The 2018 Man Ghana event organized annually by the Ghana Bodybuilding Fitness Association (GBFA) has been slated for December 1, 2018.
This year’s event will come off at the National Theatre in Accra, the organizers have said.
Speaking to GBFA President Abdul Haye Yartey, on Rainbow Sports he said that he expect this year’ event to be the biggest Man Ghana event to be organised by the association because they are introducing a female bikini contest and men physique contest.
According to Mr Yartey, they are adding an entertainment segment to this year’s event to make entertaining.
‘’We will have four different artistes billed for the vent and they are Miji, a female dancehall artiste; Teephlow, Keche and Kinaata to thrill the fans,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Yartey has been invited to attend an International Federation for Bodybuilding (IFFB) world championship congress in Spain from 8 November to 12 November 2018.
He said, the invitation is very important for every president of bodybuilding to attend to look out for the way forward for bodybuilding.
When asked what are some of the benefits his Federation will get from this trip he said, the IFFB has promised him badges, souvenirs, bodybuilding materials for his federation to use to promote Bodybuilding in Ghana.
The competition is opened to all bodybuilders in Ghana, however athletes suspended, banned or expelled by the GBFA would not be allowed to participate in the event.
By: Isaac Mortey (Intern, Rainbow Radio0
The South African Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Madam Lulu Xingwana has expressed satisfaction with Ghana’s rolled-out digital property address system. Ambassador Lulu believes Ghana’s digital address system is innovative and shows Ghana’s readiness to leapfrog its technological drive for rapid economic development.
The ambassador made this observation when she led a team of MBA students from the University of Witwatersrand Business School (WBS) to pay a courtesy call on the Vice President as part of their annual global tour, a requirement for all MBA students at the School.
At the meeting Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia took the students and academic leads from the Wits Business School (WBS) through the mandate and operations of the Economic Management Team (EMT) and the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU). The Vice President also touched on how policy decisions are made at the appellate level of government at the EMT and devolved for implementation.
Key among the highlights made by the Vice President were the steps Ghana is taking in the area of economic formalization through digitization. He expounded on some projects such as the digital property address system, national identification, mobile money interoperability, land records digitization etc.
On her part, the Ambassador to South Africa congratulated the government of Ghana for the many bold initiatives it has undertaken in the last 22 months.
“I must say from where I stand that I am happy for your government and South Africa is prepared to take a cue from the many good things you are doing, especially the digital address system. We don’t have such a robust address system in South Africa as yours and we will be glad to tap from your experiences”.
Ambassador Lulu further mentioned that currently in South Africa there are so many places without addresses but Ghana’s digital address system guarantees every 5 by 5 square meter location a unique address. This, she said is a step in the right direction for economic development.
The Academic Director of the Wits Business School, Prof. Paul Alagidede similarly expressed satisfaction with the current state of affairs of the Ghanaian economy and, together with some of the students wished that the current economic progress is sustained.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 5th November, 2018, launched the Ghana Commodity Exchange, a platform for buying and selling listed agricultural commodities.
Speaking at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Ghana Commodity Exchange, the first in West Africa, is going to be one of the key drivers of realising his government’s vision of becoming the agricultural hub of West Africa.
Even though Ghanaians farmers are responsible for feeding a nation of some twenty-nine million (29,000,000) people, the President stated that they are amongst a class of workers in the country with no guaranteed incomes for their labour and efforts.
“On their own, some of them have to deal with commodity price volatilities, and many possess little to no knowledge of the true value of their produce. Even worse is the fact that most transactions in the agricultural sector are conducted by word of mouth or handshake agreements. Most often, there are no formal contractual agreements in place, resulting in trade disputes which undermine our marketing system,” he said.
The President noted that agro-industry players also have major concerns, with varied qualities of the same commodity often mixed together and sold, with a clear disregard for accuracy in weight, and also the non-existence of a national system for the weighing and standardizing of the quality and quantity of commodities.
These challenges, he stressed, have given rise to the employment of costly solutions and alternatives in dealing with them.
They include engaging out-grower schemes to tie producers to delivering outputs or extending considerable amounts of input financing, and investing in networks of collection centres where buyers are compelled to inspect produce themselves physically in order for them to be assured of what they are purchasing.
With agricultural super-powers employing better ways to address these problems and satisfy both the producer and the buyer, President Akufo-Addo noted that the time has now come for Africa to focus on creating formal market institutions.
“The Ghana Commodity Exchange, the platform for buying and selling listed commodities, will, thus, become the first of its kind in West Africa, and one of only three operating on the African continent,” he added.
The President indicated that a decision has been made for the Exchange, as a start, to trade in agricultural commodities, specifically with food security crops, with additional commodities set to be traded at the Exchange.
“Government will make sure that the Ghana Commodity Exchange delivers on its mandate, and promotes high productivity, price stability, increased exports, and reduced imports of commodities. The Exchange, in light of the emerging regional and continental free trade area can position Ghana as the premier West African global trading hub,” he added.
With an estimated one million farmers, in the next 18 months set to be integrated into the Ghana Commodity Exchange and Warehouse Receipt System, President Akufo-Addo stressed that Ghanaian farmers will gain access to secured storage for their harvest and good warehousing management practices, substantially reducing their post-harvest losses, and improving their take home sales; affordable short-term loans using their commodities as sole collateral, as well as managing borrowers’ credit and default risks; and daily real time market and price information directly via text messaging.
He, thus, urged all Ghanaians to get involved to make this a success.
“To our traditional rulers here, I encourage you to help with the sensitization drive to improve the lives of your peoples; to our farmers, be part of the knowledge sharing within your communities so everyone benefits. Buy and sell through the Ghana Commodity Exchange,” he added.
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament and MP for Nsawam Adoajiri, Mr Frank Annor-Dompreh, has described the relationship between Ghana and China as beneficial and good for trade.
The relationship between the two countries he posited is that of a strong economic partnership that has been geared towards development.
He was making a statement on the floor of Parliament today [Tuesday].
The legislator said, the Chinese ‘’is not an alien to the Ghanaian because since the era of the late Nkrumah, Mills, Mahama and the current president, we have traded with them.
‘’Our diplomatic relation with China continue to evolve each new day with a strong tie which we believe must be tightened and not broken till the end of time considering how useful it has been to the economy and the people of Ghana as a whole,’’ he added.
Seconding the statement, the MP for Wa Central, Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo also praised the relationship but was worried the benefits and relationship has been one sided.
The call for Ghana to enhance its relation with China and strengthen it saddens his heart because Ghana has been the beneficiary all the time.
He prayed for a situation where the Chinese will say Ghana has helped them in doing one thing or the other.
‘’That is what defines your worth, importance and cements your sovereignty as a country that cannot be taken away or whose sovereignty cannot be taken away,’’ he said.
On his part, the MP for Madina, Mr Boniface Sadiq said, China has helped Ghana in various sectors of the economy.
Ghana and China have been in technical and economic cooporation right from the inception of independence. China has been very close to Ghana and has supported Ghana for a very long time.’’
China he added has helped Ghana to move forward since we started trading as countries.
In September this year, the President of China Xi Jinping underscored the need for Ghana and China relations to take the lead in Africa.
According to President Xi, the “deep historic bond” between China and Ghana, nurtured by leaders such as Mao Zedong, Kwame Nkrumah and others, has resulted in “a 58-year old tradition of friendship”.
He was confident that, under their joint leadership, Ghana and China would “enrich our friendship, take our bonds of co-operation to new heights, and,
thereby, deliver greater benefits to our two peoples.”
President Xi Jinping made this known, when he held bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, as part of the Ghanaian President’s State Visit to China.
Principal amongst them was the $2 billion Sino-Sure Framework Agreement, which will enable Sino-Hyrdo Corporation, a subsidiary of Power China, to finance and participate in major infrastructure, road and railway construction projects.
President Xi Jinping also indicated that China will provide a grant of 200 million Chinese Yuan, the equivalent of $30 million, to Ghana, to assist in the
effective implementation of the economic policies of President Akufo-Addo.
A five-year-old girl has been gruesomely murdered and body dumped at the Ayalolo Cluster of Schools in the Greater Accra Region.
The body of the minor had her tongue removed and dumped at the Cluster of Schools located on the Arena-Agbogloshie stretch of road.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, an eyewitness Richie Bruce, said, the body of the minor was discovered early morning Tuesday in a suspected ritual murder case.
He indicated that a toy gun, and a stone which the killers might have used to hit the minor was found near the body.
According to him, the murder looked fresh and blood stains were also found at the scene.
The killers he explained dragged the body from a school to another school all located in the Cluster of Schools.
Pupils from the various schools he noted could not look at the body and some teachers had to cover up the body with a cloth.
The body has since been picked up by the police deposited at the morgue.