Nollywood Actors Kidnappers’ phones can be traced – Monalisa Chinda

Nigerian actress Monalisa Chinda is appealing to the public for the urgent rescue of two of her colleagues who are at the moment in the hands of kidnappers.

Clemson Cornel and Cynthia Okereke were kidnapped last Friday while they were returning from a movie set in Enugu State of Nigeria, multiple Nigerian media outlets reported.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Monalisa expressed concern about the notion of Nollywood actors being rich.

“I don’t understand how people would think that actors have money… with the paltry sum we receive as fees? The struggle through life vicissitudes, health issues etc we face every now n then,” she wrote.

She went on to reveal that the phone being used by the abductors can be traced.

“$100k from where? The numbers that were used to communicate with them can easily be traced. I mean.. (crying emoji). The search is on (prayer emoji) @actorsguildofnigeria Let’s keep reposting please,” she concluded.

Source: Modern Ghana

Asante Kotoko confirm signing Uganda striker Steven Mukwala on a two year deal

Kumasi Asante Kotoko have announced the signing of striker, Steven Mukwala ahead of the 2022/23 Ghana football season.

The Ugandan forward joined the Porcupine Warriors as a free agent after ending his stay at Uganda Rivers Authority FC (URA FC).

Mukwala has signed a two-year deal with the Reds with an option of renewal.

The Porcupine Warriors club in a bid to strengthen their squad for the 2022/2023 football season.

The prolific striker was heavily linked with a switch to Asante Kotoko in the last two transfer window but the contractual obligations laid by URA FC forced the Ghanaian giants to back out of the negotiations.

In the 2019/20 Ugandan League, Dese scored 13 goals in 23 matches and netted 14 goals in 24 matches the following league campaign.

Then in the 2021/22 season, the striker hit the back of the net with 13 goals in 26 games.

He was behind Vipers SC forward Yunus Ssentamu and Erick Kambale from Express FC who registered 16 and 15 goals respectively.

Mukwala’s impressive displays also continued into the CAF Confederation Cup Preliminary round where he scored two goals in the home tie against Ethiopian Coffee FC to help his team win 2-1 in the 2020/2021 season

He also made his competitive debut for the Uganda Cranes in 2021 when they played out a goalless draw with Mali at Kitende in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Source: Modern Ghana

Sack your underperforming cousin Ken Ofori-Atta – Sammy Gyamfi tells Akufo-Addo

The National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi has called for the removal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.

The NDC Communications Officer also wants President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remove Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia from the supposed “solid” Economic Management Team.

Speaking to Journalists at a Press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, 3 August 2022. Mr. Gyamfi said: “First on the list is without doubt, Ken Ofori-Atta, who has proven to be unmitigated disaster when it comes to economic management.”

In his view, “President Akufo-Addo’s cousin has run down our economy through expensive borrowings but his personal company data bank profits.”

He also condemned the Finance Minister as he compared him to “stale water in a bottle”.

Mr. Gyamfi noted that: “The earlier President Akufo-Addo fires his underperforming cousin, the better for the economy and all of us.”

Regarding Vice-President Bawumia, the NDC Communicator described him as “jocular”.

He slammed Dr. Bawumia, stating: “The once so-called solid Economic Management Team has now become a gracious team who have deserted their roles and are nowhere to be found in these difficult and critical times.

“It is about time our tired, clueless, incompetent and comical Vice President is finally relieved for new ideas and competent hands to take over and steer the Economic Management Team at this time of unspeakable hardships.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Pogba’s World Cup hopes alive after avoiding knee surgery

Paul Pogba does not need surgery on his knee injury and could be back playing for Juventus within weeks.

There were fears the 29-year-old France midfielder could miss the World Cup this winter if he had to undergo an operation.

However, that was ruled out after Pogba – who helped his country win the trophy in 2018 – saw a specialist on Tuesday.

He rejoined Juventus this summer on a free transfer after his contract with Manchester United expired.

Pogba suffered the injury during a training session on the Serie A club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

He featured in Juve’s first game against Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara last month, but complained of “pain in his right knee” afterwards.

Tests showed a lesion to the meniscus.

La Gazzetta dello Sport said Pogba will now undergo a treatment regime based in the gym and pool and is likely to be out for five weeks.

Juventus begin their Serie A campaign against Sassuolo at home on Monday, 15 August (kick-off 19:45 BST).

Source: Modern Ghana

Current economic woes due to your recklessness; stop shifting blame – NDC slams gov’t

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has yet again taken a swipe at the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the latter’s consistent attribution of the country’s current economic challenges to the Russia/Ukraine war and the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the NDC, the Akufo-Addo-led government’s reckless spending is the principal cause of Ghana’s economic predicament.

Addressing the press at the NDC headquarters in Accra on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the party’s Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi insisted that Ghana’s economy showed signs of serious challenges prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The point has to be made here, ladies and gentlemen, that general hardships per se are not a new phenomenon in our country. However, the current economic hardships Ghanaians are experiencing today are unprecedented in their scale, and unbearable in their impact.”

“Neither COVID-19 nor the Russia-Ukraine war is to be blamed for our economic troubles. These global factors are not the major factors that have plunged us into the economic mess we have on our hands. For emphasis, neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor the five (5) months old Russia-Ukraine war is to blame for the economic malaise we have on our hands,” Mr. Gyamfi argued.

He further added that the economy will be robust if the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is relieved of his position.

According to Sammy Gyamfi, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, must also step down as head of the economic management team.

“The earlier President Akufo-Addo sacks his underperforming cousin, Honorable Ken Ofori-Atta, the better for the economy. Also, our comical Vice President should be relieved of his leadership duties at the economic management team.”

Aside from the above, the NDC Communications Officer further gave four other recommendations he believes will help the economy rebound.

They are:

1. The immediate repeal of the obnoxious and counterproductive E-levy Act of 1.5% on momo and other electronic transactions.

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3. The immediate repeal of the punitive COVID-19 levy of 1% on the VAT Flat Rate and the National Health Insurance Levy

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5. The immediate scrapping of crippling fuel taxes such as the Special Petroleum Tax that has outlived its usefulness, the needless Sanitation Levy (“BORLA” tax ), and the new Energy Sector Levy of 20 pesewas per liter of diesel and Petrol and 18 pesewas per kilogram of LPG.

6.

7. The suspension of the 9 pesewas BOST margin and the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy of 16 pesewas and 14 pesewas per liter of petrol and diesel respectively, both of which are not being applied for their intended purposes.

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Source: Modern Ghana

Premier League players to stop taking the knee

Premier League players will stop taking the knee before every match, instead targeting specific fixtures for the anti-racism gesture.

It is hoped the new approach will have a greater impact, with the decision reached after talks led by the 20 top-flight captains.

Players across sport started taking a knee in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, which rose to international attention following the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The gesture will now be seen at select matches, including the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals, the first and last gameweeks of the season and matches during the No Room For Racism campaign.

Bournemouth are not expected to take the knee at all next season, having stopped the gesture in February 2021.

The new Premier League season kicks off on Friday as Crystal Palace host Arsenal.

Source: Modern Ghana

Dome Kwabenya seat likely to fall to NDC in 2024 elections with Adwoa Safo uncertainty – Poll

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is poised to win the Dome Kwabenya seat in the 2024 election, according to a poll by Global Info Analytics.

After the dismissal of the Dome Kwabenya MP, Adwoa Safo, from her ministerial portfolio, the prospect of the seat being declared vacant because of her long absence from Parliament is expected to give the NDC aspirant, Elikplim Akurugu, the upper hand in the next elections.

Adwoa Safo’s fellow MPs on the Majority side in Parliament are pushing for her removal from the legislature.

According to the poll, Elikplim Akurugu is favoured by 59 percent of voters, with an NPP aspirant, Mike Oquaye Jnr polling 34 percent.

A further 7 percent said they would vote for someone else.

“The race was virtually tied in February 2022 at 46% apiece,” the survey noted.

“The poll shows the doors may have been shut on Hon. Adwoa Sarfo to return as an independent candidate, as Elikplim Akurugu still leads in a three-horse race. Akurugu obtains 42% of the votes, whilst Adwoa Sarfo obtained 32%. Mike Oquaye Jnr obtained 18%.”

The constituency also supported the President’s decision to sack Adwoa Safo from the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection job.

“Voters in the constituency back the president in dismissing the MP as minister as 61% support the move whilst 33% oppose it and 6% have no opinion,” the poll said.

Formed prior to the 2004 elections after being carved out of the then-Abokobi-Madina constituency, the Dome-Kwabenya constituency has been an NPP stronghold in the Greater Accra Region.

On the parliamentary side, the NDC is yet to cross the 40 percent mark in the constituency, with its best performance coming in 2008 when Zita Okaikoi captured 39.5 percent of the vote.

Data from the Electoral Commission show that the Dome Kwabenya constituency has the highest number of voters in the country. The constituency has over 170,000 voters

Source: Modern Ghana

2030 World Cup: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay bid to be joint hosts

Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay have submitted a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Uruguay hosted the competition’s first ever tournament in 1930 and say they want to bring the World Cup “home” when it celebrates its centenary.

“This is the dream of a continent,” said Alejandro Dominguez, president of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).

Spain and Portugal have also announced a bid to be joint hosts.

Uruguay beat Argentina in the final to win the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and Dominguez was speaking at the scene of that win – Montevideo’s Centenario Stadium.

“There will be more World Cups, but the cup only turns 100 one time, and it needs to come home,” added Dominguez.

Chile hosted the World Cup in 1962, while the tournament was held in Argentina in 1978.

“It’s right for the World Cup to be hosted where it all began, 100 years later,” said Ignacio Alonso, president of the Uruguayan Football Association.

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar while Canada, Mexico and the USA will be joint hosts in 2026.

Fifa plans to select the 2030 host in 2024.

The UK and Republic of Ireland football associations agreed in February not to bid for the 2030 World Cup and instead focus on a joint attempt to host Euro 2028.

Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay have launched a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

The four South American nations hope to bring the tournament “home” for the centenary edition, 100 years after the inaugural World Cup was hosted, and won, by Uruguay.

Chile (1962) and Argentina (1978) are also former tournament hosts.

“This is the dream of a continent,” said Alejandro Dominguez, president of CONMEBOL.

“There will be more World Cups, but the cup only turns 100 one time, and it needs to come home.”

Ignacio Alonso, president of the Uruguayan Football Association, added: “It’s right for the World Cup to be hosted where it all began, 100 years later.”

Spain and Portugal have already announced their own joint bid to host the tournament.

FIFA is due to select the 2030 host in 2024.

The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland withdrew their plans to submit a bid of their own, choosing to instead target hosting rights for the men’s European Championships in 2028.

The first edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in July 1930, featuring 13 teams from three confederations in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo.

The final was played on Wednesday 30 July, with the hosts fighting back from 2-1 down to beat Argentina 4-2 in front of nearly 70,000 people.

The 2022 tournament will be held in Qatar later this year.

Canada, Mexico and the USA will be joint hosts in 2026, the second time that the competition will be contested in more than one nation (2002, Japan and South Korea).

Source: Modern Ghana