Wednesday, December 5, 2012
PINEAPPLE THAT TASTES LIKE COCONUT CREATED
MELBOURNE, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- The Queensland Department of Agriculture has created a new variety of pineapple that tastes like coconut, said senior horticulturalist, Garth Senewski.
Senewski said the AusFestival pineapple has been 10 years in the making and was now in the final stages of production.
"Taste tests tell us that AusFestival is a winner -- it has this lovely coconut flavour, which you won't find in any other pineapple in Australia.
"It's sweet, low acid, very juicy," he told the ABC.
He said researchers did not intentionally create the coconut flavour.
"We're looking for a nice flavoured pineapple and a variety that is sweet, low acid and aromatic," he said.
The new pineapple was likely to be commercially available in two years, he said. -- BERNAMA
Friday, November 16, 2012
Received an interesting email today from Sophos regarding a new Facebook scam, and thought I’d share it so you don’t get caught.
The scam claims Facebook users can change their profile pages to have a black background instead of the trademark blue.
“This scam is being spread by images on newsfeeds and by event invitations that appear to be sent by users’ friends,” the email says.
IT security and data protection firm Sophos says if users click on these links, they will be helping the scammers to earn money and spread the scam further.
According to the email, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, investigated the link from a test account, and was bounced through a few website redirects before ultimately landing on a page entitled “Change your Facebook Color”.
This page automatically ticks the box saying that the user accepts the page’s terms and conditions, and tells them that they need to take part in an online survey before they can turn their Facebook profile black.
The scammers earn money for the number of respondents they can entice to complete these surveys.
Cluly said the scam resembles earlier ones like the ‘Remove Your Facebook Timeline’ scam.
“Unfortunately, many Facebook users will be too excited about the prospect of perhaps changing the look and feel of Facebook that they will not spot suspicious clues.”
“If users have mistakenly clicked on or accepted invitations as part of this scam, they should remove all offending messages, photos and ‘likes’ from their account, check that they’ve not authorised a rogue app to access their account – from where it could steal information or post without asking permission – revoke any rogue app’s publishing rights, and report it as spam to Facebook.”
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
<p>Peace be upon you, dear reader. I'm updating the blog today from the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. <br>
Arrived yesterday from Kuala Lumpur via Dubai. We're here to cover prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who will be attending the OIC extraordinary meeting next week. <br>
The journey was okay, although it's been a while since I last travelled during the fasting month. Missed out on refreshments during the three hour flight from Dubai to Jeddah, but more importantly, couldn't take the two aspirins I usually take before flights to reduce the pain from my sinuses. <br>
Arrived at King's Abdul Aziz airport safely, but my luggage didn't make it. Nevertheless most of us were already in ihram, so we proceeded to Mecca to locate our hotels and thereafter performance the umrah. <br>
It was Friday, and we were arriving in time to join in Friday prayers with millions of Muslims who have travelled from around the globe to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in the holy city. <br>
There was no more space in the mosque's three levels, so we prayed outside.
After prayers we decided to proceed with our umrah, figuring that the crowd would not be that big when the temperature was this hot (Ave temp was 41)
There was still a big crowd. And it was hot. Since is was fasting month, one could not drink to quench the thirst.
People in the congregation overcame this with spray bottles, spraying water on their faces and those of other people to help overcome the heat. Others simply poured the contents of mineral water bottles over their heads, somewhat like a 'quick shower'.
The only downside to this was that the marble floors around the Kaabah would occasionally get wet and could be slippery.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
It's the start of day two of the fasting month and still not too late to wish all Muslims a good Ramadan.
May all our good deeds be accepted and our sins forgiven during this holy month.
A friendly reminder though, don't forget to be careful with your diet and take it slow when breaking fast. Too much of anything is usually not good.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
We're currently testing some sports videos from Omnisport on the nst website. You can view the small player on the right column mainsite and specialised bigger players on the soccer, cricket, and racing subpages.
They are all automatically updated with latest news from the sports world.
Would you like to have them as a regular feature on the site? How many videos would you watch on the player?
Appreciate any feedback during this testing period. :)