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Nollywood Surpasses Hollywood As World’s 2nd Largest Film Producer

May 6, 2009

Lagos (Nigeria) – The Nigerian film industry has overtaken Hollywood and closed the gap on India, the global leader in the number of movies produced each year, according to a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report released today.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) survey, Bollywood – as the Mumbai-based film industry is known – produced 1,091 feature-length films in 2006. In comparison, Nigeria’s moviemakers, commonly known as Nollywood, came out with 872 productions – all in video format – while the United States produced 485 major films.nollywood-011

“Film and video production are shining examples of how cultural industries, as vehicles of identity, values and meanings, can open the door to dialogue and understanding between peoples, but also to economic growth and development,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.

“This new data on film and video production provides yet more proof of the need to rethink the place of culture on the international political agenda,” he added.

The three cinema heavyweights were followed by eight countries that produced more than 100 films: Japan (417), China (330), France (203), Germany (174), Spain (150), Italy (116), South Korea (110) and the United Kingdom (104).

Key to Nollywood’s explosive success is Nigerian filmmakers’ reliance on video instead of film, reducing production costs, and, as the survey points out, the West African country has virtually no formal cinemas, with about 99 per cent of screenings in informal settings, such as home theatres.

The survey also revealed that about 56 per cent of Nollywood films are made in local languages, while English remains a prominent language, accounting for 44 per cent, which may contribute to Nigeria’s success in exporting its films.

According to the study, US movies continue to dominate cinema admissions around the world, and all of the top ten films seen in Australia, Bulgaria Canada, Costa Rica, Namibia, Romania, and Slovenia were US made.

For more information on Nollywood films visit http://www.nollywood.com. 

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Frank Gehry

May 6, 2009

398px-portrait_of_frank_gehry1New York, NY (USA) -If you live in New York and love art and architecture, this event is work checking out. The starchitect discusses his art with Barbara Isenberg, author of Conversations With Frank Gehry, and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross.

Event: Readings/Signings

When: May 11th 2009 @ 7pm

Where: New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10018 (at 41st St)

Phone: (212) 930-0730

Price: Free

Candidates vie for 'Best Job in the World'

May 4, 2009

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Brisbane, Queensland (Australia) – A contest to find a winner for the “Best Job In the World,” caretaking a tropical island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is nearing a winner, officials say.

Among the finalists for the job of living on Hamilton Island are a television personality from New Zealand and a charity fundraiser from England, CNN reported Monday.

Tourism Queensland officials say the six-month caretaker job pays $100,000 and among the job duties are feeding fish, cleaning the pool and filing weekly blog and video reports on what is happening on the island, the U.S. broadcaster said.

Finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 34,000 applicants from around the world. The winner will be announced Wednesday.

“For four years, we’ve been doing exactly what the job requires … sharing our life online, producing video and blogging on a daily basis,” wrote Cali Lewis, a finalist from Dallas, CNN said. (Feature excerpted from here and to follow the selection process click here).

Candidates vie for ‘Best Job in the World’

May 4, 2009

best-job-in-the-world1

Brisbane, Queensland (Australia) – A contest to find a winner for the “Best Job In the World,” caretaking a tropical island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is nearing a winner, officials say.

Among the finalists for the job of living on Hamilton Island are a television personality from New Zealand and a charity fundraiser from England, CNN reported Monday.

Tourism Queensland officials say the six-month caretaker job pays $100,000 and among the job duties are feeding fish, cleaning the pool and filing weekly blog and video reports on what is happening on the island, the U.S. broadcaster said.

Finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 34,000 applicants from around the world. The winner will be announced Wednesday.

“For four years, we’ve been doing exactly what the job requires … sharing our life online, producing video and blogging on a daily basis,” wrote Cali Lewis, a finalist from Dallas, CNN said. (Feature excerpted from here and to follow the selection process click here).

Swine Flu Hysteria Spreads Faster Than Actual Virus

May 1, 2009

USA – Why are governments acting as if armageddon is around the corner when swine flu has claimed just one victim all week?

Despite the fact that swine flu has claimed just one victim all week, a kill rate multiple times lower than the common flu, governments of the world are acting as if armageddon is right around the corner.

The World Health Organization calls a virus that has killed a confirmed 12 people in over a week a “threat to humanity” while talk of martial law, mandatory vaccinations and forced quarantines runs rampant.NEWS-US-FLU

Much of the hysteria is being fueled by people inundating hospitals and doctor’s offices who have mundane illnesses like the common cold, but who just want to “make sure” they don’t have swine flu. Such cases are immediately treated as “suspected swine flu cases” by the media and the panic spreads faster than the actual virus, which according to Mexican health officials is now clearly slowing down.

However, while media headlines and government advisors scream about a potential pandemic and hundreds of thousands of fatalities, an anonymous GP writing for the London Guardian today explains that calls from people worried they have swine flu have tailed off, while people with flu symptoms are almost non-existent.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

31 cent Ice-cream @ Baskin Robbins

April 28, 2009

baskinrobbinesicecream-12It isn’t exactly a free deal, but it’s close.

Baskin-Robbins is having a 31 cent ice-cream on April 29 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for all small scoops of ice cream.

It’s a fundraiser for firefighters. 

If you live in Canada or the US find a store near you at http://www.baskinrobbins.com – help firefighters and help yourself to some cheap ice cream. 

Go off and enjoy BR’s 31 flavors for 31 cents!

Man Jailed For Urinating On Woman During Flight

April 22, 2009

Honolulu, HI (USA) – A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to three weeks in jail for urinating on a 66-year-old woman during a Continental Airlines flight last month from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Jerome Kenneth Kingzio, a resident of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, was sentenced after pleading guilty Tuesday to assault charges in federal court in Honolulu.

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The victim was headed to Hawaii on March 21 for a scuba diving vacation and was watching an in-flight movie when Kingzio stood up and began urinating on her. He had been drinking on the flight.

U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. said the woman reported that not only was her entire vacation ruined, but she continues to suffer emotionally from the incident.

The case was investigated by the FBI.