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The human body is capable of miraculous things, and this one case is no exception.

Doctors at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu managed to operate and deliver a healthy baby girl while her 33-year-old mother is still in a coma.

Harian Metro reported that doctors performed a caesarian operation on the housewife on Jan 15.

Nor Laila Razak, from Kampung Tengah, Merang Setiu, fell into a coma October last year due to encephalitis when she was five months’ pregnant and was placed under close supervision at the intensive care unit.

Her husband, Rusili Usof, 35, said he was ecstatic with the arrival of his daughter Noor Shafikah and commended doctors for their effort in saving her life despite his wife’s condition.

“She is a bit underweight, but is healthy and was discharged from the hospital on Sunday.

“But I am sad for my wife who is still in a coma,” he said.

Rusili, a fisherman, said his mother would care for the infant but he would continue travelling some 90km by motorcycle every day to visit his wife at the hospital.

He said he has yet to receive welfare aid although he has applied for it months ago.MYNEWSHUB.CC

About 20 staff members of BernamaTV (BTV), the broadcasting arm of the country’s official newswire agency, are now on mandatory leave after going for more than a month without being paid their wages.

A source from within BTV told Malaysiakini – under the condition of anonymity – that he had not been to work since this past Monday, as he could no longer afford the commute to the office.

The last paycheque these staff members received was on October 20, and they have yet be paid their salaries for work in November.

“I’ve got enough money to take care of the wife and kids, but not to go to and from work,” said the anonymous source.

The unpaid BTV staff range in portfolios from reporters, to assistant producers, to studio crew members.

Another employee griped about the situation thusly: “First they said we’d get paid this week, then they push it forward to next week.”

BTV editor-in-chief Zulkefli Salleh admitted to Malaysiakini that there ahve been some “delays” in paying out salaries to several staff members, and that the issue would be sorted out as soon as possible.

“We’ve already banked in the initial payment, and the full salaries will be deposited by next week,” he said.

The majority of BTV staff are employed by Bernama TV Synergy Sdn Bhd, a fully private company. Another 25 BTV staff members are public servants employed by the parent Bernama news agency, and have had no issues with their salary payments.

This is not the first time BTV has been late with paying out its employees. Wages were slow in coming in July, August, and September as well.

In October, Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek stepped in and promised to address and resolve the issue by year’s end.

He said the issue of late salary payments stemed from the callous attitude of the station’s private stockholders, and the lack of advertising revenue.

His deputy, Jailani Johari, announced in Parliament that BTV would be getting an injection of RM20 million to facilitate technical upgrading.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry also plans to convert BTV’s format and turn it into a fully English-medium channel by next year.MYNEWSHUB

KUALA LUMPUR: Google Inc today unveiled its special Mokhtar Dahari 61st Birthday doodle on its website in conjunction with legendary national footballer’s birthday.

The doodle titled “Mokhtar Dahari 61st Birthday” which went online at midnight, portrayed an image of the footballer in national kit on a banner hanging from a stadium.

Born in Setapak, Selangor, the late Super Mokh as he was fondly known, attended school at Victoria Institute and firstly represented Selangor in Burnley Youth Club.

In his first season, Super Mokh was the top scorer and went on to score a staggering 197 goals in 388 appearances for Selangor between 1972 till 1988. He quit halfway and came out of retirement in 1987.

Known for his speed and devastating finishing, Super Mokh represented the national team at the tender age of 19. He played for the national team from 1972 till 1985 with 137 appearances, scoring 125 goals.

Fans who idolised him, would recall how he once scored a goal from half way line in a 1-1 draw against England B in 1978. Whenever he played, chants of SuperMokh would emblazon the stadiums.

After struggling with injuries, SuperMokh turned to coaching youths while coaching Kwong Yik Bank football team.

Super Mokh was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and sought treatment in London. After battling the disease, he passed away on July 11, 1991 at Subang Jaya Medical Centre.

This is not the first time a Malaysian-themed doodle was featured on Google website, as previously featured doodle included 2013 General Elections, the late Yasmin Ahmad’s birthday, the 57th Merdeka Day celebration and most recently the 51st Malaysia Day celebration.-NST

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malay group accused AmBank Holdings Bhd (AMMB) of conspiring with a US-based insurance firm to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and agendas among Muslims here,today.

The claim was made by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah, after AMMB chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim had announced a partnership with Metlife International Holdings Incorporated (Metlife) in December last year, which he said involved AmBank insurance subsidiaries AmLife and AmFamily Takaful Berhad.

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“MetLife is an insurance company which has unabashedly promoted and supported the LGBT lifestyle and which is stated in AmLife’s news bulletin published in April 2014.”.

“On the last page of the news bulletin, it is stated that MetLife has received the award for ‘best places to work for LGBT 2013’ through a 2013 human rights campaign,” he told reporters at a news conference here.

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Azwanddin then showed photocopies of the said news bulletin, claiming this showed “an evil agenda” to provoke and secretly introduce cultures and teachings which went against the Islamic teachings.”

“We are calling for a nationwide boycott, and we are urging Bank Negara to consider revoking (Ambank’s) Islamic Takaful licence,” he added.

Azwanddin added JMM would be distributing one million flyers to alert the public on the issue and to launch the boycott if the company failed to issue a clarification statement.MYNEWSHUB

 

(Warning: NSFW Content)

Kim Kardashian is no stranger to showing off her assets on display, from the first exposure on her hugely successful home made sex tape, her Playboy spread and now, the 31-year-old has bagged herself a nude cover on the Christmas issue of Paper magazine.

In effort to #BreakTheInternet, the reality star’s ample booty appears to be glossier than usual.

“For our winter issue, we gave ourselves one assignment: Break The Internet. There is no other person that we can think of who is up to the task than one Kim Kardashian West. A pop culture fascination able to generate headlines just by leaving her house, Kim is what makes the web tick,” PAPER’s introduction to the photos reads.

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On Twitter, Mrs. Kanye West shares her thoughts on the cover, posting a tongue-in-cheek quote:

“And they say I didn’t have a talent…try balancing a champagne glass on your ass LOL #BreakTheInternet #PaperMagazine,” she tweeted.

Her husband Kanye West ,of course,offered exactly the type of comment you’d expect from the man who partners with Kim in all things self-aggrandizing. He tweeted merely “#ALLDAY” to instant reactions from fans and jealous males across the globe.MYNEWSHUB

 

 

If you aren’t quite sure what speculoos are: they’re these crunchy cinnamon cookies popular in the Netherlands, usually paired with a hot cup of tea. And as if that doesn’t sound tasty enough, the genius folks in Europe decided that it was a good idea to make a spreadable concoction–not unlike peanut butter– out of the grind-up cookies. This is where my insatiable appetite for some speculoos cookie spread starts to overpower me.

These cookie butters are no underground treat sold by a secret society your great-grand-uncle was a lifelong member of. You can easily purchase it at Jaya Grocer, Cold Storage or Ben’s Independent Grocer in Publika,Dutamas.

At RM15 a pop (the cheapest), I thought, why not make my own? I have basically all the ingredients sitting readily at home, and I got all this free time. So I started scouring the mountains and highlands of the Internet, found a few recipes, experimented with all of them before discovering my favourite of them all.

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And I didn’t even use a decent Belgian brand, or the ‘biscoff’ kind as known to the Brits, which purists out there will kill me if they found out. I used a regular, cinnamon and lemon tinged cookies bought in IKEA. But boy, it turned out scrumptious!

You can use any cookie you like, this is a recipe where creativity and imagination is expected to roam free. Try different flavour combinations, like Oreos and nuts, chocolate chip cookie and hazelnut, or if you’re a hardcore Malaysian, a Milo and Marie biscuit butter sounds pretty good. Keep exploring; sooner or later, you’ll find your BCBF (Best Cookie Butter Forever) for life.

Ingredients

1 pack/2 cups speculoos cookies (or choose your favourite biscuit)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (150ml)
1/2 can full fat coconut milk (200 ml/200 g)
3 tbsp. unsalted butter (60 g)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Grind the cookies together with the brown sugar in a food processor until you get fine crumbs.
  2. Add the coconut milk and blend for a few minutes, scraping sides with a spatula if necessary, until the cookies are fully mixed in.
  3. Melt the vegetable shortening and add to the mixture along with the lemon juice and cinnamon.
  4. Blend until completely uniform, transfer to a jar, and store in the fridge.

Here is a tip on how to best enjoy Speculoos spread: my favourite way is by the spoonful. You just dig right in and enjoy the velvety texture glides down the throat. It is also great to spread on crepes, pancakes, and waffles, and as a dip for apples.MYNEWSHUB

 

Ashraf Sinclair may be under the radar here on our shores, but he has made quite a name for himself in Indonesia, even snapped up a gorgeous local singer-actress Bunga Cinta Lestari (BCL) as his lawfully wedded wife back in 2008.

But that does not stop his Malaysian fans from stalking him on social media,ready to judge his every move. Recently, the 33-year-old set tongues wagging when he uploaded pictures of him and Bunga renewing their wedding vows.

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A vow renewal ceremony is a special way to declare your continuing commitment to your spouse before family and friends, made popular by the Italians before adopted by Americans since the 1950s.

This is where the brickbats flood in. Fans argued that in the Islamic religion, one only required to utter the marriage vow once during the akad nikah ceremony and that the ceremony closely mimic the Western tradition.

Some observers even went up to the point of questioning the couple’s faith, skeptical on Ashraf and Bunga decision to imitate a Christian practice.

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The vow renewal ceremony has an avid following among celebrities in Hollywood. However, it does not guarantee ‘happily ever after’, as proved by Kris and Bruce Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame. The couple renewed their promises together at a lavish ceremony in the Polynesian islands of Bora Bora, but even the theatrics couldn’t prepare them for the fate that would befall on them: they divorced two years later.

Who knows, maybe the ceremony between Ashraf and BCL was not religious in any way and were made to celebrate their marriage? As a loving husband and a doting dad, Ashraf once told the Malaysian media at a press conference for LUX Fine Fragrances, in which his wife was an ambassadress.

“My wife, Bunga and I promised each other that we would always work on our relationship even after our marriage. We don’t want it to become boring,” comments Ashraf on the importance of keeping romance alive in a marriage. “We don’t want to lose that spark.”MYNEWSHUB

 

You’ve heard the old saying: Skin is a window into our overall health. What happens on skin’s surface—dryness, breakouts, wrinkles—can be a symptom of what’s going on in your bod, be it inflammation, hormonal changes, or nutritional issues. Treat skin from the inside and you’ll reap some great outer rewards, too.

Eat, Drink, Glow
The only cleanse your skin needs is the one you do at your bathroom sink. Load up on anti-inflammatory foods such as walnuts, salmon, or antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits like broccoli and berries.

Increase your water intake, too. Skin cells don’t function optimally under dehydrated conditions. Sipping isn’t the only way to get your H2O: Cauliflower is 92 percent water, and cucumber has even more, plus a dose of vitamin K, which may help reduce broken capillaries.

Pop the Right Pills
In a perfect world, we eat healthy all the time. But because we’re only human, sometimes we tend to binge-eat and load ourselves up with junk. Therefore, to make sure that we’ll get enough nutrition, consider these three daily supplements. The first is a probiotic—good bacteria that help balance the microorganisms in your digestive system, which makes for happy skin. Remember to take the supplement on an empty stomach!

The other two are omega-3 EPA (fish oil) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid found in black currant and borage seed oils. These anti-inflammatories also strengthen skin’s barrier, keeping moisture in and irritants out. Take 600 milligrams of EPA and 70 milligrams of GLA daily.

Take a Nap
Poor sleep has been linked to the shortening of telomeres, protective structures that surround your DNA. Research suggests that the longer your telomeres, the longer the visible signs of ageing stay away. Plus, a sleepy body pumps out less human growth hormone, which helps keep skin plump. Need assistance falling asleep? Try sniffing calming lavender.MYNEWSHUB

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of  the viral video 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman by Hollaback, an organization that wishes to eradicate street harassment, intimidation, and catcalling of woman around the globe.

The video featured a young woman walking around Manhattan for 10 hours all the while being harassed by men, whistled at, and even forced into conversation with a man who, for a consistent 5 minutes, insisted on having her number. And what was this woman wearing? A t-shirt and jeans.

In response to this viral video, Karim Metwaly from “Are We Famous Now” released a video comparing two situations of a woman walking through NYC for 5 hours: one wearing pants and t-shirt, and another wearing the hijab and a full black jubah.

Although it is true that no vulgar comments were addressed to the women later dressed in the hijab and jubah, this video gives out the wrong message. Metwaly essentially states the notion that women must cover themselves up from head to toe in order to be free from harassment and cat-calling.

Karim Metwaly’s video presents the hijab as some sort of an effective bullet-proof protection for a woman. Something that will guard her from street harassment; thus leaving those who choose not to wear the hijab vulnerable to prejudice and discrimination.However, where do we draw the line between self-control and freedom?

Women, from all races, religions, and ethnic backgrounds, have the right to be respected, regardless of what they choose to wear or the status they hold in society.MYNEWSHUB

The achievements of Malaysian women need to be celebrated so that they can inspire the next generation of females to strive for greater success.

This was the resounding theme for the inaugural Malaysian Women of Excellence Awards 2014 held by Event Port Sdn Bhd – an organisation under education provider Learning Port Sdn Bhd that aims to build a strong network of high-achieving women – to honour the nation’s women who are successful in their fields.

AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Aireen Omar, who was among the award recipients at the ceremony here on Monday night, said the recognition would help women become aware that their contributions to the country did not go unnoticed.

“It will be an encouragement for women to ensure that they continue to do their best,” said Aireen.

Another recipient, the Actors Studio co-founder Datuk Faridah Merican, said she was moved to be nominated because achievement in the performing arts did not receive as much attention as other fields.

Faridah noted that women were, however, well-represented in the performing arts in the country.

“Women are doing well in the arts and we do not feel as though men are putting us under their thumbs,” she said.

In his opening speech at the event, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor acknowledged the struggle that women worldwide were still facing on the path to success, including battling stereotypes ingrained in many cultures.

“Women need to fight every single day to break this undeserved mentality and challenge people to accept their capabilities,” he said, adding that the Government must improve on women’s representation in society, especially in the work force.

Other recipients of the award included Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and singer-entrepreneur Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin.

Also present were Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, AirAsia X chairman and former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz as well as the ambassadors from Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and Mexico.-The Star/Image credit: BERNAMA