Press release: First UK-Ghana Business Council seeks to boost trade and investment

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Ghana increasingly offers attractive investment opportunities for UK businesses, which in turn helps create jobs and advance economic development locally. Our governments are doing everything that we can to help make it easier for entrepreneurial businesses to trade and grow. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Foreign Office and DFID Minister Harriett Baldwin returned to Ghana to launch the UK-Ghana Business Council, which met for the first time in Accra on 14 October 2018. The Business Council, which will meet twice a year, brings both governments together to find ways to reduce barriers to trade and investment and create jobs.Minister Baldwin said: Follow Foreign Office Minister Harriett Baldwin @hbaldwin Email [email protected] Media enquiries For journalists The Minister co-chaired the Council with Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia. The next Business Council will be held in London in December 2018.The Business Council introduces a two-day UK-Ghana investment summit which will see a delegation of UK businesses travelling to Ghana to discuss investment opportunities in sectors such as infrastructure, industry, and manufacturing with Ghanaian businesses. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana Adam Afriyie and Trade and Export Promotion Minister Fairhead will also visit Ghana for the summit.These discussions signal a strengthened economic development partnership between the two countries, and are expected to lead to investment that will create jobs for both UK and Ghanaian businesses, and boost local economies.Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo, who will speak at the investment summit, has set out an ambitious vision to move Ghana beyond aid and transform the economy through industrialisation and infrastructure development creating thousands of jobs.During her visit, Minister Baldwin met His Majesty Nana Amoatia Ofori Payin, King of Akyem, and discussed trade and development priorities. She also visited Tema Port with Border Force, who work with the local authorities to improve their monitoring and interdiction of smuggled goods at border points, cracking down on smuggling gangs.Minister Baldwin last visited Ghana in August, immediately before joining the Prime Minister’s visit to Nigeria and Kenya. The Prime Minister travelled with a delegation of British businesses, with a focus on strengthening trade ties across the continent, where the UK is already the second largest investor.Further informationlast_img read more

EveryMatrix “hopeful” of quick solution to UKGC suspension

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 EveryMatrix is hopeful that a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) suspension of its B2C services will be lifted shortly after cooperating with the regulator throughout its licence review.The company has published a statement addressing the ongoing UKGC investigation, which has led to a suspension of its B2C licences until it can demonstrate that it has taken steps to be fully compliant with its social responsibility obligations.The UKGC enforced the ruling under the terms of Section 18.2 of the Gambling Act 2005, which allows it to suspend a licensee placed under review, if it suspects that the incumbent is no longer suitable to carry out its licensed responsibilities.EveryMatrix has, therefore, been forced to suspend wagering provisions for its UK B2C white-label partners – Bookee, PWRbet, Fantasino, PlayFrank,,, Dragonara Online, Jetbull and“EveryMatrix sees this license review as an opportunity to further strengthen its compliance processes and procedures,” it said. “The company is taking the UKGC’s concerns extremely seriously and has already taken swift and effective actions to address the Gambling Commission’s concerns sufficiently.”EveryMatrix also used the statement to stress that the suspension is based on a general evaluation of EveryMatrix procedures rather than specific cases of player complaints.Closing this statement, EveryMatrix underlined that it does not relate to any form of failed technical audit of its software, maintaining that the firm’s B2B licences “remain active, and the company continues to provide gambling software to UK licensed operators”.last_img read more

General substitute

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – In 1950, a young corporal was tapped to do a general’s job.Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had made a commitment to ride as grand marshal in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in 1951, but was called away to duty.As a substitute, Ike expressed the desire that a wounded soldier from the Korean War take his place.The Department of Defense chose U.S. Army Cpl. Robert Gray, then 21, to ride in the parade as grand marshal.Gray, who now lives in West Covina with his wife, Mary-Lee, is also a volunteer with the West Covina Rose Float Foundation.“Being as I never had been to the Rose Parade before, I didn’t know what to expect,” Gray said. “It was one big rush. They ran you every place. You had luncheons to go to and dinners to go to.”To this day, Gray said he still has no idea why he was selected. He went from a Navy hospital at Camp Pendleton to the Rose Parade Hall of Fame with the likes of Bob Hope, Shirley Temple and Mary Pickford.“He doesn’t know for sure,” Mary-Lee Gray said. “It’s always been kind of a mystery.”The news of a local boy raised in Temple City who attended El Monte High School being the grand marshal in the world-famous parade had reporters and photographers from every newspaper in Southern California and Life magazine on his doorstep.They watched and photographed his every move, dug into his family past and even interviewed and profiled an old friend who the paper called “his sweetheart.”The young veteran, with his arm still in a sling, got to meet then-California Gov. Earl Warren and then-U.S. Sen. Richard Nixon, guest-star on Bob Hope’s radio show and grace the cover of the Jan. 15 issue of Life magazine.“It was a really nice experience,” Gray said. “It was a lot of fun.”The Grays have both been active in the West Covina Rose Float since 2001, when they rode on it to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Robert Gray’s grand marshal ride.But that time, Robert Gray waved to the crowd with two arms.”“That’s (the sling) what made it difficult because you had to wave to the crowd and you only have one arm,” he said of his 1951 experience. “I guess there’s a secret to waving without getting tired, but I didn’t know what it was.” [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472last_img read more

Play your part for a better South Africa

first_img13 July 2011 The International Marketing Council of SA (IMC) has added its voice to the Mandela Day drive for civic participation with the launch of Play Your Part, a campaign designed to get all South Africans doing something, whether big or small, to contribute to a better future for all. Speaking at the launch of the initiative at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Wednesday, IMC CEO Miller Matola said: “A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live and who take action by doing something positive, whether big or small, is good for everyone.” Play Your Part encourages ordinary citizens to use whatever resources they have at their disposal – whether time, money, skills or goods – to contribute to positive change in the country. “There are numerous stories and real life experiences ready to be told of people and organisations that are making a positive difference – these stories should be told to lift our spirits and inspire everyone to play their part,” Matola said at the press briefing. Matola said the campaign complements the Mandela Day campaign which is celebrated on Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, asking people to take 67 minutes of their lives to try and make the world a better place – while urging them “make every day a Mandela Day”. To join the movement, people can visit, which connects to forgood, a home-grown social network that brings people and groups together for positive change. The forgood social network enables individuals and groups to create their own profiles, interact with others, garner support for their own causes and join in with others, depending on where they live and the things they’re passionate about. “The ethos and legacy of Nelson Mandela is important for the country, and not for a single organisation, because it carries the values of what this great nation should be about and … sets an example of what we should do,” Matola told journalists. “Therefore it is important that we all contribute towards making a difference in the country.”last_img read more

Five More Things I Am Thinking About Now

first_imgManaging your energy level is every bit as important as managing your time. Your energy dictates your state, and it has a massive impact on the results you produce. You should sleep more, eat better, and exercise more if you want to have the energy you need to reach your goals.There is no longer any such thing as a sustainable competitive advantage. Your competitive advantage is a temporary condition, most probably not one of your own making. You should work like the devil to figure out how you might have another temporary competitive advantage as quickly as you can.The attitude that you carry into an interaction with another human being has more to do with the result than almost any other factor. If you believe that the conversation is going to be adversarial and prepare for battle, you will end up finding the skirmish for which you prepared. If you go in with the attitude to charm the socks of the person with whom you are meeting, there is an excellent chance you will succeed.Your limits are set by your self-limiting beliefs. So are mine. The reason people produce such wildly different results is that they believe they have different limits. Someone once said to me, “I could never write every day like you do.” I said, “I know.” He quipped back, “Well, I could if I wanted to.” Framing your limiting beliefs as a negative is better: “I don’t believe I could not write every day.” I am starting to believe I can’t not run every day.The world is spinning out of control. Less. It started spinning out of control about 5 billion years ago, and every age has thought their world has been spinning more out of control than at any other time. The total number of deaths during World War II totaled just over 48 million. Regardless of how it appears to you now, the world is actually more under control than it ever has been (which is not to say that it is not out of control, but have some perspective).last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 28, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:We heard updates from the Young Champions of Maternal HealthHannah Knight wrote about the progress of the Global Voices for Maternal Health projectAnn Starrs told us about commitments made on maternal and child healthCEDPA asked for case studies on best practices for integrating HIV/AIDS and maternal healthWe wrote about the enhancements we’ve made to the maps on our siteSome reading for the weekendMalaria protection and pregnancy in sub-Saharan AfricaThe World Bank published an outline of the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and DevelopmentMelinda Gates on educating pregnant women in Indiahttpv:// this:last_img read more


first_imgA snapshot of the touch footy happenings from around Australia… * A training camp was held on the weekend for our Mens, Womens and Mixed National training squads. It included different education sessions such as recovery, nutrition, drug education and physical testing and training sessions, as well as a trivia night for a little entertainment. * The New Rustlers Permit is having their final planning meeting in Bundaberg on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th August. The Rustlers are in the final stages of the Permit preparation for the 2005 NTL. This planning incorporates the process for players selections, board makeup, Rustlers Cup, training programs and so forth. For people requiring information on the outcomes of the meeting or the planned pathways they should contact Bronwyn Holland via [email protected] or 07 54940373 or after hours 07 54940316. The first Rustlers Newsletter will be available on the ATA and Sunshine Coast Websites this week. * The ATA website has recorded a new record number of hits for one day! The site received over 108,000 hits last Tuesday and we would like to thank all who visit the site, as well as encourage people to continue to send story ideas to [email protected] We would also like to encourage clubs and permits to continue to seek out media representation for their players and events in local television, radio and newspapers, there is certainly a market there! * Did we mention that the band at the State of Origin function rocked? Xparte, lead by Aussie Mens Open coach Tony Trad were an absolute hit. * NSW touch are holding a planning forum for four days this week, topics include the calendar of events, AusTouch implementation, development in NSW within the National Development Framework established at the 2004 Professional and Development Officers Workshop held in June. * The 2004 Queensland Touch Association team titles are coming up. The competition is being held on October 23-24 in Bundaberg. There are various divisions, Mens, Womens, Mixed Opens, 20’s and Seniors. There are both social and competitive divisions. Nominations close of the September 24, check out for all the info on divisions, or to download an application form. * The Management Audit Consultants presented their report to the Board on Saturday 7th August. The Board will be considering the report and making a series of recommendations to its stakeholders over the next few weeks. Meetings will be scheduled to present this information to all stakeholders and the Board will advise the details shortly. * ACT Touch are holding their Premier League presentation function on September 4, ticket sales close on August 27, so check out for all the details. * Touch in Canberra is starting to warm up for summer, a nice change from the freezing temperatures of the nation’s capital. Nominations for the summer touch competition are open; see the ACT website for info or to download a nomination form. * Touch Victoria create a great monthly newsletter, the August addition has just been uploaded onto their website, it’s definitely a quality read. * The Monash Touch Club is throwing a party to celebrate its 10th birthday this year. Everyone who has ever been involved with the Monash Touch Club is welcome to attend. See Touch Victoria for the where, when and what. * `Local Association of the week’: City of Orange Touch Association. Orange touch are holding their seniors registration night on September 10 at the Orange Ex-services club from 5-7pm. Websites for local touch associations can be accessed via the `local’ link in the top right hand corner of the homepage. Websites are a vital communication tool for these associations and there is always opportunity for them to be developed further. * Been wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (both level 1 and level 2). These can be accessed by this link or through the My ClubTouch website. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. Remember your accreditation is only valid for four years! * Perth’s radio station Nova 93.7 has joined TouchWest as a sponsor heading into their summer of touch throughout WA, another great addition to the development of our sport. Congratulations TouchWest! * The 2004 Australian University Games are in Perth from September 26-October 1. Touch is being played of course, and Barbarians representative Kailee Brown from Murdoch University has been selected as a `Face of the Games’, a representative of not only the Uni Games but also her university, state and sport. Click below for a profile of Kailee or go to TouchWest’s homepage for the full story on the 2004 Australian University Games. * Gold Coast Touch scored some surprise visitors for their Winter Grand Finals last Saturday afternoon. ATA Chairman Michael Sparks and CEO Bill Ker, dropped in to check out the action. Mr Sparks and Mr Ker were on the Gold Coast to address the National Squads at their Training Camp, held at Runaway Bay over the weekend. From all reports, both brilliant finals and an excellent training camp. * Remember any story ideas or information can be emailed to [email protected] By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

Chinmayanand case Student gives pen drive with videos to SIT

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): The postgraduate student who has accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of rape on Saturday gave a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations. The woman was asked by the SIT to submit whatever evidence she had against the former Union minister. The special investigation team questioned the student on Friday and collected evidence from Chinmayanand’s bedroom here, sources said on Saturday.last_img

Hudsons Hope RCMP say thefts break and enters have increased this month

first_imgOn September 7th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to a local residence for unwanted persons refusing to leave. The unwanted persons left prior to police arrival, however, one returned a short time later, driving a vehicle to the scene. The driver was found to be intoxicated while driving and was issued a 90 day roadside driving prohibition. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days.On September 8th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding and expired trailer insurance.  Two rifles were observed in the vehicle and the driver produced an expired firearms license.  Charges for unauthorized possession of a firearm have been forwarded to Provincial Crown for approval.On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP were advised of a theft of Crossbow from a parked vehicle on Beryl Prairie Road.  The vehicle had the door lock punched out to gain access while the owner was out hunting.  File 2018-314 refers.On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle travelling at 158 Km/Hr on Hwy 29.  The driver was subsequently found to be impaired by alcohol and was issued a 90 day roadside driving prohibition and the work truck was impounded for 30 days.  The driver was also issued violation tickets for excessive speeding and driving contrary to restrictions. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Constable Bill McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP published this month’s policing report, saying that the detachment has seen an increase in break and enters as well as thefts.During the past four weeks, Cst. McKenna said that police responded to 57 calls for service and issued 34 motor vehicle act warnings and violation tickets, which is less than half the number of tickets issued in August.In addition, he said that two impaired drivers were located and issued immediate roadside driving prohibitions during last month. On September 12th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a theft of off road light bars that were unbolted and taken from a parked truck at Dunlevy boat launch. File 2018-317 refers.Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.center_img Cst. McKenna did say that the Hudson’s Hope area has had an increase in break and enters and theft reports in recent weeks.“Several files are under investigation and the public are asked to be vigilant, to secure their belongings, and to report any suspicious people or vehicles to local police,” he said. “Remote residential and business properties, unattended vehicles, and storage facilities have been the most targeted. Property owners are encouraged to safeguard their properties and to check them regularly.”The policing highlights from the past four weeks in Hudson’s Hope are as follows:On August 25th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP conducted a joint check stop with BC Conservation office at Farrell Creek road. Several warnings for minor infractions were issue to drivers.  One driver was issued a three month driving suspension under the Motor Vehicle Act.On August 27th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to Trespassers fishing near the Peace Canyon Dam spill way.  The three were escorted out of the area and warned for Trespassing.  The public are not permitted to access the river between the bridge and dam.  Trespassers could be issued a $115.00 violation ticket for Trespassing and/or be charged criminally for mischief, for interfering in normal operation of the dam.  Please keep in mind that the restriction is for public safety as the spill way may be opened for emergency purposes with little notice to persons on the bank.On September 5th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a stolen John Deer 50D Excavator and Hoe from a property near Reschke Road. Anyone with information can call the local detachment and quote file 2018-299last_img read more