35-year-old Ghanaian arrested in $2.1m romance fraud in USA

A 35-year-old Ghanaian Rubbin Sarpong, 35 has been arrested for his involvement in $2.1m Romance fraud in the United States of America (USA).

The suspect who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted is reported to have in concert with others scammed over 30 victims identified so far as 27 sent more than $823,000 to him mainly by wiring money to his bank accounts. He transferred more than $454,000 to co-conspirators in Ghana.

One of his victims is reported to have committed suicide after sending more than $93,000, according to investigators.

Sarpong who flaunts dollar bills at the least opportunity was on Wednesday charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and will have a first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon.

Sarpong and his co-conspirators, several of whom live in Ghana, ran the scheme starting in January 2016 until this week.

They set up phony profiles on various online dating sites posing as U.S. military personnel and would pretend to forge romantic relationships with their victims, authorities said.

In one of the scenarios, the scammers would then ask for money to ship gold bars they had recovered while stationed in Syria back to the United States, authorities said.

There were no gold bars and the scammers kept the money, authorities said.

The victims, who met the scammers via sites including Plenty of Fish, Ourtime.com and Match.com, communicated with the scammers via phone and email.

The criminal complaint references a victim who committed suicide after wiring $93,710.

The scammer in this case told her he was a soldier serving in Syria and that he was awarded a box of gold bars worth more than $12 million. What followed was an elaborate story about how she could help get the gold to the U.S. by paying various fees and taxes. She was told her money would be returned once the gold arrived.

Nigerians attack Sonnie Badu over xenophobic comments

Nigerians have descended heavily on UK-based Ghanaian gospel artist Sonnie Badu for xenophobic comments he shared on social media against the people of Nigeria.

Sonnie Badu in a Facebook post claimed Nigerians have attacked and robbed some Chinese and whites all in the name of retaliation.

He stated that Nigerians are attacking their fellow Nigerians and believes that such an act will not solve the attacks in South Africa in any way.

However, some Nigerians who felt offended about Sonnie Badu comments criticized him for spreading lies about their country.

They rained insults on him and asked him to verify his fact before spreading false stories;

See the comments below;

Kingsley Iserhienrhien had this to say; “Sonnie am not surprised ? you sharing what you heard without facts. You Ghanaians do maltreat Nigerians in your own country, you guys are not different from SA. Am talking out of experience but you, you heard. Ghanaians are nursing such hatred towards Nigerians in your neighborhood”.

Uchechukwu Okoronkwo also wrote; “Badu has acted irresponsibly. You don’t share what you hear…you confirm it first. FYI no foreigner has been attacked in Nigeria”.

Rosemond Idun commented; “Where was Sonnie Badu when The South Africans were attacking the Nigerians. Sometimes I don’t want to understand some of these hypocrites”.

Otunba Dotun also added; “Sonnie Badu you need to stop spreading fake news about Nigeria. Otherwise, God will deal with you”.

Hockey: Africa Road to Tokyo 2020 qualifier: Ghana meet South Africa in must-win clash

Ghana’s male hockey team returns to action today after a day’s rest to face a tough encounter against hosts South Africa as they chase a qualification ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Today’s clash at the hockey stadium of the Stellenbosch University in South Africa pits two sides with a perfect run in the competition, but for Ghana, it is a chance to claim maximum points and also end their opponent’s dominance over them at major international competitions.

Must-win affair

After victories over Kenya and Namibia, the Ghanaian side are geared up for their toughest test yet against a free-scoring South African side who were on rampage with a 9-0 drubbing of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, August 13 having earlier beaten Namibia 3-1 a day before in their opening fixture of the African 2020 Olympic Games qualifying competition.

The last time the two sides clashed at the 2017 Africa Nations Hockey Cup in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, South Africa ran away with the maximum points with a 3-2 victory and went ahead to win the continental competition.

Incidentally, all the players who scored in that match -South Africa’s Taine Paton and Ntuli Nqobile, Ghana’s Michael Baiden and Ernest Opoku – are expected to feature in today’s must-win clash.

With just one slot up for grabs, today’s game is a win-or-bust affair for either side, especially as group leaders Egypt are also in a good position to qualify for next year’s summer Olympics.

Ghana coach confident

Ghana’s Head Coach, Ebenezer Frimpong, told Graphic Sports Online via telephone from their Stellenbosch base that his players were confident they would turn the tables against their highly-rated opponents no matter the resistance they may pose.

Coach Frimpong’s side have been dealt a big blow going into today’s clash after losing two key players through injuries, while two others are also in a race to recover from knocks they sustained in the competition.

“We lost one of our best players, Emmanuel Ankomah, through an ankle injury during one of our training sessions in South Africa and another quality player, Christopher Dobge also sustained a head injury and ruled out of the tournament.

“Christopher was replaced by Sylvester Apronti, while Francis Tettey replaced Emmanuel Ankomah, but in our opening match against Kenya, Francis was carried off the pitch after he was hit by a stick, while Michael Baiden was also carried off for thigh injury,” bemoaned the Ghana coach.

“The team is well settled now and getting used to the bouncy turf, and against South Africa, we will not only control our balls, but also carry the game to them and manage each quarter as it comes.”

In the other matches, Kenya and Zimbabwe will be eyeing their first win of the competition when they clash, with table-topping Egypt tipped to put fourth-placed Namibia to the sword.

Kelvin Ofori scores a brace in Fortuna Dusseldorf heavy win over TSV Bockum

Ghanaian foward Kelvin Ofori continued his fine form for Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusselddorf as they walloped TSV Krefeld-Bockum 7-0 in their final pre season game ahead of the start of the German Bundesliga.

The former Right to Dream Academy Player scored twice in the game as the Bundesliga side cruised to victory.

Ofori netted his first in the 6th minute before adding his second in the 68th minute.

He has now scored three goals for the club since joining the side in the summer transfer window.

Ghanaian defender Kassim Nuhu Adams who joined the club last week also made his debut in that game, with Bernard Tekpetey also featuring in the game.

Injured Nana Ampomah was missing in action as he continue to work his way back to full fitness.

Fortuna Dusseldorf will open their Bundesliga season on Sarturday away at Werder Bremen.

Andre Ayew touched by special love from Swansea City fans

Andre Ayew says his full focus is on performing well for Swansea City after his match-winning brace against Northampton.

The Ghanaian made his first Swans appearance in 15 months when he was summoned from the bench in the Carabao Cup clash with the Cobblers.

The 29-year-old did not take long to make an impact as his two headers – his first Swansea goals in over three years – helped Steve Cooper’s men turn around the first-round tie and set-up a home assignment against Cambridge United in the next round.

Ayew recently returned to training after being on African Cup of Nations duty during the summer, and head coach Cooper has acknowledged the forward could yet leave the club with a number of transfer markets still open.

But, as long as he remains a Swansea player, Ayew has vowed to do as much as he can to help Cooper and co build on their unbeaten start to the season

“I’m a Swansea player and I am working hard for the games that are coming up. The gaffer has been clear and honest with me and I want to thank him for that,” he said.

“He’s given me a lot of confidence and trust in the way that he speaks to me. I really feel like I’m welcome and that’s a good feeling.

“A lot of things have been said but, for me, what’s important is to work hard, try to get to full fitness and, if I’m here, go for it.”

Ayew also thanked the Swans fans for the reception he received on Tuesday night, with his name ringing round the Liberty after his goals.

“The fans gave me an unbelievable welcome. I’m so happy and touched and that sort of thing makes you want to work hard,” he said.

“They have always been great with me and supporting me. That’s why, so long as I’m in a Swansea shirt, I try to give everything I have for the club. I just want to do my best on the field for everyone.”

‘I am in a good condition’ – Agyemang Badu confirms

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has revealed that he is in a good condition after being rushed to hospital on Wednesday night in Italy.

The former Asante Kotoko midfielder was diagnosed with a pulmonary microembolism.

Serie A side Hellas Verona announced that the player was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a pulmonary microembolism – a blood clot in the lungs.

Hellas Verona released a statement saying the player has been hospitalized following the incident and will remain under observation for some days.

“The player’s conditions are good and he will remain under observation for a few days.”

“This is a small blood clot in the lung, which can be extremely serious, even fatal, if not treated.”

However, the former Asante Kotoko star on Thursday revealed that he is the best of condition despite being rushed to the hospital.
He took to his whatsapp status on Thursday morning to assure his friends that he was in good condition.
He wrote, “Good morning and thank you all for your well wishes. I am in good condition.”

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu joined Hellas Verona from Udinese on loan with an option to buy.

Sex and sexuality in our jails: A tale of the predator and the prey

Sex plays an important role in our social lives. Apart from procreation, it brings to the participating individuals emotional and physical fulfilment required to keep them hale and hearty. A good sex life is believed to bring to the individual benefits such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, enhanced immune function, general fitness among others.

Sexuality, the way people express themselves sexually, is a subject which arouses diverse opinions in Ghana. This is because, the Ghanaian, traditionally, recognizes heterosexual relationships as the accepted form of sexuality. Homosexual relationships, though abhorred by the greater populace, is creeping into the Ghanaian society. Regardless the sexual orientation of an individual, sexual satisfaction remains the ultimate goal.

Prisons in Ghana house only adults, making it easy to assert that most incarcerated persons are sexually active. Among the many deprivations prisoners in Ghana endure is sex, as prison rules disallow all forms of sexual acts. Additionally, prison regulations make no provision for conjugal visits which permit spouses of incarcerated persons to spend intimate moments with their partners. Some prisoners, in the circumstance, resort to same-sex relationships to feed their sexual cravings.

How effective is the ‘no sex’ regulation?

Ghana, like other jurisdictions, house male and female prisoners in different facilities preventing any contact between the two sexes.

To alleviate the pains of imprisonment, some prisoners risk the consequences and engage in sexual acts as asserted in Erving Goffman’s 1969 work, ‘The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life’. He posited that, inmates may have to adjust their sexual practices while incarcerated by engaging in illegal methods in order to obtain certain forms of satisfaction.

The issue of same-sex relationships in our prisons is gradually becoming topical as prisons mirror the wider society. There have even been claims by some ex-convicts to the effect that same-sex relationships and rape exist in our facilities. Though most of these claims are blown out of proportion, there are certain levels of truth in them. An incident at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison in June 2016 where a male prisoner slashed the penis of another prisoner who attempted to rape him paints a picture of how the act is viewed by a majority of prisoners. The practice, nicknamed ‘Kpee’, is treated as a taboo throughout Ghana’s prisons. That notwithstanding, there are few instances where prisoners report attempted rape by fellow prisoners to prison staff. These reports are swiftly investigated and appropriate sanctions handed to sex predators.

Who is at risk of being preyed on?

A number of inmates who have suffered sexual harassment in our jails are from poor homes and or receive little or no family support during their jail terms. Prison ration, which mostly is insufficient, becomes their only means of survival.

The overcrowding rate in our facilities stand at 52.87% with 15,203 prisoners struggling for 9,945 spaces. This gives little room for prison administrators to do a proper classification of inmates to either prevent contamination or limit the exposure of low risk prisoners to hardened ones. First offenders who find themselves in same cells as powerful recidivists are sometimes coerced to trade their bodies for sleeping spaces.

Challenges faced in the area of feeding still exist. The feeding rate of GH 1.80 per prisoner daily has stagnated for close to a decade making it almost impossible to provide three wholesome meals. The quest to keep body and soul together in some circumstances result in poor prisoners kowtowing to the pressures of their rich colleagues. Affluent prisoners in search of sexual gratification sometimes resort to these weaklings as the provision of food and other necessities, sometimes, is more than enough to lure them into same-sex relationships.

Prison staff mostly have difficulty in detecting these relationships since most sex offenders employ coercive and non-violent tactics to win over partners. Additionally, prisoners often underreport overtures for fear of being labeled as informants or becoming subjects of physical abuse.

Are conjugal visits the way to go?

In looking for a solution to the emerging scourge of sexual relationships behind bars, conjugal visits come to mind. The system, which runs in some prisons around the world, permits prisoners to host their spouses in specially built quarters for specific periods. The key to these special quarters, in most cases, is good conduct. Apart from the emotional and physical need of sex that the system presents, prison authorities use it as a bait to enforce prisoner discipline.

Ghana’s prison system in my estimation, is still some miles away from being ripe for such an intervention.

Deficiencies as regards feeding, overcrowding, inadequate reformation and rehabilitation modules and others that the Service currently endures need to be given needed attention as they together possess, though indirectly, an antidote to fighting sex predators.

The fact is, if prisons are not resourced to correct the offending behaviours of prisoners, they are sure to return to haunt society. This confirms the saying of Marquis de Sade, a French author, that “any punishment that does not correct is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.”

DISABILITIES IN KWAHU SOUTH DISTRICT RECEIVES ITERMS TODAY

Disabilities in kwahu south District capital Mpraeso and it’s environs receives items from the government, some of the items are: freezers, fridges, ice chest, sowing machines, stabilizers, sachets of water, money to help them in their daily living.

DCE of Kwahu south, Hon Emmanuel Attah Fori speaks on behalf of prez Nana Addo. says it’s their dream to help people with disability for them to be happy in their lives

Cc:Kwahu online radio Mpraeso

Akufo-Addo declares Monday, August 5, public holiday

A statement signed by Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, on Wednesday said in view of the day falling on a Sunday, the President, has by Executive Instrument (EI), declared Monday, August 5, as a public holiday “to be observed as such throughout the country.”

The Founders’ Day was instituted by the President by Executive Instrument to commemorate the contributions to the liberation of Ghana from imperialism and colonialism.

It replaced September 21, the birthday of Ghana’s founding president, Kwame Nkrumah, which used to be observed as the commemorative day for Ghana’s liberation and independence fighters.

However, September 21 will be observed as ‘Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day’.

August 4

On that day, in 1897, the Aborigines Rights Protection Society (ARPS) was formed in Cape Coast.

The Society did a great job to mobilise the chiefs and people to ward off the greedy hands of British imperialism to ensure that control of Ghanaian lands remained in Ghanaian hands.

It represented the first monumental step towards the making of modern Ghana, enabling us to avoid the quagmire of land inheritance that our brothers and sisters in Southern and Eastern Africa continue to suffer, from the seizures of their lands by white minorities

It is, therefore, fitting that we honour them, as those who contributed to the founding of our nation, a statement issued by the Presidency on September 18, 2018, indicated.

The statement signed by Communications Director, Eugene Arhin noted: “The most appropriate way to honour them is to commemorate the day on which the two most significant events in our colonial political history, that led us to independence, occurred – 4th August.”

Sista Afia and Fella Makafui have nothing better to offer me – Efia Odo

Actress cum television personality Efia Odo has spoken publicly about her relationship with her fellow celebrities musician Sista Afia and Fella Makafui after she had a fight with them some few months ago.

According to Efia Odo speaking with Zionfelix on his show Zionfelix Uncut, she disclosed that the two ladies have nothing better to offer her and therefore doesn’t see the need for them to be talking on a daily basis.

The slay queen presenter added that her comment doesn’t mean that she has issues with them but would talk to them when it has to do with business.

Citing an example of she(Efia Odo) not having issues with both female celebs she stated that she listens to Sista Afia featuring Quamina MP—and also Medikal and Fella Makafui’s ‘Omo Ada’, defending that she wouldn’t have listened or played the songs at work if she has a problem with them.

She was asked if she would agree to feature in a music video for Sista Afia and a movie role from Fella Makafui she said she would feature in a movie for Fella Makafui if it has a good storyline.

But on Sista Afia, she made it clear that she was not going to feature in any music video because she decides on how many music videos she features in within the year.

Efia Odo recounted rendering an apology to Fella but she never reacted to her apology.

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