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Monday, 29 August 2011

British heroes of Sandakan remembered - #sabah #malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: There was a solemn air at the Kundasang War Memorial as large crowds gathered to remember British prisoners of war (POWs) who fell in the infamous 1945 Sandakan-Ranau death marches.

Unfair of Berjaya to criticise Dr Koh on 1993 project - #malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya Corporation was rapped for criticising Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dr Koh Tsu Koon on a decision to scrap its plan to develop Penang Hill in 1993.

Robbers splash acid on woman - #Malaysia

ALOR SETAR: A 53-year-old woman was splashed with acid during a robbery here, leaving her with burns on her face, chest and thighs.

What being independent means to the disabled

JOHARI Jamali has been president of United Voice, the first self-advocacy society in the country for people with learning disabilities, since its formation in 2004.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Handling of specimen was flawed, DNA expert tells court

KUALA LUMPUR: A DNA expert told the High Court in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial that a chemist should not have accepted a mislabelled sample based on “benefit of doubt”.

Dr Brian Leslie McDonald told Anwar’s counsel Ram Karpal Singh, who had asked if it was acceptable for a laboratory to accept a sample based on “benefit of doubt”, that it was not acceptable.

Dr McDonald, a defence witness from Sydney, said that if there was a mistake, it had to be corrected and the exact date identified as well as when the change was made.

He said there was no record during the trial that a correction had been made to the labelling of the samples received by Forensics Depart­ment chemist Dr Seah Lay Hong.

“You must get it from the horse’s mouth. It must be changed and documented. This is fundamental laboratory practice,” said Dr McDonald.

On Feb 22, prosecution witness Dr Seah testified that she was aware a sample handed to her was dated June 26 when she knew the swabs were taken from complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on June 28, 2008.

She had said that when she received the samples on June 30, she had given them the “benefit of doubt” and did not inform the police.

'Do Not Track' Has no Teeth

Not only are internet sites figuring out what you like and what pages you visit, but they also want to know where you are at all times. In 2011 a bill was introduced by US Representative Jackie Speier to stop the behavior of ad trackers but it was never made into a law, so some web browsers took it upon themselves to give users an option, Do Not Track.

Steve Jobs: Edison of Our Times?

Steve Jobs announced yesterday he would be stepping down as CEO of Apple. Immediately, we saw Apple shares tumble, and questions arise as to what the future of Apple will be. We'll reflect on what it is that made Jobs stand out, and what made some call him the Edison of our time. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson discusses.

Flanagan Death Ruled Suicide by Medical Examiner

Former Cy Young award winner Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, the Maryland medical examiner ruled Thursday. A police investigation revealed that the 59-year-old pitcher was upset about financial issues. (Aug. 25)

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Malaysia's Everest conqueror to document prophets’ journeys over high ground

PUTRAJAYA: Mount Everest conqueror Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtaruddin is planning to go on a three-month expedition for a documentary series on the journeys of the Muslim prophets to high ground.

Apple-Samsung Battle Starting to Resemble a Sci-fi Odyssey

In the latest twist to Apple's patent battle with Samsung Electronics, the Korean tech titan has turned to Hollywood to help refute the claim that it copied elements of the design and user interface of Apple's iPad 2.

DS Hishammuddin Hussein gets death threat

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein received a death threat and two bullets but said he will not be intimidated.

France assure continued support for Libya

France has pledged continuing support, both militarily and financially, for the Libyan National Transitional Council. President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Council's Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, in Paris on Wednesday, and afterwards both leaders held a joint press conference.

Journalists freed from Tripoli hotel

Dozens of reporters who'd been trapped for five days at a hotel in Tripoli, were evacuated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The government didn't call them hostages but they were being held against their will.

It's illegal for the CIA spying within the U.S. but ...

It's illegal for the CIA to spy within the U.S. but a new investigative report from the Associated Press show that since 9/11, the CIA has partnered with the NYPD's intelligence unit, transforming it into a spy shop that dispatched undercover officers into ethnic communities to monitor daily life. Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks weighs in.

Police: Baby Tossed From Hospital Has Died

A 7-month-old baby boy who was tossed from the fourth floor of a hospital parking structure has died. His mother is charged in the case. The AP's John Mone has the story. (Aug. 24)

Raw Video: Firefighters Battle Rail Car Blaze

Firefighters took a bold step Wednesday to drain a burning propane tanker and prevent the rail car from blowing up as thousands of people were forced from their homes for a second day. (Aug. 24)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Human-like robot comes alive aboard space station - LA Times

A 330-pound humanoid robot was electronically awakened aboard the International Space Station this week, beginning its life as an astronaut's assistant.
The robot named Robonaut 2, or R2, will help with routine tasks such as holding tools and vacuuming air filters. The robot was sent up on space shuttle Discovery in February, but it wasn't powered up until now.

Malaysia's Zee Avi Turns Her 'Calling' Into International Success -- Exclusive Video

Pint-sized and endlessly musical, Malaysian artist Zee Avi is bringing a refreshing difference to the island-wave acoustica that we have known and loved for a decade. By employing a sultry alto and layer upon layer of ukulele blues, this 20-something's songs will find their way into your dreams.

US-based Solexel to invest RM2.8bil in Malaysia

Wingert (left) presenting a souvenir to Najib. With them are Mukhriz (second from left) and Abdul Ghani.
PUTRAJAYA: Silicon Valley-based solar photovoltaic (PV) cell manufacturer Solexel Inc plans to invest RM2.8bil over the next five years in a plant in Senai Hi-Tech Park, Iskandar Malaysia.

Anwar Ibrahim's Sodomy II: Semen can’t be used as evidence, court told

KUALA LUMPUR: A forensic pathologist contended that semen specimens taken from Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan's anus could not be used as evidence in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial because they had “deteriorated”.

US: Growing trend, turning students into criminals

It's a growing trend in the US, turning students into criminals. We see suspensions, tickets, citations being handed out for everything from truancy to senior pranks.

Gaddafi's fortified citadel fallen

Colonel Gaddafi's fortified citadel has fallen to the rebels following a day of intense fighting.

Rebels Take Gadhafi Compound

Libyan rebels have overrun the iconic compound that served as Moammar Gadhafi's seat of power, but they still have not found the longtime leader. (Aug 23)

Quake Rocks East Coast, No Major Damage

One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded on the East Coast of the United States shook buildings and rattled nerves on Tuesday and forced the evacuations of parts of the Capitol, White House and Pentagon. (Aug. 23)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Is Anwar Ibrahim doing the right thing?

Is Anwar doing the right thing by shifting the burden of proof to Saiful? If you accuse someone of hurting you, you have the onus to proof it.'

Tripoli Bloodshed: Why isn't the mainstream media reporting all the facts?

The mainstream media is declaring victory over Moammar Gaddafi in Tripoli. NATO bombed the Libyan capital this weekend and many say there are about 1,300 reported dead and over 5,000 injured. Why isn't the mainstream media reporting all the facts? Here to discuss this with us is Susan Lindauer, former CIA asset, to give us the details on what's going on in Tripoli.

Major #Wikileaks Cache Destroyed?

Wikileaks hit quite a pothole when they learned that some of their most prized information had been shredded. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, one of the former insiders for Assange's organization defected, and when he parted ways, he took the entire Wikileaks encrypted submission system with him

Libya: Where is Muammar Gaddafi?

Speculation is rife about the whereabouts of Muammar Gaddafi The US believes he is still in Libya, according to the Pentagon. Some suggest he could be in neighbouring Algeria, or in remote southern Libya. He may also be talking to regional allies in Africa.

Venezuela is headed for a surge in violence

A new report released by the International Crisis Group claims Venezuela is headed for a surge in violence.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Libyan rebels celebrate in central Tripoli

Thousands of opposition fighters are streaming into the capital Tripoli, they have taken over the city's Green Square and vowed to rename it Martyrs' square.

Security fears after rebels take Tripoli

While thousands celebrated what they believed to be the downfall of the Gaddafi regime, pockets of resistance remained in the capital.

Libya Rebels in Tripoli, Gadhafi Defenses Fall

Euphoric Libyan rebels raced into the capital Tripoli on Sunday and moved close to center with little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenses collapsed and his regime appeared to be crumbling fast. (Aug. 21)

Obama: Libya Slipping From Grasp of Tyrant

President Barack Obama says the people of Libya are showing that their desire for freedom "is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator." Obama says the US will work closely with rebel leaders. (Aug. 22)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Malaysia's Tony Fernandes convinced Rangers must move

Queens Park Rangers' new chairman, Tony Fernandes,has admitted that the club's long-term future lies away from their cramped Loftus Road stadium, which has the smallest capacity (18,682) of any Premier League ground.

Why did Google pay $12.5bn for Motorola Mobile? Search me...

The increasingly fierce battle for intellectual property rights is causing many large corporations to make questionable decisions

Google founders Larry Page, left, and Sergey Brin ensured that only a minority of shareholders were given voting rights. Photograph: Stuart Ramson/Associated Press
Once upon a time, dinosaurs roamed the Earth – huge, dim-witted monsters that spent much of their time savaging one another in tar pits. They were succeeded by mastodons, lumbering giants with bigger brains and huge tusks but not much in the way of IQ. Their spiritual heirs are the vast corporations that spend much of their time slogging it out in a swamp labelled "intellectual property".

Syrian forces 'target Homs residents'

Syrian forces have fired heavy machineguns at a residential district of Homs, following more anti-government protests.

HP's tablet surrender: A sign of trouble for Apple's rivals

Using a tablet can be a lot of fun. Making one? Not so much.

Just ask Hewlett-Packard Co., which this week killed its TouchPad tablet computer barely two months after its launch, in one of the fastest product culls in high-tech history.

Footage shows rioters shooting at police

Footage of hooded rioters firing shots at police officers and a force helicopter during this month's riots has been released.

Rebels close in on Gaddafi's Tripoli stronghold

Who controls what in Libya? Amid fierce fighting, it is still unclear whether rebels have, as they claim, seized control of two key coastal cities.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Malaysia: No way to gay’s big day, say pastors

PETALING JAYA: Several pastors have condemned their gay counterpart Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng’s upcoming marriage and want the authorities to ensure he does not hold a wedding reception in Malaysia.

Stanford student reported missing while traveling in Malaysia

A Stanford student about to enter his last year of studies was reported missing by his parents after correspondence from him stopped six days ago while traveling in Malaysia.

Man in court over Malaysian robbed in London riots

LONDON — A man accused of robbing an injured Malaysian student in an incident filmed and seen by millions on the Internet was remanded in custody Friday after appearing in court.

KK: Police yet to arrest woman acid attacker

KOTA KINABALU: Police have not made any arrest in connection with the attack on a local woman with a corrosive liquid, believed to be acid, by an unidentified man in a vehicle at Taman Khidmat, Kolombong on Wednesday.

PM Najib: Umno not involved in Damansara Utama church op

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno is not behind the recent operation by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC), party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

PM Najib: General election can be held anytime

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday that the next general election can be held anytime and is not bound by the works of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms.

Syrian forces kill 34 despite Assad pledge

A child holds a Syrian flag with Arabic words on it reading: ''The people want the execution of killers, and freedom only'' during a protest by Jordanians and Syrians against the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters, near the city of Mafraq at the Jordanian-Syrian border, northeast of Amman August 19, 2011.
Credit: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed
(Reuters) - Syrian forces killed dozens of protesters on Friday despite assurances by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, and thousands of people rallied across the Arab nation with renewed vigor demanding political freedoms.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Atletico Madrid sign Porto duo Radamel Falcao & Ruben Micael for £39m

The La Liga side have beaten off the reported interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid to land the Colombia international for a fee that's capable of rising to £40.7m

IBM 'Synapse' Chips Mimic Human Brain (VIDEO) - HuffPost

JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Computers, like humans, can learn. But when Google tries to fill in your search box based only on a few keystrokes, or your iPhone predicts words as you type a text message, it's only a narrow mimicry of what the human brain is capable.

China and US focus on economic confidence

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping has told visiting US Vice President Joe Biden that China and the United States share a responsibility for boosting global market confidence.

Israeli PM vows stiff response to terror attacks

At least 14 people are reported to have been killed in three attacks in southern Israel close to the Egyptian border.The attacks appear to have been coordinated and targeted a passenger bus, a private car and a group of soldiers.

Belgium: Tragedy at Pukkelpop as stage collapses

Several people have been killed and dozens injured after a huge storm caused a stage to collapse at a music festival in Belgium.

Raw Video: Storm Kills 3 at Belgian Festival

A storm swept through a popular open-air music festival in eastern Belgium killing at least three people and injuring more than 70 others. Ambulances and police cars raced to and from the site of the Pukkelpop festival, near the town of Hasselt. (Aug. 18)

What's Behind Deadly Attacks in Southern Israel?

Squads of gunman killed at least eight people and wounded 20 others Thursday in Southern Israel in a series of strikes that drew swift retaliation from the Israeli military. Ray Suarez discusses what's behind the new violence with Calev Ben-David of Bloomberg News.

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim seeks to stop lawyer from acting for three parties

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is applying to the Syariah Appeal Court to prevent a lawyer from representing three parties in his qazaf (making false allegation) case.

In Sinai, security is like a house built upon the sand

Israeli soldiers and medical personnel transport a soldier who got injured during an ambush on a civilian bus north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat, as they arrive at a hospital in the southern city of Beersheva on Aug. 18, 2011.Dudu Grunshpan/REUTERS
Gunmen snuck across Egypt’s border and killed seven people in southern Israel, provoking quick strikes in response that left at least 13 others dead. The attack highlights the increasing lawlessness in Egypt’s border region after the fall of president Hosni Mubarak.

Najib: We are on track to meet 5% GDP growth

VIP blessing: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presenting ‘duit raya’ to an orphan at the 1Malaysia breaking of fast event held at the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque Thursday. Looking on is Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim (in blue). — Bernama
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is optimistic that the country will meet this year's gross domestic product (GDP) growth target of between 5% and 6%.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Malaysia's Tony Fernandes buys Queens Park Rangers

TONY FERNANDES has completed his takeover of Premier League new boys QPR.
The Malaysian airline entrepreneur now owns a 66 per cent stake in the club after buying out previous majority shareholders Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.

Fernandes said: "QPR is a raw diamond and hopefully I can contribute into turning it into a diamond.

Malaysia: Rural folk see brighter future using English

JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah says rural parents want their children to be globally competitive
KUALA LUMPUR: Fifty-five per cent of 15,000 people prefer Mathematics and Science to be taught in English in schools, according to a study conducted by non-governmental organisation Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM).

UK: Two men get 4 years in jail for Facebook riot 'jokes'

Two men in Britain have been sentenced to four years in jail for trying to stir up last week's rioting using Facebook. Both men posted messages on the social networking site calling for their friends to join in the unrest. They later said it was just a joke and no rioting broke out as a result of their posts. RT talks to

'Riots laptop thief' found using Facebook info

Computer expert Greg Martin helped police retrieve his stolen laptop using open source software.

Will Canadian oil go to China instead of US?

The US imports approximately half of its oil from Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Venezuela. The US is Canada's biggest purchaser of crude oil, but now Canada has a potential client, China. Is Canada looking to the future on behalf of its economy?

France and Germany support Tea Party?

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are asking the 17 countries that make up the Eurozone come together to balance their national budgets. According to the two, adopting the "golden rule" will lead to reduction of deficits and the reduction of the EU debt. Will this new plan save the Euro and the 17 countries that use it as legal tender? Demetri Kofinas, radio host and economic blogger, shares his thoughts.

Raw Video: ATM Crash and Run

A trio of thieves targeting an ATM plowed their truck into a gas station to knock it loose and then made off with the cash machine. (Aug. 17)

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Iceland: Exploration of Eyjafjallajökull

A group of geologists from the University of Iceland explored the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The main purpose was to study the effect the lava has had on the glacier and to measure the thickness of the lava to determine the amount of materials that the volcano spewed out during the eruption....

Topless protest at Tymoshenko trial

Activists from Ukraine's Femen group staged a topless protest in a show of anger against the entire political class amid the trial against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko....

Redknapp: 'Spurs need to buy players'

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he needs to strengthen his squad but does not know what is happening with Emmanuel Adebayor.

Dramatic footage of the Croydon's riot

More dramatic footage has emerged of the riots in Croydon showing a man being pushed off his bike before it is stolen

Assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

The international tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has published the indictment against Hezbollah members accused in the attack. (Aug. 17)

Google's Motorola Deal Promises to Shake Up Mobile Technology Industry

Google announced plans this week to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. In recent years the Internet giant has made big plays in the smartphone market through its Android platform. Jeffrey Brown discusses the ramifications of the pending deal with Staci Kramer of paidContent.org and Charles Golvin of Forrester Research.

Mercedes give teen a new bionic arm

A teenager has received a new bionic arm, paid for by the Mercedes Formula One team.

Is this the worst wedding video ever?

A couple have been left devastated after the cameraman they hired filmed the wrong ceremony and missed their first dance. .

Malaysia's first openly gay pastor says to wed

 An undated handout photo released to Reuters in Kuala Lumpur August 15, 2011 shows Malaysia's first openly gay pastor Ouyang Wen Feng (R) posing with his American partner Phineas Newborn III. Credit: Reuters/Handout
(Reuters) - Getting married on the upcoming anniversary of Malaysia's independence day on August 31 holds special meaning for the country's first openly gay pastor, who says he is seeking greater tolerance in this Muslim-majority country.

Malaysia Airports: New charges approved

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd has clarified that the Government has approved the implementation of new international passenger service charge (PSC), aircraft landing charge and aircraft parking charge.

With Syria out of the picture, Iran looking to Iraq as its new strategic ally

Iraqi soldiers standing guard along the Iraqi-Syrian border last month.Photo by: Reuters

Iraq swelters and wilts. Iran is paying attention but so is its economic rival, Turkey.By Zvi Bar'el

It's hot in Baghdad. This week the thermometer hit 46 degrees Celsius, but that was a big relief from the 51 degrees recorded last week. It's also hot in the political arena. The country had 46 ministers until parliament decided to cancel 17 barely functioning portfolios.

KL-Beijing to sign pact on tackling human trafficking

For better relations: Hishammuddin shaking hand with Chai during the courtesy call in Putrajaya.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and China will sign a memorandum of understanding early next month to fight human trafficking and to cooperate on security issues.

'Kudos for electoral reform panel'

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should be lauded for coming up with the joint parliamentary select committee to discuss issues related to electoral reform before the next general election (“Joint panel” – The Star, Aug 16).

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Heaviest snow in decades disrupts transport, schools in New Zealand

Forecasters are describing it as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Snowflakes have been falling in the New Zealand capital Wellington, second city of Christchurch and several other areas. Christchurch rarely gets snow, the few inches that fell on Sunday and Monday is the most in at least 30 years. Services across the country were disrupted on Monday by the snow showers, which were accompanied by heavy rain and high winds.

Mubarak Trial & the future of Egypt's revolution

The latest from the #MubarakTrial & how Egypt's protesters may be changing their tactics.

Records: Neighbor Confessed to Killing Missouri Girl

Authorities say a Missouri man has confessed to suffocating a 3-year-old neighbor girl who had been playing in his pool. The girl, Breeann Rodriguez, was last seen on August 6. Authorities are still searching for her body. (Aug. 15)

Anti-Castro lobby keeps embargo in place

Cuba—an island the size of the state of Tennessee with a big place in US foreign policy. But why, despite poll after poll showing Americans favor ending the embargo, is Cold War Cuba policy still in place?

Ambrose Talks About First Sprint Cup Win

Marcos Ambrose beat Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch on a two-lap dash to the checkered flag Monday to win the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. (August 15)

Fighting rages in Libya

Libyan rebels deny they were in talks with Muammar Gaddafi's regime, as fighting raged in both east and west and Washington said the embattled strongman's "days are numbered".

Malaysia: Free legal aid for the low-income group

PUTRAJAYA (Aug 15, 2011): Malaysians who get hauled in court over criminal cases will be provided free legal aid if they have an income of less than RM25,000 per annum under the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK).

Malaysia: Committee made up of all parties to discuss electoral reform before polls

KUALA LUMPUR: A parliamentary select committee will be formed to discuss issues related to electoral reform before the next general election, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Malaysia's David wins Australian squash title

David won 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (AFP/File, Andrew Dent)
CANBERRA — Malaysian squash superstar Nicol David claimed the Australian Open women's title at her first attempt when she downed England?s Jenny Duncalf in straight games in Canberra on Sunday.

22 dead in attack on Afghan governor’s compound

Kabul— A team of six suicide bombers launched a coordinated assault on a provincial governor’s compound in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 22 people in the latest high-profile attack to target prominent Afghan government officials, authorities said.

Egypt's fallen dictator Mubarak back in the dock

CAIRO, August 15, 2011 (AFP) - The murder and corruption trial of Egypt's fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak resumes on Monday in what lawyers say will be a lengthy process that he may successfully appeal.

Britain Debates a Plan to Turn to U.S. ‘Supercop’

Marcus Yam for The New York Times
William J. Bratton has said he is ready to help in any way Britain favors.
LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to bring in an American “supercop,” as the tabloid newspapers here have called him, became a political hot potato over the weekend, with the mayor of London and an array of British police officials publicly opposing the idea, often in blunt terms.

Airasia's Tony Fernandes: Low fares here to stay

Fernandes: If we increase fares, less people are going to fly. The whole basis of AirAsia is to make people fly.
A decade long rivalry between AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when major shareholders of both airlines extended the olive branch to forge a collaboration agreement.

Anwar's Sodomy Trial put off to Aug 22, defence to finish interviews

LIVE REPORTS The Anwar Ibrahim sodomy II trial has been postponed to next Monday to allow the defence team to complete its interviews of potential witnesses.

The defence team led by Karpal Singh has already interviewed 19 potential witnesses on the prosecution's list, whom it hopes to call as part of Anwar's defence.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

San Francisco Transit Blocks Cellphones To Hinder Protest

SAN FRANCISCO -- A decision by San Francisco Bay Area transit officials to cut off cell phone service at some of its stations to thwart a planned protest drew angry response Saturday from one transit board member who said she was shocked that officials acted as "this type of censor."

Jhon Edison's paradisiacal journey

A six-year-old Colombian pulled on the rickety wellies his mother, a single parent, had saved hard to purchase. Overnight, the rain had thrashed down over the imposing mountains of Manizales, meaning his trek this Friday morning would be incommodious as well as enduring.

Arsene Wenger reveals to close friends that he is preparing for his final season as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger has told friends that he is preparing for his final season as manager of Arsenal, Goal.com can reveal.
The Gunners boss has privately conceded that his reign at the Emirates is coming to an end, with newly rich Paris Saint-Germain keeping a close eye on his situation

Use your real name on Google+ or get minused fast

OK, Google's done foolin' around with you folks who don't want to use your real name on Google+. From here on out, if Google learns the name you're using is not your real name, you've got four days to make amends. After that — you're kicked off of Google+. That's how the hottest new social networking site rolls.

Student tells of videotaped riot attack

LONDON – A Malaysian student attacked during London's riots offered an account of his assault, saying he was shocked as he watched the videotape of thugs rifling through his belongings while he bled on a sidewalk.

Remember Berlin Wall construction day

Visitors pass a camera through a hole in part of the Berlin Wall on Saturday as the city marks the day when communist East Germany sealed itself off behind the wall. STEFFI LOOS / AP
BERLIN — Berlin on Saturday commemorated the construction of the Berlin Wall — isolating the west of the city for 28 years — which began 50 years ago on Aug. 13, 1951.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

PM Najib and wife meet Anwar’s lawyers at court

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were present at the Jalan Duta Court Complex with regard to the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Najib and Rosmah arrived at 2.55pm yesterday to meet with Anwar’s defence team headed by Karpal Singh.

Rashdan: MAS off to a good start

The same team that crafted and undertook the widespread asset unbundling (WAU) exercise a decade ago to bail out the then debt-ridden Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on the brink of bankruptcy is back on board. And on Tuesday, MAS tied up with its once arch rival AirAsia founders Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun. This marks yet another fresh start for MAS which has seen more than its fair share of restructuring, turnaround and transformation plans in the past decade.

Baddrol Bakhtiar to join Wigan?

Liverpool's Jack Robinson (L) and Malaysia's Baddrol Bakhtiar fight for the ball during their friendly soccer match as part of Liverpool's Asia tour in Kuala Lumpur July 16, 2011. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad 
Wigan have made a surprising trial offer for Baddrol bin Bakhtiar. The Malaysian international currently plays for Kedah FA. The player has excelled in recent years in the Malaysian Premier League, and will earn a trial period at the Latics.

China's Middle class struggles to keep up

In the past decade China has seen the rise of a sizeable middle class, now estimated at between 100 and 150 million people.They typically earn an income of at least $10,000 a year, tend to own an apartment and a car, eat out and take holidays.

More arrests as UK police round up rioters

Police in London are wasting no time in rounding up people suspected of taking part in the recent four days of riots, and confiscating looted articles. Another person has died of injuries sustained during the unrest, bringing the total number of deaths to five.

UK riot victims come to terms with losses

It is almost a week since violence erupted in the London borough of Tottenham.The neighbourhood's sports centre has been turned into a refuge for the victims of the riots where many families have lost everything.

Many are now relying on the kindness of strangers to get them through.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Europe moves to ban short-selling to protect stocks

Traders who take advantage of volatile stock markets are to have their wings clipped as France, Italy, Spain and Belgium ban short-selling -- a time when traders hope to make a profit from falling shares.

Pentagon approves Hollywood scripts

Bin Laden's death has not stopped the war on terror nor has it kept Hollywood from working on a movie featuring the raid that led to the al-Qaeda leader's death. The team that was behind The Hurt Locker will be releasing the flick right before the next presidential election.

UK Riots: Millions feel for Asyraf Haziq

PETALING JAYA: The scene of rioters in London assaulting and robbing Malaysian student Mohd Asyraf Haziq Rossli has touched the hearts of millions around the world after a video clip of it went viral on the Internet.

Torture trial for Rumsfeld? 'Abused' US contractors file suit

Two American contractors can go ahead with a civil lawsuit over allegations they were wrongfully held and tortured in Iraq by the U.S. forces. Donald Rumsfeld, the country's former Secretary of Defence, could be held personally liable.

Eurozone debt fears increase volatility

It has been yet another day of swings in share prices here, as fears over Eurozone debts continue to affect the markets.

But investors appear to have taken some comfort in the news French and German leaders will meet to discuss how the Eurozone should be governed.

Bahrain's political future

We look at Bahrain as democracy advocates and loyalists engage in an online battle over the country's future

UK Social Media Clampdown?

Could there be a clampdown on social media in London? British Prime Minister David Cameron addressing parliament today said that he is working with the police, the intelligence services and industry, to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services.

Selangor MB: JAIS finding difficulty speaking to Muslim diners

SHAH ALAM (Aug 10, 2011): The Selangor government is placing responsibility on the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS) to adhere to legal provisions when calling 12 Muslim individuals who were present at the church raid on Aug 3 for statements.

MAS needs a CEO/MD with the guts to set things right

“IF you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

That is Nelson Mandela's quote and it aptly describes Tan Sri Tony Fernandes who was once a critic of Malaysia Airlines (MAS). Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun bought a 20.5% stake in MAS and both of them have now become directors of the national carrier.

Tiger Airways is about to take to Australian skies again

TIGER Airways is about to take to Australian skies again after the lifting of the budget airline's six-week suspension.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) lifted its suspension of the airline on Wednesday, saying it had met the watchdog's safety queries.

People who work more drink more

People working 50 hrs a week at 3-fold risk for alcohol addiction (Thinkstock photos/Getty images)
People who work at least 50 hours a week are three times more likely to develop alcohol-related problems than those who didn't work as much, a New Zealand study has found.

Policing the riots: the thin blue line

Parliament is only recalled at moments of national crisis, and on such occasions it is rarely a forum for lively debate. Thursday's long session on the riots was decent and decorous and carefully non-partisan. And MPs showed a worrying lack of interest – or perhaps it was a failure of courage – when it came to considering the causes.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

BBM restrictions in the U.K?

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron addressed an emergency session of Parliament on Thursday prompted by ongoing unrest in the British capital -  REUTERS/Parbul TV via Reuters TV
The British government wants to ensure Research In Motion Ltd.’s secure BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service is never used to incite unrest again.

Apple also sued Motorola over Xoom

Motorola Xoom
NEW DELHI: Apple seems to be going all out against its rivals in the tablet space. The company's lawsuit filed in Germany against Samsung also reportedly makes reference to a separate complaint against Motorola's Xoom tablet.

British riots test PM Cameron's mettle

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron, grappling with what could prove a defining crisis of his premiership, will tell parliament on Thursday how he plans to tackle the "sick" pockets of society he blames for Britain's worst unrest in decades.

They threatened to stab me - Ashraf Haziq

Recovering: Mr Haziq is seen in his hospital bed at Royal London Hospital, where he is awaiting surgery on a broken jaw after the sickening attack
The student who was beaten up in the riots and then mugged as he struggled to his feet told yesterday how his attackers – some as young as 11 – threatened to stab him.

Ramadan special-Reporter's File

In this edition of the show Merriam Saleh, Press TV's correspondent reports from Beirut on Ramadan observance in Lebanon.

Hartmann: Is Fox "so called" News now a bastion of Socialism?

Who woulda known? Earlier this week - Fox News talking head Megyn Kelly returned to the airwaves after taking a few months off after she had a baby. That's when something incredible happened - Fox News started espousing the virtues of European Democratic Socialism.

UK riots latest updates

Al Jazeera talks to Matt Cavanagh, a UK public policy analyst, about the riots in Britain.

Cameron Vows 'Fightback' as Birmingham Seethes

London Rioters: Where Are The Parents?
Thousands of extra police officers flooded the streets of London on Wednesday to deter rioters, and Prime Minister David Cameron warned that the government will take any necessary action to restore order and confidence to Britain's streets.

Man in dock over python on neighbour’s doorstep

KUALA LUMPUR: A man was charged yesterday with placing a live python in front of his neighbour’s house, negligently endangering him.

Bookstore employee A.D. William Hendrix, 22, claimed trial to the charge at the magistrate’s court and was held in remand after failing to post bail of RM2,500.

Singapore doctor is suspended, fined for misconduct

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) has suspended a medical practioner for four months, beginning Aug 1.

Dr Tan Boon Huat, 62, pleaded guilty to 33 charges. He was fined S$4,000 and censured.

Badminton / World Championships: Awesome Chong Wei

FINLAND'S Ville Lang couldn't contain his excitement after beating Indonesia's Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in the first round of the World Championships on Monday as it secured him a meeting with World No 1 Lee Chong Wei.

Britain's rioters: young, poor and disillusioned

FILE -Youths throw bricks at police in this Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 photo during unrest in Enfield, north London. Nearly 1,200 people have been arrested since the riots erupted Saturday, mostly poor youths from a broad section of Britain's many races and ethnicities. Britain is bitterly divided on the reasons behind the riots _ some blame the unrest on opportunistic criminality, while others say the country's economic policies and cuts have deepened inequalities in the most deprived areas.(AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)
LONDON (AP) — Young rioters clogged Britain's courthouses Wednesday, each one painting a bleak picture of a lost generation: a 15-year-old Ukrainian whose mother died, a 17-year-old who followed his cousin into the mayhem, an 11-year-old gangster arrested for stealing a garbage can.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Understanding the riots in the UK

Al Jazeera talks to talk to Chris Cocking, a crowd psychologist. about the ongoing riots in the UK, focusing on the language and rhetoric used explaining the chaos.

'We are the Enfield Army': Video of locals chasing rioters in London

Londoners took to the streets to protect their neighbourhoods on Tuesday night after Britain's worst rioting in a generation. A group of anti-rioters marched through Enfield, in north London, aiming to deter looters. "We are the Enfield anti-rioting squad," said one local resident. "You want to riot our place, we will riot you mate.

S Korea face Japan amid match-fixing scandal

South Korea is set to face Japan on Wednesday in a football match they hope will turn attention away from a domestic match-fixing scandal.

An investigation has already netted dozens of current and former players in the K-league.

London Quiet but UK Riots Spread, PM Talks Tough

With a heavier police presence and some communities patrolling, London was relatively quiet overnight. But riots and looting spread to more English cities, and Prime Minister David Cameron vowed a continued tough response. (Aug. 10)

Raw Video: Man Rescued From Under Car in Taiwan

A motorcyclist was trapped under a car in Taiwan for hours before being rescued. Emergency workers say he suffered only minor injuries. (Aug. 10)

Video of cars on fire as riots rage in Birmingham, Liverpool

Thousands of police officers flooded Britain's streets on Tuesday in a bid to end the country's worst rioting in a generation, as nervous shopkeepers closed early and some residents stood guard to protect their neighbourhoods.

BlackBerry messaging singled out in U.K. riots

Canada's most prominent technology company finds itself at the centre of the debate on how social media shapes riots and the response as violence and looting continues in the United Kingdom.

Photograph by: Stelios Varias, REUTERS

Canada's most prominent technology company finds itself at the centre of the debate on how social media shapes riots and the response as violence and looting continues in the United Kingdom.

Mara student in London hurt

Clockwise, from top left) A YouTube video grab showing Mohd Asyraf Haziq holding his bleeding head as he sits on the ground; youths approach the student on the pretext of helping him; the student believes he is being assisted but in reality he is being robbed; and the student continues to tend to the wounds on his face as the thieves make off with the contents of his backpack
PUTRAJAYA: A Mara-sponsored student suffered a broken jaw after he was attacked while on his way home from a college at Barking Station in East London on Monday.

Sodomy II: Two former aides willing to testify against Anwar

PETALING JAYA: Former aides and colleagues of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have offered themselves to be witnesses in his sodomy trial.

Senator Mohamad Ezam Nor, Anwar’s former political secretary, said he should be a witness owing to his intimate knowledge of the opposition leader.

“It is irrelevant for Anwar’s defense to call the Prime Minister and his wife,” he said yesterday.

UK riots: Trouble erupts in English cities

Police try to manage masked youths in Manchester
Sporadic violence has broken out in several cities around England, although London remained largely quiet with a heavy police presence on the streets.

AirAsia takes stake to save ailing Malaysia Airlines

Fast-growing budget flyer AirAsia will acquire 20.5 per cent of flag-bearer Malaysia Airlines under a strategic tie-up announced Tuesday aimed at turning around the loss-making national carrier.

The deal gives Malaysia-based AirAsia's CEO Tony Fernandes -- who took over the no-frills carrier a decade ago and made it one of the industry's biggest success stories -- a key voice in salvaging his struggling rival's fortunes.

Little China: Chua's fear-mongering won't work

'If the Chinese are frightened of 'Chinese disunity' in the first place, they would not have thumped your MCA's nose and that of Gerakan's in 2008.'

Soi Lek: DAP pitting Chinese against Chinese

Youth Carry the Ramadan Spirit

During the month of Ramadan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a group of youths collaborated together in an effort in distributing "iftar" meals to drivers on the road before sunset.

The youth are embracing a charity project in order to prevent fasting commuters from causing any car accidents during the last hour before Iftar.The aim is to help drivers to break their fast while they are still on the road to their homes.

London riots: Cars, buildings ablaze in Peckham, Croydon, Hackney

The violence that has spread across London has now reportedly reached Birmingham. In several parts of the capital, groups of youths are clashing with police, buildings and cars are again ablaze. In Hackney, East London, dozens of youths attacked shops and windows on Monday and pelted riot police with fireworks, pieces of wood and other objects. It follows unrest over the weekend after a man was shot dead by police.

London needs army to crush thugs - call back Afghan troops

K Prime Minister David Cameron is increasing the number of police on the streets to try and prevent more violence. But Gerard Batten, a British Member of the European Parliament believes London should be recalling troops from Afghanistan to deal with what he calls "urban terrorism".

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Pentagon: Crash Tragic, but Not a Trend

The deaths of 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans to an insurgent marksman was an unprecedented loss but does not signal a new surge in Taliban combat strength, U.S. officials said Monday, even as violence flares along Afghanistan's eastern border. (Aug. 8)

Indonesian fugitive arrested in Colombia

THE ex-treasurer of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party has been arrested in Colombia after weeks on the run over corruption allegations.

Disgraced Democratic Party former treasurer Nazaruddin was detained after an international manhunt, police said today.

ASEAN on ‘the right track’ to form community by 2015

ASEAN may have been moving at a snail’s pace when it was first established on Aug. 8, 1976, but it is moving on the right track now, experts say.

While experts praise the development ASEAN has achieved in its 44 years, it seems that the regional grouping still has significant homework to reach its goal — the ASEAN Community by 2015.

London riots spread to Croydon

Buildings in Croydon, south London, have been set on fire with plumes of smoke rising over the area from several blazes.

Parents told to get kids off London riot streets

Met Police chief Tim Godwin has appealed to bystanders to stay away from trouble spots and appealed to parents to contact their children.

London riots: Violence spreads in the capital and beyond

For hours now, police have been clashing with rioters in the south and east of the city as buildings burn into the night.

Acting Metropolitan police commissioner Tim Godwin said: "There is significant disorder breaking out in a number of our communities across London."

Let Jais do its job, but it must respect rights

'Should Jais, as keepers of the faith, do its job even to the extent of disrespecting the religious beliefs of others?'Muslim NGOs target S'gor MB over church raid

People Power: Pembela, Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) and Pekida must have sand in their brains. Jais barged into a church building and interrupted a fund-raising dinner without a warrant, which was rude and uncalled for.

London burns: Riots spread through UK capital city

LONDON (AP): Violence and looting flared across London on Tuesday - and spread to a second major city - as shops and cars were set ablaze and authorities struggled to contain a third night of unrest in Britain's capital, which will host next summer's Olympic Games.

Merdeka reflections: Freedom means more than flying the flag

AS Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day draw near, we hear almost daily exhortations to show patriotism by raising the Jalur Gemilang. I have no objections to that. We should be proud of our nation and the Jalur Gemilang, which is the symbol of our independence and sovereignty.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Chopstick Pocket Picker

Check out these sneaky pocket picker in China. He manages to use a pair of chopsticks to snatch a wallet

MCA’s dare to Pakatan

KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Rakyat has been challenged to name its choice for prime minister if it wins the general election, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

He added that while Barisan Nasional might not be perfect, but under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the coalition was doing its best for the country.

Happiness index to gauge Seattle's mood

For centuries, philosophers, poets and artists have struggled to define happiness. Now one US city is trying to measure just how happy its residents are, through an online survey.

Syrian government expands deadly crackdown

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has demanded an end to the bloodshed in Syria.He has also recalled the country's ambassador for consultations.

Tiger Woods: 'Encouraged' by Play in Bridgestone

Tiger Woods carded an even-par 70 Sunday in his first tournament in four months and tied for 37th in the Bridgestone Invitational, 18 shots behind. Still, Woods said he was encouraged by his play. (August 7)

Philippine leader gave new hope for peace: rebels

MANILA — Philippine President Benigno Aquino's secret meeting with the head of the country's main Muslim rebel group revived hopes for peace in the troubled south, an insurgent official said Sunday.

Malaysia: 1 dead, 6 missing in landslide

RUSH AGAINTS TIME... Rescuers searching for survivors of the landslide at Kampung Sungai Ruil in Tanah Rata, near Cameron Highlands, last night.
CAMERON HIGHLANDS: At least one person died and three others were injured when a landslide sent tonnes of earth onto an Orang Asli settlement in Kampung Sungai Ruil in Tanah Rata, near here, yesterday. Six others were still trapped.

Ex-boyfriend angered by woman’s allegations on Facebook

JOHOR BARU: The former boyfriend of a woman, who claimed that he created a Facebook page with her mobile number and stating that she offers sex services, has hit out at her.

Lim Yu Wei (pic), 22, who admitted creating the page, said he had been angered by her false claims on Facebook that he was a womaniser.

Lavish ceremonies just a waste

I WISH to commend Wong Chun Wai for his timely article “Cut the frills, make it simple” (The Star, July 31).

Government agencies are known to spend lavishly and unnecessarily whenever they launch campaigns.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Israel drops reference to god in army text

© AFP/File Menahem Kahana
JERUSALEM (AFP) - (AFP) - Israel's army has dropped references to God in a text read at a ceremony honouring fallen soldiers, a military official said on Friday, following pressure from secular families.

Maybank sold RM2b debt

KUALA LUMPUR: Top lender Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) on Thursday sold RM2 billion in subordinated debt at a yield of 4.10 per cent, a source with direct knowledge of the deal, said.

The 10-year, non-callable five-year issue was upsized from an earlier planned RM1.5 billion and priced at the lower end of guidance, the source said yesterday.

Scomi eyes more tenders in Brazil, India

Scomi Group Bhd is eyeing more public transport tenders over the next 12 months in Brazil and India, bolstered by active construction activities in the two countries, particularly in infrastructure.

Its Group Chief Executive Officer Shah Hakim Zain said the group plans to focus on Brazil, especially with the country actively spending on infrastructure over the next two to three years, to prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

'Anonymous' Hacks U.S. Law Enforcement Sites, Steals Data

in this May 15, 2011 file photo people wearing masks often used by a group that calls itself "Anonymous" take part in a rally in Madrid.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it hacked into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, a data breach that at least one local police chief said leaked sensitive information about an ongoing investigation.

Why the bad English?

LABIS - Are teachers incompetent, or school books unsuitable?

The Education Ministry will look at these factors to determine why students continue to have a poor grasp of the English language.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, said the ministry would review the curriculum with regard to the teaching of English as well as identify the reasons behind students' poor command of the language.

New Spider-Man is half black, half Latino nerd

 Marvel Comics on Wednesday unveiled a new Spider-Man for the Obama-age -- a half-black, half-Latino nerd named Miles Morales.

U.S. official: 22 Navy SEALs among 31 killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The U.S. military was reeling Saturday after a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan killed 31 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs, a U.S. military official told CNN Saturday.

NATO helicopter shot down in Afghanistan: official

US Marine tries to take cover, perched on a container, trying to shelter from the dust as a Chinook helicopter arrives to pick up supplies at Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, in this June 9, 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
A NATO helicopter that crashed in eastern Afghanistan killing dozens of U.S. soldiers and seven Afghan troops was apparently shot down by insurgents, says a senior U.S. official.

Yingluck elected as new Thailand PM

BANGKOK / BEIJING - Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, was elected on Friday as Thailand's first female prime minister.

Almost 60 percent of parliament - 296 members of the lower house out of a potential 500 - voted in favor of Yingluck to be the 28th prime minister of Thailand, according to Xinhua.
Her position will be formalized once she receives royal endorsement, which was expected to take place on Friday evening.

Short Film - PRISM ( Action/Scifi Film )

Check out the program we used for the FX, HitFilm: http://hitfilm.com
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Saturday, 6 August 2011

75-year-old Pilot Explains Encounter With F-16s

Myrtle Rose was taking a flight over Chicago when the 75-year-old pilot looked out her cockpit window to see two F-16 fighter jets. When she landed, police told her she had strayed into restricted airspace during a visit by Pres. Barack Obama. (Aug. 5)

Deadly firefight over Somalia famine aid

Gun battles in a Somali refugee camp between Islamist group Al Shabaab and rebels has left at least seven people dead.

The battles is compounding the effects of the already disastrous drought, and the constant fighting has left a legacy of violence making aid distribution perilously dangerous.

Why won't the international community stand up to Bashar al-Assad?

Just the threat of government violence in Libya was enough to prompt Western military intervention, but the killing of hundreds of Syrian civilians by their government has drawn little more than lukewarm rebukes from Western governments.

Brussels Returns to Horse-and-cart Days

One borough in the Belgian capital has taken trash collection back to a bygone era. (Aug. 5)

Explorer group's sadness over Norway bear attack

BSES Expedition's Edward Watson, says he has been in touch with the family of the 17-year-old who was killed by a polar bear.

Libyans deny death of Gaddafi son

The Libyan government has denied a rebel claim that another one of Colonel Gaddafi's sons has been killed in a NATO raid.

The source had said that Khamis Gaddafi was one of 32 people who died in an air strike in the western city of Zlitan. But the government said the rebels made up the story to cover up the killing of a Libyan family in the city.

Texas struggle with unemployment

Some jobs are available in the US state of Texas, but many are only part time and often underpaid.
Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Houston, Texas.

Friday, 5 August 2011

8TV says sorry over messages

KUALA LUMPUR: Local television station 8TV has apologised over the controversial public service announcements (PSAs) aired in conjunction with the Ramadan month recently.
The TV station acknowledged the public's concern and apologised if it had offended and caused any uneasiness to any party.

All three PSAs, which each run for about 30 seconds, showed a Chinese girl in different situations at a Ramadan bazaar. The announcements were then followed by public service messages that urged viewers to act appropriately.

Korean actor to become first male women's underwear model

Korean actor is to become the first male model for Vivien, a domestic women's underwear company.

So Ji-sub has through numerous TV dramas and movies built his reputation on an image of masculinity and sincere care for his beloved.

"The advertisement barely includes information about product, and we believed that the male model was enough to deliver the image of a woman's lingerie brand," said Kim Sun from Vivien's advertisement department.

Video of The Day: Very Sneaky Soccer Goal!

Japanese player Yuzo Tashiro scores a very cheeky goal during a recent game between Kashima Antlers and Cerezo Osaka. Someone on the goalkeepers team should have given him a heads up!

Threat to Malaysian palm sector

Malaysian palm oil downstream players in the refining, oleochemicals and biodiesel sectors will likely see their operations rendered as uncompetitive with stagnating profit margins following Indonesia’s latest proposal to restructure its palm oil export duty on refined palm-oil products.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Video of The Day: Insane Marriage Proposal

Well this is a pretty unique way to propose to your girlfriend. Good thing it all went to plan... that outcome could have been a lot worse!

Train Surfer Jumps Into Lake

Another classic example of someone who's a little crazy! He takes a ride on top of a moving train then jumps straight into a lake

NATO, Serbia reach agreement to end north Kosovo blockade

PRISTINA: NATO-led mission in Kosovo (KFOR) and Serbian officials late Wednesday reached an accord on disputed border crossings in the north, but the ethnic-Albanian government in Pristina promptly rejected it.

A French peacekeeper of the NATO force in Kosovo. (AFP Photo)

UK seize biggest Cocaine bust

Police seize 1.2 tonnes of Cocaine worth up to $490 million, from a luxury yacht originating from Venezuela.
NEW YORK: A high-profile son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi said Wednesday his family had forged an alliance with Islamist rebels to drive out the secular opposition to his father's 40-year rule.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, who along with his father had long branded the entire opposition as radical extremists, told The New York Times: "The liberals will escape or be killed... We will do it together."