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IMAGES: Berla Mundi launches B.YOU project!

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Broadcaster Berla Mundi has launched the first edition of her new project: ‘B.YOU By Berla Mundi’.

‘B. You by Berla Mundi’ was born out of the need to foster the relationship Berla has with her female fans at the tertiary level and to offer them some life and career guidance as they journey through life. The award winning TV Personality noticed a gap between young tertiary students and their ability to reach their highest potential and decided it was time to step in and fill that gap with various mentorship sessions, internship and scholarship opportunities in order to instil in them some confidence, discipline, the spirit of entrepreneurship, and some experience ahead of their journey in the real world. Berla also realised the need to help the younger generation slowly but surely find their purpose in life and live it to the fullest.

The mentorship class took off at the Airport View Hotel on Saturday, 8th July, 2017 with 30 selected girls in attendance. It was a carefully put together event with a serene but cheerful environment with two great speakers: Female Ghanaian Media Personality, Anita Erskine as a mentor, and Founder of Genevieve Magazine Nigeria, Betty Irabor, our special guest. Other celebrities like Sika Osei and seasoned broadcast journalist, Shamima Muslim and GHOne TV’s Business News correspondent, Serwaa Amihere were present to support this great initiative.

Anita in her presentation chided the young ladies to believe in themselves and not let society dictate to them. She said, ‘ Faith, commitment, hardwork,and love for myself brought me to where I am today. My size was never a deterrent to me achieving my dreams. I never looked like a TV model when I started, but my size never stopped me.Stop letting excuses or people tell you you can’t do it.You can be anything.’

She further adviced the ladies to desist from being misdirected by social media but rather to focus on being the best they can be.

Betty Irabor, who is on a tour across Africa to inspire women across the continent with her ‘Life lessons with Betty’ Project also advised the ladies to ‘damn society and its expectations. She said Remember that not everyone will turn you down. Keep going until you meet that one person that will say yes to you. Be so good at your craft that you will be so sought after. Don’t give your body in exchange for role, sponsorship, promotions. You will regret it for the rest of your life.
To the ladies who can’t get into TV because of their physical imperfections and who are facing rejection, remember that Oprah herself fought many battles to get to where she is today. Our imperfections are part of our beautiful uniqueness. Give the world what they can’t resist, then it won’t be about your looks or imperfections but about your talent. No one can ignore great talent and creativity.’

As part of this laudable project by Berla, some selected girls will be given scholarships from SN Media Learning Tree, run by broadcast journalist, Nana Aba Anamoah, and lawyer, Sandra Ankobiah and some internship opportunities with Anita Erskine Media, and other media houses.

The intention is to have more of the young ladies positioned in other institutions to serve as interns whiles on vacation.

Expressing her excitement about the success of the event, Berla Mundi stated that she was elated at the success of the first event as well as the tremendous support she received from her team and partners as well as the direction from Anita Erskine and is excited about her new journey with the 30 young ladies as well as those who will be selected for the subsequent editions. She concluded by saying that  definitely this is a project that has come to stay and she looks forward to bigger and better ones in the near future

The project also received support Anita Erskine Media, SN Media Learning Tree, Combert Impressions, Tinsell Events, Jumia Food GH,OH My Hair, Dirt Entertainment, Slay Cosmetics and  Berla Mundi Foundation.

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#VGMA2018: TV3 apologises for break in transmission – READ FULL STATEMENT

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Media General, managers of Accra-based TV3 and official media partner of the 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, has issued a statement explaining a break in transmission in their live coverage of the event last Saturday.

The interruption, which happened while former employee, Nana Aba Asamoah was onstage to present an award, was widely speculated to be deliberate foul play targeted at the ace broadcaster, but the company has rubbished any such theories.

Signed by Richard Ahigble (Group Head, Corporate Affairs), the statement fingered a break in the official feed from event producers, Charterhouse Ghana, as the cause of the interruption, and expressed regret for the indelibrate  technical challenges “inherent in producing an event such as the VGMAs”.

Compered by broadcaster Berla Mundi, and actor Jon Dumelo, the 2018 VGMAs saw late songstress, Ebony Reigns record a historic feat as the first female act to win the coveted Artist of the Year prize, as well as the first Ghanaian act to win in posthumously.

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Donewell Insurance, Happy FM Stock National Blood Bank

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The 2018 edition of Happy 98.9 FM’s annual blood donation exercise was partnered by Donewell Insurance as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The blood donation exercise which took place at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra on Saturday April 14, saw a host of Donewell Insurance Company Limited and Happy FM staff together with the general public donating blood to stock the National Blood Bank.

Over 100 units of blood was collected to boost the stock of blood at the National Blood Bank.

Speaking at the Blood Donation Exercise, Timothy Karikari, a Director at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company (GMABC) stated that the issue of shortage of blood at the hospitals is a great concern to Happy FM and hence the partnership with Donewell Insurance Company Limited to beef up the stock at the blood bank.

“We at GMABC, having trust and confidence in the Donewell brand, decided to partner them in this year’s edition. Shortage of blood at our hospitals has been an issue of great concern to this country. Blood is essential for life and the wellbeing of Ghana’s human resource is critical for the success of this country. We believe that by doing this, we are contributing our quota to the health and development of this nation,” Mr. Karikari disclosed.

He said that blood cannot be manufactured and therefore essential for people to donate to help save a life.

Blood cannot be manufactured or created and so by donating blood, you are saving someone’s life, a company’s life and a nation’s future.  Even one unit of blood is important,” he noted.

Jennifer Bebli, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Donewell Insurance Company Limited disclosed that the objective of the blood donation exercise was to give back to society and also to help save lives.

“It has been all over the news that the blood bank has always had a shortage in terms of blood so we decided that as part of our way of giving back and saving lives, we organized this exercise. Donewell Insurance is 25 years and as part of our support to Ghanaians and the community in which we carry out our business, this blood donation exercise is one of the many CSR activities lined up for the year. Since our head office is in Osu, we thought it right to undertake this CSR activity in the community in which we have stayed in these 25years and also to support the blood bank by donating blood,” she noted.

The blood donation exercise lasted for about 8 hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There were other activities such as free medical screening and health checks for participants by qualified medical professionals.

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KUMASI: Three Dealers in Illegal DStv Decoders Arrested

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Three persons dealing in illegal DStv decoders have been arrested in Ashanti Region for importing, storing, distributing and selling of MC Nigeria decoders in Ghana. The three shops were raided with the support of the Cyber Crime Unit and SWAT team of Ghana CID Police in Kumasi.  This follows repeated reports by MultiChoice Ghana of the activities of such person around the country acting as agents of MultiChoice.

According to Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana, “the activities of such persons on the market contravenes the Electronic Communications Act and a number of importation and tax laws in Ghana”. He explains MCG is the only company in Ghana with the special licence to import and distribute DStv decoders across the country. Adding that by law all monthly DStv subscriptions paid in Ghana should attract the following taxes 15% VAT, 2.5% NHIL and 6% CST.

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax applied on the value added to goods and services at each stage in the production and distribution chain. It forms part of the final price the consumer pays for goods or services.

The National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) is a levy on goods and services supplied in or imported into Ghana. All goods and services are subject to the levy unless they are exempt.

The Communications Service Tax (CST) is a tax levied on charges for the use of communications services that are provided by communications service operators. CST is imposed under Section 1 of the Communications Service Tax Act 2008, (Act 754).

These DStv decoders from Nigeria are smuggled into the country, denying the country of requisite import duties, then are sold to the unsuspecting public by these unscrupulous persons. The purchase and use of such decoders makes one an accessory to tax evasion as your month subscriptions are paid in Nigeria thus avoiding the payment of tax in Ghana.

According to Section 86 and 149 of the Ghana Revenue Act, a person who enters into a contract with a non-resident person for the supply or use of goods or property of any kind, or the supply of any services, which contract gives rise to income accruing in or derived from Ghana, shall pay taxes on that service or good.  Failure to Pay Tax is liable onto summary conviction, of imprisonment for a term of not less than three months and not more than one year, or both.

During the raid ledgers with accounts and personal details of persons they were illegally collecting subscription from and several boxes of decoders were seized.  MultiChoice Ghana urges anyone who may have acquired such decoders to contact the nearest MultiChoice Ghana Office to have their decoder regularized.

 

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GMABC’s Director Elected Greater Accra Coordinator For GIBA

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A director at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company, Mr. Timothy Karikari has been elected as the Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA).

Mr.  Karikari was sworn in together with his Deputy Regional Coordinator, Richard Osei Agyapong of Radio Gold at the GIBA meeting held on Friday; 6th April 2018.

Speaking about his new position, Mr Karikari said he would work effectively to support GIBA’s Executive Council in discharging their duties as the governing body of the group.

“Media today has evolved from analogue to digital (i.e. digital broadcasting and social media among others) and therefore critical that members are able to capitalize on the technological change for the success of their brands,” he stated.

He added that it is his hope to work together with his deputy to increase the membership of GIBA as well as participation of existing members in the association.

“Accra has 45 non-public radio stations on air and as part of our mandate to support the GIBA Executive Council, we will help the council ensure that members maintain good and quality broadcasting standards through the institution of regular and relevant training. We also hope to increase membership and participation of existing members for the economic professional benefit of broadcast media firms.” Mr. Karikari disclosed.

 

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Law Express Season 3 airs on GHOne TV

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Nuhela Seidu is back with her team of lawyers to educate and inform the general public on matters about the law.  Season three of the popular and most watched talk show on television, Law Express, is here, this time airing on GhOne television.

Showing every Sunday between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm, season three of Law Express promises to be more interesting and engaging with carefully selected topics for discussion. Just like previous seasons, there are several seasoned lawyers to contribute to the discussion every weekend.

The first episode of the season premiered on Sunday 8th April 2018 with the panel discussing a rather sensitive issue, Abortion, a subject which is rare and not openly discussed in Ghanaian communities and homes. Abortion has been a controversial subject in many societies through history on religious, moral, ethical, practical, and political grounds.

The panel which comprised of Theodocia Naana Quartey and Martin Kpebu, successfully defined adoption and further discussed some concerns raised about abortion – clarity on who is qualified to perform an abortion, whether the consent of the woman (or guardian) was required, what the gestation limits were, where a legal abortion could be performed and more.

The episode which has been receiving impressive reviews since its airing has generated a stimulating discussion on several online platforms with several people calling for a broader discussion on Abortion whilst others are advocating for a review of the laws on Abortion which they consider as not sufficiently clear on several aspects of the subject.

Law Express season three continues this weekend on Sunday 15th April 2018 with Road Traffic Offences as the topic for discussion. Joining the discussion will be Bernard Owiredu Donkor and Samuel Dublin Mahama.

As road users, whether drivers, passengers or pedestrians, we are likely to commit Road Traffic Offences. Do make a date to get a better understanding of Road Traffic Offenses and know what to do when you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

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Donewell Insurance, Happy FM to Stock National Blood Bank

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Donewell Insurance Company Limited in partnership with Happy FM, is set to save lives on Saturday April 14 with the annual Blood Donation exercise.

The much anticipated blood donation exercise which is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event, is meant to boost the stock of blood at the national Blood Bank.

The event will take place at the premise of Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra from 6am to 4pm and according to organizers, over 1,000 units of blood are expected to be collected to help our hospitals save lives in Ghana.

Chief Executive Officer of the Global Media Alliance Group, Mr. Ernest Boateng , said over the past 7 years, Happy FM has been committed to saving lives through the blood donation exercise and the station will continue with this great initiative.

“We want to encourage all listeners of Happy FM and compassionate members of the general public to come and help save a life with their bloods. This year, we want to collect about 1,000 units of blood to beef up the stock at the national blood bank,” Mr. Boateng added.

Meanwhile Robert Boateng, the General manager of Donewell Insurance Company Limited stated that aside the blood donation on the said day, there will also be health screening and other activities for the general public as well.

“Donewell Insurance is 25 years and as part of our CSR activities, a health screening and blood donation exercise would be held on Saturday April 14, 2018 at the Ebenezer Presby Church, Osu Accra . We invite the general public to come and support this worthy cause by donating blood to save precious lives,” he said.

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