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Arsenal Set To Snub Youri Tielemans As Mikel Arteta Puts Faith In “New Yaya Toure”

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Arsenal have been touted with a move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans for the majority of the opening exchanges of the summer transfer window – but the deal is now in doubt.

The Gunners have already made two signings this month after the arrival of Sao Paulo wonderkid Marquinhos was followed by the purchase of Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira to the tune of £30million. Given Arsenal’s attacking struggles last term, it would appear that a new forward is the most pressing concern.

With Mikel Arteta’s men reportedly on the cusp of an agreement with Manchester City for Brazil international Gabriel Jesus, it was expected that attentions would soon turn to the Gunners’ central midfield and some potential reinforcements.

Tielemans has just one year left to run on his current deal at the King Power and many would have expected a frenzy of interest from potential suitors, but it has not played out that way.

Leicester are in no position to be commanding a particularly large fee for the Belgium international as he could simply walk away for nothing in 12 months time. Yet, few clubs seem interested in prying Tielemans away from the Foxes for a cut-price sum.

Arsenal looked to be the only club in the race for the 25-year-old a few weeks ago, but Goal report that even the Gunners interest has since ‘cooled’. While the decision to explore other players for other positions may seem confusing, there’s every chance Arteta has determined Tielemans is not needed due to who he already has waiting in the wings.

Albert Sambi Lokonga was once dubbed "the new Yaya Toure"
Albert Sambi Lokonga was once dubbed “the new Yaya Toure”

Albert Sambi Lokonga was purchased last summer from Anderlecht and endured a debut season of mixed fortune at the Emirates. The young talent got off to a promising start, but quickly fell out of Arteta’s plans for his immediate starting eleven.

Despite this, there remains plenty more to come from the 22-year-old – that is at least according to Lokonga’s former coach and ex-Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany.

Reflecting on the first time he saw Lokonga, Kompany told Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel ‘FIVE’,: “The first thing I did when I saw Sambi is I went to Mikel and also Pep, but Mikel first and said, “You got to watch this guy, he’s the new Yaya Toure. Anyway, nothing comes off it, he’s got a cruciate ligament [injury].

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Gov’t Sell Golden Tulip, Now Renamed Lancaster Hotel

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The Golden Tulip Hotels in Accra and Kumasi will be rebranded after the Ghanaian government sold its stake in the facility to some Lebanese investors.

The four-star hotels are owned by a joint venture between the governments of Ghana and Libya (GLAHCO), with Ghana owning 60% and Libya owning 40%.

According to media reports, Ghana has completely sold its franchise to a company called Lancaster.

This means that the renowned hotels in Ghana’s capital and the Ashanti Regional capital will be known as Lancaster Accra City Hotel and Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel as of July 1st, 2022.

A letter from the General Manager with the heads of departments in copy read: “Achour Holding Limited operating as Lancaster Hotels will be the new lessee and would take effect from 1st July, 2022, with same conditions as previously communicated”.

“We urge you to support the new company to ensure a successful takeoff,” the statement added.

Another letter from the Rooms Division Manager of Golden Tulip Hotel, Lucy Ahedor said “we wish to inform you that from 1st of July, 2022, the name of the hotel will now change to Lancaster Hotel. We would also like to inform you to rest assured as this change will not affect normal operations of the hotel”.

“We are happy to also announce that the hotel under this new name will be going through refurbishment by enhancing most of the facilities,” she added.


Some hotel employees confirmed the sale and name change to Joy News, while sources say the move was spearheaded by government officials.

The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is a hotel franchise and management company with locations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

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Merchant SIMs, Cash-Outs, And Cash-Ins Exempted From E-Levy : GRA

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The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has denied social media reports that the tax collection agency will begin charging E-Levy on merchant SIM cards on July 1, 2022.

The false reports also claim that Cash-Ins or deposits made through a merchant or vendor will be subject to E-Levy. According to GRA, this is not the case.

In a press statement, the GRA stressed that “the Levy does not apply to Specified Merchant Payments. It added that Specified Merchant Payments are payments made to merchants through a payment service to a person registered with the GRA for the purposes of Income Tax or Value Added Tax (VAT). Customers making payments to such specified merchants will NOT be charged the E-Levy”.

According to the GRA, the E-Levy does not apply to cash withdrawals and cash deposits either at the bank or at a mobile money agent or vendor point.

It explained that Cash-Ins or deposits do not attract E-Levy hence customers are NOT to pay any amount as E-Levy.

“The general public should note that E-Levy is NOT charged on merchant SIMs, as is being purported. The E-Levy is only charged on a transfer from a customer to a Specified Merchant if the merchant is NOT registered with GRA for Income Tax or VAT purposes,” a statement said.

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Russian Citizens Will Need Visa To Enter Ukraine Henceforth

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Russian citizens will need a visa to enter Ukraine beginning Friday, July 1, after Kyiv ended a decade-long visa-free regime that facilitated cross-border travel for citizens of both countries.

Following a petition from a Ukrainian citizen, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the decision to end the visa-free regime.

Following Russia’s invasion, Zelensky stated that he supported the implementation of stricter controls for the entry of Russian citizens.

According to Zelensky, the country has decided to end visa-free travel for Russian citizens due to “unprecedented threats to Ukraine’s national security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

Previously, Russian citizens did not require visas to enter Ukraine and could stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

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