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Friday, May 22, 2015

See Winners of Ariel Perfect Match Photo Contest Week 1 and Week 2

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Winners Of #ArielPerfectMatch Photo Contest Week 1 And Week 2

These are the weekly winners of the on going Ariel Perfect Match Photo Contest.

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The contest ends on May 30 when the overall winner of the grand prize LG washing machine will be announced.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Worldwide Superstar Ariana Grande Announces Exclusive Fragrance Partnership with LUXE Brands

Worldwide Superstar Ariana Grande Announces Exclusive Fragrance Partnership with LUXE Brands
The International Pop Sensation will introduce her debut prestige fragrance globally in Fall 2015

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum-selling, two-time Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist and actor Ariana Grande announces her new partnership with prestige beauty company LUXE Brands. Together, LUXE's founder Tony Bajaj and Grande are planning for a blockbuster global launch of her first-ever fragrance throughout North America and Europe in September of 2015.

One of the fastest rising musical stars on record, Ariana Grande is seeking to parlay her meteoric success to the beauty industry. She is currently crafting a fragrance that will speak directly to her loyal following- a dedicated fan base that includes over 24.9 million Facebook fans and 25 million Twitter followers. Her signature soulful sound has earned her recognition in the industry and amongst her peers, including the certified double platinum album Yours Truly, as well as the Music Business Association 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. Endowed with an unmistakable presence and signature fashion style, Ariana is now poised to put her personal touch on the beauty industry.

"I have always been obsessed with perfume. I always carried like 6 different scents in my bag, another 3 in my suitcase and another couple in my car. I'm asked so often about which fragrance I'm wearing, or if I have a signature scent. I do have favorites, but I really want to create something that encompasses everything I love…which is why I am so excited to create my personal fragrance I can call my own," said Grande. "My fans have been asking me to do a fragrance for a while so I am beyond excited to share this with them, to be able to express my creativity in this new way, and also incredibly grateful to have partnered with LUXE Brands."

Tony Bajaj, CEO of LUXE Brands, Inc., will lead the global brand development and execution in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean regions. LUXE'S management team consists of well-known industry veterans such as Debbie Murtha and Nancy Winograd, who will head up North America sales, and Noreen Dodge, leading global marketing and brand development. Dilesh Mehta of Designer Parfums will be responsible for the launches in Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Far East territories.

"Ariana Grande is an incredibly special talent, and a perfect partner for LUXE brands' debut celebrity fragrance," said Tony Bajaj. "With this launch, LUXE Brands adds to its growing and strategically diverse portfolio of global brands. We're excited to bring Ariana into the LUXE family, and look forward to delivering a truly beautiful scent to her fans around the world."

"We are delighted to be collaborating with LUXE Brands and with Ariana Grande to bring her first fragrance to her millions of fans in Europe, Australasia, Middle East and Far East," said Dilesh Mehta of Designer Parfums. "Ariana is a unique talent and that her wonderful music and style will ensure that the launch in those countries will be truly sensational. The Designer Parfums, Ltd teams are currently exploring the opportunities and preparing for the introduction, with real anticipation, enthusiasm and dedication."

About Ariana
Within less than a year, ARIANA GRANDE captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow-up My Everything. Yours Truly yielded the game-changing pop smash "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, which went double-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling "My Everything" garnered a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Pop Vocal Album" and spawned the five time platinum hit "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea. Upon the single's release, ARIANA became "the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week", while the song ranked as the 5th "highest digital song debut for a female artist" and 9th highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at #1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. During release week, "My Everything" was #1 on Spotify as ARIANA personally rose to #1 on Billboard's Artists 100 chart. She also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs—"Problem", "Break Free" featuring Zedd, and "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J—in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. "Bang Bang" went platinum and was Grammy-nominated for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance."

In 2013, she was named "Best New Artist" at the American Music Awards. Other accolades followed with ARIANA winning "Favorite Breakout Artist" at the People's Choice Awards 2014, the "Young Influencer Award" at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the "Radio Disney Chart Topper Award", "Choice Female Artist" and "Choice Single" "Problem" at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more. At the 2014 MTV VMAS, "Problem" was named "Best Pop Video" as well.

About LUXE
LUXE Brands is a prestige beauty company with a portfolio of brands distributed in over 70 countries. The company was founded by Chief Executive Officer, Tony Bajaj, with a mission to develop and market global prestige beauty brands. LUXE Brands launched the JOY FOREVER fragrance in 2014, reinvigorating the renowned JEAN PATOU fragrance brand which includes the extraordinary classic scents, JOY, 1000 and Sublime. The company followed quickly with a long-term partnership with The Natori Company to develop and launch a series of lifestyle collections.

About Designer Parfums
Designer Parfums is an emerging force within the international world of fine fragrance, specializing in the development, marketing, manufacturing, global and local distribution of luxury fragrances. Their current portfolio of brands are either wholly owned or operated under license-abroad spectrum of classics with true heritage alongside designer and lifestyle brands. Designer Parfums plans to expand its portfolio of brands through brand ownership and license and distribution agreements in order to cover all major markets of the world with a selection of desirable fragrances. The company plans to grow these brands organically, through timely launches and relevant promotional programs, and is building a trusted team of export partners across the key markets to achieve its business objectives. In many countries Designer Parfums has an affiliated office and integrated sales and distribution team dedicated to the market covering all points of sale from top end department stores, chains and more mass channels of distribution depending on the needs of the brand.


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H&M and John Legend Host Grand Opening to Celebrate the Latest H&M Store in New York City

NEW YORK, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, one of the top retailers offering fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way celebrated the opening of its new flagship store in New York City. 1,500 shoppers and music fans alike gathered at the new store at One Herald Square to be the first to shop the new collection and hear Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy winner John Legend perform. Twenty lucky customers in line were also chosen for meet-and-greets with the iconic singer.

"Only in New York City do we have the largest H&M store in the world," said John Legend. "I'm so honored to be a part of this special celebration for the brand and my city."

"Herald Square is one of the most dynamic shopping destinations in the world," said Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. "It's a significant retail hub that draws millions of New Yorkers and international visitors each year, and this new store advances our commitment to job growth and expansion in New York City. With the achievement of such a tremendous milestone, we are overjoyed to have an exemplary talent like John Legend cut the ribbon and perform."

Guests who attended the event had the opportunity to be the first to view the location's exciting custom illuminated store front that wraps around 33rd Street, 34th Street and 6th Avenue and 63,000 square feet interior. Additional features include a special shoe department for ladies and men, H&M Home Collection department, a custom-designed 35 ft. modern glass facade with LCD screen, mirror and terrazzo tile details, as well as an approximately 30 ft. high atrium on the second level.

The store opened to the public at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th with a grand opening celebration. On opening day the first 1,000 customers in line received an Access to Fashion Pass valued between $10 and $1000 as well as giveaways and 20 lucky customers in line won a meet and greet with John Legend. To further celebrate the grand opening, customers who brought garments to be recycled in H&M's Garment Collecting program before the store opened were entered to win gift cards valued between $50 and $100.

H&M was established in Sweden in 1947. Today there are 363 stores in the U.S. and approximately 3,200 stores in 58 markets worldwide. H&M at One Herald Square is the 13th store in Manhattan, employing over 1,400 people.

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H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ Stockholm. The company's business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands & Other Stories, Cheap Monday, COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has around 3,500 stores in 58 markets including franchise markets. In 2014, sales including VAT were SEK 176,620 million and the number of employees is more than 132,000. For further information, visit

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Ikotun Senior Secondary School and Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School Win 2015 GTBank Lagos Principals Cup

Ikotun Senior Secondary School and Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School Win 2015 GTBank Lagos Principals Cup


The 2015 GTBank Lagos State Principals cup ended in a grand style at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, with Ikotun Senior Secondary Schopol, Ikotun smashing  Oriwu Model Senior College, Ikorodu in a 3-1 thriller in the female final match to make them champions for the second time in 3 years. The goals were scored by Chinemerem Anselm and Salisu Anuoluwapo (brace) for Ikotun Senior High School and Ikeduba Peace scored the only goal for Oriwu.

In the male category, first time finalist Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School, Sabo defeated former champions Keke High School of Ijaye-Agege by 4-2 in the penalty shootout.after after both teams had played 1-1 at regulation time. The goals in regulation time were scored by Daniel Emmanuel for Birrel Avenue and Oseni Sodiq for Keke High. Akeem Oladunjoye of Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for boys.

The GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup.
Triumphant Ikotun Senior Secondary Schopol, Ikotun.
Victorious Birrel Avenue Senior Secondary School, Sabo, Yaba.
Oriwu Model Senior College, Ikorodu with the second place prize.
Pupils from Keke Senior High School supporting their school team.
Pupils cheering the competing soccer teams.

From 615 teams drawn from secondary schools across 6 districts in Lagos state, Ikotun girls and  Birrel boys have shown that they are unstoppable forces in Nigeria’s grass-root soccer.

The “Smash all Barriers” of the prestigious secondary school tournament is an annual football competition geared towards the development of grass roots football. The discovery of young football talents fostering camaraderie among secondary students as well as helping students actualize their dream of becoming professional footballers.

GTBank MD/CEO, Mr. Segun Agbaje and other VIPs at the finals.
Mr. Segun Agbaje presenting medals to the winning female team Ikotun Senior Secondary Schopol, Ikotun.
Mr. Segun Agbaje speaking to the press.

According to the GTBank CEO, Mr. Segun Agbaje, GTBank is out to create a passion for young ones. His words: “What we set out to achieve for young ones is to create a platform for them to compete, develop and create values and work out a passion for young ones, not necessarily to raise professional footballers. If you look at the attendance today, we are encouraged and we think it’s been a great success. We believe that one of the best places to learn the principles of hard work, competing values, is through sports and if they have those values, we are very sure, they will do well in life.”
For 6 years running, the competition has provided a developmental platform for young talents to be identified, nurtured and contribute immensely to the development of grassroots football.

Agbaje explained that the GTBank Principals Cup game started slowly. His words: “We started the Principals Cups game slowly, and now we have one in Ogun and Port-Harcourt. In order to do things properly, we need take time to invest the right resources, so that many ultimately will see the game getting more interesting. Ogun State Principals Cup is as committed as that of Lagos State. I would like to thank the state governors of both states for their incredible support for the Principals Cup.”

On his part, the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association and the 1st Vice-President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), emphasized the importance of infusing a national policy to encourage football in youths. His words: “From the boys and girls, we observed the talents among them, but the issue is to harness these talents. The idea is to inaugurate these kind of tournaments and ensure they are infused into the national policy, so that we could have a pathway way which everyone will know and go through. There’s a difference between literate and illiterate footballers, and so we shouldn't be left behind, that’s why we are infusing and trying to balance up education and football.”

GTBank gave out prizes to winners and runners-up as promised, ranging from N1,000,000 (one million naira) for the winner, to N750,000 for the 1st runner up, N500,000 for the 2nd runner up and N250,000 for the 3rd runner up, accompanied by other offers such as immediate upgrade of sport facilities, including goalposts, balls, goalpost nets and corner flags in their various schools. However, for the girls, Ikotun High School, Oriwu Model College, Government Senior College and CMS Girls Senior Secondary School had these gifts respectively; while for the boys, Birrel College, Keke High School, Ikorodu Senior Grammar School and Ifako Comprehensive High School had these gifts.

Speaking at the event, Salisu Anu an SS2 student from Ikotun High School and Most Valuable Player (MVP) said, “I’m very happy to have helped my school lift GTBank Principals Cup 2015. I really appreciate my parents for standing by me when I started my football career as early as 7 years.”

The young lady who had a brace for the finals, appreciated her parents further in her words. “Thank you for standing by me for the past 8 years while achieving my dreams. I pay rapt attention to both my academics and football, because I know in the nears future, I will be playing for the Super Falcons which I believe will take me to the next level in life as I look forward to playing like my role model, Lionel Messi.”

Salisu Anu an SS2 student from Ikotun High School and Most Valuable Player (MVP).

The CEO, GTBank reiterated that they are happy, because the quality of football has been high, and there hasn't been any cheating so far in this year’s edition.

The bank also complements the Principals Cup tournaments with an annual residential coaching programme known as CAMP GTBANK which was designed to discover, sharpen and cultivate the skills of outstanding talents of the GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup and Master Cup, drawing on the experience of the top coaches from European clubs.

This grassroots career development in the country shows Guaranty Trust Bank Plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since it's inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports in classroom and out of classroom educational programmes, infrastructure development, students scholarship and teachers training across Africa.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ikotun Senior High School and Birrel Avenue Senior High School Win 2015 GTBank Lagos Principals Cup

Ikotun Senior High School of Ikotun defeated Oriwu Senior Model College of Ikorodu by three goals to one to win the female category of the coveted GTBank Lagos Principals Cup on Wednesday May 20 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and the captain of the team Anuoluwapo Salisu won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. In the male category, Birrel Avenue Senior High School of Sabo in Yaba defeated Keke High School of Ijaiye by penalty kicks to win the trophy and Birrel’s goalkeeper also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

The Principals Cup champions also won one million naira (N1,000,000) each while the 1st, 2nd, 3rd runners up won N750,000, N500,000 and N250,000.

The Principals Cup is a football competition amongst secondary schools, aimed at fostering camaraderie and identifying local football talent at grass-root level.

For Guaranty Trust Bank, the value of sports as an aid to personal development cannot be over emphasized, hence this public-private partnership with the Lagos State Government in 2009 to revamp ‘The Principals Cup’, a state-sponsored football competition amongst public secondary schools, which fosters team work and identifies local football talent at the grassroots level.

In line with this sports loving organization’s vision of raising role models for the society as well as using sports as a tool to provoke academic excellence in secondary school, the Principals Cup has thus provided the platform to create football stars who will become Nigeria’s ambassadors to the international community and participate in the discovery, career development and economic empowerment of local football talents.

The phenomenon known as football has proven to be a tool used to foster camaraderie amongst youth, the Principals Cup no doubt has continued to identify local football talent at grass-root levels as well as promote healthy rivalry.

The Principals Cup is an annual football Competition which begins at the start of a new academic session in secondary schools and ends mid June of every year. This competition has been instrumental in bringing back otherwise drop-outs back to school and has now extended from Lagos where it started in 2009, to Ogun and Rivers States.

The Lagos State competition, called the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup is run with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Ministry of Education. The Competition is now in its 4th Season with over 400 State owned schools participating.

The GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup started in 2012. It is also run together with the State Ministry of Youth, Sports & Social Development and the Ministry of Education.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dove® Hair Launches Poetic Tribute to Curls, Inspired by Stories from Real Women

Dove® Hair Launches Poetic Tribute to Curls, Inspired by Stories from Real Women
Brand continues its commitment to inspiring future generations to feel confident and love their curly hair

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier this year, Dove Hair revealed that as few as 10% of women feel proud of their curly hair and only 4 out of 10 little girls with curly hair think their hair is beautiful. These findings inspired the Dove Hair: Love Your Curls campaign and film launch, which encouraged women to celebrate their curls and inspire future generations to do the same. Launching today is Dove Hair's new Love Your Curls book, a poetic tribute to curly hair, inspired by thousands of curly stories, photos and messages that poured in as a result of the campaign.

10 Most Dangerous Smartphone Activities People Do While Driving

Smartphone activities people say they do while driving include:

  1. Text2 (61%)
  2. Email2 (33%)
  3. Surf the net (28%)
  4. Facebook3 (27%)
  5. Snap a selfie/photo (17%)
  6. Twitter3 (14%)
  7. Instagram3 (14%)
  8. Shoot a video (12%)
  9. Snapchat3 (11%)
  10. Video chat (10%)

Other unsettling findings include:

62% keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving.4
30% of people who post to Twitter while driving do it "all the time."
22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.
Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27% think they can do it safely while driving.

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Nigeria is Not Among Top 10 Countries of Bloggers

The first web log was created in 1997 before Google was created in 1998.
By population, it is embarrassing that out of a population of over 67 million Nigerians on the internet, active bloggers in Nigeria are not even up to 1000 when there are more than 172 million blogs on the internet. And Nigeria is not among the top ten countries of bloggers.

The following facts and figures are from Sysomos Inc, a Toronto-based social media analytics company. The company uses content of social media sites including blogs, forums and Twitter to create a real-time picture on how products, people, and brands are covered in those media sites.
Bloggers by Age

Not surprisingly, the most active bloggers are younger people who have grown up during the blogging "revolution", which started about seven years ago. Bloggers in the 21-to-35 year-old demographic group account for 53.3% of the total blogging population. This group is followed by the generation just behind them - people 20-years-old or under are 20.2% of the blogging landscape. This group is closely followed by 36-to-50 year-olds (19.4%), while bloggers who are 51-years-old and older only account for 7.1%.
By Country
It should not be much of a surprise that the most bloggers (29.2%) are located in the U.S. In fact, there are more than four times as many bloggers in the U.S. as there are in the second most populated country within the blogosphere - the U.K., which is home to 6.75% of bloggers.

Japan accounts for the third-most bloggers (4.9%), followed by Brazil (4.2%), Canada (3.9%), Germany (3.3%), Italy (3.2%), Spain (3.1%), France (2.9%) and Russia (2.3%).

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Monday, May 18, 2015

All Set for GTBank Principals Cup finals and Rise of Youth Soccer

 All Set for GTBank Principals Cup finals and Rise of Youth Soccer

Youth soccer development in Nigeria is set to rise as the stage is all set for the most anticipated finals of the 2015 Principals cup kicks off at Teslim Balogun Stadium on Wednesday in Lagos.

GTBank has also restated its commitment to investing in grassroots and youth soccer development, as a vital step in helping Nigeria emerge a global power house in soccer.

Speaking in the run up to the finals, Lola Odedina, the GTBank Communications General Manager noted that Nigeria cannot emerge a global soccer giant by wishful thinking. "It requires concerted efforts, long range planning, continuous investment and most importantly talent identification and development at the youth level. The need to catch them young and train them well has never been greater.

Emirates Expands its Mobile Footprint and Launches An Android App

Emirates Expands its Mobile Footprint & Launches An Android App

On the heels of the successful launch of its Apple Watch app, Emirates announced today the debut of the Emirates App for Android, the world’s largest mobile platform. With more than one hundred thousand monthly users of its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps, Emirates is ramping up its efforts to enhance its passengers’ travel experience through mobile technologies.