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VODEC GHANA AND SKYVIEW HOSPITAL TO ORGANIZE FREE HEALTH SCREENING

Voice of Developing Communities, (VODEC) and Skyview Hospital is orgnainzing a free health screening at Domeabra and Windy Hill, two adjoining communities near Pokuase in the Ga West Municipality on 24th March, 2018.  

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23/Mar/2018

Ghanaians eating too much fish – Fisheries Alliance convener

The excessively high intake of fish among Ghanaians is one of the reasons the country has to import over 60 percent of its fish, according to the Co-convener of the Fisheries Alliance, Richster Nii Amarfio.

Ghana, which consumes over 950,000 metric tons of fish annually, imported $135 million worth of fish in 2016 because of the reduction in the country’s fish stock.

There are fears Ghana may soon lose its fishing stock if nothing is done to overturn issues confronting the country’s fishing sector.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mr. Armafio attributed the state of affairs to failings in the post-harvest chain which contributes to Ghana’s 25 million population having a high fish consumption per capita.

“The fish we consume in Ghana per capital is way in excess of the world average. We consume between 25 and 27 kg per capita. The world average is around 11 to 13 kg per capita. So we are consuming about twice the world average consumption and only a few people consume that fish.”

But this lop-sided consumption can be corrected by investments into the post harvest sector of the fishing industry.

“We first need to look at the lopsided consumption in the fisheries sector and then develop a proper post-harvest sector that is able to attract investors into the country to now start the process of canning fish and if that happens, our consumption will go down and our earnings from the fisheries sector will grow.”

“ You can’t say that the 400,000 metric tonnes we are producing is not enough. It is the way we consume fish that is the problem because we have not developed the processes of storing fish,” Mr. Armafio added.

Impact of galamsey

Illegal mining activities have also contributed to this fish deficit as the inland contribution to fisheries “has completely been cut out.”

“People who were living in the North were depending on small streams and water bodies so they didn’t have to rely on imported fish. [But they] no longer have those fishes, so they now have to rely on imported fish because their fish and water bodies have all been destroyed by illegal mining activities.”

Aside from this, Ghana is also missing out on fish production from lagoons and mangrove swamps in Accra because “they have become industrial sinks.”

“Go to Accra, all the municipal drains are channeled into one water body or another and so the quality of water that we require in the lagoons to produce the brackish fish; we are losing them.”

Source:GhanaWeb.com

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07/Sep/2017

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rsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing might not be the coup it appears

 

 

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was developing into one of the world’s best strikers, he simultaneously developed into something else: He had become somewhat of a mythical figure in the transfer market, the go-to name for rumor-disseminators when a superclub’s fans clamored for a new forward. But it was unclear how close he ever truly came to leaving Borussia Dortmund.

And now suddenly he’s gone.

He’s off to Arsenal for $78.5 million. He’ll reportedly earn $12.4 million per year plus bonuses. He’s the most expensive player in club history, and the truest replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

He’s also seemingly a bargain. It’s as if Arsenal paid Aubameyang’s 2016 price in a market that has long since left 2016 prices behind. The Gabon international has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world for years, and, disciplinary suspensions aside, has shown few signs of slowing down. His pace remains irreplaceable. His combination of that and predatory instincts have made him nearly unparalleled over the past few seasons.

And yet there is something unsettling about this deal. Something unsettling about its relative abruptness. Something unsettling about the market in which it was struck.

Aubameyang had long agitated for a move. He had long been the subject of interest from top clubs around Europe, or so we were led to a believe. And Arsenal, for ages, had refused to loosen Arsene Wenger’s purse strings. Now, in a span of a few weeks, Dortmund has heeded Aubameyang’s demands; Arsenal has written a big, fat check; and, curiously, no other European footballing power even considered writing a similar one.

That’s the slightly disconcerting question here: Why did the market dry up? Why didn’t Arsenal have price-inflating competition for Aubameyang’s signature? And why is Dortmund only now willing to sell at a price that surely hasn’t blown it out of the water?

There are several theories. Perhaps other clubs have been put off by Aubameyang’s attitude throughout his final months in Germany. He was dropped in November for “disciplinary reasons,” then again this month for missing a team meeting. Perhaps there is further intel that hasn’t been, and won’t be, made public.

Or, maybe, clubs have connected two easily discernible dots: One, that Aubameyang is 28; and two, that his game is heavily dependent on pace. Pace is often the first of a player’s attributes to go, and with it would go Aubameyang’s excellence.

Aubameyang is more than just a speedster, though. He very well could have three or four more prime years remaining in his legs. Thus, at less than $80 million, he would seem to be worth the risk.

The problem isn’t the risk itself; it’s that Arsenal is the club taking it. That’s where the disconnect lies. The Gunners have both the oldest and worst squad of the Premier League’s Big Six. They are not in contention for meaningful trophies, and aren’t all that close either. Aubameyang would represent an excellent short-term talent infusion for a club battling for a title. But a short-term talent infusion isn’t what Arsenal needs.

Arsenal needs a foundational rebuild. Instead, its first two building blocks of the post-Alexis Sanchez era were a 28-year-old and a 29-year-old that will cover up cracks beneath them. Oh, and they effectively cost more than $100 million. For a club previously so frugal, so careful to make good investments in the market, that’s a stunning 180-degree turn. And probably not a very smart or timely one, given the circumstances.

Could Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan recapture the magic of their Dortmund days? Sure they could. And sure, they could lead Arsenal to the Champions League via a comeback in the top-four race. (Aubameyang is ineligible to play for Arsenal in the Europa League.)

But to provide a worthwhile return on investment, they’ll have to perform beyond this year and next. They’ll have to be key pillars of the rebuild in their early 30s. That scenario isn’t implausible. But it’s not likely, either.

Arsenal must be confident in it. More confident than any of its Premier League or continental rivals. The Gunners are betting on their recently revamped scouting and recruitment departments. They’re betting on themselves.

It’s not the first time they’ve bet on themselves. And it wouldn’t be the first time Wenger has won such a bet. But it certainly wouldn’t be the first time he’s lost one. So there is plenty of reason to be skeptical.

 

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31/Jan/2018

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was developing into one of the world’s best strikers, he simultaneously developed into something else: He had become somewhat of a mythical figure in the transfer market, the go-to name for rumor-disseminators when a superclub’s fans clamored for a new forward. But it was unclear how close he ever truly came to leaving Borussia Dortmund.

And now suddenly he’s gone.

He’s off to Arsenal for $78.5 million. He’ll reportedly earn $12.4 million per year plus bonuses. He’s the most expensive player in club history, and the truest replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

He’s also seemingly a bargain. It’s as if Arsenal paid Aubameyang’s 2016 price in a market that has long since left 2016 prices behind. The Gabon international has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world for years, and, disciplinary suspensions aside, has shown few signs of slowing down. His pace remains irreplaceable. His combination of that and predatory instincts have made him nearly unparalleled over the past few seasons.

And yet there is something unsettling about this deal. Something unsettling about its relative abruptness. Something unsettling about the market in which it was struck.

Aubameyang had long agitated for a move. He had long been the subject of interest from top clubs around Europe, or so we were led to a believe. And Arsenal, for ages, had refused to loosen Arsene Wenger’s purse strings. Now, in a span of a few weeks, Dortmund has heeded Aubameyang’s demands; Arsenal has written a big, fat check; and, curiously, no other European footballing power even considered writing a similar one.

That’s the slightly disconcerting question here: Why did the market dry up? Why didn’t Arsenal have price-inflating competition for Aubameyang’s signature? And why is Dortmund only now willing to sell at a price that surely hasn’t blown it out of the water?

There are several theories. Perhaps other clubs have been put off by Aubameyang’s attitude throughout his final months in Germany. He was dropped in November for “disciplinary reasons,” then again this month for missing a team meeting. Perhaps there is further intel that hasn’t been, and won’t be, made public.

Or, maybe, clubs have connected two easily discernible dots: One, that Aubameyang is 28; and two, that his game is heavily dependent on pace. Pace is often the first of a player’s attributes to go, and with it would go Aubameyang’s excellence.

Aubameyang is more than just a speedster, though. He very well could have three or four more prime years remaining in his legs. Thus, at less than $80 million, he would seem to be worth the risk.

The problem isn’t the risk itself; it’s that Arsenal is the club taking it. That’s where the disconnect lies. The Gunners have both the oldest and worst squad of the Premier League’s Big Six. They are not in contention for meaningful trophies, and aren’t all that close either. Aubameyang would represent an excellent short-term talent infusion for a club battling for a title. But a short-term talent infusion isn’t what Arsenal needs.

Arsenal needs a foundational rebuild. Instead, its first two building blocks of the post-Alexis Sanchez era were a 28-year-old and a 29-year-old that will cover up cracks beneath them. Oh, and they effectively cost more than $100 million. For a club previously so frugal, so careful to make good investments in the market, that’s a stunning 180-degree turn. And probably not a very smart or timely one, given the circumstances.

Could Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan recapture the magic of their Dortmund days? Sure they could. And sure, they could lead Arsenal to the Champions League via a comeback in the top-four race. (Aubameyang is ineligible to play for Arsenal in the Europa League.)

But to provide a worthwhile return on investment, they’ll have to perform beyond this year and next. They’ll have to be key pillars of the rebuild in their early 30s. That scenario isn’t implausible. But it’s not likely, either.

Arsenal must be confident in it. More confident than any of its Premier League or continental rivals. The Gunners are betting on their recently revamped scouting and recruitment departments. They’re betting on themselves.

It’s not the first time they’ve bet on themselves. And it wouldn’t be the first time Wenger has won such a bet. But it certainly wouldn’t be the first time he’s lost one. So there is plenty of reason to be skeptical.

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31/Jan/2018

Could this 'miracle' grain from Africa become the next quinoa?

(CNN)As a child, Pierre Thiam didn't think there was anything extraordinary about fonio; a tiny-grained cereal he often ate on summer vacations at his grandparents'.

Decades later he sees it as the "miracle" grain that could replace quinoa and transform the economy of the Sahel.
Fonio has been grown for over 5,000 years and is possibly the oldest cultivated cereal in Africa. The gluten-free grain, native to Thiam's birth country, Senegal, has been touted as the next quinoa.
 
 
"It is nutritious, particularly rich in methionine and cysteine, two amino acids that are deficient in most other major grains: barley, rice or wheat to name a few," the chef said of fonio at the recently concluded TEDGlobal Conference in Tanzania.
And it is from exporting this grain that he believes the Sahel can turn its economy around.

(CNN)As a child, Pierre Thiam didn't think there was anything extraordinary about fonio; a tiny-grained cereal he often ate on summer vacations at his grandparents'.

Decades later he sees it as the "miracle" grain that could replace quinoa and transform the economy of the Sahel.
Fonio has been grown for over 5,000 years and is possibly the oldest cultivated cereal in Africa. The gluten-free grain, native to Thiam's birth country, Senegal, has been touted as the next quinoa.
 
 
"It is nutritious, particularly rich in methionine and cysteine, two amino acids that are deficient in most other major grains: barley, rice or wheat to name a few," the chef said of fonio at the recently concluded TEDGlobal Conference in Tanzania.
And it is from exporting this grain that he believes the Sahel can turn its economy around.
His study led him further down a rabbit hole of discovery.
Natives of Dogon in Mali believe it is "the seed of the universe" where the Earth sprouted, while in ancient Egypt the grain was found in the pyramids' burial grounds.
"I became more interested in this grain that was deemed worth taking to the afterlife by early Egyptians," he said.

Rich grain, poor land

Fonio is cultivated in Kédougou, a place Thiam describes as "one of the poorest regions of Senegal."
"Because of desertification and lack of job prospects, much of Kédougou's young population has left. They chose the deadly path of migration in search of 'better' opportunities. Often, they risk their lives trying to reach Europe," he said in his TEDtalk.
For him, exporting the resilient fonio, which "thrives where nothing else will grow," might be the answer to the looming poverty.
"Although we are still at an early stage of development, we are collaborating with an NGO called SOS Sahel to recruit, train and equip the youths throughout the Sahel region, including Kédougou. The youths are happy to have the opportunity of a paying job," he later told CNN.

One grain, many possibilities

Despite the great potential fonio has, he says there is a lot of work to be done in changing Senegalese locals' perception of it as "country-people" food.
In an effort to upgrade its status and share it with the world as a "world-class crop," Thiam struck a deal with the largest natural food chain in America, Whole Foods, which started selling packs of fonio this year.
The first location (Harlem) is selling really well and we are now planning to unroll through their 36 Northeast region locations," he said.
He is keen to continue pushing fonio even further, and his dream is to see his native grain developed into every food type on the market.
"We have developed several fonio products that we plan to gradually introduce to the market. Crackers, cereals and pastas."
If Thiam's dream comes true, fonio could rival quinoa around the world.
Source:CNN
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03/Oct/2017

Isha Johansen to stand for re-election as president of Sierra Leone's Football Association

(CNN)Sierra Leone's Football Association president Isha Johansen has announced she will stand for re-election despite admitting that her decision will "infuriate a lot of people."

Johansen is the only female football president in Africa and one of only two females to have ever held the role as president of a football association.
 
"It will spark up more conspiracy theories and even actions," she told CNN Sport's Alex Thomas.
 
 
"Knowing the environment as I know it now, and the kind of environments I've been trying to work under and rise above, anything is possible.
"The fact that I'm here, willing to take the bruises and the knocks for and behalf of my country, that's applaudable. It's about good governance and putting Sierra Leone on the map for the right reasons."

'Ebola, infighting and political interference'

The 52-year-old was elected as her football association's president in 2013 but her reign has been a difficult one.
A match-fixing inquiry into a World Cup qualifier between Sierra Leone and South Africa in 2008 is ongoing, with 11 officials and four players, all of whom have denied wrongdoing, having been suspended by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) since 2014 pending investigation.
Moreover, two years of her term was dominated by the Ebola crisis as the deadly virus inflicted parts of west Africa, killing thousands and damaging the economies.
In Sierra Leone where, Johansen has said, football is "like a second religion" the sport was banned in an attempt to curtail the spread of the virus.
The last 12 months in particular have been personally challenging.
She spent the night in custody after failing to attend a hearing set up by the country's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in September 2016.
On 21 September, two days after this interview with CNN, she was charged with abuse of office and misuse of public funds by the ACC -- charges which she denies.
Last month, an interim court injunction -- subsequently overturned on August 31 -- temporarily stopped Johansen and three other executive committee members from running the country's football affairs until their legitimacy to govern had been proved.
Her mandate to govern expired on August 3 but no electoral congress has yet been held, with FIFA, world football's governing body, delaying the elections until integrity checks are carried out by a task force.
Johansen told CNN Sport: "It's taken a toll on my health, for sure, I'm actually here [in London] for my medical checks ... but at the end of the day, even though it's affected my health, it's made me stronger.
"It's difficult, it's challenging, but I'm very up for the task. It's been particularly difficult for my family, especially for my elderly parents.
"There have been some positives that I'm proud of in our Sierra Leone football development. Despite all the odds, the challenges -- the Ebola, the infighting, the political interference -- all of these have helped strengthen our cause and strengthen my resolve."
Until elections are conducted, FIFA has said it will recognize the leadership of the executives currently running SLFA.
In a statement, FIFA told CNN Sport: "We reaffirm our position for the need for integrity checks before the SLFA can proceed with its General Assembly.
"All current and potential SLFA members of the SLFA Executive Committee, including the president, must undergo integrity checks in line with the FIFA statutes and the FIFA government regulations.
"Until these integrity checks are done, we have no alternative but to continue with the current leadership and management of the SLFA in preparation of the General Assembly.
"Once all these requirements have been clarified, SLFA executives will be cleared for the election."
Johansen said she would be happy to stand for election tomorrow.
"I do hope that people would understand that it's not in an attempt to keep me in office for any longer time than is necessary," she added.
"It's because, after four years, it wouldn't serve anybody's good purpose, definitely not in the country's best interest, to continue in the same manner."

A controversial appointment?

FIFA's task force is comprised of representatives from FIFA, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the SLFA and the country's Ministry of Sports and is chaired by Musa Bility, the controversial president of the Liberian FA.
Bility was prevented from running for FIFA's presidency in 2015 after failing the governing body's integrity checks, though the world governing body did not make the reasons for his failure public.
In 2013 the Liberian received a six-month ban from football after CAF said he had "violated statues relating to the use of official documents."
Describing Bility as a "brother and a friend," Johansen said it was not her decision to put Bility on the task force.
"Poor old Musa, he's taking a bashing and I'm having to defend Musa," she said.
"It's not my decision and not my place to tell FIFA who to put and who not to put. Allegations are allegations.
"I was arrested ... it wasn't pleasant. Very scary, especially when you don't know why you're being held and you're innocent. I have to say this, even with this announcement, you can't put anything past anything happening."
Source:CNN
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03/Oct/2017

Serena Williams shows off her incredible post-baby body

(CNN)Get it Serena Williams!

The tennis superstar has snapped back in a big way since giving birth.
Her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born September 1 and is the first for Williams and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
 
 
On Thursday, she shared a selfie on her official Instagram account showing her slimmed down physique in a black t-shirt and what appears to be either black short shorts or a pair of undies.
"It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports -- that I belong in Men's -- because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it)," she wrote.
 
Williams showed off that powerful and very pregnant physique for a Vanity Fair cover story in the August issue. She appeared nude with her baby bump and marveled in disbelief about her pregnancy.
"It just doesn't seem real ... If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world," Williams said at the time.
 
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03/Oct/2017

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01/May/2018

Haters of Shatta Wale are animals - Kingfaya

The record must to be set straight, there are so many things happening in Ghana music industry and if one have to sit down aloof and will not comment about it, the excesses will be regrettable.

 I don’t know whether it is leadership problem on behalf of Ghana music.

The same people who killed TerryBonchaka and recently killed Ebony are still awake looking for ShataWale to destroy and kill him.

 

The KYERE ME BIBI HITMAKER who is out with another banger titled ME GBO added that all this nonsense has to stop in Ghana and it is a wake-up call to all members of Ghana music fraternity.

 

The selfishness of some Ghanaian musicians is paving way for illegality to prevail whilst everyone wants to go solo.

Some Ghanaian pastors should concentrate on their churches and stop visiting Mallams and Fetish Priest, whilst we also concentrate on our music. Pastors visit Mallams and fetish priests just to bring Shatawale down to the extends of killing him, then they come out with fake and bogus prophesies just to intimidate celebrities in Ghana.

You can’t do this in Germany, USA, Jamaica or any European Country. A threat to any musician in Ghana is  a threat to KINGFAYA he added.

I support Shata Wale burning any church or even any Pastor who is a threat to his life just to show as a signal to others.

23/Mar/2018

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09/Sep/2017

Reggie Bush and Wife Lilit Avagyan Welcome Third Child: Find Out His Name!

A celebration is in order! Reggie Bush and his wife, Lilit Avagyan, have welcomed their third child together, E! News reports.

The dance instructor gave birth to a baby boy named Agyemang on Saturday, September 2.

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Avagyan announced the couple were expecting their third bundle of joy via Instagram on March 2, Bush’s 32nd birthday. “🍼🍫birthday love #HBD @reggiebush,” the model captioned a snap of the pair sharing a romantic moment.

A source also confirmed the pregnancy news to Us that same month: “Lilit is in her second trimester and the two are looking forward to having another baby together.”

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The running back and Avagyan, 29, who tied the knot in July 2014, are also parents of daughter Briseis, 4, and son Uriah, 2.

Avagyan, who isn’t shy about showing off on Instagram, shared an adorable pic of the group in June. “Happy Father's Day Blessed,” the proud mom wrote alongside a picture of Bush and their two children relaxing at the beach on Father’s Day.

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Avagyan also shared a picture of her growing baby bump in July. “Almost there 🏁” she captioned a Instagram snap, dressed in a form-fitting black dress as she cradled her pregnancy belly.

Source:USA Today

07/Sep/2017

I fed and clothed my jobless husband for 8 months - Afia Schwarzenegger

It appears more and more drama and twists to Afia’s scandal keeps unfolding and as a blog that is neutral, we would share with you whatever we are able to learn about this whole Afia Schwarz’s scandal.

I believe by now, anyone who had doubts that, the story is not true, would have a change of mind–We don’t have time to do Fake news.

So, we’ve learned that Afia’s husband Lawrence Abrokwah has been assaulting Afia for sometime now, at least about 8 times and for that matter, the parents of Afia told him, they are no longer interested in letting their daughter stay in the marriage and for that matter returned the drinks he brought back to him.—–according to sources all of these events happened in June this year.

Afia Schwarz marriage is not even a year old, as she got married just last year October and it’s already crashed, as prophesied by Owusu Bempah, but she didn’t take him seriously.

Now, sources say that Abrokwah, was tipped by the maid in their house that day that, a certain man was in bed with Afia.

From, what the sources say, Abrokwah used to bang the maid too, reason why he had that close relationship with her, for her to have called him to gist him on what was happening in the house – Remember Abrokwah has been asked not to come to the house of Afia, as Afia says, she’s not interested in the marriage again.

But then legally, Afia is still married to Abrokwah, so stating by word of mouth that she’s no longer interested in him, does not warrant her to bring another man to the house.

As far as we are concerned, she never made any announcement on Social Media that she has divorced him and that she has suffered from any abuse in her marriage.

She painted a picture on Social media that all was well, in her marriage–Of course, she’s a DAMN liar and a hypocrite

Now, assuming without admitting that she ended the marriage in June like her team wants Ghanaians to believe, why the heck did she post a picture of herself and her husband just this past August, when she had an issue with Multimedia and Kiki Banson?

So, we have an audio, in which Afia was telling Abrokwah’s family that, she’s no longer interested in their son.

We could also hear her accusing Abrokwah of being a thief, unemployed and how she had to hustle to feed him since they got married.

Source:GhanaWeb.com