Please do not steal this photo and claim you that it's yours else I will enjoy chasing you legally.
The dangerous swine flu virus continues to spread, with infections now confirmed in Israel and New Zealand.The World Health Organization has upgraded its pandemic alert level from 3 to 4 and the organization's deputy director general says that "containment is not a feasible option" at this time.
Seven countries now have confirmed cases, with suspected infections in 11 others. Around the world, countries are nowtightening the borders to prevent infection from travelers. In Mexico, the epicenter of the virus, 153 people have now been killed.
While 50 cases have been confirmed in the United States, the most outside of Mexico, the infections have not been as severe. President Obama described the disease as cause for "alert" rather than "alarm."
Shortly after World War I, Ford and GM created the large modern corporation, with its financial and statistical controls, mass production, and assembly lines. In the 1980s, Toyota stood out for combining quality with continuous refinement. Today, Google is reinventing business yet again-the way we work, how organizations are controlled, and how employees are managed. Don't forget that efficient business processes are important, too.
Management consultant Bernard Girard has been analyzing Google since its founding in 1998, and now in The Google Way, he explores Google's innovations in depth-many of which are far removed from the best practices taught at the top business schools.
As you read, you'll see how much of Google's success is due to its focus on users and automation. You'll also learn how eCommerce has profoundly changed the relationship between businesses and their customers, for the first time giving customers an important role to play in a major corporation's growth. Finally, Girard speculates about the limits of Google's business model and discusses the challenges it will face as it continues to grow.
Google's culture is one of innovation. Why not make that spirit of innovation your own?"
Today is the World Book & Copyright Day which is a yearly event on 23th of April, organised by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. The day was first celebrated in 1995.
Folks at Global Voices are doing a reading challenge where bloggers are challenged to read a book from a country whose literature you have never read anything of before and blog about it on 23th of April.
Would be Jane's Defence Weekly but it's also the most accurate one analysing military activity around the world, pinpointing geopolitical threats and revealing new weapon technology.
All of that is just for $612.42 a year and you get 51 issues a year.
Ok, I have to say this bluntly, I would not mind it and I would appreciate it if one of the commentators is interested in sponsoring this subscription and I will let him/her know of any near threats.
Under the delusional belief that most truck drivers are on meth, several addicts have admitted to searching roadsides for bottles containing a trucker's urine, in hope of "recycling" what meth might be left behind, by drinking it.
More about American Meth http://www.americanmeth.org/ , Faces of meth
When the key ingredients like lithium, muriatic acid, ether, red phosperous and lye are heated and vaporized while smoking meth, they swirl around the mouth and stick ot the teeth.
Dry mouth, tooth, decay, cracked teeth and gum diseases are sure to follow.
Amazing interview with Zvi Sela who was Israeli police official and a physiology consultant by Kobi Ben Simhon at Haaretz .
My first reaction was let me find any of his books and order it immediately but unfortunately I couldn't find any of his books, not in English, not in Hebrew.
It's just some thoughts I thought of sharing with the world, most if not all are religious ones although I'm not religious person but pragmatically speaking going back to the roots is better than reinventing the wheel.
crisis, it was amazing especially the short documentary clip
An Arab Comes to Townwhich explains some reasons of why Arab-Danish didn't integrate well with the Danish society.
"Lowboy: A Novel" (John Wray)Early one morning in New York City, Will Heller, a sixteen-year old paranoid schizophrenic, gets on an uptown B train alone. Like most people he knows, Will believes the world is being destroyed by climate change; unlike most people, he’s convinced he can do something about it. Unknown to his doctors, unknown to the police—unknown even to Violet Heller, his devoted mother—Will alone holds the key to the planet’s salvation. To cool down the world, he has to cool down his own overheating body: to cool down his body, he has to find one willing girl. And he already has someone in mind.
Lowboy, John Wray’s third novel, tells the story of Will’s fantastic and terrifying odyssey through the city’s tunnels, back alleys, and streets in search of Emily Wallace, his one great hope, and of Violet Heller’s desperate attempts to locate her son before psychosis claims him completely. She is joined by Ali Lateef, a missing-persons specialist, who gradually comes to discover that more is at stake than the recovery of a runaway teen: Violet—beautiful, enigmatic, and as profoundly at odds with the world as her son—harbors a secret that Lateef will discover at his own peril.
Suspenseful and comic, devastating and hopeful by turns, Lowboy is a fearless exploration of youth, sex, and violence in contemporary America, seen through one boy’s haunting and extraordinary vision.
Customer: “I’m looking for a book on Ronald Reagan.”
Me: “OK, well, that would be right here in the American history section.”
Customer: “It’s a particular book, one with transcripts of all his speeches. I’ve seen it here before.”
(I spend at least 15 minutes exhaustively searching the shelves to find the book, with no luck.)
Me: “It seems we don’t have it. If you’d like, I can write it down and call you if we get another copy in.”
Customer: “That’s impossible. You always had ” it right here.”
Me: “I’m sorry, someone must have bought it.”
Customer: *exasperated* “I know. I’m the one who bought it..
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
TWO years ago, Sheik Adil Kalbani dreamed that he had become an imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.
Waking up, he dismissed the dream as a temptation to vanity. Although he is known for his fine voice, Sheik Adil is black, and the son of a poor immigrant from the Persian Gulf. Leading prayers at the Grand Mosque is an extraordinary honor, usually reserved for pure-blooded Arabs from the Saudi heartland.
So he was taken aback when the phone rang last September and a voice told him thatKing Abdullah had chosen him as the first black man to lead prayers in Mecca. Days later Sheik Adil’s unmistakably African features and his deep baritone voice, echoing musically through the Grand Mosque, were broadcast by satellite TV to hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world.
Since then, Sheik Adil has been half-jokingly dubbed the “Saudi Obama.” Prominent imams are celebrities in this deeply religious country, and many have hailed his selection as more evidence of King Abdullah’s cautious efforts to move Saudi Arabia toward greater openness and tolerance in the past few years.
“The king is trying to tell everybody that he wants to rule this land as one nation, with no racism and no segregation,” said Sheik Adil, a heavyset and long-bearded man of 49 who has been an imam at a Riyadh mosque for 20 years. “Any qualified individual, no matter what his color, no matter where from, will have a chance to be a leader, for his good and his country’s good.”
Officially, it was his skill at reciting the Koran that won him the position, which he carries out — like the Grand Mosque’s eight other prayer leaders — only during the holy month of Ramadan. But the racial significance of the king’s gesture was unmistakable.
Sheik Adil, like most Saudis, is quick to caution that any racism here is not the fault of Islam, which preaches egalitarianism. The Prophet Muhammad himself, who founded the religion here 1,400 years ago, had black companions.
“Our Islamic history has so many famous black people,” said the imam, as he sat leaning his arm on a cushion in the reception room of his home. “It is not like the West.”
It is also true that Saudi Arabia is far more ethnically diverse than most Westerners realize. Saudis with Malaysian or African features are a common sight along the kingdom’s west coast, the descendants of pilgrims who came here over the centuries and ended up staying. Many have prospered and even attained high positions through links to the royal family. Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the United States, is the son of Prince Sultan and a dark-skinned concubine from southern Saudi Arabia.
But slavery was practiced here too, and was abolished only in 1962. Many traditional Arabs from Nejd, the central Saudi heartland, used to refer to all outsiders as “tarsh al bahr” — vomit from the sea. People of African descent still face some discrimination, as do most immigrants, even from other Arab countries. Many Saudis complain that the kingdom is still far too dominated by Nejd, the homeland of the royal family. There are nonracial forms of discrimination too, and many Shiite Muslims, a substantial minority, say they are not treated fairly.
“The prophet told us that social classes will remain, because of human nature,” Sheik Adil said gravely. “These are part of the pre-Islamic practices that persist.”
BLACK skin is not the only social obstacle Sheik Adil has overcome. His father came to Saudi Arabia in the 1950s from Ras al Khaima, in what is now the United Arab Emirates, and obtained a job as a low-level government clerk. The family had little money, and after finishing high school, Adil took a job with Saudi Arabian Airlines while attending night classes at King Saud University.
Only later did he study religion, laboriously memorizing the Koran and studying Islamic jurisprudence. In 1984 he passed the government exam to become an imam, and worked briefly at the mosque in the Riyadh airport. Four years later he won a more prominent position as the imam of the King Khalid mosque, a tall white building that is not far from one of the Intelligence Ministry’s offices.
Theologically, Sheik Adil reflects the general evolution of Saudi thinking over the last two decades. During the 1980s he met Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, a leader of the jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan. He initially sympathized with their radical position and anger toward the West. Later, he said, he began to find their views narrow, especially after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Now he speaks warmly of King Abdullah’s new initiatives, which include efforts to moderate the power of the hard-line religious establishment and to modernize Saudi Arabia’s judiciary and educational establishment. He reads Al Watan, a liberal newspaper.
“Some people in this country want everyone to be a carbon copy,” Sheik Adil said. “This is not my way of thinking. You can learn from the person who is willing to criticize, to give a different point of view.”
His life, like that of most imams, follows a rigid routine: he leads prayers five times a day at the mosque, then walks across the parking lot to his home, which he shares with two wives and 12 children. On Fridays, he gives a sermon as well.
HE expected it to continue that way for the rest of his life. Then in early September he woke up to hear his cellphone and land line, both ringing continuously. Stirring from bed, he heard the administrator of the Grand Mosque leaving a message. He picked up one of the phones, and heard the news that the king had selected him.
Two days later he walked into a grand reception room where he was greeted by Prince Khalid al-Faisal, the governor of Mecca Province. Sheik Adil tried to introduce himself, but the prince cut him off with a smile: “You are known,” he said.
Next, Sheik Adil was led to a table where he sat with King Abdullah and other ministers. He was too shy to address the king directly, but as he left the room he thanked him and kissed him on the nose, a traditional sign of deference.
Remembering the moment, Sheik Adil smiled and went silent. Then he pulled out his laptop and showed a visitor a YouTube clip of him reciting the Koran at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
“To recite before thousands of people, this is no problem for me,” he said. “But the place, its holiness, is so different from praying anywhere else. In that shrine, there are kings, presidents and ordinary people, all being led in prayer by you as imam. It gives you a feeling of honor, and a fear of almighty God.”
Muhammad al-Milfy contributed reporting.
(I was coming home on the bus and overheard a conversation between an elderly lady and the bus driver.)
Lady: “Oof! Do you mind?! You’re so awful!”
Bus Driver: “I’m sorry, ma’am? What’s the problem?”
Lady: “You keep starting and stopping the bus! I keep falling forward and backward, and it’s taking so long for me to get home. It’s getting dark!”
Bus Driver: “Well, I’m sorry ma’am - I have to stop at the designated stops.”
Lady: “Stop making excuses! There’s no reason to be doing this. Just ignore the stops!”
Bus Driver: “So you want me to ignore all the other people wanting to get on the bus?”
Lady: “Well, yes! Finally you understand! You can go back afterwards and get them! Is it so much to ask for good help anymore?!”
This man is just amazing but this time and this movie is triple awesome at least, Clint Eastwood is the actor, producer and the director! all in one :D sounds like Arab countries, ha? it seems Clint worked hard on building the character and playing it, maybe because it's his final appearance on the screen.
Eastwood is Walt Kowalski is a widower, grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1973 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them form the gangs that foul their neighborhood.
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‘You’re 82 years old. You’ve shrunk six centimetres, you only weigh 45 kilos yet you’re still beautiful, graceful and desirable’ – so begins André Gorz’s ‘open love letter’ to the woman he has lived with for 58 years and who lies dying next to him. As one of France’s leading post-war philosophers, André Gorz wrote many influential books, but nothing he wrote will be read as widely or remembered as long as this simple, passionate, beautiful letter to his dying wife. who lies dying next to him.
As one of France’s leading post-war philosophers, André Gorz wrote many influential books, but nothing he wrote will be read as widely or remembered as long as this simple, passionate, beautiful letter to his dying wife.
In a bittersweet postscript a year after Letter to D was published, a note pinned to the door for the cleaning lady marked the final chapter in an extraordinary love story. André Gorz and his terminally ill wife, Dorine, were found lying peacefully side by side, having taken their lives together. They simply could not live without one another.
An international bestseller, Letter to D is the ultimate love story – and all the more poignant because it’s true.
I don't have a D to write to yet but I'm sure it's something I'd enjoy doing one day!
It’s very simple:
Of course, there are important things to note!
GOD! I want that business idea where people become so dependent on me, where people cannot live without my service and/or product.
Is it armpit screening within HR departments? but in time of recession managers might ask their HR managers to screen armpits themselves instead of outsourcing it or maybe they would skip it as your scent isn't the most important success or keep-alive factor during recession!
A Catholic devotee has his hands nailed on the cross as part of reenacting Christ's suffering on the cross during a Passion play as part of a religious ritual during Easter celebrations in a village in San Fernando, Pampanga, north of Manila, on April 10, 2009. Devout Catholics stage passion plays and crucifixions recounting the sufferings of Christ as part of observance of Easter celebrations in South East Asian archipelago nation of some 90 million of which 85 percent are Catholics samidst sharp criticisms from the church. (JES AZNAR/AFP/Getty Image)
You can see more at the big picture
Espoo, Finland - Nokia will publish its first quarter 2009 results on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at approximately 1 pm Helsinki time (CET+1). The press release will be available on the Nokia website immediately after publication.
Nokia's analyst conference call will begin at 3 pm Helsinki time. A webcast of the conference call will be available at. Media representatives wishing to listen in may call + 1 706 634 5012, conference ID 88040993.
I wonder if they are doing good or not but of course this has nothing to do with my next phone which shouldn't be purchased in 2009 or even 2010 as it's still two years old only.
I just manage to move a $50 Apple aluminum keyboard into hardware museum.
Honestly I'm in love with Mac OSX but I hate its attitude and I hate Apples sensitive products!
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A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.
She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, 'I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.
I really need you to pay me a compliment.'
The husband replies, 'Your eyesight's damn near perfect.'
My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.
She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.'
I bought her a scale.
And then the fight started... and I'm back or I guess so
btw I'm single ;)