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OPINION: Exercise can be good for you and your country especially during a crisis like COVID-19

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Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General

Public parks have been gated shut, beaches emptied and stadia deserted, as an unprecedented 2.5 billion people across the world are told to sit at home.

Times are tough. The Coronavirus is real and as it spreads its tentacles across the globe it is taking its toll on the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere. Measures such as closing gyms, shutting sports facilities and staying at home put a limit on a person’s mobility and exercise.

Necessary, but painful, as enforced inactivity can contribute to periods of intense stress and can lead to long-term negative health impacts.

Commonwealth athletes, ranging from Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and West Indies’ Brian Lara to Ghana’s Olympian Akwasi Frimpong, Kenya’s Eluid Kipchoge and Hellen Obiri and the United Kingdom’s Tom Daley, are sharing important information on reducing the spread of coronavirus or staying active at home.

There are several online series, virtual classes and resources, including Jamaica Moves, to help people stay active, improve mental health and reduce the risks of developing non-infectious diseases.

Building on this energy, we will soon launch the Commonwealth Moves campaign to encourage more people from the 54 member countries to stay active and exercise as we stare down this disruptive pandemic.

So even when competitions are postponed and venues closed, sport and physical activity can be a powerful influence for good in these troubling times. It is a common denominator and a universal language, one that can unite people from different backgrounds, empower communities and contribute to rebuilding nations.

The shared love of cricket has played a role in connecting Singhalese and Tamil people in Sri Lanka. It was cricket that connected islands of the Caribbean creating one of the most powerful symbols of West Indian unity to delight the world. The Commonwealth Games, a cultural feast of sporting excellence, shines as a beacon of inclusion and diversity.

Recognising this beneficial potential, the UN six years ago declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The international community identified sport as an important enabler of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and highlighted its impact on health, education, social inclusion, women’s empowerment and youth development.

Many governments and organisations are using sport as a vehicle to deliver tangible projects at the grassroots level. The ‘Just Play’ initiative in the Pacific uses football games to teach children about healthy living, while Singapore’s ‘Sport Cares’ project uses sport to defy stereotypes associated with persons with disabilities.

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s ‘Peace at the Crease’ initiative which has brought people of different faiths and those of none to play and learn together in peace has already started to make its mark. Such initiatives improve people’s health, teach important skills and values, and if done well, can help unite communities.

But the reach of sport goes far beyond these local interventions. It can and should be rooted in national policy and planning so that sport and physical activity can truly reach everyone, including the poor, marginalised, refugees and victims of natural disasters and violence. But how?

We have worked with Mauritius to develop and implement a new policy which considers the impact of sport on the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) and injects it into the national vision 2018-2028. The policy is designed to make people fitter and healthier to reduce the risks of non-infectious diseases and lessen the burden on hospitals.

This holistic approach is crucial because about four in five adolescents do not get enough physical activity – and around a quarter of adults – due to infrastructural, economic and cultural obstacles. This leaves them unable to reap the potential economic, social and health benefits that can come from sport and being physically active.

We are urging all governments to invest more to address this gap. It is not only the right thing to do but is good value for money. Typically, less than 1% of the national budget is allocated to sport but its contribution to GDP is in multiples of that. In 2016, Fiji spent about 0.5% of its annual budget on sport but in return, revenues from sport contributed 1.7% to GDP – more than the country’s mining, quarrying and forestry sectors.

In the same year, the size of Canada’s sport economy grew by 3.2% while jobs creation in the sector rose by 4.9%. This potential to create jobs will be even more important as we move to recover from the current health crisis and to rebuild shattered income streams.

The benefits are not just economic. In 2016, research found that every £1 England spent on sport generated £1.91 in social returns through contributions to a reduced risk of disease, improved wellbeing, low crime and improved educational performance.

While the gains are clear, expertise and capacity to robustly measure the impact of sport on the development targets pledged in the SDGs remain limited.

This is where the Commonwealth has a game plan. In order to assess the value of public investments in the sector and enhance evidence-based policymaking, we are creating the world’s first common measurement approach working in partnership with UN agencies. This initiative will help countries and international bodies count and assess the contribution sport, exercise and physical education makes to the specific SDGs identified in the Kazan Action Plan.

So how does it work? For instance, we can urge countries to build more playing fields and develop plans to inspire people to take up sport if we can better measure how this contributes to achieving the SDG target 3.4, on reducing deaths from non-infectious diseases like diabetes and cancer.

Seven countries, including Japan, are currently piloting this approach. We hope Commonwealth leaders will endorse this approach at their next biennial meeting.

At a time when climate change and numerous health crises affect people’s ongoing struggle to overcome entrenched problems, we can collectively push the progress on delivering sport for all and achieving healthy, educated, employed and inclusive societies.

The world is now in a period of a pandemic, what is important is that we all work together as one team on a united front against a common opponent.

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AskNano officials pay courtesy call on LEKMA assembly

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Officials from AskNano, a new business listing app have paid a courtesy call on the LEKMA Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region.

 

The visit to the Assembly was important as LEKMA was being used as the initial catchment area for its pilot.

 

Led by Nour Nader, Director of AskNano, the team on Thursday, October 21 met with executives of the Assembly to formally introduce the App and its impact on the municipality to the team.

 

Speaking at the meeting, Nour Nader said the App is a one–stop solutions platform which allows users all over Ghana to promote their businesses and services.

 

AskNano provides you with a platform through which users can find all the above and many more within seconds. Asknano embraces all types of businesses from Small scale enterprises to bigger companies within their app, one would no longer have to go around asking throughout their neighbourhood for inaccurate and biased advice. You can market your business and can handle your multiple Businesses under one account.”

 

She added that “The goal of AskNano is to provide Ghanaians with a worry-free life by handing them all the knowledge they need to be able to live the best comfortable life. AskNano is here to help you interact with your friends and your customers via chat to give the best service. All users need to do is search the

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Absa Group Board appoints Sello Moloko as Chairman-designate

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The Absa Group Limited Board today announced the appointment of Sello Moloko as independent non-executive director and Chairman-designate with effect from 1 December 2021.

 

Sello will take over from Wendy Lucas-Bull who will step down on 31 March 2022, which marks the end of the nine-year period during which Wendy would have served as an independent director and as Chairman of the Absa Group Board. Absa advised of the Chairman’s impending retirement in October 2020.

 

“We are delighted to welcome Sello to the Absa Board. He brings extensive experience as a leader in the financial services industry, with a proven track record as an executive, entrepreneur and a board member at companies across several industries,” said Wendy.

 

Sello has a career spanning close to 30 years in the financial services industry. He is a former CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers. Thereafter, he founded Thesele Group, an investment holding company where he is the Executive Chairman.

 

He has served as Chairman on the boards of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited, Sibanye-Stillwater Limited and General Reinsurance Africa Limited (a Berkshire Hathaway company), among others. He is also a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

He currently serves as Chairman on the board of Telkom SA SOC Limited and Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited. He will relinquish his role on the Momentum Metropolitan Board prior to joining the Absa Group Board.

 

“I am honoured by the opportunity to join Absa. As one of the largest banks on the continent, Absa can support the economic growth of our continent in a significant way,” said Sello. “I have been inspired by the way in which Absa has evolved into a strong, standalone African bank that is recognisable across the continent. I commend the Board and executive team for this accomplishment and I look forward to being part of the company’s future journey,” he added.

 

Soweto-born Sello obtained a BSc with Honours in mathematics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Leicester in the UK. He has completed various business courses, including the Advanced Management Program from the Wharton Business School. Sello is also committed to community development initiatives in Soweto and Cape Town.

 

 

For more information please contact:

 

Phumza Macanda

Absa Group Media Relations

082 899 3293

phumza.macanda@absa.africa

 

About Absa Group Limited

 

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

 

Absa Group offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

 

Absa operates in 14 countries. The Group owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Absa Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia and has insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. Absa also has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, and securities entities in the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit www.absa.africa

 

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Top Tips to Look like a Celebrity with Botox

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If you are constantly reading the celebrity gossip columns and want to look as good as the celebrities that you admire, you might be considering getting Botox to achieve this. Many celebrities get Botox to help them to retain their youthful looks, and you can too. So, read on to find out how you can look like a celebrity and get the right amount of Botox for you and your skin.

·      Get the Right Amount

There have been many celebrities who have opted for too much Botox and who have been known to have a frozen face or arched eyebrows after consecutive Botox sessions. Although you might want to look like a celebrity, getting too much Botox is not the way to do this, and it is much more important that your Botox can look natural. Therefore, you should speak to a professional about how much Botox you will need. You might also decide to avoid getting Botox at a young age and ensure that you do not have injections too often to prevent negative side effects.

·      Get Botox for the Right Reasons

Rather than just getting Botox for the sake of it, you should consider getting Botox to erase frown lines, laugh lines, and crow’s feet around your face. Many people develop wrinkles on their forehead and around their eyes and this can make them look older or can damage their self-esteem. However, the right Botox procedure can help to minimize the appearance of these for a long time to come, especially if you remember to get frequent Botox treatments, which is what celebrities do.

·      Find a Professional

Although you might be looking for the cheapest option when it comes to Botox, you need to make sure that you are being seen by a professional who has a lot of experience in the field. For instance, at Dermani Med Spa, they can help you to get the Botox treatments that you need in a welcoming environment. They also offer a range of other treatments, such as laser hair removal and even facials that can allow you to indulge your skin and enjoy a little added luxury in your life, while keeping you looking your best for a long time to come. You should always make sure that you check the credentials of the professional that you are being seen by and discuss what you want out of the procedure with them before you go ahead with it.

·      Keep These Treatments Up

However, the reason that celebrities look so good is that they can keep these treatments up. The effects of Botox might fade over time, especially if you do not look after your skin, and so it is important to visit the clinic regularly to keep the effect that you are going for and make it long-lasting.

·      Prepare for the Cost

You should know that more celebrities have Botox than other people because it can be costly, especially if you have it for a long time. You should always research the cost, avoid skimping on the cost if it will result in lower quality treatment, and try to save up for the treatment or opt for a loan that can help you to get the Botox you need when you need it.

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New World Best Way to Level Engineering Skill

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If you want to live longer in Amazon’s New World gameplay, you must grasp three major skills and abilities to progress your character, including trade skills, core stats and weapon mastery. The trade skills are divided into three parts, such as Gathering Skills, Refining Skills and Crafting Skills. The Engineering is a Crafting Trade Skill, when you level up this skill and you will get more recipes and more powerful versions of them. So, what are the best and fastest ways to level up your Engineering Skill in New World?

 

What can we do with New World Engineering Skill?

When a player has learned an Engineering Skill, he or she is allowed to use this skill to create ranged weapons, including bows and muskets. And what’s more, to make full use of ranged weapons, you are allowed to use this skill to create ammunition. Higher levels of engineering allow players to build better and more powerful weapons, as well as improve their equipment scores.

 

Benefits of Leveling up Engineering

As we mentioned above, Engineering can be used to create Weapons and Ammunition and these two items are best-selling items in New World for they are the most basic requirements in this game! If you are a senior engineer who can build high quality weapons and ammunitions, you must be popular among the market! So, to level up your engineering skill and craft high quality items will help players to earn more New World Gold via selling these items on the market!

 

When you craft an item using Azoth, you increase your chances of gaining privileges. You can also make some quality melee weapons, such as swords and hammers and then sell them to small settlements such as town projects.

 

How to Level Up fast Engineering Skill?

If you want to level up engineering skill fast, the most effective way is to make as many iron cartridges and arrows as possible. And to make cartridges and arrows, you must equip enough resources with iron ore, wood for timber and charcoal, saltpeter for gunpowder, and feathers for arrows. Along mining these resources, your Mining skill can be also upgraded.

 

Just find a spot with iron veins, where can help you can mine easily! And then start your work! After your iron ore are full of inventory, and then you can reach to a settlement. And to get iron ingots, you need to smelt everything together! After that, go to the Workshop crafting station to craft cartridges or arrows. The cartridge requires additional steps to make, but it helps to improve your engineering level faster.

 

You need saltpeter, which is usually found in mines and used to make gunpowder. Feathers, on the other hand, are easier to obtain because turkeys are ubiquitous. Kill them and skin them for their feathers, then cut down the wood and turn it into wood to make iron arrows.

 

This method will cost you a lot of time, but mass-producing cartridges and arrows seems to be the best way for New World Engineering to reach level 50 so far.

 

If you want to make money in New World, leveling up Engineering Skill is one of the important way! On the other hand, you can also choose to purchase NW Gold at Z2U.com. Here, you can find cheap New World Coins for Sale, cheaper than others, ultra fast delivery in 10 minutes, huge stock to ensure you can get your products quickly, and friendly live support will help you to solve problems!

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Designer Shopping Tips For The Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday has really taken off over the past several years. The annual sale, which was originally initiated in the United States and takes place on Thanksgiving weekend, is now also a bigger shopping event on this side of the pond than Boxing Day Sales.

 

To prevent getting caught up in Black Friday excitement and ending up with a lot of unwanted objects in your wardrobe, we’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself before making any designer Black Friday sales purchases.

 

Do you own similar items already?

 

Begin by acknowledging what you lack and require. Do you own anything similar in your wardrobe that performs the same task? Make a list of things you want to buy and stick to it before you go shopping so that you don’t make impulse purchases that you’ll later regret.

 

Take a good look at your wardrobe and put anything you haven’t worn in the last six months in storage; if something has remained unworn for more than six months, it’s unlikely to be worn again soon. Only then will you notice the holes in your collection.

 

What if it wasn’t on sale?

 

It’s easy to get carried away while purchasing on sale, but items that have been severely discounted aren’t a bargain if you won’t use them. It isn’t worth spending even half of what it costs if you wouldn’t buy it at full price.

 

To save money, remember that the greatest bargains only apply to clothing you’ll wear on a regular basis rather than clothing that will be stored in your closet.

 

Is it love?

 

Buying something should make you feel good. It’s pointless to buy anything unless it makes you feel awkward or gives you any cause for worry. Shopping should make you grin from ear to ear.

 

Does it work with other items you own?

 

If you must obtain additional goods to complete an item, don’t buy it. If a component is correct, it should work with your current pieces; otherwise, it will go unused in your closet.

 

Have you done enough research?

 

Do your homework ahead of time – most stores will tell you what they plan to do ahead of time, so make sure you know where to get the greatest bargains. If you’re looking for a certain designer item that is available at multiple shops, this is especially crucial. Looking around in advance might save you a lot of money.

 

Are you panicking?

 

The Black Friday sales are only the beginning of a lengthy line of sales, so if you don’t obtain what you want right away, relax and wait for the next chance. The January sales are fast approaching, and you may have better luck the next time around. When it comes to transportation, don’t just grab anything that’s on sale for the sake of it; wait for the best deals.

 

Is it on-trend?

 

Avoid trendy things and stick to long-lasting investments. While everyone on the front row may be wearing that exact thing this season, it’s likely to look outdated quickly, and if it’s already on sale, the moment may have passed. Pick capsules that are unlikely to get old.

 

FAQ

 

Now that you have some questions to ask yourself regarding whether a Black Friday sale is worth it, let’s take a look at some other questions that might help with your journey. After all, the more information you have, the better a purchase will be!

 

What is the difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday?

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t really that different; both provide massive discounts and take place either side of a weekend of sales shopping. It’s always worth keeping an eye out, however, since certain fashion labels may execute separate offers on the two days.

 

If you missed out on getting the product you desired on Black Friday, it may be available on Cyber Monday. It’s well worth a look.

 

Are the sales only available in store?

No, many of the same discounts and offers are also readily available over the internet. Today, there are more options for consumers than ever before, and some of the internet’s top retailers offer a wide range of goods. Shopping in the comfort of your own home may be a fantastic method to avoid the notoriously loud crowds and lengthy queues that exist at certain stores.

Why are the costs of goods so low at some shops?

Retailers provide goods at such low costs in order to increase their profit margins when the items are purchased in large quantities. It’s also a method of making space for new products by offering bargain-basement pricing on existing inventory.

 

 

 

 

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Facebook launches 2021 edition of “My Digital World” across Sub-Saharan Africa E

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Facebook has announced the launch of the 2021 edition of “My Digital World”. Originally launched in June 2020, ‘My Digital World is a digital literacy program which is accessible across Sub-Saharan Africa  and designed to provide young people and the general public with the skills needed to navigate digital spaces safely and responsibly.  The 2021 edition of “My Digital World” is now accessible on the new website https://mydigitalworld.fb.com/ssa/ that hosts new updated content that is relevant to today’s realities.

 

The program provides educators and trainers with training and resources to reach young people across Sub-Saharan Africa, equipping them with information and skills to help them thrive in an increasingly complex and digitally connected world.

 

“Through My Digital World, Facebook is reaching learners across the region and shaping the Sub-Saharan digital community for the better,” Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy at Facebook said, “Designed for young people aged 13 – 18 years in high-tech and low-tech communities, the content has adaptable step-by-step instructions to fit their needs and learning environment. The lessons help participants learn tangible skills such as protecting personal information, identifying reputable sources, understanding misinformation themes, and recognizing healthy online relationships.”

 

‘My Digital World’ lessons are divided across six content pillars:

  • Introduction to Digital Learning:Demonstrating to learners what the internet is, identifying information that can be shared over the internet, determining various methods for accessing information online, and identifying the benefits, roles, and responsibilities of digital citizenship.
  • Digital Foundations: Teaching learners how to leverage tools to protect their digital devices and their personal information online, as well as that of others.
  • Digital Wellness:Supporting learners’ ability to engage with others (both individuals and the larger collective) online in empathic and positive ways, protect their physical and mental health, and explore their identities.
  • Digital Engagement:Helping learners develop executive functioning, critical thinking, and the skills needed to evaluate and share media and information online, as well as engage with different cultures and contexts.
  • Digital Empowerment:Helping learners use technology and social media to create positive change and better opportunities for themselves, their communities, and the world.
  • Digital Opportunities:Preparing learners to create the next wave of technology and succeed in their careers and pathways.

 

Over the years, Facebook has trained thousands of African youths through existing digital literacy programs across Sub saharan Africa such as ‘Safe Online with Facebook’ in Nigeria, ‘Ilizwe Lam’ in South Africa and ‘eZibo’ in Zambia.  With the program also successfully implemented in Ethiopia, Côte D’Ivoire, Kenya and Senegal,  “My Digital World” will, this year, be launched in Ghana, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ghana.

 

All content is available and can be accessed for free, the program will be available in English, French, Kiswahili, and Amharic.

 

‘My Digital World’ partnered with organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop the learning modules and resources in the curriculum. The list of the partners can be found in this link: https://mydigitalworld.fb.com/ssa/

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