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Meet Jason Ochere – GUBA Awards 2013 Student Achiever Award recipient

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Jason OchereA young man gifted with an array of talents in sport, the arts and even a budding political career,  Jason’s academic accomplishments saw him awarded a scholarship for the three years of his undergraduate studies at Manchester University – where, this year, he graduated with 2.1 with honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Jason is now reading his Masters at the prestigious Oxford University.

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Lifestyle – basic rules and recommendations

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A properly developed individual system of time allocation for various activities affects the level of a person’s happiness. A lifestyle is a list of a variety of activities that generates a certain style of behavior, rules, habits and rituals. It is formed under the influence of historical, geographical, national, age, professional aspects.

Active lifestyle and entertainment

Hobbies and hobbies take the leading place in human life. People seeking peace of mind choose creative pursuits – handicrafts, reading, learning foreign languages. Adventure lovers – sports, tourism. Trips to different cities and countries for entertainment events are very popular. For example, if you are a football fan, you can purchase a tour to the USA. There are 32 teams playing in the NFL today. The league itself appeared in 1920 under the name of the American Professional Football Association. For 50 years, the nfl logo has been modernized, the edging, color and frame have been changed.

Healthy lifestyle criteria

The number of people supporting healthy lifestyles is growing. This lifestyle is aimed at rejuvenation, improvement of the whole body, adherence to the daily regimen, and rejection of bad habits. Main advantages:

  • Increase of the body’s defense systems;
  • reducing the risk of developing chronic ailments;
  • normalization of the emotional background of the body;
  • maintaining vital activity as long as possible;
  • the presence of a healthy and fit body;
  • delaying the appearance of the first age-related changes in the body;
  • the emergence of new life plans, opportunities.

The main components of a healthy lifestyle are a well-designed diet, sports, good rest, hygiene, communication with society.

A healthy lifestyle contributes to the preservation and improvement of human health and well-being. From year to year, it becomes more and more in demand, because many people want not only to enjoy life, but also to live it as long as possible. And a healthy lifestyle helps with this perfectly, increases the number of years lived.

A healthy lifestyle is the value of a modern person. It is recommended to follow the rules of a healthy lifestyle in combination. Better to get used to it from early childhood. The following tips will help you improve your quality of life:

  • you need to go outdoors at least once a week;
  • go for walks, take dynamic breaks for yourself;
  • monitor your health status by visiting a doctor;
  • try to eat right;
  • find a hobby for your liking;
  • travel;
  • relax, communicate with friends and loved ones.

Stress and human health

Positive emotions are important for human health. It is important to be able to relax, lead an active social life. You should not forget about good rest. Relaxation, socializing, and entertainment have a positive effect on emotional well-being. Find something to your liking – someone is fond of cycling, someone loves ping-pong, and someone just football or collects logos of games that are constantly being re-branded.

The lifestyle should not bring additional difficulties, all actions should be a joy to a person. It is better to instill good habits gradually. Over time, you will begin to feel more confident and calmer, and you will be able to achieve goals that previously seemed unattainable.

 

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The psychology of color: how does the choice of color palette affect perception?

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All marketers are well aware that a person first perceives a visual presentation, and only then creates a conscious representation of the brand. This is how the human brain works – it perceives visual pictures as the main information and, on a subconscious level, does a lot of interesting things with the information received. For example, it sorts the colors, determines what the image belongs to – food or a dangerous object, if the picture is pleasant, then he categorizes it, if, on the contrary, it is unpleasant, then it belongs to another category, etc. There are a lot of processes in which we cannot consciously join. Therefore, let’s look at how colors affect perception in order to better understand why manufacturers choose certain solutions for themselves.

 

List of base colors used in design

 

Below is a list of colors used by designers from all over the world:

 

  1. Red.
  2. Orange.
  3. Yellow.
  4. Green.
  5. Blue.
  6. Purple.
  7. Pink (Fuchsia).
  8. Black.
  9. White, silver.

 

One way or another, the variation of these colors is applied everywhere, we can see them almost everywhere. To better understand how these colors affect human perception, it is necessary to dwell on each of them in detail.

 

How are colors perceived by the viewer?

 

Let’s go through the list of the most popular and basic colors in order to better understand how they are perceived by the viewer:

  1. Red – this color carries both positive

 and often negative energy. This is a rather bold choice, because it can cause both a storm of pleasant emotions and create associations with something negative. For example, this shade can simultaneously symbolize strength, passion and fearlessness, or it can evoke associations with pain and danger. If you take the YouTube logo as an example, you can easily track how skillfully the designers approached its creation – it fits perfectly into the context and always evokes only positive emotions.

  1. Yellow – many viewers associate it with warmth and optimism. But like any other color, it can have the opposite effect – for many, it is yellow that means cowardice and frustration, so you need to be extremely careful when using this color.
  2. Blue is one of the most popular colors that symbolizes trust, consistency and security. For this reason, it is so favored by businessmen. But in a negative context, it can be perceived as coldness or unattractiveness.
  3. Green is one of the most beloved colors of man, which is perceived by the brain as a unity with nature. Therefore, it can cause both calmness and relaxation, and stimulate the growth of energy. But dull green tones can cause melancholy and suppress mood, and excessively bright ones can cause associations with something unpleasant.
  4. Black is the color of luxury and elegance. A person who chooses black is distinguished by courage and delicate taste. And at the same time, this color is able to raise a gloomy mood, if its choice is not approached very competently.
  5. White, silver – purity and freshness. White is the base color that can sometimes symbolize sterility.

 

Based on the above information, it becomes clear why most electric motorcycle companies tend to choose green, white and blue colors in their work. Sometimes they can use red or its shades to remind of energy, but in general, the message is always the same – cleanliness, ecology and reliability. Using this simple information, you can create a brand for yourself and choose the optimal palette that will satisfy your requirements.

 

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Ghana could be without donkeys soon

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Donkeys (Equus asinus) are domestic working animals in horse family that have been used for more than 5,000 years. Another name for a donkey is an ass, the male donkey is called a jack, the female  a Jenny and  young, foal. Donkeys are believed to have been domesticated around 3000 BC from the African Wild Ass (Equus africanus). There is a report of  approximately 5,000-year-old ass skeletons found embedded in tombs in one of the early Pharaonic mortuary complex at Abydos, Middle Egypt. Donkeys served as the ancient transport systems in Africa and Asia. There are 82 references of donkeys in the Bible and it was used by Romans in agriculture and transport, including pastoral services. Donkeys may be considered as the first ungulate to come from Africa and have spread around the world.

In Ghana, donkeys are mostly found in the upper part of the country such as Bolgatanga, Walewale, Dabo, and in some parts of Oti region. Over 14,500 donkeys were owned by Ghanaians in 2015 according to FAOSTAT, and the figure has been dwindling since. The importance of donkeys in the economy has been overlooked for many years considering the contributions donkeys bring to the lives  of people in the country. Donkeys play an important role in agriculture by providing draught power for ploughing of lands, transportation of water over long distances in rural areas, and hiring out the services of the animal to earn a living. In other parts of the world, donkey milk is used  in anti-aging cosmetics and has been shown to have superior qualities compared to other animal milk such as cow and goat milk. Donkey milk is considered the closest to human breast milk, thus, it was used to feed orphaned children in the past. Cleopatra is reported to have maintained her soft smooth skin thanks to donkey milk baths. Hippocrates is known to use donkey mild to treat arthritis, cough and wounds. Donkeys are also used as companion animals/pet and in circus for entertainment. These are major aspects in poor societies which are needed for poverty alleviation and provision of good healthcare for women and children. This indicates that donkeys play a significant role in achieving sustainable development goals 1 and 2.  

  

There are three main threats to donkey populations in Ghana and the world. 

First, difficulty in breeding donkeys. The donkey population in the world has been in a declining trend since 2010 with the advent of increased demand to Asia. Data shows that China which has the largest demand has used a chunk of its donkey population which was 11.1 million in 1990 to 2.5 million in 2018. The question then is why not breed to replace? The requirements to breed donkeys successfully are difficult to achieve. To supply 300,000 donkeys through commercial farming, it would take an area of about 600 square miles which is about 4 times (4x) the area of Kakum national park as each donkey requires at least 0.5 acres of grazing land. Another reason is donkeys require a very long gestation period of about 11-14 months to give birth to one foal and often consumption of high fiber diet to achieve and maintain acceptable minimum body conditions. Production of this high fiber diet is expensive and labor-intensive.

The second threat to the donkey population in Ghana is the trade of donkey hide. It is estimated that the Ejiao industry which depends on gelatin produced from donkey skins and used in traditional Chinese medicine and beauty products requires approximately 4.8 million donkey skins annually. Due to Chinas depletion of its stock, it has now turned to the global market to channel significant amounts of donkey skin to meet the demands for Ejiao. This has unfortunately spiked the trade of donkeys across Africa  leading to devastating effects on donkey population in Africa. Between 2016 – 2018, 15% of Kenyas donkey population was slaughtered, a similar situation occurred in Ghana such that the price of a donkey doubled.

 

The third and final threat is the lack of enforcement of laws relating to donkey trade and welfare. On 17th January 2017, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture banned the slaughter and export of donkey skin in Ghana. This ban was met with undeniable disregard from persons in the donkey trade business. The lack of enforcement facilitated this trade to thrive to the extent that Ghana currently relies on neighboring countries for the supply of donkeys. Donkey importation has added to the myriad of exchange rate wreckers in our economy. To the animal and veterinary industry, donkey importation should be of utmost concern as it constitutes a plausible gateway for disease transmission, especially to areas where poverty is already rife. This lack of law enforcement on the ban has also left Ghana as a hotspot for donkey smuggling across Africa. 

 

Finally, these demands and an unrelenting thirst for donkey skin have made donkeys one of the most abused animals in Africa. The incessant demand of the animal from global market coupled with the lack of rapid breeding raises concern that Ghana will be without donkeys very shortly.

By Daniel Baba Abiliba 

Animal Welfare Advocate 

abilibadanielbaba11@gmail.com

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Ashesi launches a Collaborative Research Project with McGill University to Track Experiential Learning and Entrepreneurial Activities of Students and Alumni

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Ashesi University has launched a research project with McGill University to understand the pathways from experiential education to the entrepreneurial actions of their students and graduates. The research, a Mastercard Foundation (MCF) Partner Research Fund (PRF) sponsored project, primarily focuses on MCF Scholarship beneficiaries and provides an opportunity to study students in general.

 

The Provost of Ashesi University, Professor Angela Owusu-Ansah, highlighted the importance of the collaboration between Ashesi and McGill University.

“In our current era of uncertainty, complexity, and the rate of change in technology being new every six months and knowledge being generated at that rate, no one institution can brace these challenges on their own. So, collaboration is the key. Hence, when Ashesi and McGill decided to collaborate, it was to join these different mindsets and their wisdom. On one hand there is Ashesi, young, risk-taker, and exploratory and then McGill being an older institution. These differences have naturally set the path for the two institutions to learn from and complement each other”. 

 

She also mentioned that the collaboration to carry out this research project is a step in the right direction. She explained that “one unique thing that connects Ashesi and McGill is  having Mastercard Foundation scholars of African descent.  The beauty of it is that as we train them in entrepreneurship, we are training young leaders with the courage and desire to stay here or come back and impact the continent”. Prof. Owusu-Ansah was optimistic that the research will uncover nuances and the impact that institutions make on the entrepreneurial journey of a student or a graduate.

 

The university invited other MCF partner institutions such as Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and  Technology (KNUST) , Campaign for Female Education (CamFed Ghana), African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS Ghana), Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Ghana Tech Lab, and other institutions with focused incubation programs such as the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) Innovation and Incubation Center, University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Business Incubation Hub, and Academic City University College Technology and Entrepreneurship Center.

 

Presenting the focus of the research, Dr Gordon Adomdza, the Co-principal Investigator, and Associate Professor at Ashesi University, indicated that the research centered around how to capture the nature of experiential education provided through courses, internships, and community service engagements. More importantly, Dr. Gordon Adomdza noted that the research will investigate when and how these various experiential exposures trigger entrepreneurial activity by students and alumni.

 

The Co-principal Investigator, Dr Nii Antiaye Addy, Associate Director (Africa Outreach) in the office of the Deputy Provost Student Life and Learning (DPSLL) at McGill University, noted that the research, in many ways, also compares programs in two different institutions in different regions of the world. It will provide an empirical lens for capturing how different programs delivered within a young institutional structure such as Ashesi University in Ghana, about 20 years old, are from those delivered in a 200-year-old university such as McGill University in Canada. He noted that the research design provided an opportunity to have a much broader sense of these programs and their effectiveness.

 

The invited institutions also had the opportunity to share their challenges in tracking the activities of their program participants after engaging them in training programs. ​​Although they were making significant impacts through their programs, many shared gaps in documenting these impacts.They indicated a high interest in improving on their data collection processes in their entrepreneurship training programs. 

 

As part of the next steps, the researchers noted that they will take a process-based approach which will send them to 5 African countries where Ashesi draws the majority of its pan-African students. In these countries, they will conduct interviews and build case studies on the experiential learning and entrepreneurial journeys of alumni. The research partners will also track entrepreneurial support events at Ashesi and McGill to understand how the universities’ experiential educational experiences guide the participants in their actions in entrepreneurship.

 

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What Are the Biggest Surprises When Buying a Peloton Bike

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Why is the peloton bike getting incredibly popular among fitness lovers? There are different reasons for everyone, but the most appealing is its convenience of use.

From on-demand classes to a list of peloton instructors, everything about this revolutionary indoor bike is simply excellent. 

What were the biggest surprises when you were buying a peloton for the first time? 

 

Let’s find out interesting facts about this great fitness equipment.

The Peloton brings the high-energy spin workout of the studio and into your home. The price tag may be a bit high (about $2250 with a $39 per month subscription for live and on-demand classes), but the features are good enough to buy the bike.

Crowned as the Rolls Royce of indoor bikes, Peloton allows building a healthy community around you while getting rid of unnecessary body weight. 

You can track your fitness goals, video calling your friends, and enjoy on-demand fitness classes with your favorite instructors.

Peloton Has a Leaderboard to Keep Users Motivated

While riding a Peloton bike, you can engage yourself in a friendly competition by trying to work your way up the leaderboard. 

The board is located on the peloton tablet, and it allows checking the usernames of fellow members during live classes.

It helps to measure how quickly you pedal (known as cadence) and also how fast you are working with the resistance level of the bike (the output).

Do you know you can give fellow peloton members a virtual high five to motivate them during workouts? Yes, all you need to do is to tap the user name of the rider on the leaderboard, and it will instantly send virtual praise to them.

Live Stream Spin Classes 24/7

Another exciting feature about the peloton bike is that it has a 24-inch screen to watch live stream spin classes during workouts. You can choose an on-demand exercise and perform it anytime you want. 

If you’re busy in the office or getting late due to high traffic, this feature is ideal for you. One significant benefit of the live class is that you can comfortably wear anything you want at home. 

On the contrary, if you’re performing workouts at the gym, you have to wear something good. The feature of live classes by Peloton is a perfect solution to solve your get-up issues.

Peloton Bikes Are Compact

The peloton bike is manufactured for indoor use, and therefore the size is compact for convenient storage. 

The frame of the bike is 4 by 2 feet with 5.5 inches in height. In small apartments where a treadmill or small home gym takes a lot of space, a Peloton bike is the best solution.

Simply install the bike in a living room where you can efficiently perform the workout and enjoy on-demand workouts with your favorite fitness instructor while keeping yourself motivated with your friends.

Conclusion

Although the price of a peloton bike is high as compared to other indoor bikes, innovative features like professional instructors, leaderboard, peloton app, and many others make it an ultimate indoor cycling solution to stay fit and healthy. 

 

 

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Types roofing to consider for your home

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One would wonder what the essence of a building without a roof is. Sleeping in a building without a roof is no different from being in the open space, exposed to anything dangerous. It is very easy for one to sway into the assumption that early humans slept out in the open. However, findings from archaeologists provide evidence to the fact that early humans made roofs out of many substances. House roofing has evolved over centuries in response to periodic demands especially caused by weather conditions. In effect it is very common to move within a particular town and see buildings with various types of roofs. Also, given the periodic changes in roofing types, there is the opportunity in this present century for building and construction workers to have wide variety from which they select their roofs.

People during ancient times relied solely on any natural means from which they could have afforded roofing. Click here to find examples of how nature existed with humanity and basic needs such as nutrition and shelter.

That is to mention that roofing materials during primitive stages of civilization were made from palm fronds, skins of some animals, mud and straws, wood mixed with mud or woven fibers and many others. Factors such as lightweight, durability and decorations have catalyzed the evolution of new types of house roofing materials. This article focuses on the types of roofs that have stood the test of time as well as house roofing in the modern era.

                          TILED AND THATCHED ROOFS

Anytime tiled roofing is mentioned, China is spoken of since it had been the major type of roof patronized by the Chinese as far back as 3,000 BC. Indeed, they have a long history of advanced architectural techniques and until the Ancient Greeks and Roman civilizations, tiles were never common in Europe.

Thatch gained popularity in Britain by 735 AD whereas it was used in several equatorial countries such as; Bali, Hawaii and Fiji. The composition of Thatch may differ according to geographical locations in that a particular location may have materials that another location may not have. For instance, in Kenya, Thatch is made from sugarcane leaf. Compared to tiles, thatch is cheaper, not only that but much more resistant to fire. It remained popular and the most sought-after roofing type in the 18th and 19th centuries among the American pioneers since the materials were easily found. However, towards the end of the 19th century, thatched roofs had become rare because of the rapid development of places of green environment into urban areas and consequently, availability of the materials for making thatched roofs had dwindled, although it could be argued also that people turned to lose interest because some thatched roofs risked frequent leaking and collapse during heavy rain.

By the early 1900s, concrete tiles which normally were painted red and were less expensive had become common. Over a long period of time, tiles have spread over countries given that the number of styles and colors evolved and many house owners had learnt of its weather resistant characteristics and durability. In Ghana, Thatched roofs are ideal for buildings because of the country’s hot climate and for the fact that Thatched roofs are high heat resistant. One could be disadvantaged by using a thatched roof if it is not well laid and as a result birds could stripe them. When well laid, thatched roofs are maintenance free.

Asphalt shingles surfaced in the 1920s in America. Their qualities such as; heat and cold resistance, waterproofing, durability as well as their inexpensiveness in their manufacturing and installation made them quickly the most demanded for house roofing in America. In spite of these qualities, asphalt shingles can be damaged by strong winds, they are not the most durable roofing types and they are not the most-energy efficient alternative.

METAL ROOFS

Metal roofing also has been in use throughout history mainly since it is highly durable. Until recent times, metal roofing had been very expensive and as result they were the types that we reserved for the wealthy class because more often only such class of citizens could afford them.  The best heat wire for roof may be in the form of Zinc, Aluminum or Copper. These elements can be bent to fit into any shape needed. In effect, usually, metal roofs were used for temples and museums or generally dome shaped buildings. In Ghana, metal roofs, especially, Aluminum has become the very common house roofing method because it is easily accessible and a little less expensive. The frequency of the use of it is retarding because of the discovery of many other modern and decorative ways of roofing. Also in Ancient Egypt, aluminum and alum were a means of strengthening their roofing. Elsewhere in America and Europe, Copper had been the predominant choice for metal roofing most especially in roofing castle buildings. Metal roofs are the best option for house roofing in areas with high winds and they last between 15 to 30 years.

MODERN ROOFING

Though ancient ways of roofing may have faded, nevertheless house roofing today see the incorporation of materials that stood the test of time in the past. These materials are combined with technologies of today to provide the best quality while considering factors such as local climate, availability of materials and cultural preferences. In effect buyers or homeowners have a wide range of varieties from which they can choose, ranging from shades and styles of ceramic or concrete tiles. Also, buyers can select stately slate roofing, choose a less expensive and quick asphalt roofing solution. As a result of today’s green building trend, metal roofing such as zinc and copper which are versatile, much durable and decorative, energy efficient and recyclable make a great choice. There are also fewer worries for any moving company when it comes to moving into a home with such modern roofing.

In the wake of adverse weather conditions and the quest to be energy efficient in present days, building and construction experts are seeking to provide much more innovative ways of roofing. It is becoming more frequent to see flat roofing methods for building and the use of solar panels on top of roofs. Flat roof, apart from it providing shelter and serving as a small field for planting, also serves as recreational areas in homes and subsequently, homeowners may want to hold short events on them. One might be wondering if it is possible that soon many buildings could be roofed fully with solar panels without prior roofing beneath. It may become even more necessary to use solar roofs to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels. The prices for solar roofs have almost halved since 2014, a situation auguring well as far as prospect of depending on renewable sources of energy is concerned in that a lot of people turn to find it affordable. Well, the future provides more opportunities, and we might just be seeing the beginning of a dawn of great modern house roofing.

 

 

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