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African Bicycle Contribution Foundation Convenes its Sixth ...

Sunyani West District, Ghana, Dec. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bernice Dapaah, founder of the bicycle manufacturing company, GBBI, participated in the event after recently returning from a successful three-city tour in the U.S., and a trip to London, with other social entrepreneurs and President Addo.

For its sixth distribution of free bamboo bicycles in Ghana, the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation, a U.S.-based 501(c)3 corporation, recently selected the Sunyani West District, in Brong Ahafo Region. The district is noted for having approximately 32 percent of its total land mass dedicated to forest reserves, and a substantial percentage of its 115,000 residents, especially, in its more rural areas, are involved in agriculture, and more than 60 percent are self-employed.

Over the past 15 months, ABCF has distributed free Eco-Ride bamboo bicycles to students, small farmers and healthcare workers in rural areas of Ghana, including in Accra, Kumasi, Koforidua, Sekyere Afram District, and in other parts of the Brong Ahafo Region (A map depicting the previous distributions has been attached).

Following an opening prayer by Sunyani West Koduakrom School Acting Headmaster Yeboah Kwabena, District Education Director Veronica A. Safforo, provided welcoming remarks to student-recipients, family members and dignitaries, including Kwame Abu, chief of Kwabena Kuma; Banabas Hinneh, chief of Henekrom; Martin Obeng, district chief executive; and Social Welfare Director Thomas Oduro Ofosu, among others. She also introduced Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GBBI) founder and CEO Bernice Dapaah, who offered background information on her Kumasi-based bicycle manufacturing company and its related NGO, the Bright Generation Community Foundation (BGCF).

Next on the agenda was Solomon Owusu Amankwaah, development director, GBBI, who spoke on behalf of the event sponsors, the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation, its executive director Patrícia Marshall Harris and its chairman, A. Bruce Crawley.

During the event, ABCF distributed an additional 40 Ghanaian-made bamboo bicycles to Sunyani West students, farmers and healthcare workers. The foundation plans to sponsor the distribution of 2500 bicycles in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

Since the previous ABCF Bicycle distribution event, Ms. Dapaah has been actively engaged in promoting awareness of GBBI in the United States, where she participated in a Three-City Tour of Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C, meeting, among others, with leaders at St. Joseph’s University’s Haub Business School and Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She also was invited to address the members of the city of Philadelphia’s City Council.

In addition, Ms. Dapaah recently returned from a trade mission to London with President Nana Akufo-Addo and other Ghanaian social entrepreneurs, in celebration of Ghana’s 60th year of independence. In his presentation, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, President Addo explained the role Ghana’s emerging entrepreneurial leaders are playing in assisting him in producing a more economically dependent nation.

Who Is ABCF?

The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to generate funding to underwrite the distribution of bicycles to under-resourced students, families and transport-dependent small business owners on the African continent. The Corporation has made a commitment to finance the free distribution of 2,500 bicycles, in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

ABCF works in partnership, in Ghana, with the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, Bright Generation Community Foundation, The Respect Alliance, and the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce. Included among the foundation’s corporate and charitable nonprofit sponsors are Independence Blue Cross and the Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

For further information about ABCF, please contact the ABCF office: info@africanbike.org.

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A. Bruce Crawley
African Bicycle Contribution Foundation
215-751-0140
abcrawley@m3mpr.com

African Bicycle Contribution Foundation Convenes its Sixth ...

Sunyani West District, Ghana, Dec. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bernice Dapaah, founder of the bicycle manufacturing company, GBBI, participated in the event after recently returning from a successful three-city tour in the U.S., and a trip to London, with other social entrepreneurs and President Addo.

For its sixth distribution of free bamboo bicycles in Ghana, the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation, a U.S.-based 501(c)3 corporation, recently selected the Sunyani West District, in Brong Ahafo Region. The district is noted for having approximately 32 percent of its total land mass dedicated to forest reserves, and a substantial percentage of its 115,000 residents, especially, in its more rural areas, are involved in agriculture, and more than 60 percent are self-employed.

Over the past 15 months, ABCF has distributed free Eco-Ride bamboo bicycles to students, small farmers and healthcare workers in rural areas of Ghana, including in Accra, Kumasi, Koforidua, Sekyere Afram District, and in other parts of the Brong Ahafo Region (A map depicting the previous distributions has been attached).

Following an opening prayer by Sunyani West Koduakrom School Acting Headmaster Yeboah Kwabena, District Education Director Veronica A. Safforo, provided welcoming remarks to student-recipients, family members and dignitaries, including Kwame Abu, chief of Kwabena Kuma; Banabas Hinneh, chief of Henekrom; Martin Obeng, district chief executive; and Social Welfare Director Thomas Oduro Ofosu, among others. She also introduced Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GBBI) founder and CEO Bernice Dapaah, who offered background information on her Kumasi-based bicycle manufacturing company and its related NGO, the Bright Generation Community Foundation (BGCF).

Next on the agenda was Solomon Owusu Amankwaah, development director, GBBI, who spoke on behalf of the event sponsors, the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation, its executive director Patrícia Marshall Harris and its chairman, A. Bruce Crawley.

During the event, ABCF distributed an additional 40 Ghanaian-made bamboo bicycles to Sunyani West students, farmers and healthcare workers. The foundation plans to sponsor the distribution of 2500 bicycles in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

Since the previous ABCF Bicycle distribution event, Ms. Dapaah has been actively engaged in promoting awareness of GBBI in the United States, where she participated in a Three-City Tour of Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C, meeting, among others, with leaders at St. Joseph’s University’s Haub Business School and Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She also was invited to address the members of the city of Philadelphia’s City Council.

In addition, Ms. Dapaah recently returned from a trade mission to London with President Nana Akufo-Addo and other Ghanaian social entrepreneurs, in celebration of Ghana’s 60th year of independence. In his presentation, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, President Addo explained the role Ghana’s emerging entrepreneurial leaders are playing in assisting him in producing a more economically dependent nation.

Who Is ABCF?

The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to generate funding to underwrite the distribution of bicycles to under-resourced students, families and transport-dependent small business owners on the African continent. The Corporation has made a commitment to finance the free distribution of 2,500 bicycles, in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

ABCF works in partnership, in Ghana, with the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, Bright Generation Community Foundation, The Respect Alliance, and the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce. Included among the foundation’s corporate and charitable nonprofit sponsors are Independence Blue Cross and the Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

For further information about ABCF, please contact the ABCF office: info@africanbike.org.

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A. Bruce Crawley
African Bicycle Contribution Foundation
215-751-0140
abcrawley@m3mpr.com

Seaborn Networks’ CEO Larry Schwartz is Named in List of 100 Most ...

BOSTON, Dec. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Seaborn Networks (“Seaborn”), a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, is pleased to announce that Larry Schwartz, Seaborn’s Chairman & CEO, has been named one of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry by Global Telecoms Business (“GTB”).

The Power 100 List annually identifies the most influential people in telecoms, content and Internet companies, selecting nominations from readers of the publication. Larry is one of only six people included on the list from the global subsea and data center industries. GTB notes that these top 100 were “those the industry felt were the real power, the real influencers, behind the telecoms sector” and were chosen by the editorial team with input from GTB’s readers.

In only a few years, Larry has led Seaborn from being a start-up to now being a leading player in the global telecommunications industry, setting precedents with its business model, financing strategy and product set. With submarine cables providing more than 99% of the world’s international data and voice communications, Seaborn continues to play a pioneering role in an industry that is critical to content providers, telecom operators, ISPs, governments and cloud-centric enterprises.

“This recognition helps to confirm Seaborn’s strategy as a unique management-controlled, developer-owner-operator of transoceanic subsea systems,” said Larry Schwartz.

Seaborn is the developer-owner-operator of Seabras-1, the only direct subsea system between São Paulo, Brazil and New York, USA. In addition, Seaborn is actively developing the ARBR subsea system between Argentina – Brazil and the SABR subsea system between South Africa – Brazil.

To view the full list, click here:
https://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/article/b14xj0qzzyc34x/gtb-announces-power100-for-2017?copyrightInfo=true

About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn is a leading developer-owner-operator of independent submarine fiber optic cable systems, including now fully operational Seabras-1 between U.S. – Brazil, ARBR between Brazil – Argentina (RFS Q4 2018), and SABR between Brazil /South Africa (RFS 2019).  Seaborn has offices in the U.S., Brazil and England, and fully operational 24X7 NOC and disaster recovery NOC. Management has experience in designing, building, financing and operating many of the world’s largest submarine and terrestrial networks. www.seabornnetworks.com

Media Contact
Kate Wilson, Seaborn Networks
Tel: +1 978 471 3169
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La Centrale à Cycle Combiné d’Azito, du groupe Globeleq, va ...

LONDRES, 13 décembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Azito Energie, filiale du groupe Globeleq, producteur d’électricité de premier plan, opérant uniquement sur le continent africain, vient de signer un accord avec le Gouvernement de Côte d’Ivoire pour mettre en œuvre des améliorations techniques sur sa centrale thermique à cycle combiné d’Azito, située à proximité d’Abidjan. La mise à niveau des turbines à gaz permettra notamment d’accroître la capacité installée et la disponibilité, d’améliorer le rendement de la centrale et de réduire ses émissions en CO2.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth

La centrale existante d’Azito a une capacité installée de 430 MW. Elle joue un rôle important dans le secteur électrique Ivoirien en fournissant plus de 25 % des besoins en énergie électrique du pays. Une fois l’amélioration technique achevée, 30 MW supplémentaires seront mis à disposition du réseau national pour contribuer à améliorer la couverture des besoins électrique du pays.

La production annuelle prévisionnelle attendue est de 3 130 GWh. Ces améliorations vont permettre d’augmenter le rendement de la centrale et de diminuer les émissions de CO2 sur la durée de vie des installations de 420 000 tonnes environ. Ces améliorations permettront également de prolonger le cycle des inspections des turbines à gaz, et par voie de conséquence, de diminuer le nombre d’inspections majeures et d’améliorer la disponibilité de la centrale.

Mike Scholey, le président d’Azito Energie et Directeur des Operations de Globeleq, a notamment indiqué que “la centrale d’Azito est une infrastructure capitale pour le secteur électrique de la Côte d’Ivoire depuis sa mise en service en 1999. C’est également une des centrales à cycle combiné les plus puissantes et les plus efficaces de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Cette mise à niveau technologique de la centrale débutera au premier semestre 2018 et s’achèvera fin 2019. »

Avec cet investissement destiné à l’augmentation et l’amélioration des capacités de production de la centrale d’Azito, Globeleq renforce son engagement dans le secteur électrique de la Côte d’Ivoire et continue ainsi à se développer et contribuer à produire l’énergie électrique dont l’Afrique a si besoin pour sa croissance. »

Présentation rapide de Globeleq
Globeleq est un développeur, propriétaire et exploitant de centrales de production d’électricité de premier plan en Afrique. Son équipe expérimentée de spécialistes a su créer un portefeuille diversifié de centrales électriques indépendantes, générant plus de 1 200 MW sur huit sites répartis dans cinq pays. Les projets en cours de développement représentent environ 2 000 MW et le groupe prévoit d’accroître ses capacités de production à travers de nouvelles centrales au cours des dix années à venir. www.globeleq.com

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Globeleq’s Azito power plant will increase its generation capacity

LONDON, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, a leading independent power producer solely focused on Africa, has indicated that its majority owned subsidiary, Azito Energie and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire have signed an agreement to enable implementation of technical improvements to its Azito combined cycle power plant near Abidjan.  The improvements will increase the plant capacity and efficiency, improve the availability of the plant and reduce CO2 emissions.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth

The existing power plant has an installed capacity of 430 MW and already plays an important part in the sector, supplying around 25 percent of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity. Once the technical improvements have been made, the plant’s capacity will increase by around 30 MW adding much needed electricity to the national grid.

With planned annual production of 3,130 GWh, the technical improvements will increase the efficiency of the power plant, avoiding the production of approximately 420,000 metric tonnes of CO2 over the life span of the plant.  The enhancements will also extend the lifetime of equipment, requiring less inspections and improving the plant’s availability.

Azito Energie’s Chairman and COO of Globeleq, Mike Scholey, commented: “Azito has been an ever present cornerstone of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity sector since 1999, and is today one of the largest and most efficient thermal power plants in West Africa. The upgrade is scheduled to occur from the first half of 2018 to end of 2019.  This investment in improvements to the plant reinforces Globeleq’s commitment to ensure Côte d’Ivoire’s power generation sector continues to develop and supply much needed electricity to power Africa’s growth.”

About Globeleq

Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation in Africa.  Its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating more than 1,200 MW in 8 locations across 5 countries.  The company has around 2,000 MW of power projects in development and plans to add significant MW of new power generation during the next 10 years.  www.globeleq.com

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South African Film Maker Brings Global Awareness to Big 5 Gaming and ...

Powerful Film Uncovers the Real Life Story of Government Corruption and Lies in South Africa and its Effect and Illegal Support of the Black Market Ivory Trade of Rhino Horns

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dual Films announces the public screening of Bloodlines Now or Never on the heels of awards season in Hollywood today. Written and produced by South African Film Maker, Serial Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist, Tariku Bogale, Bloodlines sheds light on the illegal ivory trade of rhino horns on the black market and the government corruption taking place in South Africa.

In South Africa, the price of a rhino horn is higher than cocaine. The now multibillion dollar illegal Rhino Trade industry is led by some of the most dangerous Asian Cartels, who are bribing the government to allow its continuation with no repercussions. Rhinos, who are on the world’s majestic big five animal extinction list, are fighting for their lives to escape the illegal hunting, while global organizations are fighting to save them and extract them out of South Africa to safer environments.

Given the political upset in South Africa, combined with global pressure to continue endangered species laws, Bogale became determined to tell the chilling secret of Big Game Hunting in hopes his movie will shed more light on the subject and convince people to lend more support to the cause.

Bogale will also be leveraging his film and books to help drive awareness on wider global initiatives in 2018 with the launch of his new non-profit charity which is aimed towards raising money to help support more stringent gaming laws. Through various air and animal sanctuary partners, on the top of Bogale’s list is to secure transport and new homes to over 100 rhinos and babies to safe sanctuaries sand zoos around the globe.

Additional screenings will also take place through December 21st at the Landmark Regent Theater located at 1045 Broxton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024 and are open to the public with more screenings scheduled in other cities. Bogale is scheduled to visit LA for a special VIP Screening and Cocktail Reception on December 19th at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills.

About Dual Films: Dual Films is a South African production company that produces films and books that focus on global issues that impact the international communities.

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Axis Entertainment
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Women Leaders at African Bicycle Contribution Foundation’s Panel ...

Key themes: Women Should do better at mentoring younger women and using their social capital, but they also control $14 Trillion of U.S. Wealth

Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As part of its recent Three-City U.S.Tour, which featured Bernice Dapaah, CEO and founder of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiatives (GBBI), the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF) (www.africanbike.org) convened, at the Aramark headquarters offices in Center City Philadelphia, “Why Women Should Have a Seat at The Table,” a panel presentation, featuring four female CEOs and leaders from across the globe.

As moderator, Renee Chenault Fattah, an ABCF board member, broadcast journalist, and former Wall Street attorney, said in her opening remarks that the panel had been designed to bring geographically and ethnically diverse women together to share their views and strategies on how to increase female private and public sector leadership, across international borders.

The panelists included Bernice Dapaah; Ms. Gerianne DiPiano, CEO and founder of FemmePharma Global Healthcare, a corporation that develops over-the-counter and prescription treatment options to address health issues that affect women; and Dr. Nina Ahmad, a native of Bangladesh, a board member of the Philadelphia Foundation, and a former Deputy Mayor of the city of Philadelphia.

The key themes expressed by the participants were:Women are significantly underrepresented in large corporate settings; they have to become substantially better at mentoring and building their own mentorship systems; they have to become assertive, and not frustrated, when met with gender-based career impediments; they have to “set their own narrative” for achieving success; their career aspirations have to be set higher; and the time to take action, on each of those fronts, is now.

As Gerianne DiPiano said, “Women do well in conceiving interesting ideas, even disruptive ideas, but it’s time, now, for them to become more effective at creating outcomes, at serving as mentors for one another and at, supportively, “lifting a sister up.”

She also stressed that women need to be more “intentional,” explaining that females control $14 trillion of wealth in the U.S. Accordingly, Ms. DiPiano encouraged the women in the audience to support woman-owned entrepreneurs, to “open your purses and support your fellow-woman.”

In her remarks, Ms. Dapaah emphasized the need to “get involved with ‘younger ladies’ who want to do constructive things, in a different way.” She added that she was especially proud that her company, GBBI, built its iconic bamboo bicycle frames with Ghanaian raw materials, and that the company creates employment for a growing number of local African women.

A key theme for Dr.Ahmad was that women have a clear need to become more comfortable in speaking up at critical meetings. One of the first steps, she said, would be learning how “not to be silent,” when decisions are being made.

When the discussion turned to womens’ growing impact on corporate decision-making, Ms. DiPiano reminded the attendees that in 1995, there were “zero” women CEOs in Fortune 500 Companies. She went on to say that, today, women are still only 5 percent of those CEOs and that such a level is not sufficient, “not where we want to be.”

In the closing recommendations, the panelists stressed the need to move beyond discussion, and on to meaningful action.

Ideas for achieving that goal included Ms.DiPiano’s suggestion that women create “safe spaces” so that aspiring female leaders feel comfortable in approaching one another for career guidance and support. She encouraged women to “think larger, think bigger” but, added that, in setting their career advancement strategies, women should never confuse confidence with abrasiveness.

Dr. Ahmad agreed, and added emphatically that “Everyone should leave the panel presentation knowing one person they didn’t know before.”

In her own closing comments moderator Chenault-Fattah noted that “Women need to know that there are other women out there doing great things, who can serve as role models and mentors, domestically and globally.”

In her closing remarks, following the panel presentation, ABCF Executive Director Patricia Marshall Harris said, “The climate is not going to change unless women do something to make it happen. Let’s decide whether we want to stand outside the door and let everyone else pass by, or knock on the door and, when it opens, say, “There’s a seat over there; it has my name on it.”

The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation(ABCF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to generate funding to underwrite the distribution of free bicycles, made by the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative(GBBI), to under-resourced students, small farmers and healthcare workers, on the African continent. The corporation has made a commitment to finance the distribution of 2500 bicycles, in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

 

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A. Bruce Crawley
African Bicycle Contribution Foundation
215-751-0140
abcrawley@m3mpr.com

Four suspects to appear in court for possession of drugs and ...

Four suspects, aged between 27 and 30 years, are due to appear in the Vryheid Magistrate's Court tomorrow facing possession of drugs and unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Ulundi Task Team members were conducting their crime prevention duties at Lakeside, Vryheid area when they stopped four suspects in the area.

The first suspect (29) was searched and found in possession of three unlicensed firearms and ammunition. He was also found in possession of 3.659kg of dagga and heroin. The other three suspects aged 27 and 30 were found in possession of small quantity of dagga and heroin. All suspects were charged accordingly.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the members for the arrest of the suspects and recovered firearms and drugs. Our police officers will continue with their Festive Season operations in the province to ensure that our communities are safe from the criminals during these holidays. These are the weapons normally used during faction fights, taxi related incidents and violent crimes. We are encouraging the community to work closely with the police in the fight against crime by providing valuable information about illegal firearms in their areas.

Source: South African Police Service