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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mothers-to-be should take folic acid AND vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects, leading expert warns


Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day
Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day
Mothers-to-be should take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida, a charity has said.

New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will further help prevent the series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system.

Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.

But the charity Shine, which helps individuals and families affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus, is recommending that pregnant women, and those trying to conceive, should take 2.5mcg of B12 once a day with a meal.

It’s thought taking vitamin B12 alongside folic acid may be more effective than taking folic acid alone. 

The recommendation comes after a new report from a leading authority on the issue, Professor John Scott, founder of the Vitamin Research Unit at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin.

He concluded:  ‘It is clear that, as well as the addition of a folic acid supplement (400 mcg per day), the addition of a vitamin B12 component of at least 2.5 mcg per day would bring about a further significant and worthwhile risk reduction for neural tube defects.’

Neural tube defects (NTDs) still affect 1 in 1000 pregnancies in the UK. When taken correctly before and during pregnancy, folic acid could prevent up to 72 per cent of these cases.

Scientists worldwide have searched for ways to reduce the risk further, including studying the potential benefits of vitamin B12, which is essential for the body to metabolise folic acid. 

This has highlighted a link between low folate and low B12 levels, with some studies suggesting a possible three-fold risk increase for NTDs in women with low levels of B12.

Jackie Bland, chief executive officer at Shine, said: ‘NTDs are a serious health threat which can lead to enormous challenges and painful decisions. 

‘The most serious form, anencephaly, means that the baby will not live long beyond birth, and many babies born with spina bifida face a life with serious, multiple disabilities. 

‘Shine is committed to the primary prevention of NTDs and as such it is our duty to make women aware of the potential benefits of B12.’ - By ANNA HODGEKISS

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nurse wrote sexually explicit fantasy about seducing and killing a patient then sold the book to clinic visitors


A district nurse wrote explicit fantasy stories ‘based on her job’ about having sex with a terminally ill patient before murdering them, a tribunal heard.

In one titled 'Angel with Black Wings', Kathleen Pugh describes a nurse seducing the patient before killing him with a lethal injection.

The 53-year-old Lancashire nurse promoted Aristocracy Or Not And Other Stories at her clinic and even sold them to patients and staff, a misconduct hearing was told.
Kathleen Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing after publishing the novels in 2010
Kathleen Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing after publishing the novels in 2010.

One patient who bought the book from Pugh said she was ‘disgusted’ by the story, which mirrored her work as a nurse.

Pugh is facing a misconduct hearing accused of being unfit to work after bosses after her bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust read the book.

Pugh told a local newspaper she had based some of her story on her work, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. 

‘There are points of the story which detail actions taken by a district nurse, having sex with a patient and also killing them’, said Paul Pretty, for the NMC. 

‘The nature of those parts of the passages directly correlates to the role Ms Pugh was employed in.’ 
Her collection of short stories was published in 2010 by Author House
Her collection of short stories was published in 2010 by Author House.

Bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, where Pugh works, believe her fitness to work is impaired after reading the book
Bosses at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, where Pugh works, belive her fitness to work is impaired after reading the book.
The book, published by Author House in 2010, includes the tale of Angela Diablo, a 'shapely' health visitor treating a dying patient for pain relief who fantasizes about having sex with her. 

‘I was concerned by the content of the book, which appeared to be based on her work as a district nurse’, said team leader Susan Kearns, Pugh’s line manager. 

‘There was a story about a dying patient in a dream-like fantasy world. 
Kathleen Pugh denies all the charges against her but did not appear at the misconduct hearing
Kathleen Pugh denies all the charges against her but did not appear at the misconduct hearing

‘The nurse has sex with him before administering a lethal injection.’ 

Mrs Kearns said medication mentioned in the story is used by nurses like Pugh, and she was responsible for patients in the community in similar circumstances to the character in the book.

‘One patient who bought the book told me she didn’t like it and was disgusted by it’, Mrs Kearns said. 

‘She told me she had bought the book from Kathleen.
‘I was quite shocked really, that she even knew about it, and I didn’t realise that Kathleen was discussing the book with patients.’
Pugh is accused of putting up posters in the clinic at Royal Oldham Hospital advertising her book, handing copies to patients and staff, and selling the book to at least one patient, the hearing was told.

Mrs Kearns said Pugh put up a poster in the clinic’s reception area which stayed up for around a month, and initially had a work contact number for anyone looking to buy a copy.
‘It wasn’t appropriate that people should be ringing up about something personal to the district nursing office’, she said. 

‘She was obviously trying to sell it, but I felt it would make the district nurses look like they were promoting the book.’

Pugh denies all the charges against her, but did not to turn up to the hearing in central London. 
‘Ms Pugh denies giving the book away or selling it to patients, and says it is a work of science fiction fantasy,’ said Mr Pretty.

‘She says she was asked to bring in copies of the stories.’ 

The book, which is still available online, is described as a ‘selection of stories that will spark the curiosity of many an avid reader’. 

Pugh says the tales show a ‘world of romance, passion, empathy, and compassion’ from the 19th century to present day. 

Pugh denies putting up posters at work and contests that her fitness to practice as a nurse is impaired. 

The hearing continues. - MailOnline


NYC hospital loses power; more than 200 patients evacuate, including 20 babies

Paramedics evacuate patients from New York University Tisch Hospital due to a power outage as Hurricane Sandy makes its approach in New York October 29, 2012. More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER HEALTH)
Reuters/REUTERS - Paramedics evacuate patients from New York University Tisch Hospital due to a power outage as Hurricane Sandy makes its approach in New York October 29, 2012. More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER HEALTH)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A backup generator failed at a New York City hospital Monday night, forcing it to move out more than 200 patients, including 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit.
Dozens of ambulances lined up around the block outside New York University Tisch Hospital as doctors and nurses began the slow process of evacuation. They started with the sickest and youngest. Some were on respirators operating on battery power.
"It's a challenging situation," NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman told WCBS-TV. "We drill all the time for this kind of thing. But this isn't a drill. This is the real thing."
Much of lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness by superstorm Sandy, a monstrous hybrid system that swept across a huge swath of the Eastern U.S.
Most of the power outages in lower Manhattan, where Tisch is located, were due to an explosion at an electrical substation, officials at Consolidated Edison said. It wasn't clear whether flooding or flying debris caused the explosion, said John Miksad, senior vice-president for electric operations at Con Edison.
Without power, there are no elevators, meaning patients — some of whom are being treated for cancer and other serious illnesses — must be fully carried down staircases, Grossman said.
As the patients were evacuated, gusts of wind blew their blankets. Nurses and staff huddled around the patients, some holding IVs and other equipment.
Ambulances came from around the city to help transport the sick. Patients will be taken to other hospitals including Mount Sinai and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. - AP

Man shows up at his own funeral


Gilberto Araujo: I'm not dead, pinch me!
Gilberto Araujo: I'm not dead, pinch me!
Family members and friends that were gathering to mourn the death of a Brazilian man fled, some even fainted when he suddenly appeared in front of the coffin.
They had gathered at the wake in the town of Alagoinhas in Bahia state after 41-year-old car washer Gilberto Araujo was said to have been murdered. But it was a case of mistaken identity. The dead man was, in fact, the similar-looking Genivaldo Santos Gama, who held the same job as him.
The whole thing started on Sunday when Sao Paulo police informed the family of Araujo's death. His brother Jose Marcos Araujo went to identify the body at the morgue and took the wrong remains to the mother's home, where the wake was held.
Araujo—who had not contacted his family for four months—was told of the bizarre incident by a friend, whom he bumped into on the streets several hours before the funeral. He tried to call an acquaintance to inform him that he was alive but the latter thought the call was a prank.
He rushed over to clear the confusion. "When I walked through the door, I saw my coffin and was a bit flabbergasted…," said Araujo. He continued: "I told them 'Guys, I'm not dead, I'm alive, pinch me!'" Some people fainted and others were so scared that they ran away upon seeing him.
Can you tell the difference between Araujo (left) and Gama?
Can you tell the difference between Araujo (left) and Gama?
"There's no way to tell the difference [between Araujo and Gama] because they're very similar. So I proceeded to confirm the body," said Jose.
Police inspector Roberto Lima also said that the confusion was 'understandable'. "The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers," he said, adding that no further information on Gama was immediately available and his remains had been sent back to the mortuary.
Published: 29th October 2012

Teen threatens mum after lovechild with stepdad


Fangting and her daughter-sister.
Fangting and her daughter-sister.
A teenager in China has given birth to her own sister, a child fathered by her stepdad, who she ran away with when she was just 14 and he was 34. The now-16-year-old girl has also texted her mum to divorce her stepdad, threatening to take her to court if she refuses to let him go.
To complicate matters, her mum and her stepdad, now 36, also had a baby when they were together, which means that he's the father on his son and of his own granddaughter.
The drama blew up in April when Fangting from Ganzhou of Jiangxi province sent a text message to her mum Huang Changhong saying, "I am now the wife of [stepdad] Liu Guochang. We have been together for two years and we have a daughter. Please divorce him. I will bring the case to court if you don't."
The shocking phone message was the first news of any kind that Huang had heard from her daughter since Fangting and Liu ran off together.
Huang apparently knew about their incestuous illicit affair when she found out a love letter that her daughter had written to her husband in 2009. Angry and ashamed, she sent Fangting to live with her grandparents, under the excuse that she couldn't take care of the child, as she had to work in another city.
However, Liu would secretly bring his stepdaughter back to his place on the weekends and they eventually started a sexual relationship. A year later, Liu and Fangting ran away and the teenager gave birth to their child last year.
In her message to her mum, Fangting begged her, "I have no father. I don't want my child to be like me." Liu also sent Huang a text message congratulating her of becoming a grandmother. That was enough to send Huang straight to the police station where she lodged a report against her husband.
Liu was finally arrested in May, and although his stepchild pleaded with the judge that they were in love and their sexual affair happened with her consent, China's laws consider sex with a child under 14 as statutory rape. Liu was subsequently sentenced to 11 years in prison last week, although he has filed an appeal.
Huang now says she will consider divorcing her husband only when her daughter is married into a good family. Fangting is Huang's daughter from her first marriage. Huang divorced Fangting's father after she was born in 1996 due to pressure from her mother-in-law who wanted grandsons.
Huang and Liu met and married 10 years later because Huang wanted to give Fangting a family. Meanwhile, Huang's son with Liu continues to live with her.

A wedding that is truly 1Malaysia


Triple happiness : (From left) Lim, Ching, Azizi, Fadzilah, Shankaran and Punisha sitting on the specially decorated wedding stage.Triple happiness : (From left) Lim, Ching, Azizi, Fadzilah, Shankaran and Punisha sitting on the specially decorated wedding stage.
YAN: Three couples were the centre of attention during a community programme here where they held a multi-racial 1Malaysia wedding in traditional attire.
Scores of people gathered to take pictures with the couples, who were resplendently dressed in traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian costumes.
Their wedding ceremony was witnessed by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim along with more than 2,000 villagers.
Their family members, who were invited to the programme, were treated to a sumptuous lunch yesterday.
Azizi Yusof, 31, and his wife Fadzilah Md Saad, 32, from Gurun, were all smiles in their matching purple attire that was sponsored by the organiser of the Kedah 1Malaysia Kasih Sayang Community Carnival at the Gua Chempedak multi-purpose hall.
Their marriage was solemnised on Oct 24.
The other couples were M. Shankaran, 24, and his wife G. Punisha, 23, both from Bedong, who were married on Oct 27, and Lim Chin Keak, 22, and his fiancee Joane Ching Khai Juen, 22, both also from Gurun. The Chinese couple will register their marriage today in Sungai Petani.
An elated Fadzilah, a clerk, said she and Azizi had yet to hold a kenduri.
“So, we consider our invitation to this event a blessing as our close family members were also invited for a luncheon,” she said.
Lim, a trader, said it was a pleasant experience to participate in the “1Malaysia wedding ceremony” along with the other two couples.
Nurse Punisha said she was only informed about the invitation a day earlier.
“We wouldn't miss the opportunity to celebrate our marriage with more people that would allow them to better understand our culture,” she said.
During the programme, Dr Rais said the Federal Government was mindful of the needs of the people, adding that more than 21,700 people from the Yan district had received about RM10.9mil under the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) allocation this year.
A total of 27,892 students had also received the RM100 schooling aid while 445 fishermen were given RM200 to help them cope with the rising cost of living, he said. - theStarOnline

Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
Associated Press/ John Minchillo - Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.  (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)
The New York skyline remains dark Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as seen from the Williamsburg neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In an attempt to lessen damage from saltwater to the subway system and the electrical network beneath the city's financial district, New York City's main utility cut power to about 6,500 customers in lower Manhattan. But a far wider swath of the city was hit with blackouts caused by flooding and transformer explosions. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
A fire burns at least two dozen homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. A fire department spokesman says more than 190 firefighters are at the blaze in the Breezy Point section. Fire officials say the blaze was reported around 11 p.m. Monday in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through earlier. (AP Photo/Stephanie Keith)
A fallen tree branch sits on a car blocking East 74th St. between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy made landfall Monday night, hurling a surge of seawater on New York City with wind and rain that sent water sloshing into Manhattan from three sides but began dying down within hours. (AP Photo/Willie Regan)
This image from video provided by Dani Hart shows what appears to be a transformer exploding in lower Manhattan as seen from a building rooftop from the Navy Yard in Brooklyn during Sandy’s arrival in New York City. Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people. (AP Photo/Dani Hart)
This photo provided by Dylan Patrick shows flooding along the Westside Highway near the USS Intrepid as Sandy moves through the area Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in New York. Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people. (AP Photo/Dylan Patrick) MANDATORY CREDIT: DYLAN PATRICK
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

KL ranked No. 2 in shopping

Shopping paradise: The index has taken note of the Government’s mammoth investments in developing KLCC and Bukit Bintang as a ‘premier shopping precinct’.
Shopping paradise: The index has taken note of the Government’s mammoth investments in developing KLCC and Bukit Bintang as a ‘premier shopping precinct’.

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur is the second best shopping city in Asia Pacific, according to the latest Globe Shopper Index, cementing its position as a shopping paradise.
Twenty-five cities in the region were assessed under five categories shops; culture and climate; hotels and transport; affordability; and convenience.
Kuala Lumpur achieved the second highest overall score of 65 out of 100.
Only Hong Kong scored higher 68.5 edging other cities for its safety, dependable city transport and variety of shops and brands. Shanghai was third with a 63.1 score with Beijing placed fourth at 60.7.
Singapore (60.2) and Bangkok (57.1) were ranked fifth and seventh respectively. The other big cities ranked included Sydney (58.4), Tokyo (56.4) and Seoul (54.8).
“Kuala Lumpur's specific strength is its ability to combine low prices with a good range of products in a large number of stores, including three of the world's 10 biggest shopping malls,” the index report stated.
The report predicted that Kuala Lumpur had the potential to perform better in future indexes due to the Government's efforts to promote retail tourism.
It also took note of the Government's mammoth investments in developing KLCC and Bukit Bintang as a “premier shopping precinct in Malaysia”.
Bukit Bintang-KLCC Tourism Association chairman Joyce Yap welcomed the report, saying the Government's decision to make shopping a focus in the Economic Transformation Plan was a key factor.
The Globe Shopper Index was created by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which is part of the Economist Group and founded as an in-house research unit for The Economist newspaper and commissioned by Switzerland-based shopping tourism company Global Blue. - theStarOnline

Quarrelling couple suffocate to death in burning flat


JOHOR BARU: Minutes after getting embroiled in an argument, a couple found themselves trapped in their apartment which caught fire and they eventually suffocated to death.
The victims, Sabahan, Angielee Ambrose, 29 and her friend, Ang Lye Hock, 52, a Singaporean, were heard shouting at each other before the fire started at around 11.15am at a townhouse in Taman Iskandar here on Sunday.
Neighbours managed to pry open the door but the flames drove them back.
Minutes later there was a small explosion, said a neighbor, Bahruddin Saffri Ahsan, 46.
Fire and Rescue Department officials arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later.
Operation head Raja Saiful Iswardi Raja Hassan said that three fire engines and 18 officials were tasked to put out the flames.
“We managed to control the flames about one minute later but the fire was completely put out at around 11.50am,” he said when met at the scene.
He added that the body of Angielee was discovered at the hall area while the body of Ang was found in the bathroom.
“Initial findings reveal that both may have died from suffocation due to the thick smoke from the fire,” he said adding that authorities were still investigating the source of the incident. - theStarOnline

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Showroom ‘visitor’ drives off with RM900,000 Porsche


KUALA LUMPUR: A smartly dressed man walked into a Porsche showroom here and coolly drove off with a brand new RM900,000 car.
The showroom personnel only realised that a car was being stolen when the security guard raised the alarm after noticing it being driven off without number plates.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said the man, dressed in a white long sleeve shirt and dark coloured pants, entered the Jalan Bukit Bintang showroom at 9am under the pretext of looking for someone and walked into the office.
He said the man then took an envelope which contained the key to a brand new gold Porsche Panamera.
“He entered the driver's seat, started the engine and drove off. The whole incident lasted five minutes,” he said at the Dang Wangi police headquarters yesterday.
ACP Zainuddin said the showroom called the station to report the theft at 10am.
Police are looking for Mohd Azri Mohd Kassim 31, to assist in investigations.
He urged anyone who knew the man's whereabouts or with information to contact the Dang Wangi police headquarters at 03-26977099 or the Kuala Lumpur police hotline 03-21460522.
Meanwhile, police have arrested five men in connection with the theft of five Honda cars worth over RM500,000 from a showroom at Bandar Sungai Long on Sept 25.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Adnan Abdullah said police arrested the five suspects near the Anjung Umbai jetty, Malacca, at around 4.30pm on Tuesday.
“We have recovered two of the stolen cars there, while two more were recovered at Kuala Selangor several days ago,” he said, adding that police were looking for the fifth car.
He said they would be making more arrests soon.
It was reported that a mob of armed men stormed into a showroom in Bandar Sungai Long, near here, and fled with an undisclosed sum of money and the five Honda cars.
The group of about 15 men, armed with parang and axes, overpowered two unarmed security guards and tied them up before making their getaway in the five cars in the incident which occurred between 2am and 3am on Sept 25
The guards freed themselves and called the police at about 7pm, said Kajang Deputy OCPD Supt Azman Ayob. - theStarOnline

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Worried investors hope Genneva will be allowed to resume business soon


GEORGE TOWN: Housewife Resool Yusof Gani is praying that the authorities will allow Genneva Malaysia Sdn Bhd to resume its gold business.
The 41-year-old mother of three said she had been left with no income following the raid on the firm by government agencies.
“Whatever money I have has been invested in the gold trade,” she said at a press conference at the company's regional office here.
Resool said she invested RM200,000 to buy gold from Genneva three months ago.
<b>All that glitters:</b> Nor Diana (centre), her husband Arman Othman, 37, and Resool showing their gold bars during a press conference at Genneva Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s regional office in Jalan Tengku Kudin in Penang Wednesday.All that glitters: Nor Diana (centre), her husband Arman Othman, 37, and Resool showing their gold bars during a press conference at Genneva Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s regional office in Jalan Tengku Kudin in Penang Wednesday.
“I'm worried that I will be unable to feed my children,” she said.
Another housewife, Nor Diana Nasaruddin, 31, said she also invested RM200,000 two years ago.
“I also introduced the scheme to my friends. I don't know how to explain the situation to them now,” she said.
Dr Khoo Kong Jong, 58, said he invested RM400,000 in Genneva a year ago since it had a good reputation.
“I receive an average return of RM8,000 monthly. The money is used to fund my son's tertiary education in London. He needs almost RM20,000 every month.
“I have another daughter who just enrolled in a college in Kuala Lumpur,” said Dr Khoo, who runs a private clinic.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said he almost invested in Genneva Malaysia Sdn Bhd too.
He said he was having bak kut teh with two friends two months ago when one of them told him about the gold trading scheme.
“He said he heard about it from another friend. It sounded like a good deal and I was very excited,” said Chong in an interview.
However, the friend who recommended the scheme later changed his mind.
“He said the deal sounds too good to be true and told us to hold onto our money,” said Chong.
He hoped people would be careful before investing in similar schemes.
“The more returns they promise, the more careful you should be,” he said.
“I think I should also thank my wife who is the one controlling my money.” - theStarOnline

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kate’s ‘brave and handsome’ Zakwan dies of leukaemia


PETALING JAYA: Teenager Zakwan Anuar whose poignant meeting with the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton made international news during her visit here, has died of leukaemia.
The Britain-based daily The Sun quoted a palace spokesman as saying that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to hear of Zakwan's death and that their thoughts were with his family.
It also said that the royal couple were told of Zakwan's death after his mother Norizan Sulong contacted the paper that ran the story, Farewell to the boy who gave Kate his last smile.
memories: Kate interacting with Zakwan during her visit to Hospis Malaysia last month. — AFPmemories: Kate interacting with Zakwan during her visit to Hospis Malaysia last month. — AFP
Kate, as she is affectionately known, had visited Zakwan, 15, at Hospis Malaysia during her tour with Prince William here last month and said that he was “very brave” and “very handsome”.
Norizan, 47, was quoted by The Sun as saying: “We were next to him when he had his last moment. He was surrounded by his brother, sister, father, grandfather, grandmothers and schoolmates. I miss him terribly.”
During the royal visit, Kate also signed Zakwan's birthday card.
Zakwan had postponed a scheduled blood transfusion to meet the royal couple.
Doctors had expected Zakwan to pass away within 48 hours of their meeting, but his 15-minute chat with the Duchess gave him the strength to battle on for two more weeks. - theStarOnline

Gold trading firm Genneva's offices raided


PETALING JAYA: The police, Bank Negara, the Companies Commission of Malaysia and the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism jointly raided gold trading firm Genneva Malaysia Sdn Bhd and its affiliates in the country for various suspected offences.
Singapore's Commercial Affairs Department also conducted a similar operation against Genneva Pte Ltd in the republic.
In a statement released yesterday, Bank Negara said the raid was to probe suspected offences under the laws administered by the agencies.
“The public is advised to be cautious in investing money to avoid becoming victims of activities that are illegal and in breach of the law,” the statement read.
Waiting patiently: Customers gathering outside Genneva’s office in Jalan Kuchai Maju 6 as the raid is in progress.Waiting patiently: Customers gathering outside Genneva’s office in Jalan Kuchai Maju 6 as the raid is in progress.
The website for Genneva Malaysia remained accessible providing visitors with information on the company's background and contact details, among others.
The firm's Singapore portal, however, was not fully accessible.
The website for the Genneva Pte Ltd at http://www.genneva.com.sg/, takes visitors to a single page with the message that reads: “Work in progress, to ensure all obligations to our customers and consultants are met.”
The message urged for calm and cooperation during “these trying times as we work out amicable solutions for everyone”.
Genneva Singapore's Facebook stated: “Pray for positive outcome while the new management is working round the clock to solve problems.”
“We Shall Overcome!,” read a message posted on the page yesterday afternoon. (http://www.facebook.com/GennevaWorld.Sg)
Meanwhile, several clients and gold traders of the company cried foul over the raid.
A trader, who only wished to be known as Nick, said money earned from the purchase and sale of gold had helped fund his son through university.
“There has never been any complaint by the clients. The company has helped the livelihood of thousands of people. Why are the authorities interfering in a legitimate business?” he asked.
Another trader, S. Shanti, said the money from her buying and selling of gold, which she stressed was done with the relevant documentation and tax deductions, had helped pay for her mother's dialysis weekly treatment costing RM1,000 over the past three years.
“If they put a stop to this company, how am I going to foot the expensive bill for my mother's health?” she asked outside the company's office in Jalan Kuchai Maju 6.
She was among 100 customers, aged between those in their 20s and 70s, who had gathered at the office in support of Genneva after hearing of the raid yesterday afternoon.
They hoped that the authorities would complete the investigations and leave the company alone after that.
It was learnt that Bank Negara held a briefing with all the other agencies in Putrajaya at 8am before the simultaneous raids were conducted.
Staff at the Jalan Kuchai Lama office had their statements recorded until about 9pm before they were allowed to leave.
Officers at the scene were tight-lipped over the operation. However, they were seen carting away documents and files from the two premises located opposite each other.
As of 9.30pm, Bank Negara officers were still going through the records while customers of the company waited. - theStarOnline

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