Hanergy Launches CSR Campaign to Bring Accessible Solar Powered Lighting to Africa

Company’s innovative thin-film solar powered “Humbrella” to help increase access to clean and free electricity

BEIJING, April 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy, a pioneering multinational clean energy company, today announced the launch of its “Lighting Africa” Project, under which the company will donate its first off line bath of solar-powered Humbrella, which is worth of a million RMB (US$160,000) to Africa through the China NGO Network for International Exchange.

Founder of Hanergy Li Hejun takes a group picture with NGO representative and African Ambassadors

The Hanergy 2018 Humbrella CSR Launch Ceremony was attended by ambassadors from 22 African nations as well as representatives from 8 NGOs, 10 multi-national companies and stakeholders from various circles.

Humbrella is the latest addition to the company’s growing roster of mobile energy solutions. Combining the world’s highest conversion efficiency thin-film solar panels with the common umbrella, the Humbrella integrates four functions including off-grid power supply, electricity storage, night lighting, and terminal charging. The Humbrella has a diameter of 2.7 meters and weighs only 8.8 kilograms due to Hanergy’s amazingly light & flexible thin film solar panels.

Currently, only 37% of Africans have access to a stable power supply and electricity shortages routinely prevent children from having enough time for study, seriously impacting their education. The Humbrella offers a practical solution to this problem by converting sunshine and store as much as 40000 mAh electricity, ensuring a 10-hour high quality reading time for children, or charging more than 10 3000mAh smart phones. In addition to lighting, the Humbrella is equipped with 4 UBS ports, which could be plugged for lamps, small fans, or electric insect repellent.

At a speech delivered at the launch event, Hanergy CEO Li Hejun said, “It is an honor for us to be able to use our unique mobile energy and thin film solar capabilities to contribute to public welfare in Africa. We hope that the Humbrella will light up the lives of many Africans and open up new possibilities for the future of African development.”

“I take this opportunity to invite Hanergy Group to consider the possibility of investing in the energy sector in Senegal by taking advantage of the many opportunities and incentives that my government offers to foreign investors,” said Mr. Mamadou Ndiaye, Senegal ambassador to China.

Although in the popular imagination Africa has a beautiful and clean natural environment, the fact is that air pollution is very serious in many areas due to the widespread use of diesel power generators. These generators emit toxic and harmful gases and cause respiratory and heart disease while also contributing to the occurrence of acid rain, which threatens food production and biodiversity. Because the Humbrella leverages thin-film solar power generation technology to directly convert solar energy into electricity, it can replace diesel generators and achieve “zero emission” energy.

The Humbrella launch event in Beijing also saw the establishment of Hanergy’s public welfare initiative, the “Lighting Africa Foundation.” Open to participants from all over the world, the foundation will match every purchase of a Humbrella sent to Africa with one US dollar to be invested in long-term poverty alleviation and public welfare activities, thus doubly contributing to the public benefit of local communities in Africa.

“As China’s largest NGO, we welcome more companies like Hanergy could contribute to African people’s welfare. Hanergy provides a good mobile energy solution to Africa and sets a good example of corporate social responsibility. Hopefully more organizations and companies could join the project in making the world a brighter place,” said Liu Kaiyang, Deputy Secretary-General of China NGO Network for International Exchanges.

About Hanergy

Hanergy, the world’s largest clean energy company, has a comprehensive clean energy solution, covering hydro-power, wind-power, and solar power. Since 2009, Hanergy focuses on thin-film solar power research and development, and is launching a series of products including solar roof tiles, foldable solar-paper power bank, solar backpack, Building Integrated Photovoltaics, solar roads and many others. With a worldwide staff of more than 16,000 and more than 2500 patents, Hanergy is devoted to providing the world a clean energy solution for a better life and sustainable world.

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My and I friend raped a lady to break blood covenant- Fetish Priest

Accra – Kofi Eniado, a fetish priest has told a High Court sitting during the Justice for All Programme in Winneba Prisons that he and his friend, now at large raped a lady in order to break a blood covenant.

Eniado’s explanation in his affidavit compelled Mr Saani Rasheed, a legal practitioner, to decline to move his motion for bail. Eniado was arrested in March this year for raping lady in a shrine in the Central Region.

Mr Rasheed held that Eniado’s explanation was weird as such he could not move the motion.

The trial Judge, Mr Justice Clemence K. Honyenugah did not delve into his case because of the nature and circumstances of the matter.

Eniado was therefore sent back to custody.

The accused person appeared before the Justice for All Programme sittings held at the Winneba Prisons.

POS Foundation, a Human Rights non-governmental organisation, filed for bail for remand prisoners including the accused person.

POS Foundation in 2014 was given the franchise by the Judicial Service to coordinate the Justice for all programme by provide legal aid to remand prisoners.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GM crops capable of controlling Fall Armyworms – National Biosafety Authority

Accra, – Mr Eric Amaning Okoree, Chief Executive Officer, National Biosafety Authority (NBA) says genetically modified (GM) crops have a high potential of controlling the fall armyworm.

He noted that the fall armyworms could not attack all plants, which indicates that some plants had natural resistance and therefore, maize and other crops that could not withstand the army worm needed to be genetically modified.

Mr Okoree made these remarks in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra on the sideline of a media training and seminar on biotechnology and Biosafety.

The event dubbed: ‘Agric Dialogue Series’ was organised by the Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) in collaboration with Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB).

GARDJA’s initiative which registered over fifty journalists, created an avenue to gain knowledge on science reporting, the importance of modern biotechnology and its impact on agriculture.

Mr Okoree said the modern biotechnology system allows scientists and researchers to transfer genes from plants that have natural resistance through genetic engineering and then insert it to maize which implies the maize will be genetically modified.

He further explained that the maize would then have natural resistance inbuilt; to resist the fall army worm.

He said the biotechnology system was possible; however, the technology was not available in Ghana.

Mr Okoree noted that it was about time Ghana adopted it; and it should be backed by enough funding, as scientists and researchers would need lots of funds trying to transfer genes from the natural source.

He said the objective of NBA was to ensure an adequate level of protection in the field of safe development transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms from biotechnology that may have adverse effect on health and environment.

Dr Richard Ampadu-Ameyaw, National Coordinator for OFAB said there were no nutritional differences between genetically modofied organisms (GMOs) and their non-GMO counterparts, unless the nutritional content of the GM crop had been intentionally modified.

He said GM and non-GM crops all compete and struggle for position of dominance in their ecosystem to ensure that winner- takes -all; and this was not the case of the GM crops alone.

Studies shows that GM crops pose no risk to the environment, but rather help to reduce agriculture’s impact on human health and the environment, he added.

Professor Kenneth Ellis Danso, Director at the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute, also noted that plant biotechnology involved the modification of the generic material of the plant with the aim of developing or improving one or more characteristics in the organism.

He said contrary to popular misconceptions, GM crops were the most extensive crops ever added to our food supply.

Prof Danso said the prospects for adopting modern methods of improving crops in Ghana would ensure food security, higher economic benefits and mitigation against climate change; all these advantages meets the Sustainable Development Goals to which Ghana is a signatory.

Dr Richard Ampadu-Ameyaw, National Coordinator for OFAB said there were no nutritional differences between GMOs and their non-GMO counterparts, unless the nutritional content of the GM crop has been intentionally modified.

He said GM and non- GM crops all compete and struggle for position of dominance in their ecosystem to ensure that winner takes all; and this was not the case of the GM crops alone.

Studies shows that GM crops pose no risk to the environment, but rather help to reduce agriculture’s impact on human health and the environment, he saidd.

Mrs Ama Kudom-Agyemang, an Environmental Communicator/ Journalist, tasked the media to provide a platform through which the farmer could engage with policy makers, so their perspectives could be taken on board.

She pointed out that the media is positioned to raise the profile of agriculture amongst decision-makers as well as the wider public, and in communicating farmers’ needs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MTN Ghana Foundation supports ICT training of girls

Accra, – MTN Ghana, one of the leading telecommunications companies in the country, through its Foundation, has organized training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for 50 selected girls from the La Bawleshie Presbyterian Junior High School (JHS) in Accra.

They were trained in Android App Development and how to develop a technology solution that created safe space for girls to express themselves.

This was timed to coincide with the celebration of the international girls in ICT day.

Expending horizons, changing attitudes was the theme chose for this year’s event.

Madam Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, said the company, was determined to lead the effort at helping to expose girls to the opportunities offered by ICT.

It was eager to create the awareness for them to choose careers in that field, she added.

They needed to be encouraged to embrace and make the most of ICT to transform the world.

She indicated that statistics showed that only 20 per cent of technology jobs in leading technology firms was held by women, and said that must change.

Madam Fiagbenu urged the girls to develop interest in the ICT industry, take advantage of the opportunity, learn new skills, be innovative, and to go out to challenge the status-quo.

“It is important to know that, almost all jobs now require some basic skills in ICT, be it healthcare, education, environmental protection, communications or good governance.,”

Five women in ICT from MTN Ghana were present to inspire the girls with their experiences, urging them to explore career options, read more books to make the right decisions in life.

Madam Regina Honu, the Chief Executive Officer of Soronko Academy, noted that only three per cent of women globally, were into ICT creating a huge gap in that space.

That could not continue because the world was increasingly becoming digital.

It was on the basis of this that it was vital to empower girls to know that there were numerous opportunities in ICT they could take advantage of.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Four person remanded into Police custody for various offences

Accra, Four Persons have been remanded into Police custody by an Accra Circuit Court for various offences including conspiracy to commit crime, forcible entry, trespass, possessing ammunition without lawful authority and possession of narcotic drug.

The accused persons, who pleaded not guilty are Fuad Mohammed Fiadziegbe; 35 years, Sulemana Ibrahim; 38 years, Mallam Abdu Fatah; 36 years and Habib Alfah; 45 years. They are to reappear on Wednesday, May 9.

Prosecuting Superintendent of Police Kwaku Bempah told the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh that the complaint in the case are Lomo Laryea, the Lawful Administrator of Okantsum Family of La/Accra and Police officers from the Regional Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) of Police Regional Headquarters.

He said Mohammed, Ibrahim, Mallam and Habib were also Barber, Trader, Herbalist and Driver, residing at Nima:Alaska and Spintex respectively.

He said on November 26, 2015, Numo Nmashie Family had an Appeal Court judgment covering about seventy-two villages in Accra; follow a protracted dispute with Okantsuru Family of La.

He said Okantsuru Family also obtained Supreme Court judgment covering eighty acres of land, situated at Amanhia near Dodowa and Numo Nmashie family claimed that the 80 acres of Okantsuru family falls within their area of jurisdiction.

The Prosecution said on January 20, this year at about 14 hours the complainant reported to Police that, whilst his clients were preparing a portion of their family land at Amanhia, a group of land guards armed with guns, sword, machete and other offensive weapon laid ambush around the site in readiness to attack his workers.

Supt Bempah said on the receipt of the information a team of Police personnel from the Regional CTU accompanied by the complainant proceeded to the site.

He said immediately the land guards felt the presence of the Police, they started firing at the Police and the Police quickly returned fire and in the process, Mohammed, who was holding pump action gun and firing indiscriminately was shot at his right leg.

He said the land guards put up a fierce resistance and struggled with the Police, but the arresting team managed to arrest eleven of them including Mohammed.

A search conducted on the accused persons revealed one pump action gun from Mohammed, two small live cartridges and two wrappers of dried leaves suspected to be Narcotic drugs, retrieved from Ibrahim, two BB live cartridges and quantities of dried leaves suspected to be Narcotic drugs retrieved from Mallam and one long sword was also retrieved from Habib, he added.

He said Mohammed was rushed to the Police Hospital, the same day for treatment and was subsequently admitted and later discharged.

Source: Ghana News Agency