Gold price hits new 5-week high, closes at Rs 28,300 per ten grams

New Delhi, June 07: Gold prices on Friday rose by Rs 210 to hit another five-week high of Rs 28,300 per 10 grams in the national capital on sustained buying by stockists amid a firming global trend. The trading sentiment remained firm following government’s decision to hike import duty from 6 percent to 8 percent to curb a record current-account…

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Photo: Naeto C and Wife celebrate baby shower in the United States

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Family and friends of Naeto C and his wife Nicole threw a small baby shower for the couple yesterday. Super C & his pregnant wife Nicole are currently in the United States preparing for the birth of their first child.
I’m happy for the couple :) Wish her a safe delivery

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AMAA 2013: List of Nominees

AMAA 2013Nominees for the 9th Africa Academy Awards (AMAA) were announced last Friday (March 15) at a dinner, which took place at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. The event was attended by Her Excellency President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and a host of film stars from across Africa.

AMAA received 328 entries from across Africa, up from 220 in 2011. These included 134 feature films, 88 short films, 57 documentaries and six animations. Following is a list of the nominees.

1. Best Short Film

  • Dead River (Namibia)
  • Elegy for a Revolutionary (South Africa)
  • Yellow Fever (Kenya)
  • Kwaku Ananse (Ghana)
  • Nhamo (Zimbabwe)
  • Big Daddy (Nigeria)
  • Release (South Africa)
  • Burnt Forest (Kenya)

2. Best Documentary

  • Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria)
  • Gun To Tape (South Africa)
  • Swimming The Zambezi (South Africa)
  • Give Me Back My Home (Kenya)
  • The African Cypher Fly on the Wall (South Africa)

3. Best Diaspora Feature

  • Against The Grain (USA)
  • Between Friends (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Stones in the Sun (Haiti/USA)

4. Best Diaspora Documentary

  • Fan Do Brasil (Brazil/Guatemala)
  • My Thiero Boys (USA)
  • Red, White, Black and Blue (USA)

5. Best Animation

  • Tageni’s Doll (Namibia)
  • Adventure of Zambezia (South Africa)
  • Mission Impossible (Nigeria)
  • Oba (Nigeria)
  • Lion of Judah (South Africa)

6. Best Film by an African Abroad

  • Turning Point (USA/Nigeria)
  • The Assassin’s Practice (UK/Nigeria)
  • Last Flight to Abuja (UK/Nigeria)
  • Bianca (USA/Nigeria)
  • Woolwich Boys (UK/Nigeria)

7. Achievement in Production Production Design

  • Virgin Margarida
  • Elelwani
  • The Twin Sword
  • Contract
  • Blood and Henna
  • Okoro The Prince

8. Achievement in Costume Design

  • Twin Sword
  • Elelwani
  • Virgin Margarida
  • Blood and Henna
  • The Meeting
  • Cobweb

9. Achievement in Makeup

  • The Meeting
  • Twin Sword
  • Elelwani
  • Ninah’s Dowry
  • Okoro The Prince
  • Uhlanga, The Mark

10. Achievement in Soundtrack

  • Journey to Self
  • Okoro the Prince
  • The Last Fishing Boat
  • HoodRush
  • Nairobi Half Life
  • The Twin Sword

11. Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Okoro the Prince
  • The Twin Sword
  • Elelwani
  • Last Flight To Abuja
  • Uhlanga, The Mark
  • Awakening

12. Achievement in Sound

  • Last Flight to Abuja
  • Streets of Calabar
  • Heroes and Zeros
  • Zama Zama
  • Virgin Margarida
  • Nairobi Half Life

13. Prize for Achievement in Cinematography

  • Virgin Margarida
  • Nairobi Half Life
  • Uhlanga, The Mark
  • Swirl in Bamako
  • The Twin Sword
  • Elelwani

14. Achievement in Editing

  • Last Flight to Abuja
  • Contract
  • Elelwani
  • Nairobi Half Life
  • Uhlanga, The Mark
  • Heroes and Zeros

15. Achievement in Lighting

  • Zama Zama
  • The Flower Girl
  • Moi Zaphira
  • Elelwani
  • Uhlanga, The Mark

16. Achievement in Screenplay

  • Contract
  • Ninah’s Dowry
  • Heroes and Zeros
  • Alan Poza
  • Blood and Henna
  • Zama Zama

17. Best Nigerian Film

  • Blood and Henna
  • Heroes and Zeros
  • The Meeting
  • Confusion Na Wa
  • The Twin Sword
  • Kokomma
  • Okoro The Prince

18. Best Film in an African Language

  • Moi Zaphira (Burkina Faso)
  • Elelwani (South Africa)
  • Elelwani (South Africa)
  • The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)
  • Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
  • Blood and Henna (Nigeria)
  • Sherifa (Togo)
  • Kokomma (Nigeria)

19. Most Promising Actor

  • Belinda Effah – Kokomma
  • Sumela Maculuva – Virgin Magarida
  • Joseph Wairimu – Nairobi Half Life
  • Shonelo Mbutho – Uhlanga The Mark
  • Karounwi Olakunle – The Twin Sword

20: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Gabriel Afolayan – HoodRush
  • Ali Nuhu – Blood and Henna
  • Olwenya Maina – Nairobi Half Life
  • Alfred Atungu – Twin Sword
  • Ikponmwosa Gold – Confusion Na Wa

21. Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Ermelinda Cimela – Virgin Margarida
  • Patience Ozokwo – Turning Point
  • Linda Ejiofor – The Meeting
  • Crista Eka – Ninah’s Dowry
  • Foluke Daramola – Cobweb

22. Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • OC Ukeje – Alan Poza
  • Bimbo Manuel – Heroes and Zeros
  • Lindani Nkosi – Zama Zama
  • Justus Esiri – The Assassin’s Practice
  • Hlomla Dandala – Contract
  • Femi Jacobs – The Meeting
  • Anurin Nwunembom – Ninah’s Dowry

23.  Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Yvonne Okoro – Contract
  • Florence Masebe – Elelwani
  • Mariam Ouedraogo – Moi Zaphira
  • Rita Dominic – The Meeting
  • Mbufung Seikeh – Ninah’s Diary
  • Flora Suya – Last Fishing Boat

24. Best Director

  • Kenneth Gyang – Confusion Na Wa
  • Shemu Joyah – Last Fishing Boat
  • Shirley Frimpong Manso – Contract
  • Niji Akanni – Heroes and Zeroes
  • David Kitounga – Nairobi Half Life
  • Ntshaveni Wa Luruli – Elelwani

27. Best Film

  • Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
  • Ninah’s Dowry (Cameroun)
  • Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)
  • Virgin Margarida (Mozambique)
  • Elelwani (South Africa)
  • Last Flight To Abuja (Nigeria)
  • Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)

Note: Nominations were not considered for the Best Diaspora Film category, because the AMAA jury did not feel the entries were representative of the genre. Also, names for nominees in the Best Child Actor category are not yet available, but the films that produced the nominees are Cobweb, The Ugandan, Imbabazi: The Pardon, Ninah’s Dowry, Swirl in Bamako, and Moi Zaphira.

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Set To Tackle Apple’s iPhone5

 

Samsung will unwrap its latest blockbuster smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at the Radio City music hall in New York on Thursday evening as the South Korean phonemaker tries to bring the fight to Apple’s home market.

With Samsung rumoured to have ordered a production run of 100m handsets and research firm Strategy Analytics predicting the S4 will ship 60m units by Christmas, Seoul is going head to head with Silicon Valley for dominance of smartphone sales.

The Guardian will be reporting live from the unveiling of Samsung’s most hyped handset yet when proceedings begin at 11pm GMT (7pm EST). Expected big features include wireless charging to a screen controlled not just by touch but by eye movements.

The Galaxy S4 should outdo the latest iPhone in areas such as photography and processing power, if the leaks are correct, but will still lag behind Apple on the quality of materials and the selection of apps available to the Google Android operating system it uses.

Every leaked screenshot so far suggests Samsung will retain the Galaxy’s shiny plastic case, leaving Apple, which prefers aluminium, steel and glass, in its own category when it comes to external appearances.

The most eyecatching new feature is likely to be an extension of the ability to control the touchscreen using eye movements. A front-facing camera tracks the gaze, which in existing Galaxy phones is already used to stop the screen going dark while pages are being read, and to adjust the picture to the viewer’s line of sight.

Trademarks called “eye scroll” and “eye pause” were registered by Samsung in Europe in January, suggesting two new functions, and these appeared to be confirmed by screenshots posted to specialist website SamMobile on 6 March.

The shots showed a menu of options, including one to “select the speed of scrolling when the device detects that your head is moving up and down”, and suggested it would apply to emails and web pages. The menu also stated: “The device pauses videos when it detects your head moving away from the screen.”

The rear facing camera is reported to be 13 megapixels, compared with the iPhone 5′s 8, while the front-facing camera is also higher at 2 megapixels, which should improve the quality of video calls and self-portraits.

The S4′s screen should be larger too, at nearly 5in (12.7cm) on the diagonal, an inch more than the iPhone 5. Processors with two cores are enough to make Apple’s latest phone one of the fastest in the world but the S4 is understood to feature Samsung’s eight-core Exynos 5 processor.

Like Nokia’s flagship Lumia handset, the S4 will, according to South Korean publication DDaily, have the option of being charged wirelessly. Rather than using leads the phone is placed on a charging mat, which is itself is plugged into the mains.

The wildest rumour so far, put forward by Patently Apple, which monitors intellectual property filings, is that of a 3D camera for still shots and videos. The US Patent and Trademark Office published a filing last week by Samsung that shows a logo for such a feature. Doubters say 3D images make uncomfortable viewing and have not been popular with buyers of television sets or in the few smartphones that already feature them.

Where Apple retains a lead over Samsung is in its apps store. Google’s Android software platform, which Samsung uses for the Galaxy devices, has attracted a large number of developers and its store is predicted to be the first to reach 1m apps. But content creators still reserve their best products, such as new games, for iOS software because Apple’s customers spend more than Android’s.

 

 

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When should you wear makeup to the theatre?

Sometimes it’s fine to be invisible, but it’s surprising how much a little bit of lipstick can go a long way to change how people perceive you when you want to be noticed

Do you make an effort to be visible or accept the fact that you're not?

Do you make an effort to be visible or accept the fact that you’re not? Photograph: Getty Images

I don’t know about you but I think I would kill for a day of spring sunshine, just one. Peering through the continuing deluge at unrelenting grey skies makes me feel narky and furious. Everything is drab, drooping, cold and miserable, but – rather than fight the mood – I’m going to go with it this week.

I recently enjoyed a trip to the theatre. Although the play was terrific, the evening left me with a feeling of considerable irritation. Let me explain. I like to arrive a little early for a play because after a lifetime of breathless hurtling about and being perpetually late I’d rather take time to sit in the auditorium, read the programme notes, sip something restorative and watch the audience arriving. As an inveterate people-watcher I love to see an audience arrive and feel the pre-show atmosphere build as the seats fill. The rising noise level, the greeting of friends and the chatter is part of what gives the evening a sense of anticipation and occasion.

It’s obvious when you think about it, but different plays tend to attract different audiences. I went to see The Audience, which you might reasonably expect to prove popular with my demographic. It provided an interesting opportunity to observe approximately 900 people in one place, of which probably 400 were middle-aged women. The play, written by Paul Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry, is something of a theatre event, with the magnificent Helen Mirren in the role of HMQ. So what do you think you would wear for this splendid treat in the heart of London’s dazzling West End? Well, not what you might think apparently. Yes, it was a damp and uninspiring Wednesday evening but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a distressing collection of tatty smog and mud-coloured garments under one roof – a cohort of Invisible Women wearing the uniform of Invisible Women everywhere.

So now I’m going to say something disobliging – we can bleat on about 50 being the Age of Frump and we can squeak and wail about how we all vanish after the age of 40 but having witnessed The Audience’s audience – and I think 400 women is a reasonable number on which to base a conclusion – we’re clearly not doing anything to help ourselves.

I strenuously defend a woman’s right to dress entirely as she pleases, just as I do her right to wear makeup or not, but either we make an effort to be visible or we accept the fact that we’re not. Of course it’s a matter of individual choice and there are times (most of the time actually) when I can’t be bothered to wear makeup, but as I’ve written before a slick of lipstick can have a surprising effect on the way other people regard you. Sometimes I’ll do the whole eyeliner flicks and red lippy production to go out and sometimes it’s just the bare essentials – but IF I want to go out and be invisible then I won’t wear makeup and I’ll dress down. The Cloak of Invisibility is the middle-aged woman’s super-power and a bloody lovely one at that (although not one I want to wear all the time).

So, in the Gielgud theatre on a Wednesday evening in March there were maybe a dozen of us who’d bothered to make an effort. I don’t mean we’d got ourselves all gussied up in the full vamp but we were perhaps just a little bit smarter than we might have been otherwise. This was, after all, an occasion – going to a West End show isn’t something I imagine many of us can do all that often. Remaining visible takes more work once we’re past the time when a “fresh” face didn’t come out of a tube and we had a waist and legs worth a damn. We either have to accept that some kind of effort is required or acknowledge that attitudes towards us will inevitably change. We can’t have it both ways.

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Harry Winston’s Future at the Swatch Group

  • Harry Winston Opus 12 side view

When the Swatch Group announced its acquisition of Harry Winston in mid-January, it came as a surprise to most industry insiders, and the move may have important consequences for collectors who have come to admire Harry Winston’s eclectic and unpredictable watchmaking style. Over the past few years, the brand has drawn an impressive following of watch collectors with an appreciation for its unique timepieces and movements, which are the result of partnerships with specialty workshops and artisans. With little capacity of its own, Harry Winston has become a top customer to many of the specialty and complication workshops that are a shrinking part of Switzerland’s watchmaking industry. Diverse collaborations with independent watchmakers—as in the well-known Opus series—are now part of the character of its men’s pieces. But the Swatch Group’s tightly managed and comprehensive industrial base contrasts sharply with the methods with which Harry Winston has built its watches over the last few years. The question of whether these will be allowed to continue under Swatch, itself in the process of reducing its commerce with the rest of the industry, will make the unfolding of this acquisition especially interesting. With a solid following in its watches and diamond jewelry, Harry Winston will be a brand to watch in 2013.

— James D. Malcolmson