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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if they are in small amounts for personal use under new reforms passed by Congress that quickly drew U.S. criticism.
The measure given final passage 53-26 by senators in a late night session on Thursday is aimed at letting police focus on their battle against major drug dealers, and President
Vicente Fox is expected to sign it into law.
"This law provides more judicial tools for authorities to fight crime," presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar said on Friday.
He said the reforms, which were proposed by the government and approved earlier this week by the lower house of Congress, made laws against major traffickers "more severe."
The legislation came as a shock to Washington, which counts on Mexico's support in its war against drug smuggling gangs who move massive quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S. consumers.
"I would say any law that decriminalizes dangerous drugs is not very helpful," said Judith Bryan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. "Drugs are dangerous. We don't think it is the appropriate way to go."
She said U.S. officials were still studying the reforms, under which police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine.
People caught with larger quantities of drugs will be treated as narcotics dealers and face increased jail terms under the plan.
The legal changes will also decriminalize the possession of limited quantities of other drugs, including LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, amphetamines and peyote -- a psychotropic cactus found in Mexico's northern deserts.
Fox has been seen as a loyal ally of the United States in the war on drugs, but the reforms could create new tensions.
A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives visited Mexico last week and met with senior officials to discuss drug control issues, but was told nothing of the planned legislative changes, said Michelle Gress, a House subcommittee counsel who was part of the visiting team. "We were not informed," she said.
Hundreds of people, including many police officers, have been killed in Mexico in the past year as drug cartels battle for control of lucrative smuggling routes into the United States.
The violence has raged mostly in northern Mexico but in recent months has spread south to cities like vacation resort Acapulco.
Under current law, it is up to local judges and police to decide on a case-by-case basis whether people should be prosecuted for possessing small quantities of drugs, a source at the Senate's health commission told Reuters.
"The object of this law is to not put consumers in jail, but rather those who sell and poison," said Senator Jorge Zermeno of the ruling National Action Party.
Hector Michel Camarena, an opposition senator from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, warned that although well intentioned, the law may go too far.
"There are serious questions we have to carefully analyse so that through our spirit of fighting drug dealing, we don't end up legalizing," he said. "We have to get rid of the concept of the (drug) consumer."
(Additional reporting by Anahi Rama)
NEW YORK — Saying surfing the web is equivalent to reading a newspaper or talking on the phone, an administrative law judge has suggested that only a reprimand is appropriate as punishment for a city worker accused of failing to heed warnings to stay off the Internet.Related post: news interner surf court case
Administrative Law Judge John Spooner reached his decision in the case of Toquir Choudhri, a 14-year veteran of the Department of Education who had been accused of ignoring supervisors who told him to stop browsing the Internet at work.
The ruling came after Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired a worker in the city's legislative office in Albany earlier this year after he saw the man playing a game of solitaire on his computer.
In his decision, Spooner wrote: "It should be observed that the Internet has become the modern equivalent of a telephone or a daily newspaper, providing a combination of communication and information that most employees use as frequently in their personal lives as for their work."
He added: "For this reason, city agencies permit workers to use a telephone for personal calls, so long as this does not interfere with their overall work performance. Many agencies apply the same standard to the use of the Internet for personal purposes."
Spooner dispensed the lightest possible punishment on Choudhri, a reprimand, after a search of Choudhri's computer files revealed he had visited several news and travel sites.
Martin Druyan, Choudhri's lawyer, called the ruling "very reasonable."
Rata-rata ramai yang keliru, marah dan tidak dapat menerima tafsiran perlakuan sumbang dan lucah sebagaimana yang dinyatakan oleh Presiden MCA yang juga Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Ong Ka Ting baru-baru ini.Related post: blog, melayu, malaysia, islam, politic
Menurut Ong perlakuan tersebut sebenarnya merujuk kepada:Pasangan yang melakukan aksi melampau seperti berbogel atau melakukan aktiviti seks.
Bermakna hanya apabila pasangan atau sesuatu kumpulan itu berbogel ataupun melakukan aksi seks di khalayak ramai barulah ia dianggap sebagai perlakuan sumbang ataupun lucah. Ketika itu barulah penguatkuasa PBT boleh mengambil tindakan.
Ong mungkin mentafsir perlakuan tersebut menurut kaca mata barat ataupun menurut selera peribadinya ataupun apa sahaja namun ianya nyata dan jelas tersasar dan tergelincir dari landasan Islam dan adat serta budaya Melayu.
Islam dilahirkan untuk membentuk akhlak dan moral umat manusia dan budaya Melayu sendiri sungguh kaya dalam mempertahankan maruah dan harga diri bangsanya. ~lagi ....
Call center workers in India are having nervous breakdowns after being abused by fed-up Australians – but they aren't getting much sympathy.Related post: customer, service, news, australia, india
Half a million people are employed in India's fast-growing call-center industry, famous for maddening calls at dinner time in Australia.
For some of the workers, abuse and overnight working hours are contributing to stress, sleeping disorders, fatigue and migraines.
A survey of Mumbai call centers found most call-center workers suffer from burn-out stress syndrome.
The abuse included racial taunts, the Global South Research Group survey found.
"Racial abuse by foreign customers is a job hazard that most employees have to deal with," a report on the survey says.
"The US and Australia are the worst abusers," said Vino Shetty, from his Young Professionals Collective office in Mumbai.
"Australian accents – especially in working-class areas – are very difficult to understand.
"The Australians then get frustrated because they are not being understood and when they realise the call is from India their anger gets worse.
"They can feel that jobs are being taken away from Australians and if they recently have been out of a job themselves, the abuse escalates," he said.
But Queensland Consumers' Association spokeswoman Cherie Dalley said Australians were reacting to phone calls because they were at "ridiculous" times.
"Australians are tired of having their privacy interrupted by people trying to sell them things they didn't want in the first place," she said.
James Organ, director of Australian research organisation Callcentres.net, said "lots of poor innocent Indian workers" were abused regularly by Australians.
"Some companies are regretting outsourcing this business to India because of the damage it does to their products' reputation," he said.
"Its a cultural thing – the moment an Australian suspects the call is coming from India they can get uptight.
"Yet in the UK, where they are used to interacting with Indian people, there's not so much negative reaction."
Mr Organ's group estimates Indian call centers account for 50 million calls to Australian homes each year – one fifth of the total telemarketing calls made. "Everyone has a story of how they were called by someone in Mumbai," he said.
Outsourcing of telemarketing and other business began about seven years ago when companies found it was cheaper to hire people in India, the Philippines and Malaysia to sell mobile phone plans, financial services, insurance and credit cards.
SINTOK, April 18 (Bernama) -- TM Net Sdn Bhd will equip Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) with one of the fastest internet connections found among Malaysia's public institutions of higher learning in the northern region.Related post: tmnet, broadband, internet, news, malaysia
It will provide UUM with the premium "tmnet direct leased line" connectivity linking the university's community direct to the internet at a blazing speed of 45 Mbps, as opposed to the previous speed of 9 Mbps.
The infrastructure upgrade will provide the university's community direct high-speed internet connectivity, TM Net's chief executive officer Michael Lai said in a statement here.
The bandwidth, upgraded last January and can be increased to 155 Mbps, is necessary to cater to the increasing need to support the university's network system as well as its communication system such as the internet, e-mail and the existing application system.
Previously, UUM subscribed to a 9 Mbps broadband capacity (2 Mbps through JARING and 7 Mbps from satellite).
However, due to the expanded needs of its community users that need to reach the university's network system and the internet, the subscribed speed was unable to support the capacity required, Lai said.
He said to further enhance the connectivity on campus, TM Net has also installed wireless network throughout the UUM campus and its administration buildings.
To find out how unusual Wagner’s wabbit is, The Post contacted Six Bells Rabbitry in Arvada, Colo.
"That's a huge animal. That's amazing," said breeder Michelle Jones. "In the States, it's hard to get them past 12 to 15 pounds."
How did German Giant get so big?
"I don't feed him an unusual diet," said Wagner. "He goes through more than his brothers and sisters, but he eats the same food mix. His favorite food is actually lettuce. He can never get enough of it."
Herr Hare is unusual in another way, he noted. "Unlike some other rabbits I've had, he’s really a gentle character — a gentle giant."
BERLIN (Reuters) - A cat saved the life of a newborn baby abandoned on the doorstep of a Cologne house in the middle of the night by meowing loudly until someone woke up, a police spokesman said Saturday.Related post: cat, news, yahoo, weird, odd
"The cat is a hero," Cologne police spokesman Uwe Beier said. "Its loud meowing got the attention of the homeowner and saved the baby from suffering life-threatening hypothermia. The homeowner opened door to see why the cat was making so much noise and discovered the newborn."
Beier said the boy was taken to hospital at 5 a.m. on Thursday, when overnight temperatures fell toward zero, and had suffered only mild hypothermia. He said there was no indication of what happened to the boy's mother.
INTERNET service provider TM Net Sdn Bhd is working towards increasing its broadband customer base by 400,000 this year, primarily by converting dial-up users into broadband customers.Related post: streamyx, broadband, internet, isp, tmnet, business
The service provider has 495,000 broadband subscribers as at end of last year.
The company also hopes to post double-digit growth in its revenue, driven by broadband growth, said chief executive officer Michael Lai.
"We are optimistic of growth in 2006, spurred by the high demand for our services. In line with the demand, we also see vast potential in the content segment.
"Once there is adequate, compelling and relevant content offered, it will further drive take-up rate and encourage Malaysians to 'broadband their lives'," Lai said in an interview recently.
Although TM Net's actual sales is not available, according to parent company Telekom Malaysia Bhd's 2005 financial results, Telekom has posted RM703 million in revenue from Internet and multimedia segment.
Converting its more than two million dial-up users can be a challenging task, Lai said, since the bulk of these users spends an average of RM20-RM30 a month, and switching to Streamyx (TM Net's broadband service) would translate into additional spending.
To make Streamyx more appealing to the market, TM Net has introduced a RM20 package to the light users last month. Before the RM20 package was launched, the lowest offering by TM Net was the RM44 package.
With the RM20 package, dubbed Streamyx Basic 384k, customers will be given 10 hours of surfing time, with the download speed of 384k and upload speed of 128k. At RM2 per hour, it is competitive against most cyber cafes in Klang Valley.
1: Don't swim in the ocean.Related post: jokes, fun, list, shark
Ninety-nine percent of all shark attacks take place in exceptionally large bodies of water also known as oceans. The way to determine if you are currently in an ocean is to taste the water, which should be salty.
2: Listen out for the music.
In the event that you are foolish enough to recreate in an ocean, listen carefully for the music, as demonstrated in the marvellous documentary film "Jaws." All shark attacks are preceded by the "daah-da, daah-da" chords, which will gradually become more rapid as the shark gets closer. This is due to the doppler effect.
3: Swim with fat people.
Try to surround yourself with more appetizing companions. If you know them well, you might even try to switch their suntan lotion with A-1 Steak Sauce. This will definitely improve your odds.
4: Don't panic.
In the event that a shark actually bites you, try to remain calm. This really won't help you survive, but everyone else on the beach will appreciate you not shrieking madly, as this is quite unsettling.
Google late Wednesday opened up its much-anticipated Calendar service to the public in beta form, complete with Gmail integration and SMS notifications. Code-named CL2, the free service enables users to quickly add events and reminders, send invitations and share their calendar with others.Yay! I really waiting for this!
Google Calendar can import events directly from Microsoft Outlook and Yahoo! Calendar, in addition to supporting calendar standards to view schedules on any device supporting iCal or XML files. Gmail will also recognize events mentioned in an e-mail to quickly add them to Google Calendar.
Sharing also plays a central role in the new service. Users can search their own agenda and even public calendars to find new events. Invitations can be sent to those even without a Google account, enabling them to post responses directly into the calendar.
For protection of sensitive data, limits can be placed on what events are shared, and organizations can even open their events to the world by integrating a Google Calendar button on their Web sites. The search giant also discusses potential privacy concerns, noting that it won't share personal information with anyone.
"Google's computers process the information in your calendars to offer you the best possible service, including formatting and displaying the information to you and backing up your calendars' contents. Google employees will not read your private calendar information," the company says.
Google Calendar works in IE 6 and Firefox on Windows, Mac and Linux. Safari support is still in the works, according to the company.
We live in a little make believe cocoon called Malaysia and the threat of globalisation is going to destroy all our companies, GLCs and private, who insist on doing business as usual. MAS and Proton have already felt the heat. Telekom Malaysia is another government privatised company which still functions very much like a government department.Related post: streamyx, customer, service, malaysia, tmnet
I applied for the Streamyx broadband Internet service in December just before Christmas. I was told to call a 1300 number for activation. After doing that, I was supposed to be able to enjoy broadband Internet speeds. However, after three days there was no DSL light which means that my line has not been hooked up.
Telekom claimed to have checked the ‘jumpering’ and said there was nothing wrong. Two installers have come and said there is nothing they can do because the problem is with Telekom. Two months on, I still cannot enjoy my broadband. To rub salt in the wound, the TM’s sales department sent me a letter to say that I have not activated my account and if I don’t do so soon, they will cancel my subscription.
Then as if that was not bad enough, I was billed RM88 for two months of broadband access which I have not even got. Somehow there seems to be little communication between the departments. What a mess!
All it takes is for TM to check the jumpering, go to my house to verify its working and if not go back to the jumpering again and repeat that until the customer is satisfied. What is lacking is a service mentality. If Telekom Malaysia is truly profit-driven in a competitive environment, it will realise that an unhappy customer will be someone else’s customer very soon. If there was an alternative out there, I would have switched immediately.
Close shop or wake up. The Malaysian market is an Utopia but the world out there won’t react so kindly.
GEORGETOWN: ‘Seks Dalam Tandas’, ‘Hentak Tangga Kolej Universiti’, ‘20 Tahun Punya’, ‘Aksi Kolej Indonesia’ dan ‘Bohsia Kota Raya’ adalah antara judul ‘panas’ terbaru klip video yang mendapat permintaan untuk dimuat turun ke dalam telefon bimbit di sini.
Selepas dikejutkan dengan penyebaran klip video lucah ‘Gro Bar Korek Yang Terlampau’ melalui telefon bimbit berkamera minggu lalu, kini adegan terbaru itu dikatakan menjadi koleksi peribadi pemilik telefon bimbit.
Kebanyakan adegan itu ditayangkan antara dua hingga empat minit memaparkan aksi lucah pasangan remaja tempatan berusia antara 18 hingga 25 tahun.
Adegan memberahikan itu dirakam berlatar belakang bilik hotel, atas tangga, bilik asrama dan bilik air.
Tinjaun Harian Metro mendapati klip video berkenaan mudah diperoleh dengan bayaran antara RM5 hingga RM10 setiap satu di beberapa kedai telekomunikasi di sini.
Peniaga tanpa segan silu bertanyakan sama ada pelanggan berminat ingin mendapatkan klip video berkenaan kononnya dilakonkan gadis Melayu sebagai tarikan.
Sekiranya pelanggan bersetuju, mereka akan memindahkan dengan menggunakan beberapa sistem hubungan yang ada dalam telefon bimbit berkamera seperti ‘Bluetooth’ dan ultra ungu.
Penelitian yang dilakukan mendapati klip itu dipercayai dirakam sendiri pasangan terbabit dan juga orang lain yang turut berada bersama mereka.
Ketua Pemuda Umno Bahagian Tanjong, Md Shaharudin Md Hassan Tajudin, berkata tindakan menjual dan menyebarkan klip video lucah itu adalah perbuatan biadap dan tidak bermoral.
Menurutnya, golongan terbabit sepatutnya menggunakan kemudahan itu untuk tujuan kebaikan bukan merosakkan pemikiran orang ramai selain membenarkan tubuh badan mereka dilihat orang lain.
Katanya, perbuatan itu patut dibendung segera bagi mengelakkan ia terus menular dan menjadi semakin buruk dan pihak berkuasa termasuk masyarakat, terutama orang ramai harus memandang serius masalah ini.
“Pemuda Umno turut menerima aduan mengenai penyebaran klip video ini yang semakin berleluasa dan terpanggil untuk memberi saranan kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan untuk memantau gejala sosial itu.
“Kami tidak mahu anak muda terutama orang Melayu hanyut dibuai dosa dan maksiat tanpa dihalang dan ditegah,” katanya ketika dihubungi Harian Metro.
Sementara itu, jurucakap polis memberi amaran kepada orang ramai supaya tidak menyimpan gambar lucah kerana boleh dikenakan tindakan mengikut Seksyen 292 dan 293 Kanun Keseksaan.
Menurutnya, jika sabit kesalahan mereka terbabit boleh dipenjara sehingga lima tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya sekali.
# Open Firefox and go to the Address Bar. Type in about:config and then press Enter.Related post: firefox, hack, browser, info, tweak
# Right Click in the page and select New -> Boolean.
# In the box that pops up enter config.trim_on_minimize. Press Enter.
# Now select True and then press Enter.
# Restart Firefox.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech man ate frogs and other small animals for four days after he was trapped on an island cut off by flooding, the daily Pravo reported Wednesday.Related post: news, yahoo, flood, frog, odd
Zdenek Bucek, 30, was taking a short-cut through the woods near the southeastern town of Breclav when a flood wave trapped him on a small patch of high ground.
Bucek was not carrying a cell phone and the water was too cold to swim through. To survive, he caught frogs and drank the floodwater until he flagged down an emergency crew passing by on a boat four days later.
"I had no idea a flood was coming. I had not even noticed that the forests were declared off limits," he said.
Pravo said Bucek had matches, but did not elaborate on how he preferred his frogs.
Floods from rain and melting snow have killed at least six Czechs over the past week and forced thousands to flee their homes.
Iron Maiden - Deja-Vu~download mp3 at rapidshare
When you see familiar faces
But you don't remember where they're from
Could you be wrong?
When you've been particular places
That you know you've never seen before
Can you be sure?
'Cause you know this has happened before
And you know that this moment in time is for real
And you know when you feel deja-vu
Feel like I've been here before
Feel like I've been here before
Feel like I've been here before
Feel like I've been here before
Ever had a conversation
That you realise you've had before
Isn't it strange
Have you ever talked to someone
And you feel you know what's coming next
It feels pre-arranged
'Cause you know that you've heard it before
And you feel that this moment in time is surreal
'Cause you know when you feel deja-vu