Barack Obama Got Nobel Prize for Peace

Saturday, October 10, 2009 |

"I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honoured by this prize".
This is what the US President said at the Washington Press Conference after getting the award for the Nobel Prize for Peace. It was also reported that he will donate the accompanied 1.4$ Million  to charity.

Mixed Reactions

Obama cleared in the press conference that he do not view the award as recognition of his accomplishments but rather as affirmation of his leadership on behalf of his people. Archbishop Desmond Tutu however said that the award is "a magnificent endorsement for the first African-American president in history", Many however believed that the award is given prematurely considering the President is just one year in the office. Most of his initiatives for peace can only be realized later.

Taliban Issue

Taliban condemn the award stating that President Barack Obama hasn't made any move to initiate peace in the Afghan region. However, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called the award "appropriate".

Turkey and Armenia seek normal ties


From Al-Jazeera News Online:

Turkey and Armenia are set to sign accords to reopen their borders and establish diplomatic ties after decades of bitter relations.
The signing is scheduled for Saturday in the Swiss city of Zurich.
However, protests have been held by Armenians, many of whom believe that Ankara should recognise the mass killing of Armenians by Ottomans during the first world war as genocide.
The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed on Friday that Edward Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu, the respective Armenian and Turkish foreign ministers, would take part in the ceremony.
"The signing ceremony for protocols between the republic of Armenia and the republic of Turkey will occur tomorrow [Saturday] in Zurich," the Swiss foreign ministry announced.
The signing is the culmination of more than a year of Swiss-mediated talks.
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state; Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister; and Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minster, are among those due to attend the signing of accords as a show of support.
Nationalist opposition
The protocols would still need ratification by their respective parliaments after being signed.

That endorsement will have to come as nationalists on both sides protest the accords, particularly an Armenian diaspora which is demanding that Turkey acknowledge the killings of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as genocide.
Turkey has disputed the claims of genocide, with support from the US and UK, saying that the real death toll is lower.
Many Turks see the fighting as a civil war caused by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during which an unverifiable number of Turks also died - although both sides agree that more Armenians than Turks were killed.
Both governments have majorities in parliament but are expected to hold back on immediately ratifying the protocols due to the opposition.
Anita McNaught, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Karakoyunlu on the Turkey's border with Armenia, said: "These protocols are powerful, but they have no legally enforceable status.
"They are reliant on the goodwill and moral authority of the parties who are the participants in it.
"What happens next is ratification ... they've got to sell this to their people and the politicians.
"If they push it though and they ratify it in parliament we see two things: immediately the establishment of diplomatic relations; then within two months the opening of borders."

Read more at Al-Jazeera (credit goes to Al-Jazeera)

Nick Swardson is Back!

Friday, October 9, 2009 |

Nick Swardson is back in his all new Comedy Central Special "Seriously, Who Farted?". He was best known for his writing credits for several Adam Sandler movies and of course, who can forget his role for the now defunct show: Reno 911.

He also starred in the TV pilot "Gay Robot" which was a success across YouTube, MySpace and other community sites online.

"Seriously, Who Farted?" was set to be shown at October 11 and be released as a CD/DVD by Comedy Central Home Entertainment October 13. It was filmed at Austin Texas.

Who is Mark Teixeira?


Who is Mark Teixeira?

You were probably wondering who is this Mark Teixeira? Well Mark Teixeira is the first baseman for the New York Yankees' baseball team. He was all over the news and twitter world recently for his homerun at the 11th inning that to help with the victory of the New York Yankees team with 4-3 score over the Twins.

Career and Legacy
Prior to Newyork Yankees, Teixeira has been with Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Angels team. In 2005, Teixeira became the third switch-hitter in MLB history to hit at least 20 home runs in each of his first three seasons. His 2005 total of 144 RBI is a Major League record for a switch hitter. Teixeira signed a contract worth $180 million over 8 years with the New York Yankees. His contract is the 3rd biggest in the history of Major League Baseball.

Rumors that Maya Angelou is dead

Sunday, October 4, 2009 |

Online twitters across the nations reported the apparent death of Dr. Maya Angelou. She was reported to have been rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles last Saturday evening prior to her engagement to attend the Braveheart awards.

For those who do not know her, she was a famous poet and Pulitzer nominated author. Her best known work is her published autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, that tells the story of her first seventeen years of life. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award.

She was also famous because of her quotable quotes:

"All great achievements require time"
 "Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean."

She's 81, and residing at Harlem, New York. Our prayers go with her.

AJ or Ashley Jewel, Atlanta Housewives ex-fiance of Kandi Burruss killed

Saturday, October 3, 2009 |

Kandi Buruss posted on his Twitter account asking for prayes for her ex-fiance Ashley Jewel who was recently killed in a brawl at atlanta gentleman's club.

The only good news is the the suspect was already apprehended and is now in jail awaiting trial.

AJ was engaged to Kandi Burruss of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" but they were already broken up with her twin daughters living under Kandi.

Sources:,, cnn, fox news

Will Newspapers Survive Online? The ailing newspaper business


In a world of where the person next to you has a Twitter and Facebook account and where people get their latest updates via social networks, it's not hard to imagine that newspaper businesses are falling fast! Time wrote an article about newspaper tycoons looking sideways at technology companies to solve their problems, and make money online. They sent 10 tech companies (IBM, Microsoft, Google etc.) letters asking for proposals and would eventually save the newspaper business. Several of them responded.

The Google solution to the Newspaper Business?
Google responded with a plan to save the newspaper sector. They said they have the capacity, technology and advantage over their competition and will be able to step in and provide the right solution to this problem. Historically speaking, Google is not in good relationship with the news business because of their distribution process wherein news are aggregated to their site instead of forwarding the users to the news sites. But Google quickly took action on this by implementing a new technology where news sites are allowed to participate and eventually sharing the revenues from ads.

The Other solutions
Other companies responded as well (Microsoft, Journalism Online, MyWire) proposing pay-per-news solution. They all have the technology to implement this (except for Journalism Online which is still in development).

What's the Payoff?
For now, the newspaper businesses are leaning toward the Google solution. Google has proven their track record in generationg revenues in ads and content, the same model on how the newspaper businesses generate their revenues offline. It's probably too early to tell what will be the payoff to this new competition especially if most users online don't want to pay anything for news. But whoever can implement this fast, they will be King of the Fourth Estate.