[W/E-22/11/21] DAILY NEWS SUMMARY: Acid Attack, ECG’s ‘Killer’ Bills, Ronaldo, more

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Ghana Newspaper Headlines for Monday, 22nd of November, 2021.

1) UK-based Ghanaian lady mummify boyfriend with acid, over cheating assumption

A young Ghanaian lady living in the United Kingdom is to spend the next 14 years behind bars for pouring acid on her boyfriend as he slept in their home in Wembley. Esther Afrifa, 28, is reported to have bought a litre of sulphuric acid online and left it by her bedside ready to attack her 29-year-old boyfriend, Kelvin Pogo.

The jealous woman is also said to have gone to extraordinary lengths to stop Pogo from getting medical treatment after the first attack, leaving him with life-changing injuries that have left him plagued by suicidal thoughts. All this is said to have come about after Esther Afrifa wrongly believed her boyfriend was sleeping with a university classmate. She is likely to be deported to Ghana after her release, the report added.

2) Residents of Somanya hit the streets in protest against ECG’s ‘killer’ bills

Angry residents of Somanya in the Eastern Region today, Monday, 22 November 2022, demonstrated to register their displeasure at the government over humongous electricity bills from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). Scores of aggrieved customers of ECG clad in red and marched with placards, some of which read: “We don’t want you ECG,” “We want VRA,” “Freedom from ECG,” “We will not pay bills,” “ECG move from Krobo lands.”

According to the demonstrators, their major problem was the issue of over-billing on the part of ECG. “ECG could bill residents as much as GHS10,000 at the end of the month, others who are petty traders, seamstresses are billed GHS5,000,” they lamented.

3) Five confirmed dead, 40 critically injured after SUV ploughed into Wisconsin Christmas parade

Five people were killed and more than 40 injured when an SUV sped through a Christmas parade in the small town of Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, plowing into dozens of people including young children. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson told reporters that one person was in custody and a vehicle had been recovered after the incident in the town of around 72,000 people, 20 miles (32 km) west of Milwaukee.

Police said the number of dead and injured could change. Thompson said it was not clear whether the incident was terrorist in nature, but that there was no further danger and police had lifted an order urging people to shelter.

4) Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial data shows long-term efficacy in adolescents

Pfizer Inc said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong long-term protection against the virus in a late-stage study conducted among adolescents aged 12 to 15 years. A two-dose series of the vaccine was 100% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days through over four months after the second dose, the company said.

The long-term data will support planned submissions for full-regulatory approval of the vaccine in the age group in the United States and worldwide. Pfizer and BioNTech will seek clearance for a 30 micrograms dose of the vaccine for those aged 12 and above.

5) Juventus battling to secure goals since Ronaldo’ exit – Allegri admits

Juventus face an important test in the battle for top spot in Champions League Group H against Chelsea, Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday, but the head coach admitted his side are still struggling for goals since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo

“We must improve our finishing. We’re creating good chances and making mistakes with the final ball, in Rome we ran risks by not finishing our chances and then allowing counter-attacks. We’ve scored 18 goals and conceded 15 (in Serie A), we need to find more goals as a team. Everywhere Cristiano has gone, he’s always been the top scorer. We have a lot of players who can score goals, but at the moment we aren’t finding them,” Massimiliano Allegri said.