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Monday, 27 June 2011


SKYY PLUS, your ultimate platform for quality and current movies, news, sports and documentary channels has a line-up  of must – watch programmes on each of the over twenty - two channels available on the bouquet.

 Fox Entertainment channel is one of the biggest names in entertainment. FOX provides viewers with quality entertainment and brings to the screens best Hollywood dramas, comedies, crime, sci-fi and action series, as well as movies. Catch exciting series such as “Boston Legal – Season 4”, “Bigger and Blacker” with Chris Rock, “Republic of Doyle Season 2”, “The Listener Season 2” and many more.

 Boston Legal” tells the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Fast-paced and wildly comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.
"Boston Legal" was created by David E. Kelley. Starring James Spader as Alan Shore, John Larroquette as Carl Sack, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson and lot more.  Showing every Sundays @ 7:00pm and Thursdays 4:00pm.

Bigger And Blacker, an HBO comedy special can be described as biting, witty, and humorous. The plot revolves around a TV show, the life of a performer, and fighting the system. Its comic aspect comes from satire and irreverent humor. Bigger And Blacker's main genre is comedy. In terms of style, it involves stand up and sketches and is talky. In approach, it is not serious and realistic.
 Starring the incisive young humorist Chris Rock in his intelligent stage show in which he skews everything from current events to dating in his own inimitable style, pulling no punches. This series shows every Monday @ 6:30pm.
SHOWTIME is the toughest film channel on the market; an extravaganza of excitement and high adrenaline action 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Don’t miss the excitement show on Showtime this month. Watch thrillers and action movie such as Light Sleeper, Road Ends, Evil Dead, Tornado Terror, Starship Troopers 2, Bad Boys, The Stray and many more.
In the thriller, Light Sleeper, John Le Tour is a recovering drug addict who is now a rich, upscale drug dealer for Manhattan professionals. But when his boss tells him that she is planning to abandon the drug business, John's life is thrown into disarray. With no future plans, he sees black clouds heading his way. Which way next? Starring Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delaney and directed by Paul Schrader.
 After inviting an injured stranger to live on her ranch, a wealthy woman discovers that her new houseguest has a hidden agenda. Did she make the biggest mistake of her life?
The Stray is an action-packed American movie directed by Kevin Mock and stars Michael Madsen, Angie Everhart and Frank Zagarino.
Watch exciting all-Nigerian programmes on Hi-nolly.  Other interesting channels include Kidsco, Emmanuel TV, Cinimax, BBC, ASN and a whole lot more. 
There is always lots of action and thrills on Skyy plus, get your skyy plus decoder now and join the skyy plus family.
Pay a monthly subscription of GH¢16 and enjoy the second month for free.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Skyy+, the latest bouquet from Skyy Media Group, is a package that offers a variety of exciting channels which are appealing to the entire family.

The over 22 channel-bouquet includes a variety of programmes from sport, entertainment, movies, music, religious among others.

Aside employing an Mpeg4 technology to enhance the viewing pleasure of subscribers, Skyy+ also boast of appealing channels and content. ASN, a sports channel on Skyy+ offers viewers 24 hours sports action from Kotoko TV, Arsenal TV, English Premier League, Italian Serie “A”, NBA, Boxing and Athletics among others. HiNolly and Cinimax bring viewers the best Ghanaian and Nigerian movies, series, comedy and entertainment shows. Other channels on the package include Showtime, a Hollywood movie channel, Fox Entertainment, a series channel, Channel D for democracy and documentary, BBC World to keep viewers abreast with news across the globe, Kidsco for kids and many more.

Skyy Media group is offering its subscribers an exciting offer in the first 2 months of launching Skyy+. Subscribers who buy the one month subscription will get an additional month free.
Unveiling the brand some few weeks ago, Mr. Wilson Arthur, Chief Executive Officer of Skyy Media Group stated that “to ensure that the larger Ghanaian populace has a feel of the Skyy+ experience, all new subscribers will enjoy a one month free subscription upon the payment of the first month subscription.  This offer will run for a period of two (2) months until July 31st”. He continued, “Customers would benefit from a stress-free payment of subscription through the use of recharge scratch cards which are available in over 30 distribution outlets in Greater Accra”.

He reiterated that the offer is available in the Greater Accra Region whilst plans are at an advanced stage to extend it to other parts of the country.

Mr. Arthur assured Skyy+ subscribers as well as potential subscribers that the Sky Media Group is sourcing for new quality programs that will further enhance their viewing experience, hence, encouraged Ghanaians to be part of the ever increasing Skyy+ family.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011




HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS. This virus takes hold on the human immune system cells (CD4) and reproduces itself. It damages human immune system and weakens it slowly until an infected person succumbs to the AIDS.
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and it is the state that is identified when there are a set of related symptoms that are caused by advanced HIV infection. AIDS makes the body susceptible to life threatening sickness. It is called as opportunistic infections (TB, PCP. HSV)  AIDS is the advanced stage of HIV infection. When a person develops this stage he/she cannot go back to the primary stage that is known as HIV infection though he/she seems better.
ANYBODY. It is not who you are, where you are or what you are, but what you do sexually.

HIV can spread out through the blood and blood products as well as other body fluids that include white blood cells.
·         This involves vaginal, oral and anal sexual intercourse with an infected man or woman without a condom or other blockade. {Involving into intercourse when a woman is having her period or genital sores can raise the risk of HIV transmission}.
·         By using contaminated/infected razor blades, pins, needles, syringes and other sharp equipments that are used by an HIV infected person.
·         Blood transfusion with contaminated or infected blood to patient.
·         Transplantation of organs from infected donors to another person
·         A mother with HIV can pass the virus on to the baby during pregnancy, birth or through breast feeding.

The immune system is composed of specialized cells that are known to be T4 or CD4, or helper T. These cells fights off with invading germs and keeps the body healthy. HIV attacks on these cells and weakens them. However it can also assault nervous system, cells of brain, lymphatic system, digestive system, and other parts of the body. These CD4 cells orders the cells that are known to be soldier cells to destroy the invaders like bacteria, fungi, parasites, cancers, and viruses that can spread the infection in body. HIV virus replicates itself and virtually damages immune system.

Early Symptoms of HIV
These symptoms resemblance to flu like illness. It may be possible that they do not appear in some cases at all. These symptoms develop in months or years. When these symptoms develop the symptoms like extreme fatigue, short term memory loss, weight loss etc. can be seen in infected person.
The early symptoms include
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
Some common symptoms of HIV
  • Excessive fatigue and Weight loss
  • Dry cough for more than a month
  • Diarrhoea for more than a month
  • Mental symptoms like confusion
  • Frequent fevers and Night sweats
  • Oral thrush (white spots/coating in the month and throat
  • Genital sores and Rash of flaky skin
  • Blurred vision
(It is possible that a person with some of these signs has another illness and not HIV-AIDS. A blood test is the only true confirmation of an infection with HIV).

How HIV becomes AIDS
There are four stages of HIV infection. These stages take several years to be developed. The process can be classified into four stages that are primary, asymptomatic, symptomatic, and AIDS. It is necessary to know about that in what stage a person is as it would be helpful for a physician to decide the treatment plan for the disease.

Stages of HIV infection

Primary stage
It is the first stage of HIV infection. When a person gets infected with HIV infection the stage starts soon after that. The stage continues for few weeks and an infected person can experience the symptoms like flu like illness. Generally many people do not undergo with treatment because the symptoms resemblance to sickness or fever. If a person goes through treatment, it is often misdiagnosed with a viral infection. The HIV test results appear to be negative in this period. So it is advisable for those who think that they may be having HIV infection should repeated the test program after six months.

Asymptomatic HIV
In this stage a person becomes symptoms free. HIV finds in low extent in the blood but it can be detectable. Moreover, the HIV test results appear to be positive in this period if it is performed. Though the symptoms are not visible, but HIV continuously reproduced in the blood. The period can be shorter or longer.

Symptomatic HIV
In this stage the immune system is damaged by HIV. As a result of this the symptoms begin to appear. At the beginning symptoms are mild but later on they become severe. Opportunistic infection attack on immune system in this period as immune system is no longer resisting them.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
This one is last stage and a person gets diagnosed with AIDS. Opportunistic infections can be seen clearly in this stage. A person cannot get back to the primary stage after getting developed AIDS.
There is a certain correlation between HIV infection and AIDS. The given stuff would help you to understand this correlation.


There is no known cure for HIV and AIDS. A lot of research is on-going to develop a vaccine and cure. At best you can prevent getting the virus into your system.

However, medication exists that prevents the virus from multiplying so as to manage the disease and help with HIV live longer and healthier.


·         Abstinence is the safest and most effective way of protecting yourself against HIV & AIIDS and related diseases.

·         Be faithful to an uninfected partner who is also faithful to you. Having sex with multiple partners increases your risk of contracting the virus.

·         Use condoms properly and consistently any time you have sex.

·         Do not share unsterilized sharp instrument with people.

·         Get injections from qualified health workers only

·         Make sure that all instruments used in cutting, ear piercing, tattooing, acupuncture, male and female circumcision are properly sterilized.

·         Avoid sharing needles, pins, razor blades, toothbrushes, sponges, hair styling and barbering instruments, pedicure and manicure instruments.


Visit the nearest health centre for an HIV TEST.  It is important to repeat the test after three months since the virus can take a while to appear in the blood.

World HIV Day

World HIV AIDS Day is observed on 1st December every year. It aims to familiarize the entire world population about this deadly pandemic, so that our future generations remain safe from it. Campaigns, seminars, speeches, rallies and lectures are organized, so that people start thinking seriously about this issue.

Thursday, 17 March 2011


In 2006, the member countries of the International Telecommunications Union, including Ghana and other countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Islamic Republic of Iran, agreed to the International Telecommunication Union’s Directive to complete switchover from analogue to digital by the year 2015.

Just as Ghana, Digital Television switch overs have been happening all over the world with one of the more recent notable transition being the US, which switched all TV broadcast to digital somewhere in June 2009.
This Digital Television Switchover is for terrestrial television not satellite television and the initial step in the process to digitalize Television Broadcasting was a collaborative effort between the National Communications Authority (NCA), spearheaded by GHANA BROADCASTING CORPORATION (GBC), in collaboration with NEXT GENERATION BROADCASTING (NGB) and other local TV Broadcasting operators currently broadcasting over analogue like GTV, TV 3, TV Africa, Net 2 TV etc.

The digital switchover will enable Ghana leapfrog existing technologies to connect the unconnected in underserved and remote communities and close the digital divide. Hence this marks the beginning of the end of analogue broadcasting in Ghana.
Phased switch-off (switchover/Conversion/Migration/Transition) from Analogue to Digital begins from 2012 in Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, and the ultimate switch-off expected to be completed by end of 2015, nationwide.
Transition from analogue to digital TV requires that every TV household acquires a Set-Top-Box (Digital Terrestrial Decoder), or a Digital Television to be able to receive TV signals for the Free-To-Air Channels.

Compared with today’s conventional analogue TV broadcasting, digital broadcasting presents a lot of advantages.
Digital systems are preferred over analogue because they;
• Take up less bandwidth, therefore allowing more signals to be carried over a given infrastructure with efficiency gains.
• Provide better quality of sound and crystal clear images
• Allow for the introduction of new channels
• Provide new services; Electronic Programme Guides (EPG), super-teletext and interactive services
• Provide High Definition television broadcasts.
• Require less power to transmit