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JOT Agyeman Broadcast journalist, TV producer and actor JOT Agyeman turns 50 and shares an interesting self-reflection on his journey in life. Check it out My story is likened to playing a game of chess, my favourite game. Those who know my story are a select few, indeed family and a close group of friends. I hope that as I approach my golden age, you will be inspired by it and let it help sharpen your tools for the life you have before you. Unfortunately, I cannot say everything here but certainly, the full story will be told one day. Today, many look up to me as a mentor, as a father and as a friend. The beginnings were not all that rosy. My struggles were many but the support few. Those who stood by me can be counted on my fingers and as I approach fifty years in a few weeks, it is proper to publicly acknowledge them for who I have become today. I am not there yet, but I am certainly on the road to greatness. I cannot say I came from a poor home. I didn’t. My siblings and I all went to the best schools in Ghana, we had beautiful homes dotted around, and we travelled several times to different parts of the world, had friends from the top echelon of society, and drove in amazing luxury cars and indeed lacked nothing. One may say, an amazing footing for an amazing life ahead. I have come to understand that all the opulence and grandiose is not a means to an end. In many instances, it distorts the child’s perception of life and creates a strait jacket path to life growing up under such circumstances. Today as much as I appreciate the beautiful trimmings of the life I experienced, there is another side to the story which was not all rosy. The side where you sit on a gold mine, yet can’t mine. The part where, you have lost your way in the midst of several obvious paths. The part where as you grow up trying to find your own identity, you realize that everyone else expects you to tread a certain path to the top. My family was blessed with two major roles in life. Each family has its God given role. Finding that role is the beginning of the greatness that family will become. It can however be confusing as expectations grow. In mine, we were Kings and Prophets. No apologies there but as I grew up we were always surrounded by both or members of my family were engaged in both. The scepter and crown have never left my home for over a century. Royalty continues in many forms be it in Politics, Leadership or in Traditional Chieftaincy. Children born in our family today are groomed to be leaders. You can’t avoid that. You either learn from parents or you learn from your siblings. The Prophets walk alongside the Kings. The mantle has also always been with us. Our mothers and wives are prayer warriors. Some men are priests and pastors but the greatest gift of all is that we are a God fearing family. God plays a central role in our lives. Nevertheless, in spite of the crown and the mantle clearly visible as signposts for greatness, my life was twisted in several ways. I recall my early confusion growing up. I dare say that resources stocked up in the family were dwindling fast in an ever changing society like ours. I recall my Mum sharing tales of her trips abroad and how life was then. I recall going to Wesley College because I didn’t do well in Math and my father will not let me stay home and rewrite the Ordinary level Math. I recall hating Wesley College with such venom that I wanted out the day I entered. I stayed for all three years and finished as one of the top students in my year. I recall hating the status quo and the so called proper way of doing things. Wealth for me was not drinking from fine glasses and eating from the finest plates. I was a reluctant participator both at home and at school. University offered me other dimensions to life and opened up a door of worms, unleashed on me like a flood, yet I embraced this as a way to find acceptance and love. Most of my siblings were much older than I was and so I grew up quite a loner. I always preferred to be on my own, in my little corner somewhere, doing my own thing. Many times, I felt I was hallucinating as I heard a clear voice speak to me. Sometimes it would just say hello. Other times, it would be as clear as daylight. I loved those conversations, with my imaginary friend. Growing up was intense. I become the rebel, the black sheep, and the misunderstood one. Many times, I hated my life, wanted out severally. On one occasion, my imaginary friend said to me “Daddy, if you do this, you will never become President of Ghana. You will never become great, you will only be a number”. I held back, promising my imaginary friend that I would not do anything stupid. Mum always said a prayer for me. One day, on my way to her room in Kumasi, I heard her pray in Fante asking God to hold on to me and keep me safe. She was worried and her motherly instincts told her, all was not well. It brought a tear to my eye. I guess people assumed that I was a basket case, a bad boy, a rogue. I spoke to no one. My head was filled with so much, I knew I needed help but no one offered it. As I celebrate my 50th birthday in a few weeks, I am grateful to God. I know my calling as a Prophet of God and I know my calling as a King. The next 50 years will clearly show in which direction I will go. I have won battles and defined the odds. Risen to the top of my profession and opened doors for others to follow. All my siblings have been helpful but some have literally given their time, money and voice to bringing me to this point. I loved my mother dearly and would have traded places with her if I could. She was my all. She is not here today, to share in my joy but I know she is happy with what I have become. Thank you Isaac Osei, without you, I may not have been here today. Words cannot comprehend my gratitude to you. I owe you so much. Mrs. Juliet Alhassan, I pray each day for strength for you. At the very dark time in my life, your words of encouragement and dedication contributed in changing my perception of life. Your home was a welcome refuge for me always. Nana Osei Owusu Banahene, my pillar of strength in troubled time. I am totally appreciative. My brothers Kingsley and Robert, thank you for taking care of me when I was struggling in London. Rev. Victor Osei, you taught me how to understand the presence of God and how to interpret the voice of God. To all my brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, there is no doubt that all of you have made me who I am today. My journey is not over yet. I am just beginning. Today, a lot of people look up to me for inspiration and support, I cannot fail them. Let me acknowledge others who sowed seeds of greatness in my life and to who I am truly grateful. Bishop Dag Heward Mills, Bishop E.A.T. Sackey, Bishop Eddy Addy, Bishop Richard Aryee, Bishop Joel Obuobisa all of the Lighthouse Chapel International. Rev and Mrs. Shadrach Ofosuware of the Freedom Centre, London. Prof. Martin Owusu of the School of Performing Arts, Legon. Mr. Sam Ansong Manu of blessed memory. To my lifelong friends, Mr. Ken Nyarko and Rev. Mark Oware, I appreciate you all. My final thank you is reserved for one person in particular. It would take all the time in the world and all the paper to say thank you. I will. When the clock strikes midnight on the 28th of June, 2017, if God tarries and all is well, I will offer those words of thanks for everything she has stood for and done. This is a new era for me, new territory, and new beginnings. I have only just started. I have wronged many in my half century and I offer a genuine apology to all those who in one way or the other have been hurt by my actions or by my words. There is a calling for each one of us. Some of us already walk in that calling and others are yet to. For the young ones dotted around the world, know who you are and what you are meant to be. Learn from the mistakes some of us have made and tread your own paths to greatness knowing that you are Kings and Prophets commissioned to change the world and make it a better place for all. I salute all of you.]]>

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Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey to speak at the inaugural Africa Bitcoin Conference in Accra

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Jack Dorsey, Chairman of Block and co-founder of Twitter will attend the first Africa Bitcoin Conference happening in Accra, Ghana on 5 – 7 December 2022, as a keynote speaker. (more…)

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Should Trader Joe’s Enter The Online Grocery Delivery Business Why Or Why Not?

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The founders of the grocery store company that started it all in 1967 stand by the idea that they are dedicated to providing low prices. Customers love it because of the unusual and reasonably priced items it sells. It’s a retail giant, with locations in 43 different states from Alabama to Wisconsin. Products with the Trader Joe’s label are more prevalent than those with other brands, and they cover the gamut from the unusual and intriguing to the essential.

 

The fact that this restricted access exists is great news since it’s beneficial to workers. It’s possible that line of thinking still won’t have you ordering Trader Joe’s groceries online and having them delivered. To that end, I have compiled a list of the six most popular Trader Joe’s delivery alternatives brought to you straight to your door.

TaskRabbit

Is a platform that puts those who need assistance with mundane chores like delivery in touch with “taskers” who are able to complete the work for them. TaskRabbit customers can place their grocery orders at Trader Joe’s by following these steps:

 

-Access TaskRabbit via their official website.

-Tell them where to bring the items from Trader Joe’s and what you need them to bring.

-Pick the person you want to do the job. Someone called a “tasker” will run out and get the groceries and bring them to your home

-The provisions are on their way, thanks to Tasker.

-Use TaskRabbit for payment and feedback

Craigslist

Is a well-known website that provides classified advertising on the internet and allows users to buy and sell products online. Since you will be dealing directly with the vendor, Craigslist is merely acting as a go-between for you. On Craigslist, you can look for Trader Joe’s groceries by following these steps:

 

-Visit Craigslist and enter your zip code.

-Check out the “Sale” tab.

-Make a selection.

-Choose what you want by clicking on it.

-Review the information, then hit the “Reply” button to send an email to Trader Joe’s.

-The seller will then let you know when and where to meet up to complete the transaction.

 

Dumpling Grocery

Is a shopping and delivery app that lets users choose the store they wish to do their shopping at, and then delivers the things to their doorstep. This is in contrast to the majority of delivery apps, which give the Amazonbusiness no choice but to sign up with the respective delivery app. In order to shop at Trader Joe’s and take advantage of Dumpling’s delivery option:

 

-Check out Dumpling’s “Shopping” tab on the app.

-Trader Joe’s and other local retailers will appear once you enter your zip code.

-Make use of the app’s in-built live chat function to ask inquiries and voice your opinions.

-Make a purchase

-On-time shipping

Amazon

Is a massive corporation that sells a wide variety of products, including food. You may order Trader Joe’s products through Amazon’s online grocery store. You can place an Amazon order for Trader Joe’s products by doing the following:

 

-Make sure you have an Amazon account, or if you already have one, sign in here.

-To access the “Groceries” area, navigate to the “Departments” section.

-You should look for the Trader Joe’s products that you desire, then click on each one individually.

-Examine the products and add them to your shopping cart.

-Proceed with the purchase by inputting your shipping address.

-Pick a mode of payment to continue.

-Place your order

Conclusion

Famous for its low prices and unusual selection, Trader Joe’s is a go-to supermarket for many. Trader Joe’s doesn’t offer its own delivery service, but you can have your groceries delivered by a third-party provider. If you’ve been putting off a Trader Joe’s order because of the store’s “no delivery” policy, you can stop worrying about it now. Trader Joe’s now has a grocery delivery service so you can get your goods delivered to your door.


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A Short Guide to Orlando International Airport

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Orlando International Airport MCO is famous for being one of the busiest airports in the United States of America and even the whole globe. Being the tenth busiest airport in the world, it served 4,769,6627 passengers in 2018. Almost a thousand flights a day, the airport serves as the primary international gateway for the central Florida region. There is a connection to 135 different cities in the United States and beyond that are serviced by this airport. United Airlines, the largest airline in the United States and the globe, is maintained at MCO, which encompasses 5,383 hectares and is one of the largest commercial airports in the United States by area.

Brief terminal guide

The main terminal building at Orlando International Airport is part of the airport’s hub plan, which also includes four lateral aero sides with a total of more than a hundred gates and is connected to the main terminal building with elevated human-engine lines. Terminals maps Orlando Airport MCO (https://mco-airport.com/terminals-maps-orlando-airport/) are available in open access, and we do recommend using them, as the structure of the airport is quite complicated for the first-time user.

Shortly, on the two opposite sides, northern and southern, you can find respectively Terminal A and Terminal B. They form the whole structure of the airport and are the two main terminals of the Orlando International Airport

You can also find two security checkpoints in the Western (Terminals 1 and 3) and Eastern (Terminals 2 and 3) wings of the airport. Check-in and baggage check-in areas are located in both terminals. Passengers at MCO, unlike those at Tampa’s comparable airport system, must go through security checks before boarding man-powered transport to the aero sides.

To improve passengers’ experience, there is a hotel of Hyatt Regency company located just within the airport’s main terminal. The lobby is on the fourth floor, higher are guest rooms which are accessible from the terminal side of the East Atrium. Also, there is a restaurant on the upper level of the terminal building with views of the airport and runways, as well as conference rooms, many bars, and two restaurants for passengers waiting for their flights.

Passenger Recommendations

Due to the fact, that the Orlando International Airport MCO is a huge establishment, the team has developed a special application for the passengers. It is called «Orlando MCO Airport» and you can easily find it among Android Apps on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wOrlandoInternationalAirportcodeMCO_15976437) and download it for free. This app is a perfect way to benefit users’ experience not only with using the airport but also using an app.

No matter what struggles you face when arriving at the terminal — flight times and gates, delays, location of gates and terminals, an interactive map, which guides your path throughout your experience at the airport, shops and cafes, etc.

The app’s access to a wealth of web resources means that users may quickly find answers to their pressing travel questions and problems. The designers’ ultimate goal is to deliver lightning-fast assistance to every user in a time of need. Acquiring the Orlando MCO Airport app is all about providing superior support with an innovative digital infrastructure.

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Africans will do better if we trade in our own currencies

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The C.E.O of Waya Money, a mobile and web app providing payment solutions to businesses in Africa has challenged business owners to move away from trading with the dollar to using their own local currencies. (more…)

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KINTAMPO WATERFALLS: “The Ultimate Come Back Kid”

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Bad days are only temporary indeed. The Kintampo waterfalls have taught the world to trust in destiny and that nothing is permanent. Things change, and it’s never a bad thing. After going through fire, waterfalls sprouted green once again; reminding us that nature is resilient and can bounce back from anything.

Watching the Kintampo Waterfalls struggle with its own identity has been painful. In early 2017, the waterfall was declared unsafe for visitors, due to a major accident that led to the death of some students who were on tour. The message sent out was clear: no one should visit this place again until it is safe enough for people to return without any risk to their safety or well- being.

It was a chance to rekindle the flame of the once-burning Kintampo Waterfalls, so the site’s management created a canopy walkway as a companion attraction to the waterfalls, which were already popular. The location has been rebranded and is now the only waterfall in Ghana with a canopy walkway thanks to this fantastic innovation.
The Canopy Walkway offers a novel experience that includes giving visitors a bird’s-eye perspective of the surrounding area as well as an exhilarating sense of adventure.

The location is spacious enough for tourists /visitors or campers who want to spend the night there, and safety and security is guaranteed. One can visit Kintampo Waterfalls any day between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:30 pm as the park permits walk-up visitors. The tour guides at Kintampo Waterfalls feel that you are the perfect accompaniment, thus they provide extremely informative, calming, and educational interpretations. The majority of visitors have attested to this, giving them a reason to visit the location again.

How to get there?

The Kintampo Waterfalls is located in the Bono-East Region in Ghana, Along the Kintampo- Tamale highway, on the fringes of Kintampo, are the waterfalls, which are about 50 meters apart.
The closest airport is the newly opened Sunyani Airport, which is about a 120minute drive from the waterfalls. If you are coming from Accra, it will take about 3 hours. In case you are in a hurry and don’t want to take the scenic route, you can take the highway. The Kintampo waterfalls are easily accessible by road, and the road is in great shape.

Final words
The Kintampo Waterfalls have shown us that anything is possible. The waterfalls have bounced back and now they are bigger and better than ever before! The waterfalls are a must-see for anyone who visits the Bono-East region. The waterfalls are a beautiful sight to see, and they are also very important because they provide a source of clean water for the surrounding areas. For both plant and animal species, Kintampo Waterfalls offers a hospitable ecology. The site’s abundant vegetation is a significant factor in the ongoing effort to mitigate climate change. The Kintampo Waterfalls is an important tourist destination in Ghana that should be preserved and protected to allow people to enjoy the natural wonder for many years to come. These waterfalls are truly worthy of their title as “ultimate comeback kid”.

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How to Find a Reliable Car Mechanic

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It’s hard to know who to trust when it comes to a professional mechanic, especially if you don’t know much about cars. You’re often left wondering if you needed all those repairs the mechanic insisted on. That’s why it’s a good idea to start searching for a reliable car mechanic before you require anything done on your vehicle. You don’t usually have the time or luxury to make a calculated decision when your vehicle breaks down. The following article will provide helpful tips on finding a good mechanic, one you can entirely depend on.

Online Reviews

Please do your due diligence when it comes to researching online. Reviews by other people can help you make an informed decision. The best place to start your investigation into a reliable mechanic is at a search engine like Google. Remember, the first result may not be superior; it might be popular at that moment.

You will need to wade through good and bad reviews. Don’t be alarmed by less-than-stellar ones; you should avoid that mechanic and their shop if the negative reviews outweigh the positive ones. You can check out places like social media platforms, Better Business Bureau, and other review websites like Yelp if you still need more online opinions.

Word of Mouth

If you want an opinion on local mechanics, asking family members, co-workers, and friends for input can be beneficial. With any prosperous enterprise, mechanics rely on happy customers for repeat business. People in your life can give you recommendations based on their experience and at a place close to where you live (which is convenient). An outstanding reputation takes time. A new mechanic in the area doesn’t always have a strong presence yet, but it doesn’t mean they provide lousy service. Based on other criteria, it would be up to you if you wanted to try them out.

Have a Conversation with the Mechanic

Auto mechanics who genuinely care won’t mind taking the time to speak to you about your questions and concerns. You are a potential new customer; they will want your business, so make the trip out or place a simple phone call to alleviate your qualms. If you don’t get a good feeling about the shop or mechanic, that they don’t have the time for you, go elsewhere with your car. You want someone you can form a trust bond with over the long run.

It would be best if you started by asking them about their qualifications. Many mechanics aren’t always required to be licensed (depending on location). Still, it’s compulsory to (at least) have work experience, an apprenticeship, pass an examination, or have some education for the job. Make sure that they’re capable of working on your car. Some mechanics only deal with typical vehicles. A car with a European motor or a diesel one requires different parts and attention than the average car. If a mechanic deals with specialty vehicles regularly, they will have special knowledge, equipment, and credentials.

Pricing and Estimates

Verify the pricing for repairs and maintenance of your car with the mechanic you are interested in. They should be on par with other auto shops and mechanics. If they are overcharging, that doesn’t mean they will give you superior service. They are charging you outrageous prices, so you need to walk away. The same goes if their prices are too good to be true. It’s suspicious for a garage to have meager prices compared to other repair shops.

As a customer, it’s your prerogative to get an estimate of the repair or services involved in your vehicle before the mechanic moves ahead to work on it. You don’t have to accept the assessment. It’s a great idea to look up your rights regarding mechanics online. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you will be to handle yourself. Getting the mechanic to give you an estimate also allows you to see how they work. Are they being truthful, communicating well, and being forthcoming? Are you getting along with the mechanic and staff? If dealing with this produces any “red flags,” you can reject the offer and move forward with a different shop or mechanic that is adequate for your wants and needs.

Exceptional Customer Service

Some auto shops might not be fancy or have a receptionist, but good customer service is more than that. A mechanic thrives on customer loyalty. They want their clients to trust them with their vehicles and come back again and again for maintenance and repairs. An impersonal mechanic and dealing with you like you are just something to check off on his list of things to do, doesn’t make you feel very appreciated. Yes, they provide an essential service, but you want to feel good about what you pay for.

In an overcrowded industry like automotive repair, you need to stick out from the masses. Some mechanics provide convenient early morning and late evening options for their clients because they have installed night key drop-off boxes outside their auto repair shop. They are secure, locking steel boxes where customers can drop off their car keys in an envelope before or after business hours. This service helps customers who work standard business hours and cannot drop off their car during that time. Night drop boxes and envelopes can be purchased from MBR Marketing at: https://mbrmarketing.com/service-department/night-drop-boxes-and-envelopes.

In the End 

The final words of advice would be to trust your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right about a mechanic or their shop, you aren’t forced to drop your car off there. A great business knows that providing fantastic customer service makes clients feel respected and valued. Not only will you trust your vehicle with your mechanic, but you’re also apt to recommend their business to others.

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