February 4, 2010
According to FP, A distinguished Pakistani diplomat, Akbar Zeb, could not receive accreditation as Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Not because of his credentials but because of his name which translates to “Biggest dick” in Arabic: Direct from FP,
“In Saudi Arabia, size does count.
A high level Pakistani diplomat has been rejected as Ambassador of Saudi Arabia because his name, Akbar Zib, equates to “Biggest Dick” in Arabic. Saudi officials, apparently overwhelmed by the idea of the name, put their foot down and gave the idea of his being posted there, the kibosh.”
Oh, man! Who can he blame? It’s all because of we “Mankind” decided to build the Tower of Babel.
January 27, 2010
According to CBC News, Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc is evaluating a request by some of orthopedic doctors that they be reimbursed $704 per day by the province for volunteer work in devastated Haiti where thousands of thousands people were killed from massive earthquake.
The vice-president Dr. Louis Bellemare for the Quebec’s association of orthopedists said…
“The doctors who are in Haiti will stay, regardless of whether the government agrees to reimburse them,… But if they were paid the $704 base fee they normally receive in Quebec, they might stay longer and more doctors might decide they could afford to go, he added.”
Isn’t it clear matter to everyone that if they were ORDERED, like Canadian Forces and search-and-rescue teams, to go down to Haiti by the government then they should be paid. If they VOLUNTEERED to go without being asked they should not be paid.
Comments section are flooding with angers on these doctors and some comments are even escalating this issue to the Quebec bashing level.
And this comments highlighted me
“For $700 a day, I’d “Quebec volunteer” anywhere on this planet under whatever conditions were required by me.”
January 20, 2010
It’s been a week after a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
The extent of the devastation is still unclear but there are fears thousands of people may have died. Local and foreign authorities even estimated that up to 200,000 people might have died, with even more injured and 1.5 million homeless.
Reports saying, despite the arrival of thousands of foreign troops and aid, Haitian still can’t get enough food and water to the hungry and thirsty one week after an earthquake shattered Haiti’s capital. Reports are also saying that the airport remains a bottleneck, the port is a shambles. The Haitian government is invisible, nobody has taken firm charge, and the police have largely given up. As days go by, there are fears and violence unrest may become widespread and the looters who are starting to attack for anything they can get their hands on.
Nevertheless, International Search and Rescue Teams are still working hard through the capital city Port-au-Prince to rescue victims trapped under piles of concrete and debris even though time is running out for those buried by the quake.
At this moment, millions people around the world would praying for “little miracle“. One small miracle at a time, gives many Haitian hope.
Let’s keep praying for Haiti! And there are many different ways to make a donation to various organizations helping Haitian like Canadian Red Cross. I did it by planning to cut my expenses and it would be painless. Just say sorry to Starbucks! I will drink three to five less cups of Tall Americano per week. What would be your plan?
This morning, Strongest aftershock hits Haiti, collapsing buildings, sending screaming people in the streets. The magnitude-5.9 jolt matched the strongest of the aftershocks that have followed the huge quake of Jan. 12 that devastated Haiti’s capital. Details…
Images are from here and here
August 23, 2009
Tens of thousands of mourners gathered Sunday for the funeral of the late former President Kim Dae-jung (1924-2009) to pay a final tribute to the iconic statesman…The former president pioneered the South’s “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with the North and he spent his life pursuing democracy and reunification. (Read rest of article here)
His life was a series of improbable escapes from assassination attempts, a death sentence, and long periods in prison and in exile, before he was recognised as one of Asia’s all-time champions of democracy.
For sure, Kim Dae-Jung was a great statesmen and a leader for Korean. My sincere respect for not giving up his conviction for freedom and contribute on progress of inter-Korean cooperation. However, his Sunshine policy did not help any human right issues in N. Korea at all. And despite billions of dollars of aid and goodwill gestures, N. Korean leader Kim Jong-Il never gave up his nuclear ambition.
My condolences to all of DJ’s family and his followers. Farewell and RIP, DJ!
August 17, 2009
It was just remarkable achievement of Y.E. Yang (Yong-Eun Yang, 양용은) PGA ranking #110, won 91st PGA Championship by defeating Tiger Woods by 3 strokes.
Yang ended the final round at 8 under par. Woods placed SECOND at 5 under par. Yang chased Woods head-to-head throughout the final round till 14th hole.
A miraculous chip on the 14th hole for eagle gave Y.E. Yang a shocking lead at Hazeltine. It was the turning point.
And Yang’s aggresive 3 Hybrid approach on 18th Hole nails the title.
What was Yang’s winning strategy over the “King” Tiger Woods? Yang, through an interpreter, made it all seem simple: “It’s not like you’re in an octagon where you’re fighting against Tiger and he’s going to bite you, or swing at you with his 9-iron. The worst that I could do was just lose to Tiger. So I really had nothing much at stake.”
Woods wasn’t at his best, this time with his putter. Usually he can get away with something not working in his game, but not this time. Woods certainly would not be happy afterward, but he reminded us no one had ever gone 15-for-15, or even 14-for-14 for that matter, when leading after 54 holes of a major. Not this time.
In addition to the Wanamaker trophy, he picked up 600 FedExCup points; a 5-year exemption on TOUR and for THE PLAYERS, Masters, U.S. and British Opens; a trip to the 2010 SBS Championship and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and a spot on the Presidents Cup team.
It was THE moment of PGA history that Yang is the first Asian-born ever to win one of the four golf majors. For sure, it will have a major impact in Korea and in Asia. Most of all, it paid off my five hour Sunday afternoon spending on TV.
Congratulations Yong-eun Yang!!!
Images from here and hear.