South Africa’s “Oasis (Reach for Your Dreams)” Receives Recognition from UNAOC-BMW Group’s Intercultural Innovation Hub

BERLIN, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / May 25, 2023 / South African organization “Oasis: `Reach For Your Dreams`” is one of ten global grassroots recognized by the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Hub, a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, implemented with the support of Accenture, during a ceremony held in Berlin, Germany.

Selected for their project “Community Street Football/Netball”, the organization leverages the role of sport to help youth who have fallen through the gaps within society, and have either dropped out of school or have become involved in gang-related activities, by supporting their reintegration into society and empowering them to lead positive and self-sufficient lives. The programme engages participants in street football events, while uplifting young people by instilling them with life skills based on the values inherent to sports, such as team spirit, fair play, respect, and conflict management.

“We are honored to receive the support of the Intercultural Innovation Hub in addressing the challenges of the youth in our communities, and providing alternative solutions for their positive growth,” said Clifford Martinus, Founder of “Oasis `Reach For Your Dreams`”.

Every year, the Intercultural Innovation Hub supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, thereby contributing to peace, cultural diversity, and more inclusive societies. This year, the Ceremony was chaired by Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the High Representative for UNAOC, and Ms. Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG People and Real Estate, Labour Relations Director.

Through the Intercultural Innovation Hub, Oasis `Reach For Your Dreams` will receive a financial grant, as well as one year of capacity-building and mentorship support from UNAOC, the BMW Group, and Accenture to help strengthen the “Community Street Football/Netball” project and its contribution towards a more inclusive society. This model of collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector creates a more profound impact, as partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each supported project.

Learn more about the project:

https://interculturalinnovation.org/oasis-reach-for-your-dreams-community-street-football-netball/

Media Inquiries:

Milena Pighi, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, BMW Group, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de
Alessandro Girola, Programming Coordinator, UNAOC, alessandrog@unops.org

SOURCE: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

Stage Play Director appeals for investment in the sector?

Mr Woelinam Kwame Dziewornu-Norvor, Director, Village Minds Production, a theatre production and event company, says investing in stage plays can reap huge amounts of money for the development of the country.?

He said the entertainment industry had the potential to contribute massively to the country’s economy as well as improve the potential of the youth, especially students in the field, to put in their maximum efforts to sharpen their talents for the industry.?

Mr Dziewornu-Norvor was speaking with the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Tema and stated, ‘The countries that are rich are not rich because of capital income; they are rich because of entertainment. Look at the amount of money the US pushes into BET awards’.

He bemoaned that stage plays in particular have seen little improvement over the years, not because Ghanaians had lost interest but because there was no concrete policy to revamp the sector.

He emphasised that although history and some key stories had been written down in some books, stage performances have ways of telling stories that get permanently inscribed in the minds of people.

The Stage Play Director said championing stage performances in all the regions of the country that would seek to depict the norms, values, and cultural heritage of every tribe could boost the entertainment industry.

He said mostly they run at a loss due to the cost of production, subsidizing the tickets, and called on the government and stakeholders to help develop the sector for the benefit of the country.

Village Minds Production produced ‘The Love of Mamavi, 2015’ ‘The Barber and the Apprentice, 2018’ ‘Homeless, 2017 and ‘Wala, a dance drama, 2022’, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GPL: Exciting matchday 32 looms as battle for title and survival gets keen

With three matches to end the season, matchday 32 of the 2022/23 betPawa Ghana Premier League (GPL) promises some excitement at both ends of the table.?

League leaders Medeama SC would open the match week with an encounter against struggling side King Faisal at Akoon Park on Friday.

The ‘Mauve and Yellow’ side leads the table with 53 points, one point ahead of Aduana Stars with three matches to end the season.

Medeama have been perfect at home in the second round, winning seven out of seven, and would be favourites against a King Faisal side that are winless in five games.

Aduana Stars have a tricky tie at home against Dreams FC, who are looking to move further away from the relegation zone.

The ‘Ogyaa’ Boys would be looking to bounce back to winning ways after their 3-0 thumping against Accra Lions last week and also get their first win in three matches.

Aduana Stars, despite being a point behind Medeama, are strong contenders for the league title but face a stern test against Dreams.

Accra Hearts of Oak will also be looking to get back to winning ways after their humiliating 5-1 defeat against Medeama last week.

Legon Cities would be their opponent this week, and the Phobians would be firm favourites as they have never lost against Legon Cities since they rebranded.

Asante Kotoko would be looking to cement a place in the top four as they face struggling side Karela United at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Monday.

Kotoko still have a chance of winning the title, but a win against Karela United will ensure they stay on course to defend the title.

Great Olympics who are third from bottom would have a chance to move out of the relegation zone when they face Accra Lions at the Sogakope Park.

Full fixture list of week 32:

Medeama vs King Faisal (Friday)

Aduana vs Dreams? (Saturday)

Tamale City vs Samartex 1996 (Saturday)

Berekum Chelsea vs Nsoatreman? (Sunday)

Bibiani Gold Stars vs Kotoku Royals? (Sunday)

Great Olympics vs Accra Lions (Sunday)

Legon Cities vs Accra Hearts of Oak (Sunday)

RTU vs Bechem United (Sunday)

Asante Kototo vs Karela United (Monday)

Source: Ghana News Agency

Court sentences self-employed to be of good behaviour

The Jasikan Circuit Court has convicted a 19-year-old, self-employed, Attah Prosper Yaw, to sign a bond to be of good behaviour for two years for stealing a 35-kilogramme bag of dried cocoa beans.

Attah would serve three years imprisonment in default on the bond.

The Court also ordered the accused person to refund GHS800 being the value of the bag of dried beans to the complainant.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Seth Vincent Kpodo, Prosecuting, told the Court presided over by Mr Alfred Kwabena Asiedu that the complainant, 58, was a farmer while the accused person was self-employed, and both were residents of Likpe Bakua.

He said the complainant had a cocoa farm located along the Likpe Bakua and Wli roads.

ASP Kpodo said the complainant recently harvested some cocoa and dried the beans in his farm cottage.

He said on May 1, this year, the complainant spotted the accused person and others conveying lumber from a nearby forest through his cottage.

He said in the midnight of May 2, the accused person sneaked into the cottage and made away with the complainant’s cocoa beans valued GHS800.

ASP Kpodo said in the early hours of the day, a witness in the case detected the theft and informed the complainant accordingly.

He said the complainant, after hearing the news, proceeded to the farm and realised that a bag of cocoa beans had been stolen.

ASP Kpodo said a personal enquiry by the complainant revealed the accused to be the culprit.

He said the complainant informed the Police and accused person was arrested, adding that, during interrogations, he admitted stealing the cocoa beans.

ASP Kpodo said a search conducted on the accused revealed nothing of evidential value as he claimed to have sold the stolen item but also failed to assist police to trace the buyer.

Source: Ghana News Agency

African Refiners and Distributors Association congratulates Dangote for establishing a Refinery

African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) has congratulated businessman Aliko Dangote and the Dangote Group for the successful commissioning of the world-class 650,000 barrels per day refinery and petrochemicals facility in Lagos.

ARDA President and Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority of Ghana, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid in a news statement said while the Association continued to work alongside the African Union Commission (AUC) to harmonise fuel specifications across Africa, the Dangote Refinery was designed to produce cleaner AFRI-6 (10 ppm sulphur) fuels from the onset.

Dr Abdul-Hamid said the refinery was a game-changer for Africa’s clean fuels journey as its start-up would reduce the import of high-sulphur fuels into the continent while meeting climate commitments and reducing public health challenges.

He added, ‘This strategic move by the Alhaji Dangote and the Dangote Group will also assure Africa’s energy security even as the continent’s growing energy needs are met in a sustainable manner while reducing foreign exchange expended on petroleum products imports, providing employment and promoting a strong market for African crude oil on the continent amidst the global push away from fossil fuels’.

ARDA Executive Secretary and former NNPC COO Refining and Petrochemicals, Mr Anibor Kragha also commended Alhaji Dangote and said the refinery had highlighted the viability of large-scale Downstream industry investments fundamental for Africa to refine its own crude oil and create a robust, intra-African energy market amidst the global geopolitics and energy transition concerns.

Kragha also said that successful investments like the Dangote Refinery would positively impact the petroleum products supply chain dynamics of various African countries and would be critical for the continent to develop and implement a unique, integrated, sustainable African Downstream Energy Transition Roadmap that would prioritize cleaner, low-sulphur fuels and carbon emissions reduction efforts in the near-term and mature, cost-effective renewable energy solutions later.

In November last year, an ARDA delegation including the Executive Secretary and top executives from refineries and storage and distribution companies in Senegal (SAR, SENSTOCK and Elton Oil), Cote d’Ivoire (SIR and SMB), Gabon (SOGARA) and Zambia (Indeni) as well as the Department of Hydrocarbons in the Ministry of Cote d’Ivoire and ARSE, the Downstream regulator in Niger Republic toured the Dangote Refinery site and had commended the intense efforts to bring the refinery on stream. Kragha said ‘The commissioning of the Dangote Refinery about six months after the ARDA delegation visit last November served as a testimony to the vision and doggedness of the excellent Dangote team to deliver a world-class ‘Refinery of the Future’ that prioritizes cleaner fuels and maximizes value addition via petrochemicals facilities while reducing its carbon footprint in line with global best practices.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

President João Lourenço grants audience to Italian entrepreneurs

Angolan Head of State João Lourenço received on Thursday in Rome several Italian businesspeople interested in the Angolan market.

In the first audience, the President of the Republic received the leader of the Leonardo Group, Stefano Pontecorvo.

This is a business group operating in the aviation sector. It is the second largest industrial group in Italy, only behind Fiat.

The company works in the areas of defence, aerospace, security, automation, transport and energy.

The Angolan statesman also received the president of the oil company ENI, Claudio Descalzi, and the administrator of the Cremonini Group, Ricardo Zani Cremonini.

The latter is basically dedicated to the production of meat and derivatives.

In the health filed, João Lourenço received Camila Borghese, president of the Giovani Lorenzini Biochemical Institute.

The 100 years old institute, produce and trade injection model products all over the world. It operates in the health facilities.

The last audience was granted to the manager of the Althea Italia company, Alessandro Dogliani, a firm specialises in the comprehensive management of hospitals, maintenance of hospital equipment and training of healthcare staff, including doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff.

Prior to the audiences, the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, went to the Quirinal Palace, the headquarters of the Italian Presidency, to bid farewell to his counterpart Sergio Mattarella, on the last day of the state visit.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Parliament passes General Labour Law

National Assembly (Parliament) approved Thursday the Draft General Labour Law. The vote was 172 in favour, two against and none abstentions..

The document strengthens the harmony in labour relations between workers and employers, and mainly aims to reintroduce a set of rules that were revoked with Law 2/2000, of 11 February, in order to ensure greater balance in defence of the interests of workers and employers.

It re-introduces the employment contract for an undetermined period of time as the rule, and unequivocally assumes the employment contract as the only form of constitution of legal-labour relations.

With the implementation of the catalogue of protection of personality rights, the workers are more protected, under the terms of articles 20 to 27 of the proposal.

The diploma redefines the special employment contracts, focusing on teleworking and on the sports employment contract.

The document also introduces more flexibility in the organisation and duration of work, with stress to the working time regime for student workers and workers with family responsibilities (paternity leave).

The proposed law also assumes the task of the social protection management entity, guaranteeing the payment of sickness or accident benefits for workers who fall under the incapacity regime.

It also clarifies the causes for the illegality of dismissals and the respective consequences, as well as the reconfiguration of the criterion for determining compensation.

With the alteration of the section dedicated especially to women workers, gender equality and non-discrimination are enshrined, with the introduction of complementary maternity leave and social protection against dismissal for objective reasons.

Also the introduction of personality rights in the proposal, especially freedom of expression and opinion, physical and moral integrity, privacy of privacy and protection of personal data.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Esperança Costa highlights challenging role of women in preserving peace

Angola’s Vice President Esperança da Costa said Thursday in Luanda that peace and democracy represent inalienable and unseizable assets of the people, and its protection poses a challenge for all women.

Addressing an opening ceremony of the 1st International Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, she said that the challenge for women should take place “in every place and at all times, in order to promote fundamental rights, related to human, the values of development and prosperity”.

The Vice President is of the view that the role of women should be highlighted in all areas, such as in politics, economy, science and innovation, music, culture and sport.

But special attention should go to the women in rural areas, the struggle against early pregnancy, promoting schooling and combat poverty, in accordance with international commitments assumed by States and Governments.

Esperança Costa recalled that the United Nations Security Council

unanimously approved, on 31 October 2000, Resolution no.1325, which reaffirms the importance of women’s participation and inclusion, from a gender perspective, in peace negotiations, humanitarian plans, peacekeeping operations, governance and post-conflict peacebuilding.

“As a member State, Angola has promoted equal rights and opportunities, as well as the launch of the National Action Plan for the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security.

Important figures such as the former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson, former Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Cambell Barr, representatives of the United Nations and diplomats will address the five panels topics under discussion at the event that runs until Friday.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)