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(Spy Ghana 09/30/14)
The Auditor General has uncovered financial malfeasance totaling millions of Ghana cedis at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in its 2012 report Titled “Report of the Auditor General on Public Accounts of Ghana – Public Boards, Corporations and other Statutory Institutions for the Year Ended 31 December 2012”, the audit revealed (on pages 211 to 272) hefty amounts of public funds were either diverted into non-existing investment accounts or withdrawn without a trace. The report, which relates to the audited accounts of the NHIA for the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009 noted in part: “An amount of GH¢158,526 purported to have been transferred by the NHIA to the Nanomba North Mutual...
(Ghana Web 09/30/14)
The Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) is warning government against the removal of petroleum subsidies which has been recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). After the first round of negotiations between the IMF and the government regarding a bailout programme for the nation, the IMF announced that petroleum subsidies and the huge public wage bill have been earmarked for a drastic review. The removal, according to ISODEC, will worsen the economic conditions of the poor in the country. The Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors welcomed the IMF’s announcement and urged Ghanaians to prepare for the total removal of petroleum...
(Myjoyonline 09/30/14)
I want to believe you are doing well, despite the challenges the economy is facing. By the way, is Allotey Jacobs, NDC Central Region Communications Director, still appearing in your dreams? Remember him? He was the guy who questioned your ability to stir the country out of the economic mess. His argument was that most of the policies implemented by you would cost the party a lot, during the 2016 elections, because most jobless party footsoldiers were (and maybe still...
(Myjoyonline 09/29/14)
Government insists the outlook for Ghana’s economy is bright despite International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommendations for cuts in government spending and management of the country’s public debt. After first round of discussions, the IMF’s end-of-mission release posted on its website noted: “Ghana continues to face significant domestic and external vulnerabilities on the back of a large fiscal deficit, a slowdown in economic growth and rising inflation. “…These vulnerabilities are putting Ghana’s medium-term prospects at risk. The mission estimates growth to decelerate to 4 ½ percent in 2014, from 7.1 percent in 2013, and inflation to reach an average of around 15 percent for the year.”
(Ghana Web 09/29/14)
Lawyer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Victor Adawudu, has expressed optimism of settling the lawsuit brought against the party by a member in the Ashanti region out of court. A former president of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) of the NDC at the Akrokerri School of Education, Linus Njonola, has secured a court injunction thus halting the party’s October congress. He sued the NDC for violating its constitution by keeping executives whose tenure had expired at post. But...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
Global rating agency Fitch has affirmed Ghana’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘B’ with negative outlooks. It also affirmed Ghana’s Shortterm foreign currency IDR at ‘B’ and Country Ceiling as well at ‘B’. This, according to Fitch, was as a result of the recent Eurobond (USD1bn) and the annual Ghana Cocoa Board syndicated loan (USD1.7bn) that have alleviated some short-term pressures on reserves and the currency. However, it said a lasting reduction in funding pressures...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
As part of measures to ensure that fairness are implemented in the New Patriotic Party (NPP)a vocal member of Mr. Alan kwadwo Kyeremanten, Mr. Joseph Amoah has stated emphatically that internal stampede politics would cause doom to the party in 2016 general elections . Mr. Amoah made these observations available to this paper in an interview that a dirty plan game has been adopted by some individuals in the party to pull down Mr. Alan who is a key contender...
(Myjoyonline 09/29/14)
Shortage of cement in Ghana will soon be a thing of the past as government embarks on a terminal expansion project at the Tema Harbor to enable the port receive bulk clinker for cement producing companies. The $122miilion project, which will be completed in the last quarter of 2015 is expected to create room for raw materials needed by GHACEM to facilitate cement production. The project, which is being done by Amandi Constructions will cover an area space of four...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
The former Asokwa Constituency Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Alhaji . M Kassim Adjei has also expressed his aspirations to join the tight race of the Asahnti Regional vice chairmanship seat. The chairmanship position which has been a kin contested position by many aspirants to whip out the encumber Mr. Alex Attivor, Mr. Alhaji kassim noted that been a former constituency member, he knows what the people and the grass root supporters like and that would make...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
Information available to Today reveal that the political future of the former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ledzokuku-Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) in the Greater Accra region, Daniel Amartey Mensah, hangs in the balance. The former MCE, according to sources close to him, has allegedly built four (4) mansions in the Teshie-municipality in the Greater Accra region within two years of his reign. The said mansions, according to a deep throat within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Teshie are located...
(Vibe Ghana 09/29/14)
The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo has declared zero tolerance for cheating during the next general elections. He said the Electoral Commission (EC) “will find it tough manipulating results” to favour a particular party in 2016. Nana Addo was addressing Northern NPP delegates who gave him 88.5 percent during the party’s super delegates congress. He underscored the need for all NPP polling agents to double their efforts in 2016 to avoid cheating at the polling stations...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
Fulera Limann, wife of former President Hilla Limann, has said that the Limann family deserves an apology from those who overthrew him. This, according to Fulera, was because the former president was unjustifiably removed from office. Former President Limann, the only president of the third republic, was overthrown 32 years ago by ex-president Jerry John Rawlings on December 31 after being in office for 27 months. Speaking at a ceremony held to commemorate 35 years after the swearing in of...
(Myjoyonline 09/29/14)
A Cape Coast High Court has placed an interlocutory injunction on the demolition of the Kotokuraba Market scheduled for Wednesday October 1, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) has gathered. The demolition was to pave way for the construction of the much awaited ultra-modern market, one of the two most important projects, dear to the hearts of Cape Coasters, initiated by the late President John Evans Atta Mills in Cape Coast. The application for the injunction, according to a reliable source,...
(Ghana Web 09/29/14)
Madam Fulera Limann, widow of former President Hilla Limann, has described the overthrow of her husband as “needless and uncalled for.” She has, therefore, asked former President Jerry John Rawlings to apologise because his husband’s “removal from office was unjustifiably done.” Breaking her silence 35 years after her husband was overthrown, Madam Fulera, as she is popularly referred to, said the reason former president Limann contested the 1992 election was to prove to Ghanaians that he did nothing wrong to...
(Ghana Web 09/29/14)
The Mayor of the City of Newark, Ras J. Baraka has honoured the First Lady of Ghana, Lordina Mahama, with an award and citation for her philanthropic work and dedication to Ghanaians and the Ghanaian community in the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, USA. The award to the First Lady by the City of Newark was to applaud her for her work as National President of the Alternative Source of Income Programme (ASOIP), now Lordina Foundation, which...
(Ghana Web 09/29/14)
Embattled Nigerian Televangelist, Prophet T B Joshua, has warned his critics and detractors to stop bad mouthing him or risk death. In a statement capturing what he said in church on Sunday September 28, 2014, about the collapse of a building that killed scores of worshippers at his Lagos-headquartered sprawling Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) edifice three weeks ago, Joshua warned his tongue-lashers as well as those gloating over his calamity, to be careful of what they say, or...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
DUBAI, UAE - The Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also United Arab Emirates Vice-President, is hosting the Second African Global Business Forum which is by invitation only and organized by The Economist publication. The event (AGBF) takes place this week starting Wednesday and several African Heads of State have confirmed attendence. The theme is ‘New Realities – New Connections’.
(Spy Ghana 09/27/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday indicated his readiness to use his position as Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to settle all disputes that would ensure peace and stability. He mentioned the fight against Boko Haram in North-Eastern Nigeria, political crisis in Mali and the Ghana- Ivory Coast maritime boundary as some of the issues envisaged to be resolved. President Mahama made this known when he held a financial community meeting with business partners at the Langham Hotel in Boston Massachusetts as part of his four- day official visit to the State.
(Bloomberg 09/27/14)
Ghana needs a more ambitious plan to reduce its budget deficit and keep debt under control as economic prospects remain at risk, the International Monetary Fund said. The government of the West African nation may need to cut its wage bill or scrap energy and fuel subsidies to help narrow the fiscal shortfall, which may reach about 9.75 percent of gross domestic product this year, the Washington-based lender said in an e-mailed statement today. Ghana last month approached the IMF...
(Ghana Web 09/27/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday said the home-grown fiscal policies will help government to establish and maintain strong financial reforms to help grow the economy. He said although government has ended preliminary discussions with International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the way forward for Ghana's economy, subsequent discussions with the international body would help government to reform current institutions for the better. "The institutional reforms, which will also focus on financial management, will help in job creation and the establishment...

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(Spy Ghana 09/30/14)
The Auditor General has uncovered financial malfeasance totaling millions of Ghana cedis at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in its 2012 report Titled “Report of the Auditor General on Public Accounts of Ghana – Public Boards, Corporations and other Statutory Institutions for the Year Ended 31 December 2012”, the audit revealed (on pages 211 to 272) hefty amounts of public funds were either diverted into non-existing investment accounts or withdrawn without a trace. The report, which relates to the audited accounts of the NHIA for the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009 noted in part: “An amount of GH¢158,526 purported to have been transferred by the NHIA to the Nanomba North Mutual...
(Ghana Web 09/30/14)
The Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) is warning government against the removal of petroleum subsidies which has been recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). After the first round of negotiations between the IMF and the government regarding a bailout programme for the nation, the IMF announced that petroleum subsidies and the huge public wage bill have been earmarked for a drastic review. The removal, according to ISODEC, will worsen the economic conditions of the poor in the country. The Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors welcomed the IMF’s announcement and urged Ghanaians to prepare for the total removal of petroleum...
(Myjoyonline 09/30/14)
I want to believe you are doing well, despite the challenges the economy is facing. By the way, is Allotey Jacobs, NDC Central Region Communications Director, still appearing in your dreams? Remember him? He was the guy who questioned your ability to stir the country out of the economic mess. His argument was that most of the policies implemented by you would cost the party a lot, during the 2016 elections, because most jobless party footsoldiers were (and maybe still...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
As part of measures to ensure that fairness are implemented in the New Patriotic Party (NPP)a vocal member of Mr. Alan kwadwo Kyeremanten, Mr. Joseph Amoah has stated emphatically that internal stampede politics would cause doom to the party in 2016 general elections . Mr. Amoah made these observations available to this paper in an interview that a dirty plan game has been adopted by some individuals in the party to pull down Mr. Alan who is a key contender...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
The former Asokwa Constituency Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Alhaji . M Kassim Adjei has also expressed his aspirations to join the tight race of the Asahnti Regional vice chairmanship seat. The chairmanship position which has been a kin contested position by many aspirants to whip out the encumber Mr. Alex Attivor, Mr. Alhaji kassim noted that been a former constituency member, he knows what the people and the grass root supporters like and that would make...
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
Fulera Limann, wife of former President Hilla Limann, has said that the Limann family deserves an apology from those who overthrew him. This, according to Fulera, was because the former president was unjustifiably removed from office. Former President Limann, the only president of the third republic, was overthrown 32 years ago by ex-president Jerry John Rawlings on December 31 after being in office for 27 months. Speaking at a ceremony held to commemorate 35 years after the swearing in of...
(Myjoyonline 09/29/14)
A Cape Coast High Court has placed an interlocutory injunction on the demolition of the Kotokuraba Market scheduled for Wednesday October 1, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) has gathered. The demolition was to pave way for the construction of the much awaited ultra-modern market, one of the two most important projects, dear to the hearts of Cape Coasters, initiated by the late President John Evans Atta Mills in Cape Coast. The application for the injunction, according to a reliable source,...
(Ghana Web 09/29/14)
The Mayor of the City of Newark, Ras J. Baraka has honoured the First Lady of Ghana, Lordina Mahama, with an award and citation for her philanthropic work and dedication to Ghanaians and the Ghanaian community in the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, USA. The award to the First Lady by the City of Newark was to applaud her for her work as National President of the Alternative Source of Income Programme (ASOIP), now Lordina Foundation, which...
(Ghana Web 09/29/14)
Embattled Nigerian Televangelist, Prophet T B Joshua, has warned his critics and detractors to stop bad mouthing him or risk death. In a statement capturing what he said in church on Sunday September 28, 2014, about the collapse of a building that killed scores of worshippers at his Lagos-headquartered sprawling Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) edifice three weeks ago, Joshua warned his tongue-lashers as well as those gloating over his calamity, to be careful of what they say, or...
(Spy Ghana 09/27/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday indicated his readiness to use his position as Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to settle all disputes that would ensure peace and stability. He mentioned the fight against Boko Haram in North-Eastern Nigeria, political crisis in Mali and the Ghana- Ivory Coast maritime boundary as some of the issues envisaged to be resolved. President Mahama made this known when he held a financial community meeting with business partners at the Langham Hotel in Boston Massachusetts as part of his four- day official visit to the State.
(Bloomberg 09/27/14)
Ghana needs a more ambitious plan to reduce its budget deficit and keep debt under control as economic prospects remain at risk, the International Monetary Fund said. The government of the West African nation may need to cut its wage bill or scrap energy and fuel subsidies to help narrow the fiscal shortfall, which may reach about 9.75 percent of gross domestic product this year, the Washington-based lender said in an e-mailed statement today. Ghana last month approached the IMF...
(Spy Ghana 09/27/14)
A Fast Track High Court has fixed October 3, to rule on the application challenging the New Patriotic Party (NPP) congress slated for October 18 to elect the party’s presidential candidate for Elections 2016. This came up after the court had listened to submissions from the lawyers in the matter. Two NPP members, Rexford Agyei Frimpong and Oppong Kyekyeku, have gone to court to seek an order against the National Council to comply with the provision of the party’s constitution...
(BBC News Africa 09/27/14)
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 3,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The latest figures indicate that more than 6,500 people are believed to have been infected in the region. Liberia is the worst affected country, having recorded around 1,830 deaths linked to the latest outbreak. The outbreak is the world's most deadly - US President Barack Obama has called it a "threat to global security". Some studies have warned that the numbers of infected could rise to more than 20,000 by early November.
(Xinhuanet 09/27/14)
ACCRA, Sep. (Xinhua) -- People in Ghana are changing their way of living as the Ebola virus has infected several thousands of people and killed more than 2,800 others in West Africa. The usual handshakes that follow the pronouncement of "Greetings of Peace" in churches have been replaced by a mere wave of the hand. "You have all heard about Ebola. So you may now have to wave to one another instead of shaking hands," Church Secretary Nana Yaw Frimpong...
(PANA 09/27/14)
The African Union (AU) has pledged to push for the implementation of policies to stop international companies operating in lucrative economic sectors in Africa, where violation of human rights is rampant, to respect the laws safeguarding workers rights. AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha Abdullahi said policies would be in place across Africa to ensure all firms abide by common code of conduct that guarantees the protection of workers’ rights. “All too often, human rights concerns have fallen by the...
(Xinhuanet 09/27/14)
HAVANA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Cuba will send a total of 461 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic, local media reported Friday. The first batch of 165 healthcare workers will arrive in Sierra Leone in early October, including 62 doctors and 103 nurses. The second batch of 296 doctors and nurses will head to Liberia and Guinea, the official news agency Prensa Latina reported. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday thanked Cuba for its medical...
(Spy Ghana 09/26/14)
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana, as part of its project for electoral reforms is calling for a rethink of the security architecture and arrangements at polling centers during voting. A statement issued by the IEA and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra recommended that security at the polling station must as far as possible be under the command of the Presiding Officers, and security personnel assigned to the polling station on Election Day should take orders...
(Spy Ghana 09/26/14)
Ghana ranks first in teacher absenteeism in West Africa, reports from the World Bank and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have revealed. wpid-teachers-oct7-2013.jpgAccording to the reports, teacher malingering is the major contributory factor to the low performance of pupils and students in public basic schools in the country. Mr Alex Kyeremeh, a Deputy Minister of Education, made this known at a stakeholders’ forum on education at Dormaa-Ahenkro on Thursday. Under the theme “enhancing quality education in the...
(Spy Ghana 09/26/14)
An aspiring candidate for the National Deputy Organizer position of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, Mr. Mahdi Gibrill, says the use of money by some aspirants to influence the electorates is gradually killing the NDC, a situation he describes as ‘worrying’ and needs the collective efforts of all party members to curb. Mr Mahdi said unemployment was one of the major challenges facing the youth in the country. He said when given the mandate, he would work with...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
ACCRA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said Thursday that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a problem facing the whole world, not just West Africa or a few countries. Mahama, who is Chairman of sub-regional grouping - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) - made the remarks in his address at the UN General Assembly. He said the world could therefore not afford to allow the fear created by the disease to "keep humanity far away...

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(Myjoyonline 09/29/14)
Government insists the outlook for Ghana’s economy is bright despite International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommendations for cuts in government spending and management of the country’s public debt. After first round of discussions, the IMF’s end-of-mission release posted on its website noted: “Ghana continues to face significant domestic and external vulnerabilities on the back of a large fiscal deficit, a slowdown in economic growth and rising inflation. “…These vulnerabilities are putting Ghana’s medium-term prospects at risk. The mission estimates growth to decelerate to 4 ½ percent in 2014, from 7.1 percent in 2013, and inflation to reach an average of around 15 percent for the year.”
(Spy Ghana 09/29/14)
Global rating agency Fitch has affirmed Ghana’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘B’ with negative outlooks. It also affirmed Ghana’s Shortterm foreign currency IDR at ‘B’ and Country Ceiling as well at ‘B’. This, according to Fitch, was as a result of the recent Eurobond (USD1bn) and the annual Ghana Cocoa Board syndicated loan (USD1.7bn) that have alleviated some short-term pressures on reserves and the currency. However, it said a lasting reduction in funding pressures for both the fiscal and current account deficits is unlikely until an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme is agreed and...
(Myjoyonline 09/29/14)
Shortage of cement in Ghana will soon be a thing of the past as government embarks on a terminal expansion project at the Tema Harbor to enable the port receive bulk clinker for cement producing companies. The $122miilion project, which will be completed in the last quarter of 2015 is expected to create room for raw materials needed by GHACEM to facilitate cement production. The project, which is being done by Amandi Constructions will cover an area space of four...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
DUBAI, UAE - The Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also United Arab Emirates Vice-President, is hosting the Second African Global Business Forum which is by invitation only and organized by The Economist publication. The event (AGBF) takes place this week starting Wednesday and several African Heads of State have confirmed attendence. The theme is ‘New Realities – New Connections’.
(Ghana Web 09/27/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday said the home-grown fiscal policies will help government to establish and maintain strong financial reforms to help grow the economy. He said although government has ended preliminary discussions with International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the way forward for Ghana's economy, subsequent discussions with the international body would help government to reform current institutions for the better. "The institutional reforms, which will also focus on financial management, will help in job creation and the establishment...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/14)
Cocoa soared to 3.5-year highs this week on fears the Ebola outbreak could reach Ghana and Ivory Cost, the two biggest producers of the commodity used to make chocolate. Brent oil prices however tumbled to two-year lows on worries over ample supplies and weak demand, and on the back of the strong dollar. Commodity markets also digested news that the US economy -- a key consumer of raw materials -- grew more strongly than thought in the second quarter. Gross...
(Ghana Web 09/26/14)
The world market price for the country’s highest foreign exchange earner, cocoa, has risen to a three-year high of £2,141 per tonne, a new Moody Investors Service report has revealed. The significant increase in the Liffe futures price of the commodity, according to the report issued this week, was triggered by concerns that the Ebola virus could spread to Ivory Coast or Ghana -- which together account for almost 60 percent of global cocoa production. The deadly Ebola disease is...
(Ghana Web 09/26/14)
Continuously surging utility prices have pushed the producer price index up to a record high of 48.3%, the highest rate ever during a 12-month period. This represents a 1.1 percentage point increase in producer inflation relative to the 47.2 percent rate recorded in July 2014. The producer inflation in the utility sub-sector recorded the highest year-on-year producer price inflation rate of 75.8 percent over the July figure of 78.6 percent. The trend of rising utility prices has a drastic impact...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Africa could become a single air transport market that will remove the need for bilateral air services agreements by early 2016, the industry lobby said on Wednesday. African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Secretary General Elijah Chingosho told Xinhua that the regulatory texts and legal institutional framework are scheduled to be finalized in October. "Guidelines will soon be formulated that will enable the African Union to carry out negotiations among the various trading blocs with a view to...
(Ghana Web 09/25/14)
The National Identification Authority (NIA) has decided to undertake a fresh registration of all Ghanaians under an “expanded registration project”. The decision by the governing board of the NIA comes six years after the authority began a mass registration exercise, completing it in seven regions and parts of the three northern regions; and card distribution exercises in parts of the Greater Accra Region. So far, Ghana has spent about GH¢21,621,075 on the mass registration and card distribution exercises. To implement...
(Ghana Web 09/24/14)
The Central Bank’s review of its directives on the use of foreign exchange (forex) to save the free fall of the Cedi is having a positive impact on the local currency as the Ghana cedi continues to gain strength against major foreign currencies. The latest euro bond and inflows from the cocoa syndicated loan have also impacted on the cedi, making it regain its lost glory. A check by the Daily Graphic on inter-bank rates in Accra yesterday established that...
(PANA 09/24/14)
Nigeria has resumed gas supply to Ghana following the resolution of a strike by oil and gas workers in Nigeria, the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company said on Monday. Mrs Harriet Wereko-Brobby, Head of Corporate Affairs of the Company, was quoted by the Ghanian media on Monday as saying gas supply resumed on Saturday. This will boost power generation in Ghana, which was forced to drastically reduce production by some 500 megawatts and introduce harsh power rationing to domestic and...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/24/14)
(Reuters) - Oil firms operating on Ghana's disputed maritime border with Ivory Coast can continue working while an arbitration suit filed under a U.N. convention is resolved, Ghana's Attorney General Marrieta Brew Appiah-Oppong told a news conference on Tuesday. British firm Tullow Oil is the largest stakeholder in the TEN offshore project signed with the Ghana government and located close to the disputed area. Its partners are Anadarko, Kosmos Energy, Sabre Oil & Gas Holdings Ltd and the Ghana National...
(Caj News Africa 09/23/14)
Accra — A LEGAL battle is looming between Ghana and the Ivory Coast after the latter accused its neighbour of exploring oil in an area it claimsownership of. The contentious area is offshore the Atlantic Ocean. However, Ghana has sharply dismissed Ivory Coast's assertions that the Western Region in dispute belonged to it arguing that the West Africa's second largest economy had first discovered oil in commercial quantities offshore in 2007. Discussions aimed at ironing out issues have reportedly broken...
(Leadership 09/23/14)
Nigeria is expected to resume supply of gas to Ghana after the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) suspended their five-day-old strike. The strike triggered a cut in supply of gas through the West African Gas Pipeline to Ghana and left the country in an energy crisis with power producers forced to shed a record 500 megawatts of electricity. All gas powered thermal plants across...
(Citifmonline 09/23/14)
Ghana has initiated arbitration proceedings under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), seeking a declaration that it has not encroached on Cote d’Ivoire’s territorial waters in the exploration of oil. The decision follows failed negotiations between the two countries in the past few years, as well as continued receipt of threatening letters from Cote d’Ivoire by oil companies operating in the disputed area. In order to avoid a diplomatic spat, Ghana has since served Cote...
(Caj News Africa 09/23/14)
GHANA is determined to ensure a single inflationary digit is achieved by next year, a senior official has said. The Bank of Ghana (BoG) Second Deputy Governor, Mollison Narh, said the central bank had projected the country would record a single digit inflation rate by the second half of 2015, subject to world market price of oil and stability in the exchange rate. Narh said among the reasons that nearly derailed the projected move was depleted foreign reserves, which he...
(Ghana Web 09/23/14)
President John Dramani Mahama has expressed optimism that the three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme to take off in January 2015, would open up investment opportunities for the country. It would also deliver infrastructure development and create social intervention programmes for the poor and vulnerable in the society. The country and IMF are currently engaged in preliminary discussions over an economic resurgence programme which the President said was expected to end next Thursday, September 25, after which the way would...
(Myjoyonline 09/22/14)
The banking industry boosted its assets by 39.7% to GH¢44.2billion as at July this year despite challenges in the economy which have seen inflation reach a four-year record high and the cedi plummeting the fastest in a decade, Bank of Ghana data has shown. According to the report of the 61st Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana, the industry continued to experience “steady growth in both nominal and real terms, evidenced by trends in total assets as...
(Spy Ghana 09/22/14)
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana, has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to abolish its ‘strong room’ system, where representatives of the contesting political parties meet to verify election results. Dr. Ransford Gyampo, a Research Fellow of the Governance Unit of the IEA, as part of the IEA’s Electoral Reform Project, said the idea of a ‘strong room’ with very huge security presence conjured negative and derogatory images that undermined transparency and electoral peace. He said, some people perceived...

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(AFP (eng) 09/26/14)
Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has lifted the lid on his side's torrid World Cup campaign, revealing that players were counting thousands of dollars in cash just hours before their final match. The Black Stars' time in Brazil was overshadowed by indiscipline and a row over unpaid appearance fees, which led to Ghana's cash-strapped government chartering a jet to fly more than $3 million in cash to South America. Appiah told an official hearing probing the under-par showing that the money came through on the eve of their game against Portugal, which could have seen them qualify for the knock-out stage. "Most of the players had their $100,000 in their backpacks... Some of the boys...
(Myjoyonline 09/17/14)
Dismissed coach of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, Kwasi Appiah has said he is still waiting for the official letter confirming his sack. “I am still waiting for my letter to give it to those who know how to interpret it,” the coach told host of Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana last Tuesday. Kwasi Appiah who was sacked last Thursday used the occasion to fend off persistent criticism against him since the World Cup in Brazil in June. The Black Stars were eliminated in the first round failing to progress for the first time since Ghana began...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
ACCRA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Ghana' s minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga on Monday appointed an 11-member committee to work towards securing the right to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017) in Ghana. Additionally, six former Black Stars players and a former world boxing champion have been appointed to serve as ambassadors during the bidding process. The committee members include Ernest Thompson (Chairman), Abedi Ayew Pele, (Vice Chairman), Fred Crentsil, Randy Abbey, Herbert Mensah (Administrator and...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/14)
Ghana's football association announced on Friday the firing of national team coach Kwesi Appiah, ending months of speculation about the fate of the controversial coach. The announcement came on the heels of Ghana's disastrous performance at this year's football World Cup in Brazil in which they failed to advance beyond the group stage. The players' high-profile dispute with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over appearance fees and Appiah's decision to suspend two key players during the tournament made headlines worldwide. "The GFA wishes to thank Mr Appiah for his diligent service to the country as the coach of the Black Stars
(Spy Ghana 09/12/14)
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has been relieved of his position as head coach of the senior national team. The decision was reached today at a board meeting of the GFA. Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac will replace him as head coach of the Black Star. Mr Appiah is being accused of bad faith after he granted a radio interview in which he said that he had not asked for a technical assistant, contradicting the position of the GFA. Sources close...
(Vibe Ghana 09/11/14)
Ghana whipped her journey to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations around after pipping Togo 3-2 in a five- goal thriller in Lome on Wednesday. A late goal by Christian Atsu gifted the Black Stars all three points to move to second place on the log with four points. It was a test of character for the Black Stars who went down early in the first half through Floyd Ayite who beat debutant goalkeeper Stephen Adams at the far post...
(Spy Ghana 09/10/14)
Staff Sergeant Joe Bandu (retd.), father of Janet Bandu, the lady who supposedly drowned with rapper Castro in the Volta Lake at Ada, has called on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest Asamoah Gyan over the disappearance of his daughter and Castro. “The whole thing now is, I don’t know what to do. I am therefore appealing to CDS, the IGP and all those in authority to help me to arrest...
(Citifmonline 09/09/14)
Three Ghanaian athletes have qualified to represent Africa at the upcoming IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco on September 13 and 14. The athletes were selected following their stellar performances at the just ended 19th African Athletics Championships in Morocco, where Team Ghana won its biggest medal haul since 2006. The country’s young athletics contingent won a total of six medals, consisting of four silver and two bronze medals, which was higher than the five medals Team Ghana won at...
(AFP (eng) 09/09/14)
Ghanaian defender John Boye has been ruled out of Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo in Lome because of an ankle injury. The 27-year-old Boye, who plays for Turkish side Erciyesspor, picked up the injury during training on Monday in Accra. In their Group E, Ghana have drawn 1-1 against Uganda while Togo were beaten 2-1 by Guinea in the first qualifier.
(Vibe Ghana 09/09/14)
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah will be sacked if he fails to beat Togo tomorrow, according to sources who have spoken to Citi Sports. Ghana must win against Togo to maintain any control of their AFCON 2015 qualifying group, following a poor showing at the weekend against Uganda in Kumasi. The public approval ratings of the Ghana coach is low after what some sports analysts described as “high profile” failures in the last African Cup and at the world cup...
(Modern Ghana 09/08/14)
Since Ghana's maiden World Cup appearance in Germany 2006 where we earned the respect of the football world, the excitement of our citizens for the Black Stars has known no bounds. Our historic exploits in South Africa in 2010 cemented our status as a global force. However, the debacle of Brazil 2014 has set in motion a chain of events that threaten the very foundations of our game. Our affection for the Black Stars has always been unconditional and that...
(Xinhuanet 09/06/14)
ACCRA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Ghana's African Cup of Nations qualifying home match against Uganda on Saturday will be opened free to fans to ensure massive support for the national team, Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association, confirmed on Friday. "The Sports minister has passed that the gates are opened for free in tomorrow's game against Uganda," Nyantakyi said. The decision was taken in consultation with the minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga, after fans showed disappointment in...
(Citifmonline 09/04/14)
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has indicated that the team is eager to get in the good books of Ghanaians with a victory against the Cranes of Uganda in their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium at the weekend. Kumasi, which has been the home ground of the Black Stars in recent years due to the massive support they enjoy there, has been in a sombre and indifferent mood ahead of the game due to...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 09/01/14)
Ghana has qualified for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship (AYC) finals to be held in Senegal, after recording a 4-1 away win over Gabon on Saturday. The Black Satellites, silver medalist at the previous Championship, will join host Senegal and six other African sides at the finals. The two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg played in Accra a fortnight ago. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) reported on its website that 10-man Ghana scored two goals in each half...
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(Citifmonline 08/28/14)
Former Chairman of the Ghana Football Association, Ben Koufie has jumped to the defense of Sulley Muntari and his other colleagues who rebelled in Brazil over their appearance fees. Some senior players of the national team, including Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng were reported to have gotten angry in Brazil over delays in paying their appearance fees and other bonuses. This resulted in the outright dismissal of Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng from the senior national team for...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ACCRA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- Ghana's minister of youth and sports Mahama Ayariga on Tuesday presented a cheque for 1.7 million cedis (540,000 US dollars) to ex-players of the Black Stars for winning laurels for the country. The amount will be shared among members of Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations winning squads of 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. Ayariga said the government in partnership with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) will set up a fund for the ex-players who brought glory...
(Myjoyonline 08/28/14)
Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has exclusively told Joy sports the search for a technical adviser for the Black Stars is a Government decision but insists it is the responsibility of the FA to look for a competent person for the Job. The Ghana FA has set up a three-man committee to appoint a technical adviser for the team. The ministry initially denied pushing the move for a Technical advice when reports suggested Klaus Topmoller as top candidate to land the...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ACCRA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga has confirmed Ghana's interest in bidding to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2017. "I am happy to announce that Ghana will bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations," he said on his twitter handle on Tuesday. Libya was billed to host the competition but later withdrew due to the unstable security situation in the north African country. CAF has opened applications until Tuesday,...

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(Ghana Web 09/23/14)
Mnet and Endamol continue to unveil housemates for Big Brother Hotshots, and today the second rep for Ghana has been unveiled alongside others. M’am Bea, 25, Ghana: Ghanaian M’am Bea lists her occupation as ‘Acting Trainee Manager/Fashion Designer’, and has a diploma in Management Finance. Her favourite foods are yam and nkontomere stew, fufu, palm nut soup and jolof rice. M’am Bea likes music by Sarkodie, Mafikizolo, John Legend, Wizkid and D’Banj. Her favourite place in Ghana is Aburi Garden and she says the best thing about Africa is that ‘it expresses diversity through colours and we are not ashamed to exhibit that’. Outside of her home country, her favourite place in the world is...
(Citifmonline 09/04/14)
The Ghana Theatre Festival has been launched in Accra. The event is being organized by the National Theatre and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and comes off between September 11 and October 4. The event is aimed at promoting the diversity and uniqueness of African music, cultural performances and creative arts. The maiden edition will have various acts from the length and breadth of Ghana to showcase indigenous Ghanaian culture. The deputy Minister of the Tourism, speaking at the launch, explained the need for such an event and urged all and sundry to help make it a...
(Citifmonline 09/04/14)
The biggest gathering of movie industry players, the Ghana Movie Awards, comes off at the Accra International Conference Centre on December 30, 2014. This year’s event, the fifth in the series, seeks to take the event a notch higher as it brings the crème de la crème of Africa’s movie stars to celebrate with their Ghanaian counterparts. The organizers, the Ghana Movie Award Foundation, has officially called for entries to be submitted for consideration. “We wish to inform all movie...
(Citifmonline 08/27/14)
Miss Tourism Ghana 2013, Jessica Jemila Kawra, who will be launching the “Saving the environment through recycling” project, has said, environmental cleanliness has become a very critical issue in Ghana which could affect the tourism fortunes of the nation. According to her, it is possible that Ghana will become the least destination site for tourists and the country’s goal to make tourism the number one income earner will go down the drain. The project seeks to sensitize the youth on...
(Citifmonline 08/22/14)
Contrary to news that had been published on social media platforms that the Ghanaian nominees for this year’s edition of the Big Brother Africa reality show had been dropped due to the Ebola scare, the organisers, Endemol, has come out to give a completely different reason for the no-show. The initial publication said the selected nominees who made it through the selection stage in Ghana were rejected because of the Ebola scare in the West African sub-region. Hence, fresh auditions...
(Citifmonline 08/22/14)
It was William Shakespeare, who wrote in his book Twelfth Night that “some people are born to great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them”. How true this novel is! Ahuofɛ Patri, who is gradually becoming a household name in the comedy industry in our dear country, is an epitome of the latter – she is making giant strides through determination, hard work and perseverance. Teeming up successfully with Kalybos, (the only boss with one S) on...
(Citifmonline 08/21/14)
Nadia Ntanu, Ghana’s representative at this year’s Miss World, has been handed her official car. Officials of Exclusive Events Ghana, organizers of the Miss Ghana event, presented the car to her at a short ceremony held at their offices in Accra. The car would serve her numerous movements a lot of good, as she embarks on pre-planned activities ahead of the world finals. Ntanu, who will be taking on various projects in health and education, gets to keep her official...
(Ghana Web 08/18/14)
Organisers of the Big Brother Africa competition have allegedly rejected the candidates selected to represent Ghana at the contest. According to a source at MultiChoice in South Africa, the four candidates were rejected on the basis of the Ebola scare in West Africa. StarrFMonline.com’s sources at Endemol, producers of the BBA show, said the four candidates who made it through the selection stage in Ghana were rejected because of the Ebola Scare in the West African sub-region. An official revealed...
(Citifmonline 08/13/14)
Despite criticism that she is beautiful and doesn’t need too much makeup to look more beautiful, actress Christabel Ekeh says she is addicted to heavy makeup and there is nothing she can do about it. “Yes I welcome all criticism but I wish there is something I can do about the heavy makeup, my face has become so used to it so I just can’t imagine how I will look without heavy makeup. Whether it is for set, photo shot...
(Ghana Web 08/13/14)
If there is one discipline in our industry in recent times that has been criticized for a longer period without any sign of development; then the gospel music industry will never go scot free because, over the years, it has been criticized for all the wrong reasons one can think of. First of all, many gospel musicians have been tongue lashed when it comes to measuring holiness with their attitude and character, and this started not now. Whilst the female...
(Maravi Express 08/04/14)
Karonga-based Lusubilo Band will, in October this year, conduct a 10 -day music trip to South Korea courtesy of the country’s (Korean) volunteers in that country, it has been learnt. Lusubilo Band’s tour to the Asian country is purposed to expose Malawi’s traditional music and record their second album. Formed in 2010, the youthful grouping is the product of Lusubilo Music Centre, an art institution under St Mary’s Parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Karonga Diocese where young people...
( 08/01/14)
As of July 7th 2014, co-host of The One Show, PY Addo Boateng’s contract expired and shall not be renewed for the next season as the show takes a new format. PY has expressed his appreciation to the producers of the One Show and the entire team of Viasat1 for his time spent with them, he is set to work with Viasat1 on future projects. PY, co-founder of Bless the Mic, Miss Universe Ghana, and the presenter of PY Say’s...
( 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...
( 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...
( 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...
( 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...
( 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...
( 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...
( 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...
( 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...

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(BBC News Africa 09/27/14)
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 3,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The latest figures indicate that more than 6,500 people are believed to have been infected in the region. Liberia is the worst affected country, having recorded around 1,830 deaths linked to the latest outbreak. The outbreak is the world's most deadly - US President Barack Obama has called it a "threat to global security". Some studies have warned that the numbers of infected could rise to more than 20,000 by early November.
(Voice of America 09/26/14)
Regional health ministers from the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] will evaluate the implementation of strategic plans aimed at combating Ebola at a meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra, this weekend, according to Haruna Warkani, acting ECOWAS communications director. He said the regional group is working closely with member countries battling the disease including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, as well as its international health partners. Warkani said the regional health ministers, who recently met in Accra, outlined strategic plans to contain and subsequently eradicate the disease.
(BBC News Africa 09/25/14)
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says claims that he killed his friend and Ghanaian rapper Castro as part of a ritual sacrifice are "wild and absurd". Afrobeats artist Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu, in July. They disappeared while using jet skis on holiday with former Sunderland striker Gyan's family in the Ghanaian coastal town of Ada. Allegations in Ghana's media suggested the disappearance was suspicious. Castro and Bandu were last seen heading...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(CNN 09/17/14)
(CNN) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a health crisis of massive proportions -- and one that keeps on growing. So far, the World Health Organization estimates nearly 4,300 people have likely been infected in the latest outbreak, with almost 2,300 deaths. With no proven vaccine or treatment currently available, and a case fatality rate of up to 90%, alarm bells are ringing across the globe. How worried should the United States be? And how can we help...
(BBC News Africa 09/16/14)
Malaysia plans to donate more than 20 million protective rubber gloves to five African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, the government says. They will be distributed among medical workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A shortage of protective equipment has been one factor in the virus spreading. It has killed more than 2,400 people, including many health workers, this year, in the world's worst outbreak. Health workers in Liberia recently went on strike, saying they need more protective equipment.
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
DAKAR— The Ebola crisis in West Africa has closed borders and international airlines have cut flights to the area, but some say the measures aimed at controlling the outbreak also are holding up humanitarian aid deliveries. Senegal and Ivory Coast have closed airports to planes coming from Ebola-affected countries, and many airlines have cut services to the capitals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia despite World Health Organization calls to keep air traffic moving. WHO officials have discouraged air-transit restictions,...
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
The head of the World Health Organization says more and better-trained medical workers are needed in West Africa to stop the growing outbreak of Ebola. She said officials trying to contain Ebola are short of almost everything, including protective gear, mobile laboratories and body bags, but that the biggest obstacle is a lack of trained health care workers. "Money, materials are important but those alone could not stop the Ebola transmission… Human resources is most important, and especially the needs...
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(Bloomberg 09/05/14)
Ghana’s Finance Ministry will start talks with the International Monetary Fund as early as next week with support from the lender aimed at stemming a slide in Africa’s worst-performing currency this year. A deal on technical support and possible financial aid may be reached by November, Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said in an interview in London today. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer may consider moving short-term debt to issuances with longer maturities to bring down borrowing costs, she said...
(The Wall Street Journal 09/05/14)
African countries have been selling bonds at a record pace this year, but the latest deal might raise more than a few eyebrows. Just a couple of weeks after seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, Ghana on Wednesday outlined plans to meet bond investors about borrowing cash from them as well. The West African country has been trying to fix a ballooning budget deficit while fighting rising inflation and a tumbling currency. Last month, it finally turned to...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/14)
The blood of patients who recover from Ebola should be used to treat others, the World Health Organization has announced. West Africa is facing the largest Ebola outbreak in history and more than 2,000 people have died. A global group of experts have been meeting to assess the experimental therapies that could contain Ebola. The WHO also announced that Ebola vaccines could be used on the frontline by November. Blood medicine People produce antibodies in the blood in an attempt...
(CNN 09/04/14)
(CNN) -- A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa. After an expedited review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, researchers were given the green light to begin what's called a human safety trial, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). It will be the first test of this type of Ebola vaccine in humans.
(Voice of America 09/03/14)
WASHINGTON— The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Tom Frieden, warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will worsen in coming weeks “significantly.” Frieden said a “massive” global response is needed now to combat what he calls the world’s first Ebola epidemic. Frieden, who just returned from the most affected West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said that despite tremendous efforts by health care workers, the number of Ebola cases continues to increase...
(PANA 09/02/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The suspension of flights to the Ebola-affected West African countries has affected the immediate deployment of an emergency military medical mission there, an African Union (AU) envoy said here Friday. Ambassador Alain Nyamitwe, Chairman of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), said the military medical team was deploying to the Ebola-affected areas in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. 'The first part of the mission has gone there,' Nyamitwe, who is Burundi's ambassador to the AU...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
West African health ministers have called for travel restrictions imposed to combat Ebola to be lifted. The ministers followed advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) which said that the restrictions create food and supply shortages and harm efforts to contain the deadly virus. The WHO says the West Africa outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people. It has already killed more than 1,500. It says there could be four times more cases than officially registered. The WHO said it was important that airlines resume "vital" flights across the region, because travel bans were threatening efforts to beat the epidemic.
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(BBC News Africa 08/28/14)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an "unprecedented" response to bring it under control. Health ministers from across West Africa are due to meet in Ghana to discuss the growing crisis. The World Health Organization says the outbreak has killed 1,427 people. The health body says it is...

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