Daily Archives: January 6, 2019

MALAWI: UN CONDEMNS ‘RITUAL MURDER’ OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM

LILONGWE, The United Nations in Malawi has strongly condemned the recent inhuman act against people with albinism that took place on New Year’s Eve in Nkhatabay as Malawi’s estimated 10,000 albinos face “extinction” if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft.

Yasin Phiri, a 54-year-old man with albinism, was brutally murdered on New Year’s eve in his house at Kande Trading Centre in Nkhata Bay in front of his nine-year-old son.

lbinos were targeted because of beliefs that their body parts “can increase wealth, make businesses prosper or facilitate employment.”

In a statement signed by Benoit Thiry, the Resident Coordinator in Malawi, says the UN in Malawi is concerned by the continued gruesome attacks on persons with albinism and strongly condemns the savage killing of Yasin Phiri.

The UN is also concerned that there has not been progress to trace 12-year-old Joseph Kachingwe, who went missing on July 6, 2018.

Phiri’s gruesome murder comes barely nine months after the death of MacDonald Masambuka, a 22-year-old person with albinism who was abducted and murdered in March 2018. Masambuka’s body was found weeks after his disappearance.

The UN bemoaned the continued killings, urging government to take decisive action that will put an end to the brutal murders of people with albinism, saying the government should implement the National Action Plan.

“The plan addresses the root causes of attacks on persons with albinism, including a nationwide awareness raising campaign, strengthened investigations and prosecutions, together with strengthened protection and victim assistance measures,” reads the statement in part.

“If these measures are not accelerated, we will continue registering human rights violations against persons with albinism. We urge the authorities to ensure a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the killing of Yasin Phiri, and bring the alleged perpetrators to justice.

“We further call upon the authorities to fast-track the investigation and prosecution of outstanding cases on violation of rights of persons with albinism to avoid cultivating a culture of impunity in Malawi,” says the statement.

Malawi Police Services have swiftly arrested four suspects linked to the brutal murder.

Source: Nam News Network

MALAWI: UN CONDEMNS ‘RITUAL MURDER’ OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM

LILONGWE, The United Nations in Malawi has strongly condemned the recent inhuman act against people with albinism that took place on New Year’s Eve in Nkhatabay as Malawi’s estimated 10,000 albinos face “extinction” if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft.

Yasin Phiri, a 54-year-old man with albinism, was brutally murdered on New Year’s eve in his house at Kande Trading Centre in Nkhata Bay in front of his nine-year-old son.

lbinos were targeted because of beliefs that their body parts “can increase wealth, make businesses prosper or facilitate employment.”

In a statement signed by Benoit Thiry, the Resident Coordinator in Malawi, says the UN in Malawi is concerned by the continued gruesome attacks on persons with albinism and strongly condemns the savage killing of Yasin Phiri.

The UN is also concerned that there has not been progress to trace 12-year-old Joseph Kachingwe, who went missing on July 6, 2018.

Phiri’s gruesome murder comes barely nine months after the death of MacDonald Masambuka, a 22-year-old person with albinism who was abducted and murdered in March 2018. Masambuka’s body was found weeks after his disappearance.

The UN bemoaned the continued killings, urging government to take decisive action that will put an end to the brutal murders of people with albinism, saying the government should implement the National Action Plan.

“The plan addresses the root causes of attacks on persons with albinism, including a nationwide awareness raising campaign, strengthened investigations and prosecutions, together with strengthened protection and victim assistance measures,” reads the statement in part.

“If these measures are not accelerated, we will continue registering human rights violations against persons with albinism. We urge the authorities to ensure a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the killing of Yasin Phiri, and bring the alleged perpetrators to justice.

“We further call upon the authorities to fast-track the investigation and prosecution of outstanding cases on violation of rights of persons with albinism to avoid cultivating a culture of impunity in Malawi,” says the statement.

Malawi Police Services have swiftly arrested four suspects linked to the brutal murder.

Source: Nam News Network

‘A Star Is Born’ expected to win big at Golden Globes

Box office hit music romance “A Star Is Born” is the frontrunner going into Sunday’s Golden Globes, the first Hollywood awards gala of the year — and usually the sassiest of them all.

Tinseltown’s A-listers will strut down the red carpet for the first time this awards season at the Beverly Hilton, in the run-up to the all-important Oscars on February 24.

Hosting the gala — which begins at 5:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday) — will be actress Sandra Oh and comedian Andy Samberg. As the only awards show where booze is served, the evening is usually more colorful than showbiz’s other big nights.

“It’s going to be great. I think people are ready and could use a little smile,” Samberg said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Even though Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” leads the film nominations with six, “Star” — and its power duo of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper — is the movie with the most buzz heading into Sunday night, and most critics predict it will take home the coveted best drama film honors.

“We’re expecting “A Star Is Born” to take it down in the end, solidifying its Oscar frontrunner status,” industry trade publication Variety said in its predictions.

“‘A Star is Born’ has everything going for it including box office and critical success,” Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at industry data firm ComScore, told AFP.

But he cautioned that the Globes — which are handed out by the 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — are notoriously unpredictable.

“This year’s nominees across the major categories are all incredibly deserving so anything could happen,” Dergarabedian said.

This year, the Globes come at the start of voting for Oscar nominations, and while they are not always a clear predictor of Academy Award success, they are a bellwether of momentum.

If there is a sure bet on Sunday night, it is that Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” a cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, will win for best foreign film. He is also up for best director.

Competing against the Mexican filmmaker for that prize are Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Adam McKay (“Vice”) and Cooper, who made his debut behind the camera with “Star,” directing himself.

For the experts polled by awards prediction website Gold Derby, “A Star Is Born” is a lock for best drama film, and Cuaron will take home top director honors.

– Tight race for musical/comedy Globes –

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes have parallel categories for dramas and musical/comedy films — meaning two times the prizes, and a chance for Oscar voters to consider a wider range of performances.

Gaga could be a double winner, with nods for both best drama actress and best original song for the film’s mega-hit, “Shallow.”

For best actor, Cooper — who plays the aging rocker who discovers a struggling singer-songwriter (Gaga) and propels her to stardom — is locked in a duel with Rami Malek, who portrays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The field on the musical/comedy side is wider.

Beyond “Vice,” top contenders include offbeat royal romp “The Favourite,” civil rights dramedy “Green Book” and Disney sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Welsh actor Christian Bale, nearly unrecognizable as Cheney, is tipped to take home best actor honors, even if the film’s mixed reviews have damaged its overall chances.

In the best musical/comedy actress race, Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” is up against Emily Blunt, who fills the shoes of Julie Andrews as the magical British nanny.

– New faces in TV race –

The Globes also honor the best in television — but those awards can feel a bit redundant coming so soon after the Emmys in September, with many of the same nominees as the Television Academy field.

Adding spice to the mix on Sunday are programs that aired too late for Emmys contention, such as dark HBO mini-series “Sharp Objects” and Amazon drama “Homecoming” starring Julia Roberts.

Oh could take home an award herself — she scored a best actress nomination for acclaimed TV drama “Killing Eve.”

Source: Seychelles News Agency

‘A Star Is Born’ expected to win big at Golden Globes

Box office hit music romance “A Star Is Born” is the frontrunner going into Sunday’s Golden Globes, the first Hollywood awards gala of the year — and usually the sassiest of them all.

Tinseltown’s A-listers will strut down the red carpet for the first time this awards season at the Beverly Hilton, in the run-up to the all-important Oscars on February 24.

Hosting the gala — which begins at 5:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday) — will be actress Sandra Oh and comedian Andy Samberg. As the only awards show where booze is served, the evening is usually more colorful than showbiz’s other big nights.

“It’s going to be great. I think people are ready and could use a little smile,” Samberg said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Even though Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” leads the film nominations with six, “Star” — and its power duo of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper — is the movie with the most buzz heading into Sunday night, and most critics predict it will take home the coveted best drama film honors.

“We’re expecting “A Star Is Born” to take it down in the end, solidifying its Oscar frontrunner status,” industry trade publication Variety said in its predictions.

“‘A Star is Born’ has everything going for it including box office and critical success,” Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at industry data firm ComScore, told AFP.

But he cautioned that the Globes — which are handed out by the 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — are notoriously unpredictable.

“This year’s nominees across the major categories are all incredibly deserving so anything could happen,” Dergarabedian said.

This year, the Globes come at the start of voting for Oscar nominations, and while they are not always a clear predictor of Academy Award success, they are a bellwether of momentum.

If there is a sure bet on Sunday night, it is that Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” a cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, will win for best foreign film. He is also up for best director.

Competing against the Mexican filmmaker for that prize are Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Adam McKay (“Vice”) and Cooper, who made his debut behind the camera with “Star,” directing himself.

For the experts polled by awards prediction website Gold Derby, “A Star Is Born” is a lock for best drama film, and Cuaron will take home top director honors.

– Tight race for musical/comedy Globes –

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes have parallel categories for dramas and musical/comedy films — meaning two times the prizes, and a chance for Oscar voters to consider a wider range of performances.

Gaga could be a double winner, with nods for both best drama actress and best original song for the film’s mega-hit, “Shallow.”

For best actor, Cooper — who plays the aging rocker who discovers a struggling singer-songwriter (Gaga) and propels her to stardom — is locked in a duel with Rami Malek, who portrays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The field on the musical/comedy side is wider.

Beyond “Vice,” top contenders include offbeat royal romp “The Favourite,” civil rights dramedy “Green Book” and Disney sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Welsh actor Christian Bale, nearly unrecognizable as Cheney, is tipped to take home best actor honors, even if the film’s mixed reviews have damaged its overall chances.

In the best musical/comedy actress race, Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” is up against Emily Blunt, who fills the shoes of Julie Andrews as the magical British nanny.

– New faces in TV race –

The Globes also honor the best in television — but those awards can feel a bit redundant coming so soon after the Emmys in September, with many of the same nominees as the Television Academy field.

Adding spice to the mix on Sunday are programs that aired too late for Emmys contention, such as dark HBO mini-series “Sharp Objects” and Amazon drama “Homecoming” starring Julia Roberts.

Oh could take home an award herself — she scored a best actress nomination for acclaimed TV drama “Killing Eve.”

Source: Seychelles News Agency

My New Year’s challenge: A photo a day, documenting my life in Seychelles

Each year it seems many of us start brainstorming on our resolutions � eat healthier, lose that extra weight or move up the career ladder. My resolution for 2018 was to improve my photography skills.

To do so, I started a photo blog which required me to take one photo a day for the whole year. Twelve months down the line, I can say I learned a lot about photography but also about seeing through a commitment even during the hardest emotional times of 2018.

My aim was to better know my camera, learn new techniques, styles and genre, and force myself out of the comfort zone I was in when it came to photography. Fast forward 365 days later, I have come to realize that I have not only attained my goals, but also found a coping mechanism for tough times.

I went into the whole project a little blind, no plan whatsoever, except for a calendar full of themes that I obtained from PhotoBlog. The calendar was prefilled with tons of photo ideas or themes for the entire 365 days of the year. This saved me the hassle of coming up with one but on days I couldn’t follow the theme written on the calendar, I chose my own.

Salifa’s aim was to better know her camera, learn new techniques, styles and genre, and force herself out of the comfort zone she was in when it came to photography (Salifa Magnan/facebook) Photo License: CC-BY

Many might think that it is just a matter of snapping a photo and posting it online but there is more to it. The whole project was a challenge in itself. I walked around with my camera most of the time, but when that wasn’t an option, my phone came to the rescue. Further, the time had to be found to take the photo during the day, edit it and post it on Facebook and Instagram. For quite a while I managed to do that but when life got busy, I stayed true only to capturing the one photo a day.

It had me tap into my creativity. In January, frosty was a theme, but where do you find frost in Seychelles � 115 islands in western Indian Ocean? The freezer held the answer � I froze a rose and took a photo of that. Another photo I enjoyed making was that of a feather with a drop of water on it, through which I emitted the light coming from my phone. The method was fairly simple, but looking at the photo itself, you can’t tell that it was taken on the wall of the veranda.

The young photographer said that the challenge had her tap into my creativity (Salifa Magnan/facebook) Photo License: CC-BY

All in all, the project was my way of dealing with depression, for 2018 was a rough year. PhotoBlog365, as I called it, helped me get through. There was this one theme, emotion, which captured the chaotic state I was in. It is an abstract self-portrait, capturing my ‘screams for help and frustrations’.

You might ask me, which, out of the 365 photos, is my favorite. Frankly, I have more than one even if some of these photos hold no meaning whatsoever. The ones that do, have a load of memories tied to them. PhotoBlog365 is a diary of the places I have been, the company I have kept and moments I will cherish forever. Many of these photos I’ll hold close to heart not because of what they showcase but the emotional attachments I have with them.

365 days later, Salifa said she has come to realize that she has not only attained her goals, but also found a coping mechanism for tough times.(Salifa Magnan/facebook) Photo License: CC-BY

There were many times when I wanted to give up as this was, and I won’t lie, a big commitment. But somehow, I made it, through sweat, tears, laughter and cheers. I also had the encouragement of some close friends and a few followers to push me through.

What happens now? I will take a break from the project as it requires time but photography will remain a focus for 2019. What will happen to the 365 photos? Well right now they are in an album on Facebook and on Instagram, but in the future, should my finances permit, I’d like to maybe publish some of them if not all.

Source: Seychelles News Agency