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Ghanaian student architects win educational trip of a lifetime

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in collaboration with Orthner Orthner & Associates, is sponsoring three architectural students from Ghana to attend the annual conference of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) in Cape Town. The project has been funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) with technical support provided by SGS and thinkstep.

 

The students are the winners of a sustainable design competition using IFC’s EDGE green building software.

Participants in the competition, launched on July 18 this year, were selected from the Architecture Department of the Central University in Accra.

 

The competition challenged students to design a cutting-edge, single-family home intended for a young family located around the outskirts of Accra using only locally available materials. A panel of experts decided on the top three designs.

 

The students who emerged as winners of IFC’s Student Architectural Design Competition were awarded an all-expense paid trip to Cape Town to attend GBCSA’s 12th Green Building Convention, to be held October 2-4. They will also receive professional training on the EDGE software and engage with accredited EDGE Experts, with the intention of bringing home best practices upon their return.

 

David Ekow Ampiaw, aged 20, emerged the topmost winner with Olufemi Abodunrin and Cheryl Omani-Baah placing second and third respectively.

 

The winners were full of praise to organizers for the competition and emphasized they were eagerly awaiting the trip and their chance to contribute to the greater knowledge of EDGE and green building design in Ghana.

 

Ninnette Quao Fio, a lecturer at the Architecture Department of the Central University, explained to News Ghana in an exclusive interview why the competition has come at an opportune time.

 

She said, “The world is now going green so it is relevant that we inculcate in the education of our students how to design in a sustainable way, making use of affordable, high-quality local materials while taking care of the environment.”

 

The Central University Architecture Lecturer commended IFC for introducing the competition and expressed optimism it will continue in the coming years. “I hope going forward this will last because it’s an innovative idea that IFC has introduced. It’s relevant to the construction industry and students are also getting the idea of how to design buildings in a sustainable manner.”

 

By 2050, the built environment is expected to double due to high population growth and urbanization trends. This has serious implications for global warming, as buildings already generate 19 percent of energy-related GHG emissions and consume 40 percent of electricity worldwide.

 

Switzerland, through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, considers the need for more sustainable buildings so important that it provided seed capital for IFC’s EDGE.

 

EDGE is a green building certification system available in more than 150 countries with an online, free-to-use application that is tailored to emerging economies. The EDGE platform, available at www.edgebuildings.com, allows those involved with designing and developing projects to proceed to being certified when the requirements of 20 percent savings across energy, water and embodied energy in materials are met.

 

SECO’s support for EDGE has resulted in an upward trajectory of certified buildings in Ghana and the region, where the construction sector is booming. “Green building standards, such as the EDGE standard, can play an important role in greening the economy and in ensuring greater resource efficiency and environmental sustainability of new buildings,” said Matthias Feldmann, Deputy Head of Mission /Head of Cooperation for SECO.

 

He further emphasized, “With EDGE we found a way to push design practices to higher levels and foster innovation in the financial sector to accelerate green buildings.”

 

In Ghana, mortgage rates are more than 30 percent and annual inflation is 9 percent, so a certified green home makes a measurable difference in the lives of homebuyers struggling to make ends meet. Lower utility bills translate to a better quality of life, as families can reinvest savings into other areas such as education. It is envisaged that IFC and SECO will have a generational impact by encouraging greener building practices with EDGE.

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So Fraiche Media Hosts Maiden ‘Art In The City’ Exhibition For Talented Ghanaian Artists

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So Fraiche Media, Africa’s leading media agency, has teamed up with Indelibl Arts and Bambou Events, to host a series of art exhibitions showcasing the work of exciting Ghanaian contemporary artists. The first in the series of exhibitions dubbed “Art In The City” was held at Level Up Lounge in Labone, Accra on Tuesday.

The collaboration, spearheaded by the Managing Director of So Fraîche Media, Cyril Ofori Nelson, aims to synchronise ideas and resources to help contemporary artists become more entrepreneurial and learn how to build stainable businesses and brands.IF9A0529

Speaking at the event, Mr Ofori Nelson, Managing Director, So Fraiche Media, said that “the arts industry was a close-knit group with a few people understanding its essence and value”. He attributed it to the high patronization by diasporans and expatriates.

Mr Ofori Nelson further intimated: “Art In The City has been created to make contemporary art more inclusive and fun. There is also an educational element to the art industry we want to expose to guest who often see the art industry as something they can’t relate to”.IF9A0551

The art exhibition seeks to help bridge the gap between art enthusiasts and collectors, art investors, and academia while providing opportunities for artists to lay the groundwork for branding, self-awareness, and networking.

Indelibl Arts decided to collaborate with So Fraiche Media in order to help the artist get the needed exposure and access to a new market of art collectors and investors.

The founder of Indelibl Art and Accra Art Week, Edwin Otto, stated that “he is highly encouraged by this partnership as it leverages the expertise of Indelibl Arts, Bambou Events and So Fraîche Media encourage more engagement within the Ghanaian and African art scene”.

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He believes that the combination of Indelible Arts, Bambou Events, and So Fraîche Media will stimulate increased engagement in the Ghanaian and African art scenes because of their strong competence on the ground.

Founder for Bambou Events, Tyrone Adu-Mfum indicated that the idea initially stemmed from the desire to provide a platform for live band musicians to showcase their craft in a bid to support African creatives.

“The zeal to support African Art birthed the ‘Art In The City’ Exhibition to create a networking platform for unknown yet talented artists as a pivot for their tremendous work, starting off with Ghanaian artists. What we hope to do is to give them awareness, the eyeballs, give people a chance to meet potential agents”, Mr Adu-Mfum explained.

So Fraiche Media Hosts Maiden ‘Art In The City’ Exhibition For Talented Ghanaian Artists

So Fraiche Media Hosts Maiden ‘Art In The City’ Exhibition For Talented Ghanaian Artists

The event witnessed the attendance of art enthusiasts in prominent figures such as The Spanish Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Javier Gutiérrez, together with his wife, Mrs Rebekah Kosinski. It also brought together West African artist Edward Ofosu and Ghanaian fine artist Mustapha Asomani with a display of some arts from talented artists. Edwin Otto, founder of Indelibl Arts, was present with Kwaku Osei-Sarpong, West Africa Director, RIFE  International and international artist, Isshaq Ismail.

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This Week On Miss Malaika Ghana – Spices, Recipes And The CULINARY ARTS!!

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“Cooking is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”– Guy Fieri (more…)

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The 2022 Global Citizen Festival Shines the Spotlight on Africa’s, “Always Keeping Girls in School Programme”

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Proctor & Gamble is proud to announce that the company is again partnering with Global Citizen, this time for the 10th anniversary Global Citizen Festival. The event is taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2022, in New York City’s Central Park, and Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, presented by Harith General Partners.

International stars Angélique Kidjo and Billy Porter will join Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía on stage in New York. With Amber Ruffin, Antoni Porowski, Bill Nye, Chris Redd, Connie Britton, Jay Shetty, Katie Couric, Katie Holmes, Misty Copeland, Rachel Brosnahan, Scott Evans, Tamron Hall, and Van Jones all joining as presenters.
Global Citizen Festival: Accra will feature Usher, Uncle Waffles, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, and TEMS. Berla Mundi, Joselyn Dumas, Michaela Coel, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Sabrina Dhowre Elba will be presenting the show. The event will be hosted by award-winning actor, playwright and activist, Danai Gurira.

The spotlight this year will be on Young Women and Girls, and how extreme poverty disproportionately affects them, preventing them from meeting their full potential. During the worldwide live stream, The Global Citizen team will be showcasing the work being done to empower African women and girls.

“It is with great pride that we announce that our, “Always Keeping Girls in School Programme” will be showcased – shares Cassie Jaganyi , Communications Leader for P&G Sub-Sahara Africa. “Through this programme we have been able to donate 50 million pads to over 1 million girls in just 15years! – adds Jaganyi.

The initiative which began in Kenya, is now active in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Cote d’ivoire and Ethiopia. The P&G Sub- Sahara team will be taking centre stage at this year’s festival with Cassie Jaganyi and Nombuso Mashele (Always Keeping Girls in School Programme, Project Manager) tasked with sharing the amazing work being done in the region, with the rest of the world. The live presentation will also feature footage from Sekano-Ntoane Secondary School in Soweto, Johannesburg.

P&G executives that will be at Global Citizen Accra, include, Mokutima Ajileye, the Managing Director for P&G Nigeria, and Chioma Ede, P&G’s General Manager, WESA and Cassie Jaganyi, the Communications Leader for P&G Sub-Sahara Africa. Nombuso Mshele, project manager for the Always Keeping Girls in School programme, will share with the audience the social challenges, inequalities and discrimination that girls face in school because of their menstrual cycle. Damon D. Jones, Chief Communication Officer at P&G, will also be on stage (NY), sharing details about the Always Keeping Girls in School programme, and what P&G has done to eradicate menstrual poverty globally.

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival will be broadcast and streamed globally on YouTube, Twitter, Amazon Music, the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, Apple Music, and the Apple TV app. It will also air on Hulu and TimesLive in Africa.

 

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Gold Trading

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Gold has been a valuable resource throughout history and continues to be so today. Many people invest in gold as a way to protect their money, and there is a huge market for gold trading. If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating topic in this blog post, we will discuss the basics of gold trading and how you can get involved in the market yourself.

Gold Trading Basics

Gold trading is the act of exchanging gold for US currency.  Because of its unique position within the world’s economic and political systems, the gold market provides excellent liquidity and opportunities to make money in nearly all environments.

Some people prefer to invest in physical metal, while others choose to speculate through futures, equity, and options markets. This offers incredible leverage with measured risk. Traders can make a profit when gold prices are either increasing or decreasing in value. When the market is volatile and moving upwards, traders will buy gold. However, traders will sell their stocks to avoid loss when the market sees a decline and starts moving downwards.

Five key factors you need to know about gold prices

The five key variables that influence gold prices are the first step in investing in gold trading. Understanding what causes their assets to appreciate in value is critical to making a financial investment decision.

Demand for gold

Gold is a popular item to invest in and has been for centuries. The more people demand gold, the higher the prices will be.

The majority of the demand for gold comes from jewelry and inversion. Whether in the form of coins or bars, jewelry accounts for less than 30% of worldwide gold demand, while investment accounts for more than 50%. Industrial usage in technology products accounts for about 7% of consumption, and most of the remainder is attributed to central bank gold purchases.

Supply of gold

The amount of gold available also affects its price. If large amounts are being produced, the price will be lower than if there is a limited supply. However, due to growing difficulty and resource intensity in gold mining, primary gold production is anticipated to level off or even fall in the future. The gold price should continue to rise as demand rises and supply stays the same.

Inflation

When inflation rises, so does the price of gold because it takes more money to buy the same amount of goods and services.

A good way to think about this is that if you have a set amount of money today and want to purchase a gold bar tomorrow, you would need more money if there was inflation in between those two days. The price of gold would have risen along with other prices in the economy.

The value of dollar

The dollar’s value also has an inverse relationship with the price of gold. When the dollar is strong, gold prices are usually low, and when the dollar is weak, gold prices tend to be high.

This is due to the fact that when the dollar is strong, investors can purchase more assets with their currency. This means that they are less likely to want to invest in something like gold, which would require them to sell their dollars first. However, when the dollar is weak, it takes more dollars to purchase other assets. So, investors will often turn to gold as a way to preserve their purchasing power.

Geopolitical factors

In addition to economic indicators, global events such as wars or political instability can also affect gold prices. When investors feel insecure about the future, they often buy gold because it is seen as a secure investment. This increased demand drives up the price of gold.

Now that you understand what affects gold prices, you can start to make informed decisions about investing in this precious metal. Gold trading can be profitable in nearly all market environments if you understand how these five factors influence price movements. However, gold trading is an extensive topic that needs a lot of study and research,  so make sure you educate yourself before diving into the market.

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Top 5 business trends you should consider

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  1. Video content

Digitization of the business industry is a real thing. Online shopping, online marketing, and almost everything becomes online as years pass by. Advertising products of video platforms are boosting sales according to popular brands. TikTok –  the most popular video platform is growing every year, which makes it a great place for online marketing. If you are going to start your business, that’s how you can get followers for tiktok.

  1. Online events: hybrid strategy

Online events allow individuals to participate in meetings, virtual fairs, conferences… The goal is to interact with their audience while building loyalty through regular meetings at fixed times. The Internet user has the choice to register or join the live whenever he wants, without leaving his home.

This marketing trend is part of the innovation of corporate communication strategies and should see good results in 2022.

  1. Regular & ephemeral posts on social networks

Social networks are essential when you know that 54% of people around the world use them for several hours a day. For an effective content strategy , the combination of ephemeral posts and permanent posts is the winning method. It makes it possible to maintain a visible content and to engage its notoriety in the long term.

  1. Mobile User Experience

Impossible to miss the mobile user experience since almost all Internet users do research mainly on their phone or tablet ( 92% of Internet users to be precise). UX design and web design are as important for mobiles as they are for websites.

  1. Augmented virtual reality for experiential marketing

The virtual has entered our homes for a few years now and continues to improve to look more and more like reality. Some brands do not hesitate to devote a significant budget to their digital communication , by broadcasting images of very high technological quality or 360° videos. This allows the Internet user to be immersed in the heart of the company’s brand image by captivating him with hybrid and impactful media.

You can, for example, visit apartments in 3D, leaf through online catalogs of furniture manufacturers as if you were there, and even smell the flavors of your favorite treats virtually!

 

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Tune In To The 10th Anniversary Global Citizen Festival On Saturday, 24 September Live from Accra and New York

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The 2022 Global Citizen Festival returns for its 10th anniversary edition on Saturday, 24 September 2022 to call on world leaders and major corporations to take urgent action for girls, for the planet, and to end extreme poverty NOW.

With two stages in international cultural capitals, the 2022 Global Citizen Festival will be broadcast globally from Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, presented by Harith General Partners and from New York City’s Central Park, presented by Citi and Cisco.

To watch the 2022 Global Citizen Festival, tune in to the following channels:

  • GHANA

Saturday, 24 September at 8.00pm GMT

  • TV3,
  • Onua TV,
  • Joy Prime
  • Joy FM

Saturday, 24 September at 9.30pm GMT

  • GHOne TV,
  • StarrFM 103.5,
  • SOUTH AFRICA

Tuesday, September 27th @ 7pm SAST

Ster-Kinekor Cinemas. Screenings will take place at the following locations:

  • Gauteng – The Zone
  • Pretoria – Sterland Mall
  • Cape Town – Blue Route Mall
  • KZN– Gateway Theater of Shopping

Wednesday, September 28th on TimesLive.

  • FRANCOPHONE AFRICA: Canal+ Pop on Sunday, 25 September at 8:30pm WAT.

  • GLOBAL: ABC News Live, Amazon Music, Apple Music & the Apple TV app, Hulu, iHeartRadio app, Twitter, Twitch, Veeps, YouTube, and the Global Citizen app on Saturday, September 24 at 4:00pm ET.

Global Citizen Festival: Accra will feature performances by Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, TEMS, and Uncle Waffles, and be hosted by award-winning actor, playwright and activist Danai Gurira. Presenters will include Berla Mundi, Joselyn Dumas, Michaela Coel, Nomzamo Mbatha, and Sabrina Dhowre Elba.

Global Citizen Festival: NYC will feature performances by Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía with special guest performances by Angélique Kidjo and Billy Porter, and be hosted by actor, producer, author, and Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Presenters will include Amber Ruffin, Antoni Porowski, Bill Nye, Chris Redd, Connie Britton, Folake Olowofoyeku, Jay Shetty, Katie Couric, Katie Holmes, Misty Copeland, Rachel Brosnahan, Scott Evans, Sofia Carson, Tamron Hall, and Van Jones.

Hosted by international advocacy organization Global Citizen, the nine-hour global event is calling on world leaders gathering at the United Nations General Assembly, as well as major corporations and philanthropic foundations, to End Extreme Poverty NOW and invest $600 million into the future of women and girls; close the annual $10 billion climate financing shortfall; deliver $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis; and reallocate IMF Special Drawing Rights to provide urgent relief from debts unjustly crushing economies. Global Citizen explicitly acknowledges that sustainable change is only possible with the people and activists who advocate for change on the ground, who should never have to risk their lives because of doing so.

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival will broadcast and stream worldwide on YouTube, Twitter, Amazon Music, the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, Apple Music, and the Apple TV app. Global Citizen Festival will also air on ABC, ABC News Live, iHeartRadio, Hulu, FX and Veeps in the United States, Albavision in Latin America, Canal+ in Africa, Bis in Brazil, Nine Network (9Now) in Australia, TimesLive in Africa and more. The red carpet pre-show will stream live on Global Citizen’s TikTok from 4:00pm ET.

Tickets to attend the festivals in Accra, Ghana and New York City can be earned by downloading the Global Citizen app or visiting www.globalcitizen.org to take action on the campaign’s issues. For each action taken, users earn points that can be redeemed for tickets to the festivals.

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival and the End Extreme Poverty NOW campaign are supported by a coalition of the world’s leading brands and companies including: Global Partners, Accenture, Cisco, Citi, Delta Air Lines, Harith General Partners, P&G, Verizon, and YouTube. World Wide Technology, Campaign Partner for Global Citizen Festival: NYC, Live Nation, and Tshepo Mahloele, Founder & Executive, of Harith General Partners, is Patron of Global Citizen’s work in Africa.

Co-chairs of Global Citizen and of this campaign include: Julie Sweet, Chair and CEO of Accenture; Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO of Cisco; Jane Fraser, CEO of Citi; Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; Lorraine Twohill, CMO of Google; Marc Pritchard, CBO of P&G; and Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Global Citizen’s co-chairs are private sector leaders making commitments in support of the UN’s Global Goals. They support Global Citizen’s campaigns while helping to drive deeper engagement within the private sector.

For more information about the 2022 Global Citizen Festival, visit www.globalcitizen.org, and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube.

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