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Ghana urges people of African heritage to ‘come home’



President Nana Akufo-Addo has designated 2019 the ‘Year of Return’ both to commemorate the resilience of Africans forced into slavery and to encourage their descendants to ‘come home.


FILE: Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo. Picture: AFP.

ACCRA – Sicley Williams was ready to escape what she found an unfriendly climate in the United States and take a leap of faith, leaving her native Chicago for Ghana.

She had previously visited the West African nation on holiday and when she returned in 2017 found work practising yoga and offering spa services.

“The climate of the…

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Yacht designer murdered at his home on idyllic Caribbean island


Marigot Bay, St Lucia. File picture: Pixabay

London – A British yacht designer has been murdered at his home on a paradise island in the Caribbean.

Robert Hathaway, a 66-year-old Cambridge graduate, was found lying in a pool of blood.

Mr Hathaway was a long-term resident of St Lucia, where he married his second wife in November 2017.

His body was discovered by a neighbour in Gros Islet, a popular tourist destination on the island’s northern tip, on Sunday afternoon. The Royal St Lucia Police Force is conducting a murder investigation but on Monday said it had yet to make any arrests in connection with the killing.

A marine engineer and keen yachtsman, Mr Hathaway moved St Lucia in 2001. He had bought a plot of land and planned to retire. But he began a stint designing yachts, followed by…

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Murder investigation launched after Wiltshire man Robert Hathaway found dead in Caribbean home



… launched after Wiltshire man Robert Hathaway found dead in Caribbean … The victim has been named by local news reports and friends as marina …
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Caf Confederation Cup Saturday review: Raja Casablanca held by African Stars, Nkana thump San Pedro at home


The first leg matches of the Caf Confederation Cup play-offs took place on Saturday with defending champions Raja Casablanca held in Namibia

Caf Confederation Cup defending champions Raja Casablanca were held 1-1 by Namibian champions African Stars in the first leg of the playoff rounds in Windhoek on Saturday.

Alfeus Mbwale Handura was on target for the hosts while Raja had to thank Soufiane Rahimi for the 51st minute away goal that could prove crucial when they host the Namibians next week.

Fighting for a place in the group stages, the Namibians were resilient against Raja and could still fancy their chances in the second leg.

Elsewhere, Nkana were at their best as they beat San Pedro of Ivory Coast 3-0 at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.

Ronald Kampamba opened the scoring for…

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Nearly 500 sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise ship set to call New Jersey home this spring


MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after at hundreds of guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.

Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

In a video shared by passengers Friday, an announcement on the ship said the number of sick people had increased significantly, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“The latest that I can share with you here is that we have had a total during the…

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Couple Convicted of Forcing Young, West African Girl to Labor in Their Southlake, Texas, Home for 16 Years | OPA


Defendants Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, of Southlake, Texas, were convicted late yesterday by a federal jury in Ft. Worth, Texas, of forced labor and other federal felonies for compelling the domestic labor of a young, undocumented West African girl for 16 years. The verdicts were announced by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas, and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey McGallicher of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Houston Field Office. 

“The defendants preyed on a young and extremely vulnerable girl. Their despicable actions included cruelly abusing her, forcing her to work in their home, hidden in plain sight, for years without pay,…

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