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Former President, J.A Kufuor announced as Patron for Ghana Job Bank Initiative

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J.A Kufuor  announced as Patron for Ghana Job Bank Initiative J.A Kufuor announced as Patron for Ghana Job Bank Initiative[/caption] Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says the Ghanaian youth require a great sense of creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, smartness and employable skills to break through the high level of youth unemployment in the country. He urged youth to take advantage of the new mentorship programme, the Ghana Job Bank Initiative, to enhance their employable and entrepreneurial skills to overcome the scourge of poverty. Former President Kufuor gave the advice when he was outdoored as the Patron of the Ghana Job Bank Initiative at his residence in Accra on Tuesday. The Former President accepted to provide guidance and wise counsel to the managers of the programme to ensure the success of the initiative. “The youth of Ghana must believe in themselves that they can do it because it seems everybody is looking up to the government for everything and in this regard, it will take years for us to develop. I did not know anywhere on earth that people have used poverty to overcome poverty, you overcome poverty by wealth creation and to create wealth, you need to be smart, entrepreneurial and need investments,” Former President Kufuor said. The initiative, which was founded by Richard Ofori-Atta, an entrepreneur and co-founder, Godwin Attiga, an inventor and Cyber Security Analyst based in USA, seeks to provide entrepreneurial skills and provide an opportunity for internship. The programme, which would be launched in May this year, has two modules, including Business Incubator and Smart Youth Programme, that would offer training in software engineering, digital skills, cybersecurity programme and open data platform to the youth free of charge. The beneficiaries would have an internship or hands-on training in USA and United Arab Emirates, which would improve their competencies and employable skills. Former President Kufuor said in view of the high rate of youth and graduate unemployment, it was an opportune time for the youth to avail themselves of the opportunity and make a headway in life. “I know there is so much unemployment in the country with almost 40 percent of our youth not employed and we even got the Unemployment Graduates Association, and it is something that we shouldn’t be proud of it. “If the youth are the future of the nation and we got a situation like this, then we have to be truly concerned as citizens or else our future will not be too bright unless there is the solution to the unemployment situation,” he noted. The Former President said the government was supposed to provide the enabling environment and set the framework, and not necessarily to do business and urged the citizenry to take advantage and be ingenious. “We often talk about the developed world, but when you go to those places, you will see that it wasn’t the government that started the wealth creation but individual citizens. “It is the industrialists who laid the rail lines and built the skyscrapers, and also created jobs for other people,” he said. He mentioned advanced nations such as the USA, Malaysia and South Korea that relied on the private sector to grow their economies. He urged the Ghanaian youth to take a cue from those countries and have a mindset of self- initiative, instead of being dependent on the government. The Former President applauded some Ghanaian and African entrepreneurs who pulled the chestnut out of the blazing fire to make a difference in life. He mentioned accomplished entrepreneurs like Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, Dr Osei Kwame Despite and his brother Ofori Sarpong who used their ingenuity to set up a conglomerate of businesses, Sikens, Albert Osei, Effah Edward, Jospong Group of Companies and Mrs Oppong Berko of Manet Real Estates. Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, for his part, said the Government would focus more attention on nurturing talents, especially in vocational and technical training. He said developed countries like Germany, China and Turkey achieved economic successes through skills acquisition, education and training and added that the Akufo-Addo led government was working towards that direction. Madam Nesrin Bayazit, the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, gave the assurance that, the Turkish Government would continue to partner Ghana Government to develop the country’s human resource and unearth talents. She said the Turkish Government has set up a vocational training centre that was supporting training of Ghanaian youth while some Turkish firms had employed some Ghanaian youth. Mr Steven Blessing Ackah, the First Ghanaian to chair the G200 Youth Summit, and Rahim Banda were outdoored as ambassadors for the Ghana Job Bank initiative. Source: Myjoynline.com]]>

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The People’s Pension Trust (PPT) launches Medaakye – a campaign to include Ghanaian Entrepreneurs, Students, Business Men and Women in a digitized Pension Scheme

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Medaakye, a pension campaign for the formal and informal sector has been launched by People’s Pension Trust (PPT), a licensed Corporate Trustee regulated by the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) that offers innovative, flexible and digitally driven pension products to ensure retirement income security for the Ghanaian worker.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Mr. Saqib Nazir, Chief Executive Officer of PPT, highlighted on the importance of a digitized personal pension scheme for all Ghanaians that can be monitored and automated. The campaign will focus on PPT’s goal of ensuring a decent retirement income security for formal and informal workers for life and also ensuring that our clients can maintain decent livelihoods after retirement, he added.

Medaakye which is Akan for “My future” emboldens Ghanaians to take charge of their future through the PPT Personal Pension Schemes. Designed for entrepreneurs, students, Government workers, business men and women in the country, the uniqueness of the product is the flexibility of subscribers to make voluntary contributions towards their retirement and the ability to monitor pensions real time.

Kofi Eba-Miezah Polley, Chief Operations of PPT described the Medaakye campaign as one that will help formal and informal sector workers from falling back into poverty after they stop working. He explained that the PPT Personal Pension Scheme includes the Easy Pension designed exclusively for Vodafone customers, Retire Right designed exclusively for AirtelTigo customers and Icare – a set up for persons to contribute to the pension of someone they care about, i.e., a third party

Clients can save daily, weekly or monthly, with flexible contribution amounts, using their mobile phone, mobile agent or savings group by dialing the USSD code *789*111*6# with the Medaakye referral code 006 or signing up on the peoplespension.global web platform to sign up for a better tomorrow.

 

Every contribution by a member is divided into two equal parts and credited to the two individual accounts: a General Savings Accounts and a Retirement Account. Members can pay their contribution via the 6,000 mobile agent (MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo), and through the dedicated pension portal at www.peoplespension.global.

 

The People Pension Trust is a joint ownership between Ghanaian entrepreneur, Samuel Waterberg and People’s Pension Holding BV based in the Netherlands, incorporated under the Companies Code of Ghana 1963 (Act 179) as a Trustee Company

How can I register with PPT?

Go to www.peoplespension.global and sign up using your phone number.

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Dial *789*111*6# and use referral code 006 to register in a simple 2-step process

How can I pay?

On the web portal, Go to payments, input data and pay via momo.

Follow the prompts after dialing *789*111#. Choose auto debit for automated payments

For Vodafone customers, dial *110# and follow prompts for the Easy Pension scheme

For AirtelTigo customers, dial *110# and follow prompts for the Retire Right scheme

Can anyone register?

Yes. Anyone who is between the ages of 15 and 55 years and earns an income can become a member. 

How can I check my account statement?

You can check your account statement by dialing *789*111# and following the prompts.

You can also call the call center on 0302738242 or send an email to info@peoplespensiontrust.com

 Will I receive any returns on my contributions?

Yes, the money will be collectively invested, and members receive the returns on the investments.

Can I withdraw my funds?

Yes. Members can withdraw the funds in the savings component of their account 6 months after their initial contribution.

To learn more about People’s Pension Trust please visit: https://peoplespension.global/

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Afrobeat Superstar D’banj Set To Attend the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff Safari Desert Party in March 2022

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The build-up to the AFROZONS DUBAI SOUND OFF, holding in March of next year is gaining momentum; as Dubai’s Department for Economy and Tourism, DET formerly known as Dubai Tourism, unveils, International Afrobeat superstar, D’banj, popularly known as the Koko Master, as the Official Afrobeat Artist of the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff.

 

D’banj who has received numerous international awards like the Best International Act (Africa) at the 2011 BET Awards and Best-Selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards has been an Icon for Afrobeat music for over a decade.

Yvonne Orji all smiles

The Koko Master who has been quiet for some time, just released a new album. The new album, named “Stress Free (Chapter 1)” melodically fits into the theme of the Dubai Soundoff; which is basically an avenue for Afrobeat lovers around the world to have a stress-free time while experiencing the greatness of Dubai.

The official website for the Soundoff is www.afrozonsdxb.com. The website hosts further information on the ways to join D’Banj, Radio Hosts and Celebrities at the Dubai Soundoff. It gives you information on the discounted travel packages and how to stand a chance to win a trip giveaway. The winners will receive flight tickets for two, hotel accommodation, feeding, special tours, airport transfers, and visa’s (where necessary), to attend the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff in March 2022.

Dbanj with Issam Kazim and Yvonne Orji

Visit the website www.afrozonsdxb.com for more information.

How to win https://youtu.be/BeVPUJyZDNs

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), Hosts of the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff, had this to say:“The Afrozons Dubai Soundoff has received incredible feedback across all markets since its launch. We are very proud of what has been accomplished until this day and the partnership between DET, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism and our partner Afrozons has proven to be very successful. Therefore, we are excited to announce another milestone in the Soundoff, which is having D’Banj join us as the lead musician for this incredible project. We are convinced that his energy and positive attitude are a great fit for our brand and that he will take this project to the next level. Finally, we are thankful to having D’Banj aboard for this journey and we are certain that we can create an outstanding and memorable event together in Dubai early 2022.”

Anthony Anderson joins the fun

D’Banj had this to say about the partnership: I have always said content is the new Crude Oil and it takes people to create content. This is why I love what the Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and AfroZons are doing here. After the global Covid 19 pandemic people and economies are trying to bounce back, stress free. The AfroZons Dubai Soundoff drives that purpose by bringing people together in a stress free environment.

I am excited to be part of this project and look forward to the many ways we can make the Dubai Soundoff a massive success.

 

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Ghanaians reveal some of the worst Christmas gifts they ever received

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Ghanaians reveal some of the worst Christmas gifts they ever received

Getting the right gift for a loved one can be quite a chore regardless of the occasion. Sometimes you want to just get something for them to know you care and appreciate them, and sometimes you really want to give them something that they truly need. (more…)

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Hair transplant in Istanbul – More than a Procedure

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There are many reliable hair transplant clinics in Turkey – especially in Istanbul. However, Medhair clinic is the name most preferred by hair transplant patients.

Alopecia patients have a new hope: Even if they don’t have a large fortune, they can afford a professional hair transplant in the future. If the prices are high for them in their clinics in Europe, America, and especially in Arab states, they prefer hair transplant Istanbul. Affordable prices, impeccable quality, and a vacation-like stay – Turkey makes the impossible possible.

Hair Transplant in Turkey Medhair Clinic

There are many reliable hair transplant clinics in Turkey – especially in Istanbul. But all of them automatically choose Medhair Clinic.

Only the surgeon is worth recommending. For more than X years, Medhair Clinic has been deemed worthy of successful awards in aesthetic hair surgery, not only in Turkey but also in many countries. The word of the wealth of experience has long reached beyond the borders of the country. Anyone who has already performed thousands of interventions should understand their craft. The high success rate can only confirm this. The motto of the innovative clinic, almost every graft is healthy hair exactly because almost all of the hair transplanted with a success rate of 99% is exactly where it belongs.

The impressive success rate of almost 100% has a huge impact on its appearance as a hair transplant turkey. Because the more grafts are transplanted into the scalp, the more intense, fresh, and strong the result will be. In Turkey, most patients do not have a trace of baldness after hair transplantation. Baldness and receding hairlines are no longer a problem.

Medhair Clinic in Istanbul attracts the attention of not only alopecia patients but also medical juries. It took its place in the rankings among many hair transplant clinics in Europe. Medhair Clinic is the address of a dedicated team and successful results.

Quality, Affordable Prices, and Great Results

In addition to the stunning natural results and the impressive quality standards of the leading clinic, the price is also convincing. Compared to reputable clinics in Europe and the United States, hair loss patients Medhair Clinic usually costs up to 70% less. The main reason for the strikingly low costs is the standard of living in Turkey. From travel to real estate to grocery shopping, there’s more for less here. Medical services such as hair transplantation are not excluded. They are also much cheaper than many countries in Europe.

 

Another good reason for the low prices is all-inclusive packages from leading Turkish clinics. Medhair Clinic, for example, offers its patients comfortable general packages that have thought of everything that matters. Whether it’s a transfer from the airport or an overnight stay in an elegant star hotel, laser treatment, free hair analysis, the versatile carefree package leaves nothing to be desired by the patient.

 

Medhair Clinical Expertise – The Most Modern Methods

If anyone is interested in medical advances, it’s Medhair Clinic. Expert teams work passionately on the latest transplantation techniques and integrate them into the clinic’s repertoire, using only the best for their patients.

Saphir FUE hair transplant is very popular. Thanks to its ultra-thin sapphire blade, it is even more sensitive and careful about hair transplantation. The same is true for DHI hair transplantation. Here the extraction and cultivation take place in almost one step. The shorter the grafts from the natural nutrient source during the surgical procedure, the sooner encapsulated. And the shorter their connections, the better their chances of survival.

When it comes to anesthesia, the modern clinic primarily uses soft anesthesia. Not only is this painless, but the patient also remains fully conscious. Reading, watching TV, talking, going to the toilet – it’s all okay. Soft anesthesia gives him the maximum possible flexibility.

All in One Medhair Clinical Benefits

Is there a hair transplant turkey Istanbul clinic that brings together everything that matters? There is. Medhair clinical sets a good example. The highly acclaimed hair transplant center in the middle of beautiful Istanbul meets the demands of every patient. Providing comfortable accommodation close to the clinic, expert advice before the procedure, a reliable service, a modern environment, or a fair bill with no hidden costs, the Turkish hair transplant clinic brings the dream of fuller hair easily, quickly, and cheaply. True. Numerous reviews and before and after hair transplant pictures are the best proof of

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Christmas Gifts: The Best Way to Surprise Your Loved Ones

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Little by little, we are approaching some very special dates for everyone. We are talking about Christmas, the day that is traditionally meant to be with family, but sometimes it is not possible. It’s also a day of great surprises and gifts, but how can you surprise those loved ones, friends, or family who are thousands of miles away? It turns out the answer to this is simple, and we’ve found the solution for you: Gift Baskets Overseas.

Gift Baskets Overseas is a company that has specialized in the delivery of high-quality gifts in more than 200 different countries. Thanks to them, surprising your friends, family, VIPs next door and around the world is easy.

Why send gifts at Christmas?

While any time of the year is good to surprise those you love, Christmas has something special that makes it just a little bit different. We all like to receive gifts, no matter how small. Being far away from those you love shouldn’t stop you from being able to send your well wishes in the form of a thoughtful Christmas Gift. It is a way of indicating that they have remembered us and that they care.


Best of all, the gift market today is enormous, and you can find an almost endless amount of items to give away. The trouble is making sure that what you buy actually gets to your recipient! If you are interested in seeing exactly how easy it can be to send gifts, we invite you to click here to discover many Christmas gift options that can be sent anywhere in the world.

What are great gifts for Christmas?

As we’ve stated earlier in this article, there are many options to give at Christmas, but we want to make sure we get it right for you. Let’s look below at some options to choose from when it comes to surprising those in your heart this holiday season.

Typical Christmas Sweets

Amongst the options that we can highlight, we most certainly cannot forget sweets and chocolate. Who doesn’t like a decadent piece of chocolate or decadent treat to help put them into the holiday spirit? Just imagine opening your front door to discover a basket overflowing with tasty morsels of rich chocolate, perfect for Christmas. Each bite is sure to put a little extra love in your heart and joy in your soul.

Fruit Baskets for Christmas

If you’re looking for something more on the healthier side, perhaps consider a basket made up of different types of seasonal fruit, as well as savory nuts. The combination of sweet fruits and salty snacks is a gift that is increasingly in demand as people add more healthy food options to their snacks.

Wine for Holidays and Special Celebrations

If food isn’t a good gift for your intended recipient, why not consider a bottle of wine with which to accompany special meals or dinners during the holidays? A good wine can leave a long-lasting impression. If they aren’t ready for it when it arrives, they can enjoy it later.  You can always add something a little sweet in the way of chocolates to create a truly decadent experience.

Classic Decorations for the Christmas Season

If you don’t like the idea of sending food, or you want to send something that makes more of a lasting impression, try picking out some holiday decor. You can go with a classic Christmas Ornament that they can use for years to come. Or try sending an elegant centerpiece consisting of a candle and flower arrangements in seasonal colors of red, red, green, and even hints of silver or gold!

So now you know! If you want to surprise those people most important in your life, despite the distance, sending an international Christmas gift can be the perfect solution to brighten up the holidays.

 

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Africans don’t trust each other – my experience with an Ethiopian taxi driver in Las Vegas

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Ameyaw Debrah at palazzo gondola

My recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada came with many experiences, as I put myself out there to explore the city a lot more than I did in my previous two visits. My first time in Vegas was for one night only, to attend the Miss Universe finale in 2017.  My second time was for the Day N Vegas festival in 2019, which also brought me back for a third time this year.

On day-two of Day N Vegas, I had an experience that corroborated the belief of many Africans, that we do not trust one another.  Due to Day N Vegas, most of the area around the Las Vegas Festival Grounds was closed to taxis and rideshare apps such as Uber and Lift, which made it very stressful to get a car whenever I closed from the festival and headed to my hotel room. It meant that after walking and standing at the grounds for hours, we had to walk quite a distance to look for cars.

My experience was even made worse when the data on my AT&T phone number kept failing, meaning that after all the stress covering the concerts, I couldn’t use Uber to request for a ride.  On the night of day 2, I discovered that there was a pick-up point for taxis within the Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park. Sadly the taxis were not coming in as rapidly as I would have wished for. I was the third in line, but it took over one hour of standing in the queue till I finally got a taxi.

When the taxi came, I got in but when the driver asked for the address I was going to, I couldn’t remember the location of my hotel. I mentioned the name of the hotel, but the driver wasn’t familiar with it and insisted that he couldn’t take me if I didn’t get the address for him. I wasn’t willing to waste the hours of standing and waiting to be turned down by any driver. My internet wasn’t working, and I tried to ask him to use his internet Ito locate the hotel, but he was indifferent. I told him “lets go to downtown and I will know where my hotel is,  because it’s not far from the Fremont Street”.

Finally, he agreed and moved on. Then he started a conversation with me, once he suspected I was from Africa. I told him I was from Ghana when he told me he was Ethiopian. He asked about my visit and thought I was a ‘new rich African’ when I told him I was in town for Day N Vegas.

When, I finally arrived at my hotel I tried to pay with a card. Since it was a metered cab, I could see my fare right in front of me, with a POS device for payment. But I noted it was slightly expensive paying with  a card compared to paying cash, so I told the driver that I would rather pay with cash, after all I am African!

Then surprisingly he asked me how much I would pay him, the meter said $18 so I said I will give him $20 but he screamed “no $25!” I then gave him a $100 note to which he retorted, “are you sure it’s not fake?”.  I said no, laughed it off and collected my change.

Watch my vlog on the experience below:

Interestingly, the following night, I had internet, so I ordered for an Uber ride after the Day N Vegas finale, and again the driver was Ethiopian. This time it was a younger driver and we had an interesting conversation about Africa and the civil war in Ethiopia.

I had noticed that there were a lot of Ethiopians in Vegas. Most of the African restaurants listed on Uber Eats are Ethiopian and most of the drivers were too. When I pointed it out in our conversation, he told me that Vegas has the next biggest concentration of Ethiopians in the USA after the DMV tristate.  I also found out that affluent Ethiopians like to buy Mississauga Real Estate styled homes in the USA.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 68,001 people reported Ethiopian ancestry in 2000. Between 2007 and 2011, there were approximately 151,515 Ethiopia-born residents in the United States. According to Aaron Matteo Terrazas, “if the descendants of Ethiopian-born migrants (the second generation and up) are included, the estimates range upwards of 460,000 in the United States.

Some Ethiopians living in the US enjoy using exquisitely designed Ten Point Crossbow in archery games. Football is the most popular sport in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian national football team called the “Walyia Antelopes” won the 1962 African Cup of nations and in 2013 Ethiopia qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 31 years.

Other sports played include basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Ethiopia has a tradition of medal-winning runners: Abebe Bikila, Belayneh Dinsamo, and Derartu Tulu. Haile Gebreselassie has set several world records.

Ethiopia has made remarkable progress in education, with primary school net enrolment tripling between 2000 and 2016 to the current 100 per cent.  Although most children enroll in school, many do not complete their education: 85 per cent make it past Grade 5 and 54 per cent past Grade 8. Progress has been enabled through a sustained government-led effort to reduce poverty and expand the public education system equitably. This has been backed by substantial increases in national education expenditure and aid to the sector, as well as improved planning and implementation capacity at all levels. According to Boardingschools.ca, there is a good number of Ethiopians having higher education in Canada.

Ethiopian national identity is grounded in the long history of Christianity and Islam in the region, and independence from foreign rule since antiquity.

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