Sunday, 30 November 2008
This is the WRONG method of cooking the instant noodles.
By doing this, when we actually boil the ingredients in the powder, normally with MSG, it will change the molecular structures of the MSG causing it to be toxic.
The other thing that you may or may not realize is that, the noodles are coated with wax and it will take around 4 to 5 days for the body to excrete the wax after you have taken the noodles.
CORRECT METHOD :
1. Boil the noodles in a pot with water.
2. Once the noodles is cooked, take out the noodles, and throw away the water which contains wax.
3. Boil another pot of water till boiling and put the noodles into the hot boiling water and then shut the fire.
4. Only at this stage when the fire is off, and while the water is very hot, put the ingredient with the powder into the water, to make noodle soup.
5. However, if you need dry noodles, take out the noodles and add the ingredient with the powder and toss it to get dry noodles.
Please share this info and help save a life.
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Tuesday, 4 November 2008
(CNN) -- A state-run Chinese newspaper expressed relief Monday that senior Japanese officials had dismissed the country's air force chief after he denied Japan's aggression before and during World War II.
Gen. Toshio Tamogami lost his job as chief of staff for Japan's Air Self-Defense Force, the Ministry of Defense said, after saying in an essay that "it is certainly a false accusation to say that our country was an aggressor nation."
Japanese troops invaded China in 1937 and were widely accused of gross human rights abuses, including raping tens of thousands of girls and women and killing several hundred thousand others in what has come to be called "The Rape of Nanking."
Imperial Japan also invaded several other Asian nations, leading to the death and misery for an untold number.
Two former Japanese prime ministers have apologized for Japanese aggression before and during World War II. Yet China has long accused of elements within Japan of trying to whitewash the Japanese atrocities committed before and during World War II.
"The denial of the aggression history by Toshio Tamogami comes in as an element of disharmony," the state-run China Daily said a commentary Monday. "Yet, as long as the Japanese government has a right attitude to this question, the smooth development of ties between the two neighbors will not be derailed by such discordant notes."
Tamogami's essay, published late last week, also stirred controversy in South Korea.
Japan controlled Korea from 1910 to 1945. Its military is accused of forcing roughly 200,000 women, mainly from Korea and China, to serve as sex slaves -- they were known euphemistically as "comfort women" -- for soldiers in the Imperial Army.
The South Korean foreign ministry criticized Tamogami's commentary in a statement published by Yonhap, the South Korean news agency.
"His claim is distorting history," the statement said. "International friendly relations are based on repentance for past wrongdoings and learning a lesson from history,"
Tamogami's essay won first prize in a competition called the "True Perspective of Modern and Contemporary History."
Several Japanese leaders have apologized in recent years for past Japanese aggression.
In 2005, then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized for his country's role in World War II on the 60th anniversary of the war's end. He vowed Japan would never again take "the path to war."
Japan agreed to surrender on August 15, 1945, after U.S. planes dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The formal surrender was signed September 2.
In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the war's end, then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama also expressed Tokyo's deep remorse and heartfelt apology for the damage and suffering it inflicted on its Asian neighbors.
And in 2001, Koizumi apologized for Japanese treatment of Koreans during its occupation of the Korean peninsula during the first half of the 20th century.
In a statement, Koizumi acknowledged the "enormous damage" inflicted by Japan's military "by colonization and invasion" during the conflict.
"We must take this historical fact of such very sincerely, and I would like to express keen remorse and heartfelt apologies," Koizumi said. "I would like to also express our deep condolences to the victims inside and outside of Japan during World War II."
At the height of the conflict, much of southeast Asia, China and the Pacific islands were in Japanese hands.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq said it has decided to sell Saddam Hussein's luxury yacht after winning a legal dispute over its ownership.
The former dictator's 269-foot superyacht is fitted with swimming pools, salons, a secret passage and a rocket launching system.
Iraq's government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that the government on Sunday agreed to part with the superyacht.
French authorities seized the boat on January 31 after it docked in Nice on the Mediterranean coast. The yacht remained there while courts settled a row over the ship's ownership.
A yacht brokerage firm had tried to sell the boat for a reported $35 million. But Iraq said the yacht still belonged the country.
Friday, 10 October 2008
From Times Online - October 9, 2008(http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/education/article4910798.ece)
Britain has 17 universities in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings top 100, down from 19 last year.
Harvard tops the list for the fifth consecutive year. Second place goes to Yale, which was joint second with Cambridge and Oxford last year. The two British institutions came third and fourth respectively this year.
In total the UK has 29 universities in the top 200, one fewer than last year. Of these, 22 had slipped down the rankings. The highest ranking UK university is Cambridge at Number 3, and the lowest ranking is the University of Reading, at 194 just six from bottom place, which goes to the University of Athens.
Four British universities are in the top 10, the same as last year. Imperial College London fell from fifth to sixth place while University College London rose from ninth to seventh.
More than a third of the top 100 are based in the US. The rise of Asian institutions is reflected in the inclusion of nine of them within the top 50, including three based in Hong Kong.
Two new entrants this year are Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Seoul National University.
The list in full:
001 HARVARD University United States
002 YALE University United States
003 University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
004 University of OXFORD United Kingdom
005 CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Calt... United States
006 IMPERIAL College London United Kingdom
007 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
008 University of CHICAGO United States
009 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (M... United States
010 COLUMBIA University United States
011 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
012 PRINCETON University United States
013= DUKE University United States
013= JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
015 CORNELL University United States
016 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
017 STANFORD University United States
018 University of MICHIGAN United States
019 University of TOKYO Japan
020 MCGILL University Canada
021 CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
022 KING'S College London United Kingdom
023 University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
024 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of T... Switzerland
025 KYOTO University Japan
026 University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
027 BROWN University United States
028 École Normale Supérieure, PARIS France
029 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
030= National University of SINGAPORE(NUS) Singapore
031= University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles
032 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
033 NORTHWESTERN University United States
034= ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE France
034= University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
036 University of California, BERKELEY United States
037 The University of SYDNEY Australia
038 The University of MELBOURNE Australia
039 HONG KONG University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
040 NEW YORK University (NYU) United States
041 University of TORONTO Canada
042 The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
043 University of QUEENSLAND Australia
044 OSAKA University Japan
045 University of NEW SOUTH WALES Australia
046 BOSTON University United States
047 MONASH University Australia
048 University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
049 TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
050= Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LAUSANNE... Switzerland
050= PEKING University China
050= SEOUL National University Korea, South
053 University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands
054 DARTMOUTH College United States
055 University of WISCONSIN-Madison United States
056 TSINGHUA University China
057 HEIDELBERG Universität Germany
058 University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States
059 University of WASHINGTON United States
060 WASHINGTON University in St. Louis United States
061 TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan
062 EMORY University United States
063 UPPSALA University Sweden
064 LEIDEN University Netherlands
065 The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand
066 LONDON School of Economics and Political... United Kingdom
067 UTRECHT University Netherlands
068 University of GENEVA Switzerland
069 University of WARWICK United Kingdom
070 University of TEXAS at Austin United States
071 University of ILLINOIS United States
072 Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN Belgium
073 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom
074 University of ALBERTA Canada
075 University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
076 University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom
077 NANYANG Technological University Singapore
078= DELFT University of Technology Netherlands
078= RICE University United States
078= Technische Universität MÜNCHEN Germany
081= University of AARHUS Denmark
081= University of YORK United Kingdom
083= GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States
083= The University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia
083= University of ST ANDREWS United Kingdom
086 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom
087 University of MINNESOTA United States
088 LUND University Sweden
089 University of CALIFORNIA, Davis United States
090 CASE WESTERN RESERVE University United States
091= Université de Montréal Canada
091= University of HELSINKI Finland
093= Hebrew University of JERUSALEM Israel
093= Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
095 KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Scie... Korea, South
096 University of VIRGINIA United States
097 University of PITTSBURGH United States
098 University of CALIFORNIA, Santa Barbara United States
099= PURDUE University United States
099= University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom
101 - 200
101 VANDERBILT University United States
102= University of NORTH CAROLINA United States
102= University of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA United States
104 University of LEEDS United Kingdom
105 PENNSYLVANIA STATE University United States
106= University of ADELAIDE Australia
106= University of ZURICH Switzerland
108 University College DUBLIN Ireland
109 TECHNION - Israel Institute of Technolog... Israel
110 GEORGETOWN University United States
111 MAASTRICHT University Netherlands
112 TOHOKU University Japan 113 FUDAN University China
114 TEL AVIV University Israel 115 University of VIENNA Austria
116 Université catholique de LOUVAIN (UCL) Belgium
117= MCMASTER University Canada 117= QUEEN'S University Canada
119 University of ROCHESTER United States
120 NAGOYA University Japan 121 OHIO STATE University United States
122= DURHAM University United Kingdom
122= University of MARYLAND United States
124= National TAIWAN University Taiwan
124= University of OTAGO New Zealand
126 ERASMUS University Rotterdam Netherlands
127 STONY BROOK University United States
128 EINDHOVEN University of Technology Netherlands
129 University of WATERLOO Canada
130 University of SUSSEX United Kingdom
131 University of BASEL Switzerland
132 University of CALIFORNIA, Irvine United States
133= CARDIFF University United Kingdom
133= Technical University of DENMARK Denmark
133= University of LIVERPOOL United Kingdom
136 University of GHENT Belgium
137= Freie Universität BERLIN Germany
137= TEXAS A&M University United States
139 HUMBOLDT-Universität zu Berlin Germany
140 Ecole normale supérieure de LYON France
141 University of Science and Technology of ... China
142 WAGENINGEN University Netherlands
143 NANJING University China
144= SHANGHAI JIAO TONG University China
144= University of GRONINGEN Netherlands
146 University of ARIZONA United States
147= CITY University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
147= Universität FREIBURG Germany
149 Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie PARIS V... France
150 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ... Mexico
151 RUTGERS, The State University of New Jer... United States
152 University of BATH United Kingdom
153 University of ABERDEEN United Kingdom
154 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (II... India
155= Eberhard Karls Universität TÜBINGEN Germany
155= VU University AMSTERDAM Netherlands
157 TUFTS University United States
158 KYUSHU University Japan
159 The University of WESTERN ONTARIO Canada
160 QUEEN MARY, University of London United Kingdom
161 University of LAUSANNE Switzerland
162= CHALMERS University of Technology Sweden
162= NEWCASTLE University, NEWCASTLE Upon Tyn... United Kingdom
164 SIMON FRASER University Canada
165 University of FLORIDA United States
166= CHULALONGKORN University Thailand
166= Universität GÖTTINGEN Germany
168 University of NOTRE DAME United States
169 Universität FRANKFURT am Main Germany
170= INDIANA University Bloomington United States
170= University of CALGARY Canada
170= University of LANCASTER United Kingdom
173 KTH, ROYAL Institute of Technology Sweden
174= HOKKAIDO University Japan
174= Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (I... India
174= RENSSELAER Polytechnic Institute United States
177= University of LEICESTER United Kingdom
177= University of OSLO Norway
179 University of CAPE TOWN South Africa
180= University of COLORADO at Boulder United States
180= WASEDA University Japan
182 MACQUARIE University Australia
183= Lomonosov MOSCOW STATE University Russia
183= Université Libre de BRUXELLES (ULB) Belgium
185 BRANDEIS University United States
186= University of BARCELONA Spain
186= University of CANTERBURY New Zealand
188= POHANG University of Science and Technol... Korea, South
188= Technische Universität BERLIN Germany
190 Universität STUTTGART Germany
191 University of MASSACHUSETTS, Amherst United States
192= University of BERN Switzerland
192= University of BOLOGNA Italy
194 University of READING United Kingdom
195 University of ANTWERP Belgium
196 University of SAO PAULO Brazil
197= DALHOUSIE University Canada
197= University of BUENOS AIRES Argentina
199 KOBE University Japan
200= University of ATHENS Greece
Thursday, 9 October 2008
LONDON (Reuters) - A couple have been reunited with their missing cat after nine years, the RSPCA said on Wednesday.
Dixie, a 15-year-old ginger cat, disappeared in 1999 and her owners thought she had been killed by a car.
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Alan Pittaway checked her microchip and confirmed it was Dixie. She was returned to her owners, Alan and Gilly Delaney, within half an hour.
"In 29 years of working for the RSPCA I have never seen anyone so excited and happy as Mrs Delaney," Pittaway said. "It made my day to return Dixie to her owners."
The couple were "overjoyed" to be reunited with their missing cat after so many years.
"Dixie's personality, behaviour and little mannerisms have not changed at all," said Gilly Delaney. "We don't think she has stopped purring since she came back through the door."
The RSPCA hope the story will encourage owners to have their pets microchipped.
(Reporting by Anna Legge; Editing by Steve Addison) Wed Sep 10, 10:48 AM ET
ROME (AFP) - The winner of a free funeral has not turned up to claim his prize after ticket number 11 was chosen in a raffle in southern Italy, an Italian newspaper reported Tuesday.
The holder of the winning ticket in the raffle - held in the town of San Marco in Lamis - is entitled to a free lined coffin, a tombstone, copper candlesticks and a grave site, Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno reported.
There is no deadline for claiming the prize and the winner can give it to somebody else, raffle organisers said, according to the paper.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
LONDON (Reuters) - The credit crisis and tight student budgets hold no fears for a British teenager who won 7 million pounds ($12.68 million) on the Lottery.
Ianthe Fullagar, 18, from Cumbria, northern England, said she still plans to go to university next year to study law, despite her huge win on the EuroMillions game.
Although she won't need a student loan or inflated overdraft, she said she hopes to be just like the others at college.
"I'm going to live the life of a student. I'm going to live in student digs," she told the BBC on Tuesday. "I love baked beans."
The teenager said she screamed so loudly when she checked her ticket that her dog jumped up and bit her on the bottom.
She hid her winning ticket in her bra before moving it to a jewelry box and then her gym bag while she waited for her win to be confirmed.
After receiving an over-sized check at an official ceremony, she said she plans to spend her winnings on her family and friends and a new Ford Ka.
(Reporting by Peter Griffiths)
Tue Sep 30, 1:55 PM ET
Friday, 26 September 2008
Thursday, 25 September 2008
He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house.. However, he lost his nerve w hen a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brough t him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, 'How much do I owe you?'
'You don't owe me anything,' she replied. 'Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.'
He said ... 'Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart.'
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit...
Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the n ame of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.
Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room
Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.
He went back to the consultation room d etermined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words ... 'Paid in full with one glass of milk'
(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: 'Thank You God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.'
There's a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least yo u will have made the world a better place -
And, after all, isn't that what life is all about?!
Now you have two choices.
1. You can send this page on and spread a positive message.
2. Or ignore it and pretend it never touched your heart
Sunday, 7 September 2008
This is a very good article.
Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about:
The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal.. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack
A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting . Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line . You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Read this & Send to a friend. It could save a life. So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.
Monday, 1 September 2008
Prediction of the coming Disaster Mr. Juseleeno Nobulega Da Roose, born in 1960 (reportedly still alive in 2008), is a Brazilian who has made many predictions, and MOST have come to pass, including Princess Diana's death by car accident (which is instigated by someone near her and will probably unfortunately be written off as a car accident), 911 and the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.
He sees the future in his dreams, and has an average of 3 to 9 such predictions per day.
When he wakes up, he will write them down, and send warnings to those concerned. If it concerns only a normal individual, he will write a letter to warn him/her... If it is a famous person (celebrity, politician etc.) or matters concerning the public, he will not only send it to the individual himself/herself, but also related agencies, government, and media. He urged the media to publicise these predictions, but the reply always went along the lines of rejection for fear of arousing public panic.
There will be an earthquake in Japan, which will cause a tsunami of 30 plus metres high to occur as well.
2008, 18th September:
An earthquake with magnitude of approximately 9.1 will rock China , simultaneously causing a tsunami of more than 30 metres to occur, resulting in the deaths of more than 1 million people.
Although this huge earthquake will happen after the Olympics have ended, there will be a series of relatively smaller earthquakes occurring in China before the huge earthquake. The China government, which is more concerned with the success of the Olympics, will most likely neglect to employ appropriate cautionary measures, thus the high casualty rate.
If the China government does not publicise the occurrence of these minor earthquakes and evacuate people, the number of deaths will be as predicted.
2008, 17th December:
Terrorist attack in America
The temperatures in some countries of Africa could be as high as 58 degrees Celsius, and there will be a serious shortage of water.
2010, 15th June:
The New York Stock Exchange market will fail, causing an international financial crisis.
The research on the treatment of some cancers will be completed, but a new life-threatening virus will appear. People who are infected will die after only approx. 4 hours of coming into contact with the virus.
2013, 1st - 25th November:
Research on treatment of cancers, except for brain tumors, will be completed. An earthquake, caused by volcanic eruptions, will happen on Bahama Island of the Canary Islands. A gigantic tsunami of roughly 150 metres will result. America mainlands, Brazil etc will be affected, with the tsunami pushing into the land as far as 15 to 20 kilometres.
Before the occurrence of this gigantic tsunami, the sea/ocean water levels will sink by about 6 metres, and large flocks of birds will start to migrate.
A small planet that has been gradually closing in on Earth might eventually collide with Earth, and this collision, if come to pass, will affect the survival of humans as a whole.
By the mid of November, the average temperature of Earth could be as high as 59 degrees Celsius. Many people will die from the overheat, and international confusion and terror ensues.
A huge typhoon will invade China, causing massive damage. The 43rd USA president, George Walker Bush, will enter the hospital, and faces a life or death situation.
A super earthquake will occur in Sans Francisco, and it will be named 'The Big One'. Huge damage to surrounding areas. Many volcanoes will re-activate, and the height of resulting tsunami will be more than 150 metres.
Mr. Juseleeno made known his predictions in hopes that people will take heed of his warnings, so that these disasters may be avoided. He hopes there will be a major change in the thinking of people's mindsets in the time period 2007 - 2008.
One factor will be the environmental issue of global warming, which is more serious than what some meteorologists assume.
雖然中國是在奧林匹克運動會結束之後才會發生地震，但9.1級的大地震之前會有頻繁的小地震發生，中國政府只顧面子以世界運動會之成功與否為最優先考量的話，而忽視了頻繁的前震，事前都沒有做任何對策的可能性很高。中國政府也許會根據情況而發佈報導管制將預兆的前震之發生對內於對外一切封閉。如此的做法絕對會如預言所述災害慘重。Mr. Time Trabeler John Taiter的遺言：“2004年在希臘雅典舉行的奧林匹克是最後的一次。”
2026年：7月舊金山會發生超巨大地震被稱爲“The Big One”聖安德列斯大斷層會被破壞，加州會崩垮掉。很多火山口會重新開啓，海嘯的高度也會超過150米。
無論如何，現在發生的溫暖化現象並不像氣象學家認爲的“暖化速度很緩慢”而是直綫急速上昇的。 留給人類的時間祇剩不多了！ 2007年年底止是我們人類覺醒的最後時限。Juseleeno期望到2007年底世界上能發生很大的“意識改變”。
Thursday, 28 August 2008
A couple wave on tricycle during their wedding ceremony, to promot the environment-friendly and economical wedding, in Huai'an, east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 8, 2008, the opening day of the Beijing Olympic Games. (Xinhua/ Xu Changzheng)
Here's one Olympics competition where China definitely set a record: at least 314,224 couples tied the knot across the nation on Friday, or 08/08/08, the opening day of the 29th Olympic Games, official statistics showed.
As expected, that was a one-day record for marriages since 1949, when the People's Republic of China was founded, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Saturday.
Although there's no previous national figure available, so many cities set records that the countrywide tally is considered to be the record. In Beijing alone, the host city of the Olympics, 15,646 couples were married, 23 times the daily average.
The previous one-day record for marriages in the capital was 4,452 on Dec. 18, 2006, which had one eight in it by the Western calendar. Under the lunar calendar, it was Oct. 28, which had two eights.
On Aug. 8 last year, 3,390 couples were married in Beijing, making it the second most popular date after Dec. 18.
Major Chinese cities saw a surge of applications to wed on Friday, either for the triple-eight symbolism or to catch an "Olympic wedding".
The number eight symbolizes wealth, fortune and luck for Chinese. Many choose dates with the number to start a business, marry, deliver babies or undertake some other significant step. People also pay extra to have it in phone numbers or vehicle license plates.
Local civil affairs authorities said that 6,418 couples were married in Shanghai on Friday and 4,841 in Wuhan. Figures for other cities were not immediately available.
The ministry held a special meeting on Tuesday asking local authorities to increase staff, use volunteers, work longer hours and open more offices to cope with the surge.
Some registration offices in Beijing and Tianjin worked around the clock to meet demand.
The Chaoyang District office in eastern Beijing registered a couple shortly after it opened for business at midnight. Source: Xinhua
On January 13, 2007, Wei had also paraded through town with 800 needles in his forehead and even put on skates and skated around the streets to show he was not in pain and alright. (http://whazzup-malao.blogspot.com/2008/08/chinese-acupuncturist-skates-with-800.html)
“I shook with fear when I saw his hedgehog-head. It seemed like he must be hurting himself.” said a lady in her sixties.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
A Chinese acupuncturist paraded in front of onlookers in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality with more than 800 acupuncture needles in his forehead during a self-acupuncture performance on Tuesday, a local newspaper reported.
Passersby couldn't help crying out when Wei Shengchu, a 60-year-old acupuncturist and cosmetic surgeon from southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, appeared in downtown Jiefangbei street on Tuesday afternoon, reported the Chongqing Morning Post.
"I shook with fear when I saw his hedgehog-head. It seemed like he must be hurting himself." said a lady in her sixties.
Some people thought the needles could do harm to the body and thought it was a fake performance.
Wei invited onlookers to experience inserting the needles themselves. Donning a pair of skates, he skated around the street to prove he was quite OK with the acupuncture.
"Inserting the needles is quite enjoyable for me. Whether I'm working or taking a rest, I often insert needles into my head. It is really comfortable", said Wei.
It takes Wei several hours to insert 800 needles into his head and face.
Wei said he plans to insert 2,008 needles into his head in 2008in Beijing when the city hosts the 2008 Olympics. He said has already booked a hotel room for this purpose well over a year in advance.
Wei's passion for self-acupuncture stems from a 2002 newspaper clipping which reported that a Canadian had a Guinness World Record for inserting 420 needles into his arms.
"It's not much compared to our centuries-old acupuncture," thought Wei, who began experimenting with inserting needles into his body.
Wei finally achieved his Guinness World Record for self-acupuncture when he inserted 1,790 needles into his face in 2004.
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine with a history of over 2,000 years. It involves insertion of fine metallic needles on the body to relieve pain and cure diseases.
(Xinhua News Agency January 13, 2007)
Monday, 11 August 2008
The previous record for a house was said to be the £57 million that Lakshmi Mittal, the steel tycoon, paid for a property in Kensington Palace Gardens in 2004. The macho spending contest by Russian oligarchs is making property agents giddy.
Jean Pierre, a high-end agent, said: “It's completely surreal and we are really uneasy. We don't dare any more to propose any price below €100 million for these clients. Anything below and they throw you out...and you should see how they do it,” he told Le Parisien. The Nice Matin newspaper said: “At this price tag, we are beyond luxury and even reality.”
Russian excess is feeding discontent among poorer people. Pierrette, a housekeeper for one Russian, said: “I attended a party where the guests had fun throwing burning €500 notes into the air while everyone split their sides laughing. The domestic staff were later told to collect the ashes. It was sickening.”
Jean-Marie Tarragoni, a Nice property manager, said that the Riviera market had gone mad. “Two hundred people are completely destabilising it. These Russian oligarchs have thrown themselves into a bidding war like Onassis and Niarchos.” Rivalry between Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos sent local prices rocketing in the 1950s.
The price for the Leopolda, which once belonged to the late Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat tycoon, has dwarfed the €20 million paid six years ago by Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea Football Club owner, for the semi-derelict Château de la Croë. Mr Abramovich is lavishly restoring the château, home to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor after the Second World War.
His staff have denied local rumours that he is the buyer of the Leopolda, which has a commanding view of Cap Ferrat and the Mediterranean and is often listed as one of the world's most desirable residences.
Regulars at parties in the Agnelli years there included Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan. Its turreted mansion and two guest houses sit in 20 acres of grounds with hundreds of olive, cypress and lemon trees tended by 50 gardeners. Former members of the Israeli special forces are said to ensure Mrs Safra's tranquillity there. She moves out in September.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
The wedding took place at a Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu state. The "bride" wore an orange sari with a flower garland and was fed a bun to celebrate.
'Tried every cure'
The "bride", who is called Selvi, was led to the temple in Manamudurai wearing a sari before vows were exchanged in a traditional Hindu ceremony.
Saturday, 9 August 2008
His mother Samantha Wilson, 20, was taken to hospital on Wednesday when her waters broke, but Conner waited until the exact stroke of 8.08am on Friday to make his remarkable entrance.
Miss Wilson said: "It's just incredible.
"It wasn't until about an hour before he was born one of the midwives said 'if you can hang on for just a bit longer your baby could be born at 8am'.
"He was due on the seventh so it's almost as if he waited for the exact time to make his appearance.
"He's our first child so obviously he was always going to be special but this has made him unique."
Youth worker Samantha lives in Hull, East Yorkshire, with partner Bill Bolland, a 39-year-old car park attendant.
The pair met through work two years ago.
She said: "We will make him fully aware of how special he is when he is old enough to understand. He was smiling straight away.
"He looks a lot like his dad. I don't really have any ambitions for what I want him to do when he grows up - he can be whoever he wants to be."
The Beijing Olympics werwe deliberately timed to began at 8.08pm as the Chinese believe that the number eight is lucky, because it sounds similar to their word for 'wealth'.
Labour ward manager Sue Proctor said: "There's been a real buzz on the ward. We were joking in the morning that maybe one of our new arrivals would be at 8.08am but we never dreamed it would happen. It has to be highly unusual that it all fell into place, it's a real fluke.
Friday, 23 May 2008
THE HAGUE, 23 May 2008. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today rendered its Judgment in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocksand South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore ).
In its Judgment, which is final, binding and without appeal, the Court
- finds by twelve votes to four that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/PulauBatu Puteh belongs to the Republic of Singapore;
- finds by fifteen votes to one that sovereignty over Middle Rocks belongsto Malaysia;
- finds by fifteen votes to one that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs tothe State in the territorial waters of which it is located.
Reasoning of the Court
The Court first explains that the dispute between Malaysia and Singapore concerns sovereignty over three maritime features in the Straits of Singapore: Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh (a granite island on which Horsburgh lighthouse stands), Middle Rocks (consisting of some rocks thatare permanently above water) and South Ledge (a low-tide elevation).
Having described the historical background of the case, the Court notes that the dispute as to sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh crystallized on 14 February 1980, when Singapore protested against the publication in 1979 by Malaysia of a map depicting the island as lying within Malaysia's territorial waters. It further observes that the disputeas to sovereignty over Middle Rocks and South Ledge crystallized on 6February 1993, when Singapore referred to the two features in the context of its claim to Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh during bilateral negotiations.
Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh
Malaysia contends that it has an original title to Pedra Branca/Pulau BatuPuteh (dating back from the time of its predecessor, the Sultanate of Johor)and that it continues to hold this title, while Singapore claims that theisland was terra nullius in the mid-1800s when the United Kingdom (its predecessor) took lawful possession of the island in order to construct a lighthouse.
Having reviewed the evidence submitted by the Parties, the Court finds thatthe territorial domain of the Sultanate of Johor did cover in principle all the islands and islets within the Straits of Singapore and did thus includePedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh. It establishes that this possession of theislands by the Sultanate was never challenged by any other Power in theregion; and that it therefore satisfies the condition of "continuous andpeaceful display of territorial sovereignty". The Court thus concludes thatthe Sultanate of Johor had original title to Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh. It adds that this ancient title is confirmed by the nature and degree of the Sultan of Johor's authority exercised over the Orang Laut ("the people ofthe sea", who inhabited or visited the islands in the Straits of Singapore, including Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh and made this maritime area their habitat).
The Court then looks at whether this title was affected by developments in the period between 1824 and the 1840s. In March 1824, the colonial Powers inthe region, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, signed a Treaty which had the practical effect of broadly establishing the spheres of influence of the two Powers in the East Indies. As a consequence, one part of the Sultanate of Johor (under Sultan Hussein) fell within the British sphere ofinfluence while the other (under Sultan Abdul Rahman, Sultan Hussein's brother) fell within a Dutch sphere of influence. In August 1824, Sultan Hussein ceded the island of Singapore, together with its adjacent seas, straits, and islets to the extent of 10 geographical miles from the coast ofSingapore to the English East India Company in the so-called Crawfurd Treaty. Finally, in a letter of 25 June 1825, Sultan Abdul Rahman "donated"certain territories, which were already within the British sphere of influence, to his brother, thereby confirming the division of the "old" Sultanate of Johor. After careful consideration of the legal effects of these developments, the Court finds that none of them brought any change to the original title.
The Court turns next to the legal status of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Putehafter the 1840s to determine whether Malaysia and its predecessor retained sovereignty over the island. It observes that in order to do so, it needs toassess the relevant facts, consisting mainly of the conduct of the Parties (and of their predecessors) during the period under review.
The Court examines the events surrounding the selection process of the siteof the lighthouse and the construction of the latter, as well as the conductof the Parties' predecessors between 1852 and 1952 (in particular withrespect to the British and Singapore legislation relating to Horsburgh lighthouse and in the context of the Straits lights system; constitutional developments of Singapore and Malaysia; and Johor regulation of fisheries inthe 1860s), but is unable to draw any conclusions for the purposes of the case.
The Court notes that in a letter written on 12 June 1953 to the British Adviser to the Sultan of Johor, the Colonial Secretary of Singapore asked for information about the status of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh in the context of determining the boundaries of the "Colony's territorial waters". In a letter dated 21 September 1953, the Acting State Secretary of Johor replied that the "Johore Government [did] not claim ownership" of the island. The Court considers that this correspondence and its interpretationare of central importance "for determining the developing understanding of the two Parties about sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh" and finds that the Johor's reply shows that as of 1953 Johor understood that it did not have sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh.
The Court finally examines the conduct of the Parties after 1953 with respect to the island. Having reviewed all arguments submitted to it, it finds that certain acts, inter alia the investigation of shipwrecks by Singapore within the island's territorial waters and the permission granted or not granted by Singapore to Malaysian officials to survey the waters surrounding the island, may be seen as conduct เ titre de souverain. The Court also considers that some weight can be given to the conduct of the Parties in support of Singapore's claim (i.e., the absence of reaction fromMalaysia to the flying of the Singapore ensign on the island, the installation by Singapore of military communications equipment on the island in 1977, and the proposed reclamation plans by Singapore to extend the island, as well as a few specific publications and maps).
The Court concludes, especially by reference to the conduct of Singapore andits predecessors เ titre de souverain, taken together with the conduct of Malaysia and its predecessors including their failure to respond to the conduct of Singapore and its predecessors, that by 1980 (when the dispute crystallized) sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh had passed to Singapore. The Court thus concludes that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/PulauBatu Puteh belongs to Singapore.
Malaysia claims that the two maritime features have always been under Johor/Malaysian sovereignty while Singapore's position is that sovereignty over the features goes together with sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh.
With respect to Middle Rocks, the Court observes that the particular circumstances which led it to find that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/PulauBatu Puteh rests with Singapore clearly do not apply to Middle Rocks. It therefore finds that original title to Middle Rocks should remain with Malaysia as the successor to the Sultanate of Johor.
As for South Ledge, the Court notes that this low-tide elevation falls within the apparently overlapping territorial waters generated by Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh and by Middle Rocks. Recalling that it has not been mandated by the Parties to draw the line of delimitation with respect to their territorial waters in the area, the Court concludes that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which itis located.
Composition of the Court
The Court was composed as follows:
Vice-President Al-Khasawneh, ActingPresident in the case; Judges Ranjeva, Shi, Koroma, Parra-Aranguren,Buergenthal, Owada, Simma, Tomka, Abraham, Keith, Sep๚lveda-Amor, Bennouna, Skotnikov; Judges ad hoc Dugard, Sreenivasa Rao; Registrar Couvreur.
Judge Ranjeva appends a declaration to the Judgment of the Court; Judge Parra-Aranguren appends a separate opinion to the Judgment of the Court;J udges Simma and Abraham append a joint dissenting opinion to the Judgmentof the Court; Judge Bennouna appends a declaration to the Judgment of the Court; Judge ad hoc Dugard appends a dissenting opinion to the Judgment ofthe Court; Judge ad hoc Sreenivasa Rao appends a separate opinion to the Judgment of the Court.
A summary of the Judgment appears can be download from below:
http://www.malaysianbar.org. my/letters_ others/icj_ s_press_release_ on_pedra_
http://asia. news.yahoo. com/080523/ 5/singapore34959 2.html
http://asia. news.yahoo. com/080523/ afp/080523114730 asiapacificnews. html
Thursday, 22 May 2008
When this was sent to me, I was told to forward it to my lady friends, but I forwarded it to most everyone in my address book. My men friends have female friends and this information is too important to miss someone. Please pass it along!
A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:
1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed . They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look forwomen who's clothing is easy to remove quickly . Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
3) They also look for women on their cell phone , searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walkingbecause they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.
4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00a.m. and 8:30a.m.
5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots . Number two: is office parking lots/garages. Number three: is public restrooms.
6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.
7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.
8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouragedbecause it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.
9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas , or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands. Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.
10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: 'I can't believe it is so cold out here,' 'we're in for a bad winter.'Now you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.
11) If someone is coming toward you , hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.
12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes) , yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.
13) If someone grabs you , you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm (between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper innerthigh VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it - it hurts.
14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and he's out of there.
15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible . The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.
16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you canand if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!
You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2.Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans . If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM . Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3.If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4.Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control,ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it , but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This should be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.
I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Many of us are not aware that the petrol kiosk pump has a return pipe-line (in purple colour). When the petrol tank (in the car) reaches the full level, there is a mechanism to trigger off the pump latch and at the same time a return-valve is opened (at the top of the pump station) to allow excess petrol to flow back into the sump. But the return petrol has already pass through the meter, meaning you are donating the petrol back to the petrol kiosk!!
There is an old Father Brown story that tells of how master thief Flambeau repaints the doors and gates along an entire street in order to fool a messenger into delivering a valuable parcel to his house instead of to the proper address on the next road. Today’s, thieves are still pulling the same scam – but online.
Phishers (pronounced “fishers”) create websites that look just like the one from your bank, online bookstore, or other familiar destinations. They then get you to visit their fake website by sending you an e-mail, SMS, or instant message that contains a link.
If they are imitating your bank, the link will have your bank’s name in it. If they are imitating your favourite betting portal, it will look like the proper address.
If you click on it, you are transported to the fake website, set up to look familiar.
Once you are in the phisher’s net, he or she will trick you into giving away valuable information.
If the phisher is local, they may fake you into giving up your bank account number and ATM password. By the time you realise what’s happened, they’ve raided your bank account.
If the phisher prefers the anonymity of plastic cash, they may imitate an online shop to get you to place an order with your credit card. When you fill out the form to take advantage of that “bargain”, they capture your name, address and credit card details.
The phisher can now go on a spending spree – and have you pay the bill!
Finding yourself broke and in debt isn’t the worst that can happen either. Criminal organisations look to get as much information as they can from you so they can fake your identity. Selling these details to illegal immigrants, crooks and even terrorists is big business.
UK citizen Simon Bunce was arrested four years ago after an ID fraudster used his credit card details on a child porn website. Fortunately, Bunce could prove that someone in Indonesia was using his credit card details in Jakarta at a time he was in the UK.
But because it took months for these details to be discovered, he lost his job and was ostracised by family and friends.
Phishing was first reported way back in 1987 but the term is only now becoming generally understood, thanks to the booming popularity of the Net for banking, shopping and other transactions.
PayPal announced it blocked 50 million phishing-related e-mails between Oct 2007 and April this year, but nobody knows exactly how big the problem is.
Reporting is complicated as phishers work across borders, and many victims never connect their online activities with subsequent problems, like their bank accounts being raided or their passports being faked.
In addition, fraud is now so common, that companies and law enforcement agencies in many countries don’t even bother following up on what they consider “small cases”.
Spotting the phisher
Typical phishing messages have headers that spell trouble such as: “Your eBay account suspended”, “Billing issues” and “Payment problem notification”. It looks something like this:
This e-mail was sent by our bank server to verify your e-mail address. You must complete this process by clicking on the link below and entering in the small window your bank ATM/Debit Card number and PIN that you use on ATM.
This is done for your protection - because some of our members no longer have access to their e-mail addresses and we must verify it.
To verify your e-mail address and access your bank account, click on the link below:
Phishers often imitate banks, eBay and PayPal: any group that will have your personal and banking details.
But there is no limit as to who they will impersonate.
In Australia in April this year, phishers used the name of the New South Wales Police Force’s fraud squad commander to con citizens into believing they were being targeted by identity theft rings. The victims who fell into the trap handed their bank account details to “the commander”.
Phishing doesn’t just happen online either. As telephone systems connect to databases, thieves take advantage of auto diallers and computer software to sweep whole districts for victims.
A popular scam starts with an automated phone call, where a “court officer” claims you are required to testify in a fraud/theft/money laundering investigation.
If you have a question, the recorded message states, you should press 0 and ask the operator for assistance.
Understandably, many people panic at this point and follow the instruction. They are then transferred to a “call centre” where a “court officer” demands their name, address, IC number, bank account details . . . every little personal detail the phisher can use to fake your credit card, bank book, passport and other important paperwork.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
Here are some general tips to keep in mind:
- Think twice before handing out your IC number, passport or bank details – online and offline. Ask where this information will be stored and who will be sharing it.
- If you receive e-mail, an SMS or a phone call asking for personal or financial information, confirm it is legitimate with a phone call to the bank or a personal visit to the offices.
- Companies rely on e-mail to answer customer questions, send you adverts or information about promotions, but they will never ask you for account or personal information via e-mail. They know it’s too risky.
- Spoof e-mail usually contains dire warnings to make you panic.
- Never use a link in an e-mail, SMS, or instant message to get to your bank, eBay page etc. Go to the site by using your browser.
- If you bank or shop online, keep a close eye on your account. Report unusual activity immediately.
- Most false e-mail messages are addressed to the general public. Some may contain user names, the bit that appears before the @ in your email address, but they seldom contain your real name.
- The golden rule: only give out sensitive information online when a secure transaction is offered. Never send sensitive information via e-mail, SMS etc!
The bottom line is to be super-cautious. If in doubt, follow your gut feeling and say no!
About secure transactions
When data is sent from one computer to another on the Internet, every other computer in between has an opportunity to see what’s being sent.
So when you give out sensitive information online like your IC or credit card number, check that you are offered a secure transaction.
Secure transaction sites use encryption software to scramble your personal information. This means nobody can read it except for the proper recipient.
(Note: Most online companies like Air Asia and Amazon.com let banks and other professional security bodies handle their online transactions so they don’t actually see your credit card information at any stage. All they get is confirmation that you have made the payment.)
When you are offered a secure transaction, you’ll get a pop-up notice in your browser. When you click through, an icon of a padlock and key will appear at the browser window. If it is closed, it means the page is protected. But, if the lock is open or broken, it means any information you give is not protected.
After you have filled out the form, always print out a copy of your order and confirmation number for your records.
Report suspicious, malicious or criminal activity online and learn more about online scams and problems plaguing users in Malaysia by visiting MyCERT:
Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT)CyberSecurity MalaysiaLevel 7, SAPURA@MINES7, Jalan TasikThe Mines Resort City43300 Seri KembanganSelangor, Malaysia
http://www.mycert.org.myTel: (03) 8992 6969 or 019-266 5850 (24/7 call incident reporting)SMS: 019-281 3801 (24/7 SMS reporting)Fax: (03) 8945 3442 (monitored during business hours)E-mail: email@example.com
Useful web sites
Get Safe Online http://www.getsafeonline.org
– A UK consumer organisation offering tips on how to keep your PC, your personal data and your family safe while enjoying the bounties online.
– Explains why those fake e-mails look so good and offers a list of well-known phishing exploits.
Stories by MARIA DANIEL
Saturday May 10, 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
KUALA LUMPUR (Malaysia): The TV commercial entitled Tan Hong Ming, conceptualised and directed by local advertising creative director and filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad, has won three awards (two gold and one bronze) at the 2008 International ANDY awards in New York.
The commercial has in total won 13 awards worldwide, after making its mark in March at the Asia Pacific Advertising Festival in Pattaya, Thailand, and at the 29th Malaysian Advertising Awards last November.
The commercial was one of a three-part TV campaign in conjunction with Merdeka 2007 for Petronas, produced by Leo Burnett Advertising Sdn Bhd. It was Leo Burnett’s headquarters in Chicago that entered the commercial for the ANDYs.
“I had no idea they had entered it. I was surprised when I received a phone call from a Japanese director friend telling me that I had won three awards at the ANDY awards,” she said yesterday.
The commercial is a cute little vignette about a little Chinese boy, Hong Ming, who has a crush on his Malay schoolmate, Umi Qazrina.
Picture of innocence: Yasmin standing against the backdrop of her ‘Tan Hon Ming in Love’ commercial grab in this file picture.
Yasmin recalled that the commercial was not at all difficult to shoot. “A month before the shoot, we contacted the schools in the Klang Valley to set aside students aged between seven to nine whose best friends are from another ethnic group. Out of 46 students, eight stood out – Hong Ming was one of them.”
She had a 15-minute reel of Hong Ming telling her of his crush on his best friend, Umi, which was filmed at Hong Ming’s school in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
“People see advertisements as a nuisance, but with Petronas’ Merdeka ads they have become something to look forward to,” she said.
Yasmin admitted that this particular ad has cut through all kinds of barriers, because the two are so real.
“I had lunch with Hong Ming recently and he said his schoolmates still tease him about the ad.”
And yes, Hong Ming and Umi are still best friends.