New Skype Phone

Skype on Thursday announced that it will sell Wi-Fi phones embedded with Skype Internet calling software to allow people to make calls over the Internet without being tethered to their PCs. Here, the Wi-Fi phone from Edgecore. Full Article The new Wi-Fi Phone will surely increase Skype Usage beyond desktop.

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More than 50 dogs and cats need to be adopted

More than 50 dogs and cats need to be adopted today The Star, 19 July 2006 KUALA LUMPUR: More than 50 dogs and cats at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) animal pound in Puchong will be put down if they are not adopted by today. Independent Pet Rescuers Malaysia is appealing to the public to adopt the animals and save them. The adoption drive will be held today, from 9am to 4.15pm, at No 1, Jalan Utama, Taman Perindustrian Puchong Perdana (next to the Mariamman Hindu temple). The animals were to have been put down on July 16 but Subang Jaya state assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, who is also MPSJ councilor, had helped extended the deadline to give the rescuers more time to save the animals. “I received a call from a Malay man who wished to remain anonymous, who said that Islam did not condone putting down animals, be they cats or dogs, and it was heartbreaking to see these animals being put to sleep,” said Lee. Independent Pet Rescuers Malaysia volunteer Sherrina Krishnan said their main aim was to find good homes for the animals. Sherrina, 36, said people abandoning animals or not having them neutered …

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Pooch’s day out

The 2nd write up by NST on the Malaysia Dog Olympic Day recently organized by Puppy.com.my at Central Park, Bandar Utama on June 18, 2006 Pooch’s day out SAM CHEONG NST, 23 June 2006 Dogs of all sizes and their owners met up at the ‘Dog Olympics’ recently. SAM CHEONG and Naughty-boy, his 10-month-old Siberian Husky, were there too. TWO things came into mind when I decided to check out the first-ever Dog Olympics at Bandar Utama’s Central Park on June 18. First, it was Naughty-boy, my 10-month-old Siberian Husky’s ability, or rather, inability to socialise with other dogs. Huskies tend to be aggressive with other dogs and it showed when I first got him micro-chipped at a community park in Taman Desa about two months earlier. Next, handling him alone while being surrounded by hundreds of dogs of different breed and sizes. Since I am very new at this, what will happen rests entirely on how the both of us behave. Generally, Huskies love to run and being such good escape artists, it will be impossible to retrieve these strong-willed dogs. A scary thought. When the day finally came, I was a nervous wreck as my pup braved car-sickness …

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Champion canine dies at lavish animal hotel

Champion canine dies at lavish animal hotel by Llew-Ann Phang The Sun, July 2006 PETALING JAYA: The six-star Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Animal Hotel near the KL International Airport (KLIA) has been accused of mistreating a dog under its care, but it says it did its best for the canine which died due to stress and an E.Coli infection. The hotel is alleged to have mistreated and neglected the English bulldog, which was in transit last month while on its way home to India from a dog-show in Manila, where it had emerged champion. It was said to have been traveling in a case which bore clear instructions on its requirements. A source which did not want to be named said the instructions stipulated that the dog had to be kept in temperatures of between 10 and 24 degrees Celsius and checked on every half hour. The source also claimed that unlike the cats holding-area, the dogs holding area was not air-conditioned, and the dog was barking incessantly while left there. “It was then left at the paddocks but because of the heat, it died by the time it was checked on again,” the source said. MAS Corporate Communications Department (Cargo) …

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Pet Memorial Services

Giving your pet a proper send-off Eileen Ng NST, 9 July 2006 KUALA LUMPUR: As 17-year-old Beano was loaded into the incinerator in Cheras, sisters Cheah Hsiao Theng and Hsiao Ling felt a sense of relief. Relief that their companion was no longer suffering and that she was in a better place.. Beano, a Spitz and bull-terrier cross, was stricken with mammary gland cancer for a year and during the last few days of her life, had refused to eat, couldn’t stand and had sores on her abdomen. “We were sad that she was gone but at least now she is not suffering anymore,” said Hsiao Teng. Beano was cremated last Wednesday and her ashes, which were placed in an urn, now have pride of place at the Cheah residence, together with some fresh flowers and pictures of the gregarious dog. The Cheah sisters are among a growing number of pet owners who choose cremation for their pets rather than burying them. There are at least two companies in Malaysia offering pet cremation services for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, hamsters, fish, tortoises and other animals. The cost ranges from RM348 to RM1,233. The service comes with a cardboard box or …

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Online Recruitment Sites fighting for market share via Taxi Ads

These days when you drive along streets in Kuala Lumpur you bound to see plenty of AD shown at the back of many taxis and most of these ADs are for Online Job Recruitment site. Popular online recruitment sites fighting these AD war are Jobs Street, Jobs and More and Jobs DB. New entry to the scene is Jen Jobs. Jen Jobs offer free posting for Year 2006. Jobs2U.com.my however offer free job posting forever. Online recruitment site seem to be very lucrative and you may see more entries in the future. That is understandable as Jobs Street made solid profit in year 2005. JobStreet 2005 net profit rises 76% to RM16.4 million 27/02/2006 10:20:00 JobStreet, a online recruitment company in the region, listed on the Mesdaq market of Bursa Malaysia, today announces that it has posted a higher net profit of RM16.4 million for the financial year ended December 31, 2005 compared with RM9.3 million the previous year. This represents year-on-year growth of 76%. The net profit of RM16.4 million was achieved on the back of revenue amounting to RM55.0 million for the year ended 31 December 2005, representing year-on-year growth of 57.4% compared to RM34.9 million in the …

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Google is going hard on AdWords clients with less-than-quality landing pages

Google is going hard on AdWords clients with less-than-quality landing pages for their websites, in an attempt to clean up those made-for-AdSense pages found all over the web. Read more at Inside Adwords As you may recall, we began incorporating advertiser landing page quality into the Quality Score back in December 2005. Following that change, advertisers who are not providing useful landing pages to our users will have lower Quality Scores that in turn result in higher minimum bid requirements for their keywords. We realize that some minimum bids may be too high to be cost-effective — indeed, these high minimum bids are our way of motivating advertisers to either improve their landing pages or to simply stop using AdWords for those pages, while still giving some control over which keywords to advertise on. Although it is counter-intuitive to some who hear it, we’d rather show one less ad than to show an ad which leads to a poor user experience — since long-term user trust in AdWords is of overarching importance. From time-to-time, we improve our algorithms for evaluating landing page quality (often based on feedback from our end-users), and next week we’re launching another such improvement. Thus, over …

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Juan Pablo Montoya off to Nascar next season

Juan Pablo Montoya will join Chip Ganassi Racing for next year. It has been reported that it is Juan who asked Chip Ganassi Racing for the race seat and otherwise but it is imaterial. Most important of all, Juan got to confirm that he will race again next year, after several not so successful seasons at F1. Mc Laren has also confirmed that Juan will be released immediately and his remaining F1 races will be replaced by Mc Laren test driver Pedro de la Rosa. To me, it is rather a good move by Juan. As a F1 driver , you want to continue to race without having to stop for a year or two. Getting a race seat these day is not easy. Good that Juan grap one quick when it is available. With Juan leaving Mc Claren, it looks like Kimi seat with Mc Laren is secured. But then is there a point for Kimi to stay at Mc Laren ? It would be better off for Kimi to join better team like Renault where he may stand a chance to win a title. It has been a disappointing season for Mc Laren so far.

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1ST MALAYSIAN BARK-FAST

Calling all dog-lovers! Come have brunch with your four-legged friends during the 1ST MALAYSIAN BARK-FAST on July 29, 2006, organised by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor. The 1ST MALAYSIAN BARK-FAST aims to showcase dogs as a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle choice, and to promote responsible pet ownership. All proceeds will be channelled towards Klinik Kembiri, Malaysia’s only low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Established in 2003, Klinik Kembiri is a project initiated by SPCA and DBKL. It is the world’s only low-cost spay/neuter clinic jointly run by an animal shelter and a municipality. This pioneer clinic, located in Setapak, provides safe and quick neutering services for dogs and cats, and is open daily. This project was created in the hopes of reducing the number of unwanted, abandoned and homeless animals in the country ny preventing unwanted pregnancies. To date, Klinik Kembiri has sterilised over 3,000 animals and successfully prevented an estimated 2.7 million births. BARK-FAST will be held at Finnegan’s Irish Pub in Desa Sri Hartamas from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, and will feature a host of fun activities including a raffle draw, trivia and games. Brunch will consist of a hearty Irish breakfast spread including …

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MiCAT, Malaysia International Cat Show

We were at the MiCAT, the Malaysia International Cat Show 2006 at Mid Valley City over the last weekend. The International Show attracted entries from many countries such as Thailand, China and more. Some of the pictures taken on that day are:- More information on MiCAT can be viewed here Discussion on MiCAT at the Cat and Kitten Forum The show cat fee of RM 170.00 is definitely high but yet it attracted a lot of participation. No doubt that the show fee is very high compared to that of a dog show. As the whole show involve the invitation of 8 oversea judges and one of the way to cover the high cost is to charge high show cat fee.

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