Saturday, 8 August 2009

Justice For Teoh Beng Hock's Memorial At KLSCAH

Teoh Beng Hock, 30, political secretary to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16 on level 5 of Plaza Masalam after giving a statement as a witness into alleged abuse of state government allocation at the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office.

This lead to an outcry from the Malaysian public. A memorial for Teoh were held on 23/07/2007 at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall to seek justice for Teoh Beng Hock. Below were the video clip of the event.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 1 of 19

Mr Ser Choon Ing Part 1 of 2 - Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 2 of 19.

Mr Ser Choon Ing Part 2 of 2 - Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 3 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Sivarasa Vice President PKR Part 1 of 2.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 4 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Sivarasa Vice President PKR Part 2 of 2.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 5 of 19.

23/07/2009. Teoh Beng Hock fiancee's(Soh Cher Wei) speech during Teoh's funeral day, read out by emcees.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 6 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Guan Eng Cheif Minister of Penang Part 1 of 5.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 7 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Guan Eng Cheif Minister of Penang Part 2 of 5.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 8 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Guan Eng Cheif Minister of Penang Part 3 of 5.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 9 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Guan Eng Cheif Minister of Penang Part 4 of 5.



Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 10 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Guan Eng Cheif Minister of Penang Part 5 of 5.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 11 of 19.

23/07/2009. Tan Sri Robert Phang, MACC Advisory Board.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 12 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Dr. Dzulkifly Ahmad MP Kuala Selangor Part 1 of 2.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 13 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Dr. Dzulkifly Ahmad MP Kuala Selangor Part 2 of 2.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 14 of 19.

23/07/2009. Soh Cher Wei and all VIP's Speaker on Stage.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 15 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Kit Siang MP Ipoh Timur Part 1 of 5.



Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 16 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Kit Siang MP Ipoh Timur Part 2 of 5.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 17 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Kit Siang MP Ipoh Timur Part 3 of 5.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 18 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Kit Siang MP Ipoh Timur Part 4 of 5.


Justice For Teoh Beng Hock 19 of 19.

23/07/2009. YB Lim Kit Siang MP Ipoh Timur Part 5 of 5.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Raub, Bukit Koman residents expose to Cynaide

Report by Malaysiakini on 1st June 2009.

Villagers of Bukit Koman in Raub today failed in their bid to stop a goldmine from carrying out its activities which were causing environmental damages and health concerns.

The 3,000 plus villagers, represented by the Action Committee Against the Use of Cyanide, had wanted to seek leave from the High Court to pursue their claim against Raub Goldmining Sdn Bhd.

They had wanted the company to provide a detailed environment impact assessment report and to stop the project.

However Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Lau Bee Lan dismissed their application on the grounds that the application was made out of time.
The judge ruled that the Department of Environment had already approved the preliminary environment impact assessment report in 1997 and had issued a license to the company to operate.

"The court also cannot force the company to make a DEIA now as the time frame had elapsed," Lau ruled.


Below were information on cyanide.

CYANIDE

Chemical reference numbers (CAS) of common forms: Cyanide 57-12-5, Zinc Cyanide 557-21-1, Sodium Cyanide 143-33-9, Potassium Cyanide 151-50-8, Hydrogen Cyanide 74-90-8

WHAT IS CYANIDE?


Cyanide is very poisonous. Cyanide can exist as a gas, liquid or white crystal powder. Cyanide is used in the electroplating industry, in metal cleaning operations, and as an industrial bug killer. Breathing the gas, eating the liquid or solid forms can make people suddenly lose consciousness or cause death.

There are no common uses of cyanide in the home. Most cyanide in the environment results from industrial processes and from improper waste disposal.

HOW ARE PEOPLE EXPOSED TO CYANIDE?

Breathing: Cyanide gas can be found in industrial emissions and car exhaust, cigarette smoke and certain papers and plastics as they burn. It is also possible to breathe or eat cyanide dust when working with cyanide powder. If people use a contaminated water supply, they can breathe cyanide when they cook or shower with the water.

Drinking/Eating: Cyanide is sometimes found in contaminated drinking water. People can be exposed when they drink contaminated water. People who handle contaminated soil may be exposed when they eat or touch their mouths with dirty hands.

Touching: Cyanide can enter the body through skin when people handle the chemical, contaminated soil or contaminated water. People can be exposed to cyanide if they wash or bathe with contaminated water.

DO STANDARDS EXIST FOR REGULATING CYANIDE?

Water: The federal drinking water standard for cyanide is set at 200 parts per billion (ppb). We suggest you stop drinking water containing more than 200 ppb of cyanide.

Air: No standards exist for the amount of cyanide allowed in the air of homes. We use a formula to convert workplace limits to suggested home limits. Based on the formula, we recommend cyanide levels be no higher than 90 ppb. Most people can’t smell cyanide until levels reach 600 ppb. Cyanide compounds smell like bitter almonds to some people, while others cannot smell them at all. If you can smell the chemical, the level is too high to be safe.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulates the amount of cyanide that can be released by industries.

WILL EXPOSURE TO CYANIDE RESULT IN HARMFUL HEALTH EFFECTS?

The following health effects are described in cases of suicide or accidental exposure to high levels of cyanide compounds. These effects are not expected following low-dose exposures:

* Irritation of skin and mucous membranes (causing redness or flushing of skin)
* Headaches, dizziness and loss of coordination
* Nausea and vomiting
* Rapid, deep breathing or gasping
* Rapid pulse rate and increased blood pressure
* Muscle spasms and convulsions
* Loss of consciousness and death.

The following health effects can occur after several years of exposure to low levels of cyanide:

Reproductive Effects: Studies of laboratory animals show exposure to cyanide resulted in birth defects.

Organ Systems: Cyanide can cause nerve damage affecting hearing, vision, and muscle coordination. Damage to the thyroid gland is also possible, resulting in changes of metabolism in adults and slowing growth or development in children.

In general, chemicals affect the same organ systems in all people who are exposed. A person's reaction depends on several things, including individual health, heredity, previous exposure to chemicals including medicines, and personal habits such as smoking or drinking.

It’s also important to consider the length of exposure to the chemical; the amount of chemical exposure; and whether the chemical was inhaled, touched, or eaten.

CAN A MEDICAL TEST DETERMINE EXPOSURE TO CYANIDE?

Doctors can test urine for "thiocyanate" shortly after exposure to cyanide. Blood levels of cyanide can indicate recent exposure. Cigarette smokers generally have higher levels of cyanide-related compounds in their bodies than non-smokers.

Seek medical advice if you have any symptoms that you think may be related to chemical exposure.

Minimal Risk Levels (MRLs)for Cyanide.

Name : CYANIDE, SODIUM
Route : Oral
Duration : Int.
MRL : 0.05 mg/kg/day
Factors : 100
Endpoint : Repro.
Draft/Final : Final
Cover Date : 07/06
CAS Number : 000143-33-9

2007 CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances with Arsenic(Rank No.1) the most toxic substance (Toxic level points 1672.58) follow by Lead (Rank no. 2, Toxic level points 1534.07), Mecury(Rank no. 3, Toxic level points 1504.69) while Cyanide (Rank no. 28, Toxic level points 1099.48).

Monday, 18 May 2009

How To Kiss Someone Passionately

After all the tension builtup from the Malaysian Politics, eg by-elections after by-election, police arrest, Speaker being whisked out of dewan, new unelected PM, 1BlackMalaysia, ISA etc... Let's get into something relaxing and passionate that everyone needed to unwind. Juz for a while and do not over indulge OK coz we got unfinished work to do, ya.



OK Now after all the kissing, back to work.....be prepare for:-
1) 21st May 2009: Court Of Appeal Putrajaya (Zambry Vs Nizar)
2) 23rd May 2009: Penanti by-election Nomination Day
3) 31st May 2009 Penanti by-election Polling Day

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz Check Your Facts Before You Comment.

News by (Bernama) - The decision by the Bar Council to sue the government over the May 7 detention of five legal aid lawyers is an attempt to intimidate the enforcement authorities from discharging their duties, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said today.

He said it also showed that the legal practitioners themselves wanted to undermine the country’s legal system.

“The Bar Council is supposed to be a role model. If police enforce the law and among those caught are their (Bar Council) members, they have to accept it."

View the video clip below courtesy from Malaysiakini and judge by yourselves. Who undermine the country's legal system? Who supposed to be role model? The lawyer were there to discharge their duty for their client(arrested earlier for peaceful candlelight vigil). Why are they arrested. Who is trying to intimidate? The OCPD, The Lawyers or the peaceful Vigilers.



From the video above we could summerise as follow:
1. POLICE DENIED access for those arrested to LAWYERS!!
2. LAWYERS ARE THERE TO PROVIDE LEGAL COUNSEL!!
3. POLICE ARREST THOSE LAWYERS. THOSE LAWYERS WERE STANDING OUTSIDE THE BRICKFIELD POLICE STATION POLITELY BEGGING the police to let them see their arrested client!!

PEOPLE you be the judge. Nazri said, Let our judiciary decides? Hmmm.... well??? Shall we? Are we? Come on we still have good Judges around, right?


“We have the judiciary. Let the court decides whether the five lawyers are guilty or not,” he told reporters after opening a programme for Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) pupils in the Padang Rengas parliamentary constituency at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Temenggong, Kati here.

He was commenting on a resolution passed by the Bar Council at its extraordinary general meeting on Friday to sue the government and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan over the detention of the five lawyers during the candlelight vigil for the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) activist Wong Chin Huat last week.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Anifah Aman Q&A Press Conference In The US

The Reuters journalist ask a question as below:

Opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim faces charges again, and I believe a trial later this summer, on charges that the State Department itself in the annual human rights report said are politically motivated. Did you raise his case specifically in your meeting today?

Anifah response to the question....

I’d like to address the comment on Anwar Ibrahim. You know, we have utmost faith in our judicial system. And recently, as late as a few days ago, the court has declared that the chief minister of a particular state which comes from the opposition as election of a chief minister which is a rulings against the government.

And insofar as Anwar Ibrahim is concerned, (inaudible) he – we know him very, very well. And he has – more or less, what he has said, especially overseas, most of the things are untrue; for example, like the involvement of our honorable prime minister and the murder of a Mongolian citizen. And he has repeatedly said before the elections that he will provide evidence and yet, until today, he has not given anything.

And also just for the information of the audience here that, you know, he also said that he will form a government on 16 September and he has changed the dates many time. And he was trying to entice the members of parliament. And I was personally offered to jump into the oppositions and offered a very lucrative position, and also to be told it’s like a deputy prime minister. And these are not known to the world at large.

And he has started, you know, trying to buy into other, you know, legislative members. And I think what he is doing – he has not accepted the result of what – the last elections. And we have lost five states and we willingly and accept the people’s verdict. And all the time we leave it to the people to decide, and which, on the other hand has not been able to accept.

And it’s also my concern and that of our government that it is what he has been doing overseas to tarnish the image of Malaysia, which impinge trade and indirectly and directly, you know, bring hardship to the people of Malaysia, which he said he’s very, very concerned about.

And therefore, it is our wish and hope that he will respect the democratic system in Malaysia, which is very open and which, I think, we have conformed to the wish of the people. And we have repeatedly told him that if he believes that he is the rightful prime minister, or his party has been sidetracked, then it is – wait for the next election. And he has continuously gave wrong impressions and accused all the government officials of being corrupted, which is part and parcel of the system (inaudible). And the people have rejected him in Malaysia, and is a proof that he has not been able to accept.


Shin could not understand this. Does he really answer the journalist question? The question was about Anwar sodomy trial as politically motivated and here this moron talk about Najib & Mongolia and Perak Crisis (he's talking about respect the democratic system, my foot). Is it necessary to claim Anwar Ibrahim had entice legislative members over to opposition and he was offered a very lucrative position like a deputy prime minister? He better had proof on this, otherwise be prepared to face defamation suit from Anwar. This is a serious allegation made internationally.

View this at the 15:00 minute mark of the video below.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

From 513 to 1Malaysia – The Future of Malaysian Nation Building (Updated)

Sempena memperingati ulang tahun ke 40 puluh peristiwa 13 Mei, pejabat YB Lau Weng San (ADUN Kampung Tunku) akan menganjurkan sebuah forum yang bertajuk “From 513 to 1Malaysia – The Future of Malaysian Nation Building”.

Tarikh: 13 Mei 2009 (Rabu), 8.00 malam
Tempat: Dewan Sivik, MBPJ, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Speaker pada malam tersebut adalah terdiri daripada:

YB Nizar Jamaluddin (Bukit Gantang),
YB Lim Kit Siang (Ipoh Timur),
YB Khalid Samad (Shah Alam),
Ragunath Kesavan (Presiden Bar Council Malaysia),
Chan Nyan Hoi (Bekas Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan),
Dr Azmi bin Sharom (Pensyarah Undang-Undang Universiti Malaya)
Tricia Yeoh Su-Wern (Pegawai Penyelidik Pejabat MB Selangor)

Klip-klip video speaker-speaker diatas dalam 20 bahagian boleh ditonton seperti di bawah.

Ucapan pembukaan oleh Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim selaku Ketua Umum Pembangkang dan juga MP Permatang Pauh (Bhg 1 dlm 20).


Ucapan pembukaan oleh Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim selaku Ketua Umum Pembangkang dan juga MP Permatang Pauh (Bhg 2 dlm 20).


Ucapan NH Chan Bekas Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan (oleh kerana kesuntukan masa, beliau tidak sempat membentangkan keseluruhan ucapan 9 mukasurat dalam 10 minit yang diperuntukan. Transkrip ucapan 9 mukasurat beliau boleh dibaca disini)- Bhg 3 dlm 20.


Ucapan NH Chan Bekas Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan - Bersambung (Bhg 4 dlm 20).


Ucapan Ragunath Kesavan Presiden Bar Council Malaysia (Bhg 5 dlm 20).


Ucapan Dr Azmi bin Sharom Pensyarah Undang-Undang Universiti Malaya (Bhg 6 dlm 20).


Ucapan YB Khalid Samad MP Shah Alam (Bhg 7 dlm 20).


Ucapan YB Khalid Samad MP Shah Alam dan Tricia Yeoh Su-Wern Pegawai Penyelidik Pejabat MB Selangor (Bhg 8 dlm 20).


Ucapan Tricia Yeoh, Bersambung (Bhg 9 dlm 20).


Ucapan Tunku Abdul Aziz Inrahim A former vice-chairman of Transparency International’s Board of Directors and currently the DAP party vice-chairman (Bhd 10 dlm 20).



Ucapan Tunku Abdul Aziz Inrahim, bersambung(Bhd 11 dlm 20).


Ucapan YAB Datuk Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin Menteri Besar Perak, Adun Pasir Panjang dan MP Bukit Gantang dan kini dikenali sebagai Bendahara Tun Perak (Bhg 12 dlm 20).


Ucapan YAB Datuk Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, bersambung (Bhg 13 dlm 20).


Ucapan YAB Datuk Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, bersambung (Bhg 14 dlm 20).


Ucapan YB Lim Kit Siang MP Ipoh Timur (Bhg 15 dlm 20).


Ucapan YB Lim Kit Siang, bersambung(Bhg 16 dlm 20).


Ucapan YB Lim Kit Siang, bersambung(Bhg 17 dlm 20).


Ucapan Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad bekas Setiausaha Politik Tun Abdul Razak (Bhg 18 dlm 20).


Ucapan Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad, bersambung(Bhg 19 dlm 20).


Ucapan Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad, bersambung(Bhg 20 dlm 20).


Jom ke Stadium Melawati Shah Alam:-

Tajuk:Krisis Perak

Tarikh: 16 Mei 2009 (Sabtu), 9.00 malam
Tempat: Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam, Selangor.

Speaker pada malam tersebut adalah terdiri daripada:

YB Ustaz Nasarudin Hj Daud (Adun Meranti)
YAB Datuk Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (MB Perak, Adun Pasir Panjang, MP Bukit Gantang)
YB Sivakumar (Speaker Adun Perak dan Adun Tronoh)
YB Dato’ Dr Hassan Mohamed Ali (Adun Gombak Setia)
YB Ronnie Liu (Adun Pandamaran)
YB Gobalakrisnan (Adun Padang Serai)

Semua dijemput.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

General Instructions for Disposable Respirators

Date Released: 4/29/2009
Running time: 2:19
Author: CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

This podcast, intended for the general public, demonstrates how to put on and take off disposable respirators that are to be used in areas affected by the influenza outbreak.

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Transcript

General Instructions for Disposable Respirators Respirators

This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC - safer, healthier people.

N95 respirators are designed to protect you from breathing in very small particles that may contain viruses. These types of respirators fit tightly to the face so that air is inhaled through the filter material. N95 respirators should be worn only once and then thrown away in the trash.

Manufacturers supply important instructions with respirators on how they are to be put on and checked to make sure they’re properly positioned. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, specific to the product you’re using.

Here are some general instructions:

• Wash your hands prior to handling the respirator and inspect the respirator for tears or damage. If your respirator is folded, open the folds fully.

• Place the respirator on your face with the nosepiece at your fingertips, allowing the headbands to hang freely below your hand.

• Position the respirator with the nosepiece up. Pull the top strap over your head, resting it high at the back of your head. Pull the bottom strap over your head and position it around the neck and below the ears. Be sure not to criss-cross the straps. If there is only one headband, it should rest high at the back of your head. Make sure that your mouth and nose are covered by the respirator.

• If the nosepiece has a metal nose strip, use both hands to mold the nose strip to the shape of your nose.

• Next, check the seal of the respirator on your face. Place your hands on the surface of the respirator and take a quick, deep breath. If you feel air blowing around your face or eyes, the respirator may not fit your face properly. Re-adjust the fit of your respirator and check the seal again.


When you’re finished wearing the respirator, carefully remove it, using the straps. Discard your respirator by carefully placing it in a waste container. Wash your hands immediately after handling the used respirator.

To access the most accurate and relevant health information that affects you, your family and your community, please visit www.cdc.gov.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Symptoms of Swine Flu

Date Released: 4/27/2009
Running time: 3:45
Author: Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Influenza Division (CCID/NCIRD/ID)
This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC – safer, healthier people.


SwineFluSymptoms.mp3 - CDC Podcast

Transcript
Hi. I'm Dr. Joe Bresee with the CDC's Influenza Division. I'm here to speak with you today about the symptoms of swine flu infections and what to do if you get sick. Since March 2009, persons with infection caused by a new strain of swine flu virus have been identified in the U.S. and other countries. It's important that people recognize the symptoms of swine flu and seek medical care if necessary.

For many years, we've known that swine flu occasionally infects humans, so we know the typical symptoms of swine flu. The symptoms are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. Some people with swine flu have also reported diarrhea or vomiting. In the past, severe illness, such as pneumonia or respiratory failure, as well as death has been reported with swine flu infections in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

If you live in an area where swine flu infections have been reported, and if you become ill with flu-like symptoms you may want to contact your health care provider, particularly if you're worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether swine flu testing or treatment is needed.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, get emergency medical care. In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, not waking up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, fever with a rash, or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough. In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, or severe or persistent vomiting.

People with swine flu can infect others and could be contagious as long as they are symptomatic, and possibly for up to seven days following the onset of illness. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

Fortunately, there are medicines that can be used to treat swine flu. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines, such as pills, liquids, or an inhaler that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and can make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started within two days of symptoms. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir, which is also called Tamiflu®, or zanamivir, which is also called Relenza®, for the treatment or prevention of infection with these swine flu viruses.

If you get sick with swine flu, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to reduce the chance of transmitting the infection. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs can spread that way. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

For more information about swine flu, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu.

For the most accurate health information, visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO, 24/7.

Swine Flu

In this recording, Dr. Joe Bresee, with the CDC Influenza Division, describes swine flu - its signs and symptoms, how it's transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill.

Date Released: 4/25/2009
Running time: 5:46
Author: Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Influenza Division (CCID/NCIRD/ID)


SwineFlu.mp3 - CDC Podcast


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The above recording's transcript.

This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC – safer, healthier people.

Hello. I'm Dr. Joe Bresee with the CDC Influenza Division. I'm here to speak with you today about swine flu.

First, I'll begin by explaining what swine flu is. Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks of swine flu happen regularly in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do occur. Most commonly, human cases of swine flu happen in people who are around pigs, but it's possible for swine flu viruses to spread from person to person, also.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu, as well. In the past, severe illnesses, such as pneumonia and respiratory failure, as well as deaths, have been reported with swine influenza infection in people, as well. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

I'll now discuss the severity of swine flu illness in people. Similar to seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the United States with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu, and she died eight days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with severe illness in several people and one death.

Spread of swine flu can occur in two ways. The first way is through contact with infected pigs or environments contaminated with swine flu viruses. The second way is through contact with a person infected with a swine flu virus. Human-to-human spread of swine flu has also been documented and is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu. Influenza is thought to be spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

Next, I would like to tell you about medicines that can be used to treat swine flu. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and, alternatively, prevention of infection with these swine flu viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines, such as pills, liquids, or inhaler that fights against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and can make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick, specifically within two days of symptoms.

People with swine influenza infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic, and possibly for up to seven days following the illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. However, there are everyday actions that people can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs can spread that way.

Now, I will move on to discuss what you should do if you get sick. If you live in an area where swine flu infections have been reported, and if you become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact your health care provider, particularly if you're worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed. If you're sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care. In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, not waking up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, fever with a rash, or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and worse cough.

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, and severe or persistent vomiting.

People don't need to worry about eating or preparing pork. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

For the most accurate health information, visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO, 24/7.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Earth Hour 2009 Malaysia

The staronline.tv crew documents the Earth Hour in two major cities in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.


Video courtesy from thestaronline.

Here's another time lapse photography on Penang. Note the Penang Bridge lights switched off.


Video courtesy from kcoon1983

Earth Hour Malaysia 2009 by TV Smith
I set up the video camera on a tripod at about 8pm. Then as Earth Hour approaches, carloads of people showed up suddenly. They swarmed the once tranquil look-out point. It soon became so crowded that people were squeezing too close to the tripod. Expectedly, some idiots kicked the tripod legs accidentally and ruined the entire sequence. I should kick myself for revealing this location to the world in an earlier video.

But the show must go on. Fortunately, I had the Olympus E-3 SLR clamped to the top of my vehicle and it remotely captured some great pics of the voluntary blackout of Kuala Lumpur city. These were combined with the earlier time lapse sequence of the Petronas Twin Towers to form the final video.

Timelapse: Panasonic HDC-TM-300
Skyline: Olympus E-3

Vesti la Giubba (Put on the costume) is a famous tenor aria performed as part of the opera Pagliacci, written and composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo and first performed in 1892. Vesti la Giubba is the conclusion of the first act, when Canio discovers his wife's infidelity, but must nevertheless prepare for his performance as Pagliaccio the clown because 'the show must go on'... source: Wikipedia


Video courtesy from tvsmith.

60 EARTH HOUR (Miri, Malaysia)

A short dedication video clip for 60 EARTH HOUR 2009.

* We actually have a great and wonderful night at the park while supporting the event.

Date: 28th March 2009
Location: Taman Awam, Miri (Sarawak Malaysia)


Video courtesy from gerain29