Monday, February 28, 2011

Canadian arrested for making Hitler salute in front of Reichstag

A Canadian man was arrested in Berlin on Saturday for making the Hitler salute in front of the Reichstag.

The 30-year-old from Quebec was with a German friend when he posed in front of the parliamentary building and made the salute, according to daily Der Tagesspiegel on Sunday.

The German friend, a 29-year-old from the state of Lower Saxony, photographed him in the pose.

Making the salute is illegal in Germany – a fact widely known in Germany but often unknown abroad.

An investigation will now be undertaken against the Canadian for using an illegal symbolic gesture.

Berlin police officers confiscated the camera chip, but the man was released after posting bail.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110227-33381.html

Expert warns of free internet hotspot fakers


Using free wireless internet hotspots should only be done carefully, and never to conduct sensitive business, a computer security expert warned on Sunday.

Millions of people use mobile internet services across the country, yet the free internet hotspots should be viewed with caution, said Thorsten Urbanski of the Bochum software company G Data in an interview.

“Despite a possibly well-known name, the user does not know who is behind the hotspot,” he said.

The greatest danger of encountering a manipulated hotspot is to be found at places where many people are using internet services – such as the CeBIT computer trade fair, which will be opened in Hannover on Monday.

“As a consumer you have no chance of telling who is behind a free hotspot,” he warned.

He said criminals would only need a notebook with a UMTS card in order to create a hotspot under the name of a large provider, which would give the false impression of security.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20110227-33385.html

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"Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other."

Euripides

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wise Buddha said...

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.

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"When a heart finds another, what's a cloud more or less in the sky?"

Wolf and Page

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wise Buddha said...

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden.
But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.

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"Only from the heart Can you touch the sky."

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Friday, February 25, 2011

CeBIT tech fair launches new growth strategy

Europe's biggest technology fair, CeBIT, has struggled with dwindling numbers over recent years. Now a strategic overhaul has seen the list of exhibitors grow for the first time since 2006. Has CeBIT turned the corner?

Cloud computing will be one of the big topics at this year's CeBIT information technology (IT) trade fair, which runs from March 1 to 5 in the northern German city of Hanover.

The idea behind cloud computing is simple: By storing software and data on central servers on the Internet instead of on individual workstations, users can access the information and programs they need using only a web browser.

It's a concept that can help large organizations make big savings on software license fees and maintenance costs. But that doesn't mean cloud computing is restricted to the corporate world. Many private computer users have been enjoying the benefits of cloud-based systems for years via web-based email services such as Google Mail or Hotmail.

CeBIT visitors looking for tangible products rather than virtual services can look forward to a wide range of consumer electronics, including 3D devices, smartphones and tablet computers.

Organizers hope these displays will lure plenty of private visitors to the fair without compromising the event's reputation as a business platform.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,14860465,00.html

Progress in search for dengue vaccine

Promising advances have been made in the testing of possible vaccines against the dengue virus. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitos, is believed to infect around 50 million people every year and kill up to 25,000.

Besides French and American researchers, Thai scientists have now also said that they have developed a prototype vaccine that can soon be tested on humans.

Science and Technology Minister Virachai Virameteekul said the vaccine’s development marked a major step in overcoming the spread of the dengue virus. Initial laboratory tests on mice achieved an 80 percent prevention rate.

Virachai went on to say that it was a very big step in science and the accumulation of Thai research over the past 20 or 30 years.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6449635,00.html



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A new role for ASEAN in the Thailand-Cambodia border row


Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to allow Indonesia to monitor the ceasefire over the border near the Preah Vihear temple. A step said to be historical for ASEAN, which has been known for its non-interference policy.

At the end of an informal meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations ASEAN in Jakarta, it was announced that Indonesia, as the current chair of ASEAN, is expected shortly to send an observing team to both sides of the Thai-Cambodian border. The unarmed observers consisting of both civilian and military personnel will then report to ASEAN and the UN Security Council. Moreover, Thailand and Cambodia, which have both accused each other of starting the clashes around the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear, will also involve Indonesia in future bilateral talks. Bangkok had previously resisted Cambodian calls for third-party mediation.

ASEAN's Director General, Djauhari Oratmangun, is satisfied with the progress, calling it a historical step that the organization has never been seen before. He said further, "everyone agrees that in order to reach the goal of an ASEAN Community by 2015, ASEAN has to show the international world that if there is a big conflict between two ASEAN countries, then ASEAN can solve the problem. This is amazing."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6448901,00.html

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"Who, being loved, is poor?"

Oscar Wilde

Thursday, February 24, 2011

European tourists prefer Germany over France

Brandenburg Gate trumps Eiffel Tower? Germany now attracts more European tourists than France, according to figures released this week.

The German National Tourist Board (DZT) said Germany was now second only to Spain as the top holiday destination for Europeans, edging out France, Italy and Austria.

“In 2010 we broke through the historic mark of 60 million foreign overnight visitors,” said DZT chairwoman Petra Hedorfer in a statement.

Proving that bratwurst can be more appetizing than baguette, the German hospitality industry booked a 10 percent jump in overnight stays by foreign tourists in 2010 compared to the year before.

Larger German cities saw the largest surge in tourism, rebounding from the crisis-hit year 2009.

Visitors from Switzerland accounted for a most overnight stays, jumping 8.6 percent to 4.2 million last year.

Germany's neighbours in the Netherlands replaced tourists from Britain as the second largest group, but visits from Poland also surged 15.7 percent.

The numbers of visitors from further afield also increased, with visitors from the United States flocking to the famous passion play of Oberammergau - performed to celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus once each decade. This helped American visits rise 11.1 percent last year.

Tourism from the Persian Gulf states also rose some 26 percent, with a rise in demand for holidays in Germany noticeable during the hot summer months back home.

Among Asian nations, China overtook Japan as the biggest source of tourism to
Germany, accounting for some 1.1 million overnight visits.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110224-33327.html

Lama Ole Nydahl, first lecture in Thailand

Today is Lama Ole Nydahl giving for the first time a lecture in Bangkok, Thailand. Think thats great news.

More about Lama Ole Nydahl can be found here: http://lama-ole-nydahl.org/

And here some more information about Diamondway Buddhism: http://www.diamondway-buddhism.org/

Security to Ward Off Crime on Phones

More consumers are buying smartphones. So more criminals are taking aim at those devices.

Criminals still prefer PCs for stealing personal data, bank and credit card account numbers as well as for running frauds. However, most PC attacks focus on Microsoft’s decade-old Windows XP operating system, which is slowly being replaced by the more secure Windows 7. Over the next few years, hackers will have to find new targets.

With smartphones outselling PCs for the first time — 421 million of the hand-held computers are expected to be sold worldwide this year, according to market analysts at IDC — the long-predicted crime wave on hand-held devices appears to have arrived. According to the mobile-security firm Lookout, malware and spyware appeared on 9 out of 100 phones it scanned in May, more than twice the 4-in-100 rate in December 2009.

In fact, the most practical rule for protecting yourself is to start thinking of the smartphone as a PC.

Most malicious incidents on mobile devices involve bogus phone or text-message charges or rogue mobile applications, of which there are now more than 500 varieties, according to F-Secure, a Finnish security firm. All these ruses require users to take some kind of action, like clicking to accept or install a program, so caution while using mobile devices can prevent most problems. (However, experts warn that automated attacks are possible and could emerge in the future.)

Most attacks happen in Eastern Europe and China. An overwhelming number — 88 percent, according to F-Secure — have singled out devices running Nokia’s Symbian operating system. Symbian is the world’s most commonly used smartphone platform, but Nokia said this month that it would be replacing it over the next few years with Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/technology/personaltech/24basics.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=globaleua26

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"For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it."

Ivan Panin

I thought you should see this story

Libyan official says Gadhafi personally ordered Lockerbie attack

http://m.triblive.com/triblive/pm_5934/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=DFA73A0FAB074AE5FC35A46A1CC47858?contentguid=i6BEgkcr


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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"I am my beloved, and my beloved is me."

Song of Solomon

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Todays quotes...

"Early in the morning, when I wake up, I stay up and think of you first. And I wish that somewhere, you are thinking of me too."

"I am waiting and hoping and wishing for the time, when we can be together again! I Miss You!"

"To begin a day and morning without you is like a day without sunshine... I miss you..."

"Care is not just acting infront of one, but its how much u think of the one in their absence and do things for them."

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Opposition sites blocked in Cambodia


Though many opposition sites are blocked in Cambodia, the government has dismissed rumours that it ordered internet service providers, or ISPs, to block access to those sites. But the truth may finally have come out.

Going online is still a relatively new experience in Cambodia, but one that is growing much more common, particularly in urban areas.

But for weeks now, users of EZECOM, one of the growing service providers, have complained that they are unable to access a number of sites, including one called KI-Media, a pro-opposition party website that is highly critical of the government.

Though EZECOM has denied blocking access to any websites or receiving any orders from the government to do so, an email was leaked this week from a senior official at the telecommunications ministry.

Leaked evidence

The email, which ran in the Phnom Penh Post newspaper on Thursday, puts paid to those denials, since it congratulates ten ISPs, including EZECOM, for blocking access to a list of websites, including KI-Media.

Human rights group LICADHO, which releases an annual report on the state of Cambodia’s media, says news of covert censorship is worrying. Mathieu Pellerin of LICADHO told Deutsche Welle, "what we’ve confirmed this week is basically one of the last unregulated spaces for people to express themselves on a variety of subjects, political or otherwise, has been officially now censored by the government, which is a huge unfortunate milestone in terms of freedom of expression in Cambodia and further shrinks the space that Cambodians have to express themselves."

But not all websites are blocked, so the question is, how significant is this?

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6441906,00.html

Dragonfruit and Pomelo

On my way to office this morning I made a short stop at the supermarket to get some fruits and other fresh food. Was really surprised to see Dragonfruit and Pomelo in the supermarket, which is rather seldom to find in supermarkets over here in Germany. Bought a few of them and look forward to eat some of them tonight...

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"A man is not where he lives, but where he loves."

Latin Proverb

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"The past is behind us, love is in front and all around us."

Emme Woodhull-Bache

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life."

Leo Buscaglia

Friday, February 18, 2011

New website: Cambodian Sector-wide Silk Project

The Cambodian Sector-wide Silk Project is a project, which is run and managed by Phnom Penh based Project Coordination Unit of the International Trade Centre (ITC). To create a competitive and well-organized silk sector that can generate income and employment to reduce poverty for all stakeholders along the supply chain, the Cambodian Sector-wide Silk Project was established in 2007 and is supporting silk communities and stakeholders as whole silk sector.

Now there is a new website online and available which provides a really interesting insight view into this project and which helps to promote the first class silk products of Cambodia.

To view this website go to: http://www.cambodiansilksector.org/

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal."

Vita Sackville-West

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other."

Euripides

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Just How Open Is Your Internet? [INFOGRAPHICS]

America, the champion of democracy and freedom, actually has more Internet censorship than some countries in Africa and South America according to an infographic based on Internet censorship research conducted by the OpenNet Initiative.

The U.S. and Canada are listed as “some censorship” along with much of Western Europe. Russia and Australia ranked lower as “Under Surveillance,” while China and parts of the Middle East ranked at the bottom for “Pervasive Censorship.”

As for what kinds of content is censored, the research found that “blogs” were the most censored content at 20% while “militant groups” only ranked at 1%. Surprisingly, locally focussed NGOs tied for third-most censored at 9%.

Just How Open Is Your Internet? [INFOGRAPHICS]



Interesting study and very interesting to zoom into the map. According to this study we have in Germany, in fact the whole of Europe, "some censorship" of the Internet, while in Cambodia for example is "no censorship" and Thailand is marked red, like Australia and Russia, meaning that the Internet is "under surveillance" in these countries, while for example China and Vietnam besides other countries is marked as countries with the highest level of censorship.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NYTimes: To Stand Out, Retailers Flock to Exclusive Lines

From The New York Times:

To Stand Out, Retailers Flock to Exclusive Lines

Department stores believe buyers are tired of the same things everywhere, and are signing exclusive contracts.

http://nyti.ms/eyUWJp

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NYTimes: Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts

From The New York Times:

Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts

While Facebook has become a tool for organizing protests, it does not want to be seen as picking sides.

http://nyti.ms/gtLAJR

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine surprise

Big Valentine surprise in the office :-)) Some flowers been delivered to me with a nice Valentine card. :-)))
Thanks honey, for this special surprise. ILYSM

You my everything

Just a romantic song for you on Valentine day, as you are really my everything. ILYSM

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Happy Valentine Day, honey.

This is now the last Valentine day we are apart and celebrate over distance. Only few more weeks till you arrive. ILYSM

Love Quote on Valentine Day

"And let it be said that love is like a river that flows deep into the heart of the soul. For in every man true love should be the ultimate goal."
-Gillis Triplett

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

English style breakfast

Having a nice English style breakfast, very nice, but not as good and complete when having it in England.

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"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you."

A. A. Milne

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentine Day Sweetie

Live Love Let Only You in My Life -SH



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North Carolina Gay Couple Burned Out of Home

"North Carolina Gay Couple Burned Out of Home"
A gay couple in North Carlina lost their home in what authorities have deemed a suspicious fire. The men had been harassed and threatened for a year prior to the blaze.

http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?116068

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Really discussing! Think the U.S. should first of all take care of freedom and human rights in their own country, instead playing the role of a world police and criticizing other countries, by playing the role of a missionary for democracy in the world.

Love Quote

"And so, too, I speak of love: he who is held by it is held by the strongest of bonds, and yet the stress is pleasant. Moreover, he can sweetly bear all that happens to him. When one has found this bond, he looks for no other." -Meister Eckhart

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Statement of the Cambodian Buddhist Sangha on fights between Cambodia and Thailand

Found the following Statement of the Cambodian Buddhist Sangha on fights between Cambodia and Thailand on the internet and would like to share it here.

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"Two lives, two hearts joined together in friendship united forever in love."

Unknown

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Germany fail to break Italian curse


Germany failed to break their 15-year-old run without a win over Italy on Wednesday as striker Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench to score a late equaliser and seal Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw.

The last time Germany beat Italy was a 2-0 win in Zurich in June 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Football Federation.

With the Azzurri winning all four games between the two sides since, Italy's 24-year-old Rossi cancelled out Miroslav Klose's first-half goal for the hosts.

The Bayern Munich forward's strike was his 59th on his 106th appearance as he draws closer to Gerd Müller's all-time Germany record of 68 goals.

Germany hosted Italy at Dortmund's same Signal Iduna Park stadium where the Italians knocked the hosts out of the 2006 World Cup on their way to winning the title.

The home side have a poor record in matches between the two nations with Italy enjoying 14 wins compared to Germany's seven victories with now nine games drawn.

"It was a pity that we couldn't get another goal," said Germany's vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. "It was very difficult on the pitch, we are a team who try and dominate the game through our technical ability."

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20110210-33005.html

Thailand and Cambodia Fighting a 'Real War'?

Analyst Matt Gertken examines how Thai political divisions and Cambodia's bid to bring in international mediators have heated up the ongoing territorial conflict between Phnom Penh and Bangkok.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has declared that the conflict with Thailand on the border is a real war. Meanwhile the Thais are moving more tanks to the area and the issue is being caught up with international politics as well as Thailand's internal politics.
Thailand and Cambodia are ancient rivals and this particular dispute which is about a patch of land that really controls access to a disputed temple that's a world heritage site has flared in a number of times especially since 2008 when it received that official status from the UN. So it's not unusual for these two to spar back and forth. This time, however, the fighting was particularly intense; it lasted several days in a row, a number of casualties on both sides and a large number of villagers were evacuated from the area.
Domestic politics in both countries helped to drive into the point that they started fighting again. On the Thai side you have elections approaching which are supposed to be held in the first half of the year. These are very contentious elections and that's forced all the special-interest groups and factions in Thai politics to push on their major issues including the People's Alliance for Democracy, which is the yellow shirt group that helped bring the current government to power but really has kind of turned against it and is really driving this territorial and sovereignty issue hard hoping to put pressure on the current government to take a tougher stance against Cambodia.
And this is all taking place with the underlying fact that Thailand is going through a monarchical secession. The king hasn't died yet but he's very old and he's ruled for 65 years so as that transition takes place and the elections, in the more immediate sense, there's a lot of tension between Thailand's factions.
In Cambodia, seeing these divisions in Thailand and seeing the opportunity to take advantage of this particular dispute where Cambodia lacks in military strength is much less powerful than Thailand but has been able to attract a large international amount of attention to this. The Cambodians managed to go to the United Nations and get the Security Council to discuss it this time, which brings it to a higher level of attention. The United States has commented on it. Of course United States is conducting its major annual military exercises with Thailand at the moment so it's a little bit uneasy about the fact that the Thai military is involved with the conflict at the same time. And ASEAN the Association for Southeast Asian Nations has really dived in on this one. Even though ASEAN has dealt with the Thai Cambodian tensions before it really hasn't tried to be proactive. But the point is that you see multiple international actors starting to get involved in this dispute which really used to just be between Thailand and Cambodia.
The main thing to watch going forward is to see how well Thailand and Cambodia can contain the issue as they been able to do in the past, which means also containing domestic nationalism but at the same time we know that Cambodia has reasons to really take advantage of the fact that Thailand is embroiled in an ongoing internal political crisis. We certainly can't rule out the prospect of more fighting, although it tends to flare up based on the results of political calculations on both sides rather than just, you know, unmitigated conflict.

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"Love, and a cough, cannot be hid."

George Herbert

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Germany desperate to break Italian curse


Captain Philipp Lahm insists Germany must beat Italy in Wednesday night's friendly to break the Italian curse on his team and end 16-years of defeat at the hands of the Azzurri.

"We want to prove that we belong amongst the world's best football nations and break this Italy curse," said Lahm.

Germany host Italy in Dortmund on Wednesday at the same stadium where the Italians knocked the hosts out of the 2006 World Cup on their way to winning the title.

Germany have a poor record in matches between the two nations with Italy enjoying 14 wins compared to Germany's seven victories with eight games drawn. The last time Germany beat Italy was a 2-0 win in Zurich in June 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Football Federation and coach Joachim Löw wants to correct the record.

"We haven't beaten Italy for nearly 16 years, from those statistics, you can see they are a team we have feared in the past," said the 51-year-old. "I want to break that record, that is our goal. We want to continue last year's trend."

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20110209-32977.html

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Cyber crooks targeting smartphones: McAfee http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/technologynews/view/1109571/1/.html


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"And if it all falls apart, I will know deep in my heart, the only dream that mattered had come true. In this life, I was loved by you."

Colin Raye

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Foreign Minister Westerwelle calls for peaceful end to Thai-Cambodian border dispute


A border dispute has flared up again between Thailand and Cambodia over the area of the 900-year-old ruins of Preah Vihear temple. There have been several deaths since the weekend. Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin today (7 February):

“I am deeply concerned by the armed clashes which have been taking place on the border between Thailand and Cambodia and regret the casualties suffered by both sides.
We expect the Governments of both countries to cease all hostilities immediately and choose the path of dialogue to find a peaceful and lasting resolution of this border dispute.
Germany will also, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, be working for a peaceful end to the conflict.”

Tourist forced to buy laptops for Filipino police

Five policemen in the Philippines forced a German tourist to buy them laptop computers by threatening him with false drug and terrorism charges, a police chief said Tuesday.

The incident, which took place in Manila's upscale financial district of Makati, is the latest embarrassment for the country's police force.

Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Froilan Bonifacio expressed outrage and said the accused policemen may have carried out similar extortion scams in the past.

"I'm not just shocked. I'm angry, for God's sake. Maybe they have been doing this thing for years," Bonifacio told news agency AFP.

The five policemen approached the German tourist at a Makati shopping mall on January 29 and initially accused him of buying counterfeit goods. When he denied this, they accused him of illegal drug possession, Bonifacio said.

When this failed to scare him, the policemen threatened to arrest the German for supporting "terrorism". To prove his innocence, the policemen said he must buy laptops for their station, said the police chief.

The policemen took the German man to a luxurious mall where he was forced to buy six laptop computers with his credit card, according to Bonifacio.

After the purchase, the policemen set the tourist free but warned him not to tell anyone of the incident.

However, a German embassy spokesman said the tourist reported the matter to consular officials, who informed Makati police commanders.

The suspect policemen have had their weapons taken away and could be sacked as well as being hit with criminal charges, Bonifacio said.

The German embassy gave no other details about the case, but praised police commanders for taking action against the five.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110208-32949.html

Italian researchers argue the Mona Lisa model was male

"She" is known the world over for her enigmatic smile, but Italian researchers claim they have something to add to the mystique of the Mona Lisa: She may have been modeled after a man.

Italian researchers who specialize in resolving art mysteries said Wednesday they have uncovered the long-discussed identity of the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Silvano Vinceti, chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage, said the Florence-born artist's male apprentice and possible lover Salai was the main inspiration for the picture.

But his claim was immediately disputed by experts at the Louvre in Paris, where the painting is on display.

Apprentice and lover

Salai, whose real name was Gian Giacomo Caprotti, was an effeminate young artist who worked with da Vinci for 25 years. He is thought to have served as a model and muse for several of his paintings. The pair had an ambiguous relationship and were probably lovers, according to Vinceti.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,14814400,00.html

Thailand, Cambodia searching for ways to resolve conflict


The Thai defense minister has ordered provincial army commanders to renew talks with their Cambodian counterparts in efforts to end four days of cross border fighting near an ancient 11th century Hindu temple.

Sporadic firing was reported late Monday near the disputed area surrounding the 900-year-old Hindu Preah Vihear temple between Thailand and Cambodia. Both countries have long disputed ownership of the temple, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. In 1962 the International Court of Justice ruled that Preah Vihear belonged to Cambodia. But surrounding areas remain in dispute.

The fighting began Friday and continued around the area. The shelling has left at least five people dead and more than a score of soldiers wounded. Thousands of residents on both sides of the border have been forced to flee their homes.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Monday said he wanted United Nations peacekeepers sent to the region, according to Hang Chayya, a director of the Khmer Institute for Democracy in Phnom Penh. Hang Chayya said, the Cambodian "Hun Sen government did write to the UN, asking for some intervention or assistance in stopping this."

Who started it?

A Cambodian commander was reported in news media in Phnom Penh saying there had been heavy artillery and rocket fire close to the temple. He said several Thai rocket shells had hit targets deep in Cambodian territory.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, in a separate letter to the UN Security Council, rejected allegations by Cambodia that Thailand initiated the attacks, protesting "in the strongest terms" against what the prime minister called a violation of Thailand’s sovereignty and attacks on Thai civilians.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6430440,00.html

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"You will know the real meaning of love when you fall in love."

A. Terance Dinesh

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cambodia Asks U.N. to Act Amid Clashes With Thailand


Deepening a bitter border dispute, fighting erupted for a fourth day on Monday between Thai and Cambodian forces near a disputed 11th-century Hindu temple, and a Thailand military spokesman said the time for negotiations had passed.

The renewed fighting came a day after Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia asked the United Nations Security Council to convene an urgent meeting to stop what he called Thai aggression around the temple, which the Cambodians said had been damaged by cross-border shelling. Witnesses reported shelling near the temple on Monday.

The Thai military spokesman, Col. Sansern Keowkamnderd, said that there would be “no more talks” and that Thai troops would engage in “tit-for-tat” fighting with Cambodian troops, according to the Web site of The Nation newspaper in Bangkok.

The temple is claimed by both nations and has been the focus of tension and periodic military clashes since 2008.

Each side accused the other of starting the latest fighting, which has left at least two people dead and an unspecified number wounded. No deaths were immediately reported on Monday.

“Cambodians always open fire first,” Colonel Sansern said. “We will cease fire when the Cambodians stop firing at us.”

It was not clear how seriously the temple, Preah Vihear, had been damaged. A Unesco World Heritage site, the temple was slightly damaged by shelling in the last serious clash a year ago.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/world/asia/07thailand.html?_r=1&ref=asia

Cloud of suspicion hangs over Tibetan Karmapa

A cloud of suspicion hangs over the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorje, after he was questioned again by Indian investigating agencies over unaccounted money totaling over a million US dollars.

A string of Indian central government agencies attempt to get to the bottom of the recovery of unaccounted funds from 25 different countries in possession of 17th Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorje. Nonetheless many Tibetans are standing by their leader, the Karmapa. He is the third most important Tibetan spiritual leader, after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Buddhist monks and devotees, including foreigners, gathered in a show of support near Dharamshala for a candle light vigil.

Ever since police swooped down on the idyllic town in Himachal Pradesh, which is the center of the self-proclaimed Tibetan government-in-exile, the over 80,000 Tibetans in India have been troubled by the multi-agency probe.

The 25-year-old Karmapa's name is frequently raised in discussions of a successor to the 75-year-old Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama has come out openly in support of the Karmapa, who is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu School, one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama called the Karmapa a revered leader. He said the foreign currency recovered were donations he received from across the globe. "The Karmapa is one of the important lamas, spiritual leaders. And naturally people from different parts of the world, including many Chinese, even from mainland China, come to seek blessings from him. And as you know, they offer money."

The Karmapa had told the investigating agencies that he had received the money in donations from followers and that it was being used to purchase land for a monastery. Several of his principal aides have been questioned.

What baffled the authorities most was that 1.1 million Chinese yuan and over 600,000 US dollars were part of the seizure from the monastery. The presence of Chinese yuan brought to the fore the Karmapa's alleged links to China. Some are suspecting a plan of the Karmapa Lama to buy land and establish China-friendly institutions across the Himalayan region.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6424759,00.html

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"Choose in marriage only a man whom you would choose as a friend."

Sunday, February 6, 2011

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"Love is a game that two can play and both win."

Eva Gabor

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Japan: Governor Should Retract Homophobic Comments

The governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, should immediately retract his recent statements denigrating lesbians and gay men, Human Rights Watch said today.

On two separate occasions in December 2010, Ishihara made comments criticizing the representation of homosexuals in the media and categorizing lesbians and gay men as "deficient" and genetically lacking. The statements were made just before and during Japan's Human Rights Awareness Week, which ended December 10, and were carried in regional and national media as well as widely disseminated on the Internet.
"Although Japan does not criminalize homosexual conduct, lesbians, gay men, and transgendered people face everyday discrimination and humiliation from their families, in the workplace, and in other social and professional settings," said Dipika Nath, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. "Governor Ishihara's comments increase the stigma against lesbian and gay people and can promote discrimination against an already marginalized group."

To read more: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/02/01/japan-governor-should-retract-homophobic-comments?tr=y&auid=7731471

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Cambodian, Thai troops clash near disputed temple


Thai and Cambodian soldiers have clashed near a disputed temple on the two countries' shared border, officials from both nations told AFP, amid increasing tensions between them.

"A clash is ongoing", said Cambodian government spokesman Khieu Kanharith without elaborating.

A Cambodian soldier stationed near the ancient Preah Vihear temple, which is claimed by both sides, told AFP by telephone fighting had broken out. Gunfire could be heard in the background.

Reports said artillery was being used, but it was not clear by which side, or whether both were doing so.

A Thai army official at the border also confirmed the skirmish, which follows reports of a military buildup on both sides of the border in recent days.

He said fighting broke out at 3.10pm local time (0810 GMT) at Phu Makuea, near the 11th-century temple.

"The fighting is still going on," the official said. "We don't have any details or casualties yet."

Residents in nine villages along the Thai side of the frontier have been asked to take shelter or leave the area, said a senior district official at Kantharalak in the border province of Si Sa Ket.

"I can still hear artillery shelling but don't know from which side," he said.

Thailand's Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya is currently in Cambodia for talks with his Cambodian counterpart.

To read more: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1108841/1/.html

Kingdom courts gay tourists

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has welcomed a bid to launch a global campaign to encourage gay and lesbian travellers to the Kingdom, an official told The Post today.

According to a press release posted online today, some Cambodian tourism businesses have set up a global campaign called “Adore Cambodia!” to let gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender tourists know they are welcome in the country.

“Siem Reap is remarkable because major players in the hospitality and service industries are comfortable extending a genuine welcome specifically to GLBT visitors,” John Goss, director of Utopia-Asia.com, which lists more than 70 gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses around Cambodia, was quoted as saying.

An openly gay businessman, named as Sopheara, was quoted as saying: “Mutual respect between people is deeply a part of Khmer culture.

“Gays and lesbians are included as long as cultural traditions are respected. More and more Cambodians, in all strata of society, are living an open gay life.

“But you won’t find provocative displays of sexuality here.”

Today, So Sokvuthy, director of promotion department of Ministry of Tourism said that although the ministry was not informed of the plan, he welcomed any company or person that wanted to promote the tourism sector.

“It is not a problem, if they do not break the traditions [of Cambodia]. We have no policy to discriminate on sex, national and religious grounds. We really support them,” said So Sokvuthy.

He added that the ministry was open to all companies wanting to promote the Kingdom.

“It will let tourists know about Cambodia and attract tourists come to the country if they promote tourism,” he said.

The press release added that “with the spread of ultra-cheap flights from regional hubs like Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, gay and lesbian tourists have discovered a quiet haven of tolerance, culture and world heritage that is actively reaching out to the economically powerful GLBT niche travel market” in Cambodia.

The campaign logo design, it continued, has been based on the Runbdul flower depicted in the six colours of the “internationally recognised gay rainbow”.

Source: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011020346573/Business/kingdom-courts-gay-tourists.html

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

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"Is a life worth living, without no one to love and to be loved in return?"

Zena Joy Pym

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Buddhist Center Bochum

Went tonight to the Buddhist Center here in Bochum for a really enlightening lecture with Wojtek Tracewski on Meditation and Karma.

Happy Chinese New Year 2011

Happy Chinese New Year to all our friends worldwide and to all who follow our blog. May all your righteous wishes come true and may all of you be blessed with love, happiness, health and prosperity.

2011 - The year of the rabbit

The rabbit’s association with the moon in Chinese mythology has created a sign that is partial to beauty. They are sensitive creatures who place great importance on peace and tranquillity. The rabbit is also the sign that indicates longevity and fortune. They are quietly determined, talented and wildly ambitious. Rabbits are very tactful and can negotiate contracts with alarming clarity. They are pleasant people, kind and considerate to the sensitivities of others, Rabbits know how to take things in their stride without getting overly stressed out. They are well liked for their cool demeanour. And yet, when the going gets tough, the rabbit will make a hasty exit, passing the buck to others. Rabbits are also hypersensitive and overly sentimental. They tend to get moody and have a quiet cunningness under their pleasant veneer. Rabbits may think they are being cautious but in reality, they like to complicate matters, often indulging in the worst case scenario.

Famous people born in the Year Of The Rabbit:
Alex Rodriguez, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Quinn, Bejamin Bratt, Bodie Olmos, Brad Pitt, Cesar Chavez, Charlize Theron, Chris Cooper, Confucius, Drew Barrymore, Einstein, Enrique Iglesias, Eva Longoria, Fernando Lamas, Francis Ford Coppola, Freddy Rodríguez, Germaine Greer, Geoffrey Rush, Jane Seymour, Kate Winslet, Michael Jordan, Michael Keaton, Nanette Newman, Neil Sedaka, Nicolas Cage, Olga San Juan, Orson Welles, Rudolph Nureyev, Steven Segal, Tina Turner.

The Chinese zodiac signs are determined by the lunar year in which you were born. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one's birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny.
The saying is: "This animal hides in your heart."


Source graphic and more informations about the year of the rabbit at: http://www.malaysiasite.nl/newyear.htm

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"He who is not impatient is not in love."

Italian Proverb

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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"The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements, compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love."

Kahlil Gibran