Jihan dan Ungku Hariz timang bayi lelaki



KUALA LUMPUR: Pengacara dan pelawak Jihan Muse kini bergelar ibu selepas selamat melahirkan seorang bayi lelaki malam tadi.

Pengacara Gegar Vaganza itu melahirkan bayi seberat 3.85 kilogram itu dilahirkan di DEMC Specialist Hospital, Shah Alam.

Khabar gembira itu disampaikan melalui laman sosial Instagram program Meletop.

Jihan dan bayinya dilaporkan berada dalam keadaan sihat.

Jihan atau nama sebenarnya Nuur Jihan Musa akan bercuti selama dua bulan bagi melalui tempoh berpantang.

Sementara itu, pihak pengurusan turut mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua pihak terutama para peminat yang mendoakan keselamatan dan kesejahteraan Jihan.

Suami Jihan, Ungku Hariz juga berterima kasih kepada peminat yang sentiasa mendoakan kelahiran cahaya mata pertama mereka.



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Pulang Sejam Awal, Penjawat Awam Hamil Hargai Keprihatinan Kerajaan


PUTRAJAYA, 6 Jan -- Berkuat kuasa 1 Januari lalu penjawat awam termasuk yang berkhidmat dalam perkhidmatan awam negeri, pihak berkuasa berkanun dan pihak berkuasa tempatan lantikan tetap dan kontrak yang mengandung lima bulan dan ke atas dibenarkan pulang satu jam lebih awal daripada masa bekerja biasa.?--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA?

MO, 25/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA  – Memandu pulang dari tempat kerja dalam kesesakan jalan raya mampu memberi tekanan kepada kebanyakan individu, namun bagi ibu mengandung, tekanan yang dihadapi lebih hebat apabila ada antara mereka terpaksa menanggung kesakitan akibat duduk terlalu lama di dalam kenderaan.

Justeru, keprihatinan kerajaan melaksanakan kebenaran pulang awal satu jam bagi penjawat awam yang hamil lima bulan atau 22 minggu ke atas seperti diumumkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dalam pembentangan Bajet 2018, amat bermakna bagi mereka.

Bagi Zakiah Hanim Zainal Awaluddin, 34, yang kini hamil sembilan bulan, kebenaran pulang awal itu sangat dihargai memandangkan beliau sering terpaksa menghabiskan masa hampir dua jam di jalan raya setiap kali pulang dari tempat kerja akibat kesesakan jalan raya.

Pegawai Komunikasi di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) di sini itu berkata kebenaran itu juga membolehkan beliau mengambil anak sulungnya yang berusia tiga tahun daripada pengasuh lebih awal sebelum pulang ke rumah di Shah Alam, Selangor.

“Sekurang-kurangnya saya dapat elak kesesakan jalan raya. Dalam keadaan biasa, saya boleh sampai di rumah dalam masa satu jam, tetapi jika jalan sesak, boleh mengambil masa sehingga dua jam dan ia sangat memenatkan,” katanya kepada Bernama.

Zakiah Hanim berkata kebenaran pulang awal itu menunjukkan keprihatinan kerajaan dalam memastikan kebajikan dan keselamatan penjawat awam wanita terus diberi keutamaan.

Pembantu Tadbir di Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA), Norhaslinda Mohd Rosli, 36, yang kini hamil 27 minggu, pula berkata keprihatinan kerajaan terhadap penjawat awam wanita diharap dapat meningkatkan motivasi golongan itu untuk terus komited dalam memberikan perkhidmatan terbaik kepada rakyat.

Beliau yang mempunyai lima anak berusia antara lima hingga 12 tahun, berkata tugas di sesetengah jabatan kerajaan memerlukan mereka banyak bergerak dari satu bahagian ke satu bahagian, dan kebenaran pulang lebih awal itu membolehkan mereka mendapat waktu rehat lebih panjang.

“Bagaimanapun, pulang awal tidak bermakna kita mengabaikan tanggungjawab kita, kerja tetap perlu diselesaikan,” katanya.

Mengakui pada mulanya sedikit terkejut ketika mendengar pengumuman perdana menteri itu, Norhaslinda bagaimanapun memanjatkan rasa syukur terhadap sokongan yang diberikan kepada wanita bekerja agar dapat terus berkhidmat kepada masyarakat.

Pegawai Teknologi Maklumat di JPA, Nor Khafifah Jalany, 33, pula meluahkan rasa berbesar hati kepada kerajaan kerana memperkenalkan inisiatif itu walaupun beliau hanya boleh menggunakan kemudahan tersebut dalam tempoh dua minggu lagi.

“Saya kini hamil 20 minggu dan tidak sabar menunggu kandungan saya mencapai usia 22 minggu,” katanya secara berseloroh sambil menambah suaminya juga telah memohon untuk mendapatkan kemudahan tersebut.

Nor Khafifah berkata suaminya yang juga Pegawai Teknologi Maklumat di Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah (KKLW) layak mendapatkan kebenaran tersebut memandangkan mereka pergi dan pulang kerja bersama-sama.

“Kebenaran pulang awal ini membolehkan kami mengambil dua orang anak kami yang kini berada di pra sekolah lebih awal daripada biasa,” katanya.

Pembantu Tadbir di Bahagian Komunikasi Korporat, Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia (KKMM), Norazlina Lambo, 33, pula berkata kebenaran tersebut bukan sahaja membantu wanita hamil sepertinya untuk mengelak kesesakan jalan raya, malah memberi peluang kepada mereka untuk berehat lebih awal selepas waktu kerja.

Walaupun tinggal berdekatan dengan tempat kerja, Norazlina yang sedang hamil tujuh bulan berkata tempoh satu jam itu boleh digunakan untuk merehatkan badan seketika sebelum menguruskan dua lagi anaknya yang berusia tujuh dan dua tahun.

“Pertama kali dapat pulang awal saya rasa sangat lega. Sebelum ini, balik kerja terus ambil anak dari rumah pengasuh dan terus membuat kerja rumah, ditambah pula ketika ini saya mengalami sakit kaki kerana banyak berdiri.

“Apabila dapat berehat walaupun hanya satu jam, terasa badan lebih segar sebelum membuat kerja rumah,” kata Norazlina.

— BERNAMA



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Jatuh basikal kanak-kanak 8 tahun maut selepas terkena jangkitan kuman



SEORANG kanak-kanak berusia 8 tahun meninggal dunia selepas dijangkiti bakteria aktif yang didakwa memakan hampir kesemua bahagian badannya selain menjalani empat pembedahan besar.

Liam Flanagan, pelajar sekolah rendah yang suka berbasikal dan binatang, jatuh basikal ketika menunggang bukit bersama keluarganya di Spring Creek, Amerika Syarikat pada 13 Januari lalu.

Dalam kejadian tersebut, basikal yang ditunggang Flanagan terjatuh sehinggakan objek keras  menembusi seluarnya.

Flanagan dikejarkan ke hospital, namun dia mendakwa mengalami kesakitan, berlaku kerosakan kulit dan pangkal pehanya bertukar warna merah dan ungu.

Flanagan dimasukkan ke hospital pada hari rabu dan disahkan menghidap penyakit bakteria pemakanan daging yang mana 30 peratus kes sebegini boleh membawa maut.

Dalam usianya yang masih muda, Flanagan terpaksa menjalani empat pembedahan besar di beberapa buah hospital berbeza tetapi bakteria tersebut masih belum dapat dibuang dari tubuhnya.

Ibu Flanagan, Sara Hebard dan bapa tirinya, Scott Hinkle terkejut dengan kematian mengejut anak mereka. Apa dosa anak kecil tersebut untuk melalui penderitaan yang sedemikian.

Keluarga Flanagan menyeru kepada ibu bapa untuk lebih berhati-hati jika mendapati anak mereka mengalami luka, kotoran dan proses penyembuhan selepas pembedahan.

“Kami tidak mahu ibu bapa lain melalui hal sebegini,” kata Scott.

Pakar bedah di Hospital St Anthony mengambil masa yang lama untuk buang jangkitan di tisu Flanagan dan dipindahkan pula ke Hospital Kanak-Kanak di Portland pada awal pagi Khamis.

Di Portland pula, pembedahan terpaksa dilakukan sekali lagi untuk membuang jangkitan yang jarang terjadi itu tetapi jangkitan bakteri itu dikenali sebagai necrotizing fasciitis  telah memakan beberapa bahagian badan kanak-kanak itu.

“Hampir kesemua bahagian kanannya (Flanagan) sudah tidak berfungsi,” kata Hebard.

Melihat keadaan Flanagan semakin kritikal, beliau sekali lagi dipindahkan ke pakar lain di Hospital Kanak-Kanak Randa, Portland Ahad lalu.

Flanagan menemui ajalnya selepas menjalani empat pembedahan seminggu selepas insiden yang menimpa dirinya.



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Tiada Lagi Telefon Pintar Jenama Lenovo Yang Baru Di Malaysia Selepas Ini – Amanz


Lenovo sebelum ini telah mengambil-alih Motorola pada 2014 yang lepas, dan sejak daripadanya Lenovo telah aktif memasarkan pelbagai produk berjenama Moto di Malaysia, termasuk seperti Moto Z2, Moto X4, Moto M, dan sebagainya.

Kini, bergerak ke hadapan, syarikat disebaliknya mengumumkan yang mana Lenovo Mobile kini akan disatukan dan beroperasi dibawah jenama Motorola Malaysia sepenuhnya.

Moto Z2 Force

Dengan langkah ini, secara tidak langsung tiada lagi model telefon pintar berjenama Lenovo yang akan ditawarkan di pasaran tempatan – dan hanya akan memfokuskan kepada penawaran telefon pintar dibawah Motorola sahaja.

Buat masa ini, model yang telah dilancarkan di Malaysia sebelum ini akan terus ditawarkan dan jaminan serta sokongannya akan diteruskan. Namun, selepas ini, kita hanya akan melihat penawaran peranti berjenama Moto sahaja di Malaysia.

Malah, mereka turut mengumumkan yang mana bergerak kehadapan, Motorola akan menjadi bahagian perniagaan mudah-alih di Malaysia.

Komputer riba dan penawaran produk PC berjenama Lenovo tidak terjejas dengan pengumuman ini.



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Most Luxurious Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages


Pay homage to St. Valentine himself in Dublin

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy The K Club

While Ireland is more commonly associated with St. Patrick, Dublin’s Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church is actually the final resting place of the remains of Valentinus, the patron saint of love. Each year, thousands of locals and visitors alike flock to the beautiful church to celebrate the Saint and his romantic holiday—Valentine’s Day. While the church might be the most romantic religious site to visit, Straffan House, a spectacular private residence nestled on 550 acres of idyllic Irish countryside, is our vote for the most romantic site in Ireland. The hotel is turning even the most unenthusiastic couples into hopeless romantics with their over-the-top “My Lovely Valentine” package that starts at $40,000 for two nights. What does that much cash get you? Couples can live like royalty, complete with a personal butler on hand 24/7 to draw rose petal baths, a private chef for all the romantic meals you desire, a personal driver and use of a vintage 1936 Jaguar, not to mention a private spa, indoor pool, and private movie theater. Ah, romance! Ireland is also one of our favorite romantic European honeymoon destinations thanks to rich history and lush landscapes.

Rhode Island’s romance will surprise you

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy Ocean House

Escape to the southern tip of Rhode Island in Watch Hill’s famed Ocean House, which is a short drive or flight from both the New York and Boston metropolitan areas. This over-the-top experience offers a two-night stay in the Ocean House’s Penthouse Suite, a 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 4MATIC sedan to drive along the local coast, daily in-room breakfast for two with bottomless mimosas, and a romantic dinner for two with wine pairings in COAST, the hotel’s seafood restaurant. Hotel staff already have your departure gift planned—a vintage starfish diamond necklace to keep the memories close to your heart. This package starts at $94,500 and is valid through the month of February.

For the most exciting girls’ package of all time

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy The Orlando Hotel Los Angeles CA

No date? No problem. Grab your besties and head to the 95-room Orlando Hotel in Los Angeles for its “Who Needs a Guy?” Valentine’s Day Package. Bespoke cocktails, designer pajamas, hand-crafted perfumes, organic face masks, barre classes, and even designer jewelry with themes like “Be True to Yourself” and “Never Settle” are all part of the overnight slumber party celebration for four. The package is available February 1 through 28, 2018, and starts at $650 for a deluxe king and connecting queen room. Additional nights can be purchased at a discount by calling The Orlando Hotel directly. Check out these other amazing destinations that are perfect for a weekend away with your girl squad.

Romance on the slopes

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy Stowe Mountain Lodge

If the love of your life is a total ski bum, he or she will fawn over Stowe Mountain Lodge‘s Valentine’s Day package. It includes 20-percent off mid week’s best available rate, a $120 dinner credit for two people in their popular Solstice Restaurant, a round of drinks in a top-secret speakeasy, and the ability to add on in-room truffles, champagne, and the romantic “Sacred Love for Couples” spa treatment, which boasts an intimate soak, wrap, and soothing massage. Sounds perfect after a long day of skiing or snowboarding, right? Find out more vacation ideas that are perfect for people who love winter.

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Bae in Barbados

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy Port Ferdinand

Jet off to Barbados this Valentine’s Day for a romantic Caribbean escape at Port Ferdinand, the Island’s only marina resort with direct access to the picturesque Six Men’s Beach. Your pampering will start as soon as your plane touches down on the island with VIP priority immigration at the airport. You’ll be swept away to your own private suite-style villas with a full kitchen that has been pre-stocked per your requests. Guests have access to a fulltime butler who can help arrange activities like yacht excursions or beachside massages. Speaking of, don’t miss the “Love Retreat Package” at the Sandbox Tree Spa. The head-to-toe service includes a tailored couple’s massage, de-stress head massage, and foot detox treatment.

A scene as beautiful as your love

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy Gateway Canyons Resort Spa

If you’re looking for an unparalleled scenic destination to spend your Valentine’s Day, grab the best photos of all time, or even propose, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado offers a romantic setting for couples and the rare opportunity to picnic on top of a red rock mesa overlooking the scenic, wild west landscape. The resort’s helicopter air tours fly guests to the nearby Sky Mesa near the Utah border or Blue Creek for an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime romantic picnic for two. The picnic sites have already been set up, so all you’ll need to do is bring your love, a camera, and maybe a ring. Check out these outrageous proposals you have to read to believe.

Make memories in Miami

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-Packagescourtesy Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables

Since Valentine’s Day is normally a frigid time of year, a spontaneous long weekend trip to Miami may be just what the love doctor ordered. The Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, Florida, is offering a “Champagne Wishes” package this Valentine’s Day, with Presidential Suite accommodations and even a champagne-filled bath. (Yes, you read that correctly.) The suite features pool views, a spiral staircase, and everything you need to get your complete Miami vibe going—plus this particular package includes chocolate and gold-covered strawberries, and a magnum bottle of high-end champagne. Use code “ROMANCEP” when booking to get all the trimmings. Here’s how to plan a last-minute weekend trip.

 

Time in Toronto

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy The Adelaide Hotel Toronto

At the Adelaide Hotel Toronto, which is soon to become Canada’s very first St. Regis Hotel in late 2018, you can rent out the entire spa for a night. It boasts a two-hour private couples’ retreat along with a personal concierge, Bentley car, lavish indulgences and candlelit midnight swim adorned with rose petals—31 stories above downtown Toronto with panoramic views. If you’re wondering what those “lavish indulgences” are, think along the lines of chilled champagne, savory and sweet treats, custom-made chocolate domes with personalized messages like, “Will you marry me?” crafted inside, and an overnight stay in a grand deluxe one bedroom suite. Prices start at $5,000 Canadian dollars per night, and require booking in advance, so you’ll want to hop on this one quickly if you’re planning to head north.

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A royal engagement package

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-Packagescourtesy Kimpton Hotels Restaurants

If you’re jealous of the fanfare happening on the other side of the pond and want to live your most Meghan Markle-style life, there’s good news: the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC has a “Royal Engagement” package to help you seal the deal. In celebration of the newly betrothed Prince Harry of Wales to American actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle, couples can arrange for a royally-inspired proposal evening of their own featuring popular details from Harry and Meghan’s celebratory evening. Couples can enjoy an evening in the property’s luxe Robert Mills Presidential Suite, complete with 20-foot vaulted ceilings and a glass-enclosed marble wet room, a private consultation with a local jeweler, a bespoke suit for the prospective groom, a whole roasted chicken with accouterments by Chef Kyoo Eom, in-room couples massages, champagne, flower arrangements, and oodles more. Read on for more of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

 

Sunny in San Diego

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-Packagescourtesy Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Pack the best sunscreen you have, because travelers wanting to profess their love in the most over-the-top fashion can do so with ease in sunny San Diego. The “Searching for Love” package at The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego offers romantic turn down, breakfast, access to the rooftop lounge for champagne or cocktails, and even better—the sight of your romantic message proudly displayed in lights on the side of the hotel. You can choose a message like “Will you be mine?” or even “Will you marry me?” for your Valentine. Need help choosing a message? Check out these romantic quotes from books.

Lovely Amsterdam

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy Millennium Hotels Resorts

The Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering an ultra-luxurious Valentine’s Day hotel package that includes a helicopter flight above Amsterdam, airport pick up and drop off by private chauffeur, a two-night stay in the Pulitzer Suite with enough champagne and macarons to make your heart sing, champagne cocktails at check-in, room service breakfast, late checkout, a Gassan Diamonds VIP Tour, a personal shopper, private canal tour, and three-course candlelight dinner at the hotel’s popular restaurant. How’s that for romance?

Hearts pounding in Palm Beach

Luxurious-Valentines-Day-Hotel-PackagesCourtesy The Brazilian Court Hotel

The royal theme is big this year for all the obvious reasons, and the “Royal Romance Suits You” package at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, is available now through June 2018 to give you and your sweetheart the opportunity to be the regal couple you were born to be. The package includes a bottle of Tignanello, peonies, banana cake, and a handwritten calligraphy note upon arrival. You’ll also be treated to introductory helicopter lessons, a half day coastal excursion from Royal Yacht Charters, a bespoke necklace from Betteridge’s that was modeled after Meghan Markle’s ring, a chef’s dinner, accommodations in the Brando Suite, and a dinner at Café Boulud (to include a rotisserie chicken entree, a favorite of Harry’s). All you have to do is book a minimum of four nights at The Brazilian Court, which shouldn’t be a problem because you won’t want to leave anyway. You’ll want to add these 50+ dreamy hotel rooms with a view to your bucket list.

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BNM Naikkan Kadar Dasar Semalaman Kepada 3.25 Peratus


indexMO, 25/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR – Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) menaikkan Kadar Dasar Semalaman (OPR) sebanyak 25 mata asas kepada 3.25 peratus pada Mesyuarat Dasar Monetari (MPC) berikutan ia memutuskan untuk mengembalikan dasar monetari ke paras yang wajar dengan ekonomi negara berada pada landasan pertumbuhan yang menggalakkan.

“Kadar koridor terendah dan tertinggi bagi OPR, masing-masing dinaikkan kepada 3.00 peratus dan 3.50 peratus,” menurut bank pusat itu dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Kali terakhir BNM mengubah kadar utamanya pada Julai 2016 apabila ia mengurangkan 25 mata asas.

“Pada masa sama, MPC menekankan perlunya tindakan awal diambil untuk memastikan pendirian dasar monetari adalah wajar untuk membendung peningkatan risiko yang mungkin timbul daripada kadar faedah yang terlalu rendah untuk tempoh masa yang lama,” katanya.

Pada kadar semasa OPR, pendirian dasar monetari kekal akomodatif, katanya, sambil menambah “MPC akan terus menilai imbangan risiko berhubung prospek pertumbuhan domestik dan inflasi.”

Katanya ekonomi global terus bertambah kukuh dengan pertumbuhan kini lebih mantap dan segerak merentas rantau, manakala perdagangan global terus mencatat prestasi pertumbuhan yang kukuh.

“Ekonomi global diunjurkan mencatat pertumbuhan yang lebih pantas pada 2018. Dalam persekitaran ini, risiko kepada prospek pertumbuhan global adalah lebih seimbang, menunjukkan ekonomi global yang terus berkembang pada masa ini,” katanya.

Bagi ekonomi Malaysia, penunjuk terkini mengesahkan pengukuhan eksport dan aktiviti dalam negeri.

“Melangkah ke hadapan, momentum pertumbuhan yang teguh ini dijangka berterusan pada 2018, disokong oleh pertumbuhan global yang lebih mantap dan limpahan positif daripada sektor luaran kepada ekonomi dalam negeri.

“Permintaan dalam negeri akan terus menjadi pemacu utama pertumbuhan berikutan keadaan pendapatan dan pasaran pekerja yang menggalakkan,” katanya.

Prospek aktiviti pelaburan juga positif, hasil dorongan daripada projek infrastruktur baharu dan sedang dalam pelaksanaan dan juga perbelanjaan modal oleh firma berorientasikan eksport dan dalam negeri, kata BNM.

Sektor luaran akan memberikan dorongan tambahan kepada ekonomi. Secara keseluruhan, pertumbuhan dijangka kekal kukuh pada 2018.

Inflasi keseluruhan berpurata pada 3.7 peratus pada 2017. Purata inflasi diunjurkan lebih rendah pada 2018, berikutan jangkaan kesan daripada faktor kos global yang semakin berkurangan.

Ringgit yang semakin kukuh berbanding 2017 akan mengurangkan kos import, katanya.

Pada 3.25 petang, ringgit berada pada 3.8950/9000 berbanding dolar US. Ia dibuka pada 3.9010/9040 berbanding dolar US daripada 3.9110/9140 semasa ditutup pada Rabu.

“Harga tenaga dan komoditi dunia dijangka meningkat lebih tinggi pada 2018. Bagaimanapun, trajektori inflasi keseluruhan bergantung pada harga minyak dunia yang akan datang, yang masih amat tidak menentu,” kata BNM.

Inflasi asas, seperti yang diukur oleh inflasi teras, juga sederhana. Pasaran kewangan domestik terus berdaya tahan.

Ringgit semakin kukuh, mencerminkan asas-asas ekonomi yang bertambah teguh. Mudah tunai sistem perbankan terus mencukupi dan institusi kewangan beroperasi dengan penampan modal dan mudah tunai yang kukuh, katanya sambil menambah pembiayaan kepada sektor swasta terus meningkat dan menyokong aktiviti ekonomi.

— BERNAMA



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Penyanyi 50 cent terlupa dirinya jutawan bitcoin



PADA tahun 2014, penyanyi rap terkenal, Curtis James Jackson III atau lebih dikenali sebagai 50 cent merupakan selebriti pertama yang menggunakan transaksi bitcoin untuk urusan jual beli albumnya yang bertajuk Animal Ambition.

Menerusi laporan portal antarabangsa, penjualan albumnya itu berjaya mengumpul 700 bitcoin yang ketika itu bernilai lebih AS$400,000.

Tahun berganti tahun, 50 cent membiarkan akaun bitcoinnya dan baru-baru ini, rapper terkenal itu menyedari yang dirinya kini jutawan bitcoin.

Nilai bitcoin kini telah mencecah lebih AS$11,000, berbanding pada tahun 2014 hanya AS$662. Tidak hairanlah 50 cent boleh menjadi jutawan sekelip mata.

Yang menariknya, 50 cent sebenarnya terlupa tentang urusan jual beli menggunakan bitcoin itu. Nasib baik 50 cent masih mengingati kata laluannya.



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13+ Secrets a Food Stylist Won’t Tell You


The food looks delicious, but you’d never want to eat it

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Most everything has been manipulated by the food stylist to appeal to the consumer, but nothing is what it seems. A cappuccino is painstakingly built with piped soap foam “bubbles” that stay round. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and even milk are prepped the same way. (By the way, here are some secrets fast food workers won’t tell you.)

It takes a lot of rejects before a “hero” emerges

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For this shoot, a food stylist probably had to go through dozens and dozens of buns to find a “hero”—the perfect example. Often, stylists need multiples in case something happens to the hero during the shoot. Those seeds are also “heroes” too, and are meticulously glued on top with tweezers to fill in any flaws.

Cut into a stack of pancakes and you’re likely to hit cardboard

Stacked food like pancakes or burgers often are perked up with cardboard support in between the layers; the griddlecakes can then be sprayed with water-repellent Scotch Guard so the syrup easily glides over the edge. (Don’t miss these surprising things your restaurant server isn’t telling you.)

That glistening bird? It’s raw inside

Whole turkeys are first sprayed—usually with a browning sauce, water, and food coloring—and then blowtorched till they gleam the perfect color. But inside, they’re uncooked, since no mouth is going to go near them after that process. Some are also stuffed with paper towels to plump them up further.

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This ‘melting’ butter? Likely it was shot on cold food

Food styling: Ceci Loebl, Photo Credit: Greg Powers

To get the pat to convincingly “melt,” a food stylist probably used a portable steamer or a heated painter’s spatula, depending on the desired effect. (Speaking of clever marketing tactics, you won’t believe this sneaky way airports get you to spend more money.)

Looks like ice cream? Tastes like lard

Unless you are advertising a particular brand, generic ice cream is typically made from fat and powdered sugar and colored to simulate different flavors. A food stylist might also fake ice cream by combining canned frosting with confectioners sugar: it scoops perfectly and stays camera-ready for hours. (You won’t want to miss these things your grocer won’t ever tell you.)

Yuck: Melted cheese is actually simmered cheese

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Food stylists heat up a little water and gently dip cheese in it for a couple of seconds before laying it on, say, a (probably cold) burger to achieve that dripping, gooey look.

Perfect grill marks are usually manufactured one at a time

Food styling: Ceci Loebl, Photo Credit: Nino Adonis

Some stylists use a paint stripper, while others heat up individual metal skewers so they can place evenly spaced char lines on the food. (If you’ve ever wondered what secret ingredient makes McDonald’s fries so tasty, we finally have an answer.)

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Magically, cut fruit never browns

It’s often put in a cold-water bath with a sprinkle of a product called “Fruit Fresh,” which can be found at most grocery stores. Some food stylists add lemon juice to water for a similar effect. To redden berries, a food stylist might use lipstick to cover any white spots.

Here’s why the bacon looks so good:

Food styling: Ceci Loebl, Photo Credit: Nino Adonis

To get the perfectly curled effect, food stylists weave the strips over and under tubes in the oven or they drape them over squished aluminum foil. Highlights created by spritzing oil on the finished product make it look less dry and more mouthwatering. (By the way, this is exactly how restaurants get you to order more food.)

Sandwiches don’t usually stay together

Food styling: Ceci Loebl, Photo Credit: Greg Powers

They’re built layer by layer, with toothpicks holding each level in place. Larger stacks are held together with skewers.

Water may be cheap, but ice cubes are expensive

Food styling: Ceci Loebl, Photo Credit: Nino Adonis

Because ice would melt under hot lights, a food stylist uses carved plastic blocks that can cost up to $50 each. The drinks are also likely fake, made from granulated gel squeezed into water. Even the condensation on the glass could be a mix of corn syrup and water, sprayed on. (These restaurant secrets the kitchen crew won’t ever tell you are shocking.)

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Many glazes are just simply oil

Food styling: Ceci Loebl, Photo Credit: Nino Adonis

A food stylist will spray oil on the product to get a gorgeous, glistening effect, as shown here on colorful roasted carrots.

For the freshest look, salads get spritzed

Photos courtesy of ALDI, Inc./Brian Kersey

After putting a salad out, a food stylist will keep a spray bottle of water nearby and use it to keep the greens crisp. (You won’t believe these sickening secrets of how processed food is made.)

White plates show off most food best

Then consumers can really see the richness and beauty of the food without distraction.

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Casanova leaves woman pregnant, cons mum out of RM91,000


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MO,25/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: A 36-year-old woman’s dream of finding love turned sour when she was left pregnant by a “Casanova” who also cheated her mother out of RM91,000. Vanessa Ho from Simpang Renggam, Johor said she met the “Casanova” — a 40-year-old known as Looi — through a mobile phone app and moved to Kuala Lumpur with him last February.

She said she found out she was pregnant a month later and Looi promised to marry her as soon as possible. However, in April, the man claimed he was facing financial difficulties and approached Ho’s 74-year-old mother, who then lent him RM76,000.

Looi later asked Ho to move back to Johor, and took her mother’s ATM card to withdraw a further RM15,000. Ho added that Looi issued a couple of cheques to “return” her mother’s money and made up excuses when they bounced, before disappearing four days after the couple’s daughter was born in December. “I always suspected he may not be trustworthy, but when I wanted to break up with him, I found out I was already pregnant,” said Ho at a press conference in Wisma MCA on Thursday (Jan 25).

She added that she later received a visit from debt collectors who claimed that Looi owed them RM215,000, adding that the debt collectors revealed that the man had also used the addresses of two other women in Penang and Johor for his loans. “However, my mother still believes that he will come back and return her money,” added Ho, who said that she wants to prevent more victims from being duped by his charms.

Meanwhile, MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said the modus operandi of “Casanovas” was to strike up friendships with women and reel them in by telling them sad life stories. Chong said that he had to deal with 20 similar cases last year.

“I want ladies to be careful of all these sweet talkers. We have received similar complaints from three ladies this month,” said Chong.

–TheStar



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