MALAYSIANS have to seriously decide how they wish to develop as a society and as a people. They can choose to become an enlightened society which is far-sighted and mature, or one that is retrogressive and emotional. They can match the country’s rapid infrastructural development with a dynamic mind-set, or remain within the narrow confines of parochial insecurities. They can persist in circular political negativism, or opt to build a fresh optimism to face new challenges with positive affirmations. One measure of a progressive and stable nation is the economic inroads it makes towards becoming fully industrialised. The civilisation it aspires to build will be defined and described by the great feats of human endeavour in planning and executing a successful economic model. Visibly outstanding will be its industries, technology and innovations. The people will enjoy a high standard of living with up-to-date amenities that ensure ease of living. Disparities in socio-economic levels … [Read more...] about Time for people’s positive affirmations to ring loud
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MANILA, Philippines — American lifestyle and media mogul Martha Stewart imparted a handful of lessons on success, leadership and life during the latest leg of the ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel’s Leadership Series. Proud to call herself a “neat freak” and a “perfectionist,” Martha built an empire out of her love for all things home and living — from cooking, entertaining, gardening, to decorating, organizing and crafting. After starting her career as a stockbroker, she had a flourishing home-based catering venture, before eventually going into publishing with bestsellers like Entertaining, Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, Martha Stewart’s Homemaking Handbook, and the magazine Martha Stewart Living, which spawned her own TV show. Martha went on to establish the media and merchandising company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and when it went public in 1999, she became “America’s first self-made female … [Read more...] about Martha Stewart: Lessons on life, leadership & success
The rodents had made their way up to the second floor via the roof, and destroyed her prize plants, gnawing the stems and leaves to pieces. “Why did the rats come to my verandah?” she thought. If there are remains, either in the house or outside, rats will come. They can soon infest a small space like a verandah overnight, as she discovered, climbing over pipes and verandah roofs to get to the dish or rice left outside. “Although everyone sees them out on the street, it has never been this bad before. I think they have become bigger and more bountiful,” Daw Htike, aged 74, told The Myanmar Times. Rats-a-plenty in Yangon The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that there are about five million rats in Yangon, which is a terrifying number. These figures are just estimates, but it’s almost the same as the city’s human population. Rats tend to thrive in environments with poor hygiene standards, and as a result carry harmful bacteria. … [Read more...] about Working hard to reduce the rodent problem
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?