Wednesday, April 30, 2014
As if defending his perfect unbeaten record against one of the biggest punchers in boxing is not enough to keep him occupied, Floyd Mayweather is trying to buy the major league basketball team which is being torn apart by one of the worst racist scandals ever to darken American sport.
No wonder the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on earth nicknames himself Money Mayweather.
Floyd Jnr wants to put the $40 million which is his guaranteed minimum for Saturday night’s fight towards the $1.8 billion it will cost to purchase the controversy-riven Los Angeles Clippers.
Floyd Mayweather is trying to buy the LA Clippers
Interested: Floyd Mayweather Jr makes his way to the MGM Grand on Tuesday
Money bags: Floyd Mayweather arrives at the MGM Grand ahead of his fight against Marcos Maidana
Of Marcos Maidana, the Argentine slugger he is about to face in a Las Vegas ring, Mayweather says: ‘ He’s been superb in his last four fights. He has an 80 per cent KO ratio. So I can’t sleep on this guy.’
Of the Clippers, whose owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape telling his mistress not to fraternise with ‘black people’ including basketball players and has been banned from that sport for life, Mayweather says: ‘Do I want to buy the Clippers? Yes I do. I can bring together a group of people who can afford it.
‘Buying a major league franchise is something I want to add to our growing Mayweather Promotions business, which is no longer only about boxing. We are already in clothing, music, movies.’
Sterling is being ostracised by society as well as banished from basketball but in typically outspoken fashion Mayweather says of the disgraced Clippers boss: ‘Personally I can’t say anything negative about him. He’s always behaved beautifully to me. Always invites me to their games. Always sit me next to him and his wife. Though I don’t know about the mistress.’
LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life by NBA
Banned for life: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling cannot be involved in the team's operations after racist comments allegedly made by him were made public
Smart man. He is smoothing the negotiating path even though world welterweight title fight is only a couple of days away.
He does so as another piece of his corporate jigsaw appears to be falling into place.
Mayweather takes on Maidana in the MGM Grand resort, which has just announced plans to build a new 20,000 capacity arena in an open-air plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Clearly, this is designed to bring a major league franchise to Las Vegas.
Mayweather says: ‘We will keep the Clipprs where they are at in LA.’
But the temptation would be there to move them away from the shadow of the more-loved Los Angeles Lakers to the sinful city he calls home.
The strength of his relationship with MGM is revealed when he says: ‘I love this place. They stage everything perfect and look after me beautifully. They have just given me a $400,000 Swiss watch encrusted with emeralds, as well as a $1.2 million Bugati to on in the garage with all the other cars from which I choose one each day to drive to the gym. They want me to feel comfortable. I do feel comfortable.’
Tirade: The recording stemmed from a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano (right) after she posted this photo with Magic Johnson to her Instagram account
Incorrigible tease that he is, Mayweather is also hinting for the first time that he might box on after the last bout in his potentially $300 million, six-fight contract the Showtime TV network.
Four more unbeaten nights, starting Saturday, will take him to 49-0, the historic mark on which Rocky Marciano retired.
Might he go for one better and, for an almighty encore, even fight Manny Pacquiao, finally, in the richest fight of all time?
Until this week he has always said No but the tune has altered. Now 37, he says: ‘I’m human. I’m entitled to change my mind. I don’t know what I will do after the 49th fight. Sometimes I feeI I might quit boxing right now. I don’t have to fight any more.
‘But it’s not hard for me to get up early in the morning to go the gym, even though I sometimes lie in bed and feel happy about my career.
‘I am doing it for my legacy. I congratulate Manny on his victory over Tim Bradley. When I do retire I want to be sure that the only name anyone ever talks about when it comes to the history is Floyd Mayweather.’
Standing up: Protestors at Tuesday night's NBA playoff clash against the Golden State Warriors
Disgusted: Several groups made their voices known before the clash against Sterling
To that end, his mantra is still: ‘Hard work. Dedication.’
That and his strength of body and mind have defeated even the biggest of the tough guys he has faced and he says: ‘People don’t realise how strong I am. Not only physically but mentally. The opponents I face are big and strong and fast. But when it comes to the mental side they cannot get to my level.’
Whenever he does hang up the gloves his interest in the boxing arm of Mayweather enterprises will be on cleaning up the sport.
It disappoints the champion who has led the campaign against drug abuse in the ring that a number of his stable of fighters have tested positive recently and he says: ‘That’s not the fault of our company. There will always be some fighters who won’t listen. But there are less and less of them doing this and we will keep on talking to them.
‘I give blood and urine for tests. I’m a clean athlete. All natural. When this all first came up I was called a coward. Well if I am a coward I’m the richest coward in the world.’
Eye on the throne: Maidana will be the massive underdog against Mayweather on May 3 in Las Vegas
Rich enough to buy the LA Clippers, an investment which involves only one problem: ‘If we do this I can’t bet on games. Owners aren’t allowed to bet, which I love.’
More, he tacitly admits, than he loves the mothers of his children. Of his split with his latest girl friend, he says: ‘I have nothing negative to say about her. Sometimes you just don’t see eye-to-eye with people or the love’s not there.
‘But whatever the issues about me, I can say that my good outweighs my bad.’
It is likely, also, that he will outweigh Maidana in an event of which he makes this prediction: ‘This will be a helluva fight. He says he wants to knock me out. But I want to knock him out. And he must wonder why all these other bigger guys haven’t been able to go through me. Hmmm.’
This is Mayweather in full, fascinating flow but the audience comes to an abrupt end when he glances at that $400,000 watch and leaps from his seat.
‘Basketball time,’ he says. , Let’s go bet.’
Mayweather-Maidana and Khan-Collazo will be televised live on BoxNation late on Saturday night
Protest: Los Angeles Clippers players held a silent protest over Sterling's comments
Monday, April 28, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Naibu Waziri wa Fedha(S)Mh:Mwigulu Nchemba akiwa na Balozi wa Tanzania hapa Washington DC Mh:Libereta Mulamula alipowasili Uwanja wa Ndege wa Washington DC.Wengine ni Watumishi wa Ubalozi wa Tanzania hapa Washington,Wamwisho Kulia ni Mwenyekiti wa Shina la CCM Maryland Ndugu.Mrisho Mzese
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Naibu Waziri wa Fedha(S) Mh:Mwigulu Nchemba akibadilishana Mawazo na DJ Luke wa Vijimambo(Kushoto) na Mrisho.
Furaha ya Watanzania Wanapokutana na Viongozi wao Nje ya Nchi ni Kujua hiki na Kile Kinachoendelea Nyumbani Tanzania,Hapa ni Habari za Bunge la Katiba,Uchumi n.k
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Mbali na hapo Mh:Mwigulu Nchemba akihojiwa na Vijimambo Blog amezungumzia Swala la Bunge la Katiba kuwa,Katiba Mpya Itapatikana endapo Waliopewa Kazi ya Kuitunga Wataacha tabia ya Kugeuza Bunge hilo ni Uwanja wa Siasa,Watachana na Kugeuza Bunge hilo Sehemu ya Kitega Uchumi,Mwisho Katiba Itapatikana Endapo Uzalendo Utawekwa Kipaumbele na sio Matakwa Binafsi".Hivi Karibuni Wajumbe kutoka CHADEMA,CUF NA NCCR na Wachache Kutoka Kundi la 201 Walisusia Bunge la Katiba kwa Madai Wamechoka Kusemwa Vibaya kwenye Bunge hilo,Kitendo hicho cha Kususia Bunge kimewakera Watanzania Waliowengi kwakuwa Sababu za Kususia Bunge hazina Uzito,Pia hii ndio fursa pekee kwa Watanzania kuandika Katiba inayokwenda na Muda na Mazingira ya Maisha yao,Hivyo Watu Wachache kutaka Kugeuza Bunge la Katiba Uwanja wa Kutafuta mtaji wa Kisiasa ni Kukosa Uzalendo kwa Taifa lao.
Bofya hapo chini kusikiliza mahojiano hayo
Bofya hapo chini kusikiliza mahojiano hayo
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Baada ya kufanya poa kwa video ya msanii JAGUAR ijulikanayo ka ‘Kioo’. Msanii huyo ameamua kurudi katika gereza la Industrial Area nchini Kenya na kutoa shukrani kwa wafungwa wa gereza hilo kwani video yote ya Kioo ilifanyika ndani ya gereza hilo. Katika video aliyoweka kupitia akaunti yake ya Instagram Jaguar aliwashukuru wafungwa hao akisema “Mnakumbuka ile video tuliifanya apa Kioo? Io ngoma imekuwa kubwa sana na ndo maana nimerudi kusema asanteni sana.”
Jaguar alisindikizwa na Nonini na Bahati ambaye anatamba sana kwa upande wa wasanii wanaoimba Gospel Kenya. Mwisho wa siku Jaguar, Nonini na Bahati walidondosa show ya nguvu kwa wafungwa hao.
Unaweza tazama picha za wasanii hao walipotembelea gereza hilo hapa chini.
Bad luck, Kim: Nicki Minaj is queen of the rears...as we see how celebrities measure up in battle of the booties.
CELEBRITY WAIST - HIP RATIO
The question ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ used to set fear into the heart of many women, but in today’s society a bigger bottom is celebrated – thanks to the rise in a rounder derriere amongst the A-list.
From Kim Kardashian’s beautiful booty to Amber Rose’s rounder rump – they’re all at it, and you don’t need to be a former lover of Kanye West to jump on the band wagon.
But the celebrity with the biggest bottom of them all is The Other Woman star Nicki Minaj, 31, with a whopping 19 inch difference between her reported 45 inch hips and her waist - a minuscule 26 inches.
Star quality: Nicki Minaj has one of the biggest celebrity bottoms with a teeny tiny waist and a rounded bottom - posing here for a picture on her Instagram account
They're definitely not shy: Kim Kardashian famously posted this selfie of herself and Blac Chyna on Instagram
Waist 26, hips 45 = 19” difference
Waist 23, hips 40 = 17" difference
Waist 26, hips 40 = 14” difference
Waist 26, hips 40 = 14” difference
Waist 23, hips 37 = 14” difference
Waist 27, hips 41 = 14” difference
Waist 25, hips 38 = 13” difference
Waist 25, hips 38 = 13" difference
Waist 24, hips 36 = 12” difference
Waist 23, hips 34 = 11" difference
Waist 25, hips 35 = 10” difference
Waist 25, hips 35 = 10” difference
Waist 26, hips 36 = 10” difference
Speaking about her famous behind on MTV back in 2011, the star said: ‘I don’t mind the questions, I don’t mind the fascination. It’s all good.'
She added: 'I mean…but I’ve said this before, it doesn’t define me. So, I try my best not to focus my energy on it.
‘You know, people are sitting in the barbershop talking about my butt, it’s conversational. That’s what people are gonna do.’
But it’s not just Nicki hitting the headlines with her perfectly plump rump; Kim Kardashian’s bottom is the subject of much talk – mainly surrounding if it’s natural or not.
The 33-year-old star, who once had an X-ray on live TV to prove she hadn’t had implants, took to Twitter earlier this year to rant about the conversation.
She said: ‘I'm seeing all these nonsense tabloids claiming I have butt implants-injections. Get a life! Using pics of me 15lbs skinnier (before I had my baby) comparing to me now! I still have weight to lose.’
While Kim’s is celebrated by her fiancé Kanye West, whose latest rap with Future called I Won talks about ‘dipping that ass in gold’, Bootylicious singer Beyoncé is so proud of her bottom she sings about it.
The 32-year-old, refers to her behind as ‘fatty’ in her hit single Drunk In Love, and back in 2009 she told MTV she runs up and down the stairs to keep her bottom in shape.
She said: ‘I guess my butt is natural. But I go through stages like every woman. I like being curvy but sometimes I get curvy in the wrong places.
‘After New Year I do stairs - they are the best thing for butt cheeks. Every January I'll start working out. I'll do that for three months and then stop again!’
Baby got back: Kim Kardashian also posted this 'belfie' - a bottom selfie - onto her social media accounts, showing off her derrière
Wowzers: Beyoncé and Ice T's wife Coco Austin rank highly in the top celebrity bottoms - and for a good reason
Check out the junk: Rihanna posted this picture of herself onto Instagram - showing off her brilliant bottom
But it might surprise you to hear neither Beyoncé nor Kim have the second biggest celebrity rear – after Nicki Minaj who holds the title of Queen of the Bottoms.
Rapper Ice T’s wife Coco Austin is reported to have 23 inch hips and 40 inch hips giving her a 17 inch difference.
Also in the top ten was Australian Iggy Azalea with a 14 inch difference and the original Jenny From The Block, Jennifer Lopez, with a reported 13 inch difference.
Iggy, 23, was recently bigged up by her 'baller' boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young, who proclaimed his love for her bottom as they walked down the street in LA.
Pert and perfect: Jennifer Lopez flaunted her brilliant bottom in PVC as she filmed American Idol recently while Amber Rose showed off her behind on the red carpet in a gold dress
Lovely lass: British girl Kelly Brook is known for her fabulous figure and showed off her shape in a recent advertising campaign for New Look
The excited 28-year-old said, according to TMZ: 'You see all of this, you see all this? This is what I'm on, man - I'm the star - you see what I'm going into this car with? What I'm gonna do with this a** shouldn't be legal.'
Kim Kardashian’s friend Blac Chyna, who is engaged to rapper Tyga, also has a rather bumptious bottom with a huge 14 inch difference in her reported hip to waist ratio.
Umbrella star Rihanna, 26, is often seen pinching her own rear in music videos, and the curvy singer has a tiny 24 inch waist and rounded 35 inch hips.
Check it out: Australian rapper/singer Iggy Azalea is proud of her 14 inch waist to hip difference
Yikes! The star was showing off those incredible 14 inches in a wrap-around skirt after she did a radio interview in Los Angeles, on Monday
And catching up from the rear, Pippa Middleton - Kate's younger sister - shot to worldwide fame after many found themselves admiring her perfect posterior at the royal wedding in 2011.
The 30-year-old has impressive stats, with a super tiny 23 inch waist with 34 inch hips giving her a near-perfect hourglass figure.
Coming in at the bottom of the list, British model and curve-ambassador Kelly Brook, 34, racked up a reported 10 inch difference between her hips and waist – along with Hollywood icon Jessica Biel and Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh.
Famous bottom: Pippa Middleton shot to fame, not only because she's Kate Middleton's sister, but because her bottom looked particularly pert at the royal wedding in 2011.
One hot mama: She's currently pregnant with her first child, adding to Kimberley Walsh's already incredible curves.
This stowaway teen clung to plane's landing gear for five hours, braving temperatures of -62C... so how DID he survive?
16-year-old endured a lack of oxygen as aircraft reached 38,000ft
Conditions normally prove fatal but experts think his heart slowed
He was unconscious for most of the 2,000-mile journey
But some experts yesterday were suspicious of his story
The stowaway is understood to have been unconscious for most of the journey of more than 2,000 miles between California and Hawaii, and woke up around an hour after the plane landed.
He then jumped out of the undercarriage compartment and was found on the tarmac on the island of Maui. He was carrying nothing but a comb. Miraculously, medics declared him unharmed.
The boy, from Santa Clara, California, has not been named but it is understood he had run away from his parents following an argument.
FBI spokesman Tom Simon said: 'He doesn't even remember the flight. Kid's lucky to be alive. He was unconscious for the lion's share of the flight.'
Security footage shows the boy jumping over a perimeter fence at Mineta San Jose International Airport to get to the Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning.
He climbed into the undercarriage of the Boeing 767 and managed to avoid the wheels as they were retracted after take-off. But some experts yesterday were suspicious of his story, as most wheel well stowaways die from hypothermia or are killed by a lack of oxygen.
'Incredibly lucky' Teenager survived five hours in -62C
A stowaway plunged on to a street in Mortlake, Surrey, as a flight from Angola began its descent to Heathrow in 2012
Pilot talks about the teen stowaway's flight
It is thought that at 18,000ft, hypoxia sets in, causing weakness, tremors, light-headedness and visual impairment.
Above 33,000ft the lungs would usually require artificial pressure to function normally. Among the sceptics was ABC News aviation consultant John Nance, who said: 'This is a first in medical science and a first in physiology. I just don't believe it.'
Dr Richard Besser, the network's chief health and medical editor, said: 'It is near impossible, almost miraculous, and maybe there's more to the story.' To survive such conditions, the body has to fall into a hibernation-like state, he added.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the chances of survival in a wheel well are about 24 per cent.
Aviation expert Peter Forman called the boy's survival 'miraculous'. 'You are talking about altitudes that are well above the altitude of Mount Everest,' he said.
'A lot of people would only have useful consciousness for a minute or two at that altitude. I've never heard of anything like that before.' Hawaiian Airlines said staff noticed the boy on the ramp after the flight arrived.
Spokesman Alison Croyle said: 'Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived.'
The teenager was questioned by the FBI but it is understood he was released to child protective services and will not face charges.
He was photographed yesterday sitting upright and alert as he was examined by medics. In August, a teenage boy in Nigeria survived a 35-minute trip in the wheel well of a domestic flight. Authorities credited his survival with the flight's short duration and altitude of about 25,000ft.
However, many have died in the attempt. One stowaway plunged on to a street in Mortlake, Surrey, as a flight from Angola began its descent to Heathrow in 2012.
Friday, April 18, 2014
- Scientists Spot Most Earth-Like Planet YetAstronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet that may have the capability to sustain life.
- This artist's rendering provided by NASA on Thursday, April 17, 2014 shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth twin. (AP Photo/NASA Ames, SETI Institute, JPL-Caltech, T. Pyle)
The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.
"This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found. The results are absolutely rock solid," University of California, Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy, who had no role in the discovery, said in an email.
The planet was detected by NASA's orbiting Kepler telescope, which examines the heavens for subtle changes in brightness that indicate an orbiting planet is crossing in front of a star. From those changes, scientists can calculate a planet's size and make certain inferences about its makeup.
The newfound object, dubbed Kepler-186f, circles a red dwarf star 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. A light-year is almost 6 trillion miles.
The planet is about 10 percent larger than Earth and may very well have liquid water - a key ingredient for life - on its surface, scientists said. That is because it resides at the outer edge of the habitable temperature zone around its star - the sweet spot where lakes, rivers or oceans can exist without freezing solid or boiling away.
The planet probably basks in an orange-red glow from its star and is most likely cooler than Earth, with an average temperature slightly above freezing, "similar to dawn or dusk on a spring day," Marcy said.
The discovery was detailed in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
Lead researcher Elisa Quintana at NASA's Ames Research Center said she considers the planet to be more of an "Earth cousin" than a twin because it circles a star that is smaller and dimmer than our sun. While Earth revolves around the sun in 365 days, this planet completes an orbit of its star every 130 days.
"You have a birthday every 130 days on this planet," she said.
Scientists cannot say for certain whether it has an atmosphere, but if it does, it probably contains a lot of carbon dioxide, outside experts said.
"Don't take off your breathing mask if you ever land there," said Lisa Kaltenegger, a Harvard and Max Planck Institute astronomer who had no connection to the research.
Despite the differences, "now we can point to a star and know that there really is a planet very similar to the Earth, at least in size and temperature," Harvard scientist David Charbonneau, who was not part of the team, said in an email.
Since its launch in 2009, Kepler has confirmed 961 planets, but only a few dozen are in the habitable zone. Most are giant gas balls like Jupiter and Saturn, and not ideal places for life. Scientists in recent years have also found planets slightly larger than Earth in the Goldilocks zone called "super Earths," but it is unclear if they are rocky.
The latest discovery is the closest in size to Earth than any other known world in the habitable region.
Kepler-186f is part of a system of five planets, all of which are roughly Earth's size. However, the other planets are too close to their star to support life.
Astronomers may never know for certain whether Kepler-186f can sustain life. The planet is too far away even for next-generation space telescopes like NASA's overbudget James Webb, set for launch in 2018, to study in detail.
Kepler completed its prime mission and was in overtime when one of the wheels that keep its gaze steady failed last year. NASA has not yet decided whether to keep using the telescope to hunt for planets on a scaled-back basis.