3.8.11

Terry Fox (July 28, 1953–June 28, 1981)

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Every year between the months of August and November, millions of people from around the world, myself included, will take part in an annual charity event called the ‘Terry Fox Run’. Little do we know however, the real story behind it.

Terry Fox was a runner who ran with a cause. He was short of celebrating his 19th birthday when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. This is a type of cancer which usually starts near the knee. What started as a sore knee, deteriorated, causing doctors to decide to amputate his right leg, while giving him a 50% chance of living.

His experience with cancer caused him to value the importance of cancer research. The 50% he had to live, was actually only 15% two years prior. This prompted him to come up with a radical idea, to run the length of his birth country, Canada, and hoped to raise $1 for each of Canada’s population at that time, for cancer research.

The run was called the Marathon of Hope. The marathon began on April 12, 1980. Terry was forced however to end the run after 143 days, as he suffered intense coughing, and felt severe pain in his chest. It was diagnosed later that the cancer had returned and this time had spread into his lungs. He already ran 3,339 miles, and raised $1.7 million when he stopped.

Further chemotherapy session ensued, and on June 28, 1981, a month short of his 23 birthday, with his family by his side, Terry Fox finally breathe his last breath after falling into a coma.

Today the world celebrates annually a person who had inspired many, when he started running in prosthesis barely 30 years ago. A foundation named after him, The Terry Fox Foundation, has raised more than $500 million through the Terry Fox Run, and channeled it for cancer research. He embarked on a painful journey, which for him might be short, but has left an inedible mark for human kind.

19.6.11

RIP Mr. Andrew Voon

The running community was deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden demise of Mr. Andrew Voon, after collapsing after his routine run in Likas, Sabah yesterday morning. This was the person instrumental in organizing the Borneo International Marathon since 2008, with much success. Our thoughts are with him, his wife Carol, and his family.

17.7.10

oh god..i think i just had an aneurysm! :D

Hehehe..I like this one..typical iPhone fan..HAHAHA!!! Rolling on the floor Thanks Butet! Big Grin

iphone 4’s antenna issue

Since the iPhone 4 was launched in June 8 during WWDC, Apple has got its fair share of accolades and criticisms. Well, beside the major breakthrough on the new model; retinal display, better battery life, gyroscope blah blah blah Chatterbox, one major down side is the antenna problem, which made it a major issue of concern in the Apple camp, who had hoped that this new model would tighten their grip on the smartphone market, ahead of Android-based phones and RIM’s Blackberry.

This prompted Apple to come up with rectification efforts, one of it is to make available an OS update, 4.0.1, to tackle the software issue, a series of other marketing gimmicks, to woo back its customers. These gimmicks, which include free cases for the next purchase of iPhones, and full refund for undamaged iPhone 4s, were announced in a scheduled press conference by Steve Jobs in Cupertino yesterday. They even have a link now for customers to understand more about antennas and signal attenuation, comparing iPhone 4 with the other phones such as BlackBerry Bold 9700 Bring it on, Samsung Omnia II, and an HTC Droid. Well, as a friend tweeted me yesterday, ‘our shit is their shit too’

The video above was shown right before Steve’s press conference. Funny. Enjoy it.. Big Grin

the only exception by paramore

The Only Exception
Paramore

When I was younger
I saw my daddy cry
And curse at the wind
He broke his own heart
And I watched
As he tried to reassemble it

And my momma swore that
She would never let herself forget
And that was the day that I promised
I'd never sing of love
If it does not exist

But darling
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception

Maybe I know, somewhere
Deep in my soul
That love never lasts
And we've got to find other ways
To make it alone
Keep a straight face

And I've always lived like this
Keeping a comfortable, distance
And up until now
I had sworn to myself that I'm
Content with loneliness
Because none of it was ever worth the risk

Well, You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception

I've got a tight grip on reality
But I can't
Let go of what's in front of me here
I know you're leaving
In the morning, when you wake up
Leave me with some kind of proof it's not a dream

Ohh
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
You, are, the only exception
And I'm on my way to believing
Oh, And I'm on my way to believing

Big Grin

and so the fuel price is up again..difference is..

Yesterday reminded me of one of the most significant contributions of Pak Lah's Premiership, when he announced an oil price hike which was beyond what we ever imagined. That was barely 3 months from steering BN into their worst ever election results since '69. Yes, true the intentions were right. Crude oil price were on the up at that time, it was just logic that fuel price had to also appreciate, just like everywhere else in the world. Subsidies had to be gone anyway gradually. But the rakyat were predictably stunned when the 40 to 67% price escalation was announced, as they were enormous, some say astronomical. What used to be a neglected portion of their monthly expenses, has increased two to three-folds. The government received severe backlash due to this move. Their popularity dwindled to its all-time low. Some people pointed to this as the turning point of Pak Lah's tenure during that time.

A number of damage limitation strategies were introduced after the price increase. For example, the government announced a yearly cash rebate of RM625 per year to Malaysian citizens who own cars with an engine capacity of 3,000 cc or less and RM200 tax rebate to cars with an engine capacity of 3,000 cc and above to offset the increased costs. But the scar never healed, and it will take some time before the Rakyat gains confidence in the way subsidies are handled.

The fuel price has somewhat normalized though, remaining stagnant since its last price change in 16 December 2008. On Thursday, the Government announced subsidies for 5 items; the three fossil fuels (RON95, RON 97 and Diesel), LPG and sugar will be reduced, or removed completely. At that time, the fuel price throughout Malaysia read RM1.80 per litre for RON95, RM2.05/l for RON97 and RM1.70/l for diesel, while LPG was RM1.75 per kg and sugar was RM1.65 per kg. Although this move was still considered unpopular amongst the rakyat, what made it different this time though, was that the increase is not as radical as 40 to 67%. The government is calling it an 'effort to rationalize subsidies' and it is aptly named Subsidy Rationalization Programme. Communication to Rakyat has also improved, with the Government trying to detail the reasoning behind the need to eventually move away from subsidies. The Government however will need to put the RM750 million claimed to have been saved during this first round of subsidy rationalization exercise, into good use so that all Malaysians can reap the benefits. Waiting

Prices of Items Before and After Midnight, 16th July 2010

Item

Price Before (RM)

Price After (RM)

Increase (RM/%)

Petrol (RON95) (per litre)

1.80

1.85

0.05/2.78%

Petrol (RON97) (per litre)

2.05

2.10 (subsidy removed, price will be floated in the market)

0.05/2.44%

Diesel (per litre)

1.70

1.75

0.05/2.94%

LPG (per kg)

1.75

1.85

0.10/5.71%

Sugar (per kg)

1.65

1.90

0.25/15.15%

13.7.10

nothin’ on you by b.o.b feat. bruno mars

Not sure if this beat is now airing all over the clubs, but I sure like it. Enjoy y’all! Big Grin

need you now by lady antebellum

Need You Now
Lady Antebellum

Picture perfect memories, scattered all around the floor
Reaching for the phone cause I can't fight it any more
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one
I'm all alone and I need you now
Said I wouldn't call but
I lost all control and I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now

Another shot of whiskey, can't stop looking at the door
Wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk
And I need you now
Said I wouldn't call but I lost all control and I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without, I just need you now

Yes I'd rather hurt than feel nothing at all
It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now
And I said I wouldn't call but I'm a little drunk and I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without, I just need you now
I just need you now
Oh baby I need you now

Love Struck

12.7.10

world cup 2010 – final: viva espana!

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CONGRATULATIONS SPAIN! WORLD CUP 2010 WINNERS!

200px-Flag_of_Spain.svgAfter a month of intense football, World Cup 2010 finally reached its pinnacle in South Africa. With South Africa 2010 has already been regarded as a success, it would also be a stage where a new team would become the 8th team to ever lay their hands on football’s holy grail. Spain had always faltered when it mattered most in the biggest stage, while the Netherlands were the losing finalists in ‘74 and ‘78. This would also be the first time a European team wins the World Cup in another continent.

In a final where both teams were chasing their sole world title, perennial under-achievers Spain finally celebrated their first by beating the Netherlands by a solitary Andres Iniesta’s strike in the Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg last night. In a match which typified a final where nobody were going to commit to their cause (remember USA ‘94?), it was an anti-climax for a tournament which never failed to thrill fans. Instead of the fluid attacking mindsets that we expect from the La Furia Roja and the Oranje, famous for their Total Football approach, the fans (us!) were instead served with a scrappy, foul-littered match worth played in my school backyard! Tongue

Mark-van-Bommel-006 The match will be best remembered for the number of fouls which went into the book of the referee, Howard Webb. 14 yellow cards were shown, 9 to the Dutch, 5 to Spain. Chances were few and far between the teams. The Dutch were so determined to stop the Spaniards from playing their brand of football, by applying brute force method across the field. One obvious example was when Xabi Alonso felt the full force of Nigel De Jong’s studs, courtesy of the latter’s x-rated flying kick. Only the recent movie Karate Kid provided better martial arts lesson than his. John Heitinga was sent-off in the 109th minute for a second yellow card.

iniesta_584 But when the chances did come, only the heroics of the goalkeepers kept their team in the game. Iker Casillas twice blocked from Arjen Robben, while at the other end, Maarten Stekelenberg proved equal when he saved from David Villa. The score remained goalless after 90 minutes, and the extra-time looked like it could end the same, but 4 minutes before the dreaded penalty shoot-out, Iniesta provided his magic, collecting a Cesc Fabregas pass, before shooting across Stekelenberg’s goal, sending Spain into the footballing heavens Applause, and the Netherlands into the footballing mire, losing the finals for the third time.

11.7.10

world cup 2010 – 3rd/4th place play-off: germany in top three

1271967_full-lnd This was a match dubbed the most pointless match in football, although it had always provided better entertainment compared to the final itself. This year’s play-off was no exception, as both Germany and Uruguay slugged it out in the rain in the Port Elizabeth Stadium, to overcome the emotions and psychological torment of losing their respective hard-fought semi-finals.

The two teams traded lead 3 times throughout the game. Germany struck first in the 19th minute when Thomas Mueller put the ball into net, after Diego Muslera spilled Bastian Schweinsteiger’s 30-yards drive. It was his 5th goal in the tournament, putting him in contention for the adidas Golden Boot Award. 9 minutes later Uruguay equalized, after Schweinsteiger was dispossessed by Diego Perez. He duly fed Luis Suarez, and found Edinson Cavani on his left, before Cavani coolly slotted the ball to the far corner of Hans-Jorg Butt’s net. The score remained 1-1 at half-time.

The second half began with the same end-to-end action as the first. This time however it was Uruguay who took the lead in the 51st minute, when Diego Forlan scored with a superb acrobatic volley off Egidio Arevalo’s cross. The goal meant he is now tied with Mueller and Miroslav Klose (GER), Wesley Sneijder (NED) and David Villa (ESP) with 5. However, just like in the first half, the opponent came up with an immediate reply 5 minutes later, when Germany equalized through Marcell Jansen’s header, when Muslera missed Jerome Boateng’s deep cross.

The game was now wide open with both teams trying to carve out an opening for the winner. In the end, it was Germany who succeeded in the 82nd minute, when Sami Khedira, headed in after a goalmouth scramble from a Mesut Ozil corner. This time the lead stayed until the final whistle, and Germany held on for a 3-2 win, and have now finished in the top three of the World Cup 11 times. Applause

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