Do you still hustle with transport to and from work? Do you still hustle with transport when travelling? Worry no more Raba Rides is here for you. Raba Rides is a start-up in the ride-sharing software development industry. Raba Rides offers transportation services to the Ghanaian public in a modality different from current ride-sharing apps.
That is, while current ride-sharing apps allow the user to request a ride from a waiting driver, Raba seeks to approach this from a carpooling point of view, where both drivers and passengers have control over the starting point and destination of a trip, and fees are split between them.
What is carpooling?
Carpooling (also car-sharing, ride-sharing and lift-sharing) is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car, and prevents the need for others to have to drive to a location themselves.
Ultimately, the business is building a sharing economy, allowing people in urban cities (primarily in Africa) to leverage technology in order to access resources for their well-being and productivity through community, togetherness and mutual support; and the starting point of this vision is with a ride-sharing (carpooling) platform that allows car-owners and passengers who are heading the same way at a specific time to meet each other, share a ride, network and share costs.
Based on our research we have identified that both drivers and passengers go through the following hustle:
Queuing and tussling for space in tro-tros.
Stress and tiredness in acquiring transportation.
Sullying of outfits due to dust and tussling with others.
Time wasting due to the uncertainty of arrival of these cars.
Taking multiple vehicles to get to the said destination.
Long hours in traffic due to a large number of cars on the road.
Drivers unsure of when and where they are to source/pick their passengers.
Fuel cost borne alone by private drivers.
Raba Rides is a cheaper alternative, convenient to drivers (who will do pickups at designated spots on their already decided routes), and equally rewarding to them as cost of fuel and car maintenance is split amongst passengers in compensation for space provided, and rewards are given for their efforts.
It is also useful to both drivers and passengers because both were already planning to go a certain way, as such neither is taking the inconvenience of derailing a route for their counterpart.
The process is also simple and stress-free: one just needs to sign up to create or book a ride, then meet the driver or passenger at designated stop (at specified time), and be on their way to the destination. Since rides are planned and booked in advance, Raba Rides offers an advantage in the time factor as people can properly plan their routes and day in general, whether drivers or riders.
Raba Rides is for you if you are :
A private car owner
You use your car for individual/family/private trips
A private bus or taxi owner
You use your car for transportation services to regularly scheduled routes
A professional driver
You offer private transport services to organised groups: in churches, workplaces, schools, tourists, etc.
You are looking to move on your daily routes in a cheaper and more organized way
An organized group
Looking to make one-off trips to an event, a tour, etc
Moving up and down in town can sometimes be stressful — thick traffic, long waits at the bus stop, expensive fares, winding unending queues, so much fuel money spent and more carbon emission. Don’t you think there has to be a less stressful and better way to move to and from work, school, church or an event? If you own a car and you wish to help others breathe a sigh of relief from the stress of moving from point A to B, then Raba Rides is the best way to help. Raba Rides is also for you if you don’t own a car and wish there was a more comfortable but inexpensive way to move about.
Sign up now to book a ride
Raba Rides – #Sharingiscaring
AROUND THE WORLD: Nigeria Is Now the Highest Producer of Rice in Africa
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
New Logo Announcement: Introducing Dorothy’s Hope Foundation (DHF) New Brand Identity New Logo
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.
President Akufo-Addo Peaks 69 In World Most Reputable People List.
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
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]
SGS & Thinkstep Train Banking & Real Estate Executives To Be Experts On EDGE Green Building.
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.
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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