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Euro 2020: Uefa declines request to light up Allianz Arena in rainbow colours
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Euro 2020: Uefa declines request to light up Allianz Arena in rainbow colours

Uefa has declined a request to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours before Germany’s Euro 2020 match against Hungary on Wednesday. Munich mayor Dieter Reiter made the request in protest against a new law in Hungary that bans the sharing of any content seen as promoting homosexuality and gender change to under-18s. Uefa says it denied the request because of the “political context”. It has instead proposed alternative dates for the stadium to be lit up. In a statement, European football’s governing body said: “Uefa understands that the intention is also to send a message to promote diversity and inclusion – a cause, which Uefa has been supporting for many years – having joined forces with European clubs, national teams and their players, launching campaign...
Covid-19: Deadly Indian strain detected in Ghana; Sputnik V, AstraZeneca vaccines not effective against it
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Covid-19: Deadly Indian strain detected in Ghana; Sputnik V, AstraZeneca vaccines not effective against it

The most contagious Covid-19 variant, originating from India, has been recorded in Ghana. Head of the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) of the University of Ghana, Professor Gordon Awendare, confirmed that the Indian variant, also known as the Delta variant, is one of the 45 variants which are currently in Ghana. The Indian strain has caused huge spikes in India and a serious increase in cases in the UK even though large sections of the population in those countries are vaccinated. “Overall, we have about 45 or 46 different variants. The trend shows that all these normally come from travellers. However, now that the Delta (Indian Variant) is taking over, it’s just a matter of time before it will come here in large quantities. So we have a ...
Swoop arrest is a knee-jerk reaction to insecurity challenges – Bombande
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Swoop arrest is a knee-jerk reaction to insecurity challenges – Bombande

A Security Analyst, Emmanuel Bombande has described the swoop on hideouts of suspected criminals in various parts of Accra, by the Police, as a knee-jerk reaction to the growing insecurity in the country. The Accra Regional Police Command carried out a swoop over the weekend, leading to the arrest of 215 suspects. This followed the recent surge in violent crimes in Accra, including the bullion van attack near James Town, which led to the killing of a Police Officer and a bystander on Monday, June 14. According to the Police, the three-day operation took place at Korle Bu, Tesano, Amasaman, Nima, Dansoman, Abokobi, Accra Central, Teshie, Madina, Batsona, Jamestown, Osu and Lakeside Estates, Ashaley Botwe. But speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, Mr Bomband...
Emmanuel Gyamfi available for Hearts of Oak clash despite misconduct charge
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Emmanuel Gyamfi available for Hearts of Oak clash despite misconduct charge

Asante Kotoko midfielder, Emmanuel Gyamfi, will be available for selection when Asante Kotoko face Accra Hearts of Oak in a crucial Ghana Premier League game on Sunday June 27, 2021, despite facing charges of misconduct at the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee. There were fears the pacey winger would be suspended for the game after he was dragged to the DC for deliberately stepping on the foot of Inter Allies midfielder Andy Okpe, an incident that was missed by match officials but captured by television images. Asante Kotoko requested for personal hearing on the matter and with the Disciplinary Committee’s next convention date scheduled for Tuesday June 29, 202, no determination of the Gyamfi matter is expected before then, practically making him eligible to play against the Phobians...
Nigeria: Cholera – 289 Nigerians Killed in Six Months – Official
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Nigeria: Cholera – 289 Nigerians Killed in Six Months – Official

Between January and June 22, 2021, a total of 10,833 suspected cholera cases have been reported including 112 laboratory confirmed cases. While Nigeria is upbeat about the sharp decline in the cases of coronavirus infection, the country's centre for disease control (NCDC) has said a total of 289 Nigerians have died from Cholera disease between January and June, 2021. NCDC, which disclosed this in a statement on Monday, a copy of which PREMIUM TIMES obtained, noted that the disease is currently ravaging eight states of the federation. The disease centre listed the affected states as Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara, Bayelsa and Kaduna. Cholera -- a diarrheal disease that can kill within hours if not promptly treated, is endemic in Nigeria, with outbreaks reported as fa...
Mustapha Hamid appointed CEO of National Petroleum Authority
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Mustapha Hamid appointed CEO of National Petroleum Authority

President Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as the chief executive officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), one of the most sought-after positions in government.The NPA oversees all operations in the multibillion-dollar downstream petroleum sector.The appointment takes effect from 1 July 2021. The news was communicated in a letter dated 17 June.Dr Hamid, 50, previously served in the first-term government of President Akufo-Addo as the minister of information and subsequently as the minister for inner-city and zongo development. He also served as the deputy national campaign manager for President Akufo-Addo’s successful second-term bid in 2020 and was in charge of campaign communications.The NPA currently boasts over 5,000 service providers and, according to 20...
Harry Kane: Manchester City lining up bid for Tottenham and England striker
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Harry Kane: Manchester City lining up bid for Tottenham and England striker

Manchester City have taken the first steps towards trying to sign England captain Harry Kane from Tottenham. Sources from both clubs have distanced themselves from suggestions an official £100m bid has been lodged by City. However, there have been talks which it is understood are leading towards the club making a formal offer. Harry Kane is one of the two striking targets identified by City boss Pep Guardiola this summer, along with Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland. The Premier League champions are on the lookout for a new striker following the departure of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona. Dortmund are adamant they will not let Haaland leave this summer given they expect to lose England winger Jadon Sancho, who is the subject of interest from Manchester United. ...
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell out of England’s Euro 2020 clash with Czech Republic
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Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell out of England’s Euro 2020 clash with Czech Republic

England's Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will miss Tuesday's Euro 2020 game against the Czech Republic as they self-isolate because of a risk of Covid-19 exposure. The pair were seen interacting with Chelsea team-mate Billy Gilmour after England's draw with Scotland on Friday - since which the midfielder has tested positive for coronavirus. They will isolate until 28 June and could miss England's last 16 match. Both have tested negative for Covid-19. England are guaranteed a place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 after Monday's results, but will go through as Group D winners with victory over the Czech Republic. The pair's period of isolation will impact preparations for the knock-out stage. If England finish second in their group, then their last 16 game takes place o...
“Hearts of Oak ready for any team in the world” – Samuel Boadu
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“Hearts of Oak ready for any team in the world” – Samuel Boadu

Hearts of Oak coach Samuel Boadu has exalted his team’s strengths by claiming the Phobians can take on any football team around the world at the moment. Hearts of Oak are top of the Ghana Premier League on goal difference following a stellar round of form in their last six matches in which they have won five and drawn one. The Phobians have been revived under the young gaffer as they continued their fine form over the weekend with a commanding 4-1 win over third-tier Windy Professionals in the FA Cup on Sunday. The former African champions take on sworn rivals Asante Kotoko on Sunday but that game will be preceded by a Premier league match against Legon Cities on Thursday. But coach Samuel Boadu is in a buoyant mood, insisting his side is ready for any team in the world. ...
“So far, so good; Bawku appreciates your policies” – Bawku Naba to Akufo-Addo
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“So far, so good; Bawku appreciates your policies” – Bawku Naba to Akufo-Addo

The Bawku Naba, who is also President of the Kusaug Traditional Council, Asigir Abugrago Azoka II, says the Chiefs and People of the Kusaug Traditional Area, and, indeed, all Ghanaians appreciate the policies of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, evident in his re-election on 7th December 2020. Congratulating President Akufo-Addo on his electoral victory, “which has put the destiny of Ghana firmly in your hands for the next four (4) years”, the Bawku Naba told the President that “you have worked hard to earn that enviable position. I wish you God's continued blessing in wisdom as well as good health to execute your policies.” Asigir Abugrago Azoka II made this known on Monday, 21st June 2021, when the President paid a courtesy call on him at his palace i...
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