StarrFM News Summaries from July 23, 2021
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John Paintsil attributes incidence of match-fixing in Ghana to financial challenges
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John Paintsil attributes incidence of match-fixing in Ghana to financial challenges


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Former Black Stars and Fulham player John Paintsil says the incidents of alleged match-fixing that rocked the Ghana Premier League recently can be attributed to the financial challenges the clubs are facing.

John Paintsil used the South African league as an example Ghana should be learning from to avoid this mess.

John Paintsil played for Berekum Arsenal and Liberty Professional in Ghana before moving to Europe.


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Sarkodie endorses Shatta Wale's new business venture
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Sarkodie endorses Shatta Wale's new business venture "SHAXI"


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Shaxi short form for Shatta Taxi, he revealed, is part of the efforts he is making to provide jobs for the youth.

In another post, Shatta Wale urged persons interested in joining the service to prepare to apply for jobs in his new company.

Shatta Wale stated that the new initiative, which he believes is revolutionary, will help every driver earn more money as they deserve to.


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Elmina fish processing plant will be fixed soon
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Elmina fish processing plant will be fixed soon


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The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Mavis Hawa Koomson has assured that the Elmina Fish Processing Plant will be revamped soon.

The plant, commissioned in 2016 by former President Mahama has remained closed for years, following some technical challenges.

Speaking to the media after answering questions from the MP for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Samuel Atta-Mills, the minister disclosed the Indian government pledged financial support to replace the faulty equipment to ensure resuscitation of the factory.


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We're not guilty


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Eight of the remaining 26 persons who have been charged in the Western Togoland Restoration Front case have pleaded not guilty to eleven charges.

The accused persons, John Gbedemah, Godwin Awudza, Gabriel Godfred Govina, Benjamin Gbadago, Excel Liberty Aheto Kuegbesika, Divine Nyadzinyor and Richard Doglo Ametepe are part of the 26 persons arraigned last Monday, but had their plea reserved for today.

Lawyers of the accused persons were asked by the court to make a formal application for bail after the prosecution prayed that the accused persons be remanded into lawful custody.


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NPP constituency officers' welfare debunk John Boadu snub reports
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NPP constituency officers' welfare debunk John Boadu snub reports


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The Leadership of the NPP Constituency Officers' Welfare has debunked media reports that NPP General Secretary John Boadu snubbed the just ended Constituency Officers' Workshop held in Koforidua.

Indeed and in fact, it was John Boadu who proposed the name of the Welfare Scheme as National Constituency Officers Welfare Scheme to cater for all Constituency Officers, instead of the National Constituency Chairmen Welfare Fund, which we had earlier proposed.

Once again, there is no iota of truth in the story and accordingly, we, the leadership of the NPP Constituency Officers Welfare and indeed, the newly inaugurated NPP Welfare Scheme, entreat the general public to treat it with all the contempt it deserves.


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E/R: Okada rider murdered after being hired to 'unknown destination'
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E/R: Okada rider murdered after being hired to 'unknown destination'


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An Okada rider has allegedly been murdered at Akyem Abomosu in the Atewa West District of the Eastern Region.

The deceased Adu Joshua went missing on Tuesday evening after a female passenger allegedly hired him to an unknown destination.

Commercial motorbike riders in the country continue to suffer attacks by assailants and robbers who abscond with their motorbikes.


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Court orders Dr Dre to pay ex-wife $300k a month in divorce ruling
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Court orders Dr Dre to pay ex-wife $300k a month in divorce ruling


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Hip-hop legend Dr Dre will now be required to pay close to $300,000 a month to his ex-wife Nicole Young, who filed for divorce from the Aftermath Entertainment founder last summer after 24 years of marriage.

Dre must also maintain health insurance and related costs, as well as pay the expenses for multiple properties.

At the stated monthly rate mentioned above, Dre would be paying more than $3.5 million in spousal support per year.


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COVID-19: Over GHC53m spent on returning Ghanaians from abroad
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COVID-19: Over GHC53m spent on returning Ghanaians from abroad


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Ghana spent over 53 million cedis in evacuating some stranded Ghanaians during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The minister further disclosed in total, some 10,025 stranded Ghanaians were evacuated during the exercise that spanned between 23rd May 2020 and 18th September 2020.

The amount spent on airfare for evacuees from the UAE, China was $463,118.


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Two TTU students secure court order to halt exams
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Two TTU students secure court order to halt exams


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The Management of Takoradi Technical University may not be able to undertake their second-semester examination following an injunction secured by two rusticated students.

Gh has gathered that the Sekondi High Court suggests the two aggrieved students through their lawyers secured an interlocutory injunction to stop TTU from undertaken examination for Higher National Diploma LEVEL 300 students of the Procurement department.

Constance Asante together with her other colleagues were handed two semesters of rustication for misconduct among other things planning a demonstration against the school, unlawful usage of TTU's school logo.


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Newmont Ghana's Ahafo North Project approved for execution
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Newmont Ghana's Ahafo North Project approved for execution


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Newmont Corporation's Board of Directors has approved advancing the Ahafo North Project into the execution phase.

Located north of Newmont Ghana's existing Ahafo South operations, the Ahafo North Project will include five open-pit mines and the construction of a stand-alone mill.

As the project proceeds, Newmont will continue its robust stakeholder engagement to enhance social acceptance and provide regular updates on the project.


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Rashid Nortey to join French side Clermont foot
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Rashid Nortey to join French side Clermont foot


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Medeama SC midfielder, Rashid Nortey is close to joining newly promoted French team Clermont foot in the French Lique 1.

The Black Stars midfielder who made his debut against Morocco in a friendly game is expected to join the French club after a deal is reached between the two clubs.

Rashid Nortey has been a transfer target for both Hearts and Kotoko in the Ghana League.


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Tokyo 2020 men's football: Richarlison inspires Brazil, Spain held by Egypt
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Tokyo 2020 men's football: Richarlison inspires Brazil, Spain held by Egypt


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Richarlison scored a first-half hat-trick as Brazil's men began their Olympic campaign with a 4-2 victory over Germany.

Earlier, Spain were held to a goalless draw by Egypt in the opening game of the men's competition despite the inclusion of Euro 2020 young player of the tournament Pedri.

A frustrating result for Spain was compounded by an ankle injury to Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos as they struggled to break Egypt down.


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COP Dampare: The UPSA alumni who has risen to IGP
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COP Dampare: The UPSA alumni who has risen to IGP


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Among the tall educational background of the new IGP Dr George Akuffo Dampare is his refreshing days as student of the University of Professional Studies.

The Educational Journey of the new IGP. Aside his policing, Dr. Dampare previously worked as a Research Fellow and lecturer at King's College London, University of London.

Dr. Dampare has also served and continues to serve on several boards including the Economic and Organized Crime Office Governing Board, Data Link University College Council, Police Central Disciplinary Board and the Pumpkins Foundation Board.


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Kissi Agyebeng receives unanimous approval after vetting
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Kissi Agyebeng receives unanimous approval after vetting


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Special Prosecutor-nominee Kissi Agyebeng has received unanimous approval from the Appointments Committee of Parliament following his almost 5-hour vetting today.

Special Prosecutor-nominee Kissi Agyabeng says he cannot stop corruption but will make it a costly venture.

The Special Prosecutor-nominee Kissi Agyebeng has cleared the air on his perceived involvement in the controversial Agyapa deal, saying he was not in any form involved in the transaction.


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Accra: Gym instructor shot dead for allegedly dating married woman
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Accra: Gym instructor shot dead for allegedly dating married woman


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A 34-year-old gym instructor popularly known as 'Little' has been shot dead in his room at Tantra Hill in Accra Thursday dawn.

Associates of the deceased say he had been warned over the constant visits by the married woman who sometimes sleeps over his place.

Police in Accra have commenced investigation into the murder.


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W/R: One killed as Tumanto, Dominase farmers clash
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W/R: One killed as Tumanto, Dominase farmers clash


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At least one person has been confirmed dead with two critically injured and 106 arrested by the Western regional police command following a scuffle between some disgruntled farmers of Tumanto and Dominase, all in the Mpohor District.

The incident, according to reports, was fuelled by a land dispute, where it is believed a private developer had allegedly destroyed cocoa farms at the Tumanto village to make way for the planting of rubber.

Some other farmers in solidarity with their colleagues mobilised and protested against the private developer.


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I'm no one's 'surrogate'
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I'm no one's 'surrogate'


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According to his profile on the University of Ghana School of Law website, Mr Agyebeng has been a lecturer since October 2006, teaching and researching Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law, Corporate Law, and Legal Research and Writing.

He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law and was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003, earning the E.N. Sowah Memorial Prize for Best Student in Family Law.

Mr Agyebeng has a wide range of expertise in consulting for public sector institutions, including the A-G's Department, EXIM Bank Ghana Ltd, the Youth Employment Authority, the National Lottery Authority, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, the Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited, and the Ghana Olympic Committee.


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I can't stop corruption; will make it costly
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I can't stop corruption; will make it costly


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Special Prosecutor-nominee Kissi Agyabeng says he cannot stop corruption but will make it a costly venture.

He told the appointments committee at his ongoing vetting that not even God can stop corruption.

Kissi Agyabeng, a criminal law lecturer, and a practitioner will replace Martin Amidu as the second Special Prosecutor Ghana has had. Mr Amidu resigned from office last year accusing President Akufo-Addo of interference following his work on the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.


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I was set up by someone I sacked for corruption
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I was set up by someone I sacked for corruption


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Former Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Small Scale Mining Charles Onuawonto Bissue says he was set up by a team member he had sacked from for corruption.

According to him, one Francis Owusu Acheampong who was introduced to him by former Science and Environment Minister Professor Frimpong Boateng set him up because he had refused to accede to his constant request to engage in illegal mining.

The Police CID which investigated allegations of corruption against Mr. Bissue in July 2019 cleared him of any wrongdoing.


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'Protocol list' in Armed Forces recruitment a reality
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'Protocol list' in Armed Forces recruitment a reality


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Security analyst Festus Auben says the so-called 'protocol' recruitment in the armed forces and other security agencies is a reality.

The phenomenon, popularly known as 'protocol list' has been a stumbling block for many who wish to join the various security agencies, with reports of bribery and corruption over the years.

Mr Auben's comment comes after president Akufo-Addo gave the go-ahead for the recruitment of over eleven thousand persons into the various security agencies, among others.


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