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Facebook building its own Operating System to reduce dependence on Apple and Google

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Facebook began developing its own operating system (OS), as the company looks to reduce its dependence on third party providers such as Apple and Google, The Information reported.

Facebook VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth reportedly said the move will help guarantee the future has “space for us,” adding “we don’t think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that’s the case. And so we’re gonna do it ourselves”.

It is unclear which of the company’s hardware products could use the OS. But Facebook is known to be working on new augmented reality glasses, as well as updates to its Oculus virtual reality headset and Portal smart hub.

Mark Lucovsky, an alum of Google and Microsoft who helped create the latter’s Windows NT operating system, is leading the effort.

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Bloomberg reported in April 2018 the company began putting together a team to design its own hardware chipsets. CNBC followed with a report in April 2019 that it had also undertaken development of its own voice assistant.

The company previously dipped its toes in the OS waters with Facebook Home, a custom user interface for Android devices released in 2013.

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Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Grow Girls in STEM initiative is training a new generation of engineers, scientists, tech enthusiasts, web designers and artists

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Growing up, Delali was always fascinated by how devices functioned. She sometimes opened the housing of her guardian’s radio set and torchlight to figure out how they worked and reassembled them. The 12-year-old’s curiosity about the design and function of electronics has evolved into a dream to pursue creative design thinking as a career.

“I really love electronic appliances and enjoy looking deeper into what’s inside gadgets like watches and other appliances. I’m a creative person. I really like doing creative stuff and I’m interested in electronics,” the second-year junior high student of Nungua Methodist 1 Basic School, added.

Delali is one of 50 participants from the New Life Orphanage, Nungua and Osu Children’s Home who received practical Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) training that exposed them to experiments in robotics, programming, web design and arts, as part of Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Grow Girls in STEM initiative.

Brighter future
Hosted at the state-of-art STEAM Centre on the premises of the Accra Senior High School in collaboration with Asutem Robotics, the Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Grow Girls in STEM project is aimed at empowering and training young girls to explore and excel in STEM fields to compete in a world increasingly driven by technology and innovation. Since its inception in August 2023, over 150 young girls have received STEM empowerment and training in Accra and Takoradi.

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After interacting with the young participants who were in different breakout sessions, Rita Agyeiwaa Rockson, Head of Foundation, Sustainability and External Communications at Telecel Ghana, said “We believe the future of STEM is brighter with a diverse range of brilliant minds. That’s why we’re proud that our Grow Girls in STEM initiative is empowering young girls to explore their passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, a critical step to becoming the next generation of innovators who will create solutions.”

Two heads are better than one
In the STEM workshop, Delali and her teammates are busy creating their own visual story using Scratch, a simple programming software for producing interactive stories, games, and animations. She calls out to the programming instructor to help with any difficulties that arise as they use the software.

“I found it easy and fun to move the sprites from left to right. It is a very educative and important skill. I also learnt about teamwork because two heads are better than one. It’s better that a group of people come together to learn because it’s much easier than when only you are doing it.”

Reflecting on the importance of such training, Delali offers a thoughtful perspective. “I believe some pupils usually don’t know their talents until they’re taught. I think it’s essential for children to learn more about their skills and talents through these trainings,” she said.

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Opening doors
The Grow Girls in STEM initiative is not just teaching young girls about technology and science, it is sparking interests and opening doors to new possibilities to help them discover their potential.

Delali has clear aspirations for the future. “I want to be a creative designer because I love the thought of creating things and being innovative. I particularly love 3D designs because they are not just flat. They express how one feels about the drawing and generally catch the attention of the audience better,” she said.

Delali’s advice to other young girls is simple yet profound. “You may not know your talent or skill until you attend such educational programmes. Whenever you hear about training programmes like this, don’t hold back. Just attend because sooner or later, you might discover your talent,” she encouraged.

Delali, a participant of the Grow Girls in STEM training

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Youth Urged To Unleash The Power Within – Impact Wave Initiative President

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Youth Urged To Unleash The Power Within – Impact Wave Initiative President
The President and Founder of Impact Wave Initiative, Ms. Eunice Golloh, has called on African youth to unleash the power within to be stronger, happier and more fearless if they want to overcome their obstacles and crush their goals. She further challenged the youth to unleash the power within to enable them to reach their peak state and create a life of meaning, fulfillment and become unstoppable.

She made the call during the very successful Impact Wave Conference 2024 which took place on Friday 24th May 2024 at the British Council, Ridge – Accra, under the theme “Unleashing the Power in You”. This year’s edition of the annual conference was attended by hundreds of people ranging from students and aspirational young adults, diplomats, industry captains to leaders of women focused groups.

In her virtual speech, she highlighted that “unleashing the power within requires breaking through your fears, your patterns and the limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. I am expecting you all to walk out of this event with new empowering beliefs and the tools to build new habits. Connecting with your fellow youth and some of the dignitaries here, from the successful corporate ladies to the diplomats should inspire you in your life. We also have the mentorship programme and other initiatives to help you to make some key decisions and lasting change in your life”.

Mrs. Ayesha Bedwei Ibe, Partner and Global People Leader-Tax and Legal Services at PwC was the keynote speaker at the event. She shared her unique and inspiring life stories as well as her journey in the corporate world with the participants. She entreated the participants to focus on building themselves for the task ahead.

As young people growing into adulthood, it is a perfect time to consider how you can make the most out of your life, achieve your dreams, enjoy your experience, and minimize regrets, if there should even be any. This is the time in your life to take some practical steps to help you to shape who and what you become in the future and you have several leaders who are willing to assist you to make the right decisions and with the support of God”, she emphasized.

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The speakers at the event included Mr. Immanuel Hamunyela, the Deputy Head of Mission, Namibia High Commission to Ghana, Ms. Anelli Amanyanga, 3rd Secretary, Sierra Leone High Commission in Ghana and Private Secretary to the Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Ghana, Dora Mensah, Founder, Fire Brand Global Network.

Other speakers were Apostle Mzimasi Dyule, Published Author, Certified Professional Life Coach, Strategist and Leadership Trainer, James Kwesi Addison, Ghana’s first internationally certified Emotional Intelligence Master Coach and Chief Executive Officer of Addison International, and Bishop Owusu Ansah, an Auditor and Co-Founder of Epicuria Ghana, nonprofit organization focused on grassroots development.

Impact Wave Conference is an annual gathering of accomplished corporate executives, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and aspirational youth to discuss solutions to the everyday challenges the youth and women are confronted with in the real world.

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8 Avoidable Costs of Low Emotional Intelligence in Leadership – II

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Dr. Abiola Salami

As we host leaders across the globe to drive transformational leadership with The Magic of Emotional IntelligenceTM in Mombasa, Kenya from June 23rd – 29th 2024, we started a conversation last week on 8 avoidable costs your team and organization may be incurring due to low emotional intelligence competence on your leadership.

In the last episode, we discovered four avoidable costs of low emotional intelligence – lower productivity, lower staff motivation, lower sales/revenue and lower empathy. This week, we will look at final four avoidable costs as follows: 

E. Increase Attrition Rate

When leaders are not emotionally intelligent, team members constantly seek opportunities to leave the organization. The 6th President of the United States of America, John Quincy Adams, famously said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Some leaders depress those they lead by their very words and actions. When the leader is tone-deaf, insensitive, and crude to employees, the recipients of such emotionally unintelligent behaviour will naturally loathe not just the leader by the entire workplace. 

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Nobody enjoys waking up in the morning every day just to go to a job to meet a boss who will constantly bash them. As much as your team members earn a living from the organizations, they are adding value in return for that compensation. Respect is a basic human need regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Emotionally intelligent leaders know how to make everyone around them feel important because regardless of their position on the corporate ladder, they are collaborators in achieving an organization’s vision. This fosters employee retention.

F. Lower Cohesion

Peak performing organizations intentionally coalesce three factors of production (land, labour and capital) to achieve overarching goals. The leader’s role which is traditionally known as the entrepreneurial ability is to coordinate the three factors of production. It takes a very high level of emotional intelligence to lead people who are different in terms of ideology, culture, religion, politics or even socio-economic strata towards achieving a singular objective. Whilst office politics is is present in every organization, a leadership with low levels of emotional intelligence will further exacerbate tensions and further polarize the team because different power blocs will engage in turf wars and superiority contests to the utter detriment of the organization’s vision. In extreme cases, team members sabotage one another just to prove senseless points and usually because leadership is aligned with a caucus or fraction, there is a divide-and-conquer approach to management which ultimately proves disastrous. 

G. Lower Innovation & Creativity

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When leaders are not emotionally intelligent, team members who can’t leave the organization yet, will mostly retreat to their shells. There are several documented instances where team members go through the motion and do the bare minimum just to fulfil all righteousness. Some leaders are intimidated or ignorant of the greatness of the talent pool available to them. Some other leaders still believe that the Chief Executive Officer must be the smartest person in the room. This isn’t only untrue, it’s counter-productive. Leaders with low emotional intelligence are killing the organizations they lead – not so much as the team members they think they are flexing their muscles over. When leaders lack emotional intelligence, their egos and grip on power stifles creativity and innovation. The brightest idea can come from the unlikeliest of sources and usually down the rungs of the corporate ladder – that idea if viable, has to be considered as more important than the person who put it forward or the ego of the leader who has to execute it.

H. Lower Objectivity In The Application Of Rewards & Penalty

The abuse of rewards and penalties is a signature of leaders with low levels of emotional intelligence. Successful organizations are unpinned by effective corporate governance which guides their actions and inactions; just like countries have constitutions that guide the actions of citizens – organizations also have their rule of law of codes of conduct. Leaders with low emotional intelligence are always keen to make individuals more powerful, as opposed to making the organizations they lead more powerful by enforcing the tents and ethos. Top performers must rewarded with appropriate incentives such as promotions, bonuses, improved physical working spaces or other fringe benefits. Conversely, underperforming team members should be subject to performance improvement initiatives or even shown the door when their behaviour is incorrigible. Leaders with low emotionally intelligence weaponize unethical means to protect their own personal interests over the corporate interests. 

Emotional intelligence is non-negotiable for organizations looking to hire peak performing leaders. From the supervisor level to the board level, training and retraining should be a regular practice to develop the capacity of leaders to inspire a culture of peak performance. 

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To further position your leaders for peak performance, you can download a free copy of the latest edition of The Peak Performer Magazine You can also enrol your Mid-level  Leadership Team for the Made4More Accelerator Program and your Senior Leadership Team for the Dr. Abiola Salami International Leadership Bootcamp MOMBASA 2024 We also have an upcoming training for leaders in public service 

About Dr. Abiola Salami

Dr. Abiola Salami is the Convener of Dr Abiola Salami International Leadership Bootcamp and The Peak PerformerTM. He is the Principal Performance Strategist at CHAMP – a full scale professional services firm trusted by high performing business leaders for providing Executive Coaching, Workforce Development & Advisory Services to improve performance. You can reach his team on [email protected] and connect with him @abiolachamp on all social media platforms.

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Stainless Steel Knives

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Stainless Steel Knives

Stainless steel knives are now considered standard items required in every kitchen in the world because of the properties they possess such as sharper edges, does not rust easily, and easy to clean. Anyone who has anything to do with cooking whether as a career cook or just one in residence will admit that the right knife in the right hand makes so much difference. Among the knife blades, stainless steel-an alloy material characterized by its high durability and flexibility – is used most frequently because the material can maintain the blade’s sharpness and withstand harsh working conditions.

Advantages of Stainless-Steel Knives

Stainless steel knives have a range of benefits, which make them the most popular among chef’s knives and regular users. Some good things that can be noted in their favor include their ability to last a very long time because they are made of stainless steel and thus are not easily corroded. Different from carbon steel knives that are likely to rust, stainless steel knives for cutting sustain their quality irrespective of the humidity or even acidic level for a long time in service. Stainless steel knives are also easy to maintain because they do not need to be oiled frequently to avoid forming rust on their sides. It is made of high-quality material that can endure extreme cutting of several food items such as vegetables without chipping or bending the knife blades. Also, stainless steel knives are easy to sharpen so users will not worry much when the blade becomes blunt to get a very sharp blade. Stainless steel knives are extremely versatile and thanks to the technology used in the cutting edge, they can stay sharp for many years.

Disadvantages of Stainless-Steel Knives

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A high-carbon stainless steel knife, however, has some drawbacks; the act of sharpening it is relatively a little challenging compared to sharpening other knives such as carbon steel, and high-carbon stainless. This provides a rationale claiming that stainless steel has a commonly lower BHN, thus suggesting that it will not be able to hold a sharp edge for a long period and may require more sharpening to enhance the knife’s performance. Furthermore, while obtaining a knife made of stainless steel can reduce the risk of corrosion, the knife will still be vulnerable to stains or pitting mainly due to the effects of acids or salts, for example, frequently using it to cut fruits or fish. Nevertheless, some people reported that knives made of stainless steel may be heavier and even less well-balanced than those produced using different types of metal, which may hamper comfort or the ability to cut finely mince for a long-lasting time. Nevertheless, if properly taken care of and maintained, most of the outlined problems can be prevented and users, therefore, stand to benefit from the appealing features that come with stainless steel knives for as long as possible. https://sakutoknives.co.uk/

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Types of Stainless-Steel Knives

Austenitic Stainless Steel (e. g. , 304, 316)

  • Composition: The chromium/nickel ratio indicates corrosion resistance and it is high in both materials due to the presence of a significant amount of both chromium and nickel in both stainless steel and intermetallic compound.
  • Characteristics: Good rust and chemical/near-automotive resistance; not typically applied in blade manufacture as its hardness is not as high.

Martensitic Stainless Steel (e. g. , 420, 440A, 440C)

  • Composition: Less of Chromium and Nickel, more of Carbon.
  • Characteristics: This material is generally suitable for the manufacturing of knife blades due to its good hardness, and reasonable wear resistance.

Ferritic Stainless Steel

  • Composition: Most samples analyzed by Klein et al. contain less than 5 wt% of chromium with trace amounts of nickel.
  • Characteristics: Its corrosion resistance moderate compare to other grades, again not very hard like martensitic.

Powder Metallurgy Stainless Steel (e. g. , CPM S30V, S35VN)

  • Composition: Metal powder consisting of very small grains of steel pressed together and heated to fuse the particles together.
  • Characteristics: Due to the excellent hardness, the intensity of wear, and edge depth ensure high-quality knives.

Factors to Consider Before Buying Stainless Steel Knives

It is important to note that when selecting this product there are some important things to look at before buying a particular type of stainless-steel knives.

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Intended Use

Identify the primary activities that you need to accomplish using knife. Food knives come in various types, and these are designed and used for specific uses such as slicing, chopping, and mincing.

Steel Type

Buy knives that are made from the most popular type of stainless steel known as 11E631L. Thus, hardness, ability to retain an edge, ease of sharpening, and corrosion resistance could be some of the components this scale might have.

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Blade Shape and Size 

There is a proper blade shape and size for every cooking attitude and type of food that you often chop up, so choose wisely.

Handle Comfort and Ergonomics

When choosing these knives, delve deeper on handles; these are handles that will fit your hands well and would not quickly give way if you are going to be handling the knife for a very long time.

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Budget

If you want to affirm a certain standard of quality or set a certain amount that you are willing to spend, you need to do so before moving to the next stage. There is a biggest variation of the knives in the number of their prices, that means it can cost you from several dollars up to hundreds of dollars. 

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Brand Reputation

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Identify reliable manufacturers with proficiency in the making of stainless steel knives that have quality workmanship and can hardly rust.

Maintenance Requirements

Think about the how often the knife might need sharpening, how easy it is to clean food residue off, and any care instructions that might be outlined by the producers.

Reviews and Recommendations

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However, for one to be in a position to know the performance and duration of such models of the knife, the best thing to do is to read the various customers’ reviews and consult professionals or other sources that may recommend specific models.

Thus, by looking at the above factors, one will be in a position of making the right decision and acquire a set of stainless steel knives that will suit his/her needs best.

Conclusion

Choosing the proper stainless steel knives means to take into account several points mainly for providing higher results in use. I believe that if one knows these types of stainless steel often used in knives and their features, one will be able to get knives whose blades suit the user’s needs either for edge retention or corrosion resistance or even sharpness and ease of being sharpened. Also, specific attributes including the geometry size, and weight of the blade, ergonomics of the handle, price, manufacturer’s reputation, and the ease of maintaining the utensil cannot be overlooked in the selection process. Thus, given that when choosing these points and turning to the recommendations received in the reviews, you will be able to choose and purchase stainless metal knives that would make cooking more enjoyable and withstanding the wear and tear of regular usage. In conclusion, if the correct selection is made, you have a good chance that stainless steel knives will become a cornerstone of your kitchen — long-term, durable, performance-oriented instruments.

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Kidsville Expands As It Opens A New Branch In Spintex On June 15, 2024

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Kidsville, Ghana’s ultimate destination for kids’ fashion, toys, balloons, learning games, and party supplies is set to open its latest branch in Spintex near Noble House in Accra, Ghana.
The opening ceremony which will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2024, will see in attendance high-profile dignitaries, celebrities and other personalities adored by both parents and kids.
As a perfect opportunity to shop, Kidsville will offer parents and guardians who join in the opening day celebrations a whooping 15% discount on all purchased.
Kidsville will also unveil its brand ambassador, Oheneyere Gifty Anti, who will be present to grace the ceremony.
A seasoned broadcaster, award-winning author, women’s advocate, and a queen mother, Gifty Anti’s presence is expected to make the grand opening even more special.
Don’t miss an opportunity to engage with all your favourite celebrities and shop at hugely discounted prices.
Kidsville – Where Every Kid’s Dream Blossoms.
For inquiries, please contact us at 0274066666 or visit www.kidsvillegh.com
About Kidsville
An ultimate destination for kids’ fashion, toys, balloons, learning games, and party supplies, Kidsville, has since 2019 brought smiles to the faces of kids and parents across the country.
From its Palace Mall and Kumasi Mall outlets to its latest opening in Spintex, the company even offers more including a new kids’ clothing line.
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MTN GHANA BEGINS 30 DAYS OF Y’ELLO CARE WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON EDUCATION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

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MTN Ghana has launched the 2024 edition of its annual employee volunteer program called Y’ello Care. This year, to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of MTN’s operations, the 21 Days of Y’ello Care has been extended to 30 Days.

In line with the theme “Education for rural and remote communities,” MTN Ghana employee volunteers will implement a specialized program called “Quench and Connect.” Volunteers will assist in drilling digital boreholes in schools experiencing water shortages, enabling students to concentrate on their studies.

MTN employee volunteers will also establish container-based e-learning libraries equipped with computers, internet access, textbooks, storybooks, and supplementary reading materials to improve teaching and learning.

The initiatives also comprise data education and digital literacy workshops for both students and teachers. These projects aim to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the selected schools nationwide.

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Another creative project the MTN employees will be working on are the setting up of smart farms which will be irrigated by the boreholes with smart devices to support irrigation. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the CEO of MTN Ghana Stephen Blewett said, “The theme emphasizes the important role education plays in transforming our communities, strengthening socio-economic growth and prosperity, and preparing our youth with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources for the future”.

“With the 2024 edition of 30 Days of Y’ello Care campaign we seek to provide modern amenities and educational facilities in line with our digital focus to bring innovation to the doorstep of these deprived schools. This will help demonstrate the limitless boundaries of technology and the opportunities it presents”, he added. 

The Special Guest of Honor for the launch in Accra, the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon John Ntim Fordjour commended MTN Ghana for partnering the Ministry of Education over the years to improve education and also help bridge the digital divide in the educational 

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sector. He called on the partners and MTN employee volunteers to pool their efforts during the 30 Days of Y’ello Care to make a difference. 

The Y’ello Care program was launched in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi and was attended by MTN employee volunteers, Y’ello Care partners, some past beneficiaries of MTN Y’ello Care and representatives of MTN Ghana Foundation Board.

MTN Y’ello Care is an annual employee volunteerism program across the MTN Group, allowing staff to participate in community development projects in countries where MTN operates. The initiative, which was started in 2007, has made a significant impact on millions of people and hundreds of communities across the continent. At the end of the program, the country with the most impactful projects wins a prize of $100,000 to be reinvested in community projects.

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