Saturday, July 10, 2010

Aya Ueto on Circus (July 2010)

Aya Ueto on Circus (July 2010)

Aya Ueto on Circus (July 2010)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:29 AM PDT

Japanese actress Aya Ueto is featured on July issue of Circus magazine [Jp]…

Aya Ueto Circus Magazine
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Aya Ueto on Circus (July 2010) from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Happy Birthday, Siti Hasmah... and thank you for not being another PM!

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 10:08 AM PDT

Yesterday was TDM's 85th birthday. Today (July 11) is his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, who turns 84. Those who are close to her, had worked with her and knew her would confess one thing - that she was never a publicity-craze when she was Malaysia's 'First Lady' despite holding several positions in various organisations.

In fact, where on earth can you find a First Lady being so commanding, so publicity-craze and giving a public perception that she is also running a government together with her husband?

Hasmah is not that kind of a First Lady. When Dr Mahathir was prime minister, she only accompanied him upon request and permission from her husband. Never did she try to object whenever Dr M had to leave her behind for some meetings or oversea trips. Never did she complaint if her activity was not attended by members of the Press.

I have been to many countries. I have not seen any First Lady wanting to be as popular as her hubby or even more popular than him, regardless of nations. Even US First Lady seldom gets coverage in newspapers or 'airtime' on television.

However, this First Lady whom I (and many of you) know is extraordinary. Whenever her husband appears on TV... say, for 30 seconds on any News programme, she will have hers too, if not 30 seconds, 10 would suffice. Almost all newspapers will carry her story and picture, too. I wouldnt know if some editors have to allocate the space for her everyday or having to chuck off other items as to make room for her. If they do, they are just a bunch of crass to me.

Siti Hasmah had always maintained her mediocrity. She never tried to supersede the function of a premier, neither did she make any attempt that may cast doubt among the rakyat towards Dr M's leadership. Most of all, she never took advantage of her position as the wife of a Prime Minister.

In a few countries where women are presidents and prime ministers, their 'First Gentlemen' too rarely came into picture. In most cases, the people never saw them being alongside their wifes at any official function.

I guess times have changed to allow a First Lady to 'join-hands' ruling a country with her husband. I dont know as to whether the people like her ways and style. Foremost, I am not quite sure if this First Lady realises that she may shorten her husband's tenure as a prime minister, for giving the impression that she got so many hands in the administration.

Whatever it is, I think she is the only First Lady who got a special TV interview about her husband political path, her plans as the First Lady and everything about what she wanted her husband to be... a month before he became a prime minister! But I would not blame her. I blame the TV station, instead... for pushing her to go overboard!

To Dr Siti Hasmah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY... we love you.

Entertainment roundup (July 11, 2010)

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 09:38 AM PDT

Brian Joo in Kuala LumpurEntertainment snippets from various sources…

[1] AKB48 new sub-group – French Kiss.

[2] Super Junior KangIn joins army.

[3] And Shindong is preparing to get married?

[4] 4minute BTS photos for MTV Friend Day.

[5] Fun facts about SNSD.

[6] Brian Joo (pic) meets fans in Malaysia.

[7] Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 90 days in prison for probation violation.

[8] Megan Fox's beach wedding.

Entertainment roundup (July 11, 2010) from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Home Ministry Issues Reprimand Against Non-Umno owned publications!!

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 07:52 AM PDT

July 10, 2010 19:44 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- The Home Ministry issued a reprimand and took action against 10 publications between January and June this year for violation of provisions in the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, according to a statement Sunday.

The publications were Harian Metro, Metro Ahad, Kosmo, Oriental Daily, China Press, Nanyang Siang Pau, Uthaya Surian, Suara Keadilan, Suara Perkasa and Harakah, secretary of the ministry's Publications Control and Quranic Text Division, Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad, said in the statement.

She said the ministry would scrutinise the standard operating procedure and guidelines to enhance the effectiveness and standardisation of media management through the Strategic Communication and Enforcement Committee.

The committee also comprises Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.


2malaysia is very much alive! 1malaysia is crap!

Posted: 09 Jul 2010 10:36 AM PDT

we don't need a survey to tell us 2malaysia is alive! guess what. just recently merdeka centre did a survey and found there is 2malaysia all right. ain't no surprise at all. there's so much hypocrisy and double standard going on, particularly with umno, you'd be a fool to believe in najib's 1malaysia.  i had created a 2malaysia group in facebook (click on the 2malaysia image to visit) and now have near 5000 members. i'm sure (keeping my fingers crossed) by end of the year it will be 10K! many people will tell you it is 2malaysia and not 1malaysia in our country.

ok, here is the article from malaysiakini, complete with diagram. do click on 'read more' to read ya.


Unity survey finds 2Malaysia
Jul 9, 10 3:32pm

The latest survey by independent pollster Merdeka Centre reveals what most Malaysians already know: that the different racial groups have diametrically opposing views on government policies.

While an overwhelming majority of Malays back pro-bumiputera policies, most non-Malays are suspicious of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's (right) 1Malaysia concept.

In the survey, a total of 2,104 Malay and bumiputera respondents were asked to pick one of two questions close to their opinion:

* Malays/bumiputeras ne

ed all the help they can get to move ahead, so programmes such as the NEP should be welcomed. (72 percent backed this statement).

* Assistance such as the NEP doesn't help Malays/bumiputeras in the long run as it makes them dependent (21 percent)

On a similar no

te, the majority (59 percent) of Malay and bumiputera respondents said they believed that "as the original inhabitants of this country, Malays/bumiputeras should continue to be accorded with special rights and privileges".

However, 40 percent of respondents asked the same question backed the statement that "people should be treated and accorded the same rights in Malaysia, regardless of race and religion".

The questions on NEP were exclusively for Malay/bumiputera respondents, while the non-Malay/bumiputera respondents were asked a different set of questions on1Malaysia.

1Malaysia a hard sell for majority

For the non-bumiputera respondents, a clear majority said they were not convinced with Najib's 1Malaysia campaign, which seeks to bridge the racial gap and forge national unity.

Of the 1,036 non-bumiputeras polled, 46 percent were convinced that 1Malaysia was merely a "political agenda to win non-Malay votes".

Conversely, only 39 percent of the non-bumiputera respondents opined that 1Malaysia was a "sincere effort to unite all races in Malaysia".

A significant 16 percent of the respondents gave "don't know/no response" replies to this question.

The survey suggests that non-bumiputeras are yet to be convinced that the Umno-led BN is prepared to foster meaningful inter-ethnic ties, which at many times has been soured by Umno's own racial posturing.

It also suggests that Najib's New Economic Model (NEM) and 1Malaysia concept appear to be a hard sell for the country's diverse population.

The NEM and 1Malaysia are part of the Najib administration's four main thrusts for the nation, which, among others, seek to resolve long-standing problems such as economic imbalances and ethnic tensions.

But the survey finding indicates that Najib will hit a potential snag, such as in the case of the much touted NEM, which seeks to develop Malaysia into a high-income economy.

The NEM espouses gradual reduction in subsidies for essential goods and the gradual lifting of affirmative action policies developed under the New Economic Policy (NEP) in the 1970s, which critics argued have affected Malay and bumiputera competitiveness.

Corrupt leaders to blame

Malay and bumiputera respondents were also asked what they thought were the main threats to their political position, of which a whopping 70 percent blamed "corruption among its leaders".

Only 22 percent believe that the main threat was from "demands made by other races", while seven percent did not provide a direct answer.

In the same vein, Malay and bumiputera respondents were equally split when asked whether government programmes benefitted the "ordinary people" or the "rich and politically connected".

The responses for these two questions are likely to raise heckles at Malay rights group Perkasa, which repeatedly accuses the non-Malays, particularly the Chinese, for conspiring against the Malays.

The survey also sought the opinion of respondents across the board on whether Malaysia was more united or divided today. Responses to this question were almost evenly split.

Interestingly, topping the list of factors that "divided the people" respondents cited were political instability (13 percent) and racial issues (nine percent).

Other reasons cited included ideological differences (five percent), inequality (five percent), the use of the term 'Allah' by Christians (five percent), religious differences (five percent) and discriminatory government policies (four percent).

The survey was conducted between January and April this year, involving a total of 3,141 respondents from both the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.

20 Internet-love-cheat ring members nabbed in Malaysia

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 07:12 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty foreign nationals, believed to be members of a syndicate which preyed on single and lonely women, were detained in operations conducted by the police two weeks ago.

Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Investigation Department assistant director Asst Comm Rohaimi Md Isa said the foreign nationals detained comprised 16 from Nigeria, one from Ghana and another from Ivory Coast, a Filipina and an African woman, all in their 20s and 30s.

He said police also seized 13 laptops and RM42,979 in the raids which were conducted following reports lodged by the victims.

"Members of the syndicate preyed on career women who are in their 40s and lonely, befriending them via social networking sites on the Inter­net.

"They would profess their love for the women and as proof of their affection, promised them jewellery and other gifts.

"The women would then receive telephone calls that they had to make some payment for the release of the parcels containing their gifts from the Customs Department," ACP Rohaimi added. — Bernama

SOURCE: 20 Internet-love-cheat ring members nabbed in Malaysia

Athletes to have better varsity chance soon

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 07:11 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Take up sports and you will have a better chance to get into public universities.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the ministry had decided to make sports a compulsory condition to enter public universities.

"It will be implemented gradually in a systematic way in all schools from next year," he told reporters after opening the KLAVA (B16) Ayam-A1 Kuala Lumpur Volley Ball Championship at SMK Sri Sentosa at Jalan Kuchai Lama yesterday.

SOURCE: Athletes to have better varsity chance soon By CHRISTINA TAN

Answer for premature ejaculation

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 07:07 AM PDT

KOTA KINABALU: Men suffering from premature ejaculation during sex may find hope with a new drug set to hit Malaysia early next month.

The new Italian drug Priligy (dapoxetine HCI) will be able to help men improve their sexual life.

The drug, recently approved by health authorities in the country, was introduced to medical practitioners and other interest groups during the Fifth Japan-Asean Conference on Men's Health and Aging here organised by the Malaysian Society of Andrology.

Consultant urologist Datuk Prof Dr Tan Hui Meng said the new pill was another key component in improving men's sexual health after the introduction of Viagra to help those suffering from erectile dysfunction.

"It is for those men who climax between 30 seconds and a minute during sexual intercourse. The pill can help them extend the period," he said, adding that men normally took between two and four minutes to climax.

However, he told reporters that although the pill, which was available through prescription, was generally safe, early trials found that some patients complained of nausea or even fainting spells.

The drug, which is being brought in by pharmaceutical company Janssen Cillag, can be taken about one to three hours before sex.

The price of the drug is yet to be officially announced.

SOURCE: The Star, " Answer for premature ejaculation " By MUGUNTAN VANAR

No one’s perfect in English

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 07:04 AM PDT

IN response to K. J. Wong's letter "Turned off by improper English" (The Star, July 9). I have to say that his views are offensive. He mentioned about being turned off by his friend's email on Malaysian politics because of poor grammar.

The writer could have shown more tolerance and given his friend some credit for at least trying his best to write in English.

Indeed, some Malaysians do not have a good grasp of English because it is not our native language. Most Malaysians have little or no exposure at all to English, which explains why teenagers, and even adults, are afraid to converse in English.

I am appalled to see such remarks from someone who claims to be highly educated. He might be saying this with good intentions but he failed to realise by doing so, he has indirectly discouraged and instilled fear in a handful of Malaysians to converse and write in English.

Using broken English may not be so offensive in the eyes of those who have consideration for others but criticising a friend for his language disability is definitely a turn-off.

SOURCE: No one's perfect in English by ELYAS, Kuala Lumpur

Now read the originl letter_ Turned off by improper English by K.J. WONG, Los Angeles, California.

RECENTLY, I received an e-mail from a friend expressing his political opinions.

The long and disgruntled essay contained his personal views on the current political situation in Malaysia

While I remain open to reading political views from different people, this particular e-mail had such bad grammar that I immediately declined reading it.

I'm sorry but I just cannot bring myself to read it or agree or disagree with any of it because of those terrible mistakes.

It is appalling that someone would dare to make such bold claims about what is right and what is wrong with the political system in the country when he or she cannot even string a proper sentence together.

It is just rudimentary English, something a 12-year-old should be able to do, and yet here we have some incredibly self-absorbed person writing some ridiculously long essay, promoting his or her political and moral standpoints, made up entirely of poorly constructed sentences.

If you can't write proper English, then forgive me if I don't take anything you say seriously.

I just cannot bring myself to paying attention to anything important written by these people who simply pile on words that make them sound superior and yet fail miserably at the simplest of grammatical structures.

This is the biggest plight in Malaysia. While people may have important things to say and some with far reaching effects and consequences, poor delivery only serves to turn people away.


When complaints are seen as a sign of strength

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 06:54 AM PDT

It is time a new complaints culture is created, which does not tolerate apathy toward complaints, but regards them as tools to improve our service.

WHEN modern Italy was founded, the then King of Italy, King Vittorio Emanuele II uttered these words to Giuseppe Garibaldi, "We have made Italy, now we must make Italians."

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is now making a similar call to make Malaysians via the concept of 1Malaysia.

A country can never be defined solely by its geographical advantages or its material achievements. Rather, it is the people who maketh it.

The embodiment of the eight values of 1Malaysia – the culture of excellence, perseverance, acceptance, education, integrity, meritocracy, humility and loyalty is the key to making Malaysians.

In the era of globalisation, Malaysia's rich diversity can be of positive economic and cultural advantage. Through 1Malaysia and the other three main pillars – the Government Transformation Plan, New Economic Model and 10th Malaysia Plan – the Government is working very hard to deliver the quantum changes that Malaysia needs.

This includes inculcating good and exemplary public service culture. The resultant effect of this must be the speed in decision making and execution, value for money, the culture of creativity and innovations as well as integrity in conducts and dealings.

So where does the Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) stand in this grand scheme to things? What can PCB do to help the Government to achieve these objectives? How can PCB be relevant and create value in this transformation process?

PCB is the complaints manager for the Government. PCB's front and centre role is to serve the public by receiving and resolving their complaints on government agencies and the services they deliver. Besides helping to resolve complaints, PCB also acts as a regulator and monitors the effectiveness of complaints management in ministries, departments and agencies.

Read all at this SOURCE: When complaints are seen as a sign of strength, At Your Service by DATUK DR TAM WENG WAH

PM: Students with 9A+ to get PSD (JPA) scholarship

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 06:51 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: All students obtaining 9A+ and more for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination will receive the Public Service Department (JPA) scholarships for either overseas or local universities, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He added that 2,304 Indian students were given places in public universities out of 2,499 who qualified.

He also said 4,541 Indian students applied to enter public universities this year.

"This is a clear manifestation of the Government's effort to help the Indian community," he told the 3,000 delegates and observers at the 64th MIC annual general meeting during his opening speech here Saturday.

Najib received a standing ovation when he mentioned all students would get the scholarship irrespective of race.

"This shows that 1Malaysia is really being practised by this Government," he said.

Source: PM: Students with 9A+ to get PSD (JPA) scholarship By LESTER KONG

Rais, Hishamuddin dan Nazri Terima Nasib Serupa Dengan Syed Hamid Jika Terus Tekan Suara Rakyat

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 06:51 AM PDT

KDN Ikut Rentak Tari Umno-BN Oleh Mak Bonda

Kementerian Dalam Negeri serta Menterinya boleh memberi seribu satu alasan untuk menafikan hak media Pakatan Rakyat seperti Suara Keadilan dan Harakah.

Namun rakyat yang sudah celik minda dapat melihat dengan terang ibarat melihat badut diwaktu siang, disuluh pula dengan 'spotlight'.

Sepertimana dilaporkan, pihak Suara Keadilan dan Harakah tidak pernah menerima sebarang surat tunjuk seperti yang didakwa KDN. Lawak betul!

Bila mana diminta salinan surat-surat berkenaan dan bukti terimanya pun, KDN membisu seribu bahasa!

Justeru jika kewujudan surat-surat itu dipertikaikan, siapa yang patut dipersalahkan?

Sudah tentu Najib dan sepupunya Hishammuddin.

Begitu juga bila mana KDN dilihat cuba bermain politik soal artikel "Felda Bankrap" yang sepatutnya KDN tidak 'overacting', tetapi sebaliknya perlu 'tenang macam biasa' ketika mana pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat difitnah dan diputarbelitkan kenyataannya oleh akhbar arus perdana khususnya Utusan Malaysia.

Ada pernah KDN keluarkan surat tunjuk sebab? Ada pernah digantung permitnya? Ada?

Begitu juga dalam kes terbaru melibatkan Suara Perkasa yang mendapat bantahan hangat oleh MCA, sekutu Barisan Nasional sendiri. Kita tidak melihat KDN menunjukkan taringnya kepada media pro Umno-BN! Rakyat yang cerdik tidak pelik melihat rentak tari Menteri KDN itu.

Justeru kita ingin mengingatkan PM 1Malaysia, supaya melihat balik slogan 'rakyat didahulukan, prestasi diutamakan' dalam kes KDN dan permit akhbar Suara Keadilan dan Harakah.

Jangan lupa, KEADILAN dan PAS adalah dua buah parti berdaftar yang halal dalam struktur demokrasi Malaysia.

Suara Keadilan dan Harakah pula adalah lidah rasmi, organ parti berkenaan.

Menafikan hak Suara Keadilan dan Harakah daripada mendampingi ahli dan penyokong KEADILAN, PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat menunjukkan pimpinan Najib tidak mengutamakan kehendak dan keperluan rakyat.

Sebaliknya, sekadar tindakan terdesak dan bacul demi survival Umno-BN.

Apalah kecoh sangat soal 8 naskah suratkhabar Suara Keadilan atau Harakah, jika tidak dihantar kepada KDN?

Buktikan KDN memang menghantar surat-surat berkenaan dan bukti penerimaannya.

Buktikan kepada siapa dan alamat mana ianya dihantar.

Buktikan juga jika benar ada surat-surat amaran, dan lain-lain yang dihantar berkait perkara berkenaan.

Jika KDN mesra rakyat atau tidak 'memusuhi Pakatan Rakyat', kenapa pihak KDN tidak berusaha menangani isu remeh ini dengan cara lebih mesra pelanggan, bermatlamatkan penyelesaian masalah?

Contohnya, susah sangatkah untuk seorang pegawai KDN membuat panggilan telefon, susulan mengenainya di peringkat awal lagi?

Mengenai artikel berkaitan Felda dan lain-lain yang mungkin tidak memenuhi selera KDN, jika benar ianya fitnah, biarkan saja Felda menyaman dan mengambil tindakan mahkamah terhadap Suara Keadilan.

Memang itu yang selama ini diamalkan dilakukan oleh Ketua Pembangkang dan lain-lain pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang menjadi mangsa media arus perdana.

Cukuplah Umno dan BN saja bermain politik. KDN tak perlu mengikut telunjuk dan rentak tari mereka. -SK

KDN tegur, ambil tindakan ke atas 10 akhbar

Sepuluh penerbitan telah diberi teguran dan diambil tindakan oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dari Januari hingga Jun tahun ini kerana melanggar syarat dan perutukan mengikut Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan 1984.

Penerbitan berkenaan ialah Harian Metro, Metro Ahad, Kosmo, Oriental Daily, China Press, Nanyang Siang Pau, Harian Tamil Uthaya Surian, Suara Keadilan, Suara Perkasa dan Harakah.

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Setiausaha Bahagian Kawalan Penerbitan dan Teks Al-Quran KDN Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad berkata KDN akan mengambil sikap tegas ke atas mana-mana pemilik permit penerbitan dan lesen mesin cetak yang didapati melakukan pelanggaran syarat dan tidak mematuhi peruntukan-peruntukan mengikut akta tersebut.

Beliau berkata KDN juga akan mengkaji dan meneliti prosedur dan garis panduan untuk memantapkan dan meningkatkan keberkesanan serta keseragaman pengurusan media melalui Jawatankuasa Pengukuhan Strategi Komunikasi Kerajaan yang ditubuhkan.

Jawatankuasa itu dianggotai Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Rais Yatim dan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. -mk

Ulasan GB

Jika sebelum ini Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar yang menjadi Menteri KDN galak sangat menzalimi rakyat melalui ugutan dan ancamannya untuk menggunakan ISA yang akhirnya dengan doa rakyat beliau tertonggeng dari kerusi kabinet, maka kali ini pastikan Hishamuddin, Nazri dan Rais akan mendapat nasib yang serupa.

Could 3D be in most homes in two years?

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 06:09 AM PDT

LONDON, July 9 — Watching television in three dimensions at home could become mainstream in as little as two years as prices for 3D TV sets drop and events like the soccer World Cup raise awareness of the technology.

Although many believe that consumers will never want to wear 3D glasses at home, and 3D TVs have only been on sale for a matter of months, a combination of factors points to faster adoption of 3D than of previous new technologies.

Unlike high-definition video or the VHS-Betamax battle before it, where deployment was held up for years while movie studios and electronics makers supporting rival formats battled for dominance, 3D presents no such prospect of a format war.

Consumers need not fear splashing out on the wrong equipment, as the HDMI cables that connect set-top boxes to televisions or other screens can detect and support many different standards.

But TVs are already on sale from Samsung that convert two-dimensional signals into 3D in real time, meaning that consumers can already start to enjoy images leaping out of the screen, even with little original 3D content yet available.

DSG, Europe's second-biggest electronics retailer, said TV sales rose 50 percent year on year in the run-up to the soccer World Cup currently nearing its finale in South Africa, with 3D creating a lot of buzz.

"It's still at the early-adopter phase at the moment, but the way they have been buying and continue to buy leaves us extremely confident about 3D sales," said a spokesman for DSG.

The technology is not yet perfect but could soon eliminate the need for equipment that studios use to upgrade 2D to 3D — made by the likes of India's Prime Focus — which many analysts consider potential choice investments.

Stu Lipoff, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers — the world's largest technical society — said: "It's one of the most remarkable things I've seen in 30 years in engineering."

"The processing power is comparable to what five years ago you'd only find on a supercomputer in a university lab," he says of the technology, which is made by the likes of Texas Instruments, Broadcom and NXP.

Everyone's interested

Samsung, which was first to market, is expected to sell the lion's share of 3D TVs this year, but Sony, Panasonic and LG Electronics are not far behind.

Public enthusiasm for 3D has been driven by the blockbuster movie "Avatar", released at the end of 2009, which single-handedly raised awareness to 60 percent from 40 percent among U.S. consumers, according to TV analyst Stewart Clarke of research firm Informa.

Sports are also a fertile ground for 3D — French media firms see sport and porn driving 3D adoption — as the viewer feels the excitement of being placed in the middle of the action, instead of being a distant observer.

Walt Disney's sports broadcaster ESPN used the soccer World Cup to launch its first 3D channel, and ESPN's president told Reuters this week the network had had "off the charts" success with its coverage.

Asked whether he would buy a 3D TV, he said: "Personally, I'd always wait for the price to come down. When it comes down to about 1,200 pounds (RM5,824), I wouldn't hesitate. In 18 months, definitely."

Currently, 3D TVs cost about one-and-a-half times as much as equivalent 2D high-definition sets, but prices are falling.

In Britain, the first Samsung 3D TVs went on sale in March for about 1,800 pounds, plus 150 pounds for two pairs of active-shutter 3D glasses, which pick up alternate images for the left and right eyes.

Already, prices for some models have fallen below 1,000 pounds for complete kits including glasses.

Informa believes 3D TV will take off only after the need to wear glasses has been removed, which it forecasts will happen some time after 2015. But the IEEE's Lipoff says it is not unreasonable to believe it could happen in two to four years.

LG has recently started offering 3D TV sets that can be viewed wearing so-called passive glasses that are far cheaper and lighter than battery-powered active-shutter glasses.

The televisions are more expensive because more of the work is done inside the set — a 47-inch TV costs US$2,200 in the United States — but the glasses cost next to nothing.

Technology to view 3D without glasses does exist — chipmaker Intel demonstrated a version at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — but is limited by only being viewable from certain angles.

As such, it is more likely to succeed on screens watched by a single viewer like computer and cellphone displays.

Sean McCarthy, a video and neurobiology expert at Motorola said: "Not wearing glasses could be more constraining than wearing glasses." — Reuters

Could 3D be in most homes in two years?


World Cup Final: Bird vs Octopus

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 06:12 AM PDT

On Monday morning or Sunday past-midnight, all eyes (well, almost) on earth will be glued on their TV screens watching the once-in-4-years World Cup football final. Who will win? The frontpage of today's Star, Malaysia's tabloid daily, says it all. Ever since the World Cup started, Paul the octopus had gained worldwide fame by accurately (well,80%) predicting the outcome of matches in which Germany played. But Paul now has a competitor or two - Mani the bird of Singapore says it's going to be Netherlands while Paul says it's Spain. Yet another octopus, Pauline of Netherlands picked her home country to be the new World Cup champions. Looks like the World Cup has turned animals into oracles! (Click on image for better view)


Posted: 10 Jul 2010 05:40 AM PDT

"Sometimes, I can't remember where I took the photos," he said after the launch of the book by his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali here today.

On the book, Dr Siti Hasmah hoped it would provide readers another view of her husband's personal life.

"I hope you will enjoy viewing through his lenses, the scenes and pictures, just as much as he enjoyed photographing them," she said.

With over 10,000 photographs to choose from, the editors describe 'Through My Lenses' as a book of photographs, but stress it is not a photography book.

"Rather, it is a channel used to communicate with the thoughts of Dr Mahathir, and that is the factor that makes this book unique," they said.


Larissa Riquelme says maybe modelling in Malaysia. What do you think?!

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 05:52 AM PDT

Her Cup runneth over !

Larissa Riquelme, the Paraguayan model whose claim to fame and World Cup dominance was through a strategically placed gadget tells Terence Fernandez she's not shy to use her natural talents to her advantage.

I put (the phone) there because my jeans don't have any pockets."
ALL she wanted to do was keep her hands free so she could wave, clap and hug her fellow fans as they cheered their national team in its World Cup campaign. So Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme did the most practical thing – she placed her cellphone in her blouse. But the pictures of the gadget peeking out of her ample bosom made their way to newspapers and the internet and before you knew it, this 25-year-old Asuncion native became a media sensation.
With Paraguay's dream run in the tournament, both the squad and its No.1 fan have captured the admiration and imagination of football fans worldwide, with Larissa commanding over 5 million Google searches – about two million more than her national team!
"I put (the phone) there because my jeans don't have any pockets," said Larissa when theSun contacted her last week.
Although she is the face of a local mobile carrier, Larissa insists that it never started out as a publicity stunt. However, ever since the first pictures of her appeared following Paraguay's opening match against Italy, the phone has become a permanent accessory to her ever-plunging neckline.
"When I watched that match I didn't think about cameras, I only watched the match.
"But now I am happy that the pictures have made their way around the world!"
"I have a lot of memorable football moments but I will forever remember the Italy match because the photos from that game are going around the world and for what it is doing to my career," said the church-going Catholic.

I think I have a nice body, so why
not show it off?"
Larissa is definitely the favourite of cameramen at the fan zone at the Plaza de la Democracia in downtown Asuncion.
Unfortunately any hopes of giving her more "exposure" died on Sunday when Paraguay crashed out of the tournament to Spain. Larissa had vowed to run through the streets of Asuncion covered only in body paint of the national colours if the team went through.
Obviously the word "shy" is not in the vocabulary of this lingerie model who has posed nude in various glossy magazines including a raunchy shoot for Maxim.
With such derring do and a strong passion for football as any Latin American, she certainly wears her tag as "Super-fan" and "World Cup Girlfriend" very well.
"It (football) is a tradition in my family. We are all big fans of (premier local club) Cerro PorteƱo and the national team," said Larissa who names Roque Santa Cruz as her favourite player and Spain's Fernando Torres as her favourite "opponent".
When she is not in the studio or walking down the catwalk or making yet another Youtube video, she can be seen kicking a ball around with her friends at one of the neighbourhood pitches.
The only other girl among three children, Larissa's modeling career took off five years ago when she won Paraguay's version of America's Next Top Model.
"I had always wanted to be a model from when I was three years old.
"I'd pretend to be walking down the catwalk in a fashion shoot and would wear my mother's make-up and all!"
After her big break, she was much sought after by Paraguay's fashion houses and modeling agencies but Larissa decided to take it one step further. Having sky-dived, she is one to push the envelope and agreed to take it all off for Maxim.

"I was very nervous in the beginning but I decided to go ahead with it because the offer was very lucrative. "Anyway I think I have a nice body, so why not show it off?"
"The pictures were very professionally done," she said.
However Larissa conceded that her parents were not too keen with their daughter's over-exposure.
"My father almost killed me!" she laughed.
With her busy schedule getting even busier now, Larissa is a free spirit who does not want to be tied down.
Asked if she had a boyfriend, her response was cryptic: "My heart is fine; I'm very happy right now."
However Larissa knows that beauty and youth have a shelf life and is considering a legal career after she is done with the catwalks.
But with her new-found fame, it may take awhile before she switches from tank tops and tubes to black robes and white wigs.
"I have a lot of offers but I have to analyse them, although that's my manager's work!" she laughed, adding that she would love to take her work abroad.
"Maybe I'll do some modelling in Malaysia, what do you think?"

Updated: 01:22AM Wed, 07 Jul 2010

The Sun

MAF of Sibu East District - District Ping-Pong Competition 2010 - Part 1

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 05:37 AM PDT

The news release came out this morning.
MAF of Sibu East District is again organising a district ping-pong competition to be held on July 12-13. Altogether we have 10 teams confirmed to take part in this annual event.
The news of the competition came out this morning in the three local Chinese dailies.
The objectives of organising this sports event are to foster better ties among the fellowshippers and to testify the love of God.
In 2009, MAF of Xin Fu Yuan Methodist Church was the champion.
The second photo shows Tang Sioh Lik of Xin Fu Yuan Methodist Church receiving the prize from Rev. Wong Tuong Toh in last year's competition.

Perkasa Cina & Perkasa India - Produk Terbaru 1Malaysia

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 05:09 AM PDT

MCA mahu 'PERKASA Cina'

Konsep 1Malaysia cetusan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dilihat semakin tercalar dan berlemungkinan robek apabila parti kedua terbesar dalam komponen BN - MCA mencadangkan penubuhan PERKASA versi Cina bagi menangani serangan perkauman NGO Melayu itu.

Naib presiden MCA, Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, yang membuat cadangan itu juga membayangkan agar kumpulan berkenaan diterajui oleh Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur Selangor (KLSCAH) yang seringkali dilihat lantang membuat tuntutan mengenai kepentingan masyarakat Cina.

Katanya, tanggungjawab itu tidak sesuai dipikul oleh MCA kerana ia parti politik dan NGO dibolehkan bertindak dalam cara yang berlainan.

"Komuniti Cina dan persatuan Cina seperti KLSCAH boleh memainkan peranan itu. MCA hanya boleh bertindak sehingga peringkat tertentu - ia sepatutnya NGO menentang pencabarnya," kata Lim.

Tidak gusar

Menurut beliau, masyarakat Cina tidak perlu gusar dengan Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa (PERKASA) kerana mereka juga boleh menubuhkan kumpulan pelampau seumpama itu.

Beliau bagaimanapun menolak cadangan menubuhkan kumpulan pendesak bagi mengimbangi tekanan kumpulan pelampau kerana katanya ia ibarat melawan api dengan api.

Lim berkata sesetengah isu adalah lebih baik diselesaikan melalui perdebatan terbuka sambil melahirkan keyakinannya mengenai keupayaan kerajaan menangani tuntutan agresif PERKASA.

Namun katanya, sebagai negara pelbagai kaum yang mengamalkan prinsip adil dan seimbang, kerajaan terpaksa mengambil kira tuntutan PERKASA dan semua pihak lain.

Lim yang juga timbalan menteri kewangan menafikan dakwaan pihak pembangkang bahawa bahagian kedua Model Baru Ekonomi (MBE) yang menyentuh isu kontroversial ekuiti 30 peratus bumiputera telah ditarik balik kerana desakan daripada PERKASA.

Katanya, butirannya dijangka akan dikeluarkan menjelang September ini sebelum pembentangan bajet pada 15 Oktober.

Sokongan merosot

Beliau bercakap kepada pemberita semasa diwawancara oleh akhbar Cina di pejabatnya di Putrajaya, semalam.

Lim juga menjangkakan bahawa pilihan raya umum akan diadakan dalam tempoh setahun ini.

Beliau yang dilantik sebagai ketua MCA Selangor mengakui memikul tugas berat bagi mendapatkan sokongan masyarakat Cina yang ternyata mengundi Pakatan Rakyat pada pilihan raya umum 8 Mac 2008.

Katanya, sokongan masyarakat Cina kepada BN adalah sekitar 30 hingga 35 peratus di seluruh negara dan jumlah itu merosot kepada 20 hingga 25 peratus di Lembah Klang.

"Sasaran kami adalah 50 peratus sokongan pengundi Cina. Jika kita dapat hanya 40 peratus, kita tetap bergembira. Saya agak pratikal: jika saya kata kita boleh meningkatkan sokongan kepada 80 peratus, ia adalah satu pembohongan."

Katanya, tugas utamanya sekarang ini adalah membantu BN menawan semula kerajaan negeri Selangor.

Pada pilihan raya umum yang lalu, MCA Selangor dimalukan apabila hanya berjaya memenangi satu daripada tujuh kerusi parlimen yang ditandingi manakala bagi kerusi negeri, ia hanya mampu menang dua daripada 14 yang ditandingi. -mk

Ulasan GB

Bila kerajaan mendiamkan diri terhadap penubuhan dan aktiviti PERKASA kerana ianya membawa asporasi UMNO, maka kini timbul suara dari MCA untuk PERKASA CINA. Selepas ini PERKASA INDIA.

Mungkin itulah produk 1Malaysia yang dijanjikan Najib agaknya.

Apabila masing-masing ingin menunjukkan keperkasaannya, maka akan timbullah pergeseran dan pergelutan di atas kapal BN yang akhirnya menenggelamkan BN itu sendiri.

Tun Dr M’s book launching ceremony revisit through Dr Ali’s Lenses

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 03:20 AM PDT

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World Champion FIFA World Cup 2010

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 03:16 AM PDT

This weekend the World Cup will come to a close. We had our teams, 2 still in the rest are back in their home country.
Paul the octopus had cast his prediction.. putting too much faith on an octopuss?
May the best team win.... and an exciting games must be at hand.

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