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Full text: NPP 2016 manifesto highlights

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Ghana is in a crisis created and sustained by the mismanagement, incompetence and corruption of the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
He bemoans the harsh economic condition which he says is worsening by the day and not giving Ghanaians any hope.
Nana Akufo-Addo who says he has dedicated his life to public service to change Ghana for good added that when voted into office, “I will be committed to a different kind of government, one that governs in the national interest, not for private gain.”

The former Attorney General under the Kufour administration said he stand for the ordinary Ghanaian whose trust has been betrayed by the Mahama government.
These and more are included in Nana Akufo-Addo's vision for Ghana contained in the highlight of NPP's manifesto which was launched on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the International Trade Fair Center in Accra. 
The party also …

2018 World Cup: Iwobi and Iheanacho help Nigeria win in Zambia

Nigeria began their group campaign in Africa's 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-1 victory away to Zambia in Group B in Ndola on Sunday.
Both of Nigeria's goals came in the first half of the match from two of the English Premier League's rising stars.
Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi put the Super Eagles ahead in the 32nd minute.
Ten minutes later, Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho added to the scoreline to put Gernot Rohr's Nigeria 2-0 up.

In a fast-paced match with chances at both ends, Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi almost gave his side an unassailable 3-0 lead in the second half, only to see his long-range volley tipped over the bar by Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
Zambia pushed for a reply and were rewarded in the 71st minute when Collins Mbesuma grabbed one back.
Despite much pressure from the home team, Nigeria held on to record an away win to go top of their group - one of the toughest in World Cup qualifying. 
The other two teams in Group B, Algeria and…

Ohio newspaper breaks with tradition, endorses Clinton

The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday broke with 100 years of tradition, endorsing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president. 
The Ohio newspaper in an editorial said the choice was not pleasant.
"Like millions of Americans, The Dispatch editorial board has asked this question more than once: How, in a nation of more than 300 million people, did we end up with two such disliked and distrusted presidential candidates?" editors asked.

But they added that their decision was not difficult.

"Republican candidate Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States. Democrat Hillary Clinton, despite her flaws, is well-equipped for the job."

The Dispatch has traditionally endorsed Republican presidential candidates. In fact, the last time it endorsed a Democrat was in 1916, when it backed Woodrow Wilson's reelection bid.

But the newspaper's editors said Trump does not "espouse or support" traditional Republican values. Editors also called the …

We are determined and ready to take over gov’t - Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has declared that the New Patriotic Party was determined and ready to take over the reins of government of Ghana and steer it once more to the heights of development and prosperity as they once did.

“Indeed our mission this time will be to accelerate the nation’s development into the mainstream of developed countries of the world on sustainable basis,” the former President said at the manifesto launch of the party in Accra today.

He said the launch of the NPP manifesto re-affirms the historic mission, vision and commitment to uphold the rule of law, human rights and economic prosperity and social advancement for all Ghanaians through accountable and efficient governance.

Accepting to chair the manifesto launch at the Trade Fair Centre, Mr Kufuor said: “It is always a great joy to me when party members meet in such great numbers to show support for, and re-enforce our belief in our central course and goals of seeking power not for the sake …

Pope Francis names 17 cardinals: 13 of whom electors, 3 from USA

Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals Sunday — 13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor. Three of the new cardinals are Americans, including leading U.S. moderate Chicago Archbishop Blaise Cupich and Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin.
As is Francis' tradition, the new cardinals hail from some of the most far-away and peripheral corners of the globe, with Africa, Asia, South America and Oceania getting far more representation than Europe, which has long dominated the College of Cardinals.

New to the club of the "princes" of the church are bishops from Bangui, Central African Republic; Port Louis, Mauritius and Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

Significantly only one Italian elector was named: Francis' ambassador to "the beloved and martyred Syria," Cardinal-elect Mario Zenari.

Francis said the 17 would be elevated at a consistory on Nov. 19, on the eve of the close to his Holy Year of Mercy.

Of the new cardinals, Cupich…

Zimbabwean lawmaker is refused entry into Parliament because of his colourful suit

Zimbabwean member of parliament, Trevor JI Saruwaka was denied entry into his work place because his outfit supposedly flouted house rules. The lawmaker turned up to work dressed in a multi colour suit after the colours of the national flag. 
There's more to the story however. In recent times, anti-government members in politics, media and the mass populace have adopted the #ThisFlag campaign as a form of protest against president Mugabe's party, Zanu-PF which has ruled the country for decades.

The government hit back by reviving legislation that makes it a crime to "abuse" the national flag.

As lawyers have pointed out, it's been left up to the government to define what constitutes abuse. Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo said in a tweet that Saruwaka being denied entry "was for being inappropriately dressed. Even bush lawyers & fools know that Parliament has a dress code. It's in the standing orders!"


Jerusalem shooting: Two killed by Palestinian gunman

A pedestrian and a policeman have died after a Palestinian gunman opened fire from his car in an attack in Jerusalem, Israeli police say.
Six other people were wounded in the attack that began at Ammunition Hill.
The gunman fired at a tram stop, then drove off. He stopped after a police pursuit and opened fire again, killing a policeman before being shot dead.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "very fast, very determined action of the Israeli police".
The police said the attacker was a Palestinian from East Jerusalem.
The tram station is also close to a police headquarters.
The Jerusalem Post said the dead were a 60-year-old woman and a police special forces operative.
Source: BBC

Real Madrid is now the World’s highest earning club

Spanish giant, Real Madrid have been confirmed as the World’s highest earning football club after their latest rise in financial figures. The 11-time European champions posted record revenues over the course of 2015-16, with earnings rising 7.4 per cent to €620million.
A club statement read:

'Operating revenues for the financial year 2015-16, without taking into account capital gains obtained as a result of player transfers, have topped €600million euros for the first time. This improvement in profitability is due to an increase in revenues having subtracted operating expenses and provisions corresponding to risks and contingencies.'

Accra floods ahead of NPP manifesto launch

Several parts of Accra including roads leading to the Trade Fair centre where the biggest opposition party NPP is launching its manifesto today have flooded.

The flooding has been caused by a sustained rainfall which started early Sunday morning.

According to Starr News’ Elvis Adjetey the main road to the trade fair centre stretching to the Zenith university college area are all flood.

 He added, however, that thousands of supporters of the party have defied the rains and converged at the premises awaiting the lunch of their manifesto.

The NPP is launching its manifesto and campaign for the 2016 elections today.

The event which will be chaired by former President John Kufuor will bring together NPP faithful from across the country.

The party will, through its assigned officials, take the supporters through the highlights of the key policy alternatives they have developed as an opposition party.
 Flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and other key exec…

Chris Brown’s promoter denies he smashed a fan's phone in Kenya

Chris Brown’s promoter, Thandie has debunked news making rounds that the pop star smashed a fan’s phone requesting for a selfie upon his arrival for the Mombasa Rocks concert in Kenya.
Speaking to edaily, Thandie who is Breezy’s promoter in Kenya refuted the reports, saying she was with the singer when he arrived at the airport and she claims no ‘phone smashing’ took place.
‘The reports are false, and they come across as malicious.’
Meanwhile, MIA security boss also confirmed no scene of such took place.
‘Chris Brown did not smash a fan’s phone at the Moi International Airport (MIA) when he arrived Saturday 10am.’

Woman who was involved in Bill Clinton's sex scandal blasts him on Facebook and supports Trump for apologizing to women

The former Arkansas state employee who former US President Bill Clinton settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with to the tune of $850,000, took to her Facebook page to condemn the Clintons and kinda support Donald Trump for apologizing for his lewd sex comments. 

She wrote:

“So Donald Trump had to apologize about the woman comments, ” she wrote. “I don’t recall that Bill or Hillary has apologized to me and Juanita Broaddrick or Kathleen Willey yet Bill was getting his wee wee sucked under the Oval Office desk and still won a second term, UNBELIEVABLE! No liberal ever questioned his ability to run our country then, why NOW with Trump..???? Two faced hypercritical liberals!”

World Cup 2018: Ivory Coast and DR Congo win group games

Ivory Coast and DR Congo recorded opening group wins in 2018 World Cup qualifiers across Africa on Saturday, as South Africa conceded a late equaliser in Burkina Faso. 
Ivory Coast beat Mali 3-1 to go top of Group C after Gabon and Morocco had earlier drawn 0-0.
DR Congo thrashed Libya in Group A, winning 4-0 in Kinshasa with Dieumerci Mbokani scoring twice.
Burkina Faso hit a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with South Africa in Group D.

The reigning African champions, Ivory Coast, took on Mali in Group C in Bouake with a largely new generation of players in the post Toure-brothers era.
The hosts were put under pressure after just 18 minutes when Sambou Yatabare scored to give Mali a 1-0 lead. 
It took eight minutes for Ivory Coast to level the match, with Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia scoring an equaliser.
Five minutes later, the Ivorians went 2-1 up after Mali's Salif Coulibaly struck into his own net. 
Ivory Coast took a commanding 3-1 lead in the 34th minute when Gervinho (picture…