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Valentine’s Day on DStv

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Tune into DStv this Valentine’s month for a good dose of romantic comedies and love stories. DStv is giving you so much more romance from cooking shows to reality drama; we’ve got all the Valentine’s viewing throughout February. Valentine’s Day: This Valentine’s day on MTV Base you can find an evening of music for the lover in you, with artists like Robin Thicke and Ne-Yo taking you on the love train in the Slow Down Zone and with shows like Trey Songz Unplugged and Storytellers Maxwell – you are in for an amazing day. DStv audiences can tune into MTV Base on Monday 2 February at 17:30 CAT to watch. Valentine’s Day: DStv audiences can tune into iConcerts all day on Tuesday 14 February to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an eclectic mix of love songs. Enjoy the most romantic day of the year accompanied by an unbelievable soundtrack featuring the likes of Coldplay, Seal, Sia, José Gonzales, Justin Nozuka, Katie Melua and many more. Four Weddings: Celebrity Special: Four Weddings provides a ringside seat for the planning, preparation and big day itself, following the journey of four fiancées as they hurtle towards what should be the happiest day of their lives. But the brides-to-be are involved in a competition, and while each ‘contestant’ is getting hitched, the other three guest brides must cast judgment and secretly score each special day. Everything must be taken into consideration, from the service and food to the entertainment and even the groom. The bride with the highest score at the end of each episode wins the ultimate prize; a five star dream honeymoon. DStv audiences can tune into BBC Lifestyle on Thursday 16 February at 20:00 CAT to watch this celebrity special featuring comic Francine, ex-footballer Jason Cundy, Apprentice candidate Katie, and ’80s pop star David Van Day as they aim to impress. My Fair Wedding (Season 2 Premiere): The My Fair Wedding team rescue soon-to-be-disaster weddings and teach the brides how a wedding should be done. The experts have their work cut out for them in series two when Quiana Morgan unveils her plans for a Winter Wonderland themed wedding – the only hitch is that the big day is scheduled for Spring. Can the team turn this disaster around in time for their big day? Also featured in the series are a couple who can’t decide on a theme at all, a ceremony themed around the bride-to-be’s favourite drink – pink merlot – and a bride obsessed with purple and monograms. DStv audiences can tune into BBC Lifestyle from Sunday 12 February at 18:00 CAT to find out whether the My Fair Wedding experts work their magic on these fashionably deluded brides and grooms or will some couples plans prove too bizarre even for them? Going The Distance: Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) are very much in love. When Erin moves to San Francisco to finish her journalism degree and Garrett stays behind in New York to work in the music industry, they gamely keep their romance alive with webcams and frequent-flyer miles. However, just when it seems the lovers will be soon be reunited, Erin and Garrett both score big breaks that could break them up for good. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net West on Wednesday 29 February to find out whether their relationship can survive the long distance between them. I Hate Valentine’s Day: My Big Fat Greek Wedding co-stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett re-team for this romantic comedy about a carefree florist who falls for a charming restaurateur. Genevieve (Vardalos) loves romance, though she lives by a strict ‘five dates’ rule. At the end of the fifth date, Genevieve typically calls the relationship off. So far, this method has worked like a charm, but when Genevieve meets Greg (Corbett) everything changes. At the end of their fifth date, Genevieve wants more. If she could only break from tradition long enough to realise she’s fallen in love, perhaps she’ll find out that some guys are worth keeping around. Valentine’s Day: In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wind their way through the highs and lows of love during a single day. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net  to watch them experience first dates, longtime commitments, youthful crushes and connect to old flames. Meet Joe Black: Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) – media tycoon, loving father and still a human being, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. One morning, he is contacted by the Inevitable – by hallucination, as he thinks. Later, Death itself enters his home and his life, personified in a man’s body: Joe Black (Brad Pitt) has arrived. His intention was to take Bill with him, but accidentally, Joe’s former host and Bills beautiful daughter Susan (Claire Forlani) have already met. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net East on Tuesday 14 February to watch as Joe begins to develop certain interest in life on earth as well as in Susan, who has no clue who she’s flirting with. The Soloist: The Soloist is a biographical drama about real-life musical prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, who dropped out of Julliard after developing schizophrenia and became a homeless musician on the streets of Los Angeles. Journalist Steve Lopez discovers the former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net East on Saturday 18 February to watch this movie starring a stellar cast including Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander and Lisa Gay Hamilton. Notting Hill: William Thacker (Hugh Grant), an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), the world’s most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can’t believe it himself, William runs into her again – this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world’s most wanted woman is not easy – neither around your closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net East on Monday 20 February to find out whether William and Anna’s worlds can meet in the middle. Brown Sugar: A producer (Taye Diggs) for a record company falls for his longtime friend (Sanaa Lathan) shortly after proposing to his girlfriend. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net East on Saturday 25 February to watch this classic romcom. Ghost (1990): DStv audiences can tune into M-Net Stars on Tuesday 14 February at 19:30 CAT to watch this classic love story starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. After he’s murdered (Swayze), a young executive attempts to communicate with his girlfriend through a phony psychic (Whoopi Goldberg).]]>

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How to Legally Disclose Sponsored Content on YouTube

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Sponsorships can be one of your most significant forms of income on YouTube. This makes it even more important to familiarize yourself with the rules around disclosures for sponsored content.

Every country has its own regulations about disclosing sponsored content, but the basics are the same. It is against the law in many places for a celebrity or influencer to persuade a consumer to purchase something without letting the consumer know they’ve been paid to promote the product or service.

It’s important to make sure your audience knows when you’ve been paid to promote a product, especially if you frequently review products without sponsorships. The success of your channel depends on the relationship you’ve built with your audience, so you should always put their best interest first.

Be transparent about your business relationship with your sponsor.

When you’re working with a company, make it obvious right off the bat. Use clear, easy-to-understand language. Speak or write as you normally would. Don’t just read off or copy and paste the legal disclaimer provided by the company. Instead, put it in your own words to make sure your viewers understand.

Sponsored videos are not the place for subtlety. Your viewers trust your opinion, so they should be aware of any outside factors influencing it. If they feel they’ve been misled, they won’t be interested in your future reviews or sponsored videos. Therefore, go out of your way to make it as obvious as possible that the video is sponsored.

Put the disclosure at the beginning of the video or post.

For a sponsored YouTube video, put your disclosure statement right after your intro. Say hi, then tell your viewers about the company you’re working with. Write it in the top of your video description as well. Some content creators also add a watermark in the corner of sponsored videos that says “ad.”

If you’re making a sponsored post, put your disclosure statement at the top. A hashtag at the end is not enough. Basically, your viewers or followers need to know as soon as they press play on a video or start reading your Instagram caption that the content is sponsored. If they don’t know it’s sponsored until the end, then they may feel as if they were misled. Again, your audience’s trust in you is important to your career, and following the regulations for sponsored content disclosure will ensure you prioritize that relationship.

Make the disclosure statement in the same format as the sponsored content.

When you make sponsored content, the disclosure must be in the same format as the content itself. For example, if it’s a video, then the disclosure must be a part of the actual video.

In a sponsored video, the disclosure statement must be verbal. Don’t put it only in the description or as a watermark in the corner of the video. Look directly into the camera and tell your viewers that you’re working with or partnering with the company. Tell them if you were sent free products, as well.

For a sponsored post on social media, having the disclosure in your caption should suffice. However, if you’re posting a short or story, then include a text overlay that says “sponsored.”

Check the exact legal requirements for your country.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of disclosing sponsored content, be sure to check out the exact legal requirements for your country. Laws vary by region, so research requirements by state, province, or territory as well.

If you’re in the US, then you should research and bookmark the FTC handbook here. The agency takes consumer protection very seriously, so failing to disclose your relationship with a sponsor could land you in hot water.

In the UK, your regulations will come from the FCA, which has also created a handbook of regulations to help influencers like you. Any content creator may find these guidelines helpful, so be sure to check out the FCA handbook here.

If your country doesn’t have specific guidelines of its own, base your disclosures off one of these.

When in doubt, put your audience first.

Overall, your audience’s best interest should be the first thing on your mind. If a sponsor insists that you try to skirt the rules about disclosure or mislead your viewers in some way, then don’t be afraid to walk away from the deal.

If you break your audience’s trust, then you may not be able to create successful sponsored content in the future. However, if you carefully disclose your sponsorships and only promote products you love, then you’ll be in good shape.

Sponsored content comes with ethical ramifications as well as legal. Think about the influence your choices can have on your impressionable viewers. If an influencer you admire posted about your sponsor, how would you feel about the product? Consider the image and values a sponsor represents before making the post.

Sponsored content can be a significant way for YouTubers to make their income. Make sure you follow the proper legal guidelines and there’s virtually no limit to how much you can make through sponsored content.

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Natives of Keta donate food items to Tidal Waves victims

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Chief Executive Officer of Empire Domus, Emmanuel Kojo Jones Mensah in collaboration with the office of former National Health Insurance Authority boss, Mr. Sylvester Mensah, as natives of Keta, have donated items worth thousands of cedis to the displaced Keta tidal waves victims.

The ceremony which took place on Tuesday 23rd November at the forecourt of the Keta Municipal Assembly comes at the back of the recent tidal waves in Keta which destroyed several properties and rendered hundreds of households homeless.

The municipal assembly on behalf of the victims received items including packs of noodles, bags of rice, and packs of canned fish. As well, boxes of tomato paste, cartons of cooking oil, and bags of sachet water were donated to the victims as a means of support to cushion them in these hard times.

Speaking at the event the former NHIA boss Mr. Sylvester Mensah said he hoped their widow’s mite would help provide a little comfort to the displaced persons in all three coastal districts indicating that they might return with more support.

Mr. Emmanuel Mensah on his part said he was moved to join hands with his cousin for the donation as a result of words he heard from a distraught woman which said, “anytime I hear of waves, my heart beats” which he said conveyed the extent of the devastation of the sea on the people, to him.

He said the “token” was to show their concern and care for the people suffering the impact of an act of nature.

Mr. Emmanuel Gemegah, Municipal Chief Executive for Keta who received the donation on behalf of his two other colleagues from Ketu South and Anloga District thanked the donors for their thoughtfulness.

He prayed to God to replenish their stock so they could come back another time to support the victims and help rebuild our motherland.

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Cedispace – The New Way To Monetize Your Underutilized Spaces

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Cedispace, a company founded by two Ghanaian-born Atlanta Georgia residents is making waves in the online marketplace with the introduction of its flagship service to centralize the space rental market by listing and finding available spaces effortlessly.

With the world constantly changing, people finding new ways to make residual income has given rise to a lot of online based opportunities for both the rental and service hosts to take advantage.

You will ask, what is Cedispace? Just as Airbnb is for stays in People’s homes, Cedispace platform allows you to list and rent people’s homes and properties for any event, activity or hustle on an hourly basis. Examples of these spaces you can rent or list are Office Spaces, Video Shoot studios and locations, Garden spaces, Apartment spaces, Houses, Restaurant Spaces, Conference rooms, Church Auditoriums, Soccer Pitches and even your front compound. When you visit Www.Cedispace.com you open yourself to a world of spaces owned by individuals who are willing to share their property for you to have your own event at very reduced costs.

Co-Founders Marc Makoe Lavoe and Felix Annoh-Quarshie

Co-Founders Marc Makoe Lavoe and Felix Annoh-Quarshie

In an interview with Dzifa Akua on Citi Tv, founder Marc Makoe Lavoe made mention that Cedispace offers an exciting and bubbly urban scene where people can create unique experiences for their guests, brand followers, employees or group of friends, having access to a diverse range of places that were never visible and available to them before.

Co-Founder, Felix Annoh-Quarshie also said that Cedispace community platform seeks to solve the problems in the difficulty of finding spaces, managing bookings, payment mobilization, host and guest profile review for security assurance for our platform and the Cedispace community.

Cedispace offers a platform for hosts to list for free, be visible, and manage bookings from their account with ease on it’s user-friendly interface. The Platform makes it possible for anyone to share their underutilized space with professionals seeking truly memorable experiences.

Behind this is a fully automated booking solution that Cedispace offers with a variety of convenient payment options. The platform allows the user to have a full overview of the listing and it was developed for easy signup and use.

Cedispace offers a variety of spaces with a mix of listings with great pricing for everyday use to special occasions. Cedispace supports both hosts and clients with excellent customer support to ensure that the experience is memorable.

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Kickstart your new year with Apple Music’s workout playlists

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Apple Music’s extensive range of fitness playlists is the perfect motivation for achieving those new years’ resolutions. Whether you’re looking to turn over a new leaf or hoping to increase the intensity of your training, Apple Music has you covered.

 

Thoughtfully curated by Apple Music, the playlists range from home workouts, high intensity, cardio and cycling, to yoga, meditation, rowing, weights, jumping rope, running, pilates and walking.

 

This summer, legendary Afrikaans rocker and title-winning boxer, Francois van Coke, and prolific Cape Town fitness instructor and entrepreneur, Tammy Rawstron, will takeover two of Apple Music’s flagship fitness playlists Fiks of Niks and Summer Fit respectively, sharing their favourite workout tracks to sweat to.

 

“I’ve been serious about my fitness for the past few years, but I took it to a new level this year when I had to beat up a Springbok. This is my workout playlist of the past few months. I regularly update it with new tunes or tunes that I rediscover. My Apple Music playlist is also not genre-specific at all. It features pop, punk, rock and hip-hop and a few other things in between.” – Francois van Coke

 

“Let’s get healthy and happy together, if you were looking for a sign, this is it. Don’t attempt a fit summer without a set of trendy tracks. Listen up, you can’t help but get moving! Fitness was always supposed to be fun. Summer was always supposed to be sweaty so let’s have the hottest summer ever.” – Tammy Rawstron

 

Apple Music’s fitness playlists also include guest-curated playlists from some of South Africa’s leading sports personalities including Protea’s captain Temba Bavuma, Springbok rugby player Makazole Mapimpi, cricketing legend AB de Villiers and Olympic gold medal swimmer Chad La Clos.

 

As part of their year-end charts, Apple Music have launched a brand new Top 100 2021: Fitness playlist, featuring the most-played workout music across Apple Music this year. The Top Streamed Workout Song of 2021 was ‘Head & Heart’ (feat. MNEK) [Tiësto Remix] by Joel Corry.

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Pizzaman-Chickenman opens 4 branches simultaneously in Accra

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Pizzaman-Chickenman opens 4 branches simultaneously in Accra.

This brings to a total of  10 branches in less  than 2years of their existence.

Pizzaman chickenman is fully  owned by Ghanaians.

Kumasi already has 6 branches  and locations include; Ahodwo, KNUST campus, Sofoline, Suame Maakro, Airport Roundabout, Dakodwen and a food truck at Tafo.

In Accra,Pizzaman chickenman have  branches in Dansoman Exhibition Roundabout, Spintex, East Legon and Awoshie all opened simultaneously .

Christian Boakye-Yiadom, a young Ghanaian man is the CEO for Pizzaman-Chickman.

The first and fully Ghanaian owned Angel Investor company in Ghana QuickAngels are partners to this business

Quick Angels so after after establishment have financed over 32 companies . Among some of the businesses under QuickAngel include Pinknerry, Doughman Foods, Richie Rich Gummies, Sankofa Natural Spices, Agatex Paints, Benji Rice, Sun Solar( Into Salt Production), Coli Networks, Alcilla Farms, Tigon Creative Studio, Jenam Cosmetics, Prospectus.

The primary aim of QuickAngels is to support start ups, businesses and entrepreneurs with equity funding.

QuickCredit & investment microcredit limited is a sister company to QuickAngels and also has other businesses in  African countries such as Tanzania, Uganda ,Kenya,Nigeria,Sierra Leone, Liberia with the name “Oya” meaning quick in the Ga language.

Richard Nii Armah Quaye is the Chairman for QuickAngels and QuickCredit Companies

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Ghana To Host Kusi Ideas Festival December 10- 11

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he Ghana Tourism Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Nations Media Group are organising the 3rd edition of the Kusi Ideas Festival on the 10th – 11th December, 2021 at the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC.

This year’s conference, which will be a hybrid is under the theme; ‘HOW AFRICA TRANSFORMS AFTER THE VIRUS’, and subthemed; ‘BEYOND THE RETURN: AFRICAN DIASPORA AND NEW POSSIBILITIES.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, said the Kusi Ideas Festival has come at the right time to cement Ghana’s reputation as a leading business tourism destination. “We have embarked on a journey to attract meetings, conferences and events into Ghana and this partnership with NMG is in the right direction “

This year’s Kusi Ideas Festival will be opened by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Other Presidents billed to speak are President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Several business and political leaders across Africa are billed to attend.

Other sub themes are;

• Taking forward the lessons learnt from leading during the pandemic
• Technology, innovation and creating the most African wins
• Opening borders and building back tourism among others.

Kusi Ideas Festival was started three years ago by the Nation Media Group as a Pan-African platform to examine the African continents place in the world.

ISSUED BY THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF THE GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY.

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