Friday, October 31, 2008

7 Stress Busters

NVDL: 2 I highly recommend are that you make a conscious choice to monitor your own thoughts. Especially at night. You need to be a guardian of your mind. The second one is food. Every thing you put into your body manifests in some way. Remember your body is photocopying its cells, and uses the food you give it to assist in this process. Feed it poison, and it's going to replicate some of those cells in an aberrant way. And that includes your thoughts. High sugar eats and drinks lead to mood swings and irritability. Better to consume carbohydrates and high fibre foods for an even buzz.

Just today a woman asked my age. When I said 36 you should have seen the look of astonishment. She said: "My God, you look as though you;re in your twenties." Exercise, no smoking and drinking not only keep us looking young, but feeling young (and de-stressed). Now I need to work on getting enough sleep. What's that saying about 'no rest for the wicked...'
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1. Start your day with meditation
2. Manage your mood with diet and herbs

• Every day, eat lots of green leafy vegetables, barley grass, seaweed - anything high in chlorophyll - to keep the liver in good health.

3. Suppress stress with positive thinking
4. Get stress out of your head and on paper

5. Unblock tension with exercise
6. A Retreat to Avoid Burnout
7. Perspective from the Natural World
Use nature to reduce stress. Go outside, hike in the woods, walk on the beach, anything that puts you in contact with the natural world. It is difficult to feel stressed when you are surrounded by nature's abundance of vitality and wonder.
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I'm bored and unhappy - think I'll set my self on fire

SEATTLE – A 61-year-old former University of Washington staff member doused himself with gasoline and set himself ablaze Thursday in the midst of a crowded campus plaza. He died a short time later.

NVDL: I think to get to this point where setting yourself on fire seems like a bright idea, means you are so immersed in thoughts that you're essentially not connected with reality. Reality is that burning is pretty painful. Ever burned a finger? Now imagine a whole arm, chest, legs, your face.

My guess is the guy felt fully alive moments before he died. And then he thought: "Damn." This is about the failure to imagine beyond the humdrum of ego-based thought. It's a failure to be aware of one's own consciousness, of being alive.
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Police carry fire extinguishers from the scene of where a 61-year-old man poured

"Everyone was eyeing him because we couldn't comprehend that he was actually pouring gas on himself," Preston said.

One onlooker ran toward the man in an apparent attempt to stop him, but slipped on the liquid before he could reach him, witnesses said.

Student Dan Kim said the man, who appeared to be alone, "lit a match and all of a sudden everything went up in flames, including himself. He dropped down onto the ground. He was rolling on the ground."

Several people, including student Peter Chung, rushed toward the man and tried to smother the flames with their jackets, shirts and other clothing. A few ran to get fire extinguishers, he said.

"A bunch of us used our water bottles to try to kill the fire," Chung said.

One man took off his jeans and stood in his boxers trying to douse the flames, witnesses said.

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Google SMS for your Samsung phone + VIDEO

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From local business listings to stock quotes, you can get the information you're looking for with Google SMS.

Simply text message your search query to 466453 ("GOOGLE" on most devices) and we'll text message back your results.

For a list of useful shortcuts and tips, text message "help" to 466453 ("GOOGLE").

To get started, text "help" to 466453
or visit
from your phone

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Gmail Adds SMS Chat

The cool aspect is that this allows pc to phone messaging and phone to pc. Neato!
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Users of Google’s Gmail service can now send text message chats to mobile phones using the webapp’s built-in Chat feature.

Google is adding the experimental functionality through Gmail Labs. To turn it on, go to the Labs tab within Gmail’s settings. Or, just click on the little green Erlenmeyer flask icon next to your e-mail address at the top of the page in Gmail. If you don’t see the option right away, check back later — Gmail product manager Keith Coleman, who demonstrated the new feature for Webmonkey, says it will be made available in Labs to all Gmail users Thursday evening.

The 406 number works both ways, so your friend can reply to you via text message. Also, your friend can save that number in their phone as belonging to you, and they can even use it to initiate new chats with you.

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California - driest spring on record

I'd like to see a centralised database that lists all climate records around the world on a daily basis. There must be one. If there isn't one, I guess I could start a blog: Daily Planet - World Climate Records updated daily.
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With two successive years of below-normal rainfall, including the driest spring on record, North Coast water officials would love to see a good rainy season for a change.

But with a dry winter, he said continued conservation efforts take on even greater importance.

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3,000-year old Hebrew text found at David and Goliath battle site

It probably says: A small guy (our guy) beat up a large sonofab#tch, and he did it in style.
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The shard -- or ostracon -- contains five lines of text divided by black lines.

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago.

Carbon dating of the ostracon, along with pottery analysis, dates the inscription to time of King David, about a millennium earlier than the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the university said.

The shard contains five lines of text divided by black lines and measures 15 by 15 centimeters, or about 6 inches square.

The shard was discovered at the Elah Fortress in Khirbet Qeiyafa, about 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem. The fortress, measuring 2.3 hectares (about 5.7 acres), is the earliest-known fortified city of the biblical period in Israel.

The site of Khirbet Qeiyafa is located near the place where the Bible describes the battle between David and Goliath -- the Elah Valley, which shares its name with the fortress.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III - ouch!

Um...R80 000 to take photographs that would fill up a billboard (or you could splash across the silver screen). Think I'll stick to my 7.2 mp shooter for now.
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Pricey 21-Megapixel DSLR Captures Beaucoup Data

The super-honcho of DSLRs at 21.1 megapixels, this baby rivals monstrously pricier medium-format digitals in resolution and pummels them with its portability and ease of use. Dual Digic III processors handle the massive load of data collected by the full-frame CMOS sensor, and the resulting images make stunning large prints. The Mark III's lines approach equine elegance, and the user interface is downright refined.

WIRED Customizable one-touch menus. Outstanding battery life. Biggest, brightest viewfinder on the market. Internal sensor-cleaning system for speck-free pics.



9 out of 10

Samsung GX-20 $1,400
The love child of the Samsung-Pentax partnership is an easy-to-use 14.6-megapixel charmer.

Sony Alpha A350 $800
Sneaking up fast on the major players, thanks to ease of use and feature set. But shoot above ISO 800 and quality retreats just as fast.

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1Time Wins Fuel Hedge Gamble

Quite a few airlines got stung by buying fuel contracts at the $100 plus level. These airlines have failed to benefit so far from current low prices. The exception, is 1Time. I flew 1Time from Durban last month and their prices do appear to undercut Kulula by about R100 - quite consistently.

Future hedging is likely to be tricky as currencies and oil prices oscillate - apparently randomly.

Low-cost carrier 1Time, which paid dearly for not hedging against rising oil prices in the first half of the year, is now benefiting from the lower prices. “We were criticised for not hedging earlier this year when prices were rising but now we are benefiting from that decision,” 1Time CEO Glenn Orsmond said yesterday.

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In reality the metaphor of the corridor and the board with destinations could be flawed, because airports and long distance air travel may not be part of our future (not to the extent they have been). Still, it's a nice picture isn't it?-)

World will struggle to meet oil demand [Financial Times]

Output from the world’s oilfields is declining faster than previously thought, the first authoritative public study of the biggest fields shows.

Heinberg: First deflation, then inflation, then deflation again, until money is worthless and everything of value has been used, drained, burned, cut, eaten, or hoarded.

NVDL: Quite a concern...
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Without extra investment to raise production, the natural annual rate of output decline is 9.1 per cent, the International Energy Agency says in its annual report, the World Energy Outlook, a draft of which has been obtained by the Financial Times.

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World's 400 largest oilfields depleting at 9.1% annually [Financial Times]

Heinberg: July 2008 was the all-time peak in world oil production.
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The Financial Times has leaked the results of the International Energy Agency's long-awaited study of the depletion profiles of the world's 400 largest oilfields, indicating that, "Without extra investment to raise production, the natural annual rate of output decline is 9.1 per cent."tar sand in hand

This is a stunning figure.

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If in fact economic growth is finished, then so is “development” - Heinberg

Heinberg: The end of growth will ultimately level the economic playing field among nations (not in an absolute sense, but to a greater degree than now). But between here and “ultimately,” there is plenty of rough terrain.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: “The financial crisis threatens the foundations of globalisation, which in turn underpins global growth.”
And for the rich nations, traversing that terrain that will entail a great deal of un-development.
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globe manhattanIn a recent commentary I suggested that, due to the confluence of the unfolding economic crisis and Peak Oil, we have now seen the last of aggregate world economic growth—forever—if the word “growth” is conventionally defined. So far no one else seems to have taken up this idea. So, in forthcoming commentaries, I will seek to sort out the evidence that might confirm or disconfirm the notion, and also unpack some of its implications.

No doubt the financial crisis will devastate poor nations. But let us not fool ourselves into thinking that rich nations have spent the past few decades tirelessly trying to make less-industrialized countries prosperous and powerful like themselves.

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"He's dead Jim"

I watched a classic Star Trek movie recently - V-GER (ring a bell?) - so I am kind've getting into the Trekkie vibe. This clip is classic!

The Recycling of Financial Pain

It's started again. The hype, the hubris, the positive spin. Economists and experts are chorusing that inflation has peaked, that we have turned the corner. Yes, we have turned the corner. But we're on a spiral staircase.

What does Peak Oil say

Peak Oil presents a fairly simple (but unhappy) scenario. Firstly, it presents energy as a vital and fundamental force underlying our consumption (and eventually, our survival). Consumption was possible to the extent that it was for as long as we had cheap and abundant energy. Energy is no longer cheap. Any guesses to why? That's right. It's no longer abundant. There's tons of the stuff left, just not quite enough for EVERYONE. And let's face, the human population has expanded enormously.

Peak Oil draws our attention to the top of the bell shaped curve (of oil supply). The theory says once peak oil (supply) has been reached, no matter what we do, no matter how much we drill, we cannot but produce/extract successively less oil. This brings about permanent contraction. Like may Peak Oil commentators, I believe we are moving down the slope now (in other words, we are starting to experience the chronic effects of Peak Oil). Put even more simply - world energy supplies have peaked; have reached maximum-ever levels.

Depletion vs Demand

The 'experts' in finance that I talk to are fixated on demand-side economics, and point to demand as the problem. Demand destruction is why the markets have crashed. True, but what caused the demand destruction? High oil prices. Demand destruction is the remedy - they argue - for high prices. Really? The problem is, when prices come down (due to players being sidelined, projects cancelled etc), the number of have-nots increases to a great extent. Initiatives are killed by falling energy prices - for example deep water drilling projects that are viable at $100, and electric cars - are no longer viable when these prices collapse by $30. Also, price relief isn't felt immediately by companies such as airlines that buy longer term contracts. The underlying problem is not demand, but depletion (no matter how we change our demand, we are critically addicted to energy, and that resource is reaching critically low levels now, which implies continually escalating price premiums feeding into everything that is energy dependent).

From TOD:

Dozens of new projects started up over the last few years, bringing 2.5 mbpd of new oil the market in 2005, 3 mbpd in 2006 and over 3 mbpd in 2007. However during this period global flows remained flat. Skrebowski suggested an underlying decline rate of the fields already in production of 4.5% or around 3.7 bmpd. The important point to note is that this figure is three times the demand growth – depletion of supply is the main story in the global demand supply balance, not demand. This amount is also greater than all non-conventionals, and Skrebowski said the decline was increasing at 0.3-0.4 mbpd. per year.

While problem isn't entirely a demand side problem, the solution though, is on the demand side. We can change our living arrangements.

Unsustainable Sense of Entitlement

The way in which we consume is unsustainable. And the rate of our consumption has reached critically high levels (not just for ourselves, for the environment too). In the last cycle we saw demand (and speculation) drive oil prices to $147. This broke (in fact bankrupted) the markets. The USA will announce that bankruptcy by around summer 2009, if not sooner. The consensus now though is that 'we have turned a corner', 'everything is going to be okay'. While no one can be faulted for wishing this to be the case, we can be faulted for sliding back into our habits, and our lazy, self-serving denialism. And this is happening.

How do we know for sure?

Specifically: high energy costs drove inflationary effects (for food and fuel, and other costs of living) to very difficult levels. If money grows on trees (and it does in terms of being dependent on plant based fossil fuels) markets reflected that this period had reached a tipping point: they shed wealth like trees in Autumn.

A huge Player in this deleveraging process was the Finance Sector - the banks. See, banks had made the same gamble that people buying houses had - that property prices could only go up. This was based on a psychology of previous investment, and greed. This mistake has cost world markets, literally, trillions of dollars.

Very few people understand the caveat to the dogmatic belief that property markets are like an Infinite Wealth Machine. While some believed a house was like an ATM dressed up as a sort of Beanstalk (connecting one to a fantasy world of wealth, leading to an even bigger house - a castle) and that you could just draw money against this evergreen ever growing asset, a small group of people were looking at the concept of suburbia (which is the urban library of these so-called forever appreciating assets) and began to realise that suburbia evolved - surprise surprise - thanks to the car. Suburbia was made possible thanks to road networks that could connect these plots of lands to various urban hubs. Suburbia, essentially, is car dependent, and so are all its accessories.

To function in the caricature of country living (suburbia) you need to supply your house with accoutrements. These basically include:

furniture - beds, sofas, tables, chairs, shelves, carpets
electronic equipment - televisions, computers, refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, lawnmowers, lights

and of course - a car.

The car is used to ferry food to the house from a large warehouse, which in turn gets stuff trucked and shipped to it.
The car is used to go to work.
The car is used to take the kids to school.
The car is used to ferry everything else besides food to fill the house up with stuff.

These multiple habits happen occur every day as a matter of course, pursued by tens of millions of people in the world's largest urban centres, and we appear to have expected this mass consumption to continue indefinitely. Right now, we are hoping that we can continue to expect this.

So we see suburbia is very energy intensive. It also stimulates hyper individualism, which underpins hyper-consumption. Hyper-consumption is a scenario in which each person feels entitled to their own house, car and accoutrements. A lot of stuff gets used up, and thrown away. And that's what you're left with - a throwaway society that is itself, not worth much, and can do very little that is useful.

Currently, almost 1 billion people have cars. Most of these live in suburbia. The remaining 5.7 billion do not have cars, and tend to be impoverished, many of them less educated, and often, starving. We are starting to see the limits to growth (the idea of accessorising each and every individual) at a point just prior to 1/6th of the world's population having being kitted out with cars and houses and shopping malls .

The inference is simple: though we may all feel entitled to our own phones, our own personal computer, own television and home, and a toothbrush in the color we want, this is simply a fantasy. In order to serve the current manifestation - the hyper individual - massive amounts of energy are diverted in this service. A simple example: one calorie of meat requires 10 calories of energy. People are eating far more meat than is healthy, and more than we are supposed to. we do so in mass deployed fry huts in various permutations: KFC, MacDonald's and all the rest. The principal food these fry huts sell is meat. Not only is the human diet (in fast food) an impossible habit from an energy perspective, but our fatty, protein rich diets tend to promote high levels of heart disease. What we eat sickens us to our very core.


The end of suburbia. The suburbs will diminish and we will see city centres become more livable. We may see new living arrangements that are more livable, and more European in appearance. Farming will become a major industry again.
Globalisation is set to reverse. This means less overseas travel, fewer big, multinational companies, less variety. There will be less duplication of services - so it's unlikely you will have a radio, television and computer. You'll have one. You won't have a stove and a microwave. You won't have a camera, a phone and an MP3 player - you will have one device. Increasingly, choices will have to be made between electrical/digital and analog devices. For example - car versus bicycle. Microwave versus stove (gas or wood-fired). Electricity in the future is likely to become prohibitively expensive as more and more coal is diverted to the synthesis of liquid fuel. As such, electrical devices will be more problematic (and expensive) either to run or maintain. This applies equally to the fantasy of an electric car (which requires, after all, an energy source to run).

We will live more locally, and less simply. We'll be less mobile.


When energy prices increase, it begins to affect suburbia adversely. Disposable income drops - more so when your suburb is situated far from shops and work. As inflation and interest rates increase, the relative value of homes depreciate because the cost of borrowing/maintaining these places becomes a lot more expensive.

By the way, using fossil fuel energy is a form of borrowing. It is using stored energy that was created during another time. It is an endowment that is available for a broad future period or it can be consumed in one or two generations. Petrochemicals have allowed us to create fertilisers, medicines, pesticides and so much besides. We have used this precious resource primarily to take ourselves to work and to the mall. Probably, our children will not enjoy the luxuries we've had nearly to the extent we have - they will not enjoy the almost limitless choices we have enjoyed. Probably, they will have far fewer choices, and they will live more locally.

Bottom line - we will see many of these cycles. Rallying markets, positive sentiments, business starting to boom, opportunities appearing. This will be followed by the growing impact of demand - we will start to feel the effects of depletion. Energy prices will spike. This will feed into the markets and render many of those opportunities as fantasy. Eventually the markets will tank, taking energy prices down again. Each time there will be some recovery and a consensus of wishful delusion. Each time the recovery will be followed by another spike in energy, followed by a crash - each one successively worse. Each time we will hope for things to improve, for them to be over, and each time we will move down a level on the energy spiral. Once shortages kick in (where electricity and energy for transport begin to vie for supremacy), and these are imminent, the system will be poised to break. The consequences of this are simple, but dire. Increasing:

- civil disorder/anarchy
- war
- starvation
- pandemic diseases
- general austerity

What remains for us to do is make the necessary adaptations especially during these 'reprieve' periods. This requires us to know that we are not far away from a far more difficult period. It will require discipline to operate in a manner that presupposes a more difficult phase to follow. Some fraction of our species, I have no doubt, will be capable of proactive, intelligent projects. Rail is a great area for investment now. It will nevertheless be difficult to protect this segment from the majority of disenfranchised have nots. The mob. 'Difficult' is integral to the next phase, and once we can accept that, we can begin to operate effectively and usefully in a real world reality. We have not done so for an embarrassingly long period, and this is one reason why the world has seemed such a meaningless farce. Because it has been.

It's Musica, only it's not Musica any more - and Music is now the least of Musica

The Jupiter Drawing Room has - after 14 years - updated Musica's ‘Listen with your soul’ positioning to ‘A World Awaits’. While you can't fault Jupiter with broadening Musica's product catalogue, you're seeing a dilution of what Musica is. It's no longer music, it's basically entertainment. If you're selling entertainment then you need a brand that is an umbrella - and big enough to be one - for entertainment.
Amazon is a good example. Amazon went from books to everything else, and it could because it's an online mall. There is also no name conflict. The idea of changing Musica into a place that sells entertainment makes me think you could do the same thing with Exclusive Books - the question is - should you? Should a book seller sell music 'because it can'? Answer: Not if the name of the brand includes the word 'books'. Same with music.

Musica has probably discovered that for a variety of reasons it is selling less and less music. I know the last 3 purchases I have made at Musica all involved games. But to be honest, I'd rather buy games in a computer shop, where I can get good advice on what specs are required, and where I can buy computer related stuff.

The hard question Jupiter needed to be asking is this one: how can we get people to buy more music? There is a way. One strategy is to make the experience of buying music a more pleasant one. I'd suggest converting the store experience into one that is more associated with listening to music and doing the sort of things we do while listening to music. I'm thinking a dance/club/friends on the sofa experience. This requires some imagination, and some investment. Musica has absolutely none of that - in fact, no atmosphere, nothing genuine, no soul - about it at all.

The store in Rosebank looks like a temporary bomb shelter turned into an exhibit hall. It's only once you travel overseas and visit Tower Records, and the likes of HMV (in places like Singapore) that you realise what we're missing, and what a bunch of unimaginative cheapskates the guys at Musica are. I echo these comments made on

Instead of getting closer to their core business they just move further away from it.
MUSICA STORES are boring to say the least and instead of creating an interactive , valued added enviornment , the TRADITIONAL way of promoting music just encourages people to go home and download.

Their marketing team is perhaps what needs to be RELAUNCHED.

So here you have a nice ad but there is a disconnect between the marketing message and the in-shop reality. When that disconnect becomes obvious, your marketing company needs to step out of their own Oscar ceremony and find a nearby mirror. Or you have to consider the alternative - that they consider the market dumb enough to bullshit. That sort of hubris becomes a costly mistake over time. What is the point of visiting a music store any more?

Nando's double breasted sexy burger [VIDEO]

Makes one's mouth water, no?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Give up blogging - it makes sense

If you quit now, you're in good company. Notorious chatterbox Jason Calacanis made millions from his Weblogs network. But he flat-out retired his own blog in July. "Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal, and lacks the intimacy that drew me to it," he wrote in his final post.

Your blog will still draw the Net's lowest form of life: The insult commenter. Pour your heart out in a post, and some anonymous troll named r0rschach or foohack is sure to scribble beneath it, "Lame. Why don't you just suck McCain's ass."

NVDL: I see my blog today more and more as a business card, and my own reference book - little more.
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Thinking about launching your own blog? Here's some friendly advice: Don't. And if you've already got one, pull the plug.

Writing a weblog today isn't the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It's almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.
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Oil's Dropped, Price Contracts Haven't

NVDL: Low oil prices (and they were really low for 2 weeks or so) don't necessarily benefit companies who are committed to longer term contracts. If prices increase again, the lower prices we saw have no benefit to these companies once it's time for new contracts. On the other hand, the lower the prices are, the greater the demand for contracts which naturally pushes them up again.

Washington Post: Though plunging oil prices have been a silver lining for the ailing economy, many companies are still covering high costs they locked in months or weeks ago.

As oil prices were spiking in July, Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary C. Kelly told a conference that his company was "very well prepared to weather the storm" and "prepared for $4 jet fuel." But it turned out that what Southwest wasn't ready for was $2 jet fuel.

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the world's largest Coke bottler and distributor, said it had suffered $11 million in losses on "ineffective" attempts to hedge future fuel prices. Britannia Bulk Holdings, a British dry bulk shipping firm, said it had "significant" losses on purchases made earlier in the year for bunker fuel, the type of petroleum its ships use. In a statement, it said "the company entered into a bunker fuel hedge which is currently uncompetitive because it is hedged to prices which are significantly above the current market price of bunker fuel."
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US: GDP boomerangs from 2.8% growth to .3% contraction

NVDL: Still, no one in the corridors of power dare mention the 'R' word. There's an election underway, don'tcha know?
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Consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of the economy, dropped by the largest amount in 28 years in the third quarter.
The classic definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP. Many analysts believe the GDP will decline in the current October-December period by an even larger amount and they are forecasting a negative GDP figure in the first three months of next year.
The National Burea of Economic Research, which is the official arbiter of recessions in this country, has not said when it will make its determination of whether the country has entered a recession.
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"A close-up shot of a Tokay Gecko. Their eyes remind me of old-fashioned keyholes."

NVDL: These photo contests are always fascinating.
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Our photo contests have become so popular that we thought we'd take a minute to look back at our favorite winners so far, from Holga, to Summer, to Transportation. The winners were selected by readers' votes over a two-week period of grueling competition. Enjoy!

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HIV (and HIV testing) is a big deal

I'm not sure that the marketing in South Africa has been very effective. I would suggest a strategy similar to something I saw in the Uk (for road safety). It showed a woman driving in her car, crashed, and her son, sitting behind her, smashed his head against the back of hers, killing them both. The point is, if you risk death, the way to spread the message is in a serious (and shocking) a manner as you possibly can. Let's face it - by not responding to the message you risk killing other people. Is it possible to overexaggerate the message?

And you do so by showing reality at its grittiest. Another campaign could show people in the final stages of AIDS - skeletal, gaunt, suffering. That's the consequence of infection, of infecting, and not knowing.
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DJ Sbu’s late fiancée Lehlohonolo Damoyi committed suicide after discovering that she was HIV-positive, an investigation by Sowetan has revealed.

Damoyi committed suicide in July 2005 by hanging herself in a room at Palazzo Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. She was 26.

Sources close to investigations into her death said she took an overdose of ARV tablets before she committed suicide.

She had also cut her wrists.

Sowetan has established that Damoyi became depressed after learning of her HIV status.

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Clickatell: the world's number one global mobile messaging company

Founded in Cape Town, South Africa, Clickatell developed the world's first web-to-mobile messaging products. Became the world's first mobile messaging provider in 2005 to reach over 500 operators.

NVDL: Not bad for a South African start-up.
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any message anywhere
Clickatell's SMS gateway enables any application, website or system to send mobile messages globally via a variety of connection options.
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Clickatell, Worlds #1 Mobile Messaging Provider, wins Best Value Product Award

Mobile Industry Review have just announced the winners of their 2008 Awards - and in the incredibly competitive “Best Value Product” category, bulk messaging provider Clickatell, topped the list as overall winners. Clickatell were up against some fierce competition with the likes of Google Maps, 3 PAYG Broadband, Spinvox Memo, Mippin and Goosync but were chosen by the judges for their great work and brilliant service.

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