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Cartoon Network Is Looking For New Animation Talent In Africa



CreativeLab LOGOIf there’sone thing Africans do well, it is the ability to laugh our themselves! Taking advantage of Africans’ humorous streak and incredible storytelling abilities, Cartoon Network Africa is proud to announce the launch of their brand-new initiative, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab, an African venture designed to bring innovative, local short form content to the channel and its digital platforms, while reinforcing the local relevance of the brand.   According to Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana, “in this ground-breaking move, the leading network in the kids’ entertainment industry, Cartoon Network is taking another bold step in addressing the gap in locally relevant content which offers a viewing experience that resonates with our African audience”. The initiative will encourage African talents: creators, writers, graphic artists, animation students … in fact anyone who loves kids’ content, to explore their creative, animation and production talents and have the chance to produce a short-form animated comedy to make Cartoon Network viewers across Africa laugh out loud he added!   “As sponsors of the Discop 2016 Animation Pitching Programme, we were exposed to some really inspiring local animation projects,” says Ariane Suveg, Head of programming and acquisition Turner kids Africa. “We were so impressed by Cape Town-based Punch Monkey Studio’s amazing creative energy in the winning entry, Cloud Life, that the project has been traveling through the Turner group and is now in a development process with the Turner Asia Pacific production team! This just reinforces our need to invest in local content and our commitment to further mentoring talent in the African animation industry.”   Entries for the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Labwill be open from 7thJune until 31stAugust 2018 across the continent. African residents, aged 18 and over, or any African-based company, can submit their one-minute to three-minute creative short project which must be in the genre of comedy and fit with Cartoon Network’s values of funny, random, irreverent, smart and contemporary humour. Editorial guidelines can be found on, and you can watch the video here.   Ten projects will be short-listed in September, and the local creators will get the opportunity to pitch their work to Cartoon Network Africa’s content programming team. The winner and two runners-up will then be revealed at DISCOP Johannesburg at the end of the year.   The winner and runners-up will be given the opportunity to get their project produced as a pilot with Cartoon Network Africa which will then premiere on Cartoon Network Africa and its digital platforms in 2019.   “We are honoured to be supporting local African animation talent through the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab. We look forward to seeing the entries and hope to see the winners flourish in their career as content creators, following the footsteps of some of Cartoon Network’s greatest talents.” concludes Ariane Suveg.  ]]>


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Apple Music’s ‘The Dotty Show’ to feature Ones To Watch Special



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Apple Music 1’s The Dotty Show’ features Dotty interviewing the artists lighting up Apple Music with the biggest tracks across hip-hop, pop, Amapiano and everything in between, from across the globe.
On the last Wednesday of each month she hosts a special feature on her Worldwide Wednesdays show dedicated to the hottest sounds from Mzansi.
“It’s impossible to celebrate the global impact of Black music without spotlighting the abundant sounds coming out of the African continent,” said Dotty, Apple Music 1 host and Lead Cultural Curator, Black Music, UK. “Our monthly playlist specials allow us to dedicate time to what is, to me, the most exciting and innovative music market in the world right now.”
This week’s episode features cover stars Tyla, Lojay, Lloyiso, Seyi Vibez, and Moliy, as well as an exclusive Chop Daily mix from Ghana’s DJ Paak, alongside the hottest new tracks from the hottest rising stars on the continent.
Tune in and listen to The Dotty Show now on Apple Music 1.

Cover Stars Shine
‘The Dotty Show’ will feature five tracks from cover stars namely Nigerian artists Lojay (“Canada feat. DJ Maphorisa x Kabza De Small”) and Seyi Vibez (“Para Boi”), South African artists Tyla (“To Last”) and Lloyiso (“Let Me Love You Now”), and Ghanaian singer Moliy (“Prisoner feat. P Prime”).


Ones To Watch
‘The Dotty Show’ will also feature some of the best tracks from the next generation of African music stars including Uncle Vinny & Yumbs (“Indlozi Yami”), Camidoh & GDS (“Ghetto Love”), Young Jonn (“Xtra Cool”), T.I Blaze (“Benefit”), Aymos & Ami Faku (“Fatela”) and more!
Check out the full episode now on Apple Music 1.

About Apple Music
Apple loves music. Apple revolutionized the music experience with iPod and iTunes. Today, the award-winning Apple Music celebrates musicians, songwriters, producers, and fans with a catalog of over 90 million songs, expertly curated playlists, and the best artist interviews, conversations, and global premieres with Apple Music Radio. With original content from the most respected and beloved people in music, autoplay, time-sync lyrics, Lossless Audio, and immersive sound powered by Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, Apple Music offers the world’s best listening experience, helping listeners discover new music and enjoy their favorites while empowering the global artist community. Apple Music is available in over 165 countries and regions on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod mini, CarPlay, and online at, plus popular smart speakers, smart TVs, and Android and Windows devices. Apple Music is ad-free and never shares consumer data with third parties. More information is available at

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Emirates operates milestone demonstration flight powered with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel



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Emirates has operated its first milestone demonstration flight on a Boeing 777-300ER, powering one of its engines with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The flight took off from Dubai International Airport (DXB), and was commanded by Captain Fali Vajifdar and Captain Khalid Nasser Akram, flying for more than one hour over the Dubai coastline.

The demonstration flight powered by SAF holds particular significance as the UAE declares 2023 the ‘Year of Sustainability’. The year will showcase the UAE’s commitment to seeking innovative solutions to challenges such as energy, climate change, and other issues related to sustainability. The flight supports collective industry efforts to enable a future of 100% SAF flying and help advance the UAE’s sustainability objectives.

Emirates’ demonstration flight, the first in the Middle East and North Africa to be powered by 100% SAF, supports broader efforts to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions as the industry looks to scale up its use of SAF. The flights will also help to refine the playbook for future SAF demonstrations, and will also support future certification where 100% drop-in SAF fuel is approved for aircraft. Currently, SAF is approved for use in all aircraft, but only in blends of up to 50% with conventional jet fuel.

Emirates worked alongside partners GE Aerospace, Boeing, Honeywell, Neste, and Virent to procure and develop a blend of SAF that closely replicates the properties of conventional jet fuel. At each blend ratio, a host of chemical and physical fuel property measurements were carried out.  After multiple lab tests and rigorous trials, they arrived at a blending ratio that mirrored the qualities of jet fuel. Eighteen tonnes of SAF were blended, comprised of HEFA-SPK provided by Neste (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids and synthetic paraffinic kerosene) and HDO-SAK from Virent (hydro deoxygenated synthetic aromatic kerosene). The 100% SAF supplied one GE90 engine, with conventional jet fuel supplying the other engine.

The test flight further demonstrates the compatibility of the specially blended SAF as a safe and reliable fuel source. The promising outcome of this initiative also adds to the body of industry data and research around SAF blends in higher proportions, paving the way for standardization and future approval of 100% drop-in SAF as a replacement for jet fuel, well above the current 50% blend limit.

Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer, of Emirates Airline said: “This flight is a milestone moment for Emirates and a positive step for our industry as we work collectively to address one of our biggest challenges – reducing our carbon footprint. It has been a long journey to finally see this demonstration 100% SAF flight take off. Emirates is the first passenger airline in the world to operate a Boeing 777 powering a GE engine with 100% SAF. Such initiatives are critical contributors to industry knowledge on SAF, and provide data to demonstrate the use of higher blends of SAF for future regulatory approvals. We hope that landmark demonstration flights like this one will help open the door to scale up the SAF supply chain and make it more available and accessible across geographies, and most importantly, affordable for broader industry adoption in the future.”

“GE Aerospace congratulates Emirates on this major achievement. SAF is critical to helping the aviation industry reach its goal to be net zero by 2050 and collaborations like this to test 100% SAF globally will help bring us closer to this target,” said Aziz Koleilat, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Turkey at GE Aerospace. “All GE Aerospace engines can operate on approved SAF blends today and we are helping support the approval and adoption of 100% SAF.”

 “Boeing congratulates Emirates on its successful flight tests using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF),” said Omar Arekat, Vice President, Commercial Sales and Marketing, Middle East, The Boeing Company. “SAF will play a critical role in the aviation industry’s commitment to be net zero by 2050, requiring strong industry collaboration. We were proud to partner with Emirates on these tests and look forward to further working with our partners to enable the widespread use of SAF across the globe.”

 “We are excited to apply our technology to such a milestone demonstration. The 331-500 auxiliary power unit or APU is an integral part of the Boeing 777 aircraft system. The APU provides main engine starting, environmental control, and emergency back-up systems for the aircraft on the ground and in-flight. It uses the same fuel as the main propulsion engines. Currently, the APU is certified to run on only 50% SAF, so this demonstration is a big first step in showing full APU functionality and capability when running on 100% SAF,” said Mosab Alkubaisy, Director of Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace Middle East.

Jonathan Wood, Vice President EMEA, Renewable Aviation at Neste said: “Sustainable aviation fuel plays a crucial role in reducing the emissions of air travel but to fully leverage its decarbonization potential we need to enable 100% SAF use. Test flights like this Emirates flight with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel are an important step towards 100% SAF certification. Neste is working closely together with partners to accelerate the availability and use of SAF as we increase our SAF production capacity to 1.5 million tons per annum by the end of this year. We look forward to growing the supply of SAF also to Dubai.”

 “Virent’s technology converts widely available, plant-based sugars into the compounds that make 100% sustainable aviation fuel possible, without the need to blend with traditional jet fuel,” said Dave Kettner, President and General Counsel of Virent, Inc. “Along with our parent company Marathon Petroleum Corporation, we are committed to meeting today’s energy needs while investing in an energy diverse future, and today’s flight is a great example of this commitment. We’re excited about this opportunity to work with our forward-thinking colleagues at Emirates, GE Aerospace, Boeing, Honeywell and Neste as we demonstrate that we can power sustainable aviation without modifying today’s modern airline engines or the infrastructure that serves the airline industry.”

His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO at ENOC praised the achievement as it coincides with 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’, which was announced by the UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It also represents a major step towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions and achieving climate neutrality.

His Excellency added: “At ENOC, we prioritise working closely with our strategic partners to implement a national roadmap for sustainable aviation fuel. This not only aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of the aviation sector but also contributes to achieving the UAE’s goals in climate neutrality, enhances the efficiency and conservation of fuel, as well as positions the UAE as a regional hub for sustainable aviation fuel. Playing an active role in supplying Dubai Airports with aviation fuel, ENOC Group is participating in this achievement by securing and blending sustainable aviation fuel, which will help to secure this type of fuel in the UAE in the future.”

Emirates is committed to supporting initiatives that help minimise its CO2 emissions, and the airline has already made great strides in fuel efficiency and conservation as well as operational advancements across its operations. The airline also supports IATA’s collective industry commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and is exploring opportunities to augment operational fuel efficiency, SAF, low-carbon aviation fuels (LCAF), and renewable energy.

The airline already runs a comprehensive fuel efficiency programme that actively investigates and implements ways to reduce unnecessary fuel burn and emissions, wherever it is operationally feasible. Some of the programme’s most significant initiatives include the operation of “flex tracks”, or flexible routings – partnering with air navigation service providers to create the most efficient flight plan for each flight. These efforts have been ongoing since 2003, and Emirates has been working with IATA to extend this routing system across the world as a standard operating procedure where possible.

Emirates’ first flight powered by SAF blended with jet fuel was in 2017, operating from Chicago O’Hare airport on a Boeing 777. It received its first SAF-powered A380 delivery in 2020 and also uplifted 32 tonnes of SAF for its flights from Stockholm that same year.

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5 Essential Business Travel Tips to Save Your Time and Effort



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Business travel doesn’t have to be boring and taxing on your body. Contrary to what many people think, proper planning and actionable advice can help you spend your time productively on your business while having fun at the same tips.

Here are five proven tips to help you get the most out of your next business trip and make it memorable.

1.    Always Follow a Plan

Planning can seem daunting if you have to go on business trips around the year. However, remember that by creating a detailed plan, you can avoid several problems you might encounter if you go unplanned.

Creating a business plan doesn’t mean you must spend every minute under strict supervision. Jot down what you are going to do on a trip, so you can have an estimated plan on how you will spend your time.

You don’t have to go fancy and buy a notepad to create a business travel plan. It’s better to open the notes app on your phone to have a simple yet detailed plan for your business trip.

2.    Prioritize Your Comfort

You should never prioritize saving money over your comfort. If you want to enjoy every single second of your business trip, you must ensure that you find ways to stay comfy and relaxed. Doing so will make you feel motivated and proactive when forming business relations during meetings.

Choose reliable services that can help you maximize your productivity by providing you comfort. For example, if you are going to Zurich for a business meeting, you can hire a Limousine Service Zurich to get to your hotel from the airport in no time.

3.    Dress According to the Situation

Following a dress code on your business trip isn’t a must unless your employer advises you to do so. Instead of dressing formally or casually, you should always assess your situation and dress accordingly.

Wearing PJs on the flight is 100% ok if you are not going to represent your employer on the flight. If you know the people you will meet on your trip, it might be a good option to prioritize relaxed clothing over a strict dress code.

Pack all your clothing essentials in your bag so you can dress however and whenever you want!

4.    Be Mindful Of Your Diet

Eating whatever you can get your hands on during your business trip is never a cool option. When it comes to food during traveling, you should always be cautious of what you eat and how many times you eat.

It’s better to enjoy foods that are easy to digest. Choose healthy food items over junk foods to ensure that you can feel energetic and stay healthy.

5.    Get Adequate Rest

A business trip can easily get hectic if you have to cover a lot in a short time. However, trying to follow your plan shouldn’t force you to sacrifice your comfort. Make sure you get adequate rest to wake up fresh and do things the right way on your business trip.

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Insights Into Future Healthcare Trends



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It’s impossible to deny that the world of medicine is evolving. Numerous new developments have revolutionized the healthcare industry, making diagnoses and treatments increasingly accurate and effective. If people from a century ago were to observe some of today’s treatments and surgical procedures, they might view them as witchcraft or perhaps brutality in some cases. In reality, patients across the globe are benefiting from changes in medicine, patient care strategies, and other fields of the healthcare sector. 

Looking at Future Health Care Trends

While an array of changes have come into play over the years, many more are sure to take shape. Several innovative health care solutions are set to transform the way patients are taken care of in the years to come. Some apply to surgical techniques and treatment methods whereas others impact the way medical records are kept. They all come together to improve the lives of patients and the jobs of healthcare professionals. Take a look at some of the most significant and interesting developments arising in the medical field. 

Gene Therapy

Gene therapy is a fascinating aspect of medicine. In the past, it was more of an element of science fiction than actual practice. After all, who would’ve imagined humanity could actually manipulate something as complex as genomes and bend them to its will. At this point, though, gene therapy is rapidly becoming a reality.

Scientists are working to replace disease-causing genes with healthy ones. They’re creating ways to deactivate genes that aren’t functioning the way they should. While gene therapy is still in the developmental stages, a few treatments have already been approved for use. 


Another incredible development in the healthcare industry is nanotechnology. Again, this is a futuristic concept that many people thought would never become a reality. Although robotic technology has been part of the medical field for some time, it’s currently being taken to entirely new levels.

In nanotechnology, microscopic robots, also known as nanites and nanomites, are used in a variety of ways for treatments. They’re introduced into the body to deliver medicines and assist with medical imaging and other tasks. They can even work in tandem with gene therapies. As is the case with gene therapy, nanotechnology is still in its infantile stages. Still, it’s expected to gain steam moving forward.

Advanced Medical Software Platforms

Recordkeeping, billing, and other aspects of health care went digital some time ago. Of course, even that field continues to grow and advance. Medical software platforms are becoming more complex at this point. In doing so, they’re bridging many of the problematic gaps that once existed between different divisions of the patient care arena. Software is also branching out into predictive analytics and other sectors that can improve patient care while reducing the workload on medical professionals.

Taking Medicine into the Future

Those are some of the headline-making developments currently affecting the healthcare field. Some people have quite a few misgivings about genetic manipulation and using microscopic robots in medical treatments. Others are excited about those prospects as well as the potential they hold. Regardless, they’re making their way into health care and are sure to become more prominent in the future.

Software is also playing an important role here as it’s fostering everything from compiling patients’ records to assisting with the development of new medical techniques. Before long, nanites may commonly be repairing patients’ injuries and curing diseases from the inside out. Physicians may be able to stop a long list of illnesses before they arise with gene therapy. The possibilities here seem virtually endless. 

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The Role of Office Furniture to Boost Workplace Productivity



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According to a few recent studies, workers have become less productive than they once were. This is a major concern among employers, as productivity in the workplace directly affects businesses in many ways. Those include spending, profits, progression, and customer satisfaction, to name a few. Companies are taking numerous measures to reverse the current trend and increase workplace productivity. In the process, many are overlooking one of the most effective and affordable solutions. 

Exploring the Role of Office Furniture in Productivity

Research indicates that office furniture can actually improve workplace productivity levels. It’s a seemingly simple detail that few employers would factor into the productivity equation. That’s the main reason so many employers overlook it. In truth, taking advantage of a selection of new office furniture can greatly affect employee productivity in several ways. That makes furniture one of the most important and cost-effective ways to enhance workers’ performance.

Increased Comfort

Comfort is a major factor in employee productivity. Many businesses fear that allowing their employees to get too comfortable at work may make them less productive. After all, no one wants their workers snuggling in and falling asleep on the job. In reality, increasing employee comfort levels can have the opposite impact.

Comfortable office furniture can reduce tension, muscle aches, lower back pain, and many other issues workers face. Aches and pains that stem from uncomfortable office furniture can affect workers’ mental and physical health. Better furniture may help mitigate those issues. Office furniture is available that combines comfort and ergonomics while also being attractive and affordable.

Improved Employee Morale

Furniture can also provide a helpful boost of morale in the workplace. Providing a new range of updated, appealing furniture may make employees feel more appreciated. Besides, getting new furniture generates a great deal of personal satisfaction.

Think about the effects of getting new furniture at home. It’s an exciting occasion that creates a sense of happiness and fulfillment. People spend a considerable portion of their time at work, and new office furniture can bring that same sensation into the office.

Enhanced Efficiency

Having the right office furniture in place may lead to enhanced efficiency as well. It’s no secret that the layout of a workspace can either boost or detract from efficiency. In addition, having a workspace that’s set up in a way that promotes efficiency can bolster productivity. It saves time by reducing the need to search for paperwork or requiring moving from one place to another.

Furthermore, an efficient setup allows employees to focus more of their time and attention on work. That, in turn, can reduce human error, distractions, and other common problems. It also helps to keep employees’ creative juices flowing more smoothly, which serves to increase productivity. Creativity likewise improves employee performance in other ways, further highlighting the benefits of high-quality office furniture.

Creating a More Productive Workplace

Office furniture is often a secondary consideration for businesses. It should be a primary concern, though. With the right furniture, it’s possible to boost productivity in several ways. Those include making employees more comfortable, improving their morale, and creating more efficient workspaces. Office furniture needs to be cost effective while creating a sense of consistency and professionalism. Still, businesses don’t have to sacrifice employee comfort, efficiency, and workplace morale for the aesthetic aspects. 

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The Ultimate Guide To Transport Your Car To Another State



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Relocating to another state is not as simple as moving to a different town or locality. Several factors are involved in the process that requires professional assistance throughout the shipment. If this is your first time transporting your vehicle to another state and you are not familiar with the process, this article is for you. 


Popularly, people prefer two methods to ship a car to another state – self-driving and auto shipping services. Some people prefer self-driving to save money and enjoy the driving experience during the journey. While others prefer shipping services to enjoy a hassle-free shipping experience. However, compared to other options like air and rail transportation, road transport methods might consume a lot of time and effort. Choosing the right method depends on your requirements, budget, and other preferences. 


So, without wasting any time further, here are some popular ways to ship a car from one state to another. 


  1. Self-driving methods 


Contrary to popular belief, self-driving is a costly and life-threatening transportation method. Driving long hours can cause body fatigue, dizziness, and other related problems. Additionally, you can only transport one car at a time, especially if you are the only driver in your family. On average, it can even cost you more than what you will pay to a shipping company. Hence, it is advisable to avoid driving long distances and seek help from experts.


  1. Car Shipping company 


Car shipping services are the most feasible and convenient way of transporting a car from one state to another. You get various shipping options to choose from, such as road shipment, rail transport, and air transportation. Air transportation is the most expensive and less-time consuming shipping option. If money is not your primary concern, air transportation is best  for you. 


For a more feasible and cost-effective shipping experience, you can opt for road shipping services. In road shipping services, you get two popular options – open and enclosed auto transport. In open car shipping services, your car is shipped along with other vehicles in an open trailer (with no sides). Your car will be exposed to different road elements and climate conditions, similar to driving your car on the road. It is one of the most affordable, convenient, and readily available shipping options. 


Enclosed auto shipping services offer complete protection for your vehicle from outdoor elements, climate conditions, theft, road accidents, and more. Enclosed auto transport is costlier than other options, and it is perfect to transport luxury and limited edition vehicles. Consider your budget and other requirements before opting for any shipping option. 


Advantages of shipping services 


  1. Cost-effective 


When self-driving, you might have to pay separately for each expense. On average, all these expenses might cost you more than what you will pay to the shipping companies. Whereas shipping companies charge a fixed amount (that doesn’t fluctuate) considering several factors involved in the process. 


  1. Time-saving 


Shipping companies use advanced tools and are aware of the fastest routes to complete a shipping delivery in the required time frame. Additionally, they are known for hiring qualified and experienced drivers trained to drive trucks/trailers for long hours.  


  1. Faster shipping process 


Generally, shipping companies can take two weeks or fourteen working days to deliver vehicles across the nation or specific states. For a faster delivery experience, you can opt for expedited delivery services by paying additional costs to the shipping company. In the expedited delivery method, your car is delivered faster. 


Some shipping companies also look after the paperwork required for interstate shipping services. Submit all your documents properly and avoid submitting incomplete or incorrect information to avoid delays or rejection of your shipping services.

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