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ANC wins a reduced majority: The ruling African National Congress won South Africa’s general election with 58% of the vote. The party had never before received less than 60% at a national poll. Many voters were put off by the corruption that flourished under Jacob Zuma, president from 2009 to 2018. The anc might have done worse but for Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Mr Zuma and vowed to clean up his mess. The Democratic Alliance got 21% of the vote.

Ghana embassy in Köpenhamn to issue visas, passports in Malmö: The Ghana embassy in Denmark will carry out mobile consular services in Malmö, Sweden on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June, 2019. During the exercise, individuals can apply for Ghana passport, dual citizenship, authentication of documents and visa. Visas will be processed and issued immediately. Passports will be processed and issued a week after the exercise. Dual citizenship duration will depend on the Ministry of Interior in Accra. Authentication of documents will be issued immediately. The dates and times are: Friday 31st May from 16:00 to 20:00 and Saturday, 1st June from 08:00 to 16:00. The venue for each day will be: Framtidens Hus Lindängen centrum, Lindängsplan 3. Buses 2, 8, 31 33.

Anyone who wants to take part in the exercise should register with the secretary on 0704689854 or the chairperson on 0735106288 before 26th May 2019.

Efforts are being made to extend the exercise to Stockholm in the future. If you are in a hurry, you know where to head...
World's largest drone delivery launched in Ghana: The world’s largest drone-delivery network was launched in Ghana. Zipline, an American startup, will distribute vaccines and other medical supplies by operating 600 drone flights a day.

Ingrid Awuku laid to rest: Final obsequies for the late Ingrid Awuku who died on March 22 took place on Thursday April 11 at S:t Ansgardskapellet in Stockholm. She was 87. Officiating was Pastor Monica Torsson Sivberg. Ingrid was spouse to Kwame Awuku who passed away well over a decade ago also in Stockholm. Present at the service were Ingrid's and Kwame's children Kwesi, Kofi and Efuwa and their children as well as Kwame's younger brother Frank Awuku who was accompanied by one of his two daughters Rebecca. Present also was a respectable number of mourners large enough to fill the small, well-decorated chapel. They included the following members of the Ghanaian community in Stockholm: Clementina Mensah, Enoch Ablorh, Anthony Turkson and David Quartey. After the church service mourners gathered together for light refreshments.

Bank of Ghana to issue upgraded banknotes: The Bank of Ghana will issue upgraded banknotes into circulation on May 6, 2019. The upgraded banknotes will have enhanced security features in line with evolving changes in the technological landscape. The new banknotes also come with improved durability and machine readability. The enhanced security features include Optically Variable Magnetic Image, New Enhanced Security Thread, More Prominent Watermark, and Enhanced Iridescent Band at the Back of the Banknote The bank says the upgraded and the existing series of banknotes will co-circulate and entreats the public to KNOW THE CEDI AND KEEP IT CLEAN.
Belgium apologises for mixed-race kidnappings in colonial era: Belgian PM Charles Michel has apologised for the kidnapping of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during the colonial rule of Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda. The "métis" children born to Belgian settlers and local women were forcibly taken to Belgium and fostered by Catholic orders and other institutions. About 20,000 children are believed to have been affected. Speaking in the Belgian parliament, Mr Michel said the country had breached the children's basic human rights. Read the rest on BBC online...  
  Belgium's Royal Museum for Central Africa. UN experts say racial discrimination was "endemic" in the country
Körkort som id-handling kan slopas: Körkort ska slopas som id-handling och polisen ska ramöver utfärda id-kort. Det föreslår regeringens utredare. Tanken är att det ska hjälpa polisen
att förhindra id-bedrägerier. Det nya id-kortet ska införas 2022 och ersätta de 13 olika varianter som i dag utfärdas av olika aktörer. Körkorten duger inte eftersom de inte är tillräckligt säkra, enligt regeringens id-kortsutredning. Framtidens id-kort ska ha ansiktsbild och fingeravtryck, och ska kunna kopp las till en statlig e-legitimation.
From our archives - what the Swedish media said about Africa 25 years ago: Two major news items about Africa occupied the Swedish media 25 years ago this month. One was the build up to the first democratic elections in South Africa involving all the citizens of that country. It was widely covered with SVT reporting directly from the inauguration of Mandela as President. Sweden was one of the countries visited by Mandela on his thank you tour after his release. The other event was the catastrophe in Rwanda. This was also widely reported in the Swedish media. The Ghanaian Conscience carried a long article describing the Swedish media's reaction to both events. Read it all here...  
  Aftonbladet published a cartoon in which Nelson Mandela was seen crushing APARTHEID.

London patient becomes second adult to be cleared of HIV: A man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of HIV after he received a bone marrow transplant from a virus-resistant donor, his doctors said. Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the man’s previous HIV infection. “There is no virus there that we can measure. We can’t detect anything,” said Ravindra Gupta, a professor and HIV biologist who co-led a team of doctors treating the man. He described his patient as “functionally cured” and “in remission”, but cautioned: “It’s too early to say he’s cured.“ The man is being called “the London patient”, in part because his case is similar to the first known case of a functional cure of HIV, “the Berlin patient” – American Timothy Brown, who underwent similar treatment in Germany in 2007 which also cleared his HIV. He is still HIV-free.


There is economic equality in only six countries in the world, including Sweden: Ten years ago, no country in the world was judged as having achieved econimic equality. Today, six countries have done that, according to the World Bank in a new report. Sweden is one of the countries which gets full marks togheter with Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia and Luxembourg. The study looked at various factors including how it is for men and women to get to different places, what control the citizen has over his resources, working conditions, salaries and pensions, marriage conditions and the situation of children. The study covered 187 countries. On the same list that Sweden scores a perfect 100, Ghana comes in place 102 with a score of 75 - below Kenya, Togo and Côte d'Ivoire but above Nigeria which scores 68.75. Read the rest (in Swedish) and see the original report...

Ken Dechor to lead Ghana Union in Stockholm: The Ghana Union held its bi-annual elections to get new officers to run the union. Ken Dechor was elected as Union President. The new Secretary is Mohammed Jawad Halidu. All the posts were filled. The new president, on behalf of the executive, promised to steer the union in new directions and embark on a memebership drive. Joe Etbon observed the elections and declared them as free and fair. More info later...  
  The new executive of the Ghana Union in Stockholm. Absent from the picture are Mydase and Ladi
Migrationsverkets LMA-kort säljs illegalt – för 2 000 kronor styck: Migrationsverkets LMA-kort är enkla att förfalska och kan användas för att få lägre patientpriser inom vården eller billigare mediciner. Den illegala handeln är omfattande. ”Det är nog ingen som har svårt att få tag i ett LMA-kort”, säger gränspolischefen Patrik Engström. Id-handlingar säljs, hyrs ut och/eller förfalskas. De används sedan av personer som av olika skäl inte vill uppge sin riktiga identitet. Read more from Metro online...  
  False Migrationsverket's identity cards can be used for lower medical bills...
Validity of Ghanaian passports to be extended to 10 years: A statement dated February 6th, 2019 and signed by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mohammad Habibu Tijani, has instructed all Ghanaian foreign missions abroad to inform all concerned that "the government has decided to extend the validity of ordinary passport booklets issued to qualified Ghanaian applicants from five to ten years (5-10 years) with effect from 31st March, 2019." The statement, addressed to all heads of missions and consular officers, added that the processing fees for passports will remain the same until further notice.
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