Friday, December 25, 2015

How to Limit Efffects of Bisphenol-A Upon Children

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic chemical used widely in plastic packaging. It uses including water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment. BPA can also be found in epoxy resins which is used as coatings inside food and drinks cans. Evidence has mounted over the years that this chemical is detrimental to the body's biochemistry. Once BPA is in our bodies, it imitates hormones such as estrogen and becomes an "endocrine disruptor" and may fool the body by stimulating reactions that are unnecessary and potentially harmful. In the past, public health authorities have considered BPA to be safe based upon what they assumed to be safe levels. However, many recent studies have indicated that these safety levels no longer reflect the reality. What follows are some tips on how to limit the effects of this harmful chemical on your children:

UAE towers high among world's tallest buildings

Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid in Abu Dhabi was second tallest building completed last year
By Parag Deulgaonkar
Middle East saw completion of 11 hi-rises, or 11 per cent of the global total. According to CTBUH, the number of tall buildings around the world reached a new record last year, with 97 buildings completed that soar over 200 meters in height. (Aldar)

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, saw completion of two hi-rises in 2014 with the 381-meters Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid (formerly World Trade Center Abu Dhabi – The Residences) becoming the second tallest building to be completed worldwide last year, according to Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Tall Buildings

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The Hour will not be established till …the people compete with one another in constructing high buildings…” [Sahih Bukhari]

Thus, competing in the construction of tall buildings is one of the signs of the Day of Judgement. In a hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us that “you shall see barefoot, naked, penniless shepherds vying in constructing high buildings.” This hadith describes people who become rich all of a sudden and then build not for need but only in competition.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Meet the Muslim Woman Awarded US Professor of the Year 2015

By Hasna Mokhtar,

I never knew chemistry could be a source of happiness, excitement and create positively critical citizens until I heard it from Collin College Professor Dr. Amina El-Ashmawy.

Her unique relationship with Chemistry not only makes her a passionate mentor, but also earned her the title 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

She is a published author, a trusted adviser in the American Chemical Society and serves on countless task forces. She also holds an associate degree from Kilgore College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Texas.

El-Ashmawy’s website welcomes readers with an intriguing quote. She cites American chemist Linus Pauling saying, “I feel sorry for people who don’t understand anything about chemistry. They are missing an important source of happiness.”

So what is it about chemistry that delights El-Ashmawy?

“Having an understanding of chemistry allows you to see the beauty of everything around you at a deeper level and be more critical of information presented,” El-Ashmawy told us.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

After Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai vouches for Muslims

New York, Dec 12 : After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has come out in support of Muslims, saying that we must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world.

Responding to a recent wave of prejudice against Muslims – especially in the wake of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asking for a ban on Muslims entering the US — the Indian-born top Google executive reiterated his own experience and said let us not let fear defeat our values.

“I came to the US from India 22 years ago. I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India,” he posted on the social message platform Medium on Saturday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tamil Nadu Floods: Extraordinary examples of Muslim relief workers

By Abu Namara

A Hindu family in Chennai has named their newly born baby as Yunus in tribute to a Muslim savior.

As one of several brilliant instances of humanity seen in the recent floods in Chennai and in other parts of Tamil Nadu, an MBA graduate Yunus saved Tuesday a pregnant lady of Urapakkam locality in South Chennai where the flood waters were flowing above human heights and helped her admitted in time for safe delivery. As homage to this rare act of benignity, the parents named their child on the messiah who selflessly came forward and salvaged the mother in her dire need.

Mohammad Yunus.Photo courtesy Facebok

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Understanding our roots - Dr.J.Raja Mohamad, Pudukkottai

Understanding our roots
நமது வேர்களை தெரிந்து கொள்வோம் – டாக்டர் ராஜா முஹம்மது

HISTORY BUFFDr. J. Raja Mohamed has made his career showcasing Tamil Nadu’s rich heritage for the public.— Photo: B. Velankanni Raj
HISTORY BUFFDr. J. Raja Mohamed has made his career showcasingTamil Nadu’s rich heritage for the public.— Photo: B. Velankanni Raj
Former curator of Pudukottai Government Museum Dr. J. Raja Mohamedcomments on how we allow our awareness of our past to shape our present

“If we want communal harmony, we must have a proper history to be taught to the people, and the younger generation in particular,” says J. Raja Mohamed.

Having spent over three decades in Tamil Nadu State Department of Museums - first as the Curator of the Pudukottai Government Museum from 1968 to 2003 and retiring as Assistant Director of Museums, Chennai in 2004 - Dr. Mohamed is amply qualified to comment on how we allow our awareness of our past to shape our present.

In a way, Dr. Raja Mohamed’s home in Pudukottai’s Jeeva Nagar neighbourhood is like a museum too, a repository of books from all over the world and his own writings (he is the author of around 10 books in Tamil and English on local history and has published over 100 research papers in art, architecture and history).


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