Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pacquiao KOs Hatton in second

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Manny Pacquiao 10 W

Ricky Hatton 7 KO

Round 1: Pacquiao hugs trainer Freddie Roach just before the bell sounds to start the fight. Crowd is cheering and singing. Hatton goes hard to body and referee Kenny Bayless warns him to keep them up. They’re clinching a lot. Hard right hook by Manny. Jab and a hook to the body by Ricky. Hard straight left by Pacquiao. One-two from Pacquiao and they clinch. Combination from Pacquiao on the ropes stuns Hatton. Four-punch combination by Pacquiao. Hatton is is down from a right. About 45 seconds left. Huge combination by Pacquiao. Hatton is getting drilled. This may be it. Hatton down again.
Pacquiao wins round, 10-7

Round 2: Right by Hatton early. Good combination by Pacquiao. He’s hurting Hatton with those shots. Right hook lands by Pacquiao. Three-punch combination by Pacquiao and Hatton wobbles. The speed is way too much for Hatton at this stage. Right hook again by Pacquiao. Hatton goes to body and is warned for holding and hitting. Straight left by Pacquiao and theny bang heads. Right by Hatton lands flush, Pacquiao takes it well. Combination from Pacquiao backs Hatton to corner. Right hook to body by Pacquiao. Left hand by Pacquiao knocks out Hatton. The fight is stopped at 2:59.
Pacquiao wins by knockout

Friday, May 1, 2009

Pentagon looks to Facebook, Twitter

FORT MONROE, Virginia — You don't often hear a three-star general using the word "friend" as a verb.

But for Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley and other Army brass, a new era has brought a new language — and new tools like online social networks Twitter and Facebook — for seeking out young recruits and spreading the military's message.

Freakley, who heads the Army command that oversees recruiting, says social networking sites offer another way to reach tomorrow's soldiers.

"They live in the virtual world," Freakley said. He cited Facebook as a key component in targeting 18-to 24-year-olds. "You could friend your recruiter, and then he could talk to your friends."

The Army isn't the only branch of the military with Facebook friends or that has a following on Twitter. The Air Force has also established a Facebook page, Twitter feeds and a blog, while the Marine Corps is using various networking sites mainly for recruiting purposes. The Navy is "experimenting" with several forms of online media, and some of its commands are using Twitter, a spokesman said. Even the Coast Guard commandant regularly updates his Facebook status while traveling.

The Army has also added to its Web site video games, a virtual recruiter and clips that answer commonly asked questions about life in uniform.

Showing off the videos during an interview at his office at Fort Monroe, Freakley said some of the questions are surprising: Can I have a dog in the Army? Can I buy a truck in the Army? Can I be married in the Army?

The Army, Freakley said, wants to answer those questions.

Earlier this year, the Army established an online and social media division within its public affairs office. The division's director, Lt. Col. Kevin Arata, said the search is on every day to find new avenues online to reach not only soldiers, but their families and the general public.

"We know that's where they are, and we need to go to them," Arata said.

The Army recently launched its own Facebook page, which contains much the same information as its official Web site.

Lindy Kyzer, who updates the site, along with the Army's Twitter feed and blog, says the networking sites add a different dimension: chat.

"We really try to make it an open forum," Kyzer said, adding that negative posts are not removed. The Army has deleted some comments it deemed not "family-friendly."

"Everyone has an opinion and it's amazing that the Army is showing both sides," said Danny Andazola, a 24-year-old Army reservist from Denver who has posted on the Facebook page. "When younger people see comments from both sides, it can easily help them decide if the Army culture is for them."

The Coast Guard is also maintains a presence online.

Adm. Thad Allen, Coast Guard commandant, routinely updates his own Facebook status from his cell phone while traveling. He also posts video blogs from overseas, said a spokesman, Lt. Tony Migliorini, who called it an effort to collaborate with the public in real time.

The services' presence beyond their Web sites represents what Arata called a "culture shift."

"I'm sure there was the same pushback years ago when somebody invented the telephone. 'Ooh, you can't talk there because somebody might hear you.' Well, that's the whole point. We want people to hear us." - AP

Eugenio Vagni makes contact with family

MANILA, Philippines - Eugenio Vagni, the remaining International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) worker still in captivity, was confirmed still alive after making contact with his family Thursday night.

But the ICRC said Vagni’s ordeal continues more than 100 days after he, Andreas Notter and Mary Jean Lacaba were abducted in Sulu last Jan. 15.

“He was able to call his family today. This is the only news received from him since he was last seen on 16 April by his colleague Andreas Notter, who is now free and back with his family after three months of captivity. As ever, we remain very worried about Eugenio," ICRC head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific Alain Aeschlimann said on the ICRC

Aeschlimann said they remain worried for Vagni as the ordeal goes on for him, his family and friends, and for the ICRC.

He said Vagni’s safety and well-being remain the ICRC’s main concern, and appealed anew to the Abu Sayyaf to release the Italian “safe and sound, immediately and unconditionally."

“Our thoughts are with Eugenio’s family and friends in particular, who have been enduring enormous hardship since the very beginning of the crisis. We are keenly aware of the distress they are feeling," he said.

Aeschlimann said the ICRC will “spare no effort" until Vagni is free and the crisis resolved.

“We are in regular contact with the authorities in the Philippines and in Rome, who are keeping close tabs on developments. All genuine efforts to find a solution to the crisis are appreciated," he said, but refused to give details to avoid jeopardizing any of these efforts.

He also stressed the ICRC since Day One of the crisis has never received any ransom demand.

“As a matter of policy, the ICRC does not pay ransoms when its staff are kidnapped. Making exceptions to such longstanding policy might endanger the ICRC’s security and its capacity to work in conflict zones and other sensitive areas in many countries, including the Philippines," he said. - GMANews.TV

Manny Pacquiao

The winning ticket. Manny Pacquiao meets former US President Bill Clinton in Las Vegas Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

Pacquiao & Hatton update

Hatton 140lbs Pacquiao 138lbs - more details from the weigh in