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Day: April 29, 2011

New rare earth mining proposal in Bukit Merah: Double jeopardy for residents!

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are outraged to learn that the Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Hong Kong company, CVM Minerals Ltd, for a joint-venture exercise to explore and mine rare earth and other potential minerals and related activities at Bukit Merah, near Ipoh. It is reported that CVM Minerals Ltd through its Malaysian...
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Exercise against high blood pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the wall of arteries. Your heart pumps blood around your body through a network of tubing called arteries. Every time your heart pumps it forces blood through these arteries and into smaller blood vessels called capillaries. The force that your heart produces in your arteries when it pumps is called your blood pressure. Blood pressure rises and falls...
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Consumer culture undermines your well-being

Our unlimited wants, unending needs, uncontrolled spending, unnecessary buys and unbridled acquisitions have all resulted in one thing – an unhappy life, social scientists warn. These findings emerge at a time when the consumer culture has reached a fever pitch, comments Myers, also the author of the 2000 book, The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty. Owning more things and...
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More Wealth, Less Happiness

Most people want and aim to be wealthy.  But one of the key findings of happiness research is: Although more money delivers big increases in happiness when you are poor, each extra dollar makes less difference once your basic needs have been met. Having more income may not necessarily bring more happiness.  Studies show that when incomes rise for everybody, well-being doesn’t change much. ...
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Why money madness is bad for your body and soul

Which do you value more – your money or your life?  In today’s consuming culture, most people wouldn’t mind having more money to spend.  But while money matters in life, ie for meeting basic needs, always wanting more, or having more and spending more may not necessarily be a good thing.  Too much money shatters one’s life. That’s no preachy philosophy, but an emerging scientific...
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12 reasons not to spend

Did the recent Mega Sales turned out to be an expensive affair for you? If you regret the “bargains” which you bought but is unlikely to use, you will regret even more when the credit card statements come in. Often people spend for the wrong reasons, and the Mega Sales with all its hype seems to bring out the worst in them. In order not to be caught off-guard by the next sales, do not buy...
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Are you a compulsive gambler?

20 Questions To Ask Yourself (from Gamblers Anonymous) 1.     Did you ever lose time from work due to gambling? 2.     Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? 3.     Did gambling affect your reputation? 4.     Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? 5.     Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or other wise solve financial difficulties? 6.     Did...
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Plastic money: Too hot to handle?

It is tempting. It is convenient. Almost everyone you know has one. So should you or shouldn’t you get a credit card? After all, you need an income of only  RM1,500 a month to qualify for one. And as the ads want us to believe, it is no mere piece of plastic: With it you can spend freely while earning respect and envy. But ask yourself: Do I need it? And most of all, can I handle it?  And the...
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Be a Smart Spender

You’ve worked hard for your money. You deserve to spend it anyway you like. We are with you all the way on that. (And you thought we were going to say “Don’t spend your money on this and that”, didn’t you?) We strongly believe it is important that you spend your money on what you really need (not on what adverts or other people say that you should have). We also believe that you should...
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Growing organic vegetables in an apartment

With increasing food prices and the health problems created by the use of pesticides and chemicals in our food, is it possible to have healthy food? This is made even more difficult with urban living where most of us live in apartments without any available land for planting food. For one who has some initiative, it is not much of a problem. Mrs K K Tan, 43, started her efforts in planting greens...
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