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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Swine flu has been detected in numerous pigs at a farm near the Argentine capital, but the virus has not shown itself to be any deadlier to the animals than a normal flu, the government said Friday.

The discovery comes as Argentina is experiencing a human swine flu outbreak during the South American winter. The Health Ministry confirmed three new deaths -- raising the country's toll to 26, more than any other nation on the continent.

Jorge Amaya, chief of the National Agricultural Health and Quality Service, told Mitre radio that about a quarter of pigs at the unidentified farm in Buenos Aires province were found to be infected.

"The mortality rate is less than 2 percent, which is typical of a normal flu for swine," Amaya said.

Nevertheless, he said, "Veterinarians are very worried because humans are infecting the animals." Amaya added that eating pork poses no danger to people.

Pork Producers' Association president Juan Uccelli said the farm would be closed down for an investigation of the H1N1 virus' evolution there.

Swine flu was previously found in pigs last month on a farm in Alberta, Canada. About 500 hogs were killed because a quarantine on the farm created overcrowding -- not because they were sick, officials there said.

The Health Ministry said Friday that 1,587 people in Argentina have been infected.

But while authorities are taking measures to contain the virus, they say it is not expected to be worse than the regular seasonal flu.

It is a tragic day for the world of music as King of Pop Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest at 3 am (IST) in Los Angeles.

Paramedics were called to the singer's home around midday local time after he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

He was rushed by an ambulance to a medical centre, while several US media outlets started saying that the 50-year-old star has died.

Michael Jackson was supposed to begin a series of comeback concerts in the UK starting from July 13.

He has had a history of health problems because of which he could not do any concert in 12 years.

US media reports say paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air at midday. They performed CPR on Jackson and rushed him to the UCLA medical centre.

Crowds had begun to gather outside the hospital, and the emergency centre was roped off by the police.

Jackson began his career as a child in his family group The Jackson 5. He then went on to achieve global fame as a solo artist with smash hits such as Thriller and Bad.

But the singer had been dogged by controversy and money trouble in recent years, becoming a virtual recluse.
Mumbai:   State-run carrier Air India has targeted slashing annual salary costs by Rs.500 crore, it said here Monday.

Air India has appointed a four-member committee to examine existing wage agreements, including flying allowances and productivity-linked incentives, signed with the unions associations and the Indian Pilots Guild.

The committee has been directed to go into all aspects of cost rationalisation and reduction of wasteful expenditure with the unions and submit its report by July 15.

Currently, the carrier runs an annual wage bill of over Rs.3,000 crore.

'Besides reductions in wage cost, AI is also looking at improving productivity of employees, elimination of restrictive work practices and reducing wasteful expenditure,' an airline statement said.

Justifying the rationale behind the exercise, Air India said so far it had not resorted to retrenchment or layoffs to tide over the financial crisis arising out of difficult market conditions that have affected airline operators the world over.

The move comes two days after the Air India chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav appealed to all staff to 'rise up to the challenge' and help the airline in its 'fight for survival'.

In a letter to each employee, Jadhav had said that in view of the global crisis, all carriers have been experiencing low fares, poor load factors, drop in premium travel, decline in cargo load and low yields.

'Employees have been receiving their wages, salaries every month even when people in the industry have lost jobs or seen emoluments take a dip. We should consider ourselves fortunate that we have been insulated from the adverse impact of the economic meltdown so far,' Jadhav said.

His letter came after employees threatened to go an indefinite strike from July 1 if their salaries were delayed.

The company, struggling to cope with a cash crunch, had earlier announced that it would defer June salaries. It has also asked the top executives above the position of general manager to forego their compensation for July.
MUMBAI: The UK may once again emerge a preferred destination for higher studies among Indian students as a recent spate of attacks on the current 
batch in Australia forces them to redraw their plans. One of the best education systems and shortest visa processing time make UK the strongest contender to replace this affordable and easy-going destination for education.

"The pattern of education is the same in Australia and the UK as they both offer similar courses . And since UK enrols students in the September period versus July for Australia, this is still an open option for students ," said the director of a large education consultancy firm in Mumbai. The average fee for a course in engineering or MBA is the same in the UK as that in Australia.

Over time, the UK has slipped to the third place as the chosen foreign country by Indian students: in 2008, only 29,000 students landed on UK's shores, against 90,000 for the US and 36,000 for Australia. A higher cost of living and a two-year work permit after graduation as compared to permanent residency saw more students flocking to Australia. It was in early 2000s that Australia sensed an opportunity in educating Indian students.

The Australian universities joined hands with the government and organised education fairs in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Punjab, among other places, with a focus on the campuses and the courses offered.

The sweeteners were too lucrative for Indian students to ignore: permanent residency within three years after studying 18 months in Australia, and a host of job opportunities. In the last few years, a total of 90,000 students have taken up higher studies in the island nation, according to industry estimates .

"Those who do not want to settle abroad or have plans to get a job elsewhere opt for the UK. However, most of them want to start their career abroad and settle there, and Australia gives them this opportunity," said an industry official requesting anonymity
TEHRAN -- Locked in a continuing bitter contest Monday with Iranians who say the presidential elections were rigged, the authorities here acknowledged that the number of votes cast in 50 cities exceeded the actual number of voters, state television reported following assertions by the country's supreme leader that the ballot was fair.

But the authorities insisted that discrepancies, which could affect three million votes, did not violate Iranian law and the country's influential Guardian Council said it was not clear whether they would decisively change the election result.

The news emerged on the English-language Press TV Web site late Sunday as a bitter rift among Iran's ruling clerics deepened over the disputed election. The outcome of the vote, awarding a lopsided victory to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has convulsed Tehran in the worst violence in 30 years, with the government trying to link the defiant loser to terrorists and detaining relatives of his powerful backer, a founder of the Islamic republic.

The ICC today announced details of umpire and match referee appointments for the upcoming ODI series between the West Indies and India.

Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees will lead the playing control team in the four-match series that gets underway at Kingston, Jamaica on 26 June.

The ICC-appointed on-field umpire for the ODIs will be Nigel Llong of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires who will stand along with West Indies Cricket Board appointments.

Appointments for other upcoming series will be announced in due course.

ODI series match referee: Chris Broad

26 June - West Indies v India (ODI), Jamaica - Nigel Llong and local appointment
28 June - West Indies v India (ODI), Jamaica - Nigel Llong and local appointment
3 July - West Indies v India (ODI), St Lucia - Nigel Llong and local appointment
5 July - West Indies v India (ODI), St Lucia - Nigel Llong and local appointment
Michael Vaughan has been left out of England's 16-man squad for an Ashes training camp, BBC Sport Understands
The omission of the ex-captain from the line-up, who will face Warwickshire in a three-day warm-up game, indicates he will not be picked to face Australia.

Vaughan has scored only 159 first-class runs at an average of 19.88 in six matches this summer, with a top score of 43 against Worcestershire last week.

The first Ashes Test takes place at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on 8 July.

It it not yet known whether Durham bowler Steve Harmison has done enough to avoid a similar fate to Vaughan.

The paceman was dropped ahead of the one-sided Test series win over the West Indies but has responded by claiming 30 championship wickets in six matches, including 16 in the last two games, against Lancashire and Warwickshire.

However, left-arm spinner Monty Panesar appears to be a certainty for selection, despite his recent struggles for Northamptonshire and a worrying return at Cardiff last week of 2-149 from 44 overs.

Panesar has claimed only six wickets in six championship matches this summer at an average of 86.67. He is under pressure for his place as second spinner from Adil Rashid, who impressed in the World Twenty20, and has emerged as a shock contender to make the final 13-man Ashes squad, to be announced on 4 July.

Andrew Flintoff, meanwhile, has now proved his fitness after two championship matches back with Lancashire and will also be included alongside Ryan Sidebottom, who has made his own recovery after an Achilles tendon problem

8-12 Jul: 1st Test, Cardiff
16-20 Jul: 2nd Test, Lord's
30 Jul- 3 Aug: 3rd Test, Edgbaston
7-11 Aug: 4th Test, Headingley
20-24 Aug: 5th Test, Oval
Another player hoping for a recall in the Ashes training squad is Ian Bell, who lost his place after the debacle in Jamaica this winter but has scored consistently in first class cricket, averaging 64.5 after seven matches.

Both Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan and Onions, who impressed during the second Test win at Chester-le-Street over West Indies, are expected to feature for the Lions against Australia to allow the return of Flintoff and Sidebottom to England's line-up.

National selector Geoff Miller is also set to announce the line-up for the Lions side to face Australia in a four-day match starting on 1 July, the same day as the Warwickshire fixture

The International Cricket Council conducted a dope test on the Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi after his team won the Twenty20 World Cup title defeating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord's.

Afridi, who was man-of-the-match in Pakistan's eight-wicket victory over their sub-continental rivals in Sunday night's summit clash, was called for the surprise test by ICC officials after the match.

The dope test is believed to be part of ICC's routine practice under which any cricketer could be called for such a test during ICC events
West Indies have called up Darren Bravo, the younger brother of all-rounder Dwayne, for the forthcoming one-day series against India.

Both Bravos were named in a 13-man squad for the first two games in Jamaica on 26 and 28 June.

Darren, 20, scored over 600 runs for Trinidad and Tobago in domestic four-day cricket earlier this year.

There is no place for fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who suffered a back problem during the World Twenty20 in England.

Batsman Lendl Simmons and all-rounder Kieron Pollard have been left out of the squad and replaced by Runako Morton and Narsingh Deonarine.

West Indies will play four 50-overs matches against India, the final two in St Lucia on 3 and 5 July.

Federer said he was disappointed by Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from Wimbledon because of injury.

It brings to a temporary end the rivalry that last year culminated in the pair's epic clash at the grasscourt grand slam, dubbed the greatest final of all time.

Nadal, the world No. 1, opted out of Wimbledon on Saturday because of knee tendinitis, robbing fans of any hope of a final replay.

"It's disappointing for me because I'd love to play him," Federer said.

"He's my main rival and we've had some wonderful matches over the years, and especially the one here last year, that obviously stands out.

"It just shows me how lucky I've been that I haven't been injured over all those years.

"I'm a little bit lucky, but getting to all the finals that I have is not normal, not being injured is not normal. It's luck, but it's also planning and preparation."

The Swiss has also been buoyed by finally lifting his French Open jinx.

He downed Robin Soderling in straight sets at Roland Garros this month to claim the one piece of grand slam silverware that had been missing from his trophy cabinet.

Federer will open proceedings on Centre Court tonight against Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu in his first match since the French Open final.

He missed the grasscourt tournament in Halle, Germany, last week, but is now refreshed and ready to go.

Nadal's decision not to defend his title leaves Federer as firm favourite to win Wimbledon for the sixth time and beat Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles.

But he conceded Murray would be a worthy opponent.

"He's a very gifted player," Federer said. "He has wonderful feel, he's a great tactician. I always said that, and he's finally proved it.

"It took him some time, and that was the disappointing part.

"I expected him to do better a few years ago, but everything is coming together for him now and he's been rock solid for almost two years now."

Britain has been in the grip of Murray mania since he became world No. 3, the highest rank for a Briton in the history of modern tennis.

Murray beat American James Blake, 7-5 6-4, in the Queen's Club final last week.

But Scotsman is downplaying the public reaction to his grasscourt campaign this year.

"I don't get caught up in the whole hype thing, getting involved in reading all the papers, listening to what everyone else is saying," he said.

"Because at the end of the day, it makes no difference if some guy thinks I can win the tournament or whatever."

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LONDON: Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was on Sunday named as the player of the tournament at the World Twenty20 despite being dismissed for 
nought in the eight-wicket final defeat to Pakistan.

Opening the innings throughout the tournament, Dilshan scored a total of 317 runs at a strike-rate of 144.74 and an average above 52.

He scored three half-centuries in the tournament and his unbeaten 96 in the semi-final against the West Indies was the highest individual total of the tournament.

That innings almost single-handedly dragged Sri Lanka to a score that it was then able to defend and it caused his captain Kumar Sangakkara to hail Dilshan as "a pioneer stroke-maker in Twenty20".

Dilshan also hit more boundaries than any other player, his 46 fours and three sixes well clear of the next biggest tally of hits both to and over the ropes, 28 fours and four sixes by South Africa's Jacques Kallis.

And his batting was talked about not only for its excellence but also for its innovation, with his ability to flip fast and medium-paced bowlers past his nose and over the wicketkeeper's head to the boundary one of the enduring memories of the action for all that saw it.

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee and himself a two-time World Cup winner at Lord's, said: "Tillakaratne has been a tower of strength for Sri Lanka throughout this tournament. He has impressed us all with his improvisation, courage out in the middle and wonderful range of shots.

"I'm not sure how he manages to play that scoop shot - if I had tried that when I played I think I would have ended up with a mouth full of ball - but it was wonderful entertainment and his contribution really gave the tournament a boost."
KARACHI: Celebration for the Twenty20 World Cup victory is in full swing in Pakistan, but national team coach Intikhab Alam advised his cricketers 
to switch their focus onto the Sri Lanka tour commencing on June 27.

Alam who was also the manager when Pakistan clinched the 1992 World Cup under the leadership of Imran Khan, said this is the high time that cricketers turn their focus onto the upcoming series in Sri Lanka as now they have to live upto the expectation of the country.

"I am confident they will manage to switch to the Test mode quickly and comfortably because more responsibilities and pressures are now on us to do well in Sri Lanka," he said.

Pakistan is in celebration mood as Karachi reverberated with fireworks and people thronged onto streets to celebrate the national team's victory in the showpiece event, a rare moment of joy for Pakistani citizens amid continuous violence.

"There is not much time because we will be leaving for Sri Lanka three days after reaching home. So I want the players to get required rest before starting preparation for the coming series," Alam, also a former captain, said.

Pakistan will play three Test matches before taking on the islanders in a five-match ODI series and a Twenty20 match. The squad is expected to be announced soon.

The country is also preparing to award a grand welcome to the heroes when they return tomorrow morning with thousands expected to turn up at the Lahore and Karachi airports to greet their heroes.

Alam described Pakistan's victory as sweet and memorable, given the tough time people on the country are facing.

"I am happy that the team clicked in their last few matches which were do or die encounters for us. All the players contributed brilliantly," he said.
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Your resume remains one of the most important components of your job search. A well written resume that gives the employer an accurate view of your skills will help you stand out from the crowd. Here are links to some of my favorite resume tips, resume samples and free resume templates. I have also included links to some actual resumes of employees I have hired in the past for various technical companies.

1. Resume Tip 1: Spell Check and "Reality Check"
Before you submit your resume, make sure you give it a spell check using your word processing software. After you spell check it, have someone else give it a quick "reality check" to make sure that the spell checker didn't miss anything and to make sure that you didn't make a mistake that your computer can't catch. It is important that you get a second set of eyes to look over the document that could be responsible for your next job.

2. Resume Tip 2: Not Too Long, But Not Too Short
How long should your resume be? This is always a tough call. Some experts believe a one page resume is the perfect length. I would disagree, unless you really have few skills and experiences to share. Go into enough detail to give an accurate view of your skills, but not so long that the reader falls asleep. You do not need to list every project you have ever worked on. Summarize, but be inclusive.

3. Resume Tip 3: Formatting Counts
Have 2 versions of your resume available. One to be viewed online, and one to be handed out at in-person interviews and job fairs. Fancy formatting with pretty fonts, lines, boxes and bullet points just does not make it through on most computers. Anything you send or submit online should have very basic formatting (spacing and paragraph breaks, for example).

4. Resume Tip 4: Keywords are Key
When an employer searches a database, they use keywords. In general, they expect the results to be representative of what they are searching for. This should mean a couple of things to the resume writer:

5. Resume Tip 5: Include the Basics
A technical resume should include the following information sections.
An objective: 1-2 sentences describing what you want, customize this for the job you are applying for.
Education: Any degrees you have completed or are working on, as well as relevant classes or certifications. Only include your GPA if it is very high.
Experience: List your past employers and/or major projects you have worked on. Start with the most recent.
Technology Summary: List only the technologies you know well.

6. Resume Tip 6: Have Multiple Versions
If you are in more than one role (or have skills that may fit more than one role) you should have multiple versions of your resume available that highlight those skills. For example, if you have years of experience as a software engineer, and also have project management expertise, have two resumes: one highlighting your software engineer experience and another highlighting your project management experience.

7. Resume Tip 7: Make Your Resume Viewable
Recruiters and hiring managers like to search and "source" for candidates. If your resume (or bio) is not someplace where an employer can find it, then they don't know you exist. In addition to the regular job boards, consider posting your resume on personal web pages, as well as networking tools such as:
The results surprised researchers, showing a 15% increase from a year earlier.

Net services seem to have escaped the recession with Americans more willing to cut back on mobile phone usage or cable TV than broadband.

Of those who still were not connected, 17% said it was because the technology was not available in their area.

Nearly a quarter of those surveyed said they had cancelled or cut back on cable TV services or mobile phone services but only 9% said they had cancelled or cut back on broadband services.

"For many Americans a home broadband connection is a conduit for connecting to community and economic opportunity," said John B Horrigan, associate director of the Pew Internet Project.

"That puts broadband in the 'must keep' category for most users, even when economic times are tough."

Rural growth

Broadband users were asked how they viewed the importance of broadband in their lives.

Over half (55%) said that it was very important to at least one dimension of their lives, such as communicating with health care providers, the government or sharing information about the community.

Americans over 65 showed a 58% increase in adoption while low income families also showed growth.

The number of families living on household incomes of less than £18,000 with broadband connections grew by to 35%, a 40% increase on the previous year.

Rural Americans using broadband also grew to 46%, a 22% growth from last year.

But take-up of broadband among African Americans continued to rate below average, with less than half (46%) using a fast net service.

In the UK a similar survey by the Oxford Internet Institute found that twice as many people from higher than lower socio-economic use the internet, while the percentage of retired people online had risen just 4% since 2003 to 34%.
Representatives of the four host nations of the World Cup 2011 will meet at Lord's today to discuss what can be done with the 14 matches that were originally scheduled for Pakistan. The recommendations from this meeting will be taken up by the ICC's commercial board that will meet on June 25 as part of the governing body's annual conference.

ICC president David Morgan, vice-president Sharad Pawar and Pakistan board chairman Ijaz Butt met on Friday to discuss the best manner in which a decision could be reached on Pakistan's matches. "I am pleased we have made progress on this matter," Morgan said. "We believe we have come up with that means now, through the meeting of the host countries, and if they are able to produce a recommendation when they meet on Saturday then that can be tabled for consideration by the ICC's commercial board next Thursday."

As per last week's meeting, it was decided that Pakistan would not host matches in the 2011 tournament because of the security situation in the country but the PCB will be recognised as hosts and retain fees from its original allocation of 14 matches. Morgan had said the ICC would consider outsourcing Pakistan's matches to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, though co-hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were keen to have the matches remain in the subcontinent.
Cricket's punishing international schedule prompted Michael Hussey to contemplate retiring from at least one form of the game. Hussey revealed he had used his recent sabbatical from cricket to evaluate his future and, after careful consideration, opted to continue in all three formats for Australia.

Once renowned as an indefatigable force in Australia's middle order, Hussey conceded that the constant grind of touring life had left him "mentally washed" during Australia's recent tour of South Africa. The ensuing directive by selectors to rest him from the one-day series against Pakistan provided Hussey with time to review his commitment to the game and, on the eve of his first away Ashes series, he admitted there was a difficult balance to find.

"I just threw it up in my own mind and thought, 'Well, is it something that we should be looking at?'" Hussey said. "I think probably a few of the guys were throwing it around. It's a difficult choice to make if you had to, but for me I don't really want to make that choice.

"I've thought about it a little bit. I would find it quite hard to come in and go out for one particular form. For me personally I want to try and play as much as I can. It took me so long to get one opportunity to play for Australia so I would like to play as much as I possibly can because I know my shelf life is a bit shorter than other guys who were able to start a bit younger."

The hype of an Ashes series coupled with a recent batting trough - he has scored 322 runs at 23.00 in his past eight Tests - prompted Hussey to admit he was feeling under more pressure than at any stage of his international career. That, he says, has placed a greater emphasis on Australia's tour match against Sussex at Hove, during which a number of players will be aiming to boost confidence and impress selectors.

"There's always a lot of pressure and I don't think there's any more pressure than coming into an Ashes series," he said. "Probably this is the most pressurised I've felt but that's just because we're playing up to this series right now.

"Everyone is going to be very keen to do well because I think we're all shooting for places in the first test team. Probably other than the captain, vice captain and a couple of other key players I don't think anybody can rest on their laurels. For me personally I'm really keen to get a couple of big scores and get the confidence up high coming into that first Test.

"I would like to really get a couple of good scores under my belt just so I can go into that first Test with some confidence under belt after not having played for quite a while and also not performing as well as I would have liked in the last couple of series."

Hussey has been impressed with England's performances under the stewardship of Andy Flower, and believes the current squad boasts greater depth than that of four years ago. England underwent a period of painful regression immediately after its 2005 Ashes triumph when a succession of injuries struck key personnel. And though the current line-up does not possess the intimidatory presence of four years ago, Hussey feels this England squad has more quality players at its disposal.

"Someone like [Graham] Onions has come in and done well, Anderson is a much better bowler than he was when he came to Australia last time, Stuart Broad has been bowling very," he said. "Plus I think their batsmen have been doing very well. I think they probably do have more depth than they did last time around."
Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo.
Hot News - InFocus / The Stanford meltdown
Jun 20, 2009, 08:27 PM
When Allen Stanford began to invest - to the tune of millions of dollars - in cricket in 2005, he was painted as the saviour of the game in the West Indies. In February 2009, though, shortly after it was announced he was re-evaluating his association with Caribbean cricket, Stanford was charged by the USA's Securities and Exchange Commission of a "fraud of shocking magnitude".
Two days after their World Twenty20 campaign ended, the Indian team has landed in Jamaica for their next assignment, a four-ODI series against West Indies.

India have been in great form in one-dayers over the past ten months, losing only three dead matches from 18 games. West Indies performed strongly in the World Twenty20 after a forgettable show against England in the Tests and one-dayers.

"I think it's going to be a competitive cricket (series) and we are looking forward to it," MS Dhoni said. " West Indies is playing good cricket at the moment. They are having a very good World Twenty20 tournament, but in the 50 overs, you have time to settle down."

India are missing four first-team players on the tour - Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina - but coach Gary Kirsten said this was a chance for the youngsters to shine. "You're always going to miss them because they are great players, but it's a great opportunity for a tour of this nature for young players to show what they're made of."

The first of four one-dayers is on June 26 in Kingston.
At the very heart of Pakistan's invigorating run to a second successive World Twenty20 final has been a player you might think was put on the planet to play Twenty20 cricket. A three-four over bash with the bat, a quick four-over spell hustled through the middle overs and some adrenaline-fuelled cheerleading in the field: thanks very much, Shahid Afridi.

Having been the Player of the Tournament in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, Afridi was expected to be a key component again this time. His form in the immediate run-up to the tournament, especially with ball in hand, had been outstanding and even with the bat, against Australia, a brief vigour had re-emerged. And with ten wickets, 122 runs, potentially the catch of the tournament and a semi-final all-round performance to match any, Afridi has again staked his claim for top individual honours.

The catch to dismiss Scott Styris off Umar Gul, running back to long-on and taking it at full-stretch over his shoulder - "any player, any piece of fielding, batting or bowling, can do that," said Afridi - was the moment at which Pakistan's tournament turned. And he followed it up with what he considers to be among his best individual performances against South Africa. "Without a doubt it's up there. I've put in some good matches in the past, but to do it in such a big-game, in a semi, against such a strong side, it has to be up there," Afridi told Cricinfo. "Wickets were down, the pressure was on and it was such an occasion, it makes it very special."

The improvement in Afridi's bowling has been among the more remarkable sights in cricket, all the variety, threat and control apparent in his spell of 2 for 16 against South Africa. As significant have been three contributions with the bat, culminating with an eminently sensible 51 in the semi-final. "I don't know if I'm at my peak with the ball but certainly I've put a lot more effort into it. Nothing extraordinary, just hard work," he said.

LONDON (AFP) -- Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara hailed Tillekaratne Dilshan as a "pioneer" after the opener hit an unbeaten 96 to lead his side past West Indies and into the World Twenty20 final.

Sri Lanka cruised to a comfortable 57-run win at the Oval and will now take on Pakistan in the final at Lord's on Sunday.

"I have run out of superlatives for Dilshan. He is a pioneer stroke-maker in Twenty20," said Sangakkara on Friday.

"The best thing is that he understands his role and has become very responsible and mature. He has finally understood how good he is."

Dilshan's knock was the centrepiece of Sri Lanka's 158 for five with his 57-ball innings, which featured two sixes and 12 fours, the equal third-best in Twenty20 international history.

Fellow opener Sanath Jayasuriya (24) and Angelo Mathews (12 not out) were the only other Sri Lankan batsmen to reach double figures.

Mathews then took three wickets in the first over of the West Indies reply and the Caribbean side never recovered as they finished on 101 all out with captain Chris Gayle carrying his bat for 63 not out.

"It's Mathews's first major international tour and you can't ask for much more than three wickets in the first over," added Sangakkara.

"To get three top order batsmen out is a great start. We have a great bowling attack, they are all thinking cricketers.

"Now we will take this confidence into the final against Pakistan. We'll concentrate on getting our basics right, we'll be responsible and execute our game plan."

Dilshan said he was learning all the time in the international arena.

"I got the start I wanted. I've been in good form in the last six months in the IPL and in international cricket," said the opener, who was named man of the match.

Gayle said the defeat was a bitter pill to swallow after his bowlers had limited the flamboyant Sri Lankans to 158-5.

"I'm very disappointed. I thought batting was our strength," said Gayle.

"Dilshan took the game away from us. But we have struggled to get a start and get runs on the board.

"We'll come back as a better unit and learn things from this."

Mumbai: A Russian cargo aircraft AN-124, which was hired by the US military, triggered panic at the Mumbai airport on Friday night. The plane carrying arms, ammunition and five people onboard was asked to land at the airport after it violated the Indian airspace.

The aircraft took off from Diego Garcia Island - a US military base near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean - and was heading for Kandahar in Afghanistan.

But it entered the Indian airspace at around 2200 hrs IST without having Air Traffic Control permission. The aircraft was forced to land at the Mumbai airport at 2240 hrs IST.

The AN-124 aircraft is used by military to haul cargo and is owned by a Ukraine-based logistics and cargo company. On landing, the Russian crew of the aircraft was immediately taken for questioning by officials of the central investigative agencies and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The questioning of the aircraft crew is on to ascertain the reasons of the airspace violation which swung the security apparatus into emergency mode on Friday night.

Actress Asin Thottumkal got injured during a 'Kalari' fight practice session for her yet to be launched 19 Steps in which Kamal Hassan plays a crucial role. Directed by Bharat Bala and produced by Walt Disney Productions, the film will be launched soon in Chennai. Japanese actor Tadano Asano is playing the male lead role. In 19th Step, Asin plays the role of a princess who is expert in Kalaripayattu, the Kerala form of Martial Arts.

Now the actress is busy practicing the arts in proper manner. An expert from Kerala is teaching the art to the actress in Chennai. During one of her recent practice sessions, she accidentally slipped and fell while trying to jump from a certain height injuring her leg in the process. But she hopes to be back in action soon and resume practice. According to the sources, the shooting of the movie will be begins at the second week of July in Chennai.
King of pop Michael Jackson, who has been detected with skin cancer, is in constant fear of dying and is terrified that his nose will fall off.

Though the music star has seen top doctors here after cancerous skin cells were found on his nose, chest and arm, he continues to fret about the effects of the ailment, reports said.

"Michael has become convinced that his nose is going to fall off. The doctors have reassured him that this won't happen. But Michael believes that the skin cancer will kill him and he lives in constant fear of dying. His chances are excellent but he is very afraid," a source was quoted as saying.

Jackson, 50, has already had shave biopsies on his chest, arm and nose to remove potentially lethal growths since the cancer was diagnosed last month.
Bollywood actress, Kareena Kapoor tried a whopping sixty pair of shoes for her much-awaited film, Kambakkht Ishq, according to reports.

Since Kareena plays a supermodel in this Kareena-Akshay flick, she was required to experiment with her look.

Her designer and stylist for the movie, Aki Narula who also gave her a completely different avtaar in Tashan said he had tried out something completely new this time with Bebo.

During the press meet, Kareena even went ahead and said cheekily that more shots of her shoes were than her face.

However she said that she was extremely excited about her new look in the movie and that trying on so many shoes was a lot of fun! Kambakkht Ishq is slated for July 3 release.


Discerning the burgeoning demand for cars that run on alternate fuel like Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), a number of car companies like GM, Hyundai, etc, Toyota, Maruti, M&M are in the process of launching an array of models in such segments shortly, especially in the models of their C and D segment, reports The Economic Times exclusively.

General Motors India has also kept its fingers crossed on the CNG and LPG variants of Chevrolet Spark; Chevrolet Aveo U-VA; and Chevrolet Aveo. According to industry sources, The CNG variant of the Chevrolet Optra is already being offered in Mumbai, Delhi and Vadodara, largely due to the fact that the fuel is available in these cities. The company will now offer alternate fuel variants of its other models like Aveo.

"Our strategy is to have high fuel efficiency in all our vehicles in the first place. Then we will be introducing vehicles powered by (alternative) fuels like CNG and LPG, besides having different power-trains and different displacements," General Motors India president (GMI) and managing director Karl Slym was quoted as saying to the mediamen nearly 3-4 months back. The company will be launching an LPG-driven car in the first half of this year, without specifying details, adding it would be followed by other LPG vehicle

Likewise, Maruti Suzuki India limited (MSIL) is also planning to roll out CNG-driven cars by early 2010. ET has reported that Maruti has firmed up its plans to roll out both CNG and LPG version of its mid-size car-SX4, whose volumes have decimated after third-generation Honda City's launch last year.

Toyota Innova, India's most popular multipurpose vehicle, now also provides customers a more economical and environment friendly driving option with the availability of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered version. Available in all petrol grades of the Innova, this is India's first ever energy efficient multipurpose vehicle. The company has gone a step further by drawing up plans to come out with a CNG version of its D-segment sedan-Corolla Altis. Skoda's Octavia model, which is also in the same segment, is likely to be equipped with the Czech automaker's Greenline technology that uses 10 per cent less fuel than the other traditional 1.9 TDI models.

Even though global automakers like Mercedes-Benz, etc are bearish about the American and other developed markets, their sentiments are understood to be quite bullish towards emerging markets like India. The company has reaffirmed its expansion plans and has said that the economy is expected to bounce-back over the medium-term and the growth prospects are immense from this country. Furthermore, company will go ahead with its product launch plans which include its latest E-class series and a host of other models along with variants of its existing models. Furthermore, the Indian arm of the German luxury car maker will invest about Rs. 150 crore in its new facility at Pune in Maharashtra, while a similar amount has been earmarked for upgrading and increasing its retail network in the country. Until now, Mercedes-Benz India had invested about Rs. 250 crore in the manufacturing plant where its passenger cars, trucks and buses are assembled. It will also be roping in another 80 engineers at its R&D centre in Bangalore, where its current strength is 220. It is to be mentioned that there are 10 engineers working in the R&D centre of the car maker in Pune.

Currently, Mercedes-Benz assembles C and E-Class range which now account for indigenisation level of up to 40-50 per cent. However, the S-Class range, which is also assembled in India, has 25 per cent local content. Furthermore, with its new state-of-the-art plant in Pune already going on stream, the Indian arm of the German luxury carmaker claims that it can add more value to buyers and bring about necessary customisation and address preferences. The company has a capacity to manufacture 5,000 cars a year/shift at the new plant commissioned in February. To beat recession, Mercedes-Benz has introduced several innovative schemes by tying up with banks. The German automaker, which addresses the Rs. 25 lakh-and-above segment, accounted for nearly half of this market with overall sales of 3,625 cars (2,415 in 2007) of the 7,500 cars sold in this segment in 2008.

According to a senior representative of Mercedes-Benz India, Mercedes car can be tailor-made for Indian consumers if the car maker is able to have enough volumes in the domestic market. The representative said the Indian government should do a rethink on charging higher excise duty on luxury cars if they want the manufacturers of these cars to set up a full-fledged plant in the country as it will lead to increase in employment as well as more contracts for auto component manufacturers.

In its bid to cash in on the opportunities emerging in the Indian market. In this regard, the company will be rolling out new models, especially low-floor buses, and three axle buses, in the next 12-15 months. Furthermore, it is also looking at launching different models of trucks, in phases. Currently, high-end trucks from Mercedes stable, used mainly in mining, are available in the country.

Once again Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has been successful in the International Engine of the Year Awards. With its 3.8-litre power unit from the 911 Carrera S models, the sports car manufacturer has underpinned its position in a field of high performance competitors, receiving the coveted "Best New Engine 2009 Award". For eleven years now, this prize has been awarded by the British specialist journal "Engine Technology International" for outstanding engine characteristics.

With the new flat-six engines featuring direct fuel injection Porsche is raising the sportiness, efficiency and environmental compatibility of the 911 to an even higher level than before. The Carrera S for the first time also comes with Porsche's new double-clutch transmission (PDK). And despite an increase in power by 8.5 per cent, the PDK models reduce fuel consumption by more than 13 per cent and CO2 emissions by almost 15 percent.

Output of the 3.8-litre power unit in the S-models is up by 30 to 385 bhp (283 kW), pushing the extra-powerful S-version beyond the magic speed barrier of 300 km/h or 186 mph. Despite this supreme power and performance, the new models in the 911 range once again boast a significant reduction of fuel consumption, the 911 Carrera S Coupé with the PDK version offering even greater fuel economy with average fuel consumption of just 10.2 litres/100 km (combined overall fuel consumption to the EU5 standard).

Fiat India has unveiled its latest offering in the premium hatchback segment - the Grande Punto, derived from the FIRE (Fully Integrated Robotized Engine) and MULTIJET engines which combine superb performance with low fuel consumption. To add to it, these engines are also environment friendly and Euro 4 ready. To be rolled out at its Ranjangaon plant near Pune, the super-hatch will be available in India with two petrol engines (1.2 and 1.4 FIRE) and one diesel (1.3 multijet).

The Grande Punto comes loaded with features and will be available in three versions known as Active, Dynamic & Emotion for both the petrol and diesel variants.Additionally a fully loaded Emotion Option Pack will also be available in the diesel version. While the 1.2 litre petrol-driven Grande Punto Active is priced a around Rs. 3.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the 1.4 litre petrol-engined Grande Punto Dynamic is available at Rs. 4.66 lakh, with Grande Punto Emotion at Rs. 5.06 lakh & Grande Punto Emotion Pack Rs. 5.61 lakh (all ex-showroom Delhi). The 1.3 litre diesel-powered Grande Punto Active is retailed at Rs. 4.85 lakh, Grande Punto Dynamic at Rs. 5.16 lakh, Grande Punto Emotion at Rs. 5.56 lakh, Grande Punto Emotion Pack at Rs. 6.11 lakh (all ex-showroom Delhi). The 5-door premium compact car is available in 6 colours:Bossa Nova White, Hip Hop Black, Minimal Grey, Medium Grey, Exotica Red and Electric Blue.

While the 1.2 FIRE (Petrol) engine gives 68.2 ps @ 6000 rpm and 95.75 Nm of torque @ 2500 rpm, 1.4 FIRE (Petrol) engine gives 90ps of power @ 6000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque@ 4500 rpm. The 1.3 Multijet (Diesel) engine gives 76 ps@ 4000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque @ 1750 rpm.

Speaking on the occasion Rajeev Kapoor, CEO, Fiat India Automobiles Ltd said, "The launch of the Grande Punto marks a new milestone for Fiat in India... We believe that the B plus segment in India has been under tapped and consumers are increasingly looking forward to driving world renowned, international brands on Indian roads. The Grande Punto will offer safety and quality standards that are particularly high for its segment at a very competitive price. The car will tempt its prospective customers with one of the most pleasurable drives in the segment and will also be an exciting proposition for its customers with its great price/content ratio. Grande Punto is for demanding customers who love hatchbacks and yet want the luxury of a sedan. The high level of localisation which will increase from 58 per cent currently to 85 per cent by December 2009 has helped us aggressively price the Punto. "

The most prominent features in its exteriors are its sporty grill, flared wheel arches, muscular contours, sporty dual tone interiors and sporty wide profile 195/60 R15 15" alloys. In the interiors of the car, the car is loaded with many convenience features like electrically adjustable outside rear view mirror, automatic climate control, Blue & Me, a unique technology developed jointly by Microsoft & Fiat, a unique technology to connect and sync mobile via blue tooth and voice dial / read SMS, customized instrument display setting with My Car, remote foldable key,
According to sources familiar with the development, Tata Motors is drawing up plans to roll out an electric car based on its ultra-cheap car-Nano. If speculation is to be believed, the Indian automaker is likely to develop the model in cooperation with the Norwegian electric car company Miljoebil Grenland. The price and other specifications have not been yet finalised by Tata Motors.

According to sources who requested anonymity, Tata Motors has plans to use the Nano platform to build electric and hybrid cars, adding that the Nano is just not a car for Tata Motors; it is also a platform to create more high-end models that will sell for higher prices and yield better margins.

After Nano, Tata Motors gearing up to roll out its micro-hybrid version also and would also use stop-start technology, likely to be supplied by German engineering major, Bosch. This technology enables the car's engine to switch off automatically at a traffic light when idle and in neutral gear and the engine starts seamlessly once the driver depresses the clutch before moving forward. Though the technology will add another Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 6,000 to the Nano's cost, it would cut fuel bills by around 5 per cent. Bosch is also keen to offer this technology as an after-sales fitting. Currently, Bosch is supplying the fuel and braking systems for the Nano.
According to reports in the media, Bajaj Auto is all set to launch 2009 variant of its flagship product Pulsar 220cc, will replace the old model as it sports an all new DTS-i engine. Sources have revealed that the new pulsar 220cc is claimed to have a top speed of 140kmph (the current one being 125kmph) and will be priced closed to Rs. 70,000, which is Rs. 15,000 less than the current 220cc Pulsar. Apart from the engine change and price reduction (if true), the new pulsar 220cc will get contemporary black theme and carbon fibre diffuser. Once launched, it will be pitted against India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd's R15 and FZ16 models.

Sources privy with the news have said that Bajaj Auto is targeting one-third of the market to strengthen its leadership position in this segment. They say Bajaj Auto will also start exports to some international markets, including Sri Lanka, Colombia and Indonesia.

It may be recalled that during 2007, Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, was the latest addition to the Pulsar family of motorcycles from Bajaj Auto. Features differentiating this bike from other members of the DTS-i family included oil cooled, fuel injected engine, front and rear disc braking, tubeless tyres, a digital speedometer console (recently introduced in all other Pulsar editions) and parabolic/ellipsoidal projector headlamps. Bajaj displayed the 220 DTS-Fi at the Delhi Auto Expo 2006, with its launch followed in the next year
Nadine Jantjie's rape and murder has left the authorities at their wit's end.

They admit their efforts to safeguard children are not enough and have acknowledged that family units need to be strengthened, as children who are murdered are most often killed by relatives.

Premier Helen Zille says dealing with the scourge of substance abuse, notably tik, is vital if the horrific murders of children are to be stopped. Tik seemed to turn people into "violent psychopaths", she said.

She is busy appointing a children's commissioner in the Premier's Office. At the national level talks are under way to implement systems for protecting children
Barack Obama has stepped up his criticism of Iran in the wake of the country's disputed presidential election - and told its leaders the world is watching them.

The US President criticised Tehran for its violent response to a week of mass demonstrations, and insisted the protests must be allowed to proceed peacefully.

"I'm very concerned based on some of the tenor and tone of the statements that have been made and that the government of Iran recognise that the world is watching," he said.

"And how they approach and deal with people who are, through peaceful means, trying to be heard will, I think, send a pretty clear signal to the international community about what Iran is - and is not."

Iranian state media report that seven or eight people have been killed in unrest since the election result was published last Saturday.

Mr Obama has been less critical of the election than many European leaders, but the latest statement marks a clear ramping-up in tone.

It follows a speech by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in which he insisted last week's election was won fairly by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was not rigged, as is claimed by defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters: "The violence is being conducted by the government, right? The Revolutionary Guard, the pictures that we saw on Monday that the president reacted to, that was them."

"I think you're definitely witnessing something extraordinary," he said of the demonstrations. "I'm not sure that anybody even a week ago or so would have expected to see the courageous images that we're seeing now."

Scores of reformists have been arrested since the election result was published on June 13, and authorities have cracked down on both foreign and domestic media.
Minneapolis, MN, June 20, 2009 --( Sun protection clothing manufacturer Coolibar, Inc. is pleased to announce the latest addition to its successful SUNTECT® line of uv protective fabrics. Coolibar has embedded zinc oxide (ZnO), a natural mineral compound with well-established sun protection properties, to the fibers of natural cotton and bamboo to create ZnO SUNTECT® fabric.

"Sun protective clothing is the first line of defense against harmful exposure to the sun," said John Barrow, president and founder of the company. "Our new ZnO SUNTECT® fabric, which incorporates the well-known sun protection properties of zinc oxide into light weight and breathable fabrics, is a groundbreaking milestone in skin protection."

Benefits of Zinc Oxide (ZnO)
As a natural mineral compound, ZnO is traditionally used as a Removed lotion to protect, soothe and heal the skin from rashes and burns. ZnO effectively blocks damaging UVA and UVB rays yet cannot be absorbed into the human body. ZnO is the most widely used sunscreen ingredient because it provides excellent sun protection along with antioxidants known to support increased collagen production for healthy skin.

ZnO SUNTECT® offers additional healthy skin benefits including bacteria balancing and odor reduction as well as astringent qualities that can help heal minor skin irritations. By blending the natural softness of cotton with the sensibility of bamboo into a light-weight, breathable, jersey knit fabric, ZnO SUNTECT® offers the ultimate in cool, comfortable outdoor wear.

This new ZnO SUNTECT® fabric is currently offered in an attractive selection of popularly priced adult tee-shirts, beach and active wear, as well as infant clothing.

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The vehicle incorporates the latest Gasoline Technology - the Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, to achieve substantially lower emissions than even alternative clean fuels like Liquified Petoleum Gas (LPG) and Combusted Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles, company Sales and Marketing General Manager Sreeram Venkateshwaran told reporters here last night after the launch.   

Designed and developed by the company's R&D, the technology ensured "not only a cleaner environment but also delivers low operating cost to the autorickshaw owners", he said.   

The technology delivers a 33 per cent better fuel efficiency than the conventional autorickshaw "which is a boon for the operators in the days of rising fuel prices", Venkateshwaran said.   

The cost of the autorickshaw is Rs 1.17 lakh on road.

NEW YORK--Collins Osei, who had bought an iPhone 3G last year, came to the AT&T store Friday not to buy the latest-generation iPhone 3G S, but instead he wanted to downgrade to a less expensive Nokia phone.

Nokia 2600

(Credit: CBS Interactive)Osei said his decision to go back to a basic-feature phone was all about cost. The iPhone and its service plan are simply too expensive, he said. Osei, who is in the middle of his two-year contract with AT&T, had his iPhone 3G stolen recently. But he said replacing it with a new one would cost too much. Instead, he picked up a Nokia 2600 for a mere $43.

But Osei's decision didn't hinge just on the upfront cost of the phone. He also said he was tired of paying the additional $30 a month data charge that is mandatory with the iPhone.

"The iPhone plan was just too expensive," he said. "They made me pay $30 extra a month for data, and I don't really need the Internet on my phone. So I went back to a regular phone. And now I'm on a plan that costs $39.99 a month."
WWE last night released former Women's champion Candice Michelle along with second generation wrestler, Sim Snuka.

Neither come as a surprise. Michelle has been injured more often than not over the past few years and WWE had no plans for her after she was recently given the OK to return to the ring from her latest injury layoff.

Snuka has been in danger of being released for some time and it had been expected for several months. He had not been used for some time and was out of favour even since WrestleMania where he was the "cameraman" at ringside for the Undertaker-Shawn Michaels match who was supposed to break Undertaker's fall when he dived out of the ring. As you'll recall, Taker narrowly avoided serious injury there and the blame was put on Snuka.
It seems the plans of making the sequel of the hit film KRRISH has hit the roadblock. It's learnt that the Roshan's are not finding a right script to go ahead with the project. Moreover, the producers who wanted Rakesh Mehra to direct the film were disappointed with the response of his last film DILLI 6 and are now rethinking about their decision.

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Now, the plans of making KRRISH 2 are on the hold at the moment till a suitable script and a dependable director is short listed for this ambitious project. The makers want the script to have a global appeal since they want to project Hrithik on the international scale with this film.

It's known that Hrithik, who is busy promoting his latest film KITES at the moment is also not too keen to go ahead with KRRISH 2 till a suitable script is drafted for his role.

Kollywood film makers want a location change now. Instead of looking for nice spots in Australia and New Zealand, they are now flying to European destinations with their compact crew.

The latest crew that has flown to Europe is Aadhavan team. Ace director K S Ravikumar, leading commercial hero Surya, heroine Nayantara and some of the key members of the team have taken off today to Iceland, one of the rarest locations close to the Arctic circle.

Ravikumar is going to shoot a song and some action sequences in the never before seen locations of Iceland. Aadhavan is the first ever Tamil film to be shot in this island.

The producer of the film Udhayanidhi Stalin also flew with the crew to Iceland.

Aadhavan is the Diwali special of Surya.
Namitha who scorched Kollywood, with many of her films, has now decided to go in for a image make-over. She will soon be seen in a Telugu movie titled Desadrohi.

According to sources, she has decided to hit the gym and start working out, to look her best in the film.

Namitha is just about to complete Jaganmohini in Tamil, and she hopes to sign more movies in Kannada and Malayalam as well. She is the most sought-after actress when it comes to glamour roles.

Namitha has bagged a meaty role in the soon-to-release Malayalam thriller Black Stallion. She will be paired opposite Kalabhavan Mani. Black Stallion is directed by Pramod Pappan, and produced by Jagadheesh Chandran, under the banner of Kichu films.

In Kannada she may soon work with V. Ravichandran, for a thriller.

Hot star Surya has become well noted actor in Tollywood. Most of his films have been dubbed into Telugu. In his recent film Veedokkade he was looking so young that audience was said to be surprised by his looks and wondering how he managed to look so young and charming.

Now, the still of his forthcoming Tamil film 'Aadhavan' was released and he was looking pretty young and many were stunned by the new look.

This movie will be releasing in Telugu also and Suriya has paired up with the hot Malayalam beauty Nayantara in this one. The film is directed by K S Ravi Kumar and recently they have gone to Iceland for the shooting of a song.
Though it was believed that Susi Ganesan's mammoth movie 'Kandhasamy' would be released in the last week of July, the film is gearing up for a July 10 opening. It is the arrival of Aadi month that has prompted the producer, Kalaipuli Dhanu, to change his plans, it is reliably learnt.

The post production work of the film is progressing in full swing. The super hero film, starring Vikram and Shriya Saran in the lead, is the most awaited film of the year in Kollywood. The film will be dubbed into Telugu as 'Mallanna' and will be released simultaneously. The mega movie will be released in 900 theatres.

A highlight of the movie is the "super" singer Vikram. He has sung four songs for the film and they have already topped the music charts
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Australians might have had security concerns about India, but their legendary cricketer Steve Waugh feels the country is a safe place.
The security issues in India were raised post Mumbai terror attacks with Tennis Australia (TA) last month forfeiting their crucial Davis Cup-tie against India, which was to take place in Chennai from May 8-10.

Australia have also expressed apprehensions for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Australian officials recently made a trip to India to assess the security situation for the mega-event.

Waugh, a frequent traveller to India whose association with leprosy children of Udayan, in suburban Kolkata, is well known, Friday said the Australian Davis Cup team could have traveled to India.

"I can't say on the behalf of the security personnels. All I can say that I was in Mumbai just couple of days after November attacks and I had no problems. In my opinion, India is safe and when you look back you feel they could have come," Waugh said at the

launch of the Steve Waugh Foundation Global and it's association with 6UP, the SMS service.

LONDON (AFP) -- West Indian captain Chris Gayle is not losing heart after the semi-final loss in the World Twenty20 and has vowed to bounce back in the upcoming one-day series against India.

The West Indies exited from the tournament on Friday after a stinging 57-run defeat by Sri Lanka at the Oval, but Gayle said he was proud that his team had reached the semi-finals.

"Of course we are disappointed because we too wanted to be in the final, but that does not take anything away from the way the team has played through this tournament.

"I am proud of the boys, they put everything into it. We backed ourselves and came this far. It is a great learning experience for the younger players in the team.

"If they learn the lessons quickly we should be able to capitalise in home conditions when the World Twenty20 is held in the Caribbean next year."

Gayle hoped West Indian fans were happy at the team's performance in the tournament after it was routed 2-0 in the preceding bilateral Test series against England.

"Fans are very hard to please," said Gayle. "They only want victory everytime. I just want to say tough luck to the fans. But I hope they will keep supporting us and stop cursing.

"I say to my fans that we will fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee, we'll be back. What can I do about it? Ask Muhammad Ali!"

The West Indies were outplayed on Friday after Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 96 in Sri Lanka's 158-5 was followed by an astonishing first over from rising fast bowler Angelo Mathews.

Mathews claimed three wickets in five balls as the Windies slipped to 1-3 and were shot out for 101 despite Gayle carrying his bat for an unbeaten 63.

"The three wickets in the first over set us back and we could not overcome that as we kept losing wickets regularly," said Gayle.

"You need partnerships in any form of the game, but this is especially true of Twenty20 cricket.

"All credit to Dilshan for the way he batted. I thought we had a good start to keep them down in the first six overs and Dilshan was their only batsman among the runs.

"He just did not give us a chance and helped set a decent total for Sri Lanka."

Gayle said he looked forward to the four one-day matches against India in the Caribbean starting later this month.

"We will get back home for a few days and start another series soon," the West Indian captain said.

"India may not have made the semi-finals here and we did, but we start from scratch and have to do all the hard work again.

"India is always a good one-day team, so it is bound to be a tough series."

Asked whether he will put his money on Sri Lanka or Pakistan in Sunday's final, Gayle quipped: "I am broke, maan!"

"But we can't ask for a better final. We have two quality teams and so it should be a quality final."
LONDON (AFP) -- Pakistan and Sri Lanka, two teams linked by tragedy, will contest the World Twenty20 final at Lord's on Sunday.

Six policemen and two civilians were killed, and seven Sri Lankan squad members injured, when militants launched a gun and grenade assault on their team bus as they travelled to a Test match in Lahore on March 3.

The incident led to the suspension of international cricket in Pakistan and dire fears for the national side's future.

But Pakistan, who beat favourites South Africa by seven runs in Thursday's semi-final, have bounced back in style at this tournament.

They will face unbeaten Sri Lanka in the final after their Asian rivals thrashed the West Indies by 57 runs at the Oval on Friday.

Despite the events in Lahore, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said relations between the two sides had remained friendly.

"What Lahore really brought home to us was we are just the same as anyone else," he said.

"It happens to everyone and it happened to us. I always said it's nice to be reminded of your mortality when the press and everyone else around you builds you up to be a bit more than that in this sporting culture.

"It's great the way the guys have prepared mentally, the way they've shown no fear and just played cricket. It's a fitting reward for that attitude."

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 19 runs in a Super Eights match earlier at this tournament but Sangakkara said: "We've played Pakistan many times before but in T20 you must take every game in isolation. Different players come into form at different times.

"Hopefully, we can put in a good performance and walk away with a trophy."

The dangerous Shahid Afridi produced a brilliant all-round display in Pakistan's semi-final triumph, scoring 51 and then taking two wickets for 16 runs with his leg-spinners.

"He is a guy who can take the game away in few overs, but we can't just concentrate on him," said Sangakkara.

In Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, Sangakkara has two star spinners of his own although Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal should not be disregarded.

"Mendis, the way he's bowled in the middle overs had been a charm," Sangakkara said.

"Even Pakistan watch him closely, they know he can get their wickets."

Sri Lanka's semi-final victory was built on a brilliant innings from Tillekaratne Dilshan, the leading scorer at the tournament with 317 runs, who carried his bat for 96 not out in a total of 158 for five.

Then came a sensational first over in the West Indies' reply, which saw seam bowler Angelo Mathews take three wickets as Xavier Marshall, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo all played on for ducks.

Chris Gayle made 63 not out but none of the West Indies captain's colleagues could stay with the left-handed opener long enough to mount a serious chase as Sri Lanka won with 14 balls to spare.

Dilshan decided not to employ the 'Dilscoop' shot where he flicks the ball over the wicket-keeper's head and settled for more orthodox strokes.

"Now we've one more match, hopefully I can stay strong. I think I'll keep the paddle for the final," Dilshan explained.

Sangakkara, who said he expected something special from veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya in the final, added: "I have run out of superlatives for Dilshan. He is a pioneer stroke-maker in Twenty20.

"The best thing is that he understands his role and has become very responsible and mature. He has finally understood how good he is."

And as for Mathews, the captain said: "It's Mathews's first major international tour and you can't ask for much more than three wickets in the first over.

"Now we will take this confidence into the final against Pakistan."

Pakistan, who lost by just five runs to arch-rivals India in the inaugural 2007 World Twenty20 final in Johannesburg, are desperate to go one better this time.

The dark horses of this tournament, they have justified veteran coach Intikhab Alam's belief that they would be at their best when it mattered most.

"We want to make people back home happy," Pakistan captain Younus Khan said. "Winning the title will mean a lot to them and that will inspire us in the final. One more game and the World Cup will be ours."

West Indies captain Chris Gayle said: "You couldn't ask for a better final, they are two quality teams."
Opposition Leader Kim Swan kicked off an impassioned debate this afternoon in the House of Assembly on the motion of no confidence, calling on MPs from both sides to end Dr. Ewart Brown's "authoritarian, autocratic" leadership.

MPs were debating the motion put forward by the UBP that 'this Honourable House has no confidence in the Government led by the Premier'.

Mr. Swan called the events of the last eight days, since Dr. Brown's decision to allow four Guantanamo Bay detainees to resettle in Bermuda without telling his Cabinet, the Governor or UK authorities, an "international debacle".

"The motion before us continues to be a very important and serious motion before this House," he said. " I remember as a schoolboy, having somewhat of a voice, that could project quite well and carry a little bit of a tune and we used to sing a wonderful song, 'No Man is an Island'. In that regard let me say that indeed here today, part of the problem that we face here has been a result of a very few people acting on their own.

"It has plunged Bermuda into an international debacle that has damaged us internationally in many respects because we have not followed our constitution."

Mr. Swan was greeted by jeers from across the floor when he claimed his motion was never intended to oppose the PLP Government itself but the leadership of the Premier.

"Before I refer to the constitution let me make it perfectly clear that it was not the intention of the Opposition or this motion to do any harm to the Government. It was our intention to address the leadership of the Honourable Premier, the style of which has caused the country great harm."

Minister of Energy Terry Lister told the House that because the motion said there was no confidence in the Government, the focus should lie there.

He said in order for someone to lead the Country, he or she has to be able to withstand criticism.

As far as Government's accomplishments, Mr. Lister spoke about tourism.

"So what about tourism? We are working really hard to get a hotel for St. George's. The Minister of Tourism has a strategy. If you look hard enough you will see it is actually there and it works."

The Minister spoke about the decline of tourists to the Island and said even though cruise ship visitors might spend less money, less money is better than no money.

"If I can't get them on a bed I'll get them on a boat he [Dr. Brown] said. I thank the Minister of Tourism", he said.

He also spoke about gang violence on the Island.

"As the Government of this country, we are concerned and we want to bring about some change. This is a Government who are committed to its people."

Former Premier Alex Scott delivered a passionate speech to the House of Assembly and said Premier Ewart Brown's decision rocked all of Bermuda, not blacks or whites.

Mr. Scott told the House he 'Googled' Bermuda terrorism and the search engine asked him if he meant to write Bermuda tourism.

He said he couldn't believe how many links popped up for Bermuda in relation to terrorism -- more than 800,000 -- something that a just over a week ago wouldn't have happened. He said a search for Bermuda tourism generated three times as many links.

"We have been in tourism in Bermuda for how long? But terrorism now in one week or so is a third of the items that you can now associate if you are looking at Bermuda."

Mr. Scott said the security issue was a huge problem with this situation.

"If you have worn the hat or cloak of Premier you have to be concerned about the security about everybody in Bermuda and I think folks have somewhat misplaced the importance.

"The thought has been that the four represent a security risk to us. It is not from them that we should be concerned about our security it is from those that want to get at them that we may have to be concerned about security.

"Our Police Service does not have the depth that it would take to do security clearance on these gentlemen. Again not them, but those who want to get at them.

"But they are deemed to be in the eyes of the Chinese, terrorists we are made to understand. Flip the coin. Anybody that the US deemed to be terrorists, they're using the CIA to find them out. The UK are probably using MI5 to find out whatever they can."

Mr. Scott said he had spoken to Dr. Brown about the situation.

"I made the point that if I were in his position and if I am in possession of these four and I am asked didn't I think it is a foreign affairs matter, I too would have said I thought it was an immigration matter, a youth and sports matter and health matter and community and cultural affairs matter.

"I also said to the Premier he is more courageous than I or -- and he filled in the blank.

"Foreign affairs are not to be picked up like you do the crossword puzzle in your daily paper. "

Mr. Scott spoke about the corruption that happened in Turks and Caicos and said: "Turks and Caicos accomplishments or failure, I would never want to see that happen here."

He also said he disagreed with the Premier's decision.

"We have done a humanitarian act for four men but I don't know what we have done for the 70,000 that reside here."

Mr. Scott said when he lost election in 2006, he should have walked away from politics and be watching this situation on TV or listening to it on the radio, but was convinced to stay because he cared about the country.

Mr. Scott appeared to suggest that the PLP's stated aim of inpendence had been set back by this incidents because he felt Britain's stance would have hardened.

He added: "Our image has taken a hit. We have been set back. We have done a humanitarian favour to four people but I do not know what we have done for the 70,000 who reside here.

"It is very uncomfortable standing here and reviewing and obliquely criticising both my leader and my party and in this case our Government, but this is not a normal state of affairs."

He added: "We have 36 people here who care about this country. The Premier cares about this country. You can't raise your hand, take that oath and walk away uncaringly about the responsibility you now have."

To Dr. Brown, Mr Scott said: "Where are we going from here? Take us along with you. Tell is what is expected of us and what we can expect of you. We can't take another hit like this. We really can't because I don't think we have felt the feel of it yet."

He said the motion had to be brought to the House and stressed the issue wasn't about party.

"This is not about PLP, this is about the Country. We have stumbled. We have really stumbled.

"We could turn to cabinet and say you stumbled but they weren't in on this one. We should turn to the Governor and say you permitted this but he didn't know about it. I believe this has gone to the hearts of many Bermudians."

Mr. Scott said he hoped the Premier has learnt his lesson.

Shadow Finance Minister E.T. (Bob) Richards told the House of Assembly of the potential damage done to Bermuda's international business reputation by the Premier's detainee decision.

"They don't like the wild card," he said of the international business sector. "They don't like surprises. The events of the past seven to ten days have caused an enormous amount of concern with international business insofar as it relates to the political risk associated with Bermuda."

Mr. Richards said that the Premier's decision to resettle the four Uighurs here without consultation could mean Bermuda has to "choose between China and the United States".

He noted China's rising economic power, adding that the recent recession had barely slowed down the country's growth.

He described "a big connection" between Bermuda and China, with 50 percent of the companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange being based in Bermuda.

In response to a comment from PLP MP Walter Roban that "Bermuda has no relationship with China at all," Mr. Richards reminded the House that HSBC stands for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, noting that 75 percent of the bank's pre-tax profits come from Hong Kong or mainland China.

"You still think we don't have a relationship with China?" he asked. "What if China blacklists Bermuda because of these actions? That alone makes his action detrimental to Bermuda, and the Premier of this country is supposed to be acting in the best interest of Bermudians."

He went on to describe the US "fear and loathing" of perceived terrorists and detainees post-9/11, saying he believes the Premier's actions will deter American tourists from choosing Bermuda for their vacation.

To a few cheers from the gallery, he said: "This issue has the fingerprints of Independence all over it."

PLP backbencher Wayne Perinchief started his speech by asking whether it was the Cabinet, Premier, Commissioner of Police, Governor, or Attorney General who acts as Bermuda's "gatekeeper".

"Who guards our constitution?" he asked. "I put these questions for a very salient reason, because all of those institutions were abrogated or breached in the latest action by our Premier, and I do specify Premier. I do not wish to malign the Honourable Dr. Ewart Brown in his person."

Mr. Perinchief told the House that the Premier had "egregiously offended" those in office, and questioned what the appropriate response would be from Bermuda's elected officials and appointed members.

"All some of us ask is that the Premier be subject to some consequences of his actions," he said.

He called the actions of the Premier "high handed", adding: "It does actually put us all in a position of saying, 'of what value does the administration hold elected officials?' Are we just a talk shop? Do we have any teeth or are we a toothless dog?"

To applause from the public gallery and murmurs of agreement from some Opposition MPs, he noted the role of Government: "We now make the laws -- certainly we must uphold the laws."

He spoke of "the dictum of collective responsibility", and called the Government "liable vicariously through the actions of our Premier".

"After all, he was the one who we as Government put into that position," he said. "By that same Constitution we the members of this House have a responsibility to then say to the Governor, this person no longer is afforded the support of this honourable House."

He called on the Government rather than the Opposition to carry out "corrective, rehabilitative action".

"Though we may fuss and fight and sometimes disagree, we are charged with that responsibility," he said.

He told the Government not to blame the Opposition for this recent controversy, saying: "We cannot blame anyone but ourselves in this instance. We must look in the mirror, see where the flaws are and correct them. As a team we have to pull back and exert some control and some direction over our team captain."

Opposition MP Shawn Crockwell spoke to the House about the power of Bermuda's constitution. Calling the Premier's actions over the detainees a "blatant disregard" for the constitution's authority, he said: "The constitution also restricts our powers. It provides a limit to what we are and what we can do."

He called the Premier "very unpopular", noting that his performance in approval polls have been the lowest of leaders since polls began.

He alluded to Deputy Premier Paula Cox's relative popularity, saying: "We all know who is the natural successor -- a certain Honourable Finance Minister."

Mr. Crockwell took issue with recent talk of a high turnout among whites to protest marches held this week, calling it "spin".

"The leader of that protest is a professed PLP member, yet we spin and we spin and we spin," he said. "This country has become dizzy by the spin."

He called the Premier's recent actions "unilateral", and closed with a question to PLP Cabinet ministers: "My question this afternoon to this Cabinet is, are you ratifying that behaviour today?"

PLP MP Michael Scott started his address to the House by letting his position on the motion of no confidence be known.

"This won't happen," he said. "Today is a debate in confidence in the Government and it will not result in the Government voting against itself."

Mr. Scott called the relationship between the UK and its overseas territories "afflicted with tension", and made a brief mention of recent controversy in theTurks and Caicos.

"The relationship is unhealthy; it is breaking down," he said of Bermuda's colonial ties to the UK. "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office better get accustomed to seeing more of this."

While conceding the controversy "should've been avoided", Mr. Scott defended the Premier's actions as "not typical of his tenure since 2007".

"By and large this appears to be a one-off action by this particular Premier on this particular front."

He also questioned Mr. Richards' portrayal of China's importance to Bermuda, calling any relationship "speculative at this stage".

"Let us not get a bloated view of ourselves," he said. "We are a dot."

He also found Mr. Richards' discussion of tourists' "fear and loating" to be a stretch of an argument.

"I find it in no way compelling," he said, adding that while he'd seen three tourists' opinions in the newspaper, "three tourists do not a summer make, or a summer season make."

Wayne Furbert was clear from the start that, as an Independent MP, he was answerable mainly to his constituents in Hamilton Parish, and had sought their views before making a decision on how to vote.

He also expressed the importance of "internal controls", saying that as a one-time auditor he has an understanding of the need for checks and balances.

"If we don't have checks and balances in our systems, in the world, things go out of whack," he said.

He also told the House he'd spoken to the Premier, and asked him why he made his controversial decision.

"He felt it was an immigration issue," Mr. Furbert said. "Commonsense tells me it had to do with more than Immigration."

Mr. Furbert said that while many of his Hamilton West constituents wanted the Premier to go, one thing was clear from his discussions: they wanted the PLP to remain in power.

"They want him to go, but not the PLP to fall," he said. "I cannot support this particular motion based on the understanding of my own constituents."

Mr. Furbert added that he had only made his decision the night before the vote.

He made some references to his Christianity and the notion of forgiveness, and said: "I forgive the Premier for what he did."

Derrick Burgess, Minister of Works and Engineering, told the House although Government might have made an error, they made the right decision.

He quoted the story of the good Samaritan from the Bible and said Bermuda was being the good Samaritan to these men.

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Jun 20, 2009, 06:13 PM
The latest entrants to the Royal Gibraltar Police were on parade yesterday evening to mark the occasion of their completion of a 16 week rigorous basic training.

The passing out parade was held at John Macintosh Square. Twelve new police officers of this 1st intake of 2009 also received certificates of achievement. The band and corps of drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment was also be on parade in the presence of the Governor Sir Robert Fulton and the Chief Minister Peter Caruana.

Meanwhile Justice Minister Daniel Feetham congratulated the recruits.

He reminded the young officers that they were joining one of the most important institutions in the community and should rightly feel proud.

"Everywhere in the world policing requires particular qualities: integrity, courage, fairness, independence, and a good deal of common sense. In a small and closely knit community like Gibraltar, where we all know each other and where a policeman is likely to know an individual or a member of that individual's family or, indeed, their entire family, these are qualities that are even more important," he said.

Mr Feetham also referred to the reform of Gibraltar's criminal justice system including the introduction of wholesale reform of the criminal law and juries as well as the procedures in the force and the Courts operate such as Police and Criminal Evidence legislation.

Mr Feetham said it is almost three years since the creation of the Gibraltar Police Authority and the new Police Complaints Board.

"I believe we are already seeing the benefits of that new system in the public's participation in the annual Policing Plans and those plans themselves can only improve and develop the already close links between the RGP and the community," he said.

New Delhi: Maoist rebels in Lalgarh block in Midnapore district of West Bengal have offered to talk with the government three days after security forces launched operations against them.

The rebels, who are led by the extremist Communist Party of India-Maoists, want security operations againt them stopped and want officials to come into Lalgarh and speak to them.

Security forces on Saturday entered Lalgarh and were two km away from the police station, which is under Maoist control. A senior police officer said personnel of the CRPF, BSF, State Armed Police, Eastern Frontier Rifles and the Kolkata Police entered the besieged area after crossing a five-km stretch of the Jhitka forest, a Maoist stronghold, he said.

PTI reports troops were moving in armoured vehicles fitted with anti-landmine devices and mortars. Maoists, on Friday, put up stiff resistance to the advancing security forces in Lalgarh, carrying out surprise attacks and engaging them in heavy gunbattles on the second day of a massive operation launched by the West Bengal government to free the area of the leftwing radicals.

Two security personnel were injured in a landmine blast.

The rebels dug roads, burnt bridges and felled trees in the area, forcing the central and state police personnel to use firearms and slowed down their march to retake the rebel-held area in West Midnapore district. The forces also made baton charges and lobbed tear gas shells to chase the rebels.

Koteshwar Rao, politburo member of the Communist Part of India-Maoists, told CNN-IBN on Thursday people in Lalgarh on had revolted because the Left Front government of the state didn't allow their progress.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People
» 1.Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
2.Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
3.Give honest and sincere appreciation.
4.Arouse in the other person an eager want.
5.Six ways to make people like you
6.Become genuinely interested in other people.
8.Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
9.Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
10.Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
11.Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely.
12.Win people to your way of thinking
13.The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
14.Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, "You're wrong."
15.If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
16.Begin in a friendly way.
17.Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
18.Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
19.Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
20.Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
21.Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
22.Appeal to the nobler motives.
23.Dramatize your ideas.
24.Throw down a challenge.
25.Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or
Arousing Resentment
26.A leader's job often includes changing your people's attitudes
and behavior. Some suggestions to accomplish this:
27.Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
28.Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
29.Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
30.Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
31.Let the other person save face.
32.Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement.
Be "hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."
33.Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
34.Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
35.Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest. 

» Fundamental facts you should know about worry
If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osler did:
Live in "day-tight compartments. "Don't stew about the futures. Just live each day until bedtime.
The next time Trouble--with a Capital T--backs you up in a corner, try the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier:
Ask yourself,
"What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can't solve my problem? "
Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst--if necessary.
Then calmly try to improve upon the worst--which you have already mentally agreed to accept.
Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health. "Those who do not know how to fight worry die young."
Basic techniques in analyzing worry
Get the facts. Remember that Dean Hawkes of Columbia University said that "half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision."
After carefully weighing all the facts, come to a decision.
Once a decision is carefully reached, act! Get busy carrying out your decision--and dismiss all anxiety about the outcome.
When you, or any of your associates, are tempted to worry about a problem, write out and answer the following questions:
What is the problem?
What is the cause of the problem?
What are all possible solutions?
What is the best solution?
How to break the worry habit before it breaks you
Crowd worry out of your mind by keeping busy. Plenty of action is one of the best therapies ever devised for curing "wibber gibbers."
Don't fuss about trifles. Don't permit little things--the mere termites of life--to ruin your happines.
Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries. Ask yourself: "What are the odds against this thing's happening at all?"
Co-operate with the inevitable. If you know a circumstance is beyond your power to change or revise, say to yourself: "It is so; it cannot be otherwise."
Put a "stop-less" order on your worries. Decide just how much anxiety a thing may be worth--and refuse to give it anymore.
Let the past bury its dead. Don't saw sawdust.
Seven ways to cultivate a mental attitude that will bring you peace and happiness
Let's fill our minds with thoughts of peace, courage, health, and hope, for "our life is what our thoughts make it."
Let's never try to get even with our enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them. Let's do as General Eisenhower does: let's never waste a minute thinking about people we don't like.

Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let's expect it. Let's remember that Jesus healed ten lepers in one day--and only one thanked Him. Why should we expect more gratitude than Jesus got?
Let's remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude--but to give for the joy of giving.
Let's remember that gratitude is a "cultivated" trait; so if we want our children to be grateful, we must train them to be grateful.
Count your blessings--not your troubles!
Let's not imitate others. Let's find ourselves and be ourselves, for "envy is ignorance" and "imitation is suicide."
When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade.
Let's forget our own unhappiness--by trying to create a little happiness for others. "When you are good to others, you are best to yourself."
The perfect way to conquer worry
How to keep from worrying about criticism
Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog.
Do the very best you can; and then put up your old umbrella and keep the rain of criticism from running down the back of your neck.
Let's keep a record of the fool things we have done and criticize ourselves. Since we can't hope to be perfect, let's do what E.H. Little did: let's ask for unbiased, helpful, constructive criticism.
Six ways to prevent fatigue and worry and keep your energy and spirits high
Rest before you get tired.
Learn to relax at your work.
Learn to relax at home.
Apply these four good workings habits:
Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
Do things in the order of their importance.
When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts to make a decision.
Learn to organize, deputize, and supervise.
To prevent worry and fatigue, put enthusiasm into your work.
Remember, no one was ever killed by lack of sleep. It is worrying about insomnia that does the damage--not the insomnia.

The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking 

Fundamentals of Effective Speaking
1. Acquiring the Basic Skills
Take heart from the experience of others
Keep your goal before you
Predetermine your mind to success
Seize every opportunity to practice
2. Developing Confidence
Get the facts about fear of speaking in public
Prepare in the proper way
Predetermine your mind to success
Act confident
3. Speaking Effectively the Quick and Easy Way
Speaking about something you have earned the right to talk about through experience or study
Be sure you are excited about your subject
Be eager to share your talk with your listeners
Speech, Speaker, and Audience
4. Earning the Right to Talk
Limit your subject
Develop reserve power
Fill your talk with illustrations and examples
Use concrete, familiar words that create pictures
5. Vitalizing the Talk
Choose subjects you are earnest about
Relive the Feelings you have about your topic
Act in earnest
6. Sharing the Talk with the Audience
Talk in terms of your listeners' interests
Give honest, sincere appreciation
Identify yourself with the audience
Make your audience a partner in your talk
Play yourself down
The Purpose of Prepared and Impromptu Talks
7. Making the Short Talk to Get Action
Give your example, an incident from your life
State your point, what you want the audience to do
Give the reason or benefit the audience may expect
8. Making the Talk to Inform
Restrict your subject to fit the time at your disposal
Arrange your ideas in sequence
Enumerate your points as you make them
Compare the strange with the familiar
Use visual aids
9. Making the Talk to Convince
Win confidence by deserving it
Get a Yes-response
Speakin with contagious enthusiasm
Show respect and affection for your audience
Begin in a friendly way
10. Making Impromptu Talks
Practice impromptu speaking
Be mentally ready to speak impromptu
Get into an example immediately
Speak with animation and force
Use the principle of the Here and the Now
Don't talk impromptu--Give an impromptu talk
The Art of Communicating
11. Delivering the Talk
Crash through your shell of self-consciousness
Don't try to imitate others--Be yourself
Converse with your audience
Put your heart into your speaking
Practice making your voice strong and flexible
The Challenge of Effective Speaking
12. Introducing Speakers, Presenting and Accepting Awards
Thoroughly prepare what you are going to say
Follow the T-I-S Formula
Be enthusiastic
Thoroughly prepare the talk of presentation
Express your sincere feelings in the talk of acceptance
13. Organizing the Longer Talk
Get attention immediately
Avoid getting unfavorable attention
Support your main ideas
Appeal for action
14. Applying What You Have Learned
Use specific detail in everyday conversation
Use effective speaking techniques in your job
Seek Opportunities to speak in public
You must persist
Keep the certainty of reward before you

Don't Grow Old - Grow Up! 
The first step toward maturity - Responsibility
Don't kick the Chair. Be willing to account for yourself; don't blame others.
Damn the Handicaps! - Full Speed Ahead. Don't make a handicap an excuse for failure.
Five Ways to Ditch Disaster:
Accept the inevitable; give time a chance.
Take action against trouble.
Concentrate on helping others.
Use all of life while you have it.
Count your blessings.
Action is for adults
Belief is the Basis for Action. Know what you believe and act accordingly.
Analyze Before You Act.
Two Wonderful Words that Changed a Life. When the time for action arrives, don't hesitate.
Three great rules for mental health: Know yourself, Like yourself, Be yourself
There's Only One Like You Learn to know yourself by:
Cultivating moments of solitude.
Breaking through the habit barrier.
Developing excitement and enthusiasm.
Conformity: Refuge of the Frightened. Be yourself by developing your own convictions and standards; then have the courage to live with them.
Why is a Bore? Develop inner resources to avoid boring yourself and others.
The Maturing Mind: Adventure in Adult Living. Develop your mind through intellectual activity.
Marriage is for grownups
How to Get Along with Women. Here are seven ways:
Give her appreciation.
Be generous and considerate.
Keep yourself attractive.
Understand a woman's work.
Be dependable.
Share her interests.
Love her.
Father Come Home. Children need fathers too.
How to Get Along with Men. Here are seven ways:
Be good-natured.
Be a good companion.
Be a good listener.
Be adaptable.
Be efficient, not officious.
Be yourself.
Be glad you're a woman.
The Rediscovery of Love. We must develop a more mature concept of love.
Maturity and making friends
Loneliness: The Great American Disease.
People are Wonderful. Learn to appreciate them.
Why Should People Like You? They will like you if you like them and develop qualities of warmth that attract others.
How old are you?
If You're Afraid of Growing Old, Read This. Learn some of the facts about aging.
How to Live to be 100 and Like it. To live longer, develop attitudes that promote health of mind.
Don't Let the Rocking Chair Get You. Work as long as you can.
Maturity of spirit
The Court of Last Appeal. When all else fails, try God.
The Food of the Spirit. Our spirit is nourished through prayer.

Personality development 
» The concept of personality refers to the profile of stable beliefs, moods, and behaviors that differentiate among children (and adults) who live in a particular society. The profiles that differentiate children across cultures of different historical times will not be the same because the most adaptive profiles vary with the values of the society and the historical era. An essay on personality development written 300 years ago by a New England Puritan would have listed piety as a major psychological trait but that would not be regarded as an important personality trait in contemporary America.

Contemporary theorists emphasize personality traits having to do with individualism, internalized conscience, sociability with strangers, the ability to control strong emotion and impulse, and personal achievement.

An important reason for the immaturity of our understanding of personality development is the heavy reliance on questionnaires that are filled out by parents of children or the responses of older children to questionnaires. Because there is less use of behavioral observations of children, our theories of personality development are not strong.

An important reason for the immaturity of our understanding of personality development is the heavy reliance on questionnaires that are filled out by parents of children or the responses of older children to questionnaires. Because there is less use of behavioral observations of children, our theories of personality development are not strong.

There are five different hypotheses regarding the early origins of personality (see accompanying table). One assumes that the child's inherited biology, usually called a temperamental bias, is an important basis for the child's later personality. Alexander Thomas and StellaChess suggested there were nine temperamental dimensions along with three synthetic types they called the difficult child, the easy child, and the child who is slow to warm up to unfamiliarity. Longitudinal studies of children suggest that a shy and fearful style of reacting to challenge and novelty predicts, to a modest degree, an adult personality that is passive to challenge and introverted in mood.

A second hypothesis regarding personality development comes from Sigmund Freud's suggestion that variation in the sexual and aggressive aims of the id, which is biological in nature, combined with family experience, leads to the development of the ego and superego. Freud suggested that differences in parental socialization produced variation in anxiety which, in turn, leads to different personalities.

A third set of hypotheses emphasizes direct social experiences with parents. After World War II, Americans and Europeans held the more benevolent idealistic conception of the child that described growth as motivated by affectionate ties to others rather than by the narcissism and hostility implied by Freud's writings. John Bowlby contributed to this new emphasis on the infant's relationships with parents in his books on attachment. Bowlby argued that the nature of the infant's relationship to the caretakers and especially the mother created a profile of emotional reactions toward adults that might last indefinitely.

A fourth source of ideas for personality centers on whether or not it is necessary to posit a self that monitors, integrates, and initiates reaction. This idea traces itself to the Judeo-Christian assumption that it is necessary to award children a will so that they could be held responsible for their actions. A second basis is the discovery that children who had the same objective experiences develop different personality profiles because they construct different conceptions about themselves and others from the same experiences. The notion that each child imposes a personal interpretation to their experiences makes the concept of self critical to the child's personality.

An advantage of awarding importance to a concept of self and personality development is that the process of identification with parents and others gains in significance. All children wish to possess the qualities that their culture regards as good. Some of these qualities are the product of identification with each parent.

A final source of hypotheses regarding the origins of personality comes from inferences based on direct observations of a child's behavior. This strategy, which relies on induction, focuses on different characteristics at different ages. Infants differ in irritability, three-year-olds differ in shyness, and six-year-olds differ in seriousness of mood. A major problem with this approach is that each class of behavior can have different historical antecedents. Children who prefer to play alone rather than with others do so for a variety of reasons. Some might be temperamentally shy and are uneasy with other children while others might prefer solitary activity.

The current categories of child psychopathology influenced the behaviors that are chosen by scientists for study. Fearfulness and conduct disorder predominate in clinical referrals to psychiatrists and psychologists. A cluster of behaviors that includes avoidance of unfamiliar events and places, fear of dangerous animals, shyness with strangers, sensitivity to punishment, and extreme guilt is called the internalizing profile. The cluster that includes disobedience toward parent and teachers, aggression to peers, excessive dominance of other children, and impulsive decisions is called the externalizing profile. These children are most likely to be at risk for later juvenile delinquency. The association between inability of a three-year-old to inhibit socially inappropriate behavior and later antisocial behavior is the most reliable predictive relation between a characteristic scene in the young child and later personality trait.

Influences on personality development

The influence comes from a variety of temperament but especially ease of arousal, irritability, fearfulness, sociability, and activity level. The experiential contributions to personality include early attachment relations, parental socialization, identification with parents, class, and ethnic groups, experiences with other children, ordinal position in the family, physical attractiveness, and school success or failure, along with a number of unpredictable experiences like divorce, early parental death, mental illness in the family, and supporting relationships with relatives or teachers.

The most important personality profiles in a particular culture stem from the challenges to which the children of that culture must accommodate. Most children must deal with three classes of external challenges: (1) unfamiliarity, especially unfamiliar people, tasks, and situations; (2) request by legitimate authority or conformity to and acceptance of their standards, and (3) domination by or attack by other children. In addition, all children must learn to control two important families of emotions: anxiety, fear, and guilt, on the one hand, and on the other, anger, jealousy, and resentment.
Here are the keys to successful job interviewing.
Tell About Youself? 
» Tell me about yourself: This is really more of a request than a question. But these few words can put you on the spot in a way no question can. Many quickly lose control of the interview during the most critical time- the first five minutes. This is not the time to go into a lengthy history or wander off in different directions. Your response should be focused and purposeful. Communicate a pattern of interests and skills that relate to the position in question. Consider your response to this question as a commercial that sells your autobiography. Provide an answer that includes information about where you grew up, where you went to school, your initial work experience, additional education and special training, where you are now, and what you intend to do next. One of the most effective ways to prepare for this question is to develop a 60-second biographic sketch that emphasizes a pattern of interests, skills, and accomplishments. Focus your response around a common theme related to your major interests and skills. Take, for example, the following response, which emphasizes computers. "I was born in Canton, Ohio and attended Lincoln High School. Ever since I was a teenager, I tinkered with computers. It was my hobby, my passion, and my way of learning. Like most kids I enjoyed computer games. When my folks gave me a computer as a reward for making honor roll my sophomore year, I mastered DOS, Windows, and WordPerfect within six months. I then went on to teach myself programming basics. By the time I graduated high school,
I knew I wanted to study programming. From that point on, everything fell into place. My life revolved around computing. By my junior year at Syracuse, I decided I wanted to work for a major software manufacturer. That is why I had an internship last summer at FastTrack Software.
I now want to work for a major player so I can be at the forefront of breaking trends and new technology. When my college roommate told me about his start in your department, I hounded him until he helped me get a referral, which brought me here today. I am prepared to answer any questions you may have about my education and experience." This response sets a nice tone for starting the interview. The interviewee is able to say a lot within 60 seconds by staying focused.
The message is clear: the interviewee has both passion and focus relating to the position. He stays on message and concludes by leaving the door open for additional questions about his education and experience. Unfortunately some candidates get off on the wrong foot by rambling on for
several minutes about their childhood, family, hobbies, travels, and interests.

What are your greatest strengths?

TRAPS: This question seems like a softball lob, but be prepared. You don't want to come across as egotistical or arrogant. Neither is this a time to be humble.

BEST ANSWER: You know that your key strategy is to first uncover your interviewer's greatest wants and needs before you answer questions. And from Question 1, you know how to do this.
Prior to any interview, you should have a list mentally prepared of your greatest strengths. You should also have, a specific example or two, which illustrates each strength, an example chosen from your most recent and most impressive achievements.
You should, have this list of your greatest strengths and corresponding examples from your achievements so well committed to memory it.
Then, once you uncover your interviewer's greatest wants and needs, you can choose those achievements from your list that best match up.

As a general guideline, the 10 most desirable traits that all employers love to see in their employees are:

1. A proven track record as an achiever...especially if your achievements match up with the employer's greatest wants and needs.
2. "savvy".
3. Honesty...integrity...a decent human being.
4. Good fit with corporate culture...someone to feel comfortable with...a team player who meshes well with interviewer's team.
5. Likeability...positive attitude...sense of humor. 6. Good communication skills.
7. Dedication...willingness to walk the extra mile to achieve excellence.
8. Definiteness of purpose...clear goals.
9. Enthusiasm...high level of motivation.
10. Confident...healthy...a leader.

What are your greatest weaknesses? 
TRAPS: Beware - this is an eliminator question, designed to shorten the candidate list. Any admission of a weakness or fault will earn you an "A" for honesty, but an "F" for the interview.

PASSABLE ANSWER: Disguise strength as a weakness.

Example: "I sometimes push my people too hard. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the same wavelength."

Drawback: This strategy is better than admitting a flaw, but it's so widely used; it is transparent to any experienced interviewer.

BEST ANSWER: (and another reason it's so important to get a thorough description of your interviewer's needs before you answer questions): Assure the interviewer that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in this position with excellence. Then, quickly review you strongest qualifications.

Example: "Nobody's perfect, but based on what you've told me about this position, I believe I' d make an outstanding match. I know that when I hire people, I look for two things most of all. Do they have the qualifications to do the job well, and the motivation to do it well? Everything in my background shows I have both the qualifications and a strong desire to achieve excellence in whatever I take on. So I can say in all honesty that I see nothing that would cause you even a small concern about my ability or my strong desire to perform this job with excellence."
Alternate strategy (if you don't yet know enough about the position to talk about such a perfect fit):
Instead of confessing a weakness, describe what you like most and like least, making sure that what you like most matches up with the most important qualification for success in the position, and what you like least is not essential.

Example: Let's say you're applying for a teaching position. "If given a choice, I like to spend as much time as possible in front of my prospects selling, as opposed to shuffling paperwork back at the office. Of course, I long ago learned the importance of filing paperwork properly, and I do it conscientiously. But what I really love to do is sell (if your interviewer were a sales manager, this should be music to his ears.)


1. main()
static int var = 6;
printf("%d ",var--);
if(var) main();

6 5 4 3 2 1


When static storage class is given, it is initialized once. The change in the value of a static variable is retained even between the function calls. Main is also treated like any other ordinary function, which can be called recursively. 
2. main()
float me = 2.1;
double you = 2.1;
printf(" I am a boy");
else printfI ("I am a girl);
Answer: I am a girl

Explanation: For floating point numbers (float, double, long double) the values cannot be predicted exactly. Depending on the number of bytes, the precession with of the value represented varies. Float takes 4 bytes and long double takes 10 bytes. So float stores 0.9 with less precision than long double.

3. main()
char stmt[]="Hello World";
void display(char *stmt)
Compiler Error : Type mismatch in redeclaration of function display

Explanation :
In third line, when the function display is encountered, the compiler doesn't know anything about the function display. It assumes the arguments and return types to be integers, (which is the default type). When it sees the actual function display, the arguments and type contradicts with what it has assumed previously. Hence a compile time error occurs


int i=-1,j=-1,k=0,l=2,m;
printf("%d %d %d %d %d",i,j,k,l,m);

Answer: 0 0 1 3 1

Explanation :
Logical operations always give a result of 1 or 0 . And also the logical AND (&&) operator has higher priority over the logical OR (||) operator. So the expression 'i++ && j++ && k++' is executed first. The result of this expression is 0 (-1 && -1 && 0 = 0). Now the expression is 0 || 2 which evaluates to 1 (because OR operator always gives 1 except for '0 || 0' combination- for which it gives 0). So the value of m is 1. The values of other variables are also incremented by 1. 
6. #include‹stdio.h›
#define a 20 main()
#define a 10 printf("%d",a);

Answer: 10

The preprocessor directives can be redefined anywhere in the program. So the most recently assigned value will be taken. 
7. #include‹stdio.h›
char s[]={'a','b','c','\n','c','\0'};
char *p,*str,*str1;
printf("%d",++*p + ++*str1-32);

Answer: 77

p is pointing to character '\n'. str1 is pointing to character 'a' ++*p. "p is pointing to '\n' and that is incremented by one." the ASCII value of '\n' is 10, which is then incremented to 11. The value of ++*p is 11. ++*str1, str1 is pointing to 'a' that is incremented by 1 and it becomes 'b'. ASCII value of 'b' is 98.
Now performing (11 + 98 - 32), we get 77("M");
So we get the output 77 :: "M" (Ascii is 77).

8. #define clrscr() 100

Answer: 100

Preprocessor executes as a seperate pass before the execution of the compiler. So textual replacement of clrscr() to 100 occurs.The input program to compiler looks like this :

100; is an executable statement but with no action. So it doesn't give any problem

9. main()
char *p;
* is a dereference operator & is a reference operator. They can be applied any number of times provided it is meaningful. Here p points to the first character in the string "Welcome". *p dereferences it and so its value is W. Again & references it to an address and * dereferences it to the value W.

10. void main()
int i=5;
Answer: Compiler Error

The expression i+++++i is parsed as i ++ ++ + i which is an illegal combination of operators.

11. #include‹stdio.h›
struct xx
int x;
struct yy
char s;
struct xx *p;
struct yy *q;
Answer:Compiler Error

in the end of nested structure yy a member have to be declared

12. main()
int i=_l_abc(10);
int _l_abc(int i)

Answer: 9

return(i++) it will first return i and then increments. i.e. 10 will be returned.

13. main()
int i=3;
printf("%d",i=++i ==4);
The expression can be treated as i = (++i==4), because == is of higher precedence than = operator. In the inner expression, ++i is equal to 4 yielding true(1). Hence the result.

14. void main()
int i;
char a[]="\0";
printf("Good Evening \n");
printf("Good Morning\n");

Answer: Good Evening

Printf will return how many characters does it print. Hence printing a null character returns 1 which makes the if statement true, thus "Good Evening" is printed.

15. main()
char *p;
int *q;
long *r;

Answer: 0001...0002...0004

++ operator when applied to pointers increments address according to their corresponding data-types.

1. Arithmetic and Assignment Operators
C++ Purpose
x++ Postincrement
++x Preincrement
x-- Postdecrement
--x Predecrement
+x Unary plus
-x Unary minus
x*y Multiply
x/y Divide
x%y Modulus
x+y Add
x-y Subtract
pow(x,y) or  TMath::Power(x,y) Exponation
x = y Assignment
x += y (-=,*=,/=,%=,...) Updating assignment
2. When we use void return type?

We use it, when the method need not to return a value.
A void return type indicates that a method does not return a value

3. What is an loop Statement?

A Loop statement is one which execute a certain set of statement repeatedly until certain condition satisfied.

For example::
int i=0;
cout << "hai";

O/P:: hai

4. What do you mean by Swapping variables ?
Swapping means the value of two or more variable is interchanging.

For Example::

int i=india;

int j=china;

int temp = i;

i = j;

j = temp;

cout << i;

Output:: china

6. What is a class?

A class is a programming language construct that is used to group related instant variables and methods.
7. What is an object?

In OOP , an object is an instantiation (implementation) of a class.

8. What is the difference between an object and a class?

A Class is constant one. All of the attributes of a class are fixed before, during, and after the execution of a program. The attributes of a class don't change

Objects are created during execution and eventually destroyed. Also during that lifetime, the attributes of the object may undergo significant change.

9. Differnce between public and Private?

Declaring a variable or member function private means that the variable & the function can be accessed only within the class or subclass.

Declaring a variable or member function public means that the variable & the function can be accessed from any where in the code.

Declaring a variable or member function private means that the variable & the function can be accessed only within the class or subclass.

10 Princeples of OOPS?
The 4 principles of OOPS are Abstraction, Ineheritance, Polymorhpism and Encapsulation. Method Overloading and Overriding are a part of the Polymorphism 
11 What is abstraction?

Abstraction refers to the act of representing essential features without including the background details.

12 void main()
int const * p=5;
Compiler error: Cannot modify a constant value.
p is a pointer to a "constant integer". But we tried to change the value of the "constant integer".

13 main()
char s[ ]="hai";
int i;
for(i=0;s[ i ];i++)
printf("\n%c%c%c%c",s[ i ],*(s+i),*(i+s),i);
s, *(i+s), *(s+i), i are all different ways of expressing the same idea. Generally array name is the base address for that array. Here s is the base address. i is the index number/displacement from the base address. So, indirecting it with * is same as s. i may be surprising. But in the case of C it is same as s.
14 main()
int i=-1,j=-1,k=0,l=2,m;
printf("%d %d %d %d %d",i,j,k,l,m);
0 0 1 3 1
Explanation :
Logical operations always give a result of 1 or 0 . And also the logical AND (&&) operator has higher priority over the logical OR (||) operator. So the expression 'i++ && j++ && k++' is executed first. The result of this expression is 0 (-1 && -1 && 0 = 0). Now the expression is 0 || 2 which evaluates to 1 (because OR operator always gives 1 except for '0 || 0' combination- for which it gives 0). So the value of m is 1. The values of other variables are also incremented by 1.
15 Difference between function overloading & operator overloading?

Function overloading: C++ enables several functions of the same name to be defined, as long as these functions have different sets of parameters (at least as far as their types are concerned). This capability is called function overloading. When an overloaded function is called, the C++ compiler selects the proper function by examining the number, types and order of the arguments in the call. Function overloading is commonly used to create several functions of the same name that perform similar tasks but on different data types.

Operator overloading allows existing C++ operators to be redefined so that they work on objects of user-defined classes. Overloaded operators are syntactic sugar for equivalent function calls. They form a pleasant facade that doesn't add anything fundamental to the language (but they can improve understandability and reduce maintenance costs). 
16 Diffrence between Realloc() and Free()?

Realloc() is used to reallocate the memory for variable

Free() is used to free the allocated memory of a variable

Review of Moby's album Wait For Me

A predominately instrumental combination of relaxing melodies, a sad, but ultimately beautiful piece of work is the result of Moby's latest album 'Wait for Me'. The album Opens with 'Division', which successfully merges downbeat yet uplifting tones throughout.

By track three 'Shot in the Back of the Head' it becomes obvious that this album is more suited to an art installation rather than a dinner party with its hallowing nature.

Throughout the album continues its predominately downhearted theme, track seven 'Mistake' opens with a strong and repetitive beat, but is tempered by emotional lyrics. A theme of futility is prominent throughout this song, however it remains a favourite from the album.

Tracks nine and ten (Jltf1 and Jltf) start by drawing you in with stretching tones and whispering which then morphs into the soft piano and wistful vocals of part two of this duo.

Towards the end of the album track 13 combines female vocals and sad lyrics with 'Hope Is Gone' creating a beautifully mournful composition, guaranteed to be a favourite with Dusty Springfield fans. Later followed by more of the same the general heart-rending tone of this album is continued with 'Ghost Return', but in this piece is accented by playful piano.

'Slow Light' acts as a strong instrumental introduction to track 16 'Isolate' which symbolises the last of the latest instalment from Moby. During this piece underlying intensity is complimented by a light hearted beat, helping to make it another favourite. Throughout this final track it becomes obvious that this album clearly began as it intended to go on, with long stretching tones, beautiful piano and surprisingly the occasional uplifting melody.

Personally the whole album makes me feel like I'm drifting through a void in space, which is nice especially if you're in the mood to embrace any negative emotion. I did genuinely love the album, but only after coming to terms with the inevitably cheerless emotions that it would evoke. 'Wait For Me' could be considered the equivalent of a sad movie, something to put on when you want to cry and this album certainly would have no problem in that area.

Fluid and very much a piece of art, this is in no way a production line piece. However a word of warning, if you have anything to be upset about this album may well help bring it to the surface.
The trailer for Roland Emmerich's forthcoming '2012' looks utterly insane. Check it out here...
To tie in with the release of the new 'Transformers' movie, we at Time Out ran a feature on the most OTT movies of all time. But, judging from the first trailer released today, every one of the films on that list is about to be overshadowed by Roland Emmerich's return to the disaster genre, '2012', a film that promises to make 'Transformers' look like 'On Golden Pond'.

Roland Emmerich is a master of anticipation, though his films often struggle to live up to the hype. With the notable exception of 1996's magnificent 'Independence Day', his later films, from 'Godzilla' to 'The Day After Tomorrow', have arrived on our screens loaded with promise, until you realise all the good stuff was in the trailer, and the rest consists of big-name actors spouting ludicrous declamatory dialogue as the world crumbles noisily around them.

Could '2012' be any different? Due in November, the film depicts the wholesale destruction of the planet Earth as foretold in the ancient Mayan calendar. A strong cast of reliable B-listers - notably John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover - play the various scientists and government types attempting to stem the tide of global mayhem.

Quite frankly, the trailer is magnificent: it's been a long time since we witnessed destruction on this kind of scale. There's meteors raining fire, tsunamis drowning major cities, skyscrapers crumbling and a spectacular stunt with an aircraft carrier, while Emmerich's trademark shot of a major landmark exploding claims the Sistine Chapel as its latest victim. Whether the film itself is any good seems almost academic in the face of this magnificent visual onslaught, but we're keeping our fingers crossed just the same.

Vijay has finally announced his efforts to launch a political party, but has not disclosed the date for that.

Earlier Vijay was supposed to announce his political dreams on June 22, his birthday.

Buzz up!Now the actor has officially clarified a few things on his political move. He said: "Yes, I am serious about plunging into politics. My greatest strength is my fans who have always supported me through thick and thin.

I have about 37, 000 fan clubs spread across Tamil Nadu who are doing social work. I want to do more for the society and that is why I want to enter politics. Now I'm waiting for a suitable time to announce my political plans..."

Vijay has also denied his father SA Chandrasekar's drastic comments on Vijaykanth, the actor turned politician.

At present the actor is busy with his forthcoming film AVM's Vettaikkaran. His fans are expecting a 'good news' from their matinee idol on June 22nd along with the announcement of his 50th film.
We got to know that John Abraham and Katrina Kaif were involved in some tu-tu-main-main while shooting the climax of their forthcoming film. Katrina KaifMore Pics

A unit member said, "It was a very difficult scene to co-ordinate. What irritated Katrina further were John's remarks on the set.

They got into a major argument. That put her off! Katrina just stormed off the set." Thankfully, the shoot had to be called off that day.

Kabir Khan had to cancel the shoot because of bad weather, but that really helped," said our source. Kat had cooled off the next day and the shoot resumed again.


Even though Shiney Ahuja has been remanded to judicial custody till July 2 and his wife has hailed this decision of the court as "one step closer Girija Vyas
home", the National Commission for Women has sent a three-member team to Mumbai to meet the teenaged domestic help who was allegedly raped by Shiney.

They will discuss with the authorities, the measures that can be taken to prevent sexual and physical harassment of maidservants.

The NCW chairperson, Girija Vyas, spoke to us on her way to Mumbai. "This case has been hyped up because it involves a Bollywood actor, but we're going to Mumbai with an open mind. We will look into what action has the police taken, how can the victim be helped, and what is being done for her rehabilitation. I am going to talk to the CM, in fact, all the chief ministers of the country, because every government should be cautious," she said.

The NCW team will also be talking to various NGOs on this issue. "We also need to look into how the law works in such situations and the role of society," added Vyas.

Will she be meeting Shiney as well? "No. We would be meeting the victim," came her crisp reply. She added, "But Bollywood has done a lot for the country and it should not be ashamed because of one person. We will be meeting people like Mahesh Bhatt. We've also sent a recommendation to the government regarding how sexual harassment in the unorganised sector should come under the purview of the law against sexual harassment at the workplace. Presently, too many such cases of maids being sexually harassed in big cities and abroad are coming out in the open. Besides, there are cases of trafficking too," said Vyas.
Movies & Commercials / Ali Akbar Khan dead
Jun 20, 2009, 01:37 AM
Kolkata: Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan died in San Francisco in the US today after a prolonged kidney ailment, according to a family friend here. Eighty-eight-year-old Khan died at his music centre at 10 am IST, Rabin Pal, the secretary of sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar, said. He is survived by wife Mary, three sons and a daughter.


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Pal, a family friend of the maestro, said he was informed of Khan's death by the ustad's family in San Francisco. Khan's secretary in Kolkata, Ashish Roy, said the maestro was on dialysis and had been ailing for over four years. His condition had deteriorated in the last four months.

A recipient of the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, Khan had been a colossus in the world of Indian classical music for the last five decades. He became court musician for the maharaja of Jodhpur and continued for seven years, till his patron's death. The state of Jodhpur bestowed on him his title of "ustad".

At the request of violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, Khan visited the United States
in 1955 and performed at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

He founded the Ali Akbar College of Music in Kolkata in 1956. In 1965, he began teaching in USA, later opening a branch of his college there, and in Switzerland. In 1997, Khan performed at a programme in the United Nations to celebrate the 50th year of India's independence.

He also composed music for films, creating the musical score for Chetan Anand's Aandhiyan (1953), Merchant-Ivory productions' The Householder, Tapan Sinha's Khudita Pashan, Satyajit Ray's Devi and Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha.

Khan married thrice. His son, Ustad Aashis Khan, is a sarod artiste of repute. The maestro once said: "For us, as a family, music is like food. When you need it, you don't have to explain why, because it is the basis of life."
Jokes & Funny Images / Mallu Jokes
Jun 20, 2009, 01:19 AM
What's a smart Malayalee called?

An extraordinary malayalee  .. 

A smart and extraordinary malayalee ..

How do u identify a Mallu?

Jokes & Funny Images / Salary in Kisses
Jun 20, 2009, 01:16 AM
Letter from Husband to Wife

Dear Sweetheart,

I can't send my salary this month, so I am sending 100 kisses. You are my sweetheart

Your husband

Wife's Response

Dearest sweetheart,

Thanks for your 100 kisses, I am sending the expenses details.

1. The Milk man agreed on 2 kisses for one month's milk.

2. The electricity man only agreed after 7 kisses.

3. Your house owner is coming every day and taking two or three kisses instead of the rent.

4. Supermarket owner did not accept kisses only, so I have given him some other items ...........

5. Other expenses 40 kisses

Please don't worry for me, I have a remaining balance of 35 kisses and I hope I can complete the month using this balance. Shall I plan same way for next months, Please Advise!!!

Your Sweet Heart

A Sardar buys a ticket and wins the lottery. 
He goes to Delhi to claim it and the man verifies his ticket number.
The Sardar says, "I want my 20 lakhs.

The man replied, "No, sir.  It doesn't work that way.  We give you one lakh
today and then you'll get the rest spread
out for the next 19 weeks."

The Sardar said, "Oh, no.  I want all my money right now! I won it and I want

Again, the man explained that he would only get a lakh that day and the rest
during the next 19 weeks.

The Sardar, furious with the man, screams out, "Look, I want my money!  If
you're not going to give me my 20 lakhs right
now, then I want my five rupees back!"
Jokes & Funny Images / Sardar Questions
Jun 20, 2009, 01:07 AM
What do you call a sardar who has only one drink? Just-one Singh.

What do you call a sardar who drinks only beer? Just-beer Singh ('T' silent!).

How did the Sardar try to kill the bird? He threw it off a cliff.

Why can't Sardars make ice cubes? They always forget the recipe.

Why do Sardars work seven days a week? So you don't have to re-train them on Monday

Jokes & Funny Images / Going Home Early
Jun 20, 2009, 01:05 AM
Three sardars who work in the same office notice that their boss has started leaving work early every day. One day they decide that after he leaves, they'll take off early, too. After all, he never calls or comes back, so how will he know?

The 1st Sardar is thrilled to get home early. he does a little gardening, watches a movie and then goes to bed early.

The 2nd Sardar is elevated to be able to get in a quick workout at her health club before meeting a dinner date.

The 3rd Sardar is also very happy to be home early, but as he goes upstairs he hears noises coming from his bedroom. he quietly opens the door a crack and is mortified to see his wife in bed with HIS BOSS! Ever so gently, he closes the door and creeps out of his house.

The next day, the other two Sardar talk about leaving early again, but when they ask the 3rd Sardar if he wants to leave early also, he exclaims, "NO WAY! Yesterday I almost got caught!"

The doctor told Sardarji that if he ran eight kilometers a day for 300 days, he would
lose 34 kilos. At the end of 300 days, Sardarji called the doctor to report he had lost the weight,
but he had a problem.

"What's the problem?" asked the doctor.






I'm 2400 kms from home.

Sardarji is selected to play for the Indian cricket team as an opening batsman. He opens the batting against West Indies. He is asked to face the very first over (with one Sunil Gavaskar as the non-striker!) from Marshall who is bowling at his fiercest...

First ball : Whizzes past Sardarji's off-stump. Sardarji doesn't move an inch. Ball goes to wicket-keeper. Second ball : Goes right over the Sardarji's bat and just over the middle stump, somehow missing both the bat and the stumps. Sardarji is again unmoved.

Third ball : Is a bouncer. Almost decapitates the Sardarji, missing his head by a fraction of an inch. Ball goes to wicket-keeper. Sardarji doesn't move a muscle.

Fourth ball : Outside the leg-stump. Sardarji again doesn't move, and the ball shoots past him to the wicket-keeper. But this time, the umpire shouts "No Ball!"

Sardarji walks up to the umpire and tells him, "So you discovered it now!You see, I know from the very beginning that the guy has no ball in his hand!"

1. Naaikku naalu kaal irukkalaam. Aana adhala LOCAL call, STD call, ISD call,
even MISSED call kooda panna mudiyathu!

2. Gangai aathula meen pidikkalaam.... Kavery aathula meen pidikkalaam .. aana
Iyer aathula meen pidikka mudiyuma?

3. Thiruvalluvar 1330 kural ezhidhirundhaalum , avarala oru kuralil thaan paesa

4. "Enna thaan un thalai suthinaalum, un mudhukai nee paakka mudiyumaa?"

5. Meen pidikiravana meenavan-nnu sollalam. Naai pidikiravana naaiavan- nnu
solla mudiyuma?

6. Enna thaan oruthan gundaa irundalum, avana thuppakkikulla poda mudiyathu.

7. Thel kottina valikkum... paambu kottina valikkum.. mudi kottina valikkuma?

8. School Testla Bit adikalam... College Testla Bit adikalam... Blood Testla
Bit addika mudiyuma?

9. Pongalukku Governmentla leaveu kudupanga... Ana Idly Dosaikku kudupangala?!

10. Kolammavil kolam podalam. Kadalai mavil kadalai poda mudiuma?!

11. Life la onnume illa na bore addikum... Thalaila onnume ellana glare addikum...

12. 7 Paramparaikkku ukkanthu saapida paisa irunthalum... fast food kadaile
ninnukittu dhaan saapidanum!

13. Engineering Collegela padichu Engineer aagalaam, Presidency collegela
padichu president aaga mudiyumaa?!

14. Autokku autonu paer irundaalum manual aa thaan drive panna mudiyum...

15. Thooka marundhu sappitta thookam varum... Anaa...Irumal marundhu sappitta
irumal varathu!

16. Vaazha maram thaar podum! Aana adha vachhi road poda mudiyuma?

17. 'Hand wash'nna kai kazhuvaradhu, 'Face wash'nna mugam kazhuvaradhu , Appo
'brain wash' nna braina kazhuvaradhaa?

18. Tea cupla tea irukum. Appa World Cupla world irukkuma?

19. Cell moolama sms anuppalaam, aana sms moolama cella anuppa mudiyathu?

20. Paalkova paalil irundhu pannalaam, aana rasagullava rasathil irundhu panna

21. Pal vali vantha palla pudungalam....Ana... Kaal vali vantha kaala pudunga
mudiyuma?! Illa Thalai Vali Vandha, Thaliathan Pudunga Mudiyuma?

22. Sunday annikku sundai poda mudiyum, aana Monday annikku mandaya pottal
vibaraithama aayidum !!!
Jokes & Funny Images / histroy of ramar
Jun 20, 2009, 12:51 AM
.  Ramar Sithaiyai thedindu Lankai kalambumbodhu    kadal ai thaandarathukku varar.Appo enna aschariyam!    Kadal avarukku appadiye vazhi vittuduthu.
---Yen-na, Avarkitte Vill Irundhathu;
Where there is a
    Will, there is a Way !!
Jokes & Funny Images / arivaleeeeeeeeee
Jun 20, 2009, 12:38 AM
Japanese, Leaning Tower of Pisa kaattina adhukku enna peir veppa?-

Jokes & Funny Images / comunication skill
Jun 20, 2009, 12:36 AM
How do flies communicate?---

ha ha ha ha
InterOil updates Antelope-1 testing and completion Co announces announced additional oil recovery from the most recently drilled interval from 7,891 feet to the total depth at 8,170 feet in the second side track of the Antelope-1 well. Drill Stem Test #14, performed over an interval from 7,940 feet to 8,045 feet in the second side track, recovered gas, condensate, oil and drilling fluid over the 105 foot (32 meter) open hole section. Subsequently, DST #15 performed over an interval from 8,078 feet to 8,170 feet was unsuccessful due to the downhole valve failing to open. The oil recovered in DST #14 measured in the lab within a range 33 to 43 degree API gravity. is the leading Internet provider of live market analysis for U.S. Stock, U.S. Bond, and world FX market participants.

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[BRIEFING.COM] S&P futures vs fair value: +6.50. Nasdaq futures vs fair value: +10.00.  The market has settled into a relatively narrow trading range amid a lack of overall news flow and actionable catalysts during recent sessions, trading volume has been remarkably low of late. During the last 10 trading sessions, trading volume on the NYSE has averaged just 1.1 billion shares, which is well below the 50-day moving average of 1.5 billion shares. Volume even remained low as the S&P 500 dipped below its recent range lows. However, market watchers can expect an increase in trading volume with today's expiration of stock options, index options, index futures, and single stock futures. The quadruple witching expiration can also add to volatility. So, participants should be careful not to read too much into any dramatic spike in today's volume or any volatile swings in intraday action. In addition, participants should also note that the quarterly rebalancing of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq takes place after the close.
Google / Google Books Is Getting Social
Jun 20, 2009, 12:20 AM
Contentious though it may be, Google Books is an undeniably powerful tool. Now Google's given the service a shot in the arm and boosted its search functions. Best of all it now lets you embed previews of texts in your own Web pages.

Google's made it easy to do this: Much like in YouTube, you simply have to click on the "link" button while reading a book and copy and paste the embed code into your own Web page. Beneath the link button there's also a direct link field so you can easily email or IM the URL of the text you're interested in. Both of these features are clearly designed to make sharing easier--but they'll probably have unexpected uses too. It's easy to imagine plenty of academic tasks that would be made easier by embedding texts directly in Web pages, for example.

But that's not all--the search functionality has also been tweaked so that when you search within a book you get a small preview panel that places your search terms in context, making it easier to find the right reference. There's also a thumbnail view mode that shows all the pages in a public domain text, each of which is then reachable via a single click.

Why's Google doing this? Google itself compares the embeds and links to the way you might flick through a book or magazine and show something interesting to a friend. But adding in these social sharing functions is a clever move on Google's behalf--it will likely drive more traffic to the Books site itself. And in the world of Google, traffic is king, or at least it's a way of making more money from advertising
Google / Google Voice may be gearing up
Jun 20, 2009, 12:16 AM
There has been rampant speculation in recent days that Google Voice was going to become widely available this week. That hasn't happened yet, but Google Voice (formerly Grand Central until its was renamed in March) may be closing in on that major expansion, as a report circulates that Google recently reserved as many as 1 million phone numbers with Level 3 Communications. Level 3 has supplied the company with numbers previously, but the free service has been available only to previous Grand Central customers.

You'd think that a billionaire like Google co-founder Sergey Brin would be happy to channel some investment money into his wife's start-up. And you'd be right. Only, believing in the old business phrase of Other People's Money, he's doing so not just out of his own pocket, but those of Google's investors. And he -- and Google -- have doing so in some ethically questionable ways for at least two years.

David Weir, my colleague at BNET Media, pointed out yesterday that Google had filed an 8K with the SEC that described investments in 23andMe:

Last Friday, according to the document filed today, the company invested ~$2.6 million in a B-series for 23andMe, Inc. , a privately-held operation "dedicated to helping individuals understand their own genetic information through DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools."

Briney's wife Anne Wojcicki is one of 23andMe's co-founders.

It's not the first time that Google has invested in the company. Back in May, 2007, it put $3.9 million into the start-up in the form of a Series A preferred stock purchase, right after Brin and Wojcicki married:

Some of the money that Google staked this month was used to repay $2.6 million in financing previously provided to 23andMe by Brin, one of the world's wealthiest men with an estimated $16 billion fortune.

The disclosure, which marked Google's first confirmation of a secretive marriage consummated in the Bahamas earlier this month, could pose nettlesome questions of nepotism for the Internet search leader, which ranks among the world's most scrutinized publicly held companies.

At the time, Google said that it had hired an independent advisor, and 23andMe also had money from Enterprise Associates, MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Genentech. What makes the latter worthy of note is that Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson is one of Google's board directors. And that raises the whole question that my colleague Michael Hickins covered in the issue of Google and Apple, both in growing competition, sharing two board members in common: Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Levinson.

As the current SEC filing notes, in November of 2007, Google bought an additional $500,000 in Series A preferred stock that had been "held by an investor." No mention in the SEC filings of the investor's name. Brin had also invested $10 million in convertible debt financing, which turned into Series B preferred stock.

According to the USA Today 2007 story, Google also leased the garage of a Menlo Park home of Susan Wojcicki, sister of Brin's wife and the person who introduced the two of them, and, at the time at least, the sister was a vice-president of development at the company.

Getting twisted enough for you? In the words of the immortal Ronco commercials, "But wait! There's more!"

Brin appears to have sunk $10 million into this series B round, while Google has put in $2.6 million. As if the financial investments weren't controversial enough, apparently Google and 23andme have entered into some sort of leasing agreement, though the details of this agreement are not available.

In addition, last year, Gawker (in its late, great incarnation as ValleyWag) noticed that Brin had also channeled money to Wojcicki's firm through a charitable connection. Brin's personal foundation "donated" money to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, after which 23andMe announced that it would sign up Parkinson's patients for genetic testing paid for by a $600,000 grant from ... the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

This is simply too cozy for any degree of ethical comfort, and would suggest that Google needs to seriously reconsider its governance, particularly as the company is already
LONDON: Internet giant Google has unveiled a Farsi translation service to help Iranians "communicate directly" to the world, while Facebook has 
launched a version of its site in Persian, they said on Friday.

The Internet has played a key role in allowing some Iranians to communicate since last week's disputed presidential elections and many international media outlets have used services like Twitter and emails in their coverage.

"We feel that launching Persian is particularly important now, given ongoing events in Iran," Google's principal scientist Franz Och said, announcing the addition of Farsi to Google Translate, its free online service.

Like YouTube and Twitter, "Google Translate is one more tool that Persian speakers can use to communicate directly to the world, and vice versa- increasing everyone's access to information," he added in a posting on Google's official blog.

Meanwhile, Facebook engineer Eric Kwan said on its blog: "Since the Iranian election last week, people around the world have increasingly been sharing news and information on Facebook about the results and its aftermath."

He added: "Today we're making the entire site available in a beta version of Persian." Several thousand people posted a "thumbs up" reaction to the news, denoting their approval.

A newschannel reported that Google and Facebook had speeded up work on their projects because of huge interest in current events in Iran.

Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been declared the winner of the elections, provoking major protests on the streets of Tehran by supporters of his principal challenger, moderate former premier Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Many young people have been taking part in the protests.
Technology just keeps making it harder and harder for stupid criminals to make a dishonest living these days -- even if they're wearing disguises and driving fancy getaway cars. According to an AP report appearing on, Delroy George Henry, a 34-year-old Boston resident dressed in a suit and driving a BMW, acted as if he were making a withdrawal at a Boston-area bank Tuesday morning.

As employees opened the branch, he forced his way in, drew a pellet gun, and demanded that someone open the vault. Amid the chaos, one brave employee with textual fortitude sent a message to the manager of a nearby branch who in turn notified the authorities. Police, who were serendipitously working near road construction a mere 100 yards away, arrived within moments and arrested the well-dressed Henry as he walked out of the bank.

So, even if your company, especially a bank, has a no-cell-phone policy, you may still want to keep your mobile on and your itchy texting thumb ready for anything. [From: AP/, via]
Software Reviews / FEAR GRIPS GOOGLE
Jun 20, 2009, 12:09 AM
Google has re-worked the way it launches new products.

"We were concerned that some of the biggest ideas were getting squashed," Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the WSJ, which broke the story.

In the new way of doing things -- started recently -- Google execs will pitch new products to Eric, Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, or other top execs during meetings called "innovation reviews."

Before, lots of ideas and projects at Google hovered below the radar without top execs ever knowing they existed.

The idea is to encourage innovation and also to keep employees from feeling like they have to leave the company to pursue good ideas (paging Twitter founders).

The Journal says the new process is already responsible for three new products: Google Wave, some kind of facial-recognition software to be launched later this summer, and App Synch, which makes it easier for Google Docs users to synch to Microsoft Office.

A Google friend of ours says the changes aren't exactly a big deal in the company.

These changes could be some of what the New York Post was getting at in its hyperbolicly headlined story "FEAR GRIPS GOOGLE" from earlier this week:

Co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades to his Web service, The Post has learned.

Brin, according to sources inside the tech behemoth, is himself leading the team of search-engine specialists in an effort to determine how Bing's crucial search algorithm differs from that used by the company he founded in 1998 with Stanford University classmate Larry Page.
Police are investigating a self-styled Maori sovereignty group which is running a fake passport scam described by government ministers as disgusting and deplorable.

Pacific Island people have been caught in the racket, with families paying $500 for bogus documents purporting to show they have been ''adopted'' and are under the protection of the group.

They apparently believe the documents give them legal rights to stay in New Zealand, or at least carry some weight with immigration authorities, but the man behind the scam has admitted they are meaningless.

Gerard Otimi said about 50 families had each paid him $500 for the documents - and in return he gave them $500 of ''Maori barter currency'' to cancel out the fee.

''The documents are to notarise them, and the Immigration Department, to say they are now under our care,'' he said on TV3's Campbell Live.

Otimi agreed it was ''exactly right'' that the documents had no status at all with the immigration authorities.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples told reporters the scam was ''disgusting'' and could harm Maori-Pacific Island relations.

Dr Sharples said the fake passports and visas carried a crown crest as well as the organisers' own flag and crest.

''I really, really feel for the Pacific Island people who have been duped in this way,'' he said.

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu urged victims to go to the police.

''It's deplorable that anyone would do this to some of the most vulnerable people in our country,'' she said.

Otimi's group has been attracting hundreds of people to meetings in South Auckland and the police are on to them.

Inspector Karen Wilson said police in Countries-Manukau and the Waikato were scrambling to find out whether any laws had been broken.

''We're very much in the initial phase of gathering information before we can make any assessment on what, if any, offences may have been committed,'' she said.

It is understood the group offering the fake passports is linked to the Maori sovereignty group Ko Huiarau which was formed in the early 1800s when European settlement began.


CHENNAI: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has not been issued visas by the Centre for a visit, according to a press release from the panel.

USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission. The commissioners are appointed by the U.S. President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives in the US.

USCIRF's principal responsibilities include reviewing facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the U.S. government.

The aim of the commission's trip to India was to discuss religious freedom conditions in India. In the context of the increase in communal violence against religious communities in recent years, the commissioners sought to discuss the government's responses and its development of preventive strategies at the local and national levels, the release said.

The commission had information that the Indian justice system had prosecuted only a handful of persons responsible for communal violence and related abuses since the mid 1980s.

The commissioners were to have left the U.S. on June 12, 2009. As the commission is a U.S. government body, its visits had to have an official status. USCIRF obtained U.S. State Department support, made travel arrangements, and requested meetings with a variety of officials. Despite this, the Centre did not issue the USCIRF delegation visas, the release said. The government has not offered alternative dates for a visit.

Expressing disappointment over the government's refusal to provide visas, commission chair Felice D. Gaer said India had been unique among democracies in delaying and denying USCIRF's ability to visit. The commission had visited China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and over 20 other countries.

USCIRF has been requesting visits since 2001. Cuba is the only other nation to have refused entry to the commission.

In 2002 the commission recommended that India be designated a "Country of Particular Concern" (CPC) following events in Gujarat that resulted in an estimated 2,000 deaths, the release said. Although the country was removed from the CPC list in 2005, USCIRF had continued to monitor, report, and comment publicly on events in the country, including last year's violence in Orissa, attacks in Mumbai, and other events.

USCIRF issues its annual report on religious freedom each May and this year's India section was delayed because of the planned trip. In the absence of in-country travel, the commission will release a report on India later this summer.

82 According to the E-Plus CEO Thorsten Dirks at the annual Handelsblatt conference Telekommarkt Europa 2009, E-Plus will continue to offer mobile services to its target group, as the strategy has proved to be successful for the operator in past year.
He further said that the regional marketing will be the next step taken by the operator to ensure continous growth, as the global recession has forced operators to find out intelligent ways to lure new subscribers.

SEOUL: Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and must take bold action to reverse it, South Korean 
Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo said Friday.

In a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum on East Asia, Han said many major cities on the continent are situated along coastlines.

"Two thirds of the world's poorest live in our region, and they are the most severely and disproportionately affected by climate change," he said.

"Thus it is imperative that we act boldly, decisively and without delay."

The urgency of the twin challenges posed by the global economic slump and climate change need a comprehensive policy response, Han said.

"We must not view these two global issues as mutually exclusive. Rather, we need to construct a new and fresh approach, recognising the symbiotic relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability."

South Korea plans to spend some 40 billion dollars over the next four years on a "Green New Deal" policy aimed at creating one million jobs and shifting from "fossil-fuel dependent, quantity-oriented growth to a new paradigm of qualitative growth," he said.

Victor L.L. Chu, chairman of Hong Kong's First Eastern Investment Group, told the forum that China -- one of the world's most polluted countries -- is catching up fast in green growth projects.

The country plans a stimulus package worth 440 billion dollars to expand its renewable energy use, state media said last month.

Chu said China had also drastically raised fuel consumption tax over the last few months.

More significantly, there was a "fundamental shift" in attitudes towards green growth among frontline officials in provincial cities and townships.

"So they see much beyond just the protection of local jobs... they understand pure growth for growth's sake is damaging and sacrificing our children's and grandchildren's green future," Chu said.

Chiaki Ito, vice chairman of Japan's Fujitsu, said information and communication technology (ICT) could reduce the world's carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent by 2020.

"As ICT is fully integrated into our everyday life, it could be a change agent to shift our thinking and behaviour. With sensors and actuators embedded in our daily lives, we can measure or visualize the energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in real time," Ito said.
Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS), a global leader in connecting businesses and machines over wireless networks, today announced the final results of its modified 'Dutch Auction' tender offer to repurchase up to two million shares of common stock, which expired at 12:01 a.m., New York City time, on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the tender offer, Telular accepted for purchase 2,344,857 shares of its common stock at a price of $2.25 per share, for a total cost of $5,275,928 (excluding fees and expenses relating to the tender offer). The shares accepted for purchase represent approximately 14% of Telular's outstanding shares of common stock as of June 19, 2009.

The 2,344,857 shares accepted for purchase are comprised of 2,000,000 shares Telular offered to purchase and 344,857 shares purchased pursuant to Telular's right to purchase up to an additional 2% of the shares outstanding immediately prior to the commencement of the tender offer. Due to over-subscription, the final proration factor for shares validly tendered at or below $2.25 per share is approximately 95.8%.

The depositary for the tender offer, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., will promptly make payment for the shares accepted for purchase and will promptly return all other shares tendered and not purchased. Subject to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Telular may, from time to time at management's discretion, spend an additional $1.2 million to repurchase additional shares of its common stock on the open market under its previously authorized share buyback program.

About Telular

Telular Corporation provides event monitoring and wireless access solutions for business and residential customers, enabling devices such as phones, faxes, computers and commercial machinery to be connected using wireless technology. With over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, Telular Corporation has developed solutions to deliver remote access for voice and data without significant network investment or disruption. Headquartered in Chicago, Telular Corporation has additional offices in Atlanta and Miami. For more information, please visit

The University of Toronto in collaboration with IBM Corp. announced Thursday a supercomputer facility, boasting it to be one of the world's fastest machines. Double-density design and dynamic stateless provisioning contribute to its efficiency, said IBM

A newly-completed supercomputer facility at the University of Toronto's SciNet Consortium is expected to place in the top 20 of the Top500 List of fastest supercomputers in the world.

With a peak processing power of more than 300 trillion calculations per second, the supercomputer will be used for research in the areas of aerospace, astrophysics, bioinformatics, chemical physics, climate change prediction, medical imaging and the global ATLAS project.

"This shows Canada definitely is on the world stage when it comes to doing high-performance-based research," said Chris Loken, chief technical officer for SciNet. "The 30,000 cores is a huge amount of computer power, and will enable cutting edge research in a whole variety of disciplines.

Loken said that there could very soon be about 50 projects using the facility.

The supercomputer runs on IBM System x iDataPlex servers using 30,240 Intel Xeon 5500 processors. According to Chris Pratt, strategic initiatives executive with IBM, the key to iDataPlex's efficiency is that it's designed to be "cognizant of the environment in which it's going to be deployed."

By that, Pratt is referring to the double-density design of racks where instead of the traditional thin and deep format, machines are turned 90 degrees for a wide and shallow setup so less passing air is required for cooling. "We're able to remove more than a 100 per cent of the heat generated by the rack," he said.

And, Pratt said the ability for "dynamic stateless" provisioning of software means machines are provisioned with just what is required for a specific job before going "back to bare metal." He said that by not dynamically provisioning, "it's like a bus has a 100 seats in it, and if you only put two people in it, well guess what, you are carrying 98 empty seats."

Any cores not in use for about nine minutes are electrically powered off, but Pratt noted that will not often be the case given the researchers have an insatiable appetite for the compute power.

Besides compute power, energy efficiency was critical to SciNet for two reasons, said Loken. One was the limited operating budget, and the other, the fact that the supercomputer would be running global climate change modelling. "And we don't want to be contributing to that problem," said Loken. "That would be ironic and unfortunate."

The request for proposal dictated two clusters, a lot of storage, a data centre in which to house the supercomputer, and that the next five years' power and maintenance costs would have to fit in the operating budget. "That put the onus on the vendors to do the optimization exercise," said Loken.

The power usage effectiveness (PUE) - calculated by dividing the power that's input into a data centre by the power used to run the computers - of a data centre is commonly 1.5, which means 50 per cent of the power is used for cooling and not actually running systems, explained Loken. But that of SciNet's supercomputer is 1.16, he said.

The Top500 list, a biennial list, will be announced on June 23. Such a list offers an understanding of how powerful the machine is, but it's not solely about power, but of the system capabilities as a whole, said Pratt. Using the example of an automobile, Pratt explained that it's not just how fast the vehicle moves "but how well does it take a corner, how good is the gas mileage, how safe is it?"

"It's easy to get wrapped up in the glamour of the Top500 position," said Pratt.

Given the rapidity at which technology evolves, he said by November when the list is updated again, SciNet's supercomputer "will be way back down the list again ... that's business as usual."

Loken said the equipment and data centre are designed to be "scalable, flexible, upgradable" and SciNet hopes to upgrade in the future if funding is available.
DigitalGlobe, a leading global content provider of high-resolution world imagery solutions, today announced that it has entered into a direct access agreement and strategic alliance relationship for sales, marketing and customer support, with European Space Imaging (EUSI) and Space Imaging Middle East (SIME). The agreement is DigitalGlobe's fourth international direct access program (DAP) agreement. The agreement provides for a direct access facility (DAF) to be located near Munich, Germany, and for joint sales and marketing of WorldView-1, WorldView-2 and other products and services within the European and Middle East markets. Commercial operations for the Munich DAF are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2010. Effective immediately, EUSI and SIME have also been appointed as authorized distributors of DigitalGlobe products and services for Europe and the Middle East.

The direct access and strategic alliance agreement is subject to receipt of pending U.S. Government regulatory approvals.

About DigitalGlobe

Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) (http:/ is a leading global provider of commercial high resolution world imagery products and services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management as well as internet portals and navigation technology.

Our two high-resolution imagery satellites offer among the highest collection rates and resolution, and are capable of collecting nearly 1 million square kilometers per day. Upon the launch of WorldView-2, our third satellite, in September or early October 2009, our total collection capabilities are expected to increase to nearly 2 million square kilometers per day, with intra-day visits to those places of greatest interest to our customers.

With our collection sources, comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing 660 million square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products, we offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into their business operations and applications.

DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

About European Space Imaging & Space Imaging Middle East

European Space Imaging (EUSI) is a leading supplier of high-resolution satellite imagery to customers in Europe and North Africa. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Munich, Germany.

Working in close partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), EUSI is the only European satellite data provider that operates its own high-resolution satellite ground station for direct satellite tasking and local data downlink.

Through the close cooperation with its parent company Space Imaging Middle East (SIME), EUSI's customers benefit from fast access to data from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. As of today, EUSI's data archives comprise of more than 15 million square kilometers of high-resolution satellite data.

AGR Group ASA - Financial and Strategic Analysis Review


AGR Group ASA (AGR Group) is an independent oil and gas services and technology provider based in Norway. It provides petroleum services, drilling services and field operations services to oil and natural gas companies worldwide. It principally operates in Norway, the UK, the US, Canada, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sweden, the UAE, Australia, Singapore 
and Malaysia. The company is headquartered in Straume, Norway. In 2008, AGR Group, through its wholly owned subsidiary AGR Peak Group (Holdings) Limited, acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of TRACS International Consultancy Ltd., a company engaged in providing integrated services and training in the geology and petroleum engineering sectors

The AGR Group ASA - Financial and Strategic Analysis Review is an in-depth business, strategic and financial analysis of AGR Group ASA. The report provides a comprehensive insight into the company, including business structure and operations, executive biographies and key competitors. The hallmark of the report is the detailed strategic analysis of the company. This highlights its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities and threats it faces going forward.


- Provides key company information for business intelligence needs.
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Solar panel makers are spending tens of millions of dollars to make their products produce more power from the same amount of sunlight. Parallel to that, there is a growing number of companies that are building technologies that can squeeze out more power from the panels that are already on the market. These companies, large and small, are bringing to market software and hardware that provide solar systems with so-called distributed inverter architecture. If successful, they stand to disrupt the businesses of companies like Germany's SMA that build the central inverters that currently dominate the market.

But microinverters aren't the only new game in town. Another group of companies is working on a different approach to distributed architecture. They are building electronics that are embedded in the modules to run the maximizing algorithms, and then relying on a central inverter to do the DC to AC conversion.

"Yes, the current guard are improving their inverter designs," said Eric Wesoff, senior analyst with research and media firm GTM Research. "But they aren't doing what the distributed inverter makers are doing."

The idea is to push some or all of the features of the traditional central inverter out to the panels themselves. Typical solar installations today rely on one central inverter, which performs two key functions--converting the direct current (DC) coming from the panels to the alternating current (AC) used by the electric grid, and performing algorithms using electronics known as Maximum Power Point Tracker to maximize the power produced by the system.

But advocates of distributed architecture say that the central inverter has two primary shortcomings. It relies on one device that, when faulty, brings down the entire system and it's inherent design means the weakest panel in each string eliminates the benefits of better functioning panels.

This later point is especially important. Solar systems are exposed to the elements and that means it's likely that one or more panels (or cells) over the lifetime of a system will eventually be covered in debris, dust or other forms of shading. Some panels might just be faulty and still others, as a result of age, will inevitably weaken faster than others.

A report by the testing and consulting firm KEMA for the California Energy Commission in 2005 found that about 70 percent of surveyed installed solar systems had reduced output due to shading, some experiencing reductions as high as 30 percent. And since the maximizing algorithms traditionally are done at the central inverter, the extra juice coming out of better-performing panels is lost.

Petaluma, CA-based Enphase Energy says it has a solution to these problems. The company, which has more than $40 million in venture funding, builds a microinverter that attaches to the rack at each panel. Each microinverter performs the functions of its bigger, central cousins, and in so doing increases the power output of arrays by between 5 and 25 percent, said Raghu Belur, co-founder and VP of marketing for the startup.

With Enphase's architecture, if one panel is underperforming, it doesn't affect the output of its neighbors in the same string. Belur said Enphase's technology also reduces the total cost of energy by reducing component and labor costs, and the system is safer since low-voltage AC streams from each panel rather than having a massive accumulation of DC power at the central inverter.

Enphase, which has shipped "tens of thousands" of units since last July, has distribution deals with solar installer Akeena Solar and panel maker Suntech Power in addition to traditional solar equipment distributors. Belur said the company currently is negotiating deals with global panel makers to install its microinverters onto their panels at their factories. That would mean the panels would come bundled with the microinverters. This, Belur said, would result in even more labor savings, but he wouldn't say when the embedded products would be on the market.

While Enphase has first-mover advantage, a host of other startups are close on its heals. One of them, Austin, TX-based SolarBridge Technologies, also is developing a microinverter to be installed at each panel. Like Enphase, the microinverters send a signal about each panel's performance that is routed to the internet and displayed on a web portal. But SolarBridge, which has raised $6 million in venture funding, has decided to exclusively distribute its products by embedding them in solar modules.

Joe Scarci, VP of marketing, said the company is in talks with global panel makers and he expects to start shipping by the first quarter of next year. This distribution model is more capital-efficient than selling the microinverters to installers or distributors, Scarci said.

Scarci also said that SolarBridge's design has worked around the components, such as the electrolytic capacitors, that have the highest rates of failure. "We started with a clean sheet of paper, looked at all the reasons inverters fail and eliminated those components," he said. The upfront costs of SolarBridge's microinverters will be cheaper than central inverters for residential systems and be slightly more for commercial systems but that the difference would be made up in lower labor costs, Scarci said.

But microinverters aren't the only new game in town. Another group of companies is working on a different approach to distributed architecture. They are building electronics that are embedded in the modules to run the maximizing algorithms, and then relying on a central inverter to do the DC to AC conversion. Like the microinverters, this has the benefit of maximizing output on a panel-by-panel basis and avoiding the problem of one underperforming panel bringing down the output of its string in an array.

One startup working on this other approach to distributed architecture is Israel's SolarEdge. The company has raised about $35 million in venture capital to develop its PowerBox technology, a chipset that is attached to each panel that the company says will increase the amount of power harvested by between 5 and 20 percent. In May, the company announced agreements with BP Solar and SCHOTT Solar to explore the commercialization of embedding the PowerBox technology directly into the companies' solar modules, and SolarEdge is negotiating deals with unnamed solar installers in Europe and the United States.

The chipsets also send signals about each panel's performance to a web portal, and CEO Guy Sella said the company plans to sell the system at between US $0.30 and $0.60 US per watt, depending on the application, or about the same price as current central inverters on the market today.

PowerBox should be in mass production by the end of the summer this year. Sella said SolarEdge's design will be more robust than microinverters because many of them still rely on components such as electrolytic capacitors that are known to have shorter life expectancies than the typical 25-year warranty of solar panels.

But it's not just startups that have been working on new distributed architectures. Last month, chip-maker National Semiconductor announced that it had started shipping its SolarMagic power optimizers, chipsets attached to each panel that perform the maximizing algorithms. The Santa Clara, CA-based company also announced a deal with panel maker Suntech Power that could lead to the company promoting SolarMagic.

Genevieve Vansteeg, a spokesperson for National, said the company has been building energy efficiency and power management tools for handsets and other applications for years and the jump into the solar market was a "logical extension." But SolarMagic doesn't have a monitoring function, and Vansteeg wouldn't say if the company intended to add that feature.

While each company developing distributed architectures believes it has the best solution, GTM's Wesoff said he could envision each company scratching out a market for itself. He said at this point it's too early to tell if one architecture will be better than the others. "It could end up that the system installers pick the companies that they have grown familiar with," he said. If that turns out to be true, then distribution deals with solar installers and module makers will be especially important for companies to gain market traction.

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The mining industry must fight the federal climate legislation Congress is now considering and seek investment in carbon capture technology, National Mining Association President Hal Quinn said Thursday.

Quinn addressed the Wyoming Mining Association convention in Laramie.

Yahoo! Buzz"When policymakers, politicians and pundits ask `Why is this country losing high-wage jobs? Why is U.S. manufacturing moving offshore?' We must remind them why: it's the unavoidable consequence of industrial and environmental policies that penalize coal production and mineral mining," Quinn said.

Quinn said moderate Democrats already are finding it politically hard during a recession to vote for legislation that he said would boost the energy bills of households and factories.

U.S. firms will have a tough time making ends meet and competing against companies in China if their costs of doing business increases too much, he said.

"We're going to be like GM, our cost structure will be so high that we can't compete," Quinn said.

Coal-burning power plants are one of the sources of such gases, and Wyoming produces more coal than any other state in the nation.

Bruce Nilles, director of the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" campaign, said Quinn and other mining advocates are stuck in the past.

"American ingenuity and American workers can meet our energy needs without destructive mining, without massive amounts of air pollution, and without toxic coal ash sites threatening hundreds of communities nationwide," Nilles said in an e-mail.

Quinn said the National Mining Association doesn't oppose developing renewable energy, but believes it's unrealistic to expect new energy sources to completely replace coal because of increasing global energy demands.

Investing in technology to capture and store underground carbon emissions is the best and most reasonable answer to climate change, he said.

In addition, there will still be a need for other forms of mining, Quinn said.

He noted that the average hybrid car needs about 75 pounds of copper, and twice the amount of rare earth minerals than is found in conventional cars. And, a state-of-the-art wind turbine contains 335 tons of steels, 4.7 tons of copper and three tons of aluminum, he said.

Quinn said the mining industry needs to mobilize all its resources to argue its case that coal and other minerals are needed to meet future power needs and keep electric bills affordable.
BANGALORE: India has a huge potential in terms of manufacturing complex and low-to-medium value medical devices given its strong R&D and 
engineering talent base and the ability to offer devices at costs lower than those in the western markets, according to an industry expert.

While China scored better in terms of disposable devices needing higher volumes like syringes, India held a better potential in terms of complex devices, MediVed Innovation CMD Dinesh Puri said.

Addressing a seminar on 'Medical Devices-New Technology and Emerging Markets', Puri said India could, by leveraging its talent pool and other factors, offer devices at one-third or one-fourth the cost in western markets.

"Western markets are driven by a different business model," he said. The western markets are governed by insurance players who are the main cost bearers of health care delivery. Patients, therefore, are governed by a belief that the more expensive and more wide the range of health delivery is, the better is the quality, driving up cost.

With device players finding no incentives to lower cost of their products, the rates continue to be on the higher end.

The global medical device market, Puri said, is dominated by western market. Ninety percent of revenues is derived from West America and Western Europe. Four fifth of the world consumes less than 10 percent of the medical devices,he said.

"If 80 percent of world population has to take benefit of medical devices, we have to come out with our own solution for the emerging markets", Puri said.
Howard Stringer, the first foreigner to head Sony Corp, today pledged to bring Japanese electronics giant "strong again" after it logged its largest- ever operating loss for fiscal 2008 amid the global economic downturn and intense competition.       

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Stringer, a Welsh-born American, Sony Corp's first chief executive officer and chairman, assured investors at a shareholders' meeting here that the company was seeing "progress" in its latest restructuring measures which included a new management reshuffle to boost its unprofitable game and TV business.     

Sony announced in May a group operating loss of 227.78 billion yen ($2.35 billion) for last fiscal year due to dwindling demand for television sets and a stronger yen, which erodes its overseas profit, with its group net balance sinking into the red for the first time in 14 years.     

As part of its restructuring efforts, Sony has said it would cut 16,000 jobs globally and close some manufacturing sites -- measures that are expected to lead the company to reduce costs of more than 300 billion yen ($3.1 billion) for the current fiscal year through next March.     

Stringer said Sony aims to "swiftly recover our business performance...Improve profitability and strengthen our competitiveness" amid the global economic slump that has shrunk demand for TVs and other consumer products as well as the tough business environment which has seen rivals edge over Sony, Kyodo news agency reported.

Stringer noted that Sony made "champion products" in the 20th century such as the PlayStation, Vaio computers and Walkman music players, but it was outdone by rivals that utilised Sony's technology and went one step further, citing companies that added sophisticated functions to Sony technology such as Apple Inc's iPod music players.     

"We are not going to be beaten again in the network age," he told the more than 8,000 shareholders present at the meeting.     

"We have brilliant hardware engineers which are the foundation and center of (the company) and we will marry this with equally strong software" that will make Sony "strong again," said Stringer, who doubles as president and chairman.     

The two-and-a-half-hour stockholders' meeting ended with shareholders approving company-backed proposals including the appointment of 15 directors including Stringer, thus giving the go-ahead for the new management to continue to carry out reforms.     

"We have not finished (with our restructuring efforts). We have a long way to go," Stringer said.     

Ryoji Chubachi, who has resigned as president, will remain a director
TSMC IS RATCHETING UP the rhetoric on its 28nm plans, telling anyone and everyone who will listen that it is ahead of the competition on developing a functional 64-Mbit SRAM cell based on the new process tech.

At the 2009 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan, TSMC released a paper announcing a 28nm process that it says will allow for a silicon dioxide or high-k metal-gate scheme on a low power technology, which purportedly will pushe silicon oxynitride poly usage past 32nm, with a dual or triple gate oxide process.

The 6-T SRAM cells are being hyped as low leakage with analog/RF/electrical fuse components, copper interconnects and low-k, with a cell size of 0.127-um2, and a raw gate density as high as 3900 kGate/mm2

TSMC is also boasting a 25 to 40 per cent speed improvement as well as 30 to 50 per cent active power reduction using 28nm over 45nm, and it's saying its first offerings should be available come early 2010.

It seems fairly obvious that the battle trenches are being dug between TSMC and IBM's technology alliance, which includes the fab five: Chartered Semiconductor, Global Foundries, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics and ST Microelectronics.

Back in April, IBM and its gang of five announced they too would be moving to 28nm process technology, jointly developing 28nm high-k metal gate technology. So a real fab fight could looming be on the horizon.

GloFo's director of corporate communications, Jon Carvill, has already told the INQ about the "tremendous interest from prospective customers" for 28nm chips, which he says will strengthen the firm's ability to "compete and win in the graphics business".

The AMD fab spinoff plans to install 28nm designs in its Dresden fab by the second half of 2010 and start production soon after. In the same timeframe as TSMC, apparently. The difference at GloFo, however, will be that 28nm technology will be Global Foundries' second-generation process node with high-k metal gate, whilst TSMC is still staying schtum on the subject of its "leak-less" technology.

Meanwhile, TSMC is also turning up the chatter about moving its IC-equipment out of its R&D fab to prepare for an upcoming 22-nm node. The Taiwanese firm has done a 180-degree flip from its stance back in April when its CEO, Morris Chang, told investors the firm would cut capital expenditure by about 20 per cent from $1.9bn to $1.5bn. Instead it is now calling for an increase in R&D spending of 20 per cent and saying, "For our industry, I feel the worst is over."

The statement comes one month after TSMC backtracked and said it would rehire hundreds of employees that it layed off, supposedly owing to "the economic crisis".

Sheesh, IBM and friends must really have the Taiwanese chipmaker feeling the heat from the chip vats. µ

New York (PTI): Present day carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere have touched the highest mark in the past 2.1 million years which may result in large scale climatic changes from greenhouse effect, says a study published on Friday.

The study published in Friday's edition of Journal 'Science' says the present levels of carbon dioxide are 38 per cent higher than the levels that hovered around 280 parts per million during last 2.1 million years.

The researchers from Columbia University say that estimation of atmospheric carbon dioxide for the period will give an insight in the cooling and warming cycles of planet earth.

Carbon dioxide is a principal green house gas which traps the warm infrared rays coming from Sun and blocks them from being reflected again in the space by the Earth's surface.

This helps in maintaining adequate temperature on Earth making it livable but its rapid increase emanating from human activities like vehicles, factories etc is increasing temperature to an extent that large scale climate change is becoming inevitable.

Through the analysis of carbon dioxide, scientists helped them rule out that dip in gas levels was the factor for ice ages growing longer and more intense some 8.5 lakh years ago.

German car maker Audi, is known for its luxury cars with bold design and top-of-the-line performance. Now the manufacturer announces three new engines being introduced for the Audi A4 in India.

The three new engines available are the 1.8 TFSI, the 2.0 TFSI and the 3.0 TDI quattro which join the existing line up consisting of the 2.0 TDI and the 3.2 FSI quattro. With these new introductions, the Audi A4 now has the widest range of engines available in the luxury car market in India.

"The Audi philosophy of "Vorsprung durch Technik" showed the way for the new generation of the Audi A4," Mr. Benoit Tiers, Managing Director of Audi India, stated. "It has already set benchmarks for its segment in India. With the introduction of three new engines, we are able to offer the widest choice in the luxury car market to our customers in India. It is our constant endeavour to provide our customers with world class products and state-of-the-art technology. The new engines add a new dimension of sophistication and progressiveness to the Audi A4 with more power and lower fuel consumption, guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable driving experience."

The new engines are about ten percent more fuel efficient than the current roster. Plus from now on, Audi will include rear LED lights in the new Audi A4 range as standard, in addition to the front LED lights. Prospective buyers can choose either the six-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox or the continuously variable multitronic high-tech transmission.

The various models and prices of the Audi A4 available from the ex-Showroom Mumbai are given below:

Audi A4 1.8 TFSI multitronic for about 26.6 lakh rupees.
Audi A4 2.0 TDI multitronic for about 28.5 lakh rupees.
Audi A4 2.0 TFSI multitronic for about 28.5 lakh rupees.
Audi A4 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic for about 36.4 lakh rupees.
Audi A4 3.2 TFSI quattro tiptronic for about 35.4 lakh rupees.

As a special offer, Indian customers can avail of the 3.99 percent interest finance rate for the Audi A4 3.2 FSI quattro.

The Audi A4 is a rather robust vehicle offering a 480 litre boot and spacious legroom for rear passengers. Customers can choose from six colors, Phantom Black, Ibis White, Dakar Beige, Ice Silver, Meteor Grey and Brilliant Red. Optional accessories available are the optical parking system with a rear camera, the Multi Media Interface (MMI) and the Bang & Olufsen sound system. The Audi A4 3.0 TDI and the Audi A4 3.2 FSI quattro, come fitted with the quattro permanent 4-wheel drive system.

NEW YORK ( -- Customers lined up at Apple Stores around the world to be among the first to own the new iPhone 3G S, which went on sale Friday.

Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) began its rolling release of the iPhone 3G S in the United States at 7 a.m. ET. It then debuted in successive time zones each hour.

About 250 people stood outside the Apple Store on New York's 5th Avenue -- some of them since early Thursday -- waiting for the doors to open. Inside the store, employees were seen being briefed about the new phone's features before selling it to customers.

"I got on line at 2 a.m.," said Luis Palcios, 22, of New York, who was one of the first to emerge from the store with a new iPhone. "It was really early, but it was worth it for the video."

Joining the would-be buyers were lots of reporters looking to see if the new device, unveiled at the Apple developers' conference in San Francisco earlier this month, would attract the hubbub of previous iPhone versions.

The new smartphone comes equipped with a 3-megapixel camera with video capturing and editing capabilities, improved battery life with up to 12 hours of talk time and 30 hours of audio, voice-command control, and a built-in digital compass.

"The new iPhone is redefining what people can do on a phone," said Calvin Evans, an app designer for "We're now able to live stream complete games on a handheld device."

The 16-gigabyte iPhone 3G S can be had for $199 with a new contract with exclusive carrier AT&T. The 32-gigibyte version costs $299 with a new activation.

Apple will also continue to sell a second-generation iPhone 3G with 8 gigabytes of memory for $99.

The new OS 3.0 operating system, which was launched last week, comes installed on the iPhone 3G S, and is available for free download on all existing iPhones. OS 3.0 enables users to cut, copy and paste for all applications, which iPhone users have long demanded. The operating system also features an undo gesture, which will undo the last action by shaking the phone.

The launch comes less than a week after rival Palm (PALM) unveiled its much ballyhooed Pre smartphone on the Sprint (S, Fortune 500) network and Research In Motion (RIMM) announced it will debut the new BlackBerry Tour on Sprint and Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) in the coming months.

Despite ramped-up competition, Apple is hopeful the phone will help the company solidify itself as a smartphone leader. The last time Apple released a new version of its popular smartphone, the iPhone 3G, last July, the company was able to rack up significant smartphone market share.

In the third quarter of 2008, Apple controlled a 30.1% share, up from just 7.4% in the second quarter and second only to BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, which controlled 40.4%, according to IDC data. But Apple's share has slipped significantly since then, falling to just 19.5%, compared to 55.3% for RIM.

Piper Jaffray's senior research analyst Gene Munster said he expects Apple to sell 500,000 iPhones over the weekend. That's half of what Apple sold during the 3G launch, though that phone launched in 21 countries compared to eight for the 3G S. Still, that's much more than the 50,000 Pres that analysts estimate Palm sold in the first two days of sales.
Campaigners across the globe are honoring the birthday Friday of Burma's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese pro-democracy leader spent her 64th birthday at Rangoon's notorious Insein prison, where she is on trial and facing up to five years behind bars.

Activists and politicians are marking Aung San Suu Kyi's 64th birthday with gatherings of support from Thailand to Europe and the United States.

In addition, a coalition of 23 Burma rights groups has formed "", a website where supporters can post messages urging her release from detention.

Johnny Chatterton is with the Burma Campaign UK and Project Manager for He says they have received over 9,000 messages of support, including from politicians and celebrities.

"I think the site is very important in showing that right across the world people have not forgotten her," Chatterton said. "And, that there's a huge political support for her and there's public support calling for her to be freed. So, I think it's a great help in showing the Burmese regime that they can't just get away with this and that the world won't forget her."

Aung San Suu Kyi is on trial for violating the terms of her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American man to stay over without official permission.

The trial has been widely condemned as a sham designed to keep her locked up through next year's controversial elections.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won Burma's last elections in 1990. But Burma's military rulers ignored the results and placed her under house arrest, where she has remained for most of the last 19 years.

Burma's military rulers cite ongoing fighting with ethnic insurgent groups in the country to partly justify their continued grip on power.

However, rights groups and exiled politicians say the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, along with more than 2,000 other political prisoners, is the real barrier to peace.

Zin Linn is a spokesman for the Burmese government in exile.

"Aung San Suu Kyi is key to the national reconciliation in Burma," Linn said. "Without her, Burma cannot have genuine national reconciliation. That's because all the ethnic leaders, ceasefire leaders, all the ethnic party leaders, all dissident leaders, all the leaders, they agree to give their mandate to Aung San Suu Kyi to sit down at the dialogue table with the military junta."

Aung San Suu Kyi led Burma's non-violent resistance movement for democracy, and in 1991 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

She is the daughter of Burma's revered founder, General Aung San, who was assassinated just months before the country gained independence.

Paulo Pinheiro was the U.N. human rights envoy to Burma from 2000 to 2008 and on several occasions met Aung San Suu Kyi as well as Burmese officials. He says if it was not for her famous father the military government would probably have executed her by now.

"Because she has an enormous charisma and she is the only leader inside Burma of the opposition," Pinheiro said. "And, they don't want to risk having her in freedom. They don't want to deal with a strong opposition movement."

Burmese authorities have already re-worked the constitution to ensure the military remains in power regardless of the 2010 elections.

Pinheiro says it is almost certain the court will find Aung San Suu Kyi guilty, but would likely put her back under house arrest rather than prison.

Supporters are concerned her health would quickly deteriorate in prison.

But there is little doubt about the resilient spirit of Aung San Suu Kyi and the movement for democracy in Burma that she represents.

After being ruled out of India's nightmarish camapign in the Twenty20 World Cup in England, opening batsman and vice-captain Virender Sehwag, who had shoulder surgery recently, will be out of action for at least three months.
This would mean that Sehwag is doubtful to feature in India's squad for the Champions Trophy, which will be held in South Africa from September 24 to October 5. Sehwag, who sustained the injury playing for Delhi Daredevils in the semi-finals of the Indian Premier League against Deccan Chargers, is likely to return to competitive cricket only in the first week of September, according to a report published in The Hindu.

Sehwag was operated on June 11 after arthroscopic investigations by Dr. Angus Wallace, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Park Hospital, Nottingham identified a Grade II Superior Labral Tear from Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) lesion in his right shoulder, the report added.

News channel 'Times Now' has said that Sehwag will undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. His rehabilitaion will be monitored by Indian team's physiotherapist Nitin Patel.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has downplayed the physio's report on players' injuries submitted before the Twenty20 World Cup, saying players with minor injuries can't be ruled out of the team, according to Times Now.

Source: India Syndicate
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Jun 19, 2009, 07:25 PM
A Mother was having a hard time getting her son to go to school in the morning.

'Nobody in school likes me,' he complained.

'The teachers don't like me, the kids don't like me, the superintendent wants to transfer me, the bus drivers hate me, the school board wants me to drop out, and the custodians have it in for me. I don't want to go to school.'

'But, John, you have to go to school,' said her mother sternly. 'You're healthy, you have a lot to learn, you have something to offer others, you are a leader. And besides, you're 40 years old and YOU'RE THE PRINCIPAL.'

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