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The UPS Foundation Supports the World’s Largest Drone Vaccine Delivery Network in Ghana

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The UPS Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have announced support for the expansion of a medical drone network into Ghana. Zipline, a California-based automated logistics company, will use drones to make on-demand, emergency deliveries of 148 high priority products including emergency and routine vaccines, blood products and life-saving medications. The service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from four distribution centers—each equipped with 30 drones—and deliver to over 2,000 health facilities serving 12 million people across the country.

The partnership between the Government of Rwanda and Zipline, supported by philanthropic grants and in-kind support from The UPS Foundation and Gavi, pioneered just-in-time drone delivery of blood products to hard-to-reach clinics in Rwanda. The Government of Ghana is building on that success with expanded Zipline services, supported again by Gavi and the UPS Foundation and joined this time by the Gates Foundation and Pfizer. The Zipline drone network will be integrated into the national healthcare supply chain in Ghana and will help prevent vaccine stockouts in health facilities as well as during national immunization campaigns.

“The ability of the Government to supplement routine immunization on demand will allow us to make sure that there will always be enough life-saving vaccines for every child in Ghana,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “This is an exciting development for Gavi that is ultimately going to ensure we leave no one behind and help us protect more children living in remote areas against vaccine preventable diseases,” he added.

Logistics will be managed through Zipline’s hardware and software systems in each of the distribution centers, and deliveries will take place at hospitals and health clinics. The UPS Foundation will provide $3 million, including $2.4 million in funding and UPS will provide $600,000 of in-kind shipping services. Separately, UPS has already begun an analysis of Ghana’s healthcare supply chain, providing expertise designed to complement the government’s vision to continually optimize the delivery of healthcare products.  

 “The program’s ongoing success in Rwanda demonstrates that the collective effort of a public-private partnership focused on advanced supply chain technologies can enhance access to life-saving medical commodities throughout Africa,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer. “We are inspired to see technology and supply chain expertise used to help save lives

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HUAWEI XMAGE Global Exhibition Debuts in Dubai

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Huawei opened its first-ever HUAWEI XMAGE Global Exhibition, titled “A Heartwarming World – 12 Years of Huawei Photography” on May 8th, 2024, at Alserkal Avenue, the cultural district of Dubai, UAE, marking the largest photography exhibition in Huawei’s history. HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024, the annual competition that celebrates Huawei’s open platform for smartphone photographic excellence, officially kicked off during the opening. Now in its eighth year, the competition aims to inspire consumers to unleash their creativity and imagination through Huawei’s leading XMAGE imaging technology.

The exhibition, themed “A Heartwarming World,” showcases nearly 300 photographs captured on Huawei smartphones. Selected from millions of submissions, these images depict moments of warmth, tranquillity, and joy from every corner of the globe, demonstrating the relatable moments of everyday life. Through powerful technology and experiences, the exhibition aims to ignite imagination, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for the life, story and emotions beyond what’s captured in these images.

The exhibition highlights the rapid evolution of mobile photography over the past decade. Featuring photos taken with Huawei smartphones released over 12 years. It demonstrates Huawei’s commitment to driving innovation in mobile imaging technology. Through photography competitions, community events, and trend reports, Huawei has played a key role in promoting mobile photography culture. Recently, the HUAWEI P series, known for its cutting-edge smartphone camera technologies, has been upgraded to the HUAWEI Pura series. This evolution, along with the continued development of HUAWEI XMAGE takes smartphone photography to new heights.

The exhibition explores eight different themes: The Secrets of Mother Nature, Landscapes and Spaces, A Dialogue with Animals, The Story of Life, You and Me, The Joy of Sports, The Power of Moments, and The World of Youth.

“In an era dominated by technology and speed, it’s easy for people to be overwhelmed by external noise and stress,” noted Chen Xiaobo, exhibition curator and 9th Vice President of the China Photographers Association. “It’s reassuring to see creators worldwide capturing and conveying heartwarming moments with Huawei smartphones. These images act as bridges that resonate with souls, transmitting genuine warmth and beauty.”

The HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024 launched officially during the exhibition’s opening ceremony. As an open platform celebrating smartphone photographic excellence, the annual competition encourages the use of unique perspectives and creativity, pushing the boundaries of mobile photography artistry. Since its beginning in 2017, users from more than 170 countries and regions have contributed nearly 4 million entries to this yearly competition.

This year’s XMAGE Awards introduces four new categories – Moments, Faces, So Far So Close, and Style, showcasing Huawei’s prowess in Snapshot, Portrait photography, telephoto and macro photography, and colour styling. Additionally, new awards such as “Best of Pura Series and “Best of Mate series” have been created to encourage exploration using Huawei’s flagship camera systems.

The competition also welcomed a new panel of esteemed judges: Chen Xiaobo (9th Vice President of the China Photographers Association), Keith Ladzinski (National Geographic Photographer and Emmy Nominated Director), James Perolls (Fashion Photographer and Director), Susi Belianska (Portrait Photographer and Visual Artist), and Li Changzhu (Huawei Consumer Business Group). This panel will select the most compelling works.

Registration for the HUAWEI XMAGE Awards 2024 is now open, with entries closing on September 15, 2024, at 24:00 Beijing time (GMT+8). For more information and to enter the competition, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/campaign/xmage

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HUAWEI Launches GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity

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Huawei has officially kicked off the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity. From 5 January 2024 to 29 February 2024, participants can showcase their digital art skills in an online activity that embodies Huawei’s commitment to fostering creativity. The HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is a platform for creative individuals or anyone passionate about creating. With Huawei tablets designed to deliver delightful creative features, the activity aims to inspire creativity and empower more people to engage in artistic pursuits and to bring to life the concept of ‘Creation of Beauty’.

Recently, Huawei elevated the creative experience with the release of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2”, the ultimate tablet for creativity. It features a flexible OLED screen and an ultra-thin and lightweight design, with a stunning 94% screen-to-body ratio. Paired with the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), which offers a 10,000+ pressure sensing level, the tablet enables mastery over a variety of artistic styles. Designed for creative minds, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” ensures that your artistic vision is captured with unmatched precision and ease.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 13.2” pre-orders are now available in the UAE at a price of AED3,399 with gifts worth AED 1,696 including HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2, the HUAWEI M-Pencil (3rd generation), Magnetic Keyboard, 3 months of free HUAWEI Care + and Microsoft Office 365. Customers who order the 512GB version of the tablet will also receive the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro 2. The MatePad Pro 13.2” is available on Huawei’s official website and retailers.

Following this launch, the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity is extending the invitation to those passionate about art to continually inspire and energise their creative spirit. If you believe that to create is a universal calling, Huawei invites you to pick up your digital brush and ‘GoPaint’!

HUAWEI GoPaint will reward winners with a creation fund, including:

  • Best Creative Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Visual Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Best Storytelling Award (1 winner): $5000
  • Most Popular Award (2 winners): $5000
  • Honourable Mention (15 winners): $2000

How to Participate
To participate in the HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity, simply submit your artwork in either of the following methods, before the submission deadline, 29 February 2024 at 24:00 Beijing Time (GMT +8):

Method 1: Open My HUAWEI app on your phone or tablet, register within the app, and submit your work on the GoPaint page in the app.

Method 2: Post your work on Instagram or Facebook with #HUAWEIGoPaint, and mention the huaweimobile official account.

A Creative Journey Through Culture, Cityscapes, and Characters

HUAWEI GoPaint Worldwide Creating Activity consists of three conceptual categories:

  • Culture – Culture is the calling of all creators, the essence of our soul, where experience meets inspiration, and possibilities are endless.
  • City – If the world is a blank canvas, its cities are the lines, dots and brushstrokes that colour it.
  • Character – We are nothing without the people around us. The everyday acts of kindness, bravery, love, and resilience that give our lives meaning and purpose.

Submission Requirements
Artworks should be submitted in either JPG or PNG format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and a file size of no more than 20 MB. Each uploaded work must have a 30 to 80-word text description. Participants are encouraged to carefully review each category before submitting their work to the most suitable one. Participants can only use HUAWEI tablets to create their artwork – any model is acceptable.

For more details, please visit the official website: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/campaign/gopaint/

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Nothing Apparel Drop 1 Announced

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Nothing, the London-based consumer tech brand, has announced the first of several Limited Drops for its inaugural Apparel collection. The first two pieces will be available to purchase on nothing.tech from 11:00 GMT on Thursday 7 December and at Nothing Store Soho.

GCC customers can get their hands on the Limited First Drop exclusively at the Nothing Pop-up in Soledxb festival,  from 8-10 December and from 11th December onwards at FRAME Boutique till stock last. An ode to the 1970s IBM factory floor, the Labcoat embodies Nothing’s founding design principle: transparency.

Product details below:

  • Regular fit and thigh length
  • Multiple pockets with zip closures
  • Back bottom hem vent for mobility
  • Right chest pocket with multiple compartments and zip closure
  • Inside adjustable waist with drawstring
  • Hanger loop at back neck
  • YKK Natulon zippers made from recycled materials including PET bottles. Yarn used in the tape is made from 99% post-consumer recycled material.
  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
  • 100% biodegradable plant-based packaging

To top things off, there is the Transparent Cap (one size) that pairs effortlessly with Nothing’s Transparent Labcoat (available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes). Conceptualised with teenage engineering, Nothing Apparel is focused on quality-driven wardrobe staples designed to withstand the test of time, featuring a line of caps, coats, tracksuits and more.

The Transparent Cap will be sold at AED 149 and the Transparent Labcoat at AED 699. Further Apparel drops will be announced in 2024. Apparel will be available in all current markets where Nothing sells directly to consumers on nothing.tech.

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