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Aribo, Balogun Star as Rangers Defeat Celtic in Old Firm Derby

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A 70th minute Callum McGregor own goal helped Rangers to a 1-0 victory over Celtic in the Old Firm Derby.

Nigeria’s Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo featured for the Gers in the game. While Balogun featured from start to finish, Aribo was a second half substitute in the encounter.

The victory heightened Rangers’ chances of winning the league title as they widened the gap over their age-long rivals and neighbours.

Both teams, located in Glasgow have won the Scottish League titles for a combined 105 times. They also have both won the Scottish Cup for a combined 70 times and their match is one of the most spoken-about derbies in world football.

Rangers, managed by Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard is top of the log with 62 points, 19 points above Celtic who have three games in hand.

The Gers went into liquidity in 2012, moving to the second division and facing financial struggles but have since bounced back to compete at the top level of Scottish football again.

Aribo and Balogun have been mainstays of the team, with the latter joining during the summer from Wigan Athletic after injuries hampered his Premier League dreams at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Aribo moved to Rangers two seasons ago after impressing at Charlton Athletic and has been tipped to make a move to the Premier League.

Celtic have struggled all season and sit second behind Rangers on the log, with only a sharp decline in the form of their rivals expected to make a difference.

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The Gambia Signs Protective Cooperation Deal with Switzerland

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The Gambian government says it has signed a Cooperation Agreement on migration matters with the government of Switzerland.

The Gambian government says the cooperation agreement is meant to curb irregular migration and ensure effective protection of the rights of Gambian citizens who are migrants in Switzerland.

“The Agreement will create cordial working relations between the government of The Gambia and the government of Switzerland in identifying opportunities, coordinating and managing challenges of migration.

These, the two countries believe, will further strengthen relations and deepen cooperation with regard to the effective management of migration, unemployment and creation of more opportunities for women and youth in The Gambia,” the statement said.

The statement reads that the Gambian government further negotiated for all undocumented Gambian migrants in Switzerland to be trained on livelihood skills and integrated in the Swiss community.

“As The Gambia progresses in enhancing its democracy, there is a need to ensure that the country adheres to international Human Rights Instruments by respecting the laws of other countries whilst also ensuring that Gambian citizens within and outside enjoy the required protection of the Government.

“In this regard, the Gambian Government and the Government of Switzerland agreed that all legal remedies will be exhausted before any voluntary returnees will be repatriated,” the statement pointed out.

The statement also said that the Gambian government further assured all Gambians that it was approaching migration as a developmental issue and that the signed cooperation agreement would also pave the way for the establishment of a multi-purpose skills training centre and create other opportunities for young people to achieve their goals in The Gambia.

The statement said both countries agreed on the spelt-out modalities which serve as an enabling tool to ensure equitable and balanced intervention with a view to attaining dignified life for Gambians in Switzerland and Swiss citizens in The Gambia.

Furthermore, as part of efforts to strengthen the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the two countries and on the invitation of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, the Vice President and Federal Councillor of Switzerland, Ignazio Cassis, is expected to visit The Gambia on Friday, 12 February, 2021.

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Rwandan Immigration Services go Online Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

The agency has also made available, a list of mobile phone numbers and emails that can be used by those seeking the services.

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The Rwandan Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) has announced that all its services will be available online, following the two-week lockdown imposed on Kigali city.

The announcement says that the five online services include applying for passports, visa and permits, Refugee Travel Documents, Laissez Passer and those sending correspondences, mails among others.

According to the announcement, those seeking special services that require physical presence are advised to contact the migration office for further guidance using the contact information shared on migration social media platforms.

The Rwandan Immigration Services has also made available, a list of mobile phone numbers and emails that can be used by those seeking the services.

The general public is advised to make use of the agency’s websites, www.migration.gov.rwwww.irembo.gov.rw and social media platforms on Facebook ‘RwandaImmigration’, and twitter ‘@Rwandamigration’.

Since the Kigali International Airport will remain open for inbound and outbound travellers according to the cabinet resolutions, immigration services will definitely be needed.

According to the resolution, passengers who are arriving must present a negative PCR taken within 120 hours prior to their first departure while those departing must present a negative PCR.

The government has also approved designated hotels for arriving passengers which will remain open under strict Covid-19 prevention measures.

Cabinet said tourism activities will continue in strict adherence with Covid-19 health guidelines as guests are facilitated by hotels, tour operators and transport services.

Rwanda had, by January 20, recorded a total of 11,860 positive COVID-19 cases, with 7,812 recoveries. The death toll as a result of COVID-19 related issues is now at 153.

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Corruption Scandal Rocks Nelson Mandela Foundation

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation has confirmed that it is investigating allegations against its own senior managers.

The foundation, which seeks to promote the legacy of the world statesman who died in 2013, has been left red-faced after an anonymous complaint from staff members accused Chief Executive Officer, Sello Hatang, and Chief Operations Officer, Limpho Monyamane, of graft.

These allegedly include procurement impropriety and the misuse of the foundation’s corporate credit cards for personal purchases at fast food restaurants, bookstores, hardware and sporting goods stores

Foundation chairman Prof. Njabulo Ndebele, in a vague statement on Wednesday, said the investigation was initiated on December 15 2020 after an email from unidentified staff members a day earlier.

“The foundation takes allegations of such a nature very seriously and is committed to ensuring a fair and proper outcome,” said the statement.

The foundation was established in 1999 when Mandela stepped down as the President of South Africa. It seeks to contribute to making a just society by mobilising his legacy, providing public access to information on his life and times, and to convene dialogue on critical social issues.

The foundation said that interviews were currently being conducted with management, staff and a small number of service providers to ensure all sides of the story are heard.

“The foundation is deeply committed to transparency and good governance, and will ensure that it acts in the best interests of its stakeholders, management and staff.”

“In line with this, the outcome of the investigation will be made public once the process is completed and the investigative report has been considered by the board. This will include details of the investigation itself, how and by whom it was undertaken, and any recommendations that may be made.”

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