Saturday, March 30, 2013

Samsung Pays Apple $1 Billion in 30 Trucks full of 5 Cent Coins



OMG! Samsung pays Apple $1 Billion in 30 trucks full of 5 cent coins

"You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law."

~ Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics.







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2013 Hollywood Film Awards Sets Pace for Awards Race



29 Mar 2013 13:30 Africa/Lagos

2013 Hollywood Film Awards Sets Pace for Awards Race
Hollywood Film Awards Gala ceremony takes place on October 21, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For a 17th consecutive year, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues its mandate of celebrating Hollywood cinema and recognizing excellence in Hollywood, both in-front and behind the camera. This year the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony takes place on October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills.

In the last 10 years, a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards®.

The "Los Angeles Times" recognized the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala Ceremony as a "pre-Oscar showcase," and the "New York Times," called it the "first mandatory stop in the awards season."

"We are very excited to be having our seventeenth annual Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony on October 21. Last year's event was one of the best yet, with our presenters and honorees including Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, John Hawkes, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David O. Russell, Dustin Hoffman, Quentin Tarantino, Quvenzhane Wallis, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, Kerry Washington, Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly among many others," Hollywood Film Awards founder, Carlos de Abreu, announced.

The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural "Hollywood Career Achievement Award."

The criteria for the recipients are based on their body of work and/or one or more films that are to be released within the calendar year.

Last year's Hollywood Film Awards total TV audience was over 42 million unique impressions, in addition to 300 million media impressions from both online and offline hits.

Further, through the "Hollywood Gives Back®" Project, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues highlighting and helping fundraising for important local and national causes.

Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards have contributed to such organizations as: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights; Artists for Peace and Justice; Children's Hospital Los Angeles; the Enough Project; Matchingdonors.com, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, and the children's charity Variety SoCal among others.

The Hollywood Film Awards® selects individuals to be recipients of their "Hollywood Humanitarian Awards" in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large. Prior recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette and actor and activist Sean Penn.

For more information about the Hollywood Film Awards http://www.hollywoodawards.com

SOURCE Hollywood Film Awards

CONTACT: Linelle Schultz, Hollywood Film Awards®, Hollywood Film Festival®, +1-310-288-1882, awards@hollywoodawards.com

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter! But Lest We Forget...



7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding.


~ Ephesians 1:7-8, Holy Bible (New International Version).


Friday, March 29, 2013

Lest We Forget

"But He [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."1

Today is Good Friday, the day we remember with profound appreciation that it was for this day that Jesus came to earth … to die in our place on that cruel Roman cross to save us from the terrible consequences of sin—a disease far deadlier than AIDS or any other disease that is a physical death sentence.

Today, we also remember that Jesus Christ was not an ordinary man. True, he was a man but he was and is the Son of the Living God—the Great Creator who became our Savior—the one who laid aside his external garments of deity, stepped out of the Ivory Palaces of Heaven, clothed himself in a garment of human flesh and came to earth to pay the redemption price for our sin. He died on the cross in your place and mine. In so doing he provided the only cure for the deadly disease of sin whose sentence is spiritual and eternal death.

Today, we remember, too, that without Jesus as our Savior, we would be headed for hell from which there is no escape beyond the grave. Wherever and whatever hell is we can be sure of this, it is eternal disconnection from God the author of all love and life—cut off forever from all love and all loving relationships. Such consequences are unthinkable.

And today we need to remember that Jesus died for us because he loved us far more than we can even begin to understand. As another has said, Jesus would rather go to hell for us than to go to heaven without us! This he did when he died on the cross in your place and in mine.

Jesus gave his life that we might live. In thanksgiving to him for his unspeakable gift, may we give our life to live for him—to help spread the gospel so that others might also live. For without Jesus, people are lost forever!

If you have never thanked Jesus for dying on the cross to pay the price for your sins, I urge you to do this today, and accept Jesus as your Savior and receive God's forgiveness and the assurance of a home in heaven forever. To help you be sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian—without having to be religious at: www.actsweb.org/christian and/or "God's Invitation" at: http://tinyurl.com/gods-invitation.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how can I ever thank you enough for loving me enough to give your Son Jesus to die on the cross in my place to pay the penalty for all my sins? And dear Jesus I do thank you from the depths of my heart for what you did for me. Please help me to live a life of thanksgiving to you always in all ways. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV).

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George Frideric Handel's musical masterpiece MESSIAH, illustrated with beautiful motion pictures and short narrative between the songs to tell the Biblical story behind the music. This presentation emphasizes the purpose of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Features The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood conductor, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. 54 minutes. A DVD of this film is available for $6. Call 614-882-2126, or go to http://biblestudents.com/freevid.html Associated Bible Students of Central Ohio.








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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

First Baptist Church Dallas New $130 Million Lights Fountain Campus Ready for Easter Sunday


In a dramatic ceremony March 24, 2013, First Baptist Dallas lit the 68-foot cross-tower fountain at the heart of its new $130 million campus opening Easter Sunday.


First Baptist Church Dallas Lights Fountain of New $130 Million Campus Set to Open Easter Sunday



Three-Quarter Acre Fountain Plaza Contributes to Greening and Grandeur of Downtown Revitalization

DALLAS, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — First Baptist Church of Dallas, which will open its new state-of-the-art $130 million campus, the largest Protestant church building campaign in modern history, on Easter Sunday, began the first of its month-long grand opening celebrations last night with the lighting and dedication of the high-impact cross-tower fountain.

“We gather tonight with a clear purpose, not to celebrate a new building but to celebrate new life in Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church. “Next week we change our place of worship, but some things never change – God, our love for Him and the Gospel. The fellowship of our congregation remains unbroken from this place to the next, bonding us together.”

At the close of the final evening worship service in the historic 122-year-old sanctuary, the lights were turned off and First Baptist congregation members each lit a candle in the darkness. They then followed Jeffress in a silent processional out of the original facility to the Fountain Plaza, symbolizing the church’s commitment to carry the light of the Gospel message with them from their former meeting place to the new campus and into the world.


On March 24, 2013, thousands of First Baptist Dallas congregants carried candles symbolizing the light of the Gospel, to the new $130 million campus opening Easter Sunday.

“More than anything we want our church to represent the amazing grace God offers,” Jeffress said after leading the crowd in an a cappella version of “Amazing Grace.” “We want to be the love of God, and we want for people who come on our campus to know we are a church.”


First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress listens as a custom rendition of a popular hymn accompanies the inaugural lighting on the Fountain Plaza of the new $130 million campus.

Following a 10-second countdown by the pastor, the cross-tower structure and new campus buildings were dramatically lit as fountains danced to the classic hymn of the faith, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” one of several custom orchestral scores of anthems and spiritual songs created to accompany the programmed flow of the cascading water and jets.

The fountain, which is centrally located on the three-quarter acre plaza and community space, serves as the grand entrance of the new campus, featuring a stainless steel cross atop a pedestal rising 68-feet-high. Surrounding the tower is a shallow water pool containing a heated baptistery as well as eight water canons and 21 undulating titan water jets. Water spilling over the tower wall at the base of the cross emulates white-water movement before creating waves in the pool.

The water calms prior to floating over the edge inscribed with a Scripture text from John 4:14, stating, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

First Baptist will hold its first service in the new 3,000-seat Worship Center of the state-of-the-art, 500,000-square-foot campus March 31. Physically changing the landscape of the Dallas skyline, the new campus is united in function and design as well as open, accessible and easily identifiable as an iconic church in the heart of the city.

First Baptist is committed to boldly sharing the Gospel. The church has been located at its current location since 1868, and has experienced the ebbs and flows of the downtown economy, consistently remaining committed to God and the people of Dallas. For more information, visit http://www.firstdallas.org/.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

There Will Never Be Another Chinua Achebe, But…


There Will Never Be Another Chinua Achebe, But…

When I was a boy growing up in Nigeria, becoming a novelist was a far-away dream.

~ Chinua Achebe as the recipient of the 2010 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, when he was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University, USA.

I thought today would be one of my happiest days.
I was well dressed in my favourite blue shirt and cream trousers and black shoes. And I thanked God its Friday.
I had an appointment to interview Greek Nigerian singer Jojo Stavro at D'Stage on Modupe Johnson Crescent in Surulere, Lagos.
I had to see my one and only first lady before entering the car.
She knew where I was going to.
"What should I get you?" I asked her.
"Anything you want to," she replied.
She hardly asked me for anything, because she knew I would always get her what she loved.
Even the gold necklace to be customized for her is coming without her asking for it.
She had a headache yesterday and I told her to get rid of all negative thoughts.
But I could not keep the shocking news from her.
"They said Chinua Achebe is dead," I told her slowly and not aloud.
She was speechless for a moment.
"But I will not report it until the news is confirmed," I said.
She sighed.
I love her so much that I don't want anything to upset her.
The report of the death of a loved one leaves a sour taste in the mouth and sudden cold with fever may grip you.
We all loved Achebe.
She loves books and I always give her special gifts of books and she loves my books too and even has a copy of one of my books that no one else has in Nigeria.
The book is not yet distributed in Nigeria.
I wanted her to be happy.
But how can we be happy today when the bad news of the passing of one of the greatest men of books is making headlines and making us sad?
She was sober.

I left still thinking of her and reflecting on the awesome literary life of Chinua Achebe.
How would Wole Soyinka take it?
Soyinka the first black Nobel Prize winner in literature loved and respected Achebe and both of them are regarded as the pillars of the phenomenal greatness of Nigerian literature in Africa and the rest of the world. They have inspired millions of us.
Chinua Achebe’s all time classic Things Fall Apart has been a must read for decades since the publication in 1958. The novel has sold 11 million copies so far and translated into more than 50 languages. And the other books following have established him as a literary genius and icon of modern literature winning many highly coveted prizes and academic honours that made him one of the most decorated writers in history.

As I sit in my office to write this short tribute, my youngest best friend Janet is knocking at the door as she returns from nursery school accompanied by her mother who is pregnant with another baby who will be two years younger than Janet who celebrated her second birthday in January. Janet cannot pass by my office without saying hello and she has been doing so for over a year. Her parents and neighbors are awed by our remarkable friendship which began when she was not yet a year old.
I open the door and let her in as she greets cheerfully and then passes through the backdoor of the office to rejoin her mother in the verandah leading to their flat at the back of the block. Then I return to continue writing my tribute.
All adults were once as little Janet, innocent and free and totally oblivious of growing old and then passing away one day.
We are all innocent of our existence on earth. None of us asked to be born.
At times like this, I reflect on life from the womb to the tomb and the thoughts of losing beautiful and wonderful people leave me dumb and numb.
I want to celebrate life and live life in love, peace and unity and not in fear and sorrow of an uncertain tomorrow.

So, as we mourn the greatest patriarch of Nigerian literature Chinua Achebe, let us celebrate the illustrious life of his wonderful prose, poetry and drama of the romance of human existence in a mysterious world.

I know that there will never be another Chinua Achebe, but I trust God to comfort the bereaved families, friends, relations, associates, well wishers and the rest of us and give us more grace to appreciate the geniuses still living and walking among us. They many not shine as bright as Achebe and his peers, but they are still shining stars illuminating our world in their own special ways.

Achebe has played his great role on the stage of life, let us not forget to play our own roles even with more challenges and do greater exploits that will make the world remember Achebe as our great inspiration for the manifestation of the kindred spirits of a new generation that will lead our beloved nation to rock and rule the world.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka Orikinla Osinachi, prize winning Nigerian writer, most prolific African blogger and author of Children of Heaven, Sleepless Night, Scarlet Tears of London, Bye, Bye Mugabe, In the House of Dogs, Diary of the Memory Keeper, The Prophet Lied, co-author of Naked Beauty and editor of The Language of True Love. He has written many articles, commentaries and news reports published by Technorati, Blogcritics, Huliq, Yahoo Voices, Shvoong, Gather, Huffington Post, Face2Face Africa, Black Film Maker, Nigeria Films and Modern Ghana.

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Chinua Achebe: 16 November 1930 – 22 March 2013

Chinua Achebe (born Albert Chínụ̀álụmọ̀gụ̀ Àchèbé, 16 November 1930 – 22 March 2013). submit to reddit

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Postmaster General Says Technology is Making Mail More Powerful


Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe.


Mail is Big Business
The U.S. Postal Service is the core of the $1 trillion mailing industry that employs more than 8 million people.*
These types of mail brought in most of the $65 billion in revenue in 2012:

  • First-Class Mail — $28.9 billion
  • Advertising Mail — $16.4 billion
  • Shipping & Package Services — $11.6 billion
  • Periodicals — $1.7 billion
If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500.
In the 2012 Global Fortune 500 list, the U.S. Postal Service ranked 135th.
* The Mailing Industry Job Study, March 2011, reported that there are more than 8 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in revenue attributed to the mailing industry.




18 Mar 2013 18:37 Africa/Lagos

Postmaster General Says Technology is Making Mail More Powerful

Urges Mailing Industry to Focus on Innovation in Delivery, Digital Integration and Targeting

SAN FRANCISCO, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Technology and changing consumer expectations are helping to transform mail into an even more powerful communications channel, Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe told the nation's largest annual gathering of mailing industry leaders today.

"As the mailing industry, we must continue to work to drive innovation and leverage data and technology to improve the consumer experience and grow revenue," Donahoe said in his keynote address at the National Postal Forum. "Our challenge as an industry is to shape those moments when people are experiencing mail, and make them more powerful in the future. That's part of getting our game on — shaping our future and building excitement about the power of mail and the future of mail."

Mail already has an advantage over other ways of communicating, Donahoe said, because it is tactile and encourages users to interact with it. "People slow down and absorb what they receive. They process it. They retain it," he said. To strengthen that experience, Donahoe urged the mailing industry to focus on four key ideas: making mail more personally relevant, more actionable, more functional and more creative.

"Through the convergence of data and technology, mailers can use the insights about individual interests to make mail more personal," he said. "With imbedded QR codes and augmented reality, mail becomes much more functional and creative, creating an even more influential experience."

Donahoe also touted the fact that American businesses are spending the same percentage of their marketing dollars on mail today as they did 30 years ago.

"Even with the emergence of cable television, social media and smartphones, marketing mail has remained constant because of the tremendous value it delivers to consumers who receive it and its ability to drive an exceptional return on investment for the businesses who send it," said Donahoe. "The growth of our industry is going to be driven by changing technologies and customer expectations. We have to work together as an industry to anticipate these changes by leveraging the value of mail to shape new opportunities."

The Postmaster General also advanced themes relating to innovation in the Postal Service in the areas of delivery, digital integration and targeting to extend the delivery platform and provide growth opportunities for the mailing industry and America's businesses.

"Innovating digital integration is fundamental to improving the consumer experience — and combining the targeting power of online advertising with that mail experience will make mail far more valuable to the receiver and the sender," Donahoe said.

The Postmaster General also described the Postal Services' aggressive cost reduction efforts and their impacts on the mailing industry: reducing the size of the workforce by 193,000 employees since 2006; reducing the organization's cost base by $15 billion; reducing 21,000 delivery routes; and consolidating the network of mail processing facilities while maintaining record levels of service.

"No other organization that I can think of — either public or private — has gone through a similar downsizing so rapidly and continued to function at a high level," said Donahoe. "It all comes down to one word for this industry: affordability. The faster we can reduce costs, the better we can avoid pressure to raise prices. That's why we continue to seek comprehensive reform legislation to provide more flexibility in our business model to create a sustainable platform for the future."

A video of the speech will be posted online when it is available at about.usps.com/news.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private-sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for seven years and the fourth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

Follow the Postal Service on twitter.com/USPS and at facebook.com/USPS.

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service
Please Note: For media interested in attending the National Postal Forum, please contact Toni DeLancey at toni.g.delancey@usps.gov.For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at about.usps.com/news/welcome.htm.For reporters interested in speaking with a regional Postal Service public relations professional, please go toabout.usps.com/news/media-contacts/usps-local-media-contacts.pdf.

CONTACT: Toni DeLancey, +1-202-268-3118 (O), +1-202-251-6548 (C), toni.g.delancey@usps.gov

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Transparency International Calls on President Jonathan To Rescind the Pardon of His Boss DSP



17 Mar 2013 13:46 Africa/Lagos

Transparency International calls on Nigerian president to rescind controversial pardon of corrupt politician

BERLIN, 14 March 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation, calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to rescind the pardon granted to Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha ("DSP"), the former governor of the oil-rich state of Bayelsa, who was convicted for money laundering and other serious corruption offences in 2007.

“This decision undermines anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria and encourages impunity. If the government is serious about uprooting public corruption, sanctions against those who betray the public trust should be strengthened, not relaxed,” said Akere Muna, vice-chair of Transparency International.

Mr. Alamieyeseigha will now be able to stand for public office again.

President Jonathan should show that he is committed to fighting corruption and endorse the efforts of law enforcement agencies to end impunity for corrupt officials.

Nigeria was ranked 139 out of 174 countries in the 2012 Corruptions Perceptions Index. Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has prosecuted and convicted a number of high-profile corrupt individuals since its inception in 2003, but most of them have escaped effective sanctions.

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The Stavro Sisters in Nigeria


Jojo Stavro, hit song "Let's Dance" is the toast of the air waves in Nigeria. A national call for love, peace and unity among all Nigerians.

Who are the Stavro sisters?
The Stavro sisters are Jojo Stavro, Eleni Stavro and Anna Stavro.
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

First Annual "WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition"




15 Mar 2013 22:00 Africa/Lagos

Nat Geo WILD, the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation Announce First Annual "WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition"

Winning Filmmaker Will Apprentice With Acclaimed National Geographic Filmmaker in Africa

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nat Geo WILD, in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), announced today at the Sun Valley Film Festival the first annual WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition—a short film competition that will give independent documentarians the chance to win an apprenticeship in wildlife filmmaking with an acclaimed National Geographic filmmaker in Africa.

The WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition will accept submissions from April 1 through October 1, 2013. To capture the "WILD to INSPIRE" theme, each film should focus on nature, with the goal of inspiring people to let the wild into their lives every day through content that is awe-inspiring, real, unexpected and fearless.

Films should be no more than 5 minutes long, and will be judged on the following criteria:

Connection to the theme of "WILD to INSPIRE";
Quality of the storyline and script;
Creativity and/or content originality;
Production quality; and
Editing.

Filmmakers can enter and get official contest rules by visiting the Vimeo contest page at https://vimeo.com/groups/wildtoinspire.

The top three finalists will be flown to the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2014, where they'll screen their short films for festival attendees and a panel of judges, including Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager for Nat Geo WILD; Casey Anderson, wildlife expert and host of Nat Geo WILD's "America the Wild"; acclaimed National Geographic filmmaker Bob Poole, and others, including representatives from Sun Valley and AWF.

The grand prize winner will receive a trip to AWF's Maasai Steppe Heartland in Tanzania, Africa, home to a host of wildlife, including African lions. There, he or she will receive a crash course in wildlife filmmaking through an apprenticeship with a National Geographic filmmaker.

"Sun Valley Film Festival is passionate about supporting established as well as new filmmakers. This competition is a wonderful opportunity to discover and nurture fresh talent," said Ted Grennan, executive director of the Sun Valley Film Festival.

During their stay, the winner will act as documentarian of record for Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and AWF's Manyara Ranch on behalf of Nat Geo WILD and AWF. Through regular updates, including blog posts, video and photos, the winner will shine a light on African wildlife with a focus on big cat research and conservation efforts. Additionally, the winner will give Nat Geo WILD fans an inside look at what goes on behind the camera and show what it really takes to be a wildlife filmmaker.

"WILD to INSPIRE showcases Nat Geo WILD's commitment to supporting filmmakers who are passionate about capturing the awe-inspiring wonder of the natural world that exists both in our own backyards, and in places many of us only dream of going," said Daniels. "Our goal every day is to take our viewers to new 'wild' places, and we are excited to see where each submission in this competition takes us next."

"Many people love Africa and its wildlife but don't have the opportunity to visit this amazing continent. The WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition is a way for the African Wildlife Foundation to bring Africa and its big cats, elephants and other awe-inspiring species to the world while also shining a light on some of the challenges Africans face in living alongside wildlife and conserving their natural heritage," said Craig Sholley, vice president for philanthropy and marketing for AWF.

As an extension of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative, the WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition also provides a real-world, hands-on opportunity for filmmakers to Cause An Uproar with Nat Geo WILD in support of the ongoing effort to halt the decline of lions and cheetahs worldwide.

For more information and complete rules, visit https://vimeo.com/groups/wildtoinspire. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter this contest.

About Nat Geo WILD
For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in 56 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 100 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.

About the Sun Valley Film Festival
The second annual Sun Valley Film Festival, March 14–17, will feature a curated slate of more than 60 cutting-edge films and TV premieres, engaging coffee talks with industry insiders like Hollywood legend Jodie Foster, fabulous parties with top entertainment including indie rock legends Built to Spill, a Screenwriter's Lab led by Independent Spirit Award nominee Will McCormack and a spectacular Alaska Airlines Closing Awards Apres-Ski Ceremony. This spring, filmmakers from around the world will bring their vision to the Sun Valley Film Festival and movie lovers are invited to watch it come into focus. For festival details and tickets, visit http://www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org. Get festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

About the African Wildlife Foundation
Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF's programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa's people. Since its inception, AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation — all to ensure the survival of Africa's unparalleled wildlife heritage. AWF is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Kenya and registered as a 501(c)(3) in the United States. For more information, www.awf.org.

SOURCE Nat Geo WILD

CONTACT: Chris Albert, calbert@natgeotv.com, +1-202-912-6526, Kristin Montalbano, kmontalbano@natgeotv.com, +1-202-912-3244, Mayu Mishina, mmishina@awf.org, +1-202-939-3333, Carol Waller, carol@cw-communications.com, SVFF, +1-208-720-3965

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The New Pope is Italian!



Another European born Cardinal has been elected as the new Pope.

The son of an Italian railway worker in Argentina Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been selected as the new Pope of over 1 billion Roman Catholics on 13 March 2013 to succeed his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI whose controversial resignation in February shocked the world. The new Pope has taken the name of Pope Francis I, the first time in papal history that this name had been used and he is the 266th pope.

He was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was ordained a priest in 1969. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was made a Cardinal in 2001.


Jorge Mario Bergoglio is one of the five children of Italian immigrants Mario José Bergoglio, a railway worker, and his wife Regina María Sívori, a housewife. As a teenager, Bergoglio had a lung removed as a result of an infection. He studied and received a master's degree in chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires before he decided to pursue an ecclesiastical career.
According to another reference, he graduated from a technical school as a chemical technician and at the age of 21 decided to become a priest.
~ Wikipedia.


Nigerians Report wishes the new Pope the blessings and divine guidance of God as he begins his Papal service in Rome.

See 13 key facts about the new pontiff.







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Monday, March 11, 2013

Marriott Rewards Goes to Bat for New Movie About Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson



11 Mar 2013 19:10 Africa/Lagos

Marriott Rewards Goes to Bat for New Movie About Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson
Visit MarriottRewards42.com to Win Seats at Exclusive Hollywood Premiere of 42

BETHESDA, Md., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International and Marriott Rewards, the company's world-class loyalty program, are hitting a home run with 42, the upcoming film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who became an American hero when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, forever breaking Major League Baseball's color line. In support of 42, Marriott Rewards is putting travelers into the game with daily movie ticket giveaways and a chance to win exclusive access to the Hollywood premiere. S ee MarriottRewards42.com for rules and details.*

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130311/PH74747)

"We want 42 to be a hit because we believe Jackie Robinson is a powerful role model and inspiration to people everywhere who aspire for greater opportunities," said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards. "42 is also a new and unique way for us to engage the 42 million members of our award-winning loyalty program and offer a special opportunity for them to experience the premiere and release of this important film. In addition to our Facebook game, we created a souvenir 42 key card insert and worked with LodgeNet, the provider of in-room entertainment at many of our hotels nationwide, to promote 42 by airing a personalized message from Chadwick Boseman, who stars as Jackie Robinson, as well as the film's trailer."

Scheduled for release April 12 th, 42 is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. The film also stars Harrison Ford as Dodgers GM and President Branch Rickey and Nicole Beharie as Jackie's wife, Rachel. View the trailer at -- www.42movie.warnerbros.com

"This is the story of one man overcoming incredible odds to achieve his dream and open the door for African Americans during a troubled and divisive time in the country's history," said Apoorva Gandhi, vice president, multicultural markets and alliances, Marriott International. "We applaud its message of equality, inclusion and opportunity, which are values we embody in our Marriott culture."

Marriott has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and has strategic partnerships with organizations that share the same vision and goals. The company was the first in the travel industry to establish a formal diversity and inclusion program in 1989 and the first to introduce a formal supplier diversity program in 1997. These programs have expanded to support the communities where Marriott does business. For more about Marriott's diversity and inclusion efforts, visit www.marriott.com/diversity.

Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,600 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards' luxury partner, The Ritz-Carlton®. Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. For information about Marriott Rewards, call 800-450-4442 or log on to MarriottRewards.com.

*Game Details and Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY / MEMBERSHIP IN MARRIOTT REWARDS NOT REQUIRED TO PLAY -- Void outside the 48 contiguous U.S. and D.C., and where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. (including D.C.) at least 18 years old or the age of majority, whichever is greater, as of 2/25/13. Begins 2/25/13 at 12:00:01 p.m. ET and ends 3/25/13 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 1 Grand Prize (ARV $4,200). 29 Daily Prizes (ARV $25). Total ARV of all prizes: $4,925. Odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. Odds of winning a Daily Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received by the end of each day. For full Official Rules, prize descriptions, and eligibility details, visit http://www.marriottrewards42.com/rules. Sponsor: Marriott International, Inc. Marriott Rewards® is a trademark of Marriott International, Inc.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For reservations, please visit www.marriott.com and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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© 2013 by Legend Pictures LLC. All Rights Reserved.



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Kupo, The Next Famous Pet On Facebook


8 Mar 2013 14:40 Africa/Lagos

Kupo the Fluffy White Dog on His Way to Becoming the Internet's Next Famous Pet with Facebook Milestone

SAN FRANCISCO, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sometimes people say he looks like a rug. Other times, he is mistaken for a teddy bear. However, if there's one thing certain about Kupo, no one would call him unpopular. With a growing audience for his Facebook page, this fluffy white puppy is rapidly becoming the next internet sensation, following in the paw-steps of his idols, Boo, the world's cutest dog, and Mark Zuckerberg's own dog Beast.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130308/PH73387 )

Kupo's Facebook page has just passed 100,000 likes, no small feat for a puppy that's less than a year old. But if his recent posts are any indication, he's set his sights higher, looking to reach a million likes and entering into the rarefied space reserved for only a small handful of famous pooches.

Kupo's page features daily posts where he shares photos of his adventures, answers questions, and gives advice. Ranging from uplifting to silly, he speaks with confidence in his posts, despite his breed not being known to be the smartest. For example, in one post answering the frequently asked question of how he's able to see through all his hair, he enthusiastically answered "With my nose!", addressing the question, but raising more curiosity about this delightful little dog.

While interest in Kupo initially started in the United States, his popularity has extended internationally, and he has now amassed a strong fan base in Brazil where followers affectionately cry out "Fofo" and "Lindo" each time he posts a new photo.

The popularity of Kupo has helped raise awareness of the Coton de Tulear, an uncommon breed that's being increasingly recommended for its unique combination of being extremely soft and fluffy, while being non-sheding and hypoallergenic. In addition to having no congenital health issues and minimal exercise requirements, a Coton can be a great choice for many families looking for a friendly lap pet to live indoors.

Kupo has also recently expanded his presence to Twitter and Pinterest as well, and in the coming year may look to offline channels as well.

If you want to support one dog's dreams of making it big, or just need a daily dose of cute in your life, like Kupo on Facebook today.

https://www.facebook.com/kupo.the.dog

Contact:
Mike Sego
Email
650-644-8257

This press release was issued through eReleases® Press Release Distribution. For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

DESIRE is A Must See Thriller



DESIRE starring Homeland star Damian Lewis tells the story of Clark (Lewis), who delivers cars for a living, running into trouble after a chance encounter with a mysterious young woman (Sossamon) in the middle of a lawless desert. Directed by Adam Smith, this is a story of betrayal, retribution, passion and greed.

"It promises to be an adventure," says Damian.
"Jaguar cars have played some iconic roles in film for many years and I'm looking forward to being the first to drive the F-TYPE in film."

Desire was directed by Adam Smith and produced by Ridley Scott Associates and the première is in April.

The following is the full report of the press release.

JAGUAR RELEASES DRAMATIC TRAILER FOR UPCOMING SHORT FEATURE FILM ‘DESIRE’ WITH RIDLEY SCOTT ASSOCIATES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhJbPffYziA


Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor, Damian Lewis, plays the lead in a short feature film, created by Jaguar in association with Ridley Scott Associates and to be released early 2013.

The soundtrack to the film has been written by singer songwriter Lana Del Rey. The exclusive track named 'Burning Desire', was inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE.

The F-TYPE is the first two-seater sports car from Jaguar since the iconic E-type was launched 50 years ago.

Today, Jaguar and Ridley Scott Associates released the trailer to their short feature film named ‘Desire’. The film stars Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, Jordi Molla and Shannyn Sossamon alongside the all-new Jaguar F-TYPE. Lana Del Rey, who recently won a BRIT for Best International Female, has written the title song ‘Burning Desire’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhJbPffYziA

The breathtaking trailer gives a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store for viewers when the film is released later this Spring and paints a picture of the dramatic storyline without giving too much away.
It’s also a chance to see the award winning line-up of cast members in action, as well as the brand new F-TYPE, that will take centre-stage in the film.
Casper Delaney, Producer, Ridley Scott Associates comments:

"After weeks and months of working on the script and developing the film with Jaguar, it’s fantastic to see it come to life."

The trailer gives a hint to what viewers can expect from the short film, which will be released in April.

Damian Lewis commented:

"When Jaguar approached me about the F-TYPE Desire film I was really intrigued. I then got to read the script and decided it was definitely a project I wanted to be a part of. Working with the director Adam Smith from Ridley Scott Associates, it promises to be an adventure. Jaguar cars have played some iconic roles in film for many years and I'm looking forward to being the first to drive the F-TYPE in film".

The film tells the story of Clark (Lewis), who delivers cars for a living, running into trouble after a chance encounter with a mysterious, young woman (Sossamon) in the middle of a lawless desert. Directed by Adam Smith, this is a story of betrayal, retribution, passion and greed.

Notes to Editors

A front-engined, rear-wheel drive convertible, the F-TYPE is engineered to deliver pure dynamic driving reward and stunning performance

Three models will be available - F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE V8 S. They are powered respectively by Jaguar's new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 340PS and 380PS outputs and its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol producing 495PS

The range-topping F-TYPE V8S will reach 60mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186mph. The 380PS V6 F-TYPE S will reach 60mph in 4.8 seconds and 171mph, the equivalent figures for the F-TYPE V6 are 5.1 seconds and 161mph

The F-TYPE is constructed around the fourth generation of Jaguar's acclaimed lightweight aluminium architecture using industry-first technology

All-aluminium with front-engined and rear-wheel drive, the F-TYPE is engineered to deliver pure dynamic driving reward and stunning performance

Visually, the F-TYPE's exterior demonstrates a new sports car design language for Jaguar, with cleaner lines delivered through the discreet use of technology such as deployable spoiler and door handles

The F-TYPE's interior features a driver-focused philosophy, with engaging controls encased in dramatic architecture. Unique technical grains tailor the trim materials, further differentiating the dual-cockpit cabin


--ENDS--

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Where Are the 44 Million Nigerians On the Internet?


Where Are the 44 Million Nigerians On the Internet?

Nigeria reportedly has about 44 million internet users in 2013.
We are the most populous nation in Africa, so I am not surprised. With a population of about 170 million people, we should even have more than 44 million Nigerians using the internet since we have over 100 million users of mobile phones and almost all the mobile phones have access to the internet. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) reported that mobile subscriber base in Nigeria will increase to 120 million in 2013.



Tracking the whereabouts of the 44 million Nigerians on the internet has not been easy, from Nairaland to Facebook and Twitter.
I found out that majority of the Nigerian internet users are those using Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail just for emails. There are currently about 5, 357, 500 Nigerians on Facebook and they are the largest population of Nigerians on any social network site. Most of them are the same people visiting Nairaland, the most popular Nigerian website. But the rest are simply exchanging emails on Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and other email messaging websites.


~ By Orikinla Osinachi.
Orikinla Osinachi is a prize winning writer, the most published Nigerian on the internet and the most prolific blogger writing for Technorati, Blogcritics, Huliq, Yahoo Voices, Shvoong, Gather, Huffington Post, Face2Face Africa, Black Film Maker, Nigeria Films, Modern Ghana, and is the author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London, Bye, Bye Mugabe, In the House of Dogs, Diary of the Memory Keeper, The Prophet Lied, co-author of Naked Beauty, editor of The Language of True Love and other publications.







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