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JOBS THAT RECYCLING CAN CREATE FOR THE YOUTHS OF GHANA BY STACY M AMEWOYI

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Over recent years, the world has witnessed an increasing level of waste production as a by-product of the increasing level of population, affluence and technological advancement in a given environment or society.
Waste therefore is of a substance, material or by-product which is discarded or unwanted most especially after being used to satisfy a specific need. Waste can be categorized into municipal solid waste which is made up of household trash or refuse, commercial waste and demolition waste; hazardous waste which is derived from industrial waste; biomedical or clinical waste; special hazardous waste which involves radioactive waste, explosive waste, and electronic waste (e-waste).
As a result of civilization and modernization, overpopulation in recent times has brought about both positive and adverse impact on the environment.
One major adverse impact observed is pollution. Due to overpopulation or the increased population level in a given area, the demand for life essentials such as food, household supplies and so on has become very high.
The mismanagement of disposing these commodities or materials namely: rubber, plastic, metals, paper, etc. is what leads to pollution which affects the land, waterbodies and air.
The increasing impact of pollution on the environment has drawn a huge concern on waste management and its associated disposal methods. Recycling has been the most effective remedy to decreasing the level of pollution as well as proper waste disposal and management. It can be described as the process of converting waste into a reusable material. It is mainly about the collection, sorting, and processing of recyclable materials from locations like households, drop off points, businesses, construction and demolition sites.
The recycling industry has been of enormous aid to the management of waste to the benefit of both the natural and human environment and has been adopted worldwide especially in industrious countries and Ghana is of no exception.
Taking account, the many possibilities and opportunities recycling can bring to Ghana, a country whose primary concern has always been on how to curb and mitigate the problem of pollution of which waste is a major factor, the adoption of recycling became a must. Recycling is a yardstick to job creation hence the required and needed procedures to create an environment that encourages it is very vital. The main force that ensures effective change is undeniably the youth of a country.
With the efforts and abilities of the youth of Ghana employed, the challenge of pollution that the country faces can be tackled effectively. I believe firmly in this assertion because not only does it help reduce the increasing level of unemployment recorded in the country of which the youth are basically the greatest affected but also it creates the avenue for talented and creative unemployed graduates to unleash their ability to help find solutions to pollution through recycling.
Recycling has without an iota of a doubt brought the awareness and need for manufacturers to use healthy materials, resulting to non-toxic closed-loop systems and has therefore promoted greater usage of renewable energy. This initiative has thus introduced ambitious remedies that focuses on the quality of air, the treatment of waste, the development of renewable energy and diverse ways of recycling waste into something useful.
The major commodity people patronize when going about their daily activities either is made up of or packaged in plastic as observed in Ghana. Plastic is the highest type of waste that can be spotted at waste dumps and sites all across the country.
Overtime, there have been some existing manufacturing companies as well as new recycling companies that have resulted in employing the youth in this lucrative venture. There are a lot of job opportunities that the youth can take advantage of in this industry.
Setting up a recycling company is one example; whereby an unemployed graduate who by the aid of financial institutions and government grants can get a land for the collection of waste materials (plastic, cans, etc.) that can be sold to other recycling companies or manufacturing companies that are interested in using waste materials in creating something reusable. This serves as a source of revenue for the youth who is capable of establishing a company and increases the entrepreneurial interest and ambition of the youth in Ghana.
Another job opportunity that is created for the youth is recycling organizations or companies employ mostly the youth to go around collecting waste materials from homes, workplaces, hospitals and the environment as a whole.
 The main waste material as I said above that can be found in Ghana is plastic waste. Most of our essentials such as water, food and general products are packaged in plastic thus it is evident to find people drinking and eating from plastic sacs and dumping them on the streets and in every corner possible.
This in turn ends up in the gutters and drainage systems in the country which causes massive flooding during the wet season. The less spoken of the adverse effect derived from this practice the better, which obviously have environmental implications.
The collection of these waste materials by the youth grants them employment, the ability to make money, enhance their likelihood and also improves the state of the environment into a conducive place for both the current and future generation.
It is worth mentioning the opportunity that the recycling industry creates for the unemployed graduates whose expertise or training is in the technical sector of processing and manufacturing. New small scale recycling industries will be in need of the technical expertise of the youth in realizing its objectives hence the margin of unemployed graduates will be minimized. Apart from the aforementioned, the youth will be also needed in the packaging, distribution and marketing sector.
Now this opens up a range of job opportunities to the entire youth not only to the unemployed graduates but also to the recovering youths such as the school drop-outs, teenage parents, the youth who have criminal records like theft and so on as a result of being idle from their unemployment time frame. Those with little or no background of education can also be trained in these fields.
Moreover, the youth can also get involved in creating public awareness and educating the waste management issues, sensitizing the consequences of increment of waste generation without the adoption of recycling methods which should be primarily initiated in our homes. For example, the awareness of promoting good waste disposal practices like sampling and separating solid and liquid waste in our dustbins should be done for easy retrieval of the different waste materials by recycling agencies when they come for them.
The youth can join alliance with the health ministry as well as environmental protection agency in educating the populace on the unconscious and wrong disposal of waste materials immediately after use and how it threatens human health and Ghana’s natural environment.
Last but not the least, innovation is created amongst the youth who delve into the opportunities the recycling industry creates, problems facing the country in terms of sanitation, pollution and unemployment is tackled in an integrated manner by numerous development objectives from both governmental agencies and the youth in concern.
 Also, environmental benefits will be realized through waste recycling whereas social benefits will boost through employment and reintegration of recovering youth into society. Finally, economic benefits will be met through the sale of locally made products from the recycled materials which in turn generates income to help sustain the economy.
The country has already seen young entrepreneurs who have tapped into the recycling business. For instance, the 25-year-old social entrepreneur and graduate of the University, Ms Awurama Kena-Asiedu who is the founder of Ramaplast, a company that recycles and utilizes plastic waste for the production of quality bags for school children as it is projected to provide employment for over 20,000 youth in the country.
 Summarily, recycling tends to have numerous job opportunities for the youth of Ghana and also serves to address the social, economic and environmental problems of our country Ghana.

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COVID-19: Which African airlines are taking off and when?

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Since 25 June, Royal Air Maroc began operating a portion of its domestic flights (Agadir, Dakhla, Laâyoune, and Oujda) from its Casablanca hub, followed by its other hubs, Marrakech and Tangier. The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will also resume operations on the same date, while Air Côte d’Ivoire will reopen for business on 26 June.

However, for many airlines, the situation is less certain. The pan-African carrier ASKY Airlines, which provides service to destinations from Lomé, is waiting for African countries to open their borders before making any announcements. Similarly, Air Algérie has not announced an operations resumption date. Plagued by major financial difficulties, Air Mauritius is set to get back to business on 1 September, whereas RwandAir has suspended its flights until further notice.

On 25 June, Egypt Air said it would resume international flights gradually as of 1 July. The first round from 1 – 7 July will include: Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto, and Washington DC (among others).

As of 8 June, South Africa’s Airlink began taking bookings, while Safair began flights on 15 June. Mango, the low-cost airline of the near-bankrupt South African Airways (SAA) group, also resumed domestic flights as of 15 June.

South Africa has banned leisure travel until the 5-phase lockdown is entirely lifted. It is currently at level 3.

Many questions if South African Airways will be able to resume international flights given it was struggling with bankruptcy prior to the pandemic. A vote by SAA creditors has been postponed to July 16.

The gradual reopening of borders

In the intercontinental segment, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways will be providing service to Paris, Geneva, and Brussels in July, but with a reduced flight schedule. After a controversy sparked by the posting of a fake flight schedule on social media in May, Air France has listed several African capitals in its flight plan for July: Conakry, Cotonou, Douala, Yaoundé, Nouakchott, and Tunis. The airline is currently preparing landing authorization requests for the various countries concerned.

Resurrecting flights from Europe is pinned on both the ability to receive authorization from national civil aviation authorities and the reopening of the Schengen Area. In mid-June, the ECOWAS Ministerial Coordinating Committee for Transport, Logistics, Free Movement, and Trade recommended a gradual reopening of air borders: 15 July for flights between member states, 22 July for flights to non-member African countries and 1 August for intercontinental flights.

These projected dates come up against two obstacles: the health situation is neither clear nor stabilized in several African countries and fears about a second wave remain high in Europe. As a result, no one wants to be responsible for potentially importing cases in either direction.

For passengers, new restrictions are surfacing. For example, Congolese nationals stuck in Paris who want to get on an Air France repatriation flight will have to provide proof that they were tested for COVID-19 before boarding the flight upon their arrival in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. Once they have disembarked, they will have to undergo another COVID-19 screening and quarantine at a hotel.

Air Senegal targets mid-July for Paris flights

Airlines think it will take a while for businesses to return to pre-pandemic levels. Air Côte d’Ivoire, whose operations are currently limited to domestic destinations (Korogho, San Pedro, Bouaké, Man, and Odienné), accordingly plans on a gradual return to its normal service schedule: in a first phase, 25% of flights will resume, before increasing to 50%, all the while having no intention of giving up its expansion strategy in the long-haul segment.

Another example is that of Air Senegal, which resumed its service to Ziguinchor this past weekend, a destination it will get back to serving daily as of next week. While Senegal’s borders are to remain closed until 30 June, the young company, which sent all of its pilots to France to take a “refresher” flight simulator course, plans, according to our sources, to resume flights to Abidjan (four times a week, initially) and to Praia in mid-July. Air Senegal hopes to get back to operating flights to destinations such as Conakry, Bamako, Casablanca, Barcelona, and Marseille in early August, and, starting in September, Ouagadougou, Niamey, Accra, and Lagos. This means the airline could be operating 80% of its pre-pandemic flights at the end of August. Air Senegal will begin offering daily service to Abidjan in October if traffic allows for it.

The airline will know in the coming days if it will be able to resume its service to Paris in mid-July, as it hopes, with an initial schedule of five flights a week. “We can’t figure out how high demand will be. We don’t want to be in overcapacity, but we assume there will always be a segment of travelers who are flying to visit their loved ones,” says a source from Air Senegal, which is set to receive its two A321s in September and October and was the beneficiary of government grants of 45bn CFA francs (€68.5m), an amount which surpasses its target for the funding round scheduled in 2021.

Long-term schedule reductions

For the main West African operators, the crisis could bring about a more streamlined offering, while just before the pandemic many players were battling over small markets. “There were 320,000 seats available for flights between Abidjan and Dakar in a market with 150,000 to 170,000 passengers. The end result is that planes were operating at between 50% and 70% capacity.

The most predatory airlines will surely be more cautious and no longer operate as many flights as before,” says an executive from a West African carrier, adding that Brussels Airlines suspends its stopovers in Conakry and Ouagadougou when Kenya Airways and Vueling reduce their flight schedules.

What’s more, the financial situation of certain players like Air Burkina and Camair-Co, which have temporarily laid off their employees, makes a quick resumption of service more hypothetical than anything else.

Several firms are currently working on air traffic recovery scenarios for carriers and airports. “Three different realities are possible: traffic will fully resume despite the presence of COVID-19 cases, traffic will resume between certain countries that reopened their borders and traffic will resume without any particular restrictions in the absence of no new COVID-19 cases,” says Jean-Marc Bourreau, Global Director of Aviation at the Canadian firm CPCS. He is not counting on a broad-based rebound of air traffic.

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Man Rapes 6-Year-Old Girl In 7 Thunder Church In Owukpa

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A man identified as Patrick Onoja Igah, a native of Ogwurute Itabono Owukpa, was mercilessly beaten by an angry mob for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl (name withheld).

IDOMAVOICE gathered that Mr. Patrick, famously known as Omolomo, was caught pants down while having carnal knowledge of the underage at the premises of 7 Thunder Church located in Akparoji.

Irked by his abominable act, some angry youths pounced on him, tied him, and gave him the beating of his life until he fainted.

Patrick, believed to be in his late 30, was handed over to the local vigilante who will hand him over to the police for immediate prosecution.

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New Verna Water Comes With Vitamins & Folic Acid

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Take hydration to a new height with the new Verna Active Water, available in lemon and strawberry flavours and fortified with folic acid, vitamins and electrolytes essential to keep you hydrated and active for a long time.

Verna Active Water is prized by many for its soft, balanced and gentle round flavour with lots of lemon citrus and strawberry. And it’s easy to drink by itself.
Proudly made in Ghana by industrial giant, Twellium Industrial Company, producers of Verna Mineral Water, Rush Energy Drink, Mcberry Biscuits and many more. Verna Active Water is a testament of the company’s promise to give consumers choices. With a tall list of water, non- alcoholic drinks, biscuits and more, tailored to meet the taste and preferences of consumers. This is yet another promise fulfilled against the background of its extensive experience in the beverage and water industry.

Verna Active Water is the new scientifically formulated drink with folic acid and electrolytes that come in a signature bottle and enhanced with vital vitamins to boost your immune system.
Need the right motivation and enthusiasm to face your most challenging days? Try the thirst- quenching Verna Active Water with pleasant lemon and strawberry flavour to give you the best during the day.

For anyone who lives an active lifestyle and need motivation to combat each task one step at a time. Verna Active Water is the smart choice for athletics, workers and students. 3-time bantamweight world champion, Joseph Agbeko says he drinks Verna Active Water because it contains all the essential nutrients for his active life. Verna Active Water is water for hydration, has a natural fruit flavor and best complements your active life.

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