Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Class of 92

Class of 92 After Winning FA Youth Cup 1992

At The Dressing Room

The Early Squad of Class of 92


Class of 92 Now and Then
The Class of 92 Squad
Kevin Pikington, Raphael Burke, Gary Neville, Phillip Neville, Simon Davis, John O'Kane, Andy Noone, Nicky Butt, Ben Thornley, Robbie Savage, David Beckham, George Switzer, Keith Gillespie, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Chris Casper, Colin McKee


I'm at the same age as Ryan Giggs who is  my favourite player. Seems like yesterday when the first I saw him play for United 21 years ago. The day I saw him playing I said to myself who is this guy who tried to take away Lee Sharpe place as the left winger. For me at that time Sharpe was the best winger for United and England. He was called as perfect crosser at that time where he had very high successful crosses where most of it finished by Mark Hughes. Later Giggs teasing run, dribble and vision attracted me and I had no qualm when he dislodged Sharpe.


I really love United especially the class of 92. When they were playing especially in the 90's the fans already sure the wins were already in the bag. What people wanted to see was the score. How many they will score. Beside that people love the way United play. English game in previous time actually was very boring and physical. But United had changed that. They had set a new benchmark for other teams to follow. Only Liverpool once near to United in term of playing style. Once called pass to feet.


After the Heysel Tragedy at Brussel  in 1985 which left 39 people dead and 400 injured, English teams were banned from European tournament for 10 years. However the UEFA lifted the ban in 1991-1992 in year which United represented England club in European Cup Winners' Cup. United qualified for tournament as the winner in England FA Cup.


I remembered watching the game live. Barcelona was the favorite with players like Julio Salinas, Micheal Laudrup and Ronald Koeman who was the team captain. Koeman had known for his powerful free kick where he always scored. And team had Johan Cruyff as their manager. While United had great partnership in their strike force.Hughes and Brian 'chocky' Mclair had scored many goals in the tournament. At the back there were Steve Bruce and Garry Pallister. At the heart of midfield - the great Captain Marvel, Bryan Robson. Only the less convincing was at the goal keeper - Les Sealey.


United won 2-1, both goals from Hughes. However the first goal should be Brucie's goal. Resulted from a freekick by Robson, Bruce headed the ball passed the goalkeeper. Hughes tapped the ball on the goal line to make sure. Then Koeman produced a thunderous free kick to score for Barca.


That was in 1991. Then came the class of 92. Beckham at el. They are the best.


p/s Gary Neville will be always at behind or left of Beckham. You guys could see from the pictures. Both are great pal until now.

To Be Or Not To Be


Are Recession Fears Overblown?
By Dan Burrows | Aug 23, 2011


Granted, investors have more to fear than fear itself. But based on the disconnect between market performance and recent economic data, fears of another recession look to be overblown, says Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial.

One survey of economists puts the odds of recession at 25 percent. The debt and equity markets appear even more unnerved by the possibility of a double dip. Yet the latest data don’t jibe with such high levels of anxiety, Kleintop says in his latest note to clients.

“Rather than an economic recession, we seem to be experiencing a confidence recession,” Kleintop says. “Though risk of a recession has risen, we place the odds substantially lower than what the markets are placing on such an event, which seems to be well over 50 percent given stock market valuations and bond yields at recession levels.”

Markets are reeling even as hard economic data remain reasonably solid, the strategist says, including shipping traffic, business lending, mortgage applications, industrial production, retail sales, initial jobless claims and corporate earnings. The reality reflected in the figures just ain’t all that bad.

Especially interesting, Kleintop notes, is that the latest reading of leading economic indicators posted a solid and better-than-expected 0.5 percent gain, “marking the third straight month of re-acceleration in the year-over-year growth of the [index].”

Yes, the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey was a disaster, but that’s actually a sentiment index (or more of a mood ring) than a hard piece of economic evidence, Kleintop says. (Much the same can be said for readings on consumer confidence.)

Either way, your portfolio will likely be better off if you remain stoic in the face of fear.

“History shows that it does not take much for the market to turn from agonizing over a wall of worry to climbing it,” says Kleintop. “Importantly, the risks do not need to be resolved; merely confidence returns that the risks will be overcome.”

So let me put it this way. Based from my understanding as ordinary people who had no economic background, actually there will not be economic recession. People had overblown the recession issue. Perhaps there were no issue of economic recession and what we are facing now is confidence recession. So bring back the confidence and there will be no recession. Furthermore survey by the expert puts the odds of recession at 25 percent. So that’s mean very unlikely the recession would be happen. Ok thanks.

Kate Winslet:The Real Hollywood Heroine

Branson: Kate Winslet saved my mom in fire



(CBS News)  Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson's $70 million home was struck by lightning and destroyed by the resulting fire Monday as Irene, then a tropical storm, barreled through the Caribbean and over his private island, the billionaire says.

And, reports CBS News Correspondent Elaine Quijano, Kate Winslet emerged a hero.

Branson says the Oscar-winning actress carried his mother from the house while it was still ablaze.

She was among 20 guests in the house, which is one of the most famous vacation homes in the world and was often rented by the rich and famous and seen in photos. Just last month, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Manillo were married there.

"I was on the island," Branson told CBS News. "I was woken up with people screaming. I was in the house right next door to the Great House (about 10 yards away)and looked over, saw the whole house engulfed in flames, and just ran stark naked to the house to try to get people out. I had my daughter, my mother, lots of nephews and nieces. ... Obviously, the first priority was to rescue everybody, and fortunately, everybody got rescued."

Branson said, "My mother's 90 years old and, in order -- although she can walk -- in order to speed the process up, (Winslet) picked my mother up and carried her, carried her out of the house, and so Kate helped rescue my mother."

His 29-year old daughter, Holly, was planning to tie the knot on Necker Island this winter.

Despite the destruction, Branson says, he still hopes to play host.

"We'll make sure that Necker Island is back and ready for her wedding, so we've got something to aim for at Christmas-time this year. ... Necker is our home ... and it will be a beautiful island again. We've just got to rebuild the Great House. Fortunately the rest of the island survived, and we'll make sure it was as beautiful as it was before."

Branson told CBS News that, while many photos were destroyed in the fire, as well as a second autobiography he was working on, the most important thing is that his family and friends are OK.


It was not in the movie. Nobody said action or cut but her act of bravery had save a life of 90 years old mother of millionaire Sir Richard Branson. According to Sir Richard, courageous Miss Winslet acted like a true Hollywood heroine as she swept his mother Eve into her arms and helped carry her to safety as the mansion crumbled around them. Read report from Daily Mail here.

Branson luxury house was destroyed but all the people inside it are saved.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

£40 Million Training Kit


Manchester United secure £40m training kit deal with DHL

The latest addition to the club's commercial arm should see the Red Devils post annual income of over £100m when they announce their end of year results



Manchester United has confirmed a new commercial deal with logistics company DHL, who will become the sponsor of the club's training kit.

The lucrative move will earn the Premier League champions £40 million (€45m) over a four-year contract, with United set to show DHL branding during training sessions outside of European games.

In addition to the deal, United have announced a three-year partnership with Beeline, Vietnam's leading mobile telecommunications company, which will see United content distributed across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

"Manchester United has always been at the forefront of the game off the pitch as well on it and this partnership is another example of that," said Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Everyone knows about the passion of our fans in that part of the world and this deal makes it a lot easier for us to keep in touch with them."

The news follows reports that the club could be placed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in order to boost revenue.

Wow...anjat boboi haa. Untuk training ja ada sponsor sampai 40 juta pound sterling. Ini menunjukkan  betapa bernilainya kelab Manchester United ni. Ramai nak taja. Yang best tu ni hanya di pakai semasa training sahaja sebab Aon broker insuran dari Amerika tu dah taja jersey United. Terlalu bernilai hingga taja baju training pun sudah bagus.

Ni juga menunjukkan kesungguhan famili Glazer untuk mengapuskan hutang mereka yang menimbun tu di samping memadamkan api kemarahan peminat terhadap mereka.

Gee I could only dream this happen in Malaysia especially my state team Penang. Hmm noboday interested to invest? You just could invest as Malaysian football is much connected to politics. Come to think of it I would say it will be always the same.

United IPO's - 2

Man. United adds Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO
19 August 2011
The Edge Malaysia




HONG KONG: English Premier League football champions Manchester United Ltd added Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co to help manage its planned $1 billion initial public offering in Singapore, sources with direct knowledge of the plans told Reuters on Friday, Aug 19.

The club had already appointed Credit Suisse Group AG as a global coordinator for the offering, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

A second source added that United's owning Glazer family planned to use some of the funds raised from the offering to reduce the club's huge debt pile, a burden that has made the Americans deeply unpopular with many fans.
Spokespeople for JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong declined to comment on the IPO mandates.
A Singapore listing will mark a second stock market incarnation for the club, which was listed in London before being taken over by the Glazers in 2005.

Asia, a key region for many English football teams, has become an important growth area for United and is home to more than 190 million of its estimated 333 million fans

United 3-0 Spurs



I missed this early morning game.  Get so tired after combating through the heavy traffics from Bayan Baru to my mother house. After slowly crawl especially from 2/3 of the bridge towards the mainland up until Seberang Jaya had left me very exhausted physical and more in mentally. After iftar and terawih my body and mind demanded a full rest in form of sleeping. I obliged but hoping to wake up at three for the game. Unfortunately when I woke up the game just finished with commentators putting the last words before signing off. Then patiently screening for the result through all sport channels in Astro. After a while saw a crawler revealing the home win for United with result of 3-0. Hahaha time for Sahur then.

Arrived at office straight away looking for the highlights and reports.  Very impressive performance by United young team based from the reports and highlights. Two goals came from header that unchallenged by Spurs defenders. The second goal more appealing, a back heel from Welbeck and finished by Anderson.

Well done. Glory Glory Man United. 


Monday, August 22, 2011

United vs Spurs Preview


Another blockbuster game. United will be facing the team that had improved so much under Redknapp. They were awesome  in the premier league and have great campaign in UCL last season  where they beat great teams in Inter Milan and AC Milan only to falter against Real Madrid in the quarterfinal. Tottenham have failed to win any of their last 24 meeting with United in all competitions. Meanwhile Redknapp have been to Old Trafford 13 times as premier league manager but never win (if not mistaken). So there will something to achieve for Spurs and something to hold for United. It will be the first game for the Spurs but they already ripped apart the Hearts in Scotland for their Europa game.

For United it is interesting to see the new Ferguson fledglings fare in this  game. The center defender would be filled by Evan and Smalling. Jones might also had the chance to partner either of them. But I would prefer Evans and Smalling in absence of Vidic and Ferdinand. Evra is set to return at leftback with Fabio at the right. Most probably  the back four line up would be Evra - Evans - Jones - Smalling. Hernandez is still missing so i think Ferguson would opt Berbatov instead of Wellbeck. He needed a striker who could hold the ball and most important as the target man.

Meanwhile I believed Modric will not be in the squad to Old Trafford. The Croatian play maker already had his mind at Stamford Bridge. Any managers would not let any unsettled player to play. Of course Wenger decision to play Samir Nasri was another case. However Spurs still have another dangerous play maker in Rafeal Van Der Vaart. The pacy Gareth Bale is also another Spurs great weapon. 

The game scheduled at 3 am Tuesday morning.

Prediction: United 2-0 Spurs



Hello Moto


10 Cool Gadgets (and Some Awful Junk) That Google Will Get From Motorola


If your reaction to the news that Google (GOOG) is to acquireMotorola Mobility (MMI) for USD12.5 billion was, “Wait, people still buy Motorola phones?” then this is the photo gallery for you.

Motorola has come a long way since 2004, when the Razr was the hottest phone on the market. It’s come even further since the StarTAC of 1996. Today, Motorola’s line of Droid phones that run on Google’s Android operating system is probably better known than the name “Motorola” is in the smartphone category
Here’s a look at some of the cool — and some of the really awful — new gadgets Google wants to own

Droid 3: This is the Droid you are looking for

This is what Google really wants from Motorola: It’s newest, top-of-the-line Android phone that is also, as Motorola describes it, the “thinnest full QWERTY smartphone. Ever.” It’s the star of a bang-and-smash line of ads that show the phone as an alien action hero.

Here to read more.


Here is another interesting article from The New York Times. 


In announcing its planned USD12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility last week, Google emphasized its interest in the company’s rich trove of 17,000 patents. That portfolio would allow Google to defend itself against foes like Apple and Microsoft in the legal arena, where billions of dollars in patent licensing fees can be indirectly negotiated through lawsuits and countersuits.

But while industry analysts and insiders say the rationale makes sense, they also say it leaves Motorola in an unusual position. Many acquisitions are aimed at creating some well-articulated synergy between the two companies, but Motorola’s future role in this union — beyond patent warehouse — is unclear.

The article went on
Google has said it will allow Motorola to run independently. But some analysts and   investors think Google could markedly pare back or sell big parts of Motorola that create conflicts with partners or are not central to its goals. And that makes for uncertain times for the 19,000 employees at Motorola Mobility in Libertyville, a northern suburb of Chicago, and around the world.

Here to read more


My wife was a Motorolian for about 10 years. She still very proud with Motorola where she said had teach her a lot of things. Would be sad if one of pioneer company in Penang Free Industrial Zone had to leave from the place that could consider much as home. This is business world and how its work. 

BPL Day 2


United 3-0 Spurs

Thursday, August 18, 2011

United's IPO



Man Utd's planned IPO marries sense and sentiment
Posted on 17 August 2011 - 03:11pm
The Sun Daily



SINGAPORE (Aug 17, 2011): Much more than a case of raising funds where cash is plentiful, English soccer club Manchester United's plan to seek US$1 billion on Singapore's stock market is a marrying of financial sense and global supporter sentiment – and a resounding indication of where the club sees future growth.

The English Premier League club, de-listed from London's stock exchange in 2005 when it was bought by the American Glazer family, is now saddled with a debt pile that has led to a vilification of the Glazers among fans.

It has also left United in danger of struggling to meet "Financial Fair Play" rules put forward by soccer's European governing body UEFA.

And while the Glazers have made it clear they have no intention of selling, a flotation in Singapore makes perfect sense on many fronts: it will help reduce the debt burden; it targets Asia's strong economic and investing growth and, crucially, it will deepen United's links with a region ripe for expanding its powerful global brand.

"With two-thirds of their fans residing in Asia, two-thirds of the world living in Asia ... There's an attractive audience base to tap into," Singapore-based sports sponsorship expert Ben Heyhoe Flint told Reuters.

Here to read more.

Another side which United is very good - doing business. United, according to the Forbes is the most valuable team  in the world is worth USD1.86 billion. Thanks to shrewd marketing and management diligent United is always on the top. Also kudos to the team beside their always brilliant performance on the field, their willingness to play at any time given  is also the main factor. Whether at the chilling morning, hot under the sun in the afternoon, during the tea time at evening or at night  prime time the team always give the best for the pleasure of their fans all over the world.

United once listed at London Stock Exchange under code of Manchester United Plc. Then delisted after the Glazer bought United in 2005 for USD1.5 billion. This created discontent among United fans and followers. A yellow and green group then emerged then followed by The Red Knights who attempts to buy United from the Americans. United had saddled with about USD 717 (RM 3.58billion) million debts created by the Glazers. The IPO was reported would give United USD 1 billion which could see off the debts. This should cold the anger of 300 millions fans world wide.

New Devils


Wesley Sneijder will battle the Inter Milan president to clinch his dream move to Manchester United
The Sun UK


WESLEY SNEIJDER will have to go to war with his club president Massimo Moratti to get his dream move to Manchester United.

SunSport revealed yesterday that Dutch ace Sneijder, 27, was so desperate for a move from Inter Milan to Old Trafford that he would slash his pay demands by £60,000 a week to £140,000.

But with striker Samuel Eto'o now on his way out of the San Siro to big-spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, Inter do not want to lose another major star.

Moratti said: "Sneijder was untouchable before the situation with Eto'o and he has become even more so now Eto'o could leave.

"Sneijder is going nowhere."

With the Eto'o transfer almost done and dusted, that could open the door for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez to get his desired move out of the Etihad.

However, Moratti believes the £50million price tag City have put on the Argentine hitman's head will scupper any deal.

The Inter chief admitted: "It will be difficult to sort an agreement for the City striker."

He was playing hard to get first. But now reported interested to move to Old Trafford. Nevertheless he is a great player. United had tracked him for along time already. He move to United will only strengthen the team. In the same time ease the burden on Cleverly with the young lad could learn more from the master. I would prefer Nasri where the out going Arsenal player have more experience in English football. He is also younger than Sneijder but the Frenchman seems to prefer the blue color.

The New King For The Queens


Tony Fernandes will clinch QPR takeover today (18.08.2011)
The Sun UK


TONY FERNANDES will clinch his QPR takeover today after buying control of the Premier League new-boys from Bernie Ecclestone.

The 47-year-old Malaysian multi-millionaire is due to confirm the deal for a 51 per cent stake this morning.
Fernandes, who owns the Lotus Grand Prix team and budget airline Air Asia, is believed to be paying Formula One supremo Ecclestone around £25million.

West Ham fan Fernandes turned to QPR after his attempts to buy into the Hammers were snubbed by owners David Gold and David Sullivan in May.

He was in the Loftus Road directors' box on Saturday as Rangers crashed 4-0 at home to Bolton in their Premier League opener.

And he is ready to show his support for boss Neil Warnock by providing cash for new signings before the transfer window shuts on August 31.

Ecclestone, 80, and former Renault GP boss Flavio Briatore paid £1m to buy Rangers in 2007 and shelled out a further £13m to pay off the club's debts.

It is thought Ecclestone will keep a 15 per cent stake in the club while multi-billionaire Lakshmi Mittal's 33 per cent holding is unaffected by the deal.

A shrewd a businessman who loves football and make money of it. After failing to get his favorite team West Ham he turns to Queen Park Rangers, another London club. He sure will ask his manager to buy players and his main target is Scot Parker. Let see how his club will fare in the league. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fact About WW1






One in five of the Australians and New Zealanders who left their country to fight in the first world war never returned, 80,000 in total.

In World War 1 "Coffin Nails" was a term used by British soldiers to describe cigarettes.
US entered the war on April 6, 1917.

The world's worst train accident occured in France, in December 1917 with the deaths of over 600 soldiers.

There were 70,000,000 men and women in uniform of that number one-half were either killed, wounded or became prisoners of war.

Austria-Hungary faced 90% casualties of their total troops mobilised.

Russia faced more casualties than any other nation in WW1, their total casualties were 9,150,000.

Russia mobilised 12 million men during the war; France 8.4 million; Britain 8.9 million; Germany 11 million; Austria-Hungary 7.8 million; Italy 5.6 million; and the USA 4.3 million.

A total of 65,038,810 troops were mobilized during the WW1, out of which8,538,315 were either killed or they died. 21,219,452 were wounded.7,750,919 were made prisoners.

So, the total casualties of World War 1 were 37,508,686 which makes 57.6%of the total troops that were mobilized.

116,000 soldiers of US army died in a short period of seven months.

296 US soldiers committed suicide during the 7 months US was part of the World War 1.

1,808,000 German soldiers killed in four years of World War 1. More German soldiers were killed than any other nation in WW1.

During World War 1 "Harry Tate" was the nickname given by British pilots to the R.E.8 aircraft.


Source

West Brom 1 - 2 United


Not so convincing away victory against the Baggies. De Gea again in the highlight as he conceded a goal that could consider a routine save. United control the game with be the first to settle down and adapt the field very well. As expected Cleverly get the starting line up. Actually no surprise line up by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rooney get his name in the score sheet after 13 minutes. Nani then should made it 3-0 before the equaliser by Shane Long but he misses two glorious chances in six yard box. Then out of nothing the Baggies had their goal. De Gea again had nervy game. He let a ball slip under his body to give the unexpected goal for West Brom.

Again United left it late. Ashley Young who assist the first goal claimed the second goal as his shot deflected into the net.


Serve By Buffet



US billionaire investor Warren Buffett is calling on the "mega-rich" to pay more in taxes





Buffett said on Monday in a New York Times opinion piece that he would immediately raise rates on households with taxable income of more than $1 million, and he would add an additional increase for those making $10 million or more.


He also recommends that the 12 members of Congress charged with devising a deficit-cutting plan leave rates for 99.7 per cent of taxpayers unchanged.
"My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress," Buffett wrote. "It's time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice."
Buffett, who is chairman and CEO of Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway, has been calling for higher taxes on the super wealthy for several years. He has said the tax system has contributed to the growing gap between rich and poor.
Here to read more
This guy not only rich but also have a good heart. He is also a well known philanthropist who loves to do charity. He believes in giving more to the people.  
In 2006 he made American history by making the largest ever charitable donation by an individual – USD37 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in form of 10 million class B share of his Berkshire Hathaway.

More interesting that he was reported to donate his remaining shares to his family's foundation headed by his three kids. His children will not inherit a significant portion of his wealth as he intends to use it for the good of humanity.

According to him, “I want to give my kids enough so that they could feel that could do anything, but not so much that could do nothing."

What a great man.






Friday, August 12, 2011

Another Recession Looming?


Most Americans say U.S. on wrong track: poll
Written by Reuters
Thursday, 11 August 2011 07:02


WASHINGTON: Economic fears are weighing heavily on Americans, with a large majority saying the United States is on the wrong track and nearly half believing the worst is yet to come, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Wednesday.

The poll reflected growing anxiety about the U.S. economy and frustration with Washington after a narrowly averted government default last week, a credit rating downgrade by Standard & Poor's, a stock market dive and a stubbornly high 9.1 percent jobless rate.

President Barack Obama was politically bruised in the brutal, weeks-long debt debate, and negative views on the economy are worrisome signs for his 2012 re-election bid.

His approval rating dropped to 45 percent from 49 percent a month ago, according to the poll conducted from Thursday to Monday. Obama's predecessor, President George W. Bush, never saw his approval rating dip below 46 percent in Gallup polling in his re-election year of 2004.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll found 73 percent of Americans believe the United States is "off on the wrong track," and just one in five, 21 percent, think the country is headed in the right direction.

The survey found that 47 percent believe "the worst is yet to come" in the U.S. economy, an increase of 13 percentage points from a year ago when this question was last raised.

This is the highest measure since March 2009, when concern peaked at 57 percent, at the height of the recession.

Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said the wrong-track measure reflects widespread unhappiness with the economy and frustration at both political parties, but "you can't say it's a predictor of how Obama will fare" in 2012.

The level of discontent was 10 points higher than a July survey and is the highest in an Ipsos poll since it reached 73 percent in October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. The polling organization found 77 percent felt the country was on the wrong track in July 2008, during George W. Bush's final year in office.

Gallup has found even higher levels of dissatisfaction at various points over the past 30 years, but it is rare.

Click here to read more

Obama now really occupied to save the American economy and the world subsequently. He managed to reach deal with the congress on raising the debt ceiling. This deal is to able the US to cut the federal spending therefore there will be money to pay the debt.  The US debt deadlock had threatened to throw the US and world economy into chaos. 

My knowledge regarding economics is scarcely. So not sure how thing going to work. I personally believed that Obama is  not strong US President. He had his charisma while giving speechand his figure shined with aura in the public but his policy and management not in the same level. His foreign policy could consider the same with other President but he lack on emphasizing.

As expected in April 2011, Obama has launched his bid for reelection to the White House, telling supporters that he needs their vote in 2012 so he can continue the ambitious reform agenda he began two years ago. Maybe there will be problem for him to win the reelection.


Another Loss For Wenger


The Sun UK
Manchester City close on £22million Samir Nasri
ANCHESTER CITY and Arsenal were last night locked in talks over Samir Nasri's £22million switch.
The FA Cup winners have stepped up their pursuit of the French midfielder, 24, with the big kick-off looming.


And, with Cesc Fabregas Barcelona-bound, Gunners fans are facing up to the prospect of losing both their star men. Arsenal's resolve to hang on to Nasri - who has just 12 months left on his contract - has finally softened as they realised cashing in now was their best option.

City were happy to wait until January or even next summer when they knew they could land the former Marseille man for nothing.

Now they are confident they can finalise a deal in the next few days, although the chances of him playing against Swansea on Monday are fading.

Arsenal are holding out for a fee of around £24m.

But once they agree, the move is likely to be a formality with midfielder Nasri already happy with the personal terms on offer.

City boss Roberto Mancini is also trying to seal a £5m move for Fiorentina winger Alessio Cerci, 24.


I don't think the fans and the management at the Emirates could tolerate with Wenger anymore. The high prospect of losing two most creative and best players before starts of the season is catastrophic. Samir Nasri who finally showed his true talent last season after playing more central position is the only person capable to replace Febregas. Very talented player with high vision, accurate passes and ability to score which Febregas lack with.

I believe Wenger tenure at Arsenal is in jeopardy. He is very respectable figure in Premier League  who had transformed the boring Arsenal into very interesting team with attractive football. But after five years without any trophy is unbearable. More great players would leave Arsenal especially the seniors. Van Persie might go as well.

So Arsenal's fan you guys should ready to have a new gaffer.

Title Defence Starts



United open their title defense with an away game in the midlands against West Bromwich Albion. While the champion been busy with transfer market West Brom relatively quiet in the off season, they have just this week signed Irish International Shane Long who was impressive for Reading last season. United might added Wesley Sneijder as well. With already strong squad United should have no problem to brush aside The Baggies at the Hawthrons.

However, United had a bad habit as slow starter at the beginning of the season where they sometimes had unexpected loss.

Prediction: west brom 0 - 3 united  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Flying Down


The Edge Malaysia
Short-lived reprieve for markets, AirAsia dips                    
Written by Surin Murugiah of theedgemalaysia.com         
Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:29


KUALA LUMPUR: AIRASIA BHD continued to slide in heavy trade as Asian bourses, including Bursa Malaysia, fell on Thursday, Aug 11 following the overnight plunge at Wall Street where the Dow Jones lost more than 4.6%.

However, the decline at the regional markets was limited by a rise in US stock futures.

The FBM KLCI was down 11.63 points to 1,468.89 at 10am. Market breadth was negative with losers beating gainers by 493 to 74, while 139 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 249.14 million shares valued at RM416.18.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.29% to 8,92.32, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 1.67% to 19,452.74, the Shanghai Composite Index down 0.66% to 2,532.46, Taiwan’s Taiex fell 1.51% to 7,619.41, South Korea’s Kospi lost 1.68% to 1,775.89 while Singapore’s Straits Times Index lost 2.63% to 2,746.80.

Maybank Investment Bank Bhd head of retail research and chief chartist Lee Cheng Hooi in a note to clients Aug 11 said that due to the US markets’ plunge last night, there would be some volatile trading activities at the local bourse today.

He said that from its opening “gap-down” move, local bargain hunting activity would prove futile due to a longer-term decline for the local and foreign indices.

“As such, investors must be quick to enter and exit intra-day trading positions with profits.

“Else, with a very volatile market like this, there are great chances of losing capital and profits if investors are too slow to press the sell button,” he said.

AirAsia was the most actively traded counter with 17.8 million shares done. The stock fell 14 sen to RM3.40, extending its losses from Wednesday as investors have appeared to view its tie-up with MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BHD [] negatively.

UOB Kay Hian Malaysia Research on Aug 10 had downgraded it to a Sell with a lower target price of RM3.50 from RM4.60.

The research house said that while an alliance between AirAsia and MAS would benefit Khazanah Nasional Bhd, it did not see AirAsia getting any benefit.

Decliners included MAS and Petronas Chemicals that fell two sen each to RM1.70 and RM6.17, Axiata down six sen to RM4.84, Top Glove 65 sen to RM5.23, Panasonic 48 sen to RM23, F&N 42 sen to RM18.04, Glenealy 20 sen to RM5.22, Tan Chong 29 sen to RM4.79, Batu Kawan 28 sen to RM15.14, Dutch Lady 20 sen to RM17.88 and United PLANTATION []s 18 sen to RM18.62.

Gainers included Bintulu Port, MSC, YTL Cement, Shell, Muhibbah, YTL Power, Chin Teck and Shangri-La.

However, the decline at the regional markets was limited by a rise in US stock futures.

The FBM KLCI was down 11.63 points to 1,468.89 at 10am. Market breadth was negative with losers beating gainers by 493 to 74, while 139 counters traded unchanged. Volume was 249.14 million shares valued at RM416.18.

At the regional markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.29% to 8,92.32, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 1.67% to 19,452.74, the Shanghai Composite Index down 0.66% to 2,532.46, Taiwan’s Taiex fell 1.51% to 7,619.41, South Korea’s Kospi lost 1.68% to 1,775.89 while Singapore’s Straits Times Index lost 2.63% to 2,746.80.

Maybank Investment Bank Bhd head of retail research and chief chartist Lee Cheng Hooi in a note to clients Aug 11 said that due to the US markets’ plunge last night, there would be some volatile trading activities at the local bourse today.

He said that from its opening “gap-down” move, local bargain hunting activity would prove futile due to a longer-term decline for the local and foreign indices.

“As such, investors must be quick to enter and exit intra-day trading positions with profits.

“Else, with a very volatile market like this, there are great chances of losing capital and profits if investors are too slow to press the sell button,” he said.

AirAsia was the most actively traded counter with 17.8 million shares done. The stock fell 14 sen to RM3.40, extending its losses from Wednesday as investors have appeared to view its tie-up with MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BHD negatively.

UOB Kay Hian Malaysia Research on Aug 10 had downgraded it to a Sell with a lower target price of RM3.50 from RM4.60.

The research house said that while an alliance between AirAsia and MAS would benefit Khazanah Nasional Bhd, it did not see AirAsia getting any benefit.

Decliners included MAS and Petronas Chemicals that fell two sen each to RM1.70 and RM6.17, Axiata down six sen to RM4.84, Top Glove 65 sen to RM5.23, Panasonic 48 sen to RM23, F&N 42 sen to RM18.04, Glenealy 20 sen to RM5.22, Tan Chong 29 sen to RM4.79, Batu Kawan 28 sen to RM15.14, Dutch Lady 20 sen to RM17.88 and United PLANTATION 18 sen to RM18.62.

Wow..the stock fell after the tied up with MAS where investors viewed its negatively. To spice up the thing UOB Kay Hian Malaysia Research claimed that the tied up only benefit Khazanah not AirAsia.

Another interesting development.  Surely Tony had the advise from the top spin doctors regarding this tied up before agreed with it. Maybe he is already see this thing coming and all according to his plan. Well Tony do it for the country.