Nature Hear-Through: All-new Hisense U5120G Soundbar Launches in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — World-renowned electronics manufacturer, Hisense, has recently announced the launch of the newest generation of U5120G Soundbar in South Africa. Available from June 29th at Takealot, Tafelburg, HiFi Corp, and Hirsch’s, the powerful and easy-to-use U5120G Soundbar will retail for R7999 and is expected to be a popular addition to at-home entertainment systems, providing a theatre-like experience for consumers.

The innovative U5120G Soundbar comes with 11 in-built multi-directional speakers and a 180-watt wireless subwoofer for a total of 510 watts of high-quality audio. The 8-inch subwoofer can process sounds as low as 40Hz, adding deep and powerful bass effects to movies, TV shows, games, and music. The devices feature easy connectivity and are Bluetooth compatible, meaning setup is clean, easy, and painless.

As to audio experience, speaker positioning inside the U5120G Soundbar creates a surround system with real 5.1.2ch sound.  A user remarked that, unlike traditional surround sound systems, which have one “sweet spot” seat for the best surround effects, with an intuitive DTS Virtual:X feature and Dolby Atmos, the U5120G Soundbar provides them with an immersive 360-degree surround sound that is warm and heartfelt at any seating position in their TV room.

The U5120G Soundbar can process high-resolution audio, giving sound quality comparable to that of recording studios and concert halls. Its Hi-Remaster technology enables it to upscale the sound quality of other input sources such as CDs and MP3s. Many users praised this feature, claiming that it amplified the compressed audio into an expanded, warmer and richer audio signal that adds depth and dimension to music or movies. For higher-end audio requirements such as movies and games, the U5120G Soundbar also supports 4k and 3D, processing data without quality loss and greatly improving the overall entertainment experience.

According to user feedback, the U5120G Soundbar is easily wall-mountable. It is also easy to set up, with a single remote that supports EzPlay and intuitive menus for customization and switching between different audio modes. If users do not wish to change audio modes manually, the AI EQ mode supported by Hi-AT technology offers sound optimization for each scene. Whether watching sports, a movie, or the news, listening to music or playing a game, AI EQ mode can detect and adjust to the best sound experience.

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Children born out of wedlock have rights to maintenance

Tema, July 4, GNA-The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has stated that children born out of wedlock have a right to maintenance by their fathers just like those born in marriage.

Mr John Ato Breboh, Senior Principal Investigator of CHRAJ, Tema Regional Office said fathers must take up the responsibility of caring for their children instead of leaving that burden on the mothers alone.

Mr Breboh stated during the 14th edition of the Stakeholders Engagement and Worker’s Appreciation Day Seminar of the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency.

The GNA Tema Stakeholder Engagement is a platform rolled out for state and non-state actors to address national issues and serves as a motivational mechanism to recognise the editorial contribution of reporters toward national development in general and the growth and promotion of the Tema GNA as the industrial news hub.

Speaking on the theme: “We Must Make Protection of Children a Priority,”

Mr Breboh said the Children’s Act imposes a duty on parents or any other person with legal liability to maintain a child or contribute towards the maintenance of a child to supply the necessaries of health, life, education, and reasonable shelter for the child.

He advised parents especially mothers and other legal guardians to activate the provision in the Children’s Act for maintenance orders saying “the Act also gives a parent of the child, the legal guardian of the child or any other person the power to apply to the Family Tribunal for a maintenance order.

“It is sad to see some women left with the care of their children alone because they a re not married, some of the children also get neglected by their fathers who are married and taking care of the children produced in the marriage, such cases can also be reported to CHRAJ for the necessary attention,” he added.

Mr Breboh also called for the strengthening of the extended family system in Ghana, saying that the current trend of having nuclear families was not helping in the care of children especially the orphans and the poor.

He said the Child and Family Welfare Policy in Ghana recognised that a child was an integral part of the family and as such a child’s welfare could not be separated from that of the family.

He noted that “It is concerned with all activities, services, and norms which support the child in the context of his/her wider family setting,” adding that “The child protection system of which child and family welfare is one part includes additional functions such as the overarching legal framework including children and justice, and the education and health systems.

Touching on some governmental policies that have the aim of providing for the needs of children, he said there was a need for the strengthening of such policies to ensure that they achieved their intended objectives.

He said policies including the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education, School Feeding Programme, and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty needed evaluation and strengthening to better benefit children and ensure their protection.

Mrs Elorm Kupomey, CHRAJ Investigator at Tema Regional Office reiterated the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which was an agreement by countries who promised to protect children’s rights.

She said the Convention explained who children were, all their rights, and the responsibilities of governments.

Mrs Kupomey said section 28 of the Bill of Rights, entitled “Children” acknowledged that every child had the right to a name and a nationality from birth, family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment.

It also recognises that basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services, be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation, and be protected from exploitative labour practices.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police investigates punishment of a 15-year-old school prefect

Takoradi, July 04, GNA- The Half Assini Police in the Western Region are investigating an alleged punishment meted out to a 15-year-old class prefect which has made it difficult for her to sit down due to severe bruises on her buttocks.

According to the father of the girl, Mr Francis Bronya, his daughter, the class prefect of the school was tasked to write names of students who reported late to school as well as absentees.

The father said unknown to her, one of her colleagues wrote her name as well in the list when she stepped out to attend to nature’s call.

Mr Bronya said when her daughter resumed her seat, she inquired to ascertain who had written her name, but could not find out who did it so she angrily tore the sheet containing the names.

Mr Bronya said her teacher was enraged by the girl’s action and punished them by spanking the whole class and later invited the victim to the front row of the class and gave her extra lashes of which she was alleged to have collapsed.

The father said the girl was later rushed to the hospital after which a formal complaint was lodged with the Half Assini Police.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Paga Police command educates Muslim community on terrorism

Paga, July 4, GNA -The District Commander of Paga Police Station, Superintendent Charles Ahiamale has held a sensitisation programme on terrorism for the Muslim Community at the Paga Central Mosque.

The Community was taken through the definition of terrorism, its historical background in the world and especially Africa, terrorism in modern times and the risks associated.

Commander Ahiamale briefed them on the need for them to be aware of the threats of terrorism by urging them to be on the lookout for suspected terrorists in their communities and report people of questionable and suspicious characters to the security for prompt action.

The Commander enlightened the members of the Muslim group on the perception that terrorists were people dressed up in long dresses with caps and wearing long bearded faces.

He said terrorism had long changed shape and form, where local people were recruited across the world including Africa due to unemployment issues and trained them to execute negative acts.

Commander Ahiamale cited incidents which took place in Togo where more than 11 officers were neutralized in June, 2022, then Po in Burkina, where a group of violent extremists were raided by the military killing six including a civilian.

He added that on 30/06/2022 terrorists blasted a major bridge at Kaya in Burkina with bombs creating devastation, pain and fear in the people in that country and urged them to be security conscious to help the Ghanaian security deal with terrorism in an appropriate manner.

He explained that the Upper East Region was the nearest neighbour to Burkina and could possibly stand the risk of terrorists crossing the border into Ghana.

He gave Police emergency numbers including his personal phone number to the congregants for them to easily call in times of emergencies for prompt response.

The Muslim Community was full of praise to the Commander for the early information and awareness creation extended to their place of worship and the contact numbers given them to reach out to the security during emergencies for prompt action and pledged to cooperate with the National security to help fight terrorism in Upper East Region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Urgent need to increase minimum wages-Ghana Federation of Labour

Tema, July 4, GNA-The Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL) has stated that there is an urgent need for the government to increase the minimum wage of workers for them to meet their economic needs.

Mr Abraham Koomson, GFL Secretary-General said workers’ welfare must be the topmost priority of the government, stressing “the problem of workers linked to the minimum wage, is low, and the government must do something about it urgently”.

He said raising the minimum wage would increase workers’ productivity noting that employee morale and work ethic increase when employees believed they were being paid a fair wage, while the opposite was the case if they were not paid well.

Mr Koomson stated this during the 14th Edition of the Stakeholders Engagement and Worker’s Appreciation Day Seminar of the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency.

The GNA Tema Stakeholder Engagement is a platform rolled out for state and non-state actors to address national issues and serves as a motivational mechanism to recognize the editorial contribution of reporters toward national development in general and the growth and promotion of the Tema GNA as the industrial news hub.

Mr Koomson stated that higher wages would better physical and mental health and reduce decision fatigue of workers leading to higher productivity.

The Ghana Federation of Labour Secretary-General said raising the minimum wage would also reduce absenteeism in workers as they would not be affected by the price of fares.

Mr Koomson revealed that a rise in the minimum wage would benefit low-wage workers, precisely those most likely to put additional income directly back into the economy and kick start a virtuous cycle of greater demand for goods and services, job growth, and increased productivity.

The government must fast-track its operations to ensure that workers are paid satisfactorily and motivate employees to give out their best to increase productivity in return.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Private sector central to our economic recovery-President Akufo-Addo

Accra, July 4, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has rallied the private sector to lead the country’s economic recovery process.

At a breakfast meeting with industry captains and businessmen in Accra on Monday, the President said the private sector was the surest bet to reboot the economy, which is presently undergoing fiscal challenges.

The call comes in the wake of the Government’s push to hold formal talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a support package to rescue the country’s economy beaten by the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation and a depreciating currency.

President Akufo-Addo told the meeting that it was imperative that the private sector played a focal role in the economic transformation of the country because other countries that are doing well got to their present state of development solely on the wings of the private sector.

“We cannot do anything serious if we are not guided by history and example,” he said, citing the development of the four ‘Asian Tigers’- South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan- where private capital pushed the rapid economic growth and development of those nations.

The President pointed out that rural, agrarian primary produce and exporting countries that transformed themselves from low productivity economies to high economies “have been nations where private sector had been the dominant force in their economic growth and development.”

“Japan, Korea, Asian Tigers all these names that are now part of the common vocabulary of are the names of people. Hyundai, Toyota, all names of people who founded these enterprises that have now become worldwide entities… That is the example that has always inspired me, my career as politician.

“The private sector of our economy would be the lead vehicle for the social and economic transformation we are all looking for,” he emphasized.

However, President Akufo-Addo agreed that private sector development had been a difficult challenge for successive governments, but stressed that it was imperative to identify areas, where government and the private sector could profitably work together to achieve sustained growth and development of the country.

He said the breakfast meeting, aimed at soliciting and exchanging views with private sector players on Ghana’s policy direction and investment climate, underscored the importance and central role of the private sector to the economic growth of the country.

The Government, he said, had and would continue to pursue and initiate policies, interventions and incentives, and engender conversations that would enable private sector players, particularly those in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, logistics, aviation and light manufacturing industries, to be more effective in the country’s economic transformation agenda.

Trade and Industry minister, Allan Kwadwo Kyeremanten told the meeting that the Government’s commitment to building a strong partnership with the private sector is unwavering.

He also said countries like China that have sustained its economic progress achieved its prosperity through private sector-led growth.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AAK District Teachers Credit Union holds 27th AGM

Abura Dunkwa (C/R), July 04, GNA- The Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) District Teachers Co-operative Union, has held its 27th shareholders’ Annual General Meeting on the theme ”Growing our resources together for a better future and bouncing back better”.

The shareholders during the meeting discussed the 2021 financial report, and expectations for subsequent years and later elected new executive officers to steer the affairs of the credit union.

Mr Willyevans Obiri Awuah, the board chairman, in his address noted that Ghana’s economy in 2020 was not spared the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as experienced across the globe, but despite the challenge, the Union achieved some gains in its performance.

He said shares shot up from GH¢709, 182.25 in the year 2020 to GH¢958, 834.01 in the year 2021.

The board chairman, also the District Chief Executive of AAK, noted that savings stood at GH¢6,674,128.72 representing a 30.18 per cent increase and the surplus for the year amounted to GH¢142,080.73 as against GH¢129,781.72 in June 2021.

Currently, he said the assets of the Union were GH¢8,673,616.30 indicating that the financial institution is a minimum size credit union in terms of assets per the Credit Union Association (CUA) standards.

Mr Awuah paid glowing tribute to the pioneer teachers, past board members and managers who worked tirelessly over the years to propel the growth and development of the credit union.

He admonished members to keep faith with the union and increase shares and savings to make the union stronger and viable.

He said some challenges faced by the union, included rampant savings withdrawals, a high rate of delinquency and an untimely release of funds from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.

Mr Ebenezer Ekow Pamful, Manager of the credit union, called on workers to be committed and dedicated to working towards ensuring that the credit union expanded its frontiers to other parts of the region.

He charged members to also increase their shares and make regular savings to make the union stronger in the competitive non-banking sector and urged members to pay their loans religiously for others to benefit.

In addition, he advised members to cultivate the habit of savings since it was the only way to alleviate poverty and encouraged members to top up their shares to receive the accompanying rewards.

Mr Williams Ansah Acheampong, Central Regional Director of the CUA commended shareholders and board members for their collective efforts that had sustained the operations of the union.

He advised loan defaulters to pay to avoid embarrassment in the media.

Source: Ghana News Agency

IMF negotiations begin on July 6

Accra, July 4, GNA – A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hold a series of meetings with government officials on Ghana’s economic recovery programme, beginning Wednesday July 6.

The meeting is taking place after Ghana announced it would engage the Fund for a Balance of Payment Support.

President Akufo-Addo on Friday authorised the Ministry of Finance to formally engage the Fund for a Balance of Payment support.

The president had earlier engaged the IMF Managing Director, Miss Kristalina Georgieva to declare the government’s intention.

A statement released by the Ministry of Finance on Monday said the IMF delegation would arrive in the country on Tuesday.

“The Ministry further takes this opportunity to assure Ghanaians of the Government’s commitment to successfully negotiate a program with the IMF in the coming months, in support of Ghana’s economic recovery,” the statement said.

The government upon exiting an IMF programme in 2019 is heading back to the Fund hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia Ukraine crisis.

The twin crisis led to increased inflation and high debt levels of almost 80 per cent of GDP, locking the country out of the International Capital Market.

A declining foreign exchange reserve has put pressure and led to the depreciation of the cedi against major trading currencies.

Source: Ghana News Agency