Angola’s representatives in the Big Brother house are at it again as Esperanca has for the second time asked that she be allowed to leave the house.
She dropped the shocking news earlier yesterday, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, during their session with Biggie. ‘I don’t need a psychologist, I don’t need 24 hours, I just want to go Biggie‘, she said while a frustrated Seydou looked on.
The 24-year-old complained about Seydou’s lazy attitude towards chores and matters concerning them and she was tired of doing the duties assigned to the two of them.
Biggie however suggested that Seydou show her some respect warning him that he would have to follow suit should Esperanca decide to leave. It appears the advice came late though as Seydou quickly asked if he could start packing his bags. Biggie said it was entirely up to him.
Meanwhile, different reactions have followed the news of their imminent exit. While Seydou’s love interest, Talia, broke down in tears, accusing Esperanca of being unfair to him, Janette and Mildred thought otherwise. They claim Esperanca’s decision was justified because they too hadn’t seen him do any chores in the House.
‘He just sleeps all day but Esperanca also hasn’t given herself up to have fun in the House. We all miss our families’, Jannette said. However, Eve told Biggie, that contrary to the opinion that she has been convincing Esperanca to leave, she has been begging her to change her mind.
‘I’ve been literally begging Esperanca to hold on and be strong…who are we to tell her to ignore her child and her husband?‘ she said. It would be recalled that same Esperanca threatened to pull out on the day 3 of the game but for Seydou’s persuasion.
Research In Motion Ltd on Tuesday warned it could report its second consecutive quarterly operating loss and said it had engaged bankers to help it review its business, the latest in a string of dismal messages from the once-dominant BlackBerry maker.
RIM shares, already down nearly 80 percent over the past 12 months, slumped nearly 13 percent in after-market trading, slithering to around $9.77 a share.
“We’re looking at this as a salvage, value-type situation. The valuable assets in RIM are cash on the balance sheet, the recurring enterprise software revenue, and their patents,” said Mark McKechnie, an analyst at ThinkEquity LLC.
“When I talk about RIM’s valuation, I talk about $10 per share for the value of their patents.”
RIM also said there would be significant headcount reductions in some areas, confirming recent reports of job cuts as RIM tries to reposition itself in a smartphone market where it now trails far behind rivals Apple and Google’s Android.
RIM said it had hired the bankers, from JP Morgan and Royal Bank of Canada, after releasing its year-end results in late March to aid its strategic review.
RIM has asked the banks to evaluate the merits of various strategies, including a business model overhaul or less dramatic moves such as expanding the BlackBerry platform through partnerships and licensing deals.
“These advisors have been tasked to help us with the strategic review we referenced on our year-end financial results conference call and to evaluate the relative merits and feasibility of various financial strategies,” CEO Thorsten Heins said in a statement.
Being touched by a man really gets the ladies hot, new research suggests. When physically touched by a male experimenter, women actually did get “hot and bothered” — their skin temperatureincreased, specifically in the face and chest.
“Women showed a temperature increase when they were involved in social contact with the male experimenter,” study researcherAmanda Hahn, of the University of St. Andrews, in the United Kingdom, told LiveScience. “In some women they changed by almost a whole degree” Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
These changes were subconscious in many of the participants. Figuring out how skin temperature changes in response to stress and other emotional factors could help researchers study arousal non-invasively and develop hands-off lie detectors.
The face heats up when under stress, or when scared, or angry (hence the term hot-headed). The researchers wanted to find how other emotions impact facial temperature, so they took heat-showing pictures of two groups of young heterosexual women during a standard interaction with an experimenter, which included touching the arm, palm, face and chest (using a light probe that they were told measures skin color).
When an experimenter (of either gender) touched a participant, the participant’s average skin temperature jumped about a tenth of a degree Celsius. The effect wasn’t as large when considering only touches to the participant’s arm or palm, and the skin of the face and chest regions changed the most.
The jump was about three times larger when the experimenter was male, the researchers found. The facial and chest skin of a young female, when touched in those areas by a male experimenter, got about 0.54 F (0.3 C) hotter.
This increase is pretty large for a facial temperature change, the researchers said. “This is the sort of magnitude of change you would see when you are doing an explicit emotional stressor,” like inducing fear or stress, Hahn said. “We weren’t manipulating their emotional or affective state, it was a subtle social interaction with the experimenter … but they had pretty large reactions.”
Many of the participants were unaware of their skin temperature reaction, when asked about it after the fact. “Only about a quarter of the sample reported feeling any emotional change. The rest were consciously unaffected by the interaction,” Hahn said.
The researchers can’t say if the changes are perceptible to the naked eye, or if they could be detected with touch. If others can detect these changes, they could serve as social cues that we use tocommunicate nonverbally.
The study will be published tomorrow (May 30) in the journal Biology Letters.
ECOWAS Commission has strongly condemned an attempt to create an Islamic State of Azawad in the occupied northern territory of Mali, describing the act as “an opportunistic move which will only worsen the plight of the populations already suffering atrocities and deprivation.”
The commission, in a statement by the President, Ambassador Désiré Ouedraogo, considered the latest development as a serious threat to regional and international peace and security.
“ECOWAS has learnt with incomprehension the attempt to create an ‘Islamic State of Azawad’ in the occupied northern territory of Mali, following the merger of the rebel National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and Ansar Dine on 26 May 2012,” he said.
Ouedraogo reiterated that ECOWAS offered for a negotiated settlement to any genuine grievances, but underscored the determination of the commission to take all necessary measures to prevent the descent of northern Mali into a zone of lawlessness for terrorists and other criminal networks and to assist Mali to re-establish the unity and territorial integrity of the country.
He said such move would further threaten regional peace and security.
“ECOWAS wishes to reiterate that it will never compromise on the territorial integrity of Mali. ECOWAS does not recognise the so-called declaration of independence,” he said.
In a similar vein, he said the commission rejected an attempt to impose Captain Amadou Sanogo, the leader of the CNRDRE, on the country as Interim President.
“This does not only contravenes the ECOWAS principle of Zero Tolerance for power obtained or maintained by unconstitutional means, but it also seeks to further disrupt the roadmap for the restoration of constitutional order in Mali,” he said.
He reaffirmed ECOWAS’ unflinching support to the transitional authorities in the country, considering any public declaration or demonstration in support of designating any new leaders outside the recognised transitional authorities as a flagrant obstruction to the transitional process.
He said: “It has come to the notice of ECOWAS that, following the assault on Mr. Dionkounda Traoré, the Interim President of Mali, on 21 May 2012, the political forces behind the mob attack are persisting in their regrettable and unpatriotic attempts to disrupt the transitional process at a critical time when the territorial integrity of the country is under serious threat.
“ECOWAS, therefore, warns those behind the on-going campaign to desist henceforth from such acts or face the sanctions adopted by the Mediation and Security Council. In this regard, ECOWAS will cooperate closely with the African Union to compile the list of offending individuals and groups.”
Apple’s new chief executive Tim Cook has said he is not trying to be the next Steve Jobs.
“Steve was a visionary. My role was never to replace him,” he said in his first live media interview.
Mr Cook was talking at the Wall Street Journal’s annual All Things Digital conference in California.
He revealed few specifics but said Apple would “double down on secrecy on products” and that Apple TV remains “an area of intense interest”.
Despite being peppered with questions from over an hour talking to technology, media and entertainment executives, Mr Cook revealed only a handful of incremental insights on Apple’s products and strategies.
Regarding a possible integration with Facebook via iTunes or on the iPhone, he said: “Our relationship is good. I think we can do more with them. Stay tuned.”
‘I am who I am’
But he reserved some of his strongest statements for protecting intellectual property.
Rather than agree that the legal battle over patents between Apple and Samsung was taking a toll on innovation, he instead pointed toward patent piracy in general.
“It’s important that Apple not be the developer for the world,” he said.
“We can’t take all of our energy, and all of our care, and finish the painting and have someone else put their name on it.”
When asked, how Apple would change under his leadership, Mr Cook skirted the question several times, but ultimately deferred to Steve Jobs’ legacy as Apple’s founder and chief executive.
“Steve was a visionary. My role was never to replace him. He was an original.”
“I’ve never felt the weight of trying to be Steve. It’s not who I am and it’s not my goal in life.”
“I am who I am, and I’m focused on that, and being a great CEO of Apple.”
Adam Lashinsky, author of Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired -and Secretive – Company Really Works, attended the talk and said that Tim Cook came across as confident and self-assured.
“We saw an extremely confident, intelligent, comfortable man who has replaced a legend.”
“I think it was very reassuring to see this strong hand on the steering wheel at Apple.”
“He spoke eloquently that he is not a replacement for Steve Jobs, and we should not expect him to be the visionary that Jobs was.”
“In other words we saw a man who is comfortable in his own skin, who knows who he is.”
Tim Bajarin, a technology analyst who has followed Apple since 1981 said: “Make no mistake, this is an incredibly strong leader whose vision and goal is to protect the Apple culture.”
“People don’t really understand how sick Jobs was the past two years of his life. Tim basically has been running the company for over two-and-a-half years.”
“He has the respect and the allegiance of the staff. As a result, that’s why we haven’t seen Apple skip a beat.”
Mitt Romney has secured his place as the Republican challenger to Barack Obama in November’s US presidential election, following a primary in Texas.
Projections show he easily won enough votes to pass the threshold of 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination.
Mr Romney said he was “humbled”. He is the first Mormon from a major party to contest the presidential election.
He is set to be officially anointed as the Republican nominee at the party convention in Florida in late August.
Mr Romney has been the presumptive nominee for several weeks as his rivals withdrew or suspended campaigning.
With 1,086 delegates secured as he entered the Texas race, Mr Romney only needed 58 to pass the 1,144 mark.
In early returns, Mr Romney had captured more than 70% of the vote. Texas awards 152 delegates proportionally.
He will surpass his father, George Romney, a former Michigan governor who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 1968.
Opinion polls suggest Mitt Romney is locked in an extremely close race with Mr Obama in November.
“I am honoured that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee,” Mr Romney said in statement.
As polls closed, the former Massachusetts governor was attending a fundraiser in Las Vegas with real estate tycoon Donald Trump.
He spent the day campaigning in Colorado and Nevada.
Ahead of Tuesday’s private fundraiser, the Obama campaign released a video focusing on Mr Trump’s comments falsely alleging that the president was born in Kenya.
The video seeks to draw a contrast between Mr Romney and Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee, who once corrected a woman after she called Mr Obama a Muslim.
“Why won’t Mitt Romney do the same?” asks the clip.
On Monday, Mr Romney stopped short of condemning Mr Trump’s comments.
“I don’t agree with all the people who support me. And my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Mr Romney told reporters.
The Obama campaign video against Mr Trump is the latest in a series of attack ads.
On Monday, the Romney campaign released an attack ad criticising Mr Obama over a federal loan to a solar panel maker which later went bankrupt.
On Tuesday Mr Romney also met casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who gave millions to supporters of Newt Gingrich’s campaign during the primary season.
Experts say the outcome of November’s election could depend on what happens in a handful of battleground states, including Colorado and Nevada, as the candidates vie for the support of independent voters.
The next question of the campaign is who Mr Romney will pick as his vice-presidential running mate.
Controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez now has more than three million followers on Twitter, making him the most popular Latin American politician on the site — a milestone he celebrated on Monday.
“To the three million followers, I sent a special thank you! We will use this platform to pursue our battle of ideas!” Chavez wrote early Monday, shortly after the number of followers topped the three million mark.
At midday, the @chavezcandanga account had 3,001,091 followers.
Early in the day, state television VTV aired an ad announcing the milestone.
Chavez, who is battling cancer, opened the account in April 2010 to counter the opposition’s use of social media. He quickly attracted hundreds of thousands of followers, some of whom asked him for jobs or housing.
The flood of messages prompted the leftist leader to open a special service tasked with reading and answering all of the tweets.
Chavez, 57, has been in power in 1999. He is running for reelection as a “revolutionary socialist” in October against Henrique Capriles, the youthful Miranda state governor and center-left candidate for the united opposition.
Chavez has been especially active on Twitter since his first cancer surgery in Cuba to remove a tumor from his pelvic area in June 2011.
He underwent a second operation on the same area in February after it recurred, and since then has made several trips to Cuba — Venezuela’s closest ally — for radiation treatment.
Chavez is the most prominent face of the left in Latin America and has rallied a group of like-minded leaders as a counterweight to the United States.
He said last week that he would officially throw his hat into the ring for the October 7 presidential election.
Want to cook like the Colonel?
Starting Tuesday, fans of KFC’s Facebook pages can access two of Colonel Harland Sanders’ recipes and other content from his soon-to-be-released autobiography. The manuscript was written by Sanders in 1966 and discovered more than 40 years later.
KFC says the recipes are for potato pancakes and upside-down peach cobbler. They’re among 33 never-before-seen recipes featured in the book.
The entire book can be downloaded for free at facebook.com/kfc beginning June 4. KFC says the book – “Colonel Harland Sanders: The Autobiography of the Original Celebrity Chef” – is not available in bookstores or through online book sellers.
The book provides a look into the life of the KFC founder. It includes dozens of rare photos and firsthand stories from Sanders.
-The Sacramento Bee
A new kind of hotel offers couples a quick getaway – from each other.
At the Divorce Hotel, unhappily married couples can check out of their marriages with a weekend package that includes lawyers and luxury accommodations – separate, of course.
“They arrive on Friday and we give them everything they need to leave Sunday with their divorce papers,” said Jim Halfens, the Dutch entrepreneur who came up with the idea. “Divorces can cost a lot of money and a lot of time. Here, it’s done in three days.”
Couples check into one of six boutique hotels in the Netherlands for the Divorce Hotel package, which typically costs between $2,500 and $10,000 depending on the complexity of the couple’s assets and whether there’s a custody battle.
“We have everything they need: lawyers, mediators, psychologists,” said Halfens. “The marriage failed, and that’s negative. But it’s also a new start, and that’s positive. The only thing we can do is offer a better solution than fighting for years.”
Soon Halfens’ plans to bring Divorce Hotel to the U.S., where one in two marriages ends in divorce.
“People are very interested because what we’re doing is so unique,” Halfens said, explaining how divorces in the U.S. can stretch over months and even years. “At first, you’re very angry with each other but there’s one moment when you say, ‘Let’s do this in a positive way.’ That’s when you come to us and we’ll do it fast.”
“They would be perfect for our program,” Halfens said, stressing the hotel’s commitment to privacy. “We wrote to them and said they are very welcome.”
Moore and Kutcher did not respond, Halfens said.
Although the name “Divorce Hotel” drums up images of a sad place where guests sob over stiff drinks at the bar, Halfens said the reality is quite the opposite.
“We once had a guy that said, ‘I want a bottle of champagne,’ and did a toast to his wife,” said Halfens. “He said, ‘I had a wonderful time with you, and I wish you a nice future. Please wish for me a nice future as well.’”
But not all divorces are so amicable. Halfens said the hotel only works if both parties are keen to make a clean break.
“We can’t split up everybody,” he said, adding that couples who are “aggressive” or “childish” usually need a traditional and somewhat lengthy divorce. “First, we invite them to our head office for a conversation; we ask them about the situation. If it’s possible, we book them into the hotel. If not, we help them with a traditional divorce.”
Halfens said he hopes to launch a reality TV show about Divorce Hotel in the fall.
“It’s time to show people this is possible,” he said. “And obviously it would be a great television show.”