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As winter wears on and snow and ice continue to permeate the ground here in the northern hemisphere, what better to take our minds off of the relentless cold than to dream of an island paradise full of bright colors, warm scenes, and sun and surf? Ibrahim Mohamed's photography fits that order to perfection and introduces us to the beautiful world of the Maldives at the same time.

If gorgeous sunsets and broad vistas give Ibrahim a signature foundation for his photography, his human subjects build it to new heights. Joie de vivre is really the theme. Everything is filled with joy, brings joy, and shows joy. Nothing else warms a cold winter morning like an injection of joy.

Written by Dawn M. Armfield

Suharto, Former Indonesian Dictator, Dies at 86 - New York Times

Mr. Suharto had been hospitalized on Jan. 4 with heart, lung and kidney problems, according to medical officials of Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta. His condition worsened dramatically over the weekend and he lost consciousness and stopped breathing on his own, they said.

A statement issued by the chief presidential doctor, Marjo Subiandono, said he was declared dead at 1:10 p.m. The cause of death was given as multi-organ failure.

Mr. Suharto was driven from office in 1998 by widespread rioting, economic paralysis and political chaos. His rule was not without accomplishment; he led Indonesia to stability and nurtured economic growth. But these successes were ultimately overshadowed by his pervasive and large-scale corruption; repressive, militarized rule; and a convulsion of mass bloodletting when he seized power in the late 1960s that took at least 500,000 lives.

As the leader of one of the world’s most populous countries, Mr. Suharto and his family became notorious for controlling state enterprises and taking kickbacks for government contracts, for siphoning money from state charities and for committing gross violations of human rights. read more

Sunday, 27 January 2008 at 1.10 pm. H.M. Soeharto passed away in 87 years old. Before, he was admitted for 24 days at RSPP (Hospital of Central PERTAMINA). May ALLAH accepts him in the best place, forgives his mistakes and shower him with blessing. Well, although most of Indonesian are still sure that he was a mastermind who should responsible for so many coup, riots, kidnapped, corruption, etc. Please remember what has he dedicated for Indonesia. He was the father of Indonesian Development. He had succesfully brought Indonesia to extraordinary progress after 32 years, during he was being our President. No body's perfect!

Good bye, Pak Harto!!! We'll always remember your merits to Indonesia. Hope your merits will be one of so many considerations of GOD in heaven. Insha Allah, GOD will placing you at properly place in heaven.

P.S. from 27 January to 3rd February 2008 is national mourned day. Dont forget to hang flag at half mast!

Life on Mars? Amazing photos from Nasa probe reveal mystery figure on Red Planet

Perched on a rock, she could be waiting for a bus.
But if so, she could be in for an awfully long wait.
This photo of what looks remarkably like a female figure with her arm outstretched, was taken on Mars.

Scroll down for more...Call me rocky: The intriguing image captured by Nasa on Mars

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it has set the Internet abuzz with claims that there really is life on the red planet.

The image was among many sent back to Earth by Spirit, Nasa's Mars explorer vehicle which landed there four years ago.

Initial inspections revealed nothing unusual, but closer examination by amateur astronomers has thrown up this intriguing picture.

As one enthusiast put it on a website: "These pictures are amazing. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw what appears to be a naked alien running around on Mars."

Another, dismissing cynicism about the somewhat stony look of the "alien", wrote: "If you show me another rock in another photo from Mars, or Earth, that naturally looks like that, I will reconsider."

Cute Ashly (Bulgarian Model) on the Beach - Biyadhoo Island Resort

Originally uploaded by i b u

I'm in action - Photographer by Ahmed Zahid

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Island hopper's diary

Island hopper's diary

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Suntan- Maldives

Suntan- Maldives
Originally uploaded by i b u
She smoothes her towel on the sand, Lifts it up once more to remove a pebble,
Then smoothes it again across, The white sand of her grey day dreams.
Once seated, she ceremoniously, Decants her sun milks and oils,
Drenching her rounded belly with the potions, Until her skin's thirst is assauged.

Years of sun worshipping, Her skin would make a fine handbag,
Its texture and hue next season's fashion.
She lies on her back, Fingers stretched out like Spanish fans.
Closed eyes watching orange spangles, Until she fries at noon.

Oh, Coco! What did you start? A fashionable hedonism that Cultivates fatal flaws. Better to experience in once or more in lovely Maldives

Maldives Environment - current issues

Environment - current issues: depletion of freshwater aquifers threatens water supplies; global warming and sea level rise; coral reef bleaching

Definition: This entry lists the most pressing and important environmental problems. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry:
acidification - the lowering of soil and water pH due to acid precipitation and deposition usually through precipitation; this process disrupts ecosystem nutrient flows and may kill freshwater fish and plants dependent on more neutral or alkaline conditions (see acid rain).
acid rain - characterized as containing harmful levels of sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxide; acid rain is damaging and potentially deadly to the earth's fragile ecosystems; acidity is measured using the pH scale where 7 is neutral, values greater than 7 are considered alkaline, and values below 5.6 are considered acid precipitation; note - a pH of 2.4 (the acidity of vinegar) has been measured in rainfall in New England.
aerosol - a collection of airborne particles dispersed in a gas, smoke, or fog.
afforestation - converting a bare or agricultural space by planting trees and plants; reforestation involves replanting trees on areas that have been cut or destroyed by fire.
asbestos - a naturally occurring soft fibrous mineral commonly used in fireproofing materials and considered to be highly carcinogenic in particulate form.
biodiversity - also biological diversity; the relative number of species, diverse in form and function, at the genetic, organism, community, and ecosystem level; loss of biodiversity reduces an ecosystem's ability to recover from natural or man-induced disruption.
bio-indicators - a plant or animal species whose presence, abundance, and health reveal the general condition of its habitat.
biomass - the total weight or volume of living matter in a given area or volume.
carbon cycle - the term used to describe the exchange of carbon (in various forms, e.g., as carbon dioxide) between the atmosphere, ocean, terrestrial biosphere, and geological deposits.
catchments - assemblages used to capture and retain rainwater and runoff; an important water management technique in areas with limited freshwater resources, such as Gibraltar.
DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane) - a colorless, odorless insecticide that has toxic effects on most animals; the use of DDT was banned in the US in 1972.
defoliants - chemicals which cause plants to lose their leaves artificially; often used in agricultural practices for weed control, and may have detrimental impacts on human and ecosystem health.
deforestation - the destruction of vast areas of forest (e.g., unsustainable forestry practices, agricultural and range land clearing, and the over exploitation of wood products for use as fuel) without planting new growth.
desertification - the spread of desert-like conditions in arid or semi-arid areas, due to overgrazing, loss of agriculturally productive soils, or climate change.
dredging - the practice of deepening an existing waterway; also, a technique used for collecting bottom-dwelling marine organisms (e.g., shellfish) or harvesting coral, often causing significant destruction of reef and ocean-floor ecosystems.
drift-net fishing - done with a net, miles in extent, that is generally anchored to a boat and left to float with the tide; often results in an over harvesting and waste of large populations of non-commercial marine species (by-catch) by its effect of "sweeping the ocean clean."
ecosystems - ecological units comprised of complex communities of organisms and their specific environments.
effluents - waste materials, such as smoke, sewage, or industrial waste which are released into the environment, subsequently polluting it.
endangered species - a species that is threatened with extinction either by direct hunting or habitat destruction.
freshwater - water with very low soluble mineral content; sources include lakes, streams, rivers, glaciers, and underground aquifers.
greenhouse gas - a gas that "traps" infrared radiation in the lower atmosphere causing surface warming; water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and ozone are the primary greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere.
groundwater - water sources found below the surface of the earth often in naturally occurring reservoirs in permeable rock strata; the source for wells and natural springs.
Highlands Water Project - a series of dams constructed jointly by Lesotho and South Africa to redirect Lesotho's abundant water supply into a rapidly growing area in South Africa; while it is the largest infrastructure project in southern Africa, it is also the most costly and controversial; objections to the project include claims that it forces people from their homes, submerges farmlands, and squanders economic resources.
Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) - represents the 145,000 Inuits of Russia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland in international environmental issues; a General Assembly convenes every three years to determine the focus of the ICC; the most current concerns are long-range transport of pollutants, sustainable development, and climate change.
metallurgical plants - industries which specialize in the science, technology, and processing of metals; these plants produce highly concentrated and toxic wastes which can contribute to pollution of ground water and air when not properly disposed.
noxious substances - injurious, very harmful to living beings.
overgrazing - the grazing of animals on plant material faster than it can naturally regrow leading to the permanent loss of plant cover, a common effect of too many animals grazing limited range land.
ozone shield - a layer of the atmosphere composed of ozone gas (O3) that resides approximately 25 miles above the Earth's surface and absorbs solar ultraviolet radiation that can be harmful to living organisms.
poaching - the illegal killing of animals or fish, a great concern with respect to endangered or threatened species.
pollution - the contamination of a healthy environment by man-made waste.
potable water - water that is drinkable, safe to be consumed.
salination - the process through which fresh (drinkable) water becomes salt (undrinkable) water; hence, desalination is the reverse process; also involves the accumulation of salts in topsoil caused by evaporation of excessive irrigation water, a process that can eventually render soil incapable of supporting crops.
siltation - occurs when water channels and reservoirs become clotted with silt and mud, a side effect of deforestation and soil erosion.
slash-and-burn agriculture - a rotating cultivation technique in which trees are cut down and burned in order to clear land for temporary agriculture; the land is used until its productivity declines at which point a new plot is selected and the process repeats; this practice is sustainable while population levels are low and time is permitted for regrowth of natural vegetation; conversely, where these conditions do not exist, the practice can have disastrous consequences for the environment .
soil degradation - damage to the land's productive capacity because of poor agricultural practices such as the excessive use of pesticides or fertilizers, soil compaction from heavy equipment, or erosion of topsoil, eventually resulting in reduced ability to produce agricultural products.
soil erosion - the removal of soil by the action of water or wind, compounded by poor agricultural practices, deforestation, overgrazing, and desertification.
ultraviolet (UV) radiation - a portion of the electromagnetic energy emitted by the sun and naturally filtered in the upper atmosphere by the ozone layer; UV radiation can be harmful to living organisms and has been linked to increasing rates of skin cancer in humans.
water-born diseases - those in which the bacteria survive in, and is transmitted through, water; always a serious threat in areas with an untreated water supply.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of April 17, 2007

Flickr Scout: i b u

Scout: i b u
1. Have a good sunday!, 2. 'lifeguard', 3. I can taste summer, 4. Good bye 2007 & Happy New year 2008, 5. birds watch, 6. Eid ul Adha fever, Every where!, 7. Family fishing weekend, 8. Shores of Fire,

9. M's one man show!!, 10. Floating holidays - Maldives, 11. Happy Sunday!! - Day 360 / 356 days, 12. today's life... friday fever, 13. Sunset lovers, 14. Gift for Yum, 15. Indian blue Peafowl, 16. WHY practicing kids?,

17. Hermit crab poison, 18. non affluent, 19. Immediately past, 20. furious clouds, 21. Dot- I'm scared, 22. ....into plan....unforceful...., 23. Pinkish, 24. the engaged couple,

25. Reinforcement Learning, 26. Convergence, 27. Emptiness, 28. Beach Girls, 29. Fallen Feathers, 30. The Living Rainbow, 31. Child Of The Universe, 32. Fishmonger,

33. Friday's Pain, 34. Friday Long hearts for the Long Weekend, 35. A Gray Crane so Scare!, 36. Vote 'Barulamaanee' (Parliamentary System), 37. KIDS future...Do we concern...?, 38. For Me In Heaven, 39. Breathless Morning, 40. Sea Hibiscus,

41. Sun and Shadow, 42. Friday the 13th, 43. Common Photographer, 44. A Car is a Car, 45. Glass Mind, 46. The Maldivian Sunrise, 47. Silhouettes in the fire light…, 48. Times up!,

49. Rays of SILVER and GOLD, 50. Luxury Spa, 51. Reflections Of Reality, 52. Drunken Hermit Crab, 53. I Was Lonly, 54. The Pleasures of Ordinary Life, 55. Wait For Me In My Dreams, 56. the SUN & SAND,

57. Day After Day There is Sunset, 58. Friendship, 59. A Golden Day, 60. Sunset Lover, 61. Under pressure, 62. Nowhere to go, Nothing to know, 63. mum's world, 64. Just chilling,

65. The silent spell, 66. "Mum my hand geting warm from the sun", 67. The perfect day end, 68. watermelon, 69. Sunset and Dhoni

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Good Bye 2007 & Happy New Year 2008

"Happy New Year"

Afgani : Saale Nao Mubbarak,
Afrikaans: Gelukkige nuwe jaar,
Albanian :Gezuar Vitin e Ri,
Armenian :Snorhavor Nor Tari
Arabic : Antum salimoun
Assyrian : Sheta Brikhta
Azeri : Yeni Iliniz Mubarek!
Bengali : Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bulgarian : ×åñòèòà Íîâà Ãîäèíà(pronounced "Chestita Nova Godina")
Cambodian : Soursdey Chhnam Tmei
Chinese : Xin Nian Kuai Le
Corsican Language : Pace e Salute
Croatian : Sretna Nova godina!
Cymraeg (Welsh) : Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Czechoslovakia : Scastny Novy Rok
Denish : Godt Nytår
Dhivehi : Ufaaveri Aa Aharakah Edhen
Eskimo : Kiortame pivdluaritlo
Esperanto : Felican Novan Jaron
Estonians : Head uut aastat!
Finnish : Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French : Bonne Annee
Gaelic : Bliadhna mhath ur
Galician [NorthWestern Spain]:Bo Nadal e Feliz Aninovo
German : Prosit Neujahr
Greek : Kenourios Chronos
Gujarati : Nutan Varshbhinandan
Hawaiian: Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew : L'Shannah Tovah
Hindi : Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen
Hong kong : (Cantonese) Sun Leen Fai Lok
Hungarian : Boldog Ooy Ayvet
Indonesian : Selamat Tahun Baru
Iranian : Saleh now mobarak
Iraqi : Sanah Jadidah
Irish : Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Felice anno nuovo
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Kabyle: Asegwas Amegaz
Kannada: Hosa Varushadha Shubhashayagalu
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Korea: Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo!
Lithuanian: Laimingu Naujuju Metu
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Macedonian : Srekjna Nova Godina
Malay : Selamat Tahun Baru
Marathi : Nveen Varshachy Shubhechcha
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Maltese : Is-Sena t- Tajba
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persian : Saleh now ra tabrik migouyam
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siraiki : Nawan Saal Shala Mubarak Theevay
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Swedish : GOTT NYTT ÅR! /Gott nytt år!
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Uzbek : Yangi Yil Bilan
Vietnamese : Chuc Mung Tan Nien
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