US REVOKES ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST SUDAN: WHAT IT MEANS FOR HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES.

US REVOKES ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST SUDAN: WHAT IT MEANS FOR HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES. News of the revocation of economic sanctions against Sudan by the United States government, is music to the ears of businesses and investors interested in Africa’s third largest country after two decades of severe restrictions. The sanctions relief comes as a go-ahead to tapping key trade and investment opportunities in Sudan, across industries such as finance, agriculture, mining and tourism; with companies such as Jumia Travel now planning to revive business with hotel partners in the country. “Like any other business, the sanctions had largely affected our business in the Sudan, perhaps even feeling the pinch more as

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AIRTEL GHANA CONTINUES BACK TO SCHOOL INITIATIVE IN VOLTA REGION

AIRTEL GHANA CONTINUES BACK TO SCHOOL INITIATIVE IN VOLTA REGION. Airtel Ghana, winner of Best Corporate Social Responsibility at the African Carrier Awards fulfilled its pledge to quality education with a “Back to School Initiative”  at Adaklu Aboadi SA primary school and the Adaklu Xelekpe DA JSS  in the Volta  region. This donation was in line with our quest to ensure that educationalassistance is given out to students in our adopted schools, to support their education and also welcome them back to school for the new term. The donation was led by Airtel Ghana’s Zonal Business Managerfor the Volta Region George Dainteywith the sales team from the region. The educational

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WE ASKED FACEBOOK 12 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ELECTION, AND GOT 5 ANSWERS.

WE ASKED FACEBOOK 12 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ELECTION, AND GOT 5 ANSWERS. Nearly a year after Election Day, Facebook’s role in our modern political infrastructure is finally coming into focus. We now know, for example, that Russian-linked Facebook ads reached roughly 10 million Americans during the presidential election season, and that Russian government actors posed as Americans on Facebook to push divisive social issues like gun control, gay rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. We also know, thanks to a recent interview with Brad Parscale, President Trump’s digital campaign director, that the Trump campaign considered Facebook’s advertising microtargeting tools essential to its victory. But there is much more to know. Facebook has addressed some

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WORLD TOURISM REMAINS RESILIENT DESPITE GLOBAL UNCERTAINTIES’ KNOCK DOWN.

WORLD TOURISM REMAINS RESILIENT DESPITE GLOBAL UNCERTAINTIES’ KNOCK DOWN. With a 3.6% real GDP growth in Q1 2017, the world economy has remained strong, surpassing the earlier forecast at 3.5% for 2017-2018. This growth, according to Euromonitor International, is and continue to be highly driven by emerging markets which account for approximately 74% of the world’s real GDP expansion, and a predicted share of up to 79% by 2020. Among top sectors contributing to this economic development is the Travel and Tourism industry, directly accounting for US$2.3 trillion (10.2% of the world’s GDP) and 109 million jobs (1 in 10) globally in 2016. However, the sector’s agility has had to

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VIDEO: ONE CORNER DANCE: HERE IS HOW NURSES CELEBRATED ‘ALLAWANCE’ RESTORATIO FROM PRESIDENT NANA ADDO.

VIDEO: ONE CORNER DANCE: HERE IS HOW NURSES CELEBRATED ‘ALLAWANCE’ RESTORATIO FROM PRESIDENT NANA ADDO. In a video that has gone viral on social media, the jubilant nurses are seen displaying ‘one corner’ moves as the song is played at the background. The trainee nurses who were present at the launch of the restoration of their allowance danced to the ‘one corner’ song as a way of celebrating the event. In a video that has gone viral on social media, the jubilant nurses are seen displaying ‘one corner’ moves as the song is played at the background. The ‘one corner’ dance is a crazy dance accompanied with extra energy that

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GOOGLE UNCOVERS RUSSIAN-BOUGHT ADS ON YOUTUBE, GMAIL AND OTHER PLATFORMS.

GOOGLE UNCOVERS RUSSIAN-BOUGHT ADS ON YOUTUBE, GMAIL AND OTHER PLATFORMS. Google found tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s platforms. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post) SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network, the

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REVIEWS AND SEAMLESS PAYMENT METHODS TAKE LEAD AS DRIVERS IN ONLINE PURCHASE.

REVIEWS AND SEAMLESS PAYMENT METHODS TAKE LEAD AS DRIVERS IN ONLINE PURCHASE. As the world celebrates this year’s Customer Service Week, this article seeks to provide insightful data and analysis on online purchase trends, especially for hotel booking customers; facilitated by leading online hotel booking company Jumia Travel. An analysis of the Q3 Customer Behavior and Online Trends released by Jumia Travel (Jumia Group) the leading online travel booking company, reveals insights into customer shopping habits and forecasts predictions for online hotel bookings. The report indicates that while desktop bookings still take lead in the flight and hotel booking frontier, mobile devices continue to grow their following, giving a positive

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FACEBOOK TO DELIVER 3,000 RUSSIA-LINKED ADS TO CONGRESS ON MONDAY

FACEBOOK TO DELIVER 3,000 RUSSIA-LINKED ADS TO CONGRESS ON MONDAY. Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Harvard last May. “It is a new challenge for internet communities to deal with nation-states attempting to subvert elections,” he said last week. “But if that’s what we must do, we are committed to rising to the occasion.” CreditBrian Snyder/Reuters. SAN FRANCISCO — Under intensifying scrutiny from federal investigators and the public, Facebook said on Sunday that it planned to turn over more than 3,000 Russian-linked advertisements to congressional investigators on Monday. The decision, which comes after a week of scathing calls from Congress for details about Facebook’s advertising system, is the latest attempt by a major technology company

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WHAT IS BITCOIN, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

WHAT IS BITCOIN, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?. Bitcoin transactions are tracked by a decentralized network of computers around the world.CreditMark Blinch/Reuters. If you find the concept of Bitcoin confusing, you are not alone. The virtual currency has been a constant source of controversy, but it is still not well understood. On Monday, one Bitcoin was worth $4,389. Source: Blockchain.info Are Bitcoins those coins I see in photographs? No. Those coins are novelty items that newspapers used in photographs because they couldn’t find anything else to illustrate their stories about Bitcoin. A Bitcoin is a digital token — with no physical backing — that can be sent electronically from one user to

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GOLD EXPORT: CID INVESTIGATES $2.3bn ‘SHADY’ GOLD EXPORT

GOLD EXPORT: CID INVESTIGATES $2.3bn ‘SHADY’ GOLD EXPORT. Gold export proceeds of over $2.3 billion were not repatriated into the country, making Ghana lose huge sums of money. The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service is investigating circumstances under which Ghana was robbed of huge sums of revenue following gold export proceeds of over $2.3 billion which were not repatriated into the country. The proceeds which relate to only the year 2016, were not repatriated into the country, as required by the laws of Ghana, the Daily Statesman reports. The situation may have enriched some unscrupulous gold dealers, particularly Indians and Chinese, as well as, their Ghanaian collaborators,

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WORLD TOURISM DAY: JUMIA TRAVEL ENGAGES STAKEHOLDERS ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

WORLD TOURISM DAY: JUMIA TRAVEL ENGAGES STAKEHOLDERS ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM. As the world celebrated World Tourism Day, Jumia Travel held an interactive summit with different stakeholders to discuss issues around Sustainable Tourism as a Tool for Development. The panel was made up of distinguished speakers including the Director, Ministry of Tourism Keziah Odemba, Former East Africa Tourism Platform Coordinator Carmen Nibigira, Robert Orina from NEMA, Jim Karani an animal law expert from Wildlife Direct, Jumia Travel Country Manager Cyrus Onyiego, and Jennifer Maina from Utalii College.   This year’s celebration comes at a time when the industry is facing several challenges such as terrorism and general hooliganism; therefore, prompting the

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