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Porsche stops making diesel cars after VW emissions scandal

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The German carmaker Porsche says it will stop making diesel cars, and concentrate on petrol, electric and hybrid engines instead.

It follows a 2015 scandal in which its parent company, Volkswagen, admitted it had cheated emissions tests for diesel engines.

Diesel cars over a certain age have been banned in parts of some German cities in a bid to cut pollution.

The Porsche chief executive said the company was “not demonising diesel”.

“It is and will remain an important propulsion technology,” Oliver Blume said.

“We as a sports car manufacturer, however, for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free.

“Petrol engines are well suited for sporty driving.”

Existing diesel car customers would continue to be served, he said.

Porsche did not build its own diesel engines, preferring to use Audi ones.

“Nevertheless, Porsche’s image has suffered, Mr Blume said.

“The diesel crisis caused us a lot of trouble.”

A German public prosecutor fined Volkswagen €1bn (£900m) earlier this year, after finding the company had sold more than 10 million cars with emissions-test cheating software installed, between 2007 and 2015.

The company had already set aside $30bn (£23bn) to settle fines, compensation and buying back cars in the US.

Porsche is understood to be developing a fully-electric luxury car, with a multi-billion euro investment.

The first car ever designed by its founder, in 1898, was electric. It was rediscovered in a garage a few years ago.

The company’s first diesel car was sold just 10 years ago.

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APPLY HERE: YEA partners GES for SHS non-teaching staff recruitment

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In line with the mandate of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to create jobs for the unemployed youth of Ghana, the Agency in partnership with the Ghana Education Service (GES) seek to recruit about 7,730 young Ghanaians from across various districts of the country to be trained and deployed to Senior High Schools unders the School’s Support Programme.

This recruitment is as published in the daily graphic newspaper on the 25th of October 2019.

The School Support Programme is a school based support programme aimed at ensuring the health and safety of students and staff of various SHSs in the country.

POSITIONS

a) Schools Guards/ Security Assistants (SAs)

b) Kitchen Assistants

ELIGIBILITY

Applicant must be aged between 18-35 years.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION

Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)

MODE OF APPLICATION

It is an online application.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Alternatively, interested applicants may visit any of the agency’s district offices.

source: newsnow

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WhatsApp update enables users to restrict who adds them to a group

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Facebook has added a new feature to WhatsApp – the ability to control who adds you to a group.

Back in April, WhatsApp rolled out the feature to some few users, mostly in India. A few changes have been made since the last update. Instead of the Group Privacy Settings alone, there is a new Blacklist option. According to WABetaInfo, the new feature is available on iOS beta version 2.19.110.20 and Android beta version 2.19.298.

The new Blacklist option replaces the “Nobody” option that has been available since the public beta rolled out in India.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp is testing a new feature under its beta version for iOS users. This new update will bring features like light splash screen, dark splash screen, hiding the muted status update, and app badge improvements among others.

The splash screen update in WhatsApp is a new start-up screen, which depending on the theme is either light or dark. In simpler words, WhatsApp is testing a new launch screen, which appears when users open the app. The splash screen just has the WhatsApp logo against a white background in light theme and the same logo against a black or grey background in a dark theme. According to IANS report, the messaging app is testing a new Splash Screen feature for both IOS and Android users.

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Ghana To Criminalize Inappropriate Internet Content

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The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that Ghana would soon criminalise the sharing of inappropriate social media content.

She cited sexual images as an example of inappropriate content.

The Minister has therefore urged that all should comply with the domestic laws, when passed, to avoid being penalized.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was addressing stakeholders on the second day of the National week celebration of the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019, being held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Teshie, Accra.

Dubbed: “Demonstrating Ghana’s Cyber Security Readiness,” the programme brought together security agencies, heads of departments, school children and others to discuss Child Online Protection (COP) and develop a framework to curb the risk posed to young people for using the internet.

The Minister said there would be sufficient provision in the law to protect children/adolescents from online abuse.

She, therefore, called on the public to be wary of such messages, delete as soon as they received them, and avoid passing them on.

The Ministry is working with the Attorney General, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, among others to come-up with the framework on child online development and welfare within the shortest possible time.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said most children had become active users of the internet for learning but were unfortunately faced with a lot of challenges, which affected their human rights and, therefore, the need to protect them.

She said most of the laws of Ghana were enacted before child online protection came up, as a result, sufficient laws should be put in place to protect children being abused on the internet.

Government, she said, had increased awareness among children across all the regions and by the end of October, 40 schools would have been reached.

She said cyber security policy would be reviewed to meet international standards and called on corporate bodies to support government since it was their collective interest to protect the children.

Hajia Samira Bawumia, the Wife of the Vice President, said a collaborative effort was essential to protect children from online predators.

Quoting UNICEF’s research done in 2016, she said four out of 10 children had seen sexual images and half of the 2000 children used in the survey expressed online abuse by adults.

She, therefore, called on government, educators, civil society organisations, international development partners to come up with policies and legislations to protect young internet users.

Hajia Samira commended the Ministry of Communications for initiating channels whereby victims who feared reporting to the police could report to seek redress.

“Parents have to be abreast of the use of the internet in order to guide their children on its usage as their children mostly knew more than them,” she advised.

Madam Anne-Clare Dufay, UNICEF-Ghana Representative, called on industry players to make their products child-friendly to prevent them from being taken advantage of.

Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, the National Cyber Security Advisor, said child protection issues needed a multi-sectorial approach where children themselves should not be left out of the solution.

Madam Afisah Zakaria, the Chief Director of Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, called for the monitoring of service providers of sex sites to protect children from accessing those sites.

She said the law would soon be enshrined with strict penalties so that sending, retaining, and sharing of such contents would be punishable by law.

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