MEET FRANK DARKO, INVENTOR OF THE FLOATING BICYCLE

Frank Darko is a young Graphic Design student of the Takoradi Technical University who hails from Takoradi. He would have been in his final year had he not deferred his course for personal reasons. The remarkable young man has pursued his passion in science and technology and invented the Floating Bicycle. After witnessing the devastating effects of flooding in his hometown, especially how school children become stranded and cannot cross the rivers through conventional boats to get to school,…

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Ghana security forces shut down LGBTQ office: Rights group

Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQ rights group in the capital, Accra, the organisation has said, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure. Gay sex is a criminal offence in the West African country and members of the LGBTQ community face widespread discrimination. “This morning, our office was raided by National Security,” the LGBT+ Rights Ghana group said on Twitter on Wednesday. “At this moment, we no longer have access to…

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Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility

Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all. Confirming the news on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that further supplies of the AstraZeneca/Oxford jab will reach Côte d’Ivoire later this week. These are the first coronavirus shots from the COVAX scheme to be distributed outside India, where the vaccine is being produced under licence. They…

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Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital records zero maternal deaths in 2020

Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital has for the first time in ten years last year recorded zero maternal deaths. This achievement has been attributed to the hardworking and dedicated staff of the hospital amidst challenges and the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2020 Annual Performance Review of the hospital at Karaga, the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Barihama Adam expressed gratitude to the midwives and called for the support of all to continue to provide quality health care to…

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Growing fears of COVID-19 associated stigma and discrimination in Africa

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continent, social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against persons perceived to have been in contact with the virus is also on an alarming rise. I recently watched a comic viral video showing people running out of a public bus for dear life as if a bomb had gone off. However, it was not a physical explosion but a loud sneeze from one of the passengers that had sent alarm bells…

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Ghana’s Ex-President Mahama selects First Female running mate

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama, has selected Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for the 2020 presidential elections. The National Communication Officer of the NDC, Mr Sammy Gyamfi announced that Prof Opoku-Agyeman had been selected as running mate for the NDC ticket after a meeting between the flagbearer and the National Executive Committee (NEC) at the NDC Headquarters on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Accra. He told pressmen that…

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Queen Elizabeth honors 95-year-old Ghanaian veteran

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has honored a Ghanaian war veteran, Pvt. Joseph Hammond, who walked 14 miles to raise money for frontline workers and veterans in Africa. The 95-year-old veteran said he was “overwhelmed with joy” after being honored with a Point of Light award, presented by the Queen to volunteers from the Commonwealth who positively impact their communities. “This will linger in my memory forever. I wish to thank the mother of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all those…

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Ghana to evacuate stranded citizens abroad but borders remain closed

President Akufo-Addo has yielded to pressure to evacuate Ghanaians stranded abroad since closure of the country’s borders on March 21. In his tenth address to the nation since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Akufo-Addo said “special dispensation is going to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana.” “They will be subjected to the mandatory quarantine and safety protocols he said the Sunday evening address. However, the country’s air, land and sea borders remain closed to general human…

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Ghana closes schools & universities, bans public gatherings

President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered the closure of all schools and universities in Ghana as his administration moves to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier on Sunday afternoon, health authorities announced that six cases of the disease have been recorded in the country within a period of less than 48 hours. On Sunday evening, in a televised address the President ordered the closure of all educational institutions with effect from Monday, March 16, 2020. “All universities, Senior…

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Reflections on farmers’ Day

Ghanaians from all walks of life are celebrating our farmers today. Over the years, our industrious farmers have not only relented in their efforts to feed the nation but have also contributed to national development and growth. As a sign of appreciation, today has been dedicated to them. Across the entire nation 24 farmers will be honoured in various categories at a ceremony in Ho in the Volta Region. Similar ceremonies will also be organised in the various regions…

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