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It’s Billy for Branson: Virgin Atlantic recruits youngest ever Air-Prentice

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BillydoesBransonAircraftBilly Yeomans, 10, from Chichester, has been appointed by Virgin Atlantic to test and approve the airline’s newly refurbished 747 fleet after winning a nationwide search to find the next Sir Richard Branson. The pint-sized primary school pupil was chosen from over 600 applicants to become the airline’s first Junior Approvals Manager in an initiative spearheaded by the boss himself. Billy, a plane crazy, aviation and adventure enthusiast wowed judges by creating his own plane cabin in his family home, collecting over 30 aeroplane safety cards and navigating his Dad on a flight to Switzerland.   Billy had free reign of the plane, which is fresh from a 95,000 hour refit, for a day at Gatwick Airport and will submit a full report to Sir Richard giving his verdict on the newly refitted 747 fleet. Whilst on-board, Billy was given exclusive access to the in-flight entertainment system, after dipping into some movies and then settling on playing a game he described it as ‘brilliant’. Billy then taste-tested a new 747 menu, which is being launched along with the refitted cabins, and was served by the glamorous Virgin Atlantic cabin crew throughout. He finished the day with a hands-on test of the redesigned seats, which Virgin Atlantic believe to be the comfiest ever on board a 747, and after plenty of seat adjustment and a quick snooze Billy certainly agreed. Once the ten year-olds’ report has been approved, the planes will go on to take over 650 flights a year, carrying over half a million children to destinations including the Caribbean and the USA. Billy will now give a kid’s eye view on future on-board improvements and will be a sounding board for all child-focused developments undertaken by the airline. Sir Richard Branson said, “As a child I was mad about planes and the sense of adventure and excitement of being in the sky. We wanted to find someone who feels the same way as I still do about flying. Billy was the perfect young man for the job and he is going to be giving our newly refitted 747s the once over; watching films, eating our food and rating our wonderful cabin crew. Hopefully he’ll have great fun doing it too.” Branson’s right-hand kid, Billy Yeomans, said “I gave the plane a really thorough inspection and could’ve sat for hours watching movies and playing on the games, even the food was quite tasty although it doesn’t beat my Mum’s home cooking. When I grow up I’d love to be a pilot”]]>

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Encourage Decentralization to Accelerate Development – Okyenhene

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Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has encouraged governments and business leaders to decentralise their operations to accelerate development. He said this when the senior management team of Telecel Ghana, a leading telecommunications company in Ghana, paid a courtesy call on him.

The visit was aimed at advancing a stronger relationship between Telecel Ghana and Okyenhene as well as seeking his blessings and guidance in the company’s new journey as Telecel Ghana. In March 2024, Telecel Ghana officially unveiled its brand to Ghanaians in a spectacular event in Accra.

Led by Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai, CEO of Telecel Ghana, the delegation expressed their gratitude to the Okyenhene for his warm reception and unwavering support towards businesses operating within his jurisdiction. They also highlighted Telecel Ghana’s commitment to contributing to the socio-economic development of Ghana through its innovative telecommunications solutions and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

She reiterated the company’s dedication to ensuring seamless connectivity and digital inclusion for Ghanaians and affirmed Telecel Ghana’s readiness to partner with the Okyenhene ahead of his 25th anniversary celebration.  She added, “we will continue to work with other stakeholders to explore opportunities for expanding telecommunications infrastructure and enhancing access to digital technologies in Ghana.”

The Okyenhene commended Telecel Ghana for its efforts in providing reliable and affordable telecommunications services to the people of Ghana. He emphasized the importance of promoting decentralisation by key government agencies and business operations across the country to accelerate development, citing the vast land space in his kingdom which he is willing to release for development. He also threw a broader challenge to Ghanaian entrepreneurs to venture into setting up indigenous telecommunication businesses in Ghana.

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The visit concluded with an exchange of gifts and pleasantries, symbolizing the mutual respect and goodwill between Telecel Ghana and the Okyenhene.

Telecel Ghana remains committed to building strong partnerships with traditional authorities, government institutions, and other stakeholders to drive sustainable development and create shared value for the people of Ghana.