Archive for August, 2008

Ramadan Kareem

at the sun down today in Middle Eastern Gulf the Lunar Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan will start,
come Tuesday morning, the office schedules will be different, the traffic chaos timings between Dubai & Sharjah will change and the attitudes of common people will be different.

Ramadan is month of fasting from Dawn till Dusk, month of seeking forgiveness of our mis-deeds from ALLAH (SWT) and asking for protection & shield from HELL,. This month gives an extra opportunity to look around us and reach out to those who are in NEED of attention physical, materialm and or financial.

Zakat mandatory charity for ALLAH (SWT) from the our prosperity is also calculated at the begin-ing of Ramadan to be distributed among the needy.

23 Sept onwards festive season will start people will start preparing for EID-Al-Fitr, expats or locals all will be shopping, expats will be extra busy preparing for short vacations to go back home and celeberate festivities with the near & dear ones,

Ramadan brings us enough opportunities to seek forgiveness from ALLAH (SWT) and Be close to ourselves and prepare for our final journey.

Reach out see what Ramadan hold for YOU,

Happy and a very Blessed Ramadan to ALL of YOU

Emails via Company Domains

Domain Owner Sued over email with adult pictures, offensive content

By M. MAGESWARI

KUALA LUMPUR: A consultant is suing a public listed company, its subsidiary and three of its workers for RM30mil over alleged defamation, sexual harassment and abuse of power.

Datuk Baharruddin Hamzah, 33, has named Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PC),PC engineer Mohd Arshad Ahmad Nawawi, 37, PC receiving officer Alinah Ahmad Shah, 41, PC officer Nasrum Mohamad, 29, as defendants in his civil suit.

He filed the suit at the High Court (civil) registry under the law firm of Shaari Nor & Co with the presence of his lawyers at about 3pm on Tuesday.

He had also stated his company, Abyssina Builders (M) Sdn Bhd, a contractor involved in the oil and gas industry, as another plaintiff.

In the statement of claim, he said that Mohd Arshad had sent two e-mail messages containing an article and three photographs of half-naked women to his wife, who is his company’s chief executive officer, using Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s domain on July 29, last year.

He said Mohd Arshad had sent another e-mail on the same date that contained “offensive wordings.”

He claimed that he came to know about the circulation of such indecent material and article on the same date when he was holidaying in Malacca with his children.

He further claimed that he was shocked and that the act had resulted him having a fight with his wife who later left their matrimonial home and divorced him on Sept 11 last year.

The divorce had resulted in his 12-year-old daughter coming under the custody of his wife, while he retained custody of his two sons aged seven and 11.

He claimed that such e-mail had caused his children to suffer emotional disturbance, loss of love, depression, the companionship of his parents and had affected their education.

He claimed that he suffered public scandal, loss of reputation, ridicule, odium and contempt.

Among others, Baharruddin said Alinah had purposely sent an e-mail on Aug 1 last year to his wife containing four indecent photographs.

The plaintiffs said his company continued to receive such e-mail for several days from June 11 this year.

He said the actions of the Mohd Arshad and Alinah showed abuse of power given by PC to send such e-mail using the official e-mail domain of Petroliam Nasional Bhd.

He said a police report on the name of his company over the matter had been lodged at Bukit Aman on Aug 8.

Speaking to reporters, Baharruddin said he decided to file the suit as “it is a question over ethics”.

“It is a cheap e-mail being circulated around by the company’s staff. My children had seen the photographs and it is really embarrassing.

“I decided to put a stop to this. It is also a sort of punishment,” he said after his two sons held posters condemning the act of sending such e-mail after the filing of the suit at the court premises here.

He is seeking to get RM10mil each for alleged abuse of power, defamation and sexual harassment.

He is also seeking for a declaration that the public listed company and its subsidiary was responsible for their staff’s actions and others costs deemed fit by the court.

Quacking Ducks & Flying Eagles

*Ducks Quack, Eagles Fly*

No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice.


Harvey Mackay, tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point.

He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey .

He handed my friend a laminated card and said:

‘I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’

Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said:

Wally’s Mission Statement:

To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.’

My friend said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’

Wally smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.’

Almost stuttering, Harvey said, ‘I’ll take a Diet Coke.’

Handing him his drink, Wally said, ‘If you’d like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.’

As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card. ‘These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.’

And as if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day.

He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

‘Tell me, Wally,’ my amazed friend asked the driver, ‘have you always served customers like this?’

Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. ‘No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day.

He had just written a book called ‘You’ll See It When You Believe It’.

Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself.

He said, ‘Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.”

‘That hit me right between the eyes,’ said Wally. ‘Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.’

‘I take it that has paid off for you,’ Harvey said.

‘It sure has,’ Wally replied. ‘My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.’

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting.

Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.

How about us???
Leading the Change of Life & Many More………

Enjoy The Life……..

Degree Attestation – Pakistan

Degree attestation for Educated Nationals of Pakistan was always a TASK It has been made convenient, by HEC

Please read and access the website as well,

Dubai Taxi (II)

This is completely my personal experience.

I had earlier also made a note on Taxi’s in Dubai. Still my experience to board a taxi is to wait for an hour atleast.

Dubai Taxi has now announced making available taxi on an sms. I tried earlier many times calling the call centre to get a taxi, but out of about 3 times, only once did I get a reply, that too after one and half hour.

Lets hope that the Dubai Taxi gets better this time.

Pakistan

President General (Retired) Perwaiz Musharraf resigned from his position 1415 Hrs PST 18 August 2008.

GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

Villa or an Appartment

Since the Dubai Government offered expatriates the right to freehold property in 2002, the Dubai property landscape has changed beyond belief.

Many of those individuals that took the plunge early-on now boast of 300 per cent returns or more on some of their off-plan property deals, causing many current home-seekers and investors to feel that they have missed the boat. But all the signs are that Dubai property is still on the up-and-up.

So where is the smart money going, apartments or villas? Both types of properties have their own merit. In both sectors, powerful and steady demand and the widespread availability of finance from local and international lenders is still driving prices aggressively.

That said, of the 55,000 residential units coming on line next year, just a fraction will be villas. In a relentless property climate, villas are therefore proving to be the hot ticket, specifically in the owner-occupier segment.

Villas

Each year, Dubai represents a land of opportunity for hundreds of thousands of new residents. A continuing surge in demand for family homes is the direct result.

The beauty of a villa is that you and your family can be part of ready made community, and with most developers committed to providing the very best for their residents, most villa developments offer schools, mosques and a wide range of shops and other facilities. This is something that apartment dwellers often do not get.

Capital appreciation for completed and off-plan villas remains very impressive. It is, however, the ‘des-res’ luxury segment that is increasing in price at the most extraordinary pace. Jumeirah Islands in Dubai, for example, has seen increases in price of up to Dhs1m since the start of the summer, and Emirates Hills and Palm Jumeirah villas continue to sell for unprecedented amounts, with no other property world-wide doing as well in the resale market.

At the medium end of the market, Springs, Meadows and Arabian Ranches are hitting an all time price high as well.

A major benefit of a villa purchase for investment purposes is that due to the extreme shortage in supply, prices and leasing potentials are exceptional.

Leasing agents have reported unprecedented hikes in overall rental income of up to 25 per cent since May 2007. And many investors that purchased early are receiving up to 15 per cent annual capital appreciation. The average return on capital investment is still 7-10 per cent, depending on the development.

The disadvantages of buying a villa as an investment are few. However, for the seasoned property investor, the prospect of paying 100 per cent of the original price plus a huge premium for a villa may not be as attractive as buying a property off-plan.

Here, over the medium term, returns on investment can potentially prove to be far more attractive. Off-plan villa projects tend to see their premiums climb at a slower rate though, as villa residents prefer being able to walk though a completed property before purchase when they plan to live there themselves.

Apartments

Apartments continue to perform well, though again, it is primarily the luxury segment of this particular market that is showing strong price improvements. There is little shortage in apartment supply, although the quality of available properties coming on line varies dramatically.

The better quality units set in desirable locations perform best and offering the strongest potential from a rental perspective. Off-plan, pre-launch apartment projects continue to excite overseas investors looking to develop in particular a Dubai property portfolio in the UAE.

Market confidence and the introduction of industry regulations, coupled with the advancement of the freehold law, has encouraged an increasing number of investors. They are increasingly looking at buy-to-let finance solutions because of the extremely vibrant rental market and prospective returns on completion of their properties. The growth in rental returns for apartments are, in general, clearly stronger than villas, ranging from 8-12 per cent.

The rule of thumb in the current market is that a villa purchase will bring you a strong capital appreciation, and an apartment will produce the best return on investment.

Property returns across the emirates vary, because of the different stages of property development each is at, combined with their desirability. But in Dubai, the most developed UAE market, the average premium for a completed off-plan villa is 90 per cent and the average premium for an apartment that is bought off plan is 60 per cent – demonstrating the comparison.

Either way, the property boom is far from over and any foray into the property market at this time can be approached with confidence providing you have done the groundwork.

Alternate Energy in UAE

Solar Farm in RAK awaits

Increasing demand for energy in the UAE is seen to be a new opportunity for solar energy to finally take off in the country, The National has reported. An 85-metre circular solar panel in a desert near Ras al Khaimah city is expected to supply the energy needs of up to 200,000 homes. Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique, the company behind RAK’s solar islands sees the project as a single gigantic island up to 5km across – or an archipelago of floating solar generators, stationed off the shore, cooled by the waters of the Gulf and rotating to track the Sun.

Sharjah – Dubai Traffic

Source: Khaleej Time & Gulf News

SHARJAH – The ordeal of motorists in Sharjah is expected to increase manifold with the busy Al Wahda Street being closed for traffic for two years from August 15.

The street will remain closed from the Al Falah Plaza near the King Faisal Bridge up to the Culture Roundabout.

One of the busiest roads in Sharjah, this part of the Al Wahda Street will remain closed till 2010 to pave way for the the second phase of the largest road network expansion project in the emirate, officials said.

Shaikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director-General of the Sharjah Public Works Department, said the road section is being closed for the construction of two hanging bridges in Abu Shagara area and one in Al Tabaq Al Tayer roundabout, in addition to a tunnel to replace the Culture Roundabout to ensure efficient traffic movement.

The Al Wahda Road project started in March 2006 and is being built at a total cost of Dh2.1 billion. The project is expected to be completed by 2010.

Al Qasimi said the project is being undertaken under the instruction of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The Public Works Department is making necessary efforts to improve the infrastructure and public premises which meet the high international standards.

Asked how they will manage the traffic chaos, Al Qasimi said the department has a comprehensive plan to complete the project without disturbing the traffic flow by charting temporary intersections and safe detours to avoid congestion during the closure period.

Motorists are advised to take alternative roads and follow the road diversions being put in place, he said.

As part of the Al Wahda Road project, many internal roads have been paved. The works that have been carried out in the past six months include the conversion of nine roundabouts into traffic signal-controlled intersections.

Despite the assurances, motorists are worried. They say once people who have abroad on vacation come back, the Sharjah traffic will be a nightmare. Shashank Nair, a motorist, said, “I take 30 minutes to cross the stretch from the King Faisal Road to Cultural Roundabout now. Once this section is closed, my drive will stretch over several hours.

Another motorist also voiced similar opinion, saying the authorities must resorted to partial closure of the lanes for the construction as being done in the neighbouring emirate of Dubai.

Is water safe to drink ?

Some days ago, I was roaming on the roads at around 10-11 pm (I dont remember the exact time). What I saw (repeatedly, on various nights) was that some men were looking with a long stick into the garbage bins kept on the roadside. Then they picked up some bottles of water in different sizes from that garbage bin and filled their polybags and just went away.

What I was thinking is, what do they do after picking these empty bottles?

One of the thought that came to my mind was: Is it, that they are taking the empty bottles, then selling it to someone and then these bottles get filled with water and again sold in the market? So, is it safe to throw empty bottles into the garbage bins?

Next time, I throw any bottle into garbage bin, I make myself sure that it is crushed, beyond re-use.

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