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Monday, March 30th
Daily Interbank FX Rates
Currency Buying(¢) Selling(¢)
USD
5.4347
5.4401
Sterling
6.7243
6.7327
Euro
5.9878
5.9926
SEK
0.5404
0.5409
Naira 66.2081 66.3920
Eco 0.0577 0.0577
Source: Bank of Ghana
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USD
10.6195
9.2614
Sterling
13.0930
11.2916
Euro
11.7628
10.3928
Source: Forex Bank, Sweden
In the Coronavirus fight in Scandinavia, Sweden stands apart: When the coronavirus swept into the Scandinavian countries, Norway and Denmark scrambled to place extensive restrictions on their borders to stem the outbreak. Sweden, their neighbor, took a decidedly different path. While Denmark and Norway closed their borders, restaurants and ski slopes and told all students to stay home this month, Sweden shut only its high schools and colleges, kept its preschools, grade schools, pubs, restaurants and borders open. Read the article from the New York Times' webpage...  
  Gamla Stan on Wednesday - picture accompanying the New York Time's article on why Sweden is handling the coronavirus crisis differently from its neighbours
 

Coronavirus - Ghana's count: Ghana has recorded eleven (11) new cases of Coronavirus, confirms the Ghana Health Service (GHS). This makes the total number of cases in the country 152. "As of 29th March 2020, at 10:30 hrs, 11 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ghana. Ten (10) of the new cases were among persons who were under mandatory quarantine in Tamale under the direction of the Regional Security Committee of the Northern Region. The 10 cases were Guinean residents who travelled through Burkina Faso and Togo to Ghana and were picked following intelligence report. The eleventh case was recorded in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region," GHS stated.

     
Covid-19 - Sweden closes its borders: Regeringen stoppar resor till Sverige efter uppmaning från EU:s ministerråd och kommissionen. Beslutet gäller från och med torsdag under 30 dagar till att börja med. -Utrikesdepartementet har redan avrått från icke-nödvändiga resor ut från
Sverige och då är det också naturligt att avråda från resor in, sade inrikesminister Mikael Damberg (S) vid en pressträff. Svenska medborgare och personer bosatta i Sverige ska dock kunnaåtervända hem. Förbudet gäller heller inte resor från andra EU-länder. (SVT text)
     
Svensk elitstyrka på väg till Mali: Sverige ska skicka specialförband och helikoptrar till en ny militär styrka i Mali. Det har regeringen beslutat. Malis president har bjudit in Sverige till Task Force Takuba, en europeisk specialförbandsstyrka som ska ingå i och ledas av befälhavaren för
Operation Barkhane. En styrka om högst 250 personer ska ställas till förfogande från slutet av sommaren fram till den 31 december 2021. Prislappen landar på högst 190 miljoner kronor 2020 och lika mycket under 2021 enligt regeringens beräkningar. (Svt text)
     
Ghana Embassy Info - Gratis Passport Renewal: The Ghana Embassy in Copenhagen wishes to inform its cherished clients and the general public that the Government of Ghana has decided to phase out all machine-readable passports by the end of 2020 and to replace them with Biometric Passports. In that regard, from 1st February 2020, the Embassy will extend the validity by ONE (1) YEAR, free of charge (GRATIS), for machine-readable passports submitted for renewal. For more info, see the embassy website...
     
Ghana Embassy in Copenhagen restricts access to the Consular Section: The Ghana Embassy in Copenhagen wishes to inform its cherished clients that due to the threats posed by the coronavirus (covid-19), access to the Consular Section will be restricted. From Monday, 9th March 2020, the Consular Section will no longer receive 'Walk-in Applications'. All persons requiring consular assistance from the embassy should post their applications to 'Egebjerg Allé 13, DK-2900 Hellerup, Denmark', or call +4539628222'. Until further notice, the above decision shall be strictly enforced.
     
Ghana - manual passport applications cease from today: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has stopped the use of manual passport application platform effective today, March 1, 2020. An earlier release from the Ministry has directed passport applicants to use the online passport application platform, passport.mfa.gov.gh to submit their applications. It also noted that the online passport application is now available at all Passport Application Centres. This latest reform follows Parliament approving an upward review of passport application fees in February. Passport fees for booklets with 32 pages now cost GHS100 while fees for the newly introduced booklets with 48 pages costing GHS150. Read the rest...

 
  Applications can now only be made online and passports will now cost GHS100 for the 32-page booklet and GHS150 for the 48-page booklet
     
Germany: 'No Arabs please' job rejection controversy: An Egyptian man's rejection letter has gone viral on German social media. The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency has said that racial discrimination in the workplace is higher in Germany than the EU average. A German architecture firm was in hot water on Wednesday after it emerged that one of its leaders had responded "no Arabs please" to a prospective job candidate. The firm, GKK+Architekten, touts its international credentials on its website and has an office in China. Read more...  
  Germany's levels of racist discrimination in the workplace are well above EU averages
     

Man med 7 identiteter döms för 10 brott: En 18-årige mannen har fått sin ålder  uppskriven och använt minst sju olika identiteter i kontakt med myndigheter. Nu döms han för en serie grova stölder och rån i Stockholm. Övervakningsbilder visar hur mannen stulit från människor i anslutning till kollektivtrafiken i Stockholm. I flera fall har det förekommit våld. Totalt handlar det om fem rån och fyra  grova stölder. Han döms dessutom för ringa narkotikabrott. Straffet blev ett års fängelse. Han utvisas även från Sverige och förbjuds att återvända de närmaste tio åren. (Svt text)

     

Norway welcomes 600 African refugees "to send a strong message": Norway has agreed to take 600 asylum seekers to help stop the often deadly trafficking of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea. 11 of them have already left for the EU. Norway agreed to open its doors to 600 asylum seekers who had been evacuated to Rwanda from detention centers in Libya. The 600 people are part of a group of 800 migrants who had been moved to Rwanda from Libya under an agreement between Rwanda, the African Union and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Read more...

 
  Norway's acceptance of 600 African refugees is to shame other EU countries into doing more
     
Isabel do Santos' woes: Isabel dos Santos lives modestly these days. Or so the billionaire daughter of a former Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, says. She arrived on foot to meet your correspondent at a smart hotel in London; and at the end of the interview she disappeared off towards a Tube station. It is a step down for a woman who once flew the rapper Nicki Minaj to Luanda, Angola’s capital, at a cost of millions. But these days Africa’s most prominent businesswoman has good reason to play it cool. Read more...  
  Isabel dos Santos, Angola’s princess, wants her seized assets back
     
     
     
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