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R.I.P Chris Benoit

Posted in Asides, Entertainment, News, Sports by zenmaster on June 26, 2007

Whilst searching for the latest news on Digg, I was shocked by the news of WWE professional wrestler (to a certain extend, actor) Chris Benoit found dead in his home together with his wife and children. The news isn’t fabricated like Mr. McMahon’s death. It’s real. R.I.P Chris. You’ll be missed. 😦

STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2007 – World Wrestling Entertainment was informed today by authorities in Fayette County, Ga., that WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and his son were found dead in their home. Authorities are investigating, but no other details are available at this time.

Instead of its announced programming for Monday on USA Network, WWE aired a three-hour tribute to Chris Benoit.

Chris was beloved among his fellow Superstars, and was a favorite among WWE fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability. He always took great pride in his performance, and always showed respect for the business he loved, for his peers and towards his fans. This is a terrible tragedy and an unbearable loss.

WWE extends its sincere condolences and prayers to the Benoit family and loved ones in this time of tragedy.

source: http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/benoitdead

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Finally, digg.com.my is on the front page of digg.com

Posted in News by zenmaster on March 26, 2007

Finally, after months of submitting the news for a couple of times, it’s finally appears on the front page. This is price you have to pay if you copy entire layout, buttons, text and system, albeit it’s based on open source CMS, Pligg. Be prepared to get sued by Kevin Rose for copyright infringement.

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Yet Another Proton Saga

Posted in Automobiles, News by zenmaster on January 18, 2007

Nevermind the pun. It’s purely coincidence.

GM “interested” in Proton

General Motors Corp (GM) is interested in Proton Holdings Bhd, GM’s chief financial officer said in Detroit on Jan 16.

“We are interested but there are many other players interested,” CFO Fritz Henderson said, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Automotive News World Congress in Dearborn, Michigan, though he provided no further details.

The Malaysian government said this week GM was interested in Proton, but GM had declined comment so far.

GM joins a growing list of global carmakers seeking an equity stake or technical partnership in the Southeast Asian automaker.

Malaysia’s second finance minister, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, said France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen and Germany’s Volkswagen were also interested in Proton.

But Henderson said it was too early in the bidding process to provide any details. GM’s interest in Proton comes at a time when it is looking for additional capacity in emerging markets, with a focus on rapid growth in Asia.

Even as the world’s largest automaker is expected to be challenged for the top spot in global sales by Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp this year, chief executive Rick Wagoner has said he expects the company to continue to grow sales outside the United States.

Overseas sales accounted for 55% of GM’s total revenue in 2006 — a trend Wagoner has said will continue in the next few years.

GM, which lost US$10.6 billion (RM37.1 billion) in 2005 and has lost US$4.8 billion in the first three quarters of 2006, is in the middle of a restructuring as it cuts billions of dollars in costs.

The government controls Proton through Khazanah Nasional Bhd. It also controls an undetermined additional amount of Proton through direct and indirect holdings held by other state firms and agencies.

Proton lost US$69.05 million (or RM250.3 million) in the three months ended Sept 30, its fourth quarterly loss in less than two years, as a slump in its car sales worsened. — Reuters

Whether it’s Peugeot, Volkswagen or General Motors, Proton’s stake acquisition and joint venture is important to save an ailing Proton. Proton no longer can depend on government’s silverspoon if it wants to stand the test of globalisation time. Rakyat have had enough with inferior-build Protons in Malaysia and excessive protection by imposing excessive tariffs on imported cars. Just keep our fingers crossed for the next 3 months.

Breaking News: Proton To Be Part Of Volkswagen (sort of)

Posted in News by zenmaster on November 10, 2006

Volkswagen AG Is Going To Buy 51% Stakes In Proton’s Manufacturing Plant

The government will decide within three months the possibility of giving approval for German carmaker Volkswagen AG (VW) to take up a 51% controlling stake in Proton Holdings Bhd’s manufacturing operations.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop said on Nov 10 that the government was also talking to many carmakers including VW and Peugeot, on strategic partnership for Proton.

He added the government also had an open mind on the sale of an equity stake in Proton and it would it do whatever it takes to ensure Proton remained viable.

He added the government’s priority was to ensure Proton would survive and be prosperous.

On Nov 9, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the government is considering giving approval for VW to take up a 51% controlling stake in Proton’s manufacturing operations.

The FinancialDaily reported on Nov 9 the government is believed to have finally decided on giving foreign parties a 51% control in Proton’s manufacturing operations, with German VW as a potential partner.

The report stated negotiations resumed with VW last month. Proton and VW ended talks early this year after they failed to agree on issues such as control of the company.

The arrangement could be similar to that between second national carmaker Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) and its principal Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd of Japan.

The report added Proton would handle the domestic distribution arm but a foreign partner would run the manufacturing division as it would bring in technical expertise and help expand Proton’s production for export

Source: The Edge

Looking forward for the locally made Volkswagen marquees, specifically, Volkswagen Golf R32.