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Speaker of Parliament has urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to be punctual as they prepare for the upcoming general elections.

Mr. Edward Doe Ajaho’s comments were stated in his opening remarks of the 2nd Meeting of the 4th Session of the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic yesterday.

The country is preparing for general elections in November this year.

This year’s polls are considered very crucial due to some issues that erupted after the last election which resulted in a court case.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) risks staying in opposition for twelve years if it loses.

While the incumbent, National Democratic Congress (NDC), is also eager to hold on to power for the next four years.

It is expected that some MPs will be involved in party campaigns ahead of the elections.

But the Speaker urged them to respect the timetable of the House to enable them complete the business of the House on time.

“I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the agenda for this current meeting is a tall one, having regard to the paucity of time at our disposal, I will entreat honourable members to attend business of the House with punctuality and seriousness both at plenary band in committees in order to facilitate the expeditious consideration of programme business,” he stated.

The Speaker also indicated that priority should be given to the consideration of the Right to Information Bill which is currently at the consideration stage.

Minority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, pleaded with the Speaker to ensure that ministers who are summoned to appear before the House get copies of questions on time before they appear.

That, according to him, will speed up some processes in the House.

Mr. Doe Ajaho stated that the leadership of Parliament was concerned about the spate of attacks on some MPs.

MP for Abuakwa North constituency, J.B. Danquah-Adu, was stabbed to death in his home three months ago by some assailants.

Recently, the MP for Okere constituency was robbed at gunpoint by armed men.

The trial of two persons involved in the murder of the late MP is ongoing while an investigation is being conducted into the robbery incident.

Mr. Doe Ajaho assured the MPs that necessary contacts have been made with the security agencies to ensure members and staff of the House are protected.

He also urged the MPs to take necessary security precautions while their security concerns are being addressed.

Source: Ghana/Joy FM

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McDonald’s To Leave Russia Permanently After 32 Years

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McDonald’s has announced that it will leave Russia permanently after 30 years.

McDonald’s announced in March that it would temporarily close its roughly 850 restaurants in the country as part of the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Chicago-based company owns 84% of its stores in Russia and has stated that its restaurants in Russia and Ukraine contributed 9% of its annual revenue, or around $2 billion (£1.6 billion).

The company expects to incur a non-cash charge of between $1.2 billion (£980 million) and $1.4 billion as part of the exit.

“The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, as well as the precipitating unpredictable operating environment,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

According to the company, it has begun selling its restaurants there due to the “humanitarian crisis” and “unpredictable operating environment” caused by the Ukraine war.

McDonald’s intends to sell its business to a local buyer, which employs 62,000 people and operates 850 restaurants (including those run by franchisees).

The restaurants will be “de-arched,” which means they will no longer use the McDonald’s name, logo, or branding. In a statement, McDonald’s stated that its “priorities include seeking to ensure that McDonald’s employees in Russia continue to be paid until the close of any transaction and that employees have future employment with any potential buyer.” In Russia, it will keep its trademarks.

According to the company, doing business in Russia is “no longer tenable” or consistent with its values.

“This is a complicated issue with no precedent and profound consequences,” McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski wrote in a message to franchisees, employees, and suppliers obtained by The New York Times.

“Some might argue that providing access to food and continuing to employ tens of thousands of ordinary citizens is unquestionably the right thing to do,” he continued. However, it is impossible to ignore the humanitarian crisis caused by Ukraine’s war. And it’s difficult to imagine the Golden Arches symbolizing the same hope and promise that drove us to enter the Russian market 32 years ago.”

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Ashantigold Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation

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Ashantigold Sporting Club of Ghana has been demoted to Division Two, Ghana’s third tier league, after being found guilty of match manipulation.

The incident occurred at the end of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season, when Ashantigold defeated Inter Allies 7-0. Hashmin Musah, an Allies player, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to ruin a bet placed on the game.

Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, the club’s President, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been barred from football activities for ten years and eight years, respectively.

Eight club players were also banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, and a further five players were given four-year bans for failing to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

Furthermore, the club was fined Ghs 100,000, the President was fined Ghs 100,000, and the CEO was fined Ghs 50,000.

The decision will be implemented beginning with the 2022/2023 season.

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Inter Allies Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation

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Inter Allies Football Club has been demoted to Ghana’s second division after being found guilty of match manipulation.

The Ghana FA’s Disciplinary Committee announced the decision on Monday, following the conclusion of an investigation into last season’s final day clash between AshGold and Inter Allies at the Len Clay Stadium.

The game was won by AshGold 7-0, with Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah scoring two own goals in the process.

Musah, however, admitted after the game in a radio interview that his own goals were scored on purpose to scupper a 5-1 bet that some people had placed on the match.

The GFA announced that the club had been charged on two counts and that it would be demoted to Division Two at the end of the current season. They were relegated from the Ghana Premier League last season and fell into this division.

In addition to the demotion, Inter Allies must pay a GHS 100,000 fine under the GFA’s Disciplinary Code.

Their head coach, Felix Aboagye, and team manager, Reuben Adjetey, would be barred from all football-related activity for 24 months.

As part of the GFA’s sanctions, four players were given 24-month bans. Richmond Lamptey of Kotoko was banned from football for 30 months because he was playing for Inter Allies at the time of the incident.

Hashmin Musah was also punished, but he received a shorter 6-month ban for bringing the incident to light, and he was also warned to notify the GFA’s Integrity Hotline in the future if he becomes aware of such unscrupulous arrangements.

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