Mourinho: Matic wants United ‘move very, very much’

Jose Mourinho revealed the Chelsea man’s desire to make the switch to Old Trafford, as he refused to confirm the deal.

Jose Mourinho spoke about the potential deal after his side overcame Valerenga in a pre-season friendly, but he refused to be drawn upon the details of the transfer.

‘I’m waiting for news. I know that he wants the move very very much’, the Portuguese coach said. ‘When he wants very much the chance is bigger’.

He was reluctant to discuss any further, not knowing how close the deal was to completion: ‘I refuse to say more than I’m telling you’, he added. ‘I think we have a chance but in football until it’s official, I saw so many things happen’.

Mourinho took advantage to confirm Marouane Fellaini will remain at Old Trafford. ‘It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. He is too important to me. No chance’, he concluded.

€1.511 Billion Spent, 84 signings… and no Champions League

Manchester City are very close to breaking the record for summer spending, but the great investment carried out in recent years has not generated the desired returns.

The Abu Dhabi fund purchased Manchester City some nine years ago and since then the Citizens have been fighting for the Premier League title.

Owner Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has had no hesitation when it comes to spending. From 2008 onwards, City have spent 1,511.72 million euros on a total of 84 players.

The club has won titles thanks to the money put forward, but not to the extent the investors would have hoped for: in nine years City have won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Community Shield.

In Europe, the furthest the team has reached was the semi-finals in 2016. They were knocked out by Real Madrid, but it was an improvement for a team who had not qualified from the group stage until 2013.

Pellegrini and Guardiola, two of the most admired managers in the sport have attempted to lead City to their prime objective: the Champions League.

For the tenth consecutive summer, sheikh Mansour will do anything to bolster his side’s hopes of lifting the coveted trophy. If City spend 12 million more, they will surpass the record set by Real Madrid in 2009.

Shock as Ex-Kotoko & Hearts player Emmanuel Yartey goes MAD

Former Ghana Premier League star, Emmanuel Yartey, who was popularly known in his playing days as ‘Dr Panie’, is reported to have gone mentally ill and roaming the streets of Accra.

Yartey, who played for Ghana’s two most popular clubs, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, ended his professional career after the 2002/2003 season and has struggled with life afterwards
A photo of Yartey’s current state was met with shock and horror on social media as he appeared visibly older than his age, and extremely grubby.

In 2007, reports gained currency in the local media that the former Okwahu United midfielder had some mental health problems, but the player rubbished those reports.

He then announced a decision to re-launch his career by training with his community club but his mental situation further degenerated after unsuccessful attempts to find a club

Arguably one the most skillful Ghanaian players ever to grace the local league, Yartey, who last played for Hearts of Oak, is now roaming the streets of Accra.

He has been spotted by several football fans around the Bubuashi traffic light and other busy streets of the capital.

A playmate of Yartey, who spoke to SportsObama.com on condition of anonymity said he used to train with the nimble footed midfielder at the Darkuman Cable and Wireless Park- and wasn’t surprised at his current state as he (Yartey) has been engaged in drugs.

“Some years back, he used to join us train at this same field but we usually noticed some uncommon behaviours and actions”,

“Some of us are aware he was doing drugs and later, he stopped coming to train. We would not see him for months then he will resurface again in some funny clothes even without slippers”,

“It is sad to see him this way, but I’m not surprised as I had seen him through this despite attempts from some people to help but it just can’t stop”.

The Darkuman-born midfielder, was once touted as a prospect for the senior national team, the Black Stars, but that has remained a delusion.

Yartey, who last played for Hearts of Oak during the 2002/2003 season had previous stints with Okwawu United and Asante Kotoko.

He was a specialist is creating good shooting and goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates durings his days with Hearts of Oak in the late 90s.

He was blessed with sweet feet but failed to live up to the hype

A Look at all the Rulers of UAE

Politics of the United Arab Emirates takes place in a framework of a federal, presidential,absolute monarchy. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven constituent monarchies: the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjahand Umm al-Qaiwain. According to convention, the ruler of Abu Dhabi is President of the United Arab Emirates, the head of state, and the ruler of Dubai is the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the head of government.

H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

                                                        The Founding Leader

In 1918, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan , may God bless his Soul, was born into the Al Nahyan family, who had ruled the emirate of Abu Dhabi for hundreds of years. He was the youngest of the four sons of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed, who ruled Abu Dhabi from 1922 – 1926. When Sheikh Sultan’s successor died in 1928, Sheikh Zayed’s eldest brother, Sheikh Shakhbut, was elected by the family to be ruler.

At that time, Abu Dhabi was a part of the Trucial States. When Sheikh Zayed was a child, education was scarce. He received instruction in the principles of Islam and memorized much of the Holy Qur’an, however, and always demonstrated a voracious appetite for knowledge. This led him to accompany the Bedouin tribesmen into the desert.

In 1946, Sheikh Zayed was elected as ruler of Al Ain. Immediately at that time, Al Ain began to be developed and to integrate into a township and Agricultural production began to flourish, as did the local economy.

On August 6th, 1966, Sheikh Zayed became Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and within weeks a massive development program was underway. Schools, hospitals, roads and housing were constructed. Zayed’s vision had always extended beyond the borders of Abu Dhabi.

In 1968, Britain announced that it would withdraw from the area before the end of 1971. Immediately Sheikh Zayed took the lead in calling for a federation of the emirates. The rulers of the emirates moved quickly and on the 2nd December, 1971, the United Arab Emirates formally emerged onto the international stage While Sheikh Zayed himself always attempts to share credit for the remarkable ensuing developments with his fellow members of the Supreme Council of Rulers (comprising the ruler of each of the seven emirates) no-one doubts that, without his wisdom and guidance, they would never have happened. The Supreme Council itself has recognized this by re-electing Sheikh Zayed to successive five-year terms as President.

Since its establishment, the UAE has confounded international expectations by developing successfully in all areas of life; social services, health and education, communications and technology, trade and finance, at a rate almost unmatched anywhere or at any time. More importantly, these material achievements have occurred against a backdrop of political and social stability.

Throughout history, few leaders can have experienced the amount of radical changes that Sheikh Zayed has witnessed. Fewer still could reflect on them in the knowledge that they chose and acted in accordance with their beliefs and for the betterment of humanity, regardless of personal cost, financial or otherwise. Sheikh Zayed has the love and admiration of his people and international recognition and respect, all of which he has earned many times over.

On the 2nd of November 2004 Sheikh Zayed, the nation leader had passed away, after a long journey of giving, achievements and development of people and land. In line of the his vision, the nation keeps going under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of united Arab Emirates and the members of the Supreme Council of Rulers and their crown princess.

H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, was elected as the new President of the United Arab Emirates on 3 November 2004, to succeed his father, the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE President from 1971 to 2004, from whom, he has said, he learned “the need for patience and prudence in all things.”

Sine becoming UAE President, HH Sheikh Khalifa has presided over a major re-structuring of both the Federal Government and the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The appointment of a new Cabinet in February 2006, with Vice-President and Dubai Ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Prime Minister, saw major changes in the portfolios with, crucially, the creation of new ministries devoted to the streamlining and modernizing of the business of government, a new focus on community development and, through the new Ministry of Federal National Council (FNC) Affairs, an important step towards reform of the political process with the introduction of indirect elections for half of the FNC’s membership.

In his message to the nation on the occasion of the UAE’s National Day on 2 December 2005, he noted:

“The years ahead require a bigger role for the Federal National Council by empowering it to be an authority that would provide great support and guidance for the executive arm of the government. We shall work to make the Council more capable, more effective and more sensitive to the issues affecting the nation and the people. This would be done by ensuring a more participatory process and the entrenchment of the policy of “Shura” consultation. And through a gradual, organized course, we have decided to start activating the role of the FNC through electing half of its members through councils for each emirate and appointing the other half. By doing this, we will embark on a march that culminates in more participation and interaction from all the citizens of the country. . . . Today, we stand at a threshold of a new era, whose ultimate objective is to entrench the rule of law and due process, accountability, transparency and equal opportunity.”

HH Sheikh Khalifa has also undertaken extensive tours throughout the UAE to study the needs of the Northern Emirates, during which he has given instructions for the building of a number of projects related to housing, education and the social services.

HH Sheikh Khalifa has overseen dramatic changes too in the government of Abu Dhabi, where particular attention has been paid to two aspects – improvements in terms of efficiency and cost for services provided to the public and the opening up of much of the economy so that greater scope has been provided for direct private investment and for public-private partnerships. During the early years of the Federation, he believes, it was right and appropriate for government to play the leading role, but now, with a burgeoning private sector and with a well-educated population, the time is right for government, both local and federal, to step back and to concentrate on the core areas of government responsibility.

The re-structuring of government, he believes, will only be effective if the people of the UAE take upon themselves the task of contributing effectively. “We have already begun preparing for the new era by promulgating legislation [and] placing some regulatory measures on the existing departments, institutions, activities and relations,” he said in his December 2005 National Day message. “This is to tighten up the loose ends, to straighten the curves, put an end to wrongdoings [and] . . . to improve production and services.” He continued:

It is high time for our political, religious, cultural, information, educational and civil society institutions to take up their responsibilities to instill in our society the values of love of work, to change the negative perceptions about vocational work. It is high time to make them understand the true meaning of work – that it means responsibility and reflects human, civil and religious values. These institutions also need to work hard to diversify the skills of the national human resources, to raise productivity, encourage investment in human resources development, improve voluntary work and create awareness on this noble work and its significance to individuals and society in general.

While emphasizing the need for a re-structuring at home, not just in terms of government, but also in the way in which the UAE’s people look upon their own duties towards society, HH Sheikh Khalifa has, at the same time, continued to ensure that the country pursues an active foreign policy.

HH Sheikh Khalifa is a strong supporter of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), believing that the success and achievements of this body reflect the depth of understanding reached amongst its leaders. That support was re-affirmed at the 2005 GCC summit conference, held in Abu Dhabi, while he has exchanged numerous visits with the leaders of other GCC states, which have provided him with the opportunity to discuss both ways in which the GCC can continue to develop and other issues of regional and wider importance.

One of the wider issues, of course, has been the continuing turmoil in Iraq, and HH Sheikh Khalifa has pursued a consistent policy of supporting the efforts by Iraq’s elected representatives to restore peace and stability, both through offering diplomatic support and through a wide range of assistance for reconstruction of Iraq’s shattered economy. At the same time, he has urged the various communities in Iraq, whether regional or religious, to recognize that their future is best guaranteed by working together and by promoting the unity of both the country and its people.

Another issue seen by HH Sheikh Khalifa as being of crucial importance is that of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people. As has been the case since the creation of the Federation in 1971, the UAE has continued to express its support for the Palestinian people, with HH Sheikh Khalifa demonstrating his own personal interest by funding a major housing program, Sheikh Khalifa City, in Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

At a political level, HH Sheikh Khalifa noted in a speech on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in November 2005 that the UAE remained committed to work for the restoration of security, peace and stability in the region, saying that this, as well as economic and development cooperation between countries of the region including Israel, “cannot be achieved while Israeli occupation of the Palestinian and Arab territories continues, but only through compliance with obligations as provided in the Road Map and the Arab peace initiative that calls for justice, ending the Israeli occupation and establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

HH Sheikh Khalifa said: “We have rejoiced over the Israeli military pullout from Gaza Strip and have regarded it as a first legal step which must be followed by other comprehensive and serious withdrawals from all the Palestinian and Arab territories occupied since 1967.”

HH Sheikh Khalifa has demonstrated his commitment to continuing to build relations with other countries both by receiving visiting leaders, from countries in Asia and Europe, as well as from other Arab countries, and by paying visits to Central Asian states, with whom he has been an active proponent of closer ties ever since they emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He has also proved to be a generous donor of emergency assistance at times of natural disaster, responding immediately in sending help after events such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the autumn 2005 earthquake that devastated much of northern Pakistan and neighboring parts of India.

HH Sheikh Khalifa assumed his posts as Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates in 2004 after many decades working closely with his father, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the Federation.

Born in the inland oasis-city of Al Ain in 1948, HH Sheikh Khalifa was educated in the local school. On 18 September 1966, following his father’s assumption of the post of Ruler of Abu Dhabi, HH Sheikh Khalifa was appointed as Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi and as Head of the Courts Department in Al Ain.

On 1 February 1969, HH Sheikh Khalifa was nominated as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, this being followed on 2 February 1969 by his appointment as the Head of the Abu Dhabi Department of Defense, in which post he oversaw the building up of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force (ADDF), which later became the nucleus of the UAE Armed Forces.

On 1 July 1971, as part of the restructuring of the government of the emirate, HH Sheikh Khalifa was appointed Prime Minister of Abu Dhabi and Minister of Defense and Finance. On 23 December 1973, HH Sheikh Khalifa assumed the post of Deputy Prime Minister in the second UAE Federal Cabinet. Shortly afterwards, when the Cabinet of Abu Dhabi Emirate was dissolved, as part of the process of strengthening the institutions of the UAE Federation, HH Sheikh Khalifa was appointed, on 20 January 1974, as the first Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, which replaced the Emirate’s Cabinet.

Under his direction, and in accordance with the instructions of HH Sheikh Khalifa, the Executive Council oversaw the realization of a wide-ranging development program in Abu Dhabi, including the construction of housing, water supplies and other essential services, roads and general infrastructure that led to the emergence of the city of Abu Dhabi as the modern city that it is today.

Of particular importance in terms of ensuring that citizens were able to benefit from the country’s increasing wealth was the establishment by HH Sheikh Khalifa in 1981 of the Abu Dhabi Department of Social Services and Commercial Buildings, charged with the provision of loans to citizens for construction.

The establishment of the department, popularly known as the “Khalifa Committee,” followed another decision taken by HH Sheikh Khalifa in 1979 to alleviate the burden on citizens of the repayment of loans from the commercial banks.

A further step to ensure that citizens were able to build the properties that they needed, both for residential and for investment purposes, came with the creation by HH Sheikh Khalifa of the Private Loans Authority, early in 1991.

HH Sheikh Khalifa has also been involved extensively in other areas of the country’s development. In May 1976, following the unification of the armed forces of the Emirates, HH Sheikh Khalifa was nominated as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In this capacity, he devoted much attention to the building up of the country’s defensive capability, through the establishment of many military training institutions and through the procurement of the latest military equipment and training.

HH Sheikh Khalifa has held a number of other top posts in the Abu Dhabi government. Since the late 1980s, for example, he has been Chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council, responsible for oversight of Abu Dhabi’s upstream and downstream oil and gas industries, although he has also actively encouraged diversification of the country’s economy away from dependence on its depletable reserves of hydrocarbons.

He is also Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (which replaced the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in mid-2006 and manages the emirate’s financial reserves and investments) and Honorary Chairman of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and was until 2006 the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), which oversees the country’s international development assistance program.

He has stated that his key objectives as President of the UAE will be to continue on the path laid down by his father, whose legacy, he says, “will continue to be the beacon guiding us into the future, a prosperous future where security and stability will reign.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

On January 4th, 2006, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the Ruler of Dubai following the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

On January 5th, the members of the Supreme Council elected Sheikh Mohammed the Vice President of the UAE.

On February 11th, 2006 UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan nominated Sheikh Mohammed to become the Prime Minister of the UAE; the Council approved this nomination.

Sheikh Mohammed and the members of his Cabinet took their oaths in front of Sheikh Khalifa at Al Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Mohammed embodies energetic and successful leadership. He is a man who has made promises and kept them; he has insisted on excellence and achieved nothing less; he has defined the role of leadership and fulfilled it.

Since becoming the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, groundbreaking initiatives have been rolled out at an astonishing rate.

On April 17th, 2007, Sheikh Mohammed unveiled the UAE Government Strategy Plan with the aim of achieving sustainable development throughout the country, investing federal resources more efficiently and ensuring due diligence, accountability and transparency across federal bodies.

Regionally, his most outstanding achievement was the launch of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, on May 19th, 2007, with an endowment of $10 billion.

The foundation’s aim is to promote human development by investing in education and the development of knowledge in the region by cultivating future leaders in both the private and public sectors, promoting scientific research, spreading knowledge, encouraging business leadership, empowering youth, renewing the concept of culture, preserving heritage and promoting platforms of understanding among various cultures.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was born in 1949. He is the third of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s four sons. Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed are his brothers.

 Sheikh Mohammed enjoyed a happy and carefree early childhood in the Al Maktoum family’s home located in Al Shindagha. His parents and his grandfather, Sheikh Saeed, the Ruler of Dubai, doted on him and close family surrounded him. Sheikh Mohammed and his brothers found their natural playmates among their cousins and the children of Dubai’s major trading families, the sheikhdom’s equivalent of an aristocracy. He was an athletic and energetic child; an enthusiastic participant in traditional children’s games such as Luhol and Huwaim, better known as tag and hopscotch. Even as a toddler he liked nothing better than to kick a ball around the enclosed sandy courtyard of the house.

 Family friend Hamad bin Sukat remembers Sheikh Mohammed as an active youngster. “He was forever on the move, playing games and exploring. He was inquisitive and wanted to know what was going on around him.”
Sheikh Saeed held his daily Majlis on wooden benches near the entrance to their Shindagha home. It was an informal affair, but a good learning environment and Sheikh Mohammed who was very close to his grandfather could often be found sitting alongside Sheikh Saeed.

 From an early age he was taught about hunting, especially the noble Arabian sport of falconry. Sheikh Mohammed has always found the intensity of the sport and the opportunity to return to his Arab roots and distance himself from the modern world a most attractive combination.

 In addition to hunting, the Maktoum brothers were taught the rudiments of horsemanship by their father. Sheikh Mohammed took to the saddle immediately. He and his close friends soon rode nearly every day.

 From the age of four, Sheikh Mohammed was privately tutored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. In 1955, he began his formal education at Al Ahmadiya School, a small primary school in Deira. It taught Arabic grammar, English, mathematics, geography and history. Thanks to his earlier tutoring, Sheikh Mohammed excelled. At the age of 10 he moved to Al Shaab School and two years later he went to Dubai Secondary School.

 On September 9, 1958, Sheikh Mohammed’s grandfather, Sheikh Saeed, passed away and his father became Ruler. From October 1958, Sheikh Rashid began serious preparations for his sons’ future in government.

 During the 1950s Sheikh Rashid had drawn the most talented individuals in the community into his immediate circle. There were bankers, builders, merchants and intellectuals. Sheikh Mohammed grew up as part of this unique group. He grew into a valuable participant, despite his relative youth.

Thanks to an almost photographic memory, Sheikh Mohammed progressed quickly through Dubai Secondary School. At the end of the 1964/1965 academic year he easily passed exams in the main strands of the school’s curriculum.

 Already, Sheikh Rashid believed that, as Dubai developed, a man with a character such as Sheikh Mohammed’s would be best suited to managing the increasing external and internal security demands.

With this in mind, Sheikh Rashid started looking at military training options for his third son. But first, the young prince needed a complete grounding in the English language. In August 1966, Sheikh Mohammed flew to London. He was accompanied by his cousin, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. They enrolled in the Bell School of Languages, in Cambridge, one of Europe’s best-regarded language schools.

Because of its international reputation, the Bell School of Languages attracted a wide range of nationalities. In Sheikh Mohammed’s classes there were many Chinese and Japanese students, a large number of Spanish and a smattering of others from North and South America, Australia and Africa. It was an intriguing melting pot of nationalities and cultures and Sheikh Mohammed used the opportunity to learn about many of his classmates and their countries.

Sheikh Mohammed threw himself into the vibrant Cambridge student literature scene and integrated himself fully into the student life. Besides poetry, sports held great interest for him, particularly rowing. On Saturday May 5, 1967, he and Sheikh Hamdan attended their first horse race, and saw Royal Palace win the 2000 Guineas under Gary Moore.

 As Sheikh Mohammed entered his twenties, he had a good understanding of all the areas that would be of importance in his adult life: literature, sport, the military, and politics.

HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi

Ruler of Sharjah

HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi

Ruler of Ras al Khaimah

HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi

Ruler of Fujairah

HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla

Ruler of Umm al Qaiwain

HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi

Ruler of Ajman

Ghanaian Musicians and how much they Charge For a SHOW

In Ghana, there is of course of no doubt musicians seem to make more headlines than galamsey issues. They control the masses and of course the airwaves. But have you for once thought of  how much it will cost you in order to book  your favourite musician for your birthday party or naming ceremony? Hahaha! I do believe it wouldn’t much issue for you if you have these figure.

SARKODIE GH₵150,000

Opidi Pon Pidi takes nothing less than one hundred and figty Ghana. He was recently in the news for rejecting one hundred and thirty thousand Ghana from Bola and Empire Entertainment to perform at the Ghana Meets Naija show. He rejected Ghana Music Awards 90,000 Ghana cedis some few years back as well. That’s the man Sarkodie. He has his principles and it’s something you must oblige if you want him on your stage.

SHATTA WALE GH₵150,000

This is a guy who released close to 100 tracks last two years with just two hits but it appears things seem to have turned around. With most of his tracks banging on the radios and all over, you need to improve your offer when you need him to perform for you.This was a guy who would had cost you less than 300 cedis in 2006 but now levels ‘don change’. Nothing less than one hundred and fifty thousand cedis.

KWABENA KWABENA GH₵60,000

This is one musician who seem to have more divorces than hit songs charges not less than sixty thousand cedis.

R2BESS GH₵60,000

Please don’t ask me where they are because I don’t know myself but in case you want them for your show, don’t go with less than sixty thousand.

E.L GH₵50,000

One of Ghana’s finest rappers also takes nothing less than fifty thousand Ghana cedis.

EDEM GH₵45,000

The Volta Regime kingpin wouldn’t also you nothing less than fifty thousand cedis.

SAMINI GH₵40,000

One of the old legendary musicians who refuses to grow old is also on the chart with nothing less than forty thousand cedis.

EFYA GH₵35,000

The E-F-Y-A Madam is also there and of course with her soothing voice and sweet melodies, I do believe coughing out a little over thirty thousand cedis for her to be on your stage isn’t that much.

MzVEE GH₵30,000

The I’m a Natural Girl also charges thirty thousand cedis ‘only’ for her services.

Guru GH₵30,000

This is my main man. He has more hit tracks than awards. Guru is the name. For his services, thirty thousand should be on the table. That I do believe he wouldn’t resist but instead be on your stage to move the crowd for you.

MR EAZI GH₵20,000

In case you should find him on any stage smiling and dancing with great joy and moving the crowd along, don’t be surprised for there is a more likelihood of twenty thousand sitting in his bank account for that.

JOEY B GH₵15,000

Joey B takes fifteen thousand cedis but I don’t know whether that has change. I’m sure he has reviewed it a bit downwards.

JUPITAR GH₵15,000

Jupiter is yet one stunning musician who someone miss of late but when you want him for a show, there you have it, with just GH₵15,000 you’re good to go.

PAPPY KOJO GH₵10,000

The Fante Van Damme and the Aye Late Hitmaker will just cost you GH₵10,000 only.

MEDIKAL GH₵10,000

You don’t even need to call him and find out how much he is likely to cost you. He clearly stated it in his Confirm Remix track. 10k with four rooms reserved as well.

Houthis claim attack on UAE ship off Yemen’s West Coast

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have said they targeted a military ship belonging to the United Arab Emirates, part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting them in the country.

The ship, carrying military equipment, was arriving at Yemen’s Mocha port from Eritrea’s Assab port when it was attacked, Houthi officials said on Saturday.

The Saudi Press Agency, citing a statement by the coalition, said that Houthis used an explosives-laden boat, which struck the pier close to a group of ships at Mocha.

It added that there were no casualties or any substantial damage.

UAE vessel is the third ship belonging to the coalition to be attacked off Yemen’s western coast since the beginning of 2017, according to AP news agency.

Also on Saturday, Yemeni officials said that forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took full control of a key military base, known as Khalid Ibn al-Walid, near Yemen’s west coast.

Clashes that raged over the base between forces loyal to Hadi and Houthis, who controlled it for more than two years, have killed dozens on both sides.

Later on Saturday, other Yemeni officials said that 13 of Hadi’s forces were killed after Houthis attacked a military site south of the city of Taiz, on the southwest coast.

They said that five Houthis were killed in the clashes and expected the death toll among Hadi’s forces to rise.

The Saudi-led coalition, backing Hadi’s internationally recognised government, has waged an air campaign since March 2015, seeking to dislodge the Houthis, who seized the capital Sanaa and other areas in 2014.

The coalition, mostly of Sunni Arab countries, aims to restore Hadi back to power.

Fuel Prices in UAE to Go UP in August

Fuel prices to go up in August.

Special 95 will cost Dh1.78 per liter in August as against Dh1.75 per litre in July. Similarly, Super 98 will cost Dh1.89 per litre next month, up from Dh1.86, and E Plus-91 will be at Dh1.71, up from Dh1.68 in July, the energy ministry said on its website.

Diesel prices too have been increased to Dh1. 88 per liter in August from Dh1.84 in July. New prices will come into effect from August 1.

This is an increase after three months of decrease in rates for fuel prices after the Ministry of Energy slashed prices In April, June and July. This measure was in line with international crude oil prices which have been fluctuating due to supply, demand equation.

International crude oil prices plunged nearly 10 percent this year since Opec (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and other major exporters extended their agreement to limit oil production for another nine months in May.

Global benchmark, Brent Crude is trading at $52.52 per barrel at 1:38 PM UAE time.

John Antwi Ready for Black Stars as He is Named as the Best Striker in Egypt

John Antwi has been adjudged the best striker in the just ended 2016/2017 Egyptian Premier League by Kingfut.

His 11 goals scored in the second round of the League on loan, ensured that Msr Lel Makasa qualified for next season’s CAF Champions League ahead of Zamalek which placed 3rd on the League log.

Antwi happens to be the only Ghanaian Player to win the Golden Boot(Top Scorer’s) Award and also make it into the team of the season on two occasions in the Egyptian Premier League.

The Egyptians refer to him as the “GOLDEN BOY” and his golden goals are guaranteed anytime he plays. I do believe Coach Kwesi Appiah is monitoring his progress and a call to the senior team wouldn’t at come as a surprise at all. The name again is John Antwi.

 

Ten (10) Areas in Ghana with Most Sakawa Boys (Internet Fraudsters)

Sakawa or 419 has become a norm in Ghana, even a toddler knows what it is, for those that have been living under a stone, Sakawa simply means internet fraud and it is very common in Ghana right now. Currently,because of the high rate of unemployment, people (especially the youths) have no choice but to engage in it.
People are making millions of cedis from the hustle,buying houses,luxurious cars and living lavishly all from sakawa. Some say people who engage in sakawa often uses spiritual means (voodoo) to help them scam their victims of thousands/millions of dollars. Truth be told, Sakawa is everywhere in Ghana and spreading.

Usually people in the act are in groups and stay at specific areas. Accra is noted to have most of the guys engaging in it whilst the hustle spreads to Kumasi and other parts of the country. Let’s look at most recognized areas in Ghana noted for internet fraud.

ADABRAKA

Boys who stay in Adabraka specialize in the carding part of the sakawa hustle that is; they can buy anything online with stolen credit cards. No matter the security, trust Adabraka guys to be able to purchase for you. They even sell some of the stolen credit cards.

DANSOMAN

Arguably the biggest town in Accra, boys in Dansoman specializes in what they call shopping in the Sakawa world. Where shopping means buying of goods online with stolen credit cards.

TEMA

Tema boys are natural hustlers, so anything for the money

NIMA/NEW TOWN/ALAJO

Because of how things work in these areas, they’ve dubbed themselves ghetto youth. They are very tough and sometimes violent and will do anything for the cash.

KUMASI

We hear the the hustle has traveled far to the second popular city in Ghana, Kumasi. We hear the new way everybody is going is the Sakawa way. It’s now do or die for the youths. It’s either you make money fast or forget about it.

ACHIMOTA/MILE 7

LAPAZ/ABEKA

NII BOI TOWN/CHANTANG

KASOA

TAIFA

MADINA

Nana Addo has visited 16 countries in 7 Months

It’s been 7 months since Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo took office as president of the republic but even before the year ends, more developments and hot issues keep cropping up for public discussion.

One of the most telling development was when the minority in parliament blamed the president for embarking on various trips without the consent of the House – a development which is yet to receive any comment from the presidency.

But let’s stay a little more on the issue of Nana Addo’s travels because careful tracking of all the countries that he has visited ever since becoming presidents totals the overall number of travels to 16 countries.

The full list of these countries are Mali (visit in January), Togo ( May), Burkina Faso (May), Ivory Coast (May) Senegal (May), Guinea (May), Cape Verde (May), Sierra Leone (May) Liberia (May), Mali (May), Belgium (June), Germany (June), USA (June), UK (June), Zambia (June), Ethipia (July).

One thing which stands tall in all these travels by the president is based on statements from the presidency indicating that he is engaged in various high-leveled meeting on how best to deepen bilateral ties. But with him covering 16 countries all in just 7 months, one may but wonder how many other countries Nana Addo could visit before the end of his tenure as president.