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From the BBC News website:

“A jobless security worker has won a competition billed as Spain’s [first] siesta championship, napping for 17 minutes in a busy shopping centre. Ecuadorean Pedro Soria Lopez took first place and 1,000 euros (£890) for his efforts – or lack of them.”

“Judges awarded points for the speed with which participants fell asleep, the volume of their snoring, the most original sleeping position and the best-dressed sleeper.”

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This sounds like a great competition, but I probably wouldn’t have won it. 🙂 I used to have a lot of trouble falling asleep in the past. Even when I went to bed early, I would spend hours thinking about all the things I had done that day. I would also think about all the things I should have done that day!

I would then go on to assess the current situation of my life. It was as though I was watching TV with my eyes closed! My thoughts would just keep on coming, like waves approaching the shores of the beach.

Blog editor: Hey! What’s with all the poetry nonsense?!

Moja: Oh yeah! Where was I?

I’m starting to sleep better now. Okay, so back to the competition. It was organised by the National Association of Friends of the Siesta, and they plan to take the competition abroad. Some of my friends love having afternoon naps, but I always thought they were a waste of time.

Should we encourage afternoon naps in the UK? People always look so tired on their way to work. Maybe a 30-minute “power nap” is just what people need after lunch. You never know, it might boost the morale of workers and have a positive effect on productivity. I’m going to consider having power naps on my days off. 🙂 Good idea or a waste of time?

Photograph: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images (Guardian website)

Marisol Valles Garcia is only 20 years old, yet she has become the police chief of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero. It’s a Mexican town on the border of Texas and it has a population of 8,000 people.

The town was named after Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a Mexican hero who was a journalist by day and a revolutionary leader by night. Okay, I made the day and night thing up, but he did start his career as a journalist and end it as a revolutionary leader.

Marisol Garcia was the only person brave enough to accept the job of police chief, and it’s not hard to see why. Her predecessor, Martin Castro, was kidnapped for several days, and his severed head was found outside the police station!

Click here for The Guardian’s take on the story. Ms Garcia is a criminology student and the mother of an infant son. She now plans to combine those challenging tasks with the job of tackling crime in a town that’s known for drug-related violence. Is she very brave or is she just being really foolish?

(I know… ANOTHER post about Wayne Rooney!!! This is what football does to us fans!)

Photo from soccernet.com

From manutd.com:

“Wayne Rooney has agreed a new 5 year contract to stay at Manchester United until at least June 2015. The agreement follows intensive discussions between the Club and the player’s representatives and means that by the end of his contract Wayne will have been a Manchester United player for 11 years.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

Here are some extracts from the statement:

Sir Alex Ferguson: “I’m pleased he has accepted the challenge to guide the younger players and establish himself as one of United’s great players. It shows character and belief in what we stand for.

“I’m sure everyone involved with the Club will now get behind Wayne and show him the support he needs to produce the performances we know he is capable of.”

Wayne Rooney: “I’m signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history – which is the reason I joined the Club in the first place.

“I’m sure the fans over the last week have felt let down by what they’ve read and seen.  But my position was from concern over the future.  The fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived and it’s up to me through my performances to win them over again.”

Moja: “I wonder how much ‘ambition’ Manchester United are paying Rooney every week…. Seriously, though, this was all about money. Rooney said he was concerned about the club’s ‘future’. Now that his agent has negotiated a new deal, Rooney’s future, sorry, I meant the club’s future is now secure. 😉

Rio Ferdinand tweeted that today was a good day, and now we know why. I hope this gives the club a huge lift, and I hope we use this news to improve our performances this season.

Rooney has now apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson and to other Manchester United football players. I’m sure the fans are waiting for their own apology too.”

Rooney saga timeline:

1) News gets leaked that Rooney is thinking of leaving. Man Utd 0 – 0 Rooney.

2) Sir Alex Ferguson releases his statement. Man Utd 1 – 0 Rooney.

3) Wayne Rooney release his statement. Man Utd 2 – 0 Rooney.

4) Fans and other managers criticise Rooney. Man Utd 3 – 0 Rooney.

5) Rooney signs new deal, gets the money he wants. Man Utd 4 – 2 Rooney.

I wonder how Manchester City feel. It looks like Rooney and his agents were using them as a way to increase his new wage package at United. More importantly, I wonder how Uncle Woy feels now that Liverpool’s relegation saga will soon be back in the headlines! 🙂

From Goal.com’s website:

“The new contract offered by Manchester United to Wayne Rooney was only a £20,000-a-week improvement on his current basic salary, Goal.com UK can reveal.

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that United had prepared “the best terms possible for any player in the country” but it is understood that the deal on the table was a long way short of the top earners at Manchester City.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

I can understand why a person would want to move somewhere else to earn more money. However, footballers earn a lot of money already. The club is still having meetings with Rooney’s agent, so they may still be able to reach a deal.

I hope both sides stop releasing statements and counter-statements against each other. In the long-run, these kind of statements can affect our performances on the pitch.

It will be interesting to see which player Sir Alex Ferguson signs next. Will he want to prove to Rooney and the fans that Manchester United can still afford to pay for the best football players in the world?

From the Daily Mirror’s website:

“A Saudi prince who used his servant as a “human punchbag” was jailed for life [on Wednesday] for beating and strangling him to death at a luxury hotel. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, showed no emotion as he was told at the Old Bailey he must serve at least 20 years in jail.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

The victim, Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, was attacked by the prince several times when they stayed at the Landmark Hotel in February this year. Staff at the hotel said they appeared to be in a relationship, and the prosecutor said there was a “sexual element” to the abuse.

The prince's victim, Bandar Abdulaziz (Picture courtesy of BBC News website)

The prince denied he was gay, saying that he had a girlfriend in Saudi Arabia. He also said that his manservant had been robbed three weeks earlier, and said that his injuries had come from that incident.

However, the post mortem showed that the injuries were fresh. The prince was also implicated by video footage which showed him attacking his manservant in a lift. Bandar Abdulaziz didn’t fight back; he allowed the prince to slap and punch him, while he merely tried to protect his face.

I feel sorry for the victim. Only God knows how long he had to put up with this stupid prince and his unrealistic view of world. I wonder how many other servants are suffering at the hands of princes and princesses in Saudi Arabia today.

If he had survived, Bandar Abdulaziz would have continued to be bullied and beaten by his ‘master’.  If this had happened in Saudi Arabia, we would never have heard of the awful way he was being treated. I wish it had never happened, but since it did happen, I’m glad it took place in Britain.

The stupid prince was trying to claim diplomatic immunity to avoid getting into trouble. Let’s see if your fellow prisoners are kind enough to give you diplomatic immunity in the prison showers. From palace to prison – talk about ‘fall from grace’ for the grandson of the late King Saud.

I wonder how the prince’s father felt as he sat in court, watching his son being sentenced to at least 20 years in prison. He’s probably blaming the manservant for dying and ruining his son’s life!

Blackpool’s manager, Ian Holloway, isn’t very happy with Wayne Rooney, and he makes his feelings very clear in this video.

Ferguson responds to Rooney

Manchester United played against Bursaspor in the Champion’s League tonight. The match was played at Old Trafford, and we won it 1-0; Nani scored the goal and it was a really good strike. 🙂

After the match, Sir Alex Ferguson was asked for his reaction to Wayne Rooney’s statement. This is what he said:

“I haven’t read Wayne Rooney’s statement, but we’ll have a view on it tomorrow and probably put it to bed tomorrow. As I said, the door is open. We keep good players, particularly when they are that young. He wants assurances? Have I won 30 trophies or what?!”

Ferguson also came out with his own version of “the grass is always greener on the other side”:

“Sometimes you look in a field and see a cow,” he said. “You think it is a better cow than the one you see in your field. It never really works out that way. Some players like to think the world is better somewhere else. It never really works.”

When I first read Rooney’s statement, I was worried about the state of our club. However, I’ve thought about it some more, and I now feel that he’s insulted his manager and his teammates.

We were an ambitious club before he joined us and we will still be an ambitious club after he has gone. Rooney is talking as if we’ve failed to qualify for the Champion League and are currently battling against relegation. Someone should remind him that we won the Premier League title in 2009. Idiot! 👿

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