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Scale up funding for climate adaptation programmes, Guterres urges

The UN Secretary-General has called for urgent scaling up of funds for climate change adaptation and resilience building programmes, so they can offer real and lasting protection against the impact of major events such as droughts, floods and rising sea-levels.  “Adaptation cannot be the neglected half of the climate equation”, Secretary-General António Guterres said at the Climate Adaptation Summit.  The need is all the ...

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COVID-19 pandemic cost the world the equivalent of 255 million jobs in 2020

job losses or reduced working hours due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic cost the world the equivalent of 255 million jobs in 2020, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday, noting that the “massive impact” was nearly four times the number lost during the 2009 global financial crisis.  According to the ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world ...

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Portfolio of Senior Minister scrapped, other ministries abolished in Akufo-Addo’s new government

President Nana Akufo-Addo will on Thursday submit to Parliament the list of his proposed Ministers and Regional Ministers to the Speaker of Parliament. In a communique from the Presidency Thursday, Eugene Arhin, head of Communication said the total number of Ministers to be appointed by President will not exceed 85. This is different from 126 ministerial appointments that characterised his ...

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UN Secretary-General urges world to ‘work together in solidarity’ as US moves to rejoin WHO

The United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States will re-engage with the World Health Organization (WHO) and play a full role in advancing global health and health security.  In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres said that supporting the UN health agency “is absolutely critical” to the world’s effort for a better coordinated ...

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Nurses call for strict COVID-19 prevention protocols at health facilities

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association is asking managers of health institutions across the country to step up their COVID-19 preventive measures in their institutions. The Association says a visit to some health facilities show a breakdown of the protocols, a situation they describe as extremely worrying. According to the president of the association, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo, the blatant ...

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Election Petition: Supreme Court set down 5 issues for determination

The Supreme Court has outlined five key issues it will make a determination on, in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition brought before it by the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 Presidential Election, John Dramani Mahama. This was announced after parties to the case filed their memoranda of issues. The 2nd Respondent Akufo-Addo for instances filed 3 issues which ...

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Time to rethink licensing Rounds for Africa’s Oil and Gas-Producing Countries

While the details vary by country, the licensing round process has, in general, become too prone to delays and uncertainty. In late 2019, as the African oil and gas industry was looking to the future with optimism, Offshore Engineer wrote that the continent had reason to expect a “more productive 2020.” Instead, the unforeseen happened, and the COVID-19 pandemic had ...

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12 Schools in Asokore Traditional Area receive 7000 books, other educational materials

Nana SKB Foundation, a non-governmental Organization in collaboration with the Mary Adjei Educational Trust and some philanthropist of Asokore have donated educational materials worth thousands of Ghana Cedis to some selected schools in the Asokore Traditional Area in the Sekyere East District of the Ashanti Region. The educational materials distributed included 7000 copies of customized exercise books, pens, chalks and ...

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Ghana took a gamble in COVID-19 fight during December polls – Alex Segbefia

Alex Segbefia

Former Health Minister, Alex Segbefia says the government of Ghana took a gamble during the 2020 December polls with regard to the countries fight at the Coronavirus pandemic. Ghanaians went to the polls on December 7, 2020.  After the elections, Ghana’s COVID-19 cases have shot up. Currently, Ghana’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 2,174 with 358. Speaking on Citi TV’s Face ...

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Terkper advises govt to focus on homegrown policies

The former Finance Minister Seth Terkper has asked the government to focus on homegrown policies to revive the economy post-Covid or the country may have no choice but to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Speaking on the Morning Starr on Tuesday, Mr. Terkper added that the government must not project higher growth figures to help it put together a realistic ...

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