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Day: August 8, 2020

Juventus replaces Maurizio Sarri with former star Andrea Pirlo
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Juventus replaces Maurizio Sarri with former star Andrea Pirlo

(CNN)Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri was sacked on Saturday following the Serie A club's Champions League last 16 exit to Lyon and immediately replaced by former star player Andrea Pirlo. The 41-year-old Pirlo won four league titles with Juve as a player as well as being a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006.He has been coaching the Juventus under-23 squad and has signed a two-year contract to take charge of the senior team. "Today's choice is based on the belief that Andrea Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench, an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes," said the club in a statement.Pirlo played for Juventus between for four years from 2011 before joining New York City in the MLS where he finished his glittering playing career in 2017.Stepping up to ...
U.S. sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
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U.S. sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million

(Reuters) - The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than 5 million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end. With one out of every 66 residents infected, the United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis. The country has recorded more than 160,000 deaths, nearly a quarter of the world’s total. The grim milestone comes as President Donald Trump signed executive orders intended to provide economic relief to Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic after the White House failed to reach a deal with Congress. On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department reported that U.S. emp...
History professor who has accurately predicted every US election since 1984 reveals 2020 pick
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History professor who has accurately predicted every US election since 1984 reveals 2020 pick

(CNN)History professor Allan Lichtman is used to being right.He has correctly predicted the winner of each presidential race since Ronald Reagan's reelection victory in 1984 using his "13 keys" system. (It's worth mentioning that in 2000, Lichtman predicted that Al Gore would win the election. Although Gore won the popular vote, he ultimately lost the presidency to George W. Bush after the Supreme Court ruled to stop the recount for Florida's electoral votes. Lichtman stands by validity of his prediction.) Now, Lichtman and his "13 keys" are ready to call 2020.In an interview with CNN, Lichtman was definitive in his answer: "The keys predict that Donald Trump will lose the White House this year."Lichtman bases his prediction on a model of "13 keys" that can be answered as either true o...
Some 3,346 applications challenged in Volta, Director of EC declares
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Some 3,346 applications challenged in Volta, Director of EC declares

The Volta Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission (EC) has recorded a total of 3,346 registrants who have been challenged at the just ended voters’ registration.   Mr Dogbey Adukpo Selormey, Regional Director of EC disclosed to the Ghana News Express said that only a case of a challenged petition, which is beyond the District Review Committee’s work on eligibility has come to his attention. He said he cannot vouch for whether some of the cases have already gone directly to the courts as that was the platform created for aggrieved registrants to seek redress if they were not content with the first arbitration. He said the Revising Officer, who happened to be the Supervising High Court Judge would review the petitions of challenged cases on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Mr ...
EC investigating alleged illegal registration of Ivorians
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EC investigating alleged illegal registration of Ivorians

The Electoral Commission (EC)  says it is collaborating with the respective security agencies to investigate the alleged illegal registration of some Ivorians in the ongoing voters registration exercise.  A statement copied to the Ghana News Express said the initial investigation revealed that the said  registration  occurred at Banda Kabrono in the Bono Region.  “As a Commission determined to compile  a register, which reflects eligible Ghanaians only, we take this matter very seriously.  The Commission has launched a full scale investigation into the matter, and will not shield any staff (permanent or temporary )found to have been involved in  the alleged  illegal registration of foreign nationals,” it said.  The statement said ...
The Ahwoi stoke? writing, criticality and the toxicity of our national politics
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The Ahwoi stoke? writing, criticality and the toxicity of our national politics

Cities they say are the mottos of civilisation. In this breadth, books are the melting pots of ideas and continuity of society. More so historical accounts. History when recounted in a form of memoir presents to its varied readers the many shades of a rainbow – preferences a reader’s choice. Less than a week ago, a leading Professor within the Ghanaian political landscape and a household name in the NDC politics Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, released amemoir of a sort, ‘Working with Rawlings’. Like him or not, Rawlings exudes a larger than life persona – something any serious philosophical nation will accord an ‘ism’ – ‘Rawlingsism’, they will say. Over to you NDC! Many pandits, attempting to pass as literary critics, who have barely read the book except for a glance at interesting pages, t...
WASSCE: GES dismisses 14 students; interdicts three teachers for indiscipline
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WASSCE: GES dismisses 14 students; interdicts three teachers for indiscipline

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has dismissed 14 students and interdicted three teachers over reports of acts of indiscipline in some schools during the Integrated Science Examination Paper on Monday 3rd August, in this year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).  A statement issued by Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, Director-General, GES, copied to the Ghana News Express, said the dismissed students, who had been barred from writing the current examinations in the schools included: Nicholas Cobbinah, Kardimeil Suapim and John Kwofie all of Sekondi College.  Others were Simon Ameyibor, Senior Prefect, Thomas Anokye and Juliet Amoakowaa, all of Tweneboah Koduah Senior High School; Emmanuel Ashiangmor, Peter Sissi, Ameka Nyamitse, Shadrack Daitey and Alfred...
Parliament approves GH¢11.9 billion for government to meet public expenditure
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Parliament approves GH¢11.9 billion for government to meet public expenditure

Parliament has approved GH¢11.896 billion as supplementary estimates for the 2020 financial year to meet government expenditure.  The approval followed the request made by government in the Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review of the 2020 Budget Statement and Economic Policy to Parliament pursuant to Section 28 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).   Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, moved the motion for the House to adopt an amount of GHS11.896 billion as supplementary estimates for the 2020 financial year which included the GH¢1.2 billion from the Contingency Fund, approved this year.  He said the supplementary estimate of GH¢11.9 billion would enable government respond to the adverse socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He said the withdrawals from the Cont...
Why the US so far behind on rapid testing for Covid-19
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Why the US so far behind on rapid testing for Covid-19

Despite having the highest infection rate in the world, the US currently conducts about 800,000 Covid-19 tests per day. As of August 2, that’s about 12.5 tests per confirmed case, far lower than many other countries hit hard by the virus, including Italy (96.4 tests per case) and Australia (113.3 tests per case). As other countries have increased the number of people who get tested for Covid-19, many have also compressed the timeline for results. As of late July, travelers arriving at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports are given rapid antigen tests with results in 30 minutes. The European Union had three rapid tests (pdf) that met its regulatory guidelines as early as March. But in the US, where testing got off to a slow and rocky start, people still wait up to two weeks for their r...
Gunman kills 2 Lebanese in Iranian capital
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Gunman kills 2 Lebanese in Iranian capital

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An unknown gunman has killed two Lebanese nationals on the streets of the Iranian capital, local media reported on Saturday. The semiofficial Mehr news agency said the assailant, riding a motorcycle, shot dead Maryam Dawood and her father Habib Dawood in northern Tehran. The report said Habib Davood was a history professor and his daughter Maryam was 27 year old. The report did not provide further details but said the case is under investigation. Many Lebanese, usually Shiites, work and live in Tehran. Iran is the main supporter of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Such incidents are rare in Iran, though a series of bombings targeted several Iranian nuclear scientists between 2010-2012.
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