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Ghana Loses 140 Army Officers Through UN Missions



A Deputy Minister of Defence, Major Derek Oduro (Rtd), a has disclosed that about 140 Ghanaian soldiers have lost their lives, as of May 2019, while serving in the United Nations (UN) Missions around the world.

He said the lost heroes and heroines showed acts of selfless sacrifice and dedication to the protection of their fellow men and would never be forgotten.

The Deputy Minister said this on Tuesday at the Army Week Celebrations’ Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph of the Peacekeeping Memorial at Burma Camp in Accra.

Major Oduro said the gathering was a testament of the commitment to honoring the valour and deed of every single hero and heroine.

“This outward gesture is a reminder of the cost of freedom and security as well as a reflection of the pride and joy we share with those who served our nation courageously. By celebrating them, we give meaning to the cause for which they lived,” he said.

The ceremony was not only to portray the deserved appreciation and honor for the respected officers but also to promise the military personnel who continued to protect the integrity of the country that their commitment would forever be cherished and deeply appreciated.

Major Oduro commended the servicemen for putting their lives on the line in defending the nation, adding: “they have made us proud and we are blessed to have known and served with them.”

He called on all serving military personnel to seize the opportunity to reaffirm their allegiance to the service of Ghana.

“Our dedication and zeal to continue to make our motherland great will be evident in our commitment towards ensuring peace.”

Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), said the ceremony was a reminder of the unique sacrifices of men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for the nation.

It was imperative that those departed soldiers were honored, he said, adding; “This is indeed the surest bit to ensuring such sacrifices remain relevant in the lives of people in the country.”

The CDS noted that the occasion was an inspiration to clear the ideal path that could sustain peace and development, which everybody wished for.

Five wreaths were laid at the ceremony with Major Oduro laying the first one.

The second was laid by Lt. Gen. Obed Boamah and the third by Major General Azure Ayamdo on behalf of GAF.

Master Warrant Officer Daniel Addo, Sergeant Major of the Army, laid the fourth wreath while the last was laid by the Head of Army Wives Association.

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Teacher Beaten “Basa-Basa” By His JHS Student At Nungua



An attempt by Mr. Moses Onyameasem to punish his JHS final year student for failing to do his homework has led to him receiving server assault from the student and his gang of friends.

According to the report Mr. Onyameasem who teaches at at Kroma 2 JHS at Nungua, a suburb of Accra gave his students homework but one pupil failed to do his.

The teacher ultimately punished him for failing to submit his homework. The student whose name is yet to be identified left the school to the house to mobilize his friends in sprinter trotro to storm the school and u leash beating to the said teacher who punished him.

But for the rescue of Sir Moses by his colleagues, he would have been beaten to death. He was rushed to the LEKMA hospital where his face was stitched and other wounds dressed before he was discharged.

This has led to the closure of all public schools in the area with teachers protesting they don’t feel safe.

No arrest has been made yet as authorities are investigating the matter.

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Man Utd Ready To Exchange Up To 3 Players For West Ham’s Declan Rice



Manchester United is willing to offer any of Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, and Phil Jones to West Ham United in an attempt to sweeten a potential deal for midfielder Declan Rice.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long been keen on Rice but declined to pull the trigger on a bid last summer when West Ham was seeking closer to the £70m marks, but the player’s representatives now think that deal could be done at around £50m.

That news has attracted both Liverpool and Manchester City, while long-term admirers Chelsea remain keen, but sources have confirmed to 90min that United are keen to steal a march on their rivals by offering up some players in exchange.

Of the players on offer, West Ham is likely to be most intrigued by Lingard, who is currently on loan at the London Stadium and has impressed with a return of three goals and an assist in his first four games.

United value Lingard, Matic, and Jones at a combined £30m, so they are prepared to offer some money upfront as well to meet West Ham’s asking price.

The Hammers are open to the idea of taking on players as part of the deal, although there are concerns over the kind of wages they may inherit. Lingard takes home £100,000-a-week at Old Trafford, while both Matic and Jones earn similar figures as well.

To try and sweeten the deal, United may have to cover some of their wages for at least 12 months, with West Ham reluctant to take on too much extra salary this summer.

United sees Rice as a holding midfielder but also value his ability to fill in at center-back. They hope to sign two new central defenders this summer, but landing Rice may plug two holes with one peg.

The 22-year-old is understood to be ready to make the move this summer, but a front-runner is yet to emerge. Chelsea was leading the race before Frank Lampard’s departure, though their interest has cooled since.

However, the Blues still remain interested, while both Liverpool and City are contemplating moves for Rice.

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Japan Appoints Sakamoto As Minister For Loneliness



The Japanese Government has appointed their first ministry in charge of loneliness in a bid to curb the high suicide rate in the country.

The Asian country becomes the second country in the world to have such a ministry in Governance.

The new minster Tetsushi Sakamoto has been tasked to take charge of national matters with regards to individuals who are lonely for widely different reasons.

Women’s suicide rate has been on the rise in Japan. Sakamoto will be working to ensure the rate at which women commit suicide in Japan decrease.

Many of these suicide deaths in Japan have been identified to be related to relationship issues with partners.

The new minister will also be working to ensure people who have become affected directly and indirectly in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic are supported.

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