Manchester City Announces Official Cryptocurrency Exchange Partner OKX

OKX becomes Manchester City’s Official Cryptocurrency Partner

OKX becomes Manchester City’s Official Cryptocurrency Partner

  • Manchester City and OKX have today announced a new multi-year partnership
  • The partnership will span Manchester City men’s and women’s teams, in addition to the Club’s esports operations

VICTORIA, Seychelles, March 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Premier League champions Manchester City have today announced a global partnership with the world’s second largest crypto exchange, OKX, naming it the Club’s Official Cryptocurrency Exchange Partner.

OKX’s first venture into the world of sport and entertainment, the partnership will span Manchester City men’s and women’s teams, in addition to the Club’s esports operations.

Manchester City sign with crypto partner OKX

Manchester City sign with crypto partner OKX

OKX’s fast, secure and innovative cryptocurrency exchange is trusted by more than 20 million people in more than 180 markets as a place to explore the power of crypto.

OKX and Man City believe in inspiring continued innovation, talent development and technology advancements – a key partnership alignment between both organisations.

The new partners will collaborate on a number of exclusive experiences for OKX’s global customer base, in addition to an in-stadium presence across the Etihad Stadium and Academy Stadium. The new partners will also look to explore future innovation projects together.

Roel De Vries, Chief Operating Officer, City Football Group, said: “We are pleased to welcome OKX as an Official Partner of Manchester City today as they look to venture into the world of sports. The new partnership aligns our shared values of innovation, drive for success and being at the cutting edge of our respective industries. Their broad and inclusive approach to targeting diverse audiences resonates with our approach. We look forward to working together throughout the partnership.”

Manchester City Stadium

Manchester City Stadium

“We are delighted to partner with Manchester City, one of the world’s best-loved and most successful teams. Football and crypto share something important; they are for everyone, they create inclusivity within society. For OKX, Manchester City is a Club that represents the effect football has to make a positive difference in people’s lives, to bring people together around a shared love of the beautiful game. We are entering the Premier League for the first time as City’s official crypto partner to celebrate this community spirit in the world of football because it’s something we both share,” said Jay Hao, CEO of OKX.

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Open Society Launches Fund for a Free and Democratic Ukraine

New York/Berlin/Kyiv, March 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Open Society Foundations today are pledging an initial $25 million to launch the Ukraine Democracy Fund and urge other funders to join us in supporting civil society in Ukraine in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault on democracy.

This initiative builds on Open Society’s more than three decades of work in Eastern Europe to support human rights organizations, independent journalists, and other civil society groups. The aim of this fund is to join with private foundations, philanthropists big and small, and the private sector to raise $100 million over the duration of the crisis and its inevitably protracted aftermath.

“We have one simple message: we will never abandon Ukraine,” said Alex Soros, deputy chair of the Open Society Foundations. “As Putin tries to wipe the country off the map, we will do all we can for the people of Ukraine. We urge others to step forward and join us.”

“This is a defining moment for open societies,” said Mark Malloch-Brown, president of the Foundations. “Whatever the Kremlin might say, it is clear that what Putin is really afraid of is neither NATO nor nuclear weapons, but a free and flourishing democracy on his doorstep.”

The fund will advance three goals:

  • Support for Ukrainian civil society: Since 1990, independent Ukrainian organizations have played a vital role in the country’s democratic development—from fighting corruption to defending independent media and the rights of citizens. These groups are the sinew of any healthy democracy. During the current conflict and its aftermath, the fund will continue to support this work—now more critical than ever.
  • International solidarity with Ukraine: The fund will advance international efforts to defend Ukraine’s freedom and independence, to battle authoritarianism, and to enhance international accountability efforts through credible documentation of war crimes. This will include resources for investigative journalists, artists, and scholars, as well as for research and advocacy groups who speak out for human rights and the rule of law across the region.
  • Protecting human dignity: As of today, more than one million people have been forced to flee Ukraine, and many more are displaced within the country. Additional unforeseen threats to civilians lie ahead. The fund will support humanitarian aid for those beyond the reach of other relief efforts, as well as bolstering public health work, protecting and welcoming refugees, and eventually post-conflict reconstruction.

“This has been a time of horror in Ukraine,” said Oleksandr Sushko, executive director of our Kyiv-based International Renaissance Foundation. “At the same time, I feel great pride in seeing how Ukraine, Europe, and much of the world are standing against Putin’s aggression. We will keep defending freedom and the pillars of democracy here and across the globe.”

Founded by George Soros, the Open Society Foundations are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. Open Society has been working in Ukraine through the International Renaissance Foundation since 1990.

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Kadjebi ready to host 65th Independence Day Parade

Kadjebi (O/R),- Kadjebi District in the Oti Region is fully prepared for the 65th Independence Day Parade, which falls on Sunday, March 6.

A total of 960 School children from 16 Schools, each contributing 60 students, would be participating in the march pass at Kadjebi.

Mr Bernard Osei, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Ghana Education Service, Kadjebi disclosed this to Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview.

He appealed to the school children to emulate the tenacity of Dr Kwame Nkrumah to serve as driving forces to their success in all endeavours.

He said they should shun the blame game at the slightest opportunity because Dr Nkrumah persisted in the independence struggle and liberated the Gold Coast from colonial rule.

Mr Anthony Ankutse, the Deputy District Coordinating Director and Secretary to the Anniversary Planning Committee told GNA that Prefer de Akebou, Wawa/Badou and MP for Badou in the Republic of Togo, MP for Akan, DCE for Kadjebi, among other dignitaries are expected to grace the occasion.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ukraine Unrest: Government releases 2million dollars for evacuation efforts

Accra,- Mr Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, Deputy Minister, Political and Economic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, says the Government has released US$2 million for evacuation of Ghanaian students from war-stricken Ukraine.

The amount, he said, was the first tranche of money released to the Ministry for the evacuation exercise.

He said, once that was exhausted, another tranche would be made available to ensure that all Ghanaians who had moved to neighbouring countries in Ukraine were evacuated to Ghana.

He refuted assertions by some persons that the evacuation effort was tied to the passage of E-Levy, and said without it, the country was on course to get stranded Ghanaians from harm’s way as that was the government’s pre-occupation.

The Minister disclosed this when he led some government officials to welcome the second batch of 24 Ghanaian students in Ukraine who were being sheltered in Poland.

Out of the 24 who arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in the early hours of Friday, 16 of them came via Qatar Airways paid for by the Government and eight of them on Turkish Airlines self-funded.

Earlier this week, 17 of the students had arrived in the country from Romania, adding up to 41, the total number of Ghanaian students who have arrived.

The Government has arranged with five airlines – Qatar, Turkish, Ethiopian, KLM, and Lufthansa Airlines, to airlift Ghanaians from various neighbouring countries of Ukraine.  

As at 1700 hours on 28th February 2022, an estimated 527 Ghanaian nationals had crossed the Ukrainian border to other neighbouring European countries.

Out of the number, some 49 Ghanaians, including one child were received by the Diplomatic Mission in Prague, Czech Republic, and are awaiting processing for departure to Ghana.

In Slovakia, 25 Ghanaians had arrived and were on their way to Prague to be received by Ghana’s Diplomatic mission, while in Romania, 134 Ghanaians were received by an official of the Prague Diplomatic Mission and were also awaiting relevant processes for departure to Ghana.

Mr Ampratwum-Sarpong, speaking shortly after welcoming the students, confirmed that there were still other Ghanaians caught up in parts of Ukraine particularly Sumy and Kharkiv – the second largest city in Ukraine, and said Russians had surrounded those cities making it unadvisable for them to be moved.

He disclosed that some 91 Ghanaian students, many from the Sumy State University, were trapped in bunkers and “bomb shelters” and that efforts made to get them out had proven futile due to the risk involved.

“We have joined other African countries to lobby the European Union, and a presentation was made to the Russian Government. The Russian President has given the clearance to facilitate the movement of foreign nationals in Sumy, Kharviv, and other dangerous areas to give them a safe passage to neighbouring countries,” he said.

The Deputy Minister said in the next four days, there would be arrivals of Ghanaian students and that there was an elaborate plan to bring home stranded Ghanaians and students.

He said the Government had delegated the Deputy Minister in charge of Administration and Finance of the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs And Regional Integration, Thomas Mbomba, who was currently at the frontline in neighbouring countries where Ghanaians were taking shelter to ensure safety and facilitate efforts to bring them home.

“He was in Hungary and met some of the students and other compatriots who had managed to cross over from Ukraine to Bucharest and from there he would be continuing to Poland and Warsaw to interact with those who had managed to get there for firsthand information as to what is really happening there,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Empowering women is critical—Bagbin

Accra, March. 04, GNA – Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, says Ghana’s effort at economic growth and national development will achieve very little results unless attention is paid to the development of women.

Paying attention to the development of women, the Speaker said, would help women to take up their positions at the forefront of national endeavours.

Speaker Bagbin was speaking during a courtesy call on him by Mrs Annette Chao Garcia, the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, at Parliament House in Accra.

Bagbin said: “Our mothers serve as the very foundation for our journey up the ladder of education. They were our first teachers and guided us along the path of education.

“It is imperative that we facilitate their education, build their capacity and empower them, else, Ghana will labour in vain.”

The Speaker paid glowing tribute to the people of Cuba, describing them as a fine example of what a determined people can achieve.

He referred to the blockade of Cuba by the United States of America (USA) and how the people of Cuba have withstood the might of the USA through their fearlessness, unity and sheer determination.

Further, he said, Cuba had over the years, identified and focused on the essentials of life, thus, health, education, food, simplicity and happiness and wondered why other countries including Ghana were still locked in a mad rush to acquire items of vanity amid poverty.

The Speaker spoke about the stalled Mosquito Project, the delivery of which Cuba was leading in Ghana.

The objective of the project was to eliminate malaria in Ghana and expressed the hope that the project would resume soon.

Mrs Annette Chao Garcia, the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, was appreciative of the support Cuba had and continued to receive from Ghana over the years at various international for a.

She saw that as what has characterised the long-standing relations and strong partnership that had existed between the two countries.

The opportunities Cuba offers Ghanaians for education and the historic and continuous collaboration in the area of health, she said, was just a way of showing appreciation to the government and people of Ghana for their support.

Mr Kofi Attor, Special Aide to the Speaker, spoke about the various support that Cuba had extended to African countries, particularly Ghana, and said Cuba deserved the solidarity of Ghana and Africa in reciprocity.

Madam Zuwera Mohammed Ibrahim, Member of Parliament (MP) for Salaga South, referred to the commitment of Cuban doctors to their job and their preparedness to work in very remote areas in Ghana as very supportive and exemplary.

Mr Alhassan Abdallah Iddi, MP for Salaga North, commended Cuba for the immense value they have delivered to Ghana through the training of several middle-class technicians and artisans, as well as other professional training programmes.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gov’t misappropriating funds for La General Hospital – Mintah Akandoh

Ranking Member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has accused the government of misappropriating the 68 million Euros for re-construction works of the La General Hospital.

The main opposition National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Juaboso Constituency in the Western North Region made the accusation when he led a committee and the MP for La-Dadekotopon Constituency to inspect the site for the construction of the La General Hospital in the Greater Accra Region.

According to him, it has been two years since the hospital was closed down to pave way for its redevelopment due to the dilapidated nature of the previous structure.

“As Parliament, we have approved the money for the construction of the hospital. I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the government has misapplied the money meant for the construction,” he admitted.

“The government can prove me wrong by coming to the site to get the work done, but the project site is yet to see any significant progress despite the money made available for the project,” he bemoaned.

He said the issue about the La General hospital reconstruction project is beyond the Health Minister, Kweku Agyemang Manu because on two occasions on the floor of Parliament, he lied about the project, and when his attention was drawn to it, he promised to see to it that construction commences till date.

Mr. Akandoh explained that nothing shows work will commence any time soon on the project.

The MP for the area, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, also expressed her disappointment on why the project has since not started

Source: Modern Ghana

Medikal stole his ‘Accra’ song from me – singer Ejike Fresh accuses

Young artist Ejike Fresh has accused rapper Medikal of stealing his ‘Accra’ from him.

According to him, he had composed an original song with a different title, ‘Tarkwa Takoradi’ in 2019 and reached out to the rapper for collaboration but the latter had charged an outrageous price.

“If I have to beef anybody right now that will be Medikal because three years ago after I did the Tarkwa Takoradi song I reached out to him for collaboration and he charged me GHc40,000 but I couldn’t afford the money because I was a street boy and I had nothing,” he narrated.

He added that his team sent the original song to Medikal’s manager Flow Delly who asked them to hold.

Ejike’s management proceeded to send the song to other well-known artists like Kofi Kinaata, Patapaa, Article Wan who directly rejected the offer.

When asked what he wishes for the rapper as punishment, Ejike stated that he would like to be compensated and proceed with a collaboration.

Ejike however performed his version of his song which he released 3 years later on the Fresh Juice show on Joy Prime.

Source: Modern Ghana

Amoako-Atta dodges question on revenue loss for suspending road tolls

Minister of Roads and Highways Kwasi Amoako-Atta has failed to account for the amount of revenue lost between the time he announced the suspension of road tolls and the approval of the 2022 budget statement.

In Parliament on Friday, March 4, Ranking Member on the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament Governs Kwame Agbodza wanted to know the amount of revenue lost between the time the directive was given – in the evening of the reading of the 2022 budget statement on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – and its approval on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways what is the estimated loss of revenue, till date, due to the cessation of collection of bridge and road tolls as contained in the Ministry’s press release dated 17th November 2021.”

But Mr Amoako-Atta, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) for Atiwa West Constituency, could not give figures and only said road tolls have been zero-rated as a result of the approval of the budget.

He insisted that his directive was to avoid loss of lives and destruction of properties at toll booths due to the confusion provoked by the announcement in the budget read by the Finance Minister.

“Mr Speaker, with the approval of the 2022 budget, effectively road tolls have been zero-rated and there will be no revenue in 2022 for road tolls,” he answered.

This did not go down well with Mr Agbodza, who is also MP for Adaklu, as he explained that the budget statement was not approved on the same day it was presented and that the Minister cannot say there was no revenue lost.

“Mr Speaker,” the NDC MP replied, “the Minister announced the cessation of collection of tolls before the budget was approved. Mr Speaker, for the record, there would have been revenue loss at least until the day the budget was approved.

“So, the Minister’s answer can’t be accurate.”

Source: Modern Ghana