Friday, January 27, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
Today's Star front page headline "JAWI wants to go ahead with its snoop squad" makes one wonder whether the government of the day is still running the country or whether our country is in a state of anarchy. According to the Star, "the Federal Territory
Religious Department, JAWI, wants to go ahead with its snoop squad, against the Cabinet's decision." This is a slap in the face for the Cabinet and more particularly for our PM!
In today's Star under "Sabah wants its rare orchids back", the head of research and development of a pharmaceutical company was sentenced to four months jail by a British court for importing 130 rare orchids into Britain. Among them were six of Sabah's rarest orchid species, the Paphiopedilum Rothschildianum, found only in a remote part of Mount Kinabalu. The Malaysian scientist, an "ardent orchid collecter, denied that he had imported the orchids into Britain for commericial gain. Nevertheless, I feel that the Malaysian government should have him extradited and tried under "hudud law" and have his hands chopped off. Four months in a British jail is too light for him for stealing our national treasure.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Birth date: 30.9.1980
Birthplace: Kosice, Slovakia
Career Singles Titles: 40
Career Doubles Titles: 36
Career Prize Money: $18,358,600 USD
In 1997 Martina won all the Grand Slam Singles titles except the one at Roland Garros. In 1997, 1998 and 1999, Martina was not only the Singles Champion in the Australian Open, but she also won the Doubles titles as well. She was the Singles champion at Wimbledon in 1997 and the Doubles champion in 1996 and 1998. In 1998 she was the Doubles champion in the US Open and in her last appearance there in 2002 she reached the Semi Finals in the Doubles. Although she never won the Singles title in Roland Garros, she was the Doubles champion there twice, in 1998 and 2000.
In the current Australian Open, Martina beat Vera Zvonareva in the first round, 6-1, 6-2. In the second round she beat Emma Laine, 6-1, 6-1. In both these games Martina played like the champion she was, as though she had never taken a three year hiatus from high-level competitive tennis. It will be a fairy tale ending if she wins the 2006 Australian Open.