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01

Penuturan Pemain Bulu Tangkis India

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Penuturan Pemain Bulu Tangkis India

Hal ini diungkapkan oleh perwakilan dari USBA. Menurut Manjusha Kanwar selaku perwakilan USBA pemain muda di akademi tersebut memang sudah menunggu hadirnya pemain bulu tangkis Indonesia.

Bahkan, mereka juga sudah menanti semua pemain legendaris dunia yang berasal dari Indonesia termasuk para officialnya. Selain dinilai hebat dalam permainan yang diumumkan oleh sbobet casino dan dewa poker, India menilai jika pemain Indonesia sangat ramah. Keramahan tersebut tidak ditemukan pada pemain bulu tangkis Daftar Casino Sbobet dari Korea dan Tiongkok.
Untuk itu pula, India sering sekali mengirimkan perwakilan pebulu tangkis muda untuk berlatih di Indonesia. Manjusha sendiri merupakan mantan pemain nasional bulu tangkis India. Salah satu pemain yang sangat bangga dengan kehadiran pemain Indonesia adalah Brinda Singh.

Brinda merupakan pemain binaan USBA dan telah menjuarai State Championships 2013. Ia mengaku tidak akan menyia-nyiakan waktu untuk melihat sesi latihan peman Indonesia dan mengambil pelajaran dari mereka.

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01

Apresiasi Tim Bulu Tangkis India

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Apresiasi Tim Bulu Tangkis India

Salah satu negara yang mengagumi performa pemain bulu tangkis Indonesia adalah India. India sangat mengagumi Indonesia karena merah putih memiliki berbagai prestasi di dunia sejak puluhan tahun yang lalu.

Bahkan, antusiasme penggemar india akan bulu tangkis Indonesia ditunjukkan dengan hadir pada ajang Piala Thomas dan Uber 2014 18 hingga 25 Mei 2014. Selain itu, para pemain Indonesia juga disambut meriah oleh pemain muda yang berasal dari USBA atau United Shuttlers Badminton Academy.

Kala itu, para pemain Indonesai sedang melakukan sesi latihan di Yamuna Sport Center. Dukungan pemain bulu tangkis muda India adalah dengan memberikan tepuk tangan meriah saat pemain Indonesia masuk ke arena latihan Cara Daftar Sbobet.

Selain memberikan sambutan dengan riuh tepuk tangan, mereka juga memberikan karangan bunga untuk para pemain, official dan pelatih. Hadir pula beberapa pemain bulu tangkis legendaris Indonesia seperti Judi Bola Online TerpercayaChristina Hadinata, Rexy Mainaky serta Joko Suprianto.

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Apr
01

Criminal Instinct: Kelly Lynn Parra

Twenty-one-year-old Ana Moreno may be diminutive, but what she lacks in size is more than made up in survival instinct. After her father died and her mother abandoned her, Ana was thrown into the foster system and ultimately, a life of crime.

Facing a five-year stretch on charges of burglary and attempted murder, Ana was given a choice: serve her time in prison or as an undercover agent for the Secret Informant Drug Enforcement (SIDE) program. Choosing the latter, Ana joined a handful of her peers and together they fight the war on drugs; one dealer at a time.

When word came down that a deadly shipment of Ecstacy was on its way to San Fran, Ana and the rest of the SIDE team were given their assignments; Ana’s was to get cozy with the main man suspected of working for one of the biggest players—the gorgeous, but dangerous Jonas Saven.

When Ana accidentally ran into Saven while gathering intel, neither of them was ready for the intense connection each felt for the other. Ana tried hard to fight her feelings and focus on her goal; knowing, in the end, their worlds would collide and she’d have to choose.

In the beginning, there was nothing much to like about Ana or even the rest of the team. They were just a handful of people thrown together by their collective desire to stay out of prison.

Too much space was devoted to the perceived issues with Ana: her skin color, her mixed heritage, how damaged and badass she is and her inability to trust anybody; by the 100th time, I was ready to call it quits. OK! We get it! Ana’s damaged goods. It’s just not clear why you’d have to constantly bring up that she’s Mexican and Caucasian like it’s a disease. With the fact that she’s so petite and exotically gorgeous also being pounded into our heads, she could’ve been half schnauzer and nobody would’ve cared.

Along with the repetitive Ana-has-problems mantra, there are the constant fight scenes. It’s not that the book is too violent—it kind of is—but it’s not productive. Instead of the story moving forward, the reader is bogged down in the play-by-play of every scuffle the SIDE agents get caught up in. Honestly, they’d have to defend their lives less in prison.

By the halfway point I was still ready to throw in the towel—but my curiosity regarding Ana and Jonas got the best of me. However, when the next refrain of “Nobody Loves Me Because I’m Half Mexican” began to play, I had second thoughts about my second thoughts.

It wasn’t until the second half that Kelly Lynn Parra hit her stride. Things were finally moving forward, the pace was picking up and the plot became more cohesive. With the exception of Ana taking Mike Tyson style beat downs and coming back for more, Parra managed to keep things fairly believable.

Although things started off a bit shaky, everything finally came together. In the end, I’m glad I stuck with it; and might even go so far as to say a sequel wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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Apr
01

Red Riding Hood: Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

When she was seven years old, Valerie looked death in the eye when she came face to face with the monstrous beast with whom her village had an understanding: once a month a sacrificial offering would be left for the vicious wolf in exchange for sparing the lives of the people.

At 17, Valerie’s world would shatter when the wolf breaks the pact by killing her beloved sister Lucie. Furthering her heartbreak, Valerie is betrothed to Henry, the son of a wealthy blacksmith, which means that she cannot be with her true love, Peter; who just returned to her after 10 long years.

Caught between two men fighting for her love and grieving for her sister, Valerie is given the final ultimatum by the wolf—go away with him or everyone she loves will die. As the blood continues to spill, Valerie can’t help but notice the brutal attacks coinciding with the return of Peter. Despite it all, Valerie has to decide if she loves Peter enough to go with him, even if he is the wolf.

With similar imagery and tone to Sleepy Hollow and containing a hint of The Village’s mystery, Sarah Blakely Cartwright has written a novel based on David Leslie Johnson’s screenplay for the re-imagined fairy tale—Red Riding Hood.

Despite its “period piece” setting, the voice is modern and engaging, yet still maintains the integrity of the original—although the author’s effort at working in the classic lines are applauded, they come off as a bit forced and out of context.

As I was really looking forward to reading Red Riding Hood, I have to say it was less than expected, but far from disappointing. Blakely-Cartwright throws in enough twist, turns and doubt to keep you guessing and the action pumping; and just when you think you’re about to find out who the wolf is…

To coincide with the release of the feature film, the final chapter will appear on the website www.redridinghoodbook.com on March 14, 2011 at 9 o’clock AM Eastern time.

Until then, we can only speculate on whether or not Little Red Riding Hood will live happily ever after.

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01

Banana Kiss: Bonnie Rozanski

Robin Farber is schizophrenic and a fairly-willing resident of Berkshire hospital—much to her mother’s secret relief and her step-father’s quickly-shrinking bank account.

Despite being an in-patient, Robin’s days are fairly full with watching her roommate Beverly read the same page of Vogue, eating whatever color glop is being served that day with her friend, Roz, flushing her meds, giving the occasional black eye to orderlies and resisting any relationship with Derek; a manic depressive who’s in love with her.

To assist with her potential transition to out-patient living, Robin has daily meetings with Dr. Mankiewicz aka “Whitecoat”. One of the main issues Dr. Mankiewicz is focusing on is Robin’s part in her sister Melissa’s upcoming wedding—to Max, Robin’s ex-boyfriend.

Though Robin insists she’s ok with the marriage, the voices say otherwise.

Even with all of the voices in her head, the fact that she thinks she can send and receive messages telepathically—a buzz in her molar filling denotes the arrival of an email—and not to discount the fact that on most days she thinks she’s God, Robin is actually very astute and quite intelligent.

Robin’s observations of herself and those around her are quite perceptive; although sometimes it’s diffiuclt to determine if she’s being delusional or if her views are a bit skewed. Although Derek loves her, Robin is smart enough to see him for what he truly is and chooses to keep things in perspective—which is something most sane people may not be able to do; even Robin knows she can’t “save” anybody.

One of the more interesting voices in Robin’s head is that of her father. Having killed himself when she was just an infant, Robin calls on him for help with tough questions or situations and he’s usually able to reason with her or give good solid advice.

Bonnie Rozanski’s debut novel is quite a feat. Her ability to write from the point of view of an emotionally disturbed woman, grappling with very tough life situations has a very authentic feel and she does an excellent job with the dialogue-heavy story line.

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01

Storm of the i: An Artobiography: Tina Collen

From a young age, Tina Collen was artistic and independent. Squirreling herself away behind a living room chair where she made little objects d’art, young Tina fostered her creativity, while garnering a bit of solitude and peace of mind.

Angry, controlling and irrational are just three of the many negative adjectives that describe the father Tina grew up with; and, more often than not, all of those adjectives seemed to be aimed solely at her.

Never knowing when her father’s anger would erupt, Tina and the rest of the family walked on egg shells daily. Even the days that seemed to go right, would inevitably be ruined by her father’s enraged diatribes and cruel comments that seemed to stem from projection of his own self-loathing.

When Tina was a teenager, her father took her on an extensive trip to Paris. Although all signs pointed to a potential breakthrough in their relationship, her father would inevitable and irreversibly ruin the entire trip; leaving Tina with feelings of confusion and shame that would continue to chip away at her already-eroding self-esteem.

As she began to create her art pieces, little by little Tina realized they reflected a deep emptiness within her that had been subconsciously suppressed over the years; a void that would continue to grow throughout her marriage to a wonderful man and even through the raising of two fantastic sons.

Not until Tina had the insight into her own darkness did she begin to seek the light. Storm of the i is part memoir, part art exhibit and part introspective. A one-woman narrative of her life-long climb out of the depth of loss and sadness and a tangible procession of grief for what could have been, but never was; told through a veritable showcase of beautifully rendered sculptures, paintings, drawings and other creative artistry.

Having lived a life of volatility and resentment that encompassed decades, it says a lot about Tina’s strength and determination to move forward with her life and finally find the courage to say, “Enough!”

Hopefully, when Tina remembers her heartbreaking past and all the opportunities of reconciliation that were wasted, she will realize that the only one who truly missed out was her father.

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01

The Dangerous Edge of Things: Tina Whittle

Tai Randolph seems to attract death. Inheriting her deceased, confederate-flag-loving uncle’s gun store, Tai quit her job as a tour-guide of the dead in Savannah and moved to Atlanta. After dropping her brother, Eric, off at the airport for his Bahamas vacation, Tai returns home to find the body of a young woman, Eliza Compton, parked across the street.

Adding murder suspect to her growing list of roles, Tai isn’t the only one questioning the timing of her brother’s vacation.

Rifling through Eric’s files, Tai finds two cards and tucks them away for later; one is for Atlanta Police Department Detective Dan Garrity and the other, Marisa Edenfield, partner at Phoenix Corporate Security Services where Eric consults.

After Tai and Eric are questioned by the police, Eric pleads with Tai to stay a few nights at the Ritz just to be safe. Unbeknownst to Tai, Eric has assigned Trey Seaver, former special ops, ex-APD detective and current employee of Phoenix to protect her. Hard to miss with his smoldering good looks, Armani style and focused determination, Tai coaxes Trey into revealing his mission as her babysitter.

After promising to stay in her hotel room, Tai slips out and returns to her brother’s house to do a bit of snooping; however, she’s not alone—other Phoenix agents, including Trey, have beaten her to it.

In a self-defense move, Tai holds Trey at sword-point while she calls Det. Garrity for help. Luckily for Tai, Trey managed to quell any self-defense impulses of his own or things could’ve gotten messy. Det. Garrity fills Tai in on his ex-partner’s serious accident that left him with a permanent brain injury that doesn’t always allow for rationalization before taking often-deadly action.

Tasked with trying to clear not only her name, but her brother’s as well, Tai will do whatever it takes to get to the truth. As if things aren’t dangerous enough, not only must trust a trained killer, but she might also be falling in love with him.

From the Trump-like elite, to beautiful, lesbian strippers, dirty politicians and sleazy paparazzi; Dangerous Edge of Thingshas no shortage of potential suspects.

Fans of Lisa Lutz (The Spellman Files) and K.J. Larsen (Liar, Liar: A Cat Deluca Mystery) will love Tina Whittle. Written with the same wit and charm, Ms. Whittle weaves a tangled tale that is incredibly entertaining, well-constructed and chock full of interesting characters.

With a fantastic mystery series debut that swings for the fences, Tina Whittle is here to stay.

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01

Evenfall: Liz Michalski

Frank Wildermuth fell in love with Gert Murphy and then, in a strange twist of fate, marries her sister Clara. Despite his betrothal, the love that Frank and Gert share lives on; no matter how many years or miles Gert put between them.

After Gert returns to Frank’s farm, Evenfall, to help him and Clara raise their infant niece, Andi, Gert realizes that the love she and Frank felt for each other so long ago has not dimmed. Unfortunately for Clara, she also sees the bond between her sister and husband; a love she’d always hoped would fade with time.

Now, years later, Frank has passed and Clara before him. Andi returns to Evenfall to help Aunt Gert ready the estate to be sold. Although everything is pretty much as she remembers it, Andi finds that some things have changed—mainly Cort McCallister—a boy she used to babysit and who has loved Andi since he was six years old. Now all grown up, Cort plans to let Andi know just how he feels.

Having just broken things off with her cheating fiancé in Italy, Andi isn’t sure how to deal with her new feelings for Cort or what her future holds.

As Andi and Gert sift through years of memories, they sense a presence at Evenfall; and, when things are quiet, it sounds like the wind is whispering to them—and perhaps it is.

Ms. Michalski does a great job of rendering not only her characters, but creates an almost-tangible imagery that transports the reader and effects such a strong connection to person and place that it’s impossible to stop reading until the very last page has been turned.

Liz Michalski’s Evenfall is the story of three intricately woven lives striving for—if not a happy ending—then at least a second chance.

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01

Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter: Simon Brett

A murder mystery ordinarily doesn’t make you laugh. However, Simon Brett not only makes you laugh as you read his mystery, he makes you howl.

Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter is British humor to the max.

In fact, Brett’s dialogue and narrations might leave the impression Monty Python was not comedically endowed—almost. Take for instance: “Blotto knew his sister would have (a name for the deceased). Only had to be introduced to someone once and the name would stick in her retentive brain like a limpet.

Whereas the interior of Blotto’s brain had more in common with a well-used toboggan run, everything slid away down the sides.” And so it goes, a perfect description of these two lovable, quirky characters. Of course, Twinks must find the culprit who left Captain Schotltz in a very deadly state of despair—cyanide is a ghastly way to be snuffed out.

Brits know that only an amateur sleuth has the intellect to resolve this kind of untimely inconvenience. Dowager Duchess insists the body must be removed from Tawcester Towers before her gentlemen guests retire to the billiards room after dinner. Thus, Chief Inspector Trumbull dutifully goes about the boring legwork and stashes the body in the dicky of his car to take to the police station.

You’ll have a jolly good time traversing Mitteleuropia and hunting the fox with the upper crust while Twinks and Blotto deal with mayhem, a King’s social responsibilities and the possibility of true love. You won’t lose sight of the mystery or Brett’s delightful twist on the genre.

This is British humor at its best. Don’t ask if the butler did it—you must wait to see what comes from Twink’s dainty little cranium before the murderer is blissfully uncovered.
Read this. It will go as fast as two tickles on a trout’s tail.

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Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination: Hugh MacLeod

“…This is about us against the system. That system kills the human spirit. We are here to show those guys inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human spirit is alive” –Bodi from the movie Point Break

Bodi, knew way back in 1991 that working 9-5 for The Man was a precious waste of time and emotional stability. And, like many of us, Hugh MacLeod feels since earning money is a life necessity, people should at least be doing something they enjoy. Evil Plans is MacLeod’s effort to help others break away from their corporate bonds.

Though there are some useful examples, one of the negative aspects of Evil Plans is the frustrating lack of specifics. It’s almost like the author is saying, “Ask and it shall be so”. For instance, one of Hugh MacLeod’s friends, a tailor from the famed Saville Row in England, boldly decided to go out on his own. Trying to figure out how to get customers for his new endeavor, MacLeod suggested that his friend blog about suits and he (MacLeod) would “find a way to get the word out”. The website Englishcut.com was created, the tailor—who was the first high-end tailor to do so—blogged away and presto! He now has a three-year waiting list.

What Hugh MacLeod lacks in specifics he makes up for in motivational quips and very funny cartoons. However, many more would take the leap out of the 9-5 grind if they had a more solid idea of how to get started.

Less of a “how-to” and more of a “you can too” book, Evil Plans may not provide all the answers, but it might just put you on the path to finding them.

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