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West Indies have made 310/6 in their allotted 50 overs, due in no small part to an astonishing assault by Andre Russell in the last 5 overs. The final five overs yielded 80 runs.

310/6 would have been a formidable total in world cups gone by; however, given the listless bowling performances of late and the rule structure of the modern game, a score of 310 feels like the equivalent of a score of 260 in world cups circa 1992 and beyond.

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Hello All,

I thought I would start up a thread for this 2015 World Cup Group B encounter.

Ireland won the toss and have put the West Indies in to bat.

West Indies are currently 39/2 in the 10th over.


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When it rains, it pours....

http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/story/700733.html

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ICC suspends Shillingford for illegal bowling action


ESPNcricinfo staff

December 16, 2013

The ICC has suspended Shane Shillingford, the West Indies offspinner, from bowling in international cricket after his action was found illegal. His team-mate Marlon Samuels, who is a part-time offspinner, has been prohibited from bowling quicker deliveries in international cricket.

The pair were reported for suspect action on November 16, during the second Test against India in Mumbai. They underwent biomechanical analysis in Perth on November 29, before the start of the series against New Zealand.

Shillingford has taken six wickets at 42.66 in the first two Tests against New Zealand but will now not be available for the final match in Hamilton which starts on Thursday. Samuels has not bowled in the current series.

An ICC statement said that an independent biomechanical analysis had revealed that for both Shillingford's standard off-break delivery and his doosra, the amount of elbow extension in his bowling action exceeded the 15 degrees' level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations. Shillingford will remain suspended until he submits a fresh analysis that proves his action has been corrected.

Earlier this week, when asked about the pending report, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was confident Shillingford would be cleared. "There are a few people around the world bowling with similar, if not worse actions, so I expect him to be cleared for sure."

Meanwhile, the analysis on Samuels' action revealed that the spinner's standard off-break delivery was legal but the quicker delivery exceeded the prescribed levels of tolerance.

If Samuels is reported for a suspect action in the next two years, the ICC will take note of it as a second report and the player will have to undergo a biomechanical analysis. If the analysis concludes that Samuels has an illegal action for any delivery, he will be banned from bowling in international cricket for a minimum period 12 months.

Shillingford had earlier been suspended from bowling in international cricket in December 2010, a month after being reported for a suspect bowling action on West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka. He underwent remedial action on his bowling and was cleared by the ICC in June 2011.

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A drunk pig fighting a cow; this has to be a satirical report. However, it is in the UK guardian, so I'm not sure...

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Drunk and boarish: swigging pig hogs 18 beers at campsite

Campers told to lock up food and drink after feral pig goes on bender in Western Australia and ends up in altercation with cow

Oliver Milman   

Monday 9 September 2013 03.40 EDT   

A rampage by a feral pig that consumed 18 beers has prompted warnings for people at campsites to properly secure their food and alcohol.

The pig struck at the DeGrey River rest area, east of the remote Western Australian town of Port Hedland in the Pilbara, according to the ABC.

The animal was seen stealing three six-packs of beer from campers before ransacking rubbish bags for food.

One camper reported seeing the pig guzzling the beer before getting involved in an altercation with a cow.

"In the middle of the night these people camping opposite us heard a noise, so they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, scrunching away at their cans," said the visitor, who estimated that the pig had consumed 18 beers.

"Then he went and raided all the rubbish bags. There were some other people camped right on the river and they saw him being chased around their vehicle by a cow."

The pig was reportedly last seen resting under a tree, possibly nursing a hangover.

Feral pigs are considered an invasive pest in many parts of Australia owing to the diseases they carry, which can infect livestock. They also damage crops and compete with native species for food.

Several state government advise people to report sightings of feral pigs so they can be removed. The feeding of the animals is also discouraged.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/09/swigging-pig-hogs-18-beers

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I know I am late, but I thought this story from Sunday's New York Times was worth posting here:


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/world/africa/in-sudan-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-kingdoms.html?_r=0

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Football / Local Interest in The Caribbean Cup Tournament
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:56:01 AM »
For the local based Trinbagonians, is there any sort of buzz around the current Caribbean Cup tournament? Do people seem to care?

Thank you for considering this question.

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Football / South African Football On ESPN 3
« on: December 08, 2012, 07:46:44 AM »
For those who are interested, the Kaiser Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates are playing on ESPN 3.

Here is the link for those who are able to access it:

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/source/espn3/id/746673/size/condensed/

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General Discussion / One of the Craziest Things I Have Read For a Long Time
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:53:57 PM »
I have to say I admire Mr. Sugiyama's testicular fortitude to try something like this.....

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Mao Sugiyama, Who Cooked And Served Own Genitals, Faces Indecent Exposure Charge (NSFW PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted: 09/19/2012 2:19 pm Updated: 09/19/2012 2:19 pm


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Mao Sugiyama shows off the spread that will eventually include cooked genitalia
 

The artist who cooked and served genitals to a paying group of cannibalistic diners could now face two years in prison.

Mao Sugiyama, of Tokyo, has been charged with indecent exposure more than two months after the headline-grabbing meal, which five patrons shelled out $250 to consume, according to News On Japan.

WARNING: Graphic descriptions below.

The 23-year-old self-described "asexual" and three other people who helped organize the event face charges, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Before turning 22, Sugiyama underwent elective genital-removal surgery. The severed penis, testicles, and scrotal skin were divided up and garnished with button mushrooms and Italian parsley.

An MPD spokeswoman told AFP that the four suspects conspired to "openly display the severed male genitals to the assembled 71 guests" at a music club on May 13.

Sugiyama made sure to follow all laws, including a ban on organ sales, processing of medical waste and food sanitation requirements, according to comments cited by AFP from the artist.

Sugiyama also said the dinner was designed to raise awareness about "sexual minorities, x-gender, asexual people."

The Japan Daily Press reports that, if convicted of indecent exposure, Sugiyama could face up to two years in jail and a fine of roughly $32,000.

Indecent exposure in Japan is described as displaying obscene objects, according to the Japan Daily Press. The paper seems to hint that the charge is a bit absurd considering people attending the event likely knew what they were in for.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/mao-sugiyama-indecent-exposure_n_1897449.html

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Cricket Anyone / South Africa Defy Australia for an Exhilarating Draw
« on: November 26, 2012, 01:27:07 AM »
I know my body is going to pay for it in the morning, but I have just watched one of the final days of a test match matches for a long time. South Africa were 45/4 when Faf Deplessis came to the wicket. The debutant batted for four sessions and made a very resolute 110*. It was thrilling all the way to the end as a late Peter Siddle surge kept Australia in the hunt for victory. However, Deplessis held firm along with South Africa's taileners and ultimately denied Australia.

This is proof that test cricket is still the ultimate form of the sport.

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Debutant du Plessis stars in thrilling draw

 The Report by Brydon Coverdale

November 26, 2012

South Africa 388 and 8 for 248 (du Plessis 110*, Siddle 4-65, Lyon 3-49) drew with Australia 550 and 8 for 267 dec
 
Faf du Plessis became the fourth South African to score a century on Test debut © Getty Images

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Report : Bowlers keep Australia in control

Faf du Plessis would not have been playing in this Test were it not for JP Duminy hurting his Achilles tendon at the Gabba. And just as Duminy did on debut in Perth four years ago, du Plessis has grabbed his first chance at Test cricket to provide a remarkable result for the South Africans. At the WACA it was a near-record chase of 414 for victory; this time South Africa's challenge was to bat for four and a half sessions on a wearing Adelaide Oval pitch to salvage a draw. Thanks to du Plessis, they did so. Thanks to du Plessis, the scoreline remains at 0-0 heading into the decider in Perth, despite Australia having the best of the first two Tests.
 
In a match that came down to the final over, the Australians fell two wickets short. Peter Siddle was so exhausted that he could barely stand up but he fought on to bowl the last over, having barely ten minutes earlier bowled Rory Kleinveldt with an inswinging yorker. But in the end, Morne Morkel survived and was on 8 when the draw was confirmed, with du Plessis at the non-striker's end on 110.
 

Faf du Plessis went to tea on the verge of becoming the fourth South African to score a century on Test debut but more importantly he had also given his side a strong chance of avoiding defeat as Australia's bowlers toiled for little reward. Australia began the morning needing six wickets for victory and by tea they had claimed only one of those as du Plessis combined with AB de Villiers and then Jacques Kallis to frustrate the hosts.
 
At tea, South Africa were 5 for 212, although the score was of little relevance, as they had on the fourth evening given up hope of aiming for their hefty target of 430. The most notable aspect of the scoreline was that du Plessis was unbeaten on 94, to add to his 78 from the first innings, and he was hoping to join Andrew Hudson, Jacques Rudolph and Alviro Petersen on the short list of South Africans to have made a hundred on Test debut.
 
The Australians could have had du Plessis in the final over before the break, when the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was standing up to the stumps to Ben Hilfenhaus and couldn't grasp a thin outside edge. A wicket would have given Australia reason for hope at the interval, with only South Africa's bowlers still to bat, but instead they were to begin the final session still needing to remove a specialist batsman, with Kallis also at the crease on 38.
 
South Africa had added 86 in the second session, with du Plessis and Kallis more inclined to look for runs than de Villiers, who was the only man to lose his wicket. He was bowled by Peter Siddle for a laborious 33 from 220 deliveries, an innings that did not include a boundary and was second only to Chris Tavare's effort at Madras in 1982 in terms of the lowest strike-rate for an innings of at least 30 runs in Test history.
 
Although de Villiers was happy defending, that was all South Africa really needed, and he and du Plessis added 89 for the fifth wicket at a run-rate of just 1.3 per over. Du Plessis still played his shots, though, and worked the ball through gaps all around the ground, striking 13 boundaries, while Kallis, still hampered by his hamstring injury, struck five fours.
 
There had been a number of close calls before lunch, including two lbw decisions in which Billy Bowden sent du Plessis on his way off the bowling of Michael Clarke, only to have both overturned on review. On 33, du Plessis thrust his pad out and offered no shot to a Clarke delivery that turned and would have hit the stumps, but the replays showed that the angle - Clarke was bowling over the wicket - meant the ball had pitched just a fraction outside leg stump.
 
Du Plessis was much more confident in asking for a review of the second decision, which involved Clarke coming around the wicket and darting a fullish delivery in towards the off stump. Du Plessis jammed the bat down on the ball and Bowden appeared to have been convinced by hearing two noises, but replays showed the ball had touched bat only, not pad or foot, and du Plessis, on 37, was reprieved again.
 
The Australians also used up their final review shortly before lunch when du Plessis, on 49, offered no shot to a Nathan Lyon delivery that pitched and struck him outside the line of off stump but was turning enough to interest Clarke. However, Eagle Eye suggested the ball would have bounced over the top of the stumps, and Clarke was left to consider how he would find six wickets in two sessions with no further reviews available.
 
Clarke and Lyon had created plenty of pressure bowling in tandem with men all around the bat, but du Plessis and de Villiers were up to the challenge. The absence of James Pattinson began to impact the Australians as Clarke had to be careful of asking too much of Hilfenhaus and Siddle, and by tea the Australians had to work out a strategy for getting five wickets when only one had arrived for the rest of the day.
 
Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/content/current/story/593187.html

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This is the decider in a very close and contentious race. Will there be a statement tonight that is uttered by any of the candidates that may prove decisive? Please use this space to weigh in on the latest edition of the quadrennial event (or charade, depending on one's philosophical bent) that is the United States General Election.

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Presidential Debate Round 2.

Please post any reactions and thoughts in this space.

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General Discussion / Vice-Presidential Debate: Ryan vs Biden-10/11/12
« on: October 11, 2012, 07:02:23 PM »
I have created this thread for those who may be interested in weighing in with their thoughts and assessments of the respective candidates' representation of their party's position on pressing issues ahead of next month's election.

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The heated rhetoric increases between Israel and Iran. This is very troubling. I hope that common sense prevails and the the temperature is dialed down many notches:

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Israel's existence 'insult to all humanity'

Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity," Iran's president said on Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the country while Israeli leaders openly debate whether to attack Iran over its nuclear programme.
 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort to "protect the dignity of all human beings".
 
"The existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity," Ahmadinejad said. He was addressing worshippers at Tehran University after nationwide pro-Palestinian rallies, an annual event marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
 
Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its nuclear and missile programs, support for radical anti-Israel groups on its borders and repeated references by Iranian leaders to Israel's destruction. Ahmadinejad himself has repeatedly made such calls, as has Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
 
Iran has denied allegations that it is seeking to build nuclear weapons, saying its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at producing electricity and radioisotopes used to treat cancer patients.
 
Israel has been carrying on an increasingly public debate about whether to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. Israel's official position is to favor diplomatic and economic measures to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment programme, but Israel insists that Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. Israeli leaders say "all options are on the table," a clear reference to a military strike, if they determine that other measures have failed.
 
Iran has warned it would hit back at Israel if it is attacked, also threatening to strike at American interests in the region.
 
Ahmadinejad called Israel "a corrupt, anti-human organized minority group standing up to all divine values".
 
"Today, confronting the existence of the fabricated Zionist regime is in fact protecting the rights and dignity of all human beings," said Ahmadinejad, with a black and white scarf many Palestinians wear around his neck.
 
Demonstrators in Tehran set U.S. and Israeli flags on fire and chanted "Death to the US" and "Death to Israel" during their pro-Palestinian rally.
 
Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies for decades. Khamenei has called Israel a "cancerous tumor" that must be wiped out.
 
Tensions between Iran and Israel have intensified since 2005, when Ahmadinejad said in a speech that Israel will one day be "wiped off the map." The Iranian president has also described the Holocaust, when 6 million Jews were killed by German Nazis and their collaborators during World War II, as a "myth".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9483030/Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-Israels-existence-insult-to-all-humanity.html

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I just heard the news from a partner who was in that mall with his family. I am still shaken up. Praise to the Almighty that they are okay..

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One dead, seven injured in shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre

Diana Mehta and Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press  Jun 2, 2012 – 8:11 PM ET | Last Updated: Jun 2, 2012 9:36 PM ET

John Chidley-Hill/The Canadian Press

Dozens of police cars set up outside the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Shots were fired at Toronto's downtown Eaton's Centre Saturday evening and at least two people were taken out on stretchers, local media outlets were reporting.

TORONTO — A shooting that sparked mass panic at Toronto’s Eaton Centre killed one person Saturday and injured seven others.
 
Police had few details to share about the incident that took place just before 6:30 p.m. in the mall’s newly renovated food court, but were able to confirm the shooter still remained at large.
 
“At this time we do not have the shooter,” said Const. Victor Kwong. “We have eight victims of varying severities, one of which was pronounced dead on the scene.”
 
Of the surviving seven victims, Kwong said two were in critical condition and one had life-threatening injuries.
 
Some of the other victims were injured not by the gun shots, but as a result of the mass exodus that took place as the mall was evacuated, Kwong said.
 
Police are now going through video surveillance and cross referencing witness statements as they try to pull together a clear picture of the shooting and the person who was holding the gun.
 
Marcus Neves-Polonio, 19, was working in the food court when he saw a man pull out a gun and start firing.
 
Victor Biro/The Canadian Press

Police set up a perimeter outside the Eaton Centre in Toronto on Saturday, June 2 after shots were fired in the mall's food court.
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“It was unbelievable … It was out of the blue,” he said as he stood outside the centre. “As soon as I heard the gunshots, I ducked under the table.”
 
Erica Solmes, who manages the McDonald’s in the mall’s foodcourt, didn’t see the shooter, but witnessed the chaos he triggered.
 
“There was probably 15 bullet shots and then a whole stampede of people,” she said.
 
Shoppers who were already in stores were herded to the back as businesses went into lockout. The majority of those walking through the mall, however, made a mad dash for the first available exit.
 
“All of a sudden a herd of people were just running toward us, a massive crowd of people screaming, running, freaking out,” said Hannah Stewart, 21, who was shopping in the mall at the time. “We saw this girl, sitting on the ground, and she had blood on her toes.”
 
That girl appeared to have been one of the victims and told Stewart she had just been shot.
 
At that point, police poured into the centre and began herding people outside.
 
“All these cops came running up and they started screaming at us to back off,” Stewart said. “They were screaming at us to run and get out.”
 
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was also in the mall when the shooting took place and was one of the first to take to Twitter to break the news.
 
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Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eaton center mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall ... Through traffic ...

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People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were ... Wow wow wow

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The area around what’s called the largest shopping mall in the downtown core was quickly blocked off after the shooting and centre itself was evacuated and closed down.
 
There were at least a dozen police cars at one corner of the Eaton’s Centre and at least five ambulances were heading to the scene. Yellow police tape marked a perimeter outside the centre, shutting off portions of some downtown streets.
 
A portion of the Yonge subway line, which services the mall, was also temporarily shut down.

Victor Biro/The Canadian Press

A couple hug as a police officer questions a man outside the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto after a shooting in the food court on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
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Police spent much of Saturday evening trying to clear out thousands of people who were milling around outside the centre, mostly trying to figure out what happened.
 
It’s not the first time the area has seen gunfire.
 
In 2005, a 15-year-old woman was killed and six others were wounded on Boxing Day, 2005 when shots rang out just north of the shopping centre.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/02/two-people-taken-out-on-stretchers-after-shots-fired-at-torontos-eaton-centre-report/

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http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2012-05-25/test-cricket-not-little-boys

Test cricket not for little boys

Friday, May 25, 2012

Brian Lara

There is a lot to feel satisfied about following the first Test match at Lord’s where England defeated the West Indies by five wickets. The match went into the fifth day and no one can fault the West Indies captain Darren Sammy for thinking he had a realistic chance of causing the biggest upset in world cricket for 2012. The rearguard action from our number five batsman to number eight, Chanders to Dinesh Ramdin was a joy to watch. To see the England captain, Andrew Strauss, look worried and at times not sure of his next move, made a lot of West Indians at the venue proud. The television cameras focused on a lone West Indian in the midst of the English fans standing, long arms outstretched, clapping Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul as they left the field after batting through the first session on the fourth morning.
 
Both batsmen deserved a century but I felt it more for Chanders, after he missed out in the first innings with his unbeaten 87. I also believe he deserves an apology from me after trying to force his hand to bat a little higher. Maybe he is just trying to say that cricket at this level is not for little boys and if you’re good enough to be selected and make a decent living, then you should step up and be counted. The ability of a team’s middle and lower order batsmen to repair a bad situation and put their team in a respectable position or even tilt the game back in their favour, is characteristic of past teams that have been at the top of world cricket. If we look back at West Indies, Australia, South Africa and England who have dominated the last four decades of Test cricket, we would realise how very strong and successful that part of their batting line-up was.  If we examine our team of the eighties and look at numbers five to eight, the names included Logie, Gomes, Lloyd, Dujon and the late Malcolm Marshall. Check the records and you will find out the alarming number of times our great teams were under pressure and needed the middle and lower order to come good. More often than not, they did.
 
One problem with this team is that almost every innings, this onerous task is left to Chanders and the others behind him. Looking back at the series against Australia and the Lord’s test, it has been a daunting task for that half of the batting. But is this self-inflicted? I have no doubt it is. Our number one to four batsmen in the opening match have 45 tests between them, while five to eight have played 247 - that’s 202 more matches. So on sheer experience, we can see where the imbalance starts, and unfortunately for us, does not end. Another major problem is our inability to handle the second new ball with the exception of Chanders. As a former captain, it is one of the things you think about. Can we get five or six wickets before the second new ball? And when it is taken, can we finish off the lower order?
 
Unfortunately, I’m back in the Caribbean and unable to give an opinion on the pitch at Trent Bridge, but I can safely say that more runs will be scored than at Lords. I still believe that bowling first is our best option since it allows us to have a better understanding of how to approach the rest of the match.
 
A big score will leave us with the understanding that we have to occupy the crease for as long as possible, since the objective then should be to ensure we cannot lose. I have no problem with this approach since we cannot expect the West Indies to move from losing test matches in three and four days, to reversing their fortunes to the extent that they can beat the number one team in the world. It simply will not happen. Our priority must to get the game to the final day and get out of the habit of  losing in three and four days. Then we can refocus.  It’s a tribute to this very inexperienced team that they succeeded in giving England a fright and taking the game to the last day. But they must understand that this is going to strengthen their host for the rest of the series. I am sure that Strauss and company understand that the West Indies revolves around Chanders with the bat, and Roach with the ball. You can be sure they will be looking to work on the inexperience of the rest of the team. That will be their approach for the rest of the series. If we come out of this series by drawing the next two matches, I think we should be proud of this group of youthful, talented players.
 
It would signal to us that something positive is happening. And that would be a bonus for our cricket.

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General Discussion / Man Sues BMW for Causing His Erectile Problems
« on: May 01, 2012, 06:16:41 AM »
I wonder how this court case would go...

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Man sues BMW, alleging motorcycle seat gave him two-year erection

Commercials for erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis end with a warning that an individual should contact their doctor if they have an erection that lasts for more than four hours.
 
After 20 months, Henry Wolf decided to contact a lawyer instead, claiming that the seat on his BMW motorcycle gave him an erection lasting nearly two years. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wolf filed a lawsuit against BMW North American and Corbin-Pacific claiming that the "ridged seat" on his 1993 motorcycle left him with mental and emotional anguish after allegedly causing an extreme case of priapism, also known as a long-lasting erection.
 
Wolf "has been experiencing continuing problems since his motorcycle ride," attorney Vernon Bradley of Sausalito wrote in the lawsuit, which was filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco last Thursday. "He is now unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish."
 
Bradley said the alleged case of priapism began after Wolf took a four-hour ride on his motorcycle.
 
As those erectile dysfunction commercials so regularly note, priapism can technically be onset after just four hours and is generally considered an emergency medical condition. The condition is named after the Greek fertility god Priapus, who is commonly depicted as having an unusually large erection.
 
According to USA Today, Wolf is seeking monetary damages for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress and "general damage."
 


The All About Bikes blog notes that there have been several instances alleging erectile dysfunction as a result of narrow motorcycle seats but that this appears to be the first case where a medical condition with the exact opposite effect has been alleged.
 
Florida radio station WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with Michigan Institute of Urology's Dr. Michael Luts who said there is "no medical data" to support Wolf's claim, again citing the evidence that riding a motorcycle for an extended period of time typically works against the body's ability to achieve sexual arousal.
 
"It's been long-known that compression of the neurovascular supply to the penis - if it's compressed for a period of time, whether it be on a bicycle seat or some other device - it can actually cause prolonged numbness of the genitalia," Lutz told the station.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/man-sues-bmw-alleging-motorcycle-seat-gave-him-010902532.html?fb_action_ids=398968220126660%2C398967306793418%2C398957100127772%2C398956373461178%2C447878791892868&fb_action_types=news.reads&fb_ref=type%3Aread%2Cuser%3ACeSw3Dc_eaNJrQjQz6gQVD9vRFY%2Ctype%3Aread%2Cuser%3ACszg6QMJr644KiKJHz4nW1kZjRI&fb_source=other_multiline&code=AQCT7H9uyOTbQgsy7H_cDT8CIwlU4ITzyWjicKdou9KooEBj2ntdbLBdTdK2avr9cnnB0hsgLGa7z8kk3D1f3uXZWZK40lP62cIBda6_4upG9604PTZQ8QPOWD-AqvtqfXd9hUOLvlfmTy5stDtstH1gdEghAyeGTOdJVgOLd9ARvEf1oLO1GjZWQ8vM0J9in2A#_=_

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I just checked the score on cricinfo. West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first. Right now, the Windies are 60/1 at lunch, with Kirk Edwards (11*) and Kraigg Braithwaite(24*) being the not out batsmen.


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General Discussion / Fifty years later, the US Embargo on Cuba Persists
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:52:55 PM »
Well, I didn't realize that today is the fiftieth anniversary of the embargo on Cuba. Castro was a young man in his thirties then and President Kennedy made the decision to impose the embargo on Cuba fifty years ago today.
 
As the press release in the link below reads, the embargo is likely to continue for many more years to come.

http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/press_display.asp?id=2196

What does the board think? Is the embargo on Cuba still justified and/or even effective?

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My condolences to the family on the loss of their loved one.

I have to thankful to the Almighty nothing went wrong when I had my wisdom teeth pulled.

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Parents Sue After Teen Dies During Wisdom Tooth Surgery

    Parents Sue After Teen Dies During Wisdom Tooth Surgery (ABC News)

The parents of a Maryland teen who died earlier this year during wisdom tooth surgery have sued the oral surgeon and the anesthetist for medical malpractice.

Jenny Olenick, a 17-year-old junior at Marriotts Ridge High School in Woodstock, Md., died in April from complications during the outpatient procedure performed on 5 million Americans each year.

"It's so hard," Cathy Garger, Olenick's mother, told ABCNews.com. "She was the only one we had."

The civil suit, filed in Howard Country Circuit Court, claims the oral surgeon, Dr. Domenick Coletti, and the anesthiologist, Dr. Krista Michelle Isaacs, were negligent and failed to resuscitate Olenick after her heart rate and blood oxygen level dropped.

Garger and Olenick's father, John, declined to comment on the pending case, but a spokeswoman for the family said they hope to highlight the surgery's risks and the need for better emergency training among dentists and oral surgeons.

"Something should have been done at the first sign of the emergency happening," said Nicole Cunha, a family friend and executive director of the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation -- a non-profit group dedicated to protecting pediatric dental patients. "If they hadn't waited so long, Jenny would still be here."

Coletti and Isaacs did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

An investigation by the state's chief medical examiner ruled the cause of Olenick's death to be hypoxia -- oxygen deprivation while she was anesthetized.

Another teen, 14-year-old Ben Ellis of Gilmer County, Ga., was found dead in his bed Dec. 8 after undergoing wisdom tooth surgery the day before, ABC News affiliate WSBTV reported. The Gilmer County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are still investigating the cause of death.

Like any surgery, wisdom tooth extraction carries risks. The most common complication -- permanent nerve damage causing numbness of the tongue, lips or cheeks -- affects more than 11,000 people annually, according to a 2007 report in the American Journal of Public Health. But the surgery has also been linked to jaw and tooth fractures, brain tissue infections, life-threatening bleeding and hypoxia.

With all the risks, some dentists question whether the extraction surgeries are even necessary.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that young adults have their wisdom teeth removed to "prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing." But the science supporting prophylactic extraction is thin.

"Third-molar surgery is a multibillion-dollar industry that generates significant income for the dental profession," Jay Friedman, a retired California dentist, wrote in the American Journal of Public Health. "It is driven by misinformation and myths that have been exposed before but that continue to be promulgated by the profession."

American dentists and oral surgeons pull 10 million wisdom teeth each year -- an effort that costs more than $3 billion and leads to 11 million days of post-operative discomfort, according to the report.

"At least two thirds of these extractions, associated costs, and injuries are unnecessary, constituting a silent epidemic of [physician-induced] injury that afflicts tens of thousands of people with lifelong discomfort and disability," Friedman wrote.

Wisdom teeth are thought to have evolved for catching, killing and eating uncooked prey, which would make them obsolete now. The argument for prophylactic removal is the risk of cysts or damage to adjacent teeth brought on by too many molars in too little space.

"If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth and nerves, or become infected, possibly inviting systemic infections and disease as the bacteria travel through the bloodstream from your mouth to other organs of your body," reads the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website.

But studies suggest no more than 12 percent of impactions lead to infections or damage to adjacent teeth -- roughly the same incidence as appendicitis. No medical associations recommend prophylactic appendectomy.

Wisdom Tooth Surgery: Is It Wise?

The American Public Health Association recommended removing wisdom teeth only based on evidence of diagnosed pathology or demonstrable need, and opposes prophylactic removal, which "subjects individuals and society to unnecessary costs, avoidable morbidity and the risks of permanent injury."

Similarly, a 1980 report by the National Institutes of Health recommended removing wisdom teeth because of infection, cavities, cysts, tumors and damage to adjacent teeth and bone. It does not recommend removing asymptomatic, fully impacted teeth.

http://news.yahoo.com/parents-sue-teen-dies-during-wisdom-tooth-surgery-143224302.html?fb_action_ids=342789085735173&fb_action_types=news.reads&fb_source=other_multiline&code=AQCAsEC0rFLre2lGVdkAcWFIjzFmost-4FC9xchQFm87dokpixPz8eugOQsEDamUgYuKqvU-g4SPBtQ-z7_4oJCm7OQdZ8VrzPhePnak6izbUUD2xMhqGgif9SreIgZOeviwwottIVUG70qn-OsiIxlZuDO362GHGTd-Evl_ulAK7m6VsB-cKoJ4ZQ8mLu8uwoc#_=_

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I found this story in today's online version of the New York Times.

A New Worry for Soccer Parents: Heading the Ball
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

What happens inside the skull of a soccer player who repeatedly heads a soccer ball? That question motivated a provocative new study of the brains of experienced players that has prompted discussion and debate in the soccer community, and some anxiety among those of us with soccer-playing offspring.

For the study, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York recruited 34 adults, men and women. All of the volunteers had played soccer since childhood and now competed year-round in adult soccer leagues. Each filled out a detailed questionnaire developed especially for this study to determine how many times they had headed a soccer ball in the previous year, as well as whether they had experienced any known concussions in the past.

Then the players completed computerized tests of their memory and other cognitive skills and had their brains scanned, using a sophisticated new M.R.I. technique known as diffusion tensor imaging, which can find structural changes in the brain that would not be visible during most scans.

The researchers found, according to data they presented at a Radiological Society of North America meeting last month, that the players who had headed the ball more than about 1,100 times in the previous 12 months showed significant loss of white matter in parts of their brains involved with memory, attention and the processing of visual information, compared with players who had headed the ball fewer times. (White matter is the brain’s communication wiring, the axons and other structures that relay messages between neurons.)

This pattern of white matter loss is “similar to those seen in traumatic brain injury,” like after a serious concussion, the researchers reported, even though only one of these players reported having ever experienced a concussion.

The players who had headed the ball about 1,100 times or more in the past year were also substantially worse at recalling lists of words read to them, forgetting or fumbling the words far more often than players who had headed the ball less often.

“Based on these results, it does look like there is a potential for significant effects on the brain from frequent heading,” says Dr. Michael L. Lipton, associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and senior author of the study.

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For decades, there have been intimations that heading could have undesirable consequences, including reports in the late 1980s and early ’90s of memory deficits in retired, professional Scandinavian soccer players. But those studies depended on players’ slippery recall of the number of times they had headed during their entire careers and didn’t take into account alcohol use or a history of severe concussions, and the findings generally have been dismissed as unreliable.

Then last year, Elizabeth Larson, a researcher at Humboldt State University in California, carefully tracked the heading history and cognitive health of 51 male and female soccer players at the school, a Division II program, over the course of a full collegiate season. She found that the players who headed the ball most often during the season, whether in practices or games, performed significantly worse on tests of visual memory, including the ability to recall shapes and images, than they had at the start of the season. Those players also reported more headaches and episodes of dizziness than other players.

“Physiologically, it makes sense” that verbal and visual recall might be affected by frequent heading, said Ms. Larson, who now coordinates the North Coast Concussion Program at the university. Those memories are partially processed in the front and rear of the brain, “the areas that bump against the skull when you head the ball,” she says.

In confirmation, the new imaging study showed that the frontal lobe, just behind the forehead, and the temporo-occipital region, at the bottom-rear of the brain, were the areas displaying the most damage among the high-frequency headers.

So what’s a soccer parent to do?

“What our research shows is that there appears to be a threshold” – about 1,100 or so balls headed in a single year, a substantial number — “beyond which heading may be problematic,” Dr. Lipton says. “Below that threshold, it appears that heading is safe. So our research is actually optimistic, I think.”

Many questions, however, remain — especially about the impact of heading in young players, which has not to date been studied. “On the one hand, kids’ brains are developing fast, so they might experience more problems” than adults, Dr. Lipton says. “On the other hand, their brains are renowned for their plasticity, so maybe they’ll recover better. We just don’t know.”

The practical significance of any brain damage is also uncertain. None of the players who scored poorly on cognitive tests in the Einstein or Humboldt State studies had noticed any memory problems. “The effects, such as they are, seem to be subtle,” Ms. Larson says.

Still, she recommends some preemptive steps, based on the current science. “There is a growing consensus that kids younger than 12 shouldn’t be heading,” she says, and parents should monitor the number of heading repetitions and any accompanying symptoms in older children. Ask your child if he or she experiences headaches or dizziness after practice and, if so, “check with the coach about reducing the frequency of heading drills.

“No one is suggesting that heading should be outlawed,” she concludes. But science and common sense both indicate that “it’s almost certainly not a good idea to practice heading over and over and over.”

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/a-new-worry-for-soccer-parents-heading-the-ball/?src=me&ref=general

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Cricket Anyone / India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Indore
« on: December 08, 2011, 06:28:30 AM »
Sehwag is blasting the West Indian bowlers all over the place. The current score is 372/3 in the 46th over. Sehwag and Rohit Sharma are 215 and 13 not respectively.

At the risk of stating the patently obvious, a huge mountain to climb for the West Indies.

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Cricket Anyone / India vs. West Indies 3rd Test
« on: November 23, 2011, 01:47:25 AM »
West Indies going well so far at 454/3 Bravo 143* and Kieran Powell 73*. It is the session after lunch.


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Cricket Anyone / West Indies vs Bangladesh 2nd Test
« on: October 31, 2011, 10:45:44 AM »
I have been following this somewhat, but am glad that Darren Bravo has scored his maiden test hundred. He is unbeaten on exactly 100. Hopefully, he can push on and make a big score.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-west-indies-2011/content/current/story/538588.html

Centurion Bravo leads West Indies dominance

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

October 31, 2011

West Indies 355 and 207 for 3 (Bravo 100*, Kirk Edwards 86) lead Bangladesh 231 (Shakib 73, Naeem 45, Fidel Edwards 5-63) by 331 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
 
 
West Indies consolidated their hold over the second Test, moving from a position of control to complete dominance by extending their lead to 331 with Darren Bravo, who reached his maiden international ton in his 10th Test off the last ball of the day, and Kirk Edwards laying the platform to shut Bangladesh out of contention through a stand worth 151. On a track where spinners found some turn and bite, the Bangladesh bowlers let themselves down, were not backed up by their fielders and appeared to be beating a retreat with spread-out fields when the need of the hour was quick wickets and a strong comeback.
 
The spin-strong hosts would have been encouraged by the assistance the pitch offered Devendra Bishoo and Marlon Samuels in the morning session; West Indies took little over an hour to polish off the last three wickets of the Bangladesh innings. There were rough patches on either side of the crease that the slow bowlers targeted, and they promised a tougher outing for the batsmen in the second innings. The run-out of Kraigg Brathwaite in the first over and the needless, and failed, attempt by Kieran Powell to clear mid-on after a solid start gave Bangladesh hope of limiting the damage to manageable proportions. But Bravo's counter-attack, Edwards' unshakeable determination that only slipped shortly before stumps and a failure to put the pair under pressure cost the home team.
 
Starting with a packed in-field and catchers close in, the Bangladesh spinners tempted Bravo with flight, aiming at the rough, but were caught off-guard as he responded with aggression. Off his second ball, he smashed Shakib over his head and launched him over the long-on boundary in his next over. Shakib slipped his sliders and Nasir Hossain got some turn but their efforts were inadequate against a calculated Bravo onslaught that put Bangladesh quickly on the defensive. He struck Nasir over mid-on, drove him through the covers and pulled him over midwicket, all in the same over. Soon enough, the field was pushed back, triggering a routine flow of runs to those stationed at long-on and long-off.
 
His quest for runs prompted Bravo to nick Shakib to Mushfiqur Rahim and then Imrul Kayes at first slip - both chances were spilled, drawing a smile of resignation on Shakib's face. Edwards was content to cede the floor to his partner and rotated the strike comfortably, driving through the V, using the sweep and gradually laying the stage for his second century of the game. He was the recipient of a spate of low full tosses from the Bangladesh slow bowlers but also dealt soundly with those that turned; he drove Shakib twice through the extra cover for four and was equally assured on the back foot, punching him to the boundary despite there being a deep cover. Though not one to take unnecessary risks, he surprised a few when he took on Shahadat Hossain, thumping him over mid-on and clearing the ropes.
 
Barring a mistimed pull that landed inches short of Shakib at midwicket, Edwards experienced no major hiccups and looked to become the first West Indies batsman in 10 years to score a century in each innings. His pursuit was cut short by a momentary lapse in concentration when he flicked too early against a full delivery from Suhrawadi Shuvo - who hardly spun the ball - and was bowled.
 
Bravo toned down in the final session, the stream of singles continuing uninterrupted however. Only two fours came off his bat post tea, one a streaky edge off Rubel Hossain - who bowled too short in his return spell - and the other a punch off Shakib past cover. As nightwatchman Kemar Roach kept Bravo nervous company on the day's dying stages, Shuvo gave him an anxious moment when he scraped past the outside edge in the final over but a cut through point off that last ball that fetched him two drew a roar, an animated celebration and eventually tears, summing up the relief of having reached a most cherished milestone.
 
The reckless top-order approach on the second day, and missed opportunities and lack of effectiveness with the ball on the third, have left Bangladesh facing a formidable challenge of saving the Test, let alone winning it, on a pitch that's getting increasingly trickier.
 

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Cricket Anyone / West Indies Beat Bangladesh in 1st ODI
« on: October 13, 2011, 11:13:32 AM »
Simmons century sets up comfortable win
The Report by Siddarth Ravindran
October 13, 2011
Five years after his debut, Lendl Simmons finally made his first international hundred, and with the help of another batsman who has resurrected his international career this year, Marlon Samuels, powered West Indies to a total that proved too much for Bangladesh in the first ODI in Mirpur. The pair put on 150 for the first wicket before a power-packed Kieron Pollard cameo further demoralised a Bangladesh team that was on a high after their dramatic win in the Twenty20 two days ago.

Bangladesh were asked to chase down 299, which was higher than any ODI score they have made in the past two years, and despite a quick half-century from former captain Shakib Al Hasan and a patient one from makeshift opener Naeem Islam, they ended well short.

Simmons had made half-centuries in six of his previous nine ODI innings, but failed to reach triple-digits each time. On Thursday, he made a fidgety start before settling in on a surface that didn't have much in it for either the medium-pacers or the spinners.

In the sixth over, he was hurried into a pull which was top-edged just wide of the bowler, then he mistimed a straight drive with which he still managed to find the boundary, before jumping outside leg as he looked to crash a short ball through off without managing to connect. He punched the air in frustration after missing out on a cut in the next over, but then showed how good he could be with fours through cover off the back and front foot.

Simmons was the dominant partner in an opening stand with Adrian Barath, whose usual effervescent batting style wasn't on display in a watchful 21 that consumed 47 deliveries. Barath was struggling with a hamstring problem, and retired hurt after the 15th over, the first victim of the newly introduced ban on runners.

That provided no relief for Bangladesh as Samuels began aggressively - muscling a six over wide long-on and following it up with a slap past cover for four. Both Samuels and Simmons soon settled down and largely dealt in singles against an unthreatening Bangladeshi attack. The odd poor delivery was smacked for a boundary, like the high full toss offered by Shakib in the 29th over, and West Indies smoothly progressed to 133 for 0 after 30 overs.

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Lendl Simmons' 122 is the fifth century and the highest ODI score made by a West Indian batsman against Bangladesh. He surpassed Brian Lara's 117 scored in Dhaka in 1999.
Simmons' century is his first in ODIs. He has scored eight half-centuries in 30 matches and averages 34.07.
West Indies lost their first wicket with the score on 217. The 150-run stand between Marlon Samuels and Simmons after Adrian Barath retired hurt is the third-highest opening stand for West Indies against Bangladesh.
West Indies' score of 298 is their second-highest score in ODIs against Bangladesh behind the 314 in Dhaka in 1999.
The 78-run stand between Imrul Keyes and Naeem Islam is the second-highest second-wicket stand for Bangladesh against West Indies.
Simmons then unfurled a couple of nonchalant sixes over long-on off Abdur Razzak to close in on his century. He reached the milestone in the 37th over, a delivery after Samuels was dropped by the keeper. There were more opportunities that Bangladesh wasted in the field, with Simmons, a notoriously poor runner, reprieved at least twice when a direct hit would have run him out.

The final onslaught began in the 40th over, the last of the batting Powerplay, with Simmons bludgeoning a series of fours. The bowler, Shafiul Islam, also sprayed one down the leg side to concede five wides as 21 runs came off the over, leaving the new captain Mushfiqur Rahim with his hands on his head. Both Simmons and Samuels perished in a Rubel Hossain over soon after, but Pollard pulled out some massive hits in a 25-ball 41 to push West Indies close to 300.

Bangladesh never looked like they could keep up with the tall asking-rate. Their best chance was if Tamim Iqbal gave them a flier but he was bogged down by the West Indies new-ball pair of Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul. He tried to break free when spin was introduced, trying to hammer Devendra Bishoo's first ball, but could only edge it to the keeper.

The other opener, Naeem, had even more trouble in providing the early momentum. At one stage he was 19 off 50 deliveries, and Bangladesh were crawling along at well below four an over when a much brisker rate was called for. Imrul Kayes, the regular opener, had to come in at No. 3 as he was off the field towards the end of the West Indies innings. He tried to inject some momentum with early boundaries and at the halfway stage Bangladesh still had an outside chance after reaching 101 for 1.

That was snuffed out in the batting Powerplay that was taken after 25 overs, in accordance with the new rules that mandate that it should be completed within the 40th over. As it has done so often, the batting Powerplay resulted in a slew of wickets: both set batsmen, Kayes and Naeem, were dismissed, and Mohammad Ashraful edged a catch to the keeper.

At 130 for 4, the game was pretty much over though Shakib raised some hopes with an enterprising 67. Still, it wasn't enough to spoil Denesh Ramdin's day - he captaining West Indies for the first time, on his return to ODI cricket, in the absence of Darren Sammy who was out with an upset stomach.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-west-indies-2011/content/current/story/536332.html

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General Discussion / Palestinian Statehood Bid
« on: September 23, 2011, 12:39:18 PM »
It's official. The Palestinian Authority has applied to the UN for full membership in the UN system as a recognized nation-state.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/world/palestinians-submit-statehood-bid-at-un.html?_r=1&hp

Palestinians Formally Request U.N. Membership
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By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: September 23, 2011

Mr. Abbas was greeted by numerous standing ovations from the moment he approached the lectern to deliver his speech to the General Assembly. “I do not believe anyone with a shred of conscience can reject our application for full admission in the United Nations,” Mr. Abbas said, calling statehood “the realization of the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people.”

The largest and most sustained applause, along with cheers and whistles of approval, came as Mr. Abbas held up a copy of the letter requesting membership that he said he had handed to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shortly before. “The time has come,” he said.

Less than an hour later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel took to the same lectern in “a hall that for too long has been place of darkness for my country” and said that he would not be seeking applause but rather speaking hard truths. “The truth is the Palestinians want a state without peace,” he said.

Mr. Netanyahu lashed out at the United Nations, whose prior actions against Israeli he described as “a theater of the absurd,” and challenged a comment by Mr. Abbas that the Palestinians were armed “only with their hopes and dreams.”

“Hopes, dreams — and 10,000 missiles and Grad rockets supplied by Iran," Mr. Netanyahu said.

The request for Palestinian statehood on land occupied by Israel has become the dominant issue at this year’s General Assembly, refocusing global attention on one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.

Both men used the occasion to summarize the history of the conflict from their own perspectives. Mr. Netanyahu, in his early remarks, reviewed the many occasions when the United Nations had issued resolutions against Israel, saying the country had been unjustly singled out for condemnation “more often than all the other nations combined.”

Mr. Abbas, in his 40-minute speech, said every previous peace effort had been “shattered on the rock” of Israeli settlements and cited what he said was the historical responsibility of the United Nations to solve the problem.

He described the West Bank as “the last occupation” in the world, one that showed no sign of ending. “It is neither possible nor practical nor acceptable to return to conducting business as usual,” he said.

Drawing a line between his statehood request and the revolutions that swept through the Arab world this spring, he said, “The time has come also for the Palestinian spring, the time for independence.”

The Security Council is likely to take up the issue in earnest next week, diplomats said, when the question becomes whether the United States and its allies can stall it.

Washington is also working to prevent the Palestinians from gathering the nine votes needed for it to pass in the full council and thus avoid further wrecking the image of the United States in the Middle East by casting yet another veto against something Arabs dearly want.

The United States and the other members of the quartet that guides the negotiations — the United Nations, the European Union, and Russia — are all trying to restart direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians before any vote becomes necessary. The hope is that if negotiations begin in earnest, that the membership request can be postponed until the negotiations are over.

The diplomatic wrangling at the United Nations is expected to take several weeks before the question of a vote arises.

Among the 15 members, some are expected to stay solidly in the Palestinian camp, including Brazil, China, India, Lebanon, South Africa and Russia. The United States is a solid vote against, and the five European members — Bosnia and Herzegovina, Britain, France, Germany, and Portugal — are all question marks. The positions of Colombia, Gabon and Nigeria are also not entirely clear.

The African Union supports membership, but it is not entirely clear if Gabon and Nigeria will go along. President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria did not mention the issue in his speech to the General Assembly, unlike many leaders from the developing world who support Palestine, and the statement by President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, was somewhat enigmatic. He said he hoped to soon see a Palestinian state, but noted that both the Palestinians and the people of Israel are friends of Gabon.

In Europe, Germany tends to lean against, its relations with Israel always overshadowed by the legacy of World War II. France leans the other way, while Britain sits on the fence. Portugal and Bosnia have been close to the Palestinians and the Arab world in the past, but their support is not assured this time around.

In theory, United Nations procedures demand that the special 15-member committee — one from each state — that studies the membership issue report back in 35 days, but nothing is more flexible than a deadline at the United Nations. Security Council members can stall things for weeks and weeks by requesting more information or by saying they are waiting for instructions from their capitals.

Behind them, though, looms the policy enunciated by President Nicholas Sarkozy of France, who said that the Palestinians should get enhanced membership in the General Assembly, moving from an observer entity to a non-member observer state.

Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister, said it would wait to see what happens in the Security Council before moving forward. By tradition, the General Assembly does not take up an issue when the Security Council is studying it and vice versa, but it is not impossible.

The historic day of speeches engendered a sense that the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict had come full circle. The Palestinians call their membership application a desperate attempt to preserve the two-state solution despite encroaching Israeli settlements, as well as an attempt to shake up the negotiations that they feel have achieved little after 20 years of American oversight.

The question is whether trying to bring the intractable problem back to its international roots will somehow provide the needed jolt to get negotiations moving again.

The general point of view of the Israeli government and its supporters is that the Palestinians and their Arab allies gave up the right to the United Nations resolutions detailing a two state solution by rejecting that original plan and waging war against Israel for six decades.

But after every war, the United Nations resolutions and indeed the peace treaties with other Arab states have all reaffirmed the resolutions that outline the two-state compromise, starting with General Assembly resolution 181 in 1947. In the annex of their membership application submitted to Mr. Ban today, the Palestinians listed every United Nations resolution that envisioned a two-state solution that has not been implemented, they said.

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Cricket Anyone / Sri Lanka has caught West Indies' Disease
« on: May 30, 2011, 11:54:26 AM »
 :devil:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-sri-lanka-2011/content/current/story/517240.html

Tremlett and Swann secure incredible victory

The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

May 30, 2011
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England 496 for 5 dec (Trott 203, Cook 133, Bell 103*) beat Sri Lanka 400 (P Jayawardene 112, Paranavitana 66, Anderson 3-66, Swann 3-78) and 82 (Swann 4-16, Tremlett 4-40) by an innings and 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

   Graeme Swann and Chris Tremlett bowled England to an extraordinary innings-and-14-run victory as Sri Lanka collapsed in a barely believable 24.4 overs on the final day in Cardiff. The pair shared eight wickets before Stuart Broad bounced out the last two batsmen to secure one of more remarkable wins considering the amount of time lost to rain. Sri Lanka were shell-shocked and couldn't handle the pressure, losing eight wickets in the final session.

When Andrew Strauss declared two overs into the day, having given Ian Bell chance to reach his hundred - after play was delayed until 3pm by heavy morning rain - the summit of England's ambitions appeared to be taking some psychological points to Lord's on Friday. However, Tremlett removed both openers before tea to set the nerves jangling, and when Mahela Jayawardene became his third at the start of the final session, panic was beginning to set in the Sri Lankan ranks.

Only when they were eight down did the visitors try to erase England's advantage with any haste as Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis put bat to ball, but wickets were never far away against a pumped-up bowling attack. It didn't matter that Strauss only had three frontline options, with James Anderson suffering a side strain. Tremlett preyed on the batsmen's insecurities against the short ball, Swann found turn to force frazzled minds into playing loose shots, and then Broad hustled through the final resistance with 26 overs still to play.

The merits of Strauss allowing Bell to reach three figures would have been hotly debated had England run out of time at the end, but his bowlers ensured he didn't have to worry. The door was pushed ajar by Tremlett's new-ball burst, elevated to the role vacated by Anderson and one he'll be reluctant to relinquish. He struck with the last ball of his first over when Tharanga Paranavitana edged a low chance to first slip that was well held by the captain.

Tillakaratne Dilshan is a player who could have quickly erased the deficit and eased the pressure, but he got into a tangle against a shorter delivery from Tremlett and the chance lobbed back to the bowler. Dilshan was given out straight away but he went to the DRS and replays confirmed a glove. Mahela and Kumar Sangakkara survived until tea with Sri Lanka 33 for 2, yet they gave a false sense of security.

Although Tremlett changed ends after the interval, he maintained a probing length which left doubt in the batsman's mind as to whether to play forward to back. Mahela opted to come onto the front foot and Tremlett's extra carry ensured another edge carried comfortably to Strauss. England began to sense something could happen.

Swann then gave another example of why he's the world's best spin bowler. Thilan Samaraweera was caught playing back to one that didn't bounce and dragged onto the stump. Next, from round the wicket, a beautiful piece of bowling lured Sangakkara into an edge and Strauss snaffled his third edge - this time in the unaccustomed position of slip to the spinner.

There was no stopping England or Swann as Farveez Maharoof edged his third ball and again the DRS was fruitless as HotSpot showed a clear edge. However, TV evidence was less clear when Prasanna Jayawardene, the first-innings hero with 112, was given out off a gloved pull. This time it was England who called for the review and although HotSpot wasn't conclusive, Rod Tucker, the third umpire, went on the noise as he had with Sangakkara's first-innings dismissal. The subsequent use of Snicko proved he was right again.

Sri Lanka aided in their own demise, none more so than Rangana Herath who played a horrid sweep at Swann to be caught in front, leaving the visitors 52 for 8. Perera and Mendis quickly worked out the only chance was to get in front of England and the next two overs brought 20 yet, amazingly for a match were 139 overs were lost to rain, there was plenty of time left.

Broad was disappointing in the first innings but when Tremlett was rested he responded with a fierce spell to the lower order. He roughed up Perera who lobbed a chance between three fielders before being brilliantly caught, low down, by Bell at short leg. Two balls later Suranga Lakmal fended another short delivery into the slips. England, four months on from Sydney, were back in victory mode. In contrast, Sri Lanka's dressing room was full of blank faces and this will take some getting over.

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General Discussion / Malcolm X Thread
« on: May 19, 2011, 03:29:20 PM »
Malcolm X's Birthday

I know this is late, but happy birthday to a man who was a great leader for African-Americans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X

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General Discussion / Male Forumites: Allyuh could Handle This?
« on: February 24, 2011, 02:58:12 PM »
 :o

I know this is old news, but wheyyy sah!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358654/The-worlds-biggest-family-Ziona-Chan-39-wives-94-children-33-grandchildren.html

The world's biggest family: The man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:39 PM on 19th February 2011

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    * Ziona Chana lives with all of them in a 100-room mansion
    * His wives take it in turns to share his bed
    * It takes 30 whole chickens just to make dinner

He is head of the world's biggest family - and says he is 'blessed'  to have his 39 wives.

Ziona Chana also has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren.

They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.
The full monty: The Ziona family in its entirety with all 181 members

The full monty: The Ziona family in its entirety with all 181 members

You treat this place like a hotel: With 100 rooms the Ziona mansion is the biggest concrete structure in the hilly village of Baktawng

You treat this place like a hotel: With 100 rooms the Ziona mansion is the biggest concrete structure in the hilly village of Baktawng

Mr Chana told the Sun: 'Today I feel like God's special child. He's given me so many people to look after.

'I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world's largest family.'

The family is organised with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi organising her fellow partners to perform household chores such as cleaning, washing and preparing meals.

One evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb of potatoes and boil up to 220lb of rice.

Coincidentally, Mr Chana is also head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as he wants.
Feeling peckish? The senior ladies of the Chana family show what it takes just to make a meal

Feeling peckish? The senior ladies of the Chana family show what it takes just to make a meal

The wives and I: Mr Ziona Chana poses with his 39 wives at their home in Baktawang, Mizoram, India

The wives and I: Mr Ziona Chana poses with his 39 wives at their home in Baktawang, Mizoram, India

He even married ten women in one year, when he was at his most prolific, and enjoys his own double bed while his wives have to make do with communal dormitories.

He keeps the youngest women near to his bedroom with the older members of the family sleeping further away - and there is a rotation system for who visits Mr Chana's bedroom.

Rinkmini, one of Mr Chana's wives who is 35 years old, said: 'We stay around him as he is the most important person in the house. He is the most handsome person in the village.

She says Mr Chana noticed her on a morning walk in the village 18 years ago and wrote her a letter asking for her hand in marriage.
Shared bedroom: A look inside the four-storey mansion, Chhuanthar Run - The House of the New Generation

Shared bedroom: A look inside the four-storey mansion, Chhuanthar Run - The House of the New Generation

Another of his wives, Huntharnghanki, said the entire family gets along well. The family system is reportedly based on 'mutual love and respect'

And Mr Chana, whose religious sect has 4,00 members, says he has not stopped looking for new wives.

'To expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the U.S. to marry,' he said.

One of his sons insisted that Mr Chana, whose grandfather also had many wives, marries the poor women from the village so he can look after them.

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