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Friday, May 23, 2008

Check RM100 notes for fakes

Friday May 23, 2008

PETALING JAYA: Check your RM100 and RM50 notes, folks! Hold each note up to the light and if you can't see the first King's watermark portrait, it’s a fake.

Fruit vendor Loh Man, 53, discovered three days after a couple bought RM15 worth of fruits at his stall in Old Klang Road that the RM100 note they used to buy the fruits with was counterfeit.

Loh Man realised something was amiss when the colour on the note started to fade and the watermark of the King was missing when the note was held up to the light.

1) The security thread on a real note is embedded in the bill and appears on the reverse side of the note as a silver dotted line. When the note is held up against light, it is seen as a continuous dark line and the repeated text 'BNMRM100' can be read. This feature is missing on the counterfeit note, where the 'security thread' appears as a silver dotted line.

2) No raised Braille feature on the counterfeit note.

3) The holographic design on the LEADA (Long-lasting Economical Anti-copy Device) strip represents the same motif as used in the purple patch as well as the text 'BNMRM100'. The colour of these elements change when the viewing angle is changed. The counterfeit note features just a silver thread with a floral pattern.

4) The portrait of the first King on the right of the real note is raised (Intaglio Print). This effect is missing on the fake note.

5) Watermark portrait of the first King is missing in the counterfeit note. The numeral 100 watermark at the base of the King's watermark is also missing.

He sought the help of MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong who said this was the first RM100 fake note he had come across. He said he had been previously alerted of RM50 fake notes.

“Just hold the notes up to the light and check,” he advised the public at a press conference.

“The watermark portrait can be seen easily. At the base of the watermark, the numeral 100 is clearly visible in a real note but absent in counterfeit ones,” he said, adding that fake notes were also deeper in colour.

To demonstrate how easy it was to pass off the RM100 fake note as the real thing, Chong and a few reporters tested them out on merchants, who thought the notes to be real.

“I am very surprised that I managed to get through five merchants without being detected,” Chong said, adding that one trader took a close look at the note but still did not suspect anything.

Chong said he had seen a number of fake RM50 notes but claimed that Loh's fake RM100 note was more sophisticated.

”I will bring the matter up to Bank Negara,” he said.

Coutesy star

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A must for anyone going to Okinawa

Tuesday 20th May, 09:16 AM JST

For anyone planning a trip to Okinawa, the Okinawa Island Guide 2008-2009 is a must. The 122-page glossy magazine is chock full of information about the island’s tourist and historical spots and also includes many feature stories about Okinawan food, culture, arts & crafts, a guide to healthy aging, plus area maps of Naha, Chatan, Okinawa City and other locations.

Whether it’s tips on driving to diving with whale sharks, this 4th edition of the magazine is perfect for both first-time visitors to Okinawa or veterans. The guide costs 1,500 yen and is available at most bookstores.

See the Guide

Courtesy JapanToday

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Iran using euro, yen in oil deals

Wed, 30 Apr 2008 10:33:23

Iran has completely switched away from US dollar in its oil trading.
Iran has switched from dollar to euro and yen in oil trading, says international affairs director of the National Iranian Oil Company.

Hojjatollah Ghanimifard in an interview with Fars news agency said since last year Iran's oil transactions have been conducted in euro and yen, and dollar has been completely replaced by these two major currencies.

"Iran has reached agreements with all its crude oil buyers to pay in foreign currencies other than the US dollar," he added.

Ghanimifard also noted that Iran's crude oil transactions in Europe are conducted in euro, while both euro and yen are used for its oil sales in Asia.


Friday, May 2, 2008

English Club Vs English Club in Moscow

Page last updated at 15:45 GMT, Thursday, 1 May 2008 16:45 UK

Moscow confident of final success

By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
BBC News, Moscow

Women dressed in traditional Russian costumes perform at a the Cup Handover ceremony in Moscow (3 April 2008)
This final is the biggest sporting
event to hit the Russian capital
since 1980

For days, the British media has been filled with doom laden stories about what a disaster the UEFA Champions League final in Moscow on 21 May is going to be. Even the BBC has not been immune.

To believe the reports, thousands of British fans face a series of seemingly insurmountable hurdles to getting to the match.

Visas will not be issued in time, there will be no flights available, Moscow hotels are full, and prices are astronomic.

. . . . read more

Cristiano Ronaldo's goals have been the key to
Manchester United's success this season [AFP]

Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't want Moscow mentioned until Manchester United has successfully defended its English Premier League title.

The Portugal winger doesn't want the Red Devils to lose focus in the league amid the euphoria of reaching European football's showpiece match on May 21 in the Russian capital.

"It's a great feeling to be in my first Champions League final,'' Ronaldo said after Manchester United's 1-0 victory over FC Barcelona. . . . . read more

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