BARBARA STREISAND GETS HONORARY DOCTORATE IN ISRAEL

Barbara Streisand would be given her second honorary doctorate come next month by the Hebrew University of Israel when she comes to sing for the President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday, she would also give two public performances.
Her first doctorate was given to her by the University in Massachusset, according to the university president in Israel, the award is as a recognition of her transcendent Voice and for her equality belief and being oF Jewish heritage.

RIHANNA SUES TOPSHOP FOR $5 MILLION FOR SELLING ‘UNAUTHORISED’ SHIRTS BEARING HER IMAGE

Pop star,Rihanna has sued British retail shop Topshop for selling ‘unauthorised’ t-shirts that carry her image.
The retail shop has been selling so many of such shirts without permission to do so from the star, and as a result she Is suing them to the tune of $5million, she hired international law firm Reed Smith to represent her in London .
Rihanna’s management has, according to reports, told Topshop to stop selling her facE but the warnings were completely ignored. According to a source;their attitude was nonchalant as the basically told her ‘Go to hell. We don’t care; we are going to continue selling you.’
Meanwhile,the UK laws does not support the artiste in cases like this.

KANYE WEST’s ALLEGED GAY LOVER RICARDO TISCI SAYS HIS BEST SEXUAL EXPERIENCE WAS WITH A FAMOUS MAN

Ricardo Tisci is reportedly Kanye West’s gay lover in Paris, the Givenchy designer in an interview with Vogue Homme disclosed that his “best” sexual experience, “I have several but the one I think immediately is an experience I had with a man who is known. I never imagined that something could happen between us and it’s still the hottest weekend of my life. Nobody really knows if this guy is straight or gay, it is a mystery. However, I was attracted to him, his way of speaking, thinking, walking, dressing. I love what he does an an artist. This weekend both, the intimate moment has really reinforced my attraction to him.”
He might be talking about FranK Ocean or Kanye West(who is known for his dapper dressing and has been spending lots of time in Paris)

PIC: BEYONCE’s BABY BLUE IVY ON HER CHAIR

Beyonce, who is also expecting her second baby, posted this adorable picture of her baby number one,Blue Ivy.
The picture was posted on her website and it showed Blue Ivy Carter who was sitting on her personalized chair that was custom-made for her to sit on during stops on her mother’s Mrs Carter World Tour.
Beyonce has reportedly told fans that the pregnancy would not affect her world tour at all.

D’BANJ SIGNS DURELLA TO DB RECORDS

D’banj‘s quest for dominance in the Nigerian music scene won’t stop now; he might have lost out on signing Olamide and Davido – but he has nicked another artiste, this time a familiar friend-foe.
The self-proclaimed ‘African Michael Jacskon‘, we’ve learnt has signed his friend-turned-foe-turned-friend Oluwadamilare Okulaja better known to the public as Durella.
The move might however not come as a surprise to everyone, considering that Banger Lee (that’s D’banj’s new nickname by the way) and the ‘King of the Zanga’ Durella recently settled their differences. Some weeks back, D’banj and his DB Records crew released a single ‘Ibadi e‘ off their compilation album (D’ King’s Men) which featured a verse from Durella.
Fans were very excited to see the pair had reunited after a very long and well publicized fall out between the pop acts.
FLASHBACK
The beef between Durella and D’banj started in late 2006 when the latter accused Banger Lee of jacking his style of singing. Apparently when D’banj and Don Jazzy returned to Nigeria in 2004, they met up with Durella and soon became friends. Sources tell us that D’banj and Durella were quite close and were spotted together in the studio several times.
‘I remember when Durella followed D’banj, Don Jazzy to Jahborne’s music factory studio when D’banj wanted to record ‘Tongolo’ remix’, a source recounts.
Of course D’banj had blown up and had released his second album ‘Rundown’ in 2007 when Durella signed with TC Records and finally launched his career. It didn’t take long for Durella to blow up too with hits like ‘In da Zanga’, ‘Wiskolowiska’ and ‘Shayo’ gaining massive appeal. He also won the MTV and Zain ‘Advance Warning’ reality show in 2008.
Then came the interviews; Durella clearly stated that D’banj had stolen his style. The media of course jumped on it, comparing both artistes. Truthfully, they did sound very similar. And it seemed like D’banj was aware as he switched up the flow on the 2008 Nigerian Pop classic album ‘The Entertainer’. Their fight sort of fizzled out though as Durella later backed off. ‘D’banj is my man, aaah, I like his mo gbono feli feli jam’, Durella told Onome ‘BigTyme’ Oyaide in an interview on urban radio station Rhythm FM 93.7 in late 2008.
BACK TO THE MATTER
We are told that D’banj and DB Records bought out Durella’s contract from his present record labelIKONIC Music where the Pop act’s career has been in limbo since he signed in mid-2011 after ending his three-year contract with TC Records. His upcoming album ‘Back/Better/Bada’ has been pushed back one too many times
‘Durella has signed with D’banj, he (D’banj) bought out the contract, that’s what I can tell you’, a source in Durella’s camp tells us.
A rep for D’banj refused to respond to enquiries after asking us to send text messages to her mobile phone.
Source:TheNETng

BBC MEDIA ACTION VACANCIES: DEADLINE 21ST MAY, 2013

Job Type: contract 2Years 
Industry: Media/Arts
Desired Courses:Mass Communication, Theatre Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Management Science
Application Deadline: Monday 21st May, 2013
Job Details
THE BBC MEDIA ACTION (BBC MA) is the charitable arm of the World Service established by the BBC. BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. To achieve this, the Media Action partners with civil society, local media and governments to:
Produce creative programs based on robust research in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences around key development issues.
Strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.
Talk Your Own is a new weekly magazine program produced by BBC Media Action. Each program covers governance issues in an exciting and contemporary style with the voices of those directly involved in national governance events, to provide listeners with a concise round-up of all the main governance issues and to provide a forum for listeners to hold those responsible to account.
The positions are Abuja based but may involve travelling to the focal states in Nigeria. The contract duration is expected to be two years and with a start date of June 2013 and a probation period of 3 months.
1) Job Title: Senior Producer (Talk Your Own)
Location: Abuja
(Salary range from N400,000.00 gross per month)
Duties:
Lead and Produce Talk Your Own Programme.
Monitor progress of output under his/ her supervision
Co-ordinate and supervise the activities of Assistant Producers under his/her supervision;
Work and deliver programmes within budget;
Ensure that sufficient research on themes and messages are carried out.Etc.
Essential Skills:
Extensive production background at a senior level, preferably in the area of interactive discussion and behavior change communication and governance related issues.
Strong understanding of the role of communication in development
Good grasp, understanding of and commitment to issues of governance related programming
Strong editorial judgment.
Ability to write, adapt and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
Qualification:
Educated at first degree in Mass Communication, theatre Arts, Humanities, Social or Management Sciences or in any related field,
Additional qualification in programme production will be an advantage.
Method of Application
Interested candidates should please submit in their application/cover letter with an introduction and capability statement stating capability for the job, a detailed curriculum vitae (word document please) with names and addresses of at least 2 professional referees (including their telephone, fax and email addresses) with the position applied for clearly stated on the application letter; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
2) Job Title: Presenter (Talk Your Own)
Location: Abuja
(Salary Range from N250,000.00 gross per month)
The PRESENTER plays a key role as the inform active voice of the programme, helping provide its on-air identity:
Duties and Responsibilities
To present Talk Your Own in an inform active, exciting and engaging manner
To prepare for and interview specialists, reporters and variety of real voices around the country on a wide variety of governance related topics.
To contribute across the range of editorial/production activities within a team program, ensuring high journalistic standards and compliance with BBC editorial guidelines at all times.
To develop a broad understanding of major developing governance news stories, and social, economic and political affairs at national and international level.
Perform any other duties that may be assigned.
Essential:
An informative  and engaging broadcasting voice and developed interviewing skills.
Evidence of a strong interest in governance, current affairs and international news,
Evidence of a high standard of editorial judgment.
The ability to write scripts and cues to an acceptable standard of Journalism.
The ability to cope with fast -changing situations within a pressurized environment
Desirable:
A willingness to engage in team working and a high level of interpersonal skills,
The ability to originate and develop programme ideas.
A sharp awareness of the needs and interests of a national audience.
3) Job Title: Assistant Producer (Talk Your Own)
Location: Abuja
(Salary range from N160,000.00 gross per month)
The Assistant Producer will work to the Senior Producer taking responsibility for researching and delivering distinctive content on radio and online. The AP will have strong links and contacts in government and stakeholders in governance related projects.
Duties and Responsibilities:
To work with the Senior Producer in developing ideas and delivering editorially strong scripts/structured items.
To research and fact check stories and programme ideas.
To generate creative and original story ideas. This includes recognizing potential stories, helping others to build and realize their ideas
To find suitable contributors.
Essential:
A good interviewing skill.
Evidence of a strong interest in governance, current affairs and international news.
Evidence of a high standard of editorial judgment.
The ability to write scripts and cues to an acceptable standard of Journalism.
Production skills based on substantial broadcasting and/or reporting experience.
Desirable:
The ability to cope with fast -changing situations within a pressurized environment,
A willingness to engage in team working and a high level of interpersonal skills.
Ability to originate and develop programme ideas.
A sharp awareness of the needs and interests of a national audience.
Strong links and contacts in government and stakeholders in governance related projects will be an added advantage.
4) Job Title: Freelance Presenter (Hausa Magazine Programme)
Location: Abuja
Duties and Responsibilities:
To present Ya Takene Arewa [Hausa magazine programme) in a sensitive, informative, warm, exciting and engaging manner.
To prepare for and interview specialists, reporters and variety of real voices on a wide variety of maternal and child health, Malaria and reproductive health related topics.
To contribute across the range of editorial/production activities within a team program, ensuring high journalistic standards and compliance with BBC editorial guidelines at all times.
Work with assigned producer (s) to deliver quality programmes,
To develop a broad understanding of major developing maternal health stories at national and international level Perform any other duties that may be assigned.
Essential:
An inform active and engaging broadcasting voice and developed interviewing skills.
Good command of written, spoken and broadcast Hausa and English languages
Evidence of a strong interest in maternal and child health, Malaria and reproductive health related topics and international news
Evidence of a high standard of editorial judgment
The ability to write scripts and cues to an acceptable standard of Journalism.
The ability to cope with fast – changing situations within a pressurized environment.
Production skills based on substantial broadcasting and/or reporting experience.
Desirable:
A Willingness to engage in team working and a high level of interpersonal skills.
The ability to originate and develop programme ideas.
A sharp awareness of the needs and interests of a national audience
Strong links and contacts in government and stakeholders in health (especially material and child  health, Malaria and reproductive health) related projects will be an added advantage.
Method of Application
Interested candidates should please submit in their application/cover letter with an introduction and capability statement stating capability for the job, a detailed curriculum vitae (word document please) with names and addresses of at least 2 professional referees (including their telephone, fax and email addresses) with the position applied for clearly stated on the application letter to hrnigeria@bbcmediaaction.org . Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted