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Ghanaian Financial Considerations to make you laugh or cry

Posted by blackstarlions on November 6, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

http://vibeghana.com/2015/10/28/powership-aysegul-sultan-begins-journey-to-ghana/

http://www.myjoyonline.com/business/2015/May-8th/government-considering-introduction-of-bullet-trains.php

Both of these articles, while seeming exciting and revolutionary are realy quite exasperating and revolting. The money that will be spent on either project could be used to fund a full solar campaign, meaning a solar farm, in various key areas of the country so that people no longer have to think about 'lights out'.

Ghana not only has a hydroelectric damn but has been harvesting oil off the shores of Takoradi. Yet the people in the capital, Accra, and the port city of Tema still have power cuts on a regular basis. Not to mention that the costs of petrol are more expensive than many other nations of the world that don't even produce petrol.

Currently petrol costs in the United States average between $2.00 and $3.00 for a gallon (3.7 liters).  That's approximately 7.40ghc to 11.00 ghc. That's 2 - 3 ghc per liter.

The cost of petrol in Ghana is approximately 16.00 ghc per gallon (4.5 liters). That's about 3.5 ghc per liter.

Now. Do we really want to get into the difference between wages in the United States and Ghana? I didn't think so.

The only thing to be said is that the people must educate themselves so that they know when they are being bamboozled. These type of deals can only be made because the people do not even know what is going on. Don't allow your government officials to continue to take advantage of you in this outrageous manner.

Motto for the day: EACH ONE TEACH ONE!

Repatriation Movements

Posted by blackstarlions on November 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The dreams of Kwame Nkrumah, Emperor Haile Selassis, Julius Nyere and many others has not died.

Many of us from the diaspora are still making this journey and move onto the African continent, with many choosing Ghana as a launching site. While we have changed a LOT from growing and living in 'foreign' lands, we have a LOT more in common with our African born brothers and sisters than we realize. The article about Jamaicans and Ghana is especially pertinent.

http://afkinsider.com/29041/african-americans-visiting-moving-ghana-record-numbers/

http://globalfusionproductions.com/art-books/jamaica-ghana-one-blood-one-language-kromanti-language-of-the-jamaican-maroons-similar-to-akan/

Foods of Africa

Posted by blackstarlions on November 6, 2015 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

http://www.binoandfino.com/blog/2015/7/28/a-list-of-african-food-blogs-with-recipes

A fun site with all kinds of delicious foods giving you a preview of what you can expect and experience.

Also check out http://www.happycow.net/ for vegetarian and vegan restaurant options

EBOLA VIRUS THREAT

Posted by blackstarlions on April 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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Ebola Virus Alert

Those of us who live in West Africa may have a bit of fear about the virus and the reports that are coming out. If we ourselves are not concerned, we may have loved ones overseas who would be concerned about the march of Ebola. So many deaths in Guinea, some in Gambia, some now in Liberia. Where will it move next?

While some people don’t believe that the virus really exists,  others will still be scared and worried.  Whether you believe in this outbreak or not, or believe in the virus or not, there are some good guidelines to be aware of and use to communicate with family and friends.

The first thing that is always a concern would be – Who is likely to contact this disease? From reports given on the BBC, the most vulnerable and at risk populations are health workers, immediate family living with the individual, those who have contact with the dead body or body as it’s dying (morticians etc) and those who may go to funerals. That doesn’t mean your funeral days are over, but maybe try to find out what the person died of before going. OR don’t attempt to interact with the body or family of the body!!!

Another factor to consider – this virus is not air borne and will not spread from casual contact.  Contact with body fluids, which include blood, semen, vomit, urine and stool would have greater tendency to spread this disease. AS with HIV/AIDS universal precautions are in order. That means consider any ill person to be infected. As with any other illness, the first line of defence is HAND WASHING. If you shake someone’s hand, exchange money, cough into your hand, etc.,  make sure to wash your hands before putting them to your face, mouth and other body openings. And certainly wash your hands before you eat.

Another doctor interviewed on the BBC was stating that many people who were infected were cured, which means you DON’T HAVE TO DIE if you do get infected. Some common sensical things to consider:

  • As with many other illnesses, keep well hydrated! You should be drinking between three and four liters of fluid every day. Lots of water, fresh juices and herbal teas. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol are not considered hydrating drinks.
  • Eat well nourishing foods – keep your immune system healthy and functioning well. Fresh foods, vegetables and fruits also boost the immune system as well as provide enzymes that could potentially kill invading viruses.
  • Get plenty of rest. Rest helps the body repair from the stresses of the day, as well as repair any damaged tissues – even if micro  - repairs……
  • Viruses are not bacteria and so antibiotics do not work. They only help to avoid a secondary bacterial infection. If you get ill and suspect this virus, ask your doctor for antivirals.

If you will be travelling to West Africa use these simple guidelines and continue to follow the prescribed health guidelines given – malaria preventives, recommended vaccinations and sanitary eating/drinking advice.

Adomi bridge update

Posted by blackstarlions on March 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

ADOMI BRIDGE CLOSES!
It's official. The Adomi bridge closed at 6am on the 10th of March. It has been quite an adventure figuring out which ways are the best to move around to go to market, Atimpoku or Accra. Small canoes have popped up all over taking people from Atimpoku or from the Afrikiko over to Akwamufie.
The latest and greatest ways to reach us and this side of the river are:
BY CAR: From Accra and most other areas follow all directions to Akosombo. Go to the Senchi ferry (About 20 minutes drive north of Kpong) and join the cue to ride the ferry. The fee is 10GHC. You will get off the ferry and follow the road straight or if it branches, go left.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
1. From Tudu station take an Akosombo trotro (mini van) and get off just after the Atimpoku roundabout (about a 2 hour journey). Make sure you ask the 'mate' to let you down at the bridge crossing. Go down to the river and join the cue to get onto one of the small boats crossing the river. The fee is 1GHC. On the other side of the river are taxis going toward Akwamufie. Take one of these to Black Star Lions site on the right hand side, approximately 2.5 kilometers from the bridge.
2. From Madina station take a Kpong trotro all the way to Kpong. Get onto an Akosombo trotro and follow the above directions.
3. Get on any Akosombo trotro and get off at the Afrikiko junction. Follow the road down toward the river and branch left. Join any one of the canoes going across the river to Akwamufie. Once there, walk up the road to the main road and then left to the taxi stand. Ask anyone you meet where the taxis are. Join a taxi and travel toward the bridge, getting off at Black Star Lions on the left. Most of the taxi drivers know us. The canoe and taxi are each asking 1GHC for transport.

Adomi bridge closes

Posted by blackstarlions on March 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Adomi Bridge to be closed for major rehabilitation works

March 5, 2014 | Filed under: Latest news | Posted by: VibeGhana

The Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), would from Monday 10th March 2014, close the Adomi Bridge to all vehicular activities to undertake major rehabilitation works.

A message copied to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday said the closure would last for 24 months and motorists are to use ferry services that had been provided at Senchi and Akrade to cross the Volta River from 0600 hours to 1800 hours daily.

The statement said maximum length of a vehicle that would be allowed on the ferry would be 18 metres.

It said truck drivers wishing to use the ferry are to obtain a weighing certificate from GHA axle load stations at Apaaso, Akrade or Juapong before being allowed onto the ferry.

“Alternatively, vehicles from Accra going to Ho and beyond may use the Accra-Sogakope-Adidome road and vice versa”, the statement said. GNA

What this means is that we will keep people posted as to the most effective way to reach our site. Those traveling from Accra will go to the Senchi boarding site and take a taxi from the opposite side. The fees are as follows: fpr motorbikes 1GHC, for cars 10GHC, for buses 12GHC and for trucks 15GHC. We have not learned if pedestrians will have to pay a fee. From what we are seeing we will have a small boat service right at the north side of the bridge so we will keep people posted.

NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL

Posted by blackstarlions on December 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Memorial for Nelson Mandela
Starting around 5/5:30 GMT this morning the BBC began live coverage of the memorial service for the late South African president, Nelson Mandela. While the memorial didn’t actually begin until 10am, noon in S. Africa, we got to hear about the people arriving, interviews with different individuals, including the president’s daughter and great granddaughter and the singing and cheering of the crowd. The BBC has been covering this story since the passing of Nelson Mandela but this morning it felt as if we were actually at the FNB stadium with everyone else. The good thing is that since we listen to radio and don’t have television, we could continue our work at the same time. Highlights: Jacob Zuma was booed by the crowd! Barack Obama shook Raul Castro's hand on his way up to the podium - that being made into a political debate - nuts. No representation from Israel.
While Kwaku has never forgiven Mandela for ‘dumping’ Winnie, she has always been present in his life, was at the hospital in July when he was ill and had a special seat at the memorial. We had heard a report on National Public Radio when we lived in Hawaii, United States and in that interview, one man said it was his job to create (i.e. invent) any story that would put Winnie in a bad light and tarnish her name. She was, after all the unofficial president of the ANC while Nelson was in prison. The ANC was a terrorist organisation. It seemed that one of the conditions of becoming president for Mandela was that he leave Winnie.
To Harriet who grew up in the United States during the civil rights’ struggles of the 50s and 60s, it feels as if the last true icon of that era has now passed away. Many who were alongside of those greats have dropped the fight for a more comfortable lifestyle and less harassment. Harriet was fortunate to see the late Mandela, Winnie Mandela and entourage,  at the Oakland Coliseum in 1990 when he made his world famous tour after being released from Robben Island. THAT was an awesome experience.
The three Ghanaian youth who came in to work this morning didn’t even know who Nelson Mandela was. One knew that he had died but didn’t know anything about him. He stated that he might have been the president of the United States…..!! Thankfully they are not indicative of the entire youth of Ghana nor Africa. One of the most inspiring comments was made by the BBC’s Bola Mosuru (spelling???), a favourite on Focus on Africa. She said, paraphrasing, “To the younger generation, you should know that you in fact CAN fill the shoes of Madiba. You have the ability to work for what he stood for and continue the fight for equal rights and a better life for all.”
Nelson Mandela, for the positive that you have inspired in many a generation, we thank you.

GMO PROTEST IN GHANA

Posted by blackstarlions on October 24, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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GMO PROTEST UPDATE

So while the news took a little while to come we finally did hear some news from the BBC on Monday, 21st October. It was not on Focus on Africa as we would expect but on Business Nightly, a half hour show starting at 7:30pm. What we are hearing is that outside of S. Africa, none of the other African nations are too thrilled about embracing GMOs. Many of the leaders and spokespeople feel that it is being pushed strictly as a way of making money for the corporations. In particular Ghana was mentioned because of the protest that occurred on the Saturday, 12th October. Ghana’s government is eager to bring in GMOs and feel there’s nothing wrong with them. The leader of the Food Sovereignty movement is not of the same mind. His main concern is that no testing has been done to verify the safety of these products. He also didn’t like the fact that farmers would have to buy seeds year after year. The presenter put out a challenge to have genetically modified cocoa and mentioned that these three crops were already genetically modified here in Ghana: rice, cowpeas (also know as black eyed peas) and sweet potatoes. We already see lots of GMO rice around the world so that is not surprising, but why cowpeas? Why sweet potato?

At present I am awfully suspicious of our tomatoes. This is the season for Navrongo or Roma and they are looking a bit too perfect. Maybe they are being picked too green and so when we buy them they are remaining firm, but they don’t seem to be the same as in the past. No mention was made of tomatoes though.

Some people like to use the claim that those who oppose GMOs are opposed to progress, but the truth is that we don’t know how that spliced in gene could affect us. What of pregnant women? We are not too distant from the disasters of thalidomide and DES (diethylstilbestrol). Thalidomide was used to calm morning sickness, or the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and we ended up with babies being born with deformed limbs. DES was used to prevent miscarriages and it was years before doctors would be caught up in lawsuits because the girls born under the effects of DES developed abnormal cervical cancers.

What we could use is greater respect, assistance and even teaching for our local farmers. Help farmers with organic crops and the improvement of soil through composting, irrigation techniques and crop rotation. The land is here. Let’s use it in ways to maintain the productivity for future generations to come.


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