By JAPHETH MUTINDAMore by this AuthorUndefeated Kenya cemented their place atop Group B at the ongoing women's Volleyball Africa Nations Championship after a routine straight sets win over Tunisia in their final pool match at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on Tuesday. The Japheth Munala-led Malkia Strikers topped the North Africans 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) and will now meet the second placed team in Group A in the semi-finals where the real competition is expected to start. The win saw Malkia Strikers make it four wins out of four in the competition that has attracted nine teams. The Cameroon event also acts as a FIVB Women's World Championship qualifier. Kenya remains the only team in the competition that is yet to drop a set but the real challenge begins in the semis where they could meet hosts Cameroon or perennial rivals Egypt.
October 10, 2017 18:33 UTC
According to research undertaken by W Hospitality Group, sub-Saharan Africa, particularly West Africa and East Africa, is chronically undersupplied in terms of branded hotel bedrooms. The annual Chain Hotel Pipeline study by W Hospitality Group provides an in-depth insight into the hotel development market across the continent, with the majority of upcoming new supply this year being in sub-Saharan Africa (59% of rooms in the development pipeline). North Africa is the largest single region (41%), followed by West Africa (33%) and East Africa (11%). The key highlights of the research are:• 9 countries in Africa have no branded hotels at all• 8 have only one branded hotel. “The shortfall in supply shows that there are still huge opportunities to develop hotels in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
October 10, 2017 18:11 UTC
The report also found that prices for malware and hacking tools are generally a bit more expensive than in other regions. For example, a keylogger in the North American underground runs anywhere from $1 to $4, but in MENA pricing rises to $19. Major primary product categories are malware (27%), fake documents (27%), stolen data (20%), crimeware (13%), weapons (10%) and narcotics (3%). On the other hand, cyber-criminals can also purchase fake documents to perpetrate insurance fraud or prove resident status. Cyber-criminals will typically use these servers as either part of a botnet, or a jump-off platform for further attacks, Trend Micro said.
October 10, 2017 17:48 UTC
Algerian French choreographer Hervé Koubi brings his company to Philly for the first time to perform ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’ at Prince Theatre in Center City on Thursday through Sunday. That was the case for Algerian French dancer and choreographer Hervé Koubi, who believed he was French through and through until he was 25. An all-male group, La Compagnie Hervé Koubi features dancers from France and North Africa — primarily Algeria — giving it a prominently Muslim face. Not confident in his grasp of English, he spoke through Guillaume Gabriel, who helped him found the dance company in 1997. A former French colony, Algeria fought a bloody, eight-year war of independence before gaining nationhood in 1962.
October 10, 2017 17:26 UTC
Tunisia will get €200 million loan from the European Union, part of the second Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA-II) program to the North African country. The disbursement of the loan was approved Monday by The European Commission, said a EU press release, adding that a total of €500 million will be disbursed in three instalments in 2017 and 2018. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said the disbursement to Tunisia evidences the EU’s “strong commitment to support the successful economic recovery of one of our closest neighbors”. The EU stands firmly with Tunisia in achieving prosperity for all of its people,” said the commissioner. The second Macro-Financial Assistance program was proposed following the terrorist attacks of 2015, which contributed to halting Tunisia’s economic recovery.
October 10, 2017 16:07 UTC
Hacktivism, DDoS attacks and website defacements are a staple in the Middle East. Items sold on the underground in the region are entirely different to other parts of the world, where drug sales dominate the scene. In the Middle East underground, DDoS services can be purchased by hacktivists and threat actors to further their ideology. "Other underground marketplaces provide support to members, but the extent and willingness in this region is unique. While criminals sell commodities to and from the Middle East and North Africa, they are also operating globally.
October 10, 2017 15:56 UTC
MENA: 50m 5G connections by 2025The prospects for immense 5G growth in the Middle East and North Africa has emerged from a study by the GSM Association and released at an event in Dubai on Oct 8th and saying that Middle East mobile operators will be 5G “early adopters”. Their study (The Mobile Economy: Middle East and North Africa 2017) and which highlighted that operators in the MENA region will be amongst the first in the world to launch commercial 5G networks. The new study, which was published at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series – MENA conference in Dubai, forecasts that there will be more than 50 million 5G connections across the MENA region by 2025, with 5G networks covering approximately 30 per cent of the region’s population by that point. “High 4G adoption rates and government support is helping leading operators to challenge both North American and Asian operators in driving 5G development. As a result, subscriber penetration will reach only 65 per cent by 2020, below the global average of 72 per cent.
October 10, 2017 15:00 UTC
Qatar’s candidate in the race for the post of UNESCO Director General, Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawar, Monday won the first round of elections ahead of Friday final decision. Kawar won 19 out of 58 votes outdoing French candidate Audrey Azoulay and Cairo’s candidate Moushira Khattab who got respectively 13 and 11 votes. The Monday results do not reflect the final outcome as voters are expected to cast their votes until Friday. The candidate with the majority of votes will be announced Friday. Israel and the US have suspended their funding to the UNESCO following 2011 acceptance of Palestine as full-fledged member of the organization.
October 10, 2017 14:15 UTC
"RAI is encouraged to see more favorable market conditions in the Florida solar energy sector as evidenced by Duke Energy's and Tampa Electric Company's recent announcements to add 700 MW and 600 MW, respectively, of solar energy," said RAI President and CEO Mohammed S. Alrai. We look forward to partnering with HERO and Hamilton County to bring this important new renewable energy project online." About RAI Energy International, Inc.Based in Silicon Valley, RAI Energy International, Inc. ("RAI") is a global renewable energy development company. About HERO:HERO (Hamilton Energy Resource Opportunities LLC) is a Florida-based LLC, established in 2009 to build, manage and invest in renewable energy projects. CONTACT:Katherine PotterSenior Director Communications408firstname.lastname@example.orgView original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rai-energy-international-inc-acquires-interest-in-70-mw-solar-project-in-florida-300533680.htmlSOURCE RAI Energy International, Inc.Related Linkshttp://www.raienergy.com
October 10, 2017 13:07 UTC
This is according to an Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report that identifies seven key trends to understanding how Africa’s future could unfold over the coming decades:1 Africa’s population will continue to grow rapidly and remain the youngest in the world. Africa’s population is expected to increase from about 1.2-billion people today to over 1.8-billion in 2035. Besides these sheer numbers, the age structure of Africa’s population is critical. Even in 2035, half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population will be under 21, which means governments need to spend heavily on education, health care and extending basic services. As Africa’s population ages, the ratio between workers and dependants will improve – leading to a potential boost in productivity and economic growth.
October 10, 2017 13:07 UTC
Still, few university administrators in developing countries know much about science or how grants are typically handled. Funders need to find ways to ensure that recipients have the administrative staff and skills to use their money well, and to help build these foundations where they are lacking. For every grant awarded, funders, university administrators and scientists should talk about the project together to identify needs and potential conflicts. People from developed countries might feel noble when they give money to those in developing countries. For funders to have the most impact, they need to sit down with administrators and scientists in developing countries, listen to their challenges and decide together what to do.
October 10, 2017 12:07 UTC
Oct. 10, 2017 12:00 UTC - San Jose, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT), a world leader in lifecycle service assurance solutions, today announced it has completed the first phase of a multi-million dollar VisionWorks Customer Experience Assurance (CEA) solution deployment for a tier-1 North American service provider. The deployment, valued in the range of $6M, consists of proactive and automated troubleshooting analytics for identifying, prioritizing, and resolving customer experience issues. VisionWorks CEA is able to proactively highlight and resolve issues affecting many customers before downstream care and other costs are incurred. “We see demand for proactive, automated customer experience assurance and analytics as a key driver for our Lifecycle Service Assurance business,” said Dave Stehlin, General Manager of Lifecycle Service Assurance at Spirent. To learn more about Lifecycle Service Assurance and VisionWorks, please visit https://www.spirent.com/Solutions/Service-Assurance.
October 10, 2017 12:00 UTC
Trend Micro researchers investigated the Middle Eastern and North African cybercriminal underground, and found that prices for malware and hacking tools are generally a bit more expensive than in other regions. For example, a keylogger in the North American underground runs for $1-$4, but in this region it can be up to $19. Price of credit cards based on country and card typeThis cybercriminal underground in a nutshellThe Middle Eastern and North African underground is where culture, ideology, and cybercrime meet. Other underground marketplaces provide support to members, but the extent and willingness in this region is unique,” added Moawad. To some extent, the price is at par with other underground marketplaces, such as that of China.
October 10, 2017 12:00 UTC
Many companies, whether they realise it or not, have already taken steps to embed themselves into the digital ecosystems that will drive their growth in future. Each platform commitment means easier future engagement with other companies on the platform using the same infrastructure. Europe is a major consumer of platform services, but its home to relatively few platform companies –27 spread across 10 countries, 9 of which are in the UK. Over the next 100 days, look to essentially develop a comprehensive strategy to establish the foundation for your platform business model and ecosystem. How African companies and governments react to this change brought about the platform economy will define their prospects going forward.
October 10, 2017 11:15 UTC
Over the past few years, rAge has slowly become the place for South Africa’s top esports events including the long-running Digital Gaming Champions (now VS Gaming) and other, newer, additions. Now that esports had laid the groundwork, 2017 brought a whole new world of esports to the rAge expo making it the most exciting esports event thus far in our short history. The ESL main stage was an impressive feat, showing off the best of esports at the rAge expo. VS GamingThis year marked the 9th consecutive year that the VS Gaming appeared at the rAge expo. Damage Control lift the VS Gaming Masters Trophy – VS GamingThe overall event was a huge success as it ran flawlessly from start to finish.
October 10, 2017 10:52 UTC