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Nokia Shapes the Future of Technology in Africa

AfricaCom 2017 will be a landmark event for Nokia as it showcases how the company is shaping the future of technology to transform human experiences with effortless, simple and dependable technologies.

Nokia continues to shape the future by expanding the human possibilities of technology in Africa and connecting the unconnected, pushing the limits of performance to bring services to people instantly and effortlessly. Nokia is tailoring its presence at AfricaCom 2017 to the African market to show how the connected world can shape Africa’s digital future.

Nokia is showcasing the latest innovations and engaging in discussions on ultra-broadband, the promise of 5G, digital transformation, cloud transformation, secure quantum-safe encryption and IP networks reimagined.

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Ghana Launches Smart Drivers' License

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will today, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, begin issuing smart drivers' licenses across the country.


Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will launch the new Smart Drivers’ License that has been touted to be among the most secured in the world.


Director in charge of Driving Training, Testing and Licencing at the DVLA, Cheyuo Wienna Musah, says the card will be West Africa’s first.


The new digital card will fast-track the acquisition of new drivers' licenses as applicants will now be able to obtain it within two to four weeks of application.


The digital drivers' licence is part of government’s target to remove the human interface from the process of issuing new licencing.


Middlemen, popularly called “gorro boys” have been blamed for making the acquisition of new licences a chaotic process.



Kotoko observes one-week rites for deputy equipment officer

The family, friends and well-wishers including Kotoko officials and fans of the club will today converge at the home of the late Thomas Obeng Asare for the customary one-rites of the Deputy Kotoko Equipment Officer, who passed away in last Wednesday’s tragic accident at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region.

The venue for the event, which starts at 6am and ends at 6pm is Esereso, opposite Divine Mercy Hospital, Kumasi, according to information given by Head of Communication, Obed Acheampong.

The Porcupines were returning to Kumasi from Accra after a league match against Inter Allies at the El Wak Stadium when the incident occurred. Head Coach, Steven Polack; and the driver, Nana Berchie were among the seriously injured. They have as a result been hospitalized since then.

The 18 players on board the bus including journalists and medical team personnel sustained various of degrees injuries.


Rooney ends Manchester United career and returns to Everton

Wayne Rooney has completed a return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years playing for Manchester United.

The two clubs have been locked in transfer negotiations this week, with Romelu Lukaku set to go the other way for an estimated £75 million.

The England striker, 31, left Goodison Park in 2004 for £25.6m and returns for a reported £10m to help fill the void left by Lukaku's departure.

Rooney becomes the latest arrival at Goodison Park in an ambitious summer rebuild by Ronald Koeman, with big-money deals for the likes of Jordan Pickford, Micheal Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez already wrapped up.

A product of the Toffees’ academy system left for Old Trafford over a decade ago after emerging as one of the most exciting talents in world football.


Germany cruise to Confederations Cup final with 4-1 victory over Mexico

Leon Goretzka grabbed a brace as Germany booked a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup final with a convincing 4-1 victory over Mexico in Sochi.

The 22-year-old Schalke 04 star struck two well-taken goals inside the first eight minutes before Timo Werner put them out of sight prior to the hour.

El Tri substitute Marco Fabian reduced the arrears with a quite stunning strike from distance in the last minute, but Joachim Low's side had the final word when Amin Younes rolled in the fourth.

The world champions were always in control after their early blitz and comfortably stretched their unbeaten run to 14 matches. They will now meet Chile in Sunday's final in St Petersburg.


AU launches .africa domain

Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union.
AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa "got [its] own digital identity".
The AU says the .africa domain name will "bring the continent together as an internet community".
Addresses can now reflect a company's interest in the whole of Africa.
For example, a mobile phone company could create to show its Africa-wide presence, or a travel company could set up
Icann, the body that establishes these addresses known as generic Top-Level Domains, approved the move, after lobbying by the AU.
The campaign was spearheaded by a South African company ZA Central Registry (ZACR), which will now be responsible for registering .africa names.


Misuse of mathematics concept causes harm- Prof Anku

Professor Sitsofe Anku, Executive Director of Meagasa Mathematics Academy has expressed worry about little interest in the study of Mathematics which had caused damage to the citizenry.

Prof Anku posited that the misuse of Mathematics had led to the death of a patient where a Doctor prescribed a medicine for 5.0 milligrammes and the Nurse ignored the point and used 50 milligrammes.

“This could have been avoided if all and sundry appreciated the study of decimals in mathematics and the role it played in our daily lives”, he added.

He expressed the concern in Accra at a two- day annual congress which brought together selected students from the Senior High Schools and Primary level organised by the Academy on the theme “Love Ghana, Love Mathematics”.


Scientists Discover How To 'Upload Knowledge To Your Brain'

Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe.

Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter amount of time, comparing it to “life imitating art”.

They believe it could be the first steps in developing advanced software that will make Matrix-style instant learning a reality.

In the neo-noir sci-fi classic, protagonist Neo is able to learn kung fu in seconds after the martial art is ‘uploaded’ straight to his brain.

Researchers from HRL Laboratories, based in California, say they have found a way to amplify learning, only on a much smaller scale than seen in the Hollywood film.


Are Green Cars at the Green Light?

Emerging countries are slowly opting for smart and sustainable cars
Auto manufacturers have shifted their priorities to not only meet emissions standards, but also to keep up with government policies to improve air quality in each country. Fuel efficient cars have not yet caught on in developing markets as fast as they have in Western markets but there is a slow, apparent change of car buyers going green globally. Carmudi analyzed millions of listings on the company’s car classifieds website, and the data shows that auto demand worldwide, including Ghana, are shifting towards greener rides.
Carmudi found that countries in the Middle East such as UAE and Qatar are still in love with their SUVs. The number of eco-friendly car listings in the country stand at 5.8% and 1.88% respectively, but green cars are slowly becoming a more attractive option for car buyers.


Rare system of five stars discovered

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Astronomers have discovered a very rare system of five connected stars.
The quintuplet consists of a pair of closely linked stars - binaries - one of which has a lone companion; it is the first known system of its kind.
The pair of stars orbit around a mutual centre of gravity, but are separated by more than the distance of Pluto's orbit around the Sun.
The findings have been presented at the UK National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno.
The unusual system lies 250 light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered in data gathered by the SuperWASP (Wide Angle Search for Planets) project.
This uses relatively small and low-cost cameras in the Canary Islands and South Africa to image much of the sky every few minutes.
Measurements of the brightness of individual stars are, over years, assembled into light curves - plots of brightness against time.


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