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Shoot Impressive photos and vlogs with Huawei Y9a’s 64MP AI quad camera and EIS

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Want to get started on vlogging but don’t have much to spend? Here’s some good news for you: Huawei’s latest phone, the HUAWEI Y9a, features an impressive camera setup and 40W fast charging. This means you can capture stunning moments and vlog all day without constantly worrying about your battery.

What’s more, its 128 GB internal storage provides plenty of space for photos and videos, so you can shoot and save as much content as you like, and decide later which stuff you want to post on social media. 

Check out the camera features below, and see if the HUAWEI Y9a meets all your vlogging and selfie shooting needs.

Super Night Shots

The back of the HUAWEI Y9a houses an AI quad camera, which comprises a 64 MP primary, 8 MP 120° ultra-wide angle, 2 MP depth, and 2 MP macro units. This 64 MP camera (f/1.8 aperture) has a 1/1.7 inch large sensor, and can produce images with 33% more pixels than a 48 MP one could in High-Res mode. The quality of images remains high even when you scale them right up. Backed by the 51200 ISO and a noise reduction algorithm, the HUAWEI Y9a allows you to snap night photos which are sharp and clear, so you don’t need to worry about missing any vlog-worthy moments at night or in dark environments.

Large Aperture and Ultra-Wide Angle Snaps

The HUAWEI Y9a features an ultra-wide angle mode that really comes in handy when you want to cram all of your friends into a picture or shoot a magnificent landscape. You can also toggle Aperture mode on to blur the background and highlight your subject, making your shots looks even more awesome.

Lighting Effects for Selfies

The HUAWEI Y9a features a 16 MP pop-up front camera for selfies. When it’s dark, the camera automatically retouches your portrait with lighting effects which make you look your best in every situation. That means you can instantly share your photos on social media platform without having to bother about using a photo editor app to adjust the brightness.

Stable Videos

The HUAWEI Y9a’s rear camera is equipped with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) technology, so it can correct camera shakes and produce stable footage. You can easily capture your subject in motion, whether it’s a puppy on a street or a tennis player on a court, without needing any extra equipment.

Last but not least, a quick tip to make social media sharing quick and easy.

With the HUAWEI Y9a, you can select between 2 to 9 photos and use them to create collages, all within the Gallery app. The app has more than 5 collage layouts that you can use as a framework.

The HUAWEI Y9a comes in three colors: Space Silver, Sakura Pink, and Midnight Black. It’s now available in Ghana, starting at 1569GHS. If you are looking for a phone for taking remarkable photos and vlogging, then check out the HUAWEI Y9a!

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Disney+ now streaming in South Africa

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Disney+, the streaming service from The Walt Disney Company (https://TheWaltDisneyCompany.com), launches today in South Africa. Standard pricing at launch is confirmed at R119 per month, or R1190 for an annual subscription, with sign-up information available at DisneyPlus.com.

With over 1000 films, more than 1500 series and a slate of 200 exclusive Originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and general entertainment from Star, Disney+ offers fans the greatest stories, all in one place.

Previously announced, subscribers will have access to Star Wars’ “The Book of Boba Fett”, both seasons of “The Mandalorian” and, from 27 May, the highly anticipated “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. In addition, Disney+ will be the home of the entire Skywalker saga, with Star WarsEpisodes 1 through 9 streaming on the service.

Confirmed from launch, superhero fans will have access to over 60 Marvel Studios’ films including Academy Award®-nominated “Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings”, “Eternals”, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Captain Marvel”, and over 80 Marvel Studios’ series including “Moon Knight”, “Loki” and “WandaVision”.

Subscribers will also be able to enjoy over 100 titles from Disney and Pixar, including the entire “Toy Story” franchise, the Academy Award®-winning “Soul” and the Academy Award®-nominated “Luca”. From Walt Disney Animation Studios, stream the Academy Award®-winning “Encanto” which tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, and fan favorites “Frozen” and “Frozen 2”. Disney fans can also stream the Academy Award®-winning “Cruella” starring Emma Stone as the legendary “Cruella de Vil” and Disney’s “Jungle Cruise.”

National Geographic documentaries including “The Rescue” and “Free Solo”, from Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, will sit alongside popular National Geographic series such as “The World According To Jeff Goldblum” and “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted”.

In general entertainment, subscribers will also be able to watch titles including the hit original comedy series “Only Murders in the Building,” limited series “Pam and Tommy”, “The Kardashians”, “Queens”, and mystery thriller “Death on the Nile”, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, as well as “The Simpsons” and back seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy”, “9-1-1″, and “Black-ish”.

With unprecedented access to Disney’s vault, beloved classics such as “Cinderella”, “Tangled”, “The Princess and the Frog”, and “The Little Mermaid”, will be available to stream alongside recent blockbusters like “Raya and the Last Dragon”. There will also be hundreds of Disney Channel series, shorts, and specials available to stream, including “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” and “Phineas and Ferb”.

Users will have access to features like high-quality viewing, up to four concurrent streams, 4k video quality for select titles and the ability to set up to seven different profiles, including the ability for parents to create pin-protected profiles, ensuring kids access age-appropriate content.

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Navigating Uncharted Territory in Female Brain Aging

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Researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Innovation in Brain Science were awarded a $2.7 million MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to continue work on the impact of estrogen as a master regulator of the brain’s bioenergetic system, which promotes glucose transport and metabolism and energy generation.

The aging transition of menopause, unique to women, is a process that dismantles both reproductive ability and, potentially, the bioenergetic capacity in the brain. Understanding how estrogen acts to promote and sustain the brain’s energy-producing system is critical to revealing changes that can increase the risk of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease in postmenopausal women.

“From a discovery perspective, this research is unique in exploring the mechanisms underlying nuclear and mitochondrial gene expression in the aging female brain,” said Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, Regents Professor and principal investigator on the grant. “By determining the mechanisms underlying the systematic dismantling of the bioenergetic system, we have the potential to inform clinical interventions to prevent or delay loss of estrogenic control and better understand patterns of how the brain ages.”

MERIT awards, initiated by the National Institute on Aging and the National Advisory Council on Aging, provide long-term support to outstanding, experienced investigators. Dr. Brinton, who is a member of the BIO5 Institute, received the initial five-year award of $1.5 million in 2017. Early analyses of preliminary data provided compelling evidence for estrogen as a systems biology metabolic regulator in the brain.

Support provided by the MERIT award will allow Dr. Brinton to continue to lead research to determine how estrogen integrates bioenergetic responses and monitors energetic demand and performance.

The study, “Aging and Estrogenic Control of the Bioenergetic System in Brain,” is supported in part by the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health (R37AG053589).  

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How Early Do We Expect Learners To Embrace Technology?

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The second Mastercard Foundation Edtech Monday discussion was hosted by Bernard Avle of Citi FM on 25th April, 2022. It was a really exciting and revealing discussion with two amazing Ghanaian women who are involved in education, Dr. Naomi Agyepong, Director of Operations, Alpha Beta Educational Centers and Mrs. Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh Secretary General, Ghana Commission for UNESCO. They discussed how technology can help inculcate literacy and numeracy skills and provide strong foundations for learning. They also discussed the best way to use technology in a typical Ghanaian classroom and also effectively harnessing the Edtech ecosystem to advance learning.

Key questions around which the conversation revolved were: “What are some of the tools used in early childhood development?”  How do these tools provide a rich learning environment for todays young learner?”

 In the view of Dr. Agyepong, the kind of technological tool used, depends on the objective for its usage:

For every digital experience, the educator needs to think of what the child is going to get out of it. The teacher must think of how the material being used, is going to enhance the learning experience of the child.

Fundamentally, the objective of early childhood education is to improve the child morally, socially, physically and mentally, and the inclusion of technology should aim to enhance this objective she added. She also indicated that there is a lot of content and tools, such as apps, which use interactive content – like games, to reinforce childrens practice of basic numeracy and literacy skills, as well as critical thinking. However, exposure should be purposeful and strictly supervised.

At what age should young children be introduced to technology, in terms of encouraging them to read and write?

Research done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as reported by Dr. Abishai Anlimeh, gave an age-appropriate limit to which tech devices can be used:Researchers recommend strongly against the use of technological devices by children under 18 months old. Children between the ages of 18 and 24 months can be introduced but should not be allowed to spend more than 30 minutes a day on these tech devices, including television. From the ages of 2 to 5, they recommend that a child does not spend more than one hour per day on these devices. At age 6 to 12, the time can be extended to 2 hours. Dr. Anlimeh advised that parents should train their children to use devices in moderation. Content consumed on digital devices should be educative, instructional and inspirational. According to Dr. Anlimeh, there are research findings that report that the mind fully develops between ages 18 and 24 years, therefore, parents should supervise and make sure children are consuming the right content in their brain development phase.

What are some of the gaps and opportunities in the early childhood education sector in Ghana in general?

Early childhood in Ghana is taken as from 4 years to 8 years old. Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh stated that since a lot of young children are not able to initially use these technologies by themselves, it is important to make certain distinctions with regards to usage: When talking about educational technologies for this age group, you must look at using the technology with them, by them and for them.

Various educational policy documents like the Childhood Education Policy Framework 2021 and the Curriculum for Pre-school 2019, acknowledge the importance of the use of digital devices at early stages of child development. The early childhood stage is when the functional capabilities of the brain are developed and education at this stage has a great influence on later performance in life. Given that technology has become an integral part of the world, it is very necessary that young children are not only socialized with other humans and their immediate environments, but with technology as well.

In response to the gaps in the early childhood education sector in Ghana, Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh stated that the policies only acknowledge the importance but do not clearly give directions on how we intend to go about getting children socialized with technology:
Considering our limitations as a country, it may not be feasible to give every child a device, but we are looking at educational technologies with, by and for the children. So, one of the easiest means is to start looking at for the children, [that is] the use of these devices by the teachers to aid in researching and learning. As a country, that is the kind of conversation we need to have. We need digital tools to help. How we are going to go about it is the question.

Dr. Agyepong reiterated the need to figure out how digital skills can be provided for the mass of children: If things like projectors and large television screens can be made available, that, at least, is a stop gap measure to reach children who may not have devices in their home. Whatever solutions we come up with have to be scalable to make a huge impact”.

Regarding the question of when the use of technology for child learning is appropriate and effective, Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh stated that, it may be helpful for the country to have a clear policy on how we intend to advance digital education in Ghana.

How to support young learners in their development using technology and what the public sector institutions can learn from private sector institutions.

Dr. Agyepong stated that a child should not necessarily have a device in front of them to pick up certain skills: There are many things that can be done to instill learning of STEM in young children. Something as basic as play can still get them to have an interest in science. [For instance], playing in water can teach sinking and floating”. She went on: Obviously, when it comes to technology, if a teacher has access to a device, it makes a huge difference. It makes a difference in what they know and what they are able to teach a child. According to her, accessibility is important and in the public sector context, when it comes to internet and technology, teachers need to be provided a way to access them; for instance, having one lab in each community so that a child does not have to own a device but is given access, at least once per week, will make a huge difference.

Closing remarks

Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh suggested that we begin to think about content if digital education is to be a part of our curriculum: We should make sure that our songs, stories, etc. can be found online, and examples found online look like us. She also advised that despite the negatives that also come with children having access to the internet, parents should look more at the positive side technology brings. She reemphasized the importance of close supervision: Make sure [the content] is purposeful and appropriate. She further advised parents to make sure their children are not left behind by providing supplementary technology experience at home.

Dr. Naomi Agyepong also advised that digital experience in the classroom should be complemented by discussion. She stated that, there are lots of content, but not all are helpful, so parents need to scrutinize the kind of content their children consume. She further suggested that parents consider technology outside the classroom such as coding and robotics.

EdTech Monday is an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation’s Regional Centre for Teaching and Learning in ICT.

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How Beard Oil Helps Beautify The Skin?

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When you think of beard oils, you think of healthy and silky beards or just good beard appearance in general, but beard oil goes beyond just improving your beard’s appearance; it also improves skin health, thereby beautifying it.

It does this because of its moisturizing ability, which improves the appearance of the beard and skin beneath it. Let’s face it, what good will come out of a good beard on a bad face? So, most beard oil brands, such as the Bossman Brand, produce their oils to tackle skin issues so as to get the best out of it.

That aside, let’s quickly run down the ways beard oils can help beautify your skin.

It Prevents Acne

Studies have shown that regular beard oil use can prevent acne, leaving you with a fresh face. Many men suffer from acne and cover it with their beard, but you should understand that with good beard oil, especially those that you aren’t allergic to, you can make acne a thing of the past. It’s mainly because of the moisturizing effect of Beard Oil and the fact that it doesn’t clog the pores. They are advertised as active acne prevention products, and they do the trick.

Better Absorption

Due to the fact that it contains carrier oils, it is easily absorbed, and it also easily absorbs nutrients that are very beneficial to the skin, like vitamin A and vitamin D from the sun, which is known to be beneficial to skin health.

Antibacterial

Beard oils are antibacterial and help fight against bacteria that would cause harm to the skin. Beard Oil brands, especially those with jojoba oil, have very strong antibacterial and aid the natural oils on the skin in fighting off unwanted bacteria.

 

Moisturizing effect

Beard oils are very good moisturizers and help prevent dry and itchy skin. Those that live in very dry and hot areas tend to suffer from dry beard and skin, but beard oils combat these by moisturizing the beard and skin, making them look much better. It aids skin replenishment through moisturizing, thereby giving you very healthy skin.

 

Doesn’t clog pores

Many products are guilty of blocking pores and making you very uncomfortable in your own skin, but that isn’t the case with beard oils. Because for healthy beard growth, your pores need to be free. Avoid beard oils that aren’t non-comedogenic, and a good example are those beard oils that contain jojoba oil; that’s because jojoba doesn’t sit on the face and block the pores, but rather, it is readily absorbed into the skin.

Filled with natural oils and vitamins

Many people suffer from dry skin, which in turn leads to having a dry beard, so to combat this, beard oils are filled with a lot of vitamins that nourish the beard and skin. Nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin D are all found in good beard oils. To even top things off, they sometimes contain omega 6 and 9, which are very good for skin and overall health.

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Reasons Every Home Needs a Solar Powered Roof Ventilation

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Solar roof ventilation is not only an eco-friendly solution, but it is the best way to cool down your home, especially during humid summer days.

The area between your roof and the rest of the house tends to hold stagnant air. In tropical regions where the air is relatively warm throughout the year, it worsens in the summer. So having a solution to cool the air in your home is necessary, and what better way than to use the sun, which is free?

Solar-powered roof ventilation is one of the most cost-friendly and consistent ways to bring down and maintain cool temperatures in your home. Solar solutions are becoming popular among homeowners. Here are several reasons every home needs a solar-powered roof ventilation.

What Is the Purpose of Installing Solar Powered Roof Ventilation?

Roof ventilation is necessary as it improves air circulation within the space on your roof. It works by removing the slow circulating hot air and any moisture that may have built up within the space. Installing an adequate solar-powered roof ventilation system results in a cooler, healthier, and environmentally friendly home.

Humans cannot exhaust sunlight compared to other fuel sources such as petrol and natural gas from coal. Using the free resource to power solar-powered roof ventilation systems ensures a clean and safe environment as they do not emit any climate-changing greenhouse gases.

Benefits of A Solar Powered Roof Ventilation

Besides cooling the air in your home, here are some of the other benefits of installing a solar-powered roof ventilation:

Roof protection

If the hot air and moisture remain stagnant in your roof for long periods, they can eventually damage your roof. The wood components within the roof structure collect mould easily and start to rot. When you install an energy-saving, solar-powered roof ventilation system, it will help remove the hot air and keep the area dry and refreshing.

Cost-saving solution

Traditional electricity-powered air conditioners use a lot of energy to efficiently cool down living spaces, resulting in regular and high energy bills. On the other hand, solar-powered roof ventilation requires free energy from the sun. If your roof gets stagnant air and moisture damage, the costs you will require to fix a new roof are high.

Easy installation

It is simple to install a solar-powered roof ventilation system as it does not require much time. Various models and sizes are available for your home, and no extensive wiring is needed. Some solar system components include several years’ warranty, giving you extra confidence in their efficiency.

It makes your home cosy and relaxing

One of the reasons homeowners install solar roof ventilation is to make their homes cool and liveable. Australia has sweltering and humid summers, and good solar-powered roof ventilation will bring the house temperatures to comfortable levels.

Winter protection

Besides enhancing excellent air circulation in your home during hot weather, solar-powered roof ventilation systems also provide extra protection in the winter. Some designs have a thermostat that reverses the cooling function during cold weather, providing heat to a home.

Conclusion

A solar-powered roof ventilation is a worthy investment for a wholesome, maintenance-free home. Make sure you ask your installer the appropriate questions. What airflow capacity the unit handles, and which tests they do to ascertain that. Experts in solar-powered roof ventilation systems will know the perfect type for your home and recommend it.

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What Important Lessons Have Movies Taught Us About How to Negotiate?

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Whether we realize it or not, negotiating constitutes a significant part of our daily lives. As a result, it’s important to improve your negotiation skills to give yourself a competitive edge, both in business and social settings.

Thankfully, classes, tutorials, and books aren’t the only way to learn how to become Negotiation Experts. There is a lot to learn from the reel on how to seal the deal.

The entertainment of the big screen can also provide real-life situations that can teach you a thing or two about bargaining, haggling, and sealing deals.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

We can learn valuable lessons from watching a movie out of the comfort of our home and what better way to learn than in a relaxed atmosphere.

According to Research.com, videos are a powerful and effective way to help people overcome the forgetting curveand retain more of what they learn.

In addition, when you watch a film or movie, it allows you to sharpen your skills without the pressure of being in a demanding training or workshop situation.

Movies depict bargaining situations from different angles, portraying many different characters that many can relate to in one way or another. These real-life negotiation scenarios intrigue, inspire and instruct you on how to get it right on the negotiating table.

Let’s play back scenes from the big screen that inspired success on the bargaining table and the lessons to glean from them.

Stand Your Ground – Nightcrawler (2014)

In one scene Lou tries to sell video footage of a crime scene to Nina, a TV News Manager, by driving a hard bargain through wit and confidence. He expertly negotiates for a fair sum because he believes in the value of his product and doesn’t concede to Nina’s lower offer.

Lesson: While you should be flexible in any bargaining situation, focus on highlighting the value of what you have to offer and avoid conceding to lowball offers. Go into the negotiation with a set “walk away” position and stick to it. If you reach an impasse, forego the negotiations rather than settling.

Go The Extra Mile – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

In The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort (an up-and-coming stockbroker) does his due diligence in researching potential investors before closing a deal. Armed with background information about the investors, Belfort entices them with investment deals they cannot resist.

Lesson: If you want to draw in a potential customer, prove to them that what you have to offer is the solution to their problems.

The most effective way to understand your customers is through research, so take the time to find out as many details as possible about the other side and determine their challenges and interests. Once you know their pain points you can give them a clearer picture of how your offering answers their needs.

Mastery of an Array of Skills – Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln is a cinematic adaptation of the events that resulted in the abolition of slavery in the United States of America.

During negotiations, the sixteenth President of the USA uses stories and metaphors, at times reason and logic, and other times incentives and pressure. His ultimate success results from knowing his different audience sets at any given time and using the negotiation style that appeals accordingly.

Lesson: In negotiations, what’s good for the goose may not also be good for the gander so knowing your audience is what often separates the negotiation experts from the amateurs.

It’s important to understand and adapt to different dynamics. For example, the way you communicate with suppliers differs from the techniques you would use with customers.

Acing Negotiations Through Movies

Movies are entertaining and can help you to consolidate your appreciation of what you have learned from books, tutorials, and classes. Next time you’re watching that blockbuster, look out for those epic scenes that will boost your skills on the negotiating front.

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