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Global Citizen Launches A New Campaign End Extreme Poverty Now — Our Future Can’t Wait

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International advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, has launched a new campaign aimed at addressing the issue of poverty now. The year-long campaign, called End Extreme Poverty NOW – Our Future Can’t Wait, will focus on three critical issues:  empowering adolescent girls across the world; breaking systemic barriers that keep people trapped in poverty; and taking climate action now.

 

Supported by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema, Foreign Minister of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Environment of Rwanda Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Former Executive Director of UN Women Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and presidents of nations around the world, the campaign will feature a calendar of major global events. These will include the presentation of the Global Citizen Prize, the Global Citizen NOW Leadership Summit; the 10th Anniversary Global Citizen Concert in both New York and Africa, and the Global Citizen G20 Summit, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia.

 

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“We join Global Citizen in continuing our stewardship to ensure a better world and future for all,” said President Ramaphosa in announcing his support for the campaign. “The past two years have highlighted the devastating impact on humanity when we choose individual goals over the global good. Together, we have to take concrete actions that will create a better future for our planet and its people, now.”

 

South Africa’s Tshepo Mahloele will serve as the patron of the campaign in Africa and will serve alongside Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy. Mahloele is the Chairman and Founder of Lebashe Investment Group, a leading African Investment company focused on Financial Services & TMT industries. He is also the Founder of Harith General Partners. Harith General Partners is the leading Pan-African investor and developer of infrastructure across the continent.

 

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“I am honoured and humbled to play a meaningful role that supports existing global efforts to deal with vaccine equity, challenge poverty and empower young girls. The neglect of these predicaments, including global warming, have a detrimental effect on the prospects of the citizens of Africa and this situation cannot be allowed to continue unabated. It is about time these matters are brought back on the global agenda. I am happy that the Global Citizen movement has reignited the debate about such critical matters and that it is continuing to keep Africa top of mind.” Tshepo Mahloele, Chairman and Founder of Lebashe Investment Group.

 

“For Ghana, ensuring that we end poverty, empower young girls and protect the planet is of utmost importance. This is why we are joining Global Citizen in their 2022 campaign efforts together as one voice and as one community. There is no better time than Now.” President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo.

 

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“Zambia is ready to collaborate with the global community on critical deliverables that will ensure we effectively address several socio-economic challenges in order to lift citizens out of extreme poverty. We are especially encouraged by Global Citizen’s sense of urgency in this campaign,

and we extend our willingness to support these efforts.” President of the Republic of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema

 

“It is alarming to learn that even during the Covid pandemic, the very rich have been getting richer and the very poor, poorer. This is untenable and a threat to the future of mankind. Global Citizen is right, we must be our brothers’ keepers. We must act right now!” Foreign Minister of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama.

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“We are excited to be supporting Global Citizen in its campaigning efforts this year especially on climate change. Rwanda has placed green growth at the center of creating sustainable jobs, improving communities’ livelihoods and enhancing climate resilience across the board, and Global Citizen is an important channel for people to effect positive change. Its advocacy role can also raise global awareness to act on the challenges that Rwanda and other developing nations face because of climate change.” Minister of Environment of Rwanda Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya

 

Throughout 2022, Global Citizen will also rally millions of citizens to demand that the world’s top political and business leaders stop delaying action with longer-term timelines and focus on what we need to do here and now.

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The global agenda to end extreme poverty, defend the planet and tackle inequity is in peril. And despite progress in a few countries before COVID-19 hit, the world was and continues to be wildly off-track from the 2030 target,” says Hugh Evans, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Citizen. “This moment of crisis demands new urgency and a renewal of purpose. We need a new compact built on mutual trust and respect – one that lifts up the voices of the people whose lives depend on its success and who suffer from its failure. An agenda built by and with them, to a timeframe set by those who understand all too well that every lost minute is a whole new tragedy.”

 

The ripple effect of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered not only a public health crisis, but also a social, economic, and climate crisis. These combined crises have wiped out all gains made since the Global Goals were adopted in 2015, with the World Bank estimating that nearly 100 million more people have been pushed into extreme poverty. The past two years have also shown that the world is unwilling to deliver both on its promise to end extreme poverty, and to protect the progress made over the last two decades. There was no meaningful progress from world leaders in 2021, despite numerous opportunities at the G7, G20, and COP26 meetings.

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The End Extreme Poverty NOW campaign is advocating for commitments from the most powerful governments, private sector leaders who have not stepped up, and billionaires to:

 

  • Empower Girls NOW
    • The campaign aims to move the G7, under the leadership of German Chanceller Olaf Scholz, to meet the needs of 50M young girls by providing a minimum of USD $400M to reach millions of young women with immediate support for school meals, access to education, and health, including sexual and reproductive health services.

 

  • Break Systemic Barriers NOW
    • We can achieve real change right now towards ending extreme poverty by first breaking the two systemic barriers that unnecessarily prolonged the pandemic and undermined the recovery of lower-income countries: the twin evils of healthcare injustice and financial inequity. COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated these issues.
    • The campaign calls for action to beat COVID-19 variants and prevent the next pandemic, including by sharing intellectual property with developing countries, strengthening health systems for delivery of vaccines and other medical tools, and investing so there is enough capacity across continents to produce at least 16B doses in a single year against future threats.
    • Additionally, financial equity is necessary to fund essential needs and address global challenges, including reallocating at least USD $100B in IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), fulfilling long-standing but unmet foreign aid commitments, and advancing policies for fairer and more effective taxation globally.

 

  • Take Climate Action NOW
    • In 2022 it is urgent that leaders — especially those of the U.S., Australia, and Germany — keep their commitment to the $100B per year climate financing promised for adaptation and mitigation. We must open the way for decisive collective action to keep warming below 1.5°C of warming, while calling for developed countries and businesses to go further, faster.
    • Food security, nutrition, and livelihoods must be prioritized by directing significant climate adaptation resources to rural communities and smallholder farmers.
    • Companies, especially those in high-emitting industries such as manufacturing and construction, need to set clear and transparent science-based net zero and nature positive targets in line with 1.5°C. Those that have already done so should implement and publically report on these targets. In particular, the steel and cement sectors must step up and sign on to the Race to Zero. Combined, they contribute 15% to global annual carbon emissions.

 

Cutting across all our work throughout the year is a strong commitment to defend and promote advocacy, ensuring that marginalised voices are heard, and that leaders are held accountable to deliver on their promises. Global Citizen will elevate citizen’s voices, especially from the Global South, and defend the right of anyone to speak freely, dissent, and organize, without fear of reprisals or violence.

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As part of this commitment, Global Citizen has reoriented its product strategy to focus on meeting Global Citizens where they are at in their day-to-day life and driving behavioural actions 365 days a year. Starting today, people everywhere can take action by calling on political representatives to fulfil the promises they made and End Extreme Poverty NOW.

 

More information about the policy aims for the End Extreme Poverty NOW campaign can be found in a white paper that was released today. Download the white paper here and to take action visit, globalcitizen.org/2022 and follow us @glblctzn.

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Telecel Ghana Employee Volunteers Plants Over 5000 Trees in Massive Reforestation Effort

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Over 60 employee volunteers from telecommunications giant, Telecel Ghana in partnership with Forestry Commission joined forces with young students from Luom Basic Schools and Ghana International School (GIS) to plant thousands of seedlings to replace lost forest cover at the Chipa Tributary Forest Reserve in Agomeda.

As a way of furthering Telecel Ghana’s commitment to environmental sustainability and in line with the Green Ghana agenda, senior management, and employee volunteers dedicated their day to reforestation for a greener future. 

Chief Executive Officer of Telecel Ghana, Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai emphasised the importance of collective action to increase green cover and protect the environment. She said, “As a telco that operates with a purpose, this annual initiative is our contribution to sustaining the environment,” she added, “As part of our ESG strategy, we continue to partner with various stakeholders such as the Forestry Commission to create a sustainable environment for people and animals. This year, our employees, together with the school children are planting over 5000 seedlings to preserve the Chipa Tributary Forest Reserve.”

Read Also: Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Grow Girls in STEM initiative is training a new generation of engineers, scientists, tech enthusiasts, web designers and artists

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Gazetted as a reserve in 1968, the Chipa Tributary Forest Reserve in Agomeda in the Greater Accra Region serves as a habitat for animals and conserves the tributary that flows into the Dawhenya Dam. However, forestry officials reported that bushfires and firewood harvesting have destroyed around 50 hectares out of the reserve’s total 2,410 hectares. 

Mrs. Winifred Ohene-Wiafe, Manager for the Tema-Ada Forest District said, “We need more trees to offset the effect of urbanisation which has led to more buildings being put up and the depletion of trees in our cities. Tree planting is a worthy course so I will encourage every individual and institution to partake in reforestation to improve our environment.”

For Michela, a third-year secondary student of GIS, this is her first planting experience, and it has sparked an interest in reforestation. “Tree planting is important as it helps to restore areas that are depleted. It’s been a fun experience planting together with employees of Telecel Ghana and other students to improve air and environment quality. I’m excited that I am being part of making an impact.”

Ernest, a basic nine pupil and member of the Wildlife Club at the Luom Presbyterian School, located in one of the reserves host communities, believes the tree planting exercise will help address climate change. “There’s a saying that when the last tree dies, the last man dies. Joining to plant trees today will help purify the air we breathe and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. I advise other young people to plant trees to reduce global warming and the impact of climate change.”

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I took GHc7k loan from UT Bank to help my company – Bills Founder thanks Kofi Amoabeng

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chard Nii-Armah Quaye, has acknowledged founder of the defunct UT Bank,

Board Chairman of Bills Micro-credit Limited, Richard Nii-Armah Quaye, has acknowledged founder of the defunct UT Bank, Captain Prince Kofi Amoabeng.

According to the prolific businessman, Prince Kofi Amoabeng and his UT Financial Services provided him with a loan of GHc7k in the early stages of his establishment.

Delivering his address at the 15th anniversary celebration of Bills Micro-credit, formerly Quick Credit, Richard Nii-Armah Quaye thanked his fellow businessman for lending his company the money.

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Read Also: Bills Micro-Credit Limited officially launched

“Captain, thank you so much. I want everyone to know that the first loan our company took was GHc7,000 and it was from UT Financial Services”, he said, attracting applause from the audience.

Bills Micro-credit celebrated its 15th Anniversary on Thursday, May 20, with a plush dinner at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

Overall best staff, Charles Sampson, was presented with a brand new Hyundai Tucson vehicle and a cash prize of GHc200k by Bills Board Chairman, Richard Nii-Armah Quaye, for his long service and commitment.

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Fourteen other workers of Bills Micro-credit formerly, Quick Credit, were each gifted a brand new Toyota Vitz vehicle while 5 selected workers were specially rewarded with GHc200k cash prize each.

Fifteen dedicated customers of Bills received 55-inch TV set each plus interest-free loans of up to GHc100k for every customer.

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Bills customers, staff, receive 15 cars, TV sets & cash prizes at 15th Anniversary

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Bills Micro-credit has celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a plush dinner at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel on Thursday, May 20.

The excitement at the well-organized dinner heightened when loyal customers and long-serving staff were rewarded with brand new cars, cash prizes and TV sets.

Overall best staff, Charles Sampson, was presented with a brand new Hyundai Tucson vehicle and a cash prize of GHc200k by Bills Board Chairman, Richard Nii-Armah Quaye, for his long service and commitment.

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Fourteen other workers of Bills Micro-credit formerly, Quick Credit, were each gifted a brand new Toyota Vitz vehicle while 5 selected workers were specially rewarded with GHc200k cash prize each.

Read Also: Bills Micro-Credit Limited officially launched

Fifteen dedicated customers of Bills received 55-inch TV set each plus interest-free loans of up to GHc100k for every customer.

The night also saw a great array of distinguished personalities in attendance including the Special Guest of Honour; HRM King Tackie Teiko Tsuru ll and National Chief Imam; Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.

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Also present at the dinner were Fidelity Bank MD; Julian Opuni, Businessman Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Special Advisor to President of Rwanda; Andrew Mwenda, Minister of State from Liberia; Hon. Reginald Nagbe, Vice Chancellor of UPSA; Prof. Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, GBC Director-General; Professor Amin Alhassan and a host of other guests.

The night was climaxed with thrilling performances by Amakye Dede, KiDi, Joyce Blessing, Nana Asaase, Bernard The Magician and Bethel Revival Choir with words of exaltation from Dr. Lawrence Tetteh.

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Hlevi’s Elijah FC setting football standards with minimal resources

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Elijah FC from Hlevi-Sogakope in the Volta Region is set to light up the Middle league come this July hosted at WAFA. (more…)

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Bolt Food Couriers Take Pledge to Uphold Highest Standards of Safety, Hygiene, and Food Handling

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In a move to enhance food delivery standards, Bolt Food couriers across Ghana have collectively taken a pledge to uphold the highest standards of safety, hygiene, and food handling. This follows an intensive training in partnership with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to reinforce the importance of these practices in ensuring the delivery of safe and hygienic food to customers.

The pledge taken by the couriers underscores Bolt Food’s unwavering commitment to customer safety and satisfaction. With a focus on maintaining the integrity of food from preparation to delivery, couriers have vowed to adhere to strict protocols designed to protect both themselves and their customers.

The Acting Regulatory and Policy Head for Africa at Bolt, Weyinmi Aghadiuno, said: “Bolt Food as market leaders committed to best practices and standards in food delivery, launched this initiative to  equip couriers on the platform with essential knowledge and tools for excellence in food delivery. It is our collective responsibility as stakeholders in the food service ecosystem to ensure food reaches customers safely and in an hygienic manner. By adhering to these best practices of food delivery, we are not only protecting the public health of Ghanaians but also contributing to the overall well-being of our communities.”

Through this specialized training, couriers gained invaluable insights into food hygiene, safety practices, and proper handling techniques, reinforcing our dedication to the health and safety of the communities we serve.” She added.

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The workshop addressed a pressing need in the rapidly expanding online food delivery sector, where maintaining food safety and quality is crucial. Recognizing the rise in online food businesses, the FDA partnered with Bolt Food to enhance food safety measures across the industry.

Chief Regulatory Officer at the FDA, Dr. Edward Archer emphasized the importance for courier operators to understand the impact of food safety measures on their operations.

“The FDA is collaborating with various stakeholders, including courier services, to ensure they receive training in food safety. This training equips them to integrate food safety principles into their work, thereby reducing food safety-related complaints and illnesses,” Dr. Archer stated.

During the workshop, couriers were educated on several key aspects of food safety. The training covered personal hygiene practices, the importance of maintaining appropriate food temperatures during delivery, and protocols for handling food to prevent contamination. Emphasis was placed on ensuring that hot food stays hot and cold food stays cold, with timely delivery being a critical component of the process.

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Maserati Repair & Maintenance Tips in Dubai

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We all know Maserati cars demand special attention to keep them running smoothly and looking their best. Whether it is regular maintenance or timely check-ups, taking care & visiting a trusted car service Dubai for your Maserati is crucial to ensure its long life and performance. 

In this post, we’ll explore some essential tips for Maserati repair and maintenance in Dubai.

Regular Maintenance

Central to maintaining your Maserati’s best state is regular servicing at a trusted Maserati service center. Among the factors that might be responsible for preventing potential problems and lengthening the duration of parts in a car include normal oil change activities, examination of fluids, and tire rotation processes. 

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In addition, this makes it possible to discover if there are any chances for further development on issues by sticking to instructions concerning service schedules as directed by makers.

Finding the Right Maserati Repair Shop

Picking the appropriate service center for your vehicle is important when it needs Maserati repair. You should find a reputable car service center focusing on Maserati cars that have mechanics who are Maserati experienced technicians, who know how to handle these expensive vehicles well. 

A well-established Maserati repair shop is equipped with the right tools, diagnostic machines, and original Maserati parts to give your car the best care it deserves.

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Common Maserati Repair Issues

Even with proper maintenance, Maserati may encounter certain repair issues over time. Some common problems include:

1. Electrical System Glitches: Maserati automobiles are famed for having top-of-the-line electrical systems, some of which can sometimes stutter or fail in their operations. To avoid more trouble, it is important to tackle such problems promptly. 

2. Transmission Problems: Your Maserati’s performance will be considerably affected by things like rough shifting or leakages associated with the transmission, hence the need for a Maserati service professional to handle this car transmission repair.

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3. Brake System Repairs: Brakes are a critical safety feature, and any issues with brake pads, rotors, or calipers should be repaired immediately by a professional Maserati repair shop.

Preventive Maintenance

There are several preventive measures you can take to maximize the lifespan of your Maserati:

1. Driving Habits: Smooth acceleration, gentle braking, and avoiding excessive idling can reduce wear and tear on your Maserati’s components.

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2. Protecting the Exterior: Regularly washing your Maserati can help protect the paint and prevent premature fading or oxidation. Take your car for regular car washes and park it in a shade in Dubai’s heat.

Choose Munich Motor Works for a Comprehensive Car Check

Maserati repair and maintenance is something that Munich Motor Works has a good reputation for in Dubai. Munich Motor Works makes sure that your car is taken care of in the right way through their experienced team of professionals and modern technology garage coupled with the use of authentic Maserati parts. 

If you want any type of service such as routine service, complex replacements, or a complete vehicle check-up then consider bringing it here because they will offer you all these services without any disappointments in the end.

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To maintain the value of your Maserati for years to come while driving it on the roads in Dubai, proper maintenance coupled with timely repairs is imperative. Doing the following shall ensure that you enjoy driving a Maserati car and get the best service at Munich Motor Works.

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