Thursday, 23 March 2017

Simple Beach Hacks For Beach Lovers

The beach is an amazing place to have fun and relax with your either your friends or significant other. But if you truly want to have an unforgettable time at the beach, and avoid regretting going, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares some beach hacks to ensure that you enjoy every second you spend at the various beaches in Lagos including Elegushi, Eleko, and Kuramo.  The only thing you need to do is to take certain small items along with you to the beach.

Rub baby powder to get rid of sand

The beach sand is one of the annoying things about going to the beach. In some cases, it may be impossible to remove the sand when it sticks to your leg and foot. You can rub baby powder on your legs to prevent the sand from sticking. Also, you can use the same baby powder to get it the sand off.

Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report Reveals True Cost of Cyber Breaches and Preventive Organizational Actions

Worldwide leader in IT and networking Cisco has released its Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR). The Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report, now in its tenth year, examines the latest threat intelligence gathered by Cisco security experts, providing industry insights that reveal customer security trends.  

The 2017 report also highlights key findings from the third annual Cisco Security Capabilities Benchmark Study (SCBS), which examines security professionals’ perceptions of the state of security in their organizations. It shares geopolitical trends, global developments around data localization, and the importance of cybersecurity as a boardroom topic.

According to the report, over one-third of organizations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss of more than 20 percent. Ninety percent of these organizations are improving threat defense technologies and processes after attacks by separating IT and security functions (38 percent), increasing security awareness training for employees (38 percent), and implementing risk mitigation techniques (37 percent). The report surveyed nearly 3,000 chief security officers (CSOs) and security operations leaders from 13 countries in the Security Capabilities Benchmark Study, part of the Cisco ACR.

Critical infrastructure protection gets a boost with Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy

Kaspersky Lab has announced the global availability of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy, a vertical advanced package for energy enterprises, based on Kaspersky Lab’s suite for protection of industrial infrastructure.

Modern electrical power grids are complex networks, with integrated automation and control functions. However, because they communicate through open protocols, they do not have sufficient built-in cybersecurity functions to combat the increasingly sophisticated range of security threats they face.

Mara Social Media Acquires Global Instant Messaging & Communications Platform “Nimbuzz”

Mara Social Media, an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets, has announced this week that it has acquired global platform Nimbuzz Assets.

Nimbuzz, initially released in May 2008 is a powerful cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app. The app can be installed on computers, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets. Nimbuzz offers its users the ability to make voice and video calls, enable chat and file sharing worldwide. The app has over 200 million users and is available for Android, iPhone, and Symbian, MIDP, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and PC & MAC clients.

Promasidor Reward Staff at Long Service Awards

As part of efforts at recognising hard work and commitment to duty, Promasidor Nigeria Limited recently rewarded thirty-four staff of the company that have worked for 10, 15, and 20 years at a long service awards ceremony during the weekend.

The colourful event which was held at Promasidor Nigeria was well attended by management staff of the company, amongst whom were the Managing Director, Mr. Olivier Thiry; Chief Operating Officer, Anders Einarsson; Commercial Director, Kachi Onubogu; General Manager, Human Resources, Vitus Ezinwa; Technical Director, Michel Coin; and Head Legal and Public Relations, Andrew Enahoro.

Marriott International to Debut Aloft Hotels in Mauritius

Marriott International, Inc. have announced plans to launch its cutting-edge Aloft brand in the capital city of Mauritius with the signing of Aloft Mauritius Port Louis. Slated to open in early 2019, the hotel will be the brand’s first adaptive reuse project in Africa.

Located in the central business district area of Port Louis, the existing 9 floor office building will transform into the city’s newest destination sensation complete with 150 spacious, loft-like rooms, accessible technology and a hip, social atmosphere.

Presidents of Ghana and Senegal discuss Regional Trade and Investment at the Africa CEO Forum 2017

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Senegalese counterpart President Macky Sall, graced the Africa CEO Forum 2017 with their presence, to discuss how Africa's sub-regions can work more closely together in a world where demands for economic nationalism and protectionism are on the rise.
Presidential panel at the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2017
Switzerland's Minister of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Johann Schneider-Ammann, gave the welcome address ahead of the panel discussion which marked the end of the 2-day event. Patrick Smith, Editor-in-chief of The Africa Report magazine moderated the special panel highlighting the shared democratic history of both West African countries in recent years.

Tony Elumelu Foundation announces new 1,000 successful applicants for $100m African entrepreneurs’ empowerment scheme

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is proud to announce the selection of 1,000 African entrepreneurs, creating the 3rd cohort of the 10-year, $100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Tony O. Elumelu CON (middle) flanked on the left by Owen Omogiafo, Chief Operating Officer TEF; Parminder Vir OBE, CEO, TEF and on the right by Nimi Akingugbe, Selection Committee (SC) Member; and Martin Eigbike, SC member during the selection committee (SC) meeting where 1,000 new Entrepreneurs for the 2017 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme were selected and announced in Lagos.
Over 93,000 entrepreneurs, from 55 countries and territories in Africa, applied - more than twice 2016 applications and nearly four times 2015.

Over the next nine months, the 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs will be trained and mentored, and will use the skills acquired to develop a business plan. Following which, they will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in seed capital.

Uber President Jeff Jones Resigns

The President of ride-hailing app, Uber, Jeff Jones has left his position less than 6 months of being appointed.

According to reports, Jeff Jones left the company because of Uber’s continued struggle with issues related to sexual harassment and sexism.

Seven-Up Bottling Company Makes Leadership Changes

The Board of Directors of Seven-Up Bottling Company (SBC) have announced the appointment of Sunil Sawhney as the Vice Chairman and Ziad Maalouf as Managing Director of the company.

According to a statement issued by the company, both appointments take effect from 1st April, 2017.

Sunil Sawhney, new Vice Chairman of SBC
Prior to his appointment, Sawhney served as Managing Director for eight years. He has led SBC in various roles for the past 16 years during which the company witnessed a most impressive track record of sustainable growth in every aspect of its operations making it one of the foremost non-alcoholic beverage producing companies in West Africa.

Ziad Maalouf will succeed Sawhney as the Managing Director of the company. Up until his recent appointment, he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer and had joined the company in 2008 as its National Sales and Distribution Manager, and was later promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer. He has over 20 years work experience in various reputable organizations.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.

SBC are the producer of Pepsi, 7up, Mirinda, Teem Bitter Lemon, H2O, and Aquafina premium table water.

Zenith Bank shareholders approve N63.4b dividend, applaud performance

Shareholders of Zenith Bank Plc on Wednesday approved final dividend of N55.573 billion for the year ended December 31, 2016, bringing the total payout to N63.422 billion.

The dividend, which translates to N1.77 per share, was paid out of N129.65 billion recorded for the year.

The shareholders gave the approval at the Annual General Meeting held in Lagos.

In all, the bank paid a total dividend of N63.422 billion, having paid an interim dividend of N7.849 billion before now.

ReCode Nigeria Hackathon 2017 To Begin On Friday; $50,000 Prize To Be Awarded

Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF), a fintech accelerator, is organizing a 48-hour hackathon titled Re:Code Nigeria, which comes with up to $50,000 prize. The hackathon will hold from Friday the 24th of March at 1PM until Sunday the 26th of March at 4PM.

The Re:Code Nigeria Hackathon aims to bring together multiple teams of talented developers, designers, problem-solvers, out-of-the-box thinkers, dreamers, doers, makers, and code magicians to solve this problem.

The mission of Re:Code Nigeria, is to transform the existing mode of engagement in the banking industry; the customer experience, and create value for customers beyond payments.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

GE Oil & Gas expands global footprint with new facility in Ghana

General Electric Oil & Gas opened a new facility in Takoradi Port, Ghana on Wednesday, expanding its global footprint and supporting local investment. The company committed to deliver more than 45,000 training hours for Ghanaian personnel over the next five years, as it seeks to build a world-class team locally.

The facility, which will be the primary service center for deep-water offshore projects in Ghana, has a 1,600 square meters indoor test area with capability for testing three subsea trees (XTs) simultaneously, and 4,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor storage. This new infrastructure is already playing a critical role in supporting the installation for Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project - for which GE Oil & Gas is supplying subsea and turbomachinery equipment - and will support the local community by helping to provide direct employment opportunities. It will also provide welcome support for the local supply chain, and for small and medium-sized enterprises.

World Poetry Day: Richard Branson's Poem For Entrepreneurs

In celebration of World Poetry Day, English business magnate and investor, Sir Richard Branson posted a poem for all entrepreneurs in "rhyming couplets" in ode to his favourite author, Dr Seuss.

See Poem Below:

Paris 2024 chairman rules out bid for 2028 Olympic

Paris 2024 co-chairman Tony Estanguet has said the bid committee’s sole focus is on returning the summer Olympic Games to the French capital for the first time in a century and that it has no interest in the prospect of securing hosting rights to the 2028 edition of the event.

Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) indicated that it could award both the 2024 and 2028 Games this year, opening up the possibility of the two remaining 2024 bidders – Paris and Los Angeles – being awarded one event each.