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Nintendo Gamecube 03/12/2001

The Battle Of The Consoles

Nintendo Gamecube Software Designers Are The Engines Of The Red Hot Video Game Industry The battle of the boxes: X-Box, GameCube, PS2 etc. For the regular fans, enthusiasts of video game, most of the following is not anything new. What’s new is that a major player such as Microsoft is determined to take a major piece of the pie. Some industry insiders are predicting that it wants the whole pie just as it did with the PC manufacturing market. This brings about a much stronger competition to the market that has long been dominated by video game leaders such as Sony and Nintendo. While Microsoft may have brought to the market a ground-breaking console, two groups of users or business associates stand to win hugely no matter which console ends up being the top dog in the end. The regular video game players and the game developers. If you are into video gaming, you will understand how important it is to have great machines with fantastic graphics and storage capacity. That’s what I continue to find out each time I drop by my buddy’s residence for our week-end gaming. Before I took leave of him this past week-end, he made the following statement, “hey, dude, mark my words. The console which can continue to attract the best games out there will end up being the winner. If Microsoft’s Xbox can, then it will them. If Sony’s Playstation 2 continues to update and come up with new games such as Madden NFL 2002, NFL QB Club 2002 and NCAA Football 2002, then it ...

San Francisco (California) 17/02/2001

Benefits for Transvestites and transsexuals

San Francisco (California) Coverage For Transgender In San Francisco: Transition From Males To Females It's all a matter of geographic economics in the United States or especially, San Francisco where a new health insurance benefits package will allow sex change for city workers. This is truly a first in the nation. Or should we add that it may be the first one that will stick around for a long time. After all, Minnesota once tried and pulled back this benefit. In a time when the coffers of the city is full with greenbacks, the local officials--health system service board- were willing to approve the benefit for the employees. So don't feel too surprised about not recognizing the same employee who helped you with some documents last year. The city officials say that they know of quite a few self-identifying transgender people on the payroll. You see, these guys had no problem coming out and saying who they truly are. It will only take mayor Willie Brown who is very cool and the city supervisors to approve the benefit. There is a cap of $50,000 per person for life. This makes sense in that somebody who changes from male to female can no longer take advantage of the benefit to reverse the procedure (female to male back). This is a partial coverage of all the surgical procedures. The patient or benefit user will have to fork over 15% of the expense if he/she uses a specialist in the system. If not, then, they will be responsible for 50% of the cost. Any way, many observers may think this new ...

New York in general 17/02/2001

Museum Of Art's Photography Show

New York in general Brooklyn Museum Of Art & Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Decency Battle I am against any system, movement, group that debase, dehumanize human beings and their images for profits or otherwise. I don't sit well with any vicious acts, hatred, bigotry, racial slurs, and hate-mongering paraphernalia. While I believe that under the US constitution, anybody is entitled to his/her rights of free speech, I don't necessarily tolerate those who discriminate or engage in unbecoming acts in their private lives either. After all, there are laws that prohibit these phenomena in this country. Art can sometimes be controversial in that it depicts issues and conveys strong messages about the most taboo themes. In the current American society, people have learned to stay away or are conditioned to avoid anything pertaining to discussions of race, religion, and sex. It appears these laws and personal restraints come as an effort to redress past historic wrongs. In this modern society, no one would like to see the historic and documented persecutions of ethnic, religious and sexual-orientation groups due to their ethnic background, religious and personal preferences. Art tends to exist in its own domain. There seems to be no taboo or boundaries or censorhips in place to keep an artist from expressing him/herself. I will immediately make an exception because economic hardships and lack of finances to back great art projects may be a form of censorship these days. This is where mayor Giuliani ...

Rio de Janeiro 13/02/2001

Carioca, beaches, and lovelies

Rio de Janeiro Most tourists tend to think of Rio de Janeiro as the embodiment of Brazil, a land with so much wealth and poverty, a land of huge contrasts. Are you ready to let down your sensibilities on this journey? If you are still readin along, then you may be ready to stroll along the world famous beaches of Rio with me. Your eyes will find the most interesting attractions, not only in the city, but also in the people themselves. Most people will tell you that Brazilians or the cariocas are vain people. Well, for having known them, I will say that they are pleasure seekers. They let the good times roll. Laissez le bon temps rouler! Beaches and carnival times in Rio de Janeiro Most tourists tend to go to Brazil for the end-of-the-year holiday season. In fact, most Brazilians tend to return to the homeland at that time too. They can't stay away from the rich cultural festivities that go on and on. The carnival season is also the time to see how good natured Brazilians can be. If you can have a good time, then you can join their crowd. Writing or talking about Brazil brings to mind some of the favorite activities most residents of this splendid city like joining in. The Carioca image: The true carioca cares a lot about his self-image. Tanned and hard bodied, he tends to spend a lot of time in social settings. Where else to meet a large group of people other the beautiful and expansive beaches of Rio? The carioca loves soccer with a strong passion. He likes going to Maracana ...

How to write opinions 11/02/2001

How To Increase Your Output and Account On Ciao

How to write opinions How To Understand The Writing Process On Ciao I imagine all Ciao writers go through the same agony of writing. Believe me, it is not that difficult for us to just sit down and write these ideas we have wrestled with for quite sometime. We may all have our cliches and ways to handle the onset of creative and innovative ideas. In other words, we sometimes wonder where these ideas come from. For a long time, they were somewhere on our mind. They had no shape, no form. They were navigating in our subconscious, still far away from the reality of being on paper or on screen. Once we finally apply ourselves to transcribing or writing down these ideas, we start wondering what meaning they will have. We care about our audience. Will anybody ever get the gist of my message? Writing becomes a creation. It is a process through which meaning is created. The ideas will end up being explored by writing them down. As you write every day, you will soon realize that writing is a process of discovery. Discovery in all sense of the words. More importantly, it is a process of self-discovery. It soon becomes a therapeutic method. The more one thinks about writing, one may come to the conclusion that the act of writing implies more than a certain pedagogical approach. It is not only a matter of being able to master grammar rules, usage, structure, correct form. There is no doubt that these elements are important. Being able to master them does not automatically translate into writing. ...

Member Advice on Domestic Violence 11/02/2001

Valentine's Day Should Be Every Day

Member Advice on Domestic Violence Would it not be nice if we could have Valentine's Day every day to avoid domestic violence? Highlight Of Domestic Violence In US Ethnic Groups She made a frantic phone call to the 911. She was in complete panic. On this awful day, all the values and lessons her parents gave her did not serve anything. She wanted help for her mother who had just been hit by her father. A large bump was forming on her head where the terra-cotta tea canister landed. That is the scenario of a daughter caught between feuding parents. The recent charge of misdemeanor simple battery filed against Miami mayor, Joe Carollo nicknamed Crazy Joe, made headlines all over the US and the world. Once again, he became a central figure in a not-so proud issue in Florida. What's important to point out in this clear case of domestic violence is the pervasive nature of this problem in many US families. Women and girls in ethnic families sometimes suffer in silence. As we are about to celebrate Valentine's Day, it is good to remember that this epidemic exists among us. Every day, hundreds of women and children are terrorized by their own family members. In some cases, the abuser turns out to be the former loving husband, the father or the brother. There is no way we can continue to live without acknowleging the broken dreams of these women and the widespread impact of wife-beating problems that our society confronts. Mayor Carollo is just one of the men of power who bring this problem to the forefront of ...

General: California 11/02/2001

Yosemite Is One Of the Hottest US Destinations

General: California Days before the family's trip to Yosemite, a good friend of mine offered me an opportunity to whet my appetite. It was one of these great opportunities to be part of something western you can't turn down. My friend owns three horses and two dogs. His dream is to recreate some of the most famous western movies characters with his look. He invested in his attire which consisted of faded, ragged blue Jeans, cowboy boots, a pipe which he keeps on the corner of his mouth without ever taking a puff. In fact, he is a non-smoker. But he told me that he had to have this long cigar or pipe just to be authentic in the back country. While we were going up there, he could not stop telling from his large repertoire. He has been doing this type of back country expeditions for more than 15 years now. Being a free-spirit type of guy who will travel at the drop of a hat, I thought this was the greatest fellow to have around. His only rewards are to set loose his dogs on the trail, cause a backpacker to smile and ask questions. He answers them with a grin and a spit to the dirt. Very scatacco. Brief answers as if cowboys don't want to waste their precious meditation time having a deep communion with Mother Nature. Once I got up there, I realized the serenity of this trip. As you stand, for example, in front of the Tioga Pass, in front of this vast wilderness, your mind just goes bunker. You suddenly realize your own finite self. My friend seemed to have created his own paths. He does not ...

General: Haiti 10/02/2001

Tribute To A Father's Lessons In Haiti

General: Haiti Traveling with my parent changed my life. Here is the account: Father's Day must be around the corner for me to talk like this. On this occasion, I choose to think about the values that my parents instilled in me while growing up, values that seem to be eroded toward the end of this century by our culture. Maybe it is time to make year 2000 the beginning of the moral revival in this country. Year 2000 can be the time when fathers go back to the unearthing of the moral values that have made and given this country a great moral position all over the world. With the backdrop of Littleton and countless other school shootings, Oklahoma bombing, random gang violence on the streets of our major cities, acts of racism and prejudice and reports of police brutality against minority group members, a quasi epidemic of fatherless children and deadbeat parents, numerous reports of servile exploitation, abuse and forced labor of children in many parts of the world and many other cultural faux-pas or peccadillos, it would be blatant injustice and lack of conscience on our part if we didn't raise our little fingers and stand up to say no the current estate of things and go back to our moral roots. The message that we must send to each and everyone who does not realize the responsibility of raising moral kids must be direct and simple: Your disinterest and non-involvement in the activities of your children constitute one of the causes of the erosion of moral values in our culture. This ...

Varadero (Cuba) 10/02/2001

Cuba's Resorts Are All Over Veradero

Varadero (Cuba) Veradero may not be Rio De Janeiro, but it has its own sets or charms. Among are the resorts, the beaches, the constant sunshine and the people. Veradero is a beautiful place. In my mind, it is one of the richest cities of Cuba thanks to the tourism industry. If you intend to spend some time hanging around a pool and enjoying the Caribbean ocean, this is the place for you. Just know that you are not going to be close to Havana. Any time you want to go there, it will cost you some money. Going to Old Havana can be an exciting trip for you if you get the time to see some of the historic buildings. On any given week, you can expect to find a lot tourists from European countries such as Germany, Belgium, France and so on. I think the Germans outnumber everybody else. Every now and then, you will run into some other nationalities. Despite the embargo set in place and kept by various US administrations, you will run into some Americans in some of the resorts. Some of them are there as cultural exchanges. Or they travel to Cuba through a third country. In most of the resorts, there is vibrant nightlife. To me, this was my best time ever as I got to meet and mingle with people from various countries. The Germans from Bavaria were great partyers. They knew how to have fun. They also knew how to drink and kick it with the local women. There was a large group of Belgian and French women dancing on the floors. A lot of them ended up enjoying the rums a bit too much. Be ready to ...

HSBC FSAVCS North American Portfolio 31/12/2000

New Economy Boom and Bust

HSBC FSAVCS North American Portfolio Angel Investors & Venture Capitalists Are Waiting For Your Ideas Have you been having this left-out type of feeling as if you just missed the boat? Have you been thinking that nobody will ever take time to check your business plan? Well, if you don't make the effort to search for angel investors and venture capitalists, you can't be successful despite the greatness of your ideas. What do these names, to name just a few, remind you of? www.paulallen.com, Softbank venture capital, August Capital, and others. These companies have produced so many gazillionaires in the likes of Yahoo, Cisco systems, AOL, Amazon, ebay, epinions.com, lycos, altavista etc. All of these companies started from somebody's idea. Once this idea got developed and a business plan was prepared, funding became necessary. If networking can't take care of the funding you need, what else will do? Submit your resume, ideas online to these incubators. There are so many incubators and angel investors out there that you will not believe your ears. So what does it take for you to have your own business? It does take courage, vision, dedication. You should be willing to work long hours to get this baby started. If you start with your buddies, you can consider it a long party. Just as it is important to work hard to get a business started offline, an online, internet-based business will require you to dedicate some precious time. You will be proud to know that you are creating something that is there to ...

ciao.co.uk 30/12/2000

How To Get Hits And Increase Your Earnings

ciao.co.uk I have been writing online for quite some time now. One of the most gratifying rewards I have been getting is the immediate feedback from my readers or fellow writers. This is the main difference between writing traditionally and writing on the Internet. Ciao.com provides this platform where you can influence others by your opinions. The interactivity is fantastic. Never should you feel discouraged when the first few (10-15) reviews don't bring yet the expected results. Once you have done your work well, you can expect to see reviewers flocking to your page to read your reviews. Here is a list of advice I have compiled for you. 1. Write your articles or reviews to the best of your ability. Work at your craft until you get the article right. Each posting of yours says so much about your profile and talent. That's how you will have repeated readers. People want to make sure they will find something new and attractive they can forward to their friends. After all, that's all you are after! So rewrite, delete and post again! 2. Don't be rude to fellow writers. If they bring your attention to a section of your article, take notice. They have the rights to disagree with you. Bear in mind that they your customers too. How can you afford to chase them, to insult them when you want to read your stuff? They will write comments to let you know how your article affects them. The impact your works have on them may be negative or positive. They will react accordingly. Remember ...

napster.com 30/12/2000

Count The Blows To The Music Industry

napster.com The Napster's revolution is under way. Who can stop it now that fans all over the world embrace it? Is it the RIAA? For a few years now, Napster has been facilitating the exchange of person-to-person music files on the Internet. It has managed to cultivate a large community of fans and users who become more and more thirsty for more music files. A lot of observers in the music industry think what Napster has created does not fall short of a revolution in the whole industry. I will agree with this view. Napster has caught off-guard the old guard as evidenced by the immediate actions taken by the major recording labels. For the longest time, the recording industry sat on their laurels. They thought everything was going well until a Northeastern University dropout, Shawn Fanning, started concentrating on writing music file-sharing software which he called Napster. Then, the rest is just part of music archives. It's a costly type of history too. In April, 2000, Metallica filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Napster. The band claimed the company's community is violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Then, in July, 2000, The Recording Industry Association of America wanted to get into the action by dragging the music file-sharing company to court. The trial against Napster started on October, 2000. In the meantime, lawsuits were filed by RIAA against other companies such as Scour and MP3. Napster continued to provide a forum to its users ...

Making Money 30/12/2000

How To Earn Hard Cash By Writing Online

Making Money Making money online can be just a matter of applying yourself to reviewing products and services listed on this site. Wherever there is a will, there will be productivity. How To Understand The Writing Process I imagine all ciao.com writers go through the same agony of writing. Believe me, it is not that difficult for us to just sit down and write these ideas we have wrestled with for quite sometime. We may all have our cliches and ways to handle the onset of creative and innovative ideas. In other words, we sometimes wonder where these ideas come from. For a long time, they were somewhere on our mind. They had no shape, no form. They were navigating in our subconscious, still far away from the reality of being on paper or on screen. Once we finally apply ourselves to transcribing or writing down these ideas, we start wondering what meaning they will have. We care about our audience. Will anybody ever get the gist of my message? Writing becomes a creation. It is a process through which meaning is created. The ideas will end up being explored by writing them down. As you write every day, you will soon realize that writing is a process of discovery. Discovery in all sense of the words. Most importantly, it is a process of self-discovery. It soon becomes a therapeutic method. The more one thinks about writing, one may come to the conclusion that the act of writing implies more than a certain pedagogical approach. It is not only a matter of being able to master ...

Cayman Islands 18/09/2000

The best Boating Adventure In Cayman Islands!

Cayman Islands Picture yourself and your family members playing cards or e-mailing from the calm waters of the Cayman Islands! The nearest boat to yours is at least 1 mile away. In the distance, you can see the lights of the nearest city. Your kids or friends are busy watching a football, rugby or any game for that matter via satellite. No this is not a dream. This can be pure reality. If you are a boat owner, you can make this trip to one of the Caribbean jewels. If you are seriously thinking about a great getaway, you can make a good choice with the Cayman Islands. For those of you who speak English, Spanish, and French, you can easily communicate with the locals. Most of the Cayman Islands residents can speak at least these three languages. Back in 1989, my family and some family friends headed out to the Cayman Islands for a week. We had no problems at all. When we docked our boats at the local harbour visit the city, we did have to pay the fees. We made a point to tip the workers. We walked all over the town and never had any trouble with criminal types. Many say that various groups of people commit crimes on the island. We did not see any. I must add that when traveling abroad, one must always be alert and aware of your surroundings. The Cayman Islands is such a laidback place. You can find various communities of American, British, Canadian, and German expatriates there. I imagine they were once tourists who have since then fallen in love with the natural beauty of the country. ...

Aruba - Dive Centers In Aruba 18/09/2000

Explore Aruba's Beauty by Diving!

Aruba - Dive Centers In Aruba Have you been looking for a good place to vacation at? Well, here is one. Aruba. How many times have you heard about this Caribbean country? You may have seen the breathtaking pictures in travel agencies all over the place. You have been wondering whether and when you can afford to take the diving trip you have been waiting for. Now is the time. If you are a thrill seeker and adventurer, then Aruba is for you. I went to Aruba with my parents in 1990. I had a blast diving in part of what can be considered the best maritime preserve. Please don't shoot or damage anything while you dive there. In fact, it is prohibited to take anything out of this environment! One morning, my parents and I decided to go diving with a group of Canadian tourists. I could tell they were not too familiar with the environments. Some of them were amateurs. I could tell by their reluctance. We ended up spending the whole morning diving amidst schools of fish. You can basically name the fish and you will find the species there. I particularly loved swimming with the baracudas and octopus. You will be able to see various types of reef surface there. If you have never dived, you are losing out. Take the time to take a few classes before you head there. Or you can make arrangements to take a crash course on any of the resorts. Enjoy your trip. Have fun to write about some day or upon your return. ...
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