KUALA LUMPUR: INDONESIA plans to introduce the live-out concept for its maids working in Malaysia to protect them from abuse by employers. The labour attache at the Indonesian embassy here, Agus Triyanto, said the republic was studying the plan and would discuss it soon with Malaysian authorities. “Under this plan, maid agencies have to provide accommodation for the maids who will only be required to work eight hours a day, just like other categories of workers. If the maids, who will be paid a minimum monthly salary of RM600 under this plan, are required to work longer, they have to be paid overtime” He said the maids would have one day of rest every week which they could spend in their own accommodation away from their employers’ houses.- Source: New Straits Times
Now, this isn’t going anywhere, right? The long standing Indonesian maids issue will not settle, not in the near future. While I can understand the Indonesians’ concern over the maid abuse in this country, asking for ridiculous demands won’t help either. (more…)
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Got an idea for building a better condom? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is offering $100,000 of initial funding with up to $1 million of possible continued funding to whoever designs the “next generation of condoms‘. Proposals sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation must have a “testable hypothesis”, include an associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated and yield interpretable and unambiguous data to receive continued funding toward development. Ideas that prove too expensive for widespread use in the developing world, or those that don’t do the job of preventing pregnancy or disease transmission will be dismissed right off the bat.
“The primary drawback from the male perspective is that condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom,” says the Foundation’s description of the challenge. So a “next-generation” condom would, perhaps, find some way to increase sensation as to get men to wear them more often — purely in the name of global health, of course. (more…)
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I saw many bloggers posted about radio-controlled helicopter (RC Helicopter) over the last few months. Many people seem to go gaga over this flying toy. Well, I’m always curious about the potential dangers of the RC Helicopter. The blades that spin on top of the RC Helicopters are too creepy for me and I always wonder what it will do to us if it hits us. Each blade’s spindle and nut must be able to hold 270 pounds of pressure to prevent the blades from flying off. What’s more, the speed at the tip of each rotor blade is 250 miles per hour, which is more than enough to create deep, penetrating cuts in hands, arms or ankles; even tiny pieces that are suddenly ejected from the helicopter can become violent shrapnel at speeds like this.
Having established the dangers of RC Helicopter’s blades, we must also be worried about the people who control them. Mind you, remote control helicopter is a complex, powerful machine. Therefore, they can be difficult to operate. In high-speed flight, with a blade speed of 250 mph, an ordinary RC helicopter can turn into a dangerous projectile in flight. (more…)