HISTORY: Al-azhariya Qualifies For Super Zonals For The First Time in Seven Years.

Al - azhariya made a history in the ongoing Inter Schools and Colleges athletics after qualifying to the Super Zonals which happened to be their first ever qualification since the school started to take part in the competition.

The school started to take part in such competitions since 2012 and yesterday (Tuesday) was a historical moment as Al - azhariya breaks all odds to qualify after their splendid performance.

Al-azhariya who were in Zone 2 competed with Prempeh College, Islamic Senior High, Kumasi Technical Institute, Konongo Odumasi, Fomena Amass, Kings College, Ghana Muslim Mission amongst others.

The Old Tafo based school didn't just qualify but exhibited a Super Fantastic performance to emerge the first runner's up after Prempeh College and qualified aftermath.

The School happened to be on the scoresheet after they were victorious in some of the events.

Nobles ones were Gatlin and Company who became 1st and 3rd in the 100m men's finals respectively whilst Osman attained the 4th position in the men's 110m hurdles.

Also, Al-azhariya happened to be the subject matter content during the bartons after they attained the 1st position in the 4×200m men, 2nd in 4×100m men, as well as 2nd in the 4×400m men.

There was something to write home about for Al-azhariya in the long distance events after Emmanuel Appiah emerged victorious in the Men's 1500m.

The School displayed a Good performance in the field events too which made them to accumulate a quantum of points before the proceedings was brought to an end.

After the total calculation and tabulation of the results, Al - azhariya were on record to have attained the 2nd position with 93 points leapfrogging giants ISSEC who were 3rd with 83 points, KTI with 72 points KOSS with 71 points and GMM who were 6th with 58 points. Prempeh was 1st 155 points.

It was joyful moment at Old Tafo and its neighboring localities after the school broke their 7 years jinx to qualify for the Super Zonals for the first time.

By: Fareed Mohammed Awal.

“ILLEGAL MINING HAS SERIOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS ON OUR FUTURE” – JIRAPA MCE.

The Jirapa municipal Chief Executive, Hon Christine Bomannye Amadu calls for a stop of illegal mining in the Jirapa municipality, saying, that illegal mining can adversely affect the future of the municipality because the environment will be destroyed to the extend that it can no longer sustain lives.

She revealed that the Jirapa Municipal Assembly has formed a committee to help put a stop to illegal mining. According to her, the committee has visited the illegal mining sites to educate those who engage in the act, first, to educate them on the dangers of illegal mining and also on how one can acquire a small scale mining license. She said that the law will soon be used to bring the offenders to book."The law will soon catch up with those who involve in it" she insisted. It is expected that those involved after the good works of the committee, will desist from this infamous menace.

The Municipal Chief Executive called on traditional leaders and opinion leaders to help the Assembly stop this illegal mining especially in Duori where the canker is rampant.She made the admonition when addressing the Jirapa Municipal Town Hall meeting.The Town Hall Meeting of the District Assemblies and Municipal Assemblies are organized by the ministry of Information in collaboration with the ministry of local government. The essence is to provide a platform where government account to the citizens, review government policies with the citizens and as well, explain government policies.

The Jirapa Municipality had it turn of the town hall meeting on Monday, 7th November, 2018 at the Jirapa Municipal Conference Hall.

Denis Andaban

denisandaban@gmail.com

AWCON 2018: Madam Clara Agyemang Presents Taabia Products And Cash To The Black Queens

Madam Clara Agemang donated some products of Taabia Herbal Mixture to the Black Queens who are currently in Kumasi for a regional tour campaign.

Madam Clara Agyemang is the wife of the Chief Executive Officer of Taabea Herbal Mixture, Dr Christian Agyemang.

As the Queens engage in a friendly encounter against Kumasi base Sports Academy, Mrs Agyemang happened to be at the center of attraction and has threw her support to the team.

This saw the businesswoman to have donated some stuffs and token to the team who are on their quest to the African Women Cup of Nation (AWCON).

Philanthropic Madam Clara Agyemang presented Sports drinks, Mineral Water and Taabea products to the team.

She also gave the Queens an undisclosed amount as they prepare towards the tournament.

In an interview with NBSports Live, Mrs Agyemang postulated they (Taabia) are there to promote health and Black Queens is not an exception

"We are here to promote health and since the Black Queens are here, we decided to support them with this token and stuffs".

She moved further to say that it is the company's responsibility to promote health whilst everyone need energy to be fit and for that matter, they will support not only the Black Queens but all national teams

"The team needs energy to work. If you are not fit, you cannot play. So we are here to support them wherever they go. We will be seeing more of Taabea. It is our social responsibility so we will not side with the Black Queens only. It is going to be something national"

Madam Clara Agyemang finally throws her support to team and also expressed her profound gratitude to all stakeholders for their great support to the Queens who will be participating in the mega tournament in 2 months time.

By: Fareed Mohammed Awal.

THE BEAUTY OF THE DAY

Another day has broken, the moon and her children have settled, the sun has risen, that man has to hustle under the scorching sun to find food for the family. The brightness of the day has taken over the whole place that our rich and valuable vegetation has been wiped out in the struggle for a beautiful day.

Electricity has taken over the whole town that one can now sit in his house and see everything in another man's town, there is no more anything like secret, our bestowed wisdom has spread across the whole world, innovation and creativity has now gotten to it's highest peak that day-in-day-out we weak up to see new things, new information, new people of all caliber, others been blessing to you and others too trying all their best to pool you down.
I call this "the beauty of the day" because it gives you the basis to value yourself in the cause of the day of which I want to enumerate and share with my readers some basic questions that every day I keep asking myself, of which I think it would be good for my dear reader to also reflect over after reading the article.
The questions are:

1. Was my today better than my yesterday?

2. If Yes , what makes it better? And if No what should I do to change the trend?
3. Invention, innovation and creativity is , am l also part of the race?

4. What am I suppose to do to get myself involved in the race if I am not? What can I also do on my own like others?

5.what will people use to remember me one day if I am no more?
Haven ask myself these and other questions for several times, I got to realize that, getting the answers to the above and many more questions of this nature are the secret behind every successful person. "A motivational speaker Dennis Waitley once said that, "the top people are those who are more concerned with activities that are goal achieving whereas average people are more concerned with activities that are tension relieving " taking inspiration from this, what level are you targeting? Do you want to be countered among the top people? Or you want to remained an average person as you are currently? Pounder over it.

It will interest you to know that neither success nor failure is an accident. You succeed when you do what other successful people do, over and over until these behavior become a habit. Likewise, you fail if you don't do what successful people do. In my research I once came across a phenomenon that l love so much, which States that " Nature is neutral, nature does not take sides, nature does not care" of which I keep pondering over it till I came across the law of cause and effect. Which States that,  whatever happened to you has it's cause and effect. Your yesterday plans is what brought you to where you are now, where then will your to plans lead you to? 
It is time I start something, it is time  you also start doing something. It is never easy to start because that is the foundation and you need to take your time to choose what you can do and build a formidable foundation on it, you have to put all your effort in doing whatever that you chose for yourself. Remember when you are not working deliberately and consciously you can not find yourself in the race. Start today tomorrow might be too late.
Yaro D. Clifford

Tel: 0201563016

www.yarodclifford@gmail.com

WAFA Beat Chelsea, Benfica And Others To Win Next Generation Trophy.

The Amateur team of the West African Football Academy thrashed the big giants in Europe to win the Next Generation Trophy in Salzburg, Austria.

Team led by Sadiq Abubakar as Head coach and Mallam as the leader of delegation saw WAFA U-16 played against the big giants U-16 teams in Europe to win such a Magnanimous trophy

Next Generation Trophy tournament is a preseason tournament which is organized across Europe.

This tournament helps most clubs to get their requisite form, strength and enormous experiences going to the next season.

This year's Next Generation Trophy commenced on Thursday 16th August, 2018 in Salzburg, Australia.

WAFA in their 1st game beat Chelsea Academy by 5-0. Kind courtesy Diomade Junior's hatrick, Ransford Appiah and Godwin Agbevor who had singles.

The Academy boys held host Red Bull Salzburg to a 1-1 draw in their 2nd game and then beat Basel by 2-1 courtesy Daniel Owusu.

WAFA with 7 points, qualified to the semi final of the competition.

The. team was held to a 1-1 draw with Portuguese giant Benfica after Godwin Agbevor scored the only goal for WAFA and subsequently won by 4-1 through penalty shootouts.

WAFA met Red Bull Brazil who beat Bayern Munchen 2-0 in the semis to reach the final.

At the end of the game, the Academy boys from Ghana once gain beat Red Bull Brazil by 2-0 which saw the former to have won the 2018 Next Generation Trophy in Salzburg, Austria.

WAFA didn't win only the trophy. They also grabbed the individual awards ie Striker Daniel Owusu was adjudged the MVP of the 2018 Next Generation Trophy.

By: Fareed Mohammed Awal.

Ghana Vice President Passes Away

Family members and people close to the situation at the 37 Military Hospital have confirmed the news while describing the atmosphere as “shocking”.
Biography
Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur is a Ghanaian economist, academic and politician who was the sixth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from 6 August 2012 until 7 January 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama. Previously he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
He was sworn in as Vice-President on 6 August 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana. He was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in.This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.
Amissah-Arthur was born April 29, 1951 at Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region of Ghana. His mother is from the Hutchful family and his father is from the Amissah-Arthur family.
Both families originated from Cape Coast. He completed his secondary education at the Mfantsipim School, where he obtained the GCE Ordinary Level in 1969 and the GCE Advanced Level in 1971. He proceeded to the University of Ghana at Legon, where he obtained the B.Sc. in 1974 and M.Sc. in 1976, both in Economics.
More soon.

SOURCE
3news.com|Ghana

Latest Anas Exposé Within the GFA is a Lesson to Student Leaders – NUGS Secretary Hopeful 

A controversial and outspoken student activist from the Mampong Ashanti satellite of the University of Education Winneba has called on student leaders to learn and draw lessons from the recent Anas exposé entitled 'Number 12(#12)'. The latest exposé within the nation's sporting discipline , specifically the Football Association.

He made this call during an interview with Hope 93.1 FM in Ho on Thursday June 7th .

He explained that students are the future leaders of this country and that ,the latest Anas's exposé is a good call on the need for student leaders to cultivate and exercise the spirit of accountability to their various students at all levels of education in the country .

 "It is a very timely exposé because this is the season most student unions prepare and decide on the kinds of leaders to elect and that , this latest exposé is a good call for students , most especially delegates to make the right choices on a paramount basis of their prior leadership from their various individual satellite campuses . To add to that ,  it is also a good call for delegates to be circumspect in the kind of leaders to endorse in the upcoming elections especially the mother union of all student unions in Ghana, the National Union of Ghana Students(NUGS)" .The student activist said .

He went on to then advice other student unions including the University Students Association of Ghana(USAG) , Private University Students Association of Ghana(PUSAG) , Ghana Union of Professional Students(GUPS) amongst others.

"I would also want to use this opportunity to urge current leaders most especially at all level s of our educational ladder to exercise accountability and be dedicated and focused on rendering their service to mother Ghana to the benefit of all because leaders are agents for change and that , their leadership today within the students domain is only a narrow picture of how they will lead as they incline to face the more broader world" .The NUGS secretary aspirant added .

Upon being asked what his word of advice to the government would be on the latest expose , the NUGS secretary aspirant added , "I would advice the government to handle this scandal in a more professional manner , having made reference to the leaked document bearing the statement written by the embattled President of the Ghana Football Association(GFA) which shouldn't have been so".

He went on to commend the government for its intervention as a matter of urgency and urged the government to do everything within its powers to restore the lost confidence entrusted in the association over the years to awaken the spirit of Ghanaian football and make it interesting.

Thank you all ..!!

Long Live Africa ,

Long Live Ghana , 

Long Live Student Unions and Leaders.
Written By :

OSCAR KOMLA BEDZRA 

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE EDUCATION(CAGRIC)

UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION WINNEBA-MAMPONG ASHANTI .

The predicaments of students and teachers of Guo primary school

Written by Derbie Raphael

Guo is one of the largest communities in the Nandom district in the Upper West Region. Nandom district is also one of the newly created districts in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The people of Guo are largely peasant farmers and petty traders. Their major source of income is through the sale of 'pito' and some of their farm produce.

It is one of the communities that is heavily stricken by poverty. As a result, most of the people are uneducated and that is seriously affecting the community as of now. Pupils in the community are still struggling to get quality education. In all sincerity, the few who were lucky to have had formal education are finding it uneasy to progress as compared to their colleagues elsewhere. This is because the dependency ratio on them is so high that I can't speculate.

Guo D/A primary school is the second highly populated school in the Nandom district yet it cannot boast of basic things like furniture, textbooks among other materials for its pupils. I am not oblivious that most schools are be devilled with this problem but the situation at Guo is exceptional and need urgent attention. In fact, anyone who doubts this information can personally do follow up to witness things for himself or herself.

Parents and guardians of Guo were so exhilarated when the FCUBE finally comes to stay. They excitedly lauded the initiator of this policy because they think it will in no small way liberate them from hardship as their children go to school without paying a penny as well as being fed in same manner.

It however came as a surprise to these hopeful parents and guardians regarding the kind of education government is giving to their children. Free things are indeed costly as the axiom goes. The zeal and unrepentant quest of Ghana's government to making education free and accessible to every child of school going age came under question when parents realised that their children have no furniture to sit on and learn in their various classrooms. In fact, my visit to the school recently has raised numerous unanswered questions as I write this article. Are our leaders really interested in the education of the ordinary Ghanaian child? Are they interested in quantitative or qualitative education of the ordinary children? The attitude of our leaders towards our education leaves no iota of doubt in me that approximate, what I essentially view as a classic symptomatology of a deliberate attempt, to cajole the poor to keep rewarding them generously by consistantly voting them into power. This is unfortunate! This attitude of our leaders must be condemned in no uncertain terms. They must stop playing total zero-sum politics with us. I am sometimes tempted to believing that the positions of our leaders are being threatened because of the level of intelligence of these village boys and girls. They are afraid that these village boys and girls may end up succeeding them instead of their (politicians) own children, hence their indifferent attitude to providing quality education to the deprived areas like Guo. But this mindset is everything objectionable in our contemporary Ghanaian society.
Indeed, let me admit that I wrote this article out of passion after my visit to Guo primary school. Sadly speaking, I was taken aback when I saw students from class one to class four in the Guo primary school sitting on the bare floor in the classrooms while teaching and learning was ongoing. They lie on their stomachs while writing. I could not control my tears on that day. This is absolutely unfathomable in this 21st century. You can imagine the health implications of sitting on a very cold floor to learn. No wonder most of these children are suffering from pneumonia and other cold related diseases. My readers, can you imagine what your child will go through after sitting on a very cold cemented floor for hours after a heavy downpour of rain? That is exactly what primary one to primary four pupils in Guo D/A primary school are going through in school at this season of heavy rains.

It is so pathetic that government has made senior high schools free when basic schools are not fully equipped to supply qualified students to the senior high schools. This may sound political but that is the hard truth. Those of you who teach in the senior high schools can attest to the fact that most of the students are not qualified to be there yet they there because of the parochial interest of our leaders. How can students lie on their stomachs and write legibly? How can they concentrate while sitting on very cold floor? How are the teachers expected to move and manage these classes? Hmmmmmm leaders of Mother Ghana must rise and think outside the box. This may sound insulting but sincerely speaking, I am being charitable and economical with unsavory comments. You will use more harsh words if you witness what I am talking about. Pupils are rashed to hospital while others go back home day in day out because of the extremely cold nature of the floor they sit on to learn. It is so sadornic! Very very sad for pupils to study under such a deplorable condition while our leaders are hastily implementing premature policies. A complete misplaced priority! Why don't we properly enforce a holistic and quality Free Compulsory and Universal Basic Education if we are indeed interested in the well being of these children?

It will surprise you to know the amount of money parents and guardians spend on their children in Guo primary school as a result of lack of furniture. They don't pay school fees. They don't also pay for feeding but what they spend on soap alone is colossal enough to cater for their wards fees if they are to pay fees. My encounter with the teachers indicated that parents unrelentlessly complain of washing their wards uniforms on daily bases which is widening their poverty gap. The uniforms get torn within no time because of the constant washing.
With the condition under which these pupils study, one do not need to be told that teaching and learning is not going on well in the school. This is because pupils lose concentration, more especially in the morning or after a heavy downpour of rain when the floor becomes too cold.

Also, according to the teachers, supervising the pupils work becomes difficult since the condition under which they learn is uncomfortable. Classroom management is very poor as pupils sit in no particular order in the class. Pupils exercise books as well as other teaching and learning materials becomes too dirty and some get torn in no time.

Both the students and teachers are presently with cup in hand begging the government, NGOs and all benevolent persons to come to their aid. "We will be highly grateful if the government, NGO or any benevolent persons could help salvage us from this problem". Let me hasten to add that the future of this country lies in the hands of these children who are currently learning on a bare floor in Guo primary school and other unknown schools across the country that are in similar condition.

Let me use this platform to plead that with Mission Ghana and any other groups that have children's education at heart to come out and support Guo D/A primary school with anything that you can do to help these pupils realised their potentials and develop them for the development of mother Ghana.

derbieraphael@yahoo.com
0240371356

Jordan Ayew likely to leave Swansea – Nana Oduro Sarfo

Berekum Chelsea director of football Nana Oduro Sarfo has hinted that Ghana striker Jordan Ayew could join Scottish giants Celtic following Swansea City's relegation from the Premier League.

The 26-year-old was named Swansea's top scorer and Players’ Player of the season, and although, they couldn't beat the drop, he continues to spark talk of interest from clubs, including Liverpool and Everton.

However, Sarfo, who is close to the Ayew family, believes Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to meet the reported £14 million buyout clause in a bid to strengthen his squad for the Uefa Champions League next season.

“Jordan has had offers from several clubs after Swansea City's relegation last season. He will surely not play in the Championship with them,” Sarfo told Onua FM.

“Liverpool have shown interest in him but Scottish side Celtic and their coach seem to be serious with their interest. I believe he may go to Scotland looking at how events are unfolding since they want to meet every demand.

“They speak English just like in England so he can express himself well in there and meet the expectations in the league,” he added.

Ayew joined Swansea from Aston Villa in 2016.

Source: Goal.com

Africa Awaits us

Anytime I perch, I think of tomorrow and anytime I think of tomorrow , yesterday pushes me away from today to get to tomorrow for tomorrow begins today. Of late, many resolutions are made;Hundreds achieved, thousands achieving and millions to achieve.

What the future/tomorrow holds for us is not within our grasp for it is said " No matter how tall you may be but you cannot look into tomorrow". It is therefore a step at a time not rushing because it is not always the fastest that win the race nor the strongest the battle but the smartest always prevails.

As rightly said, today holds its own characteristic problems, don't be worried about tomorrow's problems, solve today's problems and relax for tomorrow's problems for it is said "a rolling stone gathers no moss".

We are living in a technologically advanced world where everything from eating to marketing and virtually every human faculty is controlled by technology. This is the biggest challenge we face in Africa now. How do we as Africans advance with this technological world? How do we use these available resources to solve our problems?

Take a look around, poverty is rampant everywhere, child marriage is the talk of the day, contagious diseases are killing our very people, armed robbery is eating deep into our fibre, must these continue? The opportunities are numerous in this 21st century of ours where everything and everyone can be monitored.

All we need is proper leadership at the basis to help us grow with this technologically advanced world to help us eradicate some minor Challenges and to brace ourselves to aim for bigger and greater challenges to bring glory to the African people.

Let us prove to the white man that, slavery has not taken away our ability to reason, it has not taken our enthusiasm, it has not taken away our determination rather it has given us a renewed hope to progress more, a renewed spirit to aspire for better and a renewed and rekindled enthusiasm to work to return the glory of the African continent.

Now on, getting off track, Abraham Maslow's theory of needs is my guiding principle, scale of preference is my means and foresight vision is my destination.

Time to come, when you see me, Achievement shall be my factory, affecting generations shall be my products, Africa shall be my homeland and *_primus_* *_interpares_* shall be my name
Let's keep the fire burning for Africa.
# God bless us all
#God bless Africa
#God bless Ghana

By: ASIAK NATHANAEL

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