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Federer triumphs in US Open

Roger Federer proudly poses with his trophy after winning the 2008 Men's US Open Final.

Roger Federer proudly poses with his trophy after winning the 2008 Men US Open.

The Swiss drops to the floor at the end of a fabulous exchange in celebration of his fifth consecutive US Open. It was a superb display from the second seed, who answered his critics in the best possible style. Murray has done himself proud and it would have taken a great display from any player in the world to have beaten Federer at his best tonight.

A fifth consecutive title  salvaged his season. A loss, and the silken Swiss would go home without a Grand Slam tournament title for the first time since 2002 — bolstering the notion that Spaniard Rafael Nadal is here to stay.

After a failure in Australia, an embarrassing loss in Paris, the end of his hegemony in London and a failure to grab singles gold in Beijing, second-ranked Federer arrives with questions swirling about what is wrong with his game, his head and his once impenetrable aura.

Federer, who won so often and so easily during his 237-week run atop the rankings that he often eschewed coaches and seemed indifferent to conditions, admitted Saturday that a little love from the crowd could help. “I think I need the support a little bit this year,” he said during a news conference.

Nadal, who took over the No. 1 ranking Aug. 18, has a chance to stamp his season as one for the ages after his wins at Paris and Wimbledon and the gold medal he captured in the Olympics in Beijing last month.


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US plays both sides in the Philippines

Map of Mindanao

By Herbert Docena

MANILA – Three weeks ago, the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stood on the verge of signing a breakthrough agreement that could have moved both sides closer to the closure of a three-decade-long war.

The Moros, minority Muslims who have been marginalized since being incorporated into the country, have been fighting the central government for greater self-rule since the 1970s. Pushed to a stalemate, both sides have since 1976 struggled for a settlement through peace negotiations punctuated by bouts of bloodshed. Over 120,000 people have died.

With previous agreements having failed to end the conflict, the latest deal, called the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), proposed the establishment of a “sub-state” for Moros in an “associative relationship” of “shared sovereignty” with the Philippines. This proposal falls short of the MILF’s original goal of independence but is farther than anything the government had previously accepted.

Though endorsed by both negotiating panels, the agreement drew widespread condemnation. Opponents saw the agreement as dismembering the country or as a ploy to extend the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The government has since junked the agreement and both sides now totter on the precipice of full-scale fighting. Between the MILF and the Philippine government has stood the United States. In light of the controversy generated by the MOA-AD, its role, interests, and strategy has come under renewed scrutiny. Is the US abandoning a traditional ally in the Philippine government in order to support the Moro movement for self-determination?

Read the full article here.

Remembering September 11 attack

The worlds fifth and sixth tallest buildings were crushed into 1.8 million tons of smoking concrete and steel, a tomb for nearly 3,000 people. Now the job was recovery, and with each truckload the true toll became clearer.
Less than 18 hours after the attacks, the first truckload of debris unloaded at the Fresh Kills landfill. Over the next 10 months, as many as 9,000 tons a day were carefully sifted for clues and human remains.

Less than 18 hours after the attacks, the first truckload of debris unloaded at the Fresh Kills landfill. Over the next 10 months, as many as 9,000 tons a day were carefully sifted for clues and human remains.

Jewelry from the trade center debris. More than 65,000 personal items were recovered from Ground Zero, including 144 rings, 437 watches, 119 earrings and 80 bracelets.

Jewelry from the trade center debris. More than 65,000 personal items were recovered from Ground Zero, including 144 rings, 437 watches, 119 earrings and 80 bracelets.

Identification cards of Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees are among the 5,000 personal items decontaminated and screened from the World Trade Center pile.

Identification cards of Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees are among the 5,000 personal items decontaminated and screened from the World Trade Center pile.

Medical examiners try to match up some of the 19,712 body parts recovered from the site. Of that grim collection of human remains, some 16,000 parts are still unidentified.

Medical examiners try to match up some of the 19,712 body parts recovered from the site. Of that grim collection of human remains, some 16,000 parts are still unidentified.

Vials of DNA samples await a match. So far, 519 victims have been identified through DNA alone. But the medical examiner's office believes it will identify a total of 2,000 victims by year's end.

Vials of DNA samples await a match. So far, 519 victims have been identified through DNA alone. But the medical examiner

So much of the Trade Center ended up as ash, incinerated. A whole terrain of loss at Fresh Kills carefully catalogs what was left behind.

So much of the Trade Center ended up as ash, incinerated. A whole terrain of loss at Fresh Kills carefully catalogs what was left behind.

A years have gone by and the memories of all those who died tragically in this very tragic day will remain forever in the hearts of the people who valued their efforts.

PHOTO BY RICHARD PRESS

Greatest Olympic Performance

This is a very award winning performance.

When I first saw this video in the internet I can’t stop laughing. This guy is very unbelievable and very funny. I hope you have also enjoyed his stunts.

Olympic Stuff

Digging for gold!

In the spirit of sportmanship please stop fingering my butt! Well, the game has its own moments. Moments that made you laugh and moments that made you cry for help! hehe

Tiger Prawns!

Last June, I had an opportunity to accompanied my cousin in their Fish pond located at Tuban, Sta.Cruz. We arrive there very much exciting and knowing that there are more fun coming to happen..lol.

At that night, we were waiting for the shrimps that will be flushed from the fish ponds. We were very excited on what will be the outcome so we waited and puffing some cigarettes in the cold night. After half an hour of waiting we finally came to end our waiting. Wow! it was very surprising to see that there are tiger prawns inside the fish net.hehe..take a look.

“We have four tiger prawns in the plate.”

“This one is the largest.”

“The tiger prawns caught with the shrimps in the fish net.”

“Tiger prawns compared to ordinary shrimps.”

“Cooking it is the best thing to do! hehe..yum-yum.”

“Ready to eat.”

“The taste is so good and yummy!”

It taste so good that the whole night without sleeping will made a great reward. Well, it was just a start of something to happen so after this we were a lot more excited because the night after this the fish pond was harvested and we all end up tired!

We were all tired but the experienced was worth remembering!

I got PR 3!

Yes, it was hard to believe but when I check my page rank today it shows that I got PR 3. Wow. After only two months of blogging in this wordpress blog finally I got a PR. It was more than what I expected.

I  make a post sometimes only in this blog and in fact I don’t have enough visitors to make a PR but how come? Well, can’t think the fact that maybe GOOGLE loves me! yepey..whewwww..

Thanks a lot Google for making me a PR 3 blog. For those who haven’t got any page rank yet, better luck next time! lol

Thanks to all! kaguvkov really rockz!