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Finland is world's happiest country: Ghana has been listed as the 108th and 12th happiest country in the world and Africa respectively in the 2018 World Happiness Report. The report, released on Wednesday, March 14, has Finland occupying the first position while Burundi came last in the list of 156 countries ranked. Finland rose from fifth place in 2017 to oust Norway who claimed the second spot with Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia making up the top 10. The U.S. and Britain ranked 18th and 19th respectively. In Africa, Ghana came behind Mauritius, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, Cameroon, South Africa, and Ivory Coast. Undertaken by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s, the World Happiness Report ranks countries according to their scores for things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

Ghana - world's fastest growing economy?: In an article that was widely circulated on Ghanaian social networks, the New York Times correspondent, reporting from Tema, described Ghana as contending for the crown of the world's fastest growing economy. The correspondent reports that Ghana's economic outlook, dismal in the 1980s, turned brighter with the discovery of offshore oil deposits. As oil prices rise again, the country is on track to have one of the world's fastest growing economies this year, acording to the World Bank, ADB and the IMF. But some commentators think "fastest growing" does not mean an improvement in the quality of life of the ordinary citizen. Read article here...  

Picture of a street scene in Accra that accompanies the New York Times article describing Ghana as contending for the crown of fastest-growing economy this year


Akolor laid to rest: Burial took place on Saturday at Santrokofi, Ghana, of Sanle Akolor, who passed away last month after a short illness. Present at the burial ceremony were the Akolor children and their mother who flew all the way from Stockholm to witness the event. It was a simple one not characterised by the pompous celebrations that are usual of Ghanaian funerals these days. Because he had served in the Ghana Army for several years before coming to Sweden, reaching the officer rank of Major, he was buried in a coffin made in the shape of a military tank. See more pictures from the funeral...  
  Having served in the Ghana Army before coming to Sweden, Major (rtd) Akolor was buried in a casket made in the shape of a military tank
Akolor remembered in Stockholm: Members of the Ghana Union, the family of Akolor in Stockholm and friends met on Saturday in a short ceremony at Rinkeby to mark the memory of Sanle Akolor Yao (SAY), who passed away at his home in Hohoe, Ghana, after a short illness. It was a solemn occasion marked by speeches and tributes to the man. Kofi Sapathy delivered a long obituary that recounted the major incidents in his life. Akolor came to Sweden in the 1970s and worked in various places until his retirement when he moved permanently to Ghana but had been a frequent visitor to Stockholm. He was an active member of the Ghana Union and known within the Ghanaian community especially among those who have lived here for long. He spent most of his time in this country in Täby. Akolor will be laid to rest in his hometown, Santrokofi near Hohoe, on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018.  
  Akolor's grandchildren joined the gathering in observing a minute's silence in memory of their farfar

U.S. issues ultimatum to three African countries to reverse ban on used clothes imports: After two years of mounting pressure on defiant Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, the United States has given these East African countries a one-week ultimatum to reverse their ban on used clothes imports or face trade sanctions. The acting head of economic and regional affairs at the Africa Bureau of the US State Department, Harry Sullivan issued the ultimatum on ahead of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit in Kampala, Uganda. Read more...

  The US wants African countries to continue importing used cloths from the USA
Human trafficking in Sweden on the increase: Human trafficking in Sweden is on the increase according to records made by länsstyrelsernas. 225 victims were identified last year. This is 75 victims more than 2016. Most of the victims are used for prostitution and as beggars. Many of them are children. "We have identified 56 children who are direct victims as well as 56 other children who followed an adult victim," according to Charlotta Thorelius who oversaw the collection of the statistics.

Zuma resigns: Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president, the evening before a no-confidence vote was scheduled in parliament. The rand surged. Mr Zuma is beset by corruption allegations. The new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, a former union boss and tycoon, is not. See article.

Morgan Tsvangirai is dead: Morgan Tsvangirai died from cancer, aged 65. He led the opposition to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe even after regime thugs tried to throw him off a tall building. He won a presidential election in 2008, but Mr Mugabe won the count.

Sirleaf wins Ibrahim Prize: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former president of Liberia, was awarded the $5m Ibrahim prize for African rulers who govern well and retire when their time is up. It is only the fifth time that the prize has been awarded since it was established in 2007, because of a lack of suitable recipients.

General screening for prostrate cancer to be introduced: Should all men in Sweden between the ages of 50 and 70 be summoned for regular prostrate cancer tests? Socialstyrelsen has so far said no. But this may now change. The old argument against general regular tests has been that it may bring about treatment that may not be needed and cause unnecessary worry. But new methods for testing can now establish with more certainty if treatment is required. The risks for lifelong side effects have also been reduced. How the new recommendations will be formed has not yet been revealed. If the suggestion is formally made, the matter will be put up for general discussion. General screening for breast cancer in females is already practised in Sweden
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