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NEW YEAR SAD NEWS

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on January 28, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (2)

NOLLYWOOD LOST ANOTHER STAR


Nollywood actor muna ibiekwe is dead from a kidney disseas at about 4pm on sunday 18th January. is death came as a shock to so many expecially to his fans, Nollywood A.G.N presiden ibinabo Fiberesima, on her speach said that they had not received any report to comfirm his death.

Your death cause us tears but anyway GOODBYE muna your picture shall for ever remain on our eyes.


Osita Iheme (pawpaw) soon to get married

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on February 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 Information caries that they have been often seen together in Ghana before they were banned last year from acting in Ghollywood, we are talking about Aki and Pawpaw, Osita Iheme who is famous as Pawpaw is still in the bachelorhood while Chinedu Ikedieze is already married-Aki. According to sources, Osita may be getting married soon.

 

Sources claims that wedding plans have started and the lucky lady is from Ghana and they may be having a secret wedding when the time comes

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Posted by WhatsUpNaija on January 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

GAY MARRIAGE LAW- NIGERIA

The furore arising from President Goodluck Jonathan’s assent to the bill prohibiting homosexual marriage reverberated on the diplomatic circles, yesterday, as it emerged that Canada has cancelled a scheduled state visit to that country by President Jonathan.

The cancellation was described as a reaction to President Jonathan’s decision to give assent to the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013 which penalizes homosexual partnerships in the country.

Online news portal, Saharareporters.com had first published the story on its site weekend.

The cancellation nonetheless, Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak upheld the president’s action, saying that there was no way homosexual marriages will accelerate the nation’s socio-economic progress.

Despite the challenge from the diplomatic arena, further commendations came the way of the President for assenting to the bill. The latest commendation came from the Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Emele Uka who described it as a bold step aimed at reforming the society along godly ethics.

The president’s visit to Canada which is at the instance of the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper was scheduled for February.

The cancellation follows the harassment of Nigeria’s diplomatic staff in the Nigerian High Commission in Canada by the homosexual lobby in that country.

The decision to cancel President Jonathan’s state visit to Canada was communicated through the Nigeria High Commissioner to the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri who in turn passed on the message to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati in his reaction, yesterday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would respond to the development.

Gulak slams US, Canada, others

Calling on the international community to respect the cultural sensibility of Nigerians and other African countries on the issue of same sex marital relations, Gulak in an interview, yesterday, said that “the hostile reaction of Europeans and the United States to the recent signing into law of the bill that outlaws marriages and sexual relations between people of the same sex has not taken into consideration the socio-cultural differences between people of different racial backgrounds, and more importantly the religious beliefs of our people.

“What the anti-gay law has tried to achieve is to protect and promote family values as we know it from the start; we accept that the Europeans have reached the height of their civilization, we are yet to see how marriages between persons of the same sex will accelerate our own socio-economic and technological advancement of our people.

“We value the bilateral and multilateral relationships between Nigeria and its international partners and we believe that no unnecessary pressure will be brought to bear on us to accept what our people consider to be abhorrent.”

“We are yet to see how this same sex practice will reduce inequality, reduce the grinding poverty facing our people. Same sex rights and privileges will not generate employment, enhance health care, improve education and technological growth which is what we need now. We know that those who are into this practice are in the minority, the US and EU should respect the sensibilities of those in the majority who abhor the practice of same sex relations.

“The law makers deliberated carefully on the bill before passing it and sending it to the president for his assent. We cannot dictate to Europeans on what bills they choose to make; they have been passing legislation to regulate migration of Africans into their countries without any complaints from any other country, some states in America have legalised the use of marijuana for medical purposes, ordinarily we should see that as a welcome development since we have people who grow the weed here, but for the sake of the health of our people, we cannot say what is good for America or Europeans must be good for us.

“I think it is a big distraction for these countries to assume that same sex marriage is our utmost priority at this stage of our development.

“Nigeria will continue to respect the rights of its citizens but those who want to engage in mercantile promotion of human relations that the society does not accept may be incurring the wrath of the law”.

The European Union and the US had threatened to review their economic assistance to Nigeria for signing the bill which they had lobbied hard to stop.

The Presbyterian Prelate, Most Rev. Uka in a statement in Calabar, Cross River State, described as unacceptable, the increasing global incidence of ungodly homosexual relations and the legal adoption of same-sex marriages.

“There are over 600, 000 same sex families in the US with about 115, 000 of them raising children who shall eventually become homosexuals,” he said.

“Homosexuality as one of the greatest human deviant behaviours has been with man from earliest times. Man has fought it for a long time but it refuses to die. For instance, about 40 years ago, homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Today, it is considered a normal sexual behaviour and a human rights issue.

The Prelate charged President Jonathan to remain focused and not to be intimidated by the opposition of the western world to his assent to the bill.

On steps to address the issue of homosexuality, Most Rev. Uka said that the way forward is to follow the biblical panacea of seeking the Lord while He may be found, fleeing from sin and confessing to attract God’s forgiveness.

“Thank God there is hope, a cure for the sins of homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, rape and adultery. We should note that these mentioned perverse sexual lifestyles attract God’s punishment. For such, God warns that hell, not heaven is the final destination. And how is God’s cure received? In exactly the same way as other types of sinners receive forgiveness through confession and repentance.”

The Prelate admonished that, “as modern man wallows in his rottenness and extreme carnality, as they become far removed from the divine and the glorious, as they begin to ravage the world and seek to exterminate it, let us do our best to resist the devil and he will flee from us.”

Economic and diplomatic ties

Canada’s grouse is that more than 30 people have been arrested, since the law was signed on January 7, 2014 and there are worries that more arrests will follow.

Until Jonathan signed the law, prosecution of gay people had largely been centered on the predominantly Muslim north, where gays have long been punished under Sharia law. Canada does not have substantial economic interest in Nigeria but the country has been wooing Canada to invest in the mining, rail transportation, sea ports reform, education, and infrastructure. Both countries expect trade volume from these sectors to generate over 16 billion dollars in 2015. The relationship between both countries has been buoyant as they have maintained high level diplomatic contacts.

It will be recalled that in April 2012, Nigeria’s former Foreign Affairs Minister Olugbenga Ashiru visited Ottawa, where he signed the Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Bi-National Commission, which covers four major themes: political relations, commercial relations, security cooperation and development cooperation.



NNPC MUST ACOUNT FOR MISSING $10.8BILLION OIL REVENUE

Minister for Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that the ministry will make sure that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, accounts for the missing $10.8 billion oil revenue.

She spoke, Sunday, in Lagos at a session with the South South Professionals, adding that it was her job to ensure that every money belonging to the Federal Government goes into the Federation Account.

The Minister said that the ministry played the right role in the case of the missing oil money raised by the Central Bank Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, by helping to reconcile the revenue shortfall, to the outstanding balance of $10.8 billion.

Okonjo-Iweala, however, said that although she was not the supervising minister for petroleum, “as Coordinating Minister, I am to bring the other ministers together to resolve issues.

“It is not my duty to do the job of other ministers, but to bring them together to resolve issues.

”We have the Federation Allocation Accounts Committee, FAAC, which is chaired by the Minister of State for Finance, with state commissioners for finance, NNPC, and FIRS as members.

“Whenever there is a case of revenue questions we turn to the FIRS and NNPC for explanations, and we don’t need to make noise about it on the pages of newspapers

Okonjo-Iweala

Okonjo-Iweala

“And that is what we did in in the case of the missing oil revenue. We have reconciled the accounts and we are still reconciling, and the outstanding is $10.8 billion. The NNPC said that the money was used for operational expenses, but we have asked them to account for how the money was spent and what it was spent for, so as to ascertain that there is no case of unauthorised spendings.

”So we played our role, and the ministry should be credited. We are for professionalism and transparency.

Our job is to ensure every money belonging to the federation comes in, so we will ask NNPC to account for the $10.8 billion.

”On budget implementation, the Minister noted that there were challenges in the nation’s budgeting process, which must be resolved.

“Sometimes you get budget that is not easy to implement because of the way things have been solved around.’’

She further stressed that the budget also needed to be submitted on time and approved on time, so that implementation would commence at the beginning of the year.

Responding to the issue of state of infrastructure, especially the East-West Road, Okonjo-Iweala said that the present administration had come under serious attacks, but noted that efforts were being made to complete the road before the end of the current administration.

She said: “The President has always insisted that the ministry incharge works very hard to complete the East-West road.

“We agree that more work needs be done, and I think the Minister of Works is taking the issue of the road construction seriously. This is the most difficult road network, but also the most strategic.

“We have been able to get about N50 billion from African Development Bank to ensure this project is completed before the end of this administration.

”Even with all the efforts put in place so far by this administration towards a better Nigeria, it has come under serious attacks. These attacks especially from the opposition make us stronger. This administration is on the right path towards transforming this nation, therefore we need not be distracted.

“We have always appealed to Nigerians that, ‘let us leave our parochial interests but let us come together to make this country a better place for all.’”

At the event were President of the SESSPN, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd), Professor Green Nwankwo, Governor Peter Obi, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Dr. Goddy Uwazurike, Chief Fred Agbeyegbe, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Gari Igariwey, Dr. Oba Otudeko, Professor Anya O. Anya, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Professor George Obiozor, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa and traditional rulers from the South-East and South-South.”


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Psquare buys 2 home in Atlanta Georgia

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on January 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Peter and paul okoye Psquare has bought for themselves a new house in Atlanta GA, peter posted the pictures of their newly house via instagram and say we bought for ourselves two new home in Atlanta Ga Thank you Lord. #Hardwork

the bed Room

the sensational singer already has a mansion in Omole Estate, Ikeja Lagos with another one under construction at parkview Estate, Ikoyi Lagos

Here is peter his son cameron in their new home

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OSTOM MEDIA AUDITION

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on October 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a memorable day when OSTOM MEDIA  hold her first movie Audition in port harcourt lots of young talent where discovered as some of the Nigerian stars where present stars like Edward, and producer Emmanuel Okoroji, and Artistic Director Gift Ajie among others.

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Nigeria plane crash kill passengers

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 Sixteen people have been reported dead after a small passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal, Nigerian authorities say.

The aircraft, operated by Nigeria's Associated Airlines, came down in open ground on Thursday in the West African nation's commercial capital.

The aircraft appeared to make a manoeuvre to avoid a residential area, he said.

 

The Embraer 120 jet, a Brazilian make, was flying to Akure, a town about 225km east of Lagos, and came down just after 9:30am (0830 GMT), Stella Oduah, Nigeria's aviation minister, said in a statement.

The plane's flight recorder had been found and an investigation started into what caused the crash, she said.

Sixteen people were killed and four survived, Usman Muktar, commissioner of the Accident Investigation and

Prevention Bureau, said.

Manzo Ezekiel, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, told AFP that the plane crashed in

an area within the airport complex where fuel is stored.

Local media reported it was carrying the body of Olusegun Agagu, a former regional governor, and members of his family to his funeral.

Coffin in wreckage

A Reuters reporter saw emergency workers take a coffin out of the wreckage.

"The plane was making a lot of noise before it came down," Rasheed Olajide, an engineer at Lagos airport, told Reuters.

A diplomatic source told Reuters the engine was made by Pratt & Whitney Canada, a unit of United Technologies Corp, PW100.

According to the airfleets.net website, which keeps a record of passenger aircraft worldwide, the aircraft was more than 23 years old.

Embraer said it had offered to help authorities investigate the crash of the 30-seater plane.

Air crashes are relatively common in Nigeria, which despite having Africa's second-biggest economy, has a poor safety record.

In June last year, 163 people died when a Dana Air plane crashed into a Lagos apartment block in the country's worst airline disaster in two decades. 


 

GOOD FOOD

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on October 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

GOOD FOOD

Eating food that contain the full class of a balance diet help your body in growth, maintain a healthy life boast your energy and aid your mental capability in a proper function.

A hungry man is a hangry soul going on an empty stomach is dangerous to health when the stomach is empty no food for the body to function properly.

Do you feel like you can't keep up with the latest nutrition news because it's always changing? While it's true that what is known about nutrition and diet is evolving, there are some nutrition basics you can keep in mind. By knowing these nutrition basics, you'll be better equipped to sort through the latest research and advice.

Mastering the nutrition basics comes down to understanding the food groups and becoming more aware of calories and the roles that specific nutrients play in a healthy diet. Want to go beyond the nutrition basics? Talk to your doctor or a dietitian for personalized dietary advice that takes into account your health status, lifestyle, and food likes and dislikes.

 

Always consider what your appetite is longing for but eating light  meal for breakfast with little vegetable would help.


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Nigeria Independent

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on October 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 NIGERIA  HAPPY                           INDEPENDENCE @53

Nigeria became 53, it was on October 1st 1960 when it gain her independence starting from military ruling to civilian government.

on these 53 independence the President Goodluck Jonatahn has given a speech to commemorate the country’s anniversary.

Read it below,

 

FELLOW NIGERIANS,

1. Today marks 53 years of our Independence as a nation. First and foremost, I would like to say congratulations to us all. Through thick and thin, we have built this country together. Through triumphs and trials, we have developed a Nigerian identity in our own way.

2. In truth, Nigeria is still a work in progress and we are challenged everyday to keep building in spite of the various obstacles that we face. Our strength has been in our diversity. If we look back over the years, we can say confidently that there is every reason to celebrate.

3. Today’s Independence anniversary is unique because it is the last before we mark our centenary. On January 1, 2014, Nigeria will be 100 years old as a country, following the amalgamation of the Protectorates of Southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914.

4. Beloved country men and women, traditionally, the Presidential address on this symbolic day has served two purposes. It has, quite rightly, been used to remind all Nigerians about our heritage. It has also allowed my predecessors and I to comment on our stewardship to the nation and make political capital out of a state occasion.

5. But this year, I will not. Because, today of all days, we should not be scoring political points. On the contrary, in this last year of the first century of our Union, we should be addressing our future as a Nation and a people!

6. I admit that these may not be the best of times for our nation. Our people are divided in many ways – ethnically, religiously, politically, and materially. I cannot hide from this reality. I cannot hide from my own responsibilities.

7. As we prepare to mark the centenary, therefore, today offers us an opportunity to reflect on our long journey to nationhood and the progress we have made so far. Whatever the challenges that we may face, we have every reason to be proud of our national accomplishments; we have every reason to remain proud and optimistic. Our collective national journey has witnessed great watersheds, thanks to our spirit of endurance, perseverance and sacrifice. Getting the rest of the job done with determination and courage is just a matter of time. We are Nigerians, a nation of talented people, endowed with resources, potentials, and Divine Grace.

8. In our journey to greatness as a nation, we have built an economy that is robust and erected enduring infrastructure and institutions of democracy. Our social system is now more inclusive, open and compassionate. We are waging a steady battle against poverty, unemployment, and corruption. Our sense of community, solidarity and shared expectation is strong and capable of withstanding the present social, economic and political challenges that still confront us.

9. In saying this, I am reminded of the comments I made a week ago to a cross-section of Nigerians in New York during the 68th United Nations General Assembly. I declare now as I declared then: we have a duty as Nigerians, whatever may be our differences or prejudices, to always put Nigeria first.

10. Our politics should be an art of patriotic labour and selfless service to the community, particularly by the political elite who are placed in positions of great trust and responsibility. Politics has its own high moral principles which abhor distracting and divisive rhetoric. As men and women in leadership, we must continually focus on service, duty, responsibility, and the next generation. Those who are elected to govern at all levels must focus on improving the lives of our people, not selfish ambition.

11. In the words of the American theologian and author, James Freeman Clarke, ‘a politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation’. Whether we are Muslims or Christians; rich or poor; from the North or the South; East or West; regardless of our political affiliations, this is the time for every one of us to be a statesman!

12. My clarion call therefore, on this special day, is that we should begin to align our political utterances and conduct solely to the nobler passions that unite our people. Politicians do not make a nation; ordinary folks do.

13. Our nation is made great by the big and small efforts of regular citizens. These are the teachers and men and women in academics who inculcate the knowledge and wisdom that transform into tomorrow’s wealth; the traders and market women who tend to our everyday needs; the farmers whose labour feeds the nation; the artisans whose work ensures that our homesteads are well maintained; the doctors, pharmacists, nurses, accountants, bankers, engineers, and other professionals who add value to our lives; the sportsmen and women and those in the creative industry who bring honour and fame to our nation;

14. And the men and women of our armed forces and security services who toil day and night so that you and I may live in a safe and secure nation.

15. It is the individual and collective heroism of these regular folks that has placed our nation on the path of greatness. Politics and politicians sometimes distract the people and create unnecessary tension.

16. But our independence celebration is about the same people, the people of Nigeria: their industry, sense of mission and purpose, and their patience and perseverance as we navigate historical turns in our march towards prosperity and self-sufficiency. Today, I salute the people of Nigeria.

17. My Compatriots, history has proven that nations take time to evolve. We should rejoice in our democracy because it enables us to be united by our differences, not destroyed by them. And, there is no more crucial time for us to be united than now.

18. The threats we face may be real and immediate. But we are not alone in this regard. It is a difficult season for much of the world: industrialized or developing; rich or poor. What matters are the lessons we learn, the wisdom we demonstrate, and the victory we snatch from the jaws of likely defeat.

19. And I tell you, more than anything else, there are lessons to learn, and every cause to be thankful. If I must cite one example, take Syria. As we all pray and work for a return to normalcy in Syria, it would be helpful for us to reflect on the fact that Syria was once a peaceful, thriving, multi-cultural nation which played host to a mosaic of religions and ethnicities.

20. But that once idyllic nation has today become a theatre of human misery of unimaginable proportions as a result of the activities of extremist forces.

21. Fellow Nigerians, the spectre of extremism haunts every democracy in every corner of the globe. While we celebrate our independence and good fortune, our hearts must grieve for those who have lost loved ones in numerous terrorist activities around the world.

22. Back home, I admit being overtaken by deep feelings of grief, whenever news reached me of the appalling atrocities in some of our States, especially the North Eastern part of our country. Just two days ago, terrorist elements attacked the College of Agriculture in Gujba, Yobe State killing a number of innocent students of the institution and other residents in cold blood, most of them in their sleep. This act of barbarism is a demonstration of the extent to which evil forces will go to destabilize our nation. But I assure you, they will not succeed.

23. My heart goes out to the families of all those who have fallen victim of these dastardly acts. Our Administration will not rest until every Nigerian is free from the oppression of terrorism. I reassure you that no cost will be spared, no idea will be ignored, and no resource will be left untapped in the quest to enable our people live without fear.

24. On this day, I implore every Nigerian – wherever you are, whatever language you speak, whatever your religious persuasion, whichever Political Party you support -: let us join together to fight this evil of extremism.

25. On behalf of us all, I commend our Armed Forces and security agencies for their dedication and bravery in the face of grave danger, and in the name of our collective liberty.

26. Fellow Nigerians, this is a time to pull together behind the national cause: the cause of our freedom, and our future. We must rekindle the spirit of Nigeria, to ensure that every democrat and every lover of peace in this great nation continues to live in a free, peaceful, and secure Nigeria.

27. On my part, I re-dedicate myself completely to the service of this great country. I was elected President to continue the process of building a prosperous nation where hopes, dreams and aspirations would be fulfilled. Nigerians, home and abroad, want a country they can be proud to call their own. I am pleased to affirm that, no matter the challenges we face, we are on the right path to greatness. Our Transformation Agenda, which is part of the overall vision of making Nigeria a land of greatness, has been delivering positive and encouraging results.

28. On May 29th this year, I presented to the nation a mid-term report of my Administration’s Transformation Agenda. This was conceived as an integrated policy aimed at reconstructing not only institutional governance for effective and efficient service delivery, but also a re-orientation of national norms and values. The document captured the essence of our agenda in relation to core objectives and achievements.

29. I have been consistently mindful of the weight of public expectation to find solutions to the challenges that confront us because the mandate we have is a free and sacred one. In all that I have done, I have been guided by this sacred obligation, to work hard for the good of Nigeria and to make life better for Nigerians. I want to assure everyone that Nigeria, under my leadership, will not fail.

30. Exactly 53 years ago today, Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa urged us to ‘move with quiet dignity to our place on the world stage’. I am sure that there have been times when every one of us must have questioned how closely we have followed that injunction.

31. But again, I can reassure you that Nigeria’s place on the world stage today is strong and safe, and it is certainly a place of dignity and respect. We must continue to build on this by remaining a nation and a people committed to ideals, the noblest humanitarian values, and the rule of law.

32. Our Constitution is anchored ultimately on the idea of freedom and fundamental rights: freedom of expression; freedom from discrimination; freedom to vote and be voted for, and the right to human dignity. These are the core values of a true democracy. These are the values of which we must never lose sight.

33. In my address to the UN General Assembly last week, I emphasized the crucial role of democratization in improving the fortunes not just of this country, but of our entire continent. Democratic values encourage diversity. They encourage discourse. They encourage disagreement. This is the joy of democracy.

34. It enables us to have an opinion. And ultimately, the ballot box gives us all the opportunity to instigate change. When democracy works, it does not destroy a nation. It unites and defines it.

35. Fellow Nigerians, our Administration has taken cognizance of suggestions over the years by well-meaning Nigerians on the need for a National Dialogue on the future of our beloved country. I am an advocate of dialogue. When there are issues that stoke tension and bring about friction, it makes perfect sense for the interested parties to come together to discuss.

36. In demonstration of my avowed belief in the positive power of dialogue in charting the way forward, I have decided to set up an Advisory Committee whose mandate is to establish the modalities for a National Dialogue or Conference. The Committee will also design a framework and come up with recommendations as to the form, structure and mechanism of the process.

37. The Committee will be chaired by Dr. Femi Okurounmu while Dr. Akilu Indabawa will serve as the Secretary. The full membership of the Committee will be announced shortly.

38. I expect the Report to be ready in one month, following which the nation will be briefed on the nomenclature, structure and modalities of the Dialogue.

39. Fellow Nigerians, the past 53 years have seen Nigeria evolve on an epic scale. Our progress since independence has not always been smooth. This is, after all, our Fourth Republic; but despite all its flaws, it has lasted longer than all the previous three put together. That is progress and it proves that, our differences – real and imagined – notwithstanding, we are, in every sense, a united nation.

40. This is no time for the harmful clutches of parochial sentiments and the politics of bitterness, impunity, arrogance and unhelpful indiscipline. We must stand as one, with absolute commitment and resolve to resist any force that threatens us and the sanctity of our union.

41. I want to thank all our country men and women who have stood by this Administration in the midst of mounting challenges and enormous expectations.

42. I recognize that it is not easy to keep believing in the possibilities of our greatness when our faith is constantly challenged. But let me assure you that, if we do not despair, we shall reap the reward of our labour in due season.

43. It is my prayer that, another 53 years from now, our children and grand-children will look back on our effort and be thankful that we kept the faith.

May God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I wish you all a very happy 53rd Independence Celebration.

I thank you.

 


WHO IS AN ACTOR

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on September 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

WHO IS AN ACTOR

An actor or actress is a person that performs in films, television, theater, radio, video games or even on the street. Traditionally, the term "actor" was restricted to men, and there were no actresses. When they did the term "actress" was used for women from the 17th century to about early 20th. In the ancient and medieval world, it was considered disgraceful for a woman to go on the stage, and this belief continued right up until the 17th century, when in Venice it was broken. In the time of William Shakespeare, women's roles were normally played by men or boys.

Today "actor" is frequently used to refer to both men and women, although the older terminology is still in common usage. See also: gender - specific job title, non - sexist language.

An actor has often his or her appearance changed: for example, by wearing make - up, a wig, and a costume. Specialized professions may be called on to help with this process.

An actor usually plays a fictional character . In the case of a true story (or a fictional story that involves a real person) he or she may play a real person (or a fictional version of the same), possibly him - or herself.

In the case where an adult actor is used to play a prepubescent boy this is sometimes a woman because in some regards a woman has a closer resemblance to a boy than a man: high voice, round shapes, little facial hair, size. However, notable differences include the breasts and the wide hips, and although on average smaller than a man, a woman is still much taller than a young boy.

An adult playing a child occurs more in theater than in film: film is supposed to be more realistic, and it is easier for a child to play separate film scenes than a whole play in one sequence.

Peter Pan was traditionally played by a woman, with the additional reason that a small woman was easier to lift on stage in the flying harness. The tradition of the principal boy - in pantomime may be compared.

Mary Pickford played the part of Little Lord Fauntleroy in the first film version of the book. Linda Hunt - won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Year of Living Dangerously, in which she played the part of a man. Both Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams appeared in hit comedy films where they were required to play most scenes dressed as women.

 


5 importance things a film Director should know

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on July 11, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

5 important things every film director should know before filming

I’ve got a lot of experience working on film sets, sitting next to directors, being paid to watch their every move (as is the job of a script supervisor). So here are some tips from me to make you a better director, 5 things every director should know before they work on a film set…

1. Understand what your crew member’s job roles are.

There may be 10 crew members on set or there may be hundreds. I have worked with directors on big and small film sets who still don’t know the difference between the Best Boy and the Grip. Do you know what a Script Supervisor does on set? Or perhaps what a Spark is? It’s not difficult just look on-line and learn what someone’s job is before you hire them. When you’ve worked on a few film sets you’ll be able to guess what everyone’s job role is just by looking at them.

2.  Learn how long each scene will realistically take to film.

Inexperienced directors always underestimate shooting time. A rule is that ‘On an average film set 4 pages of a script are shot per day’. Big Hollywood film sets can shoot as little as 2 shots a day. Expecting to shoot any more than 4 pages a day is possible but it must be planned; and the director must understand how long each scene will take to film. This all comes with experience.

(An exception to the 4 pages a day rule may be when shooting a montage. Also some experienced directors who know there craft can shoot much more and often without scripts e.g -Kelly Reichardt, Harmony Korine)

3.  You must communicate story time before filming begins

Many, many times have I worked with directors who think everyone on a set has the same vision as they do. We all have our own imaginations, like when a novel is read every reader has a different vision of the story in their mind. Scripts should help the reader understand the important details within the script that everyone should know. One important element within a script that is always over looked by directors is story time.

On one set I was on make-up and costume all presumed that the story within the script took place over 2 weeks. At the start of the film the main character was beaten up badly. On the second story day make-up covered the actor in bruises and cuts to match his fight from the previous day. When the actor walked on to set the director stood up and started to scream ‘Why have you put bruises on him the fight was 2 months ago!’ the director accused make-up of making a mistake; when it fact it was the directors fault for not stating ‘2 months later’ in the script.

Directors must talk to all heads of department about the story time of their film before filming. Whether its hours between scenes or just a few days make sure everyone has the same vision of story time as you do.

4. Know how much your cast and crew are being paid

There is a big issue with pay within the film industry. There is a rule ‘If I’m being paid your being paid’. Ignorant directors are the worst. Many directors I’ve worked with have no idea how much everyone is being paid to work for them. Regardless if it is the producer in charge of all the money, the director should know; they are the captain of the ship. Film sets tend to work better and harder if there’s money involved; and at the least if there’s good food in everyone’s belly. Know how to run your ship, you can’t push too hard if people aren’t being paid, they will leave you stranded.

5. We’re all here to help you

New directors make many mistakes. It’ is fine, you’re allowed, apologies if you can and move on. A mistake I made, that all inexperienced directors make is the paranoid belief that everyone is trying to stop you from making your film.

New directors are nervous, excited and very enthusiastic. It’s great! Although try to understand-If people don’t want to work an extra 3 hours after a 12 hour shift its not because they secretly dislike you. Producers are not stopping your vision by not letting you buy that expensive prop you suddenly have to have half way through the shoot. Let cinematographers have that precious shot they want even if it’s not in your vision and probably won’t make it in the edit,  it might be good. Listen to your continuity supervisor even if you’re running out of time to shoot at the end of the day, it might save your entire scene in the editing room. Don’t lie to your team; rumors spread quick on film sets, the rumors are always worse than the real issue. Listen to your 1st AD. Listen to your actors. Thank the runner for remembering how you take your cup of tea, ask them what they aspire to do in the film industry one day.

Relax. We’re all here to make your life easier. Knowledge comes with experience. In time you’ll think you know everything, you’ll glide through film sets with a smile, what is there to worry about, you own this place.

(I’m a big believer in practice makes perfect. No one is born with talent. Sometimes people have help at the start. Others have to make it happen. In time everyone can be the best at something. You just have to work hard and put the time in.)

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Nigerian hip-hop star Panshak "Ice Prince" Zamani joins HuffPost Live to talk about his 2013 BET Award, his 300K Twitter followers and the growing popularity of African hip-hop.


Excessive Drinking and smoking slows brain

Drinking beer and smoking cigarettesAccording to research smooking and driking heavily slows down brain.

Smokers who drink heavily cause their brains to deteriorate faster than people who avoid cigarettes and drink in moderation, a new study suggests.

Researchers from University College London found smoking and drinking more than the recommended weekly amount speeds up cognitive decline by as much as 36%.

The results of the 10-year study, which involved more than 6,400 civil servants, are published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Each person was asked about their cigarette and alcohol consumption and had their cognitive function - their verbal and mathematical reasoning, short-term verbal memory and verbal fluency - measured every four months.

On average, the brains of smokers who were also heavy drinkers aged by the equivalent of 12 years - two years longer than the study itself.

Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson, lead researcher at UCL, said: "From a public health perspective, the increasing burden associated with cognitive ageing could be reduced if lifestyle factors can be modified.

"Current advice is that smokers should stop or cut down and that people should avoid heavy alcohol drinking.

"Our study suggests that people should also be advised not to combine these two unhealthy behaviours - particularly from mid-life onwards.

"Healthy behaviours in mid-life may prevent cognitive decline into early old age."

The study defined heavy drinking as above 21 units per week for men and 14 units per week for women - around 10 pints of lager or nine glasses of wine respectively.


Nigerian student set new world record.......


Teeth cleaning record set in Nigeria

undreds of thousands of youngsters clean their teeth at the same time, beating the previous landmark set in 2007

More than 300,000 children from over 300 Nigerian schools have set a new world record for the most people brushing their teeth at the same time.

The largest gathering was at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, with smaller events organised simultaneously at hundreds of other locations across the capital.

Nigerian Dental Association president Dr Olurotimi Olojede said the event aimed to teach pupils how to brush and to help them understand the importance of good oral hygiene.

He said: "Bringing our children, schoolchildren, letting them know the importance of brushing and having good oral hygiene, I think it is a good thing at this point in time for our country."

The participants said they enjoyed the experience - with some already planning to tell their future children about it.

One boy said: "At the beginning, I was having second thoughts about it.

"But by the end, I'm quite happy I was part of this experience. And I think this is history I'm going to pass down, definitely, to my children."

One girl added: "It was fun. I learned a lot of things and I had an experience that I don't think I'll ever forget."

They smashed the previous record set in India in 2007 where 177,003 people brushed their teeth at the same time....



Heartland sets up panel to investigate home loss to Eyimba

Heartland sets up panel to investigate home loss to Enyimba

The Naze Millionaires have taken steps to halt the dwindling fortunes of the team in the league and also have expressed gratitude to Imo government for the release of 60m Naira

Heartland have inaugurated a three-man panel of inquiry over allegations that some members of the club either compromised themselves or  sold out the team in the controversial 0-1 defeat by Enyimba during the Week 20 NPFL game which took place at the Dan Anyiam Stadium two weeks ago.

Inaugurating the panel at the club’s house in Owerri, Heartland chairman, Chief Fan Ndubuoke stated that he was acting in accordance with the directive of the commissioner for youth and sports following allegations of sell out and coupled with the sudden drop in form by the ‘Naze Millionaires.’

The panel members include Mr. Chukas Eregbu, Mr. Venatius T. Eke and High Chief MacDonald Amadi who would serve as the chairman. Ndubuoke tasked the members to identify the role of management members, coaches and or players in any such sell out.

The panel is also to identify reasons for the sudden apparent decline in the club’s performance in the league, identify the person or persons within Imo State working against the progress of the team and promoting the perceived gang-up against the club at home and also to investigate the role of security agents in the intimidation of the team at its home ground.

Amadi, the panel chairman, assured that the panel will do its best to meet the expectations of Imo people. The panel has two weeks to complete its work.

Meanwhile, Ndubuoke irked by the dwindling performance of the team recently, has read the riot act to both players and officials.

He also announced that the club has received 60million Naira from the government to settle some of last season’s sign-on fees and also commit to new contracts as well as run other businesses of the club.


As Goal chooses its top 50 players of 2013, we bring up the names of 10 Nigerians who should be a part of the list

Goal 50: The Top 10 Nigerian Players of 2013


ANALYSIS
By Babajide Alaka and Kolade Oni

Goal is in the process of choosing its top 50 players of 2013 and Goal Nigeria highlights the top 10 Nigerian players that could make that list in alphabetical order.

AHMED MUSA

Ahmed Musa has definitely had more joy with CSKA Moscow than with the Super Eagles, where he was relegated to the bench in favour of Victor Moses.

In Russia, he reigned supreme – finishing as the highest goal scorer for his club in the league and helping his team win the league after seven barren years. He was also prominent during the Cup run which they won on penalties. For the coming season, he needs to consolidate his form at club level and translate that into the Super Eagles for greater effect.

EFE AMBROSE

Another serial winner in 2013, Efe Ambrose even scored for the Super Eagles against Liberia to help the team get to the Nations Cup. In South Africa, he proved a wise choice at right back.

At Celtic, whom he joined at the beginning of last season, he proved himself in the Scottish League and in the Champions League and was part of the Celtic team that famously beat Barcelona 1-0 at Hampden Park.

He ended the season with the Nations Cup and the Scottish League and Cup. He could move in the transfer window to the Premiership.

EMMANUEL EMENIKE


Emmanuel Emenike finally made the promise count for the Super Eagles in South Africa in January. He scored Nigeria’s first goal at the tournament and also scored a blaster against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter finals.

Though he has had to battle two injury stints this year, the Super Eagles have missed his bustling runs and power. Now back from injury, he will be hoping to make up for lost time by powering the Eagles to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

GODFREY OBOABONA

The Sunshine Stars defender has been an ever present in the Super Eagles first XI in all their matches in 2013. Cool, calm and collected, Oboabona is no doubt the revelation of the home-based Eagles under Stephen Keshi.

He is the captain of Sunshine Stars who rose through the team's academy and Oboabona’s humility is second to none in the present Eagles' squad. Despite his growing profile, the Akure Gunners' centre back still keeps a low profile.

He was also one of the few players that distinguished themselves at the Fifa Confederations Cup where he was the highest rated Nigerian – at No. 32; ahead of Mikel Obi.

JOHN MIKEL OBI

Mikel Obi has been the most experienced outfield player for the Super Eagles in midfield and he finally came good in 2013. He helped the national team win a third Nations Cup and was undoubtedly the outstanding player for the team and in the whole tournament.

Over the last 15 months, he has won the Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League, 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the English FA Cup.

Another good showing at the Fifa Confederations Cup where he scored a delightful goal against Uruguay showed a player who is ready to assume a more offensive posture.

And like he said, he needs to find a balance between his performances for club and country and he is a definite contender for the 2013 Caf Africa Player of the Year award.

KENNETH OMERUO

19-year-old defender Kenneth Omeruo came to the fore in the nick of time for the Super Eagles. A former U-17 silver medalist, he came on for Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo at the Nations Cup and there has been no looking back.

He has put in many credible performances – from the Nations Cup especially when faced with the might of Didier Drogba and recently at the Fifa Confederations Cup where his partnership with Godfrey Oboabona almost nullified the threats of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez has further elevated his reckoning.

On the evidence of these good outings, he has been recalled by Chelsea for pre-season training.

OGENYI ONAZI

Former U-17 player Ogenyi Onazi has come on in leaps and bounds since breaking into the Lazio squad at the beginning of the 2012/13 season.

About 12 months ago little was known of the player who has now become the lynchpin of the new Super Eagles midfield and for Lazio.

His trademark is the boundless energy he possesses and he is now known for long range shooting. A winner of the Nations Cup and the Italian Cup with Lazio - a measure of his growing importance was the gap that was left in midfield as he succumbed to injury just before the Confederations Cup.

SUNDAY MBA

One of the two home-based players to make it to Goal’s Top 10 Nigeria players, Sunday Mba will be famously remembered for his heroics at the 2013 Afcon where his two crucial goals handed the trophy to Nigeria. He was also a junior international at some time in the past.

Currently, the unresolved issues concerning his future have affected his form and he was a shadow of his former self in the 2014 World Cup qualifying game played against Kenya in Calabar and at the recently concluded Fifa Confederations Cup. However, he showed that he still has a lot to give to the team by leading the demolition of Cote D'Ivoire in the CHAN qualification game recently.

If he moves to Europe where he can play consistently, he would become an outstanding player.

VICTOR MOSES

Victor Moses, the Chelsea forward was one of the major ingredients in the Super Eagles’ surprise win in South Africa in February at the Nations Cup.

He also helped Chelsea win the Uefa Europa League with his many crucial goals. A player who is inventive in tight spaces and a good header of the ball, Moses has proved a hit in the Super Eagles.

He was sorely missed at the FIFA Confederations Cup in his preferred wide position. He is also a player that will blossom even more on the world scene if he increases his work rate in the coming years.

VINCENT ENYEAMA

Vincent Enyeama, the ever consistent goal minder for the national team was brilliant for the team in South Africa where he was the substantive captain after Yobo was exiled to the reserves’ bench.

He left Lille on loan to play regularly in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv and he won the Cup with them. He has been trying to move to a club in mainstream Europe for some time now but wherever he plays, he is absolute quality.

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   EDITING GLOSSARY AND TERMS

Video editing is the process of manipulating and rearranging video shots to create a new work. Editing is usually considered to be one part of the post production process — other post-production tasks include titling, colour correction, sound mixing, etc.

Get ready to begin your trip to cutting together the next masterpiece!

While the process of editing has evolved from physically cutting film to manipulating it nonlinearly on a computer, the philosophy to storytelling hasn’t changed a bit. It may not be the flashiest side of the industry, editing is easily among the most important and respected fields by other filmmakers. Are you ready to become the cutting room king or queen? Read on!


  GLOSSARY

  Like many professions, film editors have established a vocabulary specific to      their    industry. Professional film editors may use many technical terms while performing their work, so we have selected several of the most common words and phrases to highlight in our glossary.

Avid – A digital editing system frequently used by full-featured offline, film and online editors. The system offers a wide range of effects, including real-time 3D effects and multi-camera capability.

Continuity editing – Maintains the storyline by editing shots and scenes together to create smooth flowing transitions while eliminating visual inconsistencies.

Cross-cutting – Used to show a relationship between different sets of action or to build suspense by quickly cutting back and forth between two or more sequences of actions, suggesting the actions are occurring simultaneously but in different locations.

Cut – Splicing two shots together during the editing process to create a visual transition in which one shot instantly replaces another shot on screen. May also establish a rapid transition between one time and space and another.

Cutaway – An individual shot inserted into a sequence, momentarily interrupting the flow of action. Generally used to introduce a relevant detail.

Dissolve – A gradual scene transition in which an editor seamlessly overlaps the end of one shot with the beginning of the next one.

Eyeline match – Part of continuity editing, the term refers to the practice of matching the eyelines (gazes) between two or more characters. For example, if character A gazes off screen to the right in shot A, the editor will cut to character B who will look to the left in shot B, returning the gaze and establishing a relationship between the two characters. The term may also be used to establish the proximity and continuity between a character and an object.

Fade – A visual transition between scenes where a shot is gradually replaced by a dark area with no images. An editor may gradually fade into a new scene to indicate a change in time or place or introduce the closing credits to signal the end of the film.

Final cut – The completed edit of a film that has been approved by the director and producer as the version and will be shown to audiences.

Intercutting –Related shots are inserted into a series of other shots, usually to create contrast.

Master shot (Cover shot) – A long shot of an entire scene that an editor can use to facilitate the components of closer shots or assemble a sequence.

Montage – Several shots are edited together to create a visual and emotional impact. May also be used to indicate a passage of time.

Rough cut – An early effort by the post-production team to assemble the footage into the final version of the film. The equivalent of a writer’s first draft, the director, producers and editors review the rough cut and suggest changes as part of the process of completing the film.

Post-production – Refers to all of the processes that occur after the principle filming has been completed, including editing, visual effects and sound effects.

Sequence shot – An extended shot including an entire scene or sequence without any editing.

Shot – A single image that is generally described in terms of the distance of the camera in relation to the object in the frame. The most common types of shots include: big close-up, close-up, extreme close-up, extreme long shot/establishing shot, long shot, medium close-up, medium long shot and medium shot.

Splice – Joining two pieces of film together.

Synching Dailies – Interlocking the pictures and sounds from the day’s film shoot.

8 mm: A compact videocassette record/playback tape format which uses eight millimeter wide magnetic tape. A worldwide standard established in 1983 allowing high quality video and audio recording. Flexibility, lightweight cameras and reduced tape storage requirements are among the format's advantages.

A or B Wind: When a roll of 16mm film, perforated along one edge, is held so that the outside end of the film leaves the roll at the top and toward the right, winding "A" should have the perforations on the edge of the film toward the observer, and winding "B" should have the perforations on the edge away from the observer. In both cases, the emulsion surface should face inward on the roll.

A/B Roll Editing: Video editing arrangement where scenes are edited from two source VCRs ("A" and "B") to a third (recording) VCR. Typically a switcher or mixer is used to provide transition effects between sources. Control over the machines and process can be done manually or automatically using an edit controller.

Adaptive Compression: Data compression software that continually analyzes and compensates its algorithm, depending on the type and content of the data and the storage medium.

AFV: AFV (Audio Followup Video). During video recording, the video signal is usually accompanied by an audio signal. Sometimes, during video editing, it is often necessary to separate the audio from the video signal. Audio-follow-video mixers allow accompanying audio to "follow" the video when switching video sources or not.

AGC: AGC (Automatic Gain Control) is the circuitry used to ensure that output signals are maintained at constant levels in the face of widely varying input signal levels. AGC is typically used to maintain a constant video luminance level by boosting weak (low light) picture signals electronically. Some equipment include gain controls which are switchable between automatic and manual control.

ALC: ALC (Automatic Level Control) is the circuitry used to automatically adjust the audio recording level to compensate for variations in input volume. Some equipment includes level controls which are switchable between automatic and manual control.

Aliasing: A form of image distortion caused by sampling frequencies being too low to faithfully reproduce image detail. (See Anti-aliasing.) Examples include: - Temporal aliasing - e.g., rotating wagon wheel spokes apparently reversing direction - Raster scan aliasing - e.g., twinkling or strobing effects on sharp horizontal lines - Stair-stepping - Stepped or jagged edges of angled lines, e.g., at ...

Analog: A device or method which makes use of non-discrete variations in frequency, amplitude, location, etc., to symbolize or carry sounds, signals, mathematical data or other information. The signals vary continuously instead of in steps. Analog technology "mimics" information, so that, e.g., a voice is represented as an electrical signal with frequency and amplitude proportional to the pitch and ...

Analog Video: A video signal that represents an infinite number of smooth gradations between given video levels. Analog video whether transmitted over cables, read from videotapes or broadcast, is subject to degradation due to noise, distortion and other electronic phenomena. Normal signal levels should be within 0.7-1 volt. By contrast, a digital video signal assigns a finite set of levels.

Anti-Aliasing: A form of interpolation used when combining images; pixels along the transitions between images are averaged to provide a smooth transition.

Aperture: Effective Aperture: The apparent diameter of a lens viewed from the position of the object against a diffusely illuminated background, such as a sky. Picture Aperture: The rectangular opening in a metal plate at which each frame of the motion picture film is situated during exposure, printing, or projection. Relative Aperture: The ratio of the focal length of a lens to its effective aperture for ...

Arithmetic Coding: Perhaps the major drawback to each of the {Huffman} encoding techniques is their poor performance when processing texts where one symbol has a probability of occurrence approaching unity. Although the entropy associated with such symbols is extremely low, each symbol must still be encoded as a discrete value. Arithmetic coding removes this restriction by representing messages as intervals of ...

Aspect Ratio: The relationship of width and height. When an image is displayed on different screens, the aspect ratio must be kept the same to avoid "stretching" in either the vertical or horizontal direction. For standard TV or monitor, the aspect ratio is 4: 3 yielding 160X120, 320X240 and 640X480 sizes. The HDTV video format has an aspect ratio of 16 to 9 (16: 9).

Asymmetrical Compression: A system which requires more processing capability to compress an image than to decompress an image. It is typically used for the mass distribution of programs on media such as CD-ROM, where significant expense can be incurred for the production and compression of the program but the playback system must be low in cost.

ATM: ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) is a switching/transmission technique where data is transmitted in small, fixed sized cells (5 byte header, 48 byte payload). The cells lend themselves both to the time-division- multiplexing characteristics of the transmission media, and the packet switching characteristics desired of data networks. At each switching node, the ATM header identifies a virtual path ...

ATV: Advanced TV. Although sometimes used interchangeably, advanced and high-definition television {HDTV} are not one and the same. Advanced television (ATV) would distribute wide-screen television signals with resolution substantially better than current systems. It requires changes to current emission regulations, including transmission standards. In addition, ATV would offer at least two-channel, ...

Audio Bandwidth: The range of audio frequencies which directly influence the fidelity of a sound. The higher the audio bandwidth, the better the sound fidelity. The highest practical frequency which the human ear can normally hear is 20 kHz. An audio amplifier which processes all frequencies equally (flat response to 20 kHz) and a reasonably high signal-to-noise ratio, will faithfully reproduce the audio ...

Audio Dub: VCR feature allowing replacement of the audio signals on a previously recorded tape without disturbing the video signal. When dubbing is not available via the video recorder, audio dubbing can be performed while recording using an audio mixer.

Audio Mixing: The blending of two or more audio signals to generate a combined signal which is often used for audio dub. During video processing, audio mixing may be used to insert narration or background music.

AVI: Audio Video Interleaved. File format for digital video and audio under Windows wherein audio and video data are stored in alternate blocks. File format is cross-platform compatible, allowing *.AVI video files to be played under other operating systems.

AVK: Audio Video Kernel. DVI system software designed to play motion video and audio across hardware and operating system environments.

Back Light: 1) A light source that illuminates a subject from behind, used to separate the subject from the background and give them depth and dimension. Back lights are often improperly applied or overlooked completely. 2) Also, a switch on some camcorders used to compensate exposure for situations where the brightest light is coming from behind the subject.

Background Video: 1) Video that forms a background scene into which a key may be inserted. 2) A solid color video output generated by the background generator within a device, such as a production switcher, for use as background video in key effects.

Backing: Anti-halation Backing: A temporary, dark-colored, gelatin coating which is sometimes applied to the rear side of a photographic plate or film to reduce halation by absorbing any light that may pass through the emulsion. Non-Curl Backing: A transparent, gelatin coating, sometimes applied to the opposite side of a photographic film from the emulsion to prevent curling by balancing the forces that ...

B-Frame: An {MPEG} video frame type that provides bi-directional interframe compression. B frames derive their content from the closest I or P frames, one in the past and one in the future. B frames require greater computing power to produce than I or P frames. B frames enable compression rates of 200: 1. Robust MPEG encoders employ a combination of B, I, and P frame encoding.

Black a Tape: The process of recording a black burst signal across the entire length of a tape. Often done before recording edited footage on the tape to give the tape clean, continuous video and sync and to insure there is no video already on the tape.

Black Burst: A composite color video signal comprised of sync, color burst and black video. It is used to synchronize (genlock) other video sources to the same sync and color information. Black burst generators are used in video studios to "lock" the entire facility to a common signal ("house sync" or "house black").

Blanking Interval: The horizontal blanking interval is the time between the end of one scanning line and the beginning of the next. The vertical blanking interval is the time between the end of one video field and the beginning of the next. Blanking occurs when a monitor's electron beam is positioned to start a new line or a new field. The blanking interval is used to instantaneously reduce the beam's amplitude so ...

Blanking Level: Also known as the pedestal, it is the voltage level produced at the end of each horizontal picture line which separates the portion of the video signal containing the picture information from the portion containing the synchronizing information. This voltage makes the electron beam "invisible" as it moves to draw the next visible line.

Blue Screen: A film or video technique in which an object or performer is taped against a blue-colored background. In post-production, the blue color is electronically removed, allowing images to be combined. Also, the film industry's term for chroma key.

B-Y R-Y: The human visual system has much less acuity for spatial variation of colour than for brightness. Rather than conveying RGB, it is advantageous to convey luma in one channel, and colour information that has had luma removed in the two other channels. In an analog system, the two colour channels can have less bandwidth, typically one-third that of luma. In a digital system each of the two colour ...

CD-I: CD-I means Compact Disc Interactive. It is meant to provide a standard platform for mass consumer interactive multimedia applications. So it is more akin to CD-DA, in that it is a full specification for both the data/code and standalone playback hardware: a CD-I player has a CPU, RAM, ROM, OS, and audio/video/(MPEG) decoders built into it. Portable players add an LCD screen and...

CD-XA: CD-XA is a CD-ROM extension being designed to support digital audio and still images. Announced in August 1988 by Microsoft, Philips, and Sony, the CD-ROM XA (for Extended Architecture) format incorporates audio from the CD-I format. It is consistent with ISO 9660, (the volume and the structure of CD-ROM), is an application extension of the Yellow Book, and draws on the Green Book. CD-XA...

Cel Animation Production Artwork: Any cel, drawing or painting used in any part of the making of a film. (Note: Production does NOT mean "under the camera". Many types of art created for the production of the film were not photographed, but instead acted as a guide for artists to follow. Some of the different types of production artwork are: Concept Art Inspirational sketches or paintings used to establish the situations, ...

Cel Levels: The individual cels that go together to make up a cel setup. Due to technical considerations, it was very rare for two or more separate characters to be included on a single cel level. Usually, each element was on its own cel, with up to a maximum of five levels to a scene. Because of the added density of the multiple cel levels, the paint colors were corrected for the discoloration caused by the...

Cel Setups: A combination of two or more cels, with or without a background, which work together to form a complete image. These can be either Matching (the way the image appeared in the finished film) or Non-Matching (combinations of elements which are pleasing together, but do not appear together in the film).

Cell Compression: Cell is a compression technique developed by Sun Microsystems Inc. The compression algorithms, the bit-stream definition, and the decompression algorithms are open. That is Sun will tell anybody who is interested about them. Cell compression is similar to MPEG and H.261 in that there is a lot of room for value-add on the compressor end. Getting the highest quality image from a given bit count at...

Cels: Sheets of clear plastic, containing the images of the characters, which are placed over a background, and then photographed in succession to give the illusion of movement in the completed film. The outline of the image, whether hand-inked or xerographed, is applied to the front of the cel. The colors are painted by hand onto the back of the cel to eliminate brushstrokes. Large areas of black...

Character Generator: Device that electronically generates text which can be superimposed over a video signal. Text is usually entered via a keyboard, allowing selection of various fonts, sizes, colors, styles and background colors, then stored as multiple pages for retrieval.

Chroma: The color portion of the video signal that includes hue (phase angle) and saturation (amplitude) information. Requires luminance, or light intensity, to make it visible.

Chroma Key: The process of overlaying one video signal over another by replacing a range of colors with the second signal. Typically, the first (foreground) picture is photographed with a person or object against a special, single-color background (the key-color). The second picture is inserted in place of the key-color. The most common example is in broadcast weather segments where pictures of weather maps ...

Chrominance Level: The color portion of a video signal separate from the luminance (or brightness) component, representing the saturation and hue (tint) at a particular point of the image. Black, gray and white have no chrominance, but any colored signal has both chrominance and luminance. The higher the chrominance level, the stronger the color (e.g., a strong signal produces red, and a weak signal, pink).

CIF: Common Image Format. The standardization of the structure of the samples that represent the picture information of a single frame in digital HDTV, independent of frame rate and sync/blank structure. The uncompressed bit rates for transmitting CIF at 29.97 frames/sec is 36.45 Mbit/sec.

Cinepak: A software file-compression scheme for video that's well suited to low-power CPUs. Established by SuperMac (now Radius Technologies), it is common on Windows and the Mac OS. Cinepak video is typically 320-by-240 pixels at 15fps.

Clip: A continuous set of frames from a source tape or reel. Also called a scene or "take."

Clipping: The electronic process of shearing off the peaks of either the white or black excursions of a video signal for limiting purposes. Sometimes, clipping is performed prior to modulation, and sometimes to limit the signal, so it will not exceed a predetermined level.

Codec: Code/Decode. An encoder plus a decoder is an electric device that compresses and decompresses digital signals. CODECs usually perform A-to-D and D-to-A conversion.

Color Balance: The process of matching the amplitudes of red, green and blue signals so the resulting mixture makes an accurate white color.

Color Bars: An electronically generated video pattern consisting of eight equal width colors, used to establish a proper color reference before recording and playback and for adjustment purposes.

Color Burst: The portion of a color video signal which contains a short sample of the color subcarrier used to add color to a signal. It is used as a color synchronization signal to establish a reference for the color information following it and is used by a color monitor to decode the color portion of a video signal. The color burst acts as both amplitude and phase reference for color hue and intensity. The ...

Color Correction: A process in which the coloring in a television image is altered or corrected by electronic means. (See Chroma Corrector)

Color Keying: To superimpose one image over another for special effects.

Color Subcarrier: The 3.58 MHz/NTSC (4.43 MHz/PAL) signal added to a black and white television signal to add color information. The subcarrier frequency is too high to be detected by black and white televisions ensuring compatibility. Color sets employ special circuitry which detects and decodes the color component for display.

Component Video: Most home video signals consist of combined (composite) video signals, composed of luminance (brightness) information, chrominance (color) information and sync information. To get maximum video quality, professional equipment (Betacam and MII) and some consumer equipment (S-VHS and Hi-8) keep the video components separate. Component video comes in several varieties: RGB (red, green, blue), YUV...

Composite Video: A video signal in which the luminance (brightness), chrominance (color), blanking pulses, sync pulses and color burst information have been combined using one of the coding standards. ({NTSC}, {PAL}, {SECAM})

Compressed Video: A digital video image or segment that has been processed using a variety of computer compression algorithms and other techniques to reduce the amount of data required to accurately represent the video content.

Contrast: (1) The general term for describing the tone separation in a print in relation to a given difference in the light-and.shade of the negative or subject from which it was made. Thus, "contrast" is the general term for the property called "gamma" (Y), which is measured by making an H & D Curve for the proces under study. (2) The range of tones in a photographic negative or positive expressed as the...

Crosstalk: The interference between two audio or two video signals caused by unwanted stray signals. In video, crosstalk between input channels can be classified into two basic categories: luminance/sync crosstalk; and color (chroma) crosstalk. When video crosstalk is too high, ghost images from one source appear over the other. In audio, signal leakage, typically between left and right channels or between ...

Curl: A defect of a photographic film consisting of unflatness in a plane cutting across the width of the film. Curl may result from improper drying conditions, and the direction and amount of curl may vary with the humidity of the air to which the film is exposed.

DAT: Digital Audio Tape. A consumer recording and playback medium developed by Sony, maintaining a signal quality equal to that of the CD.

Definition: The aggregate of fine details available on-screen. The higher the image definition, the greater the number of details that can be discerned. During video recording and subsequent playback, several factors can conspire to cause a loss of definition. Among these are the limited frequency responses of magnetic tapes and signal losses associated with electronic circuitry employed in the recording...

Delay Correction: When an electronic signal travels through electronic circuitry or even through long coaxial cable runs, delay problems may occur. This is manifested as a displaced image and special electronic circuitry is needed to correct it.

Delta Frame: Also called Difference Frame. Contains only the pixels different from the preceding Key Frame. Delta Frames reduce the overall size of the video clip to be stored on disk

Digital: A method of signal representation by a set of discrete numerical values, as opposed to a continuously fluctuating current or voltage or where information is transferred by electrical "on-off" or "high-low" pulses, instead of continuously varying ("analog") signals. An analog signal is converted to digital by the use of an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter chip by taking samples of the signal at a ...

Distortion: In video, distortion usually refers to changes in the luminance or chrominance portions of a signal. It may contort the picture and produce improper contrast, faulty luminance levels, twisted images, erroneous colors and snow. In audio, distortion refers to any undesired changes in the waveform of a signal caused by the introduction of spurious elements. The most common audio distortions are ...

Drop Frame: A type of SMPTE time code designed to match clock time exactly. Two frames of code are dropped every minute, on the minute, except every tenth minute, to correct for the fact that color frames occur at a rate of 29.97 per second, rather than an exact 30 frames per second (see Non-Drop Frame). Designed to drive editors crazy.

Guinea-Bissau ex-navy chief held in US on drugs charges

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A former chief of the navy in Guinea-Bissau has appeared in a US court on charges linked to cocaine trafficking, officials have said.

Rear Adm Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto was flown to New York after he was detained while travelling on a yacht in the east Atlantic.

Adm Na Tchuto is described by the US as a kingpin in Guinea-Bissau's huge drugs trade.

The small West African state is a staging post for drug-smuggling gangs.

Cocaine is smuggled to Guinea-Bissau from Latin America before finding its way to Europe as well as the US.

Asset-freeze The indictment against Adm Na Tchuto and two other defendants states they were middlemen in a huge drug-smuggling operation originating in Latin America, AFP news agency reports.

It alleges they "worked together to receive ton-quantities of cocaine, transported by vessel from South America to Guinea-Bissau, and then to store the cocaine in Guinea-Bissau before its shipment to other locations, including the United States".

Public television in the Cape Verde Islands reported that Adm Na Tchuto and four other Guinea-Bissau nationals were taken into custody aboard a yacht in international waters in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

They were arrested by US federal drug agents, a law enforcement official told Associated Press. The boat they were travelling on was reportedly displaying a Panama flag.

Small, often uninhabited, islands off West Africa are often used as smuggling points The five were then taken to nearby Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony about 1,000km (620 miles) west of Guinea-Bissau, the TV station reported.

They were then flown on to the United States. They appeared briefly at the US district court in Manhattan on Friday and all five were ordered to be held in custody without bail, AP reported.

Guinea-Bissau government spokesman Fernando Vaz told AP that he hoped that Adm Na Tchuto would receive fair legal treatment and representation in the US.

A booming cocaine trade has turned Guinea-Bissau - a country also plagued by coups - into what correspondents say is a narco-state with key members of the military complicit in the trade, including several army and navy chiefs who are now on a US blacklist.

Experts say that the military has been widely corrupted by violent and well-financed drug gangs - and because Guinea-Bissau is a small country, its institutions are weak.

Furthermore it has a coastline that is filled with inlets, mangroves and places to hide so it is geographically well-positioned for drugs smugglers.

Adm Na Tchuto - whose assets were frozen by Washington in 2010 - was arrested after a failed coup in Guinea-Bissau in December 2011, but released in June.

The current transitional government, which took over after the military-backed coup in April 2012, does not have full international recognition.

'Dozens die' in Nigeria road crash

At least 36 people, including children, have reportedly been killed in a major road accident in southern Nigeria.

The collision on the Benin-Ore motorway in Edo state involved a bus, a lorry and a petrol tanker, Nigerian officials were quoted as saying by news agencies.

The tanker exploded after the collision, and most of the victims were reportedly on board the bus. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Nigeria has one of the worst road accident records in Africa.

Friday's collision happened at about 13:30 local time (12:30 GMT) near the Ugboguii village, the local officials say.

Jonas Agwu, a spokesman for Nigeria's Federal Road Safety Commission, said the dead included 30 passengers from the bus, the AFP news agency reports.

Four people from the tanker died as well as two children who were at a nearby mechanic workshop, the spokesman added. Three people were rescued.

The accident closed the busy motorway linking the commercial capital Lagos with the south-east of the country.

It comes just two days after a head-on collision between two buses in central Nigeria killed 18 people.

Last July, more than 100 people died in southern Nigeria after a tanker carrying petrol crashed.

The vehicle did not immediately burst into flames so nearby villagers rushed to collect the fuel. But the tanker then exploded, burning many of them to death.

Film-maker Lee Halpin death: Two men arrested

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a film-maker who died while sleeping rough for a documentary.

Lee Halpin, 26, was found by police on Wednesday morning at a derelict hostel on Westgate Road in Newcastle.

Two men, aged 26 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

They have been bailed pending further inquiries.

A post-mortem examination is due to be held on Tuesday.

'Sociable nature' Mr Halpin, from Heaton in Newcastle, was making a documentary about sleeping rough on the streets when he died.

He said he intended to "immerse myself" in the lifestyle of a homeless person.

Mr Halpin worked at Northumbria Students' Union and co-founded Novel Magazine, which covers arts and culture in the North East.

Kerry Kitchin, a friend since school and fellow co-founder of Novel Magazine, said Mr Halpin had a "sociable nature".

United can have the title, but we are not 15 points worse than them, insists Mancini

He said: "He didn't even tell me he was doing this documentary, because he thought I'd disapprove of it and have a go at him for it, but, despite what's happened, I still wouldn't have. I think it was a noble idea."

 

 

They have played very well, they have won a lot of games.'The last 18 (unbeaten) - the last time they lost was Norwich.

'They deserve to stay on the top, but not 15 points. It is not a true table.

'Now we have eight games. If we play well, if we win a lot of these games, maybe we can reduce this gap.

'This should be our target in this moment.'

 


United can have the title, but we are not 15 points worse than them, insists Mancini

By Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:16:10 GMT, 5 April 2013| UPDATED:16:24 GMT, 5 April 2013

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims Manchester United's sizeable lead in the Barclays Premier League exaggerates the difference between the two sides.

United hold a 15-point advantage over their rivals heading into Monday's derby clash at Old Trafford.

With just eight games remaining, Mancini has already conceded the title to United but the Italian is determined to cut the deficit to a figure he believes more accurately reflects the on-field gap.

Mancini said: 'We don't deserve to stay 15 points behind.

Preparation: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said rivals United do not 'deserve' their 15 point lead

'They have played very well, they have won a lot of games.

'The last 18 (unbeaten) - the last time they lost was Norwich.

'They deserve to stay on the top, but not 15 points. It is not a true table.

'Now we have eight games. If we play well, if we win a lot of these games, maybe we can reduce this gap.

'This should be our target in this moment.'

Preparation: Carlos Tevez (centre) shoots at City's Carrington training ground

New deal: Yaya Toure (right) penned a new four-year deal at City on Thursday

City memorably thrashed United 6-1 when they visited Old Trafford last season. Mancini is certainly not expecting a repeat.

'This is impossible,' he said. 'This can happen every 100 years.'

But he does expect his team to give everything, even though the title seems out of reach and they face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals the following week.

 

He said: 'If it is not important for the table or the title race, I think the derby is always a derby. It is important for us and for them.

'We have pressure, always. It will be like the first (derby). I think every derby is important.

'We want to show we don't deserve to stay 15 points behind and we can reduce the gap from now to the end.

 

'But the title race is finished.'

 

City go into the game on the back of an encouraging 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle and boosted by the news key midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new four-year contract.

The influential Ivory Coast international has committed himself to the Etihad Stadium until 2017, ending speculation he could leave in the summer.

Mancini said: 'I am happy because Yaya, for me, is one of the best players in the world and we are happy he plays for us and he stays here for another four years.

'I think it is very important for the club.'

Toure turns 30 in May but Mancini does not see that as an issue.

The Italian, speaking at a press conference to preview Monday's game, said: 'I think that Yaya is a player that can play until 36, 37 because he can play in front of the defence, like a central defender.

'I think he can play every position. I think when he is very old, like me, he can play as a defender.'

Playmaker David Silva signed a new five-year contract earlier in the season and Mancini expects more deals to be agreed with existing players in the coming months.

Two that could become a priority are Carlos Tevez and Gareth Barry, who will both enter the final years of their contracts in the summer.

 

Mancini said: 'We have time to talk about this.

'I didn't speak with him about this.

'I think that Carlos did a mistake and he will pay for this, but usually he has good behaviour.'

Another City player, Samir Nasri, was also banned from driving this week. Mancini does not think these incidents reflect badly on the club.

He said: 'I don't think this. This is their private life. "We can do nothing about this. This can happen sometimes.'

 


 

 

 



Sweeping anti-abortion bill goes to Kansas gov.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators gave final passage to a sweeping anti-abortion measure Friday night, sending Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that declares life begins "at fertilization" while blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and banning abortions performed solely because of the baby's sex.

The House voted 90-30 for a compromise version of the bill reconciling differences between the two chambers, only hours after the Senate approved it, 28-10. The Republican governor is a strong abortion opponent, and supporters of the measure expect him to sign it into law so that the new restrictions take effect July 1.

In addition to the bans on tax breaks and sex-selection abortions, the bill prohibits abortion providers from being involved in public school sex education classes and spells out in more detail what information doctors must provide to patients seeking abortions.

The measure's language that life begins "at fertilization" had some abortion-rights supporters worrying that it could be used to legally harass providers. Abortion opponents call it a statement of principle and not an outright ban on terminating pregnancies.

"The human is a magnificent piece of work at all stages of development, wondrous in every regard, from the microscopic until full development," said Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, a Leavenworth Republican who supported the bill.

Abortion opponents argue the full measure lessens the state's entanglement with terminating pregnancies, but abortion-rights advocates say it threatens access to abortion services.

The declaration that life begins at fertilization is embodied in "personhood" measures in other states. Such measures are aimed at revising their constitutions to ban all abortions, and none have been enacted, though North Dakota voters will have one on the ballot in 2014.

But Kansas lawmakers aren't trying to change the state constitution, and the measure notes that any rights suggested by the language are limited by decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. It declared in its historic Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that women have a right to obtain abortions in some circumstances, and has upheld that decision while allowing increasing restrictions by states.

Thirteen states, including Missouri, have such language in their laws, according to the National Right to Life Committee.

Sen. David Haley, a Kansas Democrat who opposed the bill, zeroed in on the statement, saying that supporters of the bill were pursuing a "Taliban-esque" course of letting religious views dictate policy limiting women's ability to make decisions about health care and whether they'll have children.

And in the House, Rep. John Wilson, a Lawrence Democrat, complained that the bill was "about politics, not medicine."

"It's the very definition of government intrusion in a woman's personal medical decisions," he said.

Brownback has signed multiple anti-abortion measures into law, and the number of pregnancies terminated in the state has declined 11 percent since he took office in January 2011.

The governor said he still has to review this year's bill thoroughly but added, "I am pro-life."

This year's legislation is less restrictive than a new North Dakota law that bans abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy and a new Arkansas law prohibiting most abortions after the 12th week. But many abortion opponents still see it as a significant step.

"There is a clear statement from Kansas with respect to the judgment on the inherent value of human life," said Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican and leading advocate for the measure.

The bill passed despite any solid data on how many sex-selection abortions are performed in Kansas. A 2008 study by two Columbia University economists suggested the practice of aborting female fetuses — widespread in some nations where parents traditionally prefer sons — is done in the U.S. on a limited basis.

But legislators on both sides of the issue said the practice should be banned, however frequent it is.

The bill also would require physicians to give women information that addresses breast cancer as a potential risk of abortion. Advocates on both sides acknowledge there's medical evidence that carrying a fetus to term can lower a woman's risk for breast cancer, but doctors convened by the National Cancer Institute a decade ago concluded that abortion does not raise the risk for developing the disease.

The provisions dealing with tax breaks are designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions, even indirectly. For example, health care providers don't have the pay the state sales tax on items they purchase, but the bill would deny that break to abortion providers. Also, a woman could not include abortion costs if she deducts medical expenses on her income taxes.

"Every taxpayer will be able to know with certainty that their money is not being used for abortion," Pilcher-Cook said.

But Jordan Goldberg, state advocacy counsel for the New York City-based Center for Reproductive Rights, called the tax provisions "appalling and discriminatory."

"It's probably, if not definitely unconstitutional, and it's incredibly mean-spirited," she said.

 


Health Tips

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on January 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Healthy Living as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Interestingly enough, health is not simply defined as just the absence of disease. The actual definition of Healthy Living is the steps, actions and strategies one puts in place to achieve optimum health. Healthy Living is about taking responsibility and making smart health choices for today and for the future. Eating right, getting physically fit, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness and prevention are all apart of creating a healthy lifestyle.Since the entire YOU, meaning all aspects of one’s self, must work in harmony to achieve wellness, you need to put balanced energy into each aspect of yourself.• The body or Physical You requires good nutrition, appropriate weight, beneficial exercise, adequate rest and proper stress management.

Living healthy is living wealthy a good health is a symbol of greatness their is no joy when one cannot imagine waking up without pains for the days activities.

Eating the right meal at the right time can tell the level of health one can portrate good meal give good health living healthy also require much like having enough rest eating vegetable rich food, drinking lots of water having time for physical fitness (exercises) etc.

 

 

A sound mind is a symbole of a good health


• The mind or Emotional You needs self-supportive attitudes, positive thoughts and viewpoints and a positive self-image. You also need to give and receive forgiveness, love and compassion; you need to laugh and experience happiness; you need joyful relationships with yourself and others.

• The Spiritual You requires inner calmness, openness to your creativity, and trust in your inner knowing. And for some it requires having a relationship with a higher power.

We all know when the Physical You is out of balance. Our body tells us right away. We feel fatigue or catch a cold or maybe become chronically ill. But how do we know when the Emotional You or Spiritual You are out of balance?

The American Holistic Health Association developed the following simple quiz to help identify areas you may need to add to your Healthy Living Plan. Here are some questions:

Wellness Quiz:

-Do you wake up with enthusiasm for the day ahead?

-Do you have the high energy you need to do what you want?

-Do you laugh easily and often, especially at yourself?

-Do you confidently find solutions for the challenges in your life?

-Do you feel valued and appreciated?

-Do you appreciate others and let them know it?

-Do you have a circle of warm, caring friends?

-Do the choices you make every day get you what you want?

 

If you answered “yes” too many of these questions, congratulations! But if you answered “no” to several of them, you have identified areas in your life that you may want to change. This can be valuable information. These questions all relate to our emotional and spiritual selves. And to truly define Healthy Living for ourselves and create a healthy living strategy it is important that we address the whole self.Each individual needs to identify their own definition of Healthy Living for themselves. For example,

- If you smoke, part of a healthy living strategy for you would be to quit smoking.

- If you don’'t have a social support system, then one of your strategies would be to make more friends.

- If you never see a doctor, then part of your health strategy would be to have an annual checkup to practice preventive health care.

Sit down and outline your definition of Healthy Living. List all your negative habits, the ones that contribute to your unhealthy lifestyle (i.e. smoking, excessive alcohol consumption). You may even want to consider your sexual habits and ask yourself if you are practicing unsafe sex. Then take the time to list your current health conditions.Taking the Wellness Quiz will help identify other significant areas that you need to include while outlining your definition of Healthy Living. Once you have all your information written down it’s time to create your Healthy Living Plan. Below is an outline adapted from the American Holistic Health Association. You may find this helpful in listing your goals.

Add as many goals as you need to this outline. Once you have completed your definition of Healthy Living and have turned that into a concrete plan, it’s time to prioritize. Pick a few of the goals that you feel are most important to your overall health and happiness and start with those. Don’t try to do them all at once that’s a sure fire way to fail! Start with 2-3 for a month and then add one per month until you have achieved all your goals. Achieving total health requires taking responsibility, making a commitment to yourself, creating a plan and then taking action. If you can follow these simple steps you will be on your way to living a healthier life.

 

 

D'banj vs DonJazzy Who owns Mo'Hit?

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The most celebrated and successful musical marriage in the history of Nigeria’s entertainment ended on a sour note during the week with the separation of multi-awards winning musician, D’Banj and his producer/partner Don Jazzy

Although details of the love gone sour affair between the two who were also co-owners of Mo’Hit Records remained hazy, indication that all was not well with the duo, was dropped by their close associates

The record label’s manager and promoter, Mr. Sunday Are, who claimed ignorance of the development, said: “ I have just arrived from Ghana where I took one of my artistes, Omawunmi, on playing tour. I will get back to you as soon as I settle down and I am in touch with the duo.”

A source close to Mo’Hits records told Vanguard, that not only was the story true but its also unfortunate.

“It is unfortunate that this kind of thing should happen when success is knocking on the door for these two guys. How can one explain this? Its simply unexplainable”, our source lamented.

*Dbanj & Don Jazzy

But an obviously sad rap artiste, M.I., who also spoke to our reporter said: “I hope its not true. It will be very sad if it happens. These two are very generous people who have helped many up coming musicians (like me for instance) to find their feet. They have also helped to reposition the entertainment industry. One cannot over look the contribution these two have made to the Nigerian entertainment industry. It will be too sad if what you are saying is true.”

What ever it is worth, the development may grossly affect the Nigerian entertainment industry which peaked when the duo got signed by Kanye West’s GOOD music in an all-time recording breaking deal worth $3million.

The news of the separation is not only shocking but totally unexpected. The topic has become the most discussed on the internet.

In fact, close friends of the duo told says : “It’s gone so bad that Don jazzy, who had remained largely in the background leaving the lime light to D’Banj, may have moved out of their Lekki mansion for undisclosed reasons.

What could have led to bad blood between these two friends who had weathered storms to come this far?

One of the reasons advanced for the separation, according to Mo’Hit sources, may be the Kanye West deal which observers believe favoured Jazzy more than D’Banj, a move that didn’t go down well with the Koko master.

Another reason may not be unconnected with Don Jazzy’s negative reaction on the internet over D’Banj’s relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Don Jazzy had tweeted on on Twitter, the internet social network blasting President Jonathan for his insensitivity to the plight of Nigerian with his removal of fuel subsidy.

This our source said may have infuriated D’Banj who was also lampooned by a cross section of the music industry practitioners for selling out to the presidency.

“D’Banj believes that Don Jazzy ought to have been there for him, but was dis appointed that his friend should join his foes to castigate him ” a concerned friend revealed.

WHITHEY HOUSTEN

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on February 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all-time.[1] Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.

Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly "Top Pop Album") on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston's 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was named Rolling Stone's best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Houston's first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single "I Will Always Love You", became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period. The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). The Preacher's Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history. Three years after the release of her fourth studio album My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records. She released her fifth studio album Just Whitney in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album I Look to You.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known. News of her death, the day before the 2012 Grammy Awards, dominated American and international media.

 

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Nigeria @ 51

Posted by WhatsUpNaija on September 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Nigeria Gain Independent since 1960 and is now 51yr of age what a journey :D the question now is not how far but how good what can Nigeria be proud of is it the

1-Good Road

2-Quality Education

3-Electricity &

4-Infrastructure etc.

The generation that would bring changes is not far away but it's on our sholder what have we putting in place to better our lives or is it the selfish political arbitious unprofitable era of dume.

Nigeria is a country a nation fully blessed with natural and man power resources,what do we use this resources for?

if i am a rich man today and i can help to boost young up growing talent to achieved their dreams then i have done nothing like they say "Good name is better than a wealthy man" young Nigerians shun

1-cultism

2-social vises

3-stealing and killing

4-vandalization of our oil well.


frank Edoho & catherine

Posted by UBZY on July 21, 2011 at 11:03 PM Comments comments (0)

I’m separated from my wife and it’s irreconcilable – Frank Edoho By Adeshina Oyetayo   Friday, 22 Jul 2011       View All (8) Comment(s) Post Comment Twitter Send to friend Share L-R: Frank Edoho, Catherine For the past one year, speculations had hovered thickly in the air that the marriage of celebrity presenter of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Frank Edoho, and his broadcaster wife, Catherine, was going through tempestuous times. On several occassions, they vehemently denied the tales which however refused to die down. Those who know insisted it was just a matter of time before their defence would crumble. Now, it has. Early Wednesday morning, Frank sensationally revealed on Twitter that the speculations were indeed true.

 

 

“Hey people, just want you to know that I would never do anything to hurt my family. But sadly, I am separated from my wife and it’s irreconcilable. We’ve been separated for over a year now and I want to say Kathy is a great mum and a good person. But it wasn’t working. When I talk about what really went down, jaws will drop and then you will learn that if you want to get hitched, make sure it’s your soul mate please.” He states emphatically that there is no reconciliation for him because “I was trying to give it a last-ditch effort by recapping good times but to no avail….No more ball-and-chain for me. I’ve had it. I’m out.”

 

 

Reacting to insinuations that he is a wife beater, he tweets, “Wife-beater story was in 2007 and I see hurtful comments about me now. You’ve watched me for eight years. Do I look like I treat women with no respect?”

 

 

Predictably, twit-ville was aglow with comments for and against but the man in the middle of the drama maintains that it is all over for the union consummated about ten years ago and which has produced three kids. Sources say the estranged couple is already seeking a divorce, thus bringing to an unsavoury end the union of one of the most admired couples in Nigerian showbiz.

 

 

 

 

 



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