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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Michael Jackson’s tiger ‘Thriller’ dies of cancer

The King of Pop’s famed tiger Thriller died of lung cancer earlier this month.  Thriller was one of several wild animals that Michael Jackson owned and kept at his Neverland Ranch. The los Angeles Times reports:
A Bengal tiger that once belonged to pop icon Michael Jackson died of lung cancer at Tippi Hedren’s Los Angeles-area wildlife preserve earlier this month, the actress confirmed.
The 13-year-old, 375-pound female tiger, aptly named Thriller, died June 11 at the Shambala Preserve in Acton, Hedren said. An autopsy was performed on the tiger to determine the exact cause of death.
Thriller moved to the Acton preserve with her brother, Sabu, in 2006 after Jackson left his Neverland Ranch. Jackson’s veterinarian asked Hedren to take in the animals, she said.
The pair were kept in a vast, multi-acre compound on the preserve, where Sabu remains in “very good health,” Hedren said
          by the Grio 

Spain oust Portugal in penalty drama

Spain now proceeds to the finals after a penalty shoot out.What a miss.I will miss ronaldo.Portugal gave a hard fight after taking spain to extra-time.Who can predict germany vs italy match.Its going to be a tough match i think.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Race for top TV spot as Oprah sneaks back

SINCE talkshow host Oprah Winfrey packed up the couch that Tom Cruise jumped on and ended her daytime talk show last year, no one has truly filled her role as the top go-to TV person for major celebrity and news interviews.

Faced with the potential failure of her money-pit cable network OWN, Winfrey is working the phones hard to secure big-name interviews for her show, Oprah's Next Chapter.

Back-to-back episodes last Sunday featured the Kardashian family and rapper 50Cent, and the Kardashians will be back this weekend.
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris and the late Whitney Houston's family made news with their interviews in recent weeks.
The open question is whether she can have the same cultural impact on a smaller stage.
Winfrey's daytime talk show was generally seen by about 6million people in her final years, while Oprah's Next Chapter with the Kardashians was seen by 1,1million viewers, according to the Nielsen company.
"I'm sure people have a conversation about that when they are exploring their options," says Sheri Salata, OWN president.
"The one constant we have ... is that you have the opportunity to sit down with Oprah."
Winfrey's daytime show wasn't all about interviews, of course.
But in her last few seasons she sat down for conversations with the likes of Tina Fey, Elizabeth Edwards, Michelle Obama, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Jerry Seinfeld, Richard Branson and Beyoncé.
The audience was primarily women but, as Cruise proved with his eager declarations of love for Katie Holmes in 2005, the cultural impact could spread beyond the afternoon.
"Doing an interview on one of those shows was like Johnny Carson asking you to come and sit with him after you've done your stand-up," says Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.
"If there was any equivalent to playing the Palace at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries, being on Oprah might have been it."
While Thompson said that "half the people can't find OWN on their cable TV", that may underestimate Winfrey.
The Oprah's Next Chapter episode with Houston's family in March premiered to 3,5 million people, Nielsen says.
Many others heard about it or saw clips.
Winfrey's presence in daytime television was a mixed blessing for veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman.
Most of his clients wanted to be on Oprah and were convinced they had a story she wanted to hear.
When they did, it was great.
When they didn't, not so great.
"It was a ton of pressure," he says, "and there's a part of me that is happy the pressure has lifted."
Now he can suggest a media strategy with interviewers who can reach his clients' target audiences.
Bragman often goes retro, preferring the news divisions at broadcast television networks.
Ellen DeGeneres is probably the leading personality in daytime now, but her show is about entertainment.
Dr Phil and Anderson Cooper get some interviews, as does The View and The Talk.
But none has the impact that Winfrey had on a consistent basis, says Bill Carroll, an expert in the syndication market for Katz Media.
Also missing from the scene is CNN's Larry King, who didn't have the same juice as Winfrey, but he had a friendly reputation that made him a popular stop for people with hard stories to tell.
King's replacement, Piers Morgan, is not as established and is dragged down by CNN's ratings problems.
Katie Couric, whose daytime talk show starts in the American autumn this year (SA's spring), could be Winfrey's true heir as an interviewer in daytime.
Her lengthy tenure at NBC's Today show makes her able to deftly switch from world leaders to actors to quirky celebrities enjoying 15 minutes of fame.
"Not many people can do that," Bragman says.
First things first, however.
Couric still needs to build a show and prove that people want to watch her.
This will give Oprah time to regroup.
Establishing booking superiority before Couric starts could benefit her. 


Friday, June 22, 2012

History gives France hope for Spain showdown

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Reigning champions Spain must reverse a historical trend if they are to get past quarter-final opponents France – a team they have never beaten in six competitive fixtures.
Defending champions Spain must reverse an anomaly of history when they take on France in their UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final in Donetsk. Spain have never beaten their neighbours in a competitive fixture which holds only unhappy memories for them, not least UEFA European Championship defeats in the 1984 final and then the 2000 quarter-finals, when Laurent Blanc was in the France team.
• Group D runners-up France were the last side to eliminate Spain from a major international tournament – the 2006 FIFA World Cup – and now face Vicente del Bosque's holders, who arrive in Ukraine having finished top of the Polish-based Group C. France played England (1-1) and Ukraine (2-0) in Donetsk in the group stage.
• The winners will play Portugal in the semi-finals, also in Donetsk, on 27 June.
Head-to-head record
• These teams have faced each other on 30 occasions, starting with a friendly meeting in Bordeaux in April 1922 which Spain won 4-0. Overall Spain hold a narrow advantage in the head-to-head stakes with a record of W13 D6 L11.
• Spain have won three of the last four encounters, the exception being France's 3-1 win in the round of 16 of the 2006 World Cup. That result gave France a record of five wins and one draw from competitive fixtures against Spain.
• France beat Spain 3-1 at home and 2-1 away in qualifying for EURO '92. Blanc played in both games, scoring in the first. He was also on the pitch when the countries drew 1-1 in the group stage at EURO '96, José Luis Caminero cancelling out a goal by Youri Djorkaeff.
• The biggest winning margin between the teams came in an 8-1 Spain victory in a friendly in Zaragoza in April 1929 – one of seven Spanish wins from the first eight encounters.
Selected previous meetings
3 March 2010: France 0-2 Spain (Villa 21, Ramos 45) – Stade de France, Saint-Denis, friendly
France: Lloris, Sagna, Escudé, Ciani, Evra, Gourcuff, L Diarra, Toulalan, Ribéry (Malouda 74), Henry (Govou 64), Anelka (Cissé 77).
Spain: Casillas, Ramos, Puyol (Albiol 46), Piqué, Arbeloa; Alonso (Senna 64), Silva (Güiza 81), Busquets, Fàbregas (Xavi 46), Iniesta (Navas 64), Villa (Torres 46).
• Spain prevailed in the countries' most recent encounter, posting their first victory in France since 1968 against Raymond Domenech's hosts.
27 June 2006: Spain 1-3 France (Villa 28pen; Ribéry 41, Vieira 83, Zidane 90+2) – Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, FIFA World Cup, round of 16
Spain: Casillas, Pablo, Puyol, Ramos, Pernía, Fàbregas, Xavi (Senna 72),  Alonso, Villa (Joaquín 54), Torres, Raúl González (García 54).
France: Barthez, Sagnol, Thuram, Gallas, Abidal, Makelele, Vieira, Ribéry, Zidane, Malouda (Govou 74), Henry (Wiltord 88).
• Spain took the lead through a David Villa penalty but lost their lead to a Franck Ribéry strike and, eventually, the match as late goals from Patrick Vieira and Zinédine Zidane took France a step closer to the Berlin final.
25 June 2000: Spain 1-2 France (Mendieta 38pen; Zidane 32, Djorkaeff 44) – Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges, UEFA EURO 2000, quarter-final
Spain: Cañizares, Salgado, Helguera (Gerard 77), Paco, Aranzabal, Munitis (Etxeberria 73), Guardiola, Abelardo, Mendieta (Urzaiz 57), Alfonso, Raúl González.
France: Barthez, Thuram, Blanc, Desailly, Lizarazu, Deschamps, Vieira, Djorkaeff, Zidane, Dugarry, Henry (Anelka 81).
• A France team featuring Blanc continued their march towards another UEFA European Championship success. The outcome may have been different had Raúl González not sent a late penalty over the bar but goals from Zidane and Djorkaeff were enough to send the then World Cup holders through.
27 June 1984: France 2-0 Spain (Platini 57, Bellone 90) – Parc des Princes, Paris, UEFA European Championship, final
France: Bats, Battiston (Amoros 73), Bossis, Le Roux, Domergue, Tigana, Fernandez, Platini, Giresse, Lacombe (Genghini 80), Bellone.
Spain: Arconada, Urkiaga, Salva (Bonillo 85), Gallego, Julio Alberto (Sarabia 75), Víctor Muñoz, Camacho, Señor, Francisco López, Carrasco, Santillana.
• Michel Platini's record ninth goal of the finals set hosts France on their way to a first major honour, his free-kick squirming through the grasp of Luis Arconada, the Spain goalkeeper and his opposing captain. Arconada picked the ball out of his net once more in the last minute after Bruno Bellone chipped in.
• The teams will meet again in qualifying Group I for the 2014 World Cup, Spain hosting France on 16 October with the reverse fixture on 26 March 2013.
Form guide
• Since their defeat by France at Germany 2006, Spain have lost only three of 46 competitive UEFA European Championship and World Cup fixtures and won 40 of them.
• France were unbeaten in 23 matches before losing to Sweden in their last group fixture. It was the second-longest sequence without defeat in their history.
• France have won only one game in a final tournament since beating Portugal to reach the 2006 World Cup final, against Ukraine on matchday two.
• The last team to beat Spain at a UEFA European Championship was Portugal in 2004, when a late goal from Nuno Gomes cost Iñaki Sáez's team a place in the quarter-finals.
• Spain's record in UEFA European Championship quarter-finals is W2 L5.
1960 Soviet Union (Spain withdrew)
1964 Republic of Ireland 5-1 h, 2-0 a (7-1 agg)
1968 England 0-1 a, 1-2 h (1-3 agg)
1976 West Germany 1-1 h, 0-2 a (1-3 agg)
1996 England 0-0 (2-4 pens)
2000 France 1-2
2008 Italy 0-0 (4-2 pens)
• France's record in UEFA European Championship quarter-finals is W4 L2.
1960 Austria 5-2 h, 4-2 a (9-4 agg)
1964 Hungary 1-3 h, 1-2 a (2-5 agg)
1968 Yugoslavia 1-1 h, 1-5 a (2-6 agg)
1996 Netherlands 0-0 (5-4 pens)
2000 Spain 2-1
2004 Greece 0-1
• There was no quarter-final stage in 1984 when Spain and France met in the final.
Team ties
• Blanc spent one season in Spanish football with FC Barcelona in 1996/97, helping them win the Spanish Super Cup.
• Del Bosque's first European tie as a coach with Real Madrid CF was a 2-1 aggregate defeat by Paris Saint-Germain FC in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals.
• France's now famous Génération '87 – Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jérémy Menez, minus unused substitute Karim Benzema – got the better of Spain in the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship on 15 May 2004 on home soil in Chateauroux. Nasri secured France's 2-1 success one minute from time after Gerard Piqué had equalised for a Spain side also including Cesc Fàbregas.
• Benzema plays with Iker Casillas, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Álvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid.
• Ramos scored past Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in a 4-0 UEFA Champions League group stage win with Madrid this season.
• Fernando Torres and Juan Mata were in the Chelsea FC side that triumphed in May's UEFA Champions League final against an FC Bayern München team featuring Ribéry. At Stamford Bridge the Spanish pair are team-mates of Florent Malouda.
• Fernando Llorente and Javi Martínez were in the Athletic Club side that beat Blaise Matuidi's PSG 2-0 in Spain in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Gaël Clichy and Nasri play with David Silva at Manchester City FC. Clichy, Nasri and Laurent Koscielny were team-mates of Fàbregas at Arsenal.
• Adil Rami and Jordi Alba are team-mates at Valencia CF.

Euro 2012: Ronaldo guides Portugal into semi-finals

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show as Portugal dominated the Czech Republic to go through to the Euro 2012 semi-finals.
The former Man United star, who's now at Real Madrid, scored the game's only goal but played brilliantly throughout.
Ronaldo came close to scoring two other goals, hitting the post once in each half, before a superb header 12 minutes before time clinched the win.
After the match, he said: "Our great aim is to get to the final."
To reach the final, Portugal will need to beat either Spain or France in the semi-final. Those two teams play each other on Saturday.
In the other quarter-finals, Germany play Greece on Friday and England face Italy on Sunday night.
The Czechs played bravely and held off Portugal's attacks for most of the game. Their strategy seemed to be to try to contain the talents of Ronaldo and Nani, and rely on counter-attacks.
But Portugal kept pressing hard, and the stats don't lie: they had 19 shots on goal compared to just two from the Czech Republic.
There was great support from his former Man United team-mate Nani, but Ronaldo was the player to watch.
BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer said: ""Ronaldo was exceptional. The desire, the hunger to get in the right place.
"He got on the end of the cross and deservedly got his team into the semi-finals. He was the stand-out player."

by bbc

Village Headmaster Creator, Ambassador Segun Olusola Dies at 77

Nigeria’s patriarch of arts, Ambassador Segun Olusola has died on Thursday, June 21 after a brief illness.
The Guardian newspaper reported that the late Olusola was born at Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, on March 18, 1935, and attended the Roman Catholic School Iperu- Remo between 1941 and 1943. He was also at Wesley School Iperu from 1944 to 1947 and the Remo Secondary School, Sagamu from 1948 to 1953.
After a one year service as Account Assistant at the ECN now PHCN, he began his broadcasting Career in 1955 at the Ibadan station of the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and in September 159 become African’s first Television producer with the WNTV now NTA Ibadan in a Television career that lasted till 1987 during which he created the longest running TV Drama series, The village Headmaster  in 1968.
He served as Chairman of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON). Second All Africa Games Coverage Committee 1973 and NTA’s director of Commercial Operations in 1986.
His broadcasting career included further education at the Syracuse University New York (USA) 1960, BBC Management of Resources Course (UK) 1974, Pittsburg University Management Program for Executives (USA) 1980, and at the National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies, Jos 1982.
On his retirement in 1987 he was appointed Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia & Resident Representative to the Organisation of African Unity and served till 1993 when he returned home to establish the African Refugees Foundation devoted to the management of the root causes of Refugees and internal displacement.
As Chairman of the OAU Commission On Refugees (1988 1993), Leader of the OAU Zambia Election Monitoring Team (1992), he has addressed international gathering on Refugees, Election Processes, Media Development, Conflict Resolution, Culture and the Arts.

By eternal

United States Put Three Boko Haram Leaders On Global Terrorist List

 The names of three Boko Haram  leaders have been added to the global list of terrorists.   Abubakar Shekau, Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi  are the newest names on the international terror lists as part of the United states efforts to control the recurrent terrorist attacks in Nigeria. In a  statement issued on Thursday by the State Department  they were “blocked all of Shekau’s, Kambar’s and al-Barnawi’s property interests subject to US jurisdiction and prohibits US persons from engaging in transactions with or for the benefit of these individuals”. Before this designation, Shekau’s name was the only terrorist known to the Nigerian public, as other operatives had used aliases to conceal their identities.

By intoxyka

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tips To Help You Meet Your Personal Development Goals

 Many people try personal development techniques, but often they find them hard to accomplish. Barriers, such as physical fitness, mental capacity or self control, can hinder those who wish to try personal development. The tips found in this article will help anyone attempting personal development to break down those barriers.
Reward yourself for positive behavior. Whether you are actively trying to lose weight or trying to better your time and distance on your morning run, recognize when you have made an important improvement and reward yourself accordingly. A new outfit or a trip to the salon would be a real incentive to work until you achieve your goals.
Your personal development goals should absolutely match your passions in life. In other words, you should not only propel your whole self to greatness, but seek greatness in the fields you dabble in. Your passions should develop along with your sense of self. It will keep your goals varied and interesting, and motivate you to work harder every day.
Positive affirmations can be a powerful tool for your personal development, but not if you speak them by rote, without engagement or interest. Always get emotionally involved when you repeat your affirmations to yourself. When you are repeating your affirmations, invest your full attention in them and concentrate on building up positive feelings.
Get some light exercise in your routine. Light exercise can really improve your mood. Take a short walk, do a little bit of stretching, get some sort of movement in your day. Light exercise energizes you, leaves you feeling slightly more upbeat, and can even help to alleviate annoying aches and pains.
Take action and own it. It's easy to second guess potential choices in life; so easy in fact, that it can be paralyzing. The choice never made is no choice at all. Be confident in your ability to make a choice and own whatever successes or challenges are created. Every choice is a step forward, and if there is no forward movement, there is no personal development.
Make sure that you are well-rested. Working when you're tired can really make your work sloppy and it can really stress you out. It's also not that great for your health. Sometimes, even taking a nap can clear your head and you can be more productive after you wake up.
When it comes to personal development, make sure that you are able to distinguish between coming close to what you were hoping for and completing your goal fully. This is important so that you strive to be the best at what you do, not just getting the job done well enough.
Find the purpose for your life. To do this you will need to do some soul-searching. What things would you do if you knew that you would not fail? Make a list of these things. Look at your list and narrow it down to things that are realistic. Use this to make a goal.
Often times, we find ourselves depressed or lacking meaning in our lives, one of the best ways to conquer these feelings is to find ways to give meaningful service to others. Serving others is often a great way to focus on other things besides yourself and when we do these things we will find happiness that we never knew existed.
If your thoughts are negative, it colors everything about your day. Engage in some positive thinking for a quick and straightforward challenge to the way you conduct yourself in your day to day life. Positive thinking is an amazing and powerful tool for personal development, so do not skimp on this process!
If you are seeking to increase the positive energy in your life, surround yourself with positive people. Identify the people in your life that bring new and beneficial values to your day. If you surround yourself with positive people, it won't be very hard at all to adopt their positive outlook for yourself!
As stated before, people often find personal development techniques hard to do. The reason for this is because of different barriers that prevent their development. If you remember the tips found in this article, in regards to personal development, then you can eliminate any barriers in your way and reach maximum development results. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Facing Financial Hard Times Together -- Twenty Two Keys for Couples

SURVIVORS AND THRIVERS: Couples may tend to have a short frame and lose sight of the big picture. Many couples may be tempted to throw in the towel rather than see that marriage is a growing machine . Couples who have been married for decades often take pride in how they have faced hardships together. BITTER OR BETTER: Ask yourselves how economic challenges can make you better instead of bitter. When we look back on our lives we realize the pride that we take in having weathered hard times. We both had to put ourselves through college. At one time Robert was eating left-overs from the trays in the college cafeteria until his financial aid came through. Linda laughs that she might have become a smoker when she was young but she could not afford a pack of cigarettes. WEAR THE SAME UNIFORM: Teamwork is essential and couples need to wear the same colors. It is important to use the word "We" when discussing economics and avoid behaving like enemies. It feels different to say "How can WE solve this problem" instead of " I intend to sell the car". THE HEALING POWER OF HOPE: Research has shown that happy couples do not lose sight of their dreams. (Gottman,2003). They support the dreams of one another. According to CS Lewis, Gift Love refers to giving because we want the best for our partner. Need Love is based on a sense of insecurity and shortage. We do not need money to exchange gift love every day. EMOTIONAL BANK ACCOUNT: Every night before we go to sleep we tell one another one thing we appreciate about the other. This adds up to 365 deposits in an emotional bank account. WE MAGNIFIY WHAT WE FOCUS ON: If you focus on shortage, you see more of that. If you focus on the abundance of beauty and grace that surrounds you every day you will see more of that. THE FIELD OF BEHAVIORAL FINANCE: Conventional economic theory assumed that people behave rationally and predictably. There is now a lot of research in the field of Behavioral Finance that shows how people make irrational financial decisions. THE BLACK SWAN: A black swan is a highly improbable and unpredictable event with massive impact. We concoct an explanation in hindsight to make it appear more predictable. HYSTERICAL IS HISTORICAL: This is a sage phrase from Al Anon that refers to our tendency to over-react in relationships based on past learning. Dr. Linda was brought up by a single mother to be super independent so when she needed to cut back her work to spend part-time in another city with Dr. Robert she became hysterical about the idea of becoming economically dependent. She cautioned Robert that he must never sound like a "Sugar Daddy". They had to learn together what it meant to be interdependent and put their values first. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER MUMBO: Research in behavioral economics has shown that if you write out the last two digits of your social security number it will influence your guess about the worth of an item . For example if the last digits are less than 50 you will guess lower and over 50 you will guess higher. Your unconscious expectations influence your economic decisions so it helps to review your history and examine your decisions. RIGHT WRONG GAMES: Since we are all irrational in some ways about money be open to the ideas of your partner. Be flexible and willing to consider new ideas. We tend to hang out with people who will support our bias that leads to faulty financial decision making. In the movie, Fireproof the husband realizes that his rigidity about money has damaged the marriage and does not represent the values he wants to maintain . . . .As a result he decides to anonymously pay his Mother in Law's hospital bill. THE REARVIEW MIRROR: Many of our mistakes seem clear after the fact. It is important for couples to be able to practice looking back together and learning from mistakes. In order to do this you need to avoid criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. (Gottman,2003) HERD BEHAVIOR: Human beings are born mimics who tend to imitate the behavior of the larger group. Based on your deeply held values you may not even want stuff that your neighbors have. It is important to ask yourselves as a couple, " Who are we and what do we want?" In case those questions seem superficial you can spend a lifetime following the herd and failing to find your answers. MARKET MOVES: The current stock market crisis and housing bubbles were fueled by private investors and venture capitalists with the reassurance that many others were doing the same thing. A strong herd mentality drives financial professionals in fierce competition for shareholders, ratings and bonuses. REALITY TALES: As couples face our current economic reality, decisions need to be based on strong values instead fear. Couples need to decide what is most important and think of money as an instrument for an authentic life and not an end in itself. OVERCONFIDENCE: Partners need to avoid being too full of themselves. A great deal of research shows experts like doctors, bankers, and mutual fund managers who overestimate their abilities. Accepting influence from your partner and open-ness to differing opinions help keep us humble. ENVY: Envy is an ego trick that can take us way down the wrong road. Work on being the best YOU and help your partner do the same. BEST BAD DAY: A dear friend of Dr. Linda knew a child at school who had a Mom with terminal cancer. The soft spoken second grader told Amy she was having a bad day since her Mom was getting chemotherapy . Amy suggested they make it a "best bad day" so they made a card and placemats for the Mom. We often see this skill among those with lasting and loving relationships through creative "Best Bad Days. GAINS AND LOSSES: Losses have more inpact than an equal amount of gains. In marriage there is a tendency to hold on to the negative. It is essential to balance the negative with gratitude for the gift of family. John Claypool wrote after the death of his 11 year old daughter, " For years I took for granted and assumed having a healthy family was precisely what I deserved. I see now what an astonishingly good fortune even a single day really is. " THE REAL DEAL: The Chinese have a character for Crisis that combines the words "danger" and "opportunity". Although these are difficult and challenging economic times there is a longing to connect with the truth of our lives and to disconnect from the illusions that everyone from politicians to advertisers portray. MOVE FROM MATERIALISM: These trying times can be a healthy correction . We may not be able to control the economy but we do have control about what we decide to care about. THE HOUSE OF THE HEART IS NEVER FULL: Review your priorities as a couple , embrace the things you care about and see life as together as a journey filled with challenge, joy and love. by Dr. Linda Miles