Monday, November 30, 2009

Gambling World

There are many people who make a living off of gambling. But percentage wise, it's a small number. I don't have any illusions about quitting my job to make a casino living in Vegas. I like to go and spend small amounts of money for the entertainment value. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. Because I have seen first hand what can happen in a casino,the first thing you need when starting is a PLAN. How much are you going to lose or win? How long will you stay at the casino? Basic things like that will determine who the winners are and who the losers will be. Let me tell you a brief story to illustrate. I was working at a small "video poker" casino. My shift was from 4 PM to midnight. Shortly after I started, a customer came into my room. We started talking and he mentioned he had his whole paycheck with him, about $400. He said, with a big smile, he was going to play for a while. After about an hour, he was breaking even. All of a sudden he hit a straight flush on
a large bet and was $400 up for the night. Double what he came in with, and that was a lot for him. A week of pay. After I gave him his cash out money, I suggested that he leave and come back again the next day. Of course, he stayed and played. And played. By the time my shift was over he was still there, down to $40 but kept on playing. I went out for a late nite beer, leaving him to play on. The next night, he was back. He came over to me and said "I sure wish I would have listened to you". He ended up getting home with $80 when he could have left (and should have left) with $800. The moral of the story is that you will NEVER win if you don't leave when you are ahead. But my experience has shown that the hardest thing to do is leave while you
are up. That is the main reason so many people lose. Think back to some of your times at the casino when you lost. I would bet that at some point you were actually ahead before the odds caught up with you. Why wasn't that enough? How much do you need to win before it is enough? You MUST always have a set amount that you are willing to walk out at. If you bring a $100 into the casino, would you leave if you turned it into $150 in 30 minutes? Maybe it would take $200 for you. At some point, you have to say "I'm going home a winner tonight". If you don't, you will certainly end up going home a loser. A successful gambler knows a strategy that doesn't take the winnings when they are there to take will always end up as a losing strategy.
Don't be afraid to cash out and run. Some days you will win, others you will lose. But if you stay too long your winning nights will also turn out to be losers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Tips on Gambling

It should go without saying that none of the systems shown in this guide will make you a millionaire gambler tomorrow. A successful gambler knows that any system is only as good as the person playing it, at the time they are playing. A system can make you a thousand dollars today and lose you a thousand tomorrow.There is also a HUGH amount of luck involved, which changes from day to day, even minute to minute. This cannot be forgotten. There is no good luck charm, nor a betting system, that can change what the gambling gods have in store for you. The best gambler is the most educated one. I don't mean the guy who went to college. I am talking about the guy who really takes his game seriously and has taken the time to study it. To learn one or more systems to bet it. Another attribute of the best gamblers is knowing when to leave. Sometimes that means leaving a loser to minimize your losses on bad days. A successful gambler always seems to know a little bit faster if they are doomed to lose that day. Other times it means having the guts to get up and leave while you are winning. The winning player knows the trend could change any time and pockets what they can as soon as they can do it. They leave with the winnings, whereas the loser will always give them back. I will leave you with this thought. The same system that lost you a dollar today can make you two dollars tomorrow. The key to winning is to minimize the losses on the bad days and to TAKE HOME THE WINNINGS on the days you can do that.

Good luck.
Srikanth

Friday, November 13, 2009

SACHIN'S 20 GLORIOUS CRICKETING CARRIER



On November 20 th 2009 Sachin completes his 20 years of international years. Lets wish him a lot more success and more runs which no one could ever reach in cricketing history. I would wish him to play as long as 2016 world cup and if possible even more. lets pray god for his good health to keep us entertained for many more years as ever before.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sreesanth back in test series with srilanka (2009)




Sreesanth last played the test cricket before six years.surprising comeback in the announced squad, match with Srilanka starting on November 16th 2009.This could be his final opportunity.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Athletics: Running USA Announces Inaugural Training Group Development Award

Running USA, the national industry non-profit organization, has announced its inaugural Training Group Development Award that will be presented at Running USA 2010: The Industry Conference during the Hall of Champions Dinner and Live Auction on Monday, February 1 at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. "Since our inception in March 1999, part of Running USA's mission has included athlete development. From the Team USA Distance Running program to the highly successful Team Running USA, this organization has supported and promoted U.S. distance athletes and coaches, and with this inaugural and annual award, we will continue our efforts to help develop American distance talent," said Susan Weeks, Running USA CEO. Established U.S. distance training groups are invited to apply for 2010 funding, and at its annual conference, Running USA will award $25,000 from its live and silent auction proceeds to one training group who will be represented and feted at the Hall of Champions dinner. Applications for the inaugural Training Group Development Award are available now, and the deadline for submission is Friday, November 20, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Nalbandian to play in Auckland

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP)—David Nalbandian is expected to return to the ATP tennis circuit in January at the Heineken Open, ending a nine-month layoff following hip surgery, tournament director Richard Palmer said Thursday.“Nalbandian is a quality player who has something special in his game as witnessed by his Grand Slam record of having reached a final and several semifinals,” Palmer said. “He’s the sort of player who has the ability to really challenge for the Heineken Open title and get back into the top 10.”
The 27-year-old Argentine player has won ATP singles title.

Gayle to learn captaincy fate next week



Chris Gayle's future as West Indies captain will be determined in the next week, with selectors set to recommend to the board their choice of leader for the forthcoming tour of Australia. Daren Ganga, who skippered Trinidad & Tobago to the final of the Champions League Twenty20, is being touted as a potential leadership challenger to Gayle, but Ernest Hilaire, the WICB chief executive, insisted no decision on the West Indian captaincy had yet been made.

Gayle was due to captain against Ganga in a limited-overs President's Cup match in Guyana on Wednesday, but withdrew from the match due to illness. T&T posted a thumping 90-run victory over the Carlton Baugh-captained Jamaicans in a rain-affected match, continuing a triumphant month that began with their charge to the final of the Champions League in India.

Despite previous suggestions he was unwilling to continue as West Indies captain, Gayle confirmed last week he would be happy to lead the touring party to Australia. Hilaire, though, would not confirm whether Gayle would be reinstated to the captaincy following his strike-related absence, leaving the door open for a leadership change.

"The selectors will meet over the next few days and will make a recommendation to the board," said Hilaire, who added that all players who took strike action against the board would be considered for the tour of Australia. "I am also aware that the players have announced that they are available and, more importantly, want to play if selected. WICB has always expressed the view that players must be both available for selection and available to play. In this regard, I think we have made considerable progress."  The President's Cup represents a important step in the normalisation of relations between the WICB and the player's union (WIPA) after the bitter and protracted industrial dispute. The six-day tournament is doubling as a selection trial for the tour of Australia and, with all players available for their respective teams, the prospect of an understrength team representing the Caribbean in Australia appears to have been averted."Our discussions with WIPA have been excellent and we are looking forward to building on our progress in resolving all outstanding issues by designing a new partnership," Hilaire said. "There have been attempts in the past but we are sincere in developing that partnership based on mutual trust and co-operation. We accept that there will be differences but we must never allow our differences to destroy our relationship."

Rankin's ECB call-up concerns Ireland

The inclusion of fast bowler Boyd Rankin in the ECB's enhanced England Performance Programme has left Warren Deutrom, Ireland's chief executive, worried about a further depletion or resources. Ireland have lost batsmen Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan to England in recent years, and Deutrom has warned that Rankin's following course would be a major loss to their cricket.

Rankin, who switched from Derbyshire to Warwickshire, was named in a pool of 41 players who will train in Florida, Loughborough and Chennai over the next few months. "In terms of Boyd's personal development, it is obviously terrific for him to have access to the sort of programmes that the ECB can provide," Deutrom told the Daily Express. "But for us it is a worrying development that he has obviously figured on the England radar. It is, of course, a source of pride that we continue to produce cricketers that England are interested in but, if we were to lose another player to follow Ed and Eoin, it would be a severe blow to Irish cricket."

Ireland stand to lose Rankin for their Intercontinental Cup match and one-dayers against Afghanistan in early 2010, because he is slated to fly to the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai in January to train under Dennis Lillee for ten days at the same time. "I am still keen to play for Ireland as much as I can but I can't play Test cricket for Ireland and I have to do what I can to get that opening," Rankin told the Belfast Telegraph. "The idea of this camp, I understand, is to build up strength, to be fitter and stronger. I have done a lot of fitness work in the last 12 months and apart from a minor groin strain played the whole season."

David Parsons, the ECB's performance director, said the management was on the look-out for a tall fast bowler capable of hitting the deck hard, such as Rankin, who impressed during the 2007 World Cup for Ireland. "We know from the research and from looking at cricket at the prevalence of injuries that there is quite a steady turnover of fast bowlers in the modern game," he said. "We need to make sure that England has a deep pool of fast bowlers ready to go out and perform at high levels.

"But there is also no mistaking that fast bowlers are match winners. Boyd would be the standout quick in terms of his physical stature and the feedback we've had is that he has got a lot of potential. Bowlers who hit the deck hard at a high end pace are really proven to be match winners. If we can identify people like that we are on the right track."

US cricketers prepare for Asian road trip

The USACA National Championship, scheduled to take place from November 13 to 15, will be contested at both Brian Piccolo Park and Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to USACA Vice President of Operations Manaf Mohamed, natural turf wickets at each facility will be utilized to stage the event, with matches taking place simultaneously at the venues on the 13th and 14th. This is encouraging news for the teams participating in the event.


"One of the good things about the tournament really is that of the four teams that are participating, the regional teams, there are I think ten or eleven of the current national players on those teams," said Mohamed. "Also, there are about four or five of the Under-19 players on those teams also. So they'll get some good practice, actually some good game practice and good match practice, while the other guys will be doing some camps and training and stuff like that."

A total of 40 players are on the initial list of probables for selection in the men's team, with 17 of them coming to Florida not belonging to regional teams playing in the event. In addition to the camps mentioned, Mohamed said that USACA is planning to have four intra-squad Twenty20 games played on the 15th, with the intention to hold all of these games at the Broward facility. This will at least give an opportunity to those 17 to play in matches which they can be evaluated on.

While it was initially unclear whether or not the Under-19 team would get a chance to have a traning camp alongside the senior players before leaving for the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand, Mohamed said that 17 players, including those playing in the national championship, will be coming to Florida to participate in camps.

It's a sign that selectors are keeping faith in the 14-man group that finished a respectable fifth in the U-19 World Cup Qualifier last month in Canada. The tournament champions, Ireland, suffered their only defeat at the hands of the US team, led by captain Shiva Vashishat and ICC Player of the Tournament Ryan Corns. However, there will be at least one change in the squad as a final group of 15 will be sent to New Zealand.

"The intent is that by the end of that tournament, we would at least have gotten done the U-19 [selection] which should be a no-brainer. We should pretty much have that under control," said Mohamed. "Then we probably will also have short listed down to 18 or 20 for the seniors. The trick now is going to be able to get the seniors some matches, actual matches to play."

Mohamed added USACA is hopeful it will be able to arrange some matches for them in January before the team leave at the start of February for Dubai to play in the World Twenty20 Qualifier which starts on February 9.

USA will have group games against Ireland, Scotland and Afghanistan. They will then continue on from Dubai to Nepal for the ICC World Cricket League Division Five taking place from February 20 to 27. In addition to the host team, USA will be there with Fiji, Jersey, Singapore and Bahrain.

Several sources affiliated with the U-19 team said that they are scheduled to play warm-up games against India and Papua New Guinea in Christchurch prior to the start of the Under-19 World Cup. A report that appeared three weeks ago on the Hong Kong Cricket Association web site, but has since been removed, stated that USA's group matches will be played in Queenstown against Australia, South Africa and Ireland. However, no official announcement has been made yet by the ICC.

Mohamed said that USACA is hoping to fly the team to New Zealand on January 1 so they can get acclimatised to conditions, in addition to giving the team one more chance to train together before the event starts on the 16th.

"So the U-19s will be away for pretty much the entire January and the senior team will be away for the entire February and if a couple of the U-19s make the senior team, then they'll be away for two months, which is gonna be real tough because as you know, the U-19 kids, a lot of them are going to college," said Mohamed. "It's gonna be a tough decision for them to make, some of them to make for two months."

Problems hamper USA preparations

USA's senior and Under-19 teams are scheduled to compete in several major tournaments over the next five months. However, USACA is currently struggling to figure out the best way to prepare them.


USACA is planning on having its National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from November 13 to 15. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from October 9 to 11 in Houston, Texas, but officials wanted to move the event to Florida to give players competing for spots on the national teams the opportunity to play on turf pitches, as opposed to the matting wickets used in Houston and around most of the country.

Florida's venues would provide them necessary preparation for when the United States travels to Dubai for the 2010 World Twenty20 Qualifier from February 9 to 13 as well as to Nepal for the World Cricket League Division 5 from February 20 to 27.


The National Championship will pit four regional teams, which qualified through USACA's Eastern and Western Conference tournaments, against each other in 50-over matches on November 13 and 14 to determine the national champion.


November 15 was intended to be used as an opportunity for players from these squads to be selected to face teams from Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in Twenty20 matches, but those plans are now on hold because a financial agreement hasn't been reached to lure the teams from the Caribbean to play on US soil.


"We would have picked the best team we have and played Jamaica and Trinidad," said Krish Prasad, chairman of USACA's cricket committee. "Seeing that that is not likely to happen, we will have to come up with a different structure, because we're going to Nepal and Dubai to play Twenty20 and Nepal to play 50 overs. We've got to come up with a plan to facilitate both teams' preparations."


Another problem in selecting the senior team is trying to get the entire short list of 40 probables an opportunity to play and be evaluated when some of them belong to regional squads that were eliminated in the tournaments leading up to the nationals.


"Hopefully we have, I think 90% of the players in the four regional teams," said Prasad. "We've already selected 40 players to get there. We're going to have to somehow get all those 40 players there. The ones that are not from the regions that's going to be contesting in the national tournament will also be invited there to participate maybe in the Sunday tournament or something like that.


"But we have to come up with a way of getting these guys there. The original plan we had was going to work well, but unfortunately that's not going to work. So we're going to have to get everybody there because we can't select 40 guys and then don't take them to a trial to see who's the best team that we can send to Dubai and Nepal."


Other financial issues are also a consideration in the planning process of the weekend. The matches for the USACA National Championship will most likely be played at Brian Piccolo Park rather than Central Broward Regional Park because USACA is reluctant to pay for the Broward stadium's rental fees for a non-revenue generating event.


"If the stadium was available, we could have used the lights in there and played two night games also," said Prasad. "That was the plan if the Jamaican team was going to come, because that would be a revenue generating opportunity." According to Prasad, it would cost $2,500 per match to rent the facility.


USACA's financial constraints are also having an effect on the Under-19 squad, which is set to compete in the 2010 ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand from January 16 to 30. A training camp had been planned to take place concurrently with the senior tournament in Florida, but those plans have been shelved for the time being.


"The junior team, we were hoping to get them there at the same time," said Prasad, "but because of the funding situation, we are just going to sort of keep them on hold for now and hopefully get them into some sort of practice sessions, playing a couple of games and fitness because I think our major problem with the Under-19 has been their fitness. Living in the United States, they don't play cricket every day in the summer and when they went to that tournament [Under-19 World Cup Qualifier in Toronto], it showed that nine games in 13 days was a little bit too much for our boys. We learned that we need to get them physically fit for this tournament that's going to be starting in New Zealand in January. There is hope that the situation will change in the near future though as USACA is currently trying to lock in a commercial partnership to generate significant funding to be used for improvements both on and off the field. "We are looking at these commercial programs, which the CEO [Don Lockerbie] is pursuing as we speak," said Prasad. "So if that comes through in a couple of weeks, we could be in a very good position financially to start some very good programs. But like everything else, we have always been hampered by financial problems and once again we are encountering the same thing."

ICC announces U-19 World Cup schedule

The ICC has announced the schedule for the 16-team Under-19 World Cup which will be held in New Zealand between January 15 and 30 next year.

Defending champions India will start against qualifiers Afghanistan at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, near Christchurch, with Pakistan facing the West Indies in Palmerston North, while 2008 runners-up South Africa take on Ireland in Queenstown.

The teams are split into four groups with Groups A and C being based in and around Christchurch, Group B teams playing their matches in Queenstown and Group D games taking place in Napier and Palmerston North. In addition to the 10 Full Members, there are six Associate and Affiliate teams taking part, having won through their respective regional qualifying tournaments as well as the global qualifier, which was held in Canada in September.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals with the remainder of the teams taking part in the plate competition.

The groups are as follows:

Group A India, England, Afghanistan, Hong Kong
Group B South Africa, Australia, Ireland, USA
Group C New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada
Group D Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies, Papua New Guinea

Ashes win only the starting point - Andrew Strauss

England have arrived in South Africa for their two-and-a-half month tour with captain Andrew Strauss determined to build on his team's 2-1 victory in the Ashes during the summer. Strauss is especially keen for his team to stake its claim to the No. 1 Test ranking, an honour that currently belongs to South Africa.

"We've talked a lot about how winning the Ashes is not the end of the road, it's almost the starting point for us to improve," Strauss said. "We'd be lying if we didn't want to be the number one side in the world. But if you look at how the ranking system works it will take a number of years of solid progression from where we are at the moment and consistency is crucial. Ultimately it's about not taking our foot off the gas."

England were criticised for seemingly taking their foot off the gas after they won the Ashes in 2005. They had followed up that victory with a 2-0 drubbing in Pakistan.

"The perception of the post-2005 period is that we took our eye off the ball quite badly. I'm not comfortable with that myself," Strauss said. "I remember that Pakistan tour and how hard we worked at it. We had a number of very crucial injuries which didn't help.

"If you look at our performances over the last 12 months we're far from the genuine article and where we want to be. No one in the squad truly believes we've made it, we've got a long way to go. I want to see our players hungry and committed."

England are scheduled to play two Twenty20 internationals, five ODIs, and four Tests in South Africa and this will be their first Test series since Andrew Flintoff's retirement from the format. Flintoff, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation from surgery in Dubai, won't be available for the limited-overs formats either.

In Flintoff's absence, Stuart Broad, who was Man of the Match in the deciding Ashes Test at The Oval, is expected to perform the allrounder's role in the side but Strauss sought to play down the attention on the 24-year old. "It's not a realistic expectation for Broad to fill Flintoff's shoes in both disciplines in the short term. It would be wrong to heap that expectation on his shoulders," Strauss said.

"Over the years we've had to do without Flintoff quite often and what we've found is that we've done quite well by everyone taking responsibility and playing a bit better. Stuart Broad is not a like for like replacement for Flintoff anyway but he has his own set of skills, some of which are world class and some of which need work. We don't want him to be the saviour we turn to, we need all 11 to do that.

"Stuart has his head screwed on. There has been a lot of media attention on him but he realises that there's much room for him to improve. We're excited about him but the last thing I want to do is put a huge amount of expectation on his shoulders. You must give people room to improve and hopefully he'll continue that development this winter.

England begin their tour with a warm-up match against the Eagles on November 6 in Bloemfontein and have two more practice games ahead of the first Twenty20 international against South Africa in Johannesburg on November 13.
source---cricinfo.com

Beth Clayton


American mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton has been recognized for her commanding vocalism, compelling stage presence and superb musicality in both opera and concert. She made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2003 as Indiana Elliott in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All in the celebrated Christopher Alden production conducted by Donald Runnicles, followed by her debut at Boston Lyric Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto conducted by Stephen Lord. Beth Clayton made her European operatic debut in the title role in Carmen with Welsh National Opera. With the Dallas Opera she debuted as the Fox in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen in the Frank Corsaro production conducted by Graeme Jenkins, for which she was nominated for the Maria Callas Debut Award. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Clayton has been an apprentice artist for Santa Fe Opera and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Her awards include a Sullivan Award, and she was a finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.