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Posted: 30 Jun 2010 10:57 AM PDT
To all Malaysians, especially the rakyat of Kelantan, this is the latest picture of Sultan Kelantan. It was taken on Wednesday, June 16 around 1.20pm during a visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. I was invited by the Palace to join but unfortunately I had to attend to family matters. However, Razali Yahya and Rudy of Transisi were there as special guests... and to witness.
So, to those who had much expected the Sultan to be in bad shape, take a closer look. Najib did had a 20 minutes chat with him. Tengku Faris was there and so was MB Kelantan Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Tok Pa. Other members of the Press had to wait outside the Palace.
The other photo is the one and only Dr Amir Ramli, the army medical officer who got Yang di-Pertuan Agong's credential to be Sultan Kelantan's private doctor when Tuanku was 'hijacked, kidnapped and forced' to seek treatment at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) Kubang Krian on May 4. Dr Amir, too witnessed the incident.
One of the Sultan's army bodyguards was there to videotape the ninja-style ambush by about 20 UTK personnel immediately after Maghrib prayer when Tengku Ismail Petra's motorcade just left Istana Mahkota to Pengkalan Chepa Airport, where a plane was waiting to fly him back to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
Under whose directive was it for the UTK to raid him, is yet to be ascertained but I got the copy of the video CD which I intend to U-Tube it in the next few days. So many questions went unanswered but the leads are already there.
In Transisi 2nd edition last week, Dr Amir spoke about the incident and how he was shocked with the medical reports and feedback he received from certain quarters. So much exaggeration and to many lies!
I assume there was a conspiracy to let the Sultan's illness prolong... and some people close to him had wanted him to die fast. But who led the conspiracy?
I was also told that Pemangku Raja was upset with Najib on that particular day. I wonder why...
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 10:10 AM PDT
News by Malaysiakini
The Coalition of Good Governance (CGG) in a statement today urged the Selangor state government to involve civil society in its appointment of state councillors.
In the statement by CGG chairman Jeffrey Phang, he said the NGO was concerned that certain NGOs and professional councillors would again be left off the list.
The state had previously designated a 25 percent quota of
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 10:01 AM PDT
Feeling bored and don't know what to do with your time? If you are, maybe you should just do what I did way back on 18 Jun 2008. On that fateful day, something made me visit the Real Snail Mail website. If you don't know what this website does, please do visit it.
Real Snail Mail is a wacky webmail service that uses real snails -- currently, 34 of them -- to deliver email messages across a 50cm-long enclosure. The snails are equipped with a miniaturised electronic circuit and antenna, enabling them to be assigned messages. A message is collected from a despatch centre at one end of their enclosure and once associated with the tiny electronic chip on the snail's shell the message is carried around until the snail chances by the drop-off point. At this stage, the message is forwarded to its final destination.
So there I was, at 10:15:46am on 18 Jun 2008, sitting at my computer and thinking about the message I should send and whom to send it to. It was actually real hard to decide on the spot, serious! Sometimes it's so hard to make up your mind.
I had forgotten all about this website until quite recently when I received a notification from Real Snail Mail that my message had finally been picked up by one of their snails, Agent 55 aka Pastor, on 13 Jun 2010 at 13:30:56pm. Wow, that's almost a two-year wait.
However, that was not the end of the story because Pastor would still need to travel right across to the other end of the enclosure before it could drop off the message. In the meantime, it would still have to stop, eat, play and do whatever else comes natural to snails. Worse still, as snails are hermaphrodite animals, there is no knowing when Pastor may suddenly go off to lay eggs. And the worst case is that the snail may die. A snail's lifespan is only about three years. Surely, many things can happen between both ends of the enclosure.
Therefore, to say that I was confident of my message being delivered soon was out of the question. No, I wasn't confident at all. Heck, I was even prepared to wait another two years or so. But suddenly again, I received a second notification from Real Snail Mail yesterday that Pastor had reached the end of its journey. The electronic message had been picked up by a sensor on 30 Jun 2010 at 11:14:58am and delivered to its intended recipient.
So my message stayed in the queue for exactly one year, 360 days, three hours, 15 minutes and 10 seconds before it was picked up by Pastor and a further 16 days, 21 hours, 44 minutes and two seconds to travel across 50 centimetres. I consider myself lucky that my snail had been so efficient. I've noticed that there are some carrier snails that picked up their messages more than 70 days ago and had yet to deliver them.
Luckily too, my message was short and frivolous. I wouldn't recommend anyone to use this webmail service if your message is urgent.
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 09:42 AM PDT
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 08:56 AM PDT
June 30, 2010
PRETORIA, June 30 – Japan's most successful World Cup on foreign soil ended in a second-round penalty shootout defeat by Paraguay although that disappointing end for the Blue Samurai should not mask what has been a positive tournament. Had the shootout gone their way, Japan would have reached the last eight for the first time ever and it says much about the changed status of the Asian game that few would have been overly surprised by such an outcome.
Japan's national soccer team head coach Takeshi Okada (R) and goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi shake hands with children as the team leaves South Africa at an airport in Johannesburg June 30, 2010. – Reuters pic
"It's a shame we've lost a game like this, because we worked really hard to reach the last 16 and we were on the verge of making history," said captain Makoto Hasebe.
"Despite the defeat, we've shown the world just what Japanese football is about. Of course, I'm disappointed about the result but I'm very proud of our team, which stuck together in the face of every challenge," he said.
The Japanese have only once previously made it out of the group stage – eight years ago when they co-hosted the tournament with South Korea – and their displays in South Africa illustrate the continued progress they are making.
Four years ago, Japan lost 3-1 to Australia, 4-1 to Brazil and picked up their solitary point in the group stage with a goalless draw against Croatia.
Those results in Germany led many to question whether Japan really were pushing themselves into world soccer's elite but those doubters have been answered by the displays of Takeshi Okada's team this time around.
Samuel Eto'o's Cameroon were beaten 1-0 before Japan lost by the same scoreline to Netherlands and then secured a place in the last 16 with an excellent 3-1 victory over Denmark.
The manner of the win over the Danes was impressive with flowing, attacking football, a strong physical presence in midfield and at the back Japan showed they had cast off their reputation as lightweights with nice touches but no steel.
Hasebe and Daisuke Matsui were dangerous bursting forward from the flanks in that game but less effective, in an attacking sense, in more central roles against Paraguay in a match Japan lost 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra time.
Yasuhito Endo, the 2009 Asian Footballer of the Year, again showed himself to be a fine midfield organiser but most of the plaudits went to stylish forward Keisuke Honda.
He may have benefitted from playing off a more traditional central striker, particularly in tight games like the stalemate with Paraguay, but he made the most of his opportunities.
His superb, dipping freekick opened the scoring against the Danes and then he produced one of the "skill spots" of the tournament with his turn, dribble and pass to set up Shinji Okazaki for the third.
If Japan had produced the same spirited attacks and creative moves against Paraguay instead of retreating into the negativity that left them facing a shootout they may have forced their way into the quarter-finals instead of leaving in tears.
Japan are one of the few emerging soccer nations who do not have most of their players in Europe but with the J-League making steady progress and the country producing interesting new talent, longer runs in future tournaments are on the cards. – Reuters
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:37 AM PDT
The Port Klang Authority (PKA) is due to pay the next instalments amounting to RM772 million in 2010 to various bondholders on behalf of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB). The latter which is owned by Barisan Nasional Backbencher's Chairman in parliament, Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, is the main contractor for the controversial Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) white-elephant project which may cost the government up to RM12.5 billion.
Despite the fact that PKA has sued KDSB for up to RM1.4 billion for fraudulent and excess claims last year, the former was instructed by the Ministry of Finance to make an instalment payment of RM660 million in 2009 due to the fact that the former Minister of Transport, Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, having provided a guarantee to the bonds raised by KDSB.
However, it has now been discovered that KDSB has outstanding taxes due to Inland Revenue Board (IRB) amounting to RM328.4 million. The IRB has in its letter dated 23 June 2010 to PKA instructed that any payments due to KDSB must have the unpaid taxes deducted, and made payable to IRB. The IRB is empowered to do so under the Section 67(4) and 68(1) of the Income Tax Act 1967.
PKA has accordingly informed the various KDSB bondholders of its intent to withhold 2 payments – RM230 million due on 30 June 2010 and RM120 million due in July 2010 – for the purposes of settling the outstanding income taxes of KDSB.
The KDSB bondholders are understandably upset with the development as there is a likelihood tha they may not be paid for the loans extended to KDSB. However, based on the previous action taken by the Ministry of Finance, they will once again insist that PKA make full payments amounting to RM772 million to the bondholders to fulfil the "guarantee" which has been provided by the Government by virtue of the letters of guarantee signed by Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy.
In such eventuality, the result will then be the "perfect scam" of the century where the IRB gets to collect its taxes, the bondholders get to recover their "investment" with interest, while KDSB escapes from all its obligations without having to fork out a single sen of tax.
Since PKA has paid IRB on KDSB's behalf from the payments due to the bondholders, IRB will not need to sue Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and KDSB to recover the outstanding taxes. At the same time, since the Ministry of Finance feels obliged to honour the dubious letters of guarantee issued by Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy despite a RM1.4 billion pending legal suit by PKA against KDSB, the bondholders will get paid their dues. Hence there will be no need for the lenders to sue Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and KDSB to recover their outstanding loans.
The complete burden amounting to billions of ringgit is shifted to the hapless and helpless rakyat who are forced pay for the follies of the Barisan Nasional government, enriching KDSB and its shareholders while those possibly guilty of criminal breach of trust such as Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy gets away scot free. This is the perfect exemplification of a "people first" government.
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 02:21 AM PDT
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:24 AM PDT
(aku copy dan paste jer dr Penarik Beca..)
Tengok sendiri di bawah betapa senang lenangnya kroni-kroni yang dapat AP. Malas nak pinda-pinda dah, saya copy and paste ja yang di bawah ni dari email saya:
Dear Pak Bakaq,
1.You may like to share this with your readers.
2.Look like we the rakyat were really taken for a ride........
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 04:00 AM PDT
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:58 AM PDT
BMW has signed on suppliers for the next generation iDrive system set to debut in both BMW and MINI vehicles from 2013 onwards. The lucky suppliers are Harman and Magneti Marelli. According to a joint press release by the two suppliers, BMW's next generation iDrive is said to blend open-platform technology from Magneti Marelli with Harman connectivity and mobile office expertise.
The system will be powered by NVIDIA's system-on-a-chip (SOC) technology for scalable microprocessor power and graphic performance at cost effective price. Navigation data will be stored on flash memory. The current iDrive system either stores its map data on hard drives or DVDs.
In addition to developing the system together, Harman will manufacture the new infotainment system for BMW vehicles in the Asian markets while Magneti Marelli will take care of the European markets. The system will support multiple-language speech and navigation including the all important Chinese language navigation module for the growing Chinese market.
I'm not sure whether QNX will continue to be used for iDrive, since Harman no longer owners QNX. They've sold QNX off to Blackberry maker RIM not too long ago. We cannot rule out the new system to be based on QNX once again since Harman are buddies with with RIM – "This move allows Harman to continue its relationship with QNX and the advanced software solutions it provides to Harman and our customers," said Harman CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal.
Magneti Marelli has had a history of using Microsoft Auto in the past for in-car computer systems developed for Ford, and they've also used Wind River's VxWorks. Previous generations of iDrive have been built on various platforms that include Windows CE, VxWorks, and QNX. The latest iDrive uses QNX and is made by Harman's Becker unit while the first horrible version used Windows CE.
© 2010 Paul Tan's Automotive News. All Rights Reserved.
This story originally appeared on Paul Tan's Automotive News on Wed, 30 Jun 10 13:19:02 +0000.
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:36 AM PDT
Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) tidak akan merakam kenyataan penyiasat persendirian P Balasubramaniam di London.Sebaliknya, SPRM akan menghantar soalan kepada Balasubramaniam dan meminta saksi tersebut menjawab dalam bentuk affidavit, kata Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM, Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull.
"Kita akan menulis kepada peguam saksi berkenaan esok, untuk memaklumkan keputusan tersebut, dan untuk mengemukakan soalan-soalannya," katanya.
Shukri berkata langkah tersebut diambil atas nasihat Pejabat Peguam Negara, dengan mengambil kira kes Tan Sri Eric Chia di mana satu kenyataan saksi yang dirakam di luar negeri, tidak diterima sebagai bahan bukti dalam kes rasuah tersebut.
Menurut pengarah undang-undang dan pendakwaan SPRM, Datuk Abdul Razak Musa pula, keputusan untuk tidak merakam kenyataan Balasubramaniam itu juga mengambilkira keputusan terhadap keterangan pakar patologi Thailand, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand dalam inkues kematian Tan Hock Beng.
"Dalam kes Eric Chia, kami mempunyai kenyataan yang dirakamkan dalam kamar majistret di luar negeri, tetapi ia tidak dapat diterima. Kami tidak mahu usaha kami menjadi sia-sia," katanya.
SPRM telah merakam kenyataan "sebahagian besar saksi" dan kenyataan penyiasat persendirian itu sangat penting untuk kes berkenaan, katanya. Menurutnya, SPRM memerlukan kenyataan Balasubramaniam untuk membantu siasatannya.
Sebelum ini, SPRM bersetuju untuk merakam kenyataan Balasubramaniam di Holiday Villa di London dari 5 hingga 7 Julai.
Daripada awal Bala dah bagi tahu siapa-siapa yang terlibat dalam kes tersebut. Orang yang terlibat pula adalah adik Pak Jib pula dan SD Bala terus terang menyatakan siapa yang terus terlibat dengan pembunuhan Altantuya. Bukankah pertemuan Bala nanti akan menjadi satu bala pula kepada Pak Jib and kuncu-kuncunya?
Jadi aku tak terkejut dengan berita ini, kerana aku dah jangka bahawa SPRM sememangnya tiada teloq untuk membuat siasatan lanjut kes Altantuya,tambah-tambah lagi kalau jumpa Bala. Keputusan untuk tidak ke London tentu datangnya daripada pelakon-pelakon utama dalam kes tersebut........
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:00 AM PDT
By Syed Akbar Ali
Folks with maybe the exception of Bank Negara Malaysia, the management of the economy, the capital markets and their related regulatory authority are in some shambles. They certainly do not inspire confidence in the system.
The GLCs are best known as Government Losing Concerns - they lose and continue to lose so much money. Just today I heard that a bank GLC that was formed by an ikan bilis bank swallowing another ikan busuk bank is facing serious Non Performing Loans problems.
Its CEO, who is the younger brother of you know who, is now rumoured to be possibly moved to the mother of all the Government Losing Concerns. The present CEO of the mother of GLCs may therefore have to make tracks (this rumour comes from inside). This is seen to be a face saving device for the two brothers - the spin will be the younger is going to the mother GLC to keep a closer watch over all the silver.
Now there are things brewing over at the Securities Commission. The SC is run by a dinosaur leftover from the days of the Slumberjack regime. Rocky has been speaking about the SC at his Blog here. Most interestingly Another Brick In The Wall has also been speaking about possible shenanigans at the SC itself here.
The SC has done something quite unprecedented by hauling in reporters for interrogation over business news reports they have been writing about misbehaving management of a listed company. I dont think this has ever happened before. It would appear that instead of sorting out the message, the SC is out to harass the messengers.
I lay the blame for this incompetence on the Prime Minister Dato Najib Tun Razak. The corrupt regime of Slumberjack has been deposed. We kicked him out not just for his corruption but because of his gross incompetence. During his time many people were also appointed to important positions, some of whom were corrupt (and still are) or just incompetent (and still are) or both.
We need a thorough spring cleaning of the entire Government machinery. We need to be rid of the corrupt first - beginning with the Cabinet Ministers first. We also need to be rid of corrupt KSUs. Then we need to be rid of the incompetents and the laggards - those who were put in positions of power and authority not because of what they know (which is often little) but because of what they do not know (which is often a lot).
Hence we see the frequent fumbles and the consequent grumbles across the entire spectrum of Government. The worst are of course the corrupt Cabinet members.
Finally we must be really rid of all the fossilised dinosaurs that inhabit the corridors of power. The PM must really learn to cut with a scalpel and remove all that excess skin. Get newer and younger people to take over. We need to nurture the second generation and the third generation to take over.
The wrinkled and constipated dinosaurs just have to be left go. If the PM does not make these changes fast, the people will lose faith in the PM.
Posted: 29 Jun 2010 04:36 AM PDT
Oleh Mohd Azis Ngah
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 03:23 AM PDT
Lebih 200 dipercayai peneroka Felda kebanyakan kaum wanita berhimpun di hadapan pejabat Suara Keadilan, Shah Alam menghantar memorandum bantahan berhubung isu 237 yang bertajuk 'Felda Bankrap'.
Demonstrasi tersebut dianjurkan oleh Majlis Belia Felda Malaysia itu kemudiannya bertindak membakar organ rasmi parti KEADILAN, Suara Keadilan.
Kumpulan berkenaan mulanya berhimpun di sebuah restoran berhampiran manakala kereta peronda polis dilihat berlegar-legar di kawasan sekitar.
Turut dilihat ialah kumpulan pemberita media arus perdana yang diarah membuat liputan terhadap penyerahan memorandum itu.
Pengarang Suara Keadilan Dzulkarnain Taib ditemani Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin kemudiannya menerima memorandum daripada kumpulan berkenaan, diiringi kata-kata kesat dari sebahagian ahli kumpulan itu.
Bagaimanapun Dzulkarnain kelihatan tenang biarpun para penunjuk perasaan itu kelihatan emosi mencerca dan menuduh beliau sebagai tidak bertanggungjawab.
Selepas menyerahkan memorandum, polis meminta kumpulan tersebut bersurai.
Kelihatan juga kesemua kumpulan berkenaan diberi makanan dan minuman percuma ketika menuju ke kenderaan yang disediakan.
Setidak-tidaknya itulah perspektif masyarakat bahawa pengurusan FELDA yang kini tertekan dengan pendedahan penyelewengan dana tepaksa mendalangi satu demonstrasi yang dihadiri hanya 200 orang dengan berkenderaan 6 buah bas.
Alahai FELDA... telur dah pecah...
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 08:22 AM PDT
Satu Lagi Serangan Umno-BN: Dua ADUN Pakatan Rakyat Selangor dipanggil SPRM
SHAH ALAM 30 Jun - Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) telah mengeluarkan notis pemeriksaan kepada dua orang Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat Selangor untuk hadir memberi keterangan di Pejabat SPRM, Putrajaya esok.
Surat dikeluarkan kepada Adun Batu Caves Amirudin Shari dan Adun Sri Muda Shuhaimi Shafie pada Isnin lalu mengarahkan kedua-dua mereka untuk bantu siasat di bawah kesalahan 17(A) Akta SPRM.
"Kami yakin langkah SPRM ini ketika spekulasi berkenaan empat ADUN Parti Keadilan Rakyat akan meninggalkan parti baru-baru ini merupakan satu lagi serangan baru daripada siri percubaan untuk menjatuhkan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor.
"Kami juga tidak menyangkal kemungkinan SPRM dipergunakan untuk menjayakan agenda Umno-Barisan Nasional merampas kuasa pentadbiran Selangor, sepertimana berlaku dalam insiden rampasan kuasa Kerajaan Negeri Perak pada tahun 2009.
"Kami menggesa SRPM professional dalam menjalankan tugas dengan turut menyiasat serta mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap pemimpin Barisan Nasional yang terang-terang melakukan rasuah seperti bekas Menteri Besar Selangor Khir Toyo," kata Pengarah Penerangan KEADILAN Selangor, Dr Badrul Amin Baharom dalam satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan hari ini.
Kedua-dua Adun itu akan hadir bersama peguam masing-masing ke Pejabat SPRM di Putrajaya pada jam 3 petang esok (1 Julai) untuk memberi kerjasama yang sewajarnya kepada pihak SPRM. -TVS
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 06:51 AM PDT
Today marks the very last day of the first half of 2010. It is also one of the best time to reflect on what we have done so far this year.
Some may have crossed the finishing line while some struggled jumping over the hurdles.
Some may not have taken the first climb, while some are on its way to conquer the peak.
So where do we stand now?
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 08:24 AM PDT
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will not record the statement of private investigaor P Balasubramaniam in London after all. Nevertheless, it will submit questions to his lawyers and request that the witness responds in the form of an affidavit, MACC deputy commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull told a press conference today. Mohd Shukri Abdull
Mohd Shukri Abdull said MACC would write to the witness' lawyers tomorrow to inform them of the decision and to submit the questions.
Published: Wednesday January 13, 2010 MYT 5:54:00 PM
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is willing to meet private detective P. Balasubramaniam either in Malaysia or abroad to record his statement pertaining to an alleged offer of RM5mil to retract a statuory declaration (SD) that he had made.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed said Balasubramaniam needed to come forward to give his statement as the main witness in order for comprehensive investigations to be carried out.
"We are prepared to meet him anywhere ... there are no problems facilitating the meeting, back home or abroad, we will agree (to the meeting)," he told a press conference here Wednesday.
He was commenting on developments in the investigations into a CD recording in which Balasubramaniam among others had alleged that he was offered RM5mil to retract a SD he made dated July 1,2008; that his family was threatened; that he received RM750,000 and RM800,000 from certain parties on separate occasions and was forced to issue a second SD negating the first.
The issues were allegedly related to the death of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu who was murdered in Shah Alam in October 2006. A political analyst, Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda was acquitted of abetment in her murder on Oct 31, 2008 while two special action unit policemen were found guilty of the crime on April 9, 2009 and sentenced to death.
Bala went missing on July 4, 2008 but resurfaced recently with a CD recording of him making the allegations being posted on the Internet. His present whereabouts are unknown.
Meanwhile, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said Balasubramaniam was only a witness and not an accused, and as such, he need not fear assisting the investigations.
"I urge him to come to us, he need not be afraid as he is only a witness and not someone to be charged," he said at the same press conference.
Asked if the MACC was taking steps to track him down, Shukri said the MACC was making efforts to get a statement from him but no meeting had been arranged between the MACC and him so far. -- Bernama
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 07:08 AM PDT
During our board meeting on Tuesday night, we finally decided that this year's Family Day will be held at Lost World of Tambun (LWOT). Yep, we had our Family Day there a few years back when we had a sponsor for the annual event. Since the kids loved the place and kept on talking about how they enjoyed themselves there, we decided to go there again. Besides, it seems there are new attractions since the last time we went, and in addition to that, this year we have the budget to hold the event at a venue which requires quite a substantial amount of money for entrance fees.
So while the sub-committee will be meeting every week from now on to discuss on the itinerary, logistics and whatever arrangements, all the volunteers will have to start contacting their clients to inform them about the event and to confirm who's coming etc. Hmmm… that means I will have to do most of the contacting because I have the most clients!
Well, I've started with one today. Coincidentally it is time for my monthly grocery delivery and my visit today was to Sofie's house. So after getting all the stuff at the minimarket, off I headed to visit Sofie and the kids. It has been a month since I last went to visit.
Unlike during my usual visits, this time when I got to the house, the front door was closed. I was at first quite concerned that maybe nobody was home (I did send a text message before going but Sofie seldom replies my message – not enough credit) but I saw the children's bicycles outside, so somebody must be home.
When I got to the front door, I did hear some voices, and so I gave the salam. I kept on hearing voices but nobody returned my salam. So I knocked on the door and gave the salam again. This time I heard a child's voice returning the salam and asked, "Siapa?"
"Saya…" (hehehe… purposely trying to find out if the boy recognised my voice…)
"Makcik Afizah ya?"
It was Saiful. They (Sofie, Saiful & Ika) were in the kitchen, thus the locked front door. Once Saiful opened the door, I started carrying down all the stuff in my car – rice, cooking oil, sugar, flour, anchovies, potatoes, canned sardines, drinks, milk, chili sauce, tomato sauce, soy sauce, eggs, margarine, detergent, etc.
Usually Saiful would help me but today he was helping his mother who needed to hold on to someone to walk from the kitchen to the front. Oh dear… she looked rather weak today.
Apparently after feeling a wee bit better, and not wanting to depend on charity all her life, when an owner of a food stall who needed an extra hand at the stall, coaxed Sofie to work for her, Sofie accepted, She thought it would be a great opportunity for her to earn extra income for the family.
Problem is, Sofie is not fit to work just yet, although she's better than the first time I met her. Well yes, working at home doing all those wires she gets from a nearby factory is okay, because she gets to do so at her own pace at home, sitting down. But the job at the stall required her to take orders from customers, meaning she had to walk around quite a bit. Given her condition, she actually couldn't walk around too much. Now she's starting to feel the pain and has problems even to get up and walk. After a week of working, she's beginning to get fever, she lost her appetite to eat, and she vomits every time she tries to eat.
I told her to get a complete rest. I admire the fact that she wants to work to support her children, but for the moment I can still get financial assistance for her. For genuine cases like hers, all I have to do is open my mouth and God willing, help will start coming in.
Anyway, the moment I told them that this year's Family Day will be at LWOT, both Ika and Saiful went "YES!!" Waaah… so very happy! That's the purpose of the Family Day… to make them happy. I asked Sofie to confirm how many of them would be coming – Sofie said she didn't have any doubt that Azman, her second son would want to come along, but she wasn't too sure about the eldest, Azlan. He's usually not the type who likes to join all the "kiddies" activities. But at LWOT he doesn't have to worry about having to play with the kids. He is after all, already 16, he doesn't have to play at the kiddies pool (only makciks like me do that… hehehe!)
Azlan happened to just get home from school while we were talking, so I asked him direct if he wanted to join. I told him I'd need his confirmation as we need to pay for everything before the event, and so we can't wait for him to decide on the day itself whether he wants to join us or not. I think he too must have been wanting to go to the place which he had only heard of before, and he knows for a fact that the place is not only for children but for adults as well, so he said yes, YAYYY!!!
So yep, I already have 5 people in my "going" list now. I'd better start calling the rest… Lin, Fuzi, Murni, Sha, Mrs K, Jah, Yah, Maria, Sharifah, Nuri, Ani… hmmm… who else ya? I'd better check my clients list so that I will not miss anybody…
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 05:52 AM PDT
RIYADH – If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: Saudi Arabia's religious police, who once used staves to prod people to the mosque at prayer time, are taking the mosque to football fans for the World Cup.
The Islamic morality cops began rolling out prayer carpets this week in front of popular coffee shops on Riyadh's central Tahlia street, where Saudi men are turning out nightly for the matches broadcast from South Africa.
The "mobile mosques," as they are called, make sure the faithful don't miss the sunset mahgrib prayer, which by chance falls just at the end of regulation time of the daily first match in the World Cup's current round of 16.
Read all here_ 'Mobile mosques' for Saudi World Cup fans
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 05:14 AM PDT
LONDON, June 29 – Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may be damaging the fertility of their future sons, a study by Danish scientists said today.
The researchers found that if mothers had drunk 4.5 or more drinks a week while pregnant, the sperm concentration of their sons – measured about 20 years later – was a third lower than in men who were not exposed to alcohol while in the womb.
The study by scientists at the University of Aarhus in Denmark was presented at the conference of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome. A drink was measured as 12 grams of alcohol, equivalent to one 330 ml can of beer, one small (120 ml) glass of wine or one shot (40 ml) of spirits.
"Our study shows that there is an association between drinking a moderate amount of alcohol during pregnancy and lower sperm concentrations in sons," said Cecilia of Aarhus's department of occupational medicine, who led the research.
But she noted that because the study was an observational one, the scientists could not say for certain whether the alcohol intake was a cause of the lower sperm concentrations.
"It is possible that drinking alcohol during pregnancy has a harmful effect on the foetal semen-producing tissue in the testes – and thereby on semen quality in later life – but our study is the first of its kind, and more research within this area is needed before any causal link can be established or safe drinking limits proposed," she said in a report of her study.
If, however, the findings are replicated in future studies, that may help explain why semen quality has dropped in recent decades, and why it is better in some nations than others.
The Danish team studied 347 sons of 11,980 women who were taking part in the Danish "Healthy habits for two" study between 1984 and 1987. Around the 36th week of pregnancy the mothers answered a questionnaire on lifestyle and health. The sons were followed up between 2005 and 2006, when they were aged between 18-21, and semen and blood samples were collected and analysed.
The data showed that sons of mothers drinking 4.5 or more alcoholic drinks a week had average sperm concentrations of 25 million per millilitre, while the sons who were least exposed to alcohol had sperm concentrations of 40 million/ml.
After adjusting for various confounding factors, the scientists found the sons in the group most exposed to alcohol had an average sperm concentration that was around 32 per cent lower than that in the least exposed group.
The World Health Organisation defines a "normal" level of sperm concentration as being approximately 20 million/ml or more, but the chances of conception go up with increased sperm concentration up to 40 million/ml.
"If further research shows that maternal alcohol consumption is a cause of reduced semen concentration in male offspring, then we are a bit closer to an explanation of why semen quality may have decreased during the last decades and why it differs between populations," said Ramlau-Hansen.
The researchers also investigated whether fathers' alcohol consumption had any effect, but found no link. –
SOURCE: Reuters, Alcohol in pregnancy may harm sons' sperm: Study.
By Kate Kelland
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