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(Bloomberg 07/23/14)
Produce Buying Co., Ghana’s largest purchaser of cocoa from farmers, delayed plans to borrow $30 million from France’s development agency as Africa’s worst-performing currency threatened to raise repayment costs. PBC, which planned to use the Agence Francaise de Developpement funds to buy cocoa beans and build sheds and depots for the current season, expects to conclude a deal in the next harvest, Joseph Osei Manu, deputy managing director responsible for finance and administration, said in an interview in the capital, Accra, yesterday. The cedi has fallen 33 percent this year against the dollar, the biggest drop among 24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg. “We needed to guard against the higher cost of repayment that comes...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
Ghana’s Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has urged ISPs to put in place effective measures to combat internet fraud, amid rapidly increasingly cybercrime. Ghana is currently ranked second in Africa behind Nigeria in terms of cybercrime. Most cybercriminals in Ghana are young (21-35 years of age), highly IT skilled, agile and technologically alert, and thought to be operating inside the country but also moving swiftly across the sub-region, leaving a trail of destruction and tears. Cybercriminals steal more than $600 million annually globally, and Ghanaians and Nigerians are said to be currently collaborating with powerful global syndicates to advance this white-collar crime...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Ghana's $1.5 billion Eurobond issue due later this month is expected to boost the flagging cedi. The cedi could begin a gradual recovery against the dollar in coming weeks on offshore greenback sales, boosted by expected Eurobond and cocoa inflows, traders said. The local unit has remained stable in the past two weeks, after plunging about 30% in the first half of the year due to a shortage of dollars and concerns over a weak economy. Analysts forecast depreciation at...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
In the wake of obvious economic hardships that have engulfed Ghana in recent times, many social, economic, and political analysts of varying capacities have proffered myriad of factors as being the cause, with some of these analysts unreservedly blaming governments for doing little to alleviate the suffering of Ghanaians. Those who have been around long enough, as well as those who have not been around long enough, but who have come to appreciate pretty much the economic history of Ghana...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
Vetting of aspirants for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential race begins on Thursday ahead of the party’s special congress on August 30. The Vetting Committee is chaired by party stalwart and former Member of the Council of State, Ama Busia. Other members of the Committee include Professor Michael Oquaye who is Chairman of the party’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs, former Chief of Staff and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Kwadwo Mpianin is also a member by virtue of his position...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
The government has engaged a transaction advisor to help set up a new international airline on a public/private partnership (PPP) basis for the country. The Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Aku Attivor, who announced this when her ministry took its turn at the meet-the-press series in Accra yesterday, said the ministry was currently collaborating with the Ministry of Finance for the smooth implementation of the project. She also announced that work on the upgrading of the Tamale Airport to an...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Kofi Henry Wampah has attributed the continuous depreciation of the cedi to speculative activities by industry players. According to him, the cedi is consistently depreciating against major foreign currencies because “people keep talking it down” Speaking to Citi News, Dr. Wampah further stated that “talking down the cedi makes it even more likely to reach the bad levels that we[Ghanaians] already think it is” “Even if you say that the cedi is...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Ghana’s Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper has revealed that the nation’s agricultural sector led in the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2014. This was made known by the Minister during a presentation of the nation’s mid-year budget review in Parliament on Wednesday. According to him, Ghana’s “GDP grew by 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014, down from 9.0 percent in the corresponding period in 2013.” The Agriculture Sector led with...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Citifmonline 07/22/14)
The Director for the Africa Centre for Parliamentary Affairs wants Parliament to stop the practice of approving agreements within a short period. According to Dr. Rasheed Dramani, the House will be constrained in its ability to do proper scrutiny if they rush through these contracts. Parliament last week passed three loan agreements and approved six oil blocks for exploration before it rose on Friday. But speaking to Citi News, Dr. Dramani criticised the practice saying, it will affect the quality...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
The Minerals Commission says it is willing to help skilled jobseekers create their own jobs in the mining sector instead of continuing to search for placement in a sector dogged by massive job-cuts. According to Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Dr. Toni Aubynn, it’s more advisable for people, mostly graduates armed with the requisite skills to form synergies, to explore opportunities in the sector rather than chase positions in already established mining firms. “People with the diverse requisite qualifications...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Seth Terkper has called for proper exploitation of the country’s oil sector. According to the Finance Minister, Ghana has been blessed with oil and so, it behoves government to ensure that revenues from the oil inure to the benefit of the economy. Speaking in an interview on Peace FM's “Kokrokoo” programme, Mr. Seth Terkper stressed the need for the government to set up a fund for the oil sector. He disclosed that the Ministry's establishment...
(Citifmonline 07/22/14)
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has stated that the biometric technology alone cannot address the challenges of any electoral system. According to him, machines could not undertake certain functions during election activities, such as the detection of minors and non-nationals in the registration of voters. Sharing Ghana’s experience in biometric technology during elections at a conference in Accra yesterday, Dr Afari-Gyan told the participants that the EC had to employ other measures to prevent foreigners...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Brand researchers, Premier Brands, have released their latest rankings of the country’s most valuable and most respected brands. The rankings, which place Ghana’s brands on the world map of branding, is the result of months of intense research conducted by Premier Brands Ghana, an independent organisation dedicated to ensuring that businesses adopt the best practices in branding for business growth. In the last quarter of this year, Premier Brands Ghana will honour the top 50 most valuable business brands in...
(Citifmonline 07/22/14)
The Executive Secretary of the Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana says the group will only call off their intended strike if they meet the President, John Mahama. According to the executive secretary of the association, Samson Awingobit Asaki, the members of the association are not willing to meet any Minister because several meetings with Ministers have been fruitless. The Importers and Exporters Association has announced plans to embark on a three-day strike beginning July 27th over the central Banks...
(Spy Ghana 07/22/14)
The noose is finally tightening on the neck of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Henry Kofi Wampah to take responsibility of the rising inflation and escalating Cedi deprecation and resign from his position. The aL-hAJJ’s sources at the Flag Staff House can confirm that members of the Mahama administration and the ruling NDC are spooked by the continuous deterioration of the macro-economic environment and are hell bent on pushing for some members of the economic management...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
As the central bank pins its hopes on the cocoa syndicated loan and Eurobond issuance to break the fall of the local currency, David Brocke, Director, Risk Assurance, of PwC, believes inflows from the two loans, estimated at US$3billion, will do little to assuage the pressure on the cedi. The cedi has depreciated by 27 percent this year as shortage of the dollar continues to dictate the price at which the greenback is traded. After several attempts to stem the...
(Citifmonline 07/22/14)
Ghana’s borrowing streak, which has become a subject of debate in recent days, continues unabated. Parliament was last Friday compelled to approve various loan agreements sourced from its development partners by the government, totaling US$495,788,879. However, the approval did not escape criticism from the Minority, which demanded value for money in such agreements. Among the projects are Phase 1 of the Kumasi Central Market Redevelopment and the acquisition of buses and spare parts for the two state-run transport firms (Metro...
(PANA 07/22/14)
Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Monday. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected people as well as infected animals, the FAO said. The West African...

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(Bloomberg 07/23/14)
Produce Buying Co., Ghana’s largest purchaser of cocoa from farmers, delayed plans to borrow $30 million from France’s development agency as Africa’s worst-performing currency threatened to raise repayment costs. PBC, which planned to use the Agence Francaise de Developpement funds to buy cocoa beans and build sheds and depots for the current season, expects to conclude a deal in the next harvest, Joseph Osei Manu, deputy managing director responsible for finance and administration, said in an interview in the capital, Accra, yesterday. The cedi has fallen 33 percent this year against the dollar, the biggest drop among 24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg. “We needed to guard against the higher cost of repayment that comes...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people the chance to make a living by helping solve these challenges. He said the important thing to realise about cloud...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(PANA 07/22/14)
Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Monday. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected people as well as infected animals, the FAO said. The West African...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(Citifmonline 07/21/14)
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and the Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) are calling for the immediate dismissal of the Minister of Education and her deputy Samuel Okudezeto Ablakwa. The educational sector is currently battling with some challenges, including the prolonged strike by the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), lack of teaching and learning resources, withdrawal of teacher and nursing trainee allowances, among others. The Parliamentary Select Committee has declared its desire to meet with...
(The Associated Press 07/21/14)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African police on Monday searched for assailants who forced a family from their car and drove off with a 4-year-old boy hanging out of the vehicle. The boy was later found dead in the abandoned vehicle. The boy was with his sister and parents in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, during the carjacking Saturday night, according to South African media. His mother told The Star newspaper that she tried in vain to pull her son from the...
(Ghana web 07/21/14)
Hundreds of Ghanaians will next week stage a peaceful protest march on behalf of government against the American Embassy in Ghana for launching an attack on a social media post by President John Dramani Mahama. The demonstrators are seeking to petition the American President, Barrack Obama, through the American Ambassador to Ghana, Gene A. Cretz, for an apology and action against the Embassy official responsible for the blunder. The march is jointly being organized by the Progressive Socialists Forum of...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Thursday on the rise with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 248.99 points to 249.74 points, representing a rise of 0.30%. Also, the Composite BRVM index gained 0.36% to 238.20 points against the 237.34 points previously recorded. The transaction value was set at 758.21 million CFA francs against the 1.38 billion CFA francs recorded last Wednesday. Market capitalization of shares added up to 5,783.54 billion...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Nigeria, other ACP countries to benefit from euro facility for development. The European Union (EU) has approved the sum of 512 million euros for Nigeria to develop and promote good governance, health nutrition and sustainable energy under the EU National Indicative Programme (NIP), according to local media reports. The private Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that the programme is the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The newspaper noted that the...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibe has dismissed fears over possible drying up of HIV/AIDS funds, saying steps have been taken to reduce the global cost of treatment to free more resources for investments. Sidibe said plans have been implemented across Africa to increase the number of people on HIV/AIDS treatment while also negotiating lower treatment costs. 'It is not really true that HIV/AIDS funding is drying up. We are mobilising more resources and...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/14)
NIAMEY Niger (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on a multi-faceted menace from Islamist groups that he warned threatened France's interests and citizens. France led a military intervention in its former colony Mali last year, halting the advance of al Qaeda-linked fighters who had seized control of the northern two-thirds of the country in 2012. The military operation succeeded in scattering the Islamist groups in...
(African arguments 07/19/14)
Despite their legal attributes, in functional terms many African states (constructs of the continent's encounter with colonial rule) came into being without possessing the requisite qualities of statehood. Apart from their alienation from the lived political and socio-cultural experiences of the masses of the people, they became states without the capacity to provide for the security and other basic needs of their people. To date, and despite the passage of half a century since the end of colonial rule, a...
(Voice of America 07/19/14)
A report on agriculture in Africa calls for increased investment for entrepreneurship in the rural food sector, and cites agriculture as the key sector for creating jobs for African youth. The "Small and Growing - Entrepreneurship in African Agriculture" report was released in London last month by the Montpellier Panel. The panel is a group of agriculture and trade experts from Europe and Africa who work together to improve food sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. "Africa produces over $280 billion worth...
(Dw-World 07/19/14)
Life is dangerous for Africa's gays and lesbians, despite a resolution from the African Commission for Human Rights. The UN warns that the persecution of homosexuals is hindering the fight against AIDS. Yaounde, Cameroon, 15 July 2013 - journalist and gay activist Eric Lembembe is found dead at his home. His body showed signs of having been severely tortured, his friends told police who launched an investigation - but without any results. Drissa Traore, deputy head of the International Human...
(Ghana web 07/18/14)
The new United Kingdom High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Jon Benjamin, has described Ghana as a vibrant country with huge potential. Many Ghanaians believe Ghana is on a downward spiral with many of its economic indicators giving managers of the economy a huge cause for concern. Government has admitted things are tough but flatly rejects notions that the country is in crisis. It says home-grown solutions being implemented by government to the economic challenges are yielding the desired solutions, albeit...
(Ghana web 07/18/14)
Organised Labour has declared a one-day national protest and is asking all workers under the umbrella to boycott work on Thursday, 24th July, 2014. "…To back these demands and as a demonstration of our serious concern over the existing state of affairs, Organised Labour declares a one day national protestation on Thursday July 24, 2014,” said the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Kofi Asamoah. He explained that on that day, “all workers including those of you in...
(Spy Ghana 07/18/14)
Perilous fire has gutted the Kumasi Central Market Thursday evening. This is the third time the biggest market centre in the Ashanti region has been reduced to ashes this year. Luv FM’s Erastus Asare reports that over 60 shops in the Dr. Mensah section of the market dedicated to selling used clothes have been razed down amidst wailing from helpless market women. The fire started around 8pm. The Dr. Mensah section of the market has suffered this loss twice after...
(PANA 07/18/14)
African leaders attending the 23rd Assembly of African Union (AU) heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, are unanimous on the need to step up agricultural transformation for the continent’s development. Mauritania's President and AU chairperson, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, said agriculture occupied priority place in Africa's economy and had no other equivalent in combating poverty. Mr Aziz challenged AU member States to think 'more strategically' to do more, given that 10 years after the adoption of the...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Against the background of persistent insecurity, insurgencies and terrorist threats, the European Union (EU) has granted new funding of 750 million Euros to support peace and security in some African countries, including Nigeria. The fund is aimed at sustaining an EU adopted action programme during the period 2014 to 2016 in support of harmony and safety in the continent. The initiative as described by the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, at the Africa and EU summit,...

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(Myjoyonline 07/23/14)
The Ghana Financial Intelligence Centre (GFIC) has been admitted into the Egmont Group. It is amongst the eight new members and the only Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) from GIABA member States admitted at the recent 22nd Egmont Plenary holding in Lima, Peru. This brings membership of the Egmont Group across the world to 147 FIUs. The Toronto-based Egmont Group is the global network of Financial Intelligence Units. Egmont Group is a global network of financial intelligence units that aims at providing a forum for FIUs around the world to improve cooperation in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism and to foster the implementation of domestic programs in this field. The Chief...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Ghana's $1.5 billion Eurobond issue due later this month is expected to boost the flagging cedi. The cedi could begin a gradual recovery against the dollar in coming weeks on offshore greenback sales, boosted by expected Eurobond and cocoa inflows, traders said. The local unit has remained stable in the past two weeks, after plunging about 30% in the first half of the year due to a shortage of dollars and concerns over a weak economy. Analysts forecast depreciation at a significantly lower pace in the second half of the year as cocoa inflows kick in. "The cedi's depreciation has...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
In the wake of obvious economic hardships that have engulfed Ghana in recent times, many social, economic, and political analysts of varying capacities have proffered myriad of factors as being the cause, with some of these analysts unreservedly blaming governments for doing little to alleviate the suffering of Ghanaians. Those who have been around long enough, as well as those who have not been around long enough, but who have come to appreciate pretty much the economic history of Ghana...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Some energy experts say they are worried over Parliament’s speedy passage and granting of contracts signed for the operation of oil blocks in the country. They are worried over recent ratification of oil contracts under certificates of urgency by Parliament. According to the experts, the rush conditions under which the contracts are signed “gives room for suspicion to the effect that they wanted to avoid being caught up by the Petroleum Exploration and Production Bill.” With growing interest in mining,...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
The government has engaged a transaction advisor to help set up a new international airline on a public/private partnership (PPP) basis for the country. The Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Aku Attivor, who announced this when her ministry took its turn at the meet-the-press series in Accra yesterday, said the ministry was currently collaborating with the Ministry of Finance for the smooth implementation of the project. She also announced that work on the upgrading of the Tamale Airport to an...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Kofi Henry Wampah has attributed the continuous depreciation of the cedi to speculative activities by industry players. According to him, the cedi is consistently depreciating against major foreign currencies because “people keep talking it down” Speaking to Citi News, Dr. Wampah further stated that “talking down the cedi makes it even more likely to reach the bad levels that we[Ghanaians] already think it is” “Even if you say that the cedi is...
(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Ghana’s Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper has revealed that the nation’s agricultural sector led in the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2014. This was made known by the Minister during a presentation of the nation’s mid-year budget review in Parliament on Wednesday. According to him, Ghana’s “GDP grew by 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014, down from 9.0 percent in the corresponding period in 2013.” The Agriculture Sector led with...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
The Minerals Commission says it is willing to help skilled jobseekers create their own jobs in the mining sector instead of continuing to search for placement in a sector dogged by massive job-cuts. According to Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Dr. Toni Aubynn, it’s more advisable for people, mostly graduates armed with the requisite skills to form synergies, to explore opportunities in the sector rather than chase positions in already established mining firms. “People with the diverse requisite qualifications...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Seth Terkper has called for proper exploitation of the country’s oil sector. According to the Finance Minister, Ghana has been blessed with oil and so, it behoves government to ensure that revenues from the oil inure to the benefit of the economy. Speaking in an interview on Peace FM's “Kokrokoo” programme, Mr. Seth Terkper stressed the need for the government to set up a fund for the oil sector. He disclosed that the Ministry's establishment...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Brand researchers, Premier Brands, have released their latest rankings of the country’s most valuable and most respected brands. The rankings, which place Ghana’s brands on the world map of branding, is the result of months of intense research conducted by Premier Brands Ghana, an independent organisation dedicated to ensuring that businesses adopt the best practices in branding for business growth. In the last quarter of this year, Premier Brands Ghana will honour the top 50 most valuable business brands in...
(Citifmonline 07/22/14)
The Executive Secretary of the Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana says the group will only call off their intended strike if they meet the President, John Mahama. According to the executive secretary of the association, Samson Awingobit Asaki, the members of the association are not willing to meet any Minister because several meetings with Ministers have been fruitless. The Importers and Exporters Association has announced plans to embark on a three-day strike beginning July 27th over the central Banks...
(Spy Ghana 07/22/14)
The noose is finally tightening on the neck of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Henry Kofi Wampah to take responsibility of the rising inflation and escalating Cedi deprecation and resign from his position. The aL-hAJJ’s sources at the Flag Staff House can confirm that members of the Mahama administration and the ruling NDC are spooked by the continuous deterioration of the macro-economic environment and are hell bent on pushing for some members of the economic management...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
As the central bank pins its hopes on the cocoa syndicated loan and Eurobond issuance to break the fall of the local currency, David Brocke, Director, Risk Assurance, of PwC, believes inflows from the two loans, estimated at US$3billion, will do little to assuage the pressure on the cedi. The cedi has depreciated by 27 percent this year as shortage of the dollar continues to dictate the price at which the greenback is traded. After several attempts to stem the...
(Ghana web 07/21/14)
Parliament has passed the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund Bill, 2014 whose purpose is to establish an infrastructure fund that is wholly owned by the Republic of Ghana to mobilise and provide financial resources to manage, co-ordinate and invest in a diversified portfolio of infrastructural projects in the country for national development. According to the memorandum to the bill, Ghana, as a lower-middle income country, has recorded an impressive growth from 5.1 per cent in 2003 to 14.4 per cent in...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Accra, Ghana - Fuel price hikes announced by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), finance minister Seth Terkper’s mid-year economic budget review presented to Parliament and a one-day strike called by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. The media also reported on a cabinet reshuffle carried o ut by President John Dramani Mahama. “Fuel rice, transport fares increased,” was the headline of the state-owned Graphic on the new fuel prices. It reported...
(Ghana web 07/21/14)
While the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) is yet to compensate all farmers affected by its project, payments to those compensated fell below rates set by the Land Valuation Board, a new report by the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) has said. Livelihood challenges associated with the project constitute “serious violations” of Ghanaian laws and international human rights instruments, including the constitution -- which mandates government to pay “fair and prompt compensation” when it acquires land compulsorily, the report...
(Citifmonline 07/21/14)
The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu has told Citi News the planned-nationwide protest by Organized Labour will do little to address their concerns. “I am convinced that a strike will not resolve those concerns and grievances that they have been articulated,” he remarked. Organized Labour has admonished its members to stay away from work and join a nationwide demonstration on Thursday. The move is to express the displeasure of labour over government’s decisions and the worsening economic...
(Ghana web 07/21/14)
France plans to increase its trade in the country, which is currently about US$1.7billion, its Ambassador to Ghana has announced. France’s Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Frédéric Clavier, was speaking at the reception to celebrate the French National Day in Accra. “This Chamber is going to raise the level and quality of our bilateral trade, which is around US$1.7billion today, and also the French investments in Ghana and the Ghanaian ones in France. So far, 60 French companies in the country...
(Citifmonline 07/21/14)
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) will next week issue a three year bond to raise an amount of 400million Ghana cedis. It will be the third bond issued this year. Government in March cancelled plans to issue a 5-year domestic bond worth 300 million cedis without providing any reasons. There were reports that government had put on hold the issuance of all short term and medium term bonds to avoid a further spike in already high yields. Ghana this year...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended the week on the rise, with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 247.85 points to 248.80 points, representing an increase of 0.38%. The Composite BRVM index gained 0.32% to hit 237.13 points, against the 236.38 points recorded the previous week. The BRVM index-transport registered the highest increase with 1,004.50 points, representing a rise of 4.45%, compared to the previous week, while the BRVM index-other sectors registered the highest decrease,...

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(Myjoyonline 07/23/14)
Former Attorney General, Martin Amidu has waded into the controversial Presidential Commission set up to investigate issues relating to the just ended 2014 World Cup, accusing the government of trying to cover up. ”I am not aware that the NDC has changed its anti-economic crime and corruption agenda as founding principles rooted in the 4th June and 31st December Revolutions to now cover-up crimes by its political elite and government appointees using Commissions of Enquiry as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions," Martin Amidu said in a statement issued, Wednesday. The statement was in reaction to a story on Myjoyonline.com in which Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga said the decision by government to elevate the Black Stars Committee...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
Technical director of Inter Allies, Willie Kluste has revealed that building a stronger attacking setup is the team’s main aim in the local transfer window. Inter Allies managed to turn around a poor start to last season and finish 6th on the league log after a very impressive second round but they wish to go into next season a better scoring side after scoring 31 goals in their 30 league matches last season and according to Klutse, that will guide their thinking even though they will also be concerned with improving the team in general. However, Klutse added that would...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Ghana Black Stars Defender, Jerry Akaminko is making a very remarkable comeback from the ankle injury which ruled him out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The robust versatile defender who plays in both right back and central defense posted a video on his facebook account which saw him joggling a football very comfortably. The defender injured his ankle in the dying minutes of the Black Stars preparation match verses the Netherlands and got effectively ruled out of...
(Ghana web 07/21/14)
Ghana striker Jordan Ayew will start training with Marseille today (Monday) even though his future with the French club is uncertain, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively report. The 22-year-old will join his Marseille team-mates in training today as he begins preparations for the upcoming season. Ayew’s holiday was extended following his participation in the World Cup with Ghana and was expected to have re-joined the team with his brother Andre last week. But he was allowed to return to Sochaux, where he...
(Citifmonline 07/21/14)
Ghana’s Black Starlets might play Cameroon in the final round of qualifying of the African U-17 Championships after the Young Lions beat Burkina Faso 2-0 over the weekend in Yaounde. The Cameroonians are due to play the return leg in Ouagadougou between the 1st and 3rd of August and should they win, they will face Ghana. However, a 3-0 defeat will give Burkina Faso the opportunity to play neighbours Ghana in the final qualifier the weekend of the 12th to...
(Citifmonline 07/18/14)
Ghana may have lost 2-1 to the United States in its opening Group G match in Fortaleza but Andre Ayew could be a winner from the sad episode. His goal, which briefly brought the two teams level, has been selected by FIFA’s experts in a shortlist for Goal of the Tournament of Brazil 2014. The goal consisted of a pass into the left hand channel from Kwadwo Asamoah, a back-heeled pass from captain Asamoah Gyan and a shot with the...
(Ghana web 07/17/14)
Fifa has written to the Ghana FA over government’s move to investigate the Black Stars’ poor performance and other off-pitch events at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Ghana government has set up a three-member Commission of Inquiry with the powers of a high court to look into all activities surrounding the country’s participation at the global showpiece. The world’s football governing body says the “composition and competences of the said Commission” set up by the Ghana government “are...
(Spy Ghana 07/17/14)
Ghana slipped just one place on the latest FIFA ranking for the month of July despite crashing out at the Group stage of the 2014 World Cup. The Black Stars are now ranked 38th in the world with and have also dropped down one place in Africa. Ghana are now in fifth place behind new Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Egypt. Four-time world champions Germany are reaping the rewards of their triumph at the tournament and lead the table for...
(Ghana web 07/16/14)
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has warned the country could face further embarrassment if the government’s Commission of Enquiry (CoE) goes ahead with its work. President John Mahama recently instituted the CoE using a Constitutional Instrument 82 as against an initial Ministerial Committee established to investigate the case. Government, during the just ended 2014 World Cup in Brazil airlifted $3 million to settle the appearance fees of aggrieved Black Stars players. The adventure attracted international ridicule among others. GFA Spokesperson...
(BBC News Africa 07/16/14)
In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene, a former government minister and member of the opposition, tries to remain upbeat after a turbulent World Cup for Ghana. I am trying to look on the brighter side of things just as President John Dramani Mahama has been urging all of us Ghanaians to do and stop being pessimistic. I did not question the word of the coach of our national football team when he made his...
(Ghana web 07/15/14)
Former Black Stars skipper Charles. K. Akunnor has asked for more support for local coaches from the various stakeholders running football in Ghana. The call comes on the back of various discussions including the recently-organised retreat by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to look at the development of the sport in the country. Coaches are a key part of the drive to improve local football and Akunnor, who also is a coach, believes that they can meet modern-day requirements...
(Citifmonline 07/15/14)
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga has requested the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) to support the Ministry to establish a Youth & Sports Lottery to raise funds for sports infrastructure development. A post on his Facebook page on Tuesday stated that the Acting Director General of the NLA, Brig. Gen. Martin K G Ahiaglo (Rtd) has promised to present the Minister “with available options within 2 weeks.” He also indicated the completion of the Kaneshi Sports Complex in...
(Myjoyonline 07/14/14)
Black Stars midfielder Sulley Muntari is, without doubt, a gifted footballer, and his country has long been a beneficiary of his fine passing range, selfless displays, and sweet left foot. Regrettably, though, it is the other side of Muntari - ill-mannered and consistently disrespectful of the powers-that-be - that the 29-year-old’s countrymen are set to have a more lasting memory of when he finally brings an illustrious spell of service to his nation to an end. Here's a glance at...
(Ghana web 07/14/14)
Insanity, they say is “doing one thing over and over again and expecting results”. And this old adage squarely fits the story of Ghana football. Time and again, we have lamented our failure to achieve one silverware or the other at one football mundial or the other, only to forget and vainly hope for the better in future events. We wait in vain because we do without demonstrating commitment at doing things right ahead of future tournaments. Thankfully our dismal...
(BBC News Africa 07/12/14)
Ghana's government has said it is "scandalised" after 200 Ghanaian World Cup fans asked for asylum in Brazil, saying they were Muslims fleeing religious conflict. A government statement said there was no religious violence in the country. The group are believed to be part of a government-sponsored delegation, mainly comprising supporters of the governing party. Ghana is seen as one of West Africa's most peaceful and prosperous countries. "The basis for this alleged request is completely false as no religious conflict is taking place in Ghana," said a statement from Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu.
(Ghana web 07/11/14)
One-time GFA chairman and a former Black Stars coach, Ben Koufie, has indirectly suggested to the Black Stars trainer Kwasi Appiah to slam the door on Kevin-Prince Boateng, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari — and concentrate on building a formidable team out of the young talents at his disposal. In an interview with the Graphic Sports yesterday, the forthright FIFA instructor simply termed the behaviour of the so-called ‘gang of three’ during the Stars Brazil 2014 World Cup campaign as...
(Citifmonline 07/11/14)
The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Football Association will, later today, engage about 60 football administrators to discuss issues concerning the development of soccer in the country. The two day retreat will seek to find answers to various questions about the future of the sport, that have arisen as a result of the poor performance put up by the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars, at the World Cup. Reports of various acts of indiscipline plagued...
(Spy Ghana 07/11/14)
Government has invited about sixty (60) Eminent Football Administrators to review the country’s football and advice on a national strategy. The initiative is a collaboration between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Football Association. The Eminent Football Administrators will reflect on developments in the area of competitive football and fashion out a national response strategy. This could be seen as major step in reviewing the Black Stars poor showing at the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil...
(Citifmonline 07/10/14)
Ghana’s poor run in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has received more damning descriptions from the international public. According to a study conducted by the Cambridge University Press, the top words used by various media reports worldwide in relation to Ghana’s World Cup campaign were “money”, “strike”, “powerful”. These words stem from the Black Stars’ troubles associated with rows over the payment of appearance fees to the players and the airlifting of three million US dollars in cash to...
(Citifmonline 07/09/14)
Former Ghana international John Paintsil has joined Maritzburg United on a two-year deal after his contract with Santos expired. The 30-year-old was a free agent after parting ways with The People’s Team following their failure to gain promotion to the Premier Soccer League at the end of last season. However, while his stint with the Cape Town outfit may not have ended with the success that either party desired, it has convinced the midfielder to stay in South Africa, with...

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(Ghana web 07/23/14)
Gospel songstress, Grace Ashy has refuted reports suggesting that she has been suspended from the Methodist University College for examination malpractice. The Razz newspaper report earlier today that the singer, who is a level 400 student at the Methodist University College, Accra was allegedly caught cheating during an end-of-semester examination and has subsequently been suspended from the school for two semesters for her misconduct. The paper claimed that the University has suspended her for two semesters which meant that the artiste who was expected to graduate this year, would have to hold on and graduate another year. Reacting to the story in an interview with myjoyonline.com, the ‘Gyese Woba Mu’ hit singer said the story...
(Citifmonline 07/23/14)
After the successful first three editions, the August Worship agenda for 2014 just got bigger. August Worship, by the Jeshurun Okyere Global Outreach is a unique event which seeks to reconnect many to God through refreshing worship. Jeshurun Okyere is a young, versatile minister who is noted for his love for, and wonderful ministrations of Christian reggae songs. It is therefore not surprising August Worship has been nominated for “Event of the Year” in the 2014 AFRICA GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS (UK). This year’s event will feature an international appearance by Nigerian Gospel Music icon and worship leader Nathaniel Bassey (the...
(Ghana web 07/22/14)
Sunday July 20, 2014 was exactly two weeks since popular hiplife artiste Castro, and his friend believed to be Janet Bandu were reported to have drowned in the Volta River at Ada. After the sad incident, many media houses proclaimed the artiste known in real life as Theophilus Tagoe and his friend dead. Many Ghanaians as unprofessional have criticized this assertion by the media since their report is backed with no fact. Popular comedian, Hip-life musician and political satirist, A-Plus...
(Citifmonline 07/22/14)
MTN Project Fame West Africa returns with season 7 and Ghana is looking pretty with three contestants. They include Christian K. Amoah (Krissy O) who is no stranger to reality TV. He first gained public attention on the fourth season of TV3’s singing competition, ‘Mentor’ in 2008, and also won second position on the 2012 edition of Vodafone Icons (Mixed Edition), with his group, Vybz. Also representing Ghana this season are Clement Akuoko and Rauhel Halidu Yakubu (Laami). This is...
(Citifmonline 07/21/14)
Citi FM’s award-winning presenter, Jessica Opare Saforo, has been verified by Facebook, the world’s most popular social media site. Jessica, affectionately called the Soul Sister by her fans, has been the leading female voice on urban radio for more than half a decade and has won countless awards to cement her position as the best in her field. Her verification is the first for any radio professional in Ghana and adds to the power of her brand, which keeps gaining...
(Citifmonline 07/18/14)
Footballer, Mikel Obi has praised Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji describing her as a lovely person. Genevieve and Mikel began their working relationship when they were both signed by Amstel Malta as ambassadors. Mikel spoke about the screen diva during an event organized for the Nigerian Breweries brand in Lagos. He said: “We work together, it’s a working relationship”. “We endorsed Amstel Malta together, she’s a very nice person; I spoke to her a few times and she’s a very lovely...
(Citifmonline 07/17/14)
Samini has just launched the “Samini Light A Million Lives”, an ambitious project to distribute One Million solar lanterns across the length and breadth of Ghana, as part of his 10 years in music. As part of the project, the multiple award-winning musician will distribute one million pieces of solar powered lanterns in deprived communities in rural areas across the northern part of Ghana, where he hails from. Speaking at the launch Samini stated that it is very important to...
(Myjoyonline 07/16/14)
Pretty Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim has disclosed that she and her husband, Kwadwo Safo had been divorced for a year and they decided to keep it private because of their son. The actress in a release, affirmed speculations that her four-year-old mariage to Kwadwo Safo had come to an end. She explained in the statement that her decision 'to keep the divorce on the low was so that the two involved would not be distracted from their responsibilities toward the...
(Citifmonline 07/15/14)
Efya will be performing at the Tribe One Music Festival, taking place in South Africa from September 26-28, 2014, enewsgh.com can exclusively report. We can also tell you that the Afro Neo-Soul songstress is joining American female hip hop head, Nicki Minaj, for the three-day event, which also has an impressive core of artistes lined up. They include Kid Ink , Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Dbanj, AKA and Fally Ipupa. Happening in Cullinan, Tshwane, South...
(Citifmonline 07/14/14)
The winner of the 2013 edition of the Citi FM Write-Away Contest has advised school children to take advantage of the competition to add value to themselves. Miss Isabel Quaye, in an interview with citifmonline, says the competition is one of a kind and students should send in their entries before the closing date. She has urged prospective participants to take time to write their entries to stand a chance of winning the 5000 cedis prize money. “If you want...
(Citifmonline 07/11/14)
Since news broke last Sunday that popular hiplife musician, Castro, was feared drowned after a Jet Ski accident with a lady friend, many of his colleague artists have been praying that he is found alive. Reports say that Castro was in the company of Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, who together with friends were spending the weekend at an Ada resort. Castro was said to have taken one of the Jet Skis available out on a cruise on the Volta...
(Myjoyonline 07/09/14)
Comic actor John Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu has asked Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president Ibinabo Fiberisima to drop her ambition of running for a second term. According to him, about 90% of the association members do not want her as their leader, with many court cases being instituted against her. He said she is still adamant to rule because she is gaining something. “Going for a second term is making the anger in people expand. It is...
(Citifmonline 07/09/14)
Television station Viasat 1′s ‘The One Show’ is set to get a total makeover, according to reports. The show is set to take on a new direction and a new host in the person of Anita Erskine-Amaizo. The experienced Anita is expected to make the show more feminine-inclined and would focus more on women related issues. With this development, Joselyn Dumas and co-host PY Addo-Boateng will lose their places on the show. It is unclear whether the two would be...
(Citifmonline 07/09/14)
Another season and a new process is about to roll for the emergence of a new Malaika queen. In it twelfth year, the Miss Malaika competition last year saw hundreds of young ladies taking part in an audition that finally saw 12 of them competing at the final event. Naa Oyoe Quartey was crowned Miss Malaika 2013 at a final event in October 2013. Come next Saturday July 12, the GhOne TV premises will welcome ladies between the ages of...
(Spy Ghana 07/09/14)
The Ghana Literary Prize Foundation has been launched to bring back the spirit of creative entrepreneurship by encouraging Ghanaian writers, readers, publishers, literary societies, thinkers, and marketers of literature into a new and exciting wave of improvement and growth. The Foundation, a non-governmental organization, will be developed for the promotion and advancement of Ghanaian Society through literature. However, the focus of the Ghana Literary Prize Foundation is aimed at promoting creative writing and reading culture for advancing literacy in the...
(BBC News Africa 07/08/14)
Police in Ghana are searching for the body of Afrobeats artist Castro following a suspected boating accident. He was reportedly with a female friend on Sunday when the incident is thought to have taken place. Their sea scooter has been recovered by police. Friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, despite his death not being officially confirmed. Tributes have been tweeted by Lethal Bizzle, Sway and Tinchy Stryder. Castro is...
(Ghana web 07/02/14)
Information reaching peacefmonline.com indicates that renowned gospel musician, Cecilia Marfo, has been ex-communicated from the Church of Pentecost for opening and operating a prayer camp which is against the policies of the church. According to the Ashaiman area head of Pentecost, Cecilia Marfo, who is also a deaconess in the church, was called and advised several times to desist from operating the prayer camp but she refused. Again, it is established that for almost 2 years now, she had stopped...
(Citifmonline 07/02/14)
When actress, Luckie Lawson, got pregnant for the first time, she found herself in a serious quandary. She had to decide whether to carry the baby to term or get rid of the pregnancy and pursue her dream career. “It was not an easy decision for me because my acting career had just started. I had shot my first movie which was out and I had Nigerian producers calling me for movie roles. “At that point, I was confused and...
(Citifmonline 07/01/14)
The city of Accra quietly but proudly welcomed its latest bistro for international gourmet when the Maestro Restaurant opened recently at the new Koala Shopping Centre at Airport Residential Area. A typical connoisseur’s haven, Maestro appears to have come to fill in the capital’s huge vacuum for a classical, top-of-the-scale and yet affordable eatery, which has gone missing on the local culinary market for a long time. Managed by Mrs. Marinette Nassar, a local businesswoman with a strong appetite for...
(Citifmonline 06/30/14)
In spite of having one of the best musical voices in showbiz, singer, Irene Logan, has largely remained low key among her peers despite pressure from friends and fans who have kept provoking her to return strongly to active music scene. “The pressure from friends and my fans has been so much that many times, I have asked myself what was happening to my music career. On some occasions, I got depressed over why things were not working out well...

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(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth per year, and land that was once covered by forests is being used for homes, industries and plantations for cash crops. That means a loss of habitat for many types of African animals and plants,...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay men. “The world is saying we want an HIV/AIDS-free generation,” says Orazulike, who is 33 and not infected. “We can’t...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(BBC News Africa 07/16/14)
In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene, a former government minister and member of the opposition, tries to remain upbeat after a turbulent World Cup for Ghana. I am trying to look on the brighter side of things just as President John Dramani Mahama has been urging all of us Ghanaians to do and stop being pessimistic. I did not question the word of the coach of our national football team when he made his...
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
ACCRA — Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday appointed a new defense minister in a cabinet reshuffle which also saw the dismissal of the interior and agriculture ministers but left other key portfolios unchanged. No reason was give for the cabinet shake-up, the first since Mahama took office in January last year after winning the West African nation's December 2012 presidential election. The president is under pressure to turn around the economy of the cocoa-, oil- and gold-producing nation,...
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
The medical and travel security group known as International SOS says the number of requests it received for advice on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was up by 400 percent in the month of June. The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that the number of Ebola cases rose to 964, including 603 deaths. Doctor Robert Quigley, vice president for medical assistance at the International SOS says 56 percent of the requests were generated in guinea while 17 percent came...
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande flies to Africa Thursday, on a three-nation visit that will focus on economic issues and rooting out terrorism in the Sahel area. Security tops the agenda of President Francois Hollande's trip to Africa, where he will visit French troops and hold talks with the leaders of Niger, Chad and Ivory Coast. France has just announced a new mission to fight jihadists in the Sahel area. The operation is called Barkhane, named after a type...
(Bloomberg 07/15/14)
Ghana plans to double the value of exports excluding cocoa, timber, oil, gold and other minerals over the next four years to help stabilize the cedi, Minister of Trade and Industry Haruna Iddrisu said. The world’s second-largest cocoa producer is targeting non-traditional exports of $5 billion in 2017 from $2.4 billion last year, he said today at a conference in Accra, the capital. “The value of our imports has for many years exceeded the value of our exports,” Iddrisu said...
(BBC News Africa 07/12/14)
Ghana's government has said it is "scandalised" after 200 Ghanaian World Cup fans asked for asylum in Brazil, saying they were Muslims fleeing religious conflict. A government statement said there was no religious violence in the country. The group are believed to be part of a government-sponsored delegation, mainly comprising supporters of the governing party. Ghana is seen as one of West Africa's most peaceful and prosperous countries. "The basis for this alleged request is completely false as no religious conflict is taking place in Ghana," said a statement from Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu.
(BBC News Africa 07/11/14)
Brazilian federal police say that some 200 Ghanaians have requested asylum after entering the country on tourist visas to watch the World Cup. The Ghanaians say they are Muslims fleeing inter-religious conflicts in their home country. They have filed their applications in the southern city of Caxias do Sul, in one of Brazil's most prosperous areas. Another 1,000 Ghanaians are expected to request refugee status once the tournament is over, police said. The Brazilian authorities believe many of the Ghanaians...
(Business Week 07/10/14)
Ghana’s central bank will reduce lending rates to banks after curbing a practice where lenders used the regulator’s cash to buy local Treasury bills and profit from the difference. The Bank of Ghana will revert to charging lenders the main policy rate plus 200 basis points after increasing rates to 24 percent helped prevent commercial banks from taking arbitrage opportunities, Governor Kofi Wampah said yesterday in the capital, Accra. The lenders were using the window from the central bank to...
(Voice of America 07/10/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — The World Health Organization says there have been at least 50 new cases of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone since July 3 - in what is already the worst outbreak in history. The aid group Plan International says the outbreak could become a global health crisis if there isn't a better-coordinated regional response and more support from the international community. According to WHO, there have now been 844 cases and 518 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February.
(BBC News Africa 07/09/14)
There are women walking through Accra's crowded streets performing remarkable balancing acts. They have pyramids of fruit, water bottles and coils of clothing carried in bundles on their head. Their backs are ram-rod straight, their footing certain even in the steaming wet heat of Ghana's rainy season. But there are other bigger balancing acts facing young women in this West African country. How do they stay in education and avoid pressures such as early marriage and leaving school without any...
(BBC News Africa 07/09/14)
Health officials in West Africa say 25 more people have died from Ebola since 3 July, taking the total number of deaths to 518. The World Health Organization (WHO) said 50 new cases of the deadly disease had also been reported. A WHO spokesman said health workers were struggling to contain the outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. On Monday, a doctor in Ghana said preliminary tests on a US citizen showed he did not have the disease. But...
(International Business Times 07/08/14)
An American citizen who was quarantined in Ghana's capital city of Accra tested negative for Ebola, after fear spread that he may have been the first person to carry the deadly disease into the city. The revelation that the man did not have Ebola helped to quell fears of the spread of a persistent, highly deadly outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 460 people so far after emerging in Guinea in February. But officials say that the...
(BBC News Africa 07/08/14)
Police in Ghana are searching for the body of Afrobeats artist Castro following a suspected boating accident. He was reportedly with a female friend on Sunday when the incident is thought to have taken place. Their sea scooter has been recovered by police. Friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, despite his death not being officially confirmed. Tributes have been tweeted by Lethal Bizzle, Sway and Tinchy Stryder. Castro is...
(BBC News Africa 07/07/14)
Ghana is treating its first suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus, the health ministry said. The virus has so far killed more than 460 people since it broke out in Guinea in February and spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. It is the world's deadliest outbreak to date and there is no vaccine or cure for Ebola. The ministry said that it had put in place "precautionary measures" and that people should stay calm. 'Under control' The case...
(CNN 07/07/14)
(CNN) -- With their countries facing an Ebola epidemic of "unprecedented" proportions, the health ministers of 11 African nations have agreed to a joint strategy to try to stem its deadly advance. As part of the plan, the World Health Organization will set up a "sub-regional control center" in Guinea -- one of the three West African nations at the heart of the outbreak -- to help coordinate the response. The strategy was announced late Thursday at the end of...
(CNN 07/04/14)
The scientist who discovered the Ebola virus said that a current outbreak of the deadly bug in West Africa, in which 467 people have died, is “unprecedented.” “One, [this is] the first time in West Africa that we have such an outbreak,” Dr. Peter Piot told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “Secondly, it is the first time that three countries are involved. And thirdly it’s the first time that we have outbreaks in capitals, in capital cities.” Doctors Without Borders warns that the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia is now “out of control.” The number of cases is still spiking since it was first observed around the beginning of this year.
(Voice of America 07/04/14)
A top U.N. health official says West Africa's Ebola outbreak could last several more months. But Keiji Fukuda told the French News Agency AFP Thursday it is impossible to make a clear prediction on how much farther the outbreak could spread. Fukuda spoke in Ghana Thursday at the end of a two-day emergency meeting of African health ministers and other experts. The outbreak has already killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The ministers made a number of...

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