LIVE UPDATES: Anas’ expose on Ghana Football (Number12)

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The highly-anticipated investigative documentary by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, will finally be aired today.

Titled, ‘When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’ the documentary which has come to be known as as ‘Number 12’ will expose the extent of rot in Ghana football.

According to Tiger EyePI, the investigative piece will show “how that [corruption at the Ghana Football Association] contributes to preventable tragedies, corruption within top national sports management and its effect on the country’s reputation on the global stage.”

The documentary, which has generated much controversy Accra at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) today, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and Tuesday, June 7, 2018. There will be four sets of screenings each day: 3 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm.

The close to two-hour documentary also depicts how 77 Ghanaian referees allegedly took bribes to influence their decisions in football matches.

According to the documentary, six officials of the National Sports Authority have been caught on video entering into visa deals.

Another 14 officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) are captured on video taking various sums in bribe to engage in match fixing.

Some big shots in Ghana football are also seen negotiating deals to influence the outcome of games of football.

Shocking scenes will be played out to football fans who had suffered heartaches in matches they watched in the past.”

 

Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com

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GHANA TO HOST WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2018

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Ghana has been given the right to host this year’s World Press Freedom Day for the first time since its declaration in Windhoek, Namibia 1991.

World Freedom Day was instituted with the objective of promoting an independent and pluralistic press.

Over 700 journalists across the globe will be participating in the two-day programme of activities on May 2 and May 3, 2018 which is being organized on the theme: Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.

The theme highlights the importance of an enabling environment for press freedom and gives special attention to the role of an independent Judiciary.

In a statement at the launch of this year’s event in Accra, yesterday, Tirso Dos Santos, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Country Representative in Ghana, said World Press Freedom Day was expected to achieve, adopt and apply laws that would create an enabling environment for the freedom of expression, the right to information and the safety of journalists.

Tirso Dos Santos, who is also the co-chairman for the programme, disclosed that on the occasion of this year’s World Press Freedom Day,  individuals or organizations who had made outstanding contribution to the freedom of the media, would be awarded one of the most prestigious international awards in the media fraternity— the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

The Minister for Information. Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, who launched the event, announced that Ghana’s Parliament would pass the Right to Information Bill into law by the end of 2018.

Mr Abdul-Amid said the bill, which was ushered into its consideration stage on Wednesday, was expected to be discussed clause by clause with all concerns debated and voted upon.

He said the rationale for the bill was to give right and access to official information held by public institutions and private entities which performed public functions with public funds.

Mr Abdul-Hamid noted that Ghana being a democratic country, journalists as well as citizens of the country were entitled to express their views on national issues. It was, therefore, in the interest of the President to receive citizens’ views and comments without punitive actions against them.

The President of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), Mr Affail Monney explained that freedom was an essence of the media profession and commended journalists for the tremendous work they were doing to give voice to the vulnerable.

The right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognized as a right under International Convention on Human rights.

The bill will, therefore, give substance to Article 21 (1) (f) of the Constitution which states that “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary in a democratic society.”

Ghana has been ranked at the 26th position on the league table of media system in the world with the same score of 17.95, while the Ghanaian media has also been adjudged freer than France which came 39th, with the United Kingdom and United States of America ranking 40th and 43rd, respectively.

This according to the Minister, did not happen by accident, but by dint of hard work and dedication from all stakeholders in the media landscape. He, therefore, encouraged the media to take advantage of the occasion to network and exchange ideas.

 

Source: ISD (Solace Amankwa & Priscilla Serwah Adjarkoh)

 

Thank God We Are Alive – Sarkodie’s Manager

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On Monday, April 2, 2017, news report went haywire about Sakordie involving in an accident with some others.

The rapper together with his management team, and Amakye Dede were traveling to Agogo in the Ashanti Region. In a latest video sighted by YEN.com,gh, Sarkodie’s manager, Angel Town, has revealed the actual cause of the accident.

According to him, they had been picked up from the Kumasi Airport by two cars with one carrying Sarkodie and his team, and the other carrying Abrantie Amakye Dede also with his entourage. He continued that when they got to the turn that leads to Agogo, all of a sudden, there was a noise, and within a twinkle of an eye, their car got off the road and ended up in the bush.

“We saw the accident come like a flash. We had almost turned on the path that lead to Agogo when boom, our car skidded off the road into the bush,” Angel Town said.

He revealed that their car was hit by a Toyota RAV 4, leaving some of its (RAV 4) occupants unconscious. In all, Angel Town said he is grateful to God that no injuries were recorded, and no fatalities occurred.

Meanwhile, Sarkodie has spoken about his accident. He thanked God for saving his life and that of the entire team. Sakordie further asked for God’s protection and blessings for his fans who have always supported him.

Source: yen.com.gh

Ebony confirmed dead in a car crash

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Twenty-year-old Dancehall star, Ebony Reigns, has been confirmed dead in a car crash at Mankranso in the Ashanti Region.
Ebony, real name Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, was returning from Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region when the Jeep she was travelling in crashed into a VIP bus on Thursday evening, according to police.
Ebony was travelling with three other people, and two of them have also been confirmed dead. The two include a young lady, Ebony’s assistant, and a man in military uniform believed to be a soldier.
The driver of the Jeep survived the crash, but is currently unconscious and receiving treatment, according to police.
The Divisional Commander of Mankranso, DSP John Adusei, confirmed the accident to Citi News narrating that Ebony was on her way from Sunyani where, “at the intersection of the road between the Nsuta and Bechem junction, [her car] collided with a VIP bus which was also coming from Kumasi towards the Sunyani direction.”
“…so three of them passed on. Now the bodies are at Mankranso. We have a morgue here so we have deposited the bodies over here,” DSP John Adusei added.
No causalities have been recorded from the VIP bus.

Ebony’s passing comes on the back of a stellar 2017 where she rose to superstardom in Ghanaian popular culture.
The singer was discovered by renowned music entrepreneur Bullet of Ruff n Smooth fame in 2015, when she sent in a demo. She was signed to Bullet’s Rufftown record label a day after.
Known for her risqué onstage acts and vivacious performances, Ebony captivated Ghanaians with her hit singles which included Maame Hwԑ, Kupe, Poison and Sponsor.
She was widely tipped to be the Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards in April 2018.

Source: Citifm

Gitmo 2 leaving Ghana

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It is turning out that the two suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists from Yemen, who were deported to Ghana from the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay on the orders of former President Barack Obama, have agreed to leave the country.

They reportedly reached an agreement with the government of Ghana to send them to a third unnamed country.

Charles Owiredu, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who made the disclosure on Joy FM, said the two supposed Al-Qaeda terrorists – Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby – had informed the Akufo-Addo administration to send them to a different country, and added that the negotiations regarding their preferred country had been ongoing.

“So of course, we sought their consent before these negotiations were done,” the deputy minister said.

“Per the laws, the 1951 Convention and 1957 Protocol on Refugees, you would need their consent.

“And so now, you have their consent and they say when you find a country we are ready to leave….. Not as easy as you put. They are aware that government is in negotiation with a third country for them to exit.”

Minority attacks

Last week, the agreement between the erstwhile Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) government and the Obama administration to repatriate the terror suspects to Ghana resurfaced when the two-year deal expired.

The opposition NDC, which caused the mess whilst in government, had turned around to put pressure on the NPP administration to decide the fate of the two detainees.

In the ensuing heat, it emerged that the Mahama administration attempted to change the names of the suspected terrorists and ended up issuing them with Ghanaian passports, which DAILY GUIDE sources say will expire in August 2018.

They were also given wives, allowing them to integrate into the Ghanaian society.

Refugee status

Majority leader in parliament and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, said on radio last week that the Mahama administration surreptitiously granted the two – who according to US authorities, were Osama Bin Laden’s foot soldiers – refugee status before the expiry of the two-year agreement.

He said one of them is married to a Moroccan but had vowed never to go to the Maghreb country for reasons best know to him.

$300,000

The majority leader further said that per the agreement, the over $300,000 released by the Obama administration to Ghana under the deal covered the terrorists up to the end of the two-year deal signed.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah Bonsu added that with the expiration of the agreement, the people of Ghana are the ones footing the bills for the two guys, who the US security intelligence said are dangerous.

He said then Foreign Minister Hannah Tetteh had created the impression in parliament that the so-called deal was subject to renewal after two years – which elapsed about two weeks ago – although the same Mahama administration had secretly undermined the two-year agreement and granted them refugee status.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the NDC government, before altering the agreement, did not even have the courtesy to include it in the handing over notes to the NPP government during the transition in early 2017.

Supreme Court ruling

Last year, the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the admission of the two suspected terrorists into the country by the Mahama administration.

A seven-member panel, presided over by Chief Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, by a 6 -1 majority decision, said the two were illegally staying in the country since the then government allowed them into the country without prior approval by parliament; and the consequential order of the court was that the NPP government should within three months submit the agreement for parliamentary consideration and approval or in default, repatriate the two ex-detainees.

Source: http://dailyguideafrica.com/

Ghana coach Avram Grant: We had to be ‘faultless’ to beat DR Congo

 

 

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Ghana coach Avram Grant says his side had to cut out all mistakes from their previous matches to dislodge 

The Black Stars posted a 2-1 win over the Leopards at the Stade d’Oyem to secure a semi-final berth.

It was an improved performance after losing 1-0 to Egypt last Wednesday in the final Group D match.

“We corrected mistakes we made and in the second period it was totally different,” Grant told reporters after the DR Congo game.

“We played good football. The two goals we scored were fantastic. And when we fell asleep, they (DR Congo) also scored a fantastic goal.”

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Handing over to Akufo-Addo-led government starts today

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The outgoing John Mahama-led administration will Wednesday morning present its handing over notes containing details about the state of the nation to the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

The Transition Team, jointly inaugurated by President Mahama and president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, is expected to sit for six weeks from Wednesday.

The meeting will afford the incoming government the opportunity to enquire about matters of national interest from the Mahama administration.

The transition team will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the International Conference Centre to set up the Transitional Committee comprising those of the incoming and outgoing teams.

There would also be the transitional sub-committee on finance, energy, infrastructure, social services, the presidency, etc, presenting their handing over notes to representatives of the incoming administration.

The spokesperson for president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo, Mustapha Hamid, said Tuesday once his team gets the notes they would scrutinise it and ask further questions for clarity as this would be the basis for proceeding on anything.

“Certainly there would be questions that we would need clarifications on, and those questions would be the basis for meetings…we already have a lot of information from various ministries and government agencies and we hope that the notes that we would be given would be consistent with some of the things that we know. Where there are inconsistencies we would ask questions,” he said.

Mr Hamid does not expect any hiccups past transitions have experienced if the teams work with honesty, openness and transparency as said Nana Akufo-Addo said.

He stressed that past traditions did not have a law governing them, unlike the current system where there is a law governing the process adding he has “no doubt this would be arguably the smoothest transition process we are likely to have.”

Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | GN

I haven’t endorsed NPP – Kwaw Kese

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Ghanaian rapper Kwaw Kese has debunked reports that he has declared his support for the Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.

Debunking the reports on his facebook page, he told his fans to disregard such publication.

“There is news going around that I have said I’ll vote for a particular political party.

Pls ignore that in the name of God.

I have never said that anywhere and don’t even take part in any voting. This is false news and my team and I are working to sue any blogger or media house reporting these lies.

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KENYAN ACTOR PHILIP MUCHIRI SIGNS AS NABA LIFE FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR

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Philip ‘Mentor’ Muchiri, an ambitious, energetic and career minded film producer cum actor who strives to excel in the role he is assigned to, has signed as the Kenyan Ambassador for NABA LIFE FOUNDATION, a registered non-governmental organisation in Ghana.

“I am happy to join NABA Life Foundation as they are implementing great initiatives to help the less privileged in Ghana. I want to be part and will do my best to support an organization that seeks to help the under privileged in the society”, he stated.

Apart from the acting career, Philip Muchiri has developed the passion in giving back to his people, creating a hope for a better today and an even better tomorrow for people especially children.

He said “I will use my influence in Filmmaking to show together we can rise for the better and together we can change the world in our own small deeds of helping each other and caring for the less privileged in our society”.

Philip Muchiri has passion in acting and was involved in script writing, directing, editing and playing lead roles. He also studied digital editing as well and has experience in production and holds a brown belt in Karate.

He has featured in movies like GICAGI, Mtaani, Street Game, The Blessed Child and Boda Boda, among others. He has won several awards including Best Cinematography in Gicagi Film 2014, Best Lead Actor in Boda Boda, Riverwood Academy Award 2015, etc.

MISS WHITNEY TAI IS NABA LIFE FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR

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Whitney Tai, an emerging singer, songwriter, entertainer and designer from New York City has signed as the ambassador for NABA LIFE FOUNDATION, a registered non-governmental organisation in Ghana.

Whitney is an artist looking to give back to the community and help people from around the world gain inspiration and motivation to achieve their deepest, most personal goals.

In January 2014, Tai released her first pop single in collaboration with Sunfreakz, “To Be Loved,” and a remix by Adrian Buster shortly after. The song received Hot Shot of the week on two FM stations in the country of Holland gaining her recognition from DJ’s and producers worldwide.

In April 2015, Whitney dropped her first debut pop alternative album, “Metamorphosis,” written and co­-produced with Billboard chart topping composer, Sunfreakz.

Whitney Tai has been working extensively to give out the best in the music career to her fans all over the world. Her newest EP of 2016, “Forever”, was produced by Billboard producer Spencer Garn, engineered by Morgan Ray Garcia of Upstairs Records.

The entire Board and Management of the foundation wish to say “Ayekoo” to Miss Whitney for joining the team to promote a good cause in helping young people in the country and beyond.

Source: NABA LIFE FOUNDATION