Hotel room rates in Accra ranked 2nd in Africa after Addis Ababa

Ghana’s capital, Accra, with over 400 hotels, has been ranked second in Africa as a place with the highest average daily rate (ADR), according to the most recent 12-month data from STR. STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors. They deliver data that is confidential, accurate and actionable, and comprehensive solutions that empower their clients to strategize and compete within their markets. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, posted Africa’s highest average daily rate (ADR). From July 2018 through June 2019, Addis Ababa registered an absolute ADR…

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9 guys to avoid when you’re online dating

If you’re new to online dating and you’re not sure which men are worth a right-swipe, a nod, a wink, or a message, you need to pay attention to the red flags. Who’s not worthy of any of your attention, at all? When you learn the red flags to watch out for from the beginning, you’ll save time and heartache (or worse) later on. When you’re in the first flush of attraction, it can be ever so easy to ignore or rationalize red flags. All the information you need is right…

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Chocolate is better than cough syrup for curing your cough, doctor reveals

When we have a hacking cough, lots of us will reach for the cough syrup to soothe symptoms. But it turns out you might be better of indulging in a bar of Dairy Milk, as a doctor has said chocolate is better for cough and respiratory problems than standard medicine. According to Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull and founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough says, “chocolate can calm coughs”. The doctor even added that the supporting evidence is…

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Fashion Friday: African fashion at tipping point if trade agreement delivers

Ambitious entrepreneurs, optimistic policymakers and supportive lenders are reviving the African fashion industry — a sector that has been constrained for decades by decaying infrastructure and cheap imports. From Casablanca to Cape Town, designers, manufacturers and investors are increasingly positive about the potential of fashion and textiles to create jobs and integrate the continent. “There is real momentum and a huge amount of interest,” says Emanuela Gregorio of the African Development Bank. Traditionally a funder of infrastructure and industrial projects, the ADB set up the Fashionomics Africa Initiative in 2015…

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How to tell your best friend you’re in love with them

It was supposed to go the way things do in the movies. Nora would tell her best friend that she loved him, he would feel the same way and then they would kiss – preferably in the rain. So when the 30-year-old arts manager declared her love for her best friend when they were still teenagers, she expected a happy ending. “I was so convinced that if you’re best friends and one of you starts getting feelings, the other person would match you.” Sadly, that was not to be the…

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How to choose love over lust in everyday life

Here are 5 ways to see those around us for who they truly are. When I’m at the gym, I watch a lot of TED talks and listen to a lot of podcasts about healthy relationships and chastity. Recently I watched a talk about the difference between love and lust, and the presenter described lust as an essential component of a romantic relationship. She gave examples of how to reignite a lustful energy in one’s relationship. In her attempt to help couples this speaker got something very wrong about love…

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Dr. Kisseadoo writes: The value of conversation in marriages and relationships

Good conversation is one of the basic needs expressed by males and females in all relationships, especially romantic or special love relationships. Desire for conversation is also one of the important factors that distinguishes males from females. For example, while men desire recreational companionship (keeping them company during recreation or sports of different types), women desire more of conversational companionship (engaging them in lively conversation as an important part of any activity you do with them). Conversation (spontaneous communication for lively interactions and fellowship) is very essential for the survival,…

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Hypertension: The ‘silent killer’ and why you need to check your blood pressure

Hypertension also called high blood pressure (BP) is when the pressure of the blood in the arteries is persistently elevated such that measurements are consistently above the accepted value of 140/90 mmHg. It is also referred to as the silent killer as most people with hypertension will not show any symptom but may die suddenly from its effects or complications. Globally, hypertension is responsible for about nine million deaths every year. According to the 2018 World Health Organization report, hypertension is the most common risk factor for cardiovascular deaths, cardiovascular…

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Ghana: Why every tourist must visit the gem of West Africa

With a growing population of over 25 million people, Ghana has become West Africa’s tourist hub for vacation takers around the world. With a huge variety of places to explore, friendly locals, and few tourists, Ghana is a true West African gem. It hasn’t yet been touched by mass tourism, but this small West African country has beautiful beaches, lively cities, and an amazing culture. As a tourist, Ghana is a country that you should consider for your next travel destination. A variety of reasons exist but we will be…

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Four Africa city destinations you should visit right now

Source: CNN As with most of the world, the heart of Africa is found in its cities. And yet tourists in Africa seem to largely prefer seeking out the continent’s wildlife rather than its cultural city centres. Safaris can be delightful, but the problem, as Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina has pointed out, is when tourists imagine an entire continent as one. According to the World Bank, 40% of the African population south of the Sahara lives in cities, but you’d never know it looking at the average travel poster or website featuring graceful giraffes galloping…

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