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SDGs will address ‘three planetary crises’ harming life on Earth

The “three planetary crises” of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are reinforcing each other and driving further damage to the environment and to our health, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Tuesday.  Executive Director Inger Andersen told an online discussion that the “significant and pathbreaking” information contained in the UN agency’s synthesis report Making Peace With Nature, not only breaks down ...

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Filipino investigative journalist to receive UN press freedom prize

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday named investigative journalist and media executive Maria Ressa of the Philippines as the recipient of its 2021 press freedom award. For over three decades, Ms. Ressa has been involved in many initiatives to promote press freedom and currently manages the online outlet, Rappler. Her work however, also made her a ...

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Power fluctuations will soon be over – Energy Minister

The Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Permpeh, has entreated Ghanaians to exercise patience as the government is investing financial resources towards the upgrading of the power operating system in the country. This, he said, would ensure efficient and reliable power supply to both domestic and commercial power consumers to improve their businesses. Dr. Opoku Prempeh gave the assurance when ...

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Malaria vaccine hailed as potential breakthrough

A malaria vaccine has proved to be 77% effective in early trials and could be a major breakthrough against the disease, say its developers from the University of Oxford. Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa. But despite many vaccines being trialled over the years, none has met the required target for success. The ...

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Abandon Agenda 111 Hospitals to resource NHIS –gov’t told

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management at the University of Ghana, Dr. Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah, has urged the government to abandon its ambitious agenda to construct 111 hospitals across the country. He believes the initiative, dubbed Agenda 111 although well intended, will not be feasible considering constraints on fiscal expenditure. Dr. Abekah-Nkrumah wants the government ...

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WAEC needs a regulator – Africa Education Watch

The Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, says the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), needs a regulator. He said the regulator would help to standardise the Council’s operations and ensure that it delivered as expected to produce “true and learned students.” Mr Asare said that had become necessary because WAEC set its questions, marked by itself, and ...

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Force illegal miners in forest reserves to reclaim degraded lands – Small-scale miners

The Association of Small Scale Miners is urging the government to force persons found to be mining illegally in forest reserves to reclaim the lands and plant new trees before exiting the site. The group believes that it will be wrong for the government to bear the cost of reclaiming destroyed lands in forest reserves as a result of actions ...

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The planet’s on ‘red alert’ UN chief warns leaders at President Biden’s climate summit

World leaders must act now and put the planet on a green path because “we are at the verge of the abyss”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday in his address to the virtual climate summit convened by United States President Joseph Biden. “Mother Nature is not waiting”, the UN chief warned, as the past decade was the hottest ...

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‘No homes, logistics to take child beggars off streets’

The lack of resources and homes for the upkeep of homeless and vulnerable children who have been picked from the streets is a major hurdle undermining the capacity of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Accra to rid the capital of child beggars. Currently, the various offices of the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) at the assemblies ...

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PIAC charges GRA to recover $2.1 million surface rental arrears from oil companies

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), has urged the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to retrieve some $2.1 million owed the state by international oil producing firms operating in the country. PIAC in its annual report noted oil majors operating Ghana’s 3 oil fields – Sakofa Gye Nyame, TEN and Jubilee – owed the state to the tune of $2.1 ...

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