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(BBC News Africa 08/23/14)
The World Health Organization has said the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "unprecedented". The WHO's Dr Keiji Fukuda expressed concern over so-called "shadow zones", areas which cannot be reached and where patients are not being detected. The organisation confirmed 142 new cases of the disease had been reported since 19 August, as well as 77 deaths. Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other. At least 1,427 people have now died in the outbreak so far, with the number of cases now standing at 2,615.
(Voice of America 08/23/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it had drawn up a draft strategy plan to combat Ebola in West Africa over the next six to nine months, implying that it does not expect to halt the epidemic this year. More than 1,300 people have died this year from the virus in the worst ever outbreak and WHO has faced criticism, including from medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), that it has done too little too late to fight the disease. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge “WHO is working on an Ebola road map document, it's really...
(PANA 08/23/14)
Fourteen years after the introduction of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by the US government to facilitate trade with the continent, a Nigerian business group has frowned at a situation whereby America is dictating the price of what they buy from Nigeria. The local media Thursday quoted the Director General of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr. John Isemede, as saying AGOA had not be quite beneficial to the country because...
(PANA 08/23/14)
The presently inadequate number of pathologists in the East, Central and Southern Africa region should not deter efforts to institute quality assurance measures for improving the profession and laboratory services that go with quality health care, according to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein. Addressing the 12th Biannual Conference of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA) in Arusha, Tanzania, Shein said the grouping had a crucial role of ensuring continuous professional development in all pathology disciplines...
(Spy Ghana 08/22/14)
Members of the New Patriotic Party Branch in the United Kingdom cast their votes to select its preferred candidate for the upcoming super delegate’s congress. At a Special General Meeting in London, on 21 August, called to allow members to express their wish for our preferred candidate in our forthcoming flag-bearer elections, London, and the UK Chapters, overwhelmingly voted to mandate their delegates to vote for Nana Akufo- Addo as its preferred choice at the Super Delegate Congress to be...
(Ghana Web 08/22/14)
The Council of Elders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has ordered all its officials to cease making public statements on the internal conflicts raging within the party and focus on issues affecting the lives of Ghanaians. The directive comes on the back of the violent clashes that occurred at the party’s headquarters on Tuesday. Machete-wielding supporters of the party stormed a press conference being addressed by the National Chairman and the General Secretary over the removal of the acting...
(Ghana Web 08/22/14)
A former National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Anthony Karbo says Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy’s behaviour towards party matters can be likened to that of a ‘NUGS [National Union of Ghana Students] president’. “His behaviour and reaction to matters within the party is as though he is still the National NUGS President, which he was some time in the 80s,” he said. This follows a statement issued by Dr. Arthur Kennedy on Thursday accusing presidential candidate hopeful...
(Ghana Web 08/22/14)
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has sought to explain what some critics term as political contradictions in the Rawlings family, saying though he (Rawlings) was not expecting his wife to establish her own party, he was also not surprised when it happened. According to him, the image of the NDC had fallen so low at that time that the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the party was so embarrassingly poorly subscribed. “I think people felt safer with a party...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
In an age of real-time investment funds management, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has been executing trades from the Heritage and Stabilisation Funds manually – all for the want of $200,000 software, the B&FT has learned. "Our greatest challenge is with the systems. We do not really have systems we use in trading and in generating reports. So these are done manually", Richard Assan of the Petroleum Funds Secretariat at BoG told the BFT on the sidelines of a forum...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
Two-time Vice-Presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has questioned the credibility of the country’s inflation and exchange rate figures. “An examination of recent data on inflation released by the Ghana Statistical Service as well as exchange rate data reported by the Bank of Ghana raises serious concerns,” he observed. Dr Bawumia, who also a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana made the observation in a statement issued in Accra, Thursday. The BoG, he said “would have...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
A mutual fund designed to enable average Ghanaians invest in the country’s growing oil and gas industry has been launched in Accra. Weston Oil and Gas Mutual Fund was set up by a group of young Ghanaian fund managers to raise a minimum of GHC50million selling 500,000 shares at 20Gp per share within the next three weeks, and another 250,000 shares over the next few years. It would afford Ghanaians the opportunity to invest, through shares purchase, in the upstream...
(Spy Ghana 08/22/14)
Airtel Ghana, Award winning CSR Company of the Year has partnered with a Local recyclingcompany called Akosombo Paper Mill, a leading producer of tissue papers to collect and recycle waste paper generated by Airtel Ghana. The sustainability initiative falls under Airtel Ghana’s Flagship internal Corporate Social Responsibility project called Make a Difference Day (MADD), which encourages its employees to get involved in their local communities by identifying and supporting sustainable projects within their communities or lending a hand towards a...
(Vibe Ghana 08/22/14)
The ballistic nature of New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong, went into overdrive on Friday when he accused Kwadwo Mpiani and Dr. Richard Anane, former Chief of Staff in the erstwhile Kufuor administration and the former Minister of Health respectively, of plotting to “poison Nana Addo in the event that he becomes President of the Republic of Ghana.” He accused the two of masterminding the rising tensions in the opposition party and labeled...
(Vibe Ghana 08/22/14)
Outspoken NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has accused the Alan faction in the NPP of working to destroy the party, and has expressed regret for campaigning and voting for the party’s General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, a known Alan sympathiser. He has therefore warned both the Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko, and the General Secretary that if the current impasse and confusion continue, the members will remove them from office through a vote...
(Vibe Ghana 08/22/14)
Two-time presidential candidate of Ghana’s main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, is not only “dividing” the party, but also “permitting” the use of his name for thuggery and hooliganism in the biggest opposition party. That is the charge leveled against him by his former Campaign Director, Dr Arthur Kennedy, in an article he wrote in response to Tuesday’s mayhem displayed at the party’s headquarters by some irate gun-toting and machete-wielding supporters of the NPP. Dr Kennedy wrote from...
(Modern Ghana 08/22/14)
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the 2012 vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has exposed what he considers to be a 'deliberate attempt by officials to massage the true state of inflation and depreciation of the Ghanaian cedi.' According to the ace economist, while the local currency is trading at an average of GH¢3.8 to the dollar among banks, official figures had deceptively pegged the exchange rate at GH¢3.03 in what Dr. Bawumia alerts is an attempt by the...
(Modern Ghana 08/22/14)
According to him, apart from ”distributing relief items,” Anita De Sooso, who claims to be in the United States after she had earlier been refused entry, has no knowledge or expertise in disaster management. 'At NADMO we work on nuclear, geological and man-made disasters, and Anita has no knowledge about these,' Portuphy charged. Mr. Portuphy was reacting to some allegations levelled against him by the NDC Women's Organiser in a petition sent to the Presidency. De Sooso had accused Kofi...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
Available figures put together by Myjoyonline.com reveals that some GH¢11, 408,756.4 million was spent on routine and periodic road maintenance alone in the Greater Accra region from April to June, this year. A total of GH¢3,389,405.4 was spent on the patching of potholes on some roads in Accra, which include Tema, Ga West, Ga East, Ga South, Ashaiman and Adentan while desilting of the drainage systems in these same areas and Ga Central, amounted to GH¢1,214,714.0. Both the pothole patching...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
A former Director of Passport Odoi Anim says ex-convict Eric Amoateng’s fake Ghanaian passport was issued by Ghana’s Mission in Washington in the State of Columbia (DC). Speaking to Joy New’s Kwakye Afreh Nuamah, he stated that Amoateng’s passport was issued in 2009 and in that year “I was not in Ghana; I wasn’t even Director of Passport – I was a Deputy Ambassador in Holland and came back in 2011.” Mr. Anim was picked up by the Bureau of...
(Spy Ghana 08/22/14)
A comprehensive preparation is underway towards the upcoming inauguration of the NDC- Germany Chapter. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at a very prestigious event Center – (Guemues Saray community center) – located at Drontheimer Street Nr. 32 – Berlin (a province of Wedding) According to the event organizers, the planned activities and itenary shall include the following: Friday 29th August 2014 – (All Diaspora Chairpersons Conference) Saturday 30th August – Inauguration of NDC- Germany Chapter with awards and...

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(BBC News Africa 08/23/14)
The World Health Organization has said the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "unprecedented". The WHO's Dr Keiji Fukuda expressed concern over so-called "shadow zones", areas which cannot be reached and where patients are not being detected. The organisation confirmed 142 new cases of the disease had been reported since 19 August, as well as 77 deaths. Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other. At least 1,427 people have now died in the outbreak so far, with the number of cases now standing at 2,615.
(Voice of America 08/23/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it had drawn up a draft strategy plan to combat Ebola in West Africa over the next six to nine months, implying that it does not expect to halt the epidemic this year. More than 1,300 people have died this year from the virus in the worst ever outbreak and WHO has faced criticism, including from medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), that it has done too little too late to fight the disease. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge “WHO is working on an Ebola road map document, it's really...
(PANA 08/23/14)
Fourteen years after the introduction of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by the US government to facilitate trade with the continent, a Nigerian business group has frowned at a situation whereby America is dictating the price of what they buy from Nigeria. The local media Thursday quoted the Director General of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr. John Isemede, as saying AGOA had not be quite beneficial to the country because...
(PANA 08/23/14)
The presently inadequate number of pathologists in the East, Central and Southern Africa region should not deter efforts to institute quality assurance measures for improving the profession and laboratory services that go with quality health care, according to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein. Addressing the 12th Biannual Conference of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA) in Arusha, Tanzania, Shein said the grouping had a crucial role of ensuring continuous professional development in all pathology disciplines...
(Ghana Web 08/22/14)
A former National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Anthony Karbo says Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy’s behaviour towards party matters can be likened to that of a ‘NUGS [National Union of Ghana Students] president’. “His behaviour and reaction to matters within the party is as though he is still the National NUGS President, which he was some time in the 80s,” he said. This follows a statement issued by Dr. Arthur Kennedy on Thursday accusing presidential candidate hopeful...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
Two-time Vice-Presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has questioned the credibility of the country’s inflation and exchange rate figures. “An examination of recent data on inflation released by the Ghana Statistical Service as well as exchange rate data reported by the Bank of Ghana raises serious concerns,” he observed. Dr Bawumia, who also a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana made the observation in a statement issued in Accra, Thursday. The BoG, he said “would have...
(Vibe Ghana 08/22/14)
Outspoken NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has accused the Alan faction in the NPP of working to destroy the party, and has expressed regret for campaigning and voting for the party’s General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, a known Alan sympathiser. He has therefore warned both the Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko, and the General Secretary that if the current impasse and confusion continue, the members will remove them from office through a vote...
(Modern Ghana 08/22/14)
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the 2012 vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has exposed what he considers to be a 'deliberate attempt by officials to massage the true state of inflation and depreciation of the Ghanaian cedi.' According to the ace economist, while the local currency is trading at an average of GH¢3.8 to the dollar among banks, official figures had deceptively pegged the exchange rate at GH¢3.03 in what Dr. Bawumia alerts is an attempt by the...
(Modern Ghana 08/22/14)
According to him, apart from ”distributing relief items,” Anita De Sooso, who claims to be in the United States after she had earlier been refused entry, has no knowledge or expertise in disaster management. 'At NADMO we work on nuclear, geological and man-made disasters, and Anita has no knowledge about these,' Portuphy charged. Mr. Portuphy was reacting to some allegations levelled against him by the NDC Women's Organiser in a petition sent to the Presidency. De Sooso had accused Kofi...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
Available figures put together by Myjoyonline.com reveals that some GH¢11, 408,756.4 million was spent on routine and periodic road maintenance alone in the Greater Accra region from April to June, this year. A total of GH¢3,389,405.4 was spent on the patching of potholes on some roads in Accra, which include Tema, Ga West, Ga East, Ga South, Ashaiman and Adentan while desilting of the drainage systems in these same areas and Ga Central, amounted to GH¢1,214,714.0. Both the pothole patching...
(Spy Ghana 08/22/14)
A comprehensive preparation is underway towards the upcoming inauguration of the NDC- Germany Chapter. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at a very prestigious event Center – (Guemues Saray community center) – located at Drontheimer Street Nr. 32 – Berlin (a province of Wedding) According to the event organizers, the planned activities and itenary shall include the following: Friday 29th August 2014 – (All Diaspora Chairpersons Conference) Saturday 30th August – Inauguration of NDC- Germany Chapter with awards and...
(Vibe Ghana 08/22/14)
He said diseases were spirits and that the Ampiah-Kwofi World Outreach was dealing with the Ebola spirit and assured that the borders of the country were fortified against Ebola. Evangelist Yeboah gave the assurance at a press conference ahead of a three-day “healing and miracle crusade” by the Outreach in Ho from Friday August 22 to Sunday August 24 at the Jubilee Park. He said though education on the disease was important, the spiritual aspect was needed to fortify the...
(AL Jazeera 08/22/14)
African countries have tightened travel curbs in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, ignoring World Health Organisation (WHO) warnings that such measures could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas. In the West Point slum in Liberia's capital Monrovia, the scene of violent clashes with the army on Wednesday after the area was quarantined to curb the spread of Ebola, hundreds of people jostled their way towards trucks loaded with water and rice. This decision will...
(Bloomberg 08/21/14)
Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI), the South African producer of the metal with mines from Peru to Australia, said second-quarter earnings more than doubled on lower costs. Profit excluding one-time items was $18 million in the three months ended June 30, compared with $5 million in the previous quarter, the Johannesburg-based company said today in a statement. Total all-in costs fell 1.9 percent to $1,093 an ounce. The board approved an interim dividend of 0.20 rand a share (2 U.S. cents)...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/14)
TEMA (GHANA), Aug. (Xinhua) -- An explosion Wednesday afternoon killed four people in the southern city of Tema, authorities in Ghana confirmed. The explosion occurred at a suburb of the port city 38 km of the capital Accra, William Abakah Blankson from fire service said on telephone. "It is too early to come out with what might have caused the explosion. We have commenced investigations into it and will come out with our findings as soon as we conclude it,"...
(Modern Ghana 08/21/14)
The leadership of the Inland Canoe Fishermen Association has appealed to President John Mahama to relieve the Chairman of the National Premix Committee of his position. Kwaku Nicol has been accused of myriad improprieties to the detriment of the fishing industry in the country. He was alleged to have connived with certain unnamed people to divert several litres of premix fuel to the many unapproved landing ports and pocketed the revenue. For instance, Mr Nicol was accused of increasing the...
(Spy Ghana 08/21/14)
The Former President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), Mr.Kwasi Gyan- Apenteng has charged news editors and media platform managers to take the advantage of the internet revolution as a useful tool in promoting businesses rather than abusing it. Mr. Apenteng was speaking to some selected managers and editors of various online media platforms in Accra at the first ever online news editors’ forum organized by MTN Ghana. He recounted the olden days where technology was not available...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/14)
ACCRA (Reuters) - West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday. "West Africa is no longer only a transit zone of drugs but an attractive destination where pushers take advantage of the weak political system to perpetuate their trade," Obasanjo, who chairs the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD), said while presenting his report to Ghana's President John Mahama. "We believe...
(Voice of America 08/21/14)
While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. . The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak is the worst in history and will probably continue to spread for months through Western and Central Africa. Most of the cases have occurred in remote villages, where people rely...
(Citifmonline 08/21/14)
Sole Commissioner of the Judgement Debt Commission, Justice Yaw Apau has advised government to “stop paying workers who go on strike.” “People get up and go on strike just like that. Strikes, strikes, one month, then they will stay home without working, at the end of the month, they go to the bank and take their salaries, without conscience.You haven’t worked for one month, two months, like what the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) is doing, then you go...

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(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
In an age of real-time investment funds management, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has been executing trades from the Heritage and Stabilisation Funds manually – all for the want of $200,000 software, the B&FT has learned. "Our greatest challenge is with the systems. We do not really have systems we use in trading and in generating reports. So these are done manually", Richard Assan of the Petroleum Funds Secretariat at BoG told the BFT on the sidelines of a forum on accountability reports in the Petroleum Revenue Management Act. “For instance, with the investment there are systems: you trade and it goes all the way to settlement. But because we do not have this presently...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
Two-time Vice-Presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has questioned the credibility of the country’s inflation and exchange rate figures. “An examination of recent data on inflation released by the Ghana Statistical Service as well as exchange rate data reported by the Bank of Ghana raises serious concerns,” he observed. Dr Bawumia, who also a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana made the observation in a statement issued in Accra, Thursday. The BoG, he said “would have us believe that since June 17 this year, the exchange rate of the cedi to the US dollar has remained...
(Myjoyonline 08/22/14)
A mutual fund designed to enable average Ghanaians invest in the country’s growing oil and gas industry has been launched in Accra. Weston Oil and Gas Mutual Fund was set up by a group of young Ghanaian fund managers to raise a minimum of GHC50million selling 500,000 shares at 20Gp per share within the next three weeks, and another 250,000 shares over the next few years. It would afford Ghanaians the opportunity to invest, through shares purchase, in the upstream...
(Spy Ghana 08/22/14)
Airtel Ghana, Award winning CSR Company of the Year has partnered with a Local recyclingcompany called Akosombo Paper Mill, a leading producer of tissue papers to collect and recycle waste paper generated by Airtel Ghana. The sustainability initiative falls under Airtel Ghana’s Flagship internal Corporate Social Responsibility project called Make a Difference Day (MADD), which encourages its employees to get involved in their local communities by identifying and supporting sustainable projects within their communities or lending a hand towards a...
(Citifmonline 08/22/14)
Ghana risks a ban on the sale of oil from the jubilee fields if measures are not put in place to check the continuous death of whales in its waters. Last weekend a dead whale was washed ashore at Atuabo in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region. The whale was found in between the pre-fabrication area of the Ghana Gas Company and the Atuabo ceme­tery. Prior to this over 21 cases of dead whales being washed ashore in the...
(Citifmonline 08/22/14)
Economist, Dr. John Gatsi has charged the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to immediately respond to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia allegations that the latest inflation and exchange rate data were forged. Dr. Bawumia, a former Deputy Governor at the Central Bank in a statement alleged that the data on exchange rates from the BoG and inflation from the GSS were not credible. According to him, the two institutions were creating a false impression that the exchange...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(Ghana Web 08/21/14)
The World Bank has praised Ghana for what it calls the enviable growth of the country’s economy in terms of development over the past ten years. According to the WB, Ghana’s significant growth is as a result of strong governance systems, increased in productivity and the discovery of oil in recent years, ranking Ghana 67th on the world rankings. This was disclosed at the opening ceremony of the first Global Public – Private Partnership (PPP) Conference here in Accra under...
(Spy Ghana 08/21/14)
Weston Capital, a limited liability Company licensed to provide investment advisory and asset management services, has launched its first mutual fund, the Weston Oil and Gas Fund. Oil contributes more than 70% to Nigeria's government revenues The Weston Oil and Gas Fund is an open-ended mutual fund approved, licensed and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, with the aim to achieve growth in income and capital, by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of listed equities and fixed income...
(Spy Ghana 08/21/14)
Mr. Richard Quayson, a Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), on Tuesday said the future of the country would be bleak if the existing level of corruption continued. Corruption, he said, was killing the nation and destroying the gains that had been made. Mr. Quayson, who was speaking at a sensitization programme for journalists at Takoradi, said, “Corruption had become a dictatorship and everybody was submitting to it”. He said the people were paying...
(Modern Ghana 08/21/14)
In recent times, series of violent verbal and physical attacks have characterised most internal activities of the NPP. The latest is the bloody clash that occured at their headquarters yesterday where organised youths were sent there to disrupt a purported press conference of the party. We, in the team of popular you condemn these activities, and call on politicians to direct the energies of our youths into positive viable ventures that can help in the development of our dear nation,...
(Ghana Web 08/21/14)
Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has challenged internal auditors to ensure better governance in their organisations by complying with lay down procedures. He said audit reports being published in the newspapers illustrate a breakdown in internal controls because agencies do not comply with financial and other controls. Vice President Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the 9th Annual Internal Audit Forum in Accra. The two-day forum scheduled for August 19-20 is on the theme: “Improving governance in the public sector.” The meeting...
(Ghana Web 08/21/14)
The ECOM and Akuafo Adamfo Cocoa Sustainable Project has paid a total of GH¢979,008 to farmers in ten districts of the Central and Ashanti Regions as their first premium bonuses for the certified cocoa beans. The ECOM cocoa sustainable project has a membership of 8,335 certified cocoa farmers in Asante Bekwai, Nsokote, Obuasi, New Edubeasi, Assin Breku, Assin Fosu, Breman Asikuma, Twifo Praso and Atieku. They produced and sold 7,650 metric tonnes of exportable certified beans to ECOM through Akuafo...
(Spy Ghana 08/20/14)
Attempts by Ernst & Young, an accounting firm, to establish the veracity of claims by bulk oil distributing companies that government owes them GH¢1.8 billion has hit the snag. The commercial banks have declined to disclose their clients’ information to third parties under the rules of engagement. Ernst & Young was engaged in June 2014 by government to establish whether figures being put out by importers of petroleum products were accurate. The audit process demands that the accounting firm goes...
(Ghana Web 08/20/14)
The government will from September 1, 2014 introduce quarterly hedging as a measure to avoid huge debts accumulating from the subsidising of price differentials on petroleum products. It will also protect Ghanaians from a price hike during its review of the prices of petroleum products. Hence, although there would be a price review of petroleum products on September 1, 2014, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), would not adjust prices upward, the Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Petroleum, Mr...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/20/14)
ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana company Surfline Communications launched the country's first 4G data network on Tuesday in partnership with French technology company Alcatel-Lucent, making Ghana the sixth nation in sub-Saharan Africa to get the high speed service. The wholly-owned company invested more than $100 million for the first phase of the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, which has 300 cell sites, according to Chairman John Taylor, who owns a string of oil-related businesses, and wholly owns Surfline. The pre-paid data-only service...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(This Day Live 08/19/14)
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has selected 1000 bank branches for the second phase of the registration of bank customers on the Bank Verification Number (BVN). Of this amount, First City Monument Bank Limited (FCMB) has announced that 44 of its branches in Lagos as well as at its head office were selected. A statement quoted FCMB’s Executive Director, Service Management and Technology, Mr. Nath Ude, to have said that the bank’s head office branch and its Wuse Zone...
(Ghana Web 08/19/14)
Interest groups in Ghana’s petroleum sector say challenges in the supply of products could threaten the security of the country. Government’s inability to honour its financial obligations to the Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) and the inability of commercial banks to facilitate the process, have resulted in shortfalls in the supply of petroleum products. Most fuel stations are presently unable to access ordered quantities of diesel and premix fuel to meet market demands. In recent times, petrol has also been...

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(Citifmonline 08/22/14)
Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah on Thursday shed tears while giving evidence about the Black Stars’ poor performance at the recent World Cup tournament. Recounting how events unfolded in Brazil, Mr. Ankrah said Ghana’s dream of excelling was dashed by the players unreasonable demands. “They[Black Stars] had been assured that they will definitely get their money before the next month. They were professionals and they knew that to win matches they had to prepare. Once they did not prepare adequately, it was going to affect their performance. Eventually, even though it came on the eve of match, they still got the money. By not preparing for the match they couldn’t deliver...
(Ghana Web 08/22/14)
Ghana president John Dramani Mahama will be the special guest of honour for Saturday’s First Capital Plus Premier League award nights. The event which will be held at the Banquet Hall will see a host of high profile personalities grace the occasion. Organizers of the event have confirmed that general managing of Super Sports West Africa Felix Awogo. “It will be a celebration of the first of our five years of sponsorship, the President will grace the event as the guest of honour with Mr. Felix Awogo, GM of SuperSport West Africa, also be in attendance” Nana Yaw Kese, Head...
(BBC News Africa 08/22/14)
Milovan Rajevac is being tipped for a return to the Ghana coaching set-up after being named on a three-man shortlist to be technical adviser. Current coach Kwesi Appiah nominated Rajevac for the post after they worked together from 2008 to 2010, when the Serbian was in charge of the Black Stars. Another Serbian, Radmilo Ivancevic and Danish coach Ove Pedersen are the two names being considered. The technical adviser will work with Appiah to "steer the national team in the...
(Ghana Web 08/21/14)
It has emerged from the ongoing Commission of Enquiry into the Brazil 2014 appearance of Ghana that the Mahama government blew a colossal amount of almost 1.9billion cedis (GH?188,665) on a Presidential dinner which was held just before the Ghana Black Stars enplaned for the tournament. Former Minister of Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, made this startling disclosure on the first day of his appearance before the three man commission. “We also spent GH?188,665 on the Presidential Ball. This event was...
(Citifmonline 08/21/14)
Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah on Thursday shed tears while giving evidence about the Black Stars’ poor performance at the recent World Cup tournament. Recounting how events unfolded in Brazil, Mr. Ankrah said Ghana’s dream of excelling was dashed by the players unreasonable demands. “They[Black Stars] had been assured that they will definitely get their money before the next month. They were professionals and they knew that to win matches they had to prepare. Once they...
(Ghana Web 08/20/14)
Ghana’s U20 team failed to make their chances count as they were held to goalless draw game by Gabon in the first leg of the ultimate 2015 African Youth Championships qualifier in Accra. The Black Satellites in the end desperately lacked the cutting edge required to put away most of the chances they created especially in the first half. Both sides showed serious intent to score with two corner kicks going either ways within the first four minutes. The Black...
(Ghana Web 08/19/14)
I have always maintain that there is no transparency under the presidency of the current leader of the Ghana Football Association{GFA} Kwesi Nyantekyi. It has always been lies and blaming everyone else except himself and his corrupt cronies. With the damaging revelations from witnesses at the on going Presidential Commission from the Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the Ministry of Youth and Sports about the lies told by the GFA president to Ghanaians about the...
(Citifmonline 08/19/14)
Ghana’s 17-year old weightlifter Juliana Arkoh has allegedly threatened to commit suicide at the Youth Olympics currently ongoing in Nanjing if her per diem is not paid. The threat,confirmed by Ghana’s chef de mission for the Games, Mr.Arko-Dadzie, was made to officials of the Local Organising Committee of the Games in the Chinese city and has led to the IOC requesting she be put under observation whilst counsellors talk to her because of her mental state. arkoh-middle Speaking to Accra-based...
(Citifmonline 08/19/14)
The Accra High Court has granted bail to one Felix Oduro (Kenneth Sam) for allegedly impersonating Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan on Facebook. Oduro is alleged to have fraudulently benefited from cash and items worth an estimated £2,000 from a Ghanaian lady (name withheld) based in the diaspora posing as Asamoah Gyan on Facebook. He was granted bail of GH ¢15,000 with three sureties by presiding judge, Justice Abena Oppong. Present at Thursday’s hearing was the brother of the Black...
(Spy Ghana 08/19/14)
Uganda defender Simeon Masaba claims the Cranes will be under no pressure when they face Ghana’s Black Stars in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Uganda face Ghana in Kumasi on September 5 as the group stage of Morocco 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualification begins in earnest. Masaba, in his early 30s, has never officially announced that he retired from international football but has not featured for Cranes since being dropped by then Uganda coach Bobby Williamson...
(Ghana Web 08/18/14)
Last two weeks I drove to my humble hometown of Sandema, the capital of the Bulsa North District of the Upper East Region. The journey was on a sports mission. A mission to ascertain the state of sports facilities in that part of the country vis-à-vis the World Cup and how much cash was “blown” by powers that be in our sports. Reports of how much money was approved by cabinet for the 2014 World Cup and how it was...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/14)
Everton have signed Ghana winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Premier League rivals Chelsea, the Merseyside club announced. The two clubs confirmed the deal on Wednesday night after Atsu passed a medical. He could make his Everton debut in their Premier League opener at Leicester City on Saturday. "I'm very happy to be joining Everton because it's a great club, which likes to play football, and it's a great pleasure to be here," Atsu told evertontv. "Playing in...
(Citifmonline 08/13/14)
Long before the decision to appoint a technical advisor, Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah had demanded it as part of recommendations in his report as head coach of the Stars after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In the said report, disclosed to the Graphic Sports by a Ghana Football Association (GFA) source, Coach Appiah reportedly stated that following his experience at the World Cup, he required technical assistance in his effort to rebuild the Stars from the ruins of...
(Citifmonline 08/13/14)
Over 500 angry Ghanaian supporters hit some principal streets in Accra on Wednesday to protest against the refusal of the Canadian High Commission to grant them visas into Canada to support the Black Princesses at the on-going FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup tournament. Members of 30 supporter union groups begun the march at the Obra spot, Circle at exactly 0900GMT. The supporters marched to the Accra Hearts of Oak training ground to submit their petition to both the government and...
(Ghana Web 08/13/14)
Over 2000 football fans are expected to converge at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra today to begin a processional march to the Canadian Embassy to protest the refusal of visas to fans to go to Canada to support the Black Princesses in their FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup campaign. The march will begin in the early hours of today and end at the Hearts Park after letters have been presented to some designated institutions. The...
(Ghana Web 08/13/14)
A Jennifer Cudjoe winner four minutes from full time narrowly failed to earn Ghana last-eight qualification, and left an unlucky Finland without a point in the competition. The two sides exchanged second-half goals via Juliette Kemppi and Sherifatu Sumaila, but despite the late drama Ghana were left agonisingly short of Group A rivals Canada and Korea DPR on goal difference. The group was intriguingly poised going into the final round with both teams still alive, though anxiously awaiting the outcome...
(Citifmonline 08/12/14)
Sierra Leone has asked for permission to play some of its African Cup qualifiers in Ghana because of the Ebola outbreak at home. The Confederation of African Football said in a statement on Tuesday that Sierra Leone indicated it wanted to move its home ties in the final qualifying round to Ghana. CAF said the request had been made to Ghanaian authorities and ‘necessary reviews are being undertaken.’ Sierra Leone’s government cancelled all football there because of the deadly virus,...
(L'Economiste du Maroc 08/12/14)
Le match devant opposer, initialement à Freetown, l'équipe nationale de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) à son homologue sierra-léonaise, se disputera à Accra (Ghana), dans le cadre de la 2è journée-groupe D des éliminatoires de la Coupe d'Afrique des Nations (CAN), prévue au Maroc. Selon une correspondance reçue par la Fédération congolaise de football (Fecofa) par la Confédération africaine de football (Caf) et rendue publique à Kinshasa, cette décision a été prise, suite à l'épidémie d'Ebola qui sévit, depuis...
(Liberian Observer 08/11/14)
The female national soccer team of Ghana, the Black Princess last Tuesday shocked host, Canada 1-0 in their opening match of the on-going 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at the Toronto’s National Soccer Stadium in Canada. Ghana’s goal came in the 22nd minute when striker Sherifatu Sumaila, from the midfield, swept the ball pass several defenders before connecting team-mate Edem Atovor whose feeble cross Canada’s goalkeeper could not bring under control the first time, for Sumaila to take advantage...
( 08/11/14)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate Ghana’s participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil says it is unfazed by attempts by anybody or any institution to frustrate its work. While not mentioning specific institutions and names, the chairman of the commission, Justice Senyo Dzamefe was emphatic about their independence. “This morning we received a letter from the [Ghana Football Association] addressed to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Honorable Mahama Ayariga and copied to us,” he...

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(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 were to be held to select new candidates from Ghanaians resident in South Africa.. But in a press statement issued last Sunday, Endemol explained that the nominees who applied for visas to travel to South...
(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 the ‘Boys Kasaa’ series on television, Ahuofɛ Patri has within a relatively short period of one year left some indelible...
(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...
( 07/22/14)
MTN Project Fame West Africa returns with season 7 and Ghana is looking pretty with three contestants. They include Christian K. Amoah (Krissy O) who is no stranger to reality TV. He first gained public attention on the fourth season of TV3’s singing competition, ‘Mentor’ in 2008, and also won second position on the 2012 edition of Vodafone Icons (Mixed Edition), with his group, Vybz. Also representing Ghana this season are Clement Akuoko and Rauhel Halidu Yakubu (Laami). This is...
( 07/21/14)
Citi FM’s award-winning presenter, Jessica Opare Saforo, has been verified by Facebook, the world’s most popular social media site. Jessica, affectionately called the Soul Sister by her fans, has been the leading female voice on urban radio for more than half a decade and has won countless awards to cement her position as the best in her field. Her verification is the first for any radio professional in Ghana and adds to the power of her brand, which keeps gaining...
( 07/18/14)
Footballer, Mikel Obi has praised Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji describing her as a lovely person. Genevieve and Mikel began their working relationship when they were both signed by Amstel Malta as ambassadors. Mikel spoke about the screen diva during an event organized for the Nigerian Breweries brand in Lagos. He said: “We work together, it’s a working relationship”. “We endorsed Amstel Malta together, she’s a very nice person; I spoke to her a few times and she’s a very lovely...
( 07/17/14)
Samini has just launched the “Samini Light A Million Lives”, an ambitious project to distribute One Million solar lanterns across the length and breadth of Ghana, as part of his 10 years in music. As part of the project, the multiple award-winning musician will distribute one million pieces of solar powered lanterns in deprived communities in rural areas across the northern part of Ghana, where he hails from. Speaking at the launch Samini stated that it is very important to...

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(BBC News Africa 08/23/14)
The World Health Organization has said the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "unprecedented". The WHO's Dr Keiji Fukuda expressed concern over so-called "shadow zones", areas which cannot be reached and where patients are not being detected. The organisation confirmed 142 new cases of the disease had been reported since 19 August, as well as 77 deaths. Already more people have died in this outbreak of Ebola than in any other. At least 1,427 people have now died in the outbreak so far, with the number of cases now standing at 2,615.
(Voice of America 08/23/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it had drawn up a draft strategy plan to combat Ebola in West Africa over the next six to nine months, implying that it does not expect to halt the epidemic this year. More than 1,300 people have died this year from the virus in the worst ever outbreak and WHO has faced criticism, including from medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), that it has done too little too late to fight the disease. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge “WHO is working on an Ebola road map document, it's really...
(BBC News Africa 08/22/14)
Milovan Rajevac is being tipped for a return to the Ghana coaching set-up after being named on a three-man shortlist to be technical adviser. Current coach Kwesi Appiah nominated Rajevac for the post after they worked together from 2008 to 2010, when the Serbian was in charge of the Black Stars. Another Serbian, Radmilo Ivancevic and Danish coach Ove Pedersen are the two names being considered. The technical adviser will work with Appiah to "steer the national team in the...
(Voice of America 08/21/14)
While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. . The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak is the worst in history and will probably continue to spread for months through Western and Central Africa. Most of the cases have occurred in remote villages, where people rely...
(CNN 08/20/14)
(CNN) -- Three health care workers who were given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp in Liberia have shown "very positive signs of recovery," the Liberian Ministry of Health said Tuesday. Medical professionals treating the workers have called their progress "remarkable." The good news comes as the number of deaths from the outbreak in West Africa climbed to 1,229, according to the World Health Organization. Patients arriving at largest Ebola clinic The Liberian government also reported that all 17 patients who...
(Voice of America 08/20/14)
The World Health Organization said another 84 people have died in West Africa as a result of the Ebola virus, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to 1,229. The U.N. health agency on Tuesday announced the number of confirmed and likely infections has risen to 2,240, including 113 new cases reported late last week. The majority of the new deaths were in Liberia, where authorities are struggling to contain the virus. Between Aug. 14-16, Liberia recorded 53 new deaths,...
(Voice of America 08/19/14)
The president of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) says the group plans on Tuesday to brief parliament about the country’s preparations for handling cases of the Ebola virus, which has so far affected four West African countries. Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei expressed concern that the country appears ill prepared to handle cases of the outbreak noting that medical gear bought by the administration to protect health workers is not enough. “We are lucky to have a series of warnings so that...
(BBC News Africa 08/19/14)
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead author George Wittemyer, from Colorado State University, said: "We are...
(PANA 08/18/14)
Following earlier denials, Liberia has admitted that 17 suspected Ebola patients are "missing" after a health centre in the capital was looted. The government had sought to reassure people, saying all the patients had been moved to another health facility. But Information Minister Lewis Brown told the BBC that 17 inmates had gone "back into their communities". The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for exit screenings on all travellers from affected countries. It wants checks at airports, sea ports...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is likely to hurt economic growth and government finances in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and perhaps Nigeria, according to a key analyst. Prevention efforts are crimping commerce, sports, travel and trade. Ebola sparks fear, and protests demanding stronger and smarter government actions. It's spread by contact with blood or other body fluids of infected people, which is why it has killed scores of medical workers and forced some hospitals to close. Moody’s credit rating service says the costs of fighting Ebola will strain national budgets, while the slowdown in commerce will cut tax revenues and could make measurable cuts in each country's annual GDP growth.
(BBC News Africa 08/16/14)
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa will take at least six months to bring under control, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says. Speaking in Geneva, MSF President Joanne Liu said the situation was "deteriorating faster, and moving faster, than we can respond to". Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the scale of the outbreak appeared to be "vastly underestimated". It said that "extraordinary measures" were needed. The epidemic began in Guinea in February and has since spread...
(CNN 08/16/14)
(CNN) -- The magnitude of the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "vastly" underestimated, the World Health Organization warned this week, as the death toll steadily climbed. Ebola has infected at least 2,127 people in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began this year. Of the victims, 1,145 have died, according to the WHO. It said the number reflects the count as of Wednesday. "The outbreak is expected to continue for some time," the WHO said in...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/15/14)
The head of an international medical aid group says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is moving faster that relief workers can respond to it and may take six months to bring under control Speaking Friday in Geneva after a 10-day trip to the affected region, Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders (MFS), said more health experts are needed to treat patients. The region "had the feeling that it is like wartime in terms of ... general fear,"...
(Voice of America 08/14/14)
The African continent is primed for a massive baby boom within the next four decades, a shift that the United Nations’ children’s agency says represents both a challenge and a huge opportunity. By the year 2050, UNICEF predicts in a report released this week, Africa will be home to about 41 percent of the world’s births. By that time, one in four people on this planet will be African. The boom is caused by several factors. Africa is already home...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
Canada says it will donate up to 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to help battle the disease's outbreak in West Africa. It comes after the World Health Organization said it was ethical to use untested drugs on Ebola patients. However, experts say supplies of both the vaccine and the experimental drug Zmapp are limited and it could take months to develop more supplies. More than 1,000 people have been killed by the current outbreak. Canada says between 800...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says. Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950. This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says. The continent currently accounts for about half of child...
(Voice of America 08/12/14)
U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized $10 million in military aid to help France fight terrorists in the Sahel region of West Africa. From his vacation retreat along the Atlantic Ocean in Massachusetts, Obama said Monday that "an unforeseen emergency exists" requiring the assistance for France as it fights against "violent extremists" in Chad, Mali and Niger. The funds will be used for airlift and aerial refueling services requested by France. More than a year ago, France launched an operation...
(Voice of America 08/12/14)
The World Health Organization is due to release Tuesday the outcome of a meeting on the ethical considerations for using experimental drugs to treat Ebola as governments try to find ways to combat the worst-ever outbreak of the disease. The discussion comes as Liberia prepares to receive a shipment of an experimental drug from a U.S. company to treat two Liberian doctors infected with Ebola. Liberian officials said Monday they expected the drug called ZMapp to arrive in a matter...
(CNN 08/11/14)
(CNN) -- West African nations are turning to drastic measures in a desperate effort to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Guinea has closed its border with Sierra Leone, a border police official told CNN. Meanwhile, the Zambian government banned arrivals of people from countries where there has been an Ebola outbreak, as a preventive measure to stop the virus from entering the country. "All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola Virus disease are restricted...

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