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Ebony (Maame hw3 hit singer) dies in a fatal accident that occurred on Thursday, February 8 2018, on the Sunyani-Kumasi road.

“The 20-year-old singer and two military officers were on board a Jeep with registration AS 497—16 from Sunyani heading towards Kumasi when it collided head-on with a VIP bus heading towards Sunyani from Kumasi,” a police officer reported.

The two military occupants also died later at the Bechem Government Hospital after they were rushed there, DSP John Adusei, Mankraso District Commander, confirmed.

The VIP bus driver went unconscious immediately after the collision, however, reports say that he may survive the accident as he is currently receiving treatment from special doctors at the Bechem Government Hospital.

Ebony was rushed to the hospital with the two unidentified military personnel, but gave up the ghost few minutes after their admittance.

DSP Adusei has confirmed to Joy News that the bodies have been deposited at Mankraso Hospital Morgue in the Ashanti Region.

After-2 FM station journalist, Barimaba Yusif, told Joy FM on the Friday Super Morning Show that the road on which this fatal accident occurred was in a deplorable state.

The journalist explained further that, he believes the driver of the Jeep in which Ebony was travelling had wanted to evade racing into a heap of sand that was being used for road construction but instead ran into the VIP bus travelling in the opposite direction.

Ebony, known in real life as Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, would have turned 21 on February 16 this year.

SOURCE: MYJOYONLINE

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China’s $20B Mega Bridge

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While U.S Sanctions and penalties appear to be certain for Hong Kong, that won’t stop the economy from growing. With a multi-billion dollar international-made bridge valued at more than $20B. The Mega Bridge included a joint-partnership between at least 14 countries says Gao Xinglin (Bridge Team Leader). Included in the mega project are experts from The United Kingdom, The United States, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan and Poland.

“We hope that the friends from the press can take this opportunity to see the new accomplishment of China in the new era and fresh progress of the ‘one country, two systems'”, Song Ruan, deputy commissioner at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters at this week’s

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement that ensured its freedoms, including a separate legal system.

While the mega bridge is a staggering 55km-long and about 6 lanes wide, it’s set to connect Macau and China’s mainland in an unprecedented way. Though it’s reported to have created some criticism for the hefty price tag and fatalities, that didn’t hinder the Chinese Economy from taking a stance in advancing the way we travel.

The bridge is expected to increase the Economy while also cutting travel time in half.

 

Certainly, the Mega Bridge should bring tons of revenue for the economy, though it’s been temporarily halted from opening until Chinese authorities are able  inspect the bridge. It’s been estimated that more than 40,000 vehicles are expected to travel across the mega bridge each day.

Video Credits: Aljazeera

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Bahrain activist jailed for five years over Twitter comments

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Bahrain has sentenced a well-known rights activist to five years in prison over his social media posts.
Nabeel Rajab – a key figure in 2011’s pro-democracy protests – was convicted over posts on Twitter about the alleged torture of prisoners in the country.
He also criticised Saudi Arabia’s actions in war-torn Yemen.
Amnesty International called for his immediate release, labelling the sentence “a slap in the face to justice.”
The prominent activist is already serving a separate two-year sentence for spreading “false or malicious” information.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights – of which Nabeel Rajab is president – said he was convicted on “trumped-up charges” following “a trial that was by itself a mockery of justice”.
Its president had denounced “the torture against detainees at Jaw prison” and “the killing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition”, it said.
As a result, he was tried on charges of disseminating false rumours in time of war, offending a foreign country, and insulting a statutory body.
A Twitter account believed to belong to the activist’s son, Adam, also confirmed the news.
“His first reaction after the verdict was laughing and raising the sign of steadfastness,” he said.

It is not the first time the activist has been sentenced for a tweet – he was sent to prison for six months in 2015 on similar charges.
He has been in and out of jail since he helped lead a pro-democracy uprising in 2011. His current two-year sentence was handed down in July 2017 for “broadcasting fake news” after a court ruled that he had undermined the “prestige” of the kingdom.
He has suffered from poor health, however, and has been transferred to hospital several times. His recent applications for bail on the basis of his health have been denied.
Amnesty International said the sentence was “absolutely outrageous” .
“This sentence demonstrates the authorities’ ruthless determination to crush all forms of dissent and leaves no room for doubt about the extreme lengths to which they are willing to go to in order to silence peaceful critics,” regional director Heba Morayef said.
The rights group also pointed to similar pending charges against the activist.
He has been charged in connection with an open letter published in the New York Times, and over an Instagram post featuring an image of Bahrain’s king with an excerpt from the Koran, Amnesty said.

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South Africa police station raid: Five killed in Umtata

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Five police officers and a soldier have been shot dead during a raid on their station in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.
In a statement, the South African Government News Agency said three officers were killed instantly.
The off-duty soldier was shot as the assailants fled, taking two other officers hostage. Their bodies were found 6km (4 miles) down the road.
A government statement said both men had been shot “execution style”.
The unknown group of armed robbers burst into the police station near Umtata, and opened fire early on Wednesday morning.
Police do not yet know the motive for the attack. The suspects are believed to have robbed a cash machine shortly before. They took 10 firearms and a police van from the station.
Gen Khehla John Sitole, National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, has vowed to find the killers, saying he was “appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack”.

People on social media have been sharing their dismay at the attack.
One Facebook user, who was a family friend of the soldier killed, said: “An attack to the law enforcement institutions is an attack to the safety and security of our communities.
“This is a shock for the community. We now live in fear. If they can attack the people meant to protect the community‚ who are we? Who will we turn to?”
Research found the killings of police officers had dropped by 52% since the end of apartheid in 1994.

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