Issue#128 1st August 2007
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MANGO
CHEESE CAKE

- 1\4 cup butter
2 cups crushed digestive biscuits,
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2 large ripe mangoes
- 3 oz packet mango or pineapple flavored gelatin ( such as jell-o brand)
- 1 1\2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
- 1 tsp. tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 2 8-oz pkgs. Philadelphia brand cream cheese
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla essence


Lightly oil a 9 inches (24cm) spring release cake tin. Line the base with greaseproof paper and grease the paper.
Make the Base:
2. Mix together the melted butter and biscuit crumbs. Press the crumb mixture into the base of the prepared pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Make the Filling:
3. With a sharp knife, peel the mangoes and scrap the flesh from the stone. Discard the stone and chop or mash the flesh.
4. Boil 1\2 cup water in a small saucepan, remove from heat, add jelly, gelatin, lemon juice and sugar, stir to mix and keep aside for 3 minutes. Return the saucepan over low heat and stir until gelatins and sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly, add mango flesh then refrigerate until thickened but not set, stirring occasionally.
5. Put the cheese in a large bowl and beat with an electric beater until smooth, about 2 minutes. With a balloon mixer fold the cooled mango mixture into the cheese.
6. Working quickly, in another bowl beat cream and vanilla until, it is the same consistency as the cheese mixture. Then lightly fold in the cheese mixture. Pour into the biscuit crust and refrigerate or chill until set, about 6-8 hours.
7. Carefully remove the sides of the cake tin then using a blade knife or spatula loosen the base and slide the cake off the base onto the serving plate. Decorate with mango slices, if wished.


CAKE (No more drying out or getting stale)
Place 1/2 apple in the cake box or, a slice of fresh bread fastened with toothpicks to the cut
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Weight loss pill warning issued

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If you start to experience symptoms of depression while taking Acomplia, or if you are currently being treated with antidepressants, consult your doctor

A weight-loss drug used by thousands is unsafe for those also taking antidepressants, health watchdogs warn.
The European Medicines Agency advises patients with ongoing major depression or those on antidepressants against taking rimonabant. About 41,000 UK patients have been treated with rimonabant since it was launched in the UK in June 2006. Last month US safety officials voted to ban the pill amid concerns about increased suicide risk. Rimonabant, brand name Acomplia, is currently recommended for obese patients with a risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease. It works by blocking receptors in the part of the brain that regulates food intake and the body's ability to break down sugars and fats in the blood.
The UK's National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence is currently appraising the drug for use on the NHS.
The EMEA said doctors in the EU had been warned "of the risk of psychiatric side effects" since June 2006 but it was now upgrading this warning.
But the agency concluded that the benefits of Acomplia continue to outweigh its risks, except in patients with ongoing major depression or taking antidepressants.
Evidence suggests that one in 10 people who take rimonabant may develop psychiatric side effects.
The commonest psychiatric side effects are low mood and depression. Anxiety, irritability, nervousness and sleep disorders may also occur.
Approximately one patient in every 100 may experience suicidal thoughts.
Up to the end of June 2007, the UK's drug safety regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, had received a total of 318 cases, from UK sources, of adverse drug reactions which were suspected to have been caused by rimonabant.
This included 364 psychiatric reactions. Amongst these, there were 48 reports of depression, 16 reports of suicidal thoughts and one report of self-injury.
The MHRA advised: "If you start to experience symptoms of depression while taking Acomplia, or if you are currently being treated with antidepressants, consult your doctor.
"If you have had depression in the past but feel well on Acomplia, you should continue treatment with Acomplia and discuss your treatment with your doctor at your next routine appointment."
Sanofi-aventis, the drug company that makes Acomplia, said the product's labelling had been updated accordingly.
"Acomplia is now contraindicated in patients with ongoing major depressive illness and/or ongoing anti-depressive treatment.
"'Special Warnings and Precautions' of the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) have been updated as well to include information on depressive disorders," a statement from the company said.
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Our next newsletter is "Independence Day Special"
We invite all our community to participate in 60th Independence day with us.
Just send your comments, essays, poems, images of Pakistan or what ever you think you would like to share with rest of us to celebrate this special day.

All contributions must reach us by 7th of August 2007.
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CP KSA team plans to start  "Technology Journal"
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Information Technology. It will help sharing knowledge, research and information related to Engineering and IT among CP members. The Journal will be exclusively sent to members who are registered with us under any field of engineering and IT.
For this we need to build a team of professionals from various branches of engineering and IT to:-
Manage Editorial processes of the newsletter or
Provide contents in their respective engineering fields

What benefit professional community will gain from such a newsletter?
- It will network engineering professionals with other Pak professionals
- It will provide up to date information, news about various areas of Engineering including IT
- Provide you a world class platform to publish your research
- It will provide chances of having physical gatherings of the professionals

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Why It can Benefit U Reading Classifieds?
It is always wise to check out classifieds page when ever you get a chance. Some times there are certain ads that are perhaps for
YOU.
Like there is one ad with this newsletter in which a brother is looking for a friend who he thinks is in KSA. Some times there are ads that may not help you but a friend of yours could may benefit. So please do visit classifieds page!

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Due to summer holidays no community news
Till a suitable replacement for regional editor is in place, you may send your reports directly to News@ContactPakisan.com or fax hand written reports on
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News sent via email must be in inpage format and accompany images if available.
All reports are subject to editorial review.
Should you like to be our regional editor, drop a line to Iqbal@ContactPakistan.com




Due to summer holidays no community news
Till a suitable replacement for regional editor is in place, you may send your reports directly to News@ContactPakisan.com or fax hand written reports on
01 441 4945 - Images can be sent to News@ContactPakistan.com
News sent via email must be in inpage format and accompany images if available.
All reports are subject to editorial review.
Should you like to be our regional editor, drop a line to Iqbal@ContactPakistan.com

Future of the Environment on Google Earth
Explore the geographic locations found in our special issue via amazing annotated satellite imagery
To coincide with our special Future of the Environment issue, we've constructed a Google Earth layer highlighting several geographic points of environmental interest around the world. If you're already a Google Earth user, download and open the layer here to begin browsing; if not, now is a perfect time to start exploring one of the more amazing pieces of mapping software ever conceived!
1.
Start by heading over to
earth.google.com to download the free application. It works for WIndows, Mac OS X and Linux. Google recommends having either a desktop computer no older than four years or a notebook no older than two years to run the software smoothly.
2.
Download our
Future of the Environment layer here, and double-click the downloaded file (popsci_future_environment.kml) to open with Google Earth. If it doesn't open automatically, choose File->Open in Google Earth to open it manually.
3.
With the layer loaded, the globe should be dotted with white and green PopSci.com markers indicating places of interest. Double-clicking them will zoom in and open descriptive boxes with expanded text, images and links. 4.You can also double-click each placemark (arranged by folders) in your "Places" panel at left to zoom in on individual locations. Think of this as the layer's table of contents.
5.
Some placemarks contain links to additional images to overlay on the Google Earth viewer. Clicking these links will open a new overlay in your "Temporary Places" folder.
Happy exploring!
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SAFE DRIVING TIP
Vehicle Following Distances

TWO-SECOND RULE: Following a vehicle too closely is called "tailgating". Use the two-second rule to determine a safe following distance. Select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass. When the vehicle ahead of you passes the object, count "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two". You should not reach the object before you count to one-thousand-two. If you do, you are following too closely. Most rear-end collisions are caused by the vehicle in back following too closely.

Two Second Rule

Top 10 Foods for Good Health

  1. Water -- Drink at least 8 to 12 cups of water daily.

  2. Dark Green Vegetables -- Eat dark green vegetables at least three to four times a week. Good options include broccoli, peppers, brussel sprouts and leafy greens like kale and spinach.

  3. Whole Grains -- Whole grains should be included in your diet at least two to three times daily. Look for whole wheat flour, rye, oatmeal, barley, amaranth, quinoa or a multigrain. A good source of fiber includes 3 to 4 grams of fiber per serving. A great source has 5 or more grams of fiber per serving.

  4. Beans and Lentils -- Try to eat a bean-based meal at least once a week. Try to add legumes, including beans and lentils, to soups, stews, casseroles, salads and dips or eat them plain.

  5. Fish -- Try to eat two to three serving of fish a week. A serving consists of 3 to 4 ounces of cooked fish. Good choices are salmon, trout, herring, bluefish, sardines and tuna.

  6. Berries -- Include two to four servings of fruit in your diet each day. Try to eat berries such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.

  7. Winter Squash -- Eat butternut and acorn squash as well as other richly pigmented dark orange and green colored vegetables like sweet potato, cantaloupe and mango.

  8. Soy -- 25 grams of soy protein a day is recommended as part of a low-fat diet to help lower cholesterol levels. Try tofu, soymilk, edamame soybeans, tempeh and texturized vegetable protein (TVP).

  9. Flaxseed, Nuts and Seeds -- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or other seeds to food each day or include a moderate amount of nuts -- 1/4 cup -- in your daily diet.

  10. Organic Yogurt -- Men and women between 19 and 50 years of age need 1000 milligrams of calcium a day and 1200 milligrams if 50 or older. Eat calcium rich foods such as non-fat or low-fat dairy products three to four times a day. Include organic choices.

Bhagat: had his twin brother on his stomach
Sanju Bhagat's stomach was once so swollen he looked nine months pregnant and could barely breathe. living in the city of Nagpur, India, Bhagat said he'd felt self-conscious his whole life about his big belly. But one night in June 1999, his problem erupted into something much larger than cosmetic worry. Mehta said that he can usually spot a tumor just after he begins an operation. But while operating on Bhagat, Mehta saw something he had never encountered. As he cut deeper into Bhagat's stomach, gallons of fluid spilled out — and then something extraordinary happened. "First, one limb came out, then another limb came out. Then some part of genitalia, then some part of hair, some limbs, jaws, limbs, hair."
At first glance, it may look as if Bhagat had given birth. Actually, Mehta had removed the mutated body of Bhagat's twin brother from his stomach. Bhagat, they discovered, had one of the world's most bizarre medical conditions — fetus in fetu. It is an extremely rare abnormality that occurs when a fetus gets trapped inside its twin. The trapped fetus can survive as a parasite even past birth by forming an umbilical cordlike structure that leaches its twin's blood supply until it grows so large that it starts to harm the host, at which point doctors usually intervene.
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Embassy has launched its website in Saudi Arabia. Following are forms that you can download and with a PDF reader load and then print. For further details visit embassy site.

Downloadable Public Forms

New Passport/Addition Copy
Report of Loss of Passport

National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistani’s
Visa Application Form

Passport Renewal
Affidavit of Loss of Passport
Pakistan Origin Card  
Life Certificate Letter of Authority

PRIVATE AIRLINES OPERATING IN KSA I would like to share my experience with the community. Private airlines operating in KSA are offering cheap domestic tickets. Please be aware of the fact that none offers refund of purchased tickets and the mention of this condition is not very clear on booking form or the ticket confirmation form once you have paid. So before buying these tickets, please do read terms and conditions that we normally don't considering "junk material". On the other hand these airlines have to be more clear with these "hidden" terms that such information has to be very clear and accessible from main menu of their web sites or mention on the booking form. Another thing that you must look at their hidden charges, for example if you modify your booking one of the airline would charge you SR:50 per sector change so you may end up paying as much as you would be for KSA flag carrier airline. By the way this airline that I wanted to use, its phone number is always busy and no one replied my emails. So its support is worst than its operations!
Is it good to save money and buy all these problems? Asif Zaheer, Jeddah.
Thank you for sharing your experience. We would like to request the community that please do share such experiences with rest of us. Being a consumer it is your right to share your bad experiences with others so many of us could avoid such situations and loss of money.
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 FLEXIBILITY 
Assalam-O-Aliakum,
Dear friends, how are your vacations going? Well yes... already a month has passed and now just a couple of weeks and it will be "back to school" time!
We all have seen how the heavy windstorms in Sindh and Balochistan province shook almost everything. However, it is noteworthy to see that while powerful trees got uprooted and fell down, the tender plants and shrubs managed to maintain their existence. That has a lesson that we also here in parables that are read to us in school, i.e. rigidity can lead to breakage and so flexibility is better than rigidity.
Flexibility refers to capability of bending easily without breaking. It is a quality that can serve us well. People who are flexible easily modify to respond to altered circumstances. Such people readily and ably change so as to adapt to different conditions. It is observed that people who adopt flexibility are the ones who are more successful in their lives.
Fellows, we must try to bring this characteristic in ourselves. When we are flexible, we will be able to flow and adapt to changing situations easily and hence save ourselves from undue stress and tensions. Change is part of life. We may be moving to a new city, shift to a new school, lose a dear one…life does bring such transitions.  Comprehending a transition and adjusting to the new reality is not easy but being flexible makes the process easier. Often in life things do not go as we plan. Only Allah Almighty is All-Knowing. We humans know only to a limited extant. Hence we have to be flexible so we may organize our activities to take the best advantage of a given situation. Once we are flexible, we will be able to readjust our thinking and reorganize ourselves according to what works best in a given instance. Some people get worried when things don’t work out the way they thought them to be right. Such unbending attitude is not good. Perfectionism can prevent attainment of flexibility as it keeps the focus held by how it should be, rather than on the possibilities of what can be. In business we know that instead of focusing on things being "just right", those who attune to how something could be easy and even better are the ones who make bucks. Same applies in other areas of life.
My friends, we know that things that are elastic in nature can be pulled and compressed , yet on releasing they comes back to their original shape. It is their flexibility that saves them from getting distorted.  So folks, be flexible and make the best of a give situation.
Till we meet next…

Ms. Amna Tariq Holy City of Makkah-Ul-Mukarrama

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