English Corner Activity for class 408
Monday 14th Sept 2009
Nation: Falling wall almost crushes girl
KUALA LUMPUR: A six-year-old girl was almost crushed by a concrete wall that fell from the 16th floor of an apartment in Taman Medan Jaya near Jalan Klang Lama here.
The incident occurred at about 4pm yesterday when Nurin Fadhlina Junaidi and her mother Dalila Madnam, 36, were returning to their second floor unit in Block D after buying flowers at a nearby shop.
“Her mother saw the wall collapsing and shouted at her to stop walking,” Nurin Fadhlina’s father Junaidi Musa, 35, said.
“Seconds later, the wall came crashing down close to her.”
He said his daughter was hit in the left arm by some of the debris but was otherwise fine.
“She is still in shock and is barely talking but I’m sure she will be her usual bubbly self soon,” he said, adding that he was thankful nothing happened to his only child, especially with Hari Raya just around the corner.
East Coast: Elderly man and lover, 60, among 25 couples caught for khalwat
KUALA TERENGGANU: A 70-year-old man and his 60-year-old lover were among 25 couples caught for committing khalwat (close proximity).
Muhamad Ramli said Dungun, where nine couples were detained, recorded the highest number of khalwat cases during the Ramadan month, followed by four cases each in Besut, Kemaman and Kuala Terengganu. There were also two cases each in Hulu Terengganu and Marang.
He said the raids were conducted at budget hotels, beach fronts and recreational parks throughout the state from the beginning of the Ramadan month until Sept 5.
September 11, 2006
Credit McDonald's for perseverance.
The American fast food giant has prevailed in a five-year legal battle against a restaurant in Malaysia that calls itself McCurry. A judge in Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital, ordered the restaurant to drop the "Mc" from its name, agreeing with the McDonald's argument might confuse the two restaurants.
McCurry is a 24-hour open-air restaurant that serves spicy fish-head curries, tandoori chicken, and other Indian food. McDonald's, on the other hand, even in India, serves burgers, fries, and shakes.
Still, the judge has so ordered. McCurry isn't going quietly, though. The restaurant plans to appeal the ruling. Their argument is that the sign that everyone thinks is the name of the restaurant is just an abbreviation for "Malaysian Chicken Curry," an item on the menu
Southern: JPJ to inspect 5,081 express buses
MALACCA: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will inspect all 5,081 express buses that will be on the road to ensure the safety of passengers using these buses during the balik kampung exodus.
JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said the department had inspected the tyres and brakes of 1,200 buses over the course of 10 days, up to Sept 10.
“The inspection will continue until all the buses have been checked,” he told reporters at the Tiang Dua JPJ Academy here recently.
“We need the co-operation of all 267 bus operators in the country because safety of passengers is paramount.
“The National Anti-Drug Agency will conduct tests on drivers to ensure they are not driving under the influence of drugs,” he added
World: Shoe-throwing Iraqi reporter set to be released
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter who became famous worldwide when he threw his shoes at then U.S. President George W. Bush, is thought likely to get a hero's welcome if he is freed from jail, as expected, on Monday.
In December 2008 Zaidi's actions towards Bush during the president's farewell visit to Baghdad captured many Iraqis' feelings of resentment following more than six years of bloodshed triggered by the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Sunday Metro: Kerutub Daging (Kelantan)
Peculiar to Kelantan and also its neighbour, Terengganu, this is a dish that is prepared in most homes for Hari Raya. With fork-tender meat that has been cooked in a special blend of spices, the kerutub is especially good with nasi minyak and other rice dishes, and even plain white rice.
This version of the kerutub was dished up by executive chef Ros Juliana Mohamed Daud of The Apartment restaurant, which has outlets at Suria KLCC and The Curve.
Ros Juliana, 42, who has been cooking Kelantanese food commercially for the past 15 years, also shared some tips to turn out the perfect dish.
“When cooking the kerutub, make sure the meat is cooked in spices with a little water until it is tender before adding the coconut milk.
Eto’o stuns San Siro
ROME: Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o scored a spectacular goal to set Inter Milan on their way to a 2-0 win over Parma and AS Roma came from behind to beat Siena 2-1 in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge yesterday.
Eto’o broke visiting Parma’s stubborn resistance when he curled in a right-foot shot in the 71st minute before Diego Milito wrapped up victory with a late strike to give the Serie A champions seven points from three games.
Inter Milan are two points behind Sampdoria, who maintained their perfect start with a 1-0 win at Atalanta despite Fernando Tissone’s red card, and Juventus, who won 2-0 at Lazio on Saturday.
Entertainment: The Ugly Truth
A romantically-challenged morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) is embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result.
The Final Destination
English: Understanding gerunds
WHEN they teach grammar, English teachers emphasise that the word “to” is always followed by verbs in the base forms, for example:
a) to meet b) to go c) to write
As students, we listen and follow. We think we understand until we come across the following: a) to meeting b) to going c) to writing.
What is happening here? Confused?
a) Sharul is looking forward to meeting you.
b) Syahrel is committed to going to the conference.
c) This is the guide to writing a good blog.
The confusion stems from the fact that some English teachers fail to explain about gerunds. (base form of verb + ing).
Gerunds are verbs that act or function as nouns. In other words, they are ‘noun-like verbs’.
Examples of gerunds can be seen in the following:
a) I love jogging. b) Running is good for your health.
Jogging and running in the above sentences cannot be considered as verbs since they are not indicating “an action” or “a movement”. Rather, the words indicate “a name (thing)” which nouns are used for.
Compare these: a) I love jogging in the garden. (gerund) b) He is jogging in the garden. (verb)
In English, these are some of the examples of words and phrases that are usually followed by gerunds: go, love, mind, enjoy, avoid, suggest, discuss, mention, complain about, dream about, think about, talk about, (be) worried about, (be) excited about, apologise for, (be) responsible for, believe in, succeed in, (be) interested in, look forward to, (be) capable of, instead of, take advantage of, take care of, insist on, in addition to, (be) committed to, object to, (be) used to, (be) opposed to, (be) accustomed to, prevent from, prohibit from, stop from.
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