Ghana Football Association (GFA) vice-president George Afriyie has been appointed to serve on the powerful Africa Cup of Nations Organizing Committee.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) confirmed the appointment of Afriyie on Wednesday when he was invited to the body's headquarters in Egypt.
He was sworn into office at the CAF headquarters in Cairo on Wednesday by the committee's president Amaju Pinnick of Nigeria.
Afriyie will serve a four-year term in office as he will contribute in the planning and execution of the continent's flagship football competition.
He will work with some of the highly respected football administrators on the continent as South Africa FA chief Danny Jordaan is the first vice-president of the committee and Zimbabwe FA boss Phillip Chiyangwa working second vice-president.
Afriyie is the first Ghanaian to gain a major CAF appointment following the rise of Ahmad Ahmad as the president of the organisation assisted by Ghana's Kwesi Nyantakyi.
More Ghanaians are expected to work on various committees under the new CAF leadership as there are efforts to bring top administrators on board to steer the affairs of the body in the right direction over the next four years.
Africa's football governing body is undergoing major reforms following the election of Mr Ahmad earlier this year.
Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, DO1 Prince Billy Anaglatey has agreed with the content of a press statement issued by the National Safety Campaign (NASACA), saying Ghana is not ready for NEVER AGAIN slogan.
According to NASACA, Ghana only pretend to be active in dealing with disasters only when there's one.
It believes the Atomic Junction gas explosion would not easily be the last one that Ghana would want to see since the state fall short when it comes to policy implementation to ensure all round safety in society.
The organization in the said statement hinted that explosions are not the only unfortunate incident that suffers the nation this frequent. "The nation is far from ready to live up to what it takes to halt such unfortunate incidences that suffer the state this frequent" it added.
On that note, it called on government to try rolling out measures that would cater for hazards in general rather than explosions only.
The safety campaigners equally admonished the citizenry to be law abiding and safety conscious in order that Ghana can really sing the tune, NEVER AGAIN and live up to it in the near future.
Speaking on Rainbow Radio International 87.5 Fm, Mr. Anaglatey said the group is not far from the truth since society remains careless, negligent and ignorant about safety issues.
‘’I think we should be talking about our attitude. It’s all about we changing our attitude. If we are looking at the indiscipline and reckless nature at which we handle some of these situations, because of most of those fires that has been caused, happen because we are reckless and indiscipline…If we fail to change our attitude towards fire safety, if we fail to cultivate the fire safety culture, if we fail to appreciate the importance of fire safety, then I think we are not ready,’’ Mr. Anaglatey concluded.
It has emerged that one person from the team from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), that brought the gas explosion at the Madina Zongo Junction on Saturday, was injured.
Prince Billy Anaglatey Public Relations Officer for the GNFS speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 97.5Fm said, the fire officer is still on admission at the hospital responding to treatment.
Mr. Anaglatey bemoaned the lack of modern logistics for the fight against disasters like that of the Madina explosion.
He said, fire fighters across the world do not fight fires physically but use modern machines and underscored the need for Ghana to equip the GNFS with modern equipment for fire fighting.
The GNFS he said, has consistently managed such disasters efficiently and effectively despite the challenges they confront in line of their duty.
The whole area at Madina Zongo junction would have been consumed by the fire had it not been for our experience. he added.
He said, what we did at Atomic last week Saturday had exposed the GNFS to a lot of risk because we had to get close to the heat before we controlled the fire.
‘’In this modern era, these fires are no longer fought physically by fire men getting close to the heat, it is fought from above, Helicopters are used by other fire men but we are exposing our men.’’
He stressed, fire men should have access to modern equipment,so the risk they face will be reduced drastically.
Majority Leader in Parliament Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has underscored the need for people to be punished for their negligence which leads to disasters such as the Madina Zongo junction gas explosion.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs says the explosions are one too many and frightening hence the need for us to take measures to deal with them.
He said, available statics reveals that 35 percent of all burn cases at the Korle-Teaching Hospital, are attributed to gas explosions hence the need for us to pursue a path of advocacy and education to curb the situation.
The legislator said we should also enforce the law on sitting of fuel and gas stations.
According to the Minister, the enforcement of the laws, will end avoidable disasters such as the one Ghanaians were exposed to last Saturday at a gas filling station at Atomic Junction in Accra.
About seven people perished, and 132 sustained varied degrees of injury when the MANSCO gas station exploded.
Ghanaians have called for strict enforcement of our laws to prevent such disasters in the future.
Commenting on it, Hon. Mensah Bonsu stressed the need for state bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, Town and Country Planning Department, the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to act with a sense of urgency in working to ensure that gas establishments are located 100meters radius away from residential and other business areas.
He also bemoaned the lack on the capacity on the part of the various assemblies in enforcing the laws.
‘’We have laws in this country. Fuel station owners are expected to insure their property and their premiums should be high especially when these facilities are located within residential areas,’’ he explained.
Owners of such facilities he said should also be charged for criminal negligence and fined so the money is allocated to the victims of such disasters. This will serve as a deterrent to others he said.
The laws must be enforced without fear or favour. Those who compromise on safety should also be punished, he told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
He emphasized that any individual, who per investigations, is found to have failed to execute his/her duties effectively resulting in the gas explosion should be made to face the full rigors of the law.
He urged the government to enforce the laws governing the gas sector to ensure there are no further explosions in the offing.
Female gospel musician Cecy Twum has said her hit album ‘Me Nyame Aye Awie’ was the one that shot her into the limelight despite other albums she did in the past.
Speaking to Sokoohemaa on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she said that album was one that was on the lips on every Ghanaian including market women.
According to her, the album which was released seven years ago won the hearts of music lovers in the country.
Cecy Twum said she does not rush in releasing songs but waits upon God who directs her path.
‘’I always wait upon God. I do not rush in releasing songs because I wait upon God. I have done a lot of songs and if I want to release them, I can easily do that however, I do not rush,’’ she said.
Cecy Twum in August this year, released her latest, ‘Jehovah’. ‘Jehovah’ the new single that talks about the wondrous nature of God and his goodness, was expertly produced by one of the classy producers of all time, Nacee.
Ceccy Twum is noted for songs like ‘Nhyiraba,’ ‘Adom,’ ‘Osoro Kasiebo’ among others.
The Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) has opened a new branch in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale today October 11, 2017.
This forms part of the bank’s strategic plan to improve its brand visibility and expand its distribution channels across the country.
The opening of the new branch brings the number of UMB branches to 37, a move that puts its strategic plan to reach the unbanked on course.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the UMB, Mr John Awuah, in an address, indicated that the new branch was part of the bank’s strategy to enhance customer convenience by investing in the expansion of both physical and digital channels especially in the Northern Region.
He noted that the expansion of the bank’s physical presence was critical to meeting the needs of customers in the northern region, adding that the bank had taken steps to capitalise on advances in technology to lead the market as far as digital banking was concerned.
“The new state-of-the-art branch in Tamale brings to existing and potential clients in the area the bank’s rich assortment of financial products services,” Mr Awuah added.
“In the next few years, you can expect to see a UMB that is more technology oriented and that takes even more innovative steps to meet and shape customer experiences,” he added.
The UMB will be opening branches in locations where they are under-represented to remain within close proximity to their cherished clients.
The branch manager Mr. Glen Bakari expressed the hope that individuals and businesses within the Northern region and the neighbouring regions and would take advantage of the superior customer service and quality banking products that UMB has to offer.
Meanwhile, some residents of Tamale who were at the launch expressed their overwhelming joy that UMB has come to the region and are very ready to do business immediately with the bank.
“It is a very great bank, I know them in Sakaman in Accra where I was before coming to Tamale. I'm happy they are here in Tamale and I'm ready to do business immediately with them.” A resident said.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe - Tamale
Fire has razed a bakery at Mankessim after a gas explosion.
The inferno, according to the fire service, was as a result of a gas leakage in the room that serves as the bakery.
All the equipment used for the production of bread were burnt to ashes, rainbowradioonline.com gathered.
The time intervention of the fire men is said to have prevented the situation from worsening.
No casualties were recorded.
According to reports, the fire started around 4:30am when a worker wanted to light one of the cylinders to begin the day’s bread production.
She noticed the fire and raised an alarm which resulted in a distress call to the fire service who were stationed some 300 meters away from the incident site.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is proposing the setting-up of “Akwaaba Hotels,” through a partnership with the private sector at various tourist sites in the country to boost domestic tourism.
Tours Facility Manager of the Ghana Tourist Development Company (GTDC), George Adje Kwei Mensah, who disclosed this said the hotels which would be set-up between two to three years, would be affordable for indigenes to patronize tourist sites for economic growth.
Mr Adje Kwei Mensah made the disclosure in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) when he led a 22-member delegation of tourists to tour the Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast Castle in the Central Region, as part of activities marking the World Tourism Forum being hosted in Ghana.
The 22-member team includes people from Turkey, United States of America, Bosnia, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana amongst other countries, with a focus to selling Ghana’s tourism potential to the world.
The World Tourism Forum is a global event held in different parts of the World to further boost global tourism. The Secretariat is located in Istanbul, Turkey.
Mr Mensah said the Ministry of Tourism, was committed to re-orienting Ghanaians on a new sense of national pride in its heritage, culture and way of life through designed programmes and campaigns.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to preserve and protect the nation’s aesthetic values in order to boost the tourism sector.
The Forum had in the past, been held in Turkey (Global meeting), Dubai and Russia. Ghana is the first African Country to host the event.
Some of the Tourists who spoke to the GNA described their experience as overwhelming, unending and invigorating, saying Europe never knew what they were missing in Africa.
More than 150 people are missing in wildfires that have ravaged northern California's wine region, police say.
At least 17 people are now confirmed dead and more than 2,000 buildings have been destroyed by the fires which broke out on Sunday.
Eleven of the deaths have been in Sonoma County.
One of the worst affected towns there is Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, where entire districts have been destroyed.
The Sonoma County sheriff's office said 155 people were still unaccounted for, although that could be due to the chaotic pace of the evacuations.
In neighbouring Napa County, victims included 100-year-old Charles Rippey and his 98-year-old wife, Sarah, police said.
The fires are among the deadliest in California's history and have sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles (100km) away.
California fire chief Ken Pimlott told the BBC on Tuesday that more than 17 fires had burned about 115,000 acres (26,000ha) in the past 24 hours.
He said his officers were trying to track down those unaccounted for but he feared the death toll could rise.
"We're very hopeful that they're just staying with family or friends or left town to get away and we just haven't been able to make that contact," he said.
"But these fires move so quickly - there are just hundreds and thousands of acres out there that we haven't had a chance to pour through and adjudicate."
There was some good news when winds that had been fanning the flames eased, helping firefighters to bring some of the blazes under control.
In Santa Rosa, a Hilton hotel and a mobile home park were destroyed. Tens of thousands of Sonoma County residents have fled, authorities said.
At least four wineries had suffered "total or very significant losses", Napa Valley Vintners said, with nine others reporting some damage to buildings or vineyards.
More than 91,000 homes and businesses are without power.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared states of emergency in Sonoma, Napa and five other counties.
US President Donald Trump has also approved a disaster declaration, allowing federal emergency aid to be disbursed.
Some agric trainees on Wednesday stormed the premises of the Agric Ministry to demand for the restoration of their allowances.
The trainees numbering about 2000, says the inability of government to restore their allowances as promised in 2016 has forced them to initiate their action.
Their protest is coming just a day after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the restoration of the nursing and midwifery allowances.
They want government to restore the scrapped ‘allawa’ before they will leave the premises of the ministry.