner;
A) On the Notice Board of the Registry of Adenta High Court, Accra
B) On the Premises Of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents
C) By publication in any State owned newspaper
D) On the last know place of abode of the 2nd respondent at unnumbered house at Pantang, Accra
E) On the last known place of abode of the 3rd respondent at the Trassacco Phase 1, Adjiriganor East Legon , Accra.

SDA Church In Dilemma As Flood Poses Danger

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The Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church(SDA) at Agona Nyakrom in the Central Region is in a state of dilemma as it gets flooded at the least downpour, leaving the congregation trapped in the church hall.

This is as a result of a bridge constructed over a stream which runs across the main road near the church.

Elders of the church who narrated the ordeal they go through any time it rains when Capital NewsOnline.com visited the area to ascertain the state of the problem blamed the contractor for shoddy work done, saying the bridge is high above the water table, thereby making it difficult for the water to flow freely through the drainage, and as a result, it overflows its banks and flood the area.

Not only does the water poses death threats to residents of the area, according to Elders of the church, but it also poses serious health threats as it carries refuse from a refuse collection site to the area anytime it rains.

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According to the Church elders, they have made a series of complaints to the relevant authorities, including the contractor, but all seem to fall on deaf ears.

As part of efforts to remedy the situation in their own small way, the church has planned to organize fundraising with a target of about GH 50,000.00 Cedis on July 23rd to construct a make-shift bridge to redirect the water when it rains, and are therefore calling on benevolent individuals and organizations to support them.

Already, the church has constructed a wooden bridge with logs to give the members access to the church premise, especially when it rains.

 

Source: Robert Ayanful

Create, Loot and Share:–The Achimota Forest Saga

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Since the name of the former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), the late Sir John popped up in relation to the alleged purchase of a portion of the Achimota forest reserve as personal property, the majority of well-meaning Ghanaians have tagged the Akuffo-Addo led NPP administration as create, loot and share Government.

Though the matter, as learnt is before the Special Prosecutor which has assured to delve deep into it and make sure that every property belonging to the former NPP General Secretary is confiscated till due diligence is done about the issue, the deafening silence by the Akuffo-Addo presidency is a clear indication that the intent of this government is to create, loot and share the nation’s resources among its cronies.

The forest, which was reserved by the colonial masters and which has remained the only eco-system in the heart of the capital has for some years now served as prayer grounds where some Christian religious denominations sought the intervention of God for the good of the country.

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As a result of this, such religious organizations, reacting to the alleged purchase of a portion of the forest, have not only condemned the action by the late NPP former General Secretary but also seen it as a curse on his family, if the allegation is anything to go by.

In all this, concerned members of the public are keeping their fingers crossed with a keen interest in the outcome of the matter.

Source: Prophet Joshua Kobina Darko Spokwell–founder and General Overseer, Overcomers Royal Sanctuary Int. and lecturer (Regent University).

ILO directs Ghana to provide detailed information on practical measures put in place to eradicate the worst form of child labour

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Ghana has been directed by the ILO Committee of Experts on the Applications of Conventions and Recommendations to provide detailed information on practical measures put in place to eradicate the worst form of Child labour, especially in the cocoa and fishing sectors.

The country must do so before the next session of the committee. The ILO has noted with concern that, since 2015, only ten prosecutions of persons involved in child trafficking has been made. In this regard, the ILO, under the framework of Trade for Decent Work is equipping Ghana’s Judiciary and Labour Inspectors with the skills to participate actively in the elimination of child labour through the application of international labour standards as pertains to Ghana’s laws.

The three-day training comes at a time when the ILO Committee of Experts on the applications of Conventions and Recommendations is strongly urging the government to pursue efforts to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement officials, including the Ghana Police Service, prosecutors and judges so as to ensure that thorough investigations and prosecutions of persons who engage in the sale and trafficking of children are carried out.

According to the National Coordinator of the Trade Fo Decent work Project, Dr. Akua Ofori Asumadu, Ghana has been double footnoted on the lack of political will to deal with Child Labour and its worst forms.

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She added that Child Labour has negative implications for trade. The International community, under the Fair Trade arrangement, is shying away from merchandise produced with Child Labour. The training follows an ILO request that Ghana provides information on the activities undertaken within the framework of the T4DW project, particularly with regard to child labour in the cocoa sector and the results achieved.

The Trade for Decent Work Project aims at improving the application of the ILO fundamental Conventions in EU trading partner countries through improved labour relations and working conditions.