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  • Tigeriban 1:18 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    United 3 West Ham 0 

    United were just too good. The Reds dominated right from the start and West Ham’s futile resistance only lasted until the 33rd minute when Wayne Rooney opened his account for the season from the penalty spot. Goals of unquestionable class from Nani and Dimitar Berbatov followed after the break, sealing as convincing and comfortable a 3-0 win as you are ever likely to witness.

    Avram Grant’s side arrived at Old Trafford bottom of the table and without a win in their first two games – defeats to Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers, which on both occasions saw them concede three goals. Their narrow 1-0 midweek win over Oxford offered some respite, but the second round of the League Cup is a far cry from Old Trafford, and the gulf in class was brutally apparent.

    However, United too had a point to prove – which Sir Alex’s men would do emphatically – after dropping two against Fulham last weekend. Sir Alex made three changes to the team that drew 2-2 at Craven Cottage. Rooney, who missed the Fulham trip with a stomach bug, replaced Javier Hernandez up front alongside Berbatov. Nani was drafted in for Antonio Valencia, while Ryan Giggs replaced Ji-sung Park.

    The autumnal weather in Manchester – a seemingly random mix of wind, sun and rain – left a slick surface which, as well as encouraging a few late sliding tackles from West Ham’s feistier players, allowed United’s rapid passing to blossom.

    Rooney registered the first effort on goal after 10 minutes, shuffling across the edge of the box to fire a low, skidding effort into Robert Green’s arms. United’s attacking play was full of intent with Rooney, Berbatov and Nani at the centre of it. The latter two men combined on 20 minutes for a move that should have yielded the first goal. Vidic’s long, diagonal ball forward picked out Berbatov in space. The Bulgarian – nonchalantly as is his way – flicked the ball back into the path of Nani, whose thunderous effort crashed off the crossbar via a vital fingertip save from Green.

    West Ham, for their part, offered energy and industry but little genuine quality. And after 33 minutes United finally took the lead from the penalty spot. Paul Scholes’ sumptuous pass picked out Ryan Giggs on the left and he befuddled former Red Jonathan Spector and was subsequently clumsily fouled by the American. After Nani’s miss last week at Fulham, and with United’s talisman back in the team, there was no doubting who would take this penalty. Rooney stepped up confidently, arced his run and sent Green the wrong way to give United a deserved lead.

    Clearly in the ascendancy the Reds went searching for a second before the break. Darren Fletcher forced another fine save from Green, this time with a curling effort from 25 yards that West Ham’s shot-stopper turned around the post. Then Berbatov fired over from six yards with a difficult shot on the bounce, while Nani also shot over the bar with a lob that required a far more delicate touch to beat the onrushing Green. United went in at the interval with a slender 1-0 lead; fully dominant thought not completely ruthless in front of goal.

    But there was no profligacy from Nani five minutes into the second half. The Portuguese winger cut inside from his station on the right, had defenders back-tracking and falling over their own feet, then struck a vicious left-footed shot past Green from 18 yards to make it 2-0.

    United’s football at times was sublime, the neat trickery and interchanging play between Berbatov and Nani in particular catching the eye. Admittedly, West Ham looked lost defensively. Kieron Dyer hit the outside of the Edwin van der Sar’s post after 55 minutes, but it says it all that the Hammers fans almost didn’t notice, they were preoccupied with entertaining themselves with their repertoire of songs.

    The Reds’ third goal was the best of the lot and came after 69 minutes, unsurprisingly with Nani and Berbatov combining to score it. Nani pitched up a cross to the far post and Berbatov waited unmarked before scissor-kicking the ball past Green. Technically wonderful, with pin-sharp precision, summing up the Bulgarian’s input all afternoon.

    With the points wrapped up, Sir Alex made a triple substitution with fifteen minutes to go. Chris Smalling came on for his home debut, replacing Jonny Evans; Michael Owen made his first appearance at OT since suffering an injury in February, in place of Berbatov; while Michael Carrick came on for the, once again, impressive Scholes. The Hammers fans’ joked “we’re going to win 4-3” and even resorted to pretending they’d scored four goals to clinch victory. There was no chance of that, of course, United were a class above Avram Grant’s side. And while performances like this indicate that the Reds will be challenging at the top end of the table this term, so too it suggests that West Ham will be scrapping at the exact opposite end of the table.

  • Tigeriban 9:14 am on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    A wise man seeks much counsel. A fool listens to ALL of it.

    Larry Burkett
  • Tigeriban 8:24 am on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”

    George MacDonald
  • Tigeriban 12:18 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    I will love the light because it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.

    Og Mandino
  • Tigeriban 2:20 am on August 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Facebook clinches top spot from Orkut in India 

    NEW DELHI: Facebook has become the number one social networking site in India, toppling Google-owned Orkut in one of the few markets the site had held a leadership position.

    US-based global research firm comScore said Facebook had moved into the top spot in July, backing up separate research by Indian online monitor ViziSense which shows a similar trend.

    Facebook had 20.9 million unique users in July, almost three times more than in the same month last year, while Orkut had 19.9 million, according to comScore.

    “The social networking phenomenon continues to gain steam worldwide, and India represents one of the fastest growing markets at the moment,” comScore executive Will Hodgman said in a statement.

    ViziSense calculated that Facebook had overtaken Orkut in April as data showed it had slightly less than 19 million unique users in May while Orkut had about 18 million.

    In March, Facebook announced it would open its first office in India in the southern IT hub of Hyderabad.

    Seventy percent of Facebook’s users are from outside the United States and the site is now available in more than 70 languages. — AFP

  • Tigeriban 3:25 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arts   

    The Circular of Life 

    Guys I found this wonderful art in the website. Very nice and creative. Thumb up to this guy. Click this link : The Circular of Life. Enjoy it 🙂

  • Tigeriban 1:09 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Should parents ‘friend’ their kids on Facebook? 

    NEW YORK: To friend or not to friend is the big question facing many parents dealing with teenagers on Facebook.
    Three quarters of parents questioned in a Nielsen survey said they are friends with their children on the popular social networking website which boasts 500 million active users. But a third admitted they are worried they are not seeing everything their children are doing on the web.

    Perhaps with good reason, as nearly 30 percent of teens said if given the choice they would unfriend their parents.

    “The No. 1 parenting issue, as least with my discussion with parents, is living on Facebook,” said Regina Lewis, a consumer adviser with online services company AOL, which jointly developed the survey.
    “It is part of the modern-day parenting reality.”

    The average number of friends on Facebook is 130 but for teenagers it can be much higher, according to Lewis.

    “I thought the percentage of parents who were friends with their kids was strikingly high. It is more than 70 percent,” she said, adding that children were twice as likely to want to unfriend their mother than their father.

    For some children friending a parent is not always an option. In 41 percent of households there was a rule that children who use Facebook have to be friends with their parents.

    “For some parents that became a non-starter,” said Lewis.

    The friending issue is a delicate balancing act between children thriving for more independence and their parents’ desire to see what is going on to make sure their children are safe.

    In nearly half of cases, children said they would prefer to be friends with their parents privately on the web without their parents having the ability to post comments.

    Nielsen questioned 1,024 parents and 500 children aged 13 to 17 for the online poll. More than half of the youngsters admitted they do not personally know all of their Facebook friends, and 41 percent of parents said they knew half or less of their children’s Facebook friends.

    “Friending friends is certainly a way to populate your list quickly,” said Lewis.

    “That is why the number of mutual friends is one of those really important factors in figuring out who may be a outlier,” she added, referring to someone who shouldn’t be there.

    Twenty percent of parents admitted they had told their children to unfriend someone.

    Whether they are friends or not, Lewis said that to be responsible parents need to keep an eye on what their children are doing online. — REUTERS

  • Tigeriban 12:28 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Aquino calls for end to Facebook bashing 

    MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday appealed for a stop to government bashing over a hostage crisis that left eight foreigners dead, but his Facebook plea triggered more condemnation.

    Aquino’s official Facebook page, which he had set up to promote transparency in government, has been swamped with angry comments, from barbs against bungling policemen to calls for him to quit.

    “We have heard and read a lot of opinions from the public, even from foreigners that were affected,” Aquino said on Facebook.
    “We appeal on everyone to stop needless arguments. Let us show everyone that we, Filipinos, know how to respect and understand.” The message triggered varied replies on the page, with some expressing support but many others dismissing it outright.

    “Shame on you and your government. Tender your resignation now,” wrote Elfis Lee, a Hong Kong resident.

    “Your incompetence of leading your untrained stupid police force caused such a tragedy.” Jay Rodrigo apologised on behalf of Filipinos, but had strong words about his feelings towards Aquino, who won the presidency by a landslide in May but whose popularity now appears to be taking a direct hit from the tragedy.
    “You see, our president is a retard who has done nothing but smirk in front of the TV cameras after all that has happened,” he replied on the page.

    “He’s slowly killing our country coz of his stupidity.” An ex-policeman seized a bus-load of 22 Hong Kong tourists and three Filipinos Monday, triggering a 12-hour face-off that ended in a bloodbath following a police assault.

    Aside from the gunman, eight tourists were killed, triggering angry comments from Hong Kong and a travel ban on the country.
    It also put the spotlight on longstanding problems with the Philippine police force, which admitted to blunders in handling the crisis.

    The Internet-savvy Aquino, 50, used social networking sites to promote his anti-corruption campaign and vows of full transparency in the run-up to the election.

    His official Facebook page has 1.94 million fans. – AFP

  • Tigeriban 10:16 am on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Singaporean arrested for FB attack on govt 

    Taken from NST  Singaporean arrested for FB attack on govt.

    SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man who attacked the ruling party on Facebook and urge people to “burn” a cabinet minister has been arrested on charges of inciting violence, police said Wednesday.
    In a statement, police said they had arrested a “man in his late 20s” on Tuesday “in connection with investigations into offences related to incitement of violence”.

    The statement did not name the man or give details of the offence, but said that he was released on bail pending further investigation.

    Local media identified him as Abdul Malik Ghazali, 27, who posted a series of comments on the social networking site critical of how Singapore is hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
    The August 14-26 event, held for competitors aged from 14 to 18, has generated limited public interest, with many events blighted by empty seats and the host country’s athletes faring badly.

    Vivian Balakrishnan, the minister for community development, youth and sports, has come under particular fire from online critics over the games.

    Abdul Malik’s postings on his own Facebook page and on a separate group account called “I hate the Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee” are also critical of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

    Abdul Malik, who works for a company specialising in wood and flooring, said on his Facebook page that he was arrested “due to my involvement in anti-YOG and anti-PAP Facebook pages”.

    One of his postings highlighted recent floods in Singapore, the escape of detained terror suspect Mas Selamat Kastari, the amount of money spent to host the games and reports of the poor standard of food served for games volunteers.

    He said it was time to “burn” the sports minister and the PAP.

    “Rally together and vote them out!!!” he wrote.

    Abdul Malik said in comments published Wednesday by The New Paper that “the comment is a metaphor”.

    “I did not intend for it to be taken literally. I did not mean for someone to actually burn,” he said.

    In another posting, Abdul Malik referred to a version of the communist anthem The Internationale on YouTube and wrote: “This song is a call to rise against tyranny and oppression… Very suited to what is happening now in

    Prosperous Singapore — which is spending close to 300 million US dollars to host the games, more than three times original projections — follows a hardline policy on political dissent.

    Public protests are banned without a police permit and anti-government critics in the political opposition and media have been successfully sued for defamation by top officials.

    Some in cyberspace rallied to Abdul Malik’s defence.

    One Facebook poster calling himself “Kok Meng” wrote “seems like even metaphors are forbidden these days”.

    “Police should get a grip and let loose. We are a democracy.” — AFP

  • Tigeriban 5:19 am on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Photographer   

    How to hold Digital/DSLR Camera 

    One of the common problems that many new digital (and film) photographers have is ‘camera shake’ where images seem blurry – usually because the camera was not held still enough while the shutter was depressed. This is especially common in shots taken in low light situations where the shutter is open for longer periods of time. Even the smallest movement of the camera can cause it and the only real way to eliminate it is with a tripod.

    Adding to camera shake is a technique that is increasingly common with digital camera users of holding the camera at arms length away from them as they take shots – often with one hand. While this might be a good way to frame your shot the further away from your body (a fairly stable thing) you hold the camera the more chance you have of swaying or shaking as you take your shot.

    Tripods are the best way to stop camera shake because they have three sturdy legs that keep things very still – but if you don’t have one then another simple way to enhance the stability of the camera is to hold onto it with two hands.

    While it can be tempting to shoot one handed a two hands will increase your stillness (like three legs on a tripod being better than one).

    Exactly how you should grip your camera will depend upon what type of digital camera you are using and varies from person to person depending upon preference. There is no real right or wrong way to do it but here’s the technique that I generally use:

    1. Use your right hand to grip the right hand end of the camera. Your forefinger should sit lightly above the shutter release, your other three fingers curling around the front of the camera. Your right thumb grips onto the back of the camera. Most cameras these days have some sort of grip and even impressions for where fingers should go so this should feel natural. Use a strong grip with your right hand but don’t grip it so tightly that you end up shaking the camera. (keep in mind our previous post on shutter technique – squeeze the shutter don’t jab at it).
    2. The positioning of your left hand will depend upon your camera but in in general it should support the weight of the camera and will either sit underneath the camera or under/around a lens if you have a DSLR.
    3. If you’re shooting using the view finder to line up your shot you’ll have the camera nice and close into your body which will add extra stability but if you’re using the LCD make sure you don’t hold your camera too far away from you. Tuck your elbows into your sides and lean the camera out a little from your face (around 30cm). Alternatively use the viewfinder if it’s not too small or difficult to see through (a problem on many point and shoots these days).
    4. Add extra stability by leaning against a solid object like a wall or a tree or by sitting or kneeling down. If you have to stand and don’t have anything to lean on for extra support put your feet shoulder width apart to give yourself a steady stance. The stiller you can keep your body the stiller the camera will be. Gripping a camera in this way will allow you flexibility of being able to line up shots quickly but will also help you to hold still for the crucial moment of your shutter being open.

    Another quick bonus tip – before you take your shot take a gentle but deep breath, hold it, then take the shot and exhale. The other method people use is the exact opposite – exhale and before inhaling again take the shot. It’s amazing how much a body rises and falls simply by breathing – being conscious of it can give you an edge.

    Of course each person will have their own little techniques that they are more comfortable with and ultimately you need to find what works best for you – but in the early days of familiarizing yourself with your new digital camera it’s worth considering your technique.

    One last note – this post is about ‘holding a camera’ in a way that will help eliminate camera shake. It’s not rocket science – but it’s amazing how many people get it wrong and wonder why their images are blurry.

    There are of course many other techniques for decreasing camera shake that should be used in conjunction with the way you hold it. Shutter speed, lenses with image stabilization and of course tripods can all help – we’ll cover these and more in future posts.

    SM: All Shutterbug must learn this.

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