Friday, November 23, 2007

Massive win for Pakistan Under-19

Pak U-19 v Bang U-19, 1st Youth ODI, Hyderabad, Pakistan

Pakistan U-19 257 for 8 (Shehzad 56, Asad 56, Talukder 3-32) beat Bangladesh U-19 113 (Nadir 4-29, Wasim 3-13) by 144 runs

Medium-pacer Junaid Nadir took four wickets as Pakistan Under-19 completed a 144-run victory over Bangladesh U-19 in the first ODI at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad.

Sent in, Pakistan scored 257, thanks to half-centuries from opener Ahmed Shehzad and wicketkeeper Ali Asad, and a late cameo from captain Imad Wasim. Shehzad, who impressed during Australia Under-19's tour of Pakistan recently, led a solid start for the hosts with a 94-run opening stand with Shan Masood.

Rony Talukder then took three wickets as Pakistan stumbled to 121 for 4 before Usman Salahuddin and Asad put on 77 runs to repair the damage. Wasim's 22-ball 34 ensured Pakistan reached a competitive total.

Tamim Iqbal, a regular in the senior team, got the Bangladesh chase a rolling with a 24-ball 23 before falling to Mohammad Rameez. His opening partner Talukder, who scored a hundred and a fifty in the the Test preceding the ODI series, couldn't continue in the same vein and became Nadir's first victim for 17.

Pakistan gained the upper hand when Bangladesh lost four quick wickets to collapse to 83 for 6. With none of their batsmen going past the 25-run mark, the visitors could not mount a serious challenge and were shot out for 113.

The two teams will face each other once again in Hyderabad on Wednesday for the second of the five-match series.

Shoaib Akhtar in hospital with fever

Shoaib Akhtar has been taken to hospital complaining of fatigue caused by a fever after Pakistan arrived in Kolkata ahead of the second Test against India which starts on Friday.

"He was suffering from fever and got very tired after arriving here from New Delhi," a team official told Reuters. "So he has been taken to hospital, probably to be put on a drip." However, he isn't expected to stay more than a couple of days and the management are confident he will recover in time for the Test.

Shoaib impressed during the first Test with six wickets, including four in the second innings, but couldn't prevent India taking the opening contest. He isn't the only fitness concern for Pakistan as they aim to bounce back with Shoaib Malik, the captain, trying to shake off an ankle injury he picked during a game of football after the match.

There is better news about Umar Gul who has overcome the back problem which kept him out of the New Delhi Test. "Gul will be available for selection," said the official. "His scan report was seen by the Pakistan medical board and it has cleared him." Gul will put pressure on Mohammad Sami who was expensive and wicketless last week.

Malik Picks up Ankle Injury

Malik Picks Up Ankle Injury

Malik - picked up a knock.

Malik - picked up a knock.

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik twisted his ankle while playing football following their loss in the opening Test against India in Delhi.

"The boys were playing football after the match when Malik twisted his ankle. He was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays," Pakistan team media co-ordinator Javed Akhtar said.

Akhtar says it is too early to say whether Malik would be doubtful for the second Test, starting on Friday.

Pakistan are already without Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul for the second game in Kolkata.

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India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Delhi, 5th Day : Result

Tendulkar Guides India Home

Tendulkar - 56 not out.

Tendulkar - 56 not out.

India drew first blood against Pakistan after completing a six-wicket win over their fierce rivals to take the first Test in Delhi.

Needing just 32 runs to win at the start of play, the home side wasted little time in completing victory in the morning session of the fifth day, although they did lose Sourav Ganguly along the way.

India had reaching 171 for three at the end of day four - which was curtailed due to bad light - with star duo Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar unbeaten on 48 and 32 respectively.

And Tendulkar was immediately into his stride when play resumed on Monday morning, pulling Shoaib Akhtar for four off the fast bowler's first delivery of the day before dishing out similar punishment to Mohammad Sami.

But Ganguly fell two short of his half century as he too tried to pull Akhtar only to top edge the ball straight down Sohail Tanvir's throat at long leg as the veteran failed to add to his overnight score.

That did not deter Tendulkar, however, as the Indian maestro carried on to his 46th Test half century with an excellent cut shot off Danish Kaneria, striking eight fours in his 106-ball effort.

And he sealed a six-wicket victory for Anil Kumble's men by repeating the trick off Akhtar, who ended the innings with figures of four for 58 from 18.1 overs.

Kumble was named man-of-the-match after picking up seven wickets and was obviously delighted with the victory.

"I think the boys responded really well, getting Pakistan out under 250 in both innings was really very creditable," he said.

"Also the partnerships between (VVS) Laxman and (MS) Dhoni, (Rahul) Dravid and (Wasim) Jaffer and Sachin and Ganguly were all very crucial.

"It was excellent to get into the groove right away. Three months is a long break at my age and I'm very happy with mine and the team performance."

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik felt his side were made to pay for only making 231 in their first innings.

"On the first day we didn't bat well," he said. "Our bowlers put in the effort but we were about 100 runs short in the first innings I think.

"Shoaib (Akhtar) bowled really well and if India had to get more than 300 runs, it could have been different.

"If you want to win a Test you have to score 400 plus in the first inning and so we'll be looking to do that in the next Test."

The teams now move on to Kolkatta for the second of the three-Test series on Friday which Pakistan need to win to have any chance of claiming a famous triumph.

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India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Delhi, 4th Day

India moved to within sight of victory in the first Test in New Delhi as a half-century from Wasim Jaffer helped them reach tea on 89 for two - 114 short of victory.

Pakistan could only add 35 to their overnight total as they were bowled out for 247 before lunch.

And, despite losing Dinesh Karthik in the first over, India made steady progress thanks to Jaffer's 53 from 81 balls.

Resuming their second innings on 212 for five, Pakistan lost wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal in the first over of the day and never recovered as Zaheer Khan and Sourav Ganguly took two wickets apiece to restrict the tourists to 247 all out - a lead of 202.

India could not negotiate a tricky period before lunch as Shoaib Akhtar found the edge of Karthik's bat to dismiss the opener for one and leave India on three for one.

After bringing up his up his ninth Test half-century, Jaffer fell to an excellent low catch from Salman Butt at square leg from the very next ball to give Shoaib his second wicket and Pakistan hope.

Sachin Tendulkar (one not out) joined Rahul Dravid (34no) at the crease and the pair guided India through to tea without further incident.After The Tea Even Rahul Dravid Got Bowled by Akhtar. After that Ganguly took the Charge. The Day Ended with India needing 32 Runs more to lead the Test Series.

India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Delhi, 3rd Day

The hosts resumed their first innings on 228 for six and advanced to 262 before losing their final four wickets for only 14 runs. They finished 276 all out to earn a first-innings lead of 45.

Openers Salman Butt - who went on to make 67 - and Yasir Hameed made a solid start for Pakistan, putting on 71 for the first wicket.

Hameed (36) was the only man to go between lunch and tea when he became the first of Anil Kumble's three victims thanks to a brilliant catch at silly-point by VVS Laxman.

Younus Khan departed soon after lunch for 23, trapped leg before wicket playing across the line to Kumble.

Mohammad Yousuf made a swift 18 before offering a caught-and-bowled opportunity to Harbhajan Singh and Kumble struck again when he induced an outside edge from Butt which was snapped up at first slip by Rahul Dravid.

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik also came and went before the close, bowled off an inside edge by Harbhajan for 11.

Misbah-ul-Haq - after being dropped on one by Wasim Jaffer - was 29 not out at stumps alongside Kamran Akmal (21).

Earlier, Laxman and skipper Kumble took the India total past Pakistan's first-innings score of 231 in the second over of the day.

But with India at 262, their 54-run partnership was finally broken when a Danish Kaneria delivery hit the shoulder of Kumble's bat, popping up nicely for Younus to take an easy catch at first slip.

Kumble's dismissal sparked a late collapse as the final three India wickets went cheaply.

Harbhajan faced only five deliveries, scoring one run, before his leg stump was removed by Sohail Tanvir.

Zaheer Khan hammered Kaneria for a six over long-on but perished for nine on the next delivery when he lofted the ball to mid-off, where Shoaib Akhtar took a fine catch.

Kaneria picked up his fourth wicket of the innings with the next ball, dismissing Munaf Patel lbw for a duck, leaving Laxman stranded on 72 as the Indians were dismissed for 276.

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Supernatural Beings : Dark Women

Churrailien (Dark Women):

These Beings can be Described as Evil Ladies. These Ladies are Purely Evil and often disguised as Extremely Beautiful Ladies. They are Often Veiled. The Witnesses Describe her as Women with Extreme Height Nudity Which is Covered by their Long Hairs. Following is an Incident that took place in the City of Karachi.

Two Friends Ali and Ahmed were Nowadays Busy for their Exams. They came to Each others House to Study together. One Night Ali Came to Ahmed's Place and was Studying. During their Studies they Forgot to Keep track of time and after that when they had a Glance on Wall Clock and were Surprised to see that it was 02:00 AM.Ali Said to Ahmed that he has to go to his home as soon as Possible it is too much late. Ahmed Insisted that Stay here till morning but Ali Denied this and Decided to go. On his Way to Home he Saw a Veiled Woman sitting on a Footpath and Crying. Ali Went to her and Asked what's the Problem She Said that She Came to this City from Village and Lost her Way and asked Ali If he can help her find the Right Bus to her Village?. Ali Agreed and said Follow me. After Ali Walked a Few Yards He Feeled the Woman's hand on her Shoulder and Turned back and Saw what he never thought of seeing. The Veiled Woman was no more a Veiled Woman. She was Now an Uglt Woman Bearing Extremely Long Hairs and Long Fangs. He was Scared to Death He tried to Run but the Women Held Ali's Arm so Tightly he cannot even move a Metre. Ali Started Reciting Holy Quran Verses and Found that the Grip was slowly Loosening. As the Hand Moved away Ali ran as a Bullet and didn't looked back.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to Everybody out there!

India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Delhi, 2nd Day

After making 210 on the First Day, Pakistan Continued their 8th Wicket Partnership. But After a while Misbah got run out during a comic jump. Danish Kaneria could not face the onslaught of Kumble and got bowled. India started their 1st Innings but lost their 5 Wickets early on, After that VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni made a Partnership. Dhoni eventually got stumped. Kumble came next and after few overs the game stopped because of Bad Light.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Muhammad : The Last Prophet

Muhammad: The Last Prophet is an animated movie produced by Badr International and directed by Richard Rich. The movie was released in limited cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom.

I Recently Saw The Movie, I was amazed.
The Whole Script was amazing, music was breathtaking.
As In our Religion, Islam, it is not allowed to depict Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and any of his friends and family. He is never depicted.

The movie really tells what our message really is, What Islam really is!

India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Delhi, 1st day

Tenacious Misbah overcomes the odds

Osman Samiuddin

Misbah applied himself remarkably well and instilled a little hope into what could've been a day of total despair for Pakistan © AFP

In almost each of the 23 international innings Misbah-ul-Haq has played since his surprise return to Pakistan's scheme of things, a situation has presented itself, a problem to be resolved. In Twenty20, Fifty50 or Five5, it is both the curse and gift of his position, spiritual and actual, in the middle order. See out the situation and you're a hero; fluff it and you're a chump.

Orchestrating a run-chase, composing a defendable total, organising a rearguard, building on a platform; he has faced some tremendously uncluttered objectives. Almost every time he has taken measure of the situation, sussed out precisely what is needed and comfortably reached that last hurdle.

But as he has approached it, each time, he has misread its height, stuttered, stumbled and failed to clear it. It's been doubly frustrating because of how good, how composed and how much in control he has looked until the very last instant before he makes himself look really silly. It's a bit like Ivan Lendl, the great Czech tennis droid of the 80s, and his runs to the Wimbledon final in the 80s. He always looked rock-solid until he got to the final, whereupon he looked as if he was smoking grass, not playing on it. The value of Misbah has thus hung between curse and gift, between hero and chump.

To immense relief no doubt, he cleared two small hurdles today. His first priority was a personal one, to begin the unenviable - and likely unachievable - task of filling the shoes of the other ul-Haq of Pakistan: not Zia or Ejaz but Inzamam. A first fifty, preferably more, would've helped, and duly he got it.

Even in his orthodox strokes, there seems something unorthodox about Misbah. The cover drive on bended knee is not beyond most international batsmen but how many play a straight drive off one knee, most often for six? There were plenty of little nudges, guides and tickles, and one reverse-sweep to reach his fifty, all regular limited-overs staple, but in one on-drive late in the day, there was a stroke that cut across all formats.

He did it with some comfort as well, on what appeared an unfaithful pitch. Even when defending against the lion of this particular den, Anil Kumble, he was resolute. In his own way, of course: moving his left foot away from leg-stump, using his bat and thus making sure he took the leg-before out of the equation. There were all kinds of tests to pass, for there was all kinds of fine bowling to negate. Zaheer Khan found swing, Munaf Patel did too and added some seam and reverse to it, Harbhajan Singh pestered away and even the lollipops from Sourav Ganguly seemed loaded with gunpowder.

The second, more selfless ask was what Pakistan needed, and that was to drag this innings out as far and for as long as possible and to remain unbeaten till its end. This work is not about the wheels of batting as much as it is about the human condition. It requires a temperament you can mould and adapt as situations demand, a certain composure.

Here again he didn't fail. If Misbah's Twenty20 and a few ODI innings thereafter proved anything, it was that he is not readily flustered. He may be prone to untimely lapses of judgment, but in crisis he is as icy and calculating as, well, Lendl was throughout his career. Not scoring for vast stretches of the afternoon, even as wickets fell, didn't much bother him and hogging much of the strike wasn't a problem either. And when Mohammad Sami showed that he could be trusted, he was more than willing to show him that trust, thus switching smoothly between the Waugh school of tailend batting ('Show them faith, let them bat') and the Border school ('Protect them, farm the strike').

But by remaining unbeaten, by ensuring that he will be second-last or last out when Pakistan are dismissed, he finally finished something, achieved a goal: to instill, into what could've been a day of total despair for Pakistan, a little hope. The bonus was his highest score by some distance in international cricket and a slip of a chance for a maiden hundred tomorrow.

The true worth of Pakistan's late fight, in the context of this Test, will only become apparent when India bat and they will do so knowing the pitch is not for trusting. But for Misbah, who led that fight, it is already priceless.

Osman Samiuddin is the Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

The umpire's word is final ... but wrong

Martin Williamson

After the howler which ended Kumar Sangakkara's innings in Hobart, we look at XI instances where the umpire got it wrong

Light relief for David Constant during the 1982 series © Getty Images
David Constant England v Pakistan 1982
Not the worst decision in itself, but one that started a smouldering fire that culminated in the Shakoor Rana-Mike Gatting face-off five years later. The victim was Pakistan's Sikander Bakht, who Constant gave out caught at short leg after a vociferous and united appeal from the England fielders. Replays showed he had missed the ball by some distance. The Pakistan side were deeply suspicious of Constant thereafter, and when they toured again in 1987, the PCB requested that he not be appointed to stand in any of the Tests. With a display of sheer pig-headedness, the England board brushed aside the request and the clock started ticking. The Pakistan manager branded Constant "a disgraceful person".

Shakeel Khan Pakistan v England, 1st Test, 1987-88
The 1987-88 Pakistan-England series is remembered for the Rana-Gatting face-off at Faisalabad, but the seeds of unrest had been sown by some atrocious umpiring at Lahore when Khan gave a string of dire decisions - it ran into double figures. The most infamous came when he gave Chris Broad caught behind to one that missed the outside edge by a good six inches, leading to Broad refusing to leave the middle until ushered off by Graham Gooch. The most bizarre was against Abdul Qadir, who he gave stumped before Bruce French had removed the bails.

Har Sharma North Zone v Australians 1969-70
If at first you don't succeed, try again. When North Zone's opener Vinay Lamba got a thick edge to spinner John Gleeson it seemed a clear-cut decision, only Sharma remained unmoved. The Australians, after a few moments of waiting, then launched a second appeal, with everyone joining it regardless of where they were on the field. Sharma decided weight of numbers was the key and gave Lamba out.

Bapu Joshi India v West Indies 5th Test 1948-49
India set about chasing 361 in even time in Bombay to level the series, and made a really good fist of things. With 15 minutes left they needed 21 runs. West Indies wasted time with drinks and field changes, but India were left requiring 11 off two overs. They got five off the first five balls and then, to the batsmen's disbelief, Joshi called time and whipped off the bails. Not only had he miscounted the number of balls in the over, but he had miscalculated the time as well. The West Indies fielders left the middle to jeers and cat-calls

Douglas Sang Hue West Indies v Pakistan 2nd Test 1976-77
Sang Hue had already made news in 1973-74 when he gave Alvin Kallicharran run-out in the Port-of-Spain Test, only to reverse the decision overnight, but three years later he reprieved Roy Fredericks when he appeared for all the world to be short of his ground when on 99. According to Imran Khan in his autobiography, Sang Hue turned to Mushtaq Mohammad and admitted that while Fredericks had been out "you don't have to live here".

BC Cooray Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test 2000-01
In Kandy, local umpire Cooray had what might politely be described as a shocker, and he saved his worst for the home side with as many as 15 dubious decisions. Sanath Jayasuriya's dismissal summed up how bad things were, slashing to Graham Thorpe at third slip ... the only problem being that the edge had flown into the ground on its way to the catcher. A livid Jayasuriya stormed off, his helmet reaching the boundary long before he did. Nasser Hussain was also reprieved three times on his way to a hundred. The sad thing is that Cooray was a top umpire but probably past his sell-by date. The public in Sri Lanka turned on him, nicknaming him "Bad Call" Cooray, and he retired admitting to have had "many sleepless nights after that match".

Another mistake from Javed Akhtar ... this time against England © Getty Images
Javed Akhtar England v South Africa 5th Test 1998
A performance which was so bad that it ended being caught up in the match-fixing row a couple of years later. The entire series was dogged with dissent over umpiring, and things came to a head in a nailbiting Leeds Test. Wisden referred to Akhtar's "four days of painful notoriety". He gave nine of 10 lbw decisions awarded during the match, eight of them against South Africa, of which seven were "dubious". In 2000, at the King Commission hearing into match fixing, Ali Bacher claimed that Akhtar had been paid by bookmakers; Akhtar countered by threatening to sue and saying: "I curse such filthy money. No one dared to contact me with such intentions like match-fixing or any other malpractice."

MV Nagendra India v England 4th Test 1976-77
As a Test batsman, Mike Brearley needed all the breaks he could get, so it is perhaps understandable when his usually clam exterior was ruffled when he edged Chandrasekhar to Viswanath at slip on what he believed was the half volley. "There was not another pair of eyes on the ground who thought it had carried," observed The Times. To make things worse, as he sat eating his lunch Nagendra came over and said: "Mr Brearley, I am very sorry. I knew it was not out, but I felt my finger going up and I just couldn't stop it."

Bill Bestwick Middlesex v Sussex 1936
A heavy drinker, Bestwick had to have a minder with a player to ensure he stayed off the beer, although more often that not he managed to give his sentinel the slip. After retiring, he became a respected umpire, but in 1936 he attracted the ire of Gubby Allen when he gave Denis Compton out llbw. Compton, 18, was making his first-class debut for Middlesex and batting at No. 11. A furious Allen remonstrated with Bestwick, who, in a refreshingly honest reply, explained that he was dying for a pee and that he would have wet himself had he not ended the innings.

Lloyd Barker West Indies v England 4th Test 1989-90
Another instance of an umpire being persuaded to change his mind. A ball from Curtly Ambrose appeared to flick Rob Bailey's thigh pad on its way through to Jeff Dujon. Barker appeared to have turned down the appeal but Viv Richards, who was at first slip, came charging down the pitch roaring appeals and Barker belatedly, and to Bailey's undisguised dismay, raised his finger. "The umpire wasn't going to give that but Richards created merry hell," yelled Tony Greig, commentating at the time. Wisden described Richard's "finger-flapping appeal" as "at best undignified and unsightly. At worst, it was calculated gamesmanship". Wisden Cricket Monthly referred to his "orgasmic gesticulations". "When I looked at the TV replays he had clearly missed it ... my angle and position told me he had hit it," Richards later admitted, but he added that while had had appealed "long and loud", the umpire was to blame. "It was up to him to retain his composure and make his decision."

David Shepherd England v Pakistan 2nd Test 2001
Shepherd proved that even the best umpires have their off days. At tea on the last day, England were 196 for 2 and on course for a draw. In the last session, they lost eight wickets, four to no-balls that the umpires failed to spot, even though the third umpire had flagged the point earlier in the day. Three of those errors came at Shepherd's end, and he was so upset when he later watched TV replays that he considered retirement. Some argued that at 60, he was on the slide. But the cricket world sprung to his defence, and Denis Rogers, chairman of the Australian Cricket Board, said: "Shep has a reputation as one of the finest umpires in the world, and that should not be destroyed because he has missed a few no-balls. It's precisely umpires of his status and quality that we need." When the first group of elite umpires was announced later that year, Shepherd was at their head.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of Cricinfo

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Pakistan in India ODI Series, 2007/08 STATS


Most runs in series ...........................................283.........Mohammad Yousuf
High scores in one inning ..................................129.........Salman Butt
Most sixes in an innings ....................................3.............Yuvraj Singh
Most runs from fours and sixes in an innings ....68...........Salman Butt
Highest strike rates in an innings .....................207.14...Shahid Afridi

Bowling Stats:

Most wickets ....................................................8...........Sohail tanveer
Best bowling figures in an innings ...................4/53......Sohail tanveer
Best economy rates in an innings ....................2.60......Sohail tanveer
Best strike rates in an innings .........................14.7......Sohail tanveer
Most runs conceded in an innings ....................70.........Zaheer Khan and Umar Gul

Fielding Stats:

Most catches ....................................................3...........Misbah-ul-Haq
Most catches in an innings................................2...........Misbah-ul-Haq

Patnership Stats
Wkt Runs Partners
1st....... 68.......SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar
2nd......173......SR Tendulkar, G Gambhir
3rd...... 107......SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag
4th...... 168......Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik
5th...... 102......Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq
6th...... 68........Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq
7th...... 39*.......Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir
8th...... 19........IK Pathan, P Kumar
9th...... 33.......Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan
10th.... 37........IK Pathan, S Sreesanth

Yuvraj-Dhoni Patnerships
105 at Guwahati
101* at Gwalior
100 at Kanpur
45 at Jaipur
20 at Mohali


Can Dreams Come True? Well For some it might be like "Yes, We can make our Dreams come True!" and for some it might be like "Well, We'll See, Its not a Fairytale out here!"

So What do you think? I Believe that nothing is unachievable until you are yourself down or you have let yourself down!

Everybody has the right to see dreams, Don't become a daydreamer in this process! Dreams can definitely come True! Trust Yourself!

'Helpless When She Smiles'

Single Cover for the upcoming Backstreet Boys Single from their New Album 'Unbreakable'

(Its really nice!)

Backstreet boys are still 'Unbreakable'

By Solarina Ho
TORONTO (Reuters Life!) - It's been nearly 15 years and they're no longer youngsters, but the Backstreet Boys are still around and have just released a new album.

The youngest of the four-member group, Nick Carter, joined the group at the age of 12 and is now turning 28. Their sixth album, "Unbreakable", is near the top of the Billboard 200 charts.

"We've been so blessed to have so many fans worldwide that are still keeping us around," said band-member Howie Dorough, who is getting married next month.

Members of the group have kept busy putting out solo albums, managing other artists and doing charity work.

"We're giving each other space to spread our wings out a little bit and do some individual stuff," said Dorough.

It's a lesson learned after the group took a break between 2002 and 2004.

Dorough spoke to Reuters about the long road to "Unbreakable" and the lessons the band have learned.

Q: What goes through your mind when you think about the last 15 years?

A: "It's really hard to even put in words, exactly how my life has changed in the last 15 years. It's been an unbelievable rollercoaster ride. Lots of highs, a couple of lows here and there. I'd say 95 percent all highs. My 20s with the guys have probably been some of the best years of my life."

Q: What are some of the insights you've gained?

A: "We were going so fast, and we were taking things a little bit for granted, even taking each other for granted. And that's when we took our break. I think that break made us realize and appreciate what we really had. Don't get me wrong, I think it was a well needed break, because I think we were going on a path of eventually destruction -- we'd just been busy for nine years solid. We needed that time away for us to find our individuality again."

Q: Did you think you'd be back together again?

A: "I always thought in my gut we were going to be back together ... (but) we were all at five different places. There was definitely the thought in the back of my head, 'Wow, this might be the last time I see these guys again.'

Q: What's different about "Unbreakable" from your last album "Never Gone"?

A: "This time around, we made a conscious decision to go back to what people know us best for, which is our live entertaining shows, vocal harmonies, good, easy pop listening songs, up-tempo songs."

Q: Kevin Richardson left the group last year. What was it like doing "Unbreakable" without him?

A: "We've been together for 15 years. We're like family. To me it almost feels like the first son going off to college, but the rest of the family household still keeps on moving on. Don't get me wrong, it definitely felt weird going into the studio making the record."

Q: Has Kevin hinted whether he'll come back?

A: "He actually alluded to the fact that it's not something he'd ever want to close the door on and he hopes that we weren't closing the door on him. We totally said definitely the doors would always be open."

Q: Any tour plans in the works?

A: "We're kicking off our tour next year. We're doing Feb 16 and 17 starting off in Tokyo, Japan, and the plan is to take the tour all around the world."

Pakistan Defeats India in the Final ODI at Jaipur

Pakistan Defeats India in the 5th and the Final ODI played at Jaipur, Although India has already won the series, But the Final Match was played for pride, Pakistan set the Target of 307 Runs. India Fall short of 31 Runs getting Bowled Out.

3-Matches Test Series Will Start from 22nd November.

Warne and Murali make up

Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan called their war of words in the media a "miscommunication" as they unveiled the new trophy that bears their names. Tensions between the pair had risen after Muralitharan called Warne a "miserable man" following Warne's comment that Muralitharan should have his bowling action analysed during a Test.

But they came together in Hobart to launch the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, which will be the prize in Australia-Sri Lanka Test series beginning with the current tour. "There is no issue at all," Muralitharan told AAP

"I thought he said something about my bowling action and then I said he was a miserable man. We just talked to each other and patched it up. It was a miscommunication more than anything else."

Warne said he and Muralitharan were good friends. "I spoke to Murali about it this morning so I'm pretty happy actually, I'm not that miserable," Warne said. "I've got absolutely no issue with Murali and his action or anything like that.

"All I've said in my column that I wrote was that commonsense should prevail. If umpires or anybody has any issue with actions - I'm not saying Murali's but anyone's in world cricket - then they should be tested in match conditions."

In his angry response to Warne's column Muralitharan had said that perhaps Warne was upset he was about to lose his record of 708 Test wickets to Muralitharan. "I've enjoyed having [the record]," Warne said. "I'm happy to pass it on to Murali. I think he'll take a thousand."

© Cricinfo


The things, Every passing moment gives you something and takes something, you never know what will happen in the next moment, There's no question of predictions here, Everything can turn out on other side, Review what the present has left, Think of the past, Try to sort out the things before its too late...

Helpless When She Smiles

Helpless When She Smiles is the next single by Backstreet Boys from their Album 'Unbreakable'.

As told by Nick in a message on his number, The Video has been filmed and looks amazing, Its full of sceneries.

Government Ordered Private News Channels to Shut Down

Government Of Pakistan Ordered Popular Private News Channels, Geo News and ARY One World to Shut Down their Transmission.

Obeying the Orders Yesterday The satellite Feeds of Geo News and ARY One World were Stopped, Resulting in the Shut down of the respective Channels.

Happy B'day to Me!

Well it was My Birthday today!

Happy B'Day to me !

The day went just fine, Nothing unexpected, got some really nice wishes!

(I was born on 17th November)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Gadget : Shooting the stars

Shooting the stars

This is one gadget made especially for astronomy lovers. The Meade MySky allows you to explore the heavens simply with a point and shoot. Its database comes with 30,000 objects in the night sky, and can also show cool multimedia astronomy presentations. It is all automatic. There are real-time colour maps of the night sky, over 500 audio descriptions with more information on what you are looking at, incredible photographs of distant celestial objects which you can view from its colour LCD screen, with 256 MB RAM (expandable), an SD card slot, and even has a long-lasting seven hour rechargeable battery.

Unbreakable chart position

Here is the current chart position of Unbreakable.

USA # 7
Japan # 1
Ireland # 26
Estonia # 14
Australia # 25
Canada # 3
UK # 21
Germany # 7
Switzerland # 6
Italy # 15
Portugal # 17

Top Video Game Picks

Here are my Favorites for this Month (All for Microsoft Windows)

1. Painkiller Overdose

2. Need For Speed : Prostreet

3. Gears Of War (PC)

4. Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare

5. Assassin's Creed

6. Bioshock

7. Hellgate : London

Unbreakable - Reviewed : Backstreet Boys shatter boy band stigma with "Unbreakable"

While the title might be grossly cliché, the content screams what's true: Backstreet's back.

The Backstreet Boys released their newest album "Unbreakable" on Oct. 30. One third of the world was ecstatic, another third had no idea the Boys were still making music, and the rest of the world flat out didn't care. But regardless of who thinks what, the boy band pioneers of the late 90s are still alive and kicking with their fifth studio album.

Unlike their official comeback album, 2005's "Never Gone," which was a combination of rock tunes and heart-wrenching ballads, this album finds the Boys getting back into the groove of the classic pop songs that made them famous. Think back to the days of "I Want It That Way" and "The Call," only now the Boys are now very much men and a member down.

Kevin Richardson left the group some months ago to pursue other interests. It's sad to say, but Richardson will be missed more for his presence in the group and with fans than his vocal contribution.

With Richardson gone, Howie Dorough, the falsetto of the group, has gotten the opportunity to make his presence known. It isn't a very big opportunity, though, as the majority of the vocals are still dominated by Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, and Nick Carter, who belts it out hardcore over his fellow bandmates on a majority of the songs, even on the choruses. But, hey, if you got it, flaunt it. Carter definitely has it and more.

The Boys and their producers got smart on this album, turning many potentially sappy love songs into future upbeat club hits. Nearly every song on "Unbreakable" is Top 40 material and ready for radio, especially "Everything But Mine" and "Any Other Way." "In Pieces" sounds like the newest song from The Fray and a few tracks are especially catchy. "One In a Million" and "Panic" deserve to spin in Philadelphia's hottest clubs.

The first time I listen to an album, I listen for music. The second time, my ear is tuned for lyrics. Some of the tracks, like "Downpour," surprised me because the lyrics were truly poetic and thought -provoking. "Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon" struck me as being very Beatles-esque. You can really hear the parallels in the lines, "The one you hate to love is made for you" and "Last night I saw the fireworks/ The kind of pain that never hurts." You wouldn't expect this from a band that doesn't write their own songs, right? Well, guess what-the Backstreet Boys do write their own songs. They wrote about half of the tracks on this album. It was a shock to see that JC Chasez, a former member of rival boy band *NSYNC, had collaborated with McLean on a song. "Unbreakable" is packed with many awesome surprises. "Treat Me Right" has a pretty happy beat, but there's a moment in the pre-chorus where the tone changes and becomes, in a word, scary. To put it simply, this is the part in the song where the sun went behind a cloud. I think it's the most ingenious thing I've heard out of pop music in a long time.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Biographer: Norman Mailer dead at age 84

By RICHARD PYLE, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - Norman Mailer, the macho prince of American letters who for decades reigned as the country's literary conscience and provocateur with such books as "The Naked and the Dead" and "The Executioner's Song" died Saturday, his literary executor said. He was 84.

Mailer died of acute renal failure at Mount Sinai Hospital, said J. Michael Lennon, who is also the author's biographer.

From his classic debut novel to such masterworks of literary journalism as "The Armies of the Night," the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner always got credit for insight, passion and originality.

Some of his works were highly praised, some panned, but none was pronounced the Great American Novel that seemed to be his life quest from the time he soared to the top as a brash 25-year-old "enfant terrible."

Mailer built and nurtured an image over the years as pugnacious, street-wise and high-living. He drank, fought, smoked pot, married six times and stabbed his second wife, almost fatally, during a drunken party.

He had nine children, made a quixotic bid to become mayor of New York, produced five forgettable films, dabbled in journalism, flew gliders, challenged professional boxers, was banned from a Manhattan YWHA for reciting obscene poetry, feuded publicly with writer Gore Vidal and crusaded against women's liberation.

But as Newsweek reviewer Raymond Sokolov said in 1968, "In the end, it is the writing that will count."

Mailer, he wrote, possessed "a superb natural style that does not crack under the pressures he puts upon it, a talent for narrative and characters with real blood streams and nervous systems, a great openness and eagerness for experience, a sense of urgency about the need to test thought and character in the crucible of a difficult era."

Norman Mailer was born Jan. 31, 1923, in Long Branch, N.J. His father, Isaac, a South Africa-born accountant, and mother, Fanny, who ran a housekeeping and nursing agency, soon moved to Brooklyn — later described by Mailer as "the most secure Jewish environment in America."

Mailer earned an engineering science degree in 1943 from Harvard University, where he decided to become a writer, and was soon drafted into the Army. Sent to the Philippines as an infantryman, he saw enough of army life and combat to provide a basis for his first book, "The Naked and the Dead," published in 1948 while he was a postgraduate student in Paris on the GI Bill of Rights.

The book — noteworthy for Mailer's invention of the word "fug" as a substitute for the then-unacceptable four-letter original — was a best seller, and Mailer returned home to find himself anointed the new Hemingway, Dos Passos and Melville.

Buoyed by instant literary celebrity, Mailer embraced the early 1950s counterculture — defining "hip" in his essay "The White Negro," allying himself with Beat Generation gurus Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and writing social and political commentary for the Village Voice, which he helped found. He also churned out two more novels, "Barbary Shore" (1951) and "Deer Park" (1955), neither embraced kindly by readers or critics.

Mailer turned reporter to cover the 1960 Democratic Party convention for Esquire and later claimed, with typical hubris, that his piece, "Superman Comes to the Supermarket," had made the difference in John F. Kennedy's razor-thin margin of victory over Republican Richard M. Nixon.

While Life magazine called his next book, "An American Dream" (1965), "the big comeback of Norman Mailer," the author-journalist was chronicling major events of the day: an anti-war march on Washington, the 1968 political conventions, the Ali-Patterson fight, an Apollo moon shot.

His 1968 account of the peace march on the Pentagon, "The Armies of the Night," won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He was described as the only person over 40 trusted by the flower generation.

When he covered the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago for Harper's magazine, Mailer was torn between keeping to a tight deadline or joining the anti-war protests that led to a violent police crackdown. "I was in a moral quandary. I didn't know if I was being scared or being professional," he later testified in the trial of the so-called Chicago Seven.

In 1999, "The Armies of the Night" was listed at No. 19 on a New York University survey of 100 examples of the best journalism of the century.

Mailer's personal life was as turbulent as the times. In 1960, at a party at his Brooklyn Heights home, Mailer stabbed his second wife, Adele Morales, with a knife. She declined to press charges, and it was not until 1997 that she revealed, in her own book, how close she had come to dying.

Mailer had views on almost everything.

The 1970s: "the decade in which image became pre-eminent because nothing deeper was going on."

Poetry: a "natural activity ... a poem comes to one," whereas prose required making "an appointment with one's mind to write a few thousand words."

Journalism: irresponsible. "You can't be too certain about what happened."

Technology: "insidious, debilitating and depressing," and nobody in politics had an answer to "its impact on our spiritual well-being."

"He had such a compendious vision of what it meant to be alive. He had serious opinions on everything there was to have an opinion on, and everything he had was so original," said friend William Kennedy, author of "Ironweed."

Mailer's suspicion of technology was so deep that while most writers used typewriters or computers, he wrote with a pen, some 1,500 words a day. In a 1971 magazine piece about the new women's liberation movement, Mailer equated the dehumanizing effect of technology with what he said was feminists' need to abolish the mystery, romance and "blind, goat-kicking lust" from sex.

Time magazine said the broadside should "earn him a permanent niche in their pantheon of male chauvinist pigs." Mailer later told an interviewer that his being called sexist was "the greatest injustice in American life."

"He could do anything he wanted to do — the movie business, writing, theater, politics," author Gay Talese said Saturday. "He never thought the boundaries were restricted. He'd go anywhere and try anything. He was a courageous person, a great person, fully confident, with a great sense of optimism."

In "Advertisements for Myself" (1959), Mailer promised to write the greatest novel yet, but later conceded he had not. Among other notable works: "Cannibals and Christians" (1966); "Why Are We in Vietnam?" (1967); and "Miami and the Siege of Chicago" (1968), an account of the two political conventions that year.

"The Executioner's Song" (1979), an epic account of the life and death of petty criminal Gary Gilmore, whom Mailer never met, won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. "Ancient Evenings" (1983), a novel of ancient Egypt that took 11 years to complete, was critically panned.

"Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1984) became a 1987 film. Some critics found "Harlot's Ghost" (1991), a novel about the CIA, surprisingly sympathetic to the cold warriors, considering Mailer's left-leaning past. In 1997, he came out with "The Gospel According to the Son," a novel told from Jesus Christ's point of view. The following year, he marked his 75th birthday with the epic-length anthology "The Time of Our Time."

Besides Morales, Mailer's other wives were Beatrice Silverman, Lady Jeanne Campbell, Beverly Bentley, actress Carol Stevens and painter Norris Church. He had five daughters, three sons and a stepson.

Mailer lived for decades in a Brooklyn Heights town house with a view of New York harbor and lower Manhattan from the rooftop "crow's nest," and kept a beach-side home in Provincetown, Mass., where he spent increasing time in his later years.

Despite heart surgery, hearing loss and arthritic knees that forced him to walk with canes, Mailer retained his enthusiasm for writing and in early 2007 released "The Castle in the Forest," a novel about Hitler's early years, narrated by an underling of Satan. A book of conversations about the cosmos, "On God: An Uncommon Conversation," came out in the fall.

In 2005, Mailer received a gold medal for lifetime achievement at the National Book Awards, where he deplored what he called the "withering" of general interest in the "serious novel." Authors like himself, he said more than once, had become anachronisms as people focused on television and young writers aspired to screenwriting or journalism.

"Obviously, he was a great American voice," said a tearful Joan Didion, struggling for words upon learning of Mailer's death.

Lennon said arrangements for a private service and burial for family members and close friends would be announced next week, and a memorial service would be held in New York in the coming months.


National Writer Hillel Italie in New York contributed to this report.

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Nolan Debunks Dark Knight Pollution Story

The AFP reports that The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan said Friday a planned scene in which Batman dived into Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor was cut because of script changes and not the water's severe pollution.

"That was my decision, nothing to do with pollution. It was simply a script decision," said Nolan, "Once you see the finished film, you will understand why. As far as the pollution question goes, I honestly have no problem dumping movie stars in it."

The film will use Hong Kong's spectacular skyline during several days filming there, Nolan added.

Bale said he was excited about climbing to the top of some the city's highest buildings "and jumping off of them."

Speaking alongside co-star Morgan Freeman at a packed press conference, Bale said he would be shooting on the top of Hong Kong's tallest building, the 90-storey IFC2.

Mark Wahlberg is Max Payne

20th Century Fox has signed Mark Wahlberg to star in Max Payne, a live-action adaptation of the bestselling Rockstar video game that will begin shooting early next year. John Moore will direct.

Variety says Wahlberg is negotiating to play the titular cop who is haunted by the tragic loss of his family and has little regard for rules as he investigates a series of mysterious murders. He finds himself up against an adversary bent on destroying Max and the streets he protects.

The script was written by Beau Thorne. Julie Yorn is producing through Firm Films, along with Scott Faye.

Marvel Studios' Updated Slate of Projects

Source: Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment released its 3rd Quarter earnings for 2007 and included its updated Marvel Studios slate of projects. Here is what the company is developing.

Feature Film Projects Being Developed by Marvel – partial list
Iron Man, Marvel - Completed principal photography; May 2, 2008 release
The Incredible Hulk, Marvel - Commenced principal photography; June 13, 2008 release
Ant-Man, Marvel - Writer and director engaged
Captain America, Marvel - Writer engaged
Thor, Marvel - Writer engaged
The Avengers, Marvel - Writer engaged

Licensed Marvel Character Feature Film Line-Up
Punisher 2, Lionsgate - Commenced principal photography, slated for 2008 release
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox - Director engaged, slated for May 1, 2009 release

Marvel Character Animated TV Projects
Fantastic Four, Moonscoop SAS (France) - 26, 30-minute episodes; Running Internationally.
Spider-Man, Sony - In development; US distribution agreement with Kids' WB for Spring 2008 release.
Wolverine and the X-Men, First Serve Toonz (India) - 26, 30-minute episodes in development; Fall 2008 release.
Iron Man, Method Films (France) - 26, 30-minute episodes in development; Fall 2008 release.
Hulk, TBD - In development.

Marvel Character Animated Direct-to-DVD Projects
Next Avengers, Lionsgate - Targeted July 2008 release
Hulk Smash, Lionsgate - Targeted October 2008 release
Thor, Lionsgate - Targeted April 2009 release
TBD, Lionsgate - Targeted September 2009 release

Marvel Character Live Stage Projects
Spider-Man the Musical, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment
In development/opening date to be determined; Julie Taymor director; music & lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge

Marvel Video Game Releases (Release dates controlled by Publishing partner)
Sega, Iron Man - Targeted 2008
Sega, The Incredible Hulk - Targeted 2008

Pakistan Shatters India In the Nail-Biting 2nd ODI

Pakistan Defeats India in the 2nd ODI of Indian Oil Cricket Series in Mohali, Punjab.

India started slowly, galloped in the middle, slowed down again before picking up some pace at the end to post their fourth highest total against Pakistan. In the end, it didn't prove enough. Pakistan went the other way: They started off in a rush, slowed down in the middle, upped the ante later before exploding in the end.

The Home Team Gave a Mammoth Target of 321 in 50 Overs. Pakistan Shattered India by Chasing Down the Target making 322 in 49.5 Overs.
Man of The Match was Awarded to Younus Khan for making 117 Runs.
The 5-Match ODI Series Now Levels 1-1

The Presentation Highlights:

Misbah: "I really enjoyed the partnership with Younis. We decided if we play 50 overs we will win the game." On asked when will he stop playing that paddle sweep, he said, "I think after this game!"

Dhoni: "It was a good day for cricket. We should have scored atleast 350. We never bowled according to the field, we didn't bowl well. I don't think we missed a extra bowler. Sourav bowled very well, he bowled better than bit of our regular bowlers."

Man of the match: Younis Khan. "We lost couple of games against India. So this is a good win. I and Misbah shared a good partnership. The plan was to give around 7 runs per over to Afridi and Tanvir and we [Misbah and Younis] managed to do it.

Shoaib Malik: " I think I had three tablets for my blood pressure! The credit goes to Younas, Misbah and at the end, Afridi and Tanvir. Our morale is high now as its 1-1 now. I would like to thank the Indian and the Pakistan crowd who turned up today. It was a great wicket to play on."

Gadget : Vuzix iWear VR920

Experience the New Virtual Reality with the VR920 Video Eyewear

The first video eyewear specifically designed to let you step inside virtual worlds, MMOs and 3D games. No more staring at flat screens. The iWear VR920 allows you to enter virtual worlds and communicate with others as if you are really there.

Experience cyberspace like never before
Step inside with the Vuzix iWear VR920, the world’s first Internet communications and gaming solution that incorporates immersive big-screen 3D, head tracking, microphone and audio. You can move, look around, listen, and communicate with others - almost like being in the ‘real’ world. The iWear VR920 opens amazing new doors to the World Wide Web.

Price: $399.95 (USD)

Connects to PCs and laptops.
Just plug in and view extraordinary high resolution video on a virtual display equivalent to a 62-inch screen at 9 feet. iWear® 3D and integrated 3 Degree of Freedom (DOF) tracker and built-in microphone deliver the ultimate interactive online experience.

Supported Media:
Plug and play video with virtually all PC applications
Thousands of pre-existing applications in full 3D
The VR920 will completely change the plethora of massively multiplayer online applications from World of Warcraft to Internet chat in virtual Worlds

Game Compatibility:
World of Warcraft xPlane Flight Sim
Second Life rFactor Racing Sim
Unreal Tournament 2004 GTR2 Racing Sim
HalfLife2 – Deathmatch Quake 4 (1.4.2)
Counter Strike Pacific Fighters
MS Flight Sim X Lock On Flight Sim
IL2 – Sturmovik

6-foot slim single-cable design with USB and VGA connectors
Large field-of-view optics to allow a fully immersive experience
iWear® 3D enabled for automatic 2D/3D control; no buttons required
Built-in microphone allows users to communicate from anywhere in the world as if they are standing next to each other
Integrated 3 DOF head-tracker lets users look around inside of virtual worlds as if they are actually there

User Adjustable:
Removable, integrated speakers (no clumsy uncomfortable earbuds) can be upgraded or removed to allow the user to plug in their own headsets
AccuTilt™ viewer pivots up to 15 degrees for comfortable viewing angle
Soft, comfortable, hypo-allergenic nosepiece extends up to 3/8"
Custom fit head strap for extra secure fit

Advanced Optics:
32-degree field of view
3/4" eye relief and 5/16" eye box
2-3/8" intraocular distance (IOD)
Color corrected 10th order aspherical lens with diffractive surface

Technical Specifications:
Twin high-resolution 640x480 (920,000 pixels) LCD displays
Equivalent to a 62” screen viewed at 9 feet
24-bit true color (16 million colors)
Visor weighs 3.2 ounces
60 Hz progressive scan display update rates
Fully iWear® 3D compliant and supports NVIDIA stereo drivers
Built-in noise-canceling microphone for internet VOIP communications
Built-in 3 degree of freedom head-tracker
USB connectivity for power, tracking and full duplex audio
Analog VGA monitor input
Support for up to 1024x768 VGA video formats

Box Contents:
iWear VR920
Lens cleaning carrying pouch
Drivers, manual and software disc
Quickstart guide with warranty and safety instructions

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Unbreakable - Simply Beautiful

Backstreet Boys Unbreakable - Simply Beautiful
By Bill Lamb
4 out of 5 stars

The Backstreet Boys are not every music fan's cup of tea, but, simply put, this album consists of one beautiful pop song after another. The incomparably lush harmonies and instantly pleasing melodies are a bit overwhelming when taken as a complete album, so the group remains at its best as a singles band. The good news is that every one of these songs is radio friendly. As Timbaland tops the pop singles chart with the unapologetic adult contemporary sound of "Apologize," it's time for radio programmers to welcome the Boys back.

Sympathetic Production
In a very wise move, the Backstreet Boys have fully abandoned the Max Martin sound of many of their early hits and, instead, are working with producers sympathetic to their efforts to sound like an adult vocal group. Dan Muckala, producer and co-songwriter of the group's hit single "Incomplete" from their last album Never Gone, is the producer of the bulk of the material here. However, other top studio pros like Emanuel Kiriakou (Nick Lachey's "What's Left of Me"), John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway"), and Billy Mann (Pink's "Stupid Girls") work their magic, too.

The Purest Pop
The sound leans to adult contemporary, but contemporary pop music doesn't get much more pure than this. Memorable melodies, interwoven choral harmonies, piano, strings, and gentle use of guitar and drums combine for straightforward songs that will engage most pop fans. There are a few cuts, most notably "Any Other Way" and "Panic," that add rock elements to the group's sound but it only takes one cut like the first single "Inconsolable" to realize the group is concentrating on fleshing out their most comfortable pop territory. Fellow boy band veteran JC Chasez of *NSYNC takes the Backstreet Boys into upbeat pop territory familiar to both goups with his production and songwriting talents.

Top Tracks on 'Unbreakable'

Helpless When She Smiles
Treat Me Right
Love Will Keep You Up All Night
Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon

A Comfortable Place for the Backstreet Boys
The days of first week album sales in excess of 1 million are probably long over for the Backstreet Boys, but, after the growing pains of Never Gone, the group seems to have settled into a comfortable place as an adult vocal group. They have long been one of the most talented of boy bands in pure vocal ability. Now they have found the right production and songwriting collaborators to take their songs to the next level. If you are looking for an album of pure pop pleasure, you can not do much better with current releases than Unbreakable.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Egypt puts King Tut on public display

By ANNA JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer

LUXOR, Egypt - King Tut's buck-toothed face was unveiled Sunday for the first time in public — more than 3,000 years after the youngest and most famous pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt was shrouded in linen and buried in his golden underground tomb.

Archeologists carefully lifted thae fragile mummy out of a quartz sarcophagus decorated with stone-carved protective goddesses, momentarily pulling aside a beige covering to reveal a leathery black body.

The linen was then replaced over Tut's narrow body so only his face and tiny feet were exposed, and the 19-year-old king, whose life and death has captivated people for nearly a century, was moved to a simple glass climate-controlled case to keep it from turning to dust.

"I can say for the first time that the mummy is safe and the mummy is well preserved, and at the same time, all the tourists who will enter this tomb will be able to see the face of Tutankhamun for the first time," Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said from inside the hot and sticky tomb.

"The face of the golden boy is amazing. It has magic and it has mystery," he added.

Hawass said scientists began restoring the badly damaged mummy more than two years ago. Much of the body is broken into 18 pieces — damage sustained when British archaeologist Howard Carter first discovered it 85 years ago, took it from its tomb and tried to pull off the famous golden mask, Hawass said.

But experts fear a more recent phenomenon — mass tourism — is further deteriorating Tut's mummy. Thousands of tourists visit the underground chamber every month, and Hawass said within 50 years the mummy could dissolve into dust.

"The humidity and heat caused by ... people entering the tomb and their breathing will change the mummy to a powder. The only good thing (left) in this mummy is the face. We need to preserve the face," said Hawass, who wore his signature Indiana Jones-style tan hat.

The mystery surrounding King Tutankhamun — who ruled during the 18th dynasty and ascended to the throne at age 8 — and his glittering gold tomb has entranced ancient Egypt fans since Carter first discovered the hidden tomb, revealing a trove of fabulous gold and precious stone treasures and propelling the once-forgotten pharaoh into global stardom.

He wasn't Egypt's most powerful or important king, but his staggering treasures, rumors of a mysterious curse that plagued Carter and his team — debunked by experts long ago — and several books and TV documentaries dedicated to Tut have added to his intrigue.

Archeologists in recent years have tried to resolve lingering questions over how he died and his precise royal lineage. In 2005, scientists removed Tut's mummy from his tomb and placed it into a portable CT scanner for 15 minutes to obtain a three-dimensional image. The scans were the first done on an Egyptian mummy.

The results ruled out that Tut was violently murdered — but stopped short of definitively concluding how he died around 1323 B.C. Experts, including Hawass, suggested that days before dying, Tut badly broke his left thigh, an apparent accident that may have resulted in a fatal infection.

The CT scan also provided the most revealing insight yet into Tut's life. He was well-fed and healthy, but slight, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall at the time of his death. The scan also showed he had the overbite characteristic of other kings from his family, large incisor teeth and his lower teeth were slightly misaligned.

The unveiling of Tut's mummy comes amid a resurgence in the frenzy over the boy king. A highly publicized museum exhibit traveling the globe drew more than 4 million people during its initial four-city American-leg of the tour. The exhibit will open Nov. 15 in London and later will make a three-city encore tour in the U.S. beginning with the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Egyptian tourism industry is hoping to capitalize on that interest and draw tourists to Luxor to see something they couldn't in traveling exhibit — the mummy itself.

The number of tourists who visit Tut's tomb is expected to double to 700 a day now that the mummy will be on display indefinitely, said Mostafa Wazery, who heads the Valley of the Kings for Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Most of Egypt's other identified mummies are on display in museums in Luxor and Cairo.

But not every tourist was eager to find out that Tut's mummy was being moved to a modern, see-through case.

"I really think he should be left alone in quiet, in peace," said British tourist Bob Philpotts after viewing Tut's tomb before the mummy was moved on Sunday. "This is his resting place, and he should be left (there)."

Hawass said experts will begin another project to determine the pharaoh's precise royal lineage. It is unclear if he is the son or a half brother of Akhenaten, the "heretic" pharaoh who introduced a revolutionary form of monotheism to ancient Egypt and was the son of Amenhotep III.

Sunday's unveiling ensured the boy pharaoh would remain eternal, said Hawass.

"I can assure you that putting this mummy in this case, this showcase, can make the golden boy live forever," he said.

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Shuttle undocks from station

By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON, Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON - After a week and a half of intense and unprecedented work, the astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery undocked from the international space station on Monday to begin their two-day journey home.

"Thank you guys for the module and all your help," space station commander Peggy Whitson said as Discovery pulled away from the orbiting outpost.

Discovery's crew arrived at the station on Oct. 25 and quickly accomplished the ambitious tasks of moving a massive solar power tower and installing the module, a school bus-sized compartment that will serve as a docking port for future laboratories.

But their toughest assignment emerged when one of the newly installed tower's wings ripped in two places as it was being unfurled.

Fearing the damage could worsen and the wing could be ruined, NASA sent a spacewalking astronaut far from the safety of the station to make emergency repairs on what amounted to a live electrical generator.

Saturday's history-making spacewalk has allowed the space agency to push forward with plans to launch the shuttle Atlantis and its major cargo — a new European lab — in December.

Shortly after undocking, the shuttle flew a full lap around the station, primarily so crew members could take pictures of the outpost's new configuration. Engineers were particularly interested in seeing how the newly mended solar wing was affected by the vibrations of undocking.

Computer problems forced pilot George Zamka to navigate the loop without help from software that provides information about the shuttle's path. But Discovery commander Pamela Melroy and Mission Control said he did a perfect job.

"We would never know that he doesn't have the data. It looks great," Mission Control said.

Astronaut Daniel Tani, who flew to the station aboard Discovery and will remain in orbit for two months, radioed the shuttle crew a last goodbye as they finished circling the outpost.

"I miss you already," he said. "Fly safe. Get home safe. I'll see you on the ground."

"Yep, we'll see you on the ground," Discovery commander Pamela Melroy replied.

Later, the crew planned to take another close-up laser survey of Discovery's wings and nose cap, this time to check for any possible micrometeroid damage. Inspections conducted earlier in the mission found no evidence of significant damage from debris shed during liftoff.

Discovery is scheduled to land Wednesday afternoon.

Whitson and Melroy are the first women to simultaneously manage two spacecraft in the 50-year history of spaceflight.

Whitson and her crew plan to move the compartment, named Harmony, to its permanent location next week.


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Over 1,500 held in Pakistan emergency

By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Police fired tear gas and battered thousands of lawyers protesting President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule, as Western allies threatened to review aid to the troubled Muslim nation. More than 1,500 people have been arrested in 48 hours, and authorities put a stranglehold on independent media.

Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and is also head of Pakistan's army, suspended the constitution on Saturday ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether his re-election as president was legal. He ousted independent-minded judges, stripped media freedoms and granted sweeping powers to authorities to crush dissent.

Though public anger was mounting in the nation of 160 million people, which has been under military rule for much of its 60-year history, demonstrations so far have been limited largely to activists, rights workers and lawyers. All have been quickly and sometimes brutally stamped out.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Washington was reviewing its assistance to Pakistan, which has received billions in aid since Musharraf threw his support behind the U.S.-led war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

At a news conference in the West Bank on Monday, Rice urged Musharraf to follow through on past promises to "take off his uniform."

"I want to be very clear," she said, as a team of U.S. defense officials postponed plans to travel to Islamabad for talks Tuesday because of the crisis. "We believe that the best path for Pakistan is to quickly return to a constitutional path and then to hold elections."

Britain also said it was reviewing its aid package to Pakistan, and the Dutch government suspended its aid on Monday.

Musharraf reiterated to foreign ambassadors Monday that he was committed to complete the transition to democracy, though, under a state of emergency, elections scheduled for January could be pushed back by up to a year, according to the government.

Critics say Musharraf imposed emergency rule in a last-ditch attempt to cling to power.

His leadership is threatened by the Islamic militant movement that has spread from border regions to the capital, the reemergence of political rival and former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and an increasingly defiant Supreme Court, which has been virtually decimated in the last two days.

Since late Saturday, between 1,500 and 1,800 people have been detained nationwide, an Interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. They include opposition leaders, lawyers and human rights activists who might mobilize protests.

At least 67 workers and supporters of Bhutto — who has held talks in recent months with Musharraf over an alliance to fight extremism — had been arrested, said Pakistan People's Party spokesman Farhatullah Babar.

Lawyers — who were the driving force behind protests earlier this year when Musharraf tried unsuccessfully to fire independent-minded chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry — attempted to stage rallies in major cities on Monday, but were beaten and arrested.

Chaudhry was removed from his post on Saturday, just as the Supreme Court was preparing to rule on whether Musharraf's Oct. 6 re-election. Opponents say he should be disqualified because he contested the vote as army chief.

In the biggest gathering Monday, about 2,000 lawyers congregated at the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore. As lawyers tried to exit onto a main road, hundreds of police stormed inside, swinging batons and firing tear gas. Lawyers, shouting "Go Musharraf Go!" responded by throwing stones and beating police with tree branches.

Police bundled about 250 lawyers into waiting vans, an Associated Press reporter saw. At least two were bleeding from the head.

In the capital, Islamabad, hundreds of police and paramilitary troops lined roads and rolled out barbed-wire barricades on Monday to seal off the Supreme Court.

Only government employees heading for nearby ministries were allowed through. Two black-suited lawyers whose car was stopped by police argued in vain that they should be granted entry. They were eventually escorted away by two police cars.

A few dozen activists from hard-line Islamic parties gathered nearby, chanting slogans including "Hang, Musharraf, hang!"

As well as calling for protests, lawyers' groups have vowed to boycott all court proceedings held in front of new judges sworn by Musharraf.

Rana Bhagwandas, a Supreme Court judge who refused to take oath under Musharraf's proclamation of emergency orders, said he has been locked inside in his official residence in Islamabad and that other judges were being pressured to support the government.

"They are still working on some judges, they are under pressure," Bhagwandas told Geo TV in a phone interview.

Authorities have imprisoned or put under house arrest key Musharraf critics, among them Javed Hashmi, the acting president of the party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; cricket star-turned politician, Imran Khan; Asma Jehangir, chairman of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan; and Hamid Gul, former chief of the main intelligence agency.

Pakistan's largest religious party Jamaat-e-Islami reported that more than 500 of its workers and supporters had been detained since Sunday, including its leader, according to senior members of the party and police.

Attorney General Malik Mohammed Qayyum said Sunday a new panel of Supreme Court judges would rule "as early as possible" on Musharraf's eligibility for a new five-year presidential term.


Associated Press writers Zarar Khan in Islamabad, Ashraf Khan in Karachi, Khalid Tanweer in Multan and Zia Khan in Lahore contributed to this report.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Pakistan's President Musharraf declares emergency

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Gen. Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency on Saturday, ahead of a crucial Supreme Court ruling on his future as president, thrusting the country deeper into political turmoil as it struggles with spreading Islamic militancy.

The government blocked transmissions of private news channels in several cities and telephone services in the capital, Islamabad, were cut.

Seven Supreme Court judges immediately rejected the emergency, which suspended the current constitution. Police blocked entry to the Supreme Court building and later took the chief justice and other judges away in a convoy, witnesses said.

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto flew from Dubai on Saturday and was sitting on a plane at Karachi airport, waiting to see if she would be arrested or deported, her spokesman Wajid Hasan said after speaking to the former prime minister by telephone from London.

"The chief of army staff has proclaimed a state of emergency and issued a provisional constitutional order," a newscaster on state Pakistan TV said, adding that Musharraf would address the nation later Saturday.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts [Microsoft Windows]

Useful Shortcut:

Start + M: Minimizes all open windows
Start + Shift + M: Maximizes All Windows
Start + E: Runs Windows Explorer
Start + R: Open the RUN Dialog Box
Start + F: Open the Search Results Dialog box
Start + CTRL + F: Opens the Search Results-Computer dialog Box (if the computer is connected to a network)
Start + Pause (Break): Opens the System Properties Dialog Box

Windows System Key Combinations:

F1: Help
CTRL + ESC: Open Start menu
ALT + TAB: Switch between open programs
ALT + F4: Quit program
SHIFT + DELETE: Delete item permanently

Windows Program Key Combinations:

CTRL + C: Copy
CTRL + X: Cut
CTRL + V: Paste
CTRL + Z: Undo
CTRL + B: Bold
CTRL + U: Underline
CTRL + I: Italic

Mouse Click/Keyboard Modifier Combinations for Shell Objects:

SHIFT + right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands
SHIFT + double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
ALT + double click: Displays properties
SHIFT + DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin

General Keyboard-Only Commands:

F1: Starts Windows Help
F10: Activates menu bar options
SHIFT + F10: Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
CTRL + ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
CTRL + ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
ALT + DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
ALT + TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
ALT + SPACE: Displays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
ALT +- (ALT + hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI)child window's System menu (from the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window)
CTRL + TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
ALT + underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
ALT + F4: Closes the current window
CTRL + F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
ALT + F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed
ALT + F6: switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window)

Shell Objects and General Folder/Windows Explorer Shortcuts For a selected object:

F2: Rename object
F3: Find all files
CTRL + X: Cut
CTRL + C: Copy
CTRL + V: Paste
SHIFT + DELETE: Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
ALT + ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object
To Copy a File: Press and hold down the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.
To Create a Shortcut: Press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.

General Folder/Shortcut Control:

F4: Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer)
F5: Refreshes the current window.
F6: Moves among panes in Windows Explorer
CTRL + G: Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only)
CTRL + Z: Undo the last command
CTRL + A: Select all the items in the current window
BACKSPACE: Switch to the parent folder
SHIFT + click + Close button: For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders

Windows Explorer Tree Control:

Numeric Keypad *: Expands everything under the current selection
Numeric Keypad +: Expands the current selection
Numeric Keypad -: Collapses the current selection.
RIGHT ARROW: Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child
LEFT ARROW: Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent

Properties Control:

CTRL + TAB/CTRL + SHIFT + TAB: Move through the property tabs

Accessibility Shortcuts:

Press SHIFT five times: Toggles StickyKeys on and off
Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles FilterKeys on and off
Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles ToggleKeys on and off
Left ALT + left SHIFT+NUM LOCK: Toggles MouseKeys on and off
Left ALT + left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN: Toggles high contrast on and off

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Keys:

Windows Logo: Start menu
Windows Logo + R: Run dialog box
Windows Logo + M: Minimize all
SHIFT + Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all
Windows Logo + F1: Help
Windows Logo + E: Windows Explorer
Windows Logo + F: Find files or folders
Windows Logo + D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
CTRL + Windows Logo + F: Find computer
CTRL + Windows Logo + TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray)
Windows Logo + TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
Windows Logo + Break: System Properties dialog box
Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item

Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed:

Windows Logo + L: Log off Windows
Windows Logo + P: Starts Print Manager
Windows Logo + C: Opens Control Panel
Windows Logo + V: Starts Clipboard
Windows Logo + K: Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
Windows Logo + I: Opens Mouse Properties dialog box
Windows Logo + A: Starts Accessibility Options (if installed)
Windows Logo + SPACEBAR: Displays the list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys
Windows Logo + S: Toggles CAPS LOCK on and off

Dialog Box Keyboard Commands:

TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box
SHIFT + TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box
SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.
ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button
ALT + underlined letter in dialog box item: Move to the corresponding item