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Malaysia got talents, but they stay in overseas.

Cheong Choon Ng and his wife.

Cheng Choon Ng and his wife.

The rainbow loom inventor, Cheong Choon Ng is ex-Malaysian who emigrated to USA for greener pasture. He is a multimillionaire through his new invention in less than three years.


Nutrition >>>

Gluten-Free Diets? Research Says it Contains No Nutrition!

gluten free food

By Sarah Thomas

Glutten free diets have become very popular these days because of the belief that they have a lot of health benefits. However, a University of Florida nutrition expert said that it would be quite surprising to note that none of these beliefs have any scientific base and are not supported by research.

Karla Shelnutt, a UF assistant professor in family, youth and community sciences stated that about 1 percent of the US population which accounts to those suffering from celiac disease are required to follow the gluten-free diet as it’s the only treatment for their condition. But what most people are unaware of is that the diet does not contain essential nutrients that have to be substituted with a multivitamin supplement.

“If I’m a college student, and I want to lose weight, and I read on the Internet that a gluten-free diet is the way to go, I may start avoiding products that contain essential nutrients such as those found in cereal grains fortified with folic acid,” Shelnutt said.

The problem she states is that many healthy women go in for gluten free diets thinking it would make them healthier and would aid in weight loss. There is also a belief that it would give you healthier skin.

According to the statistics provided by Mintel, a market research company, the Gluten free food and beverages has grown tremendously. The 10.5$ billion industry has grown 44 percent from 2011-13 and this is due to the rise in celiac disease cases and an awareness of gluten free foods in the market. Mintel estimates sales will top $15 billion in 2016.

Caroline Dunn, Shelnutt’s doctoral students was curious to find out the impact, the gluten free labelling had on the consumer’s perception of the foods’ taste and nutrition. She conducted a one day experiment on the UF campus in Gainesville in February. 97 people ate the cookies and chips, all gluten free but only half were labelled gluten free and the other half was labelled “conventional.” The findings are published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Participants were then given a questionnaire to fill and were asked to rate each food on a scale of nine. She found that nearly one third of the participants perceived gluten free food as healthier than those labelled conventional.

Health experts state that gluten free food is not better than conventional products except for those suffering from celiac diseases. Shelnutt said the experiment gives researchers insight into how the public views gluten-free foods.

More than half of the participants believed that gluten free foods helped cure medical conditions and about 32 and 32 percent believed it to aid weight loss and improve overall health respectively.

Celiac disease is a condition that can damage the lining of the small intestine, gluten free food is prescribed to them as gluten is a protein found in grains that they must not consume.

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Sunset at Tanjung Mas Muar

tanjung Mas sunset view

tanjung Mas sunset

International Affairs >>>

The rapist and murderer of Indonesian Chinese lost in Indonesian presidential election


Ex-general withdraws from election

Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto hold banners in a protest Jakarta. (AP)

Former Indonesian general Prabowo Subianto has rejected the presidential election process as “unfair” and has withdrawn from the contest as nearly complete results showed his opponent leading with 52% of the vote.

The announcement came as the Election Commission was finalising the tally of the July 9 election and preparing to declare a winner. Thousands of policemen were deployed around the commission’s building in Jakarta to maintain security after a particularly nasty presidential campaign.

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, nicknamed “Jokowi” and known for his common man image, has maintained a slim lead of about four percentage points in unofficial “quick counts” by polling agencies released after the election.

But Mr Subianto, who has declared assets of 140 million US dollars (£82m) and is on his third bid for the presidency, has repeatedly claimed that polling firms with links to his campaign showed he was ahead.

After meeting with leaders of his coalition parties, he declared that there was massive fraud during the election and that it was undemocratic.

“We reject the 2014 presidential election which is unlawful and therefore we withdraw from the ongoing process,” Mr Subianto said. He ordered his witnesses to leave the commission building where the officials were counting votes from the final five provinces.

The presidential campaign was Indonesia’s ugliest since the Muslim majority country of 240 million emerged from the long and brutal Suharto dictatorship 16 years ago.

Supporters of both men used social media for personal attacks, and Mr Subianto’s supporters led a smear campaign against Mr Widodo, spreading unfounded rumours that he is not a Muslim.

Mr Widodo, a former furniture maker, is widely seen as untainted by the often-corrupt military and business elite that have run Indonesia for decades. He likes to wear casual plaid shirts, listen to heavy metal music and make impromptu visits to the slums.

Some 190 million people were eligible to cast ballots to choose the next president for a five-year term. It takes about two weeks to collect and tabulate votes from nearly a half-million polling stations across the country’s 33 provinces.

Transportation >>>

MAS airlines plane down again

MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian terrorists.

People stand next to the wrecked undercarriage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was carrying 295 people. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty

People stand next to the wrecked undercarriage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was carrying 295 people. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty

Nothing I can say except condolences to the families of victims in the plane.

Two MAS 777 planes were down in less than six months is a national tragedy.

The MAS plane was intentionally shot down by Russian military to retaliate Malaysia air forces loaned the Su-30MK jet fighters to US air forces for sparring?