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International News: Queen Elizabeth funeral: Step-by-step activities that will mark the day

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It would be a ceremony of global proportions that will bring to an end more than a week-long celebration to mark the passing of the longest-reigning monarch of Britain, Queen Elizabeth II.

Already, the might of the world’s leaders have already landed in London, as they join the rest of the world to pay their final respects to the monarch.

As has already been communicated, apart from the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, who has received a special dispensation to arrive in his Beast, all other world leaders have been encouraged to arrive only via commercial flights, from where they would be bused to the venue of the event.

The reason: there would be no space to accommodate private planes as airports in the United Kingdom have been closed for the ceremony.

And now, after days of lying in state, the body of the late Queen, and her husband, Prince Philip – who died a year earlier, will finally be reunited in a vault beneath St George Chapel.

The British police have also stated the huge task and burden on their hands today as they host the sea of world leaders at the grand state funeral.

Describing it as perhaps the biggest security threat it has ever been faced with, the police in Britain have indicated they are well-prepared to contain the pressure regardless.

But what is the day actually going to look like?

The BBC details all of the events as follows:

The Queen’s body will continue to lie in state at Westminster Hall, in the heart of London, on the morning of Monday. This is to allow more people to queue and file past the coffin.

At Westminster Abbey, the doors of the building will be opened for guests to start arriving for the service, which will begin at 11:00 am.

Leaders from the world are expected to be seated by this time. They will include senior UK politicians and former prime ministers, members of royal families from across Europe, many of whom are blood relatives of the Queen.

The Belgium King, Philippe, and Queen Mathilde, the King of Spain, Felipe, and Queen Letizia, are also expected there.

At this point, the ceremonial part of the day will begin in earnest. This will be after the Queen’s body has been lifted from the catafalque on which she has been resting since last week Wednesday afternoon.

The body will then be sent to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service.

The coffin will be carried on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, which will be pulled by 142 sailors: the carriage was last seen in 1979 when Lord Mountbatten, uncle of Prince Philip, was buried and was also used for King George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s father) in 1952.

Senior members of the Royal family, including King Charles III, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, will follow the gun carriage in a procession.

The Pipes and Drums of the Scottish and Irish regiments are expected to lead the ceremony, along with members of the Royal Air Force and the Gurkhas.

The Royal Navy and the Royal Marines will line up the route, with a guard of honour mounted at Parliament Square, made up of all three military services, accompanied by a Royal Marines band.

The service – a state funeral, will follow strict rules of protocol such as a military procession. 2000 guests are expected at the service will be then begin at Westminster Abbey.

It is worth mentioning that since the 18th century, no monarch’s funeral service has been held in the hall, although the funeral of the Queen Mother happened in 2002.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the sermon. Prime Minister Liz Truss will read one of the lessons.

Towards the end of the funeral service, the Last Post, one short bugle call will be played, followed by a two-minute national silence.

The national anthem and a lament which the queen piper will play, will then bring the service to an end at about midday.

Following the service, the Queen’s coffin will be pulled in a walking procession from the Abbey to Wellington Arch, at London Hyde Park Corner.

With the route that has been lined up with military personnel and police, the Big Ben will ring at one-minute intervals as the procession advances slowly through the streets of the capital. Gun salutes will also fire every minute from Hyde Park.

The procession will be led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and will be made up of seven groups, each with their own band. Members of the armed services from the UK and the Commonwealth, the police and the NHS will also be involved.

Once again, King Charles III will lead members of the Royal Family, who will be walking behind the gun carriage of the Queen’s coffin.

Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex, and the Duchess of Sussex will join the procession inside cars.

Once the procession gets to Wellington Arch, at about 13:00, the coffin will be transferred to the new State Hearse for her final journey to Windsor Castle – the castle which has continuously housed 40 monarchs across almost 1,000 years. (

(It held a special significance to the Queen throughout her life because as a teenager, she was sent to the castle during the war years as London faced the threat of bombings, and which she eventually made her permanent home during the Coronavirus pandemic.)

The vehicle carrying the coffin will arrive for a walking procession for Windsor Castle Long Walk. The three-mile (5km) avenue will be lined up with members of the armed forces.

Members of the public will get access to the Long Walk to watch the procession pass.

The King and senior members of the Royal Family are later expected to join the procession for the Quadrangle, inside Windsor Castle.

The castle Sebastopol and Curfew Tower bells will ring every minute and gun salutes from the grounds of the castle will be fired.

And then the coffin will enter St George Chapel for a committal service.

The committal service will be attended by a smaller, more personal congregation of about 800 guests, and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, with a blessing from Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The service will include traditions symbolising the end of the Queen’s reign.

The Crown Jeweller will then remove the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign orb and sceptre from the top of the coffin, separating the Queen from her crown for the final time.

At the end of the last hymn, King Charles will then put the queen company camp colour, or flag of the Grenadier Guards on top of the coffin. The Grenadier Guards is the most senior of the Foot Guards who carry out ceremonial duties for the monarch.

At the same time, the Lord Chamberlain, former MI5 chief, Baron Parker, will “break” his wand of office and place it on top of the coffin. The breaking of the white staff will signal the end of his service to the sovereign as her most senior official in the royal household.

The Queen would then be lowered into the royal vault and the Sovereign Piper will play before the blessing and the singing of ‘God Save the King.’ The performance by the piper at Windsor is something the Queen personally requested, Buckingham Palace has said.

The committal service will come to an end and the king and members of the Royal Family will leave the chapel.

In the evening, at a private family service, Queen Elizabeth II will be buried together with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is located inside St George Chapel.

An engravement on the marble slab of the Queen’s grave will read, ELIZABETH II 1926-2022.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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Deputy-General-Secretary-of-the-Trades-Union-Congress-TUC-Joshua-Ansah

After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

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