Friday, August 31, 2012

Nigeria, Kenya, others for Electoral Reforms Workshop in South Africa

Professor Attahiru Mohammed Jega, OFR, is Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria.

Nigeria, Kenya, others for Electoral Reforms Workshop in South Africa

Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroun, Botswana and Malawi are participating in the Five – Nation BRIDGE TtF Workshop for Electoral commissions. The electoral training workshop will train staff of selected EMBs as BRIDGE Facilitators.
It is organized by the Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU) of the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC).
Journalists are welcome to the workshop.

See the following press release for the details.


30 Aug 2012 13:07 Africa/Lagos


African Union Commission to organize BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TfF) Workshop for Five Countries in Pretoria South Africa 10 – 21 September 2012.

PRETORIA, August 30, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

When:

Monday 10 – Friday 21 September, 2012


Where: Alpine Attitude Hotel and Conference Centre 522 Atterbury Road Menlo Park,

Pretoria South Africa

Tel: +27 (012) 348 6504


Who:

Organized by the Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU) of the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC)


Objectives:

This Five – Nation BRIDGE TtF Workshop is designed to train staff of selected EMBs as BRIDGE Facilitators who can deliver electoral trainings internally in their own countries. The training will equip the participants with the requisite facilitation skills to deliver electoral trainings using BRIDGE, currently the world's most comprehensive electoral training curriculum. Upon completion of the workshop, the participants will become semi – accredited BRIDGE Facilitators.


Participants:



Participants are staff and Members of Electoral commissions from the following countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroun, Botswana and Malawi.


Background The Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU) in its mandate is charged with the responsibility of improving the national electoral processes of member states of the African Union towards the conduct of free fair and credible elections within a framework of direct technical assistance to Election Management Bodies, EMBs. In this regard, the DEAU has been developing electoral process standards which include the provision of BRIDGE electoral trainings in different aspects of electoral management to the various EMBs in the continent.

This programme is part of the expanded National Capacity Building Programme of the Democracy and Elections Assistance Unit aimed at addressing specific electoral training needs of members and staff of Electoral Commissions of member states who have so requested from the African Union Commission.



Journalists are invited to cover the AUC National BRIDGE TtF Opening ceremony in Pretoria, the Republic of South Africa


For Further Information consult the AU website: www.au.int


Source: African Union Commission (AUC)








African Union Commission Tribute In Memory of Meles Zenawi


31 Aug 2012 13:11 Africa/Lagos


TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF LATE MELES ZENAWI


ADDIS ABABA, August 31, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF LATE MELES ZENAWI ASRE, PRIME MINISTER OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA, CHAIRPERSON OF THE HEADS OF STATES AND GOVERNEMENT ORIENTATION COMMITTEE NEPAD AND PRESIDENT OF CAHOSC,

WHO DIED ON 21 AUGUST 2012,


BY H.E. MR. PING, CHAIRPERSON OF

THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION


New Conference Centre of the African Union, Addis Ababa

31 AUGUST 2012



The Honourable Speaker of the Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,

Members of the Ethiopian Government

Commissioners,

The Chairperson of the PRC,

Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Members of the Staff of AU Commission,

Dear Friends,


“I am proud to be an Ethiopian. I am proud to be a part of that History.” I deliberately chose to start my tribute today with these eloquent words spoken by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi before a gathering of American intellectuals, as a testimony to the deep love he had for his country.


With heavy hearts and choked with emotion, we are gathered here today in the same prayer and in memory of a worthy son of Africa, a visionary leader and a brother whose words were heeded, Prime Minister MelesZenawi, who left us during the night of 20 to 21 August 2012.


It is painful to think and even more difficult to believe that Prime Minister MelesZenawi is no longer in our midst. We had hope that his illness would only deprive us only momentarily of his extremely active presence and his highly stimulating dynamism at our meetings and conferences, reassuring ourselves with what we knew of his strength of character, his pugnacity and above all, his courage.


Alas, since 21 August, with every passing hour and every passing day, the announcement of his demise has taken onan increasingly far-reaching and considerable impact, and we have been forced to face the inevitable, and heartbroken, accept the unspeakable. If anyone ever seemed to be strong or even invulnerable, for there could be no doubt about his personality, his charisma and immense energy, it was indeed MelesZenawi, who over the years and through his actions had becomea real Institution in Ethiopia as well as in the Continent at large.


One of the greatest recognitions for a public figure here and anywhere else in the world, is to be called by his first name alone, and for everyone to immediately know who it refers to. Meles, the late Prime Minister, had attained that stage; once the name Meles was mentioned, whether here in Ethiopia or elsewhere in Africa, no one could be mistaken. He was the emblematic figure of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian locomotive, the man who elevated Ethiopia from its status as one of the least developed countries in the world, to the rank of the fifteencountries with the most rapid economy growth in our modern-day world. During his lifetime, Meleswas constantly active on all fronts, whether it was a question of building the Ethiopia of today, or preparing the country for its entry into the globalized world.


It is said thathappy are those who were able to fulfil their commitments. Prime Minister Melesis among those happy few, because he always cherished the dream of extricating Ethiopia from poverty and ensuring its food security. Today he has left a booming country as acknowledgedby the unanimous tributes that have been pouring in from around the world for the past few days, evidence of the high esteem he had acquired and which are commensurate with what he built. Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people can find comfort in and be proud of the fact that the late Melescould be counted among the very limited circle of those who had gained international respect and credibility for what they achieved for their country and their people.


His foresight and the desire to bring to fruition his vision of a prosperous Ethiopia that was integrated into the globalized world guided him and firmly anchored him on the path that he had chosen for the development of his country and the wellbeing of the people of Ethiopian, despite all the difficulties. Under his dynamic leadership, security and stability were re-established in the country, which clearly formed the basis of its rapid and visible transformation. We cannot but be gratified by the promising results recorded in the country for some time now, and we are convinced that the Government and the people of Ethiopia will continue the work that the late Prime Minister Meles was able to put on track.


Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


« We will never accept any global deal that does not limit global warming to the minimum unavoidable level, no matter what levels of compensation and assistance are promised to us… While we will reason with everyone to achieve our objective, we will not rubber stamp an agreement by the powers that be as the best we could get for the moment. We will use our numbers to delegitimize any agreement that is not consistent with our minimal position. If needs be we are prepared to walk out of any negotiations that threaten to be another rape of our continent. »


This strong and unambiguous statement made on 3 September 2009 at the African Partnership Forum is one of the numerous statements which attest to the unwavering commitment of Prime Minister Meles to Africa and to its noble causes. This commitment was reflected in his eagerness to contribute to the diplomatic and military efforts of our continental organization by supporting peace initiatives and the restoration of legality in areas where they were undermined. The clout he gained in the Horn of Africa stemmed, among others, from his involvement in diplomatic and military efforts to resolve the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, Darfur and Somalia. He used to state that: « I have no problem talking to anybody so long as it helps the purpose of peace…. »


His commitment and courage endeared him to his peers to the extent that they, rightly, entrusted him with the task of leading African delegations during various negotiations and at international fora such as the G20 and the G8, the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Conference and Climate Change, and thereby raising high the banner of Africa. At each of the international meetings, Prime Minister Meles strongly defended the interest of the continent. He left his imprints everywhere and also made a strong impression. I will always remember how his interventions were widely anticipated and followed with keen interest at various international fora.


There are several ways of living the life of an African statesman. For Africa to develop, the sons and daughters of the continent, especially those in authority, will have to show commitment at all times. Prime Minister Meles understood this very early and that explained why he agreed to become in 2007 the Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee. Under his stewardship the Committee contributed in no small way to highlighting the potential of Africa as pole of growth and the last frontier.


The demise of Prime Minister Meles, has silenced forever one of the most respected African voices of this decade, the inspired and committed voice of a convinced Pan-Africanist. Africa is conscious of this immense and cruel loss and reiterates its solidarity with the bereaved people of Ethiopia whose pain we understand and share. We also pay tribute to this Statesman who devoted all his energy and time to his country and to the development of the continent.


Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


Before I conclude this painful duty, I would like to crave your indulgence to allow me to share my memories of him and to express what is in my heart. I would like to recall a man that I deeply admired and with whom I had affectionate relations based on mutual respect. Concealed in the look of an austere person, the somewhat caricatured portrait of a Statesman or the mask of a politician was a simple, warm-hearted andhumorous man, full of youthful exuberance and jokes, who will be sorely missed by his family, his loved once and friends alike, to whom we wish to renew our deep condolences and express our sympathy.


For me, the late Prime Minister Meles was a source of constant support and inspiration and whose pieces of advice were always useful to me. I have no doubt that many are those who have benefitted from the advice and support that he willingly gave when he was requested to do so.


“We all know that we must die one day but we do not believe that we will die” as Bossuet used to say. In actual fact, “we are obliged to gradually come to terms with this reality, especially where those around us are involved. This painful truth, we feel it today but the pain which has seized us should not blind us to the lessons of life that the late Prime Minister MelesZenawi has bequeathed to us all, courage and determination.


May The Almighty God in his infinite Mercy welcome the soul of our dear Prime Minister MelesZenawi among His Elect! May our Brother rest in perfect and eternal peace!


I thank you.


Source: African Union Commission (AUC)

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Teju Babyface Leaves The Most Eligible Bachelors Club




Celebrated Lagos comedian and host of the popular Teju Babyface Show, Teju Oyelakin, aka Teju Babyface yesterday left the most eligible bachelors club in Nigeria, because he is now officially married to Tobi Banjoko, a former model and the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2011 Miss Photogenic, after their beautiful and colourful traditional wedding ceremony at Ten Degrees Centre, Billingsway in Lagos city.



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Thursday, August 30, 2012

2016: Obama's America" Box Office Grows By 341% As It Expands


"2016: Obama's America" Box Office Grows By 341% As It Expands To More Movie Screens
—Rentrak Provides Exclusive Information about the Documentary's Performance Across Markets—



PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT), the leader in multi-screen media measurement serving the advertising, television and entertainment industries, today reported box office information for the documentary, "2016: Obama's America," which is based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." Initially opening in only one theater in Houston, TX, the documentary has expanded to 1,091 theaters and will increase to almost 1,800 theaters by the weekend.

Generating $10.6 million since its release seven weeks ago, "2016: Obama's America" has grown its cumulative box office by 341% since it took in more than $31,000 from its opening weekend in a singular Houston theater location. Texas continues to drive revenue with five of the film's top-10 grossing theatres coming from the state. While California and New York are listed in the top-10 states that have contributed the most to the documentary's box office due to the large size of their respective populations, individual markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City are part of the lowest performing areas by contrast to the norm.

The top-10 YTD States for "2016: Obama's America" include:

California
Texas
Florida
Georgia
Ohio
Illinois
New York
Arizona
Colorado
Virginia


The top-5 individual over-performing markets for the documentary include:


Lima, Ohio
San Angelo, TX
Tyler-Longview, TX
Harrisonburg, VA-WV
Grand Junction-Montrose, CO


The top-5 individual under-performing markets for "2016: Obama's America," include:


Monterey-Salinas, CA
Buffalo, NY-PA
Laredo, TX
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
Anchorage, AK

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Boko Haram Publishes Nigeria Secret Police Details on the Internet

Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS.

What is buzzing in newsrooms in New York, London and other places overseas is the Nigeria Secret Police Details Leaked as reported by the Associated Press. But the Nigerian government and Nigerians don’t seem bothered at all since what might be top secret to the American Press, AP or the BBC is common knowledge on the streets of Lagos, Kano and Abuja, except you are what we call a JJC, Johnny Just Come.

Are we sure that Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Paul Assange and company don’t already have this information in the files of WikiLeaks even before the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihadl, popularly called Boko Haram posted the personnel records of former and current members of Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS), including home addresses and names of immediate family members on the Internet? But Ms. Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS should tell us how the dreaded Boko Haram got these secret files?

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.


The leak of personal data of more than 60 past and current employees of Nigeria's State Security Service remained easily accessible on the Internet for days and had details about the agency's director-general, including his mobile phone number, bank account particulars and contact information for his son.

Many of agents listed who could be reached said they received no official warning from the spy agency that their information had been posted online nor been otherwise alerted. The material has been deleted from the comment section of a website, but the security breach astonished spy service veterans and calls into question whether Nigeria's intelligence community, whose agents already have released suspected terrorists out of religious and ethnic sympathies, are too compromised from within to stop the violence now plaguing Africa's most populous nation.

There is no secret in Nigeria if you are in the right circles. The so called Nigerian SSS is not as good as the FBI. The rampant terrorist attacks in Nigeria cannot happen so frequently if there is a good security agency. The mallam selling water on the streets of Kano knows more about the Boko Haram than the SSS.







For Ogbonna Amadi: What is Going On?

Ogbonna Amadi.

For Ogbonna Amadi: What is Going On?

When Hope Obioma Opara woke me up early this morning with the heartrending news of what suddenly happened to Mr. Ogbonna Amadi yesterday, time stood still as I gasped in shock. How could this happen to the charismatic Entertainment Editor of Vanguard Newspaper of Nigeria?

Yes, people die. But sudden and untimely deaths make us to raise eyebrows of shock, because God does not wish anyone to suddenly pass away when He created and wired us to live beyond 70 years as He said His wishes for us are of good and not evil. So, we don’t expect, pray or wish for the worst when God our maker has made us for the best.

That is why the news of sudden death of Ogbonna Amadi has left me angry and sad, because such unfortunate occurrences would have been prevented if we have well equipped and well staffed healthcare centres, clinics and hospitals in every community in Nigeria and if the evil and wicked rogues in government have not misappropriated the revenue allocations meant for these provisions for the CommonHealth of all Nigerians.

Ogbonna Amadi contributed to the success of many people in the entertainment industry, especially in Nollywood and music, and I will never forget that he did his best to promote and secure the recognition of our annual Eko International Film Festival. And he also supported me in the publicity for the screenings of Faruk Lasaki’s Changing Faces movie at the cinemas in Nigeria. The last time I saw him was at the press conference for Changing Faces at the popular rendezvous for Nollywood stars and other entertainers, the Ojez Restaurant inside the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. He was looking dapper in his suit as he joined me and Victor Akande of The Nation newspapers to coordinate the press conference. We are going to miss him and I hope everyone will support an initiative in his memory, like an annual Prize for the Best Nollywood Movie Review.

As a special tribute to Ogbonna Amadi, I play the following video of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It was Gaye's 11th studio album released on May 21, 1971.



As we console the bereaved family of Ogbonna Amadi and mourn this great loss, let us say the truth and query those who have failed to provide the appropriate healthcare system for which they have been collecting their fat salaries, bogus allowances and revenue allocations for years. The Minister of health, colleagues and their political godfathers, lobbyists and sponsors must be held accountable for their failures.

The same complaints have been made over and over again for years on the deplorable collapse of healthcare system in the most populous country in Africa where the government has failed to invest in the education and training of medical doctors, nurses and paramedical workers, but keeps on appointing incompetent people as ministers of health to worsen the appalling state of the teaching hospitals and schools of nursing in Nigeria.

I wonder how many of them have visited the colleges of medicine, schools of nursing and medical laboratories and see how horrifying and terrifying they are?
Of course they know that the local healthcare system cannot guarantee the survival of patients in emergencies, because they have misappropriated the revenue allocations for the health sector and will always fly overseas to America, Europe and Asia for the appropriate first class healthcare services they have denied the poor majority abandoned and neglected to face their eerie fate of suffering and dying from preventable illnesses, crimes and other crises in Nigeria. How can people be so cruel and evil to their fellow citizens and still have the audacity to collect fat salaries and allowances and cruise about in government cars and SUVs as presidents, governors, lawmakers, ministers and commissioners and other public posts?
Do you know how many thousands of lives lost suddenly and untimely so far because of the incompetence and maladministration of those elected and appointed to run our government?
For how long shall we continue to bear and tolerate these evil public office holders in Nigeria?
For how long are we going to whine and still watch these demons continue to destroy more innocent lives and wreck Nigeria?
Should we allow these evil and wicked demons in public office to go scot-free?

Until we do our best to demand and secure our rights to good first class healthcare system , security and other “Must Have” facilities and utilities for which our public office holders have been elected and appointed and paid to provide, there will never be peace and unity in this nation and the Nigerian Dream will never come true.

May the blessed soul of Ogbonna Amadi rest in peace and may God who alone knows the depth of our loss comfort us and increase our grace in the vineyard of the Nigerian Dream in the nation building of a New Nigeria for our common good.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima








Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fantastic Fest Announces The 2012 AMD Next Wave Filmmaker Spotlight


29 Aug 2012 18:00 Africa/Lagos


Fantastic Fest Announces The 2012 AMD Next Wave Filmmaker Spotlight



AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., is pleased to announce the 2012 AMD Next Wave competition, which recognizes outstanding new talent in genre film directing. Eight films from seven different countries have been selected to compete in the latest installment of this annual international competition.

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These up-and-coming filmmakers are at the beginning of their movie careers and may well become the next generation of talent to shape the film industry for decades to come. The AMD Next Wave competition films will debut at Fantastic Fest, many in world and U.S. premiere screenings and compete for the highest honor of the festival.

The winning filmmaker will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and AMD-based computer hardware featuring their latest Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD Next Wave awards will be the final presentation at the annual Fantastic Fest Awards presentation on Monday, September 24th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

The winner of last year's AMD Next Wave competition, BULLHEAD, was acquired by Drafthouse Films and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Michael R. Roskam was heralded for his incredibly artful and original vision and has been compared to a young Martin Scorsese. Roskam's next project is Focus Features' THE TIGER, produced by Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt.

"Michael Roskam exemplifies the powerful potential of emerging genre directors," said festival Founder and Creative Director Tim League. "In addition to being nominated for the best foreign language film Oscar, Michael is now working with Michael Mann on a high-profile American television pilot. The AMD Next Wave helps foster and support today's most exciting debut directors who may become tomorrow's industry leaders."

"AMD technology continues to be utilized by top movie makers worldwide including the director Robert Rodriguez. We created the AMD Next Wave award along with our great partners at Alamo Drafthouse to recognize up and coming directorial talent across the globe. Fantastic Fest has become the premier genre festival in the world," said Charlie Boswell, AMD Director of Digital Media and Entertainment. "The Oscar nominated film BULLHEAD from Belgium director Michael Roskam is the latest product coming through the festival."

All eyes look to the AMD Next Wave for the hottest new international directorial talent. Below you will find a brief description for each of the 2012 AMD Next Wave competition films:

COMBAT GIRLS (2011)
North American Premiere
Director - David Wnendt, 103min
The debut feature from director-writer David Wnendt is a bleak tale of two girls who, for very different reasons, get swept up in the resurgent Neo-Nazi movement in Germany.

CONSPIRACY, THE
World Premiere
Director - Christopher MacBride, 85min
Two young documentary filmmakers are drawn into a shadowy world of secret societies when the subject of their film simply disappears. Have his investigations led to his demise?

CRAVE (2012)
U.S. Premiere
Director - Charles de Lauzirika, 113min
CRAVE follows a mentally unstable crime scene photographer on his descent into violence and madness. CRAVE won the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature at the 2012 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival.

ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY (2012)
U.S. Premiere
Director – Eron Sheean, 101min
Plagued by the memory of the infant son he could not save, geneticist Geoff Burton plunges into a web of intrigue, jealousy and lies in this icily precise thriller.

FLIMMER (2012)
North American Premiere
Director - Patrik Eklund, 99min
Oscar-nominated short film director Patrik Eklund's feature debut showcases the wry wit that made his shorts so hugely popular in this tale of a small town telecom company plagued by anti-radiowave anarchists.

FUCK UP (2012)
North American Premiere
Director - Oystein Karlsen, 135min
Clearly it's all the moose's fault. Jack had everything under control until his best friend crashed into a moose on the Swedish border. With a trunk full of cocaine. Now it's all gone to shit.

KING OF PIGS, THE (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director - Yeung Sang-ho, 97min
THE KING OF PIGS is an emotionally punishing animated indie film about a group of friends whose brutal childhoods continue to haunt them as adults.

PLAN C (2012)
World Premiere
Director – Max Porcelijn, 95min
Detective Ronald Plasmeyer has a problem in need of a solution: A ten thousand Euro debt to the Chinese mafia. Plan A didn't work. Plan B made things much, much worse. Now it's time for Plan C.

For more details regarding Fantastic Fest, contact festival publicist Brandy Fons, at brandy@fonspr.com. For more information, visit www.fantasticfest.com.

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To apply for press credentials to FF 2012 please email an assignment from your editor to press @ fantasticfest . com.

About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. The festival has launched and propelled the buzz for international genre hits like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, MONSTERS, TIMECRIMES and TROLLHUNTER. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of "10 Film Festivals We Love," a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We've also been named as one of the "25 coolest film festivals" and the "25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Moviemaker Magazine.

Our Partners
Returning Presenting Sponsors for Fantastic Fest and Arcade include AMD, RealD 3D, FEARnet, Plano-based Well Go USA Entertainment, and Texas' own Shiner Beer, whose family of products will be featured throughout the festival. Returning hotel partners include Embassy Suites Austin Downtown, Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown, and the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin

New Presenting Sponsors include Sony Digital Cinema 4K, which delivers an immersive theatrical experience with ultra-high resolution digital projection technology.

About Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand comprised of an acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art store. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website www.drafthouse.com.

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Doppelgängers of Famous Hollywood Stars





These are incredible but awesome resemblances!
Doppelgängers of Adrien Brody, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis and Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black.

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A Moët & Chandon for President Goodluck Jonathan


A Moët & Chandon for President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria on Monday said he is the most criticized president in the world and the following day his honourable Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji resigned over airy-fairy tales of corruption in the privatization of dysfunctional Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and the government cannot tell the anxious and curious citizens the TRUTH in a democracy?
The president says they are dialoguing with the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic terrorist sect, but the sect denies such a dialogue. So, who is fooling whom?

The president gives a regular largess of billions of dollars to their so called ex-militants who have records of armed robbery and murder in the Niger Delta and committed crimes they should have been prosecuted for.
How many people have they liberated in their creeks destroyed by their illegal refining and stealing of crude oil?
Freedom fighters cruising in expensive SUVs and regaling their wives, girlfriends and other spongers in their palatial mansions in Rivers State, Bayelsa State, Delta State and Abuja?
The billions of dollars are meant for providing peace and security in the Niger Delta?
But why are we still seeing spiral fumes from the creeks with stolen crude oil loaded into barges and tankers daily worsening the pollution and ecocide and kleptocracy? So, who is fooling whom?

Pensioners are still gnashing their teeth over arrears of their unpaid pensions and unceremoniously sacked bankers are protesting and picketing in front of their banks on the street?

Many companies have relocated to Ghana and increasing the population of millions of unemployed youths roaming the streets and facing daily temptations and trials of being misled into crimes and corrupt lifestyles in their frustration and desperation for a better life

President of the Nigerian Economic Society Prof. Akin Iwayemi wonders why the apex bank is introducing the N5000 bill when it is already pursuing a cashless e- banking programme.

Then former military head of state and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Gen. Muhammad Buhari (retd) blamed President Jonathan and his predecessors former military head of state Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda ((retd) and former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who is also a retired military general for the corruption and insecurity destroying Nigeria. But the never say die Chief Obasanjo was busy amusing people at a function with his mockery of hip hop artiste Eedris Abdulkareem’s hit song Nigeria jagajaga that simply lamented the myriad of crises causing the hysteria in Nigeria.

The lawmakers who claim to have been duly elected are not different from toothless bulldogs overfed for nothing since they can only bark, but cannot bite any trespasser or criminal. So the comedy of errors continues like a Kafkaesque nightmare?


Am I still criticizing the President when he thinks we should pop another specially bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne for his outstanding achievements from Yenogoa he left in shambles to the federal capital Abuja where his beloved Dame of dames and other residents live in fear and trembling of terrorist bomb attacks?


~ By Orikinla Osinachi, Bonny Island, Nigeria.














Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Most Criticized President in the World


The Most Criticized President in the World


Is there a Guinness Book of World Records for The Most Criticized President in the World?

If there is none as I presume, please note that our dear President, the first Nigerian Izon Head of State and first Nigerian President from the Niger Delta of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan has just claimed it by his public declaration on Monday August 27, 2012, at the National Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the federal capital of Abuja, Nigeria.

May I ask the Guinness Book of World Records to make the public announcement so that President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan can have the world press conference for being the official record holder of The Most Criticized President in the World and to receive the official Guinness Book of World Records certificate for his historical feat that even the most vilified African ruler, President Robert Mugabe is yet to achieve.



I will send him your claim application form on http://member.guinnessworldrecords.com/register/login.aspx so that he can claim his record as soon as possible.
I will wait for your confirmation before I pop the special Moët & Chandon champagne:I have ordered to congratulate him and cheer him on his next challenge of becoming the Most Praised President in the World to shame all his haters on the street and on the internet.

Your positive response would be highly appreciated for the global recognition of Nigeria as the nation with the Most Criticized President in the World.

Sincerely,

Orikinla Osinachi









Majority of Workers Say Gossip is Most Common Form of Office Politics

Office Gossip. Photo Credit: Work Relationships.

Unlike many bloggers who cannot tell the difference between gossip and news, we can separate the wheat from the chaff. We have a NO GOSSIP policy, but Psst ... Have You Heard the News About Office Politics?
Do you believe this?

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Majority of Workers Surveyed Cite Gossip as Most Common Form of Office Politics

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Politics may be better left outside of the office, a new Robert Half survey suggests. Four in 10 (40 per cent) workers interviewed characterized themselves as "occasional voters" when participating in office politics, limiting their involvement to issues that affect them directly. Another 39 per cent said they are "neutral parties" who stay completely out of the fray.

Although most employees report not being heavily involved in office politics, 56 per cent have observed political maneuverings on the job. Chief among these activities is gossiping, cited by 54 per cent of respondents, followed by flattering the boss to gain favour (20 per cent) and taking credit for others' work (17 per cent).

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 700 workers in North America who are 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

Workers were asked, "Which one of the following most closely describes your involvement in office politics?" Their responses:

Active campaigner: I have to play
the game to get ahead ....................... 14%
Occasional voter: I get involved when
issues are important to me .................. 40%
A neutral party: I stay completely
out of the fray ............................. 39%
Don't know/no answer ......................... 7%
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100%

Workers also were asked, "In your opinion, which of the following activities is most common in your office when it comes to office politics?" Their responses:*

Gossiping or spreading rumours ............... 54%
Gaining favour by flattering the boss ........ 20%
Taking credit for others' work ............... 17%
Sabotaging coworkers' projects ............... 2%
Other ........................................ 7%
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100%

* Responses represent 399 of 716 workers (56 per cent), who cited office politics in their workplace.

"Becoming embroiled in office politics is never a good career move, but it's wise to be aware of political undercurrents on the job because they do exist in most organisations," said Max Messmer, Chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "There are people who seek to get ahead in their careers at the expense of others, and this behaviour erodes trust and undermines team morale."

Following are five types of office "politicians" and advice from Robert Half for effectively working with them:

1. The Gossip Hound. This person loves spreading rumours and can often
be found hovering around the water cooler, speculating about a
variety of sensitive issues. Keep your distance from the Gossip Hound
and don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone directly.
2. The Credit Thief. This individual loves the spotlight and relishes
taking credit for other people's work. When collaborating with a
Credit Thief, document your contributions. Provide regular updates to
your supervisor and correct any misrepresentations about your work.
3. The Sycophant. "Shameless" is this person's middle name -- he or she
will offer fulsome flattery to anyone who is in a position of power.
Although it may be hard to watch, don't sweat the Sycophant's
tactics. Most managers can see through them. Give kudos to deserving
individuals, regardless of their position.
4. The Saboteur. Watch your back when working with this person, who
loves to play the blame game and make others look bad. Limit your
interaction with this master manipulator and make sure to stand up
for yourself. Often, the Saboteur will back down when confronted.
5. The Adviser. This professional is often closely aligned with an
executive and serves as his or her eyes and ears. Develop a good
rapport with the Adviser because he or she could have a direct line
to the top.

To help professionals keep the political tone at work positive, Robert Half has introduced a new career guide, How to Navigate Office Politics: Your Guide to Getting Ahead, and videos illustrating office politics gone awry as part of the firm's ongoing video series, "Don't Let This Happen to You." Both can be found at roberthalf.ca/bloopers.

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialised staffing firm, is a recognised leader in professional staffing services. The company's specialised staffing divisions include Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam, for highly skilled office and administrative support professionals; Robert Half Technology, for project and full-time technology professionals; Robert Half Legal, for project and full-time staffing of lawyers, paralegals and legal support personnel; and The Creative Group, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. Robert Half International has staffing operations in more than 350 locations worldwide. Find more information at roberthalf.ca, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/RobertHalf_CAN.

SOURCE Robert Half Canada







South Africans Reveal What Makes Them ‘Click’ Online

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South Africans Reveal What Makes Them ‘Click’ Online


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Samsung To Pay Apple More Than $US1 Billion for Patent Infringement


Apple Versus Samsung. Photo Credit: Pandith News.

Samsung To Pay Apple More Than $US1 billion for Patent Infringement

Apple shares soared to a new all-time high after the US tech giant's big win in a patent lawsuit against South Korea's Samsung, which saw its own stock tumble.

Google shares slipped amid concerns that its Android operating system used on mobile devices made by Samsung and others would come under greater scrutiny.

In early trade, Apple jumped 2.11 per cent to $US677.19, giving the maker of the iconic iPhone and iPad a record market value of $US635 billion (508 billion euros), reinforcing its place as the world's most valuable corporation.

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10 Things You Should Know About Nigeria and Nigerians


10 Things You Should Know About Nigeria and Nigerians

1. There is nothing wrong with the location of Nigeria; it is 923,800 km² land of God filled with surplus mineral resources. But there are many things wrong with the humans there called Nigerians, because many of them are now mutants.

2. Majority of Nigerians pretend to worship God, but they prefer to dine and wine with devils. That is why they do more evil than good, but choose to live in denial as majority of them lie that they are Christians and Muslims, but they don’t practice either of the two religions.

3. Yes. There are indeed more True Muslims in Nigeria than True Christians. In fact, it is easier to find pagans than true Christians in Nigeria. Please, do not mistake the millions of church goers for Christians; otherwise you will be totally deceived and disappointed.

4. Majority of Nigerians prefer darkness to light. That is why majority of them live in darkness and seeing regular light is a mirage that appears and disappears as the dark knights in power rule the poor majority with millions of their generators making Nigeria the only country in the world where 160 million people share less than 5, 000 megawatts of electricity and still pay bills for no electricity.

5. There are more fake Facebook accounts in Nigeria than in other countries in the world and Facebook uses all the fake Facebook accounts in its IPO. Former military head of state and civilian president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is one of the victims of fake Facebook accounts in Nigeria.

6. The richest black man on earth is a Nigerian Muslim, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

7. Arabs and Asians understand Nigeria and how things work in Nigeria than Americans and Europeans.

8. Foreign football clubs are more popular household names than the local Nigerian football clubs

9. Majority of poor Nigerians spend more on making phone calls than the education of their children.

10. There are still good Nigerians in Nigeria, but they are the most endangered species in the country.

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