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  • Tigeriban 5:17 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Swiss chocoholics are sweet rival for Facebook & Co 


    BASLE, Sept 21 — The world’s first virtual community dedicated purely to chocolate, launched last week in Switzerland, gives cyber-networkers the chance to satisfy their sweet tooth as their friend-networks grow.

    Modelled on successful precursors like Facebook and MySpace, myswisschocolate.com, based in the small town of Pfaeffikon near Zurich, provides a virtual platform for people who share a love of the sugary treat that is the country’s trademark.

    “Although we’re passionate about chocolate, our site is not just for chocolate lovers but also for those learning to love chocolate all over the world,” site founder Sven Beichler told Reuters.

    After registering on the homepage of what the founders call the “club”, members are automatically awarded a voucher for 5 Swiss francs (RM15) worth of chocolate.

    “For every friend the user then adds to his or her network, his chocolate account increases proportionately,” Beichel said, adding the user is also awarded “chocolate points” for friends’ glut every time a friend buys chocolate without a voucher.

    The virtual balance of the chocolate-lover’s account can then be converted into real chocolate — hand-made by myswisschocolate.com and shipped to 15 countries worldwide.

    Switzerland pioneered the development of chocolate in the 1800s and is still home to producers such as KitKat-maker Nestle, Barry Callebaut and Lindt & Spruengli — famed for its gold-wrapped bunnies sold all over the world.

    Since its launch last week, the site has recorded over 100 registrations, and the founders aim to boost membership by up to 1,000 by the end of the year.

    “We customise chocolate too and can make it with marzipan, ginger, coffee and even 23-carat gold,” Beichel said, adding that gold-laced chocolate has one of the highest price tags.

    Other ingredients that can be included on request are rose petals, curry powder and sea salt.

    Prices, including postage, start at 3 Swiss francs per 100 gramme bar, and all products can also be delivered as gifts. — Reuters

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  • Tigeriban 2:31 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Social media can rule your life, college finds 


    PHILADELPHIA, Sept 22 — Being perpetually connected through social media can increase stress, weaken personal relationships, and even cause sleep loss, according to a US university.

    After imposing a week-long blackout in the use of Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging and other media, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in central Pennsylvania found that the pervasive technology had hidden pitfalls.

    “Students realised that social media, especially Facebook and instant messaging, if not managed properly, can take over their lives,” said Eric Darr, the college provost.

    The 800-student college called for the ban to see how the technology affects the lives of students and faculty.

    Most students complied with the week-long experiment earlier this month and some discovered that the technology could rule their lives.

    Darr cited one student who felt compelled to check Facebook 21 hours a day and blocked posts between 2 and 5 in the morning to get some sleep.

    “It sounds like an addiction to me,” said Darr, who initiated the blackout, which was implemented by blocking social media access to the college’s IP address.

    Darr acknowledged that students or faculty who felt forced to feed their social media addiction could do so via smartphones, but he said most complied, and some were pleasantly surprised by what they found.

    “The majority of students behaved much like smokers who sneak cigarettes after class,” he said. “They would sneak off to check things on their smart phones.”

    But some discovered that they were less stressed because they were not able to constantly check their friends’ Facebook status and found more time to do other things.

    Other students found themselves more likely to have face-to-face meetings with students or faculty who normally communicate exclusively by social media.

    Student Amanda Zuck said she isn’t a heavy user of Facebook but was “a little irritated” at first by being unable to use the site.

    Zuck wrote in an email that she didn’t see much advantage in the project for herself but she added that it had probably helped a friend whom she said is addicted to Facebook.

    “She decided to call it quits for a few weeks while she catches up on school, and I think this blackout helped her stick with it,” Zuck wrote.

    The project allowed all members of the college community to reflect on how social media tools affect their lives.

    “Only by stopping and paying attention can we understand,” Darr said. “We may not even be aware that social media plays a big part in what we do and how we do it.”

    Harrisburg appears to be the first US college to conduct such an experiment, which probably would not have been possible in larger academic institutions with more complex infrastructure, Darr said.

    The project prompted protests from some people who sent emails arguing it infringed their freedom of speech, he said.

    While the results are still being analyzed, the conclusions seem to be that social media should be used alongside old-fashioned personal communication.

    “Face-to-face meetings and relating through Facebook is probably the way to go,” Darr said. — Reuters

     
  • Tigeriban 6:47 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Berbatov hat-trick gives United 3-2 win over Liverpool 


    MANCHESTER, Sept 19 — Dimitar Berbatov completed a brilliant hat-trick six minutes from time to give Manchester United a 3-2 win over Liverpool today after a Steven Gerrard double had seemed set to earn the visitors a draw.

    United were dominant for the first hour with two goals for the Bulgarian, but two strikes in six minutes by Gerrard had the hosts reeling.

    After late equalisers against Everton and Fulham cost them wins in earlier Premier League matches, United had time to find the winner today and Berbatov got his third goal with a powerful header.

    “I was saying to myself it’s going to be 10 but you end up 2-2; it was a travesty of a scoreline but a great result in the end,” manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.

    “They didn’t offer anything really, Edwin (van der Sar) didn’t have a save to make, (Paul) Scholes controlled the centre of midfield… I couldn’t see us losing that game.”

    Despite their early dominance, United had to wait until the 42nd minute to find the net as Berbatov shook off a weak challenge from Fernando Torres to head in a Ryan Giggs corner.

    His second goal just before the hour was brilliantly executed as he brought down a cross on his thigh with his back to goal and scored with an overhead kick.

    Liverpool, who had offered nothing in attack, profited from a rash challenge on Torres which enabled Gerrard to pull one back from the spot after 64 minutes.

    Another unnecessary foul six minutes later gave Liverpool a free kick on the edge of the box which Gerrard curled through a disintegrating wall for the most unexpected of equalisers.

    United won back the lead six minutes from time when Berbatov timed his jump perfectly to head home a John O’Shea cross and score his seventh goal in six games this season.

    “There was a lot of criticism of him last year but this season he’s started off in the right fashion and he’s carried it along but there has never been any doubt about the quality of the man,” Ferguson said of the Bulgarian.

    The win takes United to 11 points, within one of leaders Chelsea, who were at home to Blackpool later today.

    Liverpool remain in the doldrums with five points from five games under new manager Roy Hodgson.

    “I thought our second-half performance was good and we deserved to get back in the game,” Hodgson said.

    “To concede late on was tough, especially with all three goals from crosses. But I thought we made a really good effort in the second half to get back in it.” — Reuters

     
  • Tigeriban 6:31 am on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Probe all missing persons cases thorough, says IGP 


    KUALA LUMPUR: All missing persons reports must be investigated immediately and thoroughly to avoid another tragedy such as that of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya’s murder, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said.

    He admitted that Sosilawati’s case could have been prevented if fast action, including proper investigation, had been conducted over earlier reports of missing persons.

    He also said a task force had been formed to investigate all missing persons reports linked to the lawyer brothers.

    “There should be no more slacking. Those caught slacking or ignoring missing persons reports will be severely reprimanded,” he told senior news editors during a briefing at his office in Bukit Aman yesterday.

    As for Sosilawati’s case, Ismail said police considered it solved and commended CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin, Deputy Comm Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah and all the detectives in the Sosilawati task force for nabbing the suspects involved.

    He said the team will be liaising with the Attorney-General’s Chambers in preparing the charges and type of charges to be preferred against those detained for the murders of Sosilawati and three others – lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, CIMB Bank officer Noorhisham Moham mad, 38, and driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44.

    “We hope the public will give us time so that we have an airtight case with ample evidence to be adduced in court.

    “So, do not speculate if we do not charge the suspects fast.”

     
    • Concerned 4:03 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What’s the point of “telling us”. Kick your men’s rears and outline to us exactly what you will you and the results you expect in 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. Not make airs with sermons and showing the public you are telling your men to get to work.

      It appears his men are telling the IGP to do busy work.

      • Tigeriban 2:37 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        if you read latest news, it look like this cases linked to many person before…Now I wonder what actually happen to previous one. They police just ignore it or ???

  • Tigeriban 12:31 am on September 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Sosilawati murders – incompetence or corruption? 


    I refer to the horrific murders of Malaysia ‘s cosmetic queen, Sosilawati Lawiya and three of her colleagues in a not so remote farm outside Banting.
    These murders could have been avoided if our police force had been more professional. Clearly the police took a tidak apa attitude or were ‘in it’ in all previous deaths/disappearances. The number of ‘missing persons’ reports all linked to these lawyers emerging all of a sudden out of the blue is testimony to this.

    Do you know where this lawyer’s office? Its right across the police station’s reception counter, hardly 50 meters away. And do you know where he stays? In Taman Cempaka, also right across the police station. That their ‘farm’ at Taman Endah was conveniently located only a stone throw’s away from the Hindu disposition site for the cremated ashes of the dead could explain why some of the dead have disappeared without a trace. How very convenient. Kill the victims, cremate them and throw the ashes together with the rest of the Hindu dead at Morib’s established beach site location. A slick morbid operation indeed, if everything is proven true.

    It is inconceivable that the police were oblivious to all their wrongdoings, especially since we now have at least two complainants coming forward, a wife of a Chennai businessman who disappeared after meeting the lawyers a year ago, and a local mechanic who had his wife slashed to death at Taman Cempaka itself with the mechanic himself ending up in the lock-up instead of both the lawyers being thrown in the slammer after a financial deal had gone wrong. This scenario looks more like a 1 Corrupted Malaysia Boleh story.

    Banting police first came into notoriety when they were part of a local casino outfit in February 2004 at a house-cum-casino in Taman Emas resulting in almost the entire police force there being transferred out, some to places as far as Sarawak and Limbang after wives of the ‘casino’s’ male clients went public. And today, the Banting police station and the quarters are immense for only one reason. The Banting area is notorious for past and present criminals and massive smuggling of goods and human beings because of its long coastline and shallow waters which make it ideal as a landing spot for smugglers and illegal immigrants.

    The police have their hands full, yes. Apart from this, Banting was used previously as a location spot for criminals to be buang negeri, essentially restricted movements to only the locality of Banting. Banting further gained notoriety when a young Chinese Datuk, a well-known smuggler and ah long was shot dead at the Sakura restaurant in Jalan Imbi, KL by hitmen. The two crooked lawyers may have taken advantage of the chaotic situation to buy off certain police officers.

    And on Raya day, Malaysia was presented with a rude shock. Sosilawati and 3 innocent people were brutally murdered apparently during the Ramadan. If the police had been even half as efficient before, these animals would have been sent to the gallows earlier. Even Botak Chin is beginning to look like an angel compared to these lawyers.

    As the daily shocking revelations take place pertaining to these murders, one thing that bothers many people here is – who were the other farmhands who had the courage to slaughter the victims and cremate them. Were these farmhands foreigners courtesy of Ng Yen Yen’s VOA (Visa on Arrival) programme to artificially boost tourist numbers? As it is well-known now, many Indian ‘tourists’ who acquired VOAs have now disappeared into Malaysian territory.

    I do hope some of these fellows were not involved in these murders, for if they were, Ng Yen Yen surely has a lot to answer for compromising national security in exchange for increased tourist numbers.

    The British Raj utilised 100,000 British Officers to maintain law and order in an India comprising of 350 million people. Malaysia with 100,000 police officers should be able to maintain order in a nation of only 28 million people if they focus on their jobs assuming immigration officers play their part as well. Our police should not be side-tracked to be used in policing political party gatherings and ferrying VIPs.

    As for criminals such as ah long, smugglers and now even lawyers – there is only one way to reduce criminal intentions – an education system that inculcates proper values and an economy that thrives. That essentially is the government’s duty. And the longer they tinker around trying to right our atrocious education system, the more criminals Malaysia will have because, judging from reports, our own schools appear to be the breeding grounds for future gangsters, criminals, murderers and killer lawyers.

    With these murders, Malaysia ‘s international image is in tatters. Investors are already branding this country as unsafe. The new IGP, unlike his predecessor, should not let the police force be pushed around by political parties but instead mould them into a professional outfit so that incidents of this nature do not ever happen in this country again.

    Taken from Lim Kit Siang Blog

     
  • Tigeriban 3:07 am on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Facebook gets movie treatments as social media at high 


    LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — Facebook hits the silver screen this fall with two movies coming out within weeks of each other at a time when social media is at an all-time high.

    Independent documentary “Catfish” and glitzy Hollywood feature “The Social Network” couldn’t be more different. But both could very well be two sides of the same coin.

    “We’ve gotten to a point where it’s time to reflect on it,” said “Catfish” filmmaker Ariel Schulman.

    “‘The Social Network’ shows us how we got here. ‘Catfish’ shows us where we’re at.”

    Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world with over 500 million active users. Sites like MySpace, micro-blogging site Twitter, and Tumblr are also thriving, creating an intricate online world where everything from dating websites to video game communities have users who put their personal lives out on public display.

    As “Catfish” illustrates, not everyone on these sites is who they say they are.

    “Catfish”, which opens in US theatres tomorrow, follows Nev Schulman, a photographer who falls in love with a girl on Facebook. Over time, their romance blossoms and they begin to text and talk on the phone.

    When Nev, his brother Ariel and their friend Henry discover some startling revelations, they set off on a road trip to meet the girl in person.

    “The Social Network,” arrives on October 1, with a pedigree that includes Oscar-nominated David Fincher directing from a screenplay by the four-time Emmy Award winning Aaron Sorkin.

    The film is based on Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.” Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, now 26, is played by Jesse Eisenberg.

    “It’s interesting that these two movies are coming out at the same time,” said Schulman, who directed “Catfish” with Henry Joost.

    “We are however many years in to the social networking phenomenon and I think it has hit a tipping point,” he said.

    Schulman, along with Joost, shot his brother Nev’s 2008 real-life romance and road trip to visit the girl of his dreams. He felt there is now a sort of “collective subconscious” around Facebook.

    Schulman likens social networks to a “collection of avatars” where users put up “ideal versions of themselves” for others to see.

    “We each play the role of our own personal publicist that way,” he noted, cautioning that because of that, “you can’t go online naively.”

    “You’ve got to protect yourself,” said Schulman. “Everyone has different intentions.”

    Ironically for an actor portraying the man now in charge of Facebook in “Social Network,” Eisenberg himself is not a Facebook user, nor does he ever plan to be.

    “If you’re in a public setting like (actors) are, you come to really value your privacy,” he said.

    However, Eisenberg is quick to point out that it’s not “the medium that’s the danger, it’s the people using the medium” and that’s why he’s chosen to stay off it.

    Though Nev Schulman says he doesn’t feel completely protected from his “Catfish” situation happening again, he says he has no regrets about his Facebook romance.

    “I ended up going on a great life experience with my brother and my dear friend Henry,” said Nev Schulman.

    What was real, were the life lessons that came with all that.

    “I now have a better understanding of what I thought I wanted, what I really want and what’s important insofar as my relationships with friends and family,” he said. “This experience has allowed me to grow and change for the better.” — Reuters

    SM:this is movie trailer: Social Network a.k.a Facebook

     
  • Tigeriban 7:12 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Shooter games can improve decision-making, study claims 


    SYDNEY, Sept 15 — Violent video games like “Call of Duty” can help trigger-happy players make decisions faster in real life, according to a study released today.

    Researchers from New York’s University of Rochester found that first-person shooter games produced a heightened sensitivity and led to more efficient use of sensory evidence.

    “These benefits of video games stem only from action games, which almost always means shooter games, where you go through a maze and you don’t know when a villain will appear,” researcher Daphne Bavelier said in a statement.

    “It’s not exactly what you’d think of as mind enhancing. Strategy or role-playing games don’t have the same effect.”

    The study, published in the journal Current Biology, involved testing 26 people aged 18 to 25, none of whom had played shooting games before, over several months.

    Half of the participants played 50 hours of shooting games like “Call of Duty” and “Unreal Tournament” while the other half played 50 hours of a strategy game, “The Sims 2.”

    They were then given various tests such as deciding which direction a group of dots on a screen was moving at varying speeds, and deciphering which ear was hearing noises.

    The researchers found that the group who had played the shooting games was able to make judgments faster and more accurately. They were found to be 25 per cent better at decision making.

    “Unlike standard learning paradigms, which have a highly specific solution, there is no such specific solution in action video games because situations are rarely, if ever, repeated,” the researchers wrote in their study.

    “Thus, the only characteristics that can be learned are how to rapidly and accurately learn the statistics on the fly and how to accumulate this evidence more efficiently.” The findings come amid a debate about the pros and cons of violent video games such as first-person shooters.

    Research from Texas A&M International University earlier this year found violent video games can increase aggression and hostility in some players but also found that they can benefit others by honing their visual/spatial skills and improving social networking ability. — Reuters

     
  • Tigeriban 2:42 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The darkest blindess is refusing to see the truth.

    Rick Warren
     
  • Tigeriban 8:24 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Traditional burning method used 


    PETALING JAYA: The remains of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and the three men she was last seen with were believed to have been burnt using cow dung and petrol, a highly effective traditional method which can reduce a human body to ashes in between 30 minutes and an hour.

    The average human body takes from two to three hours to burn completely when in a coffin and placed in the furnace, pre-heated at 1,100°C.

    However, the traditional method, which originates from India, involves placing cow dung on the body and sprinkling some petrol which is then lit.

    “A gas released from the burning cow dung increases the intensity of the fire which reduces the body to ash very quickly, often leaving only the femur (thigh bone) and pelvic bone still intact,” a source said.

    Source: The Star

     
  • Tigeriban 2:17 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Oprah Winfrey shocks audience with free trip 


    CHICAGO, Sept 14 — Oprah Winfrey surprised her talk show audience attending the premiere of her 25th and final season yesterday with an all-expenses-paid eight-day trip to Australia.

    Some 300 audience members clapped, cried and hugged as Winfrey announced the trip and introduced pilot-actor John Travolta, who stepped out of a mock-up of a Qantas Airways jet rolled onto the stage.

    “I started to think about where would I most want to go. Maybe I should take all of you with me to the other side of the world … We’re going to Australia! We are going to Australia! You and you and you and you, are going to Australia!” she said.

    Some of her show’s staff will also be flying to Sydney in December, where the Sydney Opera House will be transformed into the “Oprah” House for a taping of her show.

    Previously, the famously generous Winfrey has given each audience member a new car, and recently handed staff members of her “O” Magazine Apple iPads and US$10,000 (RM31,000) cheque. She has also handed out school scholarships, money for homes, and financed a school for girls in South Africa.

    In a surprise to Winfrey, Paul Simon turned up to perform a rewritten version of a song dedicated to her.

    “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is syndicated to 215 domestic stations by CBS Television Distribution and to 145 countries by CBS Studios International.

    Winfrey won’t be off the airwaves after her talk show ends, as her Oprah Winfrey Network is set to kick off on cable on January 1. — Reuters

    SM: Wow Oprah…sponsor me lah

     
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