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(Citifmonline 07/31/14)
President John Mahama will this morning chair a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy (PACE). The Advisory body is working with government to evaluate its strategic policy decisions that need to be taken to support the targets and objectives of government’s homegrown programme as presented to Parliament. Membership of the PACE include, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who chairs the Government Economic Management Team, Economist and Investment Consultant, Mr. Kwame Pianim, Former Finance Minister
(Xinhuanet 07/31/14)
ACCRA, July (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama is billed to chair this year's China-Africa Local Government Cooperation forum scheduled in Beijing from August 27 to 28, the state-run Ghana News Agency reported Wednesday. The forum, co-hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, will strengthen local-level cooperation between China and Africa. Sun Baohong, Chinese ambassador to Ghana, announced this when she paid a courtesy call on Julius Debrah, minister of Local Government and Rural Development in Accra. Sun said exchanges between Chinese and African local governments...
(Bloomberg 07/31/14)
Ghana’s cedi, the world’s worst-performing currency this year, weakened as the government ruled out an International Monetary Fund bailout, stoking concern it will miss targets to narrow a budget deficit. The currency retreated for the first time in five days against the dollar, dropping as much as 6.4 percent, after Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said the government of the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer plans to sell a third Eurobond next month rather than take IMF aid. Returns on Ghana’s...
(Citifmonline 07/31/14)
The Public Health Directorate of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) says the outbreak of cholera in the metropolis is gradually reaching an epidemic status. Over 500 cases of cholera have so far been recorded in Accra alone between June and July which has caused the death of five people. The assembly has been accused of supervising indiscriminate waste disposal in the capital which has resulted in the outbreak of the disease. But the Director of Public Health at the AMA,...
(CNN 07/31/14)
(CNN) -- Hundreds dead. Many more infected. Pervasive fear and denial, challenging authorities in west Africa who are trying to assess and address the Ebola crisis. And it's only getting worse. That's what government and humanitarian officials said Wednesday, as they struggled to corral an outbreak that has crippled parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and stirred palpable concerns that it will spread around the region and the world. "The matter has reached a crisis point," Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told CNN's Richard Quest. "... The dire prognosis is that it will get worse before it gets better."
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(AL Jazeera 07/31/14)
Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unprecedented, absolutely out of control", as states across the world took steps to prevent its spread. Bart Janssens, the charity's director of operations, warned there was no overarching vision of how to tackle the outbreak, in an interview with Belgium's La Libre Belgique newspaper. "This epidemic ... can only get worse, because it is still spreading, above all in Liberia and Sierra Leone,...
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
The governments of Ghana and France have signed a €800 million a financing agreement to facilitate the implementation of the SPF Project “Strengthening the accountability of Ghana’s central and local administrations. According to the French government, the objective is to contribute to the culture of accountability through practical and concrete support to specific mechanisms, both at central and local level, involving the full range of stakeholders. The agreement is composed of three operational components.
(Citifmonline 07/30/14)
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on exporters at a national dialogue to devise strategies to increase inflows from both traditional and non-traditional export. He said the nation must also adopt a radical import substitution agenda as well as continue with the implementation of the comprehensive structural transformation plan. Mr Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the National Stakeholders Dialogue on Boosting Ghana’s foreign exchange resources in Accra. The meeting attracted business persons and economic operators who shared their experiences and expertise to enhance the consensus at economic management, particularly in resolving the unfavourable imbalances in trade.
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that government in collaboration with London- based Lohnro Company would establish a new oil services Port in Takoradi. He said government would also expand the Aboadze thermal plant to cater for the energy needs of the people of the Western Region and beyond. President Mahama announced this when members of the standing committee of the Western Regional House of chiefs called on him at the Flagstaff House, Kanda. The chiefs were at the...
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia is predicting a further depreciation of the cedi against major trading currencies in the coming days if the current economic conditions in the country continuous. The former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of being clueless on how to handle the situation. “The NDC government does not understand what is happening to this economy. They are clueless,” he said. Speaking at a mini rally at Okaishie in the Central...
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
An energy think-tank, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), has supported the proposal for a private sector participation in the power sector because it could inject efficiency in the operations of the power industry. It, however, recommends that the government take the option of a management contract rather than trading the shares of ECG to private companies. The reform follows the country's qualification to benefit from the Second Compact of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation with the Electricity Corporation...
(BBC News Africa 07/30/14)
A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Asky said it took the decision to keep "its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time". The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures. In Sierra Leone, the doctor who led the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, has died of the disease...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the African Growth Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which expires on Sept. 30 next year had both benefited African countries and supported 120,000 U.S. jobs. Froman's remarks came just days before the White House is...
(PANA 07/30/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office. The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/30/14)
Monrovia — Barely weeks after the United States of America cancelled the visas of three Liberian officials, FrontPageAfrica has gathered as reported by GhanaWeb that corrupt government officials from Ghana and all over Africa will be denied visas into the United States as part of moves by the U.S. to clamp down on corruption in Africa. According to the Ghanaian news outlet, the move, which was initially only applicable to only a number of African countries, will now cover all...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Wood, 54, was found dead after being hit by a...
(Bloomberg 07/29/14)
Ghana will start investor meetings by the end of next month as it seeks to sell its third Eurobond and plug a budget deficit that helped push the cedi to the world’s worst-performing currency. A study on whether to go ahead with the offer of about $1.5 billion has been completed, Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said in an interview in the capital, Accra today. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer is still considering seeking a loan from the International Monetary...
(Dw-World 07/29/14)
When the oil began to gush, Ghana was determined to avoid the 'resource curse.' But the prosperity many had hoped for in the coastal city of Sekondi-Takoradi has so far trickled down to just a tiny minority. In Sekondi-Takoradi harbor they are waiting for the colorful fishing boats to return home. When the boats arrive, there is a bustle of activity because everybody wants to secure a share of the catch. Ten years ago the nets were brimful of fish, but those days are over. "The catch has declined drastically," said Emmanuel Nii Botchway from Ghana's Inshore Fisheries Association.

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(Citifmonline 07/31/14)
The Public Health Directorate of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) says the outbreak of cholera in the metropolis is gradually reaching an epidemic status. Over 500 cases of cholera have so far been recorded in Accra alone between June and July which has caused the death of five people. The assembly has been accused of supervising indiscriminate waste disposal in the capital which has resulted in the outbreak of the disease. But the Director of Public Health at the AMA, Dr. Simpson Boateng says with an eminent epidemic at hand, there is no need for people to apportion blame as the assembly is doing its possible best to keep the city clean. He said: “We...
(CNN 07/31/14)
(CNN) -- Hundreds dead. Many more infected. Pervasive fear and denial, challenging authorities in west Africa who are trying to assess and address the Ebola crisis. And it's only getting worse. That's what government and humanitarian officials said Wednesday, as they struggled to corral an outbreak that has crippled parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and stirred palpable concerns that it will spread around the region and the world. "The matter has reached a crisis point," Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told CNN's Richard Quest. "... The dire prognosis is that it will get worse before it gets better."
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(AL Jazeera 07/31/14)
Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unprecedented, absolutely out of control", as states across the world took steps to prevent its spread. Bart Janssens, the charity's director of operations, warned there was no overarching vision of how to tackle the outbreak, in an interview with Belgium's La Libre Belgique newspaper. "This epidemic ... can only get worse, because it is still spreading, above all in Liberia and Sierra Leone,...
(BBC News Africa 07/30/14)
A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Asky said it took the decision to keep "its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time". The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures. In Sierra Leone, the doctor who led the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, has died of the disease...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the African Growth Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which expires on Sept. 30 next year had both benefited African countries and supported 120,000 U.S. jobs. Froman's remarks came just days before the White House is...
(PANA 07/30/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office. The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Wood, 54, was found dead after being hit by a...
(Citifmonline 07/29/14)
Corrupt government officials from Ghana and all over Africa will be denied visas into the United States as part of moves by the US to clamp down on corruption in Africa. The move, which was initially only applicable to only a number of African countries, will now cover all. Africa has been battling with corruption for decades. The West has been heavily criticised by civil society organizations among others for not doing enough to help the continent deal with the...
(Myjoyonline 07/29/14)
It has emerged that as the Ebola epidemic spreads quickly across the sub-region, only four of Ghana’s 42 legitimate entry points are equipped to handle the deadly disease. Worst still, there are lots of other unapproved routes into the country, Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Immigration Service, Francis Palmdeti has said. Only Aflao, Elubo, Paga, and KIA are secured to some extent to screen travelers, he said on Joy FM’s Super Morning Monday. Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra...
(Spy Ghana 07/29/14)
Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah- Arthur has cautioned the youth not to be influenced by any individual or group to destruct the peace and security of the nation. According to him, there was the need to safeguard Ghana’s peace and tranquillity in the wake of violence and attacks in the sub region. Mr Amissah-Arthur, who was speaking at the 2014 edition of Eid-Ul Fitr prayer at the Black Star Square in Accra, said government was anxious about happenings outside the...
(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
Health authorities are trying to determine who on a series of flights across West Africa last week came into contact with a man who days later died of the Ebola virus. Patrick Sawyer boarded a flight in Liberia, had a layover in Ghana, and changed planes in Togo for a flight to Nigeria, where he died on Friday from the virus. Sawyer was immediately quarantined after arriving in Nigeria, but other passengers were allowed to leave the airport after they...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
The rapidly spreading Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever, health officials say. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have reported hundreds of cases since March this year and more than 1,000 deaths. Nigeria is on high alert after the first known case was reported in Lagos. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge As of July 20, some 1,093 people in the region have been infected, according to the World Health Organization. At least 660 of those people have died...
(AL Jazeera 07/29/14)
US health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the US is remote. The Centres for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to US doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease, The Associated Press reported. But last month, the CDC issued a mid-level travel advisory for health workers. Susan Rice, US national security adviser, said in...

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(Citifmonline 07/31/14)
President John Mahama will this morning chair a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy (PACE). The Advisory body is working with government to evaluate its strategic policy decisions that need to be taken to support the targets and objectives of government’s homegrown programme as presented to Parliament. Membership of the PACE include, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who chairs the Government Economic Management Team, Economist and Investment Consultant, Mr. Kwame Pianim, Former Finance Minister
(Bloomberg 07/31/14)
Ghana’s cedi, the world’s worst-performing currency this year, weakened as the government ruled out an International Monetary Fund bailout, stoking concern it will miss targets to narrow a budget deficit. The currency retreated for the first time in five days against the dollar, dropping as much as 6.4 percent, after Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said the government of the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer plans to sell a third Eurobond next month rather than take IMF aid. Returns on Ghana’s dollar debt are the lowest in Africa this year, according to Bloomberg indexes. Some investors “don’t have the full confidence...
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
The governments of Ghana and France have signed a €800 million a financing agreement to facilitate the implementation of the SPF Project “Strengthening the accountability of Ghana’s central and local administrations. According to the French government, the objective is to contribute to the culture of accountability through practical and concrete support to specific mechanisms, both at central and local level, involving the full range of stakeholders. The agreement is composed of three operational components.
(Citifmonline 07/30/14)
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on exporters at a national dialogue to devise strategies to increase inflows from both traditional and non-traditional export. He said the nation must also adopt a radical import substitution agenda as well as continue with the implementation of the comprehensive structural transformation plan. Mr Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the National Stakeholders Dialogue on Boosting Ghana’s foreign exchange resources in Accra. The meeting attracted business persons and economic operators who shared their experiences and expertise to enhance the consensus at economic management, particularly in resolving the unfavourable imbalances in trade.
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that government in collaboration with London- based Lohnro Company would establish a new oil services Port in Takoradi. He said government would also expand the Aboadze thermal plant to cater for the energy needs of the people of the Western Region and beyond. President Mahama announced this when members of the standing committee of the Western Regional House of chiefs called on him at the Flagstaff House, Kanda. The chiefs were at the...
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia is predicting a further depreciation of the cedi against major trading currencies in the coming days if the current economic conditions in the country continuous. The former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of being clueless on how to handle the situation. “The NDC government does not understand what is happening to this economy. They are clueless,” he said. Speaking at a mini rally at Okaishie in the Central...
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
An energy think-tank, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), has supported the proposal for a private sector participation in the power sector because it could inject efficiency in the operations of the power industry. It, however, recommends that the government take the option of a management contract rather than trading the shares of ECG to private companies. The reform follows the country's qualification to benefit from the Second Compact of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation with the Electricity Corporation...
(Bloomberg 07/29/14)
Ghana will start investor meetings by the end of next month as it seeks to sell its third Eurobond and plug a budget deficit that helped push the cedi to the world’s worst-performing currency. A study on whether to go ahead with the offer of about $1.5 billion has been completed, Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said in an interview in the capital, Accra today. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer is still considering seeking a loan from the International Monetary...
(Dw-World 07/29/14)
When the oil began to gush, Ghana was determined to avoid the 'resource curse.' But the prosperity many had hoped for in the coastal city of Sekondi-Takoradi has so far trickled down to just a tiny minority. In Sekondi-Takoradi harbor they are waiting for the colorful fishing boats to return home. When the boats arrive, there is a bustle of activity because everybody wants to secure a share of the catch. Ten years ago the nets were brimful of fish, but those days are over. "The catch has declined drastically," said Emmanuel Nii Botchway from Ghana's Inshore Fisheries Association.
(Spy Ghana 07/29/14)
The Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Madam Moona Quartey has called for the integration of Ghana’s capital market into regional markets such as Nigeria as well as in Francophone markets. She said the development of such interrelated markets would not only contribute to regional financial stability but also strengthen related companies in the economy. Finance and Economic Planning addressing the occasionMadam Quartey was speaking at the fourth edition of the Ghana Investment Awards (GIA) on the theme “Ghana’s...
(Citifmonline 07/29/14)
President John Mahama has given indication that government’s recent increased investment in the agric sector has already begun yielding impressive results. The President early on in the year announced plans to invest heavily in Ghanaian products which have the potential for export. He also hinted of plans to ban the importation of a number of imported goods. In line with this, government promised to revamp the Komenda sugar factory, Pawlugu Tomato factory and has also extended about GHC 50 million...
(PANA 07/29/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended the past week on the decline, with the BRVM index 10 falling from 248.80 points to 247.66 points, representing a decrease of 0.46%. The Composite BRVM index gained 0.05% to hit 237.26 points, against the 237.13 points recorded the previous week. The BRVM index-transport registered the highest weekly increase with 1,061.78 points, representing a rise of 5.70%, compared to the previous week, while the BRVM index-public services registered the highest...
(Business Week 07/25/14)
Ghana’s biggest labor group holds a strike today to demand President John Dramani Mahama do more to stem a slide in the cedi that’s fueling inflation and curbing economic growth. More than 5,000 members of the Trades Union Congress are expected to march in Ghana’s largest cities, including the capital, Accra, TUC Secretary-General Kofi Asamoah said yesterday. The union represents 18 national unions with workers ranging from miners to health-care workers and maritime personnel. “People are angry and complaining because petroleum products and utilities prices have been increased significantly
(Reuters (Eng) 07/25/14)
Trade union leaders in Ghana failed on Thursday to mobilise significant support for a planned nationwide protest against what they say is the government's mishandling of the economy. The Trades Union Congress (TUC), the West African nation's largest coalition of workers' syndicates, had called upon its roughly 500,000 members to hold protest marches and observe a one-day general strike. Some 2,000 workers marched through the streets of the capital Accra while a just few hundred joined similar protests in other...
(Ghana web 07/25/14)
The banking sector needs about $1.5 billion to stabilize the local currency, industry practitioners have disclosed. As a result of this, some currency dealers have called for massive injection of dollars, as well as the British Pound into the economy. Currently, about GH¢6 is to a pound at some commercial banks and forex bureaux while the dollar is almost hitting Ghc4. Checks with some bank customers indicate that the banks are quoting far higher than the official interbank rate approved...
(Citifmonline 07/25/14)
The Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana has moved its demonstration scheduled for July 27 to July 29, 2014. The group announced a three-day strike beginning July 27, 2014 last week. The Association is aggrieved by the Central Bank’s forex rules introduced to halt the decline of the cedi. They contend that the rules are not business friendly. Speaking to Citi News, the Executive Secretary of the Association, Samson Awingobit, stated that the demonstration will draw attention to their plight...
(Citifmonline 07/25/14)
The year-on-year producer inflation for all industry was 33.1 percent in June 2014, representing a 0.1 percentage point increase relative to 33.0 percent recorded in May 2014. The monthly inflation rate was 0.7 percent. The utilities sub-sector recorded the highest year-onyear producer price inflation of 56.9 percent followed by the mining and quarrying subsector with 37.3 percent. The manufacturing subsector recorded inflation rate of 27.1 percent. Trends Between June and August 2013, the rate declined continuously to record 4.7 percent...
(Myjoyonline 07/23/14)
The Ghana Financial Intelligence Centre (GFIC) has been admitted into the Egmont Group. It is amongst the eight new members and the only Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) from GIABA member States admitted at the recent 22nd Egmont Plenary holding in Lima, Peru. This brings membership of the Egmont Group across the world to 147 FIUs. The Toronto-based Egmont Group is the global network of Financial Intelligence Units. Egmont Group is a global network of financial intelligence units that aims at...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Ghana's $1.5 billion Eurobond issue due later this month is expected to boost the flagging cedi. The cedi could begin a gradual recovery against the dollar in coming weeks on offshore greenback sales, boosted by expected Eurobond and cocoa inflows, traders said. The local unit has remained stable in the past two weeks, after plunging about 30% in the first half of the year due to a shortage of dollars and concerns over a weak economy. Analysts forecast depreciation at...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
In the wake of obvious economic hardships that have engulfed Ghana in recent times, many social, economic, and political analysts of varying capacities have proffered myriad of factors as being the cause, with some of these analysts unreservedly blaming governments for doing little to alleviate the suffering of Ghanaians. Those who have been around long enough, as well as those who have not been around long enough, but who have come to appreciate pretty much the economic history of Ghana...

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(Citifmonline 07/31/14)
Ghana’s women doubles team lost to Jamaica in the first round of event by three matches to one at the Scotstoun Table Tennis Centre. Celia Baah-Danso and Cynthia Kwabi could not get past Shenique Clare and Yvonne Foster but the other female team of Mareen Adom Amankwa and Bernice Borquaye did better in beating Uganda’s Amina Luukaya and Ludia Natunga. They, however, fell at the second hurdle to Singapore’s Ye Lin and Yihan Zhou by three games to zero. In the Men’s Singles first round event, Derek Abrefa lost to Philip Xiao of New Zealand by four matches to two. Felix Lartey was equally unsuccessful in his first round match as he lost to Malaysia’s...
(Ghana web 07/30/14)
Ghanaian athletes who will be competing for honours in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were furious after receiving one kit each to compete in their respective disciplines. Reports indicate that the athletes received one kit each which they will have to depend on solely throughout their campaign in Glasgow. “You know we had no kits when we were leaving. This evening the things came but instead of giving out two or more, they just gave everybody one saying there has been some mix-up with some other countries which we don’t know”, a close source to team Ghana revealed to...
(Citifmonline 07/30/14)
The Media Attache of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Erasmus Kwaw, has told Citi Sports that the news stories making the rounds concerning Team Ghana at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland are blown out of proportion. He was reacting to reports of an alleged near-physical confrontation between GOC boss, Prof. Francis Dodoo and Nestor Ghalley, President of the Ghana Badminton Association earlier this week. According to the reports, an issue with the team’s kits caused the problem but Kwaw said even...
(Citifmonline 07/29/14)
Ghanaian Judoka Emmanuel Nartey has been ejected from the Ghanaian contingent and the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village for gross indiscipline with immediate effect Nartey’s accreditation for the Commonwealth Games has also been withdrawn by the Ghana Olympic Committee with immediate effect. Nartey, who is a serving officer in the British Army, showed gross disrespect to the Ghanaian officials after he was paid his allowances on Sunday morning. Nartey accosted Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Vincent Oppong Asamoah, about...
(BBC News Africa 07/29/14)
Ghana striker Jordan Ayew is looking forward to a new chapter in French Ligue 1 after his move from Olympique Marseille to rivals FC Lorient. The 22-year-old signed a four-year deal with Lorient on Monday after choosing them ahead of several offers to move away from France. "It was not a difficult choice because this is a fantastic and progressive club," Ayew told BBC Sport. "The club is ambitious and they have a great structure." Ayew, the son of Ghana...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(Ghana web 07/25/14)
Asamoah Gyan has become the highest ever paid Ghanaian footballer following his latest bumper deal with his UAE-side Al Ain that will earn him at least $13m per year. Other bonuses depending on the team’s results will rocket his annual earnings to about $15m which makes him by far the highest earning player from Ghana. The charismatic striker stands well above Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andre Ayew who are the other top earning footballers from the country...
(Citifmonline 07/25/14)
Ac Milan and Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has revealed he will come out at the appropriate time to address issues surrounding his altercation with management member of the Ghana Football Association Moses Armah. The incident occurred when the playing body called a meeting with the management members concerning their unpaid appearance fees which had led to the boycott of a training session the previous day. Officials of the FA have alleged that the Muntari launched an unprovoked attack on the...
(Myjoyonline 07/23/14)
Former Attorney General, Martin Amidu has waded into the controversial Presidential Commission set up to investigate issues relating to the just ended 2014 World Cup, accusing the government of trying to cover up. ”I am not aware that the NDC has changed its anti-economic crime and corruption agenda as founding principles rooted in the 4th June and 31st December Revolutions to now cover-up crimes by its political elite and government appointees using Commissions of Enquiry as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions,"...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
Technical director of Inter Allies, Willie Kluste has revealed that building a stronger attacking setup is the team’s main aim in the local transfer window. Inter Allies managed to turn around a poor start to last season and finish 6th on the league log after a very impressive second round but they wish to go into next season a better scoring side after scoring 31 goals in their 30 league matches last season and according to Klutse, that will guide...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Ghana Black Stars Defender, Jerry Akaminko is making a very remarkable comeback from the ankle injury which ruled him out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The robust versatile defender who plays in both right back and central defense posted a video on his facebook account which saw him joggling a football very comfortably. The defender injured his ankle in the dying minutes of the Black Stars preparation match verses the Netherlands and got effectively ruled out of...
(Ghana web 07/21/14)
Ghana striker Jordan Ayew will start training with Marseille today (Monday) even though his future with the French club is uncertain, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively report. The 22-year-old will join his Marseille team-mates in training today as he begins preparations for the upcoming season. Ayew’s holiday was extended following his participation in the World Cup with Ghana and was expected to have re-joined the team with his brother Andre last week. But he was allowed to return to Sochaux, where he...
(Citifmonline 07/21/14)
Ghana’s Black Starlets might play Cameroon in the final round of qualifying of the African U-17 Championships after the Young Lions beat Burkina Faso 2-0 over the weekend in Yaounde. The Cameroonians are due to play the return leg in Ouagadougou between the 1st and 3rd of August and should they win, they will face Ghana. However, a 3-0 defeat will give Burkina Faso the opportunity to play neighbours Ghana in the final qualifier the weekend of the 12th to...
(Citifmonline 07/18/14)
Ghana may have lost 2-1 to the United States in its opening Group G match in Fortaleza but Andre Ayew could be a winner from the sad episode. His goal, which briefly brought the two teams level, has been selected by FIFA’s experts in a shortlist for Goal of the Tournament of Brazil 2014. The goal consisted of a pass into the left hand channel from Kwadwo Asamoah, a back-heeled pass from captain Asamoah Gyan and a shot with the...
(Ghana web 07/17/14)
Fifa has written to the Ghana FA over government’s move to investigate the Black Stars’ poor performance and other off-pitch events at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Ghana government has set up a three-member Commission of Inquiry with the powers of a high court to look into all activities surrounding the country’s participation at the global showpiece. The world’s football governing body says the “composition and competences of the said Commission” set up by the Ghana government “are...
(Spy Ghana 07/17/14)
Ghana slipped just one place on the latest FIFA ranking for the month of July despite crashing out at the Group stage of the 2014 World Cup. The Black Stars are now ranked 38th in the world with and have also dropped down one place in Africa. Ghana are now in fifth place behind new Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Egypt. Four-time world champions Germany are reaping the rewards of their triumph at the tournament and lead the table for...
(Ghana web 07/16/14)
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has warned the country could face further embarrassment if the government’s Commission of Enquiry (CoE) goes ahead with its work. President John Mahama recently instituted the CoE using a Constitutional Instrument 82 as against an initial Ministerial Committee established to investigate the case. Government, during the just ended 2014 World Cup in Brazil airlifted $3 million to settle the appearance fees of aggrieved Black Stars players. The adventure attracted international ridicule among others. GFA Spokesperson...
(BBC News Africa 07/16/14)
In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene, a former government minister and member of the opposition, tries to remain upbeat after a turbulent World Cup for Ghana. I am trying to look on the brighter side of things just as President John Dramani Mahama has been urging all of us Ghanaians to do and stop being pessimistic. I did not question the word of the coach of our national football team when he made his...
(Ghana web 07/15/14)
Former Black Stars skipper Charles. K. Akunnor has asked for more support for local coaches from the various stakeholders running football in Ghana. The call comes on the back of various discussions including the recently-organised retreat by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to look at the development of the sport in the country. Coaches are a key part of the drive to improve local football and Akunnor, who also is a coach, believes that they can meet modern-day requirements...
(Citifmonline 07/15/14)
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga has requested the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) to support the Ministry to establish a Youth & Sports Lottery to raise funds for sports infrastructure development. A post on his Facebook page on Tuesday stated that the Acting Director General of the NLA, Brig. Gen. Martin K G Ahiaglo (Rtd) has promised to present the Minister “with available options within 2 weeks.” He also indicated the completion of the Kaneshi Sports Complex in...

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(Citifmonline 07/31/14)
The Ghana Music Right Organization (GHAMRO) has a new board. The board, chaired by Nana Aboagye Da Costa, has Okyeame Kwame and three other members. The Human Rights Court, presided over by Justice Essel Mensah, on July 11 ordered the then GHAMRO board to step aside. The court’s ruling followed an action by legendary musician Nana Kwame Ampadu and ninety nine (99) others who accused Carlos Sakyi, then chairman of GHAMRO, of embezzling funds collected on behalf of music rights owners in Ghana. The new board has a six (6) month mandate, after which a substantive board would be appointed. Below is a statement on the new development. STATEMENT Following the Order of an Accra...
(Citifmonline 07/31/14)
A journey of a thousand miles, the saying goes, begins with a single step and wannabe big time actress, Promzy, has set her eyes on the nearest future when she will be able to act alongside the Jackie Appiahs, Yvonne Nelsons and Majid Michels. Promzy, real name Promise Naa Momo Okasa, winner of the I’m In Love with Bomaye television reality show, has so far featured in three movies: Victims, Devil in a Dress and Hard Drive. The 23-year-old actress told Showbiz in an interview on Monday that, she had always dreamt of becoming an actress but did not know...
(Citifmonline 07/30/14)
Probably Ghana’s most prolific francophone musician, S.K Blinks has endeared himself to many ardent lovers and fans of good music all around the country. His versatility in the music industry has seen him succeed in an industry which has seen lots of high profile casualties. It is therefore unsurprising, that the co-writer of hit song ‘Aha ye de,’ has joined the most acclaimed music genre in Ghana now, Dancehall. SK Blinks, born Sokpo Kwaku Mawuli, has released a song titled...
(Citifmonline 07/29/14)
Citi FM’s Head of Business Desk, Vivian Kai Mensah, is currently in the United States of America to cover the U.S. – Presidential summit for African Leaders as well for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Summit in Washington, D.C. She was nominated by the United States government because of her excellent track record as a business news anchor. Vivian attended the town hall meeting addressed by President Barack Obama Monday July 28 for the five hundred YALI participants. Among the...
(Citifmonline 07/25/14)
Award-winning actor, director, and TV personality Chris Attoh will be hosting the 2014 F.A.C.E. List Awards in New York City, come July 26, 2014. The highlight of Face2Face Africa’s Pan-African Weekend, the F.A.C.E List Awards, is one of the most-prestigious celebrations of pan-African achievements that celebrates African pioneers in Business, Fashion, Entertainment, Health, and other important sectors. Financier Dr. Mo Ibrahim, fashion icon Alek Wek, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti, entrepreneur Bethlehem Alemu, and general manager...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Gospel songstress, Grace Ashy has refuted reports suggesting that she has been suspended from the Methodist University College for examination malpractice. The Razz newspaper report earlier today that the singer, who is a level 400 student at the Methodist University College, Accra was allegedly caught cheating during an end-of-semester examination and has subsequently been suspended from the school for two semesters for her misconduct. The paper claimed that the University has suspended her for two semesters which meant that the...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
After the successful first three editions, the August Worship agenda for 2014 just got bigger. August Worship, by the Jeshurun Okyere Global Outreach is a unique event which seeks to reconnect many to God through refreshing worship. Jeshurun Okyere is a young, versatile minister who is noted for his love for, and wonderful ministrations of Christian reggae songs. It is therefore not surprising August Worship has been nominated for “Event of the Year” in the 2014 AFRICA GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Sunday July 20, 2014 was exactly two weeks since popular hiplife artiste Castro, and his friend believed to be Janet Bandu were reported to have drowned in the Volta River at Ada. After the sad incident, many media houses proclaimed the artiste known in real life as Theophilus Tagoe and his friend dead. Many Ghanaians as unprofessional have criticized this assertion by the media since their report is backed with no fact. Popular comedian, Hip-life musician and political satirist, A-Plus...
(Citifmonline 07/22/14)
MTN Project Fame West Africa returns with season 7 and Ghana is looking pretty with three contestants. They include Christian K. Amoah (Krissy O) who is no stranger to reality TV. He first gained public attention on the fourth season of TV3’s singing competition, ‘Mentor’ in 2008, and also won second position on the 2012 edition of Vodafone Icons (Mixed Edition), with his group, Vybz. Also representing Ghana this season are Clement Akuoko and Rauhel Halidu Yakubu (Laami). This is...
(Citifmonline 07/21/14)
Citi FM’s award-winning presenter, Jessica Opare Saforo, has been verified by Facebook, the world’s most popular social media site. Jessica, affectionately called the Soul Sister by her fans, has been the leading female voice on urban radio for more than half a decade and has won countless awards to cement her position as the best in her field. Her verification is the first for any radio professional in Ghana and adds to the power of her brand, which keeps gaining...
(Citifmonline 07/18/14)
Footballer, Mikel Obi has praised Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji describing her as a lovely person. Genevieve and Mikel began their working relationship when they were both signed by Amstel Malta as ambassadors. Mikel spoke about the screen diva during an event organized for the Nigerian Breweries brand in Lagos. He said: “We work together, it’s a working relationship”. “We endorsed Amstel Malta together, she’s a very nice person; I spoke to her a few times and she’s a very lovely...
(Citifmonline 07/17/14)
Samini has just launched the “Samini Light A Million Lives”, an ambitious project to distribute One Million solar lanterns across the length and breadth of Ghana, as part of his 10 years in music. As part of the project, the multiple award-winning musician will distribute one million pieces of solar powered lanterns in deprived communities in rural areas across the northern part of Ghana, where he hails from. Speaking at the launch Samini stated that it is very important to...
(Myjoyonline 07/16/14)
Pretty Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim has disclosed that she and her husband, Kwadwo Safo had been divorced for a year and they decided to keep it private because of their son. The actress in a release, affirmed speculations that her four-year-old mariage to Kwadwo Safo had come to an end. She explained in the statement that her decision 'to keep the divorce on the low was so that the two involved would not be distracted from their responsibilities toward the...
(Citifmonline 07/15/14)
Efya will be performing at the Tribe One Music Festival, taking place in South Africa from September 26-28, 2014, enewsgh.com can exclusively report. We can also tell you that the Afro Neo-Soul songstress is joining American female hip hop head, Nicki Minaj, for the three-day event, which also has an impressive core of artistes lined up. They include Kid Ink , Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Dbanj, AKA and Fally Ipupa. Happening in Cullinan, Tshwane, South...
(Citifmonline 07/14/14)
The winner of the 2013 edition of the Citi FM Write-Away Contest has advised school children to take advantage of the competition to add value to themselves. Miss Isabel Quaye, in an interview with citifmonline, says the competition is one of a kind and students should send in their entries before the closing date. She has urged prospective participants to take time to write their entries to stand a chance of winning the 5000 cedis prize money. “If you want...
(Citifmonline 07/11/14)
Since news broke last Sunday that popular hiplife musician, Castro, was feared drowned after a Jet Ski accident with a lady friend, many of his colleague artists have been praying that he is found alive. Reports say that Castro was in the company of Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, who together with friends were spending the weekend at an Ada resort. Castro was said to have taken one of the Jet Skis available out on a cruise on the Volta...
(Myjoyonline 07/09/14)
Comic actor John Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu has asked Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president Ibinabo Fiberisima to drop her ambition of running for a second term. According to him, about 90% of the association members do not want her as their leader, with many court cases being instituted against her. He said she is still adamant to rule because she is gaining something. “Going for a second term is making the anger in people expand. It is...
(Citifmonline 07/09/14)
Television station Viasat 1′s ‘The One Show’ is set to get a total makeover, according to reports. The show is set to take on a new direction and a new host in the person of Anita Erskine-Amaizo. The experienced Anita is expected to make the show more feminine-inclined and would focus more on women related issues. With this development, Joselyn Dumas and co-host PY Addo-Boateng will lose their places on the show. It is unclear whether the two would be...
(Citifmonline 07/09/14)
Another season and a new process is about to roll for the emergence of a new Malaika queen. In it twelfth year, the Miss Malaika competition last year saw hundreds of young ladies taking part in an audition that finally saw 12 of them competing at the final event. Naa Oyoe Quartey was crowned Miss Malaika 2013 at a final event in October 2013. Come next Saturday July 12, the GhOne TV premises will welcome ladies between the ages of...
(Spy Ghana 07/09/14)
The Ghana Literary Prize Foundation has been launched to bring back the spirit of creative entrepreneurship by encouraging Ghanaian writers, readers, publishers, literary societies, thinkers, and marketers of literature into a new and exciting wave of improvement and growth. The Foundation, a non-governmental organization, will be developed for the promotion and advancement of Ghanaian Society through literature. However, the focus of the Ghana Literary Prize Foundation is aimed at promoting creative writing and reading culture for advancing literacy in the...

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(CNN 07/31/14)
(CNN) -- Hundreds dead. Many more infected. Pervasive fear and denial, challenging authorities in west Africa who are trying to assess and address the Ebola crisis. And it's only getting worse. That's what government and humanitarian officials said Wednesday, as they struggled to corral an outbreak that has crippled parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and stirred palpable concerns that it will spread around the region and the world. "The matter has reached a crisis point," Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told CNN's Richard Quest. "... The dire prognosis is that it will get worse before it gets better."
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(BBC News Africa 07/30/14)
A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Asky said it took the decision to keep "its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time". The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures. In Sierra Leone, the doctor who led the fight against Ebola, Sheik Umar Khan, has died of the disease...
(Bloomberg 07/29/14)
Ghana will start investor meetings by the end of next month as it seeks to sell its third Eurobond and plug a budget deficit that helped push the cedi to the world’s worst-performing currency. A study on whether to go ahead with the offer of about $1.5 billion has been completed, Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said in an interview in the capital, Accra today. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer is still considering seeking a loan from the International Monetary...
(Dw-World 07/29/14)
When the oil began to gush, Ghana was determined to avoid the 'resource curse.' But the prosperity many had hoped for in the coastal city of Sekondi-Takoradi has so far trickled down to just a tiny minority. In Sekondi-Takoradi harbor they are waiting for the colorful fishing boats to return home. When the boats arrive, there is a bustle of activity because everybody wants to secure a share of the catch. Ten years ago the nets were brimful of fish, but those days are over. "The catch has declined drastically," said Emmanuel Nii Botchway from Ghana's Inshore Fisheries Association.
(BBC News Africa 07/29/14)
Ghana striker Jordan Ayew is looking forward to a new chapter in French Ligue 1 after his move from Olympique Marseille to rivals FC Lorient. The 22-year-old signed a four-year deal with Lorient on Monday after choosing them ahead of several offers to move away from France. "It was not a difficult choice because this is a fantastic and progressive club," Ayew told BBC Sport. "The club is ambitious and they have a great structure." Ayew, the son of Ghana...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
Health authorities are trying to determine who on a series of flights across West Africa last week came into contact with a man who days later died of the Ebola virus. Patrick Sawyer boarded a flight in Liberia, had a layover in Ghana, and changed planes in Togo for a flight to Nigeria, where he died on Friday from the virus. Sawyer was immediately quarantined after arriving in Nigeria, but other passengers were allowed to leave the airport after they...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
The rapidly spreading Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever, health officials say. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have reported hundreds of cases since March this year and more than 1,000 deaths. Nigeria is on high alert after the first known case was reported in Lagos. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge As of July 20, some 1,093 people in the region have been infected, according to the World Health Organization. At least 660 of those people have died...
(AL Jazeera 07/29/14)
US health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the US is remote. The Centres for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to US doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease, The Associated Press reported. But last month, the CDC issued a mid-level travel advisory for health workers. Susan Rice, US national security adviser, said in...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...
(Business Week 07/25/14)
Ghana’s biggest labor group holds a strike today to demand President John Dramani Mahama do more to stem a slide in the cedi that’s fueling inflation and curbing economic growth. More than 5,000 members of the Trades Union Congress are expected to march in Ghana’s largest cities, including the capital, Accra, TUC Secretary-General Kofi Asamoah said yesterday. The union represents 18 national unions with workers ranging from miners to health-care workers and maritime personnel. “People are angry and complaining because petroleum products and utilities prices have been increased significantly
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Thousands of workers across Ghana have taken to the streets to protest about the rise in the cost of living. The nationwide strike was organised by the country's largest trade union congress. It says the government is mismanaging the economy as inflation is running at close to 15%. The protesters called for President John Dramani Mahama to restore the 23% subsidy that has been removed from petroleum products. The national currency, the cedi, has depreciated against the US dollar by...
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(BBC News Africa 07/16/14)
In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene, a former government minister and member of the opposition, tries to remain upbeat after a turbulent World Cup for Ghana. I am trying to look on the brighter side of things just as President John Dramani Mahama has been urging all of us Ghanaians to do and stop being pessimistic. I did not question the word of the coach of our national football team when he made his...

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