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Day: August 4, 2020

Dozens of medics test positive in South Sudan
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Dozens of medics test positive in South Sudan

South Sudan's health ministry says about 78 frontline healthcare workers have tested positive for Covid-19. One male healthcare worker has died, according to a health official. "It is very unfortunate to mention that we have lost one of the healthcare workers. He used to work at Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan, he is one of the people that were affected by the virus and this is the only record we have as a fatality amongst healthcare workers," Dr Matthew Tut told journalists in the capital, Juba. Last month, eight health workers resigned because of pressure from their families, who expressed concerns that they might bring the virus home and infect their relatives.Ar
Madrid Open cancelled as Spain virus cases rise
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Madrid Open cancelled as Spain virus cases rise

The Madrid Open has been cancelled as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Spain. Spain's healthy ministry had advised the organisers aganst proceeding with the tournment, which was due to begin on 12 September, because of the city's "deteriorating" coronavirus situation. "We have no choice but to cancel the tournament due to the complex situation that Covid-19 continues to generate in every regard," the organisers said. Spain has recorded more than 302,000 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 28,498 deaths, figures released on Tuesday show, with the rate of infection rising rapidly in the country. The Madrid Open is not the only major sporting event to face disruption amid the pandemic, with a range of events - including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - either ...
Google-Fitbit takeover: EU launches full-scale probe
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Google-Fitbit takeover: EU launches full-scale probe

The European Commission will carry out a full-scale probe into Google's takeover of Fitbit. The announcement follows a preliminary review, and threatens to derail the purchase of the fitness-tracking firm. It comes despite Google's offer last month to not use Fitbit's health data for ad targeting. Google's parent company Alphabet agreed a $2.1bn (£1.6bn) takeover of the wearable tech firm last year. However, the deal has yet to be completed. "The commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google's market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the already vast amount of data that Google could use for personalisation of the ads it serves and displays," the regulator said. The watchdog said its investigation should ...
Donald Trump: US Treasury should get cut of TikTok deal
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Donald Trump: US Treasury should get cut of TikTok deal

Donald Trump says the government should get a cut from the sale of TikTok's US unit if an American firm buys it. The US president said he made a demand for a "substantial portion" of the purchase price in a phone call at the weekend with Microsoft's boss. He also warned he will ban the app, which is owned by China's ByteDance, on 15 September if there is no deal. ByteDance is under pressure to sell its US business after Mr Trump threatened a crackdown on Chinese tech companies. The Trump administration has accused TikTok and others of providing data to the Chinese government, which Beijing and TikTok deny. "The United States should get a very large percentage of that price, because we're making it possible," Mr Trump said. Media captionWhat is TikTok? "It would come f...
Beirut blast: Explosion rocks city ahead of Hariri verdict
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Beirut blast: Explosion rocks city ahead of Hariri verdict

A large blast has hit the Lebanese capital, Beirut, ahead of the verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-PM Rafik Hariri in 2005. Reports say the explosion was in the port area of the city, with unconfirmed reports of a second blast. The authorities fear many casualties. Video posted online showed a large mushroom cloud and extensive damage. A UN tribunal is due to issue its verdict in the trial of four suspects in the murder by car bomb of Hariri. All four are members of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, which has consistently denied any role in Hariri's death. The verdict is due on Friday. The possible second explosion was reported to be at the Hariri residence in the city. Lebanon's health minister has spoken of many injuries and extensive damage. Local media s...
Court jails man for defiling seven year old girl
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Court jails man for defiling seven year old girl

A Cape Coast Circuit Court on Monday sentenced Samuel Kwofie, a 36 year old farmer from Bekawopa, a village near Jukwa Brafo in the Central Region to fourteen years imprisonment in hard labour for defiling a minor. Kwofie pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted on his own plea by the Court presided over by Mrs Dorinda Smith Arthur. Prosecuting, Chief Inspector John Asare Bediako told the court that the complainant, Mr Baba Iddrisu is the father of the victim and lives in the same vicinity with Kwofie at Bekawopa. He said due to the COVID- 19 restrictions, a teacher in the village opted to organize classes for the children in the community. He said on Friday, July 17, at about 0800 hours, the seven year old girl was returning home from classes when she met Kwofie on her ...
ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development injects over $300million into Ghana’s economy
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ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development injects over $300million into Ghana’s economy

ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development says it has invested over $300-million into Ghana's economy. Areas of investment, the bank said include, Energy, Trade, Technology, Tourism and hospitality industry. Dr George Nana Agyekum Donkor, the President of the Bank, made this known when he and other staff of the bank paid a courtesy call on Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah at his office in Accra on Monday. The meeting was to afford the bank to discuss with Ghana's Judiciary matters of mutual interest. Dr Donkor said the bank was currently providing electricity to 114 communities in Ashanti and Bono Regions. The bank is also constructing an ultra modern hospital in Bekwai in the Ashanti Region and a shopping mall in Kumasi,Dr Donkor, who had also worked with the bench and lef...
Iker Casillas: Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper retires from football
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Iker Casillas: Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper retires from football

Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has retired from football at the age of 39. Casillas made 725 appearances for Real during a 16-year career at the Bernabeu, winning three Champions League titles and five La Liga crowns. He also helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and two successive European Championships in 2008 and 2012. Casillas joined Porto in 2015 but has not played since suffering a heart attack during training in April 2019. During his recovery he was given a role on the club's coaching staff in July 2019. He made 156 appearances for the Portuguese side, winning two Primeira Liga titles and one Portuguese Cup. Casillas won 167 international caps for Spain between 2000 and 2016. Only Sergio Ramos has made more appearances for...
Presidential Hopeful Kanye West Picks Michelle Tidball As 2020 Running Mate
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Presidential Hopeful Kanye West Picks Michelle Tidball As 2020 Running Mate

US Presidential hopeful Kanye West has officially named Michelle Tidball as his running mate for the November 2020 presidential election of the US. Ms. Tidball is a 57-year-old white woman that Kanye West reportedly met in Cody, Wyoming. African Entertainment understands that she runs an online Bible study, works in a dental office, and is a self-described “biblical life coach.” Along with charging $65 for a 50 minute one-on-one session, Tidball reportedly believes that she has Jesus on the mainline. She is said to be a scholar of religious studies at the University of Wyoming. According to reports, Kanye West named her in his Arkansas filing as his vice president. Furthermore, he reportedly named her in his Missouri ballot filing last week. However, reports available...
Retired referees, instructors complete FIFA/MA referees assessors course
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Retired referees, instructors complete FIFA/MA referees assessors course

The Refereeing Department of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has successfully completed a FIFA/MA course for Referees Assessors. The five-day course took place from July 30 to August 3, 2020, via video conferencing. In all, 13 participants drawn from the 10 football regions of Ghana took part in the course with members of the GFA Assessors and classification panel also taking part in the course under the supervision of Referees Manager Alex Kotey. Ghana’s Classification and Assessors panel is chaired by Executive Council member, Frederick Acheampong. The panel has retired FIFA referee Justice Yeboah and Emmanuella Aglago, another retired FIFA referee as members. “I played a dual role during the course. Per the new GFA structure, it has become imperative that we train and...
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