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Illicit financial flows cost Africa billions of dollars – Global Tax Justice Network

A new study conducted by a network of NGOs, including the Global Tax Justice Alliance, revealed that Tax evasion costs Africa more than $25 billion a year. As African countries are grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, tax evasion is considered “unacceptable”, as it reduces revenues that could be spent on citizens’ health. Twenty-three billion dollars is the estimated amount that ...

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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for use next week in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out. The first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next week, Health Secretary ...

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Commonwealth sends team to observe Ghana elections

The Commonwealth has deployed a team of election observers to Ghana to keep watch during the country’s General Election slated for Monday next week. The Commonwealth Observer Group is made up of politicians, diplomats and experts in law, human rights, gender and election administration from across member countries. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said the group was constituted following an invitation ...

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Government should depoliticise scholarships – Education Watch

The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare has asked the government to depoliticize the scholarship scheme. He claimed that most deserving students are unable to access the scheme due to politicisation of the programme. In a statement, Mr Asante explained that the minimum cost of scholarship for a needy but brilliant tertiary students is GH¢4,000/year: 2,500 for academic ...

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The three Black women to serve on Biden’s all-women communications team

Joe Biden’s campaign promise was to assemble a diverse cabinet that “looked like America“. On Sunday, the president-elect announced an all-female communications staff including three Black women who will be the voice of his administration. This will be the first time in history that a president’s communications team will be made up of only women, according to the Washington Post. ...

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Natural Gas to Transform Africa

Africa has already made an indelible mark in the oil industry. It is home to four of the world’s top 20 crude oil producers — Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, and Libya — and these same four countries also have some of the largest oil reserves in the world. So far, it hasn’t made quite as much of a splash in the ...

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Cocoa Barometer 2020 demands system change to end cocoa poverty

After two decades of failed interventions across the cocoa sector, cocoa farming communities are still battling the effects of poverty, child labour and deforestation. The 2020 Cocoa Barometer report published this week is a rallying call to action: it outlines the necessary steps governments and industry should take, together with farmers and civic society organisations, to end deforestation and human ...

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Election 2020: New survey projects runoff

A new survey has projected that next week’s presidential and Parliamentary polls will go into a second round. According to the research by Governance Research Bureau, non of the two leading parties can secure enough votes to win at ago. “Based on its analysis of EC certified results since 1992 and the 2020 voters register, the Bureau estimates that the ...

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COVID 19: Release Mental Health Patients in Prayer Camps- MEHSOG

The coronavirus pandemic is a global health crisis like no other since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918.  The pandemic has reached every corner of the globe and undeniably induced fear, anxiety and changed the way we live. The implications cut across all dimensions of life; economic, physical, social and a consequential mental health decline among the populace. After a ...

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Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency. Maradona was captain when Argentina ...

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