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Two remanded for defrauding policewoman of GH¢60,000.00

Two remanded for defrauding policewoman of GH¢60,000.00

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An Accra Circuit Court on Monday remanded two persons for allegedly defrauded a policewoman of GH¢60,000.00 under the pretext of clearing her two vehicles from the port for her. Foster Afomale was charged with obtaining electronic payment falsely and defrauding by false pretence whilst Kwaku Agbetor, a Togolese was charged with abetment of crime. Their pleas were not taken as prosecution prayed for time to do further investigations. They are to reappear on February 18. Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Nyamekye told the Court presided over by Mrs Ruby Naa Aryeetey that Afomale is a mechanic and Agbetor a mason. He said the complainant in the case, Florence Antwi is a Police officer, stationed at the Kotoka International Airport. Afomale live
Rev Fr Asiedu appointed new Apostolic Vicar of Donkorkrom

Rev Fr Asiedu appointed new Apostolic Vicar of Donkorkrom

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Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Father John Alphonse Asiedu, a Priest of Society of the Divine Vocation (SVD) as the new Apostolic Vicar for the Donkorkrom Apostolic Vicariate, in the Eastern Region. The new Apostolic Vicar replaces the Most Reverend Gabriel Edoe Kumordji SVD, who is now the Bishop of the Keta-Akatsi Diocese in the Volta Region. Rev. Father Lazarus Anondee, the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference, who announced this at a News briefing said the appointment was signed by the Mt. Rev. Jean Marie Speich, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana. Rev. Anondee explained that an Apostolic Vicariate is a form of territorial jurisdiction of the Catholic Church established in missionary regions and countries which do not have a Diocese. He said an Apostol
U.S. lawmakers to hold border security talks in bid to avert shutdown

U.S. lawmakers to hold border security talks in bid to avert shutdown

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The top four Democratic and Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on border security funding plan to meet on Monday in a bid to reach an elusive deal by a Friday deadline to avert another partial government shutdown. The talks were scheduled to resume in Washington hours before Republican President Donald Trump plans a rally in the Texas border city of El Paso, where he is expected to promote his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. An anti-wall protest will greet the Republican president, led by hometown Democrat Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman who is considering running for his party’s 2020 presidential nomination after gaining national prominence last year by nearly upsetting Republican Ted Cruz in a U.S. Senate race in Texas. In Washington, the la
Four soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Istanbul: city governor

Four soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Istanbul: city governor

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Four soldiers were killed when a military helicopter crashed in a residential neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul on Monday, the governor of Turkey’s biggest city said. The helicopter went down in an area of apartment buildings, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said. Television images showed smoke rising from the area and ambulances rushing to the scene. There were no civilian injuries or casualties, Yerlikaya told reporters, adding that the cause of the crash was not yet known. Source: reuters
U.S. will keep investigating journalist Khashoggi’s murder: Pompeo

U.S. will keep investigating journalist Khashoggi’s murder: Pompeo

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The United States is still probing the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, as U.S. lawmakers continued to demand stronger U.S. action to punish the perpetrators. “America is not covering up for a murder,” Pompeo said during a visit to Hungary, adding that the United States would take more action to hold accountable all those responsible for the U.S.-based journalist’s death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. After initially denying his death, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its agents killed Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government. Riyadh denies its senior leaders were behind the killing. U.S. lawmakers, Democrats and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, have sought a stron
Research institute commits to training 1,000 girls in STEM

Research institute commits to training 1,000 girls in STEM

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The Space Science Systems Research Institute will be training 1000 girls in Basic and Senior High School in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).” “STEM training must be made a priority for all females to stimulate critical-thinking skills, fosters collaboration and prioritizes problem-based learning, which drives innovation, the fuel for economic success,” a statement from the institute said. This effort is in support of the UN theme “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth” meant to mark the United Nations’ 2019 International Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Research Institute also urged the government “to devote a minimum of one percent (1%) of GDP towards the promotion of research
Bank Manager in court for embezzling GH¢732,000 cedis

Bank Manager in court for embezzling GH¢732,000 cedis

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A 39-year-old employee of Group Nduom (GN) Bank now a savings and loan company has been put before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly misappropriating cash in the sum of GH¢732,000 cedis. Eric Holon, charged with stealing and six counts of fraudulent electronic fund transfer, pleaded not guilty. Police investigations has however revealed that Holon used some of the monies he embezzled to purchase a storey building at Dahwenya near Tema. The court presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye admitted Holon to bail in the sum of GH¢800,000 cedis with three sureties. The court ordered that each surety should be earning not less than GH¢2,000 cedis a month. It further directed the prosecution to furnish the defense with all documents it intends to rely on during trial
Two Kenyan Airways planes collide at Nairobi airport

Two Kenyan Airways planes collide at Nairobi airport

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Two Kenya Airways planes collided Saturday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The Embraer planes collided while undergoing maintenance, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Gilbert Kibe said. No injuries were reported. Captain Kibe said airport safety officials are investigating the incident. “We will find out what went wrong and we will mitigate to ensure it does not happen again," he said. Mr Kibe added that a disruption of services at JKIA would be inevitable. “Some flights will likely be cancelled. Every aeroplane has something that it’s doing every day. If two are not available, that will really mess up the schedule,” he said. "We hope that the flights will come back to normal as soon as possible,” added Captain Kibe. The troubled airli
Trump may not meet deadline for report on Saudi journalist’s murder

Trump may not meet deadline for report on Saudi journalist’s murder

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The Trump administration signaled on Friday it might not meet a deadline to report to Congress on whether it intended to impose sanctions on anyone responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, prompting an angry backlash on Capitol Hill. Congressional leaders triggered the Magnitsky Act in October, giving the administration 120 days, until Feb. 8, to report back on who was responsible for the death of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and whether it would impose sanctions on that person or persons. Congressional aides said they had not received a report by mid-afternoon. Some aides said they still hoped to receive it by early next week if not on Friday, but the administration said it did not feel the need to send one...