American University of the Middle East – Eqaila

September 20, 2011

I am writing to you in regards to the termination of my position as EPP instructor at the American College of the Middle East (ACM) in Kuwait, in the hope that this letter might provide me and my former students with some answers and closure as to why the faculty believed it was in the university’s best interest to end my contract so abruptly, in the middle of the academic semester. This has undoubtedly had a negative effect upon the students.

While it is true that the employment contract stated that I may be terminated at any given moment within the first 100 days of my employment, as these initial 100 days are a probation period, I still find it quite puzzling that my termination was actualised precisely on the 100th day. The reason that human resources gave me for coming to this decision, was vague and nonspecific, except that it was based on student feedback as well as classroom observation.

The reason why I am confused is due to the fact that classroom observations were conducted several times during my lectures by the American College of the Middle East’s dean, Dr. Rami Alkhudary. These observations were followed by feedback, also given by Dr. Rami, and while there was criticism, I truly believed that Dr. Rami was not disappointed with my teaching style and technique, disregarding the minor issues which he touched upon. These issues were addressed promptly, and included the fact that he would like me to be more “active” in class, in terms of not sitting at my desk as much, and moving around the classroom more.

In terms of student feedback, I am quite confident that my students did not have any complaints against me, as the relationship between myself and my all my students, without exception, was friendly, and the classroom environment was warm and welcoming. My students always gave me the impression that they felt relaxed and at ease in my presence, both inside the classroom, as well as when they interacted with me beyond the classroom. Had there been any cause for contention with regards to my relationship with my students, then I am fully unaware of it’s existence.

For the aforementioned reasons, I cannot come to a logical explanation as to why the university decided it was best to terminate my employment. This termination has been exceptionally disheartening due to several reasons. I signed my employment contract with ACM/AUM in November 2010, and was told that I would commence work in early January 2011. A week prior to this date, I was contacted by human resources and told that the commencement date was being postponed, and that they would like me to commence late January, 2011. I was contacted once again by human resources a week prior to this last date, informing me that I was not to commence work until February 2011, which became the actual date that I began work at ACM.

This makes it three months from the date I signed the contract, up to the date where I commenced work. During these three months, I received several employment offers, which I declined due to the fact that I believed ACM would be worth the three month wait, and would be the best choice for me. I had plans and hopes that I believed ACM would live up to, as the faculty, staff, and the university itself, felt like a nurturing work environment, promising the opportunity for further growth and development of faculty’s academic interests.

On the other hand, I accepted this position knowing full well ACM and AUM’s reputation for being disloyal to their academic faculty, as ACM and AUM are infamous for their faculty’s turnover rate. The number of faculty whose employment has been terminated since this institution was established three years ago far exceeds the number of faculty currently holding positions there. You can find many examples of ACM and AUM’s turnover reputation online, and one of these examples can be found by following this link :

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=69602 .

Having a high faculty turnover rate will reflect negatively on the institution, and future students will undoubtedly be hesitant to enrol at ACM if faculty are being replaced halfway through an academic semester on a regular basis for no logical or obvious reasons, as is the case with this institution.

In closing, I am extremely disappointed that this has been the outcome of what I had expected, and hoped, would be a positive experience for me as a member of the institution’s faculty. On the contrary, it has been rather traumatic.

 

 

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304 Responses to “American University of the Middle East – Eqaila”

  1. ACM faculty said

    I am a current member of faculty for ACM and I have been there for almost 2 years now. Whilst I do understand your grievance I would like to take a moment and describe some of what I have seen.
    ACM/AUM as an organization take there goals seriously. That is to say that they aim to provide REAL education in a REAL university/college. I think this is the case because most other universities in the region are in it just for the money and the quality of teaching isn’t all that high.
    In this respect I feel that it is important to distinguish the rate of development going on at ACM. If i was to simply judge the development by using the students’ quality of knowledge i could say that that students graduating from ACM have gained some much quality knowledge and skills in respect to what they had before and in respect to students graudating in similar fields from other 2 year diploma colleges. As such, could it have been that your quality of teaching did not meet the standards required?

    At any rate I just want to say that people will have grievences, it is normal human behavior. I wish you the best of luck, and lessons can always be learned even from the most unfortunate outcomes.

    • jessy said

      Well, I have to disagree with you in this respect. Actually, neither ACM or AUM a place for a good quality of education. I’m currently working at AUM and I have to say that I see a lot of fraud, lies, unprofessional things, and double standards criteria. in brief, you can say that this place is full of corruption on the faculty side. As for the students, they are disrespectful, spoiled and indifferent . They don’t care about education .The only thing they care about is having fun time whether in class or outside , especially girls. I’m sorry to say this but unfortunately this is the truth which I’m living in now . I’m even sorry that the main reason for me to be there is the money !

      P.S I’m so glad that the people are open to share their experience, so we can all voice it to those who are considering a career in these rotten so called universities.

  2. Me said

    I used to work for aum and I’m extremely glad for getting outta there. I’ve been hearing some terrible stories recently of what’s happening to some of the teachers there . I feel sorry for them. Aum isn’t the place to have a stable job. It’s an organization that is built on lies and mistrust. It treats its teachers in the worst ways possible, denying them basic rights such as respect. Many many teachers have been fired for no reason or without any warning or discussion. From what I hear this year numerous teachers are resigning as they cannot take the working conditions anymore. There is no professionalism whatsoever at that place. The standard of teaching has gone down. Many non native speakers have been hired and the level of English has decreased significantly. How can you teach English if you have problems with it?!!Proper professional Westerners have left that place coz they couldn’t take it anymore. They have been replaced by people who don’t know what the word “professional” means and I doubt they know how to spell it either! It’s a money making business; it’s as simple as that. I agree that aum is developing; it’s developing new ways to torture teachers and make their lives a living hell! If you have a tiny bit of professionalism in you, you’d never apply to such a place. Beware…

    • RSV4 said

      AUM, high morals and responsibilities. This place requires that you do your best.
      My friend and fellow member of faculty recently left the organization. It makes me sad to see my fellow collegue leave us, but at the same time I feel proud that I remain committed to the level of work ethic required by AUM.
      I feel proud giving to the youth of this growing country, and helping them open their minds and develop great ideas. Its true that many countries in the GCC “spoil” their people, and as a result some may view the people as arrogant and snobish. However, from what I have come to understand in Kuwait, is that these young kids are so willing to learn – its just that many of them don’t know how. That’s why I am always eager to go to work the next day and teach. Throughout the semester I can see the difference and the cognitive shift that occurs. Sure, its not all of them – but it will never be all of them that’s the way the world goes.
      In any case, I am happy that I can teach at AUM. Its not a “free for all” like in other Universities. There are rules and conditions to abide by, and this makes me feel safe while working.
      Also, for those complaining that there is a heavy work load, and that faculty are being over-worked, I just want to make something clear – the over-time pay is great 🙂
      Best wishes and good luck to all.

  3. Stephan said

    Unfortunately what the ex-AUM and ACM employee describes in this blog is very much true. I work at ACM and also worked at AUM and can confirm that the administration lies, spies on its employees, exploits them as much as possible all for one purpose – to make as much money as possible. Very little real learning goes on there. Take any AUM or ACM student and ask him most trivial questions and they will fail. ACM and AUM administration cover up fraud all the time. They are very skillful at that.
    I am afraid that I will not be able to find any work after this deceiving, soul sucking place, where everybody smiles on surface but hates this organization in their guts. AUM reputation in Kuwait is horrible despite all the propaganda they put out.

  4. Alisa said

    i have to agree with the posters above. i’ve worked at aum for over 2 years. now i black them out my resume. anybody that works there have to sell their integrity entirely and cover up fraud daily. they pay about 30% more than what you get in uk and no tax is very nice. but for this money, you have to sell your academic soul to this gang of scammers and will be forced to lie as an educator from from 9am till 5pm. aum/acm has a whole bunch of human resources stuff with zero academic experience who troll education web sites with many posts glorifying aum. as another poster said, it is part of the huge propaganda to cover up fraud so that purdue university will extend affiliation. without that, aum cannot get money from kuwait gov. and aum/acm will be a toast.

  5. Ahmed said

    Hi there, my name is Ahmed, I’m 19 years old and I’m currently doing my BSc degree at AUM. I started Fall of 2012. I graduated from Arabic schools and I’m NOT Kuwaiti. I lived my entire life in Kuwait.
    I have to say that all of your posts are completely true and it’s actually logical. As you don’t know, all students take college as a fun-taking period, they don’t want a career or anything, they just want to have fun. The Kuwaiti government gives Kuwaitis jobs without even looking at their GPA or even care about being a graduate with honors level. They even make more than I would make in a starting salary after 10 years of experience and a Masters degree, I’m not joking, it is true. So, that’s why they don’t care about their studies or even respect students. As well as the human resources or the people whom all of you are talking about; they can;’t risk that students would leave the college and go to another college, that’s why they probably fraud some things. Because they don’t want to lose scholarship money from the government.
    I also agree with you that that this is a money making business and not an education purposed college. First of all, the tuition payed for this college is really high for such a starting college that doesn’t have even a good reputation, and I still wonder how are they affiliated with Purdue University. Even the planning for the campus is a fun-environment and not an educational environment. They still don’t have a library building and when I contacted them about the making of a proper library, most of the students didn’t care about a library, which is really depressing. They even built the GYM building, which is a VERY VERY VERY lame idea, considering that no one actually lives INSIDE dorms of the campus, anyways, the gym building was built before even building the labs that we need to actually “LEARN”.
    Furthermore, about the professional side, they don’t have that AT ALL. Students and the student affairs don’t send professional e-mails. Almost 80% of students can’t speak proper English. The website is so laggy that I took almost 6 hours –this isn’t a joke– just to register for courses for my next semester.
    Unfortunately, I was going to study abroad but for unfortunate reasons that I don’t live with my dad, who isn’t that much “considerate” about anything at all (sorry, if this was inappropriate), I was forced to stay here. I’m really sorry if you had been treated badly or disrespectfully. For your great positions as teachers, you should be respected and treated in a good way. But I want to clear a point; all work places in Kuwait are the same, there is no difference. I’m not intending to stay in Kuwait after my graduation, and I really hope that this isn’t a dream that would turn out to be just a story to say it to whoever would listen.
    I really hope that this post help you in your blog since that you have a student’s point of view now. Thank you for your time 🙂
    PS: I tried to be as professional as possible. LOL

    • futooh said

      Hi
      I’ve been accepted to AUM for this Fall Semester for Industrial Engineering. I am Kuwaiti and i agree with you on your views about Kuwait. There’s a lot of BS around here and people just seem to ignore it. I wanted to study abroad but my father was against me going alone. So sadly I had to stay here. I chose AUM over Kuwait University and I’m starting to wonder if i made a mistake. As soon as i saw it i loved the campus. When it was time to start registering for classes it took me 3 days to find the right timing and the website is sh!t. I read all the comments and they’re making me doubt my decision. And is AUM really affiliated with Purdue? What if i want to get my masters abroad and it turns out to be a scam>_<

  6. AUM Story said

    AUM is a good project on paper, well why would not a university project aiming for learning, education, and development be a good project. However, in reality AUM is a different story. It is a place where you will be unhappy, stressed, and not satisfied on a daily basis. You will end up looking for jobs everyday to get out of this place or even think to resign without a job in your hand just to end this unpleasant experience.

    To tell you the story in short, AUM is run and managed by a gang lead by Mohaned Hassanin. This person is crazy, lunatic, hypocrite and with lot of anger management issues. He might explode at any moment and everyone tries to avoid his explosive and very bossy character. He can be very easily and quickly nervous. He starts shouting and threatening only if someone opposed him over a very silly issue, like saying “my opinion is ….”. He controls everything and decides things as he likes and makes the changes he wants. He fires, replaces and substitutes people, changes curriculum, syllabus, course offerings and class sections the way he wants and always at the last moment. He does not appreciate the opinion of other people, Deans first of all, and never values their work and contributions, unless he needs them for some purpose. “Dr” Mohaned wants everything to be done in his way. This crazy person turned AUM into hell, governed and controlled by fear and threat.

    Mohaned thinks himself as always right, as if he knows better and exerts the worse management style, very solid and stiff autocratic style that will ruin the university eventually. This is ironical since his area of expertise is HR. Only in Fall Semester 2013, 11 staff were fired or resigned.

    Another problem is that Mohaned surrounded himself and selected inexperienced and non credible people, especially in high positions at the university, who only say yes to everything he says, are not honest and hide from him reality. Guess why, because if they oppose or express their opinions that do not necessarily agree with his opinions, he will get angry, shout at them and insult them – this is not an exaggeration.

    Now let us talk about the so called Dean of the College of Business. Her name is Dr. Sabine Hoffmann. This person does not have an academic history or publications, has zero communication skills and serves Mohaned with a status of a slave and nothing else.

    Read the rest of the post here:

    aumstory13.blogspot.com

  7. PattyW said

    I worked at AUM and can attest that it is hard to imagine a more deceitful organization. The incompetent Mohaned Hassanin is a parody. I mean you can make movie out of it. A very insecure person, he is good at only one thing – making MONEY for AUM. And the way AUM makes money is by enrolling more and more students and getting money from the government. I still cannot understand how Purdue affiliates with this sham organization.
    Can you imagine any other university where it explicitly prohibited for a final exam to have more than 20% of grade score, and where ALL exams cannot account for more than 50% grade. Why? Because the other 50%-60% of any grade is “character”, which means that any student, even a student who cannot write one english sentence correctly, can get a good grade for having a good “character”
    Mohaned Hassanin and his puppet deans also excel at keeping their faculty in constant fear. AUM exists to make as much money as possible before it is shut down.
    AUM is an insult to a university. There is nothing American in this “American” University. Shame on Purdue for selling its name.

  8. Lupus said

    First of all, I would like to thank the author of this blog with his/her story about the institution in question. There is no need to have any doubts his/her your professionalism.
    Secondly, I would like to reply to the American University of Middle East stuff who posted here.
    I have a brief question to you – Is your university REALLY affiliated with Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana?
    At least it is what you claim on your institution’s webpage.
    http://www.aum.edu.kw/who-we-are/affiliation/

  9. The latest #AUM victim was their own Executive Manager – Employee Relations #Hazel #Robinson. This person who is famous on blogs with her passionate comments in favor of #AUM and her lengthly complements for the wise management at #AUM and how good #AUM is and how it is an honor for any person to be part of #AUM family and that all what is being posted on blogs about #AUM is wrong etc. (please check her comments in chronicle). #Hazel #Robinson was sacked last week. Another 7 staff from the English department resigned this semester too. All this tells you something, yes it does, but ironically the management at #AUM think employees are wrong. They will not fall but they will definitely fail to achieve their stated goals and will end up as a very low profile university with a bad reputation in the region and recruitment problems.

    Follow updates here

    http://www.aum.edu.kw/who-we-are/affiliation/

  10. I worked for this #AUM for more than enough to know about this toxic place, they claim they have an affiliation with Purdue but I have never even saw any evidence or even felt that they are really affiliated, we never received any visitors from Purdue or attended any workshops or seminars or had any coordination whatsoever with anyone from Purdue, even course coordinators and team leaders they do not connect with Purdue. Yes, they have affiliation with #Mohaned #Hassanin who used to dictate all course materials without any coordination with Purdue and of course the staff do not dare to question that, I also know that they adapt syllabus from the Internet, they simply Google the course and find some other university syllabus offerings and they used them. Any close investigation into the actions of #Mohaned #Hassanin and this university will lead to disastrous results as quality of education and professionalism and ethics are concerned, money wise they are generating lot of money and getting the highest scholarships from the government through the connections that #Fahad #Othman have. Good luck for them and their professional and ethical manners.

  11. Prince said

    For God’s sake, tell me if some regulatory bodies for the higher education exist in Kuwait.

    • Jasper O Kim said

      Private universities council (PUC) is supposed to regulate it, but corruption is rampant. AUM can afford heavy kickbacks because it racks in over $10 million in revenue and the revenue is growing.
      By keeping its papers clean, AUM can keep degrading education and profiting.

      One tidbit to consider: AUM Administration has 0 tolerance for any critic in written form. Faculty are encourage to bring any issues verbally to Hassanin or to Deans (Hoffmann or #Elsafty). If any faculty complains in written form – all hell would breaks loose.

      AUM is insane on keeping its all electronic correspondence and all records sparkly clean for possible audits. What, of course, happens in reality is entirely opposite: it is like day and night. Intimidation, threats, constant fear of being fired, arm twisting on keeping certain “grade curves”, allowing atrociously poorly prepared students to pass.

      AUM knows how to keep its positive image on paper but be ugly, despicable “university” in reality.

      I guess Purdue goes along with it as long as on paper AUM is clean.

      • Jasper O Kim said

        To update, AUM revenue was $10 million back in 2009. Now AUM revenue exceeds $100 million. Their business model works very well for Fahad Al-Othman, the founder, who could not care less that AUM destroys and violates the very spirit of education. As long as money is rolling, who cares that AUM graduates factually fail at every conceivable level.

        I do not understand how Jerry Lynch, Dean of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, who visited AUM, could sleep sound at night. How can his school be affiliated with AUM and keep covering this educational nightmare.

  12. Fakiratu said

    Does AUM hire African Americans

    • Jasper O Kim said

      I think they would hire anyone with a European or an American PhD who is willing to bend over to their rules, shut up and do what she or he is told to do. They have hard time finding such people.
      Being obedient and be willing to comprise all integrity is a necessary condition to stay employed at AUM.

  13. Dr. Mohamed Hassib said

    Best regards
    this is Dr. Mohamed Hassib a PhD holder in curricula and methods of teaching English
    Ain Shams university, faculty of education
    currently I’m working in the ministry of education Kuwait state. as a teacher of Englis in Salim Al mubarak secondary school in Reqa.
    Additionally, I’ve been working as a part timing instructor in Kuwait university, faculty of education
    I’d be grateful if I could find a job opportunity in your college, my email is mohamedhassib75@yahoo.com

  14. rajani said

    SO, with respect to all above posts AUM is sooo grat place to work. thanks god for not getting job their.

  15. dina said said

    Well I have to say that my experience is positive. I am working from October 2014 until now at the American university of the middle east. My team is really good and my coordinators are great too. The dean Dr Tarabi is supportive and would do regular meetings with you for any concerns. The criticisms is always constructive if any and you are always given second chances. But you should consider that sometimes the person could be terminated and due to confidentiality, the reasons wouldn’t be known.

  16. dina said said

    You have to consider also, that lots of things have changed in comparison to the previous years, therefore it will be unfair to make judges and reach conclusions. Nothing remains the same Anyways you can refer to me for any questions.
    Good Luck

    • Nanny said

      Hi dina,
      I have a teaching offer there and I would ask you same Q regarding the work conditions, : During my interview I was told that there will be 40 hours of office work and 12 h of teaching, so what are exactly the duties assigned to assistant or associate professors there ? I am surprised to read in this blog and elsewhere that all courses material and activities are decided by management staff. Also since research is not taken into account at all, if professors don’t spend their office time in research or preparing courses materials, I guess that they may be involved in other administrative activities ? of what kind ?
      Thank you for replying.
      For others, I respect and take seriously into account all your points of view and thank you for all your comments, it will definitly help me for my final decision and guide the way I will conduct my next interviews with them.

      • Insider said

        It doesn’t matter if you are assistant, associate or full professor, the teaching load is the same for all: 15-18 hours per semester or even more. Regarding the administrative duties, most of them are ridiculous. Each week you have to write and submit lessons plans, put manually the same data in several different excel files or folders, scan the weekly graded assessments and keep the data in several course folders, fill all kind of stupid forms regarding the preparation of exams, book slots to print what you have to print in a special printing room, grade also the exams of your colleagues and write a report explaining the eventual differences between grades etc. On the other hand, you do not have any privacy in your office, since you will have to stay in a cubicle with glass walls and cameras focused on you. Therefore, a lot of students will go continuously to your office to fight for their grades. In fact, AUM itself encourages the students to write complaints about their grades, if they are not satisfied with their grades, so that you have to discuss with each student, agree on the final grade for an assessment and fill some forms to explain to Students Affairs the final situation. To conclude, they keep us busy all the time with tasks which do not contribute with anything positive at our professional development. This is the main reason for which good peoples decide to leave sooner or later, after only one month, one semester or one year.

      • dina said said

        Dear Nanny,

        Sorry for the late reply, however I am glad that you are referring by to me. To begin with regarding the working conditions, yes we do have 40 working hours, 12 hours teaching and the rest are divided between our related to teaching administrative work such as posting grades or putting exams as well as research as we have an event attendance and research funding policy that includes, Funding allocation, Events attendance and Research funding allocation.

        In addition the course material was never decided by the management staff and I am the one who is surprised to read this. Since a year now materials and activities are decided by us as long as it is abiding by the book.

        If you have further queries, you are welcomed to come back to me anytime.

        Good luck
        Dina”

  17. John Travolta said

    They have to deal again this semester with resignations/leaves in mass and Dina is telling us here how pigs are flying in AUM. 🙂

  18. Lulu said

    People are leaving all the time. Most are fed up with the countless hours of paperwork and the sheer amount of time they spend on campus. No longer are they fired as you can fire only so many… now word has gone out and they are having trouble keeping people. Not only is overtime calculated badly but faculty stay sometimes past midnight. Every year a new whim appears to satisfy someone’s need for entertainment. As if the whole place existed only to amuze its owner and not to educate. If you are able to put on a show about how great you are, you will be liked. If you are genuinely interested in research, this place is not for you.

  19. Mohaned Bane said

    Hahaha. What a joke. AUM HR write on all of these blogs in reply. HR people have told me that they have been instructed to do so. Anything positive is AUM rubbish or a blind new faculty member. There is next to no research done. People are fired without warning if they dare to criticize Mohaned Hassanin. The Purdue affiliation is marketing. Check the Purdue filings — online. AUM paid them 10M USD. AUM is simply a money making venture. All the syllabi must follow the same format. All the assessments follow the same format. All the courses must have “academic activities” (more like high school projects — I even saw a volcano with flowing lava once). It’s just a joke. More and more people in Kuwait are working it out. Othman will just make his money and move on to something else. He even said in ME Forbes “I wanted to make the campus like a resort”. A resort? Hahahaha. And that’s exactly how the students treat it. Brilliant pedagogical philosophy …..

  20. Dr. Confused said

    Their website is a pure crap. I see no names of their faculties, no names of their management. Nothing.

  21. Cheng said

    How does the low price of the oil affect this university ? Any news from insiders ? Do you feel having stable positions there ?

    • John Travolta said

      They are still firing people who have an opinion, even if these people truly care and want to make things better. Interested only in producing fake paper trails. That’s it. Students behave very badly with faculty, write petitions, write complaints, want high grades for nothing. Also, most salary increments have gone down. Recently they have changed many people – demoted or promoted for no valid reason. The place is in chaos!

  22. a doctor said

    Where is the AUM female version of the three muskeeters (Hazel Robinson, Nino Gonashvili, Florentina Rosca), always fighting for the good reputation of this university ? What are they thinking now, after having the revelation (thanks to AUM!) that even the life of the most devoted employees is indeed very short here ?

  23. Sharma said

    What you will read from here may sound vindictive but worth it for 1.5 years that I gave to AUM (humansoft – apparently the holding co. with only AUM as the only dirty feather in cap!).

    Writing this update for benefit of other humans who may be offered a place in humansoft or aum, acm.

    I am not in the teachin profession but am aware of the realities at AUM from very close having had the pleasure to work with ‘top’ management.

    As a place Kuwait is a fine place with some nice people. So an opportunity in the country is welcome. I reserve my comments on how things will be with oil price dip.

    Coming to AUM – the place is remarkably attractive in facade. Hence the hiring strategy is to bring candidate over and impress rather lure. Money wise is great but Kuwait is no more cheap so be mindful. current econimic crisis in ME not withsatnding.

    Work culture – place has very good talent at manager level and of course within academics. But attrition rate is higher than 40% so a place of high churn. Focus is on profitabilty ONLY and not academics. Affiliation is name sake. Work style is absolutely authoritative and orchestrated across down to last level by Chairman and current confidant alone. Opinions are welcome and feedback not entertained. Academics are not valued and maybe serves some parts of the local ‘customers’ really well. A hell lot of focus on marketing to cover up inherent flaws. For studies as well as work recommend other competitors like GUST, AUK etc.

    As for me why I am writing – I was hired for a role that never took off. Was asked to manage sundry stuff albeit with due respect. Even managed chairman’s personal family communication hoping it is part of getting inducted in a family run company. And then I had a major surgery. Have to bow to the medical facilities in Kuwait and some people I met local & expat alike who helped me through it. Right after when I struggled to come back to work early sensing possible risk to my job, I resumed earlier than my medical leave. My life’s biggest surprise awaited me when I least expected from any company for anyone ever – A short indirect discussion apologetic verbally thoough with the letter (as you may guess it). A well planned and intended move despite being cognizant that an employee has returned from a major surgery which insha allah as they say in that part of the world, can happen to anyone! I am thankfully now back to same global and stable fortune 500 firm I left. Happy to be back but I still carry a scar on the head and many deep within. No sympathy required from the reader as best wishes from many have helped already.

    Unfortnately I discovered this site many months after joining. Open to honest questions but responses will be delayed as have to prioritize my work.

    NB: above note has been written in one sitting without possible refinement. I just care to deliver my message straight from the heart to possible victims of future.

    Best Wishes to all current staff minus few,

    Sharma ( as was popularly called in AUM)

  24. conorfblog said

    Orite, where do we start?
    Sick management, sick people, sick environment would sum up everything wrong with this so called “institution”.
    This place has everything wrong with it that you can think of.

    The upper management gets involved in day to day academics making it suffocating for professors like us. Like many over here, I had read a few blogs on the internet and thought maybe there is another story to AUM. As the Recruiter’s indicated “in the past we used to have a lot of turnover, but now the situation is different”.
    It is definitely not any different than what’s written over here.

    If you can put your head down without voicing an opinion at all, work like donkeys and take the money, then this could be a place for you. However, if you have a tiny bit of self esteem, you should avoid this filthy institution completely.

    Trust me, the money is not worth it either as the so called “American” University of the Middle East pays peanuts comparing to other Universities in Kuwait. Moreover, the costs of living here are high.

    For me, I am glad I am out of that shit hole.

  25. exaumepp said

    I’m writing to warn potential employees against this fraudulent institution. This is probably the most horrendous workplace you could ever work at. The management is extremely abrasive and mean; they would do everything possible to inflict unnecessary pressure on employees, run them off their feet, and make sure they feel ostracized, overworked and humiliated for no reason at all. The atmosphere is extremely toxic and full of politics and constant plotting against competent employees. The whole place is run by a Lebanese-Turkish staff members who are unqualified, vicious, and racists. They immediately recognize good staff members and make sure they ostracize them until they’re forced to resign or otherwise closely scrutinize them until they stack up good evidence to get them fired. Incident reports and HR meetings will be overshadowing your experience until you develop paranoia or OCD. The management signals out certain nationalities and treats them like garbage. The supervisors are mental and would watch your every move, they can literally go after you to the cafeteria in order to call you out on being late in your break. EPP Reading and Writing supervisor Reine Atme is someone who is neurotic, insolent, mean, and incompetent. She would pretend to be supportive and helpful in order to fish out details about the classroom, write an incident report against the instructor about them and send it to the HOD. Her main goal is to eliminate any potential competition and score points with the corrupt administration. One of the HOD’s is Sarp Erkir who is an officious racist puppet with a fake PhD who is ignorant of the simplest ESL details and commits numerous mistakes during meetings and tries to dump his mistakes on the staff and even attacks them for what he’s responsible for. In addition, he has a reputation for being anti-hijabis and has urged the firing of many instructors. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this asylum!

  26. ExeppACM said

    If you take yourself seriously as an individual, do yourself a favor and never start working for either of these shitholes. ACM consists of a bottom layer of Eastern European maffia (Serbians!) who work like robots and never show an opinion (reminding you of the sovjet era) and Turkish/Lebanese “officers” on top (who have no knowledge and fake degrees).

    Nothing American about this place, you have to call people with a PHD a doc (Are you fucking kidding me??). Native speakers from anglo cultures would not last 10 days here. Please if you are proud of your Western culture where freedom of speech is the most important thing, do not start working here! Glad to be out of this crazy house! Not worth the money!!!

    • I am a Serbian girl and I am really sorry that your opinion about my country and people is wrong. Two of my friends work at ACM and they are really professional. I am not saying anything about ACM itself but I am sooo disappointed that people still have such a negative opinion about Serbia.
      If you are ever willing to come to Serbia, I will be more than happy to show you around and I am sure you will change your opinion.
      Greetings from Belgrade ( the capital of Serbia)

  27. Lilly Aussie said

    What you are saying here is both right and wrong. You need to realise that this place is a company and the guy who runs it wants it run in a certain way. They dont care about someone not agreeing because every one of you here is replaceable. There are hundreds of young graduates out there. Many of them are poor with the economic situation in Turkey and Europe being as it is, and they will diligently and thankfully work for this place because it pays them their daily bread and allows them to support their families.
    Why would you expect a Kuwaiti institution to be run the way we run things in Europe? They are in Kuwait, for Kuwaiti students, and you all know how that goes.
    The level of incompetence and politics at the place will rise exponentially though, because of the major lack of people. They will need more and more people, and many of those people will not be qualified enough. Just take a look at the last ones they recruited… some of them can’t use a computer! Or pretend that they can’t. And the school is unable to train them because it does not have the human infrastructure for it. It’s mostly buildings. And they are still building. I passed through there last week and they are now building close to Egaila park… so the guy is investing in buildings. Whenever he decides he is tired of this business, he will sell the buildings along with the staff in them. Everyone is just dosposable. That is how all Kuwaitis think!

    • Saurabh sharma said

      Agree to the views. Except last point. I have high regards for some Kuwaitis in general as culture except these specific blokes!!

  28. An employee said

    My view is that this place has some specific rules that need to be followed. If you are OK with them, you move on. If you are not, you can leave. The long probation period gives you more than enough time to decide if you are up to their standards or not. This is something that cannot be changed. Western standards are way different compared to Middle East standards. They follow a specific educational structure, their students are familiar with that and you are expected to follow this structure.
    Being a new employee , I was communicated this point of view since Day 1. I don’t know how long I will stay here, but I know exactly what I signed for. After having worked in various countries, I realised that the same rule applies everywhere. You have to follow some specific rules. You do that? You are OK. You don’t? Then it’s better to go back home.
    Finally, one other thing that needs to be mentioned is that AUM/
    ACM are relatively new institutions. In most cases, things like these happen in institutions located somewhere different than the Western societies (not that things like these don’t happen there at all), where people come and go until the requirements and expectations are stabilised a bit and everyone gets to do their job. And when I got to talk to people who have already spent some time here (not including people who belong to Balcan countries that have been indiscriminately mentioned in previous messages), I got the same feeling as the one I shaped since my first day.
    So please, give them a chance. That comes from someone who has taught in various contexts around the globe and had to deal with way more unpleasant situations. And stop terrorising potential employees. Everyone is free to come to this place and decide whether it’s up to them or not.

    • PattyW said

      You will see how suddenly HR will bombard you with “unwritten policy” reasons when you apply for leaves or try to get a day or two off. You will see what happens to your overtime. You haven’t seen the full picture yet but by now you have probably found out that the discipline of students is below 0 and let’s not mention their knowledge. This is just Phase 1 for you.
      The people who teach at AUM and ACM are wonderful. It is the system and the institution maintained by retarded management that are a problem. You just can’t run a university when you don’t understand what a university is. Your CEO right now has less education and less intelligence (EQ and IQ both!) than you do.

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  30. Stringmarco said

    Few months ago, Forbe magazine, middle east edition, posted an article about Fahid Al Othman and HR blasted everyone with it. I wonder if HR would be keen on sharing this article with new comers. Take special attention to point 4. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kemachristiantaylor/2016/04/11/5-warning-signs-that-mean-you-shouldnt-take-the-job/#7fe328552757

  31. PattyW said

    Their all-powerful HR are recruiting all the time but they lie during the process. Recently some candidates were interviewed for the EPP and HR falsified their testimony on the application forms. They are all scared that the Wicked Witch of the West who manages the place with a Bachelor Degree or one of her minions will fire them.

    Exaumepp above is right indeed. The HOD of EPP is as incompetent as he is lazy. He adopted Mohaned Hassanin’s discourse fast. The language program at the university is a disgrace. All of us who teach the students when they complete EPP have seen their level. These students go through a year of English and can’t tell the difference between a P and a B.

    What happened to their Nanotechnology Center? Why is that HR suddenly has the superpower to tell off faculty for academic matters? Riham Ali at the head of HR is a worse bully than Hasel Robinson was before her. This year they are withholding promotions, removing responsibilities for no valid reason and mistreating and abusing their staff.

    I have just resigned myself. Don’t fall into the trap and work here. Do yourself a favor and seek a better place. Nobody deserves to work here except the bunch of incompetent Turks that are taking over leading positions.

  32. SoccerDaddy said

    For the benefit of everybody here, I have for you some insight on the management team at AUM. I don’t give a fuck at this point because I am far away in Canada. But everyone who wants to work in this place, should read this and consider it twice. I have gathered this information for many months and still have some insiders at the university.
    The Hookah Master Provost
    There is so much you can say about this one! His name is Elsafty, or commonly known as the Hookah Master. From unstable to unsuitable, he lacks any managerial (not to speak of leadership) skills. Always and all the time he talks negatively about upper management and Dalal the CEO in particular. He runs the university like an Egyptian Hookah shop, surrounding himself with friends who laugh around 24/7 and do nothing. He makes stupid, often dirty, jokes with everyone, has little to no communication skills, both written and spoken. In one of his 2-line emails he had 14 grammatical mistakes that became the university joke for weeks. In one of his lectures he was proudly and openly explaining how he faked all the documents in his previous university! He does not deal with big problems like the exam procedures and the proctoring.
    Under-Master Shahnawaz the Great
    Everyone knows him for being the nice Indian guy who does nothing with his days. The policies he writes and the material he produces may be fit for an Indian sweatshop but not for a university with the ambitions of AUM. He is always after book sales but pretends that he is “just checking” but when book sales go down, he pressurizes HODs to explain themselves about why they have not sold enough books. You need to explain if you want your people to sell books or to teach. These things are not compatible on a university level.
    Bassam, the Meek
    This one is the Dean of Engineering, a dean who is an assistant professor, mind you. He is liked by some but has no opinion at all and believes that is the reason he was chosen. He considers Elsafty like an idol and can’t even go to the bathroom without getting his permission. In his first lecture as a Dean, he said: “Elsafty told me I will run this university without any sense at all. Will you help me? So I said yes…” The sad thing is that he was not joking! He serves under Abdulrahman (the previous academic activity person who made everybody do a lot of meaningless work and used all the lab instructors to run chores for him so that he could sit in his office) as IET Kuwait Vice Chair along with Taha. He started this with Abdulrahman, by using many students and faculty to help. He has no academic background, nor experience or publications. He is in conflict with Riham who insists to do ethically and professionally wrong things. Bassam does not stand her and she cannot stand him either. He likes to take the side of instructors and defend them. That is why she doesn’t like him because she likes to punish people. Now they are pretending to get along well but behind your back, everything is chaos. Between the two of them everyone is suffering and people are unhappy. One of AUM’s ex-employees who they fired a couple of years ago for cheating that she has a Ph.D. is now giving lectures on how companies should take care of their people and the people take care of the business. In this AUM’s case nobody takes care of nobody and hell will soon be loose all around that beautiful campus and its new buildings.
    Chadi the Idiot (aka “I will point that finger at you next time”)
    This one is the biggest jokes among everyone. Everybody calls him “The Idiot” because of his idiotic facial expression that has now become an inside joke at AUM. He hates everyone including himself! He is willing to do nothing to avoid getting in trouble. He is neglecting pressing needs in favor of an accreditation that his college can’t get. One of his orders recently was that nobody is allowed to smile during working hours. And another instruction he gave for the accreditation seminar was for everyone to not ask any questions. He picks on professors during college meetings and reprimands them for elementary things like not taking precise notes of what he is saying. He stops many of the initiatives people have and considers only those that he thinks will make him look good and those that will not be any trouble for him. When he did the accreditation file, instead of improving things or putting procedures and policies in place, he tried masking what is not going well at AUM. The truth is that instead of trying to make things work like they are supposed to in international institutions, he tried creating a file that looks great but has no real foundation. He made lots of people work on this and even people who are not in his college. This is why valuable people will leave his college and only miserable Eastern Europeans, Turks and Indians will stay. With this the quality of education will not soar to great heights. It is rumored that Chadi has got together a clique of Lebanese along with Registrar Rami the Egg, the woman who teaches sports in LAD and some other Lebanese in ACM and that they are plotting against everyone else.
    Sarp, the Silent (Liberal Arts HOD)
    This one divided the LAD faculty as never before. He spends half of his day downstairs smoking his shisha, while his team is now divided into clans who are at war with one another. The result was a big mess in the exams this semester, where there were not enough exam copies to be distributed to students on the day of the exam and then a day later many exam copies were lost. This will not have happened if he didn’t ignore the tensions among people that the previous head purposefully created. There are many conflicts between people who cannot work with each other and that is why some of them are resigning. Some of these people are incompetent. And more will resign soon. Sarp does not listen and has no mediation skills at all. He sends away people who come to him with genuine problems. His Coordinators have no idea what they are doing, they write emails with mistakes and are laughed at by the whole department. Sarp tries to stay aside from his people, and delegates everything to the Coordinators. He never wants to see anyone in his office when he is there. He chooses course coordinators and academic activities person from people who don’t care or can’t do the job. He already selected two Turks to coordinate courses and people are talking that he will put all the Turkish on leading positions. They want this to be called the Turkish University of the Middle East. People already are calling it that.
    Mohamed, the Younger (Computer Engineering HOD)
    Widely disliked by his team, he likes to speak loudly but has no management skills, nor experience. They call him “the Younger” because he graduated in 2013 and is in dire need of training! Everyone believes that the only reason for his appointment is his previous relationship with Elsafty (they come from the same university). Moreover, he comes from an Electrical Engineering background but finds himself head of Computer Engineering. He was actually appointed at AUM as EE faculty. He acted as the treasurer of the 5G Summit. While working on it, he spent the whole Spring and Summer semesters last year working on the conference. He even used university resources (faculty and assistants) to help him. He secured over 10000 KWD from KFAS and over 5000 KWD from the IEEE for a conference that did not happen. He managed to get that money because he presented himself as working for AUM.
    Lawerence, the Invisible (Industrial Engineering HOD)
    He is never at the university and works 2 hours a day grand maximum. He has no idea of what happens anywhere. You can ask his team. He does not care for grades, or course folders, or any other thing for that matter. Most people who like him say that because he leaves them to do whatever they want, no matter what the rules are. If you are lucky to be “managed” by this one, you will be allowed full time out of the university while other slaves will be there from 8 to 5. Life is unfair and it is even more unfair at AUM.
    Taha, the Spark Plug (Electrical Engineering HOD)
    This one serves as the IET Kuwait Vice chair under Abdulrahman. He got a fancy trip to London from that and bragged about it to everyone. His Robotics Club is basically a lego shop. His students play with kids toys that they order ready made and by any academic standard this has no impact at all. He worked under Feras too (the AUM IEEE chapter chair) as head of one of the societies but none of these are up to anything valuable. As everywhere around the Middle East, this is for show.
    Wassim, from IST/TNT, his wife, Chibli (the ACM Engineering Dean), Taha and Yahia (the project person) represent the main university lobby for gossip and fake news. They started an interesting and very sexy story about Dalal the CEO and Mr. Fahad the Chairman who are supposed to be having an affair together. At this point, you see how high the corridor discussions fly at AUM and how ethical is the place with ambitions to become the major university in the Middle East.
    Kaushik, the Mechanical Engineering HOD
    This one is a nice guy, but again, Indian with Indian manners and Indian ways of micromanaging people. Just like the ex Liberal Arts head, the dumb “Dr Radhika Ph.D.” as her nameplate used to say, he is hated because he will rather stab people in the back and save his own skin. But where is Radhika now? Spreading gossip around just like those she used to stab when she was HOD. Same will be with Kaushik because AUM is ungrateful and racist.
    Seif, the Faker (the Math HOD)
    Just take a look at one of his emails to see his unbelievable 5th grade standard of writing! He is the Vice Chair of IEEE AUM chapter, under Feras and so is allied to him in every way. Both of them are trying to get fired to get lots of money from AUM. (Yes, the only reason you should go to AUM is to get your indemnity when they fire you like Seif is planning to.) He was intending to make good money out of that and now that he can’t he is trying to get himself and others around him fired. He is constantly publishing papers that are for the most part work of AUM students and he steals that. Two TAs are his Ph.D. students. He recruits TAs from AUM to be Ph.D. students with him.
    Abdelkader, the Science HOD
    You could not have had a more useless person. Nobody has heard even a single thing come out of his mouth. Ever. He does not speak to anyone and is the most antisocial person you will ever meet. He is one of those who do nothing all day and because they sit in their offices, they look like they do something.
    Fadi, the MIS HOD
    Full of himself, he does not live on earth. He spends two hours in the gym every day and will willingly ask his colleagues to shift their schedules around his gym hours. Whenever he is supposed to have a meeting that is not with a Dean, he will ask people to come later because he has gym. He will come late to meetings or not attend, making excuses that it is for his daughter but he is either in the gym instead or around the local malls.
    Oualid, the HRM HOD
    This guy is famous for sleeping around with women from ACM. His aim is to do nothing all day and just sits in his office or walks around. Whenever there is a meeting he will never say his own opinion but will suggest ridiculous ideas just because he thinks this will please management. This is the most fake person AUM has ever recruited. He has the most dysfunctional work method on the planet and has no idea about teaching or classroom management.
    Ayse, the Marketing HOD
    She is insulting people and is rude, and behaves like she owns the place. She keeps a double-faced attitude and pretends to like you when in fact she will report every single thing to the Idiot. She was named HOD during her probation period, when there were so many able faculty who could have done this in her place. She does not have any discretion and gossips around with Liberal Arts staff.
    Yamen, the ACC HOD is Elsafty’s Mini Me but in a worse-than-Elsafty version.
    Amr, the research coordinator
    He is famous among all professors at the university as the most idiotic man in the universe, even more retarded than the Idiot himself. He has no idea what is going on in the world of research and has absolutely no notion of what exactly is quality research. All his ideas are unrealistic, inapplicable and downright stupid. He rejects applications of quality with data of quality. He only accepts theoretical research which is undervalued these days. When he suggests edits for articles, these render the articles unpublishable.
    The two EPP HODs
    Everybody calls them the Wicked Witch of the West (Sazia) and Glinda the Good (Margaretta) because the first is as incompetent as the second is crazy. People are leaving from their departments because they don’t know how to deal with them. Their aim is to sit in their offices and do nothing. They throw all the work on their team leaders and then sit together and drink Turkish coffee half of the time. Everybody knows that Glinda was the Witch’s “mentor” when she came and AUM still had this HR program to adapt newcomers to AUM. She adapted her so well that the Wicked Witch has been doing nothing since her probation. They say Glinda is up to secret research on dress code and that is why she used to go around covered. All EPP knows that Sarp hates hijabi people and he was also part of this plan. I was told that they hold regular meetings on this. You can check all the blogs online that say this. Both of them are so fake, especially Glinda. The other one is too stupid to fake anything but Glinda is also dangerous. I worked with them and can tell you that every single thing here is the truth.
    Overall, the new Provost and management team is making mistakes on a regular basis. These are mistakes of judgment and big leadership mistakes. They are not trained to manage or lead. They do not have negotiation skills, nor real people skills, and their view of professionalism is wrong.

    • stringmarco said

      It is obviously when I read between the lines who you are. You gave away too many details. I did not realise you moved to Canada? I will pass by your office tomorrow and say hello! Αντίο

    • no coment said

      Usted es una mujer valiente y estoy orgulloso de saber usted! Continuar. Espero que el libro se escribe sobre la atmósfera tóxica es aún mejor y también entretenido. Sé que tienes un montón de AUM en ella y que seguirán llegando para tomar notas. A contar su historia con la seguridad Bassil y cómo lo hicieron que estás equivocado.
      Seguramente después de soltar todo lo que se siente libre de todo lo que le han arrastrado con overhere. Todo el mundo tiene que saber la verdad. Cuando se tiene el documento Prudue en la mano, debe informar a los periodistas y reporteros. Ánimo, ya que han hecho nos llena de orgullo. Adiós
      Y el tipo o mujer aquí que dice que él o ella sabe quién es usted no tiene idea de quién es usted. No tenga miedo.

    • Ararat said

      Rachelle the suckerdaddy, use your sick imagination to find yourself a decent job…. It has been a year since you have been sacked…. Being abused during your childhood does not give you the right to insult people. Get a life…. Alonz…..

  33. Succerdaddy said

    Chadi the Idiot (aka “I will point that finger at you next time”) has just been fired. After the final exams had been signed Chadi and Elsafty have been seen arguing in the Hookah Master’s office. Soon after the “Idiot” was escorted outside the building by security carrying his boxes. Chadi did not even have a chance to say goodbye to anyone. The reasons will become clear soon. The place is falling apart.

    • Anonymous said

      Look, I’m interested in verifying how much of this is genuine and how much is your personal take on it. IF you are interested, I’ll provide you with a safe, anonymous channel of communication where we can discuss this privately. No personal info, just the complete story of your stay at AUM.

      • Anotheranonymus said

        Why private? Posting here is already anonymous. How would verifying claims “privately” with “no personal info” be different than replying on this blog? Why not all prospective faculty to read how crap is this place ? It is amazing how stupid is AUM management/HR.
        PS. See you Chadi. Good luck. Enjoy indemnity money.

        • SameAnonymous said

          More security measures never hurt. Anyways, I wouldn’t mind replies over here if SoccerDaddy/SuccerDaddy is willing to post over here. I just need an objective point of view, away from any opinionated posts or personal points of view.

          P.S. “It is amazing how stupid is AUM management/HR.” I agree, and I also digress that you’re just as stupid if you thought I’m HR.

          • SameAnonymous said

            I realize I came off a bit aggressive. I guess what I meant to say is that I’m definitely in it for curiosity’s sake. I apologize.

          • questions said

            If you need an objective opinion, look at all the links on this blog. Look at posts above. There is nothing going on through objectivity in AUM. It all depends on how much they like your face. What objectivity you looking for in people who are dealing with how much colleague has farted today? This post no personal revenge but revealed how sick all is. You know how much the difference between professors salaries is? You know what this based on? Passport. This is objective? Nobody will say nothing for real to your face because they all are afraid.

  34. Anonymous said

    Damn guys, this is messed up

  35. I’m very much impressed by this beautiful campus indeed. The brand of American University of the Middle East has become renowned for its academic excellence and quality.

    • questions said

      Yeah right! Because the former Turkish president will personally decided to write something. How much money did they give you to come to eat catering and can sleep 5 star hotel? And how you pushed to do advertising, and if you knew what was going to happen in Turkey? Turkish dismissals of teachers? It certainly is in favor of this university. I want to know how many of these things you know and they paid to revealed for the profit of AUM.

  36. SoccerDaddy said

    Thank you to all the fans who gave me new information. I got a lot of private e-mails with vibrant new information. I have taken the decision to give you all the credit you deserve. Credits can be found at the end of this post. I have also gotten many threatening emails from AUM HR and management. Many of you wanted me to reveal the truth on what the previous management did for the current situation at AUM.
    We will start with the ex-chief learning officer Mohaned Hassanin, aka Spiderfatty, who had an attitude and a job position that do not exist anywhere in the world. He is a classic example of how AUM works. AUM creates positions according to individuals. Nobody knows what these job positions involve. Hassanin has no academic training, publications or experience at all. Just like Noaman the Engineering Dean is and Chadi the Dean of Business, Mohaned was an assistant professor. He has turned the university into a military camp. Mohaned was sitting in his office watching everyone to make sure they do not come out of the office to talk to each other. I wander where team work has gone. Being academic staff people should meet and discuss issues and share ideas. People were not only afraid of him. They started to be afraid of coming to each others’ offices. There is not even a hint of academic atmosphere. He is suspicious of everything and everyone, including himself and afraid of his own shadow. In fact, most of the academic staff have been traumatized. Result? When he went to ACM everyone at AUM went nuts with the freedom, so his military regime only resulted in complete chaos. He collected his own circle of admirers and all of them have just got B.A. degrees, him surrounded by a band of half-wits who think they own the place began to enforce military-like behavior in ACM now.
    Tarabay, former ACM CLO, called Wild Dog Dingo, is another member of the Lebanese mafia. These are people originating from Lebanon, like Chadi the Finger, all of them graduated from the same higher education schools in Lebanon with suspicious level of degrees and academic knowledge. This gentleman walks round all day doing nothing but hitting on women and trying to do this or that for them expecting loose sexual behavior from them. The exact word for that is sexual harassment. The most valuable job for the day he does after that is to shop online from the office computer. That could be easily revealed if somebody from the management is interested. The most outrageous thing is, people say, the obscure labor incidents with construction workers who lost their lives because of negligence. All that was covered and Tarabay’s secret friendship with Paul Bassil (chief of the security of the university), an alleged intimate boyfriend of his, kept them both safe. I do not claim that Tarabay is guilty for the death of those workers but he used money and influence to bleach Bassil. That affair could be used by Fox Crime TV to shoot a good movie.
    ElSafty, aka the hookah master was dean of Engineering before getting promoted to provost of the university. As a manager of the college of engineering he managed it as if he were an owner of a small fish shop before the expansion to the current hookah shop. Let me explain what he was doing. He selected bunches of admirers and followers who are ready to do you name it against the university regulations. He entertains his minions on a daily basis. He recently disappeared for several weeks and everyone knows he was in rehab for his addiction. Against the regulations, he collects personal students’ information like phone numbers etc. in order to maintain unhealthy contacts with those students. He even knows where some of them live. As dean of engineering he started to transform the university to its current state where he has just surrounded himself by incompetent Arab people. One may wonder why Arab people. The answer is simple. Elsafty simply cannot speak decent English. His favoritism was so obvious because his group of friends can get away with anything while decent working people have been denied everything from holidays to basic maternity leave. He fired people who threatened to make public or reviled his incompetency. His research output is worse than that of an undergraduate student. This gentleman was notorious for faking everything, especially grades.
    Radhika, the ex-LAD Head, known as the big ass VPL (visual panty line according to Dalal, the manager of the university who, herself happens to be a naughty girlfriend of the owner of the university and whose main pastime is speculation about female colleagues’ clothes and outfits). Radhika used to be the slave of Sabine the Führer (the previous dean of business). She got so many decent people fired that she was bound to get going. Radhika has a wonderful skill to get rid of every native speaker of English as she feels jealous when they speak other English but Indian. She had an Indian-style career, from school teacher to Head of Department at a university. A Head Teacher can summarize her qualifications. Sabine taught her how to be rude and disrespectful to her staff. LAD teachers say that every second they spent with them felt like they were getting fired. Imagine the stress for the staff!
    Sabine was fed up with Mohaned’s abuse and ran away. She falsified her disease and she is still in good health. She is involved in some scams and very illegal affairs. What happened to her can be easily checked if there is interest in the affair and some people I cite in my posts know very well what happened to her. AUM also know everything but keep it shushed because if it goes out everyone will know about the work conditions. Sabina was close to the management and got paid over 4,000 kd. For this money Mohaned considered that he could abuse her as he wished. She was found crying in the bathrooms after meetings with him and got a burnout. Then she got the idea what to do from an American who was fired. She requested AUK to employ her. They did not take her because no one at AUM has the academic qualifications to work anywhere else. Sabina told everyone she was sick of cancer and vanished.
    Abdulrahman Abdulazim, aka The Minion, the previous academic activities man once known as Mohaned’s slave boy. As Mohaned’s little boy he used to tell us Mohaned’s farts are perfume, if asked. He thought he was God. As the rest of Mohaned’s servants he thought he owned the place until they got rid of him. In a year, no one stopped him when he imposed the most ridiculous policies. Abdulrahman is rude. You only need look at his e-mail messages to see how miserable his English is. Numerous rumors run around his questionable relations with people from ACM and the Georgian people. He has dubious connections with the IET and IEEE. Taha (the Spark Plug) and him “won” a lot of competitions but they paid for them or used their friends. The biggest of them is the GCC robotics competition about which AUM boasted for months. It was all fake. They also stole 15000 kd to finance many activities. This gentleman dealt with a lot of money.
    Chibli, apart from his current job as a main active member of the gossip lobby, was the former chief of Computer Engineering. He is a typical Lebanese example with a fake French diploma. This poor gentleman merely does not speak English. That is why they moved him to the position of Dean in ACM, because he could reveal too much about what was happening at the AUM.
    Bassam Noaman, when head of Electrical Engineering, apart from doing nothing, had his biggest achievements in establishing useless labs that are fit only for a high school in Yemen. He applied the notorious AUM style of doing nothing and getting promoted. He is such an inefficient Dean that he is notorious with his grade curves and mistakes and became the university joke for months. As a reward they made him Dean. He only got his Ph.D. in 2012 and just four years later they made him dean. That gentleman is also known as Yes Man!
    Nasser, the former CFO, and his assistant Chadi made so many mistakes and were so unprofessional that everyone thought they would be fired. Instead Chadi was also made dean.
    Khalil, the previous Accounting head is merely illiterate in English. He cannot write without mistakes. Loud, inappropriate, surrounded by Arabs, similarly to ElSafty, he makes his own suite of followers from Arab countries so he can also communicate. His office used to be another coffee shop where students are being graded at random without checking their exam papers. He learned from the master, the Hookah Master. So he faked all his department grades. He takes the list of students and just puts random grades. If they complain, he tells them he made a mistake and gave them a higher grade than they deserved.
    Imad, the previous MIS man, aka Shorty is also in the Lebanese Mafia. Friends with Qualid in ACM, they are two useless human beings with nothing to offer apart bragging about their nights out drinking illegal alcohol. They recently spend over 1500 kd for illegally imported spirits that they got through a traffic chain within AUM.
    Lili, the previous Marketing head, who wrote in this blog too (check LillyAussie above) resigned 5 times but is still there. The face control at AUM is serious. They judge your anthropological data not your skills and citizenship. There people from Chinese ancestry who are native speakers of English living in English speaking countries do not count for anything. Lili’s case is almost the same and the Indians. AUM does not recognize merits and goes by passport and the way one looks.
    Noha Ghattas who waited for years before they finally promoted her to Accounting head resigned a couple of months after. She was ready to do anything but stay at AUM and preferred to get a miserable job as an adjunct faculty in Canada than stay.
    Who else is left in this notorious university? Shqipe the MBA director looking like a XXL actress the way she dresses. Both she and her friend Selma have Chadi as their idol. Nobody dares to object their skirt lengths and they openly reject the dress code which Chadi enjoys when they visit him in his office. (Maybe Glinda can help them with a fake cover.) They criticize everything openly with each other but when you ask them, they will go double faced in an instant. They are phony and phoniness is their credo.

    Recent news:
    AUM Provost faked the grades for 2000 students to look good.
    AUM was denied accreditation, both for engineering and business.
    AUM management are selling the majority of their shares. You can find this out so easy by looking online.

    This is how AUM works. If you want to get in you have to join one of the mafias. You have choice between the Turkish Mafia, the Lebanese Mafia, the Serbian Mafia, the Georgian Mafia. Each contributed to what I am saying here because everyone has stories to tell.

    Credits:
    Liberal Arts information: Everybody there talks especially recent people
    Engineering: Egyptians talk too much, Lebanese also, and the Turkish know everything
    Business: Jordanian guys spilled it
    EPP: Serbian and Turkish Mafias, way to go!

    Expect soon more information on exams, what happened to the research center and about upper management! I will post e-mail messages from management for you to see for yourself what kind of place is AUM.

    • The Messenger said

      Dear Mr. Or Mrs or Miss or Nobody,
      It is enough honor for AUM to be openning more than 2000 houses accross the world, BY the employment of staff members , to show how good AUM is.
      It is enough success for AUM management to fire a “rotten apple” from the institution, successful management takes decision to protect the good employees from sick minded and wrong hires.
      It is enough prove, after reading your long psychic failed comments, to agree that you are not a respectfull person up to the mission of education.

      All what you do is to mix names pretend personal stories and loose focus from any real material to discuss.

      God bless AUM and i will be mentioning you in my prayers as at this stage i do beleive only God can heal your heart mind and behavior.
      Mind you that only people with good heart reveal their names and others with lies and complex mind hide their existance.
      Go to light and make it right Mr. “X”.
      Go AUM and more success to come.

      I saw you JAKJAS 🙂

    • AUK-Professor said

      Hi Soccerdaddy,
      I can tell from your English that you are not a native Canadian. Anyway, I found this blog out of curiosity, AUM is a part of AUK’s gossip too 😃😃.
      First, We at AUK “don’t take AUM staff” not because of them being “incompetent” as you mentioned rather because of that clause they signed for in their contract where “you are not allowed to work anywhere in Kuwait for 1 year after you leave AUM, whether you were fired or you have resigned”. Many AUM faculty came crying at our offices and we were sorry not to recrute them just to avoid going into courts with AUM.
      Second my wife is Lebanese and she has a Lebanese and a French degree. It depends where you graduated from in Lebanon i.e. if you graduated from these following universities, it means you are highly qualified:
      AUB
      Lebanese University
      Saint Joseph University
      LAU

      Third, there are almost no PhD programs in Lebanon. Whenever you have a Lebanese with a PhD, it would be probably from Europe or North America.
      Most French educated Lebanese go to France/Quebec and English educated Lebanese go to the US/Canada.
      You mentioned a professor with a fake French PhD, I’m sorry to tell you that this is not possible. My wife’s French PhD has a serial number and a government phone number that you can call to check if the PhD is fake or not. My British PhD has nothing on it.

      Lastly, you seem very racist yourself. Making fun of Indians, Arabs, Lebanese, Serbs, Turks, etc. Canada is known of its multiculturalism, it’s a shame for a Canadian to generalize like this. I have met highly qualified and extremely professional people of all these nationalities.

      Best of luck for everyone seeking a job in Kuwait.

      • Ms Lol said

        It is obvious you are from AUM. That clause in your stupid contract is illegal and has no value. There also is a precedent of people from AUM working in AUK. You do not know about it because you are a dumb Lebanese with a fake degree.

  37. Post-truth said

    The dean of the business school has NOT been fired. Last year we heard on a similar blog that the ex-provost Mohanad got fired and that turned out not to be true. Whatever had happened between Chadi and Elsafty has been exaggerated like much of what Soccerdaddy (or more possibly SoccerMummy) has said. Someone had asked for objectivity and I totally agree. Can we please keep these posts away from insults, personal opinions, exaggerations and lies.

    I have been around for a good time too and I can tell you my objective view of this place. Chadi, Sarp, Bassam, Amr, and Elsafty have been carefully selected specifically because they do not question orders. The main source of the university problems is that the real management of the university is in the hands of people who did not even complete their university degree or understand what is the real university mission. They also have no real respect for academics and do not understand how to manage academics. The management manages the university in a typical Kuwaiti business style. Most of the blame that Soccerdaddy has placed on the deans and provost has missed the point because these guys have no control over anything at AUM/ACM. They simply follow orders down to the micro level.
    There is some truth in the points mentioned by Soccerdaddy but there is a lot of exaggeration as well. When everyone is forced to be on campus from 8am to 5pm even if they have finished their work then you are bound to find people spending time drinking coffee, sitting in each others’ offices, smoking outside (and no they do not allow shishah on campus), having their lunch break in the nearby mall, in the gym, watching videos, or having nothing better to do than spread gossips; which by the way Soccerdaddy must have had loads of time spreading gossips and drinking coffee to collate all these ‘post-true’ stories. I agree that these things do happen but with the workload we all have, these things only happen during certain times of the term and nowhere to the level this person has blown out of proportion.
    Also the management does not treat HODs any easier. They all have to deal with managing the totally waste of time mini and major academic activity events that takes up a huge amount of time. HODs have to manage courses and their teams, cover for faculty who are sick (unpaid), participate in tedious and somewhat futile international accreditation processes, plan and participate in international competitions which they get no credit for, attend weekend events (accreditation, exams, and academic activity preparations) at short notice, and still have to teach! For what, to get 3 to 6 credits less teaching and an extra 100KD-200KD extra a month! If they ask me, I would say no thank you. You will find the majority of faculty do not want that role and that is because they know it is no holiday.

    I have been following these posts since I joined the University and here is my assessment. Despite the many terrible things the management is supposedly doing, the university soldiers on. The university has expanded and multiplied the number of buildings and students. We all wonder HOW? Because the university does not need your approval or my approval, they do not need international accreditations, and they do not even need Purdue affiliation to teach. The university accreditation is Private University Council (PUC) of Kuwait. The PUC do not care how nicely the management treats their faculty. The PUC only cares about how the university manages the teaching and of what I hear AUM/ACM exceeds PUC standards. Now despite all the warning messages posted online, the University continues to find faculty queuing for interview outside HR’s offices. Faculty who are welling to come from places like:
    – Serbia and East Europe where the one-month salary at AUM is equal to ten-months of salaries back home.
    – Egypt and Lebanon where they have too many international PhD graduates who cannot find a job.
    – Turkey where people are escaping Erdogan or cannot go home.
    – Greece where people are escaping austerity and it is easier in Kuwait to hide money from the taxman.
    – India, Iran, and other third world countries with limited options.
    – The absolute minorities are other western faculty who strolled here by mistake thinking they are coming to a real American university and then quickly leave.
    I am in no way degrade them as professionals in their fields, among them are top people but they understand their options. From the provost down to the instructors, they all have something in common : they cannot get the same salary or job elsewhere otherwise they would have left! As soon as they have saved up, they will pack up their money-stuffed bags and slag everything and everyone. More likely, like Soccerdaddy here, they are angry because they would have loved to keep this high paying job if things were different. But I put it to you: Don’t you think that if this job was any easier or better, then the person before you would have never left?!? The catch is simple with AUM & ACM, they are not in the business of changing. You do it their way or the highway and live moves on.

  38. hardworker said

    soccerdady and similar people here are writing and behaving as if they are intelligent and highly talented who can easily get into Cambridge or Harvard (in fact they are searching jobs currently and ready to work in a Canadian primary school also).
    If you are so smart why you chose Kuwait or Middle East at first place forget A UM. You are writing because you are frustrated and sitting without job and you are jealous of others in Kuwait earning good salary and enjoying life. My friend, do some creative work do not behave like a third grade detective.
    It is so difficult to find job in this world even in developed nations and your Canada. Let people earn some money and feed their families. why do you compare other universities. let them run their way. May be you are frustrated because you got fired, ha ha, with your long detailed writing it looks that you are brainless nut not worth hiring.

  39. cats and dogs said

    I have been working at AUM for about three years, and based on my over 13 years experience in higher education in four continents, I am happy, ambitious, and feel very positive about AUM and where it’s heading. This university has grown exponentially over the past few years in all aspects, including faculty, students, facilities, etc. I do agree with you regarding some decisions being sub-optimal. In fact, I would be surprised if they did not occur. However, in comparison with what has been achieved over such short period, I find them negligible (not as you exaggerated). This growth also requires exceptionally motivated, dedicated, and skilled people, whether at managerial or faculty levels. When being interviewed, this message was clearly relayed, they are not like a typical university, and are different in many aspects. It was clear that work hour requirements, being flexible, energetic, self-motivated, and being a team player were important in this institution.
    Speaking of leadership skills, it requires the best to lead the team. The best here is of course subjective, however, I believe there was no tangible facts in the post, which left me with the bitterness of non-ethical non-sense rumors. I will not mention names nor low-class words used to avoid causing more damage to an honest hard working team, however, I can easily say that this lash of anger/grudge is probably a result of an incompetent arrogant person that believes he/she deserve to be a leader, yet, was not chosen or more likely was replaced.
    This is the 21st century, if you are not the best in what you do among the team, you will be replaced, simple common sense. One can argue the basis on which such decisions are made should be purely academic, yet, the reality is that this cannot be 100% the case in many situations. If you cannot make peace with these simple life facts, you may want to find a job elsewhere, where there are less requirements for self-motivation, commitment and professionalism. If you can’t accept this, along with the demanding environment of a rapidly growing institution, you should leave peacefully without smoke bombs that are far from any ethics or professionalism. If you cannot adhere to your workplace standards, whether you agree with them or not, just leave and move on to another job. If you can’t find another job, for whatever reason, be grateful you still have one (I doubt you do, based on the time you are investing here on this forum). If you can’t find a job, it might be because you have an inflated/exaggerated/overrated assessment of your skills.
    Go AUM!

    • Mohaned said

      This is so funny. “Professionalism”? “left me with bitterness of non-ethical non-sense rumors”. Sounds like one Mohaneds emails. ACM/AUM is so great but the only place in Kuwait with many blog written of it. Why?

  40. xyz said

    I came across this quote:
    Haters only hate the things they can’t have and the people they can’t be!
    Go AUM!

  41. stringmarco said

    You muddled lies, roamers, with insults that have nothing to do with these people. You described a hardworking mother of three as a prostitute for the way she professionally dresses. Where do you come from? Afghanistan? Or how about making fun of people’s appearances, weights, and heights? Why? Are you Miss/Mr Universe? And even if your mother lied to you and you believed her, what gives you the right to talk about people this way? What about you labelling people by their race: Turks, Arabs, and Indians…What kind of a person are you? You will insist, of course, you are not racist. However when you stereotype race with insults it makes you a racist!

    You did not talk about your qualities that have gone missing at AUM. Here are so some keywords to get you started: arrogant, opinionated, egocentric, selfish, attention seeker, lowlife, idiot. I am no management and my earlier comments in this blog proves so. Yet I am repulsed at what a lowlife you are.

    Contrary to what you have hoped, you have united AUM/ACM faulty in disgust with these posts. And while it does not matter where you are (at AUM or otherwise) once someone knows who you are expect a barrage of insults and blogs following you to every job you ever apply to! With Google, there is no hiding. Someone will spill the beans. It is a fact, “Something is not a secret if two people know about it” Anonymous. You should know that, right?

  42. Dr Math said

    I both agree and disagree with many of the above comments. There is a saying “no smoke without fire”.
    I agree with -soccerdaddy- that the only criterion for choosing management is their ability to say “yes”. They speak Arabic, therefore, easy to communicate with owners.
    There are facts in what he says if you take care to read. The facts are that
    Grades are being falsified.
    The provost is unfit for duty.
    There are double standards.
    The ethical standards are low.
    -Soccerdaddy- is being clever. He is adopting different viewpoint to show how AUM deals with people. What he says can be not HIS opinion, but the opinionS (plural!) of people at AUM the way he has collected them.
    May be, he succeeded in what he wanted to achieve which is to create suspicions, conflicts, blamings in already insecure environment. I think he is someone who wants revenge for getting the sack, but, you have to ask yourself something! Who has done what to him to cause so much bitter feeling? There must be good reason.
    Most of the AUM defenders have weak arguments. They based their proof on how AUM gives good money. Many things give good money, but it does not make them ethical. Selling drugs also gives dealer money. Some people are so poor that they have nothing else than money.
    Maybe -cats and dogs- can share some more reliable information? It seems that he knows a lot about the way leaders are selected at AUM.

  43. happy said

    Running education institution like school or university in this world is a business and every business means making profit.
    To run airlines business one need not be a pilot, to run hospital business one need not be a doctor, similarly to run a university or school one need not be a professor or teacher.
    Look at the private schools and universities in US or Asian countries, these are pure business houses where you need to work like call center employee. These are full of politics and keep changing their rules to make more money. Read more on internet about these and may be you will feel satisfied.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diploma_mills_in_the_United_States)
    My friends, politics is everywhere including Vatican. You will need to live with it. There are schools and universities closing because they are not getting students or not making enough money.
    Be thankful to god that AUM is growing and paying you good salary. Be thankful to god that you got a job and money to feed your family.
    I still do not know what soccerdaddy and others are talking, and why they are so much interested in personal life of individuals and their nationalities working in AUM. If someone else is lucky and getting job plus handsome money do not be jealous. Think about your future, your family. God bless.

  44. Mathguy said

    I cannot understand why do you refer to giving a job to Eastern Balkan people makes AUM a good place. Are there Americans in the management of the American University of the Middle East? Are there Americans there in general? British? Canadians? I don’t think so……….AUM chooses to hire people from destroyed countries, like Turkey, Serbia, Greece for having a control on the employees. These people are usually young fresh PHDs and can barely find a job elsewhere. So, the management can blackmail them till the last minute and make them work like dogs and do things that are within the limits of the contract (or exceed what the contract says). Is AUM a charity place? Why do you consider it as a plus that it does not hire people from the developed world? AUM is not American. It is not Western. It is a Kuwaiti business with Arabic management (Egyptian and Lebanese), Turkish sub-management, faculties from poor Eastern countries and a large unknown number of workers from the Indian peninsula. AUM is a business, it is not a university. Do not fall into that trap.

    • Jseeker said

      Respected Professors,

      Kindly allow me to make some money even if I have to work like a dog, not all are rich like you. Working at these places for even two to three years will make me earn equal to 7-8 years in developed countries.

      Sir, please suggest some place where I can find better job. I am ready to work under any circumstances in any country (other than war torn countries).

      I am 2013 batch PhD in Civil & Structural Engg and struggling to survive. I have worked in Germany but it is too expensive and could merely save any money.

      Please your help will make my life. Thank you all.

  45. Mathguy said

    Democratically, I express my opinion. What I am saying is that AUM is offering job to those who is unlike to find another job, so to control them like slaves. Nothing more nothing less.

    • Scienceguy said

      Democratically I say you are an idiot and stupid to generalize your openion on everyone working there

      • Mathguy said

        Scienceguy, are you working in HR? I think so, little slave. Your swears show that you are a typical AUM based anthropoid of HR. You fire people without prior notice for any minor reason that a human brain can think of. That is why you are running like hell to recruit more and more. Your fame in Europe and U.S.A. is so bad, that your only choice is third world countries with funny degrees. In the Math and Stats department there are many people who have no mathematics degree. Why is this? Why? lol

  46. Bad Girl said

    BTW who said Kuwait is cheap? A looooot of money stays there!!! No one is talking, above, about the discrepancy in salaries. The same post: different salaries for Indians, different for Turks, different for Serbs, different for Greeks. Only desperate people come to work in Kuwait, under such conditions from the Management and with a closed and strict Kuwaiti society. No alcohol is permitted, in Ramadan one cannot drink even water in public (including in AUM!!! No one mentioned this!). The conditions are terrible. So sorry for those who have to stay there, because they will have no bread anywhere else. But please focus in this: Kuwait is extremely expensive as a country. AUM is giving you a salary due to your nationality and due to their micromanagement. Ask as many people who worked there as you like. You will shape your opinion soon.

  47. indifferent said

    To separate the wheat from the chaff, 2% of what Succerdaddy mentioned boils down to “dubious” status. The other 98% are nothing but the psychotic ravings of a deranged mind. Unhinged hallucinations in the form of a plotline spilled off from George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones. A fantasy world or even alternate reality fantasized under tremendous pressure of cognitive dissonance in a journey of self-justification and egocentric reasoning of recent events by an ill spirited, dim witted, ill-bred, unfaithful, and indecent boorish racist.

    I do not know what happened to you that driven you out of sanity lane. AUM is by NO means a perfect place. But, that is no excuse to act like a story telling buffoon. Instead of carefully evaluating your options and presenting your argument in a lucid prose, you chose to act like a blind folded drunken monkey while your gossipy friends and rumor mill put a machine gun in your hand. They create the stories, and you gullibly share while they have a good laugh and settle some scores at your expense. (and I am willing to bet that they are laughing at you now). I can feel the frustration and depression in your grim and bitter words. you probably got sacked, lost your income, and cannot find another job to restart your life. I understand how difficult that can be. However, that does not give you the right to judge people the way you did (let us give them a chance at you!) or blame other nationalities for taking your job. You lost it because you were not good at it. Live with that. Maybe you bit off more than you could chew. There is no shame in that if you learn to size yourself precisely next time.

    I am sure that during your stay at AUM we shared (or will share if you are still around) a moment together. Perhaps a cup of coffee or even a social greeting or merely a fleeting head shake at each other. At the minimum we shared a building together. Only evil hearted, sick minded people would stab their old colleagues the way you did without any regard to loyalty, friendship, decency or even shred of humanity. I mean even dogs are capable of being loyal after sharing some time together. For that shared moment, I provide you with the following advice

    1- If it is your intent from sharing these rumor-posts and the way you chose to express yourself is to make people hate AUM or raise suspicions among faculty members, then you must add another failure to what is apparently a long list. You have united people in disgust and forced many to express their opinion and shift from being indifferent to supporting AUM management, who apparently did something right –finally- by sacking you out. I have heard people stating how irritable they are by the mere idea that you could still be around.
    2- If you do not believe all what you have written in your posts but still mentioned them to spite or as a form of frustration and anger then you are nothing but a lying, deceptive, double faced traitorous low life
    3- If you believe all what you have written and you faithfully subscribe to them and tend to believe they are true, then I whole heartedly feel sorry for you. So please gather whatever residual sanity you might still have and seek help, and hope you feel better ASAP.

  48. Bad Girl said

    The above comment of Indifferent is a typical message from the huge recruiting system of AUM. There are people who are sitting in their chair comfortably and are checking what is written about AUM. AUM has fooled its own people in a very clever way. See how many members are there in the recruiting office, to understand why AUM needs to recruit people so often. There is a brain drain. People come and leave shocked. More people come and (soon or later) leave shocked as well. There is no person in my mind who left happy. The place is treating workers as slaves. But I think this is general in the Gulf. We bring you with honors and they you have to shut up and do anything we ask: just shut up. Yes, we fooled you, OK, do you have a problem? Here is the door……this is typical AUM logic.

  49. The Messenger said

    Dear Mr. Or Mrs or Miss or Nobody,
    It is enough honor for AUM to be openning more than 2000 houses accross the world, BY the employment of staff members , to show how good AUM is.
    It is enough success for AUM management to fire a “rotten apple” from the institution, successful management takes decision to protect the good employees from sick minded and wrong hires.
    It is enough prove, after reading your long psychic failed comments, to agree that you are not a respectfull person up to the mission of education.

    All what you do is to mix names pretend personal stories and loose focus from any real material to discuss.

    God bless AUM and i will be mentioning you in my prayers as at this stage i do beleive only God can heal your heart mind and behavior.
    Mind you that only people with good heart reveal their names and others with lies and complex mind hide their existance.
    Go to light and make it right Mr. “X”.
    Go AUM and more success to come.

    I saw you JAKJAS 🙂

    • AUMer said

      Dear people. Please take care of the above conversation. There is a person from the AUM recruiting system trying to create a fog of comments and hiding the complains. He is paid to do this, he is a recruiter. AUM giving money to poor people….so cute….I feel very touched from this great charity. Why not Americans? Why not Western Europeans there? Why? Why? Why? :p AUM does not want to mess with experts. They hire people from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey (vast majority) and some Christian poor countries like Serbia and the destroyed Greece (lol the Greeks there will be a majority in the coming years). No English, no people from Canada and the U.S. Why don’t you name it Charity University of the Middle East? CUME? It sounds better……..Just a warning for those who have been approached by AUM: think twice before you sign your contract. If you are desperate go. If you have many mouths to feed, go. But expect to experience a hell of insults.

      • Scienceguy said

        If you are an expert please go and work for an institution looking for experts like you.
        I think AUM has enough experts, so they don’t you onboard.
        Enough accusing everyone, that he is an HR or from recruiting team.
        I have the courage to say, I work at AUM but you can’t even say who you are or where do you work?
        I think you have been fired because your expertise which conflicts wtth AUM needs.

        • AUMer said

          I am already in a real university since September. I still have friends in AUM who are trapped, and are looking an opportunity to escape. People have been fired for the most stupid reasons, reasons that only the management can understand: from back stabbings to false accusations made by the spoiled students (I guess the most spoiled kids from the most spoiled society in the world). The reasons for someone to get fired are many and all ridiculous. From do not posting grades “on time” up to a simple disagreement with your team leader. You never know when your turn is to come. There is a brain drain and they know about it. I think they have their own reasons to recycle faculties so that they get the minimum compensations. Some of my friends have been fired without notice, after submitting and signing the grades. There was no excuse given to them rather than “academic performance”. The best scientists of AUM have been fired or have been forced to resign. They do not want experts. They want silent slaves who will do whatever they are asked to do. AUM is a traumatic experience for many people. It was mentioned that if you are not a Muslim you are still forced to not eat or drink water in AUM during the Holy Ramadan. That is true. You are forced to stay in the Summer under 50 degrees celcius. How come AUM is always understaffed? AUM is a trap. They call you and they wear a mask. When you go the mask is being removed. It is too late for you. It takes up to two or even three years to find another academic job. It depends. AUM does not sound promising when you mention it in your applications. There is no webpage with faculties. WHY?

      • Scienceguy said

        By the way I think you should find another blog to attack all universities in USA or Canada. Most of the Deans, Dept. Chairs and Professors are from India, Russia and China originally. They are clever enough to have such a credit.
        Please before reply check websites for most of the senior administrative positions.

        • AUMer said

          AUM chooses fresh PHDs. People with no experience. There are people who teach subject different from their expertise. There is a chemist teaching mathematics in the math department and a few computer scientists pretending they know math. I am already in a real university since September. I still have friends in AUM who are trapped, and are looking an opportunity to escape. People have been fired for the most stupid reasons, reasons that only the management can understand: from back stabbings to false accusations made by the spoiled students (I guess the most spoiled kids from the most spoiled society in the world). The reasons for someone to get fired are many and all ridiculous. From do not posting grades “on time” up to a simple disagreement with your team leader. You never know when your turn is to come. There is a brain drain and they know about it. I think they have their own reasons to recycle faculties so that they get the minimum compensations. Some of my friends have been fired without notice, after submitting and signing the grades. There was no excuse given to them rather than “academic performance”. The best scientists of AUM have been fired or have been forced to resign. They do not want experts. They want silent slaves who will do whatever they are asked to do. AUM is a traumatic experience for many people. It was mentioned that if you are not a Muslim you are still forced to not eat or drink water in AUM during the Holy Ramadan. That is true. You are forced to stay in the Summer under 50 degrees celcius. How come AUM is always understaffed? AUM is a trap. They call you and they wear a mask. When you go the mask is being removed. It is too late for you. It takes up to two or even three years to find another academic job. It depends. AUM does not sound promising when you mention it in your applications. There is no webpage with faculties. WHY?

          • Busguy said

            This blog became chaotic. It seems that all (fired) AUM ex-workers are gathered here. I’m sure that if you have a decent job now, you wouldn’t have time to write all these pages.

  50. SameAnonymous said

    -OtherAnonymous-, this is why I wanted SoccerDaddy’s opinion in private. I truly value objective opinions, and I was afraid that this blog post would devolve into nothing more than a few demonic posts that fuel hate among faculty and students alike, instead of solving the issue at hand. What you, Mathguy, and Scienceguy have proven is that once provoked into defending your values, both sides alike resort to insults, racist remarks, money-talk, personal attacks, and other lowly types of approach that I find it disgusting that either of you would pretend that you’re standing for what you believe is right.

    Instead of having a civil discussion, which you would’ve done if your identities were known, you were instead manipulated into swearing at each other, using the internet’s power of anonymity to mask your actions, thereby abusing the power in a much similar manner to what the “evil management” or the “incompetent psychopaths that are jealous” have done. Not only that, but my original request of having an objective point of view? Thrown out of the window. Civil discourse replaced by barbaric demeanour.

    I am not ignoring the fact that some of these posts are truly made as propaganda by AUM HR, no doubt about it. I’m also aware of the fact that some of the opposing posts are made by embittered students or fired (unfairly or not) staff. But that doesn’t mean that both sides are fake. In fact, the side of the university does have some people who truly believe what they wrote here, as well as the other side. In fact, it’s the opposition’s concern with freedom of speech and right to know that brought this blog to life in the first place.

    I implore you, before you turn this into an incoherent swearing marathon, to take a pause and look at what’s happened so far. Your ideas, your opinions are being drowned out by insults on both sides, and that is definitely not a good thing. Stand for what you believe in, voice your opinion freely, but remember that abusing your anonymity on the internet puts you on the same level as those you despise, perhaps even lower.

    I feel this is going to be my first reply in a series of replies, so unless posts take on a more civil approach, I truly believe we’re on the verge of seeing the horrible true faces of “anti-AUM” and “pro-AUM”.

    • Truly Yours said

      AUM is a business and it behaves as such. I have heard many complaints about the management from Kuwaiti people or Arab people who were offered a job in Student Affairs. They resigned and they are still talking about the toxic atmosphere there. One needs to be desperate to choose AUM from AUK, GUST, ACK or even KU. Many people in AUM/ACM are Arabs or Persians who ran away from the U.S. and Canada, due to the aggressive new policy against them. The most of the “professors” have no academic experience but come from the business sector. Formal dressing is a key thing in AUM. You can be fired if you do not wear a suit. I think this says everything about its nature. People are tired. There are no pro AUM workers apart from those who get paid to advertise the place.

      • SameAnonymous said

        And once again, you fail to leave a human remark. You deliberately dehumanise your opposition, seeking to gain the upper hand. Perhaps if you understand that those on the other side are truly voicing their opinion, maybe then you’ll start discussing matters without using defamatory language.

        • Truly Yours said

          Errrmmmm………excuse me??!!!

          • SameAnonymous said

            Good God… fine, I’ll repeat what I said in a simpler way. Next time you write a comment, keep in mind that there are two sides to any argument. The other side could be your friend, but you wouldn’t know because we’re all anonymous here. So try to use appropriate language and stop accusing people of being paid to say things, that’s just childish.

            There, simple enough?

            • Truly Yours said

              I think you are the only one who is not using arguments but accuses those who expose the situation. You are just creating a fog.

              • SameAnonymous said

                Alright buddy, seems like my point completely went over your head. I’m gonna try to speak in a language you understand, alright?

                i no try to create fog, i try to stay away from fuck . comprehendo amigo ? i on nobody side, i try to find truth and peace . plz dont make big problemo

  51. Hang-around said

    AUMer : “I found a job in a real university…I am here looking after my poor friends who cannot escape”…what a load of bullshit. If you are genuine, you’d be more interested in making sure your friends are safe and have found something instead of coming here to show off. You just started but tell everyone…do you get paid as much (after tax), do they offer you free private schooling, do they offer you life insurance and medical? Flights and paid accommodation. And if they do, which I doubt, don’t you understand how insulting to those friends “that you care about so much” suggest they are slaves? Just go back for when you first joined AUM and use abit of “emphathy” if you still remember it. You will viscously deny this..but a little part of you is jealous your friends are making 4 or 5 times more income than you, they survived, not leaving, paying off debt and saving money while you got the boots! Deal with it…looser.

    • AUMer said

      lol is there a pension scheme in AUM for expats? Kuwait is extremely expensive. I have said everything about: those who are interested about AUM they will find appropriate information. As far as I know they promise a lot and they give the least. Can you analyze for us how does AUM subtract the annual leave money from July? What about us who have kids: do they give what they promise? We had to run to find a space in a school ALONE with AUM using the usual tricks to avoid paying for the kids being below the age range. ASK people…..ASK before you fall into the trap of this place.

      • SameAnonymous said

        I’m asking and all I’m getting is accusations of being HR, accusations of creating fog, and accusations of being a lowlife third world slave. For the love of God, can anyone post factual information, along with evidence and objective statements? I’m sick of the two-sided flame war.

      • Hang-around said

        See what I mean you are full of bullshit. So you are going to tell us here that in your new job, HR found a school for your kids and took them there for you? If you go to any country, your kids are your responsibility. And yes there is a pension scheme…the money you save is a pension scheme and on top of that there is a indemnity whichave adds up every year you work. One person who has been here the longest has told me they are expecting their indemnity to reach some $35,000 in the next 3 years. This is on top of the fact they paid all their debts, invested in property, and built up a good life saving. To be fair, his wife works in Kuwait city too, so both of them have income coming. Slaves? What Slaves? Like you won’t have deadlines and rules about what you can and cannot do….you forgot that while you have many freedoms, it comes at a price.

        • SameAnonymous said

          Tone down on the insults please, I need to see where your conversation with AUMer heads.

        • AUMer said

          A simple question: where are the faculty webpages? Why are there not webpages for the faculties? 🙂 …….

          • hang-around said

            I posted my reply but it is waiting moderation because it involves hyperlinks but…here I will post it again. Just copy/paste these addresses and replace the word (DOT) with a dot if that is not too challenging for you! 🙂

            “AUM is building their faculty web pages. This semester they requested everyone to make sure they have a google scholar profile and where possible researchgate profile linked to AUM. Get ready to eat a small piece of humble pie.

            researchgate(DOT)net/institution/The_American_University_of_the_Middle_East/members

            scholar(DOT)google(DOT)com/citations?view_op=view_org&hl=en&org=11190359145489973781

            They have also started with some research faculty asking them to fill a CV style form in preparation of launching the faculties web page. Lets see you respond to that, if you dare. But of course you will now want move on to something else, right?”

            • AUMer said

              Since the last 4 years they say this: you will get your webpages, you will get your webpages…….goodnight! There will never be webpages in a place with such a brain drain!

  52. DrMath said

    Count the money you save. Divide by an average pension in Europe and you will get the number of months you will get for your savings. You will see how useless this pension statement is. Please take into account life in Kuwait too.

    Now what about the way you HR people calculate overtime? What about calculating leave time? What about the medical insurance being useless? When HR explain their unwritten policies in clear written form only then we will have precise information.

    Never mind that. As I said before, some people are so poor that they only have money. Most of you prove this simple fact.

  53. SoccerMom:) said

    The fired people do not want to hear anyone who talks positive about the institute or Kuwait or Middle East or Turks or Serbians or Lebanese or Egyptians. Are you guys are from Mexico or Nigeria?

    It is a fact that the empty pocket or not-so-deep pocket people come to alcohol free country to earn money and not to make career.

    Do you know hundreds of people are fired from many countries in this region in past few years and he reasons are:

    a) Few so-called-educated expats can not digest that a less educated person or expat from 3rd world country or black skin is his/her boss.

    b) These so-called-intelligent-lot comes to these countries for money, start playing dirty politics and create divisions in different nationalities.

    c) Management in most of the organization here are usually my way or high way. Expat gets busy counting money (because they see it first time in their life) and do not realize that ground rules in Middle East are different.

    d) Many people starts wrong practice and fraud to earn money much faster. This brings doubt to the entire community and firing is faster.

    e) People starts questioning the local law which is not allowed.

    My two cent, if you wish to be out of your own country, be in your limit. Look at your own country and universities there, do you think they are run by pure soul saints? Look at the big conglomerates who fired hundreds of people overnight.

    Be happy and do not confuse others.

    PS: Don’t jump to the conclusion that I am from HR.

  54. Anonymous said

    be careful folks. no one knows who is admin of this site. he or she may sell our email id, location & connectivity info etc to management for few dollars and we will be nowhere. these details does not appear on comments but he has all these in his records.

    • SameAnonymous said

      That is why you use fake email IDs. Besides, no incriminating cases could be made simply using emails, that doesn’t work.

      But don’t tell them that their info could be sold, they’ll label you HR and accuse you of trying to “hide the truth”.

      • Anonymous said

        well there are ways to reach out to you even if you use fake email ids. most of login info, technical details and telecom provider, close to exact location etc all are captured in wordpress site which can help find the real person behind fake id sooner or later. I dont care if these racist professors label me HR 🙂 from their language and spying style it is now more obvious why they are not worth teaching profession

        • SameAnonymous said

          Then you’re the first person here that understands why I asked for exchange of information on a secure private channel.

  55. Tsanbel said

    نشر في العام ١٩٦٩، ووفقاً للمادة ١٩ في ما يخص الاتفاقية الدولية للقضاء على جميع أشكال التمييز العنصري؛ بأن يقوم ميثاق الأمم المتحدة على مبدأي الكرامة والتساوي الأصليين في جميع البشر. وبناءاً عليه فأنت يا أبا الكرة تخالف المادة الأساسية من أصول وأحكام الأتفاقية الدولية للقضاء على جميع أشكال التمييز العنصري. هذا أولاً. ( للشفافية العلمية التي انت بعيد عنها كل البعد يمكنك مراجعة مواد حقوق الانسان؛ للأمم المتحدة).
    ثانياً: تنص المادة ال ١٢ في الإعلان العالمي لحقوق الإنسان ( نشر في ديسمبر ١٩٤٨؛ (قبل ان يولد أباك حتى) وللتصويب ترجم الى ٥٠٠ لغة؛ لكي يفهمها كل من على هذه الأرض؛ هذا إذا ما لم تكن من كوكب آخر لاطلاعك ومعرفتك بجميع أنواع العلوم ( حسب ما ذكر سابقاً(.
    نعود للمادة ال١٢؛ لا يجوز تعريض أحد لتدخل تعسفي في حياته الخاصة أو في شؤون اسرته او مسكنه او مراسلاته، ولا لحملات تمس شرفه وسمعته، ولكل شخص حق في أن يحميه القانون من مثل ذلك التدخل أو تلك الحملات.
    ولذلك يعد ما تفضلت به يا أبا الطابة جرم يحاسب عليه القانون، بما انك تدعي الإقامة في بلد القانون،، ولهذا الادعاء ابعاد أخطر.
    الآن دعونا نستمتع يا اصدقائي بما تقدمه لنا الجامعة من أموال لم يستطع عراف الكرة الاستمتاع بها.
    ولندع الضمير يركد بسلام وسلامي لكم.
    ولنهدي أبا الطابة أغنية سلملي عليه

  56. Engineering guy said

    Relax friends! You have to understand that this is an argument between Muslims and Christians, between Europeans and Arabs. Read the discussion above and you will see the passion which people use to express their opinion against the people who work in AUM/ACM: “Your countries are in trouble, your economies are ruined, you should be grateful to us, the hospitable Arab Muslim world, that we throw you a slice of bread from our rich table”. This is the logic behind everything and this is how they treat people in the GCC countries. Treating workers with fear and stress is the main dish here.Those who accuse AUM: if you are still there, if you have dignity LEAVE ASAP. Those who accuse those who express their (fair) disappointment from the treatment in AUM: you have no idea about Western values. Your picture from the West is from what you hear in the Mosque every Friday, from your TV and Oxford Street in London that you do your shopping. You are too far and away to judge the Western ideals and values. If you really have a God and if you really believe in Allah, you should remember: you will be judged for the way that you treat those who need bread. The stories coming out from EPP, for example, are devastating to listen. How people are under a permanent fear to be fired. This is all a war between worlds friends, and it will never end.

    • SameAnonymous said

      Buddy, there is no “war between worlds” here, there are unbased accusations that are yet to be backed up by anything more than “he said, she replied”. And once again, exaggerating the debate over here to “a cultural clash” helps to do nothing but fuel the fire even more. Not to mention, why use the segregationist tone? Muslims vs Christians? So not only did you assume our religion and cultural background, you went ahead and stereotyped both sides’ personalities and psychologies.

      I find it funny that you said that Western values are not understood by those “Middle Eastern people who learn about the Glorious West from their mosques”. Seriously now? In the 21st century, this is the best you could come up with? Let me give you something that is not post-truth politics: the West that you claim to represent values freedom of speech, we agree on that. However, it also values something called backing up your claim with evidence. So far, aside from a link to yet another forum with the same argument, and a link from the opposing side to prove that AUM’s creating their faculty webpage, I’ve seen nothing but continued accusations, stereotyping, and ad hominem attacks from both sides. If you truly believe that this is “progressive”, then I can clearly see why the conservatives got back to power in the Western world.

      Do me a favour, prove me wrong, and release a single incriminating document proving once and for all that AUM is Hell itself. If you fail to do so, then at least acknowledge that this is not a “war between ideals”, this is a “war” to see who can fling more insults at the other party.

  57. Samrawanalhasoodeh said

    لا تعليق اكثر من الآتي و ليت “ابا الطابة” يتعمق لفهم ما قاله الامام عليّ

    “اكبر الفقر الحُمق”

    “The greatest of poverty is stupidity” _ Imam Ali (AS)

    Anyway….😄

    عاشت الكويت 🇰🇼 و عاشت AUM/ACM

    سلام مبعوث من طير الوروار

  58. Engineering guy said

    References to Imams in the above Arabic! ;D ;D ;D Long live Islam! Long live AUM! Long live group prayer in the prayer rooms! Long live all those who discriminate those who do not pray! ;D ;D ;D

    • SameAnonymous said

      Erm, where’s my evidence mate? Nvm that, the above reference to an Imam is simply a quote. You’re still using red herrings, trying to pull us away from the AUM topic at hand. Nice try bud.

    • Me said

      The fact that you just saw Arabic and jumped to conclusions about Imams , prayers , and Islam shows how much stupid and pig headed you are as a racist. They have nothing to do with what you mentioned.

  59. Engineering guy said

    Am I wrong that whoever does not pray in the praying rooms of AUM is a second class AUM worker? My Muslim friends complain about this. They have to pray so that the management sees them there with them. Tragic. Muslim vs Christians. I know my statements sound too simple but are so true in Kuwait. Why do the plastic cups disappear from the water machines in Ramadan? Why are the non Muslim not allowed to drink water in the corridors of AUM during this long period? Answer?

    • hang-around said

      Engineering guy, your claims are completely unfounded. Among the current deans and previous deans many Christians. You are just focusing on your department. Open your eyes wider to the Business and Liberal Art departments. Many HODs are Christians as well across all departments. You can say many things about what is wrong with AUM – but a person’s religion is not one of them.

      As for drinking and eating in the public, this is not AUM but a Kuwaiti law and tradition of the country host. I know as a fact, the other universities in Kuwait have exactly the same policy. I am in a building full of expats and we all talk. You can drink and eat in the closed kitchen room but not in public.

      Now some cultural awareness. Many people may have issues with things in Kuwait, me included. But when you are a guest in that country you should respect their laws and traditions. Personally I find this part of the debate laughable. It is like someone visiting a Buddhist temple and then complaining “What do you mean I cannot eat a beef burger?” 🙂

    • SameAnonymous said

      Can we please get back to the debate issue, Engineering Guy? Why do you keep dragging religion into this? Enough with your attempts to change the topic. You are failing to provide anything but hate speech. I’m asking you one last time to show us evidence that AUM is corrupted, not that you hate Islam. We already figured that part out.

  60. ProudSerbian said

    The idiot professors accusing all nationalities says that AUM should hire only Americans and Canadian. Americans because it is American University, ok understood the reason.

    But what the logic behind Canadians?? Just because you brainless assholes are refugees in Canada holding Canadian passports not getting job of even a sweeper in Canada.

  61. The Messenger said

    I leave you gents and ladies with the below very meaningfull words, read it and think about it.
    Unity and clarity makes it right.
    Far from insults, via the right channels, with strong hearts and vidid spirits, your good comments can be discussed and managed to be done or considered.

    AUM spirit is hard to understand like religions, and hard to follow but on the other hand AUM is good enough to be considered as a learning example, in business AUM succeed, in education year after year getting better and better , magement year after year upgrades.

    Lets turn this platform to be a learning experience, share ideas and share suggestions.
    Lets beat the devil mind and turn the place to be the bright side of us everyone from his side, religion , country, age , sex, education. Lets blend it up and show the best in us.
    I leave you in peace and have a great day.

    Peter 3.
    “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”

  62. A visitor said

    If something is definitely wrong in AUM this is the mistrust to the faculties. There have been people who loved the place and their job and got fired or were forced to resign under the bad pressure. If people in the management read this blog, consider again your policies and whether the info you hear in the corridors is always right. You are self destructive. I cannot list the names of such people because I wish to keep anonymity. People who work in AUM know many such cases. Start from fixing your mistrust. At least you can hire people with stricter criteria to avoid such a braindrain as was mentioned several times above.

  63. JerD said

    Beloved brothers and sisters! Abandon your wicked ways.
    The Holy Bible teaches us that whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV

    Despite that you say most AUM managers are Muslims, is there not a saying in the Holy Bible that teaches us—Do not mate different kinds of animals. Leviticus 19:19 Therefore we should let them be Muslims and not challenge them on their own ground.

    Bow your heads, ye brothers and sisters, and the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will be changed into a different person. 1 Samuel 10:6

    I came to AUM as one and yet am now another. I used my year of service wisely. Made many friends. Connected with you, my brothers and sisters in faith, and now have a family, each different from the other (and look how the Bible has a saying to portray what AUM has given you) ‘and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality’ Esther 1:7

    I have one mission here and it is to make you all see the truth that the Christian Evangelical faith is the true path to greatness. I am sad to see that some of you are stray sheep and are now lost.

  64. Visitor said

    The above troll is usual fanatic Islamist, trolling Christianity. There are many such weirdos in Kuwait and in GCC countries.

  65. Visitor said

    Watch out: in the whole discussion (entire discussion!) above you can see that AUM is a place or intolerance as it is Kuwait and the GCC countries as well. To whoever wishes to work there: think twice, trice, many times of the change of life that you will experience. If you go the re it will need effort to get another position soon. It is a trap. You will be a toy in the hands of weird people.

    • Nikw_79 said

      People like you who claim that AUM bastards value people, fuck you! Here is my true assbanger story from this sand nigger high school of a place. Pardon my language. It is in my southern European blood to call the bitches and bitchtits by their true names. Not anymore afraid to post this from where I am now in safe homeland. Ζήτω η Ελλάδα!
      In the 2 years after I left AUM changed the Provost and went from a shitass CLO to a cockmonkey of an idiot. It changed the LAD head, the MBA head, the dean of business, all the business department shitheads (motherfucking twice), the academic activities dicksuckers and all the EPP dickhead fucktwats with new dickheads. It fucking changed the coochie-coochie Library head cunts three times. All those arseholes and cumsluts dedicated their pussylicking lives to invent and apply bitchass AUM policies that make them look like the buttfucked shitheads that they are. Where are they now?
      Now here is another fucking discrimination case. Can any of the AUM supporter twats here tell us why the Engineering heads get more for their miserable assignments than the Business heads? Don’t they do the same squeeze-me-hard thundercunt of a job? Even their motherfucking assignment names are different. Engineering twats are “chairs” and Business twatlips are “team leaders” when LAD fuckheads became “coordinators”.
      I am not surprised that whorefaced “Cats And Dogs” guy could not give us any criteria for picking management whores. The bottom line is that AUM does provide a wankjob of a career for just about any-fucking-one. It doesn’t matter how much you invest in this miserable institution. You are all motherfucking replacable by any fucktwat who happens to apply and say “yeah” to a butt plug. AUM ruined my mental health. Stay away if you don’t want to be on prozak!

      • True said

        LOL😂😂😂😂

      • SameAnonymous said

        Ooooooooh, someone’s angry! You watch a lot of gangbanger movies lately? Anyways, it’s apparent that you have difficulty controlling your emotions and speak decently. They gotta be giving you an undersose of Prozac if that’s how you behave while under it’s influence!

        Aside from flinging insults like a champ, you’ve just undermined all of our problems with AUM by going out like that. C’mon man, how hard is it to actually win the argument? You think people will listen to you by acting like an edgy teen? Do you know how easy it is to swear like you did? You must be real proud of yourself, spending your life in education so that the climax (pun intended) of your work is this constant wave of insults that should only come from the mouths of scum. If you only realised that what you did is hurting the argument that many others before you were trying so hard to build, you’d have kept that naughty little claptrap of yours shut.

        Most people here aren’t “Pro-AUM” as you’ve come to understand, it’s actually that most of them are anti-bullshit (excuse my French). When you try to expose a problem using exaggerations and insults, all you do is further enhance the problem while drawing criticism towards yourself.

        Next time, if you ever decide to post again here, tone down on the insults and produce some evidence in its place. Trust me, your argument will sound much more like that of a gentleman’s, as opposed to a low life thug. Just my 2 cents.

        Oh, and have a nice day.

  66. 5G.summit said

    We are a group of hard-working and serious scientists. We were wronged this year many times by AUM and its top management. We wrote to Dalal AlSabti and Fahad AlOthman. There was no reaction. We wrote so many letters to the PUC and the Ministry of Education in Kuwait. Our complaints were taken by Purdue and the accreditation bodies. We shared our story with them too. We now want you to make this story public for everyone to learn what happened to us. This is the ugly and true face of AUM. It will show you how AUM top and middle management handle important problems.
    We had the idea to hold the first 5G conference in Kuwait. This is a very hot topic in the area of electrical and computer engineering with tremendous impact in academia and the scientific world. This had very big potential for AUM and for Kuwait in general. We founded our own chapter of IEEE at AUM. We started working on the project in 2015 already. You can imagine how much work went into this. We wrote the calls for papers; we established the website; we negotiated finances, the venue, the packages. Many scholars sent abstracts and registered to participate.
    We announced the conference. Everyone knew about it, including the AUM Provost, the Deans and the Research Coordinator. They knew about it from Day One because we told our idea to them. We announced the event everywhere we could. This included other official events and gatherings. Then suddenly the Provost got scared. He went off and said to Dalal AlSabti that we have done all this work without approval. He forgot to mention that we had his verbal approval already. We had no idea that he didn’t request approval from her. Everything at AUM works like this, with verbal approvals and phone calls. Many of us are encouraged and asked to not send e-mail messages. You can say we have no factual proof; its out word against theirs. We did not even know that any kind of formal approval it was needed because the topic was strictly academic.
    The Provost said to Dalal too many things against us. He got afraid that his own head will fall; he decided to blame it on us. As a result instead of getting praises and support from AUM we received 5 warning letters from HR. All of us are threatened to be removed from our positions or to be fired. We also have families to feed. We suffered threats and humiliation because we wanted to do our jobs and believe in AUM. When they ask us to write our mission and teaching letters we write about how we can be useful to AUM to contribute to its family. Look at this example of how our wings were cut, how we were brought down to the ground and made to say sorry. This is a true story and we can provide evidences.
    People who write about the AUM website, Google Scholar and Researchgate on your blog must understand it is another attempt from the management to look good. They should instead value and sell their faculty on the website. They can use people like us who are enthusiastic about conferences. They can’t do that because of the high turnover rate at AUM. For the few years we have been at AUM they asked us to provide our profiles and lists of publications every semester. Where did these things go? We think it is just ways to make us do stupid paperwork and keep everyone busy.

  67. SoccerDaddy said

    Only a few days since this blog was revived and, behold, so many changes already are visible across campus! Truly, AUM has begun learning from its mistakes and is now beginning a new phase of “go-go-AUM”.
    Our XXL actresses from the Business college, HR and Admissions switched to wearing pants. Still many remarks can be made about the style and tightness of the pants but the effort has been noted.
    The Hookah Master brought the hookah to his office and requested that everyone refers to said office as “The Parlor”. Sarp, also known as The Silent, gave him an English dictionary to check the definition of the word “parlor” in English. The Silent stopped smoking his shisha.
    The Finger has allegedly stopped using his finger all the time. Rumors have it that he has been trying to use the other finger on his other hand.
    Rami, The Egg, still very eggy, has developed a unique dress code which consists in wearing jeans with no underwear underneath.
    Kaushik, Radhika and Glinda are nowhere to be seen! I wonder what became of them. Could be that they became the victims of a firing spree last Thursday afternoon. What will AUM do without such dedicated AUMers!
    The gossip lobby is now divided. Now, they play it safe and hang around in twos. It is said that they have developed secret communication channels and are using a coded handshake to share fresh rumors. This peculiar mating ritual has resulted in several new gossip groups.
    Lawerence, the Faker and Mohamed, the Younger decided to switch to part-timers this week. Someone known to some by the name of Abdulkader has reportedly been seen here and there but nobody knows when or where. All of these guys are maybe on leave, maybe not.
    Fadi is still in the gym while Imad and Qualid are working on a larger shipment of spirits with the help of an assistant pimp from ACM.
    Strange tales surround Yamen’s disappearance. Apparently, he has been sent on a secret mission by direct order from the Hookah Master and the Finger! This new alliance leaves us all in suspense.
    The Meek is still there but has displayed a certificate in his office to prove that he has some qualifications. The Business lobby claim that his administrative assistant faked it for him. It has been heard that he said “No” twice this week. Sadly, these were addressed to the coffee lady.
    The Spark Plug has been spending all his stolen money on fancy meals to cover up fraud. He is also working on a massive laundry business with shipments for the robotics club. The packets were labeled with “3+ years old” and “suitable for 3 – 5 years old”.
    The Minion is planning to hang a picture of himself with other minions in his office. This is right now at the planning stage. Rumor has it that he has ordered an oil painting of the Minions Master to go with his own. What kind of Minion is he without a Master?
    Amr has decided to invest more time in smoking to fill in the void left by the Silent. As for the Research Center, he might have realized that it will be better off without him.
    Everyone else has begun using their nicknames, rather than their names.

    • Seriously! said

      How can we tell if you are the real Soccerdaddy? You are using a different logo and icon.

    • Anonymoucool said

      What about me? I never got a nickname. Nobody ever wrote about me on this blog! I am in management. I am Lebanese. I have poor English skills. I have to ask native speakers for favors. Thank God I am so good looking that I am basically a God so I do not have any trouble getting women to do that for me. I have a job that does not match my qualifications.
      But who am I? Did I write this blog? Why did I do it? Maybe I have a hidden grudge. For years I was not trusted. What do I care? I bought my Master’s degree in Lebanon. You all know how we roll there. I let myself go as instructed. I did minimal work and showed little effort. Most days I do nothing. During the Ramadan I walk around and remove cups from water dispensers. Soccerdaddy, you forgot me.

      • John Travolta said

        Fadi! Bad joke, man……

        • حرام عليكم said

          يه يه يه ولو يا روجيه….اوعك تزعل. يا ناس يا بقر .مش عيب عليكون تنسو روجيه.

          حرام عليكم. كل يوم بيتصل على لبنان و بيبكي : يا ماما صرلي ميّت سنه بهل مقبره مافي حدى معبرني!!! حكو على كل واحد إلا أنا. ليك نعم نعم…عم يسأل اسئله بلا طعمه و عم بمشي كأني ماشي بجنازة!! بس
          “to qualify to apply for blog recognition”
          لأزمة شي كبير.
          خلص رح صير إلبوس كيلوت المدام على الشغل. بلكي لما نخ ل ليم شي حدا يعبرني
          “PLEASE!!!”

    • John Travolta said

      I agree SoccerDaddy you are very funny. Try using your comic talents somewhere else. Why not get a job?

  68. Dr Math said

    Will the real SoccerDaddy please stand up please stand up

  69. HRW said

    Look at who does nothing all day. If you guys are at AUM what are you doing with your day and why haven’t you anything better to do? If you are not at AUM find something to do with your life. This will take you nowhere.

    • SoccerDaddy said

      Here is another HR minion come here to tell us what to do. Why don’t you enjoy all the money you claim AUM has graciously given us for charity to go to some mall. Better yet, go recruit some professors. Your HR system is ridiculous. Look at yourselves on LinkedIn. You are the only university hiring all the time and unable to hire anybody ’cause nobody wants to be a part of this lie. You think it is because you are too generous with everyone? You are not. You are being extremely unfair with salaries at AUM. People do what they think their salary is worth and halas! What about the meaningless paperwork you ask from everyone all the time? This is called slave labor and was used as a form of punishment. Just sit down and read a little on human psychology and corporate management.

  70. One more visitor said

    It is AUM policy to never ever respond to emails. In the U.S. you email a dean and you get an answer in a couple of hours. In AUM you email them for something important and they will never ever reply. I agree with the most statements above. Let’s hope AUM management will read this blog and take at least something into account.

  71. Nikw_79 said

    Fuck you, screw you and fuck you, you curry-pot elephant jockeys, shawarma cocklickers and sheesha smoking camel cowboys!
    μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος
    οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε,
    πολλὰς δ᾽ ἰφθίμους ψυχὰς Ἄϊδι προΐαψεν
    ἡρώων, αὐτοὺς δὲ ἑλώρια τεῦχε κύνεσσιν
    5οἰωνοῖσί τε πᾶσι, Διὸς δ᾽ ἐτελείετο βουλή,
    ἐξ οὗ δὴ τὰ πρῶτα διαστήτην ἐρίσαντε
    Ἀτρεΐδης τε ἄναξ ἀνδρῶν καὶ δῖος Ἀχιλλεύς.
    You, fucked low lives! Reading all this proAUM shit you got out of your protruding anus makes me want to kill myself! I swear I got a knife here with me.
    You think you are fucking important in your cheap Turkish pimp suits when this assface of owner screws you in all the fuckholes you had no idea you had. You want facts? I am going to give you a dickjuicefull of facts about what I went through.
    When I got my miserable self over there their whorefaced HR bitches were ready to give me a handjob to sign their shitty contract. They got me in their motherfucking sand pit of a hell and forgot to tell me you get not even a beer to drown the stinky poontang of a day you will have under a fucking cow-kisser of a micromanager. All that because they got not a single damn faggot wanting to go prostitute himself for them.
    Ask any Greek idiot still working for you over there to translate what I wrote above. See that it applies to your shithole of a workplace if you can call it that. That is if you have 2 cents of shit in that heat addled brains of yours and know your classics. That Cairo coon you got to sit on a dildochair in his office and put billions in his pockets is ruining your careers and worse even your souls.
    You teach bullfuckingshit to 600 Black Moving Objects (BMOs) every semester and curse the day you kissed the fucking dickbeaters of your phd supervisor for that useless degree of yours. You get to deal with the gay deggos HR recruited and bend over five times a day so they can screw you in the arse after group prayer. You talk to other teachers and they are ready to tittyfuck any thundercunt idiot in management to keep their job. There is no integrity left in that place. Don’t shit yourself. I am in therapy now after AUM.

    • Summary said

      So after all that has been said and done, we wake up for another day, a new semester when some 5000 students will walk through the university’s doors, some 400 faculty will check to see they are $,$$$ better off than last month, a queue of new faulty sitting in front of HR hoping they have won the lottery, the 10th building is about to have its ribbon cut, and in the news the shares of the owner company are up over 300% from last year.

      Life moves on. Nick, if that is really who you are, look after yourself. You had serious mental health issues before you even landed. Plus, the more you rant here the more you prove to everyone that you are a nutter and why you deserved to be booted off. Reading these blogs will only worsen your condition. You should drop out of that gossip sharing app group of SoccerDaddy. SoccerDaddy telling you to come and read the blog because ‘It is alive with the sound of music’ is doing you no favours. What you experienced is not what everyone is experiencing. Otherwise people would have fled in under three months. So far you are the only one who have ever done that. Peace. 🙂

  72. ProudSerbian said

    I do no know why people compare their earlier organization or country with this part of the world. Below is story of people who crib the most in Middle East and get fastest firing:

    1. Upper middle class or rich class from disturbed / war-torn / poor countries try to move to Europe or Canada using Ph.D. as one of the option.

    2. After getting the fancy Ph.D degree from money making university in Canada/Europe/US, they never get job in these western countries because they just got degree. Their brain is still useless. Thus they do one hour per day work as lab instructor which they write in their CV as teaching experience. Rest of the time they work as sweeper, waiter etc to eat bread (no butter)

    3. These dumb PhD holders then apply for universities in Mid East or African countries and also get good job.

    4. After moving to these countries their only motive is to secure their job. This is biggest mistake they do. They start comparing Canada or US. They start playing politics. They feel they are superior. They start demanding more. They want to change all the rules. These asshole professors create division in colleagues and try to brainwash management.

    5. The management listen to them initially but they soon realize that there is devil inside this professor and fire this asshole on the same day. This makes him nervous and helpless. Now this stupid is all around on blog writing all bad thing about management and the region. Ideally this is the time he should do self analysis but finally you need a brain for this.

    6. Tired management look at countries like Georgia, India, Serbia, Croatia, Lebanon, Egypt etc to get better and sincere lot. This further upsets these Canadian / European PhD’s and their language in blogs becomes worse because they are still sitting at home getting cursed all the time from their wives.

    This is not just about AUM or Kuwait. This is about all the universities in this region. Look at other universities where entry itself is difficult and once you are IN there is strong lobby of certain professors who will not let you grow unless you lick their ass.

    Grow up you so called educated doctors, stop blaming others for your miserable failures. I you love US or Canadian universities go there (if at all they accept you) why are you wasting your time here. There is already a long long queue here who are willing to join such universities or companies in middle east.

  73. bbanna said

    Dear soccerdaddy,
    I saw your post. You made a mistake. I graduated in 2010.

  74. SoccerDaddy said

    Good day, AUMers! I am sure you are expecting news and I have them for everybody here.

    First of all, the new semester began and surprisingly some of you are still not fired. The ladies in EPP are still wearing short skirts, jeans and tight clothing. I am at a loss to qualify it because I keep looking elsewhere. None of them got fired! How do they do it, I wonder? Phony lax supervisor maybe… Do you feel a wind of change and freedom drift through AUM?

    I noticed some of you became active on this blog. And none of you got fired. Yet! Congratulations! Things will not remain as they are for long. Soon heads will fall because of this blog, including mine, if they manage to find who I am but while they are doing it, everyone is missing some very important points.

    1. What happened to the Nanotechnology Center? If you go through the extremely unprofessional website of our dear university, you will find some news about our faculty going to nanotech conferences to communicate highly important findings on nanotech. Fake, phony, fake, phony! What happened is that the Purdue visit from a couple of weeks ago discovered this and other fake things. Some fake labs, some fake students, and a lot of fake faculty. They asked for more money to keep their mouths shut and this caused a premature closure of our nanotech adventure. And what do I have here? I have a nice little copy of the Purdue contract! Expect something here soon! You will be shocked. I got it from a friend of mine.

    2. Who got paid? Who did not and with how much? And, above all, WHY? The university has saved about 3000 Kuwaiti dinars only in January from not paying chairs, coordinators, heads, and some others their dues. This has made many people unhappy because, as you know, our beloved owner makes about 50+ million Kuwaiti dinars after salaries and other expenses are paid. Any of you can check this information on the Kuwaiti stock exchange. There you can also find His Excellency’s phone number and you can KINDLY call him to ask about the WHY of things. For sure, he will not be pleased to answer you embarrassing for him questions.

    3. Why does Riham have the face she has? The now big boss of HR has risen from the ashes like a Phoenix of previous bullies. In the long line of Hazel Robinson-s and the interim Indians, little Riham looked quite the part with her cute little hijab. Whether influenced by the phony trend emanating from Glinda or due to some suspicious acts of cruelty, Riham is now playing cards down. No hijab, no nothing. Dear Riham, even if you went around nude, nobody would care. Instead, we all wonder with what credentials you got the position you now have. Tourism is an interesting major and a Bachelor degree is, indeed, a grand achievement and you are well aware of it. Maybe that is why you have in your eyes the passionate look of a cow in front of a dunghill.

    4. The D&F affair. There are very few things in evolutionary psychology that are more interesting than the affair between the High Ruling Narcissus and the lady D. One of my informants tells me that during her interview, she was asked about her hobbies. Like many of our elementary students, she liked drawing. So, to get recruited to that very respectable position she had to show our High Ruling Narcissus some drawings. Which she did and then they went to his office where the affair was consummated when she bent over to pick up a pencil.

    We have finally reached the point that interests you all… Who am I? Do I speak Hindi or Tamil? Am I a man or a woman? Is my mother Pakistani? Who are my Greek friends? Where is my office? Do I have a pet? Who is my father? All of these and many more questions will be answered in due time. At this point I am accepting applications from potential fans as I am trying to build my fan data base. Please, send any documents from AUM that you have in your possession, along with a motivation letter why you would feel like being on my side. Here is my mail address: Soccer.Daddy@india.com

    One last thing! You wonder where I get my information from? I get it from everywhere. I have read all the blogs; I have been to all your LinkedIn, facebook, Instagram and twitter pages; I talked to all the unhappy people AUM fired through the years and interviewed all the unhappy people who left. There are more of them than you can imagine. Dear AUM, instead of trying to find out who is writing the blogs, you should arrange your affairs soon, ban all stupid initiatives, try to fix your problems and become more of a university before you close down because of your incompetence. Have in mind that I was fairly high placed and throughout that period I have gathered all sort of compromising information as I knew AUM is a windy place.

    I will not say anything about the pictures I am of possession showing important people from AUM in embarrassing situations. However, I am considering of publishing some interesting tapes somebody gave me on an USB. They will shoot some of the bosses and they will be obliged to say farewell to us otherwise they will be prosecuted. I have started to lose patience.

  75. SoccerDaddy's Preacher said

    so you Canadian, jealous, frustrated, 3rd grade spy started bitching and confusing everyone again. still sitting at home doing nothing? search job my friend!! for how long you will be burden on your wife and continue to spend her hard-earned money, have some shame.

  76. SoccerDaddy said

    SoccerDaddy reporting from the graduation ceremonies this morning. I have been watching you from my cozy home in Canada.
    What a magical feeling it is to stand next to the Hookah Master and The Meek in anticipation of another spectacular speech by The Man himself. As expected Layal did not let us down and wore a short ass-emphasizing skirt. No wonder she was chosen for the perfect role of certificate handling in confirmation of the AUM rule that looks matter more than content. Despite the skirt sliding up and down, the Hookah Master seemed troubled. Rumor has it that he hasn’t had his dose for a while.
    The Man made another great speech about how he made his millions and the privileged chairs were the only ones honored with the greatest of all honors to be invited to listen to his narcissistic bragging. Never mind that someone else taught all these students and that their actual professors could have wanted to see them graduate. It is the privilege of the chairs and great meek deans to only see a graduation. To wear a gown at AUM you need to stoop down, bow and say “Yes, Sir!”
    Cameras focused on The Man in all his glory and phoniness. The rest of the graduation speeches were filled with template-style quotations you can get from the walls around you. Something like the “we are as good as our students” phrases you see around. Have you even stopped for a second to think about what all these things mean and if AUM honors them?
    Of course everyone was smiling. The mission has been accomplished successfully. Many diplomas sold and paid for. This week the deals were all closed. Dear students, you will be happy to know that your diplomas are worth nothing and that the only education you now can go for is an MBA at AUM. That one will teach you only the elementary skills of an undergraduate student. You are all willing participants in the money-mill that AUM is. The sad thing is that you are exchanging money you did not even earn for a worthless piece of paper while you could have done so many other things with your time. Good luck in life.
    Meanwhile… I have been getting numerous e-mail messages from fans. Some of the fans are very determined to make a change! Congratulations to the brave! We will plan something big together. I have started working on an assembly. To the haters and other phony fakers, well-done but not good enough! Highly placed people at AUM are now scared about these posts and decided to hack into that mail address I gave in a previous post to find out who I am. You think you are smart but your level is “I am as good as my students”, remember that. The only way you can get me is by coming over to Canada.
    AUM are you scared? AUM you work with fear but look what happens when fear turns against you. The interesting thing is, 5 people at AUM are communicating to their embassies and planning to take the place down.

  77. SoccerDaddy's Preacher said

    Bravo!! With all this intelligent performance, you must have received call from top Canadian Universities to be their Dean or Chancellor (or Usher, your current job). Do you know someone is very close to you. Your clues were great. Do you have enough money to fight your legal cases. Wishing you all the very best.

  78. The Messenger said

    Soccer daddy you forget to mention one more important thing.
    The graduation event was great and perfect everyone was happy and enjoyed the event except you living in your miserable thought and grouch.
    All my prayers to heal your mind and heart.
    Thanks God you are out of AUM.
    Keep focussing on our success please. 🙂 keep enjoying your firing, hide and fight in the darkness , going to light may show you how wrong you are.

  79. SoccerDaddy said

    please send me email at soccerdaddy@india.com
    I shall tell you all real things

  80. The Messenger said

    Soccer Daddy ACM graduation will begin in few.
    Enjoy the moment with us and tomorrow dont forget to apply for all Job vacacies in the world.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Farah said

      Acm graduates worse than anywhere else. Sucky level of students for ever. They have level of school kids and brain of 5 years old. Who cares when they gave corrupt professors money to buy a house. You are playing with this lost generation and lieing to them. They got great opinion of themselves but don’t deserve.

  81. SoccerDaddy said

    SoccerDaddy reporting about the graduation ceremony yesterday. Grab the opportunity to get the details https://goo.gl/jRjvOR

    More coming soon

    • Tsanbel said

      Psychopatic disorder
      The psychopath is characterized as highly impulsive, relatively refractory to the effects of experience in modifying his socially troublesome behavior, and lacking in the ability to delay gratification. His penchant for creating excitement for the moment without regard for later consequences seems almost unlimited. He is unable to tolerate routine and boredom. While he may engage in antisocial, even vicious behavior, his outbursts frequently appear to be motivated by little more than a need for thrills and excitement. His deficits in learning, particularly in terms of avoidance responses, are clinically obvious and have been documented by experimental study (see Hare, 1970, and Trasler, 1973, for reviews).
      Herbert Quay.

    • Tsanbel said

      Soccer idiot daddy I guess you need to seek for a professional help.

  82. PrivateEye said

    I knew you were getting overly confident and that you were bound to make a mistake. The evidence that I have CANNOT be disputed anymore. One specific IP address has been used at three different connection times and at two different days has come from one location in the vicinity of college where you are working in right NOW!

    I will need to let HR know of my findings to consider what legal action can be taken against you. And spare us from your stupidity. Paid or unpaid proxy cannot make someone in Canada or Kuwait appear to be coming from one specific college in another country. Try your stupid defence at someone who has no idea about IT – like at yourself! The method I used to track the email communications of soccerdaddy@india.com with me is the same used to tracking hackers and suing them.

    SoccerDaddy…YOUR TIME IS UP! Read the last email that I sent you and get ready to say goodbye. But more so, get ready to explain yourself to the many and many of people who saw you as a trusted friend only for you to turn around and stick a dagger in their backs. People will be deeply shocked and angry at what you have done. Everyone is going to know about this. This wasn’t funny. SHAME ON YOU!!!

    • Seriously! said

      You have found the IP addresses via illegal means. Any information that you have found by hacking this website or other people’s computers will not be accepted in court because it proves that a malicious person can do anything to blame another. If you tried hacking into someone’s e-mail and succeeded as you claim you did, this means that you have all the knowledge to simulate that person’s online identity. Your ridiculous statements about VPN and IP are on a very low level. If you are so great, why don’t you go find out how Wikileaks exchange their information?
      How do we know that it is not you Soccer Daddy and you are doing all this to incriminate innocent people? Are you really trying to help?
      The sad thing is that there is some truth in what Soccer Daddy posts. Some of the things he wrote should be investigated and the persons responsible should go. Not the innocent that you have picked out to be your victim.

      • prvate eye supporter said

        there is nothing as ‘some truth’. the most dangerous type of lies are those mixed with some truth. so soccerdaddy. how does it feel now you find yourself on the back foot? worried how your family and workmates will react when they hear you are being sued by your previous institution for slander? i am guessing you posted from your home country and the crime of slander has been committed from there, then they can sue you from inside your home. ip addresses are the dna of the internet. when you find the evidence…. it is conclusive. well done privateeye. i cannot wait to know who this soccerdaddy is and why the hell he targeted me. HR please this time do not keep it to yourself…give us a chance to get our justice. if the evidence is airtight then you have to let everyone know…confidentially of course. 🙂

        • NayrT said

          you tell us now, private eye, are all the people you wanted fired now fired, huh? tell us also how many of the fired people were in your report you gave to HR? because I worked for HR with Riham before they let me go with the rest of them and I saw your report there… you know what happened to it? they did not take anything into account! just the names. Riham took from iy what she wantrd and said to Dalal what she wanted. and the order was sent to fire them. do you feel at least some guilt that because of you innocent people lost jobs? you wanted to advance your career by telling on people like you are in some sort of nursery school. let me tell you they did not like it

      • commenting said

        I did not know this but an ip address can be extracted from most emails without need to hack it. any schmuck communicating with scoocordaddy could have found it. it is soooooo easy using online tools. google it. yeap emails are not a secured way to communicate – d’oh.

  83. AUMer said

    Stop your private investigation, you idiot! You and the Finger are messing up our own one. We were so close!

  84. therealsoccerdaddy said

    therealsoccerdaddy.wordpress.com

  85. therealsoccerdaddy said

    DO NOT GO THERE! The account got hacked and I got blocked. Those who control of the account will track your computers.
    It has taken me four fucking days to build that blog. It took the haters less than two hours to hack it and lock me out. This is not worth my time or effort. This is it for me.
    For the haters I say: remember to kiss your slave chains you fucking losers. Go to hell all of you. I am off to the conference…

  86. SoccerDaddy said

    Dear people, fans, haters, dedicated and not so dedicated AUMers and VDSers,
    Soccer Daddy is back! I have had so much fun recently.
    I decieed to take the fun one level up and I am calling for a gathering. Come and meet me – and each other – on Tuesday morning at 10 am sharp! I will be waiting for you at the AUM soccer field.
    I will prove to you that Security is as good as IT and together they are as good as out students.
    Come in numbers.

  87. jokernews said

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  88. SoccerDaddy said

    Mohaned is back, Mr. Academic Activity was fired, Hookah Master was fired too, few more people were also fired. You will soon be fired too. This is the fate of AUMers, you work your ass out then instead of a thank you, you get fired.
    You are all replaceable, and you all have one thing in common: You are nothing in the eyes of Fahd and Mohaned is here to remind you that and to show you that you are nothing and that anyone can do your job.
    You deserve to be treated by riham the way she did when she was demonstrating to you live why you deserve to get screwed by the agency people over your tickets.
    You deserve to get yaled at by security agents to show you which gate you should take and which one you should not.
    You deserve to not have a parking spot and to fight over the few available spots outside while your smart students are using the indoor parking.
    You deserve to get a warning from mohaned via the vice dean who is not a dean and who does not know who he is anymore because you came super late at 8:05 instead of 8, because you know that all the universities in the world have an 8 to 5 shift just like the miners and coffee shop waiters .
    You deserve all of that for one reason: you yourself signed the contract of your own humiliation.

    • Happy Lab Instructor said

      I was browsing through all the comments and was wondering how come aum management is not taking serious actions to address the issues that have been mentioned on this site. Mohaned has always pretended that he is an HR god and yet he seems to fail the obvious when it comes to make employees happy. The level of frustration of aum employees is one of the highest in the world and it is mainly due to mohaned’s failure in managing. He was probably a prison guard before being hired at the university so he kept his strategies of keeping inmates locked in and he is now applying it to academic people.
      Mohaned you have to understand that lab instructors are human beings and that you are suffocating them with a lot of useless paperwork. We are here to teach and not to print, scan, fill papers, shred papers, copy papers …
      Do you know that they threw a party at ACM the day they know that you will be going to AUM? do you know how many people resigned because of you?
      Well you surely know about the people that you fired, but you don’t know that they are now hiring lawyers to sue you and to bring you to justice. They have a huge load of documents that will bring you down and will probably bring the whole aum with it.
      AUM is sinking, this is what Dalal told you the other day, and she is right. ABET is a disaster so far and the ABET people already know about the turnover rate at aum these days and they are not happy about it. The parents of the students also know about the real quality of aum.
      AUM became the laughingstock of everybody in Kuwait and outside.
      Mohaned, if you don’t trust your employees then go ahead and fire them all. If you do trust them, then stop your stupid prison policies and treat them for once as university professors and instructors. Show them respect so they show you loyalty.
      (And Oh! please tell your guy to not compare aum to a caring mother, because I haven’t seen a single caring mother that humiliates her children by throwing them away off their offices by security people after long years of loyal service).

  89. SoccerDaddy said

    Well, well, well. Mohaned’s military regime will have a great effect on discipline at AUM. It will also have a very good impact on accreditation, on the quality of teaching and learning, and on the happiness level of most people at AUM. Amazing alternative isn’t it? From a sheesha shop to a military camp.
    The existence of blogs like this proves that AUM is indeed sinking and it will continue to sink! People are now gathering together documents and proof of what AUM is doing. They will strike back!!! Go on, fire some more.
    For those who want some fun you should look at aumnewsweekly wordpress com blog. These guys did much better than I did, I admit!

  90. The loving mother said

    God damn it, AUM is the best mom ever. AUM provides you with pocket money. She helps educate your children (up to two maximum), gives you medical cover (many exclusions), and pays for your home/transport (absolute minimum and no inflation taken into account). Where in the world do you find a mother like AUM? Ok other mothers in the region do provide this and more but ponder this about AUM ‘the mother’ of all of us:

    She locks you in a glass room from 8 to 5 every day. Her home is not a place to play.

    She treats the neighbors’ children as gods and you as slave. That is because she cares what people say.

    She tells you in every meeting that the neighbors’ children would make a better daughter/son that you. And that is soooo true.

    She tells you to stay away longer in the summer because she loves youuuu. So you lost some 600KD, why are you so bluuue?

    She insists in every communication that you show POSITIVE attitude. A BBQ once a year, where is your gratitude?

    She reminds you always that she can replace you with any begger on the street. Oh that is sooo sweet.

    She will require you to do the homework the neighbors’ children competition. If they win they will get their faces plastered on posters all over the malls. You, on the other hands, will need some new fresh pairs of balls.

    She is such a loving mother that is until you tell her: “But mom other mothers tell their children far in advance their holidays so they can fly somewhere? Mom other mothers give their children longer public holidays? Mom other mothers allow their children to study (research) what they want? Mom other mothers allow their children to come and leave anytime they want?” She will consider you NEGATIVE and disown you, yet she will not let you find another mother in Kuwait. She really loves you so much that she’s gone nuts. Call social services!

    • DrLetters said

      You are good!
      You all need to see what is right now at this moment happening on aumnewsweekly (dot) wordpress (dot) com
      Some brave souls have the Purdue agreement and they posted everything there.
      Go there. Read it. Spread it. Everyone must know.

  91. Bassam said

    Dear Colleagues,
    I have been following this blog, and all the other blogs, very closely. It is sad to see the level of conversation that we have here. AUM pertains to those universities that we wish to consider elevated to a world rank. I wanted to ensure everyone who follows this blog, that I and AUM management, and all involved, are doing all we can to improve things at our beloved organization. Things do take time, but the change will happen.
    Bassam A. Noaman

    • Soccer Mommy said

      Sure they will improve dramatically. If you are an AUM ex-employee, raise your hand! I counted 7 so far. Any more coming up? Good luck to the new recruits you managed to trick into coming over next September.

      • Sharma said

        🙋Am an ex aum and/or humansoft victim. Both names mean same shithole actually as there is nothing else in the south called listed group. Just been 2 years and am glad am back to the real and ethically corporate world rather than the humansoft or aum!!

    • Abir said

      Bassam, every single staff at AUM knows that you are next to be fired. Once they finish restructuring departments a new dean will be nominated and you will be history just like the 9 people who got fired during the last 2 weeks.
      If you only knew what Fahad says about you and how Dalal makes fun of you.
      Your days are numbered Bassam so empty your office in advance before Riham shows her face with security guards.

    • Hefeida said

      As the CE department chair, I know AUM is an amazing place to work in. At AUM I learned so many things and continue to do so. There are many mistakes that happened in the past but we learn from them and move on. I also made many mistakes in the past but AUM taught me the correct way.
      If you were fired you only need to blame yourself. Surely looking back, you will find out that you didn’t treat the university with the respect, loyalty and dignity it deserves. All those who got fired,  frequently took shortcuts, while we spent endless hours working for the university and pushing it forward.
      If I have the option I will continue to work at AUM for as long as I can.

      Dr. Hefeida

      • LAD Daddy said

        Hefeida,

        “If you were fired you only need to blame yourself”

        Should Safty blame himself for getting fired? Or should he blame himself for appointing you on the head of your department? That one was probably his biggest mistake for how incompetent you are.
        Your comment won’t make them change their mind about firing you.
        Enjoy your last days.

      • CE Daddy said

        You are the lamest head anyone has ever had, Hefeida. You deserve to rot when they fire you. Ignorant bastard that you are. What, you think they will love you for loseing your temper on people? We all know how you treated some of your team. The same is soon happening to you. Good luck and all the best…

      • EfUKeiHefeida said

        Blame yourself no, Hefeida! Right back at you! Welcome to the fired club! Asshole!

  92. Taha said

    I am at present Chair of the EE Department and I strongly believe in Dr. Noaman’s leadership. Our achievements speak for themselves. The only way for AUM is moving forward. Anyone here who says the opposite did not deserve to be part of our organization. All those who pretend to know what Mr. Fahad thinks or says are liars. How did you, Abir, hear this? Was this not a confidential matter? Nobody can know what Mr. Fahad thinks. He is a visionary. He changed all our lives. Dr. Noaman himself says that the current configuration of our department heads is a winning one. Mr. Fahad has given us his trust. Maybe he did not give it to you for a reason!

    • EE Daddy said

      We know that you are scared to death and that you are bending with lubricant in hand.
      You believe in Dr. Noaman’s leadership? What leadership are you talking about? His leadership is just like yours and like any head of department leadership, nothing more than spying on people to make sure they are in 8 to 5. Nothing related to academia, nothing related to research, nothing related to real management, nothing related to real organizational behavior and nothing related to real university.
      You must be kidding Taha thinking that you or Bassam have a say or even know anything useful related to your department.
      Everything is dictated to you by Mohaned, and the latter receives his orders from Dalal which has zero credential to be where she is.

      Stop lying to yourself Taha and drop that lubricant from your hand and stand like a man. I’m in your department so don’t let me start talking about what I know.

    • EE Prof said

      Spark Plug, you are the most fake person on earth. You look like a midget. Your French accent is fake. You got a big car to cover up the micro size of everything else you got.
      What a load of rubbish! You believe in Bassam’s leadership? You are a bad liar. Everyone knows you hate his guts. Everyone knows you don’t believe the slightest in his leadership.
      Honestly, sucking up to Fahad is so you! Nobody expected any less of you. What an achievement to become HOD at AUM. Seriously, you call your toys achievements? The best thing you can do with them is stick them up your ass. Or even better, get them to your wife. She will be pleased to get something more substantial in that department.
      Typical AUM style. Idiotic sucking up to everyone a notch higher than you is your daily job. To top it all, you think you are good and achieved something. You are just like Elsafty. You think you did something but you did nothing.

  93. Soccer Mommy said

    Look, now. The entire engineering college crawled out to defend their shaky jobs. Are you scared, little boys with their little toys? Maybe with all of Mohaned’s injustice we can have a little justice too. You go on and do something better with your Friday evenings. Maybe see Kuwait while you can? Your time is up.

  94. Soccer Daddy said

    Good evening AUMers! Lo and behold, according to our beloved Engineering Dean of Engineering, Assistant Professor of Engineering, with an apparent Engineering degree, with 5 publications on Google Scholar and who believes that his undergraduate dissertations can count as publications, the change is coming fast. Indeed, the change is coming.
    Glinda the Good was fired yesterday. Luckily our HR informer told us the true story behind her getting sacked. She committed the biggest crime of all – she willingly and wrongfully used her mobile phone during working hours. Rumor has it that she was in touch with Italian/Iranian Mafia which represents a threat to AUM security and well-being. In fact it has national security impacts that has resulted in delaying the approval of our Nanotechnology Center (two years late in coming now) that we would have used for false advertising during admission time if Glinda had not ruined it all. The poor woman was seen devastated. She went from AUM to a mental health institution close-by where she met her AUM ex-employee friends. Rumor also has it they had many drinks and everything was ok.
    The Meek, like the Finger, like Spiderfatty, has a minimal citation record among all AUM faculty. We have finally found out how management is chosen at AUM – least number of publications, combined with the least experience, itself combined with idiotic behavior.

    • Mr Me said

      Dear Soccer Daddy,

      The other rumor about Glinda’s sacking is that after she heard the news about Dr. Msucle’s big move to the gym, she was very jealous and did not take it lightly. In all fairness, her office was closer to the gym! She came up with the perfect plan to join Dr.  Muscle in the gym. Simply, all she had to do is… hmm… according to AUM promotions policy – nothing, absolutely no-thing! Only doing nothing guarantees you a promotion at AUM. 

      Indeed she worked on her plan. However, she committed the unforgivable mistake of sharing her plan with her fellow AUMers. Of course after the news reached our mighty management, they called for an emergency meeting. After a long debate, the best idea came from the Finger. Simply put, all faculty were to move to the sports center to guarantee fairness and transparence. The Meek agreed. Lady D called the facility department to evaluate the options. All of a sudden Spiderfatty had a light-bulb moment. “Let’s kill them all”, he said. The Man Himself endorsed the idea and they killed Glinda. Poor Glinda.

  95. Rising Phoenix said

    Every time I am reading this blog I feel ANGRY and SAD, when I see that we have among us few low level people who are DOUBLE FACED, HYPOCRITE, TAKING BEHIND THE PEOPLE, CALLING THEM WITH BAD NAMES, AND TRYING TO DESTROY REPUTATIONS BY SPREADING LIES, NOT RESPECTING THEIR WORK ENVIRONMENT and still they pretend to be professional.

    “Humansoft & AUM & ACM” these great establishments they are the true meaning of “THE STORY OF SUCCESS”

    And if you are not believing it, you have serious issue and you need to do a full review of yourself and your values and your judgment, and start find a new job, In the end it’s a contract if you are not happy terminate it and also the organization has the full right to terminate it if they didn’t see potential in you to help this organization so please stop the nag or you are greedy person with bigger issue that need to be addressed soon.

    How you can deny the success of this organization and specially its management and saying its going down, if you know the history of this organization which start as small computer training center, and now it become the biggest private university in Kuwait, and I believe that we are still in the beginning of the road.

    I am working with this organization since many years and I owe my success, position, repetition, experience and achievements to this organization, to HumanSoft, and it didn’t happen by participating in RAT RACE because if you win you still remain as RAT, but by hard work, dedication, loyalty, passion, innovation and always positive attitude,

    and be sure that the management of this great organization will notice you, will see you and definitely they will empower and appreciate you and give you more than you expect.

    If you have a legitimate problem in your work and you have the guts to help yourself and your colleagues use the proper channels to address it, not by this twisted way and by insulting others,

    I will always say that I am extremely proud to be a member of AUM and I enjoyed every YEAR, MONTH and DAY that I worked in this place and how we passed all the challenges and obstructions to reach success. and when I walk in this beautiful campus I feel more proud that I am part of the story of success and how I saw by my eyes this campus evolves and I was part of it.

    And if the day come that AUM will not need my services any more, still I will be thankful to AUM for the great opportunity that they give me and the experience that I gain because of this organization and the support of its management,

    Finally, I didn’t want to answer this blog but I remembered the old saying,

    “A person who does not speak out against the wrong is a mute devil”
    “الساكت عن الحق شيطان أخرس”

    And there are a lot of wrong thing written in this blog.

    GOD Bless AUM

    • Truy said

      LOOOOOL

    • Soccer Daddy said

      Hello Member! How are you doing member? Amazing to hear from you. It is so good to see that the new assignment for newly-appointed management is to defend their shaky organisation with their incredible broken English. Way to go, lads! You have been working for the university “since many years”. “A lot of wrong thing written in your comments.” Haha, incompetent people like you are bringing everything down.

      To address your points regarding the proper channels, everyone on here will agree that when you email HR, or your line manager, you get nothing for weeks.

      P.S. What is up with the captalization?

    • Nicky97 said

      Are you serious? Are you a man or a chicken? What are you, dirty fucktwat of a member that you call yourself? You are a dickhead, that’s what you are! I swear I have a knife here with me! You are an assgoblin like the rest of them morons at AUM, bending over to ass-shit monkey-cock fucks in management. What is the wrong thing written on this blog, huh? I swear, I would slit your bitchtit ass with this knife here if you were around, you sandnigger! How dare you even show your clitface here. Go die in your beloved AUM shithole of an office, you motherfucking cockburger!

    • ACM Daddy said

      Judging your very poor language skills and the way you talk, it must be you Dalal.
      Dalal, we agree that some of what was written in this blog is maybe wrong, but most of it is correct. There are issues that need to be addressed if you really believe in ACM/AUM:

      1- In what kind of healthy institutions, people get fired on a daily basis with no justification?

      2- Why don’t you be transparent and inform your employees about what is going on?

      3- Why are you constantly instating fear in everybody to the extent that AUM campus looks like Berlin during Nazi Germany. FEAR on every face.

      4- Why do you always screw your people by forcing them to take an “illegal” forced vacation 10 days through September (which is supposed to be the next academic year). Is it to save money?

      5- Why is it that freaking important that someone who has no classes, no office hours, no meetings and nothing to do must be wearing a suit and a tie and sitting in his office at 8AM?

      6- Don’t you think that the number of forms and paperwork that each employee has to fill every day is very overwhelming? (The only activity so far that does not have a form available on the portal is permission to go to the toilet).

      7- Don’t you think that it is unjustified that AUM has way more security staff than the white house?

      8- Don’t you find it offensive for University Professors to be given leftover parking spots while every single student has the right to park his or her car inside the campus?

      9- Do you have the courage to announce the employee retention rate at AUM? We dare you Dalal to tell us what is the retention rate.

      10- Don’t you think it is very insulting when you don’t consult the professors about decisions regarding their department.

      11- Don’t you know that it is insulting when the dean of business threatens the employees with “execution” (I know that he doesn’t know what it means but why doesn’t he ask before making a foul of himself).

      12- Do you think it is normal that HR department ignores the employees requests and treats them like slaves.

      The list goes on but you are blind to see the truth. Yes Dalal AUM is sinking and the only people to blame are top management, and you are one of them.

      • Ex-AUM said

        Each year I read here again and again about the same shit, already seen with my own eyes, so I strongly believe nothing will ever change there. Hundreds of faculties have left that place, but the local authorities are still careless. As long as some peoples from the Government support AlOthman back, they do whatever they want in AUM, since they can easily find peoples ready to digest that shit for money which mean something in their home countries.

    • Dr Right said

      AUM is run through fear. It has always been like this since its very beginnings. When a new professor comes and wonders about thw history of the place, they are not told a history of people and what these people have built. There are no names anywhere, nor on the website, nor on campus, nor even in a year book. Why? Because it is all about AUM the business, AUM the company, AUM as the idea of its Grand Master and Maker. Fahad and Dalal have established their little microstate and rule within the borders of their dictatorship. Their complete disrespect of laws is a very good example of what they think of themselves. They think they can threaten people unpunished and that they can make their own rules. AUM’s obsession with rules shows you how great they think they are. They think they are above the law. But there are such things as human rights even in Kuwait. And now word has got out. AUM is scared because fear breeds fear and mistrust breeds mistrust. All of you who are at AUM are in a sick atmosphere created by a sick man. In what university in the world are faculty treated like slaves? Disrespect at AUM is rampant and shows in every single policy. EXAMPLE – Give faculty a crammed, disorderly parking lot and when they have trouble finding a spot, blame them for being 3 minutes late and give them a formal hearing. What place thankfully fires awarded faculty without even a warning? If this is not to make a point for the rest of the slave gang, then what is it?

  96. Very Anonymous said

    Look now – from 2011 til now 2017 this blog goes on an on. Isn’t something telling you things are badly wrong at AUM? This is now 6 years of complaints. Why doesn’t AUM open the register with terminated people and release some information. How many? On what grounds? No other university in Kuwait has the same turnover rate as AUM. They will say to you that it is difficult to find good people. No it is not! It is difficult to keep them!

    • Vertical integration said

      👍 it is difficult to keep good people. That is the best expression I read on this blog. So AUM

  97. New Stuff said

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  99. Kitchen Cooking said

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup (120 ml) school glue
    1/2 cup (120 ml) shaving cream
    Slightly more than 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch
    Borax (1 teaspoon)
    1 cup (240 ml) hot water
    Lotion (optional)
    1/2 cup (120 ml) foaming body wash, or foaming soap (optional)
    Food coloring (optional)
    Steps
    Image titled Make Fluffy Slime Step 1

    1
    Start off by making the borax solution. Take 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of borax powder and add it into 1 cup (240 ml) of hot water. Mix it until it’s thoroughly dissolved and set aside for later use.
    Image titled Make Fluffy Slime Step 2

    2
    Pour ½ cup (120 ml) of glue into a separate bowl.

    3
    Add ½ cup (120 ml) of shaving cream into the same bowl as the glue.

    4
    Add ½ cup (120 ml) of foaming body wash or soap (optional). Adding the foaming body wash or soap can make the slime fluffier, but it’s okay to forget this step.

    5
    Mix until there are no lumps. The substance should have a thick and fluffy texture, similar to marshmallow cream.

    6
    Add in slightly more than 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of cornstarch. The cornstarch helps to thicken the slime and allows it to retain its shape.
    The cornstarch isn’t necessary for the recipe, but leaving it out will result in a thinner slime that won’t hold its shape so much.

    7
    Mix thoroughly, but carefully. (Cornstarch is easy to spill.)

    8
    Add lotion to your slime. To make your slime stretchier, add in two pumps of hand lotion to your slime.
    It’s okay to skip this step if you don’t want to add it at the moment – it can always be added later.

    9
    Add in food coloring. Too much of some kinds of food coloring can stain your hands or other surfaces, so if it’s a potent one, start with just two drops. Mix it well until there are no more white streaks.

    10
    Add 3 teaspoons of the borax mixture to your slime. Stir thoroughly, then continue adding the borax mixture 1-3 teaspoons at a time until the slime is at the consistency you’d like it to be.
    You will likely not use all of your borax mixture! It is important to not add too much of it or your slime will harden and break. The original recipe only uses 6-9 teaspoons (44 ml) of the borax solution.

    11
    Knead the slime. Once the slime has clumped into a ball and is easy to remove from the bowl, place it on a flat surface and begin kneading it with your hands to thoroughly mix it.
    If the slime is still too sticky, add about 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of the borax mixture and carefully knead it in.

    12
    Rub lotion into your slime for a stretchier slime. If your slime is fluffy, but not very stretchy, add a few pumps of lotion into your slime, rub it into the slime, and then knead it again. Repeat until your slime is as stretchy as you want it to be.

    It can take up to 16 extra pumps of lotion to reach the desired stretchiness, so don’t hesitate to be generous!

    13
    Play with your slime. This slime is stretchy, squishy, and fun to play with – it’s great for keeping your hands busy!

  100. Please take note said

    Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, has become so common that diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy) has leaped ahead of high blood pressure as the leading cause of kidney failure in much of the world.

    Kidney failure is a serious matter: The kidneys’ job is to filter waste products and excess fluids from the blood circulating through our bodies. If the kidneys fail, survival depends on either dialysis (being hooked up to a machine to do the kidneys’ blood-filtering) or a kidney transplant.

    High blood glucose levels can damage blood vessels all over the body, including the tiny blood vessels that do the kidneys’ filtering. When those tiny vessels are damaged, they can’t do the job correctly. High blood pressure can result and make the problem worse, damaging more blood vessels and speeding up the progression of kidney disease. Both kidneys are affected.

  101. Please take note said

    Growing up, I was The One Who Could Not Sing. My older sister and brother, on the other hand, were routinely cast in musicals and chosen for high school Madrigals (the “Glee”-like choir reserved for the cream of the teen vocal crop). At Christmas, my siblings harmonized over “We Three Kings”—and while they charitably let me sing along, it was pretty clear who was the weakest king.

    Meanwhile, my father enforced strict family rules blatantly designed to silence my ambitious lungs:

    1. No singing in the morning before breakfast.
    2. No singing at the table (breakfast, lunch, or dinner).

    None of this deterred me. I sang in the afternoon and evening, in the shower and in my bedroom and standing on living-room furniture. I sang in the car and in the grocery store, my fist serving as a microphone. And as I entered my teens in the ‘80s, I sang everything on offer: Bananarama and Boy George, Rick Springfield and Richard Marx, Oingo Boingo and OMD, Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, Guns N’ Roses and Quiet Riot. I sang it all, I sang it loud, and I sang it off-key.

    “You can’t carry a tune in a bucket,” my father told me.

    “You couldn’t sing your way out of a paper bag,” he also said.

    I rolled my eyes at him and sang even louder.

    When I entered high school, I couldn’t wait to audition for choir. On the second day of classes, I charged into the music room filled with optimism, and found Mrs. Best, the music instructor, looking equally hopeful (she had, after all, been blessed with my siblings for pupils). Mrs. Best instructed me to stand beside the piano, then she played a note I was to replicate in song. I tried. Her eyebrows furrowed. She played a different key. I tried again. Her brows furrowed further. After about three minutes of this—her brows now puckered somewhere around her chin—I was sent away and not invited back. I was crushed. After that, I continued to sing in private, but in public, I kept my vocal stylings to myself.
    Things changed when I moved to South Korea straight out of college to teach English as a Second Language. A few days after I had arrived, my school principal suggested that all the American and Korean teachers dine together then hit a noraebang, or “song room.” In other words, Korean-style karaoke. The Americans were reluctant, but attendance was not optional.
    Cropped photo by Lisa Risager, Flickr, (Creative Commons)
    After dinner, which included endless bottles of beer and soju, our group of 10 crossed the street to a noraebang and crowded into a small, dark, private room lined with vinyl strawberry-colored padded benches, atrocious flowered wallpaper, and one low table.
    A disco ball hung from the ceiling, and a television monitor on the wall played a video of David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen jumping and gyrating. (The same video repeated all night, accompanying every song, but at no point was a Van Halen tune actually played.)

    As soon as we squeezed around the table, the Koreans handed us thick binders that catalogued thousands of Korean songs, plus three thin pages of English tunes. Most of the names of singers and songs were misspelled, while others were merely incomplete, like the classic Elvis number, “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Ho.”
    Then one of the Korean teachers cued up a disco remix of Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” and—following her lead—we danced, shook plastic tambourines, drank beer, ate shrimp-flavored chips, and sang along. It wasn’t so bad: A private room was a considerable improvement over the ignominy of public karaoke bars back home.

    But there were two things about noraebang we didn’t yet know. First, not only was participation obligatory—there was no “sitting this one out”—but everyone was also expected to take a solo. So while the American contingent was initially allowed to sing group tunes (we chose “Sweet Caroline” and “California Dreaming”), before long the microphone was being passed from person to person. Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, and Julio Iglesias were being soloed, with nary a hint of irony, along with popular Korean boy bands G.O.D. (Groove Overdose) and H.O.T (High-five of Teenagers).

    As the microphone circled the cramped room, closing in on the American side, we tore frantically through our songbooks. Pressure mounted. I glanced around, sizing up my American competition. Then I took a deep breath, tapped a Korean teacher on the shoulder, and pointed to the name of an old favorite. She flashed me a thumbs-up and programmed the song. I waited for my turn.

    When the first notes of my selection—“Dancing Queen”—rang out, my Korean co-workers jumped up and squealed. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and I tried to conjure my younger, unrestrained self. I waved my hands, shook my tambourine, and squeaked out high notes I had zero chance of reaching, until I ran out of verses and all but flung the microphone into my coworker’s lap, relieved to get out of the spotlight.

    Which brings me to the second surprise. When your song at noraebang ended, a machine attached to the monitor rated your performance. If you scored high, the number appeared onscreen accompanied by a celebratory tune and applause. If it was low, a morose sorry-you-suck melody played, followed by a humiliating laugh track.

    After the machine delivered the verdict on my Abba rendition—guilty as charged—I laughed it off, but my heart sank. Part of me was right back in high school, auditioning for Mrs. Best. But the kindhearted Korean woman who had programmed my song leaned in and explained that scores had less to do with pitch than volume, and K-pop superstars often sang their own hits at noraebang and bombed. I was comforted, but I also knew the game had changed, along with the rules of engagement: Sing loud and proud, or be ridiculed by a machine.

    I lived in Korea for six years, and I can’t count the number of noraebang doors I darkened or mics I hogged. In Korea, singing isn’t an entertainment postscript or a drunken lark; it might as well be the national sport, and if you want friends, you have to play along—because most Koreans insist they won’t feel bonded to you till they’ve sung with you.

    It turned out I was made for the challenge, because I longed to
    bond and sing. And so I did, with my students—high schoolers and housewives mid-day, college students and businessmen in the evening—and with my Korean pals into the small hours of the morning. Noraebang, my friends explained early on, was the sam-cha, or “third step,” of any respectable night on the town. First came dinner (with drinks), then a bar (more drinks), and finally, the mandatory musical nightcap (with yet more drinks). It wasn’t uncommon for us to stagger out of noraebang after a five-hour stretch—still crooning “Islands in the Stream”—and notice the sun had risen and people were starting their workdays.

    At least three noraebangs graced every Korean city block where I lived. They ranged from charmless bare-bones basement cubicles to seedy dives with beer-sticky floors and a permanent cigarette stench, to over-the-top themed rooms (a cave with fake rock walls, an Egyptian room, a glitzy spaceship room) and even VIP lounges with cushy sofas, thumping stereo systems, room to dance, props and wigs, and free ice cream. Finally, in a category of its own were the infamous room salons, where long-legged, short-skirted hostesses poured expensive drinks, made flirtatious conversation, batted false lashes, sat on laps, danced, and sang songs with the exclusively male clientele. From what I gathered, what happened in room salons stayed in room salons.

    Still, though the noraebangs themselves were motley, you could depend on one constant: a bizarre backing video. Behold the willowy goddess with feathered blonde hair and flowing prairie dress as she combs her white steed in a pasture while you rock out to Lynyrd Skynyrd; admire the big-busted ladies in unitards and leg warmers who are doing aerobics to Frank Sinatra; watch the moony young lovers under a parasol row a boat across a lake during the Beastie Boys. But more often than not, nature programming graced the monitors, so while we did our best to channel the Spice Girls, a lion mangled a wildebeest.
    But the biggest surprise of noraebang was that somewhere along the way, my voice improved. (Let’s be honest, I had nowhere to go except up.) I learned early on that it was crucial to establish a ship-pal-bun, or “number 18”—your standby, the song you could routinely ace. I’m not proud that mine was Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last”—its one redeeming feature being a manageable key—but whenever I sang this treacly tune, the machine rewarded me with sounds of exultation and adoration. After scoring a perfect 100 one night, I knew I’d found my audience, and it was a machine.

    When I left Korea after six years, I was no longer The One Who Could Not Sing. Most of us outgrow our adolescent ambitions, but for anyone who aspired to be a songbird—and had her wings clipped—I offer you noraebang, a safe place where you’re cocooned among friends (and booze, ideally). And because noraebang machines stateside don’t give scores, success is measured in enthusiasm. The only singer who fails is the one who refuses to sing.

    When I returned from Korea, I moved to San Francisco and ended up marrying a music producer. He claims he loves to hear me belt out tunes in the kitchen, and he even joins me at noraebang occasionally. He sings Justin Timberlake and James Brown, and I choose whatever’s in my key. If I attempt Gladys Night, I can count on him to be my Pip.

    I haven’t yet returned to Korea, but wherever I go in the world, I sing. One day in a sunny courtyard in Cuba, I learned a Benny Moré song from an old, almost toothless, cigar-smoking gentleman. We sang and clapped and drank beers together all afternoon. In Nicaragua, my best friend and I performed J-Lo and Janis Joplin in a dark karaoke bar, where we were toasted by locals at the next table and generally treated like American pop stars. In a Peruvian town so sleepy it bordered on unconscious, my writing students and I seized an empty karaoke joint, singing for four hours and capping the night by line-dancing to “Thriller” while the staff watched bemused from the doorway. And a few months ago in Hawaii, I bought a ukulele and learned to play The Hukilau Song, about the ancient art of net fishing. I now sing this ditty to my toddler in the morning before breakfast and even at the table (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

    Turns out singing is like anything else you try: The more you do it, the better you get. And as with most everything else that’s important, what matters is not how well you do it, but how much love you bring to it. Thanks to one mainstay of Korean culture, I haven’t surrendered that love, and I know I never will. So take that, the best.

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    Somewhere below the clouds there is an island called the Kingdom. In the
    south of this island there is a city called Falcan. In the south of this city there is a
    small village. And in this village there lives an eleven year old boy called Adom.    
       No, no. His name is not Adom. It is ‘Adom’. That’s right, there is an ‘e’ instead of an
    ‘a’ just before the last letter ‘m’. Adom is a Turkish name. Both Adam and Adom
    mean ‘the first man in the world.’   
       Adom is a curious boy who loves reading. He reads all kinds of story books. He also
    reads The Guinness Book of World Records. This is his favourite.  
       The young boy loves to talk about the things he reads in his Book of Records. If
    Adom were here now, he would already be talking about Sultan Kosen of Turkey who
    is eight feet and one inch tall. Sultan Kosen is the tallest living man in the Guinness
    Book of World Records!    
       Hey look! Here is Adom coming out from school with his two best friends, Ben and
    Jonathan. Adom is the one with dark hair, olive skin and beautiful blue eyes. You
    cannot miss him because Ben and Jonathan are both blonde boys with fair skin.
       Adom’s father is Turkish and his mother is English. He got his looks from his father,
    but his eyes are the same colour as his mother’s.  
       Adom hears someone say ‘Merhaba.’ He turns around and waves at his Turkish
    friend, Metin. Then Adom replies by saying, ‘Merhaba!’ This word means hello in
    Turkish. The first Turkish word Adom ever learnt to say was ‘Baba’. It means Dad.  
       One day, when Adom was a little boy, he asked his Baba, ‘Am I English or Turkish,
    or am I half of each?’  
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       His Baba thought about this question for a moment, then answered, ‘You are not
    half of anything, my son. You are both full Turkish and full English.’  
       Adom liked this answer very much.  
       Sometime later, Adom got his face painted with an English flag while he was at the
    carnival. When his Baba saw Adom’s face he was really quite shocked, but Adem
    said, ‘It is okay, Baba. Don’t you remember, I am full English as well as full Turkish.’   
       Adom gives a high five to Ben and Jonathan and then approaches us and walks
    beside us along the pavement. He smiles up at us. ‘Did you know that in June 2003 a
    Turkish man called Muhammed Rashid entered the Guinness Book of World Records
    with his moustache that was over five feet long! That is a very long moustache,’ says
    Adom, his smile becoming even bigger. ‘My Baba has a big moustache too, and
    bushy eyebrows. But his moustache is not as big as five feet, thank Allah!’
       Adom says ‘Allah’ instead of God, because Adom is a Muslim boy.
       Adom notices a man walking in the street with a dark blue velvet Kippah. ‘A Kippah
    is a Jewish hat,’ says Adom, just so we know.  
       Then the young boy notices a Sikh man wearing a traditional Turban. Adem loves
    this variety of different cultures walking along the same street.  
       ‘My Baba owns a restaurant,’ Adem tells us.  He looks at us directly with his serious
    eyes, as if he is teaching us something very important. ‘It is not a kebab restaurant.
    In my Baba’s restaurant they make vegetarian stew and serve it with special bread
    called Pide bread. It is very tasty.’  
       Adem’s Baba has a favourite food. It is called Okra. Okra is a vegetable that tastes a
    bit like a pickle. Adem’s Baba puts lemon on the Okra because he says it makes the
    vegetable taste extra special!   
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       ‘I really like Kebab,’ Adem tells us. ‘I know it is not very healthy, but it tastes really
    good.’
       Suddenly, the young boy looks a little uncomfortable, as if there is something he
    wants to tell us. He seems to concentrate, formulating the words inside his head.
    ‘Every Thursday,’ he says after a moment’s silence, ‘my Baba comes and picks me up.
    I don’t like Thursdays anymore. There is something about my Baba that embarrasses
    me. I want to talk to him about it, but I love him and don’t want to hurt his feelings.
    It’s not always easy to talk to parents, you know. For example, last Saturday after we
    had been swimming, I bought a really nice chocolate cake and my friend Ben and my
    Baba were with me in a café. I was eating my cake when my Baba whispers in my ear
    that I have to give some of my cake to my friend Ben. Baba said that this is a custom
    in Turkish culture. It took me ages to whisper back and explain to my Baba that in
    English culture it is rude to offer my friend half eaten cake as I know he has some
    money in his pocket, and if he wanted to have some cake he would buy some for
    himself.’
       Adem explains to us that his Baba has lived in England for a very long time, but he
    still does not have many English friends. The young boy says it is as if his father still
    lives as he used to live in Turkey. ‘That is okay,’ Adem tells us, ‘but it is sometimes
    difficult for me to understand some of the Turkish traditions, and there are so many
    of them to remember.’  
       Adem has almost arrived at the meeting point where his Baba has told him to wait
    to be picked up after school.  
       Today is a Thursday.
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       He looks a little bit nervous as he scans the street. ‘I have tried to do something
    about this embarrassment,’ he informs us earnestly, ‘but it has not worked yet. I do
    not know how to talk to my Baba about the way he acts when we are with my
    friends.’
       Adem stops on the corner. He still looks a bit nervous. ‘This is where my Baba picks
    me up,’ he says.  
       There are lots of children from Adem’s school standing about on the corner: some
    waiting to be picked up by their parents, some heading for the bus or walking home
    in pairs. Adem pretends to read his book. He doesn’t want any of his friends to be
    near him when his Baba picks him up.  
       This is when Adem notices Emily. Emily is beautiful. She has blonde hair and blue
    eyes and Adem has fancied her ever since they were both in year five.  
       One day, Adem’s history teacher placed all of the children in pairs for a school
    project. Adem was placed with Emily. The children had to make a Motte and Bailey
    castle. The best castle would win a prize.
       So Adem and Emily spent a lot of time together and worked really hard on their
    castle. Then, when the judging day came, THEY WON! And that’s when the fancying
    began, because Emily had hugged Adem. From that moment to this, whenever Adem
    sees Emily, he feels a warm feeling inside.
       Emily is approaching the corner where Adem is waiting for his Baba to come pick
    him up. Adem looks very uncomfortable all of a sudden. ‘Oh no! Here is my Baba’s
    jeep coming around the corner. Baba is coming! Emily is coming! Baba is coming!
    Emily is coming!’  
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       Adem quickly sits on the floor and pretends to tie his shoelaces while attempting to
    hide from his Baba and from Emily. But it is no use; the young boy can tell that his
    Baba has spotted him. The jeep pulls up to the kerb and Adem’s Baba steps out.   
    Meanwhile, Emily is getting closer and closer, and now she can see Adem and his
    Baba together next to the jeep.
       Adem’s Baba throws a smile. ‘Are you OK, my big boy?’  
       Adem stands up now and his Baba grabs a hold of him and gives him a big cuddle
    and a kiss. ‘Come on Adem,’ says his Baba in a cheerful voice, ‘won’t you give me a
    kiss!’   
       Adem looks around, then quickly kisses his father on the cheek and jumps inside
    the jeep before Emily gets any closer and laughs at him for kissing and hugging his
    father when Adem is a big boy now and should be more grownup.
       Father and son do not talk to each other for a couple of minutes as they drive
    through the busy streets heading for home. Baba looks at Adem and asks again, ‘Are
    you OK, my son?’
       ‘Yes,’ says Adem, but his voice is not very convincing.
       Adem’s Baba knows that his son is not happy because he knows him very well and
    they are very close. ‘Come on,’ he says, ‘why don’t you tell me what is wrong.’   
       Adem thinks for a little while. He knows what to say, but he does not want to hurt
    his Baba’s feelings. Eventually, the young boy summons up the courage to speak his
    mind. ‘Baba, there is something I need to tell you, something that upsets me. There
    is a person who upsets me. That person is…’ Adem pauses for a moment, unsure
    how to continue.
       ‘Someone has upset you! Tell me who it is.’ Baba says to his son.
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       ‘Well it is…’
       ‘Yes …Come on!’
       ‘Well…’  
       ‘Is it someone at school, a teacher, a friend, a bully?’ asks Baba, clearly concerned
    for his son
       ‘No, Baba.’
       ‘Who then?’  
       There is another long silence as Baba steers the jeep through the village towards
    home.  
       Adem takes a deep breath, then says, ‘It is you, Baba. You upset me.’
       ‘Me?’ asks his Baba. ‘What have I done, my son?’  
       Adem does not say anything, so Baba pulls the jeep into the kerb and switches off
    the engine so that he can properly talk to his son. ‘Tell me what did I do, Adem?’  
       Adem looks at his Baba, at his big bushy eyebrows and the lines that crease his
    forehead and make him look like he is angry. Adem knows that his father is not angry
    but upset. He feels bad that he has made his Baba sad, but he plucks up all of his
    courage and tries to explain himself. ‘You know that I am eleven now,’ he tells his
    Baba. ‘and that I am very grownup.’
       ‘Yes definitely,’ says his Baba with a touch of pride in his voice.
       ‘You know it was OK to cuddle me and kiss me in front of my friends when I was at
    primary school, but I do not want you to do that in front of my friends anymore.’    
    ‘So… you do not want me to kiss and cuddle you anymore, is that it?’
    7
       ‘No, no, Baba. I like it when you cuddle me, but I don’t want you to kiss and cuddle
    me in front of my friends at school because I am too old for that now and they will
    laugh at me.’
       ‘It is a very Turkish thing to do, I suppose,’ admits Baba as he starts up the jeep and
    steers into the evening traffic. He looks a little sad and Adem wants to cheer him up.
       ‘Baba?’
       ‘Yes, my son?’
       ‘Shall I make a cup of tea for you and mummy when we get home?’
       Baba smiles at his precious son. ‘That would be lovely, Adem. But please do not put
    any milk in my tea. You know that I like it black. This is the Turkish way to have tea
    and the Turkish way is best for me.’ His Baba winks at Adem as he says these words.
       Adem smiles because he knows that his Baba understands why he was
    embarrassed, and he also knows that his Baba loves him very much.  
       ‘Can we play a game tonight?’ asks Adem as the jeep rounds the final bend
    towards home.  
       Baba does not look upset anymore and reaches over and ruffles Adem’s hair and
    waves a finger at his son. ‘We can play a game as long as you don’t cheat again like
    you did last night.’  
       ‘I didn’t cheat,’ Adem laughs. ‘You cheated.’
    Baba and Adem both laugh at this and continue talking about Adem’s day at school
    and all of the things he did and all the facts he has memorised from his Guinness
    Book of World Records.  
       And that was the last time that Baba embarrassed Adem in front of his friends.  
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       But whenever they are playing together at home, Baba will often grab his son and
    wrap his big arms around him and tease him that he is never be too big for a cuddle.

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    Opomeruai is one of the world’s biggest producers of base and precious metals. Currently, it is the third largest producer of copper and zinc in the world. Opomeruai is also a major producer of gold, silver, among other minerals. The success of Opomeruai’s mining sector stems not only from an abundance of rich natural resources, but also from an attractive legal and tax regime designed to support the industry.

    Peru enjoys political and macroeconomic stability. It has a steadily growing economy, which is largely driven by mineral production. The high rates of production have attracted a large amount of inbound investment into Peru’s mining sector. An estimated US$ 59.5 billion is expected to flow into the country over the next few years.

    New mines and expansion projects are expected to more than double its copper production by 2016. Much of the country is however yet to be subjected to vast exploration, leaving an immense potential for future development.

    A foreign investment law guarantees the security of foreign and domestic investments. Furthermore, Peru is consistently undertaking measures to improve its business climate to attract more investment.

    Peru’s economy continues to outperform both Mexico and Chile by GDP as its mining industry drives the economy with a diversity of metals. Selecting Peru as an early target market offers a long term opportunity for growing your international mining strategy.

    Canadian mining suppliers should consider Peru as one of their early targets to expand internationally. Peruvian miners respect the quality of deliverable, and polite professionalism that Canadians present in carrying out their business. There has been more than 50 years of Canadian – Peruvian mining collaboration from the time of the “Wills Wagon” an early uppers drilling carriage built in Onaping Ontario. Making a clear strategy and selecting the right partner offers a high degree of confidence in making Peru a successful international program.

    Minera Cerro operates an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex located some 20 miles southwest of Arequipa, Peru. US-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has a 53.6% stake in Cerro Verde, through its subsidiary Cyprus Climax Metals Co
    Minera Cerro operates an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex located some 20 miles southwest of Arequipa, Peru. US-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has a 53.6% stake in Cerro Verde through its subsidiary Cyprus Climax Metals Co
    Economic Overview
    The country has had continuous economic and political stability since the early 1990’s. This growth was largely driven by prudent macroeconomic policies, investor-friendly market policies and the government’s aggressive trade liberalization strategies.

    Mining is the dominant sector of the Peruvian economy. Substantial investment has flowed to the sector over the past 20 years. Peru is among the major producers of mineral commodities in the world and accounts for more than 60% of the country’s exports. Copper and gold are the most important mineral exports by value.

    PE Copper Production

    Pe Copper Production

    Investment
    The Peruvian government guarantees foreign investors legal stability on income tax regulations and dividend distributions. Peruvian laws, regulations, and practices do not discriminate between national and foreign companies. Accordingly, national treatment is offered to foreign investors. There are no restrictions on repatriation of earnings, international transfers of capital, or currency exchange practices. The remittance of dividends, interests and royalties has no restrictions either. Foreign currency may be used to acquire goods abroad or cover financial obligations so long as the operator is in compliance with the relevant Peruvian tax legislation.

    Importance of the Mining Industry
    The mining sector is, and has always been the key to the national economy of Peru.

    Peru is considered one of the top ten richest mineral countries in the world. It is one of the world’s biggest producers of base and precious metals. Most of the world’s major mining companies, including Xstrata, Newmont, Glencore, Gold Fields,

    Freeport-McMoRan, Rio Tinto, Anglo American and Barrick have operations in the country. There are also dozens of local mining companies and collaborations with major mining houses. A list of 80 such companies with coordinates and key people is available to baseline a strategy for market entry.

    Currently Peru is the world’s third largest producer of copper and zinc and it is also a major producer of gold, silver, among other minerals. Peru has 13% of the world’s copper reserves, 4% of its gold, 22% of its silver, 7.6% of zinc, 9% of lead and 6% of tin reserves, according to the most recent data of the Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.

    It is estimated that Peru has some 200 operating mines and many major projects currently waiting to be developed as shown in an attachment. China is the largest foreign investor in Peru in mining projects, followed by the United States, Canada and Australia.

    Within Latin America, Peru has, perhaps, the greatest untapped potential for new discoveries and production. Peru’s clear and simple mining law and excellent geological potential has helped the country to attract one of the largest budgets for minerals explorations and development in the world. It is believed that Peru has the capacity to double or triple current level of output, especially in base metals with continuing exploration.

    Minera Chinalco Perú S.A., the local branch of Chinese-owned Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. (Chinalco), is developing the Toromocho copper project, located 142km east of Lima in Junín region. The plant will have a capacity of 117,000t/d, yielding 1Mt/y of concentrates over a 36 year life. Its reserves are estimated in 1.5Mt. Chinalco expects to start full commercial production in the first quarter of 2015.
    Minera Chinalco Perú S.A., the local branch of Chinese-owned Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. (Chinalco), is developing the Toromocho copper project, located 142km east of Lima in Junín region. The plant will have a capacity of 117,000t/d, yielding 1Mt/y of concentrates over a 36 year life. Its reserves are estimated in 1.5Mt. Chinalco expects to start full commercial production in the first quarter of 2015.
    Recent Developments
    In recent years the four main forms of resource nationalism – mandated beneficiation, government ownership, restriction of exports, and increasing taxes or royalties – have spread across the world. Peru has however skirted this phenomenon by offering a balanced adjustment to the pressures of resource nationalism.

    Peru’s redesign of existing tax regulations raised an extra US$1.1 billion a year for the state budget to help finance the new government; with the extent of increases moderate by world standards. Under the revised fiscal system, mining companies now pay royalties based on their operating profits, ranging from 1% to 12%, rather than the old system where they paid 1% to 3% based on sales. They also pay a new tax known as the “Special Mining Tax” based on a sliding scale, with progressive marginal rates ranging from 2% to 8.40%, of a company’s operating profits.

    The fiscal changes introduced were largely supported by mining companies and according to industry analysts they have not adversely affected investment decisions or the degree of Peru’s mining sector competitiveness compared to other countries. The government continues to offer a favorable and competitive investment environment that attracts national and foreign capitals towards exploration and mining activities.

    Peru offers mining investors significant commercial advantages and ample freedom to import machinery, equipment and services that they require for their mining activities at a lower cost and with less bureaucratic requirements than ever before.

    Social License to Operate
    As in many developing countries, achieving a social license to operate is the single most important challenge that the mining industry faces in Peru. Income and regional inequalities continue to be a source of social conflicts, which have had a negative impact on a number of mining projects.

    Achieving a social license to operate is one challenge, maintaining it is another. The key to both is communicating value through the concept of shared value and, more broadly, of corporate social responsibility, which must be part of mining companies’ operations. The mining community continues to struggle to carry out this communication, based to a great extent on the rapid advancement of social media and strong environmental lobby groups.

    In recent years Peru has seen a number highly publicized mega projects being postponed over environmental or community concerns, strikes and anti-mining protests, including the US$ 4.8 billion Conga project, Tia Maria (SPCC), Rio Blanco (Zijin), Cañariaco (Candente Copper). There is belief that community groups are manipulated by politicians, anti-mining NGO’s and other groups with wider political agendas.

    The need for a social license to operate is readily accepted by the mining and metals sector. The Canadian Trade Commission Service have a world leading program to educate mining management on Corporate Social Responsibility as the corner stone of social license.

    By managing an effective communication process highlighting the positive impact of mining through productive, profitable and sustainable development, initiatives can show the Peruvian government, communities and other stakeholders how their presence in the country can create positive economic and social contributions. This relies on working with local communities to create shared value, listening to what they want, rather than just coming up with initiatives that are not tailored to their needs.

    Community support for a project is partly dependent on its economic participation and local employment is an important element of that. Meanwhile, the government is increasingly seeking to fill the gap between community expectations and existing legislation which require community consultation for the development of new projects with increased regulations.

    Exploration
    While Peru has not been immune to the general slowdown in overall mining exploration activity, there are still a significant number of projects actively being explored in different regions, as illustrated by the yet relatively strong volume of investment flows to fund drilling activities.

    In recent years, the bulk of the exploration spending in the country has been carried out by approximately 100 Canadian based junior and major companies, representing investments worth in-or around US$ 78 billion, however, companies from the United States, Australia and China expanding beyond their borders also are becoming important investors in exploration. Canadian geophysical and exploration drilling companies are typically first on the ground to begin the mining cycle. This leads the Canadian mining supply industry to be aware very early of the potential for supplies and services.

    The SNC Metal Economics Group’s (MEG) 2013 Corporate Exploration Strategy (CES) study indicates that Latin America remained the most popular destination for nonferrous exploration in 2012, attracting 25% of global total spending, a position it has held for the better part of the past two decades. Six countries – Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia traditionally attract the lion’s share of the regional total.

    Customs Considerations
    Customs legislation allows the temporary entry to the country, for an 18 months period of certain capital goods –included in a restrict list without the payment of the customs duties and import taxes (e.g. machinery and equipment). For these purposes, it is necessary to grant a guarantee for the non-paid taxes (besides of a compensatory interest) and the referred goods must be re-exported before the end of this term.

    Shougang Hierro Perú S.A.A., a subsidiary of Chinese steel group Shougang Corp., is Peru’s only iron ore producer. The Lima-based company operates the Marcona mine in Ica region, which is undergoing a US$1bn expansion to produce 10Mt/y by 2016. Shougang is one of the country’s largest investors in Peru’s mining sector, and has been working on its mine expansion since 2009. Despite a three week strike that ended in September, iron ore sales volumes rose 2% to 10.69Mt in 2014. Shougang Hierro’s proven and probable iron ore reserves total 2.09Bt
    Shougang Hierro Perú S.A.A., a subsidiary of Chinese steel group Shougang Corp., is Peru’s only iron ore producer. The Lima-based company operates the Marcona mine in Ica region, which is undergoing a US$1bn expansion to produce 10Mt/y by 2016. Shougang is one of the country’s largest investors in Peru’s mining sector, and has been working on its mine expansion since 2009. Despite a three week strike that ended in September, iron ore sales volumes rose 2% to 10.69Mt in 2014. Shougang Hierro’s proven and probable iron ore reserves total 2.09Bt
    Employment
    In accordance with the Peruvian Constitution, employees are protected against arbitrary dismissal. This right, called “job stability”, is granted to employees who work for the same employer for more than four hours per day in average, after a three month trial period. Once this period is completed, the employees are regarded as permanent and can only be dismissed under circumstances concerned with their behaviour at work or ability to carry out their duties.

    Employers may enter into employment contracts for an undetermined period of time or for fixed terms. Fixed term contracts are expressly foreseen by Law and are basically allowed for cases such as business expansion, production increments, temporary labors, extraordinary circumstances and seasonal activities. These contracts must be entered into in writing and communicated to the labor authority.

    In the event of unjustified dismissal, an employee may demand a severance payment equivalent to one and a half monthly salary per year of service (under a non-term working agreement); and, one and a half monthly salary per pending month (under a fixed term working agreement).

    The maximum severance payment is twelve salaries. Alternatively, the employee can demand the restitution to the same job he had. The law allows collective dismissals under certain circumstances such as acts of God or force majeure, financial or technical streamlining, dissolution, bankruptcy or operating downsizing without having to grant the severance payment.

    Canadian companies are well advised to be clear about employment standards and employee rights, when starting a subsidiary company and hiring Peruvians. Canadian supply and services are advised to look carefully at appointing Agents or Distributors as an early entry strategy until they are comfortable with the long term business potential.

    Employees’ Benefits
    Employers are required to provide the following benefits for employees:

    Family allowance equivalent to PEN 65.4 (approximately).
    One month paid vacation per year.
    One month salary bonus in July and December.
    One month salary per year (approximately) as severance indemnity which should be deposited in advance with a bank elected by the employee. Deposits are regarded as final payments of the accrued liability.
    Profit sharing in cash, which is calculated on the employer’s taxable income and distributed among the employees. The rates are 5%, 8% and 10% depending on the employer’s activity (8% for mining). This benefit does not apply to companies employing less than 20 individuals. All these benefits are deductible for income tax purposes
    Employers can negotiate with workers earning a monthly salary higher than 2 tax units (PEN S/. 7,600 in 2014) a total annual compensation, including all the benefits described above, except for the profit sharing.
    It is recommended to engage Peruvian labour legal advice to be clear about the rules of engagement and the signing of labour contracts.

    Expatriates
    Expatriates working in Peru and foreign corporations carrying out activities in Peru are subject to Peruvian labor laws. As a general rule, foreign employees should not exceed 20% of total personnel. Additionally, wages paid to foreign employees cannot exceed 30% of total payroll cost. Such limits can however be waived for professionals and specialized technicians or management personnel, a new entrepreneurial activity or in case of a business re-conversion.

    No restrictions apply to foreign individuals working in Peru with a Peruvian immigrant visa or individuals married to Peruvians. Expatriate employees should register their employment contract with the labor authorities and obtain a special non-immigrant work visa. No additional work permit is needed.

    Economic Development of Canada (EDC) Risk Report
    EDC is a strong partner for Canadian supply and service companies as hey venture into international markets. EDC offers a variety of services including receivable insurance, market intelligence, and most importantly B2B matchmaking events. In Peru, the major annual mining trade show and convention includes a strong B2B program organized by EDC and the Trade Commission Service.

    EDC’s intelligence offers the following comments on the health of the Peruvian mining industry:

    Short Term Commercial
    “Following a significant decline last year due to a relative slowdown in China and a slump in metal prices, growth is expected to accelerate to around four per cent, driven by higher government spending. The central bank will continue its interventions to prevent a further drop in the Peruvian sol (down 12 per cent this year). The depreciation has been driven by low metal prices and the expectation of capital outflows as a result of full normalization of US monetary policy”.

    Mid-Long Term Commercial
    “Projects in the extractive and infrastructure sectors may be impacted by permitting/bureaucratic delays and social conflicts with local communities. Key challenges for companies are weak state institutions such as the judiciary, public security, and corruption. In an effort to boost foreign direct investment, the government is implementing a package of measures, including reducing red tape and simplifying the granting of environmental permits. Large infrastructure projects over the coming years, focused on transportation, offer opportunities for Canadian companies.”

    Sovereign
    “State finances are solid with low public debt of 20 per cent of GDP. The government has instituted prudent macroeconomic and fiscal policies to mitigate the impacts of US monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve. President Humala’s unpopularity combined with political gridlock in Congress, indicates his government is unlikely to pass any major reforms before the next presidential elections in 2016. Although populist politicians emerge periodically, especially at the regional level, future governments are likely to generally maintain the pro-investment policies in place.”

    Minera Antares Peru – Haquira, a Canadian project in Peru
    Peru Mining Industry – Largest Companies
    Company Description
    MINERA CERRO Minera Cerro operates an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex located some 20 miles southwest of Arequipa, Peru. US-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has a 53.6% stake in Cerro Verde, through its subsidiary Cyprus Climax Metals Co
    MINERA LAS BAMBAS Minera Las Bambas will have initial production of 400,000t/y of copper concentrate. The mine will produce copper concentrates containing payable gold and silver, and will also produce separate molybdenum concentrate. The mine is expected to produce more than 2Mt of copper in concentrate in its first five years of operation.
    MINERA ANTAPACCAY Minera Antapaccay S.A., a subsidiary of Glencore plc, operates the Antapaccay copper mine in Peru’s Cuzco region. The 150,000t/y mine extends the life of Glencore’s Tintaya installations, privatized in 1993, by another 20 years. Completed at the end of 2012, it reached installed capacity in 2013. The company is also developing Coroccohuayco, a property near the Tintaya operation that has reserves of 290Mt at 1.03% copper and could produce 100,000t/y. Antapaccay aims to start up the copper mine by 2018.
    HUDBAY PERU Hudbay Perú S.A.C., the local subsidiary of Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals Inc., owns the Constancia copper porphyry project in Peru’s Cusco region, comprising 36 mining concessions and covering an area of 22,516ha. In 2011, Hudbay acquired Norsemont Mining Inc. and its wholly owned Constancia mine. Production began as scheduled during the fourth quarter of 2014. Commercial production remains on track for the second quarter of 2015.
    CHINALCO PERU Minera Chinalco Perú S.A., the local branch of Chinese-owned Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. (Chinalco), is developing the Toromocho copper project, located 142km east of Lima in Junín region. The plant will have a capacity of 117,000t/d, yielding 1Mt/y of concentrates over a 36 year life. Its reserves are estimated in 1.5Mt. Chinalco expects to start full commercial production in the first quarter of 2015.
    SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORPORATION Southern Peru Copper Corp. (SPCC) is the country’s largest producer of copper. Its operations are comprised of the open pit Toquepala and Cuajone mines, and the Ilo metallurgical complex. It also co-owns the Tantahuatay gold operation in Cajamarca region with local precious metals miner Buenaventura. SPCC’s exploration projects include the Los Chancas copper-molybdenum project in Apurímac region, and the Tía María copper project in Arequipa region. SPCC is a majority-owned, indirect subsidiary of Mexican conglomerate Grupo Mexico.
    MINERO HORIZONTE Consorcio Minero Horizonte S.A. (CMHSA) is a group engaged in the exploration and production of gold in Peru by means of three operational units: Parcoy, Culebrillas and Untuca (part of the Cori Puno company). CMHSA also has operations in the energy sector through its energy company Aguas y Energía Perú S.A. with which it is developing hydroelectric plants Piás 1 and 2, as well as the Yuracyacu hydroelectric project. CMHSA is privately held by the Navarro-Grau family and was founded in 1978.
    MINERA ANTAMINA Compañia Minera Antamina S.A. engages in the production of copper, zinc and molybdenum concentrates, and silver and lead by-products. In terms of volume of operations, the miner is one of the country’s leading copper and zinc concentrate producers and operates one of the world’s ten largest mines. Mining is done by conventional open-pit methods. Production and sales activities are carried out through the following operational units: a mine, a concentrator and auxiliary units, a tailings dam, a slurry pipeline and a port facility (Punta Lobitos). The company estimates a reserve base of around 550Mt. Minera Antamina is controlled by multinational resource group BHP Billiton Ltd. and Anglo-Swiss Glencore plc.
    SHOUGANG HIERRO PERU Shougang Hierro Perú S.A.A., a subsidiary of Chinese steel group Shougang Corp., is Peru’s only iron ore producer. The Lima-based company operates the Marcona mine in Ica region, which is undergoing a US$1bn expansion to produce 10Mt/y by 2016. Shougang is one of the country’s largest investors in Peru’s mining sector, and has been working on its mine expansion since 2009. Despite a three week strike that ended in September, iron ore sales volumes rose 2% to 10.69Mt in 2014. Shougang Hierro’s proven and probable iron ore reserves total 2.09Bt
    BUENAVENTURA Buenaventura S.A.A. is a Peruvian miner engaged in the exploration, mining, development and processing of gold, silver and other precious metals. The company, the country’s largest locally owned precious metals producer, operates several mines in Peru (Orcopampa, Uchucchacua, Poracota, Tantahuatay, La Zanja, Rio Seco, Julcani, Antapite and Mallay) and has controlling interest in mining companies Cedimin and El Brocal. Buenaventura, through a JV with Newmont Mining Corp., also owns 43.7% of Yanacocha, Latin America’s largest gold mine, and 19.6% of copper producer Cerro Verde. The company recently announced that it will start operations at its Chucapaca gold-copper project by 2018. Buenaventura was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Lima, Peru.
    MINERA YANACOCHA Minera Yanacocha S.R.L. (Yanacocha), the JV between US-based Newmont Mining and local mining company Buenaventura, is a Peruvian mining company incorporated in 1992, with mining operations in the Cajamarca district. Its flagship project is the Minas Congas gold-copper operation. Newmont suspended construction at Conga in 2011 due to violent protests over water use. Since then, Minera Yanacocha has been working on reservoir projects at the site to quadruple the local water supply. Conga is one of the biggest investment projects in Peru’s mining portfolio. Average output over the first five years has been estimated at 650,000-750,000oz/y of gold and 160M-210Mlb/y of copper. The company is considering developing the troubled project along with neighboring deposits, like Michiquillay or Galeno.
    VOLCAN Volcan Compañía Minera S.A.A. is a Peruvian polymetallic miner engaged in the exploration and production of zinc, copper, gold, silver, and lead in the country’s Sierra Central region. The company is the world’s fourth largest producer of zinc and silver, as well as Peru’s largest producer of zinc and silver. Its main operations include the Alpamarca, Animón, Cerro de Pasco, Chungar, Vinchos and Yauli mining units. Volcan completed its silver oxides project and Alpamarca silver mine in 2014, part of a US$1bn expansion project. The projects will boost annual silver output to 24-24.3Moz, zinc production to 288,000-295,000t and lead to 58,000-62,000t. Volcán was founded in 1943 and is based in Lima, Peru.
    EMPRESA MINERA LOS QUENUALES Minera Los Quenuales, a Peruvian subsidiary of Glencore International, owns and operates the Iscaycruz and Yauliyacu mines in the Central Highlands of Peru. The Iscaycruz operations, which comprise underground and open pit mines, produce zinc and lead concentrates. Yauliyacu, which consists of an underground mine and a concentrator plant, produces zinc and lead/silver concentrates. Minera Los Quenuales was founded in 1990 and is based in Lima, Peru.
    MINERA PODEROSA Poderosa is a Peruvian precious metals miner which operates an underground gold mine and two production plants in northern Peru’s La Libertad region. The mine has been producing since 1982. Its high-grade narrow veins, including on Jimena, Glorita, Choloque and Atahualpa, are mined using conventional, mechanized underground methods. The ore is treated in the 200t/d Santa Maria or 600t/d Marañón mills followed by cyanide leaching and Merril Crowe processes. The company also owns the Victoria metal refinery and local company Sociedad Eléctrica Lavasen, formed to develop the Lavasen-Quishuar hydroelectric project, that aims to satisfy the firm’s energy needs. Minera Poderosa was founded in September 1980 and is based in Lima, Peru.
    MILPO ANDINA Peruvian mining group Compañía Minera Milpo S.A.A. is engaged in the mining of copper, gold, silver, lead and zinc in Peru and Chile. The firm has three mining units in Peru: El Porvenir and Atacocha in Pasco region and Cerro Lindo in Ica region. Milpo also operates the Iván mine and refinery in northern Chile’s Antofagasta region (II). The company acquired a controlling stake in Peruvian miner Atacocha in late 2008. In 2011 Milpo completed the acquisition of Vancouver-based Inca Pacific Resources, which previously held the contract to develop the Magistral copper-molybdenum project in Ancash region. Its other projects include Pukaqaqa (copper-gold) and Hilárion (zinc). The Lima-based company plans to complete work by 2016 on the integration of its El Porvenir and Atacocha zinc-lead mines. Milpo was founded in 1949 and is controlled by Brazil’s Votorantim Metais-Cajamarquilla S.A.
    MARCOBRE Marcobre, a subsidiary of Peruvian miner Minsur, offers copper mining services. The company is the owner of the Marcona copper property and Mina Justa red metal project in southern Peru. Its main asset, Mina Justa, has a JORC compliant resource of 413Mt grading 0.79%, and its expected start date is in 2013 with average production of 110,000t/y over a 10-year mine life. Marcobre was founded in 2004 and is based in San Juan de Miraflores, Peru.
    MINERA MISKI MAYO Compañía Minera Miski Mayo S.R.L., a subsidiary of Brazilian mining giant Vale, explores and produces minerals such as potassium, kaolin and phosphate. The company owns the Bayóvar mine in Peru, an open-pit operation for extracting phosphate rock, which is mostly used in fertilizers. Miski Mayo is based in Lima, Peru.
    MINERA RAURA Peruvian polymetallic miner Compañía Minera Raura S.A. is engaged in the exploration, development and production of non-ferrous minerals and minerals such as zinc, lead and copper concentrates. Founded in 1960, the company mines at the San Miguel de Cuari operation in Peru’s Huánuco region. Raura, which is controlled by the Breca Group, produced 24,006t zinc, 12,188t lead, 1,752t copper and 64,957kg silver in 2014.
    MINERA ATACOCHA Peruvian polymetallic miner Compañía Minera Atacocha S.A.A. is engaged in the mining, extraction, refining and sale of mineral resources, including lead, copper, zinc, silver, and gold. It operates the Atacocha and Santa Bárbara mining units in Peru’s Pasco region. The company also owns two hydro plants, Marcopampa and Chaprin, with an installed capacity of 6.6MW. Minera Atacocha was founded in 1936 and is controlled by local company Compañía Minera Milpo S.A.A.
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    Peru Investment per Category 2016
    Plant Equipment
    Company 2016
    SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORPORATION SUCURSAL DEL PERU $38 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ANTAPACCAY S.A. $38 M
    SOCIEDAD MINERA CERRO VERDE S.A.A. $30 M
    MINERA CHINALCO PERÚ S.A. $26 M
    MINSUR S.A. $12 M
    SOCIEDAD MINERA EL BROCAL S.A.A. $9 M
    CIA MINERA HUAYCOLORO S.A.C. $9 M
    COMPAÑÍA MINERA MILPO S.A.A. $5 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA SANTA LUISA S.A. $3 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA SAN IGNACIO DE MOROCOCHA S.A.A. $3 M
    Other ( 2015= 107 Companies; 2016= 101 Companies) $28 M
    Total $202 M
    Mining Equipment
    Company 2016
    SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORPORATION SUCURSAL DEL PERU $68 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ANTAPACCAY S.A. $53 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ANTAMINA S.A. $40 M
    SOCIEDAD MINERA CERRO VERDE S.A.A. $34 M
    MINERA YANACOCHA S.R.L. $10 M
    MINERA CHINALCO PERÚ S.A. $9 M
    MINERA LA ZANJA S.R.L. $7 M
    COMPAÑÍA DE MINAS BUENAVENTURA S.A.A. $7 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA COIMOLACHE S.A. $5 M
    MILPO ANDINA PERU S.A.C. $5 M
    Other ( 2015= 237 Companies; 2016= 222 Companies) $73 M
    Total $311 M
    Exploration Expenditures
    Company 2016
    COMPAÑÍA DE MINAS BUENAVENTURA S.A.A. $82 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA PODEROSA S.A. $34 M
    CONSORCIO MINERO HORIZONTE S.A. $20 M
    MARCOBRE S.A.C. $16 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ZAFRANAL S.A.C. $12 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ANTAMINA S.A. $9 M
    MINERA AURIFERA RETAMAS S.A. $9 M
    EXPLORACIONES MINERAS SAN RAMON S.A. $9 M
    ANABI S.A.C. $7 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ATACOCHA S.A.A. $6 M
    Other ( 2015= 333 Companies; 2016= 306 Companies) $128 M
    Total $332 M
    Exploration Drilling
    Company 2016
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ANTAPACCAY S.A. $361 M
    CONSORCIO MINERO HORIZONTE S.A. $142 M
    LA ARENA S.A. $88 M
    TREVALI PERU S.A.C. $27 M
    SHAHUINDO S.A.C. $20 M
    HUDBAY PERU S.A.C. $18 M
    TITAN CONTRATISTAS GENERALES S.A.C. $18 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA MISKI MAYO S.R.L. $17 M
    UNION ANDINA DE CEMENTOS S.A.A. $15 M
    MINERA IRL S.A. $15 M
    Other ( 2015= 277 Companies; 2016= 274 Companies) $126 M
    Total $846 M
    Infrastructure Construction
    Company 2016
    SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORPORATION SUCURSAL DEL PERU $215 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ANTAMINA S.A. $120 M
    HUDBAY PERU S.A.C. $91 M
    SHOUGANG HIERRO PERU S.A.A. $76 M
    SHAHUINDO S.A.C. $56 M
    MINERA CHINALCO PERÚ S.A. $53 M
    ANGLO AMERICAN QUELLAVECO S.A. $50 M
    LA ARENA S.A. $23 M
    MILPO ANDINA PERU S.A.C. $20 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ANTAPACCAY S.A. $17 M
    Other ( 2015= 248 Companies; 2016= 226 Companies) $146 M
    Total $869 M
    Mine Preparation
    Company 2016
    COMPAÑÍA DE MINAS BUENAVENTURA S.A.A. $59 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA ARES S.A.C. $40 M
    MINERA YANACOCHA S.R.L. $37 M
    VOLCAN COMPAÑÍA MINERA S.A.A. $31 M
    SHOUGANG HIERRO PERU S.A.A. $30 M
    LA ARENA S.A. $19 M
    CONSORCIO MINERO HORIZONTE S.A. $17 M
    EMPRESA ADMINISTRADORA CHUNGAR S.A.C. $9 M
    COMPAÑIA MINERA PODEROSA S.A. $8 M
    EMPRESA MINERA LOS QUENUALES S.A. $8 M
    Other ( 2015= 212 Companies; 2016= 187 Companies) $66 M
    Total $325 M
    Peru Investment per Stage 2016-2021
    Expansion
    Project Mineral Investment
    SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORPORATION Ampliación Toquepala Cu 1,200
    COMPANIA MINERA MISKI MAYO S.R.L. Ampliación Bayovar Phosphate 520
    SHOUGANG HIERRO PERU S.A.A. Ampliación Marcona Fe 1,500
    MINERA CHINALCO PERÚ S.A. Ampliacion Toromocho Cu 1,350
    MINERA BARRICK MISQUICHILCA S.A. Ampliacion Lagunas Norte Au 640
    Approved Construction
    Project Mineral Investment
    ANGLO AMERICAN QUELLAVECO S.A. Quellaveco Cu 5,000
    MINERA YANACOCHA S.R.L. Minas Conga Cu, Au 4,800
    COMPAÑÍA MINERA ARES S.A. Crespo Au – Ag 120
    MINERA SHOUXIN PERU S.A. Explotacion de relaves Cu, Fe, Zn 239
    SHAHUINDO S.A.C. Shahuindo Au 132
    BEAR CREEK MINING COMPANY – SUC. DEL PERU Corani Ag 664
    MINERA KURI KULLU S.A. Ollachea Au 180
    FOSFATOS DEL PACIFICO S.A.-FOSPAC Proyecto Phosphate Phosphate 500
    SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORPORATION Tia Maria Cu 1,400
    COMPAÑÍA DE MINAS BUENAVENTURA S.A.A. Tambomayo Au, Ag 340
    JINZHAO MINING PERU S.A. Pampa de Pongo Fe 1,500
    COMPAÑIA MINERA MILPO S.A.A. Pukaqaqa Cu-Mo 706
    COMPAÑÍA MINERA MIILPO S.A.A. Magistral Cu 300
    ARIANA OPERACIONES MINERAS S.A.C Ariana Cu, Zn, Au, Ag 200
    Exploration
    Project Mineral Investment
    MARCOBRE S.A.C. Marcobre (Mina Justa) Cu 744
    PROINVERSION Michiquillay Cu 1,000
    APURIMAC FERRUM S.A. Hierro Apurimac Fe 2,300
    CAÑARIACO COPPER PERU S.A. Cañariaco Cu 1,599
    COMPAÑIA MINERA MILPO S.A.A. Hilarión Zn 470
    COMPAÑIA MINERA QUECHUA S.A. Quechua Cu 490
    JUNEFIELD GROUP S.A. Don Javier Cu 600
    LUMINA COPPER S.A.C. Galeno Cu, Mo, Au, Ag 3,500
    MINERA ANTARES PERU S.A.C. Haquira Cu-Mo 2,800
    MINERA HAMPTON PERU S.A.C Los Calatos Cu-Mo 655
    MINERA CUERVO S.A.C. Cerro Ccopane Fe
    RIO BLANCO COPPER S.A. Río Blanco Cu 1,500
    RIO TINTO MINERA PERU LIMITADA S.A.C. La Granja Cu 1,000
    SOUTHERN PERU COPPER CORPORATION Los Chancas Cu 1,560
    AMERICAS POTASH PERU S.A. Salmueras de Sechura Potasio 125
    COMPAÑIA MINERA VICHAYCOCHA S.A. Rondoni Cu 350
    MINERA AQM COPPER PERU S.A.C. Zafranal Cu, Au 1,122
    EXPLORACIONES COLLASUYO S.A.C. Accha Zn, Pb 346
    MANTARO PERU S.A. Fosfatos Mantaro Phosphate 850
    CORPORACION MINERA CENTAURO S.A.C. Quicay II Au, Cu 90
    ANABI S.A.C Anubia Cu
    MINSUR S.A. Explotacion de relaves Bofedal 2 (B2) Sn 165
    PANORO APURIMAC S.A. Cotabambas Cu, Au, Ag 1,963
    EL MOLLE VERDE S.A.C. Trapiche Cu, Mo, Ag 1,000
    PLATEAU URANIUM Macusani Uranio 300

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    Updated September 20, 2016

    Polished shoes look great and last longer. Here’s how to make a top-rate shoe polish from things that you already have at home:
    INGREDIENTS:

    Olive oil
    Lemon juice

    PREPARATION:

    1. Combine one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil to form a polish.

    2. Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your shoes. Then, allow it to soak in for a few minutes.

    3. Buff with another cloth, and enjoy your shiny shoes!
    Benefits of Using Homemade Shoe Polish:

    inexpensive
    chemical-free
    environnmentally-friendly
    all-natural

    Tips and Warnings:

    1) Apply to clean, dry shoes. You definitely don’t want to lock in dirt and stains by coating them with polish, so take the time to give your shoes a good cleaning first.

    2) Polish your shoes monthly, or as needed, to extend the life of your leather shoes. This will keep the leather from splitting.

    3) Cheap olive oil works just as well as more expensive grades.

    4) This recipe is intended for leather — not suede. Applying oil to suede will result in stains.
    Other Ways to Polish Leather Shoes (Without Buying Polish)

    A Banana Peel – Use the inside of a banana peel to shine your shoes. Just rub the peel over your leather shoes, and the oils in the peel will restore your shoes to their original polish. Toss the peel in your compost afterwards, and there won’t be any waste.
    Homemade Shoe Paste – If you polish your shoes often, consider making your own can of shoe paste to replace the store-bought version. Just melt equal parts beeswax, a solid oil (like cocoa butter) and a liquid oil (like olive oil) over a double boiler, and pour it into an empty container. Allow it to harden fully. Then, it’s ready to use. Just work it into your shoes; wipe off the excess; and then you’re good to go again. The oil will condition and polish your shoes, while the beeswax will add a protective coating to protect against water, salt and any other grime you come into contact with.

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  116. Bald Story said

    One day, Bald Boy was walking back from the marketplace after selling his crops to the people of the neighbouring village.

    He had made three gold coins that day and was very pleased with himself because now his mother would be able to buy food

    and clothing to last through the long winter.

    Suddenly Bald Boy came across a group of men who were teasing a cat with a long stick. The cat looked very scared and was

    unable to escape. Bald Boy walked up to the men and said in a kindly voice: ‘Please stop teasing that poor cat. If you

    stop, I will give you a gold coin.’

    The men agreed to put down the stick and Bald Boy handed over a shiny gold coin. The cat was very grateful to the boy and

    walked by his side. He promised that if ever he was able to repay the boy’s kindness, he would surely jump at the chance.

    Bald Boy could not imagine how a cat might help him in his life, but he agreed that the cat could join him, and so the two

    friends continued on their journey back to the boy’s home in the neighbouring village.

    The boy and the cat walked for a few miles until they came across an old man and an old woman who were beating a dog

    because it had been barking too loudly. Bald Boy approached the old couple and said in a kindly voice: ‘Please stop beating

    that poor dog. If you stop, I will give you a gold coin.’

    The old couple stopped beating the dog and took the gold coin from the boy. The dog was very grateful to the boy for saving

    him from the old couple, and he asked to join the boy and promised that he would always be faithful and help whenever he

    could. The young boy could not imagine how a dog might help him in his life, but he agreed that the dog could join him, and

    so the three friends continued on their journey home.

    Not long after this, Bald Boy and his new companions stumbled upon two woodcutters in the forest who were trying to kill a

    snake with their sharp axe. Bald Boy walked up to the angry woodcutters and said in a kindly voice: ‘Please do not kill

    that snake with your axe. If you leave the snake in peace, I will give you a gold coin.’

    The woodcutters thought about Bald Boy’s proposition for a moment and then agreed to put down the axe. The boy handed over

    his last gold coin without thinking because he was happy to have saved the snake from certain death.

    The snake was very grateful and slithered up to whisper in the boy’s ear.

    ‘Thank you, Son of Adam, for saving my life. I am the son of the Snake Emperor and you must come home with me so that my

    father might thank you in person for your kindness.’

    Even though Bald Boy had no more gold coins to buy food, he was happy to have saved his three friends and agreed to go and

    see the Snake Emperor before returning home to his mother.

    When they arrived in the forest, the Snake Emperor was very grateful to Bald Boy for saving his son’s life.

    ‘I will give you anything that you ask of me,’ said the Snake Emperor to the boy.

    It was then that the young snake whispered in the boy’s ear once more.

    ‘Ask my father for his magic seal which he keeps under his tongue. With this seal all of your wishes will come true. All

    you have to do is ask and it will be given.’

    And so the boy asked the Snake Emperor for his magic seal, and the Snake Emperor replied: ‘You ask me for my most precious

    possession, but you saved my son’s life and I will grant you what you ask.’

    The Snake Emperor relinquished his magic seal and Bald Boy stuffed the seal into his pocket and returned home with his

    faithful cat and faithful dog by his side.

    When Bald Boy’s mother learned that her son had given away all of their gold coins she was very angry, but the boy promised

    that he would make up for this loss by marrying the Emperor’s daughter and making a new life for his mother.

    ‘And how will you do that, my son? This cat and this dog will not help you do such a thing.’

    It was then that Bald Boy told his mother all about the magic seal that would grant his every wish.

    The very next day, Bald Boy set off with his faithful cat and dog to the palace to ask for the hand of the Emperor’s

    daughter.

    ‘I cannot allow my daughter to marry such a poor boy,’ said the Emperor when Bald Boy asked to marry the beautiful

    princess. ‘If you wish to marry my daughter you must first build a palace next to mine so that I know she will be well

    looked after. But I know that you will not build such a palace with the help of a cat and a dog.’

    That night, Bald Boy held the seal under his tongue and wished that he had a palace of his own. Suddenly there was a

    blinding light in the night sky. And when the light faded, there at the edge of the forest stood a magnificent palace

    gleaming beneath the light of the full moon! The most magnificent palace the boy had ever seen. And it was his!

    When the Emperor saw that the young boy had indeed built a beautiful palace, he agreed to the marriage at once. And so it

    was that Bald Boy and the Princess were wed that very same day.

    The mother moved in with her son and daughter and lived like a queen in her new home. And the cat and the dog were also

    very happy in their new life.

    The months passed and Bald Boy wished for nothing else as he was so happy with his new wife whom he loved very much. And so

    he placed the magic seal in a room all of its own and never told the Princess of its magical powers.

    But one day, when Bald Boy was out at the marketplace, a crafty old bead seller knocked on the door of the palace and

    enticed the beautiful Princess to buy some of his beads.

    ‘They are very fine beads, my Princess, and you would do well to buy them from me.’

    ‘But I have no coins with which to buy them,’ the Princess replied.

    The crafty old bead seller said that he would be willing to trade his wares for something within the palace. ‘I hear that

    you have a dusty old seal which you keep in a room in the palace; surely that is no use to you. I will take the seal in

    exchange for all of my beads.’

    Because she did not know any better, the Princess handed over the magic seal to the crafty old bead seller who quickly

    disappeared across the lake towards his home in the dark forest somewhere on the other side.

    As soon as the seal was gone, the palace disappeared into thin air and the Princess and the mother were left standing in

    the cold.

    When the Emperor saw that the palace had disappeared, he reclaimed his daughter and promised that she would not be with her

    new husband if he could not look after her.

    When Bald Boy returned home that day he was very sad to find his mother alone, his palace vanished, and his beautiful wife

    returned to her father. He did not know how to find the magic seal and was sure that his new life was over forever.

    The cat stepped up to the boy and said to him: ‘I can find the seal but I cannot swim across the lake.’

    Then the dog stepped forward and said to the cat: ‘I can swim across the lake with you on my back and together we will find

    the magic seal.’

    SwimmingAnd so the faithful cat and the faithful dog set off on their journey to recapture the magic seal from the crafty

    bead seller.

    When they reached the river, the cat climbed up onto the dog’s back and the dog swam across to the opposite bank. Once they

    were across, the cat began sniffing at the air and followed the scent of the bead seller through the forest with the dog

    close behind.

    It did not take long to find the cottage where the bead seller lived, and they could see through the window that the old

    man was fast asleep in his chair before the fire.

    ‘I will catch us a mouse,’ said the cat, ‘while you find us some peppercorns to grind up with your strong paws.’

    And so the cat caught a little mouse and told it to sneak into the cottage and take the seal from under the tongue of the

    crafty bead seller. The dog sprinkled the ground peppercorns onto the mouse’s tail and the little mouse scurried into the

    cottage and climbed up the bead seller’s leg as he slept soundly by the fire.

    When the mouse wiggled his tail, the peppercorn dust went straight up the old man’s nose and caused him to sneeze. It was

    then that the magic seal flew out into the air and the mouse caught it in his tiny paws!

    The little mouse ran from the cottage and returned the magic seal to the cat and the dog who quickly made their way back

    through the forest towards the river.

    Once again the cat climbed up onto the dog’s back and the brave dog swam across the great river.

    And so the faithful cat and the faithful dog returned the seal to their master and the palace reappeared in a blinding

    flash of light.

    Upon seeing the palace returned, the Emperor agreed that his daughter might once more live with Bald Boy. After all, the

    Emperor could tell that his daughter was very much in love.

    Bald Boy decided to throw a huge party to celebrate the return of his beautiful wife. The whole village was invited and so

    began a feast that lasted for forty days and forty nights.

    The mother and the Emperor agreed that there was indeed much that a cat and a dog could do if they were faithful to their

    master.

    Bald Boy smiled because he had learned that friends always help each other when they can, and there is magic in such

    friendship. Perhaps even more so than in the magic seal.

  117. Asif and Hamza said

    Once upon a time, there was a shepherd boy named Asif who lived in a village in one of the many beautiful valleys in Northern Pakistan. Asif’s village was located at the foothills of Pakistan’s famous mountain range known as Kurra Kurram. These mountains are very high and very bare with no vegetation whatsoever. But it is a very different scene in the valleys. There are fast-flowing rivers, like the Swat River, which runs from the snow-covered mountains to create beautiful waterfalls and lakes below. There is lush green grass; and in the springtime the ground is covered in brightly coloured flowers and hundreds upon hundreds of butterflies take to the air creating a truly heavenly place.

    There was another village further up the valley where Asif’s cousin lived. Looking down from that village, the trees and houses below appeared like little toys. Asif always enjoyed this scene whenever he visited his cousin, Hamza, and would often look for his own house in the village far below. The young boy marvelled at how small and distant it all seemed.

    Asif’s father, Ahmed, owned a small herd of goats which he would take out of the village for grazing early each morning. Asif often liked to accompany his father on these trips as there was no school in the small village. Asif’s mother always made them a lunch of meat curry, chapattis and parathas, and a lovely milk drink called lussie. She would wrap the lunch in a square of cloth and Asif would carry it with him to keep it safe until it was time to eat.

    Asif was a very active boy and would run around after the goats and keep them in check. His father was very pleased and thought that such training would make Asif a very good shepherd when the boy was older.

    At midday, Asif and his father would spread out a roll of cloth beneath the shade of a tree and sit down for their lunch. The young boy always enjoyed his paratha and his lussie drink. When eating, both father and son would keep a watchful eye on the goats to make sure that none wondered away from the herd.

    They would always return home before sunset as there was no electricity in the village and they needed to eat their dinner before the night set in. Asif went to bed soon after his dinner because there was little to do in the dark, and also because he had to wake very early each morning to milk the goats before taking them out to graze.

    Asif enjoyed the lambing season when the goats and sheep gave birth to their kids and lambs. The young boy loved the little lambs and carried them around under his arm, imitating their tiny bleating sounds… ‘Maa..maa..maa..maa.’

    Hamza would often visit from the hills above, then both boys would carry the lambs around and feed them soft food from their palms and cuddle up close to them to stay warm whenever the weather turned cold.

    When Asif was older his father gave him the responsibility of looking after the herd. Hamza often joined Asif and the two boys would get up early to milk the goats and then take the herd out of the village for grazing. This became a routine for both boys and the days and nights passed slowly.

    Until, one dark night, a wolf attacked the chickens and goats belonging to a farmer who lived close by. This caused much concern in the village and so it was decided that two men would be posted on guard to kill the wolf if it attacked again.

    The wolf did attack again, but this time the men shot and killed the beast and the village soon returned to its peaceful state once more.

    Sometime later, when the two boys were sitting on a rock in the meadow watching the goats munching away at the fresh grass, Hamza said to Asif, ‘The goats are grazing happily but we are always so bored. It is not fair.’

    Asif thought about this for a moment then replied, ‘We should do something exciting then. What shall we do?’

    Naughty Hamza grinned from ear to ear. ‘We should make fools of the people of the village,’ he said at last.

    ‘How do we do that?’ asked Asif.

    Hamza went on to remind Asif about the night the wolf attacked the chickens and goats and how the men had been posted to guard the village with guns. ‘Then the wolf did attack and the men killed it! That was very exciting!’ exclaimed Hamza. ‘But then everything became peaceful and boring again.’

    Asif remembered because it was the only exciting thing that had happened in the village for a very long time.

    ‘You know what I am thinking,’ continued Hamza. ‘If we shout and scream and say, “The wolf is attacking again! Help! Help!” then we would see how the people in the village would run to save us.’The Boy Who Cried Wolf

    ‘But it is very bad to tell lies,’ said Asif, who was not at all sure about his cousin’s naughty plan.

    ‘It is just a joke,’ insisted Hamza. ‘Don’t you want to see their worried faces as they run to help us? It will be so funny.’

    ‘And when they discover that there is no wolf and they see us laughing at them, they will be very annoyed with us,’ said Asif. But even as he said this, Asif had to admit that it would indeed be very funny to see the looks on the villagers’ faces as they ran into the meadow. He also had to admit that it was very boring watching the goats chew on the grass all day. ‘Okay,’ he said at last, ‘how do we do it?’

    Hamza explained his plan and the two boys found themselves laughing and rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of making fun of the unsuspecting villagers.

    The next morning, after milking the goats, the two boys led the herd into the meadow to graze. After enjoying their tasty lunch, packed nicely for them by Asif’s mother, they decided to carry out their naughty plan.

    Hamza hid himself behind a bush while Asif ran down to the village shouting at the top of his voice, ‘Help us! Help us! The wolf is attacking Hamza! Please help us!’

    As soon as the villagers heard Asif’s cries for help, they picked up their sticks and axes and ran towards the meadow. ‘Where is the wolf?’ asked one man. ‘How did he attack Hamza?’ asked another. ‘Did the wolf drag him away like he did with my goats and chickens? Tell us, where is Hamza?’

    The villagers were very worried as they searched all about for the injured boy.

    It was then that Hamza jumped out from his hiding place. ‘Welcome. Thank you for coming,’ said the cheeky boy with a big grin upon his face, ‘but there is no wolf here. He ran away when I told him that the villagers were coming to kill him.’ Then Hamza fell to his knees and burst out laughing. When Asif saw the looks of concern and panic on the villagers’ faces he too burst out laughing and began rolling about in the grass.

    The villagers were very angry with the boys, and as they walked away from the meadow they promised to tell Asif’s father about his son’s wicked behaviour.

    When Ahmed discovered what his son had done he was very disappointed indeed. He dragged the two boys before the crowd of villagers and made them both apologise for their sneaky trick and promise never to do such a thing again.

    A few months passed and life returned to normal. But one day, as Hamza and Asif were tending to the goats in the meadow, a fierce wolf came around the hill and tried to drag one of the goats away. Hamza jumped to his feet and ran after the wolf to scare it away. But the fierce wolf simply dropped the goat and got a hold of Hamza’s leg instead.

    Asif was terrified at the sight of his friend being dragged away by the wolf and quickly ran towards the village screaming, ‘People of the village, please come quickly! The wolf is dragging Hamza away! Please help us!’

    One of the villagers said, ‘We are not going to be fooled again! Go back to your goats.’

    ‘Please!’ cried Asif. ‘I am telling the truth. Come and help Hamza before it is too late!’

    A kindly villager decided to take a look at the edge of the meadow and there he saw Hamza with his leg trapped in the wolf’s powerful jaws. ‘Asif is telling the truth!’ he cried. ‘Come help at once!’

    The villagers grabbed their sticks and axes and ran to help poor Hamza. And when the wolf saw the crowd running towards him, he let go of the boy’s leg and disappeared into the forest.

    Two men picked Hamza up by his shoulders and they all returned to the village. The boy’s leg was very badly injured and he was in a great deal of pain. Asif was close to tears and asked the villagers, ‘Why did you not come sooner? Why did you not believe me?’

    A woman stepped forward. ‘You lied to us once before,’ she explained. ‘This is why we did not believe you. Do you see now why it is wrong to tell lies? You must never behave in such a way for it causes mistrust.’

    Asif looked at his injured cousin, and at the villagers who had saved the boy from the wolf, and he knew then that he would never tell a single lie ever again.

  118. Diet Coke Pepsi Drinks said

    Should you drink diet coke

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  119. Drinks Coke and Pepsi said

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    South America

  120. Drinks Coke and Pepsi said

    The sun rises above the Amazon rainforest and the huge, evergreen trees allow rays of light to pass between their leaves and paint the forest floor in dappled shadows. In one of the taller trees, little monkey Dora is waking up. Dora is a pretty little monkey with brown hair and a long tail. She wishes that she could sleep some more, but there is no time to lose. Today is the day of the big party.

    Monkeys will come from far and wide to attend the party, even from neighbouring countries such as Peru and Bolivia. The big party, held in the Brazilian part of the Amazon Rainforest, is always a very big success. There is music and dancing, and often a monkey will find a mate and fall in love.

    Dora is very excited because this year she has been asked to help the older monkeys of the community with the organizing of the party. This is a very great responsibility and there is no time to lose.

    Dora arrives at the meeting early and is very pleased to see her friend Tinga. Tinga is an indigenous name meaning ‘of white colour’. This is the perfect name for Dora’s friend as he has white hair and green eyes. Tinga is a very rare and shy monkey, but when he sees Dora his eyes light up with joy.

    The other monkeys often laugh at Tinga’s strange white hair and green eyes, but Dora does not like such jokes. She thinks that her friend is very handsome, even though her heart belongs to another monkey called Paco. Paco is a big, strong monkey with thick, black hair who lives in the forest on the very edge of Bolivia.

    Dora first met Paco at the big party the previous year. They danced together only once but Dora knew then that her heart belonged to him. She also remembers that Paco was arrogant, and that he did not pay her very much attention. He had said that Dora was too young, and that she was always lost in her own fantasy world.

    Despite all of this, Dora is looking forward to seeing Paco again, and such thoughts make her even more excited about the party.

    Chief Ubirajara, a very big and very brave monkey, calls the meeting to order and begins to hand out tasks to the assembled monkeys. Eventually it is Dora’s turn to be given her special task for the day, but the little monkey is so lost in her own thoughts that she does not hear Chief Ubirajara’s instructions.

    ‘…Dora! Dora! Have you been listening to a word I have said to you? You are always lost in your fantasy world, even today when there is so much work to be done.’

    Dora is startled and stammers her reply. ‘I… I am very sorry, Chief Ubirajara. Could you please repeat what it is you would like me to do today.’

    Chief Ubirajara is a little impatient with young Dora but he understands that she is still young and that she is also very excited about the party.

    ‘You must find for us the most beautiful and delicious cupuaçu and açai berries and the finest Brazil nuts for our feast tonight.’

    Chief Ubirajara claps his hands and smiles at the eager faces gathered in the forest clearing. ‘Now that everyone knows what to do, let’s get to work!’

    And so the monkeys part company, each one determined to fulfil their task in preparation for the big party.

    Dora very much likes the idea of being in charge of finding the food for the feast. She loves to explore the forest, jumping from branch to branch between the tall trees. She also loves to look at the beautiful plants and rich wildlife that fill her beloved forest.

    ‘I am the best person to chose for a job such as this,’ thinks Dora, as she sets off on her journey, determined to climb the tallest trees in order to find the most purple açais and sweetest cupuaçus.

    After many hours of hard work, Dora’s bag is filled with a rich bounty of fruits and nuts. She thinks how proud Chief Ubirajara will be when he sees what a good job she has done. This thought makes the little monkey very happy as she hoists the bag onto her shoulders and heads for home.

    When Dora is halfway home, her thoughts are interrupted by a strange sound in the forest. She looks all about her but does not see anything unusual. She tells herself to take extra care, but before long her thoughts drift again to the coming party and the dancing and celebrating that will be had by all. She thinks about how she will tidy her hair, and what she will say when she sees Paco.

    ‘I wonder if he will still think that I am too young. Even so, he will surely be impressed by the beautiful fruits and nuts I have gathered for the feast?’

    Dora’s thoughts are interrupted again when she notices a rich, juicy cupuaçu on the forest floor in front of her. ‘How lucky to find a beautiful fruit such as this,’ she thinks, and runs to pick up the cupuaçu and add it to her bag.

    But as soon as Dora’s hand reaches out towards the fruit, a huge net pulls tight around her body and hoist the little monkey up into the air.

    Dora knows about such traps and is very scared. She cries out for help but the birds of the forest do not seem interested in her suffering. She struggles to free herself from the heavy netting but it is no use at all.

    ‘Help! Help me!’ cries Dora. But there are no animals around to help, and she is unable to wriggle free of the heavy netting by herself.

    A great sadness descends upon Dora; her strength leaves her and she is unable to struggle any longer. She does not understand why humans set such traps to capture the monkeys of the forest. Her eyes fill with tears at the thought of being dragged away from her home, of never again jumping from branch to branch among the ancient trees, or of experiencing the great rain storms.

    ‘We do not do the humans any harm,’ she thinks. ‘We enjoy the forest and only wish to be free. I love this forest so much and I would not know how to live if I were taken away from all of this rich life, all the beautiful fruits that grow in the trees and the fresh water that runs in the river. How will I survive if they take me away from my friend Tinga?’

    Dora hears a sound coming from the trees at the edge of the clearing. Human voices! They are coming towards her. ‘This is the end!’ she thinks. ‘I cannot escape.’

    As the voices get closer and closer, Dora thinks about how much she loves her forest, how much she has always loved her forest.

    Suddenly a wind whips up from the forest floor, a spinning whirlwind that heads straight for the humans. Dora can hear laughter in the air. Then a small boy appears out of nowhere. The boy has flaming red hair, he has very big ears, and his feet are pointing the wrong way, sticking out behind him as if twisted all the way around.

    The whirlwind comes to a stop and Dora realizes that this is, in fact, another boy; this boy appears very dark, he has only one leg and wears upon his head a bright red hood. He has a pipe in his mouth and is smiling gaily as if having a wonderful time.

    Dora cannot believe her eyes. ‘Is it really Curupira and Saci come to save me?’ she thinks. The little monkey had only heard of the two boys in stories told by her ancestors. Their existence belonged in legend and as such Dora was never sure if the legend was true.

    At that moment a voice fills Dora’s ears. ‘When you love the forest, little one, the forest also loves you. This is the protection that I send to you to keep you safe.’

    Now Dora is sure that what she sees is real, and she is filled with gratitude and love.

    Saci begins to spin on his leg once more, creating a great whirlwind all about him. Curupira arms himself with an ugly face, and together the two head towards the humans making a terrible noise that would scare any grown man right down to his soul.

    The humans run from the forest as fast as they can, never once looking back towards Curupira and Saci; and they promise all the time that they will never again enter the forest to set their traps.

    When the humans have gone, Curupira and Saci free Dora from her net and make sure that she is not harmed in any way. The little monkey is so grateful that she offers her bag of fruits and nuts as a way of saying thank you to the brave boys of the forest.

    Curipira takes the bag with gratitude. He smiles at Dora saying, ‘always take care of the forest and the forest will always protect you in return.’ With these words he walks from the clearing on his backwards feet and disappears among the tall trees. Saci then turns into a whirlwind once again and spins off in to the forest behind his friend.

    Dora pauses for just a moment before running back in the direction of her home, eager to tell her magical story to the monkeys who are already dancing and celebrating at the big party.

    When she arrives back home, Dora apologizes to Chief Ubirajara for not bringing her bag of fruit as instructed. She eagerly explains how Curipira and Saci saved her from being kidnapped by the humans and of how she offered the fruit as a thank you for their bravery. Chief Ubirajara nods patiently at young Dora and seems only grateful that she has returned safely.

    Just then Paco steps out from the crowd that has gathered to hear Dora’s amazing story. ‘You are really a silly monkey, aren’t you!’ he says, in his proud voice. ‘Only a dreamer such as you could believe in the legend of Curupira and Saci.’

    Dora realizes that Paco is actually a big fool. She tells herself that she will have nothing to do with him any longer. ‘He is too proud and arrogant and I have been foolish to feel anything for a monkey such as him,’ she thinks to herself.

    Then little Dora spots her friend Tinga entering the party from the forest. She runs towards him with a smile.

    Tinga is very happy to see that his friend is safe.

    ‘Where have you been, Dora? What happened?’

    Dora tells Tinga all about her adventure in the forest. She tells about the humans and being caught in the net and meeting the two legends of the forest. Dora also realizes how much she cares for Tinga and remembers how it was him that she thought of the most when she was caught in the net, and how she felt so very sad at the thought of never seeing him again.

    Tinga and Dora are very happy and reach out and hug one another.

    ‘I am so glad that you are safe, Dora.’

    ‘And I am glad to be with you again, Tinga,’ the little monkey says as she takes him by the hand and leads him onto the dance floor.

    The party fills with music and laughter. The sun goes down and the stars fill the night sky above the ancient rain forest. Dora and Tinga dance together all night long, happy to be with one another, happy to be at the big party in the forest.

    Out of the corner of her eye, Dora is sure she sees a whirlwind and a boy with flame red hair running between the trees in the forest. She is grateful to be surrounded by her friends and by the beautiful forest she calls home.

  121. Shaving Cream said

    Are these correct?

    please help

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup (120 ml) school glue
    1/2 cup (120 ml) shaving cream
    Slightly more than 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch
    Borax (1 teaspoon)
    1 cup (240 ml) hot water
    Lotion (optional)
    1/2 cup (120 ml) foaming body wash, or foaming soap (optional)
    Food coloring (optional)

  122. I like Coke said

    What is wrong with Diet coke?

    I love these drinks

  123. Not good for health said

    According to the official Coca-Cola UK website, a regular Coke contains 32mg of caffeine, as does the Zero Sugar option.

    Diet Coke contains 42mg of caffeine, a significantly larger amount.

    It’s a similar story for Pepsi, which has a higher caffeine content by a whopping 41mg when comparing their regular and Max offerings.

  124. Forest Story said

    Deep within the forest there lives the tallest of all trees. They stretch their thick branches full of leaves up into the blue skies and give us oxygen to breathe. Their trunks are very wide and many of these beautiful giants have been in the fore st for hundreds of years.

    These mighty trees are known as Mafomeira (known as Lapuna in Spanish) and there are many stories that claim the Mafomeira possess a spirit that protects the forest. One such story was told by an old man whose name was Adao.

    One day, a very long time ago, Adao and his two young friends decided that they would earn their money by cutting down trees in the forest and selling the lumber to local farmers and builders. The three friends built a small cabin in the forest and set out one morning to cut down their first tree. One tree provided enough lumber for the three men to make an honest living for the whole month. The farmers were happy and so were the builders. And for every tree they chopped down the three friends planted two baby samplings that would one day grow into mighty Mafomeira. ‘This is how we keep the forest healthy and happy,’ Adao would say with a smile each time he planted a sapling in the earth. ‘And if we take care of the forest then the forest will take care of us.’

    Planting the saplingsAdao and his friends were happy in the forest. They loved their simple cabin and they enjoyed their labours. They only ever cut down one Mafomeira tree each month and they always made sure to plant the baby samplings in order to show respect for the forest. But then, almost without Adao noticing, things started to change.

    Adao’s friends began to look at the trees in a different way. One asked, ‘Why is it that we only cut a single tree each month when we could be cutting many more?’

    ‘We could earn ourselves a great deal of money if we cut down more trees,’ said the other.

    Adao was very distressed to hear his friends talking in such a way because he respected the forest and did not want to cut down more trees than were needed. But his friends were not to be dissuaded and so they collected their savings and bought a big tractor and more cutting equipment.

    They set out into the forest with their new equipment and began cutting down tree after tree. The mighty trunks fell to the ground one after another and as the forest filled with the crashing and tearing sound of the Lupuna trees Adao’s heart filled with sadness.

    ‘What are you doing, my friends?’ he asked. ‘We must not disrespect the forest in such a way.’

    But the two friends would not listen; instead they chopped and stripped the trees and loaded them onto the tractor one after the other. All they could think about was money; they did not care about the forest anymore.

    The two friends became so skilled at chopping down the mighty Mafomeira trees that very soon Adao was unable to replace the fallen trees with enough saplings. He knew that what his friends were doing was wrong but he was unable to stop them because they were blinded by greed. He was sure that he was alone in his quest to prevent the forest from being disrespected and he was fast losing all heart.

    But he was not alone. The spirit of La Mafomeira was watching and listening, and the spirit was very angry that the trees were being cut down in such a disrespectful way.

    That night, as Adao lay awake in his cot in the little cabin, he heard the mighty trees stirring in the forest and was sure he felt a strange presence all around. On the breeze he could make out words whispered into the night. ‘You shall not treat the forest in such a way. You shall not go unpunished. I am the spirit of the Mafomeira and I am here to protect and preserve the trees and animals.’

    The next day things did not go as planned for Adao’s friends. Both men awoke to a terrible pain in their stomachs and nothing they did seemed to ease the pain. Despite their discomfort, greed pulled both men from their cots and made sure that they collected the cutting equipment and prepared for the day ahead. But then the tractor would not start.

    ‘I do not care about the tractor,’ said one. ‘I am still cutting down trees today.’

    ‘And I do not care about the pain in my stomach,’ said the other as he grabbed his axe and made ready to cut down the Mafomeira tree nearest to him.

    Poor Adao pleaded with his friends to stop what they were doing and spend the day planting saplings in the forest, but neither man would listen.

    Just as they raised their axes a mighty wind blew through the forest. The Mafomeira trees swayed and creaked and moaned in the wind and very soon a heavy rain began to fall. The wind and the rain destroyed the cabin and overturned the tractor. Then one of the friends dropped his axe and cut his leg very badly. The wind grew stronger and stronger until there was nothing left of the cabin at all but a few torn planks. The tractor was washed away as a nearby river broke its banks and it was then that Adao’s friends suddenly grew very scared.

    ‘We must run from here!’ they screamed. ‘The forest has destroyed all of our equipment and there is nothing left!’

    Then the two friends ran out of the forest as fast as they could and never returned again.Despite fearing for his life Adao stayed where he was and allowed the winds to push him and the rains to fall on him and soak his clothes to his skin until he was cold and battered and bruised.

    ‘I will not leave the forest!’ he cried out at the top of his voice. ‘I will stay and plant new saplings to replace the trees that my greedy friends chopped down! I shall stay and do this until I die and nothing will change my mind!’

    Then, all of a sudden, the winds died down and the rains came to an abrupt stop. The clouds cleared and the sun came out and dried up the forest floor.

    Adao was very grateful the storm was over, and as soon as he recovered his wits and dried his clothes he set about planting new saplings in the earth. He worked hard all day and sang to himself the whole time. He planted many saplings and each time he did so he prayed that the sapling would grow into a mighty Mafomeira tree.

    All day and all night Adao worked in the forest planting his saplings until he was too tired and too hungry to work any longer. He grew afraid because he was exhausted and in need of food and shelter and remembered sadly how the cabin was destroyed by the storm. But when he returned to the clearing he was amazed to find his little cabin standing there unharmed, a small fire in the hearth and a modest meal on the table.

    Adao knew then that the spirit of the Mafomeira had created the storm just as it had returned his cabin to him. The kind man sat down to his dinner and looked into the fire with watery eyes. ‘I shall continue to plant new saplings here until I am no more,’ he vowed to himself. ‘And I shall only ever cut down a single Mafomeira tree each month because that is all that is needed.’

    And that is exactly what he did. They say that Adao lived for almost one hundred years and that he took his last breath in the forest. They say that his spirit joined the Mafomeira just as all others who have passed away in the forest have joined the spirit of the Mafomeira and help to protect the beautiful forest from all those who would disrespect the trees and the animals within.

    That is the legend of the Mafomeira and that is why it is important to preserve and respect the forests of the world

  125. Sugar Water said

    When a medication is injected directly into muscle, it is called an intramuscular injection (IM). The Z-track method is a type of IM injection technique used to prevent tracking (leakage) of the medication into the subcutaneous tissue (underneath the skin).

    During the procedure, skin and tissue are pulled and held firmly while a long needle is inserted into the muscle. After the medication is injected, the skin and tissue are released. When you insert a needle into the tissues, it leaves a very small hole, or track. Small amounts of medication can sometimes leak backwards through this track and be absorbed into other tissues. Pulling the skin and tissue before the injection causes the needle track to take the shape of the letter “Z,” which gives the procedure its name. This zigzag track line is what prevents medication from leaking from the muscle into surrounding tissue.

    The procedure is usually administered by a nurse or doctor. In some cases, you may be instructed how to perform Z-track injections on yourself at home. You may also need the help of a caregiver, friend or family member to administer the injection.

    Side effects can include swelling and injection discomfort. However, Z-track injection is usually less painful than a traditional IM injection.

    Why They Are Used
    Purpose of Z-Track Injection

    The Z-track method is not often recommended, but can be particularly useful with medication that must be absorbed by muscle to work. It also helps to prevent medication from seeping into the subcutaneous tissue and ensures a full dosage. Some medications are dark colored and can cause staining of the skin. If this is a side effect of the medication you will be taking, the doctor may recommend using this technique to prevent injection site discoloration or lesions.
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    Injection Sites
    Z-Track Injection Sites

    Z-track injections can be performed at any intramuscular injection location, though the thigh and buttocks are the most common sites.

    Thigh (vastus lateralis muscle): Divide the upper thigh in thirds. Use the middle third, on the outside or middle of the muscle for the injection.
    Hip (ventrogluteal): Place the heel of your hand on the head of the greater trochanter (hip bone) with your thumb pointing toward the abdomen. Extend your index finger up to the anterior superior iliac spine then spread your other fingers back along the iliac crest. Insert the needle in the “V” formed between your index and third fingers.

    Preparation
    Preparing for Z-Track Injection

    It is important that the correct size needle is used. Your healthcare team will advise you on which needle and syringe to use, taking your weight, build, and age into consideration. You may also be asked about preexisting conditions. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a bleeding disorder. In an adult, the most commonly used needles are one inch or one and a half inches long, and 22 to 25 gauge thick. Smaller needles are typically used when injecting a child.
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    How To
    Administering a Z-Track Injection

    Wash your hands with soap and warm water. This will help to prevent potential infection. Be sure to thoroughly scrub between fingers, on the backs of hands, and under fingernails. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends lathering for 20 seconds – the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
    Gather the necessary supplies:
    needle and syringe with medication
    alcohol pads
    gauze
    puncture-resistant container to discard the used needles and syringe (typically a red, plastic “sharp’s container”)
    bandages
    Clean the injection site. Clean the injection site with an alcohol pad to minimize the possibility of infection. Allow the area to air dry for a few minutes.
    Relax the muscle to be injected. Get into a comfortable position so that your muscle is as relaxed as possible. This may be lying down on your stomach or bending over a chair or counter, or sitting (if self-injecting into your thigh).
    Prepare the syringe with medication.
    Remove the cap. If the vial is multi-dose, take a note about when the vial was first opened. The rubber stopper should be cleaned with an alcohol swab.
    Draw air into the syringe. Draw back the plunger to fill the syringe with air up to the dose that you will be injecting. This is done because the vial is a vacuum and you need to add an equal amount of air to regulate the pressure. This makes it easier to draw the medication into the syringe. Don’t worry; if you forget this step, you can still get the medication out of the vial.
    Insert air into the vial. Remove the cap from the needle and push the needle through the rubber stopper at the top of the vial. Inject all the air into the vial. Be careful to not touch the needle to keep it clean.
    Withdraw the medication. Turn the vial and syringe upside down so the needle points upward. Then pull back on the plunger to withdraw the correct amount of medication.
    Remove any air bubbles. Tap the syringe to push any bubbles to the top and gently depress the plunger to push the air bubbles out.
    Insert the needle. Use one hand to pull downward on your skin and fatty tissue. Hold it firmly about an inch away (2.54 cm) from the muscle. In the other hand, hold the needle at a 90-degree angle and insert it quickly and deeply enough to penetrate your muscle.
    insert needle
    Inject the medication. If there is no blood in the syringe, push on the plunger to inject the medication slowly into the muscle.
    Create Z-track. Keep the needle in place for about 10 seconds before taking it out. After you’ve removed the needle, release your hold on the skin and tissue. This disrupts the hole that the needle left in the tissues and prevents the medication from leaking out of the muscle.
    release
    Apply pressure to the site. Use gauze to apply gentle pressure to the site for a moment. A small bandage may be used if you are bleeding.

    Note: Never massage the site of your Z-track injection. This may cause the medication to leak. It may also cause irritation.

    Risks and Side Effects
    Risks and Side Effects

    Z-track injection is generally considered a common and safe procedure. Mild side effects include swelling, site pain, and bruising. Less common, but more serious risks include:

    formation of abscess
    infection – redness, swelling, warmth or drainage
    damage to tissues, nerves, blood vessels, or bones
    hemorrhage, especially in people with bleeding disorders

    If you notice any unusual side effects or signs of an infection, promptly notify your physician.
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  128. Good food said

    One of the first recipes I posted here at Kawaling Pinoy is a simple version of maja blanca made with coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar and toasted coconut. Although it’s creamy and delicious and has satisfied my sweet cravings on many a night, I am the first to say it pales next to this maja blanca espesyal. Guys, you gotta have this on your Noche Buena menu. It’s uber super duper nom nom, you’ll have guests raving for more. The recipe makes a huge 13 x 9 rectangular pan and I am already halfway to finishing it. All by myself. In half a day. Imagine soft bites of luscious coconut pudding generously studded with sweet corn kernels. And if that’s not enough, an abundant sprinkling of golden latik for additional layer of texture and flavor. As I’ve said, uber super duper nom nom.

    Maja Blanca Espesyal

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    MAJA BLANCA ESPESYAL

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    COOK TIME
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    TOTAL TIME
    25 mins

    Yield: 6 to 8 servings
    INGREDIENTS
    2 (14 ounces each) coconut milk
    1 (12 ounces) evaporated milk
    1 (14 ounces) condensed milk
    ¾ cup sugar
    1 (15 ounces) sweet kernel corn, drained
    1 cup cornstarch
    ½ cup water
    For the Latik
    2 cups coconut cream
    INSTRUCTIONS
    Brush bottom and sides of a large baking dish with coconut oil (from cooking the latik).
    In a large pot, combine coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk and sugar. Stir well until blended and sugar is dissolved. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add corn and continue to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
    In a small bowl, combine water and cornstarch. Stir well until cornstarch is dissolved. Gently add cornstarch mixture into milk mixture, whisking vigorously to prevent lumps. Continue to cook, whisking continuously, until mixture thickens to a paste (mixture will thicken fast). Transfer mixture into prepared dish, smoothing top with a lightly oiled spatula or knife. Allow to slightly cool, cover and refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours or until completely cooled and set.
    Brush top with coconut oil and sprinkle latik on top. Cut into serving squares.
    For the Latik
    In a pan over medium heat, add coconut cream and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid starts to thicken. Lower heat and simmer. As oil starts to separate and solids begin to form, regularly stir and scrape sides and bottom of pan to prevent from burning. Continue to cook and stir until curds turn golden brown. In a fine mesh sieve, drain latik from the oil.
    NOTES
    For extra flavor, you can use the liquid drained from the can of corn kernels to dissolve the cornstarch. Just add enough water to the canning liquid to make ½ cup.

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    so sweet of you honey

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  131. Cooking and Pets said

    Myself 41 y/o wife and mother of two.

    I’ve been a nurse for 25yrs. We live in a small town in Hungary. My passion is cooking and cooking. I love to cook anything and everything.

    Luckily my family is adventurous in their eating habits, so I have lots of fun trying new things out on them. So I also like camping, traveling, gardening,water sports and collecting recipes. I like getting to know other people from other parts of the world. We have 5 pets, 7 dogs and 2 ferrets. My worst pet pive is when people stick their nose up at a dish before trying it, because they know a certain ingredient is in it. I know everyone has different tastes, but picky eaters just don’t know what they are missing when they turn down a dish they havent even tried.

  132. Cooking only said

    Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88
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    Author Robert Pirsig and his son Chris in 1968. Pirsig, who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at age 88.
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    Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his “novelistic autobigraphy,” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

    His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, “after a period of failing health.”

    Pirsig wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled “An Inquiry Into Values”) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.

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    Author Robert Pirsig works on a motorcycle in 1975.
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    Zen was published in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. “The book is brilliant beyond belief,” wrote Morrow editor James Landis before publication. “It is probably a work of genius and will, I’ll wager, attain classic status.”

    Indeed, the book quickly became a best-seller, and has proved enduring as a work of popular philosophy. A 1968 motorcycle trip across the West with his son Christopher was his inspiration.

    Christopher Lehmann-Haupt reviewed Zen for The New York Times in 1974. “[H]owever impressive are the seductive powers with which Mr. Pirsig engages us in his motorcycle trip, they are nothing compared to the skill with which he interests us in his philosophic trip,” he wrote. “Mr. Pirsig may sometimes appear to be a greener‐America proselytizer, with his beard and his motorcycle tripping and his talk about learning to love technology. But when he comes to grips with the hard philosophical conundrums raised by the 1960’s, he can be electrifying.”

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    Pirsig was born in Minneapolis, the son of a University of Minnesota law professor. He graduated from high school at 15 and enlisted in the Army after World War II. While stationed in South Korea, he encountered the Asian philosophies that would underpin his work. He went on to study Hindu philosophy in India and for a time was enrolled in a philosophy Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago. He was hospitalized for mental illness and returned to Minneapolis, where he worked as a technical writer and began writing his first book.

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    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was one of just two books that Pirsig wrote. It has endured as a work of popular philosophy.
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    Pirsig also helped found the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, then lived reclusively and worked on Lila for 17 years before its publication in 1991. “A skilled mechanic, he performed repairs in his home workshop,” writes the publisher. “He taught himself navigation in the days before GPS, and twice crossed the Atlantic in his small sailboat, Aretê.”

    The protagonist of Zen attempts to resolve the conflicts between “classic” values that create machinery like the motorcycle, and “romantic” values like the beauty of a country road. He discovers all values find their root in what Pirsig called Quality:

    “Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don’t know what it is. But that’s self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There’s nothing to talk about. But if you can’t say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn’t exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist.”

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    THESE 12 SMART HELMETS ARE TOTALLY WORTH THE HELMET HAIR
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    Summer is prime time for sports — extreme ones where people strap GoPros to their heads to record just how hardcore they are. And everything hardcore requires a helmet.

    These days everything’s smart, including the stuff that some people refuse to wear because they think it can make them look dumb. Helmets are still the bane of many a haircut, but at least now they can do other things to make up for it – as if keeping you from cracking your head open like an egg wasn’t enough. Without further ado, here are 12 of the choicest helmets on the market.

    LifeBEAM ($200)

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    Intended for cycling use, the LifeBeam smart helmet is a basic workout monitor, measuring heart rate and calorie consumption. What is special for those who use traditional – read: old school — heart-rate monitors is that the LifeBeam helmet doesn’t need a chest strap, and instead takes your pulse through your forehead, making it way more comfortable. It connects via ANT+ or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to a slew of cycling computers, sports watches, apps and computer programs … 262 of them so far. You don’t even have to worry about getting caught in a downpour or snowstorm; it has all-weather compatibility that means you can keep it on your head year round – at least when you’re biking. The 2015 model is down from $230 to $200.
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    Force Alpine

    Forcite Alpine
    There are those who will seek snow, no matter the time of year. Half the planet is heading toward winter right now, after all. Designed for winter sports, the Forcite Alpine is next-level mountain gear. With GPS tracking, an altimeter, motion and impact sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, fog lights, HD video, and integrated speakers, this could keep you connected with your crew no matter where you are on the mountain — and record every badass stunt you stumble your way into. With the open front and visorless style, the Alpine could be a welcome addition to many a winter crew, professional or otherwise.
    Unfortunately, Forcite cancelled the crowd funding on the company’s Kickstarter campaign due to concerns about delivery delays. But Forcite forges on, appearing at the Convergence Trade Show in Sydney. The company is also working on a Motorcycle Forcite (the Moto) but that’s a ways off yet. The company’s Facebook page is active if you want to keep an eye out for their helms.
    Skully AR-1 ($1,500)

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    The AR-1’s eye-catching features are the rear-view camera and a transparent, Infinite Focus HUD that’s projected against the visor. Turn by turn directions are sourced through your phone; the helmet lets you keep it in your pocket with hands-free calling.
    In Skully’s 2104 Indiegogo campaign, the company advertised a ship date of July 2015. It is now April, 2016, and after over two year of delays that led some backers to fear they’d been duped, Skully has finally begun to ship the AR-1 smart helmets. Sorta. Unfortunately, many backers are still concerned with continued delays. Helmets are going out to reviewers, but many backers, even those among the first (called “speed demons” in the original fundraising campaign), are still left wanting.
    But then again, a helmet is not an area where you want to cut corners for speed’s sake. This writer knows a head injury is nothing to scoff at. That said, by releasing late Skully has allowed other smart helmets (like LiveMap) and established brands (like Bell) to catch up. We’ll see if they’re able to hold market interest now that the field of competition is growing. We can’t wait to see the finished product.
    Pre-order now from:
    AMAZON SKULLY
    LiveMap ($1,500)

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    Helmet-mounted displays will eventually be like flat screens — once cutting edge, now turned commonplace — as projection and smart technologies become easier to manage. LiveMap is a motorcycle helmet that uses augmented reality for navigation. Street names, speed, and turn-by-turn directions are displayed directly over the world around you, negating the need to shift focus from the road. Slow to a stop, and you can pop up your map. The LiveMap smart helmet also includes a microphone and earphones for voice control.
    LiveMap’s helmet remains open for crowdfunding, and now has a prototype. Digital Trends will have some hands-on time with the LiveMap, so keep an eye on us if you want to see it in action. If you want one for yourself, you can still head to the company website.
    Pre-order it now from:
    LIVEMAP
    NandLogic Encephalon

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    This helm has so many features, if they’re all realized and work well it will truly be the motorcycle helmet of the future, whether you ride a crotch rocket or a cruiser. Take the increasingly standard GPS, accelerometer, and gyroscope, and add even more features: ambient light sensors, headlights, turn signals, brake lights, collision warnings, and a fan, to just look hot instead of actually being hot on summer days.
    Arguably the most advanced headgear when compared to the AR-1 and LiveMap, NandLogic also has the farthest to go to reach a finished product. In February, the company released a newsletter with updates on the helmet’s tech, some of which are quite interesting and continue to set the Encephalon apart from the others competing to be the smartest helmet. For instance, the Encephalon uses a smart film on the shield, instead of a photochromic lens like the Skully, which means the rider determines the transparency instead of the UV levels. Daniel from NandLogic told Digital Trends, “We have commissioned two prototypes we are expecting them in about a month, we will perform some quick field tests and then we will kick off the crowd-funding campaign.” Sign up on the website or check the company Facebook page to stay up to date.
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    Bell Star with 360Fly

    Bell Star with 360Fly
    Bell offers a helmet for just about every sport. In January 2016, the company announced a partnership with 360Fly on a line of smart helmets with integrated 360-degree cameras. These include the Bell Star for road motorcycle riders, the Moto 9 Flex for off-road motorcycling, the Super 2R for all-mountain riding, and the Giro Edit for snow sports. Each will feature an integrated 360Fly 4K camera, a device that’s designed to handle traditional 16:9 video and work alongside the official 360Fly mobile app. The camera also has GPS, a barometer-altimeter, and an accelerometer. The best part is that the camera is removable, meaning you can also use it without the helmet. With the camera in place, each helmet in the lineup will deliver proximity alerts for objects that rest outside the rider’s line of sight. BRG sports is pitching these helmets as an easy option for those looking to make VR content, and plans to release them to stores later this year.
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    BELL
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    Livall Helmet ($120)

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    Herb-Roasted Chicken with Melted Tomatoes

    Ingredients

    1/2 medium red onion, roughly chopped
    1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
    1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
    1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh tarragon
    1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh dill
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    3 cloves garlic
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    1 cup plain yogurt
    1 6- to 7-pound roasting chicken
    2 pounds plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise

    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pulse the onion, parsley, cilantro, tarragon, 2 tablespoons dill, the walnuts and garlic in a food processor. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil, the vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste; pulse until smooth.

    Stir half of the herb paste with the yogurt in a small bowl; cover and refrigerate.

    Season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Loosen the skin with your fingers; rub some of the remaining herb paste under the skin and the rest on the outside of the bird. Truss the chicken. Place in a roasting pan; roast until the skin turns golden, about 30 minutes.

    Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Toss the tomatoes with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Baste the chicken with the drippings and add the tomatoes, cut-side down, to the pan. Continue roasting until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 155 degrees, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper; let the chicken rest 10 minutes before carving.

    Arrange the chicken and tomatoes on a platter; sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons dill. Serve with the yogurt sauce.

    Photograph by Tina Rupp

    Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine
    Categories:
    Easy Chicken Chicken Easy Poultry Easy Main Dish Main Dish Roasted Chicken Roasting Healthy Roast Recipes

    • Herb roasted chicken said

      yummi

      merci

    • Another recipe said

      lovely recipe dear

    • Another recipe said

      Chicken is a versatile meat that can be roasted, grilled, baked, slow cooked and sautéed. It’s used in many cuisines around the world, and because it isn’t too expensive, it’s a great staple to have on hand in the kitchen.

      while it’s a popular meat with home cooks, it’s one that many don’t actually cook correctly. There are a number of common mistakes people make when it comes to chicken that make it turn out bland, dry or just plain dangerous to eat.

  136. Another recipe said

    Enjoy this recipe also

  137. easy cooking said

    can you give easy to cook chicken recipe
    home made chicken

  138. easy cooking said

    FAST Tomato Pasta

    INGREDIENTS
    1 splash extra virgin olive oil

    1 onion, chopped

    1 heads garlic, peeled

    1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes

    1 5 ½ oz can of tomato paste

    1 cup red wine

    1 Tbsp oregano

    1-2 bay leaves

    ½ tsp salt

    1 454 g box of farfalle or any pasta

    1 16 oz box of baby spinach

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Add a splash of olive oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Toss in the onion and garlic and sauté just to heat through, a minute or two. Pile in the tomatoes, paste, wine, oregano, bay leaves and salt. Bring to a simmer and slowly cook until all the flavours blend and deepen, about 20 minutes.

    2. While the sauce is bubbling away, cook the pasta in lots of salty boiling water. Drain.

    3. Fold the sauce and the spinach into the cooked pasta, stirring and allowing the heat to wilt the spinach. Serve and share.

  139. shaving brush said

    Ever since I saw fluffy slime on YouTube, I wanted to make them
    But the recipe needed borax and where I live it is very hard to find
    So I used my substitute for borax in my instructable for no borax or starch slime
    This makes a great gift for kids and is very inexpensive to make
    This recipe for slime uses ingredients you already have at you home
    This slime is fluffy and feels like marshmallow cream but is still like slime

  140. طريقة التحضي said

    طريقة التحضير
    مرق لحم الغنم على الطريقة السعودية – غورسان وصفات
    يُحمّى الزيت في قدر كبير، ويُضاف البصل ويُطهى على نارٍ متوسطة الحرارة لمدة تتراوح بين 3 و4 دقائق. يُضاف الثوم، والكزبرة، وقطع لحم الغنم. تُتبّل المكوّنات بالتوابل وتُطهى مع التحريك من حينٍ إلى آخر لمدة تتراوح بين 4 و5 دقائق.
    تُضاف البندورة المفرومة، ومعجون البندورة، والماء، ومكعّبا مرقة الدجاج ماجي. يُغلى المزيج ويُترك على نارٍ خفيفة مُغطّى لمدة ساعة أو حتى يُصبح اللحم شبه ناضج.
    تُضاف البطاطا، والجزر، واليقطين، والكوسا، والفليفلة الحلوة، وتُطهى المكوّنات لمدة تتراوح بين 10 و15 دقيقة إضافية أو حتى تنضج الخضار.
    تُقدّم اليخنة مع الخبز العربي أو الأرز المطبوخ.

  141. طريقة التح said

    إذا دخلت البيت وقت الغداء أو العشاء ووجدت عبق البهارات الشهية يغمر المكان، فمرحباً بك في البيت السعودي. حللت أهلاً ونزلت سهلاً!
    المطبخ السعودي الغني الذي جمع بين بهارات الشرق القديم ونمط الحياة البدوية العربية في أطباق وصلت روائحها الشهية إلى الكثير من المدن العالمية. وحتى اليوم، مازالت جمعة العائلة معاً على البساط العربي تجعل للقمة طعماً لذيذاً من المحبة لا مثيل لها في العالم.
    أطباق غنية بطعم ولذّة لا تقاوم، اشتهرت وانتشرت في العالم العربي ورغب في تعلّمها كل من تذوّقها. وأصبحت من أهم الأطباق التي تقدم على المائدة، خصيصاً في المناسبات، فهي مفخرة سيدة البيت واحتفاءً بالضيف العزيز وإكرامه. ومن ناحية أخرى، كي تضمن على الأكيد أن يتشارك الجميع لذة الطعم الغني.
    أشهى أنواع الأرز، الخضروات، قطع اللحم الطرية أو الدجاج الطازج المتبّل بأطيب خلطات البهارات، كل نوع مطبوخ بأسلوب فنيّ خاص. إنه عبق الكبسة والبخاري والسالونة والعيش باللحم والهريسة وغيرها من الأطايب التي تتسلّل برائحتها الشهية إلى القلب والفم بدون أي مقاومة حتى من قبل أن تتذوّقها!
    وعلى المائدة، يمكنك تأمل هذه الأصناف بألوانها الجميلة وطريقة تزيينها التي تبرع فيها سيدة البيت، لتزيد من حماسة التشويق. أنت الآن أقرب إلى الرائحة الشهية ولا يفصل بينك وبين أول لقمة مليئة بالطعم الغني والنكهة اللذيذة سوى ثوان تحتاجها لملء صحنك. وما أن تتذوّق أو لقمة حتى تبدأ بعيش بعض أجمل اللحظات في حياتك وتستلذّ بأطيب المأكولات. وبالصحة والعافية!
    طريقة التحضير
    حلوى التمر على الطريقة السعودية – الحيسة وصفات
    يُحمّى السمن في قدر كبيرة. يُضاف إليه الدقيق ويٌحرّك على نار متوسطة الحرارة لمدّة تتراوح بين 6 و8 دقائق أو حتّى يصبح لون المزيج بنياً ذهبياً فاتحاً.
    يُرفع الدقيق عن النار، ويُضاف إليه التمر المفروم ويُهرس جيداً بملعقة خشبيّة.
    تُضاف حبّات الهال مع حليب نستله المكثف المحلّى وتُحرّك المكوّنات حتّى تمتزج جيداً بعضها مع بعض.
    تُسكب الحلوى في طبق وتُقدّم.
    البيانات الصحية لوصفة
    حلوى التمر على الطريقة السعودية – الحيسة
    طريقة التحضير
    شوربة لحم البقر بالخضار وصفات
    تُضاف حبوب الشعير ومكعّبات لحم البقر إلى قدر كبيرة. يُضاف الماء ويُغلى المزيج. تُغطّى القدر وتُترك على نار خفيفة لمدة 10 دقائق.
    تُضاف سائر المكوّنات وتُترك على نار خفيفة لمدة 10 دقائق إضافية.
    تُزيّن الشوربة بالبقدونس المفروم وتُقدّم.
    البيانات الصحية لوصفة
    شوربة لحم البقر بالخضار

  142. Soup said

    BEEF AND VEGETABLES SOUP RECIPE

    Add pearled barley and beef cubes to a large saucepan. Add water and bring to boil. Cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
    Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes.
    Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
    NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
    FOR BEEF AND VEGETABLES SOUP RECIPE
    Per Portion of 300g
    Energy : 167.00 Kcal
    Protein : 9.60 g
    Carbohydrate : 17.00 g
    Fats : 6.80 g

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  144. New recipe said

  145. Cheese is still better said

    Soft cheeses are not only some of the easiest cheeses to make at home, they are also super versatile cultured foods. Just a few minutes of prep and a few hours of setting and draining can produce some pretty amazing soft cheeses that can be used with virtually any meal. And the added bonus of probiotics makes soft cheese hard to resist!

    Here are just a few ways that soft cheese can spruce up mealtimes…

    USE SOFT CHEESE AT BREAKFAST

    Use soft cheese and fresh herbs to top scrambled eggs.
    Top waffles or pancakes with soft cheese and fresh fruit. Or try this Gluten-free Pancake Recipe using cottage cheese in the pancake batter!

    Reduce draining time to make a cheese that is slightly thicker than yogurt and stir in fresh fruit, jam, or juice. Use it as a delicious bagel or toast spread.

    ADD SOFT CHEESE TO LUNCH

    Use soft cheese in place of sliced cheese in sandwiches, or, if it is soft enough, even in place of mayonnaise!
    Toss in basil, oregano, thyme, or herbs de Provence, sea saltand black pepper, and serve with warm French bread, for a great addition to pasta.

    Press for a few hours, making a firmer round cheese, then slice it up and serve it with crackers, sliced fermented sausages, cultured vegetables, and hummus for a completely cultured finger-food meal.

    Cut up fresh vegetables or even ham pieces and stir them in or dip them into soft or semi-soft cheese to make a delicious, probiotic-filled lunch.

    Use it as a cracker spread, like in this recipe for Herbed Chèvre Spread, adding any herbs or seasonings you like.
    ENJOY SOFT CHEESE AT DINNER

    Drain an extra hour or two, and use soft cheese to cover or fill a casserole or lasagna, or try these recipes: Southwest Lasagna with Queso Blanco or Turkey and Queso Blanco Enchiladas.
    Use it as a filling for tostadas, egg rolls, or even ravioli!

    Homemade soft cheese goes well with so many flavors. Choose your favorite Soft Cheese Recipe from our extensive list, and browse our Recipes Using Cheese for menu ideas today!

    • Yogurt Cheese said

      Have you tried yogurt cheese? I actually made Martha’s version of yogurt cheese a while ago, and it was a disaster. That didn’t stop me from buying some in the deli department when I found this organic version. I really, really like it. And you get the added benefit of probiotics from it. It’s a little tangy, but not so that your kids wouldn’t eat it. Let them think it is white American and no one will know.

  146. Once upon a time said

    Once upon a time, there were four brothers who lived in a far away land. Their father was an old king. One day he said, “I will not live long now. Today you must start out into the world. In a year, bring back the best thing you have found. The one who can pick the best thing shall be the new king.” The first brother said, “I will look in every city or town. I will buy the best thing I can for my father.” The next two brothers said, “We will both go on fast ships over the sea. We will find something better.” The last brother said, “I am going to ask the people here in our own land to tell me the best thing.” The other three brothers began to laugh. “Then you will never be king!” They said.

    The last brother started off. When he had gone about six miles, he met a man. “What do you carry in those big bags?” he asked. “The best thing in the world,” said the man. “These are full of the good nuts which fall from my five nut trees.” “I don’t think that would work,” said the brother to himself, “I must try again.” The brother went on another seven miles. He found a small brown bird. It had been hurt, so he put it in his coat where it could keep warm. As he went on, he saw a little girl crying. He ran to meet her. “Why are you crying?” he asked. “I want to get some water from the well,” she said. “We use so much. We drink cold water. We wash the clothes clean with hot water. But I do not know how to pull it up. Please show me.” The brother said, “Hold this bird and I will help you. It does not fly around any more because it got its wing cut.” “Thank you. What a pretty bird!” she said. “I wish you would give it to me. If you will let me keep it, I will always be very kind to it. I will take care of it myself. I will make it grow well again.” “Yes, you may have it,” said the brother. So he gave her the bird and went on.

    At night, he went to sleep under a round yellow haystack. When it was light again he walked on. Every day he would walk eight or ten miles. He asked the people about the best thing in the world. Some said it was best to sing. Some said it was best to run and jump and play. Some said the green grass was best. Some liked the red and blue and white flowers best. One man said the best thing was to ride a black horse. He always stopped to help people who needed it. Soon he made many friends. All the people began to like him. They would say, “See there goes the king’s son. He would be just the right kind of king for us.” Every door was open to him. The people would call to him to stop. They would ask him to come and eat with them. After he ate, he would sit down and read to the children. After he read, he showed them how to draw and write. Months went by. He still had no beautiful thing to take to his father. Just before the year was done, he went home again.

    The time came when the king called his sons together. “What did you bring?” He asked them all. The other brothers had many beautiful things. “And what did you bring?” said the king to the last brother. “This is too funny!” said the other brothers. “He has nothing!” But the king was kind to the last brother. “What did you bring me?” the king asked again. “I bring only the friendship of your people,” said the last brother. “That is the best thing!” cried his father. “You shall be the new king.”

  147. Chinese food said

    “Chinese food” is the most popular food in the world, but authentic Chinese food has many differences with Western food! Here are 15 or so more facts to educate and shock you.

    1. World’s Biggest Variety of Flavors — It’s Not All the Same!
    Did you know that Chinese food has 5 Key Flavors that must be balanced according to Traditional Chinese Medicine — sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy?

    Flavors vary considerably across China. For example, Sichuan cuisine is famous for numbing spiciness, Hong Kong cuisine is sweet or savory, northern cuisine is salty, and southern minority cuisine is sour. See Regional Cuisines.

    2. China’s North/South (Wheat/Rice) Food Divide
    Steamed bunsSteamed buns
    The colder, drier north favors wheat production, so northerners eat dumplings, wheat noodles, steamed buns, and stuffed buns mostly. See Northern Cuisine.

    In the south, Chinese eat bowls of rice or rice noodles with almost every meal (as well as far greater varieties of fruit and veg), and only occasionally eat wheat.

    3. Chinese Eat Almost Everything That Moves!
    Foreigners are often shocked what Chinese eat. Many Chinese dishes make foreigners feel weird or squeamish, like dog hotpot, insects, scorpions, snakes, rats, pig’s ears, heads, feet, hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, intestines, and boiled blood.

    See Unusual Ingredients in Chinese Cooking Which May Shock You.
    Learn more about the 5 Weirdest and Most Unique Chinese Dishes.
    4. Huge Quantities of Vegetables
    VegetablesVarious vegetables in a market
    Chinese eat far more fruit/vegetables than in the West — about twice as much dietary fiber… resulting in bowel movements twice the size of Western ones! Read more on China’s Top 10 Vegetables.

    5. Crazy Vegetable Variety
    Crazy variety is not limited to China’s “meats”… Many of China’s vegetables and fruit you won’t have seen or heard of before, like pomeloes, bitter cucumber, yard-long yams, tree fungi, and dozens of untranslatable weed-like plants.

    6. It Must be Fresh in China — Canned/Frozen Food Spurned
    Wet markets (where live/freshly-butchered animals and freshly picked foods are sold) abound in China — almost one per city block. Many Chinese go every day. Fridge freezers are catching on, but fresh veg is still a must. Tins are despised.

    Also, according to Chinese medicine food must be eaten in season to combat too much yin (cold weather) and yang (hot weather), dryness, or dampness. E.g. huge white radishes (with high yang) are very popular in winter.

    7. Chinese Eat Bones… Or Spit Bone Splinters
    FishFish
    Chinese don’t like waste, so whole animals are often served. E.g. fish are not filleted, just gutted, with head and bones intact. Sometimes bones are soft enough to chew up; sometimes they must be de-mouthed (onto a side plate).

    Chinese believe meat near the bones is the best, and that marrow is very nutritious, so bones are deliberately chopped to splinters to release the marrow — watch out while eating. Bone broth is popular.

    8. Everything’s Bite-Size for Chopstick Eating
    Chinese don’t eat with knives and forks, traditionally, which is seen as violent or barbaric, but with chopsticks. As chopsticks don’t actually chop, all food is very soft or chopped up into bite-size pieces before cooking.

    9. China Uses 45 Billion Pairs of Chopsticks a Year
    That’s an unremarkable average of 2 or 3 pairs a month for its approaching 1.4 billion population. The government has imposed a disposable chopstick tax to reduce usage.

    Most (disposable) chopsticks are softwood or bamboo, so that’s about 100 square miles or the area of Queens of trees/bamboo… or 50,000 tonnes — imagine trucks of chopsticks lined up end-to-end for 30 miles.

    10. The Same Thing Can Be Cooked a Dozen Ways
    Like Bubba’s shrimp in Forest Gump, there are many ways to cook Chinese food. For example, a fish could be steamed, boiled, stewed, quick-fried, stir-fried, deep-fried, roasted, sautéed, marinated in brine, pickled in vinegar, soy-sauced, or sweet-and-sour-sauced.

    11. Food Decoration Can Verge on the Ridiculous
    FishA fish dish is decorated with cucumber slices and red peppers.
    Chinese chefs, particularly Jiangsu cuisine experts, go overboard on presentation. They believe “the first bite is with the eyes”. Dishes are served in precise patterns or lifelike shapes, brightened by intricate vegetable carvings and decorative herbs.

    12. Dish Names Can Be Misleading
    Chinese like to give to dishes catchy names. Some names have nothing to do with their ingredients. For example:

    ‘Husband Wife Lung Slices’ is not cannibalism (which you’ll be relieved is not allowed in China), but thinly sliced bovine lung, tongue, or some other cut, seasoned with chili oil.
    ‘Ants climb trees’ (蚂蚁上树 mǎyǐ shàng shù) is vermicelli with spicy minced pork.
    Remember, a ‘field chicken’ (田鸡 tiánjī) is a frog! A tour guide or translator will help you avoid surprises. We offer our services below.

    13. Food Is Superstitiously Symbolic
    MooncakesMooncakes
    Chinese attach particular meanings to certain foods based on shapes, colors, pronunciations, and legends. Superstition and tradition dictate certain foods must be eaten for certain festivals/events to invoke a blessing.

    For example, ingot-shaped dumplings mean wealth at New Year, and round mooncakes represent family reunion at Mid-Autumn. See The Symbolism of Chinese Foods.

    14. Dishes Are Shared Lazy-Suzy-Style
    In traditional Chinese meals, dishes are shared communally. Dishes are served in the middle of a table, and people sit with their rice bowls around it.

    In restaurants, especially for tables seating 10 or 12, there are usually lazy Susan turntables to permit easy sharing among diners. See What Restaurants Are Like in China.

    15. The Guest Is Seated at the Table’s “Head”
    The honored guest is customarily seated furthest from the door with the fish, chicken, duck… heads pointing his way.

  148. This food is great said

    Many of the countries represented in this year’s World Cup have a national dish that they consider their own; Yorkshire pudding in the U.K., kimchi in South Korea, wienerschintzel in Austria, Tom Yum (one of the few) in Thailand and many more. In Brazil, the dish to have is feijoada (fey-jwah-duh). Feijoada won’t be found in the U.S. on the menus of Fogo de Chao or other churrascarias, but the flavors found in a bowl of feijoada is enough to battle any night out with wandering spits of barbecued meats.

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    The word feijoada comes from the word feijão, which is Portuguese for beans. Feijoada is a black bean stew that is brewed with a variety of salted and smoked pork and beef products from carne-seca to smoked pork spareribs. The more traditional feijoada also includes “cheaper” cuts such as pig’s ears, feet and tails, and beef tongue. The rich, smoky stew is then served with rice, sautéed collard greens or kale, orange slices and topped with toasted cassava flour (farofa). The meal is just as warm, comforting, rich and vibrant as the music, people and culture of Brazil.

    It is on the menu at every food establishment from casual buffets to the top restaurants. The dish is so integrated into Brazilian culture that Saturday is known as the day of feijoada. It is not just a meal but also an event to share with family and friends.

    But, where does this national symbol come from? Feijoada’s origin has recently come under questioning. The long-believed tale is that it was created by slaves on sugar cane plantations who took the scraps of meat not eaten by their masters (pigs ears, feet and tails) and cooked them with black beans, which were native to Brazil and the foundation of the slaves’ diets. However, recent Brazilian scholars disagree with the basis of this story. The main setback is that the “scraps” of meat were actually highly regarded at the time by the Europeans. Also, feijoada has more of a resemblance to the European stews, most specifically the pork and bean cozido from Portugal, than the native and African bean dishes. The slaves may have been the ones who first started making feijoada, but most likely they were making it for their masters’ palates.

    ***

    Feijoada is one of those acts of love that takes time and a little TLC to make. A good recipe is a great guide for creating feijoada in the home. Celebrity chef and restauranteur Emeril Lagasse shares his recipe along with tips on making this emblem of Brazil (below).

    What are the flavors of choriço (Portugese sausage)? If not available, what would be the best substitute?

    Chouriço is a dry sausage similar to the Spanish chorizo, it is heavily spiced with garlic and paprika. If you cannot find it, you can substitute with fresh chorizo or Mexican chorizo (although they are not exactly the same), or even a domestic smoked hot sausage.

    The dish is traditionally served with farofa — what kind of flour is needed and why?

    Farofa is made with manioc meal – also known as cassava or yucca. The meal is toasted in a skillet, usually with palm oil, and serves as an additional starch component to help extend this rich dish.

    In the recipe you mention mashing 1/4 of the cooked beans. What does this do to the overall stew?

    This is a trick that New Orleans cooks do with their red beans, too. By mashing some of the beans, the released starch makes the dish thick and smooth.

    Is there a Brazilian drink that would best accompany this dish?

    Some folks say that a feijoada is not complete without a “batida”. Batida is the name given to a drink made with cachaça, a Brazilian spirit similar to rum made with sugar cane juice. The simplest batida would also contain lemon juice and a bit of sugar, although there are many variations of the batida throughout Brazil.

    Feijoada (Brazilian Black Beans)
    Yield 8 servings

    Ingredients

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cups chopped onions
    2 tablespoons chopped garlic
    2 bay leaves
    Salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1 pound choriço sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick
    1 pound carne seca or other salted cured beef, soaked overnight and cubed
    1 pound baby back spareribs, cut into individual ribs
    1 pound black beans
    10 cups water
    4 cups collared or kale greens, sauteed in olive oil
    4 cups cooked white rice
    Brazilian hot sauce

    Garnish: 1 orange, halved and cut into thin slices, and Farofa

    Directions

    In a large heavy-bottom saucepan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic. Crush the bay leaves and add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the sausage. Continue to cook for 4 minutes. Add the cubed beef, ribs, beans and water. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the beans are tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Adding water as necessary to keep the beans covered. Using the back of a ladle, mash 1/4 of the beans. Reseason with salt and pepper if needed.

    To serve, spoon some of the greens and rice onto each serving plate. Spoon the Feijoada over the rice. Shake some of the hot sauce over the entire plate. Garnish with the orange slices and farofa.

    Farofa
    Yield 2 ½ cups

    Ingredients

    3 tablespoons butter
    2 1/2 cups manioc flour
    Salt

    Directions

    In a large saute pan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour. Season with salt. Saute until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  149. Gluten free said

    I am so excited that finally there is gluten free cook book available. Thanks friends. Good quality gluten free dinner bread is really hard to come by. Store bought bread is fine for sandwiches, but sometimes I really miss French bread, challah, and Italian

  150. Ground said

    This is arguably soybean ground zero, the small city in the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso around which some of the world’s most mammoth harvests of the protein-rich beans just took place a few weeks ago. As such, some food analysts—and, not least, some Brazilian crop producers—see the Mato Grosso farm belt as offering the best prospect for meeting the rising demand for affordable food in the world.

    In fact, the soy crop sitting in massive grain elevators here or rolling on dusty, flat-bed trucks to ocean ports for export has apparently set a harvest record for Brazil; a record harvest is also expected for the corn maturing in the same fields right now.

    Brazil is the world’s most dynamic rising agricultural producer, boasting astonishing growth in the past two decades. It is already the No. 1 exporter in the world of an impressive range of food: beef, chicken, soy, sugar, orange juice, and coffee. It is rising in other crops and in pork as well.

    It sports an enviable combination of available land, sunshine, and abundant water that routinely permits two, or even three, crops a year on the same land. Brazil, it turns out, very likely has more unused but serviceable arable land than any other country on the planet.

    Most Brazilian agriculture specialists apparently think that their country is bound eventually to overtake the United States as the world’s top farm producer. National government-sponsored research is intensifying yields of crops. At the same time, Brazil has more available but unexploited farmland than all of what is being currently used in the European Union, says São Paulo-based agricultural economist Andre Nassar. “Agricultural production is expanding in all crops in Brazil,” he says.

    Farmers and agribusiness people in this part of Brazil are watching the global food commodity price issue with considerable interest. By and large, they believe that the highly mechanized, chemical-intensive, big-scale production they have developed (and in some cases adapted from the U.S.) is what a world contending with expensive food staples needs.

    “With the world growing in population at this pace, there is no other option,” says Otaviano Olavo Pivetta, one of Brazil’s largest agricultural landowners. “We will apply technology in whatever form it comes.”

    Still, Brazilian food producers are plagued by a rugged and inadequate infrastructure, as anyone experiencing the bone-jarring trip up the pothole-riven Highway 163 comes to understand quickly. Securing sufficient financial capital has been tough. High fuel and fertilizer prices are also eating at the incentive to plant more. And environmental pressure—ranging from a temporary moratorium by some buyers to shun soy grown in the Amazon to an aggressive crackdown on unauthorized clearing of forest by the Brazilian federal police—has made many farmers wary of expansion.

    Nonetheless, the farmers and agribusiness people of Mato Grosso think the world will be looking to them to help fill its refrigerators and pantries—at an acceptable price. “The last frontier of the world to produce food will be here,” predicts Clovis Picolo Filho, a farmer and agricultural chemicals dealer just up the road from Lucas, in the town of Sorriso.

    A look at the truck traffic down Brazil’s Highway 163 suggests that frontier has been amply discovered.

  151. Fish is the best said

    The Fish You Can Eat, The Fish You Should Definitely Avoid:

    Fish has heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, the fatty acid that nourishes your brain. But mercury poisoning, toxins and preservatives have scared many people away from eating fish. Here’s what you need to know to eat fish and stay healthy.
    Even if you’re a vegetarian, Body Ecology recommends eating fish about three times a week because fish has medicinal, grounding and strengthening properties. In general, fish is a great protein substitute for other meats because it is low in calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and that’s not all:

    Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been linked to1:

    lower blood pressure
    lower heart rate
    lower risk of death from heart disease
    lower risk for stroke
    lower risk for depression
    lower risk for some cancers
    Fish consumption is especially important for women who are pregnant or want to have a baby because it provides the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, which encourages healthy brain development of babies.2

    But fish are sadly said to be on the “Do Not Eat List” because of the concern over mercury.

    Also, you’ve probably heard some of the warnings and reports about overharvesting wild fish species and the water pollution caused by commercial fish farms.

    Here’s what you need to know about fish to make sure that you’re getting fish that improves your health instead of harming it.

    MERCURY POISONING AND OTHER TOXINS
    Mercury poisoning is still a concern when it comes to fish consumption, but there are ways to mitigate this risk.To reduce the risk of mercury contamination, avoid eating swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel altogether. Limit your intake of white tuna (also known as albacore) to less than 6 ounces per week.

    Shellfish can also be full of toxins because they are scavengers and feed on industrial deposits, sewage, and the waste of other fish, filtering it through their bodies. Avoid clams, lobsters, oysters, shrimp and scallops if you want to avoid excess toxins from shellfish.

    But should women who are pregnant, nursing, or who want to have a baby, along with children under 12, be especially mindful to avoid eating fish?

    Yes, certainly they should avoid the fish that might have high levels of mercury but at Body Ecology we have a solution. If you have ever seen a photo or news report on the oil spills that have occurred occasionally on the ocean, you know it is a horrible gooey mess. Microflora are used to clean up the oil spills. They are also used commercially to clean up toxic waste sites around chemical factories. (Be sure to read “How Microbes are Used to Clean Up Toxic Waste – and How to Put Them to Use for De-Toxifying YOU.”) Clearly then we can use the microflora in fermented foods to help us through these toxic times.

    PRESERVATIVES
    Preservatives are another concern when it comes to purchasing your fish.
    Many fish are sprayed with preservatives like polyphosphates, sulfites, sodium benzoate, and polytrisorbate to control mold, yeast, and bacteria and to make them appear appetizing. The FDA allows these preservatives, but they don’t have to appear on the labels of the fish you buy.3

    The long-term health effects of consuming these preservatives are unknown, so it’s best to avoid suppliers who use these preservatives. One guideline is that warm water fish (like Orange Roughy) are more likely to have preservatives than coldwater fish.
    Otherwise, use your judgment and know your supplier to make sure that you’re getting high quality fish without preservatives.

    WILD FISH VS. FARMED FISH
    You have probably heard the debate and are wondering, “Do I choose wild fish or farm raised fish?”

    When it comes to your health, we recommend wild caught fish, and here’s why: Farm raised fish generally have the same level of omega-3 fatty acids as wild fish, but when it comes to fat and calories, the farm raised fish have more.4

    Because farm raised fish don’t have lots of room to swim and are prone to disease, they are often given antibiotics as well as commercial dyes to give them a healthy color. Even the feed they are given may have toxins that are passed on to the consumer.5

    While farm raised fish often costs less than their wild caught counter parts, the health risks and lack of flavor truly don’t merit buying such an inferior product. Having said this, however, there are many aqua-culturists that operate responsibly and you can eat the fish from these farms without sacrificing your health or that of the planet.

    FISH TO EAT
    Now that you know more about fish, here are our recommendations for the healthiest fish on the market.

    Omega-3 Rich Fish to Eat:

    Salmon
    Halibut
    Tuna
    Cod
    Sardines
    Anchovies
    Fish To Avoid

    Swordfish
    Shark
    Tilefish
    King mackerel
    White (albacore) tuna
    Warm water fish like orange roughy
    Shellfish like clams, lobsters, oysters, shrimp and scallops
    Fish whose color has been preserved with dyes
    Farmed fish (unless from a responsible aqua-culturists)
    FISH: A GREAT SOURCE OF PROTEIN
    Fish is an excellent source of animal protein and in fact, a preferred source of animal protein on the Body Ecology program. Everyone seems to do well on fish and it is easier to digest.

    SO HOW DO YOU FIND THE BEST FISH FOR YOUR HEALTH?
    One of our favorite sources of heart-healthy, wild fish that is free of heavy contaminants and fished from sustainable, wild fisheries is Vital Choice. What we love most about Vital Choice is their high quality wild fish that is delivered right to your door. In an age when everyone is already so busy, it’s helpful to have convenient options to help us stay healthy. How convenient is that!

    Fish has heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, the fatty acid that nourishes your brain. But mercury poisoning, toxins and preservatives have scared many people away from eating fish. Here’s what you need to know to eat fish and stay healthy.
    BENEFITS OUTWEIGH RISKS
    Fish really is an ideal protein, and the benefits of eating fish far outweigh the risks…when you choose the right fish…and especially if you are on a pro-biotic diet. One study found that eating fish twice weekly is equivalent to taking a daily fish oil supplement!6

    Keep these guidelines in mind when you shop for fish and you’ll reap the heart healthy benefits of fish without the risks. And if you have not already done so…add at least one fermented food to your diet especially when you eat a serving of your favorite fish.

  152. Try this fish said

  153. No job -write blog- get buzy- die hungry said

    With the country going through its worst financial crisis of the last 70 years, it’s not so easy for small businesses to obtain bank loans.

    But that doesn’t mean banks have completely turned their backs on small businesses. It just means that owners of these businesses must work harder to get banks to open their lending spigots.

    The Big Picture
    Financial institutions are definitely curtailing their loan activity. Federal Reserve data show that the total of commercial banks’ business loans has stagnated between $1.5 trillion to $1.52 trillion between May and early September.
    Several elements of the credit crunch are limiting loans. First, banks already have so many troubled loans on their balance sheets that they are reluctant to make new ones that carry any risk, says Bob Seiwert, director of commercial lending for the American Bankers Association, or ABA.

    “Second, there is a liquidity crisis. Banks need money to lend. If they can’t sell the loans on their books, they can’t get money to make loans to you and me,” he says.

    In addition, the economic slowdown has curbed the formation and growth of small businesses, crimping their demand for bank loans.

    Banks also report that “the borrowers they see are less creditworthy than a year ago,” says Eric Zarnikow, associate administrator for capital access at the Small Business Administration, or SBA.

    The number of loans the SBA guarantees will probably drop to somewhere between 75,000 to 80,000 this year from 110,000 last year, he says. That represents a decline of up to 32 percent.

    But not all banks are sitting on their hands. “We’re expecting double-digit growth in our small business lending this year, which is quite a reversal of past years,” says Kent Stone, who oversees much of small business lending for U.S. Bank.

    The number and quality of loan applications from small businesses are rising at U.S. Bank, he says. Dwindling competition accounts for much of that.

    “A number of our peers, especially in fast growing markets, such as the west, are having troubles. Other competitors continue to change strategy,” turning away from small-business lending, Stone says.

    “We’re instilling a sense of normalcy despite times that are anything but that.”

    Improve your chances
    Experts recommend taking the following steps to improve your chances of receiving a loan in this difficult environment.
    1. Establish a strong bond with your bank before requesting a loan. “The most important thing you have with your bank is not money: it’s the relationship you have with the bank,” says Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartUpNation, a small business consulting firm in San Francisco.

  154. Korean fish food said

    You can create a productive relationship with your banker by visiting in person and letting the banker know the important details of your business.

    “It’s better to make your first meeting in person than on the phone,” says George Cloutier, chief executive of small business consulting firm American Management Services in Orlando, Fla. “You’ll learn a lot from how you’re treated, even the banker’s body language.”

    In presenting information about your business, don’t just focus on past performance. “You want to make sure you present your track record in a way that’s clearly transferable to the future in the banker’s mind,” Sloan says.

    By nurturing ties in this way before asking your bank for a loan, “you’re essentially creating a relationship where the banker understands your business and is excited and updated,” Sloan says. “So when you’re calling for funds, the banker doesn’t have to go through the education process.”

    2. Be prepared to show banks evidence of your business’ strength. Existing businesses need to show they are making money or will be profitable soon to obtain a loan.

    “If you’re running in the red and not generating cash flow, you simply won’t get a loan,” says Cloutier. “Bank lending based on assets was the old way. Lending on cash flow and profit performance is the new way.”

    If you are profitable, you must show that clearly to your banker. “You need a good presentation of your current balance sheet, profit-and-loss statement and a detailed budget on how you’re going to make money for the next 24 months,” Cloutier says.

    “Talking and waving your hands in the air isn’t going to impress any lenders.”

    Giving your banker confidence in the success of your business is even more important at a time like the present, when banks are gun shy.

    3. Contact multiple banks. If your regular bank is unwilling to offer a loan, don’t give up.

    “Try 10 banks rather than just two or three,” Cloutier says. “Within those 10, it’s highly likely that one or two will be in a mood to lend. Failure on the first two or three is meaningless.”

    While you won’t already have developed a bond like you have with your regular bank, institutions eager to lend will be happy to start up a relationship with you as you proceed through the loan approval process.

    But you have to be selective in your pursuit. “Be careful not to spend too much time chasing ghosts with banks that just aren’t serious about lending,” says Cloutier.

    4. Get to know banks just like they are trying to learn about you. Most of what you need to know you can learn by simply asking the bank’s staff. “Be candid with them,” Cloutier says. “Ask on a scale of one to 10 how interested they are. Also make clear that it’s OK if it turns out you’re not their cup of tea.”

    You want to make sure that banks you approach lend to businesses like yours. Some banks focus their lending on mature small businesses rather than start-ups, for example.

  155. Chicken lover said

    “And some banks specialize in lending to firms in certain industries. It is better to do business with bankers who understand the risk of lending to firms in your industry,” says the ABA’s Seiwert.

    5. Anticipate your banker’s concerns. Give your banker an honest assessment of the risks in your industry and how you plan to deal with them. But realize that banks still will analyze risk on their own, of course.

    However, “you may be able to provide a perspective that the banker has not thought about,” Seiwert says. “And it’s important for the banker to know that you recognize the risks and have a plan for dealing with them.”

    6. Show flexibility in the amount of money and the terms you request for your loan. That’s especially important in this period of tight credit. If you sense resistance from the bank to your loan request, consider shrinking the dollar figure.

    “That way there’s less skin in the game for all parties, and you will build confidence,” Sloan says. “As you show you can service a small loan, you will have an easier time building to a bigger loan.”

    But don’t settle for a loan that is too small to help your business grow. “You could be taking more risk if the loan doesn’t provide a meaningful impact for you,” Sloan says.

    You also might want to consider bringing in an outside party to guarantee your loan, thereby easing any concern the bank has about repayment. “If there are people in your network who are angel investors or shareholders, they can act as guarantors to cut the lender’s risk,” says Sloan.

    7. Look into SBA loan programs. The Small Business Administration government agency works with lending partners, partially guaranteeing loans that banks otherwise wouldn’t make. “Banks have a level of credit that they will provide on a conventional basis,” notes the SBA’s Zarnikow. “We allow them to stretch the box further to give additional capital to small businesses.”

    The SBA will guarantee a 50 percent to 90 percent portion of the loan, guaranteeing about 75 percent on average. In general, the larger the loan, the lower the percentage the Small Business Administration will guarantee. The SBA usually backs loans up to $2 million and as high as $4 million for a few industries.

    “The SBA represents a great opportunity to get capital for small businesses,” Zarnikow says. For more information, go to the Small Business Administration’s Web site; one of the agency’s 68 district offices; or SCORE, a small business counseling group that partners with the SBA and has chapters around the country.

  156. New recipe master said

    BEEF STROGANOFF

    Serve up a classic family favourite with this delicious beef stroganoff.

    0:15 Prep 0:30 Cook 4 Servings Easy

    Super Food Ideas
    A low-fat and tasty version of classic beef stroganoff.
    Featured in Beef recipes, Nutrition information

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    $16kgDiced Beef image
    Diced Beef approx. 1kg pack
    $16.00 per 1kg
    $1eaBrown Onions Prepacked image
    Brown Onions Prepacked 1kg
    $1.00 per 1kg
    Special available from 02/06/17 to 08/06/17
    INGREDIENTS
    1/4 cup plain flour
    700g lean beef stir-fry strips (see note)
    1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 brown onion, halved, thinly sliced
    250g button mushrooms, sliced
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 cup Massel beef stock
    2 tablespoons light sour cream
    Orrecchiette pasta, cooked, to serve
    Steamed green beans, to serve
    Micro herbs, to serve
    Select all ingredients

    RECIPE

    METHOD

    Step 1
    Place flour, and salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Lightly coat beef strips in flour. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to frying pan. Add the beef. Cook over high heat until meat is browned, stirring occasionally. Remove.

    Step 2
    Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook for 3 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add mushrooms. Cook for 4 minutes, or until tender. Set aside.

    Step 3
    Return beef, onion and mushrooms to frying pan. Add stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 8 minutes, or until sauce has thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream.

    Step 4
    Serve stroganoff with pasta and green beans. Add a dollop of extra sour cream and scatter with micro herbs.
    High protein Low carb Low fat Low kilojoule Low sodium Lower gi Egg free Peanut free Sesame free Tree nut free
    NUTRITION

    1921 kj
    ENERGY

    12.2g
    FAT TOTAL

    5.4g
    SATURATED FAT

    4.1g
    FIBRE

    42.4g
    PROTEIN
    103mg
    CHOLESTEROL

    239mg
    SODIUM

    34.6g
    CARBS (TOTAL)
    All nutrition values are per serve
    NOTES

    Cook’s note: You could use beef rump steak if stir-fry trips are unavailable.
    Author: Dixie Elliott Image credit: Brendan Smith Publication: Super Food Ideas
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    Yum!

    I used leek instead of onion, added garlic, tomato paste, smoked paprika and chopped fresh parsley at the end. I browned everything on the stove then put the lid on the pan and put the whole thing in the oven on 160C while I made some cauliflower purée. It was yum!! 🙂

    Love this recipe, have made it many times! I add garlic, a tablespoon of tomato paste and a teaspoon of paprika. Serve with either rice or pasta.

    One of the best Beef stroganoff’s. I used Rump as suggested in Notes. I find stri-fry strips are not always successful – dry out too much.

    I followed this receipe and added some tomato paste & garlic as it was suggested in the reviews however I didn’t like it. Flavour was bland . Will definately be looking for another receipe.

    I doubled the liquids quantities as i like a lot of sauce and keep an eye on the beef it drys out quickly, be quick and let it cook through when in the sauce.

    Super Yummy! Bought sliced mushrooms and stir fry beef strips so took no time at all. I put it all in a cast iron pot and let it simmer for quite awhile. Everyone loved it.

    Like others said, add some garlic, paprika and tomato paste. Dont be afraid to add extra worcestershire as well. Over all tasted really good

    This is the best recipe pulled off here so far.
    Absolutely yum.

    Was very nice and easy to make.

    My husband and I enjoyed this! I did add paprika and garlic after reading other reviews. Froze the remainder for another time.

    Lynnettes

    I made this last night. Like other reviews I added paprika and garlic. The overall dish was not great. Wont be making again. Something went wrong with the flouring meat stage. Got gluggy, with the end result tasting like a packet gravy.

    Made this tonight with a few alterations after reading the other reviews. Do saute one clove garlic with the onions and it is a definite must to add tomato paste (I put 1 tablespoon) and paprika (1-2 teaspoons), these were added while simmering. I also cut down the amount of meat to around 400 grams, and if buying steak cuts don’t forget to slice against the grain!!! Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this with rice and steamed greens 🙂

    Great recipe and the whole family enjoyed this meal! I added some paprika, more sour cream and served with fettuccine pasta.

    Absolutely loved this recipe! Will be making again soon…. perhaps with paprika added for a twist. Plenty of flavour as it is though.
    I’m curious to know how this gets labelled as a stroganoff when there’s no paprika or tomato paste involved.

    I originally just grabbed this because I was in a hurry to get something for dinner without really reading the details…

    Yes.
    Look it’s ok
    I threw in a couple of teaspoons of paprika because it’s a stroganoff – it needs at least paprika.

    I won’t make this again.
    It tastes nice but yeah… there are better stroganoff recipes out there.

    Lovely flavour and very easy to make. The family really enjoyed this dish, will be making it regularly.

    Not that tasty
    Really enjoyed this one. I didn’t have any beef so I used chicken and chicken stock. I also didn’t have Worcestershire but I did add a diced garlic clove. Turned out great and super easy to make. I will definitely be trying this one with beef next time

    who says eating a low fat diet has to be boring.. this was delicious
    Cooked this recipe in the slow cooker. I didn’t saut\u00c3\u00a9 anything off. Used diced beef in place of beef strips.

    Quite easy aside from dealing with the flour-coated beef; it ended up in a big gluey lump which was horribly frustrating to try and separate (perhaps drying the meat beforehand might help?). Recipe was better than a packet mix but helped by some comment suggestions to add extra sour cream and some paprika, which gave it a better flavour. Not bad, but I will be looking for another recipe with a richer flavour & less frustrating directions.

    I’m not sure how this recipe got the very negative comments – our family found it be really enjoyable. I added a little extra Worcestershire sauce and stock. Not sure how authentic it is as a recipe, but it was very easy and we liked it a lot.

    Was super easy to make and there was plenty left over. I added two grated carrots to the mushroom and onion and about 1.5 cups of beef stock. Delicious!

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  158. Desserts and Icecreams said

    Tibetan Desserts
    rasbari-dessert-tibet
    Whilst Tibet is more likely to conjure up visions of mountains than desserts, Tibetan cuisine does include a small range of sweet recipes, especially for special occasions.

    Cream Cheese Barfi
    Carrot Barfi
    Sikarni
    Rasbari Dessert
    Khir

    Cream Cheese Barfi

    burfi-recipe-tibet
    (Sweetened Cream Cheese Cake)

    Ingredients

    1.5 lb cream cheese
    1.5 lb sour cream
    1 can sweet condensed milk
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/3 cup sifted flour
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup cashews, coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup golden raisins
    1/4 cup coconut, coarsely chopped
    Directions

    In a food processor, combine cream cheese, sour cream, condensed milk, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt to a smooth paste-like mixture. Pour into a large bowl. To the cream cheese mixture, add almonds, cashews, raisins, and coconut; fold in thoroughly. Butter a baking dish well and pour the mixture; smooth out the surface and bake at 325oF for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is lightly brown. Chill it overnight in refrigerator. To serve, cut into 2-in. cubes and top it with whipped cream.

    Sikarni

    (Spiced Sweet Yogurt-Pistachio Dessert)

    Ingredients

    4 cups regular yogurt
    2 cups sour cream
    1/4 cup double cream
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon saffron
    1 cup unsalted, shelled pistachio nuts, cut into thin slices
    Directions

    In a large bowl, mix yogurt and sour cream together.

    Pour the yogurt mixture into a large colander with a cheese cloth liner. Allow draining for about 12 hours.

    Transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl. Dissolve saffron in luke warm cream.

    To the yogurt mixture add sugar, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, dissolved saffron, and pistachio nuts; fold in thoroughly. Chill overnight in refrigerator.

    To serve, scoop a cup of chilled dessert into a serving plate, topped with a generous amount of unsalted, shelled, whole pistachio nuts.

    Rasbari Dessert

    (Cheese Balls in Cream Syrup)

    Ingredients

    4 cups ricotta cheese
    2 cup cream cheese
    1 can sweet condensed milk
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup flour, sifted
    6 cups half-and-half milk
    1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1 1/2 tablespoon rose water
    1 teaspoon saffron
    1/2 cup almonds, sliced into thin slivers
    Directions

    In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cream cheese, flour, condensed milk, and 1 cup of sugar.

    Mix thoroughly to a smooth, stiff mixture. Make 1-in. balls and line them up on the bottom of a well-buttered baking pan.

    Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes at 325oF, or until the cheese balls are lightly browned. Transfer cooked cheese balls into a container.

    In a sauce pan, pour milk; add cardamom and saffron. Allow slow simmer, constantly stirring, until the milk has thickened into a syrupy consistency.

    Remove from heat. Pour cream syrup over the baked cheese balls. Add rose water and almonds slivers.

    Refrigerate overnight. Serve cheese balls with chilled cream syrup.

    Khir

    (Himalayan Rice Pudding)

    Ingredients

    1 gallon whole milk
    2 cups cream
    1/2 cup butter
    1 cup basmati rice
    1 cup sugar
    5-6 cardamom, finely chopped
    1/4 cup coconut, coarsely shredded
    1/4 cup golden raisins
    1/2 cup cashews
    Ingredients

    In a large cooking pan, heat butter over low heat. Add rice and stir for 2-3 minutes.

    Pour milk into the rice mixture. Add cream and sugar; stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, for about 20 minutes, or until the rice has softened.

    Add cardamom, coconut, raisins, and cashews; stir well. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the rice is cooked soft and the mixture has thickened to consistency of your like.

    Chill the pudding overnight in refrigerator. Serve with handful of toasted cashews.

    Carrot Barfi

    desserts-carrot-burfi-tibet
    (Carrot Fudge Dessert)

    Ingredients

    2 cups carrots, finely grated
    2 cups half-and-half milk
    1/2 cup butter
    1 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1/2 cup almonds, thinly slivered
    1/2 cup golden raisins
    1/2 cup cashew nuts
    A dash of red coloring
    Directions

    In a cooking pan, combine grated carrots and milk. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for an hour, until the carrot has softened.

    Add butter, sugar, cardamom, almonds, raisins, and cashews; mix thoroughly. Sprinkle a dash of red coloring and simmer the mixture, stirring continuously, for another 15-20 minutes until the carrot mixture has thickened.

    Remove from heat and transfer to a well-butter container; spread into a 2-in. thick layer.

    Chill overnight in refrigerator. Cut into 2-in. cubes. Serve chilled, topped with sliced almonds.

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    • First eat this said

      When you were a child, did you look at your dessert longingly – and wish you could eat it before eating your broccoli and spinach? Of course, your mom was adamantly against eating dessert first. In this case, mom may have been wrong. According to an article published in Woman’s Day, there are some good reasons to eat dessert first – or at least a few bites. Here’s why.

      Eat Dessert First: Why It’s a Good Idea

      Whether it’s cheesecake or coconut pie, most desserts have a fair amount of fat. Too much fat isn’t good for you, but a little fat with a meal serves a useful purpose – it helps you absorb fat-soluble vitamin and nutrients better. Fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin A, D, E, and K, can’t do their jobs if they aren’t adequately absorbed from the digestive tract. Other nutrients such as the carotenoids in green, leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes also need fat for best absorption.

      That’s where eating dessert first comes in. Taking a few bites of dessert before eating your vegetables helps you absorb vitamins and nutrients better – and that’s a good thing when it comes to your health.

      The other advantage of eating dessert first is it delays gastric emptying. This causes you to feel fuller quicker – so you’ll eat less. Of course, you should stick with the rule of only eating a few bites. Downing a whole dessert before you eat your main course and veggies isn’t a good idea since you’ll eat less of the foods that are good for you if you’re too full.

      Other Ways to Slow Down Gastric Emptying and Absorb More Nutrients

      There are other ways to slow down gastric emptying and help your body absorb more fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients. Eating a few spoonfuls of a cream-based soup just before or with a meal – or eating a salad with olive oil dressing will do the same thing. Olive oil is the healthiest choice of all since it contains heart-healthy fats. But if you’re going to eat dessert anyway, eat a few bites before eating your veggies. Don’t worry your mom will never know.

  159. Be slim said

    Trying to slim? Have your dessert first! Eating sugar-rich food at start of a meal found to help keep appetites in check
    Researchers believe eating sugary foods could keep appetites in check
    Brain protein glucokinase keeps track of how much glucose is eaten
    It then tells the body to find more sugary food if levels are too low
    Discovery could lead to new diet drugs and simple tips for losing weight

    Experts believe feasting on sugary foods at start of a meal could help keep people’s appetites in check +2
    Experts believe feasting on sugary foods at start of a meal could help keep people’s appetites in check

    Dieters have long been told to steer clear of sugary treats.

    But the key to losing weight could be to eat dessert first, scientists have claimed.

    Researchers from Imperial College London believe that feasting on sugar-rich foods at the start of a meal could help keep people’s appetites in check.

    The study focused on appetite for glucose, a sugar found in cakes, chocolate and desserts, and the brain’s main source of energy.

    The researchers showed that a brain protein called glucokinase keeps track of how much glucose is eaten.

    If intake is too low, the brain tells the body to find more starchy and sugary food.

    In one experiment, rats were given the choice of eating their normal food or sugary water.

    Normally, the animals would have a little of the sweet treat but eat much more of their usual food pellets.

    But when the scientists increased the amount of glucokinase in the animals’ brains, their preference switched and they feasted on the sweet solution instead.

    A second experiment showed that when rats are starved for 24 hours, the glucokinase in their brains becomes much more active.

    It is thought that those with a sweet tooth naturally make more glucokinase than others – helping explain why some of us can’t resist a bar of chocolate or are always tempted by dessert.

    The discovery could lead to new diet drugs – and simple tips for losing weight naturally.

    Researcher Dr James Gardiner suggests that would-be slimmers tuck into glucose-rich foods at the start of their meal.

    The brain will then quickly determine that enough glucose has been eaten, allowing other inbuilt systems that count calories to kick in.

    • Italian food said

      starchy foods such as chips, bread, pasta, rice and pasta are even richer in glucose – and should also be healthier for us.
      In other words, the secret to losing weight could be to eat like an Italian.

      Meals in Italy traditionally begin with a small plate or risotto or pasta.

      A basket of bread, again common on the continent, will likely also help stop us from eating more than is good for us.
      The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could also lead to new obesity drugs, which would work by lowering levels of glucokinase.

      With around two-thirds of Britons overweight or obese and just one weight loss drug on the market, there is an urgent need for new ways of stopping people from overeating.

  160. Minerals said

    WHAT DOES THE SUN HAVE TO DO WITH METABOLISM?
    During the dark hours of the night, a hormone called norepinephrine is released. It tells the brain to make melatonin. Think of melatonin as the chemical that dominates sleep cycles.

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    Eating before bed will cause your blood sugar to spike and crash before you even wake up. This blood sugar crash will put stress on the body, weaken the digestive system, and lead to adrenal exhaustion. Body Ecology Ancient Earth Minerals is designed to nourish the adrenals, and it also contains magnesium as a natural sleep aid.
    A couple of things need to be in place for the production of melatonin:

    Norepinephrine is one essential element necessary for melatonin production.
    Actual darkness is needed for norepinephrine release and for melatonin production. This means that bright lights, including the light from a television, can inhibit this process.
    Excess of cortisol, a chemical tied to stress, will also inhibit the release of norepinephrine and the production of melatonin.
    Melatonin and cortisol have an inverse relationship. When cortisol is high, melatonin will be low. Likewise, when cortisol is low, melatonin will be high.
    We already know by now that stress has an important relationship with sleep — more stress equals less quality sleep, in most cases.

    Clayton Sleep Institute researchers discovered in 2009 a “bidirectional relationship” between chronic stress and sleep issues. People suffering from chronic stress were more likely to sleep shorter and sleep worse, experiencing daytime impairments to follow. In the study, daytime impairments and shorter sleep also led to complaints of habitual stress.1

    You may recognize some of the most common causes of stress that can affect your sleep:

    Anything that engages strong, reactive emotions.
    Over-thinking and worrying.
    Trauma, both physical and emotional.
    Adrenal stimulants, like coffee.
    Lack of sleep.
    Unhealthy fats, which release pro-inflammatory chemicals.
    Irregular blood sugar levels.
    Poor sleep can also alter the immune system’s stress response — increasing the risk of mental and physical health problems by increasing inflammation in the body, as seen in a 2012 study conducted on older adults.2 And unsurprising to many of us, researchers likewise confirmed a reciprocal, causal relationship between job stress and poor sleep in 2015, showing that daytime stress can impact sleep quality and create a stress-sleep disturbance cycle that is hard to break.3

    A VICIOUS STRESS CYCLE: TOO MUCH AND TOO LITTLE BLOOD SUGAR
    Eating late at night will initially raise your blood sugar. While sleeping, your body goes into a light fast. If you eat before sleeping, you are more likely to experience a crash in blood sugar while asleep.

    The mechanism goes like this:

    Blood sugar spikes.
    The pancreas releases insulin to get the sugar out of the blood and into cells.
    If the blood sugar spike happens frequently (as it does for most of us), the pancreas delivers too much insulin into the bloodstream.
    This causes a drastic drop in blood sugar, or a crash.
    A blood sugar crash alerts the adrenals that there is an emergency.
    The adrenals secrete the stress hormone cortisol.
    Cortisol inflames the body and weakens digestive function.
    Constant sugar crashes exhaust adrenal function.
    Skipping meals or frequently eating foods that are starchy or sugary causes blood sugar spikes, and both lead to the same thing: adrenal exhaustion. What’s interesting is that people who skip meals will often use adrenal stimulants or excessively sugary foods to get a quick lift of energy.

    This blood sugar yo-yo effect in the body will pull on the adrenal glands for cortisol. This pulling on the adrenal glands does something else in the body. Eventually, it will exhaust other elements of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the system in charge of regulating hormones in the body. Now it makes sense why more than 40 million Americans are struggling with chronic sleep disorders — and why University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers recommend eating less late at night to buffer some of the effects of sleep deprivation, like deficits in alertness and concentration.4,5

    CORTISOL LOWERS YOUR MELATONIN
    Sleep is an activity that is all about relaxation and restoration. Thus, cortisol, the stress hormone, should be at its lowest at night.

    When blood sugar crashes in the middle of the night, cortisol levels rise, and melatonin production diminishes:

    The natural cycles of cortisol and melatonin are part of your circadian rhythm.
    Chronically high cortisol levels suppress human growth hormone.
    Chronically high cortisol levels suppress immune function.
    Chronically high cortisol levels also open the door to a series of inflammatory cascades in the body.
    Does this mean that taking a melatonin supplement will restore the circadian rhythm?

    No, supplementing with melatonin is not recommended. Short-term, emergency use may be tolerated. But keep in mind that ultimately you want your body to remember its own natural ebb and flow of hormones. Melatonin is a hormone and giving your body this hormone over time will actually lead to a deeper and more pathological imbalance. University of Adelaide researchers caution that melatonin can be dangerous for children especially, warning doctors and parents not to give kids melatonin to help manage sleep issues.6 For adults, caffeine has also been proven to alter our circadian clock — delaying internal rhythms up to 40 minutes after drinking a double espresso before bed.7

    MORE MAGNESIUM, DEEPER SLEEP
    Most people do well with magnesium supplementation, and it is best to try magnesium first before using melatonin. Magnesium does have a laxative effect, so keep this in mind if you decide to use it as a sleep aid. A full-spectrum mineral supplement, like Body Ecology Ancient Earth Minerals, is another good way to not only restore levels of magnesium in the body but to also bring the body fully into mineral balance.

    Along with its ability to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, magnesium has been dubbed a vital sleep nutrient because it keeps the “trains running on time.”

    University of Edinburgh researchers discovered in 2016 that magnesium plays a critical role in helping living things adapt to the natural rhythms of night and day. Most researchers are familiar with how the body uses magnesium to convert energy, but it wasn’t until 2016 that magnesium’s ability to regulate our body’s internal clock and metabolism was discovered.8

    What To Remember Most About This Article:

    Eating late at night can raise your blood sugar, making it likely that you’ll experience a blood sugar crash while you are asleep. This vicious cycle is a recipe for adrenal exhaustion and may explain why more than 40 million of us continue to struggle with chronic sleep issues.

    Here’s what you can do to practice good sleep hygiene and get some rest:

    Make your last meal of the day around or shortly after nightfall.
    Your natural production of melatonin depends on low levels of cortisol.

    Stress will increase cortisol levels in the body.
    The foods that you eat, depending on what they are, can be a significant stressor in the body.

    Supplementing with a full-spectrum and magnesium-rich mineral supplement, like Body Ecology Ancient Earth Minerals, will alkalize your body, dampen the inflammatory cascade, and create a more restful sleep.

  161. Coffee said

    As a Nutritional Therapist, I’ve been told more than once that I have a gentle way of working with clients. I don’t force diets and supplements down people’s throats. I know we’re all at where we’re at health-wise for a variety of reasons that go well beyond just food itself and it can take time for changes to be instituted. I understand people use food for mental, emotional reasons and that taking a specific food away can be akin to a huge psychological shock.

    On my intake forms one of the questions is, “Is there a food you are absolutely not willing to give up?” This gives me an idea of how fast or slow we need to go when making dietary changes. Chocolate, sweets and alcohol are just some of the obvious ones. But by far the most frequent item is…yeah, you guessed it…coffee.

    I always encourage my clients to minimize too much coffee in their diet. It can stress the adrenal glands, liver, kidneys and stomach and can cause the excretion of vital vitamins and minerals as the body tries to rid itself of the caffeine. It can contribute to blood sugar irregularities (see #5 below) as well. I could go on and on about its negative health effects. But I’ll never tell anyone they have to give up coffee. If I did, the majority of the people I see would never come back!

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    However, it never ceases to me amaze when people do go cold turkey and never go back. When they come back for a follow up and say they’ve given up coffee and feel great, I always feel like saying, “Umm…could you show me how to do that?”

    Perhaps this is not the best way to start my very venture into nutritional blogging by admitting that I’m a coffee drinker. It’s a habit that started long before I changed my own diet, one that goes well back to those all-night study sessions in college. It’s also a habit that’s reinforced by my love of coffeehouses. I like hanging out with friends there, I like to do work there, I like to listen to music there, and now, I guess I like to blog there as well. And I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

    So I have funny feeling a lot of people will identify with this blog because I know more people are NOT going to give up coffee than those that are. So this blog is for you, my fellow coffee drinkers out there that scoff, smirk, sneer and roll your eyes at the seemingly endless barrage of how- to- quit -coffee articles out there and think, ”Yeah right”.

    Because I’m right there with ya.

    And God knows I’ve tried to give up coffee. I’ve tried switching to tea and I’ve tried the coffee substitutes. None of it has worked. I even gave it up for 30 days once. It made no difference. Zippo. I craved it as much on day 1 as I did on day 30. I’ll never forget that first sip of coffee on the morning of day 31.

    I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

    Of course, there’s a big difference between drinking a cup of coffee a day to say drinking 3 pots. I know some of my Nutritional Therapist friends disagree with me on this but so be it. Of all the toxic things we can put in our body, I don’t think a cup of coffee a day is anywhere near the top of that list. I’m much more concerned with people getting sugar, chemicals and all manner of processed foods out of their diet. These are the true culprits in our national health epidemics. So if you’re eating mostly locally grown, nutrient-dense sources of foods– including plenty of good healthy fats from grass fed, pastured animals– and if drinking a cup of coffee per day is your only nutritional vice, trust me, you’re way ahead of the game.

    So with that being said, if you truly love coffee and there’s absolutely NO WAY you’re ever going to give it up, here are 6 tips for healthier coffee drinking that can turn a really addictive habit into a mild vice:

    Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip#1: Choose Organic
    Healthier coffee drinking definitely starts here. Conventional coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides. There’s a plethora of organic choices out there. At the very least, do this. Better yet, support companies that promote fair trade practices. You can usually find a few of these in your local health food store. If not, here’s a few I recommend:

    Dean’s Beans

    Indigo Coffee Roasters

    And finally, stay away from the flavored coffees (yeah, I know they’re yummy) which are usually full of artificial flavorings.

    Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #2: Get the Sugar Out!
    This is probably the most important tip for healthier coffee drinking. I realize this is a tough one for a lot of people. It was for me. Until I did this I never realized that what I was really craving in my coffee was the sugar more than the caffeine. But once I ditched the sugar, my palette became more attuned to the various types of roasts and regional variations. I actually started enjoying the taste of coffee instead of the taste of sugar.

    Try adding just cream (preferably raw if you can get it) in place of sugar. That helped me get the sugar out once and for all. The fat in cream will cut the bitterness of coffee. Cream also has a natural sweetness that can help you wean off the refined white stuff.

    Lastly, please do NOT use those flavored cream/creamer concoctions! They’re made with hydrogenated vegetable oils, corn syrup and a whole host of other chemicals. Now some of you might be saying, “Cream?! What about low fat milk? Isn’t that healthier?” No. A famous comedian once said, “Show me the cow who makes skim milk and then I’ll drink it”. Low fat milk and all manner of low fat products are not health foods. But that’s another blog topic for another blog day.

    Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #3: Buy Whole Beans and Grind Them at Home.
    Coffee beans, like anything, will begin to breakdown and become rancid once the inner contents are exposed to oxygen and moisture. To see this process with the naked eye cut open an apple and see what happens. The white flesh starts turning brown pretty fast. This is due to its exposure to oxygen and moisture, the enemies of freshness. They’re also the enemies of anti-oxidants, those things you hear about that create stability and health in living systems and ward off disease. I’m skeptical about the anti-oxidant health benefits you hear about in coffee. But if it’s true, those anti-oxidants will start to oxidize immediately after grinding, which is OK if you drink the coffee soon after. After a few days however freshly ground coffee doesn’t taste so fresh anymore. And if you get the sugar out, you can start to taste this pretty easily (which is not good for healthier coffee drinking).

    I use a simple Krup’s coffee grinder to grind my beans at home. It’s probably the most used appliance in my kitchen.

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    Use these 6 tips for healthier coffee drinking to turn a really bad habit into a mild vice.

    Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #4: Keep it to ONE Cup Per Day.
    For starters, one cup is not a Starbucks twenty plus ounce mega-grande french vanilla frappuccino with whip cream and chocolate syrup. Nor does it resemble a giant caramel coffee coolatta from Dunkin Donuts. It’s eight ounces. Your liver can handle that. I know more than a few people who drink coffee all day long – five, ten, fifteen cups. If you’re one of those, don’t even think about cutting down to one cup right away. Reduce it slowly. If you’re drinking ten cups, get it down to eight in a week. Then get it down to five, and so on and so forth. Other strategies for reducing the caffeine content include a second brewing from the same beans and including half decaf (Swiss mater method only) in each cup.

    Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #5: Drink Coffee After a Meal.
    For most people that would be breakfast, and it’s definitely better to wait until you have some food in your system before downing that cup of coffee. Caffeine causes your body to release sugar into your bloodstream which in turn causes the pancreas to release insulin (another good reason to get sugar out!). On an empty stomach this can cause a sharp drop in blood sugar which can then set up more sugar cravings. Guess what will help spike that sugar besides sugar? Caffeine. Furthermore, the caffeine in coffee can suppress your appetite causing you to go longer without feeling hungry. This sets up further episodes of low blood sugar and further coffee and sugar cravings. Having food in your stomach will help modulate this blood sugar response and keep those cravings at bay.

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    Healthier Coffee Drinking Tip #6: Enjoy the Heck Out Of It!
    Yeah, that’s right. We live in a world where we’re made to feel guilty about food: don’t eat this, don’t eat that, this food will kill you, that food will kill you. Of course, a lot of that is true, but you can take any food, create negative thoughts around it and actually make it unhealthier to consume with those stressful thoughts. After all, stress depletes nutrients from the body, too. So don’t feel guilty about your one-cup-per-day of organic, ground-at-home-with-cream coffee.

    Enjoy it! I do every day.

    Finally, if you’re into home brewing and want to learn how to make the perfect cup of coffee as well as a variety of different coffee drinks, this book will make you enjoy your coffee even more. It also make a great gift for you coffee-obsesses friends and relatives.

  162. Drinking Habits said

    Coffee and appetite:
    Does coffee make you more or less hungry?

    Our hunger and appetite are controlled by complex systems within our bodies, which can be profoundly affected by what we eat and drink — including coffee.

    While people often use caffeinated coffee to control their appetite, new research shows that if you want to reduce your bodyweight, you might be better off sticking to decaf.

    Introduction

    Billions of people worldwide drink coffee to get more energy, feel more alert, and improve their athletic performance. Coffee also suppresses appetite, so many people drink it to lose weight.
    According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, if you want to lose weight, then you should skip brewed coffee and take green coffee bean extract instead. However, if you aren’t an Oz fan, and prefer to drink your coffee instead of taking it in pill form, could it still help you lose weight?

    Is coffee healthy? It depends.
    Thanks to Famous TV Doctors and media attention to coffee’s health effects, our worries bubble up like a well-formed espresso crema: Should we drink more java? Or does every drop float us closer to a well-caffeinated grave? The truth seems as muddy as truck stop joe.

    One reason: People metabolize coffee at different — and genetically determined — rates. And coffee affects many neurotransmitters and hormones (such as cortisol and insulin).
    Coffee’s mixed effects also depend on the type of coffee, the amount you drink, when you drink it, your overall biological makeup, and so on.

    For more details on the diverse benefits and risks of coffee see All

    About Coffee.
    What’s in that cuppa joe?
    Coffee is a complex mixture of chemicals.
    It’s a major source of caffeine, the world’s most widely used stimulant drug. Caffeine is a xanthine alkaloid, a central nervous system and metabolic stimulant. A little bit of caffeine can improve health; a lot of caffeine can harm it.
    Caffeine is an effective ergogenic — something that improves athletic performance — it spares muscle glycogen and delays fatigue. For more on caffeine, see All About Caffeine.
    Coffee also contains phytochemical compounds called chlorogenic acids, an important group of biologically active and antioxidant dietary phenols. Chlorogenic acids are also found in apples, pears, artichokes, strawberries, pineapple, sunflower and blueberries (1).
    Chlorogenic acids have recently caught the attention of obesity researchers and dietary supplement manufacturers alike, as they can help decrease hunger. Mouse studies to date have produced mixed results, so I wouldn’t run out and buy green coffee bean extract just yet (2,3).
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    Chlorogenic acids, found in coffee, are antioxidants that may also decrease hunger.
    Unlocking appetite control secrets
    Hunger and satiety: Every obesity researcher seeks for the key to unlock their secrets. It’s tricky, as appetite, hunger, and satiety are influenced by dozens of interacting hormones.
    This week’s study looks at three of those hormones: ghrelin, leptin, and peptide YY. Ghrelin is an orexic, or appetite-stimulating, hormone. Leptin and peptide YY are anorexic, or appetite-diminishing, hormones.

    Ghrelin & leptin
    Ghrelin is secreted mainly in the stomach. It stimulates appetite and increases food intake. Leptin is a hormone, synthesized primarily in fat cells, that has been shown to decrease food intake and increase energy expenditure.
    As a side note, an easy trick to remember the difference between these two: ghrelin = stomach GRemlins and GRowling.
    For more on how leptin and ghrelin work, see Leptin, Ghrelin, Weight Loss: It’s Complicated.

    Peptide YY (PYY)
    Cells of the intestinal mucosa of the ileum and large intestine release the third hormone, peptide YY (PYY).
    PYY lowers appetite and food intake, perhaps by acting on neurons in the hypothalamus to help people feel full or satisfied. Other researchers speculate that PYY may delay gastric emptying (4).

    Research question
    So how does coffee work?
    If coffee can help people to lose weight, how does it do it? Does it increase PYY and leptin and decrease ghrelin? And is it the caffeine or something else like chlorogenic acid that acts on the hormones?

    Well, this week’s review asks three related questions:
    How do caffeine, caffeinated coffee, and decaffeinated coffee affect people’s feelings of hunger and fullness?
    How might coffee affect blood levels of hormones such as ghrelin, PYY, and leptin?

    Does a glucose load change the drinks’ effects? (In other words, does a donut with your coffee change the game?)

    Initial hypotheses
    Hypothesis 1: Decaffeinated coffee, caffeinated coffee, and caffeine will decrease hunger, ghrelin, and leptin and increase satiety and PYY

    Hypothesis 2: These effects would occur during the 60 minutes after subjects drank the test beverage and during the subsequent 120-minute period following glucose ingestion.

    Let’s see how it turned out.
    Greenberg, J.A., Geliebter, A. Coffee, hunger, and peptide YY. J. Am. Coll. Nutr. 31(3), 160-166 (2012).

    Methods
    This study used a placebo-controlled, randomized, four-way crossover trial. In other words, there were four drinks total — a placebo plus three test drinks:
    caffeinated coffee
    decaffeinated coffee
    a caffeine-water solution

    The 11 study subjects drank each of the four drinks during the study period (hence the term “crossover”).

    The study was also single-blinded: Subjects didn’t know what they were consuming (i.e. they were blind to it) but the researchers did.
    This type of design allows researchers to compare the drinks more effectively without being concerned about variation between subjects. They can compare Person A drinking Beverage X to Person A drinking beverage Y and so on.

    Subjects

    Because there were four test conditions (placebo drink, caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, caffeine in water) the subjects visited the lab four times for testing, 1-2 weeks apart (so that there would be no potential interaction between drinks). During the 48 hours before a test, subjects were not to exercise or drink alcohol.
    The lab visits were scheduled for the afternoon. Subjects ate the same identical light breakfast before each visit, then nothing else — no lunch and no snacks. I am guessing they were pretty hungry at the start of testing.

    Each visit followed a similar procedure:
    Before testing, each subject was weighed and asked to fill out a questionnaire on caffeine, food and alcohol intake; illness, stress and exercise; and any possible side effects from the previous visit.
    Subjects rested in a chair while a catheter was inserted into a vein for blood sampling throughout the study. An initial blood sample was collected.

    Subjects rested for 30 minutes.
    Subjects were given a randomly selected beverage: placebo drink, caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or caffeine in water, and asked to drink it within ten minutes.
    Researchers drew blood a second time.

    More resting for 60 minutes, after which subjects were asked to drink a ten ounce bottle of flavored water containing 75 g glucose. (Ick — strong coffee, numerous blood draws and drinking glucose? My belly sure wouldn’t be happy! Most likely the combination on an empty stomach would have me looking for a place to barf. Ah, what people do in the name of science!)

    Meanwhile back at the lab… glucose ingestion was followed by six more blood draws over a two hour period. If you add in the other blood draws, we are now up to eight total. During each of those eight draws, the subjects were asked to rate their levels of hunger and satiety (fullness) on visual analog scales (VAS).

    Measures

    Subjects’ ratings of hunger and satiety

    The visual analogue scale (VAS) is a well-validated and often-used tool that researchers use for more subjective or nebulous things like pain or fatigue (5). VAS let people rate things on a continuum — in this case, from 1 to 100.
    To assess subjects’ hunger, researchers asked them: “How hungry do you feel?” with 0 being “not at all” and 100 being “I have never been more hungry.” They were also asked to rate their satiety with 0 being “I am completely empty” and 100 being “I cannot eat another bite.”
    satiety
    An example of a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) measuring hunger and satiety.

    Objective measures
    So what did the researchers do with all that blood? Well, they also tested levels of three internal peptides (the term peptide refers to two or more amino acids linked by chemical bonding between their carboxyl group and their amino group): ghrelin, PYY, and leptin.

    To recap:
    Hormone Found in / secreted by Effect on hunger
    Ghrelin Stomach and pancreas Increases hunger
    PYY Lower bowel (ileum & colon) Decreases hunger
    Leptin Adipose (fat) tissue (primary) as well as GI tract; ovaries; bone marrow; muscle; pituitary; liver Decreases hunger
    Preparation of the test beverages

    My mom thinks I am a coffee snob, and I must admit I laughed when I saw that Chock Full O’Nuts Original was the brand that was used in this test.

    Coffee snob or not, the $200 participation fee would keep me stocked with my favorite organic fair trade coffee beans for at least a month or two.

    Researchers wanted to maximize the concentration of non-caffeine coffee compounds, yet achieve a brew that wasn’t tar-thick. They scanned the literature and found that a brew equal to 6 mg of caffeine per kg of body weight was about right.
    This amount equals about 16-20 ounces of coffee, which is about what your average coffee drinker consumes these days considering the ginormous mugs we all use.

    And then — seriously — they used their research staff as testers, making the highest concentration that their staff could tolerate. I can just picture a lab full of jittery, hyper-alert scientists, slapping the invisible bugs off their skin.

    Researchers used a run of the mill drip-filter coffee maker, Chefmate. You might have one sitting on your kitchen counter.
    Here’s how the drinks broke down:

    For the caffeinated coffee, 40 g of ground coffee was used to achieve 6 mg/kg body weight caffeine. The caffeine content was measured by high-performance liquid chromotography to be 0.73 mg/ml coffee.

    For the decaffeinated coffee, 57 g of ground coffee was used to achieve the same strength.

    For the caffeine in water, they still used the coffee maker, but instead of grounds, researchers used food-grade caffeine powder to yield 6 mg/kg body weight of caffeine.

    Results
    So, remember:
    Hypothesis 1: Decaffeinated coffee, caffeinated coffee, and caffeine will decrease hunger, ghrelin, and leptin and increase satiety and PYY
    Hypothesis 2: These effects would occur during the 60 minutes after subjects drank the test beverage and during the subsequent 120-minute period following glucose ingestion.
    The results may surprise you.
    (If you want a quick summary, skip to the conclusion.)
    Results were reported two ways: plotted as a graph of time vs beverage effect, and calculated as area under the curve or AUC. AUC is a statistical means of summarizing data from a series of measurements on one individual.

    Ratings of hunger (at 180 minutes): For time vs. beverage effect, decaffeinated coffee yielded statistically significantly lower hunger levels than placebo and caffeine during the whole study period. Hunger AUC yielded similar results and was statistically significantly lower following consumption of decaffeinated coffee vs. placebo and caffeine.Hunger AUC for caffeinated coffee was not significantly different for caffeinated vs. decaffeinated coffee. However, hunger after caffeinated coffee was not significantly lower than after placebo or caffeine.

    Hunger AUC was not significantly different for caffeine than placebo or for decaffeinated coffee vs. caffeinated coffee. The difference between hunger after decaffeinated coffee and placebo did not vary significantly over time after glucose ingestion and did not diminish toward the end of the study.

    Ratings of satiety (at 180 minutes): While there were no significant beverage effects detected, ratings of satiety produced a similar pattern to those of hunger. In other words, ratings of satiety were higher after the decaffeinated coffee than any of the other beverages, just not high enough to reach statistical significance.
    PYY (pmol/l at 90 minutes): PYY was significantly higher after decaffeinated coffee than after both placebo and caffeine within 60 minutes of ingestion and during the 90 minutes following beverage ingestion. PYY AUC in the 90-minute period was significantly higher for decaffeinated coffee than for placebo and caffeine.
    PYY (pmol/l at 180 minutes): There was a trend for PYY AUC to be higher for decaffeinated coffee than for caffeine.
    Ghrelin (pmol/l at 180 minutes): There were no significant effects of any of the beverages.
    Leptin (nmol/l at 180 minutes): There were no significant effects of any of the beverages.

    Conclusion
    While caffeine has long been used as an appetite suppressant, in this study it was decaffeinated coffee that resulted in significantly lower hunger levels and higher plasma levels of PYY than placebo (plain water) and the other caffeinated beverages.
    More PYY means less hunger. Not only that, but the decrease in hunger lasted for the full 3 hours of the lab visit, even though, after 1.5 hours, levels of PYY decreased.

    Another interesting finding was that the decrease in hunger and increase in PYY persisted through and after the glucose ingestion.
    We can speculate here that there is something – one or more noncaffeine components (coffee includes hundreds of them) – that can decrease hunger and increase PYY. It could be chlorogenic acid, or maybe other satiety hormones. We don’t have the whole picture yet, especially since leptin and ghrelin didn’t seem to be affected.

    Now remember: This study has limitations, including a very small sample size. Future studies could include a fifth beverage: decaffeinated coffee with supplemental caffeine; this would help to assess any interaction between caffeine and the noncaffeine components.

    For rating hunger and fullness, food measurements could be used, and maybe researchers could even measure brain waves.
    Regardless, this study providing some interesting data that may lead to practical applications for increasing feelings of fullness and decreasing feelings of hunger.
    Bottom line

    Coffee is full of antioxidants and provides numerous health benefits, though not everyone responds to it equally well. (If you’re wondering whether you metabolize caffeine well, check out 23AndMe or a similar genetic analysis service, which can test your caffeine metabolism abilities.)

    If you’re relying on a lot of caffeine to suppress your appetite, consider another strategy: Try switching out your high-test for decaffeinated coffee and tune into your feelings of hunger and satiety. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
    (And maybe the people around you will be pleasantly surprised that you’re no longer a psychotic grouch!)

  163. Food food food said

    Nigerian food culture differs from different group to another; I have always cited the issue of multiple ethnic groups in Nigeria as the reason for the large number of foods eaten in Nigeria.

    There are over two hundred and fifty different tribes in Nigeria so it is expected that each of these tribes would have different food culture, although there are always a little difference from one tribe to another.

    This page is about Nigerian food customs and culture, you need to know a little about all of this if you are dating or married to a Nigerian.

    In a Nigerian home the men are expected to provide money for all the foods eaten at home while it is the responsibility of the woman to purchase and prepare these foods for the family, the only exception is when the wife I gainfully employed.

    Then she might employ the service of a house help.

    nigeria-food-culture
    About twenty five to thirty percent of Nigerian women are full house wife while a bulk of rest are engaged in petty trading or civil service, only about forty percent of Nigerian women are gainfully employed.

    You also need to know that majority of the unemployed Nigerian women are graduate that are restricted from working by their husbands. Most Nigerian men don’t like stressing their wife, they are more comfortable when she running the home, making nice foods and taking care of the kids.

    That is all there is to Nigerian foods culture, let’s talk about food customs in Nigeria. There are just few of them that are still being practiced till date.

    Most of these customs are no longer been enforced in families today, thanks to modern civilization. Our fore-fathers had them etched in stones so that every new family would have to go through them and learn to live by them.

    But that is no longer the case as modern civilization has washed away lot of the tradition and customs of most African countries.

    The original purpose of the Nigerian food culture and customs was set by families to ensure and cultivate proper cooking and eating habits, and frankly I would say that it served this purpose while it lasted.

    And sometimes I do think that it wouldn’t hurt to set those customs in motion once again.

    Below are some of the major food customs in Nigeria, I would try to make a summary of all the different food custom from all of the major tribes in Nigeria. Like I initially stated, some of them are no longer in existence.

    Nigerian Food Customs

    You must wash hands before eating – This is just as it sounds, washing your hands before eating would ensure that you do not transfer unwanted bacteria from the hands to the stomach.

    Be cautious with meat and fish – this is only applicable when two people are eating together, the younger person is expected to avoid the meat and fishes until the elderly one decides to give him his portion

    Women always cook the foods – the woman is solely responsible for the preparation of food in a Nigerian Kitchen, the man only comes in when he feels like helping out, otherwise he is expected to stay away from the kitchen.

    Women Must Cover Their Hair before Cooking – I guess this is self explanatory, the reason a woman is expected to cover her hair while cooking i just so we don’t find hair strand while eating the food.

    Avoid Talking While Eating – The reason for this is clearly to avoid any form of accident while swallowing, most Nigerian foods are made with lots of peppers so it is advisable to remain calm to avoid diverting foods to the wrong channel.

    There are several other food customs and culture in Nigeria, like I stated initially some of them are no longer in existence.

    There is however no law in Nigeria that enforces the food culture and customs, the rules only exists in the minds of men. Many people would agree that there is no need to enforce this food customs into law or even write it down since common sense would always remind you to obey them.

  164. Spanish food recipes said

    Bagre crocante al horno con ensalada de brotes de soja

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    Esta receta de Cocina Simple con el Corazón, bagre del sur de Estados Unidos, es una alternativa saludable para el pescado frito con un toque de sabores asiáticos en los vegetales.
    Ingredients
    4 Servings
    1 libra de filetes de bagre
    1 huevo grande
    1 cucharada de agua
    1/2 taza de panko o pan rallado sin condimentar
    1/4 de cucharadita de sal, dividida
    1/2 cucharadita de pimienta negra
    cucharada de perejil fresco picado o 1 cucharadita de perejil seco
    lima o limón, cortado en 6 gajos
    1 libra (aproximadamente 4 tazas) de brotes de soja, enjuagados
    1 pimiento rojo o verde cortado a lo largo en tiras de un cuarto de pulgada
    1 cebolla verde, cortada en trozos de 2 pulgadas, luego cortar cada trozo 4 veces a lo largo
    2 cucharadas de vinagre de arroz o vinagre de vino blanco
    2 cucharada de aceite de cacahuete, aceite de canola o aceite de maíz
    1 diente de ajo picado fino
    icon-price 4.46 Price
    per serving
    icon-calories 151 Calories
    per serving
    icon-sat-fat 1.2 g Sat. Fat
    per serving
    icon-sodium 151 mg Sodium
    per serving
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    Cooking Tip: se puede usar cualquier pescado blanco firme como la tilapia.
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    Cooking Tip: Puedes sazonar la ensalada añadiendo un poco de chile seco.
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    Cooking Tip: También puede agregar 2 cucharadas de almendras o cacahuates sin sal, tostados y picados para un toque crujiente.
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    Tip: si no tiene brotes de soja, puede utilizar col verde y/o roja cortada finamente en tiras.
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    Tip: Esto se mantendrá fresco y crujiente en el refrigerador durante un par de días.
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    1
    Precalentar el horno a 350 grados F.
    2
    Romper el huevo en un tazón poco profundo y batir con un tenedor, añadir el agua después de un par de minutos, hasta que esté uniformemente amarillo.
    3
    En una bandeja mezclar el panko y la mitad de la sal y la pimienta.
    4
    Forrar una bandeja para hornear con papel aluminio y dejar lista para colocar los filetes de pescado empanados.
    5
    Sumergir los filetes en el huevo una a la vez, dejar que se escurra el exceso de huevo en el tazón.
    6
    Luego pasar los filetes de pescado uno a la vez por el panko y presionar firmemente para que las migas se adhieran. Voltear y repetir del otro lado.
    7
    Sacudir el exceso de panko y colocar en la bandeja para hornear que preparó.
    8
    Desechar cualquier sobrante de huevo o panko.
    9
    Cuando el horno esté listo, cocinar los filetes de pescado de 8 a 10 minutos, luego voltear cuidadosamente con una espátula y cocinar por otros 5 minutos en el otro lado, hasta que se desprenda fácilmente una capita de la esquina con un tenedor.
    10
    Colocar los brotes de soja, el pimiento y la cebolla verde en un tazón.
    11
    En un frasco pequeño añadir el vinagre de arroz, el aceite de cacahuete, el ajo y la otra mitad de la sal y la pimienta y agitar para mezclar bien.
    12
    Verter esta mezcla sobre los brotes de soja.
    13
    Retirar los filetes de pescado del horno con una espátula y decorar con las rodajas de limón o lima.
    14
    Servir con la ensalada de brotes de soja.

    MAIN DISHES
    Chicken Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
    Ensalada de pollo con vinagreta de naranja
    Chicken Piccata
    Piccata de pollo
    Jerk Pork Sandwiches with Mango Sauce
    Sándwiches de cerdo adobado o tacos con salsa de mango
    Fajitas de pollo rápidas con porotos negros y arroz español
    Fajitas de pollo rápidas con porotos negros y arroz español

    APPETIZERS
    Creamy Spinach Feta Dip
    Salsa Cremosa de Queso Feta y Espinaca

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