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Day: August 9, 2020

886 athletes cleared for YEA allowance package
Sports

886 athletes cleared for YEA allowance package

The National Sports Authority (NSA) has cleared 886 athletes who have qualified as beneficiaries of the Youth Employment Authority (YEA) monthly allowance package. Each qualified athlete would receive a monthly stipend of GHc500 beginning July for the next six months. On Friday, August 7, the Committee set up by Management of the NSA to vet prospective sportsmen and women, eligible to benefit from the sports allowance submitted its report to Professor Peter Twumasi, the Director General of the NSA. The Director General has subsequently submitted the list to the YEA to process for payment of their monthly allowances soon. The Package is meant for 1,000 athletes from all sporting disciplines but so far, only 886 have qualified to be on the scheme. According to the NSA, 1,551 ...
Vodafone Ghana partners NBSSI to promote SMEs with technology
Business

Vodafone Ghana partners NBSSI to promote SMEs with technology

As part of measures to reach out to larger consumers with products and services in the wake of COVID-19, Vodafone Ghana has partnered the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) to leverage technology for their sustainability.   Vodafone would provide a digital platform to promote products and services of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) after they had developed business ideas.Mrs Patricia Obo-Nai, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, at a webinar series, said the telecom company’s support dubbed: “Vodafone Business Runway” said being the partner mobile money operator for the disbursement of the GH¢600 million to MSMEs allocated by the Government of Ghana after the introduction of the Coronavirus All...
NSA congratulates Nana Yaw Amponsah on Kotoko CEO appointment
Sports

NSA congratulates Nana Yaw Amponsah on Kotoko CEO appointment

The National Sports Authority (NSA) has congratulated Nana Yaw Amponsah on his appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club. The NSA believes the confidence that the Governing Board of the football club has reposed in him speaks volumes of the wealth of experience that he brings on board as the new CEO. A statement signed by Professor Peter Twumasi Director General of the NSA said his outfit believes the young administrator with his qualities can change the fortunes of the club. “We as partners in sports development and promotion hope your administration would give equal attention to all the various departments of the porcupine family in order for the club to regain its past glories. “On behalf of the Governing Board and Management of the...
Ya-Na urges issues-based election campaign
News

Ya-Na urges issues-based election campaign

Ya-Na Mahama Abukari II, the Overlord of Dagbon, has urged political parties to conduct issues-based campaign in the upcoming election to enable the electorate to know what they stand for. He also urged the media to offer fair opportunities to all political parties to share their messages with the public to inform their choices. He said this was necessary to ensure peace and grow the country's democracy. Ya-Na Abukari II said this in a speech read on his behalf by Nanton-Naa (Paramount Chief of Nanton) Mahamadu Bawa, at a national conference of Muslim Kings, the Paramount Chiefs and Imams held in Tamale on Saturday.  The meeting, organised by the  Interim Committee for the Organisation of National Conference of Muslim Kings, Paramount Chiefs and Imams, was to share i...
World leaders to hold aid summit for Beirut
World

World leaders to hold aid summit for Beirut

International leaders will hold talks on Sunday to raise aid for Beirut after the massive explosion which devastated the Lebanese capital on Tuesday. The virtual conference – set up by France and the United Nations – will begin at 1400 Lebanon time (1100 GMT). US President Donald Trump has said he plans to join the call. Officials estimate the blast at the warehouse, which stored 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, caused up to $15 billion (£11.5bn) in damage. The explosion left at least 158 people dead, 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. On Saturday several thousand people took to the streets, with police firing tear gas at stone-throwing protesters and some demonstrators storming government ministries. In a televised address, Lebanese PM Hassan Diab said he would ask fo...
Today in History: Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Tried in Kulungugu bomb attack
Today In History

Today in History: Ebenezer Ako-Adjei Tried in Kulungugu bomb attack

Today in history, on 9 August 1963 (exactly 57 years ago today, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei (foreign minister), Tawia Adamafio (information minister), and Hugh Horatio Cofie-Crabbe (executive secretary of Nkrumah’s political party) were detained for allegedly plotting to assassinate the then president Kwame Nkrumah in the Kulungugu bomb attack in 1962. Kulungugu bomb attack On 1 August 1962, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah escaped a bomb assassination attempt on his life at Kulungugu in the Upper East Region. Following an attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah’s life in Kulungugu bomb attack, three of his close associates were arrested for the assassination attempt. The accused in the case were Ebenezer Ako-Adjei (foreign minister), Tawia Adamafio (information minister), and Hugh Horatio ...
Covid Travel Restrictions Devastate Africa’s Tourism Earnings
World

Covid Travel Restrictions Devastate Africa’s Tourism Earnings

Global restrictions on travel have dealt a devastating blow to African nations who depend on tourists and their hard currency to support an industry that employs millions of people on the continent. National carriers in Mauritius, Kenya and Namibia run into more financial trouble as flights were grounded. In South Africa, listed hotel group, Sun International Ltd., announced two of its casinos won’t reopen after the country’s coronavirus lockdown ends. The Kenyan government expects losses of as much as $511 million in hotel-room revenue if the pandemic persists. The following charts show the importance of the tourism sector to parts of the continent, as well as the pain lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus have caused. Travel and tourism contributed $168 billion to...
Hearts of Oak congratulates Nana Yaw Amponsah on new appointment
Sports

Hearts of Oak congratulates Nana Yaw Amponsah on new appointment

Accra Hearts of Oak has congratulated Nana Yaw Amponsah on his new appointment at Kumasi Asante Kotoko as the clubs CEO. After many months of sealed lips, the club has finally unveiled the versatile administrator to lead the club to achieve success at the local and international front. His unveiling ceremony attracted many followers of the club who throng the Sports Hotel in Kumasi to witness the arrival of their new administrator. The event was graced by many dignitaries and members of the newly formed board including Board Chairman Dr Kwame Kyei, Madam Evelyn Nsiah Asare and among others. Arch rivals of the Reds Hearts of Oak after the unveiling ceremony took to social media to congratulate Nana Yaw Amponsah on his new role at Kotoko. " We welcome Nana Yaw Amponsah to th...
Kanye West ‘asks for donations’ to Presidential campaign as he bids for White House
Entertainment

Kanye West ‘asks for donations’ to Presidential campaign as he bids for White House

Rapper Kanye West, the husband of Kim Kardashian, is reportedly hoping people will dig deep to help him become the 46th President of the United States. Kanye West is said to be asking fans to donate to his Presidential campaign. The rapper husband of Kim Kardashian is continuing his bid for the White House, and is said to be asking his followers to help him become the 46th President of the United States. TMZ says the dad-of-four is playing to both Democrats and Republicans while laying out his position on a number of issues. Kanye, 43, is calling his platform 'Creating a Culture of Life', and asking for contributions of anything between $20 and $1,000. One of his positions is: "Restore faith and revive our Constitutional commitment to freedom of religion...
Belarus holds election as street protests rattle strongman president
World

Belarus holds election as street protests rattle strongman president

Belarus began voting in an election on Sunday pitting President Alexander Lukashenko against a former teacher who emerged from obscurity to lead the biggest challenge in years against the man once dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by Washington.A woman wearing a protective face mask stands inside a voting booth at a polling station during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus August 9, 2020. The 65-year-old Lukashenko is almost certain to win a sixth consecutive term but could face a new wave of protests amid anger over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy and his human rights record. An ongoing crackdown on the opposition could hurt Lukashenko’s attempts to mend fences with the West amid fraying ties with traditional ally Russia, which has tried to press Belarus ...
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