Former Argentine president charged with corruption

argentinaFormer Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was charged with corruption Tuesday and had $643 million of her assets frozen, according to state-run news agency Télam.

A judge indicted Fernández de Kirchner along with 11 others on illicit association, for allegedly directing public road works to a company called Austral Constructions during her presidency.

The judge formally presented the charges of corruption, illicit association and aggravated fraudulent administration, against the former president along with her former minister of planning Julio De Vido, former secretary of public works José López and businessman Lázaro Báez of Austral Constructions.

The illicit association could carry up to 10 years imprisonment, Télam reported.
Fernández de Kirchner is not under arrest, but remains under investigation. She can appeal the process, wait for the end of the investigation or see whether the judge decides to send her to trial.

Former government official, Lopez is currently in jail and will be tried after being caught trying to bury bags of cash containing $9 million underneath a monastery earlier this year.

Former Argentine government official caught hiding millions
Fernández de Kirchner, a leftist, termed out and left the presidency in December last year. She has previously denied any wrongdoing and has alleged that she was being targeted by her conservative successor, Mauricio Macri.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Fernández de Kirchner implied she was the target of persecution, although she did not specify anyone in particular.
She is also on trial in another corruption case, dubbed “dolar futuro” by the media in Argentina, in which she is accused of allegedly meddling with the sale of US dollars by the nation’s central bank.



Black Stars to start training this afternoon at St Thomas Aquinas Park

black-starThe Black Stars will get their preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations underway this afternoon in Accra.

Head coach Avram Grant and his technical team will train with a select band of players at the St Thomas Aquinas Park at 3:30 pm local time.

Although the Ghana FA is yet to announce the list of players, a circulated squad including returnee goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and three debutants Ebenezer Ofori, Raphael Dwamena and Bernard Tekpetey are expected to train.
Also, know faces like Baba Rahman, Razak Brimah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Harrison Afful, Majeed Waris and Afriyie Acquah will be present.

This is part of the team’s first phase of pre-tournament training before heading to UAE on 02 January where the full compliment will be assembled.

Grant and his charges will train in the Gulf for 12 days before jetting to Gabon for their Group B matches in Port Gentil.

Ghana’s opening match will be against Uganda on 17 January.


5 die in Winneba motor crash

accidentFive persons have been confirmed dead in a gory motor crash at the Winneba Junction in the Central region Tuesday.

Health personnel at the Winneba Municipal Hospital confirmed the deaths, adding at least 15 persons are receiving treatment.

Road safety experts have attributed the cause of the accident involving a sprinter bus to over speeding.

According to Stephen Anokye, the crash was as a result of a burst rear tyre of the bus which caused the vehicle to somersault injuring most of the passengers on board.

“The engine of the bus came out… this should tell you the driver was going beyond the required 100KPH and you can see the car is severely damaged,” Anokye told Starr News.

The injured, according to him, are in stable condition.

He has admonished drivers to be cautious behind the wheels this festive season.


Togbe Afede fetes 1,300 children

chief-kidsTogbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli and President of the National House of Chiefs, on Boxing Day feted over 1,300 children from the Asogli State in Ho.

The annual event also attracted opinion leaders, elders and chiefs from the traditional area.

The children, mostly basic school pupils, were treated to good music and offered the opportunity to interact with the chiefs.

Togbe Afede urged the children to be obedient and persevere in their academic studies to play useful roles in the society.

He said the Asogli State is ready to support needy but brilliant pupils and students and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity.

Togbe Afede announced an undisclosed package for pupils in the Asogli State who came first in last term’s class examination.