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GOOGLE GOLDEN BUTTON

Published October 26, 2014 by Tony

FAVIJ, an Italian boy rewarded

 

He’s the first Italian to win this award and few Italian people know him, aside from a mass of teenagers who love video games. This is Lorenzo Ostuni, a nineteen year old from Turin who with the nickname ” Favij ,” about three years ago, started sharing on YouTube tips and impressions about video games. On his channel, on YouTube, you find his videos taken by webcam while he plays with his console. Jokes, bad words, jokes, smiles, grimaces and things like that do not follow a script and do not even have a real content, but with an exciting rhythm given by a good post-production editing. Probably, other players liked his outburst while playing, and those who followed him in just three years have exceeded one million (1.2 million subscribers). Nearly as many as those that our RAI national channel has. The visualizations generated by Favij channel are around 280 million, while here a famous telefilm series gets an audience of about 6 million!

      

By regulation, Google rewards Youtubers whose videos have over a million of subscribers, and for that, a few days ago, Lorenzo received the Golden Button, a big button-shaped plate 24-carat gold. But in the meantime, some companies already are knocking on his door, like Sony for a TV commercial.
Like Lorenzo says, “What could be more beautiful than turning a playful passion into a profitable business?”

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YOUNGS IDOLS

Published April 6, 2013 by Tony

FANS MANIA

At the time of the Beatles, during their concerts, fans were crying and gave vent to their happiness at the sight of the musicians on stage, crowding and despairing even to have the chance to see them up close and touch them.
Scenes of the past?
No, this is still happening, even if today these scenes are not so striking and no longer big news as it once was. If you want to attend in person in such situations, go to a Justin Bieber or One Direction concert, for example. There, you will see hundreds of teenagers screaming and waving at the sight of young artist singing on stage.
But this is not all.
The love for their idol lead some fans to do Justin Bieber in Bologna with Giorgiaeverything, as it happened in Bologna in the only Italian stage of Bieber. Hundreds of girls aged 14 and up went to the concert even if living in other cities, and all hoped to be chosen from Justin to go on stage and seeing dedicate, face to face, a song, how usually the young singer is doing at his concerts.

Giorgia also was at that concert who, although not a Bieber fan, had accompanied her friend who likes Justin. Life sometimes does tricks, and Georgia could not foresee at all that among thousands of screaming fans, from the stage Justin would choose her to be the “less lonely girl” of the evening. Under her friend’s astonished eyes, she was made accommodate on the stage, where Justin took her by the hand and made sit down, then dedicating her a song. Justin was there a few inches from her, singing with affection a song and looking into her eyes.
I can not imagine how much envy all the girls, that were there, have felt at that time. Not everyone has such a luck, and chance would that, the one to be kissed by fortune was not even a follower, like the hundreds who were there dreaming of being close to Justin, to touch and kiss him…. willing to do anything for him.
Envy has no limits and in the following days Georgia was bombarded with insults on Facebook and Twitter, so as to force her to close the accounts. This probably would have happened the same, even if she had really been a big Bieber fan, because her luck had been so much, too much to the point of inciting envy and jealousy.

One Direction

In fact, a similar fate had already happened to a seventeen year old from Bologna, fuckingly lucky to have won a free ticket for the concert of One Direction in New York, and especially to have had the opportunity to meet Harry Styles, as well as see his image immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud’s.
Being close to your idol, is priceless!
Is not this enough?
Sounds strange if not impossible that five Norwegian schools have brought forward the exams date because of the concert that Bieber should hold 16, 17 and 18 April in the Telenor Arena in Oslo.
Well, five schools in Aalesund have decided to change the dates of the exams, planned on 16 and 17, to prevent students, engaged in the test, from “playing hookie” because of this concert.
But fans mania is all this and more, and in Norway the decision to postpone the exams has even received the consent of the official Norwegian Minister of Education.

For pity’s sake, let me kiss Bieber or touch Harry Styles!
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DIEGO MARADONA IN NAPLES

Published February 26, 2013 by Tony

EL PIBE returns in Naples

Yesterday Diego Maradona made his return to Italy to resolve problems with the Italian Revenue, and after landed in Rome with his lawyer, then he made a stop in Naples, the city that is in his heart and that long wanted to see again, after eight years of absence. “I want to meet the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano” he said. A cheering crowd of fans, young and old, has received him on his arrival, while by car he wanted to go to the stadium then passing for the waterfront. The fans and the boys who followed him on motorbikes started singing “Maradona è meglio ‘e Pelè,” the song “O sole mio,” and the historic song dedicated to him, “O mamma mamma mamma….” .
Another crowd of Neapolitans along with journalists and cameramen were waiting for him when at 16.40 has arrived at the Hotel Royal, hotel which has hosted him free of charge in the presidential suite (to prevent further requisition of goods, he came here without values or money).
A piece of Napoli’s football history that gave us so many emotions. “How I missed Neapolitans,” Maradona confided to who is with him as he prepares for a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. In the hotel he met the Neapolitan actor and comedian Alessandro Siani, and then went to dine in the restaurant of his friend Bruscolotti (former captain of Napoli team) with Carmando, his historical masseur). In the evening in his room, El Pibe  followed the match Udinese-Napoli. “I’m happy to be back here,” he said. “I saw the game and Napoli had to win, deserved it.”
Maradona will probably attend to the highly anticipated match Napoli-Juventus, and now it only remains to see whether here in the city something in his honor will be organized.
Diego Armando Maradona has released this statement to “Napoli Magazine“:  “I have never been a tax evader, if you must blame someone, do it with those who have signed the contract on that time, I had nothing to do with that. Thank also to Neapolitans whose affection and love towards me has not changed… Naples has a memory, the memory that maybe someone wants to distort with things that do not exist. I only come to ask justice and let me walk for Italy because I have not killed anyone. There are so many beautiful memories of Naples, we could be here for hours. I couldn’t come, I represented this city and went away crying ….

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Diego Armando Maradona

Published February 6, 2013 by Tony

THE CASE MARADONA

Diego Armando Maradona’s debt for unpaid tax increases again. The Provincial Tax Commission of Naples, rejected as unacceptable an appeal by the football player, also condemned to pay the expenses of the delayed payment for a total of € 2000. The judgment has been filed on January 10 last year. Maradona’s lawyers had filed an appeal to challenge the “silent rejection” by which the tax authorities had accepted the request to cancel the folders former Napoli striker Football relating to non-payment of taxes in six different years, from1985 to 1990. In particular, it was alleged failure to notify the folders, the time-limits for the requirements and the invalidity of the notice of default.
Angelo Pisani, Maradona lawyer in dispute with the Italian tax authorities, says: “Who lost the appeal was not Maradona but the Inland Revenue. The judgment was filed on February 1 was written on purpose to make it look like we had lost. The truth is that the appeal of the Revenue was rejected and confirmed the judgment of the tax courts of ’94 who claimed that the tax assessments, against Naples football society and its player at the center of the dispute, were invalid. In short, Maradona was acquitted in the tax even if the investigation went on for the recovery of sums alleged by the Italian public company in charge of the collection of national taxes.”

The player can not visit Italy, but for years now he wants to return, back to Naples, where hundreds of fans are waiting for him with open arms, and most recently, in an interview, he also released a video addressing Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic.
I ask to Italian politicians to see clearly what is behind all this. I did not steal anything, there is no evidence to prosecute me. If I’ve been wrong, it was for other things”.


But for those who do not know him, let’s see what and who Maradona is.

Today Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine football coach but, once was a famous football player nicknamed “El Pibe de Oro”. Many experts, football critics, players, and football fans in general consider Maradona the greatest football player of all time. He is the only footballer to set world-record contract fees twice, firstly when transferring to Barcelona for a then world record £5m, and secondly, when transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9m. During his professional club career Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys, but at club level, he is most famous for his career in Napoli football team.
Maradona is considered one of the sport’s most controversial and newsworthy figures. He was suspended from football for 15 months in 1991 after failing a drug test, for cocaine, in Italy, and his outspoken manners have sometimes put him at odds with journalists and sport executives.
At Napoli, Maradona reached the peak of his professional career (from 1984 to 1991). He quickly became an adored star among the club’s fans, and in his time there he elevated the team to the most successful era in its history. Led by Maradona, Napoli won their only Serie A Italian Championships in 1986/87 and 1989/1990, placing second in the league twice, in 1987/88 and 1988/89. Other honors during the Maradona era at Napoli included the Coppa Italia in 1987, (second place in the Coppa Italia in 1989), the UEFA Cup in 1989 and the Italian Supercup in 1990. Maradona was the top scorer in Serie A in 1987/88.
During his time in Italy, Maradona’s personal problems increased. His cocaine use continued, and he received US $70,000 in fines from his club for missing games and practices, ostensibly because of ‘stress’. He faced a scandal there regarding some illegitimate sons; and he was also the object of some suspicion over an alleged friendship with the Camorra.
Later on, in honor of Maradona and his achievements during his career at Napoli, the #10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired. Maradona was dominantly left-footed, often using his left foot even when the ball was positioned more suitably for a right-footed connection. One of Maradona’s trademark moves was dribbling full-speed on the right wing, and on reaching the opponent’s goal line, delivering accurate passes to his teammates. Another trademark was the Rabona, a reverse-cross pass shot behind the leg that holds all the weight.
In 1999, he won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. Maradona won the Internet based poll by wide margins, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé.

In Argentina and Naples, the champion is indicated as a symbol and hero of the sport because of its humble origins and its original low social status: in spite of the multiple gains did not lose the ways of expressing and the vocabulary specific to the fringe of the less well-off population. To this was added his stand against the “strong-powers”, especially with the Neapolitans who saw him as a representative of “oppressed” in Southern Italy that fought against the “dominance” of the rich teams in the North. It was for this reason, not only for his achievements in the fields of football Maradona was practically worshiped by both Argentinians and Neapolitans.

Over the years, Maradona has been involved in various legal proceedings, partly resolved out of court. Those that have had more prominence are definitely related to different paternity, but several were those for drugs, assault and economic issues.

“I want to become the idol of the poor children of Naples, because they are like I was in Buenos Aires”.
(Maradona said on 5 luglio1984 at the official presentation at the San Paolo stadium in Naples)

Religious display of Maradona in Naples

In 2000, the Napoli football team decided that never again a player would wear a shirt with the number 10 belonged to Maradona. But in 2004, due to the regulation on the number of T-shirts, the team, however, was forced to reprint the shirt with that number.
When Maradona had left the city of Naples, emerged other economic problems with the Italian tax authorities, who accused him of evading taxes during the last two years of stay in Naples. It is said that the leaders of Naples football team did signed players two contracts, one for players and one for image rights, and this procedure was seen by Italian Finance Police as tax evasion. Having regard to the Italian law that provides for the increase in arrears with the passing of the years, a judgment of the Supreme Court in February 2005 condemned the player to pay 31 million euro. In May 2008, reached the figure of € 34 million due to the accumulated interest. In March 2009 Italian officials announced that Maradona still owed the Italian government €37 million in taxes; €23.5 million of which was accrued interest on his original debt. In this regard, the Italian Finance Police seized his fee of € 3 million received in 2005 for taking part in an Italian TV program, also in 2006, at a charity event in Naples,were seized two Rolex watches gold worth 10,000 euro. In September 2009, during his last stay in Italy, were further seized two diamond earrings valued at € 4,000.

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