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Afia SchwarzeneggerLifestyle and relationship blogger, Kwadjo Panyin (musingsofanafricanbachelor), weighs in on the trending issues of Afia Schwarzenegger from a different and interesting angle.. Check it out: I could not have picked a better time to discuss the true meaning of karma.  I have watched with keen interest as an inordinate amount of people invoked the term karma to reinforce retribution and punishment in response to recent events. Karma is Buddhism’s best-known concept and the least understood. Like most, I was not always enlightened and viewed Karma as a synonym for retribution.  I held this view until a chance meeting with a practicing Buddhist at an airport in Miami a couple of years ago. Our flight was delayed for two hours so I took that opportunity to call a colleague to discuss a recent business debacle which led to a peer losing his job.

“He belittled people, treated us like trash and screwed us over.” I bellowed. “Karma nailed him to the wall. What goes around, comes around.” “Karma stepped in and took care of business!  That is what happens when you treat people like animals. “Karma is a baitch!” I concluded. “He had this punishment coming and he deserved it.”
The man sitting next to me heard the conversation because I was rather loud.  When I finished the call, I heard someone say “excuse me” so I turned to his direction.  He introduced himself and I did the same.
“May I share something with you?” He inquired after the introductions. “I am sorry, I could not help but overhear your conversation.  I wanted to explain the true meaning of karma if you don’t mind.” “Sure,” I said. “Please go ahead.” “Karma is not about revenge, retribution or payback.” He explained. “Karma is not a force that rights wrongs by having someone else suffer in a like manner.”
My curiosity meter shot up and for the next hour,  I listened intently as he educated me on the true meaning of Karma. “Karma, as originated by the principles of Buddhism, is thought of as a form of reincarnation;  the paying in this current life for the mistakes you made in the last,”  he explained.  “Our deep misconception of karma is tied to the misguided belief that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Simply put, karma translates to how the universe responds to one’s current thoughts and deeds in the next life.  One can easily mistake the consequences referenced in the principles of karma as payback, retribution or punishment. I was using karma incorrectly and I was none the wiser.  Thanks to the media and the lack of exposure to the true meaning of the Buddhist concepts on harmonizing life,  the teachings of karma has been twisted in popular culture. You don’t have to take my word for it.”  He concluded. “You can go and research the true meaning of Karma yourself.” I did follow his advice and did my research.  I discovered very quickly that his explanation about what karma truly meant was right.  The principles of karma are centered around a balancing mechanism of thoughts and deeds, not cause and effect. Below is the definition I found which best describes the true meaning of karma.
“The Principle of Karma requires that the experiences of the individual being, based on his actions during the lifetime, are imprinted in the subtle body, which will therefore have to possess some organized structure of fine matter as mental state within it, and will accordingly be impelled to move to specific locations for rebirth. The principle of Karma is fundamentally based on this very concept that the deeds of today shape the future events for man – the most intelligent of beings is gifted with the discriminating ability in addition to the instinctive habits that all other creatures possess.” – Paramahamsa Tewari
Note that the definition specifically states that the deeds of today shape your future events. Deeds in this sense was not defined as good or bad because it can be both. Picture8 The misinterpretation of karma is blatantly clear when one solely focuses on bad deeds.  Most mistaken karma with a thought process which goes like this;
“If I steal from someone, someone else will steal from me.” “If cheat on my wife, my wife will cheat on me too.” “If I insult people, others will insult and shame me.”
This way of looking at karma is trivial because karma is not about payback or retribution.  Karma is not about someone experiencing a mishap because he or she “deserved” that outcome due to bad deeds or behavior. Karma is not about an instant or future reward for good deeds or punishment for bad deeds.  The principles of karma rather state that what matters most is to be proactive in life, not reactive. Karma, therefore,  isn’t necessarily “punishment” for “bad” behavior.  It is more of the sum of a person’s actions in earlier and current states of existence, which is seen as determining one’s fate in a future existence.
The fruits of Karma are not necessarily punishment or retribution, but simply, consequences or manifestation of our inner intents.
Simply put,  karma is a process in motion.  Karma calls for understanding the positive or negative reactions to our everyday deeds and thoughts, learning from it and adjusting our actions and deeds and intents accordingly. The Buddhist principles of karma show that there are indeed, consequences for deeds and thoughts. The consequences are manifested by forces in the universe and nature, not by humans.
Karma does not measure consequences in the form of retribution, revenge or punishment.

The scriptures of Buddhism and the explanation of karma is not always easy to decipher. Christianity like Buddhism is complex and the scriptures of both religions cannot be taken literally.

The Bible, for example,  states that an eye must be taken from another as a form of punishment. The same bible also calls for Christians to turn the other cheek when someone wrongs you.  This complexity of scripture is also found in Buddhism and other such religions.

9 If you found yourself invoking karma by uttering the words “what goes around, comes around,” you knowingly or unknowingly celebrated acts of cruelty. If you felt the threats of bodily harm on another was warranted because you dislike the person who was threatened or because that person committed similar acts,  you endorsed and celebrated cruelty. Let’s place this thought process into a practical situation.  A man threatening a woman by asking her to kneel so he can supposedly pour acid and inflict excruciating pain and disfigurement for life is an act of cruelty in my opinion. If you find this act of cruelty justifiable because the person who was asked to kneel is sinful and as such, deserving of the act of cruelty,  you just celebrated a devilish act.  A cruelty you mistakenly labeled as karma. This incorrect view of Karma has a dangerous consequence;  it can desensitize people to suffering.  The danger of those who misconstrue the true meaning of karma and punish people is ever present.
Even scarier is the fact that if enough people incorrectly label acts of cruelty as karma due to the past or current sins of the accused, society starts to shun the concepts of fairness, truth and the opportunity for one to defend themselves.
In this environment,  you breed mob justice and innocent lives are lost in the process.  If enough people think this way and karma is used to justify cruelty and abuse, everyone will soon be walking around with a weapon. If you are a religious person,  you will be horrified to learn that your religious principles on harmony and balance are used as justification for punishment or as a celebration of cruelty. If you are a Christian and you boldly declared that the misfortune which visited a sinner was justified because it is karma, you just went against everything your own religion teaches on love and forgiveness. The only way to avoid misinterpreting and corrupting the religious principles of karma is to enlighten yourself.  Unfortunately, enlightenment is reserved for those who choose to keep an open mind. That said,  most people will sadly continue to call upon karma to fix certain situations by having a sinner suffer the same act and feel justified in doing so. I offer the same advice my Buddhist friend gave me years ago at the airport in Miami.  Do not take my words as the absolute truth,  go out and research the true meaning of karma yourself. Let’s stick with positive vibes only! By Kwadjo Panyin IMG 0050]]>

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Simon El-Longwell reveals his intents for PUSAG Presidency 2022

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The mantle of leadership transcends from one generation to another successive one which builds a large prospects of development in our various institutions, organizations and perhaps countries. (more…)

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Crazy online gaming Wins: Biggest in the world!

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The online gaming and esports industry has boomed in recent years, with millions of individuals taking part in these games worldwide.

With such explosive growth, there have consequently been a number of substantial prize purses, made all the more fascinating due to their sheer magnitude. Similarly, staggering winnings are sometimes seen by online gamblers, too. For example,’BetMGM Awards Over $800K’ was recently in the news in one lucky US state.

While we can’t tell you how to get lucky when gambling or gaming online, we are going to show you some of the biggest wins from online gaming. 

How do Gamers Win Money? 

Below, we’re going to show you how gamers have made money by winning some of the most prestigious online gaming tournaments in the world. But, there are other ways these professional gamers make money

 

Some have paid sponsorships and partnerships with gaming companies, computer brands, and even global giant drinks manufacturers like Red Bull and Mountain Dew. 

 

Others are paid salaries from the teams or leagues they belong to – it really is just like any other sport in this regard. 

1. Fortnite World Cup (2019) – $30.4 million 

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It’s no secret that Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world right now, and the first-ever Fortnite World Cup is also one of the highest-ever online gaming wins.

In 2019, over $30 million was awarded to the winning players – the winning solo player, Kyle Giersdorf, took home $3 million, while David W and Emil Pedersen split $3 million between them as the top-ranking duo. 

 

Winning contests isn’t the only way players earn from Fortnite, though. It also has a huge following on Twitch, with many gamers making a decent amount of money from live-streaming their gameplay to their adoring fans. 

 

Fans have to pay to subscribe to their favorite channels, and there are often different tiers available for those who wish to show more support. So, for someone streaming a popular game such as Fortnite, this is a great way to make a steady income. 

2. Honor of Kings World Championship Cup (2021) – $7.7 million 

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Last year’s Honor of Kings tournament, the World Championship Cup, was hosted in Beijing. Twelve teams of the best Honor of Kings players entered the contest, with the winning team ultimately taking home a cool $7.7 million between them. 

 

The battle was closely fought between two teams, Gank Gaming and QG Happy, with the latter eventually coming in the number-one spot and claiming the colossal prize. 

 

The tournament is going to be even bigger in 2022, with a prize pool of $10 million for the winning team. It’s expected that 16 teams will take part in this year’s event. 

3. Call of Duty League Championship (2020) – $4.6 million 

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Call of Duty has been popular for almost two decades – fans were playing the series long before online gaming and esports became big. But, it’s only more recently that players have been able to make considerable sums of money from playing their favorite first-person shooter. 

 

Call of Duty is so popular it’s not just one event but an entire league dedicated to it! At the end of the League, Dallas Empire won the Championship event and netted themselves the tidy sum of $1.5 million. 

 

4. The International 10 (2020) – $40 million 

Dota 2’s annual championship event in 2020 was the biggest of its kind to date, and one of the biggest ever online gaming wins ever. With a total prize fund of $40 million, it’s no surprise that the 16 teams who entered fought so fiercely to emerge victorious. 

 

After various rounds and stages, Team Spirit from Russia netted themselves over $18 million to share between them. The tournament was held in Bucharest, Romania, at the Arena Naţională. 

Final Thoughts

Aren’t esports exciting? It’s one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and it has only just begun to hit its stride. So, expect the prize funds given out at these tournaments to grow year on year. 

 

If you keep practicing your favorite game, maybe you too could one day join the likes of these players and teams above and become a multi-millionaire overnight. 

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Itel Ghana Donates Library and School Items worth GHC40,000 to Ayikai Dablo M/A school

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Itel Ghana this Friday 24th June 2022  embarked on yet another corporate social responsibility project themed “ itel Wandering Library Project” in the Ayikai Doblo M/A Basic School. (more…)

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African-centric video games leap forward

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The number of gamers has skyrocketed in Africa, going from 77 million in 2015 to over 185 million by the end of 2021. Driven by ever-improving Internet access and the increasing affordability of smartphones, mobile gaming is leading the way. Estimations project that nearly 95% of African gamers use mobile devices. With 650 million smartphones in circulation, the mobile gaming market is even expected to grow at an annual 12%. And as gaming booms across the continent, so thrives the demand for games made in Africa. (more…)

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Best small business ideas to promote online

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If you have a passion for doing something but are lacking the capital you may be wondering how to start a small business with little money. Well, you are not alone. There are thousands of people just like you who are looking for the best ways to make money. The internet is a great resource for finding your clients. On the platforms like https://fee4bee.com/, you can use your skills and expertise to start your own small business and offer your services to sell a product online.

First, you must decide on your small business idea. Before choosing an idea, be sure to get some input from friends and family members. Often, they can help you come up with ideas that will help you earn money while still having a great time. And don’t forget to have fun while working! It’s very important to find a business idea that you can enjoy.

Starting a small business in Сanada

You have decided that starting a small business in Canada is the right choice for you. While it might seem like an overwhelming task, it does not have to be. You can start your own business while working your current job and still have time to devote to your new venture. Start by developing a business plan, which will outline your goals, milestones and success measures. Some of the most important parts of a business plan include the objective of the business, the market position, the competitive landscape, financials, and target market information. Before submitting your plan, you should know the differences between the various business structures that are available in Canada.

A winning business idea is essential to starting a small business. When creating your business plan, focus on the latest technologies and trends, and fill a gap in your local industry. You should also consider the needs and interests of potential customers to ensure that you have a profitable business. 

Small business ideas for little money

There are countless small business ideas for little money out there, but which one is right for you? While money is always a motivation to get started, there’s more to the idea than just making money. To find the right idea for you, bounce it off of friends and family to get their feedback. Also, don’t be afraid to have fun while you’re working! Listed below are some of the most popular small businesses:

  • Handyperson. One of the best small business ideas to start is to provide a service. Although this may not be the most passive form of self-employment, it is a viable choice if you have specific skills and time that others would be willing to pay for. Such businesses can range from home repairs to building construction. To be a handyman you don’t need a large amount of capital to get started.
  • Furniture assembling. If you know how to assemble Ikea furniture, you can start a profitable business. As the popularity of Ikea furniture grows, you can expand the service to other areas. Who knows maybe someday you grow into a full furniture factory.
  • The pet industry is also ripe for small business ideas. From grooming services to dog walking services there are countless opportunities. Dog walking is a common service, and you can set a schedule for walks and charge a flat rate. You can also offer pet boarding services if you are interested in earning extra money. 
  • Video content making. If you want to run a small business, you can opt for video production. Video content is popular across various social media platforms and on the internet. Whether you wish to produce videos for your own business or for clients, you can learn the skills of cutting, editing and shooting videos. Even if you do not have any previous experience in video production, there are many online courses that will teach you the skills.
  • If you’ve recently quit your job and still have the expertise to offer, you can turn that knowledge into a business. Consulting services, for example, are in high demand, with a $263.5 billion market expected by 2022. You can turn your knowledge and experience into a business by filling a need in the market. Many consultants are needed across different industries, and they charge for their services.

These small business ideas are a great source of extra cash, and they’ll also give you a sense of independence. So, start today. Don’t wait until your next paycheck is coming in – invest in yourself and your small business idea today.fee4bee small business ideas img2

How to promote small businesses online?

There are many cost-effective ways to promote small businesses online. Two models of promoting your business online include your own website promotion and cooperation with grand marketplaces.

Not for all the local businesses you need a business website. You have to build high-quality landing pages on your site and budget for large expenses so that the website generates income. 

If you don’t have the time or the budget to do this yourself, you can consider alternative ways to promote online. Social media presence and services marketplaces are great places to list your business for free. These sites are often well-known with high search engine rankings. Listed businesses tend to get local customers. Profiles on these marketplaces don’t take long to set up and can help you promote your business to nearby customers. 

Reviews are another way to get local customers to try your business. Word-of-mouth can be very powerful for your small business. Getting customer feedback on services platforms is the best. This way, potential customers can read what others have to say about your business and decide if it is the one for them.

Another free way to promote your business is through social media. Tik-tok, Instagram, and Pinterest are among the most popular social media sites. Make sure to include your contact information on your page, and create useful and engaging content to attract users. These platforms are great for local businesses because they can promote their products and services 24/7.

Using video on your social media is a great way to reach a wide audience for free. Also, you can use hashtags and contests to increase your exposure. Update your profile regularly. And don’t forget to follow your competitors, too. These social media sites are a great way to reach local customers.

 

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EMY Africa CEO, Kojo Soboh ranks among 50 Top Young CEOs in Ghana

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EMY Africa CEO, Kojo Soboh has been ranked among Avance Media and YCEO Africa’s Top 50 Young CEOs in Ghana for 2022.

The YCEO top 50 young CEOs in Ghana is a yearly classification which acknowledge and recognizes young Ghanaian Chief Executives Officers who are contributing to various sectors of the economy, including sports, manufacturing, agriculture, social entrepreneurship, energy, entertainment, real estate, health media among others.

An official tweet by Avance Media Africa on June 27, applauded Kojo for being one of the selected young leaders ranked among the 2022 Top 50 Young CEOs in Ghana.

The congratulatory message requested the public to visit http://yceo.votinghubgh.com to vote for the 2022 Young CEO of the Year.

The selection of the winner will be from the 50 and will be decided by the public in a 100 percent voting exercise before official declaration of the eventual winner.IMG 1260 2

Making a remark on the ranking, Kojo said, “It’s a big honour to be named as part of the 50 top young CEOs in Ghana for 2022. This means more to me and my team of other young dedicated staff who are vibrant and zealous about Emy Africa’s mission and assignments”.

“At Emy Africa, we celebrate and recognize people’s achievements. It is the reason why I am elated that the works of EMY is also being recognized by YCEO Africa and Avance Media” Kojo said.

“When you get recognition for the things you do out of passion, it brings more fulfilment to do more to cause positive change in society” he added.

Other key young leaders who made it to the list this year include, Emmanuel Kojo Jones-Mensah; CEO of Empire Domus, Sadiq Abdulai Abu; CEO of 3 Music Networks, Sammi Awuku; CEO of NLA, Gwyneth Gyimah Addo; CEO of HairSenta and Dentaa Amoateng MBE; CEO and president of GUBA Enterprise.

Kojo is the founder and executive director of EMY Africa, which produces the annual EMY Africa Awards, One of West Africa’s biggest and most prestigious awards event and the quarterly EMY Africa Magazine.

The awards and its complementary events have been carefully designed to celebrate men’s achievements across local industry, community, culture and public service to inspire the youth to aspire to be better.

Every year, the Awards also gives complementary honours to women who have made an impact in society.

The EMY Africa Awards have honored an impressive list of inspiring personalities including former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, Tony Elumelo (Founder & CEO, United Bank of Africa), Togbe Afede XIV (President, African World Airlines ), His Eminence Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu (Chief Iman of Ghana),  Sir Sam Jonah (CEO, Jonah Capital),  Abedi Pele (Ghanaian football legend), Azumah Nelson (boxing legend), Meiwey (Ivorian music legend),Marufatu Abiola Bawuah (Regional CEO for UBA, West Africa),  Togbe Afede XIV (President of the Asobgli Traditonal Area and Executive chairman- World Trade Center , Accra), Patricia Obo-Nai (CEO, Vodafone Ghana),  Dr Daniel McKorley (CEO, McDan Shipping), to name a few.

Kojo was named among the top 50 young CEOs in Ghana in 2019 by Avance media. He was also named in the 2021 African Event Influencers list by Avance media and Oasis Magazine.  In 2018, Forbes Africa Magazine  featured him as one of the finest emerging event managers in Ghana. Kojo is very thrilled to be part of a platform that inspires people to be better.

 

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