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Happy FM Embarks on Accountability Campaign in the Sports Fraternity

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Happy FM, in collaboration with Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) are embarking on a campaign to promote transparency and accountability in Sports Administration in Ghana.

The campaign which will be launched at 8am on-air during Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo’ show on May 9, seeks to demystify the perception that sports administration in Ghana is engulfed with corruption.

The on-air launch will have representatives from Happy FM Sports Team, StarGhana and GACC among others who will give a summary about what the whole campaign is going to be about. The name of the campaign will also be unveiled at the launch.

Currently Sports Administration, with reference to football, is open to people who own or head the football clubs. The fans have no say. FIFA’s statutes also prevent third parties – including states – from ‘interfering’ in the affairs of the FA, hence worsening the opacity that already exists. This has made the FA feel almost immune to all attempts at accountability from the general public and even state agencies or the government.

This campaign also seeks to enhance transparency and accountability in the Sports Administration and address certain pertinent issues bothering the general public with regards to the Sports Administration.

The project is brought to you by StarGhana with funding from UK aid (DFID), DANIDA and EU.

 

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Fw: Four HD Channels Coming To DStv

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Your favourite Discovery channels on DStv are now available in HD bringing audiences a fresh dose of entertainment, bigger and clearer than ever before. From Monday 21 May, TLC (channel 135), Discovery Family (channel 121) and Investigation Discovery (ID) (channel 171) will be available in HD, boosting the viewing experience for TLC OMG lovers, ID crime suspense fanatics, and Discovery Family magic shows followers across Africa. The three channels will join Discovery Channel, which is also available in HD.

“At Discovery, we are constantly seeking ways to enable our passionate audiences to explore their world and unlock new experiences. With our entire DStv portfolio available in HD, Discovery fans can now catch their most loved shows in the best quality,” said Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Africa and the Middle East.

According to Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana, “MultiChoice key priority is to put customer’s needs at the heart of everything we do.  part of our continuous efforts to offer an ever-evolving and enhanced DStv experience that ensures our customers get the most value for money, we’re delighted to announce that four DStv channels will now air in High Definition for our customers from 11pm on the 21st of May.” Customers will not have to tamper with their decoders to be able to enjoy the enhanced picture quality.

Showcasing the best in meaningful entertainment and reality shows, this June TLC will premiere shows such as THANDO BARES ALL (Saturday 2 June at 7pm) a new local series which sees South African actress, radio DJ and television host, Thando Thabe the sassy, straight-talking style and charismatic personality encourage people to ‘open up’ and be honest about things they might otherwise be embarrassed to talk about. While Honey Boo Boo’s mum, June Shannon AKA “Mama June” is back with all new MAMA JUNE: FROM NOT TO HOT (Tuesday 12 June at 7pm), and she’s hotter than ever!

Then on ID, new series THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER: IT’S NOT OVER (Thursday 24 May at 7.55pm) follows the decades-long case of the real-life bogeyman who stalked the night across four major Californian cities, assaulting over 50 women and killing at least ten people.

Lastly, on Discovery Family’s STRANGE EVIDENCE (Wednesday 6 June at 5:20pm), experts from across all fields of science analyse video footage to discover the truth behind some of the world’s most bizarre and mysterious occurrences ever recorded on camera.

Skip the FOMO and be part of the new-look TLC, Discovery Family and ID, when they launch in stunning HD on Monday 21st May, only on DStv.

 

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Ghana DJ Awards officially Presents Citation to Mark Okraku Mantey

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Officials of the Prestigious Ghana DJ Awards has officially presented Mark Okraku Mantey with his citation and prize.

Mark Okraku who was unable to attend the highly attended event held on Saturday, May 5th, was honoured for his contribution to ‘deejaying’ in Ghana.

In a brief ceremony held at the offices of the Multimedia Group, Mark received the Citation with joy and thanked the Ghana DJ Awards board for honouring him.

In his rather passionate acceptance speech, the Creative Arts Council President said, “I had nothing to show for my work as a DJ but I now have something to refer to and show to my children. My profound gratitude to the board and organizers of the Ghana DJ Awards for this prestigious honour and thanks to Device Tech Addiction and Kriss Coconut Milk for the prizes. I will use these products and give you feedback”, he added.

Those who are quite old and have followed music entertainment would remember the great work Mark did when he was at Joy FM. He was one of the few DJs at that time.

Mark Okraku also played at Balm Tavern as a nightclub DJ. At the same time, he played at several parties, leaving a mark of excellence at each.

As programs manager at Hitz 103.9fm, Mark has powered the agenda of DJing, helped recruit top DJs including Ghana’s finest hypeman, Merqury Quaye, and facilitating the unearthing of unique talents through radio talent shows.

Mark Okraku-Mantey attended Datus Complex Schools (Bubuashie) and continued to St. Augustine College in the Central region. In his school days, he was the first student to be allowed to play as official Disc Jockey for St. Augustine College.

The Ghana DJ Awards was created to celebrate and appreciate the talents of Disc Jockeys (DJs) who promote Ghana music. The Awards is an exciting annual program designed to foster the development of the Ghana music industry by rewarding and celebrating Radio, Mobile and Club Disc Jockeys who have excelled in their fields of endeavour. It is, actually, the only national award scheme in Africa that appreciates and celebrates DJs for their work. It is also a platform that rewards veteran DJs who have blazed the trail in the music industry over the years.

The main objective is to recognize the electronic dance music scene and seeks to let the world know that the art of Disc Jockeying is a respected craft, with DJs playing a major role in the overall Music and Entertainment industry.

In 2012, the very first edition of the Ghana DJ Awards was conceived by Merqury Quaye, a DJ, music lover, renowned MC and radio show host. The very first edition was held at the National Theatre on 15th February 2012 and has been held annually since then.

READ  FULL CITATION PRESENTED TO MARK OKRAKU MANTEY

As one of the pioneer crop of radio DJs from the mid nineteen eighties, you came to the game with an accomplished track record as a disc jockey on the club circuit dating back to your schooldays at St Augustine.

Your work with Joy FM prepared you for a glorious career as a music producer whose A listed artists were at the vanguard of the hip-life revolution which has indeed provided jobs and succour for many people worldwide.

 

Your role in the creative arts cannot be understated as you used your keen understanding of music to mould and groom talent through your participation as a judge on numerous reality shows in the country. Indeed your candid opinions endeared you to many a viewer.

 

Today you still continue to groom and develop talent through your numerous roles as a media executive, television producer, talent manager, event organizer and creative arts consultant. It is no wonder that your contribution to the creative industries has been recognized by the state and you are currently the President of the Creative Arts Council of Ghana.

 

It is in recognition of these immense contributions to Ghana’s development through the Arts in general and the media in particular that the board of the Ghana DJ Awards 2018 acknowledges you as an inspiration in the creative arts in Ghana and confers on you the Lifetime Achievement Award today, Saturday, 5th May 2018.

 

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SP Kofi Sarpong, Pastor Kofy join TV Africa to celebrate ‘ Supa Mom’

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Ghana’s fastest growing television brand, Tv Africa, on Saturday, 12th May 2018 held the maiden edition of its Mother’s day special dubbed SUPA MOM.
The occasion witnessed fans, friends, hosts, celebrities pay respect to mothers in Ghana and across the globe.
Serving mothers to some exhilarating music was gospel maestro, Chief SP, Kofi Sarpong, the energetic  Pastor Kofy, Evangelist Agnes Opoku Aygemang and a host of others.
Hosts Nikki Samonas, Obuobia Darko-Opoku, Classy Judy,  Aysha Papabi, Sika, Khadijat El_Alawa were not left out as thrilled and engaged the Supa Moms to a few activities.
According to GM, Content, Creation and Production, the Supa Mom special was conceived to foster love between mothers and wards.
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SWITCH OFF TO SWITCH ON THE ECONOMY: Global experts review digital migration

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The Digital Dialogue Conference 2018 facilitated by MultiChoice concluded with a panel discussion offering first-hand insight into the successes and challenges associated with the transition to digital terrestrial television broadcasting in Africa, ranging from international coordination, standardisation, regulation, harmonisation and the broader economics of spectrum management and digital migration.

The expert panel consisted of Gerhard Petrick, Deputy Chairperson of the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA), Michèle Coat, Radio Communication Engineer at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Peter Barnet, Chair of CM-WiB at Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) and Greg Bensbert, MBE, General Manager of Digital 3&4 at ITV.

“Good progress has been made by selecting and implementing the most advanced and spectrum efficient technology for terrestrial broadcasting.  However, significant work remains in yielding the digital dividend, with only a few SADC countries having cleared the dividend bands”, Petrick offered in his opening remarks.

Furthermore, Petrick illustrated how network costs can typically be derived and stated that Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) cost per service should be substantially lower than analogue network costs.

From a consumer value proposition, Petrick confirmed that the digital networks offer better video quality and audio in the interest of the consumers, although most deployments are Standard Definition (SD) instead of High Definition (HD).  “There is still potential for more services to be accommodated for the networks that are currently on-air” he remarked.

Coat stated that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) facilitated the planning of the migration to digital and the co-ordinating spectrum requirements.  This included a follow-up to the Geneva 2006 (GE-06) conference to plan the digitisation of broadcasting and associated frequency use for 119 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central Asia.

She confirmed that the remainder of the UHF band (470-694 MHz) is earmarked for broadcasting for the foreseeable future whilst the digital dividend (694-862 MHz) bands to be released in the switchover from analogue to digital TV will play a critical role in delivering broadband wireless access.

Barnett gave a review of new developments in DVB – the industry-led consortium of about 160 of the world’s leading digital TV and technology companies, drawn from broadcasters; ttelecommunications network operators; regulators and manufacturers who collectively draft the satellite system standards.

Peter also shared an update of the DVB including DVB-S2X which offers Extended SNR (C/N) range, Finer granularity from additional MODCODs, Additional roll-off values, Channel bonding. And will be available for DTH from early 2018. He also mentioned DVB-SIS – Single Illumination System- a cost efficient delivery of DVB broadcasts onto IP networks and will use 1 transponder to feed both terrestrial transmitters and DTH receivers. The new offering was originally developed for satellite, however, it can also handle terrestrial and cable formats. Also in the new development pipeline is DVB-I (terms of reference approved in Feb 2018) which is set to provide a user perception of a linear TV channel, discovered and consumed over the open internet. Further developments in this space include updates on RCS2 (Return Channel on Satellite); Satellite beam hopping; Low latency IP delivery, updates on Simulcrypt headend, Emergency Warning System, Targeted Advertising and more which are available on www.dvb.org/about/process for the full work plan.

Has the transition to digital been a success for broadcasters? And how did the transition to digital change the TV universe? Along with the questions, Bensberg also gave some insights from his digital migration work as a key technical and regulatory adviser to UK Government Ministers during the switchover and future demands of technology changes.

Using the UK’s 2005 Analogue Switchover (Digital Migration) as a case study, Peter shared that after migrating to digital, all public service channels in the UK became available to all viewers with more than 20 other new channels created, e.g. Sky News. The migrations also extend the channels’ reach with the government cost-benefit analysis (in 2005) revealing a net benefit of around £2bn to the UK.

Bensberg also shared his insights on how digital migration has allowed broadcast services to better compete with emerging platforms. “The adoption of digital technology has dramatically changed the TV industry in all markets were it has been adopted. The initial response of the content owners to the threat posed by the internet was to revert to legal challenge, either through direct litigation (as in Napster) or via government response creating new laws (as in the DCMA and Digital Economy Act). However, broadcasters have since moved to offer their own content on-line and increasing are aiming to build on their existing platforms to offer a hybrid service to viewers, such as Freeview Play,” says Bensberg. He also adds this has allowed them to offer an official route to accessing their content which they can monetise and gave them control over the branding and prominence of their services.

Gerhard Petrick concluded the panel discussions by stating that digital migration is a vital natural resource and any delays would have long-term consequences to the economy: “The opportunity cost of not yielding dividend bands has a significant negative impact on countries which haven’t implemented digital migration.  These bands will play a critical role in providing broadband wireless access and allowing citizens to participate in the economy”.

 

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Multimedia’s Andy Dosty joins Ghana DJ Awards Board

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Celebrated Ghanaian disc jockey, Andy Dosty (known in real life as Andrew Amoh) has joined the Ghana DJ Awards board.

As a member of the Ghana DJ Awards Jury, Andy, who holds over two decades of experience in the entertainment space as a DJ, radio presenter and MC, will bring his knowledge and expertise in DJing to the table to contribute immensely to the development of the scheme.

Andy made this known at the just-ended Ghana DJ Awards which saw Starr FM’s DJ Vyrusky emerging as the overall DJ of the year.

Merqury Quaye, Founder and CEO of the awards in an earlier interview today on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz 103.9 FM, officially welcomed Andy to the board which already has the likes of Mr Adu Gyamfi, Rab Bakari, Hubert Kofi Anti, Richie Mensah and Mr Ahumah Bosco Ocansey among others.

As a member of the Ghana DJ Awards board, Andy Dosty will not be eligible for nominations for awards by the scheme.

Known as Africa’s biggest DJ event, the Ghana DJ Awards is the foremost award scheme in Africa which awards was created to celebrate and appreciate the talents of Disc Jockeys (DJs) who promote Ghana music.

The Awards is an exciting annual program designed to foster the development of the Ghana music industry by rewarding and celebrating Radio, Mobile and Club Disc Jockeys who have excelled in their fields of endeavour.

 

The 6th Annual Ghana DJ Awards which saw DJ Vyrusky emerge Best Overall DJ of the Year, was held at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday, May 5. The festival is produced by Merqury Republic.

 

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STARR WOMAN helps over 100 PWDs access common fund after 2 years of no show!

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Yendi women with disabilities are living their dreams today after accessing their share of the District Assemblies Common Fund, DACF!

For the past two years this has simply been a mirage, enduring a frustrating experience shuttling between the Municipal Assembly, home and the PWD local office. The allocation of the DACF for Persons with Disabilities (PWDS) had been in arrears for so many quarters without any explanation and any trace of hope. This had strained relations between the assembly and PWDs in the municipality who were deeply suspicious and mistrusted their local leaders.

The Starr Woman Dream Edition Project has been piloting in the Yendi and Savelugu Municipalities using various advocacy tools to improve the economic empowerment of women with disabilities in the Northern Region and for that matter the country. A stakeholder forum the Project hosted earlier provided a platform for the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive Alhaji Abubakari Yusuf together with his officers to engage the PWDs in an open, constructive and result-driven discourse to resolve the misunderstandings and delays surrounding the management of their allocation of the DACF among other issues. The forum shared the project’s baseline survey findings regarding gaps in the Municipality’s duty of care to the PWD women entrepreneurs in relation to the provisions of the 1992 constitution and the PWD ACT 715. The MCE responded positively, pledged among other things to swiftly and transparently disburse the fund to the beneficiaries as well as equip them with training and resources for business.

Starr Woman Dream Edition can confirm after follow up visit to the Municipality to track these promises that indeed the duty bearers have kept to their word.

Led by the Project Lead Eyram Bashan, the Team hosted the women with disabilities and some assembly officials including the Assistant Director Elvis Boateng and Social Welfare Officer Zakaria Alhassan to provide status report on the issue. The Assembly’s Representatives reported that the allocation had indeed come and was duly disbursed to about 120 PWDs. In all 70 women and 50 men with disabilities benefitted with some receiving start-up capital up to 800 cedis each, ruminants for those interested in livestock farming, sewing machines for fashion designers among others. The PWDs also benefitted from business management skills training program organized by the Rural Enterprise Foundation unit of the Assembly.

Over 50 of the beneficiaries were Starr Woman Dream Edition Mentees. The women confirmed the account of the Assembly expressing their gratitude to Starr Woman Dream Edition Project and the Assembly.The team followed up with a visit to the shops and homes of some of the Mentees.

Starr Woman Mentee with hearing and speech impairment Arahamatu Abdul Rahamdin who is also a Fashion Design Apprentice cheerfully flaunted her sewing machine “now I can comfortably sew using my own machine to design”.

Another Mentee beneficiary Asana Adam who is physically challenged and owns a fashion workshop with students is planning to use her capital support fund to construct a decent shop to relocate her business from the open structure.

Mentee Fati Osman is excited about business prospects now that she has received ruminants and “rearing them for the boom religious seasons ahead is a financial reward I cannot wait to have”.

Elizabeth Nakoja is on the assembly’s waiting list for the next tranche but what she has witnessed with her colleagues has inspired her to be hopeful.

The Star Woman Dream Edition Project Lead – Eyram Bashan said she was humbled by the sheer success of their engagement of the leadership of the local assembly “their cooperation has been very assuring, we applaud their commitment to walk their talk – it’s showing us what’s possible when duty bearers act. Economic empowerment of women with disability is surely possible and Starr Woman is pushing to see this replicated across the country. Everything is possible and within our reach when we move beyond believing and act purposefully. Ghana wins when every citizen gets their share of national development, when every citizen participates in every sphere of life be it economic or otherwise. Disability issue is therefore a development issue.”

The Starr Woman Dream Edition Project also organized entrepreneurship mentoring session its Yendi class of mentees under the Star-Ghana gender empowerment and social inclusion program. In all the project is directly mentoring about 100 of such women with coaching and livelihood skills training, facilitating for them to access key government entrepreneurship and social services etc. in the Northern Region for the first year of the project.

STARR WOMAN DREAM EDITION PROJECT is Starr FM’s advocacy program funded by Star Ghana to address the systemic exclusion or marginalization of women with disabilities from economic spheres of the country.

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