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Do Liverpool Need To Sell An African Jewel?

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As far as defences of the English Premier League title go, Liverpool’s has been rather meek and with the Merseyside outfit also struggling to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League, questions are now being asked of manager Jurgen Klopp.

While the most pertinent of these questions is whether the German manager has squeezed every drop out of his current squad and if so, does he now need to carry out a painful rebuild over the course of the summer.

Whereas before Liverpool were in a state of evolution, it now seems as if they may need to start a new revolution and one that comes, in at least one of their star names being moved on in the transfer window.

Much has been made of Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract issues and it now seems highly likely that the Dutch international will now link up with compatriot and Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou.

While although that would be a rather substantial exit from Anfield, it is not one that would generate any revenue for the 2019 Champions League winners and if Liverpool are to undertake a rebuild, there may have to be a player who is put up for financial sacrifice.

Because when you look at all of Liverpool’s woes over the past few months, it would be unfair to focus squarely on the defence and although they have certainly struggled without Virgil van Dijk at the back, the attacking unit cannot be absolved from blame either.

Of Liverpool’s fearsome trio up top, there are two jewels from Africa and although the sale of Mohamed Salah would seem largely unlikely in the next couple of months, the same cannot be said of Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese forward has largely gone off the boil since the turn of the year and where the Senegalese star was brimming with confidence in the past, that confidence no longer seems to be on show.

As far as African players performance in the Premier League goes, Mane has certainly been one of the best that the continent has offered and if any club was attempting to buy him 12 months ago, they would have been given a polite no.

However, that was when Liverpool could negotiate from a position of strength and with the soon to be former Premier League champions stuttering against lowly opposition in recent times, that strength is now starting to dissipate.

While when it comes to Mane’s value, the former Southampton player is in danger of becoming a depreciating asset and whereas a potential suitor may have been asked to pay £100m in the past, that may no longer be the case.

Which means the Liverpool board may decide to cash in while they still can and try to maximise any potential income at the same time. Income, that could be used to bring a couple of new faces to the squad.

Of course, this regeneration tactic has been deployed by Liverpool in the past and you only need to look at the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, to see just how positive such a departure can be in the long run.

While the sale of Coutinho also suggested that even at the peak of someone’s talents, no one player is bigger than the club of Liverpool and if the right offer were to come in for Mane this summer, it would certainly be considered.

With that in mind, the question is what would be the right kind of offer? Considering he is 29 years of age and not quite at the peak of his powers, a similar fee for the one that Barcelona paid for Coutinho in 2018 may be a stretch too far.

However, if they can receive bids in and around the £80m mark, you get the feeling that the Liverpool board would certainly be more receptive to any discussions that may have taken place last season.

It’s difficult for Mane as there is still a player in there and on his day, he can be as fearsome as anyone else in the Premier League. It’s just that day, is now one that is recurring with less and less regularity and that is why Liverpool may be tempted to sell before the start of next season.

 

 

 

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Ghanaians and resident foreigners no longer require full COVID-19 vaccination before entering the country

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced some changes to the guidelines for Ghanaians entering the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Per the earlier modification implemented during the yuletide last year, persons aged 18 years and above, arriving in Ghana from December 12, 2021, were to provide proof of full vaccination.

But addressing pressmen on Wednesday, Director-General of GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye explained that the directive has been reviewed to make it more lenient.

Now, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Ghanaians and resident foreigners have been “exempted from the requirement of full vaccination before traveling to Ghana.”

He made this comment at the Ministry of Information where the press conference was held.

GHS revises Covid-19 travel guidelines for Ghanaian travelers at KIA
Dr. Kumah-Aboagye explained that persons who will be affected by the review are expected to take the vaccination on arrival at KIA.

In this regard, persons who refuse to accept the jab will be forced to go on mandatory 7-day quarantine at their own cost.

This, according to the GHS Director-General, forms part of measures to reduce the effects of the fourth wave of the pandemic in the country.

Culled from Myjoyonline

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From July 1, only your National ID card will be accepted for banking and financial transactions in Ghana

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From 1st July, 2022, the Ghana Card will be the only identification for banking or financial transactions, the Bank of Ghana has disclosed.

This is in furtherance of its objective of ensuring the safety of the financial system. In a statement, the Central Bank said this is pursuant to Regulation 7 of the National Identity Register, 2012 (L.I. 2111).

In this regard, the BoG is directing Banks, Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions, Non-Deposit-Taking Financial Institutions; Payment Service Providers and Dedicated Electronic Money Issuers as well as Forex Bureaus and Credit Reference Bureaus to start using the Ghana for identification from beginning of July, 2022.

“In line with this Notice, Section 30 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2020 (Act 1044) and Regulation 12 of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1987), all financial institutions shall take steps to update customer records with the Ghana Card.”

Furthermore, “customers of Bank of Ghana regulated financial institutions are therefore advised to update their records with their respective financial institutions with the Ghana Card in line with this Notice.”

The Central Bank said for Known Your Customer purposes, the National Identification Authority verification transaction platform will be integrated into the Bank of Ghana’s financial monitoring platform.

This is to ensure that all financial transactions performed within the ecosystem are linked to one identity and information, and unique codes for the transactions shared with the BoG to facilitate the identification of initiators/beneficiaries for track and trace purposes.

It will include but not limited to transactions b banks; non-bank Financial Institutions and Mobile Money Operators (MMOs).

Culled from MyJoyOnline

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George Boateng: Ghanaian Computer Scientist Launches Smartphone-Based Coding App, ‘SuaCode’

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In ensuring that learning how to code becomes much easier and fun, George Jojo Boateng, a Ghanaian computer scientist and social entrepreneur created SuaCode, a smartphone-based coding app. The app was launched on Google Play Store in January 2022, and has had some great reviews so far.

Boateng started SuaCode in 2017 as a graduate student at Dartmouth College, during Project iSWEST, an annual innovation bootcamp for high school students in Ghana organised by his education non-profit Nsesa Foundation. From 2018 to 2020, with four pilots, SuaCode had over 3,000 applicants from 69 countries, accepted over 1,000 students, with a 62% completion rate and alumni getting internships, jobs and studying computer science and engineering in top universities, including, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and MIT.

In 2021, Boateng and cofounder Victor Kumbol improved on the idea and launched the startup, SuaCode.ai to transform SuaCode into a smartphone app, with the aim of teaching millions across Africa to code using smartphones and an AI teaching assistant, Kwame.

The SuaCode app enables users to learn how to code on their phone at anyplace, at anytime in a community of learners across the globe. Through Kwame, a bilingual AI Teaching assistant that Boateng built, the app presents lessons in English and French along with fun and hands-on coding exercises, quizzes and assignments. It also provides quick and accurate answers to students’ coding questions.

The app’s Automated Grading Software, AutoGrad, grades users’ assignments while checking for plagiarism and providing individualized feedback; and users receive a certificate of completion when they complete courses.

For his work on SuaCode.ai, George Boateng has been recognized by the MIT Technology Review as a Pioneer in the 2021 list of 35 Innovators under 35.

Currently pursuing his PhD in Applied Machine Learning at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Boateng is also the President and co-founder of Nsesa Foundation, which aims at achieving the vision of creating an “Innovation Revolution” in Ghana. He was also, recently, appointed as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Science department, where he will be exploring collaborations on AI-powered mobile heath research.

 

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Dating in Nairobi laid bare as Single Kiasi (Singleish) premieres, also available in 33 countries in the diaspora

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Single Kiasi (Singleish), the new Kenyan Showmax Original, is now streaming, with new episodes releasing every Thursday. The show will also be available to Kenyans in the UK, France and 31 other countries in the diaspora.

What does the pursuit for the one look like for 30-something women in Nairobi?

Sintamei (Gathoni Mutua) is trying to start a family with her loving husband Kevin (Lucarelli Onyango) while also building her career as a corporate lawyer.

Rebecca (Faith Kibathi) is all about motherhood, being a housewife and staying loyal to her “husband” Eric (Michael Munyoki), even though he doesn’t have a shilling to his name.

And Mariah (Minne Kariuki) is all about expensive gifts and traveling to the best destinations her rich sponsor’s money can buy, while chasing the next social media high and sharing slay queen dating tips with her many followers. “Paris was amazing. If your guy takes you to Dubai, please dump him,” she tells her fans while on a private jet from her vacation in France.

When we catch up with them in the first episode of Single Kiasi, they seem to have their lives and their romantic relationships under control. But dating in Nairobi can be hectic, and it doesn’t take long before the men of Single Kiasi prove the popular saying in the city’s dating scene: “Men will embarrass you unprovoked,” as reiterated by Mariah.

In the course of the 13 episodes, Single Kiasi follows Sintamei, Rebecca and Mariah as they go through the ups and downs of love and dating in Nairobi while also reminding us that, at the end of the day, friendship is the most powerful relationship they can have.

Single Kiasi is the second Showmax Original series in Kenya after the Kalasha-winning Crime and Justice.

The show is adapted from the popular South African series Unmarried, which already has successful adaptations in Nigeria (Unmarried Nigeria) and Ghana (To Have and To Have Hold).

“It’s a universal story of womanhood, love and friendship,” says producer and director Grace Kahaki. “But we had to make some changes here and there for the story to fit to who we are as Kenyans.”

For instance, Single Kiasi incorporates a Kikuyu traditional marriage ceremony (nguracio) in place of a church wedding.

“In the South African version, one of the leading women has an affair with a security guard but we felt that this wasn’t authentic to the Kenyan setting so changed the guard to an intern, which is more reflective of what happens here,” Kahaki says.

Single Kiasi tackles important issues that Kenyan women go through, such as sexism in the workplace like when Sintamei is passed over for a promotion that she clearly deserves, sexual assault like in the case of Mariah who is forced to confront a past she’d rather forget, and women (and mothers) finding their own identities outside of what society expects of them like Rebecca getting to relive her youth which she missed out on by marrying too young.

“This show aims to look at women through our three main characters and allow them to choose what label they want to attach to themselves, be it single, married, wife, career woman, mother, etc,” Kahaki says.

Kahaki co-produced and co-directed Single Kiasi alongside her Insignia Productions counterpart Philippe Bresson, and Robby Bresson (Simiyu Samurai).

 

Catch episode 1 of Single Kiasi, now streaming on Showmax, with new episodes releasing every Thursday.

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Top Benefits of Using Tub Pillow for Bath

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When you are relaxing in a bathtub after a long day at work trying to unwind, it feels more frustrating when you are not feeling comfortable in there. After a short time, resting your head, back, and neck on the surface of a bathtub, it may become painful and unpleasant.

This can even cause severe injury to your neck and back. For that reason, it will help if you consider using the best bathtub pillow to support your neck and back at the edge of the tub. The bathtub pillow may enhance comfort and allow you to stay longer in the tub. With it, you can even sip your favorite drink and light some candles around the tub to make that moment memorable.

Therefore, getting yourself a high-quality bathtub pillow is significant that will enhance comfort and allow you to stay in the tub as long as you please. Read on for more benefits associated with the use of bathtub cushions.

Lessening of Neck and Lower Back Aches

Incorrect posture in the bathtub can cause pressure on your lower back and result in spinal injury. Normally, it will help if you consider purchasing the best bathtub pillow from reputable online sellers like https://www.amazon.com/Bathtub-Bath-Pillow-Tub-Headrest/dp/B08BHP37DW. When you are using a high-quality bath pillow, you will be able to prevent all the problems associated with spinal complications.

The ideal bathtub pillow can help alleviate the pressure on your neck caused by the hard surfaces of the tub. Moreover, the comfort of a bathtub pillow obtained from a reliable outlet will allow you to stay in the tub for an extended time.

They are Massive and Luxurious

If you are reaching for a technologically improved product, it is essential to consider buying a quilted air bath pillow for the tub. The tech-advanced cushion for the tub is 50 inches long, and it can adequately support your neck and back. Besides, it can correctly cradle your whole body in an incredibly since it has a large mat.

When you are in a bathtub and hold your breath for a moment, you will feel like you are in an opulent spa. Moreover, the tech-advanced bathtub pillow is created from 3d air technology. In other words, it is manufactured with a soft layer attached with some quality fabrics. This type of bath pillow for tubs is water-resistant and breathable.

They are Comfortable

When shopping for a bathtub pillow from the best online seller, it is significant to understand that all the modern bathtub pillows have incredible softness. So when you want to enjoy your bath fully, it will help if you settle on idle hippos full-body pillows. You can find them on the leading websites at an affordable rate. The cushion for the tub is also composed of several layers of fiber and mesh.

They are Affordable

Not all bath pillows are for tub and created the same. If you want to grab the best quality of a bath pillows for tub at a fair rate, it is best to consider doing proper research and comparing the prices from various sites. Also, it is crucial to settle on the tech-advanced one since they are durable, cost-effective, and serve their purpose perfectly well. The above essential benefits associated with the best bathtub pillow will help if you consider buying one and enjoy its benefits.

 

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Buy and sell African products online

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African culture has been a backbone of the world for over four thousand years. Africagroceryshop.com is an online marketplace with African-inspired products, clothing, art, and more. We are passionate about helping you experience the world through African eyes.The best place to buy and sell African products online.

The company is best described by the following statement: Africagroceryshop.com is a powerful marketplace solution for local African vendors to sell their products online as well as an online store for African consumers to buy all that they need at affordable prices, anytime and anywhere in a safe and secured environment.

Our online marketplace helps you find unique African products while supporting community-based businesses.

We offer regular deliveries to meet your needs and provide special deals on shipping so you can enjoy shopping at your convenience with no additional cost to you.


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