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Ghana: TAFO UNREST | ASANTEMAN DEMANDS ACTION

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The Asanteman Council has directed the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to present findings of the skirmishes that broke out at Tafo in Kumasi last week.

One person was killed during the clashes, with several others injured and many properties destroyed.

Speaking at the Council, the Chief Linguist of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Nana Nsuase Poku, said the committee investigating the incident should regularly brief them on its findings.

He said: “We have already declared our intentions to the Mamponghene and the Asante Steering Committee that we are anxiously waiting for the outcome of the committee’s investigation, so we will know our next line of action.

“We are not going to sit down and fold our arms if the investigation is going to take forever and ever. All we are asking for is regular briefing by the committee on its investigations.”

Meanwhile the regional minister and chairman of the REGSEC, Peter Anarfi Mensah, has debunked rumours that the 40 Muslim youth, who were apprehended have been freed.

He revealed that the REGSEC has in its possession a video footage that incriminates the perpetrators.

“We have visual recordings of what happened in Tafo where some people are seen wielding knives and machetes and entering the bank, but I cannot go into details for security reasons,” he explained.

“We have also assessed the extent of damage and we will be looking at ways to compensate affected persons in due course. I remember leading a delegation to the Tafo chief’s palace, where we arrived at an amicable solution. I can assure you that by Tuesday we will bring you up to speed on the committee’s findings.”

Mr Mensah urged members of the public with any information to make it available to the police and said they would resume talks of the cemetery land at a later date.

-Classfmonline

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‘Howard Webb To Become Premier League Referees’ Chief’

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Mike Riley, the head of Premier League referees, will step down from his role next season, with Howard Webb set to replace him.

It was previously reported that a host of Premier League sides were pushing for a change in command, as they believed too many mistakes were made during games in the 2021-22 season.

In a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Board, it has now been confirmed that Riley will leave his role next season – one which he had held since 2009 when he replaced Keith Hackett.

Riley’s role is set to be split after his departure with PGMOL, aiming to appoint a chief refereeing officer, in charge of developing match officials, and a chief operating officer, who will manage the organisation. 

Speaking after his departure was confirmed, Riley said: ‘I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages.

‘As the Elite Referee Development Plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. 

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Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Ending Right To Abortion

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The U.S. Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, declaring that Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion.

In the court’s most closely watched and controversial case in years, a majority of the justices – all of whom were appointed by Republican presidents – held that the right to end a pregnancy was not found in the text of the Constitution nor the nation’s history.

The court, in a 6-3 vote, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.

Writing for the court majority, Justice Samuel Alito said: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.

“Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

The court’s three liberal justices dissented.

In a joint dissenting opinion, Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan heavily criticized the majority, saying: “With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent.”

“After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had,” Associate Justice Stephen Breyer added in a dissent joined by the court’s two other liberal justices. “The majority accomplishes that result without so much as considering how women have relied on the right to choose or what it means to take that right away.”

Roe v. Wade was centered around ‘Jane Roe’, a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey, a single mother pregnant for the third time, who wanted an abortion. She sued the Dallas attorney general Henry Wade over a Texas law that made it a crime to terminate a pregnancy except in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life was in danger – arguing that the law infringed on her constitutional rights.

The Supreme Court’s ruling came in the pivotal case Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the last abortion clinic in Mississippi opposed the state’s efforts to ban abortion after 15 weeks and overturn Roe in the process.

The ruling means that individual states now have the power to decide on whether to ban abortion.

The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are “certain or likely” to ban abortion now.

It means the women with unwanted pregnancies in many parts of America will now face the choice of traveling to another state where the procedure remains legal and available, buying abortion pills online or having a potentially dangerous illegal abortion.

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Brandy Signs With Motown Records

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Brandy is joining the Motown family.

As she gets ready to embark on the next chapter of her career, the R&B icon has inked a partnership with Motown Records.

Brandy is currently putting the finishing touches on her eighth full-length studio album and Motown Records debut, her first album in two years, described as her “boldest, biggest, and best era yet.”

“Brandy is one of the most prolific voices in the history of music,” Motown CEO and Chairwoman Ethiopia Habtemariam said in a statement. “Her contribution to R&B continues to influence newcomers and contemporaries around the world. We are ecstatic to welcome Brandy to the Motown family and eager to join her in making musical history.”

Brandy joins the iconic label, home to acts including Diddy, Lil Baby, Erykah Badu, and City Girls.

“Thank you God. I’m so excited for this beautiful journey @motown,” she tweeted.

Brandy’s previous album, 2020’s B7, was released independently via her label Brand Nu through eOne.

To celebrate the announcement, Brandy delivered a special performance of her B7 track “Rather Be” for COLORSxSTUDIOS in honor of Black Music Month.

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