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LOL!

That was hillarious!!

I liked it!!

very weird video... and that woman is so ugly !

Sorry for this, but calling someone Ulgy is just not right. Allah has given her that look, its not her fault. We shouldnt call the creation of Allah ugly. I apologize if i was rude.

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I've seen this and it was amaaazing, me and my sisters watched it one summer when my parents were abroad, I was about 14 and it really freaked me out.

It's on the sci-fi channel practically every month, I've tried watching it again but it looks a bit dated now. Better to read it, then you don't have rubish actors ruining the way you imagine the characters.

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He is a fantastic author!

His novels like Carrie.. Bag of Bones... Firestarter.. and OF COURSE WHO CAN FORGET The Green Mile were all wonderful!

Pet Cemetery and The Shining were quite scary when I was a kid..

His Dark Tower series was great!

Haven't read The Stand though. OK... Next on my list after The Kite Runner!

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An undercover BBC investigation has exposed how young African footballers are being conned out of thousands of dollars. Gavin Lee explains how Isaiah Akpan fell victim to a Nigerian scam.

Isaiah Akpan

They said that I would have to go for a trial in Singapore in Asia. Then after two three months they would transfer me to UK

Isaiah Akpan

"The memory of that incident always kind of shocks me," says Isaiah Akpan.

He shakes his head as he recalls the gamble he took in the hope of achieving his dream of football stardom in the richest league in the world, the English Premiership.

Instead of taking the first step to sporting fame and fortune, he fell victim to conmen who left him penniless - stranded and alone in a foreign country.

The Nigerian 18-year-old lives in Apapa, a northern district of Lagos. Home is a small tin roof shack, where he and his two brothers share one bed.

It is a world away from the millionaire lifestyles of the Premiership stars, whose pictures decorate the walls.

Mr Akpan, like thousands of soccer-mad African teenagers, puts his details on sports networking websites.

Players as young as 12 post their pictures, e-mail addresses, phone numbers - even scans of pages from their passport.

Nigerian star Kanu gives his advice to African footballers who want to play in Europe

The hope is that just maybe this will attract the attention of somebody with connections who will help them get a deal with an English club.

"Why most of us want agents is because they can help us; telling us what the clubs are all about and getting better clubs of my choice. Most of these agents, they are linked to clubs in Europe," he says.

What Mr Akpan and many other amateur hopefuls do not realise is that under British immigration rules, it would be impossible for them to get a work permit.

They would not qualify as they have not yet played several games for their own national teams.

Many also appear to be unaware that no English club would ask for money from a player they are thinking of signing.

And it is this sort of naivety which is now being exploited by crooks.

Stranded

So it was not long before Mr Akpan was e-mailed by two men who said they were football agents.

They men claimed to be so impressed with his online posting that they could arrange him a trial to play for an English team. But at a price.

Nigerian boys in football training

Many youngsters dream of becoming the next Kanu or Emmanuel Adebayor

"They promised a club but did not mention the specific name of the club," he recalls.

"They said that I would have to go for a trial in Singapore in Asia. Then after two three months they would transfer me to UK."

Mr Akpan was told that as a formality, he would first have to pay a $500 (£250) registration fee.

He borrowed the money, the equivalent of a month's wages, from his father.

He then flew, as instructed, with the cash to the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

There, the two football agents were supposed to meet him at the airport and put him on a plane to his trial.

But, after Mr Akpan handed over the money, the men disappeared.

He was left stranded and alone in a foreign country with no money to get home.

"I was thinking how will I get back to Nigeria, I even could not pay back the taxi man," he says.

"I had to sleep at the international airport that night because there was nobody to go to, nobody to help me, nobody even wanted to believe the story."

To me $500, from a poor home, is big money

Isaiah Akpan

After spending three days living rough, Mr Akpan managed to borrow the fare home.

When he did return, he said he was initially too ashamed to tell his father that he had been conned.

"To me $500, from a poor home, is big money. It was a very bad experience."

The conmen used the same techniques as the so-called "419" fraudsters, which usually target businessmen.

They are asked to pay considerable sums of money up-front, on the understanding of sharing millions of dollars of ill-gotten gains, which never materialise.

The victim is lured abroad before being parted from his or her money, to make it more difficult for the police to conduct investigations.

But despite his mistakes, Mr Akpan continues to advertise online in the hope that next time the offer of help will be genuine.

"I always dream of playing in England. But I know time waits for nobody," he says.

"That incident has not stopped me. I will keep on showing my details on the websites. Though I will be much more careful."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7505730.stm

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Was there even a Kenyan involved in that story.

Alright bro, I get Digiturk here and I havet the foggiest idea what all that stuff in Turkish means so can you help me

What does Reklam mean?

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i scored 5/10 today, so my title challenge is over. I didn't even remember until i read this post.

sorry for that..

so tell us how you were conned by khojas? :Hijabi:

Thats so cool. Now I wont be getting lost during the Reklam ha ha.

your mind is sound you will learn the language quickly ;)

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(salam)

Students who are bravest are least likely to cheat, say US researchers.

Two studies of more than 400 students at Ohio State University found those who did not cheat scored highest in tests of courage and empathy.

They also, perhaps unsurprisingly, scored higher than cheaters on tests of honesty.

Presenting the findings at the American Psychological Association conference, the researchers said the "academic heroes" were in the minority.

In the studies, students were asked if they had cheated in classes in the past 30 days and in the past year and whether they would be likely to cheat in the future.

The students also completed measures that examined their bravery, honesty and empathy.

Students who don't cheat seem to be in the minority, and have plenty of opportunities to see their peers cheat and receive the rewards with little risk of punishment

Professor Sara Staats

Those who scored in the top half - the so-called "academic heroes" - were less likely to have reported cheating in the past 30 days and were less likely to intend to cheat in the future.

They also reported they would feel more guilt if they cheated and did not rationalise cheating the way others did.

In addition they struggled to believe that their fellow students regularly committed academic dishonesty.

Personality

The honest students "have a more positive view of others", said study leader Professor Sara Staats.

She added: "Students who don't cheat seem to be in the minority, and have plenty of opportunities to see their peers cheat and receive the rewards with little risk of punishment.

"We see avoiding cheating as a form of everyday heroism in an academic setting."

The researchers added that other studies had shown that more than half - and sometimes up to 80% - of university students report that they have cheated.

Dr Paul Seagar, spokesperson for the British Psychological Society and lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, said the findings were to be expected.

"These people probably have stronger personalities and are less likely to give into temptation."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7562938.stm

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To all Shiachatters,

Stop cheating :mad:

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Academic integrity plays a large part in the moral composition of a person, with regards to bravery and cheating, sometimes it is rather courageous to still genuinely try on an exam knowing you may fail.

Cheaters are inconsistent, you can only cheat for so long and their grades reflect that.

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