Egypt football row ends

In football, Al Ahly chairman Mahmoud Taher is backing Hossam Ghaly to return to play for Egypt, now that a row the player had with a national team assistant coach has been resolved. "The problem between Osama Nabeh and Hossam Ghaly has ended," Taher said. "Ghaly is one of the most important players in Egypt now and I'm sure he will back in the national team soon." The 34-year-old, who played for Tottenham Hotspur in England and also had spells in Belgium and Netherlands, has played more than 70 times for Egypt. Source: BBC Sport.

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AYC Qualifier: Satellites confident of progression despite defeat in Ethiopia

team will qualify for the next stage of the African Youth Championship qualifier despite their 2-1 first leg loss in Ethiopia. Plans are already underway for the second leg in a fortnight’s time with the game scheduled to be played in the newly built Cape Coast stadium. Acheampong who was with the team in Addis Ababa has no doubt over their qualification chances. “Because of the result, we met to strategize as to how to overturn the results,” he told Joy Sports. “We concluded there are midweek matches and the weekend matches so we allowed the players to move to their various clubs.” “We are reassembling next Monday. We will not break camp, we ...

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Twitter revamps 140-character tweet length rules

Twitter is overhauling some of its rules to try to make itself simpler to use and more attractive to newcomers. Members will be able to add multimedia to tweets - including pictures and videos - without eating into the 140-characters-a-post limit. The service is also changing the way it handles conversations between users. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey told the BBC his aim was to ensure that "when people tweet, it makes sense". One analyst said the moves marked a "positive change", but added that they only addressed "one symptom" of Twitter's difficulty in increasing its audience. Despite constant references to tweets in the news, over the past year Twitter has struggled ...

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Microsoft U-turn on 'nasty trick' pop-up

Microsoft has u-turned over changes it made to a pop-up encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10. Users were angry that clicking the cross to dismiss the box meant that they had agreed to the upgrade. Based on "customer feedback", Microsoft said it would add another notification that provided customers with "an additional opportunity for cancelling the upgrade". The pop-up design had been described as a "nasty trick". Microsoft told the BBC it had modified the pop-up as a result of criticism: "We've added another notification that confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade. "If the customer wishes to continue with ...

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Florence's Arno river embankment collapses

A section of the embankment of the River Arno in central Florence collapsed on Wednesday morning, sending part of the road and at least 20 parked cars into a newly formed ditch. The collapse took place very close to the famous Ponte Vecchio, a medieval covered bridge over the Arno. The hole is about 200m (650ft) in length and 7m (23ft) across. Firefighters believe the chasm has been created by the failure of a large water pipe beneath the surface. Florence's Mayor Dario Nardella tweeted (in Italian) that no-one had been harmed in the incident on Lungarno Torrigiani. He appealed to motorists to remove their cars from the nearby area, and said the water ...

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Korle-Bu Hospital third best-performing MOH agency

The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH ) has emerged as the third best-performing agency in 2015, among the 22 agencies of the Ministry of Health (MOH). This performance is an advance from the 19th position in 2014. With a score 31 percent achievement of expected targets in 2014, the hospital in 2015 achieved 75.3 percent of expected targets which represents a 140 percent growth in performance. Korle-Bu was among four agencies that were able to meet and exceed the minimum target for agency performance in 2015. This was disclosed at the Interagency Leadership Committee meeting of MOH held in Sogakofe, where the Chief Executives and Board Chairpersons of the 22 agencies ...

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KNUST, others to build 10,000 housing units in five years

The University’s College of Art and Built Environment will pilot the construction of 10 thousand housing units across the country over the period. An agreement has been reached with a social investor to fund the project over 40 years if the pilot proves successful. A nationwide housing data collection and awareness creation will precede the initiative dubbed ‘Homes for All’, with support from the Ministry of Local Government and the Ghana Institute of Housing. Ghana’s current housing deficit is estimated at 1.7 million, with the situation very acute in the cities. Though organized housing is considered a tool for sustainable communities, most communities in Ghana that are characterized by rising population ...

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John Painstil behind bars for assaulting police, stealing wife’s car

The former Fulham star was invited by the East Legon police over a complaint filed by Richlove Painstil that he had stolen her car. But, Mr. Painstil became angry during interrogation and hit the district police commander and the investigator. ASP Afia Tenge, Public Relations Officer at the Greater Accra Regional Police Command confirmed the incident to Joy News. She said a report was been made against Mr. Painstil by Richlove for stealing her car and the police as part of their investigations needed to invite both parties to enable them to commence investigation. The Police PRO told Joy News, “there was a meeting that was supposed to be held between the ...

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Africa Day celebrations kick off in Zambia

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, which became the African Union. It is a public holiday in Zambia, Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Zambia's President Edgar Lungu, on the right, is attending the Africa Day celebration at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka: Source: BBC News

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CONFIRMED: Agya Koo Remarries In The UK

The popular actor/comedian Agya Koo is ready to walk down the aisle again with her long time girlfriend Rita, in the United Kingdom. The ceremony is expected to take place on 11th June at the Unit 2 Cliwom Church at Kent Road, London. Born Kofi Adu, Agya Koo has been a consistent feature on the local movie scene, carrying the Kumawood brand for a long time with comical roles in movies. He got divorced from his wife Victoria Owusu Adomako in 2012, following series of accusations and counter accusations from both parties. The bad blood that existed between them saw the marriage end in bitterness, with Adomako remarrying in 2015. Agya Koo who ...

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For Obamas, 9 Bedrooms and Space for Secret Service

WASHINGTON — President Obama and his family plan to move to a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, a mere two miles from the White House, when he leaves office in January, according to people familiar with his plans. Mr. Obama, who has said his family will remain in the capital until his daughter Sasha completes high school in 2018, will rent the 8,200-square-foot, nine-bedroom home, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal his plans. The house — valued around $6 million, according to several real estate websites, with an estimated monthly rent of $22,000 on Zillow — is owned ...

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El Chapo: Mexico grants extradition of drug lord to US

The Mexican government has approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the US to face charges including smuggling and murder. His lawyers have 30 days to appeal and even if it proceeds it could be months before he is sent north. Guzman was recaptured in January, six months after escaping through a tunnel from his maximum-security prison cell. Earlier in May the Mexican authorities transferred Guzman to a prison near the US border. But they denied the move to Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, was a precursor to extradition. Guzman faces charges from seven US federal prosecutors. He is also accused of money-laundering, and arms ...

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Man United fires van Gaal after 2 years in charge

Manchester United’s manager Louis van Gaal takes his seat prior to the English FA Cup final soccer match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday May 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) MANCHESTER, England -- Replacing Alex Ferguson is proving harder than Manchester United could ever have imagined. United is looking for its third manager since Ferguson's trophy-laden 26-year dynasty ended in 2013 after firing Louis van Gaal on Monday following months of uncertainty around his position. Jose Mourinho is set to take over at Old Trafford as the latest coach attempting to revive the fortunes of England's biggest club. It was beyond David Moyes, who lasted 10 months ...

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Lowry scores 35 points, Raps top Cavs 105-99 to even series

TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors say they never stopped believing - even when it seemed like no one else did. On a night that marked their most dramatic game of this historic post-season run, the Raptors clawed their way back to even up the NBA Eastern Conference finals with a 105-99 victory over Cleveland on Monday. “Someone mentioned that we were in it just to win one game, we're in it to compete for a championship,” coach Dwane Casey said. “Nobody gives us a snowball's chance in you know where to beat Cleveland.” Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives around Cleveland Cavaliers guard-forward J.R. Smith (5) during first half Eastern Conference ...

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Ghana beat Ethiopia 2-1 to top Group A in Mini Afcon in Turkey

Goals from Abdul Aziz Allotey and Sumaila Mohammed ensured the Ghanaian players plying their trade in the Turkish lower divisions lifted the flag of Ghana high. Ghana opened the scoring in the 30th minute through Alloety’s strike but the Ethiopians pulled level on the stroke of half time. A 70th minute sensational drive from Sumaila Mohammed restored the lead for the Ghanaians. The win means that Ghana is on top of Group A with 4 points followed by Ethiopia with 3 points while Cameroon and Senegal follow with 2 points and a point respectively. Ghana will come up against Senegal on Friday in the final group game. The Mini ...

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Medeama draw Young Africans, MO Bejaia and TP Mazembe in Group of Death of CAF Confederation Cup

Team Medeama SC during the Super Cup Match between Champions of Ghana Premier League and the Champions of Ghana FA Cup ©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix Medeama SC face tough matches on their CAF Confederation Cup Group stage debut after drawing MO Bejaia, Young Africans and TP Mazembe in Group B. All three opponents of the Ghana FA Cup champions dropped out from the elite CAF Champions League. The Tarkwa-based will be re-uniting with former coach Johannes Van der Pluijm who is now in charge of newly-crowned Tanzanian champions Young Africans. They will also the Ghanaian quintet at last year's CAF Champions League TP Mazembe from DR Congo. Medeama's other opponents are ...

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Tragically Hip Singer Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer

TORONTO -- Gord Downie, the lead singer for one of the most quintessentially Canadian rock bands, The Tragically Hip, has terminal brain cancer. The band announced in a statement Tuesday morning that the dynamic lyricist and performer learned of the illness in December. "Since then, obviously, he's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard," the statement said. "In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him." Despite the dire diagnosis, Downie has decided to launch one more tour with the band this summer. "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us," the statement said. "What ...

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Paul McCartney: 'I was depressed after the Beatles broke up'

Sir Paul McCartney has talked candidly about the depression he suffered after The Beatles broke up, confessing he considered giving up music altogether. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes, he said he had been at a loss when the band fell apart in acrimony in 1970. "It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that?" he told John Wilson. "I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends. So I took to the bevvies." The Beatles officially split in 1970 with the release of Let It Be, but the seeds of their demise were sown a year earlier, when the band appointed ...

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After five days of picking, crushing, roasting, grinding and cooking, 65-year-old Ghanaian Rebecca Atornyege earns eight cedis ($2; £1.40) from selling her shea butter at the market. The fruits of her hard work could find its way into expensive cosmetics or as a cocoa substitute. What she earns barely pays for food for her family. As the BBC's Akwasi Sarpong found when he visited Anateem in Ghana's far north the money from shea butter is a major source of income. And it's considered women's work Source: BBC News

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There is bad blood between Martey and me – Fmr. Presby Moderator reveals

The immediate past Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) the Very Reverend Dr Yaw Frimpong-Manso has revealed that there was bad blood between him and the current Moderator, Very Rev Professor Emmanuel Martey. At a press conference in Accra Monday, he also confirmed that there was a “relational” issue between them which he said had resulted in the abrogation of the motto of the church, “That They All May Be One.” He accused the PCG of wrongfully stripping his status as an ex-moderator of the church and called for the right thing to be done. He indicated that he had a number of options to pursue in getting the matter ...

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