JETEX INTRODUCES SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL BOOK & CLAIM

Jetex signs a milestone agreement with 360 Jet Fuel Ltd. to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) book and claim option to its customers globally. Through the innovative 360 GREEN FUEL book and claim platform, Jetex aims to offer greater flexibility and accessibility to SAF.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jetex entered in an agreement with 360 Jet Fuel Ltd. to offer its customers more flexibility and wider access to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

SAF is a liquid fuel currently used in commercial aviation which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80%. It can be produced from a number of sources including waste oil and fats, green and municipal waste and non-food crops. It can also be produced synthetically via a process that captures carbon directly from the air.

Part of what makes SAF sustainable is ensuring sustainability in its supply chain. Transporting SAF to a specific airport or flight is not always possible and could lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions. The Book & Claim system provides a solution for these situations.

The new 360 GREEN FUEL book & claim system allows Jetex customers to source SAF based on their total aviation footprint in one transaction, rather than sourcing through each location individually. This means that SAF can be sourced for flights out of airports that do not have SAF supply available.

Sourcing SAF on a Book & Claim basis will allow purchasing any volume of SAF, including 100% of fuel needs or a carbon neutral scenario, without technical limitations such as blending limits.

Jetex customers will be able to claim the C02 emission reduction they achieved by the amount of fossil fuel replaced with SAF acquired They will receive a certificate specifying the amount of SAF purchased and an audited statement outlining the corresponding CO2 reduction. This documentation can be utilized for sustainability reporting purposes.

To ensure credibility and verifiable emission reductions, 360 Jet Fuel sources physical SAF quantities from ISCC+ certified suppliers, guaranteeing full traceability of the claimed amounts, and ensures delivery to an airline partner within the aviation sector. The solution provided by 360 Jet Fuel undergoes rigorous third-party auditing, ensuring traceability to each delivery batch and eliminating any doubts of double claiming.

The new agreement takes Jetex a step closer to being fully carbon-neutral globally and is aligned with IATA’s commitment to achieving 65% SAF share by 2050.

Click here to see Adel Mardini, Founder & CEO of Jetex, on progressing the sustainability agenda.

About Jetex:
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Treason trial: videos of prosecution are like Kumkum Bhagya – Alan

Bright Alan Debrah, one of the accused persons standing trial for plotting to overthrow government has described the footage presented by prosecution as evidence as ‘Kumkum Bhagya,’ an Indian soap opera with Twi voice over.

‘I was in the video and I saw myself, Corporal (CPL) Ali Solomon and Lance Airforce Corporal (LAC) Sylvester Akankpewu, the first time I saw the video, it was like Kumkum Bhagya or an Indian movie with Twi voice over,’ he explained.

He admitted been captured in videos but the voices had been cut and pieced together to suit the prosecution’s case.

Alan made these known during his evidence-in-chief at the High Court trying him and currently eight others due to the demise of Dr Frederick Mac-Palm.

The third accused person also agreed that he knew Warrant Officer Class Two Esther Saan.

Alan, who was led by his lawyer introduced himself as Bright Alan Yeboah, a transport manager and resident of American House.

Asked whether he knew why he was arraigned, he said he and one Nii Amu Darku had a political party named Africa Reform Movement (ARM) of which he was the organizer.

Alan said when he presented their documents to the Electoral Commission (EC), he was given a provisional license and was not able to complete the process because ARM did not have offices in two-thirds of the districts across the country, thus they were not able to contest in the 2016 general elections.

ARM’s leader, Darku who was based in Australia, told Alan he wanted to make changes which needed signatures of the citizenry across the country and that he would make the late Mac-Palm the national organiser and Alan would be his deputy.

Later, he received a call from Mac-Palm who invited him to his office and that was how he met Mac-Palm, Alan told the Court.

He said since the party’s office was at Teshie Nungua, that was where meetings were held bringing together himself, Mac-Palm and other officials.

The accused said Mac-Palm broke away from Nii Amu Darku after a misunderstanding, adding that he and Mac-Palm became friends and in 2018, they met, where Mac-Palm suggested he wanted to do something for his country by helping the needy, especially those in the rural areas as there was so much suffering in those areas.

The Court heard that in 2018, one Dr Sam, a friend of Mac-Palm came to Ghana from the United States of America and the three met at Alajo, Mac-Palm’s office, where they discussed how to help the country, stating that they settled on forming a Non-profit Organisation which gave birth to Take Action Ghana (TAG) and it was registered.

Under TAG, Alan said he became the General Secretary, that was when free medical outreach programmes were extended to residents of Ankwani in the Eastern Region, then to some villages in the Upper West, Western and Volta regions.

He said at some point, the group donated bags of cement to put up health posts in the Eastern and Upper West, stressing that on their way from Bole, they chanced on a robbery incident so they were advised by Staff Sergeant Sule Kwadwo Awarf, a Prosecution’s witness to get arms where he promised to provide them with pistols but Mac-Palm told him he already had one.

Alan said after an outreach at Kpando in the Volta Region, Sulley asked him to pick somebody at 37 who would help provide them with the pistols as he Sulley’s car had broken down but he declined since he had several meetings, later, he found out it was Donya Kafui, alias Ezor.

The duty of Ezor as he was told by Mac-Palm, was to repair guns in Mac-Palm’s X-ray container at his Citadel Hospital as and when Sulley brought them.

I remember one time Sulley called me that the five pistols that had been fixed should be test fired but I told him I did not have time, Alan said this in his evidence in Chief, adding that they were seized when Mac-Palm and Ezor went to the military shooting range to test them.

He said he was arrested at the 37 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) premises when he was to present car documents to one who bought his car.

In the car where he was kept after the arrest, he said there were Sulley and Colonel Amponsah, another Prosecution’s witness and said only a kitchen knife was found in his house during a search by the arresting team and was sent to the National Bureau of investigation, formerly BNI.

He said during interrogation, he was asked to sign to a document to implicate Madam Valerie Sawyer, former Deputy Chief of Staff, former late former President J.J Rawlings’ aid, Kofi Adams, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr Benjamin Agordzo, among others, indicating that he would testify against them and would be sent to a country of his choice for his reward.

‘They wanted me to say those persons wanted to mobilise soldiers to overthrow the Government but I responded that I had never met any of them,’ he added.

The allegation that I and the others planned to overthrow the government is a lie, I have never met ACP Agordzo, Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli and the others except Ezor and CPl Ali Solomon that I have known for a long time and I saw LAC Akankpewu once, the Court heard Alan.

Alan is standing trial with Donya Kafui, Johannes Zikpi Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, WOII Esther Saan,

CPL Seidu Abubakar, LAC Akankpewu, CPL Ali Solomon and ACP Dr Agordzo.

They are facing varied charges such as conspiracy, high treason and abetment.

All have since been granted bail.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Woman who stabbed colleague with broken bottle handed 3-years prison sentence

An Adentan Circuit Court has sentenced a 21-year-old Nigerian woman to three years imprisonment for stabbing a colleague multiple times with a broken bottle over clothes.

Mercy Ayimode, charged with causing harm, pleaded guilty.

The court presided over by Mrs Sedinam Awo Balokah convicted Mercy, unemployed, on her own plea.

Prosecution led by Inspector Eric Ransford Abban said the complainant Victoria Dennies and the accused, now convict, were Nigerians, residing at Madina, Accra.

Prosecution said Mercy was ejected by her landlady from her residence and the complainant accommodated her.

It said the complainant gave the convict some clothes because her landlady had confiscated her belongings.

Prosecution said during her stay at the complainant’s house, the complainant borrowed GHC100 from her.

Later, Prosecution said the friendship between the complainant and the convict turned soured and the convict demanded her GHS 100.

The complainant managed and paid the convict’s GHC 100.

Prosecution said the complainant also demanded her clothes.

On May 9, 2023, Prosecution said the complainant was in the company of two others when a scuffle erupted between her and Ayimode over the complainant’s clothes.

Prosecution said witnesses separated the two.

The convict took a broken bottle and stabbed the complainant multiple times all over her body.

Prosecution said witnesses around the scene arrested the convict and handed her over to the Police.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Norvienyo Association’ donates to special schools in Central Tongu

Norvienyo Association, an Akatsi-based female group, has donated some items to orphans and children needing special attention within the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region.

The group, known as ‘Norvass’ as part of their philanthropic plans every year, presented undisclosed cash, cooking oil, toiletries, and several consumables to the Three Kings Special Unit for the Blind at Mafi-Awakpedome and Good Samaritan Home for the Mentally Challenged, also at Mafi-Adidome.

Mrs Gladys Seshime-Adotevi, leader of the group during the presentations, explained that the group remained committed to offering love and care to the underprivileged Ghanaian child and other critical areas that require some form of attention and support.

This she said, was one justification why the group had decided to keep marking the annual Mothers’ Day which was celebrated a week ago ‘by extending some helping hand to these classes of children.’

At Awakpedome, Mr Victor Bobinson, headteacher of the Three Kings Special School, said the school, with a current population of over 30 students, produced several tutors and others who are working in various sectors of the country.

He disclosed that the school kept pupils, some of who were partially or completely blind.

At Good Samaritan Home for the Mentally Challenged, Reverend Father Gilbert Edigdo on behalf of the Director of the school, thanked the donors for their love.

He said: ‘These kids have rights. We must give them every needed attention because it is the doing of the Lord that they appear like that.’

Reverend Edigdo also appealed for more infrastructural support to make the children feel at home.

It was all joy when the group joined the children to have fun.

Source: Ghana News Agency

African Ministers Call for Reforms of IMF’s Special Drawing Rights System

African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development have called for reforms of the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDR) system to strengthen the global financial safety net and make more liquidity available to developing countries.

The call for reforms was made during a meeting of the Africa High-level Working Group on the Global Financial Architecture on the margins of the 2023 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Coordinated by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the High-level Working Group comprises African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the African Union, the African Development Bank, Afreximbank, and the World Bank, and includes the participation of IMF staff and Executive Directors.

The Group serves as a forum to develop reform proposals for the global financial architecture and strengthen the African voice on the global stage, according to ECA.

During the meeting, ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Economist, Hanan Morsy delivered a presentation on reforming the SDR allocation and rechanneling mechanism.

The SDR system came into existence in 1968 with the aim of supplementing official reserves and facilitating global liquidity. The IMF’s Articles of Agreement stipulate that SDR allocations are meant to be considered every five years, referred to as “basic period”.

Throughout the 12 “basic periods” since the inception of the SDR system, there have been merely four general allocations and one special allocation (with two notable ones in 2009 and 2021).

Morsy also emphasized that, when SDRs are allocated, they tend to disproportionately benefit countries that are less in need of them. This is because SDRs are distributed in proportion to existing IMF quotas, which are primarily a function of an economy’s size and relative position in the world economy.

For instance, during the 2021 general SDR allocation of 650 billion USD, high-income countries, which are least likely to require or utilize SDRs, received approximately 450 billion USD, constituting almost 70 percent of the total allocation.

Africa, with a population exceeding 1.4 billion, received fewer SDRs than Germany, a country with a population of only 83 million, ECA’s Chief Economist indicated.

The ministers emphasized the need for SDR allocation decisions to be made in a rule-based analytical manner to reduce the discretionary and political nature of the allocation process.

The “Unexpected Major Developments” provision needs to be clarified and operationalized to include the following triggers: force-majeure exogenous shocks, such as pandemics or natural disasters, global recessions, and significant capital flow reversals from emerging and developing economies.

The ministers underscored the importance of ensuring that SDRs are directed to countries that require those most.

They advocated for the rechanneling of SDRs to Multilateral Development Banks, such as the African Development Bank, as a means to achieve this goal.

They noted that the proposal for SDR rechanneling put forward by the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank provides a viable technical solution that would allow leveraging SDRs to provide much needed liquidity to African countries.

They called upon SDR donor countries to participate in the proposal and thereby enable its implementation.

Moreover, the ministers called for reforming the SDR rechanneling mechanism to promote greater utilization. The ministers further urged for a reform of the SDR allocation formula to take into account countries’ liquidity needs in addition to IMF quotas.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency