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The Africa Movie Academy Awards makes final call for entries for 2014

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amaa (156)-horz-vertThe Africa Movie Academy Awards invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short and documentary works for consideration for the 10th edition of the prestigious 2014 AMAA Awards that honours and celebrate the best in the art of filmmaking and the professionals who make the industry the pride of Africa. The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2013 and nominations will be announced in the first week of March. Acceptable genres include feature length films, shorts and documentary entries. Only films produced, premiered and or released between May 2012 and December 2013 are eligible. Features may not exceed 120 minutes and shorts should not be longer than 40 minutes. The Jury of the prestigious continental motion picture reward system rising from its Annual General Meeting which took place recently in Durban, South Africa has approved the guidelines for the submission of films for the 2014 edition of the awards. The AGM which was attended by Mr Ayo Baku, Director of Pan-African Film Festival Los Angeles, Dr. Asantewa Olatunji, Co-Director of PAFF, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of National Mirror Newspaper, Mr. Shuaib Hussein, Journalist and Film Critic, Ms June Givanni, an international film curator, Mr. Keith Shiri, an international Film curator and programme advisor to the London Film Festival, Mr. Berni Goldblat, member of the jury of the International Francophone Film Festival of Namur (FIFF Namur) in Belgium and Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi, lecturer at the department of Dramatic Art, University of Ibadan and also former Managing Director of Nigeria Film Corporation, Jos. Speaking on some of the decisions taken by the Jurors, Ms. Givanni who presided over the AGM revealed that the Jury made some amendments of the award categories adding that the awards organization and the jury are poised to deliver a good tenth year anniversary event. “We made some changes on the award categories. We have introduced an award that is named after former President Nelson Mandela called Madiba Africa Vision Awards which will be given at the discretion of the Jury to any film captures the essence and vision of the category. The category of Best Film by African Living Abroad has been cancelled. We also renamed two categories after two exceptional Africans who have contributed to the growth and development of the film industry. The Best Film in African Language will now be Sembene Ousmane Awards for Best Film in African Language while the Best Short Film Award category will now be called Efere Ozako Award for Best Short Film. AMAA is immortalizing the names of these two great men with the awards,” she said. Ms Givanni also said that a new category Best Director First Feature Film has been introduced to encourage young and upcoming film directors to continue to strive for excellence and best practices. The award in its nine years has had international music and Hollywood icons such as Danny Glover, Forest Whittaker, Morris Chesnut, Rockmond Dunbar, Angela Basset, Monique, Miriam Makeba, Mario Van Peebles,Jimmy Jean Louis, Hakeem Kae Kazim and host other others in attendance at different times. Over 700 films were entered for the awards in 2013 from over 40 countries within Africa and the Diaspora and the award has been described by international media most especially CNN as the Africa’s Oscars. The awards organization also holds nominations gala night where nominees are announced for different categories across different African cities to drive home the pan-African vision of the scheme with the last 2013 nomination gala night was hosted in Lilongwe, Malawi by President Joyce Banda who has now also endowed a prize for the best film depicting positive stories about women. “There is this great awareness of the possibilities in Africa. This has been an exciting year for African cinema as many big budget productions have been produced on the continent and distribution is becoming more accessible to African films,” says AMAA founder Academy CEO Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. The primary aim of the African Movie Academy Awards (popularly known AMAA) is to facilitate the development and showcase the social relevance of African Film and Cinema. Presented to recognize excellence in professionals in the Africa film industry, including directors, actors and writers, the Awards are aimed at honoring and promoting such excellence as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture. Submission must be entered online at www.ama-awards.com. Each completed entry form must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, 5 DVD copies of the film and proof of the right to submit. For more information see www.ama-awards.com]]>

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Amazing reasons why we love the new HUAWEI P50 Pro and HUAWEI P50 Pocket

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The HUAWEI P50 Pro and the HUAWEI P50 Pocket

Huawei recently announced the launch of the HUAWEI P50 Pro — the ultimate Camera Phone with Aesthetic Design and the new HUAWEI P50 Pocket – a beautiful foldable phone with fashion beauty and technological innovation.

 

Here are four reasons why we love these two magnificent flagships from Huawei

 It’s all about the looks!

Both of these phones have amazing designs. The Dual-Matrix camera design of the HUAWEI P50 Pro is unique with its double ring structure and makes the phone instantly recognisable. On the front, the phone features an expansive 6.6 inch 3D curved screen with a single punch hole camera. Gaming and watching videos on this HDR display with support for the full P3 colour gamut is a pleasure. The display is a 120Hz True-Chroma Display with a 300Hz touch sampling rate for a smooth user experience. Moreover, the IP68 water and dust resistance will let you have peace of mind.

 

Coming to the HUAWEI P50 Pocket, it is a beautiful phone with a seamless fold that leaves no gaps and folds into a thin and light form. This makes the phone easy to hold and pocket. The seamless fold is made possible by the new-generation Multi-Dimensional Hinge with a short radius. This hinge, combined with the exclusive Multi-Dimensional Lifting design, allows the HUAWEI P50 Pocket have a smooth and flat screen while also allowing the device to stay slim. When it comes to colours, you have White and Premium Gold colourways to choose from. The Premium Gold colourway is an ostentatious display of craftsmanship, while the white version exudes the beauty of diamonds through the advanced 3D micro-sculpture design. The Premium Gold colourway is only available on the HUAWEI P50 Pocket Premium Edition and was created in partnership with Iris Van Herpen, a well-known haute couture designer.

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The Cameras!

The HUAWEI P50 Pro’s Dual-Matrix Camera system delivers True to Life imagery with extreme clarity. The HUAWEI XD Optics allow consumers capture amazing images and reproduce fine details. HUAWEI P50 Pro also launches with XD Fusion Pro, an improved solution that incorporates a new Super Colour Filter System, True-Chroma Image Engine and Super HDR technology to significantly improve detail, colour and dynamic range. It also supports an unprecedented 200 times zoom range, helping users capture any object regardless of distance.

The True-Chroma Image Engine delivers the highest possible colour accuracy, creating images that reflect what is seen by the human eye. The ambient light sensing system uses a 10-channel multi-spectrum sensor, which is coupled with colour calibration of more than 2,000 colours across the P3 wide colour gamut, to improve its ability to detect ambient light and average colour hue accuracy by 50% and 20% respectively. In low-light scenarios, pictures come out brighter and more detailed. The Super HDR technology captures 28% more of the dynamic range for better backlit performance, while light and shadows are optimised. The HUAWEI P50 Pro supports 4K video recording across the full focal range. The all-new AIS Pro image stabilisation solution helps users easily capture stable handheld videos, while AI cinemagraph is great for creative shots that showcase minor movements.

 

The HUAWEI P50 Pocket presents a new breakthrough for HUAWEI IMAGETM.  Just like the HUAWEI P50 Pro, the HUAWEI P50 Pocket also comes with advanced camera features like the True-Chroma Image Engine, HUAWEI XD Optics, and HUAWEI XD Fusion Pro. The most interesting camera feature on the phone is the Super Selfie feature that uses selfie algorithms and takes advantage of the foldable form factor of the phone, and allows you to take superior, more atmospheric selfies using the main camera sensor. In this phone, you get the benefit of the Ultra Spectrum Image Technology, which can capture details on your subject that are otherwise invisible to human eyes. Yet another handy addition is the Sunscreen detection feature in the Mirror app, through which you can check how well you have applied sunscreen on your screen and avoid getting sunburned!

 

Long battery life and fast charging speeds

What powers the HUAWEI P50 Pro is a large 4,360mAh battery that supports 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge and 50W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge. What is mind-blowing is that even with a battery of this capacity, the phone is just 8.5mm thick. As for the HUAWEI P50 Pocket, it also has a large battery that supports the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge.

 

Super Device Features is yet another reason to love these phones

Both phones are powered by EMUI 12 that produces an innovative UI with a clean and elegant look. Controlling multiple devices at once is as easy as controlling just one single device, thanks to the Super Device features. With the Distributed File System, both of these phones can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC, meaning you can access the files you want more easily than ever before.

 

Lastly, one feature on the HUAWEI P50 Pocket worth mentioning is the Smart Cover Screen that allows you to check notifications, schedules, calendar, music, weather, and more. Content and services seamlessly flow between the main screen and the cover screen, and users can even access the camera from the Cover Screen.

 

So what do you think of the new flagships from Huawei? We absolutely love them!

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2022 Tour de France to take Showmax Pro subscribers on 109th edition journey

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The 2022 Tour de France is on track for its 109th edition. It will kick off on 1 July in Copenhagen (starting abroad for the 24th time) with the final stage finishing at the Champs Élysées in Paris on 24 July. Riders will cover a total of 3 328 km across flat, hilly and mountain stages.

Showmax Pro subscribers across the African continent (excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho) will be able to join the ride live to see who will finish the race in the coveted yellow jersey.

Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar, winner of both the 2020 and 2021 editions, is the clear favourite to bring home his third title in a row. The 23-year-old is riding for UAE Team Emirates. His compatriot Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo Visma has three Tour de France stages to his name and is also among the contenders. Others include Welshman Geraint Thomas, riding for Ineos Grenadiers, and last year’s runner-up, Jonas Vingegaard.

Two South African riders, Lotto-Soudal’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux’s Louis Mentjies, will be looking to make their country proud in the French tour.

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Other riders to keep an eye out for include Kenyan-born and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who will want to pick up a recent win with his last victory coming in 2017. He will be racing for Isreal-Premier Tech.

The 109th men’s edition of the Tour de France will be followed by the first ever edition of the Tour de France Femmes, one of women’s cycling’s two grand tours. This comes after years of campaigning to get an equivalent to the men’s tour, with the action getting underway from the 24 to 31 July. What many are calling a race for the history books will begin on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and finish at La Super Planche des Belles-Filles. The historic race will see riders compete in eight stages and cover 1 029km.

It has been announced that 24 teams are set to go head to head in the eight-day race. Frenchwoman Aude Biannic is looking to impress at her debut Tour Femmes in her home country with home support. Boasting Annemiek van Vleuten on their roster, Movistar are setting out to achieve overall victory at the Tour de France Femmes – a race that holds extra significance for teammate Breton Biannic, who will be challenging at home.

Elisa Longo Borghini is fresh off a 34-kilometre win at Paris-Roubaix and the Italian will now be 100% focused on paddling to victory at Tour Femmes.

Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho can follow all the racing action at this year’s Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes.

Why Showmax Pro?

Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport. You can tune in from any of your favourite gadgets, anywhere you are in the globe.

Subscribers can live stream the latest seasons of the English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and more.

The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.

Stream on two devices at the same time when you subscribe to Showmax Pro.
To learn more and join the Pros, visit showmax.com to subscribe to Showmax Pro.

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Cheeky Monkey Club Opens Doors To New Facility Ahead Of Mindcraft Summer Camp

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Cheeky Monkey Club Opens Doors To New Facility Ahead Of Mindcraft Summer Camp

On Saturday the 26th of June, 2022, the Cheeky Monkey Club, a leading activity centre for children in Ghana, held an open house in their new facility located in East Legon, ahead of their MindCraft summer camp set to start 4th July. (more…)

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Tosin Ajibade Hosts 2022 New Media Conference School Debate

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Media practitioner and author, Tosin Ajibade-Oladeinde on Friday, June 24, 2022 successfully hosted the New Media Conference School Debate at Chalcedony School, Abijo G.R.A, Ibeju-Lekki. This year’s edition is themed ‘Does Social Media Enrich Education or take away from Education?’ (more…)

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Storm Puma Awake Promo to send three lucky winners to Qatar World Cup

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Kasapreko Company Limited has launched a National Consumer loyalty Promotion in a bid to garner support for Ghana’s senior national team, Black Stars, at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. (more…)

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President appoints Hugh C.A Brown as Executive Director of Forest Services Division (FSD)

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Hugh C.A Brown Executive Director of Forest Services Division FSD of Forestry Commission

The President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in accordance with the advice of the governing board of the Forestry Commission, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission, has appointed seasoned professional forester Hugh C.A. Brown as Executive Director of the Forest Services Division (FSD) of the Forestry Commission, Ghana, following a competitive interview supervised by the Public Services Commission to fill the vacant position.

Mr. Brown, with almost three decades of experience in tropical forest management, protection and development prior to the appointment was the Director of Operations responsible for forest plantations, a position he held for 10 years.

A letter signed by Ing. Mrs. Mabel Amoako-Atta, Secretary of the Public Services Commission noted that his appointment took effect from June 14, 2022 and charged Mr. Brown to help provide strategic vision and direction for the achievement of the strategic and business objectives and goals of the FSD and the Forestry Commission.
Profile of Mr. Hugh C.A Brown

Hugh is a certified forester with over 28 years’ work experience in tropical forest management, protection and development. Hugh holds a BSc. in Natural Resources Management and an MBA from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and Masters in Forestry (MF) from Yale University, U.S.A.
His professional affiliations include Ghana Institute of Foresters (member, 1994); Society of American Foresters (Certified Forester, 2010); and Society for Ecological Restoration (member, 2010; Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, 2018).

He currently represents Africa on the steering committee of TEAKNET, an international network of institutions, companies and individuals involved in the cultivation, research, harvesting, processing and marketing of teak timber. He was instrumental in helping Ghana win the bid to host the upcoming World Teak Conference (WTC 2022) in September this year.

Under his able leadership as Director of Operations (Plantations), FSD, over 450,000 hectares of degraded forest land is currently under restoration nationwide employing various landscape restoration interventions.
He also recently coordinated the planting of an estimated 7 million tree seedlings and 25 million tree seedlings under the President’s flagship programme dubbed Green Ghana 2021 and 2022 respectively which aims at restoring our degraded landscapes and contributing to the global fight against climate change.

He has co-authored publications in Forest Ecology and Management, and IUFRO World Series journals. He was the lead editor of the book ‘Ghana Forest Plantation Strategy: 2016 – 2040’ which provides a blueprint for forest landscape restoration in Ghana. In 2020 he was awarded the Prospect Street Award for environmental leadership by Yale University, the first person of African descent to win this prestigious global award.

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