Wednesday, June 30, 2010
NIGERIAN President Goodluck Jonathan banned the country's soccer team from international competition for two years following their dismal showing at the World Cup.
"President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order," spokesman Ima Niboro told reporters.
Nigeria finished bottom of their group in South Africa with just one point from three matches.
They lost to Argentina and Greece and drew with South Korea.
Rotimi Amaechi, governor of a key oil-producing state, Rivers, who heads a special presidential task force on the World Cup campaign, said Nigeria would write to soccer's world governing body FIFA to explain its decision.
"We went to the World Cup and found all sorts of problems and we felt we should sit back and look inward," said Mr Amaechi.
Mr Jonathan also ordered an audit into how the funds allocated for the team at the World Cup were used.
The decision will put Nigeria on a collision course with FIFA who take a dim view of any political interference in the independent running of national federations.
"We have not received any official information on this subject. However, in general, the position of FIFA concerning political interference is well known," a FIFA statement said.
FIFA has already voiced its opposition to French government involvement as the fall-out from the 1998 champions' first round exit continues.
Raymond Domenech's squad were sent packing out of the tournament after losing 2-1 to South Africa bringing the curtain down on a dreadful campaign that saw a players' strike, insults hurled at the coach and a volley of criticism from politicians.
Mr Domenech and ex-French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes were yesterday due to address a hearing of a French parliamentary commission into the debacle.
Drake recently considered whether he could giving up rapping for a R&B singing career.
Although he takes pride in his singing ability, Drake believes rapping is his core talent.
VIBE: If you were stuck with an ultimatum to choose between singing and rapping, what would you go with?
Drake: I could never really take singing on the road the way I can take rapping on the road. I can’t get on stage and blow people away with my range and vocals. I’m a studio singer because I can convey emotion and I have unique melodies, so that’s kind of what I pride myself on, but that’s where it stops. I make music more for people to listen to rather than to hold me as an R&B artist. Not to wish that I couldn’t sing better. If I could sing like Trey [Songz] then yeah, I’d definitely just want to be a singer. If I could do anything, trust me, I wish I could just sit at the piano and sing
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(NEWSER) – Jamaican authorities have handed over accused drug lord Christopher Coke to the US government,ABC News reports.
“Dudus” should be in New York by this evening to face drug and weapons charges. The extradition ends a violent campaign by the Jamaican government to oust Coke from his stronghold in West Kingston. More than 70 people died in the resulting clashes.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Eminem was on the "All Out Show" today (June 24th) and the Shady Records head man talked about why he decided to end his past beef with Slaughterhouse member, Royce Da 5'9. Eminem also talked about his plans for the future speaking about upcoming Shady Records projects and his group D-12. "I'm probably gonna go through this album cycle with everything that I got to do with this and then when I get back home, probably jump back in the studio with [D12] and do some things with Slaughterhouse and just keep making music," Em said in an interview. "[Me and Royce back together,] that sh*t is cool. It's very cool, it's good that we were able to work things out and just talk it out. I think after we lost Proof we realized how stupid this beef sh*t is. It was a serious wake-up call, man, and realizing that life's short. It feels good to be back in touch with the homie. When I rhyme with Royce, I always gotta step it up because Royce is f*cking ill. He's one of the illest lyricists to me, out, period."
Nicki Minaj recently said that she is working on toning down her sex appeal to show young women there is more then just your figure. "I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness," she tells Interview magazine. "I want people--especially young girls--to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You've got to have something else to go with that...I don't mind being called a weirdo...There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper."
In related news, Nicki Minaj recently talked about her approach to her upcoming debut album and why she thinks artists should not be afraid to go pop. "With this album, you got people saying 'Oh that might be too pop for you,' or 'That might be too dance for you,'" she says later. "And I just started meditating on what makes them say that. I think people say those things just because of the past. I have to invent something, to show that a girl can rap over any kind of beat and still be hip-hop."