Monthly Archives: July 2009

Endangered species

According to this news item in The Washington Post on 16 July 2009, the once-trendy Crocs could be on their last legs: The colorful foam clogs appeared in 2002, just as the country was recovering from a recession. Brash and … Continue reading

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Epic duels

What, in your opinion, were the biggest chess rivalries in the last 50 years? In my mind, there were three: that between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi, and then of course, between Karpov and … Continue reading

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Snippets: Exercise

As one gets older – and who doesn’t – it’s important to prioritize one’s own health. With age comes a higher chance of failing health, so we have to make certain our health is well taken care of. This isn’t … Continue reading

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Con job at the ATM

The newspapers report the latest tactic by con artists who rob people at auto-teller machines (ATM). The victims’ ATM cards are swapped while they are being distracted by several people working in groups. Acting with accomplices, including women, they would … Continue reading

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Hiring pace picking up

The speed of the recruitment process is starting to once again increase, although most employers remain uncommitted to exactly when overall recruitment activity will resume, says specialist recruiter Hays. “Sentiment seems to be improving slightly in the labour market, with … Continue reading

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You just need to know where to look

The roller-coaster employment ride of the past year appears to be reaching more stable ground, with recruitment activity starting to rise and businesses recommencing – albeit with caution – their hiring plans, says a leading recruiter. In its latest Hays … Continue reading

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King of kings

ALMOST every serious chess organiser understands my pet peeve: that it is very difficult for our players to improve if we do not hold enough chess tournaments with long-time controls. They understand where I’m coming from and in turn, I … Continue reading

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The resume: getting down to basics

I want to get down to pure basics in today’s blog item and talk about the resume.If you are new in the job market or are going to be in one pretty soon, you’ll need to know what is a … Continue reading

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Some issues in Jackson custody case

How are the family laws regarding custody issues in the United States different from the rest of the world? I managed to pick up this explanation of the legal issues that are likely to crop up as Michael Jackson’s mother … Continue reading

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Biggie of the year

Countdown to the Malaysian Chess Festival. WE are just eight weeks away from the start of this year’s biggest local chess show. Unless you’ve been away on a prolonged leave, you will know that I’m referring to the Malaysian Chess … Continue reading

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