Donate to a Heart Patient

Here I have attached some documents regarding heart surgery appeal which belongs to 03 years old baby girl FATHIMA SADIYA, who is living in Madurankuliya, Puttalam, Srilanka.

Nawaloka Hospital Dr's request to complete their surgery SLR 400,000. They have applied to presidential fund too. They have collected 100,000 among the relatives. So they appeal us to provide 100,000 lkr. Please contribute as much as possible for this children's life.

Accounts Details:
A.M. Sahib,
Bank: Bank of Ceylon
Branch: Madurankuliya Branch
Account No:5602741

Contact No: +9472 4350719
A.M. Sahib,
117, Kadayamottai,
Madurankuliya, Puttalam,

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H Ajmal,
Mohideen Jummah Mosque,
+9432 2267451, +94777 412013

Natural Weight-Loss Foods: Potatoes

Natural Weight-Loss Foods: Potatoes

Potatoes have been getting a bad rap in the food world. But the pride of Idaho actually has much to boast about. Potatoes are filling, moderate in calories, and non-fattening, and are an excellent way to ensure your continued success in eating healthy.

Whoever coined the phrase "the lowly potato" certainly wasn't aware of its nutrient values. And anyone who still shuns the potato thinking it is fattening is missing out on a food tailor-made for the weight-conscious person.

Health Benefits

Potatoes are nutrient-dense, meaning you receive many nutrients for the amount of calories they have. The fiber is half soluble, half insoluble, so it helps to keep you regular and helps to lower cholesterol. And slowing down digestion helps to keep you full longer. Phytochemicals in potatoes include flavanoids and a recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help lower blood pressure.

With the exception of vitamin A, white potatoes have just about every nutrient. Did you know potatoes are full of vitamin C? However, since we do not eat potatoes raw, most of the vitamin C is lost due to the heat of cooking. In addition, one baked potato offers about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B6, which is good news for your heart. They are also very high in potassium, beating other potassium-rich foods. They are a good source of iron and copper, too. In fact, a potato a day is good for your heart, promoting normal blood-pressure levels.

Selection and Storage

Nutritional Values

White Potato, Fresh, Baked (with Skin)
Serving Size: 1 large baking potato (3-4")
Calories: 278
Fat: <1 g
Saturated Fat: <1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 63 g
Protein: 6 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Sodium: 21 mg
Vitamin C: 37 mg
Thiamin: <1 mg
Niacin: 5 mg
Vitamin B6: 1 mg
Copper: <1 mg
Iron: 2 mg
Magnesium: 81 mg
Manganese: <1 mg
Phosphorus: 224 mg
Potassium: 1,627 mg

Boiling potatoes are red or white. They're small and round with thin skins that look waxy, signaling more moisture and less starch. Baking potatoes, also known as russets or Idahos , are large and long with brown, dry skin. Their lack of moisture makes them bake up fluffy. Long, white all-purpose potatoes are also known as Maine , Eastern, or California potatoes. New potatoes are not a variety of potato; they are simply small potatoes of any variety that have yet to mature. They look waxy with thin, undeveloped skins that are often partially rubbed away.

For all potatoes, choose those that are firm with no soft or dark spots. Pass over green-tinged potatoes; they contain toxic alkaloids, such as solanine, that the potato develops when exposed to light. Also avoid potatoes that have started to sprout; they're old. If you buy potatoes in bags, open the bags right away and discard any that are rotting, because one bad potato can spoil a bagful.

Store potatoes in a location that is dry, cool, dark, and ventilated. Light triggers the production of toxic solanine. Too much moisture causes rotting. Don't refrigerate them, or the starch will convert to sugar. Don't store them with onions; both will go bad faster because of a gas the potatoes give off. Mature potatoes keep for weeks; new potatoes only a week.

Do not turn on A/C immediately as soon as you enter the car!

Please open the windows after you enter your car and do not turn ON the
air-conditioning immediately. According to a research done, the car dashboard,
sofa, air freshener emits Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen- take note
of the heated plastic smell in your car). In addition to causing cancer, it poisons
your bones, causes anemia, and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure
will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer may also cause miscarriage.

Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with
the windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene. If parked outdoors
under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up
to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level... & the people inside the car will
inevitably inhale an excess amount of the toxins.

It is recommended that you open the windows and door to give time for
the interior to air out before you enter. Benzene is a toxin that affects your
kidney and liver, and is very difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

Blind computer programmer aims high

By Alia Al Theeb, Deputy UAE Editor

At a first glance, nobody would notice that a woman sitting behind a computer - totally engrossed in her work - is actually blind.

Najat Saeed Hussain is a woman of substance who takes her duties seriously and has never allowed the fact that she is both blind and deaf to stand in her way.

Najat uses a hearing aid to communicate. Gulf News caught up with Najat at her workplace at Dubai Health Authority premises to get an insight into her unique and determined personality.

"I was not born blind, but I totally lost my sight after two accidents. One accident was when I was hit by a ball in my eyes as I was playing with some children. Few years later, I lost sight in my other eye in a similar incident," she said.

She recalled her painful endeavours to regain her sight through a series of treatments, which turned out to be unsuccessful.

"I used to get injections for my eyes, but then there was bleeding and I felt pain in my entire face. I had to undergo several treatments, but at the end, I lost my hearing ability and today I hear using [a] hearing aid," Najat said.

Najat's studies specialised in operational research, which, according to her, is a broad field based on dealing with numbers.

Najat graduated from Hertfordshire University in the United Kingdom with a bachelor's degree in 1999. She lived in London for 10 years during which she learnt Braille and walking with the use of cane. Najat also learned to do some craftwork.

She also learnt to type on a typewriter before the proliferation of computers.

Najat went to the Royal National College for the Blind in the United Kingdom, which is a rehabilitation centre for blind people. It was there that she developed her skills and learnt how to use a computer, while being instructed by a Libyan man at the college.

"I came back to the UAE in 1985 and worked in the health department after I worked as a computer programmer for one year in the United Kingdom and did some basic language there," Najat said.

She said her dilemma she faced on coming back was on what she was going to do for living.

"I was appointed as a computer programmer at the health department, but I did not really get the chance to excel, as I had learnt sophisticated computer programming in the United Kingdom," she said.

This was because many people could not look beyond the fact that she was blind, she said.

After all the struggle, Najat says the place she is working at currently at, as a computer programmer, is what she was looking for.

"Here, I found my identity because my work involves dealing and communicating with people directly. This way I benefit others and I also learn from them," she said.

Her daily tasks also include answering emails and processing online requests through emails.

"My colleagues often ask me how can I deal with the computer and carry out this kind of job while being blind. I have one answer for them - which is [that] a blind person can do whatever he or she wants if they really wanted to and had the will to do it," Najat said.

Despite going through a lot in life, Najat is ambitious and is intent on realising her dreams.

"My wish is to see more attention given to blind people here, even by commercial companies.

"There needs to be more awareness and guidance for blind people so they can reach to top levels."

Special needs: Appeal for computer

Najat Saeed Hussain appealed to concerned authorities and centres for people with special needs to provide her with a computer equipped with the Braille system and talking programmes so that she can continue her studies and perfect her skills at home.

"In the United Kingdom, we could rent the computer along with other equipment to use at home and then return it to the centre when we finish. I wish I could get those equipment to continue my studies," she said.