Weekly Watchdog 1/26/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Utah":

"… cover the estimated $550,000 they owe for the medical care she received at University of Utah Hospital over nine days. The irony, says Potter,  is that had the acc …"

West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety net

By Christiane Badgley

Industry regulation and disaster plans missing as Ghana ramps up production

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… 2011, fishermen working near the Jubilee oil field 60 km. off the coast of Ghana spotted a large oil slick floating towards land.The next day a dark, syrup …"

"… e, coating beaches of several fishing communities and waterfront hotels in Ghana’s Ahanta West District, the coastal strip closest to the country’s new …"

"… out the future,” said Kyei Kwadwo Yamoah of the Friends of the Nation, a Ghanaian community development organization.Even as the Jubilee field was in dev …"

"… ists, official silence surrounding the November incident was evidence that Ghana lacked the ability to properly oversee offshore oil operations.Reports by …"

Fishing and the offshore oil industry: A delicate imbalance

By Christiane Badgley

Fishing and the offshore oil industry in Ghana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… dents along the Gulf of Mexico stood by the oil industry.In December 2010, Ghana, a nation of 24 million people, became the latest African nation to join t …"

"… the petroleum club. Its Jubilee field, approximately 60 km. (40 miles) off Ghana’s coast, is the first of what will likely be several deep-water oil deve …"

"… t will likely be several deep-water oil development projects. Drilling off Ghana over the next 20 years may be worth as much as $20 billion in export reven …"

"… ts on the Delta ecosystem.Ishac Diwan, the World Bank country director for Ghana, believes the country can manage and benefit from its oil. The Internation …"

New global energy payments index may get boost from SEC

By Julie Vorman

A new Revenue Watch Index that measures disclosure about oil industry payments in 41 countries may soon have access to a gusher of details a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… near the bottom of the index were Turkmenistan, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia.The two non-profit groups plan to update the index in 20 …"

Canada's about-face on climate

By William Marsden

Tar sands and a tough business lobby pull Ottawa far from Copenhagen

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… atives met 11 times with chief negotiator Michael Martin at UN meetings in Ghana and Poland. They also met three times with Environment Minister Jim Prenti …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "American University":

"… haron Meltzer, an expert on cigarette smuggling and transnational crime at American University. “It’s still going on; it’s just changed direction,” she said. “ …"

Checkbook diplomacy

By Stephanie Mencimer

In October of 1969, Vincent de Roulet, the newly appointed ambassador to Jamaica, arrived in Kingston aboard his 90-foot yacht, soon to be j

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… Black, the Republican former child movie star who served as ambassador to Ghana and later Czechoslovakia, is also regarded as having been a fine diplomat, …"

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere Inc. (CARE)

By Alejandra Fernández Morera

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere reaches over 7 million people in 40 countries with their HIV/AIDS programs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mozambique":

"… ose parents suffer the disease or are dying from AIDS-related illnesses.In Mozambique, for example, HACI provides technical and financial assistance to 14 nongo …"

Côte d'Ivoire

By Victoria Kreha

Background, challenges and relief efforts related to the AIDS epidemic in Côte d'Ivoire

Excerpts from this story referencing "Atlantic Ocean":

"… kina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Mali, with its southern coast on the Atlantic Ocean.A former French colony, Côte d'Ivoire gained its independence in 1960. At …"

A gateway to Brazil

By Kevin Bogardus

Telecom firm linked to Jefferson bribe probe helped pay for his, others' travel

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nigeria":

"… iGate have been linked to three trips to Africa, including visits to Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana, during which Jefferson — and sometimes Jackson — …"

"… have touted iGate's services abroad — even allegedly attempting to bribe Nigeria's vice president, Atiku Abubakar — to secure multimillion-dollar deals f …"

Commentary: Protecting the rights of the people through investigative reporting

By Charles Lewis

The most beloved American president, Abraham Lincoln, once said, "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet access":

"… according to a French organizations estimate, 45 countries today restrict Internet access under “the pretext of protecting the public from subversive ideas or vio …"