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British Embassy Block Visas Of 35 Afghan Students Offered Scholarships To Study In UK

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The British Embassy in Kabul has blocked the visas of 35 Afghan students who were offered scholarships to study in the UK as the Taliban sweeps across their nation.

The Afghans had been selected among thousands of applicants for the prestigious Chevening scholarship, a UK grant which offers students from across the world the chance to study at UK universitie. But, after a year-long application process, the students were told that the UK Foreign Office had decided with ‘deep regret’ to pause this year’s Chevening scholarship in Afghanistan.

The embassy letter, which was shared by former UK politician Rory Stewart on Twitter, read: ‘Current circumstances mean that the British embassy in Kabul is unable to administer the parts of the programme that must be done in Kabul in time for candidates to begin their course this year.’

The letter added: ‘The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is proud of the role Chevening has played and will continue to play in offering Afghan scholars the opportunity to study in the UK and we remain committed to reinstating the programme as soon as possible.

‘We would therefore like to offer you a deferral until the academic year 2022-2023.’

Sharif Safi, who was planning on studying a Masters in peace, conflict and diplomacy at London Metropolitan University, told Sky News: ‘I’m still in shock. I’m devastated after the news. All my dreams have vanished.’

The student, who completed a five-hour-long English exam in Kabul while suffering from Covid-19 for the scholarship, told Sky News that he and the 34 other students like him had already made plans to study in the UK this year.

He said: ‘Personally in my case I handed over my job and all my responsibilities in my organisation to someone else.

‘I declined a job offer in an important diplomatic mission and I rejected several other educational opportunities just because I opted for Chevening over any other opportunities.’

It comes as the Taliban continues to take control of large swaths of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops after 20 years of military operations.

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Accra Is Second Most Expensive City In The World : Survey

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Ghana’s capital city, Accra, is the second most expensive city in the world in terms of the property price to income ratio, according to Numbeo.

Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database of reported consumer prices, perceived crime rates, quality of health care, and other statistics, explained that the Price to Income Ratio is the basic measure for apartment purchase affordability.
It is generally calculated as the ratio of median apartment prices to median familial disposable income, expressed as years of income,” the site stated.

This comes amidst agitations about the city’s high cost of property prices, contributing to the #FixTheCountry Movement.

Accra is ahead of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Shenzhen (China), Moscow (Russia), Paris (France) as well as many other world-class cities.

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Ghana Will Dominate African Football Very Soon : Kurt Okraku

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GFA President, Kurt Okraku has promised that Ghana will dominate African football.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting with the visiting CAF President, Patrice Motesphe, and other dignitaries, the GFA President was bullish in his expectations for the country’s football teams.

“Very soon Ghana will be dominant on the African continent”

He explained that this was based on the performance of the U-20 side, the Black Starlets, who won the U20 African Cup of Nations earlier this year.

He then reminded the attendees that the success of the senior team, the Black Stars at the 2010 World Cup was based on investment in grassroots and juvenile football.

He concluded with the proclamation,

“Ghana must always be at the apex of the sport”

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UCL: Chelsea Thrash Malmo But Lukaku And Werner Pick Up Injuries

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Chelsea thrashed Malmo in the Champions League but lost strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner to first-half injuries.

Andreas Christensen volleyed the Blues ahead from Thiago Silva’s cross for his first goal for the club.

Lukaku was fouled – and injured – for a penalty which Jorginho scored, and Werner then pulled up while running.

Kai Havertz dinked home Chelsea’s third and Jorginho added another spot-kick for the European champions, who are second in Group H behind Juventus.

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