Monday, April 30, 2012

You Are the Most Beautiful Girl



You Are the Most Beautiful Girl



God made you so beautiful
And you look so wonderful
Oh, baby! You are so pretty
No one can deny your beauty
You make heads to turn on the street
You’re such a delight to sight
Oh, girl! You make the boys to wolf whistle
As you tickle their fancy little by little
Cat walking like a supermodel on the runway
Oh, girl! You’re my cover girl every day by day.

You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen
Oh, girl! You are going to be my beauty queen.


~ Composed by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, on Thursday April 26, 2012.




Friday, April 27, 2012

Get Into Shape for Summer



Get into Summer-Ready Shape with Lady Foot Locker


Harley Pasternak shows us the dead lift.

NEW YORK, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — With the heat and summer sun comes the time that most men look forward to and most women dread – bathing suit season. There is no need to fret! Lady Foot Locker joins forces with Harley Pasternak, New Balance brand ambassador and co-host of ABC’s The Revolution, as he shares an exclusive (and accessible) workout session, just in time for summer.

The formula for his “Kick Butt” Express workout is:

Cardio Warm-Up (do each for approximately 1 minute)
Jog in place
Jog forward and backwards
Side Shuffle
Grape Vine
Mountain Climbers
Resistance Circuit (15-20 repetitions/set)
Bicep Curl
Bicep Curl + Shoulder Press
Dead Lift + Bicep Curl + Shoulder Press
Dead Lift + Row + Bicep Curl + Shoulder Press
Cardio Cool Down (repeat all in step 1)

Pasternak believes in working out smart and leaves no room for excuses, emphasizing that access to a gym is not necessary to stay in shape. With the proper workout apparel and footwear as your foundation, you may find everything else you need for an effective workout in the comfort of your own home. Household items such as cans of soup or water bottles can easily replace dumbbells for weight training. If space is a limitation, a hallway is a sufficient area for cardio warm-ups. His methodology works, as Pasternak admits that he is in the best physical shape of his life, though most of his time is spent on set as opposed to the gym.

So leave the excuses behind and move towards your beach body with Lady Foot Locker. Put Harley’s exercises and tips to the test with his exclusive fitness video, available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ladyfootlocker.

Contact:
Rebecca Kim
PR Manager
212.720.4186
rkim@footlocker.com



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Are You Possessed By the Spirit of the Dog?


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Are You Possessed By the Spirit of the Dog?

Many people in Nigeria and the rest of the world are possessed by the Spirit of the Dog, but since majority of them are ignorant of the existence they don’t even know that they are exhibiting the characteristics in their lifestyles and may continue living in the bondage of the Spirit of the Dog till their last days on earth.

Dog eat dog is a common saying which is in fact true, but people have not seen it spiritually and so have not been delivered from the Spirit of the Dog, so dog eat dog has become the most prevalent way of life on earth with majority of humanity behaving and living like dogs even though they claim not be animals, but have we seen much difference between most humans and animals? In fact, there is more balance of nature in the jungle than in the city! It is not common to see cattle attacking and killing themselves or other animals of the same species attacking themselves as humans attack their fellow humans every day in recurrent human conflicts of crimes and wars. In fact, from Adam and Eve to date, we have seen worse violence among humans than among animals! So, where is the human civilization?
What makes humans more civilized than animals?
Our higher IQs and sense of worthiness?
Our belief systems and pursuit of our origins?
The societies we have built over the centuries?
The so called wonders of the world?
Gigantic buildings like the Tower of Babel?
Spacecrafts launching and probing into the heavens?
Academic, technical and professional institutions producing aristocrats and technocrats of either meritocracy or plutocracy of democracy?
Because we make and put on clothes, build and live in houses and make and drive vehicles?
But as the saying goes, the hood does not make the monk.
What makes us civilized are not the perishable possessions and lifestyles we have, but the appreciation of the values and virtues of human dignity, integrity and nobility.


Mystery in Nigeria: Dogs With Human Body Found In Badagry!

In Nigeria where there are more churches than even schools and millions of Nigerians are regular church goers, majority of those who claim to be Christians are possessed by the Spirit of the Dog and their so called pastors, reverend ministers, bishops and prophets do not have the gift of discernment to see through them even when their behaviour shows it all. But many of the Christian ministers themselves are possessed by the Spirit of the Dog! That is why majority of them don’t even preach to warn their congregants. Therefore, both church and congregants remain in the bondage of the Spirit of the Dog.

King David of Israel who was a real and true anointed man of God knew about the existence of the Spirit of the Dog and prayed against it in Psalm 22 when he prayed for deliverance from the power of the dog. So, that is enough proof of the spiritual danger of the Spirit of the Dog.

Examine yourself thoroughly and if you notice the characteristics of dog eat dog attitude in your life, then you are possessed by the Spirit of the Dog and the only way to be freed from the bondage is repentance and deliverance, because your total reformation and transformation can only be achieved by edification. Then, you shall be freed from the evil Spirit of the Dog that is still roaming and prowling for more preys. In most cases it goes about as a friendly dog wagging its tail playfully, but beware of the wolf in sheep clothing.



~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of In the House of Dogs and other books
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Avatar 2 and 3 May Be Made in China – James Cameron




James Cameron

Mr. Cameron arrived in Beijing on Saturday and will soon be attending a screening of “Titanic 3D” at the Beijing International Film Festival (the re-release opened earlier this month to staggering sales in China). But his most important business will be conducted in private meetings, including with state-owned China Film Group. Speaking in an interview on Sunday, he said a priority of this trip was to explore a co-production deal with the Chinese firm on “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3. Mr. Cameron says he would need to be satisfied in advance that his planned films would meet the approval of censors. If that key condition can be met, he is keen on the potential payoff. “There are economic advantages,” as he puts it.

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Before You Date Anyone in Nigeria and Abroad



Before You Date Anyone in Nigeria and Abroad

Nigeria is full of very physically attractive young women and young men of all shapes and sizes and many of them are fun seekers in the fast lane of the rat race in pursuit of their happiness and security.

The majority of the pretty and sexy girls come from poor families with parents who are low income earners struggling to make ends meet in the most populous country in Africa where over seventy percent of the population are illiterates. So, the competition for promotion in the social hierarchy is very tough. To find a well bred and chaste young woman here is like looking for a needle in a haystack even though majority of the people claim to be regular church going Christians and mosque going Muslims, yet there is little difference between them and the pagans in their behaviours. Therefore, do not be swayed by their eye service and lip service of being Christians or Muslims, because most of them are hypocrites and desperate opportunists with predatory pursuits. But now, the chickens have come home to roost as over 700, 000 of the youths have HIV/AIDS according to the confirmed reports from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in April 2012., and that is just one fifth of the total population of people living with HIV in Nigeria.

If over 700, 000 of Nigerian youths have HIV/AIDS, then imagine the dangerous risks of dating anyone of them who will never tell you their HIV/AIDS status, because majority of these hundreds of thousands of Nigerian youths infected with the deadly HIV/AIDS are predatory women between the ages 15 and 32 who would prefer to lie to lure you into their common sex-for-profit relationship. And before you know it, you have contracted HIV from sleeping with them!


Sex Chains of the 700, 000 Youths with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria




The 700, 000 people with HIV/AIDS are in our midst in our communities and are still having sex and spreading the deadly infections of HIV/AIDS in their nonchalant promiscuous relationships of multiple sex partners. The fact is one of them would have had several sex partners and in the sex chains of the 700, 000, over 7 million others would have had sex with those who have had sex with these 700, 000 people from one place to another in every state in Nigeria.

Lucy with HIV/AIDS has slept with Tunde who was ignorant of her HIV/AIDS status and then Tunde has gone ahead to sleep with another person named Bolanle and Bolanle also later slept with Nduka and Nduka would also go on to have sex with Chidinma and Chidinma traveled to Abuja and slept with Captain Kadari and Captain Kadari later had sex with Aisha and Aisha before getting married to Senator Usman Jaji slept with the Youth Corps member Gbinigie from Benin and then Gbinigie the playboy also slept with four different girlfriends who also later had sex with other men and within only two to three years the sex chain of Lucy would have over 100 to 1, 000 different people in the long run. Now from that same sex chain with 1, 000 ignorant victims the figure will continue to increase daily, weekly, monthly and annually and the infections of HIV/AIDS will continue to spread in the vicious circle of just one of the 700, 000 youths with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The grave consequences of HIV/AIDS worsen through sex chains of promiscuous young men and young women in our communities.

The calamitous situation is the fact that majority of people are ignorant of the grave consequences of their sex chains and the spread of contagious STDs and HIV/AIDS and other deadly infections like contagious skin diseases.

When we warn people to be disciplined and faithful, it is more about the general health and safety; survival and welfare of humans than about our selfish possessions of a lover or a spouse.
The silliest ones will dismiss the warning and say “Mind your business. It is my life and not yours.”
“Shut up silly ass! It is our business and our life you are endangering by your wayward sex life of promiscuity, because you are spreading your deadly disease by forking and messing around!”

This is the stark reality of the calamity of HIV/AIDS pandemic ravaging humankind. And the ignorance of the majority continues to worsen the prevalence of the infections as the hordes of promiscuous predatory Nigerian babes and guys continue to go on their sexual rampage in Nigeria and abroad. So, before you undress to have sex with anyone of them, think twice before it is too late.



~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Thursday April 26, 2012, Shomolu, Lagos, Nigeria
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Egusi Soup Served With Spicy Bits in London!



EGUSI SOUP BY JANICE OKOH


A fast, furious and funny new intergenerational and cross-cultural Nigerian family comedy from Janice Okoh. As the Anyias, a British-Nigerian family, pack their suitcases and prepare to head home to Lagos for a memorial service in honour of the late Mr Anyia, they soon realise they will need to get rid of some excess baggage first, and not just of the material kind. The chaotic return to London from the USA of the Anyias’ eldest daughter, Anne, disrupts the family equilibrium that has settled after her father’s death, and deeply held resentments resurface dramatically
.

A new play about love, life and loss, with plenty of spicy bits!

Wed 23 May – Sat 9 June, Soho Theatre, London

Fri 18 & Sat 19 May, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge; Thurs 14, Fri 15, Sat 16 June, Mercury Theatre, Colchester


A fast, furious and funny new intergenerational and cross-cultural Nigerian family comedy from Janice Okoh. As the Anyias, a British-Nigerian family, pack their suitcases and prepare to head home to Lagos for a memorial service in honour of the late Mr Anyia, they soon realise they will need to get rid of some excess baggage first, and not just of the material kind. The chaotic return to London from the USA of the Anyias’ eldest daughter, Anne, disrupts the family equilibrium that has settled after her father’s death, and deeply held resentments resurface dramatically.


Janice Okoh

Janice Okoh is an award winning playwright. In 2011, her play The Real House (Three Birds) won the Bruntwood Prize and was short-listed for the Verity Bargate Award and the Alfred Fagon Award. Her recent theatre productions include: Top Brass (Theatre 503, 2010), a short play written in response to The Charming Man by Gabriel Bissett-Smith. Her recent radio plays include: Reunion (BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2011); Carnival, a short play for the From Fact to Fiction series (BBC Radio 4, 2010) and SE8 (BBC Radio 4, 2010). This year, Janice has adapted Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts and Crosses for the Saturday Play (BBC Radio 4).

Making up the cast are: Ellen Thomas, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Anniwaa Buachie, Nick Oshikanlu and Lace Akpojaro.

Ellen Thomas is one of the country’s leading black actresses. She has been twice nominated for Best Actress in the EMMA Awards and nominated as Best Actress by Screen Nation and The Black Media Awards.

Ellen has a hugely successful TV, film and stage career. She has appeared in Eastenders as Grace and 4 series of the hugely successful Teachers. Other regular roles include: 3 series of Cardiac Arrest and leading roles in London Bridge, Holding On and The Jury. Ellen also appeared in Buried Treasure alongside John Thaw for LWT which won the 2002 BAFTA Audience Award. Theatre work includes: Tiata Delights at The Almeida; Statement Of Regret at The National Theatre; The Estate, Soho Theatre; Vagina Monologues on Tour; Blest Be The Tie at The Royal Court; Maria in Twelfth Night at The Manchester Royal Exchange and A Bitter Herb at The Bristol old Vic, for which she won fabulous reviews.

Egusi Soup is a co-production between Soho Theatre and Menagerie Theatre Company in association with Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Menagerie is one of the UK’s leading independent new writing theatre companies, seeking out and supporting talented new writers. As well as touring widely, Menagerie curates and produces the annual Hotbed Festival in Cambridge. www.menagerietheatre.co.uk
Egusi Soup was developed at Menagerie’s Sparks programme and then at Hotbed. Janice Okoh is a Menagerie Associate Writer.

Soho Theatre aims to bring the most entertaining, brave and theatrical new work to audiences across a programme spanning comedy, cabaret and theatre; with three spaces, a late night bar, innovative education projects and world famous writers’ centre, Soho Theatre is one of the most vibrant venues on London’s cultural scene.

Egusi Soup Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EgusiSoupMenagerie

For more information, tickets for press night (Friday 25th May), biogs, interviews or photographs, please contact:
Mhari Gallagher
e: mhari@menagerie.uk.com
t: 01223 322111
m: 07725739106



EGUSI SOUP by Janice Okoh

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

Fri 18 & Sat 19 May, 7.30pm
Tickets: £11.50 / £8.50
Box Office: 0845 196 2320 or 01223 352932
Book Online: www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre

Soho Theatre, London
Wed 23 May – Sat 9 June, 8.00pm
Sat 3.30pm & 8.00pm
Tickets: £10 - £15
Box Office: 020 7478 0100
Book Online: www.sohotheatre.com

Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Thurs 14 – Sat 16 June, 7.45pm
Tickets: £11.00 / £6.50
Box Office: 01206 573 948
Book Online: www.mercurytheatre.co.uk



Celebrity Couple Of The Month: Mr. And Mrs. Linus Idahosa




Mr. and Mrs. Linus Idahosa.
Nigerians Report Couple of the Month!
Congratulations to Linus Idahosa and Stephanie Okereke who had a beautiful wedding in Paris last week.

Source: Nigerians Report: From Prince Tonye Princewill and his lovely wife Rosemary who were at the wedding.



Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Impact of the Spoken Word



The Impact of the Spoken Word

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."1

"Researchers at Kenyon College conducted a test in cooperation with the US Navy. The purpose was to discover how the tone of the voice affected sailors when they were given orders. The experiments revealed that the way a person was addressed determined to a large extent the kind of response he would make. For example, when an individual was spoken to in a soft voice, he would answer in a similar manner. But when he was shouted at, his reply came back in the same sharp tone. This was true whether the communication was given face-to-face, over the intercom, or by telephone."2

With yellers there is a tendency to yell back at him or her. However, other research has shown that if we answer a yeller softly in a soft tone of voice, he will have to lean forward to hear what we are saying and tend to lower his own volume—proving the truth of what the Bible taught so long ago: "A gentle answer turns away wrath."

Richard De Haan wisely said, "What we say and how we say it not only makes a difference in the reaction we'll receive, but it also determines whether conflict or peace will result. Many arguments could be avoided and tense situations relaxed if we understood [and practiced] this truth."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me in all situations to remain calm and peaceful and learn always when I speak, to speak the truth in love. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Proverbs 15:1 (NIV).
2. KneEmail Mike Benson, Editor. 4bens@sigecom.net

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

NOLLYWOOD DIVAS AWARDS MAGAZINE ®



The maiden edition of the annual NOLLYWOOD DIVAS AWARDS MAGAZINE ® is for the inaugural Nollywood Divas Awards coming up at the 3rd Eko International Film Festival in November 2012. This special edition of the NOLLYWOOD DIVAS AWARDS MAGAZINE ® is for the celebration of the leading ladies of Nollywood, the phenomenal Nigerian film industry in the world. Both the digital and print versions will be circulated and distributed gratis worldwide and exhibited at the forthcoming 65th Cannes International Film Festival as the biggest film festival in the world pays a special memorial tribute to the legendary Hollywood Diva Marilyn Monroe, who has been selected as the “icon” of the festival for its 65th anniversary. We shall use this event to showcase the best of our own Nollywood Divas to the whole world. The NOLLYWOOD DIVAS AWARDS MAGAZINE ® NOT FOR SALE. The voting for the Nollywood Divas Awards will open soon. So, stay tuned to vote for your favourite Nollywood Diva!

Click here to view the slideshow of the top 20 Nollywood Divas.



KidZania’s Global Youth Unite to Create a Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Planet



KidZania’s Global Youth Unite to Create a Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Planet


KidZania’s global campaign – KidZ for a Greener World – amplifies the importance of environmental stewardship and unites the children of the world to care for our shared planet.

MEXICO CITY, APRIL 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — KidZania, a global leader in children’s edutainment, today unveiled the Greener World Pledge, a formal online commitment to a healthier planet – uniting the world’s children. The Pledge was created using ideas submitted by kids from around the globe and is a key component of KidZ for a Greener World campaign, a multi-month, global celebration to amplify the importance of environmental stewardship and encourage kids to imagine, create, and unite for a Greener World.


KidZania believes children can have a positive impact on the Earth no matter their age. As a global brand, KidZania invites kids to imagine, create, and unite for a Greener World.

KidZ for a Greener World, which launched on April 1, was born from the company’s mission to help kids create a better world. The program includes activities at KidZania’s 9 edutainment theme parks across the globe and rallies around two global celebrations: Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5). KidZania will collect pledge signatures in-park and online until June 5, when the global tally will be announced.

KidZania believes that children can have a positive impact on the Earth no matter their age. As a global brand that inspires and empowers kids to be their best selves, KidZania invites kids to share their thoughts on how to take care of the earth. The Greener World Pledge represents a collection of the most practical and achievable ideas culled from kids from around the world, including: pick up stray trash, use both sides of the paper, turn off lights, and take shorter showers, among others.

“KidZ for a Greener World is helping to spark a global conversation among kids about the health of our planet, which transcends geographic boundaries and cultures,” said Xavier Lopez Ancona, president and founder of KidZania. “By signing the Greener World Pledge, we believe children will be inspired to make conscientious choices everyday to protect the world around them.”

In celebration of Earth Day, KidZania has also created a video montage to showcase the best environmental ideas spotlighted in the Greener World pledge, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/kidzania.


About KidZania

More than a children’s museum or family entertainment center, KidZania combines role playing with real life experience in a kid-sized city. From police officer to dentist to restaurateur, each KidZania offers nearly 100 role-playing activities in more than 60 establishments including a hospital, fire station, bank, radio station and more. KidZania’s kid-centric city experience is designed to educate, inspire and entertain 4- to 14-year olds.

KidZania, Inc., headquartered in Mexico, is privately held. This award-winning concept is recognized globally for its unique blend of entertainment and education for children. The first KidZania opened in Mexico City in 1999 and to date more than 20 million kids and parents have visited the nine KidZania parks globally. The trajectory continues with 13 facilities in development in the United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Chile, Cairo and Thailand, among other locations. For more information about KidZania, visit www.KidZania.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/KidZaniaOfficial, or Twitter @KidZania.

Media Contact:

Michele Spring Fajeau
Zebra Partners for KidZania
(925) 634-8289
michele@zebrapartners.net



The Hunger Games Returns To Select IMAX® Theatres


The Hunger Games Returns To Select IMAX(R) Theatres For A One Week Engagement. (PRNewsFoto/IMAX Corporation)

20 Apr 2012 14:00 Africa/Lagos

The Hunger Games Returns To Select IMAX® Theatres For A One Week Engagement
Limited One-Week Engagement Begins April 27

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today announced that due to overwhelming demand, The Hunger Games will return to more than 100 IMAX® digital theatres across North America on April 27. The film will play for a one-week special return engagement through May 3.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120420/NY91429)

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111107/MM01969LOGO)

The Hunger Games has grossed over $533 million globally since its launch on March 23, including $13.2 million generated from IMAX theatres in its original one week run.

"It's wonderful that so many fans have expressed interest in seeing The Hunger Games in the immersive IMAX format, and many of these are repeat viewers," said Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group Co-Chair Rob Friedman, adding "We're delighted that IMAX has been able to accommodate them through this special one week re-engagement."

"The Hunger Games has become a cultural phenomenon and we are thrilled to provide moviegoers with another opportunity to see this year's most successful film in IMAX," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

The IMAX release of The Hunger Games has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.IMAX.com.

About THE HUNGER GAMES
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she's pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 36 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 180 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Lionsgate released THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning "Mad Men," "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie," along with the powerful drama "Boss" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," its spinoff "Meet the Browns," "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?"

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise, which has already grossed more than half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, "The Expendables," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Cabin In The Woods," "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" and "Margin Call." With the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company now has the two leading young adult franchises - the blockbuster "Twilight Saga," which has grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and "The Hunger Games." Recent Summit hits include "Red," "Letters to Juliet," "Knowing," the "Step Up" franchise and the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, "The Hurt Locker."

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.


About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX delivers the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX 3D®, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of December 31, 2011, there were 634 IMAX theatres (497 commercial multiplex, 20 commercial destination and 117 institutional) in 50 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions, including the length and severity of the current economic downturn, the performance of IMAX DMR films, the opportunities that may be presented to and pursued by IMAX, competitive actions by other companies, conditions in the in-home and out-of home entertainment industries, the signing of theatre system agreements, changes in law or regulations, conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry, the failure to respond to changes and advancements in digital technology, the failure to convert theatre system backlog into revenue, new business initiatives, investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions and any future international expansion, the inability to protect IMAX's intellectual property foreign currency fluctuations and IMAX's prior restatements and the related litigation. These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

For additional information please contact:

Entertainment Media:


Investors:

IMAX Corporation – Santa Monica

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310-255-5547

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Business Media:

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The Ugliest Wedding Gown in the World!



The Most Ridiculous Wedding Dress With A Vagina!
This is the most disgusting wedding dress I have ever seen since the wedding of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

How more insane can anyone be to design a wedding dress with a VAGINA!

THIS IS AN INSULT ON FEMININITY AND WOMANHOOD!

I saw this on BuzzFeed and its courtesy of Pinterest.

This is wedddilackadaisical nonsense!



Animation is Magic! The Last Tiger in the Jungle



This is the story of a hunter who couldn't show even a tiger to his grandson because of his big mistake in the past. He misunderstands that there are lot of tigers in the forest on the basis of the photos. But unfortunately he hunts "THE LAST TIGER'' This animated film is created by Raghu Animation Studio aimed at promoting social awareness & wildlife conservation.


ANIMATION IS MAGIC


It is my pleasure to present to you the magic of the Golden Kuker - Sofia. 3rd International animation film festival opening from 11.06 - 17.06.2012.





MASTERCLASS WITH PHIL MULLOY


Phil Mulloy was born in Wallasey, Merseyside. He attended Ravensbourne Art College in South London, where he studied fine art painting. Having completed a short animated film as part of his entrance requirements for the Royal College of Art, he specialised in making live-action film and television. After leaving college, he worked as a freelance writer/director until the late 1980s. He began making animation in 1989. Since then he has made over forty animated films.
http://www.philmulloy.com

Narrative, Minimalism and Conversation

How to make bad animation look good

Earlier this year I completed a feature length animated film called Dead But Not Buried. In it I explored the tensions within a nuclear family and the nature of absurdity. The film is the second part of a trilogy. I am now making the third and final part. Because the series of films was originally based on just forty frames, I had to invent a visual language that was both appropriate to the issues the film considered and able to explore the visual possibilities of the minimalist aesthetic, I had chosen. In part, these film are about my own process of discovering this language. It was my intention that part of the pleasure of viewing the film would be to do with the audience’s ability to share in this process of creation.

‘The Jury gave it the best feature award for its uncompromisingly experimental approach and anarchistic dialogue and humour, never before seen in an animation feature’ - Ottawa 2006.

It also won the Grand Prix for best animation feature at Cinanima, Portugal, 2006.

The following two features Goodbye Mister Christie and Dead But Not Buried went on to win the Grand Prix in Ottawa 2010 and 2011.

The workshop will be based on the ideas, I researched in this film.



MASTERCLASS

Stereo Expanded: National Film Board of Canada

A Masterclass on Stereoscopic 3D films by Marc Bertrand, animation producer at the NFB, followed by a special screening.

While 3D films are making a comeback today, the NFB has been exploring the medium since the 1950s with Norman McLaren's pioneering 35mm stereoscopic animated films Now is the Time and Around Is Around. Time and again film projects initiated by the National Film Board of Canada impressively reflect the country’s cultural diversity. The Board’s experimental films are proof of its own innovative character.

Marc Bertrand will be conducting a Master Class during this program answering questions such as: How does Stereoscopy work? Why make film in S3D? Can S3D animation film be made economically? Or any other question you will want to ask him. Send your questions in advance and Marc will gladly answer it during the Masterclass.

Send question to info@animationfest-bg.eu

Marc Bertrand graduated in theatre from the Conservatoire d‘Art Dramatique du Québec in 1982. He acted in some 30 plays across the country, before joining the NFB. He became a producer in the Animation and Youth Studio in 1998 and has produced over 100 films, including such notable successes as the award winning series "Science please!" (2001) and "Noël Noël" (2003) by Nicola Lemay. His interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on stereoscopic films. In 2008, he co-produced “Facing Champlain” - a ground-breaking stereoscopic 3D experiment about the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, produced by the NFB to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec, as well as “Private Eyes”, both by Nicola Lemay. Tower Bawher (S3D, 2006), Drux Flux (S3D, 2009); Lipsett Diaries (2010) by Theodore Ushev.

Marc Bertrand is also one of the producers of Norman McLaren – The Master's Edition (2006), an award-winning DVD box set featuring digitally restored masterpieces by McLaren, a pioneer in the fusion of music and animation.
Marc Bertrand, producer for the NFB since 1998, presents 5 films which experiment in different ways with stereoscopic and 3D animated film: "Falling in Love Again" is a playful, musical attempt to look at the cultural myths and clichés associated with love, "Private EyeS" is an animated adaption of Gilles Tibo‘s children’s book "Black eyes", "Drux Flux" is an animated film of fast-flowing images and "Tower Bawher" is a journey through Russian constructivist art. The two last films have been directed by the Bulgarian born director Théodore Ushev.
http://www.onf.ca/

WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION

The International Animation Film Festival "Golden Kuker – Sofia", art centre PHOTOSYNTHESIS, CGArt, GROZEN Entertainment and ADCOM company, have organise a WORKSHOP+EXHIBITION event, as an porallel to the festival event, called "Animation is magic!" The opening is at 6 p.m. on September 27 @ art center "Photosynthesis", located on 57 Vasil Levski boul. in Sofia.

THE HIGLIGHT OF THE EVEN WILL BE A WORKSHOP WITH MANY PRIZES! The exhibition will showcase the art works by young Bulgarian animators from BAICAA (www.baicaa.org) and by students of Principal Dr. Anna Yaneva from New Bulgarian University – scenery and characters from animation films, as well as comics, story boards, characters, etc. by other young authors.

Lecturer: Nikolay Mihailov – animator, lector and chief editor of CGArt.bg

You will sketch and desing with the help of a tablet, accesories, characters and backgrounds on a given topic. The best ones will be scanned and digitally coloured, and uploaded on our page in facebook: http://www.facebook.com/goldenkukerfest The works with most “like”-s will receive their prizes at the Award Ceremony of IAFF Golde Kuker 2011.

We expect to see you on 27 September @ 6:30 p.m.!

Let's share our love for art together!



The Best Location To View the Solar Eclipse on May 20th


ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU Albuquerque, New Mexico will be the best place to see the Annular Eclipse on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Educational and viewing events are being held at locations throughout the city to spot the first Annular Eclipse over the U.S. in 18 years. Visit www.ItsATrip.org/ABQSolarEvents for details. (PRNewsFoto/Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau) ALBUQUERQUE, NM UNITED STATES.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 20th, the first annular eclipse in 18 years will be visible from the United States. Albuquerque, New Mexico is said to be the best urban location to view this "ultimate astronomical event." An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers most of the sun's disk leaving a thin ring of light around the edge appearing as a "ring of fire."

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120420/LA91641)

The eclipse begins over Asia and, traveling at more than 1,000 MPH, the shadow of the eclipse races to the southeast over parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico before sunset. Locally, viewers will be able to see the annular eclipse for about four minutes just before sunset at 7:33pm in Albuquerque on the western horizon. A partial eclipse will be visible from approximately 6:30-8:00pm Mountain Daylight Time.

The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and partner organizations are inviting astronomy buffs and interested star and sky enthusiasts to visit Albuquerque for this rare viewing event.

Seven entities have established viewing and educational events during the week before and on May 20th led by astronomers, graduate students and museum educators.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (viewing and education)
New Mexico Museum of Nuclear Science & History (viewing and education)
University of New Mexico Observatory (viewing and education)
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (educational events only)
Hard Rock Pavilion at Mesa del Sol (viewing only)
Sandia Peak Tramway (viewing only)



Each of the viewing locations above offers a direct site of the horizon for optimal viewing of the eclipse. Petroglyph National Monument is offering a viewing event that has been so popular it is already sold out.

Safety will be of utmost importance while viewing the eclipse. People should NOT look directly at the sun as it could cause eye damage. Solar viewing glasses or special pinhole cameras are needed to view the annular eclipse. Glasses will be available at the above event locations and Albuquerque Visitors Information Centers.

Details on viewing and educational events are available at www.ItsATrip.org/ABQSolarEvents.

The mission of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For information, visit www.ItsATrip.org, www.facebook.com/visitAlbuquerque or www.twitter.com/see_albuquerque.


SOURCE Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau




Friday, April 20, 2012

Ezekwesili and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wiesel Win Awards


Dr. Yaw Nyarko, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Chidera Ezekwesili. Photo by Isseu Diouf.

Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili, Vice President for the World Bank's Africa Region and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel led other highly esteemed achievers honoured with awards at the 2012 Miracle Corners of the World (MCW)’s eighth annual gala dinner at New York University on April 3rd.

Elie Wiesel received the MCW Lifetime Achievement Award and Obiageli Ezekwesili received the Leadership Award.

The following are the details of the news.


Professor Elie Wiesel. Photo by Gary He (AP).

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel Receives MCW Lifetime Achievement Award

UPS receives Community Partnership Award and Obiageli Ezekwesili of the World Bank receives Leadership Award at MCW's Eighth Annual Gala

NEW YORK, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MCW (Miracle Corners of the World), an organization dedicated to empowering youth to become positive agents of change in their communities, celebrated its eighth annual gala dinner at New York University on April 3rd. MCW presented its highest honor, the 2012 MCW Lifetime Achievement Award, to Professor Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and the Founder & President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

The presentation of the award followed an update on MCW's genocide prevention education program by Rwandan genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatete, an MCW fellow and founder of MCW Jacqueline's Human Rights Corner. "Elie Wiesel was one of my early inspirations," she said. "Reading his book 'Night,' his own personal account about surviving the Holocaust, inspired me to begin sharing my own experiences."

Accepting the award to a standing ovation, Wiesel addressed the importance of MCW's genocide prevention efforts. "We must prevent genocide. But will the world ever learn? The sad answer is no," he said. "What else can we do but believe in miracles. I believe in miracles, and I believe in the important work of Miracle Corners of the World."

The MCW gala brought together more than 400 guests from the non-profit, education and business communities in support of MCW's programs around the world, including in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia, and the United States.

In addition to Professor Wiesel, MCW honored UPS with the 2012 MCW Community Partnership Award for its achievements in addressing a diverse variety of pressing global issues including health care, hunger and literacy and in promoting volunteerism among its employees. "UPS is a company whose heart is truly in the communities in which we work," said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation. "We share MCW's vision, and the belief that one of the most effective ways to improve communities is to support the aspirations of young leaders."

Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President for the Africa Region of the World Bank Group received the 2012 MCW Leadership Award for her outstanding contribution to socio-economic development across Africa. "Every effort that is put forth toward supporting hopes and dreams for youth is an effort well considered," she said. "This is why the work of MCW is so important... and this is why I am proud to be celebrating this wonderful organization tonight."

MCW's gala raised $800,000 in support of its work to promote Local Change through Global Exchange® through Youth Leadership, Community Development and Oral Healthcare initiatives, as well as Partner Programs, including MCW Jacqueline's Human Rights Corner. This is the highest amount of support raised by MCW at its annual gala to date.

"Our annual galas are always one of the highlights of the year," said Edward Bergman, MCW Co-Founder and President. "We are honored to celebrate the remarkable contributions to society made by Elie Weisel, UPS and Obiageli Ezekwesili, and we are deeply grateful for the generous support of our donors, partners, and volunteers in supporting our mission to have a positive impact on the lives of young people around the world."

For pictures of the event, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/miraclecorners/sets/72157629384042660/.

About MCW (Miracle Corners of the World)
MCW (Miracle Corners of the World) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 with the vision of Local Change through Global Exchange®. Our mission is to empower youth to become positive agents of change in their communities. Based in New York with affiliates in Africa, MCW offers the following programs: Leadership Training, Community Centers and Oral Healthcare Improvement, as well as Partner Initiatives (MCW Jacqueline's Human Rights Corner and the Container Project). For more information visit www.mcwglobal.org.

SOURCE MCW (Miracle Corners of the World)

CONTACT: Sharon Roling of MCW Communications, +1-212-453-5813, sharon@miraclecorners.org

Web Site: http://www.mcwglobal.org



The Five-Year Engagement Opens in Theaters on April 27



The Five-Year Engagement, the opening film of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday will open in theaters on Friday April 27.



The Tribeca Film Festival's world premiere of the romantic comedy at the Ziegfeld Theatre on 141 West 54th Street, New York City, NY on Wednesday April 18, was attended by the writer/director/producer Nicholas Stoller; cast member/writer/executive producer Jason Segel; producers Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman; executive producer Richard Vane; and cast members Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Brian Posehn, Tracee Chimo, Dakota Johnson and Zoe Niemkiewicz, including Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, along with Camilla Belle, Kim Cattrall, Patricia Clarkson, Lena Dunham, Victor Garber, Cuba Gooding Jr., Steve Guttenberg, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, N.Y. City Police Commissioner & Mrs. Kelly, Ellie Kemper, John Krasinski, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Moore, Bridget Moynahan, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Brett Ratner, Clifford Ross, Ally Sheedy, Jim Sheridan, Cindy Sherman, Leelee Sobieski, Jason Sudeikis, Hugo Tillman, Jon & Lizzie Tisch, Olivia Wilde, Irwin Winkler and other dignitaries.

The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. -- (C) Universal




Oprah Winfrey To Deliver Commencement Address To The Spelman College Class Of 2012



Lady Oprah Winfrey


19 Apr 2012 17:00 Africa/Lagos

Global Media Leader & Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey To Deliver Commencement Address To The Spelman College Class Of 2012

HIV/AIDS advocate Dazon Dixon Diallo , C'86, and actress and social change agent Anna Deavere Smith to receive Honorary Degrees

ATLANTA, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A multimedia mogul whose international imprint is emblazoned on television, film, online and magazine publishing, satellite radio and Broadway, Oprah Winfrey is a significant example of how women can change the world. She's broken the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry and leveraged her success as an entrepreneur to support many causes, including education. On Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, the Mississippi native, who received an honorary degree from Spelman College in 1993, will inspire approximately 550 graduates when she delivers the commencement address to the Class of 2012, and receives the institution's National Community Service Award.

Known for her focus on improving the lives of others through various charitable initiatives, education is at the heart of Ms. Winfrey's philanthropic efforts. Through her Angel Network, she has helped establish 60 schools in 13 countries and donated $1 million to six charter schools in the United States in 2010. Her Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program has provided millions of dollars in support to financially challenged students and her 2002 Christmas Kindness initiative in South Africa helped over 50,000 children experience a million moments of happiness. However, among her best known endeavors is the establishment of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, where she has invested more than $40 million to educate students in grades seven through twelve.

Spelman College has a special relationship with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Three students from the academy have been accepted as first-year students at the college, as part of the Class of 2016. In addition, Spelmanites have participated in internships at the academy, tutoring students and serving as resident assistants.

"We are thrilled to welcome Oprah Winfrey back to our campus to receive this well deserved award. I know her address to the Class of 2012 will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the graduates, as it did in 1993," said Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., president.

Honorary degrees will be bestowed upon public health advocate Dazon Dixon Diallo, C'86, founder and president of SisterLove Inc., one of the first HIV/AIDS non-profit organizations in the Southeast founded by a woman and devoted to women, and highly-acclaimed actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith.

"As the global leader in the education of women of African descent, our mission is to provide an experience rooted in academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and to inspire a life-changing commitment to community involvement and positive social impact," added Dr. Tatum. "All of our honorees are tangible examples of the roles women can play in changing the world."

Dr. Ronald E. Peters , eighth President of the Interdenominational Theological Center, will serve as Baccalaureate speaker to the Class of 2012. Dr. Peters, a New Orleans native, is an internationally recognized preacher, author and advisor on social witness policy and urban theological education. Baccalaureate service will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m. on the Spelman College Oval.

Spelman College:
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college's picturesque campus is home to 2100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam's Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis, Former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman's first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Havard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds, Author Pearl Cleage and Actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

SOURCE Spelman College

CONTACT: Terrilyn Simmons, +1-404-270-5822, tsimmons8@spelman.edu

Web Site: http://www.spelman.edu



2012 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence Goes To Anna Forbes


Anna Forbes. Photo Credit: MTN Microbicide Trials Network.

18 Apr 2012 02:37 Africa/Lagos

2012 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy Presented to Longtime Advocate Anna Forbes

Award honors Forbes's tireless advocacy for microbicides and women's rights

SYDNEY, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anna Forbes, a long-time microbicide advocate, has received the third Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy. The award was presented during the Microbicides 2012 Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Forbes was honored for her significant contributions to microbicides advocacy over a long career devoted to fostering civil society engagement in HIV care, treatment and prevention and women's rights. She has been involved in the fight against AIDS for almost three decades and was an early champion for microbicides when the field had few strong advocacy voices.

Forbes's work for more than a decade as deputy director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM) helped build awareness of the need for microbicides as a prevention option that could be controlled by women. She was also instrumental in the founding of the International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA). She continues to advocate for microbicides and other prevention options for women as an independent consultant with multiple organizations working with a special focus on engaging with sex work organizations across the world. Forbes is based in Washington, DC.

"I am honored to receive this award from my peers and proud to be receiving it here at the Microbicides 2012 conference where we have heard good news about the science, policy and advocacy that is moving us closer to new prevention options for women and for men," Forbes said. "There have been times over the past several years when finding a safe and effective microbicide and other woman-controlled options for HIV prevention seemed like a distant dream, but today we are much closer to making it a reality. As Omololu said, the challenge of our time is HIV/AIDS. Receiving this award his name gives me renewed hope to meet that challenge."

The Omololu Falobi Award highlights the essential role of community advocacy and leadership in HIV prevention research. It celebrates the life and values of the late Omololu Falobi, a long-time HIV advocate and journalist who founded Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria, was an instrumental pioneer member of the Nigerian Treatment Access Movement, and co-founded the New HIV Vaccine & Microbicide Advocacy Society. Omololu was killed in Lagos, Nigeria in October 2006. The award was conceived as an ongoing legacy that recognizes his commitment and lasting contributions to HIV prevention research advocacy.

"Omololu was a visionary leader and activist, who accomplished much in his too short a life. He dedicated himself to powerful advocacy for HIV and HIV prevention research in Nigeria, Africa and worldwide," said Morenike Ukpong of NHVMAS in Nigeria. "It is gratifying to see his ideals and vision live on through this award. I know he would be immensely proud of the work that Anna and the past recipients are doing to simultaneously advance human rights and HIV prevention research."

Forbes was chosen from among an impressive group of nominees by an independent international panel of HIV prevention research advocates, policy makers, and scientists.

"Anna clearly has created, and continues to create, a fine and necessary inheritance for advocates working for microbicide and other HIV prevention options for women, said Polly Harrison, founder of the Alliance for Microbicide Development and chair of the selection committee. The times and circumstances in which Anna worked and continues to work, have certainly had their challenges. Yet she never seems to despair and she always tells the truth, especially truth to power. What more could one ask? We all look forward to continuing to hear Anna's voice in this field."

The 2012 Omololu Falobi Award Recipient was honored during the plenary session today with a plaque and a cash prize. The M2012 Secretariat also provided a full scholarship for the Award recipient to attend the Conference in Sydney.

The Omololu Falobi Award For Excellence In HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy was conceptualised and the process coordinated by the African Microbicides Advocacy Group (AMAG) in partnership with AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention Research, the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS), the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), and the Treatment Action Movement Nigeria (TAM). Joining the coordinating committee this year are the International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA) and the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP).

The award honors Omololu Falobi, a visionary leader who continues to inspire many people and projects. He was a leading HIV/AIDS activist, an advocate for prevention research, and an exceptional journalist. Omololu made enormous impact in Nigeria and beyond – he nurtured and/or led campaigns related to prevention, treatment and research; won multiple awards nationally and internationally; and earned a tremendous reputation from all who had the privilege to work with him. He established the Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS), co-created the Nigeria-AIDS eForum, co-founded the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society of Nigeria (NHVMAS), was an instrumental pioneer member of the Treatment Access Movement (TAM) Nigeria and a key leader of the African Civil Society Coalition on HIV and AIDS.

Financial support for the Award since 2008 comes from AMAG, AVAC, GCM, Family Health International, NHVMAS, the Open Society Institute in South Africa and UNAIDS. The Award also receives support from the M2012 Conference in the scholarship afforded to the Award recipient.

SOURCE AVAC
CONTACT: Manju Chatani, manju@avac.org; +1-413-923-8674 or Kay Marshall, kay@avac.org; +1-347-249-6375.

Mobile @the Heart of Health GSMA-mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit 2012

20 Apr 2012 09:00 Africa/Lagos


LONDON, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa on 29th May – 1st June 2012. Taking advantage of the global reach of the GSMA and mHealth Alliance, this year's summit will demonstrate the commercial scale and sustainability of mobile health initiatives.

Mobile and health executives and government leaders representing all areas of the mobile health ecosystem, from the private and public sectors, the technology, health and development fields and from academia will present, discuss and debate some of the most critical issues in the industry. These include service provider business models and MNO partnerships, regulation and privacy and the on-the-ground innovations that are saving lives.

This year's keynote speakers who will share their insights into the critical global business trends, growth strategies and technological innovations for mobile health include:

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, South Africa
Andre Beyers, CMO, Airtel Africa
Thierry Zylberberg, EVP Strategic Partnerships, GM Health Line of Business, France Telecom
Gabi Zedlmayer, VP, Office of Global Social Innovation, HP
Scott C. Ratzan, VP, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson
Axel Nemetz, Head of Health, Vodafone

Press accreditation for this year's summit is now currently open:

To become accredited for GSMA-mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit 2012:

Contact press@gsm.org and apply for press accreditation
Provide all relevant documentation and links to support the accreditation application.

In order to register, media will be required to comply with strict press accreditation criteria and provide verification of their media status. (The criteria for media accreditation can be found here: http://www.mobilehealthsummit.com/registration/registration_faq.shtml).

Once the accreditation application has been submitted, the GSMA press team will then review each application. Upon positive review of the application, press will be accredited and will receive confirmation of their accreditation and registration. If the application is declined, media will be notified and can either re-submit their accreditation application with appropriate support or register as an attendee.


About the GSMA


The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress.

For more information, please visit Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com or the GSMA corporate website at http://www.gsmworld.com. For more information on the event please visit http://www.mobilehealthsummit.com website or alternatively email the press team at press@gsm.org.

SOURCE GSMA

CONTACT: Siobhan Graham, +44 (0) 20 7067 0210, SGraham@webershandwick.com

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



From God To God


Photo Credit: Turquoise Gates.
Theme music url: http://www.filestube.com/cExLetLB3oNfRcnbIVNHnj/01-Gregorian-Chants-Sancte-Dei.html


From God To God



They say life is a journey
In a world that is a battlefield
Where we live in fear of the unknown
And the mystery of God leaves me speechless.
As we face the daily realities of life
The ups and downs of our journey never end
And there is nothing we can do but face the truth
For nothing, but the truth can set us free.


Chorus (in Latin):
O Deus caelum et terram
Veniam ad te in toto mole
Quoniam tu solus salva animam meam
.


I did not create myself
And I did not create the world
I did not ask to be born
So, my life is not my own choice but yours
Therefore, Oh, God! Do with me as you wish
For you know best what to do with me
For I am useless without your spirit
All I ask for is make my life shine for your glory.


Chorus (in Latin):
O Deus caelum et terram
Veniam ad te in toto mole
Quoniam tu solus salva animam meam.




Video:


A young woman in fear and trembling in rumpled blue gown looks for shelter in a stormy weather and runs into a church where she crumbles to her knees in tears before the altar.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, for the glory and glory of JEHOVAH God alone.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Name is Nemesis


My Name is Nemesis
A short fiction by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

The sun seemed to be fierier this summer.
Sisemen Okinama walked into the banking hall of Ikeja Continental Bank on Broad Street. It was a hot Thursday afternoon in Lagos and Sisemen swore that it was the hottest day so far in June even though it’s the rainy season in Nigeria. Some people turned to look in his direction as they noticed him and smiled. He nodded to acknowledge them, but did want them to get closer for any handshake, because he did not want to be distracted from his purpose of coming to the bank to withdraw the money he needed. Yes, he was a popular writer whose prize winning books made him an international celebrity. But he would prefer to be acknowledged and left alone without any fanfare.
“Good afternoon Mr. Okinama,” said the pretty cashier attending to him with a customer-friendly smile.
“Afternoon Jumoke,” he responded with a polite grin as he handed her his cheque.
“You’ve forgotten…,” she was saying before he interrupted her.
‘No, I have not forgotten, but I have been too busy to bring you a copy of the book. Don’t worry. If I cannot bring it, I will send it to you, “he said.
“All right sir,” she said.
He collected the money withdrawn from his account and dashed out of the bank before anyone could delay him.
He hailed one of the yellow taxi cabs on the busy street that took him to his residence in Ikoyi within thirty minutes of leaving the bank. Getting away from the rowdy hustle and bustle scene of Lagos city is always a relief, he sighed as he stepped into his apartment on the third floor of the seven story block of flats. There was an elevator for the residents.

He showered and went to his kitchen to get some food and drink and then relaxed in his living room to watch a movie whilst enjoying his meal.
Then a sentence flashed across the screen of his mind.
There is a restaurant called Karma where you are served whatever you deserved.
It was Annabel who posted it on her Facebook wall yesterday.
He thought of calling her, but changed his mind. He finished having his meal and was returning the plates and cup to the kitchen when a beautiful young woman came in through the main entrance. She was wearing a short blue gown and black leather shoes with earrings and long necklace made from cowries and beads. She had long flowing black hair with fair skin and well structured body like a runway supermodel with all the airs and graces as she sauntered into the living room with a black sequined handbag in her left hand and a large polythene shopping bag in her right hand. She dropped the handbag on one of the sofas and put the shopping bag on the floor beside the table. Then she hugged him with a French kiss.
“Darling, what have you just eaten?” she asked cheerfully.
“Just had baked beans and vegetable salad with water,” he replied.
“Oh, baby, I will soon cook and serve you your special food, “she said and raised her chest to lift her bosom to his chest.




TO BE CONTINUED LATER.