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Ghanaian Passports Validity Returns To 10yrs, From 5yrs

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The government has extended the validity of an ordinary Ghanaian passport from 5 years to 10 years, effective March 31, 2019.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in a letter dated February 6, 2019 and addressed to all heads of Missions notified them of the government’s decision.

“MISSIONS ARE HEREBY THAT GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE VALITY OF ORDINARY PASSPORT BOOKLETS ISSUED TO QUALIIED GHANAIANS APPLICATIONS FROM FIVE TO TEN YEARS (5-10 YEARS) WITH EFFECT FROM 31ST MARCH 2019″, a letter signed by the deputy minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Habibu Tijani said.

Despite the extension in the years of the passport validity, the Ministry has maintained the cost of processing a passport at the same fee: GH¢50 for a regular processing and GH¢100 for express processing.

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Agyin Asare, Kofi Oduro & Sam Korankye Ankrah Are Fake Pastors : Rev Owusu Bempah

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Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah aka The Nation’s prophet has called out some renowed Ghanaian pastors as fake men of God who are just deceiving their followers.

According to the founder and leader of Glorious Word Power Ministries International named the likes of Agyin Asare, Kofi Oduro & Sam Korankye Ankrah as some of the fake pastors in the country.

He made this allegations while speaking in an interview with Fiifi Pratt on Accra based Kingdom FM.

Rev. Owusu Bempah indicated that prophecies of these pastors do not manifest and that alone is a clear indication that they are not genuine.

Attacking Agyin Asare, he disclosed that when he prophecied about the June 4th disaster some years ago, he (Agyin Asare) insulted him and told Ghanaians not to be worried because there was nothing going to happen.

But fast forward the incident happened adding that the families of all those who lost their lives should blame him for deceiving them because if they had listened to him Owusu Bempah, all these could have been averted.

Watch the interview below:

Throwing missiles at Prophet Kofi Oduro, he the latter is not a genuine prophet simply because he sees nothing in the spiritual realm. But all he knows what to best is to make unneccesary noise in the country.

He continued that Prophet Oduro who also leads Alabaster International Ministries congregants is doing everything he can to prove to the world that he is truly from God but the truth is, he is fake.

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Man City Sign Ruben Dias For £64m

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Manchester City has announced the signing of Portuguese defender Ruben Dias from Benfica in a £64.3million move.

The 23-year-old who had his medical in Lisbon signed a six-year contract, which saw Nicolas Otamendi moved to Benfica for £13.7m as part of the deal.

‘I am a player that loves to win, a player for the team, for the fans, a player that loves this family spirit which I am feeling a lot since I have been here,’ Dias said.

‘I am an aggressive player and I love what I do. I love the game and without getting into too much detail, because it is something you will see when I start playing, the most important thing to say is I love to win and that is the thing you most need to know about me.

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‘I am expecting the Premier League to be the reason why I wanted to be a football player. To have that feeling when I am on the field, when my arms get goosebumps.

‘That is it, that feeling, you cannot even put it into words. For me, the Premier League means all of that and to be able to play in the Premier League at a top club like City, it doesn’t get much bigger than that.’

After failing to replace Vincent Kompany last year, City sporting director Txiki Begiristain revealed that the club are expecting Dias to take leadership responsibility.

‘Ruben is a player we have admired for some time and we have been impressed with how he has progressed at Benfica,’ Begiristain said.

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‘He has developed into a real leader and as a defender, he has all the attributes we are looking for. He is strong in the air, good in one v one situations and technically, he is very good, so we are confident he can thrive in our system.

‘He is young but has gained valuable experience at a big European club in Benfica and we’re really pleased we’ve been able to sign him. He is another talented addition to the squad and someone who is only going to get better working under Pep.’

Dias, who becomes City’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, will wear the No 3 shirt.

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Data Emerges As Crucial Component Of Post-COVID-19 Oil Industry Recovery

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The ‘Leveraging the Power of Technology for Oilfield Optimization’ webinar was organized by Microsoft in partnership with Africa Oil & Power and the African Energy Chamber; Lower production costs are paramount to a revamped global oil sector with technology to spearhead cost reductions; The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technology adoption as an integral component of oil and gas projects.

During a webinar organized by Microsoft and Africa Oil & Power under the theme ‘Leveraging the Power of Technology for Oilfield Optimization’ on Tuesday, panelists examined how digital applications are capable of uniting real-time data with advanced analytics to improve decision-making and boost efficiency and sustainability. As oil and gas companies continue to face threats to efficiency, sustainability, and profitability, digitalization and optimization of oilfield assets have emerged as principal cost-cutting mechanisms in the wake of the COVID-19 era.

According to Vaseem Khan, Global VP Digital, Analytics and Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer, McDermott, Africa has the opportunity to leapfrog traditional oil and gas operations thanks to technology.

“Technology is an enabler for sub-Saharan Africa to become more competitive and become one of the most prominent producing areas globally,” he said.

Multi-Cloud Specialist at Microsoft, Dizando Norton, presented to the large virtual audience Microsoft’s initiatives to boost technology adoption in the oil and gas industry while lowering carbon emissions footprint in line with Paris Climate Agreement. “By 2030, Microsoft will be carbon negative, reducing emissions by more than half. By 2050, Microsoft will remove all the carbon the company has produced since its founding in 1975,” he noted.

Microsoft is collaborating with Chevron and Schlumberger to deploy optimized technology-based processes looking to accelerate data analyzing, thus triggering new exploration opportunities and speed up a time to first oil.

According to Norton, there are a number of transformative projects currently taking place in the eastern and southern Africa energy space. “These projects are supported namely by Microsoft’s enabling cloud services allowing customers to increase efficiency while reducing operational costs.”

Looking at the perceived high cost of entry to technology, Dr. Babajide Agunbiade, Business Development Director at National Oilwell Varco believes the long-term vision is a crucial aspect of technology deployment. “Customers need to move away from the short-term financial aspect and look at the entire lifecycle of the project which can have up to a 30-year lifespan.”

Vaseem Khan further stated that “technology is becoming cheaper and more accessible. The cost of deploying technology is now a minor expenditure in the project. Technology is the most efficient when looked at as an integral part of the project. Implementing a holistic vision will allow decision-makers to implement technology in a stable and rational way, with immense rewards down the way.”

Osama Hanna, WW Energy Industry Core Team / Industry Digital Strategist at Microsoft gave the example of a project he led with an industry stakeholder regarding good corrosion. Following a government regulation regarding good maintenance, Microsoft implemented a real-time monitoring solution to proactively detect corrosion, ultimately reducing corrosion by up to 46%, thus avoiding a potential “plug & abandon” down the road.

Finally, the panel touched upon the role of technology in a post-COVID environment. According to Vaseem Khan, “COVID-19 has acted as a technology accelerator. Technology adoption has dramatically increased during the pandemic. It has allowed many projects to continue or resume faster and has shown many operators than remote work is an efficient way to maintain operations while lowering costs. The new normal is to use technology in order to deliver projects efficiently, in a cheaper manner. Technology is not an option for the future, it’s necessary at the present.”

Dr. Agunbiade stressed the importance of lowering costs thanks to technology in a context of long-term lower demand for oil: “COVID-19 has brought peak oil closer. Demand for oil is set to decrease continuously from here. This situation stresses the importance of lower costs in all aspects of the petroleum business: material selection, improved research, and development, remote work. All these crucial topics can and must be supported by technology.”

On a final note, Osama Hanna highlighted efficiency as the central topic for the post-COVID era. “Looking forward, efficiency will be a key challenge for all operators in the petroleum space. The price of a barrel is decided by the market, but companies can have an impact on their operational expenditure by optimizing efficiency across the value chain, whether we speak about human resources, equipment, technology, and so on.”

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