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The celebration of life of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Deaconess Elizabeth Obaseki ( Nee Maile ); Sunrise, uly 27, 1936 - Sunset, April 6, 2017.

Date: July 8th, 2017

Venue: 197-01 Linden Blvd, Queens, NY 11412

RSVP: Minister Precious Obaseki Ewoime; Mr. Peter Ade Ewoime.

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Manchester United are keen to negotiate a deal to take Wayne Rooney to Everton that does not involve the former England captain as a makeweight in the £75 million transfer of Romelu Lukaku, sources have told ESPN FC.

Rooney, who became football's most expensive teenager when he left Goodison Park for United in a £27m deal in 2004, is expected to remain behind in England to finalise a return to Everton when Jose Mourinho's squad fly to California on Sunday for their preseason preparations.

Sources have told ESPN FC that United's initial efforts to sign Lukaku involved Rooney in order to tempt Everton into a deal. But with United now agreeing a fee for Lukaku, the two clubs are attempting to strike a separate deal.

With Rooney winning every major club honour at least once with United during his 13-year spell at Old Trafford, as well as breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goal-scoring record, the 31-year-old has secured his status as a club legend.

And there is a determination within United that Rooney's exit should not be overshadowed by the big-money arrival of Lukaku.

Rooney rejected the chance to negotiate a lucrative move to China in February, insisting that he wanted to remain at United to help the club achieve its ambitions under Mourinho.

United ended the campaign with two major trophies -- the EFL Cup and Europa League, and returned to the Champions League as a result of their success in defeating Ajax in Stockholm.

Rooney admitted after the game that he had "more or less" made his mind up about his next move, with a return to Everton the favoured option should the club formalise their interest in re-signing him.

Talks have progressed well this week between United, Everton and Rooney's camp, but while there is hope at Old Trafford that the Lukaku move may be completed by the weekend, a deal for Rooney could take longer.

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says it is the expectation of government and Ghanaians that the Offshore Cape Three Point (OCTP) partners will ensure prudent management of the Sankofa oil and gas project to achieve cost efficiency.

This, according to President Akufo-Addo, is the only way low gas prices can be guaranteed, and, eventually, low electricity tariffs to stimulate development.

“With the addition of the production from the OCTP to those of the T.E.N and Jubilee fields, we are optimistic that our beloved nation will enhance significantly its gas supply for our domestic power generation,” the President said.

Not resting on its oars, President Akufo-Addo stressed that government through the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Commission and GNPC, is working closely with other licensees and contractors to ensure that the country’s petroleum resources are exploited in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the people of Ghana.

“The need for creative thinking to leverage our oil and gas production for national development is a charge for us to keep – and we must not fail our people,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, July 6, 2017, after turning on the valves on the FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor to signal the formal production of oil in commercial quantities from the Sankofa oil and gas fields.

Increased Ghanaian participation

The President reiterated the commitment of his government to pursuing initiatives to expand Ghanaian participation in all aspects of the oil and gas industry. 

“Ghanaians have the spirit of entrepreneurship, and it is vital that they are empowered to engineer business growth, and reduce the serious unemployment situation in the country,” he added.

The President continued, “It is gratifying to see, this morning, our young Ghanaians on the FPSO, trained to manage the hydrocarbon production and processing from the Field as technicians and supervisors. I have been informed by the Petroleum Commission that over 100 Ghanaians (representing nearly 60%) are involved in the operation and maintenance of the FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor.”

This number, he indicated, is in addition to the many that worked in the conversion of the facility in Singapore, adding that “I saw them on the vessel, and salute them for their energy, enthusiasm and commitment. They are excellent examples of Ghanaian youth.”

Indeed, more than US$1.8 billion worth of contracts have been awarded to indigenous Ghanaian companies under this project.

President Akufo-Addo, thus, urged ENI and its partners to continue to work with the Petroleum Commission to move Ghanaian participation to even greater heights.

Additionally, the second phase of the Sankofa project will rely on the support services of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as part of the supply chain development, thereby creating opportunities for new and existing businesses in the country.

“In particular, for those engaged in farming and fishing, this project presents a great opportunity to a new market, as many people employed under this project will need to be fed. I urge our youth to go into farming under our Planting for Food and Jobs Programme, and other activities to take advantage of this opportunity,” President Akufo-Addo noted. 

The Sankofa project, and other existing ones in the Western Region, the President was confident “will open up the region for infrastructural development and consequent economic growth. This is in line with the grand plan of making the Western Region a key growth pole for the country.”

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Manchester United are increasingly confident of completing the £75m signing of Romelu Lukaku in time for the Everton forward to link up with Jose Mourinho's squad in Los Angeles on Sunday, sources have told ESPN FC.

Despite Everton sources claiming to ESPN FC on Thursday that no deal had been agreed with United for the Belgium international -- raising Chelsea's hopes of beating United to the 24-year-old -- senior figures at Old Trafford believe that the player is now on course to join United.

Plans have been made by United for Lukaku to undergo a medical in Los Angeles, where he is spending his summer vacation, and the formalities could be completed by Friday afternoon, enabling a deal to be sealed before Mourinho's tour squad jets out of Manchester for California on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, is expected to stay behind in order to complete a return to Everton after being given permission by United to negotiate a move back to Goodison Park, 13 years after leaving the club for Old Trafford.

Mourinho's team had been led to believe Lukaku favoured a return to Chelsea and that a deal to take the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge had, at one stage, been close.

The club had also baulked at Everton's valuation of £100m and were convinced Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata would cost significantly less.

However, reaching an agreement with Real Madrid for Morata has proved more difficult than originally thought with the Spanish side holding out for close to £80 million.

The United manager knows Lukaku from his time in charge at Chelsea. It was Mourinho who sanctioned Lukaku's sale to Everton in 2014.

The 24-year-old has become one of the Premier League's most prolific strikers in his three seasons at Goodison Park, scoring 71 goals in 133 games.

Everton were desperate to keep their main goal scorer, especially after spending close to £100 million this summer to help Ronald Koeman's side break into the top four.

However, Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League.

 

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The Senate on Tuesday demanded that the acting President Yemi Osinbajo must obey the resolutions of the Senate, including the immediate removal of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

It also suspended all confirmation of appointments until compliance with its resolution.

Recall that the Chairman of the EFCC, who was appointed in Acting capacity by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 9, 2015, has consistently been rejected by the Senate.

Upon his appointment, Magu said he was committed to the anti-corruption war, drawing a connection between the economic challenges facing the country and the endemic corruption in the country.

 
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Monday released a timetable for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) from the Senate in spite of a lawsuit instituted by the senator to stop the Commission from proceeding with the process.

According to the timetable, the process will begin on July 10 with notice of verification of constituents to be posted at INEC’s Lokoja office and end on August 19 with the conduct and announcement of the outcome of the verification of the constituents who want the senator out of the Senate.

The constituents of the senatorial district on June 21 submitted a petition to INEC demanding Melaye’s recall, citing his “abysmal performance” at the Nigerian Senate and as their reason. The senator was also accused of distancing himself from his constituents.

“For the past two years, Senator Melaye has not organised one town hall meeting anywhere in Kogi West to meet with the people to present his scorecard or stewardship,” Leader of the constituents, Chief Cornelius Olowo, told State-run News Agency of Nigeria shortly after submitting the petition for the recall to INEC.

“He has been completely disconnected from the people. Since he won his election and the legal battle at the court, he is no longer reachable.

“He has no constituency office in Kogi West as we speak, as a way to reach him on the matter of interests from the people that elected him,” Olowo said.

But the Senator insisted the petition against him was sponsored by agents of the Kogi State Government because of his criticisms of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration.

Melaye also alleged that they claimed to have gotten over 188,000 signatories of electorates in Kogi West when the total vote cast, both valid and rejected, in the last senatorial election of 2015, was merely 111, 000 for all the candidates that participated.

“This recall exercise was hatched in Kogi Government House due to the manner in which Senator Dino Melaye consistently challenges and engages the government over non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensioners for over 15 months; and also the constant closure of tertiary institutions,” he stated.

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The beautiful Natasha Salifyanji Kaoma campaigns for girl's empowerment in Zambia through the use of disposable/ re-usable menstruation pads. She solicits for and distributes these menstrual pads to girls and young women in Zambia through her Foundation called Copper Rose Zambia, whose motto is: Beautiful. Valuable. Empowered.

Kaoma is a woman of many parts. She studies Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) at University of Zambia; is Global University Ambassador at Milky Way Youth Movement; is Associate Fellow at Royal Commonwealth Society; and she also studied Women's Leadership at University of Delaware.

Kaoma was recently recognized for her pioneering work in Zambia girl's/ young women menstrual hygiene empowerment at Buckingham Palace, as one of 60 people from around the world selected as 'Queen's Young Leader.'

Her comments: "I was privileged to have been one of the 60 people from around the world to be selected as a Queens Young Leader, the ONLY ZAMBIAN!! and i got to meet the Queen Elizabeth herself whom I spoke to about my work and my drive. And YESS! i sat next to her in the group picture too. I also got to speak to Prince Harry and former Prime minister Sir John Major and other high profile leaders about my work in Zambia.

"It's taken me some time to process what has happened in the past few weeks...Mostly because this is award is not for me, its for all the people in my organization Copper Rose Zambia who work tirelessly to ensure that we reach out to as many girls and women as possible. This award is dedicated to all the women and girls who are not living to their potential, this is a testimony that nothing is impossible.

"I would like to thank God almighty, for this vision that he has put in my heart to improve the lives of millions of african women, my best friends F & S, my parents and family members, all our donors and supporters of our work, my mentors who tell me which way i should go, the Zambian high commission in UK, the British High Commission in Zambia, all the local and international change makers who continue to raise the bar and show me i can do much more in this environment. I salute you all.

"Everytime i look at these pictures and at this award, i am reminded that the work has only just began, 990 000 women and girls are still waiting to be empowered by 2021.
"Do your best, be your best, be as selfless as you can be, the rest will follow" N.S.K
Outfit: Lyn Callander
Purse: Christina Mbalose Lungu
#Queensyoungleaders #Impossibleisnothing #CopperroseZambia#MenstruationMatters #beautiful #valuable #empowered

Chiquemagazine.com congratulates Kaoma on her wonderful achievement for herself, for her family, for Zambia and for Africa.

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Tanzania's parliament has passed two controversial laws to bring about far-reaching reforms in the mining sector.

One law explicitly states that the Tanzanian people will have permanent sovereignty over all natural wealth and resources, and ownership and control will be exercised by the government on behalf of the people.

This means private companies would mine on behalf of the nation - whereas before the law stated that once firms signed a contract with the government, they owned the minerals.

Another law empowers parliament to review all agreements made by the government regarding natural resources.

The two pieces of legislation follow months of dispute between President John Magufuli's government and UK-listed mining firm Acacia over revenue sharing.

Acacia is accused of under-reporting the gold and copper levels in its concentrate exports by more than 10 times and of underpaying the government tens of billions of dollars over the two decades it has been operating in the East African country.

The company strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Mining companies and lobby groups had urged the government to delay passing the two laws to allow for more consultation.

The government, however, pushed ahead with gaining parliamentary approval for the legislation.

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Uganda's Ministry for Public Service has told public servants to dress "decently", and has warned women not to show their cleavage.

In a circular, it says women are not allowed to wear dresses or skirts that are above the knees, sleeveless blouses or any clothing made out of see-through material.

The privately owned Observer newspaper has tweeted the order.

 

Women's pant-suits are allowed, but female public servants will not wear any tight-fitting clothing.

Flat, open shoes are also ruled out, except in cases where one can prove that it is for medical reasons.

The circular further states that accessories should be modest, and women should not have bright hair colour, braids or extensions.

Men are required to wear neat, long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, trousers that are not tight, keep their hair short and neat, and also not wear brightly-coloured clothes.

The circular is derived from Public Service Standing Orders on dress-code, put in place in 2010. However, the dress-code does not seem to have been paid much attention to up to now.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:06

Ghana miners trapped underground

Emergency workers in Ghana are trying to rescue 17 miners trapped in an illegal mining pit since Sunday.

The pit, in Prestea-Nsuta town in the Western region, caved in, trapping the miners more than 25 metres underground. Five managed to escape, according to local police. Rescue efforts are still ongoing 48 hours later in the hope of finding survivors.

Illegal mining, allegedly led by Chinese nationals, has been a source of concern to the Ghanaian authorities both because of safety issues and its destructive impact on the environment. Several arrests have been made and equipment seized.

The government has now set up a task force to investigate the problem as the number of accidents increase.

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