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Bench warrant issued for arrest of 10 recalcitrant motorists who snubbed court
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Bench warrant issued for arrest of 10 recalcitrant motorists who snubbed court


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The La District Magistrate Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of 10 motorists who failed to appear in court on Friday, July 23, 2021, for prosecution.

8 out of the 18 drivers appeared before the court on Friday, July 23, 2021, and were slapped with various fines.

The La District Magistrate Court has subsequently issued a warrant for the arrest of the remaining 10 drivers.


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Sissala West MP, others escape unhurt after attack by armed men
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Sissala West MP, others escape unhurt after attack by armed men


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The Member of Parliament for Sissala West in the Upper West Region, Mohammed Adama Sukparu, says he escaped unhurt with other occupants of his car when unknown armed men attacked them in his constituency.

The incident happened between Jefisi and Bulu at about 7:50 pm on Friday, when the MP was returning from a funeral he attended at Jefisi.

Mr. Sukparu has reported the incident to the Sissala West District Police Command for investigation.


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Alan's promise to operationalise Komenda Sugar factory 'a mere rhetoric'
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Alan's promise to operationalise Komenda Sugar factory 'a mere rhetoric'


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A group known as the Concerned Citizens of the Komenda Traditional Area in the Central Region is skeptical about the Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen's promise to ensure the operationalization of the Komenda Sugar Factory before the end of 2021.

The Komenda Sugar Factory, which was inaugurated in May 2016 by then-President, John Mahama, was built at a cost of $35 million from an Indian EXIM Bank facility.

In June 2020, the government said the ban on foreign travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic affected the processes of reviving the Komenda Sugar Factory.


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Sissala West MP allegedly attacked by armed men
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Sissala West MP allegedly attacked by armed men


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The Member of Parliament for Sissala West in the Upper West Region, Mohammed Adama Sukparu has allegedly been attacked by unknown armed men in his constituency.

The incident happened between Jefisi and Bulu at about 7:50 pm when the MP was returning from a funeral he attended at Jefisi.

Mr. Sukparu has reported the incident to the Sissala West District Police Command for investigation.


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East Legon: Motorcyclist shot by soldier in military pick-up vehicle
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East Legon: Motorcyclist shot by soldier in military pick-up vehicle


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A soldier in a military pick-up that was moving behind a bullion van has allegedly shot and injured a motorcyclist at East Legon in Accra.

According to an eyewitness, the soldier, who was in a military pick-up vehicle, after shooting the motorcyclist, moved on behind the bullion van without stopping.

A team of police officers who reportedly witnessed the incident chased the military pick-up vehicle without success.


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ECOWAS Parliament moves to remove telecommunication barriers in sub-region
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ECOWAS Parliament moves to remove telecommunication barriers in sub-region


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The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States will soon come up with regulations to harmonise the telecommunication sector across the sub-region.

This will follow a joint meeting of three committees of the ECOWAS Parliament scheduled to take place in Effutu from Tuesday, July 27 to Thursday, July 29.

The ECOWAS Parliament, also known as the Community Parliament, is one of the institutions of ECOWAS. It is the Assembly of Peoples of the Community, serving as a forum for dialogue, consultation and consensus for representatives of the people of West Africa with the aim of promoting integration.


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Ashanti Region: Fire razes classrooms of St. Lisbert JHS in Abuakwa
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Ashanti Region: Fire razes classrooms of St. Lisbert JHS in Abuakwa


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The intervention of firefighters from the Nkawie Fire Station helped to prevent fire from destroying more classrooms and boarding facilities of a private school at Abuakwa in the Ashanti Region.

The dawn fire razed about six classrooms of the St. Lisbert Junior High School, which were being used as temporary dormitories for the students.

Nkawie District Fire Officer, Divisional Officer Grade 3, James Akowuah, spoke to journalists after leading his officers to put out the fire.


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Plans underway to finalise roadmap for opening Komenda Sugar factory
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Plans underway to finalise roadmap for opening Komenda Sugar factory


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The Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, has revealed that plans are underway to ensure the operationalisation of the Komenda Sugar Factory before the end of 2021.

According to him, the transaction advisor has been asked to ensure the roadmap for the opening of the factory is finalized by the end of August 2021.

The Komenda Sugar Factory was built at a cost of $35 million from an Indian EXIM Bank facility.


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UEFA Europa Conference League explained – Citi Sports Online


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Starting the 2021/22 season, UEFA will introduce a third tier of continental competition dubbed the UEFA Europa Conference League.

The Conference League is an attempt by UEFA to make continental football more accessible to clubs of smaller nations who have struggled to reach the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League in recent years.

They will be be put in 8 groups of 4 much like the Champions League but the difference here and now in the Europa League is that only the group winners qualify for the round of 16.


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It's an honour for me to wear Al Sadd jersey; I'll give my all – Andre Ayew – Citi Sports Online


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Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew says it is an honour to wear the jersey of Qatari champions Al Sadd.

The unveiling video had Andre's father Abedi Ayew Pele chronicling his career which took him from RTU to Al Sadd before he moved to Europe.

Al Sadd have been champions of Qatar 15 times and won the league and cup double last season.


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DOL: RTU declared winners of protest against BA United – Citi Sports Online


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The game was abandoned on the 40th minute mark after fans of BA United attacked the referee for awarding RTU a penalty.

Following the game, RTU filed a protest, asking to be granted all three points after the violence caused an abrupt end to the game.

The Disciplinary Committee has now ruled that all the three points be awarded to RTU, putting them in pole position to gain promotion to the Ghana Premier League from Zone 2.


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Minister laments 5 doctors' rejection of postings to North East Region
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Minister laments 5 doctors' rejection of postings to North East Region


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The North East Regional Minister, Yidana Zakaria, has expressed concern about the rejection of postings by five medical doctors to his region.

According to him, only one of the doctors came around to tour health facilities in the region but never reported afterwards.

According to Mr. Yidana Zakaria, several follow-ups were made to the Ministry of Health in Accra to get the doctors to report to work, but that yielded no positive results as the Ministry explained they will not repost any doctor who refused postings.


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Manchester United sign Sancho from Dortmund for £73m – Citi Sports Online


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Manchester United have signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m. Sancho, whose move to Old Trafford was agreed in principle on July 1, completed a medical earlier this month after his participation at Euro 2020.

He has signed a five-year deal at United, with an option of a further year.


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Tokyo 2020: Know the dates and times Ghanaian athletes will be competing – Citi Sports Online


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The schedule for Ghanaian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics has been released.

Team Ghana, with 14 athletes will be hoping to win a first medal at the games since 1992 in Barcelona.

The various athletes will compete in five sporting disciplines, namely: athletics, swimming, judo, boxing and weightlifting.


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VIDEO: #TeamGhana's colorful procession at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony – Citi Sports Online


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Team Ghana presented a colorful representation of the country during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Donning white kaftan with kente stripe across at the chest, Team Ghana came out onto the Tokyo Olympic Stadium to cheerful vibes, with team flag bearer, Nadia Eke, who spotted a gold-plated face mask particularly exciting and dancing while waving the Ghana flag.

Know the dates and times Ghana's athletes compete at the Tokyo Olympics.


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‘BA United fans pulled and squeezed my testicles' – Referee Hanson narrates ordeal – Citi Sports Online


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Referee Maxwell Hanson, who was attacked and beaten during a Division One League game between BA United and Real Tamale United has now revealed the home team fans targeted his reproductive organs in the vicious attack.

On July 4, 2021, Hanson was brutally attacked by fans of BA United after he awarded a penalty in favor of the away team RTU on the 40th minute.

With BA United not in the fight for promotion, Brong Ahafo-based Bofoakwa and Arsenal fans reportedly stormed the Sunyani Coronation Park to throw their support behind BA United knowing victory for BA United would keep their promotional hopes alive.


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The Literacy Challenge 2021: Deadline for essay entries elapses today
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The Literacy Challenge 2021: Deadline for essay entries elapses today


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Today, July 23, 2021, is the deadline for receiving entries for the 2021 edition of Citi FM's The Literacy Challenge.

A team from Citi FM organising a roadshow in various schools to whip up the interest of students for the competition ended its tour on Monday, July 19, 2021.

The Literacy Challenge is powered by 97.3 Citi FM, with support from Citi TV. The 2021 edition of the Literacy Challenge is sponsored by SIC Insurance and the Vodafone Ghana Foundation as part of the Kindred Partners.


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1D1F: 150,000 jobs created so far, with 104 operational factories
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1D1F: 150,000 jobs created so far, with 104 operational factories


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The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, has said government's One District One Factory initiative has so far created 150,975 jobs since its inception in 2017.

The 1D1F program is a private sector-led initiative that seeks to create the necessary conducive environment for businesses to access funding from financial institutions and other support services from government agencies, to establish factories and production units in the various districts in the country.

The Trade Minister also noted that when all factories are completed, over 280,000 jobs will be created in total.


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There was nothing to hold back Kissi Agyebeng's recommendation for approval
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There was nothing to hold back Kissi Agyebeng's recommendation for approval


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A member of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Mahama Ayariga, says Special Prosecutor nominee, Kissi Agyebeng, was unanimously recommended for approval because there wasn't any reason to reject him.

Chairman of the Committee, Joe Osei Owusu said, the recommendation was a unanimous decision.

At the vetting, Kissi Agyebeng justified the significance of the office, arguing that any attempt to heed calls to scrap it will cast a slur on Ghana's fight against deep-rooted corruption.


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The Premier League clubs Andre Ayew rejected to move to Qatar – Citi Sports Online


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Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew has completed a move to Qatari champions Al Sadd.

It has now emerged Ayew indeed had the chance to play for Premier League clubs but chose a move to the gulf instead. Brighton Hove and Albion had been in contact and offered wages in the region of £40,000 a week, an Improvement on the £30,000 they offered him the previous summer while Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce offered £60,000 a week one a year deal with an option for a second based on performance.

Former Swansea star Ayew enjoyed a strong campaign in south Wales last season, scoring 17 goals on route to the Championship play-offs against Brentford in Wembley where they lost 2-0.


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