CitiNewsRoom News Summaries from April 17, 2021
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EPL: Sheffield United relegated after defeat to Wolves – Citi Sports Online


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The visitors knew, following Newcastle's win over West Ham earlier on Saturday, that they had to avoid defeat at Molineux to delay their inevitable demotion for a few days.

It was Wolves who edged a poor game of few chances, when they broke downfield after Enda Stevens' shot had been blocked.

It broke the Brazilian's Wolves duck in his 11th game for the club after signing on loan from Real Sociedad in January.


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FA Cup: Chelsea end Man City's quadruple hopes – Citi Sports Online


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The Morocco winger had earlier had a goal disallowed for offside, while Ben Chilwell also wasted an excellent chance to open the scoring for Chelsea.

Chelsea will play the winner of Sunday's semi-final between Leicester and Southampton.

City went into Saturday's semi-final with hopes of becoming the first English club to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season.


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High cost of formalisation contributing to galamsey
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High cost of formalisation contributing to galamsey


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A former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Inusah Fuseini, has attributed some of the struggles with illegal mining to tedious bureaucracy and the cost of formalisation.

A communiqué issued at the end of the event highlighted key agreements and concessions made by the about 14 stakeholders, including former ministers of Lands and Natural Resources, members of the Council of State, members of the National House of Chiefs, Heads of security agencies, actors in the mining industry and members of the Small-Scale Miners Association.

The stakeholders agreed that the government must work to apply the sanctions and penalties imposed by Mining Act 995 to anyone who breaks the mining law and that this must be done without fear or favour.


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Military's account false; assault was premeditated
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Military's account false; assault was premeditated


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The group maintains that the beating up and manhandling of protestors and journalists by soldiers was premeditated and that the military has been insincere in its account of the development.

In a statement, the military high command explained that it received intelligence that some civilians were demonstrating and moving towards Burma Camp and a reconnaissance team was dispatched because the group had become violent, leading to an altercation.

The military administration mentioned that it used reasonable force in restraining the protestors since the site of the demonstration houses vital military installations which, if destroyed, will negatively impact national security.


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Communications Ministry won't handle DTT platform anymore
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Communications Ministry won't handle DTT platform anymore


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The Ministry of Communications and Digitalization has revealed that government has advanced processes to settle on a company that will oversee the country's migration from Analogue Terrestrial Television transmission to Digital Terrestrial Television.

Government has already completed the necessary infrastructure that will be used by the company for the migration with the establishment of the Central Digital Transmission Company Limited.

She stated that the Communications and Digitalization Ministry will no longer handle the Digital Terrestrial Television but instead find a replacement company to work with.


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Norwich City promoted back to the Premier League – Citi Sports Online


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Saturday's game against Bournemouth can edge them closer to securing the title with four games remaining after that.

Norwich lost 13 of their last 15 Premier League games last season as they returned to the Championship after just one season in the top flight.

They gained just four points from their opening four games but moved to the top of the table with victory at Middlesbrough in late November, 12 games in, and hardly looked back.


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AirtelTigo shareholder loans not passed on to government
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AirtelTigo shareholder loans not passed on to government


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The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has disclosed that shareholder loans of AirtelTigo were not transferred to the state as part of its takeover of the company.

Other creditors have either written off loans advanced to the company or slashed down the liability, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful also said.

The Government and the parent companies of AirtelTigo, Bharti Airtel Ghana Holdings B.V. and MIC Africa B.V have concluded negotiations and signed an agreement to transfer the shares of the company to Ghana.


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Kwaku Azar writes: The obscenity law does not impose strict liability
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Kwaku Azar writes: The obscenity law does not impose strict liability


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Strict liability means the law punishes the publication without any regard for the intent of the publication.

Put simply, there is nothing inherently wrong with a nude or semi-nude picture.

My view, as a reasonable person is that a semi-nude picture is not per se obscene and I frankly did not find the said picture obscene.


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Broadcasting law must be passed by end of 2021
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Broadcasting law must be passed by end of 2021


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The Chairman of the National Media Commission, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo says it is imperative for Parliament to pass the Broadcasting Bill before the end of 2021.

The purpose of the Bill is to provide comprehensive legislation on broadcasting services regulated by the NMC and the National Communications Authority in a manner consistent with the Constitution.

The regulation of the broadcasting space has received more scrutiny recently following the reported role a spiritualist on TV played in the killing of an 11-year-old at a suburb in the Ga South municipality.


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North Tongu: Ablakwa inspects theatre project at St. Anne's polyclinic
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North Tongu: Ablakwa inspects theatre project at St. Anne's polyclinic


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The project which was started in December 2020 is expected to be completed in August 2021.

Mr. Kornu Reuben, the Project Consultant to Keta Akatsi Dioces said the project is 30% complete.

The project when completed will not only serve residents close to the St. Anne's Polyclinic in Tagadzi but it will also be beneficial to the entire Dorfor/Fodzoku/Volo/Torgorme enclave within the North Tongu constituency.


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Bia West District records 33 new HIV cases
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Bia West District records 33 new HIV cases


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The Bia West District Assembly in the Western North Region has recorded a total of 33 new HIV/AIDS cases in the first quarter of 2021.

Mr John Koah, District Chief Executive of Bia in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, expressed worry about the situation and called on residents especially the youth to change their sexual behaviour so as not to contract the disease.

He announced that the Assembly, together with the District Health Directorate had set up a committee to educate students in the various senior high schools, visit funeral grounds, mosques, churches and lorry stations to educate people on the high prevalence rate of HIV/AIDs cases in the District.


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90-day jail term for Akuapem Poloo harsh
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90-day jail term for Akuapem Poloo harsh


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Private legal practitioner, Bernard Owiredu says the 90-day jail term handed to social media sensation, Rosemond Brown, is harsh.

The actress' lawyers plan to appeal the ruling and make a mitigation plea to ask for a more lenient punishment.

Bernard Owiredu makes a point that seeking an appeal on the judge's ruling will be quite difficult given the nature of the case and judgment.


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GPL: Kotoko, Olympics play out drab goalless draw – Citi Sports Online


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Brazilian forward Michael Vinicius was introduced in the game in the 65th minute to replace Emmanuel Gyamfi, who had a quiet game.

The game opened up as both teams tried to find the opening goal.

The standings on the table may change based on other results from the outstanding games.


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Pray for me; I'll bounce back stronger
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Pray for me; I'll bounce back stronger


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Popular Ghanaian actress, Rosemond Brown is hopeful of returning from prison custody much stronger.

Widely known as Akuapem Poloo, the social media sensation says all she currently needs is the support and prayers of Ghanaians as she serves her 90-day jail term.

The judge, Christina Cann, bemoaned the spate of nudity on Ghanaian social media maintaining that the punishment meted out to Akuapem Polo must serve as a deterrent to others.


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Broadcasting Bill critical, must be fully supported
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Broadcasting Bill critical, must be fully supported


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The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, says the proposed Broadcasting Bill is critical to addressing some of the challenges affecting the broadcasting industry in the country.

Godfred Dame lamented that although the Broadcasting Bill has been in Parliament since 2015, legislators have failed to pass it.

The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who was also present at the dialogue, reiterated the urgency to have the Broadcasting Bill passed and urged stakeholders to work together to ensure that the Bill tackles all the necessary areas and also ensures sanity within the broadcasting industry.


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Sports Ministry approves return of fans to various stadia – Citi Sports Online


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The Ministry of Youth and Sports have a announced the approval of fans to return to the various stadia for both local and international sporting events.

The decision comes after several deliberations with the Ghana Football Association, The National Covid-19 Task Force and the Ministry of Sports.

The Sports Ministry, in March, approved the return of fans to the various stadia, but reversed their decision on the eve of the start of the Ghana Premier League second round.


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La MP condemns military assault on residents, journalists; demands government intervention
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La MP condemns military assault on residents, journalists; demands government intervention


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The Member of Parliament for the La Dade-Kotopon constituency, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, is asking the government to, as a matter of urgency, bring finality to the land dispute between members of the Coalition of La Associations and the Ghana Armed Forces.

This comes after some members of the Coalition, who were protesting the encroachment of La stool lands by the military were, together with journalists covering the demonstration, brutally assaulted by some military personnel.

April 15, 2021 beat and chased away demonstrators protesting over the alleged encroachment of La Stool lands by the military.


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Sefwi Wiawso: Police seize 17 unlicensed motorbikes to curb crime
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Sefwi Wiawso: Police seize 17 unlicensed motorbikes to curb crime


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The Western North Regional Police Command has seized 17 unlicensed motorbikes within the Sefwi Wiawso municipality.

Addressing the media, the Acting Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ernest Akrasi Mensah, stated that the move is also in line with proactive policing.

He further cautioned all motorbike users to ensure they possess all relevant documentation at all times to avoid undue arrests.


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Great Olympics confident of victory against Asante Kotoko – Citi Sports Online


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Head Coach of Accra Great Olympics, Annor Walker, believes his men will pick up maximum points ahead of their game against Kumasi Asante Kotoko later today at the Accra Sports Stadium in the Ghana Premier League.

Kotoko, in first place, lead Olympics by a point on the league table and a victory for the Porcupine Warriors will keep them there while Olympics will seek a return to first position with their second league win over Kotoko this season following their lone goal victory on Match Day 3.

The game between Accra Great Olympics and Kumasi Asante Kotoko will kick-off at 3pm at the Accra Sports Stadium in what is the opening game of Match Week 20 of the Ghana Premier League.


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GHAMRO to hold emergency general meeting on April 19
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GHAMRO to hold emergency general meeting on April 19


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The Ghana Music Rights Organization has announced that it will hold an Emergency General Meeting at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi on Monday, 19th April 2021.

Having regard to ensuring a good corporate process, with respect to congress appointing an interim Board to approve operational and administrative costs, coupled with the calls by members, Management has opted in response to Section 6.6(2), to organize the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting as indicated.

The agenda of the meeting as published in the Daily Graphic of the 13th April 2021, is to report the state of the Society to congress, appoint an interim body to approve expenditure, and for the Election Committee to update the congress.


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