John Mahama mourns Brazil football icon Pele

Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed sadness at the passing of Brazil’s Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known worldwide as Pelé.

The greatest footballer in history died in São Paulo on Thursday, December 29, at age 82.

The former President, in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, said it was sad to hear about the passing of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, simply known to the world as Pele.

“My heart goes out to his family and indeed the entire football fraternity across the globe,” he said

Brazil’s Pele was one of the greatest footballers that ever lived, beautified the game and iconised the No. 10 shirt.

“He inspired many of us as children, some of whom grew up to become great footballers.”

“He also was an icon for those of us who never got round to mastering the game.”

“In the brief moments, we had the ball at our feet we dreamed that we were like the great soccer maestro.”

Mr Mahama said Pele was a respected global ambassador and symbol of courage, peace and hope for many, particularly the black race.

Source: Modern Ghana

Enock Mwepu returns to Albion as academy coach

Brighton have appointed former first-team player Enock Mwepu as their Under-9s academy coach from January.

The 24-year-old was forced to retire from football in October after it was discovered he had a hereditary heart condition but has now been offered the chance to return to the club.

Head coach Roberto de Zerbi, who barely got time to work with Mwepu after his arrival in September, said he was delighted the former Zambia midfielder had taken up the post.

“We’re really happy that Enock has decided to remain here at our club and use his experience to help develop our young players,” he said.

“Considering his age, he has a wealth of experience, playing in the Champions League and Premier League, as well as captaining his country. This is the next chapter in his footballing career.

Mwepu signed for Albion in 2021, making 27 appearances and scoring three goals.

Source: Modern Ghana

Samuel Takyi not fit to fight for national lightweight title

Olympic Games 2020 Bronze Medalist, Samuel Takyi aka the Ring Warrior is not medically and physically fit to fight Victor Kuwornu for the National Lightweight Championship.

The bout which was supposed to happen on Friday, December 30th, 2022 at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra has been postponed to February 2023.

Manager of the Ring Warrior, Samuel Takyi said the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Bronze Medalist complained of headache and body pains a few days before the fight and when they went to see the doctor, they were advised to rest for a while, hence rescheduling the title fight.

He dismissed rumours that Takyi is afraid to fight the boxer from the Bronx Boxing Gym at James Town and promised a showdown in the month of love.

Coach Carl Lokko, head trainer of the Bronx Gym has accepted the postponement of the fight and promised to give Samuel Takyi a good memorable fight.

President of the Ghana Boxing Authority, Mr Abraham Neequaye commended Bazooka Management and Promotions for their humility and adhering to the rules and regulations of the Authority.

He promised to support them to put out their programmes.

Source: Modern Ghana

Borussia Dortmund leading the race to sign Ghana star Kudus Mohammed

German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund are leading the race to sign Ghana star, Kudus Mohammed in January according to reports in Germany.

The 22-year-old has attracted a lot of offers from several European clubs following his exploits at the just-ended 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Despite Ghanaian’s early exit from the tournament, the Ajax attacker was a delight to watch.

Kudus scored two goals and grabbed an assist.

However, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, and Manchester United among other European clubs are battling for the services of the attacker.

However, Dortmund are in a pool position to the forward in January. It is understood that Ajax will consider offers above 24 million euros.

Kudus Mohammed left the shores of the country to team up with his Ajax teammates to prepare for the return to the Dutch Eredivisie.

Kudus has been a livewire for the Dutch side following his move from Danish side, FC Nordsjaelland.

Source: Modern Ghana

Saint Lucia updates its Citizenship by Investment regulations to remain competitive in the investment migration industry

Castries, Dec. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Saint Lucia has amended the regulations of its Citizenship by Investment Programme to remain increasingly competitive and ensure that the Caribbean country fulfils its mandate of growing demand for its investment products for the ultimate benefit of the people of Saint Lucia.

As one of the youngest Citizenship by Investment products in the market, Saint Lucia has made bold strides in offering an alternative investment option in the Caribbean’s most developed and diverse economies.

The country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit has taken a comprehensive review of its Citizenship by Investment offerings following approvals from the Citizenship by Investment Board and Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information, Ernest Hilaire. The below amendments to the existing regulations will take effect from 1 January 2023.

  • Developers applying for approved real estate under the Citizenship by Investment Programme or enterprise projects will now have to pay due diligence and background check fee of US$7,500.
  • The replacement fee for a lost or damaged certificate will increase from US$100 to US$500.
  • Investors who have been a citizen of Saint Lucia for 12 months or less that are looking to include a newborn dependent through the country’s National Economic Fund will now have to pay a fee of US$5000, this has increased from US$500.
  • There is also an introduction of a new Bond Offer for investors purchasing non-interest-bearing Government Bonds with the following qualifying investment sums:
Category of applicant Bond purchase sum Bond holding period
Applicant and all qualifying dependents of any number US$300,000 5-year holding bond
Administrative fee (regardless of the number of dependants) US$50,000
  • To qualify for second citizenship through the real estate option, investors will have to invest a minimum of US$200,000, a reduction from US$300,000.

Saint Lucia is emerging as one of the fastest-growing economies in the Caribbean region and the nation is well-known for offering various investment and business opportunities for people looking for options to plan their wealth and diversify their portfolios.

The country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme is a perfect choice as it offers ideal business opportunities to investors who do not want to be bound by border limitations.

The Caribbean country is recognized for providing a second home not just to investors but to their families too. The nation has been lauded for its advanced and modernized infrastructure. Saint Lucia has one of the most resilient, modernized education and healthcare systems in the region, which makes it ideal for investors and their families.

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of this Caribbean country attracts Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the nation which is used for advancing various projects such as the development of infrastructure, advancement of real estate, business expansion and job innovation.

The CBI Index 2022, published by PWM Magazine of Financial Times, reported that CBI is assuring the small island nation of Saint Lucia has become independent, developed and prosperous in the true sense. The report also recognized the programme for its “Ease of Processing” and “Due Diligence” Pillars. This year, Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme climbed a spot and gained the third position.

Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit makes sure that citizenship is given to credible applicants of good standing while their dependants over the age of sixteen are also subject to multi-layered due diligence checks, in order to qualify for alternative citizenship. Saint Lucia asks for detailed information from the applicants to understand the funding source of the investors who want citizenship.

On this due diligence aspect, Minister Ernest Hilaire recently addressed concerns and fears related to Saint Lucia’s CBI Programme. He gave assurance that the government of Saint Lucia and its CBI Unit perform a strict and rigid due diligence process. Hilaire explained that the due diligence process is a multi-layered procedure noting, “Due diligence is performed by our Unit on all applicants, this is then followed by another due diligence check by the banks. This is then followed by due diligence checks by international intelligence units who also do on-the-ground assessments.”

He also noted that the Government and Unit have been planning to review the country’s CBI programme, making it more attractive as well as competitive. Minister Hilaire announced that these updates would maintain the country’s rigorous but seamless vetting process.

While the programme is the newest in the region, launched in 2016, the Government has made sure to set the bar very high – the programme has been regarded as one of the most advanced, secure as well as transparent programmes.

Through the National Economic Fund, this prestigious programme has helped the nation to develop important public infrastructure. The funds from the programme have been directly contributing to advancing the standard of living of Saint Lucians.

Alternative citizenship in the Caribbean nation is emerging as a platform to alleviate and tackle the risk of uncertainty and unpredictability in future. There is no other better plan than investing in building a new home at a place which offers ample opportunities and, most importantly, peace out of the hustle and bustle of big cities.

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New Down Syndrome Resource Available in Spanish and Japanese

Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Centro UC Síndrome de Down and Japan Down Syndrome Association Join Forces to Translate & Provide Online Access to the GLOBAL Adult Guideline

DENVER, Dec. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL), published a Spanish and Japanese version of the GLOBAL Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome (“GLOBAL Adult Guideline”) in collaboration with the El Centro de la Universidad Católica de Síndrome de Down in Chile (Centro UC Síndrome de Down or CUSD) and the Japan Down Syndrome Association (JDSA).

The GLOBAL Adult Guideline is the first evidence-based guideline for adults with Down syndrome and was published in English in JAMA, the Journal of American Medical Association, in 2020. The guideline authors include the directors of the largest adult Down syndrome clinics in the US, and the current nine medical topics are: behavior, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis, atlantoaxial instability, thyroid disease, and celiac disease. GLOBAL is working to expand the topics to include sleep apnea, solid tumors, leukemia, vision/eye care, and physical therapy and fitness.

In addition to the 80-page guideline for medical professionals, GLOBAL has also published a much shorter family-friendly version, and toolkits that include easy to follow assessments for Celiac disease, Diabetes, Behavior, and annual check-ups.

All of these resources for adults are now available in Spanish and Japanese at no cost on the GLOBAL website, DS-Connect®: The Down Syndrome Registry, CUSD website, and JDSA website.

“GLOBAL is pleased to be able to reach Spanish and Japanese speakers who have Down syndrome and their families in the U.S. in collaboration from the National Institutes of Health/DS-Connect®,” says Michelle Sie Whitten, President & CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “The NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has been supportive from the beginning. We are also deeply grateful for Dr. Macarena Lizama at CUSD and Dr. Hiroshi Tamai, President of JDSA, Dr. Chisen Takeuchi of the JDSA for helping to ensure this reaches hundreds of thousands of Spanish and Japanese speakers around the world.”

GLOBAL has worked with Congress since 2006 advocating for a trans-NIH Down syndrome research funding program and for increased funding. In December of 2010, GLOBAL and the NIH co-organized the first Down syndrome research conference with a focus on registries and biobanks. One important result was the establishment of DS-Connect®: The Down Syndrome Registry.

“It is so important for me and other people with Down syndrome to have this in Spanish,” says Yadiro Carrillo, a 32-year-old self-advocate and entrepreneur who happens to have Down syndrome. “I need to know how to take care of myself as an adult!”

“Seeing the guideline in Spanish feels like GLOBAL values Spanish -speaking families like mine,” said Yadira Carrillo, mother of a 32-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. “Language is a barrier some families face to receiving medical care and I know this will help so many people in the U.S. and internationally.” In Chile, GLOBAL has been working closely with Dr. Lizama on many projects including creating the Spanish version of the GLOBAL Guideline and the COVID-19 and Down Syndrome Resource.

“What Michelle, Bryn Gelaro and their team have accomplished in research and medical care is so important,” says Dr. Macarena Lizama, Medical Director of the El Centro de la Universidad Católica de Síndrome de Down in Chile. “We are honored to collaborate with GLOBAL on this transformative resource and to improve medical equity, especially for Spanish-speaking countries where medical care access and basic resources for people with Down syndrome can be very scarce. I will be very proud to use this resource in my clinic and share it with my colleagues and families.”

Dr. Hiroshi Tamai echoes this sentiment, “We are grateful for the collaboration we have had with GLOBAL and to have this important resource in Japanese is a dream come true. My daughter and thousands of Japanese adults with Down syndrome will surely benefit. We look forward to working with GLOBAL and adding new medical areas in the next few years.”

GLOBAL is currently working with the Ministries of Health in both Chile and Japan to ensure the guidelines are available free of charge and easily findable on their disability home pages.

To learn more about the GLOBAL Adult Guideline and download your copy today, visit

To learn more about Global Down Syndrome Foundation, visit

About Global Down Syndrome Foundation
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) is the largest non-profit in the U.S. working to save lives and dramatically improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. GLOBAL has donated more than $32 million to establish the first Down syndrome research institute supporting over 400 scientists and over 2,200 patients with Down syndrome from 33 states and 10 countries. Working closely with Congress and the National Institutes of Health, GLOBAL is the lead advocacy organization in the U.S. for Down syndrome research and care. GLOBAL has a membership of over 100 Down syndrome organizations worldwide, and is part of a network of Affiliates – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the Sie Center for Down Syndrome, and the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center – all on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

GLOBAL’s widely circulated medical publications include Global Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, Prenatal & Newborn Down Syndrome Information and the award-winning magazine Down Syndrome World TM . GLOBAL also organizes the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, the largest Down syndrome fundraiser in the world. Visit and follow us on social media (Facebook & Twitter: @GDSFoundation, Instagram: @globaldownsyndrome).

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2023 CHAN: Ghana’s Ambassador to Egypt assists Black Galaxies with $1000

Ghana’s Ambassador to Egypt Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah Akwa has donated $1000 to the Black Galaxies ahead of the TotalEnergies 2023 African Nations Championship in Algeria.

The playing body have been in camp at Cairo as they prepare for the tournament.

His Excellency visited the playing body and technical team at the Jewel Sports City Resort & Spa Hotel and left them with a stirring message.

“Set a high aim for yourselves and work together to develop a team spirit that will help you fight to the very end. Also never give up till victory is won”.

“Everything is possible and let us consider this as a golden opportunity to lift high the flag of Ghana and prove to Africa that we are the best when it comes to football on the continent.

“Work together as a team. There is teamwork and there is team spirit. Teamwork is mechanical but team spirit means you want to die for your country.

“Never give up,” he told the team.

The Black Galaxies on Tuesday defeated Egypt’s U-20 team. Annor Walker and his side will take on Al Ahly on Saturday.

Ghana is in Group C alongside Madagascar, Sudan and Reigning Champions Morocco.

Source: Modern Ghana

2023 CHAN: Suraj Seidu, Maxwell Arthur join Black Galaxies camp in Egypt

Suraj Seidu and Maxwell Arthur have teamed up with the Black Galaxies at their team base in Cairo, Egypt.

The two players arrived in Cairo at the early hours of Friday, December 30 to join the team’s preparations for the 2023 TotalEnergies African Nations Championship which will be staged in Algeria.

Coach Annor Walker handed call-ups to the two players following the inability of Bright Adjei and Evans Osei Wusu to join the team for the pre-tournament camping in Egypt.

The Black Galaxies are set to take on Egyptian giants Al Ahly in a friendly match on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

The game will give the technical team the opportunity to test the team’s readiness for the tournament.

Ghana is Group C for the CHAN tournament and will face Madagascar, Sudan and Morocco accordingly.

The tournament has been scheduled to kick-off from January 13 to February 4, 2023.

Source: Modern Ghana