Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Swine flu strikes PM, five other officials

Prime Minister Hun Sen contracted the A(H1N1) influenza virus late last week, and five other government officials – including a deputy prime minister and two senior ministers – have since exhibited signs of it, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Health Minister Mam Bunheng.

According to the statement, Hun Sen was likely exposed to the virus, commonly known as swine flu, during or immediately after a meeting at the Council of Ministers last Friday.

He has since received treatment from “very professional Cambodian doctors”, and “the health of Samdech is recovering”, the statement reads.

It goes on to say that tests conducted on all officials who attended Friday’s meeting have revealed “the positive sign of AH1N1” in five officials: deputy prime minister Yim Chhai Ly, senior ministers Chhay Than and Tao Seng Hour and officials Kim Ith and Ith Mith.

The virus caused Hun Sen to miss Monday’s celebrations marking the 59th anniversary of the Cambodian People’s Party, and “some programmes of Samdech were also cancelled”, according to the statement.

To read more: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010063040169/National-news/swine-flu-strikes-pm-five-other-officials.html

Germany to choose new president

Germany was counting down the hours Wednesday morning to the vote for a new president, with centre-right candidate Christian Wulff still the frontrunner yet with commentators refusing to write off opposition pick Joachim Gauck.

The Federal Assembly, made up of both houses of parliament in Berlin as well as an equal number of representatives from the states – a total of 1244 delegates – is set to hold the first ballot around noon.

The centre-right coalition of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) have a total of 644 delegates, which is 21 more than the absolute majority needed to elect their candidate Wulff, who is currently the premier of Lower Saxony.

However there has been some wavering in their ranks, with at least four members of the FDP vowing openly that they would vote for Gauck, a Protestant pastor and former dissident in communist East Germany, and several more refusing to reveal how they will vote.

The big question is whether there are enough other dissenters in the closet to tip the vote Gauck’s way or at least force a second and third ballot, giving Gauck added momentum.

The vote is widely seen as a crucial test for Chancellor Merkel, who is already weakened by her lukewarm performance and the constant bickering within her coalition since last September’s election. Though the job as head of state is largely ceremonial, the controversies and fierce debate this time around have lended a heavy political significance to the position.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20100630-28187.html

Merkel in the crowd for Argentina clash

Chancellor Angela Merkel, known as a keen football fan, will travel to South Africa to cheer on Germany in their crunch World Cup quarter-final encounter with Argentina.

"She will be there. I cannot yet give out the details of her trip but she will definitely be at the match, that's for sure," a government spokeswoman said.

Saturday's showdown, which will have millions glued to television screens from Buenos Aires to Berlin, comes wrapped in tournament history.

The Germans saw off the Albiceleste 3-1 in their first meeting at the 1958 event, ahead of a goalless draw in 1966 on their way to a final loss to England.

Franz Beckenbauer played in that match and had graduated to the dugout when the Argentinians beat his German team 20 years later in a Mexico final that saw Diego Maradona inspire his side to a thrilling 3-2 win.

Four years later and the boot was on the other foot as a tough-tackling Argentina lost in the decider of the 1990 tournament to an Andreas Brehme penalty, leaving Maradona fuming after a bad-tempered showdown.

In 2006, Jürgen Klinsmann's new-look German side slipped through a quarter-final meeting on penalties after over-cautious counterpart Jose Pekerman elected to leave Lionel Messi on the bench.

With Messi now the fulcrum of a side that looks unbeatable for pure fire-power, Maradona stands three games away from emulating Beckenbauer as the only man to have skippered and then coached a country to World Cup glory.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100630-28189.html


Source photo: DPA / http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100630-28189.html

Video Reviews Are Possible, the Head of FIFA Says

Sometimes, a referee’s mistake could be a good thing. I am referring here to the match between Japan and Paraguay on Tuesday. The two teams did not dive or hack or even play particularly badly. It’s just that nothing much happened.

On a day when Sepp Blatter apologized for a contagion of referee errors in recent days, what this particular World Cup match badly needed was a referee hallucinating that he saw a ball fly into the goal mouth.

Any mirage goal would have put everybody out of the stadium rather than bring on 30 more minutes that ended with a 5-3 Paraguayan victory in a shootout to move into the quarterfinals.

Where was that infamous ref who missed Frank Lampard’s goal that bounced a good two feet inside the goal on Sunday? And where was the hapless ref and his so-called helpers who missed a blatant offside by Argentina later on Sunday?

At least Blatter said he was sorry for those two wretched calls and for others, presumably even the outrageous call that nullified a winning American goal against Slovenia, not that the Yanks would have beaten Ghana in the next round.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/sports/soccer/30vescey.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a23

Great Quote

Love Quote

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
~ Marcus Aurelius

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

As Champagne is to France, Kampot pepper is to Cambodia

Ngnoun Lay holds pepper from a Kampot plantation. "When I stopped being a soldier I went to grow pepper like my ancestors," says the president of the Kampot Pepper Farmers' Association, standing among ripening plants that tower over him on wooden poles. (Photo: Jared Ferrie)

The Cambodian government recently approved 'geographical indication' status for Kampot ground pepper, which Parisian chefs have called the best in the world.

June 23, 2010

By Jared Ferrie, Contributor
The Christian Science Monitor
Kampot, Cambodia


After he grew tired of fighting on the government side of Cambodia's civil war and left the Army in 1993, Ngnoun Lay knew exactly what he wanted to do.

"When I stopped being a soldier I went to grow pepper like my ancestors," says the president of the Kampot Pepper Farmers' Association, standing among ripening plants that tower over him on wooden poles.

Pepper has been cultivated in this region since at least the 13th century. But the spice's heyday came much later, under French rule. Parisian chefs considered it the best in the world for its uniquely strong yet delicate aroma and its slightly sweet, eucalyptus taste. At the turn of the 20th century, Cambodia was exporting around 17.6 million lbs. a year, according to FarmLink, a company working with farmers to create a niche gourmet market in Europe.

Under the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-79), the industry was completely destroyed and has yet to regain anything close to its former glory.

But farmers in Kampot recently got a boost when the Cambodian government approved geographical indication status for their product. (GI provides a guarantee of quality standards and assurance that a product comes from a particular region.)

Kampot has a microclimate ideal for growing pepper, as well as specialized cultivation techniques that have been passed down for generations, says Jerome Benezech, director of FarmLink. He says GI status will help to stop traders selling pepper from other regions under the Kampot brand. And it will mean higher profits for Kampot farmers, because GI appeals to consumers willing to pay a premium.

Mr. Benezech says Kampot may never produce the volume of pepper it did a century ago – the province exported only 6,600 lbs. last year – but he and the farmers hope for a steady rise "To increase the volume exported today to a couple of hundred tons would be very profitable for everybody, for the province and the farmers," he says.



Cambodia reported A/H1N1 case reaches 591

PHNOM PENH, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia said Monday that the deadly disease A/H1N1 has reached 591, an increase of 31 cases since early report made in February that recorded with 560 cases.

Ly Sovann, deputy director of the communicable disease control department of Ministry of Health said as of the 26th week of 2010, the record showed 591 cases of A/H1N1, but the number of deaths remains at six since the outbreak last year.

Of all cases have happened in 15 out of 24 provinces and cities across the nation, he said.

The 15 provinces and a city are Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kompong Speu, Takeo, Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Kompong Cham, Mondulkiri, Banteay Meanchey, Kompong Thom, Udor Meanchey, Battambang, Kampot, Siem Reap and Kompong Chhnang.

Since February this year, Cambodia has conducted vaccination of more than 1 million dozes of new vaccine donated by World Health Organization.

Since the outbreak of the A/H1N1 in June 2009, six deaths were recorded in Cambodia.




Earthquake shakes Rhine-Main region overnight

An earthquake shook the Rhine-Main metropolitan area early on Tuesday morning, startling many residents who called police to report the disturbance.

he tremor occurred at 12:42 am and was measured at 3.7 on the Richter scale by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam.

The state geology authority for Rhineland-Palatinate registered the quake at 3.4 on the Richter scale.

The epicentre was reportedly northwest of the Frankfurt Airport some six kilometres under the earth’s surface, head of the state authority Friedrich Häfner said.

Such earthquakes are not unusual in the region and are therefore “no cause for worry,” he said.

While police and fire departments reported receiving many phone calls about the tremor, they conducted no related rescue operations, and no damages were reported.

Most of the calls came from near the epicentre in western districts of Frankfurt, they reported.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20100629-28171.html


Photo: © PIA Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Foto: Tanja Schäfer

Parcel on its way to Cambodia

Send today the parcel with some surprises for you and some stuff to help you in your efforts learning German. Of course I included also all the items for our brother. Hope it will arrive safe and quickly. ILYSM

Star-studded Argentina will put Germany to the test in quarterfinals

Having dispatched England, the Nationalelf now have to face one of the pre-tournament favorites. Argentina are undefeated thus far, and the question is: are they good, very good or world-class?

When Germany's young squad takes to the pitch against Argentina on Saturday in Cape Town, they will be forgiven if they're a bit awe-struck.

Lining up on the other side will be a living legend with a short fuse, the consensus choice for the world's most skilled player and three other forwards who would likely be in the starting eleven if they played for Joachim Loew.

On the other hand, the Gauchos have yet to face any truly top opponents and thus remain as enigmatic as coach Diego Maradona.

Recent history is also on Germany's side: The team knocked out Argentina at the same stage of the 2006 World Cup. But is there any chance of repeating the upset of the Albicelestes this time round? The key to success would involve exploiting weaknesses at the back.

And they'll have to pay special attention to the little guy who wears number 10.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5739091,00.html

'The God of Football Has Avenged Us for Wembley'

Germans have two reasons for being ecstatic after Sunday's 4:1 thrashing of England at the football World Cup, write German commentators. Not only did Germany outplay their arch enemies, who played like "listless donkeys," but they were also avenged for a referee error that went against them in the 1966 World Cup final in London's Wembley stadium.

Like a football chorus in perfect tune, all major German newspapers are hailing Germany's 4:1 victory over England at the World Cup in South Africa on Sunday as "revenge for Wembley."

Some have even got religious about it, praising the "god of football" for handing down divine justice in the form of a blatant referee error that robbed England of a crystal-clear goal on Sunday. At last, commentators say, Germany has been avenged for 1966, when England had a goal wrongly allowed in the legendary World Cup final at London's Wembley stadium, which England won 4:2.

The cathartic outpouring of Teutonic emotion reveals how traumatic the incident 44 years ago must have been for a nation that is every bit as football crazy as the mother country of the game.

It is true that the circumstances of midfielder Frank Lampard's shot on Sunday were uncannily similar to the referee error that went in England's favor in 1966. Then, Geoff Hurst's strike bounced down off the crossbar and was counted as a goal, even though it didn't cross the German line.

To read more:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,703301,00.html

Love Quote

Love is always bestowed as a gift -- freely, willingly, and without expectation.  We don't love to be loved; we love to love.
~ Leo Buscaglia

Monday, June 28, 2010

Photo Gallery: Germans Celebrate Football Victory

Close to 200,000 people gathered in Berlin at the official FIFA Fan Fest to watch the Germany vs. England match on sunny Sunday afternoon. They celebrated the 4:1 victory over England.

Photo Gallery: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-56441.html

Love Quote

Love is all about living ONE life.
~ Ameetav Nangrani

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Put priorities right and first

Some nice quotes, on the importance to set the right priorities and act accordingly, sometimes we can not do everything and be everywhere, but have to decide to be at the right place, at the right time to put our priorities not only in words but actions.

I know who is my number one priority, surely I am not perfect, but in all I do and think I try to put this in action, through my deeds.

Action expresses priorities.

Mahatma Gandhi

Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me..."

James W. Frick

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Steven R. Covey

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.

H.L. Hunt

We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, We have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

Charles E. Hummel

Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.

There's no sense talking about priorities. Priorities reveal themselves. We're all transparent against the face of the clock.


Minister demands Apple transparency

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has called on IT giant Apple to make clear what personal data it is keeping about its customers, for how long, and what for.

According to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger says Apple should "immediately make clear" what it is doing with the private information of the millions of customers it has in Germany.

"The users of iPhones and other GPS devices should know what information is being collected about them," the minister said. She said it would be unacceptable if Apple were to create personality or location profiles of its users.

The minister's criticism is directed at the newly-formulated privacy policy, which Apple released at the beginning of last week. It now states, "To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device."


Photo: DPA

Love Quote

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
~ Mignon McLaughlin

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dinner at the greek restaurant

Tonight I have dinner at the greek restaurant near our home. As we have a nice summer day I can sit outside and enjoy the meal. IMYSM!

World Cup 2010: Uruguay hero Luis Suarez in dreamland after brace against South Korea

World Cup 2010: Uruguay hero Luis Suarez in dreamland after brace against South Korea

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1996871

World Cup 2010 Comment: Germany v England – The Key Battles

World Cup 2010 Comment: Germany v England – The Key Battles

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1996854

Photos from the Paris Men’s Fashion Shows

Photos from the men's wear shows in Paris, including Dries Von Noten, Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens and more.

To see the photo gallery: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/06/25/fashion/20100627-fashion-slideshow.html?tham=&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a3

World Cup 2010: Chile 1-2 Spain - David Villa and Andres Iniesta ensure Group H top spot but disappointing Fernando Torres goes off injured

World Cup 2010: Chile 1-2 Spain - David Villa and Andres Iniesta ensure Group H top spot but disappointing Fernando Torres goes off injured

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1995538

World Cup 2010: Switzerland 0-0 Honduras – Both sides eliminated from tournament as Spain and Chile progress to last 16

World Cup 2010: Switzerland 0-0 Honduras – Both sides eliminated from tournament as Spain and Chile progress to last 16

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1995537

Love Quote

To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.
~ Mark Twain

Friday, June 25, 2010

Reading DestinAsian on iPad

Reading at home on the sofa a travel magazine about Asia, called DestinAsian, really amazing how many newspaper and magazines from all over the world are available for the iPad. This issue has a very interesting article on Halong Bay, Vietnam. Maybe this will be the destination for our two week vacation in December, to celebrate there Christmas and New Year together. As Hanoi is also not so far away, we maybe can combine a few days trip to Hanoi with the relaxing and great nature time, visiting Halong Bay.

Apple Time Capsule

Got for us a Apple Time Capsule, a 1 Terrabyte Harddrive, which is connected by WiFi with our MacBook Pro and which is at home also our WiFi Internet Access point for the Laptop, iPad and Mobiles. Really annoyed of the Window PC crash and the Data lost. Now the MacBook Pro is making automatically every hour, when turned on at home a complete Backup of all Data on the background by WiFi connection to the Apple Time Capsule, to secure all our Data. Working smooth and reliable and without annoying cable connections.

World Cup 2010: Portugal 0-0 Brazil - Dunga top, Carlos Queiroz settles for second in disappointing Group G finale

World Cup 2010: Portugal 0-0 Brazil - Dunga top, Carlos Queiroz settles for second in disappointing Group G finale

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1995094

Ballack reportedly returning to Bayer Leverkusen

Former Germany captain and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack is poised to sign for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, German sports agency SID reported on Friday.

The 33-year-old, ruled out of Germany's World Cup side through injury, was released by the English Premier League champions at the end of the season and said he wanted to continue his career in his home country.

Three Bundesliga clubs - Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg - reportedly showed interest in the powerful midfielder, along with Liverpool and Tottenham in the Premier League and at least one Spanish outfit.

Ballack, currently on holiday with his family in Sardinia, will sign a two-year contract with Leverkusen when he returns, SID reported.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100625-28099.html

Germany hopes Schweinsteiger will be fit for England clash

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng face a race to be fit for Sunday's World Cup Round of 16 clash with old rivals England.

Midfielder Schweinsteiger limped off with a hamstring injury in the 81st minute of Germany's 1-0 win over Ghana on Wednesday night which booked their place in the last 16 where they will face England in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Defender Boateng came with a calf strain in the 73rd minute, but Germany's assistant coach Hansi Flick said the pair are receiving intensive treatment and there is optimism they will be fit to face Fabio Capello's side.

"Jerome has a calf strain while Schweinsteiger has a hamstring strain, it might be difficult for them to be in the starting line-up," said Flick at the German team base on Thursday. "We are relatively optimistic Bastian will be fit. The team doctor says the recovery time is relatively short, so we are hopeful he will be able to be fit, because he has become a key player for us."

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100624-28087.html

Love Quote

Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, June 24, 2010

World Cup 2010: Shock exit is all my fault - Italy coach Marcello Lippi

World Cup 2010: Shock exit is all my fault - Italy coach Marcello Lippi

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1993539

World Cup 2010: Denmark 1-3 Japan - Blue Samurai progress to knockout round after Keisuke Honda-inspired win

World Cup 2010: Denmark 1-3 Japan - Blue Samurai progress to knockout round after Keisuke Honda-inspired win

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1993810

google Maps on iPad

Just at home, playing around with the google Maps application on the iPad, really fast and nice to use. Took a satelite screenshot of our favorite Hotel, Sunway Hotel, in Phnom Penh. Seeing this makes me really feel homesick, look so much forward to be there again in September. IMYSM!!!

Keyboard for iPad

While I was having training at work today, a accessory I have ordered for our iPad arrived. It is a keyboard, which can be helpful, when working on longer mails, text or word documents on the iPad. Spend some time to play around with this tonight. Again I must say, as I did about the other Apple products before, that this one is very well designed and great to use.

Management Training in the office

Today I attended a complete day of Management and Leadership Training in the office. The main topic were Communication skills, Conflict Management and effective meetings.

Here some quotes and thoughts from this training:

"It is not possible not to communicate."

"The truth is not what I say, truth is, what the other
understands. "

"Everyone sees the world from the bell tower of their own village. "

Active listening: Who is questioning leads.

Conflict resolution strategies: Harvard-concept:
People and issues dealt with separately
- Discuss relevant issues
- Compare Interests
- Search for Options
- Provide evidence

In fact been a interesting training with some interesting and helpful thoughts for my daily work. Tomorrow we will continue with another day of training.

Video: Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh

Nice video of our favorite Hotel (Sunway Hotel) in Phnom Penh. Really a nice video. We have been there now a few times and appreciate always the friendly and professionell staff working there. When arriving there, it is always like coming home, really nice to see the same, familiar faces all the time and get there warm and friendly welcome. Looking already to our next time there together in September.

Love Quote

Life is the first gift, love is the second.
~ Marge Piercy

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Germany beat Ghana to advance to final 16

Germany beat Ghana 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 of the World Cup. They will now face archrivals England on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Midfielder Mesut Özil scored a second-half goal to ensure Germany's advance in an exciting match that neither team managed dominate.

"We knew it would hard work against Ghana," said Özil. "We have to win every match from here out."

Ghana also qualified as Group D runners-up after Australia beat Serbia 2-1. The west Africans will face the United States in Rustenburg on Saturday.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100623-28067.html

Germany coach Loew likely needs a win against Ghana to survive

This World Cup has highlighted Joachim Loew's strengths and weaknesses as a coach. Now Loew's future probably comes down to whether Germany can get a crucial victory against Ghana.

It's all in Germany's own hands. A win over Ghana on Wednesday evening would mean the Nationalelf progress, while a loss would send them home, and a draw would leave them hoping Australia can take points off Serbia.

But the match is not just about the 2010 tournament. It's also about the future of the German national team.

The pundits here pretty much all agree that should Germany crash out in the group stage, something no German national team has ever done, Joachim Loew's position would become untenable, and he would resign.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5719792,00.html

Minority government in the wings in key German state

Germany's Social Democrats and the Green Party are confident they will quickly agree on a minority government in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Coalition talks begin Tuesday, a good six weeks after the election.

The Social Democrats (SPD) in Germany's industrial heartland of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) expect a rapid resolution of outstanding issues with their prospective coalition partner, the Greens, to form a minority government after inconclusive state elections in May.

"I think that the chances are good that we will come to a quick and solid agreement," said Michael Groschek, the SPD's general-secretary for its state party organization in NRW.

Groschek said that initial feelers put out to test the waters showed that both parties shared a lot of common ground.

Delegates from the SPD and Greens are scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon in the state capital, Duesseldorf, to officially launch coalition talks.

If all goes well, the two parties hope to give their blessing to a coalition agreement by early July and elect the SPD's NRW party leader Hannelore Kraft as state premier in mid-July.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5719338,00.html

German Parliament Tells off MP for Using iPad

A German politician has raised eyebrows and drawn scorn this week by becoming the first member of parliament to use an iPad during a speech. Computers are banned on the floor of the Bundestag, but with politicos tiring of carrying around heavy files, a feisty debate is expected to ensue over the use of digital devices.

It's been called the "Jesus Tablet," the "iGod," and more than two million of them have been sold already, but don't try to bring your iPad along with you to Germany's federal parliament, the Bundestag.

Jimmy Schulz, a member of parliament with the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP), drew criticism this week after using his new iPad during a speech before the Bundestag. "One of the presidents of the Bundestag told me that the iPad usage had violated policies," Schulz told the Berliner Kurier newspaper.

Schulz had been the first member of parliament to eschew pen and paper and instead use an iPad as the cue card for his talking points. The issue is to be taken up by the Bundestag's Committee on the Rules of Procedure, a parliament spokesperson told the newspaper.

Germany's Bundestag has a blanket ban on the use of computers by anyone but journalists inside the parliamentary plenary hall, where traditional, memorized rhetoric is the preferred method of speech-giving.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,702119,00.html


Source photo: www.apple.de

Loss Completes France’s Dishonor

France exited in disgrace from the World Cup on Tuesday with no victories and little sympathy for a team that infamously used an intentional handball to get into the tournament and self-destructed on the way out.

The French team’s petulant image did not gain much redemption in its final match, a 2-1 defeat to host South Africa in Bloemfontein, south of here. Les Bleus, as the French team is known, played the final 65-plus minutes a man short after midfielder Yoann Gourcuff was ejected for elbowing an opponent in the head.

Afterward, the eccentric and departing French coach, Raymond Domenech, declined to shake hands with his South African counterpart, Carlos Alberto Parreira. Apparently, Parreira said, the snub was related to his criticism of the way France had qualified for the World Cup: the illegal handling of the ball by Thierry Henry, which was unseen by the referee and led to the decisive goal in a playoff victory against Ireland in November.

Tuesday’s defeat completed a stunning implosion for France, which was the 1998 World Cup champion and 2006 runner-up but lost two of its matches here and tied in the other. On Thursday the star forward Nicolas Anelka profanely insulted Domenech at halftime of a loss to Mexico, then was expelled from the team. In protest, France’s players skipped practice Sunday, drawing widespread criticism from French politicians and in the news media.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/23/sports/soccer/23francegame.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a23

Love Quote

Life is brief but love is long.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

World Cup 2010 Group A Recap: Uruguay and Mexico move on, France and host South Africa crash out

World Cup 2010 Group A Recap: Uruguay and Mexico move on, France and host South Africa crash out

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1990335

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Reading Magazines on the iPad

Spending a relaxed evening at home on the sofa, reading different Magazines, very comfortable on the iPad. Very amazing, how nice it is to read them and how some of them include videos as part of the article.

So spend some time reading a older issue of the Time Magazine with an very interesting article and title story on Steve Jobs, Apple and the iPad. Than I had a look at the english issue of the current GQ Magazine.
After that I read in the current issue of "Der Spiegel", a well known and high quality, weekly German News Magazine. And finally just a quick look at the current issue of "Prinz Ruhrgebiet" a monthly Magazine, with News and Information about events, culture and parties in our home region, the Ruhrgebiet.
Really enjoyed reading tonight. By the way, the photos are actually screenshots taken on our iPad, found out, how to do that, so I don't need to take any blur photos with the mobile cam anymore to show something from the iPad.

World Cup Turning into Debacle for Top European Teams

English embarrassment, French farce and German angst -- so far Europe's top footballing nations aren't covering themselves in glory at the World Cup. The next two days will decide whether South Africa 2010 will enter into the history books as a debacle for European football.

This has been a difficult World Cup for many of Europe's top national teams which are either underperforming woefully like England, struggling like Italy, Germany and Spain, or descending into outright chaos like France.

If Germany, which lost 1-0 to Serbia last Friday, fails to beat Ghana in its final group match on Wednesday night and is forced out of the tournament, it wouldn't only be surprising upset -- it could also trigger the immediate resignation of trainer Joachim "Jogi" Löw.

Bild newspaper cited unnamed people close to Löw as saying the coach would quit immediately and take full responsibility for Germany's first ever first-round exit from a World Cup.

"The burden for the future would be too great," Bild quoted a person close to Löw as saying. Löw's assistant coaches Hansi Flick and Andreas Köpke would not receive new contracts. Neither would team manager Oliver Bierhoff, who wasn't expected to stay on anyway after the World Cup following a disagreement with the German Football Association, the DFB, during contract negotiations in January.

The most likely successor to Löw would be Matthias Sammer, a former player for the East German national team and then the unified German national team until 1997.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,701904,00.html

Love Quote

Any time that is spent on love is not wasted.
~ Tarquato Tasso

Playing around with the iPad

Today, finally the iPad arrived and by now I played around with it for a while, really a easy to use and great device, found some very interesting and helpful applications for it, very useful tool for every day life, not only for Internet features, but also to keep a calendar, address book, To Do List, to read books, watch movies or listen to music, chat, keep facebook update and follow the messages there and so much more. Really impressed and excited about it.

Just some photos of a few applications I use, like the german newspaper "Die Welt" which I can read on the iPad, even with videos integrated in the newspaper. Nicely done, same as the New York Times which I also installed on the iPad or the German well know news magazine "Der Spiegel", but also lots of books available and it is really nice and comfortable to read them and carry them with me on the iPad.
Another application is a travel guide to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, found even a language training guide and little course for Khmer, with sound to help with the pronounciation. And of course the weather forecast application is also very well designed and helpful.

These are just a few examples of so many things and useful tools which can be used just on the go, everywhere. I like it!




Monday, June 21, 2010

Dinner at Thai Restaurant

Tonight I had dinner at our favorite Thai Restaurant with Michael, a former colleague from work. Nice talk and great food.

7-0 Portugal vs North Korea

Now the North Korea team can go home in peace with an impressive match of the World Cup 2010. Portugal knock down North Korea 7-0. Very impressive. Pity for North Korea. Nothing can change now. Now their team can rest, no need to struggle. Let see how Portugal perform next. Hope not too arrogant over this result.

Cheers ! :-))

Nothing`s change my love for you

Found this video at YouTube for you, the text of this song has so much meaning, hope you will like it.

"If I had to my life without you near me, the days would be empty." IMYSM!

Combing Cambodia for Missing Friends

“LET’S rock ’n’ roll,” said Tim Page, once one of the wild and daring young photographers of the Vietnam War, strapping himself into the front seat of a four-wheel-drive van.

“Like Flynn and Stone, three intrepid journalists left Phnom Penh on a hot morning headed for Kampong Cham,” he said, narrating his departure recently with two colleagues.

He settled back for the long ride, past the town of Skun, known for its fried spiders, past hypnotic rows of rubber trees, out to this dusty village near the Mekong River where he believed the bones of two missing war photographers, Sean Flynn and Dana Stone, were buried.

It was not an unusual journey for Mr. Page. Now 66, he has been on this hunt for years, determined to find answers and to come to terms with the war that has dominated his life.

Forty years ago, Mr. Flynn and Mr. Stone headed down an empty road with their cameras in search of Khmer Rouge guerrillas. They were never heard from again.

Their disappearance has become one of the enduring mysteries of the war, two young journalists — like movie adventurers — riding their motorbikes into no man’s land and losing a bet against fate.

Mr. Flynn, the dashing and glamorous son of the movie star Errol Flynn, had in fact briefly been an actor, and he brought an aura with him to Vietnam that gave his disappearance at the age of 28 a mythic quality.

“Sean Flynn could look more incredibly beautiful than even his father, Errol, had 30 years before as Captain Blood,” wrote Michael Herr in his classic book about the war, “Dispatches.”

“But sometimes he looked more like Artaud coming out of some heavy heart-of-darkness trip, overloaded on the information, the input!”

Mr. Page had shared some of those journeys into darkness, and his visit to Pkhar Doung was the latest of many searches in what he called “a 25-year madness” in pursuit of the bones of the man he calls his brother.

Weeks earlier two bounty hunters made a false claim to have found them, reviving interest in the disappearance and spurring American investigators to step up the search for the missing journalists.

Mr. Page said, “I don’t like the idea of his spirit out there tormented,” a wandering ghost that could find rest, as many in Asia believe, only after proper funeral rites. “There’s something spooky about being M.I.A.”

Mr. Page is also seeking a measure of peace for his own soul, scarred like his body from the traumas of combat, from nearly fatal wounds and from the loss of friends, trying to put together what he calls “an enormous jigsaw puzzle, bits of sky, bits of earth.”

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/19/world/asia/19timpage.html?ref=cambodia

Merkel praises diversity of national football team

Chancellor Angela Merkel has hailed the diverse German national football team as a force for acceptance of immigrants and integration of foreigners in the country.

Merkel told ARD television on Sunday that the German side at the World Cup, in which 11 of the 23 players were born abroad or have immigrant parents, presented a more ethnically varied vision of the country than is often seen.

"It is an example of how role models can be created - role models for our whole country," she said. "For those who are of German origin just as much as for those who want to integrate."

She noted that the ratio of immigrants on the German team was higher than in the country as a whole "but those are our shared idols."

Since Germany hosted the last World Cup in 2006, the chancellor has attended a host of matches, both domestic and international, to support the home side.

Polish-born Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose scored the first two goals in Germany's 4-0 drubbing of Australia in their opening World Cup match last Sunday and Brazil-born Cacau came off the bench for a third. Mesut Özil, whose parents hail from Turkey, has taken over a key role in Germany's midfield.

But Germany slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Serbia on Friday and must now beat Ghana on Wednesday to reach the knock-out phase.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100621-27985.html


Source photo: DPA / http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100621-27985.html

World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast - Luis Fabiano brace wins game of a handball, Elano injury and controversial Kaka red card

World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast - Luis Fabiano brace wins game of a handball, Elano injury and controversial Kaka red card

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1986546

Love Quote

The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance.
~ Jill Jones

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Löw says Germany not in 'headless-chicken mode' after loss

Coach Joachim Löw insisted on Saturday that Germany's shock defeat to Serbia at the World Cup had not sent them into 'headless-chicken mode' and he was still confident of reaching the last 16.

Having hammered Australia 4-0 in their opening match, Germany were brought crashing down to earth on Friday when Milan Jovanovic's first-half goal gave the Serbians a 1-0 win to throw Group D wide open.

Just a minute before Serbia scored, striker Miroslav Klose was sent off for a second yellow card and Lukas Podolski later saw his second-half penalty saved during Germany's first group-stage defeat at a World Cup since 1986.

But despite the set-back, Löw said he was confident his side would beat Ghana at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Wednesday and reach the knock-out phase.

"I don't think such a defeat will send us into headless-chicken mode," said Löw. Germany, Ghana and Serbia are all on three points in Group D ahead of Saturday's Ghana-Australia clash in Rustenburg.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100619-27967.html

Berlin celebrates gay pride parade

Berlin’s Christopher Street Day parade drew thousands of people in Berlin on Saturday, as around 50 trucks and marchers round their way around the city to end up for the first time at the Brandenburg Gate.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, who is openly gay, cut the ribbon to start the parade, which is overtly political as well as musical and with an emphasis on outrageous costumes.

The march takes its name from a street in New York where homosexuals first offered organised resistance to official repression after a gay bar was violently raided by police in 1969.

The message in Berlin is that gay people still face discrimination and violent attacks even in such nominally liberal countries as Germany.

“There is still daily discrimination against, and attacks upon, homosexuals,” said Wowereit. “We have to fight for equal rights for as long as that remains the case.”

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100619-27965.html


Source photo: DPA / http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100619-27965.html

Love Quote

I love you deeply, unconditionally, forever and beyond.
~ Gina Cianfarani

Saturday, June 19, 2010

World Cup 2010: Cameroon the first nation out of African tournament, while the Netherlands are first into the last 16

World Cup 2010: Cameroon the first nation out of African tournament, while the Netherlands are first into the last 16

http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1985257

MacBook Pro - good bye Windows

As our Windows netbook crashed on Friday, all of a sudden, only being just a year old, I felt so annoyed and upset about this Windows operating system and Windows PC´s, which always caused trouble, since I am using a PC, that I decided to quit this operating system and move to a Apple operating system and device. Was really driving me nuts, that all of a sudden our netbook was not able to find a operating system and whatever I tried, to start Windows in all different kind of mode and some other things, it just was not working anymore. This happened to often, over the last years and no it is enough for me. So I got a Apple MacBook pro, as for many years I heard so many good things about the Apple operating system and the hardware, that I thought now it is time to get rid of Windows. Now as I used and played around with this new laptop for two days, I get really excited. OK, some things I need to get used to, as I still have the complicated Windows operating system in my mind as a habit, but now I discover how easy to use a operating system can be and how smooth Hardware and Software can work together. I really regret, that I did not move earlier from Windows to Apple. It is just a complete new experience and one thing is sure, in our home comes never again a Windows PC.


Shopping in Cologne

Shopping in Cologne, some nice shops here, really a great city. Lots of memories of our time being here together. IMYSM!

On my way to Cologne

Right now on the train to Cologne, for some shopping with Martin there.

Love Quote

There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.
~ George Sand

Friday, June 18, 2010

World Cup: Germany / Serbia

Watching now the match Germany / Serbia. The management invited the whole team to watch the match on large screen in the office. Very kind of them, really great to be able to watch the match with the whole team here at work.

Löw preps team for tough fight against Serbia

Germany coach Joachim Löw has compared Serbia, his young team's rivals here on Friday, to a boxer who has taken a first punch and is poised to fight back after their loss to Ghana.

Löw’s side impressed in their 4-0 win over Australia and have, along with Argentina, won rave World Cup reviews as one of the teams of the tournament and will start hot favourites to swell their points account to a perfect six from six.

But Löw spelled out in detail why he believed the Serbs cannot be taken lightly.

"We have looked at Serbia in detail - despite losing to Ghana they are incredibly skilled technically, they have strong individual players," he said. "And since they lost their first match they are even more dangerous in the second game. They are like a boxer who takes a first blow, they are poised to hit back. Their coach (Radomir Antic) has talked about honour, character, that tomorrow's game is the match of the year. I know the Serbian culture, they are strong fighters and are perfectly able to deliver on their promises."

Löw, who was speaking at a press conference at the Nelson Mandela bay stadium, reported that Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who sat out training on Wednesday, was over his cold and was fit to play.

Without going into specifics he hinted that he might tinker with his team who routed Australia in their first Group D tie.

Germany's sparkling performance against Australia generated great excitement with talk that they could go all the way and collect a fourth world title on July 11.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100618-27935.html

World Cup 2010: France 0-2 Mexico - Raymond Domenech's men on brink of elimination after Manchester United-bound Javier Hernandez inspires Mexican win

World Cup 2010: France 0-2 Mexico - Raymond Domenech's men on brink of elimination after Manchester United-bound Javier Hernandez inspires Mexican win http://m.goal.com/en/news/article?contentId=1982002

Love Quote

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.
~ Maya Angelou

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dinner at Spanish Restaurant



Having dinner tonight with Martin at the spanish restaurant "Pablo" near our home. Miss so much to have you with us. ILYSM

Rush on iPhones cripples Telekom site, delays deliveries

Anyone hoping to buy an iPhone 4 in Germany will have to wait until at least July. A crush of customers trying to pre-order the new model have overwhelmed Apple’s German partner Deutsche Telekom.

“The demand was 10 times as high as it was for the debut of the previous 3GS model,” a Deutsche Telekom spokesperson said on Wednesday, the first day for pre-orders. “The rush on the website was enormous.”

At 10 am the company opened its site to orders for the next generation iPhone, but the number of applicants quickly caused a break down.

“In the meantime it’s all working again,” the spokesperson added.

Apple reported more than 600,000 orders for the new phone on Wednesday, more than any other previous iPhone introduction. The company apologised after online shops around the world suffered errors due to the number of orders.

Though the first iPhones were scheduled to be delivered beginning on June 24, the California-based company said that many deliveries would be pushed to July 14.

Germans will be the first customers outside the US to receive the much-anticipated phone.

Apple head Steve Jobs presented the new iPhone a week ago, showing off an improved screen, longer battery life, a faster processor and two video cameras on the front and back of the device.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20100617-27919.html


Source photo: www.apple.de

Indian gays long for greater social acceptance

Almost a year ago, the gay and lesbian community in India celebrated a landmark ruling. New Delhi's High Court decriminalized homosexuality by striking down parts of the country's colonial-era penal code. But the fight has not stopped there. The community is struggling for greater social acceptance and full legal rights.

After last year's historic verdict that ended state-sanctioned homophobia, India's fledgling gay community is working to ensure that the Delhi High Court's decisive verdict is not overturned in the Supreme Court. But simultaneously, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT community as it is widely known, has begun fighting for legal rights. Gautam Bhan, a prominent gay activist, outlines the roadmap ahead:

"We have long said as part of the gay rights movement that the victory in the Delhi High Court last July, was not the victory that ended a battle. It was a victory that began one. I mean really the fight has started now. Decriminalization was the first step. There is still no positive legal inclusion for gays and lesbians in the Indian legal framework. For example there is no non-discrimination in employment, or in health benefits or taxation or in joint home loans or in the right to visit your partner when they are sick."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5683624,00.html


Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5683624,00.html

Swiss Provide World Cup's First Shock

Beautiful to watch and all but impossible to beat for the last two years, Spain has not yet figured out how to combine artistry and victory in South Africa.

Since winning the European championships in 2008, the only blemish on its record was a surprising 2-0 loss here to the United States in last year’s Confederations Cup. But the even bigger surprise came Wednesday on a lovely late afternoon in Durban, where Spain was beaten, 1-0, by Switzerland in the World Cup opener for each team.

The defeat, the first shock of the tournament, was not quite as big an upset as Senegal’s opening-day ambush of France in 2002: the French were defending champions. But this was still quite a jolt, considering that Spain and Brazil are widely considered the top two teams playing in South Africa.

To manage it, Switzerland had to repel assault after assault and accept the uncomfortable truth that the Spaniards would control the ball for most of the game with their passing and trapping prowess. The Swiss got top-notch games from their goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio, and from their defensive midfielders, Benjamin Huggel and Gökhan Inler, who implemented Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld’s game plan by funneling the Spanish attack largely to the wings, where their crosses, in light of Spain’s lack of height up front, did less damage.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/sports/soccer/17spaingame.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a23

Love Quote

Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart.
~ Charles Dickens

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cambodia's cyclo is on the decline

Cambodia's iconic cyclo – a pedal-powered taxi – is on the decline. The cyclo's pedigree stretches back 70 years to a time when Cambodia was part of French Indochina.

The cyclo is a three-wheeled bicycle taxi. The driver pedals away on a seat placed above the rear wheel, while the passengers sit in front of him in a cushioned bucket seat slung between the two front wheels.

Before motorbikes and then four-wheel drives took over the streets of Phnom Penh, the cyclo was the way to get around. But not any more.

Im Sambath heads the Cyclo Conservation and Career Association, a membership body set up to help Phnom Penh's cyclo drivers by providing some health education, as well as a place for them to wash up each day.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5687217,00.html


Source photo: http://phnompenh.blogg.de/

Video: Football fever in Germany

Four years ago, when Germany hosted the World Cup, it seemed like everybody joined in the celebration, at public viewing events across the country. This time, in South Africa, Germany got off to a dream start by beating Australia 4-0, and the atmosphere at public viewings across the country was just as euphoric as it was four years ago.

Link to the video: http://www9.dw-world.de/tagesvideo/index.php?v=en&s=681&l=&o=0&f=FlashHigh