Matthew Smith, aged 11, will make history as the world’s youngest conductor when he commands 75-strong orchestra next month


CHILD PRODIGY: Matthew Smith

AN 11-YEAR-OLD schoolboy from the UK is set to make history as the world’s youngest conductor when he leads the 75-strong Nottingham Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at the Royal Concert Hall in the city on April 2.

Matthew Smith, a Grade 5 standard violinist who also plays the guitar, drums, piano and viola, takes the record from 14-year-old Jose Angel Salazar who oversaw 70 musicians in his native Venezuela.

The schoolboy has been practicing with the 75-strong NSO orchestra once a week ahead of the performance of Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus.

Matthew, who lives in Carlton, Nottingham, said he “first listened to Die Fledermaus when I was seven-years-old”.

He told the Mail Online: “I’d seen a video of a young child conducting the nine-minute piece and really wanted to give it a go. I managed to conduct the whole thing a few weeks later.

“I have…

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Nigerian 12-year-old creates locator app that helps lost children find their way home


INVENTION: Tomisin Ogunnubi INVENTION: Tomisin Ogunnubi

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl from Lagos in Nigeria has created a location app that helps lost children find their way home.

Tomisin Ogunnubi developed My Locator, a tracking app on Android, with the guidance of an Information and Communications Technology partnership, between her school, Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls.

Here, she learned the necessary skills and knowledge needed to develop her app.

The app, which is free, enables the child to see exactly where they are, as well as highlighting the neighboring streets around them.

It also allows the child to save a location, such as their house or school, and will direct them to their desired location.

The app also features a button, which when pressed, will alert the Lagos State Emergency Services and show the child’s location so that they can be helped.

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How 26-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur turned $500 into $2 million online


SELF-MADE: Kelechi SELF-MADE: Kelechi Anyadiegwu

WHEN KELECHI Anyadiegwu started her online African clothing store Zuvaa with $500 two years ago, her idea was to share African-inspired designs with consumers around the world.

Zuvaa is estimated to make $2 million in sales in 2016.

After receiving a compliment on her outfit, the tech savvy 24-year-old bought a domain name and started social media accounts.

“I didn’t really know what I was getting into, I just had a vision and I was excited about where that would take me,” New York-based Anyadiegwu told CNN in an interview.

“As a women of Nigerian descent, I grew up with African prints and fabrics. I loved wearing African inspired designs, and whenever I did wear these pieces, people wanted to know how they could also shop African inspired prints.”

Instead of just referring these curious customers on to the designers she knew, Anyadiegwu saw a business opportunity.

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Meet Kirsty Latoya Peters: The British creative using art to start discussions about mental health


TACKLING STIGMAS THROUGH ART: One of Kirsty Latoya’s pieces

MEET KIRSTY Latoya Peters, a British creative using art to start discussions about mental health.

When the 24-year-old’s mother died earlier this year, she was offered therapy, but had been dealing with depression for many years prior.

“I went through a long stage of depression and I didn’t receive as much support for it as I thought I would, so that was a bit difficult as I had to deal with most of it on my own,” she told BuzzFeed News.

She stopped drawing following her mother’s death, but when a friend encouraged her to take up her childhood passion again, she said it became her ‘therapy’ and found it helped her deal with her own mental health.

SPEAKING OUT: Kirsty Latoya

BuzzFeed noted that according to a 2013 NHS report, African-Caribbeans in England, especially young people, are more likely to…

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Meet 19-year-old Kanatu Kay: The Kenyan student using African fabric to create stunning works of art

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MEET KATANU Kay, the 19-year-old Kenyan student shaking up the art world with her stunning paintings.

Katanu’s unique pieces beautifully incorporates Kitenge/Chitenge (African textiles/fabric) and have granted her entry into various art exhibitions in Nairobi, such as The dusitD2 Nairobi Art Gallery and the Nairobi Art Buyers Weekend.

Her father is also a painter who is helping her nurture her gift with the help of social media, which she uses as a tool to market and sell her artwork.

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Meet the London-born whizz-kid, aged 8, who has set up his own robotics company to share his passion with other children


WHIZZ-KID: Callum Daniel

MEET EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Callum Daniel, the London-born whizz-kid who has set up his own robotics company to share his passion with other children.

Callum will run classes through iCodeRobots teaching youngsters how to build and programme robots, something he has been learning to do since he was just four.

“I developed a fascination with robots at four, when I met Titan (a partly-mechanised costume controlled by an actor, during a show at Butlins),” Callum to the East London and West Essex Guardian.

“I wanted to find out how Titan worked and if I could build something so awesome.

“That Christmas my Mum bought me a Meccanoid G1 robot kit, which took me four weeks to build.

His project is already being backed by Loughborough University London in Stratford and the London Design and Engineering University Technical College (LDEUTC) in Docklands.

His mother, Dionne Daniel, 37, added: “Before he…

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Poet King Thomas Moore, aged 10, makes history as youngest recipient of top award. Will use $15,000 cash prize to help children write and perform poetry


HISTORY: 10-year-old poet, King Thomas Moore

SCHOOLBOY POET King Thomas Moore has made history as the youngest recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Award in 2016.

The 10-year-old will also receive a cash award up to $15,000, which will help King launch his dream of a Super Cool Poetry Open Mic Series for children ages twelve and under to help them learn to write and perform poetry.

The son of the internationally-acclaimed poet, jessica Care moore, King was inspired to start his open mic series after he attended many of his mother’s events.

After his first performance at a jazz café, he noticed a significant void in the crowd – there weren’t any kids in the audience and that all open mics he had attended over the years were for adults.

His mother jessica says she’s “very proud’ of her son as he seeks to empower his peers.

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WhatsApp’s upcoming features

WhatsApp appears to be working on a new feature that would allow users to track their contacts in real time.

Live Location Tracking, as it¡¯s currently known, has been spotted in the beta version of the messaging app, both on Android (version 2.16.399) and iOS (version

With the feature, users will be able to make their current location visible to members of a group chat, allowing them to find each other more easily during meet-ups.

Users will have the option to enable Live Location Tracking for a limited period of time, with one-, two- and five-minute options available.

However, the feature is expected to be disabled by default when it arrives, presumably to assuage any anticipated privacy fears. WhatsApp users will need to manually opt in through the app¡¯s Settings menu.

The messaging app already allows users to share a specific location with friends, but real-time tracking would represent an enormous step up. When exactly the features will graduate from the beta build is unclear for now.

WhatsApp is also rumoured to be working on a tool that would allow users to edit and even recall sent messages, in order to avoid potential embarrassment.

However, it would only work on messages that hadn¡¯t yet been read.


Latest HP Gaming Product review

With HP’s invention of the New Star Wars laptop, everyone is being hyper about it to get one and have a feel of it. below are actually the details of the laptop, review and images

HP STAR WARS Notebook – 15-an003nia – Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz), 12 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA, Intel HD Graphics 520 + NVIDIA GeForce 940M (2GB, GDDR3), SuperMulti DVD burner, Full-size island-style backlit with numeric keypad, 802.11b/g/n (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo,  4-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion, HP TrueVision HD Webcam,  B&O PLAY; Dual speakers, Windows 10, 1 Year warranty


REVIEW from an expert tech user

The Good The Star Wars designs covering this laptop look great, and the system is packed with digital content extras. It doesn’t cost more than a standard 15-inch HP laptop.

The Bad Battery life is on the short side, and the optional Nvidia graphics card isn’t what Star-Wars-loving gamers would want for new games.

The Bottom Line HP has created a fun piece of fan service with the Star Wars Special Edition Notebook, marrying Star Wars content to a reasonably priced mainstream 15-inch laptop.

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