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Oct 20, 2017
Chaos erupted at the Asafo bus terminal in Kumasi Monday morning when operators of VIP bus and Inter-City STC clashed over a loading terminal. Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Amoateng said it took the intervention of police personnel from the Ashanti SWAT team to bring sanity to the densely populated area as the two protagonists held unto their entrenched positions. According to him, some officials of STC, who had visited the Asafo Market terminal to launch the Corporation’s new terminal were denied access to the venue by VIP bus officials. Director of Finance for VIP, Prof. Lukemond Owusu Ansah, told the media that his outfit staged the protest to oppose some GPRTU officials’ decision to give out part of its land to STC without the consent of other branches of GPRTU. Meanwhile, one person have been arrested over the issue and the regional minister, Simon Osei Mensah is currently in the region to meet with the two transport firms to resolve the issue.
Oct 20, 2017
Some polling station Executives with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti region are advocating for the reinstatement of suspended General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong. At a press conference Monday, the group said, the embattled officer has conducted himself gracefully well since he was suspended. Kwabena Agyapong was suspended indefinitely along with the Second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe after they publicly kicked against the suspension of his close ally, the National Chairman. Their conduct, the party's Disciplinary Committee said, violated Article 3(d) of the party’s constitution which demands members to publicly uphold the party's decisions. They were accused of frustrating the efforts of the then opposition party to focus on winning the 2016 general elections after staying in opposition for eight years. Mr Tweneboah Kodua, convener for the group, appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, the National Executive Council of the party and former President John Agyekum Kufuor, to reconsider the suspension and call Mr Agyapong back.
Oct 20, 2017
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Awutu Senya East, Mr. Michael Yaw Essuman Mensah has disputed allegations that he has unlawfully seized shops from some traders at the Kasoa new market. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, the allegations are baseless and unfounded. Mr. Mensah he will not get involved in any act of corruption adding, the management of any market cannot be in the hands of any individual but rather government. He revealed on the show that, there is a scheme for the construction of the market however, people are building stores indiscriminately and without approval or permits. The market he said has been mismanaged with no scheme. The assembly he added, is currently undertaking an audit to ensure that things are properly done within the assembly. He insisted, I am not doing redistribution of stores. And if you do not have MOU, we will demolish your structure because you cannot build without a scheme or permit He reiterated his commitment to resolve the boundary disputes with Gomoa East and GA South, saying he would collaborate with the Chiefs and stakeholders to resolve the disputes. The indiscriminate disposal of waste is also one major issue I am tackling in the area.
Oct 20, 2017
As many as 165 unidentified bodies have been buried after a massive truck bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. At least 276 people have died and the government news agency Sonna says only 111 of them have been identified. A Turkish military plane is taking 40 of the injured to Turkey for medical treatment. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007. Some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition. Of those who were identified, one of the victims was a medical student who was due to graduate the next day. Her father had flown to Mogadishu to attend her graduation but instead witnessed her burial. No group has yet said it was behind the bombing at a busy junction, destroying hotels, government offices and restaurants. But President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed blamed al-Shabab, calling it a "heinous act". Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaeda, and which often attacks Mogadishu, normally claims them fairly quickly afterwards. On Sunday, some Somalis took to the streets of Mogadishu to condemn the group. Maryam Abdullahi had been due to graduate as a doctor the following day. Ms Abdullah's sister Anfa'a told the BBC Somali Service that she was devastated. "The family is so shocked, especially our father who travelled all the way from London to attend her graduation, but instead he attended her burial." Anfa'a said she had spoken to her sister 20 minutes before the blast. "At that time she was in Banadir Hospital where she was working. She told me she was waiting for some files from the hospital and she promised to call back". A BBC Somali reporter at the scene of the main blast said the Safari hotel collapsed with people trapped under the rubble. An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told AFP it was "the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area". Meanwhile, the director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack. "What happened yesterday was incredible, I have never seen such a thing before, and countless people lost their lives. Corpses were burned beyond recognition." Source:BBC
Oct 20, 2017
A spate of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 31 people, civil defence authorities say. Dozens of the 145 fires still raging are considered serious, a spokeswoman said. To the north, fires which broke out across the border in Spain's Galicia region claimed at least three lives. Thousands of firefighters are battling the flames, which erupted after a hot dry summer. Conditions were worsened by Hurricane Ophelia, as it approached Europe's western coast, bringing strong winds to fan and spread the flames. More than 50 people have also been injured in Portugal; 15 are reported to be in a serious condition. Local media say several people are still missing there, including a month-old baby. In Spain, two of the victims were found in a burned-out car by the side of the road. Rain is forecast for the affected regions late on Monday. A state of emergency has been declared in Portugal north of the Tagus river - about half of the country's land area. More than 6,000 firefighters in 1,800 vehicles were deployed by early Monday morning. As a result of the fires, at least a dozen roads were closed, as well as schools in some places. The Portuguese deaths were in the Coimbra, Guarda, Castelo Branca and Viseu areas. "We went through absolute hell. It was horrible. There was fire everywhere," a resident of Penacova, near Coimbra, was quoted as telling Portuguese RTP radio and TV. Fabio Ventura, who lives in Marinha Grande, in Leria district, told the BBC that some of his friends in villages in the nearby forest had lost their homes. "Currently, we don't have water in our homes because the pipes were damaged by the fire. We are avoiding taking showers to save water. The mobile network is going down several times and there is a huge cloud of smoke and ashes above my city. "Schools were closed, public services are closed, some roads are also closed. I have friends that lost their homes, but everyone is OK in my area." Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy travelled to the Pontevedra area of Galicia and met emergency workers on Monday afternoon. "What we are dealing with here is something that is not caused by accident. It has been provoked," Mr Rajoy said. "We are here in Pazos de Borden where there has been a big fire which began at 01:30 (22:00 GMT) in the morning at five different points. So as you can see it's impossible for this to be triggered under natural circumstances." Galician leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo has claimed the fires were deliberately set by arsonists, in what he called "terrorist acts". Earlier, Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said several people had already been identified in connection with the fires, and appealed for anyone with further information to share it with the national protection service. The wildfires follow a massive forest blaze in Portugal in June which killed 64 people and injured more than 130. Firefighters tackling that blaze also alleged it had been started by a "criminal hand". But in the aftermath, questions were raised about the speed of the response and the readiness to tackle such a fire. It also emerged that the country's rescue network, a public-private partnership, failed to connect several emergency calls to firefighters. Source: BBC
Oct 20, 2017
As part of the ten-year Ghana Premier League television rights the Ghana FA signed with StarTimes Televison, the company was to provide ten artificial pitches. The Chinese pay-tv operators per the deal was to build these pitches in all the ten regions of the country as they seek to beautify the game to be suitable to television. The nice looking pitches were to be built for each region during the ten year tenure of the contract with the Ghana FA. One pitch per the deal was to be built each year to ensure that by the tenth year of the agreement for the television rights deal the GFA will get ten artificial pitches. However, after almost a year the contract was signed, the pitches are yet to be provided. But Chief Operating Officer (COO) for StarTimes, Mr Felix Ahonzo, has revealed to Rainbow Sports that, the FA has failed to provide locations for the pitches hence they cannot be blamed for the unavailability of the pitches. He was speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Isaac Worlanyo Wallace on the sidelines at a press conference held by the company to express their readiness to make the local league more attractive. ''Our responsibility is to provide the pitches whereas the FA is to provide the locations however; we are yet to receive the locations from the FA. We are ready and so when we get the locations, we will provide the pitches, he stressed. According to him, the quality of production is going to be extremely high this season. He posited that, although Ghana does well in terms of soccer, our local league needs to be improved to make it more attractive.
Oct 20, 2017
Black sticks of Ghana in preparation towards the upcoming Hockey Nations cup in Egypt, has named its final squad. The squad released in the early hours of today comprised players mainly from clubs in the Greater Accra hockey league. Notable absentees are Shadrack Baah and Johnny Botsio but had the likes of Alfred Ntiamoah, skipper Nsalbini Salya, Akaba Elikem, current SWAG hockey player of the year Emmanuel Ankomah and Micheal Baiden of Free state making the list. Coach Winfred Sackey and his technical team named a 18 man squad to represent Ghana in Egypt from 22nd – 29th October, 2017. Goalkeepers: Eugene Acheampong (GRA) and Karikari Jeffery (Trustees) Defenders: Nsalbini Salya (Trustees), Abbiw Charles (Police), Ntiamoah Alfred (Police), Damalie Luke (GRA), Ernest Opoku (GRA), Stephen Ofosu Asamoah (Trustees) and Samuel Akpene Agbeli (Trustees). Midfielders: Akaba Elikem (Exchequers), Akaba Emmanuel (Exchequers), Samuel Afari (Trustees), Damalie Matthew (GRA), George Asiedu (Exchequers) and Ankomah Emmanuel (Exchequers). Strikers: Micheal Baiden (Free State), Francis Lartey Tetteh (Trustees) and Micheal Akuamoah (GRA). By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
Oct 20, 2017
The female hockey team of Ghana has presented its final squad for their Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The list numbering 23 before camping had to be slashed to 18 to meet the standards for the tourney. The ladies were mainly from Sapholda league champions GRA. The likes of Elizabeth Opoku, Nafisatu Umaru and Racheal Bamfo made the list while Abigail Boye, Faustina Aggrey missed out. Coach Emmanuel Alhajie and his able technical team named a strong side with the aim of winning gold and grabbing the only slot to next year’s world cup in London. Squad in full Bridget Azumah (Unattached), Ampem Darko (Reformers), Nafisatu Umaru (Police), Benedicta Adjei (Reformers), Emelia Fosua (GRA), Mavis Berko (GRA), Adiza Suleman (GRA), Janet Adampa (GRA), Lydia Afriyie (GRA), Serwa Boakye (Police), Ernestina Coffie (GRA), Cecilia Amoako (Police), Martha Sarfoe (Police), Deborah Whyte (GRA), Racheal Bamfo (Extinguishers), Roberta Sarfo (GRA), Vivian Narkuo (GRA) and Elizabeth Opoku (GRA). The team is set to leave Accra on Monday 16/10/17 and start their campaign on 22/10/17 with new entrants Zambia By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
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