Thursday 25 May 2017
(Myjoyonline 05/24/17)
Ghana is set to become the first country in Africa to get a Spaceship Launch pad, following a partnership deal between KESHE Foundation Ghana and BONADES Limited, a Ghanaian-owned Construction Engineering Management (CEM) company. The two companies are combining their expertise for the development and construction of the first-of-its-kind Spaceship Research Centre in Ghana. The agreement comes after the completion of the feasibility studies and preliminary architectural and engineering designs, and presentation to both the Client and foreign Investors. The KESHE Spaceship Research Centre construction will start at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in Accra. KESHE Foundation International would invest a total of $21 million on the project, which would consist of an Administration block,...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/17)
When U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's seven major industrialized nations gather in Sicily on Friday, they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, but won't get any glimpse of boats full of migrants. A common sight off Sicily in recent years, the authorities have banned all migrant landings on the island during the Group of Seven Summit for security reasons, telling rescue vessels that pick them up at sea to take them to the mainland during the two-day meeting. Out of sight does not mean out of mind. Italy chose to host the summit in Taormina, on the cliffs of eastern Sicily, to concentrate minds on Europe's migrant crisis and to seek ways...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/17)
Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only from a lower jawbone and an isolated tooth, may be the oldest-known member of the human lineage that began after an evolutionary split from the line that led...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/17)
France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday. Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed to keep French troops in the Sahel region until there was "no more Islamist terrorism" there. He said operations would be escalated in response to signs that militant groups were regrouping and uniting...
(Myjoyonline 05/19/17)
Ghana loses billions of cedis worth of productive hours, as a result of bad roads and congestion in urban areas, Dr. Jonathan Annan, a senior lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Business School has revealed. This is as a result of the several man-hours wasted on the road due to ghastly traffic congestion. People attempt to beat the sickly gridlock by leaving their homes as early as 4am and still report late at work. After...
(AFP (eng) 05/17/17)
The seasonal rains are due in Ghana, and like every year since 2015, when more than 150 people were killed during the deluge, the disaster looms heavily over the capital, Accra. Authorities are scrambling to prevent a similar emergency when the heavens open by clearing silt, rubbish and sludge from the open drains and waterways of the coastal city. But unfortunately, the task is easier than it sounds because Accra, like other cities in West Africa and beyond, has seen decades of rapid population growth but not enough investment in infrastructure to keep up. The city's drainage system was built in 1963, six years after independence
(Reuters (Eng) 05/17/17)
Gay and lesbian Africans who fled abuse in their home countries face a "culture of disbelief" which makes their experience of seeking asylum in Britain traumatic, a Nigerian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT) campaigner said. Aderonke Apata, 50, who fled persecution in Nigeria, said the practice of assessing Africans' sexual orientation claims based on Western standards was problematic. "They expect an LGBT person to have used sex toys, to go to gay clubs," Apata, an asylum seeker who founded...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/13/17)
Tackling climate change in Africa could help resolve multiple problems ravaging the continent, from drought to refugees and violence, the head of the African Union said on Friday. The mix of global warming with economic woes and political conflicts keeps peace from taking hold, said Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Union's new chairman, at Chatham House, an international think tank. "There is a link between climate change and prosperity, as well as peace, on the continent," Mahamat said in French with...
(AfricaNews 05/12/17)
Ghana is set to have its second successive female Chief Justice with the appointment of Justice Sophia Akuffo, all but confirmed. Her nomination is to be officially announced by the President at a press briefing later today. Local media portals including the state-owned Daily Graphic have reported that she has been nominated by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Her appointment is subject to approval by the country’s parliament. If confirmed by the legislature, she will become the 13th Chief...
(Xinhuanet 05/11/17)
Ghana and Egypt on Wednesday resolved to cooperate to fight terrorism on the continent. The two countries also agreed to open their doors for investors to invest in respective countries. The agreements were made after the Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry paid a courtesy call on his Ghanaian counterpart Shirley Ayorkor Botchway in Accra. Shoukry is on a two-day official visit to the West African country. “We both agreed that there is the need to cooperate in the area of...
(AfricaNews 05/10/17)
A gas explosion in Ghana’s Western Region has left over 100 people hospitalized. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning during the discharge of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at the premises of a household utilities manufacturing company. The state-owned Daily Graphic reports that the injured persons who were all rushed to three medical facilities were responding to treatment. The injured included four firemen, three motor traffic officials and a newspaper vendor. The resulting explosion from the incident in Sekondi/Takoradi (capital of...
(Fox News 05/10/17)
After five years of no major attacks on merchant vessels, piracy around the Horn of Africa seemed to be on hiatus. Acts of piracy in those treacherous waters have fallen sharply since 2012, according to statistics released by the United States Navy. The Navy credits aggressive patrolling by international forces and increased vigilance by the commercial shipping industry for the decrease. However, in the past month, Somali pirates have intercepted five ships, raising concerns that piracy has returned to the...
(Dw-World 05/09/17)
A counter-extremist civil society group in Ghana has helped prevent more than 20 young people from joining the so-called Islamic State. Online recruiters often target vulnerable students who face poor job prospects. The radical militant group "Islamic State" (IS) is known for making headlines in Syria and Iraq, now they are also increasingly making their presence felt in West African countries like Ghana. With almost 24 percent of its population aged between 15 and 24, many vulnerable young Muslims are...
(Spy Ghana 05/08/17)
A civil society group is calling on the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye to handover the four parliamentarians alleged to have been involved in visa fraud to the police and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to delve into the matter. Aaron Mike OquayeA statement released here signed by Kingsley Kwabena Amoah, Executive Director for Defence Network for Democracy (DEFNED) expressed worry over the series of allegations against the country’s legislative body, a development the...
(Myjoyonline 05/05/17)
Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu says the Chinese government is in full support of Ghana's efforts to end illegal mining known as galamsey. He said the Xi Jinping government has given its backing for punitive measures to be meted out to Chinese nationals who are caught engaging in illegal mining in Ghana. Speaking at Joy FM’s Thought Leadership dialogue on galamsey Friday, Mr Amewu said the President Akufo-Addo government will continue to collaborate with civil society groups...
(Voice of America 05/03/17)
African military expenditures have finally slowed down after more than a decade of steady increases, according to a new report on global defense spending. The main reason, the report found, is a drop in oil prices. “The sharp decreases in oil prices has affected quite a number of African countries, namely South Sudan and Angola. This has kind of driven almost the entire regional trend,” said Nan Tian, a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) Arms and...
(Xinhuanet 04/28/17)
The World Bank says it will support 52 Ghanaian communities in implementing a sustainable Natural Resource Management program. In a release received from the Ghana office of the bank here on Thursday, the bank said selected local communities in the Brong-Ahafo and Western regions of Ghana would benefit from a 5.5 million U.S. dollar grant. The program is designed to strengthen knowledge and practices in these communities toward reducing deforestation and improving the sustainable management of their activities. It is...
(Xinhuanet 04/28/17)
The United States would expel 7,000 Ghanaians this year for breaching terms of their visa agreement, a U.S. diplomat said on Thursday. U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson said the Ghanaians had overstayed their permits and were currently at different stages of their deportation process. "About 7,000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process, and we are not apologetic about that," Jackson said at an event in the Brong Ahafo region, 400 km north of...
(Voice of America 04/28/17)
A low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a new study. Severe bleeding, known as postpartum hemorrhage, or PPH, is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, killing more than 100,000 women every year. Even for mothers who survive, it is a painful and traumatic experience. The world's poorest countries, especially in Africa and India, are the worst hit. Drug from 1960s But...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/17)
The West African bloc is seeking to strengthen the role of the private sector in health service delivery in the sub-region as financing sources become increasingly difficult, Dr. Xavier Crespin, Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), disclosed here on Monday. He explained that, for the sub-region to be able to attain its health targets, both public and private sector support would be critical in financing the health delivery needs of the countries. Dr. Crespin emphasized this during...

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