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Saturday, May 28, 2011

CNA: Badminton: Players told skirts will boost bottom line

ECGMA says: So, it is true that Bottom put bums on seats!

This article from iTODAY

Badminton: Players told skirts will boost bottom line

May 27

QINGDAO, China - Badminton's biggest controversy in years involves not cheating, not drugs, but skirts, with crunch talks on Saturday set to decide on a saga which has divided the sport.

At a showdown in the Chinese seaside city of Qingdao, badminton's chiefs will attempt to convince doubtful associations that a new ruling forcing women players to wear skirts or dresses is not sexist, but a smart marketing tool.

The move caused such uproar that its enforcement has already been delayed by a month, but the sport's Kuala Lumpur-based top brass appear confident of persuading critics it's a crucial gambit to improve badminton's bottom line.

"The reason we want the skirt regulation is to promote women's events, which are getting less and less popular," Badminton World Federation deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho said during the ongoing Sudirman Cup in Qingdao.

"The bottom line is: they could earn more sponsorship and more money."

He had previously stressed that it "has never been the intention of the BWF to portray women as sexual objects, and nor is that what we are doing".

China, Indonesia and India are among a host of countries who have raised fierce objections, while in Malaysia, the opposition Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) called for a boycott of tournaments.

With the new directive set to come into force on June 1, even players are torn. The rule says skirts or dresses must be worn, even if they are over the top of shorts or trousers.

"I think it's a little bit ridiculous," said Ragna Ingolfsdottir of Iceland, who chooses to wear a skirt because she finds it less restrictive.

"Some girls here just want to wear shorts because they think it's more comfortable, so why make them wear skirts if they don't want to?

"I don't think it's about sexism, but will it make more people watch? I don't know. I don't think in Iceland it matters but somewhere in the world perhaps it does."

Ingolfsdottir admitted the publicity over the issue -- though not all of it has been good -- had at least raised the sport's profile.

"There are different views on it and in some ways the publicity is good, but for the players that don't like it, it's not good for them. But maybe it's good for badminton as a whole," she told AFP.

Hong Kong's Chau Hoi Wah is very much in the shorts camp. "I don't really see the point in women having to wear skirts," she said, adding shorts were more comfortable and "more appropriate" when stretching for a shot.

"I know it's to attract sponsors, but isn't there another way it can be done? Are people really going to come and watch because a girl is wearing a skirt or a tank-top? And if they are, are they really supporting badminton?"

But many players at the Sudirman Cup said they had no issue with the ruling. "It's okay for me," said Yun Peng, who was born in China but plays for the United States.

"Before I wore shorts, but now I wear a skirt. There's not much difference, but I think skirts are good for the sport because girls look nicer, a bit like they do in tennis."

Renuga Veeran, who plays for Australia, had split feelings. "I think it's a good rule because all the players will look standardised, though I know a lot of girls are really comfortable in shorts.

"I don't think they (BWF) can just make a rule saying everyone has to wear a skirt because that could affect some people's performance. For me, I always wear a skirt and I'm good with it.

"But some people say it's sexist."

Her doubles partner and brother, Raj, suspected the whole controversy may be a ploy. "Publicity-wise it's been quite big. It might even be a publicity stunt," he said.


Friday, May 27, 2011

How wasteful the old generation or was it?

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.  The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have 'the green thing' back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  The former generation didn't care enough to save our environment."

He was right, that generation didn't have "the green thing" in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store.  The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have "the green thing" back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.

When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad, the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have "the green thing" back then?

Body Piercing

Monday, May 23, 2011

RSVP Requested

 This may be a 'chain email' but the message is relevant. Share if you wish else if you got this via an email, delete it.



I'm sending this to you to see how
Many actually read their e-mail.

Your response will be interesting.

Pay attention to what you read.

After you have finished reading it, you will know the reason it was
Sent to you.

Here goes:

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need
You have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with
Guidance and support,

To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,

This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an

Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire
Fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has
Come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.

They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy..

Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,

Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional

Your job is to accept the lesson,

Love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other
Relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life,

Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Send this
To every friend that you have on-line,

Including the person who sent it to you.

0 Replies - you may need to work on your 'people skills'

2 Replies - you are nice but probably need to be more outgoing

4 Replies - you have picked your friends well!

6 Replies - you are downright popular

8 Replies or More - you are totally awesome

(and that's probably why you're on MY list)

I wonder what mine will be.


Forward this message the same day you received it

It may sound ridiculous, but it is right on time.

We believe that something is about to happen.

Angels exist, only sometimes they haven't got wings and we call them
Friends; you are one of them.

Something wonderful is about to happen to you and your friends.

Tomorrow at
1:22 p.m. somebody will address you and tell you
Something you have been waiting to hear.

Please do not break it.

Send it to at least 7 of your friends.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

How God is managing the 2011 Rapture

God manages the 2011 rapture

Farm to Fridge - The Truth Behind Meat Production

Viewer Discretion is advised. It's really really sick!

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ECGMA says: I am sorry, I will not apologise for my language here. After watching this clip, I am sick to the stomach at inhumane act of cruelty by such despicable humans. These people are bastards but then what does that make of 'us' whose demand for such consumption encourages the meat industry to continue to supply our voracious appetite for meat. Should consumers be as guilty as the meat suppliers? Initially, while watching, I had so many vulgar words running through my mind and cannot explain the inner anger this clip shows us. I couldn't watch the entire clip. What is wrong with the human race?!?!?

Mercy For Animals presents Farm to Fridge. Narrated by Oscar-nominee James Cromwell, this powerful film takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the nation's largest industrial farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants -- revealing the often-unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Unbelievable David Beckham

While on the beach in California shooting a commercial for Diet Pepsi, David Beckham shows why he's the world's most famous soccer player.

Friday, May 6, 2011


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Photographic proof of bin Laden's burial at sea (Unclassified)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Smelly Bottom

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How OBAMA was killed

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Global News Carolyn Jarvis, Correspondent/Anchor says "Obama" instead of "Osama" 3 times on live television.

This is BALANCED! - מופיע מדהים של איזון וכוח

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The Cartoons Pakistani TV Was Afraid to Show

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Musician and writer Daniyal Noorani created animated cartoons that took on Islamic extremism in Pakistan. But even though their message was peaceful, TV stations there would not run them

President Obama Roasts the Donald at 2011 Correspondents' Dinner -Full V...

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Full video of president obama roasting donald trump at 2011 correspondents' dinner.