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‘I Chose The Best Life Partner And Father For Our Children’ – Lordina’s Father’s Day Message Turns Emotional Love Letter To John Mahama

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The former first lady, Lordina Mahama, has sent a heartwarming Father’s Day message to her husband and former president, John Dramani Mahama.

Lordina Mahama, on her Facebook page, described Mahama as “the kind of father (she) would want my children to have”.

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“Your gentleness, kindness and caring personality were the qualities that drew me to you. Looking back at our journey of love and parenting, I am convinced I chose the best life partner and father for our children.

You mean the world to us; thank you for making our lives so beautiful and for being a perfect role model to many who look up to you,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, John Mahama, responded to the message calling her “the love” of his life.

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Away from Lordina and Mahama, Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah, has called on all fathers who have not been up to their responsibilities to make right by their children.

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Describing such dads as ‘run-away’ fathers, the Apostle General urged them to seize the moment offered by this year’s Fathers’ Day commemoration, to reconcile with them.

The call, which he made on JoyNewsAM Show Friday, forms part of his Fathers’ Day wishes to all dads across the country ahead of the ‘D-day’, Sunday, June 20.

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All You Need To Know About The Omicron Variant

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JUST IN: Ghana Records Two New Cases Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

The first cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have now been detected in the UK.

It was highlighted by scientists in South Africa as a potentially worrying new strain.

What tests are used to detect Omicron?

Swabs from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are sent to labs for analysis, can show if the variant causing the infection looks like Omicron, Delta, or something else.

Between a third and a half of UK labs – but not all – have the required technology to detect suspected Omicron cases. That means some parts of the country may identify more Omicron cases more quickly.

Confirming that a suspected case is Omicron requires a full genetic analysis, which can take up to a couple of weeks.

PCR tests are the ones you can order free from the government website if you have symptoms, or buy from a private company if you need one for travel purposes. There are many different makes.

Have the rules on self-isolation changed?

The advice for people with Covid symptoms or who have a positive test result for Covid (for any variant) remains the same – you must stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days.

But the UK guidance has changed for people who are contacts or live in the same household as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant.

When you get your PCR test back, it will tell you if you’re suspected to have Omicron.

At that point, the new requirement is that people in your household and any close contacts must also self-isolate for 10 days, even if they are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18.

You don’t need to wait until it is confirmed that you have the Omicron variant.

The rules around testing and self-isolation after foreign travel have also changed.

How do we know that Omicron is in the UK?

Using a technique known as genomic sequencing, all suspected Omicron test results have been analysed and some people are confirmed to have been infected with the variant.

It is likely there are many more cases of the variant already in the UK, as yet undetected, because it can take some time for this process to be completed.

The dominant variant of coronavirus is still Delta, which is responsible for around 40,000 new cases every day in the UK.

Do lateral flow tests detect Omicron?

Rapid or lateral flow tests (LFTs), which can be used at home, can’t tell you which variant you’re infected with – but they are still thought to be able to tell you if you’re negative or positive, even with Omicron.

If you get a positive LFT result, you have a legal obligation to self-isolate immediately and must get a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm the result.

What’s the difference between Omicron and other variants?

The Omicron variant has lots of different mutations that haven’t been seen before, and many that have.

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A large number of them are on the spike protein of the virus, which is the target of most vaccines, and that’s the main concern.

In standard tests, Omicron has what’s known as an “S-gene dropout” (which Delta, in most cases, hasn’t), and that gives a clue that it could be the new variant.

But not all “S-gene dropouts” will necessarily be Omicron – full genomic sequencing is needed to be sure.

What role does genomic sequencing play?

Up to 20% of the swabs from positive test results in the UK each week, or around 60,000 cases, are sent for genomic sequencing.

By looking closely at the genetic material provided, scientists can confirm whether someone is positive with Omicron or the already widely-circulating Delta.

This process only provides information about the swabs that are analysed – but using those results, scientists are able to estimate what proportion of new cases could be the new variant.

Scientists in the UK and South African are at the forefront of this technology, which is why most new variants have been detected in these countries. But that doesn’t always mean they originated there.

What are the symptoms of Omicron?

So far, in South Africa, most people infected are young and their symptoms have been mild.

There is some suggestion that the variant could be causing some slightly different symptoms to Delta – including aches and pains, and no loss of taste or smell – but it’s too early to say for certain.

At the moment, the World Health Organization says there is no evidence that symptoms of Omicron are different from those of other variants.

That means a new cough, a fever, and loss of taste or smell are still the main three symptoms to look out for.

Hospitals in South Africa are seeing more young people admitted with more serious symptoms – but many are unvaccinated or have had only one dose.

This suggests that getting two doses and a booster dose is a good way of protecting against disease caused by the new variant, as well as all other variants.

What else do we know about Omicron?

Very little is known about how the variant acts or how much of a threat it could be.

But on paper, it looks worrying, and that’s why governments are acting quickly in case it’s bad news.

Scientists are concerned that Omicron could spread more easily than previous variants and evade the protection from vaccines to some extent – but that’s yet to be confirmed on the ground.

 

 

 

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COVID-19: Ghana Detects 34 Cases Of Omicron variant

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COVID-19: Ghana Detects 34 Cases Of Omicron variant

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has announced the detection of 34 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.

In a tweet to announce the new cases, the NMIMR said the imported cases were detected in 120 samples collected between November 21 and 25.

“The Omicron variant was detected in 28% (34 out of 120) of returning traveler samples (collected from 21-25 November) sequenced. These are the first imported cases of the variant into Ghana, and we are closely monitoring its potential spread in the local population. We encourage the general public to continue adhering to the COVID-19 prevention protocols,” the NMIMR stated in a tweet.

The update from the NMIMR came hours after the Ghana Health Service disclosed the country’s first cases of the new variant.

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The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, revealed that the virus was detected in persons traveling from Nigeria and South Africa into the country.

Meanwhile, Immunologist at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the University of Ghana, Dr. Yaw Bediako has urged the government to stiffen surveillance at the country’s airports to prevent the spread of the new virus.

 

 

 

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Just In: Captain Smart Arrested!!!

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I Rejected $200,000 Offer To Promote LGBTG+ In Ghana – Captain Smart

The Nima Divisional Police Command has arrested Blessed Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as “Captain Smart”, the
host of Onua TV/FM morning show in Accra.

A statement issued by the Police on Thursday said he was arrested following some unsavoury pronouncements that hinge on peace and security.

“He has been cautioned on the offence of offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace as provided under section 207 of the Criminal Act,1960 (Act 29),” the statement added.

The Police said Captain Smart is presently in Police custody assisting the investigations.

Just In: Captain Smart Arrested!!!

Meanwhile, the National Media Commission (NMC) has described Captain Smart’s utterances as unprofessional and inciteful.

In a letter to Onua FM and copied to the Ghana Journalists Association and other media stakeholders, the NMC said “we are particularly concerned about a recent broadcast in which “Captain Smart” calls for insurrection against the state of Ghana and its institutions.

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This, by all standards, crosses the line of robust and critical broadcasting and transforms your radio station into a megaphone of war.

While that particular broadcast, without more, constitutes adequate grounds for regulatory action, we still retain the belief that given the chance, management could take steps to bring your content unto a level of professional acceptability. We are fortified in this belief by the fact that considerable parts of your other broadcast, including the news, offer that hope,” the NMC stated.

The Commission reminded the management of Onua FM that exercising the required professional caution, “is in your interest.”

 

 

 

 

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