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Woman Married To 10 Men At Same Time


26-Year-Old Accused Of Being Bigamist
MIAMI -- A 26-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of being married to 10 different men at the same time. Investigators believe Eunice Lopez would receive payment to marry the men so they could remain in the United States.

Lopez is charged with nine counts of bigamy.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office said Lopez married all of the men between 2002 and 2006 without filing for divorce from her previous husbands. In one case, she married two men in the same month, according to the state attorney.


On June 22, 2002 Lopez married Mauricio Carlo Matos as evidenced by a certificate of marriage filed with the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Court on June 27, 2002.
On Aug. 11, 2003, while still married to Natos, Lopez married Jose L. Ramos. A certificate of marriage was filed with the clerk of the court on Aug. 19, 2003.
On March 5, 2005, while still married to Natos and Ramos, Lopez married Antonio Roberto Cordeiro. A certificate of marriage was filed with the clerk of the court on March 15, 2005.
On Nov. 5, 2005, Lopez married Humberto Navarro Suarez. A certificate of marriage was filed on Nov. 8, 2005. Lopez was still married to Natos, Ramos and Cordeiro.
Just 12 days after her marriage to Suarez, Lopez married Leandro Abelha on Nov. 17, 2005. The same day, a marriage certificate was filed with the clerk of the court.
On Jan. 6, 2006, Lopez married Euclides Yepes Ceballos. There were still no divorce proceedings on file for Lopez with the clerk of the court, but a marriage certificate was issued on Jan. 9, 2006.
On May 11, 2006, Lopez married Martin Errazola Alvarez. The same day a marriage certificate was filed with the clerk of the court.
On June 2, 2006, Marco Antonio Serrano and Lopez were married. Again, on the same day, a certificate of marriage was filed with the clerk of the court.
On July 24, 2006, Diego M. Hernandez-Figueroa and Lopez were married and the same day a certificate of marriage was filed with the clerk of the court.
On Nov. 21, 2006, Lopez married Fernando Jose Urroz Leguisamo. A certificate of marriage was filed with the clerk of the court the same day...read

Eid ul Adha fever, Every where!


Eid ul Adha fever, Every where!
Originally uploaded by i b u
Eid ul Adha (10 Dhul-Hijja) - the festival of sacrifice
his is a four-day public holiday in Muslim countries.

The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.
Ibrahim's sacrifice

God appeared in a dream to Ibrahim and told him to sacrifice his son Isma'il. Ibrahim and Isma'il set off to Mina for the sacrifice.

As they went, the devil attempted to persuade Ibrahim to disobey God and not to sacrifice his beloved son. But Ibrahim stayed true to God, and drove the devil away.

As Ibrahim prepared to kill his son God stopped him and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead.
Celebrations

Ibrahim's complete obedience to the will of God is celebrated by Muslims each year.

Each Muslim, as they celebrate, reminds themselves of their own submission to God, and their own willingness to sacrifice anything to God's wishes.

During the festival Muslims who can afford to, sacrifice domestic animals, usually sheep, as a symbol of Ibraham's sacrifice. (British law insists that the animals must be killed in a proper slaughterhouse.)

The meat is distributed among family, friends and the poor, who each get a third share.

As with all festivals there are prayers, and also presents.
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The twelfth month of the Hijra calendar is Thul Hijjah. This is one of the four sacred months, and is the month of the Hajj. The Hajj, or Pilgrimage, as it has become known in the West, is the time of year when Muslims from all over the world visit the Ka'ba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The Ka'ba is the first House built for the worship of the one GOD, ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, the GOD of all mankind. It was erected by Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son Isma'eel (Ishmael), alaihim assalaam. Ibrahim's, alaihis salaam, faith in the LORD is well documented in the Noble Qur'an. Ibrahim, alaihis salaam, is described as being a nation by himself, due to his great faith in ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala.

Ibrahim, alaihis salaam, was instructed to take his wife Hajar, and son Isma'eel, alaihis salaam, to Makkah. At that time, Makkah was an unpopulated, barren desert. Ibrahim, alaihis salaam, obeyed the LORD's command and took his family to Makkah. As he left them there alone, sorrow overcame him. But he knew he was obeying the LORD's command, so he supplicated, asking the LORD to preserve his loved ones, to allow the desert to bloom and provide for them, and to have swarms of people come and visit them. The Hajj is part of the LORD's granting of Ibrahim's, alaihis salaam, supplication. For over 1400 years, Muslims from all over the world, visit Makkah every year, to perform the Hajj and visit the Ancient House of the LORD.

The first ten days of this month are best and most most loved days of the year. Muslims spend these days performing additional prayers, reciting the Noble Qur'an, and offering supplications to the LORD. Many Muslims fast during these first nine days. Of course, those who have been blessed with it, are in Makkah, performing the Hajj.

The ninth day of Thul Hijjah is a very special day. It is the day of 'Arafa. On this day, Muslims performing Hajj gather at the mount of 'Arafat, in one of the most important parts of the Hajj. They pray, perform supplications and give thanks to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, for all the blessings bestowed upon them. It is on this day that Adam and Eve, alaihim assalaam, met each other on earth for the first time, two hundred years after being expelled from Paradise. Muslims away from the Hajj, normally fast on this day.

The tenth day of the month signifies the beginning of Eid-Ul-Adha, the holiday of Hajj. Those performing the Hajj, have returned from 'Arafa, and now proceed to slaughtering a lamb or other suitable animal, in commemoration of Ibrahim's, alaihis salaam, act of obedience to the LORD. In a divinely inspired dream, Ibrahim, alaihis salaam, saw that he was sacrificing his oldest son, Isma'eel, alaihis salaam, for the sake of ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala. When he revealed this to his son, his son asked him to do as he was commanded and that he would be patient. As the blade passed over Isma'eel's neck, alaihis salaam, the LORD did not take the life of Isma'eel, alaihis salaam. The LORD provided a ram for the sacrifice, and preserved his two faithful subjects. Those away from Hajj also perform the sacrifice. Normally, they keep one third of the meat from the sacrifice, distribute one third to the needy and share one third with their neighbors.

Eid-Ul-Adha is a four-day holiday and celebration. It commences on the 10th day of Thul Hijjah and is celebrated in a manner similar to Eid-Ul-Fitr. It starts with a special holiday prayer, performed in congregation in the Masjid (Mosque) or other suitable place. It is a time of celebration, of visiting family and friends and of thanking ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, for all the blessings bestowed upon us. Fasting is prohibited during these days.

Family fishing weekend


Family fishing weekend
Originally uploaded by i b u
Remember, fish with care, and concern for future generations of people and fish!
Busy? How often do you answer, "Yes!" but you want to make time for the children in your life? One way to do that, and connect with the natural world at the same time, is through fishing. Perhaps you've never fished, or forgotten how. So even if you wanted to, you may feel you're too busy to learn enough to make it fun and rewarding. If that's the case, then this booklet is for you. Whether you're a parent, or someone who cares enough to help a child, here's just enough to get you started. Once you've tried fishing, we're betting that you might not want to stop.

walking on the beach- Maldives 2008

I used to title "walking on the beach" of theYear 2008 Calender Project
Aside from the beautiful view of the ocean and the great people watching there are many benefits of walking on the beach. Walking in sand requires a greater effort than walking on a hard surface. Your muscles and tendons will work harder as your foot moves around. Experience in Maldives.
Don't forget that one of the many benefits of walking is that walking is relaxing so don't forget to stop and pick up a pretty shell, look for porpoises playing in the surf, and notice the always changing colors of the water and the sky.

hold me close mum!


hold me close mum!
Originally uploaded by i b u
Hold me close, under the sun.
and let Gods blue and whites soothe your eyes,
like this is all a dream.

Hold me close, under the sun.
You can kiss my neck a little, if you like.
Or better yet, walk my silk shirt off my shoulders.

Flickr Explore Tips and Tricks


joined flickr for almost a year, and have 61 pictures on Explore. I once strategically made a few of mine to show on Explore... although I can't force them to get up there, I do have a pretty good idea how it works. Here are some pointers and cruel truth about it:

#1. Faves, Comments, and Views are basically the things that account for the positive score (interestingness) that count towards Explore.

#2. Adding to groups account for negative points (interestingness penalty) .
#3. Source of views/comments/faves matter; and the person who views/comments/faves your picture also matters.
#4. Repeated comments from the same person are not worth as much as comments from different sources, if not actually penalizing the shot itself. Think about it, some people use certain pictures to carry on discussions. Explore has to screen those out...
#5. Joining many groups, and leaving the groups and rejoining tactics simply don't work... trust me it doesn't. This shot on the right was submitted to too many groups after Explore dropped it the first time, and it never made its way back regardless of how many views/comments/faves I got afterwards. It just lost too much grounds to be covered.
Now that pretty much sums up the basics of the scoring system... note that if you place your shot in too many groups to begin with, your shot better gain a huge flow of traffic and faves, or else it will never cover the lost grounds and make its way up to Explore. How do you get the views/faves without adding to too many groups you say? Yea that's what makes it difficult... I'll sum up a few points here:
A). Sex sells. It's universal... a picture of a very pretty person will definitely have it easier than a picture of your living room. But beware, R rated pictures that are marked would probably be removed, or you may be penalized...

B). If you're a female with a pretty picture as your icon, congratulations... you'll have an easier time than me, or Joe next door... :) Flickr is pretty much web 2.0... and it's a social network. Like I mentioned above, since views and faves matter, you might notice that certain types of people get it easier than others due to obvious reasons.

C). Your subject matters. Some subjects have it easy because they draw people to click on the thumbnail to view a larger size. Our curiosity always gets us, because a bigger picture and the full details are just a click away.
D). Pictures with really eye popping effects or stunning visuals or jaw dropping elements always work. People would also generally fave those shots because they'll want to be reminded of the originality or the technique. Be generous and share the details behind your shots, because it helps others and also provide your viewers a platform to discuss, resulting in comments.

E). Get your shot technically right - Have it properly exposed, color balanced, focused correctly, etc. I don't think we need to go too far on this topic, I'm sure you all know this is important.

F). Be truthful to yourself. If your shots really aren't as good as those up there on Explore 500, maybe you need to improve before trying to push them up on the list.

G). Build up your contacts and social network, because those who like you or appreciate your shots would usually be kind enough and come back and view your latest work, and possibly earn your more views/comments/faves.

H). Yes, there appears to be a time zone on Explore. Afterall flickr is a worldwide network. From what I've heard, it is based on Pacific time zone, but I find flickr updates many times every day and so it probably doesn't matter when you submit your shot really.

I). Don't underestimate your tags, descriptions, and titles. They are the fields that allow your shots to be found when people use the search feature. That's one good source of allowing people to find your shots among thousands and thousands of pictures uploaded to flickr every second. Also, keep your pictures well organized, and navigation-friendly.

Finally, let me add one last thing to wrap this up... Flickr is about Photography, please be kindly reminded of that. Although I know you all want your shots to be listed on Explore or gain some publicity, it's also very important that Explore maintains the level of quality. So far I think it's got a very good algorithm in picking interesting shots. If you really want to make your way there, here's basically what you should do:

Improve your photography; learn how to positively critique; learn how to LISTEN to comments and critiques you receive; learn to appreciate great work of art; generously, nicely, kindly, and genuinely comment on others' work; be original, work hard, and enjoy the process.

Al Qaeda in Maldives - International Terrorism Monitor

(To be read in continuation of my earlier paper of November 11, 2007, titled "MALDIVES: SEQUEL TO MALE EXPLOSION---AN UPDATE" available at http://www.saag.org/papers25/paper2452.html)

The "Threats Watch", a well-known US group, which, inter alia, closely monitors the various Internet sites known to be or suspected to be associated with Al Qaeda and disseminates its observations, has carried an alert titled " Ansar Al Mujahideen Targets the Maldives" .The text of the Alert is available at http://threatswatch.org/rapidrecon/2007/11/ansar-almujahideen-targets-the/. It is reproduced below:

Ansar Al Mujahideen Targets the Maldives

A previously unknown group called “the Media Section of Ansar Al Mujahideen” posted a teaser video today on a well-known Internet forum associated with al-Qaeda that promotes an upcoming full-feature package called “Your Brothers in Maldives are Calling You!”

The teaser lasts 1 minute and 49 seconds and features clips recorded inside a Wahhabi mosque during the October 6, 2007, standoff between approximately 90 masked militants armed with swords and iron rods and 100 government soldiers on Himandhoo island. The tiny island, which belongs to Alif Alif atoll, lies 50 miles to the west of Male’, measures only 750m across and has a population of 583 residents. It is known as a hotbed of Wahhabi activity and, according to multiple intelligence sources, was a major transit point for South and Southeast Asian militants traveling by boat to fight in Somalia in the Fall and Winter of 2006.

The standoff occurred at the unregistered Dhar-al-Khuir Mosque on October 6, 2007, which was harboring at least two members of a cell that orchestrated the country’s first Jihadist terror attack. The attack, on September 29 at a popular tourist drop-off point in Male’, injured 12 foreign nationals and, according to police investigations, was funded by Islamic NGOs in Pakistan and the UK. Although the NGOs have not yet been named publicly, knowledgeable Maldives observers suspect the Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq NGO, the charitable wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

When fully released, the video will mark the first al Qaeda messaging product that features the Maldives. It is likely a call for foreign recruitment and financing for the local terror cell, which is believed to have grown considerably in the past year. The Maldives is believed to fall under the purview of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, a Comorro who is wanted for the 1998 East Africa embassy attacks and is believed to be hiding inside Somalia.

Interestingly, the teaser appears to be an indigenous product. It was seeded in 3 file formats (WMV, MP4 and FLV) and 4 sizes across 23 sites, including rapidshare.com, zshare.net, megaupload.com, badongo.com, and archive.org. The archive.org location appears to be the master distribution point and is registered to a false e-mail address “walad99@spambog.net.” It also contains documents with keywords related to travel and tourism, which is the main source of income for the country and the main issue of contention for Maldivian militants.

2. My comments on this worrisome development are as follows: In 2002, a 28-year-old Maldivian national named Ibrahim Fauzee was arrested in Karachi, Pakistan, and taken to the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba by the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on suspicion of his having links with Al Qaeda. As his interrogation did not confirm this suspicion, the FBI sent him to the Maldives. He lives in Male and is subject to regular police surveillance. The reported expansion of Al Qaeda's arc of jihadi operations to the Maldives should be of concern to India, Sri Lanka, the US, Singapore and the international maritime community as a whole. The Maldives has many uninhabited islands, which could be used by Al Qaeda not only for training jihadi terrorists, but also for mounting a major act of maritime terrorism against American ships visiting ports in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore and against the US naval base in Diego Garcia. Al Qaeda has suspected for a long time that Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who allegedly orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist strikes in the US, and Hambali of the Jemmah Islamia were kept by the US intelligence in Diego Garcia before they were flown to the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba. KSM was arrested in Rawalpindi in March, 2003, and Hambali in Ayuthya in Thailand in August, 2003.Even though there have been periodic reports of Al Qaeda planning a major maritime terrorism strike, it has not been able to mount a successful act of maritime terrorism after its attack on a French oil tanker (Limburg) off Aden in 2002. India has to be specially concerned not only over the possibility of an Al Qaeda-mounted operation in ports in South India, but also over the possibility of attacks on indian ships and military personnel visiting the Maldives.

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: seventyone2@gmail.com)

4th UM Flickr meet


4th UM Flickr meet
Originally uploaded by maapu
the 4th flickr meetup was a great success thank's to all that made this event a successful one...

Congrats to the winners of the 1st UM photo challenge

Dear grandma


Dear grandma
Originally uploaded by i b u
Dear Grandma, I remember
When you were there for me
Dear Grandma, I remember
Your smile was a joy to see

Dear Grandma, I remember
The wonderful dinners I had
I remember how you cared
You dried my tears when I was sad

Dear Grandma, I remember
All the wonderful things you gave
You would let us play around
You would always be there to wave

Dear Grandma, I remember
All your loving care
Helping when I was sick
You were always there

Dear Grandma, I remember
That you are there for me yet
Always a comfort to me
Dear Grandma, I wont forget

Maldives bomb blast injures two Britons

Two Britons have been injured in a bomb blast outside a popular tourist park in the Maldives.

At least 12 tourists were wounded when the home-made device exploded about 2.30pm in Male, the Maldives capital.

The British Foreign Office confirmed two British tourists were among the wounded. They were reported to have suffered severe burns, but their injuries were not life threatening.
Two Japanese and six Chinese tourists were also injured. All are believed to be from the Full Moon, Baros and Soneva resorts.

Mohamed Shareef, a Maldives government spokesman, said the blast occurred near the main gate of Sultan Park, a popular garden housing the Maldives national museum.

He said it was the first explosion on the popular holiday archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

"The Maldives has never had something like this before. We are taking this very seriously because tourism is our life blood," Mr Shareef said.

"The two British nationals seem to have suffered more than the others. They suffered extensive burn injuries and are all being treated at the government hospital in Male. They're not critical but we are conducting a full investigation." read more

US Analyzing Purported Bin Laden Video

Image taken from a banner advertisement featured on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, frequently posts messages, 06 Sep 2007
Image taken from a banner advertisement featured on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, frequently posts messages, 06 Sep 2007
U.S. officials say the United States has obtained a new video said to be of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

The government is now analyzing that recording.

A posting on an Islamist Web site late Thursday said al-Qaida intends to release the video to mark the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

The announcement in the name of al-Qaida's media production arm, Al-Sahab, included a photograph of the fugitive terrorist leader, who has not appeared in a video message since late 2004. The last audio message attributed to him was released more than a year ago.

A White House spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, said that six years after the attacks, this week's terror suspect arrests in Germany and Denmark and the battles against al-Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan are reminders of the continuing threats from extremists.

Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are believed to be hiding in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States is offering a $25 million reward for bin Laden.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

3rd Flickr meetup


3rd Flickr meetup
Originally uploaded by maapu
These are the ones that made it to the 4:30 boat on the 31st friday o8/07
almost the same amount of ppl later joined the BBQ at the hulhumale' beach.

The UM has succusfully held their 3rd flickr meetup and It was a BLAST
it was a nice experience and a great oppotunity to meet with so many flickr friends at one place... above all it was a pleasure meeting all the new comers to the group.
This wouldn't had been so succesful without the efforts put in to making this possible by everyone...

TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos -

Even as security agencies pin the Hyderabad terror attack on the Bangladesh based militant outfit HUJI, links to Maldives also emerge.

Security agencies have confirmed the involvement of Bangladesh based militant outfit Huji in the bomb blasts that rocked Hyderabad on Saturday (Aug 25). And now it is now also being suggested that there is evidence of a Maldives link to the terror threat to India. TIMES NOW gives an report.

Investigation into the twin balsts that shook Hyderabad on Saturday continues. The suspect now narrowed down to the HUJI and its Karachi based commander Abdul Sahil Mohammed.

Reports suggest, Mohammad had left several internet-chat messages for his Hyderabad operatives asking them to go ahead with the plans authorised by him.

The involvement of the HUJI points the terror link to Bangladesh. A country going through extreme politcal turmoil Bangladesh is become a haven for terrorists. The HUJI which was established here in 1992 with assistance from Osama Bin Laden has several camps here, some backed by the ISI.

For India, the growth of terrorism in Bangladesh has been worrying as the porus border with India's north-east offers easy access to militant groups. Recent evidence also showed the HUJI using Madrasas in the area to recruit activists.

As the political insability in Bangladesh grows, the Indian government is watching the situation closely. The Indian government also wants to develop a mechanism with Bangladesh to discuss an anti-terror mechanism.

With the military regime in Bangladesh also cracking down on hardline Islamic parties, the militant groups have started to look for alternative routes into India. One such route is via the Maldives. Militant groups are using routes from Pakistan and Bangladesh via Male in Maldives, primarily to target South Indian cities.

In Maldives, political instability has brought trouble. Abdul Gayoom has been President for 29 years, partially aided by India that helped him fight a coup in 1998. But as his pouplaity drops, Islamic parties have risen. The main opposition group is also said to have several hardline elements in it. Reports suggest Maldives is like Bali where Islamic terror has found a foothold.

For India, which is fighting terror on several fronts, threats presented from Bangladesh and Maldives add to its worries. India has successfully evolved a joint terror mechanism with Pakistan but will need to work on simmilar lines to respond to this threat...TIMES NOW
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Fruit bat's fruits only


Fruit bat's fruits only
Originally uploaded by i b u
Banyan Tree Fruits , Bats favorite fruit around the Maldives
Bats have inhabited the Earth for about the last 50 million years. The earliest fossils of the species found bare a remarkable resemblance to the bats of today. The ancestry of bats is thought to be similar to that of primates. This is highly attributed to their offsprings' dependence upon nurturing and nursing which is accomplished through a pair of pectoral breasts. These were the factors which led Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, to link the two species.

World Leaders Who Teach Us, The


World Leaders
Originally uploaded by i b u
Always runnin' on empty
Ain't got no fuel
The men who lead us
Are intolerably cruel
The fuel they need
Is mid-east oil
So we must gather up quickly
And go take their soil

The men, they taught us
They taught us so great
We must steal the Indian's land
Before it's too late
We murdered 'em millions
We left 'em their corn
We'd forgotten the treaties
The treaties we'd sworn

In the bloody Civil War
Hundreds of thousands died
The rebels never understood they
Were fightin' for the wrong side
Thought they were protectin' their homes
But really it was slavery
Marchin' 'round with ignorance
Whistlin' good ole Dixie

Remember the Maine
Them Spanish done us wrong
To hell with Spain
They won't last for long
Blamin' 'em we did
A war we'd must partaken
While all along
We were really mistaken

Now in World War Two
Those Nazis were bad
Killed millions of innocent
Made us all mad
The evil acts they'd done
With all righteousness we'd condemn
Little did we know
We'd turn out just like them

Now I'm taught to hate the insurgents
Their Islamic regime must go
Do I think they're bastards?
Well yes, I reckon so
The rules of their religion
State freedom one must cuss
But when I look at 'em closely
They're no different than us

The leaders who teach us
All their teachin's are lies
They continue to spew them
While thousands of us die
We fire our weapons
While they count their money
The youths who disagree with 'em
Ain't nothin' but hippies

The brave youth who enlist
Are usually poor
Their numerous deaths fail to make
Our leaders' eyes soar
The men, they sit there countin'
While the brave youth bleed
But they can't see death
Through their veil of greed

I've been sittin' here thinkin'
What this was all for
I haven't yet come up with
A good reason for war
But what I'll do
Is continue to protest
For I know that the leaders' reason
Is far from the best

Celebrating The Voice Of The People

Dedicated to all the peope who contributed their valuable time in an affort to give power back to the people here in the Maldives on the 18th august 2007.

Two moons on 27 August - Greatest Event on Earth

If you're been receiving an e-mail saying something similar
to what is stated bellow, note that it is a hoax!!!!!

it is scientific blasphemy!!! there is absolutely no scientific basis in that hoax e-mail (and ppl believe thats it true... read the comments bellow...) i've had friends asking "whats this about two moons being there on the 27th of august"... and i've had numerous fwds... it happened last year as well... and the year before...

anyways... its a hoax... and i've tried to simply my explanation as much as a i can... if you dont get it... feel free to ask and also dig wikipedia...

also... pls feel free to ask any questions or argue...

okay so the hoax e-mail reads something like....

Two moon on 27 August*

*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for.............*

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.

It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will
cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be
sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth
has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it
again.

let me rip this piece by piece...

astronomical data... on 27 august 2007

  • mars is 1.1802 AU from earth (AU - astronomical unit - 1 AU = average distance between earth and sun = about 150 million kilometers)
  • the moon is 0.0025 AU from earth
  • the moon is 470 times closer to earth than mars
  • mars' radius is about 3,400 km
  • moon's radius is about 1,700 km
  • so, mars is about twice as big (radius) as the moon

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.

moon is the brightest object except on new moon... and 27 august is NOT a new moon day.... in fact... its a full moon day... the moon will be very bright... according to the astronomical sky charts the moon has a magnitude of 12.32 and mars has a magnitude of 0.41... the magnitude is expressed as a log10 term... like decibels in sound intensity... so the moon is 2.512(12.24 - 0.42) brighter than mars.... numerically, that is 57,500 times...

how does brightness work?
brightness (light intensity) obeys the inverse square law... that is... a lamp 1 meter away from you would have 4 times the brightness if it was 2 meters away from you...
planets and moons such as mars, the moon, jupiter etc. do not emit light, instead they reflect light (from the sun)...
so think of mars and the moon as giant mirrors... plant will be seen as a disc to an observer (you) on earth... the amount of light reflected would depend on the (projected) area of the object... which means that mars would reflect 4 times the amount of light than the moon... (because area of a circle is proportional to the square of its radius, A=πR2) but the moon is 470 times closer to earth than mars... which means its (470)

so we can dismiss that claim... PFFTTTT!!!!!

next... It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

how big an object appears to the naked eye depends on the angle it creates with the eye, called the vision angle... if one object creates and angle of 1° and another 10°... then the latter would appear 10 times bigger than the former... and thats how vision works... and even that can be proven but i dont want to get in to that here... optical instruments such as telescopes, binoculars, microscopes, etc... they alter the vision angle...
so for mars to appear as large as the moon it'll have a radius 470 times that of the moon!!!

here is a another fact you might be interested in....

the sun is 1 AU from earth and the moon is 0.0025 AU from earth.... so thats about 400 times....
the sun's radius is 696,000 km!!! and thats about 410 times!!!
so the sun and the moon appears to be that of the same size...
notice during solar total eclipses the moon covers the sun completely... but the corona can be seen...

so we can dismiss that claim as well... PFFTTTT!!!!!

next... This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth.

34.65 million miles = 0.37 AU
on 27 august 2007 mars is 1.1802 AU away from earth!!!!
on 27 august 2005 mars is 0.6896 AU away from earth!!!!

this hoax e-mail can be traced back to 2003... and nasa had issued a notice about it saying that its a hoax... even if you compare the astronomical data back in 2005 mars would be tens of thousands of times less brighter than the moon!

pls share this msg with whoever sends this hoax e-mail...

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Vote 'Barulamaanee' (Parliamentary System)

Maldives votes in historic referendum,
The historic referendum to choose the system of government (parliamentary or presidential) began at 7 am this morning and will close at 7 pm this evening unless people are at the polling stations at 7 pm to vote, in which case they will be allowed to vote before closing the ballot box. Despite this official claim, some resort islands did not get their ballot boxes by 7 am, such as Dhonveli Beach Resort, just 25 minutes from Male', got its box around 8 am.
Voting stopped shortly in G.Dh. Rathafandhoo around 9 am, due to a voting official, believed to be Katheeb (Island Chief) entering the polling both with a voter to cast the vote for the person
ޚުދުމުހުތާރު ވުމުގެ ފުރުސަތުބޮޑު
ޕޮލިޓިކަލް ސައިންޓިސްޓުން ބުނާގޮތުން ރަޔާސީ ނިޒާމަކީ ކޮންސްޓިޓިއުޝަނަލީ ސްޓޭބަލް ނިޒާމެއްނޫނެވެ. ފްރެޑް ރިގްސް ފަދަ ބައެއް ޕޮލިޓިކަލް ސައިންޓިސްޓުން ވިދާޅުވާ ގޮތުގައި ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމް ހިޔާރުކޮށްފައިވާ ހުރިހަ ޤައުމެއްވަނީ ޚުދުމުހުތާރު ވެރިކަމެއްގެ ތެރެއަށް ގެނބިގެން ގޮސްފައެވެ.
ރިޔާސީ އިންތިޚާބެއްގެ ހުރިހާ އިނާމެއްވެސް މަންފާއެއްވެސް އޮތީ އިންތިޚާބު ކާޟިޔާބު ކުރާ ފަރާތަށް އެކަންޏެވެ. އިންތިޚާބުގައި ކާމިޔާބު ނުލިބޭ މީހުން ޖެހެނީ ހުސްއަތާ ގެއަށް ދާށެވެ. ދެން އަނެއްކާވެސް އެމީހުންނަށް ފުރުސަތެއް ލިބެން އޮންނަނީ އެރިޔާސީ ދައުރެއް ހަމަވުމަށްފަހުގައެވެ.
ބަރުލަމާނީ ނިޒާމެއްގައި މަޖިލީހުގެ އަޣުލަބިއްޔަތު ލިބޭޕާޓީ ވެރިކަން ކުރާއިރު، އަޣުލަބިއްޔަތު ނުލިބޭ ޕާޓީތައް ގުޅިގެން އުފައްދާ ކޯލިޝަނުން އޮޕޮޒިޝަން ސަރުކާރެއް ޤާއިމްކުރާނެއެވެ. އަދި ވެރިކަން ކުރާ ޕާޓީގެ ބޮޑު ވަޒީރު ވެރިކަން ކުރަން ޖެހެނީ އެޕާޓީއެއްގެ މެންބަރުންގެ ކަނޑައަޅައި އެޕާޓީން ޤައުމަށް ހާމަކޮށްފައިވާ ސިޔާސަތާ އެއްގޮތަށެވެ. މިހާލަތުގައިވާ ބޮޑުވަޒީރަކު ދެންއަންނަ އިންތިޚާބެއް ނާކާމިޔާބު ވުމުގެ ނުތަނަވަސްކަމަށްވުރެ އޭނާއަށް ބޮޑު ރިސްކަކީ އޭނާގެ ޕާޓީގެ ސަޕޯޓް ގެއްލުމާއެވެ.
މިއާޚިލާފަށް ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމެއްގައި ރައީސަކަށް އޮތީކީ ހަމައެކަނި އެހެން ސިޔާސީ ޕާޓީތަކުގެ ނުފޫޒު ނެތިކޮށްލުން އެކަންޏެއްނޫނެވެ. އޭނާގެ ޕާޓީގެ ވަކި ފެކްޝަނަކުން ބޭނުންވާގޮތަކަށް ދީލާލުމުގެ އިތުރަށް، އޭނާ ވެރިކަމަށް ގެނައުމަށް ޓިކެޓް ދިން ޕާޓީން ވަކިވެގެން ވެސް އޭނާގެ ދައުރުފުރިހަމަ ވަންދެން ވެރިކަމުގައި ބަގުޑި ބެއްދުމުގެ ފުރުސަތު އެބައޮވެއެވެ.
ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމު ތަޢާރަފުކުރެވުނު އެއްވެސް ޤައުމެއްގައި މިހާތަނަށް ޑިމޮކްރަސީއެއް ޤާއިމްވެފައިނެތެވެ. އެފަދަ ހުރިހާ ޤައުމެއްގައި ދިރިފައިވަނީ ރައްޔިތުންގެ ހައްޤުތައް ރޮލާކާ ޚުދުމުހުތާރު ވެރިންތަކަކެވެ.
ޑިމޮކްރަސީ ޤާއިމްކުރުން ފޭލްވުމުގެ ދިރާސާ ކުރަން ވޭތުވެދިޔަ ޤަރުނުގެ ފަހުކޮޅުގައި މިސާލަކަށް ނެގިފައިވަނީ ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމު އޮތް އެކުއެޑޯ އެވެ. މިޤައުމުގެ ރައްޔިތުންގެ މަޖިލީހުން ފާސްކޮށްފައިވާ ހުރިހާ ޤާނޫނުތަކެއް ވެރިންވަނީ ވީޓޯކޮށްފައެވެ. ތަސްދީގު ނުކޮށްފައެވެ. އެއްފަހަރަކު ޤާނޫނުހަދާ މަޖިލީހުގެ ތެރޭގައި ތިބި މެންބަރުންނަށް ކަރުނަ ގޭހުން ހަމަލާދީފައިވެއެވެ. އަނެއްފަހަރު ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގެ ރައީސުގެ ހުށަހެޅުންތައް ފާސްކުރުމަށް ދާންދެން މިލިޓަރީ ފައުޖުތަކުން ވަނީ ޤާނޫނުހަދާ މަޖިލީހުގެ މެންބަރުން އެމަޖިލިސް ތެރޭގައި ރަހީނުކޮށްފައެވެ. މިއީ މިކިޔާ ފުރިހަމަ ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގެ ކަންތައް އޮތްގޮތެވެ. 1984 ވަނަ އަހަރު އެކުއެޑޯގެ ޤާނޫނު ހަދާ މަޖިލީހުން އައްޔަންކުރި ސްޕްރީމް ކޯޓުގެ ފަނޑުޔާރުން ކޯޓުތަކަށް ވަނުން ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގެ ރައީސް މަނާކުރިއެވެ.
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ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމެއްގައި ވެރިކަން ކުރާ ފަރާތާއި ޤާނޫނު ހަދާފަރާތަކީ ލިޔުމުގައި ވަކި ދެބާރެވެ. ގިނަފަހަރު ޢަމަލުގައި މިދެބާރުވެސް އޮންނަނީ އެއްޕާޓީއަކަށެވެ. ނަމަވެސް ޤާނޫނުހަދާ ފަރާތާއި ވެރިކަން ކުރާފަރާތުގެ މެދުގައި އަރާރުން އުފެދި މިދެބާރުގެ ކޯޅުމާހެދި ސަރުކާރުން ނުހިންގި ޤައުމުގައި މަރުތަޅުއެޅިގެން ގޮސް ސިޔާސީ ނައުފަރަށް އަރާއިރުވެސް އެއްބަޔަކުއަނެއްގެ ބޮލަށް ޖަހާލާފައި ކަމުގެ ޒިންމާ ނަގާނެފަރާތެއް ނޯވެއެވެ. ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގައި އެއްބަޔަކު އަނެއްބައެއްގެ ބޮލުގައި އަޅުވާފައި ޒިންމާއިން ރެކިގަތުކަމީ ރައީސާއި ޤާނޫނު ހަދާ މަޖިލީހަށް އޮތް ފުރުސަތެކެވެ.
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ސިޔާސީ ޢިލްމުވެރިން ޒުވާބެދެއްވާ ގޮތުގައި ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމްގެ އެންމެ ބޮޑު ދޯހަޅިކަމަކީ ވެރިކަން ބަދަލުކުރުމުގެ ފުރުސަތު ރައްޔިތުންނަށް ނެތުމެވެ. ރައީސްގެ މަޤްބޫލުކަން ދަށަށްދިޔަޔަސް، އެރައީސެއްގެ ސިޔާސަތާއި މުޅިޤައުމުގެ %90 މީހުން ދެކޮޅު ހެދިޔަސް، ރައްޔިތުންނަށް ޣައްދާރުވެ ޚުދުމުހުތަރި ވިޔަކަސް، އެރިޔާސީ ދައުރެއް ނިމުމުގެ ކުރިން އޭނަ ވެރިކަމުން ދުރުކަމަކީ މުސްތަހީލުކަމަކެވެ. ނާދިރު ކަމެކެވެ. ރިސާޔީ ނިޒާމުގައި ވެރިން ބަދަލުނުކުރެވުމަކީ ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގައި ޑިމޮކްރަސީއެއްގެ ވިންދުޖަހަން އެންމެ ބޮޑަށް ހުރަސްއަޅާ ކަމެވެ. ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގައި ޤާނޫނީ ގޮތުން ވެރިކަން ބަދަލުކުރެވެން ނެތުމާއެކު، ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގެ ވެރިންގެ ވެރިކަން ވައްޓާލުމުގައި މުޅިންވެސް ފެންނަނީ އަސްކަރީ އިންޤިލާބުތަކެވެ. ނަމަވެސް އަސްކަރީ އިންޤިލާބަކުން ވެރިން ބަދަލުކުރަން ޖެހުމުން އެއީ ޤައުމުގެ ރައްޔިތުންގެ ރިހޭ ފައި މައްޗަށް ފޮއި ވެއްޓުމެއްނޫން، ރައްޔިތުންގެ ރިހޭ ފައިބުރިކޮށް އަތްކެނޑުން ފަދަ ކަމެކެވެ.
މިއާޚިލާފަށް ބަރުލަމާނީ ނިޒާމެއްގައި އިތުބާރުނެތްކަމުގެ ވޯޓަކުން ބޮޑުވަޒީރު އެހެލުމަކީ ރައްޔިތުންނަށް ވަރަށް ފަސޭހަކަމެކެވެ. ގްރާސްރޫޓްގެ ޕްރެޝަރުން އުފެދިގެން އަންނަ ބިޔަ ރާޅު ދާނީ އެފަދަ މަޤްބޫލުކަން ކުޑަ ބޮޑުވަޒީރެއްގޮވައިގެންނެވެ. ގިނަފަހަރަށް ޕާޓީގެ މަސްލަހަތުގެ ސަބަބުން އެފަދަ މީހުންނަށް ޖެހޭނީ ޕާޓީގެ ލީޑަރުކަމުން އިސްތިއުފާ ދޭށެވެ. މީގެ ފުރިހަމަ މިސާލަކަށް އެމްޑީޕީގެ ގްރާސްރޫޓް މެންބަރުންގެ ރޫޚާ ޚިލާފަށް ޚުދުމުހުތާރު ޖާގައެއް ޤާއިމްކުރަން އުޅުނު އިބްރާހިމް އިސްމާއީލް އެމްޑީޕީގެ ރައީސްކަމުން އިސްތިއުފާން ދިނުން ފާހަގަކޮށްލެވެއެވެ. ޕާޓީގެ ލީޑަރަކަށް އާދެވެނީ ޕާޓީގެ ރައްޔިތުން ކަޑައަޅާ ސިޔާސަތު ޤަބޫލުކޮށް، ޕާޓީއިން ރައްޔިތުންނަށް ވަޢުދުވާފަދައިން އެސިޔާސަތު ތަންފީޒުކުރާނެ ވެރިއެކެވެ. ބޮޑުވަޒީރުކަމުގައި ދެމިހުރެވޭނީ ޕާޓީގެ ގްރާސްރޫޓް މެންބަރުންގެ ރޫހުއޮވެގެންނެވެ. ގްރާސްރޫޓް މެންބަރުންގެ ސަޕޯޓް ދެމިއޮންނާނީ އެމެންބަރުންނާއި ރައްޔިތުން އުއްމީދުކުރާ ކަންތައްތައް ހާސިލްކޮށްދެވޭ ނަމައެވެ. އެއާ ޚިލާފް ވާޏަމަ ޖެހޭނީ އިސްތިއުފާދޭށެވެ.މަހަށްދާށެވެ. މިސާލަކަށް އިގިރޭސިވިލާުގެ މާގްރެޓް ތެޗަރ ފުދިބާކީވެއެވެ. ރައްޔިތުންނަށް ހަރާންކޯރުވެ އަދި ޕާޓީ މެންބަރުންގެ ޕްރެޝަރަށް އިސްތިއުފާ ދޭން ބޮޑުވަޒީރު އިންކާރުކޮށްފިނަމަ ޕާޓީގެ ޤަވާއިދުގައިވާ ގޮތުން ލީޑަރުކަމުގައި ހުންނަމީހަކު އެމަޤާމުން ވަކިކުރެވިދާނެއެވެ. މިހެން ވަކި ކުރުމާއެކު އޭނާ ބޮޑުވަޒީރުކަމުންވެސް ވަކި ކުރެވުނީއެވެ.
ނަމަވެސް ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމެއްގެ ރައީސަކު ވެރިކަމުން ދުރުކުރެވެނީ ހަމައެކަނި ޤާނޫނުއަސާސީގައި ބަޔާންކޮށްފައިވާ ގޮތުގެ މަތިންނެވެ. ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމެއްގެ ރައީސެއްގެ ވެރިކަން ޤާނޫނީ ގޮތުން ބަދަލު ކުރުމަކީ ވަރަށް ނާދިރު ކަމެކެވެ. ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގެ ރޫހާ ޚިލާފް ކަމެކެވެ.
ރައްޔިތުންގެ ބޭނުންތަކަށް އިޖާބަދިނުމުގައި ރިޔާސީ ވެރިން އިންތިހާ ދަރަޖައަށް ފަރުވާކުޑަ ކުރުމަކީ ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމުގެ އަނެއް ދޯހަޅިކަމެވެ. އެމެރިކާގަ އޮތް ނިޒާމާ ބެހޭ ގޮތުން ވޯލަޓަރ ބެޖްހޮޓް ވިދާޅުވަނީ" ސަރުކާރުން ބޭނުންވާ ޤާނޫނުތައް ނުހެދިގެން ސަރުކާރު ވަނީ ބޭނުންކެޑިފައި، ޒިންމާއެއްނެތި ޢަމަލުކުރަން ޖެހުމުގެ ސަބަބުން ޤާނޫނު ހަދާ މަޖިލިސް ވަނީ ފަސާދަވެފައި، އެމީހުން ނިންމާގޮތަށް އެމީހުންނަށް ޢަމަލުނުކުރެވޭތީ، އެހެންމީހުންގެ ހައްޤުތައް ހިފެހެއްޓުމުގެ ސަޒާ ލިބޭނީ ރައްޔިތުންނަށް، އެމީހުންނަށް ލިބިފައިވާ މިނިވަންކަން ވަނީ އެމީހުންނަށް ބޮޑުވެގެންވާ ނުތަނަވަސްކަމަކަށް" ކަމަށެވެ.
ވުމާއެކު ޖުމްލަގޮތެއްގައި ރިޔާސީ ނިޒާމަކީ ޤާނޫނީ މާހިރުންގެ ނަޒަރުގައި ޙުދުމުހުތާރު ވެރީންގެ ނިޒާމެވެ. ބަރުލަމާނީ ނިޒާމެއްގައި އެއޮންނަ ރައްޔިތުންގެ ބާރު އެނޫން އެއްވެސް ނިޒާމެއްގައި ރައްޔިތުންނަކަށް ނޯވެއެވެ. އަންނަ ހޮނިހިރު ދުވަހު ދިވެހި ރައްޔިތުން ވޯޓުލާންވީ އެމީހުންނަށް ބާރު ލިބިގަތުމަށެވެ. ބަރުލަމާނީ ނިޒާމަށެވެ.

Voting begins in historic referendum to decide on system of government

The historic referendum to choose the system of government (parliamentary or presidential) began at 7 am this morning and will close at 7 pm this evening unless people are at the polling stations at 7 pm to vote, in which case they will be allowed to vote before closing the ballot box. Despite this official claim, some resort islands did not get their ballot boxes by 7 am, such as Dhonveli Beach Resort, just 25 minutes from Male', got its box around 8 am.
Voting stopped shortly in G.Dh. Rathafandhoo around 9 am, due to a voting official, believed to be Katheeb (Island Chief) entering the polling both with a voter to cast the vote for the person. Reformists monitoring the booth got angry and threatened to throw away the box if such rigging tactics are used.
Representatives of MDP are counting the number of persons entering each polling station, to tally with the count later.
Voting is going on in all inhabited islands and several resorts and industrial islands totalling over 230.
For the first time, in this referendum, 18-21 year olds will be voting. Out of Gayyoom's 29 appointed members in the Special Majlis, 27 members voted against that motion.
And, also, for the first time, vote counting will be conducted in the respective islands and preliminary results announced this evening, rather than the ballot boxes being brought to Male' by police.
In a desperate attempt, the Maldives Dictator allowed Police and Army to vote for the first time in this poll, breaking away from the traditions. They never voted in any poll to this day.
Despite vote rigging attempts and scams, reformists are confident that they can monitor this event well enough to ensure that all goes smoothly.
One of the major concerns of most reformists is that there are hundreds of deceased names in the electoral roll or register and the authorities might use that number to rig the vote. However, reformists monitoring the ballot stations are vigilant and watching out for such events.


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Ten Healthy Reasons to Take a Vacation

The surf's calling, but if you're like many, you're feeling guilty about asking your boss for a little time off to relax--even though you desperately need it.

Not only do Americans get a meager amount of vacation time, they also tend not to use it all, according to Expedia.com's seventh annual Vacation Deprivation survey, conducted this spring.

Unsurprisingly, Americans got the least amount of vacation days per year among the countries surveyed, earning only 14 days vs. 24 days in Great Britain, 26 days in Germany, 30 days in Spain and 36 days in France.

And despite reporting an average of 14 vacation days this year, compared with 12 days in 2005, 35% of the more than 4,100 U.S. adults questioned said they will not use all of their time off, leaving an average of three days on the table.

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"Some people are fearful in this day and age about job security," says Munro Cullum, a professor of psychiatry and neurology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "There's a push for productivity, and that can make people really avoid taking a vacation. Some people just figure they'll relax when they retire."

Sound familiar? Your behavior may impress your boss, but medical experts say you're not doing your health any favors.

Workaholic Woes
Stress produces physiological changes in our bodies, including higher blood pressure and a surge in stress hormones, such as adrenaline, which can cause blood to clot and increase the risk of a heart attack. By working all of the time, you're constantly subjecting your body to these responses, says Dr. Harvey Simon, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and founding editor of the Harvard Men's Health Watch.

Likewise, Cullum says, stress can impair the hippocampal function, which is crucial for the acquisition of new information, such as names, facts, PIN numbers and meeting times.

It's not clear whether vacations cause better health or whether they are just an indicator of healthier lifestyles. But taking time off does appear to have physical and mental benefits.

A 2005 study that analyzed research on 1,500 Wisconsin women showed that those who took vacations more frequently were less likely to become tense or depressed. Those women also reported being more satisfied with their marriages.

Cathy McCarty, the study's principal investigator and a senior epidemiologist for the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, says vacations help ease tension, which can lead to depression. Not taking a break also seemed to indicate that women were not spending time focusing on their marriages.

Even worse, the findings showed that nearly one in five women in the study reported taking a vacation only once in six years.

"It's the whole work culture," McCarty says. "Even people who have worked for me come to me with this tone of, 'I'm sorry, but do you mind if I take a day off?' I tell them to go--it's better for their health."

The data are damning for workaholic men, too.

A 2000 analysis of the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial, a study of more than 12,000 men ages 35 to 57 at high-risk for coronary heart disease, showed that those who took regular annual vacations had a lower risk of death than those who skipped taking time off.

Dealing With Your Vacation
If you're out of practice when it comes to getting away, experts say there are a few things you can do to make sure that when you do take a vacation, it's a relaxing one.

First off, try not to leave for your vacation on a Friday straight from work. Lugging your suitcase to the office and rushing to finish a project before dashing to the airport in rush-hour traffic will cause unnecessary stress, Cullum says. Ease into your vacation by giving yourself a day to pack.

While a three-day weekend is better than nothing, consider whether it'll really be enough time for you to unwind and feel rested. If you need more time off, take it.

And always try to schedule your vacation during a slow period at work.

"If you're worrying about that deal going through at work, you're not in the moment," says Dr. Edythe Harvey, a psychiatrist with international psychiatric center The Menninger Clinic. "You're not allowing yourself that break from constant work to re-balance yourself."
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Attorney-General Dr. Hassan Saeed and Justice Minister Mohamed Jameel Ahmed resign



2007-08-05
Attorney-General Dr. Hassan Saeed and Justice Minister Mohamed Jameel Ahmed have resigned from the Cabinet today.
They are scheduled to hold a press conference at 15:30 today at..full

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Zebrafish study may point way to blindness cure



LONDON (Reuters) - The ability of zebrafish to regenerate damaged retinas has given scientists a clue about restoring human vision and could lead to an experimental treatment for blindness within five years.
British researchers said on Wednesday they had successfully grown in the laboratory a type of adult stem cell found in the eyes of both fish and mammals that develops into neurons in the retina.
In future, these cells could be injected into the eye as a treatment for diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes-related blindness, according to Astrid Limb of University College London's (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology.
Damage to the retina -- the part of the eye that sends messages to the brain -- is responsible for most cases of sight loss.
"Our findings have enormous potential," Limb said. "It could help in all diseases where the neurons are damaged, which is basically nearly every disease of the eye."
Limb and her colleagues studied so-called Mueller glial cells in the eyes of people aged from 18 months to 91 years and found they were able to develop them into all types of neurons found in the retina.
They were also able to grow them easily in the lab, they reported in the journal Stem Cells.
The cells have already been tested in rats with diseased retinas, where they successfully migrated into the retina and took on the characteristics of the surrounding neurons. Now the team is working on the same approach in humans.
"We very much hope that we could do autologous transplants within five years," Limb told Reuters.
Autologous transplants, initially on a trial basis, will involve manipulating cells and injecting them back into an individual's own eye. Eventually, Limb hopes it will also be possible to transfer the cells between different people.
"Because they are so easy to grow, we could make stem cell banks and have cell lines available to the general population, subject to typing as with blood transfusions," she said.
Just why zebrafish have an abundant supply of adult stem cells to regenerate their retinas, while they are rare in mammals, remains a mystery but Limb suspects it is because mammals have a limiting system to stop proliferation.
The new work on Mueller glial cells is the latest example of researchers exploring the potential of different kinds of stem cells in treating eye disease. Another team from UCL and Moorfield's Eye Hospital said in June they aimed to repair damaged retinas with cells derived from embryonic stem cells.

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THE MEANING OF LIFE - JOURNEY

Who am I and what am I doing here? For thousands of years, men and women have pondered the meaning of life and their place in the cosmos. Whole civilizations were born, grew up, and died around their answers to these questions. From the ancient Egyptians through the Industrial Revolution, from Romeo and Juliet to you and me, each person and each society defines for itself what is important, and hence how to put order to life and resources.

Context is everything. Imagine the commitment of time and energy necessary to build the pyramids. Did the Egyptians (or their captives) gladly march to Cheops, eager contributors to their Pharaoh's immortality, or were they coerced, baking miserably in the Saharan Sun? For one, each day is slavery, while another exalts in the culmination of a life's dream.

What about you? What is important in your life? How well do you know your context? The same way that on a macro-scale it is the governing ethos that defines a civilization, on a micro-scale, it is your Life Purpose that defines what is significant.

Knowing your Life Purpose makes clear the core issues of your existence, sheds new light on the key events and people in your life, and brings a new understanding to current circumstances.

Look around you. A new world view is emerging, and with it, a new definition of what is important. Like all preceding world views, from Cleopatra's to Newton's, our current version, advanced though it may be, has been found confining and incomplete; confining in that too many people work at jobs with little or no satisfaction; incomplete in that it has disregarded humanity's universal need to contribute to something greater than ourselves, to connect to our soul, our spirituality, and its expression point in each of us in the form of our Life Purpose.

Adapt or perish. Any country, company or person that cannot or will not adhere to this emerging reality is doomed. The Information Age will self destruct, stillborn, choking on a glut of lifeless data if it cannot add to the value of people's lives, help individuals define and manifest that which is really important, help all of us better connect to our spiritual center.

Like seeing the oak tree contained within the acorn, one's soul purpose can be seen in the wave energy imprint frozen in the form of our fingerprints five months prior to birth. An understanding of this Life Purpose map revolutionizes our understanding of who we are and therefore what is important. Through this redefinition, we can better participate in humanity's daunting task of recreating civilization in the twenty-first century.

Read on to find out more about your Life Purpose.
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The journey of life begun
That fateful day I was born
My eyes opened up blissfully to the sun
My soul, heart and brain emerged as one
Behold my journey had begun!

This little child in time has grown
Yes! Time has flown, time has flown
A lot has been learnt on my very own

Life has been a mystifying journey
With every up and down
With tears and laughter
With hate and love
With stupidity and wisdom
With enemies and friends
But even in my journey of frustration
I have found a means of celebration
In my toilsome exploration to my fateful destination

Tick tock, the clock goes on
Minute by minute, then hourly
Month by month then yearly
Tick tock, and in my journey
I have searched, questioned and answered
Whilst walking painfully along many paths
Sometimes requesting protection
Seeking from above immunization
When hit by obstacles in locations

But I am still on this journey
Shaking hands with the sad and merry
My passion for life which was once raw
Is now confined within the Almighty’s law
For life's journey itself never ends
Once you have reached the end of each road
Uplifting off your entire cloggy load
Be it in a hot summer or a winter’s cold
Behold! A new journey will unfold.

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India elects first woman president


National lawmakers and state legislatures have chosen Pratibha Patil as India's president, the first woman to hold the largely ceremonial post.

Patil, the 72-year-old candidate of the governing Congress party and its political allies, took nearly two-thirds of the vote Saturday to defeat incumbent Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the 84-year-old candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, the election commission said.
The win by Patil, a lawyer and governor of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, was hailed as a victory for women in a country where gender discrimination is deep-rooted and widespread.

"It is a special moment for us women, and men of course, in our country because for the first time we have a woman being elected president of India," said Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, who hand-picked Patil and was one of the first to congratulate her.

Still, it's not clear how much Patil can or will do to improve the lives of her countrywomen.

While India has had several women in positions of power, most notably Indira Gandhi, who became prime minister in 1966, women still face hardships based on the view that they are a financial burden to their families.

Maldives first female judges sworn-in

Aisha Shujoon Mohamed and Huzaifa Mohamed took their oath of office as Judges before President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Wednesday. The oath-taking ceremony was held at the President’s Office this afternoon.

Upon taking their oath Aisha Shujoon Mohamed was appointed as a Judge at the Civil Court and Huzaifa Mohamed was appointed as a Judge at the Family Court.

The oath was administered by the Judge of the High Court Ali Hameed Mohamed. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Justice Mohamed Jameel Ahmed and Minister for Presidential Affairs Mohamed Hussain.

After the ceremony, President Gayoom met with Aisha Shujoon Mohamed and Huzaifa Mohamed and congratulated them on their appointment. He also stressed on the role of both genders in the fields of politics, law, economics, social and management. The President requested them to fulfill their duties with diligence ad sincerity.

Minister of Justice, Mohamed Jameel Ahmed made note of the important role women played in the Maldivian Judicial system.from haveeu online

Canon EOS 40D Information Leaked?

According to Digital Photography Blog, Canon mistakenly posted a blank page on their Hong Kong website that featured a EOS 40D header. The Digital Photography Blog site also mentioned that a Belgium retail website had the EOS 40D advertised with the following features; 10.1 MP CMOS sensor, 5fps, 30 JPEG image burst, Integrated Cleaning System, 2.5" LCD, Spot metering, and 9-point autofocus.
You can read more at DigitalPhotographyBlog but keep in mind that these are just rumors. I suspect that an official announcement is close at hand - though I have been wrong before. ....Read Complete Article

Sophie darling! I hope you have a wonderful day today and I wish you a great yeart to come.

Unique Maldives to make photo installation with (National Art Gallery) NAG

09 July 2007, Male; The Maldivian photographers’ group on www.flickr.com, Unique Maldives is to make a photo installation in a public space in Male or on one of the surrounding islands. The opportunity to contribute photos to the installation will be open to all members of the group plus anyone who wishes to join the group. Contributors do not necessarily have to be Maldivian but the photos should reflect the theme/s of the exhibition.
The event is organized to compliment the Live Earth concert and its Maldivian component ‘Jamming for the Islands’. Initially planned to coincide with the concert, it has now been delayed until later July. The exact dates for the exhibition and the location of the installation and guidelines for contributors will be made available on the NAG website
www.artgallery.gov.mv and the Unique Maldives/Flickr website www.flickr.com/groups/uniquemaldives in the coming week. The themes of the installation will be based on the richness and diversity of the natural environment and geography of the Maldives, the vulnerability of the Maldivian archipelago to natural forces and environmental disasters and mankind’s impact on the earth’s environment, especially the effects of global warming and the sea-level rise on the Maldivian islands and their way of life. The final selection of images for the installation will also reflect a strong Maldivian context.

7 new wonders of the world chosen

The Great Wall of China, Rome's Colosseum, India's Taj Mahal and three architectural marvels from Latin America were among the new seven wonders of the world chosen in a global poll released on Saturday.


Jordan's Petra was the seventh winner. Peru's Machu Picchu, Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid also made the cut.
About 100 million votes were cast by the Internet and cellphone text messages, said New7Wonders, the nonprofit organization that conducted the poll.
The seven beat out 14 other nominated landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Easter Island in the Pacific, the Statue of Liberty, the Acropolis, Russia's Kremlin and Australia's Sydney Opera House.
The pyramids of Giza, the only surviving structures from the original seven wonders of the ancient world, were assured of retaining their status in addition to the new seven after indignant Egyptian officials said it was a disgrace they had to compete.
The campaign to name new wonders was launched in 1999 by the Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber. Almost 200 nominations came in, and the list was narrowed to the 21 most-voted by the start of 2006. Organizers admit there was no foolproof way to prevent people from voting more than once for their favorite.
A Peruvian in national costume held up Macchu Piccu's award to the sky and bowed to the crowd with his hands clasped, eliciting one of the biggest cheers from the audience of 50,000 people at a soccer stadium in Portugal's capital, Lisbon.
Many jeered when the Statue of Liberty was announced as one of the candidates. Portugal was widely opposed to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Another Swiss adventurer, Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the first hot-air balloon to fly nonstop around the world, announced one of the winners — then launched into an appeal for people to combat climate change and stand up for human rights before being ushered off the stage.
The Colosseum, the Great Wall, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and Petra had been among the leading candidates since January, while the Statue of Christ Redeemer received a surge in votes more recently.
The Statue of Liberty and Australia's Sydney Opera House were near the bottom of the list from the start.
Also among the losing candidates were Cambodia's Angkor, Spain's Alhambra, Turkey's Hagia Sophia, Japan's Kiyomizu Temple, Russia's Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle, Britain's Stonehenge and Mali's Timbuktu.
Weber's Switzerland-based foundation aims to promote cultural diversity by supporting, preserving and restoring monuments. It relies on private donations and revenue from selling broadcasting rights.
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, keeps a list of World Heritage Sites, which now totals 851 monument. But the agency was not involved in Weber's project.
The traditional seven wonders were concentrated in the Mediterranean and Middle East. That list was derived from lists of marvels compiled by ancient Greek observers, the best known being Antipater of Sidon, a writer in the 2nd century B.C.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria have all vanished.

What is happening on 07.07.07 ?

You will find out within the next 19 months. It's hot and maybe May is better. But it doesn't matter. I just look at you and nothing matters. Can I check my email now? I just want to check this website. Hey stop it. Not with the red rubbish. Let me check my email now, you get on my nerves.

Question: What is 07.07.07?
Answer: The perfect wedding date.
Just kidding. It’s also the date of
Live Earth, a series of live concerts around the world to raise awareness of global warming.
It’s like Live Aid’s younger brother.
It’s also Al Gore’s latest project. Formerly known as the person who lost a US Presidential Election, he is now the face of the crusade against global warming:


The “7″ in the dates also stands for the 7 continents where the various concerts will be held. Isn’t that cool?
As
Star Bamboo is a Green Label recipient, I got an email on what’s happening in Singapore from our friends over at Singapore Environment Council (SEC):
Dear Green Label members and SEC Friends
On 7th July Saturday at Merlion Park One Fullerton, there will be a LIVE EARTH Satellite Concert Screening. (
http://www.liveearth.org)
The screening will kick off in the morning (as Australia Sydney will be the first to start the ball rolling). We are pleased to have a big screen at One Fullerton to bring you the best from all over 7 continents. It is Free Admission.
The concert is set to feature over 100 headlining music acts, across all seven continents. Artists such as Madonna, Alicia Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Snow Patrol and Jennifer Lopez are among the big names who will grace the show.
If you are attending, as a please bring your own tupperware for drinks and food, as concert shows always produces a lot of trash.
Reduce Waste First, followed by Recycling.
The Singapore Environmental Council will also be there.
–Singapore Environment Council
Website: www.sec.org.sg

Please explain and answer the following questions!

What questions do you have about "adventure"?
Do you know of any Quotations related to this topic?
And what do they mean? How would you define "adventure"? What does "adventure" mean to you? Does anyone know the etymology of "adventure"? What are the Synonyms of "adventure"? What does "adventure" mean in other languages? i.e. Chinese, German, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, etc? What is the opposite of "adventure"? What is the difference between "adventure" and it's opposite? What books explores the meaning of "adventure"? What literature explores the meaning of "adventure"? What short stories explores the meaning of "adventure"? What poetry explores the meaning of "adventure"? What movies explore the meaning of "adventure"? What artwork explores the meaning of "adventure"? What paintings explore the meaning of "adventure"? What comics explore the meaning of "adventure"? What songs explore the meaning of "adventure"? What music explores the meaning of "adventure"? What sculpture explores the meaning of "adventure"? Does anyone know of any philosophers that have explored the topic of "adventure"?
What is your first memory of "adventure"?
What happens when you brainstorm on the topic of "adventure"?
Who do you know that most manifests "adventure"?
Are you interested in this topic and why?
What builds "adventure"?
What destroys "adventure"?
What religious stories or myths explore "adventure"? Are there any stories in your family that explore "adventure"? What legends explore "adventure"?