40 Ghanaians Deported From the US Arrive at Kotoka

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has disclosed that Ghana has received 40 of its nationals that were deported from the United States of America (USA).

They arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on board a chartered flight from US, Omni Air International Boeing 777 – OAE 328.

In a statement issued by the Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (ASI), Barbara Sam, in charge of Public Relations at the Kotoka International Airport on Monday, August 19, 2019, the GIS said the deportees are aged between 21 and 70 years and they are made up of 38 males and two females.

According to the statement, 38 of them arrived on Travel Certificate issued by the Ghana Mission in Washington, DC whilst two of them on Ghanaian passports.

The deportees are from various regions in Ghana with 16 from Greater Accra, 10 from Ashanti, two from Bono, two from Western, two from Central, three from Eastern and three from Volta.

Ghana to Host 2019 African Green Revolution Forum

Ghana will host the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum(AGRF)

in Accra from September 3rd to 6th 2019 on the theme “Grow Digital: Leveraging Digital Transformation for Sustainable Food Systems in Africa”.

The forum will be attended by over 2000 participants including Heads of State, Ministers and Eminent personalities from all over the world.

The hosting of AGRF is very important to Ghana because of who and how the idea was birth. The founding Chairman of AGRF is our own son and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan of blessed memory.

Coincidentally Sunday, August 18, 2019 marks exactly one year since Mr Kofi Annan departed from this earth.

It was Kofi Annan who insisted and brought AGRF to Africa

Ghana was the first country to host the Forum and 9years later Ghana becomes the first country to host again.

Nelson Mandela Museum to Be Upgraded

A steering committee has been established to effect a turnaround at Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

In the past, locals have complained about ineffectiveness and failure by the museum to improve the socio-economic standing of the area.

The museum was meant to offer youth programmes, accommodation and economic spin offs to the community of Qunu.

The embattled museum has been officially handed over to Public Works and is set to receive a much-needed upgrade worth over R35 million.

The museum has been standing idle since 2014 pending renovations. It was becoming a white elephant, a far cry from what Nelson Mandela espoused.

art focus – half empty or half full – a. ramachandran

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Madhyana [Central section of Yayati]: Oil on canvas, 96 X 240 inches [1986]

Is the cup half empty, or half full?

This was the one thought which kept flashing through my mind the day I came face-to-face with A. Ramachandran’s art.

One of India’s leading contemporary artists, when Ramachandran [b. 1935], a native of the South Indian state of Kerala and alumnus of Santiniketan started painting, the world he saw around him was a sad, painful one filled with conflict and anguish. It was post-1947 and India was reeling from the aftermath of the partition whilst the world at large still carried the wounds of World War II.

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photo essay: marrakech, stories told and untold

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Marrakech is my last stop as I travel through Morocco.

What could be a better way as well to end my Moroccan series, than a blog post on the city after which the whole country was once named.

From medieval times right until its independence, Morocco was known as the Kingdom of Marrakech. Till date, in both Persian and Urdu, the word for Morocco is Marrakech.

Whichever nickname you chose to refer to it by—Red City, the Ochre City, or the Daughter of the Desert—Marrakech brims with stories. But a little more than the usual. Some told and recounted again and again through guide books and travellers’ words. Some a little less obvious. Did you know, even the UNESCO-listed status for its vast ancient square, Djemaa el-Fna, is based on its oral traditions of story-telling. 😊

A tradition which goes back a thousand years. To 1070 AD to be exact.

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Black Satellites to Depart for 2019 All  African Games Today

The Black Satellites will leave Ghana today ahead of their participation in the upcoming All African Games in Morocco.

Yaw Preko’s side have been drawn in Group B alongside Burundi, Senegal and reigning African under 20 champions Mali.

Ghana U20 team will play their tournament opener against Burundi on August 17.

Ghana Immigration Service Cautions Public on Fake Recruitments

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has cautioned the public to disregard false publications making the rounds on unauthorized websites and social media about the recruitment of personnel into the service.

According to a statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs of the GIS, Supt Michael Amoako-Atta the Service has not embarked on any recruitment exercise and does not embark on recruitment/enlistment exercises through social media platforms, agents or intermediaries.

The statement said announcements of GIS recruitments will be made in the national dailies and its official website.

“The GIS wishes to inform the general public that it has not embarked on any recruitment exercise. Accordingly, the said publications are false and should be disregarded and be treated with contempt,” the statement said.

Breaking New: DJ Arafat, Top Ivory Coast Singer Dies in Road Accident

Ivory Coast’s DJ Arafat, a well-known singer in French-speaking Africa, has died following a traffic accident, state broadcaster RTI is reporting.

He was admitted to hospital in the main city, Abidjan, with a fractured skull after his motorcycle collided with a car on Sunday, Jeune Afrique says.

The 33-year-old died early on Monday.

He has been referred to as the “king” of coupé-décalé dance music and one of his biggest hit songs, Dosabado, has over five million views on YouTube.

DJ Arafat, whose real name was Ange Didier Huon, was named best artist of the year at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Christopher Bonney Booted out of Ghana’s U-23 Camp over Age- Cheating

Hearts of Oak defender Christopher Bonney has been axed from the Black Meteors team following claims of age-cheating.

The right-back has been in the news lately after the report went rife over uncertainty surrounding his age after he was handed a call-up into Ghana’s U-23 team that are currently in camp ahead of 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria.

Documents indicate the player is within the age category after being born on November 22, 1998, his age on the transfer market differs. His date of birth on the transfer market is July 4, 1992.

But following deliberation from the technical bench of the team, the former Asante Kotoko penalty specialist has been sent home to avoid any possible sanction from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Bonney was impressive for Hearts of Oak during the Normalisation Committee Special Competition. He scored four goals as the Phobians bowed out of the competition after penalty shoot-out defeat to sworn adversaries Asante Kotoko at the semifinals stage.

Ghana will host the Algeria U23 side on September 5th for the first leg tie and travel to Algiers on 9th September for the reverse league.

Christopher Bonney Booted out of Ghana’s U-23 Camp over Age- Cheating

Hearts of Oak defender Christopher Bonney has been axed from the Black Meteors team following claims of age-cheating.

The right-back has been in the news lately after the report went rife over uncertainty surrounding his age after he was handed a call-up into Ghana’s U-23 team that are currently in camp ahead of 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria.

Documents indicate the player is within the age category after being born on November 22, 1998, his age on the transfer market differs. His date of birth on the transfer market is July 4, 1992.

But following deliberation from the technical bench of the team, the former Asante Kotoko penalty specialist has been sent home to avoid any possible sanction from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Bonney was impressive for Hearts of Oak during the Normalisation Committee Special Competition. He scored four goals as the Phobians bowed out of the competition after penalty shoot-out defeat to sworn adversaries Asante Kotoko at the semifinals stage.

Ghana will host the Algeria U23 side on September 5th for the first leg tie and travel to Algiers on 9th September for the reverse league.

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