Leading Chinese Social Platform QQ Launches QQ X Project, Recruiting Earth Explorers Worldwide

BEIJING, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — QQ, the instant messaging service owned and operated by leading Chinese internet firm Tencent Holdings, announced the QQ X Project on May 22, 2017. With the project, QQ will recruit the Earth Explorers worldwide to travel, free of charge, throughout the world with QQ, with the task of undertaking exploration missions and sharing their findings and experiences with internet users worldwide.

QQ X program formally launched in Beijing

The QQ X Project will make stops in the Galapagos Islands, Namibia, the South Pacific and Antarctica. Any Chinese citizen aged 18 and over can apply to the project by uploading their video entries onto the special page dedicated to the project on QQ Kandian, QQ’s content distribution platform with their smartphones. Winning entries will then be selected through an open audition with Chinese internet users acting as the judges.

Li Dan, general manager of marketing for Tencent’s Social Network Group, said that each destination of the journey has a dedicated theme, “Species for the Galapagos Islands”, “Starry Sky for Namibia”, “Ocean for the South Pacific” and “Polar Regions for Antarctica”, as each destination varies in terms of the mission, the technologies being applied and the purpose. Yet, taken as a whole, the four destinations share the vision of paving the way for young people who dream of exploring the world and of making that dream come true for them.

Xian Yecheng, general manager of the IM Product Department at Tencent, explained that with the QQ X Project, Tencent aims to transform its augmented reality, artificial intelligence as well as its audio and video capabilities and NOW live streaming, among other advanced technologies, into a new tool that assists young people, who are active members of today’s networked world, in exploring our great planet, and encourage them to rediscover the beauty of the real world.

The project has also received support from the Embassy of Ecuador in China, the Embassy of Namibia in China, Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association, the Charles Darwin Research Institute and the World Wildlife Fund, among others.

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GHANA: OIL FLOWS FROM OFFSHORE CAPE THREE POINTS FIELDS IN RECORD TIME

ACCRA, Ghana’s third independent oil and gas field operated by Italian oil giant, Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI) has started production from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) ahead of August 2017 schedule date for first oil.

The lead operator on Saturday launched production from the field off the coast of the Western Region, in just two and a half years after commencement of the project, and three months ahead of schedule date, reaching record time-to-market.

The takeoff was after the successful installation of all subsea infrastructures and hooking it up to the production platform � FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor which arrived in Ghana on April 10, 2017 and moored on the OCTP field in the Tano Basin.

The fields hold about 770 million barrel of oil equivalent (mboe), of which 500 million barrels of oil and 270mboe of non-associated gas � about 40 billion cubic meters.

The Wells

Production to be carried out by the FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor will produce up to 85,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) through 18 underwater wells.

Aside that, the OCTP project includes the development of gas fields, which provide critical answer to reliable power generation for the country energy sector which over the years saddled by insufficient fuel for the thermal generating units in Tema and Aboadze.

With commencement of production, the 63-kilometer submarine pipeline that will transport gas to Sanzule’s onshore receiving facilities (ORF) would be in place to transmit approximately 180 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

PODCAST: Journalist Jill Filipovic Chats Reproductive Health Care, the Global Gag Rule, and the Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

Jill Filipovic is a Nairobi-based journalist and author of the new book The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.

Jill is someone I’ve known both online and in real life for many years. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and regular contributor to the Guardian among many other publications. She is also one of the original pioneers of political blogging � her contributions to the blog Feministe helped inspire the growth of a very vibrant feminist blogosphere that exists to this day.

We kick off with a discussion about some her global health reporting from Ghana and Niger. Jill and I spoke a few days after the State Department issued some clarifying guidance on how the Trump administration would interpret what is known as the Global Gag Rule. Jill explains what the Global Gag Rule is and how Trump’s interpretation of it is a profound deviation from how previous Republican administrations sought to prevent US global health aid from contributing to abortions.

We then pivot to a conversation about her life, career, and her book�which is getting rave reviews.

Source: UN Dispatch

GHANA: GOVT INSTITUTIONS DIRECTED TO MANDATORILY BUY LOCAL FOODSTUFF

ACCRA, The Ghana government has directed all schools, hospitals and other state institutions to mandatorily buy foodstuff from local farmers.

They can only import food into the country if local producers indicate they do not have the capacity to supply such foods.

Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministries of Health, Education as well as Gender, Children and Social Protection to make the new directive binding.

Minister for Food and Agriculture Dr. Akoto Owusu Afriyie who disclosed this to Joy News said the directive is aimed at averting glut from the expected increased yield as a result of the implementation of government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Programme.

We will have the first option of supplying them with foodstuffs. It’s only when we cannot supply them that they can go and buy from outside So that we create the demand with government procurement power for the food that the farmers produce and that is the way forward, he explained.

Some of these institutions ignore local producers and import foodstuffs particularly rice from abroad citing better quality and taste. But the Agric Minister says this will change soon.

This is an innovation. In the previous years, they have done it verbally and it has not worked. This time, the cabinet has agreed that we enter into this documented arrangement so that they take (the food farmers produce) from us, Dr. Afriyie added.

Earlier this year government announced its flagship Planting For Food and Jobs Policy aimed at reviving the agricultural sector with the objective of making Ghana food secured. Under this policy, the government will provide agricultural inputs at subsidized prices to farmers and support them with timely, high-quality extension services. The focus is on five major crops for the first year: maize, rice, sorghum, soyabean and vegetables (tomato, onion and chilli pepper).

The yields of these crops are expected to increase by between 5 and 20 percent, raising concerns about the likelihood of a glut in the system, especially when the country loses about 400 million cedis every year as a result of post-harvest losses.

But the minister assures his outfit has a plan to prevent that.

Farmers have responded to the news with excitement.

A farmer in the Suhum Kraboa Coaltar District where the minister first announced this told Joy News this will give us the strength to continue farming hard and increase our production.

The minister further re-affirmed plans to construct 1,000 metric tonnes warehouses in every district across the country to help provide marketing infrastructure for farmers.

He says the warehouses will both be a central point of marketing and a common area where some level of processing and packaging of farmers’ produce can be done.

The NPP government promised during the 2016 electioneering campaign it will prioritise the provision of the market for the produce of farmers so they do not run into losses.

The move is aimed at reversing the country’s huge food import bill which currently stands at $2.2 billion annually.

Dr. Akoto Afriyie says the directive is a major step to help deal with the huge food import bill.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK