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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.

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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

Is peanut butter healthy?

(CNN)Yes, peanut butter can be a nutritious diet staple, but some varieties are healthier than others.

Peanut butter is rich in heart-healthy fats and is a good source of protein, which can be helpful for vegetarians looking to include more protein in their diets. A 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains up to 8 grams of protein and 2 to 3 grams of fiber. The nutty spread also offers vitamins and minerals including the B vitamin niacin, iron, potassium and vitamin E.
The healthiest peanut butter is made from just peanuts, while added salt, sugars and oils change its nutritional profile. For example, a peanut butter with salt added can have 100 to 150 milligrams of sodium, while an unsalted version is sodium-free. Sugars may be added too, especially in flavored varieties, and can contribute up to 7 grams, or 28 calories per serving.
 
 
Nuts, including peanuts (which are technically legumes), have been associated with lower risk of heart disease, cancer and premature death.
Consumption of nuts and peanut butter has also been associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. However, one study that tracked more than 120,000 men and women from 1986 to 1996 found that while consumption of nuts and peanuts was associated with lower mortality rates among individuals, no protective effect was found for peanut butter.
"In the past, it has been shown that peanut butter contains trans fatty acids and therefore the composition of peanut butter is different from peanuts. The adverse health effects of salt and trans fatty acids could inhibit the protective effects of peanuts," researchers wrote in a news release on the study.
In fact, a 2001 USDA report found that peanut butter does not contain any detectable levels of trans fats in any of the 11 brands of peanut butters that researchers tested, which included both major store brands and "natural brands," even though small amounts of hydrogenated vegetable oils are added to commercial peanut butters to prevent the peanut oil from separating out.
Though it might seem that crunchy or chunky peanut butter might have an edge over the smooth kind, nutritionally speaking, they are pretty similar. Differences among peanut butters have more to do with a spread's ingredients, rather than its texture.
Linda V. Van Horn, professor of preventive medicine and a registered dietitian at Northwestern University, stated that commercial peanut butter formulations have been improved because the food industry is aware of the trans fat issues and has responded by reformulating those products. "Just remember to check the label for '0' trans fats and preferably '0' added sugars," she said. Fortunately, "there is no concern with ground-up peanuts ... otherwise known as 'natural' peanut butter."
eep in mind that most of the calories in peanut butter come from fat. While it's mostly the heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated kind, it does make peanut butter a calorie-dense food. A 2-tablespoon serving has approximately 200 calories, so if you are carefully watching calories, you can cut that portion in half. And steer clear of flavored peanut butters with added sugars and cocoa butter, which morphs a healthy nut spread into dessert.
Source:CNN.com
 
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07/Sep/2017

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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.

Cutest Celebrity Baby Announcements

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.”

Celebrity Babies of 2017

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.

Famous Fathers Who Had Kids Late in Life

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

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09/Sep/2017

World Cup qualifier to be replayed after referee banned for life for match manipulation

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has ordered that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee awarded a penalty for a non-existent handball and was banned for life for match manipulation.

FIFA on Wednesday ordered that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.

South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the qualifier last November, helped by a penalty awarded by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for a non-existent handball.

That result will be annulled and the game will be replayed this November, FIFA said, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the life ban for Lamptey.

FIFA found Lamptey guilty of breaching the rule relating to "unlawfully influencing match results" and banned him for life in March. The referee failed with appeals to FIFA's appeal committee and now to CAS.

Lamptey awarded a penalty against Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the game in Polokwane, South Africa, when replays clearly showed the ball struck Koulibaly's knee and then dropped to the ground.

South Africa scored the 42nd-minute penalty and went on to win — its only victory so far in the final round of qualifying in Africa.

Full details of Lamptey's case have not yet been published and it hasn't been confirmed if a betting scam was the reason suspected for Lamptey's decision to award the penalty late in the first half.

A penalty awarded late in a scoreless first half could raise suspicion by potentially triggering bets relating to the state of the game and goals scored at halftime.

Lamptey joined FIFA's list of international referees in 2005 but was never selected for a World Cup. He did officiate matches at the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

The Ghanaian referee has a history of suspicious performances.

He was previously suspended by the Confederation of African Football for allowing a critical goal to stand in an African Champions League semifinal in 2010 when it was clearly punched into the net.

His antics in an African Cup of Nations qualifier last year also were suspect. He allowed the game between Congo and Angola to continue for two minutes longer than the injury time displayed before awarding a disputed penalty to Angola. He blew for full time straight after Angola scored from the spot.

Africa, and South Africa, have fallen victim to referees manipulating games before.

Source:USA Today

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07/Sep/2017

Career advice: Which jobs have the fastest wage growth?

After six months of slowing wage growth, August turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Workers in the United States saw their annual median base pay grow by 2% year over year for the month of August, rising to $51,556, according to the Glassdoor Local Pay Reports. That's an improvement over July, when wages increased by only 1.7%, but still below January's peak of 3.4%.

"We will be watching eagerly to see if this starts a trend in the opposite direction," said Glassdoor Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain. "We are also closely watching retail, and while the holiday season is still months away, retailers are already making preparations to fill short-term positions in time for the holiday buying rush."

Jobs in retail have experienced above-average growth at least in part because of heavy demand for workers. Glassdoor shows more than 614,000 openings on its website if you include not just in-store positions like cashiers, warehouse workers, and store managers, but also jobs that support retail like truck drivers.

 

What jobs saw the biggest increases?

Truck driver, a position which has been steadily near the top in recent months when it comes to wage growth, actually took the crown in August. It saw a 5.7% jump to $52,079. That's better than store manager (up 3.2% to $48,422) and cashiers (3.7% to $27,701).

"We continue to see pay growth rise for truck drivers, in part because of increased demand for the rapid transport of consumer retail goods that have been purchased online," said Chamberlain. "While there is some concern that in the future self-driving trucks may negatively impact truck driver jobs, it's not happening today."

 

 

Rank

Job title

% wage growth YoY August

Median base pay

1

Truck Driver

5.7%

$52,079

2

Barista

5.7%

$24,194

3

Insurance Agent

5.7%

$43,652

4

Recruiter

5.2%

$50,483

5

Bank Teller

4.9%

$28,636

6

Restaurant Cook

4.7%

$28,628

7

Pharmacy Technician

3.7%

$30,592

8

Cashier

3.7%

$27,701

9

Producer

3.5%

$52,935

10

Server

3.3%

$33,654

Data source: Glassdoor.

Not every job shows wage growth

While it's good to be a truck driver, attorneys suffered the biggest decline in wage growth in August. To be fair, even with a 3% drop, the median salary for lawyers comes in at $92,241 a year.

"There has been a huge oversupply of law school graduates in recent years compared to how many traditional positions are open, and a lot of new lawyers are not finding jobs with law firms," said Chamberlain. "Instead, many are heading into more general business management, roles with nonprofits, journalism, government, or public policy."

Loan officers also took a hit in August, seeing media wages drop by 1% to $44,832, and operations analysts saw their median salaries decline 0.1% to $53,147. In both cases, Glassdoor blames automation reducing demand for human workers.

A labor shortage may be here

The American work force may simply not have enough workers to go around. Given that the unemployment rate sat at 4.3% in July, a tie for its lowest in a decade (with May 2017 being the only other month to equal that rate), it's possible that labor shortages will force wages higher.

That could push more companies to pursue automation. In theory, that could impact everything from retail and factory workers to truck drivers (although cashier-free checkout is a bit easier to bring about than driverless trucks).

This holiday season could be very positive time for U.S. workers, but higher wages could be temporary. Automation is not quick to implement, but once it happens those jobs don't come back. It may be years or even longer before the impact truly hits, but automation is already being used by retailers including Amazon and fast food chains including McDonald's.

Rising wages and a lack of workers to hire even at higher prices might be the tipping point for automation. That could make both the turnaround in wage growth and the low unemployment rates relatively short-lived.

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07/Sep/2017

Black Stars players disappointed with government

The Black Stars of Ghana have expressed their disappointment with the government for failing to charter a flight for the team after their mauling of Congo by 5-1 in Brazzaville in the 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The Sports Ministry had promised to airlift the 21-man contingent to Accra in a chartered flight to enable them get to their various clubs in Europe so they either not lose their positions or face some financial sanctions.

But an hour to the crucial encounter it was communicated through Captain Asamoah Gyan that the team will be transported by a commercial flight which will have affected the foreign-based players drastically.

Gyan as a leader quickly had to resource a travel agent to get his team-mates a chartered plane to save players disappointment.

“I did this to keep the morale of the players high because these things destroy national commitment, and don’t forget there are young ones in the team so I just saved the situation but still I think government must fulfill their promises always,” he told Hot FM.

Source:GhanaWeb.com

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07/Sep/2017

Black Stars divided into NPP, NDC groups - Boateng-Gyan

Veteran football administrator Yaw Boateng-Gyan has alleged senior Black Stars players are sharply divided on political lines - among the ruling New Patriotic Party and opposition National Democratic Congress.

The senior figure of the opposition National Democratic Congress claims captain Asamoah Gyan, the Ayew brothers, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Mubarak Wakaso have nailed their colours to the mast.

There have been widespread suspicion of massive division in the team which appears to have been escalated after the country's unflattering campaign in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Ayew brothers pulled out of the World Cup qualifying return leg against Congo while injured Gyan traveled with the team to Brazzaville as they toasted the home team 5-1 on Tuesday.

But former Black Stars management committee member and Bofoakwa Tano chairman Yaw Boateng-Gyan has alleged the friction in the team has political undertone.

"Our boys in the national team including Asamoah Gyan, the Ayew brothers, my own nephew Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (who has been overlooked) and Wakaso and the others must stop the politicization of the Black Stars," he fumed

"If not, Kwesi Appiah should not call any of them. What I have heard is that my own nephew Asamoah Gyan calls President Akufo Addo because he is his friend.

"Then Dede and his brother also call former President John Mahama. How can you play any productive football with these mindset?

"You could clearly see the last time that they avoided passing the ball to each other. They are toiling with our heart!

"There is an iota of truth in what I am hearing and its best they put a stop to it. Politics is gaining roots in the national team.They are professionals and should leave the politics for us.

"Even those of us who are engaged in politics and football administrations at the same time dont get the two mixed up."

Politics and football rarely mix. In fact, perhaps the beauty of competitive sport in this day and age is the complete absence of political manoeuvre and personal societal gain.

While elements of political gossip do still occasionally crop up in football, it is normally at board room level regarding off the pitch matters.

It's believed asserting political beliefs divides an audience because there’s a sense of apathy towards politics amongst the demographic of men who make it as professional footballers.

Source:GhanaWeb

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07/Sep/2017

Ghana to generate US$10 billion from Non-Traditional Exports

Ghana is set to generate US$10 billion from Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) in the next four years, Madam Gifty Klenam, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), disclosed on Wednesday.

To achieve the target, she said, the Authority was developing and promoting exports vigorously, by identifying additional products with significant export potentials in the various districts in the country.

The Export and Import Act, 1995 (Act 503) defines Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) to include all export products with the exception of cocoa beans, lumber and logs, unprocessed gold and other minerals, and electricity.

Madam Klenam said this in a speech read on her behalf, at a meeting on the implementation of the National Export Strategy, vis-à-vis the One - District-One-Exportable-Product in Sunyani.

It was organized by GEPA and attended by District Chief Executives, Coordinating Directors and other stakeholders in the export sector and aimed at identifying new export products in the various districts of the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The National Export Strategy was launched in 2013 for implementation after extensive consultation and its key tenets advocate the identification, development, and promotion of at least one exportable product per district.

Madam Klenam indicated that the nation had all it takes to be the export hub of the sub-region, and underlined the need for stakeholders in the sector to help tap export products to transform the fortunes of the country.

She said currently GEPA was undergoing certain structural and fundamental realignment to be able to handle new responsibilities adding that very soon regional offices would be established for the full implementation of the one-district-one-export-product.

“This programme would complement as well as feed the implementation of the government’s overarching policy initiative of the One-District-One-Factory industrialization concept”, she explained.

Madam Klenam observed that Brong-Ahafo was vast and endowed with immense potentials for agribusiness, services and related export value chains.

“The region has been touted as the food basket of the country and the onus lay on us to translate this positive accolade into meaningful exports”, she told the participants.

Source:CNN.com

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07/Sep/2017

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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.

Cutest Celebrity Baby Announcements

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.”

Celebrity Babies of 2017

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.

Famous Fathers Who Had Kids Late in Life

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

07/Sep/2017

Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl, coach says

(CNN)Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, according to her coach and the US Open's official Twitter account.

Her sister Venus Williams also confirmed the birth during an interview before her match at the US Open on Friday when asked about Serena having a baby girl and her feelings on becoming an aunt. She said, "Obviously I'm super excited, words can't describe."
The US Open congratulated Williams on its Twitter page, "@serenawilliams won a new title on Day 5 at the #USOpen: Mom."

Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl, coach says

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian at the Met Gala in May in New York City.
 

(CNN)Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, according to her coach and the US Open's official Twitter account.

Her sister Venus Williams also confirmed the birth during an interview before her match at the US Open on Friday when asked about Serena having a baby girl and her feelings on becoming an aunt. She said, "Obviously I'm super excited, words can't describe."
The US Open congratulated Williams on its Twitter page, "@serenawilliams won a new title on Day 5 at the #USOpen: Mom."
Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou announced on his verified Twitter account, "Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation."
Source:CNN.com

07/Sep/2017

Pharrell Williams reveals the skincare secret to his youthful look

(CNN)Pharrell Williams has won Grammys, produced Oscar-nominated films and conquered the world of fashion.

But with all of his career accomplishments, his youthful visage has been one of the things that has most impressed fans.
At 44, Williams doesn't look his age at all. In a recent interview with Dazed, the musical artist and entrepreneur has revealed the skin care routine that helps him keep aging at bay.
 
 
"I exfoliate like a madman," he said. "When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you."
The "Happy" singer seems to think he really needs it.
"To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster," Williams said. "There's a lot of dead skin. All the time. Like a narcissistic madman."
In 2014, his seeming lack of aging had the internet accusing him of being a vampire. It got so bad that Williams had to come out and deny he was a prince of darkness.
"No I am not (a vampire)," Pharrell told Time Out London in 2014. "I'm willing to go on record as saying that I don't drink people's blood."
In the Q&A with Dazed, Williams also talked about his relationship with fashion and its ability to serve as a catalyst for change. To add to his list of accolades and business pursuits, Williams recently launched a tennis apparel collection with adidas that evokes a 70s vibe.
Source:CNN.com