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AfDB grants $15.6m to African Virtual University for capacity building

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a $15.6 million grant from its concessionary lending arm, the African Development Fund (ADF) to help strengthen the capacity of the African Virtual University (AVU). Created in 1997 by the World Bank and based in Kenya, the …

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Energy Minister donates 65 laptop computers to Bosomtwe schools

Dr Joseph Oteng-Adjei, the Energy Minister, has donated 65 laptop computers in support of schools and Information Communication Technology (ICT) resource centres in the Bosomtwe District. This, he said, was to aid the teaching and learning of ICT the area. Handing them over at a ceremony at Kokoado near Kuntanase …

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Cross-border remittances by phone overcome bank limits in Africa

More people in Africa’s poorest countries have mobile phones than bank accounts. That reality is spurring mobile service companies to explore how they can capture a share of the potential banking market by enabling migrants from these countries to transfer funds back home to their families. Sending such remittances by …

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GH¢36m science and technology school complex underway in Yendi

A thirty-six million Ghana cedi Science and Technology educational complex classroom block is under construction at Kuga, a suburb of Yendi, in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region. The project, being funded by 7As Unique Service and its Partners from Canada, is to provide a foundation in the knowledge …

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Security personnel raid premises of Skynet Computers over suspected pirating of Microsoft products

Security personnel have raided the premises of Skynet Computers and Accessories at Asylum Down, Accra over suspected counterfeit Microsoft windows software. This follows reports that many resellers were in possession of high quality counterfeit software, packaged like the genuine ones. Thirty-nine (39) pieces of suspected counterfeit Microsoft Windows software were …

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ITU approves new worldwide smart grid standards

New ITU standards for smart grid have achieved final approval and are now available for download, says the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) December 21, 2011. The UN ICT agency says it’s ITU-T G.9955 and G.9956 recommendations define the three international next generation narrowband powerline communications (NB-PLC) standards. “The approved family …

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Vodafone Ghana customer exposes fraudulent IDD call promotion

A Vodafone Ghana customer who has fallen victim to the mobile service provider’s fraudulent IDD calls promotion has exposed the company. Dr. Joe Addae, a Virologist in Accra has put down a detailed record of how Vodafone Ghana promised him reduced IDD call rates but eventually ripped him off. According …

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Need for Education Ministry to review ICT policy on education – Report

The Pan-African Research Team on the Pedagogical Integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Ghanaian educational institutions, has urged the Ministry of Education to review its ICT policy, to assure pedagogical integration of ICT. The Ministry was to terminate the teaching of ICT as just a core subject in …

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Solar airplane finally successful

Solar energy is renewable energy and therefore reliable because it will never run out.  The airplane, a very costly flying vehicle which generally uses a special fuel (non-renewable) called aviation fuel will now be supported with full solar energy resource. The very first solar powered aircraft was flown in California, …

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