Ramsey poised to leave Arsenal after club withdraw contract offer

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A new four-year contract had been proposed to Aaron Ramsey. Photograph: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is likely to leave the club next summer after the Gunners withdrew the offer of a new deal.

The four-year agreement was in place but before a final contract was drawn up, Arsenal pulled out.

When contacted by BBC Sport, neither party would say why the deal collapsed.

Ramsey’s existing contract expires on 30 June 2019 which means the 27-year-old will become a free agent next summer – unless he is sold in January.

As things stand, the Welshman will also have the option of signing a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from 1 January.

Ramsey joined the Gunners in 2008 in a £4.8m move from hometown club Cardiff City.

He is Arsenal’s longest-serving player and scored the winning goals in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals.

Ramsey was an 84th-minute substitute in the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat of Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

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Leave Auditor-General alone – Anti-corruption coalition barks

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The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) is demanding immediate presidential intervention to deal with the ongoing spat between the Auditor-General and chairman of the Ghana Audit Service.

A member of the Coalition and Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana, Dr Kojo Pumpuni Asante says Daniel Domlelovlo needs the support of the state to help deal with corruption.

“We should all do what we have to do in our various capacities to ensure he is supported to do his work because this is a very serious issue as it is a violation of the Constitution.

“Even if a normal auditor is auditing you, you cannot go and be interfering in their work otherwise they will not sign off,” he said.

Related: President directs probe into Auditor-General petition against Board Chair

His comments follow the Mr Domelevo petitioning the President over concerns that the board chairman, Prof. Edward Duah Agyemang was interfering in his work.

In a five-page petition dated July 27, 2018, sighted the Auditor-General requested the President to intervene in the “unlawful interferences” by the Board Chairman and others whom he said, are clothing themselves with powers to direct and control him unconstitutionally.

Daniel Domelevo, Auditor General

Domelevo further threatened not obey “any unlawful instructions” from the Board, including existing and new decisions that he says are inconsistent with the Constitution.

But the Board chairman of the Audit Service has dismissed claims of interference by the Auditor General.

According to Prof Duah Agyemang, he had already done an auditing of the public accounts as Auditor General before leaving the office in 2009 and did not understand why some auditors had gone back to audit those accounts.

“I called them to find out why they were going there to audit accounts from 2007 to 2015. But it turned out they were also going to audit some three contracts in 2017, so I asked them why they were doing that because the Auditor General was not in town,” he said.

Related: It’s not interference, its intervention – Audit Service Chair to Domelevo claims

The President has instructed his Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo, to look into the petition and report the outcome of discussions between the two public officials.

This the CDD Senior Fellow is not impressed with these developments saying the profession needs independence.

“To the extent that the Board Chair is trying to interfere with the functions of the Auditor General, which is to audit public accounts, that is a violation of the Constitution.

Dr Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Senior Fellow at CDD

“For me, there is not even the contestation as the Constitution is very clear on it. The only instance it says somebody can request for an additional audit to be made outside of what is set in the Constitution, the President has to do that in consultation with the Council of State and in pursuit of the public interest,” Dr Pumpuni Asante observed.

Also adding his voice in support of calls for no interference in the Auditor General’s work is the founding president of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe.

In a post on Facebook, he appealed to the President to ward off any interference with Mr Domelewo’s work and called for support for Mr Domelevo to be given the space to do his work.

He wrote:

“Dear Mr President, if you look on for the Auditor-General to be harassed by the board and chair of the audit service, you would have killed the last pillar in the fight against graft and kissed your fight against procurement theft goodbye. I am hopeful you will intervene and push back those unjustly baying for the Auditor-General’s blood. And frankly, I do not understand why the Daily Guide newspaper is on a mission to destroy the Auditor-General. Fortune Alimi my friend, what is going on? IMANI folks are not pleased at all.

I urge everyone to share this post and say #IstandbytheAuditorGeneral.”

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‘Drunk Royal Navy sailors arrested on Florida shore leave’

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Royal Navy sailors, reportedly from the UK’s £3.1bn flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, have been arrested in Florida.

The sailors, on shore leave, began fighting and urinating in public, according to local newspaper reports.

Six crew members were arrested on drunk and disorderly charges on Wednesday, Sgt Larry Smith of Jacksonville Beach police department is quoted as saying.

At least one sailor was tasered after resisting arrest, the reports add.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that six naval personnel were arrested but were unable to confirm whether they were from HMS Queen Elizabeth or other support ships.

A Navy spokesman said crew were “assisting US police with their enquiries”, adding: “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

“The Naval Service places great importance on maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour from its personnel at all times.”

According to the Sun newspaper the sailors were all released on Thursday morning and allowed to return to their ship.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, set sail for the US from Portsmouth on its maiden voyage on 18 August.

The 65,000-tonne warship was docked at Naval Station Mayport on Wednesday.

It is expected to embark on its first operational deployment in 2021.

  • 280m Flight deck length

  • 700 Crew currently on board

  • 155,000 miles Length of electrical cable inside the ship

  • 162db Volume of foghorn

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AUDIO: Shatta tells Stonebwoy: You’ll go hungry when you leave Zylofon

Self acclaimed Dancehall king, Shatta Wale has advised his arch rival and colleague Stonebwoy not to make the mistake of leaving Zylofon Music label as he and his fans will go hungry should he make such an unwise move.

Rumours have been rife that Stonebwoy who was having issues with Zylofon Music had his problems compounding with the signing of Shatta Wale onto the same record-management outfit.

Deep throat sources say the ‘Come From Far (Wogbe Jeke)’ hitmaker has terminated his working relationship with Zylofon–to the chargrin of the CEO, Nana Appiah Mensah, but official communications is yet to be made public.

One of the main reasons why Stonebwoy left, sources say is the fact that Zylofon signed Shatta Wale without informing him and held a meeting prior to signing Shatta Wale to discuss the signing, which they invited almost all those who matter at the label without extending an invitation to him.

Stonebwoy reportedly showed his displeasure over the development arguing was told by Zylofon before his signing that he was to represent Dancehall at the label–and therefore the signing of Shatta Wale onto the same label breaches their contract.

However speaking on Peace FM, Shatta Wale admitting Stonebwoy is a good artiste urged the latter not to rush in life and stop chase after money.

“If we have someone like this (Nana Appiah Mensah, CEO of Zylofon ) who has invested so much money in us, all we need to do as artiste is for us to be humble and patient. Money will come your way when you relax and wait for it, you don’t have to chase for money, you have to chase God. I want to tell him know that certain things  in life comes the way God has arranged them, so he should be patient and work hard…he’s a good artist.

“…I love BHIM Nation fans, but if their boss is behaving this way they should talk to him. He shouldn’t leave Zylofon, if he leaves Zylofon, all BHIM nation crew will go hungry.” 


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Ankaful Hosp.: Dordoye hands over to Head of Pharmacy; staff shocked

The embattled Director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital Dr. Eugene Dordoye has finally proceeded on leave.

In a letter cited by Kasapa News and copied to the various unit heads, the Accountant and Controller General, the deputy head of the Pharmaceutical department of the hospital among others, Dr. Eugene Dordoye indicated that his leave commenced on Tuesday 27th of February, 2018.

The letter said he was handing over the deputy in charge of pharmaceutical services at the hospital Mr. Davis Otuo Serebuor to act in his stead.

This appears to be in sharp contrast to an earlier directive given by the health ministry.

The ministry in mid February at a meeting with the staff of the hospital indicated that Dr. Eugene Dordoye was going to be removed from the facility after agitations for his removal by staff got rife .

The Medical Director has been accused by staff for what they describe as his poor working relations and corrupt practices among other charges.

A Deputy Minister of Health Tina Mensah in a meeting with the nurses last month said the medical director had been given a week to vacate his post.

With the latest development, Spokesperson for the staff at Ankaful Hospital, Emmanuel Ofori who declined to speak on record told Kasapa News’ Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour that they are surprised at the latest turn in events.

He however said in the interim, they will remain calm and observe as events unfold at the facility.

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CID Boss ordered to proceed on Leave

The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Bright Oduro, has been asked to proceed on leave.

Information gathered by Kasapafmonline.com indicate that Mr Oduro will not return to his post, which he assumed around January 28, 2017 following the change of government.

According to reliable sources, he has accumulated leave prior to his retirement in January 2018.

But DCOP Bright Oduro has been ordered to go on leave which will run into his retirement period.

Mr. Oduro is assisted by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah as the Second in Command. However, it is not certain she will take over from her boss due to her involvement in the A-Plus saga which rocked the Department recently.

A new CID boss is expected to be made public in the coming days.