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Pomp, Ceremony @ 5-Star Presentation of TD Mobile

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Glamour and glitz were out in force at the weekend as the crème of the Nigerian society and elsewhere line lined up the red carpet for official unveiling of TD Mobile, the revolutionary scion of Technology Distributions (TD) Ltd, sub Saharan Africa’s’ largest ICT Distributions company.

The five-star event held at the prestigious Expo Centre of the prestigious Eko Hotels in Victoria Island, Lagos drew who is who in Nigeria; top celebrities; and musical acts.

The guest included: CEOs of top banks in Nigeria like: Phillips Oduoza of UBA Plc; Nnamdi Okonkwo of Fidelity Bank; and Herbert Wigwe of Access Bank.

A-list musical acts like Naeto C, JMartins, Inyanya, Teckno Emma Nyra and a host of others also headlined the event.

Mrs Gozy Ijogun, business manager of TD-Mobile, in her welcome address, cited the desire to win and to further expand the frontiers of internet access as driving motivation behind the launch of TDMobile.

Her words: “We are well aware that despite the increasing growth rate in the ICT industry, over sixty percent of Nigerians still have limited access to the internet.

“TDMobile is the window to the world of access. Our aim is to bridge the divides between the rich and the poor, between the young and the old, between East and West and between North and South through the distribution of a range of smart devices such as Phones, Phablets, Tablets, Laptops, Mobile Printers and devices. We are focused on distribution of genuine Mobile devices  through our hundreds of Partners that will radically change the way we live and do business.” She added

She paid glowing tributes to partner organizations such as HP, Nokia, Toshiba, Dell, Lenovo, IBM, among others and to the TD Mobile team for the support and hard work which went into making the launch a reality.
 
Ime Umoh, managing director of HP Computers, hailed the launch of TD Mobile as a timely response to the dynamic and changing face of the industry and end-user requirements.

According to him, we are living in a technology-mediated world; one in which the customers demand more and more innovative solutions not only in the area of pervasive devices but in other modes as well. In his view, the successful launch of TDMobile is testimony to the vision of the Management of Zinox Group especially that of its Chairman Leo Stan Ekeh, who has continued to drive changes in the ICT industry.

In his Keynote address, Mr. Mattew Wilshire, chief executive officer of Etisalat Nigeria, saw a congruence between the indefatigable Nigerian spirit and the launch of TDMobile. In his words:

“I have been in this country for only about 18 months but I have been impressed about a number of things with this country. The most striking is the people. Nigerians are a resilient, vibrant people who love to take on new challenges and this is crystallized in the launch of new companies as the one we are witnessing today.

“It’s not an easy task but it is a similar story to ours at Etisalat as we are just six years old but we are proud to be associated with TDMobile as major partners.  I am optimistic that the launch of TDMobile signifies the beginning of a new dawn in the area of access to technology for Nigerians and we are glad to be a part of that.”

Mr. Stan Ekeh, chairman/chief executive officer of the Zinox Group, in a landmark speech, traced the history of the organization and also offered an insight into the future with the launch of TDMobile.

“ We are keen to expand the market and move from being the biggest ICT distributor in Sub-Saharan Africa to the  number one position in Africa and this we intend to achieve in the next 18months”. Mr.Ekeh said from October 2nd, Technology Distributions Ltd will split into three arms: TD-Mobile, TD- Mainstream and TD Solutions and Services distributions .He also announced that the group has raised N18B for expansion and our financiers insist we invest a percentage to expand TDGroup while a reasonable percentage is meant for Research and Development and local capacity building in support of the new local content policy of the federal government in the ICT sector. He appreciated the fund syndicators for the trust and assured of prudent use of the fund.  He also said part of the money raised will be for the establishment in Abuja of the single largest ICT Service and Support Center and Products Showroom in Africa. These will be commissioned before end of November this year and subsequently in other regions in Nigeria. “We are fulfilling these commitments this year” Mr.Ekeh said. He also announced the selection of TD Champions this year and assured that partners shall be selected based on their total achievement and winners shall in addition to other perks, will enjoy the benefit of direct mentorship by him.

Mr Ekeh also talked about a 24hour intelligent Hub that will go live in the month of November to support end users of ICT products from credible brands.

This and the authentication system will help reduce the abuse of the Nigerian ICT market with fake products.

He also assured friends, the Press and Partners of the Group, that the Group is tinkering listing in the stock Market but that is after achieving number One position in the whole of Africa. He advised all stakeholders in the industry to expect major global positive disruptions in the ICT sector and should be prepare to take advantage of these.

The event ended with a worldclass movie like multimedia presentation by TD-Mobile.


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Shell to Sack 9,000 over Oil Output Drops

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Shell said on Wednesday that volumes of both Liquefied Natural Gas and crude production were down in the third quarter.

Shell to Sack 9,000 over Oil Output Drops

The oil major disclosed this in an update to the market, which also detailed plans to cut up to 9,000 jobs by the end of 2022 as it adjusts to the COVID-19 price collapse, according to S&P Global Platts.

Upstream production of oil and associated streams was significantly down in the quarter, in a range of 2.2 million to 2.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, from 2.6 million boe/d in Q3 2019.

LNG output was down in a range of 7.9 million to 8.3 million metric tonnes for the quarter, compared with nine million mt a year earlier.

In the update ahead of a full results statement on Oct. 29, Shell said its oil sales in July and August had reflected a 15-20 per cent discount to Brent pricing, similar to the second quarter, and its LNG business in the quarter had suffered a ‘significant impact’ from a lag effect in the oil-linked pricing of LNG.

It also highlighted refining weakness, with a utilisation level of just 64-68 per cent and margins “significantly lower” than in the second quarter 2020, and said it intended to reduce its refining footprint globally to less than 10 sites.

On its restructuring plans, Shell said, “Reduced organisational complexity, along with other measures, are expected to deliver sustainable annual cost savings of between $2.0bn to $2.5bn by 2022.

“This will partially contribute to the announced underlying operating cost reduction of $3bn to $4bn by the first quarter 2021.”

Worldwide job reductions of 7,000 to 9,000 are expected by the end of 2022, including 1,500 people who have agreed to take voluntary redundancy this year, Shell said.

It also said production levels in both the upstream business and the LNG business had been lower than in the second quarter, partly reflecting seasonal maintenance, but also the impact of hurricanes in the US Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 


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Western Digital Unveils Speed, Portable SanDisk SSDs

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Western Digital Corp. yesterday released two new SanDisk® portable SSDs that offer nearly 2x the speed over previous generations. The SanDisk Extreme® and SanDisk Extreme PRO® portable SSDs are purpose-built to keep up with today’s high-quality content demands.

Professional photographers, videographers and enthusiasts capture and keep life’s best moments every day and they need reliable solutions that perform on the move at astonishing speeds.

With capacities up to 2TB*, the new NVMe™ drives are perfect for creating amazing content or capturing and moving incredible 4K and 8K footage with ease.

The flagship SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD features a forged aluminum chassis made to stay cool under the pressure of a heavy workload and a durable silicone design to withstand the rigors of production. The drives also help keep content safe with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

“When every second counts, I need fast and powerful solutions that work as quickly as I do. I rely on SanDisk SSDs to keep up with my creativity,” said Tyler Stableford, SanDisk Extreme Team member.

“As an artist, speed is one of my greatest strengths, and I know with the SanDisk Extreme line of SSDs, I can get the job done with greater efficiency and capacity, and I never have to worry about running out of memory wherever the job takes me.”

Rugged and Powerful SSD Performance

Designed with professionals in mind, the new SanDisk portable SSDs were built to reliably handle the most challenging assignments – whether at home, in the office or out on location.

The SanDisk Extreme portable SSD is a great go-to drive for those who need more memory and a durable and fast drive, while the SanDisk Extreme PRO was built for an avid pro who needs even, sustained performance and a drive that can go anywhere.

“For our customers, life is an adventure and they rely on us to raise the bar across our portfolio when it comes to delivering powerful solutions to consumers and professionals alike,” said Brian Pridgeon, director of marketing, Consumer Solutions, Western Digital.

“The SanDisk brand is trusted by professional photographers worldwide, which is why we built our Extreme family of drives to perform at the highest level. We amped up the speeds with the latest NVMe technology and used robust materials in our designs to handle the best shots and the most demanding jobs.”

Key Features

  • SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD

– Save time storing and transferring data with powerful NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 2000MB/s** read and up to 2000MB/s** write speeds.

– A forged aluminum chassis acts as a heatsink to deliver higher sustained speeds in a portable form factor.

– Up to two-meter drop protection and an IP55 rating2 make the drive tough enough to take on any adventure. The drive’s forged aluminum chassis and silicone shell design offer a premium feel and added protection.

– Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

  • SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

– Get NVMe solid state performance featuring up to 1050MB/s** read and up to 1000MB/s** write speeds in a portable, high-capacity drive that’s perfect for creating amazing content or capturing incredible footage.

– For added durability, the drive features up to two-meter drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance2.

– Durable silicone shell that offers a premium feel and added protection to the drive’s exterior.

– Helps keep private content private with password protection and an upgrade to 256-bit AES hardware encryption1.

Ready to move, consumers can use the handy carabiner loop to secure the drives to a belt loop or backpack for extra peace of mind. The new drives are compatible with PC and Mac computers.

In addition to moving content to a PC or laptop, the new products also now allow users to back up mobile content quickly and easily thanks to compatibility with a range of USB Type-C™ smartphones.

Availability

The SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSDs are backed by a five-year limited warranty3 and are now available at the Western Digital Store, and at select e-tailers and retailers worldwide.

The SanDisk Extreme portable SSD is available now in 500GB* and 1TB*, and is expected to ship in 2TB* later this holiday season. The SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD is available now in 2TB*, and is expected to ship in 1TB* later this holiday season.


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ID Africa Announces ‘Neusroom Untold’ In Celebration Of People, Places And Events That Have Shaped Nigeria’s History

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In celebration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, ID Africa, Marketing, Media and Technology company and media platform, Neusroom have announced the Untold project, a collection of 78 stories about important people, places and events that have shaped Nigeria’s history and some little known facts that are yet to penetrate mainstream consciousness, especially amongst young citizens.

 

Nigeria was under colonial rule from 1900 to 1960. Sixty years after independence, the country has survived a civil war, endured eight military coups and rule, and grown to become one of the most populous black nations on earth. With a GDP of $376.3bn, and $1.2 trillion PPP, Nigeria is ranked by the IMF as the largest economy in Africa. But many of the stories, ideas, and events that can unite, motivate, and inspire the mostly youth population appear to have been forgotten.

 

The Untold project is in line with the Neusroom’s long-term mission to research, document and publish important stories about Nigeria and its people.

 

The collection includes the work of six Neusroom and Netng writers published over the past two years, and are being presented to the world in honour of the country’s 60th year of breaking free from colonial rule.

 

At a critical time when access to historical facts  and verifiable information on some of Nigeria’s most important people, places and events has become a challenge for the younger generation, Neusroom is taking a position as a reliable information outlet by providing the public with credible, verifiable, and objective information about Nigeria and other African nations.

 

The Untold project includes profiles of some of Nigeria’s most revered and celebrated personalities such as potter Ladi Kwali, and Alimotu Pelewura, a fish seller who led Lagos market women’s protest against colonial masters. It also includes the detailed account of how Kudirat Abiola fought valiantly to ensure her husband’s mandate as elected President was returned to him, and how Samuel Okwaraji slumped and died on the football field while representing Nigeria.

 

Events and places such as the Nigerian Civil War, the Oyo town where every household has a set of twins, and the Kiriji war which is popular as the world’s longest ethnic war that pitched powerful Yoruba towns against Ibadan, also make up a part of the collection.

 

The collection which will be updated quarterly, is aimed at serving as a source of entertainment, knowledge and insight, in easily digestible formats, for today’s youth and future generation of Nigerians.

 

Speaking on the idea behind the project, ID Africa CEO, Femi Falodun says, “We are using Nigeria’s 60th Independence celebration as an opportunity to share some of the most remarkable stories we’ve curated over the past few years with a wider audience of young Nigerians who may not have previously known about these people, places and events.

 

Our ultimate goal for the Neusroom Untold Project is to document obscure parts of Nigeria’s past and recent history in short multimedia formats that are interesting, easy to read and readily accessible to anyone on the internet. And as history is constantly being made, we believe that this project will always be work-in-progress.”

 

Ayeni Adekunle, founder and publisher of Neusroom and Netng, said, “With The Neusroom Untold Project, we are celebrating Nigeria’s journey as a progressive nation with a spotlight on all of its important contributors whose stories may have been lost in the archives or not being told at all.

 

“We have and will continue to put together, through a thorough editorial process, this project which reflects the country’s rich history, achievers and events that particularly young Nigerians will find interesting and useful.”

 

Since it was founded in 2015, Neusroom has been a trailblazer in telling the most relevant and impactful Nigerian stories. In June 2020, the ID Africa-owned platform unveiled The Neusroom 100 Project, in recognition of 100 people, organizations, countries, and things helping the world fight the pandemic and flatten the COVID-19 curve.

 


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