Potbelly is the word used to describe obesity of the trunk or central abdominal region. The Merriam-Webster definition of potbelly is an enlarged, swollen, or protruding abdomen. Previously, this used to be common among people in the older age group. However in recent times it has been observed that younger men, women and even children are not left out. What is causing the trend? Why should this be a bother to anyone?Potbelly people are often thought to be cheerful. In fact, an African proverb says an elderly person who does not have a protruding tummy must be miserly.

Potbelly is due to the large fat deposit in the abdomen; it may be just underneath the skin of the abdomen, or on the organs contained in the abdomen, the intestines, liver, kidneys and pancreas. The latter will mean that the blood supply to the affected visceral will be compromised leading to organmalfunction and possibly failure.

The standard measurement of potbelly is by using the waist to hip ratio (WHR). That is the circumference of the waist taken at the level the navel, divided by the value of the circumference of the hip. Typically, the WHR for men is less than 0.9 and women,less than 0.85. When the WHR is greater than 1.0 in men or greater than 0.9 in women, we say there is abdominal obesity.

Causes of potbelly.• Diet – the number one cause of potbelly is negative energy balance; that is eating more food than your body can expend at a particular time.• Age – with increasing age, typically over 30 years, and metabolism has slowed to a significant level, such that food takes a longer time to digest and are therefore converted to fat.• High consumption of fat laden red meat and offal.• High alcohol consumption. Potbelly in some climes is also known as Beer belly. Alcohol has a high caloric value thatis not useful to the body. 500mls beer contains 170 calories. Coupled with the fact that beer is often taken with such things as fried meat or fish, pepper soup, nkwobi (an assorted meat delicacy), barbecue and so on. These tend to reduce the likelihood of getting drunk as they slow metabolism. So more beer, more meat cycle.• Prolong sitting. When you sit for a long time at a stretch working on the computer, watching a movie, or idling away, this causes the body to produce high levels of cortisol resulting in truncal obesity.• Hormones – in the period before menopause under the influence of Oestrogen, fat is deposited at the hips, the thighs and the buttocks. As the oestrogen levels fall at menopause, it is now deposited in the lower abdomen. In the same vein, as the male hormone testosterone levels reduce, the fat deposit in the visceral increases.• Lack of or infrequent exercise.• Chronic stress, over time causes the body levels of cortisol to rise. The use of high levels of extraneous corticosteroidsover a long period will also have the same effect.• Inadequate sleep.

What are the effects of potbelly?1. Potbelly have been associated with, heart disease, hypertension and its attendant complications.2. Insulin resistance when the body cells fail to respond to the hormone insulin and type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Excess fat secrete the hormone adipokines which is responsible for impaired glucose tolerance.3. When asthmatics are also obese, they tend not to do well. The total lung volume is reduced due to the increased abdominal size, thus restricting the lung movement, makes the muscle tighter and narrows the airway, resulting in small volume inhalation at a time.4. Dyslipidaemia, this is an abnormally elevated fat levels in the blood. Increasing chances of clogged arteries, heart attacks, and stroke or blood circulatory issues.5. Osteoarthritis of the knee due to the heavy weight the knee bears.6. Postural defects and low back pains.

What to do?

Abdominal obesity is something that is developed over a period of time. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix solution to this problem. We shall have to go step by step to sort this as it was developed. This information may be timely for some of us. An easy way is to look at it as fibre, fitness and healthy fat. The aim is to lose about an inch or two in the waist line over a period of about 6 months.• Be involved in regular low to moderate intensity exercise about 3 to 4 times weekly this may include weight lifting to help build underlying muscles and burn unwanted fat.• Work on your diet. Try taking small portions of healthy meals every 3 to 4 hourly instead of three heavy meals per day. Meals should consist of foods grown by plants not those manufactured in plants. Thus, we should minimize our intake of processed food. Aim at reversing the energy imbalance. So diet should include high protein, high soluble fibres like vegetables (spinach, green leafy veggies, carrot, and pumpkin) fruits (citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, apples, bananas) and beans.• Consume healthy polyunsaturated fats as can be obtained from fatty fish, rich in omega 3 fatty acids like mackerels, salmon, tuna, herring, seeds and nuts. This helps to burn unwanted fat.• Use plant based oil for cooking.• Avoid eating fast food, as they are often loaded with trans-fat; endeavour to have home cooked meals often.• Avoid heavy, fatty meals late at nights, your body system need to shut down from working at night.• Avoid red meat and offal they are rich in saturated fat.• Avoid prolong sitting. Find a reason to move around after sitting for an hour or so.• Reduce alcoholic beverage intake to social drinking levels.• Work at reducing stress levels. We can build our resilience by the support system we form around us, being aware and grateful for our small wins. Finding relief in humour, it is said the laughter is the best medicine but being able to laugh at the silly things you had done is even better. Spending time in relaxation, walk in nature, meditation and spirituality. Remember, even that mighty challenge has an expiry date.• The final benefit will be a slimmer, trimmer and healthieryou.

Delta brings back more flights across the Atlantic this winter and summer 2021

As Delta works to restart service in line with the lifting of travel restrictions, potential vaccine availability and the gradual return of demand, customers will see more trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights to top business and leisure destinations for the winter 2020-2021 and summer 2021 seasons. While the airline expects pre-COVID level recovery for international flying tocontinue to lag U.S. domestic, Delta plans to add over 50 transoceanic flights next summer, compared to the summer 2020 schedule.

Delta will focus its strengths in its core markets and with the support of its partners, offer customers a wide array of onward connections.

“While significant hurdles remain in the global fight against the pandemic, we are ready to connect customers to the people, places, opportunities and experiences they’re longing for,” said Joe Esposito, S.V.P. – Network Planning. “Customers flying internationally can look forward to a modernized fleet featuring our latest cabin products and a travel experience that prioritizes their health and the health of our employees from check-in to baggage claim.”

As customers consider future travel, whether international or domestic, Delta’s multi-layered approach to their health and safety ensures peace of mind throughout the travel journey. These include, but are not limited to:• Sanitizing all aircraft with electrostatic spraying before departure and extensive pre-flight disinfection of high-touch points throughout the aircraft interior.• Using state-of-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters that extract more than 99.99% of particles, including viruses. • Blocking all middle seats and limiting the number of customers per flight through Jan. 6, 2021.• Requiring face masks throughout the airport, in Delta Sky Clubs and on board the aircraft

Delta’s partners have also introduced measures to ensure that customers enjoy a hassle-free, seamless and safe experience from start to finish, with regular updates posted on their websites as service returns.  

Delta will operate the adjusted schedule with a more efficient, upgraded fleet of Airbus A350-900s, A330-900neos andrefurbished Boeing 767s, following the retirement of its Boeing 777 aircraft by the end of October 2020.

Customers can also enjoy greater flexibility in case their plans change, as Delta has extended its change-fee waiver for new flights purchased through Sept. 30, 2020.

Delta’s schedule remains subject to change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, customer demand, government travel regulations and federal health guidelines. Specific restart dates may vary for previously suspended routes due to travel restrictions and other operational requirements. Delta will make decisions about resuming additional service on other routes at a later date.

Trans-Pacific Schedule 

Delta is maintaining its global presence and investment in Seattle (SEA) over the next year, which continues to be a premier gateway for travel to Asia. Continued daily service next year from Sea-Tac to Tokyo-Haneda (HND), Seoul-Incheon(ICN), Beijing (BJS), and Shanghai (PVG) will allow customers to connect further within the region through Delta’s partners, Korean Air and China Eastern.

With the opening of the new international arrivals facility at SEA, Delta will offer an entirely upgraded experience for local and connecting customers with direct or one-stop partner access to over 95% of Asia markets. Customers traveling from Seattleto any destination the airline serves in Asia will enjoy an enhanced experience on efficient, next-generation aircraft featuring the award-winning Delta One suites and the popular Delta Premium Select cabin.

At Delta’s partner hub at ICN, customers can connect on Delta’s current flights from Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW) and Seattle to over 70 destinations throughout Asia via partner Korean Air. In April 2021, Delta plans to return to service between Minneapolis(MSP) and Seoul-Incheon.

Delta also remains committed to the Japan market and by summer 2021, will offer service from seven U.S. cities to Haneda, Tokyo’s closest and most convenient airport. Currently, the airline offers up to 14 weekly flights across its Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle gateways. Beginning in December 2020, Delta plans to add up to four-times weekly services between Haneda and Honolulu (HNL).

Between the U.S. and China, Delta is working closely with governments in both countries to increase service in response to high demand. Currently, Delta operates four weekly flights to Shanghai (PVG) from Detroit and Seattle. Subject to approval, the airline plans to increase service between these destinations. In summer 2021, Delta hopes to operate daily service between Shanghai and Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, plus daily service connecting Sea-Tac with Beijing’s new Daxing Airport, subject to government approval.

To Australia, Delta plans to maintain a minimum of thrice-weekly service between Los Angeles and Sydney (SYD) before resuming daily service in 2021. The flight will be operated on Airbus 350-900 aircraft beginning in November, which offers more luxury and comfort with the Delta One suite, Delta Premium Select cabin, large in-flight entertainment screens and more personal space.

Trans-Atlantic Schedule

As travel restrictions lift and Delta begins to restore its global network, the airline plans to increase flying in the trans-Atlantic market from winter 2020-2021 to summer 2021.

Between September and October, Delta will resume service to several major business and leisure markets, including a buildup at its hub in New York-JFK.

Delta will resume Atlanta – Lagos*(LOS) – subject to Nigerian government approval for resumption of international flights operation.

In September Delta will resume:• Boston – London-Heathrow (LHR)• New York-JFK – Accra* (ACC)• New York-JFK – Barcelona (BCN)• New York-JFK – Madrid (MAD)• New York-JFK – Rome (FCO)

In October, Delta will add: • New York-JFK – Brussels (BRU)• New York-JFK – Dublin (DUB• New York-JFK – Frankfurt (FRA)• New York-JFK – Zurich (ZRH)• Seattle – Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Service between Boston and Paris will return in November.

Following this resumption of service in the fall, Delta expects tomaintain a similar schedule across the Atlantic through winter 2021.

Moving into next summer, Delta will expand its hub-to-hub flying between the U.S. and Europe, offering nonstop daily service to Amsterdam (AMS), Paris and London-Heathrow from Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, New York-JFK and Minneapolis. From Seattle and Salt Lake City, customers will have nonstop daily access to Amsterdam and Paris. Delta’s LAX hub will offer nonstop service to Paris. This expansion also marks a restart of trans-Atlantic service for L.A., Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.

Additionally, Delta will add back service to Paris from our focus cities Cincinnati (CVG) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU), as well as service to Amsterdam from Portland (PDX).

From AMS, CDG or LHR, customers will then have access to over 160 destinations throughout the region via partners Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM.

Delta remains committed to ensuring customers benefit from easy access across the pond through its key hubs in ATL, BOS and JFK. By next summer, customers traveling through JFK will have direct access to six more seasonal destinations popular with leisure travelers. Delta will also resume popular vacation spots from Atlanta, such as Barcelona, Dublin, Rome and Madrid. Service from Boston to Paris, London-Heathrow and Dublin will increase to daily.

IT’S CRITICAL TO ELIMINATE BUREAUCRATIC DELAYS IN CARGO CLEARANCE – Comptroller MUSA MBA, Customs Area Controller of Tincan Island Port Area Command.

The severity of the negative impact of the global pandemic called Corona Virus and otherwise known as Covid-19 on all facets of the world cannot be overemphasized. Unfortunately, and very worrisome too, the virus has continued to spread across the world with more than 12.7million confirmed cases in 188 Countries and more than 560,000 deaths as at Sunday 12 July, 2020. Since a potent cure has not been found for the virusyet, and it seems that we might be living with the virus for a while, we at IWA decided to go into the market to find out from market leaders how they plan to cope with the new normal occasioned by the pandemic. IWA, paid a visit to the Customs Area Controller of Tincan Island Port Area Command, Comptroller Musa MBA, below is an extract of the interview we had with him:

IWA: Sir, how do you intend to steer the ship of this area command to successfully cope with the negative impact of the Corona Virus?

MUSA: It is obvious that with the advent of this ravaging Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, what we knew and had accepted as normal are fast giving way to a new yet very fluid normal that for the moment changes on a daily basis. We are clearly in a transitory state, coping with the COVID-19 crisis, which has continued to adversely disrupt all the facets of our lives – health, economy, education, government, businesses, social order, religion, etc. It is an unusual situation and as a frontline government regulatory agency vested with the responsibility of facilitating trade and collecting revenue among other statutory functions operating in the midst of these uncertain times, having first-hand clear knowledge and understanding of the pandemic from health experts is imperative to safeguard lives and livelihoods. It is for this reason, that apart from the efforts we have continued to make at the area command level and zonal office, the management of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), led by Colonel Hammed Ali (RTD), had right from the start ensured that all officers and men of the service have first-hand knowledge and understanding of the pandemic. Like in most other countries, the first major response of the Nigerian government to the pandemic was to lockdown the nation, for the people to stay at home and maintain safe distance to prevent the spread of this infectious disease. As you know officers working in the ports, were exempted from the lockdown because we provide what the Government categorized as essential services.  

Luckily, some aspects of cargo clearance procedures were already being done remotely. For example, with the aid of NICIS II software recently approved by the Comptroller General of Customs, submission of e-manifest, submission of e-declaration, generation of assessment, online/e-payments (banks). E-release for transactions that are selected green, e-terminal release and e-exit of cargo are being done seamlessly. In addition, other procedures like fast track, transit and free trade consignments were moved to owner’s premises, terminals and zones respectively for other inspection protocols to be done there and so it has been easy to minimize human contacts without unnecessarily upsetting our operations in this area command. Essential imports are given expeditious treatment and release as officers of certain categories alternated duties, while the use of face masks, sanitizers, physical distancing are enforced in providing and maintaining a safe and conducive work environment. 

IWA: Are there things that you were already doing in your area command before now that are likely to come in handy in the new normal? 

MUSA: The Nigeria Customs Service is a member of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) which is the umbrella body of all Customs Administrations around the world. As I have enumerated in my answer to your first question, most of WCO’s conventions, for example, the Revised Kyoto Conference, or the ‘Arusha Declaration’ of the WCO are meant to achieve best practices, transparency, harmonization, integrity, speedy clearance of goods, fast track, risk management-based operations etc. Specifically, most of the trade facilitation innovations like transmission of e-manifest, e-declaration and e-payments are in line with the new normal, as they make for reduction in human to human contact, thus making keeping of safe distance, easy.

IWA: What are the strategies you consider necessary for you to deploy to successfully cope with the new normal?

MUSA: Essentially, we are aware that we need to be more innovative and creative in our operations. Like the saying goes, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. So, the necessity to live with the new normal requires us to take a complete assessment of our processes and procedures with a view of identifying existing gaps and fixing them. One critical area that we want to quickly fix, is to reduce or completely eliminate bureaucratic delays and focus on facilitating speedy clearance of cargoes from this area command. It is very apparent that we need to find a way of working more remotely, the era of crowding or staying long hours in the office is over. The focus now is to speed up operations in the ports and swiftly solve problems, which is why I think government and terminal operators need to urgently invest in the provision of scanners at all entry points for scanning of cargos, I believe this will be a worthwhile investment in the short and long run. It is also necessary to automate some aspects of vehicle clearance like the issuance of ex-factory values for used vehicles such that the declarant can submit declarations online and officers will only need to login and do the verification accordingly, create flexible and shorter supply chains with more and prompt value additions, use of trade free zone for production of essential products like pharmaceutical drugs and related items to reduce contact and work with businesses as partners to create value.

IWA: What are the likely challenges you think you may face in trying to build a new normal survival mechanism and how best do you intend to cope with them, get round them or overcome them?

MUSA: At a time like this, which is full of uncertainties and eventualities, it is important to generally develop the capacity to take on challenges and forge ahead. Therefore, I am essentially building confidence in my officers and men to stabilize the workplace and ensure that our primary responsibilities which are essentially facilitation of trade, revenue collection and suppression of smuggling are successfully carried out. We have also developed a robust infrastructure for the deployment of appropriate risk management tools/system capable of handling the transactions, guarding against cyber-attacks, manage the work force effectively by bringing them back to workplace and creating a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared responsibilities and some sort of re-assurance of safety and livelihood to officers and stakeholders.

IWA: What are the low hanging fruits to harvest in the new way we have started to do things because of the impact of the Corona Virus or everything is all bad?

MUSA: ironically, the ‘new normal’, has helped us to believemore in and deploy Information and communication technology (ICT), than we use to in our operations. I must say that we have had to continue to fine tune our operations along the way as we now more than ever constantly and carefully examine our operations. As an area command, the ‘new normal’, has made us improve substantially on the safety protocols of our officers and men. It has also helped us to have a cleaner working environment. Other “fruits” are deployment of efficient software for quality operations, increased transparency and harmonization and faster turnaround in the long run.

Delta teams up with CVS Health to accelerate employee COVID-19 testing

Delta Air Lines is partnering with CVS Health to accelerate employee COVID-19 testing with a rapid-response option for flight crews, a move that will build confidence about traveling with Delta among our people and customers alike. The CVS Health Return Ready SM testing will be overseen by a CVS Health clinician at Delta hub crew lounges and takes fewer than 15 minutes to diagnose whether the active COVID-19 virus is detected.

“Just like there’s no single method to reducing the transmission of the virus, there’s no one solution to testing our global workforce that is always on the move,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with CVS Health and their clinicians to offer an additional convenient and reliable option to our people.”

The rapid-response nasal-swab test is the newest testing option Delta is providing employees so a baseline understanding of the infection can be established across Delta.

“It’s not feasible right now for everyone to take a test every time they walk out the door,” Smith said. “That’s why our baseline testing is so important, and we’re grateful to have partners who share our values and our vision to make testing easy and accessible to all Delta employees. We intend to use what we learn from this round of testing to make sure our re-testing program is one that continues to instill confidence among our people and with consumers about traveling with Delta.”

“Our relationship with Delta and their commitment to testing underscores Delta’s leadership in taking swift action in response to the pandemic, serving as a model for organizations with large, diverse and geographically dispersed workforces, and shows the important role that Return Ready COVID-19 testing can play in supporting continuity for the business community across many different industries,” said Troyen Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “This is also another example of two values-based companies working together in innovative ways to keep people working while providing services people rely on.”

Health experts agree that a multi-layered approach that includes testing, regularly checking symptoms, wearing masks, distancing and personal hygiene are the greatest inhibitors to spreading COVID-19.

Canon Revolutionizes African Film Industry and Unveils a Knowledge-Sharing program

Excitement is building over Canon sharing testimony from two leading African film directors who applauded the latest Cinema EOS range after exclusive use in their latest movies of Canon’s EOS C500 Mark II. Canon is also launching 42 pro-video webinar program called Canon Tech Talk Series in three languages to share the knowledge of industry leaders with the African filmmaking community.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – August 11, 2020 – Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) a leader in imaging solutions, proudly showcased the compact and versatile 5.9K CCNA next-generation professional Cinema EOS System cameras. Leading African directors, including Kunle Afolayan and Merzak Allouache, hailed the EOS C500 Mark II with elevating their latest productions. Alongside the inauguration, Canon unveiled a knowledge-sharing initiative for the African filmmaking community.

This is the Future of Filmmaking

The latest model in Canon’s Cinema EOS Camera range features Canon’s newly developed Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor and comes with 16+ stops of dynamic range, professional codecs in a compact, modular body. Created with the expertise and technical knowledge at the heart of Canon’s innovative products, the latest in the EOS range offers a customisable full-frame cinema camera experience that is built for creative freedom.

Canon’s Cinema EOS Camera range new features include a full-frame sensor powered by Canon’s new DIGIC DV 7 processor. The sensor’s expansive native cinema gamut goes beyond current standards to help the Cameras in the EOS range achieve more natural tones, which allow for greater colour-grading freedom in both SDR and HDR productions. 

At the pinnacle of the offering is the first camera in the range with the ability to record 5.9K Cinema RAW Light onto new, faster storage media – CF express cards. Providing professionals with greater flexibility and efficiency plus simultaneous recording of the same file format is also possible due to dual CF express card slots. 

“Canon’s continuous relationship with empowering the African creative market via innovative technology has supported the rise of Africa’s content. Our focus is on offering leading industry know-how and award-winning cameras and lenses built for enthusiast and professional level creatives,” says Amine Djouhara, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa. “The Cinema EOS range is the perfect expression of form and function, exceptionally adaptable to virtually any production with its modular design, and we are excited to see what Africa’s talented filmmakers create.”

Collaborating for World-Class African Film Production

In Nigeria, award-winning actor, producer and director, Kunle Afolayan, knows how independent filmmakers can be empowered by technology to share their stories with a global audience. Afolayan’s films are part of a growing number of African contributions to the global online platform Netflix. His latest creation, Citation, explores the important issue of sexual exploitation of young female Nigerian students by their professors. For this gritty, hard-hitting movie, Afolayan chose the new EOS C500 Mark II from Canon.

“I first saw the Canon EOS C500 Mark II at IBC 2019 and I was amazed at its capabilities.  Normally it’s not a director’s place to tell a director of photography (DOP) what kit to use, but I always wanted to shoot in 4K full-frame, and I knew that this camera would make it to the Netflix approved list, which was vital for this production,” said Nigerian actor, producer and director, Kunle Afolayan. “Thankfully Jonathan Kovel, the DOP working on my new film, loved the camera, therefore, we were able to shoot Citation with the Canon EOS C500 Mark II, which gave us another level of authenticity and creative freedom.”

In Algeria, legendary director Merzak Allouache also selected the Canon EOS C500 Mark II for his latest film, as part of a technical partnership with Baya Productions. Following a glittering 40-year, 22 film career, which included 1994 Cannes Film Festival award-winning production, Le Repenti. 86-year-old Allouache marks his come back with a new cinematographic masterpiece UNE FAMILLE, that plunges the audience deep into an intensely real political and family drama.

“The film benefited from the technology provided by Canon. The production team was provided with a Canon EOS C500 Mark II camera and a range of Cine Lenses and accessories so that the film could be shot entirely in 5.9K at 24 fps. The EOS 5D Mark IV and EOSR were also used throughout, to shoot the film and to photograph the behind-the-scenes footage,” said Hamoudi Laggoune, the giftedAlgerian cinematographer chosen to work alongside Allouache on the new film. “The camera provides complete flexibility and freedom to choose the image formats, bokeh effects and lenses that are best suited to the filming conditions,” he added. 

Sharing the Best Industry Knowledge

The Canon EOS cameras are more than just the choice for the established leaders in the film industry. Their agile imaging solution is well suited to a wide range of tasks and experience levels. Canon’s cinema cameras, EOS DSLRs and lenses continue to be adopted by the movie industry for their high quality and dependable design. They are also the first choice with professional filmmakers, as evidenced by the 2020 Academy Award nominees and winners.

To help support all aspiring and established filmmakers during these challenging times, Canon will begin a three-month knowledge-sharing initiative with over 42 pro-video webinars called Canon Tech Talk Series for the film market in Africa. On August 11th, the first webinar will feature Canon’s Amine Djouhara, alongside African film legends Hamoudi Laggoune and Kunle Afolayan. The opening session will explore the features of the Canon C500 Mark II, sharing their experience with the camera during their recent high-profile productions. Fans of these talented directors will get an exclusive behind the scenes perspective on their work and the equipment they trust. 

After this special first webinar, the CCNA team will continue with a series of Canon Tech Talk webinars on changing the face of filmmaking, covering vlogging, streaming, colour science, post-production, and a range of other film-making classes. The remaining 18 webinars divided between beginner and professional courses in three different languages (English, French and Arabic), ensuring everyone can continue to learn and grow during these strange times.

“Now more than ever, we must come together to ensure that the global standstill does not set us back in our careers or our passion-projects,” says Amine Djouhara, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa. “During these challenging times, this series of webinars offer a virtual developmental tool to maintain the evolution of critical skills for continued and sustainable growth of the film industry,” 

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12th August – Kunle Afolayan 

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Topic – Introduction to 4K Series 

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It is an undisputable fact that the coronavirus also known as the Novel COVID – 19 has gravely impacted our world. Although, the accurate severity of the negative effects of the global pandemic has not been ascertained, there is no doubt that it is widespread and virulent.
Right from the beginning of the fight aimed at containing the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been at the frontline and I must say that it has done a good job so far. It is also clear that a definite cure has not been found for the virus thus WHO, has essentially provided advisories for the containment of the virus to date.
It is imperative to state that the global adherence to WHO’s advisories has been quite impressive, particularly the ones relating to social distancing which states that people must maintain at least one meter (3 feet) distance between each other, avoid going to crowded places and that anyone with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, must stay home as well as self-isolate until he or she recovers. In my opinion, it is in the compliance with these advisories that most countries around the world took the far-reaching measures such as full lockdowns, shutting down airports, impositions of travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders.
The reactions of people globally to the varying experiences they have had since the ‘global social distancing’ that was suddenly thrust on us in the wake of the pandemic have been very intriguing; there have been a lot of clamour for the re-evaluation of all the ‘global partnerships’ that had been consummated at all levels pre-Covid-19, as well partnerships that are still in the works. The proponents of this clamour argue that the ‘global social distancing’ has shown that countries all over the world can and should look inwards and find ways of meeting their needs as well as satisfy their wants locally, instead of going abroad to consummating unnecessary partnerships and alliances.
In late May this year, President Donald Trump of the United States of America declared that the US will be withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing it of being under China’s control in the wake of the pandemic, the source and until recently formerly the epic centre of the ravaging virus.
Political observers are also worried that with the EU-UK talks on ‘Brexit’ trade deals still hanging in the balance,that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to use the mayhem and economic chaos caused by the pandemic as a cover to crash out of the European Union.

I completely agree that all countries must and should do everything within their powers to be self-sufficient; ironically, it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the way the world is made, no country no matter how hard they try, can really be self-sufficient, countries will always need something from others no matter how small or insignificant the thing may be.

Therefore, my humble submission on this matter is that ‘global partnership’ is unavoidable and would be very beneficial to all parties when entered into with painstaking consideration and equity. Microsoft Encarta defines Partnership as an association of two or more persons who have agreed to combine their labor, property, and skill, or some or all of them for the purpose of engaging in lawful business and sharing profits and losses between them. in this definition, the term business includes every trade, occupation, and profession.
Going by this definition and the fact that the successes or failures of partnerships always have far-reaching effects on countries, countries should always ensure that only very skillful people with very high integrity are the ones allowed to consummate partnerships on their behalf.

I can never get tired of restating our resolve to always serve you with the best from our stable in every edition of IWA. This edition is no exception; brace up for yet another very enjoyable reading experience. The cover story is on the President of African Development Bank, Nigeria’s Dr Akinwunmi Adesina and I assure you of some very exciting stories inside this edition as produced by our newsroom. Do enjoy!


Undoubtedly, about six months since Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid 19 hit the world and Nigeria and their economies like a scourge in a very grievous and negative way, the stark reality is that the virus and its negative effects are most likely to continue to live with us for some time. It is for this reason that Inside Watch Africa (IWA) decided to visit the market to find out how industry players intend to ply their trade in the ‘new normal’, occasioned by the Coronavirus. IWA paid a courtesy visit to the Customs Area Controller of Apapa Area Command, Comptroller Abba-Kura to inquire from him how he intends to steer the ship of the command in the ‘new normal’. Below are the extracts from the interview:
IWA: Sir, how do you intend to steer the ship of this area command to be able to cope with the negative effects of the Coronavirus?
Abba-Kura: Right from inception, when a lot of people did not take the Coronavirus seriously, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) was probably one of the first government agency in Nigeria that started to put structures and measures in place. First of all, the management of the Service led by the Comptroller General, Col. Hammeed Ali (retired) sent a medical team from the headquarters to all zonal headquarters and area commands. They lectured us on how to stay safe, we were taught on when and how best to wash our hands, use hand sanitizers, and the proper use of face masks. As you must have seen as you came into the area command, there are buckets of water with soaps and sanitizers stationed at the gate and these have been strategically placed all around the command right from the beginning. The front desk officers always take the temperature of everyone that comes into the area command and if it is discovered that anyone’s temperature is higher than the expected mark, such a person will not be allowed into the area command. Apart from the fact that people without face masks are not allowed into this command and even when somebody is allowed in, he or she will still be required to use the sanitizers by the door before entering the offices.
IWA: Are there things that you were already doing in your area command before now that are likely to come in handy in the “new normal’’?
Abba-Kura: As you know the services we rendered in the ports are categorized as essential service by the Federal Government of Nigeria. When the first full lockdown was declared by President Muhammadu Buhari in March, he directed that all the sea ports should remain open and we have been coming to our offices since then except on public holidays. My point simply is that, human and vehicular movements in and out of the ports are usually high, therefore, it is expedient to put a robust strategy in place to effectively and efficiently manage these movements. To directly answer your question one of the things we have been doing in this area command that I believe will come in handy in this ‘new normal’ is ‘capacity building’ of our officers and men as well as all our major stakeholders. We were able to train more than 403 senior officers last year and the main purpose of this training is to ensure that our officers and men as well as all stakeholders in this port are on the same page. We believe that this to a great extent will help minimize unnecessary disruptions in the clearing process. Although, the training has suffered some set back because of the coronavirus, we will soon resume Last week the committee on capacity building of this area command met and they are now working on the modalities to resume the training.
IWA: What other things do you consider essential to successfully cope with the Covid 19?
Abba-Kura: Two things that come straight to my mind are Infrastructure and non-intrusive examination of containers. I am sure that as you were coming down to the port you faced heavy traffic caused by the gridlock on the access road to Apapa. Once the issue of infrastructure is addressed the inflow and outflow of the port will improve and this will directly positively impact on the turnaround time of vessels coming into and leaving our ports. The other thing we need to get right is our scanners, we must ensure they are in good condition or purchase new ones. This I believe will make it a lot easier to observe social distancing because when containers are scanned there will be less people hanging around at examination bays to conduct physical examination and since this will make the process faster, it means more revenue will be generated for the government. Talking about revenue generation, let me quickly mention that not minding all the constraints induced by the coronavirus, we were still able to make great strides as far as revenue generation is concerned in this area command as we generated N227.3 billion in the first half of the year which is 10.59 per cent higher than what was generated in 2019.
IWA: What are the likely challenges you think you are likely to face in trying to build a new normal survival mechanism and how best do you intend to get around them?
Abba-Kura: Apart from what I mentioned above, the other challenge I foresee is how to get major stakeholders especially the representatives of the importers who are the clearing agents to buy into plying their trade strictly by the extant laws as laid down by the World Customs Organizations (WCO). They need to understand that we can only facilitate legitimate trade. It is also expedient to mention that we will find it easier to observe social distancing in our ports if those who do not have any business doing in the ports stay away from the ports.
IWA: What are the low hanging fruits to harvest in the new way we have started to do things because of the impact of the coronavirus or is everything all bad?
Abba-Kura: The very obvious thing to harvest is that we should be self-reliant and look inwards, we should devise other means of doing everything we do as a people. What I mean is that the way we do businesses should change because of this pandemic. Before now importers will most often travel to different countries to physically place orders for consignments, but with the recent restrictions on international travels globally everybody has had to embrace the internet to ply their trade. Those who were skeptical about the internet banking have braced up to deal with whatever phobia they had for internet banking.
It has become almost impossible to physically enter banks in Nigeria to transact any meaningful business because of the need to observe social distance. More people have now realized that certain social events can actually be conducted online.
I know a lot of schools that have been teaching their students online and some had even done exams. In fact we have even conducted a meeting with a unit of headquarters by making use of the zoom app and even on Saturday. I belong to the Chartered Institute of Loans and Risk Management of Nigeria and I am also a member of the governing council. The governing council held a meeting through zoom on Saturday where we deliberated on a lot of issues.
Going forward I will advise that all stakeholders who ply their trade in ours ports whether it is the sea, air or land borders particularly the importers or exporters as well as their clearing agents to get themselves acquainted with the use of internet as this has become the norm and the inescapable way for them to remain in business.

COVID-19: People now seamlessly access online supports for container shipment — David Ocholi, Regional Product Manager, Trade Lens, West Central Asia & Africa

There is no doubt that the COVID 19 has significantly and negatively impacted on the global economy and since we are all likely to continue to live with the COVID 19 for a while, we have decided at IWA to go into the market to find out how market leaders plan to cope with the ‘new normal’ occasioned by the COVID 19. We had a chat with the management of Maersk in Africa on the subject matter and below is the extract of the chat:
IWA: Sir, how does Maersk Line plan to cope with the `new normal’ thrust on us by the COVID 19?
David: At Maersk Line we have continued to evolve to remain strong in a world where innovation, agility, digitization and customer-centricity shape market needs and expectations. We are an integrated container-logistics company that connects and simplifies trade to help our customers grow and thrive.
IWA: Are there things that Maersk as an organization use to do pre-COVID 19 that are likely to help your operations in this new era?

David: The truth is at Maersk Line we have always had an online platform (maersk.com). But the truth be told all across Africa, we have never witnessed a higher demand for the online (safe) solutions that we offer as we have seen during the Covid-19 crisis. Using our online maersk.com platform has never been easier than it is today. People are also more disposed to accessing onlinesupports; such as getting quotes for their transactions, placing bookings and delivery orders which can be accessed online 24/7. Likewise, you can also get access to freight quotations 24/7 using your cell phone or computer.Maersk’s vast array of digital offerings allows all customers to continue their business online and to track goods worldwide using the company’s app, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic we have seen a large increase in customers’ making use of the seamless and tailored online services available.Maersk Spot allows customers to book cargo online in just a few clicks while they are also provided with a loading guarantee at a fixed, upfront price. Remote Container Management (RCM) allows customers to virtually have eyes on their cargo from the moment the goods are locked inside the container, right up to when they are delivered to their final destination.

IWA: What are the lessons to be learnt in the way things are now being done in the Maritime Industry in Africa that can aid the development of the industry going forward?
David: At Maersk our intention is to continue our operations in the same manner as we have continued to do in this crisis by working closely with our customers and stakeholders to ensure all parties involved in the logistical supply chain, from terminals to cargo owners. We also intend to continue the spirit of partnership and collectively efficacy to keep the fluidity of intermodal freight transport. We will continue to review and learn as we move towards this “new normal” and share our best practices to find solutions for our customers to cope with the disruption while we also seek to maintain our reach and take appropriate measures to minimize our exposure.
IWA:What are the challenges we are likely to face in trying to build a new normal survival mechanism and how best can we get around the challenges?

David: Collaboration across the ecosystem participants is still a key driver for supply chain visibility and efficiency. The traditional supply chain visibility has mirrored the linear logistics flow with documents published and often passed along the chain.With Trade Lens, information and documents are available on demand, in near real time, to permissioned parties. Breaking down silos, supply chain partners can take action earlier and with more certainty.With new technology available today, combined with a strong permission model, the linear logistics chain can now be re-imaged into a more circular, information on demand platform that will drive efficiencies across all connected parties.
IWA: Are there things we are likely to gain in the new way we have started to do things or everything is all bad?  
David: We are all still learning from the Covid-19 pandemic. However, with the current situation it is important that all players take a holistic supply chain approach that factors the processes and defines the controls to ensure that disruptions risks are managed. Mitigation is key and using more integrated supply chains increases visibility during a crisis, making it easier to implement strategies and cushion the overall business impact. From our experience, we have seen digital transformation already occurring and also increased interest in our global integrator solutions available for our customers across Africa and globally.

Bristow shows commitment to safety with COVID-19 Rescue

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria, one of the leading providers of the aviation services to the global offshore energy industry swung into full safety mode to tackle the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with safety measures and efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19, Bristow instituted temperature checking across all its bases in collaboration with its primary aeromedical provider.

In addition, nurses were provided throughout the working day to provide staff and clients going offshore with the safety assurance that every passenger transiting their facilities in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

With zero case of COVID-19, Bristow is leveraging the wealth of experience garnered during the Ebola outbreak of 2014 and their experience with Search and Rescue operations worldwide.

Bristow has also taken a bold decision to outfit a primary and ‘back up’ helicopter dedicated to providing ‘best in class’ COVID Rescue for the offshore Industry. To date this is the only service of its type available in Africa.

The offshore helicopter firm debut with a specially retrofitted a Leonardo AW 189 aircraft which is equipped with two isolation pods and 2 seats for a doctor and a nurse, which boost to be the first of its type to be operated in Africa. 

With several successful missions carried out with the aircraft, Bristow Managing Director, Capt. Dapo Oyeleke said, “Bristow has once again  demonstrated its commitment to leading  from the front when it comes to safety and the provision of proactive solutions to the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry’.

This service has brought a layer of additional safety to the Industry as COVID-19 cases can be transported without any risk of infection to crew and support personnel. The patient is transported in a fully sealed and ventilated isolation pod. 

“We are proud to have been able to offer this service and remain grateful to the Oil & Gas Industry for recognizing the value this service brought at a time of heightened risk” said Mayowa Babatunde the Senior Manager Business Development for Bristow Helicopters Nigeria.

Delta Air Lines teams up with RB, the maker of Lysol®, to advance Delta CareStandard and disinfection protocols

Delta is partnering with RB, the makers of Lysol®, to drive greater confidence in travel by innovating cleaner more hygienic experiences for customers and employees, alike. The partnership will pair Delta’s strength in safety and operational rigor with Lysol’s 130 years of germ-kill expertise and innovation to continue improving upon Delta CareStandardSM protocols launched during the COVID-19 pandemic across Delta airport locations and on board our aircraft.

Keeping surfaces clean is one of the areas the Delta CareStandard focuses on, along with giving travelers more space, cleaner air and providing safety and personal care from check-in to baggage claim, and every point in between. Together, Delta’s newly established Global Cleanliness division and Lysol will strengthen current Delta CareStandardcleanliness efforts and create the gold standard across touchpoints through:

Breakthrough Disinfection Innovation: Delta and Lysol will work together to gather insights on consumers’ travel experiences to help inform the development of new, innovative disinfecting solutions for both the airport and onboard experience. We will also work together to identify and address ongoing germ-related travel concerns for customers. One of the first areas of focus will be developing breakthrough airplane lavatory solutions to help kill germs and protect customers and crew.

Disinfecting Protocols and Best Practices: Microbiologists and germ-kill experts from Lysol will coordinate with Delta Global Cleanliness team to develop protocols for disinfection that will help protect customers against illness-causing bacteria and viruses in high-traffic areas where customers are most concerned about germs including departure gates, aircraft lavatories and Delta Sky Clubs. Delta will also deploy Delta Care Carts including EPA-approved disinfection products recommended by Lysol, making it easier to disinfect large seating areas and countertops more frequently.  

Lysol Products: Lysol will provide products to Delta, including Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, to be used with disinfecting protocols recommended by Lysol on high-touch germ hotspots across Delta areas from check-in to baggage claim.  

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently approved both Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfecting Wipes among the first to test effective against the novel coronavirus when used as directed on hard, non-porous surfaces.

“There’s no finish line for cleanliness – there’s always more we can do to innovate and elevate our already-high standards because that’s what our customers and employees expect and deserve,” said Bill Lentsch, Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer. “The experts at Lysol share our drive for innovative, continuous improvement – they’re the best at their craft. That’s why we’re excited to get started on R&D to target germ ‘hot spots’ and cement the Delta CareStandard as the industry gold standard – so customers feel confident in choosing Delta as more people return to travel.”

“Our collaboration with Delta is exciting because they have clearly demonstrated great leadership, care and commitment to cleanliness and innovation across their customer and employee touchpoints. Our shared vision to create breakthrough solutions within our industries, while bolstering current disinfection protocols will support Delta customers in feeling confident when they travel,” said Rahul Kadyan, E.V.P., North America, Hygiene, Lysol. “At Lysol, we’re committed to offering products and providing germ-kill expertise as defined by our purpose, which is to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world.”

Delta also recently announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic to provide additional COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures for travelers and employees. This includes guidance on an unprecedented employee COVID-19 testing program, ensuring that virtually all

Delta employees will be tested in just a matter of weeks via onsite and at-home testing. Mayo Clinic also recommends best practices for employee and passenger safety as part of Delta’s Global Medical Advisory Panel that reviews and assesses Delta’s health and safety policies and procedures on an ongoing basis. 

Learn more about the Delta CareStandard and Delta’s health and safety protocols.