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Ghana's U20 team have arrived in Mauritania on Saturday, 13 February 2021, for the 2021 CAF U20 Cup of Nations which starts tomorrow.

The Black Satellites landed in Nouadhibou via an Airforce plane which left Accra the same day.

Ghana's delegation comprises 26 players, 9 technical team members, management committee members and other officials.

 

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Premier League side, Newcastle United are seeking to release Senegalese midfielder, Henri Saivet from the club following the return of Christian Atsu to the squad.

Saivet is set to follow Achraf Lazaar from the club who was allowed to move on following his disastrous spell at St James' Park.

Ghana midfielder, Christian Atsu was chosen ahead of the Senegalese midfielder.

Newcastle manager, Steve Bruce in a press conference last weekend confirmed Atsu is back to his squad after making just one appearance for the club in the ongoing season.

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Naomi Osaka has staged an extraordinary comeback to keep her Australian Open hopes alive, storming home to knock Garbine Muguruza out in the fourth round.

Ash Barty now has one less grand slam champion to contend with after Osaka beat Muguruza 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday.

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The US Open champion and former Australian Open champion, Osaka trailed 3-5 in the third set and saved two match points before reeling off four-straight games to advance to the quarter-finals.

Osaka was staring down the barrel while serving at 4-5, 15-40 in the deciding set, but came up with a clutch ace and booming forehand winner to save the pair of match points.

She was gone," one commentator said in disbelief on Channel Nine.

After dropping her serve at 2-2 in the third set, Osaka threw her racquet in disgust and looked destined for the exit door.

But the 2019 Australian Open champion showed why many are predicting her to re-produce her title run at Melbourne Park.

Osaka finished with 40 clean winners and 36 unforced errors after needing to redline it to keep Muguruza at bay.

The Spanish star's only defeat in eight matches this summer came against world No.1 Ash Barty in the final of the Yarra Valley Classic lead-up event.

 

 

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The United Arab Emirates' Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars.

The spacecraft entered into an orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, making the UAE the first Arab nation in history to have a scientific presence at Earth's near neighbour.

This first image will be followed by many similar such views of Mars.

 

Hope was put in a wide orbit so it could study the planet's weather and climate systems, which means it also will see the planet's full disk.

It's a type of view that's familiar fare from Earth-based telescopes, but less so from satellites actually positioned at Mars.

They traditionally have been kept close in to the planet so they can get high-resolution pictures of the surface and act as telecommunications relay stations for landed robots in contact with Earth.

 

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The United Arab Emirates' Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars.

The spacecraft entered into an orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, making the UAE the first Arab nation in history to have a scientific presence at Earth's near neighbour.

This first image will be followed by many similar such views of Mars.

 

Hope was put in a wide orbit so it could study the planet's weather and climate systems, which means it also will see the planet's full disk.

It's a type of view that's familiar fare from Earth-based telescopes, but less so from satellites actually positioned at Mars.

They traditionally have been kept close in to the planet so they can get high-resolution pictures of the surface and act as telecommunications relay stations for landed robots in contact with Earth.

 

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Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs, has vehemently disagreed with the practice of organising primaries to elect parliamentary candidates every four years.

The practice, he said, often resulted in high attrition rate of experienced Members of Parliament, adversely affecting the work of the legislature.

Mr Mensah-Bonsu, also a Member of Parliament for Suame, was responding to the question of how he would help in ending high attrition rate of MPs when he appeared before Parliament's Appointments Committee on Friday for vetting.

He said though Article 55 (5) of the 1992 Constitution enjoined political parties to comply with democratic principles but did not necessarily mean that parliamentary candidates should be chosen through elections.

 

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Sunday, 14 February 2021 00:00

Scrap Ex-Gratia For MPs — Mr Mensah

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Yaw Dabie Appiah Mensah, has called for the scrapping of the ex-gratia paid to Members of Parliament (MPs) after every four years.

According to him, the present economic state of the nation (amidst surging cases of Coronavirus disease) required the immediate scrapping of the huge emoluments paid to the MPs.

“They are part of Article 71 office holders whose salaries and emoluments are determined by committees set up by the President, and are awarded huge lump sum as ex-gratia after every general election every four years,” he stated.

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A Chinese-based construction company, Beijing Everyway Traffic and Lighting Tech Co Ltd is claiming USD55 million from Ghana for cancelling a contract it awarded it to develop an intelligent traffic management system for the country.

The Chinese-based company is also claiming the amount following the award of the same contract to another Chinese-based company by Ghana.

The notice of arbitration was served on the Ghana government under the China-Ghana bilateral investment treaty on Wednesday, 10 February 2021.

 

 

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LGBTQI+ Rights Ghana has opened an administrative office in Tesano, a suburb of Accra, Ghana, the GhPage reports.

According to the group, there is a need for respect for human rights hence setting up an office for support purposes is a step in the right direction.

The group organised a fundraiser which was attended by several diplomats including the Australian High Commissioner who pledged to support the group.

 

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The Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has called for a national dialogue to address some weaknesses in the 1992 Constitution.

He cited the processes of amending entrenched provisions, the appointment of key institutions such as the Electoral Commission (EC) and the processes of reviewing agreements and bills.

“We are in Parliament and apply the constitution on daily basis; we know the weaknesses that confront us in many areas, including the process of amending the constitution, especially the entrenched ones.

“The constitution itself is confused on what to do when Parliament has to abridge these processes,” he said.

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Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu made the call when he was vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament yesterday.

He has been nominated as Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs.

 

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Buttressing his call for constitutional review, the Majority Leader said when President John Dramani Mahama had to bring in Mrs Charlotte Osei to replace the former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, his position on the matter at the time was for the President to submit the name of Mrs Osei to Parliament for the House to subject it to prior approval, using two-thirds of members.

“If you come to Parliament approving by two-thirds, the President will be forced to be very much more consultative in the appointments than is usually the case,” he said.

He expressed concern at the manner Parliament had lost many instrumental MPs whose contributions were vital to the development of the legislature.

He mentioned names of former MPs such as the past MP for Offinso South, Mr Ben Abdallah Banda (NPP); the MP for Tamale Central, Mr Inusah Fuseini (NDC), the MP for New Juaben, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah (NPP) and the MP for Wa West, Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh (NDC).

“Today, they are all not part of us because they went through some frustration. Some went to primaries and lost and for how long are we going to continue with this process,” he said.

He blamed the high attrition rate in Parliament on monetisation of electoral processes of the various political parties at the constituency, district, regional and national levels.

“Democracy everywhere is guarded and guided and until we come to that understanding and open the slews gate every four years this monetisation will become difficult for us to banish.

“Because elsewhere parliamentary parties assess the performance of the MPs and pass on the recommendations to the parties,” he said.

 



 

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