[News] Russian oligarch to donate fortune to charity

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'Large inheritances can kill heirs.' -Vladimir Potanin (Photo from http://dc-epaper.com)

'Large inheritances can kill heirs.' -Vladimir Potanin (Photo from http://dc-epaper.com)

Hyderabad, Feb. 3: Following the footseps of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin plans to donate his entire fortune after his death, the Russian agency RIA Novosti quoted Mr Potanin from an interview with The Financial Times.

The Russian Tycoon says, “Large inheritances can kill heirs,” adding “a million [dollars] handed over

from inheritance helps a person to receive a good education, find employment without haste and find himself. A transferred billion [dollars] kills him and deprives him of the sense of life”.

He made his fortune during the loans-for-shares auctions in the mid-1990s when Russia’s cash-strapped government sold the country’s biggest industrial assets for a song, Mr Potanin he had not made up his mind yet on specific charitable projects. He has a daughter and two sons.

His step comes after repeated requests by the Russian President, Mr Dmitry Medvedev, and the Prime Minister, Mr Vladimir Putin, urging businessmen to spend money on charitable projects.

“My children are growing up, their father is a billionaire and a well-known guy. They, for one, are in my shadow, and secondly what motivation in life do they have to achieve something?” he said.

“In this sense, I consider it a very correct step to hand over one’s fortune for the service of society and not for inheritance. I am going to follow the example of (Bill) Gates and (Warren) Buffet.”

[source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/business/russian-donates-21bn-380]
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李茂东水墨画家

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李茂东水墨画家

李茂东水墨画家

上个星期,我在马六甲鸡场街的“春暖人间、家家贴春联”活动认识了李茂东先生,一位水墨画画家。看着他现场轻描淡写就能画出力墨竹、盆花等等,真叫人好生佩服。 

更叫我佩服的是李茂东先生乐于助人的精神。除了李茂东先生,还有其他的书法家和热心人士,不断地写春联和作画,到鸡场街和学校义卖。李茂东先生是其中一位到马六甲很多的学校挥毫的人士,鼓励师生响应这项极富意义的活动和推广中华文化。 

“春暖人间、家家贴春联”的活动是一项春联义卖活动。筹到的善款将捐给峇章圣约翰洗肾中心来帮助患有肾脏病的病人。虎年农历新年即将到来,希望各位能响应这个有意义的春联义卖,到鸡场街去义买字画和给与鼓励。 

李茂东先生在鸡场街“春暖人间 家家贴春联”活动现场画竹

李茂东先生在鸡场街“春暖人间 家家贴春联”活动现场画竹

水墨梅花

李茂东先生 - 水墨梅花 (更新和更正:这并非李茂东先生的作品,而是一位学生画的)

双鹤报喜

李茂东先生 - 双鹤报喜

09/02/2010更新:上面的水墨梅花并非李茂东先生的作品,谢谢李茂东先生到访juesatta.com和提出的更正。

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Meet the young artists – Chinese calligraphy for Bachang St John’s Dialysis center

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了解肾脏病

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膜性肾小球肾炎(网上图片)

膜性肾小球肾炎

肾脏疾病是指肾小球、肾小管、肾间质及肾血管的疾病,其中常见的有 急性肾炎、慢性肾炎、急进性肾炎、隐匿性肾炎、肾病综合征及尿路感染等。上述各种疾病不断发展,在后期可出现慢性肾功能衰竭。

目前世界上超过5亿人患有不同的肾脏疾病,每年超过百万人死于与慢性肾脏病相关连的心脑血管疾病。慢性肾脏病已成为继心脑血管病、肿瘤、糖尿病之后又一个威胁人类健康的重要疾病,成为全球性公共卫生问题。肾病是我国(中国)的常见和多发病,发病率约占总人群的5%,且多见于儿童和青少年。由于肾脏病变的发展和恶化。每年全国有10万以上的尿毒症患者过早地离开了人世。正在严重地威胁着 全国人民的身体健康,成为重要的“隐形杀手”。

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儿子,妈妈不要你的肾

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肾脏病患者Arlene Ejercito(非本文病患者),图自http://www.hospitalnews.com

肾脏病患者Arlene Ejercito(非本文病患者),图自http://www.hospitalnews.com

当记者不会很富有,但是从新闻事件中获得的心智成长,从众生里窥见的人性庄严,是记者生涯中弥足珍贵的宝藏。

报馆曾交给我一项任务,不是什么大新闻,只是将一张义款支票交给受惠者,也不用写新闻。

清晨,我抵达受惠者的家,是一位年龄与我相仿的女子。微风的晨光里面,她用小刀整理隔天早上要卖的蔬菜;她是一位菜贩,与我见面时已从市场卖完菜回家。她问我多少岁,然后悠悠的说,你看起来真的还很年轻;而我,却觉得眼前这位才大我一岁的母亲,脸上布满了风霜雨露的沧桑,有着稀疏又泛白的头发。

她生儿子时,医生已告诉她,她的肾在渐渐失去功能,幸运的话可以再用10年,不幸的话只能再用5年;她是不幸的那个!大儿子5岁时,她开始洗肾,也在那不久,她丈夫因忧虑过度车祸去世。从大儿子出世到19岁,她换肾再换肾,大腿与手臂都做过血管移植手术,以便继续洗肾活命。

这是天下最伟大的爱

卖菜与洗肾是她的生活,此外,17岁的小儿子的叛逆教她揪心不已,只求孩子能学得一技之长。早熟的大儿子白天工作,晚上读书,自立自强,她最放心。她说,大儿子想要把一个肾移植给她,但她坚持不要,声声说儿子有大好的人生和前途,她自己不要紧。只要孩子过得好,远胜拥有一个健康的肾。

走时,她小女儿准备要去上学,小小的身躯,头上梳着两条辫子,缓缓地背影走向阳光,就像一幅图。这是她与第二任丈夫生的女儿,不过他已离开她。她边说边削掉手菜叶烂掉的局部,告诉我什么是生活——“生活就是继续走下去。”

我不禁一问:“为何身体那么差,生活那么苦,还要再生孩子?”她告诉我:“你不知道,当你病时,有孩子在身边,真的很好······。”她很含糊的说“好”,我闪过个念头:“好?像自私了点?”

人家说,生一个孩子,疼痛的指数是9.7分,而用刀把手割开,疼痛的指数是9分,也就是说,生孩子比刀割还痛呢,但为何女人们生了之后,还要再生呢?

左思右想,唯一能解释的就一个“爱”字;那是一种爱。

“儿子啊,妈妈不要你的肾······”这句话在我耳际环绕不停。离开时,我觉得风和日丽,真是美好。

[摘自星洲日报活力副刊,文:郑梅娇(新山)]
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Escaping mind by CJ

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Escaping mind by CJ

Escaping mind by CJ

I always ask myself: “Why is it everything changes?” In fact, that is how life is. In modern science, we know nothing at all has lasting characteristic. At subatomic level, everything is changing. We are impermanent, and the influences of changes are also impermanent. There is nothing solid or lasting.

If we sit quietly and introspect our mind, it is constantly changing too.

I read from a book, says: The cells of our body are dying, the neurons in our brain are decaying, even the expression on our face is always changing, depending on our mood.  What we call our basic character is only a “mind stream,” nothing more.

Do we have any idea what we are going to think or feel next? Look at a thought of ours: it comes, it stays, and it goes. The past is past, the future not yet arisen, and even the present thought, as soon as I mention it, it becomes the past. What is gone is gone. What has not come is unpredictable. The only thing we really have is now!

There is a traditional practice of meditation which is bringing our mind home and to become aware of the present moment.

Sit in a posture which is comfortable to you and would not hurt your back. Close your eyes and turn your attention to breathing. You observe the air coming in your nostrils and the air going out your nostrils. You are training your mind in the art of living, to learn how to live in the present moment.

It is nothing magical. Observing your breathing and be with it, as it is: live in the present. As you do that, you will realize the mind wanders away because of its old habit pattern, and again you bring it back to the present moment. Turn your attention back to your breathing.

Another thing you will notice: the mind wanders in the past or it wanders in the future. There are only two types of thoughts that keep coming: pleasant or unpleasant. Whether it’s a pleasant or unpleasant thought of the past or the future, accept the fact that your mind wanders away. As soon as you realize it, bring your attention back to your breathing.

As you become more mindful of your breathing, you will find that you become more and more present, gather all your scattered aspects back into yourself and become whole.

It is useful to do at least a 30 minutes sitting everyday. Some people might think sitting for 30 minutes without doing anything is a waste of time and worry they might become inactive or inert. In fact, a sitting like this will make us more aware on the present moment and make us more concentrating on what we are doing. When we are doing something, sometimes our mind wanders away and this is the practice of bringing our mind back.

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Danny Koh and Justine Toh wedding dinner

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Congratulation to Danny Koh and Justine Toh
Congratulation to Danny Koh and Justine Toh

In the middle of January, I was invited to Danny Koh and Justine Toh’s wedding dinner at the Avillion Legacy Melaka. It was a very sweet wedding dinner especially when the photo slideshow from the time they met and shared every special moments together was presented to the guests.

Danny and Justine, my sincere congratulations on this auspicious event of yours. Bellow are some of the shots I took during the wedding dinner:

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