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KOTOKO ATTACKED IN CONGO

Asante Kotoko have been attacked in Congo by unidentified fans of CARA Brazzaville ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup game on Wednesday....

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‘WE WILL ENSURE ECG CONCESSION IS IN GHANA’S INTEREST’ – MIDA 500 GHANAIANS STRANDED IN DUBAI - GOVERNMENT KOTOKO ATTACKED IN CONGO MAN CITY KNOCKED OUT IN FA CUP SHOCK OPRAH WINFREY SHARES HER BLACK PANTHER REVIEW: PHENOMENAL  NIGERIA BOKO HARAM: SCHOOLGIRLS ESCAPE MILITANT ATTACK

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

KOTOKO ATTACKED IN CONGO

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Asante Kotoko have been attacked in Congo by unidentified fans of CARA Brazzaville ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup game on Wednesday.

The reports according to Lawyer Yaw Boafo, the legal brain of Asante Kotoko state that the bus being used by the Porcupine Warriors was attacked and dirty oil was sprayed at the players and officials of the club by rampaging fans of CARA Brazzaville.

The Kumasi giants have promised to inform CAF of the unfortunate happenings in Brazzaville.

"Very surprised at what is happening here. It's disheartening. We have written to CAF" he told Oyerepa FM.

Asannte Kotoko won the first leg 1-0 in Kumasi two weeks ago and they need a respectable results to match on to the second stage of the CAF Confederation Cup as they play the Congolese in Brazzaville


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500 GHANAIANS STRANDED IN DUBAI - GOVERNMENT

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Government has revealed that some 500 young Ghanaians have been left stranded in Dubai. 
The 500 were sent to the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates by fake recruitment agencies for non-existing jobs. 
Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, however, said government is collaborating with authorities in the UAE to repatriate them. 
The Minister further indicated that government is working closely with the security agencies to arrest owners and managers of the fake recruitment agencies that only end up exploiting the desperate job seekers. 
"As we speak 500 young Ghanaians have been left stranded in Dubai and do not know what to do. The security agencies are tracking down these recruitment agencies as well as travel and tour companies who are doing this to these young people. These agencies manage to secure only tourism visas for these young people which expire after three months. They charge them between 8,000 and 15,000 cedis to secure them these visas. ’’
‘Ban on labour export still in force’
Mustapha Hamid also reiterated that the ban on the export of labour to the United Arab Emirates is still in force, adding that government will do all it can to enforce the ban. 
‘’Let me emphasize that the ban on the exportation of labour to the Gulf is still in force and the security agencies will not hesitate to apply it. .’’
There have been several reported cases of abuse and maltreatment of Ghanaians who usually take up jobs as maids and nannies not only in the UAE, but other countries such as Saudi Arabia and Libya. 
Over 800 Ghanaians in Saudi Arabia return home 
In 2017, about 800 Ghanaian migrants living in Saudi Arabia illegally turned themselves in at Ghana’s mission there to be deported. 
This followed a three-month amnesty granted illegal residents by the Saudi government to leave or be sanctioned. 
Over 500 Ghanaians to be repatriated from Saudi Arabia 
The Ghana Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in May 2017 appealed to Ghanaians living in Saudi Arabia without residency and work permits to take advantage of a package by the Embassy to return them to Ghana. 
Ghana’s mission at the time said over 500 people applied voluntarily to be repatriated. 
This was because Saudi Arabia announced a 90-day amnesty for persons living in that country illegally who wished to return to their countries of origin as part of the Kingdom’s "A Nation Without Illegal Expatriates" campaign. 
Reversing illegal migration’
President Nana Akufo-Addo has vowed to reverse the trend of illegal migration by Ghanaians, by building a sound economy with opportunities for all. 
In an address at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, the President stated that it was inappropriate for any Ghanaian to go through the life-threatening ordeal of an immigrant. 
"There have always been adventurous Ghanaians who would go out and try their luck in other parts of the world but the periods of economic collapse turned our country into places of wholesale emigration," the President noted. 
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‘WE WILL ENSURE ECG CONCESSION IS IN GHANA’S INTEREST’ – MIDA

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President Nana Addo in 2017 announced that Ghana had renegotiated the deal to control 51 percent of the Power Compact II with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Under the Power Compact, six projects will be implemented to address the the root causes of the unavailability and unreliability of power in Ghana

The rest are Power Generation Sector Improvement Project and Energy Efficiency, and Demand Side Management Project,. The Government of Ghana signed the Ghana Power Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation , an independent United States government agency, on the sidelines of the US Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington on August 5, 2014.

Ghana to get over 498m dollars

About US$350 million of the grant is being invested in ECG to make the country’s power distributor operationally and financially more efficient.


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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CPP COMMENDS AKUFO-ADDO FOR MEDIATION EFFORTS IN TOGO

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The Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) has commended President Akufo-Addo for providing sub-regional leadership in the protracted socio-political unrest in Togo.

President Akufo-Addo was in Togo Monday February 19 to hold talks with all relevant stakeholders including; President Faure Gnassingbe, leaders of the main Opposition Political Parties in the on-going crisis in that country.

Professor Edmund Nminyem Delle CPP Chairman and leader told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the crisis in Togo was a ticking time bomb, “if ECOWAS and for that matter Ghana fail to intervene, it will explode to disrupt the relative political stability the sub-region is experiencing”.

Togo, in recent times, has witnessed a series of protests by opposition parties who are calling for a return to the country’s constitution, which imposes limits on presidential terms.

Prof. Delle in August 2017, appealed to the International Community to pay attention to developments in Togo, stressing that, “It could have been worse and could get worse if the international community fails to immediately intervene”.

The CPP Chairman while, commending Ghana and President Akufo-Addo for the mediation efforts, renewed the call to ECOWAS, African Union and the International Community to assist Togo to resolve its impending political upheaval.

The CPP Leader suggested the creation of a platform for all Political Leaders, Civil Society Organisations, Media, Religious, and Traditional Leaders as well as democratic stakeholders in Togo to dialogue.

Prof. Delle noted that even though demonstrations formed part of a political weapon in a democratic process, “democratic forces must avoid unbridled protest and violent pronouncements which most often ignites hostilities leading to the loss of precious lives, destruction of property and general insecurity.

“We must reduce the tendency of using violent means to resolve political problems or the heavy arm of the State security to deal with political opponents and suppress divergent views in a democratic environment”.

The CPP Chairman also appealed to President Gnassingbe and the leader of the main opposition Mr Tikpi Atchadam of the PNP party to work together for the interest of Togolese and strengthen Togolese democratic development.

Thousands of Togolese nationals since last September organised demonstrations in cities around the world including; north of the capital Lome, where it turned deadly after clashes with security forces.

The demonstrations tagged: “Anti-Gnassingbe Dynasty Protests,” was organised by the opposition Pan African National Party (PNP) simultaneously in Accra, Libreville, New York, and Berlin demanding the reinstatement of the Togolese 1992 Constitution which limits the term limit of the President.

The 1992 Constitution of Togo, which stipulates a two five-year term limit for a President was set aside by the Togolese Parliament to allow President Gnassingbe to contest Election for the third term in 2015.

Besides the reinstatement of the constitution, the leader of the PNP party Mr Atchadam told the media that they want to immediately end the Gnassingbe dynasty, which had ruled Togo for 50 years “from father to son. It’s like a family property and we are ready to resist that this time”.

President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power since the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema in 2005 who ruled for 38 years.

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‘PARLIAMENT WAS RIGHT IN APPROVING AMIDU DESPITE SUIT’ – AG

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Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Gloria Akuffo, has defended the approval of Martin Amidu as the country’s first Special Prosecutor despite a suit at the Supreme Court challenging his eligibility over his age. 
"Parliament has not been injuncted. The mere initiation of a suit does not serve as an injunction. In the absence of that, I think Parliament is right in proceeding with the approval. In the absence of an injunction Parliament is free to proceed and they are right to do so," she said. 
Parliament on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, approved Mr. Amidu as Special Prosecutor to tackle corruption cases in the country. 
The approval was done regardless of a suit filed at the Supreme Court by Deputy Minority Ranking Member on Constitutional Affairs, Dr. Dominic Ayine, who is seeking a declaration that Mr. Amidu who is 66 years old cannot hold public office because he has exceeded the mandated age limit per the 1992 constitution. 
Dr. Ayine prior to the approval on Tuesday further asked Parliament to put the process on hold, as his suit is still pending at the Supreme Court. 
Drawing on Standing order 93, Dr. Ayine invited the Speaker of Parliament to rule on whether the House’s intention to approve the nominee will not be wrong pending the Supreme Court case. 
But the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, ruled against Dr. Ayine’s argument thus paving the way for Amidu’s approval. 
Speaking to Citi News’ Duke Mensah Opoku in Parliament after the approval, Gloria Akuffo, who recommended Amidu for the position, said she is hopeful the Supreme Court case will go in favour of Amidu. 
"I am confident that Mr. Amidu’s appointment will be confirmed by the Supreme Court…Let’s allow the court to go into the merits and come out with its decision," she added. 
‘Too old’
Dr. Dominic Ayine who is also a former Deputy Attorney-General, filed the suit at the Supreme Court on February 12, 2018 arguing that Mr. Amidu’s age bars him from being appointed to public office. 
However, Parliament’s Appointments Committee went ahead to vet Mr. Amidu last Tuesday with the Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu claiming that he had not been served any injunction to prevent the committee from doing its work. 
The vetting, which lasted more than seven hours saw members of committee quizzing Mr. Amidu’s plans for the Special Prosecutor’s Office and how he intends to carry out his mandate of fighting corruption. 
The Appointments Committee also unanimously recommended his confirmation moments after the gruelling exercise. 

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NIGERIA BOKO HARAM: SCHOOLGIRLS ESCAPE MILITANT ATTACK

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Schoolgirls and teachers in north-eastern Nigeria have escaped an attack on a boarding school by Boko Haram jihadists, witnesses say. 
They say the militants in pick-up trucks arrived in the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening, shooting and setting off explosives. 
Alerted by the noise, staff and students were able to flee. 
In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the north-eastern town of Chibok. 
Residents and civilian militia in Dapchi say they believe the jihadists had planned to kidnap schoolgirls in their town too. 
After finding the school empty, the militants looted the building. 
They say that Nigeria's security forces - backed by military jets - later repelled the attack. 
Last September, a group of more than 100 of the Chibok girls were reunited with their families at a party in the capital Abuja. 
Most of the group were released in May as part of a controversial prisoner swap deal with the Nigerian government that saw five Boko Haram commanders released. 
But more than 100 schoolgirls are still being held by Boko Haram, and their whereabouts are unknown. 
Boko Haram militants have been fighting a long insurgency in their quest for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. The conflict is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people. 
The Chibok girls represent a fraction of the women captured by the militant group, which has kidnapped thousands during its eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.



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OPRAH WINFREY SHARES HER BLACK PANTHER REVIEW: 'PHENOMENAL'

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Moviegoers flocked to theaters this weekend to see the highly anticipated Marvel offering Black Panther, which is on pace to smash box office records with a $218 million four-day opening.

Among the excited film fans was none other than TV icon Oprah Winfrey, who fell in love with the magical world of Wakanda and called the movie “phenomenal.”

“Just saw it with Stedman,” Winfrey tweeted Saturday night. “It’s Phenomenal!! Layers and layers of it. [Wakanda] ForEveeeerrrr! #BlackPanther.”

The historic Marvel project is directed by Ryan Coogler and features an almost entirely black cast, including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and John Kani.

Winfrey has long been an advocate for representation and diversity in Hollywood, which she mentioned during her headline-making Golden Globes speech last month. She will next be seen on the big screen in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, sharing the screen with Mindy Khaling, Reese Witherspoon, and newcomer Storm Reid.



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MAN CITY KNOCKED OUT IN FA CUP SHOCK

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Wigan 1-0 Man City
Wigan Athletic ended Manchester City's hopes of a clean sweep of trophies with a stunning upset in their FA Cup fifth-round tie. 
The League One side survived virtually constant pressure from the Premier League leaders, eventually capitalising on Fabian Delph's controversial first-half red card when Will Grigg struck 11 minutes from time. 
The striker's low finish capped a night of drama at the DW Stadium, with City's Fernandinho wasting a fine chance shortly before Delph was dismissed for a heavy challenge on Max Power. 
The incident led to a heated argument between City boss Pep Guardiola and opposite number Paul Cook in the tunnel at half-time. 
And there were unedifying scenes at full-time, too, with City striker Sergio Aguero involved in an altercation with one of the many home fans who invaded the pitch. 
City threw everything at their hosts both before and after Grigg's goal - a guided shot from 20 yards - and Danilo's header was gratefully held by Christian Walton in the game's final attack. 
Spirit of 2013 lives on 
The full-time whistle sparked scenes of celebration from the home fans. City supporters,in contrast, were visibly angered - and objects were thrown onto the pitch from the away end once the players had departed. 
That could not tarnish Wigan's night, though, as they beat City in this competition for the third time in six seasons. 
The Latics may have been relegated twice since beating the Blues in the 2013 final at Wembley, but they remain something of a bogey side for them. 
City had 83% of possession and spent long spells in the Wigan half, with home right-back Nathan Byrne producing a standout performance as the visitors regularly raided down the left. 
Chey Dunkley made 13 clearances - more than the entire City team - while his fellow centre-back Dan Burn marshalled the defensive unit superbly. 
Grigg's task as a lone striker appeared thankless as he touched the ball less than any player who completed 90 minutes. 
But one of those 19 touches will live long in the memory - his placed finished past Claudio Bravo. 
City's defeat means three Premier League sides have been knocked out of this year's FA Cup at the DW Stadium. 
Another - Southampton - visit in the next round next on the weekend of 17-18 March.Mauricio Pellegrino's men will be fully aware the spirit which carried Wigan all the way to victory at Wembley five years ago lives on. 
Red confusion prompts half-time chaos 
Guardiola, who said his side "gave absolutely everything", refused to comment in detail about the red card, and his subsequent clash with Cook. 
The dismissal did not change the flow of the game, as City dominated even with a numerical disadvantage, but the decision prompted a half-time reshuffle with Leroy Sane replaced by Kyle Walker. 
Delph seemed stunned to be shown the second red card of his career, after sliding in for a 50-50 ball. The challenge was robust but did not appear malicious and he will now miss Sunday's League Cup final against Arsenal. 
Referee Anthony Taylor took his yellow card out and began writing on it, before pulling out the red card. 
Cook's angry gesticulations after the tackle appeared to irritate Guardiola, and the pair continued a heated debate in the tunnel, with staff from both sides attempting to keep things under control. 
Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas said the decision was "strange", adding: "I really don't think the tackle was that strong. I feel he won enough of the ball, it wasn't two-footed."
City may well feel aggrieved, but they found the target just five times from 27 attempts,as the finishing that has made them England's highest-scoring team eluded them. 
Quadruple proves impossible 
It seemed unthinkable that a side boasting nine goals in their past two games - and a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League - would succumb to just a third defeat in 42 matches. 
And City's defeat is perhaps all the more surprising as it arrives during Wigan's worst run of form this season. Cook's side came into the fixture having lost back-to-back league games for the first time in the campaign. 
But their spirit and commitment derailed a City side seen by some as the best of the Premier League era. 
Talk of an unprecedented Quadruple had intensified in recent weeks, though Guardiola always maintained such an achievement would be "impossible". He was proved right in spectacular circumstances. 
This was no hard-fought exit at the hands of a European force, but a shock which will go down in FA Cup folklore. 
City must make do with chasing a Treble, starting with their Wembley final against the Gunners on Sunday. 
Man of the match - Will Grigg 
Grigg top of the FA Cup charts - key stats 
Grigg scored his seventh goal in this season's FA Cup - more than any other player. His goal came from Wigan's only shot in the second half. 
Guardiola's side failed to score for only the third time this season, with Wolves in the EFL Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League also keeping them at bay. 
City have been knocked out of the FA Cup by a side from the third tier or lower for the first time since the third round in 2004-05 . 
Delph's sending-off was the ninth in all competitions for City under Guardiola - only Watford have had more among Premier League clubs in that time. 
Wigan overcome 'severe test' - manager reaction 
Wigan boss Paul Cook: "It feels great. It's such a severe test. They're such a strong side and move the ball so well. We had to ride our luck at times and the sending-off is always a big incident. 
"Our lads deserve credit for their work. Some of the blocks they made were outstanding and to beat Man City you have to do that."
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "Congratulations for Wigan for the qualification. We did absolutely everything, we made a mistake and this kind of game is like a final. OK, we accept the defeat. Congratulations to the winner."
What next?
Manchester City face Arsenal in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday . Wigan host League One's bottom club Rochdale on Saturday 


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