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Breaking: Fedral Government to send first civilian to space



The Nigerian Government has declared that it is prepared to send a civilian to space, GoodLife reports.

The Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Mathew Adepoju, announced this in a press briefing on Wednesday.

Adepoju disclosed that the Federal Government has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in collaboration with NASRDA and the Space Exploration and Research Agency.

“This collaboration, which is coming to the country, marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s 25th anniversary of Space Exploration journey and opens new opportunities for scientific research and technological advancement,” Adepoju said.

While embraced the development, others have criticized the federal government’s decision, asking that priority be given to the more pressing economic problems rocking the nation.



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TapSwap announces that $TAP will be launched on the TON blockchain and here is why it matters



TON is designed to be a high-performance blockchain that can handle large-scale transactions…

The popular tap-to-earn project, Tapswap has announced that it will launch on The Open Network (TON) blockchain. According to a Thursday statement on X (Twitter), the decision will be “best for delivering the ultimate experience” for its acclaimed 50 million community.

TapSwap is a DeFi project similar to Notcoin. Although there is no available information about the team behind the newest coin, the project claims to have over 50 million community members globally.

TapSwap allows users to earn Tap coins by engaging with the TapSwap Telegram Bot. Users can start mining by simply tapping on an icon on the Telegram bot interface.

The coin mining mechanics are similar to that of the NotCoin, coins are mined by tapping the corresponding icon in the centre of the screen. Users can climb the ranks, earn more coins and outperform other users from different leagues depending on how much they tap.

Also, you can unlock boosters and complete certain tasks to maximize your coin earnings. To gain additional tokens, you can invite other users and receive bonuses. The essence of the activity is to gather as many Tap tokens as possible and exchange them for the $TAP coin when the coin is launched on the TON Blockchain, as announced.

Apart from TapSwap, other tap-to-earn projects on the Telegram messaging app include NotcoinHamster KombatYescoin and Blum.

It is not too late to get started with TapSwap, click here.

TapSwap, Notcoin: All that you need to know

In a Thursday announcement on its official X (Twitter) account, the project made the groundbreaking announcement.

Exciting News: Blockchain Announcement We’re thrilled to announce that TapSwap will launch on the TON blockchain! This well-thought-out decision is the best option for delivering the ultimate experience for our ever-growing community. Stay tuned for more updates and details! Get ready to tap into new possibilities with #TON.”

This clarification ends the speculation about the network upon which the viral tap-to-earn project would be built.

When TapSwap started, it was powered by the Solana blockchain and when we wrote our explainer in May, there was a discussion about the project’s great potential due to being built on Solana.

However, earlier this month, TapSwap in a surprising move announced that it was parting ways with Solana. Since making that decision, the project refused to drop an update on the blockchain it would be working with and this created a great deal of confusion and uncertainty about the project’s future and potential.

Now, that apprehension has been allayed and participants’ confidence is boosted with this announcement.

The TON network, developed in 2018 by Nikolai Durov and the Telegram messaging app team to integrate blockchain and cryptocurrency into the Telegram ecosystem is fast becoming a major player in the cryptocurrency ecosystem leveraging Telegram’s massive user base of 800 million users.

TON is designed to be a high-performance blockchain that can handle large-scale transactions and applications. It has a native crypto token known as Toncoin. It is used by users to pay blockchain fees on TON and participate in governance decisions.

What to expect after the TON announcement?

Most TapSwap tappers, especially those onboarded to Web3 via the Notcoin wave would care less about the blockchain on which the project is built. All they did is tap their screen to dollars and you can’t blame them.

To this set of people, and all participants, the most important question now is – how will this affect its price and how much will the TapSwap coin be worth eventually?

Recall that we wrote earlier that TapSwap has bright prospects. With the launch on TON, TapSwap, with a larger community may surpass Notcoin’s success. Also, launching on the Solana blockchain would have been a novel idea. There is no tap-to-earn project on the chain yet.

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DStv, Gotv reduce subscription fee after losing subscribers



DStv and GOtv, have supposedly returned to its previous subscription fee after a court request considered its new cost hikes unjustified.

Review that MultiChoice, owner of cable tv had expanded subscription fees because of high inflation and the devaluation of the naira in Nigeria.

In any case, the court disallowed this increment, prompting the organization to bring down its costs back to the first rates.

Reports show that the cost hike essentially affected MultiChoice’s subscribers base in Nigeria, with over 1,000,000 subscribers lost because of the greater expenses.

The revised prices are as follows:

DStv Premium package: N29,500 (down from N37,000)

DStv Compact+ package: N19,800 (down from N25,000)

DStv Compact Bouquet: N12,500 (down from N15,700)

DStv Confam package: N7,400 (down from N9,300)

DStv Yanga package: N4,200 (down from N5,100)

DStv Padi package: N2,950 (down from N3,600)

GOtv subscribers will also benefit from reduced prices:

GOtv Super+ package: N12,500 (down from N15,700)

GOtv Super package: N7,600 (down from N9,600)

GOtv Max package: N5,700

GOtv Joli package: N3,950

GOtv Jinja package: N2,700 (down from N3,300)

It remains uncertain whether MultiChoice will comply with the court’s directive to offer a month-free subscription to affected customers.

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Why ‘unidentified’ aircraft flew over Aso Presidential Villa



The Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) has called for calm over reports that a unidentified airplane as of recently hovered over Nigeria’s seat of power, the Aso Presidential Villa.

Managing Director of NAMA, Mr Ahmed Farouk in a statement given on Saturday in Lagos said:

“The violation was in the interest of safety, as a result of adverse weather (serious thunderstorm) on the said date”.

He insisted that the Nigerian airspace is completely covered by radar.

Farouk uncovered that the radar stations in Nigeria situated in Kano, Lagos, Abuja, and Port-Harcourt are all serviceable.

He described as untrue and misdirecting the claims by a blogger that an unidentified airplane was spotted at the Presidential Villa, Abuja undetected.

As per him, radar services for Terminal and Enroute flights are decidedly recognized and give air navigation services to airspace users.

“The agency hereby wishes to state that the claim that the Nigerian airspace is not covered by radar is false and misleading.

“The radar stations in Nigeria (Kano, Lagos, Abuja, and Port-Harcourt) are serviceable. Radar services for terminal and enroute flights are positively identified and provide air navigation services to airspace users.

“Yes, it is true that the TRACON system, like any other electronics systems, is undergoing an upgrade of software and modernisation to meet the ever growing demand for efficient, effective and seamless air traffic management services.

“Furthermore, the welfare of Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers in terms of salaries and allowances is not in contention, as to suggest that it is the lowest in the world.”

Farouk added: “The reported ‘unidentified’ aircraft is a security terminology. In real terms, the aircraft in question is known, but only to the ATC.

“The violation was in the interest of safety, as a result of adverse weather (serious thunderstorm) on the said date.

“The purported circular issued by the NCAA is for airlines to be guided from straying into the marked and published prohibited or restricted areas of the Nigerian airspace.

“It is obvious that the journalist in question does not understand the workings of the surveillance systems, hence his misconstrued and misguided information on Primary and Secondary Radar.

“The agency shall willfully volunteer information on her services to anyone who requires them at any time.

“We are pleased to say that the Nigerian airspace is safe and secured,”

Farouk said.


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