Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nigerian-American Muslims Condemn Attempted Christmas Day Terror Attack

29 Dec 2009 17:35 Africa/Lagos

Nigerian-American Muslims Condemn Attempted Christmas Day Terror Attack

BOSTON, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations in the United States of America (NCNMO) today issued a statement condemning Friday's attempted bombing of a Northwest Airline flight into Detroit.

The statement, issued by Mufutau R. Adeleke, the Council's General Secretary, was released from the Council's ongoing annual convention in Boston:

"On behalf of the National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations in the United States of America and thousands of Nigerian-Americans across the country, I condemn the attempted terror attack on Christmas Day.

"The National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations in the United States of America condemns all acts of terrorism. Any human being who attempts or commits acts of terror, murder, or any act of cruelty in the name of a religion is not only destroying innocent lives, but is also debasing the values of the faith of that religion. Neither such behavior nor the individual involved represent Islam.

"Nigerian-American Muslims are active promoters of peace and tolerance in the community. We are currently holding our annual convention in Boston, with a major focus on training our youth in the peaceful way of Islam to become the next generation of upright Nigerian-American leaders.

"The incident that occurred on Northwest Airline Flight 253 on Friday is an attack on all Americans. The perpetrator neither represents Nigerian Muslims nor Muslims in general. We encourage a thorough investigation of the incident and full disclosure of the findings."

Source: National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations

CONTACT: Dr. Abdulfattah Ilupeju of National Council of Nigerian Muslim
Organizations in the USA, +1-781-888-7988

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

An appeal from Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales

An appeal from Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales
Today, I am asking you to make a donation to support Wikipedia.

I started Wikipedia in 2001, and over the past eight years, I've been amazed and humbled to see hundreds of thousands of volunteers join with me to build the largest encyclopedia in human history.

Wikipedia isn't a commercial website. It's a community creation, entirely written and funded by people like you. More than 340 million people use Wikipedia every month - almost a third of the Internet-connected world. You are part of our community.

I believe in us. I believe that Wikipedia keeps getting better. That's the whole idea. One person writes something, somebody improves it a little, and it keeps getting better, over time. If you find it useful today, imagine how much we can achieve together in 5, 10, 20 years.

Wikipedia is about the power of people like us to do extraordinary things. People like us write Wikipedia, one word at a time. People like us fund it. It's proof of our collective potential to change the world.

We need to protect the space where this important work happens. We need to protect Wikipedia. We want to keep it free of charge and free of advertising. We want to keep it open – you can use the information in Wikipedia any way you want. We want to keep it growing – spreading knowledge everywhere, and inviting participation from everyone.

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization I created in 2003 to operate, grow, nurture, and protect Wikipedia. For ten million US dollars a year and with a staff of fewer than 35 people, it runs the fifth most-read website in the entire world. I'm asking for your help so we can continue our work.

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s where we’re headed. And with your help, we will get there.

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Our Country Would Be Great If We Do The Right Things

The prophecy is in our hands to determine what we would be. Our country would be great if we do the right things.
~ Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi, General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry

Most of us are fond of pointing accusing fingers at the Nigerian government and public officials we condemn and hang over allegations of corruption and other evils. But we are not better than them in our respective homes and workplaces, because we also indulge in our forms and ways of corrupt practices.

How do we treat our fellow Nigerians?

Most of the Nigerian employers who accuse the government of corruption have been found to cheat and exploit their workers by underpaying them and even not paying them salaries for months and years.

We treat our houseboys, housegirls, drivers, messengers and other servants like slaves and we then turn around to accuse the government and public officials of corruption. Are we not fooling ourselves?

Hypocrisy is worse than corruption.

Most of us do not pay our taxes and make frivolous excuses for not doing so.

Most of us cheat when we sit for various examinations.

We know how to find faults in others, but we have done worse things indoors and on the streets.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

CAIR: Plane Incidents in Ariz., Mich. Raise Profiling Concerns

28 Dec 2009 01:36 Africa/Lagos

CAIR: Plane Incidents in Ariz., Mich. Raise Profiling Concerns

Passenger removals may be related to Christmas Day attempted bombing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on airline passengers, crews and security personnel to avoid ethnic and religious "profiling" in the wake of the attempted bombing of a flight arriving in Detroit on Christmas Day.

CAIR made that call following two incidents in which innocent passengers were targeted based either on their national origin or on otherwise ordinary behavior.

In Arizona, two "Middle Eastern" men were removed from a US Airways flight in Phoenix and questioned by the FBI after another passenger overheard the men speaking in a foreign language. The men were questioned and released.

SEE: 'Middle Eastern' Passengers Removed from Plane in Phoenix

In Michigan, police removed a Nigerian passenger from a flight after he became ill and spent what others considered too much time in the aircraft's bathroom.

SEE: Detroit-Bound Airline Passenger Was Ill, Not a Threat,2933,581232,00.html

"While everyone supports robust airline security measures, racial and religious profiling are in fact counterproductive and can lead to a climate of insecurity and fear," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,
+1-202-744-7726,; or CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina
Rubin, +1-202-488-8787, +1-202-341-4171,

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10 Ways to Create a More Hopeful 2010 (and Most of Them are Free)

Play with a puppy (or kitten)" is just one of 10 ways to make your 2010 a more hopeful year. For the complete list of hopeful tips visit (PRNewsFoto/Hope Is In The Cards) PHOENIX, AZ UNITED STATES

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10 Ways to Create a More Hopeful 2010 (and Most of Them are Free)

PHOENIX, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- 2009 was not an easy year. Here are a few ideas to help make 2010 a better year for you, your friends and family, and perhaps even the world.


1. Let Someone Know You Care

E-mails and text messages are no match for a heartfelt, handwritten message. Mail a REAL card or note to someone, right now. And if you don't know someone who needs a lift, then simply write the word HOPE on the back of anything you mail.

2. Shop Local

Pick three local businesses. Spend $50 with these neighborhood enterprises instead of a national chain. You don't add anything to your budget, and you help keep small businesses going.

3. Read To A Child

You feel great, the child feels great, you promote learning and education and it's just plain fun to do.

4. Play With A Puppy (or a kitten)

A visit to your local animal shelter or pet store is all it takes. If you know your zip code, go online and find a fuzzy friend nearby.

5. Get Inspired

Loren Gelberg-Goff's internet radio show, Loving The Life You're In, serves up a weekly dose of positive, upbeat tips and conversations with some of the world's most interesting guests and experts.

6. Thank A Soldier

These people put their lives out there to serve our country. Let them know you'll be happy when they're home again.

7. Give Something Back

Ditch TV for one hour and serve a meal at a shelter. Drive someone to an appointment. Paint over some graffiti. That hour will be treasured far longer than any sitcom.

8. Turn Everything Off For 5 Minutes

TVs, stereos, iPods, computers, lights, clocks, the heat....everything. The quiet, the thoughtfulness, the lack of does wonders.

9. Go Outside

There is something inspiring outside -- even if it's just a weed in a crack on the sidewalk. Think about it -- with nothing but rain and sunshine and the ickiest bits of dust and dirt, that weed broke through concrete! If a little plant can do it, so can you.

10. Spin

In your office chair. In the elevator when no one else is in there. Outside. Nothing so easy can make you feel so 8 years old again. And when you were 8, anything was possible.

It still is.

Have a happy, hopeful New Year.

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New York Plastic Surgeon Transforms His Practice Using Twitter Status Updates

28 Dec 2009 17:05 Africa/Lagos

New York Plastic Surgeon Transforms His Practice Using Twitter Status Updates

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, recently started using Twitter, the popular social networking tool, as a means of disseminating the latest information in facial plastic surgery techniques, new products and beauty trends to his patients and anyone else interested in facial rejuvenation.

"I believe that using Twitter connects me to my patients on a more personal level. It provides a fun, easy way to pass along information that I find useful or interesting," reports Slupchynskyj. He continues, "I want my patients to feel comfortable communicating with me, and I think that using Twitter can help breakdown the stereotypical coldness sometimes associated with the medical profession." Slupchynskyj's patients are not the only ones who benefit from this free and easy-to-use method of communication. In addition to informing his current patients, Slupchynskyj's tweets enable potential patients, or those just acquainting themselves with cosmetic procedures, to hear updates directly from a facial plastic surgeon in an anonymous forum. However, those that choose to follow Slupchynskyj anonymously may soon desire to become patients, as the Doctor also tweets offers for free, non-surgical rejuvenative treatments like Botox(R) and other injectables. For more information on how to follow Dr. Slupchynskyj on Twitter, please go to

Oleh Slupchynskyj, M.D. is the Director and Founder of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey with offices in Manhattan and West Orange, New Jersey. Dr. Slupchynskyj is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology with training specific to the head, neck and face. He is named one of the "Top Surgeons" of 2009 by the Consumers' Research Council of America and is considered a face specialist. He is a member of the following Societies: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology, New York County Medical Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. More information on his surgical techniques can be found on his websites,, and

Contact: Catherine Pearson
Director of Business Development

Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey
44 East 65th Street, Suite 1A
New York, New York 10021

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Source: Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey

CONTACT: Catherine Pearson, Director of Business Development, Aesthetic
Institute of New York and New Jersey, +1-212-628-6464,

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5,000 Web Sites Selling Prescription Drugs Outside of Pharmacy Laws and Practice Standards

28 Dec 2009 22:35 Africa/Lagos

5,000 Web Sites Selling Prescription Drugs Outside of Pharmacy Laws and Practice Standards

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On December 11, 2009, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy(R) (NABP(R)) reached a bitter-sweet milestone in its ongoing review of Web sites selling prescription medications. NABP now lists more than 5,000 Internet drug outlets as Not Recommended. These sites -- 96% of the total number of sites reviewed -- have been found to be out of compliance with pharmacy laws and practice standards established in the United States to protect the public health.

"There is a common misconception that prescription medications purchased from any Web site calling itself a pharmacy are safe," says NABP President Gary A. Schnabel, RN, RPh. "Patients have grown to trust prescription medications in the US because the manufacturing and supply systems are tightly regulated to ensure safety. What many patients fail to realize, however, is that when buying medications from unknown sources online, those safeguards vanish, and the odds of getting counterfeit or substandard medication rise substantially."

Of the 5,231 Internet drug outlets NABP had assessed since the May 2008 launch of its Internet drug outlet review program, 5,008 (96%) of the sites were found to be out of compliance with basic criteria for legitimate pharmacy practice and were posted as Not Recommended on the NABP Web site. Of the 5,008 sites listed as Not Recommended:

-- More than 75% (4,029) dispense drugs without a valid prescription.
-- More than half (2,762) accept a brief online questionnaire in place of
a prescription. To be valid, and to ensure patient safety, a
prescription must be based on a legitimate patient-practitioner
relationship that has included a face-to-face physical examination.
-- Nearly 25% (1,327) post a physical address located outside the US.
-- Nearly half (2,436) do not provide any physical address. According to
the World Health Organization, more than 50% of medicines purchased
over the Internet from sites that conceal their physical address are
-- Nearly half (2,216) offer foreign or unapproved drugs. Because these
drugs are not subject to the quality and safety requirements of those
approved for sale in the US -- or even of those approved for sale in
other developed countries -- their safety and efficacy are unknown.
-- Nearly 20% (956) do not have secure sites that protect patients'
personal and financial information.

Internet pharmacies listed as Recommended on the NABP Web site have been accredited by the VIPPS(R) (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) program or, for veterinary sites, the Vet-VIPPS program. These Internet pharmacies have successfully completed NABP's rigorous 19-point criteria evaluation and on-site inspection to ensure they adhere to the highest standards for pharmacy practice and patient safety.

"Patients looking to purchase medications over the Internet would be well-advised to consider who is on the other end of the transaction," President Schnabel says. "Virtually anyone with a computer and a bank account can sign on to become an affiliate of a rogue network, set up a Web site using a template, and start selling drugs online. Bearing in mind that these affiliate network programs are behind thousands of Web sites selling prescription drugs, it follows that the operators of most Internet drug outlets have no knowledge of or concern for patient safety."

Knowledge is key to protecting the public from these high-tech drug dealers. NABP continues to research Web sites selling prescription drugs and report its findings to state and federal regulators, and to educate health care professionals and the public on the dangers of buying prescription drugs online, thereby empowering patients to make informed choices. More information is available in the Internet Pharmacies section of the NABP Web site,

NABP is the independent, international, and impartial Association that assists its member boards and jurisdictions in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health.

Source: National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

CONTACT: Larissa Doucette, Communications Manager of National
Association of Boards of Pharmacy, +1-847-391-4405,

Web Site:

Monday, December 28, 2009

International Drug & Explosives Detection Firm IDenta Corp. Issues Statement Concerning Airplane Explosives

28 Dec 2009 16:00 Africa/Lagos

International Drug & Explosives Detection Firm IDenta Corp. Issues Statement Concerning Airplane Explosives

JERUSALEM, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IDenta Corp. (PINKSHEETS: IDTA) CEO Yaacov Shoham today issued the following statement concerning airplane explosives and the incident in Detroit last week.

Stated Shoham, "Concerning the airplane incident last week, (Northwest Airlines Flight 253) IDenta Alert Explosive Identification kits could have easily and accurately helped to identify the suspected substance, especially since, according to the news, the explosive was PETN, one of the standard and well-known explosives (already used in the past by terrorists). IDenta has IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers available to identify all of the substances already known to be explosives. The IDenta test is an instant test, inexpensive, very reliable, safe, easy to use etc."

PETN is a stronger explosive than TNT which is the most standard known explosive, the effect of 1 kg of TNT = to 0.60 kg of PETN.

The airports in France are in the beginning stages of using IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers and are the first to do so.

As previously released, two large International companies (connection established at the 2009 Explosives Detection Symposium and Workshop in San Diego) that are manufacturing electronic devices to detect explosives at airports, have inquired about and received information and samples of IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers kits. IDenta expects to penetrate this very important market of airport security also. These electronic devices are being used extensively at airports and the two companies are looking to provide an inexpensive and reliable chemical explosive kit as a backup for the electronic devices. In our opinion IDenta Alert is the best kit to be used as a backup for the electronic devices for detecting and identifying explosives and illicit drugs.

However IDenta Corp. is already selling the IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers for different Homeland Security and Army agencies around the world, and as we have released since the 2009 Explosives Detection Symposium and Workshop in San Diego, the penetration to the different agencies in USA is developing rapidly.

We want to emphasize that the new connections developed at the San Diego workshop are in addition to the DOD test.

We have been in the last few months in contact with the DOD officers to finalize the tests for IDenta's Alert Explosive Detectors. IDenta has helped them to develop and establish a special protocol how to use the explosive kits.

The DOD test is still in progress, and hopefully will be concluded positive in a relatively short period.

At The San Diego Explosive Detection 2009 Symposium and Workshop, in our opinion, we have been able to receive the best possible connections and exposure for IDenta's Alert Explosive Detectors.

Information concerning IDenta's Alert Explosive Identifiers may be found at

Meanwhile, IDenta has already made all the changes requested by the still yet unnamed American agency (previous news release) and expects to have a signed agreement for the initial order of 100,000 Alert Explosive Identifiers very shortly.


Since 2003, IDenta Corporation has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development of proprietary on-site drug, drug precursor and explosive detection kits. IDenta develops, manufactures and distributes products for both the professional and civil markets which consistently pass the highest qualifications and testing procedures of law enforcement and security agencies around the world.

Information concerning IDenta's entire product line may be found at


Certain of the statements contained herein may be, within the meaning of the federal securities laws, "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations as of the date hereof, and the company does not undertake any responsibility to update any of these statements in the future.

For Investor Relations, lobbying interests or information concerning IDenta's products internationally or the development of new chemical detectors, contact: Yaacov Shoham, IDenta Corp., CEO, Tel: +972-52-6554487,,

For information about the Accutest® - IDenta products in the US, please contact: Mr. Eyal Golan, COO, JANT PHARMACAL CORPORATION, 16255 Ventura Blvd. #505, Encino, CA 91436, Toll Free: 800-676-5565, 661-478-0582 (mobile),,

Source: IDenta Corp.

CONTACT: Yaacov Shoham, CEO of IDenta Corp., +972-52-6554487, or

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Statement by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

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Statement by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I am grateful to the passengers and crew aboard Northwest Flight 253 who reacted quickly and heroically to an incident that could have had tragic results. The Department of Homeland Security immediately put additional screening measures into place -- for all domestic and international flights -- to ensure the continued safety of the traveling public. We are also working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement on additional security measures, as well as our international partners on enhanced security at airports and on flights.

The American people should continue their planned holiday travel and, as always, be observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior or activity to law enforcement officials.

Passengers flying from international locations to U.S. destinations may notice additional security measures in place. These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same thing everywhere. Due to the busy holiday travel season, both domestic and international travelers should allot extra time for check-in."

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Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Was A Great Woman

Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and three of her four children.

Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida would be remembered for many reasons, but the most remarkable was how she used her role as the First Lady for the empowerment of millions of Nigerian women in the rural areas as the founder of the Better Life Programme for the Rural Woman (BLP). The BLP programme launched 7,635 co-operatives, 997 cottage industries, 1,751 new farms and gardens, 487 new shops and markets, 419 women's centers and 163 social welfare programs in all the states and Abuja (FCT) in Nigeria and transformed the lives of the women for life.

Mrs. Babangida used the BLP for the social and political mobilization of rural women and increased the voter turnout in the December 1989 local government council elections in Nigeria and she also built an international center for women in development in Abuja.

For her great feat in sustainable human development, Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim Babangida was honoured with the highly coveted Africa Prize for Leadership in 1991.
Among the laureates of the Africa Prize are the great Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa, who won the prize in 1994 and Jerry John Rawlings, the former President of the Republic of Ghana who won it in 1993 and the others include the following great men and women:
2006 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female President of Liberia.
2003 - Meaza Ashenafi, Founder, Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association.
2003 - Sara Longwe, Gender consultant, Zambia.
2001 - Amelia Jacob, Co-founder, SHDEPHA+, Tanzania.
2001 - Bishop Dennis H. de Jong, (1931-2003)Integrated AIDS Programme, Zambia.
1998 - President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda.
1998 - Celina Cossa, Founder and Leader of the General Union of Agricultural Cooperatives.
1997 - Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique.
1997 - Joyce Banda, Founder, National Assn. of Business Women of Malawi.
1996 - Amadou Toumani Touré, Former President of Mali.
1996 - Chief Bisi Ogunleye, Founder, Country Women's Association of Nigeria.
1995 - H. E. Sam Nujoma, President of the Republic of Namibia.
1995 - Mrs. Joyce F. Mungherera, National Executive Director, YWCA - Uganda.
1993 - Father Nzamujo Godfrey, Director, Songhai Project, Benin.
1992 - Mrs. Graça Simbine Machel, President, Foundation for Community Development, Mozambique.
1992 - Dr. Ebrahim M. Samba, Africa Regional Director, World Health Organization.
1991 - Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder, Green Belt Movement, Kenya.

1990 - Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria; founder, Africa Leadership Forum.
1990 - Dr. Esther Afua Ocloo, (1919-2002) Founder and first chair, Women's World Banking.

1989 - H. E. Dr. Ketsumile Masire, Former President of the Republic of Botswana.
1989 - Dr. Bernard L. Ouédraogo, President and founder, the Naam movement, Burkina Faso. Co-founder, International Six-S Association.
1987 - H. E. Abdou Diouf, Former President of the Republic of Senegal.
1987 - Professor Thomas R. Odhiambo (1931-2003).

Maryam's Death: General Babangida’s Statement

Sun Dec, 27 2009

Maryam Babangida passes on at 61 in US

With total submission to the Will of Allah, we humbly announce the passing away of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and amiable friend Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

A statement from General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s family announced today that Maryam passed on early this morning at the age of 61, after a protracted illness.

The former chairperson of the Better Life for Rural Women during her husband's years in office had been hospitalised at University of California Los Angele's (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Los Angeles, United States.

She died beside her husband, General Babangida who has been at her bedside in the US hospital till her death. Mrs. Babangida's condition worsened months ago.

Born on November 1, 1948, she had fairly humble beginnings in her hometown of Asaba where she received part of her early education before moving up North to Queen Amina College, Kaduna for her Secondary education. She went on to graduate as a Secretary at the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna and later obtained a diploma in secretaryship from Laselle University, Chicago, USA as well as a Certificate in Computer Science from the NCR Institute, Lagos.

On September 6, 1969, two months before her 21st Birthday, she got married to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (then a Major). Their marriage has been blessed with four children: 2 boys, Mohammed and Aminu and two girls, Aisha and Halima.

Apart from a brief stop at a career in her line of training, before and shortly after marriage, Mrs. Babangida remained a full time housewife, establishing and nurturing the home front until her youngest child had fairly come of age.

Considered to be one of the greatest women in Africa today, Maryam made that significant sacrifice in her staunch belief that the family unit is the most crucial factor in the quality of society and of mankind and that the woman is the central anchor of the unit.

By 1983, she however was again ready for an active career, beyond the confines of the home front when her husband became the Chief of Army Staff on December 31st that year. She became the President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA). It was during her twenty-month presidency that her leadership qualities were first unfolded to the public as she mobilised her colleagues to embark aggressively on public spirited ventures which included building schools, clinics, women's multipurpose training centres and child day care centres.

An incisive thinker and passionate lover of nature, gardening, birds and home decorations, she is "a poet's dream" and with disarming charm and an admirable deft blend of winning wit, quiet confidence and child-like grace, she has brought the institution of first-ladyship out of the closet to active participation in nation building.


(For and on Behalf of the General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Family)

Malam Ibrahim Ismaila

Special Assistant to General I.B. Babangida

December 27, 2009

Download press statement here: Maryam Babangida passes on at 61 in US

Saturday, December 26, 2009

How Press Releases Can Be Great For Search and Boost Your Business

How Press Releases Can Be Great For Search
Press Releases More Important to Marketing Than You May Realize

By Chris Crum

Press releases are not only great ways to spread the word about any announcements your business might have. They can also drive traffic, particularly from search engines. This is not news, but it's a commonly overlooked fact.

Have press releases brought you significant search traffic? Discuss here.

"Search engine rankings are arguably the most important small business marketing tool available today because it drives Web traffic -- and potential prospects -- to a small business' Web site," a PRWeb spokesperson once told WebProNews. "However, because improving search rankings is desirable, achieving results can be both challenging and highly competitive.

"Back in the summer, PRWeb shared a case study with us, involving a firm that typically sees a boost in search engine rankings and a 50% spike in web traffic after they issue a release. In fact, for one release in particular, the firm saw a spike of 400% on two different Web sites, and the firm doesn't believe they were from the same users. They also incorporate social media tools like Twitter to extend the "shelf life" of press releases, and say that drives additional traffic.

"When we included a link to our press releases on Twitter and other social media networks, we saw these both expanded the scope of distribution and the extended the longevity of the announcement," the CEO of the company behind the case study had said. "With other news releases we saw an initial spike in Web site traffic on the first two days and then it dropped off. With these features we've seen increases in traffic up to five days after the news release was issued.

"In a study from Arketi Group, also back in the summer, journalists were found to use the web in the following ways:

- 95% search

- 92% reading news

- 92% emailing

- 89% finding story ideas

- 87% finding news sources

- 75% reading blogs

- 64% watching webinars

- 61% watching YouTube

- 59% social networks

You've got to wonder if that social networks number has gone up by now. My guess is that it has, and social media has since become all the more important to search, particularly with the inclusion of real-time search results in Google and Google's social search experiment (which may eventually move beyond experiment status).

Marty Weintraub, the President of aimClear shared some great tips and insight into the use of press releases for search in a recent interview with WebProNews. Among other things, he noted that when you do a press release, you're "hitching a ride" in the search engine results and news results. You can use outbound links in press releases, and perhaps more importantly, you're out there where the journalists are looking.

Here are some press release distribution sites (some are paid and some are free):

- Business Wire

- PR Newswire

- PRWeb

- 24-7 Press Release

- PR Zoom

- PR Leap

- I-Newswire

- Webwire

- ClickPress


- PR Log

- eReleases

- MarketWire

Beyond the distribution sites, don't forget to include your releases on your own site. Journalists like being able to find the most up to date information from the source itself. Earlier this year I discussed how some companies' own press centers are holding back some marketing opportunities for them. Your site should have a section for press releases, and that should be up to date with the latest release when it goes out. You'd be surprised at how often these go without being updated even when a press release has been spotted elsewhere. It is also a good idea to link to any company blogs, Twitter accounts, or any other place where company announcements are made.

From WebPro News

US Senate Passes Historic Health Reform Bill

Millions of Americans could not have asked for a better Christmas present than the historic passage of the Health Reform Bill by the US Senate on Thursday December 24, 2009.

The primary purpose of H.R.3200 - America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 is:
"To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes."

It was a triumphant Christmas Eve for President Barack Obama who praised the US Senate for passing the bill and asked for more cooperation and support to enable him sign the reform into law.

The folllowing is the copy of President Barack Obama's letter on the good news.

Michael Chima --

Although it's Christmas Eve, I wanted to share some exciting news: The Senate just passed a historic health reform bill.

In all the back and forth, it's easy to lose sight of what this incredible breakthrough really means. But consider this: This Christmas, there are millions of Americans without health insurance who risk losing everything if they get sick.

There are mothers and fathers who wonder how they'll provide for their children because an illness has wiped out their savings. There are small business owners who worry that they'll have to lay off a long-time employee because the cost of insurance is rapidly rising.

If we finish the job, all this can change. We will have beaten back the special interests who have for so long perpetuated the status quo. We will have enacted the most important piece of social policy since the Social Security Act in the 1930s, and the most important health reform since Medicare in the 1960s.

In Decembers to come, millions more will have access to affordable coverage. Parents will have the security and stability of knowing their insurance can't be revoked at a moment's notice. And the skyrocketing costs plaguing our small businesses will be brought under control.

When you make calls, write letters, organize, this is the change you're making -- a better life for your family and for men and women in every state.

There is still more to do before I can sign reform into law -- a last round of negotiations and final votes in the Senate and the House -- and I'm counting on your help every step of the way. But for now, I hope that as you celebrate this holiday season, you remember that the work you are doing is making our union more perfect, one step at a time. For that, I am grateful to you.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays,

President Barack Obama

P.S. -- Organizing for America supporters are signing a note of appreciation to all the senators who have worked so hard to make this possible. I hope you'll join them:


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Delta Air Lines Issues Statement on Northwest Flight 253

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Delta Air Lines Issues Statement on Northwest Flight 253

ATLANTA, Dec. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today issued a statement regarding the incident onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound for Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport from Amsterdam.

"Upon approach to Detroit, a passenger caused a disturbance onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The passenger was subdued immediately and the crew requested that law enforcement meet the flight upon arrival. The flight, operated by Northwest using an Airbus 330-300 aircraft with 278 passengers onboard, landed safely. The passenger was taken into custody and questioned by law enforcement authorities. Delta is cooperating fully with authorities and additional questions should be directed to law enforcement officials who are leading the investigation."

Source: Delta Air Lines

CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Delta Air Lines, +1-404-715-2554

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Breaking News: Nigerian UK Student Caught Trying to Blow Up US Bound Plane

Yahoo News reported that a Nigerian UK student has been caught as he attempted to detonate a powdery substance on a US plane from Amsterdam as it was about to land at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport with 278 people on board.

The student, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, an engineering student at University College London, has been identified as an al Qaida suspect.

"We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism," said an official of the US government.

More details.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: First Lady Michelle Obama Reads the Holiday Classic

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

'Twas the Night before Christmas: A video of the holiday classic being read by First Lady Michelle Obama is available at for children and families around the country and world. Children's National has hosted every First Lady since Mrs. Truman. Children's National Medical Center is a national and international destination for children needing specialty medical care, and is located just four miles from the White House. Photo credit: Rick Rinehard. (PRNewsFoto/Children's National Medical Center) WASHINGTON, DC UNITED STATES

24 Dec 2009 05:28 Africa/Lagos

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: First Lady Michelle Obama Reads the Holiday Classic

Children's National Posts Favorite Story on Its Site

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Lady Michelle Obama read the holiday classic 'Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, during her holiday visit to Children's National Medical Center. A video of the classic story being read by the nation's First Lady is available on the Children's National website, so children and families around the country and world can share the special holiday visit.

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First Lady Michele Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, visited patients and staff at Children's National Medical Center on Tuesday, December 22.

As part of her visit on Tuesday, Mrs. Obama and her daughters read stories to children staying at the hospital who were brought down to the hospital atrium for the annual event.

"It's been a longstanding tradition for First Ladies to visit the nation's children's hospital. We are pleased that Mrs. Obama and her daughters brought such joy to our patients and staff," said Jacqueline D. Bowens, Executive Vice President and Chief Government and External Affairs Officer at Children's National.

The tradition of First Ladies visiting Children's National goes back to First Lady Bess Truman. Children's National Medical Center is located less than four miles from the White House.

About Children's National Medical Center

Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children's has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children's National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Revealing Truths Behind the Western Sahara Conflict

22 Dec 2009 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Revealing Truths Behind the Western Sahara Conflict

The quest of Aminatou Haidar, known as the Gandhi of the Sahara, is only one side of a three-decade saga that has plagued Western Sahara.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent return of Aminatou Haidar to Western Sahara in southern Morocco has sparked both national and international debate as to the future of the disputed region. Her recent hunger strike has brought real focus to an area dubbed "Africa's Last Colony." One author claims, however, that worldwide leaders should not forget the past as he reveals the human rights violations that occurred to a forgotten group of prisoners.

"There is another side to the story that people have not heard," says Thomas Hollowell, who served a short stint with the Peace Corps in Morocco and is the author of the newly released Allah's Garden: A True Story of a Forgotten War in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. His book focuses on a Moroccan doctor's 24-year detention by a militant group vying for Western Sahara known as the Polisario. "The alternative to Morocco controlling Western Sahara would be a governing body built on manipulation who has committed grave crimes against humanity."

Through the doctor's plight, Hollowell's book describes Moroccan military and civilian prisoners who were captured by the Polisario guerilla-war movement and taken to prison camps in southwestern Algeria. While in captivity, these POWs were tortured and enslaved for decades to build up the area's infrastructure. "While I feel for Aminatou Haidar, I would not relate her to Gandhi," says the author. "While she is notable and courageous, through association, her struggle indirectly endorses a political organization who is unscrupulous and dangerous."

Though not a political book by definition, Allah's Garden strikes a controversial chord for those on both sides of the debate: those recognizing the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and those supporting Morocco's claim to Western Sahara.

Thomas Hollowell has authored two books and several articles for national and international publications. Allah's Garden: A True Story of a Forgotten War in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, ISBN 978-0964142398 (, is published by Tales Press in Urbana, Illinois and is available online at at or any other Amazon worldwide. To request an interview or additional information, please contact the author at

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The National Press Club Condemns Terrorist Attack on Peshwar Press Club

23 Dec 2009 18:24 Africa/Lagos

The National Press Club Condemns Terrorist Attack on Peshwar Press Club

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A suicide bomber on Tuesday detonated explosives at the gates of the Peshwar Press Club, killing a guard, the Club's accountant and a bystander and wounding at least 20 others. The Club in this northwest Pakistan city had received a series of threats in the month leading up to the suicide attack. The following is a statement by Donna Leinwand, President of the National Press Club:


"The targeting of journalists who strive merely to report the truth to the public is unacceptable," National Press Club President Donna Leinwand says. "We grieve along with Pakistani journalists for the lives lost. We know that our colleagues in Pakistan will continue to uphold the best principles of our profession even in the face of threats and violence. We commend them for their commitment to journalism."

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists. Among it's more than 3,500 members are representatives of nearly every major news organization. On the web at

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The Worst Scandal of 2009: Big Money in Politics

23 Dec 2009 16:30 Africa/Lagos

The Worst Scandal of 2009: Big Money in Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Common Cause and Public Campaign:

What was the biggest scandal of 2009?

Blagojevich trying to sell a Senate seat? Senators, governors, and their mistresses? Allegations that lobbyists were lining up defense earmarks in exchange for straw donations?

No, the biggest scandal of 2009 was that the entire pay-to-play system that dominates Washington and occupies Congress' time and attention sidetracked bold policies.

One year after President Obama was swept into office on a ticket of change, a wall of big money from the health interests, banks, and Big Oil thwarted, slowed, or deep-sixed legislation in Washington. Special interests were on track to spend $3.3 billion to shape policy outcomes, according to a recent story in Politico. Despite the voters' mandate for change, the underlying problem of Washington - what author and Washington Post reporter Robert Kaiser calls "too damn much money" - remained unaltered and in many ways, more powerful than ever before.

The bottom line is that America will not see the significant change that a majority of people are demanding until we change the way we pay for political campaigns by getting special interests out of the business of paying for our elections.

"Yes we can" has been blocked by "no you don't."

Here are some facts to consider:

-- The health care debate is a perfect example of all that is wrong.
Everyone agrees health care must be made more affordable, and that
more people need coverage. But with the health care industry spending
more than $1 million a day this year to lobby for their bottom line,
and contributing more than $200 million to candidates for Congress in
the 2008 election cycle and first nine months of 2009, it's not a
surprise that reform proposals were watered down.
-- At the beginning of December, the U.S. House passed legislation to
reform the financial regulatory industry. The vote came fifteen months
after the collapse of the financial sector and the $700 billion
bailout of Wall Street banks. Reform of Wall Street shouldn't have
been so hard -- these firms exploited a weak regulatory regime to
wreak havoc on our economy -- but throughout 2009, financial, real
estate, and insurance interests poured $85 million in campaign
contributions into Washington, D.C. They succeeded at watering down
sections of the House bill, and have declared all out war on the
Senate bill.
-- As the climate change conference in Copenhagen comes to a close,
President Barack Obama's hands were tied not just by China and India's
unwillingness to negotiate far-reaching agreements. He was also hemmed
in by the politics of passing climate legislation through the U.S.
Senate - and the stranglehold that Big Oil and coal companies have
over our elected officials. The energy sector has contributed more
than $4.5 million to Senators just this year - an off-election year.
Senators like Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) have declared that any action on
climate change in the Senate faces an uncertain future. Inhofe has
received more than $1.2 million in contributions from oil and gas
interests during his career.

The swamp of special interest money is rising in Washington and Congress needs a way out.

The Solution: The Fair Elections Now Act

One year later, it's become clear that change doesn't come simply with the election of a new president or new members of Congress. To dramatically change the way Washington works we need to change the way campaigns are financed in this country.

It's time for the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752, H.R. 1826), legislation that would sever the ties between big money campaign contributors and members of Congress. With Fair Elections, candidates would be able to run a competitive race for congressional office with a blend of small dollar donations and limited public funds. Sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), this voluntary system would put people in office unencumbered by special interest influence. In addition to Rep. Larson, the House bill has the broad bipartisan and cross-caucus support of 124 members.

There have been a lot of political scandals and intrigue in Washington this year, but the worst of them all is the sordid impact of money in our political process. The scandal is what is legally permitted day in, day out, in Washington, D.C. It is time to change the system and pass the Fair Election Now Act.

Learn more at

Source: Common Cause and Public Campaign

CONTACT: Adam Smith of Public Campaign, +1-202-997-8929,

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USA - Will she Remain on the Top or Topple?

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USA - Will she Remain on the Top or Topple?

AHMEDABAD, India, December 22/PRNewswire/ -- The economic history of U.S., like its history has its roots in European settlements of the 16th century. These successful colonial economies grew into small independent farming economies which after 1776 became the United States of America. A central feature of the U.S. economy is the freedom of the private sector. The period of 1930 saw the great depression from which U.S. emerged strong and that between 1960 and 1990 saw the fiscal policy being replaced by monetary policy as a regulator of the overall pace of economic activity. During the last 230 years of its existence, USA has grown into a huge integrated industrialised economy that represents about a quarter of the world economy.

Today, the U.S. is in a unique situation; no other nation has the same amount of power financially, politically and not least, military. The country has incredible influence over the world. Her national & international politics are of paramount importance to the entire world because it reflects upon her relationship with other countries.

Since 2001, U.S. has been embroiled in conflicts as well as tough & demanding situations straining her economy. She underwent a housing market correction, a sub-prime mortgage crisis and a declining dollar during 2008. On December 1, 2008, the NBER declared that U.S. was in recession. Recession in the U.S., is a very bad news for a lot of countries. With experts like former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker feeling that the economic growth will remain pretty sluggish, and a lot of people seeing U.S. as a fading superpower hobbled by the recession, let's see what Ganesha has to say regarding the U.S. with the help of astrology (; because her actions in next few years will decide much for the future.

Natal Horoscope ( ) of USA

3rd July, 1776

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Leo (, the rising sign is in the second quadrant of the constellation Purva Phalguni (The Fruit of the Tree). Sun, the lord of the rising sign is conjunct with Jupiter, Venus and Mars in Gemini (, the 11th house of gains. Mercury, the lord of wealth & gains, is conjunct Rahu in Cancer (, the 12th house of loss. USA was formed in the period of Mars-Mars-Mercury.

Presently, Ketu (South node) is transiting over natal Sun, Jupiter, Mars and Venus through Gemini, the 11th house of gains indicating negative impact on gains for a period of about one and a half years, while Rahu's (North node) transit over the 5th house will cause unpredictable fluctuations in the stock market. Saturn's transit over the 2nd house, of finance and economy will cause reduction and undue delay in the influx of funds.

She is undergoing the major period of Moon and sub-period of Ketu (South node). Moon, the Lord of 12th house is placed in the 7th house of War. Ketu (South node)is placed in the 6th house representing debts and hidden enemies. Moon placed in the constellation of Dhanistha (The Star of Symphony) presided over by Mars, indicates that she will be determined to fight and to tackle terrorism; a cause of concern ever since U.S. entered major period of Moon in August 2001. This means, an increased expenditure on defense & security, further impacting the economy.

With Jupiter transiting through Aquarius ( after 19th of December, 2009 when it passes over her natal Moon, she will find strength to withstand this onslaught. However, the Saturn-Jupiter opposition will bring significant changes in U.S. and its position as a super power.

Thus Ganesha feels that the struggle for U.S. is far from being over, and economy will continue to remain limp for about an year and a half, till October 2011. In short, U.S. is on the verge of beginning of a whole new era and that might change the whole global political scenario in next couple of years.

Dharmesh Joshi & Tanmay K Thakar

The GaneshaSpeaks Team (

Profile Of GaneshaSpeaks

GaneshaSpeaks was launched on 25th April 2003, with an idea that the astrology industry can be organized and its potential unlocked. Today, GaneshaSpeaks handles more than half a million visits on a monthly basis while its call centers with the help of 300 astrologers ( handle more than 30,000 telephonic consultations daily. They specialize in mundane predictions, Cricket, Football, Tennis, stock market indices and have a record of more than 80% accuracy. Hemang Arun Pandeet, a techno-entreprenuer with an engineering degree in 'Electronics and Communications',and the MD & CEO is the driving force behind GaneshaSpeaks.

Contacts public - S.Balasubramanian (Head Corporate Communications), Tel: +91-79-65221416 Extn: 305, Email

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Standard & Poor's Top 10 Internet Predictions for 2010

21 Dec 2009 18:28 Africa/Lagos

S&P Equity Research Issues Ten Internet Predictions for 2010

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As the decade that began with the announcement of the AOL/Time Warner merger ends with the Time Warner [TWX 29 ***] spin-off of AOL (AOL 23 NR), S&P Equity Research has issued a list of ten Internet predictions for 2010, addressing some of the largest and most important companies in the Internet segment as a new decade is about to begin.

"We expect considerable international deal making in 2010, challenges for search giants Google and Baidu, and IPO activity involving at least one major social networking company," said Scott Kessler, S&P Equity Analyst, Internet Software & Services and Internet Retail. "After covering the Internet segment for nearly a decade, I think it's fair to say that the online arena can change very quickly. Therefore, thinking about the upcoming year and offering predictions is worthwhile in helping to identify potential developments and prepare in advance."

Following are ten Internet predictions for 2010 from S&P Equity Research.

1. We foresee considerable international acquisition-activity in 2010. We think some larger U.S. Internet firms will allocate their substantial overseas cash and investments to acquire businesses abroad. We also think some U.S.-based Internet companies could be targets for international players looking to establish or bolster their positions, seizing upon the dollar's weakness to secure value. We also think eBay [EBAY 23 ****] and Yahoo [YHOO 16 *****] will make noteworthy overseas purchases.

2. We think at least one of eBay's global buys will center on continuing to build out its PayPal business, perhaps in the mobile area.

3. Despite notable efforts and those of its Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt among others, Google [GOOG 596 ***] will continue to be targeted and somewhat restrained by domestic and international lawmakers and regulators, in our view.

4. We think Google will lose its search business with AOL to Microsoft [MSFT 30 ***] (the AOL/Google search contract is set to expire in December 2010). We believe Google's recent efforts to de-emphasize larger search deals, and political pressures, coupled with Microsoft's focus on gaining market, share will contribute to this change.

5. We expect Yahoo to further deconsolidate through the sale and/or shuttering of multiple businesses. We think divestiture activity could involve the Small Business Services unit, Zimbra, and the Personals business, among others.

6. Conversely, we think InfoSpace [INSP 8 ****], with what we consider a somewhat limited product/service portfolio and strong balance sheet, will look to do a relatively significant strategic deal, related to the search segment.

7. We see continuing considerable competition and pricing pressure in online music and games, and expect more challenges and consolidation in these areas. Our related call is a "sell" opinion on RealNetworks [RNWK 4 **].

8. We think at least one major social networking company will file to become a public entity in 2010. We think Facebook is most likely, given that in 2009, it announced it was looking for a new CFO with public company experience, and hired such a person, and created two classes of (private) stock to help existing shareholders retain control of the company. We note that a company with more than $10 million of assets and a class of equity securities with 500 or more shareholders as December 2009 has to file a registration statement with the SEC, roughly by the end of April 2010. We also expect LinkedIn to move closer to becoming a public company in 2010.

9. We don't expect Twitter to file to come public in 2010, but, despite indications that its growth trajectory has flattened somewhat of late, we expect the company to have a successful year, punctuated perhaps by monetization models and revenues. We foresee premium accounts and data and analytics offerings, for example.

10. We see considerable risk for Chinese Internet companies and equities, and believe regulatory concerns and actions will hamper performance for certain companies, including Baidu [BIDU 414 *].

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NIA's Top 10 Predictions for 2010
In 2010, Expect Charitable Donors to Keep Giving Through Long-Term Pledges: AHP Study Concludes
2010 - Emerging Markets Beat Western Europe
TripAdvisor Travellers Reveal 2010 Trends
16 Dec 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers Outlook: Strategic Deals and 'Mergers of Productivity' to Drive M&A in 2010
Franchise Businesses to See Slow Growth in 2010
Gradual Global Recovery Expected for First Quarter 2010 According To FOREX.COM
Travel Ticker Poll Reveals Leisure Travelers Intentions for 2010
15 Dec 2009
Survey of Active Individual Investors Reveals Bullish Outlook for 2010
Employers Likely to Continue Improvements to HR Technology in 2010, According to Watson Wyatt
Americans Split Over Finances in 2010
14 Dec 2009
2010 College Food Trends: Students Crave Global, National and Regional Comfort Food with a Twist
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research Forecasts a Slow but Steady Global Economic Recovery in 2010
Regional Business Executives See Brighter 2010 Economy, More Jobs, Mixed Outlook on Credit
10 Dec 2009
22:36 Announces Top Ten Food Trends for 2010
15:48 Publishes Ten High-Yield Stocks for 2010 Report
9 Dec 2009
Swonk Releases Annual Outlook Edition: The Quiet After the Storm
8 Dec 2009
Manufacturing CFOs Optimistic in Annual Bank of America Merrill Lynch Outlook
Employers Plan to Increase Staff Levels in First Quarter, According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
New-Year Hiring Expected to Return to Pre-Recession Pace in Asia Pacific, While Job Prospects Continue to Slowly Improve in the Americas and Europe
TripAdvisor Reads Traveler Tea Leaves to Reveal 2010 Trends
7 Dec 2009
Despite Limited Capital Equipment Purchases In 2009, The Global Powered Surgical Instrument Market Held Its Value At $800 Million
Get Married Unveils the New Top 10 Bridal Trends for 2010
1 Dec 2009
Photos: 2010 Color Trends for Home Mix Classic, Calming Neutrals with Energizing Pinks and Yellows