Facebook is changing its name to Meta

Facebook’s new corporate name is Meta, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday, in an apparent effort to recast the company’s public image from battered social network to tech innovator focused on building the next generation of online interaction known as the “metaverse.”

“It is time for us to adopt a new company brand to encompass everything that we do,” Zuckerberg said at the company’s Connect virtual reality conference. “From now on we’re going to be metaverse first, not Facebook first.”

Seventeen years after Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, the company’s brand has been badly dented by a succession of crises, from Russian interference in the 2016 election to the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, which became public in 2018, to the last month’s damaging revelations from former employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen.

But even as Facebook has been pummeled by a wave of critical news coverage about its platforms’ harms based on Haugen’s trove of internal documents, Zuckerberg has unapologetically kept his focus on what he sees as the company’s future. He said the metaverse is the next big computing platform to which people’s attention, and dollars, will shift in the coming years. And he wants the newly christened Meta to play a prime role in creating it, and turning it into big business.


Ghanaian Student Becomes First African To Win Student Council Vice-Chair Elections In University Of Aberdeen, UK

Master Frank Blay, a Ghanaian student at the University of Aberdeen reading M.Sc. International Relations and International Law, has become the first African and the second person of colour to be elected as the Vice-Chair of the Student Council.

The Election

This year’s Student Council elections (usually comprises a voting period of 3 days) took place between 9 am, 12th October to 5 pm, 14th October; it was a keen contest between two students, Mr. Frank Blay; a Ghanaian scholar and former KNUST Students’ Parliament Speaker and one other international student, Shwetal Funde.

The election results were declared on 15th October, and amazingly, Mr. Frank Blay defied all odds to emerge the winner. His name has gone into the history books of the University as the first Ghanaian and African ever to occupy that office, a big win for the Motherland!

About The Student Council and Aberdeen University Students Association (AUSA)

University of Aberdeen Student Council is a democratically-elected body of students in the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. The Council consists of elected students who volunteer their time to raise, discuss and pass campaigns and motions to shape the association’s work for the year ahead.

Members of the Student Council help drive forward the student body’s priorities by representing fellow students’ views.

The Students’ Representative Council, Union Management Committee, and Athletic Association merged to become one association known as Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA).

The Student Council, which is the leading law-making body for the Aberdeen University Students Association, has been in existence since the establishment of the University.

AUSA is a growing and vibrant Students’ Association comprised of five student officers and eight voluntary members.

Its vision is to be an organization that engages students to have a voice, fulfil their potential and get the most out of their university experience. Its mission is to support, empower and represent the ordinary students of the University at all levels.

The elected Chair of Council and the Vice-Chair regulates the discussion and ensures that everyone gets a fair chance to speak and is being respected at Council Meetings. They also compile the agenda and the reading documents before each Council meeting.

About University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is a public research university in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is an ancient university founded in 1495 when William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, petitioned Pope Alexander VI on behalf of James IV, King of Scots, to establish King’s College Scotland’s third-oldest university and the fifth-oldest in the English-speaking world. Aberdeen is consistently ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.

According to The Guardian, The Times, and The Sunday Times, it is ranked within the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom. The University is also the 33rd oldest University in the world.


Chairman Blay, on his Facebook page, expressed his appreciations to Hon. Akosua Frema Osei Opare, the Chief of Staff of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Harriet Kyeremateng (Dep. Director, Political Affairs to Chief of Staff), Mr. Kingsley Agyamang (Registrar, Ghana Scholarship Secretariat) and Mr. Frank Asiedu Bekoe, Director of Political Affairs at the Office of the President, Jubilee House for their support, generosity, advice wise counsel and motivations.

Mr. Blay also thanked the Ghanaian community in the UK, most especially Ghanaian students in Aberdeen, for their tremendous support and immense love during and after his elections.

16 Killed After Plane Crash in Russia’s Tatarstan Region

At least 16 people were killed and six injured after a plane crashed in Russia’s Tatarstan region on Sunday.

The aircraft, which came down near the city of Menzelinsk, was carrying 20 parachutists and two crew members. Six people were in a serious condition, the health ministry said. The crash took place at about 9:23am (06:23 GMT).

“Six people were rescued, 16 were taken out without signs of life,” the emergencies ministry said.

Tatarstan Governor Rustam Minnikhanov, who travelled to the scene, said pilots reported an engine failure and requested an emergency landing shortly after taking off. He said the plane tried to avoid a nearby residential area as it approached for landing but “the altitude didn’t allow it”.

The plane hit a parked van with its wing and the aircraft turned over.

Russian investigators launched a criminal probe over the violation of safety rules.

Cosmonaut training

The plane was a Let L-410 Turbolet, which is a twin-engine short-range transport aircraft. It was owned by an aeroclub in Menzelinsk, the TASS news agency reported.

According to Interfax, the plane belonged to the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Navy of Russia, which describes itself as a sports and defence organisation.

It was created in the 1920s and Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to travel to space in 1961, has trained on its airfields.

The head of the Menzelinsk parachuting club said it was not to blame for the accident.

“We are the best, we are among the top five clubs,” Ravil Nurmekhametov told TASS, adding the club has hosted European and World championships.

“Cosmonauts train here,” he said.

The state-run Cosmonaut Training Facility suspended ties with the aeroclub pending an investigation.

Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years but accidents, especially involving ageing planes in far-flung regions, are not uncommon.

Last month, an ageing Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the Russian far east, killing six people.

All 28 people on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop died in a crash in Kamchatka in July.

The country also frequently experiences non-fatal air incidents that result in rerouted flights and emergency landings, usually stemming from technical issues.

Flying in Russia can be particularly dangerous in the vast country’s isolated regions, such as the Arctic and the Far East, where weather conditions are frequently extreme.


October 26-28, 2021

On behalf of the Student Scientific Society of Medical Institute of Sumy State University, it is our pleasure to invite you to the International Medical Conference «BIOMEDICAL PERSPECTIVES ІІІ.The IMC BIOMEDICAL PERSPECTIVES ІІІ will be held online on 26.10.2021 – 28.10.2021 at the Medical institute of Sumy State University, Sumy, Ukraine.

Prof. Andrii Loboda

Director of Medical institute
“Dear young scientists! I’m glad to welcome all of you to the International Scientific Conference of Students, Postgraduates and Young Scientists “Biomedical Perspectives III”. I’m happy that despite the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and in the country, you have successfully continued your research. Our conference can be a good opportunity to present your own scientific achievements, communicate with colleagues, and expand the horizons of finding new ideas and shape the prospects for further research. I wish everyone fruitful work, constructive discussion, new significant achievements. I hope that you will enjoy the new format of the conference, as well as the results will inspire the development of new scientific ideas. Ad astra per aspera! Succeed in the science!

Prof.Maksym Pogorielov

Curator of the conference
“Dear Participants! You are welcome to “Biomedical Perspectives III” event! Here you have the chance to touch amazing technologies, discover new horizons in experimental and clinical medicine, and share your own experience! Participants of our conference will be able to meet and talk to researchers, ask them questions, discover new technologies.
You can discover a piece of Science! Science affects almost every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the technology we use and the natural world that surrounds us. Science can help find new solutions for almost everything humans do, from energy and food production to waste disposal and new treatment technologies. I hope, after our event you can tell as Maria Curie: “I am among those who think that science has great beauty”

Ph.D. Vladyslav Sikora

Organization team
Dear participants of the conference.
“It is a great honor for me to welcome all the participants of our International Scientific Conference of Students, Postgraduates and Young Scientists – «BIOMEDICAL PERSPECTIVES III», and open it. This conference needed a lot of effort, but fatigue is clearly eliminated when one sees the great number of papers submitted to this conference. The growing interest in the modern science of students, postgraduates and young scientists stimulates us to hold this scientific event every year. At the same moment, we believe that «BIOMEDICAL PERSPECTIVES IІI» conference will be a platform for the development of new international relations of young scientists and the deepening of our country’s positions in the international scientific arena. In our opinion, this is the most important element of doctors’ work and life. I sincerely hope you will enjoy today and the next two days of debate and networking. I wish you success in research and doctor practice. Thank you for your attention. Take care of yourself and be healthy.”
Be inspired by your dream…

The official language of the conference: English.

Scientific part of the program includes oral and poster sessions in following areas of research:

  • Fundamental medical sciences;
  • Clinical Medicine;
  • Session of post-graduate students and young scientists;
  • Biomaterials for medicine;
  • Public health;
  • Dentistry;
  • Physical rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Upon completion of the International Medical Conference «BIOMEDICAL PERSPECTIVES ІІІ», each participant will receive Certificates of Attendance.

The educational part of the conference is held in the form of lectures delivered by the leading scientists in the field of biomedical research.

The practical part includes a variety of workshops on practical skills in the field of preclinical and clinical sciences; and also presentation and discussion of clinical cases. Conference program includes scientific, educational and practical sections.

One can register to join the IMC «BIOMEDICAL PERSPECTIVES ІІІ» either as an active or passive participant.

All participants will be provided with individual certificates.

YIC Leadership & Entrepreneurship Summit 2021

Register Now! Youth International Conclave

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This Summit will provide a platform for entrepreneurs to tap into the vast information technology industry as well as build on an assessment of the qualities of current and past leadership actions and also present a framework for the next generation of entrepreneur leadership.

Youth International Conclave recognizes the need for collaboration between entrepreneurs and Information Technology experts. There is a limit to what entrepreneurs can achieve alone. Realizing that leadership in entrepreneurship have a role to play in promoting innovation and technology, all stakeholders in both the business and information technology sectors will need to collaborate so that the relationship can be synergized.

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Ukraine, Europe Learning From Ghana’s Expertise In Cybersecurity Awareness – Antwi-Boasiako

A national cybersecurity advisor, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, has explained that Ghana’s robust cybersecurity structure has become a model for other countries including the Ukraine and Europe.

He said that with the adoption of a multi-sectoral governance structure in 2017, and the growing of home-based expert initiatives, the country has become a go-to for many West African countries in particular.

“In October 2017, Ghana adopted a multi-sectoral governance structure for national cybersecurity, leading to the establishment of the National Cybersecurity Inter-Ministerial Council, the National Cybersecurity. This architecture has been replicated in other sectors domestically. It has continued to serve as a national cybersecurity benchmark for a number of African countries.

“And more than five African countries have requested for direct assistance through the honourable minister to implement similar structures,” he said.

Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, who is also the acting Director-General of the National Cybersecurity Authority, was speaking at the Official Launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2021, the Launch of Cyber Security Authority, and the Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) Directive in Accra.

He further explained how the officials from Europe have also sought support from Ghana to enable them implement same in their respective countries, adding that tens of thousands of students have so far benefited from the sensitization exercise.

“Officials from Ukraine, and Europe, upon coming across Ghana’s model for awareness creation, requested for support to replicate same in their respective countries. Ghana has embarked on a journey for the protection of children under 18 years, through our collaboration with UNICEF.

“This initiative in 2019 alone sensitized more than 40,000 students across all the 16 regions in the country that we currently have. This model of awareness creation has been hailed globally, serving as a model for other countries to emulate. The ECOWAS Commission has requested Ghana to lead the cybersecurity development in the sub-region,” he said.

He also spoke about how this has won the country a regional spot as the hub for cyber security building in West Africa.

“And in 2018, at the sponsorship of the World Bank, more than 50 officials across all the 15 ECOWAS countries, visited Ghana to learn from our experience. The Council of ECOWAS again has chosen Ghana as the hub for cyber capacity building in the region. This is in view of our ability to have developed home-grown expertise in capacity-building programs in the region,” he said

Ghana adopted a cybersecurity model in 2017

• Ghana has become the hub for cyber capacity building in West Africa

• Ukraine and other European countries have been learning from Ghana’s expertise

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