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General Discussion / Political Parties and the future of T&T
« on: April 26, 2014, 03:09:41 PM »
I was thinking how much I miss home today, which lead to me thinking about crime, corruption, politics, culture, and the future of T&T.

The two items that stuck with me the most was the politics and the future of our country. I started thinking which government party was the best one to introduce modernized technology, better transportation system, policing techniques, poverty reduction, modernized schools with trained and motivated teachers etc. Which government party can make T&T a better place for the future of our children. Then I realized the answer was none of the the political parties.

It is said that Albert Einstein said "Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” not sure if he was the one that really said that, but that line makes sense to me especially when I apply it to our choosing of government leadership. We vote for the same people over and over and expect different results.

Why is our government set up in a way for us to vote for the same damn people every 5 years. I mean if I vote for UNC this year and the leader is Kamla, and at the end of the 5 years, I think that she was not the right government leader for T&T, so I vote PNM, but after another 5 years, I think that the PNM government was just as bad, so now I looking to vote back UNC cause its not like I have many to choose from, the problem is, Kamla is still the leader of the UNC. So it's either I vote a leader who did not get the job done 10 years ago or I vote back into power a leader that did not get the job done for the last 5 years.

Our country have the potential to be a top nation among nations small as it is with it's many resources. Its our leaders that are holding us back, and we as a people are the ones that are putting these people in power.

I don't expect you all to act like Mrs.Cleo, but tell me,
Do you all really see a bright future for T&T with this current political set up that we have?
Do you think the current set up can be changed if ever?
Will people be open for a change?
Do you think there should be a limit as to how long someone should be in charge of a party?
Do you see the current set up as perfect and no change is necessary?

P.S I think that that the political parties that we have divides the nation, and only a fool will pretend that they don't see that.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Black Sails
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:53:41 PM »
New series on Starz. Here is a link to the first episode. Should keep you entertained till Game of Thrones ;D


Fantasy League / 2013-2014 SWN FA CUP
« on: August 05, 2013, 07:51:38 PM »
Once again its that time for you to enter a league where you can test your managerial skills against your opponent in a head to head competition. Unlike the wonderful ASL, which you all should have joined by now, this competition only reward points for winning or drawing against your opponent. At the end of the season, the top 4 teams will go into a semi-Final and Final draw. It is limited to 38 teams, so first come, first serve.

Link to site - http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb.html
Code to join this league: 1018585-253515

Football / Axe Gay from the NT
« on: July 15, 2013, 09:17:43 PM »
I figure it worked for Theobald, it might work for Gay too.. He do not deserve a spot on this team. He is not a threat and is non- existent in games.

Mods I saw this and thought it was a very interesting topic and thought it deserves it's own thread. Please let it breathe a little before you decide to merge

Stoppage Time: Sir Alex Ferguson gave opportunities to CONCACAF players

Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement from Manchester United had a global impact on the sports world Wednesday morning, and for good reason.

During Ferguson's 26 years in charge of the Red Devils, United became an international club with an extensive scouting unit that was not afraid to take chances on players from outside of Europe.

One of Ferguson's greatest successes during his tenure was developing reliable knowledge of talents in CONCACAF. Manchester United recruited more talent in the region than any other top-four club in any of Europe's major leagues (England, Germany, Italy, France, Spain). Barcelona comes second, with three players recruited from Mexico and one U.S. youth trainee.

It started with the club signing American forward Jovan Kirovski to a youth contract in 1992 and has steadily progressed, eventually leading to star Mexico striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in 2010 for a fee of 10 million pounds. Over the past two decades, Ferguson had the unique foresight to realize the potential of the athletic ability and growing skill of Americans and the technical prowess of Mexicans.

Four of Ferguson's nine notable CONCACAF recruits had reasonable success with United. Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago) became a superstar in Manchester. He was part of arguably the team's greatest season ever, 1998-99, when the club won the treble. Yorke added two more titles during his spell with the Red Devils. Hernandez won two EPL championships. Tim Howard (USA) won an FA Cup and Carling Cup. And Owen Hargreaves (a sore spot for Canucks as he spurned Canada for England, but he was born in Calgary, Alberta) was part of the 2008 double winning side that took home the EPL title and Champions League trophy.

Three of the remaining four recruits have all had productive careers elsewhere.

Kirovski became the first American to win the Champions League, with Dortmund in the 1996–97 season. Giuseppe Rossi (born in America, plays for the Italian national team) became one of the world's most prolific strikers at Villarreal before injuries derailed his past two seasons. He should make a recovery at his new club, Fiorentina, next year. Jonathan Spector (USA) only played three matches for United but featured heavily during his five-year stint at West Ham and is an important role player at Birmingham. Kenny Cooper (USA) has been a dominant in his time in MLS, scoring 66 goals in 157 appearances.

Only Ian Joy (USA) had a so-so career between 2000-10, bumping around Germany and the United States.

The Red Devils' ability to find undervalued talent in the region motivated other teams to follow suit. Heck, for better or worse, half of Wigan's roster is from CONCACAF. Liverpool gave a chance to Brad Friedel and desperately pursued Clint Dempsey last summer. Arsenal offered opportunities to Danny Karbassiyoon and Carlos Vela. We're still waiting on Chelsea and Manchester City, though the London Blues added Mexico starlet Ulises Davila last year.

United has often been the standard bearer for English soccer. Whoever (likely David Moyes) takes over the reigns of the storied club should continue in Ferguson's footsteps. Last I checked, Howard became a world-class keeper under Moyes' watch.

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Tottenham's Champions League hopes not looking good: Don't write off Clint Dempsey's Champions League chances yet, but it is looking very likely that Spurs will be in the Europa League again. Once again, Tottenham has weltered down the stretch and it only has itself to blame. The team failed to address its issues up top by finding a striker who is guaranteed to score 15-20 goals a season. Both Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor are good finishers . . . on just above mid-level teams.

Compare Tottenham's situation to AC Milan's. Milan shipped away 12 key veterans last offseason and struggled to start its season. But the team figured out the young stars to keep and brought in Mario Balotelli to secure a run into the Champions League. Tottenham came very close to signing Brazilian targetman Leandro Daimao before the transfer window closed, but couldn't cover Internacional wanting an extra three to five million pounds. Considering the 30 million pounds that Spurs will lose by missing out in the Champions League, maybe they should have caved.

David Moyes has Brian Clough written all over him: Listen, David Moyes is due for a big job . . . I just don't think succeeding Ferguson at Manchester United is the right call. Tottenham? Yes. Newcastle? Sure. Manchester City? Possibly. United? Eh, not sold. Any manager who follows in a legend's footsteps has a hard task ahead, and the similarities between the two men could be problematic.

Moyes is a stern disciplinarian who runs his Everton almost identically to the way Ferguson has ruled United, with a quarter of the budget. Yet, Ferguson has over three decades experience of building and rebuilding teams. Stars listened to Ferguson because they've heard of the stories of boots being thrown at the head of David Beckham or how quickly he discarded Juan Sebastian Veron. Moyes doesn't have that pull and his act could wear thin if he doesn't find a way to differentiate himself from his storied predecessor. Just remember that star striker Wayne Rooney wrote a book in which 50 percent of it ripped Moyes' style of coaching during their time together at Everton.

Not saying that Moyes will be out in less than a month like Clough was at Leeds United, but he's already walking on thin ice.

Can MLS please stop scheduling midweek games at Red Bull Arena? An abysmal crowd of just over 11,000 came to Harrison, N.J., to watch a marquee match between two of MLS's leading Eastern Conference teams in New York and Montreal on Wednesday. The problem is that this isn't exactly a surprise. Unless you're living in Portland, Seattle or Salt Lake, attendance for midweek games in MLS is usually lackluster.

The increased midweek schedule of MLS is a result of trying to fit in international fixtures, but it seems odd that the league would arrange for two of the Red Bulls' highest-profile opponents for Wednesdays when attendance is bound to be disappointing. As one Sporting KC official joked: "Why do we always get midweek games at Red Bull Arena?" Here is a suggestion: leave Wednesday games for the Columbus Crews and Chivas USAs of the MLS world.

I will give props to the fans who did show up, however. Once the Red Bulls secured their fourth win in a row, a fan sitting behind the press box (the best in all of MLS) kept on screaming "PETKE FERGUSON" in the game's final five minutes.

Oh, and Thierry Henry is a beast. Five goals in nine games -- first-half season MVP? His second goal made the top play of Wednesday's night Sports Center.

Utterly depressed about having to see The Great Gatsby with the wife on Friday.... till I heard Jay-Z produced the movie's soundtrack. The snippets I've heard of Jay's track sounds solid and reviews on Metacritic have been promising so far. Not saying I hate the Great Gatsby -- the book is obviously a classic. However, I hope the movie doesn't get a Romeo and Juliet bastardization. Director Baz Luhrmann is known for that.

Summer is coming: While some of you are looking forward to beaches, ladies in bikinis, beer gardens, there are plenty of reasons to stay indoors. Namely, a killer TV schedule that features the return of Breaking Bad, The Killing, Arrested Development and Dexter. Then you got new shows in Ray Donovan and The Bridge that also look intriguing. Plenty of DVRing ahead.

What to watch:

New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls - MLS LIVE, 7:30 p.m. ET - New acquisition Juan Agudelo is likely out with an injury and we all know of Henry's aversion to turf fields, but the Red Bulls have a chance to cement themselves as a legit contender ahead of their match against the LA Galaxy on May 19. If the team wins five in a row, confidence will be sky high facing the reigning champions.

Prediction: Revs 1-2 Red Bulls

Manchester City vs Wigan - FSC, 12:15 p.m. ET - It's the FA Cup final and the pressure is on for City manager Roberto Mancini. City has disappointed in all competitions aside from the FA Cup and, considering City's Premier League leading payroll, heads will roll if the Blues allow Wigan to get an upset on Saturday.

Prediction: City 2-2 Wigan. City wins in penalty shootout only adding more pressure on Mancini.

Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain - beIN Sport, 3:00 p.m. ET - Can we get this right this time? PSG is the master of making every title run unnecessarily complicated. Last week was an embarrassment as the team's GM Leonardo reportedly shoved a referee and that could cost the team points. Still, for now, a win secures the team's first title since 1994.

Prediction: Lyon 2-2 PSG


FIFA executive committee member Leoz resigns

GENEVA (AP) -- FIFA executive committee member Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay resigned Tuesday, citing health reasons, just days before expected rulings in a World Cup kickbacks investigation.
FIFA said the 84-year-old confirmed his departure by letter and also will step down as president of CONMEBOL, South America's governing body. As CONMEBOL leader, he also held the largely ceremonial position chairing FIFA's 2014 World Cup organizing committee.
"This is a strictly personal decision. My mental health is very good but physically I'm not able to travel five times a year to Switzerland and two other times to Japan,'' Leoz said. "I also don't have the needed energy to stay as head of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee. I will not be able to travel to 10 cities (in Brazil) to approve stadiums. But I will continue to support FIFA and Brazil.''
Leoz, who has undergone several rounds of heart surgery, has been CONMEBOL's president since 1986 and a member of FIFA's executive committee since 1998.
He was identified during a Swiss criminal trial in 2008 as having received payments from FIFA's former marketing partner ISL, which collapsed into bankruptcy in 2001 with debts of around $300 million. The resulting prosecution of agency executives revealed the widespread practice of buying influence from sports officials.
Five years ago, Leoz was named in court papers for receiving $130,000 from ISL. The British broadcaster BBC later reported that Leoz took payments totaling $730,000.
Last year, FIFA published a Swiss prosecutor's report that linked President Sepp Blatter's predecessor, Joao Havelange, and Ricardo Teixeira, then head of the Brazilian 2014 World Cup organizing committee, to improper payments from ISL totaling $22 million.
Havelange remains FIFA's honorary president. Teixeira, his former son-in-law, resigned from soccer citing health problems before Switzerland's supreme court ruled the report should no longer be kept secret.
FIFA never opened proceedings against Leoz. He still could face FIFA sanctions after it closed a loophole in its code of ethics last year that previously allowed soccer officials who resigned to evade disciplinary action.
Leoz joined former executive committee colleagues Teixeira, Jack Warner of Trinidad and Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar in walking away from soccer while facing corruption allegations.
Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20130423/leoz-resigns.ap/#ixzz2RLjag4E6

General Discussion / Meteorite hits Russia
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:24:17 AM »
Meteor injures nearly 1,000 in Russia

MOSCOW -- A Russian health official says nearly 1,000 people have sought help for injuries caused by a meteor that exploded in the sky, blasting out countless windows.
 Chelyabinsk health chief Marina Moskvicheva, said Friday that 985 people in her city had asked for medical assistance. The Interfax news agency quoted her as saying 43 were hospitalized.

A meteor streaked through the sky and exploded Friday over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. The spectacle deeply frightened thousands, with some elderly women declaring the world was coming to an end.

The meteor - estimated to be about 10 tons - entered the Earth's atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.


VIDEO: meteor falls in Russia


It released the energy of several kilotons above the Chelyabinsk region, the academy said.

Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

"There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people's houses to check if they were OK," said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1 million about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow.

"We saw a big burst of light, then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

The explosions broke an estimated 100,000 square meters (more than 1 million square feet) of glass, city officials said.

The city administration said 758 people sought medical care after the explosions and most were injured by shards of glass. Athletes at a city sports arena were among those cut up by the flying glass.

It was not immediately clear if any people were struck by space fragments.

Another Chelyabinsk resident, Valya Kazakov, said some elderly women in his neighborhood started crying out that the world was ending.

City officials said 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged by the shock wave, including a zinc factory where part of the roof collapsed.

Small pieces of space debris - usually parts of comets or asteroids - that are on a collision course with the Earth are called meteoroids. They become meteors when they enter the Earth's atmosphere. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth they are called meteorites.

Meteors typically cause sizeable sonic booms when they enter the atmosphere because they are traveling much faster than the speed of sound. Injuries on the scale reported Friday, however, are extraordinarily rare.

The meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid to the Earth - about 17,150 miles (28,000 kilometers). But the European Space Agency in a tweet said its experts had determined there was no connection.

Some fragments fell in a reservoir outside the town of Cherbakul, the regional governor's office said, according to the ITAR-Tass.

A six-meter-wide (20-foot-wide) crater was found in the same area, which could come from space fragments striking the ground, the news agency cited military spokesman Yaroslavl Roshchupkin as saying.

Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told the AP there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteor.

Donald Yeomans, manager of the U.S. Near Earth Object Program in California, said he thought it was probably "an exploding fireball event."

"If the reports of ground damage can be verified, it might suggest an object whose original size was several meters in extent before entering the atmosphere, fragmenting and exploding due to the unequal pressure on the leading side vs. the trailing side (it pancaked and exploded)," Yeoman said in an email.

"It is far too early to provide estimates of the energy released or provide a reliable estimate of the original size," Yeomans added.

The site of Friday's spectacular show is about 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) west of Tunguska, which 1908 was the site of the largest recorded explosion of a space object plunging to Earth. That blast, attributed to a comet or asteroid fragment, is generally estimated to have been about 10 megatons; it leveled some 80 million trees.

The dramatic events prompted an array of reactions from prominent Russians.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at an economic forum in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, said the meteor could be a symbol for the forum, showing that "not only the economy is vulnerable, but the whole planet."

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, said "It's not meteors falling. It's the test of a new weapon by the Americans," the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the incident showed the need for leading world powers to develop a system to intercept objects falling from space.

"At the moment, neither we nor the Americans have such technologies" to shoot down meteors or asteroids, he said, according to the Interfax news agency.

YouTube clip here -----> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZEXNZwqnpU

 Enraged That There Was No Food Dad Bites Off 5 Day Old Baby's Cheek And Leg And Began To Eat It

TrinidadGuardian.com-ENRAGED that there was no food in the house for him to eat, a 24-year-old man violently turned on his own five-day-old baby daughter, grabbing her tiny body and biting off the tender flesh from her left cheek before biting off a chunk of flesh from her right leg at their East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, home yesterday morning.

And while her father remains in police custody, the little baby girl who was given the name Jinayah only two days ago, is warded in a critical condition at the Paediatric Ward of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope.

A mouthful of baby Jinayah’s flesh was found on the floor by police but doctors have expressed doubt that it could be reattached to her body, telling police investigators that the baby will require plastic surgery on her face — if she survives.

Police said at two o’clock yesterday morning, the man arrived at his Smith Place, East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, home telling baby Jinayah’s mother Tineka Henry, 22, that he was very hungry and asking, where was the food?

At the time, Henry was lying on a bed in the small apartment home with her baby daughter asleep on her (Henry) chest. The man, who is a technician at a local cable television company demanded food. He was told by Henry to go to the kitchen downstairs but when he did so, he came back to the bedroom in a rage saying there was nothing for him o eat.
The man, police reported, started to push Henry who protectively clutched at her baby daughter even as the man angrily shouted that he wanted his food.

What happened next shocked, astounded and galled even seasoned police officers.

Without warning, the man grabbed baby Jinayah — who had rolled off her mother’s chest and on to the bed after all of the pushing — and with one big bite, ripped off a chunk of flesh from the baby’s left cheek. As he started to chew, the baby’s flesh fell from his mouth.

As blood spurted and the baby screamed, the man then reached for her right leg where he bit deeply into the fleshy part of baby Jinayah’s leg. Baby Jinayah’s screams and that of her mother, alerted her (Jinayah’s aunt) Marcia Guy, who rushed upstairs only to see baby Jinayah’s eyes wide open and the gum and jaw on the left side of her face exposed with the cheek bitten off.

“My belly dropped. I felt physical pain. I just grabbed the baby and ran downstairs while at the same time shouting for the neighbours to call the police,” Guy later told Newsday. She said that she ran out of the house hugging baby Jinayah with the baby’s father running after them. Guy said she was able to avoid capture and jumped in a car at Duke Street. She took the bleeding child, wrapped in a pink blanket to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where doctors immediately began attending to her.

“All I kept saying as I held the baby in my hands, was ‘Red Woman, Pinky, please stay alive, you cannot leave us now. You just came’,” Guy said, as her eyes filled with tears. “Red Woman” and “pinky” are baby Jinayah’s nicknames.

Guy said the doctors and nurses recoiled in horror when they saw the extent of the injuries the baby had suffered. Baby Jinayah was stabilised and transferred to the Paediatric Hospital at the EWMSC in Mt Hope.

Guy said while on the way to the EWMSC, she asked the ambulance driver to pick up the child’s mother, but a party of police officers were already at the apartment home. Officers led by Ag ASP Ajith Persad and including Insp Nesbitt and Cpl Sankar arrived at the scene and a few hours after the horrific incident, arrested the suspect who is now detained at the Besson Street Police Station.

“What manner of man would do this to another human being, let alone a child and his own child at that? This is the worst that I have seen in all my long years as a policeman,” stated a source who was among the officers who visited the scene yesterday.

Guy told Newsday she saw officers cringe when they discovered and removed a piece of Jinayah’s flesh which was found on the floor of the bedroom. Guy said she has been left traumatised and is now praying for Jinayah to survive.

“Everybody at Smith Place loves Jinayah and although only a few days old, was already nicknamed ‘Red Woman’ and ‘Pinky’ because of her complexion. Neighbours too are in pain over what happened,” Guy said.

When Newsday visited the scene yesterday, several neighbours were gathered looking on as police officers searched for clues at the crime scene.

Henry was at a neighbour’s home being comforted. Though hesitant to speak, Henry said she is praying for her daughter to recover.

Asked to comment about what happened, Henry said all she wants to say is a plea, for members of the public to say a prayer that her daughter would recover.

Checks last night at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex revealed that baby Jinayah’s condition has improved but she will have to face the pain and trauma of plastic surgery if she is to have a normal life.

Police sources last night told Newsday if baby Jinayah survives, once investigations are completed, the man could face a number of criminal charges which could range from attempted murder to several other charges under the Children’s Act Chap 46:01. Investigations are continuing.

Fantasy League / SWN Challenge Cup
« on: July 28, 2012, 10:54:50 AM »
Not taking away from the ASL..I created this competition, so that we can compete against each other individually.  Here is the link http://fantasy.premierleague.com   Code to join this league: 395844-105866 The first 20 people join gets in. Good luck!!

Facebook Backers Plan to Sell Up to $5.5 Billion in Stock
By Sarah Frier - May 3, 2012 9:42 PM PT

Facebook Inc. (FB) investors Accel Partners and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) plan to sell as much as $1.8 billion in shares of the top social network, becoming two of the biggest sellers in the planned initial public offering.

Goldman Sachs is selling 13.2 million shares, worth as much as $461.6 million at the high end of the range outlined yesterday by Menlo Park, California-based Facebook. Accel Partners, an early investor in Facebook, intends to sell as much as $1.3 billion of shares.

Facebook unveiled plans yesterday to raise as much as $11.8 billion in the largest-ever Internet IPO. Executives including Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and backers such as Digital Sky Technologies will sell a total of 157.4 million shares for as much as $35 apiece, according to a regulatory filing. None will unload their entire holding.

“You don’t like to see insiders getting out, and they’re selling a little more than expected,” said Erik Gordon, a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “It certainly shows in some people’s minds that the price is pretty full, because if you really thought that 12 months later the stock would be 50 percent higher, you wouldn’t leave that on the table.”

At the high end of the range, Facebook would be valued at $96 billion, and executive and investor sales would yield $5.5 billion. Existing shareholders paid an average of $1.11 a share for Facebook, the filing shows.
Goldman Sachs Sale

Facebook is offering 180 million shares to raise funds for general corporate purposes.

While Goldman Sachs is one of the IPO underwriters, it failed to win the lead role after scuttling a private sale of Facebook’s stock to U.S. investors last year. Facebook said in January 2011 it raised $1.5 billion from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies, valuing the company at $50 billion. Goldman Sachs, affiliated funds and Digital Sky invested $500 million, while non-U.S. investors in a Goldman Sachs fund bought $1 billion of shares.

Michael DuVally, a spokesman for New York-based Goldman Sachs, declined to comment on the plans to sell Facebook shares. Richard Wong, a partner at Accel Partners, declined to comment.

Zuckerberg will offer 30.2 million of his 533.8 million shares in the sale, bringing him as much as $1.1 billion. The majority of his net proceeds will be used to pay taxes associated with exercising a stock option.
Accel, Digital Sky

Accel, the biggest outside holder, invested $12.2 million in Facebook in 2005 and owns 11.3 percent of Facebook’s Class B shares. At the high end of the proposed IPO price range, Accel’s remaining stake would be valued at about $5.7 billion.

Digital Sky is selling 26.3 million shares to yield as much as $919 million.

Selling may be smart for holders with large stakes who haven’t had a chance to diversify their assets, said Gordon, of the Ross School of Business.

Other selling stockholders include Elevation Partners, Greylock Partners, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) Chief Executive Officer Mark Pincus and LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) Chairman Reid Hoffman. The investors are selling only parts of their Facebook stakes.

Co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and early backer Sean Parker are holding on to their stakes in the IPO, though both may sell a portion if the underwriters exercise their option to buy additional shares. T. Rowe Price Group Inc. will keep its more than 5 percent holding.


I thinking about investing in these stocks, I would like to know some of the forumites opinion on this type of investment.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Spartacus
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:24:01 PM »
Took in episode 1 last night and was not disappointed. I was a bit skeptical knowing that the actor who played Spartacus in the previous Spartacus series died (R.I.P Andy Whitfield) and this new Spartacus was his replacement. He did a good job though.

Spartacus Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdutDDCUQU

Thu Dec 01 06:52pm EST

Sevilla fans paying to have tiny photo of themselves on players’ shirts
By Brooks Peck

Always looking for a new way to squeeze money out of their most loyal supporters, football clubs have found a new racket that could soon become common practice -- letting fans pay to have a tiny picture of themselves worn by the player of their choice.

Taking a cue from the Million Dollar Homepage, Sevilla has become the first top-flight football club to sell small squares within each player's number on the back of their shirts featuring a photo of the buyer for €24.90 ($33.35) each.

The idea of a company called Playing 2, Sevilla fans (or anyone else) can go to its website, select the player they want to wear their mug and the exact spot on the number they want to appear for the entire season.

From Footy-boots.com:

As mentioned, Sevilla are the first team to utilize this money-making scheme and will soon be joined by fellow Spaniards Granada, with the Welsh Rugby Union team set to hand a UK debut to Playing 2 during the Six Nations.

Despite being only a 2 x 2mm picture (yes, that's right, millimetres) Sevilla have reported a positive reaction from fans, commenting "People do seem willing to pay for the chance to be on the back of their idol,"

Clubs will welcome that positive fan reaction, too — as Playing 2 offers a seriously lucrative source of revenue; with 3,142 photos capable of being crammed into a single number, each digit on a player's jersey is potentially worth over 75,000 Euros.

That won't exactly fund the next €50 million transfer, but if your club is in financial trouble, it could help.

As long as fans are willing to pay for this, it seems like a no-brainer for pretty much every club in the world to jump on board. There just better be someone checking these pictures before they get printed onto the players' shirts so no one sneaks a full moon or a rival club's crest on there. Then again, at 2x2mm, no one would notice anyway...

Football / Dutch club VVV-Venlo sign 1-year-old child
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:38:24 AM »
Dutch club VVV-Venlo sign 1-year-old child
By Brooks Peck

YouTube videos have led to a number of footballers getting signed by clubs around the world, but this might be the first time it's worked for an 18-month-old. It's very much a publicity stunt, but the popular YouTube clip of young Baerke van der Meij kicking balls into his toy chest caught the attention of relegation-threatened Dutch top flight club VVV-Venlo and prompted the club to sign him to a 10-year professional contract. Though, it is made clear that the contract is a "symbolic" one.

From the Telegraph:

The toddler joined VVV's star midfielder Ken Leemans during a training session in De Koel Stadium on Tuesday before being offered the "symbolic" contract.

"The toddler's favourite position has not yet been determined. However, we can speak of a right-footed player with a very good kicking technique, perseverance and, importantly: football genes via his grandfather," said a VVV Venlo press release.

Baerke's grandfather used to play for the club and his family still lives in the city of Venlo.

As silly as this whole thing is, VVV-Venlo really did a great job of selling it, even going so far as to have the little boy attend a press conference and sign a contract. Well, scribble on one, anyway. Here are some pictures from the event...

Between the fauxhawk, the runny nose, and the satisfied look on his face, I'd say little Baerke has a bright future ahead of him.

Of course, Arsenal have long been the subject of jokes about signing young players, so we'll have to wait and see how they react to seeing an 18-month-old signed by another club. Someone is probably trying to figure out how to have a fetus sign a contract right now

video of the child kicking some balls into a toy chest  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMwcRlQK9ns

Football / Pulis rejects Redknapp call
« on: April 21, 2011, 01:08:37 PM »
I was excited to see KJ in this final, now I have my doubts about this game. Do you all think Pulis will try to lose this game on purpose?

Here is a fan thoughts on the different scenarios
hmmby says April 21, 2011 5:11pm I think this is absolutely absurd. It doesn't just affect Stoke, City and Spurs. Liverpool come heavily into play here too. If City finish 4th and win the cup. Stoke will get a European place. If City win the cup and finish 5th. Liverpool automatically go through to the Europa league. I guess at the direct expense of Stoke. So this is just stupid. This end of season fixture could result in 2 teams not getting into the 'right' European competitions. If City win the cup and in the final game of the season NEED to win to finish 4th. Obviously Stoke will NEED city to win otherwise they won't get their European place. Of course Pulis will lose the game. Why sacrifice a season of European football for 1 win against City??? And in turn, this will also throw Spurs into the Europa League and dump Liverpool out altogether. Just play the damn cup final at the end of the season where it's SUPPOSED to be played! This is all ridiculous!

Pulis rejects Redknapp call
Potters chief wants fixture to go ahead as planned

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called on the Premier League not to change their rearranged fixture with Manchester City.

The two clubs were due to meet at Eastlands on FA Cup final weekend but their participation in the showpiece has forced a rethink and the game is now set for Tuesday, 17th May - in the final week of the domestic season.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has raised his concerns about the date of the game as he is concerned Stoke could benefit from not winning the match to gain a Europa League berth if they lose the FA Cup final.

However, Pulis has rejected Redknapp's concerns and insists Stoke will do their best whenever the game is played.

"I can see where he (Redknapp) is coming from but whichever team we send out will do their best," insisted Pulis.

"The fixture is there, we are happy with it, Manchester City are happy with it and it has nothing to do with anyone else."

If Stoke were to lose the FA Cup final, they could still qualify for next season's Europa League if City were to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

That would see City make the Champions League and mean they would not need the FA Cup's Europa League place, which would instead go to the Potters.

City are currently fourth, two points ahead of fifth-placed Spurs.

Pulis, though, believes the highly-competitive nature of the Premier League means it is impossible to predict the outcome of a specific game.

"Spurs have played Wigan twice this year, and Wigan have taken four points off them," added Pulis.

"Harry has picked a team on two occasions to win both games. You can never pick a game and say it won't be difficult. We will go out and do our best.

"If they shifted the fixture I would be more annoyed than Harry.

"Whichever team I pick I expect to win

General Discussion / 5 year old boxer
« on: April 13, 2011, 10:08:24 PM »

I know this should be in other sports, but I just thought I put it here, so everyone can see how impressive this child is with his combos. Not everyone visit the other sports thread

Football / Player answers phone while playing football match
« on: April 07, 2011, 05:11:04 PM »

Sorry guys, I don't know how to post the video on here, so can someone do it? I thought it was funny they way he clean up the other player and had himn cussing in german  :rotfl: (I think) either way it was funny to me.

Football / Messi scores twice with one shot
« on: April 01, 2011, 11:18:27 AM »
With 27 goals in 26 La Liga matches this season, it may seem like Lionel Messi has a supernatural ability to score. And that's because he does. Seriously, it's science.

Here he is warming up before Argentina's friendly against the U.S. and displaying that the cosmic field of magnetic energy he creates not only drives the ball he kicks into the net, but any other balls that might be sitting stationary between him and the goal, as well. Was he trying to hit the ball that was sitting in front of the goalkeeper with the one he actually kicked? Pshhht. He doesn't have to try.

After both balls hit the back of the net and even the goalkeeper applauds his little trick, Messi just walks away, because to him that's nothing. Plus, those Legos aren't going to play with themselves.


See the goal in link above!

General Discussion / Dead Birds and fishes being discovered globally
« on: January 05, 2011, 02:49:02 PM »
WTH is goin on?

The bird count in Arkansas is much higher than previously reported. What initially was estimated to be around 1,000 dead birds that fell from the sky on New Year’s Eve has now been upped to 3,000.
The mystery remains as to what could have caused these birds to fall from the sky. Many claim that they birds could have been poisoned. Others suggest that fireworks could have been responsible for the deaths; but now more startling news are coming forward.

The DailyMail is reporting that 100,000 dead fishes washed ashore on the banks of an Arkansas River. The 20-mile stretch was littered with thousands of dead Drum fish.

Disease is said to have killed the fish, but with the recent hoopla of the 3,000 or so dead black birds in the same state, this story has conspiracy theorists’ heads spinning.

To add more to the mystery, a report came out today that around 1,500 endangered and protected ‘Sooty Shearwater’ (Puffinus griseus) birds have been found dead in the coast of Chile.
Near the sectors of Mela & Colmuyao, officials found nearly 1,500 dead birds and are puzzled as to why they have died.

One would think that there might be some ‘Twilight Zone’ type of goings-on in Arkansas and Chile. With the impeding year of 2012 fast approaching, you can’t help but read various chats online about this being a possible precursor to a worldly apocalypse. If one thing is for certain, history does repeat itself. (well that and death & taxes)

Remember the Y2K hysteria?

If one was to look a little bit into the history of these cases, we can quickly come to the realization that these types of things occur on a yearly basis. Most of the times the media doesn’t even catch it. So what’s so special this time around? Just the fact that it occurred right before the new year.

Chile has had reports of thousands of the endangered Shearwater birds mysteriously dying. What was attributed to a possible poisoning by a plant species that was re-introduced, the website ElMostrador.cl reported the death of the birds last year. Almost no one else heard about it.

Just a few days ago, Chilean officials found more of these dead birds and the media was quick to jump on it.

Now, more and more sites are trying desperately to tie these stories together, as if reporting that species of animals are committing suicide throughout the world. Another ‘apocalypse hysteria’ is being spun.
I’ll tell you this much, the day I come home and I find my dog trying to jump out the window of my building is the day that I stock up on ammo and astronaut food.

http://www.ghosttheory.com/2011/01/04/arkansas-chile-dead-birds-fish click here for video

Dead bird riddle shifts to Sweden

Dozens of dead birds have been found lying in a residential street in Sweden, days after thousands of birds fell from the sky in the US.

Police in the town of Falkoeping have told Swedish media between 50 and 100 jackdaws had died.

Some are said to have been hit by cars but others have no visible injuries.

Parallels have been drawn with the mysterious death of about 3,000 red-winged blackbirds in the US state of Arkansas on New Year's Eve.

That was followed by a similar incident this week in Louisiana, where around 500 birds were discovered dead in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is awaiting test results to find the cause of the deaths of the blackbirds which died on New Year's Eve, as well as the deaths of 80,000 to 100,000 fish found floating in the Arkansas River about 160 kilometres away.


Football / Football team kneels during game in protest for not being paid
« on: January 05, 2011, 12:03:01 PM »
Like too many other clubs, financial troubles plague Spanish third-division side Pontevedra. The club's players haven't been paid in five months, so during a match against Lugo, they decided to draw attention to their plight by kneeling down and refusing to play for the first minute of the match. Clearly feeling a bit awkward about the situation, Lugo just passed the ball around among themselves until their opponents decided to get up and play. And then they beat Pontevedra 3-2.

[Related: Scholarship athletes still pay for school]

Prior to the match, Pontevedra wore shirts that read "Solutions now!" in reference to their lack of pay. Of course, none of this will actually help their club pay them any sooner, but it certainly made for an unusual scene and didn't cause the club any more problems that a full-blown strike would produce. Then again, that loss probably didn't help the cause much, either.

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/Spanish-squad-kneels-during-match-to-protest-not?urn=sow-303382  Click here to see the video

Football / Goal keeper substitute himself Funny stuff!!
« on: September 27, 2010, 08:07:18 PM »
It is often said of goalkeepers that they have nothing to lose in a penalty shoot-out. Tell that to Khalid El Askri.
The Moroccan was between the sticks for FAR Rabat who were in action at MAS Fes in the last 16 of the Moroccan Coupe du Trone.

The game finished 1-1 and, after 30 minutes of extra time, it went down to penalties.
Goalkeeping's most premature celebration

In the penalty shoot-out, El Askri stepped up to make a critical early save from Fes man Driss Belaamri.

So happy was the stopper that he started beating his chest and, celebrating with his fans, kissing the club badge. The crowd, however, could see what El Askri had missed.

The ball, laden with spin after being blocked, was edging lazily back to the goal. As it rolled over the line, Belaamri - who kept his eyes on the ball throughout - celebrated scoring the world's luckiest penalty.

And for El Askri and Rabat, who are the most successful side in the Moroccan cup's history, there was no reprieve - Fes won the shoot-out 7-6 to advance to the quarter-finals.
Calamity keeper Khaled Askri (FAR Rabat) suffers another embarrassment before substituting himself

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A couple of weeks back we brought you footage of arguably the most bizarre penalty ever scored.
The footage came from the Moroccan cup match between FAR Rabat and MAS Fes and became one of the biggest viral videos of the year. A 1-1 draw between the two sides saw the game head to the dreaded penalty kicks, where Khalid Askri achieved worldwide notoriety for one of the worst goalkeeper blunders you will ever see. (Watch here.)

Well, he's now gone and done it again.

Playing against KAC Kenitra on Saturday in the Moroccan league, the FAR keeper made a shocking error on the edge of his box. Instead of catching a chested pass back from his centre-half Askri opted to try to take on KAC centre-forward Hicham El Aroui.

Obviously, it all went terribly wrong and El Aroui managed to tackle Askri and score what turned out to be the only goal of the contest.

Down in the dumps, Askri then reacted badly to his own error. He immediately ripped off his jersey, headed for the tunnel and decided to sub himself as he clearly couldn't deal with continuing in the limelight anymore.

Khaled Askri's second horror mistake of the season can be seen below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R--6xhAMWXQ   First blunder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KepA2iFVNUQ   Second blunder, he could not take it anymore lol :rotfl: :rotfl:

Football / Bramble released on bail
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:25:03 AM »
Bramble released on bail
Brothers to answer bail on December 2

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been released on bail following his arrest on suspicion of rape.

The former England U21 international was detained along with his brother Tesfaye after the alleged rape of a young woman at a Newcastle city centre hotel was reported to police in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

And Northumbria Police have now confirmed that both men have been bailed pending further inquiries and will answer bail on 2nd December.

Bramble was signed by Sunderland manager Steve Bruce from Wigan for a fee in the region of £1million in the summer.

Following the arrest, Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn said the club will offer their full support to the defender.

Brother Tesfaye, who has played international football for Montserrat, a British island in the Caribbean, is a striker for Eastern Counties League Premier Division club Leiston, in Suffolk.

This might not be much news, but the circus was by me recently and I took the fam to see it. They had people from all over the world doing there lil tricks and entertaining us. Somewhere aroung the middle of the show they introduce a young looking fellar that could walk on broken glass and on fire, they say he was from the exotic caribbean island of Trinidad. I was glad to see that. If I was he I woulda make a tackle behing some of those flexible asian chics...LARD!!! The gual and them could bend in any form yuh want them in.  It was a nice experience. Highly recommend them if they are ever in your area.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUMHfx1nf9M   Here is a clip from the same show I was at, I can't find the Trini, but the asian ladies on this one ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5QIQIZfDoU  This was my favourite act. This is rell belly to do.

Fantasy League / 2010/2011 SW/WN Europa Cup
« on: August 09, 2010, 08:34:21 PM »
It's a new season, and there are new challenges.

Go to http://fantasy.premierleague.com/
To join enter this code in the private league section.  1151716-242186

Football / Manchester United vs Bayern Munich CL Both Legs
« on: March 27, 2010, 01:58:27 PM »
United welcome Bayern test
Red Devils claim no fear of German nemesis double-header

Manchester United club secretary Ken Ramsden insists the Red Devils are delighted with Friday's UEFA Champions League draw which has seen them pitted against Bayern Munich.

All eyes were on Nyon as the route to the European Cup final was decided and the draw failed to disappoint as the English involvement in this year's competition delivered a couple of crackers.

Arsenal take on Barcelona in a repeat of the 2006 final, while United square off against Bayern, who were conquered by the Red Devils in the 1999 showpiece.

United may have landed Europe's top honour over the Bundesliga outfit a decade ago, thanks to late goals form Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham, but the German super-powers boast a formidable record against the English champions.

"Of all the opponents we could have drawn they have the best record against us," admitted Ramsden, whose side's win over four-time winners Bayern was their only success in seven meetings.

"But we won the most important one so we're not frightened of them and no more than they would be frightened of us.

"They're a special club, we met them in pre-season and they are a most hospitable and efficient club and we enjoyed working with them and we're looking forward to two very good games."

Ramsden admitted United, who lost last year's final to Barcelona, were glad to avoid the Catalan giants with a semi-final date against a team from France with Liege 1 duo Lyon and Bordeaux pitted against each other.

But the Red Devils secretary insists Sir Alex Ferguson will not be plotting a potential route to the final for a fourth European crown in the Santiago Bernabeu showpiece just yet.

No complacency
He added of Ferguson's mindset: "I don't think he plans this far ahead but if we chose the draw this would be a good draw but the games are there to be won and we are a long way from the final yet so there will be no complacency at Old Trafford.

The draw could also come as a timely boost for United midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who played 45 minutes for the reserves on Thursday.

And Ramsden believes the former Bayern performer, who is looking to return to first team action after an 18 month lay-off through tendinitis in both knees, will be keen to return to his former club regardless of his fitness.

"I'm sure he will want to be in Munich whether he's playing or not," he added.

Football / Man.United VS Aston Villa Carling Cup Final 28 Feb 10
« on: February 26, 2010, 01:17:50 PM »
Carling Cup final preview
Petrov worry for Villa, United without Ferdinand and Anderson

Martin O'Neill is searching for his first major honour as Aston Villa manager as his side aim to stop Manchester United from retaining the Carling Cup at Wembley on Sunday.

United have never retained a cup competition and O'Neill will be hoping to draw inspiration from that statistic as he aims to win his third League Cup as a manager.

The former Celtic boss has pedigree in this competition, having lifted two trophies with Leicester and he is keen to earn Villa their first cup win since their League Cup triumph over Leeds in 1996.

"This is a fantastic challenge," O'Neill said.

"I am well aware of the history of this football club. Trying to restore it to its days of former glory seems a long way away, but why not try?

"It is nearly 25 years since they won the European Cup but that is the dream."

Before their 1996 victory, Villa last lifted a trophy with a 3-1 demolition of United in 1994, but since then United have dominated contests between the two sides, with Villa only winning twice against Sir Alex Ferguson's men in 37 attempts.

This season has seen a shift in power though as Villa beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford before holding the reigning Premier League champions to a 1-1 draw at home.

Ferguson fielded a youthful side for the first three rounds of the competition, but quickly changed his selection policy when facing Manchester City at the semi-final stage.

Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Darren Fletcher all featured in that tie and Ferguson looks set to continue with a more experienced side against Villa.

With Rooney missing out on last year's showpiece through illness, United's top scorer will be keen to make amends.

The former Everton trainee is being touted as a successor to Cristiano Ronaldo as PFA Player of the Year, and Villa will be have to be wary of the 27-goal striker adding to his tally on Sunday.

Aston Villa news
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is winning his battle to be fit after the Bulgarian resumed training after a virus forced him to miss the midweek FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Villa boss O'Neill appears to have no major fresh injury worries, and goalkeeper Brad Friedel, central defender James Collins and striker Emile Heskey will come into contention after being rested for the Palace match.

Reserve goalkeeper Brad Guzan has played in all of Villa's previous matches in the competition this season but has looked uncertain in recent games and O'Neill is likely to choose the experienced Friedel ahead of him.

Man Utd news
Holders United will be without centre-half Rio Ferdinand, who has suffered a recurrence of a back injury that has troubled him throughout the season.

Ferdinand withdrew from United's team for the home clash against West Ham in midweek and will also miss England's friendly with Egypt on Wednesday.

Ferguson will also be without Anderson after the midfielder suffered knee ligament damage in the 3-0 win against the Hammers. The Brazilian midfielder was taken off in the first half and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs will miss out on the chance to win his third League Cup winner's medal as he is still recovering from a broken arm and Nani is serving the last game of his three-match suspension.

Possible starting Xls:
Aston Villa: Friedel, Warnock, Collins, Dunne, Cuellar, Petrov, Milner, Downing, A.Young, Agbonlahor, Heskey.

Man Utd: Foster, Neville, Vidic, Brown, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Scholes, Park, Valencia, Rooney.

General Discussion / 8 year old trying to thief
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:55:38 AM »
My mom call me from Bago this morning to tell me, that after 2 this morning meh Stepfather caught a 8 year old trying to thief my 2 year old nephew car....is those kind that you could sit in and drive. Apparently it was to heavy for him not to make noise, he was making rell noise which alerted meh Stepfather who turn on the outside light..... The lil boy pretended to knock on the front door at that time and he story was he mother send him to look for his father who sleeping with a next woman :rotfl: :rotfl: I not sure what meh Step did before he took him to the station ;) but I know if it was me I woulda cutt he arse first then take him. The youth had to jump the front gate to gain access to the toy car, he practising already. Watless parents these youths have now a days ehhh...

Football / Pompey ask to sell players outside of the Transfer windows
« on: February 18, 2010, 02:25:32 PM »
Pompey ask to sell players
Ailing club keen to do business outside transfer window

Portsmouth have asked the Premier League for permission to sell players outside the transfer window.

Pompey's crippling financial problems have been well documented this season and they handed over a statement of their affairs to the High Court on Wednesday.

Having survived a winding-up order last week, the South Coast club will return to court on 1st March to learn their fate.

At the original hearing the court heard that Portsmouth owed more than £11.5million in unpaid taxes with representatives from HMRC informing the court that Pompey are insolvent.

Cash in
As well as looking for a new owner, Portsmouth have now contacted the Premier League about the possibility of selling players outside the transfer window, which closed on February 1st.

They would like to cash in on some of their stars immediately and not wait until the summer in an effort to pay their bills.

A club spokesman said: "I can confirm we have put in a request to the Premier League to sell players outside the transfer window. It is something we are exploring."

Reports suggest Portsmouth would try to sell Algerian international Nadir Belhadj, midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and defender Marc Wilson.

Such an unprecedented idea would have to be approved by both the Premier League and Fifa.

Fifa later received correspondence from the Football Association about Portsmouth's request and are expected to make an announcement within the next 24 hours.

I also read some of the post on this topic, and there are people saying that they should get rid of the transfer windows. What do you all think? I personally feel that would be stupid and it would have a transfer  speculation happening everyday. Correct me if I am wrong, but don't the NFL have some kinda thing like that, where players are actually traded or sold during the season?

General Discussion / Jailbreaking Iphone/Ipod/Ipad
« on: February 18, 2010, 12:57:52 PM »
I know rell people back home doing it.... I still tryna figure out how to get Cydia and installous on my phone.
I upgraded my Iphone to 3.1.3 yesterday and I hope I did not mess up by doing that, because I am hearing that you can't jailbreak this firmware....atleast not yet.



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