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Wednesday 27 May 2015

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(AFP 05/26/15)
African football legends Didier Drogba and Andre Ayew made emotional farewells at the weekend from clubs they have served with distinction, as most European leagues ended. Veteran Ivory Coast striker Drogba was carried off the Stamford Bridge pitch by team-mates after retiring injured during a 3-1 win for English champions Chelsea over Sunderland. And Ayew, a son of Ghana icon Abedi Pele, said goodbye to French outfit Marseille as a near-10-year spell at the club ended with a 3-0 home triumph over Bastia. ENGLAND DIDIER DROGBA (Chelsea) Drogba's final Chelsea game ended in memorable fashion as he was carried off by his team-mates during their 3-1 Premier League victory over Sunderland. The 37-year-old Ivory Coast...
(The New Times 05/26/15)
Every year, African countries lose over US$50 billion in Illicit Financial Flows (IFF), according to a new study by a High Level Panel (HLP) that was chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. By definition, IFF are financial resources that countries lose in form of illegal activities such as tax evasion, corruption, unfavorable taxation agreements, money laundering, to mention but a few. The loss is double the official development assistance (ODA) that Africa receives from donors and, the report, whose findings Mbeki recently tabled before the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa has now become a major concern for African leaders. Ideally, this should be more of a concern for governments but civil society organisations have swung in action...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa is urging West Africa nations to prepare now for the likelihood of a future outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said Friday the current epidemic should serve as a wake-up call to spur regional officials into action. Saying she is pleased to see progress being made in bringing West Africa's Ebola epidemic to an end, she notes that it may be several months before the virus is completely...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala...
(AFP (eng) 05/22/15)
One person has been arrested in Ghana after a leading member of the country's biggest opposition party was attacked with acid and later died, the police said on Friday. Police spokesman for the Upper East region, Thomas Agbanyo, said a man was detained on suspicion of carrying out the attack on Adam Mahama and another is at large. Mahama, who is no relation to Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama, was a chairman of Ghana's New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Upper East region. He was attacked on Wednesday night by two men who stopped his car and he died the following morning.
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
The Bank of Ghana successfully raised a total of 502.1 million Ghana cedis (135.7 million U.S dollars) in a three-year domestic bond issued here on Thursday, the treasury department of the central bank said. The government had sought to raise 630 million cedis to restructure some maturing debts and also commit to some investments, but ended up receiving 572.89 million cedis in total bids. It however decided to accept only 503.1 million cedis at a yield of 23.47 percent. The...
(Ghana Web 05/22/15)
NPP firebrand Kennedy Agyapong has called on the youth in the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to amass at the party’s headquarters in Accra today, Friday May 22 to demand the resignation of its national chairman Paul Afoko. According to him, the killing of the party’s Upper East regional chairman Adams Mahama must be blamed entirely on the national chairman. Mr Mahama died at the Bolgatanga hospital Thursday after he was showered with acid by some unknown individuals. One...
(Spy Ghana 05/22/15)
The PRMA is currently before parliament for amendment, however, the NGO says a revision in practice means that the government could alter the spending and saving strategy in a given year. The amendment of most concern is a change that allows revisions to the “benchmark revenue” figure when the Minister of Finance deems there has been a “gross over-projection or under-projection” (Amendment 7) A news data analysis by the Ghana News Agency on the amendment, revealed that the amendments proposed...
(Spy Ghana 05/22/15)
Senegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new “Solar Academy” for the continent. The institution, scheduled to open this summer in Bamako, Mali’s capital, will try to give African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power. European experts will help supply training equipment and programs. The academy will aim to teach people how to install...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has revealed he is weighing up offers to join clubs in "England, Italy and Germany". The 25 year-old is leaving Marseille at the end of this season after turning down a new contract. "I need to see something new - a new country, culture, league," Ayew told World Football on BBC World Service. "I want to prove my worth somewhere where people don't know me as well as they do in France." Recent reports have suggested...
(Ghana Web 05/22/15)
The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has said the killing of the Upper East regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Adams Mahama is “a blight on Ghana’s democratic credentials.” Mahama was acid-attacked on Wednesday and died at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital Thursday. The umbrella body of lawyers in Ghana has condemned the act, saying the constitution of Ghana makes room for divergent view without recourse to violence. Below is the full statement of the GBA: The Ghana Bar Association...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh has released a list of 21 players to form his squad for the upcoming U-20 World Cup tournament in New Zealand. Joseph Owusu Bempah, who led the team at the 2015 African Youth Championship (AFC) in Senegal earlier this year, has been included as captain. Also in is Manchester City's Yaw Yeboah, voted the AFC's best player. Ghana are in Group B of the 30 May to 20 June tournament, alongside Argentina, Austria and Panama. The...
(Myjoyonline 05/22/15)
President John Mahama has asked the international media to tell the positive stories of Africa as the continent begins a sharp rise from the shackles of poverty. Delivering the honorary keynote address at the Oxford Africa Conference 2015 at the Oxford University Friday morning, the President said the numerous positive stories from the continent should be enough to change the world’s perception about Africa. The President said the story about Africa should not only be about “malaria, Ebola and high...
(Ghana Web 05/22/15)
Five female medical doctors have dragged the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Limited and its General Manager to the Human Rights Court for discrimination. According to the applicants, on February 6, 2015, they had gone to the hotel to celebrate the birthday of one of their colleagues but they were turned away because they did not have male escorts. The applicants — Dr Katherine Attoh, Dr Emmanuella Amoako, Dr Abiba Mustapha Saeed, Dr Rushije Esi Dela Hiadzi and Dr Najat Mohammed —...
(Myjoyonline 05/22/15)
Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton Co-Chairs, Charlotte Ntim, Jonny Liu and Yasmin Kumi Committee and Advisory Board Members of the Oxford Africa Conference Members of the Oxford Africa Society and the Oxford Business Network for Africa Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. It is an honour for me to be here with you today. But then again, where else would I be? You see, when Oxford sends for you, you come. Be you president or scientist, athlete or poet,...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last...
(Ghana Web 05/21/15)
New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman Paul Afoko says his junior brother is not responsible for the acid attack that led to the death of Upper East regional Chairman, Adam Mahama. His brother, Gregory who is also an ex-convict is in the grips of the police following his suspected involvement in Adama Mahama’s death Thursday morning. Adam Mahama died in the hospital after an acid attack by two assailants Wednesday midnight. But Paul Afoko speaking on Adom FM’s morning show...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
The European Union Delegation to Ghana on Wednesday dismissed reports in the local media that it was considering banning cereals and groundnuts from Ghana over their quality. export In a release issued by Helene Champagne, the Political Officer of the Delegation, the EU clarified that there was neither an existing ban nor an intention to ban exports of cereals, groundnuts and related products from Ghana to the European Union. Champagne said the European Union was taking sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)...
(Myjoyonline 05/21/15)
The governing National Democratic Congress has condemned what it says is the "dastardly acid attack" on the Upper East New Patriotic Party chair Adams Mahama. The party in a statement said the attack is a major setback to the country's democracy. Mr Mahama was confirmed dead Thursday morning after assailants poured acid on him the previous night. The attack and subsequent death of Adams Mahama have sent shock waves to the party and to the entire country. "The NDC has...

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(Voice of America 05/23/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa is urging West Africa nations to prepare now for the likelihood of a future outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said Friday the current epidemic should serve as a wake-up call to spur regional officials into action. Saying she is pleased to see progress being made in bringing West Africa's Ebola epidemic to an end, she notes that it may be several months before the virus is completely gone from the region. “The Ebola virus is in the environment, [so] another outbreak could happen," she said. "We are hoping to take the initiative of global concern, and the interest of partners to provide...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years ago, people were visibly excited. But local business owners such as Sadiya Gueye of Senegal hoped the U.S. leader would address export barriers, which, she thinks, remain too high for small businesses like her clothing design workshop that exports to...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala...
(Spy Ghana 05/22/15)
Senegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new “Solar Academy” for the continent. The institution, scheduled to open this summer in Bamako, Mali’s capital, will try to give African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power. European experts will help supply training equipment and programs. The academy will aim to teach people how to install...
(Ghana Web 05/22/15)
The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has said the killing of the Upper East regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Adams Mahama is “a blight on Ghana’s democratic credentials.” Mahama was acid-attacked on Wednesday and died at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital Thursday. The umbrella body of lawyers in Ghana has condemned the act, saying the constitution of Ghana makes room for divergent view without recourse to violence. Below is the full statement of the GBA: The Ghana Bar Association...
(Ghana Web 05/22/15)
Five female medical doctors have dragged the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Limited and its General Manager to the Human Rights Court for discrimination. According to the applicants, on February 6, 2015, they had gone to the hotel to celebrate the birthday of one of their colleagues but they were turned away because they did not have male escorts. The applicants — Dr Katherine Attoh, Dr Emmanuella Amoako, Dr Abiba Mustapha Saeed, Dr Rushije Esi Dela Hiadzi and Dr Najat Mohammed —...
(BBC News Africa 05/21/15)
A plan to restrict West African presidents to two terms in office has been dropped for the time-being by heads of state. They discussed the proposal to impose limits at a regional summit. Togo and The Gambia, both with presidents who have been in power for more than two terms, opposed the idea, diplomats say. The third-term issue has caused a lot of controversy in several African states in recent years. Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore was forced out of office last year after trying to change the constitution so he could run for a third term.
(Myjoyonline 05/20/15)
Judges, lawyers and their clients across the country have been left stranded following an indefinite strike by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana over unpaid allowances. The Association announced the strike, Tuesday, which was to take immediate effect. The workers say all attempts to get government to pay them their allowances which have been in arrears for months have proven futile. Shortly after a meeting with the Labour ministry on Tuesday over the matter ended in a deadlock, President...
(Ghana Web 05/20/15)
A 36-year-old man who posed as a military man has been arrested and is being held by the Ashanti Regional Police command. Fiifi Medici, the suspect, who claimed to be a medical student at a University in Belarus, Eastern Europe donned a military camouflage attire with the rank of a Major when caught in a joint Police/Military swoop. Arrested at about 0115 on May 17 at Vienna City, a popular entertainment centre in Kumasi on intelligence, he was also found...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Spy Ghana 05/15/15)
Illegal Chinese miners continue to defy government order to stop mining without licence and in water bodies. They mine with impunity and with the connivance of locals in areas such as Obuasi. Chinese illeagl minersTen Chinese who allegedly engaged in illegal mining in Obuasi and its environs have been remanded in police custody by the Accra Circuit Court. They pleaded not guilty to the charge of possessing firearms without authority. They made their plea through an interpreter. The suspects are...
(Ghana Web 05/15/15)
The Mamponteng District Police Command in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region has apprehended a gang of suspected highway robbers who robbed passengers of their money and cellular phones on Thursday at about 2am on the Mamponteng – Adwumakaase-Kese road. The all-male robbers, numbering about six, used an Isuzu Pick-up vehicle registered GE 459- 09, which they seized, to block the road before dispossessing the passengers, mostly market women, of their money and phones. The alleged hoodlums, believed...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Myjoyonline 05/13/15)
Former president Jerry John Rawlings has condemned attacks and insults on Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson and other celebrities who will be holding a vigil to protest the current power crisis. According him, the insults rained on Yvonne Nelson for complaining about the power crisis is not healthy and questioned if that is how our politics should be. Rawlings, who was speaking in Ga, said he is equally disturbed by a lot of issues in the country but he has decided...
(Myjoyonline 05/13/15)
An Accra Human Rights Court today declined to rule on an application for interim injunction on the establishment of interconnect clearing house. The court said some of the issues raised in the application border on the substantive matter and ruling on same may prejudice the case. The National Communication Authority (NCA), is seeking to institute an Interconnect Clearing House which it claims would help deal with simboxing and other fraudulent activities in the telecommunications industry through which the state is...
(Spy Ghana 05/13/15)
The menace of Fulani Herdsmen has become a huge disincentive to agricultural production in the Akatsi-North District, James Gunu, District Chief Executive has observed. He told the Ghana News Agency after leading a joint team of the military and police to push out Fulani herdsmen with their cattle from the fields in the district. Mr Gunu said the scene was normally that of herds of cattle, in flocks of hundreds, trudging through farms, destroying crops. The joint military-police team was...
(Ips News 05/13/15)
Augusta and Syracuse — Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy's southern region and main gateway to Europe. Yet, the migration flows have not stopped. Five days ago, on May 3, 300 people arrived in the port of Augusta, in the province of Syracuse, and among them were 19-year-old Ahmed and...
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
Protests in African countries from Burkina Faso to Burundi have been sparked by youthful populations with little hope of employment and by leaders who have in some cases ruled for decades. The discontent, which began in Burkina Faso in October, spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and has now crossed the continent to Burundi, prompting regional leaders to call an emergency meeting after two weeks of protests and at least 14 deaths.

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(The New Times 05/26/15)
Every year, African countries lose over US$50 billion in Illicit Financial Flows (IFF), according to a new study by a High Level Panel (HLP) that was chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. By definition, IFF are financial resources that countries lose in form of illegal activities such as tax evasion, corruption, unfavorable taxation agreements, money laundering, to mention but a few. The loss is double the official development assistance (ODA) that Africa receives from donors and, the report, whose findings Mbeki recently tabled before the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa has now become a major concern for African leaders. Ideally, this should be more of a concern for governments but civil society...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
The Bank of Ghana successfully raised a total of 502.1 million Ghana cedis (135.7 million U.S dollars) in a three-year domestic bond issued here on Thursday, the treasury department of the central bank said. The government had sought to raise 630 million cedis to restructure some maturing debts and also commit to some investments, but ended up receiving 572.89 million cedis in total bids. It however decided to accept only 503.1 million cedis at a yield of 23.47 percent. The government has adopted a new policy of debt restructuring, substituting near near-term debts on the domestic market with longer maturity instrument bonds in order to achieve debt sustainability. The country’s debt sustainability has become a major part of public debate...
(Spy Ghana 05/22/15)
The PRMA is currently before parliament for amendment, however, the NGO says a revision in practice means that the government could alter the spending and saving strategy in a given year. The amendment of most concern is a change that allows revisions to the “benchmark revenue” figure when the Minister of Finance deems there has been a “gross over-projection or under-projection” (Amendment 7) A news data analysis by the Ghana News Agency on the amendment, revealed that the amendments proposed...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
The European Union Delegation to Ghana on Wednesday dismissed reports in the local media that it was considering banning cereals and groundnuts from Ghana over their quality. export In a release issued by Helene Champagne, the Political Officer of the Delegation, the EU clarified that there was neither an existing ban nor an intention to ban exports of cereals, groundnuts and related products from Ghana to the European Union. Champagne said the European Union was taking sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Myjoyonline 05/20/15)
Finance Minister Seth Terkper is confident that Ghana's ailing economy will return to spectacular growth in view of progressive policies and measures adopted by government. He said there was every indication that this will happen sooner than later even though similar projections in the past haven't really materialised. Mr. Terkper just finished an introspective look at the economy and concludes that discipline is non-negotiable if government is to meet the aspirations of its people. "It is either we discipline ourselves...
(Myjoyonline 05/20/15)
Workers of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) say they are standing by allegations of misappropriation of funds they leveled against the Board and the Managing Director of the Bank. In a statement copied to Joy News, the workers dismissed claims by the board that their allegations were baseless and false. According to them the Board’s response “makes a complete mockery of corporate governance and defeats the reason for which the Board was expected to be acting as a check against...
(Ghana Web 05/20/15)
Ghana is hoping to produce about 242.3 million barrels of oil in 2018 from 39.1 million barrels this year, Finance Minister Seth Terkper has said. Speaking at a public forum on Ghana’s debt stock, Terkper said the government is focusing on improving the energy sector in a bid to save the economy. According to him, Ghana is aiming at producing 37 billion cubic feet of gas this year in a move to turn gas into power domestically. He was optimistic...
(Myjoyonline 05/20/15)
Some workers of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) are to be reassigned as government seals contract for the second tranche of $498.2 million Millennium Challenge Account next week. The signing of the contract has delayed because the parties want to protect their respective interests. Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation, Owura Sarfo said the parties are looking at the wording of some of the clauses under the contract that will protect them. There have been concerns that workers in...
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ACCRA, May (Xinhua) -- A World Bank report released here on Thursday has drawn a direct link between urbanization and poverty reduction in Ghana. It said urbanization had also enabled higher quality education to reach a larger proportion of the population while quality of life had improved for millions of Ghanaians as a result of improved access to services. Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director for Social, Urban and Rural Resilience, at the World Bank, said migration to urban areas had led...
(Spy Ghana 05/15/15)
Investigate reports reaching spyghana.com indicates that, some union staff have decided to embark on a journey to see the back of the CEO of ADB, Stephen Kpordzih in order for them to continue with their allege looting activities of the bank’s coffers. Adb Boss“Some interesting facts: Some staff alleged to be sponsoring the UNICOF leadership are believed to be staying at Airport in a four (4) bedroom house with a paid for security and paying a monthly rent of GhS...
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...
(Spy Ghana 05/13/15)
Minister of Power Dr Kwabena Donkor has vowed to resign his position if the current power crisis does not end by January 1, 2016. He says government is frantically taking steps to end the crisis by 2016. “We would fix this problem, and I have indicated that come 1 January 2016 if there is still load shedding I would not sit in this chair, I would have failed and I will sack myself before anyone sacks me”, he stated. Speaking...
(Spy Ghana 05/13/15)
Financial analysts and some bank customers in the country are preparing to press on the Bank of Ghana (BoG) for a better financial mediator to help aggrieved bank customers get their challenges resolved. This, follows recent outcry over high charges, wrongful deductions and hidden charges imposed on unsuspecting Ghanaians who deal with financial institutions. Observations made by Business Day indicate that most bank customers are unaware of the Consumer Protection Unit of the Bank of Ghana responsible for protecting the...
(Xinhuanet 05/13/15)
Year-on-year inflation rate for April 2015 rose 0.2 percentage points to 16.8 percent, compared to the 16.6 percent recorded in March, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) announced here on Wednesday. inflation Government Statistician Philomena Nyarko said food inflation remained flat at 7.2 percent as it was in the previous month, while non-food inflation rose to 23.2 percent, relative to 23.1 percent in March. “The non-food products inflation rate of 23.2 percent was more than three times higher than the food...

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(AFP 05/26/15)
African football legends Didier Drogba and Andre Ayew made emotional farewells at the weekend from clubs they have served with distinction, as most European leagues ended. Veteran Ivory Coast striker Drogba was carried off the Stamford Bridge pitch by team-mates after retiring injured during a 3-1 win for English champions Chelsea over Sunderland. And Ayew, a son of Ghana icon Abedi Pele, said goodbye to French outfit Marseille as a near-10-year spell at the club ended with a 3-0 home triumph over Bastia. ENGLAND DIDIER DROGBA (Chelsea) Drogba's final Chelsea game ended in memorable fashion as he was carried off by his team-mates during their 3-1 Premier League victory over Sunderland. The 37-year-old Ivory Coast...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has revealed he is weighing up offers to join clubs in "England, Italy and Germany". The 25 year-old is leaving Marseille at the end of this season after turning down a new contract. "I need to see something new - a new country, culture, league," Ayew told World Football on BBC World Service. "I want to prove my worth somewhere where people don't know me as well as they do in France." Recent reports have suggested Italian side Roma are the favourites to sign Ayew because they could offer Champions League football. Continue reading the main story “There are a lot of great clubs in England... it's a great league, for me the best in the...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh has released a list of 21 players to form his squad for the upcoming U-20 World Cup tournament in New Zealand. Joseph Owusu Bempah, who led the team at the 2015 African Youth Championship (AFC) in Senegal earlier this year, has been included as captain. Also in is Manchester City's Yaw Yeboah, voted the AFC's best player. Ghana are in Group B of the 30 May to 20 June tournament, alongside Argentina, Austria and Panama. The...
(AFP (eng) 05/20/15)
Germany defender Jerome Boateng has jumped to the defence of half-brother Kevin-Prince Boateng by insisting the Ghana international is being used as a scapegoat by Schalke following a poor season. The Royal Blues kicked both Kevin-Prince Boateng and Germany winger Sidney Sam out of the squad, and suspended midfielder Marco Hoeger, 10 days ago following their shock 2-0 league defeat at Cologne.
(BBC News Africa 05/19/15)
The Court of Arbitration Sport (CAS) has upheld a football ban for Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah following his transfer from Udinese. Udinese claimed Mensah's transfer to French side Evian in 2011 was illegal as he was still under contract with the Italian club. The four-month ban started on 30 April 2015 but football's world governing body Fifa has clarified how it will work in a statement to the BBC.
(AFP 05/18/15)
Ghana international forward Andre Ayew moved a step closer to a dream move to the English Premier League after announcing he would be ending a 10 year stay at French giants Marseille. The 25-year-old winger -- a member of the Ghana side that lost to Ivory Coast 9-8 on penalties in this year's Africa Cup of Nations final -- said despite Marseille still being in contention for a Champions League place next term it wasn't enough for him. Ayew, whose...
(Leadership 05/13/15)
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it is strongly considering friendly games with either the Black Queens of Ghana or the Lionesses of Cameroon or both for the Super Falcons before the team departs for the Women World Cup in Canada. The reigning African champions have been in camp in Abuja and were supposed to play Mali last weekend in an Olympic Games qualifier, before the Malians withdrew from the qualifiers. With no competitive game in sight to get the...
(Vanguard 05/12/15)
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced they are in talks with Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana over for friendly matches against World Cup-bound Super Falcons. The move according to NFF general secretary Sanusi Mohammed is to help put the African champions in shape for next month's World Cup in Canada. "We are in talks with Cameroon, Ghana and Cote d' Ivoire for a possible friendly for the Falcons," Sanusi said. "You know they were supposed to play Mali at...
(AFP 05/12/15)
Schalke released Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and Germany winger Sidney Sam on Monday with immediate effect, while suspending Marco Hoeger, as their latest defeat threatens next season's place in Europe. With one win in their last eight games, the Royal Blues' 2-0 defeat at Cologne on Sunday left Roberto di Matteo's Schalke sixth in the league. They are in danger of missing out on a Europa League berth next season having reached the last 16 of the Champions League this...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Xinhuanet 03/11/15)
ACCRA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has shown its worry about reports that some local players are betting away the fortunes of their clubs. Media reports are rife about the rise in soccer betting by players and some officials of clubs playing in the local league. A premier league club coach Mohammed Gargo has accused his players of involving in sports betting, something which he says has accounted for the poor performance of the club in...
(Starrfmonline 03/10/15)
Prominent economist, Dr. Kofi Amoah has kicked against Ghana’s prospective hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, describing it as a ‘misplaced priority’. Ghana is one of three shortlisted countries vying for the hosting rights for the next edition of the tournament. The West African giants are going head-to-head against Gabon and Algeria following reports of the withdrawal of Egypt who were originally amongst the shortlisted countries. But Dr. Kofi Amoah, who chaired Ghana’s last hosting of Africa’s flagship...
(APA 03/06/15)
Week 10 of the Ghana Premier League will be underway this weekend and leaders Ashanti will travel to face Aduana Stars, looking to get back on the winning track after their 2-2 draw with Heart of Lions in last round. However their mission won’t be easy against second-placed Aduana who will be aiming to reduce the gap to three points in case of victory. Heart of Lions will be hosting WAFA and only one point is seperating the two sides...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
ACCRA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- The General Secretary of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) Abass Bah is in Ghana to study the operations of the Ghanaian FA. The move forms part of the objectives of Gambia's newly elected football executives to develop their human resource and other areas of the game, according to a release by the GFA on Monday. Bah said his two weeks stay in Ghana will offer him the opportunity to study the GFA's administrative systems to understand...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
ACCRA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is in search of new teams to replace Nigeria for its proposed friendly game on March 29 after FIFA canceled the much-anticipated friendly last week. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier announced that the Super Eagles would play Bolivia on March 26 in Uyo, and then take on the Black Stars on March 29 in London. But the friendly has now been stymied. World football governing body FIFA last Friday...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/15)
ACCRA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Ghana has named its final squad for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship scheduled for Senegal next month. The head coach of the Black Satellites Sellas Tetteh released his final 21-man squad for the tournament which begins from March 8 and ends on March 22 in the West African nation. Ghana is three-time African U-20 champions and will be aiming for a fourth title. The Black Satellites who are currently fine-tuning in Turkey have been paired...
(Ghana Web 02/26/15)
Accra Hearts of Oak have to delay their travel plans to Benin because of non-availability of funds to cater for their trip. A contingent of 23 players, 7 technical team members and other club officials were expected to depart Accra on Thursday, February 26, 2015 to Benin to play AS Police in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup. Hearts won the first leg 1-0 in Accra and is expected to play the return encounter on Saturday 28th February...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(Spy Ghana 02/24/15)
Information making rounds indicates that Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has been sacked. Unconfirmed report shows that Mahama Ayariga has been reassigned from the Sports Ministry to another Ministry yet to be known. Reports also indicate that his failure to give a proper account on the expenditure spent by the Black Stars at the just ended AFCON may have called for his dismissal. Mahama Ayariga also accused Ghanaian journalists demanding details about the expenditure incurred for the AFCON of asking him...
(Spy Ghana 02/18/15)
The Ghana Olympic Committee is mourning the passing of an accomplished leader in the Olympic Movement and a former President of the GOC, Dr. Yaw Nkansa-Gyane. Dr. Nkansa-Gyane died on 12th January, 2015 in Accra, aged 87. His final funeral rights will be held on Saturday, 21st February in Accra. He played a fundamental role in promoting sports and the Olympic Movement in Ghana and on the world stage. He served as a Vice President of the International Amateur Boxing...

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(Ghana Web 05/07/15)
Actress Yvonne Nelson has started receiving abusive phone calls from people who appear to be unenthused by her #dumsormuststop campaign. After a government communicator recently referred to the actress and her other female colleagues championing the anti-power outage campaign as “prostitutes” on social media, Nelson has posted on social media, a recording of an unknown male individual, who yelled abusive words on her on the phone. The caller kept referring to the actress as a prostitute. The actress also wrote on her Facebook wall that the caller, who she regarded as a “leader” imputed political motivations for her decision to speak out against the worsening power crisis. “Unfortunately, he had said so much before I...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and contemporary works and artefacts, and...
(Starrfmonline 03/10/15)
Dr. Phil is wading into the fray in the on-going battle between Nick Gordon and the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown. The talk show host recently conducted an emotional, revealing interview with Gordon, and now Dr. Phil is sitting down with ET's Kevin Frazier to talk about the volatile situation. "I went to Atlanta to interview Nick. When I got there, the interview became an intervention," Dr. Phil explained. "When we get to Atlanta, his lawyers, who we were talking...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ghana Web 02/18/15)
Talent Ghanaian child music star, Esi, has said fondly how much she has missed missing music genius Castro. The Hiplife artist, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu in July, 2014. Born Elizabeth Esi Awotwi, the rising star who revealed Castro helped her write her debut single, Dream, is hopeful the musician would “come back soon”. “I don’t know. Uncle Castro was so nice to me and I miss him so much. I want...
(Ghana Web 02/04/15)
The lady with a charming voice on radio, Doreen Andoh, host of Joy Fm’s mid-morning show, Cosmopolitan Mix, has become the latest celebrity to add her voice to the growing complaints over the erratic supply of electricity in the country. Doreen has said the current situation has been giving her “high blood pressure.” She told her listeners on Monday that she had not had electricity for three days with absolutely no explanation from the power suppliers. “…Let’s not deal with...
(The Guardian 01/26/15)
Ghanaian Highlife artiste, Nana Quame visited e.TV’s The Late Nite Celebrity Show to enumerate some of the challenges he is facing after a long hiatus. With seven albums under his belt, Nana Quame revealed “It’s not easy getting artistes to feature on my songs currently. "Many of these artists don’t want to work with me anymore. I want to make myself believe they are busy doing other things or songs. "I called on some artists to feature them and they...
(Ghana Web 01/22/15)
Model, TV Presenter and Singer Deborah Vanessa Owusu, more commonly known in entertainment circles as Sister Debbie, has revealed that she never stated anywhere that she earned $8000 with her nude picture as some media houses have reported. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Neat FM’s “Entertainment Ghana”, Sister Debbie said whoever will believe that story is either ignorant or is up to some mischief. “First of all, the story is a misquotation or misinterpretation. That is not what I...
(Citifmonline 01/08/15)
In 2015, television gets more exciting as a new Nigerian telenovela, Hotel Majestic, births on Africa Magic. The daily telenovela premiered on January 5 on Africa Magic showcase at 7:00PM GMT. Hotel Majestic focuses on the Emeni family as they fight one another and the outside world to protect a hotel that has been in their family for decades. The Hotel, which is situated in a beautiful and flawless riverside community in Nigeria, has been in the family since the...
(Ghana Web 01/08/15)
The President, John Dramani Mahama has jokingly called on ace highlife singer, Charles Kwadwo Ofosu, known in showbiz as Daddy Lumba to grant him the copyright to his hit song, 'Yentie Obiaa'. The President said his call is necessary as his name has become synonymous with the lyrics of the song. “I think Lumba must give me the copyright to the song…,” he joked in an interview Wednesday as part of events marking the two years of his presidency. The...
(Ghana Web 12/30/14)
The organisers of a musical bash dubbed “New Year Bash With Abrantie Amakye Dede”, slated for January 1, 2015 at the Abrantie Spot, have promised music fans that the much awaited event would be full of fun and excitement as there would be hot performances by the highlife legend Abrantie Amakye Dede, Kofi B and Lee Duodu. According to the organisers, music lovers and fans of Abrantie, Kofi B and Lee should expect a fun-packed night at the event which...
(Ghana Web 12/23/14)
Airtel Ghana brand ambassadors, Kalybos, Ahoofe Patricia and DKB will join music giants such as Shatta Wale, M.anifest, Stonebwoy, Guru, Keche, MzVee and Kontihene to thrill fans at the Decemba 2 Rememba concert which will come off at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on December 24. Both Kalybos and Patricia have won the hearts of many Ghanaians with their hilarious comedy series dubbed ‘Boys Kasa’. DKB, born Derrick Kobina Bonney, was Ghana’s representative at the Big Brother Africa Stargame...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Spy Ghana 12/19/14)
Talented actress Nana Ama Mcbrown has finally reacted to accusations that she snitched her boyfriend Maxwell Mensah from musician Mzbel. The award-winning actress on Pluzz FM in an interview with Sammy Flex on Friday made it clear that she has never in her life snatched any man from her woman but the men rather run after her. The rumour of Nana Ama Mcbrown stealing Mzbel’s boyfriend gained roots after the actress was seen hanging around with Maxwell three months after...
(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
The 3-day Becca Girl Talk Festival officially commenced with the deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Dzifa Gomashie in attendance. The 3-day festival at the National Theatre started with a workshop yesterday, Thursday 18th December 2014; and continues today with the ultimate show happening on the 20th of December 2014 where musical performances and other entertaining acts will be offered. Becca posed for pictures with students and other patrons.
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Ghanaian actor, Ekow Smith Asante has expressed disappointment at a confession by HIV/AIDS ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah she lied about her HIV status. In 2013, Ekow Smith Asante starred in a movie about Dzidzor’s real life story of how she contracted HIV and how she did not allow stigmatization, scorn, and molestation to dampen her spirit. The movie, ‘My Cross Roads’, premiered at the National Theatre on Friday, October 4, 2013 and received rave reviews. Apart from Ekow and Dzidzor,...
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said Sunday seven bilateral agreements his government inked with Kenya on Saturday will help spur economic growth between the two nations. Speaking at the end of his four-day visit to Kenya, Mahama said agreements which included trade, education, tourism and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will open up new economic frontiers for mutual benefits. "We can take it (intra-Africa trade) to another level. We have historically cooperated together in the liberation struggle from colonial
(Ghana Web 12/09/14)
Beads are small decorative objects that are formed in a variety of shapes and sizes from materials such as glass, plastic or wood which is pierced together for threading. They are categorised into glass beads, wood beads, base metal beads, mirage beads and gem stones. It is now common knowledge that ladies love to look pretty not sparing any expense in choosing nice clothing, shoes or accessories. Both men and women look amazing with beads especially when worn right, interestingly...
(Spy Ghana 12/08/14)
The 2014 MTN Saminifest, held at the Trade Fair Center last Saturday projected never seen performances from our top musicians. The event was brought to us by MTN Ghana and was supported by Club Beer, Kasapreko Alomo Sankwan, Fiesta Condom and more. It is an event held to celebrate 10 successful music years of BatMan now known as Samini. If you werent at the Trade Fair then you should admit you missed one of the best actions ever. You can...

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(The New Times 05/26/15)
Every year, African countries lose over US$50 billion in Illicit Financial Flows (IFF), according to a new study by a High Level Panel (HLP) that was chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. By definition, IFF are financial resources that countries lose in form of illegal activities such as tax evasion, corruption, unfavorable taxation agreements, money laundering, to mention but a few. The loss is double the official development assistance (ODA) that Africa receives from donors and, the report, whose findings Mbeki recently tabled before the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa has now become a major concern for African leaders. Ideally, this should be more of a concern for governments but civil society...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa is urging West Africa nations to prepare now for the likelihood of a future outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said Friday the current epidemic should serve as a wake-up call to spur regional officials into action. Saying she is pleased to see progress being made in bringing West Africa's Ebola epidemic to an end, she notes that it may be several months before the virus is completely gone from the region. “The Ebola virus is in the environment, [so] another outbreak could happen," she said. "We are hoping to take the initiative of global concern, and the interest of partners to provide support and financing for preparedness,...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has revealed he is weighing up offers to join clubs in "England, Italy and Germany". The 25 year-old is leaving Marseille at the end of this season after turning down a new contract. "I need to see something new - a new country, culture, league," Ayew told World Football on BBC World Service. "I want to prove my worth somewhere where people don't know me as well as they do in France." Recent reports have suggested...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh has released a list of 21 players to form his squad for the upcoming U-20 World Cup tournament in New Zealand. Joseph Owusu Bempah, who led the team at the 2015 African Youth Championship (AFC) in Senegal earlier this year, has been included as captain. Also in is Manchester City's Yaw Yeboah, voted the AFC's best player. Ghana are in Group B of the 30 May to 20 June tournament, alongside Argentina, Austria and Panama. The...
(BBC News Africa 05/21/15)
A plan to restrict West African presidents to two terms in office has been dropped for the time-being by heads of state. They discussed the proposal to impose limits at a regional summit. Togo and The Gambia, both with presidents who have been in power for more than two terms, opposed the idea, diplomats say. The third-term issue has caused a lot of controversy in several African states in recent years. Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore was forced out of office last year after trying to change the constitution so he could run for a third term.
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Bloomberg 05/19/15)
Ghana’s main opposition party is drawing inspiration from Nigeria’s incoming President Muhammadu Buhari to wrest power from the ruling party and unseat a leader in office. “The Nigerian election is an inspiration for us,” Mahamudu Bawumia, vice presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party, said in an interview on May 15 from his offices in Accra, the capital. “We have to learn from a party that can take out the incumbent.” The NPP will focus its campaign for next year’s...
(BBC News Africa 05/19/15)
The Court of Arbitration Sport (CAS) has upheld a football ban for Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah following his transfer from Udinese. Udinese claimed Mensah's transfer to French side Evian in 2011 was illegal as he was still under contract with the Italian club. The four-month ban started on 30 April 2015 but football's world governing body Fifa has clarified how it will work in a statement to the BBC.
(Voice of America 05/19/15)
Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meet Tuesday in Ghana’s capital, Accra, where they will be hosted by President John Dramani Mahama. Foreign Minister Hannah Tetteh told VOA the meeting will consider an array of issues affecting the sub-region, including the threat posed by Boko Haram and the crisis in Mali. The meeting also comes at a time when the Ebola epidemic appears to be on the decline in West Africa. Tetteh said ECOWAS is optimistic the sub-region will soon be able to celebrate a break in transmission of the deadly virus in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Vanguard 05/12/15)
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced they are in talks with Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana over for friendly matches against World Cup-bound Super Falcons. The move according to NFF general secretary Sanusi Mohammed is to help put the African champions in shape for next month's World Cup in Canada. "We are in talks with Cameroon, Ghana and Cote d' Ivoire for a possible friendly for the Falcons," Sanusi said. "You know they were supposed to play Mali at...
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
The presidents of Ivory Coast and Ghana will meet Sunday in Geneva to discuss a maritime border dispute that may shift ownership of an oil-rich region. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will lead the talks between Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara and Ghana’s John Dramani Mahama at his foundation’s headquarters, Ouattara’s office said today in an e-mailed statement. Annan is from Ghana. Ivory Coast wants the area in the Gulf of Guinea incorporated into its borders, allowing it to claim future oil production from the offshore TEN field, which Tullow Oil Plc operates.
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
The World Bank’s private lending arm is finding projects to fund in Ghana as it completes the groundwork for a local-currency bond sale that was delayed two years ago. Soaring rates on Treasury bills prompted the International Finance Corp. to postpone plans for a 2 billion-cedi ($517 million) sale in 2013. The IFC has finished preparations for the issuance, which would be used as a benchmark by companies if they sell debt, according to Akua Opoku-Mensah, a financial officer at...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(Bloomberg 05/08/15)
Ghana’s currency weakened, extending Africa’s worst currency decline in 2015, as concerns increased about the government’s ability to narrow a budget shortfall. The cedi dropped as much as 0.6 percent to 3.89 per dollar before paring its decrease. The currency was trading at 3.8735 per dollar as of 2:09 p.m. in the capital, Accra, the lowest level on a closing basis since Aug. 25. The cedi plunged 17 percent this year, the most among 24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg.
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...
(Bloomberg 05/07/15)
Ghana’s currency weakened, extending Africa’s worst currency decline in 2015, as concerns increased about the government’s ability to narrow a budget shortfall. The cedi dropped as much as 0.6 percent to 3.89 per dollar before paring its decrease. The currency was trading at 3.8735 per dollar as of 2:09 p.m. in the capital, Accra, the lowest level on a closing basis since Aug. 25. The cedi plunged 17 percent this year, the most among 24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg...
(Voice of America 05/06/15)
NAIROBI, KENYA—New efforts by the Rockefeller Foundation are working to strengthen African economies as they face a growing number of young people, and challenges to their economies from the effects of climate change. The group’s president, Judith Rodin, who has authored a new book titled ‘The Resilience Dividend,’ said the foundation is working to strengthen agriculture, water and health systems as well as boosting the technology sector. She said $100 million was being channeled through an initiative called Digital Jobs Africa in six countries: Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt. “
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
Wave after wave of migrants have been rescued from rubber dinghies and rickety fishing boats in the Mediterranean over the last three days, with thousands ferried to Italy's southern shores. Italian officials struggled Monday to find room in shelters in Sicily and the mainland for the nearly 6,800 refugees they said had been rescued at sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy said a woman, in labor when she was rescued Sunday, gave birth to a daughter on...

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