Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Eze Festus Odimegwu Honoured With 2013 Zik Prize for Leadership Award

Eze Festus Odimegwu, CON, OON, FNIM, FNIMARK, OKAA.


National Population Commission Chairman, Eze Festus Odimegwu,CON was on Saturday July 27th honoured with a Professional Leadership Award at the 2013 Zik Prize for Leadership Award. He was ably represented by Mr. Wale Banjoko, the Group Finance &Admin Director, Royal Lifestyle Services Group of Companies Ltd , other strategic business units of the group like Quintessentially Nigeria, Recherché signature Events and Gifts and Palatially sole marketers of Angel champagne were all present at the five star event at the prestigious Civic Center on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.


          Betty Obasi, Engr Emeka Sibeudu and Wale Banjoko.

 Mr. Wale Banjoko, the Group Finance &Admin Director, Royal Lifestyle Services Group of Companies Ltd representing Eze Festus Odimegwu.


Other recipients include the Managing Director Fidelity Bank, Reginald Ihejiahi, Minister of Housing, Ama Pepple, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Tabiu Kwankwaso; Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.


 Former interim head of state, Chief Ernest Shonekan and Ide Ahaba of Asaba, Chief Sunny Odogwu.

 Alhaji Rabin Kwankwaso, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Roli Uduaghan, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and Dir. Reginald Ihejiaki.

Governors Rabin Kwankwaso, Emmanuel Uduaghan and Kayode Fayemi.

                                          Dayo Olujekun and Bimbola Akinyele.

 
Yomi Popoola.





                            Celebrated singer Onyeka Owenu and a fan.

                                                                  Abolore Agbaje.

                                                                Annie Inyang.

                                                                     Betty Obasi.

Thelma Adaeze Okonkwo, Managing Director of Quintessentially Nigeria Limited, Ugochi Nwachukwu and Annie Inyang.

                       Annie Inyang with Miss Nigeria, Akudo Ezinne and Thelma Okonkwo.





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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Majority of America's Inmates Cannot Read Above 4th Grade Level


Books for inmates. Photo Credit: NATIONAL POST.


30 Jul 2013 13:30 Africa/Lagos

Could Illiteracy and the Lack of Effective Reading Strategies Be The Hidden Cause of Crime?

Applied Scholastics International, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating illiteracy, believes crime can be greatly reduced by raising literacy

ST. LOUIS, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact - 75% of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties."

DoSomething.org, the country's largest nonprofit for young people and social change says:

"Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare."30 Jul 2013 13:30 Africa/Lagos
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Could Illiteracy and the Lack of Effective Reading Strategies Be The Hidden Cause of Crime?
Applied Scholastics International, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating illiteracy, believes crime can be greatly reduced by raising literacy

ST. LOUIS, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact - 75% of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties."

DoSomething.org, the country's largest nonprofit for young people and social change says:

"Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare."
"Over 70 percent of America's inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level."
"Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime and more than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate."
"75 percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare."
"Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently."
"Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year."

"There are innovative proven solutions to these dire social and economic statistics," says Cathy Viney, Reading Strategies Expert and Executive Director of the nonprofit Applied Scholastics International at www.appliedscholastics.org. "For over four decades Applied Scholastics has been working with underperforming, illiterate youth and adults, teaching phonics, reading strategies, vocabulary, writing and comprehension skills transforming illiteracy to literacy. We call this program The Reading Strategies and Phonics Learning: Applied Scholastics Achievement Program™ (ASAP) based on the educational works of American author and educator, L. Ron Hubbard."

As most illiterate youth have fallen behind in academic content areas, the crucial strategy to implement in working with such youth has been to teach them the technology of how to learn. This technology, known as Study Technology, provides the tools and reading strategies for learning and mastering any subject as well as the pedagogy to guide students in applying them. It increases reading ability with an emphasis on vocabulary development and text comprehension. It generates the metacognitive ability required for effective and efficient learning and results in the mastery of academic content.

Viney adds, "The results of the Reading Strategies ASAP Program have been impressive, with 7th and 8th grade students having raised their percentage scores in reading between 19 and 30 points where the average rise in this testing system was 12 without ASAP."

She also states:

"High school students gained one full year of growth as determined by standardized testing in just two months of intervention."
"In one school disciplinary actions were reduced by 56% and the percentage of 8th grade students who were ranked as underperforming in math on testing was reduced from 54.5% to 23.7% with only 23 hours of intervention."

A free guide to the benefits of Applied Scholastics reading strategies, literacy and phonics programs and Study Technology is available at www.appliedscholastics.org or call Toll free: 877-75-LEARN.

For media inquiries, contact Christine Gerson at (314) 344-6355

About Applied Scholastics International

The nonprofit Applied Scholastics International is a trusted authority on the subject of teaching strategies and proficiency based learning and provides timely and useful information so as to help teachers and schools improve the lives of ALL students of all ages including those negatively affected by learning difficulties and the social, economic and emotional issues associated with these difficulties. For more information, go to www.appliedscholastics.org.

Contact: Christine Gerson
314-344-6355
Email

SOURCE Applied Scholastics International

Web Site: http://www.appliedscholastics.org ."
"Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime and more than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate."
"75 percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare."
"Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently."
"Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year."

"There are innovative proven solutions to these dire social and economic statistics," says Cathy Viney, Reading Strategies Expert and Executive Director of the nonprofit Applied Scholastics International at www.appliedscholastics.org. "For over four decades Applied Scholastics has been working with underperforming, illiterate youth and adults, teaching phonics, reading strategies, vocabulary, writing and comprehension skills transforming illiteracy to literacy. We call this program The Reading Strategies and Phonics Learning: Applied Scholastics Achievement Program™ (ASAP) based on the educational works of American author and educator, L. Ron Hubbard."

As most illiterate youth have fallen behind in academic content areas, the crucial strategy to implement in working with such youth has been to teach them the technology of how to learn. This technology, known as Study Technology, provides the tools and reading strategies for learning and mastering any subject as well as the pedagogy to guide students in applying them. It increases reading ability with an emphasis on vocabulary development and text comprehension. It generates the metacognitive ability required for effective and efficient learning and results in the mastery of academic content.

Viney adds, "The results of the Reading Strategies ASAP Program have been impressive, with 7th and 8th grade students having raised their percentage scores in reading between 19 and 30 points where the average rise in this testing system was 12 without ASAP."

She also states:

"High school students gained one full year of growth as determined by standardized testing in just two months of intervention."
"In one school disciplinary actions were reduced by 56% and the percentage of 8th grade students who were ranked as underperforming in math on testing was reduced from 54.5% to 23.7% with only 23 hours of intervention."

A free guide to the benefits of Applied Scholastics reading strategies, literacy and phonics programs and Study Technology is available at www.appliedscholastics.org or call Toll free: 877-75-LEARN.

For media inquiries, contact Christine Gerson at (314) 344-6355

About Applied Scholastics International

The nonprofit Applied Scholastics International is a trusted authority on the subject of teaching strategies and proficiency based learning and provides timely and useful information so as to help teachers and schools improve the lives of ALL students of all ages including those negatively affected by learning difficulties and the social, economic and emotional issues associated with these difficulties. For more information, go to www.appliedscholastics.org.

Contact: Christine Gerson
314-344-6355
Email

SOURCE Applied Scholastics International

Web Site: http://www.appliedscholastics.org









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Uma Thurman Leads Worldwide Celebration in Campari Calendar 2014


30 Jul 2013 12:00 Africa/Lagos

Uma Thurman Leads Worldwide Celebration in Campari Calendar 2014

MILAN, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Iconic film star Uma Thurman announced as leading lady in Campari Calendar and Koto Bolofo as photographer



Today, Campari ® is officially unveiling Uma Thurman as the star of the Campari Calendar 2014, which will be captured by noted fashion photographer Koto Bolofo. The iconic, edgy actress takes the lead in the 2014 edition of the Calendar which is entitled ' Worldwide Celebrations ' , with each month focusing on a unique festival from a number of different cultures around the world. Through this intriguing new theme, Campari intends to highlight how cultures around the world have become more global than ever before, and reinterprets each celebration through its spirit made of passion, style and charisma.

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Uma, who has starred in a number of high-profile blockbuster movies such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, follows in the footsteps of previous Campari Calendar heroines, including stylish and passionate actresses Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Jessica Alba, Milla Jovovich and Penelope Cruz.

On starring in the 2014 Campari Calendar, Uma Thurman comments:

"To be a part of such a globally-renowned project for an iconic worldwide brand is a pleasure. I particularly admire the theme this year as I am able to share a worldwide journey of discovery, passion and style with Campari lovers around the globe. Each month, the true essence of a 'global celebration' has been captured beautifully thanks to Koto, a highly-acclaimed photographer with a keen eye for creating intriguing, stimulating and truly dynamic imagery."

Koto Bolofo is the latest photographer to capture the renowned Campari Calendar, for its 15th edition. Having been born in South Africa, raised in Great Britain and now residing in France, Bolofo is a true world citizen, enabling him to embody the theme of the Calendar even further. Bolofo is well known for his powerful portraits, innovative fashion shoots and numerous short films. He has shot for a number of high-profile publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ, and has created advertising campaigns for luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Dior.

Bolofo is renowned for his keen eye for lively and dynamic imagery, which he will be using to offer a window on the world to Campari lovers around the world in the 2014 Calendar.

On his shooting of the 2014 Campari Calendar, Koto Bolofo comments: "Campari ' s ethos of consistently creating striking and powerful imagery for its world-renowned Calendar aligns perfectly with what I consistently strive to achieve in my work. To work on this project with a beautiful and talented actress such as Uma Thurman is an honour, and has provided me with an opportunity to push the Calendar ' s boundaries and defiantly capture the passion and style which is centred on this year ' s truly inspiring theme. "

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari, comments: " The unrivalled legacy of the Campari Calendar is set to continue this year with the aim of delivering even more invigorating and inspiring imagery. Once again, boundaries will be pushed in order to stimulate peoples ' imaginations with a voyage of discovery each month to explore worldwide celebrations, and the theme this year couldn ' t be more appropriate to do so. With this in mind, we very much look forward to unveiling the 2014 Calendar later on this year. "

About Campari

Campari is a contemporary and charismatic classic. The secret recipe, which has remained unchanged, originated in Novara in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world. Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water. With its vibrant red colour, intense aroma and inspiring flavour, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. These are the values that have made the Campari brand famous throughout the world as an icon of passionate Italian style and excellence.

Enjoy Campari responsibly

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VIPs at the Launch of It’s Okay To Have A Bad Boss


VIPs at the Launch of It’s Okay To Have A Bad Boss

Both the bosses and their subordinates graced the red carpet launching of the new book "It’s Oay To Have A Bad Boss" at the Terra Kulture on Victoria Island on Friday June 28, 2013. The event attracted colleagues of the author from Diamond Bank Plc and VIPs among other guests, including Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, President of Eko International Film Festival, Nigerian actress Amaka Anioji, Best Actress award winner at the last Abuja International Film Festival and Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/CEO of International Digital Post Network Group. The Master of Ceremony Mr. Uju Onyechere, stand up comedian Pencil and the saxophonist Olu Jazz made it an evening to remember.

The MC Mr. Uju Onyechere.

Comedian Pencil entertaining the guests.

The author Darlington Onyeagoro and a guest.


Popular comedian Pencil and his pretty friend.


Hope Obioma Opara, President of Eko International Film Festival.

Mr. Chudi Igwe, Group Head, Diamond Bank Plc, Lagos Central.

Darlington Onyeagoro’s thought provoking book on corporate ethics and politics in the workplace is actually a guide on how to learn from both the good and bad bosses and go on to be the BOSS in the end. And is that not your goal if you are not one already.



The author says: “Its OK To Have A Bad Boss exposes you to the different kinds of bosses and outlines strategies on how to have a fulfilling relationship with them whilst arming you with the necessary tools needed to meander through the murky waters of the workplace. If you are an employer or a boss then this book was written for you”.


"It’s Okay To Have A Bad Boss" can be delivered to you anywhere you are located in Nigeria and other countries by simply contacting the author on Tel: 234 08032532634 or Email: DOnyeagoro@diamondbank.com.





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