Archive | February, 2012

Virgin Atlantic announces new flights from Accra to London

23 Feb

In response to growing demand, Virgin Atlantic is increasing the number of flights to London Heathrow. From 26 March 2012, Virgin Atlantic will be flying 5 times a week with travel between Accra and London Heathrow, also giving connections further on the Virgin Atlantic network to the United States.

In the last six months, sales have grown by more than 50% in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class and Premium Economy cabins aimed at business travellers and those looking for some luxury.  A service will now run every day apart from Thursdays and Sundays, with Thursday being the busiest day for travel between the two locations.

Nick Taylor, Virgin Atlantic’s Country Manager for West Africa said, “Virgin Atlantic is making a clear commitment to Ghana and we’re pleased to be supporting business links to and from the UK. We understand time is so valuable, especially to our business travellers, and we’ve responded to feedback increasing the number of weekly services.”

This news comes hot on the heels of Virgin Atlantic’s announcement to invest £100m in its business class products during the next three years.   New flights to Vancouver, Cancun, San Francisco and the Caribbean have also been announced in the past six months.

Kwame Achampong-Kyei, the executive Chairman of GLICO Group; and one of Virgin Atlantic’s top Flying Club members said, “This is welcome news to us who have come to value the service style and attention to detail that Virgin Atlantic brings. This is what really defines great business delivery and we look forward to more flights also being announced”

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ROAD ACCIDENTS TO REDUCE DRASTICALLY …As RS Management Services Gears up to Begin Operations.

17 Feb

ROAD ACCIDENTS TO REDUCE DRASTICALLY

…As RS Management Services Gears up to Begin Operations.

 

 

The Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), a road services provider, is set to start operations, amidst high prospects for job creation for thousands of Ghanaian youths.

 

The company, which is pursuing a multifaceted road safety management initiative aimed at enhancing safe road transportation, is making huge investments in what would change the face of road safety in the country.

 

Among other things, the company is rolling out its road safety project which is focusing on, investments in the establishment of facilities to provide advanced road safety.

 

The project, which is expected to generate some 4,000 jobs for the youth, is a collaborative initiative with the Ministries of Transport and Finance & Economic Planning, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Police Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU).

 

As part of the project, RSMSL is financing the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of a network of traffic cameras to check excessive speeding on the roads.

 

It is also investing in the building, operation and maintenance of a vehicle recovery and towing service centres on the highways for rapid removal and recovery of accident or broken down vehicles on the roads.

 

To aid the towing operations, the company is also investing in the construction of a full service vehicle parking centres that would accommodate towed and accident vehicles, as well as offer repair services to for faulty vehicles.

 

Additionally, the company, which is a wholly-owned Ghanaian firm specialised in road safety management through the use of electronic traffic, security and safety solutions, is building of rest stops on all the major roads in collaboration with the relevant Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

 

This is aimed at providing motorists with driving breaks so as to reduce road accidents attributable to driver fatigue.

These rest stops would also serve as service centres equipped with eco- and family-friendly facilities and will offer quick service dining, coffee, convenience retail, tourism information and fully-furnished washrooms.

 

The 24-hour rest centres are expected to be adequately equipped to provide motorists and travellers alike all the safety, security and other basic needs for total comfort during the course of the journey, such as emergency vehicle serving.

 

Furthermore, the company is financing the acquisition of an initial 20 state-of-the-art ambulances to ensure the provision of a consistent and reliable ambulance services at vantage points on major roads.

 

The benefit of the company’s planned investments range from job creation through skills acquisition and technology transfer to accelerated economic development.

 

On job creation, with the exception of a few expatriate staff who are expected to provide technical advisory services and support in the stages of the project, the entire operations is to be fully staffed by Ghanaians.

 

The project is envisaged to provide an initial employment for about 1,000 Ghanaians who will man the communication, recovery and service centres along the major roads.

 

The establishment of the various Rest Stops and Service Centres along our highways will also create about 350 construction related jobs and around 2,500 in the service delivery system. Aside from these direct job avenues to be created, these centres will also generate other economic spinoffs for the surrounding communities

 

It is also envisaged that the ambulance service to be established would generate employment for at least 100 Ghanaians at the onset.

 

According to management of the company, the project will significantly contribute to poverty reduction, and also help the government to save cost from effects of road accidents.

 

Apart from the generation of close to 4000 jobs for the youth, the project is expected to offer a further boost to vehicle and equipment parts dealers as all other providers of resources needed for the smooth running and maintenance of the various facilities under RSMSL projects.

 

“The smooth take off of these projects present the nation with opportunities for significant development and transfer of skills in technology applications to road safety and security management. The operations of the company are geared at addressing the four major areas identified the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) as contributing factors to road traffic accidents.

 

According to the NRSC, the company’s collaborative partner, human Factors unsafe vehicles, including broken down and abandoned vehicles, road and environmental hazards and poor emergency medical response are the contributory factors to road accidents in the country.

The Police Administration, which has expressed its commitment to work with RSMSL, is optimistic that the project would help to the major challenge of the unavailability of proper towing services facing MTTU.

Paul Tawiah Quaye, the IGP, recently expressed about the operations of RSMSL, whose technological expertise and resources in towing services, he observed, will help to reduce deaths, create jobs and accelerate the economic development in the country.

Recent statistics show that six people die daily through road accidents, culminating in some 1,800 people perishing annually.

Twenty three percent of the victims are occupants of commercial vehicles, while majority accidents are caused by the presence of broken-down vehicles on the roads.

 

“DESIST FROM DUMPING WASTE INTO THE SEA” … TMA Waste Management Boss Dears

16 Feb

 

The head of the Waste Management Department of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Mr. Edward Mba has appealed to the people of Tema New Town to desist from dumping refuse, especially toxic waste into the sea as the practice tends to negatively affect the community and its people through the outbreak of diseases and reduced fish yields.

Mr. Mba said this when he addressed a gathering at an environmental sanitation durbar organized by Zoomlion Ghana Limited last Tuesday at Tema Newtown. The programme forms part of a series of community-based environmental sanitation durbars rolled out by the company with the rationale of bringing together traditional authorities, sanitation experts, public officials and other community stakeholders together to brainstorm on how best to tackle the environmental sanitation problems the respective communities are faced with.

The chairman for the occasion, Nii Adjetey Agbo, the Manklalo of Tema seized the opportunity to admonish the people of Tema New Town to endeavor to keep their environment clean and healthy. This, he said, will go a long way to prevent diseases such as malaria and cholera in the community. Nii Adjetey Agbo also called on the people to support the efforts of Zoomlion Ghana Limited in order to attain our mutual goal of keeping the country green, clean and healthy.

In his welcome address, the Tema Zone Manager of Zoomlion , Mr. George Aguadze explained that “Zoomlion has created this platform so that each and every one of us, wherever we may find ourselves, can play an active role in educating people around us with regards to keeping our environment clean. It is also fact that in whatever capacity we find ourselves – Parent, Teachers, pupils, and Community Leaders – we have very vital roles to play when it comes to sanitation education and awareness creation”, Mr. Aguadze added.

On his part, the Coordinating Director for TMA, Mr. Charles Kotey maintained that environmental consciousness and good sanitation enhances the quality of our health and socio-economic condition. He urged individuals in the community to play their part by keeping their immediate surroundings tidy, participating in periodic clean-ups and adhering strictly to environmental sanitation by-laws and guidelines concerning appropriate on-premises waste management and animal husbandry.

The Communications Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mrs. Isabella Gyau Orhin thanked the people of Tema Newtown for the support they have given the company over the years and expressed the hope that the relationship will even grow better. She re-echoed Zoomlion’s commitment to combine its waste management and environmental sanitation operations with various public education and sensitization programmes to accelerate the attainment of Ghana’s sanitation goals. She went on to mention some of the public education programmes the company has embarked on in the past such as the Lorry Park campaign, Public Education in Islamic Communities and now Community-based Environmental Sanitation Durbars.

Mrs. Orhin maintained that “Zoomlion sees the individuals in the communities as major stakholders in the sanitation industry and hence the need for these programmes”. She also used the occasion to advise the school children present to act as peer educators in the fight against filth.

 

 

“DESIST DUMPING WASTE INTO THE SEA” … TMA Waste Management Boss Dears

16 Feb

“STOP DUMPING REFUSE INTO THE SEA” … Urged TMA Waste Management Boss at Zoomlion Sanitation Durbar

15 Feb

ROAD ACCIDENTS TO REDUCE DRASTICALLY …As Road Safety Management Services Gears up to Begin Operations.

15 Feb

“STOP DUMPING REFUSE INTO THE SEA” … Urged TMA Waste Management Boss at Zoomlion Sanitation Durbar

15 Feb