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Botswana’s Tanaka Chonyera & Tanzania’s Priscilla Marealle win big at DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

The winners of the 8thedition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards were announced today during a ceremony held in Accra, Ghana. Eighteen-year-old Tanaka Chonyerahas put Botswana on the map by scooping top honours in the essay category. Nineteen-year-old Priscilla Marealle was announced as the overall winner in the poster category, making it a back-to-back win from Tanzania. Tanaka’s entry […]

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The winners of the 8thedition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards were announced today during a ceremony held in Accra, Ghana. Eighteen-year-old Tanaka Chonyerahas put Botswana on the map by scooping top honours in the essay category. Nineteen-year-old Priscilla Marealle was announced as the overall winner in the poster category, making it a back-to-back win from Tanzania.

Tanaka’s entry was written in a confident, concise and factual manner and made for an intriguing, engaging and educational read. “It was quite clear that he has cultivated his passion with research and study, that has resulted in sound knowledge and understanding of the subject matter,”says Paolo Nespoli, an ESA (European Space Agency) Astronautwho chaired the jury of the Awards.This is what the jury members said about Priscilla’s poster:“The poster was artistically well executed, with imaginative use of mixed media to create visual interest. Consistent with the topic, the poster depicts how satellite can be further embraced in Africa to address key continental challenges, such as protection and monitoring of biodiversity, agriculture and mineral resources.”

Hon. Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and Innovationwas the keynote speaker at the Awards ceremony and said “It is our ministry’s pleasure to be part of this exemplary initiative by two technology-oriented companies to inspire the learning and application of Science and Technology in everyday activities. Our ministry is at the fore-front of promoting a paradigm shift in the way we approach our developmental issues as a country and more broadly as a continent. Having reviewed some of the topics from previous competitions of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards we are filled with elation by the myriad of young African minds across our continent that are tasked to use satellite technology to address basic human challenges on our continent.”

This pan-African competition has invigorated a passion for science and technology amongst the younger generation and will culminate with an outreach where over 200 Ghanaian students have an opportunity to ask a real-life astronaut mind blogging questions about space. To date the competition has drawn over 8000 entries across the continent and has over the years created meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Sixteen overall winners’ horizons have been broadened by the once-in-a-lifetime experiences the competition has afforded them. 

The winner in the essay category wins a trip for two to Paris and onwards to a launch site in French Guiana to witness a rocket blast into space in order to place a satellite into orbit. This is Botswana’s first win in the essay category, after producing a runner-up in the poster category in 2016. East Africa continues its dominance of the Awards with 7 overall winners and runner-up’s thus far. The winner in the poster category wins a trip for two to visit the South African National Space Agency and MultiChoice facilities. The two winning schools attended by the overall winners will be rewarded with a DStv installation, including dish, TV set, PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.

For this edition, students from secondary (high) or combined schools were asked to write a creative essay or design a poster based on the topic: “Currently, satellites are being used in a variety of ways but there is always room for expansion and growth. Write an essay or design a poster on areas you believe the full potential of satellites has not yet been tapped into or embraced.”

All details on the judging criteria, national prizes and finalists’ selection are available on the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards website: http://www.dstvstarawards.com/about.html

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Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey to speak at the inaugural Africa Bitcoin Conference in Accra

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Jack Dorsey, Chairman of Block and co-founder of Twitter will attend the first Africa Bitcoin Conference happening in Accra, Ghana on 5 – 7 December 2022, as a keynote speaker. (more…)

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Should Trader Joe’s Enter The Online Grocery Delivery Business Why Or Why Not?

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The founders of the grocery store company that started it all in 1967 stand by the idea that they are dedicated to providing low prices. Customers love it because of the unusual and reasonably priced items it sells. It’s a retail giant, with locations in 43 different states from Alabama to Wisconsin. Products with the Trader Joe’s label are more prevalent than those with other brands, and they cover the gamut from the unusual and intriguing to the essential.

 

The fact that this restricted access exists is great news since it’s beneficial to workers. It’s possible that line of thinking still won’t have you ordering Trader Joe’s groceries online and having them delivered. To that end, I have compiled a list of the six most popular Trader Joe’s delivery alternatives brought to you straight to your door.

TaskRabbit

Is a platform that puts those who need assistance with mundane chores like delivery in touch with “taskers” who are able to complete the work for them. TaskRabbit customers can place their grocery orders at Trader Joe’s by following these steps:

 

-Access TaskRabbit via their official website.

-Tell them where to bring the items from Trader Joe’s and what you need them to bring.

-Pick the person you want to do the job. Someone called a “tasker” will run out and get the groceries and bring them to your home

-The provisions are on their way, thanks to Tasker.

-Use TaskRabbit for payment and feedback

Craigslist

Is a well-known website that provides classified advertising on the internet and allows users to buy and sell products online. Since you will be dealing directly with the vendor, Craigslist is merely acting as a go-between for you. On Craigslist, you can look for Trader Joe’s groceries by following these steps:

 

-Visit Craigslist and enter your zip code.

-Check out the “Sale” tab.

-Make a selection.

-Choose what you want by clicking on it.

-Review the information, then hit the “Reply” button to send an email to Trader Joe’s.

-The seller will then let you know when and where to meet up to complete the transaction.

 

Dumpling Grocery

Is a shopping and delivery app that lets users choose the store they wish to do their shopping at, and then delivers the things to their doorstep. This is in contrast to the majority of delivery apps, which give the Amazonbusiness no choice but to sign up with the respective delivery app. In order to shop at Trader Joe’s and take advantage of Dumpling’s delivery option:

 

-Check out Dumpling’s “Shopping” tab on the app.

-Trader Joe’s and other local retailers will appear once you enter your zip code.

-Make use of the app’s in-built live chat function to ask inquiries and voice your opinions.

-Make a purchase

-On-time shipping

Amazon

Is a massive corporation that sells a wide variety of products, including food. You may order Trader Joe’s products through Amazon’s online grocery store. You can place an Amazon order for Trader Joe’s products by doing the following:

 

-Make sure you have an Amazon account, or if you already have one, sign in here.

-To access the “Groceries” area, navigate to the “Departments” section.

-You should look for the Trader Joe’s products that you desire, then click on each one individually.

-Examine the products and add them to your shopping cart.

-Proceed with the purchase by inputting your shipping address.

-Pick a mode of payment to continue.

-Place your order

Conclusion

Famous for its low prices and unusual selection, Trader Joe’s is a go-to supermarket for many. Trader Joe’s doesn’t offer its own delivery service, but you can have your groceries delivered by a third-party provider. If you’ve been putting off a Trader Joe’s order because of the store’s “no delivery” policy, you can stop worrying about it now. Trader Joe’s now has a grocery delivery service so you can get your goods delivered to your door.


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A Short Guide to Orlando International Airport

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Orlando International Airport MCO is famous for being one of the busiest airports in the United States of America and even the whole globe. Being the tenth busiest airport in the world, it served 4,769,6627 passengers in 2018. Almost a thousand flights a day, the airport serves as the primary international gateway for the central Florida region. There is a connection to 135 different cities in the United States and beyond that are serviced by this airport. United Airlines, the largest airline in the United States and the globe, is maintained at MCO, which encompasses 5,383 hectares and is one of the largest commercial airports in the United States by area.

Brief terminal guide

The main terminal building at Orlando International Airport is part of the airport’s hub plan, which also includes four lateral aero sides with a total of more than a hundred gates and is connected to the main terminal building with elevated human-engine lines. Terminals maps Orlando Airport MCO (https://mco-airport.com/terminals-maps-orlando-airport/) are available in open access, and we do recommend using them, as the structure of the airport is quite complicated for the first-time user.

Shortly, on the two opposite sides, northern and southern, you can find respectively Terminal A and Terminal B. They form the whole structure of the airport and are the two main terminals of the Orlando International Airport

You can also find two security checkpoints in the Western (Terminals 1 and 3) and Eastern (Terminals 2 and 3) wings of the airport. Check-in and baggage check-in areas are located in both terminals. Passengers at MCO, unlike those at Tampa’s comparable airport system, must go through security checks before boarding man-powered transport to the aero sides.

To improve passengers’ experience, there is a hotel of Hyatt Regency company located just within the airport’s main terminal. The lobby is on the fourth floor, higher are guest rooms which are accessible from the terminal side of the East Atrium. Also, there is a restaurant on the upper level of the terminal building with views of the airport and runways, as well as conference rooms, many bars, and two restaurants for passengers waiting for their flights.

Passenger Recommendations

Due to the fact, that the Orlando International Airport MCO is a huge establishment, the team has developed a special application for the passengers. It is called «Orlando MCO Airport» and you can easily find it among Android Apps on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wOrlandoInternationalAirportcodeMCO_15976437) and download it for free. This app is a perfect way to benefit users’ experience not only with using the airport but also using an app.

No matter what struggles you face when arriving at the terminal — flight times and gates, delays, location of gates and terminals, an interactive map, which guides your path throughout your experience at the airport, shops and cafes, etc.

The app’s access to a wealth of web resources means that users may quickly find answers to their pressing travel questions and problems. The designers’ ultimate goal is to deliver lightning-fast assistance to every user in a time of need. Acquiring the Orlando MCO Airport app is all about providing superior support with an innovative digital infrastructure.

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Africans will do better if we trade in our own currencies

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The C.E.O of Waya Money, a mobile and web app providing payment solutions to businesses in Africa has challenged business owners to move away from trading with the dollar to using their own local currencies. (more…)

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KINTAMPO WATERFALLS: “The Ultimate Come Back Kid”

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Bad days are only temporary indeed. The Kintampo waterfalls have taught the world to trust in destiny and that nothing is permanent. Things change, and it’s never a bad thing. After going through fire, waterfalls sprouted green once again; reminding us that nature is resilient and can bounce back from anything.

Watching the Kintampo Waterfalls struggle with its own identity has been painful. In early 2017, the waterfall was declared unsafe for visitors, due to a major accident that led to the death of some students who were on tour. The message sent out was clear: no one should visit this place again until it is safe enough for people to return without any risk to their safety or well- being.

It was a chance to rekindle the flame of the once-burning Kintampo Waterfalls, so the site’s management created a canopy walkway as a companion attraction to the waterfalls, which were already popular. The location has been rebranded and is now the only waterfall in Ghana with a canopy walkway thanks to this fantastic innovation.
The Canopy Walkway offers a novel experience that includes giving visitors a bird’s-eye perspective of the surrounding area as well as an exhilarating sense of adventure.

The location is spacious enough for tourists /visitors or campers who want to spend the night there, and safety and security is guaranteed. One can visit Kintampo Waterfalls any day between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:30 pm as the park permits walk-up visitors. The tour guides at Kintampo Waterfalls feel that you are the perfect accompaniment, thus they provide extremely informative, calming, and educational interpretations. The majority of visitors have attested to this, giving them a reason to visit the location again.

How to get there?

The Kintampo Waterfalls is located in the Bono-East Region in Ghana, Along the Kintampo- Tamale highway, on the fringes of Kintampo, are the waterfalls, which are about 50 meters apart.
The closest airport is the newly opened Sunyani Airport, which is about a 120minute drive from the waterfalls. If you are coming from Accra, it will take about 3 hours. In case you are in a hurry and don’t want to take the scenic route, you can take the highway. The Kintampo waterfalls are easily accessible by road, and the road is in great shape.

Final words
The Kintampo Waterfalls have shown us that anything is possible. The waterfalls have bounced back and now they are bigger and better than ever before! The waterfalls are a must-see for anyone who visits the Bono-East region. The waterfalls are a beautiful sight to see, and they are also very important because they provide a source of clean water for the surrounding areas. For both plant and animal species, Kintampo Waterfalls offers a hospitable ecology. The site’s abundant vegetation is a significant factor in the ongoing effort to mitigate climate change. The Kintampo Waterfalls is an important tourist destination in Ghana that should be preserved and protected to allow people to enjoy the natural wonder for many years to come. These waterfalls are truly worthy of their title as “ultimate comeback kid”.

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How to Find a Reliable Car Mechanic

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It’s hard to know who to trust when it comes to a professional mechanic, especially if you don’t know much about cars. You’re often left wondering if you needed all those repairs the mechanic insisted on. That’s why it’s a good idea to start searching for a reliable car mechanic before you require anything done on your vehicle. You don’t usually have the time or luxury to make a calculated decision when your vehicle breaks down. The following article will provide helpful tips on finding a good mechanic, one you can entirely depend on.

Online Reviews

Please do your due diligence when it comes to researching online. Reviews by other people can help you make an informed decision. The best place to start your investigation into a reliable mechanic is at a search engine like Google. Remember, the first result may not be superior; it might be popular at that moment.

You will need to wade through good and bad reviews. Don’t be alarmed by less-than-stellar ones; you should avoid that mechanic and their shop if the negative reviews outweigh the positive ones. You can check out places like social media platforms, Better Business Bureau, and other review websites like Yelp if you still need more online opinions.

Word of Mouth

If you want an opinion on local mechanics, asking family members, co-workers, and friends for input can be beneficial. With any prosperous enterprise, mechanics rely on happy customers for repeat business. People in your life can give you recommendations based on their experience and at a place close to where you live (which is convenient). An outstanding reputation takes time. A new mechanic in the area doesn’t always have a strong presence yet, but it doesn’t mean they provide lousy service. Based on other criteria, it would be up to you if you wanted to try them out.

Have a Conversation with the Mechanic

Auto mechanics who genuinely care won’t mind taking the time to speak to you about your questions and concerns. You are a potential new customer; they will want your business, so make the trip out or place a simple phone call to alleviate your qualms. If you don’t get a good feeling about the shop or mechanic, that they don’t have the time for you, go elsewhere with your car. You want someone you can form a trust bond with over the long run.

It would be best if you started by asking them about their qualifications. Many mechanics aren’t always required to be licensed (depending on location). Still, it’s compulsory to (at least) have work experience, an apprenticeship, pass an examination, or have some education for the job. Make sure that they’re capable of working on your car. Some mechanics only deal with typical vehicles. A car with a European motor or a diesel one requires different parts and attention than the average car. If a mechanic deals with specialty vehicles regularly, they will have special knowledge, equipment, and credentials.

Pricing and Estimates

Verify the pricing for repairs and maintenance of your car with the mechanic you are interested in. They should be on par with other auto shops and mechanics. If they are overcharging, that doesn’t mean they will give you superior service. They are charging you outrageous prices, so you need to walk away. The same goes if their prices are too good to be true. It’s suspicious for a garage to have meager prices compared to other repair shops.

As a customer, it’s your prerogative to get an estimate of the repair or services involved in your vehicle before the mechanic moves ahead to work on it. You don’t have to accept the assessment. It’s a great idea to look up your rights regarding mechanics online. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you will be to handle yourself. Getting the mechanic to give you an estimate also allows you to see how they work. Are they being truthful, communicating well, and being forthcoming? Are you getting along with the mechanic and staff? If dealing with this produces any “red flags,” you can reject the offer and move forward with a different shop or mechanic that is adequate for your wants and needs.

Exceptional Customer Service

Some auto shops might not be fancy or have a receptionist, but good customer service is more than that. A mechanic thrives on customer loyalty. They want their clients to trust them with their vehicles and come back again and again for maintenance and repairs. An impersonal mechanic and dealing with you like you are just something to check off on his list of things to do, doesn’t make you feel very appreciated. Yes, they provide an essential service, but you want to feel good about what you pay for.

In an overcrowded industry like automotive repair, you need to stick out from the masses. Some mechanics provide convenient early morning and late evening options for their clients because they have installed night key drop-off boxes outside their auto repair shop. They are secure, locking steel boxes where customers can drop off their car keys in an envelope before or after business hours. This service helps customers who work standard business hours and cannot drop off their car during that time. Night drop boxes and envelopes can be purchased from MBR Marketing at: https://mbrmarketing.com/service-department/night-drop-boxes-and-envelopes.

In the End 

The final words of advice would be to trust your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right about a mechanic or their shop, you aren’t forced to drop your car off there. A great business knows that providing fantastic customer service makes clients feel respected and valued. Not only will you trust your vehicle with your mechanic, but you’re also apt to recommend their business to others.

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