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Thousand And Twenty (1020) Communities In Ghana Without Mobile Signal To Be Covered By GIFEC

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CEO of GIFEC, Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante

The Government of Ghana under the Nana Akufo-Addo led administration has empowered the Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and the Ministry Of Communications (MOC) to help improve communication solutions especially in remote areas in a very unique way.

Since the universe is turning a digital globe, GIFEC which is taking up a pivotal role has introduced various innovative ways of executing the task of resolving electronic communication related challenges.

At a press conference in Accra, on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018 the CEO of The Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communications, Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante noted; “GIFEC has undertaken a number of rural-centered initiatives over the past years in unserved and underserved communities, all aimed at narrowing the digital gap.”

Outlining their achievements under the various rolled out initiatives, the CEO said, “Rural Telephony Project (RTP), through close collaboration with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) led to the following accomplishments over the years: 117 RTP sites constructed (2014 – 2016), 100 RTP sites constructed using UMTS 900 (2017), 85 repeater sites (May 2018), 900 communities covered and 200 RTP sites to be constructed by the end of 2018 of which 50 has already been completed.”

“Under the Cyber Laboratory programme; 819 Educational Institutions were provided with Computers, Printers, Scanners and Projectors while 120 Basic Schools are to be equipped with ICT Laboratories by the end of 2018”

Touching on the GIFEC Satellite Hub, which provides Internet Points of Presence in unserved/underserved communities through the installation of a VSAT Satellite Hub, he said, “100 VSATs internet sites have been installed, 25 RTP sites integrated into the hub, 82 CICs connected to the internet.”

He further eulogized MTN and Huawei for partnering GIFEC on its major task to provide rural areas with good Internet and voice services.

Narrating the ordeal people in the rural areas go through in search of the internet and clarity for voice calls, Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante said, “Most people in rural areas, mostly find it very difficult to get good receptions during the making of calls to their loved ones in the cities, as most have to either climb trees, or go to places where they can hear or get good call receptions.”

He also revealed, measures are being put in place to not only offer voice solutions during calls, but also offer better Internet (data) for one to surf the Internet even in remote areas whiles the businesses in the communities are educated on how to use social media to enhance, market and expand their business.

In the coming days, GIFEC will be increasing the reach of some new innovations such as the Emergency Call Centers which empowers Citizens to call and lodge complaints to government directly and get real time feedback and the Coding for Kids initiative; an arrangement to train kids to be able to use computers in programming and learning which already has 150 teachers trained as at June, 2018 and it is expected to train 1500 school children by the end of the first phase of the project.

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How to Make Your Home Feel Warm for House Guests.

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  1. Guest Room

See what you love about a great hotel, that might include an duvets, spare hangers, pillows etc. Bonus points for bottled water, a box of chocolates or mints, and a note with your Wi-Fi password. To prevent guests from stumbling over suitcases, keep a luggage rack in the guest room. And in your guest bath, “always, always set out extra toilet paper and a plunger, because there’s nothing more awkward than having to ask,” Joanna Goddard of Cupofjo.com says. An extra-thoughtful touch: Keep a stockpile of just-in-case medications (ibuprofen, indigestion pills) and bandages, plus a sewing kit for garment emergencies.

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  1. Dinning Room

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs of Food52 suggest buying plain linen fabric that’s 10 inches longer than each side of the surface. Wash and dry it to create intentional frays along the cut edges. As you set the table, don’t sweat it if you don’t have enough matching china, says Huh. Either mix and match two sets evenly (the salad plate from one set with the dinner plate from another) or disperse many mismatched pieces throughout the table, sticking with a consistent color palette to keep it looking uniform. Lay out serving dishes the night before, each labeled with a sticky note with the menu item you plan to serve in it. Hesser and Stubbs divide each dish into two serving platters or bowls so everyone at the table can have easy access.

  1. Kitchen

A self-service buffet keeps you from playing short-order cook. For breakfast, make and refrigerate mixtures of pancakes a day or two before guests arrive; make sure to have everything in stock from teabags to ketchup. Furnish with a coffee and tea area stocked with mugs, spoons, and sweeteners. And for off-hours nibbling, a basket in the pantry or fridge labeled “Eat me” takes the guesswork out of what’s fair game to munch on during the day and also makes it fun.

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GTA, ATWAG Hold Workshop For Tourism Writers.

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The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with the Arts and Tourism Writers of Ghana (ATWAG) yesterday held a sensitisation workshop for travel and tourism writers in Accra.

The programme, held at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, gave the writers an insight into the operations of the Ghana Tourism Authority.

The workshop was on the theme, “The Role of ATWAG in Ghana’s tourism drive”‘.

In his address, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA)
Mr Akwasi Agyeman expressed his excitement about the engagement and asked that the two bodies worked together more regularly to ensure growth in the tourism sector.

“There are suggestions that we believe will come from ATWAG members on how to do our work better and how we can together work to improve the industry,” he said.

He also said his institution was planning on organising familiarisation trips for ATWAG members to tourist sites in the country to enable them to have first-hand information and also experience the tourism products that the nation has to offer.

Officers from the GTA including Mr. Ekow Sampson (Acting DED Operations), Mrs. Roberta Dawson Amoah (Director, Marketing), Mr. Ben Anane Nsiah (Director, Planning, Development and Investment) and Mr. Alex Boakye (Director, Standards and Quality Assurance) took turns to explain the various components of the authority’s operations and also answered questions from the writers.

Mr William Asiedu, the President of the Arts and Tourism Writers Association expressed the association’s readiness to help develop and promote the tourism industry.

“ATWAG is ready to help move this industry forward. We are not interested in what your political colour is. We are a professional group of journalists who are interested in the business of tourism, arts and culture and to some extent, chieftaincy affairs,” he noted.

He further stated that one of the biggest challenges of the association was the way some writers use technology, which gives room for hastily done works to be published. He was however hopeful that with the necessary education, the situation would change for the better.

A tourism expert and CEO of Africa Tourism Partners, South Africa, Mr. Kwakye Donkor challenged the Ghanaian media to work with the tourism authorities to promote the country positively. He noted that all the major media organisations, including CNN and BBC do not broadcast negative news to discourage people from visiting their country and that is the attitude the Ghanaian media should have in helping promote the country.

The Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana, as part of its capacity-building programmes has lined up activities to help its members understand the operations of the various institutions in the industry.

In December last year, ATWAG organised a masterclass hosted by Ghanaian musician of international repute, Wiyaala, and her manager, Mr John Sherren to throw light on how best musicians and arts writers could work together for their mutual benefits.

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”NPP Geared Towards Job Creation” – Prez. Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed confident in the tenure of governance of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) administration, stating that, the administration is on course as how it delivering it campaign promises.

According to him, the governing New Patriotic Party,(NPP) has the objective of filling loop holes of inadequate jobs to alleviate the high level of unemployment the teeming Ghanaian youth is being exposed to.

The ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) government, during the 2016 general elections made series of promises, such as, job creation, planting for foods and jobs, one-district one-factory, as way of reducing the unemployment rate Ghanaians are facing.

In a Facebook post by the Ministry of Information tagged, ”Commission Of A Biomass Boiler And An Oral Care Factory Of Unilever Ghana Limited”, the Chief of Defense Staff stated that, goal is to unleash the innovative and entrepreneurial instincts of the Ghanaian private sector to drive rapid growth and job creation.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo precisely and clearly communicated his unflinching solidarity in his government, expressing great confidence and assurance that, they are on course to realizing this important goal of job creation.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Read; How Time And Chance Brought Edem Fairre From The Stone Quarry To Becoming A TV Sensation.

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Ghanaian born, raised and now a full blown TV personality Edem Fairre, a host with TMGTV in an interview with Georgebritton.com’s Kwesi Omega disclosed how time and chance took her from the stone quarry to the screens.

The young and budding model plus TV personality recounted how difficult it was for her as a young lady after her parents’ pattered ways and she had to fend for herself and her younger siblings. This ended her up at a stone quarry amidst difficult times in school, which was coupled with bad experiences suffered from people she had met earlier on who promised hope but delivered nothing close. The grateful Edem through it all kept hope alive even with no hopes of how the offing will turn out to be.

Edem who got her first modeling gig as the face of Donthes media after a passport picture she took for personal use in 2010 which got the photographer blown away by her photogenic self also was the face of Beige capital customer service. From then till now, her courteous self-have graced many modeling stages. The model has also bagged some juicy deals; she was named the 2017 Woodin Textiles Connexion de Woodin and 2018 Voile de Woodin brand ambassador but in all this, little did Edem know she was going to end up on TV.

The then model who was at the time helping a friend out on the flank with event update on Top TV got called up by fashion GH to host their red carpet. She fell in love with the screens and just like a bait, Edem was thrown into the deep oceans of presenting with little training and no experience. Edem couldn’t help it but to sneer as she spoke about how she had to learn on the job, polish her skill and craft which has earned her a spot with VIENNTYS TV AND TMGTV.

VIENNTYS and TMGTV’s finest is currently doubling as the co-founder of Empire GH modeling management and holds an ABE level 6 certificate in Marketing management as she is beaming with the hope to soon further her education.

Amidst the trail, tear, misrepresentation and fake people, which has led to her breaking down on several occasions and had even contemplated suicide in 2018, Edem is still in high spirits. The gratifying Edem couldn’t say much, but be thankful to God, her family and friends who have been super supportive to her cause as she readies for another marathon of yet a busy year ahead for modeling and presenting which promises to be a bliss.

Get up close with Edem Fairre on the following social media platforms for bookings and updates on her upcoming projects and prospects.

Instagram; @edemfairre

https://instagram.com/edemfairre?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1o5amsvix304h

Facebook page; Edem Fairre

Twitter; @Edem_fairre

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