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An EasyJet passenger wears 15 shirts and jumpers on flight to avoid baggage fee he is afraid to pay.

As airline baggage allowances get smaller, passengers are finding extreme lengths to get around them.

When John Irvine, from Glasgow, turned up at Nice airport in France, he was told his bag was too heavy and he would have to pay a fee to check it in.

To make his luggage lighter, he then piled on 15 shirts and jumpers in a funny video shared by his friends.

It’s been 5 years since the mysterious disappearance of Hiplife Musician Theophilus Tagoe, known in showbiz as Castro or Castro Under Fire at Ada.

Castro was on vacation with Ghanaian Footballer Asamoah Gyan and friends when it was reported that he had drowned at the Ada Estuary.

According to reports, Castro was riding a Jet Ski with a friend Janet Bandu when the incident happened but the Jet Ski was recovered without the bodies of Castro and Janet.

Speaking to Kofi Adomah Nwanwanii on Kofi TV, Castro’s father indicated that he does not want to dwell too much on what the laws or people like Asamoah Gyan who was with Castro before his disappearance are saying.

According to him, Asamoah Gyan as a friend to his son only went on vacation with him and that does not make him a family member neither does it make him the spokesperson nor the mouthpiece for the family.

“Ask him how many times he has got into contact with the family after Castro disappearance,” he quizzed.

When asked whether he has made some spiritual consultation, Castro’s father stated that as a Christian all his burdens had been cast upon the Lord.

He said since the disappearance of Castro, it has not been easy for him because of how they relate to each other.

“On Fathers’ Day, on my birthday, he is the first person to call….so just put yourself in my shoes. It has not been easy. The battle is the Lord’s,” he added.

Sports Minister to face Parliament over Ghana’s failed AFCON campaign

Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, is expected to be hauled to Parliament, to answer why Ghana performed poorly at the 2019 AFCON tournament.

The MPs expressed concerns over the Black Stars’ disappointing performance which saw them exit the tournament after Monday’s defeat to Tunisia at Ismailia in Egypt.

Black Stars lost 5-4 on penalties to the Carthage Eagles following a 1-1 in 120 minutes of action.

It is the first time the team is exiting the tournament without reaching the semifinal stage since they were eliminated at the group stage in the 2006 tournament also staged in Egypt.

The team is expected to arrive at the Kotoka Airport in Accra, by Wednesday.

On Tuesday, members on the two sides of the House indicated that they have begun the process to get Mr. Asiamah to appear before them to respond to questions.

An urgent question has been filed by the Minority for the Minister to appear, Ranking member on the Sports Committee, Kwabena Woyome, has indicated.

Mr. Woyome says there are lots of questions requiring answers, hence the urgent question.

“We’d want the Minister to tell the country something through Parliament,” Mr. Woyome told JoyNews correspondent, Joseph Opoku Gakpo.

Mr. Woyome also wants to know what lessons have been learnt from the country’s abysmal performance while trying to juxtapose that with the ongoing process to normalise football in the country.

Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee, Kofi Agyekum, disagrees with his colleague on the minority side for attempting to summon the minister to the floor to answer questions. He says the committee will rather invite him to come to brief them on the AFCON at a committee sitting.

“…As representatives of the people, he has the duty to appear before us to answer those questions,” Mr. Agyekum stated.

He believes the current development “presents the country with an opportunity to tackle issues relating to football systematically and have them addressed.”

Woman creates line of afro dolls to empower black girls.
Social worker who hated her frizzy hair so much that she went BALD trying to straighten it as a child creates a range of dolls with Afros to teach young girls to love their looks

A woman who was so self-conscious about her frizzy hair that she accidentally went bald trying to straighten it as a child has created a line of dolls with Afro hair to empower other little black girls.

Widline Pyrame, 30, from Boston, Massachusetts, hated her appearance and wanted nothing more than to have the sleek locks she saw in magazines and on dolls.

But now she is trying to help other black girls by creating Afro dolls to empower them to do same also.

Ghana is now the fastest-growing mobile money market in Africa.

In the past few years, the unprecedented growth of mobile financial services in sub-Saharan Africa has defied all expectations. While Kenya is often cited as a leading example of digital transformation, Ghana has recently become the fastest-growing mobile money market in Africa, with registered accounts increasing six-fold between 2012 and 2017. The country’s experience provides a fresh perspective on its digital transformation and demonstrates that technology can help modernise the financial system as well as also support greater financial inclusion.
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In Ghana, mobile financial services are mostly used by those poorly served by the traditional financial sector. The 2017 Global Findex database indicates that access to formal financial services rose from 41% of adults in 2014 to 58% in 2017]. This is largely attributable to mobile accounts, with 20% of digital-wallet users being previously unbanked. These now represent about 40% of all account holders, compared to 13% in 2014.

Furthermore, by reducing the lengths of transactions as well as the associated risks and costs, mobile-money solutions better meet the needs of vulnerable customers such as smallholder farmers. While rural access to formal financial accounts is still low, figures have almost doubled since 2011, [from 26% to 51%]. Today, approximately 40% of payments for the sale of agricultural products are made via a formal account, and in most cases into a mobile-money account.

Many factors explain the rapid progress of mobile money use in Ghana. First, the strong penetration rate of mobile phones (about 128% of the population) make the widespread use of mobile-money services possible, particularly in rural areas. Second, and more importantly, the Ghanaian success is the product of a right mix of consumer-driven practices and a favourable regulatory environment for the industry, built on the back of early infrastructure investments.

If Ghana can boast about championing mobile money today, in the early years digital services struggled to gain traction. The initial 2008 regulation for branchless banking was highly restrictive, imposing rules and requirements that deterred most initiatives. The regulations reflected the perceived “high-risk gamble” of allowing non-bank actors such as mobile network operators to issue e-money and potential negative implications for the stability of Ghana’s banking sector.

Ghanaians no longer need a visa to travel to South Africa.

This is because the South African Government has added Ghana to the list of its visa-free countries.

This was captured in a post on South Africa’s Home Affairs Twitter handle.

Other countries that were added to the list of visa-free countries include Qatar, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Sao Tome and Principe.

A separate statement from the Home Affairs Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi said: “Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries.”

He said, out of the number “16 are in our [African] continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.”

He went on further to announce seven countries that have been added to the visa-free list which included Ghana.

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi said they “will immediately enter into discussions with them about how a visa-free regime will work. We still have some homework to do for 3 countries whose combined populations make up close to 30% of the world’s population i.e. China, India and Nigeria,” the statement added.”

Below are excerpts of the statement by the Home Affairs Minister with regards to visa waiver:

While Home Affairs Department core mandate is issuing identification, we also contribute significantly to economic growth.

We do this by making life easier for our sister Departments such as Tourism to boost their tourism figures. Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation.

Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.

Today, we wish to announce an addition to our visa-free countries.

These are:

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

New Zealand

Saudi Arabia

Cuba

Ghana

Sao Tome and Principe

We will immediately enter into discussions with them about how a visa-free regime will work.

There is currently a mad rush for husband snatching charms by Ghanaian ladies who have been seen in longer queues at the shop of Mama Gee.

Mama Gee who is a supplier the charms among sexual enhancement products, has shockingly revealed that she helps young ladies charm rich men in the country in return for cash reason some rich men cannot let go off ladies they are dating.

A viral video sighted has revealed ladies of all shapes, sizes and complexion trooping into the shop of woman who has revealed she has a solution to their problems which is snatching husbands of other women and also making huge cash.

Explaining how the charms work, she said her products upgrade women’s private parts to ‘sweetness’ different from other women where they become irresistible to their partners.

Mama Gee juxtaposed cooking to the woman’s private parts where spices are garnished to make it tasty and that women need some charm to smear on their private parts and faces to receive the cheques, houses, traveling, cars they dream of among other things.

According to her, it’s not so simple for rich men to simply give out their monies to ladies they have unbridled sex with and that ladies need to device other means to get monies from men for their upkeep and businesses.

Sports enthusiast and aced broadcast Journalist Nana Aba Anamoah has expressed consternation at the performance of the Black Stars, which saw their early exit from the ongoing 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Nana Aba Anamoah told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show it will take more than crying for the players to appease Ghanaians who have been forced into mourning by their performance.

“Are the players not offering any form of apology for the energy invested in them”? she asked. And called on them to donate half of their bonuses to charity to show that they are sorry.

“They should do more than crying,” she added. She told Daniel Dadzie, host of the Super Morning Show Tuesday, most of these players “did not look interested.

The sobbing of some of the players after the defeat did not convince Nana Aba Anamoah they are remorseful.

According to her, the players were crying because of their personal loss. Why were the players crying? It was because they are not progressing to the next stage of the competition, they are going to be denied bonuses and may not get contracts from scouts.”

Rating the individual performances of the players, she said, “I was expecting more from Asamoah Gyan. But I don’t blame him. Someone was supposed to supply him the balls. Yesterday apart from Nuhu Adams and Mubarak Wakaso, all the other players were very average.”

Ghana’s hope of winning the 2019 African Cup of Nations, after 37 successive previous failed attempts, was dashed last night at the Ismailia Stadium in Egypt.

This was not unexpected. The team struggled in their previous games and were thankful to have been rewarded by an own goal from the Tunisians a minute to the end of the game.

Luck eluded them during the penalty shootout which saw them losing 4: 5 to their Tunisian counterparts.

Many Ghanaians believed the team went into the tournament relying on luck than adequate preparation. Activist, Kinna Likimani shared this view. According to her, it takes more than nationalist sentiments to win such a competitive tournament.

“I do not understand why we do the same things and expect different results. Why do you think Ghana is going to win? I have not seen anything. Performance is not just muscle moving,” she said on Joy FM’s Super Morning days to the tournament.

“What have we done to ensure that they get the work done? We have not treated ourselves as if we deserve it,” Likimani added.

The senior national team has been grappling with management issues since Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ investigative work which unmasked corruption in Ghana’s football.

The team is currently being managed by a three-man normalization committee put in place by FIFA. This was after the Ghana Football Association was dissolved and its president banned from football-related activities.

The ad-hoc committee is to temporarily manage the team until there can be a properly constituted Ghana football association. Commenting on the future of the coach, Nana Aba Anamoah says that it is time for Kwasi Appiah to step aside.

The coach, she said, has done well thus far but it time for him to go.

“Drop that coach. No drop him,” she said on the Morning show.

Nana Aba Anamoah, like many other Ghanaians on social media, has blamed Ghana’s early exit from the tournament on the coach.

“We had coaching deficiencies,” she lamented, “why do you take off Dede Ayew and keep Owusu.” She questioned the tactical decision of Kwasi Appiah which saw the black stars losing after a penalty shootout to the Tunisian National Team.

She said the captaincy drama which the coach inflicted on the team was unnecessary.

“What was the impact of removing Asamoah Gyan from the captaincy? What did we achieve? It was unnecessary. All of that was unnecessary. It was a distraction.

Sports Journalist and private legal practitioner, Eva Okyere, also added that while there may be technical and tactical deficiencies, “We took a very average Black Stars team to the tournament.”

She said she had seen better Black Stars teams in the past, this not one of them.