Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UN shelves Libya military observer plan



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Libyans turn down military deployment by the UN or others but are interested in assistance with policing: UN envoy

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Africa Movie Academy Awards Call for Entries 2012



Africa Movie Academy Awards Call for Entries 2012

Since its inception in 2005, AMAA has remained a continent-wide platform to honour and celebrate the best in the art of film-making and the professionals who make the industry the pride of Africa.

The Africa Film Academy (AFA) invites filmmakers to submit their Feature, Short, and Documentary works for consideration by the 8th AMAA, the Premier Africa film Awards®.

Submit your Film here for consideration to the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2012



The African Movie Academy Awards founded in 2005 celebrated their 7th edition on March 27th10 2011. Held annually in Nigeria, the AMAAs is without doubt becoming the most prestigious and glamorous African entertainment industry event of its kind on the Continent.

Evolving from a one-day event, televised live, to a diarized annual African event it is now an established engagement platform for filmmakers, industry professionals and all creative industry stakeholders.

The primary aim of the African Movie Academy Awards (popularly known as the AMAA Awards) is to facilitate the development and showcase the social relevance of African Film and Cinema.

Presented to recognize excellence in professionals in the Africa film industry, including directors, Actors, & writers, the awards are aimed at honoring and promoting such excellence - in the African movie industry - as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture.

Over the years numerous international media representatives, Hollywood celebrities, Nigerian politicians, other African politicians, journalists, film industry professionals, actresses & actors have attended the award presentation from all across Africa and beyond.

The 8th Edition of the AMAAs will be held in April 2012 and televised globally. The deadline for all submissions is 30th December 2011;

AMAA is calling for submissions from the public and stakeholders in the film industry. Nominations will be announced in February 2012. Submission forms can be downloaded from the AMA-Awards website.

The Process

Each completed entry form must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, 5 DVD copies of the film and proof of the right to submit.

Only films produced and released between December 2010 and December 2011 would be entered for the 2012 celebration of African Cinema.

All films must indicate year of copyright. The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120 min run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes.

Submit your Film here for consideration to the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2012




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UN Security Council Tackles Piracy and Maritime Robbery in Gulf of Guinea

30 Aug 2011 20:03 Africa/Lagos


Gulf of Guinea / Piracy / Statement read by the President of the UN Security Council on piracy and maritime armed robbery in Gulf of Guinea

NEW YORK, August 30, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The members of the Security Council were briefed by Mr. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on the issue of piracy and maritime armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West Africa on 23 August 2011.

The members of the Security Council expressed concern over the increase in piracy, maritime armed robbery and reports of hostage-taking in the Gulf of Guinea and its damaging impact on security, trade and economic activities in the sub-region.

The members of the Security Council noted the efforts being made by countries in the Gulf of Guinea to tackle the problem including the launching of joint efforts to patrol these waters including efforts by Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, off the coast of Benin as well as plans to convene a summit of Gulf of Guinea Heads of State to discuss a regional response. In this context, members of the Council underlined the need for regional coordination and leadership in developing a comprehensive strategy to address this threat.

Recognizing the leadership role of the regional bodies and states on this issue, the members of the Security Council called on the international community to support the concerned countries, ECOWAS, ECCAS and other relevant organizations, as appropriate, in securing international navigation along the Gulf of Guinea including through information exchange, improved coordination and capacity building.

The members of the Security Council noted the intention of the Secretary General to deploy a United Nations assessment mission to examine the situation and explore possible options for UN support. The members of the Security Council also stressed the need for UNOWA and UNOCA to work, within their current mandates, with UNODC and IMO, as well as with all concerned countries and regional organizations.


Source: Presidency of the UN Security Council


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"Blink And You'll Miss A Revolution" Teaser, Video

Cut Copy - Blink And You'll Miss A Revolution Teaser from Cut Copy on Vimeo.



Emile Sornin directed, Jules de Chateleux produced music video, "Blink And You'll Miss A Revolution."


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Angelina Jolie's writes and directs first film



Famous American actress Angelina Jolie's thrilling new film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which she admits has changed her view on acting is her baptism of fire as a director and screenwriter.

She said her beau Brad Pitt thought she was going to have nightmares on location. But “I had such a good experience he thinks I'm going to be impatient with directors, which I already am. I get impatient with people working on a film that have their head in their hands like it's the most complicated thing in the world."
I had the flu," Jolie says. "I had to be quarantined from the children for two days. I was in the attic of a house in France. I was isolated, pacing. I don't watch TV and I wasn't reading anything. So I started writing. I went from the beginning to the end. I didn't know any other way."

Angelina Jolie having her baptême du feu directing In the Land of Blood and Honey.

"I've never felt more exposed. My whole career, I've hidden behind other people's words," said Angelina and also dismissed the pregnancy and secret wedding rumours.
"I'm not pregnant. I'm not adopting at the moment. And no secret wedding," she said boldly.

Jolie is twice married and divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton before settling down with Brad Pitt with whom she has three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, and three biological children, Shiloh, Knox and and Vivienne.

In the Land of Blood and Honey is a thrilling love story during the traumatic Bosnian Civil War in the early 1990s and produced in both in English and the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language known as BCS. The film is expected to be released on December 23, 2011.

You will read the complete exclusive interview in the October issue of Vanity Fair.





~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima






The Sunday Times Launches New Android Tablet App



30 Aug 2011 12:01 Africa/Lagos



The Sunday Times Launches New Android Tablet App

LONDON, August 30, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

This week The Sunday Times' award-winning app edition becomes available for the first time on Android tablet devices. The new Android tablet app is the latest addition to The Sunday Times' digital portfolio, following the hugely successful Sunday Times iPad app, which has been voted Newspaper App of the Year* and the World's No.1 Newspaper and Magazine app**.

The new Android tablet app includes all 12 sections of Britain's biggest and best-selling quality newspaper, with exclusive video and stunning photography, interactive graphics, high definition slideshows plus live and updated news and sport results.

Tristan Davies, Executive Editor of The Sunday Times says, 'We are delighted to launch our full app edition in the Android Marketplace. The Sunday Times Android tablet edition has all the qualities of design and interactivity that have made our iPad edition the world's leading newspaper and magazine app. Now owners of Galaxies, Xooms and other Android Honeycomb devices can enjoy a fully immersive, page-turning reading experience designed specifically for touch-screen tablets.'

The Android tablet app is available via The Times and Sunday Times newspaper and digital subscription packages. The digital subscription is only GBP1 for the first 30 days, then GBP2 per week thereafter. You can download a sample edition of the Android tablet app free via the Android Marketplace.

To find out more about The Sunday Times Android app, please visit http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/android [http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/android/article702816.ece?CMP=KNGvccp1-AndroidApp ]

To find out more about The Sunday Times iPad app, please visit http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/ipad [http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/iPad/?CMP=KNGvccp1-AndroidAppiPad ]

* 2011 Newspaper Awards ** iMonitor annual survey

Source: News International

For further information please contact Laura Belcher at VCCP: laurabe@vccp.com, +44(0)7889-604684

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Katy Perry and Adele are Music's Leading Ladies at The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards



29 Aug 2011 08:53 Africa/Lagos


Katy Perry and Adele are Music's Leading Ladies at The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

With Three Moonmen a Piece With Perry's "Fireworks" Taking Home "Video Of The Year"
BEYONCE CONFIRMS PREGNANCY ONSTAGE AFTER ROUSING PERFORMANCE
LADY GAGA ALTER EGO JOE CALDERONE, ADELE, CHRIS BROWN, PITBULL AND BEYONCE BRING DOWN THE HOUSE
KANYE AND JAY-Z SURPRISE VMA AUDIENCE WITH EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE
BRITNEY SPEARS HONORED BY LADY GAGA AND AWARDED THE MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD




PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2011
LADY GAGA ALTER EGO JOE CALDERONE, ADELE, CHRIS BROWN, PITBULL AND BEYONCE BRING DOWN THE HOUSE
KANYE AND JAY-Z SURPRISE VMA AUDIENCE WITH EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE
BRITNEY SPEARS HONORED BY LADY GAGA AND AWARDED THE MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The ladies ruled the kingdom at the "2011 MTV Video Music Awards," broadcast live this evening from Nokia Theater L.A. Live, as Katy Perry and Adele each took home three VMA Moonmen and Lady Gaga two. Katy Perry won the biggest prize of the night, "Video of the Year," with her pop anthem, "Fireworks," as well as honors for "Best Collaboration" and "Best Special Effects" for "E.T." featuring Kanye West. Adding to her reign atop the album charts, Adele won VMAs for "Best Art Direction," "Best Cinematography," and "Best Editing." Genre and gender-defying Lady Gaga kicked off the night as her alter ego Joe Calderone with a show-stopping performance of "You and I," and later walked away with two VMAs for "Best Female" and this year's new category, "Best Video with a Message."

The most explosive moment of the night belonged to hip-hop heavyweights Kanye West and Jay-Z. The duo brought funk, flare and the fireworks to the VMA stage with the worldwide television debut performance of "Otis" from their global number one album, Watch The Throne. The kings of hip-hop playfully commandeered the VMA stage with their usual royal swagger through a steady bombastic beat of flames, smoke and pyrotechnics until the patriotic climax as they proudly stood in front of the red, white and blue of a gigantic American flag in a nod to the single's cover.

Another high-octane performance came courtesy of Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo and Nayer, who transformed the VMAs into a giant dance party with this summer's mega hit "Give Me Everything." The hip-hop trio brought Miami heat to the stage with 60 dancers and a laser light spectacle that brought down the house.

The show took a soulful turn with an unforgettable VMA debut from a hauntingly beautiful Adele who performed the heart-breaking "Someone Like You" with only a piano by her side and the glow of a single spotlight. Introduced by Katy Perry, Adele left the audience breathless as she treated them to one of the most powerful voices of a generation and they responded with a standing ovation.

Chris Brown delivered a show stopper with his high-flying aerial journey through VMA history. It was a visual feast as he flew from stage to stage while performing his smash dance hit "Yeah 3X" into Wu-tang Clan's "Protect Ya Neck" into Nirvana with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and, finally, "Beautiful People."

An ogling Joe Calderone returned to the stage to present Britney Spears with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The two together then introduced Beyonce, who, before starting to sing "Love on Top," confirmed pregnancy rumors by saying "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me." She ended the song by rubbing her belly to reveal her baby bump as a proud and expectant father Jay-Z received congratulations from the audience.

In the midst of performances from global superstar artists, the VMAs continued its legacy of introducing emerging talent. This year, the Awards show featured an explosive VMA debut from Young The Giant, who rocked and body surfed the audience with their hit "My Body," alongside a throng of screaming fans.

The emotional highpoint and poignant moment of the evening was the tribute to the late British songstress Amy Winehouse by the legendary Tony Bennett with a surprise introduction by actor Russell Brand. Bennett unveiled footage of Winehouse's final performance -- his recent recording session with her of their duet "Body and Soul" for his upcoming Duets II album. The tribute continued with Bruno Mars's triumphant performance of Winehouse's hit "Valerie." With his soaring vocals, horn section harmonies, and smooth and syncopated choreography, Mars and his band's performance was a joyous celebration of Winehouse's life and music.

The girls from the "Jersey Shore" presented the "Best Female Video Award" to Lady Gaga and, in an intergenerational twist, was joined by Academy Award®-winning actress Cloris Leachman, who joked that the audience shouldn't confuse her with Betty White.

Throughout the telecast British pop diva Jesse J commanded the House Artist stage as the VMA House Artist, keeping the crowd moving as she belted out her signature hits as well as a selection of other chart toppers.

Closing out the show, hip hop's hottest MC and entrepreneurial Young Money Millionaire, Lil Wayne, closed with the seductive "How to Love," before attacking the stage in full force as the band launched into a Black Sabbath riff and before ripping into "John" from his upcoming album, "The Carter IV," to be released digitally at midnight tonight.

Presenters at the "2011 MTV Video Music Awards" included Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Paul Rudd, Shaun White, Will Ferrell , Jack Black , Zoe Saldana , Kevin Hart and Victoria Justice join Jonah Hill , Rick Ross , Seth Rogen , Selena Gomez , Kim Kardashian , Odd Future, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Lautner , Drake, Joe Jonas and Jared Leto.

Following are this year's VMA award winners:


VIDEO OF THE YEAR :


Katy Perry
Title: Firework
Album: Teenage Dream
Director: Dave Meyers
Label: Capitol
Production Company: Radical Media
Producers: Robert Bray, Danny Lockwood


BEST NEW ARTIST


Tyler, The Creator
Title: Yonkers
Album: Goblin
Director: Wolf Haley
Label: XL Recordings
Production Company: Happy Place
Producer: Tara Razavi


BEST MALE VIDEO


Justin Bieber
Title: U Smile
Album: My World 2.0
Director: Colin Tilley
Label: RBMG/Island Records
Production Company: Riveting Entertainment
Producer: Andrew Listermann


BEST FEMALE VIDEO


Lady Gaga
Title: Born This Way
Album: Born This Way
Director: Nick Knight, Haus of Gaga
Label: Streamline/Interscope/Konlive
Production Company: Factory Films, Ltd.
Producers: Nicole Ehrlich, Steven Johnson


BEST HIP HOP VIDEO


Nicki Minaj
Title: Super Bass
Album: Pink Friday
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Label: Young Money/Cash Money Records
Production Company: Michelle My Belle
Producers: Kimberly S. Stuckwisch, Michelle Larkin & Keith "KB" Brown


BEST POP VIDEO


Britney Spears
Title: Till The World Ends
Album: Femme Fatale
Director: Ray Kay
Label: Jive/Jive Label Group
Production Company: Rockhard Films
Producer: Clark Jackson


BEST ROCK VIDEO


Foo Fighters
Title: Walk
Album: Wasting Light
Director: Sam Jones
Label: RCA
Production Company: Black Dog Films
Producer: Jill Hardin


BEST COLLABORATION


Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
Title: E.T.
Album: Teenage Dream
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Label: Capitol
Production Company: Symphony 19
Producers: Natasha Alexsa-Garcia, Danny Lockwood


BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE


Lady Gaga
Title: Born This Way
Album: Born This Way
Director: Nick Knight, Haus of Gaga
Label: Streamline/Interscope/Konlive
Production Company: Factory Films, Ltd.
Producers: Nicole Ehrlich, Steven Johnson


PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:


BEST CHOREOGRAPHY


Beyonce
Title: Run The World (Girls)
Album: 4
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener
Choreographer: Frank Gatson, Sheryl Murakami, Jeffrey Page


BEST EDITING


Adele
Title: Rolling In The Deep
Album: 21
Director: Sam Brown
Label: XL/Columbia
Production Company: Flynn
Producers: Hannah Chandler
Editor: Art Jones at Work


BEST SFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS)


Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
Title: E.T.
Album: Teenage Dream
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Label: Capitol
Production Company: Symphony 19
Producers: Natasha Alexsa-Garcia, Danny Lockwood
Special Effects: Jeff Dotson for Dot & Effects


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


Adele
Title: Rolling In The Deep
Album: 21
Director: Sam Brown
Label: XL/Columbia
Production Company: Flynn
Producers: Hannah Chandler
Cinematographer: Tom Townend


BEST ART DIRECTION


Adele
Title: Rolling In The Deep
Album: 21
Director: Sam Brown
Label: XL/Columbia
Production Company: Flynn
Producers: Hannah Chandler
Art Director: Nathan Parker


BEST DIRECTION


Beastie Boys
Title: Make Some Noise

Album: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Director: Adam Yauch

Label: Capitol Records

Production Company: Directors Bureau

Producer: Samantha Stor



Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the "2011 MTV Video Music Awards." Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Jen Jones is co-Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are 5® Gum, COVERGIRL, Dove® go fresh Deodorant, Kia Motors America, PacSun, Sharpie®, State Farm®, Taco Bell® and Verizon.

The 2011 "MTV Video Music Awards" was available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV's global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 640 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV's nearly 200 digital media properties around the world.

About MTV:

MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.

SOURCE MTV

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Web Site: http://www.mtv.com





Newest Music, Style & Pop Culture Trendsetters


Jessica Who, Chelsea Leyland and Diamond Kuts

Dove® go fresh(TM) and MTV Bring up-and-Coming Female DJs Center Stage as the Newest Music, Style & Pop Culture Trendsetters

Female DJs are the newest trendsetters for what is hot in music, style and pop culture with access to the most exclusive events, from ultra-hip parties and concerts to the front row at fashion shows. To bring this emerging set of style mavens to women...


Three DJs give their personal “spin” on what is fresh now

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., August 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Female DJs are the newest trendsetters for what is hot in music, style and pop culture with access to the most exclusive events, from ultra-hip parties and concerts to the front row at fashion shows. To bring this emerging set of style mavens to women everywhere, Dove® go fresh™ Deodorant and Body Mist and MTV are spotlighting three up-and-coming DJs in a new video series titled Dove Fresh Spin. These real women DJs, Jessica Who, Chelsea Leyland and Diamond Kuts, are giving viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at their lives as DJs and as cultural “insiders” as they uncover the ultimate in freshness.


Jessica

“MTV employed our expertise in music and Millennials to help cast three women with personalities that extend well beyond just their beats,” said Jeannie Scalzo, Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing for MTV. “Each has a unique voice, passion and eye for what’s driving style and pop culture. Utilizing our many platforms, MTV and Dove are unleashing these women’s influence in spotting new trends and showcasing how they work and play on the front lines every day.”

Dove Fresh Spin Videos Top the Charts
Dove go fresh and MTV have created the Dove Fresh Spin video series, where DJs Jessica Who, Chelsea Leyland and Diamond Kuts bring trend seekers into their inner circle, sharing personal stories, style secrets and music insights gathered by having their finger on the pulse of all that is cool. Putting new Dove go fresh Rebalance Deodorant and Body Mist to the test on the red carpet, these 20-something DJs will be on-site as arbiters of what is cool and fresh at the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards,” NY Fashion Week and ‘O’ Music Awards. Fans across the country can follow the Dove go fresh DJs as they mingle with the hottest stars and spin at exclusive parties by tuning into MTV or logging onto dove.mtv.com to see the video series.

The three DJs made their debuts with MTV at the annual pre-VMA tour, held July 28 through August 5, and will make appearances at the mtvU Campus Invasion Tour in October. While on tour they will be spinning at local stops around the country and greeting music fans face-to-face.

“No matter where I am, I want to feel confident, fresh and clean,” said DJ Jessica Who. “Whether at a barbeque with friends, out for a full night of DJing at a hot Miami club or on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Dove go fresh Rebalance Deodorant and Body Mist keep me fresh all day and all night long, which is why I carry them with me everywhere I go.”

Introducing Jessica, Chelsea and Diamond

* DJ Jessica Who stays on top of what’s “in” with her residency at LIV nightclub, the place to see and be seen in Miami.
o Working as a DJ for over seven years, Jessica has connections to the hottest celebrity DJs, nightclub owners and music producers from around the world.
o She will report live from the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards” on August 28, 2011.

* DJ Chelsea Leyland earned front-row status at runway shows after spinning for fashion designer Valentino.
o This London native turned New Yorker gets the inside scoop on everything fashion from her designer friends. Her A-list inner circle brings her front and center to all the top fashion shows.
o Follow Chelsea at NY Fashion Week, September 8-15, 2011.

* DJ Diamond Kuts gained pop culture influencer status through her work as a full-time radio DJ, which helps her secure über-exclusive gigs, such as when she DJed a rally for President Obama.
o Through her work at Philadelphia’s number one hip-hop station, Power 99, Diamond has garnered over 60,000 Facebook fans and 58,000 Twitter followers, many of whom tune in for her streaming shows.
o Diamond will appear online from the ‘O’ Music Awards later this year.

“We worked with MTV to bring these DJs to the forefront so we could show that real women have the power to inspire and set new trends,” said Mike Dwyer, marketing director, deodorant, U.S., Unilever. “We are excited that these three DJs are not only trendsetters in music and fashion, but that they also have helped us put our products to the test – literally – in some of the hottest clubs and events across the country. We think it’s cool that Dove go fresh Deodorant and Body Mist are ‘DJ approved.’”

Try a Hand at the Turntables with Dove go fresh Mix Master
To channel the freshness of these “real women” DJs, Dove and MTV are giving music fans the chance to collaborate with Jessica, Chelsea and Diamond through an interactive, online game called the Dove go fresh Mix Master. Women nationwide can visit dove.mtv.com to create their own, unique DJ name and then personalize music mixes by combining loops of keyboard, bass, guitar and drums, or adding sound effects to tracks inspired by the signature music styles of the Dove DJs. Once a new mix is mastered, fans can share their DJ name and track with friends and family on Facebook.

DOVE go fresh Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant and Body Mist
Dove go fresh is dedicated to helping women feel their freshest with fragrances that inspire them in various moments throughout their everyday lives. Dove go fresh Rebalance Deodorant and Body Mist are the newest additions to the collection. With a succulent plum and bright, floral sakura blossom scent, Dove go fresh Rebalance Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant offers 24-hour odor and wetness protection. The matching body mist comes in convenient packaging that allows women to refresh on-the-go throughout the day. Dove go fresh Deodorants and Body Mists are now offered in five crisp, nature-inspired fragrances that are available in food, drug, mass and club retailers.

About Dove
Dove, manufactured by Unilever, is the No. 1 personal wash brand nationwide. One in every three households uses a Dove product¹, which includes beauty bars, body washes, anti-perspirant/ deodorants, body mists, hair care and styling aids. Dove Men+Care™ is the newest range of products from Dove, developed specially for men. Dove is available nationwide in food, drug and mass outlet stores.

About Unilever North America
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Hillary Clinton Reacts to Boko Haam Attack on the UN Office in Nigeria

26 Aug 2011 16:47 Africa/Lagos


USA / Nigeria / Attack on the United Nations in Nigeria

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Attack on the United Nations in Nigeria


Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

August 26, 2011


The United States strongly condemns today's terrorist attack on United Nations offices in Abuja, Nigeria. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who were killed and injured.


There is no justification for this violence. These individuals were working to promote peace, expand opportunity and build a safer and more prosperous nation. The United Nations has been working side by side with Nigeria for more than five decades and the United States strongly supports its efforts. Vicious terrorist attacks such as these only strengthen our resolve and commitment to the work of the United Nations and the people of Nigeria.



Source: US Department of State

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nigerian 419 Internet Scammers dupe Victorians



New research shows bogus promises of fabulous wealth, courtesy of unsolicited emails, continue to trick unsuspecting consumers to part with up to $120,000, despite repeated warnings by authorities.

Older Australians, in particular, are more likely to be vulnerable to the online scammers.

The Australian Institute of Criminology released the results yesterday of a survey of 202 Victorians who sent cash to Nigeria.

Some were victims of online dating scams and fraudulent job offers but most fell prey to "advance fee scams" -- promises of huge cash rewards from Nigerian princes and other fake identities if they transferred money upfront.


Click here for the complete story





Friday, August 26, 2011

UN HQ Bombed in Abuja




UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Friday's car bomb attack on UN offices in Abuja, Nigeria. The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attack.








The Political Pettiness of the Nigerian Ruling Class Exposed

The current scandal rocking the judiciary caused by the face-off between Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysious Kastina- Alu and President, Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami is only exposing the political pettiness of the ruling class in Nigeria. The judicial fiasco has pitched the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against the main opposition party the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) over their political stakes in the dispute.

The excuse given by President Goodluck Jonathan on his appointment of Justice Dalhatu Adamu as Acting President for the Court of Appeal following the suspension of Isa Ayo Salami by the National Judicial Commission (NJC) is dumb.

"What the President has done is to prevent a vacuum and the law provided for that," said Dr. Reuben Abati, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
What a dumb excuse.

The President should have waited for the resumption of the National Assembly before appointing Justice Dalhatu Adamu.

The scandalous political fiasco was caused by erroneous and ambiguous allegations of corruption against election tribunal judges after the controversial results of the massively rigged 2007 elections in Nigeria. There have been over 7,000 electoral cases and the judges have been found wanting.

Retired Supreme Court Jurist, Kayode Eso said the election tribunals were turning judges to billionaires and other highly esteemed legal luminaries in the country agreed with him. Because, petitioners reported many instances of bribery and corruption.


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