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GOtv grows its local content offering with three new channels

...As they add Adom TV, Joy News plus Joy FM
MultiChoice Ghana is thrilled to announce the addition of three new channels on GOtv to boost the platform's local content offering in Ghana. Adom TV, Joy News and Joy FM went live on GOtv Plus and GOtv Value on the 27 August, 2015. 

Adom TV will be available on channel 96 and will offer authentic Ghanaian programming comprising of news and current affairs, movies, magazine and talk shows, sports, religious programming and a multitude of variety entertainment.  Adom TV...Yewo adze A oye!

For live breaking news and in-depth analysis, GOgetters can tune in to channel 44 for Joy News, a dedicated 24 hours news and current affairs television channel. The channel will provide informative and educational variety content, ranging from foreign news bulletins, current affairs, talk shows, documentaries and magazine shows. 

And there is more! On channel 302, GOgetters will find the popular and influential Joy FM. The radio station is available on the…

Hitachi Data System win award

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has been named a winner of the TMC 2015 Cloud Computing Excellence Awards for its advanced Hitachi Content Platform portfolio, including Hitachi Content Platform, Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere and Hitachi Data Ingestor.

Presented by Cloud Computing magazine, the Cloud Computing Excellence Awards recognise companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. 

The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio is the only portfolio that offers integrated solutions and a single architecture for private and hybrid cloud, OpenStack support, cost-effective erasure-coded dense storage, elastic cloud gateways, file sync and share, and mobile access to enterprise NAS file shares. By using a common platform, customers enjoy superior cost optimisation across multiple use cases, eliminate solution silos, and improve manageability and security from a single point of control. Hitachi Content Platform is a …

AMI calls for action against journalist’s murder

The international outrage over last week’s killing of South Sudanese journalist Peter Julius Moi is understandable, particularly in view of the fact that only days earlier the country’s president had warned journalists “working against the country” of dire consequences. While it is not clear who executed or ordered Moi’s killing, the African Media Initiative is concerned that murder has become too common as the weapon of choice against journalists who dare challenge the misuse of power, expose corruption or refuse to compromise the ethical principles of their profession.
We at Ami are at one with those who believe in freedom of the media and protection of journalists and condemn unequivocally this dastardly murder of Moi. In just over two months, on November 2, the world will be marking theInternational Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in furtherance of the UN’s landmark resolution adopted in 2012 for a Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Imp…

GOtv presents safety vest to Ghana Police - MTTD Unit

GOtv Ghana presented a 100 branded police safety vests to the Ghana Police Traffic Department in Accra as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The vests will assist to increase police visibility when directing traffic and when traffic lights are not working.
Presenting the vests, Mr. Nii Amah Dagadu, Regional Marketing Manager of MultiChoice West & Central Africa, said that making this contribution would bring about significant change in the countries road traffic woes.
“ The business felt the need to assist the Traffic Department with safety vests at a time that it is most needed, following the recent electricity fluctuations which have left pedestrians and drivers alike stranded at traffic lights for hours. Not only will the safety vests help the public but it will also protect the police as well”
DCOP Angwubutoge Awuni, Director General of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service, expressed his gratitude to GOtv for supporting …

BBC Brit on DStv now

· MultiChoice Africa is delighted to announce the launch of BBC Worldwide’s new global genre brand,BBC Brit, which will be available from 01 September 2015 on the DStv platform.
The exciting new channel is a rebrand of BBC Entertainmentwhich will be renamed to BBC Brit on DStv channel 120 with an increased investment into new content. BBC Brit will sit alongsideBBC World News and the new additions to the DStv Compact bouquet, BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies.
BBC Brit will offer premium, factual entertainment that is intelligent but irreverent and male-skewed but with broader appeal and blends expertise with entertainment and fact with fun. The channel will become the exclusive home of Top Gear, Undercover Boss and Dragons Den and cover a rich variety of subjects: cars, science, adventure, business, food, life-changing moments, extreme characters, quirky eccentrics and comedy.
Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets at BBC Worldwide said: “BBC Brit will bring together some of the world’s biggest…

SUPERSPORT 9 (SS9) NOW ON GOtv PLUS

More reasons to Live & Love Sport on GOtv!
GOtv is excited to announce the addition of SuperSport 9 (SS9) which will go live on GOtv Plus channel 35 from Thursday, 13 August at 9:00a GMT.SuperSport 9 is the primary channel for African Football and offers a selection of sports content that covers athletics,Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC), Boxing, NBA and much more.
The move to introduce the popular channel is part of GOtv’s continuous efforts to bring viewers an exciting variety of sporting content to subscribers across the content. GOtv boasts an eclectic mix of sporting channels which include SuperSport Select 1, SuperSport Select 2 and Blitz Sport.
This August, GOgetters on the GOtv Plus bouquet can look forward to incredible sporting action, starting this weekend. All gloves are off on Friday 14 August; when Sijuta Promotions brings the WBA Bantamweight International Title Fight between Mzuvukile Magwaca (SA) and Jose Gonzalez (Mexico) at 5:00pm GMT.
GOgetter will also score bi…

GAWU empowers farmers'

Lucy Baagyei-Danso
Government has for some time now been battling with the issue of rural livelihood development; how to empower the rural folk especially to make extra income from non-farm activities.

The General Agricultural Workers Union, aside having recorded successes in anti-child labour campaigns and some other livelihood development projects has shown the farmers of the Kwaebibrem district of the Eastern region the way forward.

The Union has organized a training workshop in Kade in the Eastern region to train 50 male and female farmers for improved skills and knowledge in appropriate and sustainable non-farm economic activities. Farmers who attended this training programme were taken through days of theoretical as well as practical classes on how to make maximum income from oil palm which is the main cash crop of the people from that district.

The facilitator for the workshop Ing. Charles Manu educated participants on the best practices in processing palm oil from the fruit to…

Assemblies of God holds vacation bible school

The Jehovah Jireh Temple of the Assemblies of God Church has held this year Vacation Bible School for school children in and around Adenta Japan Motors, Housing Down, and New Legon to bring the word of God closer to them.
The event which began on Monday 3rd August 2015,with the theme “ Empowerment by the Holy Spirit for witnessing” was under the sponsorship of Nestle  Ghana Limited, Indomie , Special Ice company Limited Elegant settings, Accra Jubilee Lions Club, Metro Mass Transit company Limited and the Child Evangelism Fellowship.
The coordinator of the vacation Bible school, Mrs. Rhoda Awurabena Appiah, who is also principal Public Relations Officer of the Public Procurement Authority, at the opening ceremony said the event would serve as a platform inculcate the word of God deeper into the hearts of the children  in preparation for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Those of us in the children ministry usually don’t get ample time to during church service to delve deeper into th…

Finally, Della Russel Ocloo nominated for GJA Awards

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has selected 26 journalists from across the country as award winners for its 20th edition of the GJA Awards Nights slated for Saturday, August 15. The award winners are: Rebecca Awuah, Felix Klutse, Joseph Opoku-Gakpo, Elvis Darko, Mabel Aku Banaseh, Doreen Hammond, Nana Konadu Agyeman, Seth Bokpe, Moses Aklorbotu, Jamila Akweley Okertchiri and Seth K. Boateng. Others are Wendy Laryea, Alberto Mario Noretti, Zadok Gyesi, Samuel Adadi Akapule, Kwettey Nartey, Della Russel Ocloo, David Andoh, Gabriel Ahiagbor, Benedict Owusu, Abdul Hayi Moomen and Nii Adjei Klu. Other winners were Daniel Nanor, Rebbeca Ekpe, Ayele Ayittey, Kafui Kanyi, Samuel K. Boateng. Ms Roberta Gardiner, Chairperson of the Selection Committee, congratulated the awards winners adding that the categories in which they won would be announced on Saturday. She said relevance, accuracy of facts, balance of stories, fairness for all sides of the story, impact of story on the community or…

The Book of Negroes & Black Sails Set to Premiere on BET (129) and History (186) on DStv

August 2015
This August, DStvis boosting its historical drama slate this with the premiere of two critically-acclaimed mini-series; Black Sails and  The Book of Negroes on History (channel 186) and BET (channel 129) respectively.
Directed by Clement Virgo, and starring Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gosset Jr., The Book of Negroes is a powerful re-telling of Lawrence Hill’s 2007 award-winning novel of the same name.  The six-part mini-series centers around the life of 19th century slave, Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis), who bravely navigates the perils of the slave trade in an attempt to secure her freedom.The series premiers onMonday 17 Aug 2015 at 6:10pm GMT.
Eleven year old Aminata is abducted from her village in West Africa, placed in shackles and sent across the ocean to be sold into slavery on a South Carolina plantation. She falls in love and marries a fellow West African slave named Chekura but when their baby is brutally abducted and sold by a jealous slave master, Ami…

Gov’t to raise GH¢500 million through bond

Government plans to issue a new five-year bond to raise GH¢500 million in August to help reorganise its debt, Finance Minister Mr Seth Terkper said on Tuesday.

The bonds would be available for investment through the Bank of Ghana (BoG) appointed primary dealers and be listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Currently, short term debts accounts for about 42 per cent of the total domestic debt.

"It is our plan to gradually shift from the issuance of short-term instruments for capital expenditure to medium and longer-term debt issuance using the book runner system to extend maturities,” Mr Terpker told investors and media at the launch.

The book building approach, compared to the auction process, involves more intensive engagement with the likely clientele for the medium to long-term instruments- institutional investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, provident funds and unit trusts.

Government has appointed Barclays, BoG, Stanbic Bank Ghana and Strategic African Se…

BOST workers express gratitude to management

By: Mathias Amoah with files from GNA
The workers of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) have expressed their gratitude to the board and management of the company for making sure that the workers are well motivated.
The workers made this known after the union signed a condition of service agreement between the local union of the Ghana Trades Union Congress and the management.
The Union commended President John Dramani Mahama, for heeding to their plea of appointing a new Managing Director, Mr. Awuah-Darko as well as a new Board under the chairmanship of Mr. Kakra Essamuah.
Mr. Bernard Owusu Local Unionized Chairman who led a team of members including Mr Francis Salas a Representative from Ghana Trade Union Congress to sign the Condition of service noted that workers were ready to work extra hard to sustain and consolidate the growth and gains the company has made.
He acknowledged the journey to the successes at BOST in the beginning was challenging, but the unionized…

Ghana to host Int’l conference on cassava

An International Conference and Exhibition on Cassava Utilisation and Marketing is scheduled to take place from September 13 to September 18, in Accra.

The conference will provide the platform for countries and investors to connect, share best practice and promote investment.

It will provide a stage for researchers, policy makers, financiers and industrialists to meet and discuss utilization, marketing and other emerging issues in the cassava value chain.

Mr William Agyei-Manu, the Executive Director, Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence, organisers of the conference, speaking at the launch of the conference said the exhibition would provide companies and organizations the opportunity to showcase their products and services and take advantage of this unique and large audience.

He said the two events were aimed at providing a comprehensive opportunity for stakeholders to interact, exchange, network and share ideas on cassava utilisation.

He said cassava value chain is a very promising industr…

TV Africa signs on to GOtv Ghana platform

GOtv has signed a partnership agreement with Ghanaian TV station, TV Africa to launch the channel on the GOtv DTT platform in readiness for Ghana’s digital migration.
This development comes after GOtv Ghana signed on Ghana’s first local music-dedicated channel, FiestaGH (GOtv channel 73), as part of its drive to give Ghanaians the best African and Ghanaian entertainment possible.
TV Africa is a fully Ghanaian-owned, private local television station whose long-term objective is ‘to play an effective role in the development of communications as a major instrument for nation building and a vital element in the socio-economic development process.
TV Africa transmits high quality programs on education, development, culture and current affairs with a focus on Ghana and the African continent.  
TV Africa’s availability on GOtv will put the GOtv TV service in a unique position to promote the rich Ghanaian culture and to become the home of premier African film and television content.  
At the signi…

Are we prepared for the next global epidemic? The public doesn’t think so

By Jim Yong Kim
Too often,the conventional wisdom in diplomatic or scientific circles is that the general public doesn’t know what’s good for them when it comes to foreign policy or tackling global threats. It’s too complicated, the experts say; the public wouldn’t understand. Yet new polling suggests that many in the public understand very well how global infectious disease outbreaks pose a serious threat to their lives and economic security – and they know what should be done about it.
A opinion researchsurveycommissioned by the World Bank Group with 4,000 respondents across five industrialized countries - France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States - found that most people are not convinced the world, or their own country, is prepared for the next global epidemic. Twice as many respondents think the world will experience another global epidemic in the next decade as will not, and fewer than half are convinced that their own country is prepared. They rank “global …