NAIROBI SEES 22% BOOST IN DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL CAPACITY

NAIROBI SEES 22% BOOST IN DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL CAPACITY. Nairobi is the only city in Africa whose airports are recording higher growth for domestic capacity than that of international capacity, with a 22% boost. This is according to a new report by ForwardKeys, which compares Nairobi’s trend to most of the other top 10 African Airports ranked by total scheduled capacity for August to December 2017, which are seeing more growth in international than in domestic capacity. The report, whose special focus is on the East African Community (EAC), further indicates that Nairobi’s airports have a total scheduled capacity (August to December 2017) of 18% in domestic seats, 31% in

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COCOBOD TO CUT DOWN OVER 100 MILLION COCOA TREES

COCOBOD TO CUT DOWN OVER 100 MILLION COCOA TREES. The Ghana COCOBOD is looking forward to cut down about one hundred million cocoa trees by the 2017/2018 crop season. The trees, mostly diseased ones, are among the 40 percent of total unproductive cocoa trees. According to the CEO of the COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the destruction of the crops has become necessary to improve the crop yield of cocoa farms. “17 percent of the tree stock has been affected by the swollen shoot disease so we need to cut them and replant. Another 23 percent of the cocoa trees are either in moribund farms or over-aged.” “By overage, it means

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PRESIDENT NANA AKUFO-ADDO CONGRATULATES ALL NATIONS UNI FOR SATELLITE LAUNCH

PRESIDENT NANA AKUFO-ADDO CONGRATULATES ALL NATIONS UNI FOR SATELLITE LAUNCH. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated All Nations University Space Laboratory team for putting Ghana into the Global Space community, describing their feat as ‘inspiring dedication, enthusiasm and insight for the project.’ A statement issued by Mr Issah Yahaya, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Communications on behalf of Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications, said the Ghanasat-1 was released from the International Space Station (ISS) into orbit via Japan/KIBO Deployment system onboard the ISS at 0850 hours on Friday, July 7, 2017 and monitored by a team of the University’s officials and led by Ghana’s Ambassador

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GHANA ENTERS THE SPACE RACE SENDING A SATELLITE INTO ORBIT

GHANA ENTERS THE SPACE RACE SENDING A SATELLITE INTO ORBIT. Ghana has become the first Sub-Saharan African country to send a satellite into orbit around the earth. Ghanasat-1 was released from the International Space Station on Friday nearly a month after its launch from the Kennedy Space Centre on Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight 11. Around 400 people burst into applause at the All Nations University in Koforidua,  when the satellite began its orbit. Weighing 1,000 grammes, the Cubesat satellite represents the culmination of a two year project which has cost £40,000. It is being used to monitor the country’s coastline as well as helping Ghana enjoy the full benefits of

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FACEBOOK IS GETTING CLOSE TO 2 BILLION USERS

FACEBOOK IS GETTING CLOSE TO 2 BILLION USERS. Facebook is “very close” to hitting 2 billion monthly active users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week, according to Bloomberg. Nearing such a significant milestone, Facebook’s dominance as the world’s largest social network is as evident as ever. As Facebook’s global reach continues to expand, Zuckerberg shared an important update on the company’s vision — an update that involved revamping the company’s mission statement. Facebook’s new mission Originally setting out to connect the world, Facebook now wants to focus on reducing global division. “It’s not enough to simply connect the world; we must also work to bring the world closer together,” Zuckerberg said in

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MICROSOFT IS SECRETLY PLANNING A NEW ADVANCED MODE FOR WINDOWS 10

MICROSOFT IS SECRETLY PLANNING A NEW ADVANCED MODE FOR WINDOWS 10. Many moons ago Microsoft had a product called Windows for Workstations that was designed to make it clear that Windows was different in your office than it was at home. Back then, of course, Microsoft had two branches of Windows. The DOS-based home system, which ran up until Windows XP and the DOS-free Windows NT. Windows 2000 was the last edition of the OS that was solely aimed at business, but even then home users were seeing some advantages to using the more stable branch of Windows. Now things have moved on and there’s one core across not just

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MASSIVE CYBERATTACK TARGETS EUROPE, U.S AND WORLD WIDE

MASSIVE CYBERATTACK TARGETS EUROPE, U.S AND WORLD WIDE. Hackers launched blistering attacks Tuesday against companies and agencies across the world. Major global firms reported that they were under attack, including British advertising agency WPP (WPPGY), Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft and Danish shipping firm Maersk. “IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack,” said WPP on its official Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) account. Maersk issued a similar statement, saying its IT systems “are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyberattack.” The U.S.-based pharmaceutical firm Merck (MRK) also said it’s been hit. “We confirm our company’s computer network was compromised today

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FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE BEING USED TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION – REPORT

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE BEING USED TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION – REPORT. Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of heavily co-ordinated – but not fully automated – accounts sharing Chinese mainland propaganda, the studies show that social media is an international battleground for dirty politics. The reports, part of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Research Project, cover nine nations also including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland,

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DATA PROTECTION LAW: LIST OF OFFENDING COMPANIES RELEASED

DATA PROTECTION LAW: LIST OF OFFENDING COMPANIES RELEASED. British Airways, African Regent Hotel and Royal Senchi Hotel are among some of the top companies to have flouted the laws of the Data Protection Commission (DPC). The companies are among over 100 data collectors published by the Data Protection Commission with the objective of naming and shaming them. The Executive Director of the Data Commission Teki Akuetteh Falconer at a press conference early this month said the commission would follow the publication with the arrest of the offending data collectors and ensure their subsequent arraignment. The Data Protection Act 2012 (Act 843) mandates all entities whether public, private, local or international

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MTN & HUAWEI DEVICES GHANA OUTDOORS “HUAWEI P10” UNTO SMARTPHONE MARKET

MTN & HUAWEI DEVICES GHANA OUTDOORS “HUAWEI P10” UNTO SMARTPHONE MARKET. Huawei Technologies, the Global Leader in the Technology Industry in collaboration with Ghana’s Leading Mobile Network Operator MTN has officially released “Huawei P10” unto the smartphone market. This unique sleek smartphone has a battery capacity of 3,200mAh with HUAWEI Supercharge to ensure your power is uninterrupted. More so, the latest HUAWEI P10 combines the new Leica Dual-Camera 2.0, and the Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition on the P10 plus with advanced optimization software to give the user the tools to take great photos and to create timeless portraits. Speaking at the launching ceremony in Accra, the Country Director, Huawei

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HACKERS HIDE CYBERATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

HACKERS HIDE CYBERATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document. A link, attached to a Twitter post put out by a robot account, promised a family-friendly vacation package for the summer. It was the kind of thing anyone might click on, according to the official hit by the attack, who was not authorized to speak publicly about it. That is exactly the problem, Pentagon officials and cybersecurity experts said. While corporations and government agencies around the world

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