Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Emirates and dnata have been adapting operations in line with regulatory directives as well as travel demand.
The airline has aimed to maintain passenger flights for as long as feasible to help travellers return home amidst an increasing number of travel bans, restrictions, and country lockdowns across the world. It continues to maintain vital international air cargo links for economies and communities, deploying its fleet of 777 freighters for the transport of essential goods including medical supplies across the world.
With many of its airline customers dramatically reducing flights or ceasing services altogether, dnata has also significantly reduced its operations, including temporarily shutting some offices across its international network.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group said: “The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale: geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic standpoint. Until January 2020, the Emirates Group was doing well against our current financial year targets. But COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past 6 weeks.
“As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns. By Wednesday 25 March, although we will still operate cargo flights which remain busy, Emirates will have temporarily suspended most of its passenger operations. We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services.”
Having received requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers, Emirates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights to the following countries until further notice, as long as borders remain open, and there is demand: the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, USA, and Canada. The situation remains dynamic, and travellers can check flight status on emirates.com.
Sheikh Ahmed added: “Emirates Group has a strong balance sheet, and substantial cash liquidity, and we can, and will, with appropriate and timely action, survive through a prolonged period of reduced flight schedules, so that we are adequately prepared for the return to normality.”
Cost reduction measures
The Emirates Group has undertaken a series of measures to contain costs, as the outlook for travel demand remains weak across markets in the short to medium term. This includes:
Postponing or cancelling discretionary expenditure
A freeze on all non-essential recruitment and consultancy work
Working with suppliers to find cost savings and efficiency
Encouraging employees to take paid or unpaid leave in light of reduced flying capacity
A temporary reduction of basic salary for the majority of Emirates Group employees for three months, ranging from 25% to 50%. Employees will continue to be paid their other allowances during this time. Junior level employees will be exempt from basic salary reduction
Presidents of Emirates and dnata – Sir Tim Clark and Gary Chapman – will take a 100% basic salary cut for three months
On the decision to reduce basic salary, Sheikh Ahmed said: “Rather than ask employees to leave the business, we chose to implement a temporary basic salary cut as we want to protect our workforce and keep our talented and skilled people, as much as possible. We want to avoid cutting jobs. When demand picks up again, we also want to be able to quickly ramp up and resume services for our customers.”
The Emirates Group has strong liquidity, with a healthy cash position but it is prudent that it take steps to reduce costs at this time. Emirates remains committed to serving its markets and looks forward to resuming a normal flight schedule as soon as that is permitted by the relevant authorities.
Safeguarding customers, employees, and communities
Emirates Group closely monitors the situation and keeps in regular contact with all relevant authorities, so that it can implement the latest guidance to keep travellers and its employees safe and healthy.
The company has strongly discouraged its employees from non-essential travel, implemented work from home policies for all employees where operationally feasible, enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols at its facilities, introduced temperature screening at its key office entry points, and launched internal educational campaigns on hand hygiene and health practices to reduce risk of COVID-19.
Over the past weeks, the airline has also implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures on all of its aircraft departing Dubai as a precaution, and worked closely with airports to implement screening measures as required by the local authorities.
Frontline employees such as crew and airport teams have also been provided with support to stay safe while on duty, including providing hand sanitizers and masks where required.
The Emirates Group fully supports all initiatives to safeguard the health of communities in every market where it operates, including the UAE’s national COVID-19 response.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “These are unprecedented times for the airline and travel industry, but we will get through it. Our business is taking a hit, but what matters in the long run is that we do the right thing for our customers, our employees, and the communities we serve.
With the support and unity that we have seen from our employees, partners, customers, and other stakeholders, I’m confident that Emirates can tackle this challenge and come out stronger.”
Lions Club To Undertake Free Health Screening At Adamorobe On December 1
Health care in many parts of Ghana continues to be a challenge for residents, and in recent months, the focus on the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the advocacy and support for other life-threatening diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS.
For this reason, members of Lions Club International, District 418, Ghana, plan to hold a free health screening at Adamorobe, in the Akwapim South District, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Lions, together with St. Paul Anglican Child Development Center, and with support from a team of medical personnel and pharmaceutical suppliers, plan to screen residents for diabetes, malaria and HIV/AIDS. There will also be free eye and dental checks on the day.
The team will use the opportunity to also provide community members with important education on how to recognise, prevent and treat these diseases to ensure that their spread is controlled.
In a statement, the Lions Clubs explained that the date was chosen in order to tie together the celebration of World Diabetes Day (WDD), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, and World AIDS Day, which occurs on 1 December every year. The statement said that this year’s respective themes of “Access to Diabetes Care: If not now, when?” and “End Inequalities.
End AIDS” are “most significant” because underprivileged communities such as Adamorobe are being left behind on such essential services. “Lions are community leaders and facilitators, and we need to do all we can to improve access to important health care facilities and personnel.”
The Lions Club is the world’s largest service organization, made up of men and women who volunteer their time to identifying and solve community needs and challenges. This activity is being hosted by the Accra Ebony, Accra Diamond, Adenta Mountain View, and Accra Harmony Lions Clubs.
IBA ONE, WIZKID, NIKITA KERING, FLAVOUR, BLAQ DIAMOND, MAKHADZI, FALLY IPUPA, KOFFI OLOMIDE, OTHERS WIN BIG AT AFRIMA 2021
The biggest Music Awards in Africa, All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2021 ended on Sunday, November 21, 2021, after four days of scintillating and world- class production of events as Iba One, Wizkid, Nikita Kering, Fally Ipupa, Mahadzi, Blaq Diamond, koffi Olomide and other African music superstars within the continent and the Diaspora were recognized and celebrated for their creativity through music. AFRIMA 2021 held from November 18- 21 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria with live broadcast on 84 television stations in 109 countries.
The surprise of the night was Malian Singer, Iba One who emerged the top winner in five categories including ‘Best Male Artiste in Western Africa’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African Pop’. He also won in the ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ categories.
Wizkid who was nominated in six categories followed closely, winning in the ‘Best African Collaboration’, ‘Song of the Year’, and ‘Artiste of the Year’ categories with his hit song, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems. Kenyan teenage singer, Nikita Kering bagged two awards in ‘Best Female Artiste in Eastern African’ and “Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African RnB’ categories. AFRIMA 2021 youngest nominee, 13-year-old Shanah Manjeru from Kenya emerged as the winner in the ‘Best African Female Artiste in Inspirational Music’ category.
Winners in other categories of the award are ‘Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa’ (Dizzy Dros – Morocco), ‘Best Female Artiste in Western Africa’ (Djelykaba Bintou – Guinea), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional’ (Yonas Maynas -Eritrea), ‘Breakout Artiste of The Year’ (Djelykaba Bintou-Guinea), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Jazz’ (Hornsphere-Kenya), ‘Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa’ (Cleo Ice Queen-Zambia), ‘Best African Artiste, Rapper or Lyricist’ (Elow’n -Cote D’Ivoire), ‘Best African DJ’(Dj Sinyorita-Tanzania), ‘Best African Video’ (Steven Awuku-Guinea), ‘Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa’ (Manal-Morocco), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga’ (Stonebwoy feat. Davido – Ghana), ‘African Fans Favourite’ (Fireboy DML-Nigeria), ‘Best Male Artiste in Central Africa’(Fally Ipupa feat. Dadju-Congo, Democratic Republic), and “Best African Artiste, Duo, Group or Band’ (Sauti Sol feat. Bensoul, Nviiri The storyteller -Kenya).
The well attended event had dignitaries from all walks of life including ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps from 18 countries, chief executive of corporations, African Union Commission officials, executives of music labels and recording companies as well musicians across the world.
Other winners according to the result presented by the global auditing firm, Pricewaterhousecoopers (PWC) are ‘Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa’ (Eddy Kenzo-Uganda), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Rock’ (RASH-Kenya), ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’(Blaq Diamond -South Africa), ‘Best Global Act’ (Beyonce feat. Wizkid, Blue Ivy Carter & SAINt JHN-United States), ‘Best Female Artiste in Central Africa’-(Shan’L feat. Fally Ipupa – Gabon), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary’ (Majoos feat. Koffi Olomide-Congo, Democratic Republic), ‘Producer of the Year’ (Legendury Beatz-Nigeria), ‘Best Female African Act in Diaspora’ (Naomi Achu-Cameroon/United States), ‘Most Promising African Artiste’ (El Grande Toto feat. Damso-Morocco), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro’ (Makhadzi feat. Mr Brown-South Africa), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’ (Flavour feat. Fally Ipupa & Diamond Platnumz-Nigeria), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop’ (Cheque feat. Fireboy DML-Nigeria), and ‘Best Male African Act in Diaspora’ (Rotimi-Nigeria/United States).
For her role in the movement to make Juneteenth a national holiday in commemoration of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general, Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas, African-American 95-year-old activist, Opal Lee was given a lifetime achievement award at AFRIMA 2021. The award was received by her granddaughter who came into Lagos from the United States. Congolese Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, known professionally as Koffi Olomide received AFRIMA 2021 Legend Award.
The award ceremony which was preceded by red carpet was electrified by many artistes with performances from Shanah, Patoranking, Makhadzi, Ruger, Zuchu, Ladipoe, Olakira, Chike, Blaq Diamond, Platini P, Calema, Remy Adan, Nomcebo of the Jerusalema fame, Zoe Modiga, Sorais Ramos, D’Banj, Cavemen and Aramide who rendered a song in honour of the late Sound Sultan and other music super stars that died in the year under review and during COVID-19 pandemic.
The President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, said: “AFRIMA was created to tell a positive African story through music rather than complain and lament about the negative perception of the continent by others.”
Since 2014, AFRIMA in conjunction with the African Union Commission has been regarded as the ultimate celebration of African talent in the continent and the Diaspora.
|1||SHAN’L||BEST FEMALE ARTIST CENTRAL AFRICA||GABON|
|2||FALLY IPUPA||MALE ARTIST CENTRAL AFRICA||DR CONGO|
|3||NIKITA KERING||BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN EASTERN AFRICA||KENYA|
|4||EDDY KENZO||BEST MALE ARTISTE IN EASTERN AFRICA||UGANDA|
|5||MANAL||BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICA||MOROCCO|
|6||DIZZY DROS||BEST MALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICA||MOROCCO|
|7||CLEO ICE QUEEN||BEST FEMALE SOUTHERN AFRICA||ZAMBIA|
|8||BLAQ DIAMOND||BEST MALE SOUTHERN AFRICA||SOUTH AFRICA|
|9||IBA ONE||BEST MALE ARTISTE WESTERN AFRICA||MALI|
|10||DJELYKABA BINTOU||BEST FEMALE ARTISTE WESTERN AFRICA||GUINEA|
|11||FIREBOY DML||AFRICAN FAN’S FAVORITE||NIGERIA|
|12||IBA ONE||ALBUM OF THE YEAR||MALI|
|13||WIZKID||ARTISTE OF THE YEAR||NIGERIA|
|14||NAOMI ACHU||BEST AFRICAN ACT IN THE DIASPORA (FEMALE)||CAMEROON & (USA)|
|15||ROTIMI||BEST AFRICAN ACT IN THE DIASPORA (MALE)||NIGERIA & (USA)|
|16||WIZKID, TEMS||BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION||NIGERIA|
|17||DJ SINYORITA||BEST AFRICAN DJ||TANZANIA|
|18||SAUTI SOL||BEST DUO, GROUP OR BAND||KENYA|
|19||ELOW’N||BEST AFRICAN RAPPER LYRICIST||COTE D’IVOIRE|
|20||STEVEN AWUKU||BEST AFRICAN VIDEO||GUINEA|
|21||STONEBWOY||BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA & DANCEHALL||GHANA|
|22||NIKITA KERING||BEST ARTISTE, DUO, OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R & B SOUL||KENYA|
|23||FLAVOUR||BEST ARTIST OR DUO IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHY||NIGERIA|
|24||CHEQUE||BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOP||NIGERIA|
|25||HORNSPHERE||BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZ||KENYA|
|26||RASH BAND||BEST IN AFRICAN ROCK||KENYA|
|27||YONAS MAYNAS||BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL||ERITREA|
|28||MAKHADZI||BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTRO||SOUTH AFRICA|
|29||MAJOOS||BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY||DR CONGO|
|30||IBA ONE||BEST ARTISTE, DUO, OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POP||MALI|
|31||SHANAH MANJERU||BEST AFRICAN FEMALE ARTISTE IN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC||KENYA|
|32||IBA ONE||BEST AFRICAN MALE ARTISTE IN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC||MALI|
|33||DJELYKABA BINTOU||BREAKOUT ARTISTE OF THE YEAR||GUINEA|
|34||EL GRANDE TOTO||MOST PROMISING AFRICAN ARTISTE||MOROCCO|
|35||LEGENDARY BEATZ||BEST PRODUCER OF THE YEAR||NIGERIA|
|36||WIZKID, TEMS||SONG OF THE YEAR||NIGERIA|
|37||IBA ONE||SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR||MALI|
|38||KOFI OLOMIDE||LEGEND AWARD||DR CONGO|
|39||OPAL LEE||LIFE-TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD||USA|
|40||BEYONCE||BEST GLOBAL ACT||USA|
Nguvu Launches Men’s Grooming Kit With Reggie Rockstone
Nguvu, Ghana’s leading producer of all natural and authentic shea butter cosmetic products has announced the launch of its latest Mr. R2G Men’s Grooming Kit.
In addition to the launch of the grooming kit, management of Nguvu have also unveiled Reggie Rockstone as the brand ambassador for the line.
As the iconic male figure he is in the Ghanaian society, Reggie Rockstone epitomizes all that the Nguvu Mr. R2G Men’s Grooming Kit stands for hence the decision to associate him with the brand.
The Mr. R2G Men’s Grooming kit is third gift set under the Nguvu Man range of products and consists of whipped shea cream, hemp hair oil, activated charcoal soap and a travel size comb set (wooden comb/mini scissors/suede portable pouch).
All products are made with carefully and sustainably sourced raw materials and are 100% natural. Furthermore, the products are made in Ghana and approved by the Food and Drugs Authority.
Speaking on the launch Francesca Apeagyei Co-Founder, Head Business Development at Nguvu, said “We are proud to introduce our new range of natural products under the Nguvu Men’s range to our customers.”
“As an authentic Ghanaian business, we are committed to innovation and ensuring that we make products that are safe as well as relevant to our customers and important to the times we live in. The R2G as we all know it as Refuse to Grow Men’s Grooming Kit is for the everyday man who wants to establish and maintain healthy hygiene habits for the good of his physical and overall quality of life”
Nguvu [in-goo-voo] simply means ‘strength’.
Nguvu is the quality of being a woman: Strong, Capable and Productive. For us, strength represents the beautiful women who work hard to pick and process our Shea Products.
Therefore, whenever you support Nguvu, you directly support thousands of women in rural Ghana to raise their standard of living and provide quality education for their children.
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