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Solar-powered, digitised Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative to roll out 12 new digital water schemes

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Following the success of its innovative smart tech clean water pilot in Abomosu, Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative (GWI) announced that it is developing 12 additional sites in collaboration with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) to give over 100,000 people across rural Ghana access to clean water by the end of 2023.

The Ghana Water Initiative (GWI), a project by SafeWater, a strategic business unit within Grundfos, aims to reach one million people in underserved communities in Ghana with clean water by 2026, providing drinking water that is both safe and easily accessible, from a reliable source that is sustainable and efficiently run.

In 2019, GWI installed seven centrally located, solar-powered, digital AQTaps (water ATMs) to serve the first pilot community in Abomosu village, located in Atiwa West District, Eastern region of Ghana, in partnership with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency and the Atiwa West District Assembly. The innovative, ‘smart water’ ATMs by Grundfos allow the user to manage their usage, and access treated, potable water using a pre-paid card, topped up via mobile money, from a source that is reliable and accessible 24/7, all year round.Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative 2

Today, safe running water is available throughout the community, pumped from a 90m borehole 1.5km from the village to a 120m³ water tank. Over 8,000 local residents now have reliable access to clean water for the first time, including 262 smart household water connections going directly into residents’ homes.

Anise Sacranie, SafeWater’s Senior Partnership Development Manager commented: “We have demonstrated that this model is successful, so working closely with the CWSA, the next step is to take the model to scale, encouraging private sector engagement and entrepreneurship to establish financially sustainable, high-quality water services to underserved communities across Ghana.

We are about to finalise our next project (in Otoase) which is a completely new build and are on track to have a total of 13 projects running by the end of next year, including Abomosu, giving over 100,000 people access to clean drinking water within the next 18 months.”Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative 4

Xorlali Yao-Kuma Kpodo, Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative’s Engagement Manager said, “Over 8 million people in Ghana still do not have access to safe, drinkable water because the current water supply in many areas is inefficient and untreated and therefore unsafe to drink when it flows. Since the start of the Abomosu pilot initiative 2 years ago, the feedback from local residents has been overwhelmingly positive so we are excited to be moving to the next phase, providing clean water to more underserved rural areas.”

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GWI’s approach to improving water access is to refurbish existing CWSA systems or establish new infrastructure where no system exists, providing water to both households, public standpipes and refillable water dispensers. The Abomosu project involved upgrading an existing system that had fallen into disrepair, requiring two new boreholes, piping, and treatment system, as well as the Grundfos AQ Taps (water ATMs). GWI staff work with local teams to maintain the new system and are developing a vocational curriculum for water system operations and maintenance to ensure skills are transferred to local staff for ongoing maintenance of the project in the future.

About SafeWater: 

SafeWater is a strategic business unit in Grundfos (a global water technology company committed to pioneering solutions to the world’s water and climate challenges and improving the quality of life for people). SafeWater creates a lasting impact by transforming underserved communities through commercially viable and sustainable smart water solutions.

SafeWater is working towards Grundfos’ ambition of reaching 300 million people in 2030 with access to drinking water. It collaborates closely with some of the world’s leading humanitarian and development aid organisations, as well as private water service providers, and partners with local distributors, private water service providers, service partners, industries, energy service providers, banks and financing institutions, investors and governments. SafeWater predominately operates in East and West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East – and often in remote locations.

About Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative (GWI)

Ghana Water Initiative (GWI) kicked off in March 2019 as a local initiative to test commercially viable business models for delivering clean water access to underserved communities in Ghana, and to establish the framework to take the final model to scale. GWI is being managed by a local project team working out of the Grundfos Ghana offices in Accra. GWI aims to provide sustainable clean water that is accessible, reliable and efficient to one million Ghanaians by 2026 by rolling out successfully tested business models across Ghana.

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Everything can last forever: Why you need to back up all your data on the mobile cloud

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You save everything on your mobile phone but what if you were to lose it? Would you still have access to your contacts, images, videos and all other important data? Why not save all your data on the HUAWEI Mobile Cloud – a data storage location that securely keeps and backs up all your sentimental and essential data, including your and contacts, recording and photos.

One of the great features of the HUAWEI Mobile Cloud is that it provides you with common data services, such as simultaneous updates on multiple devices, automatic data backup, space expansion, and space management.

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Keep your contacts forever

While doing a sim swap is great, it is difficult to remember to save your contacts on your sim card, and not on your phone. With the HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, you can manage all your contacts, this includes adding, editing and deleting all contact information.

No matter how many phones you may lose, or get stolen, you can ensure that you are always in touch with your loved ones, colleagues, Doctors, personal trainer or your therapist. Fortunately for you, all the changes made to your contact lists will be automatically synchronized to your Huawei devices with data synchronization enabled.

When using a new device, you can instantly restore your data from cloud backup, making your data restore process easier and your data storage more secure.

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Continuous access to recordings

If you are a recording artist who wants to keep sample music, a journalist who interviews people, or a church goer who loves to record sermons, then you will be happy to know that the HUAWEI Mobile Cloud will keep your recording safe and maintain its quality.

As a journalist, for example, it’s great to be able to refer to something that was said in an interview, so you can report with truth and clarity. You can view and play your uploaded recordings on the ‘Recorder’ page of your HUAWEI Mobile Cloud.

For those who don’t always save on the cloud, you can enable cloud backup and your device will automatically save all data, every 7 days, through a Wi-Fi connection.

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Reminisce on all your memories

Remembering all your milestones, including your child’s birthday and graduations, weddings and first-time adventures has never been easier. With HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, you can upload, edit and download all your photos and videos.

If by mistake, you happen to delete some of your special photos, this can easily be solved. You can restore recently deleted photos and videos. If you don’t want the photos at all, you can also permanently delete them.

Keeping a lifetime of contacts, recording and photos can seem like a lot, but worry not. The HUAWEI Mobile Cloud has intelligent local data classification, to make your storage management clear and simple to navigate. You can also upgrade your cloud storage to up to 2048 GB.

Don’t lose the opportunity to save your data. You too can get the best of the HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, by setting it up on one of your Huawei devices today.

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Kafui Prebbie Foundation launches KAP Educational Fund, signs 500 kids onto the NHIS

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How Not To Be Afraid To Place A Bet And Overcome Greed

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As we have already found out, discipline is one of the most important components in the field of betting. With what attitude the player approaches this activity, this will be the result, nothing else.  (more…)

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Mental health and your love life

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Mental health is the topic on everyone’s lips these days. With issues like Anxiety on the rise, it’s no wonder. We hear about the symptoms every day, but rarely do people talk about how it can affect your love life. It’s a conversation that needs to happen- and now.

All problems that can be caused by Anxiety. All problems that can affect you forever if you ignore them. It’s daunting to think about, and easy to feel as though you’re facing the impossible. Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth. Armed with some handy tips and a lot of stamina, you’ll be on your way to banishing Anxiety in no time. You never know, you could have more fun than you expected.

Remove the Pressure

All our lives, we are taught that making love is a Big Deal.

For some people, it is- and that’s okay- as long as it doesn’t get in the way of your bedroom antics. For others, these harmful expectations only build on existing anxieties. Do you need to get it up every time? Do you need to make it last longer than an hour? Do you need to have sex twice a day, every day? All questions people ask themselves.

And the answer is always no.

This pressure is the last thing you need, and it can have lifelong effects if you let it get to you. Learn to laugh it off instead, remind yourself that times are changing, and ignore what society is telling you. Mostly, remember that taking sex lightly doesn’t mean it’s not important. You can easily value intimacy and love while still being able to enjoy sex. People do it every day, so why should you miss out? This is where websites like Skissr can come in, it gives men the chance to deal with their bedroom issues without having to feel judged or shamed.

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Work On Your Confidence

Anxiety manifests in various ways. With sex, a lot of these worries stem from low confidence. Whether it be body confidence issues, lack of faith in your sexual abilities, or being too afraid to ask for what you want during sex, there is no denying that confidence is your key to a better sex life. Without it, you won’t feel satisfied, and it might put you off having it altogether.

That’s something nobody wants, but there is one silver lining to all this. Today, there are more resources than ever out there to help people build their confidence back up. Even the smallest of tips can revolutionise your love life and your sex life, and you can start following them as soon as now.

Living a healthier lifestyle, giving yourself daily reminders, and practicing your technique are all ways you can make the change. It won’t happen overnight, but following these tips is sure to help your confidence grow in the long run.

Get to Know Yourself

A huge part of sexual anxiety is not knowing what it is that gets you off. Or, knowing exactly what does, but feeling (wrongly) embarrassed about it.

People should never be ashamed of their kinks. Luckily, we are living in an age where masturbation, fetishes, and fantasies are no longer taboo. Instead, they’re encouraged. There is no better time to shed your embarrassment. So, when you have some time alone, explore your body, find out what you like, and embrace what turns you on.

Even so, it is one thing to be comfortable with yourself, and another to be comfortable with someone else. This is why many people prefer a different approach, an escort service. Opting to have a non-judgemental, helping hand teaching you about what makes you tick could be more useful in the long term- and more fun. Choosing the right service provider makes all the difference, making escort services like

Learn How to Relax

People deal with stress and anxiety every day. Work commitments, family problems, and money troubles can all leave you lying awake at night. The result is tension, and lots of it. This can make you snappy, frustrated, and unable to enjoy sex. Your brain and body are one in the same, and it’s true that a lot of obstacles with sex are to do with what’s going on in your head.

There is one glaringly simple answer to this, which is learning how to relax. Relaxation results in nothing less than mind-blowing sex, which can make you feel even more relaxed- trapping you in a non-stop cycle of ecstasy.

It is no secret that hiring an escort can help you relax during sex, but escorts aren’t the only way. It could be as simple as meditating for a few minutes every day to diffuse daily anxieties, but having regular massages and trying tantric yoga are both popular ideas making their way into the mainstream.

Talk it Out

The first rule when it comes to mental health is to find someone to talk to. Keeping everything bottled up inside can have a huge impact on your wellbeing, and an even bigger one on your sex life.  Unfortunately, talking about anxiety- especially sexual anxiety- is much easier said than done. This could be because you fear admitting the problem, or because you’re worried it might dampen the mood even further.

One thing’s for sure: the opposite is true.

In fact, talking to a partner or therapist can actually relieve worry. Sometimes, reassurance about your worries may be all you need to jump back into the bedroom and improve your sex life. Other times, it could be that you need to work through some deeper issues relating to companionship. Somewhere along the line, you’re bound to find some real solutions that you can put into practice. Either way, you can be sure that you’ll soon be swapping therapy talk for dirty talk.

 

 

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Archyn Brew-Butler shares journey behind his black-owned label reshaping luxury bags

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Archyn Brew-Butler is a Ghanaian using his ORIJIN CULTURE label to create signature pieces that help people of African descent to carry the culture, and the continent everywhere they go! (more…)

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Sean Kingston hails ‘Little Accra’ by Nike in partnership with Afrochella

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American-Jamaican singer and rapper, Sean Kingston has described the “Little Accra” anniversary edition of Nike Air Force 1 Low as a must-have! (more…)

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