2009 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

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2009 Year-End Google Zeitgeist: Malaysia

2009 was a year for Malaysians to forge closer ties with one another and look up out-of-touch friends and family as evidenced by the presence of facebook, Friendster, MySpace, Twitter and Tagged in the top and fastest-rising searches for Malaysia. It was also a year that saw new faces, led by YouTube sensation Zee Avi in the entertainment field and politican Elizabeth Wong on the newsmakers list. Malaysians were also clearly interested in the recently-announced 1Malaysia F1 team that was granted permission to compete in next year’s Formula One season. Check out the lists below to get a better sense of the Malaysian Zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, in 2009!


Development of the decade: The rise of online media

By Joan Lau

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — Never mind that many people — ministers included — still lump us with blogs but the single biggest development in media over the past 10 years has to be the rise of online news sites.


Dutch, Nigerians to use full-body scans for flights

THE HAGUE, Dec 31 — The Netherlands and Nigeria said yesterday they would use full-body scanners at airports after a failed Christmas Day attack on a US-bound plane by a 23-year-old Nigerian suspect who passed through both countries.


Asean, China free trade area to kick off tomorrow

SINGAPORE, Dec 31 — Singapore companies will win virtually unfettered access to almost two billion consumers from tomorrow when the world’s largest free trade area is launched.

The Asean-China FTA, which has been in the pipeline since 2002, is set to be worth about as much as the European Union or the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), and will be bigger than both combined in terms of population.


Chinese Rear Admiral Yin Zhou, are you considering Co Co Islands of Myanmar?

Chinese Rear Admiral Yin Zhou, are you considering Co Co Islands of Myanmar?

BEIJING, Dec 30 — A Chinese rear admiral has urged the nation to set up navy supply bases overseas in an interview posted on the Ministry of Defence website after China paid ransom to free a ship held for nine weeks by Somali pirates.

China has operated patrols for a year now in the narrow Gulf of Aden, escorting Chinese and foreign ships through waters menaced by pirates operating off the Somali coast.

But coal and ore shipping lanes off the east coast of Africa have proved harder to defend. The De Xin Hai, captured 700 nautical miles east of Somalia in October, was ransomed for US$4 million (RM13.7 million) on Sunday.

Reflecting on the hardships endured by the Chinese patrol ships in the anti-piracy effort, Rear Admiral Yin Zhou floated the idea of bases abroad to support the vessels.

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BBC:Swine flu virus ‘could still mutate’ WHO warns

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned the global swine flu pandemic is not yet over and the virus could still mutate.

Dr Margaret Chan said it was important to “guard against complacency” despite signs the disease had peaked in North America and parts of Europe.


Putting the faith back


Politics should not ignore the power of religion — with craft, religious values can be powerful tools to do good.

FOR decades, the United States administration has separated the church and state. As a result, the power of religion as a partner in shaping domestic and foreign policies was somewhat lost.


Muslim 500 – A Listing of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World

A fascinating new book has just been issued by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center (in Jordan) in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

The book lists the 500 most influential people in the Muslim world, breaking the people into several distinct categories, scholarly, political, administrative, lineage, preachers, women, youth, philanthropy, development, science and technology, arts and culture, media, and radicals.


Different type of men: grass-eating, carnivous, fasting tiger and cat pretending to be a hermit

Different type of men: grass-eating, carnivorous, fasting tiger and cat pretending to be a hermit 

TOKYO, Dec 29 — Department stores in Tokyo are cashing in on the marriage-minded by filling their New Year ‘fukubukuro’ bags with products to help them tie the knot next year, reported the Asahi Shimbun yesterday.

To draw the crowds this shopping season, various department stores have jumped on words in vogue this year, led by konkatsu, which means marriage hunting.

Other popular words are soshoku danshi (grass-eating men), which refers to gentle, unadventurous young males, and nikushoku danshi (carnivorus men), the opposite of the grass-eaters.

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Kyar Ba Nyein

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kyar Ba Nyein was the Burmse boxer who was the pioneer to modernize the Burmese traditional boxing. Ba Nyein started boxing at the age of 13 and fought about 50 matches in 20 years that was up to the age of 33 years.[1]

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My Top 100 edits in Wikipedia

My Top 100 edits in the Mainspace namespace

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Russia to prosecute YouTube police whistleblower

MOSCOW, Dec 28 — A former policeman who accused senior officers of corruption in a series of video blogs will himself face prosecution for abuse of office, Russian investigators said today.

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AFP: Curtain falling on ‘Digital Decade’

Curtain falling on ‘Digital Decade’

WASHINGTON — While it got off to a rocky start with the overhyped Y2K bug and dotcom bubble, the era dubbed the “Digital Decade” by Microsoft’s Bill Gates has turned out to be a dizzying period of innovation.

“It’s been an amazingly vibrant decade for the Internet and for digital things in general,” said John Abell, New York bureau chief of Wired magazine, which has chronicled the technological leaps and bounds of the past 10 years.

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