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Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil football legend Pele will not light flame

Brazil football legend Pele will not light the Olympic cauldron at Friday's opening ceremony in Rio.
The 75-year-old was rumoured to be favourite to perform the duty which has previously been carried out by other sporting greats such as Muhammad Ali and Cathy Freeman.

The three-time World Cup winner has been suffering from muscle pains and had hip surgery earlier this year.
"I'm not in physical condition to take part in the opening ceremony," he said.


Coverage of Friday's opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana Stadium begins at 23:35 BST on BBC One.

Pele added: "Only God is more important than my health. In my life, I've had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I've always respected those who admire me."

The former Santos player added that it was his "own decision".

Pele's spokesman Pepito Fornos added: "He is walking with a cane. The problem is that if he sits in a chair you need a winch to g…

LAW EXPRESS SEASON 2 PREMIERES ON AUGUST 14TH ON METRO TV

It’s Back, It’s Bigger and It’s Better! Lovers of quality television programming will have a lot to cheer about with the season two of the popular television talk show, Law Express premiering on Metro TV on Sunday 14th August 2016.

Sources at the Marketing Communications company and producers of the social service program show, Ghana News Link, have hinted on several additions to the all-new season which will air every Sunday from 6.30 – 7.30pm.

Commenting on the all new season, the Communications Consultant at Ghana News Link. Mr. Jonathan Christopher Koney indicated that “season two of Law Express is going to be more fun and exciting as there will be more engagement with members of ordinary Ghanaian. This season will witness a more vibrant social media segment during which the panelist will answer questions from the general public and get them engaged in the discourse. And of course, the look and feel for this season will be exceptional with the introduction of a new se…

6th Chale Wote Street Art festival set for Aug 15

The sixth edition of the Chale Wote Street Art festival will grace the streets of James Town in its colorful splendor on August 15 to 21, 2016.

This year’s festival will mark the fifth anniversary of Chale Wote’s infusion of art, music and dance music in Accra’s oldest urban fishing community.
After 2015’s well-received, “African Electronics”, the motif for the 2016 festival is “Spirit Robot” geared towards embracing the power rooted in humanity.

The 2016 edition has been expanded to a full week of activities will feature more than 200 artists showcasing a wide array of mediums and projects.

There will also be some international spice with more than 30 artists coming from 10 different countries.

Organisers explained that the idea behind Spirit Robot “refers to the energetic ability of festival participants to create a new encounter with reality that is entirely of our choosing and construction.”

They have promised a vibrant mix of visual art, photography, films, fashion, mixed med…

Witch Crash Lands In K’si

RESIDENTS OF Akyeremadi, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, woke up Thursday morning to the shocking news of a suspected witch crash landing in the town.

A 37-year-old woman, who said Gifty and Afia were her names, reportedly fell down heavily from the sky on a tape at a block factory, at about 3:30 am.


Some masons at the scene, alleged that they heard a deafening noise so they rushed to the place to check what was amiss at that ungodly hour.

According to them, they had the shock of the lives when they saw a lady, who was wearing a shiny-looking dress, lying on the tape, with blood stains on her face.

They said before they could get closer, the lady took to her heels and so they pursued her and she eventually took refuge at one Emmanuel Ofori’s house.

The masons said they were shocked to see the lady virtually naked when they eventually caught up with her, hiding in an obscure corner in the house.



News of a suspected witch, who had crash landed, attracted a colossal number…

Nigerian cell mate harassing me – JB’s ‘killer’ cries

Daniel Asiedu, the self-confessed murderer of Abuakwa North Member of Parliament Joseph Boakye Danquah has revealed that a Nigerian cell mate at the Legon Police Station has been harassing him.

He has since been transferred to the Kotobabi Police cells to enable him avoid further confrontations after the Criminal Investigations Department officer handling his case was informed.

His case has, however, been adjourned to August 19, by presiding judge His Worship Stephen Owusu.

The case was adjourned after Chief Inspector Isaac Agbemehia who held brief for substantive prosecutor in the case, Insp. Francis Baah told the court that Mr. Baah is out of the jurisdiction.

He also told the court that they are still waiting for the Attorney General's advice on Asiedu’s docket.

Meanwhile, Augustine Obour, lawyer for the two accused persons, Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bosso, was not in court.

19-year-old Asiedu was arrested for allegedly stabbing the late JB Danquah Adu at his residence on Fe…

Prez Mahama Donates GHC5,000 To Assist Wayoosi

President John Dramani Mahama has donated an amount of GHC5,000 to Kumasi-based actor, Wayoosi.

Joseph Nana Osei Kofi as known in real life was reported to be in a critical condition and receiving treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
Confirming news of the donation to abrantepa.com, Clement Bonney (Mr Beautiful) who is the Project Coordinator for ‘Celebrities for Mahama’ said the president made the donation through the Ministry of Tourism.

“It’s true the president has made a donation to Wayoosi. He will go and pay him a visit next week. He did so through the Tourism Ministry,” he said.

A check by abrantepa.com reveals that the said amount has been handed over to Asare Bediako, a movie producer, director and a member of ‘Ashanti Faithfuls for Mahama’.

President John Mahama has in recent times extended a hand to celebrities in need through the ‘Celebrities for Mahama’ which seeks to better the welfare of old personalities in the arts.

The project has seen C.K. …

Obama: ISIL still a threat despite coalition gains

US President Barack Obama has touted gains in the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but cautioned that the group, also known as ISIS, can still direct and inspire damaging attacks.
Speaking after meeting with top aides at the Pentagon, Obama said on Thursday that ISIL will continue to be a threat, highlighting the group's ability to motivate so-called "lone wolf" supporters to launch small-scale attacks that are harder to detect and prevent. Confronting ISIL: US-led coalition meets to plan battle

"What ISIL has figured out is that if they can convince a handful of people, or even one person, to carry out an attack on a subway, or at a parade or some other public venue, and kill scores of people as opposed to thousands of people, it still creates the kinds of fear and concern that elevates their profile," Obama said.
ISIL has claimed responsibility for a number of recent mass killings, including a lorry attack in the French …

Egypt 'kills head of Islamic State's Sinai branch'

The Egyptian military says it has killed the head of the Sinai branch of so-called Islamic State (IS), along with dozens of its fighters.
It said Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed in a series of air strikes on fighters of the Sinai Province - or Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - group.
The air strikes targeted jihadist strongholds near the town of El-Arish.

Sinai Province is Egypt's most active insurgent group and has been linked to deadly attacks in Sinai and Cairo.
The Egyptian military said: "The raids left more than 45 terrorists killed, dozens of others injured and several arms caches destroyed."
Brig-Gen Mohammed Samir said in a posting on Facebook that Ansari was killed in an operation guided by "accurate intelligence".
The posting did not say when the operation was carried out.
The air strikes were on southern and south-western areas of El-Arish, the largest town in northern Sinai.
The jihadist group, which has been active in the Sinai peninsula since 2011, has not comment…

Over 180,000 persons sign 2nd submitted Montie 3 petition

A second petition has been presented to President John Mahama, with over 180,000 signatories appealing to him to pardon the convicted Montie 3 contemnors.

Salifu Maase, known on the Montie FM airwaves as 'Mugabe', and his two panelists – Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson – are jailbirds now after the Supreme Court cited them for contempt in a live radio discussion.

The Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) presented the second petition to the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, Thursday. Counsel of the trio had already presented theirs to the presidency.
“The four-month custodial sentence has attracted widespread criticisms for its severity and excessiveness from well-meaning Ghanaians. As an advocacy group, we condemn the utterances of the convicts. We, however, join our numerous compatriots to make an appeal to your good offices to invoke Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana to pardon the three convicts or remit their sentences,” RAP said in its peti…