Usyk beats Fury to become undisputed champion

Tyson Fury suffered a split-decision points defeat on a dramatic night in Saudi Arabia as Oleksandr Usyk became boxing's first four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion. On a grand stage and on a legacy-defining night, Briton Fury began well but was given a standing 10 count and saved by the bell after an Usyk onslaught in the ninth round. In a tense wait for the scorecards to be read out, Fury appeared convinced of victory before a stony-faced Usyk broke down in tears when he was confirmed as the winner. The scorecards read 115-112 and 114-113 for the Ukrainian, with a third judge scoring it 114-113 to Fury. It meant Fury, 35, lost for the first time in a 16-year professional career. He will get an immediate opportunity for revenge with a rematch planned for later this year. 'I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority,' a defiant Fury said in the ring. 'His country is at war, so people are siding with the country at war. Make no mistake, I won that fight in my opinion.' 'It was one o f the daftest decisions in boxing. I'll be back.' Usyk takes the WBC belt from Fury, to add to his WBA, WBO and IBF collection. The 37-year-old remains unbeaten and is the first boxer in almost 25 years to stand tall as the sport's sole heavyweight world champion. 'Thank you so much to my team. It's a big opportunity for my family, for me, for my country. It's a great time, it's a great day,' Usyk said. 'I am ready for a rematch.' Source: Ghana News Agency

Galaxy International School exhibits STEM talents to enhance ingenuity

The Galaxy International School has exhibited talents among students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to enhance students' ingenuity. All students from Beginners level to Senior High School exhibited an array of scientific experiments, models, and projects as well as in the Arts and Social Sciences. They included water fountains and juice dispensers made of plastic bottles, elephant toothpastes for cleaning PVC pipes, robots, machines for self-service in purchasing, Arts works, beads, cement moulds in different shapes with paper for construction and theatres with toys performing. The exhibition was made at the school's 19th Annual Science and Makers' Fair, held in Accra on the theme: 'Imagine, Invent and Inspire.' Mr Mehmet Akmermer, the Managing Director of the School, said the School acknowledged that science fostered curiosity, enabling students to develop understanding and pose questions based on existing knowledge and future insights they sought. He said the initiative wa s to promote the understanding that STEM was accessible to all students and that by cultivating a strong foundation in STEM and other courses like Arts, Languages and Social Sciences, everyone could be prepared for higher education, opening doors to greater opportunities throughout their lifetime. Mr Akmermer underscored how science continued to shape the future, saying it was in the hands of aspiring young individuals like students. 'These are individuals who possess the ability to innovate, collaborate, and remain resilient in the face of life's challenges,' he noted. Mr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, in a speech read on his behalf, on the theme, said it was through imagination that one explored new possibilities, through invention that one transformed ideas into reality, and through inspiration that one motivated others to pursue their dreams. 'Today, we witness the tangible results of what happens when students are encouraged to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical challenges. This fair provides a platform for students to showcase their ingenuity and problem-solving skills. 'The projects we will see today are not just academic exercises; they are a glimpse into the future, where these young minds will become the innovators, scientists, engineers, and leaders of tomorrow,' he said. Mr Adutwum said the initiative aligned with the Ministry's vision to provide an education that was not only comprehensive but also practical and relevant to the needs of society. He lauded the school for believing that every child is talented and hence had a duty to harness the talents. 'Galaxy International School has been a beacon of quality education since its establishment in 2001. With students from over 30 countries, the school embodies a diverse and inclusive learning environment that enriches the educational experience for all its students. 'Your commitment to both the Ghanaian and British educational programmes has set a high standard, making Galaxy International School a premier institution in our nation. I congratulate the Management, Staff, Teachers, Parents, and all partners for your devout contributions to the success of this school,' he added. Mr Ebenezer Doku, the Adentan Municipal Chief Executive, said the influence of science was ubiquitous as it permeated every aspect of human existence, from the 'intricacies of classroom instruction to the simplest act of walking.' Science, he said, was not merely a subject; but a realm of excitement and mystery. 'By unravelling the underlying principles behind natural phenomena, we gain a deeper appreciation for the world around us,' he noted. Mr Doku said the potential of young minds knew no bounds with determination to pursue their aspirations and therefore, called on parents, caregivers, and educators to provide unwavering support to them to enable them to navigate the challenges of the world with confidence. ' As the Municipal Chief Executive of this area, I commend Galaxy International School for its steadfast commitment to inclusivity aboar d the 'STEM Bus.' Source: Ghana News Agency

Repair works on damaged subsea cables completed – NCA

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has disclosed that repairs to the recently broken undersea cables that caused the country's total internet outage last March have been completed. Dr. Joe Anokye, Director-General of the NCA, stated that work on all four damaged cables was completed between April 6 and May 8, 2024. He made the announcement on Friday during the 2024 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day celebration in Accra. The Day was on the theme: ''Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development.' On March 14, this year, Ghana's data services were disrupted due to underwater cable damage. All four undersea cable landing service providers in Ghana (ACR, MainOne, SAT-3, and WACS) were disconnected from international data services, resulting in a complete internet shutdown. Dr. Anokye said that the repair work on the broken cables was complete, and internet services were fully restored. According to the subsea cable service providers, all four cable faults were discovered near th e crossing with Le Trou Sans Fond Canyon, an underwater canyon off the coast of Abidjan. Dr. Anokye stated that the SAT-3 cable was restored on April 6 and the ACE cable on April 17, 2024. 'The WACS cable was repaired on 29th April 2024 and the MainOne cable repairs were completed on May 8, 2024,' he added. Dr. Anokye indicated that the Authority had begun implementing the country's satellite services policy framework to mitigate the effects of recent disruptions caused by damaged undersea cables. This would enable the public to access innovative satellite services in addition to those available on the ground. 'This will enhance the connectivity resilience of the country considering the recent disruption of undersea fine optics cables on 14th March 2024,' he stressed. Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, called for collaboration among institutions like the Bank of Ghana, NCA, NITA, and Data Protection Commission to address identified challenges and strengthen the digi tal environment. 'Meaningful digital innovation does not happen in isolation. It thrives on collaboration. None of us can do it alone, we need each other and so together let us forge a path towards a brighter, more connected future for generations to come,' she charged. Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful Minister of Communications and Digitalisation speaking at the 2024 WTISD. Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the government was on track to make Ghana the ICT hub of West Africa, emphasising that it had adopted some critical steps that would serve as the foundation for achieving that target. This includes the construction of extensive in-country fiberoptic cables to complement those laid by the private sector and the construction of rural telephony sites to extend voice and data connectivity to underserved and unserved communities. The Minister said the government would complete the construction of the remaining 1,006 rural telephony sites by September of this year, after having already built 1,010 facilities nationwide. She s aid this would extend data connectivity to the 20 per cent of the population who were currently unconnected. 'We're also implementing a national roaming policy where networks can roam on each other's network where necessary to benefit from to benefit the consumer seamlessly. 'We're hopeful that that will also enable us to bridge some of the connectivity gaps that we have in the country,' the Minister added. The World Technology and Information Day is observed on May 17 every year to raise awareness of the benefits citizens and economies could derive from the use of the internet and communication technologies (ICT) to bridge the digital divide. Source: Ghana News Agency

Our dominion over the earth does not mean we should exploit it – Rev. CSP Akuamoah Boateng

The Reverend Chief Superintendent of Prisons (CSP) George Akuamoah Boateng, Ho East Presbytery Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (EPCG) said God's call to humanity to have dominion over the earth does not mean they should exploit its resources. He said the call was to exercise care and responsibility for posterity. Rev. CSP Akuamoah Boateng stated this when he addressed the 14th extra ordinary Synod of the Presbytery at the Elorm Parish of the Church in Ho. The Synod, which was on the theme: 'Care for God's Creation: The Mission of the Church', was attended by all pastors and representatives of Catechists, Presbyters, youth, the Church's groups, and schools. Rev. CSP Akuamoah Boateng noted that according to ecologists and environmental scientists, the earth's ecosphere, the parts where creatures could live was at risk from global warming and the very real specter of global climate change were as a result of man's disrupting of natural and social systems. He said the continued deteri oration of the stratospheric ozone was also having its dilapidated effect on humans. 'The deforestation, especially tropical rain forests in our country are the consequential collapse of biodiversity,' the Moderator stated. He noted that creation care should be seen as an act of discipleship and obedience to God by Christians. 'God loves the world so we have the responsibility to love what God loves and care for it,' he advised. Rev. CSP Akuamoah Boateng called on Ghanaians, especially Christians, to desist from pollution of the sea and rivers with plastics and fossil fuel and winning of sand at the beaches as it posed as danger to the very existence of all living things including humans. He praised the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe for resisting attempts to mine lithium in the area, which he said would degrade their land. The Presbytery Moderator said, 'this earth was passed on to us by our parents with the hope that generations yet unborn anticipate that we will also hand over that re sponsibility to them.' Mr Richmond Edem Kpotosu, National Democratic Congress Parliamentary Candidate for Ho Central, asked the Church to be in the forefront of the promotion of human rights, equality and show compassion for the marginalized and the vulnerable in society. He entreated them to also work towards the promotion of peace before, during and after the 2024 General elections. 'Despite our political differences, let us listen to each other for the sake of posterity,' he advised. Rev. Elisha E. Attu, the Programmes and Ecumenical Relations Officer of the Church, enumerated a number of development projects being undertaken by the church, key among them the water project at Awudome Tsito and the Conference centre in Ho. He praised the Presbytery for her enormous assistance to the Church's headquarters. Source: Ghana News Agency

Christian Council elects new Vice Chairman

The Christian Council of Ghana has elected Reverend Enoch Thompson, Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention, as its new Vice Chairman. This was during the Council's Annual General Meeting. Rev. Thompson succeeded Bishop Justice K. A Lawson for a two-year term. Meanwhile, Reverend Dr. Hilliard Della Dogbe of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was re-elected as Chairman of the Council. In his acceptance address, Reverend Thompson expressed gratitude to the council members for their trust in him. He urged members to support his tenure and emphasized the need for collective prayer and financial support for the Council's work. Source: Ghana News Agency