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Ghana heads for fifth wave amidst speedy spreading infections, choked hospitals

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There has been a tremendous surge in Covid-19 cases in Ghana this month, putting the country at the path to its fifth wave because the outbreak in March 2020.In March 2022, President Akufo-Addo lifted maximum of the Covid-19 restrictions.The executive tool changed into revoked, allowing all land and sea borders to be re-opened.

The carrying of facemasks, a prime intervention in curtailing the spread of Sars-Cov-2 (the virus which causes Covid-19), become also comfortable, making the wearing of face coverings not mandatory.All in-character activities, together with non secular gatherings, meetings, workshops, and funerals, ought to now resume at full ability, as long as the target market and members are completely vaccinated, however hand washing and hand sanitizing points have been nonetheless to be made to be had, President Akufo-Addo said in his twenty eighth deal with to the country at the pandemic.

At this time, cases had been low around the country with a unmarried case of Covid-19 stated on the 17th of April, an active case of simply 26 and no hospitalisations at all.Nowadays, active cases have crossed the 1,000 infections mark with 120 men and women contracting the sickness in one day, records from the Ghana health provider shows.
COVID-19: Ghana heads for 5th wave amidst fast spreading infections, choked hospitals

Board Established For New Zealand Asian Lawyers

New Zealand Asian Lawyers, currently established under the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, is pleased to announce that it is taking the next step in expanding its influence and has created its own board of directors.

New Zealand Asian Lawyers President and Chair of the Superdiversity Institute Mai Chen said that the formation of the board was a critical step in taking New Zealand Asian Lawyers to a new level of influence.

“With one in nine of the legal profession identifying themselves as Asian, the role that New Zealand Asian Lawyers has to play now is vital to ensuring that the talents and expertise of these ethnically diverse Kiwis are fully utilised for the benefit of their clients, the justice system, government, business and the not for profit sectors of New Zealand. Culturally, Asians tend to keep a more modest profile in society and just work away, but given the significant numbers in our profession, and growing, it is important that we make our contribution visible. There are unique strengths and experiences that come from our culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds that can benefit all New Zealanders and to ensure equal access to justice for all.”

“Drawing on the exceptional talent and experience within New Zealand Asian Lawyers’ ranks, we have curated a diverse board reflective of professional experience, gender, cultural backgrounds and balance. All of our board members have had different pathways in the law and all of them have their own Kiwi and Asian stories which they draw on to help their work. It’s a Board I am proud to chair”, she said.

 

Ghana police opens fire on student of islamic Senior high school in the Ashanti region of Ghana

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  About 30 students of the Islamic Senior High School in the Ashanti Region of Ghana were rushed to the hospital on Monday June 13, after police allegedly opened tear gas on them while they were demonstrating over frequent road accidents in front of their school.

According to local media reports, the students had blocked the road in front of their school in the course of their protest over frequent knockdowns.

In their protests, the students cried that frequent calls for speed ramps have fallen on deaf ears

Some of the students were said to have gone unconscious and others were left with severe pain. It is however not clear if that is a result of the alleged firing of tear  that the police have denied firing live bullets. According to the police, they only fired warning shots to disperse the crowd.

Worried parents stormed the school to demand the release of their wards as news of the incident went viral.

“I heard there is a scuffle in the school and the police attacked the students, shooting and beating them. I heard the police chased them even into their dormitories and were beating the girls. I feel very bad seeing school children on the floor unconscious. Everybody is messed up here,” a parent said.

Police sergeant in uniform caught smoking narcotic drug

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Police Sergeant Isaac Nii Sowah of the Accra Regional Police Command has been interdicted after he was captured in uniform smoking a substance suspected to be a narcotic drug.

A brief news from  from the Police said investigation is ongoing and the Sergeant would be taken through the necessary disciplinary and legal action.

It said , he would be given the necessary psycho-social support in line with the new strategic police welfare policy.

300 seedlings has been donated to Prempeh College by NGO

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Growing Trees Network Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation championing environmental protection, has donated some seedlings to Prempeh college in the Ashanti region of Ghana.Over 300 seedlings were donated to the school to be planted on its compound, especially around the football field as part of efforts to protect the ecosystem.

This seeds  includes coconut, prekese, moringa, maliana, mahogany, ofram, cedrela, and soursop.Mr Christopher Boatin, the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, in an interview today, said the decision to donate the seedlings was part of the Organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility to help beautify the school and provide shade for football field.

“Trees give good oxygen, and our aim of doing this is that I once visited their football field and I realised that there were no shades, so it was appropriate to give them trees, especially medicinal ones,” he noted.Mr Boatin said Former President John Agyekum Kufuor was the Life Patron of the organisation and a former student of Prempeh College, so they decided to honour him by donating to his alma mater.He said tree planting was the way to go as a nation to prevent land degradation, deforestation, fight climate change and restore soil fertility.

Mr Vincent Armah, a Geography Teacher at the school, who received the seedlings, said apart from the greenery and serene environment that trees provided, they ensured quality oxygen for humans and animals to breath and served as windbreak during rainstorms.He commended Growing Trees Network for taking the initiative to support tree planting in the school and the country at large.He took the CEO round the school compound to inspect some trees it had planted.

University of Ghana Ranked Highest Tertiary Institution In Ghana

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The University of Ghana (UG) is ranked the highest tertiary institution in Ghana by the Alper-Doger (AD) Scientific Index 2022 Version 2.It also has the first of the top 1,000 scientists in the country with more than 270 scientists appearing in the top 1,000 scientists featured.This was contained in a statement issued by Professor Robert Ebo Hinson, Director, Public Affairs Directorate of UG, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra.It said across the diverse disciplines within its four Colleges, the University led nationally and progressively, intensifying its impact in pursuit of excellence.

‘‘The premier institution’s scholars represented 30 per cent to 70 per cent of the top 20 ranked scientists,” the statement said.In Agriculture and Forestry, it said, it had 11 out of the top 20 Scholars in Ghana, nine Business and Management, 11 Economies and Econometrics, seven Engineering and Technology and six Medical and Health Sciences.The Index named Dr. Dwomoa Adu, a Senior Research Fellow in the UG Medical School, College of Health Sciences, as the best scientist in Ghana, out of the 1,000 academics featured.Similarly, it said last year, Dr Adu was listed by the 2021 Index Report as the overalltopmost scholar in Ghana out of the 231 scientists who made the ranking cut-off.

The statement said in the current rankings, Professor Daniel Adjei Boakye of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and Prof Ernest Aryeetey, former Vice-Chancellor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, were ranked 6th and top scientists in Ghana respectively.

It said Prof Joshua Yindenaba Abor former Dean of the University of Ghana Business School and Prof Dorothy Yeboah Manu, Director of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, emerged 9th and 13th respectively.

The rest are: Prof Isabella Quakyi, former Dean of the School of Public Health and Prof Robert Ebo Ilinson former Head, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, UG Business also emerged 16th and 19th respectively.The assessment procedure, it said, for ranking the 1,000 Ghanaian scientists and their scientific studies was based on international standard scoring systems, including citations in renowned databases such as Scopus, Web of Science, Publons and Google Scholar.

The statement said databases provided the numerical indicators showing how productive and effective a researcher was.
It said the Scientific Index also listed the University as 15th out of the 2,049 universities in Africa, and at 1,704 out of 14,284 universities surveyed globally.‘‘This feat, achieved by scientists from UG, follows from the Webometrics ranking of UG as first in Ghana, 11th in Sub-Saharan Africa and 1,121 in the world – out of 31,000 Higher Education Institutions from more than 200 countries earlier this year.”The QS World University Rankings, in its 2022 ranking, classified UG as one of the 20 best universities in Africa, the only West African university to be so classified.

‘‘Congratulations to all the UG Scientists who have made it to the list of the top 1,000 scientists in Ghana. UG is so proud of your commitment to academic excellence,’’ it said.The AD Scientific Index is a ranking and analysis system based on the scientific performance and the added value of the scientific productivity of individual scientists.It also provides rankings of institutions based on the scientific characteristics of affiliated scientists.

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