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KNUST Petroleum Engineering Students Visit Rigworld Training Centre.

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Final year students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) over the week paid a familiarization tour of the ultra-modern Rigworld Training Centre (RTC) located at Kejebil in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region.

The students, who were all from the Petroleum Engineering Department of the KNUST paid the visit to the training centre to expose them to hands-on practical knowledge and experience of safety training in the oil and gas as well as other areas within the extractive industry.

Senior Instructor at the RTC, Gina Donn observed the centre had invested heavily in building advanced simulators to provide realistic training focused on safety as well as building local capacity.

“We deliver more than textbook theory. RTC is an asset that would help increase safety and productivity in the extractive industry while building local capacity, skills and development, “she said.

Bismark Odame, Quality Health, Safety and Environmental Advisor at the RTC, who doubles as Health, Safety and Environment Instructor emphasized the centre had excelled in providing a wide-range of client focused safety training services and products to offshore and mining companies.

He said, “We plan and tailor training to the reality of the people we train. The company believes in constant development, improving its training and facilities all the time.”

Assistant Research Fellow at the Petroleum Engineering Department of the KNUST, Anthony Hammer explained the rationale for their visit.

“They are final year students and very soon they would go to the job market so they are embarking on the tour to be exposed to the other aspects or components which is the field work,” Hammer remarked.

He expressed satisfaction saying the purpose for their visit had been achieved as the students were exposed to the practical aspect of the theories they have been learning at school.

The KNUST Assistant Fellow stated, “They have learnt that before working in an offshore facility, you need to obtain the minimum safety standard from a certified organization. They have also been educated on other safety issues in the offshore oil and gas business.”

The Rigworld Training Centre, which is an indigenous Ghanaian company with International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2015 Oil and Gas accredited safety training centre offers safety training services to organizations in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The centre is fully equipped with advanced simulators, helipad and water survival training pool, medical centre, prime onsite accommodation, a restaurant and a fitness centre.

The RTC can boast of top international training experts with operational experience who had been selected to lead the programmes which also includes Lifting Competence Training.

Among the Health and Safety Environment (HSE) courses the centre offers include Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency Training (BOSIET), Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System.

The rest are National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) as well as Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Enditem

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Ayoba Messaging Platform, Powered By MTN, Reaches 1M Active Users.

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JOHANNESBURG – MTN Group today announced that its instant messaging platform, Ayoba has reached 1 million monthly active users. Ayoba is an advanced communications application localised for African and Middle East consumer needs, under an independent Over the Top (OTT) brand with unique features for MTN customers. The app supports many local languages spoken across the MTN markets including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Pidgin, Yoruba, Swahili, Hausa, French and English.

MTN, together with its partners, is driven to improve access to affordable communications to ensure that people in its markets can reap the social, economic and developmental dividends of being online. Ayoba underscores this goal to bring more people into the digital world by providing them with affordable and simplified digital communication services.

Some of its key features and offerings are: Local languages: Ayoba is available in the top local languages in the markets where the offering has launched, Chat now: Users can instantly send and receive text and voice messages with any of their contacts regardless of device type or network, Security: End-to-end encryption means that messages in a conversation cannot be read by anyone else, Chat with everyone: Users can send SMS text messages with anyone in their contact list, regardless of whether they've installed Ayoba or not, Channels: Users can subscribe to Channels for locally relevant content across various categories, Money transfers: Users will be able to make and receive payments via Mobile Money (coming soon).

Commenting on the milestone, MTN Group President and CEO, Rob Shuter said, “We believe that our customers in Africa and the Middle East deserve a communication platform that expresses our unique voice, honours our rich identity through local languages, and addresses our customers’ specific needs and challenges by offering a data-included offering for MTN users, Mobile Money transfers (coming soon) and locally relevant content via channels.”

The platform which was launched earlier this year is now operational in 8 MTN markets, namely: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan and South Africa. Ayoba is also available across multiple markets on the Google Play Store and via the Ayoba website www.ayoba.me as an OTT offering.

As part of continuous efforts to enhance its offerings, Ayoba will be adding more features in the future. “Ayoba is also working on building an open digital platform that will enable third party innovation. This will ensure that we offer a rich diversified experience on the platform, enabling us to deliver more value to our users, empower local developers and create local experiences that are optimised for local communities,” explains David Gilarranz, CEO MTN Digital.

Gilarranz adds that in addition to the number of exciting innovations on the cards Ayoba plans to expand to the rest of MTN’s markets, and other territories across the globe. Before the end of the year, Ayoba will go live in Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Benin and Rwanda.

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Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our 244 million customers in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. We are inspired by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code “MTN”. We are pursuing our BRIGHT strategy with a major focus on growth in our data, fintech and digital businesses.

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Tesla Pickup Truck To Be Priced Below $50,000

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According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the upcoming Tesla truck will have a target price of under $50,000. This seems an impossible figure given the fact that other Tesla products (aside from the Model 3) start at a price that’s much higher. However, Musk stated this in a recent Ride The Lightning Podcast:

“You should be able to buy a really great truck for $49k or less.”

Musk added that the capabilities of the Tesla truck will be unmatched, though its appearance might be a bit over-the-top for a typical truck buyer.

If that price turns out to be true, then yes indeed the Tesla truck will beat the Rivian R1T and electric trucks from Ford and others, too.
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In the past, Musk commented on the abilities of the Ram truck, stating that it’ll be more or less toy-like compared to the Tesla truck. Range of the Tesla truck is expected to be around 500 miles. The unveiling is set for sometime later this year.

In top-level trim, it should boast a range of between 400 and 500 miles, possibly more. As one might suspect, it will be all-wheel drive with a motor for each axle. Musk also noted that the suspension will dynamically adjust according to its load. Being electric and a truck means it will have lots of torque. While we can’t say how much, exactly, we can point out that Musk once tweeted that it could tow 300,000 pounds.

Regarding the look, there’s been any number of renders of a possible Tesla truck produced over the past couple of years, but we’ve yet to see the actual truck to really have an idea of what it will look like, though Musk does say it’ll have a certain sort of sci-fi appearance.

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Amazon Set To Build The Largest Homeless Shelter In US.

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Amazon is spending millions of dollars designing and constructing a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle.

The online retail giant partnered with the non-profit Mary’s Place to transform one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and house 275 people per night.

However, the eight-story shelter can only house a small portion of the homeless population in the area, as there are more than 12,000 people living on the streets in the county.

Amazon’s shelter will be the largest in the state of Washington.

John Schoettler, Amazon’s vice president for global real estate and facilities, said the company wanted to help the city’s homelessness crisis, which was declared as a state of emergency in 2015 by Mayor Ed Murray.

Schoettler made the announcement of the shelter in 2017 when he presented Marty Hartman, the executive director of Mary’s Place homeless shelter in Seattle, with a golden key to symbolize access to the eight-story building.

The tech giant released a statement two years ago saying, ‘As we grow in Seattle, we recognize the importance of investing in our hometown in ways that benefit our neighbors and our employees.

‘When Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a civil state of emergency on homelessness we wanted to help out in a time of great need.’

Mary’s Place will be responsible for funding its own operations, programming,and staff, but Amazon said it will foot the utilities bill and allow the organization to inhabit the space rent-free.

The plans show a large cafeteria like dinning room, playroom for children and personal bedrooms, which Hartman said will help ‘families to maintain their individual dignity’.

‘Every single one of them will feel loved, safe, and invited in,’ Hartman said in a video about the project.

‘It’s a place where their kids will be able to be kids, and their parents can work on the tough stuff.’

This is also the first Mary’s Place location to offer showers and bathtubs for its guests.

Altogether there will be 30 rooms for families to stay in, who will have access to health and legal clinics.

The individuals living in the shelter will share the new building with Amazon employees.

‘Maybe someday, if homelessness in Seattle is resolved, we can turn that back into space for ourselves,’ John Schoettler, an Amazon real estate executive, told the Seattle Times. ‘As far as I’m concerned, it’s theirs as long as they need it.’

But not everyone is convinced by Amazon’s generosity.

Amazon has been accused of gentrification and contributing to the city’s homelessness problem by expanding in Seattle and driving up housing costs.

Following the construction of its headquarters, rents went through the roof – the median rent in Seattle went increased by nearly 42 percent compared to just 18 percent nationwide, according to Business Insider.

The company is known for its weak philanthropic efforts compared to Boeing or Starbucks in Seattle.

Alan Durning of Sightline Institute, a nonprofit research organization, told the New York Times: ‘Its reputation in Seattle has certainly suffered. Doing things like this may be in its enlightened self-interest, right on site for the world to see.’

The homeless population in Kings County was the third-largest in the country last year after New York and Los Angeles, according to a Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

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Xiaomi’s First 108-megapixel Cameraphone Is Here.

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Xiaomi has been teasing the idea for a few months now, and it’s finally here: the CC9 Pro, the company’s first smartphone with a 108-megapixel camera.

Before you get too excited, this isn’t the mind-blowing wraparound-screen Mi Mix Alpha that the company showed off earlier this year, which Xiaomi promises will also feature the 108-megapixel sensor. (That phone is presumably still set for a limited release in December, though.)

The CC9 Pro is a more conventionally designed phone by comparison, although it still managed to pack in five rear cameras: the aforementioned flagship 108-megapixel wide angle lens, a 5-megapixel telephoto with 5x optical zoom (and 10x hybrid zoom), a 12-megapixel telephoto camera designed for portrait mode shots, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide with a 117-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro lens for close-up shots. There’s also a sixth 32-megapixel camera on the front of the phone, which is housed in a teardrop-style notch.

The 108-megapixel sensor in question is the same Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX that the company designed together with Xiaomi, which was announced earlier this year. The 1/1.33-inch sensor is unusually large (for a phone, at least). By default, it’ll shoot 27-megapixel shots that combine four pixels together, as is fairly standard on ultra-high megapixel-count smartphones. There is an option to shoot in the full 108-megapixel resolution should you want to.

Wild camera specs aside, the rest of the CC9 Pro sounds like a fairly competent phone, with a 5,260mAh battery, a curved 6.47-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G processor. It even has a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the software side, it’ll run Xiaomi’s MIUI 11 skin on top of last year’s Android 9 Pie. 

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro will cost 2,799 yuan (around $400) for the base model, with 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, or 3,099 yuan (roughly $443) for an upgraded model with 126GB of storage and 8GB RAM. In typical Xiaomi style, there’s also a CC9 Pro Premium Edition variant that will cost 3,499 yuan (around $500) with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and an upgraded “8P lens system” for the main 108-megapixel camera.

The CC9 Pro goes on sale in China tomorrow, but there’s no word yet about a larger international release.

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