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Kia today unveiled the striking new SP Concept, which made its public world premiere at AutoExpo 2018, alongside a showcase of 16 global models.

The SP Concept provides a glimpse of what’s in store for motoring enthusiasts once Kia kicks off retail sales in India in the second half of 2019. Inspired by Indian heritage and driven by advanced technology, the SP Concept is proof of the company’s plans to introduce cars that cater to the changing paradigm of the Indian market in the near future.

The futuristic SUV, with its bold style and Kia’s unique design DNA, is geared to satisfy young Indian consumers who seek the perfect combination of sophisticated beauty, breakthrough technology and high functionality. The combination of its wide and stable stance, sporty and long hood profile and futuristic details will no doubt set new standards for compact SUVs in India.

The SP Concept’s robust front mask combines a bold formative design with Kia’s unique and hallmark ‘Tiger nose’ grille and many more futuristic details. Be it, the lamp design that meets slim graphics and functionality through a top and bottom headlamp connected to a wide front grille, the Daytime Running lamp in high-tech graphics and positioning lamps leading to the inside of the ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, helps produce differentiated images during the day / night.

The sleek interior design of SP Concept marries an advanced sensual style and dynamic sensibility at its core with a differentiated layout that enhances convenience.  Eye-catching, high-tech elements and modern and trendy cabin design make the interior of the SP Concept an oasis for young trend-setters.

Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation, commented, “Over the last few years, SUVs have become the vehicle-of-choice among Indian buyers.  Combining the comfort and space of a sedan with the ability to tackle all kinds of terrain, we intend to storm the market with an SUV that will set new parameters in motoring. It’s still a concept – so it’s a little bit exaggerated – but the actual production car will be very close to what you see here at AutoExpo 2018.”

Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & CEO or Kia Motors India (KMI), said, “Kia Motors is delighted to enter India, which is all set to catapult into the world’s fifth largest economy this year*.  We at KMI are thrilled to start operations at such a favorable time, and additional forecasts predict that India will be amongst the world’s largest car markets in a few years. We are here in India to be part of that success story, which has been put into motion by progressive government policies and decision making. And we are here to win trust and hearts of the people, while providing the country with stylish and differentiated motoring options.

Kia’s long-term objective being to replicate the success we has come to be associated with the world over and, as we say at Kia, ensure that, ‘The Power to Surprise’ is reflected in everything that we do in India.”

Kia’s line being showcased and displayed cars at the AutoExpo 2018 includes:

Picanto
A new standard for city cars, designed for first car buyers. A city car with added convenience for a joyful ride plus safety airbags as standard and unbelievable fuel economy

Rio
A passenger car designed for sporty looks, practicality and economy. Highly welcomed in the global market based on its global recognition including the bronze medal in transportation at the U.S. IDEA Design Awards, one of the world’s top 3 design awards.

Stonic
Created for drivers who live every moment, push every boundary and relish every adventure, the All-New Kia Stonic brings fresh excitement and a free spirit to the urban Crossover experience

Cerato
Add a dose of extraordinary to your life
Perhaps you never thought innovation, technical excellence and exceptional style could all come together in an affordable passenger car. But finally, they do. Let the new Cerato take you places you’ve only imagined.

Cee’d
What happens when an award-winning European design team combines a sporty coupé silhouette with clever 5-door functionality? The Kia cee’d. Designed inside and out with an array of attract new features to leave you wanting just one thing: get in and drive.

Soul EV
The Soul ‘EV’ is Kia’s first fully-electric vehicle. Based on the All-New Soul but with several eye-catching technological improvements, both inside and out.

Cadenza
Meet the Cadenza, designed to command attention and surpass expectations. Inspired by the modern simplicity of a single line, Cadenza’s dished front grille delivers a classical elegance

Stinger
A Gran Tourismo (GT) in spirit, the All-New Kia Stinger is built for the thrill of driving and a love for exclusivity. Head-turning design, matched with performance that will give you goosebumps.

Mohave
No matter where you’re driving and what’s unfolding outside your window, Kia Mohave will make you feel at ease as there’s power at your fingertips whenever you need it.

Sorento 
Perfect for those who always expect a little more. The extra-spacious 7-seater Kia Sorento combines striking design, cutting-edge technology and absolute commitment to quality

Sportage
Kia Sportage is a passenger car-type SUV capable of meeting the needs of the workday commute and weekend outing thanks to its unique style and performance.

Grand Carnival
The Grand Carnival takes you to a place where superior design and truly smart features combine with a deep understanding of your practical driving needs.

Niro Plug In Hybrid
The 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is the next step in the electric evolution. Hit the open road with a hybrid system capable of going fully electric (EV mode) with the push of a button for trips around town.

Optima Hybrid
Elegant, refined and ergonomically designed, the Kia Optima family car is guaranteed to part the crowds. With its strong exterior and spacious interior, this large car provides exceptional driver and passenger comfort.

* The Centre for Economics and Business Research, a London-based consultancy, said in its annual rankings in December 2017.

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FIRSTBANK BAGS MULTIPLE AWARDS, REINFORCES ITS LEADING ROLE IN PROMOTING CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS

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Nigeria’s premier Bank and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has in 2019, been conferred with multiple awards cutting across the industry. The Bank which is also commemorating its 125 years anniversary has been widely commended for re-inventing itself and being nimble in its service delivery, whilst painstakingly adapting to the dynamic changes that have enveloped businesses, especially with the advent of globalisation.

In recognition of its high transactional volume and leading role at promoting cashless transactions and financial inclusion in the country, the Bank recently won two awards at the CBN Electronic Payments Incentive Scheme (EPIS) Efficiency Awards. The awards are: Cashless Driver: Highest Volume in Bill Payments and Cashless Driver: Highest Transaction Volume in Real-Time Payments…

FirstBank was awarded the Best Private Bank in Nigeria 2019 by World Finance Magazine and Global Finance magazine. The Bank also won the Bank of the Year in Nigeria 2019 and Best Financial Inclusion Program in Nigeria 2019  by International Investor and Best Banking Brand in Nigeria 2019 by Global Brands Magazine.

At the recently held Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards, the Bank bagged the Best Retail Bank in Nigeria  as well as Best Process Automation Initiative, Application or Programme awards. Global Banking and Finance Review named FirstBank the Best Retail Bank in Nigeria. while the Most Socially Responsible Bank – Nigeria award was bestowed on the Bank by International Finance Magazine.

Speaking on the awards, Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said: “These awards reinforce our leading role in critical business segments and activities like brand reputation, financial inclusion, digitisation of financial services in the industry. It is a great honour to the Bank and further proof that we are beyond comparison.. The awards are dedicated to our customers who are the centre of our business.

 

 

 

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Alienware and Dell To Deliver Supercharge Mobile Gaming and Audio Engineering

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Alienware and Dell are tapped into what the community wants – gaming solutions with more performance, portability, display technologies, and community benefits. This year at Computex 2019, Alienware and Dell will deliver on this and more. The new Alienware m15 and m17 as well as the Dell G3 15 are among Dell’s first gaming laptops to showcase a brand-new design and processors that supercharge the PC gaming experience. Two Alienware branded headsets, several new display technologies, a new esports investment in education, blue light reduction, and custom home installation round out the offerings.

“Gamers across the globe have high expectations from Alienware and Dell when it comes to our gaming products and without a doubt our latest announcements will exceed even the highest of expectations out there,” said Frank Azor, vice-president, and general manager of Alienware, G Series, and XPS at Dell. “To get to this point it has taken over two decades of uncompromising commitment to gamers, the collaboration of an incredibly talented and devoted team, and an ever-expanding group of top-tier partners.”

Alienware introduces a totally redesigned Alienware m15 and m17 that is leaner, more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. With a starting weight under 4.7lbs and 5.8lbs* respectively, Alienware is proud to release its thinnest 15” and 17” gaming laptops to date. Not only do they introduce Alienware’s new Legend industrial design, announced earlier this year at CES, the new Alienware m15 and m17 also introduces innovation culminating from everything the Alienware design team has learned over the years – giving them a clean slate to design around anticipated issues and enabling them to reach new heights in sophistication.

The Alienware m15 and m17 are engineered for gamers who prioritise mobility without compromise to performance by offering Intel processors and NVIDA GeForce GPUs. Numerous display technologies enhance gameplay with the m15 being the world’s first 15” laptop to feature Tobii eyetracking, and the m17 being the world’s first laptop to feature Eyesafe® display designed to lower blue light emissions, while maintaining vivid colour integrity. Gamers can also choose between 144Hz, 240Hz and the newly available OLED displays. The latest Alienware Cyro-Tech 3.0 offers a newly optimized thermal module design to improve cooling performance, increasing airflow by 20% over the previous generation of the m15 and 25% on the m17. Additional design features include an all-magnesium chassis, smooth-edge, narrow-bezel design, re-engineered keyboard, precision-point glass touchpad, SSD-only storage, and per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting.

In its G Series family of gaming laptops for budget-conscious and entry-level players, Dell’s G3 15 comes to this year’s Computex with even more to offer at a competitive price point. Delivering plenty of power and performance, the new Game Shift feature enables maximum fan speed for optimal processor performance during periods of intense gaming with the click of one button. The 15-inch G3 also shows its outward innovations through a thin and sleek design, narrow borders, optional 144Hz gaming display, 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard and a new S-curve design to accommodate larger component ports near the back.

The 9th Gen Intel Core mobile CPUs offer desktop-calibre performance to gaming and creator laptops, delivering up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, 8 cores, and 16 threads, on a platform that handles everything from demanding AAA games to taxing creative workloads like editing and rendering, even when on the go. Complementing this is NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphic cards, built with the breakthrough graphics performance of award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture, a blazing-fast supercharger for today’s most popular games. Available on GeForce GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 graphics options, HyperEfficient VR technology delivers up to 8-phase graphics voltage regulation and 6-phase processor voltage regulation for longer sustained high-performance.

Listening closely to the gaming community and catering to the needs of different gamers, Alienware is excited to launch the next generation of wired gaming headsets – the Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset and Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset.

The new range of headsets feature hand-picked 50mm high resolution drivers that have been custom tuned to provide amazing audio clarity. The specially sculpted, deeper audio chambers amplify the resonance and the memory foam ear pads provide a high level of noise isolation. All this is packaged into a sleek, iconic Alienware Legend Design with non-exposed extenders, and a retractable boom microphone that help create a beautiful seamless outline.

Enjoy a fully immersive surround-sound gaming experience with the Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset, with pinpoint accurate sound positioning and astounding clarity. The retractable boom microphone provides consistent voice clarity in team gameplay. Comfort fit earcups incorporating a hybrid of leatherette, sports fabric and memory foam create a deeper acoustic chamber with noise isolation that complements the high-resolution audio. The cushioned leather headband with the ideal clamp force ensures no slippage during those long hours of gaming.

Created to provide unparalleled clarity, the Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset combines the high-resolution audio of the hand-picked 50mm drivers in custom-tuned audio chambers which allows for fuller, more resonant sound and incredible clarity even during the most chaotic gameplay Combining both plush memory foam and sports fabric in the ear cups and textured fabric headband, the headset provides optimal cooling, comfort and noise isolation during marathon gaming sessions.

Gamers will also enjoy the cross-platform compatibility these headsets provide via the detachable 3.5mm cable that makes it compatible with a variety of gaming platforms.

Dell G7 17” and Alienware m17 will be first to offer next generation Eyesafe® display optimised to reduce blue light exposure. This display option will be added to the Alienware Area-51m in June; Dell plans to expand Eyesafe® display across the entire Alienware portfolio in coming months.

Eyesafe® reduces high energy blue light emissions while maintaining colour accuracy. With many gamers engaging in extended screen time, this added functionality intelligently manages light energy at the source, selectively reducing potentially damaging blue light and dispersing it across the light spectrum. Prolonged exposure to blue light from a typical display may have health impacts that can lead to dry, irritated eyes, trouble sleeping, blurred vision reduced attention span and concentration1.

Alienware has long been ingrained in the esports community as an investor, advocate, fan as well as the gaming system of choice for competitive and professional gamers around the world. As esports continues to increase its global popularity, universities understand the benefits of dedicated technology consultants and solutions and are turning to Dell Technologies to bring esports into their curriculum. With the numbers on the rise accordingly to National Association of Collegiate esports, more than 130 universities belong to the National Association of College Esports, more than 475 colleges offer esports clubs, and 800 high schools in North America now belong to the High School Esports League – delivering opportunities to both the students and the institutions themselves.

Committed to fostering technological literacy among youth, today Dell Technologies’ end-to-end technology solutions equips U.S. educational institutions with the ability to build varsity-level dedicated esports arenas, start esports gaming clubs or build dual-purpose spaces to support teaching, learning, and esports in a single environment. Whether students are competing on their Alienware system or designing games on a Dell Precision workstation, esports give scholars an opportunity to develop skills such as collaboration, strategy, communication and critical thinking. These life-skills are helping to better prepare students for new career opportunities that are arising in the digital era.

“We have to ensure our next generation is equipped with the skills to thrive in a digital world and need as much talent as possible to meet the needs of our future workforce,” said Jeanne Weber, Senior Higher Education Strategist, Dell Technologies. “Dell Technologies has been a partner to the education community for some time; with our commitment to esports and the explosive growth of the game, we are strategically positioned to help support these winning programs across educational institutions of every level, everywhere.”

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FirstBank demystifying financial inclusion with XploreFirst

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By News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Worried by the increasing rate of the unbanked population, the Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), kicked off a campaign in 2012 to achieve 80 per cent financial inclusion of adult population by 2020.

The CBN carried out the campaign through agency banking, mobile banking/mobile payments, linkage models and client empowerment, to reduce financially excluded adult Nigerians from 46.3 per cent in 2010 to 20 per cent in 2020.

According to the CBN, the overall goal of the strategy is to promote a financial system accessible to all Nigerian adults at an inclusion rate of 80 per cent (formal and informal).

However, the 2018 Access to Financial Services Survey findings, conducted by the Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) department of CBN, showed that 36.8 per cent Nigerian adults were still financially excluded.

This translates to a population of 36.6 million adult Nigerians who are excluded at the moment, with 44.1 per cent male and 55.9 per cent female.

The survey also disclosed that the country had a total adult population of 99.6 million, with 39.8 per cent as the banked population, which translates to 39.7 million.

In line with the apex bank’s strategy, some commercial banks have introduced products aimed at promoting financial inclusion, educational development and financial literacy to meet the 2020 target.

For instance, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has since launched a couple of innovative products such as FirstMobile, USSD, agent banking and FirstBillsPay to enhance banking efficiency.

The bank recently added a new scheme, FirstBank XploreFirst, a promotional campaign aimed at rewarding its youthful customers, in line with its financial inclusion and educational development drive.

Chuma Ezirim, FirstBank Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, said the six-month promo, which kicked off on October 1, 2018 and ends in May, was a FirstBank savings account variant designed specifically for students between 18 and 29 years.

He said a minimum of N1, 000 was required to open the account and account holders were required to maintain a minimum balance of N200.

To participate in the promo, Ezirim said XploreFirst customers were encouraged to save or maintain a minimum amount of N10, 000 in their accounts during the promo period to be eligible for the scholarship raffle draw, and that incremental deposits of N10, 000 in the account entitled the account holder to multiple tickets for the raffle draw.

To this end, a total of 198 winners emerged from the promo with 18 account holders (three from each of the six geopolitical zones) rewarded with scholarships of N150, 000 at the final raffle draw totaling N2.7 million.

The 18 account holders who won the N2.7 million scholarships were Chukwuebuka Ezugba, Oluwatunmise Olorunfemi and Michael Offiong for Lagos zone.

North-Central: Patrick Oginni, Aliyu Muhammad, Confidence Umeh; North-East West: Razaq Ibrahim, Habiba Ibrahim, Abdullahi Mannir; South-East: Victoria Umo, Armstrong Akoma and Deborah Fubara.

South-South winners were Woyingi Kunoun, Shulammite Onyigabor, Stephen Okolo; South-West: Adenike Adekale,  Dorcas Agbakwuru and Oghogho  Onoigboria.

Also, the bank rewarded 180 account holders with N5, 000 (N900, 000) airtime as consolation prizes, five from each of the six geopolitical zones.

Ezirim said the initiative was targeted at the youth, especially those in tertiary institutions and the informal sector to enhance savings culture and drive financial inclusion across the country.

He noted that the initiative would be sustained by the bank in the future in line with the CBN financial inclusion mandate.

Also speaking, Olufemi Odumuboni, the bank’s Head, Youth/Women Banking, said the promo dynamics were centred at making people to engage in financial discipline.

Odumuboni said winners were selected based on certain principles that made them eligible to qualify for the draw.

He explained that apart from the N2.7 million set aside for the yearly scholarships the bank had splashed about N900, 000 on customers that emerged winners at the various monthly draws for data purchase for their mobile phones.

To FBN Head, Retail Business & Community Banking, Mr Abiodun Famuyiwa, the bank embarked on the initiative due to its belief in nation’s building.

“We started this last year and the reason why FirstBank is driving this promo is because of our belief in nation’s building.

“We cannot build a nation without the population, youths populism consists of over 50 per cent of the population.

“And this population of youths we are targeting is those in the campuses, which are actually in need of some kind of support in their education, and this is one of the driving forces of the promo,” Famuyiwa said.

He also noted that the focus of the bank in organising the promo was to have more of the youths in the bank’s database, because traditionally, people associated FirstBank with old people.  (NAN)

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