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Facebook launches Messenger Kids, giving parents supervision over their children’s online activity

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acebook is rolling out Messenger Kids, a video chat and messaging app that helps children connect with friends and family in a fun, parent-controlled space. Available to download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, Messenger Kids has been designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the app including two new features aimed at helping kids connect with their friends and family.

Helping to shape the Messenger Kids app, Facebook has worked closely with Youth Advisors over the years, made up of experts in online safety, child development and media. Ahead of its launch, Facebook also consulted with child safety advocates and educators across Africa to ensure that its providing a service that balances parental control with features that help kids learn how to connect responsibly online.

Messenger Kids is made for Kids but controlled by parents, the app is full of features for kids to connect with the people they love. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are connected to, and when those contacts are online. Some fun features available in the app, include:

·         Playful masks, emojis and sound effects bring conversations to life.

·         In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app.

·         A library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools to let them decorate content and express their personalities.

Commenting on the launch, Kojo Boakye, Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa said: “We know that parents are turning to technology more than ever to help their kids connect with friends and family online. With privacy, security and parental control at the heart of the app, Messenger Kids provides a safe, fun space, controlled by parents to do exactly that.”

Safety expert Evelyn Kasina, Family IT Consultant, Eveminet, added: “It is our responsibility to ensure online safety for our children. The greatest sign of success is when our children display responsible independence during their online interaction. The launch of Facebook Messenger Kids is an amazing stride toward child online safety because our young children will enjoy and participate on social media on child developed platforms that have safety parameters to keep them safe.” Facebook Launches Messenger Kids across Sub Saharan Africa

Through the Parent Dashboard, parents can control and monitor their child’s activity enabling them to:

·         Monitor recent contacts, chat history, and reported and blocked contacts: including who your child is chatting with, whether they are video chatting or sending messages and how frequently those conversations happened over the past 30 days. You’ll also see a list of the contacts your child has blocked and/or unblocked, if they have reported any messages as well as any contacts they’ve reported and the reason for their action. Parents will continue to be notified via Messenger if their child blocks or reports someone.

·         See a log of images and videos in chats: See the most recent photos and videos your child has sent and received in their inbox. If you believe an image or video is not appropriate for your child, you can remove it from your child’s message thread and report it.

·         Enable Supervised Friending: This feature will enable parents to choose to allow their kids to also accept, reject, add or remove contacts, while maintaining the ability to override any new contact approvals from the Parent Dashboard. When a kid takes a friending action, parents will be notified through Messenger and can override any new connections made by going to the Parent Dashboard, where they will also be able to see a log of recent activities.

·         Remote Device Logout: See all devices where your child is logged in to Messenger Kids and log out of the app on any device through the Parent Dashboard

·         Download your child’s information: Request a copy of your child’s Messenger Kids information, similar to how you can download your own information within the Facebook app. The download will include a list of your child’s contacts as well as the messages, images and videos they have sent and received. Your child will be notified through the Messenger Kids app when you request this information.

More Information on Messenger Kids

·         There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child’s information isn’t used for ads.

·         It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases.

·         Messenger Kids is also designed to be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

·         Facebook continues to work with parents, safety and security experts to improve Messenger Kids and have also announced new ways to help parents connect kids with their friends.

·         For more specific information about the app, visit messengerkids.com.

·         For the latest on how to use Messenger Kids, visit our Help Center

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Lynx TV is set to launch with Sika Osei, DJ Vyrusky & other budding talents

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Lynx Entertainment are set to re-launch their TV platform with new shows from Sika Osei, DJ Vyrusky, Richmond Xavier Amoakoh (Lawyer Nti) and more. The over-the-top, next-gen media channel will offer immersive content that cuts across the contemporary lifestyle of today’s African; projecting dynamic culture while keeping their audience entertained with music, film, talk shows documentaries & more.

The content produced by Lynx TV and Tigon Creative Studios will be available online; streaming via the Lynx TV Facebook and YouTube platforms. The channel kicks off its operations with 3 new shows that will air this month and promises exciting new show roll-outs every month after. This month’s program line-up includes Stripped by Sika Osei, Caught on Tape with DJ Vyrusky and Things That Girls Say, hosted by new budding presenters including Miss Malaika 2021 2nd runner up, Khaissah.

The new channel taps into today’s digital consumer patterns and aims to add movies, limited series and more in course of the year. The OTT channel will operate from the Lynx Manor building in Akweteman, which is also home to Ghana’s leading record label, Lynx Entertainment.

Follow Lynx TV now on all social media platforms and subscribe to the Facebook & YouTube channels for exciting new content each week.

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Sickle Cell & The Workplace – Airteltigo Touching Lives And International Sickle Cell Centre

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Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) can take a lot of energy from affected individuals due to recurring pain and fatigue that accompany the disease. This can result in a warrior’s (person living with SCD) inability to participate in day-to-day activities, when unwell. When employers and co-workers are inadequately informed about SCD, they may not be able to offer the necessary support and accommodations for a colleague living with the condition. This often leads to stigmatization at the workplace.

The International Sickle Cell Centre (ISCC) partnered with AirtelTigo Touching Lives to raise awareness about SCD.

In Episode 2 of the award-winning series AirtelTigo Touching Lives, we shed light on Sickle cell and the workplace. We talk about how it impacts peoples lives and the need to build supportive work environments for people living with the condition.

What is Sickle Cell Disease (SC)?

  • Eugenia N.K Asare, a Specialist Hematologist at the Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics and Senior Consultant with the ISCC stated that “SCD is an inherited blood disorder which is associated with chronic and acute problems. These problems range from acute pain episodes to chronic anemia due to the breakdown of red blood cells. But SCD in itself, is not a disability although some complications can lead to certain disabilities. As a result of the improvements in healthcare, life expectancy has dramatically improved for SCD warriors”. Dr. Asare emphasized that with adequate support, individuals living with SCD are able to perform their work responsibilities.

Working with SCD

  • Dominic Dzineku, a Sickle Cell Warrior, shared his experiences at the workplace. He spoke about being given a job offer on one occasion but forgot to disclose his sickle cell status. His boss happened to be a medical doctor hence understood his situation. However, he noticed that whenever he missed work for medical reasons an amount of money was deducted from his salary. Again, because he had a boss who was knowledgeable about the disease, she helped him rectify the issue.

  • We therefore engaged the public in this episode, to find out if they would deduct missed work hours from the salaries of employees’ who miss work because of the condition. One person stated that he believed it was no fault of the affected employee hence would not punish the individual for something he or she could not control.

  • Others were also of the opinion that it does not concern their employers in the first place so do not see the need to even disclose their sickle cell genotype to an employer. A male respondent stated that, “I wouldn’t tell my employers if I have sickle cell disease because I don’t know if they would offer any help and they also can’t cure me of the condition”.

  • Dominic spoke about a time in 2016 when he woke up feeling unwell hence had to go to the hospital instead of going to work. He was admitted due to malaria and an acute pain episode from SCD. The following day, he experienced another complication of SCD hence had to be taken to theatre for an emergency surgery. He ended up spending more days than anticipated in the hospital. After his discharge from the hospital, he was given some time off work to rest and properly heal. His employer agreed to grant him the break, but this was going to be without a salary. He decided to resign because he knew the work environment was not conducive for his health.

  • Mary Ansong, Founder and CEO of the ISCC validated the fact that sometimes, people living with SCD may miss work due to acute pain episodes, hospital review or admission. She stated that having an empathetic employer who understands the condition and is willing to provide the needed support is often based on luck rather than being the norm. Some employers have denied employees with SCD, the right to go to the hospital for their reviews and others have even deducted from their salaries, lost work hours due to a hospital admission.

Support for people with SCD at the workplace

  • Dominic shares that leaving his former workplace has helped him learn and develop new skills like software development, photography, and videography. It has also given him the opportunity to join organizations like ISCC to advocate for people living with SCD.
  • Asare reminds us that people living with SCD can occupy different spheres of work so should not be stigmatized at the workplace because of the condition.

 

  • Chief Human Resources Officer of AirtelTigo, Eric Adadevoh, insists that employers must be empathetic to allow SCD patients exhibit their skills and talents to their highest potential.

AirtelTigo Touching Lives is a corporate social initiative of AirtelTigo. The Sickle Cell Edition is done in partnership with the International Sickle Cell Centre (ISCC) and will feature medical experts from the ISCC, persons living with SCD, relatives, caregivers and SCD advocates.

Episodes can be found on AirtelTigo’s YouTube channel (Link), on Facebook on Airtel Tigo’s official Facebook page (Link) and on ISCC social media handles (Facebook and Instagram) @isccghana.

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After four-year hiatus, SA folk singer Jozia returns with a new single titled Money featuring Young Moses

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Internationally acclaimed South Africa singer Rose Lukhele, known by her stage name JOZIA has come back stronger than ever after a hiatus from the music scene, the singer releases new honey single titled Moneyfeaturing Young Moses.

Listen to Jozia’s new single titled Money here:  shorturl.at/gvzLZ

“I am excited to share my new music. I have had a wonderful experience making this music and experimenting with different sounds and genres and I am looking forward to my fans listening to the new releases,” expresses Jozia.

Jozia shows her versatility on Money, with a sharp pen and a refreshing vocal approach to the single, she weaves words together with soulful melodies, switching effortlessly between lyricism and singing.  Accompanied by musical arrangements from highly talented producer Kevin Leicher, which are enchanting in their orchestrated clarity, without being intrusive.

 

Jozia is a consummate musical chameleon with an adventurous spirit and a distinctive artistic vision. She loves to experiment with styles, sounds and words, blending genres like acoustic folk, soul, pop and indie rock. And yet her output is so distinctly her own; perhaps it’s her emotive and multifaceted vocals or the courage of her unconventional songwriting.

When it comes to her unconventional songwriting, Jozia is an adventurous spirit, driven by her artistic visions. She has won the hearts of many indie music lovers because of her desire to be authentic and to remain a free spirit. Her desire to remain an independent artist eventually led her to work with indie organisation the Swiss Art Foundation. Jozia has since developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning house, neo soul, folk and indie rock.

The internationally acclaimed singer has turned a completely new chapter in her career with the release of Money.  A lot can be expected from the folk singer in 2023 as she continues to expand her brand both locally and internationally.  

What Jozia’s versatility underscores is that she is not trying to overplay her hand for fame. From her poise and cool, we are reminded that the most rewarding path to success is your own.

For more updates on Jozia’s upcoming projects follow her on social media.

Connect with Jozia Music:

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Instagram: @joziamusic   

 

Website:  www.joziamusic.com

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Minimizing Risk with Smart Importing

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International trade is an important part of business operations for many companies, however it also comes with risks. To minimize the potential risk associated with importing goods, it is important to be well informed and aware of best practices. In this article, we will discuss how to use smart importing techniques to reduce those risks and streamline the process. We will review strategies for protecting against financial risks such as currency exchange fluctuations, as well as methods for avoiding supply chain disruptions and ensuring product quality compliance.

Benefits of Smart Importing

When importing goods from overseas suppliers, it’s important to take steps to minimize risk and ensure successful outcomes. One way of doing this is through smart importing practices. Smart importing offers several advantages that can help your business reach its goals while avoiding costly delays, disputes or make good fake id.

Smart importing involves planning ahead and selecting the right supplier for the job. These steps give you more control over the process and help you avoid unexpected problems during shipment. By assessing a potential supplier’s credentials, such as quality assurance certificates, before signing a contract, you can be sure of getting what you need on time and in good condition. Additionally, by negotiating with multiple vendors for better terms or prices at once instead of going with just one vendor improves chances of success in the long run.

Identifying Risk Factors

Identifying risk factors is an essential step for businesses looking to minimize the risks associated with importing. Companies must consider a variety of elements from selecting vendors, complying with regulations, and knowing what resources are available to them. This article will explore how companies can take proactive steps towards smart importing in order to reduce their risks and ensure success.

The first consideration when identifying risk factors should be the vendor selection process. It’s important for companies to select reliable vendors who have a good track record of producing quality products and delivering on time. Businesses should also confirm if the vendor has any certifications or standards that need to be met in order to gain access into certain markets. Additionally, it’s important for companies to research whether certain countries require special licenses or permits before they can do business there.

Strategies for Minimizing Risk

The art of importing can be a complicated, yet rewarding endeavor. The risks involved with this type of business often outweigh the potential profits when not handled with caution and care. Fortunately, there are strategies available to help minimize risk and maintain productive import operations.

One way to reduce risk is through understanding and following regulations that govern imports into a country or region. Researching tax laws, customs regulations, tariffs and trade agreements can mitigate financial losses due to improper compliance or lack of documentation. Having a basic knowledge of each country’s rules regarding imports is essential for successful importing operations.

Another useful strategy for minimizing risk includes monitoring the source countries where products are being imported from in order to anticipate any economic changes that may impact pricing or lead time on orders.

Establishing Protocols & Procedures

Establishing protocols and procedures is a critical component of minimizing risk when importing goods. Having reliable systems in place to monitor compliance with import regulations can help ensure that your business is meeting all applicable requirements while staying on top of ever-changing policies. Implementing a well-thought-out protocol and procedure plan can help you manage both the risks associated with merchandise imports and the costs associated with them.

Creating an effective protocol requires detailed planning. This includes researching current laws and regulations, anticipating potential issues, establishing clear expectations for employees involved in the process, documenting required steps throughout the process, and reviewing procedures regularly to maintain compliance. It’s also important to communicate these protocols frequently so that everyone understands their roles in order to ensure accuracy throughout the entire importing process.

Creating an effective protocol requires detailed planning for those who are importing goods. It is essential to research the relevant laws and regulations to ensure compliance with the standards set by local, state and federal governments. In addition, it is important to anticipate any potential issues that could arise while dealing with foreign manufacturers or suppliers. Establishing clear communication channels among all parties involved in the import process will help minimize misunderstandings that could lead to costly delays or other risks. The goal should be a comprehensive plan that outlines all the steps necessary for successful imports, including proper documentation and preparation of customs forms.

Having sound knowledge of international trade regulations can also be beneficial during negotiations regarding freight charges, insurance costs and payment terms. Additionally, keeping up with market trends is essential as this can help identify new opportunities as well as avoid potential pitfalls when bringing products into a country’s market.

Quality Assurance Measures

Quality Assurance measures is an important part of minimizing risk when importing. Quality assurance measures are the steps taken to ensure that goods imported conform to set standards, and are free from defects or contaminants. Companies must adhere to these measures in order to protect their reputation and prevent costly losses due to product recalls and other issues.

The first step in establishing quality assurance measures is developing a clear plan for evaluating the quality of incoming shipments. This plan should include specific criteria for assessing each type of product, as well as protocols outlining how potential risks will be identified and addressed. Companies should also consider implementing a system of regular spot checks throughout the supply chain in order to catch any problems before they reach customers.

In addition, companies must establish detailed records regarding where products have been sourced from and who has handled them during transit.

Making Smart Imports

Making smart imports is essential for businesses that want to succeed in the global marketplace. While importing can be a great way to bring new products and services into the business, there are risks associated with it. To minimize risk while still taking advantage of import opportunities, companies need to use strategies that ensure they make smart imports.

One of the most important steps when making an import is ensuring that all regulations are followed. This includes researching any laws or restrictions on certain goods as well as understanding all customs duties and taxes associated with importing items from outside countries. It’s also important to research potential suppliers thoroughly, including checking references, verifying licenses, and obtaining certifications for quality assurance. Companies should also work with a knowledgeable agent who can help them navigate the process of importing correctly and efficiently.



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MTN “Save A Life Campaign” Is Back After A Two -Year Break

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MTN Ghana Foundation has announced the comeback of its annual blood donation exercise dubbed “Save a Life” after a two year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was initiated to give staff of MTN, its trade partners and the public the opportunity to show love on Valentine’s Day by donating a unit of blood to help save lives.

This year, the campaign will take place in all 16 regions simultaneously on Tuesday, 14th February 2023 between 8am- 4pm. The annual Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise this year is targeted at collecting 4000 units of blood to stock various blood banks across the country.

Commenting on the upcoming event, Senior Manager for Sustainability and Social Impact, Robert Kuzoe reiterated the Foundation’s commitment toward the improvement in health care delivery in Ghana. “By running this blood donation exercise, it is our desire to help alleviate the high numbers of maternal mortality cases since loss of blood is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths”.

Mr. Kuzoe urged people to go out in their numbers to all the bleeding points in the various regions to express their love on Valentine’s Day by donating a unit of blood to help save a life.

“According to the National Blood Transfusion Service, about 36% of the national blood supply is from voluntary donations and this is not encouraging. We entreat our staff, stakeholders, and the entire public to help stock the blood banks especially after the end of year festivities and most especially post pandemic effects of reduction in voluntary blood donation”, he said.

Since the inception of the initiative in 2011, over 20,000 units of blood have been collected.

The “Save A Life” project has earned the MTN Foundation some recognition including the “Highest Corporate Blood Donor” in 2013, the “Second Highest Corporate Donor” in 2014 and one of the Highest Corporate Donors” in 2015.

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3 Lifestyle Tips For Brides To Be

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If you’re engaged and plan on getting married soon, first of all, congratulations! Being a bride-to-be is a very exciting time in one’s life. That being said, a lot goes into planning a wedding and it can be pretty stressful. Especially if you’re doing the bulk of the planning yourself, it can feel like you’ll never be able to get everything done in time or be able to afford it all, as weddings are also a massive expense. 

 

However, you shouldn’t worry too much, as you’re certainly not the first one to be planning a wedding. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone! There are simple changes you can make to your lifestyle to make the entire process easier and more stress-free. To give you a glimpse of this, here are 3 lifestyle tips for brides to be. 

 

Get Organized 

 

Getting yourself organized is one of the first steps you should be taking in the wedding planning process, and it’s something that will benefit you in all other areas of your life as well. Start a spreadsheet if that is something that’ll help you with all of the things you need to get done and organize them based on your priorities. 

 

For example, you’ll probably need to book/reserve a venue before you do anything else such as hire a wedding videographer, so that should be at the top of your list. Purchasing a dress should come before things like purchasing alcohol, in order to leave time for alterations. Once you get your priorities straight and organize everything, you can start to knock things off your to-do list one by one. 

 

Spend Quality Time With Your Fiancé 

 

If you’re planning a big wedding, it can be difficult to think about anything else and you can begin to lose sight of the reason why you’re here in the first place! Many couples end up fighting a lot and going through a rough patch during wedding planning simply because it’s such a stressful time and people’s limits are tested. 

 

This doesn’t have to be the case though! Make it a point to spend quality time with your fiancé and go out on dates. Designate certain nights to be times when you don’t bring up anything about wedding planning at all. This will help to keep the spark alive and keep you both looking forward to your big day.

Don’t Forget Self Care

 

As with any stressful time, it’s super important to remember to engage in self-care in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding day. Take a break from planning every so often to take a step back and evaluate how you’re doing. If you need to slow down, don’t be afraid to do so. Everyone needs different things in times of stress, so try to figure out exactly what it is you need and then give yourself that. 

 

Being a bride-to-be doesn’t have to be such a challenge and can in fact be quite enjoyable if you make a few small changes to the way you do things. Hopefully, these tips can help!



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