How to Drink More Water Everyday

There are a variety of reasons to drink plenty of water each day. Adequate water intake prevents dehydration, cleans out the body, and promotes healing processes. Substituting water for beverages high in calories can also help control weight. Follow the steps below to make sure you're getting enough of this most basic necessity.


  1. Determine how much water you need. You've probably heard the "8 X 8" rule--drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day--but the amount of water a person needs varies depending on his or her weight and activity level. A better way to determine your recommended water intake is to divide your weight (in pounds) by two. The resulting number is the number of ounces of water you need each day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs., strive to drink 75 ounces of water daily.
  2. Measure your daily intake of water. Do this for a few days. If you find that you're drinking less than the recommended quantity, try some of the following tips.
  3. Make it a habit to drink a sip of water between every bite while you're eating, but make sure this doesn't upset your stomach. If it does, reduce your fluid intake during meals to a level that you're physically comfortable with.
  4. Carry water with you everywhere you go in a bottle or other container. Before long, you'll find yourself reaching for it without a second thought.
  5. Keep a glass or cup of water next to you whenever you'll be sitting down for a long time, such as when you're at your desk at work. Drink from it regularly as you're working.
  6. Try wearing a digital watch that beeps at the beginning of each hour. Use that as a reminder to pour yourself a glass of water. Vow to drink that water before the next beep. If you drink only one small (6 ounce) cup per hour, you'll have consumed 48 ounces by the end of an 8-hour workday.
  7. Get a water purification system. Purified water tastes very good and may help make drinking water more appealing to you. Be aware, though, that as you grow accustomed to purified water, you may find that tap water leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

  • Except in very rare cases, it is not necessary to buy expensive bottled water. Companies that sell water have a financial interest in convincing you that tap water is undesirable. However, if you choose to drink tap water, please be aware of the pollutants and additional chemicals that exist in many tap water sources. Some studies have linked the long-term accumulation of these chemicals in your body to chronic health problems. A simple water filtration system or boiling of the water will help reduce these risks.
  • Instead of that Coke, try a glass of water. It may not be as tasty, but it's a lot better for you than drinking almost ten teaspoons of white sugar. It's also considerably cheaper, especially if you drink tap water.
  • If you really can't stand the taste of your water, try adding a tiny bit of fruit juice or a squeeze of lemon or lime--just enough to slightly change the taste. Refrigerating your water may also help make it more palatable.
  • For a feeling of accomplishment, fill two 32-ounce water bottles in the morning and make sure you have consumed the contents of both by the end of the day.
  • The body needs to burn calories to maintain itself at its critical operating temperature of 98.6 degrees. If you drink eight to ten glasses of ice-cold water everyday, the body will burn excess calories in order to raise the temperature to 98.6! If you drink eight glasses--64 ounces.--of ice-cold water every day, your body will have to burn about 70 calories per day to warm that water to body temperature. To lose 1 pound, you need to burn around 3,500 calories.
  • Drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning helps wake the body up and gives it energy. So kick-start your day with water!
  • Water helps you look good. By flushing out toxins and impurities, water can make your skin clearer, smoother and younger looking.
  • Drinking water helps you control hunger. Drink a large glass of ice water just before meals. The cold causes your stomach to shrink somewhat, which will make you feel full more rapidly.
  • Whether drinking tap or bottled water, do some research on the source. In some places, such as Philadelphia, the tap water actually contains the same electrolytes that are in Gatorade. On the other hand it's also possible that your bottled water may be from a different source than its name suggests. If the bottle says 'Municipal Water Supply' or something to that effect, then the company has simply bottled tap water, and you're probably wasting your money.
  • If you find out you have lead plumbing, and water is abundant in your area, let the water run for about thirty seconds before filling your glass. This can reduce the amount of lead--and the bad taste that accompanies it--in the water you drink. If you live in an area with a shortage of water, however, this is probably not a good option.
  • To convert the units of measurement in this article to metric units, search for "metric converter" on your favorite search engine.
  • Some people believe that you should drink water only 20 minutes before a meal, not during or immediately after eating. The theory is that your digestive juices need to remain undiluted in order to properly break down your food for proper nutrient uptake.


  • Increasing your water intake may cause you to have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. To avoid this, you may want to stop drinking water a few hours before bedtime.
  • While adequate water is essential to health, it is possible to drink too much water or any other beverage, and there has been considerable scientific debate surrounding how much water a person really needs per day.
  • People with some heart conditions or swelling of the lower legs (edema) need to avoid excess water. If you have a history of kidney problems, especially if you have had a transplant, consult your doctor before increasing your fluid intakes.
  • You shouldn't drink too much water while eating as it waters down your stomach acid and can cause digestion problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Bottle (Optional)
  • Money (If you buy bottled water)

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"After a long day's night of feeding on coastal grasses, a sated hippopotamus tromps back to its home lagoon to sleep."

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March 29, 2006—Thousands of people flocked to sites between North Africa and central Asia in search of the best place on Earth to see today's total eclipse of the sun. But the coolest view might not have been on Earth at all.

Members of the Expedition 12 crew aboard the International Space Station were treated to this one-of-a-kind sight early this morning: a view of the moon's shadow passing across the Earth.

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Down on Earth, people in the center of the shadow, or umbra, experienced deep, nightlike darkness, while those in the shadow's lighter portion, or penumbra, witnessed a partial eclipse.

Space station crew members took the picture at 4:30 a.m. EST while orbiting 230 miles (370 kilometers) above the Earth. ~source.

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Tennessee prison officials have banned peanut butter in their facilities because inmates were hiding guns, drugs and cell phones in the 18-ounce jars.

The ban came after an investigation revealed that George Hyatt, a prisoner in Knoxville, smuggled a cell phone into the prison facility where he was being held and used it to coordinate a deadly breakout while being transported to court last August.

“After today, any/all such containers shall be considered contraband and will result in disciplinary action,” George Little, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Correction said in a statement.

Confiscation of the peanut butter jars followed the discovery of guns and drugs hidden in the jars. Inmates bought the sandwich spread from prison commissaries.

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In most companies, employees do not care about their jobs. A Gallup survey found that only 25% of employees are “actively engaged”. 75% are just muddling through. University of Michigan’s David Ulrich observes that “job depression” is on the rise.

* Disengaged and depressed employees are not likely to deliver a great experience to customers.
* To turn that around, you must engage the heart and soul of every employee. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at the University of Chicago found that employees want to experience work as “flow” – when they become so involved in what they’re doing that they lose track of time. Flow is about optimal experiences and enjoyment in life, and the ultimate goal is “turning all life into a unified flow experience”. When that happens, work does not feel like work, and the separation of work and leisure becomes meaningless. Work and leisure become one.

You can make that happen by treating employees as customers, and applying the principles of Customer Experience Management.

1. Find out what they want, learn about their experiential world.
2. Ask them what they would change.
3. Instead of imposing a regime, let them help develop their new work environment.
4. Get them really involved in the brand. Run workshops and discuss what it means to them. Let them suggest how they can live the brand in their work and in their personal lives.
5. Examine the employee interface. How can you improve contacts and interactions?
6. Seek their input about innovation, include them in developing innovations.

If you pay attention to your employees experiences, you will be rewarded with a happier, more productive, more proactive workforce. Utopia? Yes, sadly many companies today still operate according to a command-and-control system. Strategy is developed at the top and disseminated to the front lines in an environment of fear. This experience-destroying, military model of the organization fails to recognize the innovative and value-creating forces that a positive employee experience can unleash.
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Weight Loss Success Stories: Drinking Water to Lose Weight:
What if someone told you you could lose weight with no effort on your part? What if there was a secret to losing weight that didn't involve increased exercise or decreased calorie consumption? And what if this secret method was free and easily available to you? Would you jump at the chance to do it?

The secret to some fast weight loss without exercise or diet changes is to drink more water!

Here's where I know there must be some kind of self-sabotage involved in my battle to lose the last ten pounds. I know I should be drinking more water, and it is the easiest thing in the world to do. It doesn't involve willpower, it doesn't involve dragging myself out to exercise, and it doesn't involve cutting back on calories. So why aren't I doing it?

It's not just me. Most North Americans are dehydrated. In fact, chronic dehydration is probably the most common cause of a lot of our health ailments. There are two main reasons so many people are dehydrated these days. We eat less vegetables and fruits (which are water-dense) and more processed foods than we should. And we drink lots of caffeinated beverages instead of water. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol are diuretics. They force more water out of our bodies.
If a person is dehydrated their body compensates by retaining excess water as a protective measure. This alone is responsible for a lot of excess weight. As well, a dehydrated person's metabolism is significantly lower than a normally hydrated person.

Dehydration is responsible for many people's feelings of fatigue. Many people have lost their sense of thirst and mistake it for hunger. Drinking a glass of water will usually greatly reduce any false hunger pangs.

So the solution to losing at least a few extra pounds sounds easy. Start with two glasses of room temperature water first thing in the morning. That's before you drink coffee or eat your breakfast. Try to drink some water regularly during the day. And eat more water dense foods such as vegetables, fruits and even legumes.

I'll get right on it. And I'd be keen to hear any feedback from people who've recently tried this for losing weight.

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The newest version of Google Desktop adds another handy feature: the Quick Search Box. Hit your "Ctrl" key twice to bring it up on your computer screen, and start your search for web or local computer information even faster than before. When you're done, press "Ctrl" twice again to hide it. If you don't want to use the Quick Search Box at all, disable it on the Google Desktop preferences page. The Quick Search Box is also available in 16 languages.


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Salam kasih sayang Malim buat segala makhluk yang di bumi dan yang di langit,yang dapat di lihat dengan mata kasar atau yang tidak dapat di tangkap dengan pancaindera,yang sudah paham atau yang masih teraba-raba mahu pun yang sudah stabil atau yang masih huru-hara.Malim berdoa agar kita sama-sama dapat melakunkan sekerip kita dengan baik pada hari ini.Mudah-mudahan juga kita semua tidak terkelepet dengan kebodohan dan kekejian jiwa kita yang tidak terbatas atau juga tidak tertipu dengan kebijaksanaan kita sendiri didalam meneka warna baldi di atas motor yang terletak di atas lori yang disebut dalam persidangan kita yang pertama dahulu.Ada pun pada pagi ini yang entah berapa celcius suhu nya Malim singgah di sebuah warung untuk melaksanakan kewajipan sebagai warga kota setiap hari iaitu pekena teh tarik.Walau pun tajuk besar dalam akhbar utama pada beberapa hari yang lalu memaparkan tajuk`TEH TARIK PUNCA STROKE`..
ia lansung tidak melemahkan semangat pe`ngeteh`han Malim.Bukanlah kerana Malim tidak yakin dengan fatwa manusia yang pandai dalam ilmu perubatan tersebut..akan tetapi serabut lah kepala Malim yang memang sedia serabut ini dengan kenyataan warta perdana dalam tiwi pada malam berikutnya.`Teh tarik bukan punca stroke melainkan bagi pengidap-pengidap sindrom kencing manis dan lemah jantung`.Tidak cukup dengan itu di tambah lah pula dengan beberapa pendapat lainnya yang menyatakan boleh minum teh tarik tetapi kadar kandungan gulanya di kurangkan sementara satu pendapat lainnya pula menuduh susu lah yang bersalah dalam hal ini.Lalu terfikirlah oleh Malim betapa penat dan letihnya jiwa kita apabila manusia yang bukan ahlinya meletak hukum dan betapa penatnya kita jika berfikir menggunakan otak orang lain sehingga tidak lah mampu dan tiadalah upaya kita untuk melaksanakan kehendak-kehendak nafsu mereka itu.

Boleh jadi hanya Malim saja yang berfikir begitu kerana kurangnya pengetahuan Malim didalam hal ehwal habitat manusia.Sedangkan diri Malim tiadalah sangat malim kenal sehinggakan seringkali Malim bergaduh dengan diri sendiri apabila ingin melaksanakan sesuatu HAL.Tidak usah di dalam soal yang terlampau besar seperti mentadbir duit tabung haji,menguruskan proton,membahagi-bahagikan wang ihsan,menyampaikan dana untuk mangsa tsunami,menguruskan hal ehwal AP atau menjaga amanah rakyat jelata...di dalam membuat keputusan untuk terus minum teh tarik atau tidak sahaja pun sudah lebih lapan buah file di bentang atas meja panjang dalam kepala Malim.Satunya bertajuk`jangan meletakkan diri ke lembah kebinasaan`,file kedua tentang `Gulakah atau susukah yang mengakibatkan stroke` file ketiga berkenaan`kenapa bertentangan pendapat media eletronik dengan tajuk yang di utarakan oleh media cetak sebelumnya`file keempat`mengulas usul-`apabila datang perkhabaran dari orang fasiq,maka hendaklah kamu siasat`..dan file-file selebihnya adalah tentang usul siasat yang tidak berkesudahan sejak semalam.Malim sangat beruntung kerana sebaik sahaja tersedar dari kesibukkan menyusun file dalam kepala otak Malim tau-tau sudah sampai ke sebuah persinggahan bernama `DARUSSALAM`.Supaya tidaklah perkara ringan ini menjadi teka-teki besar kepada kalian biar lah Malim jelaskan ada pun `DARUSSALAM` itu ialah nama kepada sebuah restoren mamak di mana setiap pagi ramailah pengunjungnya yang terdiri dari manusia-manusia yang bakal terkena STROKE.Kenyataan tersebut tidak lah Malim suarakan kepada khalayak yang sedang enak menikmati teh tarik tersebut kerana bimbang akan di ketuklah kepala Malim dengan piring2 atau gelas2 oleh mereka itu.Apa yang Malim lakukan hanyalah duduk bersama-sama mereka dan meng`order` segelas teh tarik agar kelihatan serupa seperti sebuah masyarakat yang harmoni.

Sambil menunggu-nunggu kedatangan teh tarik..ingatan Malim tiba-tiba tertarik akan suatu kisah negeri ORANG BODO-BODO.Ada pun pekerjaan mereka itu ialah menanam gandum.Oleh memang semula jadi bodo nyer orang di NEGERI BODO-BODO tersebut maka tiada lah mereka kenal akan pokok-pokok yang lain selain gandum dan tiada lah mereka itu reti membuat pekerjaan lain selain menananam gandum,menuai gandum dan menjual gandum.Maka berlaku HAL dalam kehidupan mereka itu apabila tumbuhlah sebuah pokok nangka di hujung ladang gandum mereka.Maka ketakutan seluruh penduduk NEGERI BODO-BODO kerana menyangkakan suatu makhluk yg berbahaya menunggu di ladang itu.Lalu tidak lah mereka itu bekerja lagi di ladang kerana bimbang akan di mudharatkan nyawa mereka oleh makhluk asing tersebut.Sehingga pada suatu ketika datang seorang pemuda yang bijak cuba menyelesaikan masalah tersebut.Dia menyeru seluruh penduduk mengikutnya dan sebagai ketua dia mendahului penduduk NEGERI BODO-BODO menghampiri pohon nangka.`LIHAT INI..INI BUKANNYA MUSUH KAMU..IA HANYALAH SEJENIS BUAH` tegasnya sambil membelah buah nangka tersebut dengan parang lalu memakannya.Bertempiaranlah penduduk NEGERI BODO-BODO tersebut sambil berteriak`jika makhluk sebahaya itu boleh di makannya..pasti suatu hari dia akan memakan kita`,Tidak lama kemudian datang pula seorang pemuda lain yang bertanyakan masalah penduduk tersebut.`Ada makhluk anih yang tidak di kenali di ladang kami dan kami tidak berani mendekatinya.kerana itu kami tidak lagi keladang`terang ketua NEGERI BODO-BODO tersebut.Pemuda ITU mengajak mereka melihat dan menyiasat akan hakikat makhluk anih tersebut.Sebaik sahaja melihat pokok nangka itu,pemuda tersebut lari sekuat hatinya di ikuti oleh penduduk NEGERI BODO-BODO.`Kenapa tuan lari?` tanya ketua NEGERI BODO-BODO kehairanan.Pemuda tersebut menjawap`Makhluk itu terlalu merbahaya jika kita biarkan`Penduduk NEGERI BODO-BODO sebulat suara bersetuju.`Lalu apakah yang akan kita lakukan` Soal mereka kembali.`Kamu sekalian harus meninggalkan negeri ini demi keselamatan masing-masing`tegas pemuda itu lagi.Lalu berpindah lah mereka beramai-ramai meninggalkan negeri itu dan pemuda tersebut kemudiannya menjadi terlalu kaya dan mati keseorangan kerana kebodohannya`
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Inside AdSense: Now you can help each other

Google Adsense launch their support/help group discussing all AdSense things.

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Six-legged lamb born

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The lamb cannot walk and has to be specially fed.

A veterinary surgeon who examined it was reported as saying he would consider amputating the two superfluous legs to give the animal a normal existence if it managed to survive beyond a week. ~source

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Two-Headed Turtle Found in China

March 17, 2006—In biology, two heads are rarely better than one. But this unusual golden coin turtle, found in China, appears to be doing just fine. A businessman from the city of Qingdao says he bought the reptile at an animal market last year.

According to press reports released Wednesday, the turtle's two heads cooperate well and can even eat at the same time. Its owner says the reptile eats more than one-headed turtles do and has grown over the past year.

The creature most likely developed its unusual anatomy while still in the egg. Its embryo began to split in two—the process that gives rise to identical twins—but then failed to fully separate.

While uncommon, abnormalities caused by incompletely split embryos occur in many animal species, including fish, snakes, rats, cows—even humans, where the phenomenon leads to what are known as Siamese, or conjoined, twins.

Experts say survival rates for two-headed animals tend to be lower in the wild. But in captivity such animals can prosper. At the San Diego Zoo a two-headed corn snake named Thelma and Louise produced 15 normal offspring before it died.

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Firefox 2.0 Alpha is here!:
Mozilla is about to gift us again with a faster, more stable and generically better Firefox major release. Please note that it's still a Alpha version, which means it does not contain all new expected features, it can have bugs, it can even freeze your computer. You should install and run it at your own risk!

That said, if you are so in love with Firefox that you can't wait, here are the links:

Windows EXE - firefox-2.0a1.en-US.win32.installer.exe
Windows ZIP -
Mac - firefox-2.0a1.en-US.mac.dmg
Linux -firefox-2.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.installer.tar.gz
Linux - firefox-2.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.gz

If you prefer waiting or you don't know Firefox and you want to familiarize with the latest supported version while our friends at Mozilla ship the official 2.0 release, then play with this.

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Linez Online Arena ( games )

If you have a time to play games, try this games called "Linez Online Arena". Lets beat other ppl record.

Some tips: Watch demo first before you play ;-)

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NG - Photo of the Day - March 17, 2006

Athenry, Ireland, 1993
Photograph by Sam Abell

"A pagan heart and a Christian soul feed the roots of the Irish nature. The Macnas theater group celebrates pre-Christian culture during a festival in Athenry. But Roman Catholicism is decidedly paramount, especially in western precincts like Dingle, where girls step from St. Mary's Church into a blustery Sunday in May following their first Communion."

—From "Ireland on Fast Forward," September 1994, National Geographic magazine

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Nombor 3 dari kanan. ~source

Datuk K dizaman remaja, masa ni Siti Nurhaliza masih berhingus lagi agaknya.

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Malim Pelita As-Serabuuti - Al Kisah Sidang Para Monyet (Bab 2):
Sepatutnya semakin banyak belajar semakin pandai,semakin lama hidup semakin matang atau semakin banyak berfikir semakin paham,akan tetapi hakikatnya diri Malim semakin bodoh, dan semakin mengelabah dan semakin tak reti.Maka terpaksa lah Malim membelek-belek kelakuan manusia dan binatang mencari-cari makna dan hakikat kebenaran kerana Malim sudah tidak mampu menilai dengan baik.Teringat lah Malim akan peristiwa sekira-kira dua tahun yang lampau.Ketika itu Malim bermenung-menungan di tepi hutan berhampairan kolam ikan Malim di kaki banjaran titiwangsa sana.Sedang melihat kabus tebal menyelubungi hutan banjaran titiwangsa,pandangan Malim tiba-tiba terlempar kearah seekor ibu ayam yang sibuk mengais-ngais dan mencakar tanah mencari makanan.Di belakangnya empat ekor anak itik yang masih kecil(sekira-kira baru beberapa minggu menetas)berebut-rebut mengutip makanan.

Lantas terpesonalah hati Malim seraya berbisik `Alangkah mulianya hati manusia yang mengeramkan telur itik kepada ibu ayam ini kerana dapat juga si anak itik menumpang kasih setelah kehilangan ibunya semenjak di alam telur lagi`.Akan tetapi sebaik sahaja menghampiri kolam anak-anak itik tersebut terus turun berenang sebagaimana layaknya itik berenang.Lalu tercengang-cengang lah si ibu memerhati dari atas tebing.Apa bila si anak berenang keseberang,demikianlah juga si ibu terpaksa berlari mengelilingi kolam menunggu di seberang,apabila berpatah haluan si anak itik ke kiri,berlarilah pula si ibu ayam ke kiri.Maka huru hara lah Malim lihat si ibu ayam cuba menjaga anak-anaknya(yang sebenarnya anak itik) sedangkan bersukarialah si anak itik bergolek-golekkan di permukaan air.Rasa terpesona dihati Malim tadi tiba-tiba bertukar kesal ke tahap karipap.Lalu keluarlah hukum kedua dari sanubari Malim `Alangkah zalimnya hati manusia yang mengeramkan telur itik kepada ibu ayam ini,selama manakah si ibu akan berlari-lari mengepung si anak kerana bimbangkan keselamatannya? Malim sebagai makhluk yang berperasaan dan berakal seharusnya menyelamatkan kerosakkan ini dari terus berlaku.

Maka bingkaslah Malim bangun lalu mencari-cari akan budak penjaga kolam tersebut untuk membetulkan keadaan.`eramkan telur ayam kepada ayam dan telur itik kepada itik nescaya tidak akan berlaku lagi kezaliman dari tangan-tangan manusia`khutbah Malim kepada budak penjaga kolam.`Sesungguhnya tuan kolam ini telah mati hatinya kerana tidak memahami bahasa-bahasa alam`Hukum Malim kali yang ketiga untuk pagi yang indah tersebut.Dengan bersopan santun dan penuh berbudi bahasa budak penjaga kolam menjawap`Tuan..ketahuilah bahawa kolam ini kepunyaan tuan dan tuan lah yang mengarahkan kesemua telur itik yang kami temui di tepi semak kepada ibu ayam tersebut`Malim terkesima.Serentak dengan itu fail-fail lama terbuka.Tanpa catatan haribulan yang pasti atau tarikh yang tertentu namun kisahnya amat jelas untuk Malim baca dan imbas semula.Empat biji telur ayam hutan yang Malim eramkan kepada itik juga mempersembahkan hakikat yang serupa.saban hari Malim menziarah telur-telur tersebut dan menanti-nanti saat ia menetas.Cuma terlepas pandang seketika Malim tiba-tiba ternampak empat ekor anak ayam hutan yang baru menetas berlari melintasi pagar dan terus masuk kehutan meninggalkan ibu itik yang masih mengeram...dan hari ini pada beberapa tahun kemudiannya Malim melakukan lagi kesilapan yang serupa.Malah terus berulang-ulang dan Malim menyedari perkara itu pada setiap kali ia berlaku.Bermula dari saat itu Malim semakin berhati-hati sebelum menghukum sesuatu yang terlihat dengan mata,kerana hukum Malim terlalu mudah berubah.

Menyedari hakikat itu Malim mencuba methode yang baru demi untuk tidak menghuru-harakan alam sekeliling.Malim sudah takut untuk campur tangan sewenang-wenangnya perihal makhluk-makhluk di sekeliling Malim.Malim tidak mahu kebodohan jiwa Malim akan menambahkan HAL-HAL yg lain kepad makhluk-makhluk yang lain.Tersedar dari alam kestrebenan Malim apabila suara keras budak penjaga kolam 1 sedang membebel menegur budak penjaga kolam 2 kerana kegemarannya memelihara burung.Sememangnya Malim sedar keliling warung ikan bakar di kolam Malim itu bergantungan sangkar balam dan tekukur.`zalim perbuatan kau ni tau tak,kau tak fikir ke anak bini burung tu tunggu laki dia..tunggu bini dia kat rumah.kau tangkap mak bapak dia..nanti anak-anak burung ni sapa nak jaga` Pantas hati Malim menjawap` tuhan`..ahhhh celaka sungguh.cepat saja Malim campur hal makhluk lain.Walhal Malim sudah banyak kali memperingatkan diri Malim sendiri akan kebodohan malim mentafsir hakikat.Apa yang Malim risaukan cuma HAL itu berlaku di depan mata Malim sendiri.

Penjaga kolam 2 yang agak berumur dan agak wara` meneruskan khutbahnya tentang perlunya kasih sayang sesama makhluk.Sesekali terhamburlah akan hadisnya yang lengkap bersama matan dan sanadnya sekali serta huraian yang panjang lebar.kepetahannya berbicara memaksa Malim memasang telinga menadah ilmu syariat yang sedap telinga Malim mendengarnya.`Jangan kita menzalimi sesama makhluk,tidak ada kasih allah bagi orang yang tidak mengasihi`ujarnya lagi sambil mengelap tumpahan teh tarik di hadapan meja Malim dengan sehelai tuala basah.Budak penjaga kolam 1 diam membisu sambil terus mengira sisik kaki tekukurnya.Mata Malim hanya melihat puluhan ekor semut diatas meja di sapu dengan tuala basah sambil mulutnya terus menghamburkan nasihat-nasihat yang diselang-seli dengan firman dan hadis.Kepala Malim semakin serabut-Bagaimana Malim akan menerima nasihat orang berilmu yang menegur sedikit kerosakkan sedang mereka melakukan kerosakkan yang lebih besar.
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Summoning - Oath Bound - 2006 ( tracklist + mp3 sample )

Summoning - Oath Bound - 2006
Majestic fantasy black metal

  1. Bauglir
  2. Across the Streaming Tide
  3. Mirdautas Vras
  4. Might and Glory
  5. Beleriand
  6. Northward
  7. Menegroth [download]
  8. Land of the Dead

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ProxyList: 300 Proxies to browse anonymously

A lot of internet proxy list here. Use it to browse filtered website.

ProxyList: 300 Proxies to browse anonymously

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Flock for Windows 0.5.13 Developer Preview Released!

Publisher's Description:

Flock is a social Web browser, open source, cross platform and based on Mozilla technologies. Currently, the browser implements support for and Flickr. Users can also install alternative hosted bookmarks or photo sharing services. In the search box and the blog manager, Flock offer users a number of choices and the ability to install other services using open standards. Expect the same, over time, for hosted bookmarks, photo-sharing and other services Flock integrates. Flock is based on the open source Mozilla code base.

Flock has the following other editions available: Flock for Mac OS X and Flock for Linux.

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Saddam speech

Aljazeera.Net - Saddam trial court gags media:
"I call on the people to start resisting the invaders instead of killing each other"

Saddam Hussein
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Malim Pelita As-Serabuuti - Al Kisah Sidang Para Monyet

Malim Pelita As-Serabuuti - Al Kisah Sidang Para Monyet:
Assalamualaikumwarrohmatullahiwabarokatuh.Salam sejahtera buat semua makhluk yang berada di alam virtual ini...semoga kalian berada dalam keadaan bahagia selalu dan tersengih 24 jam dengan permainan-permainan duniawi.Setelah bermenung-menungan untuk sekian kalinya Malim akhirnya di beri kekuatan untuk memulakan sesuatu yang Malim sendiri tidak faham.Sekadar menyampaikan hajat seorang sahabat yang meminta Malim menulis sedangkan Malim sampai saat dan ketika ini masih tidak tau menulis dengan baik.Setiap tulisan Malim adalah kejahatan,kekejian dan kebodohan jiwa Malim semata-mata.Maka berfikir lah Malim tulisan apa yang akan Malim persembahkan kepada khalayak dan dalam bentuk apakah yang ingin Malim susun perkataan-perkataan itu sehingga menjadi ayat lazim atau ayat perintah atau ayat bangun kena buat atau ayat yang memimpin kalian semua melangkah ke alam biol.Terlalu banyak perkataan-perkataan yang Malim himpun dalam kepala sehingga sendat dengan maklumat yang entah dalam kepala Malim bersepah-sepah tidak tersusun cantik seperti mana fail-fail di dalam kepala cerdik pandai yang lain.

Lebih banyak soalan di dalam kepala Malim daripada jawapan kepada setiap HAL di alam syahadah ini.Kalau persoalan tentang akhirat Malim bulih cari jawapanya dalam kitab tafsir Al-quran....tapi apabila persoalan yang bermain dalam kepala Malim ni tentang macamana nak hidup tenang di zaman serabut ini Malim mati kutu.Apa yang Malim tengok dan lalui tidak sama dengan ilmu yang Malim pelajari di sekolah rendah atau menengah atau universiti.Sehingga ke hari ini Malim masih lagi berfikir dan setiap kali Malim menemui jawapan kepada persoalan itu Malim temui juga persoalan-persoalan yang baru.Dalam kepala Malim bagai ada satu sidang meja panjang,perdebatan yang tidak pernah mahu berhenti dengan hujjah-hujjah yang sering mengorbankan masa tidur Malim.Jangan sebut ansomnia..kerana istilah-istilah sedemikian tidak sesuai untuk Malim kerana Malim sudah ada istilah sendiri bagi setiap HAL yang maujud .Jangan marah kalau Malim tersilap memberikan nama-nama pada setiap topik yang akan Malim bicarakan.

Untuk memahamkan BAB ini izinkan Malim menceritakan tentang satu teka-teki.-Soalannya; ATAS SEBUAH LORI,ADA SEBUAH MOTOR,ATAS MOTOR ADA BALDI..APAKAH WARNA BALDI ITU?`(ambillah tempoh seberapa lama yang kalian suka untuk memikirkan jawapan kepada teka-teki Malim itu-samada satu minit,lima minit,satu hari,tujuh bulan atau lapan tahun atau juga seumur hidup kalian.ikut suka hatilah)..namun setiap jawapan kalian adalah SALAH dan BETUL MENGIKUT masa,keadaan dan tempat.Bagi Malim teka-teki seharusnya menjadi teka-teki selamanya....hanya soalan-soalan objektif sekolah rendah yang mempunyai jawapan (a) atau (b) atau (c) atau (d) atau (e) atau kesemua yang di atas.....Hakikatnya setiap manusia akan mendakwa jawpan merekalah yang paling betul sehingga lupa sebenarnya jawapan orang yang menjual teka-teki lah yang paling tepat.Masalah yang timbul ialah kerana rasa tidak puas hati manusia kepad jawapan-jawapan manusia lain untuk menjawap persoalan-persoalan yang hakikatnya dia sendiri tidak tahu.

Cukup sampai di sini dulu mukaddimah Malim kerana Malim tahu otak kalian sudah mula bersimpul dan persoalan-persoalan sudah mula bermain di kepala otak kalian.Tidak kurang yang sudah mula meletak hukum dan mula mencari-cari hukum yang sesuai untuk memuaskan nafsu-nafsu diri yang mula menjadi huru hara dengan hujjah-hujah dan kenyataan-kenyataan strebentuen-seperti (1) apa benda yang dia tulis ni...ntah hapa-hapa (2) merepek jer la budak Malim ni (3) chiesttt..buang masa jer aku baca..mengarut jer (4) Rasa macam nak paham..tapi tak bulih tangkap lagi...ish serabut betul (5) wei...kau nak cakap apa sebenarnya ni.....dan ada lah beberapa ratus lagi soalan yang hanya korang sendiri yang tau.Tapi jangan bimbang....untuk mendapat jawapannya memerlukan proses yang panjang dan mengambil masa yang amat lama namun akan Malim terangkan secara berperingkat-peringkat kerana buat masa ini Malim sendiri masih mencari-cari jawapannya.cuma apa yang Malim harapkan persoalan Malim akan menjadi jawapan kepada korang dan persoalan korang akan menjadi jawapan kepada persoalan Malim <---hah..nampakkkk?? itu pun sudah satu jawapan yang memadai buat masa ini dan menyelesaikan sedikit kekusutan dalam kepala Malim yang semak.Sekarang Malim sudah memindahkan sedikit keserabutan kepala malim dalam kepala korang..jadi cuba pindahkan pula keserabutan kepala korang ke kepala malim melalui pendapat-pendapat dan hujjah atau persoalan-persoalan yang nanti akan Malim jawap dengan soalan-soalan yang lain...jadi sebelum Malim mengakhiri kata pengantar ini Malim sudahi dengan pesanan orang yang lebih serabut dari Malim-`SEBAGAIMANA BINATANG CICAK MATI APABILA JATUH KEDALAM CUKA,DEMIKIANLAH JUGA BINATANG CUKA AKAN MATI APABILA JATUH KEDALAM CICAK`-Wallahualam bissawabbbbb.
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Yazit Search jadi pensyarah muzik di ASK

Utusan Malaysia Online - Hiburan:
DALAM diam-diam, pemain dram kumpulan rock popular Search, Yazit Ahmad atau lebih dikenali sebagai Yazit Search sudah tiga tahun menjadi pensyarah muzik di Akademi Seni Kebangsaan (ASK).

Yazit, 44, yang suatu ketika dulu pernah meninggalkan Search untuk menumpukan perhatian pada bidang perniagaan ditawarkan menjadi pensyarah di ASK secara kontrak sejak 2003.

Bersandarkan kehebatan dan kemahirannya memukul dram, Yazit yang diakui sebagai salah seorang daripada pemain dram terbaik di Malaysia, kini mengajar murid-muridnya dalam bidang itu.

Melalui kelas yang diadakan dua kali seminggu iaitu setiap Selasa dan Khamis selama tiga jam mulai pukul 4 petang, Yazit mengajar teknik memukul dram.

“Seronok juga aku dapat mencurahkan kemahiran dan ilmu kepada budak-budak muda yang minat bermain dram. Dalam setiap semester, pelajarnya antara enam atau empat orang sahaja.

“Walaupun tak ramai tapi aku rasa mereka semua berbakat dan ada minat yang mendalam. Aku yakin dengan tunjuk ajar dan pelajaran yang diikuti itu, kita akan mempunyai pelapis pemain dram terbaik pada masa akan datang,” cerita Yazit ketika ditemui di rumahnya di Taman Melati, Gombak, Selangor baru-baru ini.

Menurut Yazit, sebelum pelajar-pelajar diajar memukul dram, mereka diajar bagaimana memegang kayu dram.

“Selepas itu mereka akan diajar cara duduk, drum setting dan bagaimana mahu tune dram untuk melahirkan melodi yang indah. Jika semua itu dah betul barulah mereka boleh memulakan kelas,” kata Yazit.

Menceritakan pengalaman hari pertama mengajar para pelajarnya, Yazit, ayah kepada tiga orang anak, Norazila, 24, Shamir, 21, Shafika, 13, hasil perkahwinan dengan Ramlah Ahmad, 47, berkata:

“Mulanya aku tertanya-tanya bagaimana agaknya nak berdepan dengan pelajar-pelajar tu. Aku cuma dikenali sebagai pemain dram tetapi tiba-tiba jadi pensyarah.

“Tapi... semua keraguan itu hilang bila aku masuk kelas. Pelajar-pelajar panggil aku cikgu. Aku rasa dapat semangat baru dan keyakinan teguh untuk melaksanakan tanggungjawab yang diberikan kepada aku,” cerita Yazit sambil tersenyum bila mengingatkan pengalaman pertama menjadi pensyarah.

Bermula tiga tahun lalu, apabila Yazit mengambil keputusan meninggalkan Search, dia merancang untuk beralih ke bidang perniagaan pelancongan.

“Lalu bersama beberapa kawan baik aku, kami buka syarikat membawa pelancong Arab ke Kelantan, Pulau Pinang dan kadang-kadang sampai ke Hatyai.

“Pada masa itu memang seronok. Kau tahu para pelancong Arab memang pemurah dan sepanjang dua tahun bekerja membawa mereka, aku dapat tips RM50,000! Bayangkan betapa mewahnya.

“Tapi... bila dua tayar depan bas pelancong yang aku bawa meletup dan kami nyaris kemalangan, aku terus taubat tak mahu lagi bawa bas pelancong.

“Kerjanya memang seronok walaupun penat tetapi pengalaman itu membuatkan aku serik dan takut. Setelah berfikir seminggu dan berbincang dengan isteri aku, Ramlah, aku tarik diri daripada menjadi rakan kongsi perniagaan itu,” kata Yazit.

Sejak itu, Yazit memberikan tumpuan kepada bengkel Nasman Auto Service yang terletak di Danau Kota, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.

Bengkel kereta yang diusahakan bersama seorang rakan baiknya itu kini membuatkan Yazit sentiasa sibuk selain tugasnya sebagai pensyarah di ASK.

Jika di kalangan pelajarnya Yazit dipanggil cikgu tetapi di kalangan ahli kumpulan Search, Yazit lebih mesra dengan panggilan abang.

Walaupun usianya empat tahun lebih muda daripada Amy namun itulah panggilan mereka terhadapnya. Tidak kira Amy, Kid, Nasir dan Din – semua memanggilnya Abang Yazit.

Sebab itu apabila Yazit meninggalkan Serach selama dua tahun, ahli kumpulan Search bagaikan kehilangan abang yang mereka sayang.

“Sebab itu apabila Amy dan yang lain-lain datang jumpa aku tiga kali tahun lepas, aku fikir lebih baik aku bersama mereka semula.

“Lagipun kata orang kalau dah orang seni tu ke mana pergi tetap akan ingatkan seni. Jadi aku ambil sikap buang yang keruh dan ambil yang jernih,” cerita Yazit.

Yazit bersama Search akan muncul dengan album baru, Empayar Garden, tidak lama lagi.

Menceritakan kehidupannya kini, Yazit berkata, dia telah lebih 19 tahun menetap di apartmen yang dibeli pada harga RM44,000.

“Kalau Amy rasa muda dukung anak ketika umur 48 tahun, aku pula rasa seronok dalam usia 44 tahun dah ada seorang cucu, Edrina, 2 tahun, hasil perkahwinan anak sulung aku dengan Maarof Abdul Rahman. Sekarang mereka menetap di Lukut, Negeri Sembilan,” cerita Yazit.

Waa ada album baru ... tak sabar tggu kuar ... layannn ...

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Miller on New Prison Break Episodes -

Miller on New Prison Break Episodes -
With new episodes of Fox's Prison Break starting on Monday, March 20th, star Wentworth Miller talked to the LA Daily News about what to expect for the rest of the first season.

"Generally, we'll be taking a hard-right turn. You have not met everyone on the escape team. Not all of those involved will be making it outside," he says tantalizingly. Also coming up is a flashback episode that will "provide a chance for us to add some much-needed meat to the bones of these characters, and answer the question of why my character sacrificed everything to save his brother."

Next season, he adds, he and Dominic Purcell will be "trying to unravel the conspiracy that led to his getting arrested, while the show is following the various characters pursuing their common and different agendas."
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Google launch Google Mars

Official Google Blog: Mars attracts:
Google launch new service "Google Mars". Explore the red planet in three different ways: an elevation map shows color-coded peaks and valleys, a visible-imagery map shows what your eyes would actually see, and an infrared-imagery map shows the detail your eyes would miss.
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Blog isteri seorang tahanan ISA

Berikan sedikit semangat kpdnya. Semoga suaminya akan dibebaskan.

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Alive cartoons

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Download Media Player Classic -

Download Media Player Classic -
Media Player Classic was designed to look just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but with many additional new features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support and built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec. ~download
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Slobodan Milosevic (the butcher of the Balkans) dead

Aljazeera.Net - UN statement: Milosevic death:
"Today, Saturday 11 March, 2006, Slobodan Milosevic was found lifeless on his bed in his cell at the United Nations Detention Unit in Scheveningen.

The guard immediately alerted the Detention Unit officer in command and the medical officer. The latter confirmed that Slobodan Milosevic was dead.

The Dutch police and a Dutch coroner were called in and started an enquiry.

A full autopsy and a toxicological examination have been ordered.

Pursuant to his authority under the tribunal's statute and rules of detention, the tribunal President, Judge Fausto Pocar, has ordered a full inquiry.

Slobodan Milosevic's family has been informed."
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Baby monkey and kitten

Found this touching photo at flickr : here, here, here and here. Uploaded by kazzie*.

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Some keyboard shortcut

F1 - Help
F2 - Rename
F3 - Search
F4- Address Bar
F5 - Refresh
F11 - Full Screen mode

Ctrl + a = Select all
Ctrl + b = Favorites
Ctrl + c = Copy
Ctrl + e = Search
Ctrl + f = Find
Ctrl + h = History
Ctrl + i = Favorites
Ctrl + p = Print
Ctrl + r = Refresh
Ctrl + s = Save
Ctrl + v = Paste
Ctrl + w = Close Window
Ctrl + x = Cut
Ctrl + z = Undo

Alt + Left key = Back
Alt + Right Key = Forward
Alt + Tab = Change Window

Ctrl+Shift+Esc = Task Manager
Ctrl+Alt+Delete = Task Manger

Window + D = Show Desktop
Window + E = My Computer (Explorer)
Window + L = Login Screen
Window + R = Run
Window + U = Utility Manager

Shift + Left = Select Text Left
Shift + Right = Select Text Right
Shift + Ctrl + Left = Select Word Left
Shift + Ctrl +Right = Selct Word Right
Shift Delete = Direct Delete

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There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
- Douglas Everett

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret B. Runbeck

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
-Soren Kierkegaard

And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.
- Louis L. Mann

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
- Italian Proverb

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Juggler, police and someone alse

A juggler, driving to his next performance, is stopped by the police.

"What are those machetes doing in your car?" asks the cop.

"I juggle them in my act."

"Oh, yeah? says the doubtful cop. "Let's see you do it."

The juggler gets out and starts tossing and catching the knives.

Another man driving by slows down to watch.

"Wow,"says the passer-by. "I'm glad I quit drinking. Look at the test they're giving now!

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Writely - The web word processor

  • Share documents instantly & collaborate real-time.
  • Pick exactly who can access your documents.
  • Edit your documents from anywhere.
  • Nothing to download -- your browser is all you need.
  • Store your documents securely online.
  • Offsite storage plus data backup every 10 seconds.
  • Easy to use.
  • Clean, uncluttered screens with a familiar, desktop feel.
  • Can I ... upload from Word? YES!
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Canadian Pacific Railway

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Gmail - Server Error

Server Error
We're sorry, but Gmail is temporarily unavailable. We're currently working to fix the problem -- please try logging in to your account in a few minutes.

Already more than 15 minutes now. Maybe because of upcoming new fatures Google Calender aka CL2.

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Jaring, Time dotCom to merge?

Jaring, Time dotCom to merge?:
PETALING JAYA: Will the once hotly-debated merger between Jaring and Time dotCom Bhd become a reality now that the latter has been given a new lease of life with a 3G spectrum?

Sources said the merger would be announced soon and, amid the sketchy details, it would entail Jaring buying over Time dotCom assets for about RM500mil to create another broadband giant.

Time dotCom has an extensive fibre optic network in the country, plus submarine cables that are virtually under-utilised. Jaring is the second largest Internet service provider in Malaysia that is now offering wireless broadband service known as Flite.

The rationale for the 3G spectrum award to Time dotCom is still being questioned by many industry experts but, now that a merger is on the cards, perhaps that was the reason why Time dotCom was named as one of the two winners of the 3G spectrum last week.

“There are synergies in the merger. Jaring gets a strong and wide fibre optic backbone network for its services and, with the 3G spectrum, its reach can be wider. One thing is for sure, a merger of Jaring/Time dotCom would create a stronger entity and, hopefully, would intensify competition in the marketplace,” the source said.

“We need another strong player in the broadband scene to give TM Net a run too.’’ TM Net is the largest player in the broadband market in Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--TIME dotCom Bhd. (5031.KU) confirmed Wednesday that it is in talks with Jaring Communications, but said it hadn't been informed of whether the state-owned internet service provider wants to buy TIME's assets.

"We are currently still in discussions. ... At this juncture, there are no significant developments or conclusions that warrant an announcement. We are, however, unaware of Jaring's intention to buy over TIME dotCom assets," the company said in a statement to Bursa Malaysia.

TIME dotCom was responding to media reports that Jaring, an internet services provider owned by state investment arm Khazanah Nasional, may buy its nationwide fiber-optic network and other assets for MYR500 million, and that a deal could be announced soon.

TIME didn't provide details of the talks with Jaring.

Money-losing TIME was one of two surprise winners of a third-generation wireless services license last week, beating out DiGi.Com Bhd. (6947.KU), the country's smallest but fastest growing mobile-phone company.

The government asked TIME and unlisted MiTV Corp. to promote mobile virtual network services as a condition for selling each firm a 3G license for MYR55 million apiece.

TIME, which has a market capitalization of MYR1.46 billion, reported a loss of MYR239 million for the year ended Dec. 31. ~source
Latest: 'Time dotCom in talks with Mimos to buy Jaring'

TIME dotCom Bhd is said to have initiated high-level talks with Mimos Bhd with a view to acquiring Jaring, Malaysia's oldest Internet service provider (ISP).

"There are synergies between the companies and a merger is definitely in the cards, but neither Time dotCom or Jaring will be setting the terms of the merger," a government source said.

He said that as the Finance Ministry has sole control over Jaring via Mimos, while various government-linked funds own a controlling stake in Time dotCom, the Ministry will eventually set the terms of the merger.

Time dotCom has an extensive fibre optic network, while Jaring is the country's second largest ISP.

In its filing to Bursa Malaysia, Time dotCom admitted that it was in negotiations with Mimos and Jaring but added that "at this juncture, there are no significant developments or conclusions that warrant an announcement".

Time dotCom went on to add that it was unaware of Jaring's intention to buy over its assets.

"If the companies do eventually merge, it will be Time dotCom that will be buying over the assets of Jaring and not the other way around," a source said.

He said while there is widespread speculation that Time dotCom needs to incorporate Jaring in its 3G plans, this will not be the case.

In a letter dated March 6 2006, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) confirmed the award of the IMT-2000 spectrum assignment to Time dotCom.

In the same letter, the regulator said the final award of the 3G spectrum is conditional on the submission of a detailed business plan to MCMC within six months from the date of announcement and payment of a spectrum assignment fee of RM50 million.

As Time dotCom will have to work on the 3G proposal immediately, it will not have time to incorporate Jaring in its 3G rollout plans, and so Time dotCom's 3G spectrum rights have nothing to do with the merger talks. ~source
PETALING JAYA: Time dotCom Bhd and Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd said they are still locked in discussions over a proposed merger that could change the future of both companies.

Time dotCom, in a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, said: “We are currently still in discussions with Mimos and Jaring.’’ The Ministry of Finance Inc owns Mimos, which in turn controls Jaring, the operator of the Jaring Internet service.

A Jaring spokesperson said: “Talks are still ongoing.’’ He did not elaborate.

Separately, Time dotCom said in a statement: “At this juncture, there is no significant development or conclusion that warrants an announcement. We are also unaware of Jaring’s intention to buy over Time dotCom assets.

“We will make the relevant and necessary announcements at the appropriate time.’’

Jaring chief executive officer Dr Mohamed Awang Lah, in an e-mail response to queries from StarBiz, said: “As an organisation, our emphasis is on deploying Jaring wireless broadband solutions and bundling them with services like MY015, which is an Internet telephony call service. This ensures that we are purely focused on building a complete value chain.

“Our challenge currently is to resolve the interconnect (with cellular operators) and last mile issues which essentially hinder our ability to field more meaningful services to our customers.

“But, any initiative that would enhance our ability to specifically achieve this and – in general – improve our services in the marketplace, is viewed positively by Jaring.’’

Talk of a merger between Jaring and Time dotCom has been circulating for more than a year but it seemed to head nowhere even though industry experts think Jaring may buy Time dotCom assets for RM500mil.

It is learnt that Jaring and Time dotCom were told to look at the possibility of a merger by the “powers that be’’ over three months ago, yet there seems to be no conclusion to the discussions. What is delaying this merger when both companies have conducted internal due diligences at least twice?

Various reasons were cited by sources familiar with the talks, from “lack of co-operation to lack of information being supplied.’’

This is also the fifth time that Jaring has been courted. Years ago, Telekom Malaysia Bhd courted Jaring for a possible merger with its TM Net, but the move fizzled out.

AtlasOne and even Singapore Telecommunications also came along but nothing materialised. This is Time dotCom’s second go at Jaring.

The question is what value would be created with the merger?

“It is nice to merge and create a bigger entity but there are more doubts than answers in this merger. Yes, 3G is good and Jaring’s Internet service provider is a valid business but there is unfulfilled potential,'' an industry expert said.

“The cost of investment is also going to be huge and what track record is there for these companies to become a player like TM Net in broadband services?’’ the expert asked.

Time dotCom was named one of the two winners of the 3G spectrum recently. ~source

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