Monthly Archives: October 2015

EbonLife Film’s “FIFTY” still making international headline

Oct 30, 2015 After being given the celebrity reception at the BFI film festival in London, Ebonylife film’s feature presentation “Fifty” is still making headlines around the world.

After the premiere, the movie’s executive producer, Mo Abudu, sat down with CNN’s Jim Stenman, where she shared her driving passion:

“I find that there is this gap that needs to be filled, at that time I get a whisper, Mo it’s time to do that next thing”

Mo went on to talk about her tenacity and perception towards risk.

“When I look at all the different things I have done…I don’t like the word “no”, don’t tell me it can’t happen”

 

Polls close in Tanzania's elections

Oct 30, 2015 Polls recently closed in Tanzania’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Though results haven’t been announced, analysts have forecasted a presidential victory for John Magufuli, a candidate from the ruling party. However, many expect the ruling party’s parliamentary majority to dwindle after the opposition parties united behind a single candidate.

High voters’ turnout was reported in several areas with long queues.

Frank Charles, a resident of Dar es Salaam said:

“The people and queues were too long. I have been here since 11 and I just voted. I don’t think this election was planned properly because we see this in every election but we don’t see any improvements,”

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Omar Khamis, another resident, said he had a similar experience.

“I have been here since the morning and you can see how long it has been, but I’m thankful that I have voted anyway,”

While exercising his franchise, presidential candidate John Magufuli urged Tanzanians to come out and vote.

Opposition presidential candidate, Edward Lowassa, also called on his supporters to come out in large numbers.

“I’m advising the Tanzanians that there is peace, they all need to come out and cast their vote as this is the only opportunity they have to make history in the country. Please come out, there is peace and calm, and help us make history,”

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Prior to the elections, both Magufuli and Lowassa had drawn tens of thousands of people to lively rallies, vowing to curb the country’s frequent power outages and ensure economic growth.

 

Uganda opposition decry police clamp down ahead of 2016 elections

Oct 30, 2015 Still on election matters, Uganda’s opposition parties have decried an escalating police crackdown ahead of the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections next year.

The political temperature took a quick turn recently after opposition presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, was arrested on his way to a rally.

Commenting on the event, Nicholas Opiyo, a rights lawyer and political analyst said:

“President Museveni if he leaves now, he will be remembered for the tear-gas on the street, the suppression of the opposition, the different rebellion he has been fighting throughout his reign in power since 1986, he has better fighting rebellion after another, I think over 19 rebellions, so I think President Museveni has not been able to keep this country at complete total peace and he is looking for a time when he can do that, when he can show marvelous streets, high flying planes, good road networks and trains and things like that,”

Besigye, who is the candidate of the Forum for Democratic Change, said:

“Our rights as citizens have not changed because of taking forms to the Electoral Commission and we are a registered political part in this country. We have legitimate party activities including getting our candidates at all levels which is on going. The NRM is conducting its primaries, we must conduct our primaries we must prepare our own candidates for Elections, so this is simply a criminal project of the Museveni Junta,”

 

China accomplishes year's employment task ahead of schedule

Oct 30, 2015 Going by recent data, China successfully created 10.66 million new jobs for urban residents in the first nine months of the year.

According to Li Zhong, spokesman for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the country’s one-year goal of creating 10 million new jobs for urban residents has been achieved.

“The survey and investigation, launched by the Human Resources and Social Security Ministry, of public employment service institutions and human resources markets show that the ratio of jobs to job seekers is 1.09 in the third quarter, showing that the number of jobs are slightly higher than that of job seekers,”

Li Zhong went on to say that although urban unemployment rate rose to 4.05 percent at the end of September, there hasn’t been any massive lay-off among enterprises.

“A survey by our ministry on more than 30,000 enterprises across the country shows that the number of jobs lost since the start of the third quarter is lower than that in the first half of the year. The number of surveyed enterprises having job lost accounts for less than 5 percent of all, at a very low percentage. Job loss is mainly seen in such key sectors as coal mine, iron and steel, and chemistry, during their efforts to eliminate overcapacity or improve environmental protection,”

 

U.S. coast guard coordinates rescue of 36 sailors southwest of Hawaii

Oct 30, 2015 The U.S. Coast Guard recently coordinated a dramatic rescue for the 36-member crew of a Papua New Guinea-flagged commercial purse seiner.

Coast Guard Watchstanders in Honolulu responded to a request from the Rescue Coordination Center in New Zealand to assist a commercial fishing vessel in a rescue operation for the Glory Pacific seiner.

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A U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu was able to locate and rescue the survivors of the burning vessel, which at that point was engulfed in flames and adrift.

 

Sheikh Salman submits candidacy papers to FIFA – Report

Oct 30, 2015 The president of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa recently joined the race to become FIFA’s next president.

Sheikh Salman had initially backed UEFA president, Michel Platini. However the electoral landscape changed when Platini was handed a 90-day provisional ban from football by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

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Sheikh Salman will face another member of Arab royalty in the election as Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan also submitted his bid.

Other candidates include South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid along with former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne and Michel Platini.

 

Andy Farrington crowned Red Bull Aces wingsuit racing champion

Oct 30, 2015 Andy Farrington recently beat a field of 40 athletes from 18 nations to emerged winner of the Red Bull Aces wingsuit racing championship for the second successive year.

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The world’s first-ever wingsuit four-cross competition was introduced in 2014.

Speaking after the race, Farrington said:

“It’s unbelievable, a lot of base jumping competitions you’re flying around imaginary targets and everything. This is like a ski race you’re flying around the gate, flying around the gate, flying around the gate. So it’s no question whether you made the gate or didn’t make the gate, and getting that direct feedback and the direct results and everything is huge for our sport. Our sport happens a mile up in the air so being able to get that feedback to people down here on the ground right when we land is huge,”

 

Celebs turn up for Samuel Eto'O's fund raising ball for victims of insurgency

Oct 30, 2015 We kick off with Cameroonian soccer star Samuel Eto’o who held a ball in London for his Yellow Whistle Blower Foundation to raise money and awareness for victims of Boko Haram insurgency on Tuesday.

Present at the occasion were celebrities including OBO Davido, French-Nigerian indie-pop singer Asa among others.

The ball was hosted by celebrated Nigerian radio personality Toolz and Congolese journalist Robert Brazza.

The Yellow Whistle Blower Foundation was created in a bid to cater for victims and refugees of Boko Haram insurgents in Northern Cameroon and Northern Nigeria.

Big Ups Samuel Eto’o!

 

Genevieve Nnaji's new movie "Road to Yesterday" holds media screening

Oct 30, 2015 Moving on to Nollywood – Genevieve Nnaji’s latest movie “Road to Yesterday” had its media screening at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema in Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday.

Present at the screening alongside the lead actress, Genevieve, was supporting actress Chioma Omeruah aka Chigurl as well as the director of the movie, Ishaya Bako.

Also in attendance was veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe Damijo, MD of FilmOne Distribution Kene Mkparu and others.

“Road to Yesterday”, which is Genevieve’s debut movie as a producer is also the first commercial feature film directed by Ishaya Bako. The movie hits cinemas on November 27.

 

Ramsey Nouah to shoot sequel to Nollywood classic “Living in Bondage”

Oct 30, 2015 Yet on Nollywood, Kenneth Nnebue’s classic movie “Living in Bondage” is about to get a sequel, as Nollywood star Ramsey Nouah and Play Entertainment Network boss Charles Okpaleke have teamed up to buy the rights to the movie.

The remake of the 1992 hit movie is scheduled to kick off in 2016, with filming expected to take place in Africa, Europe and America.

The original “Living in Bondage” starring Kanayo O. Kanayo, Francis Agu, Bob-Manuel and others, tells the story of a man who gets haunted by the ghost of his wife whom he killed for money making ritual.