Monday, November 30, 2009
ATP World Tour No. 7 Nikolay Davydenko had a dream come true on Sunday when he defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 to capture the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals trophy at The O2 in south-east London.
Davydenko, who finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the season finale in Shanghai last year, is the first Russian to win the year-end title in tournament history (since 1970). His efforts this week see him rewarded with $1,510,000 in prize money; he will also overtake Andy Roddick at No. 6 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings on Monday.
Tiger Woods was injured when he lost control of his car outside his Florida mansion, and a local police chief said Woods’ wife used a golf club to smash out the back window to help get him out early Friday.
The world’s No. 1 golfer was treated and released from a hospital in good condition, his spokesman said. The Florida Highway Patrol said Woods’ vehicle hit a fire hydrant and a tree in his neighbor’s yard after he pulled out of his driveway at 2:25 a.m.
Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor told The Associated Press that officers found the 33-year-old Woods laying in the street with his wife, Elin, hovering over him.
She told officers she was in the house when she heard the accident and “came out and broke the back window with a golf club,” he said. “She supposedly got him out and laid him on the ground. He was in and out of consciousness when my guys got there.”
Saylor said Woods had lacerations to his lips, and blood in his mouth; officers treated Woods for about 10 minutes until an ambulance arrived. Woods was conscious enough to speak, he said.
“He was mumbling, but didn’t say anything coherent,” Saylor said. The Florida Highway Patrol said Woods was alone in his 2009 Cadillac SUV when he pulled out of his driveway from his mansion at Isleworth, a gated waterfront community just outside Orlando.
The patrol reported Woods’ injuries as serious, although Woods spokesman Glenn Greenspan issued a statement that Woods was treated and released. The patrol said alcohol was not involved, although the accident remains under investigation and charges could be filed.
Left unanswered was where Woods was going at that hour. Greenspan and agent Mark Steinberg said there would be no comment beyond the short statement of the accident on Woods’ Web site.
Saylor said his responding officers did not hear anything about an alleged argument between Woods and his wife. “Right now we believe this is a traffic crash. We don’t believe it is a domestic issue,” patrol spokesman Sergeant Kim Montes said.
Woods, coming off a two-week trip to China and Australia this month, is host of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California, which starts on Thursday. He is scheduled to have his press conference on Tuesday at Sherwood Country Club. Steinberg said he did not know if Woods planned to play next week.
The accident report was not released until nearly 12 hours after Woods was injured. Patrol spokesman Kim Montes said the accident did not meet the criteria of a serious crash, and the FHP put out a press release only because of inquiries from local media.
Montes said the patrol reports injuries as serious if they require more than minor medical attention. Air bags in the SUV did not deploy.
Two troopers tried to talk to Woods late Friday, but his wife said he was sleeping and they agreed to come back on Saturday, Montes said.
She said charges could be filed if there was a clear traffic violation, although troopers still do not know what caused Woods’ SUV to hit the hydrant and the tree.
Woods rarely faces such private scrutiny, even as perhaps the most famous active athlete in the world.
He usually made news only because of what he can do with a golf club. Few other athletes have managed to keep their private lives so guarded, or have a circle of friends so airtight when it comes to life off the course.
Woods’ $2.4 million home is part of an exclusive subdivision set on an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course and a chain of small lakes. The neighborhood, which is fortified with high brick walls and has its own security force, is home to CEOs and other sports stars such as the NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal.
Woods has won 14 majors and 82 times around the world, most recently at the Australian Masters on Nov. 15.
He won six times this year after missing eight months recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Even though he failed to win a major, Woods said he considered this a successful year because he did not know how his knee would respond.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the Kirana store he pays Rs. 12 a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a week he normally buys two dozens at a time. One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to Rs. 16. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are Rs. 22 a dozen.
When asked to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "The price has gone up and I have to raise my price accordingly" . This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. He checked around for a better price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors have begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have been driven out of business. The huge egg farms sell 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors. With no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The distributors then have to raise their prices to the grocery stores. And on and on and on.
As the man kept buying eggs the price kept going up. He saw the big egg trucks delivering 100 dozen eggs each day. Nothing changed there. He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000 dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the price of eggs.
Then week before Diwali the price of eggs shot up to Rs. 40 a dozen. Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "Cakes and baking for the holiday". The huge egg farmers know there will be a lot of baking going on and more eggs will be used. Hence, the price of eggs goes up. Expect the same thing at Christmas and other times when family cooking, baking, etc. happen.
This pattern continues until the price of eggs is Rs. 60 a dozen. The man says, " There must be something we can do about the price of eggs". He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to stop buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs.
Finally, the man suggested only buying what you need. He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a day.
The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs in his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs. Maybe wouldn't need any all week. The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs would not need any for at least two weeks.
At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs. To relieve the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor that they could buy the eggs at a lower price. The distributor said, " I don't have the room for eggs even if they were free". The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the price of the eggs if the store would start buying
The grocery store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are only buying 2 or 3 eggs at a time. Now if you were to drop the price of eggs back down to the original price, the customers would start buying by the dozen again".
The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers but the egg farmers liked the price they were getting for their eggs but, those chickens just kept on laying. Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only a few paisa.
The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said, "when the price of eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start buying by the dozen." Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers.
The egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy at a higher price than they were selling eggs for. Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a while. And those chickens kept on laying.
Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were throwing away eggs they couldn't sell. The distributors started buying again because the eggs were priced to where the stores could afford to sell them at the lower price. And the customers starting buying by the dozen again. Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.
What if everyone only bought Rs 200.00 worth of Petrol each time they pulled to the pump? The dealer's tanks would stay semi full all the time. The dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge tanks. The tank farms wouldn't have room for the petrol coming from the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for the oil being off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the oil fiends.
Just Rs 200.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill up the tank of your car. You may have to stop for gas twice a week, but the price should come down. Think about it. Also, don't buy anything else at the fuel station; don't give them any more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the prices come down..."
...just think of this concept for a while. Nice Logic - It May Work !!!
Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe.
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament.
4. Pope Died.
Interesting Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe.
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament.
4. Pope Died.
The next time Charles gets married...
Someone should warn the Pope. :) :) :)
Friday, November 27, 2009
An 11-year-old girl became one of the world's youngest mothers - and went into labour on the way to her wedding. Kordeza Zhelyazkova, from Sliven in Bulgaria , was still wearing her wedding dress and tiara as she was rushed to hospital, where she gave birth to 5lb 8oz Violeta.
Proudly displaying her baby, she told reporters: 'I'm not going to play with toys any more - I have a new toy now.'
Pre-teen mother Korteza, 11, with her newborn baby Violeta. Kordeza - who fell pregnant within two weeks of her 11th birthday - spent the night in hospital with Violeta and then headed back to church for her wedding with 19-year-old Jeliazko Dimitrov.
Kordeza told the News of the World:
'It feels strange to be a mum and have a baby. 'I used to play with my toys but now she is my new toy. She is so beautiful, I love her. Violeta is the child and I must grow up. I am not going back to school - I am a mother now.' The couple met when Jeliazko rescued Kordeza from bullies in the playground. However he now faces six years in jail for having sex with a minor, telling the paper his fears when he found out Kordeza was pregnant. He said: 'I was really scared. 'We didn't plan to have sex or a baby although I fell in love with Kordeza the moment I saw her. He added: 'I was walking past the school when I saw some boys mocking her and I told them to leave her alone. 'Then she arranged to meet me and asked me out on our first date. I thought she was 15. She didn't tell me she was 11.'
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Make A Successful Weight Loss Just By Drinking Water - Maybe The Easiest Weight Loss Method
Well, you may have heard it before - you can lose weight just by drinking pure plain water. Do you think it is like that? Yes, it is, you can lose weight just by drinking water. I will explain why it is so.
There are studies that show that just by drinking water your metabolism will increase with up to 30 percentages. That is quite impressive, isn't it? To make your weight loss possible you need to drink eight glasses of water every day, and if you have lots of overweight you need to drink a few glasses more. If you live in a warm climate or if you exercise very intensive you need to drink more than the eight glasses. You maybe think that eight glasses is much water to drink, but you shouldn't drink it at the same time; instead you need to spread it out throughout the day.
Drinking water is not only great for your weight loss. Just by drinking lots of water you will look better because and your skin will become more glowing. Your muscles will work more effective when you exercise which will lead to a better shaped body.
A few tips about how you should act when you decide to lose weight just by drinking water:
* Start every morning with a glass of water.
* Drink a glass of water before every meal.
* Drink lukewarm water, it may be easier to drink lots of water when it isn't cold.
* Add a slice of lemon if you don't like the taste of the water.
* Avoid drinking just before you go to bed.
Drinking water is a cheap and very effective way to lose weight, but often you need to add some diet and exercise to make your weight loss effective.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Best Of The Best
Only the best eight singles players and best eight doubles teams of the year will qualify for the prestigious Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be played for the first time in 2009 at The O2 arena in London. Final standings in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings will be determined and the ATP World Tour Champion will be crowned.
Who Is Playing
* Roger Federer
* Rafael Nadal
* Novak Djokovic
* Andy Murray
* Juan Martin Del Potro
* Nikolay Davydenko
* Fernando Verdasco
* Robin Soderling
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Schumi fans around the world have some reason to cheer. Seven time Formula one world champion Micheal Schumacher is all set to return to F1 action for the 2010 season and he will be driving for Brawn GP Team. Rumours is that the 2009 Formula One champion Jenson Button may have been forced out of Brawn GP to make way for the legend. Schumacher who has been in the news of possible return to F1 replacing Felippe Massa has now got an end. Schumacher met his fellow old friend Ross Brawn at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Once in doldrums Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL) has a reason to rejoice.
And the reason is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the daughter in-law of Bachchan family who has taken up the responsibility to revive the destiny of the family banner.
If sources are to be believed, Bachchans’ are extremely confident about Paa made under ABCL after series of flops, which literally bombed at the box-office. Aishwarya has played a pivotal role in planning the marketing strategies of the current film Paa under ABCL.
So, to continue with some good projects they have chosen Aishwarya to head the banner for the re-establishment.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Warren Buffett, $37 billion, Investments/U.S.
Carlos Slim Helú, $35 billion, Telecom/Mexico
Lawrence Ellison, $22.5 billion, Oracle/U.S.
Ingvar Kamprad, $22 billion, Ikea/Sweden
Karl Albrecht, $21.5 billion, Supermarkets/Germany
Mukesh Ambani, $19.5 billion, Petrochemicals/India
Lakshmi Mittal, $19.3 billion, Steel/India
Friday, November 20, 2009
Gore could become world's first carbon billionaire. Last year Mr Gore's venture capital firm loaned a small California firm $75m to develop energy-saving technology.
The company, Silver Spring Networks, produces hardware and software to make the electricity grid more efficient.
The deal appeared to pay off in a big way last week, when the Energy Department announced $3.4 billion in smart grid grants, the New York Times reports. Of the total, more than $560 million went to utilities with which Silver Spring has contracts.
The move means that venture capital company Kleiner Perkins and its partners, including Mr Gore, could recoup their investment many times over in coming years.
Few people have been as vocal about the urgency of global warming and the need to reinvent the way the world produces and consumes energy as Mr Gore. And few have put as much money behind their advocacy and are as well positioned to profit from this green transformation, if and when it comes.
Critics, mostly on the political right and among global warming sceptics, say Mr. Gore is poised to become the world's first "carbon billionaire, " profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in.
Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, has claimed that Mr Gore stood to benefit personally from the energy and climate policies he was urging Congress to adopt.
Mr Gore had said that he is simply putting his money where his mouth is.
"Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country?" Mr. Gore said. "I am proud of it. I am proud of it."
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Die hard Formula one fans got to bear this sad news. The 2007 Formula one World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will not be on the track in 2010 F1 season.
Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson confirmed the news he will not drive in Formula One at least in the 2010 season. He is expected to participate in some World Rallies and 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010.
Kimi's fans around the world are expecting "The Iceman" in 2011 F1 season. Kimi's seat in Ferrari will be replaced by two time world champion Fernando Alonso.
Jenson Button is all set to drive for Mclaren for the 2010 Formula one season. He will be alongside Lewis Hamilton in the Mclaren garrage. This marks the first pairing of two British world champions since Graham Hill and Jim Clark at Lotus in 1968.
Button, the 2009 Formula one champion who won 6 races last season will be replacing Heikki Kovalainen's place. The news follows over Mercedes's acquiring of Brawn GP team few days back.
The Brawn GP team which won both the Constructors and Drivers championship this season has not yet confirmed its driver's seat for the 2010 season.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Volkswagen-Porsche has overtaken Toyota to become the world's largest car manufacturer as the German group benefits from state-backed stimulus packages around the globe. VW has "produced 4.4 million vehicles so far this year, outstripping its Japanese rival which has seen four million cars roll off production lines since January.
VW-Porsche, which has built 4.4 million cars to date, is roughly 400,000 beyond Toyota's mark. However, Toyota halved its production earlier this year and shut down all its plants in February." VW also "benefited much more than Toyota from the European cash-for-clunkers programs," though Toyota saw more sales than VW spurred by the U.S. version of the car-swap program. General Motors now stands in third globally.
The Argentinian Football legend and Argentina's Football Team coach Diego Maradona was handed a 2 month ban "from all football related activity" and a 25,000 Swiss francs ($24,630) fine following his outburst at the end of his side's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay last month.
Even though the 49-year-old legend apologized for his comments FIFA decided to impose ban & fine. This means that Maradona wont be kick football till January 15th. But the good news is that he will be available for the World Cup.