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Emirates introduces entertainment playlist syncing ahead of travel for Nigerian Travellers

Customers can browse over 4,000 channels of entertainment on the Emirates app, create personalized playlists and sync selection to seat once on board.Emirates 2

Dubai, UAE, 28 January 2019 – Emirates has introduced an innovative new function on its app to allow Nigerian customers create bespoke playlists ahead of their flight and sync it to their seats once on board. Customers can plan their trip more effectively, and maximize their onboard experience by using the Emirates app to browse the expansive entertainment catalogue at any time.

ICE, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment has reached a new milestone of over 4,000 channels of on-demand entertainment. The catalogue includes over 1,000 movies, more than any other airline, popular television box sets, tens of thousands of music tracks, podcasts and games.

Nigerian Travellers can get to watch the highly celebrated Nollywood movie ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ (Nigeria), a romantic movie produced by the makers of the ‘Wedding Party’. The movie starred top Nollywood actors and actresses such as Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, and Jide Kosoko, amongst others. Similarly, they can get entertained with other African movies such as ‘Supa Modo’, Kenya’s 2019 Oscar submission in the Best Foreign Film category, ‘I Am Not A Witch’ (Zambia), ‘Farewell Ella Bella’ (South Africa), to mention but a few. For lovers of TV shows, they can enjoy ‘African laughs: Chinedu’, one of Africa’s comedy shows with funniest stand-up comedians.

Nigerian music playlists available on ice for the month of February include music by Fela Kuti, Davido’s ‘Son of Mercy EP’, WizKid’s ‘Sounds from the Other Side’, and Burna Boy’s ‘Outside’. Other African music to choose from are Dj Ganyani’s House Grooves, Best of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, African Pop Mix, and Diamond Platnumz’s A Boy from Tandale.

Travellers can sync their entertainment selections Aplo ahead of travel by first booking a flight on Emirates App, and then visit ‘My trips’ on the app to see what’s showing on ICE, after which they will be expected to scroll through thousands of movies, TV shows, music and podcasts, pick out their favourites, and add them to the playlist, and the playlist is ready to take him on board. The traveller will then be expected to connect to Wifi on board and pair his playlist with the seat back screen after which he enters the seat back number. That way, pairing is complete and so he can sit back and enjoy a personalized entertainment.

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said: “In keeping with our ‘Fly Better’ promise, our teams work tirelessly to provide ever better world-class travel experiences. Every detail is carefully considered as we continually enhance and develop innovative products and services for our customers. This latest functionality on the Emirates app elevates the customer experience even before they step onto the aircraft. Our customers can now browse the unmatched content on offer and create personal entertainment playlists at their leisure, and once comfortably settled in their seats on board, they simply sync and press play.”

The syncing capability is currently available on over 100 Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft and will be made available progressively across the entire fleet, including A380 aircraft in the coming months.

With a global customer base, Emirates offers entertainment in 44 languages and each month over 100 movies are added to the system. Emirates ensures its youngest customers are catered for with a large selection of children’s movies and TV channels. In addition to over 75 Disney, Marvel, and children’s movies there are also over 50 TV channels, including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, CBeebies & the Disney Channel.

ICE also features varied content such as Emirates’ own Food and Wine Channels giving customers a behind-the-scenes look at how it creates its onboard menus; expert-led LinkedIn Learning courses; as well as uTalk language courses offering lessons for beginners.

The Emirates app is a one-stop travel companion allowing customers to book flights, hotels, car rentals, tours and attractions. In addition to the ICE catalogue, travellers can browse through their flight menus and wine lists up to a month before the departure date.  The Emirates app also features 3D seat maps which allows customers to navigate the interior of the Emirates A380 and the Emirates Boeing 777 during seat selection, and explore the spacious cabin before they board.

The Emirates app is free to download on iOS or Android devices.

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Red Star Upgrades ISO Certification

Nigeria’s foremost logistics company, Red Star Express Plc, has upgraded its International Organization of Standardization (ISO) Certification to ISO 9001: 2015, having previously held the 9001:2008 certification. The new certification ensures that the Company remains one of the top organizations, as regards maintaining high standards in providing products and services for clients and customers.

The ISO 9001 certification, which is overseen by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), focuses mainly on quality management, by ensuring that a Company’s products and/or services are designed, properly documented and implemented according to the approved standards.

Group Managing Director, Red Star Express Plc, Sola Obabori, stated that the upgrade was a necessary step for the company, as it looks to improve its operational processes. “We have realized that some of the criteria for Certification require that the Company be customer-focused, ensure timely pick-up and delivery of parcels and documents, have a system approach to management, provide continual improvement to processes, have mutually beneficial supplier relationships, as well as proving our commitment to maintaining quality on all levels.”

“By meeting the rigorous third-party ISO 9001:2015 certification process, we have demonstrated that we have the ability to meet our customers’ quality requirements, apply all relevant regulatory requirements, enhance customer satisfaction and ensure continuous improvements in line with these objectives. It also means that our customers have complete assurance that Red Star Express Plc operates to the highest quality standards and that all regulatory requirements are met when rendering service.” he added.

The Quality and Service Assurance Manager, Red Star Express Plc, Toyin Owolabi, mentioned that the process of earning the new certification, which started in June 2018, was concluded by December 2018. “It was a tough process that was necessary for our growth as a company. Red Star Express Plc has evolved since the last certification process, in terms of how our operations and processes are run. We are happy with this upgrade and, as always, we will strive to ensure that we live up to the high standards that it entails” he added.

Red Star Express Plc is a Licensee of Federal Express (FedEx) Corporation, the world’s largest delivery solutions provider. The company has over 150 offices nationwide, with a network reach spanning over 1,500 communities in Nigeria and over 200 countries worldwide. It is made up of 7 subsidiaries specializing in areas such as Express Delivery, Logistics, Freight, Outsourcing, Supply Chain Management, E-Commerce Logistics Solutions, Printing and Packaging, E-Archiving, Business Enterprise Solutions, as well as Agro Logistics and Trade.

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GTBank Launches Days of Dorcas Online Photography Competition

Days of Dorcas - Social Media.jpgForemost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, launches the Days of Dorcas Online Photography Competition. The contest is part of the bank’s Art635 Gallery initiative aimed at promoting Arts and supporting African artists.

The online competition gives budding African female photographers,   between the ages of 18 – 39 years, the opportunity to enhance their career in visual arts and photography. To participate in the contest, interested artists/photographers are expected to send in their entries on the theme “The elegance of the African people” via the website; www.art635.gallery/daysofdorcas.

Entries close on 17th of May 2018 and will be assessed by a panel of judges. The top 25 finalists will receive a 6-day workshop (between 28th May, 2018 – 2nd June, 2018), which will be facilitated by experts in the arts and photography industry. The winner and the 1st runner up at the workshop will be rewarded with photography equipment.

 

 

The experts that will train the top 25 at the workshop are;

  • Bénédicte Kurzen, renowned documentary and journalism photographer
  • TY Bello, celebrity photographer and philanthropist
  • Jumoke Sanwo, Video Art and Virtual Reality artist
  • Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko, Founder of Camara-Studios
  • Uche Okpa-Iroha, Founding member of Blackbox photography and the Nlele Institute

 

Commenting on the Days of Dorcas Online Photography Competition, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank, we support hard work and creativity by encouraging young people to embrace every opportunity for self-expression. By organizing the Days of Dorcas Online Photography Competition, we are helping promising artists and photographers to boost their skills as well as explore various ways to make a living off their works.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry and is geared towards enriching lives through the different arms of its corporate social responsibility, which is in the area of Community Development, Education, Environment and Arts.

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Emirates Announces Attractive Offers to Dubai

Screen Shot 2018-05-02 at 1.52.08 PMHave you planned to visit Dubai this year? Emirates is introducing special roundtrip fares in Economy class and Business class this May that include a 3-piece baggage allowance.

Under the special offer, Economy Class from Abuja to Dubai costs USD670 and USD822 from Lagos. For the Business class ticket, departing from Abuja costs USD2,939 and USD3,286 from Lagos, of which both include the 3-piece luggage allowance of up to 23kg for Economy Class and up to 32kg for Business Class, for a limited time only and tickets must be booked between May 3, 2018 and May 10, 2018, while travel must take place between May 3, 2018 and 10 December, 2018. The cost of the ticket includes airport taxes.

Dubai provides a great escape for visitors. Its year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings offers something for the whole family. Visitors to Dubai can enjoy some of the city’s must-see places like Global Village – multi-cultural festival park and shopping destination – as well as theme parks such as Wild Wadi Waterpark and IMG World of Adventures.

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen, which offers over 3,000 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

In addition to the on-board comforts and products, customers will experience Emirates’ multinational cabin crew, while enjoying a chef prepared regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.

Emirates flies from Lagos to Abuja 14 times; 2 times daily in a week and from Abuja, it flies 4 times in a week to Dubai.   To book, or for more information, terms and conditions, please visit https://www.emirates.com/ng/english/ or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent

 

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Tetra Pak appoints Oshiokamele Aruna as first ever Nigerian Managing Director

Tetra Pak New MD Pix 1.jpgTetra Pak West Africa has confirmed the appointment of Oshiokamele Aruna as the new Managing Director of the company. The appointment of Mr. Aruna, makes him the first Nigerian to attain this position in the history of Tetra Pak, the world’s leading processing and packaging solutions provider.
 
“My ambition is to reinforce Tetra Pak’s leadership in West Africa, and support our partners and customers in their respective projects. West Africa has a great development potential and I’m glad to become more involved in my native region.” Confirmed the new MD.
 
Tawfiq Agoumi, Communications Director North & West Africa pointed out this appointment as «a reflection of Mr Aruna’s impeccable pedigree and competence, and confirms the strategic importance of the Nigerian market, one of the most dynamic in the Middle East and Africa region”.
 
Mr. Aruna, a graduate of Chemical Engineering is also a Chartered Accountant. He has attended various courses in top management schools including IMD in Switzerland.  He has over 18 years’ work experience spanning various senior management roles including Tetra Pak West Africa, a company that he joined in 2005. His last position was Finance Director from 2011 until his recent appointment.
 
 
ABOUT TETRA PAK
Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world.  With more than 23,000 employees based in over 85 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business.  Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™,” reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.
More information about Tetra Pak is available at Tetra Pak processing and packaging solutions for food and beverages

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GTBank Sponsors Nigeria’s Kid Inventors to Global Innovation Challenge

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Four junior secondary school students in Nigeria have created a mobile app that could revolutionise agriculture globally. Sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank plc, they are on the verge of making history at the globally renowned Conrad Challenge Annual Innovation Summit in Florida, USA.

 

Aged between 12 and 14, Mordi Menashi, Gbemi Famobiwo, Afolabi Williams and Osagumwenro Ugbo, all from Whitesands School Lagos and known together as Team Neon, created a VirtualFarm Application which helps farmers manage their farm and connect with their target markets. With its innovation, the team entered the Conrad Challenge, which encourages high school students to develop cutting-edge solutions to real-world problems in the areas of Aviation, Cyber Technology, Environment and Health, amongst others.

 

Competing in the ‘Smoke-Free World’ category, Nigeria’s Team Neon made it to the final stage of the competition, which will be held during the 2018 Spirit of Innovation Summit at the Kennedy Space Centre, from the 25th to 28th April, 2018. “Improving extension services in rural Africa is a critical step for any agricultural change and Team Neon makes a good case for how the VirtualFarm technology will work,” said the Judges of the Challenge. This is the first time that African farmers will have access to the package, which has a range of technical advice, [and] with the USSD version of the app, it would be a win-win for the team.

 

Inspired by the team’s outstanding young talents and driven by its passion for innovation, leading African bank, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, is sponsoring the young innovators to the finale of the Conrad Challenge. The Bank’s sponsorship includes, among other benefits, the total coverage of the team’s travel and stay in America.

 

Guaranty Trust Bank plc has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry and is regarded by industry watchers as one of Africa’s most innovative financial institutions. The Bank also maintains an active and clearly defined Corporate Social Responsibility policy, which is focused on promoting education for all, fostering community development, promoting arts and protecting the environment.

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GTBank Announces Full Year 2017 PBT of N200.24Billion

Guaranty_Trust_BankThe foremost financial institutional Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges.

A review of the results shows positive performance across all financial indices, reaffirming the Bank’s position as one of the most profitable and well managed financial institutions in Nigeria. Gross earnings for the year grew by 1.1% to ₦419.2billion from ₦414.6billion reported in the December 2016; driven primarily by growth in interest income as well as e-payment revenues. Profit before tax stood at ₦200.2billion, representing a growth of 21.3% over ₦165.1billion recorded in the corresponding year ended December 2016. The Bank’s loan book dipped by 8.9% from ₦1.590trillion recorded as at December 2016 to ₦1.449trillion in December 2017 while customer deposits increased by 3.8% to ₦2.062trillion from ₦1.986trillion in December 2016.

The Bank’s balance sheet remained strong with a 3.9% growth in Total Assets and Contingents as the Bank closed the year ended December 2017 with Total Assets and Contingents of ₦3.845trillion and Shareholders’ Funds of ₦625.2Billion. In terms of Assets quality, NPL ratio increased to 7.7% in December 2017 from 3.7% in December 2016 largely as a result of classification of a single exposure within the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry. However, non-performing loans would moderate to 4.6%, which is below regulatory threshold, if we exclude this name from NPL ratio computation. Overall, asset quality remains stable with adequate coverage of 119.6%, while Capital remains strong with CAR of 25.7%. On the backdrop of this result, Return on Equity (ROAE) and Return on Assets (ROAA) closed at 35.4% and 6.2% respectively. The Bank is proposing a final dividend of 240k per unit of ordinary share held by shareholders in addition to interim dividend of 30k per unit of ordinary share bringing total dividend for 2017 financial year to ₦2.70 per unit of ordinary share.

Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje, said; “2017 was a pivotal year for the bank. We delivered a strong result in a challenging environment; achieving record growth in earnings, carefully managing cost margins and leveraging our digital-first customer-centric strategy to deliver world-class services that are simple, cheap and easily accessible.”

He further stated that “The result demonstrates the fundamental strength of our franchise as well as the progress we are making in transforming our organization into a platform on which our customers could build their businesses, connect with their consumers and access all the resources that they need to make their lives better.”

GTBank has continued to report the best financial ratios for a Financial Institution in the industry as revealed by its return on equity (ROE) of 35.4% and cost to income ratio of 38.1% evidencing the efficient management of assets and operational efficiency. Overall, the Bank has enshrined its position as a clear leader in the industry. In recognition of its innovation and hard work, the Bank received over 20 international awards in 2017.

 

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