Friday, August 31, 2012

2013 Honda CR-V Combines Remarkable Value, Functionality, Features and Efficiency in Right-Sized Package

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31 Aug 2012 11:00 Africa/Lagos

2013 Honda CR-V Combines Remarkable Value, Functionality, Features and Efficiency in Right-Sized Package

Honda's award-winning compact SUV features a host of standard features, 31-mpg EPA highway rating and available Real Time AWD system

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new, fourth-generation Honda CR-V debuted late last year with upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and a host of standard convenience features, making it one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America. The CR-V returns for 2013 as an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and is distinguished by a NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score1. Along the way, it has also earned awards from, Kelley Blue Book's and J.D. Power and Associates. The 2013 Honda CR-V goes on sale September 6, and pricing begins at $22,695.

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Western Viewers Fall Behind in the Web-connected TV Revolution

31 Aug 2012 12:00 Africa/Lagos

Western Viewers Fall Behind in the Web-connected TV Revolution

NUREMBERG, Germany, August 31, 2012/PRNewswire/ --

People in markets such as China, Brazil and India better exploit the opportunities offered by web-connected television, compared to countries such as the UK, US and Germany. This is according to research carried out across thirteen countries by GfK's consumer research experts. The study found that western consumers are stuck in an 'analogue' mindset, whereas viewers in emerging markets are more likely to embrace the digital capabilities of Connected TV.

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2013 Honda Odyssey Offers Unmatched Safety Ratings and High-Tech Convenience Features

The 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan continues to lead its class in fuel economy and safety ratings, while providing spacious accommodations for up to eight passengers and a refined and engaging driving experience. The Odyssey Touring is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg1, the highest EPA highway fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan. All Odyssey models are an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK, and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score,2 an accomplishment that no other currently-tested minivan can claim. The 2013 Honda Odyssey goes on sale September 6, and pricing begins at $28,575 3.

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Teju Babyface Leaves The Most Eligible Bachelors Club

Celebrated Lagos comedian and host of the popular Teju Babyface Show, Teju Oyelakin, aka Teju Babyface yesterday left the most eligible bachelors club in Nigeria, because he is now officially married to Tobi Banjoko, a former model and the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2011 Miss Photogenic, after their beautiful and colourful traditional wedding ceremony at Ten Degrees Centre, Billingsway in Lagos city.

TALK OF THE TOWN wishes the couple a happy married life.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

8 Great Gadgets for College and University Students

1. The Elite Cuisine Multi-Function 3-In-1 Breakfast Center is a coffee maker, toaster oven and griddle all in one. Great for those late-night study sessions, some frozen egg rolls or a short stack of pancakes in the morning before class.

2. The Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker will wake you up after that late night of studying so you don't miss that important exam. It has a maximum sound level of 113 decibels and if you put it under your mattress it also will shake your bed. If you don't wake up when this thing goes off it's time to call 911.

3. CordaRoy's Beanbag Beds are beanbag chairs that convert into a spare bed. They're great for reading and relaxing and when a friend visits and wants to spend the night you'll have an extra bed. They're available in sizes up to double King.

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Survey: Six in 10 Companies Conduct Video Job Interviews

30 Aug 2012 13:17 Africa/Lagos

Survey: Six in 10 Companies Conduct Video Job Interviews

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Job seekers may want to get ready for their close-ups, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. More than six in 10 (63 percent) human resources (HR) managers interviewed said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. This is up from just 14 percent one year ago. In addition, 13 percent of respondents think their organization will use video more frequently to meet with applicants in the next three years. Eighty-five percent anticipate the number of video interviews to remain the same.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 500 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.
HR managers were asked, "How often, if at all, does your company conduct job interviews using video technology?" Their responses:

Very often
Somewhat often
Not very often


*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.
HR managers also were asked, "Do you think your company will conduct more or fewer job interviews via video in the next three years?" Their responses:
Significantly more
Somewhat more
No change
Somewhat fewer
Significantly fewer

"Many companies are embracing video interviews, which are often conducted online via webcam, as a way to quickly and cost-effectively evaluate applicants," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Job seekers can use these virtual meetings to put their best foot forward, just as they would in person."
Hosking pointed out, however, that there are special considerations when meeting via video. "You need to not only be prepared to say the right things but also make sure you and your surroundings appear professional on camera," he said.

OfficeTeam offers seven tips for job seekers when participating in video interviews:
  1. Test the technology. Familiarize yourself with the video tools and functionality in advance to troubleshoot issues. Also, if your computer is prone to problems, consider having a backup on hand.
  2. Choose the right location. Conduct the meeting in an area with good lighting that's free of distractions or anything within view that could be perceived as unprofessional. Beware of things like windows in the background, which can cast dark shadows, or barking dogs that may make it difficult to hear.
  3. Take a trial run. Ask a friend to videoconference with you and provide feedback on how close you should sit to the camera. He or she also can recommend adjustments for your surroundings.
  4. Suit up. Dress and groom the way you would for a face-to-face interview, and don't assume you'll only be visible from the waist up. Avoid bold patterns and colors that don't show up well on video.
  5. Exude confidence. Look at the camera when answering questions so it appears you're talking directly to the employer. Also, don't forget to smile and sit up straight.
  6. Be heard. Make sure your responses are audible to the interviewer. Speak loudly and clearly into the microphone.
  7. Treat it like a real interview. Approach the meeting with all the seriousness and preparation you would give to an in-person interview. This includes having questions ready and following up with a thank-you note.

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Boko Haram Publishes Nigeria Secret Police Details on the Internet

Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS.

What is buzzing in newsrooms in New York, London and other places overseas is the Nigeria Secret Police Details Leaked as reported by the Associated Press. But the Nigerian government and Nigerians don’t seem bothered at all since what might be top secret to the American Press, AP or the BBC is common knowledge on the streets of Lagos, Kano and Abuja, except you are what we call a JJC, Johnny Just Come.

Are we sure that Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Paul Assange and company don’t already have this information in the files of WikiLeaks even before the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihadl, popularly called Boko Haram posted the personnel records of former and current members of Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS), including home addresses and names of immediate family members on the Internet? But Ms. Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS should tell us how the dreaded Boko Haram got these secret files?

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The leak of personal data of more than 60 past and current employees of Nigeria's State Security Service remained easily accessible on the Internet for days and had details about the agency's director-general, including his mobile phone number, bank account particulars and contact information for his son.

Many of agents listed who could be reached said they received no official warning from the spy agency that their information had been posted online nor been otherwise alerted. The material has been deleted from the comment section of a website, but the security breach astonished spy service veterans and calls into question whether Nigeria's intelligence community, whose agents already have released suspected terrorists out of religious and ethnic sympathies, are too compromised from within to stop the violence now plaguing Africa's most populous nation.

There is no secret in Nigeria if you are in the right circles. The so called Nigerian SSS is not as good as the FBI. The rampant terrorist attacks in Nigeria cannot happen so frequently if there is a good security agency. The mallam selling water on the streets of Kano knows more about the Boko Haram than the SSS.




New relationships, marriages, and courtships are usually fun and
exciting until something goes wrong.
Being personally violated by a loved one is one of the deepest wounds to
be cut with. You believe something like this will never happen to you until
it does. Please learn that if you are the individual who has been violated,
you did nothing wrong.
When an affair develops those involved may use excuses and untruths to
validate their actions. Also, if exposed or confronted some may not want
to be held accountable for their behavior or pay any consequences. This is
not in every case that is why I am saying only some.
Violated relationships can either dissolve permanently or can mend
over time. For those that mend it takes a lot of time, patience and
understanding. Broken trust is the hardest aspect to earn again.
A very important lesson I am hoping to teach my readers is if you are in a
relationship with someone and are tempted to be with someone else, you
end the relationship you are currently in and then move on. You have no
right to cheat and hurt another human being.
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For Ogbonna Amadi: What is Going On?

Ogbonna Amadi.

For Ogbonna Amadi: What is Going On?

When Hope Obioma Opara woke me up early this morning with the heartrending news of what suddenly happened to Mr. Ogbonna Amadi yesterday, time stood still as I gasped in shock. How could this happen to the charismatic Entertainment Editor of Vanguard Newspaper of Nigeria?

Yes, people die. But sudden and untimely deaths make us to raise eyebrows of shock, because God does not wish anyone to suddenly pass away when He created and wired us to live beyond 70 years as He said His wishes for us are of good and not evil. So, we don’t expect, pray or wish for the worst when God our maker has made us for the best.

That is why the news of sudden death of Ogbonna Amadi has left me angry and sad, because such unfortunate occurrences would have been prevented if we have well equipped and well staffed healthcare centres, clinics and hospitals in every community in Nigeria and if the evil and wicked rogues in government have not misappropriated the revenue allocations meant for these provisions for the CommonHealth of all Nigerians.

Ogbonna Amadi contributed to the success of many people in the entertainment industry, especially in Nollywood and music, and I will never forget that he did his best to promote and secure the recognition of our annual Eko International Film Festival. And he also supported me in the publicity for the screenings of Faruk Lasaki’s Changing Faces movie at the cinemas in Nigeria. The last time I saw him was at the press conference for Changing Faces at the popular rendezvous for Nollywood stars and other entertainers, the Ojez Restaurant inside the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. He was looking dapper in his suit as he joined me and Victor Akande of The Nation newspapers to coordinate the press conference. We are going to miss him and I hope everyone will support an initiative in his memory, like an annual Prize for the Best Nollywood Movie Review.

As a special tribute to Ogbonna Amadi, I play the following video of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It was Gaye's 11th studio album released on May 21, 1971.

As we console the bereaved family of Ogbonna Amadi and mourn this great loss, let us say the truth and query those who have failed to provide the appropriate healthcare system for which they have been collecting their fat salaries, bogus allowances and revenue allocations for years. The Minister of health, colleagues and their political godfathers, lobbyists and sponsors must be held accountable for their failures.

The same complaints have been made over and over again for years on the deplorable collapse of healthcare system in the most populous country in Africa where the government has failed to invest in the education and training of medical doctors, nurses and paramedical workers, but keeps on appointing incompetent people as ministers of health to worsen the appalling state of the teaching hospitals and schools of nursing in Nigeria.

I wonder how many of them have visited the colleges of medicine, schools of nursing and medical laboratories and see how horrifying and terrifying they are?
Of course they know that the local healthcare system cannot guarantee the survival of patients in emergencies, because they have misappropriated the revenue allocations for the health sector and will always fly overseas to America, Europe and Asia for the appropriate first class healthcare services they have denied the poor majority abandoned and neglected to face their eerie fate of suffering and dying from preventable illnesses, crimes and other crises in Nigeria. How can people be so cruel and evil to their fellow citizens and still have the audacity to collect fat salaries and allowances and cruise about in government cars and SUVs as presidents, governors, lawmakers, ministers and commissioners and other public posts?
Do you know how many thousands of lives lost suddenly and untimely so far because of the incompetence and maladministration of those elected and appointed to run our government?
For how long shall we continue to bear and tolerate these evil public office holders in Nigeria?
For how long are we going to whine and still watch these demons continue to destroy more innocent lives and wreck Nigeria?
Should we allow these evil and wicked demons in public office to go scot-free?

Until we do our best to demand and secure our rights to good first class healthcare system , security and other “Must Have” facilities and utilities for which our public office holders have been elected and appointed and paid to provide, there will never be peace and unity in this nation and the Nigerian Dream will never come true.

May the blessed soul of Ogbonna Amadi rest in peace and may God who alone knows the depth of our loss comfort us and increase our grace in the vineyard of the Nigerian Dream in the nation building of a New Nigeria for our common good.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Genevieve Nnaji is Engaged?

The hottest rumour in Nigeria's Nollywood is Genevieve Nnaji's Engagement as circulated by gossips and posted on Nairaland. But she is yet to confirm it.


In Leah's Wake
Terri Giuliano Long

***Newly Edited by Sara-Jayne Slack, Inspired Quill Press (3/12)

Recipient of the CTRR Award for excellence
2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Book Bundlz Book Club Favorites First Place, (12/11)
WINNER Global eBook Awards, Popular Fiction, 2012
WINNER, Literary Fiction - IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDA), 2012

The Tylers have a perfect life--beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest daughter, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine, more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years, just wants her sister's approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly together kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life...until Leah meets Todd, a high school dropout and former roadie for a rock band.

As Leah's parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Justine observes her sister's rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family-leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists. Can this family survive in Leah's wake? What happens when love just isn't enough?

Bond No. 9 Manhattan

At last! For the sinuous, sensual, billion-megawatt city that never sleeps, an after-hours eau de parfum it can call its own:
Bond No. 9 Manhattan

NEW YORK, August 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Bustling, purposeful, teeming with traffic by day, New York after dark magically transforms into a city of out-and-out, take-no-prisoners seduction. The gourmet restaurants … the unspeakably elegant clubs … the theatre … the late-night tete a tetes all conspire to create a sensual wonderland that finds its very best expression in the local skies above. After dark, they turn a deepest midnight blue, set off by contrast to the billion-kilowatt landscape flickering below. That blue alone is the envy of other city skies everywhere.

Yes, Manhattan, referring specifically to the slender centerpiece island at the gateway to a massive continent on one side and a vast ocean on the other. Manhattan is what’s often meant with the words New York. It refers to Mannahatta, “island of many hills,” the name bestowed on it by its indigenous inhabitants, members of the Algonquin Lenape Indian tribe.

Manhattan, the eau de parfum, is an after-hours shared scent with a high seduction quotient. Officially it belongs in the oriental gourmand category, rich in spices—some of them very new to the oriental repertory. Its pace is set by a mélange of topnotes: mouthwatering nutmeg … worldly saffron, evoking dried flowers … delicate coriander seeds—softened with the addition of luscious, mouthwatering peach. The heart notes continue the gourmet theme, as sweet honeycomb, made from the nectar of flowers, mingles with black plum, hinting of chocolate, and a warm and inviting gingerbread accord. Moroccan jasmine, the sole flower at the center of this scent, itself evokes the aura of peaches or ripe bananas. Then comes the lingering drydown: Creamy, velvety-smooth sandalwood; rich, balsamic patchouli; a soft and warm vanilla infusion; and unapologetically sensual, skin-like musk.

The bottle is a perfect visualization of the scent itself. A network of laser-etched Bond No. 9 tokens, rendered in red, shimmer against that midnight blue New York sky. Look close-up, as you would through a kaleidoscope, and you’re almost glimpsing an abstraction of the flickering city itself. What you’re seeing is an urban landscape of possibility.

Manhattan arrives on-counter September 2012 and will be sold at Bond No. 9’s five New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods and

Price: 100ml, $270; 50ml, $190; candle, $105; body silk, $110.

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A Moët & Chandon for President Goodluck Jonathan

A Moët & Chandon for President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria on Monday said he is the most criticized president in the world and the following day his honourable Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji resigned over airy-fairy tales of corruption in the privatization of dysfunctional Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and the government cannot tell the anxious and curious citizens the TRUTH in a democracy?
The president says they are dialoguing with the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic terrorist sect, but the sect denies such a dialogue. So, who is fooling whom?

The president gives a regular largess of billions of dollars to their so called ex-militants who have records of armed robbery and murder in the Niger Delta and committed crimes they should have been prosecuted for.
How many people have they liberated in their creeks destroyed by their illegal refining and stealing of crude oil?
Freedom fighters cruising in expensive SUVs and regaling their wives, girlfriends and other spongers in their palatial mansions in Rivers State, Bayelsa State, Delta State and Abuja?
The billions of dollars are meant for providing peace and security in the Niger Delta?
But why are we still seeing spiral fumes from the creeks with stolen crude oil loaded into barges and tankers daily worsening the pollution and ecocide and kleptocracy? So, who is fooling whom?

Pensioners are still gnashing their teeth over arrears of their unpaid pensions and unceremoniously sacked bankers are protesting and picketing in front of their banks on the street?

Many companies have relocated to Ghana and increasing the population of millions of unemployed youths roaming the streets and facing daily temptations and trials of being misled into crimes and corrupt lifestyles in their frustration and desperation for a better life

President of the Nigerian Economic Society Prof. Akin Iwayemi wonders why the apex bank is introducing the N5000 bill when it is already pursuing a cashless e- banking programme.

Then former military head of state and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Gen. Muhammad Buhari (retd) blamed President Jonathan and his predecessors former military head of state Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda ((retd) and former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who is also a retired military general for the corruption and insecurity destroying Nigeria. But the never say die Chief Obasanjo was busy amusing people at a function with his mockery of hip hop artiste Eedris Abdulkareem’s hit song Nigeria jagajaga that simply lamented the myriad of crises causing the hysteria in Nigeria.

The lawmakers who claim to have been duly elected are not different from toothless bulldogs overfed for nothing since they can only bark, but cannot bite any trespasser or criminal. So the comedy of errors continues like a Kafkaesque nightmare?

Am I still criticizing the President when he thinks we should pop another specially bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne for his outstanding achievements from Yenogoa he left in shambles to the federal capital Abuja where his beloved Dame of dames and other residents live in fear and trembling of terrorist bomb attacks?

~ By Orikinla Osinachi, Bonny Island, Nigeria.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Most Criticized President in the World

The Most Criticized President in the World

Is there a Guinness Book of World Records for The Most Criticized President in the World?

If there is none as I presume, please note that our dear President, the first Nigerian Izon Head of State and first Nigerian President from the Niger Delta of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan has just claimed it by his public declaration on Monday August 27, 2012, at the National Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the federal capital of Abuja, Nigeria.

May I ask the Guinness Book of World Records to make the public announcement so that President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan can have the world press conference for being the official record holder of The Most Criticized President in the World and to receive the official Guinness Book of World Records certificate for his historical feat that even the most vilified African ruler, President Robert Mugabe is yet to achieve.

I will send him your claim application form on so that he can claim his record as soon as possible.
I will wait for your confirmation before I pop the special Moët & Chandon champagne:I have ordered to congratulate him and cheer him on his next challenge of becoming the Most Praised President in the World to shame all his haters on the street and on the internet.

Your positive response would be highly appreciated for the global recognition of Nigeria as the nation with the Most Criticized President in the World.


Orikinla Osinachi

Majority of Workers Say Gossip is Most Common Form of Office Politics

Office Gossip. Photo Credit: Work Relationships.

Unlike many bloggers who cannot tell the difference between gossip and news, we can separate the wheat from the chaff. We have a NO GOSSIP policy, but Psst ... Have You Heard the News About Office Politics?
Do you believe this?

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Majority of Workers Surveyed Cite Gossip as Most Common Form of Office Politics

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Politics may be better left outside of the office, a new Robert Half survey suggests. Four in 10 (40 per cent) workers interviewed characterized themselves as "occasional voters" when participating in office politics, limiting their involvement to issues that affect them directly. Another 39 per cent said they are "neutral parties" who stay completely out of the fray.

Although most employees report not being heavily involved in office politics, 56 per cent have observed political maneuverings on the job. Chief among these activities is gossiping, cited by 54 per cent of respondents, followed by flattering the boss to gain favour (20 per cent) and taking credit for others' work (17 per cent).

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 700 workers in North America who are 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

Workers were asked, "Which one of the following most closely describes your involvement in office politics?" Their responses:

Active campaigner: I have to play
the game to get ahead ....................... 14%
Occasional voter: I get involved when
issues are important to me .................. 40%
A neutral party: I stay completely
out of the fray ............................. 39%
Don't know/no answer ......................... 7%

Workers also were asked, "In your opinion, which of the following activities is most common in your office when it comes to office politics?" Their responses:*

Gossiping or spreading rumours ............... 54%
Gaining favour by flattering the boss ........ 20%
Taking credit for others' work ............... 17%
Sabotaging coworkers' projects ............... 2%
Other ........................................ 7%

* Responses represent 399 of 716 workers (56 per cent), who cited office politics in their workplace.

"Becoming embroiled in office politics is never a good career move, but it's wise to be aware of political undercurrents on the job because they do exist in most organisations," said Max Messmer, Chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "There are people who seek to get ahead in their careers at the expense of others, and this behaviour erodes trust and undermines team morale."

Following are five types of office "politicians" and advice from Robert Half for effectively working with them:

1. The Gossip Hound. This person loves spreading rumours and can often
be found hovering around the water cooler, speculating about a
variety of sensitive issues. Keep your distance from the Gossip Hound
and don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone directly.
2. The Credit Thief. This individual loves the spotlight and relishes
taking credit for other people's work. When collaborating with a
Credit Thief, document your contributions. Provide regular updates to
your supervisor and correct any misrepresentations about your work.
3. The Sycophant. "Shameless" is this person's middle name -- he or she
will offer fulsome flattery to anyone who is in a position of power.
Although it may be hard to watch, don't sweat the Sycophant's
tactics. Most managers can see through them. Give kudos to deserving
individuals, regardless of their position.
4. The Saboteur. Watch your back when working with this person, who
loves to play the blame game and make others look bad. Limit your
interaction with this master manipulator and make sure to stand up
for yourself. Often, the Saboteur will back down when confronted.
5. The Adviser. This professional is often closely aligned with an
executive and serves as his or her eyes and ears. Develop a good
rapport with the Adviser because he or she could have a direct line
to the top.

To help professionals keep the political tone at work positive, Robert Half has introduced a new career guide, How to Navigate Office Politics: Your Guide to Getting Ahead, and videos illustrating office politics gone awry as part of the firm's ongoing video series, "Don't Let This Happen to You." Both can be found at

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialised staffing firm, is a recognised leader in professional staffing services. The company's specialised staffing divisions include Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam, for highly skilled office and administrative support professionals; Robert Half Technology, for project and full-time technology professionals; Robert Half Legal, for project and full-time staffing of lawyers, paralegals and legal support personnel; and The Creative Group, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. Robert Half International has staffing operations in more than 350 locations worldwide. Find more information at, and follow us on Twitter at

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Nyasha Matonhodze: The Most Wanted African Supermodel in the World

16 year old Zimbabwean Nyasha Matonhodze is one of the youngest supermodels in the world. She is currently the most sought after African model. You can see her on the supplement cover of the May edition of British Vogue. She was discovered by Elite International Model Look 2009 (won by Julia Saner) as a contestant for Zimbabwe.

Nyasha Matonhodze has made heads to turn on the runway for Clements Ribeiro, Jonathan Saunders, Loewe, Emanuel Ungaro and Louis Vuitton. She has been featured in Wonderland, V Magazine and Teen Vogue.

She's currently signed with Marilyn Management in New York, and Elite Models in Milan, Paris and London.

South Africans Reveal What Makes Them ‘Click’ Online

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South Africans Reveal What Makes Them ‘Click’ Online

Attached please find a press release on: One-fifth of South African consumers state that they have shopped online in the past six months and the most popular choice for online purchasing are movies and music downloads – cited by 44% of...
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