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Archive for January, 2012


£10,000 in parking fines.
· Car has been impounded 27 times.
· £300,000 fine for throwing darts at the youth team.
· Won £25,000 in a casino, gave £1,000 to a tramp outside the casino.
· Threw tomatoes at a Serie A manager.
· Threw Water Balloons at a Serie A disciplinary hearing.
· Started a fight with 4 bouncers after breaking the “no touching” rule at a strip club.
· The “bib” saga.
· Had a £120,000 Audi imported, wrote it off within a week.
· Had his friend approach girls in a nightclub and say “Balotelli will see you now”
· Sent to the shops by his mother to buy essentials for the house, came back with a giant trampoline and a Vespa and a Scalectrix.
· Has started fights at training with Kompany, Boateng, Tevez and Richards.
· Was frequently seen at the AC Milan superstore while playing for Inter Milan.
· Went on TV wearing an AC Milan shirt with his name on the back while playing for Inter.
· Whilst playing for Italy under 21’s, he is fouled, he sits on the pitch for 3-4 minutes ignoring the opposition, his team mates and the referee.
· He is then offended when he gets sent off and protests about it.
· Winks at Ferdinand after FA cup semi final and celebrates in front of the United fans.
· After the cup final on live TV, he says ” I have been sh*t this season, am I allowed say sh*t on TV?
· Was stopped by police going around his hometown of Hulme with £ 25,000 cash in the passenger seat. When asked why he replied ” because I’m rich”
· Had to be physically hauled away by Zanetti for refusing to let Samuel Eto’o take a penalty that he had earned.
· Once broke up with a girlfriend via text whilst she was presenting a live show.
· Slept with an Italian model while his girlfriend was downstairs.
· Drove his car into a women’s prison because he wanted to “look around”
· Has connections with the Italian mafia, he has testified in court at a Mafia trial.
· Brought his Ipad on to the bench for Italy’s international against the Faroe Islands because he wanted to play games on it.
· Was seen in a Manchester shopping centre “hi-fiving” city fans the day after City had beaten United 6-1.
· Became the face of a firework safety campaign a few days after setting his house on fire from letting off fireworks indoors.
· Hands £50 notes to strangers when out shopping in Manchester.
· Chanted “Rooney, Rooney” at the prostitute who claimed to have slept with Wayne Rooney.
· Italy had just brought out a brand new home kit, at the start of the second half for their first match wearing the new kit, Balotelli came out in the old kit, claiming he didn’t like the new one. Nobody else had changed.
· Turned the landscaped back garden of his house into a Quad bike track.
· Shows up randomly at a school to use the toilet
· Went out on New Years Eve, found 25 homeless people and put them up in the Manchester Hilton for a night.

At age 25, we can only think he’s just getting started or maybe maturity will catch up with him.

 

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America’s 10 Most hated Companies.

 

Photo, taken 2011-07-12 12:38:02

1. Facebook

Facebook currently has more than 800 million users. Any company of this size is sure to have some detractors. Compared to other leading social media sites, however, Facebook has the lowest customer satisfaction score from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The site has repeatedly irked users by neglecting personal privacy. Notable events include the introduction of facial recognition software, which spurred an investigation by the European Union, and the Facebook timeline.

2. American Airlines

American’s parent, AMR, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 2011. That virtually wiped out the value of the holdings of every shareholder. American recently was picked as the worst airline for customer service by the annual Middle Seat scorecard, published in the Wall Street Journal.

3. AT&T

AT&T (NYSE: T) recently received the lowest score given by JD Power for wireless customer care performance. It also was given the lowest rating for customer service by ACSI. AT&T has been dogged by problems with its 3G network, which are now largely behind it.

4. Nokia

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has punished its shareholders as its percentage of the smartphone market has dropped quarter after quarter — its stock is down 50% in the last year. Nokia likely will lose its lead as the top handset company in the world to Samsung sometime this year.

5. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs’ (NYSE: GS) poor reputation was cemented when the government sued it for fraud in 2010. The firm settled with the government for $550 million, but this was viewed as little more than a slap on the wrist because of the bank’s immense wealth. And the fraud accusations have not stopped — they have actually accelerated.

6. Best Buy

The electronics retailer broke the cardinal rule of customer relations. It failed to keep a promise to its customers — and told them when it was too late. Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) ran out of certain items that people had ordered for Christmas, but did not tell the customers until two days before the holiday.

7. Bank of America

In September, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) announced it was laying off 30,000 people. Its share value has dropped 55% in one year. And the bank continues to face legal actions from the federal government, several states and some of its shareholders. In early September the FHFA officially announced its lawsuit against 17 banks, including Bank of America, Citigroup (NYSE: C), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) and Goldman Sachs, concerning $196 billion in mortgage securities.

8. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) has experienced a series of product recalls and problems that began with Motrin and Tylenol for children. According to AP, these recalls were among “more than two dozen that J&J has issued since September 2009, for products ranging from adult and children’s nonprescription Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other medicines to prescription drugs for HIV and seizures, defective hip implants that caused severe pain and contact lenses that irritated the eyes.”

 9. Sears

The aging retailer has done a poor job with customers in the past year, and the parent company has done poorly for Wall St. since Sears merged with bankrupt Kmart in 2005. The performance of both brands has been so bad that shares in Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) have dropped 60% in the past year. Sears has been the biggest problem. In the five holiday weeks that ended at the start of January, Sears store sales were down 6%. After announcing these results, Sears Holdings said it would close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores.

10. Netflix

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) had one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any large consumer-facing company a year ago. Its stock traded at an all-time high of $305 and has dropped to $90 in less than six months. One of the primary causes was the raising of customer rates by 60% last August. The move caused the loss of 810,000 subscribers, according to the company’s third-quarter earnings report, and set off a firestorm of customer complaints.

 

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has won the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or to claim the title of world player of the year for the third time in succession.

Messi beat Barcelona team-mate Xavi Hernandez and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to emerge triumphant from the final three-man shortlist to scoop the award at Monday evening’s Ballon d’Or gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

The 24-year-old becomes only the fourth player in history to win the trophy three times, along with Dutch legends Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten, plus Frenchman Michael Platini.

The Ballon d’Or award caps a hugely successful year in which Messi won the Spanish Liga title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Messi deserved to be ranked among the all-time greats.

“I would agree with that completely,” Ferguson said. “Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today.

“The answer to that is great players would play in any generation. Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players.

“Lionel Messi without question fits into that category.”

Xavi supported Ferguson’s view, saying: “He’s still young, only 24, and I think he’s going to break all the records that exist in this sport. He’s going to be one of the best footballers in the history of the sport.”

Messi dedicated the award to his coach and team-mates, reserving special mention for Xavi.

“It is a huge pleasure and honour to win my third award,” Messi said. “I wanted to share it with those who voted for me, my coach and my team-mates at Barca and in the Argentina national team.

“Moreover, I want to share this award specially with my friend Xavi. This is the fourth time that we are are together at this ceremony and it is a pleasure for me to be with him on the pitch. This Ballon d’Or is also yours. Without your help I would not be here.”

Pep Guardiola was named the FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year, finishing ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho. “I dedicate this trophy to Tito Vilanova, my assistant,” Guardiola said. “It’s an honour to share the trophy with Mourinho and Ferguson, and with all coaches around the world.”

Ferguson had some consolation as he received the FIFA presidential award for services to football and said: “It is an honour for me in the twilight of my life and very, very much appreciated.

“I have been a very, very lucky manager to have had so many good players who have shared my vision and passion, and that’s what makes Manchester United such a special club.

“They retain the courage to play, the courage to try and win. You don’t always win in football – sometimes you lose but we always try to win.”

Neymar claimed the FIFA Puskas Award for the year’s best goal, his fine solo effort against Flamengo voted above Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick in the Manchester derby and Messi’s strike against Arsenal in the second round of the Champions League.

 

A homeless suburban Chicago woman who tweeted her experiences was not only able to find support and housing through the social networking site, but has inspired other homeless people to share their stories through social media.

AnnMarie Walsh, 41, became homeless more than five years ago after losing her job and going through a divorce, the Daily Herald reports. She spent the next few years sleeping in an Arlington Heights, Ill. alley — and using the internet at a suburban library to share her story.

As of Tuesday, Walsh had more than 4,300 Twitter followers, and has been chosen to speak at a conference about Twitter in Los Angeles. Perhaps her most important social media interaction, however, was with the executive director of Deborah’s Place. The Chicago organization helped place Walsh in an apartment in April of 2011.

“The experience of homelessness is disempowering and disenfranchising,” Audrey Thomas, executive director of Deborah’s Place, told the Daily Herald. “You go into the system and have to rely on people for bathrooms, showers, clothes, anything that you need. You need their help for basic human needs, let alone assistance at really getting back on your feet. This lets you take back some of your own power. Access to the Internet lets you look up and find resources in a community yourself.”

According to her blog, Walsh suffers from medical and mental health issues, and has not seen her two children in more than three years.

“I joined Twitter and social media first out of curiosity. Then it became a tool to help me learn to socialize more and to improve upon my life by exchanging in conversation with others, and sharing information and resources,” Walsh wrote in her blog. “Social media became my connection to others. I vented my frustrations and emotions, I educated the world about homelessness and social issues, I shared information that others might have been able to use. My passion was to find hope and to be hope for someone else. I crave that influence, to know that I have made a difference in someone’s life.”

So far, Walsh has inspired at least six other homeless Chicagoans to start blogging or tweeting about their experiences. She is expected to speak at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library about her journey on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m., NBC Chicago reports.

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Rich Forever features collabos with Drake, Nas, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Diddy, John Legend, Styles P. and of course the whole MMG Family. Also, beats from Lex Luger, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and the Inkredibles.

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Occupy Nigeria.

Occupy Nigeria is a series of protests that began in Nigeria on Monday, 2 January 2012 in response to the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government of President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria on Sunday, 1 January 2012.

Background

Nigeria is Africa‘s biggest oil producer, but still imports refined petrol. The country produces about 2 million barrels of crude oil daily which is exported to be refined abroad even though the country has 4 refineries with installed capacity of 445,000 bpd. Despite this, the country imports 250,000bpd of petroleum products into the country for sale to its citizens. The price of petrol has increased from 65 naira ($0.40; £0.26) per litre to at least 140 naira in filling stations and from 100 naira to at least 200 naira on the black market, from which many Nigerians buy their fuel. Due to years of mismanagement and systemic corruption, Nigeria does not have the capacity to refine crude oil into petrol and other fuels.

With the majority of Nigerians living on less than $2 per day, cheap petrol is viewed by many Nigerians as the only tangible benefit they receive from the state, hence the widespread disapproval. In addition, the economy is heavily reliant on crude oil (amongst other reasons,due to absence of essential infrastructure and services such as constant electricity). A consequence of this is that other seemingly unrelated items are tied to the price of fuel as has occured from previous price hikes. Due to the absence of stable electricity, gasoline generators are a common energy alternative for small businesses and residences.

With each hike, there is a commensurate rise in the cost of production of goods and services which would be transferred on to the consumers, leading to widespread inflation. Unfortunately, even when fuel price hikes were reversed in the past, the increase in the cost of goods and services (inflationary reaction) remained.

The removal of the subsidy took effect from Sunday, 1 January 2012 as announced by the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA Reginald Stanley.

Protests

Protesters shut petrol stations and formed human barriers along motorways. Nigeria’s main trade unions have also announced an indefinite strike and mass demonstrations from Monday, 9 of January 2012 unless the removal of a fuel subsidy is reversed. “We have the total backing of all Nigerian workers on this strike and mass protest,” the Nigeria Labour Congress’s Chris Uyot told the BBC

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Lamido Sanusi told the BBC the subsidy (which he said cost the government about $8bn last year) was “unsustainable”. Several previous governments have tried to remove the subsidy but have backed down in the face of widespread public protests and reduced it instead.

While there is agreement in some quarters that the subsidy might eventually need to be removed, protesters believe the time is not right for such a drastic move as the average citizen’s income is a pittance (Nigeria’s monthly minimum wage was recently increased to 18,000 naira or around $110) and this is the only benefit the common man gets from the government. Based on this, it would be an unsound economic policy to use the prices charged by some foreign countries as a guide to setting the price in Nigeria as their GDP and other economic indices is not comparable to Nigeria’s own, especially as Nigeria is a petroleum producing country and should therefore enjoy the benefit.

In addition, there is widespread indignation by the people that the government has not provided the basic amenities which they should have provided in the first place but rather mismanaged and enriched themselves with the available resources. They therefore believe that the additional income generated by the subsidy removal would be used to line the same corrupt leaders pockets.

It is claimed that the Government of Nigeria has always budgeted enough resources for the comfort of its officials, while disregarding that of the people. The supposed flagrant disregard for the people’s welfare by removal of the fuel subsidy without putting in place programs to cushion the effect, coupled with the fact that they (government) have not led by example in sacrificing their huge salaries and allowances (which is further claimed to be the highest in the world), has necessitated the Occupy Nigeria protests.

In other quarters however, there is a belief that there was no fuel subsidy in the first place as a former Petroleum Minister, Professor Tam David-West,claimed that the previous pump price of 65 naira was actually higher than the cost price of 40.02 naira (including tax and other real costs) and the supposed subsidy was a bogus claim by the government.

There is yet another unsubstantiated claim in some quarters that the current travails in the country (including the Boko Haram security incidents) are a deliberate plot by a cabal who are set to make the country ungovernable for the current president due to their candidate in the last election, General Muhammadu Buhari, losing in the election. Proponents of this claim further state that President Goodluck Jonathan is only a stooge who is powerless to make real decisions especially as members of this cabal are in the presidency itself and there might even be some foreign involvement from some Western powers. Other’s claim that the cabal’s intent is not to destabilize the political system (in which case they are separate from those sponsoring the Boko Haram security incidents), but to make profit at the expense of the masses, hence removal of the subsidy.

“The prices of everything will increase – transport, housing, school fees, food, etc. The common man will not be able to survive.” said Ganiat Fawehinmi, widow of the late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi.

Jonathan has shown that he can’t be trusted,” Issa Aremu, NLC vice president, told demonstrators. “He said he was engaging in dialogue and all of a sudden, he increased the price!”

In the meantime however, protests are gathering momentum, with protests starting in Abuja and Lagos on the 2nd of January and the rest of the nation catching the grip on the second day as Kaduna, Kano, Ibadan took over. Continued protests surfaced at Ibadan, Ilorin, Kebbi, Gusau and a host of other states across the nation. Meanwhile, there were claims that some protesters were shot at by policemen in Kano at midnight. It was claimed that the uniformed men ambushed them while undergoing peaceful demonstrations and shot at the protesters. With this, the protesters reportedly dispersed only to reconvene at another venue as they vowed to pass the night protesting.

Celebrities like Banky W, Funmi Iyanda, Seun Kuti, Dede Mabiaku and others have been at the forefront of #OccupyLagos, as the protests have been referred to in the nation’s former capital, Lagos.

NLC/TUC

On Thursday, 5th January 2012, the Nigeria Labour Congress issued an ultimatum to the Federal Government promising to halt the economy of the country by Monday, 9th January 2012.

“We are shutting down the Nigerian airspace to local and international flights from Sunday night” said Denja Yakub of NLC.

“If a revolution will solve our problems, why not, what is going on already shows that our people are prepared for a revolution. “But we will not ask for a revolution that will bring back the military, they are a part of the problem.” he added

Government Reaction

Following the emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council, in Abuja, the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, told newsmen the government was not oblivious of the pains inflicted by Nigerians as a result of the new policy. In order to ameliorate those pains, he said the government had commenced a ‘massive mass transit scheme’ aimed at cushioning the effects of the subsidy removal on transportation. 1600 diesel powered mass transit vehicles, he claimed, would be distributed.

Curiously missing at the pivotal meeting were two controversial senior officials and pillars of the new policy: Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Petroleum Resources Minister, Dieziani Alison-Madueke. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is quoted to having said that she’ll resign if the presidency goes back on its decision to remove the subsidy.

Media

It is claimed that the State media; Nigerian Television Authority NTA refuses to acknowledge the protest and is falsely reporting the entire Nigerian populace have accepted the increase in fuel price and are going about their businesses. It was further claimed that the Federal Government has reportedly ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission to warn media houses to stop any broadcasts about the protest.

Channels Tevelevision and Galaxy Television, two local mediahouses in Lagos, covered the Lagos protests on January 3, 2012. There was also a report on the march in the Daily Times. [1]

Meanwhile it is claimed in some quarters that student websites in universities and blogs [2] are reporting the Occupy Nigeria Protests and student representatives are sending live pictures of ongoing protests.

Twitter is also being extensively used as a connecting platform for the protesters across the nation, and the world.

Hope For The Future

For the first time in the history of Nigeria Nigerians have come out with common voice tasking their government on good governance. The greatest vane of Nigeria’s development might be attributed to deep division along ethnic and religious lines. Nigerian politicians have been exploiting this to gain position of power.

To a large extent, public offices are mainly allotted based on loyalty to people at the helm of affairs, ethnicity, and who will do the bidding of political leaders as against quality and suitability of a person for the post. The citizens are so gullible that what they care for is the name and region from which the office holder is from.

The consequence of this is nepotism and corruption that have become the hallmark of the country. Any attempt for establishing probity and accountability is largely viewed as an attack on the tribe, region and religion of the person.

The occupy Nigeria movement is giving hope to the end of all these. Nigerians have now realized that the have a common destiny and their destiny is in their hand. They are now making a turn around toward a common goal of good governance and judicious use of the oil resources that the country has. There is strong indication that Nigerians will from now on not be blinded by ethnic or religious affiliation.

“curled from wikipedia”