Sports World News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: 3news.comEgypt knock Uganda out of AFCONplay videoEgypt celebrate last-minute goalA last-minute goal by Abdallah El Said ensured that Egypt pick their first win in an Africa Cup of Nations after seven years. The last came in 2010, when they beat Ghana 1-0 in Luanda, Angola to win the 2010 edition. They beat Uganda 1-0 on Saturday in their second Group D game played at Port-Gentil, Gabon. But it ended all square in the first half and most of the second half. The result gives Egypt four points, just behind Ghana, while it sends the East Africans packing out of the tournament.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comWe’ll improve housing for security services – Ambrose DeryAmbrose Dery has assured improved national security services in his term of officeMinister-designate for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has assured that one of his priorities if approved will be to improve accommodation for the nation’s security services across the country. According to him, the introduction of the National Barracks Regeneration Programme will help in improving according problem confronting the Ghana’s security agencies. “We have stated in our manifesto that there will be a National Barracks Regeneration Programme and a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement is one of the options. Ghana has sent one team and the United Nations was impressed about it and they want two more teams. Should we get two more teams there, we will earn some hard currency that will not only support the economy but help finance the various institutions.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: Myjoyonline.com‘Gov’t won’t abdicate its protection and security role’ - Ambrose DeryMinister Designate for Interior under the Akufo-Addo-led governmentThe former Member of Parliament (MP) for Lawra Nandom and Minister-designate for Interior says the President Akufo-Addo government would not abdicate its protection and security role to the citizenry. Former Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga, who is on the vetting committee was worried about the police-to-citizen ratio and wanted to know if the government would consider strengthening of private security agencies to provide security services for people to hire. Also, the MP for Bawku Central wanted to know from Mr Dery the viability of the right to bear guns as private security companies. According to him, there is also the Private Public Partnership agreement where the services of the Ghana Prison Service is used by the public and paid for. He revealed that the program would first start with the Police Service and then the Prisons Service.
Sports News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: GHANAsoccernet.comAFCON: Black Stars eye place in knockout round with win over Maliplay videoThe Black Stars were denied the bronze medal twice by Mali in 2012 and 2013A second successive win in Group D for Ghana will see the the Black Stars through to the knockout phase of the African Nations Cup but Mali have proved something of a bogey team at previous tournaments and have indicated they won't come easy. Ghana, who beat Uganda 1-0 in their opener, have reached the semi-final stage at each of the last five Nations Cup tournaments but were denied the bronze medal twice by Mali in 2012 and a year later. Traore could offer the flair to compliment Mali's stout defence and imposing forwards, although Ghana are a far more experienced team. Egypt meet Uganda in Saturday's second match in Port Gentil, which will act as a preview for the World Cup qualifier between the two sides scheduled for later this year. Egypt were criticised for a defensive approach in their first game while Uganda, returning to the Nations Cup after a 39-year absence, earned praise for their fitness and fighting spirit.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: GHANAsoccernet.comGhana 1-0 Mali - Asamoah Gyan heads Black Stars into quarter-finalsplay videoGhana captain Asamoah Gyan struck his side's winnerGhana progressed to the quarter-final of the 2017 Africa Cup Nations with one match to spare after a 1-0 win over Mali on Saturday in their second Group D match. It was a cagey opening with possession evenly balanced but it looked like the Black Stars were slightly on top. Shortly Mali threatened with a header from a Molla Wague on a corner kick from inside the box which went wide. At this point, it was obvious the Black Stars had run out of steam and backpeddling. Mali were awarded a late free kick from close to the box but Sako's effort came off the wall and the Black Stars knocked it away to safety.
Newcastle United Star Christian Atsu was the standout players for the four-time champions who are gunning for their fifth title. Jordan Ayew FORWARD (6.5/10)Deserves a lot of credit for the opening goal as he delivered a fine cross which was headed home by Asamoah Gyan. Asamoah Gyan FORWARD (7.5/10)Announced his presence with a fabulous header from a delirious cross from Jordan Ayew. SUBSTITUTES:Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu MIDFIELD (5/10)Replaced Gyan who had to be replaced and he shored up the team in the last 8 minutes of regulation time. Afriyie Acquah MIDFIELD (5/10)Took the place of Jordan Ayew at the dying embers of the game.
Business News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: citifmonline.comInaccurate data from BoG, Finance Ministry affecting gov’t work – Osafo-MaafoSenior Minister Nominee, Yaw Osafo-Maarfo was vetted by the Appointments Committee Friday, Jan 20Senior Minister Nominee, Yaw Osafo-Maafo has disclosed that the lack of accurate data on Ghana’s debt has made it difficult for the NPP government to make projections on the fiscal gap to influence planning. According to him, the inconsistency of data from the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Ghana on the debt owed by government impedes government’s decision to chart a comprehensive fiscal plan. This is not the first time the issue of inaccurate or inconsistent data has been leveled against any government agency. Dr Bawumia further explained in the lecture that inflation rate must correspond with interest rates, cost of living as well as the exchange rate. Osafo-Maafo added.
Kumasi back to lifeResidents going about their normal business activitiesCommercial activities resumed yesterday in the Kumasi Metropolis after the 24-hour ‘lockdown’ of the city last Thursday for the final burial rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II. Almost all the streets that had lost their buzz were bustling with economic activities. All the financial institutions that also closed their doors to the public were opened to the public for business. Aside from the businesses losing out on their sales and contracts, she said the country also lost revenue through taxes. the same day when the late queen mother was to be sent to the Breman Royal Mausoleum for interment.
Sports News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: GhanaWebAFCON: Asamoah Gyan powers Ghana into lead against Maliplay videoWakaso embraces Ayew and Asamoah Gyan after they take the leadBlack Stars' skipper Asamoah Gyan has given Ghana the lead by scoring the only goal in the first half of the Ghana-Mali encounter. The goal came after a cross delivered by Forward Jordan Ayew found Gyan in the 18-yard box of the Malians. The skipper powered the ball past goalkeeper Sissoko to make it 1-0 to Ghana! The Black Stars are looking for their second win in a row which will take them to the top of Group D.Mali are however searching for their first three points in the tournament after drawing their previous game with Egypt. Watch Asamoah Gyan's goal against Mali
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comIndependent Prosecutor will deal with corruption – Gloria AkuffoGloria AkuffoThe Attorney General and Minister of Justice-designate, Gloria Akuffo has stated that the Independent Prosecutor’s office to be set up by the President will deal specifically with corruption. “Corruption has become a worrisome problem… and has become a developmental issue. There have been a lot of calls for a solution to be found to it. The proposed Independent Prosecutor‘s office is intended to be one of the ways that will deal specifically with the canker of corruption in the public sector.” Ms Akuffo said on Saturday when she appeared before Parliament’s appointments committee for vetting. “These are some of the things that will give the public confidence that this is a truly independent person particularly because it will have to go to parliament.”
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: GhanaWeb/JoynewsPLAYBACK: ‘Gloria Akuffo appears before Appointments Committee of Parliament’play videoGloria Akuffo is Attorney-General and Justice Minister-designateAttorney-General and Justice Minister-designate today appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament chaired by First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu for vetting. This follows the vetting of four other ministerial nominees on Friday, January 20th by the Appointments Committee. Senior Minister-designate, Yaw Osafo-Maafo; Minister-designate for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah; Minister-designate for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta and Minister-designate for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul took turns before the committee for questioning on their various portfolios. Minister designate for the Interior, Ambrose Dery also took his turn earlier this morning.
"We have prepared well for the Ghana game," Giresse said. Mali have won two of their last four games against Ghana at the Afcon, the other two going in favour of the Black Stars. "Ghana is a very good team and you have to be in your best form when you play against them," Giresse added. "Our aim is to reach the next round and beating Ghana will put our feet already there." The Eagles' best performance, however, was in 1972 when the finished as runners-up.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: Graphic.com.ghI promise to deal with political attacks, ‘galamsey’ , Kan-DapaahThe Minister-designate for National Security, Mr Albert Kan-DapaahThe Minister-designate for National Security, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, has assured that if given the nod, he would ensure that two key national security issues — post-election attacks and ‘galamsey’ — are dealt with. The nominee also served in various capacities in the Kufuor government as the Ministers of Energy, Communications, the Interior and Defence. Touching on the issue of ‘galamsey’ raised by the MP for Tema East, Mr Titus Glover, Mr Kan-Dapaah said it was one of the security issues for which a solution must be found. Mr Kan-Dapaah explained that a committee was indeed set up but its purpose was to enter into negotiations with Societe General which the government owed. In his answer to the petition, Mr Kan-Dapaah said he was not a Defence Minister but rather became a Minister of the Interior two days after the complaint was made.
Sports News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: Goal.comAfcon Stat Pack: All you need to know about Ghana v MaliThe Black StarsOur good friends at Opta have compiled all the numbers and stats you need to assess the teams’ chances ahead of today’s Afcon Group D clash at Stade de Port-Gentil. - Only Egypt (7) have won the AFCON more times than Ghana (4). - Ghana have won eight of their last 11 AFCON group games (D2 L1). - Ghana have also kept a clean sheet in each of their last four AFCON games. - Six of Mali’s last eight AFCON games have ended in a draw (W1 L1); including their last five group games.
General News of Saturday, 21 January 2017Source: citifmonline.comI will stop Ghana’s $4bn loss to corruption – Ken Ofori AttaFinance Minister-designate Ken Ofori AttaConfronting the 4 billion dollars loss to corruption should create enough buffers to meet the infrastructure development agenda of the NPP government, Finance Minister Nominee, Ken Ofori Atta has said. According to him, reducing the high incidences of corruption if not eradicating the canker completely should assist government address the infrastructure deficit facing the country. Mr. Ofori Atta made the remarks when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Friday. It has to increase to about 30 percent.”Mr. Ofori Atta was also optimistic that the ultimate reduction in interest rates which currently averages 30 percent should save the country about 2.4 billion dollars in interest payments. But an optimistic Ken Ofori Atta maintained that policies by his outfit and that outlined by the NPP should tame the shocks likely to hit the Ghanaian economy.