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Huawei Kick-starts One-Billion-Dollar App Developers Program

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Bringing together more than 250 app developers and partners in Dubai during the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, GITEX Technology Week at Dubai World Trade Center, Huawei hosted its first Developer Day, sharing their new eco-construction strategy and showcasing its global intelligent distribution platform with a range of open capabilities and one-stop services for partners.  The Shining-Star Programis a one-billion-dollar investmentto support global developers accessing Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem.

 

At the Developers Day, Huawei introduced the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) – the ecosystem based on the core framework of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS Core and Capabilities) and Developer Services. To date, HMS Core has opened 14 capabilities to help developers build high-quality applications at low cost and shorter time. With HMS Core, developers will leverage Huawei unique high technology such as 50X zoom, super night mode and GPU Turbo for faster and better user experiences. It will continuously improve the app user volume and activity, which will benefit in Huawei smartphone users’ experiences.

 

As one of the world’s leading smartphone brands, known for its many firsts – World’s First GPU Turbo, World’s First Photography Powered by AI, World’s First Reverse Charge and World’s First NANO SD Card – Huawei has continuously pushed the boundaries. In the first half of 2019, Huawei reported that it shipped 118 million smartphones, a Y-o-Y increase of 24% and making up 17.6% of the global smartphone market. As a brand that has grown into an industry giant, Huawei has now developed preliminary capabilities necessary to build a smart ecosystem.

 

The Shining-Star Program announced an investment of one billion USD to support global developers to keep contributing in HMS ecosystem construction. Also, the DigiX Innovation Studio will further expand throughout the globe, with 8 DigiX Labs in 6 main cities in the global markets, including Dubai, providing support to global developers.

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NSMQ Finale: Prempeh College wins “AirtelTigo Highest Scorer Award” cash prize of GHS10,000

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AirtelTigo Ghana has fulfilled its promise by rewarding GHS10,000 to Prempeh College for emerging as the Highest Scorer in the grand finale of 2021 National Science and Math’s Quiz (NSMQ).

 

NSMQ which is by far the biggest academic competition among senior high schools in Ghana is aimed at promoting the study of science and mathematics to help students develop quick thinking, probing and scientific mindset about the things around them, while fostering healthy academic rivalry among senior high schools.

 

The initiative has an impressive following, with old students, parents and students cheering for their schools to win at each stage of the contest.

 

Coming on board for the second time since 2020, AirtelTigo instituted its own award category dubbed “AirtelTigo Highest Scorer Awards” to enable the company to reward more schools throughout the competition whiles inspiring healthy competition among participating schools.

 

Commenting on the award, Nancy Assor Asiedu-Amrado Head, Brand Management said, “We at AirtelTigo applaud the management team of Primetime and the Ghana Education Service for the hard work and commitment put into the successful execution of the NSMQ over the years. AirtelTigo has a firm commitment to Education which forms part of our corporate social responsibility, and we are very happy to be part of the efforts to promote science and mathematics education in the country.”

 

Being an innovative telecommunications company, AirtelTigo continuously look for ways to design new products and services that offers excellent network experience and make life simple for its customers.

 

AirtelTigo is demonstrating its innovative spirit by establishing its own award scheme to reward top scoring schools at every stage of the NSMQ contest.

 

AirtelTigo rewarded different schools that scored the highest points in each day’s competitions with approximately GHS 50,000 as follows: Preliminary stage – GHS 1,000, One-eighth stage – GHS 2,000, Quarter-final stage – GHS 3,000, Semi-final stage – GHS 5000 and  Grand Finale – GHs10,000

 

The Primetime Limited Team expressed their appreciation to AirtelTigo for partnership.

 

Receiving their rewards, the students from Prempeh College were happy and thanked AirtelTigo for such an awesome reward.

 

AirtelTigo remains hopeful that such initiative will go a long way to unearth young minds, create a brighter future and a good step towards national development.

 

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Budweiser the “King of beers” is here

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Budweiser, the king of beers and the world’s most valuable beer brand has come to Ghana to take its throne. It thrilled patrons with BUDXGHANA on 27th November 2021.

BUDXGHANA was about good music, art, culture, fun games, interactions and great tasting cold beer for legal drinking age consumers all night. Patrons were also presented with series of performances from some of the biggest and best talents in Ghana and Southern Africa. They had the opportunity to hang out with their favorite stars who were in attendance.

The night started with a dance performance from Dance God Lloyd & the DWP Crew followed by Bernard the magician with intriguing magic tricks. Camido and Major Skyscraper continued with amazing art and music. Black Sheriff, Afia and R2Bees’s thrilling performances afterwards left patrons dancing on their feet for several hours.

El Mukuka from Zambia delivered a mind-blowing collection perfected by energetic performance by Caitlin de Ville from South Africa.DJ Vyrusky took over and gave funs their favorite hit songs with patrons dancing all night long leaving them with unforgettable experiences and stories to tell.

BUDXGHANA’s engagement zone had the Budweiser throne where patrons could sit and take pictures, 360 degrees camera to take unlimited pictures and a game center with video games and pool table.

Celebrated Artists who attended BUDXGHANA included Davido, Reggie Rockstone, Abeiku Santana and host of others.

As the King of Beers, Budweiser inspires socialization, fun and will be introducing some excitement into the Ghanaian market as the official sponsor of English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga.

Patrons who were not summoned were part of the fun by watching live streaming on GH One from 9:30 pm.

Budweiser is a product of Accra Brewery PLC.

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Ghana records cases of Omicron variant at airport

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Ghana has detected its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye who announced this today in Accra said the first case was discovered on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in a Nigerian traveller through sequencing. Another case was recorded in a traveller from Zimbabwe.

“The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 disease has been found at the Kotoka International Airport,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye said at an event organised today to announce the start of mass COVID-19 vaccinations in the country.

“The good thing is that in the community test done so far, we have not seen any Omicron within the community of Ghana, but the danger is that if someone has the Omicron, and it is incubating, it will not be found at the airport”.

He added that so far, no case of the new Omicron variant has been recorded in the “community of Ghana”.

Dr Kumah-Aboagye also assured that the country will strengthen its strategies at the airport to prevent the importation of the illness.

“For Christmas, we are going to ensure that to prevent importation, the strategies at the airport which have served us a lot will continue and be strengthened to ensure that people are tested before they leave and when they arrive to reduce the importation (of COVID-19),” he said.

“We are going to monitor all our ports of entry, we are increasing our surveillance across the country to ensure that cases are followed up. We are also going to identify countries of concern so that even when they arrive and are negative, we have a different protocol on how to observe them…”.

 

 

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Top 5 activities to do in Mykonos

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If you’re looking to travel to a destination that promises an amazing time, Mykonos is the perfect destination. This breathtaking island has a wide variety of activities suitable for all types of travelers including those who want to explore the island’s rich history or others who prefer to relax on the beach. If you’re looking for a place to have an amazing time, Mykonos offers exciting activities such as horseback riding as well as beautiful sunsets over the crystal clear waters. If you’d like to find out more, this blog post will highlight 5 activities that are best done during your stay on Mykonos Island.

A Ferry Trip

Mykonos is a popular summertime destination for Europeans, Australians, and North Americans. It’s no surprise that the island has so much to offer in terms of beaches, sightseeing opportunities, and entertainment. One way to explore Mykonos is by ferry boat which takes you around the coast of the island through some beautiful views. Mykonos is also connected to other islands in the area like Naxos and Paros, but if you’re up to going a little further, you can see the island of Folegandros, which is the only island to compete with Santorini for its sunset. Booking a ferry ticket for this trip is easier than ever with LetsFerry, so don’t hesitate to experience this kind of adventure. Ferry trips are a must when you go on an island vacation because there is so much to see.

Little Venice

Little Venice is considered one of the most romantic places in Mykonos and this neighborhood is filled with elegantly designed old houses that are situated on the edge of the sea. This location hosts amazing sunset views and travelers always fall in love with the charm and architecture. If you visit Little Venice, you are advised to stay at one of the houses along the shoreline of Mykonos which are truly magical. This neighborhood is home to acclaimed artists and because of the way this neighborhood has been portrayed in their art, it remains one of the most photographed tourist spots in Europe. For entertainment, you can enjoy clubs, bars as well as art galleries, and exhibitions that were once homes of sailors. There are also many tours available for visitors to explore and get to know the neighborhood which caters more to adult visitors.

Agari beach

If you’re looking for a scenic beach to relax on, Agari beach is the perfect spot with beautiful crystal clear waters and a long sandy beach. This beach dates back to the 13th century and is popular among the locals as well as tourists. There is a reasonably priced restaurant on the beach which is refreshing compared to the more pricey spots on the rest of the island. The beach is a 25-minute drive from Mykonos Town and is considered one of the most relaxing beaches on the island. You will find hotels a short walking distance away from the beach and they are surrounded by beautiful landscapes that allow you to enjoy beautiful Nature. This beach is not the ideal place for children as it is nudist-friendly.

Mykonos brewing company

In April 2017, The Mykonos brewing company started to brew its first batches of beer at their new Brewhouse on Mykonos Island. Today, tourists have the option of going on an organized tour and tasting at the brewing company as well as enjoying local restaurants nearby. The tour is not only fun but also informative and interactive which guarantees guests a great time.  The tour does involve walking on steep roads which is something to take a mental note of before visiting this brewery. You also have the option to buy some of their beer at their store which is a treat for all beer lovers. Unfortunately, this is not a place suited for kids.

Matogianni Street

Matogianni Island is considered the heart of the Island and is known as a haven for shopaholics. The street is filled with designer stores, handmade jewelry designers, and souvenir shops. If you go during the summer months, you will find most of the stores on this street are open until midnight although the best time to visit is between 11:00 am – 08:00 pm. Visiting Matogianni Street is about more than just shopping and offers tourists a great opportunity to explore the beauty of Mykonos and enjoy local cuisine and the enticing restaurants. Bring along your entire family and enjoy!

Delos Archaeological Museum

For all the history lovers, Delos Archaeological museum is for you! The museum is located on the archaeological site of Delos and has objects from excavations on display. This museum is only accessible via a boat or shuttle and once you have arrived at the venue, you can enjoy soaking up Mykonos history portrayed in mosaics and sculptures dating back as far as 1st c. BCE. All the statues displayed at this museum were unearthed from nearby surrounding sites and the museum has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Insurerity Digital Wins Insurtech Of The Year

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Insurerity Digital the fastest-growing insurance technology (“insurtech”) company in Ghana won the leading Insurtech of the year award at the just ended Ghana Fintech Awards 2021.

The Fintech Award ceremony was hosted by Arkel Consult and Abjel Communications, aimed at recognising and acknowledging the achievements of individuals and companies who are contributing to the growth of Ghana’s financial and technology ecosystem. The maiden edition of the award ceremony was held at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Accra on November 20th.

With the aim of making the insurance industry more transparent, efficient and accessible, Insurerity considers this win a bolt of inspiration and morale for their efforts and innovations over the past 2years. The company’s focus is on creating modern insurance solutions and building custom technology for clients looking to bridge the gap between high-quality insurance products and new consumer markets. Some of their clients include KEK Insurance Brokers, the National Insurance Commission (NIC), GIZ, GIA, Star Life Assurance, and aYo intermediaries Ltd.

The CEO, Mr Ricahard Adarkwah commented; “Insurance is not a luxury but a necessity, and as such it is the right of every citizen to have access to insurance regardless of location, status, or gender. Hence, we believe this requires a tripartite solution; digitisation for the service providers operations, leveraging on mobile technologies to bridge the insurer-prospective policyholder gap and connecting the regulator”

Insurerity’s live software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform is currently serving KEK and TransNational Insurance Brokers. Enabling them to efficiently manage their core insurance operations from customer acquisition to policy and even claims management. Functionality with flexibility!

“For the next phase of our growth we are looking to improve the insurance infrastructure to the public by enabling developers to build relevant insurance solutions for the public. While proceeding with our expansion across Africa, we are currently fundraising for $500,000. Thank You Ghana Fintech Awards for the recognition and support!!” he concluded. For more information please visit www.insurerity.com.

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Life in a boarding school

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There are times in our lives when we crave independence, perhaps not totally but just to be able to feel a bit responsible for ourselves or maybe our parents want us to be responsible. For some adolescents and adults, it takes being quite rebellious and leaving their homes to gain this freedom that they so strongly desire but for others it is the wish that they would after a long period of time commuting from home to school every day for years, have the chance to be in the boarding house. It doesn’t matter even if the school is built with the best of Brock White materials, living in a boarding school can be a little stressful and it is not quite like home.

The boarding house, in the minds of students living outside of it may be a place of total freedom where one gets to take absolute control over their lives with the periodic guidance of teachers. The irony is that those living within the walls wished they had the freedom those living outside of the walls had. Nevertheless, living in the boarding house could be the definitive stage in the life of adolescents and sometimes adults. It could become a life shaping, self-discovering, and highly possible, a stage where one could develop bad habits.

Living in the boarding house can be overwhelming given the fact that students come from different backgrounds, but it could be less of a problem because one cannot live a life, they find congenial to their believes as there are codes of conducts making sure no one steps on the other’s toes. Life in the boarding house is almost the same as living in our own homes, just that in the former, we may be living with a huge number of people and one needs self- monitoring and managerial skills in carrying out daily activities. Though it is a place where students lose themselves to various bad habits, it comes with a lot of benefits. This article seeks to talk about two of them in the next paragraphs.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

Life in a boarding house provides students with the opportunity to develop their character usually according to the values emphasized by the school community within which they live. Traits such as honesty, respect, hardworking, and integrity usually are the most emphasized. Subsequently, this provides students with the requisite skills in interacting with their colleagues both in classrooms and in the dormitories. Unlike in the homes, life in the boarding house latently shapes you to even ask your colleague in the dormitory to pick up his or her dirty socks from the floor without one sounding rude or impolite. Grooming is high amongst students, and in some boarding facilities you are required to carry along a professional stainless steel nail file for use in keeping fingernails clean at all times.

Routines such as making sure academic assignments are done, waking up every day early in the morning to perform assigned duties within the premises of the various halls and getting oneself prepared for the day are a way of becoming responsible individuals in life. The fact that there are no distractors such as TV, radio and phones makes it easy for students in the boarding house to concentrate on their development though the schools have ICT laboratories where students may have the chance to do some research.

Moreover, taking up leadership positions in school is one sure way students turn to shape their lives for the future. It is noted that the day students hardly take up positions because they may be living far from the school premises, hence preventing their effectiveness. Many leadership roles in boarding schools are taken up by boarders because at least they are spared the hardship of having to commute from home to school every day, sometimes at the mercy of huge traffics. In this space provided, students have much time to work on their communication skills, temperament, and critical thinking skills.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND FLUENCY IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE.

The boarding house is a space of multicultural living. Boarders live and attend classes with colleagues with different cultural background and with the space provided within a span of usually six or three years according to the kind of boarding school, students get to appreciate and respect the differences in one another. This is where some learn the basics of another language due to the friendships they may form. Typically, in the Ghanaian setting of boarding house where there are many different ethnic groups hence many different languages, there is only a lot the students in the boarding house can learn from one another, not to mention the availability of international students who as well come with different cultural backgrounds. You can click here to find out how to learn other languages in under a month.

Furthermore, the boarding house provides students with the chance of becoming bilinguals with a fusion of international languages such as French, English, Spanish and others which could become the second language of some boarders. In the space of a multicultural living, boarding house offer the boarders the opportunity to form long lasting friendships regardless of color or ethnic groups.

Generally, life in the boarding house is a life changing stage. Many parents have spoken well of it in terms of how their children return home during vacations and display responsible attitudes. It can be argued that, for one’s children to develop a sense of responsibility and to be prepared for the future, life in the boarding house would be one of the fastest ways in achieving such aim.

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