It should not be a school of knockouts21 February 2017 @ 10:04 AM
Medical interns or better known here as housemen are much an aggrieved lot.
One, who has been undergoing training for nearly two years, lamented to me the other day in the midst of current controversies over their perceived inability to handle pressure during training: “It’s terrible. I personally don’t know how long I can last. Too many patients, too few housemen. The hours are extremely long and when I’m on duty from 7am to 10pm, I don’t eat at all. Not that I’m on a diet but I just can’t find the time to eat”.
Out with the old, in with the new14 February 2017 @ 10:10 AM
Some words or expressions have inevitably become out of time, like: “I’ll miss tonight’s cup final on TV. Could you please tape it for me?” Excuse me, tape? VHS or Beta? Or blank cassette?
According to the latest issue of Reader’s Digest, with the advent of digital media, there is no longer a need to record anything on magnetic tape, but still, old linguistic habits die hard.
And, “tape” is still decliningly used for recording. It is one of the words that Reader’s Digest picked up as being dated.
Do you have asthma?7 February 2017 @ 11:44 AM
AN asthma attack, a friend once described, is like having a gorilla sitting on your chest. It makes breathing extremely difficult, coupled with endless coughing and tightness of the lungs. If it prolongs, you will feel like dying.
What a shocker, therefore, when I came across a write-up in Science of Us, a New York-based journal, recently which said many of the 250 million people worldwide who are diagnosed with asthma may not actually have it.
Nation gripped by rare murder31 January 2017 @ 10:11 AM
The news item concerning a murder that shocked the people of faraway Iceland must have escaped my eyes if indeed it was published in any of the country’s news publications.
But if it was, I hasten to apologise for repeating what I came across on BBC World last Friday.
Iceland is united in grief, the news report began. The body of a 20-year-old woman, Birna Brjansdottir, was found washed up on a desolate, cold beach last weekend after being reported missing more than a week before.
Should Trump have shed tears?24 January 2017 @ 10:28 AM
President Donald Trump didn't cry at all, not during his inauguration, his alpha male feathers strutting so enduringly as he vowed to put “America First”.
Trivial as it may seem, the issue of whether he should shed a tear became a point in question in an international news report a day before Friday’s inauguration.
“Trump has one big lesson from outgoing United States president Barack Obama — he needs to learn to be cool about crying,” noted the AFP story from Paris.
Life term for the guilty?17 January 2017 @ 10:18 AM
Many cultural aspects are left for dead in Malaysia, but in this case, it is a lot better to kill off corruption, which is fast evolving into a practical culture.
Cases that have been brought forward of late can bear testimony to that and can definitely make a confident trickster squirm many times over.
We are no longer talking about thousands of ringgit of corruption gains but huge sums exchanging hands as dirty money to legitimise a crooked deal.
Public perception is still negative10 January 2017 @ 10:20 AM
The crime index has gone down. However, public perception of the police is either still negative or remains unchanged.
Yes, incidences of crime may be statistically recorded. But, public perception is general understanding or impression about the whole issue. Like cases of road crashes. It may be stupendously indicated that 2,000 fewer accidents were recorded the whole of last year. But, it doesn’t mean a thing to the ordinary folk who hear about this and that horrifying crash every other day of the week.
What we hope not to hear, see in 20173 January 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Some of the common scenes or statements we hope we will no longer see or hear this new year:
EXCUSES AFTER BUS CRASHES
When a crash occurs, everyone, from the Transport Ministry, Land Public Transport Commission, Road Transport Department (RTD), Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research to the soon-to-be- established Malaysian Transport Safety Board will come forward to give their assessments. But, none of the remarks would be so much as to self-inflict.
Bizarre issue of fresh grad salaries27 December 2016 @ 11:53 AM
UNREALISTIC or not, the issue of fresh graduates whining about the problem of making ends meet and therefore demanding big starting salaries has become a persistent lament.
It has turned out to be so bizarre actually. There are nearly half a million graduates who are without jobs, creating an employers’ market. Yet, these job seekers are demanding salaries of between RM3,500 and RM6,500, deemed “unrealistic” by many quarters in the JobStreet.com survey last month.
Breathing new life into local humour20 December 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Goodbye slapsticks and lawak bodoh. Harith Iskander’s sensational victory in the funniest man in the world competition in Levi, Finland, last week will go a long way to finally change the character and brand of Malaysian humour from crude practical jokes to clever and more tasteful use of sharp wit and wisecracks.