Sunday, October 31, 2010

Visit at the Cemetery

Today I went to the cemetery to visit my parents grave, to bring some winter flowers in the shape of a heart and to light a candle and some incense for them. This weekend and tomorrow we have some holidays over here in Germany in remembrance of the dead. So many people go on these days to visit the graves of their loved ones and to light red candles. When it is dark every cemetery is covered by red lights. Not easy to go there as seeing the grave shows me every time that I am alone, no parents, family is here anymore. Miss them both...

10 Essential Websites for iPhone Photographers


10 Essential Websites for iPhone Photographers

iPhone photography is a growing medium, akin to Lomography in its cult status and the way it champions light-hearted, lo-fi, everyday shooting and off-beat effects.

Like any good burgeoning artistic movement there are already a bunch of brilliant online resources aimed at iPhone photographers offering great galleries, talent showcases, app reviews, exhibition news and more.

Read on for 10 great sites from around the web that we've bookmarked for iPhone Photographers and photo-lovers alike. Your favorite not on this list? Please share any other great iPhotography sites you like in the comments below.

Germany blocks air freight traffic from Yemen


Germany blocks air freight traffic from Yemen

Germany will no longer accept air freight from Yemen, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced late Saturday after parcel bombs from the country were found on US-bound cargo flights.

CNN - Facebook introduces Friendship Pages

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Facebook introduces Friendship Pages http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/social.media/10/29/facebook.friendship.pages.mashable/index.html?iphoneemail

The 10 rules of winter dressing


Meaning of the pink triangle

Little interesting article on history and meaning of the pink triangle as a gay rights movement symbol.

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Kiss me and you will see stars; love me and I will give them to you."

Unknown

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lunch: Italian noodles with mussel

After I had to do a lot of shopping this morning I have now some lunch. Italian style noodles with fresh mussel in a tasty garlic tomato sauce, covered by some Italian Parmesan cheese.

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Movie: Love of Siam

Seen the movie "Love of Siam" today for the first time. What a wonderful, touching movie and music. For a long time a movie did not touch me so much as this one. IMYSM!

Trailer of the movie:


Love of Siam, Theme song of the movie, very wonderful song

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ban Ki-moon makes solemn visit to S-21 torture center

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew out of Cambodia after a bumpy reception from Prime Minister Hun Sen, and after a visit to the country's genocide museum.

"Pol Pot was the prime minister of the Khmer Rouge. He killed his own people, more than two out of seven million," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as he was guided around the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum at the tail end of his two-day official visit to Cambodia.

Tuol Sleng, the Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21, was run by Comrade Duch, who was jailed earlier this year for 30 years by the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh.

Ban said Duch's conviction was a milestone in Cambodia’s troubled history that had sent a powerful message to the world that crimes against humanity would not go unpunished.

"I will never forget my visit here today. In this place of horror, ladies and gentlemen, let the human spirit triumph. Wars cannot do justice, but we can. Thank you people of Cambodia for leading the way."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6162797,00.html


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) is escorted around Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6162797,00.html

Sunrise

This morning we have a wonderful sunrise over here in Germany and even the moon is still visible. Taken from our balcony,

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Some of the greater things in life are unseen; that's why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry, or dream..."

Unknown

That's why I love to watch you, when you sleep and close your eyes...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever."

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dinner: potato fritter

Something my mother made so good, so I tried it tonight on my own, lot of work, but very nice taste: German potato fritter.

I miss you, our times cooking together and our meals together so much!

Planning our trip to Vietnam

Last days I could plan and prepare our vacation trip to Vietnam. We will go there over Christmas and New Year.
First we go for a few days to Hanoi, staying there at the Sunway Hotel and from there we will travel to Halong Bay to visit this marvelous place and enjoy some great time there, with a special surprise and location to celebrate New Year.

Looking so much forward to this trip and our time together! ILYSM

Found this video of the Sunway Hotel in Hanoi, where we will stay:
Loading hotel video :Sunway Hotel - Hanoi Hotel


And this is a video of the Tuan Chau Hotel Resort we will stay at Halong Bay:


Last not least a very nice video with some impressions of Halong Bay:

'Ugly' dancing celebrated as art form in German contest


In normal dance competitions, it's the best dancers who receive the award but at the Ugly Dance World Cup in Hamburg, the winners were those who made the biggest impact with their unconventional moves.

The music playing at the Terrace Hill club in Hamburg is not particularly appealing. In fact, it is rather ugly. And this makes it a perfect match to tonight's theme: the Ugly Dance World Cup.

Four young men in their early twenties are dancing on the stage - or just moving about strangely to tacky 90s party music, depending on how you see it. One of them is jumping around and flailing his arms, out of sync with the music. Another is holding his hands bashfully over his crotch, while yet another just stands there, pretending to play a recorder.

This is not something that most would describe as an artistic performance - but according to Florian Schueppel, the event's manager, it is.

"Ugly Dance is the art of unattractive dancing," said Schueppel. "We are not looking for bad dancers, but people who do ugly dancing artfully."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6152046,00.html

Die Currywurst- Curried Sausage

As each of us craves for certain foods, ( Das Essen ) some hard to come by, yet I will introduce you to a fast food dish that is of German origin and quite tasty, ( sehr schmackhaft ) well at least some of us enjoy it!

One person being a fan of this dish is actually the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

The sausage itself is pork, yet what makes this one so unique is rather the sauce that’s used with it, ketchup, or tomato paste blended with curry powder.

The invention was first experimented by Herta Heuwer in Berlin in 1949.

After she got hold of ketchup and curry from British soldiers, by lacking resources after the war, she started mixing these ingredients and selling this on the streets of charlottenburg district, where it became so popular by construction workers whom were rebuilding ( wiederaufbau) the city ( Stadt ) after the war, that she later opened a restaurant that operated till 1974.

Today, currywurst is often sold on the streets all across Germany, yet most popular in the metro areas of Berlin, Hamburg and Ruhr area.

The sauce type varies, some use paprika powder, while some add onions. Its also sold ( Verkauft )at supermarkets so you can prepare it yourself at home, yet the best is actually sold in food booths, while its estimated around 800 million servings are sold in Germany each year.

By tradition, every candidate for (Bürgermeister) Mayor of Berlin is photographed by a currywurst stand and in 2009 the Deutsches Currywurst Museum was opened in Berlin Germany, in celebration of its 60th Anniversary.

Source: http://www.transparent.com/german/die-currywurst-curried-sausage/


Source photo: http://www.transparent.com/german/die-currywurst-curried-sausage/

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing."

Mignon McLaughlin

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How to be happy and also successful


Interesting article from todays issue of the Phnom Penh Post:

Being happy doesn’t just make you feel good, it can also make you successful, according to a Harvard University lecturer. Shawn Achor, whose book is called "The Happiness Advantage", says that positive thinkers have a biological advantage over people who are neutral or negative. The good news is that being happy is a skill we can all learn, Achor says. Here are some tips from his book on how to retrain your brain to capitalise on positivity and improve your productivity and performance.
Meditate – research shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress and even improve immune function.
Find something to look forward to – often the most enjoyable part of an activity is the anticipation. Anticipating future rewards can actually light up the pleasure centres in your brain.
Be kind. Research has found that giving to friends and strangers decreases stress and contributes to mental health.
Put positivity in your surroundings – people who put pictures of their loved ones on their desk ensure a positive hit of emotion. AFP

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"I think I would rather possess eyes that know no sight, ears that know no sound, hands that know no touch than a heart that knows no love."

Unknown

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunset at home

Tonight a really nice autumn sunset over here in Bochum, although a pretty cold evening. Photo is taken from our balcony. IMYSM

iLife 11

Just last week introduced at the Apple keynote and today it already arrived: iLife 11.
Great suite for our MacBook Pro to update the existing version we have running on it.
One of my favorite iLife applications is iPhoto, a really great tool to manage all the photos we have and to work with them and present them.
Will install this update soon and curious to try and use it's new features.

Lunch in the office

Just finished lunch in the office, nice German cabbage / potato stew with smoked pork sausage. Really like stews at autumn and winter season a lot.

Pan-Asian Railway in Cambodia

Cambodia has opened the first stretch of its rehabilitated railway line, an essential part of an effort that will not only boost the country’s economy, but will ultimately connect Singapore with Scotland.

A German-made passenger train moves out of the marshalling yard at Phnom Penh train station this week. You might not think that this in itself is very remarkable, but for Cambodia and the region this marks the beginning of the realisation of a dream: a pan-Asian railway that connects Singapore to China and beyond.

Years of conflict meant Cambodia’s railway was destroyed or heavily damaged, along with much of its infrastructure. But earlier on Friday a group of dignitaries officiated at the opening of the first stretch of rehabilitated railway – a 110-kilometer-long track running south from Phnom Penh to the town of Touk Meas.

"Rehabilitating the train"

David Kerr heads Toll Royal Railway, the company that won the concession to operate Cambodia’s railways for 30 years. Kerr says the next step is to extend the line a further 140 kilometres to the southern port of Sihanoukville.

"We’re rehabilitating the train on the southern line to handle 1,000-meter trains, so we’ve started up cement services, and the container freight business starts in May next year direct on to the port. Then we’ll progressively start operations on the northern line," he explains.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6140678,00.html


Toll Royal Railway's passenger train heads south from Phnom Penh along the 110 kilometres of newly-rehabilitated track
Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6140678,00.html

Gay Teen Kills Self in Washington State

Very regret to read such a developed country with such a bullying on minority . Nothing wrong to be gay. Or they just jealous that we have the same happiness as them??? Very sick on suck religiousism doctrines on human kind. No religious in the world teaches to hate but the practistioner fake it.

I thought you might be interested in the following story on EDGEonthenet.com:

"Gay Teen Kills Self in Washington State"
A 16-year-old high schooler reportedly killed himself this week in Washington state, in what appears to be another in a string of suicides by GLBT youth harassed and bullied by schoolmates.

http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?111946

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Ugandan Gay Man Tries to Live Peacefully With His Partner

Very sad story and discriminated society on minority voices. Even Asia is not open mind as westerners on gay issues, but not such cruel act such in the articles. Inhumanity they are. Gay is of nature not act.

The community in this articles is fully and cloudy covered by hate and discrimination like a frog in a small pond.


I thought you might be interested in the following story on EDGEonthenet.com:

"Ugandan Gay Man Tries to Live Peacefully With His Partner"
An essay by a gay Ugandan describes the danger and the joys of being partnered with a same-sex significant other. A Ugandan newspaper recently published the photos and names of 100 gay Ugandans and called for their deaths by hanging.

http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?111950

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Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"I get the best feeling in the world when you say hi or even smile at me because I know, even if its just for a second, that I've crossed your mind.
"

Unknown

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lunch: Mussel

Really nice lunch today, mussel - asian style and for dessert some cake.

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

SH


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Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

Today a VERY SPECIAL quote. Really like this one a lot, very, very meaningful. Just would like to add, what this quote also expresses so wonderful, which is that true love really never grows old.

"True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart."

Honore de Balzac

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Company cocktail evening

Went tonight to the monthly cocktail evening at the company I work, been a really nice evening with some good drinks and really nice talks with friends. Enjoyed it a lot, but not really feeling complete there, IMYSM

Saturday morning shopping

Spend some time this morning for cloths shopping here in Bochum, very different to shopping in Cambodia on Russian market though. Went to Baltz, my favorite cloths and fashion store here in Bochum, they have a big choice and excellent service there.

I bought:
- 2 Polo neck sweater, good to wear in the approaching winter season. One in Bordeaux red and one in light nice brown color
- 6 pair of Hilfinger socks in black, the ones you also like so much. ;-)
- 12 cotton handkerchiefs
- 3 pair of Calvin Klein cotton stretch underpants

Besides this I also made a appointment at a good optician for some eye check, to get than a new pair of glasses as I really need some new ones urgently.

And besides all this some more window shopping in some other shops.

Today's lunch: Thai style curry

Went for lunch to a Asian restaurant in Bochum and had some nice Thai chicken Curry there, not that good than the original one in Cambodia or Thailand but for Asian food in Germany pretty good.

President Obama Tells Gay Teens “It Gets Better”

President Barack Obama joined the hundreds of people offering online support to the gay community in an official video posted to YouTube this morning.

In the video, President Obama expressed his shock and sadness for the gay teens who killed themselves after being bullied. He raised his own concerns as a parent and called for an end to bullying, saying, “We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids.”

The video quickly turns more personal when President Obama addresses the viewer directly, imploring them, “You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied… There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are.” Those struggles will lead to greater pride later in life and the desire to stand up against discrimination of any kind, Obama said.

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"With true friends... even water drunk together is sweet enough."

Chinese Proverb

Friday, October 22, 2010

Germany's Green Party Eyes Two State Premierships

Never in its history has Germany's Green Party led one of the country's 16 states. Now, the party could come out on top in two state elections next year. Renate Künast's apparent intention to run in Berlin increases the Greens' chances in the capital.

Germany's Green Party has had a number of highs in its three-decade history. The party has long had a sizable contingent in the national parliament in Berlin. It has won mayoral battles in significant German cities. And it was even the junior coalition partner to Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's government, with then-Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer serving as the party's public face for years.

But the Greens have never managed to win a state election outright, nor have they ever posted a state governor in Germany. That, though, looks like it may soon change.

On Thursday, several German dailies are reporting that the Green Party's co-floor leader Renate Künast intends to challenge Berlin's Social Democratic Mayor Klaus Wowereit in city-state elections next September. The party has so far refused to confirm the reports, but speculation that Künast, a well-known political figure in Germany, would challenge Wowereit for the position of Berlin mayor had been rife for months. In the city-state of Berlin, the post of mayor is equivalent to governor in other states.

Because of Künast's national political significance, many feel that she will be able to capitalize on the Green Party's strong position in current public opinion polls. Currently, some 30 percent of Berlin voters say they would vote for the Green Party were elections held on Sunday, against 26 percent for the SPD.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,724388,00.html


Source photo: www.gruene.de

'I speak German,' say celebrities of diverse backgrounds in integration ads

Stars sticking their German flag-colored tongues out in advertisements? These famous first- and second-generation immigrants are showing Germany and its newcomers what you can be achieve if you speak the language well.

A boxer, a rapper, a government minister. They're all sticking their tongues out at you, the reader. Even more surprising, their tongues are colored black, red and gold, just like the German flag.

The integration debate continues in Germany, but there's one group that's taking a more positive spin. The German Foundation for Integration has kicked off the second round of an advertising campaign to get immigrants to learn German.

The ads feature famous first- or second- generation immigrants sticking out their German flag-colored tongues. There's a soccer star, rappers, boxers and the first Muslim female state government cabinet minister.

The slogan reads, "raus mit der Sprache, rein ins Leben," which roughly translates to "speak the language, live the life."

A message of opportunity

"Our message is quite clear," Ferry Pausch, director of the foundation told Deutsche Welle. "If you speak German, and you speak it well, then all possibilities are open to you."

Pausch said the celebrities in the advertising campaign were success stories that can serve as role models to young people living in Germany.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6135163,00.html


Soccer star Jerome Boateng

G Data introduces AntiVirus and InternetSecurity solutions to Southeast Asia

The German software company G Data introduced successful during the Comworld fair in Thailand its highly awarded AntiVirus and InternetSecurity solutions for home user, business and companies, as governments to markets in Southeast Asia. First aim seems to be to launch the products in Thailand and hopefully soon other countries in this region will follow.







About G Data:
G Data Software AG, with its head office in Bochum, is an innovative and quickly expanding software house focusing on IT security solutions. As a specialist in Internet security and pioneer in the field of virus protection, the company, founded in Bochum in 1985, developed the first antivirus program more than 20 years ago, and in 2010 is celebrating its 25th birthday. Consequently G Data is amongst the eldest security software companies in the world. Over more than five years, no other European security software provider has won national and international tests and awards more frequently than G Data. When it comes to quality, G Data is a world leader, combining the world's best security technologies in its products. Examples of this are its DoubleScan technology, with two independent virus scanners, and OutbreakShield instant protection. G Data security solutions are available worldwide in more than 60 countries.

G Data international webpage:
http://www.gdatasoftware.com/

G Data Thailand webpage:
http://www.gdata.in.th/

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years."

Rupert Brooke

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Singapore's very first interactive digital magazine is set to launch

Singapore's very first interactive digital magazine is set to launch and you can pick up your copy online at the Apple store from 30 October.
MediaCorp will make available at an introductory price of US$@1.99 the November edition of Style: that will offer readers more than what's found in the printed version, such as video content and additional product information.

Wife of former chancellor Helmut Schmidt dies at 91

Loki Schmidt, the childhood sweetheart and wife for nearly seven decades of former chancellor Helmut Schmidt, died at home overnight at the age of 91, a spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Loki Schmidt, maiden name Glaser, had suffered a fall at home in September, and underwent an operation on her foot. She was released from hospital on October 6.

Loki and Helmut Schmidt married in 1942, before the latter began his political career. Helmut Schmidt counts as one of the preeminent chancellors in post-war Germany, having faced down left-wing terrorists and fought for the cause of European unity. He was in office from 1974 to 1982.

Loki was known for her efforts to protect endangered wildflowers in Germany, and has a species named after her. In 2009 she was awarded the honorary citizenship of the northern city of Hamburg, of which both Loki and Helmut are natives.

Source: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/europe/news/article_1593098.php/Wife-of-former-chancellor-Helmut-Schmidt-dies-at-91


Source photo: www.n24.de

Very sad to read this news, they were a extraordinary couple, I have big respect for them and what they both did all their life for Germany. We are missing such outstanding, visionary and honest politicians in our days, over here in Germany. My thoughts and grief is with Helmut Schmidt, who lost now after nearly 70 years together his true love and wonderful wife. Will always remember their both appearance in public, their Love never grew old. Many people in Germany will now be shocked about this news and mourn with Helmut Schmidt about his painful lost.

AIRFRANCE: Phnom Penh, new destination


Starting 27 March 2011, Air France will begin operating a new service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. Flight bookings and ticket sales are now open.

The three weekly flights between Paris and Phnom Penh, with a stopover in Bangkok, will be operated by Airbus A340-300 equipped with 275 seats (30 in Business, 21 in Premium Voyageur and 224 in Voyageur-Economy), and subsequently during summer 2011 by Boeing 777-200ER equipped with 309 seats (35 in Business, 24 in Premium Voyageur and 250 in Voyageur-Economy).

To read more: http://corporate.airfrance.com/en/press/news/article/item/phnom-penh-nouvelle-destination/

Good to know that such a new connection will exist soon. But would have been nicer if this would be a direct flight without stop in Bangkok. Think for me, traveling from Germany the connection from Frankfurt via Bangkok to Phnom Penh with Thai Airways is better and makes more sense, specially as Thai Airways flies even twice a day.

Advertisement in todays Phnom Penh Post

In todays issue of the Phnom Penh Post is a great full page advertisement on the iPhone application they released yesterday.

The Phnom Penh Post application for iPhone is available for free download at the Apple App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/phnom-penh-post/id397684846?mt=8

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Give him two red roses, each with a note. The first note says "For the man I love" and the second "For my best friend.""

Based on a quote from a unknown Author

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apple Keynote: Back to the Mac

Just finished watching the Apple special event on new software and hardware releases for the Mac on the sofa, just watching it on the iPad live on the Internet.

Very interesting to watch, a new version of iLife will be released with great new features in the iPhoto and iMovie applications, also Apple will bring the iPhone video talk application FaceTime to the Mac and they presented a sneak preview to the Mac OS 10 "Lion", with some really amazing features, bringing with this new version of the Mac operating system some of the great innovations they developed for the iPad onto the Mac.

Besides this they introduced the new generation of the Mac AirBook Laptop, again a masterpiece of Design and technology.

Hail storm

On the way home from office some heavy hail storm, with hailstones having the size of a grain of rice or even little bigger, as can be seen on the photo on the ground.

Animal Disaster Fund: When it rains...

It’s been a wet couple of months around the world. In Nicaragua, a series of tropical storms has left a significant animal welfare need, particularly in the district of Malacatoya: flood waters there have not receded and there is a risk of disease and malnutrition. We’re funding a programme of feed and veterinary care for 2,650 animals (200 horses, 400 cattle, 200 pigs, 1,500 chicken, 350 dogs), and helping 400 families. We’re doing this in collaboration with a local group, Fundación Amarte, as well as the Nicaraguan Army and Civil Defence.

We’re keeping up our work in Haiti, too. 5,063 animals were treated in September – that’s an average of 203 animals per day. In total, we’ve treated 36,813 animals and vaccinated 25,406 animals in Haiti since our work began there.

In Thailand, heavy rainfall has flooded the west of the country, especially the two provinces of Petchburi and Karnchanaburi. 10,000 cattle need emergency feed after stockpiles were washed away and grazing land submerged. So far no diseases or deaths have been reported. Two members of the Disaster Management team in Bangkok travelled to the region over the weekend to assess the situation and we will have more information from their report this week.

Tropical depressions in central Vietnam have killed 66 people and displaced 57,580, and damaged agricultural infrastructure in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh. Figures available so far indicate that nearly 31,000 cattle, 14,000 pigs, and 573,000 poultry have been killed. Damian Woodberry from our Asia office will travel to Vietnam to meet the local Disaster Liaison Officers, governmental departments and NGOs, and determine the scale of the animal need.

Meanwhile, another typhoon is approaching the Phillippines and we’re monitoring its movements.

Source: http://animalsindisasters.typepad.com/wspa/2010/10/when-it-rains-.html

U.S. Military Moves to Accept Gay Recruits


The United States military, for the first time, is allowing its recruiters to accept openly gay and lesbian applicants.

The historic move follows a series of decisions by a federal judge in California, Virginia A. Phillips, who ruled last month that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law violates the equal protection and First Amendment rights of service members. On Oct. 12, she ordered the military to stop enforcing the law.

President Obama has said that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy “will end on my watch.” But the Department of Justice, following its tradition of defending laws passed by Congress, has fought efforts by the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay organization, to overturn the policy.

Judge Phillips on Tuesday denied requests by the government to maintain the status quo during the appeals process.

The Pentagon has stated its intent to file an appeal in case of such a ruling. But meanwhile, it has started complying with Judge Phillips’s instructions while the dispute over her orders plays out.

New instructions were e-mailed to recruiters on Friday for handling situations in which applicants volunteer their sexual orientation. Recruiters do not ask about sexual orientation and have not since the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law went into effect in the 1990s.

Recruiters were also told that they must inform the applicants that the moratorium on “don’t ask, don’t tell” could be reversed.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/us/politics/20military.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=globaleua29

Love: A drug that blocks pain

Interesting article in todays Phnom Penh Post, about the result of a new study, which shows that Love can work like a pain killer. Always my thought, that Love is the best medicine... ;-)

Phnom Penh Post iPhone application

A iPhone application of the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodias leading newspaper, is now available for free download at the Apple application store. Great tool to get news from Cambodia, everywhere in the world just on the go.

This is the link to the Apple application store:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/phnom-penh-post/id397684846?mt=8



About the Phnom Penh Post:
A history that stretches back more than 15 years has made the Phnom Penh Post the ‘Newspaper of Record’.

In fact the Phnom Penh Post is the oldest existing independent newspaper in any language in Cambodia.

First published in July 1992, the Post is read by thousands of foreigners and Cambodians throughout the country and by subscribers in 35 countries around the globe.

For more than 15 years the Phnom Penh Post has been the paper of record on Cambodian current events – read by decision makers and consumers who have helped rebuild the nation during the past decades.

No other newspaper can lay claim to such an extensive record. The Phnom Penh Post presents its readers with information and analysis that is convincing, useful and unique.

The Phnom Penh Post readers are also the most highly educated in the country and demand access to the highest quality information possible.

Our team of editors and journalists know that simply reporting the facts is not enough: they must analyze them and explain to readers how these facts will shape and affect their lives.