Two men arrested in racist attack on African students in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Podil Police Department has detained two men after receiving a phone call about a fight and a shooting on the northwestern outskirts of the Ukrainian capital late on July 19.

The victims of the attack were three foreign students from the Democratic Republic of the Congo studying at Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, who said they were attacked due to the color of their skin.

While the students were waiting for a taxi after they left a pharmacy, five drunk men allegedly started to harass them. The offenders ran up to their car shouting, “Blacks, what are you doing here?” Then they pulled the students out from the car and started to beat them.

One of the attackers even fired a gun into the air several times and once at the car, smashing its front windshield. The sound of the shooting led local residents to call the police.

According to Podil District Police spokesperson Anna Strashok, police officers found cartridge cases at the scene, but it is still unknown who fired the gun.

As soon as the attackers heard the police siren, they ran away. But police subsequently arrested two of them in the nearby woods as they reportedly loudly discussed how they had beaten foreigners and how they had destroyed the car.

They explained to police officers that they “had never seen people with this skin color and just wanted to meet,” the Espreso TV channel reported.

Later, the students recognized the two attackers, who turned out to be 24- and 23-year-old men originally from Rivne Oblast in western Ukraine.

If found guilty of hooliganism and violating the students’ rights based upon their race and nationality, the attackers may spend up to four years in prison.

According to 2019 research by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, Ukrainians are most intolerant toward Africans and people of Roma ethnicity. They have the most tolerant attitudes toward Belarusians, according to the survey of 2,035 respondents living across the country. 

At the same time, the number of cases of racially-motivated violence in the country was much lower in 2019 compared to 10 years ago.

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UPDATES 5 ON EVACUATING GHANAIAN STUDENTS (GRADUATES) FROM UKRAINE.

UPDATES RECEIVED FROM NUGS-UKRAINE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO ARE WAITING TO GO HOME.

Upon speaking with the embassy, we were informed that the government of Ghana will no longer evacuate citizens and this will take effect from the 31st of July,2020. However, students(graduates) from Ukraine will be given an exception to travel on the 4th of August, 2020 to Ghana. Secondly, we have a full waive on the fee for the 14 days compulsory quarantine as well as the fee for the covid-19 test. These amounts have been covered by the government. Furthermore, there will be a meeting with the Turkish airlines officials tomorrow to finalize the cost for the flight ticket. There’s a high possibility that the flight will take off from Kharkov.

Questions which were asked?

1.After the 4th of August, when is the next possible evacuation date?

0. What do I do if I already have a return ticket?

0. I have a ticket booked on the 4th of August which is leaving from Lviv. What do I do?

0. Will there be a waive on the quarantine fee for the students who might come on later dates?

0. Where are we going to stay when we get to Ghana? Are we going to be grouped?

What are the measures in place? Please make your money ready in order to begin the purchase of the tickets from tomorrow.

Let’s kindly stay calm and tuned for updates.

COVID-19: Five Foreign Students Tested Positive in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Information reaching rexfordwest.com from a reliable reporter has indicated that Ukrainian doctors have identified five cases of covid-19 among five foreign students living in a dormitory of Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design.

According to report, there was an outbreak of Covid-19 in a dormitory of Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design on July 12, although the dormitory has been closed and disinfected, two students have been infected and were hospitalized and three other students are in self-isolation. Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced during a briefing on July 13, Nationalities of these students are yet to be revealed.

Ghanaian UK based dancer and TikTok star Global Boga loses wife and son

Global Borag and Nicole Thea

Sad news breaking hearts on social media has it that Global Boga, a Ghanaian TikTok star based in the U.K has lost his wife and son.
Global Boga, real name Jeffery Frimpong, is also a musician who has won followers with his then-pregnant lover, who do share countless couple goals TikTok videos of themselves dancing together, even when his lover, Nicole Thea, was heavily pregnant.

JICA to construct flyover at Tema Interchange and offer scholarships to Ghanaians

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has signed two agreements with the Ghanaian government to construct a flyover at the Tema Interchange as well as offer scholarships to some Ghanaians.

The grant amount for the Improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout Phase 2 (Detailed Design) project is One Hundred and Nine Million Japanese Yen (JPY 109,000,000.00), equivalent to about US$ 1 Million.

Whiles the grant aid for the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program for the year 2021 was Two Hundred and Sixty-three Million Japanese Yen (JPY 263,000,000.00), equivalent to about US$ 2.4 Million.

The Tema Interchange Project will complement the completed phase 1 interchange project to alleviate serious traffic congestion and improve logistics from/to Tema port to boost trade among Ghana and neighbors’ countries.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has signed two agreements with the Ghanaian government to construct a flyover at the Tema Interchange as well as offer scholarships to some Ghanaians.

The grant amount for the Improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout Phase 2 (Detailed Design) project is One Hundred and Nine Million Japanese Yen (JPY 109,000,000.00), equivalent to about US$ 1 Million.

Whiles the grant aid for the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program for the year 2021 was Two Hundred and Sixty-three Million Japanese Yen (JPY 263,000,000.00), equivalent to about US$ 2.4 Million.

The Tema Interchange Project will complement the completed phase 1 interchange project to alleviate serious traffic congestion and improve logistics from/to Tema port to boost trade among Ghana and neighbors’ countries.

Whiles the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program for the year 2021 aims to support human resource development in Ghana, targeting highly capable, young government officials who are expected to engage in formulating and implementing social and economic development plans and to become leaders in the country.

Present at the virtual signing ceremony, Mr. Yasumichi ARAKI, Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office signed the two grant agreements with the Minister for Finance of the Republic of Ghana, Ken Ofori-Atta.

Prior to the signing of these agreements, there was a short diplomatic exchange between H.E. Mr. Tsutomu HIMENO, Ambassador of Japan to Ghana and the Hon. Charles Owiredu, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to pave way for the grants.

The Project for Improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout (Phase2) entails a detailed design to construct a flyover at the newly constructed Tema Interchange which was commissioned on June 5, 2020 by President Auffo-Addo.

This will include procurement of a consultant, detailed design study and preparatory works for the construction works.

In its tenth year, the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) started in 2012. So far 78 JDS fellows have been dispatched from Ghana to Japan under this program.

Next year, the JDS program will provide another 13 young and promising Ghanaian government officials with scholarships to obtain doctorate and master’s degrees at the graduate schools of prestigious Japanese universities.

Their research focus will be in the area of Agriculture, Economics, Energy, Health, Public Administration and Public Financial Management.

JICA

Since 1963, JICA has provided support to Ghana in several areas including health, road, electricity, agriculture, industry, education, governance and other significant sectors under the scheme of Yen Loans, Grant Aid, and Technical Cooperation.

Total accumulated value is approximately JPY 136.3 billion (USD 1,265 million), JPY 116.8 billion (USD 1,084 million), and JPY 60.6 billion (USD 562 million) respectively (JFY2018).

Especially, in the road sector, JICA funded construction/rehabilitation of 730km of road, 26 of bridge, and 2 ports. Also two road projects are currently underway; a loan project for the Construction of a New Bridge across the Volta River, amounting to JPY 11.239 Billion (USD 104 million), and a grant aid project for rehabilitation of National Trunk Road N8 (Phase 2), amounting to JPY 6.486 Billion (USD 60 million). More than 4000 Ghanaians have benefited from training in Japan.

COP- UKRAINE MAKES DONATIONS TO KIEV REGIONAL EMERGENCY HOSPITAL

On Tuesday 30th June 2020, The Church of Pentecost – Ukraine made donations of various items to the Kyiv Regional Emergency Hospital to help in the fight against the Corona Virus Pandemic. The items included 1500 pieces of Applicators test tubes,
1500 pieces of Eppendorf PCR Tubes, 1000 pieces of Face – Mask, 200 pieces of Protective clothing (overall) and bundles of Tissues and Toilet Rolls

In presenting the item, the National Head of the Church, Pastor Abraham Arthur thanked the Director and Staff at the hospital for the good work they are doing in the City of Kyiv especially in recent times and assured them of the Church’s continued prayer support and partnership in the fight against the Covid – 19 Pandemic. Pastor Arthur further prayed for God’s divine intervention to bring an end to the pandemic. He also prayed for the Hospital Staff and all health professionals and key workers across the globe. He prayed that God will heal those who have been affected by the virus and bring comfort to them and their families.

The Director of the Hospital, Dr Tkochenko Alexander Anatolyevich who received the items on behalf of the Hospital thanked the Church for their generosity.

Present were The Deputy Director of the Hospital, Beregovy Oleksandr Vasilovich, some National Executive members of COP – Ukraine: Elder Ernest Nartey, Elder Dr Frank Odianosen Edogun, Elder Dr David Cammy and some Deaconesses, Deaconess Bridgette Offasi and Deaconess Wagatta Abraham.

Below are some of the items donated.