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Ground-Breaking Drama SMASH Headed To Ovation

Ground-Breaking Drama SMASH Headed To Ovation
Ovation Acquires Off-Network Rights From NBCUniversal

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After recently announcing over 200 hours of original programming, Ovation, America's only arts network, has additionally acquired all episodes of critically acclaimed series SMASH from NBCUniversal Cable & New Media.
Ovation will debut the series beginning Friday, July 19th at 8pm ET.
The announcement was made today by Robert Weiss, Ovation's Chief Creative Officer.


"SMASH is exactly the kind of art-centric programming that Ovation's viewers crave. This high-quality series fits in brilliantly with our efforts to showcase the powerful role that the Arts play in our lives," said Weiss. "Ovation is thrilled to satisfy the wishes of diehard SMASH fans and followers to keep the series alive, as well as to provide viewers, who are new to th…

Philips First of Its Kind Minimal Contact Mask Helps To Improve the Quality of Life for Sleep Apnea Patients

Philips first of its kind minimal contact mask helps to improve the quality of life for sleep apnea patients

Wisp's open field of vision allows for greater independence; users can read, watch TV or wear glasses.

Murrysville, Pa., USA – June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and a pioneer in science-based sleep solutions, today announces a significant advancement in sleep therapy with the commercial release of a first of its kind minimal contact nasal mask – Wisp. Designed to fit more than 98% of sleep apnea patients, Wisp brings distinctive styling and patented technology for a better overall mask experience that may improve patient compliance.

Wisp changes the face of sleep with a natural fit, distinctive, stylish design and minimal headgear.

For the millions of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients who rely on positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, finding the right mask is a critical step. The Philips Respironics lead en…

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Didier Drogba Sentenced To Pay $586,000 Fine

Didier Drogba To Pay $586,000 Fine

VENTURES AFRICA – Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba, was sentenced last week by the Commercial Court of Ajaccio, Corsica, to pay nearly €400,000 ($586,000) to a construction company for unpaid work in the construction of his villa in Abidjan.

Jeune Afrique reported the development today citing Le Parisien, a Parisian based newspaper.

Click here for more details.

21 Quotes From African Billionaires On Business, Passion And Life

 Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

$16.1 billion.
Ventures: Sugar, Cement, Flour, oil and gas, telecoms, etc.

Nigerian-born Aliko Dangote retains his position as Africa’s richest man for the 3rd year in a row. He is $4.9 billion richer than he was last year on account of the soaring value of his publicly-listed holdings in Nigerian blue chips like Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, National Salt Company of Nigeria and Zenith Bank among others. This year, FORBES also accounted for other assets including his personal portfolio of homes, jets and yacht. Dangote started building his fortune over three decades ago by trading in commodities like cement, flour and sugar but became a billionaire by manufacturing these items. Venerable philanthropist has given away over $100 million to causes in health, education, flood relief and poverty alleviation.

 ‘‘If you give me $5 billion today, I will invest everything here in Nigeria. Let us put our heads together and work’’.
~ Aliko Dangote, Nigeria.

‘‘The harder you …

Consumer Reports: Consumers Can Save 40 Percent Or More On Eyeglasses By Shopping Online and at Discount Retailers

27 Jun 2013 11:00 Africa/Lagos

Consumer Reports: Consumers Can Save 40 Percent Or More On Eyeglasses By Shopping Online and at Discount Retailers
Costco tops ratings of eyeglass chains and other discounters

YONKERS, N.Y., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Buying eyeglasses from the eye doctor's office is convenient, but can be costly. Comparison shopping among different types of eyewear stores including online and discount retailers takes time but can save consumers 40 percent or more. Consumer Reports' most recent survey about its readers' eyeglass-shopping experiences found that Costco was a standout for overall satisfaction – including cost – among chains such as EyeMasters, LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, and Sears Optical and other discounters including BJ's Optical, Sam's Club Optical, and Walmart Vision Center.

The full report and Ratings of eyeglass retailers are available in the August 2013 issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.…

Happy Birthday Meg Masha!

Happy Birthday Meg Masha!

With endless thanks to the Almighty God
who makes all birthdays I wish you many more happier returns of the day
with longer life and more prosperity in Jesus' mighty name!

Keep shining and keeping smiling as you continue to rock and rule your world as a star.

Cheers always.

These Brits Must Be Speed Crazy!

No. This is not a scene from Fast & Furious 6, they are British drivers racing on the road like Formula One drivers. These Brits must be speed crazy!

27 Jun 2013 09:00 Africa/Lagos

Three Quarters of Brits Drive in the Fast Lane

- Three Quarters of Brits admit to driving over 80mph, flouting the 70mph speed limit

- Middle aged men are more likely to exceed 100mph than boy racers in their 20s

- In fact over a quarter of 20-30s never exceed 70mph 

LONDON, June 27, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- With Formula One drivers topping 195mph at Silverstone
this weekend, a consumer survey by international provider of traffic
information and driver services INRIX found when it comes to putting
pedal to metal, a staggering three quarters of all Brits admit to
exceeding 80mph, in fact one in three drivers has topped 100mph.

"On the eve of the sold out race at Silverstone this weekend, the
findings show the U.K.'s need for speed extends well beyond the track
into their daily lives," sa…

Mimi Wolford and Nigerian Artists Fêted by U.S. Consul General in Lagos

Honorable  Jeffrey J. Hawkins, Jr. U.S. Consul General in Nigeria with his wife and Mimi Wolford.

Wednesday evening June 26, 2013, Jeffrey J. Hawkins, Jr. U.S. Consul General in Nigeria hosted Mimi Wolford, Founder/Curator of the MBARI Institute for Contemporary African Art in Washington, DC, USA, at his Ikoyi Crescent residence to fête the young artists from her recent art workshop in Lagos.

A presentation of a portrait of the U.S. Ambassador by one of the artists.

                                  Jeffrey J. Hawkins, Jr with his wife, Mimi and the artists.

My former tutor, the famous Nigerian artist and print maker Prof. Bruce Obomeyoma Onobrakpeya recalled how the parents of Mimi Wolford supported several young Nigerian artists and writers in the early 1960s, including the late Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi and also attracted Demas Nwoko, David Dale and himself who was a young art teacher at the St. Gregory's College in Lagos.

Mimi dancing with some of the artists and invited gu…