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YOUNG girls in a remote Caribbean village are changing sex when they hit puberty.

A genetic disorder among kids in Salinas, in the Dominican Republic, means that 90% of girls born there grow a penis around the age of 12.

The condition is so common that the children are known as guevedoces, which literally translates to ‘penis at 12’. In medical terms, the children are known as pseudohermaphrodites.

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Being a pseudohermaphrodite in Salinas is so common that it is accepted as a third sex, alongside male and female.

The incredible village is the subject of a BBC2 series called Countdown to Life – the Extraordinary Making of You.

Johnny, 24, tells the show that although he is physically and biologically male, he was once known as Felicitia.

‘I remember I used to wear a little red dress,’ he told the show. ‘I was born at home instead of in a hospital. They didn’t know what sex I was.

‘I went to school and I used to wear my skirt. I never liked to dress as a girl, and when they bought me girl toys I never bothered playing with them. All I wanted to do was play with the boys.’

The rare disorder is caused by a missing enzyme, preventing the production of the male sex hormone dihydro-testosterone in the womb.

When babies with the condition are born, they appear to be female – but their testosterone flows at puberty, causing their voices to break and a male reproductive organ to grow.

BBC presenter Dr Michael Mosley said: ‘Guevedoces are sometimes called “machihembras”, meaning “first a woman, then a man”.

‘When they’re born they look like girls with no testes and what appears to be a vagina.

‘It is only when they near puberty that the penis grows, and testicles descend.’ – metro.co.uk

A Chinese Muslim revert woman made the best decision in her life when she decided to put on hold her plans to buy household supplies, instead, use up her husband and her savings to start a business.

Now, her iPhone accessories and spare parts business is booming, making between RM2,000 to RM4,000 a day.

Nurul Ain Teh Abdullah, 25, embraced Islam back in November 2015, when she married Helmi Haffizudin Suhaimi, 27.

They used up all their savings which amounted to RM30,000 to start their business, and now the returns in their shop in Jalan Cabang Tiga have soared to almost RM300,000.

“As we were newlyweds, our savings should have gone into buying household items so that we would be living more comfortably in our new lives.

“But we decided to put that on hold first and started our mobile phone spare parts business first. I stayed at my in-laws’ house first,” she told Harian Metro.

According to Nurul Ain, the decision turned out to be the best for the both of them as they received extraordinary support from their customers.

“We received amazing feedback from our customers, and we are now opening two new branches in Rusila, Marang and Gong Badak,” she revealed.

Nurul Ain also confessed that her decision to embrace Islam and marry a Malay guy had its detractors, and it forced her to work really hard to prove she made the right choice and prove everyone wrong.

“After getting married, I quit my job as a cashier in a supermarket in Kuala Lumpur, and moved here (Terengganu) with my husband.

“When I converted and moved here, people said that my life will be difficult and that I will be bound by the rules.

“That became the fire under my belly, and I strived to prove I can make it and change their minds,” said the 25-year-old.

Nurul Ain also added that her ability to speak Cantonese is an added advantage when dealing with suppliers from China.

“My ability to speak Cantonese fluently helped me to get suppliers for the spare parts and the best phone accessories from China, so we can sell it at a good price,” she stated.

Her husband also expressed his pride in his wife’s achievements and her drive in proving to everyone that she made the right move by marrying him.

“In one year, our business has grown so much that we started off with only two staff, but now we have nine staff,” Helmi remarked.

He also expressed confidence in becoming the number one dealer for mobile phone spare parts and accessories in Terengganu.

“We are confident that our strong relationship with dealers from China will help us achieve our dreams,” he said.-mD

Although Kuan Chee Heng has been actively helping the community for almost 14 years, the social activist, who’s better known as ‘Hero Malaya’ among Malaysian netizens, still feels overwhelmed witnessing some Malaysians sincerely helping each other despite their differences.

Known for his community work and good deeds, Kuan, shared a post on his social media account, on August 5, showing a series of photos of a poor Chinese boy, wearing only a pair of shorts, helping his mother hand wash their clothes.

Within only a minute of posting, Kuan received an immediate text message from a Malay woman, named Fauziah, who was willing to donate a great amount of money so Kuan could help the family to buy a proper washing machine.

In their discussion on WhatsApp, Kuan told Fauziah that a basic washing machine would cost RM600 but the kind-hearted woman then offered RM100 extra so the boy would have money to buy some detergents along with the new machine.

Overwhelmed by Fauziah’s help, Kuan posted an emotional message in his posting and shared his experience of helping the poor boy and his mother.

“When the Chinese were down-and-out, the Malays offer to help. When Malays in need of help, the Chinese and Indians bid their hands on helping them.

“Malaysians are crazy. We are not racist after all. Fauziah, you make me cry. Malaysia is so great,” Kuan expressed.

Following the generous donation, Kuan bought the family a Sharp washing machine which costs RM715. After two years of helping his mum doing laundry with his bare hands, the boy now can finally rest and start helping his mum in other ways.

Facebook / Kuan Chee Heng

Facebook/Kuan Chee Heng
Netizens could not help but feel overjoyed by Fauziah and Kuan’s help, thanking and congratulating the both of them, agreeing to Kuan’s comments that Malaysians are not racist after all.

Apart from mooting his 10sen services that include ambulance and taxi service, market and library – this year, Kuan launched a hotel that costs only RM1 per night where the poor can stay comfortably in.

We applaud the Hero Malaya’s efforts and hope his good deeds will inspire many more Malaysians to show their compassion and to stand united as a nation that helps others regardless of skin colour, race and religion. – mD

MECCA – Performing the haj can become complicated for female pilgrims when they are menstruating, but this doesn’t have to be the case, said Dr Anisah Abdul Ghani, one of Tabung Haji’s (TH) religious experts for this year’s haj season.

The former Fiqh lecturer at Universiti Malaya said Malaysian female pilgrims often become too anxious about their menstruation during haj.

“The only thing they are restricted from performing when menstruating is to circumambulate the Kaaba (tawaf), pray and read the Quran. The rest – to zikir and make doa in Mina and Arafah – is still permissible,” Anisah told Malaysian media here recently.

She said even if female pilgrims are on their period, there are still ways they can complete their haj, and this is discussed in detail in religious modules that pilgrims attend before haj.

Briefly, these may involve paying dam (the sacrificing of an animal), returning to do tawaf later, or to follow the practice of other schools of thought (madhhab).

“There are ways to still get the haj. There is no reason to get over-stressed on the issue of menstruation,” added Anisah, whose expertise is Islamic jurisprudence.

The other two religious experts for this year are Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, former director-general of Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim); and Datuk Noh Gadut, Majlis Agama Islam Johor (Maij) advisor.

Anisah said since obtaining haj is still possible for female pilgrims in spite of their menstruation, making the right intention (niat) is crucial and not to be taken lightly.

For example, there is the normal intention – “to perform haj and be in ihram” – and the conditional intention – “to perform haj and be in ihram, but if I menstruate, I am free from ihram”.

TH discourages female haj pilgrims from declaring conditional niat for haj, because if they menstruate on the Day of Arafah (Wukuf), they are automatically no longer in ihram and will not get their haj this year.

Similarly, some pilgrims are influenced by others and change their intention on the type of haj they wish to perform, from what they originally intended, which will have consequences.

For instance, those who choose haj Tamattu’ perform Umrah first, and are then free from ihram until it is time to head for Arafah, when they will make another intention for haj.

For the other types of haj (Ifrad and Qiran), the pilgrims are in a state of ihram much longer – from first arriving in Mecca until Wukuf – and therefore, it is a greater challenge to avoid the prescribed restrictions during that period.

“That’s why we tell the pilgrims to think carefully about their ‘niat’. This is not a small matter,” Anisah added. -NST

ACCORDING to the World Health Organization (WHO), millions of children, especially in developing countries, die each year because of infectious diseases.

If not treated properly, the illnesses could spread and lead to a higher mortality rate, said medical nurse, Noor Dzameera Dhohir.

Therefore, parents are advised to provide their children with complete immunization so that their
body can produce antibodies and sufficient protection.

“Immunization is important to fight viral dan bacterial infections, especially against measles or
chicken pox,” says Dzameera who has a wide experience as a nurse for over a decade.

Babies who are below the age of 1 and have not received the MMR (mumps measless rubella)
vaccination are usually more proned to contract this disease.

Among the symptoms of a measles-infected baby are high fevers of 38 °C and above, inflamed eyes
and reddish spots or rashes on the skin.

“As a result, babies who are infected by measles will usually feel uncomfortable and dehydrated
because of lack of food and fluid.

“Moreover, in a more critical cases, the infant would experience an epileptic fit,” explains Dzameera.

Usually, suspected babies will be brought to a specialist consultation before being quarantined or isolated to receive home care, as to prevent the disease from infecting others.

Vaccination does not limit to measles only, but also many other infectious diseases.

The compulsory vaccine shots that should be given to children are Bacillus Calmette-Guèrin or BCG to prevent tuberculosis (TB), Dtap-IPV for protection against diphteria and hepatitis B.

Though vaccinations are required to ensure the children are in their top form, there are still some parents that refuse to provide immunizations for their children because of various issues.

Therefore, whenever such situation arises, parents will be advised by the health clinic on the
importance of vaccinations for their children, says Dzameera.

“If parents are still firm in their stand, we will refer to the doctor to organize a counselling session to persuade them to provide proper immunization to their children,” adds Dzameera.

It is in the parents hands to ensure their children gets  immunization and MMR as it is safe.

If your children are exposed to an individual who are infected by measles and have not yet received immunization, please take them to see the doctor.

By providing vaccines at a certain time period, your children may be safe from dangerous infectious diseases such as this. #LENGKAPKANIMUNISASI #JANGANLUPACUCUK -MYNEWSHUB.CC

GEORGE TOWN – Despite being in their 80s, the famous Lim sisters who sell curry mee in Air Itam are not showing any signs of slowing down, let alone retiring.

In their little shed, tucked away from the main street of the Air Itam market, the two octogenarians are still working tirelessly, as they have been since 1946!

A visit on Wednesday found Kooi Lye, 83, seated on a plastic stool busily churning out bowls of curry mee, with the ingredients all within arm’s length, while her elder sister Kooi Heang, 85, sat on a rattan chair as she took orders.

Asked about retiring, the elder sister smiled and shook her head, saying without hesitation that “as long as we can do it, we will continue”.

The sisters, who never married, have made a name for themselves as “living heritage” who still serve curry mee cooked over a charcoal stove.

Diners still use the low wooden stools and eat facing them, with their hands cradling their ceramic bowls.

The sisters said they started out by helping their mum with the business when they were young.

“We only went to school for a few years. Then the Japanese arrived, and our schooling was stopped, so we helped our mum.

“We were very young then, and our curry mee was just 20 sen a bowl, and customers sat on our stools just like today,” she said with a twinkle in her eye as she reminisced about an era gone by.

Their stall opens at 7.30am, and their curry mee usually sells out by 1pm.

She said they would wake up at 4.30am to prepare the ingredients, and sleep late at night as they have to do cleaning up, as well as prepare the chilli paste and curried cuttlefish for next day’s sales.

This has been their routine for almost all their lives, with Tuesday being their only day of rest.

Despite weathering hardship for decades, the humble sisters are still a cheery pair, warmly greeting every customer as they serve them.

Their grandniece Ong May May, 27, said she has been gradually picking up the skills to prepare the curry mee to ensure the culinary tradition survives. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has the lowest proportion of senior business roles
held by women in ASEAN, according to a latest report by Grant Thornton.

The 2017 International Business Report (IBR), a survey conducted between
October-December in 2016, revealed that only 24 per cent of senior business
roles were held by women in Malaysia, down from 26 per cent recorded in the 2016

Meanwhile, 34 per cent of businesses here have no women in senior
management, up from 31 per cent previously.

The annual survey highlighted that Indonesia had the highest proportion of
senior business roles held by women (46 per cent) followed by Philippines (40
per cent), Thailand (31 per cent) and Singapore (30 per cent).

Grant Thornton Malaysia Country Managing Partner Datuk NK Jasani said
while businesses across ASEAN have increased the proportion of senior roles held
by women, Malaysia was still only half-way there.

“This is a real concern for business growth as it suggests we are not
maximising the potential out there.

“Diversity will be key to their success and those that remain closed are
putting themselves at risk of not tapping their full potential and losing
access to diversity of thinking,” he added.

Most women around the world would prefer to be working at paid jobs, and nearly as many men agree with them, even in regions with traditionally fewer women in the workforce, according to research released on Tuesday (March 7).

Only a third of women and men would prefer to see women stay at home, said the report by the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) and US polling organization Gallup.

Half of the world’s working age women participate in the labour market, compared with three-quarters of men, the ILO said.

Those levels vary by region, with only a quarter or less of women in the workforce in South Asia, North Africa and Arab states.

The research, based on interviews in 2016 with almost 149,000 adults in 142 countries and territories, was aimed at understanding the factors affecting women’s participation in the labour force.

“Against the backdrop of the significant progress women have made in the world of work, there is much yet to accomplish,” the report said. “Over the decades, the benefits that women’s economic empowerment brings to individuals, families and societies as a whole have become clear, and yet gender equality has not been achieved anywhere.”

Worldwide, 70 per cent of women and 66 per cent of men would prefer that women work at paid jobs, it said.

Even where women are less present in the workforce, 57 per cent of men in North Africa and 52 per cent of men in Arab states said they would prefer to see women in paid work as well as working to care for their families.

The gender wage gap globally was estimated at 23 per cent, meaning on average women earn 77 per cent of what men earn, according to ILO data.

The research found the pay gap is unrelated to a country’s level of economic development and cannot be explained by differences in education, experience, age or career breaks.

It attributed the gap instead to “pervasive discrimination – conscious or unconscious – against women.”

Balancing work and family was cited as the biggest challenge in developed and emerging economies, and unfair treatment at work the biggest concern in developing economies.

The findings could help governments, employers and workers’ organisations keen to tap into women’s talent, the report said, calling for training for women and raising men’s awareness about the benefits of an increased household income. – Reuters

So hungry you could eat a horse? You probably shouldn’t. But that’s not the only thing you shouldn’t eat when you’re ravenous.

Studies have shown that leaving too much time between meals, or skipping meals entirely, can make us more likely to overeat and indulge in high-energy snacks. The result is usually bad news for your belly.

Although we don’t recommend skipping out on a snack, thinking it’s OK to eat any food that appears in front of your face is another serious mistake. Eating or drinking these foods and beverages will not only leave you feeling hungry, but some may also rev up your hunger, and others can irritate your empty stomach. If any of these foods appear in the wild, pass and look for one of these 10 Best Things to Eat When You’re Starving instead.

1. Chips

Ever wonder why you can feel completely stuffed after dinner and then manage to finish dessert? It’s due to a phenomenon known as sensory-specific satiety, which is the tendency to fill up on one flavour of food, but only feel like you’ve satisfied that one part of your stomach. As a result, your appetite persists and you still feel hungry for other types of food. That’s exactly what happens when you indulge in salty snacks like chips. Your body feels full on the salt front, but it still craves the sugar and glucose that it needs for energy. And you’re left still hungry.

2. Orange Juice

Orange juice fails in three ways when it comes to satisfying your hunger. For starters, a recent study in the journal Nature found liquid carbs to be 17 percent less filling compared with solid carbs. So, as a general rule, you’re better off eating something if you’re trying to satisfy your hunger than drinking something. Secondly, juices are devoid of any fibre—the macronutrient that helps to slow your body’s digestion of simple sugars. As a result, drinking juice will spike your blood sugar, leading to a short-lived satisfaction and devastating crash that leaves you hungrier. Finally, oranges are highly acidic, “so they can cause heartburn or make acid reflux symptoms worse, especially when consumed on an empty stomach,” explains Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

3. Spicy Foods

Kicking up the heat on an empty stomach is a recipe for an irritated digestive system. Your stomach naturally increases production of digestive stomach acids in anticipation of a meal. When you eat spicy foods, it can irritate your stomach lining. Sorry, but you may have to put Wing Night Wednesday on hold if you had to skip lunch.

4. Coffee

You might think to reach for a cuppa because you’ve heard caffeinated beverages are appetite suppressants, but it’s not your best bet. Coffee causes your stomach to produce even more acid when you drink it, which will increase the amount of inflammation in your stomach lining. It can also result in feelings of discomfort, bloat, and nausea.

5. Rice Cakes

They’re crunchy and make you feel like you’re eating air, but rice cakes won’t do much for you nutritionally or in terms of increasing satiety. This simple-carb snack ranks notoriously high on the glycemic index (GI) — a measure of how quickly blood rises in response to food on a scale of one to 100. And rice cakes come in at 82. High GI foods provide a rush of energy, which may help tide you over if you’re about to eat a meal, but ultimately cause excessive hunger and increased activity in craving and reward area of the brain, according to researchers at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. It’s the perfect storm for overeating and weight gain.

6. Diet Soda

No, it won’t even be good to “tide you over” until your next meal. “Diet” drinks or any snack that’s sweetened with artificial sweeteners will likely play no role in helping to rid your body of its hunger pangs. Artificial sweeteners—such as aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose, and saccharin—have been scientifically shown to trigger your sweet receptors, make your body think you’re about to get sweet energy, and rev hunger with no reward.

7. Cheese

When you feel hungry, it’s likely because your body is experiencing low blood sugar levels and needs a jolt of energy. The best way to get this is by consuming something with carbs (which break down into glucose), but also food with fiber and protein to help you sustain these energy levels longer. Unfortunately, not only is cheese seriously lacking in any carbs that will help fuel your brain and decrease feelings of hunger, but Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, explains that it’s one food that makes you hungrier. “Cheese is full of protein compounds called casomorphins, which cause an opiate-like addictive response when eaten,” she tells us. Combined with its high amount of salt, eating cheese will just make you crave more and more of it.

8. Gum

“Many [people] try chewing gum to take their mind off eating food. Unfortunately, this trick doesn’t usually work,” comments Lisa Hayim, MS, RD. “The chewing action actually tricks your body that food is coming down,” she explains, which results in your stomach initiating the preparation of gastric juices. But when no food comes down, your stomach really begins to churn and grumble, which can cause pain and making you more conscious of your need to eat.

9. Sushi

Have you ever gone out for a sushi dinner only to stop by a pizza place on your way home? Sushi is one of the worst choices to make when you’re hungry for two reasons: One is that it’s primarily make up of white rice, which is highly refined, devoid of any satiating fiber, and thus rapidly digested. And two is that you likely dip your roll in super salty soy sauce. High-sodium foods cause you to feel thirsty and becuase thirst is often mistaken for hunger (it’s one of the 30 Reasons You’re Always Hungry), you’re likely going to feel even hungrier after eating.

10. 100-Calorie Packs

They sound like the perfectly portioned snacks, but don’t fall prey to false advertising. A 2016 study published in the journal Food Science and Nutrition discovered that calories consumed doesn’t always predict satiety. In other words, your stomach doesn’t feel full just because you ate a certain number of calories. Therefore, reaching for a tiny packet of cookies won’t always fill you up—and may actually make you eat more. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that dieters perceived small snacks in small packages as diet-friendly and ended up eating multiple packets and more calories overall than when given a regular-size package.

With the launch of its new primers and setting sprays earlier this year, the Urban Decay team made it clear that they were placing a new emphasis on skin health and clarity. However, a recent post to Instagram proved that they’re really concerned about your complexion, because they’re about to launch an all-new line of skin care formulas.

“We’re taking makeup prep one step further,” the Instagram caption said. “It all starts with Rehab Makeup Prep — an exciting new lineup of products that scrub, cleanse, revitalize, and hydrate — and ends with Meltdown Makeup Remover to easily remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. Put it on perfectly, take it off totally.”

From what we can gather from this one image, there will be a minimum of six products in the Urban Decay Rehab Prep range. There’s Lip Love (likely a balm) and Pore Refining Peel (which peels off to reveal fresh skin). There’s also Hot Springs Hydrating Gel, Pretty Gritty Skin Polish (an exfoliator, obvs), as well as the two products we’re most looking forward to: Oxygenated Bubble Mask and Moisture Layer Eye Roller.

If you scroll through the Instagram gallery, you’ll see that there’s also a Meltdown Makeup Remover line, which consists of a Dissolving Spray, Cleansing Oil Stick, and — perfect for removing longwear lipstick — a Lip Oil Stick