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Uganda bans sports betting

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has ordered that no new licences should be issued to sports betting companies nor renewing of permits for the existing ones. According to Minister of State for Finance, Mr David Bahati, the President gave the directive saying that gambling has diverted attention of the youth from hard work. “We have received a directive from President Museveni ...

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Forestry Commission, CEIEC sign deal to increase forest sector revenue

Mr kwadwo Owusu Afriyie(left) and Mr Liu Zhirong(right)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Ghana’s Forestry Commission and the China National Electronic Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) meant to lead Chinese companies to corporate with the Ghanaian government to construct a China- Ghana Forestry Economic and Trade Corporation park. The move aims at building an internationally advanced industrial cluster and bringing out strong   industrial agglomeration ...

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Data collection, a catalyst for tourism growth in Africa

Exactly a week into the New Year, Kenya released its tourism statistics for 2018 much to the admiration of industry watchers who hailed the quickness and effectiveness with which they have been able to collate and compile the data. Kenya like just a few African countries has adopted an effective data collection mechanism as one of the multi-faceted approach to ...

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2,341 killed in 2018 in road accidents; 795 are pedestrians

Data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has revealed that, the total number of commuters killed in road traffic accidents in 2018 recorded a 12.76% jump over the figure for 2017. This means persons killed rose from 2,076 in 2017 to a total of 2,341 in 2018. It comprises 1,796 males and ...

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Ghana needs to reduce the price of gas to aid industrialisation

Dr Theophilus Acheampong

Government has been urged to take a critical look at the gas production sector by reviewing the pricing system which has a lot to do with the high price of electricity power in the country. “If we want to be competitive, if we want to support industrial growth, then ultimately it means that the price of power that people pay ...

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Ghana To Export Timber To EU Market

Ghana is close to making history as the first country in Africa to get clearance to export timber to the European market by the end of the year. This is after the country had met a series of requirements spelt out in the voluntary partnership agreement that was signed with the European Union (EU) over a decade ago. Currently, processes ...

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‘Sextortion’: 10 cases recorded in less than a month

The Police Cyber Crime Unit says it has recorded 10 cases of extortion by sex, referred to as “sextortion,” since the beginning of this year. Though figures for the period preceding 2019 were worrying, officials say the recent trend constitutes an alarming increase. Director of the Unit, Chief Superintendent Gustav Yankson, warns internet users to desist from putting out detailed personal ...

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Hearing challenging GH¢34m fine on telcos begin

The Electronic Communications Tribunal (ECT) yesterday began hearing details of a petition put before it by the Mobile Network Operators ( MNOs) in the country over the GH34 million fine imposed on them by the National Communications Authority (NCA). The fine, which the MNOs had earlier described as too heavy, was slapped on them for what the regulator claimed to ...

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Veep calls for more inclusive democracy in Africa

Veep Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

If democracy will develop in Africa, we have to get more people included along the chain, the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said. Explaining that democracy evolved from the Latin word ‘demos’, which meant self-rule, he said: “At the heart of democracy is inclusive government – people making decisions about their own well-being.” Speaking as the special guest at the ...

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Let’s join hands to harness science, technology, innovation for development — Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the national development agenda will be anchored on science, technology and innovation. He said sectorial policies, programmes and strategies were being implemented on the basis of “a national science, technology and innovation policy.” The President, therefore, called on all to support his development vision, stressing, “we can realise this Ghana, the Ghana of ...

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