Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I am a fan of Scarlett Johansson, because she is a good actress.
Of course, Scarlett is pretty and sexy and I think her breasts are the best boobs in Hollywood. And I am entitled to my personal opinion.
29 Feb 2012 19:27 Africa/Lagos
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam Wins "Global Hotel of the Year 2011"
BRUSSELS, February 29, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam has been awarded the title of "Global Hotel of the Year 2011" by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The property, located in the heart of Amsterdam, has been named the best of more than 420 Radisson hotels worldwide, and the leading player within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group with regards to guest satisfaction, employee engagement, business performance, and market positioning.
"The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam has delivered an outstanding result - not only in 2011, but over the last three years. It has truly raised the bar in achieving operations and service excellence within our group", said Kurt Ritter, president & CEO of Rezidor at the Award Ceremony during Carlson Rezidor's Global Business Conference in Nassau, Bahamas. At the forefront of the Global Business Conference, the property had already been awarded the title of "Hotel of the Year 2011" in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
"Both awards are a thank you and a fantastic motivation to my staff. Such achievements cannot be won by a single employee or following a single activity. They are the result of long term and intense team work", said Ronald Smithjes, general manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam at the prize giving.
The hotel aims to combine past and present in downtown Amsterdam, and was carefully designed to encompass several 18th century merchant houses, a former paper factory and a 19th century vicarage. Featuring 248 modern and stylish rooms and suites, the "De Palmboom" restaurant with a Dutch and international menu, the unique "Pastorie Bar", flexible meeting rooms for up to 160 delegates and a business centre, as well as a gym including sauna and solarium, the hotel is an ideal location for both leisure and business travelers staying in Amsterdam hotels [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotels/netherlands/amsterdam ]. The hotel also aims to adhere to Radisson's service philosophy "Yes I Can!", a 100% guest satisfaction guarantee, and further signature services such as free high speed internet access at all times. According to the group's Responsible Business Programme, the hotel is a smoke-free environment, and pet-friendly.
About Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts:
Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts (formerly Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts), part of The Rezidor Hotel Group, offers first class service, providing guests with a contemporary, upscale hospitality experience. Radisson Blu has received numerous awards for Best Hotel Chain and is renowned for its "Yes I Can!" spirit of service and the "100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee". September 2005 saw the roll out of a free broadband service across the portfolio - the first international hotel chain to offer this service. Radisson Blu currently includes more than 250 hotels either in operation or under development and with more than 58,300 rooms in Europe - including a hotel Lyon [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-lyon ], hotel Stockholm [http://www.radissonblu.com/royalvikinghotel-stockholm ], hotel Salzburg [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-salzburg ] and hotel Toulouse [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-toulouseairport ] - the Middle East and Africa, which offer conference facilities and accommodation.
For more information, visit http://www.radissonblu.com.
Senior Director Corporate Communication
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
Source: The Rezidor Hotel Group
29 Feb 2012 15:07 Africa/Lagos
Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival Kicks Off Thursday, March 1
LATFF Features Prestigious Line-up of Judges Presiding Over Shorts Competition
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Radio host and film critic, Elvis Mitchell; Barbara Boyle, Head of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Film and TV Department and Kathy Evelyn Smith, Head of the University of Southern California (USC) Film School's Animation and Digital Arts Department will select the winner of the short film competition at the First Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival. The festival will run March 1st to 4th at the Egyptian Theater and features award-winning films, Q&As and panel discussions, and a red carpet and awards ceremony.
Completing the jury are Alin Tasciyan, film critic and vice president of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and Dervis Zaim, one of Turkey's most acclaimed new directors, whose film, "Shadows and Faces" will open LATFF.
"I am thrilled to have such a prominent group of judges at our first festival," said Cenk Erturk, Director of LATFF. "We received more than 200 entries from Turkish filmmakers and we will present the ten strongest finalists."
The shorts will be screened on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. Their subjects range from romantic and family love to hard-hitting topics like domestic violence, war and suicide bombings. The competition winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday, March 4.
The ten finalists are "Journal" by Abdulbaki Yavuz, "Scarecrow" by Adem Demirci, "Love is Blind" by Ertug Tufekcioglu, "The Beginning" by Yigit Evgar, "The Monster Toros" by Firat Yavuz, "Four Walls Sarajevo" by Nadim Guc, "The Bus" by Olgu Baran Kubilay, "Ali Ata Bak" by Orhan Ince, "Milk" by Aysegul Sahinbozkir and "Off the Record" by Tufan Simsekcan.
"There is a reason why most of the films in the world are made in Hollywood," said director Kubilay who arrived from Turkey for the festival. "Showing my film to an audience in the capital of filmmaking is the most exciting and helpful thing I can imagine."
"I am incredibly excited," added Boyle who is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. "I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing these new voices."
The festival will also present five award-winning features by Turkey's top filmmakers. For information and tickets visit www.latff.org, email email@example.com or call (310) 866 8406.
SOURCE Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival
CONTACT: Elif Cercel, Publicist, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-310-430-1691
Web Site: http://www.latff.org
2012 Toyota Prius V
Love the idea of 50 mpg but need room for your family and fixings? You might be suffering from Prius envy. But now there's a bigger Prius Toyota called Prius V. Its combined fuel economy of 42 mpg doesn't quite match its little brother's, but it's way more fuel efficient than any compact SUV and roomier than many.
2012 Ford Flex
One of the most appealing boxes in the world, the 2012 Ford Flex comes with three rows of family seating and plenty of opt-up possibilities, including all-wheel drive, an EcoBoost V6 (high power, high fuel economy) and a center-console fridge. Best of all, the Flex is just rare enough a beast to let you maintain a degree of exclusivity in neighborhoods glutted with minivans and crossover SUVs.
2012 Honda CR-V
The 2012 Honda CR-V was named one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2012 by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com.
Fully redesigned for 2012, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V offers a more contemporary look and feel than the vehicle it replaces along with even better fuel economy and an improved Real-Time all-wheel drive system. Perennial best-seller in the hotly contested compact crossover class, the CR-V is also one of the few in the class to offer a rear-seat entertainment system.
2012 Subaru Outback
If your family deserves a sport utility vehicle but doesn't want an SUV, the 2012 Subaru Outback is the perfect on-road, off-road, all-road choice. Every Outback comes with all-wheel drive, an integrated roof rack and 8.7 inches of ground clearance – not bad for a fuel-smart, road-savvy station wagon with room for five adults and loads of cargo.
2012 Volkswagen Passat
Crafted specifically for the American market – it's even built in Chattanooga, Tennessee – the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is both larger and cheaper than the model it replaces. But the European driving dynamics and interior feel remain, making the new Passat a uniquely well-rounded, high value family sedan.
For the remaining five vehicles, including full editorial commentary for each of the editors' picks and the rank order, please visit http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/10-best-family-cars-of-2012/. For more information and news from Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com, visit http://www.kbb.com/media/, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kelleybluebook (or @kelleybluebook), or like our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kbb.
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SOURCE Kelley Blue Book
29 Feb 2012 05:23 Africa/Lagos
Execution-style murder / Radio Somaliweyn manager gunned down outside Mogadishu home
PARIS, February 29, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn that Abukar Hassan Mohamoud, the manager of Mogadishu-based radio Somaliweyn, was shot dead today outside his home in the capital's Aargada district by two men armed with pistols.
The press freedom organization condemns his cold-blooded murder, which joins a long list of crimes of violence against journalists in Somalia, and reiterates its call to the international community to do everything possible to ensure that these killings do not go unpunished.
“We offer our most since condolences to Mohamoud's family, colleagues and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This murder is the latest example of the extraordinary violence to which journalists are exposed in Somalia. Indifference to the fate of Somali journalists must stop. We reiterate our call for an independent international commission of enquiry into crimes against journalists in this country.”
Nicknamed Kadaf, Mohamoud was a long-standing member of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization. He had participated in all the NUSOJ campaigns calling for journalists to be protected against harassment and physical attack and he courageously never hesitated to lend his name to statements condemning each of the murders of his colleagues. Aged 43, he had a wife and two daughters.
He was the second journalist to be murdered this year, following Shabelle Media Network director Hassan Osman Abdi, who was shot dead outside his Mogadishu home by five unidentified gunmen on 28 January.
Somalia has for years been the deadliest country in Africa for journalists. According to the monitoring of Reporters Without Borders and NUSOJ, four journalists were killed in 2011, three were killed in 2010 and nine were killed in 2009.
Just a week ago, Reporters Without Borders wrote to the participants in the London conference on Somalia to remind them about violence against journalists and request the creation of an independent international commission of enquiry into all the abuses against media personnel in Somalia: http://en.rsf.org/somalia-open-letter-to-delegations-22-02-2012,41922.html
Source: Reporters without Borders (RSF)
Nomadic Education Joke
أنا أريد الانضمام السريع بوكو حرام، Corper داي أضيع وقتي مع اي بي سي. همسة.
Translated to: Me I want quick join Boko Haram, Corper dey waste my time with ABC. Hiss.
11:47 African Union commemorates the Africa Environment Day
Nomadic children in northern Nigeria.
29 Feb 2012 10:02 Africa/Lagos
IOM Assessment Team Finds Unaccompanied Child Returnees on Chad-Nigeria Border
GENEVA, February 29, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- A joint IOM Chadian assessment team that travelled to a remote area on the Chad-Nigeria border has discovered a group of over 800 destitute Chadian returnees from Nigeria, including a large number of unaccompanied children aged between 6 and 14.
The assessment by IOM and the CNAR (National Agency for Refugees and IDPs), was undertaken at the request of the Chadian government following reports of Chadian nationals fleeing violence in Nigeria.
It found that many of the migrants in the village of Ngouboua, 30 km from the Nigerian border were children sent by their parents to Nigeria to study in Koranic schools. They were only accompanied by their Marabout religious teachers.
Others in the group, who were all in urgent need of food, water, medical care and transport to their homes, were Christian families who had gone to Nigeria to find work, according to the assessment team.
The migrants told the team that they had travelled across Lake Chad by boat from the Nigerian villages of Douri and Maday, which had been seriously affected by violent clashes between the extremist Boko Haram Islamic group and the Nigerian military.
The Nigerian immigration services reported on Monday that over the past six months they have repatriated some 11,000 "undesirable" foreigners, mainly from Chad and Niger.
Chad's Lac region where the returnees are sheltering has been experiencing food shortages for some time. The migrants are currently surviving on whatever food is given to them by the villagers. The team saw several children begging for food.
Some of the group are sleeping in makeshift huts. Others are living in the open with inadequate clothing to protect them from the cold at night.
According to medical staff in the assessment team, many of the children are also suffering from exhaustion and dehydration following a long journey and exposure to the elements.
Source: International Office of Migration (IOM)
Hallmark Celebrates Justin Bieber's Birthday With Greeting Cards For His Fans
First-of-its-kind collection of Justin Bieber greeting cards from Hallmark to hit stores this spring
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Justin Bieber's 18th birthday tomorrow, Hallmark, in partnership with Bravado, announces a gift to his fans — first-of-its-kind Justin Bieber greeting cards. Debuting in April, the collection of more than 48 everyday Hallmark cards will provide "Beliebers" a fun new way to share "Bieber Fever" with friends and family. No matter what the occasion — to celebrate a birthday, say "way to go girl," or just say "hello" — Justin Bieber greeting cards will have the perfect message to make any recipient say "Baby, Baby, Baby, Oh!"
The variety of Justin Bieber Hallmark cards will feature innovations, including lights, songs from the pop sensation, motion and pop-up displays, and also will double as collectors' items with door hangers, photo inserts and more. Ranging from $2.57-$9.99, the cards come in bright colors, include a photo of Justin and express a variety of playful sentiments, like "Hope your big day rocks like never before," and "You must be one of my biggest fans 'cause you blow me away, girl!"
"We are excited to partner with Justin Bieber to provide a new way for consumers and fans to connect, while celebrating their love of Justin Bieber and his music," said Hallmark licensing director Jenny Hofeditz. "This collection of cards with displayable, innovative and interactive features will provide consumers with a long-lasting greeting card and Justin Bieber experience."
"Justin's fans are demanding more content than ever before," commented Felix Sebacious, Senior VP of Licensing at Bravado. "Through these new innovative greeting cards, Hallmark has created a gateway to an even more dynamic relationship between Justin and his fans."
The Justin Bieber greeting cards from Hallmark will arrive in Wal-Mart stores nationwide in April and will be available in May at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores, as well as Walgreens, CVS and other stores where Hallmark products are sold.
About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and spend time together – a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 38,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details.
Bravado, the only global, 360 degree full service merchandise company, develops and markets high-quality licensed merchandise to a world-wide audience. The company works closely with new and established entertainment clients, creating innovative products carefully tailored to each artist or brand. Product is sold on live tours, via selected retail outlets and through Web-based stores. Bravado also licenses rights to an extensive network of third-party licensees around the world. The company maintains offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney. Now under the Universal Music Group umbrella, Bravado is able to leverage a global sales and distribution network from the world's largest record company, as well as the group's significant marketing strength. Bravado artists include The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Eminem, Kanye West, Metallica, Nickelback, Katy Perry, Guns 'N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and The Killers, among many others.
SOURCE Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
String Ensemble "The Hipster Orchestra" Plays Film World's Greatest Hits
NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Music Company Jingle Punks is at it again with their in-house string ensemble, "The Hipster Orchestra." Jingle Punks CEO Jared Gutstadt explains, "This is the time of year when film is on everyone's mind. The Hipster Orchestra wanted to get in on the action, so we put together a medley of our favorite songs from the world of film."
The medley not only quotes some of cinema's most magnificent scores, but also spotlights some of the greatest pop songs to grace the silver screen. With the passing of Whitney Houston recently it was only fitting that the final number of medley is a tribute to her.
The Hipster Orchestra is becoming a bona fide cultural phenomenon lately with live performances slated for SXSW, The Greek Theatre in LA and dozens of other special events over the next few months. Up next for the Orchestra is more live TV appearances and a YouTube series.
Tracks in Order:
Indiana Jones Theme
Danger Zone (from Top Gun)
Star Wars Theme
My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic)
Axel F (from Beverly Hills Cop)
James Bond Theme
I Will Always Love You (from the Bodyguard)
Jingle Punks Music
SOURCE Jingle Punks
Hollywood Gives Standing Ovation to the Troupe’s Movie Tribute
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — February 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cirque du Soleil presented a wholly unique and exclusive performance for the 84th Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, February 26. The one-time-only event featured the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL® PRESENTS EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS® (Photo credit: ©A.M.P.A.S.)
More than 50 international artists from Cirque du Soleil productions around the world converged in Los Angeles to bring the dynamic showcase to life. The act featured aerialists, Icarian acrobats, hand balancers, dancers and characters from IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema™ along with the 15-member Banquine team from Viva ELVIS™ in Las Vegas and a hand balancer from Zarkana™, direct from Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace Theatre. The act was accompanied by music from Academy Award®-nominated composer Danny Elfman, who scored the music for Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema.
Cirque du Soleil presented the performance as a tribute to the movie theatre experience incorporating signature Cirque acrobatic elements and imagery along with classic film clips.
The act marked the second time Cirque du Soleil performed during an Academy Awards telecast. The troupe’s first appearance, at the 74th Academy Awards, sparked discussions about creating a permanent show at the theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and resulted in the creation of IRIS.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 were presented on Sunday, February 26, at the theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network as well as being televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
ABOUT Cirque du Soleil
Since 1984, the company has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in over 40 countries in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
Leticia Buckley, Cirque du Soleil
Phone: 323 337 6162
PARIS, 28 February /PRNewswire/The planet is quantitatively capable of feeding its 7 billion inhabitants, though one billion people suffer from hunger and another 1.4 billion are overweight. This disequilibrium could even be greater by 2050, when we are expected to hit 9 billion people. Will the Earth be able to feed all these men and women when resources become scarce and climate change strongly threatens global food systems? This month, Marion Guillou, President of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), and Gérard Matheron, President of the International Cooperative Centre for Agronomical Research for Development (CIRAD), have published The World’s Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People.
Faced with this challenge, the book offers an optimistic response: Yes, it is possible to provide quality food to the 9 billion people who will be living on our planet in less than 40 years. However, in order to achieve this goal all stakeholders – farmers, politicians or ordinary citizens – must be mobilized as soon as possible to affect a profound change in current agricultural and food models.
To fight against hunger, the most urgent action is to tackle poverty, and in this matter there is a need to invest in agriculture. Innovation encourages increasing yields and the limitation of losses after harvests in rural areas where the majority of undernourished live. Researchers’ works will not prove efficient without policy action on food security; to mobilize emergency supplies in a situation of famine; to fight against excessive volatility that characterizes current food prices and equally impairs producers (when prices are too low) and consumers (when prices are too high).
The “produce more” motto will eventually give way to the “produce better” one. Given the strain on natural resources and space, the priority is to develop agricultures that are both productive and ecological. Again, innovation plays a key role, in terms of developing crops that are less demanding in inputs or to promote sustainable, viable and livable practices. It is also essential to do whatever it takes to reduce the losses and waste, which amounts to about one third of food at different stages: processing, distribution and final consumption.
We will need to favor healthy diets to prevent overnutrition and overweight. In this matter, all countries are concerned, developed countries, emergent countries, but also developing countries where two burdens coexist, poor access to food and obesity.
“Feeding the planet”. Colossal challenges hide behind this expression. The first task is to be aware of where we are heading. If this book can contribute to this awareness, it will already have fulfilled a part of its mission, says Marion Guillou.
This book tries to build upon the recommendations sent last December to the policy makers of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change (CGIAR), chaired by Lord Beddington, and of which Marion Guillou is a member. While it is based on scientific studies, such as the Agrimonde foresight study conducted by INRA and CIRAD, the book is widely accessible for the general public.
Marion Guillou has served as Chief Executive Officer of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) since August 2004; she was previously the Director General from 2000 to 2004. She also directs the Joint Programming Initiative “Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change” which gathers 20 European countries and aims at creating a European research area in the fields of agriculture, food security and climate change. Marion Guillou chairs the Agreenium consortium, created in 2009, which unites French teams in research and in higher education in agronomy and veterinary science on an international scale. Born in 1954, doctor of physical chemistry, Marion Guillou is an engineer IGREF (Rural engineering, water, forestry).
M. GUILLOU and G. MATHERON, The World’s Challenge, Feeding 9 Billion People. Quae,. « Matière à débattre et décider », 2012. 232 pages. Order the book
This book is the translation of “9 milliards d’hommes à nourrir, un défi pour demain”, published in September 2011 (Editor- François Bourin)
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28 Feb 2012 06:06 Africa/Lagos
Applications invited for United Nations journalism fellowships
NEW YORK, February 28, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2012 fellowship program. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2012.
The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.
The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and are currently working full-time for a bona fide media organization in a developing nation. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences. They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to two months in New York to report from the United Nations.
Details with regard to applying for a journalism fellowship can be found on our web site at www.unjournalismfellowship.org.
In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2012 from nations selected in 2011: China, Ethiopia, India and Nigeria. Journalists from these countries may apply in 2013.
Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. The journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern. Many past fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries. The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists, as all participants are media professionals.
Questions about the program, eligibility and application process should be directed to email@example.com.
Source: UNITED NATIONS
Governor Adams Oshiomhole
Adams Oshiomhole, Charles Airhiavbere: Gubernatorial Questions for Televised Debates
~ By John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D
Now that the governorship primaries are settled, let the first set of major debates begin between Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, and retired Major General Charles Airhiavbere, the former Director, Nigerian Army Finance Corps.
Major-General Charles Airhiavbere (Rtd)
The Edo people are known for their great traditional leaders, power traditional institutions and a cycle of traditional knowledge marked with wisdom, knowledge, and teachings of collective advancement. So we will expect much more from our two great Edo sons and leaders.
The future moderators should begin to prepare their questions, and in addition to the moderators’ questions, the public should be invited to submit questions during the debate with competing responses from the gubernatorial candidates.
The moderators in the expected two to three debates before mid-July, 2012 should demand in-depth responses to simple, difficult, expected or unexpected questions and allot equal-time rules to allow for responses.
Gubernatorial debate questions tailored to the needs and aspirations of the Edo people across the cities and rural areas are what should be expected and brought forward.
Here are some main questions that could be addressed in the public debate?
• Explain your respective feelings and thoughts of being both fortunate and lucky to be a top statesman in Edo State, and to be blessed to stand here today as a leader of the people?
• It now seems that the nation appears to be struggling to unite for a common purpose, so what is your blueprint to chart the course of unity in the Edo Kingdom or State, politically speaking?
• The people of Edo State certainly have the right to know when deciding who to vote for; so what right credentials do you bring to the people that make you believe you can do an exceptional job for the State, and the country?
• The people of Edo are known for being forward looking people, as such many of them are less concerned about the past and more concerned about the future, what type of future are you constructing for them?
• As Edo people, we have a caring spirit, so what do you plan to do for some of our people with visual/physical impairments, mental health challenges and other forms of disabilities?
• What is real leadership, have you experienced it, and when under crises how will you deal with essential issues like State matters?
• There are times when a Governor or a leader must make lonely and important decisions on behalf of the people, in what instance do you perceive this type of challenge to occur?
• At a time when the nation and many States are struggling with issues of national insecurity, what is your tract record as a peacemaker, and what role will you be playing to help to enhance peace and unity in the country? Do you a support State police system in the future and why?
• Many scholars believe that the nation has neglected Agriculture for too long, since it is one of the pillars that could help to rebuild the economy, what are your future plans in this area?
• Our young people’s problems fully revolve around education and employment challenges, how will you help them?
• For the first time in their lives many youths are worried about this country, and their own future, so, sir how are you going to turn this around, especially in Edo State?
• Sir, across Edo State, you've got families sitting in their parlor or living rooms checking their heads to see if they have enough money to make ends meet for a whole month or the week, how will you help them?
• What are your plans to see that everybody in our great State have the kind of economic opportunities that will keep them to become very content, and make them believe that Edo State will open up a future that will be brighter for their children than it has been five to ten years ago?
• President Jonathan in the past have mentioned two or three States that are doing very well for themselves, Edo State is not among them, so how do you plan to give the people opportunity and to let them enjoy the freedoms that will make the rest of the country envy Edo State?
• Now that the federal government is talking about entrepreneurship, as one way to reduce unemployment, what training programs as in business-oriented training program which involve the government giving trainees some money to invest, so that in less than 100 weeks the person becomes an investment in him or herself, thereby giving the State the best-trained workforce in the nation, what is your view about this?
• The Edo people and kingdom and all the areas of the kingdom are renowned for their dexterity and skills in traditional cloth-weaving, molded statues, statuettes, figurines, pottery making, and other areas of arts, how do you plan to keep and make this great blessings economically helpful to the State?
• If you were to focus on corruption, unemployment, road construction, healthcare, schools, and sanitation issues (please write each one down and address each specifically) in these tough times, what is exactly your plan in each of these areas?
• Why do you want the people to think your opponent can't be trusted to carry out these plans adequately?
• If truth be told, one of you was once a general in labor matters, and the other a general in in the Army, in these hard times, how will you use your experience to challenge any State adversity, and fight back like a bold leader?
• The Edo people are known to cherish and value traditions including respect for our rulers, chiefs and elders and how do you want to maintain this cherished traditional psychology and keep politics out of these customs and values?
• What is in your background and past that you may be battling with that the people of Edo State ought to know; it is your option to answer as it is a matter of trust. This is in regards to you —financially, morally, legally, medically and personally that will not later come out and make some people to say, “I told you so”?
• What do you appreciate about each other despite the gubernatorial war between the PDP and ACN, and most of all, between your selves?
Hopefully, these great debates will reveal the facts and less of emotional responses.
The candidates should remember that the whole world will be watching them in a nationally televised and timed context, as such no intimidating, interrupting or disrespecting each other as in reaching out across the table toward the other but they will be expected to square off with all they possess intellectually and experientially.
We do not want the candidates repeating talking points handed to them by their parties, and giving us canned answers as we want to see elements of realness, freshness and rightness as markers of the debates.
This is a very important election that should bring out the best in the candidates, and they need to show the people which of them are ready to sink or swim with Edo State?
While none of them is expected to have all the cures for Edo State woes, at least they should go toe-to-toe in the race to be ringmaster of one of Nigeria’s artistic kingdoms known as Edo State.
~ John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D., is a Forensic/Clinical Psychologist and the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological Association (NPA), Abuja. Jos5930458@aol.com 08126909839.
Feb 27 2012 6:45 Africa / Lagos
President Obasanjo Called for a Peaceful Election in Senegal
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
DAKAR, 27 February 2012/African Press Organization (APO) / - The Peace Mission joint AU / ECOWAS deployed as part of the presidential election on February 26, 2012 in Senegal held a press conference Saturday, February 25, 2012.
This joint mission, led by SEOlusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria consists of Mr. Koffi Sama, Head of EOM ECOWAS, Mr. Edem Kodjo, former Prime Minister of the Togolese Republic and Mrs Mary Chinery -Hesse, member of the Advisory Group of the AU.
During this press conference, the Chief of the Joint Mission has appealed to all political party leaders, activists and their supporters and to all the Senegalese people to exercise restraint, patriotism and civic order ensure the integrity of the electoral process.
In the best interests of the nation and to consolidate the democratic gains of Senegal, President Obasanjo urged all stakeholders to preserve peace and national cohesion and, in the spirit of sacrifice, for an election free, transparent and free from any form of violence.
Stressing the need for an election subsided cohesion and national unity and regional stability, the Chief of the Joint Mission reiterated the commitment of the African Union and ECOWAS to support Senegal in its process democratic consolidation
It should be noted that the deployment of the joint AU-ECOWAS was decided during the 40th Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria on 16 and 17 February 2012, and whose objective is to promote dialogue between different stakeholders and ensure the holding of peaceful elections, free and transparent.
Source: African Union Commission (AUC)
Monday, February 27, 2012
84th Academy Awards - 2012
THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS(r) - BACKSTAGE - Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 presented on Sunday, February 26 (8:30 p.m., ET/5:30 p.m., PT), from the Hollywood & Highland Center(r) and televised live by the ABC Television Network. (A.M.P.A.S.(r)
Jean Dujardin (born 19 June 1972) is a French actor and comedian. He has worked notably with director Michel Hazanavicius, starring in his OSS 117 spy parodies. His starring role in Hazanavicius' silent movie The Artist, playing actor George Valentin, received widespread acclaim. The role won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is the first French actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Handsome Oscar nominee George Clooney and Stacy Keibler look like a beautiful couple at the 84th Academy Awards. And they have won Nigerian Times Perfect Picture Award.
Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor for THE ARTIST.
The night of the Oscars belonged to The Artist as the French Black and White film won the most coveted Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Actor in a Leading Role, Original Score and for Costume Design as well.
As the era of silent films draws to a close, two actors find their careers and their relationship influenced by the coming of talking pictures. While popular screen star George Valentin resists the transition to sound, young Peppy Miller embodies a modern age that is leaving Valentin behind.
The Iranian film A Separation by Asghar Farhadi won the Oscar for the best Foreign Language Film.
When an Iranian couple separate prior to their divorce, a chain of events is set in motion that will affect the future of two families. After his wife’s departure, Nadar hires a woman named Razieh to care for his elderly father, but complications in Razieh’s own life give rise to an escalating series of problems.
List of the 84th Annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday:
1. Best Picture: "The Artist."
2. Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist."
3. Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady."
4. Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."
5. Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help."
6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist."
7. Foreign Language Film: "A Separation," Iran.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants."
9. Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Rango."
11. Art Direction: "Hugo."
12. Cinematography: "Hugo."
13. Sound Mixing: "Hugo."
14. Sound Editing: "Hugo."
15. Original Score: "The Artist."
16. Original Song: "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets."
17. Costume Design: "The Artist."
18. Documentary Feature: "Undefeated."
19. Documentary Short: "Saving Face."
20. Film Editing: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
21. Makeup: "The Iron Lady."
22. Animated Short Film: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."
23. Live Action Short Film: "The Shore."
24. Visual Effects: "Hugo."
Oscar winners previously presented this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Oprah Winfrey.
Honorary Award: James Earl Jones.
Honorary Award: Dick Smith.
Gordon E. Sawyer Award: Douglas Trumbull.
Award of Merit: ARRI cameras.
Winners List compiled by FOX News.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Here comes another Night of the Oscars and there will be surprises tonight as the winners will be making headlines tomorrow, while the losers will wait for their own Oscar moments in the future.
Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards®
Actor in a Leading Role
- Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
- George Clooney in "The Descendants"
- Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
- Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
- Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
Actor in a Supporting Role
- Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
- Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
- Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
- Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
- Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Actress in a Leading Role
- Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
- Viola Davis in "The Help"
- Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
- Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
- Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"
Actress in a Supporting Role
- Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
- Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
- Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
- Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
- Octavia Spencer in "The Help"
Animated Feature Film
- "A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
- "Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
- "Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
- "Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
- "Rango" Gore Verbinski
- "The Artist"
Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
- "Midnight in Paris"
Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
- "War Horse"
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
- "The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
- "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
- "Hugo" Robert Richardson
- "The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
- "War Horse" Janusz Kaminski
- "Anonymous" Lisy Christl
- "The Artist" Mark Bridges
- "Hugo" Sandy Powell
- "Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
- "W.E." Arianne Phillips
- "The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
- "The Descendants" Alexander Payne
- "Hugo" Martin Scorsese
- "Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
- "The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick
- "Hell and Back Again"
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
- "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front"
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
- "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas
Documentary (Short Subject)
- "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement"
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
- "God Is the Bigger Elvis"
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
- "Incident in New Baghdad"
- "Saving Face"
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
- "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
- "The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
- "The Descendants" Kevin Tent
- "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
- "Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
- "Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen
Foreign Language Film
- "Bullhead" Belgium
- "Footnote" Israel
- "In Darkness" Poland
- "Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
- "A Separation" Iran
- "Albert Nobbs"
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
- "The Iron Lady"
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Music (Original Score)
- "The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
- "The Artist" Ludovic Bource
- "Hugo" Howard Shore
- "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
- "War Horse" John Williams
Music (Original Song)
- "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets"
Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
- "Real in Rio" from "Rio"
Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; Lyric by Siedah Garrett
- "The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
- "The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
- "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
- "The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
- "Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
- "Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
- "Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
- "The Tree of Life" Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers
- "War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
Short Film (Animated)
- "Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
- "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
- "La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
- "A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
- "Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Short Film (Live Action)
- "Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
- "Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
- "The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
- "Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
- "Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø
- "Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
- "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
- "Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
- "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
- "War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
- "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco and Ed Novick
- "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
- "War Horse"
Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning
- "Real Steel"
Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
- "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
- "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- "The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
- "Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
- "The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
- "Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin
- "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Writing (Original Screenplay)
- "The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
- "Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
- "Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
- "Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
- "A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
"The film is inspiring, uplifting and is a call to action for all of us"
-Desmond Tutu, Winner 1984 Nobel Peace Prize.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. As the rebel noose tightened around the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women – ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim – formed a thin but unshakeable line between the opposing forces. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they literally faced down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth. In one memorable scene, the women barricaded the site of stalled peace talks in Ghana and refused to move until a deal was done. Their demonstrations culminated in Taylor’s exile and the rise of Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Inspiring and uplifting, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a compelling example of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
Credits for Pray the Devil Back to Hell
October 7, 2011
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People queuing to vote in 2011 Election in Nigeria. Photo Credit. DipNote.
Call for Proposals: Fostering Open Society in West Africa
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grantmaking and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Its headquarters is in Dakar and it has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.
OSIWA calls for proposals that seek to:
Foster building of strong governance institutions, processes and structures that are transparent, accountable and intolerant of impunity;
Build the capacity of civil society organizations and increase citizen participation in decision-making processes; and
Promote the protection of fundamental rights and citizenship groups exposed to discrimination.
The programs will be implemented in one or more of these countries: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.
The detailed strategy to guide the application process is available at www.osiwa.org
OSIWA primarily awards grants to local organizations based in the nine countries in West Africa in which OSIWA works. In rare and limited circumstances, it provides support to West Africa based international organizations with a strong commitment to transfer knowledge to local groups they partner with. It provides grants to government institutions as well as regional and sub regional organizations working in its core priorities areas. OSIWA requires all organizations seeking funding to submit a completed application form, budget, work plan and a monitoring and evaluation framework.
Submission and Deadlines
Completed applications should be sent directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the call for proposal targets two deadlines for submission. Proposals received after the first deadline will be considered during the second call.
Application deadline: February 27, 2012
Latest date for final decision: April 30, 2012
Call re-launched: May 2, 2012
Application deadline: July 2, 2012
Latest date for final decision: October 31, 2012
For Further Information or to Apply
The application documents are available at www.osiwa.org/index.php/en/grants.