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“Kasahuam-Kasafi” -7

22 Sep: “Kasahuam-Kasafi”: Polite and Impolite Language in the Ghanaian Media and Political Landscape

“Language has some intrinsic power to make and unmake. Not only for our sake but also the sake of posterity, for our survival and well-being let us choose the positive side, communicative politeness and throw away or condemn communicative impoliteness”. – Prof. Kofi Agyekum

 

On Thursday, 01 September 2022, Fellow of the Academy and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ghana, Prof. Kofi Agyekum delivered what one will describe as a timely lecture to address the impolite languages in our media and political landscape. The topic for the lecture was “Kasahuam-Kasafi”: Polite and Impolite Language in the Ghanaian Media and Political Landscape.

01 Sep: Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Inaugural Lecture – Kasahuam-Kasafi in Ghanaian Media and Political Landscape

The objective of this inaugural lecture is to address issues about Kasahuam and Kasafi, ‘Polite and impolite language’ in the Media and Political (Politico-Mediatised Discourse) Landscape in contemporary Ghana. The lecture emphasises the use of appropriate language based on our Ghanaian Cultural heritage, cultural norms and values that engineer and provide a perfect atmosphere and some panacea for peace, social cohesion and national development.

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19 Jul: Professor Aaron Lante, FGA Calls for The Establishment of Academic Medical Centres

Professor Aaron Lante, FGA, a Professor of Anatomy at the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), has called for the establishment of academic medical centres (AMCs) in all medical training institutions to help deepen medical training, research, and service delivery in the country. He indicated that AMCs were assets that provided an environment for evolution in medical education, research, and service delivery.

13 Jul: Upgrade of Gold Recovery from Refractory Carbonaceous Gold Ores using Phanerochaete chrysosporium – Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong

Gold ores consist of those that are easy to treat (free-milling) and others difficult to treat (refractory). Cyanide dissolution of gold from refractory carbonaceous ores has attendant serious challenges as the contained natural Carbonaceous Matter (CM) preg-robs dissolved gold leading to a decrease in overall gold recovery, a phenomenon termed preg-robbing. The CM behaves similarly to activated carbon, and thus has strong affinity for the dissolved gold ions (Au(CN)2).

20 Jun: Establishment of Academic Medical Centers in Ghana

Traditionally, the basic components of an Academic Medical Centre (AMC) are a Medical School, within a university setup, and a health facility which may or may not be university-owned. There may be additional components, including schools for other health professions (dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health professions) and other clinical entities. In situations where the health facilities are not owned by the university, there may be varying levels of affiliations/partnerships for training and research purposes.

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14 Jun: For AfCFTA to work, it must be human rights fit- delivering on the SDG goals – Professor Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua

Day two of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) 2022 Public Forum continued with a focus on Political and Legal Environments for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Various speakers at the forum which is organized annually by the GAAS and sponsored UMB, a leading indigenous Ghanaian bank, opined that Human Rights Impact Assessments are a critical tool for the advancement of people-centered and human rights-based development, including through trade agreements. This is critical in ensuring that the rights of people whose needs may otherwise be overlooked or poorly addressed are protected in trade negotiations so everyone can benefit equitably from trade.

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14 Jun: GAAS Public Forum 2022 – The African Continental Free Trade Area; Challenges and Prospects

The African Continental Free Trade Area is an ambitious trade pact to form the world’s largest free trade area by connecting almost 1.3bn people across 54 African countries. To deepen Africa’s economic integration, the accord intends to create a single market for products and services. The trade area’s aggregate gross domestic product might be over $3.4 trillion but reaching its full potential will necessitate considerable policy reforms and trade facilitation measures across African signatory countries.

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07 Jun: Removing Trade Tariffs for Intra-Africa Trade Will Release $70billion; AfCTA Can Release Economic Development for Africa.

The first day of the prestigious Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) 2022 Public Forum began with concord that the African Continental Trade Agreement presents the most exciting path for Ghanaian and African development in a generation. The deliberations however noted the need for countries and public sector players to be aware of the challenges that will arise from this opportunity.