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Emerging music professionals in Ghana to be awarded grants by the British Council

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In December 2021, the British Council launched its maiden music industry project, Creative Enterprise Support Program (CESP) delivered by Culture Forward, Impact Hub Accra and the University of The Arts London.

The creative industries in Ghana are rapidly growing and increasingly recognised as a pathway for sustainable livelihoods for young people across art forms such as music, fashion, film etc. However, challenges abound for young people trying to break into the industry. 

In direct response to these challenges, the Programme was designed with the aim of stimulating links between the UK and Ghanaian Music creative economy by delivering training, mentoring, networking, and business development services for young, emerging music professionals in Ghana in partnership with their peers in the UK.

Following an open call for all interested applicants an original cohort of candidates joined the program to undergo an intense 2-week learning bootcamp with sessions led by key industry players from around the world. Notable facilitators and guest speakers during the bootcamp include London-based producer, Juls, Benewaah Boateng of Spotify, Liza Ntiamoah of Boomplay, Sadiq Abdulai of 3Music, Musician/Songwriter Mensa and celebrated poet nayirah waheed. 

Participants received extensive training and industry insight to help shape their career in music and adjacent industries. 30 candidates then proceeded to the next stage to receive rigorous mentoring from 6 industry experts. Eventually, 10 creatives made it to the final stage where they will be receiving grants to support their career and chosen projects. 

The maiden cohort of the CESP, dubbed NextGen ‘22 are Edwin Quartey, Brakutz, Sosawavegod, Toyboi, Atswei Franalo, Essilfie, Daddo Gyan, Elodie Dee, Yung Tuff and Akan. The chosen creatives will be presented at an industry event at the British Council this Friday, 19th April 2022. 

This CESP music industry project is targeted at music entrepreneurs including performing artists, songwriters, producers, DJs, sound engineers, music video producers, marketers, promoters, managers, agents, A&R, tech and those in other music-related businesses. 

About British Council | https://www.britishcouncil.org

We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions

of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. 

Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2020–21 we connected with 67 million people directly and with 745 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications. We are funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government and with significant additional income from partnership agreements, contracts, teaching and exams. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

About Culture Forward | http://cultureforwardafrica.co

Culture Forward is building the new “template’ for finding and funding the creators of the future of African pop culture. We want to create a new way to bring together unlikely collaborators and the best in class across the creative spectrum for culture-shifting outcomes.

Our vision is to make the next big bets on the future of African pop culture & build new capital structures around creative enterprise. With our work, we aim to 

  • Create original pathways for providing capital and structure for creatives.
  • Scale the transformative potential of the creative economy for both impact and profit.
  • Create a viable and sizable portfolio of bold original African creatives with global appeal.

About Impact Hub Accra | https://accra.impacthub.net 

Impact Hub Accra (IHA) is part of the global Impact Hub Network with a presence in 85 cities, across 5 regions and 15,000+ members. IHA is a collaborative organization providing growth support services to innovative startup businesses, including; direct investment, accelerator programs for entrepreneurs, opportunity to design and prototype, and more. The hub with all its spaces in the Ako Adjei area, is an active nexus where different local and global ecosystem players converge and engage Ghana’s vibrant community of entrepreneurs. Impact Hub Accra’s work is structured around 4 key themes: 

  1. Venture Support: Supporting the growth journey of early stage founders from idea to market. Connecting them to capital and global growth resources. We sign small checks here up to $20k
  2. Venture Building: Co-create and invest in new businesses with insightful sector experts in 6 key market segments: Urban Food Systems, Housing & Urban Lifestyle, Green Economy & E-mobility, Health and Wellbeing, Creative Economy and Gig Economy/Mass Market Distribution
  3. Space-as-a-Service/ Soft-Landing: Support market entry of global Startups from mostly Europe, US and Africa in the Ghanaian market, onboarded their teams to our community with custom-designed spaces and support with key industry relationships for takeoff. We also host a string of global events in Accra to spotlight our ecosystem
  4. Capital Access: Supporting a pool of global investors to find deals in Africa. Level the playing field for first time founders trying to raise a pre-seed round through initiatives like Deep Dive Africa.

About University of Arts, London | https://www.arts.ac.uk

University of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. UAL is ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2022 QS World University Rankings®.

The University has a world-class reputation and is made up of 6 equally renowned Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

UAL is home to a diverse body of 18,000 students from 130 countries. We are proud of our international student and staff community and we are committed to ensuring that the University offers an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone. Learn more about student diversity and staff diversity at UAL. UAL’s inspiring teaching faculty is made up of professional artists, practitioners, designers, technicians, critics and theorists, all on hand to deliver cutting-edge programmes and courses.

 

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Desc. Decoding a list of the most popular online casino bonuses to help you understand the ones that all players are after and the ones that casinos are frequently offering. 

 

Bonuses are a part of the online gaming experience. In fact, bonuses are one of the most important aspects of the game that needs to be explored and understood by everyone. Not only do they attract players to the online gaming experience but they also make the games a lot better. 

 

By bringing in different kinds of deals and discounts, bonuses go a long way in helping you explore the game with ease and promote you to make the most of the gaming experience. However, if you wish to make it all count, you need to understand more about these bonuses, especially the popular ones in the block. 

  • Welcome Bonus

 

It’s hard to think about a better way to convince someone to explore an online casino. Providing them with a welcome bonus not only helps them get started but also promotes them to learn more about certain games, especially when the bonus is attached to a game or two. 

 

So if there’s a welcome bonus on Blackjack, players will be able to play that game with ease and learn everything that revolves around it, especially if they can do it for free. Since this has made the bonus quite popular, Google searches for other games like ‘online Roulette free play’ are also common.

  • No-Deposit Bonus

 

Coming close to the welcome bonus, we have the no-deposit bonus, which has also done a fair bit of a job in recruiting players to the casino. These bonuses provide small bonus funds that don’t require a deposit and thus, you can look towards exploring these bonuses and the games in the right manner. 

 

Since there are also terms and conditions attached to these bonuses, it is quite important to read them before going all out to choose these bonuses and start playing.

  • Free Spins Bonus

 

The chance to spin the wheel, again and again, is a popular bonus that everyone keeps demanding from time to time. It brings about a lengthy gaming experience and highlights what online casinos want to provide. Be it slots or any other game, these bonuses can be used for different purposes and it all depends upon the casino that is offering. 

 

Regardless, there is no point in trying it out without going through the terms and conditions because those points tell you what these bonuses are about. So look towards exploring the free spins bonus and get it all going. 

  • Mobile Casino Bonus

 

If you choose to explore online casinos through your smartphone, you can get a mobile casino bonus based on the terms on which an online casino is offering the same. Mobile casinos bonuses are quite new to the gambling scene but are turning out to be popular by the day.

 

The different benefits that come with it are essential towards leading a good gaming experience and if used accurately, you can make the most of it.

  • Live Casino Bonus 

 

Considering the impact and popularity of live casinos, you can expect its bonuses to follow a similar path and that is why we have live casino bonuses on this list. As a bonus given out to new players trying out the live casino experience, it is an important one in helping players get started.

 

Moreover, it helps one get comfortable with the new platform of live gaming because it also comes with instructions and various other aspects. So being able to explore and learn more about this particular type of bonus can be seen as a boost for those interested in live gaming.  

 

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Must-Have Products When Embarking On Anti-Aging

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Embarking on your wise ages shouldn’t be nightmarish; rather, it is embarking upon another beautiful journey of your life yet again.

 

However, many get scared to begin this journey, fearing what it will do to their skin. Needless to say, no matter who you are, the effects of old age will show up on your skin.

 

But, there are definitely some ways in which you can alter some of the anti-aging or delay them to get that healthy, youthful glow on the skin. This is why you need to change your daily night routine and incorporate some anti-aging products.

 

Do not worry!

 

You do not have to apply some nasty chemicals to the body in order to get that youth back to your skin. You can do it with the best anti aging products on the market. 

 

There is no shame attached to using anti-aging products because there is nothing wrong with caring for yourself.

 

You can even start using these products a little before aging commences!

When To Start Using?

This is a big question that we often hear people talk about. When to start using anti-aging products.

 

Of course, your teens are a little too early for anti-aging products. However, due to the stresses in your 20s, emerging wrinkles are not uncommon. Thus, you can start using an anti-aging product in your late twenties.

 

There are many anti-aging products and even anti aging skin practices which you can begin pretty soon. So, your mid-twenties would be a perfect time to start using anti aging products. 

 

If you have never used anti-aging because you are gifted with amazing skin, then right before menopause would be the correct time to start using these products.

 

With the hot flashes of menopause, you will need them!

Anti-Aging Products You Need!

Here are some of the anti-aging products which you absolutely need in your skincare routine.

1. A Collagen Product

Whether you are someone who is applying it in the form of cream or you are someone who is in taking it, collagen is an important ingredient that you will need when you are planning for your anti-aging skincare.

 

Collagen supplements can help you break down the collagen in your body and reform the glow on your skin. With age, your body’s properties to break collagen weaken, so these supplements will help you. 

2. A Night Cream

The cell turnover of your skin weakens with time. This is what wrinkles and dry skin are when you are aging. This is one of the reasons you need to incorporate a night cream immediately into your routine.

 

The night cream helps your skin to rejuvenate and repair all the skin cells overnight. So, when you wake, you are left with beautiful glowing skin. It also helps to repair the tissues, and some of the signs of aging, like wrinkles, can diminish from the daily application of night cream.

3. A Sunscreen

The sun is your enemy when you are planning to get rid of some of the anti-aging properties. Not that sunscreen is particularly for the purpose of anti-aging, but you should never leave your house without it if you wish to not get wrinkles early.

 

The UV rays of the sun are the worst for your skin. So, it is not just the aging; it is also skin cancer that sunscreen will protect you from.

4. A Refreshing Deodorant

When you get near your menopause years, hot flashes are something you have to intensively prepare for. This is when women get very hormonal, and this can increase the sweat in the sweat glands.

 

Sweating is just something that accompanies it. Thus, you should get yourself a good refreshing deodorant. This will not only keep you feeling fresh all day but also protect you from heavy sweating, which can be very difficult.

Fight Aging With Grace!

Fighting the early signs of anti-aging or the ones you get after menopause doesn’t have to be tiresome. With some products in the market, you will be able to fight them with grace.

 

Plus, there are some other practices which you can try like Yoga, drinking plenty of water, and changing your diet a little.

 

Accept your new phase with pleasure!

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What Is An RVU In Medical Billing?

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Medical billing relies on claim filing to earn compensation. However, before submitting any claims, hospitals must first issue a bill that charges the patient for any medical services provided by the doctor.

The medical biller inserts the cost of all medical services based on particular criteria such as CPT/HCPCS codes in this bill. The hospital administration is responsible for paying doctors for their services based on the relative value units (RVU) once the reimbursement has been completed. The RVU plays a vital role in adequately compensating doctors for their services.

What is RVU?

Relative Value Units, or RVUs, are a set of standard values issued by Medicare to assess the cost of services. It is easier to compensate doctors depending on their output with the help of RVU.

RVU’s Objectives

In medical billing, the RVU is used to determine the worth of a doctor’s productivity. The RVU is used to calculate the doctor’s services so that he or she can be compensated. In some ways, relative value units are used to define the amount of effort a doctor does when delivering medical care to patients.

It’s worth noting that the RVU differs from doctor to doctor, depending on their specialty. For example, a surgeon undertaking a complex procedure like Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting(CABG) is likely to maintain a high relative value unit. As a result of the procedure’s rigor, the surgeon’s remuneration is extremely substantial in the case of CABG. The RVU for a general dentist, on the other hand, maybe lower than that of a CABG surgeon.

Determining the RVU

The three important components described below define the relative value units for various doctors:

The doctor’s or physician’s work: It evaluates the amount of talent, time, training, and effort that a doctor must devote when completing a procedure. The CPT code is updated at least every five years to maintain the RVU for each procedure.

The cost of keeping a practice open: This cost is calculated by adding together the costs of equipment, supplies, personnel, and rent.

The provider’s liability or malpractice cost: The costs of liability and malpractice insurance vary by provider. In comparison to specialties such as obstetrics, malpractice premiums for general care physicians are projected to stay inexpensive.

Work RVUs, practice expense RVUs, and malpractice RVUs are the 3 types of RVUs.

Understanding how relative value units function is crucial because it will help you plan for compensation and offer a foundation for practices to compute their fees in accordance with industry norms. Your staff should be aware of how this works as well.

Fee schedules, CPT codes, regional adjustments, physician fees, conversion factors, and more can make the American medical system seem befuddling. But it’s the precise nature of each of these phrases, as well as others, that helps us all traverse the current American medical environment.

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‘Made by Africa, Loved by the World’: Meta launches its Africa Day campaign spotlighting and celebrating Africans making a global impact

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As part of its Africa Day celebrations on 25 May, Meta (www.Facebook.com) today announced the return of its global campaign ‘Made by Africa, Loved by the World’, which was first launched in 2021. Aimed at amplifying the voices and stories of people and businesses from across Africa that are impacting the world, this year’s campaign spotlights eight creators, innovators and SMBs who are making a name for themselves not only in Africa, but globally, and are changing the way Africa is viewed on the international stage.

As part of the on-platform and marketing campaign, Meta has partnered with local filmmakers to bring to life eight phenomenal stories. Alongside this will run a dedicated global and local Instagram campaign featuring partnerships with African content creators, a community Reels challenge, the development of a specially designed AR filter inspired by #AfricaMade, as well as a series of free open virtual training sessions via the Meta Africa page (https://bit.ly/3PAWGt4), dedicated to all SMBs and Creators from across Africa.

Speaking about the campaign, Kezia Anim-Addo, Communications Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “I’m truly excited to be bringing back ‘Made by Africa, Loved by the World’ for the 2nd year running. This campaign is about showcasing the incredible talent we have here on the continent, and the African people and businesses that are not only contributing to the global agenda, but are forging their own paths. At Meta we remain invested in Africa, and know that this is home to some of the world’s most talented and inspired individuals, and we look forward to hero’ing just some of these stories through our ‘Made by Africa, Loved by the World’ campaign.”

Short Films: Made by Africa, Loved by the World

Partnering with five local filmmakers Tarryn Crossman (South Africa), Kofi Awuah (Ghana), Joan Kabugu (Kenya), Bardia Olowu (Nigeria) and Nelson Makengo (DRC), these series of inspirational and beautifully shot short films will live on a dedicated Africa Day microsite (https://bit.ly/3Nsansz) and focus on the stories of:

  • Trevor Stuurman (https://bit.ly/3NvVhCs) (South Africa): An award winning contemporary multimedia visual artist who has cemented himself as a creative force to be reckoned with, collaborating with international brands and global stars
  • Ferre Gola (https://bit.ly/3sQblqH) (DRC): An award winning Congolese musician who has earned international accolades as a true icon of Congolese rumba
  • Mosope Olaosebikan (https://bit.ly/3lzIwLi) (Nigeria): Founder of Africa’s first digital museum devoted to shaping the narrative of culture and people using immersive and innovative methods of curation such as AR/VR
  • Rich Mnisi (https://bit.ly/3NsazIj) (South Africa): A contemporary multi-disciplinary brand specializing in high-end fashion and furniture designs, with his clothing featured in global media outlets and his designs worn by global names
  • Selina Beb (https://bit.ly/38GYikx) (Ghana): A multiple award-winning fashion brand specialising in African inspired accessories and clothes
  • Black Rhino VR (https://bit.ly/3PCfsAf) (Kenya): An award-winning Extended Reality Agency working with local and international brands
  • Bonita Foods (https://bit.ly/3x2lm5B) (Nigeria): A healthy snacks company producing a range of delicious snacks from fruits, nuts and vegetables, with a global footprint across the UK, USA and Germany
  • Pixel Chefs (https://bit.ly/3wK0waF) (South Africa): An innovative creative agency, using emerging digital tech to create immersive impactful experiences for both local and global clients

Celebrating Africa Day on Instagram

As a platform for self-expression, in the lead up to Africa Day and beyond, Instagram will be celebrating and highlighting the incredible talent and diversity of the African continent:

  • Instagram AR Filter: Partnering with a South African immersive digital solutions company (Pixel Chefs) (www.PixelChefs.co.za)  to create an interactive AR filter to provide the Instagram community with a tool to celebrate the occasion, with the vibrancy and liveliness of Africa at the heart. [https://bit.ly/38DO8kP]
  • Instagram Reels Challenge: Working with content creators from across Africa and the diaspora, Instagram will launch a Reels community challenge under the hashtag #ShareYourAfrica, encouraging its community to celebrate and share with the world what’s uniquely authentic and African to them, whether fashion, music, food or dance.
  • African Designers Guide: Throughout the week of Africa Day and beyond, Instagram has invited  @mizliz (https://bit.ly/3a5DnYE), the founder of @offtomag, to highlight 12 African designers and artists who are forging their own paths and redefining culture in the process
  • IG Creators (https://bit.ly/3MGFNvp) Q&A with DanceGod Llyod (https://bit.ly/3wJ0HmH) on 25th May:Continuing to spotlight African creators, Instagram will host a live Q&A with Ghanaian dancer sensation and content creator DanceGod Lloyd

Free Virtual Training Sessions

As part of Meta’s continued investment across the continent, it will also be hosting a number of free open training sessions throughout the week and post Africa Day via the Meta Africa page (https://bit.ly/3NwfZ4Y), focused on providing other upcoming creatives and entrepreneurs with the digital know-how to take their ideas global. Training topics include:

  • Reels school: Learn all about Reels on Facebook and Instagram, as well as top tips and best practices to help connect with more people
  • Cross Border Business: Discover how to explore different markets, reach new customers, localise marketing and optimise campaigns
  • Monetization 101: Discover ways to monetise owned content on Facebook and Instagram, as well as learn more about best practices and eligibility requirements
  • Branded Content – Get future-ready: Find out more about creator marketing on Meta platforms including best practices, creative tips, and media and measurement guidance.
  • Step into AR: Dip into the world of the Metaverse through the lens of Augmented Reality (AR) and explore the what, why and how of AR to help create incredible AR experiences people will love

Meta Culture Series

As an extension of the Metaverse Culture Series Black Future (https://bit.ly/3yS10ON) experience exploring embedding Black culture, creativity and community, Meta will host a fireside chat with Ime Archibong, Head of New Product Experimentation at Meta, Dylan Fiala (Co-Founder of Pixel Chefs), Winifred Isichei (https://bit.ly/3wzYjjq) (Founder of Bonita Foods) and diaspora based Walla El Sheikh (https://bit.ly/3wEquhi) (Birthright Africa [https://bit.ly/3sPYXHl]). Hosted on Meta Africa FB Page (https://bit.ly/3yQGz4M), the conversations will focus around early innovation and adoption across the continent, and how this has contributed to global trends, whilst exploring what the world can learn about African Culture.

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How we can procure actually with effective financial planning for bitcoin

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One reason for the stage’s elegance is that bitcoin endeavors to make internet exchanging available to as various individuals as could really be expected. bitcoin offers both short-and long haul choices for merchandisers, open through all CopyPortfolios ™ administration that permits merchandisers to create various portfolios. bitcoin additionally offers exchanging devices with fluctuating levels of associated danger, while the stage is likewise accessible on its web point of interaction and portable application. Over all the The Crypto Genius guide and tips are favorable so visit here if you need.

Bitcoin improvement

Likewise, bitcoin has fostered a CopyTrader framework that permits singularities to duplicate other junkies’ exchanges, empowering its visitors to flawlessly puncture their merchandisers’ organization gests. Take advantage Newcomers will likewise concede a progression of orderlies as they take their most memorable way in web based exchanging. For delineation, bitcoin offers new vendors a free practice account that permits them to practice web based exchanging without gambling any genuine tycoon.

bitcoin is totally managed and biddable with the rules of CySEC, FCA and ASIC, and has been vital in advancing web based exchanging and financial instruction these solicitations through major monetary establishments comparable as Russia’s Sberbank and China’s Ping An. Joined forces with the gathering. This content doesn’t concern US addicts.

Calling

  • Utilized by merchandisers.
  • Enhanced in 2006.
  • Controlled by the Financial Conduct Authority, CySEC, ASIC
  • Submit something like 200.

Cons

  • Doesn’t permit scalping ( see druthers)
  • Inertia figure
  • Restricted scope of outfit

To open a live record, you will require an insignificant store of$ 200. On the other hand, bitcoin offers a convention account that you can use to practice and dive more deeply into their foundation. Controlled by the Financial Conduct Authority, UK (FRN 583263), CySEC ( License109/10), and ASIC (AFSL# 491139). bitcoin keeps all client funds in discrete ledgers and utilizations League-1 banks for this reason. bitcoin has been laid out starting around 2006, and is settled in Cyprus, UK.

 

 What are bitcoin spreads and cargo?

Like most extreme specialists, bitcoin charges a spread, which is the contrast between the buy and exchange cost of a gadget. The commissions and spreads displayed beneath are grounded on the insignificant spreads recorded on the bitcoin site. The variety bars show how serious Bitcoin’s spreads are contrasted with other famous merchants included on the pamphlets.

 How significant does bitcoin charge for exchanging 1 parcel of EUR/USD?

In the event that you purchase a standard parcel of EUR/USD (100k units) with bitcoin at a conversion scale of1.1719 and furthermore distribute at a similar value the approaching day, you’ll apparently need to pay$ 36. There’s a strike to the figure and how it looks at to IG and XTB.

 What might you at any point exchange with bitcoin?

bitcoin offers farther than various exchanging apparatuses, including farther than 47 cash dyads. We’ve typified beneath every one of the various sorts of predisposition presented by bitcoin alongside the inclination presented by IG and XTB for examination. you can get the Traders Union here for more accommodating aide.

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Meet the Photographer adding value to people’s lives – Lawrence Beniana Mensah

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Lawrence Beniana Mensah is a Ghanaian-born Photography, laying his mark on the world. (more…)

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