Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Aelita Andre is said to be the 'world's youngest artist'
ACCORDING TO SKY NEWS
A five-year-old Australian girl who has already earned well over £100,000 from her paintings has been described as the "world's youngest professional artist".
Aelita Andre has been painting since she was just two and her work has been exhibited in Australia and America, reports Sky News.Her cheapest paintings are now selling for more than £3,000 each, the money from which is being put in a trust fund.Her mother, Russian-born Nikka Kalashnikova, says she quickly realised her daughter's technique set her apart from other playschool painters."Her composition, her use of colour, her concentration span," she told Sky News."Sometimes even as a little kid she was painting for about one hour, one-and-a-half hours, she would walk off, then come back again, it is just her concentration.
"Usually kids paint for two or three minutes and they have had enough, they run off, but not Aelita."Walking into Aelita's home the chaos and colour of her work hits you straight away.Almost the whole of the downstairs of the suburban Melbourne house is taken up with the little girl's studio. Paint pots, brushes, spray cans, glitter and craft materials are everywhere.Aelita's huge canvases are covered in bright swirls and splashes of paint and often have items stuck on them - twigs, children's toys and feathers.What little space is left is taken up with completed works, stacked along the walls by her parents, ready to be shipped to New York for her next major exhibition in June.The website of the gallery in New York states: "These paintings are both contemplative and powerful, providing a window into the emancipated creative subconscious mind of a child."
Critics say her parents must be influencing her art but Nikka Kalashnikova strongly denies that.
"She is her own person, and if she's was not enjoying it... have a look how much she produces. She absolutely loves it. Talk to any parents - if you are able to push your child into doing anything, well good luck."
Aelita's father recently filmed his daughter painting a canvas from beginning to end in a bid to prove she is not influenced by any adult.
Melbourne art critic Robert Nelson says the paintings have some merit and the people buying them could be collectors speculating on her future potential.
It is with shock and deep sorrow but with total submission to the Almighty, that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announces the passing away of its former President, Comrade Paschal Myeleri Bafyau.
Comrade Bafyau who passed on at 11.30pm on Tuesday 15th May, 2012 was the Congress President from 1988 to 1994. The five years he was NLC President were the turbulent years of the Generals Babangida and Abacha regimes. Comrade Bafyau had been elected NLC President in December 1988 after a ten-month seizure of the Congress by the Babangida regime. His Presidency ended in 1994 when the Military under General Abacha again seized the Congress.
Despite this turbulent period in the country’s history, which included the June 12 crises, Comrade Bafyau made remarkable achievements as NLC President. These include the building of the 12-Storey Labour House in Abuja, establishment of the Labour Transport Service (now Labour City Transport), the founding of the now defunct Labour Bank (LACON), and the establishment of the old Labour Party in 1989.But perhaps what he would be best remembered for was the strive for a strong and united Labour Movement. This, saw in 1988, the uniting of the two factions of the NLC, the Democrats and Progressives, which were engaged in a fratricidal ideological struggle.Bafyau was Board Chairman of the National Mass Education Commission from 2009, member of the 1986 Political Bureau and the 1987 Constituent Assembly. He was also a Board member of the Urban Development Bank (UDBN), the Nigeria Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), and the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).Comrade Bafyau dedicated his adult life to the Labour Movement beginning from 1969 when at 22, he was elected the North East Branch Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Railwaymen (NUR), and rose to be the NUR General Secretary in 1982.Throughout his life, Comrade Bafyau lived in the best traditions of the Labour Movement. He worked hard for sustainable democracy in the country. He also shunned material things; despite the height he attained in labour and politics, as at the time of his death, he lived in a rented house in Abuja.
His death is a big blow to the Labour Movement and the democratic process in the country.R.I.P SIR
A rescue worker inspects the burnt wreckage of cars and motorcycles destroyed by multiple explosions and armed assailants in the Marhaba area of Kano
With Soldiers and police manning checkpoints in the city, the Kano State government has relaxed a 24-hour curfew imposed on the city after coordinated bombings and shootouts killed at least 162 people, even as the UK issued a travel alert to its citizens living in Nigeria.
President Goodluck Jonathan is also expected to visit Kano Sunday, according to sources in the presidency and government.
Streets remained largely deserted Sunday morning despite the partial lifting of the curfew, as armed soldiers and policemen guarded strategic points in the sprawling city.Troops and policemen manned the many checkpoints set up across the cityThe announcement of the partial lifting of the curfew was made Sunday morning by the state’s Information Commissioner, Dr Umar Farouk. The curfew was imposed on Friday evening, following co-ordinated bomb attacks on police and immigration offices and residential buildings.
"Following the return of relative calm in the city, the government hereby relaxes the 24 hour curfew," Dr Farouk said.
Curfew times will now be from dusk-to-dawn.
Rescue workers spent Saturday picking up bodies that littered the streets following the attacks that came after Muslim Friday prayers.A purported spokesman for Islamist group, Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the violence, saying it was in response to authorities' refusal to release its members from custody.Scores of such attacks in the north have been blamed on Boko Haram, though Friday's would be among the group's most audacious and well-coordinated assaults.
Some 20 huge blasts went off in the city targeting a number of police offices including immigration offices.The attacks in Kano, which had escaped the worst of the violence blamed on Boko Haram in recent months, sent residents fleeing in fear of what would come next.
Meanwhile, the UK government have warned British citizens living in Nigeria against travelling to certain parts of the country following Friday’s attacks.The Foreign Office updated its travel advice for Nigeria, advising against travel to Kano.The FCO website said: "We advise against all travel to Kano whilst the curfew remains in force and for those in Kano to remain vigilant and to exercise caution."DFID (Department for International Development) and British Council have limited their operations in Kano whilst the curfew is in place."However, following the relaxing of the curfew by the Kano State government it is not known if the UK will revise its travel advice.And in a related development, two Indians and a Nepalese have been confirmed dead in the wake of the Kano bomb blasts.The confirmation was made by the Indian High Commission.
History was made Tuesday, when in an unusual manner, a wholesome number of 100 couples were officially and properly wedded in a mass wedding ceremony that had all the trappings of a festival, nay carnival.
There are a thousand couples scheduled to participate in the rounds of marriages. But it was the turn of a hundred couples Tuesday, in what looks like a phased ceremony.
You may have heard of mass wedding, but the Kano wedding stands in a class of its own. And this is not so much because of the sheer breath-taking number of couples, it is in the status and personalities involved in the conjugal feast. They are, so-to-say, irregular couples.
Believing that the foundation of a sound society stems from the order and peace of the family unit, the Director General, Hisbah Board, Mallam Abba Sa’id Sufi worked on the idea of encouraging the huge number of divorcees, widows and widowers to remarry and thus rekindle their love lives as well as fostering their family bonds.
Indeed, it is an exciting experience for all the beneficiaries as they seem to have been re-awakened from the lull and drudgery that had hitherto characterised their lives. What’s more, the marriages, were not only initiated by the Hisbah Board, they were indeed sponsored by the government, what with all the doled-out funds to enable the couples establish a fairly comfortable home.
Beside the divorcees, widows and widowers, even the virtually-impaired also came along to partake of the sponsored marriage fiesta.
A blind couple, Adamu Maifada and Batula Umar of Garko local government area of the state, as well as a Muslim convert, Isa Boxer Gamber who hails from Langtang, Plateau State, were among the 100 divorcees and widows, who were mass-wedded yesterday.
The ceremony which attracted thousands of people, held at the Central mosque in the ancient city of Kano, while the newly wedded couples were presented with N20, 000 cash as part of government’s aid to empower them, while a dowry of N10, 000 was paid by officials of the state on behalf of the grooms to the brides. In the same vein, another N100, 000 was given to each of the couples to enable them furnish their homes.
Some of the newly-wedded couples were so excited and grateful to government for helping them get back the rhythm of their lives. One of the grooms, Malam Dahiru Umar from Madobi local government area of the state explained that “it’s the happiest day for me today, because my mission is accomplished, which is to have a responsible partner as wife, I am very happy today and in my life, I will never forget this wonderful gift from God”.
He said “I have been searching for wife for over five years, but luckily for me with the introduction of this mass marriage, I fulfilled the entire requirement to hook my life partner today as wife”.
Dahiru promised to abide by all the Islamic injunctions on marriage, and expressed his gratitude to the Hisbah Board and the state government for the “wonderful exercise” that will help to reduce the population of unmarried people in the state.
It was gathered that government was keen on following all the “Due Process” in marriage as prescribed in the Islamic faith so that a good foundation is not only laid for strong families, but also to ensure that nobody will later fault the marriage process.
The wedding fatiha was performed by the Chief Imam of Kano, Professor Sani Zaharadeen who handed over the 100 brides to the Emir of Kano who later handed them over to governor Kwankwaso.
Speaking with THISDAY shortly after the marriage ceremony, the Director General, Hisbah Board, Malam Abba Sa’id Sufi, said due process was followed in the conduct of the exercise to ensure that it complies with Islamic injunctions.Explaining the background to the mass wedding, The Director General recalled that a Non-Government Organisation, Voice of Orphan, Widows and Divorces of Nigeria (VOWAN) headed by Hajiya Atine Abdullahi , had notified the board of the existence of over 1,800 divorcees and widows who were willing and eager to re-marry. The information, Malam Sufi said, encouraged the board to commence work on the marriage project which has resulted in the marriage witnessed yesterday. .
Malam Sufi noted that there were marriage contract certificates to be issued to the wedded couples, in accordance with Islamic injunction under the supervision of Kano State Hisbah Board, that stipulates that the husband should stay with his wife according to the teaching of Islam in love and sincerity’.
He noted that unlike before there were no contract agreement neither proper arrangement in marriage before couples entered into marriage that were among reasons most marriages collapse.
Before the marriages were accepted and conducted by the board, about 1,800 forms were given out to prospective husbands who were screened to determine their suitability for marriage, as well as also confirming their HIV statuses.THISDAY NEWS...
Kim Kardashian says she doesn't care WHAT the Federal Trade Commission says ... she says Skechers worked for her, and THAT'S why she became the company's pitch person.
Kim made a 1-year deal with the company, which touted Shape-Ups as a shoe that promotes toning and weight loss. The FTC now says the claims are bogus ... that there's no proof the shoes do squat.
But Kim is telling friends and family ... when she signed the original deal, she was a habitual Shape-Ups user and it toned the back of her legs and her considerable ass.
Kim says she signed a 1-year deal that ended in January, but even before the expiration she started to hear about the new research which showed the shoe didn't work, so she stopped promoting it all together.
Even though she wasn't about to promote the shoes for other people to wear, Kim had conflicting feelings about using the product herself.
Kim says she wouldn't endorse the shoe now -- but she's not throwing her Shape-Ups out. She still has them and might still wear them.
A rep for Skechers tells TMZ, the company stands by its toning claims despite agreeing to pay out $40 million in settlement costs. Under the settlement agreement, the rep says Skechers is still permitted to market Shape-Ups as a toning shoe.
According to the rep, Skechers only agreed to settle because fighting every single lawsuit would've been really expensive.
According to the rep, Skechers only agreed to settle because fighting every single lawsuit would've been really expensive.
Still in the excitement of their last issue where Nigerian pop sensation Goldie gave her all, WOW! Magazine has steamed things up and released another eye catching cover which features some of the hottest female models in Nigeria including Isio Wanogho, Chika Emmanuel, Doyin Haastrup, Marcia Okhai, Anthony Bukola, Banke Olutimehin, Shola Duromola and Opeyemi Awoyemi.
The very dapper DJ Exclusive is also featured in the new issue, where he talks exclusively to WOW! about his move from the UK to Nigeria, his huge success, how he got the deal with EME records and lots more.
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