Monday, February 20, 2017

Teenage Cyclists Die in JB

Malaysians are already familiar with the uniquely Malaysian "Mat Rempit" culture involving young people racing on their motorcycles at daredevil speed and engaging in "superman stunts" – usually at night and more so, during weekends.
 
The police must have seized thousands of motorbikes all these years in the hope that such action would be a deterrent – but the menace goes on unabated.
 
And now we are seeing another road menace that has clearly manifested itself in an incident involving a car and a posse of cyclists.

 
 











BBX-Images at webpage http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2166301

On Saturday, a boisterous pack of 30 to 40 teenagers, aged 13 to 17 years, on bicycles were believed to have obstructed Jalan Lingkaran Dalam and other adjacent roads in Johor Baru, Johore – before being mowed down by a car.
 
The driver was a 22-year-old woman who supposedly failed to brake in time.
 
Eight youngsters were killed on the spot and eight others were injured, two critically in the 3 AM incident.
 
Videos showing riders on modified bicycles dubbed basikal nyamuk (mosquito bicycles) went viral among WhatsApp groups shortly after the accident and they are bone-chilling to say the least.
 
In one of the said videos, cyclists were seen riding in the middle of a city road engaging in acrobatic exploits – and being completely oblivious to the dangers to themselves and other road users.
 
Malaysia has too many daredevils who don’t value life. Must it be only the Malays who have a death wish? 
 
I was in Bangsar this evening to attend the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting. I delivered my CC #7 Research Your Topic speech titled "The Real Truth".
 
And I was voted Best Speaker. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Playboy is Naked Again












Image credit: http://fortune.com/2017/02/13/playboy-magazine-nude-photos-hooper-hefner/

Playboy on Monday had tweeted a photo of its March/April 2017 cover accompanied by the hashtag #NakedIsNormal.
 
The 63-year-old magazine has decided to bring nude photos back, in a reversal of its 2015 announcement that it would not feature naked women in print.
 
Cooper Hefner, Playboy’s chief creative officer said it "was a mistake" to remove nudity from the magazine in a statement on February 13, 2017.
 
Hooper, the son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, added: "Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn't a problem. Today we're taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are".
 
The magazine ceased showing images of unclothed maidens claiming the era of printed erotica was over. I  believe it was more because of competition from the Internet where anything goes when it comes to sex. 

The cover features March Playmate Elizabeth Elam looking natural, the cover headline reads "Naked Is Normal", and the Playboy Interview is with Scarlett Johansson, 2016’s top-grossing actor who pulled in $1.2 billion in global ticket sales.

The other nude layouts throughout the magazine are somewhere between classy and, well, sweet. Gone was the greased up and surgically enhanced Playmate of yesteryear. We now see the twenty-first century feminist next door.
 
Playboy was raunchy, now Playboy is risqué.

Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters Club had their regular meeting on Friday at Ben’s in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Some pics: 











 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Robert Mugabe Will Win the Election Even as a Corpse

According to loyal wife, Grace Mugabe (right), 51, the Zimbabwe president is so popular that if he died, he could run as a corpse in next year's election and still win votes.
 
She was addressing a Zanu-PF party rally in Buhera, south-east of the capital Harare on Friday.
 
Ninety-two year old Robert Mugabe (left) has governed Zimbabwe since the end of white-majority rule in 1980. And he has been backed by his party to stand again in next year’s election.
 
In fact, last September, the president was rumored to have died after he reportedly cut short his attendance at an African Union summit to fly to Dubai for a health check.
 
Mugabe later joked about the hearsay, saying he indeed died but was resurrected. LOL!
 
Politicians and their wives can be ridiculously comical!
 
Me also thinking of Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor.
 
I was in Shah Alam on Wednesday to attend the Zuellig Pharma Toastmasters meeting. I was a speech evaluator.












 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

There's No Stopping China

China is still viewed with some suspicion by some countries. And in one country, it is even viewed as an adversary.  

Donald Trump (left), for one, sees the country as being responsible for his country’s ills. It is regrettable that Trump looks at China through distorted lenses.
 
He forgets America has become very dependent on China, which is now the country’s third largest and fastest-growing export market.

And, as the owner of over $1.25 trillion in Treasuries and other dollar-based assets, China also plays an all-important role in funding America’s persistent budget deficits – in effect, lending much of its surplus savings to the latter – it is already grievously irresponsible in saving enough to support its own economy.
 
Thankfully, another American, Stephen Roach thinks otherwise.
 
On December 14, 2016 at a talk organized by the think tank Center for China and Globalization in Beijing, China, he had insisted it is vital for the world economy that China continues to grow solidly in 2017. Simply because China powers the world economy.
 
The economist (right) who is a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and a former chairperson at Morgan Stanley Asia warned that should there be a dramatic slowdown in China, there would be a period of significant weakness we have not seen at any period since the end of World War II.
 
He had argued that world annual growth between 1980 and 2016 would have been just 2.7 percent – almost 25 percent less than the actual growth of 3.5 percent – without China growing at 9.7 percent during this period.
 
Roach also believes it is timely for China to demonstrate leadership during this period of uncertainty. More so, when the US of A which is the largest national economy in the world, is seen to be retreating under Trump.
 
Uncertainty because there has been a lot of push-back against globalization. That is what Brexit is all about. That is what the ascendancy of Trump is all about.
 
As China Daily sees it, China is the economic savior and a guarantor of continued stability of the world. Indisputably so.
 
No matter what Trump thinks of China, China is changing the world! China is already on lift-off mode! And there's no stopping China!
 
For three hours on Tuesday evening, I was on Level 3A in Block 2 at Menara VSQ @ PJ City Center. This was the venue for the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club and it was a Valentine's Day themed meeting. 















And so, each of us received a single rose made from a pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius) leaf. 
  
Anyway, Vice President Education Kimberley Yeoh was kind to have offered me a speaking slot and which I gratefully accepted.

Therefore, I presented a CC #10 speech titled “The Kite Flyer” – this being my project speech #530 and my CC Round #41.

For your info, I completed this particular Competent Communication manual in just twenty-five days.

Better still, I was voted Best Speaker. Well-deserved, I'm sure!


 









am happy to report that this CC represents my eighteenth educational award I have earned in this 2016-2017 term.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DAP Resignations Rock Malacca

DAP were rocked by resignations on Sunday.





 
 
Those who had quit were the Kota Melaka member of parliament Sim Tong Him and three state assemblypersons, namely, Goh Leong San (Duyong), Lim Jak Wong (Bachang) and Chin Choon Seong (Kesidang).
 
I am sure there will be ordinary members leaving the party too – and it remains to be seen how serious and/or widespread it is.
 
But for those who are DAP-watchers – they already knew and they were expecting it. The  question has always been 'when'. 
 
To the DAP naysayers sorry to disappoint you but DAP will survive lah.
 
Yesterday, I attended the Speakers Dream Toastmasters meeting @ KGPA in KL – where I presented a CC #9 speech titled “Don’t Give Up on Me”.
 
One more speech today and I am done with another CC manual.











 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Donald Trump Hits Legal Roadblocks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 7-country temporary travel ban is held up, after the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, California on Thursday denied a Justice Department request to stay the suspension of President Donald Trump's executive order.
 
This is a stinging rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president.
 
The court decided that the ban had nothing to do with national security and that the administration had shown “no evidence” that anyone from the said countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – had committed terrorist acts in the country.
 
The verdict also rejected Trump’s claim that courts are powerless to review a president’s national security assessment. The fact is judges play an important role in a constitutional democracy, the court said.
 
The ruling on February 03, 2017 by Judge James Robart of the Federal District Court in Seattle, Washington – who had blocked key parts of the travel ban, allowing thousands of foreigners to enter the country – is still in force.
 
Donald Trump has been checkmated. At least for now.
 
I attended the Sai Masters Toastmasters meeting on Sunday in PJ – where I delivered my CC #8 titled “Choose Your Own Pen”.

Two more speeches before I complete my CC Round 41. 

A packed meeting not just in terms of a good attendance twenty-two of us were there  but also that we had five Table Topics and six assignment speeches. 

LOL the General Evaluator mentioned twice that she found the meeting tiring!