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Sailing into the Friesland

Mention the country Netherlands, and images of tulips, windmills and wooden clogs come to mind. Well, it is high time to add the I>skutsje/Iinto the list-to-remember too. A I>skutsje/Iis a traditional Dutch yacht which, like the wooden clogs, is still used by a small number of the Dutch. Therefore, when a friend, Ping, offered me a one-week I>skutsje/Isailing trip during last year's summer, I took it up immediately.

Amcham: Aggressive anti-counterfeit campaign vital

THE American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) has emphasised the need for greater law enforcement and higher penalties to enforce intellectual property rights (IPRs) in Malaysia.

Thumbs up for e-learning

Some 10,000 students from six secondary schools in rural areas nationwide are benefiting from the RM1.8mil 'e-learning for life' project, since its inception in March last year.

Geocaching, the sport

GEOCACHING is an entertaining adventure game for GPS (global positioning system) users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the features and capability of a GPS unit.

Getting started with the trumpet

Known as the 'nobleman' among musical instruments, the trumpet, associated with pomp and pageantry, was the instrument used during the Middle Ages for kings and royal families. The art of playing the natural trumpet was known as 'clarino' playing, which reached its peak in the works of Bach and Handel.

Rise in demand for Cheung's movies and songs

Sales of Leslie Cheung's movies and music albums have skyrocketed since the Canto-pop superstar's suicide on April 1.

Revelling in mediocrity

On a lighter note, SPARROWHAWK rants and raves against the dumbing down of the world thanks to popular culture #8211; much of it American. Is he astute observer or sneering snob? Read on, then send us your comments, flames and all (starmag@thestar.com).

Reader's Digest offers English-Bahasa book

EDUCATE, inspire, enrich and entertain.#8221; For years, I>Reader#8217;s Digest/Ihas kept to that principle, touching the lives of many around the world. Reputed to be a powerful language tool, it is used in many language classes. In furtherance of this tradition, I>Reader#8217;s Digest/Ilaunched its first bilingual English/Bahasa Malaysia book recently.

Easier access to CDS data

Investors can look forward to easier and quicker access to their central depository accounts in 6 to 9 months, according to Malaysian Central Depository Sdn Bhd (MCD).

Japan slows down in bank lending

Lending by Japanese banks slipped in March and growth in the amount of money in the financial system slowed, highlighting the challenge facing the Bank of Japan (BoJ) in finding a policy to get the economy moving.