OWC Will Support Sustainable Waters Photography Project in Africa

Photographer Florian Wagner will cross the continent documenting critical water systems.

WOODSTOCK, Illinois, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, has announced their support for photojournalist Florian Wagner’s African Waters 360° project. The photo-film mission will see Wagner flying 18,000km via helicopter across ten African countries, capturing 360° panoramic images of diverse African cities located near bodies of water and river systems that are meaningful for ecological balance.

The project will kick off on Friday, May 18th at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, Florian Wagner and other environmental collaborators will showcase works that explore how water impacts the human condition in resource-stressed and changing environments.

The goal of Wagner’s African Waters 360° project is to document Africa’s beauty while creating awareness of the need for responsible water policy. The program will also serve as a fundraising project for clean water charities, with a fundraising goal of $250,000.

OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor said, “We are thrilled to support Florian Wagner in this important project. Not only is his work significant from an artistic point of view, but he shares OWC’s commitment to examining the world around us, and finding ways to improve the environment on a local and global scale. We all share in that obligation, and OWC is dedicated to raising funds for organizations that provide local communities with access to clean water and improve the residents’ standard of living. We are happy to continue those efforts through this venture.”

OWC is supporting Wagner and his team with a line of workflow solutions that will ensure the images captured during their excursion remain safe and secure. Professionals and prosumers alike need assurance that the content they create can be backed up without worry, and the OWC Envoy Pro EX (VE) with Thunderbolt 3, OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini and OWC ThunderBay 4 with Thunderbolt 3 allow Florian’s team to keep their work securely stored. Wagner is a Leica Camera ambassador, and the African Waters 360° project is also supported by Garmin, Yeti, and Leatherman.

The event kick-off on May 18th is open to the public and will feature presentations on water and the environment as well as photographic exhibits, all hosted in the beautiful Two Oceans Aquarium. The event takes place from 6:30 to 9:00pm local time. Tickets can be purchased here.

About Florian Wagner
Florian Wagner is a photographer and helicopter pilot based in Munich, Germany. His work has been featured in such publications as National Geographic, GQ and Focus, and often explores wildlife and the environment. His trek across Africa can be followed at: African Waters 360°.

About OWC
Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.

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First-ever West Africa Conference on gender justice opens

Accra The maiden West Africa Conference to promote faith movement for gender justice on the sub-region opened in Accra with a call on faith leaders to design their messages to transform the society.

The conference has drawn participants, mainly faith-based leaders and gender activists, from the sub-region to initiate conservations for the establishment of the West African Chapter of the Side by Side Faith Movement for Gender Justice.

Side by Side is a global movement of faith for people of passion to end gender injustice. It is committed in removing barriers to achieving gender justice by using faith leaders including Christians, Muslims and traditional leaders.

The conference will also increase awareness, capacity and commitment amongst faith leaders of their need to challenge and change damaging social norms through gender audits, national symposiums and theological training.

The two-day conference is being coordinated by Christian Aid and the Christian Council of Ghana with funding from World Vision International among others.

Ms Jane Machira, the Gender and Inclusion Advisor, Christian Aid (Side by Side East Africa), said they believed that faith leaders had a powerful moral voice to transform society.

If the transformation is being led by faith leaders, it will bring lots of differences, she added.

She said though many organisations were working on gender equality and justice, their efforts were not properly coordinated and emphasised the need to harmonise all efforts in that direction to achieve results.

Ms Kadidiatou Dante, the World Vision International (Niger), noted that discrimination and injustice against women continued to hamper their interest in occupying political positions and to achieve their potentials.

She said over the years, faith and traditions perpetrated gender inequality and injustice and urged faith leaders to draw their messages on love and respect of each other to restore gender justice.

Mr Ernest Okyere, the Country Manager, Christian Aid, Ghana, said discussion on Gender Justice started over 100 years ago and had made tremendous progress and commended those who played diverse roles in realising that progress.

Mrs Ebun James, the General Secretary of Christian Council of Sierra Leonne, called for the need to strengthen existing movements for gender justice to achieve required results.

She said the Church, like any other institution, could not deny that there were gender injustice in society and urged all faith leaders to rise up and condemn the act to ensure love and peace prevailed in the society.

Faith leaders must tailor their messages to promote peace and love, gender justice, and respect for one another, she said, adding that there was the need to leverage the roles of faith leaders in transforming society.

Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in a speech read on her behalf, said gender justice was in line with government’s policy in streamlining justice in Ghana and commended the movement for the vision.

She urged faith leaders to use the pulpits ad mosques as a tool for transformation to end gender injustice globally.

The conference is expected to form national Coalitions for gender justice to implement action plans in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, among other things.

Source: Ghana News Agency

High Courts to be equip with solar power

Sunyani The Judiciary is embarking on a project to install solar plants in all the High Court premises in the country, Ms Sophia Abenaa Boafoa Akuffo, the Chief Justice has announced.

Interacting with the members of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) and other quasi-Judicial staff in Sunyani, the Chief said solar energy tools and equipment would be procured to enable the Judiciary to make optimal use of the sun for uninterrupted power supply.

Ms Akuffo is on a five-day official working visit in the Brong-Ahafo Region to acquaint herself with, inspect Court buildings and interact with JUSAG members and other staff of the Judiciary.

She said advancement in technology had pushed the Judiciary to identify alternative means of power that would facilitate and maintain country-wide inter-connectivity for effective application of technology in the justice delivery system.

Initially, Ms Akuffo said the solar power project expected to be completed by 2025 targeted the High Courts, saying it would be extended to the Circuit and District Courts.

The Chief Justice said her outfit was aware of the peculiar challenges that faced the Judiciary including inadequate residential accommodation for Judges and Magistrates, dilapidated Court buildings and inadequate number of Judges and assured that many of the teething problems would be addressed.

That notwithstanding Ms Akuffo urged management and staff of the Judiciary to endeavour to tackle petty obstacles that obstructs their daily work.

Justice Patrick Baayeh, the Supervising High Court Judge in Sunyani, expressed discomfort with lack of computers, photocopier machines, printers and other stationeries which were making work difficult for staff.

He appealed to the Chief Justice to as a matter of urgency ensure that residential accommodation was provided to Judges.

She was accompanied by some key staff of the Judiciary, the Chief Justice is expected to visit Duayaw-Nkwanta, Jinijini, Kwame-Danso, Berekum, Techiman, Tuobodom, Goaso, and Kenyasi.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MHA worry over increase number in Mental Cases

Accra- Dr Akwasi Osei, Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Authority has lamented over the increased number of drug related cases reported at the country’s mental health institutions in the year 2017.

Dr Osei noted that 30 per cent out of the 300,000 cases that reported at the mental health facilities under the year under review were drug related.

According to him alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, heroine were among the drugs that were reported at the Out Patients Department.

He was speaking at the ongoing two-day inter-agency consultative forum on strategies for Countering Counterfeit Drugs and substance abuse held in Accra.

The forum brought together 50 agencies including personnel from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) the Media, Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Ghana Health Service, Ghana Prisons Service, the Judiciary among others.

Dr Osei noted that with spate of the cases were serious and major problem, adding, the country was now sitting on a time bomb if government and agencies do not act.

According to him, some drug addicts had reasons for abusing drugs, adding, some abuse drugs to ease pain, leisure, to work.

However, Dr Osei said substance abuse had often resulted in cardiac arrest and brain disorders.

He was not happy with the way some health officers were abusing drugs as they prescribed them to their colleagues to ease pain.

Dr Osei said a drug such as Methadone also known as Dolophine ended up being abused by people who were expected to know better.

The CEO of Mental Health Authority called for the amendment of the existing laws by instituting punitive measures such as confiscating assets of dealers in counterfeit drugs.

According to him, assets sold could be used to resource institutions mandated to fight counterfeit drugs and substance abuse in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Abossey-Okai spare parts dealers Association commend government

Accra- Members of the Abossey-Okai Spare Parts Dealers Association have commended government for smoothly ironing out issues that were inhibiting the 10 percent tax removal and importation of their merchandise.

We will also like to particularly commend and congratulate, Mr Isaac Crentsil, Commissioner of CEPS and his Deputy Commissioner for engaging us on several meetings and also giving us the opportunity to provide them with our own values and prices and addressing issues concerning our sets.

Mr Clement Boateng, Acting Chairman of the Association who said this in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency said it was the outcome of a durbar held for the dealers and workers of CEPS to streamline the inequities of the 10 percent tax removal.

In the first national budget of the New Patriotic Party administration in 2017, the Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance announced the abolition of 10 per cent import duties on spare parts that brought a lot of joy to the dealers all over the country.

Government subsequently implemented the tax reduction later in 2012, but it came with other issues that aggravated the situation of the dealers, calling for further engagements with the Ghana Revenue Authority for resolution.

Mr Boateng said the deliberations were fruitful and hoped that it would meliorate their plight and enable them to offer better services to Ghanaians.

It was based on this understanding that a durbar was held at our place for the Commissioner to explain what has transpired between them and the Association to members.

Mr Boateng promised that as soon as the new document was implemented prices of their spare parts would be reduced.

Source: Ghana News Agency