Thursday, March 26, 2020

#COVID-19 Scare : Indique Hair Shuts Down US Boutiques

World leading virgin hair extension sales and distribution company Indique hairhas shut down all its sixteen boutiques in the United States, following the rise in positive cases of the novel Covid-19 virus in the country.

The company however assured its worldwide customers of excellence sales and delivery service via its official website.

Co-Founder and Creative Director of Indique Hair Ericka Dotson made this known via her official Instagram page on Monday.

The post read “over the past week, we all witnessed an unprecedented surge in the coronavirus and recognized that we too must do our part to safeguard our employees and clients. In keeping with our values, we have temporarily closed all our boutiques across the nation as of Friday March 20th. We are unsure when they will open again, but we will only open our doors when we get government approval and when it is safe for our staff and clients.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Commonwealth Develops Tracker To Help Countries Monitor Coronavirus


The Commonwealth has developed a coronavirus tracker that shows daily cases in member countries.

The tracker collects data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and shows the total confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in the affected member countries.

The tool is designed to help countries prepare and respond to the pandemic.

The disease, caused by coronavirus is known as COVID-19, has infected more than 218,000 people and killed 8,800 in over 100 countries.

Assistant Secretary-General Nabeel Goheer said: “Coronavirus has rapidly spread across the world affecting people, livelihoods and nations.

Herbalife Nutrition Ghana Rewards Winners From Month Of Love Promo

Herbalife Nutrition Ghana rewarded Desiree Dziedzorm Ashiabi, Carline Carl Amon, and Maame Afia Serwaah as winners of its Month of Love Promo. 

The consumer promotion sought to sensitize the general public on the benefits of a glowing, healthy-looking skin and the importance of nourishing our bodies inside and out.

Winners were presented with products from the Herbal Aloe range of our Outer Nutrition portfolio which comprises bath & body bar, hand & body wash, strengthening shampoo, strengthening conditioner, hand & body lotion and soothing gel. These products provide a more radiant glow and healthier look for the skin.

Participants of the competition were quizzed on different riddles based on the Herbalife’s range of skincare and Herbal Aloe products via the social media channels of the brand.

Commenting on this activity, Country Director for Herbalife Nutrition Ghana, Clarence Amenyah indicated: “We are happy about the patronage of the just ended competition. For us, the interest generated on social media is an indication that more people are getting interested in leading healthy lifestyles. With an upsurge in lifestyle diseases, especially among the youth, healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle is the way to go.” He congratulated the winners and commended them for their loyalty towards the Herbalife brand.

Monday, March 23, 2020

SKREEN TIME: Worlasi Announces New Single On March 25

The amount of time an individual spend using a device with a screen such as a smartphone is gradually becoming an issue of major concern.

As a result of the incessant digital social lifestyles of individuals, Ghanaian musician, Worlasi readies new single titled ‘SKREEN TIME’ to give counsel on how to stay healthy and productive enjoying Screen Time.

The multi-talented musician states six answers to frequently asked questions on why people put pressure on themselves because of digital social lives.

The release of the new single is scheduled for March 25, 2020, on all notable digital platforms.

Mixed and mastered by Qube, ‘SKREEN TIME’ is written, performed, produced and animated by Worlasi.

THE NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO SUPPORT NIGERIAN MOVIE MAKERS IN GHANA

The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana Mrs. Esther Adebola Arewa, Met with the Team of UNCRUSHABLE, A movie shot in Ghana and Nigeria, starring actors from both countries.

The team who visited her Excellency to officially submit a letter of invitation, Tickets, and T.shirt for the movie scheduled to premiere in Ghana and USA in April and Nigeria in May.

Speaking to the team made of the producer (Destiny A. Omon) and one of the lead characters (Nana Yaa Agyare), Mrs. Ester Adebola Arewa said she is very happy to receive the team, "I am so proud to see a Nigerian doing well here and representing us well here in another country. I will not only attend the premiere, I will make sure I go with other staff and members of the commission.

I am willing to help creative Nigerians like you who are making us proud. she said” Responding to a concern raised by the Producer that he has tried to get the attention of the commission in the previous project, Her excellency said she has just taken over not too long but will make sure things are not the same, ” We are here to support any Nigerian who needs our support in Ghana. promised ”

#COVID-19 Scare : Kasapreko Company Limited Halts The Production Of Drinks To Produce Hand Sanitizers

Kasapreko Company Limited, an Indigenous Manufacturing giant and (ISO) Certified company, has responded positively to the request of H.E. President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo’s appeal for local Industries to produce hand sanitizers to curb the spread of Coronavirus disease in Ghana.

At a ground breaking production and media briefing, the Chief Executive Officer of Kasapreko Company Limited, Mr. Richard Adjei Said  “The spread of Coronavirus is a national concern and as a result we have put on hold the production of drinks and focused on the production of  quality, affordable Hand Sanitizers and Hand Rubbing Alcohol amid shortage of these products and price hikes.”

Mr. Adjei reiterated H.E. President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo’s quote “these are not ordinary times”; in which we need to do everything possible to support the government’s efforts in smart ways to help prevent the viral outbreak.

Commenting further on the new product, Mr. Adjei commended the Research and Development Unit of Kasapreko and the Food and Drugs Authority for responding quickly to the challenge and hence the approval of the production of Kasapreko Hand Sanitizers and Hand Rubbing Alcohol.  He went on further to say that the production capacity can produce over 200,000 bottles a day.

Kasapreko Hand Sanitizer and Rubbing Alcohol contain active ingredients such as Ethanol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycerin and Purified Water. This type is without gelling agent, fragrance or colour as recommended by World Health Organization.

LET’S UP OUR GAME; 39% OF PARENTS ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO SKIP NIGHT BRUSHING

To live healthily, children and adults must all form the habit of brushing twice a day, especially at night. Sadly, nearly 39% of Ghanaian parents (4 in 10 parents), have let their child go to bed without brushing their teeth at night.

Interestingly, 6 out of 10 children felt pain in their mouth last year. This is according to a global study commissioned by Ghana’s leading oral care brand, Pepsodent, released to mark World Oral Health Day on March 20.

According to this research, a failure to brush at bedtime has proven to cause health and social issues for children, for both the short and long term.

To help curtail the situation, Pepsodent, as part of activities to mark this year’s World Oral Health Day has launched the Brush, Story, Sleep Campaign which is an initiative that promotes merging bedtime brushing and story time in order to help parents and children all around the world to establish a happy and healthy bedtime routine.

The Emirates Group’s Business Response To COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Emirates and dnata have been adapting operations in line with regulatory directives as well as travel demand.

The airline has aimed to maintain passenger flights for as long as feasible to help travellers return home amidst an increasing number of travel bans, restrictions, and country lockdowns across the world. It continues to maintain vital international air cargo links for economies and communities, deploying its fleet of 777 freighters for the transport of essential goods including medical supplies across the world.

With many of its airline customers dramatically reducing flights or ceasing services altogether, dnata has also significantly reduced its operations, including temporarily shutting some offices across its international network.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group said: "The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale: geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic standpoint. Until January 2020, the Emirates Group was doing well against our current financial year targets. But COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past 6 weeks.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

TV3 PRESENTS ROUNDTABLE OF PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS ON COVID-19

Ghana’s leading television station, TV3 Network and a subsidiary of the Media General Group will on Monday 23rd March 2020 host an extraordinary roundtable of public health experts on the global pandemic, Covid-19.

Under the Media General Thought Leadership Series, the topic for the roundtable scheduled to air live on TV3 from 1PM to 3PM is “Effective Strategies for the Surveillance, Containment and Treatment of the COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana”.

Confirmed panelists for the roundtable include Prof. William Kwabena Ampofo, Head of the Virology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Ishmael Norman, President of the Institute for Security, Disaster and Emergency Studies, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, Director of Public Health at Ghana Health Service.

Others are Dr. Victor Bampoe, Former Deputy Minister of Health and UN-AIDS Country Director for Nigeria, Prof. Fred Newton Binka, Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana and Clinical Pharmacologist, Prof. Alexander Dodoo, who doubles as the Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Advocacy and Training at the University of Ghana. 

Rapper Ace Berg Joins Victor AD On Sir Justine Chinonso’s SJW Entertainment

Nigerian Entertainment mogul and CEO of Sir Justine World, SJW Entertainment, Sir Obiajunwa Justine Chinonso has revealed that he is determined to make a difference in the entertainment scene and rewrite the rap game in the Nigerian music industry with the signing of the prolific rapper and songwriter, Okoronkwo Ikechukwu.

Ikechukwu, who goes by the stage name Ace Berg, recently put pen to paper with the entertainment company and has promised to change the rap game with his distinct rap style.

Ace Berg who was born and bred in Lagos but hails from Abia State is a graduate of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Science.

The artiste, whose rap style is unique, has revealed that he’s ready to show the world his talent and redefine creativity with his craft.

“I am ready to show the world my talent and redefine the rap game, I have all it takes to be the next big thing in the Nigerian music industry,” he said.

PEPSODENT LAUNCHES THE ‘BRUSH STORY SLEEP’ CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE NIGHT BRUSHING

To celebrate this year’s World Oral Health Day, Pepsodent Ghana has launched the Brush, Story, Sleep Campaign - an initiative that promotes merging bedtime brushing and story time in order to help parents and Ghanaian children to establish a happy and healthy bedtime routine.

The Brush, Story, Sleep Campaign is based on “The Adventures of Little Brush Big Brush” storybook and a night-time brushing calendar. The idea is to make brushing before bedtime a fun and exciting activity for children in Ghana and across the world.

Over the years, Pepsodent has been observing World Oral Health Day through grand durbars of schoolchildren, Brush Day and Night school programmes and free dental check-ups, in collaboration with the Ghana Dental Association, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

Numerous lives have been directly and indirectly impacted through the brand’s educative activities in schools, communities and high level stakeholder engagements.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Talking Healthy Lifestyle Trends With Marwako Naturals Founder

As more Ghanaians get fixated with healthy lifestyle in recent times, one of Ghana’s leading fast food chains, Marwako Fast Food Limited in December 2019 introduced a new subsidiary to cater for clients interested in fresh fruits, which is known to reduce a person's risk of developing heart disease, cancer, inflammation and diabetes.

Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, high in fiber and also provide a wide range of health-boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids. Around the world, medical practitioners always prescribe a diet high in fruits and vegetables knowing its importance to the human being.  

Over the weekend, I caught up with Kojo Talha Chaaban, the Founder and Operations Manager of Marwako Naturals at the Abelenkpe branch of Marwako Fast Food Limited to discuss healthy lifestyle trends amongst Ghanaians as well as the motivation for his entrepreneurial drive.  

Marwako Naturals is about providing a variety of fresh undiluted juice without any preservative as well as cut-fruits. The fruits are cut right in the presence of the customer and the juice is prepared immediately under very hygienic conditions.

Kojo Talha Chaaban is a Lebanese Ghanaian brought up in Ghana and lived all his life in Ghana. He had his elementary and high school education in Ghana before traveling to Lebanon for his university education. After his tertiary education, he returned to Ghana to work with his family business, Marwako Fast Food Limited.

Online Learning Platforms Now Free On Vodafone

As part of its support for Ghanaians during this coronavirus pandemic, Vodafone Ghana is offering customers free access to various educational websites and e-learning platforms to ensure academic continuity is unhindered.

The telecommunications giant is working with various educational institutions across the country to zero-rate their learning platforms for Vodafone data customers. This will enable schools and universities to continue their learning and teaching processes during this break, without worrying about data charges.

Vodafone has issued an open invitation to schools who are yet to benefit from this rare opportunity to simply send an email to vodafonebusiness.gh@vodafone.com before Wednesday 25 March 2020 to begin the process.

Commenting on the initiative, Patricia Obo-Nai, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana said:  ‘’At Vodafone, we believe technology has assumed an even greater importance for connecting people and delivering vital services such as education, during this period. 

Brushing Teeth Not Part Of Bedtime Routine For Millions Of Children

A third of children around the world are failing to brush their teeth twice a day, according to new global study commissioned by Pepsodent and released to mark World Oral Health Day. Based on this research, a concerning issue has emerged: a failure to brush at bedtime, something that is proven to cause health and social issues in children, for both the short and long term.

5,000 parents and children were surveyed across eight countries, revealing that 30% of children do not brush twice a day and one in four do not brush their teeth every night. Those children who skip the bedtime brush are twice as likely to have poor oral health as those who brush every night. 

They are also over 40 per cent more likely to experience frequent oral pain, making them miss twice as many days at school. Around the world, this equates to a potential 293.5 million missed school days over the course of one year due to oral pain.

Despite most parents reporting that their children brush twice a day, when questioned, 39% say they sometimes let them go to bed without brushing. Nearly 4 in 10 even admits they let their children skip brushing as a reward. With oral hygiene habits a typical example of a ‘learned behaviour’ it is vital that parents set a good example to their children in order to protect their smiles in the future, both by ensuring they brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and by caring for their own teeth.

Dentists agree that always brushing at night is a vital step in an oral care routine. Dr. Edward Ohene-Marfo explains, “Brushing both day and night can cut tooth decay up to 50% for children compared to brushing once daily. Brushing at night is critical as children’s mouths also produce less saliva when they sleep meaning germs and bacteria have the perfect environment to thrive.”

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Report Only Facts On Coronavirus -ATWAG To Media

The Arts & Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) has admonished its members to attach professionalism by reporting only authentic news in the midst of a universal crisis – COVID-19!

Here is the statement;

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