Ghana places second at mind games Scrabble Grand Slam

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA – Team Ghana was second at the maiden edition of mind games Scrabble Grand Slam which took place at Golfview Hotel & Suites, Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria.

Host country, Nigeria emerged winners.

A total of 28 players competed for the Grandmaster title and a whopping cash prize of One Million naira, the biggest top prize for an individual scrabble tournament in the country since 2017.

The Top 16 players on the mind games ranking system competed as well as the highest ranked female player on the mind games ranking system, five wildcard recipients, and six international guest players participated.

Participants came from Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States of America,, Liberia, Gambia and Ghana represented by Stanley Ubiedi, the current National Champion, Christian Mensah and Charles Haizel Tachie-Menson both former Champions.

The total prize pool for the event was estimated at 2.5 million Naira.

The winner went home with a star prize of one million naira

The organisers put up an amazing tournament, an experience for the privileged participants.

Scrabble is a board-and-tile game in which two to four players compete in forming words with lettered tiles on a 225-square board.

 

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

CAF announces Women’s Champions League prize money for second edition

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the prize money structure for the CAF Women’s Champions League, Morocco 2022.

 

The competition will kick-off on 30 October 2022, with the finals scheduled for 13 November 2022.

 

 

The winners of the competition will take home USD 400,000 while the runners-up will take USD 250,000.

 

Meanwhile, in the first edition held last year, Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies emerged runners-up but received no prize from CAF as the continental body made no prize rewards

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Hearts of Oak confirms Serbian tactician as head coach

 

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA – Accra Hearts of Oak has confirmed Serbian tactician Slavko Matic, as the substantive Head Coach of the club for a two-year period.

The 46-year old is expected to commence work with the Ghanaian club on Thursday, October 20.

Matić is a holder of the UEFA Pro Licence and played for OFK Beograd, Spartak Moscow, PFC Slavia Sofia and PFC CSKA Sofia.

He has vast experience having managed clubs in Europe and in the Asia.

He replaces Samuel Boadu, who ended his marriage in a mutual agreement with management last month.

Matic would be assisted by David Ocloo, who was appointed in October to guide the team in the CAF Confederation Cup.

This would be Matic’s first job with an African side after previously coaching teams in Serbia, China and Qatar among others.

Matic last coached Septemvri and played 29 matches, where he won 12 times, drew 7 and lost 10 early this year.

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

GPL remains on hold as the court orders GFA officials to file individual affidavits

 

An Accra High Court (Human Rights Division) has ordered officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to file separate affidavits to allow the hearing of the case with AshantiGold Sporting Club.

This means the betPawa Ghana Premier League (GPL) still remains suspended with the case being adjourned to Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

Both parties appeared in court last week, with AshantiGold having applied to file a supplementary affidavit to argue that the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee ruling infringed on their rights.

But the High Court presided over by Mr. Justice Nicolas M. C Abodakpi on Wednesday ruled: “The 13th respondent cannot testify or depose to an affidavit on behalf of all the respondents as required by law to offer their separate explanation. Therefore, Counsel for the Respondents shall do the needful”.

This means that all the respondents would have to file their respective affidavits.

AshantiGold is seeking to overturn its demotion to Ghana’s third tier after GFA’s Disciplinary found them guilty of match-fixing together with Inter Allies.

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

“Don’t sponsor supporters to the World Cup”- Afriyie Ankrah to Government 

 

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA – Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah former Minister of Youth and Sports, has asked the Government not to spend resources on sponsoring supporters for the FIFA World Cup under the current economic circumstance in Ghana.

The tournament is scheduled for November 20- December 18, 2022, in Doha Qatar, where 32 national teams would compete for the coveted trophy.

The former minister, who led Ghana to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where Ghana exited at the group stages, with one point, told GNA Sports that, with his experience as a former minister, he would not advise the state to sponsor supporters to the global showpiece.

He said, “with my experience, I’m against the government taking supporters to the World Cup. In my time, there was no funding to take supporters to the World Cup. And I took it upon myself to raise money from corporate bodies and it was very difficult but in the end, we raised almost Ghc5million and we were able to take supporters.

“But it came with all kind of issues and challenges, and for me, it was not worth it. If people think they want to go to Qatar and they can afford it, they should pay and go themselves. I don’t think the ministry should spend time and energy to do that.”

After the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it was reported that hundreds of Ghanaian supporters requested asylum, citing inter-religious conflicts in Ghana, which was false.

Mr. Ankrah was summoned by the Dzamefe Committee of Enquiry to answer questions on Ghana’s participation in the tournament.

 

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Court orders Alex Mould, another to ‘produce’ former MASLOC Boss in court 

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA – Two persons who stood as sureties for Sedinam Tamakloe Attionu, a former Chief Executive Officer of Microfinance and Small Loans (MASLOC), have been given December 22, this year, to ‘produce’ her in court.

Mr Alex Mould, a former GNPC Boss and Gavivina Tamakloe, both sureties, risk paying GHC5 million cedis bail sum.

Attionu had sought permission from the court to seek treatment outside the country and failed to return to stand trial.

The High Court said the sureties’ failure to produce Madam Attionu would result in the forfeiture of the bond they had signed.

The Court in its ruling on application for forfeiture of recognisance of sureties filed by the State, said it was clear that the accused person had absconded.

According to the Court, the sureties had also stopped producing letters to it (court) on the accused’s medical conditions.

It said the accused person had breached her bail bond terms and that the sureties should be held liable.

The State, led by Mrs Stella Ohene Appiah, a Principal State Attorney, argued that the accused person had abandoned trial because she had not returned to stand trial.

Counsel for Tamakloe said he was unaware of the release of the accused person’s passport to her.

He said since the State had opposed to the release of the accused person’s passport, he could not be held liable.

Mr Alex Mould prayed the court to take steps to fast-track the processes for the accused person to come back to Ghana to stand trial.

He said he had information that the accused person was still unwell and receiving medical assistance in the United States.

Attionu has been charged together with Daniel Axim, a former Operations Manager of MASLOC, for willfully causing financial loss to the State, stealing, and contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges when she appeared in court in 2019.

The State said MASLOC under the accused’s leadership, gave a loan of GH¢500,000 to Obaatanpa Micro-Finance Limited, but the Company had allegedly returned the money because of the high interest that the loan attracted.

According to the State, Obaatanpa Limited presented a cheque for GH¢500,000 to Mrs Attionu, but she allegedly refused and demanded cash payment.

The State said the accused also allegedly inflated the price of certain items that MASLOC had purchased during her tenure, and in some instances signed procurement contracts without approval by the Public Procurement Authority.

It said on December 6, 2016, the accused person signed a contract with Mac Autos to supply MASLOC with 350 vehicles without any approval by the Public Procurement Authority.

The vehicles, the State said, included Chevy Sparklite, Isuzu buses and Chevy Aveo with the unit price offered by Mac Autos to MASLOC for the Chevy Aveo being GH¢74,495 ($18,883.39.)

However, investigations revealed that the actual retail price Mac Autos offered for the same model within the same year without duty was GH¢47,346.93 ($12,009.91).

 

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Court sentences unemployed for human trafficking

 

Hohoe (V/R), Oct. 19, GNA-Mine Victor, 32, an unemployed Nigerian, has been sentenced to jail for five years for receiving and transporting two Nigerian teenagers from Madina, in Accra to Hohoe for sexual exploitation.

Victor pleaded guilty with an explanation, but her explanation could not exonerate her culpability of the charge.

The court presided over by Mr. Michael Johnson Abbey in passing the sentence, said the court considered that the accused was a first-time offender and said the sentence should serve as deterrent to others, who would like to commit a similar offence.

The court also ordered that the convict be deported to Nigeria after serving her sentence, while the teenagers be handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service to be repatriated to their home country.

Inspector Rachel Osei Agyapomaa, Prosecutor, told the court that the complainants were Police officers from the Hohoe Divisional Night Patrol Team, while the second accused person popularly known as Cash, who is at large, is a Nigerian now based in Madina, Accra and the convict stayed in the same neighbourhood.

She said about two weeks ago, there was a conversation between one Miracle, a brother of Cash with the victim, an 18-year-old Nigerian national, who was a dancer and a friend to Miracle.

Inspector Agyapomaa said Miracle revealed to the victim that he had a sister in Ghana, who was a dancer and needed people like her to do a dancing and music business with and the victim expressed interest.

She said Miracle informed Cash about his conversation with the victim, who agreed to sponsor the transportation of the victim, adding that the victim also informed her 19-year-old friend of the trip, who also agreed to come along.

Inspector Agyapomaa said about weeks ago, Cash sponsored the victims’ journey to Ghana precisely Madina in Accra, where she stayed.

She said when the victims arrived in Ghana, Cash told them that they were in Ghana to engage in commercial sex business instead of the music and dance business.

Inspector Agyapomaa said the victims had no choice than to give in to the proposal and on October 8, Cash transferred the two victims to the convict to be brought to Hohoe, where she thought the business would be booming.

She said the convict brought the victims and all were lodging in a guest house adding that on October 10, the convict escorted the victims against their will to go and service men sexually for money.

Inspector Agyapomaa said the Police, same day, had a tip-off about the work of the victim, arrested her and sent her to the Police station and rescued the victims.

She said the convict in her caution statement, admitted that she brought the victims to Hohoe for sexual exploitation.

 

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Trader grabbed for hiring thugs to rob his aunty

Accra, Oct. 19, GNA- A 24-year-old trader, who is accused of conspiring with some thugs to rob his aunty at Adenta Sakora in Accra has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Gideon Ayisi is said to have also told thugs to kill the son of his aunty during the robbery operation.

Charged with attempt to commit crime namely, robbery, Ayisi pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Mr Kwabena Kodua Obiri Yeboah admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of GHC50,000 with two sure ties, who are to be family members.

The court ordered the accused person to be reporting to the Police every Tuesday.

It directed the prosecution to file disclosures and adjourned the matter to November 9, 2022

The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector George Nana Akomea, vehemently opposed to the grant of bail to the accused, saying the Police was closing in on the alleged thugs, who were contracted to undertake the said robbery operation.

Chief Inspector Nana Akomea said the issue at stake was about life and death and investigations had not been completed.

According to the prosecution, had it not been the Police, who feigned interest in the matter, the accused would have accomplished his mission.

Counsel for Ayisi informed the court that his client had been in custody for the past one month.

He, therefore, prayed the court to admit him to bail because he had a fixed place of abode, and was engaged in trading.

According to the counsel, the accused when granted bail would not abscond.

The court in its ruling on the bail application held that the accused had been in custody for some time and granted the application.

The facts as narrated by the prosecution said the complainant was one Elisha Asare, a marketer, and a resident of Adenta.

The prosecution said Ayisi was a trader and a resident of Taifa Burkina, Accra.

It said about three years ago, (2019), the accused stayed with the complainant in his family house at Adenta.

The prosecution said the complainant and his family had a minor issue with the accused person and as a result the complainant’s mother sacked the accused person.

It said Ayisi then relocated to Taifa and resided at City Hotel.

The prosecution said on September 11, 2022, the accused allegedly recruited some thugs at Taifa and a witness in the case, to assist him to rob his aunty known as Diana and kill her son.

It said the witness alerted the Police at Taifa and the Police feigned interest in taking part in the robbery.

The prosecution said on September 19, 2022, Ayisi met the thugs at Taifa Lorry Station and boarded a taxi with them to Adenta Sakora to execute the agenda

The prosecution said when they got to the house, the accused allegedly entered and showed the thugs his aunty’s room as well as the complainant’s room.

It said Ayisi then ordered the thugs to kill the complainant (Elisha Asare).

The prosecution told the court that the Police Officer who feigned interest quickly arrested the accused person and informed the complainant about the diabolic plan of the accused person.

It said investigations were ongoing.

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency