Gates is giving away his billions to defeat global poverty

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Hope ... Melinda and Bill visiting a Gates-funded research centre in Mozambique (photo credit: Corbis)

Hope ... Melinda and Bill visiting a Gates-funded research centre in Mozambique (photo credit: Corbis)

For much of his adult life the unremarkable-looking bloke in slacks and sensible woollen jumper opposite me has been the richest man on earth.

Worth an estimated £34billion, William Henry Gates III, as Microsoft founder Bill Gates was christened, could have settled for growing old in limitless luxury.

Now 54, he ranks alongside the Medicis, Romanovs, Rothschilds and Rockefellers as one of history’s wealthiest individuals.

But Gates has no interest in using his billions to launch a dynasty. He is giving away his fortune.

The father-of-three has unleashed his planet-sized brain and the extraordinary dynamism that made Microsoft the all-conquering global software giant to defeat global poverty.

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Outdoor portrait photography – Gina

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Outdoor portrait photography of Gina

Outdoor portrait photography of Gina

Two weeks ago, Kenn-Wai rang me up and invited me to join an outdoor portrait shooting of Gina. She is a Malaccan working as news reporter of a local TV station in Kuala Lumpur. I was happy to join the shooting, hoping to learn about portraiture photography from Kenn-Wai which he is skillful in.

In the 4pm afternoon of Sunday, after meeting up with Kenn-Wai in Pulau Gadong and picked up Gina who staying nearby, we went to some of the good sites with beautiful landscape. Kenn-Wai always knows where to go for fascinating spots especially in Pulau Gadong as where he lives.

First we reached at a vast paddy field and found that the crop was just after harvest. Without the full-grown greenish paddy which we anticipated, we set to look for an alternative site. Kenn-Wai then recalled a corn farm not far from the paddy field. We then drove to the next destination.

When we were lucky to locate the corn farm, the trees appeared in yellow, russet and brown colors. They were pretty much dead, probably due to drought damage or pesticide over-dosage. Thinking that it might be a new experience, we chose to stay and shoot in this brownish corn farm.

Gina in brownish corn farm

Gina in brownish corn farm

The theme was country girl. After having some short chat with Gina, we started our shooting. Gina was requested to enjoy herself and be herself in the sense doing what she would normally do without the presence of others. Gina understood what we wanted and with her experience, she picked up really quickly and was doing very well and natural. Gina gave us her full cooperation which made the shooting progressing.

The sun was setting over the hill and the natural light source was not that sufficient especially when we moved into the trees. Kenn-Wai is good in with flash units and always creates amazing lighting for his shots. After taking some shots however, Kenn-Wai passed his wireless flash unit to me, sacrificed his time and shared with me his knowledge in flash lighting. I really appreciate Kenn-Wai’s kindness and the credit of the last few shots would go to him.

Two hours later we were worn out and thirsty. The shooting was concluded after we had some refreshing coconut drinks nearby. It was really great and fun outing with Kenn-Wai and Gina. Thanks to Kenn-Wai for inviting me and sharing much of his experience and thanks to Gina for giving in her time and being tolerate throughout the whole session.

May all beings be happy. Some shots taken:

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Ni Zhi Dao Wo Zai Deng Ni Ma (妳知道我在等你吗) – by Stephen Tang

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Stephen Tang at Jason's house

Stephen Tang at Jason's house

The song, Ni Zhi Dao Wo Zai Deng Ni Ma (“Do you know I am waiting for you?” in Chinese) is a classic and was a very popular song back in late 80s. This song was originally written and sung by Zhang Hong Liang (张洪量). And it was so popular that many other singers have covered it such as Teresa Teng, Jacky Cheung, Leng Yu, and Anthony Lun.

Last week my friend, Stephen Tang and I went to Jason’s place, and Stephen was attracted to Jason’s piano in the living hall. He told us he could play some songs but we doubted. Stephen said to us that the same thing happened to his partner Pei-Ching; she thought it was a joke.

“Let me practise for 10 minutes and I shall remember how to play.” Stephen said while warming up his fingers and slowly sat by the piano, which he had not played for a decade.

As soon as the melody reached our ears, Stephen touched us as beautifully as he touched the keys of the piano. What further amazed us was he played without the piano scores. Stephen continued to present some songs wonderfully as we requested.

It’s always nice and fun to go for a tea chat with Stephen as he is a funny and straight forward friend. And to prove to Pei-Ching, I recorded Stephen’s play, Ni Zhi Dao Wo Zai Deng Ni Ma.

May all beings be happy.

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A child dies for hunger every 6 seconds

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starvation (image from https://jspivey.wikispaces.com/)

starvation (image from https://jspivey.wikispaces.com/)

14 September 2010, Rome – FAO and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said that the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high despite expected recent gains that have pushed the figure below 1 billion.

The new estimate of the number of people who will suffer chronic hunger this year is 925 million — 98 million down from 1.023 billion in 2009.

“But with a child dying every six seconds because of undernourishment related problems, hunger remains the world’s largest tragedy and scandal,” said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”

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16.9.2010 生日快乐

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16.9.2010 happy birthday

16.9.2010 happy birthday

不知不觉又过一年
我们的路也越来越远
踏起了新的旅途
外面的世界是什么样?

第二个生日没为你下厨做菜了
谁还记得当时的那些味道
彼此的回忆是最甜美的礼物
谁却还有勇气再度打开

日记再也没有自己
只有页页的祝福
自己也变成了知己
已忘了那孤单的感觉

不想再看到你伤心流泪
所以选择了黯然消声
如果知道你落泪无助时
影子中会有天使守护

守着给过的承诺
才能拉近了两人的距离
路纵然崎岖
也要牵着你的手走到最后

默祝 生日快乐

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虽然无力举手抬脚‧换心妈妈坚持煮给夫女吃

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长女符瀠井和三女儿瀠丹,每天下午2时从学校回家,都要与妈妈陈颐袀嬉闹一番。(图:光明日报)

(吉隆坡讯)家庭主妇陈颐袀两年前祸不单行,她在诞下第四胎后,被诊断患上围產期心肌病,数个月后左半身又中风,一度令她活在绝望之中。原本以為等心无望,更遑论换心,但上天待她不薄,在她耐心等候近一年后,就安排有缘人“送心”给她,让她得以继续当个称职的妈妈和妻子。

从今年2月踏出国家心臟中心后,陈颐袀一直小心翼翼呵护著这颗得来不易的心臟,虽然换心手术使她的肢体欠灵活且动作缓慢,加上举手抬脚不易,但她在过去半年来可是閒不下来。她不但忙著研究食谱、烹煮佳餚满足家人口腹之欲,同时也忙著照顾和教导孩子、忙著进行復健治疗,以及“忙著”适应善心者捐出的心臟。时间对她而言,严重不够用。儘管忙碌的生活将她压得喘不过气来,但她却乐此不疲,只因活著就是一种福气。

陈颐袀是继郑慧仪之后,国内第二名成功换心的病患。这颗心臟,相信是遇车祸脑死的17岁少年吴凯旋捐给她的。

寻求更多关于吴凯旋资料的,请阅‘大马‧吴凯旋遗爱人间‧1心2肾救3人’ http://www.mediachinese.com/node/1247
 
谈起重生的过程,陈颐袀接受《光明日报》访问时形容,从一个正常生活40年的人,到经歷生死边缘,必须依赖机器心臟维持生命,至成功换心,有机会恢復正常人的生活,短短两年的光景,可是她人生的一个大转折。

“打了一个转回来,生活似乎好像回到原点,可是当中确是出现巨大改变。在我的体内,掛著的是好心人赠予的心臟,我必须适应、好好珍惜和呵护它,不让它受到伤害。至於我的躯体,我必须接受它暂时难以恢復以前敏捷的现实,学习放慢步伐去生活。”

她说, 她每天都在学习如何重新再生活。

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