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South Africa’s tourism minister to visit Ghana

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Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will in the coming week travel to West Africa for a working visit to our regional neighbours in Ghana and Nigeria.

The Minister will spend two-days in Accra attending the First UNWTO Presidential Leadership Taskforce on Women Empowerment on Tourism Sector with Focus on Africa, where she will be part of a discussion panel under the theme “Tourism policies to enable gender equality”.

Hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), this forum will debate proposals and activities geared towards promoting women empowerment and leadership in the African region, including funding. The meeting is also expected to receive a report on the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism
Tourism is one of the key economic sectors with the potential to contribute to greater equality and empowerment of women and is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors accounting for 10% of GDP and jobs globally.
The Minister will also use her time in Ghana – West Africa’s second largest economy – to interact with tour operators, media and broad stakeholders in the tourism value chain.

After concluding the work in Ghana, she will lead a delegation to Nigeria for a further two-day engagement with tourism stakeholders and trade as well as media. The roadshow, in what is considered Africa’s most populous country, will provide a valuable networking opportunity and an opportunity for the Minister to position South Africa as a destination of choice for West Africans who would like to travel for business, leisure and other related activities.

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Through interaction with tourism stakeholders including tour operators and the media, the Minister will gain better insights on how the South African tourism industry can be better responsive to the needs of *West African* travellers.
This is part of the work towards increasing the number of international tourist arrivals from our continent and the world at large. This is particularly important as South Africa’s tourism industry responds to the President call that we need to double domestic arrivals to over 21million by 2030.
South Africa is committed to strengthening partnerships and driving collaborations that will help forge a stronger cultural exchange between the people of these two West African countries and the people of South Africa.

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Top International Ghanaian DJs Making Waves on the International Scene

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Top International Ghanaian DJs Making Waves on the International Scene

I would like to introduce two Ghanaian DJs who are shaking things up internationally and carving a niche for themselves.

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Shine Bright for Less: Exploring the Best Lab Diamonds for Sale Today

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Are you dreaming of adding some sparkle to your life without breaking the bank? Lab-grown diamonds are an affordable alternative that offers the same dazzling beauty as mined diamonds at a fraction of the cost. As technology has improved, lab diamonds have become more readily available and affordable. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring or other diamond jewelry but want a more budget-friendly option, lab diamonds are worth considering. They offer the opportunity to get a high-quality, conflict-free diamond at a fraction of the cost of a natural diamond.

What Are Lab Diamonds?

Lab diamonds are grown in a controlled laboratory environment using advanced technological processes that recreate the conditions under which natural diamonds form on the earth. The end result is real diamonds that are optically, chemically, and physically identical to mined diamonds.

How to Find Great Deals for Lab-Grown Diamonds Online

Once you’ve decided to purchase a lab diamond, the next step is finding a great deal. With many retailers now offering lab diamonds for sale, you have options. Here are some tips to find the best prices on synthetic diamonds:

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Shop Online

The internet is your best resource for finding discounted lab-grown diamonds. Online retailers often have lower overhead costs than traditional jewelry stores, so they can pass on the savings to customers. Check sites like Rare Carat, James Allen, and Blue Nile which specialize in high-quality yet affordable lab diamonds. Compare prices and specs to find the best stone for your budget.

Look for Promo Codes

Many retailers frequently run sales and promotions on their synthetic diamond inventory. Search for coupon codes and promo codes which can save you 10-20% or more off the list price. Retailers want to move products, so buying at the right time can yield big discounts.

Consider Smaller Carat Weights

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If budget is a concern, consider dropping down slightly in carat weight. The price difference between a 1-carat lab diamond and a 0.9-carat stone could be 20% or more, even though the size difference is barely noticeable to the eye. You’ll still get a beautiful, high-quality diamond that sparkles brightly.

Compare Clarity Grades

Compare prices on stones with different clarity grades to find the best deal. While flawless (F) diamonds are the most expensive, many people are happy to go down to VS2 or SI1 clarity to save money. At these grades, any inclusions are still difficult to see with the naked eye, so you get an eye-clean stone at a lower cost.

Lab Diamonds for Sale: How to Get the Best Value

When searching for lab diamonds for sale, you want to find quality stones at the best possible price. Here are some tips to get the most sparkle for your buck:

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Do Your Research

Compare prices across sites like Rare Carat, James Allen, and Blue Nile. See what types of lab diamonds they offer and in what price ranges. Get to know the 4 C’s: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. The closer to colorless and flawless the better, but you can save by compromising slightly on these attributes.

Consider the Cut

A high-quality cut, like ideal or excellent, has the biggest impact on a diamond’s beauty. Well-cut diamonds reflect light internally for maximum sparkle. Look for cuts like round brilliant, princess or cushion. Fancy cuts like pears or ovals may be cheaper but harder to get an ideal cut.

Size Matters

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Carat weight is a main factor in price. You can save thousands by dropping just .1 to .3 carats in size. A 1-carat lab diamond could cost 25-50% less than a mined diamond of equal quality. Lab diamonds over 2 carats offer the biggest price benefit.

Certification Provides Peace of Mind

Reputable jewelers will provide official certification from agencies like IGI or GIA for lab diamonds. This verifies the stone’s attributes like cut, color, clarity, and dimensions. Certified diamonds may have a slightly higher markup but ensure you get exactly what you pay for.

Negotiate the Best Deal

Shop around at different stores and compare prices for stones you’re interested in. Make an offer 5-15% below the asking price and provide competing offers as leverage. Jewelers often have the flexibility to negotiate on lab diamonds, especially for larger stones or when bundling with a setting. With some smart shopping, you’ll be wearing your dream lab diamond in no time!

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Conclusion

So now you know, you can find great deals for lab-grown diamonds that will make you shine bright without breaking the bank. Whether you want a classic solitaire or a dazzling halo setting, high-quality yet affordable lab diamonds for sale abound. Thanks to companies like Rare Carat that search and vet trustworthy jewelers, buying lab diamonds has never been easier or more accessible. What are you waiting for? Search and Buy Lab Diamond Rare Carat today at www.RareCarat.com and find the perfect lab diamond to light up your life for less. The possibilities are as endless as your potential to sparkle.



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Over 30 outstanding Ghanaian advocates honored at the 2023 Africa Peace Advocate Awards event

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The second edition of the Africa Peace Advocate Awards event held recently celebrated the remarkable efforts of over 30 Ghanaian individuals who have dedicated themselves to promoting peace in their communities and beyond.
The event, which took place at the Pottersville Church International, East Legon Hills, Santoe in Accra on Thursday September 21, 2023 brought together prominent figures, activists, and supporters of peace from across the nation.  It was held under the theme: “Action for Africa Peace”
The Africa Peace Advocate Awards event aimed to acknowledge and honor Ghanaians who have utilized their platforms to create awareness, foster dialogue, and inspire action towards achieving lasting peace.
The recipients of the awards were selected based on their exceptional contributions and positive impact on society.
Among the distinguished awardees was Joseph Kobla Wemakor, a renowned journalist and peace advocate who has consistently used his media platform to highlight the importance of peaceful coexistence.
His unbiased reporting and commitment to promoting dialogue have played a significant role in resolving conflicts and fostering understanding among diverse communities.
Another notable recipient was Regina Asamoah, a young entrepreneur who founded an organization dedicated to empowering women and promoting peace through economic development.
Her initiatives have not only provided economic opportunities for marginalized communities but have also fostered unity and reconciliation among different ethnic groups.
The Africa Peace Advocate Awards event also recognized the efforts of organizations that have made significant contributions to peacebuilding in Ghana.
One such organization is the Pamcos Foundation, a non-governmental organization that has been at the forefront of peace education and conflict resolution. Their tireless efforts have helped bridge divides and promote peaceful coexistence among Ghanaians.
Addressing the noble gathering, the United Nations Eminent Peace Ambassador and Country Director for the International Association of World Peace Advocates, Dr. Samuel Ben Owusu, reminded the honorees about the significance of the honor and charged them to be resolute, committed to work, and vigorously utilize their various platforms to advocate for peace, development, and progress for the betterment of all within the African continent.
“We are not just going to honor you with awards. It’s for work. We need you. Ghana needs you. Africa needs you. We need you to use your platforms to speak to bring about change”.
During the event, the awardees expressed their gratitude for the recognition and emphasized the importance of continued efforts towards peacebuilding.
They called for increased collaboration, dialogue, and inclusivity in order to address the root causes of conflicts and create a more harmonious society.
The Africa Peace Advocate Award event served as a platform to inspire and encourage Ghanaians to actively participate in promoting peace within their communities. By recognizing the achievements of these remarkable individuals and organizations, the event aimed to inspire others to take action and make a positive difference in their society.
As Ghana continues its journey towards a more peaceful and prosperous future, the Africa Peace Advocate Award event serves as a reminder of the power of individuals and organizations to effect change and build a society rooted in peace, unity, and understanding.
Below is the list of the awardees:
1. Mrs. Rev. Dr. Joy Owusu
2. Dr. Bright Okoh
3. Lady Rev. Mrs. Martha Frimpong Boateng
4. Rita Esionam Garglo
5. Dr. Chester Bonnako
6. Ms. Harriet Nartey
7. Ms. Edna Bruce Cudjoe
8. Ms. Regina Asamoah
9. Apostle Abraham Lamptey
10. Hon. Dr. Mrs. Hanna Louisa Bisiw-Kotei
11. Fiifi Pratt
12. Mr. Gilbert Aggrey Abeiku
13. Nana Ama Anima Tutuwaa I
14. Dr. Nana Enyinfua III
15. Mrs. Theresa Tawiah Anang
16. Rev. Dr. Victor Anang
17. Pamela Agyapomaa Anokye
18. May Adaeze Chinda
19. Ms. Emmaline Dartey
20. Rev. Nelly Deladem
21. Mrs. Yvonne Antonio
22. Capt. Nii Kojo Nseni Mankattah
23. Ms. Cecilia Agyeiwaa
24. Anokyewaaba Serwaa
25. Ms. Valentina Ofori Afriyie
26. Mr. Philip Danquah
27. Joseph Kobla Wemakor
28. Nana Okogyeaman Oprepeh X
Source:IAWPA
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IHRC AFRICA REGION CHAIR UNHAPPY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

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His Excellency Dr. Abu Zein, Senior Deputy Chair of the International Human Rights Commission and The Ambassador at Large, Africa Region has expressed the Commission’s worries and strongly feel the need to address the issue of government of Ghana’s recent limiting of freedom of speech in protests enshrined in the fibre of democracy.

It is a matter of great concern for the principles of democracy and human rights.

When individuals are denied their right to express their opinions or assemble peacefully to demonstrate a call of their collective or individual rights as permitted by the same constitutional provisions, it hampers progress and undermines the voice of the people which is equally useful for stock taking processes in line with all acts that builds a nation.

As Ambassadors championing, promoting and sensitising societies on human rights issues, it is our duty to shine light on these injustices and work towards creating a society where freedom of speech is valued and protected.

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Let us unite, raise our voices, and fight for the rights of all individuals whose rights are trampled cheaply upon without clear reasons.

In an interview with some media houses who paid a courtesy call on him as follow up on IHRC’ Africa’s 21st September Zoom Conference on theme: “ANALYSING THE IMPACT OF THE RESURGENCE OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL COUPS ON DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACE IN AFRICA” he urged all stakeholders and research fellows to keep educating and working for peace through a clearer focus on pursuing justice delivery at all cost and levels.

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ACCRA UBUNTU LIONS CLUB, Mawusi Srem Foundation and partners impact Aveme and Sabadu communities

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Lions International (Accra Ubuntu Lions Club) and Mawusi Srem Foundation Together with Babyface foundation, Greenlog Enterprise and Cliffjojo enterprise, embarked on a Huge and packed activity in the Aveme and Sabadu Traditional areas in the North Dayi Constituency on the 15th to 16th of September, 2023. Below are the Details of the activities.

On friday 15th sep, We were able to
-Have a talk about childhood cancer on Akpini Radio inside kpando…

Saturday 16th Sept,
We were able to screen members of Aveme Danyigba and Drah. Screening details include
-Vitals
-Hiv
-Diabetes
-Hepatitis B
-malaria

  • General OPD Services

We went ahead and had a talk on Childhood cancer and Safe sex.

We also donated 700 books and 700 pens to 220 students across the Aveme and Tysome Sabadu Traditional areas

Clothes were donated to 50 needy girls in the community

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Condoms were donated to 150 youth in the community.

120 soft Drinks were shared to the kids.

We donated
-A Sign post and
-medical consumables to the health centre.

Thank you once again.. Signed: Mawusi Srem
(Executive director, Mawusi Srem Foundation and September activity Chairperson, for Accra Ubuntu Lions Club)

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Thank you once again.. Signed: Mawusi Srem
(Executive director, Mawusi Srem Foundation and September activity Chairperson, for Accra Ubuntu Lions Club)

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Dr. Yaw Twum nominated for the title of CEO of the Year

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The Chief Executive Officer of Global Dental Technical Services. Dr. Yaw Twum, has been nominated for the title of CEO of the Year in the Healthcare category of the second edition of the Ghana CEO and Vision Awards.

The purpose of the awards is to provide prime exposure and a thriving platform for CEOs to stay connected, relevant and ahead of the game and become verified via documentary films, awards and magazines.

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The awards ceremony is also a premium brand that provides the biggest and most coveted pitching platforms for CEOs who have used the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the country. It brings together the best chief executive officers in each business sector of Ghana.

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