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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Terri Schiavo & The Quake - Opinion

Personally, I don't follow news that grips the entire nation supposedly, which serves to redirect the focus of the American public on to something quite useless in comparison to other things happening across the globe. For instnace, I was shocked and saddened to hear the occurence of a massive earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter's scale. It struck around the same area where the December 26th tsunami washed away all signs of life near the Aceh province of Indonesia.

Which 'Damage' do you think needs more attention?

This time however, the earthquake struck near the "Banyak", "Nias" and the "Simeulue" islands, the first of the three being closest to the epicenter of the tremor. So far, approximately 518 deaths have been confirmed by the UN and it is expected that the number is larger than that, and will probably grow unless aid does not reach the affected area in a timely order. In my pick of news, the earthquake is at the top of the list. I wish this event could receive as much coverage as the "Terri Schiavo" case has. I guess if Nias were a US territory, it would be fortunate enough to catch the attention of the media and the public.

Source: BBC

For more information on the earthquake at Nias, please read BBC's article on the earthquake. For more information on Terri Schiavo's unfortunate state, please visit a page deditcated to Terri Schiavo.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Pakistan claims nail-biting win! - Sports

In a dramatic series of events, the Indian team was stunned by an amazing display of cricket by a very disciplined and determined Pakistani side. Even though Pakisan was only able to level the series, the manner in which why conducted their business was simply fabulous. Thanks to Inzimam and Younis Khan's century and double century respectively, Pakistan was able to amass 570 in the first innings. In response, Virender Sehwag boosted his side by scoring a double century in response, and saw his side's innings end at 449.

Ganguly was a troubled man on the last two days

In their second innings, the moment the two youngsters Yasir Hameed and Shahid Afridi stepped in, their intention was clear. Shahid Afridi went in to give Pakistan a flying start, and Yasir Hammed made sure he wasn't too far behind Afridi's mega onslaught. The two gave Pakistan a double adrenaline pump as the Indian bowlers had no answer to a fantastic display of strokes by both these youngsters. Afridi then threw away his wicket away when he charged down the pitch to smack yet another one out of the ground, but failed to make contact and ended up in the pavillion. However, Yasir Hammed continued to play sensibly and scored 76 with some flamboyant strokes. Younis and Inzamam both added 84 and 31 to the score before declaring the innings. India quickly raced to 25 without any loss by the end of the day in 7 overs.

India required a massive 383 runs to win the game and the series, or to play through the last day and tie the game, which would still result in an Indian victory in the series. However, the Pakistani team quiclky got rid of Sehwag, the danger man and from that point on, India looked to be on the defensive, and could never really recover from that point on. The test series has been drawn and Pakistan will now play 6 one day international matches against India, beginning 2nd of April at Cochin.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Oooh... I'm scared - Movie Review

I watched the first part in bits and pieces. Then I watched the second part. I still fail to see what's so scary about either of these movies. Sure, there were moments when I almost felt like screaming like a little girl, but... no seriously, the only time I felt like doing that was when Naomi Watts' makeup gets washed away while giving her extremely peculiar looking child a shower in the bathtub. As far as the evil girl Samara is concerned, I thought she wasn't all that scary looking. In comparison to Rachel's child Aidan, who I might add has a striking resemblance to Frankenstein, Samara looked relatively harmless.

Here's a picture of the scary kid. No, it's not Samara, it's Aidan.

I give this movie a 2/5, since the reason I went to the theater was to get frightened, but ended up laughing every time I saw that weird kid on the screen. Boo! (No, I'm not trying to scare you, I'm showing my disparagement for the movie)

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Inzi and Younis make history - Sports

Inzi raises his bat after reaching
his 21st Test century in Bangalore

On the first day of the third test match being played in India's silicon valley, Bangalore, between arch rivals Pakistan and India, Pakistan found itself in trouble right from the beginning. Pakistan were down by 2 when they had only registered a meagre score of 7 runs on the board. Soon after, captain Inzimam and vice captain Younis Khan stepped in, took control, and showed the rest of the team how the game is played. Inzimam scored a staggering 184 off 263 balls, while Younis was quietly ticking the scoreboard at 127, at the end of the first day. The two batsmen notched up 316 runs between them, while Inzimam was only the fifth player in cricket's history to have scored a century in his 100th match. He was also responsible for scoring the highest ever individual score on this ground, taking over the previous record of 175 set by none other than Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest batsman the world has ever seen. Way to go, Inzi and Younis! Congratulations!

Welcome! - General

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