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Social media blamed for high divorce cases in Zambia

– Advertisement – Some Zambians have cited social media as one of the main reasons a lot of marriages are breaking down, in the wake of alarmingly high levels of divorce in the country. In the past 5 years, over 61, 000 divorces have been granted in local courts, according to the country’s justice minister, Given Lubinda, who said in parliament, recently, that social media abuse was one of the causes. “Madam Speaker, indeed, there were many more divorce petitions that were granted through local courts than were granted through…

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Why global manufacturing firms oppose mining in Ghana’s Atewa Forest

– Advertisement – Three global and major manufacturing firms namely, BMW Group, Tetra Pak and Schüco International say they are worried about planned mining of bauxite in Ghana’s Atewa forest. The companies this month signaled that concern over the use of bauxite mined from the Forest for aluminium. According to the companies, they would be unwilling to accept bauxite mined from this forest due to the catastrophic and irreversible effects on the people and wildlife that depend on the forest. The Government of Ghana is seeking to mine bauxite in…

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Africa World 

The 17 African countries placed on UK’s travel ‘red list’

– Advertisement – The United Kingdom has placed 17 African countries on what it calls a ‘red list’, with travelers from these countries hit with new travel measures. Travelers from these countries are to quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels and will have to take care of their bills during their stay. The cost for travelers from the African countries on the ‘red -list’ will not be less than $100 per night. The African countries affected by this latest travel measures are: • Angola – Advertisement – • Botswana…

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Malawi’s president sacks Covid taskforce boss amid graft claims

Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has sacked the co-chair of the government’s taskforce overseeing the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. The co-chair of the taskforce, John Phuka is accused of misusing $7.7m (6 billion Malawi Kwacha). A report by the country’s ombudsman in November last year said there was lack of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the country’s Covid-19 preparedness and response plan. The head of disaster management, James Chiusiwa was also sacked by the president “for showing a lack of toughness in demanding accountability”. According to the government President…

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Kenya’s government wants caning re-introduced in schools

– Advertisement – Corporal punishment has been widely accepted as negative way of disciplining children whether at home or at school. For many activists against the practice, the human rights of these children are violated when caned. Corporal punishment is said to have serious effects on the health, safety and security of children as well as increasing the risk of physical abuse. Many countries have abolished caning in schools, replacing that with other forms of punishments that don’t inflict injuries on children. Kenya was one of those countries that banned…

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Here are 20 of Africa’s best countries to do business

The World Bank Group has a major flagship publication which it publishes every year called the Doing Business report. The 2020 publication is the 17th in a series of annual studies measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business, according to World Bank “presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time. The Doing Business also “covers 12 areas of business regulation. Ten of these areas—starting a business, dealing with construction permits,…

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Here are Africa’s top ten most developed countries

– Advertisement – Every year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranks countries through its Human Development Index (HDI) project. The Human Development Report (HDR) by the UNDP measures a country’s health, education, and standard of living as part of the index. The agency also ascertains a nations’ average achievement in three basic scales of human development – education, life expectancy, and per capita income. The Human Development Report (HDR) covered a new experimental index on human progress that takes into account countries’ carbon dioxide emissions and material footprint. According…

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Africa World 

Climate change remains a global emergency despite Covid-19

– Advertisement – Results of a new survey conducted on the impact of climate change has revealed that many people around the world believe that the current Covid-19 pandemic isn’t the number one global emergency. For many climate change still remains the biggest global emergency requiring serious action to save lives. The Peoples’ Climate Vote, the world’s biggest ever survey of public opinion on climate change were published on Wednesday. Covering 50 countries with over half of the world’s population, the survey includes over half a million people under the…

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Zambia alarmed by surge in suicide and passion killings among youths

– Advertisement – The rate at which young people are reportedly committing suicide and crimes of passion/ passion killings in Zambia has become a source of serious concern. In recent months, the country has seen a spate of such deaths with victims being under or slightly over 20 years of age. Overlapping Cases A recent case involved a 17 year old girl and her boyfriend, who were reported as having booked a room at a lodge on the Copperbelt Province, north of Zambia, shortly after which the boyfriend allegedly stabbed…

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Africa World 

Covid-19: The stories of 300 global Black doctors’ and nurses’

– Advertisement – A project called the THE BLACK FRONTLINE has been launched and aimed at framing the pandemic through the stories of 300 global black doctors and nurses in 3 cities on 3 continents. In what founders of the project call the oral history project, 100 doctors and nurses in Accra, another 100 in New York City and similar number in London will be sharing their stories through the pandemic. The project is the vision of The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice, led by Executive Director and international award-winning…

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