Monday, October 19, 2009

(MY112) : Largest turtle-linked salmonella outbreak detailed

CHICAGO – Two girls who swam with pet turtles in a backyard pool were among 107 people sickened in the largest salmonella outbreak blamed on turtles nationwide, researchers report.

The 2007-08 outbreak involved mostly children in 34 states; one-third of all patients had to be hospitalized. In many cases, parents didn't know that turtles can carry salmonella.

Despite a 1975 ban on selling small turtles as pets, they continue to be sold illegally.

The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that the number of pet turtles nationwide doubled from 950,000 in 1996 to almost 2 million in 2006.

"It's very easy to think of turtles as being a very gentle and nice pet," but many carry salmonella, without showing any signs, said Julie Harris, a scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the report's lead author.

Salmonella in turtle feces can end up on their shells and body, and can spread to people who handle them.

An infected turtle can spread the same strain of salmonella to others during shipping, which may be how the outbreak occurred. Turtles involved were bought at pet shops, flea markets, from street vendors and online. The Food and Drug Administration contacted retailers involved and their investigation is ongoing, the report said.

"Continued, collective efforts are needed, both on state and federal levels, to enforce the ban and protect public health," the report said. It appears in October's Pediatrics, released Monday.

Authorities began investigating in September 2007 after a Union County, N.C., teen swam in her backyard pool with two pet turtles and a friend from South Carolina. Both girls developed bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps; one developed kidney failure and spent eight days in the hospital.

Salmonella bacteria traced to those turtles matched salmonella later found in three other North Carolina children. Other cases turned up elsewhere, many involving direct contact with turtles, including children kissing turtles or putting them in their mouths, Harris said.

Indirect contact likely also occurred, she said. For example, children playing with turtles at school may have brought the germs home and spread them to family members, Harris said.

Illnesses from the same kind of salmonella turned up coast to coast through January 2008, including 12 people in California, 10 each in Pennsylvania and Texas, and nine in Illinois.

No one died in the outbreak but many required several days of hospital treatment, Harris said.

"Everyone from pediatricians to other public health professionals needs to really stress that reptiles and especially turtles are a source of salmonella infections," she said.

The ban only affects turtles less than about 4 inches in diameter because of reports that young children had gotten sick after putting the small reptiles in their mouths.

David Bergmire-Sweat, a North Carolina epidemiologist who investigated the Union County case, said he's heard of families letting turtles walk on kitchen surfaces where food is prepared, and babies being bathed in sinks where turtle cages are washed.

Because the federal ban was enacted more than 30 years ago, "many people just don't remember," he said.

Recent efforts to overturn the ban, backed by turtle farmers, have failed.

Veterinarian Mark Mitchell, a University of Illinois zoological medicine professor, has been working with Louisiana turtle farmers in research aimed at raising salmonella-free turtles. Initial efforts involved cleansing turtle eggs with antibiotics, but that led to strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Mitchell said now he's focusing on washing eggs in disinfectants similar to chlorine. He says the industry has been unfairly saddled with harsher restrictions than producers of human foods also blamed for recent salmonella outbreaks.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

(MY111) : Mirzan says San Miguel stake is just business

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 – Mirzan Mahathir has defended his investment group’s stake in Philippines conglomerate San Miguel Corp (SMC), saying the company was well on the way to diversifying substantially from its brewery business.

In a letter to The Malaysian Insider yesterday, Mirzan said San Miguel Corp had decided to shift its attention to the infrastructure, public utility and energy requirements of the Philippines, from its core brewery business.

“Since Kirin Holdings of Japan acquired a significant direct ownership stake in the brewery division, this will result in a dramatic change in SMC’s revenue mix, with beverages expected to contribute less than 15% of total sales by next year,” he said in the letter.

The Malaysian Insider had reported this week that Mirzan, the eldest son of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was recently appointed to the board of San Miguel Corp, the biggest food and beverage conglomerate in the Philippines and the owner of San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Miguel Corp told the Philippines stock exchange last week about Mirzan’s appointment which is to represent the interests of Q-Tech Alliance Holdings Inc on the board.

Q-Tech, a Manila-based investment company in which Mirzan has a stake in, recently acquired a 19.9 per cent share in San Miguel Corp for 39.61 billion pesos (RM2.9 billion).

It bought the stake from Japan’s Kirin Holdings, which used the funds to help finance the acquisition of a 43 per cent stake in San Miguel Brewery Inc.

With this latest corporate exercise, San Miguel Corp still maintains a 51 per cent stake in San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Miguel Brewery controls 95 per cent of the Philippine beer market. The company has made San Miguel Beer for more than a century. The beer is brewed in the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, and is sold in 60 markets worldwide, according to the company’s Web site.

Mirzan’s involvement in the deal, while a sound investment decision, has raised some eyebrows among Malaysia’s conservative Muslim community.

Since news of Q-Tech’s acquisition of San Miguel Corp shares began circulating here, a number of news blogs have used it to attack Dr Mahathir’s Muslim credentials.

“Unfortunately, certain parties are keen to turn this exciting positive change in a well?managed Philippines corporation into an assault on the reputation of my father, even though he has nothing whatsoever to do with my business interests.

“I can only provide a rational explanation for my actions and it would be a pity if facts are twisted to gain dubious points from a straightforward business decision,” said Mirzan.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

(MY110) Nogold Trivia : Uji Kecekapan Mata Dan Pengetahuan Anda

Anda mempunyai mata yang sentiasa peka dengan objek-objek di sekeliling anda? Bagaimana sekiranya anda diberi gambar seperti berikut :

Dapat teka apa gambar itu? Ia adalah objek yang biasa anda lihat. Masih meneka? Kita lihat klu seterusnya;

Ia agak berat

masih tidak dapat meneka...masih keliru dengan gambar yang ada???? kita ke klu yang kedua;

dari hobi menjadi professional

sudah dapat meneka???? betulkah tekaan anda itu?? anda hendak jawapan nya? sila klik disini

Permainan diatas adalah yang diberi nama Nogold Trivia sebahagian dari usaha pihak untuk memberikan anda NG$ yang mana boleh digunakan untuk membuat bidaan seperti yang telah di ceritakan di entry sebelum ini. Untuk melihat apa yang ditawarkan di Nogold Mart boleh lihat disini. Untuk mengetahui apa itu NG$ dan bagaimana untuk membida boleh lihat disini.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

(MY109) Nogold Mart : Penghargaan NG kepada Forumer bukan sesuatu yang baru. Forum ini telah subur seawal 2005.Disini anda bebas membuat pilihan untuk menjadi silent reader mahupun aktif berforum.Selain itu di anda dihargai. Segala catatan mahupun komen-komen anda di boleh memberikan anda membawa pulangan berbentuk barangan. Anda tidak percaya? Saya akan membuktikan ini bukan suatu omongan kosong sebaliknya adalah benar.

Di setiap komentar dan catatan yang anda luahkan akan berikan NG$. Apa itu NG$? Ia adalah berfungsi seperti RM tetapi hanya boleh digunakan dan diterima di Berbagai cara boleh dilakukan untuk mendapatkan NG$ antaranya dengan membuat blog dan hantarkan ke : Blog Review untuk mendapatkan NG$. Didalam entry ini akan diceritakan bagaimana cara untuk mendapat NG$ dengan mudah.

Dengan memperkenalkan NG$ maka selepas itu memperkenalkan pula "Nogold Mart : Daily, Weekly & Monthly bid". Nogold Mart diwujudkan sebagai penghargaan kepada forumer yang setia dan aktif melontarkan komentar mereka di ruang-ruang forum Kepada silent reader, ini satu kerugian. Di Nogold Mart, diadakan ruangan membida barang-barang yang ditawarkan oleh pemilik Barangan yang ditawarkan adalah mengikut kekerapan seperti barangan yang ditawarkan secara harian, mingguan dan bulanan.

Bidaan harian dijalankan dari hari isnin sehingga hari jumaat. Barangan dalam pelbagai bentuk ditawarkan untuk dibida selama 12 jam. Berkemungkinan ditawarkan pada jam 10.00 pagi dan ditutup untuk bidaan 12 jam kemudiannya. Pembida dengan nilai tertinggi dan Kuasa Membida (Bidding Power) yang tinggi di penutup bidaan mempunyai peluang cerah untuk memenangi barangan yang ditawarkan. Antara keputusan pemenang bidaan harian boleh dirujuk di Keputusan Bidaan Harian : Minggu 1 3/8/09-7/8/09

Bidaan mingguan dijalankan dari hari isnin sehingga hari jumaat. Barangan dalam pelbagai bentuk ditawarkan untuk jangka tempoh 5 hari bermula hari isnin sehingga jumaat. Berkemungkinan ditawarkan pada hari isnin dan ditutup untuk bidaan pada hari jumaat pada jam 12.00pm. Sekali lagi, pembida dengan nilai tertinggi dan Kuasa Membida (Bidding Power) yang tinggi di penutup bidaan mempunyai peluang cerah untuk memenangi barangan yang ditawarkan.Antara barangan yang ditawarkan untuk bidaan mingguan ialah Sony Ericsson K770i + 2G Memory , Sony 12.1 Mega Pixel W Series 3x Optical Zoom Cyber-shot

Bidaan bulanan dijalankan dari hari awal bulan sehingga hujung bulan. Barangan dalam pelbagai bentuk ditawarkan untuk jangka tempoh sebulan. Barangan yang ditawarkan untuk bidaan bulanan adalah lebih tinggi nilainya dari barangan bidaan harian dan mingguan. Sekali lagi, pembida dengan nilai tertinggi dan Kuasa Membida (Bidding Power) yang tinggi di penutup bidaan mempunyai peluang cerah untuk memenangi barangan yang ditawarkan. Tawaran untuk bulan ogos yang masih dibuka di bida ialah Laptop Dell Inspiron 13 bidaan bulan ogos akan ditutup pada 31.08.2009

Kita kembali kepada bagaimana cara untuk mendapatkan NG$. Sila lihat di bawah:

a. Kredit Permulaan (100) - mula-mula daftar dan masuk ke group
b. Kredit Referral (100) - masa register, kalau guna nama referral maka dapat bonus
c. Referral Bonus (5)- ini kalau kita refer new member
d. Kredit Activiti (20)- menjadi aktif, tidak idle
e. Kredit Hari Lahir (100)
f. Kredit Memberi Reputasi (0.5)- sekiranya memberikan reputasi kepada orang lain
g. Kredit Menerima Reputasi (2)- sekiranya menerima reputasi dari orang lain
h. Menerima Infraction (-10)
i. Buka Thread Baru (10)
j. Thread di beri 'rate' (1)
k. Membuat post di thread orang lain (5)
l. Membuat post di thread sendiri (3)
m. Kredit setiap perkataan melebih 100 (0.5)
n. Kredit apabila thread di lawat oleh ahli lain (0.05)
o. Thread menerima balasan (2)
p. Profile di lawati (0.05)
q. Membuat poll (5)
r. Poll di undi (1)
s. Ada attachment (3)
t. Hantar PM (-2)
u. Letak event dalam kalendar (3)
v. Ada profail gambar (3)

Format-format bagaimana untuk membida :

last bid: NG$XXXXX
my bid: NG$XXXXX


Selepas menang bidaan pembida harus membayar dengan menggunakan NG$ yang dimiliki. Sekiranya jumlah bidaan yang dibuat melebihi NG$ yang dimiliki maka penalti akan dikenakan iaitu NG$ yang dimiliki akan ditolak 10%. Sekiranya bidaan yang dimenangi tidak dibuat pembayaran dalam tempoh yang diberi, barangan berkenaan akan di buka untuk bidaan
semula dan NG$ pemenang yang tidak membuat pembayaran akan ditolak 10%. Sekiran pembayaran telah dibuat maka lampiran hendaklah di letakkan di tempat yang berkenaan. Format bukti pembayaran.

Barangan yang dimenangi akan di pos atau diserahkan kepada pemenang semasa NG Tour diadakan. Tempat dan tarikh penyerahan akan di nyatakan di forum. Boleh lihat dibawah majlis penyerahan barangan bidaan kepada pemenang.

jadi kenapa anda hanya melihat. sertai kami dengan mendaftar sekarang dan bersama-sama merebut barangan yang

Monday, August 10, 2009

(MY108) How Can You Participate And Become Nogold Super Star (RM10k can be yours)

r u hav a gut to record what u r singing then upload ur video to youtube??? if yes then u should try this Nogold Super Star..there's lot of money they are offer to the winner..just take a look at the poster below then u can find how much can u win..rm10k???? (if u win the final) can u believe it??? it just a simple step to participate..

1st step : snap a video while u r singing (even while u r in a toilet but pleaseee with full set of clothes)
2nd step : upload to youtube
3rd step : register ur ID at (if u r still did'nt register as NG member)
4th step : submit ur video url.
5th step : join the community to introduce ur self in order for them to know about u (they hav to know u if u want their vote)
6th step : just cross ur finger till end of month to know if u are the top 3..

here are the Month of June Winner...

1st Place

2nd Runner up

3rd Place

here are the Month of July Winner...

1st Place

2nd Runner up

3rd Place

congratulation to the monthly winner..
for the 1st place the prize is RM500
for the 2nd place the prize is RM300
for the 3rd place the prize is RM100

for detail you can check
so anyone interested to participated can send your check the weekly top 5 of NG superstar just click here...Carta Top 5 NG Superstar Untuk Minggu Ini

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

(MY107) Pregnancy, STDs on the Rise Again Among Teens

THURSDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Birth rates among U.S. teens increased in 2006 and 2007, following large declines from 1991 to 2005, according to a new U.S. government study.

It found that previously improving trends in teens' and young adults' sexual and reproductive health have flattened or may be worsening in some cases.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers analyzed national data from 2002-2007. Among their findings:

About one-third of adolescents hadn't received instruction on methods of birth control before age 18.
In 2004, there were about 745,000 pregnancies among females younger than age 20. This included an estimated 16,000 pregnancies among girls aged 10 to 14.
Syphilis cases among young people aged 15 to 24 have increased in both males and females in recent years.
In 2006, about one million young people aged 10 to 24 were reported to have chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis. Nearly one-quarter of females aged 15 to 19, and 45 percent of females aged 20 to 24 had a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection during 2003-2004.
From 1997 to 2006, rates of AIDS cases among males aged 15 to 24 increased.
In 2006, the majority of new diagnoses of HIV infection among young people occurred among males and those aged 20 to 24.
From 2004 to 2006, about 100,000 females aged 10 to 24 visited a hospital emergency department for nonfatal sexual assault, including 30,000 females aged 10 to 14.

"This report identifies a number of concerns regarding the sexual and reproductive health of our nation's young people," Janet Collins, director of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, said in a news release.

"It is disheartening that after years of improvement with respect to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, we now see signs that progress is stalling and many of these trends are going in the wrong direction," she said.

The study also identified a number of racial/ethnic disparities in the sexual and reproductive health of young Americans. For example, Hispanic teens aged 15 to 19 are much more likely to become pregnant (132.8 births per 1,000 females) than non-Hispanic blacks (128 per 1,000) and non-Hispanic whites (45.2 per 1,000). The study also found that non-Hispanic black youth in all age groups have the highest rates of new HIV and AIDS diagnoses.

The study appears in the July 17 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC

(MY106) World's largest telescope to be built in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Hawaii was chosen Tuesday as the site for the world's biggest telescope, a device so powerful that it will allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away and get a glimpse into the early years of the universe.

The telescope's mirror — stretching almost 100 feet in diameter, or nearly the length of a Boeing 737's wingspan — will be so large that it should be able to gather light that will have spent 13 billion years traveling to earth. This means astronomers looking into the telescope will be able to see images of the first stars and galaxies forming — some 400 million years after the Big Bang.

"It will sort of give us the history of the universe," Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. spokesman Charles Blue said.

The telescope, expected to be completed by 2018, will be located atop a dormant volcano that is popular with astronomers because its summit sits well above the clouds at 13,796 feet, offering a clear view of the sky above for 300 days a year.