Friday, February 19, 2010

Michael Phelps is Retiring

The most decorated athlete in Olympic history began a five-day trip to Vancouver by making a little news of his own. Michael Phelps told reporters that the 2012 London Olympics will be his last and that he won't attempt to repeat his eight-gold-medal performance in two years.

"I told myself I will not swim over the age of 30, and I will not swim over the age of 30," he said.

Phelps will be 27 at the London Olympics. He has won 14 gold medals in his career, five more than any other athlete. Though he didn't specifically say how many events he'd do in London, five or six would be the most likely (three relays plus two or three individual events).

Usually you can take athlete promises with a grain of salt — BRETT FAVRE — but Phelps strikes me as the kind of guy who will stay retired. Swimming is a sport for the young and a 31-year-old competing in the Olympics against 19-year-olds doesn't sound like an enviable task, even for the greatest in the history of the sport. Yet, Phelps didn't say he was retiring immediately after London. Could he stick around long enough to lure him back into the pool in 2016?

If anything, I'd bet more on Phelps coming back in 2020 than in 2016. Imagine that story: Out of the pool for eight years, the greatest Olympic champion returns for one event. That's the stuff from which lucrative endorsement deals are made.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

About Torrent Download

I am always fond of downloading files from the internet. You can almost download anything from music games, pictures etc. All of these are now possible with the vast majority of upload and download sites. You can probably see many already have the latest and updated softwares downloaded, the most popular medium for downloading content is the torrent, the definition is said .

Torrent is a small file (around few kilobytes) with the suffix .torrent, which contains all the information needed to download a file the torrent was made for. That means it contains file names, their sizes, where to download from and so on.

Which means that almost every content available in the internet can be acquired and downloaded. The problem is that there are already many torrent sites out there that offer this kind of services. Some even provide subscriptions and other services. Thats why I always used torrents in getting the latest content.

I am also careful with other torrent sites wherein some of its files contain viruses that can harm my computer in more ways than one. Thats why I am very careful in using torrent sites and only use the most safe and have the highest rating for downloads. Especially when I download music , I always scan the file first before I open and used them.

Philippine massacre defendant: 'not guilty' to more charges

Andal Ampatuan Jnr., a member of a politically powerful Muslim clan that was once allied to President Gloria Arroyo, impassively entered fresh pleas of "not guilty" as relatives of some of the dead wept outside the courtroom.

He now stands accused of ordering his armed followers to kill 57 people in the southern province of Maguindanao on November 23 last year in order to prevent a rival from running against him in May elections.

State prosecutors said some of the cases had only been filed this week because of difficulties finding investigators who were outside the influence of the defendant's powerful family.

The dead included Ampatuan's wife and his pregnant sister, as well as 30 journalists.

At the trial Wednesday the defendant, who is in his mid-40s, wore a blue shirt as he talked with his lawyers.

Earlier, Ampatuan's rival, Esmael Mangudadatu, testified that he had previously been warned by Arroyo and her chief aides that the Ampatuans were "dangerous" and that he should not cross them.

He also said that the military and police had refused to give security to his relatives and the journalists accompanying them as they went to file his candidacy.

Prosecutors allege the defendant and up to 100 members of his private army stopped the convoy on a highway in Maguindanao, kidnapped the victims at gunpoint and took them to a hillside where they were shot dead beside ready-dug mass graves.

Mangudadatu told the court that he personally called Arroyo by mobile phone the day after the massacre to inform her what happened. He did not say what her reaction was.

"I could not believe the highest office of the government could not serve or protect the people," Myrna Reblando, the widow of one of the slain journalists, said.

"There were intelligence reports saying this would happen, that these people would be waylaid. She could have done something. These were her people," she said.

Asked if she was referring to Arroyo, she sobbed: "Yes."

Before the killings, the Ampatuans were close political allies of Arroyo, who armed and used them to help contain Muslim separatist rebels.

They were expelled from Arroyo's ruling party after the massacre and the government disarmed their private army.


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