KUALA LUMPUR'S Islamic Fashion Festival 2008

KUALA LUMPUR'S Islamic Fashion Festival, which made its debut five years ago has returned this year with a four-day show from November 24-27.
The event showcased 44 designers from five countries, including Malaysia.
Among the Malaysian designers taking part in the festival are Bernard Chandran, Tom Abang Saufi, Melinda Looi, Michael Ong, Khoon Hooi and Albert King.

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The international designers involved were Samuel Wattimena, Ghea Panggabean, Sebastian Gunawan and Biyan from Indonesia, Jun Escario from the Philippines, Rajesh and Anirban from India as well as Deepak Perwani from Pakistan.
The fashion extravaganza at the J W Marriot Hotel in Kuala Lumpur showcased designs that adhere to the Muslim dress code.

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"In the past the festival was only opened to invited guests. This year we want the public to be able to take part as well," said founder and chairman of the Islamic Fashion Festival Datuk Raja Rezza Shah.
Raja Rezza said in the past, he received a lot of queries on what constituted proper Muslim dressing. To address this problem, he held the "Islamic Attire Workshop" on November 22 where top Muslim speakers would be able to answer such queries.

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Nine organisations namely the National Heart Institute Foundation (IJNF), Tuanku Najihah Foundation (TNF), National Cancer Society Malaysia, Kedah Darul Natural Disaster Association (PBANK), Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Charity House Association (RACTAR), Tuanku Bainun Creative Centre for Children, Malaysian Muslim Womens Welfare Organisation and Pahang Flood Relief Fund (P-Flood) were also involved in the festival.

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These foundations will have an event each to raise funds with the help of designers and artistes for the shows that will have individual themes.
Some of the interesting themes held were "Interpre-tations", "Aroosah — Islamic Bridal", "Enchanting Gamelan", "Bolly-wood Flavour" and "Ethnic and Glamour".
Young fashion designers also were given the opportunity to shine at the Anugerah Pereka Muda IFF (IFF Young Designers Award) on November 26.

The final leg of the fashion festival will be an Islamic Fashion Bazaar that will be opened to the public at the KL Plaza from November 28 till December 4.



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You think you have a lousy job? Think again...

Just remember that no matter what lousy job you've have, someone's had it worse. And don't be ashamed of your jobs

A Picture tell a thousand words
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Shocking: Worst Kind Of Maid Abuse

A housewife who scalded her maid with hot water and an iron has been jailed for 18 years in Malaysia.Nirmala Bonat at 19, when she started work for the wealthy Malaysian
Yim Pek Ha was found guilty of using dangerous weapons to injure Nirmala Bonat on three separate occasions, in one of the country's worst cases of domestic worker abuse.Ms Bonat said she was beaten and burned for mistakes she made during the five months she worked in Yim's home in Kuala Lumpur in 2004.

On one occasion, her employer took a hot iron and pressed it against her breasts after complaining that clothes had not been ironed properly.
Malaysian newspapers published photographs of a then 19-year-old Ms Bonat, which showed burns and bruises over much of her body.
Yim's defence claimed the injuries were self-inflicted, but Judge Akhtar Tahir disagreed.
He said he wanted to impose a "deterrent sentence" on Yim to show that "sadistic behaviour... cannot be tolerated in a civil society."
Yim's lawyer called the sentence "excessive" because there was "no loss of life, no disfigurement, no scars" in the case.
The wealthy 40-year-old, who broke down in tears in court, will appeal against the verdict, Jagjit Singh said.

Ms Bonat did not attend the hearing because she has returned to her hometown in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia.
Human rights groups and Indonesian officials have urged Malaysia to strengthen laws to protect some 300,000 Indonesian domestic workers.
At least 1,500 Indonesian maids seek help each year at diplomatic offices across Malaysia, officials said.

UPDATE: 28 NOV 2008

Housewife Yim Pek Ha Out On RM200,000 Bail



A man blinded Ameneh in an acid attack after she spurned his marriage proposals. He has been sentenced to the same punishment, in a literal application of Iran's sharia Eye-for-an-Eye Qisa laws.
Tehran province criminal court has ordered Majid Movahedi, 27, to be blinded in both eyes from drops of acid in response to a plea from his victim, Ameneh Bahrami. NB Majid's family is implicated in this horrific crime.
The punishment is legal under the Sharia Code of Qisas, which allows retribution for violent crimes.
Bahrami was left horrifically disfigured after Movahedi threw a jar of acid in her face in October 2004. Her injuries led to the loss of one eye and left her blind in the other.
She had previously complained to police about being threatened and harassed by Movahedi, but had been told no action could be taken.
Asked by the judge if she wanted Movahedi's face to be splashed with acid, she replied:
"That is impossible and horrific. Just drip 20 drops of acid in his eyes so he can realise what pain I am undergoing."
Ameneh Bahrami, said Movahedi's family had asked her to marry him several times, but she had refused. Movahedi later threatened to kill her. Movahedi said he decided to attack Bahrami after she told him she had married someone else, and pleaded with him to leave her alone.
"I decided to splash acid on her face so her husband would leave her and I could have her," he told the court.
Tehran's deputy public prosecutor, Mahmoud Salarkia, said the publicity surrounding the case would deter future acid attacks.
Majid is allowed to appeal the verdict.

UPDATE: 9 Mar 2009

Blinded Iranian woman welcomes eye-for-eye justice

Iranian Ameneh Bahrami poses in Barcelona holding a photograph of herself before she was blinded by acid

Sources of Information

An Eye for An Eye according to Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Qisas)

Court orders Iranian man blinded - BBC - 28 November 2008

Eye for an Eye: Iranian man sentenced to be blinded for acid attack - The Guardian - 28 November 2008

Iranian court sentences man to be blinded by acid - AP NEWS - 27 November 2008



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American food voucher

Rising unemployment and food costs have more Americans turning to government for assistance.The number of Americans who apply for food stamp, in November will exceed 30 million. It is reported The Washington Post, referring to the Ministry of Agriculture, which released this week.
As highlighted in the paper edition, this record, exceeding the figure, which was marked by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Earlier, the Government unveiled figures that in 2007 some 12 million hungry people in the country, including nearly 700 thousand children.

The growing number of Americans applying for food aid, analysts attributed the increase in the number of unemployed and rising food prices. In October, unemployment in the U.S. reached 6.5 percent.

As expected, the plan to stimulate the economy, which will take Congress, would contain an item on the increase in food aid. Elected U.S. President Barack Obama, whose mother once for a short time herself received food vouchers are likely to make this issue a priority after taking office in January next year. During the election campaign, Obama promised to end child hunger in the United States.

Under current rules, for food assistance may contact the Americans with incomes at a rate of less than 27,564 dollars for a family of four. Vouchers are given on average in the amount of 109 dollars per person per month. The maximum amount for which tickets are provided at 588 dollars a month for a family of four.



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Age is just a number

Age is just a number.

Whether you're approaching 30 or nearing 80, every woman wants to find a way to look younger. While there has been no recent discovery of the fountain of youth, there are a few things you can do to maintain a fresh, youthful appearance.

Olivia Newton John: My secret to looking young at 60? I’m in love again

Olivia’s ways to look amazing at 60

She says her real secret weapon is swallowing “handfuls” of herbal supplements every morning and slapping on lots of face creams made from natural, rainforest ingredients.

- Get outdoors and exercise every day.

- Do a variety of activities you enjoy.

- Talk to friends and family. Laughter and sharing experiences is healing.

- Enjoy your food and have treats but don’t overeat.

- Drink plenty of water.

- Have a cat-nap if your energy dips in the afternoon.

- Embrace new challenges and think positive.

- Keep a natural look – less is more as you age.

- Always wear lipstick!

Isabel Preysler: Stunning Beauty at 57

Name :Isabel Preysler
Age: 57
Hair Color: Black
Date of Birth: February 18, 1951
Birthplace: Manila, Phillippines
Star Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Philippines
Occupation: Model

Can you believe she is 57 years old. She must know the secrets of youth/not aging. Born in Manila, Philippines she is the mother of international pop superstar Enrique Iglesias. At 18, she was sent to live in Madrid with her uncle and aunt to study at Mary Ward College, an Irish Catholic university in Spain, where she studied Accounting.

Her face is ageless. She has the sophistication that women d’un certain age possess—women who are confident of their beauty, sure of their style and comfortable in their allure. Her body is in enviable shape, especially after having five children.



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The most attractive guys in the world

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Actors Hugh Jackman (L) and Nicole Kidman pose before a news conference
in Sydney on the day of the world premiere of their new film "Australia", Nov. 18, 2008

The "Australia" actor Hugh Jackman topped People magazine's annual list of the most attractive guys in the world, after sending female hearts fluttering in a string of hit movies, including "X-Men", "The Prestige" and "Scoop".
Explaining their choice, the magazine wrote: He's a triple threat - a star who can sing, dance and wield a weapon. At 6ft 2in, all scruff and biceps, Jackman, 40, looms large in the epic 'Australia' and left people stammering, 'Oh... my... God!' according to co-star Nicole Kidman."

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Actor Daniel Craig is getting set to exchange vows
with long time girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell.

"Quantum of Solace"actor Daniel Craig - who reprised his role as British spy James Bond in the new film - was close behind Hugh in second place, having wowed female fans in the movie with his muscular body and striking blue eyes.

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Jon Hamm: An Evening with "Mad Men" Presented by the
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Jon Hamm - the star of hit US TV show 'Mad Men' - came in third, while 'High School Musical' heartthrob Zac Efron and 'Lipstick Jungle' hunk Robert Buckley rounded off the top five.

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Zac Efron With Paula Abdul

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Heather Locklear with co-star Robert Buckley on
the set of their new movie “Flirting with 40”

Soccer player David Beckham, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, 'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson, former 'Dawson's Creek' actor Joshua Jackson and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps all featured in the list.

Previous holders of the prestigious title include George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.



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Recession is coming to town.

Let us sing together this New Christmas Song 2008
Sing to the tune of Santa Clauss Is Coming To Town

Recession is coming to town

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town.

It's hitting you once,
It's hitting you twice
It doesn't care if you've been careful and wise
Recession is coming to town

It's worthless if you've got shares
It's worthless if you've got bonds
It's safe when you've got cash in hand
So keep cash for goodness sake, HEY

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town!

Finance products are confusing
Finance products are so vague
The banks make you bear the cost of risk
So keep out for goodness sake, OH

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town.



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Japan Latest Fashion: Armpit Hair

Is a bit of armpit hair on girls a turn off to guys? Like leg hair is. Like do the underarms have to be totally hairless? You decide.
In Japan where armpit hair is seen as something highly attractive and fashionable.

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Japanese Girls find Armpit hair is sexy.

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Armpit hair on girls is Fashion and Beauty.

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Armpit hair on girls is trendy and beauty

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Armpit hair turn on guys

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Armpit hair is a natural fashion
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It is Fashion only in Japan



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Too little sleep tied to increased cancer risk

Regular exercise can reduce a woman’s risk of cancer, but the benefits may slip away if she gets too little sleep, US researchers said on Monday.
The study involving 5,968 women in Maryland confirmed previous findings that people who do regular physical activity are less likely to develop cancer.

But when the researchers looked at the women ages 18 to 65 who were in the upper half in terms of the amount of physical exercise they got per week, they found that sleep appeared to play an important role in cancer risk.
Those who slept less than seven hours nightly had a 47 percent higher risk of cancer than those who got more sleep among the physically active women, the researchers reported at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

‘We think it’s quite interesting and intriguing. It’s kind of a first look into this. It isn’t something that has been widely studied,’ James McClain of the National Cancer Institute, part of the US government’s National Institutes of Health, said in a telephone interview.
McClain, who led the study, said it is unclear exactly how getting too little sleep may make one more susceptible to cancer. ‘Getting adequate sleep has been long associated with health,’ McClain said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls sleep loss an under-recognized public health problem, saying Americans are getting less and less slumber. The CDC said the percentage of adults reporting sleeping six hours or fewer a night increased from 1985 to 2006.
Sleep experts say chronic sleep loss is associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, depression, cigarette smoking and excessive drinking.
In addition, research had shown that people who get regular exercise have a reduced risk of breast, colon and other types of cancer. Experts think the effects of exercise on the body’s hormone levels, immune function and body weight may play an important role.



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Can Men Breastfeed?

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Odd as it seems, men can lactate. In their 1896 book, Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine, Dr. George Gould and Dr. Walter Pyle recount several occurrences of men breastfeeding their young. The stories include a sailor who put his son to his breast to quiet him and started producing milk; a South American peasant who sustained his child with his own breast milk during his wife’s illness; and a Chippewa man who put his infant to his breast following the death of his wife and produced enough milk to rear the child.

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B. Wijeratne breastfeeding his 18 month-old daughter

The phenomenon hasn’t stopped. In 2002, a Sri Lankan man named B. Wijeratne lost his wife and was left to care for their 18-month-old daughter. When the child refused powdered milk, Wijeratne tried something different. “Unable to see her cry, I offered my breast,” Wijeratne told a Sri Lankan newspaper. “That’s when I discovered I could breastfeed.”
Wijeratne isn’t alone. All men can breastfeed, because they possess the two most vital components for lactating—mammary glands and pituitary glands. Mammary glands, which produce milk, are present in all mammals. In fact, they’re one of our defining characteristics. In some cases, such as with mice, the mammary glands of the males are too underdeveloped to function. In humans, however, they’re fully formed in both sexes, complete with breastfeeding ducts and nipples.

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Swedish father Ragnar Bengtsson, 26, has entered into an experiment that he hopes will help him breastfeed his future children.
On Tuesday, the Stockholm family man began stimulating his breasts with a pump in a bid to produce milk.

"Anything that doesn't do any harm is worth trying out. And if it works it could prove very important for men's ability to get much closer to their children at an early stage," Bengtsson told The Local.

His efforts are to be documented by Swedish TV8, with the first instalment scheduled to air at 9pm on Wednesday on the Aschberg show. Bengtsson also maintains a blog on the station's website, the title of which translates as: 'The Milkman - One Drop at a Time'.

Bengtsson is preparing to pump his breasts at three-hour intervals every day until the beginning of December. As a full time economics student at Stockholm University, he is not always going to be in a position to pump in private.

"I'm going to have to pull out the pump during lectures. But really it doesn't bother me if it makes people uncomfortable. If they have issues with it that's their problem," he said.

Male lactation is a relatively common side effect of hormone treatments, but Bengtsson has no plans to chemically induce the process.

"If it works and the milk turns out to have a high nutritional value it could be a real breakthrough," he said.

Bengtsson has a 2-year-old son who is in no way involved in the experiment, but the Stockholm dad doesn't rule our breastfeeding any future kids. Not everybody has acclaimed his quest for fathers' milk, however.

"There have been a lot of strong reactions. Some people think it's completely sick," he said.



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Beware of "Nigerian scam"

An American woman Janella Spears (No relation to Britney Spears) has revealed how she was swindled out of $400,000 (£269,000) by Nigerian internet fraudsters, in what is believed to be one of the biggest cases of its kind ever recorded.
Now, Janella Spears has gone public with her story as a warning to others not to fall victim. She hopes her story will warn others to listen to reason and avoid going down the dark tunnel of obsession that ended up costing her so much.
Spears said it would take her at least three to four years to dig out of the debt she ran up in pursuit of the non-existent pot of Nigerian gold.

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Scam E-Mail

Janella Spears, a registered nurse from Sweet Home, Oregon, said she started sending money to the scammers in 2005 after she received an email promising her several million dollars from a long-lost relative. In what is commonly known as a 419 scam - named after a section of the Nigerian criminal code - the fraudsters randomly contacted Spears over the internet, claiming they would offer her a substantial cut of $20.5m fortune in return for the cash injection which would help move it out of the country.

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Janella Spears

So how did this otherwise lucid, intelligent woman end up sending nearly half a million dollars to a bunch of con artists running what has to be one of the best-known Internet scams in the world?
Spears fell victim to the "Nigerian scam," which is familiar to almost anyone who has ever had an e-mail account.

The e-mail pitch is familiar to most people by now: a long-lost relative or desperate government official in a war-torn country needs to shuffle some funds around, say $10 million or $20 million, and if you could just help them out for a bit, you get to keep 10 (or 20 or 30) percent for your trouble.

All you need to do is send X-amount of dollars to pay some fees and all that cash will suddenly land in your checking account, putting you on Easy Street. By the way, please send the funds though an untraceable wire service.

By this time, not many people will fall for such an outrageous pitch, and the scam is very well-known. But it persists, and for a reason: every now and then, it works.

For Spears, it started, as it almost always does, with an e-mail. It promised $20 million and in this case, the money was supposedly left behind by her grandfather (J.B. Spears), with whom the family had lost contact over the years.

"So that's what got me to believe it," she said.

Spears didn't know how the sender knew J.B. Spears' name and her relation to him, but her curiosity was peaked.

It turned out to be a lot of money up front, but it started with just $100.

Spears said she kept sending money because the scammers kept telling her that the next payment would be the last one, that the big money was inbound.She became obsessed with getting paid.

The scammers ran Spears through the whole program. They said President Bush and FBI Director "Robert Muller" (their spelling) were in on the deal and needed her help.

They sent official-looking documents and certificates from the Bank of Nigeria and even from the United Nations. Her payment was "guaranteed."

Then the amount she would get jumped up to $26.6 million – if she would just send $8,300. Spears sent the money.

More promises and teases of multi-millions followed, with each one dependent on her sending yet more money. Most of the missives were rife with misspellings.

When Spears began to doubt the scam, she got letters from the President of Nigeria, FBI Director Mueller, and President Bush. Terrorists could get the money if she did not help, Bush’s letter said. Spears continued to send funds. All the letters were fake, of course.

She wiped out her husband’s retirement account, mortgaged the house and took a lien out on the family car. Both were already paid for.

For more than two years, Spears sent tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Everyone she knew, including law enforcement officials, her family and bank officials, told her to stop, that it was all a scam. She persisted.

Spears said she kept sending money because the scammers kept telling her that the next payment would be the last one, that the big money was inbound. Spears said she became obsessed with getting paid.
An undercover investigator who worked on the case said greed helped blind Spears to the reality of the situation, which he called the worst example of the scam he’s ever seen.

He also said he has seen people become obsessed with the scam before. They are so desperate to recoup their losses with the big payout, they descend into a vicious cycle of sending money in hopes the false promises will turn out to be real.



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Most Beautiful Bottoms in the World

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A woman from Brazil and a man from France can claim to own the best bottoms on the planet after winning a derriere competition in Paris.
Judges said Brazilian 20-year-old Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak had best female bottom, while French 27-year-old Saiba Bombote was named the most beautiful male bottom.

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What makes Brazil's Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak (right) and France's Saiba Bombote (left) so special?

More than 45 finalists from 26 countries competed, with the two winners receiving an underwear modelling contract, $15,000 prize money and an insurance contract for their bottoms.

Members of the judging panel

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

FHM France Editor-in-chief Lomig Guillo

Supermodel Adriana Karembeu

Members of the judging panel included supermodel Adriana Karembeu, astronaut Paolo Nespoli, FHM France Editor-in-chief Lomig Guillo and Sloggi underwear chiefs.
Candidates entered the competition by submitting their photos to www.sloggi.com, where 11,200 entries were received.
More than 31 million votes were cast by the public.
Candidates from all over the world competed in the live finale, held in Paris.

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Well it IS the "most beautiful bottom in the world" competition, which was held in Paris

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