Monday, November 24, 2008

Satu lagi sebab babi di haramkan

Berita dari ABC di sini

Pork Tapeworms a Small, But Growing Trend
"We've got a lot more of cases of this in the United States now," said Raymond Kuhn, professor of biology and an expert on parasites at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Upwards of 20 percent of neurology offices in California have seen it."



The pork tapeworm has plagued people for thousands of years. The parasite, known as cysticercosis, lives in pork tissue, and is likely the reason why Jewish and Muslim dietary laws ban pork.
Kuhn said whether you get a tapeworm in the intestine, or a worm burrowing into your brain can depend on how you consumed the parasite.


Kalau ke Zimbabwe



kalau berpeluang ke zimbabwe
jangan hanya ingat mugabe
tetapi kenang mahathir juga
paklah, najib dan big mama

ngeri membayangkan malaysia
entah suatu masa nanti
mungkin sama sahaja nasibnya
dengan situasi zimbabwe kini

berkuasa diatas nama ketuanan
slogan meriah parti kebangsaan
semua rakyat bertaraf biliowan
tetapi majoriti dalam kelaparan

bertahun kuasa politik elit
memisah etnik dan warna kulit
mengikut acuan demokrasi terpimpin
dibawah pelbagai akta drakonian

dahulu negara kaya raya
sumber alam dan manusia
tetapi akhirnya porak poranda
mugabe si diktator berhati puaka

pembangkang masuk penjara
kritikan dianggap derhaka
mengongkong mahkamah dan media
memperkuda polis dan tentera

rasuah dan penyelewengan berleluasa
politik wang menjadi budaya
keruntuhan moral sudah biasa
AIDS dan wabak sebagai bala

tidak mungkin ke zimbabwe
menjadi pelancung zombie
tetapi sejarah mencetus pengajaran
untuk belajar dari kesilapan

cukuplah menjadi rakyat diperbodohkan
sebelum terlalu lambat untuk diperbetulkan
jangan kita jadi zimbabwe, nauzubillah
malaysia mesti diselamatkan, insyaAllah!

Fudzail
Dubai, UAE
24 Nov 2008

Zimbabwe may soon collapse, say Annan, Carter
By Paul Simao
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe could soon collapse due to a political and economic crisis, South Africa's ANC leader Jacob Zuma said on Monday, setting out the opinion of prominent figures including former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

"They believe the situation is very bad. They believe things could collapse in a few months time in Zimbabwe," Zuma told reporters after meeting Annan, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and other prominent figures.
Annan, Carter and human rights champion Graca Machel, who is Nelson Mandela's wife, are part of a group of prominent figures and former statesmen called The Elders. They were barred by Zimbabwe from visiting to assess a humanitarian crisis there this weekend.

Bailout-the word that dare not speak its name in Dubai


By Amran Abocar
DUBAI, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Imagine a merger between two struggling lenders is suddenly brought under government supervision and folded into one federal bank before the group is bundled into another federal entity and given a cash injection.
Imagine all of that happening in the space of 24 hours.
Such moves may be common fare during a global financial crisis, but in Dubai, the government's actions are not called a bailout or even a rescue but "a milestone development" for the country's financial sector and analysts are loathe to use such loaded terms publicly.
"I think this is a bailout. This is a government takeover," said one UAE analyst who declined to give his name, citing the sensitivity of the issue -- another sign of just how politically charged words become in a region where corporate governance is in its infancy.
Transparency can be hard to come by in this glitzy tourism and trade hub which has transformed itself from a sleepy pearl and fishing village into a financial powerhouse in the Gulf Arab region.
Famous for manmade islands in the shape of palm trees and the world map, an indoor ski slope in the desert and a reputation as a shopping haven, Dubai's wings have been clipped recently by the credit crisis.
The city has seen a downturn in its five-year property boom. Banks are restricting lending and job cuts are on the rise.
The transparency issues can make it hard for investors to make bets on markets.
The chief executive of Tamweel TAML.DU, one of the merged lenders whose shares have been suspended, was uncertain about what would happen to the stock.
"It's too early to say, I can't tell you," Wasim Saifi told Reuters on Monday.
And on Sunday the finance ministry said it would take control of a planned merger between mortgage lenders Amlak AMLK.DU and Tamweel and bring them under its Real Estate Bank. The move was aimed at giving the struggling Islamic lenders access to deposits to help finance their obligations.
However, Real Estate Bank, whose website says it takes deposits, is not a licensed bank according to the UAE central bank's website.
Hours later, the government said it would take all three entities and merge them with little-known Emirates Industrial Bank to create Emirates Development Bank.
The director-general of Dubai's Department of Finance said on Monday a new day had dawned in terms of more government and business clarity.
"Today we are facing new realities and we have to be more transparent," said Nasser al-Shaikh, who is also the chairman of Amlak. Continued...

Hutang Dubai USD80 billion dan 10,000 orang dijangka hilang kerja


Cakap-cakap di koridor raya, sekurang-kurangnya 10,000 ekspatriat akan kehilangan pekerjaan di UAE.

Dari gosip di pejabat, syarikat kami juga sedang membuat perhitungan untuk mengurangkan pekerja terutama bahagian 'development' kerana banyak projek yang belum dilancarkan akan dihentikan dan yang sudah dilancarkan, sama ada ditangguhkan atau dijalankan secara berperingkat.


Dubai can and will meet all its debt obligations, which currently stand at $80 billion, the chairman of Emaar Properties said on Monday.


Mohamed Ali Alabbar, also a member of Dubai’s Executive Council, said Dubai’s sovereign debt obligations currently stood at $10 billion, while the total debt obligations of state-affiliate companies was $70 billion.
"Let me state categorically the government can and will meet all its obligations going forward," Alabbar said, speaking at a conference in Dubai.
"This city as a part of one strong nation will continue to grow and triumph."

Alabbar said Dubai held $90 billion in government assets and $260 billion in assets belonging to state-affiliated companies, he added.The global financial crisis and tightening credit markets have made it much more expensive and difficult to borrow in recent months, focusing attention on companies' ability to refinance outstanding debt.

Particular attention has fallen on Dubai, where many state-owned companies are highly leveraged and there are not large oil reserves.Industry estimates have put Dubai's external debt to be around $70 billion, more than double its annual GDP.

Asked how Dubai would meet its debt obligations, Alabbar said: "All I can tell you is that we have no issue in financing, and if we have any issue in financing that is not a challenge for the government of Dubai."

Alabbar said Dubai was looking at expenses and consolidating its activities in the face of the global financial crisis. “Times are changing,” he said.
Alabbar also said the government would step in and help distressed companies. “We will not spare any effort to secure our future,” he said.
Alabbar said the creation of Emirates Development Bank would facilitate lending and more liquidity into the system.

State-owned banks the Emirates Industrial Bank (EIB) and Real Estate Bank, under which Islamic mortgage lenders Amlak Finance and Tamweel are to merge, are to combine to create the UAE’s biggest home finance company.
Alabbar said Emaar, Nakheel and Dubai Properties were working with the new committee set up last week to tackle the impact of the global financial crisis on Dubai’s economy, including real estate and banks.

He said that after years of fierce competition “now it is time to unite”.
Alabbar said the committee and developers, which control 70 percent of the Dubai real estate market, were working together to control supply so that it met demand.
"We are making sure we control supply into the market, the three of us," he said.

The global financial crisis has hit demand for real estate in Dubai from foreign investors, which make up a large percentage of buyers, while tightening liquidity has made home financing more difficult.HSBC said in a report earlier this month property prices in Dubai fell four percent between September and October, with the price of villas tumbling 19 percent.

Dubai-based developer will do whatever is in best interest of shareholders, chairman says.

Kata Utusan - Akhbar Melayu bakal pupus? Malaysiakini

Saya mula menulis untuk akhbar Melayu semenjak di universiti dan pertama kali, artikel saya mengenai kehidupan pelajar di New Zealand memenuhi ruangan editorial Mingguan Malaysia sekitar 1984.
Tulisan kreatif juga mula disiarkan oleh Mingguan Malaysia, Berita Minggu selain Dewan Sastera pada tahun yang sama.
Kembali ke tanahair sebagai penganggur, saya sempat bekerja sambilan di Balai Riong dan Gila-Gila sebelum ditawarkan sebagai kadet wartawan di Utusan. Hanya sebulan sahaja di Utusan, saya berhenti kerana tidak dapat menyesuaikan diri. Masa itu idealisme yang tinggi dan melihat dari suasana 'politik' di Utusan, lebih baik saya bekerja dengan orang Cina.
Saya kembali menulis secara regular tahun 1997 melalui ruangan sastera dan 'Sebuah Rumah Sebuah Komputer'.
Membaca artikel dibawah hari ini, untuk tidak mempupuskan akhbar Melayu, kita semestinya mempunyai lebih banyak akhbar Melayu di pasaran. Bukan akhbar tabloid tetapi akhbar harian yang lebih terbuka dan tidak dimiliki oleh United Malays National Organisation.
Ramai yang tidak membeli mahupun membaca akhbar Melayu kerana Utusan dan Berita terlalu menjadi alat propaganda United Malays National Organisation.
Sekiranya akhbar Melayu benar-benar pupus, maka United Malays National Organisation yang mesti dipertanggungjawabkan. Bahasa Melayu sendiri tidak digunakan untuk pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik!
Lihat edaran akhbar Cina yang terus terbuka dan berani dalam pemberitaan.
Tepuk dada tanya selera, kita tidak mahu terus diperbodohkan oleh akhbar yang tidak telus, tidak tepat serta, menyelewengkan berita.

Akhbar Melayu bakal pupus?

Oleh AHMAD ZAKI ISMAIL

RAYUAN, tuntutan dan saranan bagi menyelamatkan khazanah negara dan waris sejarah perjuangan bangsa berwadah media cetak yakni Kumpulan Utusan sudah jelas menunjukkan bahawa ia dalam tahap kritikal.

Malah isu ini bukan satu pekara yang terpinggir atau sekadar sebahagian daripada rutin dunia perdagangan komersial semata-mata. Tentu ada perkara yang lebih besar agendanya, hebat cabarannya dan buruk impaknya jika tidak kita berikan perhatian yang wajar.

Ini bukan satu gimik atau sinikal tidak juga dengan niat provokasi, tetapi lebih merupakan satu hakikat. Ia mesti dilihat secara serius bukan sahaja oleh golongan pejuang bahasa, pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Melayu atau pemimpin politik kerajaan. Malah ia juga patut diberikan perhatian sewajarnya oleh seluruh masyarakat tanpa mengira bangsa, keturunan dan agama kerana legasi akhbar ini mempunyai pertalian khusus dengan sejarah pembentukan negara Malaysia yang merdeka.

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