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Ghana Rugby Launches #EachforEqual Women's Day Competition

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The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) (http://GhanaRugby.org) will once again embrace International Women’s Day in 2020, this time with a competition whereby all the ladies of Ghana rugby or from anywhere in the world will be invited to take part.

The International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual. The organisation describes this year’s theme as follows on their website http://bit.ly/3a8RuXR.

Equality is not a women's issue, it's a business issue.

Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. 

A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious – so what's not great about that?

The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth … so let's make it happen. Let's be #EachforEqual.”

The President of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, has placed “Women in Ghana Rugby” high on his and his administration’s agenda since he took office on 5 June 2014.

“I am convinced that Ghana’s rugby ladies are going to become a major force on the world stage of rugby in the foreseeable future. In 2019 our Ghana Eagles sevens women surprised the rugby world by winning the Rugby Africa Challenge Trophy in Tunisia in their very first appearance in an international match. We are ready to build on that success-platform,” Mensah said.

Mensah also said that Ghana Rugby will play its first women’s fifteens matches in March 2020 between teams from CentWest and Greater Accra and that he is convinced that the Ghana Fifteens Women’s Eagles will surprise the Africa rugby world when it enters the Rugby Africa women’s fifteens tournament in 2021.

Ms Rafatu Inusah, Board Member and Women’s Representative of Ghana Rugby, said that ‘#EachforEqual’ has been her mantra from the day when she was tasked to drive Women in Ghana Rugby.

“With the support from our President and Board Chairman women’s rugby has blossomed and we are ready to show the world that we can match the men’s performance and indeed better on it!” Inusah said.

Inusah also showed (https://youtu.be/hJINqUCsX18) the Ghana Rugby ladies the way on how to enter the fun competition to celebrate Women’s Day in 2020.

To enter the competition a lady, young or old, must hold a rugby ball in the fashion she demonstrates and say the words, “#EachforEqual”. The short clip can then be sent to Ghana Rugby via a competition entry form that can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2uvBq3g.

An independent panel of judges will adjudicate the entries and award three prizes to the value of GHS 1,000, GHS 500 and GHS 250 for the best three entries.

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Ghana’s COVID-19 cases rise to 8, 297

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Ghana had increased to 8,297 with 227 more cases confirmed as of Tuesday, data from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said.

Two more infected persons under treatment had died, increasing the number of COVID-19 deaths to 38.

In addition, 39 more patients under treatment recovered, bringing the number of recoveries in the West African country to 2,986.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the country’s entry points will remain closed until further notice.

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Ghana to distribute free face masks to protect students from COVID-19

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The Ghanaian government will distribute free reusable face masks to all final year students to protect them from possible COVID-19 infections, the minister for education Matthew Opoku-Prempeh said on Tuesday.

The minister said during the bi-weekly COVID-19 press briefing that the distribution of the free face-masks is part of the government’s broad measures to protect the students who will return to school this month for their final examinations.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced a phased easing of restrictions on educational institutions on May 31 to allow final year second-cycle and tertiary students to write their final examinations.

The minister said educational authorities will not permit visits, assembling, and religious activities in the schools to prevent the outbreak of the pandemic among the students.

The regional examination body, the West African Examination Council, will this year set country-specific questions for Ghanaian students as all the other four subscribing Anglophone West African countries are also combating the COVID-19 outbreak, said the minister.

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Floyd’s death to inspire change in America: Ghanaian president

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Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed his hope here late Monday that the death of George Floyd would inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism.

Describing Floyd‘s death as “unfortunate and tragic” on social media, Akufo-Addo said black people over the world are shocked and distraught by the killing of the unarmed black man by a white police officer in the United States.

African American Floyd died on May 25 shortly after a white police officer in Minneapolis held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe, which ignited violent protests in dozens of U.S. cities.

“It can’t be right that in the 21st century, the U.S., this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism,” he said.

“It carried with it an all too painful familiarity and un ugly reminder,” said the president, adding that Ghanaians stand with their kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times.

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Ghanaian president announces gradual easing of COVID-19 measures to restore socio-economic activities

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Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced here late Sunday the beginning of a phased easing of the measures instituted in March to combat the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

The president said in his 10th televised address to the nation on the COVID-19 measures that the gradual easing was expected to bring back the country’s social and economic life.

Akufo-Addo ordered schools to start re-opening from June 15 and called for educational authorities to ensure the appropriate enhanced safety protocols and social distancing adherence.

Restaurants could open with the appropriate safety protocols, he added.

The president also assured that the government would continue to repatriate stranded Ghanaians in other countries and quarantine them on arrival.

As of Monday morning, the West African country has recorded a total of 8,070 confirmed cases with 36 deaths.

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Number of Ghana’s COVID-19 cases exceeds 8,000

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana has reached 8,070, with 189 more reported as of Sunday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at 36, while 106 more patients have recovered, bringing the total of recoveries to 2,947, the president said late Sunday.

A total of 218,425 tests have been conducted, Akufo-Addo said.

At least 13 infected persons in Ghana are severely ill, with three of them critical, and one is on a ventilator.

The president extended the closure of the country’s entry points to the end of July, to curb imported cases.

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Ghana’s COVID-19 cases reach 7,881

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Ghana has confirmed 194 more cases of the new coronavirus, taking its total number of infections to 7,881 as of Sunday morning, said the Ghana Health Service.

Besides, the number of recovered cases has increased to 2,841, as 301 more cases under treatment have recovered.

The West African country has recorded one more death from the cases under treatment, increasing the number of COVID-19-related deaths to 36.

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is scheduled to announce later on Sunday the way forward for Ghana’s fight against the pandemic.

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Ghana’s COVID-19 cases rise to 7,687 with 152 new infections

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The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in Ghana has increased to 7,768, with 152 more infections confirmed, data released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said on Saturday.

The GHS data captured 119 new recoveries, increasing the number of recovered COVID-19 cases in the West African country to 2,540.

The number of deaths has increased to 35, with one more death recorded among confirmed cases under treatment.

All the measures introduced by the Ghanaian government to combat the pandemic since March are scheduled to come to an end on Sunday.

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Ghana’s COVID-19 cases reach 7,616 with 313 new infections

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Ghana has increased to 7,616, with 313 new cases confirmed as of Friday, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said.

The GHS also reported nine more recoveries, raising the total of recovered cases to 2,421; the number of COVID-19-related deaths remains at 34.

The number of active cases in Ghana now stands at 5,161, three of them in critical condition, said Badu Sarkodie, director for public health at the GHS.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is scheduled to announce on Sunday whether to extend or ease measures introduced to control the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana, which reported the first two confirmed cases on March 12.

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Number of COVID-19 cases in Ghana jumps to 7,303

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The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in Ghana has increased to 7,303, with 186 more cases confirmed as of Thursday morning, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said.

The GHS said on its COVID-19 portal that 95 more infected people have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,412, while the number of deaths remains at 34.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the West African country stands at 4,857, GHS said.

Ghana has taken a series of steps to restrain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic including keeping its entry points shut to prevent imported cases.

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