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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Russian Orthodox Church defiant over Pussy Riot trial

The trial of the female punk rock band Pussy Riot has sharply divided liberals and conservatives in Russian society.

Three members of Pussy Riot are awaiting a verdict on their highly controversial performance of a protest song against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral - Christ the Saviour - in March.

Many liberals who sided with the group feel the Orthodox Church's leader, Patriarch Kirill, has overplayed its hand recently.

They point to his support for President Putin and refusal to publicly pardon the protesters.
But more traditional believers say the Patriarch needs to be given a chance to revive the Church's flagging attendance rates in a mainly Orthodox society.

Sergei Rybko understands the difficulty the Patriarch is facing.
In the Soviet Union he was a hippy, later becoming a priest who struggled against the communists' persecution of the Orthodox Church.

Father Sergei Rybko Father Rybko sees Pussy Riot as part of an anti-Church campaign

He is to this day a lover of rock music. He strives to convince other clergymen of the value in 1970s rock bands like Slade and Deep Purple.

He also attends rock concerts, telling crowds that freedom without God is impossible.
I assumed, since he has liberal views, he would defend the likes of Pussy Riot.
I was wrong.

"They should be given forced labour," he quipped. "That would be a suitable punishment.
"Anyway, they are not real punk musicians. They were paid to perform."

As we go inside the small monastery attached to Father Sergei's church in northern Moscow it becomes clear why he has such strong feelings.

"The Church needs time to equip itself with better PR skills. The previous Patriarch [Alexei II] had to revive the Orthodox Church from scratch. Now the Church is being attacked and that is not fair."
Conspiracy theories
Younger Orthodox Russians I spoke to, many of whom support Pussy Riot, disagree. They feel that their Patriarch is not maintaining the neutrality expected of him and is in fact legitimising the activity of the state.

Patriarch Kirill, 3 July 09 - screen grab Russian bloggers spotted the tell-tale reflection of the Patriarch's gold watch

"The Church connects people to God but now these two bodies - the Church and the government - are linked and it should not be like this," says Nikolai Polozov, a committed Orthodox Christian and the lawyer acting for Pussy Riot.

And yet the Church feels someone is out there to get them. As it struggles to boost its low attendances (fewer than 10% of Russians attend church regularly), it talks of a "smear campaign" being waged against the Patriarch.

It appeared to be referring to stories printed online in recent months alleging that its leader enjoyed luxuries that contravened the vow of poverty he took when he became a monk.

One concerned a lawsuit involving a large flat belonging to him in Moscow. It ended with damages of around $500,000 (£315,000) being awarded to a woman acting on behalf of the Patriarch.

But then there was the story about a $30,000 Swiss watch that the Patriarch was photographed wearing during a religious service in Ukraine in 2009.

In one photograph journalists noted that the watch had been airbrushed out, although its reflection could still be seen on the highly polished table where he was seated.

These episodes, while embarrassing for the Patriarch, may have been intentional, says Andrei Zolotov, a member of the Church and a journalist specialising in religion. He is the editor of Russia Profile magazine.

"I certainly don't rule out that people in the Kremlin may have decided that the Patriarch has too much weight and may want to put him in his place," he says.
Influencing politicians
I decided to put some of these points to senior bishops in the Church.
Metropolitan Hillarion heads the external relations department at the Moscow Patriarchate.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot, in detention The authorities' treatment of Pussy Riot has drawn international protests

He would not answer on the impact the trial is having, but did talk about the relationship between Church and state.

He said that far from being a tool of the Kremlin, the Church is actually there to hold the government to account.

"There have been quite a number of cases when the Church expressed its dissatisfaction with government policies and we try to change these policies," he said.

"For example, if we know something is happening in the army and we are unhappy with that we engage in dialogue with the defence ministry and try to influence them. I see this way of collaboration as very fruitful."
Andrei Zolotov believes the recent scandals have only deepened the mistrust in society and that they will have a lasting effect.

"For the past 20 years after the Soviet-era persecution the Church had a right to rebuild. Now things unfortunately get back to normal. And normal means a confrontation between some of the radical elements in society - the leftists, the radicals - and the traditionalists."

You don't have to travel far in Moscow to meet people from each of these different categories, all with opposing views.

But most agree on one thing: that the Pussy Riot protest will have a lasting impact on the way the Church is seen in Mr Putin's Russia.

By Tom Esslemont 

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Liverpool Wins At Last

Premier League leaders Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal 2-1 with goals from Spaniards Fernando Torres and Juan Mata on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season while handing Arsenal their first defeat.

 Liverpool recorded their first league win at the sixth attempt with an emphatic 5-2 victory at Norwich City with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick after also scoring three at Carrow Road in April. Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool's other goals.

 Everton maintained their good start to the campaign, coming from behind to beat Southampton 3-1 with all their three goals coming in 13 first-half minutes.

 They moved into second place behind Chelsea at least until Manchester United, who started the day in second place, play Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the 1630 GMT kickoff.

 Champions Manchester City, without a win in any competition for four games, came from behind to win 2-1 at Fulham with a late goal from Edin Dzeko grabbing the three points.

 In the other games, Stoke City sent Swansea City to a third successive defeat with Peter Crouch scoring both in their 2-0 win, Sunderland beat 10-man Wigan Athletic 1-0 for their first win after four successive draws and Reading and Newcastle United drew 2-2

Man.City seek end to winless run at Fulham

Manchester City visit Fulham on Saturday desperate to end a run of four games without a win and rediscover the defensive qualities that helped them win the Premier League title last season.

 Roberto Mancini's team have conceded 16 goals in their opening eight league and cup games this term and visit in-form Fulham at Craven Cottage in the midst of a run that has seen them secure league draws against Stoke and Arsenal while recording defeats in cup competitions against Real Madrid and Aston Villa.
In the league, the champions are undefeated but a lack of clean sheets has seen them win just two of their five Premier League games to date.

 By contrast, when City completed their fifth league game 12 months ago -coincidentally a 2-2 draw at Fulham – they had won four and drawn one.

 "If you want to win the Premier League, you have to be able to keep clean sheets," said City defender Kolo Toure. "We haven't been able to do that as a team and we need to work on that with the manager, definitely."

 The opening to City's campaign has also featured numerous changes to personnel, tactics and formations by Mancini as he has attempted to find a winning formula, although Toure insisted the lack of continuity has had no ill effect on the side.

 "We leave the manager to make his decision," said Toure. "He is the boss and he does what he thinks is best for the team. We are professional players and we just need to adapt to what he is doing."

 Maicon, used in the league just once since joining City on transfer deadline day, may be called up at Craven Cottage after struggling for fitness and form since his £3 million transfer from Inter Milan.
And the Brazilian offered a fascinating insight into Mancini, for whom he played in Italy.

 "All winning coaches are the same. If Alex (Ferguson) has the hairdryer, Roberto has the same," he said.
"All winning managers are the same and they show this passion to the players because really want to win. Roberto is no different.

 "The manager doesn't like conceding goals and he's very passionate about that and he's already working on that. We will do even more work and our focus is on improving that and improving the team's results as soon as possible."

 Italian boss Mancini must also decide whether to hand a third league start of the season to controversial forward Mario Balotelli, with whom he was seen to exchange words at the end of last week's home draw with Arsenal amid reports the player was unhappy with his limited use as a substitute.

 Fulham lie sixth, a place ahead of City on goal difference after an impressive start with Dimitar Berbatov, signed on transfer deadline day from Manchester United, the stand-out performer in the back-to-back victories over West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic coming into this game.

 Berbatov has struck up a promising understanding with Hugo Rodallega who scored his first goal for the Cottagers at Wigan and the pair will expect to test Mancini's side.

 "Berbatov is a fantastic striker, he's been one of the best for many years now," Rodallega said. "It's a pleasure to play alongside him, and I think we work well together. He doesn’t just score goals, but he creates them too.

 "That said, the club has a number of talented attacking players with Mladen Petric and Bryan Ruiz also fighting for a place.
"The competition for a starting spot is really high, but it's a challenge I enjoy facing."

Chelsea's good form continues at Arsenal (2 - 1)

Premier League leaders Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal 2-1 with goals from Spaniards Fernando Torres and JMata on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season while handing Arsenal their first defeat.

 Both Chelsea goals came as a result of Mata free kicks and poor Arsenal defending with Torres out-muscling Laurent Koscielny to volley the European champions ahead at the Emirates Stadium after 20 minutes for his third league goal of the season.

 Gervinho equalised for Arsenal three minutes before the break when he turned crisply and fired into the roof of the net for his fourth goal of the campaign.

 Chelsea, who started with skipper John Terry as he mulls an appeal over a four-game ban for racist abuse, regained the lead after 53 minutes when Mata's free kick eluded everyone before clipping Koscielny and flying in past keeper Vito Mannone.

 The victory lifted Chelsea four points clear at the top, at least until the rest of the programme later on Saturday.

 Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo told Sky Sports: "I thought we were excellent today and deservedly won the game. From the start to the end we never defended too deep, we tried to take the initiative and go forward and create chances and the game went for us today."
 
OTHER CHANCES
Disappointed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "We were a bit nervous at the start ... But we should never have lost this game.

 "It is sad because we gave the game away at home, we conceded two soft goals on set pieces. They had three shots on target and scored two goals and you cannot concede goals at home like we did today. We gave a lot and the least we deserved was a draw."

 Arsenal, who started the day in fifth place after two wins and three draws in their opening league games, came close to saving a point three times but were denied by a great Petr Cech save, the woodwork and a late rash shot from substitute Olivier Giroud.

 Cech made an excellent one-handed diving save to deny Lukas Podolski a headed goal after 59 minutes and Giroud, who replaced Podolski after 66 minutes, shot into the side-netting late in the game after going round Cech - to the despair of Wenger on the sidelines.

 Koscielny, who had a miserable afternoon, almost made amends but saw a late header come back off the post.

 Terry, who on Thursday was found guilty of using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last year, was roundly booed by the home fans every time he touched the ball at first, as was former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole.

 But as he has done so often in the past, former England skipper Terry appeared unaffected by his off-field troubles and was wildly applauded by the visiting fans and gave two young supporters his boots at the end of the match.

FIFA 13 vs PES 2013: The Debate Continues

To avoid any arguments or confrontation, there are three subjects to avoid in conversation: religion, politics, and the big FIFA vs. PES debate that rages each year and divides gaming football fans whilst raising tensions in a heartbeat.

Before this debate gets underway, I feel compelled briefly explain my history with the biggest football games in Europe before a barrage of abuse is aimed in my general direction.

Way back in 2005 before This Is My Joystick existed in this world, fans of arcade-style football games played FIFA whilst real football fans scoffed and played what many considered to be the best football game ever made, which was Pro Evolution Soccer 5. Rather than beating someone 6-0, gamers had to play tactically like the beautiful game and grind out a 1-0 win.

It was around this time that I became acquainted with our editor Andy Corrigan on a website called Pro Evo network, where a full league quickly became Nirvana for footy fans and my management of the French side Rennes will stay with me forever (which is not something I should probably admit in the public domain).

PES 6 came along the following year and although the game had a few issues, it was probably my most played football title ever. Yet after this glory period, a wind of change swirled through the traditional football games as PES quite frankly went to shit and was riddled with lag and strange glitches. Meanwhile, back in EA headquarters, FIFA was changing things and ironically becoming a thinking man’s football game, whilst PES started to have an arcade-like feel in a bizarre switch-around. The rest, as they say, is history.

Enough of the past. This is 2012 and we have two brand new games to play, but the age-old argument of ‘which is better: PES or FIFA’ rages on as it always has.

Although I am guilty of switching to FIFA in recent years, I still play with PES controls and zoom the camera out when putting my game head on, so maybe this is where my heart lies.

PES comes to life on the pitch.
With great excitement and a hint of nostalgia I opened my review copy of PES on the 13th September after being genuinely impressed by the demo, but my excitement quickly turned to disappointment to see that the Man Utd squad contained Berbatov but Van Persie was nowhere to be seen. I’m sure this will be corrected in an update, but this is mid September; it can’t be that difficult to have something like this ready.

Enough of my complaining. I’m a sucker for a David vs. Goliath story, so let’s resist being shallow by mocking the fact that FIFA have so much money that they can own the vast majority of licenses, forcing PES to include made-up names of players and team names such as West London Whites. Gaming is not all about names and labels, so let’s take a look at what the game itself has to offer.

PES fans will be familiar with the Become a Legend, Master League and licensed Champions League modes, but the true strength of PES has always been the gameplay which takes time to master but brings great rewards to those that invest a little time.
If you think football games just consist of a sprint, pass, through-ball, cross, tackle and shoot button then this is probably not the game for you. To get the most out of this game you need to master a control system known as ‘PES Full Control’. A quick look at the manual illustrates that this is no arcade game.

PES players have unbelievable tekkers.
Once again this feels like the PES that we all fell in love with so many years ago, despite us drifting away and becoming spoilt by EA with their shiny bells and whistles. The gameplay and controls that PES offers feels like being reunited with an old friend that you could talk with for hours.
Many aspects of the game may look a little too old school on the surface to gain any new adopters, but I can still promise great rewards for those that are willing to give this underdog a chance. This is the best offering from Konami in many years.
Defending champions...

FIFA is quite the opposite of PES and is all about more bang for your buck in an unashamed Jerry Bruckheimer movie kind of way; some might say that it is shallow with no heart and soul, but it will entertain the hell out of you whether you like it or not.

EA continue their strong partnership with Sky Sports and footy fans will giggle with delight when a player pulls up limping only to hear the commentator say “Now we go down to our sideline reporter, Geoff Shreeves”.
There is no escape from this attempt at authenticity. If you head over to Career mode, you get Sky’s Alan McInally announcing other goals from games around you with boundless amounts of enthusiasm and lines such as “Michael Owen with a long-range screamer”, not to mention talking you through penalties as they happen. This genuinely gives you the feeling you are actually being featured on Sky Sports.
There are negatives to FIFA though. Ultimate Team is probably in need of an overhaul and appears to be little more than a Vegas Casino. The only purpose is to empty your wallet as quickly as possible before you get bored of the game and look back thinking: “did I really spend £50 on virtual items?”
Software designed to separate you from your cash?

With so many game modes at your disposal (over 50 tournaments for starters), the menu system can be darn right confusing sometimes and has been neglected by EA; it desperately needs some attention.
Separating the online pro and offline pro can only be a good move which will hopefully stop offline boosters and mods ruining the online aspect of the game. The shoehorned Kinect aspect is fun, but only resulted in my wife laughing at me sat in my pants with a controller frantically shouting “Substitution” several times, only for nothing to happen.

FIFA has evolved into much more than just a football game. When starting up your console it can be quite difficult choosing exactly what to play. For example, do you continue with your offline or online career?  Simply play a season’s match? Or settle down and tweak your Ultimate Team? These are just a few of the many options available to you which will guarantee you won’t be getting bored anytime soon.

Match winner for FIFA by Balotelli?

In truth, no matter what I or anyone else will tell you, your mind as to which football title you will purchase this year and which camp you belong to is a decision that has probably been made before the demos even came out. Make no mistake, though; this one particular argument will be the subject of many a heated debate in the pub and terraces over the next few weeks.

If you are a real football fan, it would be unforgivable to not give PES 2013 a try this autumn for just how far the game has improved. Sure there is the cheesy Euro pop soundtrack, dated-looking menus, lack of licensed teams, strips and players, but this has never been Konami’s strong point. You could argue that these things are just gift wrapping anyway, and their true success lies in concentrating on the most important aspect of any sports title: the gameplay itself. This season, PES fans will not be disappointed.

As for FIFA, with maybe a hint of arrogance, EA must realise they are on top of their game. Although they have tweaked rather than revolutionised their franchise, football fans have something that can only be described as “everything under one roof”. There are so many authentic football experiences to play through, even the hardcore fan will be kept very busy until the end of the season. In that respect, it represents better value for money.

Konami have improved PES immensely this year and edge a step closer to regaining their former glory. Yet rather than sit back on their throne, EA have raised the bar yet again with FIFA 13, which is proof that competition is good for consumers and presents gamers with a pleasant dilemma of what good football game to buy.

So although this year’s PES vs. FIFA fixture is a very tight match, I think FIFA just snatches a 1-0 win deep into injury time. Just don’t ever underestimate the underdog, because as Jimmy Greaves once said, football is a funny old game.

Oooops: Help! I think my husband is gay

Alright, so lately I’ve been really doubting my husband’s sexuality. I know they say everything changes when you get married, but for us it literally did. He completely changed.

Before we were married the sex was great, he was great, everything was good. But as soon as the ring went on his finger, he changed. He never wanted sex. And about two weeks after our wedding it was my birthday, and instead of showing any interest in me he was too busy texting his ex…. hmm.

Anyway, after some time, the rejection of sex got suspicious. For instance, one time I tried wearing lingerie to turn him on (something he picked out by the way) and he actually laughed at me, turned around to turn the light off, and went to sleep! Really? I found out after some time that he had a porn addiction. He’d rather jack off to porn than have the real thing. This really hurt my self esteem. But now-a-days he doesn’t watch porn as much or at all. He says he has changed..or maybe he’s better at hiding it.. But I haven’t caught him.

He says I’m beautiful and loves me. So why doesn’t he want to have sex with me??? I always see him looking at other girls but he always denies it. One time I even caught him making a fake myspace profile to talk to his ex gf. We moved 500 miles away from his ex though, so I know it can’t be her. So that leaves me with two assumptions: he’s cheating with a girl where we live now, or he’s gay.

Looking back though I’ve noticed some things that he’s done or said that could mean he’s gay. Like the fact that he went from a more casual, tee and jeans fashion, to wearing Express clothes which are tight fitting and more metrosexual. I’ve also caught him doing the “hand flip” gesture when he talks. The no sex? that adds on to it also. I can’t even count how many times I’ve tried to come onto him and he denies me.

I’m not desperate, but I love sex… And one time I went to a party and the host said if you penetrate your man’s ass while he’s cumming the orgasm will be more intense. So every now and then I’d ask him if I could try it for his benefit, but he always denied it (sometimes I’d be joking about it too). But this time when he returned from his most recent deployment (he’s in the military by the way) he asked me to do it, willingly…. ???? It’s just strange that he could go from one extreme to the other. He also had the urge to dress more metro after this last deployment too (Express clothing) but this was like four months ago.

Last night I had a dream that he was gay. In my dream he came back from deployment and was completely turned out. He had a boyfriend and was openly kissing him and grabbing his butt. But it felt so realistic. I saw the guys face and everything. At first I was ok with it, but when I saw the kissing I became enraged.
It was so intense… I was heart broken. He said he turned gay because of me! I’m not sure if I’m just crazy and reading too much into it, or if I am right. But I’ve had this intuitive feeling for a long time. I’m not sure what to do or think. I need your help!

Big Brother Africa winner, Karen Igho Says: “I want a decent man, he must not necessarily be a bachelor"

Co-winner of the sixth season of Africa’s biggest reality competition ‘Big Brother Africa' 2011, Karen Igho has challenged men to approach her, she said she is certainly not a hard knot to crack when it comes to falling in love.

“I’m a woman who desires to be loved and wooed by the opposite sex. Men are supposed to woo me. I’m a woman and I’m very soft. They shouldn’t be scared of asking me out. I want a decent man, and not any kind of man,”the Edo State born entertainer said

Karen expressed disappointment that men are not bracing up the courage to woo her, despite the fact that she is not as difficult as they think.

Declaring however that she’s still “single and ready to mingle”, Karen who only few months ago debuted as a radio personality with the fast rising Lagos indigenous radio station, Naija 102.7fm, set a standard for her dream man.

“He must not only be ‘God-fearing’ and comfortable’ but also, he must be down-to-earth and not necessarily a bachelor,” she declared.

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Zinedine Zidane's headbutt statue unveiled in Paris


A five-metre high statue of Zinedine Zidane's famous headbutt on Marco Materazzi has been unveiled in Paris.

France captain Zinedine Zidane was sent off in the 2006 World Cup final, which had his team go on to lose on penalties, for headbutting Italy defender Materazzi.

The bronze statue, sculpted by Algerian artist Adel Abdesseme, is on display outside the Pompidou Centre in the French capital.

Real Madrid and Juventus legend Zidane retired after the game in Berlin.

Materazzi has admitted he provoked Zidane by making comments about the France midfielder's sister.

Zidane is now working as a sporting director for former club Real Madrid.

Friday, 28 September 2012

What's your view about Kim Kardashian's bathing suit?

These photos of Kim in a white bathing suit has been trending all day. Many people think it's the worst bathing suit ever! Some said it looked like giant granny panties. Me I kinda like it sha...:-) Hot or hot mess?


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Five User Complaints About The iPhone 5

Apple’s iPhone 5 broke records over the weekend, selling more than 5 million units.
Most of those new owners, many of whom lined up at Apple stores and other retailers, are presumably happy with their new gadget, which has been praised for its bigger display screen, lighter and thinner form, and faster processor.

But, as with many new tech products, there have been glitches, too. As the new iPhones get road-tested, buyers have taken to the Web to complain about issues ranging from the fixable to the unfortunately final.
The doozy has been a spotty maps application. For the first time, Apple’s latest operating system replaced rival Google’s mapping service with its own. As many people got their first look at it with a new phone, they’ve found huge chunks of the world missing, or locations showing up in the wrong place. (Apple said the app is a work in progress and will be fixed.)

Plenty has been written about that issue. But other gripes have emerged as well. Some sound legitimate. And, given the hyper-intense nature of the tech world’s “love-hate” relationship with their gadgets, a couple just sound downright silly.
After a few days of putting the new smartphone through its paces, here are five gripes people have with the iPhone 5.

1. Scratches
Apple prides itself on making products that aren’t just functional but beautiful as well.
But users are reporting that after having their iPhone 5s for only days, or even hours, the sheen on the sleek, aluminum phone is getting scratched up.
Melissa Jenna Godsey at iFixIt.com posted a YouTube video of her 2-year-old daughter hitting and scratching the phone’s aluminum rear case with a set of keys, creating visible scratches and dents. Similar scuffing of the iPhone 4S revealed little, if any, damage.
“I know this is kind of an extreme case, but she’s not the strongest two-year-old,” Godsey said. “And this all just happened, so I can only imagine what this is going to look like after a couple of weeks of solid use.”
Answering an e-mail from a user, Phil Schiller, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, downplayed the issue.
“Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color,” Schiller said in the e-mail, reported and verified by Apple-centric blog 9to5 Mac. “That is normal.”
Translated on Twitter by PC Mag writer Sascha Segan: “Apple: iPhones Aren’t Chipping, They’re Just Shedding Their Skins To Become Beautiful Butterflies.”

2. Lightning dock connector
The tech world is nothing if not full of change. But many longtime Apple users are irked at the company’s decision to use a smaller connector port, called Lightning, on the iPhone 5 and new iPods. With one fell swoop, that meant both a need for new power cords and that the new products won’t connect with older speaker systems, alarm clocks and other accessories.
The fix? A $29 adapter (which costs $39 if you want a new cable with it). And even then, the adapter doesn’t support video or “audio out” for iPods.
“Day 3 of having the new iPhone and I already lost the power cord #thanksapple,” wrote one Twitter user.
“It’s time to gouge our customers for a ton more money,” Disqus commenter dawsg4ever quipped.
A Lightning-to-USB cable costs $19 and, according to Apple’s website, currently has a one- to two-week wait time to be shipped.

3. The phone’s too light
We told you some of these are kind of weird.
One of Apple’s selling points for the new phone is that it’s the lightest smartphone ever.
One of the emerging complaints? That it’s the lightest smartphone ever.
To some users, a phone without the usual heft feels suspiciously cheap, toylike. Gizmodo rounded up some of the gripes under the headline, “The Weirdest Thing People Hate About the iPhone 5.”
Those, culled from Twitter, included these nuggets:
• “Can I be honest and say I wish the iPhone 5 was slightly thicker and heavier. Hate thin phones!”
• “Held the iPhone 5. Way too light for this spazz-attack. I need a heavier phone so I don’t completely destroy it.”
• “This new iPhone is way too light. I feel like its gonna just fly outta my hand with the slightest breeze #firstworldproblems”

4. Screen issues
OK … there are 5 million new phones in the wild now, so inevitably there are going to be some lemons. It’s hard to know how widespread it is, but a handful of problems with the phone’s touchscreen are bubbling up, too.
One YouTube video shows what appear to be weird bubbles showing up on one part of the display screen when the user touches another.
Threads on the Macrumors site also were filling up with people who said their screens started flickering just hours after getting their new phone.

5. Leaking light
Phones aren’t supposed to leak. But users on multiple forums are reporting that light from the screen appears to be showing through gaps around the iPhone 5′s antenna and power button.
Boy Genius Report said it’s happening on one of its phones and shows light streaming out of a small crack beneath the power button. The report said the leak is only visible in low light. Users said Apple has been offering replacements.

By Doug Gross – CNN

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Davido Eats Money Raw: as he acquires home of N140 million in Lekki


The 20year old Music Super Star just acquired a property in Lekki Phase1. I mentioned N140 million because that was what the property was on the market for but I can't say for sure if that's what Davido paid for it. The acquisition of the house was concluded between yesterday and today. The house is also close to one of his father's house in Lekki. Big congrats to him!

#Eat The Money Raw...

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Chelsea's player, Victor Moses, becomes dad at 21


Victor Moses born on December 12 1990, plays in Chelsea Football Club (CFC). Updated on twitter this morning that "we are proud to welcome Brentley Moses into the world this morning, weighing 3.960kg"

 Congrats... Bro. Lol! its double blessing with a goal scored on Wednesday.

OMG: Monster Killed at Madonna University


 This beast was killed today at Madonna University, Elele. We killed a small one and the bigger one came for revenge. We hear more will be coming...
I'm not trying to contest with these, but if it was true then we need to pray for the stuedents in Madonna.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

JOHN TERRY FOUND GUILTY OF RACIAL ABUSE: And banned for four matches

Chelsea captain John Terry has been banned for four domestic matches after a hearing found him guilty of racial abuse, the English FA said on Thursday.

Terry appeared before a Football Association disciplinary committee over charges that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match last October. He was acquitted over the incident in the law courts in July.

"(John) is disappointed that the FA commission has reached a different conclusion to the clear not guilty verdict of a court of law," Terry's solicitors were quoted as saying in British media.
"He has asked for the detailed written reasons and will consider carefully before deciding whether to lodge an appeal."

Terry has also been fined 220 000 pounds ($355,00) and the penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal which must be received within 14 days.
"The Independent Regulatory Commission will provide written reasons for its decision in due course," the FA said in a statement.

Chelsea play title rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday and are due to face Manchester United in the league and League Cup during the last week of October.
"Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry," Chelsea said in a statement after the four-day hearing.

The 31-year-old Terry retired from England duty on Sunday ahead of the FA disciplinary procedure, saying his position in the national team was "untenable".

Terry had previously been England captain but on two occasions had the armband taken away by coach Fabio Capello, in 2010 after revelations about his private life and in February over the Ferdinand allegations, a decision that led the Italian to quit.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was handed an eight-game ban and 40 000-pound fine last December for racist abuse of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

 Suarez used "insulting words" towards Evra during the game on October 15, with the Frenchman saying he had been insulted "at least 10 times."

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One of the Best Blogger in Nigeria "Linda Ikeji" Spotted At BBC World in London (PHOTOS)

 
 Went to BBC London today for an interview! Had an awesome time there! Okay, okay, I accept, I accept, I'm officially a celebrity! Lol. I'm getting so much mad love it's incredible! Haha! More photos when you continue...





With BBC reporter, Nkem Ifejika
  Photos: Manuel Africa - BBC Africa
My interview with Nkem will be broadcast in the coming days...will keep y'all updated. Meanwhile, I'm back in Nigeria on Wednesday...will resume normal blogging then. Sorry for the long absences...too many fine guys in London *cough*. Lol. kisses guys!

SPEECHLESS: As Woman Gives Birth To Half Goat, Half Human (Baby-Monster)

 UNBELIEVABLE!!! As a black woman delivers a baby monster in General hospital Jahun, Jigawa State. This baby was discovered to have some wonderful features of a human and goat, which was referred to as a "Baby Monster."

The woman lamented that this was happening to her for the fourth time, She said: “I am delivering such unimaginable element for the fourth time”. Hmmm! WHAT COULD BE HAPPENING IN NIGERIA… GOD HELP US ALL!

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Why Blame It On Satan? As Man Uses Knife To Pluck Wife's Eye

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Deann Igho married Sylvester barely a year ago and hoped to have a good marriage. Their affair had started when she was a student at the University of Port Harcourt. Their love affair blossomed, and they agreed to get married. Deann’s parents, siblings and relatives refused to let her marry Sylvester. Along the line, she got pregnant for Sylvester and her family didn’t have any choice but to grant her wish. She moved in to live with Sylvester. Last year, she gave birth to a baby boy. Deann is Sylvester’s third wife.
The fight

Sylvester returned home after being away for two weeks. A quarrel had ensued between him and the wife in the evening. To Deann, the matter was settled, but her husband did not want to let go. At night, Sylvester woke his wife from sleep and demanded that they talked. His wife told him that whatever discussion there was had to wait till the morning, to avoid waking the baby, who had cough and catarrh. In a fit of anger, Sylvester stabbed her twice in the eye, locked the door and escaped.

Since their home on Ada George Road, a developing part of Port Harcourt, is isolated, neighbours could not hear Deann’s cries. Writhing in pains and on the verge of bleeding to death, she managed to call her siblings in Lagos, on phone. She also called her parents and Sylvester’s parents, who also live in Lagos. Also, in pains, she captured her bleeding face with her Blackberry phone camera and sent them to those she called.
Her family contacted their friends in Port Harcourt, Mr & Mrs. Castro, who broke the door and took her out. She was then taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) for medical attention.

Nero Igho, Deann’s brother, who was in Lagos when he got this distress call, says he called Sylvester several times, but the latter refused to pick his call.
After initial treatment, Nero took his sister to police area command, where the matter was reported. She was, thereafter, transferred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where by a team of three doctors confirmed that the eye was dead, after surgery. On her experience, Deann said: “Sylvester used a knife to remove one of my eyes and locked the door against me so that I will bleed to death.”

How Sylvester was arrested

After the attack, Sylvester moved over to Lagos and was lodging in a hotel. While in Lagos, he told those who called him on phone that he was in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The bubble burst when someone sported him and told Deann’s family. Nero traced him to the hotel and fooled him into believing that there was no problem, as they saw the matter as his trying time with his wife. He followed them home, where the police picked him up. The police said he would be transferred to Port Harcourt, where the crime was committed.

Sylvester’s plot to flee Nigeria

It was learnt that Sylvester actually planned to flee Nigeria, which was why he came to Lagos. He had made arrangements for an International passport, which he was waiting for before he was nabbed. While cooling off at Lagos Police Command cell, Sylvester blamed Satan for his action. He denied stabbing his wife. According to him, the ceiling fan cut his wife’s face.

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What is Rett syndrome?


Rett syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system that leads to developmental reversals, especially in the areas of expressive language and hand use.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Rett syndrome occurs almost exclusively in girls and may be misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy.
Studies have linked many Rett syndrome cases to a defect in the methl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) gene. This gene is on the X chromosome. Females have two X chromosomes, so even when one has this significant defect, the other X chromosome is normal enough for the child to survive.
Males born with this defective gene do not have a second X chromosome to make up for the problem. Therefore, the defect usually results in miscarriage, stillbirth, or very early death.
The condition affects about 1 out of 10,000 children. Groups of the disease have appeared within families and certain geographic regions, including Norway, Sweden, and northern Italy.

Symptoms

An infant with Rett syndrome usually has normal development for the first 6 - 18 months. Symptoms range from mild to severe.
Symptoms may include:
  • Apraxia
  • Breathing problems -- problems tend to get worse with stress; breathing is usually normal during sleep and abnormal while awake
  • Change in development
  • Excessive saliva and drooling
  • Floppy arms and legs -- frequently the first sign
  • Intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties (assessing cognitive skills in those with Rett syndrome, however, is difficult because of the speech and hand motion abnormalities)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shaky, unsteady, or stiff gait; or toe walking
  • Seizures
  • Slowing head growth beginning at approximately 5 - 6 months of age
  • Loss of normal sleep patterns
  • Loss of purposeful hand movements; for example, the grasp used to pick up small objects is replaced by repetitive hand motions like hand wringing or constant placement of hands in mouth
  • Loss of social engagement
  • Ongoing, severe constipation and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Poor circulation that can lead to cold and bluish arms and legs
  • Severe language development problems
NOTE:
Problems in breathing pattern may be the most upsetting and difficult symptom for parents to watch. Why they happen and what to do about them is not well understood. Most experts in Rett syndrome recommend that parents remain calm through an episode of irregular breathing like breath holding. It may help to remind yourself that normal breathing always returns and that your child will become used to the abnormal breathing pattern.

Signs and tests

Genetic testing may be done to look for the gene defect associated with the syndrome. However, since the defect is not identified in everyone with the disease, the diagnosis of Rett syndrome is based on symptoms.
There are several different types of Rett syndrome:
  • Atypical
  • Classical (meets the diagnostic criteria)
  • Provisional (some symptoms appear between ages 1 and 3)
Rett syndrome is classified as atypical if:
  • It begins early (soon after birth) or late (beyond 18 months of age, sometimes as late as 3 or 4 years old)
  • Speech and hand skill problems are mild
  • It is appears in a boy (very rare)

Treatment

Treatment may include:
  • Assistance with feeding and diapering
  • Methods to treat constipation and GERD
  • Physical therapy to help prevent the hands from contracting
  • Weight bearing exercises for those with scoliosis
Supplemental feedings can help those with slowed growth. A feeding tube may be needed if the patient breathes in (aspirates) food. Diets high in calories and fat, as well as nasogastric tube feeds, can help increase weight and height. Weight gain may improve alertness and social interactions.
Medications such as carbamazepine may be used to treat seizures. Other medications or supplements that have been used or studied include:
  • Bromocriptine
  • Dextromethorphan
  • Folate and betaine
  • L-carnitine, which may help improve language skills, muscle mass, alertness, energy and quality of life while decreasing constipation and daytime sleepiness
  • L-dopa for motor rigidity in later stages of the disease
Stem cell therapy, alone or in combination with gene therapy, is another hopeful treatment.

Support Groups

International Rett Syndrome Association - www.rettsyndrome.org

Expectations (prognosis)

The disease slowly progresses until the patient is a teenager. Then, symptoms may improve. For example, seizures or breathing problems tend to lessen in late adolescence.
Developmental regression or delays vary. Usually, a child with Rett syndrome sits up properly but may not crawl. For those who do crawl, many do so by scooting on their tummy without using their hands.
Similarly, some children walk independently within the normal age range, while others are delayed, don't learn to walk independently at all, or don't learn to walk until late childhood or early adolescence. For those children who do learn to walk at the normal time, some keep that ability for their lifetime, while other children lose the skill.
Life expectancies are not well studied, although survival at least until the mid-20s is likely. The average life expectancy of a girl with Rett syndrome may be mid-40s. Death is often related to seizure, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, and accidents.

Calling your health care provider

Call your health care provider if you have any concerns about your child's development, if you notice a lack of normal development with motor or language skills in a child, or if there are associated disorders that need treatment.

Prevention

The likelihood of having another child with Rett syndrome is less than 1%

Cure for Dylan

We are running and skydiving to help find a cure for Rett Syndrome - a devastating disease which can affect any family.

Dylan is one such girl. Without a cure, her future is bleak. At the age of 2 she is already condemned to a life of total dependence - she is unable to walk, talk or use her hands. She faces the prospect of epilpesy, scoliosis and life-threatening breathing problems. She is in danger of sudden death.

But she CAN be saved. Rett Syndrome is the only neurological disease to have been reversed in the laboratory. We need your money to translate this research into a clinical cure.

Please give generously. All money goes to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK - an incredible charity delivering hope to hundreds of thousands of girls like Dylan.

For more information see www.curefordylan.com

Thank you.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Facebook Now Pays Users 10 Cents To Watch Certain Ads

Facebook introduced a program Thursday that offers consumers a financial incentive to watch ads on the site.
Facebook will now reward users who watch certain ads with Facebook Credits, which can be redeemed to purchase goods on Facebook Deals, the company’s new Groupon-like daily deals service. The incentive, however, is not huge. Initially, the average ad will yield one credit, which is equivalent to 10 cents.
The ads will mostly be in games. CrowdStar, Digital Chocolate and Zynga are among the participating game publishers. Facebook is working with Sharethrough, SocialVibe, Epic Media and SupersonicAds to serve ads on the program as well as TrialPay, which will provide analytics.
Dan Greenberg, CEO of Sharethrough, says Facebook’s move represents “a step away from interruptive advertising.” Greenberg, whose clients include Microsoft and Nestle, says his network won’t deliver traditional advertising but rather branded entertainment, which consumers will want to watch and share with friends.
Incentivizing consumers to watch ads is one solution for Facebook’s low banner click-through rates. The move comes after Facebook expanded its Credits program last week to let consumers use the Credits to buy real-world goods advertised in Deals. Previously, the credits, which were awarded for consumers who signed up for various programs (like magazine subscriptions) or bought outright could only buy virtual goods.

The American Female Super Star "Beyonce" Is Pregnant With Second Child













Less than six months after popping out Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce has already enrolled for another 9 months course, and from information, sources says that she is already three months gone! In next six months we should be expecting...


another baby from the American super star, who is also one of the highest paid women in the world.


I think Jay Z (Hov) would actually cut another ego for these one.




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Genevieve Nnaji Cuts hair short

We always see Genevieve Nnaji on the screen wowing with class act from one movie to another...

Professional acting is not just out of vain where actors read their scripts, rehearse lines and get on with shooting the movie. So much make up goes on behind the scenes to prep them and hide all possible spots and pimples.

But judging by the picture above, do you think Genevieve really needs any make up?

Wouldn’t she still make the impact and maintain the sexy personality that has made her an icon for so many African Movie fans?

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Teaching an old dog new tricks: How to fix Microsoft

There's nothing broken about being the fourth-most valuable company in the world, which is exactly what Microsoft is today. That same company, however, is valued at half what it was 10 years ago. It's not exactly thriving, either.
Regardless if the glass is actually half empty or half full, consumer confidence in Microsoft is at a low. It is ignored or considered uncool by younger generations. Older generations are often required to use the company's software at work, but turn to Apple or Google devices in their free time.
A month from now Microsoft will release Windows 8, a bold new operating system that seeks to bring touchscreen interfaces to desktop computing. It's the company's biggest product since Windows XP and yet the only thing the tech world has seemingly talked about over the last 12 months is what the iPhone 5 might look like.
In that sense, Microsoft is broken.
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Sure, the company that Bill Gates built has had a few bona fide hits over the last decade, most notably from its gaming division: Xbox Live, which is sort of the nighttime Facebook for gamers, and Kinect, a hands-free game controller that caught fire for a year before fizzling somewhat. Bing, Microsoft's search engine, also is gaining traction in the market.
But when it comes to mobile devices -- the biggest area of growth in consumer tech -- Microsoft still lags behind its rivals.
So how can the company right the ship? According to some of its biggest critics, here are eight ways Microsoft can reinvent itself, return to relevancy and dominate the tech world once more instead of just following it.
1. Make fewer things extremely well. Microsoft has been accused of many things. Being too focused isn't one of them. "They spread themselves too thin across too many product lines," says blogger Mary Jo Foley, a longtime observer of the company. "They let broken products hang on for far too long," resulting in mediocre stuff that few people care about, she says. The good news: "They're getting better at this," Foley says.
2. Move all their software to the Web. Microsoft is in a bit of a pickle. Consumers want to manage, view and manipulate their files from any device connected to the Internet (aka cloud computing). But Microsoft still makes most of its money from locally installed software, so it has been very reluctant to offer its wares online at a discount (if not for free like Google).
Keep it up, though, and Microsoft will be a goner, says Joe Wilcox, editor of Beta News. "On phones and tablets, Microsoft's presence is insignificant or too low to quantify. If the so-called post-PC era is about cloud-connected devices, Microsoft operating systems have no meaningful presence."
3. De-emphasize the desktop. Microsoft has made a fortune selling desktop operating systems. While the desktop will certainly remain an important computing tool for the foreseeable future, it's no longer the primary tool. It's really just one of many available portals now.
Microsoft recently revamped their corporate logo for the first time in 25 years.
Microsoft recently revamped their corporate logo for the first time in 25 years.
"Who cares about a desktop?" says my twenty-something brother-in-law. So long as a device is portable and lets him access the Internet, he doesn't care who makes it or what it looks like. So, in addition to moving all its products online, Microsoft should make those products available on any device, independent of the operating system, like Google does across Macintosh, Android, iPhones, Windows and even their new Google Chrome OS. In other words, it's all about the apps, regardless of how you access them.
4. Lead instead of follow. Whether fair or not, the perception exists that Microsoft largely follows what Apple and Google do rather than making its own waves (think delayed Zunes, Bings, Windows Phones, Surface tablets and retail stores). Heck, even Kinect was a reaction to Nintendo's Wii. To really excite consumers, it would do well to try zigging while others zag.
"Even if Microsoft fails to be as successful during the cloud-connected device era as the PC, its efforts (good or bad) should pressure Apple, Amazon, Google and others do to better," says Wilcox.
5. Serve only one master. The last thing Microsoft needs right now is to further reduce its already dwindling market share. Yet that's what the upcoming Windows 8 might do as it tries to serve both touch users and traditional keyboard and mouse ones.
"I fear Windows 8 is too focused on touch-friendly computing," says Tim Stevens, editor of Engadget. Foley agrees: "I think Microsoft may be too far ahead of its users in its decision to de-emphasize the old and familiar Windows for a touch-centric one."
It's OK to offer both touch and traditional software, as Apple does. But it works best when you keep 'em separated (as Apple has done with Mac and iOS).
6. Be "cool" in its own way. As dominant as Microsoft was in the '90s, its products were never a status symbol like Apple's are today. That's a fact. At the same time, there are varying degrees of coolness; you don't have to be hip so long as you're confident and unapologetic about who you are. The sooner Microsoft realizes this, the better it will embrace its potential as a respected and reliable maker of computing again, rather than just something the establishment makes you use.
What's more, Microsoft is now in the ironic position to brand itself as David to Apple's Goliath, the counterculture to Apple's mainstream. You know, turn the tables on the very upstart company that used to "think different," but that now suffers from groupthink because its products are so widely used.
7. Don't do what IBM did. IBM used to be a household name in computing. After it stopped selling to consumers, it found success in targeting big business. But it is less relevant and smaller than it used to be. This will also remain true of Microsoft if it fails to embrace the cloud-connected devices that are replacing PCs. "If Microsoft retreats to the enterprise and cedes the consumer market, like IBM, they'll lose their relevance," says Wilcox.
8. Be the developer's favorite again. Microsoft Windows didn't become a juggernaut by being a better experience than Macintosh. It became a juggernaut because it offered third-party developers more money, which in turn resulted in more programs, which in turn brought in more users. Not any more.
"The roles are reversed," says Wilcox. "Where are the most exciting apps today? Not Windows. They are on Android and iOS." If Microsoft wants to dominate once more, it will need to entice more developer support to ensnare more consumers.
As for the company's chances, insider opinion ranges from OK to great. "I think it has enough cash reserves to swing and miss a few times and still come out looking good," says Stevens. "But I don't know if it will ever regain the top spot."
Foley shares his skepticism. "I'm not sure they can ever be a consumer powerhouse," she says. "Do three rights undo 10 years of wrongs? I don't know."
Wilcox, on the other hand, says he's seen other decimated companies regain their luster -- most notably Microsoft's longtime rival from Cupertino. "If Apple can rise from near ruin in 15 years to become the world's largest company, surely Microsoft can."

UK bank body bows out of Libor

(Financial Times) -- Government regulation of a cornerstone of financial markets has moved closer after a British banking body agreed to surrender its decades-long role in overseeing Libor, the scandal-riven global benchmark for borrowing costs.

The British Bankers' Association formally voted to cede its role last week, more than four years after questions were first raised about whether banks were lying in their submissions to the setting that governs $350tn in contracts worldwide.

The move came at the request of UK officials who plan to announce a new regulatory structure for the rate-setting process as part of a package of reforms due to be announced on Friday, two people familiar with the process said. The rates serve as benchmarks for everything from US home mortgages to complex derivatives transactions worth billions of dollars.

Martin Wheatley, managing director of the Financial Services Authority, has been leading a review of the rates aimed at restoring confidence after Barclays paid £290m to settle allegations that it had tried to manipulate Libor and Euribor, a similar interbank rate set in Brussels.

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More than a dozen other banks and financial institutions are being probed on three continents for similar manipulation allegations. UBS has said it has received partial immunity for working with investigators, and Royal Bank of Scotland has said it expects to reach a settlement eventually.
The BBA has been gradually backing away from the rate-setting process since 2008, when some analysts first complained that banks were understating their Libor submissions.

The BBA said in a statement: "The BBA seeks to work with the Wheatley review team as they complete their consultation on the future of Libor. If Mr Wheatley's recommendations include a change of responsibility for Libor, the BBA will support that." It declined to comment further.
Under the current set-up, Libor rates are set daily in 10 currencies and 15 time periods by asking panels of banks to estimate the cost at which they think they can borrow. The top and bottom are thrown out and the rest of the submissions are averaged. The BBA serves as a sponsor and ThomsonReuters performs the actual calculations. Both Bloomberg and NYSE Euronext have volunteered in submissions to the Wheatley review to take over administration of Libor.

The European Banking Federation so far has no plans to step back from Euribor, the rate it sponsors. Unlike the BBA which is made up of individual banks, EBF draws members from national banking associations.
"There is no comparison with the Libor case," an EBF spokesman said. "Our stakeholders are national associations and not the banks themselves, this prevents any potential conflict of interest in hosting the governance of benchmarks."
Neither the FSA nor the BBA would say how Libor will be set and sponsored in the future, but it is clear that regulators will take a much more active role. Gary Gensler, chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which has led the Libor probe, said this week that the rates needed to be reformed or replaced very quickly.

The Association of Corporate Treasurers, which represents corporate Libor users, said the BBA's decision to let go of the rates it helped create "makes sense".
"Given the situation we have got ourselves into, a bigger regulatory role would be good. It is a huge bench mark but the entire set up is entirely voluntary," said Martin O'Donovan, ACT deputy policy director.