What about Stock Market Fixing !? ~ Nah ! It’s a rhetoric question !
Just Like when Footballers deliberately lose Matches ~Just Like when Horses are not allowed to run on Merit by the Jockeys ~ Just Like Spot Fixing in Cricket ~Just Like Steroids and Banned Drugs being taken by Competitors across Sports for that Unfair Advantage ~Just Like Tennis players throw matches for money~ Just like Olympic Athletes dope to outperform and win medals ~ Just Like influencing Libor Rate Setting to take leveraged profitable positions on consequent trends
So it is in Stock Exchanges for that Unfair Advantage ! ~ Insider Trading ~ Stocks being allowed to run beyond merit ~Selective Punishment ~ Circular Trading ~Biased IPO Gradings ~ High Frequency Trading making a mockery of Research & Fairplay
ABBA Song says it all :
“I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball…
Money, money, money Must be funny In the rich man’s world Money, money, money Always sunny In the rich man’s world “
The Longest Tennis Match,all of 4 hrs and 26 min, in Olympic History just sees Champion Roger Federer of Switzerland finally beat Champion Del Potro of Argentina in the Semis 3-6,7-6 and Phew ! 19-17 to enter the Finals in London !
Federer had to fall back on his Serve to bail him out ~ he even failed to convert many breakpoints
I created my own records of sorts by posting for over an hour the largest no of live fb comments on this thread while the deciding set was being played out ! ~ Check the Thread out below
Gaurav A Parikh
Watch Live going on the awesome Tennis Semis at the Olympics between Federer and Podro ~ it’s 9 all in the deciding third set,one set a piece
Our Archers in London either seem to be on a Holiday or are feeling terribly homesick at the London Olympics ~ instead of smashing Records there they smashed my car windscreen here in Mumbai !
The Security Personnel at my Residence tell me that they did not hear anything but in the burst of wind and rain a small branch of a Tree in the garden had apparently collapsed and a big wood piece must have targeted my windscreen !
I’ve been arguing with them that the reason for the Windscreen being smashed are our Archers at the London Olympics ~ they’re either in Holiday mood or they’re feeling terribly homesick that they are shooting all over the place with some shots even landing back home in India and one of which cracked my car windscreen in Mumbai ! ~ one guard even agreed !
!@#$%&*() Even our last Big Medal Hope and World No 1 Woman Archer,Deepika Kumari just crashed out in Round 1 losing to a Brit,Amy Oliver who scored a couple of 10 while it was a losing 8 and 9 most of the way for Kumari
There’s nothing to really grin or smile about but what gets me is that I’ve observed that all our Men and Women Archers at Team and Individual Events keep grinning even while losing ! ~ I’m told it’s Therapy,advised by Sports Psychologists, to reduce tension and stress levels ~ for who ? the Archers or us ! ~ Making such a Conscious Smiling Effort to relax itself must induce anxiety !~ I’m also educated that it’s the swirling wind that changes arrow direction from a perfect 10 to 6,7 and 8 and even a 4 on the Target Board ! ~ True,but it’s an even playing field for all competitors ~ our problem is lack of consistency in High Scores ~ and a clear loss of nerves when it matters ~ Archery is more a Mental Discipline than others ~ and we lose it more often not !
I realise I am maybe a bit harsh, but I’m really angry ~ Archers and Shooters missing targets in London have cost me a Smashed Windscreen in Mumbai !
Gagan Narang gets Bronze with an aggregate of 701.1 points in the Qualifying and Final Rounds ~ misses Gold because of three sub 10 score shots(9.5 Shot 5,9.9 Shot 7 and 9.5 Shot 8 ) out of the 10 shots in the finals
Just imagine ! ~ Gagan shot a super 10.7 in his last Tenth Shot to confirm Bronze ~ his aggregate of 701.1 was just 1 point short of the Gold medal 702.1 ! ~ In fact after Shot 6 in the Finals both Gagan and Gold medal Winner Moldeveanu were equal in second at 660.7 points each with Silver medal Winner Campriani in 1st position with 661 points.Then Gagan scared all of us with his 7th and 8th shots recording just 9.9 and 9.5 and his dropping to fourth behind Wang of China after the seventh shot. He came back with a 10.3 and a superb 10.7 in the ninth and final tenth shot to take the Bronze !
The maximum 10.9 score for a shot was scored just once by a Netherlands Shooter and which elevated his ranking to get a shot at at least a Bronze if he could simply repeat this score~ Thankfully he could not !
Gold was cornered by the unheralded Moldeveanu of Romania who’s not even in the top 25 World Rankings,in fact came 38th in the European Championships ! he scored 702.1 aggregate pipping the favourite Italian,Campriani who scored 701.5 for the silver
Well done Gagan ! Done India Proud ! ~ missed a heartbeat when you dropped to fourth position midway and the three sub 10 scores ! ~ and somewhat comes as a balm after the frustration of the weekend when we expected Medals from our Archers ~ but first our Mens Archers and then our Women Archers ,both lost in the first round of 16 itself in the Team Event
Can now better understand defending champion Abhinav Bindra sighing “That’s the way Life Goes!” when not qualifying with Gagan for the Finals earlier today ~ decimal scores and millimeters decide the difference between winners and losers ~ Consistency in Scoring high over 10 in each shot remains the Key ~ Indian Shooters are clearly working hard on this ~ trying to stay motivated and not letting pressure,even that of high expectations, get to them
In Beijing 2008,Gagan was the favourite but did not qualify for the Finals while Abhinav Bindra came from behind to qualify and then even win Gold
Gagan had revealed then how heartbroken his Mom was in 2008 that she suffered a heart attack and was admitted to hospital ~ this must have strengthened Gagan’s resolve at the London 2012 Olympics to be among the Medals
Gagan is also participating in two other events and hope he is among medals in both ~ Gold would be great !read more