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Volvo’s First EV Will Run Native Android.

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Volvo is one week away from unveiling the first EV under its own brand, an all-electric version of the company’s popular XC40 SUV. On Wednesday, the Swedish automaker said the car will mark another first, too: it will be the first Volvo car with an infotainment system built on Google’s new embedded Android Automotive software.

That means the new electric XC40 will come with features and apps like Google Assistant and Google Maps built in, with no need for an Android smartphone. The SUV’s infotainment system will also have access to the Play Store, allowing owners to download apps that Google’s approved for automotive use. Built-in maps, assistant, and Play Store — no phone required

We’ve known for more than two years that Volvo was working on integrating Android into its cars. In fact, Google showed off an early version of the software running on a gas-powered XC40 at its 2018 I/O conference. Now, this won’t necessarily be the first car with embedded Android, nor will it be the first all-electric in the wider Volvo Group. Volvo’s performance sub-brand Polestar has claimed both of those titles with its Polestar 2 EV, which is slated to go on sale in 2020. But Volvo’s XC40 is a more affordable, higher-volume car that will reach more customers.

a car on the phone

The deep integration of Android will allow drivers and passengers to use Google Assistant to change things like climate settings, and it will also enable over-the-air updates that can add new features or address some maintenance issues, according to Volvo. And yes, Google and Volvo’s system will allow people to plug their iPhones in and use Apple CarPlay.

While all of this added functionality will make for a different experience compared to what is currently available inside a Volvo car, the new infotainment system will still look familiar to anyone who’s used the automaker’s existing Sensus software.

That’s one of the main goals of this whole partnership model Google’s pursuing. The tech giant provides a reliable software backbone, which each automaker gets to develop and brand to their liking. Beyond Volvo, Google’s also signed up big names like General Motors and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. It’s a far cry from a few years ago when automakers were so hesitant to let tech companies take over any small slice of the in-car experience that many slow-rolled their initial adoptions of Android Auto and CarPlay.

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Ursula Launches 2nd Phase Of Work, Pay, And Own Taxi Scheme.

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Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful has launched the second phase of a work, pay and own taxi scheme in her constituency.

The move, aimed at empowering the unemployed in her constituency economically kick started in May 2019 with 10 taxis on a 3-year payment terms with the second phase launched on Friday, 8th November, 2019.

Speaking to journalists after a short ceremony to launch the scheme as well as handover the second batch of taxis to the drivers, Mrs Owusu Ekuful said the scheme will go a long way to provide employment to the otherwise unemployed youth in her constituency.

“Not everybody has skills for white colour jobs and so we need to look at how we can also empower the various kinds of young people in the constituency with employable skills,” she said.

She said per the arrangements with the coordinators of the scheme, the drivers will after three years own the taxis, making them financially independent while having skills that can “enable them stand on their two feet.”

“There is something for everyone, some will work in an office, some will do petty trading, and others are drivers who need support to also drive,” she added.

On behalf of the beneficiares, Jacob Osarfo expressed gratitude to the lawmaker for her extreme desire to empower her constituents through the provision of various schemes.
According to them, they were extremely taken aback by the gesture as they did not expect it.

“We are very happy, we didn’t expect that from the Minister, but today, we realized that the Minster is someone we can put our trust in,” he said

“I thank God and the MP for giving us this opportunity. I pray she retains her seat and continue to empower the lives of the constituents.” He added.

Mrs Owusu Ekuful urged the drivers to uphold to the terms and conditions of the scheme to ensure its success and expansion for others to also benefit.

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Da Hammer, Noel Kojo-Ganson, Akofa Djankui, Other Listed In Inaugural 50 Most Influential CMOs in Ghana.

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A comprehensive list chronicling the names of the 50 best minds in the sales and marketing field in Ghana have been announced in the inaugural list of the 50 Most Influential CMOs in Ghana.

The list, which is not ranked was compiled by Avance Media, Reset Global People and Afiba Consulting and seeks to recognise the works of the individuals who are motivating performance, broadening your market, creating new trends & brand perception and an impressive financial performance in the Ghanaian market.

The ranking provides a list of heads of marketing, sales and commercial of various companies in Ghana who are doing exciting things to put their companies out there and record impressive marketing performance according to Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media

21 of the 50 people listed are women and sectors cut across media, technology, banking and finance, insurance, food & beverage, telco, oil & gas, insurance etc

According to Kwame A.A Opoku, CEO of Reset Global People, “the reason for putting this list together is to fill a gap because marketing is one of the most instrumental things that drive any cause, movement and product”

The ranking should create a conversation on how do we change the marketing front in Ghana and how do we ensure we are putting the marketing mind at the forefront of change within the corporate world and the country, said, Jesse Agyepong, Managing Partner of Afiba Consulting.

Profiles of the 50 individuals have been published on https://avancemedia.org/profiles-2019-50-most-influential-cmos-in-ghana/

Below is the list of the 2019 50 Most Influential CMOs in Ghana arranged in alphabetical order

  1. Abdul-Rahim Siddique || Total Ghana
  2. Akofa Djankui || StarTimes Ghana
  3. Ali Ajami || Twellium Industries
  4. Anne Sackey || MultiChoice Ghana Ltd
  5. Asiedua Addae || Standard Chartered Bank
  6. Belo Cida Haruna || Indomie Ghana
  7. Benedicta Baaba Anokye || SIC Insurance Company Limited
  8. Charles Kollo​|| DreamOval Ltd
  9. Daniel A. Pabby || Mantrac Ghana
  10. Delali Dzidzienyo || First National Bank Ghana Limited
  11. Dennis Baidoo || GNPC Ghana
  12. Doreen Plange​ || Media General
  13. Ebenezer Tetteh || Promasidor
  14. Edward Nana Poku Osei || A1 Bread
  15. Edwin Amoako || Fanmilk Ghana Ltd
  16. Ekyi Quarm || Multimedia Group
  17. Elaine Arthur​|| Allianz Life Insurance Ghana
  18. Elsie Bram || Hubtel
  19. Eric Vlidzo || AfricaWeb Holding
  20. Esther Gyebi-Donkor​|| Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority
  21. Eunice Adjei Bonsu || Kasapreko
  22. Ewurafua Addo-Atuah || Accra Brewery Limited Ghana
  23. Frances Baaba Ofori || Prudential Life Insurance Ghana
  24. Francis Anyebase Afulani || Beiersdorf Ghana
  25. Georgina Gifty Mensah || Woodin International
  26. Gillian Hammah || Databank Group
  27. Jennifer Bebli​|| Donewell Ghana
  28. Jerry Boachie-Danquah || Vivo Energy Ghana Ltd
  29. Jude Ekow Addison || Wilmar Africa Limited
  30. Marcus Deo Dake || GOIL Ghana
  31. Mawuko Afadzinu || Stanbic Bank
  32. Michael Dowuona Laryea || PZ Cussons
  33. Nana Essilfuah Boison || Barclays Ghana
  34. Nana Philip Archer || Ghacem
  35. Nana Yaa Kissi || Unilever Ghana
  36. Noel Kojo-Ganson || MTN Ghana
  37. Omane Mensah Bonsu || Omni Media Ltd
  38. Patrick Awotwi || Coca Cola Ghana
  39. Patrick Kyei ||​Opportunity International Savings and Loans
  40. Petra Aba Asamoah || Akosombo Textiles
  41. Phyllis Woode-Nartey​ || Enterprise Group
  42. Raj Mirpuri || BelAqua
  43. Richmond Carlos Otu​|| DHL Global Forwarding
  44. Rita Adu Boateng || Old Mutual Ghana
  45. Ruweida Salifu || Kempinski Hotel
  46. Samori Gambrah || Guinness Ghana
  47. Seth Ntiamoah-Asare​|| Lexta Ghana Limited
  48. Tetteh Akornor || Samsung Ghana
  49. Tyrone Adu || Devtraco Plus
  50. Victoria Abena Takyi​|| Africa World Airlines
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Three Ways African Leaders Can Tackle Food Insecurity.

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Many African countries totally depend on agriculture for economic growth, however, many people have nothing to eat. As we commemorate the Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security, we bring to light three immediate steps which need serious attention if our leaders are to find solutions to starvation and malnutrition on the continent.

2019 marks exactly half a decade since African leaders renewed their commitment to achieve inclusive agricultural transformation on the continent by implementing the Malabo Declaration. Despite increasing public attention to agriculture, most countries have failed to honour the commitments, including spending 10% of their budget on agriculture. Hunger and malnutrition has been on the rise, thus making Africa the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, at almost 20%.

Food insecurity is more than just hunger. Considering all the people in Africa affected by moderate levels of food insecurity together with those who suffer from hunger, it is estimated that almost 700 million people or more than half of Africa’s population do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. Africa remains a net importer of food despite accounting for the bulk of uncultivated arable land globally, creating further pressure on foreign reserves and making the continent highly vulnerable to global food prices when it cannot feed itself. To make matters worse, the agricultural production required to create long-term food and nutrition security in most countries is at risk: droughts, floods, and other forms of extreme weather can hurt farmers in countries already vulnerable to food and nutrition shortages.  If this trend continues, at least 890-million Africans will be facing food insecurity by 2030. Malnutrition costs governments in Africa between 2% and 16% of GDP annually.

Africa has the potential to change this trend. Africa has the largest share of uncultivated agricultural land in the world and a rapidly growing workforce that can help boost agricultural growth and attain food security. If this potential is fully harnessed, African farmers could meet the food needs of the entire world. However, young people are continuously drifting away from agriculture in pursuit of profitable and attractive sources of livelihood. Agriculture remains unattractive to young people due to limited access to quality seeds and fertilizers, insecure access to land, inadequate rural infrastructure, high cost of financing, and low involvement of youth in policy dialogues that shape investment in the sector. 

There are three immediate and critical steps that African leaders must take to find solutions to starvation and malnutrition in Africa.

1. Prioritise agriculture as an economic and security agenda 

African leaders must prioritize investment in agriculture and food systems, not only as an economic agenda, but as a security agenda. Investment in agriculture has been found to be 11 times more effective in reducing poverty than any other sectors in Africa. Additionally, if Africa prioritises investment in youth, it could reap additional  $500 billion in return to its economy every year.

2. Make agriculture profitable and attractive to young people 

Involve young people in the planning, design, and implementation of agricultural policies. ONE has observed low involvement of youth in policy dialogues, budget consultation process, and program implementation. As a result, policies often fail to provide them with adequate support that aligns with their aspirations. To attract young people into the sector, government spending must be targeted at reducing real and perceived agribusiness risks, enable financing and improve infrastructure. Currently, high lending rates are stunting the growth of small and medium scale agribusinesses. Rural agri businesses can thrive when they have access to finances and are well connected to local communities and markets.

3. Policy alignment, implementation and accountability 

African leaders must take leadership and prioritize the implementation of Malabo commitments on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihood. The Biennial Review (BR) scorecard is an important tool for learning and monitoring our collective progress. Often times, several policies are developed but not fully implemented. If Africa must make significant progress, each country must report its progress and respond swiftly to its policy formulation and implementation gaps.

Africa now has the tools in order to reach SDG 2 Zero Hunger by 2030 – our youth and arable land. However, our leaders must prioritize the three steps in order for Africa to be well on the way to tackling food insecurity, while also creating jobs for our teeming youth.

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Twellium Foundation Fulfils Its Promise To The People Of Dzabupko Community By Constructing A Six Classroom Block.

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In line with the ultimate goal of changing people’s lives with every bottle of Verna Mineral Water purchased. The story of Dzabukpo community in the Volta Region came to a climax when Twellium Foundation fulfilled its promised to the people.

Earlier this year, the subsidiary in charge of social change under the Twellium Industrial Company, Twellium Foundation embarked on a journey to bring light and hope to the people of Dzabukpo. Mainly by constructing a classroom block to help nurture and develop the minds of the young ones. 

After handing over a two-unit classroom block and washrooms to the people in July, Twellium Foundation further promised to construct a six classroom block for the community. 

One of the Classrooms presented to the people of Dzabukpo community

For every Verna Mineral Water purchased, a brick was laid. And with support from UN Youth, On The Road, celebrities including Fella Makafui, Nana Aba Anamoah, Victoria Lebene and most importantly, our consumers, the vision came to fruition on October 5, when the building was inaugurated. 

The six classroom block for the Dzabukpo community

According to a post by Nana Aba Anamoah, a renowned news anchor and tv presenter on her Instagram account, she wrote ‘Verna Mineral Water is changing the narrative one step at a time.’ 

Fella Makafui also posted on her Instagram to celebrate the purpose of life in relation to the inauguration on October 5. Which according to her is rooted in service to one another and most importantly reaching down to the less privileged and lifting them up.

Verna Mineral Water is still in the business of changing people’s lives. And Twellium Foundation can only to more when you drink more.

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