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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sophia Loren Celebrates 80th Birthday With Richest Man in the World

Sophia Loren Celebrates 80th Birthday With Richest Man in the World

Legendary actress Sophia Loren celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday and spent it as any bombshell should: with the richest man in the world in a gorgeous locale. Carlos Slim, 74, threw the ...

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WIN an Invitation to AfricaCom 2014, Africa’s Leading Telecoms Event


WIN an Invitation to AfricaCom 2014, Africa’s Leading Telecoms Event

APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for one African journalist to attend the AfricaCom 2014

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, September 22, 2014/ -- APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for one African journalist to attend the AfricaCom 2014, Africa’s leading telecoms event (, held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 11–13 November 2014.

AfricaCom 2014 will bring together individuals and companies to debate on how to embrace innovation in Africa’s telecoms, media and ICT markets.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 17, 2014.

Winner will be announced on October 23, 2014.

More information about AfricaCom 2014:

APO (African Press Organization)

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

National Domestic Violence Hotline Receives Long-term Commitment of Resources from National Football League

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Domestic Violence Hotline (the Hotline) is pleased to announce that the National Football League (NFL) has committed to providing significant resources to the organization that will allow the organization to virtually answer every call, chat and text from domestic violence victims, survivors, their loved ones and even abusers for the next five years.
"We have never had the funding needed to meet the demand for our services from those seeking help with domestic violence and dating abuse. Last year, because of this lack of resources, more than 77,000 calls went unanswered. Recent domestic violence incidents involving NFL players pushed the capacity of our organization to unprecedented levels," said Katie Ray-Jones, president and chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. "Because of this long-term commitment by the NFL to provide The Hotline with much-needed resources, our services will finally be accessible to all those who need us when they bravely take the first step to find safety and live a life free of abuse."

Immediately following the release of video last week showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator, the Hotline's call volume increased by 84% and has remained higher than normal with spikes happening after each new report about domestic violence charges against NFL players. As the controversies continue, the Hotline has been unable to answer nearly 50 percent of the calls, chats and texts.

"Our decision to enter into a long-term partnership with the NFL will help us immediately increase our ability to hire additional advocates, improve our infrastructure and provide more education about domestic violence that affects one in four women and one in seven men in their lifetimes," said Maury Lane, chair of the board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. "It is important that we answer their calls."

Of those who reach out to the Hotline for help, 95% are experiencing emotional and verbal abuse including degradation, insults, humiliation, isolation, stalking, and threats of violence against themselves and their children and loved ones. Often, the abuser threatens suicide. More than 70% are experiencing severe physical violence and say they've been slapped, choked, punched, pistol whipped and beaten. This physical abuse has resulted in bruises, cuts, miscarriages, broken bones. Nearly 10% of those reaching out to the Hotline for help have experienced sexual violence. They've been raped, exploited, sexually coerced, even forced to get pregnant in order to keep them tied to their abuser.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Operating around the clock, confidential and free of cost, the Hotline provides victims and survivors with life-saving tools and immediate support. Callers to the hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages.  Visitors to can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources, and ways to support the organization.

The Hotline relies on the generous support of individuals, private gifts from corporations and foundations and federal grants. It is funded in part by Grant Number 90EV0407/03 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/ Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, a division of the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of HHS.

Contact Information:
Lisa Lawrence
Phone: (512) 426-4904
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SOURCE The National Domestic Violence Hotline

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Friday, September 19, 2014

President Jonathan, Senator Mark, Why Lt. Gen. Minimah is Out of Line on Domestic Violence Issues

 Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah.

President Jonathan, Senator Mark, why Lt. Gen. Minimah is out of line on domestic violence issues

The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, should publicly offer profound apologies to all women and girls in the nation having recently declared a militarized form of domestic threat against military personnel wives. Just a few weeks ago, while addressing soldiers of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu, he thoroughly tread on the rights of women to protest any course dear to them, such as the posting of their husbands into deadly areas of the heavily armed  Islamist terror group, Boko Haram.

In a highly  barbaric way, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah reportedly instructed soldiers in the following manner. "If they repeat it, all those wives will leave the barracks. This is not a civil service organization. This is not a Boy Scout organization. Any repeat of such act, I will tell soldiers to use koboko on the wives and bundle them out of the barracks."

Commanding Officer 65 Battalion Lt Col Dazuki, briefing the President Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) 81 Div Chapter Mrs Chinyere Obi Umahi, on arrival to his unit during a familiarization tour.

The threat of flogging a group of Nigerian wives with a knotted rope whip, generally referred to as a koboko, is not only  a completely  disreputable and inappropriate behavior for an army officer in leadership, but renders the threat tantamount to the violent departure of over 200 school girls now under the abduction of Boko Haram.

For decades, the nation’s females have suffered acts of deadly domestic violence from men in Nigeria.  For a leader in a military system, which is highly regarded worldwide to be an institution of reputation for excellence in terms of human rights, to advocate domestic violence and abuse against women is victimization of the highest order to our young democracy.

Is this man not aware that in 2013, Nigeria passed a federal law to reduce gender- based violence? On a psychological level, the authorization to beat and disable military wives remains not only verbally and emotionally disgusting, but physically sickening, as such order could for decades and decades become a strong practice of soldiers and officers in dealing with certain behaviors of their wives and girlfriends.

The idea that  wives cannot dictate how their husbands should be  employed nor have a role in the Nigerian army is absolutely nonsense, as  wives by nature have a much higher function within the military. They are there to provide emotional support, period.

And even if they act out, get angry and show rage on behalf of their husbands, a profession like the military should always show unequivocal commitment and sensitivity to women’s issues, as they, in every and all cases, remain the emotional lifeblood that sustains the majority of our serving men.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah is supposed to command the ethos and values, as well as standards, for true leadership. As such, he should be the guiding center by personal example for his  subordinates and show responsibility of  character and spirit for our children,  especially for the girls and boys now and our nation’s future children.

Dr. John Egbeazien Oshodi is a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological

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First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan To Host First Women And Girls Summit

I am endorsing this event, because it is for the benefit of Nigerian women and girls who suffer most in conflicts as we have seen from the horrible and terrible atrocities of terrorists in Nigeria from the Niger Delta to Lake Chad.
We must unite to do our best for the protection, security and welfare of our mothers and daughters and save them from the dangers of conflict no matter the circumstances of their birth, faith or tribe. 

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka "Orikinla Osinachi", author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London, The Language of True Love, Bye, Bye Zimbabwe,In the House of DogsThe Prophet LiedDiary of the Memory KeeperNollywood Mirror Series and other books in print and electronic versions distributed by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Tower Books and other booksellers worldwide.

Date:  13–14 October, 2014
Venue: Abuja, Nigeria
Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in collaboration with the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Friends Africa and the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) invites everybody for the Women and Girls Summit 2014.
The summit will focus on developing global level partnerships and setting up international working groups, with a trans-formative agenda designed to bring change to the lives of women and girls across Nigeria and Africa.
First Lady, Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan
Former First Lady, Kenya
Special Advisor on post-2015 Development Planning, Ms Amina J. Mohammed
MD/CEO,Standard Chartered, Bola Adesola
Director Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Professor Akosua Adomako-Ampofo
CEO, CHILD Accra, Dr Juliette Tuakli
Special Adviser, MDG Goals, Ogun State, Hafsat Abiola-Costello
Country Representative, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Mairo Mandara
CEO, WEConnect, Comfort Sakoma
For partnership opportunities, please send an email

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Global Pacific & Partners Hosts the 21st Africa Oil Week in Cape Town, South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Join industry colleagues for the most prominent annual Conference held inAfrica's oil and gas-LNG and energy industry. Since 1994 this event remains the widely recognised for forging and enhancing relationships between both companies and governments.

Meet with state oil officials plus private and public companies seeking to execute acreage deals, along with institutional investors and a wide range of growing service and supply industry operators found across the oil and gas-LNG value chain

Hear from: Ministry of Minas, Industria y Energia, Equatorial Guinea, Empresa de Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Mocambique, Ministry of Mines & Energy, Namibia, Ministere du Petrole de L'Energie et des Mines, Mauritania, Ministry of Mines, Ethiopia, Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of Energy, Kenya, Petroleum Exploration & Production Department, Uganda, Ministry of Petroleum & Mining, South Sudan, Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria, Ministere des Hydrocarbures, DRC, Geological Survey Department, Malawi, Ministry of Hydrocarbons, Madagascar, Ecopetrol, Ministry of Hydrocarbons, Congo, National Petroleum Agency,Sao Tome & Principe, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (Nigeria), Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, Ghana Oil and Gas Service Providers,  ONGC-Videsh, PetroSA, JOGMEC, PetroSeychelles, Government ofCanada, ONHYM, South African Oil & Gas Alliance, Agence de Gestion et de Cooperation Entre laGuinea-Bissau et le Senegal, Gabon Oil Company, Petroleum Agency SA, Total, Tullow Oil, Chevron, ENI, Oando Energy Services, Addax Petroleum, Anadarko, CNOOC Africa, Atlantic Energy, ExxonMobil, Africa Oil Kenya, Genel Energy, Global Pacific & Partners, Salama Fikira, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Fastnet Oil & Gas, FBN Capital, Africa Oil & Gas, BP plc, OMV, African Petroleum Corporation, BG Group, Mitsubishi, Spectrum,Sasol Petroleum International, Shell, Noble Energy, Ophir Energy, Afren, Pluspetrol, HRT Petroleum, Svenska Petroleum Exploration, Statoil, Petroceltic, Mitsui, Marathon Oil, Impact Oil & Gas Limited, TransGlobe Energy, Discover Exploration, World Bank, CAMAC Energy, PGS, CGG, Schlumberger, Compass Energy Services, Vaalco Energy, Mart Resources, TGS, Galp Energia, Fugro, Petronas, Royal African Society, Cairn India

Numerous executives in the global industry have remarked that the annual Africa Oil Week stands apart as a leading meeting in the global oil-gas calendar.

Opening Guest Speaker is Paolo Scaroni, Deputy Chairman, Rothschild London
Their 16th Scramble for Africa: Strategy Briefing held on the Monday, provides unrivalled insights into the Continent's fast-changing upstream oil and gas game, with presentations by Dr Duncan Clarke (Chairman of the Board, Global Pacific & Partners).
Please follow our LinkedIn company profile for daily updates on the Upstream Industry <>
SOURCE Global Pacific & Partners

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When Rain Falls, Online Video Views Rise - Ooyala

HEADLINE2 Mobile and Tablet Viewership Rises to 27 Percent of All Online Video, Report Investigates How Consumer Viewing Habits Change With the Weather

Nigeria's Entertainment and Media Revenues Will Reach An Estimated US$8.5bn in 2018 - PwC Report

Increased Internet access expected to generate more consumer spend across the African continent over the next five years: PwC report

-        Nigeria's entertainment and media revenues will reach an estimated US$8.5bn in 2018. One of the fastest growth rates in the world

-       The Internet will be the key driver for Nigeria, where the number of mobile Internet subscribers is forecast to surge from 7.7 million in 2013 to 50.4 million in 2018
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Nigeria's Entertainment and Media Revenues Will Reach An Estimated US$8.5bn in 2018 - PwC Report

 Nollywood movie stars.

Top Nigerian singers.


Increased Internet access expected to generate more consumer spend across the African continent over the next five years: PwC report

-        Nigeria's entertainment and media revenues will reach an estimated US$8.5bn in 2018. One of the fastest growth rates in the world

-       The Internet will be the key driver for Nigeria, where the number of mobile Internet subscribers is forecast to surge from 7.7 million in 2013 to 50.4 million in 2018

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, September 18, 2014/ -- Increased Internet access will generate more consumer spend than any other media product or service in the next five years in the South African entertainment and media industry, according to a report issued by PwC today ( South Africa’s entertainment and media market is expected to grow by 10.2% compounded annually (CAGR) from 2014 – 2018 to a value of R190.4bn. By far the largest segment will be the Internet. Combined revenues from Internet access and Internet advertising will account for an estimated R71.6bn in 2018, accounting for 37.6% of total revenues, according to PwC’s South African Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2014-2018 (‘The Outlook’).

 Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC South Africa

Photo: (Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC South Africa)

Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC South Africa, says: “Growth in the South African entertainment and media industry is largely being driven by the Internet and by consumers’ love of new technology, in particular mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets, as well as applications powered by data analytics and cloud services. Technology is increasingly being driven by consumers’ needs and expectations.”

The fifth edition of PwC’s ‘South African Entertainment and Media Outlook’ presents annual historical data for 2009-2013 and provides annual forecasts for 2014-2018 in 12 entertainment and media segments.

The Outlook includes historical and forecast data on the Internet, television, filmed entertainment, radio, recorded music, consumer magazine publishing, newspaper publishing, consumer and educational book publishing, business-to-business publishing, out-of-home advertising, video games, and sports. It gives a detailed breakdown of these sectors.

The Outlook also includes detailed information for South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya in each of the 12 industry segments.

Aside from the Internet, The Outlook predicts that the fastest growth will be seen in video games and radio, which will enjoy growth rates at 9% and 8.2% respectively. “Video games has made the greatest transition to digital, largely due to the popularity of mobile gaming, but also because of the  increased potential for digital distribution of console games,” adds Myburgh. The study projects that 27% of console revenues are forecast to be digital in 2018.

The slowest growing segment in the E&M industry will be the music industry, according to the survey. Annual revenue is forecast to grow marginally by a CAGR of 0.5% to remain relatively flat at R2.18bn in 2018.

Television is the second-largest segment, with combined revenues from TV subscriptions and advertising projected to reach R39.6bn in 2018. The study shows that advertising accounted for 38% of revenue in the E&M industry in 2013, although this share is expected to fall to 33% in 2018, largely due to internet access increasing its market share significantly over the same period.

The strongest drivers of growth in the sports segment will come from sponsorships and media rights. South Africa will see total sports revenues of an estimated R20.5bn in 2018, up from R14.8bn, and rising at a CAGR of 6.7%.

End-user spending, consisting of spending by consumers and other end-users on products and services produced by the entertainment and media industry, will rise at 12% CAGR over the next five years from R72.8bn in 2013 to reach an estimated R128.1bn. Although there is a significant change in the way consumers spend their money, digital revenues in other segments remain relatively small. Nevertheless digital is on the rise both in terms of consumers and advertising revenues. The study also shows that revenue in the film industry is expected to grow by a 7.1% CAGR over the next five years to reach R3.4 billion in 2018. Electronic home video is also catching on rapidly in the film segment. Far less digital take-up is being seen in the magazine, newspaper and book segments, with digital revenues for each forecast to be under 7% of the total, even in 2018. Although consumers may be browsing newspapers and magazine-style websites online, monetising these consumers presents much more difficulty for E&M businesses.


Nigeria’s entertainment and media revenues will reach an estimated US$8.5bn in 2018, more than doubling from the 2013 figure of US$4.0bn at a CAGR of 16.1%. This represents one of the fastest growth rates in the world. The Internet will be the key driver for Nigeria, where the number of mobile Internet subscribers is forecast to surge from 7.7 million in 2013 to 50.4 million in 2018.

Television in the form of advertising and subscriptions and licence fees, will also become a US$1 billion-plus market in 2018, while the market will grow steadily.

Nollywood generated revenues of N1.72 trillion in 2013.


Kenya recorded US$1.7bn in entertainment and media revenues in 2013, and this is forecast to rise to US$3.1bn in 2018. Once again, it is Internet access that is driving growth Television and radio will account for combined US$1 billion-plus of revenues at the end of the forecast period.

PwC Africa Connectivity Index

The objective of the PwC Country Connectivity Index is to measure the state of connectivity for all markets in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with a population of over 10 million. The findings presented in the Index highlights those markets that offer the greatest potential for the future consumption of entertainment and media services because of their relative maturity in terms of connectivity.

As the most mature of Africa’s markets, it should be no surprise that South Africa tops the Index as it offers significant potential as a strong entertainment and media market. Although South Africa scores highly (83%) across current connectivity and quality of connectivity, there is still room for improvement. Mobile broadband services are still expensive for consumers with almost 0.5% of a South African consumer’s average GDP per capita going towards mobile broadband services.

Kenya (75%) also performs well in the rankings with the continued rise in its international bandwidth usages.

Although broadband penetration may be high – as in the case of Nigeria- this does not necessarily mean that a country scores highly. At 0.6% of the average GDP per capita in Nigeria, the cost of mobile broadband services is too high.

The next wave of growth markets in SSA

Highlighted below are three snapshots of SSA markets with a particular focus on their TV and broadband markets and assessment of the scope for growth in their entertainment and media sectors.


Much of the media in Angola is government-controlled. Deregulating the media is a gradual process and the handful of emerging ‘private’ radio and newspaper operations are mostly bankrolled – so limiting their independence. Among TV households, pay-TV penetration is high at 75%. TV currently comprises 28% of advertising spend, a figures that is likely to drop by two percentage points over the next five years. Angola is comparatively well connected, with about one in ten Angolans able to access the Internet by way of a mobile network and two percent of households also able to access fixed broadband services. However, international bandwidth is still scarce. If the country’s Internet market is to be better penetrated, greater infrastructure investment will be required.


A relatively mature TV and Internet infrastructure in Ghana assists in making it a market in which consumers are more receptive to advertising. At the end of 2013, 58% of households had access to a TV set, according to the study. The leading four terrestrial channels comprised 96% of audience time and 12% of TV households were digital. In spite of a decline in 2011, total advertising revenues are now on the rise again with total spend reaching GHS245.6 million (US$73.3 million) in 2012.  Ghana scores well in the Connectivity Index. The Government appears committed to supporting growth plans for broadband services which are relatively affordable compared to other markets in the continent.


As at the end of 2013, 13% of Tanzanian households had access to a TV set, according to independent analyst and consultancy firm Ovum. This number has dropped slightly in the last two years as a result of the state’s decision to proceed with an analogue terrestrial switch-off before the public was ready, leading to many households actually losing their access.

Ovum forecasts another fall in TV adoption in 2015 when national analogue switch-off takes place, but the numbers of those with access to TV will rise again to one in five of the population in 2019.Radio dominates the advertising sector in Tanzania, contributing just over 50% of revenues, with TV accounting for about 30%. Of the three markets covered in our studies, Tanzania ranks highest. The Government has embraced competition and the role of the private sector in improving economic and social development.

Myburgh concludes: “The future may well be digital in South Africa, as with the rest of the world – many of its products and services can already be delivered in digital form. But we believe that progress in the South African E&M market will be gradual and that there are still plenty of opportunities for ‘old’ and ‘traditional’ media yet.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).


Vicki Myburgh: Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC South Africa
Office: + 27 11 797 4305


Sunet Liebenberg: Senior Manager, PwC
Office: + 27 11 797 5310


Lindiwe Magana: Media Relations Manager, PwC
Office: + 27 11 797 5042

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