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Ghana Lawmakers Propose Salary Increases as Anti-Corruption Effort - [extracted from]

Ghana Lawmakers Propose Salary Increases as Anti-Corruption Effort
Ghanaian lawmakers say they have found a novel way to curb corruption, by doubling their own pay. The proposal has provoked a debate in this West African country still searching for ways to manage its newfound oil wealth.

The 2,000 Ghana cedis that the country's parliamentarians take home each month could buy you roundtrip airfare to London or Cape Town, or about $1,300 at a foreign exchange bureau.

But if you are looking to stay in office in a country where politics is pegged to patronage, the country's lawmakers want you to know that you would have a tough time surviving off that amount, too.

That is why a seeming majority of Ghana's parliament is saying that if they are going to fight the temptation for corruption, they need to double their pay.

The new monthly salary about $4,500 a month is about three times what the average Ghanaian earns in a year.

The executive director of the policy grou…

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New mosquito type raises concern - [extract from BBC News]

New mosquito type raises concernBy Jonathan AmosScience correspondent, BBC News
Anopheles gambiae is responsible for the vast majority of malaria cases in Africa
Related StoriesMalaria vaccine: Inside look at first human trialBeating malaria 'impossible' nowMosquito ecology 'must advance' Scientists have identified a new class of mosquito. It is a subtype of Anopheles gambiae, the insect species responsible for most of the malaria transmission in Africa.
Researchers tell Science magazine that this new mosquito appears to be very susceptible to the parasite that causes the disease - which raises concern.
The type may have evaded classification until now because it rests away from human dwellings where most scientific collections tend to be made.
Dr Michelle Riehle, from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, and colleagues made their discovery in Burkina Faso, where they gathered mosquitoes from ponds and puddles near villages over a …