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Ndubuisi Kanu: Buhari’s Minister, Uche Ogah mourns ex-Lagos Military Administrator



Uchechukwu Ogah, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, has expressed sadness over the death of former military governor of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, describing it as painful.

While noting that the former military governor was a man of great strength and character, Ogah said the late Rear Admiral Kanu’s pro-democratic disposition will forever be a reference point.

This was contained in a condolence message endorsed by the Minister and made available on Thursday morning.

The former APC gubernatorial candidate in Abia said, “I mourn and my heart filled with pain. We have again lost one of our finest species of human who came, saw and conquered.

“For me, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu was not just a patriot but a custodian of human development who worked tirelessly to leave legacies which stood the test of time.

“As a former Imo governor, his role in the expansion of Imo local governments, establishment of a broadcasting corporation which still functions till date and construction of roads across the city will for a long time remain in our memory.

“His career in the military became a perfect example of service with heart and might which ended in praise.

“His footprints in all states where he has served are eloquent testimonies to the breed of human he was.”

Ogah urged his friends and associates to take solace in the fact that he lived in the right relationship with God and served his nation with utmost integrity.

He prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Muhabarishaji reports that the retired Rear Admiral, Ndubuisi Kanu, 78, passed away on Wednesday in a hospital after a brief illness.

Ndubuisi Kanu: Buhari’s Minister, Uche Ogah mourns ex-Lagos Military Administrator


Tehran International Short Film Festival winners introduced



Tehran International Short Film Festival winners introduced

Addressing the gathering, the festival director Sadeq Mousavi thanked the event’s organizers, as well as the Iranian artists and filmmakers who sent about 1700 short films to the secretariat of the event

Iran is top 10 short films producers

Addressing the same gathering, Head of the Cultural and Social Commission of the Islamic Council of Tehran, Mohammad Javad Haghshenas, said: “We have been dealing with the Covid-19 disease for more than a year and many jobs and professions have been damaged, including the people of culture and art.”
Haghshenas said that Iran is one of the top 10 producers of short films in the world.

He added that the Iranian Youth Cinema Association is one of the oldest cinema schools in the world and organizes national and international festivals. 
In the meantime, Deputy Minister of Health Iraj HaririchiI thanked the festival’s organizers for commemorating martyrs of health, adding that dedicating a section for health is appreciated. 

Covid-19 Prize Category 

The award for best film in the “Covid 19” category went to “Shahab Abroshan” for “Ansins”.

Also in the continuation of this ceremony, the prizes of the short film study conference were awarded. The third prize went to “Mohsen Rahnama”, the second prize went to “Parisa Hosseinzadeh” and the first prize went to “Ahmad Khoshnit”.

ISFA Medal

The ISFA Medal was awarded by Elham Hosseinzadeh, President of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA). 

While appreciating the film “Dakal” directed by “Babak Mostafavi”, the “ISFA” medal for “Innovation in theme and creativity in the presentation of the film” Fear Shifts “directed by” Iman Salehi “.” ISFA “commendation plaque was also awarded to “Mahsa Samani”, the director of “Habub” animation, and was presented by “Maryam Kashkolinia”.

Addressing the same gathering, Head of Cinema Organization Hossein Entezami said:” When a phenomenon dominates the world, two paths can be taken; one is to shut everything down, and the other is to experience bio-coronation and move on with it. This festival took the second way and I have to thank my colleagues.”

Commemorating ceremony of Amir Lotfian

The next part of the ceremony was dedicated to the veteran photographer and filmmaker Amir Lotfian.

In this section, “Ahmad Masjed Jamei”, a member of the Islamic Council of Tehran, said, “In Mr. Lotfian’s collection of photographs, I saw photography which conveyed a lot of joy during the hard and difficult years of the 60’s. I thank the doctors for their support of this festival, but of course, the cinema has lost great people during this period, whose memory we cherish. I hope we continue to see short filmmakers shine at home and abroad.”

International Competition Awards

Iranian director Behnam Behzadi, Italian Director Lia Beltrami, as well as Planning Manager of Busan Film Festival Kyeongyeon, are slated to judge the films in this section of the festival.

The Best International Documentary Award went to “Kak Iraj” by Jamshid Farjondfarda from Iran. The director of this film presented this award to the medical staff.

The award for best animated short film went to “Candela” co-directed by Marc Riba and Anna Solanas from Spain.

The award for best short fiction film went to “DAYIE or Good Night” directed by Anthony Netty from Ghana.
National Competition Awards

The jury members of the “National Competition Section were: “Mohammad Mehdi Asqarpour”, “Mohammad Reza Delpak”, “Nasser Saffarian”, “Ismail Monsef”, “Bahram Tavakoli”, “Rohollah Hejazi”, “Roqayeh Tavakoli”, “Ashkan Rahgozar” and “Hamid-Reza Lotfian” cast their votes as follows:

In the Best Cinematography category, the festival statuette and the cash prize for the best cinematography were awarded to “Vahid Beyoteh” for the feature film “Gabriel”.

“Leila Mir Nasiri” was awarded the Diploma of Honor for Best Innovation for his role in “Nahid”.

The best editing award went to “Babak Bahrambeigi” for editing the short film “Bloody Children”.

In the best sound section, the festival statue and a cash prize were awarded to “Mohammad Hossein Mehrjoo” and “Mohammad Kashfi” for the sound of the feature film “Khonab”.

The award for the best research in the documentary was given to “Fereshteh Tavakoli” for “Forough Kooche Bonbast”. 

In the best screenplay adaptation category, the festival statue and a cash prize were awarded to “Mohammad Reza Moradi” for “Dual Pa”.

In the category of the best screenplay, the festival statuette and a cash prize were awarded to “Samad Alizadeh” for the feature film “Nahid”.

The best animation director award went to “Mona Abdullah Shahi” for “Red Fire”.

The Best Documentary Director Award went to “Arman Gholipour Dashtaki” for “Bloody Children”

The award for best director of experimental film went to “Kamal Kachouian” for “Adapt”.

The Best Feature Film Award went to “Mahyar Mandegar” for “Winged White Horse”.

The special jury award went to “Iman Salehi” for “Overcoming Fear”.

The award for best film in Iranian cinema went to “Hamid Reza Zubair” for production of “Winged White Horse”.

The grand prize of the festival in the international section was awarded to “Reza Fahimi” for the short film “Sefidpoosh” from Iran.

Presided by Sadeq Mousavi, the event which inaugurated on Jan 15, in physical and online formats in Iran Mall cinema hall was wrapped up on Jan 25.

In this year edition, over 4,986 foreign and 1,700 Iranian short films were submitted to different sections of the festival.

In the meantime, 146 Iranian films are competing in the national sections of the event which include feature, documentary, experimental and animation.


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Haredim rebel against Israel measures aimed at fighting covid



Ultraorthodox Israeli Jews, known as Haredim, continue their revolt against Israeli measures aimed at fighting COVID-19, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Monday.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Israeli government has imposed several precautionary measures to decrease the number of daily cases of coronavirus, but the Haredim are not complying with the new procedures.

Haredi schools and other facilities have not closed and the Haredim continue to hold weddings and funerals, making their areas of residence the epicentre for the pandemic.

Data published by Israeli radio last week showed that 40 per cent of Israelis who contracted COVID-19 were Haredim, the number rises to 60 per cent among the student population.

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Tributes paid to ‘kind’ doctor who may be first GP to die with Covid-19



Tributes have been paid to a long-serving doctor in Dublin, who may be the first general practitioner (GP) to die with Covid-19 if his death is officially attributed to the virus.

The Irish Times reports that Paul McDermott (57) from Rathfarnham treated patients from his surgery on Glendoher Road for more than 20 years.

Mr McDermott tested positive for Covid-19 after his sudden death at home in early January.

Deaths are counted as Covid-19 deaths if confirmed by a positive test, or if the virus played a role in a person’s death in the opinion of a medical practitioner.

Mr McDermott’s family are currently waiting for the result of a postmortem.

His brother, Ray, said Mr McDermott had been treating patients with Covid-19 in the weeks before he died.

‘Warm, witty and compassionate’

Hundreds have paid tribute to Dr McDermott online, including former patients, colleagues and friends.

One former patient said “he was more than a family doctor, he was a friend and confidant, irrespective of how busy it was”.

Another described him as “kind, loyal, warm, witty and compassionate”.

The GP comes from a family tradition of practising medicine, with his mother Sarah MacAuley opening a GP surgery in Rathfarnham in the late 1960s.

“Paul, along with my mother, worked for many years in the community; she for 50 years now, and he for over 20,” his brother Ray McDermott, who is an oncologist, said.


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Ms MacAuley, who is now in her 90s, continued to work alongside her late son until recently, Ray added.

According to official figures, 11 healthcare workers have so far died with Covid-19.

Among the most recent healthcare worker deaths are Mariter Tarugo, a healthcare assistant at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin; and Bernie McAndrew, a nurse in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

More than 6,800 healthcare workers have been infected with Covid-19 since Christmas — one in 10 of all positive cases.

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