Sunday, 29 July 2007
Have you had any personal experience similar to that? Well, maybe not as bad as this. I have in so many occasions been sitting next to these kind of people. They are not only inconsiderate, they are also darn irritating with intention to spoil the movie for everyone sitting around him/her. You give a stare and they still ignore you as if it is their right to chat on the phone.
If not because the society is still quite civilised (despite the increase in crimes) and still governed by law, these people could end up having their phones thrown away or get beaten up. Other than monitoring pirates recording the whole movie, cinemas should also monitor for this even though this might not be directly related to their profits.
Photo from Star Online here.
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Researchers who have studied "networks" of obesity think so: they found that if someone's friend becomes obese, that person's chances of becoming obese increase by more than half.
Siblings and spouses also have an influence, although a reduced one -- people whose siblings became obese were themselves 40 percent more likely to grow obese, while people whose spouses became obese were 37 percent more likely to.*****
If someone became obese, their friends were 57 percent more likely to become obese over the 32 years, they found. If people named one another as contacts, they were 171 percent, or more than double, as likely to become obese if the other did.
The effect held for three degrees of separation. If a person became obese, their friends were more likely to become obese, but also friends of friends. It also occurred in shorter periods within the 32-year span.
The findings held even if people lived 800 km apart or even further. But having an obese neighbor did not affect a person's likelihood of becoming obese -- which suggests that common environments are not to blame.
"I do see this quite a bit clinically -- that an individual will come in and say, 'I have been best friends with this person since college and we just slowly gained weight together.'"
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
He had been given RM12 million to rectify this problem of which "RM4 mil would be used for the review while the remaining RM8 mil would be used for immediate repairs."
The was the question why the roof was not repaired during the RM90 million upgrade of the Parliament House in 2005. He also has an answer, which is: At that time, there was no leaking problems and the roof was in good condition.
Source: Star Online Nation "Samy: Heavy rains contributing to Parliament House roof leak"
Monday, 23 July 2007
Besides this, certain moss species can prevent cancer and bacteria. At the end of the article, I learned that Australia and America use mosses for horticulture and fuel (?), more often than not, over-harvest the natural ones in the jungle.
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Saturday, 21 July 2007
“Saya beri amaran kepada pemimpin MCA supaya berhenti membuat kenyataan sedemikian. Ingin saya tegaskan, saya bukan pemimpin naif yang akan membenarkan perkara ini berterusan. Amaran saya ialah berhenti membuat kenyataan."Hah! Warning? Warning a major component party by a youth party? One of the statements he was referring to was made by MCA Secretary-General Datuk Ong Ka Chuan that MCA has ample proof that Malaysia WAS a secular state and not an Islamic one.
"I am warning the MCA leaders to stop making such statements. I stress that I am not a naive leader that will allow this to continue. My warning is to stop making statements."
Let's see if there are any replies from MCA to this keris wielding (that is another story) Hishammuddin who spoke out of his turn.
Ong Chee Leong, the boyfriend of victim Shearwey's mother, Jess Teh was charged with murder of the little girl. Meanwhile, the couple were also charged with possession of cannabis. The case will be mentioned on 14 September 2007.
Star Online has a longer article and photos of the accused:
And the charges:Besides that, the daily also reported that there were more than 150 very irritating people waiting outside the court to catch a glimpse of the accused. Here is part of the article:
Two housewives from Bukit Kecil, Sungai Pinang, said they woke up early and quickly finished their housework so that they could come and see what the couple looked like and how they behaved.
“We took a sapu van to get here as we don’t know how to drive,” said Wong Ah Lan, 60.
“We are busybodies,” said her neighbour who only gave her name as Yin, 47.
They met a friend, Kok Yin Lan, 56, from Pulau Betong who went there with three other women from her area.
”This is my second time here. I came today because I heard that Ying Ying’s grandparents would be present and I wanted to see what they looked like in person,” she said.
1. Star Online Nation "Ex-karaoke lounge manager charged with Ying Ying's murder"
2. Star Online Nation "Mum, boyfriend charged over child's death"
3. Star Online Nation "Curious for look at accused"
Other related stories:
1. Missing Child
2. Missing Child Shearwey Ooi Found Dead
3. Shearwey's Arrested "Close Relative" Revealed?
4. More Media Coverage of the Shearwey Case
Only one conclusion! Respect YouTube for what it has become!
Source: Reuters "YouTube role grows as U.S. election nears"
Friday, 20 July 2007
study indicated that Japanese look at the eyes of the person they talk to while the Americans look at the mouth. Hence, a Japanese talking to an American will cause some confusion and misunderstanding... :O
For an in-depth view of this, check out LiveScience "Study: Americans Don't Understand Others"
- Google Offline plugin - it was updated automatically
- Firefox 184.108.40.206 - it was updated yesterday
This is very depressing. I have been relying on Google Reader to keep me updated with feeds but since yesterday, I had to login and logout and refresh and this and that to get back the proper page! FRUSTRATION!
No more frustration! I have logged in and out three times and everything seems ok again!
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Source: National Geographic News "New Skintight Spacesuit Design Unveiled"
Like what the DotAsia website says the sun rises in Asia! ASIA POWER!
First source from Star Online TechCentral "'.Asia' open for booking"
The operators must comply with all the recommendations before submitting their appeal to reopen their premises for business. They will be allowed to reopen only after checks and the department’s officers find that the necessary steps have been taken to improve the condition.Source: Star Online Central "100 dirty eateries given closure order"
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Originally uploaded by Jason's Travel Photography.
I was trying to keep my eyes open when I came to this photo. There was a feeling of refreshment. Imagine being there, taking in the cooling clean air and drinking from the fresh water... aaah!
Well, via Slashdot, I discovered that E! News revealed that a second movie is coming, possibly in the summer of 2008. It is also good to know that there is a high chance that this second movie will not have that disturbing government-alien conspiracy thing going on. Check out the E! News link above for more info.
This will be followed by two other hospitals later this year: Putrajaya Hospital and Pandan Hospital in Johor Baru.
More info from Star Online here.
More info here.
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
A disabled would also need to rent a wheelchair for RM12. I would expect such services to be provided free! Besides that, our budget airport (LCCT) near KLIA does not provide any form of transport for the disabled to board their flights.
Source: Star Online Business "Disabled protest against AirAsia's 'discriminatory' practices"
Maxis has advised the public not to respond to SMSes informing subscribers that they had won a cash cheque from the telco.It would always be too good to be true when something like this happens. Let's all be aware! More info on this at Star Online Techcentral.
A Maxis spokesman reminded the public to ignore such SMSes that carried foreign or unusual short codes.
A concerned reader had informed The Star of receiving an SMS that named the mobile service operator, to enhance credibility of the offer.
"I received an SMS telling me that I had won an RM11,000 cash cheque from Maxis and was even asked to log on to their website to confirm my winnings.
"In addition, a foreign 15-digit phone number was given for me to call. Out of curiosity, I called the number but quickly hung up when they asked for my bank account number," said the reader.She added that the operator on the line also stressed that she needed to have a Maybank account to cash in on her winnings.
Monday, 16 July 2007
Saturday, 14 July 2007
Source: National Geographic Photo in the News
On the other hand, the building of this 23km bridge (17km of it will be in water) beginning November this year and completing by 2011 will put us deeper in debt. The loan will carry an interest of 3% per annum for 20 years. Parties of this agreement: The Malaysian Government, China's Exim Bank and Bank Pembangunan (Malaysia) Bhd. Construction will be by UEM Group Bhd and JV Consortium of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and UEM Construction.
Hopefully, being a major catalyst for economic growth and investment in the Northern Corridor the cost of this bridge will be worth it. Whatever the outcome, at least we will have South East Asia's longest bridge when it is completed.
Source: Star Online "Penang Bridge loan deal signed"
For an interesting read on what opposition DAP leader Lim Kit Siang thinks of a past project awarded to UEM and also about the current Pulau Pinang 2nd bridge, click here.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
- Understand the disease and stages of progression.
- Seek medical treatment.
- Plan ahead.
- Create a safe environment.
- Create a supportive environment.
- Anticipate behavior and personality changes.
- Share memories.
- Share laughter as much as possible.
- Maintain yourself.
- Provide appropriate health care.
- Enlist help from professionals.
- Don't forget to care for yourself.
- Start coping with anticipatory grief.
- Don't try to correct their beliefs too often.
- Show patience like you have never had to. <<< Courtesy of booker
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
"The objective to disassociate race from occupation or social standing is critical in ensuring the long-term unity and cohesion of our country.''Link: Star Online Business "PM says NEP still needed"
"The expansion of an educated and multiethnic middle class, thanks to affirmative action policies, had mitigated the risk of mass unrest but great disparities in income and social mobility still exist between ethnic groups.''
"Whereas this may be just another issue in other countries, ethnic-based disparity strikes at the heart of national unity for Malaysia.''
And Malaysia is at number 46 with 24,821,286 people.
Source: Fact Monster "World's 50 Most Populous Countries: 2007"
Source: Reuters Blogs "Wal-Mart guarding Harry's secret" and the Wal-Mart pledge
She says, "(An editor) said, 'Courteney, do you want to see what you've been doing for the past couple of weeks while you've been in Europe?' Then he showed me pictures from the week before, when I had been in Sardinia, pictures of when I left the London hotel I was staying in half an hour before, pictures of me in my car, pictures of me arriving at The Sun. Even a shot of me opening the door to The Sun five minutes earlier."There is really no freedom being a celebrity!
From IMDb.com's article here.
Monday, 9 July 2007
Based on this, one could not help comparing Shearwey's mother with this relative. The mother is also 28, getting a divorce from her husband who is in China (source: Star Online "Over 1,000 MCA members help search for missing child"). Also, a friend read it in Sin Chew, a Chinese language daily, that verified that Shearwey's mom was indeed arrested.
Nothing could be more painful to learn that a mother would harm her own child. Hope all will come clear soon.
Previously on this blog:
Missing Child Shearwey Ooi Found Dead
Hope this will prompt all of us to feel differently the next time we shower in comfort...
Sunday, 8 July 2007
Source: Star Online Nation "Missing girl found dead"
Bottled water is one of the world’s fastest-growing commercial beverages. The United States remains the largest consumer of bottled water, with some of the prized brands, such as Fiji Water, coming from distant corners of the world.
... the consumption of bottled water more than doubled between 2000 and 2005. Major bottled water companies now employ hundreds of thousands of technicians, workers and salespeople. One company claims that each of its three state-of-the-art assembly lines churns out 800 bottles every minute.
According to Worldwatch Institute, undue extraction of natural mineral or spring water to produce bottled water threatens local streams and groundwater. Plastic bottles, most of them not recycled, create unnatural waste.
At the same time, the production and shipping of bottled water consume a lot of fossil fuel. The cost of producing bottled water is some 10,000 times more than tap water, higher than drilling for fossil fuels, according to some experts.
Children's field of vision is just one-third that of adults. That's enough reason to keep them away from roads, says Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) director-general Prof Dr Radin Umar.
“Children below 10 have problems judging the speed of vehicles and distance, as well as the direction of sounds because of their brain development,” he said.
Children also tended to assume that drivers in the car could see them when they were trying to cross a road.
Based on 2005 figures, about 20% out of the 876 cases of pedestrian deaths involved children aged between six and 10.
Some 50% of pedestrian deaths were children aged 16 and below.
No, no, no, don't get me wrong. I am not trying to discourage your visits to this place. It is just that particular item. In fact, my friends had others and they all looked fantastic.
Luckily, there was time before we went to watch Transformers. We had a donut each @ Big Apple Donuts and Coffee. That helped to ease the suffering (but we were disappointed that the Belgian Dark Chocolate and Green Tea flavoured ones were sold out, though the newly launched Double Chocolate that I had wasn't too bad at all)... until I had my first burp... the dinner taste came back all over again...
Saturday, 7 July 2007
Likewise, we consumers would have to accept one sen coins up to a maximum of RM2 in value from traders, too.
There is no escape, no refusal. It is the law.
Friday, 6 July 2007
"The data suggest that women spoke on average 16,215 words and men 15,669 words over an assumed period of, on average, 17 waking hours."Other interesting findings are:
"Men talk more about technology, work, money. They also use more numbers," he said.And a amusing yet real comment:
"Women talk more about fashion and about relationships."
"Sometimes you find a stream of words but people don't say very much."Link: Reuters "Which is the chatty sex? Turns out both are"
"You just talk and talk and talk."
Thursday, 5 July 2007
CUPID Space Wanita MCA will open a registration counter for computer matching service at Level 6, Wisma MCA of Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday and Sunday and also July 14 and 15 between 11am and 3pm. It is open to single Malaysian Chinese aged 25 to 50 for male and between 25 and 45 years old for female, with High School qualification and above. Those interested should bring along a photocopy of their NRIC, a passport size photo and a 3R size photo for Commissioner for Oaths declaration. The fee is RM50. For details, call 012-240 1802 or 03-7726 2266 or visit wanita.mca.org.my
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Source: National Geographic News "Dodo Skeleton Found on Island, May Yield Extinct Bird's DNA"
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
Monday, 2 July 2007
Kuala Selangor, Shah Alam, Klang and Taman Puchong Utama 8, 9 and 10. The cut will start from 9pm tonight to 5am tomorrow to facilitate upgrading works in the area. For details call Puspel at 1-800-88-5252 or send an SMS by typing PUSPEL space followed by complaints/ enquiries and send to 39222 or visit www.syabas.com.my.
"I am sorry but I actually chose the wrong tie. This is what happens when you don't listen to your wife.I guess you can say that we really have a prime minister with a good sense of humour.
"This morning, my wife pointed out the tie to me and I was thinking, why did she chose a red tie with yellow spots on it?
"I thought (the corporate tie) must be the one with batik design so I took this one."
Sunday, 1 July 2007
Source: National Geographic News "Amazon Longer Than Nile River, Scientists Say"
Also, the Amazon River (now flowing from West to East) used to flow from East to West (Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean)! What an interesting long river!
Source: National Geographic News "Amazon River Once Flowed Other Way, Study Says"