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Monday, 25th Dec, 2017

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Is life in Libya far better than the poverty in Ghana?: Youth in the Brong Ahafo Region remain defiant in their resolve to travel to Libya en route to European countries regardless of the recent exposé on slavery and the murder of black youth from others parts of Africa. The youth, especially, those from Nkoranza, Techiman and Berekum are still bent on travelling to overseas through Libya despite the dangers involved. This was disclosed by the Chief Superintendent of Immigration in charge of the Migration Information Centre at Sunyani, James Hayford Boadi. He said even though the centre is trying its best to convince the youth from embarking on such dangerous trips, their response has persistently been their preference for hardship in Libya to hunger and joblessness in Ghana. Brong Ahafo tops the other regions in terms of youth migration to Europe through the North African countries. “So far, Nkoranza, Berekum and Techiman are the leading producers of illegal immigrants most of whom have little or no knowledge about what awaits them on the way and their final destination,” he said. There are more than 1, 500 illegal Ghanaian immigrants in Libya, he said adding that between January and October 2017 a total of 3,669 Ghanaians returned from Libya. The breakdowns are 406 Greater Accra, 536 Ashanti, 129 Central and 164 Western. The rest are 155 Volta, 151 Upper West, 224 Upper East, 298 Northern, 180 Eastern and 1,426 Brong Ahafo. Read the rest...
Swedish politics - Moderaterna make big gains in opinion polls: The biggest oppostion party in the Swedish parliament reached 22.2 per cent in the latest poll of political sympathies. This is an increase of 4.1 percentage units from the last SCB poll. Miljöpartiet is under the cut-off for a place in parliament at only 3.8 per cent. Kristdemokraterna also remain outside parliament with their 3.1 percent. The anti-immigrant Sverigedemokraterna noted a backslide of 3.6 percentage units but still have a healthy 14.8 percent of voter sympathy. Socialdemokraterna remain the biggest party in the country with 32,6 per cent. This is an increade of 1.5 percentage units from the last measure. Vänsterpartiet also increased its share to 7.0 per cent. All these mean the ruling coalition of S and MP will together get 36.4 per cent of the votes if there is an election today. This figure is higher if V is counted in the red-green coalition that is now ruling Sweden. This is bigger than the total of the Allianspartierna that now form the opposition block in Riksdagen, the Swedish parliament.
World Cup 2018 - Africa's groups: Africa's five representatives to next year's World Cup Finals in Russia found themselves in the last two seeding groups and were each drawn against, on paper, tougher opponents in the group games. Ghana's conquerors in the qualifying games, Egypt, were drawn in Group A with hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. The play their first game against Suarez's Uruguay on June 15th and should have a good chance of qualifying if they beat the South Americans. Morocco was drawn in Group B with Portugal, Spain and Iran. Nigeria found itself in Group D with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Group G comprises Belgium, England, Tunisia and Panama whiles Senegal is grouped with Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H. Each of the African countries has a good chance of qualifying from the group games. The Swedes consider themselves as having been drawn in a tough group that has defending champions, Brazil, as well as Mexico and South Korea. The games are half a year away giving a lot of time for teams to develop and bring in new players.
Nigerians are best in the world at Scrabble: Scrabble found fans in Nigeria in the 1980s. It was made an official sport in the early 1990s. Prince Anthony Ikolo, the coach of the Nigerian national team, reckons there are now around 4,000 players in more than 100 clubs around the country (compared with about 2,000-2,500 members in 152 clubs in America and Canada combined). Last month the Nigerian team won the World English-language Scrabble Players Association championship held in Abuja for the second time running. This year the first prize was worth $10,000. Top players in the country can make more than $4,000 a year, a useful income boost in a country where more than half the population makes less than $1.90 a day. Read the rest...
  The Nigerian team won this year's World English-Language Scrabble Players Association championship held in Abuja
Well attended GUSS meeting ends with fruitful discussions: One of the most well attended monthy meetings of the Ghana Union in Stockholm took place at the union's usual meeting place in Rinkeby this weekend. The meeting, chaired by the Vice-President, Hilla Agbo, discussed the challenges facing the union, the programme for the coming year, the annual dues and the important question of attracting new members to the union. There was a fruitful discussion of the plight of the new Ghanaian arrivals from Italy and the problems they face in this country. Their biggest concern is to get jobs. The Treasurer presented a summary of the union accounts and members took the opportunity to pay their dues for this year. It was decided that the union will not organise any Christmas Day activities since members could join any one of the many activities by other Ghanaian groups in Stockholm that are planned for the time. There will be no monthly meeting for December and the next meeting will be scheduled for the end of January 2018.
Read our earlier reports...
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Isabel dos Santos sacked as chairman of the state oil company..
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Okwabi - two years ago...
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