Friday, April 30, 2010

The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel, Celebrates $100 Million Renovation With Grand Suite Promotion




THE PIERRE NEW YORK, A TAJ HOTEL, CELEBRATES $100 MILLION RENOVATION WITH GRAND SUITE PROMOTION

New York, March 26 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate the grand re-opening of The Pierre, the US flagship of Taj Hotels on New York's Central Park, The Pierre announced it is offering 40% off its newly renovated Grand Suites. Ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, with up to 2,000 square feet of space, these classic interiors offer magnificent views of Manhattan and Central Park, and residential-style pied-a-terres for discerning guests.





The 11 Grand Suites, two with terraces that can accommodate parties up to 30, are designed with custom furnishings, hand-crafted finishes and elegant details, such as rich silk and brocade fabrics, Murano glass chandeliers, hand-knotted carpets and Bang & Olufsen audio systems.




Following a meticulous $100-million renovation, The Pierre, now offers 189 redesigned residential-style guest rooms, including 39 suites and 11 Grand Suites, all featuring a quiet feeling of luxury and complemented by superb services personally crafted to attend to each guest’s every need.



A particular treat for guests is dining at Le Caprice, which opened its first U.S. restaurant outside London in New York at The Pierre. Le Caprice has established itself as a social institution in London with its effortless style, coveted cuisine and well-heeled crowd.

Mirroring the London restaurant and maintaining its deep-seated commitment to the art world, Le Caprice New York houses a series of photographs of iconic sixties model Jean Shrimpton by legendary British photographer, David Bailey. Long-standing favourites from the London restaurant, such as Thai-Baked sea bass, will continue to appear within the newly designed New York menu.

Two E, a new bar/lounge in The Pierre, features classic cocktails and light fare in an Alexandra Champalimaud-designed space. Afternoon tea is served from 3-5 pm. Culinary selections include The Pierre Salad with langoustines.

Business groups hosting meetings and receptions at The Pierre may select from three new elegant boardrooms with state-of-the-art amenities that can accommodate groups up to 75. These business-centric rooms complement the hotel’s expansive social banquet spaces on the second floor that can accommodate private events for up to 1,500 guests.

Discounted Grand Suite rates begin at $3,900. For reservations, please call 1-800-743-7734 or visit www.tajhotels.com/pierre.

Conde Nast Traveller has put The Pierre New York, on the Hot List 2010 after months of research and suggestions from the magazine's correspondents across the globe.
Media Contacts:

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Babs Harrison
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Mary-Clare Gribbon
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Japan
Akemi ENDO
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India
Swati Sundareswaran
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FIFA.com Predicts 5.5 Billion Page Views for 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM)



30 Apr 2010 08:00 Africa/Lagos



FIFA.com Predicts 5.5 Billion Page Views for 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM)

GENEVA, April 30, 2010/PRNewswire/ -- FIFA.com's first-ever Panini Virtual Sticker Album, presented by Coca-Cola, drives two million sticker swaps within two weeks of launch.

FIFA.com, the world's official football website, today, 29 April 2010, announced that it is expecting record site traffic for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making it the most visited football website in the world. The FIFA.com forecast is 5.5 billion page views, compared to 4.2 billion recorded for the 2006 event.

The site's popularity has been boosted by the launch of the FIFA.com's first-ever Panini Virtual Sticker Album, which is presented by Coca-Cola. Since its launch on Tuesday 14 April, the free application has generated 200 million page views and over two million sticker 'swaps'.

Every day, each collector receives a virtual pack of five stickers featuring the superstars and teams of the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM). The stickers can then be collected or traded with other fans all over the world.

Matt Stone, FIFA's Head of New Media, says: "Our official forecast of 5.5 billion FIFA.com page views could even be conservative given we received 4.2 billion PVs in 2006. The Panini Virtual Sticker Album has really ignited our online World Cup activity. We're delighted football fans are finding the application so engaging."

Fans can raise their collecting power by forming a group, but only individual collectors will be eligible for a prize draw (deadline 16 July 2010) to win one of a 100 keepsake hardcover printed versions of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Sticker album, also produced by Panini.

About FIFA.com

FIFA.com, the world's official football website, is the online heart of football.

Recognised as the world's most authoritative football website, unrivalled for depth, insight and accuracy, FIFA.com reliably and impartially delivers the global football message across multiple digital platforms to an international community of millions of professionals and enthusiasts.

Constantly updated, FIFA.com (online 1995) offers the latest news, video highlights (with no cross-border restrictions on viewing), historical data, contact with the stars, behind-the-scenes access, and - through the free FIFA.com Club - a global meeting point for people who care about football.

In addition, FIFA.com supplies a one-stop shop for retail, event ticketing, accommodation and hospitality. Through serving the global football community it also delivers value to FIFA.com's commercial partners (Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, KIA, SONY, VISA) and World Cup sponsors (Budweiser, Castrol, Continental, McDonalds, MTN, Satyam, Seara, Yingli Solar).

In an average month, FIFA.com attracts approximately 5 million unique users and generates over 80 million page views. The 2010 World Cup is predicted to generate over 5.5 billion page views.

About FIFA

FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), an association governed by Swiss law, was founded in 1904 and is based in Zurich. It has 208 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its statutes, is the constant improvement of football. FIFA employs some 310 people from over 35 nations and is composed of a Congress (legislative body), Executive Committee (executive body), General Secretariat (administrative body) and committees (assisting the Executive Committee).

Source: FIFA

For more information, please contact: Matt Stone, Head of New Media, Email: matt.stone@fifa.org, Telephone: +44(0)7521-683-831



RCCG Pastor in Texas Reveals Satan's Army and Its Evil Tactics

30 Apr 2010 12:45 Africa/Lagos

RCCG Pastor Reveals Satan's Army and Its Evil Tactics

TEMPLE, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In his breakthrough religious nonfiction and spirituality book, "The Plans Of Our Enemy Have Been Revealed" (published by WestBow Press), Pastor Stephen Haastrup of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Texas exposes Satan's army and the myriad tactics he uses to influence people's lives. An accomplished pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Temple, Texas, Haastrup looks closely at Satan's strategies and then details the counter-tactics God wants Christians to implement in the fight against wicked spirits, principalities of power and all other entities that fight against righteousness.

"The Plans Of Our Enemy Have Been Revealed" discusses all aspects of life that affect churches and its faithful constituents. Haastrup addresses the subject of debt and God's teachings regarding debt. His book details what it takes to be a minister and covers the important role of leadership. It speaks to issues that can be a hindrance to the church ministry and also to the lives of people. And it lists a set of prayer points that targets areas of concern in people's lives and in ministry.

Geared toward those who wish to go beyond just sitting in churches and to those who are determined to make a difference in their church and in the ministry, "The Plans Of Our Enemy Have Been Revealed" helps Christian readers realize their work with God to help build a stronger church.

About the Author

Stephen Haastrup was born in Dallas in 1978 and was raised in Nigeria for 18 years. He gave his life to Christ in 1995. He fellowshipped in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry as an executive prayer leader and also worked in the drama department. Haastrup graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., in 2002 and fellowshipped in The Redeemed Christian Church of God as a youth teacher, Sunday school teacher, assistant to men's fellowship and leader of the drama team. Haastrup is currently a manager at Wal-Mart and pastors The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Temple, Texas.

About WestBow Press

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, the world's premier Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) - the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press will be evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. For more information, visit http://www.westbowpress.com/.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

World Economic Forum / Record Participation for 20th World Economic Forum on Africa

29 Apr 2010 15:18 Africa/Lagos


World Economic Forum / Record Participation for 20th World Economic Forum on Africa


DAR ES SALAAM, 29 avril 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Eleven African heads of state/government will take part in the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa in Dar es Salaam next week


Tanzania's President Kikwete to host the meeting, which will feature around 1,000 participants


Watch the video message with President Kikwete of Tanzania and Professor Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum on YouTube


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 29 April 2010 – The World Economic Forum announced today that nearly 1,000 participants from 85 countries will participate in the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa in Dar es Salaam, 5-7 May 2010. President Kikwete will host the meeting, which this year explores the theme “Rethinking Africa's Growth Strategy”. President Kikwete said: “Africa is a continent full of potential. Africa has been growing despite the economic instability that is facing the world today. We will have the opportunity to examine the strategy of Africa for today to ensure that there is a better tomorrow.”


Richard Elliott, Associate Director, Media, Tel.: +41 (0)79 201 8127 E-mail: richard.elliott@weforum.org



Source: The World Economic Forum



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3 Great Sayings by 3 Great Black Men

"Speak truth, do justice, be kind and do not do evil."
-Baba Orunmila

"Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular - but one must take it simply because it is right."
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Democracy Facebook: Jonathan and Obama Are Now Friends


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Four Defendants Sentenced in Human Trafficking Ring

28 Apr 2010 18:11 Africa/Lagos


Four Defendants Sentenced in Human Trafficking Ring

Conspirators Smuggled Women and Minors in from Mexico and then Compelled Them Into Prostitution in Metro Atlanta

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Juan Cortes-Meza, 33, of Mexico; Raul Cortes-Meza, 22, of Mexico; Edison Wagner Rosa Tort, 71, of Cartersville, Ga.; and Otto Jaime Larios Perez, 27, of Guatemala were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story for participating in sex trafficking in an organization targeting young Mexican women.


Juan Cortes-Meza was sentenced today to 16 years, eight months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $57,600. Raul Cortes-Meza was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $7,000. Edison Wagner Rosa Tort was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $57,000. Otto Jaime Larios Perez was sentenced yesterday to two years, six months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $3,600.


"These four defendants committed heinous crimes against vulnerable women and girls who dreamed of better lives in the United States," said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division. "Driven by greed, these defendants robbed their victims of basic human rights and dignities. The Department of Justice is committed to holding traffickers accountable and restoring the lives of their victims."


U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, "The U.S. Attorney's Office is committed to dismantling sex-trafficking organizations that operate in the Northern District of Georgia. Those who enslave and sell young women for sex, or who profit from it, must be held accountable. Nothing we can do will fully restore these victims from the harm they suffered at the hands of these criminals, but we will do everything in our power to stop others from being abused."


"These traffickers exhibited a callous disregard for the lives of the victims whom they exploited for money," said Kenneth Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Atlanta. "While we cannot undo the terrible experiences that they endured, we hope that today's sentencing gives them some sense of closure."


According to U.S. Attorney Yates and the information presented in court, From Spring 2006 through June 2008, these defendants and others charged in the conspiracy recruited and enticed approximately 10 victims to come to the Atlanta area from Mexico and then forced them into prostitution for the financial benefit of the members of the alleged conspiracy. Often the conspirators, including Juan Cortes-Meza, would lure the women to the U.S. by promising better lives, legitimate employment, or romantic relationships with the defendants. Drivers, such as Larios Perez, Raul Cortes-Meza, and Rosa Tort, collected the victims from the homes where they lived with the defendants in Norcross and drove them to apartments and homes where paying clients waited for commercial sex.


Specifically, Juan Cortes-Meza smuggled the 17-year-old female victim into the United States by falsely promising that he would help her find employment in a restaurant or as a housekeeper. The victim was thereafter compelled to engage in commercial sex acts with numerous men every night, and to give Juan Cortes-Meza the money she collected. Juan Cortes-Meza controlled the victim's daily life and was physically violent with her.


Raul Cortes-Meza harbored and transported a victim and benefitted financially from causing her to engage in commercial sex acts. While another co-conspirator brought the victim into the United States, Raul Cortes-Meza drove her to apartments to have sex with paying clients. He then collected money and kept some for himself, giving the rest to other co-conspirators.


Rosa Tort took a victim from the Cortes-Meza trafficking ring and kept her in Cartersville, Ga., where he forced her to perform commercial sex acts against her will.


Larios Perez pleaded guilty to making false statements to law enforcement when he was intercepted with a victim in his car. When caught with a victim, Larios Perez lied to investigators about his relationship to the victim, claiming she was a family member, and falsely stated that he had never driven anyone to any location for prostitution. In fact, Larios Perez had driven at least six of the young Mexican women to locations to engage in prostitution.


In order to bring defendants to justice, victims of crime may be eligible for immigration status in the United States to assist in the prosecution. Six of the victims addressed the court about what they suffered at the hands of this sex trafficking ring, telling of physical threats, beatings, and intimidation which caused them to work as prostitutes against their will.


This case was investigated by Special Agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge and Trial Attorney Karima Maloney of the Civil Rights Division's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit prosecuted the case.


Source: U.S. Department of Justice

CONTACT: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs,
+1-202-514-2007, TDD +1-202-514-1888


Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/



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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Barack Obama: Our African Dream and their American Dream


President Barack Obama


Barack Obama: Our African Dream and their American Dream

Africans see President Barack Obama first as the son of an African immigrant who married a white American in America. Africans are proud of this fact and are proud of him as the epitome of the African genius, an icon of the Black race and a worthy role model for the youths of Africa to celebrate and emulate in the pursuit of the dreams of a New Africa in the 21st century.


Barack Obama, Sr holding the younger Barack Obama in 1971.

There is a spirit of the audacity of Barack Obama in the heart and soul of every African youth in the continent and the Diaspora, propelling them to excel in the hope of the attainment of their ultimate conquest.

How great we would be when we have a Barack Obama as the President of every nation in Africa.

If Barack Obama can make it, then yes we can!

President Barack Obama has shattered the highest glass ceiling of the proverbial American Dream; the dream of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was elected at the most challenging period in America since World War Two, when Americans were facing the premonition of another Great Depression and the heart rending sacrifice of thousands of innocent American souls in a nightmarish unconventional war against legions of lunatic fringe elements of Islamic fundamentalism. Yet, undauntedly Barack Obama has taken up the herculean challenges of the leadership of the greatest nation on earth, from confronting the goliaths on Wall Street over health care insurance and Machiavellian capitalism in his dogged defence of the common folks on Main Street to marshalling the reformation of America for the nation building of a New America in the leadership of the world.

Will Barack Obama succeed?
President Barack Obama is already galloping ahead on the highway of history and his cheerleaders are cheering him all the way and he is not looking back.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
This article is from a new book on President Barack Obama by the author.



University of Miami Business Professor is World's No. 1 International Business Scholar

26 Apr 2010 19:20 Africa/Lagos

University of Miami Business Professor is World's No. 1 International Business Scholar

School of Business Administration Ranked No. 20 in the World

CORAL GABLES, Fla., April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yadong Luo, Emery Findley Distinguished Chair and professor of management at the University of Miami School of Business Administration, is the world's foremost international business scholar according to a study* just published in the International Business Review. The same study ranks the School of Business No. 20 in the world for international research, ahead of such elite institutions as Harvard University and the London Business School. The findings are based on an examination of approximately 17,000 academic articles published between 1996 and 2008 in 29 international business journals deemed to be the world's best by the researchers.


The authors were ranked based on a formula that took into account the number of pages published by each author and each journal's "impact factor." In all, the study looked at articles published by nearly 4,000 authors from more than 1,200 institutions. Luo is ranked No. 1 on the list of the top 50 scholars from around the world.


"To be recognized as the world's top scholar in international business is truly remarkable and is a testament to amazing research talent. Yadong Luo's honor is well-deserved and I congratulate him," said Barbara E. Kahn, dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration. "Great business schools are measured in large part by the strength of their faculty and we are very proud to call Yadong one of our own as we work to earn our place among the world's most elite institutions for management research and education."


As part of its effort to bolster its research reputation, the School has attracted new faculty over the past two years from some of the world's leading business schools and universities including the Wharton School, Harvard University, MIT, and Duke University. In October, 2009, the School was ranked No. 32 in the world by the influential Financial Times in the newspaper's annual rankings of Executive MBA programs, further illustrating the research strength of the School. The authors of this latest study in the International Business Review note the significance of management research, particularly research in international business and particularly that which is cross-disciplinary.


"As business continues to internationalize, the need for researchers and academic institutions to produce significant and impactful international research also increases," wrote the authors. "An important contribution of this study is its evaluation of the [international business] field across an array of business disciplines."


About the University of Miami School of Business Administration


The University of Miami School of Business Administration is a comprehensive business school, offering undergraduate business, full-time MBA, Executive MBA, MS, PhD and non-degree executive education programs. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Miami, the School is located in a major hub of international trade and commerce and acclaimed for the global orientation and diversity of its faculty, students and curriculum. The School delivers its programs at its main campus in Coral Gables as well as at locations across Florida and abroad. More information about the University of Miami School of Business can be found at www.bus.miami.edu.


*Trevino, L. J., et al. A perspective on the state of the field: International business publications in the elite journals as a measure of institutional and faculty productivity. International Business Review (2010), doi:10.1016/j.ibusrev.2010.02.004


Source: University of Miami School of Business Administration

CONTACT: Jeff Heebner of University of Miami School of Business
Administration, +1-305-284-4005, jheebner@miami.edu


Web Site: University of Miami School of Business Administration



Dear Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, Tell that to the Marines

Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan

Dear Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, Tell that to the Marines



Dear Acting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,

The headlines of your presidential order for the manhunt and arrest of Chief James Ibori, the former governor of Delta state are all over the place online and offline.

You have said there would be no sacred cows in the anti-graft war in Nigeria. But I wonder why you have not ordered the EFCC to arrest those indicted in the Halliburton Bribery and corruption case and those indicted in the Daimler bribery scandal?

Are you afraid of these UNTOUCHABLE SACRED COWS?

Lest I forget, what of the sweetest sacred cow in your home. No, not the other woman in your life. Your private love affair is not my business oh.

I mean your CASH MADAM herself, the Acting First Lady or First Lady in Waiting, who has been fasting and praying for First Lady Turai Yar'Adua to return to Katsina state with her medically incapacitated husband and vacate Aso Villa for her BOTTOM POWER.

Is it not on record that on September 11, 2006, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized $13.5 million dollars (US) from Mrs. Patience Jonathan when you were the lucky governor of Bayelsa State? She laundered the money through an associate and in August of the same year, the EFCC had a court order to freeze N104 million Cash Madam Patience allegedly tried to launder through one Mrs. Nancy Ebere Nwosu. The EFCC confirmed that in a sworn statement, Mrs. Nwosu implicated Patience Jonathan.

Mr. Acting President, if your Acting First Lady and the other cabal of your ruling party of Sacred Cows can still be dining and wining and wishing you goodluck in your chess of political power to become the next President of Nigeria, then I am shocked that you had the audacity to order the arrest of Chief James Ibori. Is this your own style of the anti-graft war.

Please, tell that to the Marines.

Yours Proudly Nigerian,

Orikinla Osinachi





Daimler Settlements highlight higher Fines and Imposition of Monitor for Act Violators

Daimler settlements highlight higher fines and imposition of monitor for act violators
April 26 2010
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Monday, April 26, 2010

German hostages in Nigeria free

German hostages in Nigeria free


BERLIN, April 26, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The two German nationals kidnapped on 18 April near Port Harcourt, Nigeria, were freed today (24 April). In this connection Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle today issued the following statement:
“I'm delighted to hear that our two fellow Germans are free and in good health. They are in safe hands in Port Harcourt, and their condition is as good as can be expected under the circumstances.
I pay tribute to the tireless efforts of the crisis task force and of the German and Nigerian authorities involved for bringing this kidnapping to a rapid and successful conclusion.”


Source: Germany - Ministry of Foreign Affairs



LG Teams Up with Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria Parker to Promote Personal Style and Latest Handsets - LG Lotus Elite and LG Rumor Touch



LG Teams Up with Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria Parker to Promote Personal Style and Latest Handsets - LG Lotus Elite and LG Rumor Touch


Victoria Beckham

LG Mobile Phones launches multi-faceted campaign inviting consumers to ‘flaunt their fashion touch’ through two uniquely stylish touchscreen devices



Eva Longoria Parke

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – April 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) has forged an alliance with fashionable stars Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria Parker to promote the company’s latest touchscreen mobile phones, the stylish LG Lotus Elite and LG Rumor Touch. The integrated campaign, called LG Fashion Touch, promotes personal style and the idea that mobile phones have become the latest in fashion communication. The partnership includes a print and online campaign, series of MTV vignettes, consumer promotion and an event in Los Angeles to celebrate the integration of fashion and technology.

The LG Fashion Touch campaign pairs two of the most fashionable phones with two of the world’s most well-known fashion enthusiasts. LG partnered with the famous friends because their unique personal styles complement the design aesthetic of the handsets and their friendship aligned perfectly with the dual product launch. LG Lotus Elite is bold and edgy, which is a reflection of Victoria’s style. LG Rumor Touch is a sleek and more classically designed handset, which is a reflection of Eva’s style.

“We don’t believe you should have to compromise your personal style or productivity, when it comes to your choice of mobile phone,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, vice president of marketing and innovation for LG Mobile Phones. “With new touchscreen technology, LG Lotus Elite and LG Rumor Touch deliver the best in functionality and fashion. We are thrilled to be working with Victoria and Eva; their involvement in the campaign highlights the relevancy of our design credo and reinforces the LG style heritage.”

The series of MTV vignettes, produced and directed by documentarist Doug Keeve, depict Eva and Victoria and two very talented up and coming fashion designers -Yotam Solomon and Oday Shakar - as they collaborate together in preparation for the big fashion event in Los Angeles May 24. Tasked to create groundbreaking pieces influenced by the idea of being fashionable in a technological and socially-connected world, Yotam and Oday use their LG phones to gather inspiration for their designs. Their creations will be revealed at the event.

The print ads launch the week of May 3 nationally and will run side-by-side, allowing readers to clearly visualize the duality of the campaign. The ads were shot by fashion photographer, Ellen Von Unwerth and feature Eva and Victoria posing with their respective phones. Both women wear fashions that reflect their personal style and the design aesthetic of their handsets. The ads are featured in weekly magazines as well as fashion-driven monthlies. Banner ads also feature the images.

To engage consumers, LG created the Fashion Touch Style Quiz on the LG Fashion Touch Facebook page www.facebook.com/LGFashion. By taking the quiz, fashionistas can find out what phone and style best suits them and participants will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win tickets to the LG Fashion Touch event in May.

To celebrate the partnership and the culmination of the campaign, Victoria and Eva will host an LG exclusive party that will reflect the intersection of fashion and technology. Guests of the party will include celebrities, stylists and fashion insiders who are known for flaunting their unique ‘fashion touch.’

The stylish LG Lotus Elite and LG Rumor Touch are successors to the popular LG Lotus and LG Rumor. LG and Sprint are proud to offer consumers LG Lotus Elite and LG Rumor Touch in an expanded variety of stylish colors. These sleek and fashionable messaging devices offer users a more advanced handset with the additions of touchscreen technology and new exclusive features. Available in new colors on April 19 in all Sprint retail channels including www.sprint.com, LG Lotus Elite will come in red and black for $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate and LG Rumor Touch (currently available in black) will now be available in Red and Purple for $79.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in-rebate.


About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 84,000 people working in 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2009 global sales of USD43.4 billion, LG is comprised of five business units –- Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is the world’s leading producer of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula One™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lgusa.com.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lgmobilephones.com.


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AMMREN Works with Partners at “Counting Malaria out” in Africa

WMD 2010_AMMREN NG_L-R 'Timeless' editor Ayo Jeremiah, speaker Dr. Abayomi Afe, Country Coordinator Adeleke Adeyemi.

AMMREN works with partners at “Counting Malaria out” in Africa


As part of its efforts to address the spate of malaria-related deaths on the continent, the African Media and Malaria Research Network, AMMREN, held a Media Forum on Saturday 24, eve of the third World Malaria Day (it started as African Malaria Day following the Abuja Roll Back Malaria Summit of 2000), to review progress on the Abuja Declaration targets and to reinforce the fight against the epidemic. The forum, which had for theme “Counting Malaria Out in Partnership with the Media”, is coming just as the US authorities, where the day--April 25--is marked as Malaria Awareness Day, released a six-year strategic plan to combat the scourge on the continent. Another forum was held simultaneously in Kaduna in northern Nigeria.




WMD 2010_AMMREN NG_L-R Guest, 'Timeless' editor Ayo Jeremiah, speaker Dr. Abayomi Afe, Country Coordinator Adeleke Adeyemi, award-winning children's malaria author, Ndidi Enenmor.

In a goodwill message at the forum, held at Timeless Media, AMMREN’s main media partner for the Lagos Forum, the Executive Secretary of the body, Mrs. Charity Binka, based at the award-winning network’s secretariat in Accra Ghana, who was represented by Mr. Adeleke Adeyemi, Country Coordinator of AMMREN Nigeria, said the group has over the years pursued projects to bring to the front burner the fight against malaria in Africa through the use of different media and training tools and through partnering with stakeholders in the fight against the disease. Mr. Adeyemi also reiterated the importance of the ongoing INDEPTH Effectiveness and Safety Studies of Antimalarials in Africa (INESS) Project in selected African countries. INDEPTH is an international organisation involved in the demographic evaluation of populations and their health in developing countries.


Meanwhile, according to Mrs. Binka, “there remains a missing link between the work of malaria researchers to tackle the reality on our hands and media coverage of it that is begging to be bridged,” she said. “This is amply demonstrated by the lack of sustainable media follow up on the Abuja Targets by 2005”, which set out to achieve among others, that 60% children under-five with fever symptoms will have prompt access to care and that 60% of pregnant women will be placed on appropriate medical care to pre-empt malaria in mother and child. Also glaring for tracking are the progressively tougher Abuja Targets By 2010, like reducing malaria morbidity (infection rate) by half of the 2000 levels.


Speaking at the forum, Dr. Abayomi Afe of the of Nigeria (IHVN), affiliate of Institute of Human Virology, Maryland, USA, said in his presentation “Defeating World’s Public Health Enemy Number one (Malaria Facts, Figures & Fallacies)” that about 40% of the world’s population are at risk of malaria; however, due to worldwide climate change, the figure is expected to jump to 60% before long. According to the speaker, the epidemic kills between 1.1 and 2.7 million people every year, 90% of them in Africa. Out of this, one million are children under the age of five, two die every minute.


Dr. Afe further pointed out that between 300 and 500 million clinical cases of malaria occur every year, “80% of them in Africa.” According to Dr. Afe, a review of the Abuja Targets for 2010, due to expire at the end of the year, shows minimal progress in the fight against malaria.


Responding to questions from members of the press and Café Scientifique Nigeria audience the moderator, Ayodeji Jeremiah, editor of Timeless, hinged the continuing prevalence of malaria on the lack adequate coverage by the media all along in the fight. He argued that malaria, which kills more people that HIV/AIDS, simply isn’t getting the attention it deserves; creating that awareness, he stressed, is the responsibility of the media. He called on the media to brace up in the fight against the scourge by being innovative in generating adequate coverage for creating and sustaining buzz on malaria among the populace and indeed all stakeholders.


There was an excerpt reading from a section highlighting the knotty issue of patient compliance and antimalarial drugs provider compliance from the recent Oprah-nominated, rave-making collection of short stories by Nigerian Roman Catholic Jesuit priest Uwem Akpan, “Say You’re One of Them” at the occasion.


AMMREN is a network of African journalists and scientists working together towards the eradication of Malaria in Africa. The group has a membership of over fifty journalists drawn from 10 African countries: Burkina Faso, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania, where a highly successful media sensitisation workshop under the aegis of the INESS Project was held for AMMREN members and communication officers from select malaria research institutes recently.



Rare 19th Century British Literature Discovery, Deep in the Heart of Texas

23 Apr 2010 14:00 Africa/Lagos



Rare 19th Century British Literature Discovery, Deep in the Heart of Texas

WACO, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The last place you'd expect to find a hand-written manuscript from one of the giants of 19th century British literature would be deep the heart of Texas. Yet, that is where it is.


Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University recently made one of its rarest discoveries: a notebook written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that contains the earliest known draft manuscript of "Sonnet Five" from her best-known work, Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Owned and composed by the famed poet circa 1839-1846 - during her courtship with Robert Browning - the notebook was transcribed by library director Rita S. Patteson. Tiny, spider-like handwriting on the title page calls out to the reader from across two centuries: "MSS. by Elizabeth B. Barrett." In the notebook's 100-plus pages, Elizabeth's script reveals numerous works in draft form, including three previously unpublished poems, "The Gorse," "The Repose," and "An Ode to America."


On the notebook's final leaf, stanzas thought originally to be the conclusion of "An Ode to America" were discovered to be substantially different from the ode's early stanzas and, in fact, proved to be a draft of one of Barrett Browning's famous sonnets, "Sonnet Five." Patteson's honed skill at deciphering the 170-year-old handwriting was put to full use. This early draft of "Sonnet Five," with words crossed out and rewritten, reveals how the sonnet began to take shape before it took its ultimate published form:


I lift my heavy heart up solemnly,
As once Electra her sepulchral urn,
And, looking in thine eyes, I overturn
The ashes at thy feet. Behold and see
What a great heap of grief lay hid in me,
And how the red wild sparkles dimly burn
Through the ashen greyness. If thy foot in scorn
Could tread them out to darkness utterly,
It might be well perhaps. But if instead
Thou wait beside me for the wind to blow
The grey dust up,... those laurels on thine head,
O My beloved, will not shield thee so,
That none of all the fires shall scorch and shred
The hair beneath. Stand further off then! Go.



Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor is a gem of a facility holding the world's largest collection of material related to both Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Each year, the library holds its Browning celebration, coinciding with the anniversary of Robert's birth date of May 7. The 2010
Browning Festival May 6-8 will draw scholars and other lovers of Browning poetry from around the world.


The highlight will be an address by Dr. Scott Lewis, editor of The Brownings' Correspondence, president of the Browning Society (London) and senior research fellow of De Montfort University in Leicester, England. He will speak at 2:30 p.m., May 7, in the library's McLean Foyer of Meditation.
Lewis, who is writing a biography of Dr. A. J. Armstrong, will address the life and work of the man who founded the library during his 40-year career at Baylor. Donating his own Browning collection to Baylor in 1918, Armstrong was the driving force in acquiring books and other artifacts of the
Brownings throughout his lifetime and in raising the necessary funding to build the library which opened in 1951.

Lewis says it was Armstrong's skill as an impresario as well as a scholar that led to the library's creation. "Early on, Armstrong brought not only great poets such as Carl Sandberg, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Frost to Baylor, he also arranged for leading performing artists such as Marian Anderson, Basil Rathbone and Katharine Cornell to perform in Waco.

"He fully understood the need to obtain resources, and he used these performances to raise funds to support the creation of the library. The building and its collection are his greatest achievement."


Tireless in his passion, Armstrong was an "evangelist for poetry," Lewis said. "He saw literature and the arts as an extension of the spiritual life. And his stamina for work was amazing; he routinely put in 16 to 18-hour days."


Armstrong's passion has resulted in a legacy of more than 25,000 volumes and over 10,000 letters, manuscripts and artifacts in the library's collection - and a staff dedicated to tracking and acquiring others as they become known. Patteson worked with Browning scholar Dr. Sandra Donaldson, University of North Dakota professor of English and Women Studies, in transcribing the new notebook after the library acquired it in a Christie's auction. Donaldson led a team of Browning scholars including Patteson that recently produced the first modern scholarly edition of Elizabeth's texts, a five-volume set entitled The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pickering & Chatto, 2010). The newly discovered works from the notebook are included.


These early versions are important in understanding the life's work of a writer, Patteson said. "Looking at all editions, line by line, teaches us how the poetry developed and helps us see the poet's process of writing."
Lewis concurs. "Seeing these newly discovered works provides an opportunity for a fresh reading of the poem. It provides us with lines we have never seen before, and in so doing, gives us new understanding of how the poet worked."

Browning Festival, May 6-8


Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University
710 Speight Ave. at Eighth Street, Waco, Texas

Schedule:
7 p.m., Thursday, May 6: Waco Children's Choir:
Performing resident composer Carlos Colon's new setting of Robert Browning's poem, The Pied Piper of Hamelin
2:30 p.m., Friday, May 7: Choir Competition Winners Followed by Annual Lecture:
China Spring High School Choir will sing the winning composition of the library-sponsored competition held by Baylor School of Music; following the performance, Dr. Scott Lewis will deliver the Browning Festival annual lecture
7 p.m., Saturday, May 8: Acoustic Performance:
Guitarist Richard Smith and his wife Julie Adams on cello with a strings ensemble

Admission to all events is free

This news release was issued on behalf of Newswise(TM). For more information, visit http://www.newswise.com/.
CONTACT: Jill Scoggins, (713) 855-7344, jill_scoggins@baylor.edu
Source: Baylor University

CONTACT: Jill Scoggins of Baylor University, +1-713-855-7344,
jill_scoggins@baylor.edu
Web Site: http://www.baylor.edu/



Sunday, April 25, 2010

Iran Can Strike the U.S. in 2015

A photo of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM)

Iran can strike the U.S. in 2015


“Iran, with foreign assistance (North Korea), could have the ability to strike the U.S. homeland with an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM) by 2015,” said Riki Ellison last Friday in Washington.

Ellison is the Founder and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA). He was commenting on the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held on Capitol Hill Wednesday April 21, 2010.

The purpose of the hearing was to receive testimony on ballistic missile defense policies and programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2011. Ellison is one of the foremost lay experts in the field of missile defense. Ellison's comments include the following statements:


The following is the complete statement made by Riki Ellison.


"Over the past week, Congress held three public hearings on missile defense plans for 2011 and beyond. Hearings were held by the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, the Senate Armed Service Committee led by Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and the Ranking Member John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday and most recently the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee led by the Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) on Wednesday.


"During these hearings, the testimony of President Barack Obama's appointees in the Department of Defense and the Director of the Missile Defense Agency, Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, exposed five fundamental elements of the administration's missile defense plan:

1. Iran, with foreign assistance (North Korea), could have the ability to strike the U.S. homeland with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by 2015.

2. In the current administration's plan, the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA), there will be a second shot capability based in Europe to defend the U.S. homeland from an Iranian ICBM in 2020. This is dependent on the development, testing and deployment, of a new SM-3 Block 2B missile and the integration that allows for early intercept by launch and engage on remote sensors including basing Aegis Ashore platforms in
Europe.

3. The administration's current missile defense plan for the defense of the U.S. homeland is to rely on 30 Ground-Based Interceptors (GBI's), 26 based in Alaska and 4 in California until 2032. They would provide protection against a maximum of 15 incoming ICBMs, using two GBIs per ICBM with a shoot, look, and shoot doctrine. Due to distance, parts of Eastern United States will not have the same confidence of protection as the remaining U.S. Homeland from an ICBM threat from Iran.

4. There is a gap of protection and vulnerability against an ICBM launched from Iran at the U.S. homeland, especially to significant parts of the east coast, for a minimum of 5 years in the President's plan for missile defense, provided that Iran acquires ICBM capability by 2015.

5. In regards to a hedge for the existent gap in protection from an ICBM attack from Iran against the U.S. homeland, Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly presented three options:

-- Fully outfitting missile field 2 in Fort Greely, Alaska with GBIs adding 8 more GBIs to the existing 30 GBIs,

-- Testing the two-stage GBI, the missile in June of this year, the same missile system intended to be deployed in Poland for the canceled 3rd site of the previous administration.

-- Having additional shot opportunities, against an ICBM from Iran, with two-stage missiles.

"The recent Congressional hearings on missile defense have made it abundantly clear to the American public that a gap exists in the missile protection of the U.S. homeland against Iran. It is also apparent that the administration's plans to develop and deploy a hedge to fill that gap have not adequately been addressed. The administration needs to move forward with urgency for a robust testing and deployment plan of the two-stage GBI on or before 2015 to ensure full protection of the U.S. homeland from Iran.

"The protection of the U.S. homeland from ballistic missiles is the declared and stated number one priority of President Obama's administration missile defense policy."

Source: Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance


CONTACT: Barbara Maxwell of Missile Defense Advocacy, +1-703-299-0060
Web Site: http://www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org/


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Novel Malaria Diagnostics for Improved Patient Support

23 Apr 2010 09:10 Africa/Lagos

Novel Malaria Diagnostics for Improved Patient Support

MUENSTER, Germany, April 23, 2010/PRNewswire/ --


-On World Malaria Day Biotechnology Enterprise Partec Donates Diagnostic Solutions


On the occasion of World Malaria Day on April 25th, German biotechnology company Partec donates 55 fluorescence microscopes and 11.000 patient tests for malaria diagnosis to different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi.


Malaria, a disease spread to humans by tropical mosquitoe species and causing symptoms including fever, is endemic in 107 countries with 3 billion people. Over 300 million people are infected by malaria with far more than 1 million death cases annually - including one child every 30 seconds. New reliable diagnostic tools for point-of-care testing therefore play the key role for improving targeted patient support.


The diagnostic solution donated by Partec provides a uniquely easy-to-use, affordable and ultrarapid method for highly sensitive malaria testing by combining a unique class of mobile and battery-operated fluorescence microscopes with ready-to-use test slides, which already carry ready-prepared dried-in reagents on the slide surface, eliminating any need for cold chain and cold storage, as usually required for conventional malaria tests.


"The World Malaria Day is a day of unified commemoration of the global effort to provide effective control of malaria," says Partec's Chief Executive Officer Roland Göhde. "In this context, the new diagnostic technology for the first time opens the opportunity to bring most reliable Malaria testing to almost every patient, especially in remote areas and those regions suffering from a low level of laboratory infrastructure, limited or missing electricity supply and a shortcut of skilled laboratory personnel."


The CyScope fluorescence microscopy technology of Partec has been developed and is being produced entirely in Germany, renowned for the long tradition in manufacturing highest quality precision optics and microscopes.


Since 2002, Partec is active in 100 countries worldwide, providing and implementing complete packages of diagnostic solutions for TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, specifically designed to meet the requirements of developing, emerging and resource-constrained countries with limited infrastructure.



Contact:
Christiane Kraus
Chief Operating Officer
Partec GmbH
Am Flugplatz 13, 02828 Gorlitz
Phone: +49-3581-8746-0
Telefax: +49-3581-8746-70
c.kraus@partec.com
http://www.partec.com




Source: Partec GmbH

Contact: Christiane Kraus, Chief Operating Officer, Partec GmbH, Am Flugplatz 13, 02828 Gorlitz, Phone: +49-3581-8746-0, Telefax: +49-3581-8746-70, c.kraus@partec.com


Let’s Join Hands to Fight off Malaria for Good




World Malaria Day 2010, Sunday April 25


A Message from African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN)

By the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Charity Binka

‘Let’s join hands to fight off malaria for good!’

It is here with us – again. The World Malaria Day is a sad, rude reminder that malaria, a preventable disease, continues to parade the world dealing a death blow to many African children and ravaging the resources of the continent.

The Day offers us another opportunity to ponder anew how a disease so primitive continues to reap a grim harvest. According to the World Health Organization’s statistics, more than a million deaths occur annually and more than 80% are estimated to occur in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly among children under five years old and pregnant women.

Despite these challenges, it is gratifying to note that there are many activities including control and preventive strategies coupled with research activities currently going on to support other interventions to contain the disease and eventually eradicate it.

Current control strategies on malaria include early diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment of malaria. There are also preventive activities through the use of insecticide-treated nets and other vector control measures such as residual indoor spraying and environmental management. Others areas are prevention of malaria in pregnancy and the development of new tools through research.

Vaccines, such as the candidate RTS,S are also part of the new tools being developed to deal a death blow to malaria. The INDEPTH Effectiveness and Safety Studies of Antimalarials in Africa (INESS) is also one of the innovative and unique initiatives which have also come on board to support other interventions. INESS is, for instance focusing on antimalarials to ensure their safety and effectiveness in and outside the general health systems in Africa.

These are great milestones we need to be proud of and to commend scientists, researchers and donors for their immense contribution towards the eradication of malaria.


While commending scientists, we want to appreciate Bill Gates for his contribution in funding research into malaria eradication. He is on record to have said: It‘s time to treat the malaria epidemic like the crisis it is. It is unacceptable that 3,000 children die every day from a largely preventable and treatable disease.

Indeed there is a missing link between the work of malaria researchers to tackle this present reality and media coverage of it that is begging to be bridged. It is amply demonstrated by the lack of sustainable media follow up on the Abuja Declaration Targets of60% of children under-5 and pregnant women sleeping under Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs) by 2005. The leaders also promised to reduce by25% of childhood fevers which will be correctly managed using IMCI. The Abuja Declaration Targets for 2010 are here with us.

The BIG question is: Can we, by the end of this year, be able to proudly say that the targets to reduce malaria morbidity (disease occurrence) by half (50%) of the 2000 levels and the reduction of malaria mortality (death rate) by 50% of the 2000 levels have been achieved?


Yes we can with commitment on the part of leaders. That is why we must applaud the mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest donor to malaria to work with partners around the world to reach a day when no human being would have malaria – the very purpose for which African Media and Malaria Research (AMMREN) was born. AMMREN’s major goal is to join hands with partner stakeholders towards the eradication of malaria.

AMMREN seeks to promote communication of malaria research outcomes/outputs and best practices in malaria eradication in Africa through strengthened collaboration between malaria researchers, journalists and stakeholders. AMMREN has a membership of over fifty journalists from 10 African countries: Burkina Faso, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania.

This year’s celebration of Malaria Day gives us another opportunity to re-strategise to push malaria out of Africa and the world. AMMREN associates itself with the statement by Bill Gates, the hero of our time that, “It‘s time to treat the malaria epidemic like the crisis it is. It is unacceptable that 3,000 children die every day from a largely preventable and treatable disease”. AMMREN has joined the campaign. This is a clarion call to all to sign up to help realize the goal: Let’s join hands to fight off malaria for good!

African governments must stand up and be counted as we enter the next phase to kick out malaria from the continent. They must not fail us. THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO.

Thank you.



Saturday, April 24, 2010

Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attacks On Navy Ships

23 Apr 2010 20:30 Africa/Lagos



Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attacks On Navy Ships

NORFOLK, Va., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal grand juries in the Eastern District of Virginia have returned two separate indictments charging 11 men from Somalia with engaging in piracy and related offenses pertaining to attacks on two Navy ships. The indictments charge separate attacks by separate groups on the U.S.S. Nicholas and the U.S.S. Ashland.



Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; George Venizelos, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Norfolk Field Office; and Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, made the announcement.
"Since the earliest days of this country, piracy has been a serious crime," said U.S. Attorney MacBride. "Piracy threatens human lives and disrupts international commerce. When pirates attack U.S. vessels by force, they must face severe consequences."


"The Naval Criminal Investigative Service provides unique forward deployed law enforcement capabilities to the U.S. Navy's Maritime Strategy," said NCIS Special Agent in Charge Russ. "This case demonstrates the working relationship between uniformed military forces and NCIS - which is a civilian agency - and our federal partners to ensure cooperative security and stability across the maritime domain."
The two indictments were returned earlier this week and remained sealed until the defendants made their initial appearances before a magistrate judge in Norfolk.


According to the first six-count indictment returned on April 20, 2010, five men - Mohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Wali Dire, Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher, and Abdi Mohammed Umar - left Somalia in search of a merchant ship to pirate. They allegedly used two smaller vessels loaded with assault weapons and a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) that served as attack boats, along with a larger ship full of supplies.
This indictment alleges that on March 31, 2010, Hasan, Ali, and Dire boarded one of these smaller vessels and set out to pirate and plunder what they believed to be a merchant ship. Ali and Dire each allegedly carried an assault weapon, and Hasan allegedly carried an RPG. The indictment charges that they opened fire on the ship, which they later discovered was the Nicholas.


The remaining two individuals charged in the indictment - Gurewardher and Umar -remained onboard the large ship to maintain that ship during the alleged attack.


In a second five-count indictment, six men - Maxamad Cali Saciid, Mohammed Abdi Jama, Jaamac Ciidle, Abdicasiis Cabaase, Abdirasaq Abshir and Mahamed Farraah Hassan - were charged with piracy-related offenses involving the U.S.S. Ashland on or about April 10, 2010.


All 11 men were charged with piracy, which carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison. In addition, the indictment also charges them with the following:


-- Attack to plunder a vessel, which carries a maximum of 10 years in
prison.
-- Assault with a dangerous weapon in the special maritime jurisdiction,
which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.
-- Conspiracy to use firearms during a crime of violence, which carries a
maximum of 20 years in prison.
-- Use of a firearm during a crime of violence, which carry a mandatory
minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison if
convicted of one count. The five men charged in the indictment
involving the U.S.S. Nicholas face two firearm counts, which would
carry an additional minimum of 25 years - to equal 35 years - in
prison if convicted of both counts.

The U.S.S. Nicholas is an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate homeported in Norfolk, Va. The U.S.S. Ashland is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship homeported in Little Creek, Va.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI's New York Field Office and Norfolk Field Office and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.


The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin L. Hatch and Joseph DePadilla, from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The public is reminded that an indictment only contains charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov/.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice

CONTACT: Peter Carr of the Office of U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride,
Eastern District of Virginia, +1-703-842-4050
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/



Thursday, April 22, 2010

30 Web Trends to Watch in 2010

30 Web Trends to Watch in 2010

Blogging
Blogs get even more authoritative and accepted, becoming the “old media” of the Web
Quick and clean miniblogging (Tumblr, Posterous etc.) establish a lively sphere between Twitter-like microblogging and blogging. @richardbaxter of SEOGadget agrees about Posterous continuous growth
Video content finally gets the importance we expected for years now with growing band width etc.



Idi Nasiru Makes Student Academy Awards History for Nigeria

Idi Nasiru

Idi Nasiru Makes Student Academy Awards History for Nigeria


Nigerian film student Idi Nasiru has become the first Nigerian to compete for the Student Academy Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His entry Far from Utopia is among the record number of 61 entries from 36 countries and will be competing with 497 entries from 122 U.S. colleges and universities for the 2010 Student Academy Awards.

“It's a film I made about a young beggar boy of about 10 on his struggle for a day as he is confronted by the twin challenges of hunger and his bully colleagues. It's really an emotional short story. The most amazing thing about the story behind the story is I lost the most interesting part of the footage during post production,” said Nasiru.
Nasiru is a student at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) College in Jos, Plateau state, in the middle belt region of Nigeria. He took part in the 2010 Berlinale talent campus in Berlin and has been selected for another one coming up in July in Durban, South Africa.



U.S. Government Unveils New Design for the $100 Note




21 Apr 2010 15:15 Africa/Lagos

U.S. Government Unveils New Design for the $100 Note

Government to Currency Users: Know Its Features So You Can Know It's Real

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the United States Secret Service today unveiled the new design for the $100 note. Complete with advanced technology to combat counterfeiting, the new design for the $100 note retains the traditional look of U.S. currency.


"As with previous U.S. currency redesigns, this note incorporates the best technology available to ensure we're staying ahead of counterfeiters," said Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner.


"When the new design $100 note is issued on February 10, 2011, the approximately 6.5 billion older design $100s already in circulation will remain legal tender," said Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Ben S. Bernanke. "U.S. currency users should know they will not have to trade in their older design $100 notes when the new ones begin circulating."


There are a number of security features in the redesigned $100 note, including two new features, the 3-D Security Ribbon and the Bell in the Inkwell. These security features are easy for consumers and merchants to use to authenticate their currency.


The blue 3-D Security Ribbon on the front of the new $100 note contains images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note. The Bell in the Inkwell on the front of the note is another new security feature. The bell changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it seem to appear and disappear within the copper inkwell.


"The new security features announced today come after more than a decade of research and development to protect our currency from counterfeiting. To ensure a seamless introduction of the new $100 note into the financial system, we will conduct a global public education program to ensure that users of U.S. currency are aware of the new security features," said Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios.


"For 145 years, the men and women of the United States Secret Service have worked diligently to protect the integrity of U.S. currency from counterfeiters," said Director Mark Sullivan. "During that time, our agency has evolved to keep pace with the advanced methodologies employed by the criminals we pursue. What has remained constant in combating counterfeiting, however, is the effectiveness of consumer education initiatives that urge merchants and customers to examine the security features on the notes they receive."


Although less than 1/100th of one percent of the value of all U.S. currency in circulation is reported counterfeit, the $100 note is the most widely circulated and most often counterfeited denomination outside the U.S.


"The $100 is the highest value denomination that we issue, and it circulates broadly around the world," said Michael Lambert, Assistant Director for Cash at the Federal Reserve Board. "Therefore, we took the necessary time to develop advanced security features that are easy for the public to use in everyday transactions, but difficult for counterfeiters to replicate."


"The advanced security features we've included in the new $100 note will hinder potential counterfeiters from producing high-quality fakes that can deceive consumers and merchants," said Larry R. Felix, Director of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing. "Protect yourself - it only takes a few seconds to check the new $100 note and know it's real."


The new design for the $100 note retains three effective security features from the previous design: the portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin, the security thread, and the color-shifting numeral 100.


The new $100 note also displays American symbols of freedom, including phrases from the Declaration of Independence and the quill the Founding Fathers used to sign this historic document. Both are located to the right of the portrait on the front of the note.


The back of the note has a new vignette of Independence Hall featuring the rear, rather than the front, of the building. Both the vignette on the back of the note and the portrait on the front have been enlarged, and the oval that previously appeared around both images has been removed.


For a more detailed description of the redesigned $100 note and its features, visit www.newmoney.gov where you can watch an animated video, click through an interactive note or browse through the multimedia resources for images and B-roll.


Also, visit www.newmoney.gov for information on how to order free training materials for cash handlers, or you may download the materials directly from the Web site. The training materials for the $100 note are available in 25 languages.


Source: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

CONTACT: Dawn Haley or Claudia Dickens, Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, +1-202-874-2778; or Sara Messina, Federal Reserve Board,
+1-202-452-2727; or Edwin M. Donovan, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Secret
Service, +1-202-406-5708; or Patricia Pincus, New Currency Program Media
Support, +1-202-530-4887


Web Site: http://www.newmoney.gov/