Oct 1, 2010

Hugo Chavez accuses U.S of being behind the unrest in Ecuador

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez accused the U.S of being behind the unrest in Ecuador, he made the allegation after emerging from a meeting of The Union of South American Nations today.

The Union of South American Nations convened an emergency meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to discuss the situation. Presidents of many South American nations -- including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Bolivia's Evo Morales and Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos -- were in attendance.

"The Yankee extreme right is trying right now, through arms and violence, to retake control of the continent," Chavez said.

Earlier Thursday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement expressing support for Correa.

"The United States deplores violence and lawlessness, and we express our full support for President Rafael Correa, and the institutions of democratic government in that country," she said.

The group of South American leaders Friday condemned an "attempted coup" in Ecuador and praised troops for rescuing the country's president in a shootout with police.

In a statement issued after an emergency meeting in Argentina, the group of presidents and top officials pledged to send their foreign ministers to Ecuador later Friday to show support for President Rafael Correa, whom police allegedly kidnapped Thursday in an attempt to force him to revoke a new law.

Hours after the rescue, Correa repeated his claim that compensation issues were merely a pretext for police to kidnap him and try to overthrow his government.

"It was an attempt and a perfectly coordinated conspiracy," he said late Thursday.

Two people died in clashes between police and the military after hundreds of troops arrived at a hospital outside the country's capital to rescue Correa on Thursday night, Ecuador's Red Cross reported. At least 88 people were injured in unrest throughout the country.

The violent standoff between police and troops lasted for nearly an hour, said Freddy Paredes, a reporter for CNN affiliate Teleamazonas who watched the shootout from a hospital room.

Correa, wearing a military helmet and a gas mask, escaped in a wheelchair as gunfire rang out, he said.

"The police are very fearful, because the president has announced that there will be no forgiveness nor forgetting for the police that were insubordinate," Paredes said

Correa said late Thursday that those responsible would be held accountable.

"It has been a very sad day. I send a warm embrace to those who were injured. I pray to God that nobody dies. Because of what happened, we now need to purge our National Police," he said.

The disturbances occurred as Correa threatened to dissolve the National Assembly over a dispute about several laws, including public service and education.

Violence erupted early Thursday when police officers took to the streets, claiming a new law would take away their bonuses and reduce their compensation.

Government officials tried to quell the rebellion, insisting that the security forces had been misinformed and warning that the nation's democracy was in danger.

When the president tried to negotiate with them, the protest turned violent. A tear gas grenade was thrown, and Correa was led away, holding a gas mask to his face.

Correa, who is recovering from knee surgery, said angry police tried to suffocate him.

"They made me bend my knee to the point that I could not walk," he said Thursday night.

He stressed that a law passed Wednesday by the National Assembly did not cut compensation bonuses of police, as some had asserted, and he accused his political opponents of misinforming and manipulating the public about the legislation.

Thursday night, he said that police -- "not one of them" -- had read the law.

"When they demanded that I revoke the law to let me out, I told them, 'Don't waste time with me. I leave as president of a dignified nation, or I leave as a cadaver," he said, his voice hoarse from shouting into a microphone

"Of course, the law will not be revoked," he added, stabbing his finger into the air.

Speaking to a jubilant crowd outside the presidential palace, Correa said former president Lucio Gutierrez and other political opponents were behind the day's unrest -- which he repeatedly called an attempted coup.

But in an interview earlier Thursday with CNN en Espanol, Gutierrez sharply denied that claim.

Angry police said Thursday that they were overworked and underpaid.

"We work 14 hours a day," a uniformed officer said on Ecuador TV. "We are the ones who never protest."

Both of the men killed in Thursday night's clashes were police officers, the Red Cross said.

Correa thanked his supporters -- in particular his bodyguards -- for standing behind him and said the rebel police effort to oust him had failed.

"Nobody has supported the police as much as this government, nobody has increased their salaries as much," he said. "After all we've done for the police, they did this!"

Correa said the actions of the police left him "profoundly sad, like there was a knife in my back."

The government declared a one-week state of emergency Thursday afternoon and put the military in charge of security. The military said it will support the president and the nation's democratic institutions.

"We can guarantee the citizens that order and security are slowly being re-established," a military official, Commandant Jorge Gross, said on television at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET).

By dusk, officials reported that the situation appeared to be stabilizing.

Correa was elected president in 2006 and took office in 2007. The socialist president earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.

Ecuador declares state of emergency after huge chaos by police

Ecuador was forced to declare a state of emergency on Thursday afternoon and the President of the country narrowly escaped after what President Rafael Correa called a "coup attempt" by police and soldiers angered by a new austerity measures ending bonuses and other benefits for civil servants, according to news reports from the South American nation.

Look at the incidents occurred on Thursday night in Ecuador's Capital Quito

Police officers occupied the National Assembly and troops seized the main airport in the capital, Quito. Protesting security forces occupied several barracks and set up road blocks across the country, demanding the government abandon the austerity measures, passed yesterday by Congress.

Members of Correa's left-wing party said they would block efforts to shrink the government, and he is considering disbanding Congress and ruling by decree until new elections can be held, the BBC reports.

Correa, who had knee surgery last week and is using a cane, had to flee a military barracks after protesting security forces fired tear gas. "If you want to kill the president, here he is! Kill me!" he said, before being taken to a hospital.

Speaking to Ecuador TV by telephone from a hospital room, where he said he was hooked to an intravenous drip to help him recover from the tear gas, Correa called the unrest "a coup attempt" by the opposition. "This is treason to the country, treason to their president," he said.

Looting was reported in the capital and in the coastal city of Guayaquil. In response to the chaos, Peru has closed its border with Ecuador.

Dream comes to reality by Gabrielle Gress

One may think it as a dream! But now it is reality to Gabrielle Gress,a courageous and youngest teen of the world who showed his charismatic tactics and controlling ability to the world on September 14 this year.

At the age of 14, Winter Haven girl has already started setting flight records, not just in her town but all over the world.

Gabrielle Gress became the world's youngest person to ever fly a multiple aircraft in the same day after she flew two airplanes and one helicopter solo at an airport outside Toronto, Canada during her birthday last Sept. 14.

“The record I broke is being the youngest person to solo aircraft, (fly) an airplane and helicopter,” Gress said. She beat the previous age record by three months.

Gress, already an accomplished pilot, trains every day or even twice a day at times at the Winter Haven Airport. She had to taxi out her plane, take off, fly a designated pattern in the sky then land and taxi back in, she said.

Gabrielle's mother, Sherrie Gress, said she was an emotional wreck when Gabrielle shattered the record.

“I was crying. I was confident in her but I was so proud and nervous together, it was just overwhelming,” Gress said.

Gabrielle had to go to Canada to break the record since she is still underage to fly solo in the U.S. The pilot prodigy, whose both parents are pilots, said flying is a family tradition.

“I feel like I have responsibility over something. Whatever I do, I'm controlling that aircraft,” the teen pilot said.

Sep 26, 2010

Records and achievements of Indian cricket in last 10 years

The major records and achievements added by the Indian cricket team in the last one decade, 2000-2010, are to mention as the win of first World Twenty20 Championship in 2007, Runners up in World Cup 2003, ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 and the most recent win of Asia Cup Tournament 2010 defeating Sri Lanka as their fifth tile of the tournament.

Indian Cricket Team before the final match of Asia Cup Cricket Tournament  held in Sri Lanka from  15–24 June 2010
Cheerful Indian team after winning first twenty20 champions trophy in 2007 held in South Africa
The Indian team also became runners up in ICC Champions Trophy in 2000, and runners up in  Asia Cup Tournament in 2004 and 2008.

Before this, the Indian team grabbed  World Cup final championship in 1983 which was the first and highest  achievement of the Indian Cricket and they could not touch the point second time in its cricket history.
The Indian Team won the 3rd Cricket World Cup and their first and single title in 1983
Indian Team with World Cup Cricket Trophy in 1983
They also championed Asia Cup Tournament four times more respectively in 1984, 1988, 1991 and 1995.    

However, the Indian cricket team underwent major records and developments with the appointment of John Wright as India's first ever foreign coach in 2000. India with the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, who became the regular captain in both forms of cricket in 2000, saw the wins.

Ganguly remained captain for the first 5 years of the 2000s and was much more successful, winning 21 of his 49 Test matches in charge and 73 of his 141 ODIs.

India maintained their unbeaten home record against Australia in Test series after defeating them in 2001. The series was famous for the Kolkata Test match, in which India became only the third team in the history of Test cricket to win a Test match after following on.

Australian captain Steve Waugh labelled India as the "Final Frontier" as a result of his side's inability to win a Test series in India. Victory in 2001 against the Australians marked the beginning of a dream run for India under their captain Sourav Ganguly, winning Test matches in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies and England. The England series is also known for India's highest ODI run-chase of 325 runs at Lord's which came in the Natwest ODI Series final against England.

India were joint winners of the ICC Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002 and then went to the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa where they reached the final only to be beaten by Australia.
Sourav Ganguly tossing at the Cricket World Cup 2003 final match

Mentioned that, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Official name: ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, was the eighth edition of the tournament and was played in South Africa from 9 February to 24 March. 2003 was the first time that the Cricket World Cup was held in Africa. The tournament featured 14 teams and 54 matches, the most in the tournament history up to that time. In the final match, Australia scored 359 for 2  in the stipulated 50 overs while India collected  234 playing 39.2 overs resulting a marked  125 runs win of  Australia at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 2003-2004 season also saw India play out a Test series in Australia where they drew 1-1 with world champions, and then win a Test and ODI series in Pakistan.

At the end of the 2004 season, India suffered from lack of form and fitness from its older players. A defeat in a following home Test series against Australia was followed by an ODI home series defeat against Pakistan followed by a Test series levelled 1-1.

Then, Greg Chappell  took over from John Wright as the new coach of the Indian cricket team following the series, and his methods proved to be controversial during the beginning of his tenure in 2004.

The tension resulted in a fallout between Chappell and Ganguly, resulting in Rahul Dravid being made captain. This triggered a revival in the team's fortunes, following the emergence of players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and the coming of age of players like Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh.

Rahul Dravid  took over as Test captain in 2005. In his fourth full series in charge, he led India to victory in the West Indies, the first instance of India winning in the Caribbean in over 30 years.

A thumping home series victory over Sri Lanka in 2005 and a level series with South Africa put India at 2nd place in the ICC ODI rankings. This was followed by a convincing ODI series win in Pakistan in early 2006 following a loss in the Test series, which gave India the world record of 17 successive ODI victories while batting second.

Towards the middle of 2006 however, a 4-1 series loss in the West Indies gave rise to a slump in India's ODI form, while they achieved a 1-0 victory in the Test series that followed, giving them their first Test series victory in the Caribbean since 1971.
India's ODI form, however, slumped further with a disappointing performance in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy and a drubbing in the ODI series in South Africa. This was followed yet again by an initial good performance in the Tests, giving India its first Test match win in South Africa, although they went on to lose the series 2-1. This Test series was marked by Ganguly's comeback to the Indian team.

The beginning of 2007 had seen a revival in the Indian team's ODI fortunes before the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Sourav in action against Australia at a test match on 14 October 2007
Series victories against the West Indies and Sri Lanka, marked by the comeback of Ganguly, and strong form by Tendulkar, and the emergence of young attacking players like Robin Uthappa saw many pundits to tip India as a real chance to do well at the 2007 Cricket World Cup. However, defeats to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka saw India fail to reach the final eight.

The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was the ninth edition of the tournament and took place in the West Indies from 13 March to 28 April 2007, using the sport's One Day International format. There were a total of 51 matches played, three fewer than at the 2003 World Cup (despite a field larger by two teams).

The 16 competing teams were initially divided into four groups, with the two best-performing teams from each group moving on to a "Super 8" format.

India  scored 413-5 in 50 overs against Bermuda, breaking the World Cup record for the highest team total, and became the first team to score 400 runs in a World Cup innings. It was also the highest List A team total ever made in the West Indies. India bowled out Bermuda for 156 to win by 257 runs, the largest winning margin in ODIs.

Bangladesh earned qualification from the group stage in the World Cup for the first time, by beating India and Bermuda and India had to close the tour.

The World Cup was also criticized for its format, with India and Pakistan  failing to move on from the group stage after losing two matches. This led to Ireland and Bangladesh entering the long Super Eights stage. The elimination of India and Pakistan also caused a large exodus of subcontinental fans from the Caribbean, and removed the prospect of an India vs Pakistan Super Eights match, generally considered one of the most revenue generating and electric matches in the tournament. The BCCI later claimed it would see to it that the ICC will alter its World Cup format for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

In previous times, India was unique in that it was the only country to regularly field three spinners in one team, whereas one is the norm, and of the fifteen players to have taken more than 100 wickets, only four were pace bowlers from the last 20 years.

However in recent years, Indian pace bowling has improved, with the emerging talents of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma many more playing in the national team.

After winning the Test series against England in August 2007, Rahul Dravid stepped down as the captain of the team following which Mahendra Singh Dhoni was made the captain of the Twenty20 and ODI team.

In September 2007, it won the first ever Twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa, beating Pakistan by 5 runs in a thrilling final. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named as the new captain of the Twenty20 and ODI team after Dravid stepped down from the post in September 2007. Anil Kumble  was appointed Test captain in November 2007, but retired from international cricket in November 2008 after the 3rd Test between India and Australia. Dhoni succeeded him as the test captain, making him the official captain in all forms of cricket.

The 2010 Asia Cup was the tenth edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament, which was held in Sri Lanka from 15–24 June 2010. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were taking part in the competition. India defeated Sri Lanka by 81 runs in the final to win a record 5th Asia Cup title.