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Surfline Announces Partnerships With Jumia

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Ghana’s premier 4GLTE company has announced a partnership with the largest online market jumia.com , to seamlessly provide customers with a busy schedule the ability to go online to buy Surfline’s connectivity devices hassle free.

According to chief commercial director Mr. Plange Rhule, Surfline is a resilient market player focused on providing convenience to our customers and maintaining a high quality network. The partnership with Jumia he said will provide more convenience to customers who needed an online market place to buy Devices to be delivered directly to their doorstep.

He reiterated that, from today, if you buy a surfline device from any of our outlets including www.jumia.com , you get up to 15gb given to you over a period of 3 months or your first 3 top ups which ever comes first. Also, If you owned a surfline device, you can also reactivate for a 1 gb free data.

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AROUND THE WORLD: Nigeria Is Now the Highest Producer of Rice in Africa

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Nigeria is now the largest rice producer at 4 million tons a year.

Experiencing a consistent increase in the demand, rice in the African Continent has in the past three decades grown in popularity to become a major feature in the continental diet. It currently takes the first position on the list of fastest-growing staple foods.

It was mostly consumed during special events in the early 1970s but it has gradually replaced yams, sweet potatoes and cassava on the dinner table. This growth has a direct link to the growing incomes, rapid urbanization rates as well as population growth.

Nigeria is currently the largest rice producing country in Africa and this is largely the result of continuous efforts by the current administration to place more emphasis on agrarian production.

Since the oil prices plummeted on the global market the move was aimed at reducing the nation’s over reliance on oil which has in the past year proved economically devastating. Also, keen on improving the country’s self-sufficiency the government is working on reducing the commodity’s import burden that currently runs into almost $400 million annually.

The Anchor Borrowers Program has also helped in boosting rice farming as the local central bank avails loans and distributes requisite tools to the farmers to boost production.

Eclipsing Egypt in its position Nigeria has become the largest producer of rice in Africa. This was revealed by Director-General of the Africa Rice Center, Benin Republic, Dr Harold Roy-Macauley. 

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture director claimed that the country had reached self-sufficiency in the commodity by the end of 2017. According to a report, the country’s production capacity had reached 15 million metric tons translating to major savings as the country would no longer need to import the commodity.

Nigeria, in fact, consumes about 8 million tons, a figure that rises by about 6% annually. With around 34 states involved in rice cultivation, it is projected that the country would have a surplus for export by the year 2019.

The president of The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Aminu Goronyo said that Nigeria has two farming seasons for rice and in each of the seasons 4 million tonnes of rice is produced. This means that in total, Nigeria produces 8 million tonnes of rice. 

The two seasons which produce 8 million tonnes engage a total of 12 million farmers. Goronyo also said that Nigeria does not plan to put a total ban on rice importation before the end of this year.

Although Nigeria is now the highest producer of rice in Africa the continent is still a long way off from catching up with the global rice production rates. The African continent has a very high production potential but has only utilized a fraction of this

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New Logo Announcement: Introducing Dorothy’s Hope Foundation (DHF) New Brand Identity New Logo

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Dorothy’s Hope Foundation is a breast cancer foundation that was founded in May 2014 by Dorothy Amuah, a breast cancer survivor. It is a non-profit organization born out of compassion, to prevent, care and support breast cancer patients. It was founded with the mission of Empowering women, Educating women and Encouraging women affected with the disease.

We are proud to announce the launch of our new logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our brand.

Our professional profile has grown over the last 5 years, and now it is time for a change. We have altered our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our dynamic future.

Basically, the new logo crystalizes the acronym “DHF” and the Foundation’s full nameas the foundation’s most popular identification label. Also, the new design of the outside frame is meant to improve the readability of the full name of the Dorothy’s Hope Foundation.

Symbolically, the colours on the logo are pink which expresses the femininity and the colour for the cancer awareness. Black with which the name of the foundation has been written boldly represents the strength of the organizations founder in fighting against cancer. 

In the upcoming months, we will update all our marketing literature and online presence with the new logo. Meanwhile, we invite our business partners, sponsors and volunteers to contact us via email at [email protected]

Finally, Dorothy’s Hope Foundation is thankful for the support and involvement of the general public and urge for much more support in our upcoming events. Details will be published on our various social media platforms and our official website.

Instagram: @dorothys_hope

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DorothysHopeFoundation

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President Akufo-Addo Peaks 69 In World Most Reputable People List.

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In an alphabetical order, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Bishop Dag Heward Mills peaked 69 and 9 respectively in 2019 list of 100 most reputable people on earth as Leading reputation management consultancy firm, Reputation Poll International announced its 2019 publication of the 100 most reputable people on earth.

The list which features distinguished personalities from all sectors, recognizes leaders who have maintained a high level of credibility in discharging their duties, and have kept commendable and exemplary reputation for public emulation.

The list features renowned individuals from diverse sectors such as entertainment, politics, religion, education, philanthropy, business etc. Having assembled diverse connections with over 44 countries across the globe, the reach of the Reputation Poll is expanding daily.

Notable individuals on the list include renowned Queen Elizabeth II, 92, who is the oldest person to be added to the list. Our youngest person to be added to the list is Malala malalaaged 21.

Statically with an average age of 54, the USA has the largest share of reputable personalities numbering 25 also with a representation of 38 females, 1 couple and 61 Males.

During the announcement of the list, the board made it their duty to mention their continued focus and commitment in honouringindividuals, organisations and brands who consistently impact lives positively around the world.

Below is the full list arranged in alphabetical order:

1.Abigail Johnson – CEO, Fidelity Investments

2.Akinwumi Adesina – President, AfDB

3.Akio Toyoda – President, Toyota Motor Corporation

4.Amal Clooney – Barrister

5.Amina J Mohammed – Deputy Secretary-General, UN

6.Ana Patricia Botin – Executive Chairman, Santander Group

7.António Guterres – Secretary-General, UN

8.Atifete Jahjaga – Former President, Kosovo

9.Bishop Dag Heward-Mills – General Overseer, Lighthouse Chapel

10.Bishop David Oyedepo – General Overseer, Winners Chapel

11.Catharine Drew Gilpin Faus – President, Harvard University

12.Christiane Amanpour – TV Host, CNN

13.Dalai Lama

14.Denise Morrison – Former CEO, Campbell Soup

15.Denzel Washington – Actor

16.Ding Xuedong – CEO, China Investment Corporation

17.Dirk Van de Put – Chairperson, Mondelez International

18.Dr Denis Mukwege – Medical Doctor

19.Dr Judy Dlamini – Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

20.Dr Paul Enenche – Senior Pastor, Dunamis

21.Dr. Harbeen Arora – Founder, Women Economic Forum

22.Ed Sheeran – Singer

23.Emma Watson – Actress

24.Eric Thomas – Motivational Speaker

25.Evang. Reinhard Bonnke – General Overseer, Christ for all Nations

26.Gary Vaynerchuk – Motivational Speaker

27.Ginni Rometty – Chairperson, IBM

28.Graça Machel DBE – Co-Founder, Africa Progress Panel

29.Haruhiko Kuroda – Governor, Bank of Japan

30.Helen Clark – Politician, New Zealand

31.Helen Sharman OBE – Astronaut

32.Ian Khama – Former President

33.Ismail Ahmed – CEO, WorldRemit

34.Jacinda Ardern – President, New Zealand

35.Jack Ma – Founder, Alibaba Group

36.Janet Yellen – Economist

37.Jean-Claude Juncker – President, European Commission

38.Jeff Weiner – CEO, LinkedIn

39.Jim Yong Kim – President, World Bank

40.John Legend – Singer

41.John Maxwell – Motivational Speaker

42.Joko Widodo – President, Indonesia

43.Joseph Stiglitz – Economist, Columbia University

44.Juan Manuel Santos – Former President, Colombia

45.Justin Trudeau – President, Canada

46.Justina Mutale – Founder, Justina Mutale Foundation

47.Kailash Satyarthi – Children’s Rights Activist

48.Kenneth Copeland – Televangelist

49.Khaldoon Al Mubarak – MD, Mubadala Development Company

50.Kim Schofield – Member, United States House of Representatives

51.Klaus Schwab – Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

52.Kumail Nanjiani- Comedian

53.Lei Jun – Founder, Xiaomi Inc

54.Les Brown – Motivational Speaker

55.Liu Qing – President, Didi Chuxing

56.Lubna Suliman Olayan – Businesswoman

57.Ma Huateng – CEO, Tencent

58.Major Mariam Al Mansouri – Pilot

59.Malala Yousafzai – Activist, The Malala Fund

60.Mario Draghi – President

61.Mary Robinson – Politician, Ireland

62.Melinda Gates – Philanthropist, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

63.Michael Bloomberg – Founder, Bloomberg LP

64.Michelle Obama – Former First Lady, United States of America

65.Mo Ibrahim – Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

66.Muhammad Yunus – Founder, Grameen Bank

67.Mukesh Ambani – Chairperson, Reliance Industries Limited

68.Nadia Murad – Human Right Activist

69.Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – President, Ghana

70.Nancy Pelosi – Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives

71.Narendra Modi – Prime Minister, India

72.Nick Vujicic – Motivational Speaker

73.Nicole Kidman – Actress

74.Noura Al Kaabi – Minister, Culture and Knowledge Development

75.Nuseir Yassin – Vlogger

76.Oprah Winfrey – CEO, Oprah Winfrey Network

77.Paul Kagame – President, Rwanda

78.Paul Romer – Senior Vice President, World Bank

79.Philip Ng Chee Tat – CEO, Far East Organization

80.Pope Francis – Pope, Roman Catholic Church

81.Prince Harry & Meghan

82.Priyanka Joshi – Bio Chemist

83.Queen Elizabeth II

84.Ralph Hamers – CEO, ING Group

85.Rev. Jesse Jackson – Activist

86.Robin Sharma – Motivational Speaker

87.Sahle-Work Zewde – President, Ethiopia

88.Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Prime Minister, UAE

89.Sinach Joseph – Songstress

90.Sinead Burke – Writer

91.Strive Masiyiwa – Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless

92.Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google

93.Tatsumi Kimishima – Businessman

94.Tim Cook – CEO, Apple

95.Tony Robbin – Motivational Speaker

96.Wang Jianlin – CEO, Dalian Wanda Group

97.Warren Buffett – Executive Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway

98.Winnie Byanyima – Executive Director, Oxfam International

99.Xi Jinping – President, China

100.Zuzana Čaputová – President, Slovakia

More detailed information about the Reputation Poll 2019 100 Most Reputable People on Earth is available on www.reputationpoll.com

For more information, you can write to [email protected]

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SGS & Thinkstep Train Banking & Real Estate Executives To Be Experts On EDGE Green Building.

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After decades of efforts, a standard document to regulate the activities of the building and construction industry in Ghana has been instituted.

The comprehensive Building Code, GS1207 of 2018, encompasses requirements and recommendations for efficiency and standards for Residential and Non-Residential buildings and as well cover planning, management and practices in the construction of buildings.

The document also covers the smooth and safe operation of the building and construction industry such as Occupancy Classification and Use, Site Development and Land Use, General Building Heights and Areas. It also includes types of Construction, Fire and Smoke Protection Features, Interior Furnishes, Energy efficiency and Sustainability, Soils and Foundations, Electrical Systems and Allied Installations, Plumbing Systems, Lift and Conveying Systems, Safeguards during Construction and Green Building Requirements.

In the backdrop of setting standards to ensure that Ghana’s building environment is safe and meets international standards, Stanbic Bank has signed an MOU with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to train 18 staff of Stanbic Bank as certified Edge Experts, to support developers to be able to go green.

According to Mr. Stanislaus Deh, head of product personal and business banking at Stanbic Bank Ghana, in an interview with Newsghana.com.gh at the training, on Thursday February 28, 2019, at the World Bank Office in Accra, he said, "What we are doing as a bank in spearheading this project is to make sure that every project that we finance, that is building, we go green with the people."

"And the good thing is that, when you go green, it benefits you, it increases your profile, it prepares you for the regulations that are going to hit us very soon from 2020," he added.

In an answer to the question, as to whether the people will be willing to adopt green buildings, he said, "For me, a lot of people will be more than willing to adopt it. What we have to do to scale up more now is together with the international community educate people quickly, so they know why we are doing what we are doing now."

Mr. Deh, expatiated that, the Sustainable Principles Committee of Ghana, has for the past three years been developing the sustainable principles for the banks. Saying, "Basically, like we all know that sustainability has got to do with meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising that of the future. So, looking at the fact that, in the past three years we as a world have agreed to deal with climate change. The country as a whole is doing what they can do to deal with mitigation and adoption."

According to him, one of the low hanging fruits when it comes to climate change has to do with the issue of green buildings and built environments. "So for us in Stanbic Bank, apart from the Ghana Home Loans, we are one of the biggest in terms of providing built environments for the country. So, as the team in Stanbic, we thought that it is time to lead the crusade for green buildings with energy efficiency, water efficiency, and making sure that material embodiments are also good to be yoked with the regulations for the buildings to be certified as green."

On his part in an interview, Mr. Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah, Program Lead for IFC EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program in Ghana and Nigeria, explained that, "It is important to invest in green buildings, because it will minimize the use of water and electricity in buildings.

Green building structures are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and use resources wisely as well."

He said, it wasn't for nothing that the government of Ghana instituted the Ghana Building Code. That it was set up to champion efficient usage of scarce resources including energy and water

According to him, Green building is a step in the right direction towards conserving global energy because, energy consumption is predicted to grow by 37% by 2035 and 96% of this expected growth will be attributable to developing nations. Mr. Quansah said, there is the need for green construction which offers a chance to secure emission cuts at a low cost.

A section of the trainees commended the authorities of Stanbic Bank and IFC, for the great opportunity to train them as certified Edge Experts, to support developers to be able to go green. They however called for more of such trainings in order to get more experts to help in the education.

About EDGE

An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers to build and brand green in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. EDGE Certification and Audit in Ghana is done by the consortium of thinkstep-SGS. The program has been generously supported by the Switzerland government through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

By: Roger A. Agana

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