31 August 2010
27 August 2010
Racism has its roots in the sins of pride and arrogance.
Consider all the sins that have their roots in racism;
bitterness, anger, hostility, enmity, and even murder.
24 August 2010
Nazri pushes zero tolerance against racist principals
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department skewered the opinion of Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein who had said the two school principals were merely a minority, by pointing out that there should be a “zero” number of racists in the education service.
“I agree with the public on this... it is frightening to see our educators behaving like that. Severe action must be taken – we cannot, in any way, tolerate this,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.
The issue exploded recently when the SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra school principal in Johor allegedly said during a school assembly that the Chinese were not needed in the country and could go back to China.
She was also alleged to have likened the Indians to “dogs” for wearing their prayer strings which were similar to dog leashes.
Although her statement had caused an uproar, Education director-general Tan Sri Alimudin Dom claimed that the incident was a mere misunderstanding and had been resolved. The school principal was not reprimanded for her actions.
On the very day that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin finally broke the government's silence by ordering a probe into the issue, yet another school head in Kedah was accused of uttering similar derogatory remarks.
The SMK Bukit Selambau headmistress was said to have accused the Chinese pupils of being insensitive to the Muslims for eating in the school compound during the Ramadan month and ordered them to return to China if they could not respect the cultures of other races.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has remained elegantly silent on both incidents, sparking insult from the opposition that he was as meek as his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and was “afraid” to upset his own Umno men.
Hishammuddin, in the meantime, brushed off the matter by saying that the two principals were merely a “minority” and did not represent the majority of the country's school teachers.
“Minority? That is not the point. I don't care about that. It’s not about whether it is a minority — not even one person in the education service should be a racist.
“There should be zero tolerance for this,” said Nazri today.
He said he was “shocked” by the two incidents and was of the opinion that it did not matter if the two teachers were Malays or Muslims.
“Who cares about their skin colour? So what if they are Malays? So, we protect them then? No way. It is what they said that should be our concern. When they cross the line, severe action must be taken,” he suggested.
Nazri however admitted that the matter was not under his jurisdiction and would not say if he meant that he wanted both principals to be sacked from the service entirely.
“I do not want to interfere but to my personal opinion, this is unforgiveable. That is why I say – severe action, whatever it is, must be taken. We cannot have these kinds of people in our community.
“If it had been my teacher, I would have smacked his face. You are a teacher and you are supposed to be teaching us right things but yet, you talk like this,” he said.
Nazri noted that the government's failure to respond quickly and appropriately on the matter would only encourage more acts of racism by others.
“Yes, of coure they would be encouraged. That is why I said I want zero racists in the teaching service. No teacher, not a minority but not even one person, should be behaving like this.
“And it is not about the skin colour... if anyone, whether Malay, Chinese or Indian, behave like this, it is still wrong,” he said.
Nazri would not comment on the Prime Minister's silence on the matter.
When asked for his opinion on the status of the country's race relations, Nazri was quick to point out that the only problem lay with the nation's leaders.
“Nothing wrong with the rakyat... only the leaders are getting all racial with one another. On the ground, the people are mixing well,” he said.
The Padang Rengas MP pointed out that in his constituency, there were no problems between the different racial communities.
“They work well together. Only the leaders are talking a lot and behaving badly. That’s why I always believe that it is better for them to shut up and just go and work,” he said.
Excerpted from http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/
22 August 2010
Foods that fight cancer: fruits, vegetables could save your life
Some foods, in fact, fight cancers by preventing formation of cancer-causing canrcinogens and by keeping them from reaching crucial body sites. Other foods keep cells that have been exposed to cancer-causing agents from turning malignant. Still others help heal malignant areas in the body.
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The first step in waging your own personal war against cancer is to choose a diet that is high in fiber and low in fat, one that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The National Cancer Institute suggests that Americans eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day and 6 to 11 servings of grains, as represented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture food guide pyramid. A daily intake of 20 to 30 grams of fiber found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, cereals, dried beans and peas is recommended.
To fight cancer, you should also limit consumption of meats, especially those high in fat. A high-fat diet has been associated with an increase in cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate and endometrium. A great deal of evidence indicates that saturated fat may increase the risk of cancer as well as heart disease. Avoiding fat not only reduces the risk of cancer but improves your ability to manage your weight. The American Cancer Institute suggests that fat should account for 30 percent or less of your daily calories.
Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables also reduces the risk of cancer of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. There is strong evidence that the risk of colon cancer is reduced when people eat fruits and vegetables, especially green and dark yellow vegetables, and those in the cabbage family, soy products and beans.
A lower risk of lung cancer also has been associated with greater consumption of vegetables and fruits. The major risk factor for lung cancer is tobacco, but fruit and vegetables reduce cancer risk whether individuals smoke cigarettes or not.
To understand better how foods fight cancer, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the sometimes frightening words people use to discuss the agents that cause cancer and the food substances that tend to destroy them or to hinder their growth. Take, for example, the word carcinogen, which means simply any substance or agent that tends to produce cancer. Another $50 word is phytochemical, a chemical compound created by plants.
Some phytochemicals prevent the formation of carcinogens and keep carcinogens from reaching important sites in the body. Other phytochemicals keep cells that have been exposed to carcinogens from becoming malignant. Phytochemicals also strengthen the body's immune system and function as antioxidants to flush out free radicals. For example, lycopene, a substance found in tomato-based foods, has been found to have potent antioxidant properties that appear to be particularly effective against prostate cancer. It is also believed that phytochemicals inhibit the growth of budding tumors and block cellular receptor sites for natural hormones, such as estrogen, that might trigger malignancy.
Although research is continuing on how these and other compounds fight cancers, medical experts say you should take personal responsibility for eating well to stay healthy. The best advice today is to base your diet on the food pyramid and to eat a variety of foods to ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
Eating smart puts you in control of your health and nutrition. It can also save your life.
FOODS FOR CANCER PREVENTION
FOOD SOURCE FUNCTION
Carrots, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes Antioxidant
Tomatoes Seems effective in fighting
Citrus Fruits, Onions, Apples, Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
Grapes and anti-carcinogen
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Turnips, Suppress tumor growth
Strawberries, Raspberries, Apples Neutralize cancer-causing
Whole Grain, Flaxseed, Berries Antioxidant, protect against
Garlic, Onions Interferes with cancer-causing
Soybeans Lowers risk of breast, ovarian
and prostate cancer
Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Interferes with the growth of
Hot Peppers Prevents the activation of
Green Tea, Black Tea Anti-cancer activist; blood
21 August 2010
Fri Aug 20 11:09am PDT
By Brooks Peck
It's been more than a month since Spain won the World Cup and Paul the octopus won the hearts of the human world (except the Dutch) by perfectly predicting the winners of Germany's seven matches and Spain's victory in the final. But his fame and influence are apparently holding strong as he nears the end of his life expectancy.
With starring roles in Chinese movies, book deals and a line of merchandise all in the works, Paul's German handlers are cashing in on his stardom and giving the proceeds to charity. Paul isn't just working for the Germans, though. He's also been hired to support the country in which he was first hatched, England, as it bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
Competing against Russia, the U.S. (which is more likely to get the 2022 World Cup), Australia, and joint bids from Spain and Portugal, and Holland and Belgium, England brought on Paul to be the big gun in its arsenal of celebrity supporters that also includes David Beckham, Sting and Oasis' Noel Gallagher.
"Paul has spent the last two years of his life in Germany, but he is definitely a proud Englishman and is therefore delighted to put his support behind England 2018," said Nicola Hamilton, manager at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre in southern England, where Paul was born.
"We have had a number of football approaches from around the world but Paul was only ever going to choose his homeland."
...unless the others offered a more delicious-looking mussel for him to choose.
While you may rightfully doubt just how capable of being a "proud Englishman" Paul is, another member of the England bid team has high hopes for the octopus' influence (via Huffington Post):
"Paul the Octopus is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in football," former England winger John Barnes said [thoroughly depressing millions of humans who have devoted their lives to the sport --Ed.]. "Huge numbers of people will follow Paul's lead and back the bid."
Excerpted from Yahoo News.
18 August 2010
More documented reports about papaya's anticancer effect emailed by Mr. David Ng.
Papaya's anticancer effect against broad range of lab-grown tumors documented
The humble papaya is gaining credibility in Western medicine for anticancer powers that folk cultures have recognized for generations.
University of Florida researcher Nam Dang, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Japan have documented papaya's dramatic anticancer effect against a broad range of lab-grown tumors, including cancers of the cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas. The researchers used an extract made from dried papaya leaves, and the anticancer effects were stronger when cells received larger doses of the tea.
In a paper published in the Feb. 17 issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Dang and his colleagues also documented for the first time that papaya leaf extract boosts the production of key signaling molecules called Th1-type cytokines. This regulation of the immune system, in addition to papaya's direct antitumor effect on various cancers, suggests possible therapeutic strategies that use the immune system to fight cancers.
The papaya extract did not have any toxic effects on normal cells, avoiding a common and devastating consequence of many cancer therapy regimens. The success of the papaya extract in acting on cancer without toxicity is consistent with reports from indigenous populations in Australia and his native Vietnam, said Dang, a professor of medicine and medical director of the UF Shands Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office.
"Based on what I have seen and heard in a clinical setting, nobody who takes this extract experiences demonstrable toxicity; it seems like you could take it for a long time - as long as it is effective," he said.
Researchers exposed 10 different types of cancer cell cultures to four strengths of papaya leaf extract and measured the effect after 24 hours. Papaya slowed the growth of tumors in all the cultures.
To identify the mechanism by which papaya checked the growth of the cultures, the team focused on a cell line for T lymphoma. Their results suggested that at least one of the mechanisms employed by the papaya extract is inducing cell death.
In a similar analysis, the team also looked at the effect of papaya extract on the production of antitumor molecules known as cytokines. Papaya was shown to promote the production of Th1-type cytokines, important in the regulation of the immune system. For that reason, the study findings raise the possibility of future use of papaya extract components in immune-related conditions such as inflammation, autoimmune disease and some cancers.
Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, already is so convinced of papaya's restorative powers that he has a serving of the fruit every day.
"We have always known that papaya has a lot of interesting things in there," said Aggarwal, a professor in the center's department of experimental therapeutics who was not involved in the UF research. Foremost among papaya's health-promoting agents is papain, papaya's signature enzyme, which is found in both the fruit and the leaves.
"This paper has not gone too much into identifying the components responsible for the activity, which is just fine. I think that is a good beginning," Aggarwal said.
Aggarwal also noted that papaya extract's success in reducing cancer in laboratory cell cultures must next be replicated in animal and human studies.
"I hope Dr. Dang takes it further, because I think we need enthusiastic people like him to move it forward," Aggarwal said.
Dang and a colleague have applied to patent the process to distill the papaya extract through the University of Tokyo; the next step in the research is to identify the specific compounds in the papaya extract active against the cancer cell lines. For this stage, Dang has partnered with Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., a fellow UF Shands Cancer Center member and a professor of medicinal chemistry. Luesch is an expert in the identification and synthesis of natural products for medicinal purposes, and recently discovered a coral reef compound that inhibits cancer cell growth in cell lines.
Source: University of Florida
17 August 2010
SHANGHAI — After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday.
The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.
The recognition came early Monday, when Tokyo said that Japan’s economy was valued at about $1.28 trillion in the second quarter, slightly below China’s $1.33 trillion. Japan’s economy grew 0.4 percent in the quarter, Tokyo said, substantially less than forecast. That weakness suggests that China’s economy will race past Japan’s for the full year.
Experts say unseating Japan — and in recent years passing Germany, France and Great Britain — underscores China’s growing clout and bolsters forecasts that China will pass the United States as the world’s biggest economy as early as 2030. America’s gross domestic product was about $14 trillion in 2009.
“This has enormous significance,” said Nicholas R. Lardy, an economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “It reconfirms what’s been happening for the better part of a decade: China has been eclipsing Japan economically. For everyone in China’s region, they’re now the biggest trading partner rather than the U.S. or Japan.”
For Japan, whose economy has been stagnating for more than a decade, the figures reflect a decline in economic and political power. Japan has had the world’s second-largest economy for much of the last four decades, according to the World Bank. And during the 1980s, there was even talk about Japan’s economy some day overtaking that of the United States.
But while Japan’s economy is mature and its population quickly aging, China is in the throes of urbanization and is far from developed, analysts say, meaning it has a much lower standard of living, as well as a lot more room to grow. Just five years ago, China’s gross domestic product was about $2.3 trillion, about half of Japan’s.
This country has roughly the same land mass as the United States, but it is burdened with a fifth of the world’s population and insufficient resources.
Its per capita income is more on a par with those of impoverished nations like Algeria, El Salvador and Albania — which, along with China, are close to $3,600 — than that of the United States, where it is about $46,000.
Yet there is little disputing that under the direction of the Communist Party, China has begun to reshape the way the global economy functions by virtue of its growing dominance of trade, its huge hoard of foreign exchange reserves and United States government debt and its voracious appetite for oil, coal, iron ore and other natural resources.
China is already a major driver of global growth. The country’s leaders have grown more confident on the international stage and have begun to assert greater influence in Asia, Africa and Latin America, with things like special trade agreements and multibillion dollar resource deals.
“They’re exerting a lot of influence on the global economy and becoming dominant in Asia,” said Eswar S. Prasad, a professor of trade policy at Cornell and former head of the International Monetary Fund’s China division. “A lot of other economies in the region are essentially riding on China’s coat tails, and this is remarkable for an economy with a low per capita income.”
In Japan, the mood was one of resignation. Though increasingly eclipsed by Beijing on the world stage, Japan has benefited from a booming China, initially by businesses moving production there to take advantage of lower wages and, as local incomes have risen, by tapping a large and increasingly lucrative market for Japanese goods.
Beijing is also beginning to shape global dialogues on a range of issues, analysts said; for instance, last year it asserted that the dollar must be phased out as the world’s primary reserve currency.
And while the United States and the European Union are struggling to grow in the wake of the worst economic crisis in decades, China has continued to climb up the economic league tables by investing heavily in infrastructure and backing a $586 billion stimulus plan.
This year, although growth has begun to moderate a bit, China’s economy is forecast to expand about 10 percent — continuing a remarkable three-decade streak of double-digit growth.
“This is just the beginning,” said Wang Tao, an economist at UBS in Beijing. “China is still a developing country. So it has a lot of room to grow. And China has the biggest impact on commodity prices — in Russia, India, Australia and Latin America.”
There are huge challenges ahead, though. Economists say that China’s economy is too heavily dependent on exports and investment and that it needs to encourage greater domestic consumption — something China has struggled to do.
The country’s largely state-run banks have recently been criticized for lending far too aggressively in the last year while shifting some loans off their balance sheet to disguise lending and evade rules meant to curtail lending growth.
China is also locked in a fierce debate over its currency policy, with the United States, European Union and others accusing Beijing of keeping the Chinese currency, the renminbi, artificially low to bolster exports — leading to huge trade surpluses for China but major bilateral trade deficits for the United States and the European Union. China says that its currency is not substantially undervalued and that it is moving ahead with currency reform.
Regardless, China’s rapid growth suggests that it will continue to compete fiercely with the United States and Europe for natural resources but also offer big opportunities for companies eager to tap its market.
Although its economy is still only one-third the size of the American economy, China passed the United States last year to become the world’s largest market for passenger vehicles. China also passed Germany last year to become the world’s biggest exporter.
Global companies like Caterpillar, General Electric, General Motors and Siemens — as well as scores of others — are making a more aggressive push into China, in some cases moving research and development centers here.
Some analysts, though, say that while China is eager to assert itself as a financial and economic power — and to push its state companies to “go global” — it is reluctant to play a greater role in the debate over climate change or how to slow the growth of greenhouse gases.
China passed the United States in 2006 to become the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, which scientists link to global warming. But China also has an ambitious program to cut the energy it uses for each unit of economic output by 20 percent by the end of 2010, compared to 2006.
Assessing what China’s newfound clout means, though, is complicated. While the country is still relatively poor per capita, it has an authoritarian government that is capable of taking decisive action — to stimulate the economy, build new projects and invest in specific industries.
That, Mr. Lardy at the Peterson Institute said, gives the country unusual power. “China is already the primary determiner of the price of virtually every major commodity,” he said. “And the Chinese government can be much more decisive in allocating resources in a way that other governments of this level of per capita income cannot.”
16 August 2010
Papaya juice to fight cancer
Scientists studied 14 plant foods commonly consumed in Mexico to determine their ability to halt breast cancer cell growth. These included avocado, black sapote, fuava, mango, prickly pear cactus (nopal), pineapple, grapes, tomato, and papaya. They also evaluated beta-carotene, total plant phenolics, and gallic acid contents and antioxidant capacity. They found that only papaya had a significant effect on stopping breast cancer cell growth. (International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, May)
Papaya is a store-house of cancer fighting lycopene
The intense orangey-pink color of papaya means it is chock full of cancer fighting carotenoids. Not only beta carotene, but lycopene is found in abundance. The construction of lycopene makes it highly reactive toward oxygen and free radicals.
Scientists at the University of Illinois think this anti-oxidant activity contributes to its effectiveness as a cancer fighting agent. Epidemiological studies have indicated an inverse relationship between lycopene intake and prostate cancer risk. They showed that oral lycopene is highly bioavailable, accumulates in prostate tissue, and is localized in the nucleus of prostate epithelial cells.
In addition to antioxidant activity, other experiments have indicated that lycopene induces cancer cell death, anti-metastatic activity, and the up-regulation of protective enzymes. Phase I and II studies have established the safety of lycopene supplementation. (Cancer Letter, October 8, 2008)
Prostate cancer was the subject of a study in Australia that looked at 130 prostate cancer patients and 274 hospitalized controls. The scientists found that men who consumed the most lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables such as papaya were 82% less likely to have prostate cancer. In this study, green tea also exerted a powerful anti-cancer effect. When lycopene-rich foods were consumed with green tea, the combination was even more effective, an outcome the researchers credited to their synergy. ( Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007)
Isothiocyanates found in papaya restore the cell cycle to eliminate cancer
Organo-sulfur compounds called isothiocyanates are found in papaya. In animal experiments, isothiocyanates protected against cancers of the breast, lung, colon pancreas, and prostate, as well as leukemia, and they have the potential to prevent cancer in humans. Isothiocyanates have shown themselves capable of inhibiting both the formation and development of cancer cells through multiple pathways and mechanisms. (International Journal of Oncology), October, 2008)
Researchers in Japan clarified the mechanisms of action in a type of isothiocyanate found in papaya known as BITC, that underlies the relationship between cell cycle regulation and appropriate cell death. When cancerous cells die on schedule, they are no longer a problem. The researchers established that BITC exerted cancer cell killing effects that were greater in the proliferating cells than in the quiescent cells. Cancer cells that are proliferating are much more dangerous than cancer cells that are in a state of dormancy. (Forum of Nutrition, 2009)
Enzymes from papaya digest proteins including those that protect tumors
The fruit and other parts of the papaya tree, also known as the paw paw tree, contain papain and chymopapain, powerful proteolytic enzymes that facilitate chemical reactions in the body. They promote digestion by helping to break down proteins from food into amino acids that can be recombined to produce protein useable by humans.
Proteolytic enzymes protect the body from inflammation and help heal burns. They do a good job of digesting unwanted scar tissue both on the skin and under its surface.
Research has shown that the physical and mental health of people is highly dependent on their ability to produce proteins they can use effectively. However, as people age, they produce less of the enzymes needed to effectively digest proteins from food and free needed amino acids. They are left with excessive amounts of undigested protein which can lead to overgrowth of unwanted bacteria in the intestinal tract, and a lack of available amino acids.
Eating papaya after a meal promotes digestion, and helps prevent bloating, gas production, and indigestion. It is quite helpful after antibiotic use to replenish friendly intestinal bacteria that were the casualties in the war against the unwanted bacteria. When the intestinal tract is well populated with friendly bacteria, the immune system is strengthened, and can better protect against flu and cancer.
Being a proteolytic enzyme, papain is able to destroy intestinal parasites, which are composed mostly of protein. To rid the body of intestinal parasites, half a cup of papaya juice can be alternated each hour for twelve consecutive hours with the same amount of cucumber or green bean juice.
Papaya contains fibrin, another useful compound not readily found in the plant kingdom. Fibrin reduces the risk of blood clots and improves the quality of blood cells, optimizing the ability of blood to flow through the circulatory system. Fibrin is also important in preventing stokes. Proteolytic enzymes containing fibrin are a good idea for long plane rides to minimize the potential of blood clots in the legs. People who sit at a desk all day might want to use proteolytic enzymes too.
Proteolytic enzymes are able to digest and destroy the defense shields of viruses, tumors, allergens, yeasts, and various forms of fungus. Once the shield is destroyed, tumors and invading organisms are extremely vulnerable and easily taken care of by the immune system.
Undigested proteins can penetrate the gut and wind up in the bloodstream where they are treated by the immune system as invaders. If too many undigested proteins are floating around, the immune system becomes overburdened and unable to attend to the other tasks it was meant to do. Proteolytic enzymes can digest these rogue proteins, freeing up the immune system.
Let's ensure a slice of papaya every day in our diet. Papaya juice will be great.
14 August 2010
But did really Confucius say these?
12 August 2010
Unfortunately most of foo d industries in developing nations cheating the customers with fake greens peas which are prepared from toxic chemicals (dyes). These industries preparing the green peas form brown peas (cheaper) by soaking them in dye solution for overnight.
All these fake green peas banned in US, Canada , all European countries and other developed countries.
Identification of fake green peas:
1. Put the peas in boil water for 30 seconds, water turns to green color.
2. After consumption check your tongue to observe green color stains and light bitter in taste.
1. Stomach irritation, pain or acidity.
2. Urine turns to light green color.
3. Mild head ache.
The following packet bought from Tesco, on 4 th July 2010.
News paper reference: China daily
09 August 2010
A simple message to all of us
Who are they?
They are Doctors
Who is he?
He is an Actor
Who are these people?
They are farmers.....
Fine.. Very Good. What about these guys? Who are they? Guess!!!!
Any Guess !!!!!!!!!!!!
05 August 2010
Watch Pictures of The Beautiful Northern Lights - 1st August 2010