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Gambia reopens its borders after closure over Covid-19

– Advertisement – The government of The Gambia has announced that borders have now been reopened after a six-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s Banjul airport will however remain closed till October 31 due to construction work. The announcement on Friday is part of efforts to re-open the country’s economy and return life to normalcy. A statement from the government said “Travellers destined to The Gambia shall show evidence of Negative PCR Test Results conducted not more 72 hours prior to arrival.” It adds that “Isolation is…

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Strike by airport workers in Ghana disrupts flights

– Advertisement – Staff of Ghana’s Civil Aviation Authority have laid down their tools. They are protesting encroachment on lands belonging to the authority which they claim is affecting their operations. The strike follows a recent ultimatum issued by the workers for their concerns to be addressed or be forced to embark on strike. Some domestic airlines have cancelled flights as a result of the strike. Ghana’s Ministers of Aviation, Interior and Employment were reported to have engaged in series of meetings on Wednesday with the striking airport workers to convince…

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500 volunteers still battling fire on Mount Kilimanjaro

– Advertisement – At least 500 volunteers continue to battle a fire on Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzaia as they hope to bring it under control. The fire broke out on Sunday, according to the country’s National Parks service. Moto umezuka Mlima Kilimanjaro leo mchana na jitihada za kuuzima bado zinaendelea. Taarifa zaidi zitafuatia. #TANAPANEWS BY @PASCALSHELUTETE pic.twitter.com/Jcfj6QlCf8 — Tanzania National Parks (@tzparks) October 11, 2020 But the Tanzania National Parks service said in a statement that “efforts to extinguish it are still ongoing,” adding that volunteers have…

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Singapore will pay citizens to have a baby amid the pandemic

Singapore will offer a one-time payment to aspiring parents during the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s deputy prime minister said the incentive would help reassure people who face financial pressure and are worried about their jobs. “We have received feedback that Covid-19 has caused some aspiring parents to postpone their parenthood plans,” Heng Swee Keat told lawmakers on Monday. “This is fully understandable, especially when they face uncertainty with their income,” he added. Heng said the payment would help parents with expenses, but he did not confirm how much would be paid out.…

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Egypt unveils coffins buried 2,500 years ago

– Advertisement – Archaeologists in Egypt said Saturday they had found 59 well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins over recent weeks that were buried more than 2,500 years ago. Opening one of the ornately decorated sarcophagi before assembled media, the team revealed mummified remains wrapped in burial cloth that bore hieroglyphic inscriptions in bright colours. The dramatic find was unearthed south of Cairo in the sprawling burial ground of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. “We are very happy about this discovery,”…

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Guinea closes border with neighbours ahead of election

– Advertisement – Guinea officials have said the country’s border with Senegal and Guinea-Bissau have been closed ahead of the general elections. Officials in government said the closure was for security reasons as citizens prepare to vote on October 18. Guinea-Bissau’s Interior Minister, Botche Cande was quoted by AFP as saying that the border had been closed since Sunday. Guinea’s constitutional court this month approved 82-year-old President Alpha Condé’s third term bid. The court also gave the green light to 11 other candidates, including the main opposition challenger Cellou Dalein…

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Nigeria: Hotel workers allegedly stripped naked over $12

– Advertisement – A former Nigerian Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi has sparked outrage after he was alleged to have ordered that some hotel workers be stripped naked. Gbagi is reported by local media to have ordered the act to be executed on four employees of the Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State. He chairs the management of the hotel, according to local news media reporting. The hotel workers – three women and a man – were said to have been stripped naked and photographed. Their nudes pictures were…

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Zambia’s Lusaka city is losing its natural beauty

Kombe Kapema has lived in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, for over three decades. Over the years, he has witnessed how the face of the city has gradually changed from one that was characterized by greenery to what he now describes as a concrete grey jungle. This is because of the amount of construction activities that have been going on in recent years, resulting into a lot of trees having been cut. Construction Across The City Whereas past construction projects have mainly involved the building of such infrastructure as shopping malls, office…

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126 Africans in the diaspora take up Ghanaian citizenship

Ghana has approved the applications of one hundred and twenty six (126) members of the African-American Diaspora Community to become Ghanaian citizens by registration. Section 10 of Ghana’s citizenship Act (2000) Act 591 makes provisions for other nationals to gain Ghanaian citizenship after meeting some conditions. The Ministry of the Interior based on the aforementioned Statute and after much scrutiny, recommended approval of the applications for citizenship. Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo approved the applications this month. Speaking at a ceremony to confirm the citizenship of the applicants he said the…

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Ghana: Young innovators push for reforms in visa processing

Young innovators in Ghana have called for reforms in visa processing at various foreign embassies in the country. Gathering under a program called “innovators and migration” the young people lamented the continuous struggle in securing visa for regular and legal travels to Europe. Many of these young people are students and some just starting their own businesses but often get opportunities to visit Europe to fulfill their aspirations. But many a time visa acquisition procedures mean that they are rejected visas to travel for fear of them not coming back…

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