Tuesday, August 31, 2010

record rise in home solar panels fitted

August sees record rise in UK home solar panels fitted
Solar panels are generating both electricity and money for homeowners
Solar panelsA record number of homeowners had solar panels installed this month, according to energy regulator Ofgem.

The devices have been fitted to 2,257 homes so far during August, up from 1,700 in July and 1,400 in June. 

More than 6,688 homes have had solar panels fitted since April, when the government's scheme to reward people who generate their own energy altered.

The feed-in tariff system now enables homeowners to receive 41.3p for every unit of energy they generate.

This is regardless of whether they use the energy or sell it back to the National Grid.

More from BBC News | 1 Sept 2010 

Hezbollah Museum Opens in Southern Lebanon

VOAvideo | August 30, 2010 reports - A new tourist attraction in southern Lebanon is causing controversy. It's dedicated to the political party and Shi'ite militia Hezbollah, which controls large swaths of southern Lebanon. Hezbollah fought a month-long war with Israel in 2006, firing deadly rockets at Israeli towns and cities. The museum opened three months ago and already has attracted more than 300,000 visitors. Some critics, though, say it's pure propaganda.

The Social Network - the movie Trailer

FilmIsNowEU | July 01, 2010

The Social Network - Trailer - Writer/producer Aaron Sorkin announced on his Facebook page that he is going to be writing a movie about the popular social networking site. Mark Zuckenberg created the site in 2004 at Harvard during his sophomore year. It now has over 60 million members and is valued at $16 billion.

Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook's founding president; and Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

After-school clubs ....

Head of UK policy for the charity, Sally Copley, said: "Children who do after-school activities have more confidence, see the world in different ways, have a stronger sense of identity - and this ultimately translates into doing better in exams and getting a better job. 
"We're particularly concerned poorer children are missing out as a result."
Boys playing wind instrumentsChildren of parents with professional jobs were nearly twice as likely to have music lessons than children in a household with a gross income lower than £15,000 a year, the charity says.
More from BBC News  -  29 Aug 2010 

One in six children has music lessons

Saturday, August 28, 2010

After 10 per cent of Paki's effected . . then only OIC meet?

What.... only Now?

Islamic Conference to meet in Pakistan on relief effort
Ahlul Bayt News Agency, Muslim humanitarian aid agencies will hold a meeting in Pakistan next week to help coordinate relief efforts for the millions of flood victims there, the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) announced Wednesday.

The OIC, which has 56 member states, said the conference will be opened Sunday by Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani. Red Crescent societies and other relief bodies from the Muslim world were invited to attend.

More : Islamic Conference to meet in Pakistan on relief effort

Chinese delicacy under threat in Malaysia, have gone International!

AlJazeeraEnglish | August 27, 2010

Bird's nest is an expensive delicacy among many people in Asia, especially the Chinese.

In Malaysia, criminals are capitalising on demand, converting homes and office buildings into birdhouses.

As Al Jazeera's Gerald Tan reports from the state of Penang, the illegal operators risk turning the population against the entire industry.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Najib's incomprehensible acronyms on the unsuspecting public?

NEM.jpg(Reuters) Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak says he has embarked on a series of radical economic reforms. In reality it feels as if he has unleashed a barrage of incomprehensible acronyms on the unsuspecting public of this Southeast Asian nation.

The charge for economic reform is being led by the snappily named PEMANDU. As well as being the Malay word for “driver” it stands for the government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit.

PEMANDU is in charge of formulating and implementing NKRAs (National Key Result Areas), MKRAs (Ministerial Key Result Areas) and getting “Big Results Fast”, according to its website, although it singularly failed to win political backing for a radical revamp of Malaysia’s costly subsidy regime. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Malaysia to beware...

Dangers of Industrial Farming & Food : Largest Egg Recall in US History!

The largest egg recall in US history is bringing renewed attention to the dangers of factory farming and to growing consolidation in the industries responsible for the food many Americans eat. Over half a billion eggs have been ordered off US shelves in the past two weeks following an outbreak of salmonella in the Midwest. Nearly 1,300 cases of people sickened by the eggs have been reported. Despite the size of the recall, responsibility falls on just two factory farms: Hillandale Farms and Wright County Egg, both from Iowa.