Saturday, February 10, 2007

Warning Signs of a Stroke

Stroke is a life-or-death emergency in which every minute counts. Learn how to tell if someone may be having a stroke -- you could save a life. Often, stroke isn't treated as an emergency. The problem? One in three Americans can't identify any of the symptoms. That can lead to dangerous delays in getting care. Use this F.A.S.T. action plan to tell if someone may be having a stroke. You could save a life.

Face. Ask the person to smile. A stroke can cause one side of the face to droop. Abrupt dimming of vision or a sudden, severe headache with no known cause is also a warning signs.

Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, that could signal a stroke, which can trigger weakness, numbness or paralysis of an arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body. Sufferers may also have unexplained loss of balance, or a sudden fall.

Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Stroke victims may slur their words, have trouble speaking or understanding speech, or not be able to talk at all.

Time. If the person has any of these symptoms, call the emergency number. Stroke is a life-or-death emergency in which every minute counts. To have any hope of reversing the effects, a patient must get tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within three hours, or the Merci Retriever procedure within eight hours. The Merci Retrieval System is the first and only medical device with FDA clearance and CE Mark for the intended use of removing thrombus in acute ischemic stroke patients.For more information on this device, visit the manufacturer's website,, or the National Stroke Association at

Source of this article Reader's Digest

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Greatest Driving Road in the World

Look at what they have achieved in a desert.

The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the best driving roads in the world. Stretching for 7.3 miles and climbing nearly 4,000 feet, it boasts of 60 corners and a surface so smooth that it is to be experienced to be believed. The immaculate road was called the greatest driving road by automotive guide; The road scales the mountain and ends at a parking lot with a hotel and palace belonging to the country's rulers.

The road is cut into the Jebel Hafeet mountain, the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates , the oil-rich Gulf state. The road is a challenge for cyclists who frequently come to train there. The mountain spans the border with Oman and lies about 90 minutes' drive southeast of the thriving city of Dubai . It looks down upon a dusty, desert landscape that belies a nation of astonishing wealth.

About Jebel Hafeet: A mountain in UAE on the outskirts of Al Ain. The mountain rises 1240 meters and provides a lovely view of the city.

A Photograph to Make you Think

Have a close look at both the photographs & read the messages below them. Forwarding this link to as many people as you can wouldn't fulfill a wish; nor ignoring it will cause any misfortune; but its our moral duty to be concerned....towards humanity.

PS: Click on the first photo to view it bigger and read the message on it.

This was found in his diary:

"Dear God, I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it can taste and how full I may be. I pray that He will protect this little boy, guide and deliver him away from his misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by our own selfish nature and interests.

I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us that how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted".

Email this link to friends. On this good day, let's make a prayer for the suffering in anywhere any place around the globe and send this friendly reminder to others; think & look at this...when you complain about your food and the food we waste daily...

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Reason why people don't visit rich people's residence

Question: "What would you like to have...Fruit juice, Soda, Tea, Chocolate, Milo or Coffee?"
Answer: "Tea please"

Question: "Ceylon tea, Herbal tea, Bush tea, Honey bush tea, Ice tea or green tea?"
Answer: "Ceylon tea"

Question: "How would you like it black or white?"
Answer: "White"

Question: "Milk, Whitener, or Condensed milk?"
Answer: "With milk"

Question: "Goat milk, Camel milk or cow milk"
Answer: "With cow milk please”

Question: "Milk from Freeze land cow or Afrikaner cow?"
Answer: "Um, I'll take it black"

Question: "Would you like it with sweetener, sugar or honey?"
Answer: "With sugar"

Question: "Beet sugar or cane sugar?"
Answer: "Cane sugar"

Question:" White, brown or yellow sugar?"
Answer: "Forget about tea just give me a glass of water instead.”

Question: "Mineral water or still water?"
Answer: "Mineral water"

Question: "Flavored or non-flavored?"
Answer: "I'll rather die of thirst”

Source: Unknown (via email)

Childhood Innocence

A first grade teacher had twenty-five students in her class and she presented each child in her class the first half of a well known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you.

While reading these keep in mind that these are first graders, 6 year olds; specially the last question, it's a classic!

1. Don't change horses.......until they stop running.

2. Strike while the.............................bug is close.

3. Its always darkest before......Daylight Saving Time.

4. Never underestimate the power of............termites.

5. You can lead a horse to water

6. Don't bite the hand that.................looks dirty.

7. No news is..........................................impossible.

8. A miss is as good as a............Mr.

9. You can't teach an old dog new ............... math.

10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll..............stink in the morning.

11. Love all,

12. The pen is mightier than the................... pigs.

13. An idle mind is.............the best way to relax.

14. Where there's smoke there's .................pollution.

15. Happy is the bride who............gets all the presents.

16. A penny saved is ......................not much.

17. Two's company, three's ..............the Musketeers.

18. Don't put off till tomorrow what put on at bedtime.

19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry have to blow your nose.

20. There are none so blind as ............Stevie Wonder.

21. Children should be seen and not ...............spanked or grounded.

22. If at first you don't succeed.........get new batteries.

23. You get out of something only what you.......see in the picture on the box.

24. When the blind lead the & get out of the way.

And the WINNER and last but not the least. . . .

25. Better late than.............pregnant.

Three Parrots

A man wanted to buy his son a parrot as a birthday present. The next day he went to the pet shop and saw three identical parrots in a cage.

He asked the clerk, "how much for the parrot on the right? The owner said it was $250. "$250", the man said. "Well what does he do?

"He knows how to use all of the functions of Microsoft Office 2000, responds the clerk. "He can do all of your spreadsheets and type all of your letters."

The man then asked what the second parrot cost. The clerk replied, $500, but he not only knows Office 2000, but is an expert computer programmer.

Finally, the man inquired about the cost of the last parrot. The clerk replied, "$1,000." Curious as to how a bird can cost $1,000, the man asked what this bird's specialty was.

The clerk replies, "Well to be honest I haven't seen him do anything. But the other two call him "Team Leader / Boss"!!

Source: Via Email

Womens Liberation Jokes

Thought # 1

Everyone in the wedding ceremony was watching the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle to give away to groom.

They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed her father and placed some thing in his hand. Everyone in the room was wondering what was given to the father by bride.

The father could feel the suspense in the air and all eyes were on him to divulge the secret and say something.

So he announced "Ladies and Gentlemen today is the luckiest day of my life." Then he raises his hands with what his daughter gave him and continued, "My daughter finally, finally returned my credit card to me."

The whole audience including priest started laughing but not the poor groom.

Thought # 2

A Man was walking down a street when he heard a voice from behind, "If you take one more step, a brick will fall down on your head and kill you."

The man stopped and a big brick fell right in front of him. The man was astonished.

He went on, and after a while he was going to cross the road.

Once again the voice shouted, "Stop! Stand still! If you take one more step a car will run over you, and you will die."

The man did as he was instructed, just as a car came careening around the corner, barely missing him.

The man asked. "Who are you?"

"I am your guardian angel," the voice answered.

"Oh, yeah?" the man asked "And where the hell were you when I got married?"

Thought # 3

When we are born, our mother's get the compliments and the flowers.

When we are married, our brides get the presents and the publicity.

When we die, our widows get the life insurance. What do women want to be liberated from?

Award Winning Joke...Good One!

A Chinese walks into a bar in America late one night and he saw Steven Spielberg. As he was a great fan of his movies, he rushes over to him, and asks for his autograph. Instead, Spielberg gives him a slap and says, "You Chinese people bombed our Pearl Habour, get outta here.” The astonished Chinese man replied, "It was not the Chinese who bombed your Pearl Harbour, it was the Japanese". "Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, you're all the same," replied Spielberg. In return, the Chinese gives Spielberg a slap and says, "You sank the Titanic, my forefathers were on that ship.” Shocked; Spielberg replies, "It was the iceberg that sank the ship, not me." The Chinese replies, "Iceberg, Spielberg, Carlsberg, you're all the same."

This particular joke won an award for the best joke in a competition organized in Britain.

High Tech Man!

A man walks into a bar and sits down right across from the bartender. The bartender sees the man poking at his hand and putting it next to his ear, and asks him, "What are you doing?

The man replies, "Oh, it's the newest technology -- I have a phone built right into my hand." The man puts his hand next to the bartender's ear and, sure enough, the bartender hears a dial tone.

After a few drinks, the man goes into the bathroom. The bartender notices that he has been gone for almost a half-hour. Concerned, he goes into the bathroom to check it out. When he walks in, he sees the man with his hands on the wall standing with his legs apart and pants down. He has the end of a roll of paper towels shoved up his butt. Shocked, the bartender yells, "What are you doing?!"

The man groans and replies, "I'm waiting for a fax."

Monday, February 05, 2007

Dubai Metro - Highlights of the Project

Dubai Metro work is on in full swing and I am excited. The metro will change the face of Dubai.

It’s nice to see the progress everyday as I walk to my office. Work has started at various locations. Excavation work is going round the clock. Many are complaining that metro work disturbs their night sleep. Even I hear noises on the Deira Rigga road where I reside. This is after all a small trade off for what Dubai will offer by September 2009. One of the hallmarks of a developed city is a metro system. The most advanced cities of the world have their own railway network. The population of Dubai slated to hit the 3 million mark by 2017 (currently around 1.4 million, 2005 estimate). Going by the speed at which projects are executed I see the Red Line of the metro going operational by September 2009 as promised by the government.

Here are some specs of Dubai Metro:

  • It’s a $4.25 billion project
  • Capacity of each train will be 897 people.
  • Total number of trains will be 87 (62 for the Red Line & 25 for the Green Line).
  • Trains will be manufactured in Japan.
  • Each train will have 5 compartments.
  • Each compartment will include CCTV; special needs people requirement, signage system and metro route map.
  • Each train will have 3 classes: Golden Class, Women & children Class & the Silver Class.
  • Each compartment will be 18 meters in length.
  • Price of each train will be AED 500 Million ($136 million each).
  • Parking lots will be reserved for metro users.