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Day: July 8, 2020

Kanye West says he no longer supports President Trump, details his own run for office
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Kanye West says he no longer supports President Trump, details his own run for office

Kanye West continues to deliver sensational details about his 2020 presidential run, despite an apparent lack of an actual campaign.  The rapper, 43, said in a "rambling" interview Tuesday with Forbes that he contracted the coronavirus in February, no longer supports President Donald Trump and plans to run as a member of the "Birthday Party."  “Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday," West explained to the outlet. In a sudden 180-degree shift after showing public support for the president, West said he has lost confidence in Trump's leadership.  "I am taking the red hat off," he said. "It looks like one big mess to me. I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker… One of the main reasons I wore the red...
Ghana’s stock market records GH¢194 million in traded shares this year, despite COVID-19 crises.
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Ghana’s stock market records GH¢194 million in traded shares this year, despite COVID-19 crises.

The Ghana Stock Exchange has recorded a total of more than 262.2 million traded shares valued at GHC194 million in the first six months of 2020 amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis. The performance, from January to June 2020, represents 107.9 percent growth in volumes and 87.7 percent in value traded for the same period in 2019. On a month-on-month basis, trading volumes recorded a dip of 16 percent at the end of June after an impressive run in May 2020. A volume of 60.74 million shares were recorded at the end of June compared with 72.61 million shares in May. This resulted in a total value of GH¢46.983 million recorded in June 2020 as against GH¢47.825 million recorded at the end of May 2020, representing a slight fall of 1.76 percent. Daily average value recorded in ...
Africa’s growth stands to rebound in 2021-AfDB
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Africa’s growth stands to rebound in 2021-AfDB

Africa’s economic growth could rebound in 2021, provided that governments manage the COVID-19 infection rate well, according to updated forecasts from the African Development Bank, released on Tuesday. In a comprehensive socio-economic assessment of the pandemic’s impact, the Bank said growth was now projected to rebound to 3 per cent in 2021 from -3.4 per cent in the worst-case scenario for 2020. The predictions are contained in a supplement to the Bank’s African Economic Outlook, which was released on 30 January. At the time, Africa’s growth was forecast at 3.9 per cent in 2020 and 4.1 per cent in 2021. The supplement cautioned that the growth outlook for 2021 and beyond would depend largely on African governments’ effectiveness in flattening the curve of the outbreak and polic...
Reconsider decision on Auditor-General, CSOs appeal to President
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Reconsider decision on Auditor-General, CSOs appeal to President

A Coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) championing the fight against corruption, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reconsider the decision to force the Auditor-General (AG) to take his ‘accumulated leave’. The CSOs coalition included: the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), SEND-Ghana, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Citizens’ Movement Against Corruption (CMaC) and Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG). The CSOs Coalition, at a news conference in Accra, claimed that the action weakened the President’s fight against corruption and standing in the eyes of the international community as someone committed to public accountability. Dr Kojo Asante...
24 Nigerians arrested for illegal migration to Ghana
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24 Nigerians arrested for illegal migration to Ghana

Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority in the early hours of Tuesday arrested 24 Nigerians for allegedly entering the country through unapproved routes. The immigrants, that included; five females admitted entering the jurisdiction and were Nigerians but refused to give reasons for their entry.Chief Superintendent, Mr Shradrach Azangweo, South Tongu District Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service told the Ghana News Agency that the culprits would be moved to Aflao to assist in further investigations. "None of them has been able to give a good reason for crossing into the country having breached our immigration laws and we intend to send them to Aflao for further investigations," he said. He said the immigrants had their temperatu...
CPP opens nominations for flagbearer for Dec. 7 polls
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CPP opens nominations for flagbearer for Dec. 7 polls

The Interim Oversight Committee of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has opened nominations for contest of various positions of the party including; Flagbearer ship and National Executive Positions. Picking and filing of nominations started from Monday July 6th to Wednesday July 15, 2020 a statement signed by Comrade R. O. Frimpong Manso, Chairman of the Interim Oversight Committee said0. According to the statement, based on the recommendation of the CPP National Election’s Planning Committee, the Interim Oversight Committee had pegged nomination fees at GH¢2,000 for all categories. The positions opened for the contest are flagbearer; national chair and leader; national vice-chairperson, treasurer, general secretary, national organizer, women, and youth organizer. According ...
TikTok: Chinese app may be banned in US, says Pompeo
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TikTok: Chinese app may be banned in US, says Pompeo

Would you recommend downloading TikTok? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked that question on Monday night on Fox News. "Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party," he replied. Asked if he would ban Chinese apps - including TikTok - he said: "I don't want to get out in front of the president, but it's something we're looking at". That is a very worrying statement for TikTok. The huge Chinese social media company has experienced phenomenal growth in the last three years. It's been downloaded more than two billion times. But around the world, and not just in the US, TikTok is facing a backlash. It's finding out the hard way that being international, a tech company, and Chinese isn't a great combination right now. By far it...
Eric Dier: Tottenham midfielder given four-match ban for confronting fan
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Eric Dier: Tottenham midfielder given four-match ban for confronting fan

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has been given a four-match ban and fined £40,000 for climbing over seats to confront a fan after a match in March. The incident happened after Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by Norwich. The Football Association ban rules the 26-year-old out of all but one of Tottenham's remaining Premier League fixtures. Dier has also been warned about his future conduct by the FA. A statement said: "The Tottenham player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City in the FA Cup were improper but denied that they were also threatening. "An independent regulatory commission subsequently found Eric Dier's actions to be threatening." The incident occurred on 4 March in the fifth-round tie following a penalty shoo...
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Alex Pullin: Australian world-champion snowboarder dies

Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin has died while spearfishing in his native Australia, local officials have confirmed. Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland's Gold Coast on Wednesday. He was treated by paramedics at the scene but could not be revived, authorities said. Nicknamed "Chumpy", Pullin was Australia's flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said: "The man was spearfishing off Palm Beach. He was brought to shore by bystanders where he was treated by local lifesavers and paramedics." A snorkeler had spotted Pullin unconscious underwater on an artificial reef, local media said. Lifeguards brought him to shore and called paramedics about 10:30 local time (00:30 GMT). A police official...
How the US caught flashy Nigerian Instagrammers ‘with $40m’
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How the US caught flashy Nigerian Instagrammers ‘with $40m’

The day after his 29th birthday in May, Olalekan Jacob Ponle known as Hushpuppi posted a picture on his Instagram standing next to a bright yellow Lamborghini in Dubai. "Stop letting people make you feel guilty for the wealth you've acquired," he admonished, wearing designer jewellery and Gucci clothes from head to toe. A month later, the Nigerian, who goes by the name "mrwoodbery" on Instagram, was arrested by Dubai Police for alleged money laundering and cyber fraud. The most famous of the dozen Africans nabbed in the dramatic operation was 37-year-old Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, "hushpuppi" or just "hush" as he was known by his 2.4 million Instagram followers. Police in the emirate say they recovered $40m (£32m) in cash, 13 luxury cars worth $6.8m, 21 computers, 47 smartphones an...
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