Saturday, June 11, 2011


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“Sir Alex Ferguson marked Roy Keane’s departure from Manchester United last week by describing him as the best midfielder of his generation in the world and the greatest player he had ever managed. Alan Hansen, in the Telegraph, described him as being ‘in a class of his own’ at his peak; he was, wrote Hansen, ‘the best player the Premiership has seen’. These are powerful recommendations, not least because of the calibre of the men offering them. That they make such claims for one who scored only 50 goals in twelve and a half seasons, whose main role on the field was defensive, even destructive, that they place him ahead of the likes of Cantona, Giggs, Bergkamp, Henry or Zola tells us that he really was something special. Nor have there been any dissenting voices; even the London press last week took time off from its habitual war against United, Ferguson and Keane to echo these tributes.

At his peak, Keane was a player of the highest skill, power and technique but it is the passion and intensity of his play that lifted him to the level of greatness. He played (and plays) almost every minute of every game with a commitment that can be frightening. No cause was lost, no challenge shirked until the final whistle. During his peak years, he was the dominant figure in the finest midfield quartet in Europe (and the best midfield I saw in British football in over 50 seasons). David Beckham, Keane, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs combined between them a unique blend of skills, athleticism and commitment. And, although he did not have the passing range or dead-ball skills of Beckham, the goal-scoring instincts of Scholes or the wizardry of Giggs, there was never any doubt that Keane was their leader and dominant figure, the man who dictated the pattern and tempo of play, who drove the team forward and who imbued the others with an indomitable will to win.

Darren Bent: How to be a maestro of movement

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Wonder how the Villa marksman always seems to be in the right place at the right time? Wonder no more...

Deceiving the oppo

“Always make two runs – one for the defender, one for you. If you’re making a near-post run, pretend you’re making a back-post run – and vice-versa. That will put the defender off and give you the extra yard; you’ll also have momentum over him. It’s the same when you’re receiving a pull-back; make a run to the near or back post, then put on the brakes and pull out. Again, it will give you an extra yard or two. Make sure your movement is sharp and direct, but don’t spin because you’ll lose your bearings.”

Know your enemy

“If you’re up against a physical defender who wants to hold onto you, take him deep into areas he doesn’t want to go, leaving space behind for your team-mates to exploit. With quick markers, wait for them to take their eye off you to look at the ball, then dart in behind. If you’ve got a run on him, it doesn’t matter how quick the defender is – he won’t catch you. Deep-lying midfielders can be difficult because they intercept a lot of passes, so stay on the move so you can be in a position to receive the ball.”

Playing off the shoulder

“Stand behind the defender in an offside position. When your team-mate is ready to play the ball in behind, dart in front of the defender to get back onside and run in behind where the ball is played. If you do this, the defender won’t be able to see where you are until the last second and he’ll have to manoeuvre his feet and change direction to try and catch you. You want to disorientate the defender and by running to receive the ball then spinning in behind, you will.”

Exposing a weak link

“Always look for weaknesses in the opposition defence. If you’re quick and they have a slow centre-back, take your game to him. If you’re big and strong and there’s a defender you think you can physically dominate, take your game to him. But the best thing you can do is stand between the two centre-backs or, if that’s where the weakness is, between the centre-back and the full-back. If you can do that, they’re not quite sure which one is marking you and you always seem to have that bit more time.”

Beat the offside trap

“Ruud van Nistelrooy was the best at this. He wasn’t always the fastest, but he always seemed to be running in on goal on his own. The key is to start in an offside position, then come back onside and bend your run – if you run in straight lines, nine times out of 10 you’re going to be caught offside. A defender hates it if he can’t see the striker, and by starting off offside, he won’t see you until it’s too late.”

Finishing on the move

“If you’re making a run, you might get a good delivery but the ball might come at you awkwardly, and you have to be able to adapt. If the ball is coming at you fast, you should try and hit it first time, but if it’s a bit slow you might have to generate the power so you want to take a touch, get it out your feet and then hit it. A good way to practise this is to have someone hit you with different types of crosses – both hard and soft.”

Friday, June 10, 2011

12 Ways To Keep Your Lungs Strong And Healthy

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If you take good care of your lungs, they can last a lifetime. "The lungs are very durable if they're not attacked from the outside," says Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association (ALA). With a few exceptions, your lungs don't get into trouble unless you get them into trouble, he says.

However, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer and stroke. Here are 12 things you can do to keep your lungs healthy as you age.

Don't smoke ... anything

Fight for clean air

Exercise more

Beware of outdoor air pollution

Improve indoor air

Eat right

Protect yourself on the job

Don't skimp on shots

Stick to safe products

Check for radon

Know the warning signs

Control your condition

Thursday, June 9, 2011

DAP, Bahasa Malaysia dan orang Melayu

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Sekarang DAP, dengan bantuan internet, telah dilihat sebagai sebuah parti pelbagai kaum. Walau pun sememangnya semenjak penubuhan DAP 45 tahun lalu, slogan perjuangannya adalah Malaysia Untuk Rakyat Malaysia atau Malaysian Malaysia. Mainan media Umno selama ini bahawa DAP sebagai parti untuk kaum Cina telah terhapus. Jadi apa pandangan saudari dengan adanya Roketkini berbahasa Malaysia?

Ya, ramai yang tak nampak, sebenarnya kita sudah ada akhbar Rocket dalam pelbagai bahasa sejak 1966 lagi. Mungkin kerana pembaca tak berapa banyak dan kami juga bagi secara percuma kepada Adun yang ingin menyimpan saja. Sebenarnya bukan kami tak mahu buat tapi kadang-kadang kesuntukan dana yang dihadapi parti kita, kerana parti kita bukan macam MCA, MIC, UMNO, ada tauke besar, ada dana, ada syarikat, yayasan semua itu untuk membantu mereka.

Tapi orang Melayu tak nampak pendirian DAP.

Dulu akhbar-akhbar bahasa Cina bagi ruang kepada DAP untuk keluarkan kenyataan kami, tetapi bagi orang yang baca Utusan Malaysia atau akhbar-akhbar Melayu lain, apa yang mereka baca berbentuk laporan negatif. Tapi sejak reformasi 1998, sehingga kemunculan media baru, orang ramai semakin sedar tentang pendirian DAP mengenai isu-isu semasa, termasuk kaum Melayu.

Jadi, adakah melalui Facebook orang dah nampak DAP sebagai parti berbilang bangsa?

Ya. Sebab sejak bermulanya laman web DAP, rencana-rencana yang ada adalah dalam bahasa Inggeris. Bagi yang Melayu berpendidikan Inggeris, mereka tahulah. Ya, kami akui ini tidak cukup membantu. Jadi, inilah masanya untuk DAP mewujudkan web dalam bahasa Malaysia. Saya rasa kalau kita keluarkan akhbar parti dalam bahasa Malaysia memang kita telah buat macam Roket edisi bahasa Malaysia, tapi ia memang tak luas diedarkan sebab ia perlukan wang yang banyak. Ini satu, bila kita ada website Roketkini, ia adalah cara yang bagus bagi mereka yang fasih bahasa Malaysia.

The Naming of Trees in India

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Written by Siddharth Srivastava
TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2011

I think that I shall never see/A tree as peculiar as one named for a VVIP–With apologies to Joyce Kilmer

India's rich and powerful are known to hanker for multiple symbols of power, be it flashing red lights on cars, armed bodyguards, officially allotted big bungalows in the prime New Delhi area or exclusion from airport security frisking. The list goes on.

So many important people living or dead and their families have insisted on so many roads being named after them that the government has run out of venues. The number of new and unnamed roads, streets, paths, highways, avenues and lanes isn't growing fast enough to keep up with the demand. Inundated by requests and unable to handle the volume, the government now has decided that henceforth trees will be tagged after those who "deserve" the honor.

Of course India is hardly the only country to suffer from the syndrome. Many a motorist passing through Sacramento, California, for instance, can be forgiven by wondering what Carleton E. Forbes did to get an expressway named for him. But given Delhi's rich history, the important roads are taken by kings of the past such as Lodhi, Akbar, Shah Jahan, Prithvi Raj and Aurganzeb. The British Raj and others connected to the country's colonial past still have their names on many of them.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Russia Ready to Recognise Palestine pre 1967 Borders

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MOSCOW, May 25: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has vowed to throw his weight behind recognition of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

“Every nation needs unity, all the more so the Palestinian people… (who are) striving to create a Palestinian state in accordance with UN resolutions, the Quartet of international mediators (the UN, the EU, Russia, and the US), and the Arab peace initiative,” the Russian foreign minister said.

Lavrov voiced his support in a meeting with representatives of Hamas and Fatah in Moscow. The Palestinians and Russians later issued a joint statement.

The Russian foreign minister called the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal a historic event and urged the Palestinian factions to hash out the details of the unity pact and lay the groundwork for its implementation, a Press TV correspondent reported on Tuesday.

In May leaders of the two main Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation deal in Egypt, paving the way for the creation of an interim unity government.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Diasporas Come Home

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Written by Neeta Lal
FRIDAY, 27 MAY 2011

Returning skilled workers to China and India are a boon to their home countries, a loss to the US

The brain drain that has fed skilled immigrants into the US economy for decades is now reversing to the long-term benefit of India and China, according to a survey of hundreds of professionals returning to their native lands to launch businesses.

The study, titled "The Grass is Indeed Greener in India and China for Returnee Entrepreneurs," quantifies what had been expected from the dual blows of overly -stringent US immigration policies in the wake of the 9/11 bombings and the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. Conducted by the Kansas-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in association with Harvard University, the study estimates that 150,000 professionals have returned to India and China each over the past two decades, with the numbers expected to grow.

The respondents cited "economic opportunities and favorable conditions for starting a business back home and the speed of professional growth" as the leading motivations for returning home. Family ties also played a significant role in the decision of the returnees.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wikileaks On Father of Pakistans Nuclear Bomb

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The Hindu

CHENNAI, May 25: In return for his “freedom” from de facto house arrest in 2009, Abdul Qadeer Khan (pic), the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb who was accused of running a proliferation ring, agreed with the Pakistan government to a stringent set of conditions that restricted his movement and curtailed his interactions, ensuring that his release remained by and large symbolic.

The conditions, never publicised before but much speculated about as they were ordered to be kept secret by a court in Pakistan, are contained in a U.S. diplomatic cable. Obtained by The Hindu through WikiLeaks, the cable also reports Pakistan Interior Secretary Kamal Shah assuring the U.S. Ambassador that the court decision provided legal cover to the government in dealing with the disgraced scientist, as his previous detention had no legal basis.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Return of Antonio Valencia Is an inspiration for Manchester United

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Antonio Valencia tries not to think about that night any more, the indescribable pain, the fear that flashed through his mind when he looked down at his leg and realised it had been snapped like a dried twig, his foot hanging back to front. And, above all, the hideous sense that his four-year-old daughter, Domenica, was watching it all unfold in the Old Trafford crowd.

On the stretcher Valencia raised his arm towards the stands. At the time, it looked like he was thanking the crowd for their solemn applause. In fact, it was to show the tattoo of Domenica's name on the inside of his arm. "All I can remember now is the pain, the worst pain of my life," he says, "but my first thought was to do that for her and show her I was going to be all right."

This was in September, a Champions League night against Rangers, a seemingly innocuous challenge from Kirk Broadfoot and then those ghastly moments when Valencia's team-mates went over to see their stricken colleague then, one by one, turned away, covering their faces, and it became apparent to everyone inside the stadium this was an injury that could break a footballer's career.

Annie Jacobsen's 'Area 51' Digs Into A Cold War Plan To Fake What May Have Been The Roswell UFO Scare

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For many UFO conspiracy aficionados, the phrase "Area 51" conjures up images of a secret military facility in the Nevada desert that's home for captured flying saucers. But is this true?

"Area 51; An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base," a new book by investigative reporter Annie Jacobsen, lifts the veil on this six-decade mystery and raises a more explosive possibility: Did former Soviet leader Josef Stalin recruit Josef Mengele, the Nazi "Angel of Death," to surgically alter children to look like aliens in 1947 to be part of the legendary Roswell, NM, UFO crash?

If the story is correct, the "UFO" and its otherworldly occupants eventually found their way to Area 51 for examination.

The government has never officially confirmed that Area 51 exists. And yet, as Jacobsen learned while researching her Area 51 book, Cold War spy planes (including the U-2) were developed at the base. Through declassified documents and discussions with Area 51 personnel, Jacobsen pieced together the puzzle of what went on there.

"In my reporting, I used 74 sources, 32 of whom lived and worked at Area 51 for extended periods of time," Jacobsen told AOL.

"In many previously classified documents relating to activities at the base, the words 'Area 51' are conveniently blacked out," Jacobsen said. "There's always a euphemism for it -- like 'the test facility' or 'the base' -- but never Area 51."

While conspiracy theorists and UFO devotees have long claimed -- and hoped-- that captured alien spacecraft are housed at the base, Jacobsen claims the secret craft were actually reverse-engineered from a captured Soviet MiG fighter jet. The A-12 Oxcart, a Mach 3 spy plane, was also reportedly developed at Area 51.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


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By Ben Steinson

“Do you do judo?” Asked one intrepid reporter.
“No, I don’t do judo, but I do do voodoo,” came the reply from the languid Roberto Carlos as he sipped his ice-cool margarita.*

Roberto Carlos is arguably the world’s greatest-ever left-back with a CV boasting 125 caps for Brazil, almost 600 appearances for Real Madrid, as well as appearances for a host of Europe’s top clubs – not to mention the meagre haul of one World Cup, three Champion’s Leagues, four La Liga titles and he was runner-up in 1997’s World Player of the Year Award (losing out to Ronaldo during his leaner years, this point will be important later) – not bad for a farmer’s son.

As impressive as those stats are, RC will be forever remembered for scoffing at Newton’s laws of the universe and bending what is likely to be the most amazing free-kick of our lifetime into the back of the net – the hapless Barthez is still standing in the mouth of the goal wondering how it was possible, he also cancelled his subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica after losing faith in modern science.

Friday, June 3, 2011

WikiLeaks: A battle to 'carve up' the Arctic

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Resource wars are possible as global warming melts polar ice - opening new areas to oil exploitation, cables indicate.
Chris Arsenault

It is considered the final frontier for oil and gas exploitation, and secret US embassy cables published by WikiLeaks confirm that nations are battling to "carve up" the Arctic's vast resources.

"The twenty-first century will see a fight for resources," Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying in a 2010 cable. "Russia should not be defeated in this fight."

Along with exposing an estimated 22 per cent of the world's oil, ice melting due to global warming will open new shipping lanes, the arteries of global commerce, which nations are competing to control. And Russia certainly is not the only country eyeing the frozen prize.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Why Powerful Men Can't Keep Their Pants On

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Posted: 05/17/11 07:58 PM

The number of public men destroyed of late through sexual scandals is simply staggering. Within 48 hours of each other we heard that IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who many believed would be the next President of France, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, until a few weeks ago the Governor of the most populous state in the Union, self-destructed with sex scandals.

The stories themselves are beyond belief. An IMF chief, disciplined enough to oversee one of the world's most important banks, is alleged to have forced himself on a hotel housekeeper. Schwarzenegger, disciplined enough to rise from immigrant status with a funny accent to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world and one of the most powerful men in the United States, apparently could not muster the control to prevent himself from fathering a child with a woman who worked in his home.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger And The History Of Career-Killing Hollywood Scandals

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With Thursday's announcement that he'd be putting his Hollywood career "on hold," Arnold Schwarzenegger has left the world to wonder whether there'll ever be another Terminator movie. Certainly plenty of movie stars have weathered scandal in the past, and some have gone on to become even bigger than they were before -- just ask the indestructible Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. Not everyone's fared so well, though. A look back at Hollywood's history reveals that the town isn't always as forgiving as Schwarzenegger might hope.

The history of career-killing scandal goes at least as far back as the early 1920s, when Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, one of the biggest comedy stars of the day, threw a party where a woman ended up dying of a ruptured stomach. The conjecture was that the 300-pound Arbuckle had raped her and crushed her with his weight. He went through three different trials (and was ultimately acquitted) while Hollywood did nothing to support him; the studio heads were angry because he'd gone on a vacation instead of doing promotional work for them, so they made him the scapegoat for a plague of scandal sweeping through Hollywood, and refused to release his movies. He made a slight comeback in the early '30s, signing a new contract with Warner Brothers right before dying of a heart attack at the age of 46.