6 Movies That Broke The Nigerian Box Office

The cinema culture which seemed dead for many years is gradually experiencing a rebirth. Nollywood movies now gross huge sums from cinemas alone. Below are 6 movies that shook the Box office.

6. MAAMI (N3.30Million)

The movie produced by Kunle Kelani centred around a single mother who gave everything up for her young son until he started longing for his father he never knew made headlines after grossing N3.30Million in 2011.

5. PHONE SWAP (N3.72Million)

Produced and directed by ace producer Kunle Afolayan in 2012. Phone swap featuring Nse Ekpe is a movie that talks about a mistakenly swapped phones that later ended in romance.

4. LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA (N8.35Million)

Released in 2012, Last Flight To Abuja had some of the biggest names in Nollywood like Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Jide Kosoko and Nigerian born Hollywood star Kaezim kae-Kazim.

3. THE RETURN OF JENIFA (N10Million)

The follow up to Funke Akindele’s Jenifa which recorded a massive success grossed N10Million from cinemas nationwide.

2. HALF OF A YELLOW SUN (N10Million)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best selling book that was later made into a movie and directed by Biyi Bandele was an instant success even with all the controversies that surrounded the release. With stars like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Genevieve Nnaji and Onyeka Owenu, Half Of A Yellow Sun made N10 Million in its first week in the cinemas.

1. 30 DAYS IN ATLANTA (N76 MILLION)

Produced by popular comedian AY, 30 Days In Atlanta is the biggest movie yet. Breaking the Nigerian box office record with N76 Million in one week.

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The 25 Richest People of All Time

Who are the richest human beings ever?
The 25 people on this list are the wealthiest human beings to ever walk the earth.
The top 25 were chosen after adjusting for inflation to convert the fortunes into 2013 dollars. For example, the annual rate of inflation change between 1913 and 2013 is 2199.6% so $100 million in 1913 would be equal to $2.299.63 billion in 2013 dollars. We also used the most recent price for an ounce of gold which is roughly $1330 as of October 10, 2013.

This list provides an inflation adjusted list of rich people:
#1 Mansa Musa I – Net Worth $400 Billion

#2 The Rothschild Family – $350 Billion

#3 John D. Rockefeller – Net Worth $340 Billion

#4 Andrew Carnegie – Net Worth $310 Billion

#5 Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov – Net Worth $300 Billion

#6 Mir Osman Ali Khan – Net Worth $230 billion

#7 William The Conqueror – Net Worth $229.5 Billion

#8 Muammar Gaddafi – Net Worth $200 Billion

#9 Henry Ford – Net Worth $199 Billion

#10 Cornelius Vanderbilt – Net Worth $185 Billion

#11 Alan Rufus – $178.65 billion

#12 Bill Gates – Net Worth $136 Billion

#13 William de Warenne – Net Worth $147.13 Billion

#14 John Jacob Astor – Net Worth $121 Billion

#15 Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl of Arundel – Net Worth $118.6 Billion

#16 John of Gaunt – Net Worth $110 Billion

#17 Stephen Girard – Net Worth $105 Billion

#18 A.T. Stewart – Net Wort $90 Billion

#19 Henry Duke of Lancaster – Net Worth $85.1 Billion

#20 Friedrich Weyerhauser – Net Worth $80 Billion

#21 Jay Gould – Net Worth $71 Billion

#22 Carlos Slim Helu – Net Worth $68 Billion

#22 Stephen Van Rensselaer – Net Worth $68 Billion

#23 Marshall Field – Net Worth $66 Billion

#24 Sam Walton – Net Worth $65 Billion

#25 Warren Buffett – Net Worth $64 Billion 

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DID YOU KNOW?…

Did You Know….?

1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.

2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years

3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.

4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.

5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.

6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”,
you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.

7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – Food, attractive people and danger

8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side

9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odour.

10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.

11. There are so many kind of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.

12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.

13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.

14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.

15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia

16. Our brain uses same amount power as 10-watt light bulb!!

17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins to boil 1.5 litres of water!!

18. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!

19. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.

20. Share‬ this with everyone to help them live a happier life…

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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 (Full Nomination List)

It’s almost time for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. This year’s list of nominees is heavily hip hop-based, with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and seasoned artist Eminem each racking up seven nominations. But iTunes queen Beyonce—who released an entire album of videos last December—scored the most nominations with eight.
The VMAs will take place on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET, airing live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

See the complete list of nominees below:

Video of the Year:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX-“Fancy”
Beyonce ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

Best Hip Hop:
Eminem – “Bezerk”
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Childish Gambino – “3005”
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
John Legend – “All Of Me”
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”

Best Female:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyonce – “Partition”
Lorde – “Royals”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

Best Pop:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”

Best Rock:
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Lorde – “Royals”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”

MTV Artist to Watch:
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
5 Seconds of Summer -“She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”

Best Collaboration:
Beyonce ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – “Timber”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

MTV Clubland Award:
DJ Snake&Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Martin Garrix – “Animal”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”

Best Video With a Social Message:
Angel Haze ft. SIA – “Battle Cry”
Avicii – “Hey Brother”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC – “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko – “One Voice”

Best Cinematography:
30 Seconds to Mars – “City of Angels”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Gesaffelstein – “Hate or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

Best Editing:
Eminem – “Rap God”
MGMT – “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -“Stay the Night”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
Fitz and The Tantrums – “The Walker”

Best Choreography:
Sia – “Chandelier”
Beyonce – “Partition”
Usher – “Good Kisser”
Michael Jackson f/Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”
Jason Derulo f/2Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
KIESZA – “Hideaway”

Best Direction:
DJ Snake&Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Art Direction:
DJ Snake&Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects:
DJ Snake&Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

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Amazing Facts About Africa!

Africa is such a unique continent and over the decades there have been a lot of untruths, stereotypes and misconceptions about this beautiful continent.
It is surprising to learn that these stereotypes and misconceptions did not only come from outside the continent but also from its inhabitants.

Below is a list of some amazing things most people do not know about Africa. It includes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly things:

1.Africa has 54 Countries and one “non-self governing territory”, which is
Western Sahara.

2.Only two countries were not colonised by foreign powers in Africa, they are Ethiopia (Abbysynia) and Liberia.

3.Africa, before colonial rule, comprised of up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs.

4.Over 25% of all the languages in the world are spoken in Africa alone.

5. With a population of over 1.1 billion people or 16% of the world’s population, it is the second most populous continent.

6.The Second Congo War (1998-2003) is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War 2. It killed more than 5.4 Million people.
It involved more than eight other African countries on opposing sides. It is also known as “Africa’s First World War”.

7. Almost 90% of all worldwide malaria infection cases occur in Africa which also accounts for about 24% of all child deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa.

8. Africa is the second largest continent in the world with over 30 million square kilometres.

9.The largest country in Africa is Algeria. It is approximately the size of Western Europe.

10. The great Sahara Desert is bigger than Continental U.S.A. It is the largest desert in the world.

11. Africa is the world’s hottest continent and has deserts and drylands covering about 60% of the land surface area e.g Kalahari, Sahara, Libya, Namib Deserts e.t.c.

12. It is the world’s second driest continent. Australia is the first.

13.Africa has the world’s largest natural reserves of precious minerals e.g It has 90% of the world’s Platinum, over 40% of the Gold and more than 60% of the Cobalt.

14. There are more than 1 million Chinese citizens living in Africa and more are coming in every day. Angola alone has a population of more than 350,000 Chinese.

15. Lake Victoria is the second largest fresh water lake in the world and the largest lake in Africa. It is a major source of the River Nile.

16. Lake Malawi has more fish species than any other fresh water system on Earth.

17. The Nile River has has a total lenght of 6,650 kilometres. The longest river in the world.

18. More than 85% of the world’s Elephants and more than 99% of the remaining Lions on Earth are on the African continent.

19. The largest wildlife migration on Earth happens on the Serengeti (in Tanzania) with more than 1.2 million Wildebeests marching behind 750,000 Zebras as they cross this amazing landscape. It is an awesome sight to behold.

20. Over 25% of the world’s bird species live in Africa.

21. Close to the airport in Dakar (Senegal) is a massive sculpted statue, “The African Rennaisance Monument”. It stands 49m tall on top of a 100m high hill. It is the tallest statue in Africa, and most of the world.

22. There are more Pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt. Sudan has 223 Pyramids which is double the number in Egypt but the Pyramids of Egypt are generally bigger in size than those in Sudan.

23. The name “Africa” was originally used by ancient Greeks and Romans for only the Northern region of the Continent. Africa in Latin means “sunny” and the word “Aphrike” in Greek means “without cold”.

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Why Men Behave Better When Around Beautiful Women

In case you are wondering why some men behave nicely when women are around them and behave anyhow when they are alone or with friends, a study has revealed why this is so.
The study shows that men put in their best behaviour when attractive or beautiful ladies are close by, and that the number of kind acts showed by men relates with how attractive a female is.

The study, carried out by Dr. Wendy Iredale of Sheffield Hallam University and Mark Van Vugt of the VU University in Amsterdam and the University of Oxford, further shows that the extent of kind and selfless acts by men corresponds with the attractiveness of women who are around.
The study, published in the British Journal of Psychology, also found out that the behaviour of women remains the same, regardless of who was around.
In the first part of the research, 65 men and 65 women, with an average age of 21, anonymously played a cooperation game where they could donate money to a group fund via a computer programme. The donations were selfless acts.
The two groups comprising 65 persons each were placed under observation by two physically attractive observers, who were either of the same sex or opposite sex. Men were found to do more significant good deeds when observed by the opposite sex than when observed by men, while the number of good deeds made by women did not change, regardless of who observed.
For the second experiment, groups of males were formed and were asked to make a number of public donations. Their donation increased when observed by an attractive female, where they were found to actively compete with one another. However, when observed by a male, donations did not increase.
Iredale said, “The research shows that good deeds among men increase when presented with an opportunity to be joined together. Theoretically, this suggests that a good deed is the human equivalent of the peacock’s tail. Practically, this research shows how societies can encourage selfless acts.”
In an interaction with our correspondent, a 31-year-old civil servant, Olanrewaju Felix, described the study as a true reflection of his personal experience. “From my personal experience, the study is true because I have observed that when female friends, colleagues or even visitors are around, I tend to behave well and be less dramatic. It is more so when the lady is within the age range of someone I can befriend.
“I can’t really explain it but that is just the truth, and I think it is common among men. In fact, my friends tell me that my voice changes on the phone when I am talking to a lady, but I have settled it in my mind that I can’t change it because I believe it is my nature.”
It seems like a common testimony among men in their late teens upwards to behave in a more refined manner and do certain positive things they may naturally not do if there were no women around, especially the sexy and attractive ones.
Seun Ibigbami, a student in his mid 20s, told our correspondent that the best time for him to ask for money from his brother is when he had female friends or colleagues around him.
“I have learnt that if I need to get anything from my brother, I need to ask him when there is at least a female around him. It works faster because I think he seeks to impress the women, whereas, if he is with a man, nothing changes.
“In fact, he feels free to talk to me if the person is a man because he believes it is man to man, which gives me an impression that his nice disposition in the presence of women is actually to impress.”
However, a consultant psychologist, Prof. Makanju Ayobami, said men tend to do that because they become more self-conscious and put on their best behaviour or effort in order to make a good impression on the attractive or beautiful person around.
“It is the same reason why we all want to look good when we are going out than when we are inside.
“And that is why there are certain things we do at home that we cannot do in the presence of visitors. This could be because of the familiarity and maybe taking them for granted.”
Ayobami argued that it could even be more with women than men but that it occurs in both males and females.
Another psychiatrist, Dr. Kehinde Ayenibiowo, said a man would not need to behave in the best way he could in the presence of a woman if there is no ulterior motive.
She added that, in spite of the need for rational beings to behave well to get the best from every relationship or situation, it is when the man hopes to get something from the woman, either at the moment or later in the future, that he could seek to impress her specially.
“It depends on the motive. If you do not want to create impressions, why do you want to behave well when a woman is around? It is because such men have ulterior motives, especially if they are expecting something from her.
“Why don’t such men behave well in the presence of their mother, no matter how beautiful she is? So, there must be a reason. Moreover, it also depends on the relationship between the man and the woman. If there is no established relationship, since we are moved by first impression, an average person wants people to think well of him or her.
“Human beings are rational beings, especially men, who are not moved by intuition, but by rationality, so, when they hide what is bad and only show what is good, they want to be accepted, and for the likelihood of what they hope to get from her now or later,” she explained.
Ayenibiowo further questioned why men who try to impress women by their behaviour do not act likewise in the presence of their wives at home. She said they behave well in such special occasions knowing that they cannot get their best if they do not behave themselves.
“If a man is very rich, he doesn’t need to create impression because he knows that he is already accepted, unless he is after a particular woman. They are also aware that people believe women flock after rich men in this part of the world,” she added.

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Top 10 Music Producers In Nigeria (2014)

1. DonJazzy:
Producer, song writer, recording
artiste….the list is endless. Apart from his days as boss and producer for the defunct MoHits record label which housed one of Nigeria’s greatest talents Dbanj, and resulted in the creation of Oliver Twist, one of the biggest tunes out of Africa yet, the ace producer has also produced massive hits including Dorobucci (currently taking Nigeria by storm), Surulere another hit track, Wande Coal’s The Kick, almost half of Tiwa Savage’s debut album including chart topper Eminado. It is no wonder he is referred to as an enigma. DonJazzy has also worked with other
big acts including Kanye West & Jay-Z, Darey,
Naeto C, amongst others. It is no wonder he gets our No1 slot.

2. Shizzi:
This young man has proven that he’s here to stay. He was behind Wizkid’s Love My Baby, Davido’s Damiduro and Harry Songz’ Taiye Kehinde. Signed under the HKN Gang, 2013 saw him churn out two massive hits; Skelewu and Gobe for the OBO himself, Davido. He was also the producer of Wande Coal’s highly controversial Baby Face and Go Low. Remember Maye Hunta’s Ekaette? Shizzi produced that too. This year he co-produced
Davido’s Tchelete featuring Mafikizolo currently getting massive airplay as well as MultiChoice Africa’s Rise Up featuring Davido, Tiwa- Savage, Sarkodie, Diamond, Mzytikal and Lola Rae. Shizzi has worked with Sasha, Harrysong, OD Woods, Naeto C, Sauce Kid, Wande Coal, Wizkid, D’Prince, May D, etc.

3. Sarz:
His talent is evident in the songs he has so far produced. Jaiye Jaiye, one of my favorite jams from last year was produced by none other than Sarz. Reminisce’s street hop Kako bi Chicken and Ghetto by Shank and Beat of Life (samba) ft Wizkid are among his list of works. Not to forget the chart topping Jor Oh by Jah Bless which became a street anthem back then. Worthy to note, he also produced almost all the tracks in Eldee’s Undeniable album, Goldie’s Don’t Touch, DaGrin’s Kondo as well as YQ’s I Like Girls. Even more recently, he produced Tosin Martins’ TGM, Reminisce’s Fantasi and Eleniyan ft Wizkid.

4. D- Tunes:
After producing hits like Iyanya’s Kukere, Your waist, Flavour, Sexy Mama, etc as well as Sean Tizzle’s Sho Lee, it is not surprising he won producer of the year at the headies awards last year. This producer with a penchant for making hit tracks is the producer behind Sean Tizzle’s The Journey album which has been getting rave reviews so far. He has also worked with other artistes the like of Yemi Alade, Efa, Mbryo, Faze, Ruggedman, 9ice, TuFace, Tony Totch, Reminisce, Dammy Krane, Flossick and so on.

5. Del B:
Incredibly talented, his list of songs alone is enough to acknowledge his talent. Responsible for Dbanj’s Why Me, Jebele by Kween, KCee’s Limpopo, an undeniable jam as well as Wizkid’s On Top Your Matter, Del B also produced Oko mi by Waje, Seyi Shay’s Irawo, Baby Mo by Tiwa Savage, Kcee’s Give It 2 Me featuring Flavour, General Pype’s Its Ok and another monster single Shake by Flavour. Orezi’s trending hit track, You Garrit was produced by none other than Del B.

6. Masterkraftz:
Kicking off his professional career with Kennis Music, Masterkraft is no doubt one of the most diverse producers in town. From gospel to soul to RnB and Jazz, he has has shown he’s on his game which is why the caliber of artiste he has worked with is not surprising. Banky W, Phyno, Flavor, Jaywon, Sammie Okposo, Timaya, Lynx, Bracket, Capital F.E.M.I, J. Martins and Sound Sultan are just some out of a long list. His hit tracks include; Fine lady by Lynxx, Flavour’s Kwarika (Remix) ft Fally Ipupa, Girl by Bracket ft Wizkid, Chinny Baby by Flavour and even more recently, Timaya’s. Ukwu, CDQ’s Ogini ftRuntown, Iyanya’s Away, Nana by Bracket as well as Banky W’s Jasi all of which are still getting massive airplay.

7. Pheelz:
In-house producer for Olamide, Pheelz’ production of Baddest Guy Ever Liveth which contains tracks such as Durosoke, Anifowoshe, Rayban Abacha, Eleda Mi, Baddo Love, Turn Up among other countless hits is enough to take the young man seriously. Away from Olamide, he has worked with other artistes the likes of Vector in Popular & Mo Eazy. Though still young, Pheelz definitely has a lot to offer.

8. Selebobo:
I’m sure he needs no introduction. Yemi Alade’s Johnny intro is enough to know who he is. Not just a producer, Selebobo is also a song writer, artist, dancer, artiste, and sound engineer. Currently signed to the Ubi Franklin, Iyanya owned TripleMG, he is responsible for not only Yemi Alade’s hit track Johnny, but also Flavour’s Ada Ada and Balance for Me by Dipp. Oroma Baby, Yoyo as well as Angelina and Say Yeah from the TripleMG group album were all produced by Selebobo.

9. Cohbams Asuquo:
This list would not be complete without the inclusion of this incredibly talented producer extraordinaire. Known for his ability to create classic and timeless music, it is no wonder artistes seeking to make career changing songs run to him. Apart from playing a huge part in Asa’s highly acclaimed international album ASA, he has worked with other highly rated artistes including 2face Idibia, Banky W, Yinka Davies, MI, Omawunmi, Darey Art Alade, Styl Plus, Bez, Rooftop Mc’s, Charly Boy, Djinee and many more. Apart from producing hot tracks like Strong Ting, If You Ask Me , Kedike, Banky W’s Yes/ No, Praiz Rich and Famous his highly anticipated first official single titled Ordinary People was released on the 1st of January this year and it didn’t fail to impress. Recently, he produced Dbanj’s Cocoa na Chocolate and Mo’ Chedda’s Destinambarri.

10. Wizzy Pro:
Thanks to his collaboration with Skales, Patoranking and Runtown on his single Emergency, Wizzy Pro has been rising steadily. However, away from that, his production of trending hit tracks like Patoranking’s Girlie
O’ (both original and remix ft Tiwa Savage), Phyno’s O Set ft P-Square, Successful by Runtown, Phyno & Runtown’s Anama-Achi Vers- Achi as well as Tonite by Patoranking ft Faze is enough to show he’s taking the music business seriously .

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The 10 Most Expensive Alcoholic Drinks

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#10 Vieille Bon Secours Ale – $1200
As we’ll soon see, the domain of ultra-expensive alcohol is dominated by liquor, but that doesn’t mean beer can’t hold a spot down. Vieille Bon Secours is an artisanal belgian beer produced by la Brasserie Caulier, a family brewery based in Péruwelz, Belgium. Don’t worry, for $1200 you get a lot more than a bottle. Each $1200 order of Vieille Bon Secours guarantees you 12 litres of the world’s greatest beer to your doorstep. Since opening in 1995 they’ve produced several yields of beer, but the most valuable is the one that’s been aged for 10 years. The beer has an 8% alcohol content and has a taste flavoured with toffee and anise.

9 The Winston Cocktail – $14,000
For $14,000 you don’t get a casket of rare beer or a bottle of aged scotch; you get a single cocktail. That’s right, a single cocktail can set you back $14,000 if you have the abundance of means and lack of sense to actually order it. Master bartender Salvatore Calabrese can take the credit for crafting the expensive – but almost surely delicious – cocktail. To mix ‘The Winston’, take 60ml of Cognac Croizet 1858 Cuvee Leonie, part Grand Marnier Quintessence, part Chartreuse Viellissement Exceptionellement Prolongé, with just a hint of Angostura Bitters. Elegant, refined, overpriced; it has all the ingredients of a drink for executives.

8 Legacy by Angostura – $25,000
Although the world is full of expensive drinks, it’s rare that they’re expensive for political reasons. Legacy by Angostura is one such drink. The rum mixture was crafted specifically to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence. Only 20 decanters of the rum – composed of a mixture of several rums all aged for at least 17 years – were ever put up for sale. Each rum comes in a case and crystal decanter that was designed specifically by Asprey’s of London, the company that designs jewelry for none other than Prince Charles. For $25,000 a pop, you might as well make sure you’re in Trinidad and Tobago before you’re going to crack it open.

7 Château d’Yquem – $130,000
Château d’Yquem is a wine producer in the Bordeaux region of France that’s been crafting wine for 300 years. In 1711, a vineyard was established in the area that would survive several generations of owners and operators. They continue to produce a multitude of wines – including Château d’Yquem and Ygrec – but their most prestigious wine is a batch from 1811. The 1811 Château d’Yquem is one of very few wines to have been given a perfect 100 by wine critic Robert Parker, who sampled it in 1999 and described it as ‘drinking liquified crème brûlée’. High praise. Should you ever eancounter a bottle of this increasingly rare white vintage, expect to shell out a hefty $130,000.

6 Penfolds Ampoule – $170,000
If you aren’t interested in Château d’Yquem and prefer a fine red wine to a white wine, then look no further than Penfolds Ampoule, the most expensive red wine on the market. For only $170,000 you too can sample the best red wine money can buy! The glass blown ampoule holds enough of the Penfolds Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 vintage for one glass, proving once and for all that if you throw several keywords at people all at once you can override their common sense. Only 12 have ever been produced, and it comes with a wooden piece case designed by furniture craftsman Andrew Bartlett.

5 Armand de Brignac Midas – $215,000
Some drinks are expensive for their rarity, and others for the size of the bottle. Armand de Brignac Midas captures the best of both worlds. The champagne comes in a 30 litre bottle that is brightly, and rather awkwardly, painted gold. The bottle looks like it was designed by a 14-year-old Flavor Flav, and is a sure fire way to make that table of tracksuit-wearing aspiring rappers thoroughly jealous. After all, nothing screams class like ordering a bottle of distilled sugar that costs a quarter of a million dollars and has to be carried to the table by several staff members like a funeral dirge to the last shred of respect your grandfather has for you. He fought in the war for this?

4 Dalmore 62 – $215,000
Like Penfolds Ampoule, only 12 bottles of Dalmore 62 were ever produced. Unlike Penfolds Ampoule, it actually holds enough liquor for several drinks and not just one. The most recent transaction involving the vintage came from an anonymous man who purchased one of the bottles at Changai airport in Singapore, which brings us to the question of why such an exceedingly rare drink was being sold at an airport? Whatever the case, that transaction made the Dalmore 62 the world’s most expensive whiskey – not scotch, since it wasn’t produced in Scotland – a title that it will probably hold for the foreseeable future.

3 Diva Vodka – $1,000,000
You may be mistaken in assuming that a brand of vodka named ‘Diva Vodka’ would cost $24 and taste like expired nail polish remover; I know I was. Surprisingly someone, somewhere, gave the green light to this gaudy experiment. The vodka is triple filtered, first through ice and then through Nordic birch charcoal, and finally through sand containing precious gems. Because if there’s one thing that makes alcohol better, it’s knowing that at some point it came into contact with a shiny stone. The real cost of the bottles comes from the packaging though; there are Swarovski crystals stacked up in the middle of the bottle that can be taken out and used as a garnishment for your drink. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

2 Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne – $2,000,000
The Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne doesn’t care what you think, maggot. The Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne has more elaborate words in its name than any other alcohol. It’s a cognac for a king, which we kind of alluded to by naming it after Henri IV. The Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne has been aged for 100 years.

1 Tequila Ley .925 – $3,500,000
Crafted by the same minds behind the Henry IV Dugonon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne, the Tequila Ley .925 is a tequila that has a unique production process, in the sense that it’s been distilled specifically for terrible people. Like the Henry IV (…), the Tequila Ley .925 is in a bottle that contains 6,400 diamonds, which add to the which add to the taste of the tequila through…some kind of process. Look, there’s diamonds all over the bottle. Just buy it, don’t be so cheap. The bottle was unveiled in Mexico City in front of a crowd who applauded when it was revealed. Remarkably no one is really sure just how it tastes, considering that no one – at least to the public’s knowledge – has purchased it. The company behind Tequila Ley .925 must really be banking on the old adage ‘build it, and they will come’. For humanity’s sake, we hope they’re wrong.

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10 Places Around The World You Wouldn’t Want To Live

10.Cité-Soleil, Port au Prince
HaitiOn the outskirts of Port au Prince, Haiti is Cité-Soleil (“Sun City”), a foul slum ruled by gangs and sitting in a pool of its own squalor. Cite Soleil has no sewage system and is composed of hovels. Garbage and excrement sit in stagnant, mosquito-infested puddles. AIDS is prolific, and the life expectancy hovers in the low 50s. There is no police force, and for years, vicious drug lords and kidnappers controlled the streets. According to the Red Cross, “the shanty town of Cité-Soleil is a microcosm of all the ills in Haitian society: endemic unemployment, illiteracy, non-existent public services, insanitary conditions, rampant crime and armed violence.”
In 2004, the United Nations deployed thousands of troops to Cité-Soleil, where they engaged in numerous gun battles with the gangs. Some vague sense of order was restored, but the area remains a hotbed of violence. To this day, one must pass through an armed UN checkpoint to enter the slum. Cité-Soleil weathered Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake well, with many of its structures still standing, but the nearby National Penitentiary was damaged, and 3,000 deadly inmates flooded outin the resulting chaos. They returned to Cité-Soleil with a vengeance, riding motorcycles with assault rifles at the ready. They burned all their arrest records and took back the slum, setting back the progress made by the United Nations.

9.Favelas Of Rio de Janeiro
BrazilRio de Janeiro is a beautiful, sprawling city frequently visited by tourists for such events as Carnival and for the white sands of Copacabana Beach. But on the fringes of the city, there exist huge slums called favelas: piecemeal shacks built haphazardly atop each other. The dwellings are tacked together from odds and ends, cast-off bits of lumber, metal, and stone.
Of the approximately 1,000 favelas around the city, one of the most notorious is Rocinha. Rio is a major port for cocaine traffic traveling to Europe, and the favelas are often ruled by heartless drug lords. One of the more colorful characters from the area was Erismar Rodrigues Moreira(street name Bem-Te-Vi, after a Brazilian songbird). His gang carried gold-plated weapons and subjected enemies to “necklacing”— jamming a tire over a man’s head and then setting it aflame. In 2005, Ben was shot down in a police raid. The future of the favelas remains uncertain; since Rio de Janeiro has been accepted as the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the authorities have showed an increasing presence in the streets they once ignored.

8.Detroit, Michigan
USAOnce heralded as the “Motor City,” Detroit has more recently come to be known as one of the United States’ “Murder Capitals.” The decline of the American automotive industry has left this city reeling. The population has dropped 25 percent since 2000, and many areas have become a wasteland of foreclosed homes, boarded up and selling for pennies on the dollar— some for less than $100. Of course, this is an “as-is, buyer beware” situation if there ever was one. Many of these houses have been taken over by squatters, and the basements of abandoned buildings are a favorite haunt of dog fighters. Detroit has a huge problem with strays; tens of thousands roam the streets, most of them pit bulls.
On July 19, 2013, Detroit declared bankruptcy, approximately $18 billion in debt. Many residents of the city are also feeling the crunch—unemployment rates stand at around 16.3 percent, actually a marked improvement from 2009, when 24.9 percent were out of work. One need look no further to witness Detroit’s crippling poverty than truTV’s hit showHardcore Pawn, which takes place in the largest pawn shop in the city and often features lines of people out the door trying to peddle their valuables to make rent and keep the lights on. Data compiled from various sources including the FBI and the US Justice Department reveals that the top three most dangerous neighborhoods in America are all located in Detroit. The worst, the area surrounding West Chicago Street and Livernois Avenue is so bad that you have a one in seven chance of becoming the victim of a violent crimethere each year.

7.Ciudad Juárez
MexicoCiudad Juárez sits just south of El Paso, Texas, the two cities separated by the narrow stretch of the Rio Grande. And yet the difference between these two places is like night and day. In the last decade, Ciudad Juárez has become the epicenter of the Mexican drug war. Rival cartels visit horrifying violence upon each other as they battle for turf, corpses stacking up. In 2009, the city was crowned the murder capital of the world, with 130 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. In truth, the number is probably much higher, as many people simply vanish, buried in mass graves. Police officers are often either too corrupt or too afraid to leave the station.
It is particularly dangerous to be a woman in Ciudad Juárez; intimate assaults are prevalent, and hundreds of women, many just teenagers, have been murdered since the ’90s. Hundreds more remain missing, victims of domestic violence, the drug trade, or worse—some believe that serial killers roam the streetsin abundance, their crimes masked by
the chaos around them.

6.Medellin
ColombiaDuring the height of the cocaine trade in the late ’80s, Medellin was the most violent city in the world, with Pablo Escobar’s cartel and paramilitary groups running rampant. Escobar was killed by police forces in 1993 and crime declined significantly. Unfortunately, there are still thousands of murders here each year. In 2009, there were 2,899 homicides (down from an astonishing 6,500 in 1991), many tied to drug trafficking. Other schemes perpetrated by local criminals include extortion and kidnapping. Tourists are frequently targeted, held for ransom and forced to empty their bank accounts through visits to ATMs. Since 2012, there has been increasing violencebetween two rival cartels (the Office of Envigado and Los Urabeños) as they scrap over territory.

5.Brownsville, Brooklyn
USANew York City (and Brooklyn in particular) have some sordid corners if one looks hard enough, but Brownsville stands out among the rest. Most of the housing in the neighborhood is made up of projects run by the New York City Housing Authority—huge, low-income apartment buildings where crime is prevalent. While much of New York has been subject to gentrification and tumbling crime rates, Brownsville remains quite dangerous, and possibly the most violent place in the entire city. In this neighborhood, some UPS drivers make their deliveries in the company of an armed guard.
As in many rough areas, much of the crime is related to the drug trade. Luckily, the crack-cocaine epidemic of the ’80s and the ’90s is long over, and things have grown (relatively) more peaceful in the interim, with organized gangs fractured into small fragments of their former power. It can be tough to get by on the streets of Brownsville, and many are forced into making their way with their fists. It is no coincidence at all that this neighborhood was the home of a long list of championship boxers, including Riddick Bowe, Shannon Briggs, Zab Judah, and “Iron” Mike Tyson.

4.La Perla, San Juan
Puerto Rico, USALa Perla is a settlement on the outskirts of San Juan that was once home to a slaughterhouse. Today, it is a shantytown known for the proliferation of drugs, particularly heroin imported from suppliers in South America. About 15 square blocks, the streets of La Perla are often omitted from maps of San Juan to keep tourists from traveling there. Despite the abject poverty, La Perla is quite beautiful in many ways, with multicolored homes, breathtaking views, and its own expanse of Caribbean beach. In 2011, La Perla became the site of a massive police raid, netting 114 drug arrests based on an 18-month investigation by the DEA, the Puerto Rico Justice Department, and several other agencies.

3.Ferghana Valley
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, TajikistanThe dissolution of the Soviet Union made for a great deal of tension as the world’s largest country was chopped into independent republics. More than 20 years later, these hostilities remain, some more bitter than ever before. Few places have seen more violence than the Ferghana Valley, an area split in three by the nations of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The Ferghana Valley is a center of Islamic fundamentalism and home to a patchwork of ethnicities who are known to clash viciously. The economy is deeply flawed, and the government corrupt. Hundreds of thousands of refugees wander the streets, and corpses litter the sidewalks.
Perhaps the most savage event in the area occurred on May 13, 2005, when the Uzbek town of Andijan became the site of a horrifying massacre as the military opened fire on a group of protesters massed in the main square, decrying the economy and the policies of Preident Islam Karimov. The government would later claim the body count at 187, but those present allege that over 1,000 were killed, including many women and children. They claim that many of the bodies were buried in secret mass graves as a way of downplaying the true scope of the carnage.

2.Kibera, Nairobi
KenyaNairobi is the capital of Kenya, founded by the British as a rail depot in 1899. Today, it is one of the most important cities in Africa, but it is not free from turmoil. On the outskirts of the city sits Kibera, one of the world’s worst slums. Like many such places, Kibera is forsaken by the government. Enterprising criminals tap into Nairobi’s power grid, bringing electricity to a few select places, but for the most part the area is dark. Homes are typically mud and concrete huts with dirt floors. The water is mostly polluted, causing typhoid and cholera, and toilet facilities consist of holes dug into the groundand used by hundreds. Women leaving their homes after dark are often Molested.
About half of Kibera’s population is unemployed, and to alleviate their crushing boredom, they often partake in cheap drugs—glue-sniffing is a big problem—or drink changaa, a powerful local brew. AIDS spreads like wildfire in Kibera, with women selling their bodies just to make enough money to eat, and orphaned children, often born with the disease, haunt the trash-choked streets.

1.Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong
ChinaHong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City was demolished 20 years ago, but it certainly deserves mention. A former Chinese military fort, it became densely populated with squatters in the years following World War II. Inside the walls of the fort, ramshackle high-rises were built largely devoid of creature comforts like heat or running water. In 1987, a survey by the Chinese government indicated there were approximately 30,000 residents inside the tiny 6.5-acre territory—a population density of 3,250,000 people per square mile. As a means of comparison, the city with the highest population density today is Manila, with approximately 111,002 people per square mile.
Greater Hong Kong largely turned a blind eye to activities within Kowloon Walled City. For years, it was governed by the Triads, Chinese mafia members. Police would only enter in large groups. There were high rates of prostitution, gambling, drug use, murders, and opium dens. Only the faintest trace of sunlight filtered down to the muddy streets, and rats proliferated in the ruin. In the early ’90s, the government finally decided to destroy this anarchic slum. An evacuation was ordered, and in March 1993, the demolition began. Today, the area is occupied by Kowloon Walled City Park, a verdant expanse of gardens and monuments.

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE PERSONALITY

Hello everyone, here are some things i have come to realize about life:

1. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

2. Don’t have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

3. Don’t over do; keep your limits.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does.

5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.

6. Dream more while you are awake.

7.Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..

8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness..

9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

13. Smile and laugh more.

14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

15. Never hoard knowledge. Either be the source or the mirror that reflects it.

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Top 100 Universities In Africa 2013

1 University of South Africa, South Africa
2 University of Cape Town, South Africa
3 University Stellenbosch, South Africa
4 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
5 University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
6 University of Pretoria, South Africa
7 Cairo University, Egypt
8 University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
9 University of the Western Cape, South Africa
10 Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
11 Makerere University, Uganda
12 University of Botswana, Botswana
13 Mansoura University, Egypt
14 Rhodes University, South Africa
15 Alexandria University, Egypt
16 The American University in Cairo, Egypt
17 Zagazig University, Egypt
18 University of Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Assiut University, Egypt
20 University of Nairobi, Kenya
21 Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
22 University of Zambia, Zambia
23 North-West University, South Africa
24 University of Lagos, Nigeria
25 Tanta University, Egypt
26 University of Ghana, Ghana
27 Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
28 Université Mohammed V – Agdal, Morocco
29 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
30 Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
31 Université d’Antananarivo,Madagascar
32 Ain Shams University, Egypt
33 University of Ibadan, Nigeria
34 Kenyatta University, Kenya
35 University of Namibia, Namibia
36 Universiteit van die Vrystaat, South Africa
37 University of Nigeria, Nigeria
38 The German University in Cairo, Egypt
39 University of Limpopo, South Africa
40 Université de la Reunion, Reunion
41 University of Khartoum, Sudan
42 Benha University, Egypt
43 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
44 Helwan University, Egypt
45 École Nationale d’Architecture,Morocco
46 University of Fort Hare, South Africa
47 Université Nationale du Rwanda, Rwanda
48 Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
49 Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, Benin
50 Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
51 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
52 Minia University, Egypt
53 Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
54 Fayoum University, Egypt
55 Moi University, Kenya
56 University of Ilorin, Nigeria
57 October 6 University, Egypt
58 South Valley University, Egypt
59 Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
60 Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou, Algeria
61 Université Mohammed V – Souissi, Morocco
62 Al-Azhar University, Egypt
63 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
64 Misurata University, Libya
65 Minoufiya University, Egypt
66 Université d’Oran, Algeria
67 Université Hassan II Mohammedia- Casablanca, Morocco
68 Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
69 Université d’Alger, Algeria
70 University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
71 University of Cape Coast, Ghana
72 The British University in Egypt, Egypt
73 Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
74 University of Zululand, South Africa
75 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
76 University of Malawi, Malawi
77 Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
78 Université Mentouri de Constantine, Algeria
79 Suez Canal University, Egypt
80 Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroon
81 Egerton University, Kenya
82 University of Swaziland, Swaziland
83 Kafr el-Sheikh University, Egypt
84 Université Ibn Tofail, Morocco
85 Université de la Manouba, Tunisia
86 Université Hassan II – Casablanca, Morocco
87 Covenant University, Nigeria
88 University of Benin, Nigeria
89 École Nationale Supérieure en Informatique, Algeria
90 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediène, Algeria
91 Durban University of Technology, South Africa
92 Strathmore University, Kenya
93 Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
94 Université Ibnou Zohr, Morocco
95 Universidade de Cabo Verde, Cape Verde
96 Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan
97 University of Mauritius, Mauritius
98 Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
99 Gulu University, Uganda
100 Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

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EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS QUOTES

Here’s a few Christmas quotes for the holiday season.

“This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone” – Taylor Caldwell, novelist

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas” – Benjamin Franklin

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” –– Charles Schulz, ‘Peanuts’ creator

“The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature” – Andy Rooney, CBS News writer

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States

“Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” –– Pope John XXIII

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” – Dr. Seuss from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves” – Eric Sevareid, CBS News journalist

“At Christmas, all roads lead home” – Marjorie Holmes, author

“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself” – Charles Dickens

“Always winter but never Christmas,” – C.S. Lewis from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together,” – Garrison Keillor, writer

“Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree” T.S. Eliot, writer

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph,” – a young Shirley Temple, actress

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys” – Charles Dickens, 19th century author

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly” – Andy Rooney

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas” – Johnny Carson, TV host

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Nelson Mandela Dies At Age 95!

Nelson Mandela, the prisoner-turned-president who reconciled South Africa after the end of apartheid, died on Thursday, December 5, according to the country’s president, Jacob Zuma. Mandela was 95.

Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.
Mandela was 95.
“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation’s Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace.
Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the nation’s consciousness.

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TOP 10 ‘TECH’ COMPANIES IN THE WORLD 2013

Top 10 tech companies in the world based on their annual revenues reported:
10. Dell – United States – $62.07 Billion
9. Sony – Japan – $67.4 Billion
8. Microsoft – United States – $73.72 Billion
7. Toshiba – Japan – $74.39 Billion
6. Panasonic – Japan – $99.65 Billion
5. IBM – United States – $106.91 Billion
4. Foxconn – Taiwan – $117.51 Billion
3. Hewlett Packard – United States – $120.35 Billion
2. Samsung Electronics – South Korea – $149 Billion
1. Apple, Inc. – United States – $156.5

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FORBES LIST OF THE WORLD’S 25 HIGHEST-PAID MUSICIANS 2013

The list of the 2013 highest paid musicians in the world has been released by Forbes and Madonna reigns supreme. The ‘Material Girl’ surpassed singer Lady Gaga and veteran rockers Bon Jovi as the highest-paid musician in 2013. See the top 10 highest paid (from June 2012-June 2013) below..

1. Madonna – $125 million
2. Lady Gaga – $80 million
3. Bon Jovi – $79 million
4. Toby Keith – $65 million
5. Coldplay – $64 million.
6. Justin Bieber – $58 million
7. Taylor Swift – $55 million
8. Elton John – $54 million
9. Kenny Chesney – $53 million
9. Beyonce – $53 million (tie)
11. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $50 million
12. Sir Paul McCartney – $47 million
13. Calvin Harris – $46 million
14. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
15. Roger Waters – $44 million
16. Muse – $43 million (tie)
16. Rihanna – $43 million (tie)
18. Jay Z – $42 million
18. One Direction – $42 million (tie)
20. Dr. Dre – $40 million
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($40 million, tie)
22. Rolling Stones – $39 million (tie)
22. Katy Perry – $39 million (tie)
24. Tim McGraw – $33 million (tie)
25. Pink – $32 million (tie)
25. Tiësto – $32 million (tie)

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Deadly Mistakes Every Student Makes Unknowingly

Every day we come across a lot of people, mostly young individuals with vision for a brighter tomorrow. But when you sit with them and ask the deeper questions as to why they make some decisions, they seem to have no clue to what they have done. Analyzing the situation, I came across some blunder that they have committed on the long run, amongst them are five listed below:

THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
As a statement it sounds very okay, but its contextual meaning in the educational terrain, seems bizarre. Most students today do not actually know what is happening around them, as all they seem concerned about is classes, reading textbooks and materials given to them by their respective lecturers… so in the long run, they get good grades and they are promoted to the next level. Does it actually end there?
Many have forgotten that school is just an eye opener to what the real world offers. That is why today we have graduates with 1st class and 2nd class with no specific skill and they complain of not been employed, when they cannot even open MSWORD with a mouse or even shutdown a computer. They would go ahead to blame the witches of their mother’s and father’s land for every misfortune when in the real sense they cannot even hold down a steady conversation on topics like sports, politics, music, books… think outside the box and see what the real world has got to offer.
“School will only sharpen you but your skills will decorate you”

LEARNING TO WRITE A CV MENTALITY
Knowing the entails of writing a very good CV is not a bad idea in its own sense. But have you asked yourself what life will be like without writing a CV? Or is it a bad idea to have people submitting to you as against you submitting yours and putting your fate and destiny in another person hands, when sometimes they would not even look through it, is that not touching?.
I believe writing a CV in the long run will condition your mind that you have to be employed by a person which is not a bad idea in its self, but the truth is you will never get a better shot at life. But not putting all your effort into writing a CV, will open a window of opportunity because then your thinking is not caged and thus, while you think of a person employing you, you can also think of creating employment and employing others, a win-win situation right?.
But come to think of it, the wealthiest and influential people in the world today never sat down to write a CV (In doubt? Google is your friend). So friend, instead use that paper as a drawing board and sketch the structure of a perfect business plan with the little you have and see your little efforts become positively viral.
“Do not waste time thinking on how to write a killer and enticing CV, instead waste that time in thinking how you can make your life better even with your little resources.”

SELF PITY AND REGRETS
The duos are perfect dream assassins. Do not ever plunge into their arms. For nothing should you regret where you find yourself, what course you are studying… or pity yourself for nothing, because if you do, you will never make it in life.
Do not sit and compare yourself to your neighbors who are studying engineering, medicine, law or what have you, for they do not guarantee life security. Your security comes from within, so please overlook the bandwagon that scorn your course of study and focus on building a niche for yourself in any sector that you find yourself.
Look deep and realize what it is you love doing most and then go ahead to integrate it with what you are doing now and if you do not make it in life, doubt my credibility. Life and wealth is up for grabs to those that are daring, so let others waste their time in laughter while it actually becomes your driving force and motivator.

WRONG COMPANY
You want to be a success, please do not be found in the wrong side of town.
If you should have friends, I recommend people who are better and well experienced than you or you can look for people who are on the same wavelength with you, be it in aspirations and driving factors.
Friends can so influence you that I can say categorically that sometimes whatever you become is directly an impact from the actions of the friend you keep. Show me your friend and I will tell who you are.
Do not mingle with loafers, cultist, jesters, party captains and lords, smokers and sniffers… or else by now I think you should know that your life is taking a headlong fall into the ocean of destruction.
In short, anyone that cannot add to your life in any way (physically, spiritually, morally, technically…) should be BLACKLISTED. There should be no room for complacency, because the road is far ahead and any extra baggage should be dropped.
“The more friends you have, the more fun you will have. The fewer friend you have, the fewer your problems!”

NO PLAN
This is the deadliest of all mistakes, because if you have not set any plans for tomorrow, brother, this is a free ride to failure, no hidden charges.
We all join the rat race to higher institutions and after that what’s next? We get hooked up in life’s traffic jam!
The main reason you will fail is when you do not even have a plan, so study medicine or guidance and counseling, but without plans, you are NOTHING!
Learn to set goals and plan on how to achieve them. Set task and work towards them. Do not ever think that your parents will always be there to pay your bills or feel you will always get free food and rides. That’s a big fantasy, wake up!
Make achievable plans and set structures to meet them, it might take weeks or months, but what matters is that you are working towards something, unlike others who are working towards nothing.
“He who fails to plan, has definitely planned to fail”

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35 MOST POWERFUL MOTIVATIONAL SUCCESS QUOTES

Here are 35 most powerful motivational
quotes that will provoke you achieve your dreams.

1.“Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get.” – Unknown

2.. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

3.. “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn ’t do when I had †ђξ chance.” – Unknown

4.. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

5.. “Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want.” – Unknown

6.. “One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you dont feel like doing it.” – Unknown

7..“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” – Unknown

8..“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of livingevery minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

9.. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

10..“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it ’s time for a new start.” – Unknown

11..”Dont be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone…-Unknown

12.. “The best revenge is massive success.” –Frank Sinatra

13..“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” – Unknown

14..“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

15..“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep
looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

16..“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.” – Unknown

17..“When you say “It’s hard”, it actually means “I’m not strong enough to fight for it”. Stop saying its hard. Think positive!” – Unknown

18.. “Life is like photography. You need †ђξ negatives to develop.” – Unknown

19..“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” –Jack Canfield

20..“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.”– Unknown

21..“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

22..“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown

23..“Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. how can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?”– Unknown

24.. “We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.. Some lessons ® painful, some are painless.. but, all ® priceless.”– Unknown

25“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you ’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Unknown

26.. “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” –Larry Winget

27..“Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Be Careful!” – Unknown

28..“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

29.. “When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say.” -Unknown

30 “Rule #1 of life. Do what makes YOU happy.” – Unknown “Walk away from anything or anyone who takes away from your joy. Life is too short to put up with fools.” – Unknown

31..“Love what you have. Need what you want. Accept what you receive. Give what you can. Always remember, what goes around, comes around…” – Unknown

32.. “Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have.” – Unknown

33.. “The biggest failure you can have in life is making the mistake of never trying at all.” –Unknown

34..“Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.” – Unknown

35..“No one is going to hand me success. I must go out & get it myself. That ’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself.” – Unknown

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Best Kept Google Secrets!!!

    There are some things you should know about google
    1) A Google programmer accidentally blocked off every website in the Google index for an hour!
    Google has programmers whose job is to block websites with malware. They do their work by entering dangerous websites into a registry for Google to block. The computer than warns users of the dangers of accessing such a site, and won’t let them on the site.
    Basically, once a website is on Google’s malware registry, no one will ever see the site again. The problem came when one of programmers entered just a slash into the registry (/). As you will notice, every website address contains slashes because they are pretty much the punctuation of web addresses.
    Since the slash was on the registry every website in the Google index was blocked including Google websites. It was a horrible mistake that, in effect, stopped the Internet for working for 55 minutes until programmers fixed the error. Google quickly admitted their mistake and apologized for the error.
    Few remembered it after that sad, Internet-free morning in 2009. It does show, however, how huge a problem the slightest error can make. It only takes a small detail to completely derail the Internet!
    2) Google maps uses anonymous cell phone data to give its live traffic feeds.
    If you’ve ever used the mobile Google Maps application to navigate your way through an unfamiliar place, then you’ve probably also unknowingly returned Google the favour. When you choose to enable Google Maps with My Location, your phone sends anonymous pieces of data describing how fast you’re moving, back to Google.
    A collection of different people’s speeds from across thousands of phones moving through city at a given times, gives a pretty accurate picture of live traffic conditions. Google Mobile’s privacy policy includes an entire list of private information that Google is allowed to gather; your phone number, your carrier, basic usage stats about your device, etc. Google claims that it uses this information to create practical solutions and create a better user experience.
    3) Google has developed a driverless car!
    This new technology sounds as if it is right out of a science fiction movie, and that’s because it’s not far off. Over the past several years Google engineers and scientists have been working tirelessly at Stanford Laboratories to develop a technology that will change the way we live in the upcoming decades: the Google Car.
    This car is completely driverless. It combines information from Goggle Street View with artificial intelligence software that communicates with a sensor on top of the car, which in turn speaks to the wheels and steering wheel to drive the car without any human interference. So far the car has clocked over 175,000 miles and had zero accidents.
    4) There’s a fake town on Google Maps!
    The town is called Argleton and was located south of a town called Ormskirk in England. The supposed location of Argleton is an abandoned field west of the A59 motorway. The town was removed from google maps in 2010, but it still lives on in the minds of the internet and even has its own wikipedia page!
    Nobody is quite sure how the town came to be on the map. One explanation is that it’s a paper town, a fake place added to maps to make counterfeits easier to spot.
    Another example of a paper town would be Agloe, New York. This town was created by a map company but was made real by a man who founded the Agloe General store in its supposed location, therefore bringing it into existence.
    Google, however, sticks by the explanation that an error was made when creating the map. They are still not sure how it came to be in their databases.
    The mystery of Argleton caused a stir in the local community when it first showed up. One man even walked to the field where it was supposed to be, just to see if it really did exist!
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Latest on ASUU Strike: Outcome Of Monday’s FG, ASUU Meeting

Strike: ASUU members to decide on FG’S fresh offer
FG’S: Offer is full of expectations and hope
After thirteen hours of negotiations, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge on tuesday morning was not forthcoming with the new Federal Government’s offer as he insisted that his members have the final say on the issue.
Speaking with State House correspondents, he said that the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan discussed how to tackle the problem of University education system in the country.
He said: “Well we have had lengthy meeting with Mr. President, rubbing minds on how best to address the problem of University education in this country.”
“And we now have a message from Mr. President we are going to take to our members. And we are expecting that our members will respond appropriately to the message of Mr. President.”
On whether the lecturers are going back to the classroom, he said: “That is up to our members.”
Asked what the message was, he said: “I can’t tell you. Its not for you. It is for our members.”
If impressed with the message, he said: “Don’t put words into my mouth. Our members will determine that.”
Also speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour Emeka Wogu said: “We made progress, the President of ASUU told you that they are going back with a message from the Federal Government back to their members. And the message is full of high expectations and hope.”
On whether the strike will be called off, he said: “That is why the message is full of high expectations and hope. So our prayers is that they come back with positive outcome. They might not even come back to meet us, they might take decisions there that will meet your expectations.”
“Nigerians should be patient for ASUU to finish their meetings and come out with a message to Nigerians.”
Responding to whether the Federal Government made a fresh offer, her said: “Well, the offer we made are the offer they are taking in line with the 2009 agreement. The issues that led to the strike are issues contained in the 2009 agreement and we did not go beyond the agreement.”

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What images will change the way a person sees the world after viewing them?

Answer by Rishi Patel:

The photo is the Pulitzer prize winning photo taken in 1994 during Sudan famine. The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards a United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.
Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.

What images will change the way a person sees the world after viewing them?

Suppose all wealth were confiscated tomorrow and re-distributed equally the day after. How long would it take for inequality to occur aga…

Answer by Bo Shuubz:

Instantly.

Humans are not equal,
Their talents are not evenly distributed,
Their motivations vary widely,
Their abilities and shortcomings come in an infinity of combinations,
Their geographic, political, cultural, economic, social, familial, tribal, emotional and intellectual contexts are different,
They exist at every conceivable level of maturity and wisdom,
…really, there is no end to the list.

Given an identical amount of wealth, still they would be unequal.

Money can not produce equality, because everybody is not exactly the same.

I have been very poor (like the projects, but without the crime), and I have been middle class (can't afford to bag everything and move to Tahiti). I know many rich people (worth $50mln+).

I have known someone poor, who got a $90,000.00+ inheritance, and spent it all in less than 9 months, straight back to broke. She spurned the help of a dozen friends and relatives who knew how to save money and budget spending.

It just doesn't work that way.

Suppose all wealth were confiscated tomorrow and re-distributed equally the day after. How long would it take for inequality to occur aga…

Teen Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List

The Teen Choice Awards — whose winners take home a full-size surfboard as their “trophy” — were handed out Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (The awards show moved from its original location at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion following a water main break earlier this month.)

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey hosted the awards, with performers including Demi Lovato with Cher Lloyd, Magic!, Rixton, Becky G and Jason Derulo.

Selena Gomez received the Ultimate Choice Award at the annual fan-voted awards show, which aired live on Fox (tape-delayed in the West Coast).

The list of winners is below. (Check out all the stars’ fashions here.)

MOVIES

Choice Movie: Drama

“The Fault in Our Stars” (WINNER)

“American Hustle”

“Heaven Is for Real”

“Million Dollar Arm”

“Veronica Mars”

Choice Movie Chemistry

Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Shailene Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars” (WINNER)

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, “The Other Woman”

Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, “Ride Along”

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, “22 Jump Street”

Choice Movie Liplock

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars” (WINNER)

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, “We’re The Millers”

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Choice Movie Scene Stealer

Nat Wolff, “The Fault In Our Stars” (WINNER)

Sam Claflin, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Nicholas Hoult, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Anthony Mackie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Ellen Page, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Choice Movie Breakout Star

Ansel Elgort, “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars” (WINNER)

Theo James, “Divergent”

Elizabeth Olsen, “Godzilla”

Nicola Peltz, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Wyatt Russell, “22 Jump Street”

Choice Movie Actor: Drama

Ansel Elgort, “The Fault in Our Stars” (WINNER)

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Russell Crowe, “Noah”

Jason Dohring, “Veronica Mars”

Jon Hamm, “Million Dollar Arm”

Choice Movie Actress: Action

Shailene Woodley, “Divergent” (WINNER)

Emily Blunt, “Edge of Tomorrow”

Lily Collins, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Elle Fanning, “Maleficent”

Angelina Jolie, “Maleficent”

Choice Movie Villain

Donald Sutherland, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (WINNER)

Michael Fassbender, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Jamie Foxx, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Kelsey Grammer, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Kate Winslet, “Divergent”

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (WINNER)

Chris Evans, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Andrew Garfield, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Chris Hemsworth, “Thor: The Dark World”

Liam Hemsworth, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Choice Movie: Action

“Divergent” (WINNER)

“Edge of Tomorrow”

“Godzilla”

“Maleficent”

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Choice Movie Actor: Action

Theo James, “Divergent” (WINNER)

Jamie Campbell Bower, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Kellan Lutz, “The Legend of Hercules”

Mark Wahlberg, “Lone Survivor”

Tom Cruise, “Edge of Tomorrow”

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (WINNER)

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

“Thor: The Dark World”

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (WINNER)

Halle Berry, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Scarlett Johansson, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Natalie Portman, “Thor: The Dark World”

Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Choice Movie Actress: Drama

Shailene Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars” (WINNER)

Emma Watson, “Noah”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Kristen Bell, “Veronica Mars”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Choice Movie: Comedy

“The Other Woman” (WINNER)

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

“Blended”

“Ride Along”

“Vampire Academy”

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy

Kevin Hart, “Ride Along” (WINNER)

Will Ferrell, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

Johnny Knoxville, “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

Ice Cube, “Ride Along”

Adam Sandler, “Blended”

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy

Emma Roberts, “We’re the Millers” (WINNER)

Christina Applegate, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

Drew Barrymore, “Blended”

Zoey Deutch, “Vampire Academy”

Cameron Diaz, “The Other Woman”

Choice Summer Movie

“22 Jump Street” (WINNER)

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Earth to Echo”

“Hercules”

“Think Like a Man Too”

“Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Choice Summer Movie Star

Channing Tatum, “22 Jump Street” (WINNER)

Jonah Hill, “22 Jump Street”

Dwayne Johnson, “Hercules”

Melissa McCarthy, “Tammy”

Mark Wahlberg, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Choice Movie Hissy Fit

Jonah Hill, “22 Jump Street” (WINNER)

Godzilla, “Godzilla”

Kevin Hart, “Ride Along”

Ice Cube, “22 Jump Street”

Jason Sudeikis, “We’re The Millers”

TELEVISION

Choice TV Actress: Drama

Lucy Hale, “Pretty Little Liars” (WINNER)

Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”

Rachel Bilson, “Hart of Dixie”

Maddie Hasson, “Twisted”

Maia Mitchell, “The Fosters”

Choice TV Actress: Comedy

Lea Michele, “Glee” (WINNER)

Debby Ryan, “Jessie”

Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory”

Laura Marano, “Austin & Ally”

Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project”

Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries” (WINNER)

Claire Holt, “The Originals”

Ginnifer Goodwin, “Once Upon a Time”

Kat Graham, “The Vampire Diaries”

Kristin Kreuk, “Beauty and the Beast”

Choice Summer TV Star: Male

Tyler Blackburn, “Pretty Little Liars” (WINNER)

Jean-Luc Bilodeau, “Baby Daddy”

David Lambert, “The Fosters”

Tyler Posey, “Teen Wolf”

Mike Vogel, “Under the Dome”

Choice TV Reality Personality: Female

Shakira, “The Voice” (WINNER)

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms”

Jennifer Lopez, “American Idol”

The Kardashians and Jenner Sisters, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

Choice TV Reality Personality: Male

Adam Levine, “The Voice” (WINNER)

Nick Cannon, “America’s Got Talent”

Rob Dyrdek, “Ridiculousness”

Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, “Catfish: The TV Show”

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

Choice TV Breakout Show

“Faking It” (WINNER)

“Being Mary Jane”

“Chasing Life”

“Reign”

“Sleepy Hollow”

Choice TV Show: Drama

“Pretty Little Liars” (WINNER)

“Hart of Dixie”

“Switched at Birth”

“The Fosters”

“Twisted”

Choice TV Actor: Drama

Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars” (WINNER)

Avan Jogia, “Twisted”

Jake T. Austin, “The Fosters”

Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”

Lucas Grabeel, “Switched at Birth”

Choice TV Reality Show

“Keeping Up With The Kardashians” (WINNER)

“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”

“Dance Moms”

“Real Husbands of Hollywood”

“Total Divas”

Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

“The Vampire Diaries” (WINNER)

“Arrow”

“Once Upon a Time”

“Sleepy Hollow”

“Teen Wolf”

Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries” (WINNER)

Joseph Morgan, “The Originals”

Josh Dallas, “Once Upon a Time”

Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”

Tyler Posey, “Teen Wolf”

Choice TV Show: Comedy

“The Big Bang Theory” (WINNER)

“Austin & Ally”

“Glee”

“New Girl”

“Sam & Cat”

Choice TV Actor: Comedy

Ross Lynch, “Austin & Ally” (WINNER)

Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Ashton Kutcher, “Two and a Half Men”

Chord Overstreet, “Glee”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Choice TV Animated Show

“The Simpsons” (WINNER)

“Adventure Time”

“Family Guy”

“Gravity Falls”

“Regular Show”

Choice TV Reality Competition Show

“The Voice” (WINNER)

“American Idol 13”

“Masterchef Junior”

“Survivor”

“The Amazing Race”

Choice TV Villain

Dylan O’Brien, “Teen Wolf” (WINNER)

Robbie Kay, “Once Upon A Time”

Jane Lynch, “Glee”

Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars”

Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer

Tyler Hoechlin, “Teen Wolf” (WINNER)

Darren Criss, “Glee”

Adam DeVine, “Modern Family”

Tahj Mowry, “Baby Daddy”

Michael Trevino, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer

Candice Accola, “The Vampire Diaries” (WINNER)

Sarah Hyland, “Modern Family”

Eden Sher, “The Middle”

Naya Rivera, “Glee”

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Choice TV Female Breakout Star

Sasha Pieterse, “Pretty Little Liars” (WINNER)

Nicole Beharie, “Sleepy Hollow”

Dove Cameron, “Liv & Maddie”

Adelaide Kane, “Reign”

Emily Bett Rickards, “Arrow”

Choice TV Male Breakout Star

Brett Dalton, “Agents of SHIELD” (WINNER)

Richard Brancatisano, “Chasing Life”

Tom Mison, “Sleepy Hollow”

Miguel Pinzon, “Mystery Girls”

Toby Regbo, “Reign”

Choice Summer TV Show

“Wipeout” (WINNER)

“Baby Daddy”

“Girl Meets World”

“So You Think You Can Dance”

“Under The Dome”

“Young & Hungry”

Choice Summer TV Star: Female

Ashley Benson, “Pretty Little Liars” (WINNER)

Shay Mitchell, “Pretty Little Liars”

Emily Osment, “Young & Hungry”

Cierra Ramirez, “The Fosters”

Italia Ricci, “Chasing Life”

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist

Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

Jason Derulo

Pharrell Williams

Pitbull

Austin Mahone

Justin Timberlake

Choice Female Artist

Ariana Grande (WINNER)

Beyoncé

Miley Cyrus

Lorde

Katy Perry

Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group

One Direction (WINNER)

5 Seconds of Summer

Fifth Harmony

R5

Rixton

Choice Single: Female Artist

“Problem,” Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea (WINNER)

“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel

“Team,” Lorde

Choice Single: Male Artist

“Sing,” Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

“Happy,” Pharrell Williams

“Mmm Yeah,” Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

“Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

Choice Single: Group

“Story of My Life,” One Direction (WINNER)

“Bo$$,” Fifth Harmony

“Me and My Broken Heart,” Rixton

“Rude,” Magic!

“She Looks So Perfect,” 5 Seconds of Summer

Choice Break-Up Song

“Story of My Life,” One Direction (WINNER)

“Amnesia,” 5 Seconds of Summer

“Break Free,” Ariana Grande featuring Zedd

“Miss Movin’ On,” Fifth Harmony

“Really Don’t Care,” Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd

Choice Female Country Artist

Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Jana Kramer

Kacey Musgraves

Miranda Lambert

Carrie Underwood

Choice Summer Music Star: Female

Demi Lovato (WINNER)

Ariana Grande

Iggy Azalea

Becky G

Nicki Minaj

Choice Summer Song

“Really Don’t Care,” Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd (WINNER)

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

“Rude,” Magic!

“Summer,” Calvin Harris

“Wiggle,” Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg

Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist

Calvin Harris (WINNER)

Martin Garrix

Kaskade

Skrillex

Zedd

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist

Iggy Azalea (WINNER)

Eminem

John Legend

Nicki Minaj

Justin Timberlake

Choice Rock Group

Imagine Dragons (WINNER)

Coldplay

One Republic

Paramore

The Black Keys

Choice Male Country Artist

Hunter Hayes (WINNER)

Luke Bryan

Jake Owen

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

Choice Country Group

Lady Antebellum (WINNER)

Florida Georgia Line

Parmalee

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

Choice Country Song

“This is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan (WINNER)

“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum

“Beachin,'” Jake Owen

“Play It Again,” Luke Bryan

“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (WINNER)

“All of Me,” John Legend

“Na Na,” Trey Songz

“Pills N Potions,” Nicki Minaj

“Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Choice Rock Song

“Pompeii,” Bastille (WINNER)

“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore

“Love Runs Out,” OneRepublic

“Maps,” Maroon 5

“On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons

Choice EDM Song

“Wake Me Up,” Avicii (WINNER)

“#Selfie,” The Chainsmokers

“Animals,” Martin Garrix

“Latch,” Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

“Summer,” Calvin Harris

Choice Love Song

“You & I,” One Direction (WIINNER)

“All of Me,” John Legend

“Boom Clap,” Charli XCX

“Not a Bad Thing,” Justin Timberlake

“Somebody to You,” The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato

Choice Music Breakout Artist

Austin Mahone (WINNER)

Becky G

Rita Ora

Cody Simpson

Zendaya

Choice Music: Breakout Group

5 Seconds of Summer (WINNER)

Fifth Harmony

MKTO

Rixton

The Vamps

Choice Summer Music Star: Male

Jason Derulo (WINNER)

Luke Bryan

John Legend

Sam Smith

Pharrell Williams

Choice Summer Music Star: Group

5 Seconds of Summer (WINNER)

Fifth Harmony

Florida Georgia Line

Magic!

Rixton

Choice Summer Tour

One Direction, Where We Are Tour (WINNER)

Beyonce and Jay-Z, On The Run Tour

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience World Tour

Katy Perry, The Prismatic World Tour

Luke Bryan, That’s My Kind of Night Tour

SPORTS

Choice Male Athlete

LeBron James (WINNER)

Kevin Durant

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Tim Howard

Johnny Manziel

Russell Wilson

Choice Female Athlete

Serena Williams (WINNER)

Meryl Davis

Lucy Li

Candace Parker

Danica Patrick

Amy Purdy

DIGITAL

Choice Twit

One Direction (WINNER)

Justin Bieber

Demi Lovato

Katy Perry

Ian Somerhalder

Choice Web Star: Female

Bethany Mota (WINNER)

Grace Helbig

iJustine

Michelle Phan

Andrea Russett

Zoe Sugg (“Zoella”)

Choice Web Star: Male

Tyler Oakley (WINNER)

Cameron Dallas

Connor Franta

Joey Graceffa

Shawn Mendes

Troye Sivan

Choice Web Star: Music

Shawn Mendes (WINNER)

Boyce Avenue

Cimorelli

Christina Grimmie

Megan and Liz

Lindsey Stirling

Choice Web Star: Comedy

Our2ndLife (WINNER)

Colleen Ballinger (“Miranda Sings”)

Hannah Hart

Jenn McAllister (“Jennxpenn”)

Anthony Quintal (“Lohanthony”)

Brittani Louise Taylor

Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty

Zoe Sugg (“Zoella”) (WINNER)

Elle and Blaire Fowler

Bunny Meyer (“Grav3yardgirl”)

Bethany Mota

Ingrid Nilsen (“Missglamorazzi”)

Michelle Phan

Choice Viner

Cameron Dallas (WINNER)

Matt Espinosa

Jack and Jack

Shawn Mendes

Lele Pons

Choice Web Collaboration

Troye Sivan & Tyler Oakley – The “Boyfriend” Tag (WINNER)

Danisnotonfire & AmazingPhil – The Photo Booth Challenge

Alfie Deyes (“Pointless Blog”) and Ariana Grande – Ariana Does My Makeup

PrankvsPrank and Jack & Finn Harries (“Jacksgap”) – Twin Teleport Prank

Anthony Quintal (“Lohanthony”), Jack Baran (“Thatsojack), Andrew Lowe, Jenn McAllister (“Jennxpenn) and Rebecca

Black – Fab Five in Real Life

Choice Social Media King

One Direction (WINNER)

Justin Bieber

Ashton Kutcher

Ian Somerhalder

Justin Timberlake

Choice Social Media Queen

Katy Perry (WINNER)

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

Britney Spears

Taylor Swift

Choice Instagrammer

Miley Cyrus (WINNER)

Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Choice Fanatic Fans

#Directioners (WINNER)

#Arianators

#Harmonizers

#Lovatics

#Swifties

Choice Web Star: Gaming

PewDiePie (WINNER)

Tiffany Garcia( “IHasCupquake”)

Joey Graceffa

iJustine

Toby Turner

FASHION

Candie’s Choice Style Icon

Zendaya (WINNER)

Iggy Azalea

Ashley Benson

Kendall Jenner

Emma Roberts

Choice Female Hottie

Selena Gomez (WINNER)

Beyoncé

Ariana Grande

Kendall Jenner

Rihanna

Bella Thorne

Choice Male Hottie

One Direction (WINNER)

Zac Efron

Ryan Gosling

Liam Hemsworth

Austin Mahone

Ian Somerhalder

Choice Smile

Harry Styles (WINNER)

Selena Gomez

Austin Mahone

Demi Lovato

Taylor Swift

OTHER

Choice Comedian

Kevin Hart (WINNER)

Jimmy Fallon

Mindy Kaling

Andy Samberg

Kenan Thompson

Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award

Odeya Rush (WINNER)