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Fremantle and Passenger to Produce Landmark Documentary Series on Basketball Africa League

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The Basketball Africa League (BAL), together with producer and distributor Fremantle, award-winning TRUE DETECTIVE producer Richard Brown and sports marketing company Infront, have teamed up to produce an original documentary series telling the story of the launch and inaugural season of the BAL, a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa tipping off Sunday, May 16 in Kigali, Rwanda.  The series will be directed by up-and-coming South African director Tebogo Malope.

The BAL, a partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) (www.NBA.com) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America.  The first BAL Finals will be held Sunday, May 30.

The landmark documentary series will follow the stories of the players, coaches and teams from across Africa as they prepare for and compete in the first BAL season.  This powerful series will spotlight the momentum and ambition behind the pan-African basketball league and the individuals who have worked tirelessly to change the landscape of sports on the continent through this historic initiative.  Filming on the series has commenced in several countries.

The series has been developed by Malope alongside Executive Producers Brown, Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens (TIGER KING, PALMER, THE COVE), and acclaimed Nigerian director/producer Akin Omotoso, who is currently directing THE GREEK FREAK for Disney+, a feature film on the life of reigning back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (born in Greece to Nigerian parents).

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Anthony Scheinman and Christian Vesper will also serve as Executive Producers on behalf of Infront and Fremantle, respectively.  The parties will work together on worldwide distribution plans, with additional information to be shared as it becomes available.

Housed at Fremantle and made exclusively in partnership with the BAL, the documentary series forms part of Fremantle’s exclusive multiyear deal with Brown’s production company, Passenger.

BAL President, Amadou Gallo Fall:

“We are honored to partner with such illustrious producers and visionary filmmakers to tell the story of the Basketball Africa League’s inaugural season.  The BAL will have a transformational impact on basketball and sports as a whole in Africa, and this project will capture this historic moment in time for generations to come.”

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Director, Tebogo Malope:

“I’m beyond excited about this project because it places African storytellers at the helm of their own story.  To be directing this series with esteemed producers Richard Brown, Fisher Stevens and the BAL encapsulates the very best of what it means to be global, and is a dream come true for me.”

Executive Producer, Richard Brown:

“I couldn’t have dreamed up a project more exciting and momentous.  Even in the early days of filming, the myriad stories that have emerged from the cultures and personalities that compose the Basketball Africa League are utterly compelling.  Tebogo is a hugely talented upcoming filmmaker with an irresistible vision for how to tell this story.”

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Tebogo Malope is a South African director who directed Netflix’s first African Original Series, QUEEN SONO.  He is currently completing a feature documentary telling the story of Siya Kolisi, the first Black captain of the South African national rugby team.  Malope has also directed many award-winning commercials.

Richard Brown was the driving force behind HBO’s globally successful anthology series TRUE DETECTIVE and has served as executive producer on all three seasons of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning show.  He developed and executive-produced the highly acclaimed Hulu / Sky Italia / Channel 4 limited series CATCH-22, starring George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie.  Brown is also known for producing the Netflix action-drama OUTLAW KING, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Chris Pine.  He is currently in production on Fremantle and Sky’s five-episode series THIS SCEPTRED ISLE, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Kenneth Branagh as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Fisher Stevens is currently a regular on HBO’s SUCCESSION and recently directed PALMER for Apple, starring Justin Timberlake.  He was an executive producer of Netflix’s TIGER KING, director of the Formula E (motor sport series with electric-powered cars) documentary AND WE GO GREEN for Hulu, and BEFORE THE FLOOD for National Geographic, as well as producer of the Oscar-winning documentary THE COVE.

Akin Omotoso is an acclaimed Nigerian-born, South Africa-based director who has produced and directed films including the award-winning MAN ON GROUND (Official Selection Toronto and Berlin 2011) and the Array-distributed VAYA (Toronto 2017).

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Below are the 12 club teams from 12 African countries that will compete in the inaugural BAL season:

COUNTRY TEAM
Algeria GSP (Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers) (https://bit.ly/3t40qGZ) **
Angola Petro de Luanda (Clube Atlético Petroleos de Luanda) (https://bit.ly/3sUevqJ) *
Cameroon FAP (Forces Armées et Police Basketball) (https://bit.ly/3vrrKAU) **
Egypt Zamalek (https://bit.ly/3dYB6Ov)*
Madagascar GNBC (https://bit.ly/3xz2s5M) (Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club)**
Mali AS Police (Association Sportive de la Police Nationale) (https://bit.ly/3nu1h2K) **
Morocco AS Salé (Association Sportive de Salé) (https://bit.ly/32W6res) *
Mozambique Ferroviàrio de Maputo (https://bit.ly/3xEmFHp) **
Nigeria Rivers Hoopers (Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club) (https://bit.ly/3vi4x3Y) *
Rwanda Patriots BBC (Patriots Basketball Club) (https://bit.ly/3vmwDuX) **
Senegal AS Douanes (Association Sportive des Douanes) (https://bit.ly/3eExwbo)*
Tunisia US Monastir (Union Sportive Monastirienne) (https://bit.ly/3tZtv7P) *

 

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Unlocking the Power of bitwave: A Beginner’s Guide

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Investing can be a daunting task, especially for beginners. With the advent of advanced algorithms like bitwave, the process has become more accessible and efficient. This guide will help you understand what FBC Algo is, its features, and how it can benefit you as a new investor.

Key Takeaways

  • bitwave simplifies investment for beginners through advanced algorithms.
  • It offers a user-friendly interface, making it easy to navigate.
  • The platform emphasizes security and efficiency in trading.

Introduction to bitwave

bitwave is an innovative algorithm designed to assist individuals in making informed investment decisions. It leverages advanced data analysis and artificial intelligence to provide users with accurate trading insights, thereby reducing the complexity of investment processes.

Features of bitwave

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Advanced AI and Data Analysis

  • Predictive Analytics: Uses historical data to predict market trends.
  • Real-Time Analysis: Continuously monitors the market for the best trading opportunities.
  • Automated Decisions: Executes trades automatically based on predefined criteria.

User-Friendly Interface

  • Simple Navigation: Easy to use for both beginners and experienced investors.
  • Clear Metrics: Displays key performance indicators in an understandable manner.
  • Customizable Dashboard: Allows users to tailor the interface to their preferences.

Enhanced Security

  • SSL Encryption: Protects user data from unauthorized access.
  • Two-Factor Authentication: Adds an extra layer of security to user accounts.
  • Secure Transactions: Ensures all transactions are safe and transparent.

Benefits of Using bitwave

Accessibility

Bitwaveis designed to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their investment experience. The intuitive interface and comprehensive tutorials make it easy for beginners to get started.

Efficiency

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The algorithm’s ability to analyze vast amounts of data quickly ensures that users receive timely and accurate trading signals. This efficiency can significantly enhance investment outcomes.

Reduced Risk

By relying on data-driven insights and automated trading, FBC Algo helps reduce the risk associated with emotional and impulsive trading decisions.

Why Choose Immediate Bitwave?

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Immediate Bitwave is a user-friendly website designed to bridge the gap between eager learners and reputable investment education firms. Here’s why you should consider it:

  • Quality Education: Learn from the best investment education firms.
  • Time-Saving: Reduces the time spent searching for reliable investment resources.
  • User-Friendly: Simple and intuitive interface for all users.
  • Support for Multiple Cryptocurrencies: Accessible to a wide range of users.
  • Free Structure: Provides high-quality training without any fees.

Advantages of Immediate Bitwave

Promotes Financial Literacy

Immediate Bitwave offers practical training, promoting financial literacy and confidence among new investors.

Democratizes Access

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By providing access to reputable investment education firms, Immediate Bitwave democratizes financial knowledge, making it accessible to everyone.

Stress-Free Learning

The platform simplifies the process of finding and connecting with quality education resources, reducing stress for new investors.

Conclusion

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FBC Algo and Immediate Bitwave together provide a powerful solution for anyone looking to start their investment journey. FBC Algo’s advanced algorithms simplify trading, while Immediate Bitwave connects users with top-notch educational resources. This combination makes investment education and practice accessible, efficient, and secure.

To get started Visit https://immediate-bitwave.com  and register for free. Unlock the power of AI in your investment strategy and build a strong foundation for your financial future.



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Toastmasters International, Ghana Presents: The Toastmasters Awards and Handing Over Ceremony 2023/2024

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Toastmasters International, Ghana Presents: The Toastmasters Awards and Handing Over Ceremony 2023/2024

Toastmasters International, a globally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing public speaking and leadership skills, is excited to announce Its upcoming Toastmasters Awards and Handing Over Ceremony. This prestigious event will also symbolize the rebirth of Toastmasters in Ghana and highlight the mission of building bridges with words.

Scheduled for 28th June at 6pm at the Ecobank Ghana Head Office, Ridge; this ceremony will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our members and provide insights into the immense benefits of joining the Toastmasters community. The event will feature captivating keynote speakers, inspiring success stories, and the recognition of outstanding members who have reached significant milestones in their personal and professional development.

Attendees will experience the transformative power of Toastmasters International firsthand. Together, we can raise awareness about Toastmasters International in Ghana and encourage more individuals to embark on this transformative journey of self-improvement. This event is open to the general public and tickets can be purchased using the USSD shortcode *713*33*02# to register on all networks.

About Toastmasters International

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Toastmasters is a network of clubs that follow an educational program that is designed to help people fine-tune their public speaking, communication, and leadership skills through regular practice.

Toastmasters International offers a vibrant and diverse global community, through its network of over 16,800 clubs in more than 140 countries. Key benefits of membership include enhanced Communication Skills, Leadership Development, Personal and Professional Growth, and Networking Opportunities.

Future members can connect with individuals worldwide, fostering cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.

To learn more about Toastmasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org.

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Twellium Ghana leads in environmental sustainability with a high-tech effluent treatment plant (ETP)

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The Twellium Industrial Company Limited, a Ghanaian-based manufacturing company, has taken a giant step to lead an environmental sustainability project by introducing a high-tech effluent treatment plant.

The Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) is a specialized facility designed to treat and purify industrial wastewater before its safe discharge into the environment. This state-of-the-art facility ensures that all industrial waste the company generates is treated effectively, preventing any waste from being sent to the surrounding towns.

The plant processes up to 1,000 cubic metres of wastewater daily. All wastewater from the facility is sent to the ETP, ensuring that their effluent discharge parameters meet the GS 1212:2019 effluent discharge parameters for the food and beverage industries.

Speaking to journalists after a factory tour, Mr. Ali Ajami, Chief Marketing Officer, Twellium Industrial Company Limited, said the GHS3 million Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) processes organic and inorganic pollutants, as well as all other impurities generated from the factory, before they are safely discharged.

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Mr. Ajami said treated water from the plant could be used by neighbouring farmers to water their crops and for other domestic uses. He said the company was committed to environmental sustainability and would continuously explore innovations that would ensure that its operations did not harm the environment.

“At Twellium, we remain committed to environmental sustainability, and through this effluence treatment plant for waste management, we will ensure that all industrial waste the company generates is treated effectively, preventing any waste from being sent to the surrounding towns,” he said.

Mr. Ajami added, “This will also help mitigate potential environmental hazards and promote a clean and safe environment for local communities. This proactive approach underscores our dedication to preventing environmental havoc and maintaining high standards of environmental stewardship.”.

Mr. Ajami further expressed profound gratitude to the Government of Ghana for creating an enabling environment for businesses and providing incentives to support business growth.

He said the company, which has been operating in Ghana for the past 10 years, has expanded its production line to more than eleven and provided employment to more than 5,000 Ghanaians, among other interventions.

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“The government gives incentives and encourages investors to come here. The government helps to export made-in-Ghana products outside the country, and this helps us,” he said.

Mr. Ajami encouraged businesses to take advantage of the conducive environment in Ghana to export their products to neighbouring countries to help boost Ghana’s economy and create more employment opportunities.

For his part, Ghanaian Afro-dancehall sensation Stonebwoy, who was crowned Artist of the Year at the just-ended Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA), said industrialisation was the surest way to create employment opportunities and commended Twellium for investing in Ghana.

Stonebwoy, who is a brand ambassador for Bigoo Drink, said the company’s vision of providing environmental sustainability aligns with his personal agenda of safeguarding the community, adding that its “proactive approach”.

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“Employment is going on here, and the number of staff is increasing. I am happy to find some of the people that I lived with in the same community with secure employment here,” he said.

The event also saw Twellium Industrial Company Limited announce the wife of Stonebwoy, Dr. Louisa Ansong-Satekla, as Brand Ambassador for Verna Mineral Water.

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Social Trends: MP Leads Ghana’s ‘Hands Off Our Hotels’ Anti-Corruption March

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MP Leads Ghana's 'Hands Off Our Hotels' Anti-Corruption March

On June 18, 2024, a significant protest named ‘Hands Off Our Hotels’ took place in Accra, Ghana, opposing the sale of a 60% stake in four hotels owned by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to Rock City Hotel, a company owned by the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong. (more…)

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Vivo Energy Ghana Launches Safety Day and Pledges Goal Zero

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Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell Licensee, is proud to announce the successful launch of Safety Day 2024 at its head office in Cantonment, Accra. Safety Day, a cherished tradition of the business, underscores the company’s commitment to Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality (HSSEQ) practices while celebrating its safety achievements and milestones.

With a vision of becoming the leading and most respected energy business in Africa, we remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of our employees, partners, customers and communities.  The focus for this year’s Safety Day is on our HSSEQ Management System (MS), an integral part of our commitment to achieving Goal Zero- no harm to people and minimising our impact on the environment.

Speaking at the launch, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Kader Maiga, emphasised the company’s collaboration with regulatory bodies like the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Ghana Standard Authority (GSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC) to ensure compliance with procedures, standards, environmental sustainability, and industry best practices. “I wish to throw more light on our Goal Zero Days (4,900 days/over 13 years) – the number of days without a recordable incident in our operations as a company. We could only achieve this with the help of our employees, third party contractors, site attendants, customers and regulatory bodies by complying with our safety procedures, standards, and regulations”, he said.

The Special Guest, CEO/Industry coordinator of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC), Dr. Riverson Oppong, commended Vivo Energy Ghana for its proactive approach to safety, noting, “It is heartening to see a company that prioritises the well-being of its employees and partners. AOMC is immensely proud to partner with Vivo Energy Ghana and all its members in the relentless pursuit of Goal Zero through collaborative efforts to achieve a future where safety and sustainability are the cornerstones of every operation within the downstream petroleum industry.”

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Representing Vivo Energy Ghana Transporters, the CEO of S. O. Frimpong Transport Limited, Randy Frimpong, in his goodwill message applauded the leadership and management of Vivo Energy Ghana for their dedication to a proper way of doing business which is a safer alternative. “We are happy to say that all transporters of Vivo Energy Ghana, through the adaptation of its HSSEQ Management System (MS), are now professional companies and we are also able to share knowledge and best practices to others in the industry,” he said.

Vivo Energy Ghana pledges to integrate safety into every aspect of its operations and commits to staying informed and adhering to safety protocols to safeguard its colleagues, families and communities. Together we will achieve Goal-Zero and set a benchmark for others to follow. 

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How Oracle, Google, and OpenAI are Shaping the Future

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Oracle Corporation is one of the world’s largest software and cloud services companies. Its development of cloud services is a key driver of its revenue growth. Cloud technologies are becoming increasingly popular among corporate clients as they reduce IT infrastructure costs and improve business process efficiency. Oracle actively invests in cloud solutions and offers customers a wide range of services, contributing to the company’s revenue growth.

Additionally, Oracle successfully monetizes license support for its software. The company provides high-quality customer support, increasing loyalty and keeping clients on the Oracle platform.

A significant factor in Oracle’s success is its collaboration with major technology companies such as Google and OpenAI. The partnership with Google allows Oracle to integrate its cloud services with the Google Cloud platform, expanding access to its products and increasing its market presence. The cooperation with OpenAI, especially with the recent updates to ChatGPT, enables Oracle to enhance its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, which are increasingly important for corporate clients. This collaboration opens up new opportunities for developing and implementing advanced artificial intelligence technologies across various industries. The companies plan to combine their efforts in machine learning, business process automation, and creating more intelligent solutions for their customers, such as cloud access services or automated trading on exchanges. 

Moreover, the cooperation between Oracle, Google, and OpenAI aims to develop new artificial intelligence technologies in healthcare, finance, and other industries. This will allow the creation of innovative solutions that can improve people’s lives and increase enterprise efficiency.

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On June 13, the company reported its results for the fourth quarter and the entire 2024 fiscal year, which ended May 31, 2024. Oracle’s profit and revenue for the quarter were below Wall Street forecasts. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 were $1.63 on revenue of $14.3 billion, down 3% from the previous year and below Wall Street estimates of $14.55 billion in revenue and adjusted earnings of $1.65 per share. GAAP net income for the quarter was $3.14 billion, or $1.11 per share, compared to $3.32 billion, or $1.19 per share, in the same quarter of fiscal year 2023.

Meanwhile, equipment sales fell by 1% year-on-year to $842 million. Cloud infrastructure revenue amounted to $2.0 billion, which is 42% higher year-on-year but represents a slowdown in growth compared to the previous quarter, where the growth rate was 49%. In total, Oracle’s revenue for the 2024 fiscal year was $52.96 billion, up 6% from the previous year. The company’s net profit increased by 23% year-on-year to $10.47 billion. Cloud services and license support brought in $10.23 billion, a 9% increase year-over-year. Revenue from licensing cloud and on-premises products was $1.84 billion, a 15% decrease year-on-year. Service revenue was $1.37 billion, a 6% decline compared to last year.

Overall, Oracle’s development prospects are favorable. The company will continue investing in cloud technologies, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, enabling it to maintain its industry leadership and boost profits. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2025, the company expects adjusted earnings of $1.31 to $1.35 per share and revenue growth of 5% to 7%.

Oracle is already making a significant impact in the information technology cloud sector, offering a wide range of services and products for corporate clients. The company sets quality standards in cloud solutions and stimulates market competition. A stock screener can help investors identify Oracle’s potential by comparing its financial performance with industry benchmarks.

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However, it is important to note that sometimes investor interest in Oracle may exceed the company’s actual performance. This can lead to stock overvaluation and increased long-term risks for investors. The price has already reached an all-time high. The primary support level for any correction is $125. The price is in an uptrend, so a breakdown of the trend line would be highly unfavorable for bullish investors.

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