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Nominations open for GUBA Awards USA 2019

Nominations have officially opened for the inaugural GUBA Awards USA ahead of a prestigious awards ceremony in New York in September 2019. The first ever GUBA Awards to take place in the US will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the GUBA Enterprise, which was founded by Dentaa Amoateng MBE, to build cultural, trade, and […]

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Nominations have officially opened for the inaugural GUBA Awards USA ahead of a prestigious awards ceremony in New York in September 2019.

GUBA USA NOMINATIONS

The first ever GUBA Awards to take place in the US will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the GUBA Enterprise, which was founded by Dentaa Amoateng MBE, to build cultural, trade, and diplomatic links between the UK and Ghana.

GUBA Awards which typically takes place within the United Kingdom, celebrates the outstanding achievements of members of the Ghanaian diaspora, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of Ghanaians. 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of GUBA Awards, each year gaining greater momentum and attracting the endorsement, support and attendance of leading business professionals.  

Dentaa Amoateng MBE, Founder of the GUBA Awards said: “We are delighted to be taking GUBA Awards to the United States as we celebrate our tenth year and the continued growth of the GUBA Enterprise. The Awards is a chance to champion men, women and businesses from the Ghanaian and African diaspora who continually achieve in various sectors across the industry, from music and sport to science and technology. We wish all the nominees the best of luck ahead of the ceremony in September.”

GUBA Awards USA is designed to promote and celebrate the achievements of Ghanaians and African business and individuals based in the United States. GUBA Awards is a non-profit organisation which donates proceeds towards charitable schemes operating within the Ghanaian community and provides an “engaging platform” for promoting greater cultural diversity in the UK and USA, as well as raising the profile of Ghana. 

This year’s September awards ceremony will celebrate outstanding rising stars and senior leaders in 14 industry categories:

  1. Efie Ni Fie Award 
  2. Business Start-Up of the Year
  3. Ghanaian Association of the Year
  4. Student Excellence Award
  5. Young & Talented Award
  6. Creative influencer
  7. Philanthropist of the Year Award
  8. Leadership in Finance Award 
  9. African Entrepreneur Award 
  10. Corporate Business of the Year
  11. Innovation in Science Award
  12. Innovation in Technology Award
  13. Charity of the Year Award
  14. Sports Personality Award

Nominations can be submitted via www.gubausa.com/nomination

Nominations end on 18thof March 2019. 

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Will we see South Africa at another World Cup?

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The world has been thrown into World Cup fever and everybody is enjoying the tournament in Qatar; well maybe not Costa Rica fans who fell to Spain seven goals to nothing in their first game. However, one country that will have been desperate to be there was South Africa. The former hosts have not been to another tournament since 2010 and many will be wondering will they see Bafana Bafana once again at a World Cup?

2010 legacy

The nation of South Africa was filled with excitement when it was announced they would be the hosts of the 2010 World Cup and they carried that excitement on throughout the tournament with some amazing scenes in the crowd.

Unfortunately for South Africa, the tournament did not go as planned from them despite such a blistering start after Siphiwe Tshabalala blasted home a goal that sparked a frenzy in the crowd and in the commentary box. Peter Drury who is known for his excellent moments of commentary went on to state that the goal was for the whole of Africa!

The African nation of Ghana represented the continent the best by getting all the way to the quarter-finals but cruelly being eliminated by Uruguay. The two nations will face up against each other once again in the 2022 World Cup so visit this page to predict the final score of that one!

Since the 2010 World Cup

There have been two World Cups since South Africa hosted it and they have not qualified for them. Before the 2010 World Cup, they had featured at the 1998 France World Cup and the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/ Japan as they proved to be a difficult side with amazing talents such as Benni McCarthy, Quinton Fortune, and Lucas Radebe.

But since then it has not materialised that they are the staples of the World Cup and they have fallen by the wayside in the qualification stages.

It is very difficult to qualify from the African continent with only the third round and then the teams are whittled down to five from there. However, South Africa did not help themselves when they finished bottom of their group for the 2018 qualifiers.

On the other hand it was a different story for the 2022 qualification period where they narrowly missed out on a place in the third round to Ghana due to the head to head rule. Ghana were given a controversial penalty and South Africa’s complaints to FIFA were rejected.

Will we see South Africa anytime soon?

South Africa may have missed out on the past three World Cups but that is not to say they do not stand a chance of making the 2026 World Cup in North America.

They may not have household names in Europe but the national side is exciting especially and they have some fantastic young talent coming through like Monnapule Saleng and Lyle Foster.

The South African side first have AFCON to compete in at the start of 2024 in January if they qualify from their group but then the focus will solely be on qualification for the World Cup.

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Best Places To HookUp During The Day

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Sex in public isn’t just for voyeurs or users of hookup sites, it’s more for those who just want the thrill. When it comes to public sex, most people use parks as a place to have a quickie, but sometimes there can be an opportunity for more intense sex in public places, and there are places where it can happen. Here are some of the best places to do it in public.

1 – Public Park

  • Pros: It is a great place to begin having sex in public because it is safe and private. If you have more privacy, you can also have sex in a car and drive to a park. You don’t need to ask anyone’s permission; 
  • Cons: One of the worst places to be seen is the public restroom. You won’t be able to use your phone or do anything else, so sex can be extremely boring, and people passing by can’t be avoided.

When you’re looking to have some outdoor sex, some people love the idea of using a park, but there are others who find it creepy. When you’re in a park, you can find benches where you can make out with your partner while they’re holding onto the park’s handrail. If you’re looking to enjoy some outdoor sex with your partner, you can enjoy some kissing and some cuddling in a public park. People have reported enjoying some outdoor sex in a park. 

2 – The Fitting Room

  • Pros: It is convenient to use, but some people can also be found, so you don’t need to take the risk. You can do whatever you want here, no one is going to say anything; 
  • Cons: This place is not exactly private, so you should never expect to be secluded in a room with another person. It is best to take a quickie in a private room to make it more comfortable and safe for both of you.

The fitting room is perfect for beginners who are just starting to develop in this direction. Such places are very extreme and very popular. In the summer, lifting your girlfriend’s dress, or completely naked, and having passionate sex in front of mirrors will bring great pleasure because you are doing it in the public. The main thing is to choose a good store, in which booths are closed with a latch, and the curtains are suitable for the most reckless couples.

3 – A Car

  • Pros: The number one thing about this place is to keep going, so if you can’t think of something else, you should use it. Most public places won’t care what you are doing, so no one will complain or give you trouble; 
  • Cons: This is not the safest place for doing things.

In the spring or summer, choose a nice sunny day and go to the highway, park somewhere in the fields on the side of the road and have wild sex in the back seat of the car. Or you can do it in a traffic jam in the very center of the city, but in order not to be embarrassed, the car windows must be well tinted.

4 – Walking Paths

  • Pros: No one is going to come to your house and tell you that you are doing something wrong, so it is a very safe place to have sex in public; 
  • Cons: If you are really in a hurry, it might be hard to make it happen.

The best thing about this place is that you can make the move with confidence, but if you are really in a hurry you should always make sure that no one is around. If you are getting off by accident, at least stay on the pathway so you can hide from people walking by, and then start walking towards the end. It can be a good choice for sex in a hurry, so that is how people use it in real life.

5 – Street

  • Pros: The number one thing about this place is to be more intimate and quiet than usual, so it can be really romantic and private; 
  • Cons: There is a risk of being seen, so you should consider that as a point that you have to take.

The most common outdoor places for public sex are yards and gateways, which are rarely visited by other people. That means that you will be safe from other people and can enjoy sex more or less in peace. Most people can only watch and not get in the way. However, if you use this place, you should have sex when no one else is around, and it is recommended to do it during the day before you start having sex because people going to and from work are more common.

6 – Library

  • Pros: It is the best place to find a partner who has the same tastes and intentions;
  • Cons: Some people don’t like the idea of having sex in public, so this place might be too crowded for some people.

A joint trip for your favorite literature can bring not only moral pleasure but also physical. Quick sex will defuse a boring atmosphere between books and a small number of people.

7 – Night Club

  • Pros: It is the best place to try out your sex life. It is also the best place to find a partner for one-night stands;
  • Cons: This is not a safe place to have sex.

Any party will allow you to find among a large number of guests a small place that will be the hottest and most humid after you leave. Such an event is a great reason to believe in your ability to have sex in unusual places, which conceived ends with complete satisfaction from both partners. Yes, and at the party now you will be much more fun than before crazy sex

8 – Landing

  • Pros: This is the best place for a first time because you will be able to make the move and enjoy the feeling;
  • Cons: It might be scary to do it here.

This place might be a good fit for those who like to be adventurous and try new things. Loud moans throughout the house will excite your partner, even more, choose a comfortable position and take a good break from household chores.

9 – Cinema

  • Pros: The most romantic way to have outdoor sex; 
  • Cons: Extremely high risk of being caught.

It’s best to go to adult films so as not to accidentally traumatize someone’s childish psyche. You need to have sex in the last rows, where the light from the screen does not reach as bright as in the first rows. Relax and enjoy oral or another kind of sex.

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Ghanaian ‘All-Star’ Side Selected to Take Part In ‘International Flag Football Tournament’ As Part Of ‘NFL Pro Bowl Games’ In Las Vegas In 2023

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Ghana’s NFL Flag Football Championships in Accra concluded over the weekend, with an ‘All-Star team selected to compete in the ‘NFL International Flag Football Tournament taking place during the week leading into the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games.

Ten school teams participated in the tournament held in McDan La Town Park with more than 200 boys and girls taking part in a two-day NFL Flag immersion in the Ghanaian capital.

Participants were put through their paces in the group stages of the tournament with all teams playing four games, and the top eight progressing to the knockout rounds of the tournament.

Ten of the most promising players were selected to form an ‘All Star’ Ghanaian team and will head to Las Vegas in February of next year to face NFL Flag Football teams from countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Flag football is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports disciplines and is played by more than 20 million people in more than 100 countries, on every continent of the globe. It is the most inclusive and accessible format of American football for all ages and genders. Flag football is non-contact, low cost and easy to understand.

The NFL event was supported by the Ghana American Football Federation (GAFF) who, as a member of the International Federation American Football (IFAF), is focused on developing and growing the game in the country, creating a visible pathway for children and adults in Ghana to play the game.

Osi Umenyiora, NFL two-time Super Bowl champion and Ambassador, who created and spearheaded the creation of NFL Africa, said: “We are delighted to host the NFL Flag Football Championships in Accra, helping to inspire more people to get involved and play the game. The quality of talent on the field was high, with some impressive players, and most importantly we saw young girls and boys having fun out there.”
He added, “NFL Flag football is a fast, exciting, and inclusive format of the game that everyone can play and is a great way to connect with new audiences and grow the game at grassroots level, creating visible pathways and role models in football for all.”

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President Abdul Wahab Larry, Ghana American Football Federation, said: “We are proud to have supported the NFL in delivering this event in Accra. Seeing NFL Flag Football showcased in our capital was a special moment and we hope children and adults across Ghana, have been inspired to try the game for themselves as a result. The NFL’s work in Ghana to date, with the NFL Africa event held here last summer, highlights the commitment the League has in growing and developing the game here, giving youngsters the opportunity to improve their lives through the power of the sport.”

The ten school teams that participated in the event were Nima 1 school, Mount Zion School, St. Kizito Basic School, Islamic Training Institute, Presec Basic School, Nima 2, Al-Waleed Comprehensive Basic School, Kanda Basic 5, Ron Brown Educational Centre and Apostolic Hope School.

The NFL is supporting IFAF’s bid for the inclusion of Flag Football at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, as part of a leadership ‘Vision 28 Group’, to help promote Flag Football with a variety of joint activities to showcase the development and growth of the game globally.

For more information about NFL Flag visit here.

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What is Zakat in Islam?

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Zakat is not a voluntary donation or tax; it is an obligation that must be met by all Muslims who have the means to do so.

Zakat is a religious obligation for Muslims to give 2.5% of their wealth to charity every year. The word “zakat” means “purification” and the money is given to help those in need.

Why is zakat important?

Zakat is important because it is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Zakat is a way of giving back to Allah and helping those in need.

It purifies one’s wealth and helps to break the cycle of poverty.

Zakat also promotes solidarity and brotherhood within the Muslim community.

What are the benefits of giving zakat?

To remember the poor and needy

Zakat is a religious obligation for Muslims. It is a way of giving back to the community and helping those in need.

Zakat should be seen as a way of supporting those in need and purifying one’s own wealth. Zakat can be used to help the poor and needy, as well as other good causes such as supporting orphans, widows, and the sick. Zakat can also be used for debt relief and for freeing slaves.

Zakat purifies one’s wealth and soul

Zakat purifies one’s wealth and soul. It also helps to promote social justice and equality in society. Zakat is an act of worship that brings us closer to Allah (SWT). It is also a form of charity that helps the poor and needy.

To help those who are less fortunate

By helping those who are less fortunate, we are fulfilling one of the basic tenets of Islam.

There are many ways to give zakat, including giving money to charity, paying off someone’s debt, or giving food or clothes to those in need.

Zakat promotes social cohesion and brotherhood

Zakat is an important pillar of Islam and it helps to promote social cohesion and brotherhood. It is a way of giving back to the community and it also helps to reduce poverty.

Is zakat a religious obligation for all Muslims?

Zakat is a religious obligation for all Muslims. It is a mandatory form of charity that must be paid annually by every adult Muslim who meets the necessary criteria

 

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Enroute 54 partners with Afro Nation Africa as a Travel partner for Afro Nation Ghana Experience

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Enroute 54, an impact travel experience and logistics start-up company offering tailored experiences for travellers seeking impact experiences and sustainable travel in Africa has partnered with Afro Nation, the world’s biggest Afro Beats Festival to curate travel experiences for it’s patrons this December.

The festival, Afro Nation will be taking center stage in Accra Ghana this December. The event is slated to happen from Thursday 29th December to Friday 30 December 2022 in Accra Ghana.

Enroute 54, the impact driven travel company has curated unique travel experiences for festival goers this year and the packages are as follows:

 

GOLDEN Experience Package

* 6 nights in 4 star hotel accommodation

* All inclusions of the Afro Nation Golden Package tickets

* Transportation to all events listed

* Water & soft drink refreshment

* All experience activities & meals listed in itinerary

* Professional guides

* Photography & videography

* Dedicated Enroute54 host

* Donation towards our impact project for the local community

* Service charge

 

VIP Experience Package

* 6 nights in 3 star hotel accommodation

* All inclusions of the Afro Nation VIP Package tickets

* Transportation to all events listed

* Water & soft drink refreshment

* All experience activities & meals listed in itinerary

* Professional guides

* Photography & videography

* Dedicated Enroute54 host

* Donation towards our impact project for the local community

* Service charge

 

A detailed itinerary for Afro Nation Ghana experiences can be viewed on the website www.afronation.enroute54.com

Festival goers who wish to purchase any of the packages are advised to book ahead of time as there is limited spaces.

Visit www.afronation.enroute54.com for more information

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Italian Trade Agency brings 20 Equipment Manufacturers to Participate in Agrofood and PlastPrintPack West Africa 2022

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A 20-Member Italian trade delegation comprising leading players in the manufacturing and agro-processing industries will take part in this year’s “Agrofood & PlastPrintPack West Africa 2022” exhibition scheduled to take place at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) in the Ghanaian capital between 29th November to 1st December 2022.

 

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) will set up a dedicated Italian Pavilion to host all 20 Italian companies specializing in the production of equipment for plastics, printing, and packaging as well as in the agro-processing processing industry. Some Italian companies taking part in the 3-day exhibition include world-renowned machine, tools, and equipment manufacturers including Promer SRL, Cevolani, Melegari Technology, Riello, and Irritec.

 

Commenting on the importance of the participation of the Italian trade delegation in the exhibition, Dr Alessandro Gerbino, the Director of the Italian Trade Agency for West Africa, says Italy looks closely at the value addition processes Ghanaain industries are undergoing, as Italy can offer competitive tailor-made solutions to support such trends.

 

“Italy is famed for its advanced knowledge and technology in the agro-food processing and manufacturing industries. Possibilities of customization, reliability of the equipment, quality of training, and technical assistance are the distinctive elements of the Italian solutions, which have proven to offer a better return on investment” he stated.

 

“We are witnessing a growing interest in Italy’s direction, which we are supporting by setting up opportunities for companies to connect and discuss cooperation” Dr Gerbino further adds.

 

In 2022, over 25 delegations of Ghanaian entrepreneurs have visited sector-specific events in Italy, such as EIMA for agric machinery, Macfrut for agribusiness, Ipack IMA for packaging solutions, and have returned with new ideas to boost their businesses.

 

Italy will hold the largest foreign national pavilion at Agrofood & PlastPrintPack WestAfrica 2022. The presence of such a large group of companies shows the commitment of the Italian companies to Ghana’s market, as the creation of local partnerships and the proximity to customers and end-users are key for solid cooperation.

 

 

About Italian Trade Agency(ITA)

The Italian Trade Agency is the Governmental agency that supports the business development of Italian companies abroad and promotes the attraction of foreign investment in Italy.

 

With a motivated and modern organization and a widespread network of overseas offices, ITA provides information, assistance, consulting, promotion and training to Italian small and medium-sized businesses. Using the most modern multi-channel promotion and communication tools, it acts to assert the excellence of Made in Italy in the world.

 

Contact: accra@ice.it

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