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Promote Your Blog in 2018

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Hi Everyone,

In 2017 I started a blog post called “Promote Your Blog” where fellow bloggers could share and promote their blog with the MIU community. This post resulted in 25,000+ views and 4,000+ bloggers sharing the who, what and why behind their blog.

I want to create a new directory to even out the playing field for newcomers to the blogging community. If you shared your blog in 2017, please feel free to share it again. To the newcomers, please leave a description about what readers might find if they visit your site. Also, remember to include a link to your blog.

Hopefully this will create some positive synergy for our very special blogging community. Let’s make 2018 the year of less perfection and more connection. Also, feel free to reblog this post so we can get more people involved. Happy blogging everyone!

Kindly,
Dr. Perry

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Ghana · Life

DreadLocks and it’s STIGMA in Ghana

Dreadlocks, or Rasta as some commonly refer to is a hairstyle that can be worn by anyone but a lot of people around the  world attribute it to Rastafarianism, afterall carrying dreadlocks is somehow an important symbol to every Rastafarian. It’s procedure is simply carrying natural hair without combing so it gets twisted and eventually locked with time, or the natural hair can  be matted or braided through a technique known as twist and rip.

There’s a line from a famous Morgan Heritage song “Don’t Haffi Dread” where they say one doesn’t have to carry dreadlocks to be a Rasta but rather divine conception of one’s heart, so therefore there can be Rastafarians without locks on their head, and also there can be others who just carry the locks for fashion…….

In recent times Ghana has seen majority of it’s youth all going from low cut hairstyle to carrying locks, but I would say carrying this hairstyle in this beloved country of Ghana isn’t easy because majority of it’s population frown on the hairstyle and the first impression that comes to mind whenever people see anyone carrying locks is “He’s a Criminal” “He’s a Rascal” “He’s dangerous” “He smokes marijuana” e.t.c. The police is not left out in this mindset as well because they too have this impression that all who carry dreadlocks are either marijuana smokers or peddling the herb which is illegal in Ghana, so the first thing a lot of policemen will do seeing anyone with locks, will be to stop them, subject them to accusations of either marijuana smell or it’s possession and subsequently subject that person to severe search…… lol.

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Side profile of a young man with dreadlocks

I have been a conscious Rasta from my youthful days because I have in me that “divine conception”  long before I even decided it was time to begin carrying  locks and being aware of this mindset among the many population, I had to grow strong both emotionally, psychologically and socially because without these, one may never get the courage to carry locks. There was backlash from some family members and almost everyone around me though some couldn’t voice it out.

So far so good, my dreadlocks is a year and some months old, growing nicely and longer with each passing day  and I intend to carry it for as long as my heart will tell me to. I call my locks my TALENT, and it GROWS  everyday.

 

By: CordovoGH

 

Ghana · Life

We learn Everyday….

Akosua Pompo Leaf


I was taking a walk around my neighborhood when I saw this elderly woman plucking these leaves and my curiosity made me move close to ask her what they were used for and she replied telling me it can be used to cure “Boil” on one’s skin should they be infected and she gave the procedure as follows:

The leaves should be ground, mixed with salt and a little bit of palm oil and applied to the infected part of the skin where such “boil” is.

“Akosua Pompo”, is the local parlance given to it and I was very happy to learn this Ghanaian traditional healing leaf.  Akosua is an Akan name for female born on Sunday and Pompo is an Akan name for the “Boil” infection.

By: CordovoGH

Ghana · Life · News

Woman jailed for ‘selling’ her own son

Court gavel

A middle-aged woman has been slapped with 12 months imprisonment with hard labour by a Magistrate Court in Dambai for trafficking her 8-year-old son.
The woman, Lydia Dotse, led her son to offer his services on the Volta Lake with one Mawuli Nyadzo for a fee of GHC 300 for the boy to work for a period of two years.

Mr Nyadzo who lives in the Krachi-East District of the Volta Region had paid an initial GHC100 and promised to pay the balance of GHC200 at a later time.

Director of anti-trafficking agency, Partners in Community Development Programme, George Achibra, told Joy News the actions of the police in Krachi helped to rescue the boy.

“The police in Krachi had been tipped off and followed up to orchestrate the arrest of the man and rescue the boy”, he said.

“The mother was also arrested for accepting the GHC100 from the man and charged with conspiracy to traffic and trafficking of her son”, he added.

The Magistrate Court at Dambai sentenced both Mawuli Nyadzo and the mother of the boy, Lydia Dotse to 12 months imprisonment each with hard labour.

Mr Achibra is the founder of the Partners in Community Development Program and has been honoured by international institutions for his extraordinary efforts in fighting the worst forms of child labour in the fishing industry on the Volta Lake.

 

Source: ghanaweb/ adomonline

International Days · Life

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

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CordovoGH practising NEWS reading at Rabodef Radio Academy

Over the past 11 years, more than 900 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public. Worryingly, only one in ten cases committed against media workers over the past decade has led to a conviction. This impunity emboldens the perpetrators of the crimes and at the same time has a chilling effect on society including journalists themselves. Impunity breeds impunity and feeds into a vicious cycle. UNESCO is concerned that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/163. The Resolution urged Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

This landmark resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It also urges Member Staes to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies. It further calls upon States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

 

Arranged By: CordovoGH/photo credit cordovoGH

Source: United Nations

Ghana · Life · News

Two die from snake bites in Wa due to shortage of anti-venoms

2017-10-27 Two die from snake bites in Wa due to shortage of anti-venoms

Two people have died from snake bites in the Upper West Regional capital Wa due to the shortage of anti-venoms in the region.

The In-charge of Yaala Health Centre Ezekiel Nagben says a total of 176 snake bites have been recorded in the various districts so far and the situation has been aggravated by the shortage of anti-venoms

The residents who are worried about the situation as they keep on losing their loved ones to the snake bites have therefore appealed to authorities to urgently respond to their appeal to save lives in the district.

Yussif Basuglo, a native of Yaala and a Circuit Supervisor for Kundugu Circuit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the district expressed the concern during the maiden worker’s forum held in Funsi in the district.

“The vile is not available and even when the little comes in it is sold at either GHC450.00 or GHC500.00 depending on the demand as against the quantity available”, he said.

Mr Basuglo who has lost a sister a couple of days to snake bite noted that a small boy also got bitten by a snake at the funeral grounds of his sister.

“Five other snakes were killed at the same funeral,” he said and expressed fear that a lot more people may just be losing their lives to these snake bites if nothing was done to address the situation.

Mr Timothy N-beenaba, a native of Kunyebin and also a Circuit Supervisor for Funsi Circuit of the GES in the District said this year the poisonous snakes were in abundance because of the poor rainfall pattern in the area.

He observed that a good rainfall pattern would often cause the destruction of the eggs laid by the snakes and even some would die to reduce the population.

 

Arranged By: CordovoGH

Source: primenewsghana

International Days · Life

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Family in Sierra Leone
Family in Sierra Leone. UN Photo / Martine Perret

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris , where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day. Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered every year on October 17th to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor. Replicas of the commemorative stone have been unveiled around the world and serve as a gathering place to celebrate the Day. One such replica is located in the garden of United Nations Headquarters and is the site of the annual commemoration organized by the United Nations Secretariat in New York .

Through resolution 47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day’s observance by the United Nations.

17 October presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day’s celebration since its very beginning. The commemoration of October 17th also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.

Building a sustainable future requires us to intensify our efforts towards eradicating extreme poverty and discrimination, and ensuring that everyone can fully exercise their human rights. The full participation of people living in poverty, particularly in the decisions that affect their lives and communities, must be at the centre of policies and strategies to build a sustainable future. In this way, we can guarantee that our planet and our societies can fulfil the needs and aspirations of everyone – not only those of a privileged few – for this and future generations.

Therefore, it is appropriate that the theme — chosen by the United Nations, in consultation with people living in poverty and civil society organizations — recognizes that all people must come together to end poverty and discrimination in order to build a sustainable future in which the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly and also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski — which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty — and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

2017 theme — Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies

The Call to Action recognizes the knowledge and courage of families living in poverty throughout the world, the importance of reaching out to the poorest and building an alliance with citizens from all backgrounds to end poverty. The theme for this year’s commemoration reminds us of the importance of the values of dignity, solidarity and voice underscored in the Call to Action to fight to end poverty everywhere. Read more about this year’s theme.

 

Arranged By: CordovoGH

Source: UN

Ghana · Life

We Learn Everyday……

I went to this small restaurant around my neighborhood to have lunch and as I sat munching on my meal, Kokonte and Palm nut soup, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the conversation of two men sitting not too far from where I sat and what they discussed was all about driving.

The first man was narrating to his friend how he had tutored his boss in just a day and how she boldly began driving the next day, her strategy for this bold step was, she usually left home early in the morning and returned late night when the road won’t be packed with traffic and consistent use of this strategy made her a perfect driver in no time. They both continued on driving tales they knew and attitude of car owners as well and one point they hit about driving was BRAKE FAILURE, the first man who seemed much like an expert driver told his friend by way of an advice that it was very deadly when an automatic gear vehicle had a brake failure as in such case there couldn’t be anything done except the car hit an obstacle that would bring it to a HALT! so his only advice for solving such hazard from happening to an Automatic geared vehicle, was to have it’s brake pads checked periodically. Compared to an automatic  gear vehicle, the Manual gear in his opinion was much flexible to control in the case of a brake failure because the driver, if an experienced one can easily change the gear from whatever position it could be say if the gear was on the 4th or 5th postion which gave the vehicle top speed, to the lowest gear being the 1st. Instantly the car would jerk up about two or three times and stop. 

I thought to myself, is that so? 

We Learn Everyday.

By: CordovoGH

Life

International Day of the Girl Child

Day of the Girl 2017

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170  to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.

Over the last 15 years, the global community has made significant progress in improving the lives of girls during early childhood. In 2015, girls in the first decade of life are more likely to enrol in primary school, receive key vaccinations, and are less likely to suffer from health and nutrition problems than were previous generations. However, there has been insufficient investment in addressing the challenges girls face when they enter the second decade of their lives. This includes obtaining quality secondary and higher education, avoiding child marriage, receiving information and services related to puberty and reproductive health, and protecting themselves against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and gender-based violence.

As the global community launches the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for implementation over the next 15 years, it is a good time to recognise the achievements made in supporting young girls, while at the same time aspiring to support the current and upcoming generation of adolescent girls, to truly fulfil their potential as key actors in achieving a sustainable and equitable world.

An Event ” Day of the Girl Summit” including the 11 Days of Action and the Speak Out Event brings girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. The Summit has become a movement; a year-long, action-oriented virtual platform for change makers to leverage community resources in support of the advancement of girls’ human rights.

See UNICEF’s 2017 International Day of the Girl Events.

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Event titled “Girls Speak Out” on the occasion of the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child (UN photo/ Kim Haughton)

Arranged By: CordovoGH

Source: United Nations

Ghana · Life

140 children with heart defects receive treatment

Boston Children’s Hospital of the Harvard University in the United States (US), has collaborated with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to perform successful open heart surgery on 140 Ghanaian children born with heart defects.

The operations performed free of charge by a team of medical personnel, including cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, critical care nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and medical volunteers, were intended to correct heart-related deformities and abnormalities amongst the patients.

“We are happy to be associated with this noble cause over the last decade, and seeing some of the beneficiaries of our outreach programme now being able to play soccer, jump around and do things just like any other healthy child gives us the joy and motivation to work hard in achieving our goals”, Ms. Beverly Small, a critical care nurse of the Boston Children’s Hospital told the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

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This was on the sidelines of a visit by the medical team to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at his Manhyia Palace, Kumasi, and formed part of activities marking the ten years anniversary of the US-based Hospital’s collaboration with their Ghanaian counterparts designed “to give life to dying children”.

Heart surgery is typically used for patients with severe coronary artery disease, heart valve problems and aneurysm, in which the heart cannot pump adequately.

The GNA gathered that the average hospital charge for all common heart surgery cost not less than US$10, 000, and this by Ghanaian standards was very difficult to come by, a situation which posed potential risk to many children born with such defects.

Ms. Small, who led the delegation to the Palace, indicated that they were committed to imparting the needed knowledge and expertise in order to help their counterparts take over full responsibility of treating successfully heart-related deformities for the benefit of the people.

The Hospital currently has only one practicing Cardiovascular Surgeon, and health authorities are working around the clock to see to the training of more of such professionals in order to attend to emergency cases.

She said cardiovascular issues ought to be given the needed attention by stakeholders since the heart played a major role in the health of the people.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu praised the medical personnel for their sense of duty, stressing the need for authorities of KATH to foster more of such collaborations to attain optimum health for Ghanaians.

KATH, the nation’s second largest health referral facility provides services not only to Ghanaians, but to people from around the West African sub-region, particularly neigbouring countries such as Burkina Faso, Togo and Cote d’ Ivoire.

Dr. Oheneba Danso, Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, disclosed that since the construction of its Accident and Emergency Centre, the Out-Patient-Department (OPD) attendances and referral cases had increased and that, this had come with its own challenges to the authorities.

It was, therefore, necessary for more to be done to enhance emergency medicine and general healthcare for patients.

Arranged by: CordovoGH

Source: GNA