Friday Debate: Should Callum Hudson-Odoi switch nationality and play for Black Stars?
The son of former Accra Hearts of Oak player Bismark Odoi is currently in Accra to spend his summer holidays after helping Chelsea to win their second Champions League trophy against Manchester City on May 29, 2021. The presence of the 20-year-old winger has sparked talks about him switching camp from the Three Lions of England to feature for the Black Stars as he is still eligible to represent the country of his father per the new FIFA rules. We table this for a discussion on today's episode of the Friday Debate on GhanaWeb TV with Joel Eshun.
Euro 2020: Check out European countries with players of Ghanaian descent
With the tournament, dubbed Euro 2020 starting today, all participating nations have their 26-man squad intact and that has included players who can trace their roots to Ghana. The three foreign players of Ghanaian descent will be looking to put up a good showing and eventually hoist the flag of their country high. The winger of Ghanaian descent is expected to blossom in the tournament.
Chelsea's Jorginho lead Italy's quest for glory in Euro 2020 opener against Turkey
Italy will be strong favourites to top Group A. The kick-off is at 7:00 PM. The small matter of the opening game of UEFA EURO 2020. Italy are unbeaten in 27 fixtures and will have the added boost of home advantage at the Olimpico in Rome, with Turkey looking to avoid defeat in their first match of a EURO at the fifth time of asking. Italy will be strong favourites to top Group A but will need to be wary against some of the most unpredictable teams in the tournament, including the surprise package of the last European Championship, Wales, who have added several promising young players like Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu to the core of the team which reached the semi-finals in 2016.
Customs officers urged to tighten processes to prevent trade malpractices, money laundering
He said Customs officers needed to be abreast with the current trends in the industrial production space to stay efficient in the classification and valuation of all imports. The Commissioner said the World Customs Organisation, as well as the World Trade Organisation, expect Customs Officer to prefer non-intrusive methods of examination of imports and exports materials that move across Ghana's ports of entry.
Deputy Minister-designate lauds PRMA for transparency in petroleum sector
Dr Amin Adam made the disclosure when he appeared before the Appointment Committee of Parliament for vetting for the position of Deputy Minister. Dr Adam said the country needed to consider a review of the law on how to treat unspent balances on the ABFA. Dr Amin Adam also disclosed that the Ministry of Energy was considering a merger of the Petroleum Commission and the Energy Commission.
Kotoko board member Kwadwo Boateng Gyamfi defiant about club's title chances
The Porcupine Warriors have been outstanding in the ongoing season and are joint-top with Accra Hearts of Oak on 50 points after 28 matches. In an interview with Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM, the board member declared board support to the management of the two-time African Champions. Asante Kotoko will play Inter Allies on Monday in matchday 29 of the Ghana Premier League at the Theater of Dreams, Dawu.
Legon Cities hope to wrap up GPL season with top four finish
Legon Cities FC. The Royals have managed to battle out from the relegation zone after a torrid start of the campaign. With six matches remaining to end the season, Legon Cities occupy the 9th position on the league log with 38 points. Bashir Hayford says football fans should not be surprised to see the club finish in the top four at the end of the season.
Black Stars join Green Ghana project
Black Star's captain, Andre Ayew captured planting a tree. Black Stars joined the Green Ghana project as they planted trees in Cape Coast where they will be playing Ivory Coast in a friendly on Saturday. The Black Stars will host Ivory Coast at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday 12 June as part of preparations for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Fisheries ministry, Commission announce 2021 closed season
The closed season will start from 1 July to 31 July 2021. The artisanal and inshore fleets will implement the closed season from 1 July to 31 July 2021.
Ghana seeks African Organization for Standardization presidency
Ghana is vying for the presidency of ARSO. This was done through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. As vacancies for the presidency of the African Organization for Standardization are open, Ghana has registered its intention towards the continent's body that is in-charge of harmonizing standards and conformity procedures to facilitate seamless intra-trading.
Government must pay attention to Free Zones to boost economy
The workshop brought together stakeholders and experts playing diverse roles in the Export Processing Zones ecosystem in Ghana, to evaluate the economic, social, environmental, and technological performance of Ghana's Export Promoting Zones under three important themes: sustainable Export Processing Zones policies, sustainable infrastructure, and sustainable regulatory support. Dr Manteaw said there is the need to have a second look at the Ghana Free Zones Act 1995 which was enacted to offer incentives to firms that wished to operate within the Free Zones enclaves especially because it has not achieved the planned results after 25 years.
We need to invest in entrepreneurship instead of depending on government
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has urged the government to turn its focus on investing in entrepreneurship. Speaking on an Accra-based Angle FM, Mr Kufuor said, many developed countries invest in entrepreneurship and it is time to also replicate that in Ghana.
List of prices of global commodities as of June 11
On the commodities market today June 11, 2021, the price of crude oil is seventy dollars, forty cents as compared to yesterday's trading of seventy-one dollars, ninety-two cents. Gold is trading at one thousand, eight hundred and ninety-two dollars, twenty-one cents as compared to yesterday's trading of one thousand, eight hundred and ninety-one dollars, ninety-five cents.
FA Cup: MTN extends sponsorship for three more seasons
MTN disclosed that the finals of the competition will come off on August 8, 2021. Marketing Manager of Star-Times, Mrs Akofa Benson said her company is happy to be associated with the MTN FA Cup. Chairman of the FA Cup Committee, Mr Wilson Arthur disclosed that the finals of the competition will come off on August 8, 2021.
Skills and technology will drive Planting Food and Jobs
Speaking at a networking event to announce ITA's upcoming Ghana-Italy Agribusiness Digital Lab to stakeholders in the agribusiness sector, he said Italy has the right expertise and technology to support the PFJ programme. The ITA will on June 22 organise virtual B2B meetings between Italian and Ghanaian agribusiness companies under the Digital Lab project.
'Cheap talk no dey buy a horse; so I don't respond to them'
The musician speaking with Sokoohemaa Kukua stated that talk is cheap, and people are always looking for an opportunity to destroy others even with false stories. The only downside to these negative stories, he lamented, is that it runs people down without realizing the damage caused. Joe Mettle said it is even painful that bloggers don't even contact people when negative stories are said about them.
Racism should not be allowed in any way
Racism against black players has become a global pandemic with FIFA struggling to get rid of the canker. The former Manchester United right-back despite not suffering any form of racism as a black player has seen the racist acts. According to him, racism should not be allowed into the game and has backed players to walk off the pitch when racially abused in matches.
Ghanaian duo Afful and Mensah receive MLS championship rings
The players together with their Columbus Crew teammates and staff of the club have presented the rings on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the new Crew stadium. The rings are 10 carats yellow and white gold and have 2.15 total carat diamonds. Afful and Mensah together with American-born Ghanaian Gyasi Zardes played a pivotal role in the club's success last season despite challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local rice farmers seek foreign support to stay in business
Ghana imports more than US$350million worth of rice annually from countries including the USA. The association maintains that high-interest rates on local loans to rice farmers, and the low technology involved in cultivation of rice in Ghana, are curtailing the fortunes of local producers. While local banks have remained indifferent toward financing rice farmers across the country, with high-interest rates on loans - beyond 30 percent, the phenomenon according to the organisation is escalating the country's foreign rice import bill, as local producers cannot meet demands for such facilities.
IFC recommits to assisting Ghana's private sector
The meeting revealed lot of opportunities available to be explored in Ghana, which the IFC wanted to work on, together with the Government and the private sector, Mr Pimenta said. Going forward, Mr Pimenta said a team from the IFC and Ghana would prepare a framework to guide the regular dialogue with government for the next few years to ensure the Corporation delivered on the issues agreed on.