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How ACCES 2019 brought global music to Accra for networking, exhibitions, workshops, discussions and more

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The Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) concluded on 30 November with delegates calling the event a resounding success.  ACCES 2019 hosted hundreds of delegates from across Africa and around the world who travelled to Accra, Ghana, for three action-packed days of networking, exhibitions, presentations, workshops, showcases and panel discussions.

Organised by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), ACCES is the continent’s biggest music business event that goes to a different African city every year to foster partnerships and new business connections between music industry professionals such as musicians, talent managers, festival organisers, record label executives, digital distributors, media practitioners and many others.

The Accra event was the third of its kind after ACCES was held in Dakar, Senegal, and Nairobi, Kenya in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Ebo Taylor(m) and Bibie Brew(r)

Music In Africa Honorary Award and showcases

ACCES 2019 kicked off at Alliance Française Accra on 28 November with the Music In Africa Honorary Award presentation ceremony, which paid homage to Ghanaian music legends Bibie Brew and Ebo Taylor. The award is given out by the MIAF on an annual basis and recognises the outstanding contributions of notable musicians to their home country’s industry and that of Africa as a whole. Previous recipients include Baaba Maal (Senegal, 2017) and Eric Wainaina (Kenya, 2018).

After accepting his Honorary Award at this year’s ACCES, the 83-year-old Taylor went on to perform his evergreen classic ‘Love and Death’ alongside the Saltpond City Band and with the help of American academic, musician and conference speaker Mark LeVine (US).

Taylor’s short performance signalled the start of the conference’s showcases, with Yaa Yaa(Ghana), Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife (Ghana), Songhoy Blues (UK/Mali) and Arka’n(Togo) entertaining a glowing ACCES audience before bringing to a close a memorable opening night.

More showcases featuring musical acts from across the African continent and diaspora also took place on 29 and 30 November at the Gold Coast Hub and Alliance Française respectively. Other showcasing artists at ACCES 2019 included Gato Preto (Germany/Ghana/Mozambique), Lúcia de Carvalho (France/Angola), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Sibusile Xaba (South Africa), Bholoja (eSwatini), Santrofi(Ghana), FOKN Bois (Ghana), Cina Soul (Ghana) and FRA! (Ghana). Songhoy Blues, Gato Preto and Lúcia de Carvalho were presented at ACCES by Reeperbahn Festival International.

Sarkodie

Knowledge factory

The conference hosted informative presentations and panel discussions where top music professionals and academics enlightened the audience about the history and development of highlife music and the musical treasures of a Kenyan refugee camp, and debated pertinent music industry topics such as the streaming era, the recording and distribution industries, effective intellectual property management, Africa’s alternative music platforms, and the potential of Afro-European music market collaborations ‒ all taking place at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences’ main auditorium.

In addition, the academy played host to ACCES’ popular Conversation series featuring Ghanaian superstars Sarkodie, Efya and Samini as well as international guests Sway Dasafo(UK) and Skales (Nigeria), who spoke about their professional experience as recording artists and gave advice to upcoming musicians looking to break into the music industry.

More advice and knowledge was further shared with the ACCES delegates via the conference’s free workshops, which explored music production essentials and composing music for film, while a workshop that began about a week prior to the start of the trade event trained eight women in stage management. The workshop, made possible through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund, is part of Music In Africa Gender@Work − a three-year programme aimed at upskilling and increasing the participation of female professionals in the African music sector.

 

Kyekyeku

Exhibitions and networking

This year, the exhibition area at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was a hive of activity with ACCES’ Pitch Sessions providing a highly dynamic element to proceedings. Here startups and service providers in the music industry got the perfect opportunity to present their ideas to an audience of potential partners, collaborators, clients and funders. Pitchers were given 10 minutes to present their concept or service, answer questions and get feedback.

The conference also hosted for the first time the Exhibitor Hub, a tech-oriented space where companies and organisations promoted their products and services. Hub exhibitors included the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), which presented its Global Collections Report for 2018, as well as Voice of America, Boomplay Music, Ditto Music, Aftown and the Year of Return.

Concurrently, a speed networking session, designed to accelerate exchange and build new partnerships, saw a dedicated networking space at the academy teeming with delegates who got to meet a carefully curated group of networkers representing the various parts of the music industry.

The next edition of ACCES will take place in 2020 in a yet to be announced African city. Visit the ACCES official website for venue updates: https://www.musicinafrica.net/acces

 

About ACCES 2019

ACCES is a pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting active music industry players from across the globe.

ACCES 2019 was organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-profit and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the support of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Reeperbahn Festival International, Alliance Française, BMG, Media Sound Hamburg, the Multimedia Group, Africa Art Lines, Afrikayna, the Gold Coast Hub, the Year of Return, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

This year ACCES partnered with Reeperbahn Festival – one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide and Europe’s largest club festival based in Hamburg, Germany. The partnership created a framework for the festival to collaborate with ACCES in facilitating sustainable business engagements and exchange between European and African music businesses and professionals, as well as the provision of performance opportunities to musicians in both territories.

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Download tons of apps on HUAWEI Y9a with AppGallery and Petal Search

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Featuring a 64MP AI Quad Camera and 40W (22.5W) HUAWEI SuperCharge, the HUAWEI Y9a has become a top player in the mid-range smartphone market and is a top-selling product. Pre-installed with AppGallery, along with Petal Search, HUAWEI Y9a users can easily download a huge number of popular mobile apps onto their phone.

 

TOP 3 app marketplace in the world: AppGallery has it all

As Huawei’s official app marketplace, AppGallery provides users with global top apps and services, as well as a wide variety of local quality apps. AppGallery is currently available in more than 170 countries and regions, making it the TOP 3 app store in the world.

From news to social networking, entertainment and more, AppGallery covers 18 app categories so you can enjoy a diversified selection of some globally popular apps and services.

To protect user’s personal data and security, the AppGallery has a full-cycle security and protection system, including developer real-name verification, four-step review process, download and installation protection, as well as a prevention mechanism for app operation.

Search and Download things you want through Petal Search

As a search engine, Petal Search has two major features – generic search and app search. Through these you can explore apps, news, images and more. Petal Search lists apps from multiple sources, including AppGallery.

This search and download process can be done with only two steps:

  • Open the Petal Search app or search widget and enter the name of the app you are looking for. In the result list, select the Apps category to shortlist the content.
  • Go to the app you need and hit the Install button – Petal Search will direct you to the source so you can start downloading it. The source might be AppGallery, its official website or third-party platforms such as APKPure. Before the installation starts, your Huawei mobile will request for a security check to scan for any risks.

Other than downloading new apps, users can get updates for existing apps from Petal Search. Just go to Me -> Downloads -> Updates, and select an app to get the update.

The Petal Search widget is pre-installed on the home screen on HUAWEI Y9a

In addition to app experience, the HUAWEI Y9a appeals to a range of consumers with three colour options: Midnight Black, Space Silver, and Sakura Pink, and has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, priced at GHS1759

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Assisted Living FAQs Answered for Both Potential Residents & Their Loved Ones

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Having made the decision to move to professional, established, and renowned assisted living facilities, yourself and your loved ones will still have a barrage of questions that perhaps either simply didn’t occur to you at the time of your tour or you felt unable to ask at the time.

With that being said, continue reading for some popular frequently asked questions surrounding assisted living and their answers for both potential residents and their loved ones.

 

1.   What Kind of Social Activities Are There to Choose From?

 

Naturally, the social diary of an assisted living community varies from place to place, but generally, there is a wide range of both community-led and independent hobbies, activities, and other enjoyable pastimes to choose from.

A selection of such social activities include, but are obviously in no way limited to:

  • Educational classes
  • Animal therapy
  • Crafting
  • Day trips
  • Movie evenings
  • Games nights
  • Volunteering in and around the local community
  • Low-impact exercise classes

 

2.   How Safe & Secure Are the Facilities?

 

Obviously, apart from memory care facilities which have different security parameters, residents are free to come and go in and out of their senior living community to suit.

Through the night, assisted living facilities have on-site security, and often such security professionals are present twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

 

3.   Can Loved Ones Visit Whenever They Desire?

 

Generally, visiting times at professional and established assisted living facilities such as assisted living New Jersey are free and easy, although obviously through the night, as nearly all of the residents will be asleep in bed, the doors are secure, and people can only visit in an emergency.

Additionally, every single visitor to an assisted living community must sign in at the reception as a matter of safety and security for the residents and staff alike.

 

4.   Are the Staff Fully Trained?

 

All staff at established and prestigious assisted living facilities are fully trained to provide excellent care and assistance to each and every resident.

Furthermore, there is nearly always one or more medically trained professionals on-site 24/7, and most assisted living facilities provide transport to and from the nearest hospital whenever needed or desired.

 

5.   Is There Always an Opportunity for Private Time?

 

Assisted living facilities always provide self-contained apartments with their own private front door for residents.

Absolutely nothing on the social and community schedule is compulsory, and instead, every resident is free to essentially do exactly what they like, when they like. If and when a resident wants to dine alone one evening, for example, their meal will be brought to their apartment where they can eat in peace.

Making the move to an assisted living community offers a wide plethora of advantages to yourself or your loved one who is struggling to cope running their own home and living wholly independently and provides a nurturing, caring, social and peaceful way of life.

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The Main Manufacturing Trends In 2022

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Manufacturing is an industry that is constantly going through change. Consumer trends, technological developments, new regulations, and global events like COVID-19 can all impact and change the manufacturing industry. This leads to new trends that emerge each year that dominate in the industry. As the owner of a manufacturing business, you want to be ahead of the curve with these trends so that you can adapt and prepare your business. This could help you to take advantage of trends and find ways to reach new levels of success with your business. So, what are a few of the main manufacturing trends that will emerge in 2022?

Cobots

Businesses in the manufacturing industry are behind the times if they have not yet embraced automation. The next trend in this area will be the rise of cobots, which are robots that can actually collaborate and work alongside staff. These will start to become prevalent in 2022 and can help to increase productivity, lower costs and improve safety, amongst many other benefits.

Green Manufacturing

It is clear that now is the time for action when it comes to reducing environmental impact, and the manufacturing industry is one that is often singled out when it comes to damage. This is why green manufacturing will be a major trend moving forwards, with businesses finding ways to reduce their impact, which can also improve their reputation and lower their costs. A few ways that this can be achieved include:

  • Solar power
  • Energy-efficient equipment
  • Using green materials
  • Increasing recycling
  • Using a green supply chain

 

ETOX

Many businesses will be using ETOX in 2022 as a way to develop innovative, unique, and high-quality products. ETOX is a heterocyclic organic building block that can be used in a number of ways and to develop all kinds of products, including electronics, films and coating, adhesives, ceramics and metals, and medical devices, just as a few examples. Businesses are always racing to create the best products, and ETOX is an innovative product that could help a company to improve the quality of its goods.

Cybersecurity

Cybercrime has become a major global issue in recent times that has been accelerated by COVID-19. Manufacturing is an industry that has been frequently targeted with the rise of IoT and connected devices, which is why cybersecurity needs to be a major trend in 2022. This will involve businesses investing in high-quality cybersecurity products but also providing staff training so that they can carry out their role safely and avoid common scams.

3D Printing

3D printing is getting bigger with each year, and the same will be true in 2022. This can be used in all kinds of ways, including the fast production of prototypes and components. 3D printing can be used in all niches of manufacturing and even in some food products.

These are a few of the main manufacturing trends that will emerge in 2022. Being aware of these now will help you to prepare and make adaptations that will help 2022 to be a successful year for your company.

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A Guide To IDDSI

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If you, a close friend, family member, or other loved one have recently been diagnosed with dysphagia or else have been living with the condition for a while, it could be incredibly frustrating to attempt to convey how you feel and the problem you have to people who are blessed not to suffer from problems swallowing.

With that in mind, continue reading this guide to IDDSI and how it can help your dysphagia.

IDDSI Explained

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative framework, far more commonly known as IDDSI, is essentially a non-profit organization that issues a standardized set of directives, help, and advice tailor-made for those living with dysphagia or similar swallowing-related issues

The IDDSI has been instrumental in the naming and categorization of dysphagia friendly foods and thickening agents, such as SimplyThick packets, and has been credited with genuinely making the lives of people living which dysphagia significantly easier and more enjoyable.

The 8 Levels Of IDDSI

There is a basic framework created, established, and promoted by the IDDSI, which enables those suffering from problems chewing and swallowing to more accurately ascertain which foodstuffs and liquids are best suited for them. This framework is essentially divided into eight levels; levels zero to four are for the measuring of liquids, and levels three to seven are used to measure foodstuffs.

Level 1

Drinks and liquids that are classified as being situated at ‘Level 1’ of the IDDSI framework are generally slightly thicker in consistency. They tend to be slighter thicker than water, and although they require more effort to drink, they can still be sucked through a straw.

Level 2

 

Liquids that are classified as ‘Level 2’ are mildly thick, though they will still easily flow from a spoon. Level 2 liquids require only mild effort to drink.

Level 3

Characteristics of ‘Level 3’ drinks are that they can still be drunk from a cup but are moderately thick and so cannot be molded, piped, or layered. Chewing is not required with drinks at Level 3, and it would be impossible to eat such a liquid.

Level 4

The characteristics of substances classified as being situated at ‘Level 4’ of the IDDSI framework are extremely thick and often pureed foodstuffs. If tongue control is a problem with a person who is living from dysphagia, this may be the best level at which to consume food and drink.

Level 5

Minced and moist foodstuffs make up most items classified as ‘Level 5,’ and the substances can all be scooped and shaped to suit the individual. Additionally, only minimal chewing is required foodstuffs that fall into this level of the framework.

Level 6

‘Level 6’ foodstuffs are generally bite-sized and soft and can therefore be broken down and mashed with cutlery, although they do still require a certain level of chewing.

Level 7

Foods at ‘Level 7’ are easy to chew and are basically normal, everyday foodstuffs with tender textures.

Level 8

Food classified at ‘Level 8’ is typical everyday food that people who do not have any swallowing or eating difficulties can manage.

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9 ways to protect the house from UV rays

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In this article, you will get to know about the ideas from which you can protect your house from the rays. By getting unique and different ideas you can change your house outlook. And decor your house with it. Let’s discuss this in detail.

 

What are UltraViolet rays?

Ultraviolet rays are the direct rays that come from the sun. These rays can cause harm to many things. It is a must that one has to take the necessary steps to get rid of the UV rays. House is also one kind of thing which can get affected from the UV rays. You must need some techniques from which you can protect your house. Read the article below for different ideas.

 

What are the different ways to protect the house from UV rays?

When one built a house the first thing he keeps in mind is how they can protect their house from the sun’s rays? So, here we come with the unique ways from which you can be beneficial. You can apply the shades to protect the house’s furniture and color from the rays. Some of the ways are:

 

  1. Window shades:

One of the best options to protect your house from UV rays is to apply window shades. You can choose any type of shade which will look suitable. These shades can be very helpful to you. For this, you can refer to the silhouette shades. The shades are the best ones which can give 88% protection from light.

 

  1. Shift the furniture to a different location:

Another option is that you can move the furniture. The reason behind this is that some people want sunlight in their house. This also protects your furniture from the rays. But this is not a permanent option because it is not easy to shift the furniture on a regular basis.

 

  1. Window films:

You can choose the window films which can easily be handed to the window of your house. These window films can protect the house from UV rays. You can take the help of professionals to get it installed in the house. And within a short period, it is a must that you can replace these window films.

 

  1. Curtains:

Curtains are the more popular choice of people to cover their house. And such curtains can also help to protect the house from UV rays. These curtains can protect a half ratio from the sunlight. You can choose these to give a new look to the house.

 

  1. Replacement of window screens:

While the old window screens can get damaged with the sun rays. You can also replace these window screens. And apply the new screen according to the trending. There are some bug screens which give protection. 

 

  1. Tinted windows:

The permanent solution to get rid of the UV rays is to replace your windows. Such is getting covered with the tiny metallic oxides which can protect the house from the UV rays. This also keeps your room warm on the winter days. The cost of these shades is high but it gives more protection and security to the house.

 

  1. Fabric and colors:

One of the methods to protect your house from UV rays is to select the best color of the furniture. Some dark colored furniture will get dull easily. And does not look quite good. So, you can choose some of the light-colored furniture which can not get damaged easily. 

 

  1. Roofing material:

It is not possible to remove all sunlight from the rooms of your house. For this, you can choose the roofing material. You have to choose the right siding material for the protection of the house. Must choose the lighter shades which keep the house cool. And must apply the best sealants for its best use.

 

  1. Cover hardwood floors:

The next option is to cover the floors. Because such hardwood floors are very expensive and get easily damaged with the sunlight. 

 

Above are some of the ways to prevent the house from UV rays.

 

Conclusion:

These are some of the ways in which you can protect the house from UV rays. Silhouette shades are the best option for the house. These shades will not only provide protection for the house. But it also helps in maintaining the furniture colors of the house.

 

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How can music, dance and art help improve air pollution?

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Music, dance, art and storytelling have allowed an international team of researchers to reveal aspects of air pollution in Nairobi that would not have been identified otherwise.

Air pollution is a well-documented major human health issue, but despite many air pollution reduction policies designed to improve health, these are frequently ineffective. Often this is because they fail to account for local knowledge, cultural practices and priorities of the intended recipients. Evidence suggests that top-down interventions often fail and therefore people should be put at the centre of developing ways around the problem.

Designing meaningful solutions requires in-depth exploration of the relevant issues with stakeholders.

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth, together with researchers and practitioners from the UK, Kenya and Sweden, worked collaboratively with local residents in the informal settlement of Mukuru in Nairobi, Kenya to develop a range of methods including storytelling, music, art and theatre to explore understandings of air pollution. Their findings are published in Nature Humanities and Social Sciences Communications this week.

One of the authors of the study, Dr Cressida Bowyerfrom the University of Portsmouth, says: “For the first time, a study has placed arts and humanities methods at the centre of the exploration of perceptions of air pollution. Our research has pushed the boundaries between disciplines, between research and action, and between experts by education and experts by experience.

“Working with local communities, we were able to uncover contrasting definitions of air pollution, differing perceptions of who was responsible for enacting solutions, and overall a view that air pollution cannot be seen in isolation from the other issues faced by settlement residents.”

The use of these creative methods meant the researchers were able to explore the issue of air pollution with a wide range of stakeholders.  The methods enabled local knowledge and experiences to be incorporated into the understanding of the issue, and allowed the voices of those living with the problem to be heard.

Some examples of creative methods include:

  • Community members made digital stories by taking photographs around Mukuru which, when stitched together and combined with their voiceover, told their story of air pollution.

  • Trained community researchers facilitated school children to create drawn and/or written stories of their experiences of air pollution.

  • Theatre pieces were presented in key community spaces around Mukuru including at a market, a community centre and a football ground. Suggestions were given by the audience about how to resolve the problem and spectators acted out their proposals as part of the theatre.

  • The song ‘Mazingira’ by the Mukuru Kingz, has been played on national radio and television stations with an estimated reach of three million people. The song lyrics explain the problems of air pollution.

Dr Sarah West, Principal Investigator at the Stockholm Environment Centre, says: “From this range of methods we have gained a more complex and nuanced understanding of how air pollution is perceived and understood in Mukuru. The project also created new spaces and forums for dialogue and critical reflection on the topic of air pollution in the community.

“We urge other researchers wishing to address multifactorial problems, such as air pollution, to use a mixture of qualitative, participatory and creative methods to engage with a wide range of stakeholders. This can elicit new and unexpected understandings that may not otherwise emerge.”

Researchers concluded that using creative methods and a collaborative, co-created approach, allowed them to reveal aspects of air pollution that they would not otherwise have identified, and led to a more complex, nuanced and holistic understanding.

This project is part of the Air Network.  For further information please contact:

Emma Gaisford, Media Officer, University of Portsmouth, email: emma.gaisford@port.ac.uk 07889 504483

 

 

The University of Portsmouth is a progressive and dynamic university with an outstanding reputation for innovative teaching and globally significant research and innovation.

It was rated ‘Gold’ in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and was ranked in the top 150 under 50 in the world according to the Times Higher Education rankings.

The University’s research and innovation culture is impacting lives today and in the future and addressing local, national and global challenges across science, technology, humanities, business and creative industries. http://www.port.ac.uk/

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