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Young people must have ‘a seat at the table’ in peace efforts: Guterres

Although young people have been at the forefront of efforts to build and sustain peace, opportunities for them to make a meaningful contribution remain insufficient, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.  Addressing the opening of the High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes, taking place online, he urged the international community to step up support.  He said numerous young peacebuilders, especially ...

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Covid-19 cases in Africa fall by 20% – WHO

The weekly number of Covid-19 cases in Africa has “dropped considerably” and the number of deaths has also fallen, for the first time since the peak of the fourth wave sparked by the Omicron variant, the World Health Organisation said in a statement on Thursday. “The decline marks the end of the shortest outbreak on the continent, which lasted 56 ...

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Health facilities in Bogoso overwhelmed after horrific mining explosion

Victims of the Bogoso Appiate explosion are being distributed to various health facilities outside the community.  This is because health facilities in Bogoso are being overwhelmed by the disaster. So far, 17 people have been confirmed dead, while 59 injured persons have been rescued in the deadly explosion as authorities mobilise rescue efforts. Clinical Coordinator of Apinto Government Hospital, Dr. ...

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17 dead, 59 injured in Appiatse explosion

As at 5pm. yesterday, Thursday, January 20, a total of 17 people had been confirmed dead in the Appiatse explosion, in the Bogoso District of the Western Region, according to the Ministry of Information. The incident which occurred as a result of an accident involving a truck conveying explosives for a mining company, a motorcycle and a third vehicle close ...

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Pregnant women can now be vaccinated – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says based on local and international evidence; it is now safe for Covid-19 vaccines to be administered to pregnant women in Ghana. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, disclosed that at the initial stages of the vaccine roll-out, his outfit was skeptical about administering ...

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Only Ghana Card will be accepted for financial transactions from July 1 – BoG

The central bank has directed all financial institutions to only accept Ghana Cards for all transactions. The Bank of Ghana (BoG) explained that this order takes effect from July 1, 2022. This is pursuant to Regulation 7 of the National Identity Register, 2012 (L.I. 2111). “…with effect from July 1, 2022, the Ghana Card shall be the only identification card ...

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Political interference in education hurting sector – All Teachers Alliance

Teacher union, All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) has expressed concerns about what they call political interference in Ghana’s educational system. The group said the interference is hurting education in Ghana hence must stop. A statement they issued on Tuesday January 18 said “We believe Ghana’s education system had suffered in the last two decades because of a lack of policy direction and ...

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Poor condition of service forced 44,000 teachers to quit in 2021, highest in last 20-yrs – Apaak

Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak has blamed the exit of 44,000 teachers from the profession on the poor condition of service for the practitioners. He told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise show on 3FM Wednesday, January 19 that this number is the highest in the last twenty years. The Ranking Member on the Committee of Education ...

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Minister tells schoolgirls to ‘open books and close legs’

A regional health minister has come under fire in South Africa for telling schoolgirls to “open your books and close your legs”. Phophi Ramathuba made the comment during a visit to a secondary school in a bid to encourage abstinence and reduce teenage pregnancy rates. Social media users criticised the remark and questioned why it was only directed at girls. ...

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Ghana debt moves deeper into distress as investors lose patience

As the era of cheap money draws to an end, bondholders are no longer prepared to cut Ghana any slack. The West African nation’s dollar bonds have slumped 10% in 10 days, moving deeper into distressed territory as investors judge that re-financing debt in the Eurobond market won’t be an option when the Federal Reserve hikes rates and budget targets ...

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