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Letter: Recruits with the Rescue Fire Fighting Service department of Kotoka cry over unfair treatment

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AmeyawDebrah.com has received a letter from a troubled recruit at the Rescue Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) department of the Kotoka International Airport, about how the Aviation Ministry and the Ghana Airports Company have meted  out unfair treatments to recruits. 

Below is the letter uneditted:
Training commenced on 8th October, 2018, some  days after the Ghana Airport Company had given out prospectus to the enlisted recruits containing the items they will need for their non-residential training. 
Other ranks were around 150 whiles Officer Cadets were around 76, but as the training progressed the number reduced remaining 135  for other ranks and 69 officer cadets currently. 
During the orientation on the 8th October, 2018 at the aviation social center, recruits were briefed that the training was due to last for 14 weeks for other ranks thus (3 months 2 weeks) and 22 weeks for officer cadets thus ( 5 months 2 weeks) , but as it stands now both other ranks and officer cadets have all finished with their training per the duration that was given to them.
As it is now, this week is their 34th week and this month will be their 9th month which is against the original training schedule. Meaning the other ranks have done 5 months aside the original 14 weeks and officer cadets have also done extra 3  months aside the original 22 weeks.

The most painful thing is these recruits have finished their training with the original duration but after that the rest of the extra weeks or months has just been waste of precious time and money and uptill now they have no idea about when they will be commissioned and passout, meanwhile the training too has ended long ago and there is nothing more to do. 
Although the training has ended long ago, every week these recruits who have not received any form of allowance ever since the training started continue go to the RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING SERVICE training school everyday and their instructors keep engaging them to help curb the issue but still the issue remains the same. 
Their plight have now worsened because of the non residential nature of the training, others who came from other regions of the country and had no were to sleep than to rent and perch with friends in other to go for training on daily basis from wherever they stay . But now some have been sacked from their rented place because they rented alongside the original duration of the training. Those who are also perching with friends too are also frustrated because they also have to exit. 
Majority of these recruits who came from outside Accra are now strunded and have no choice now than to galavant around and sleep somewhere around the airport as some also perch at the aviation social center because there is no money for even food and their up keep let alone to rent again. Yet still the Aviation ministry and the Ghana Airport Company management have refused to pay allowances to them and also pass them out from training. 
Sources say that this current government had already released the budget including allowances for the training of these recruits to the Aviation ministry, but uptill now not a single one of these recruits have received a penny from the Aviation ministry and the management of the Ghana Airport Company since last year October, 2018 the training started. 
Financial issues is a big problem since throughout the training not a single allowance has been given to them up till now as they enter their 9 month which has made their plight unbearable and future unpredictable because as it stands now they don’t even know their fate because the ministry and management have neglected them and not telling them anything, NO ID CARDS, NO ALLOWANCES, NO UNIFORMS, NO APPOINTMENT LETTERS AND NO FORM OF COMMUNICATION FROM ANYONE. 
These are energetic young men and women who have abondoned their jobs, daily activities and some differed their tertiary courses to train all in search for job and this is how the Aviation ministry and the Ghana Airport Company are treating them. 
Meanwhile majority of these recruits are alleged to be very strong foot soldiers and party faithfuls of the New Patriotic Party in power now. With almost a year left to 2020 general election, the New Patriotic Party can’t afford to jeopardize its promise of eliminating unemployment among graduates in the country. This is a test case for the government. 
These are the unbearable issues and grievances from these strunded and poor recruits which need to be addressed swiftly to commission and pass them out with all their allowances paid to them. 
How can you train someone for a job which is a non-residential and not pay allowance uptill now, certainly frustration will set in because they are humans so naturally anyone in such a situation will one day speak out. This is directly an abuse of their human right. 
Both recruits and cadets are all done with their three weeks of OJT ( ON THE JOB TRAINING)  respectively but still no allowance, no appointment letter, no ID card and no uniforms have been given to these poor recruits. 
Please this is the cry and plea of just 204 recruits whom have officially finished their training and waiting to passout. 
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Samsung begins pre-order deals for AI TVs in Ghana

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Samsung has announced a new era of AI TVs with the launch of its Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and OLED TVs at the Unbox & Discover event, with an amazing pre-order offer. Samsung, the Global Number 1 TV brand for 18 years, sets the benchmark for video innovation, with the ultimate embodiment of next-level AI TV technology and excellence designed to upscale every moment at home.

Imagine a world where your viewing experience is always extraordinary no matter the content! Thanks to the 2024 Samsung Neo QLED 8K AI TV powered by the NQ8 AI Gen2 Processor with built-in 8K AI Upscaling Pro Technology, the TV offers quantum leaps in performance by transforming any content into 8K resolution, even your old videos. You will see these videos transform into looking so clear and real, it is like bringing the past right into your living room with sizes ranging from 65 to 85 inches.

The 2024 Neo QLED 4K AI TV comes with cutting-edge innovations and elevates the viewing experience with groundbreaking features powered by the NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor. Enhanced by Real Depth Enhancer Pro and Quantum Matrix Technology, the screen ensures impeccable contrast even in complex scenes. With the world’s first Pantone Validated display for color accuracy and Dolby Atmos for an immersive audio experience, Neo QLED 4K sets the bar. Neo QLED 4K will be available in sizes ranging from 55 to 85 inches.

Made for more than just watching, the 2024 Samsung OLED AI TV ensures peak performance for ultimate gaming experiences. Samsung is also introducing the world’s first glare-free OLED, eliminating unnecessary reflection while preserving deep blacks and clear images under any lighting condition. Powered by the same formidable NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor as the Neo QLED 4K lineup, Samsung’s OLED TVs boast features like the Real Depth Enhancer and OLED HDR Pro, bringing picture quality to new heights from 65 to 83 inches.

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The 2024 AI TVs will be available for pre-order with exclusive premium freebies until 27th June 2024 in all Electroland Ghana Limited and CompuGhana Limited showrooms. Pre-order a Samsung AI TV now to receive a Soundbar, Freestyle Smart Projector, and Galaxy Fit3 with free delivery and installation.

 

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Soulful Songstress Emeli Sandé Scores “Roots” for The Macallan’s Bicentennial Celebration

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Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé takes a surprising turn, crafting a stirring soundtrack titled “Roots” for the esteemed single malt Scotch whisky, The Macallan. This poignant composition marks a unique collaboration as The Macallan celebrates its momentous 200th anniversary.

Sandé, known for her soulful vocals and impactful lyrics, delivers a heartfelt ode to The Macallan’s enduring legacy. Her Scottish roots lend a special resonance to the project, mirroring The Macallan’s deep connection to the land and its unwavering commitment to exceptional craftsmanship.

Just as Ghanaians cherish the rich heritage of Highlife and Afrobeats passed down through generations, The Macallan honors its meticulous craftsmanship and centuries-old legacy with the collaboration.

“Roots” perfectly captures the essence of The Macallan’s enduring spirit. Sandé’s lyrics, “Time will bring its changes, but our roots they will remain,” resonate deeply, reflecting the brand’s commitment to tradition while embracing innovation.

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According to Emeli Sandé, “Roots means legacy. You have your roots and they spread so far around the surrounding ground. You have your trunk and that’s your journey through life – the branches can go here, and there, but at the end of the day, everything is coming from the same point.”

The celebration extends beyond music. A captivating film by Jérémie Rozan accompanies the soundtrack, taking viewers on a mesmerizing journey through The Macallan’s past, present, and future. The film showcases the enduring connection that binds generations who have stewarded this iconic brand.

This unexpected collaboration between Emeli Sandé and The Macallan promises a powerful exploration of heritage,artistry, and the pursuit of excellence.

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Founding Partner and CEO of the Fearless Fund Arian Simone visits Ghana Presidency

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In a delegation led by Pan African company Ifactorylive CCO Michael Djaba with Dora Whittley managing partner of Whittley Agency.

Arian Simone had discussions about Fearless Fund and Fearless fund foundation Africa.


Fearless fund have invested over 27 million US dollars in women of color businesses,Additionally, they have Invested over $850,000 USD in African-founded businesses and provided grants in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Edward Asare Inducted into IPR Ghana and CIMG as Associate Member

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Edward Asare, a seasoned digital marketer, media expert, and PR professional, has been inducted as an associate member of both the Institute of Public Relations Ghana (IPR Ghana) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

Edward Asare, who currently serves as Digital Marketer at UBA Ghana Ltd, has a passion for helping individuals, brands, and businesses communicate their value and build their online presence. With a background in social media community management and blogging, he has developed a unique approach that integrates marketing and communications to drive brand awareness, visibility, and engagement.

His induction into IPR Ghana and CIMG proves his expertise and commitment to excellence in the field. As an associate member, Edward will contribute to the advancement of public relations and marketing practices in Ghana, sharing his knowledge and experience with peers and professionals.

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Eye Care Tips for Different Age Groups

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Eye Care

Maintaining good eye health is essential at every stage of life. From childhood to old age, our eyes require different types of care to ensure they function properly and stay healthy. Here are some essential eye care tips tailored to different age groups:

Infants and Toddlers (0-3 Years)

  1. Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular eye exams to detect any early signs of vision problems. The first comprehensive eye exam should be done at 6 months of age.
  2. Monitor Development: Keep an eye on developmental milestones related to vision, such as tracking moving objects and recognizing familiar faces.
  3. Protect from UV Rays: Use hats and shades for babies to protect their sensitive eyes from harmful UV rays when outdoors.

Children (4-12 Years)

  1. Annual Eye Exams: Ensure children have annual eye exams to monitor their vision as they grow. Early detection of issues like myopia (nearsightedness) is crucial.
  2. Screen Time Management: Limit screen time and encourage regular breaks to reduce eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  3. Protective Eyewear: Encourage the use of protective eyewear during sports and recreational activities to prevent eye injuries. 

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Teenagers (13-19 Years)

  1. Balanced Diet: Promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids to support overall eye health.
  2. Avoid Smoking: Educate teenagers about the risks of smoking, which can lead to serious eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  3. Contact Lens Hygiene: Teach proper contact lens care to prevent infections. Ensure they follow the prescribed wearing and cleaning schedule.

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Adults (20-39 Years)

  1. Routine Eye Exams: Schedule comprehensive eye exams every two years to check for vision changes and early signs of eye diseases.
  2. Computer Vision Syndrome: For those who spend long hours on computers, use ergonomic setups, take regular breaks, and consider blue light filtering glasses.
  3. Sunglasses: Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays to protect eyes from sun damage, which can contribute to cataracts and other eye conditions.

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Middle Age (40-59 Years)

  1. Presbyopia Awareness: Be aware of presbyopia, a natural age-related condition that affects near vision. Consider reading glasses or multifocal lenses if needed.
  2. Monitor Health Conditions: Manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, which can affect eye health. Regular eye exams can help detect related complications early.
  3. Protect from Blue Light: Use blue light filtering glasses and reduce screen time to minimize the risk of digital eye strain and potential retinal damage.

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Seniors (60+ Years)

  1. Frequent Eye Exams: Increase the frequency of eye exams to at least once a year to monitor for age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Continue to eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support eye health.
  3. Fall Prevention: Ensure living spaces are well-lit and free of hazards to prevent falls that could lead to eye injuries.

General Eye Care Tips for All Ages

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain good eye moisture and overall health.
  • Avoid Rubbing Eyes: Rubbing can introduce germs and cause irritation or infection.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Always wash hands before touching your eyes, especially when inserting or removing contact lenses.
  • Regular Breaks: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to prevent eye strain from prolonged screen use.

Conclusion

Eye care is a lifelong commitment that changes with each stage of life. By following age-appropriate eye care tips and scheduling regular eye exams, you can help ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your vision remains clear. Prioritizing eye health is essential for maintaining overall well-being and enjoying a high quality of life.

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Ada Senior High Tech Students Receive 600 Math Sets from UK-Based Philanthropist Stacey Rosa

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In a commendable act of generosity and commitment to education, Stacey Rosa, a renowned Ghanaian philanthropist based in the UK, has donated over 600 math sets to the students of Ada Senior High Technical School. This significant contribution is aimed at enhancing the learning experience and academic performance of the students, particularly in mathematics. (more…)

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